News blog for Seattle's Fremont neighborhood


Transit Talk

September 25th, 2018 by Sara

The U District, Roosevelt, and Northgate Link light rail stations will arrive in 2021, which means these neighborhoods will be better connected to each other and the region. Three-quarters of Ravenna residents said they plan to use the Roosevelt light rail station when it opens, according to a 2013 RBCA survey.

Join U District, Let’s Go for an evening of sharing ideas and resources to prepare for these changes. Learn what our neighborhoods are already doing to get ready for transportation investments coming soon. Let’s learn from each other and build on our collective creativity as we get ready for 2021.

Transit Talk: We’re in it Together
Urban Luxe Café, 6105 Roosevelt Way NE

October 4, 2018

6:00 p.m. Doors open, drinks, appetizers, networking

6:30 p.m. program start, welcome, panel introductions and brief presentations

7:40 p.m. moderated audience Q&A

8:00 p.m. program ends

More information and free registration available through the U District, Let’s Go website.

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Urban Survival Skills Fair in Northeast Seattle, Sept. 30, 10-2

September 24th, 2018 by Sara

Learn how to make an emergency toilet, operate an automated external defibrillator (AED), and other handy city life hacks at the Urban Survival Skills Fair on Sept. 30 next to Victory Heights Park. Hosted by Seattle Emergency Hubs, the fair will feature booths and information for those interested in emergency preparedness.

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Fremont’s Oktoberfest Tonight!

September 21st, 2018 by Sara

Fremont Oktoberfest is happening tonight!

Here are some of the guidelines, straight from the horse’s mouth:

Here’s what you need to know: 

  • Fremont Oktoberfest requires a ticket and is 21+ EVERY. SINGLE. DAY.
  • No kids. No babies. No exceptions.
  • Dogs are welcome (and encouraged!) to join you on Sunday Only.

Read on because we are about to school you on how to do Oktoberfest, Fremont style. For real, this is the best page to read on the whole website.


Tasting Tokens
Plastic tokens are included in General Admission (5 tokens) and Grand Admission (10 tokens), and are used like money to purchase tastes of beer with your 5 oz mini-mug, which is also included with your admission. Each token is good for one fill-up of your mini-mug. Got it?

How to Use Them
We have over 100 seasonal beers to taste, so explore the Beer Lineup, find beers you want to try, give the volunteers your mini-mug and a token, and you’re all set.

Worried About Running Out?
Oh no, out of tokens?? Don’t panic, you can buy more at our Merchandise Booth.


A 5 oz commemorative acrylic mini-mug is included with General Admission and Grand Admission.

How to Fill Up Your Mini-Mug
We have 100 seasonal brews to choose from inside of the festival. Decide what you want to try, give the volunteers your mini-mug and a token, and they’ll fill you up.

Don’t Forget
Tastes add up — don’t be deceived by its small stature, the mini-mug packs a punch (in the face).


Buxom Steins
5 oz not enough? No problem. We have larger options available for purchase in the Buxom Beer Garden:

  • Full-liter steins – $20, $10 refills
  • Full-liter boots – $25, $10 refills

Sweet – How Do You Go Buxom?
Purchase your Buxom options in the Buxom Beer Garden. Pay separately with cash or card. Remember, Tasting Garden admission is required.

What if You Only Want the Buxom Stein?
Already know you don’t want the mini-mug? We know your type. Skip the tasting and purchase our Festival Only Admission (entry only with no tasting tokens), then go straight to the Buxom Beer Garden for your Buxom stein options.

Don’t Forget
Buxom steins can only be filled in the Buxom Beer Garden; you will need a mini-mug to enjoy tastes elsewhere in the Tasting Garden. Easy, right? And if you change your mind, you can always buy a mini-mug and tokens at the Merchandise Booth.


Don’t worry, we have ciders and wine available too.


It’s okay, sometimes you just need it spelled out for you. Here you go…. $25 gets you the equivalent of two beers at the bar, plus live music, partying in the streets, over 100 beers to choose from, and drinking for a good cause. AND…. when you get your second wind, it’s $5 for three more tokens, which translates to $5 for a full beer. That’s a pretty good deal for microbrews. So take that.

Still feeling cheated? Fine, have a promo code for two extra tokens on us – enter SKEPTIC when you purchase tickets online.

Have more questions? Check out the FAQs.

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Family theatre at West of Lenin

September 20th, 2018 by Sara

Written by Lindsay Joelle, and Produced by Forward Flux Productions & presenting partner Pratidhwani, A SMALL HISTORY OF AMAL, AGE 7 is an immersive experience that is perfect for the entire family. Audiences will travel to Mumbai, India, where they will meet Amal, a 7 year old boy who uses his explorer’s heart and a little Bollywood magic to fight the god of death. Exploring universal issues through the eyes of a small boy, this imaginative play weaves together heartache and triumph as it invites us to examine our connection to family, our city, and the world. The play is set in 2006, on the day of the Mumbai train bombings. It is inspired by Rabindranath Tagore’s play, The Post Office (Bengali: Dak Ghar) Presented as part of The Flux Salon series last year, this new play was developed with the playwright as Joelle visited Seattle several times this summer to work with the cast and creative team to bring this immersive production to life. Run Time: 75 minutes, no intermission
Featuring: Nabilah Ahmed (Amal), Gurvinder Pal Singh (Uncle), Jay AthalyeSuda (Rishi), Varsha Raghavan (Rishi), Abhijeet Rane (Doctor), Meenakshi Rishi (Nurse)
Creative Team: Samip Raval (Director), Wesley Fruge (Movement Director/Forward Flux Producer), Shahbaz Khan (Assistant Director), Agastya Kohli (Pratidhwani Producer), Cassandra Thorpe (Production Manager), Jordan Gerow (Scenic Design), Pallavi Garg (Costume Design), Zanna King (Lighting Design), Brian Murphy (Sound Design), Karla Davenport (Properties Manager), Justin Duffiance & Annie Duffiance (Technical Director/Set Builders/Scenic Charges), Rachel Culbertson (Stage Manager), Michael Latham (Assistant Stage Manager) Questions? Contact the Producer! at

West Of Lenin: A Small History Of Amal, Age 7
WhenThu, September 20, 7:30pm – 9:30pm
WhereWest of Lenin, 203 N 36th St (map)

Opens SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 22nd @ 8:00pm Previews Sept 19, 20 @ 7:30pm, 21 @ 8:00pm Sept 24, 27, Oct 1, 3, 4 @ 7:30pm Sept 28, 29, Oct 5, 6 @ 8pm

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Senior centers to get $1.7M from city

September 20th, 2018 by Sara

Mayor Jenny A. Durkan announced $1.7 million in awards for senior centers that contribute to the health, well-being, and independence of Seattle’s older adults.

“As our City grows less affordable, we must continue to invest in our most vulnerable residents, including our senior community. Our older neighbors are an asset to our community and a vital part of the fabric of our neighborhoods,” said Mayor Durkan. “Our senior centers provide opportunities for volunteerism, lifelong learning, transportation, and healthy meals. These investments will help our neighbors live longer and enhance their quality of life.”

Twelve nonprofit centers across Seattle will receive awards ranging from $67,000 to $180,000 in 2019, including:

  • Asian Counseling and Referral Service
  • Chinese Information and Service Center
  • International Drop-In Center
  • Greenwood Senior Center (operated by the Phinney Neighborhood Association)
  • Pike Market Senior Center
  • South Park Senior Center
  • Southeast Seattle Senior Center
  • Wallingford Community Senior Center

And four programs operated by Sound Generations:

  • Ballard Senior Center
  • Central Area Senior Center
  • Lake City/Northgate
  • Senior Center of West Seattle

“HSD has developed a results-driven investment model that helps ensure that the department’s work is making a real difference in the lives of vulnerable people, addressing community disparities, and investing in what works,” said Jason Johnson, Interim Director of the Human Services Department. “These centers provide high-quality, cost-effective programs. They reach out to older people who may be socially or culturally isolated and they build a real sense of community.”

The Seattle Human Services Department recommended the senior center awards from the City’s General Fund. Its Aging and Disability Services division reviewed center proposals and made final decisions based on recommendations from a community-based review committee, the geographic location of the center, and the opportunity to serve populations with higher health disparities and/or lower social and emotional support, particularly Hispanic/Latinx and Black/African American older adults.

Several studies show the connection between social engagement, quality of life, and longevity. AARP Foundation’s Connect2Affect lists numerous risk factors for older adults, including diminishing social networks, fewer transportation options, changing roles, and living alone. Social and civic participation and community support are among the goals of the City of Seattle’s Age Friendly Seattle action plan.

For senior center locations, more information about local programs and services for older adults, or answers to questions about aging issues, call Community Living Connections toll-free at 844-348-5464.

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Oktoberfest is coming- volunteer now!

July 12th, 2018 by Sara

From Fremont Chamber of Commerce

Almost two hundred years after the start of the event in Germany, Fremont puts its own twist on tradition as Fremont Oktoberfest is Seattle’s biggest fall beer festival with 100 beer taps of craft beer, German beer, ciders and more offered in mini-mugs for sampling and full 1-liter steins and boots! The event spans a Friday, Saturday and Sunday in late September. It features more 50 breweries, non-stop music with favorite local bands, traditional German food, and a variety of acts and zany contests in keeping with the offbeat Fremont tradition.

Due to lack of refrigeration, in old Germany, the brewing season began with the fall harvest of barley and hops and continued through the cold months of the year. The last brewing happened in March. Any beer left at harvest time had to be consumed before the new beer arrived. At least that was the official line. The last Saturday of September through the first Sunday of October was designated as the time to drink-up all of last season’s beer. It officially became Oktoberfest in 1810, when Crown Prince Ludwig declared a 10-day celebration in honor of his betrothal to Princess Theresa of Bavaria. Since most of us have to work on Monday and cannot party for 16 days, we invite you to experience how the Fremont Oktoberfest squeezes 16 days into one unbelievable weekend. Click here for more information.

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June 16th, 2018 by Sara

Based in Alaska for the 2018 season, the 212-passenger Star Legend will visit Seattle, Windstar’s headquarters, for the first time on June 27, 2018 and make a historic sail through the Chittenden Locks in Ballard and on to Lake Union.

Star Legend sails in Misty Fjords, Alaska for the first time.

On June 27, Star Legend will become the largest-known cruise ship ever to transit the Ballard Locks and the century-old Lake Washington Ship Canal through Ballard and Fremont, to sail on to Lake Union as part a celebration of Pacific Northwest cruising. Star Legend is owned by Seattle-based Windstar Cruises, a small ship cruise line with a fleet of six ships, and is sailing her inaugural season in Alaska from May to Sept., offering boutique, expedition cruising in luxurious, all-suite accommodations.

Star Legend carries 212 guests and 153 crew and is 440 feet in length (134 m.) with a beam (widest point) of 63 feet (19 m.), the ship will have about 7.5 feet to spare on each side as it enters the Ballard Locks. Weighing in at 9,975 gross registered tons (grt) with six passenger decks, 106 suites and 153 international crew,

The public are invited to view the event from shore, time line below.

WHEN: Wednesday, June 27, 2018

WHERE: Bell Street Pier 66, Ballard Locks, Ballard/Fremont Ship Canal and Lake Union.


  • Pier 66 / Elliott Bay – 7 AM to 12:30 PM
  • Ballard Locks – 1 PM & 7 PM
  • Ballard Bridge – Approx. 2 PM & 6:30 PM
  • Ballard Bridge, Ship Canal (Ballard/Fremont), Fremont Bridge – Approx. 2-3 PM & 6-7 PM
  • Shilshole Marina/Golden Gardens in Ballard – 8 PM

WHY: Star Legend is calling on Seattle as a special detour from its summer series of inaugural Alaska cruises, running from May through September. The ship’s visit gives the company a chance to connect with its home town and 150 Seattle-based staff. This will be the first time Star Legend will visit Seattle, and the first time a Windstar ship has been in Seattle in 20 years when sister ship, the 148-passenger masted sailing yacht (MSY) Wind Spirit visited. The public is encouraged to view and welcome the ship to Seattle from various points ashore.

Click here for more information on the cruise line and ship.


Welcome, New Seasons

June 13th, 2018 by Sara

A sponsored post from our friends at New Seasons Market

Looking to patronize businesses that put their values into action: like using sustainable and responsible environmental practices, caring for employees, and building community? There’s a brand-new option in Ballard.

New Seasons Market gives 10 percent of its after-tax profits to local nonprofits, with a focus on three areas: fighting hunger, supporting schools and environmental stewardship. Additionally, the company gives each employee up to eight hours of paid time off each year to participate in local community service projects.

New Seasons Market is committed to supporting the local economy where its stores operate. They offer goods from local makers, farmers, ranchers and fishermen, including community-grown organic produce, sustainable meat produced by the region’s ranchers and wild-caught seafood sourced directly off the Washington coast.

The Local Finds program screens suppliers and assists them in the process of getting their product in front of shoppers.

“While we are thrilled to have so many local products on our shelves, the Local Finds program is about more than that. It’s designed to work with vendors so that they get the right help at the right time so that they can grow sustainably. It’s about helping local entrepreneurs — whether they are growing pears or making cookies — succeed at a pace that’s right for them,” said Chris Tjersland, New Seasons Market’s partner brand development manager.

In an additional effort to minimize its environmental footprint, New Seasons Market announced that the company is eliminating all plastic straws from store locations in Oregon and Washington. The plastic straws will be replaced with paper alternatives to help reduce litter and ocean plastic.

There’s a lot of power in where and how you choose to spend your dollars, and the grocery store is one way conscientious consumers can put their money where their heart is.

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SPU is musical in May

May 2nd, 2018 by Sara

The following events will be held at Seattle Pacific University throughout the month of May. All events are free and wheelchair accessible, and will also be livestreamed on the music department’s website. For more information regarding any of the events, call 206-281-2205.

Symphonic Wind Ensemble Concert

Under the direction of Assistant Professor of Music Danny Helseth, the SPU Wind Ensemble continues their exploration of music by women composers in their final concert of the year. Come help the Wind Ensemble usher in spring as we celebrate the culmination of a year’s study in modern compositions for the band. This concert will be held on Friday, May 11, at 7:30 p.m. at First Free Methodist Church across the street from campus, located at 3200 3rd Ave W.

All-Choir Concert

The final all-choir concert of the year features the Concert Choir, Chamber Choir, Gospel Choir, and Men’s and Women’s Choirs as they team up for an evening of choral music. Celebrate our unity within diversity by coming together in song. This concert will held on Tuesday, May 15, at 7:30 p.m. at First Free Methodist Church across the street from campus, located at 3200 3rd Ave W.

Jazz Ensemble Concert

The SPU Spring Jazz Ensemble Concert features music from throughout the history of jazz, from swing to cool jazz to fusion. Join Instructor of Jazz History and Jazz Piano Dan Kramlich, the Jazz Lab, and the Jazz Ensemble as they explore some of America’s original music from the 20th century. This concert will be held on Tuesday, May 22, at 7:30 p.m. in Nickerson Studios, located at 340 W. Nickerson Street.

Symphony Orchestra Concert

Under the guidance of Director of Orchestra Julia Tai, with violist Amber Archibald-Sesek and combined SPU choirs, the SPU Symphony Orchestra will present a spring concert. Exploring styles from Mozart to Brahms, this concert will be held Thursday, May 24, at 7:30 p.m. at First Free Methodist Church across the street from campus, located at 3200 3rd Ave W.

Percussion Concert

The Percussion Ensemble Spring Concert features a variety of chamber ensembles from the percussion studio. The repertoire includes multiple percussion pieces to ethnic drum ensembles. Join Director of Percussion Studies Dan Adams on Tuesday, May 29, at 7:30 p.m. in E. E. Bach Theatre, located in McKinley Hall.

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The Not-Creepy Gathering for People Who Are Single and Want to Fall In Love

April 27th, 2018 by Sara

Here’s what the event hosts say about this often sold-out event:

Are you a nice person

who just wants to meet another nice person?

This event is for you!

Do you ever look around

at all of your fabulous single friends and think,

“You’re all so great!

Why can’t I get you all in a room together?”

Well, here’s your chance!

“What if I’m gay?”

That’s great!

This event is not just for straight people.

“Aw, I do want love, but I’m too old.”

No you’re not!!!

This event draws adults of all ages.

Are you scared?

It’s okay.  Me, too.

Let’s be scared together.

These carefully crafted, structured events, which involve things like writing exercises, opportunities to talk one-on-one, and all-group activities, are fun, sweet, playful, surprisingly moving, and remarkably effective.

Bring a notebook!”

May 17 at 6pm

Fremont Abbey: 4272 Fremont Ave. N.

Tickets: $5-$20

The event on April 27 sold out so quickly that they’ve added another date! Get your tickets here .



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