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Handmade Tamales at Fremont Winter Feast

December 11th, 2016 by WK Leigh


Heading over to the Fremont Winter Feast today? With more than 20 food trucks and street stalls dishing it out over on Evanston Street, you’ll probably want to graze all day – so make sure you snag at least one handmade tamales from the los tamaleros at Frelard Tamales. Simply put, that’s “the guys making tamales.” And they do it muy bien!

The tamales are made by hand, from scratch, using a family recipe handed down for generations by co-owner Osbaldo’s family from Puerto Vallarta, 0n the west coast of Mexico. Each tamale is individually wrapped and tied in fresh corn husks.

Athough they’re a highlight of the Winter Feast this year, Osbaldo and his business partner, Denny, have a weekly spot at Fremont Market every Sunday — so don’t worry if you can’t make it over today. The duo has partnered with Sur 16, a Latin American restaurant in Capitol Hill, to create “the best tamales in town” — and I feel sure they’ve already climbed straight into that top-slot in Seattle.

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Old Time Jam at Dusty Strings

December 10th, 2016 by WK Leigh

If you’ll be out and about for the Fremont Winter Feast and Holiday Market on Sunday, December 11, wander over to Fremont Avenue and sit in on the Old Time Jam session at Dusty Strings. It’s led by Sarah Comer, known for cultivating a new generation of old-time fiddlers in Seattle.  The jam session is free, and you can come and go as you like from 1:30 to 3:30. Join in the fun with your own fiddle, guitar, mandolin, bass or other acoustic instrument — or just enjoy listening. A $5 donation is appreciated.
If you’ve never been to Dusty Strings, get ready for a real slice of authentic acoustic music mania. Enter from the street level on Fremont Avenue, then curve down the stairs into the depths of the building, where you’ll enter a melodic enclave of eclectic tunes floating from hundreds of new, used, rare and vintage acoustic guitars, electric guitars, dusty-stringsmandolins, ukuleles, banjos, harps, hammered dulcimers and more.
In addition to selling the instruments, they also offer classes and private lessons in bluegrass, old time, blues and world music by some of the best working musicians in Seattle. The Old Time Jam session with Sarah is a good initiation into this secret cubbyhole of tunemasters tucked beneath the busiest street in Fremont.

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Fremont Winter Feast at the Market This Sunday!

December 9th, 2016 by WK Leigh


It’s finally here, everybody — the Winter Feast Holiday Bazaar at Fremont Market! It’s this Sunday, December 11, at the usual market location on Evanston. At least 20 food trucks are on the roster this year, along with your favorite street food regulars. The event starts at 10 am and goes until 4 pm. There’s also at least 100 local shops decked out for the holidays, so come on over with an appetite and a shopping list.

Here’s a partial list of the food truck and street stall chefs dishing out their specialties at Fremont Winter Feast:

Fire and Scrape
Frelard Tamales
Wicked Good Grinders
The Biscuit Box
Mystery Bay Seafood Catering
Meat on a Mission

WE RECOMMEND: Check out a relative newbie on the scene at Fremont Market: The Pud. They’re cooking up real-deal traditional English Yorkshire Pudding served with roast beef, creamy mash, peas and sweet potatoes, all smothered in onion gravy. The owner and chef is actually from Yorkshire, so stop by to say hi (and hear his awesome accent!)



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No solid waste pick up on Thanksgiving Day

November 23rd, 2016 by Sara

No garbage, food and yard waste or recycling collections are scheduled in Seattle on Thursday, Nov. 24. Collections scheduled for Thursday will occur on Friday, and Friday collections will happen on Saturday due to the Thanksgiving holiday. Have your containers out by 7 a.m. to ensure collection.

The City of Seattle’s South Transfer station in the South Park neighborhood will also be closed on Thanksgiving Day.

Customers can report a missed garbage, yard waste or recycling collection by calling (206) 684-3000 or by clicking on “Report Missed Collection” at SPU’s website.

Compost your giblets: Seattle residents can put all their Thanksgiving food scraps and unwanted leftovers, including green bean casserole, aspic, turkey bones, celery, yams, potatoes, fruitcake and paper napkins in their food and yard waste carts. The food waste will be made into compost for local gardens and parks. Learn how you can prevent kitchen waste at  here.

Did you deep fry your turkey? Recycle your used cooking oil. Set up to 2 gallons of used oil out on your normal collection day for free pick up. Put the oil in one-gallon plastic containers labeled with your name and address. Learn more about what items you can recycle here.

For information on where to dispose of household hazardous waste, including station locations and hours, contact or (206) 296-4692.


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North Transfer Station Community Celebration

November 23rd, 2016 by Sara

The North Transfer Station is opening soon. Join Deputy Mayor Kate Joncas and Seattle Public Utilities for a celebration and refreshments. Come see the features of the new station:

Saturday, December 10 from 10-11:30 AM

1350 N 34th Street, Seattle, WA 98103 (Intersection of N 34th Street and N Northlake Place)

Click here for more information.

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Get your Christmas tree and support BSA Troop & Crew 100

November 23rd, 2016 by Sara


Kick start your holiday spirit by picking up your Christmas tree and supporting Ballard Boy Scout Troop & Crew 100 at their annual tree lot.  Fresh trees from local growers are delivered twice a week to St. Alphonsus’ parking lot on 15th Ave NW by Ballard Market.  Lot opens Saturday 11/26 at 3pm. These hard-working Scouts will be out there rain or shine Monday – Friday 1pm – 9pm, Saturday & Sunday 9am – 9pm

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Promote your business to visitors in & around the Center of the Universe

November 17th, 2016 by Sara

fremont-wgThe Walking Guide to Fremont is being redesigned and reprinted for 2017. Handy, easy to use, comprehensive, and fun – the Walking Guide celebrates the Fremont spirit and shows visitors where to find businesses and services. The Walking Guide is a successful promotional piece the Chamber has created and distributed for many years. 50,000 copies will be printed. They will be distributed by the Chamber and area businesses – by Fremont Hysterical Markers, mail, prepared racks, tourist outlets (Service Centers and Visitors Centers, Locks, hotels, motels, B & B’s, ferries, etc.) and at special events.

Printing: 50,000 Guides
Distribution: Local Hysterical Markers & Businesses, and at Seattle area hotel concierge and tourism desks.


$170 for Fremont Chamber Members
$220: for Non-Fremont Chamber Members

Apply here

Deadline to Apply: Friday, November 23

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Strength training, yoga and beer to fight cancer

November 17th, 2016 by Sara

Just Add Yoga is teaming up with FUELhouse and Miir Flagship to host an event to raise money for the Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation of Western WA. They will begin the morning with 45 minutes of FUELstrong, the ultimate strength and conditioning class, followed by 45 minutes of all level Vinyasa Flow. Immediately after class, they will head to MiiR for a beer, silent auction/raffle, to celebrate the holiday season and get to know one another. 100% of the proceeds of this event will got to the many families that Candlelighters supports.
Here are the details:
FUELstrong Beer + Yoga at MiiR
December 10 at 10:30am at FUELhouse Gym (for the workout)- 1320 N 35th St,
MiiR (for beers after) 3400 Stone Way N,
Click here for more information.

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November 1st, 2016 by Sara

The Seattle Public Library will offer two-day workshops on 3D printing basics at four locations in November. Attendees will learn how to design 3D models from prototype to final product, and then send their models off to be printed—all for free.

This beginner’s workshop is a two-part introductory series that will uncover the core processes behind 3D printing and introduce the basic concepts behind Rhino 5 software’s 3D modeling tools. Participants will create and customize a small object with monograms, colors or patterns, then finish designing the 3D model and upload it to Intentional3D’s 3D printing lab. No prior experience with 3D printing is necessary to take this workshop.

The Library will provide a coupon that covers up to $25 for the cost of printing a 3D model. Print jobs will be mailed to participants.

Dates and times for 3D Printing workshops:

Library programs are free and open to the public. When registration is required, participants must register for both workshop dates—3D Printing Basics: Part 1 and Part 2—at the same location. To sign up, call a Library location. Class sizes at Library branches are limited to 10 attendees, and up to 16 attendees at the Central Library. Up to five people can be added to the waitlist when the class size has reached its capacity. The workshops are intended for teens and adults.

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Brown Bear Car Wash salutes veterans and current service military with free car washes on Veterans Day

November 1st, 2016 by Sara

As a way of saying “thank you” to our military, Brown Bear Car Wash will offer free washes to all current or former members of the military on Veterans Day, Friday, November 11. The free “Bear Essentials” washes will be offered at Brown Bear’s 22 tunnel wash locations from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The offer operates on an honor system and no verification or documentation is required. Drivers should identify themselves as a current or former member of the military to the wash attendant upon arrival. See for a list of Brown Bear’s 22 automated tunnel wash locations.

Brown Bear will also proudly donate $1 for every car washed on Veterans Day to Puget Sound Honor Flight. For the past two years Brown Bear has donated more than $18,400 to support Honor Flight’s mission of transporting Western Washington war veterans to visit memorials in Washington, D.C. For more information click here.

“The Veterans Day event is our way of demonstrating appreciation for those who currently serve our country and have made sacrifices on behalf of all of us,” said Brown Bear Car Wash President Vic Odermat, who is a proud US Marine veteran. “It reflects our bond to the communities we serve, including a large armed services presence here.”

Over the past 10 years family-owned Brown Bear has provided nearly 280,000 free washes saluting former and current service members on Veterans Day, and to celebrate the company’s “birthday” each August

For more information about Brown Bear Car Wash locations and programs, visit

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The Story of Seattle Pacific on a 25-foot Cedar Pole

October 7th, 2016 by Sara

A Tlingit story pole symbolically representing the history and purpose of Seattle Pacific University will be rededicated on Saturday, October 8, at 1:30 p.m. Tlingit tribal representative Tom Dalton and SPU community members will be part of the special ceremony at the location of the pole behind Alexander Hall on campus. The event is part of SPU’s 125 anniversary celebrations.

The 25-foot cedar pole, commissioned by SPU’s Class of 1971, was designed and carved by Tlingit tribal member Abner Johnson in the early 1970s. Johnson spent several years working on the pole in SPU’s Art Center lobby, where students and the public could watch him carve. Each figure on the pole has a symbolic meaning tied to Seattle Pacific. A falcon, the mascot of SPU, graces the top of the pole.

The public and media are invited to the short ceremony.

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Are you an Alpha Phi alumna?

September 28th, 2016 by Sara

The Seattle Alpha Phi Alumnae Chapter recently got a makeover and they have a new board made up of Alpha Phis from around the country. They are a group of women who are excited to rekindle your love of Alpha Phi.

Vice President of Membership, Cassie E. Andrews writes: “As collegians we learned that joining Alpha Phi isn’t only for four years, but for life. As alumnae we are the stewards of the vision our original ten founders had as a women’s leadership organization.  As a chapter, we are going to provide social, networking, and philanthropic events to the alumnae in the Seattle area. Whether you joined at a local chapter or one across the country, we welcome you to reinvest yourself in Alpha Phi. I am from New York and am very rarely able to attend events sponsored by my initiating chapter, but have found that same sisterhood among Alpha Phi alumnae I have met in Seattle.”

Click here to learn about the chapter and events they are hosting in the upcoming months.

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Early Wednesday in Fremont

September 22nd, 2016 by Sara

Fremont Universe reader Vul writes:

Not sure if anybody else heard the cop cruiser driving around at 3:30 in the morning, It definitely woke me up.

A cruiser was driving around my neighborhood in circles for about 45 minutes blipping their siren in short bursts. I’ve attached a video of them going down my street. At first I thought maybe somebody had stolen the cruiser and was wandering around and pushing buttons. I called 911, they said ‘there doing something in the area’… I get out of them ‘they’re looking for someone’… I ask should I be concerned ? … they’re like ‘nope, but we know about the cruiser’.. I’m not sure they were actually looking for anybody, I never saw search lights and there was only one car.
Should I feel safe that there might have been somebody of enough importance to look for in my neighborhood, yet only sort of looking for them?


Join the Down Syndrome community’s 20th annual Buddy Walk

September 13th, 2016 by Sara


The Down Syndrome Community (DSC) is hosting its 20th Annual Puget Sound Buddy Walk on October 2, from 1–4 p.m. at the Seattle Center. From individuals with Down syndrome and their family members, to those who know someone with Down syndrome, to community members who simply want to show their support, the Buddy Walk is a day of celebration to promote acceptance, inclusion, and respect of individuals with Down syndrome. This year’s celebration will include special 20th anniversary commemorations, keynote speakers, activities for the family, live music, food trucks, photos, and of course a walk around the Seattle Center.

Funds raised by the Puget Sound Buddy Walk support the DSC’s ongoing mission to serve and advocate for individuals with Down syndrome and their families through:

  • The First Call Outreach Program, which provides up-to-date information, mentorship and support to parents who have received a Down syndrome diagnosis.
  • Community groups including DSC Friends and D.A.D.S. of Puget Sound.
  • Community events like the annual Puget Sound Buddy Walk, Sweetheart Dance & Pizza Party and the Big Time Talent Show.
  • Education, including the Learning Program, bi-annual conferences and special guest speakers.
  • Advocacy, providing information and opportunity related to policies and issues affecting our community.

“When my daughter, Kate, was born, the doctors pulled my husband aside and told him ‘we think your daughter has Down syndrome’,” said Alison Winfield, DSC President.  “From that moment on, our world changed and we were scared of the future. Luckily, I was quickly put in touch with the Down Syndrome Community, which has changed our lives. The funds raised at the Buddy Walk enable the DSC to provide and expand their amazing offerings.”

For additional information and to register for the event, click here.


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Learn to play chess this fall library

September 13th, 2016 by Sara

The Seattle Public Library offers several drop-in chess programs for children, teens and adults. Learn to play chess, then challenge your neighbors!

Northeast Branch, 6801 35th Ave. N.E., 206-684-7539.

Children, teens and adults are invited to drop by for fun and casual games of chess. Chess puzzles and basic chess instruction will also be available.

For more information call the Library at 206-386-4636 or Ask A Librarian.


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A spirited whiskey challenge from the Captains of the Deadliest Catch

September 5th, 2016 by Sara


Storm Tossed Rye Whiskey, the latest release from Fremont Mischief Distillery is at the heart of a spirited Whiskey Challenge between Captain Sig of the F/V Northwestern and Captain Casey and co-Captain Josh Harris of the F/V Cornelia Marie. A fund raiser for the Seattle Fisherman’s Memorial and Sea Scouts, the Captain whose whiskey sells out first wins! Each Captain’s whiskey has a unique flavor.

Captain Sig’s Storm Tossed Rye: affectionately known as “bow bender”, was barrel-aged in the ship’s bow while in rough water of the West Bering Sea. It surges with deep, pungent flavor and a hint of the briny sea.

Capt. Casey & co-Capt Josh’s Storm Tossed Rye: barrel-aged in the ship’s bow while fishing the smoother waters of the North Bering Sea near the ice pack. Intense yet smooth toasted caramel, woodsy smoke & slight hint of the salty sea.

You can find out more about the charities, where to buy the spirits, and watch funny videos here.

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