News blog for Seattle's Fremont neighborhood


Help Make “Reading Rocks” Rock!

April 12th, 2015 by Cara

FamilyWorks‘ annual literacy event Reading Rocks will take place on April 16th. The event is all about reading and literacy! Highlights include a special librarian visitor, fun literacy games and activities, and a book giveaway. Event attendees from wee infants to high schoolers will receive books. 

Located in Wallingford, FamilyWorks is a combination of a food bank and a family resource center.  The organization’s mission is to offer “a unique opportunity to truly nourish and strengthen their bodies, minds and spirit in a positive, supportive environment.”


FamilyWorks counts on volunteers and participants to help make this event ROCK! Here’s how you can help:

Donate books. FamilyWorks accepts children’s books year-round, but we would love to have lots of books to give away for Reading Rocks! We’ll gladly accept new or gently used books. We would especially love children’s books in Spanish. You can drop off books Mondays 9:30-12, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays 9:30-5, and Fridays 9:30-3.

Volunteer. If you are a reading lover and excited to get to know your community, we need help between 1:30 & 5 on Thursday April 16. Volunteers will help facilitate the activities and chat with people at Reading Rocks. All activities and materials will be provided, but if you have a great idea for an easy, affordable activity that you’re excited to facilitate, let us know & we’ll try to make it work. Contact Elizabeth at to volunteer with Reading Rocks.

Attend. If you are looking for something to do during Seattle Public School’s spring break with your child, come join us at 1501 N 45th St on Thursday April 16 from 2:30 to 4:30.

Call 206-694-6727 with any questions.  Thanks for helping FamilyWorks help spread the joy of reading!

You can also help by sharing this event with other book lovers and readers!

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Martin Luther King Jr. Day Closures and Public Services

January 19th, 2015 by Cara

Banks, libraries, and government offices will be closed today in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

The national holiday was first observed in 1986, the same year that the King County Council elected to rename the county in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. the change was not made official by the state until 2005. The original namesake was William Rufus King, Vice-Presidents of the United States at the time the Washington Territory was established.


Martin Luther King, Jr.’s actual birthday is January 15th, the Civil Rights leader would have been 86 this year. Celebrated on the third Monday each January, Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a day of service for many organizations and volunteers. Here are some of the closures and events that you can expect today:

Metro Transit buses on reduced schedules Jan. 19, Martin Luther King Jr. holiday

In observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, Metro will operate itsReduced Weekday and “When no UW” schedules on Monday, Jan. 19. Some routes will not operate while other routes will operate fewer trips than on a regular weekday. Riders are encouraged to review details in either printed timetables or online schedules.

Most Metro and King County offices will be closed Monday, including Metro’s Customer Information, Lost and Found and Pass Sales offices. Also on Monday, some transit service will be rerouted or delayed during the Martin Luther King Jr. events in the downtown Seattle, Capitol Hill and Central areas.

 Highlighted routes indicate an impact on Fremont.

Routes that do not operate: 5EX, 15EX,17EX, 21EX, 29, 56, 114, 192, 201, 237, 304, 308, 316, 330, 355, 601 Group Health, 930

Routes that operate a “Reduced Weekday” (RW) schedule:(Designated trips are canceled and identified in timetables with an “H”) 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 16, 24, 26EX, 27, 28EX, 33, 36, 40, 41, 43, 44, 50, 60, 64, 70, 76, 77, 101, 102, 105, 106, 107, 111, 116, 120, 121, 122, 123, 124, 125, 128, 143, 150, 153, 157, 158, 159, 167, 168, 169, 177, 179, 180, 181, 182, 183, 186, 187, 190, 212, 214, 218, 219, 232, 242, 244, 249, 252, 255, 268, 269, 303, 311, 312, 342, 907, 931

When Metro operates a “When No University of Washington” (No UW) schedule, designated trips are canceled and identified in timetables for routes: 31, 32, 48, 65, 67, 68, 75, 167, 197, 271, 277, 331, 372, 373

 Fremont routes that are NOT affected: 5, 26, 28, 82.

Visit Metro Online for complete information about Metro and regional transportation services. Visit Metro’s Service Advisories page for information about bus service that is affected by events or construction.

Seattle Parks and Recreation Martin Luther King, Jr. Day closures

Many Seattle Parks and Recreation facilities will be closed Monday, Jan. 19, in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

These facilities and services are CLOSED:

  • Community centers
  • Environmental learning centers
  • Indoor swimming pools
  • Green Lake Small Craft Center
  • Mount Baker Rowing and Sailing Center
  • Amy Yee Tennis Center

Information provided by Seattle Parks and Recreation

Normal Solid Waste Collections for MLK Holiday

Seattle food and yard waste, garbage and recycling collections will be on normal schedule for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Monday. Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) customers should place their containers out for collection by 7 a.m. to ensure collection.

The South Transfer Station in the South Park area will be open on Monday, Jan. 19, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Information provided by Seattle Waste Management

Seattle Public Libraries closed Monday January 19th

 All branches of the Seattle Public Library and the book drops at the Central Library will be closed for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on Monday January 19th. Branches will resume normal hours on Tuesday January 20th.

And if you want to eat for a good cause check this event out:

Family Works Food Bank Fundraiser

5p, Pecado Bueno (4307 Fremont Ave N)

$15 all-you-can-eat-Taco-bar!! Help raise money for the hungry with music by Tangletown String Band


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Support FamilyWorks Food Bank – with Rock, Paper, Scissors

June 24th, 2010 by Athima Chansanchai

If you’ve ever settled a bet, an argument or who gets to do X chore using the tried and true method of rock, paper, scissors and you end up mostly on the winning end, why not try your luck tonight at the LTD Bar and Grill (309 N. 36th St. in downtown Fremont) at 6 p.m.?

The Fremont Rotary is hosting The Second Annual Center of the Universe Rock Paper Scissors World Championships as a way to kick off our belated summer and bring public attention to the needs of local hungry families and our local food bank. Proceeds from the evening will benefit the FamilyWorks Food Bank.

To sign up, just send an email to $10 donation to get in on the competition. $5 donation or non perishable food donations accepted at the door to hang out and enjoy the fun.

Here are some pointers on how to win. Find out more about the World Rock Paper Scissors Society, “Serving the Needs of Decision Makers Since 1918.”

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