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Protect your pets in warm Seattle weather

May 22nd, 2017 by Sara

With our weather looking amazing this week, SAS says protect your pets, especially on 70-degree, sunny days.

Spring weather has finally appeared for Seattle, which means open windows and more time outdoors. As people start to enjoy time outside with their pets, the Seattle Animal Shelter is reminding pet owners that, even on 70-degree days, it is not safe to leave their furry loved ones in vehicles.

Even if the ambient temperature is cool, studies have shown it’s a sunny day that can cause a car’s interior temperature to rise by an average of 40 degrees within an hour, said Ann Graves, Seattle Animal Shelter acting director.

“When the day starts out overcast and cool, pet owners sometimes have a false sense of safety,” Graves said. “But an overcast day can turn to a sunny day in the blink of an eye, and cars will get hot, very fast – and cracking the windows doesn’t help. It’s not worth the risk to leave your pet in a vehicle, on overcast days and especially sunny ones.”

A 2015 Washington state law makes it a violation just to leave an animal unattended in a vehicle or enclosed space, if the animal could be harmed or killed by exposure to excessive heat or cold, lack of ventilation or lack of water. Penalties under this law are in addition to potential animal cruelty charges. Graves reminded the public that the shelter’s humane law enforcement officers responding to calls about animals left in hot cars will utilize all means necessary to access vehicles to remove the animals if they believe the animals are in distress.

The Seattle Animal Shelter offers the following tips for protecting pets on sunny days and during hot weather:

*         If you must travel with your pet, carry water. If a trip requires you leave your pet in the car at any point, think about saving that for another day. It’s not worth the risk.

*         Never leave dogs or cats unattended in a closed, locked vehicle. Animals do not perspire like humans; they cool themselves by panting. Vinyl, leather and even cloth seats in vehicles get hot under animals’ feet and prevent them from perspiring through their paws.

*         Never leave your animal tethered or kenneled in direct sunlight. Provide a shady area for retreat, such as a dog house, porch or shady tree, and always provide access to cool water.

*         If you leave animals indoors, open screened windows, keep a fan running, provide plenty of water and, if possible, leave them in a cool location.

*         Avoid overexerting your animal in hot weather. Exercise is fine when taken in moderation, but obesity, old age, underlying disease and previous bouts of heat stroke can predispose an animal to the condition.

*         For birds, take caution and place the bird’s cage away from direct sunlight during the intense heat of the afternoon. Provide water and fruits and vegetables with high moisture content.

If you see an animal that may be in need of assistance, or if you have questions, contact the Seattle Animal Shelter at 206-386-PETS (7387). Click here for more information.

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Fremont Third Thursday!

May 17th, 2017 by Sara

Every Third Thursday of the month explore Fremont for exclusive deals at local businesses. Check out this month’s offerings:


Join us Thursday May 18th 1-8pm for WINSTON WHITE + WAVES (swimwear) POP-UP. Our boho buds Winston White will be here giving us all the beachy vibes perfect for this sun that is FINALLY emerging. Secondly, they have just launched the most stunning swimwear that will be showcased just for us. Designing out of their studio by Lake Tapps in Washington, the WW are inspired each day by each other and a life on the water.  Don’t miss this fun opportunity to support local businesses and— have some bevies and bumpin’ tunes! Check out our facebook event page here.


Show your receipt from any local business on 5/16 and get FREE chips and guacamole with the purchase of any drink.


PBG is hosting a pop-up with Kelice Penney – creator of the curious critters of Careful, It Bites! Each plush is handmade in Seattle and one of a kind. Severed yeti heads, cat balls and flasher bats await! Check out our facebook event here.


This Third Thursday is our SIGNATURE SPRING EVENT from 5-8pm. Sip signature cocktails from St. Germain liqueur, shop Ash + Ames Jewelry, learn about Lagree Fitness and shop lingerie, of course! RSVP by May 14th at and get a free panty with any purchase this evening! Check out our facebook event here.


Join us at Juniper Flowers for the first session of Fremont Third Thursday: Drawing the Still life Floral. 5:30pm-8pm. We’ll have a lovely floral arrangement vignette set up along with drawing materials for you to try your hand at sketching some of nature’s bounty. Spend 10 minutes or 2 hours it’s up to you. •we’ll have discounts on select flowers and vases available for purchase so you can continue your drawing at home… Maybe even turn it into a painting!


20% off all sewing patterns at District Fabric this Third Thursday!! Help us make room for some new pattern shipments and get some future project inspiration!


Outsider is hosting a Star Wars X-Wing game event on Thursday from 6-10 pm (tickets available on Facebook and Eventbrite), so all day we are having a 20% off all Star Wars sale on any Star Wars geek fashion, jewelry, comics, games and trade paperbacks. Shop closes at 8 pm.

Participating Businesses:

Bellefleur Lingerie | 3504 Fremont Pl N

Burnt Sugar | 601 N 35th St

District Fabric | 513 N 36th St

El Camino | 607 N 35th St

Essenza | 615 N 35th St

Fremont Jewelry Design | 3510 Fremont Pl N

Juniper Flowers | 459 N 36th St

Les Amis | 3420 Evanston Ave N

Liten | 617 N 35th St

Outsider Comics and Geek Boutique | 233 N 36th St

Pipe and Row | 611 N 35th St

Portage Bay Goods | 621 N 35th St

Show Pony | 702 N 35th S

The Sweet Spot | 3507 Evanston Ave N


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Fremont Street Clean-Up at Patrick Place Apartments

May 17th, 2017 by Sara

Join in the clean-up to help make Fremont shine.  The effort starts at Patrick Place Apartments. Volunteers will be supplied with bags, grabbers and a map of where teams are cleaning. After the clean-up, enjoy prizes, music and food!

May 20,from 9:30–11:30am

Patrick Place Apartments, 4251 Aurora Ave N (map)

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BF Day School celebrates 125 years!

May 17th, 2017 by Sara

All are invited to celebrate the 125th year of BF Day Elementary school – the longest operating public school in Seattle! Enjoy a carnival style celebration with performances, an art walk, tours of the building and the historic attic, food vendors, games and more. Alumni, current students and families, history buffs, lover of the arts and everyone in between are welcome. This is a free and public event that will be of epic proportions. Come celebrate this historic building’s rich history.
Fun for the whole family! Find more details here

Sat, May 20, 12pm – 5pm

BF Day Elementary Public School Playfield (map)

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Tech help at the Library

May 12th, 2017 by Sara

Need help with your technology? Fremont Library staff are available to answer your questions about technology and Library services. Learn how to use an e-reader, get a free email address or request books and DVDs. Come to the Library for up to an hour of free, one-on-one help with technology and library services. Registration is required.

Help topics may include:
– Using the Library’s catalog
– Downloading e-books and audiobooks
– Computer basics
– Internet basics
– Email
– Microsoft Word

Please note: staff cannot assist with any kind of hardware or software repair. Registration is required for tech help. Sign up in person or by telephone at 206-233-2669. Appointments are scheduled for up to 45 minutes. Fremont Branch 206-684-4084 or Ask a Librarian

The Fremont Branch is at 731 N. 35th St.

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Celebrate 100 years of the Fremont Cut

May 12th, 2017 by Sara

“From Ross Creek to the Ship Canal, How the Canal Impacted Fremont”: There will be a month long display of photographs, stories and maps presented by the Fremont Historical Society in partnership with the Seattle Public Library in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the opening of the Lake Washington Ship Canal, the Ballard Locks, and the Fremont Bridge on July 4, 1917.

All are invited to a free reception Saturday, May 13 from 11 am to 1 pm and an opportunity to chat with Historical Society members about the display. Light refreshments will be served.

Canal Spillway near Fremont.
Courtesy of MOHAI

At 1 pm, following the reception, Jennifer Ott, HistoryLink historian and co-author with David B. Williams of Waterway: The Story of Seattle’s Locks and Ship Canal, will share some of the stories they uncovered in their research about the decades of false starts, the political shenanigans, and far-reaching social, economic, and environmental impacts of the canal’s construction and operation.

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Welcome Bar Charlie

April 4th, 2017 by WK Leigh

Had a nice little photo shoot for our friends @captivespirits. Our own @myers453 taking a deep sniff. #biggin #seattlebar #bar #craftbar

We always like to welcome new Fremonters to the neighborhood – especially when they bring good food and drink. So let’s send a “cheers” to the latest addition on Stone Way: Bar Charlie! It’s a cozy neighborhood bar – but with a tinge of hipster and a touch of groovy. Just right for Fremont.

Even if the Northwest beer and spirits weren’t enough to pull you in for a pint or two, the interior itself is something worth seeing. It’s inspired by the history of the De Havilland Beaver Seaplane, and the decor actually uses seaplane parts, wood, concrete and metal. Art and photography bring to life the history of the Lake Union seaplanes.

The small-plates menu includes things like a Meat + Cheese Charcuterie Board and a really nice version of poutine, with Beecher’s cheese curds, bacon and brown gravy.

Bar Charlie’s is in the street-level of the Bowman’s apartment complex on Stone Way, near the cross section of 38th Street. They stay open until midnight during the week and 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday. The full kitchen shuts down about three hours earlier, though.

So, stop by and give a welcome to Bar Charlie creator Christian Thomason!



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Wide Open Mic at Stone Way Cafe

March 28th, 2017 by WK Leigh

When was the last time you stopped by Stone Way Cafe, the little black building spilling with people day and night? It’s the one that’s been there for ages, way before all the development and awesome new eateries popped up over the past couple of years. Stone Way Cafe used to be pretty much on its own there, known as a great little place for breakfast amongst the strip of electric companies, lumber and paint stores, etc. Like most of Stone Way, it’s evolved, but has stayed surprisingly close to its earthy-hippie roots. That includes its commitment to local food, art and music – and to its Thursday open-mic nights. The stage is cozy, sound system professional, and a steady stream of acoustic artists sing their hearts out from about 7 – 11 p.m, every single Thursday.

Anyone can participate; just sign up by 6:45 and wait for your time. Slots do fill up pretty quickly, so show up as early as you can. It’s a very low-key thing, but popular with Fremont locals sipping beer, cider, wine and espresso drinks (hot tip: the spicy Mexican mocha).

No cover charge, and kids are more than welcome. Pop in and support your local Seattle musicians, poets and artists!

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Gas Works Play Area Renovation – Speak Up!

March 10th, 2017 by WK Leigh

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Gas Works Park Play Area Closed for Studies

We all have a stake in our neighborhood’s play areas – because happy families make happy communities. So it’s time to let Fremont voices be heard. Everyone has until March 17, 2017 to sound off in the comment period allotted by Seattle Parks and Recreation for the Gas Works Park Play Area Renovation and Cleanup Investigation.

SPR plans to install new play equipment at Gas Works, while Puget Sound Energy hops on the bandwagon to conduct studies of contaminated groundwater – specifically where arsenic is impacting groundwater under the play area. They’ll also install part of a system of pipes and monitoring wells to cleanup the contamination that’s already in place there. It’s not just the park that’s impacted by this; it’s also crucial to prevent more contamination from caching Lake Union. Elevated concentrations of arsenic were first detected in soil and groundwater samples collected beneath the Play Area in 2013. (more…)

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SPU Free Percussion Concert Tonight

March 7th, 2017 by WK Leigh


SPU Percussion Ensemble

Seattle Pacific University continues its Winter 2017 Concert Series with a free performance by its Percussion Ensemble tonight, March 7, at 7:30 pm. The student ensemble is well known for its interpretations of traditional, classical and historic compositions using drums and eclectic percussive instruments.
The SPU Percussion Ensemble is multi-faceted, with several distinct groups performing a wider range of music. The “ethnic group” performs traditional drumming from West Africa, Cuba, Brazil and the South Pacific, while the “chamber groups” focus on classical works, and the “historical group” brings to life the traditional drumming of the American Revolution and Civil War, using period instruments.


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