News blog for Seattle's Fremont neighborhood


Help create pop-up parks in Fremont!

July 13th, 2017 by Sara

PARK(ing) Day 2017 is just around the corner – Friday, September 15th – and SDOT is now accepting applications for pop-up parks!  This day is an opportunity for anyone to create a mini park for fun and entertainment.  It’s also a chance to re-envision how we use our public space.

Anyone can create a park with fun activities like games, lounge chairs, food, exercises or almost anything you can imagine.  Check out their website to see official guidelines, inspiration, frequently asked questions, and to submit your FREE application.

*         Applications due August 18th, so don’t delay!

*         Community groups can also request up to $5,000 from the Neighborhood Matching Fund Small Sparks program (but the deadline to apply for financial support for PARK(ing) Day is Monday, August 7th)!  See their website or call 206-733-9916 to find out more.

*         And lastly, if your business or organization is interested in dipping your toe into Parklets and Streateries, PARK(ing) Day is the best day of the year to try it out.

We look forward to what your park has in store!

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Last week to apply for Seattle Youth Commission

July 13th, 2017 by Sara

From Meghan at our sister site myballard

This is the last week the city will be accepting Seattle Youth Commission applications; the deadline is Monday, July 17 at 5pm.

The commission is made up of 15 Seattleites ages 13-19 that address issues of importance to youth, according to the city. The teens are appointed by the mayor and Seattle City Council, and work with elected officials, city staff, community leaders, and young people citywide to make positive changes in their communities through policy, organizing, and events.

The commissioners serve two-year terms, beginning in September 2017, ending June 19. The commission meets twice monthly, and each commissioner is required to attend a half-day retreat on Saturday, September 23.

To apply, visit or complete this application and submit:

  • Via email:
  • Via postal mail: Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, c/o Seattle Youth Commission, PO Box 94649, Seattle WA 98124-4649
  • In person: Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, located in City Hall, 600 4thAvenue, 4th floor

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City extends comment period on evaluation of citywide Mandatory Housing Affordability

July 7th, 2017 by Sara

By Doree at our sister site

The Seattle Office of Planning and Community Developmenthas extended the public comment period on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for three possible zoning changes needed to implement Mandatory Housing Affordability.

Those changes would apply to urban villages and other commercial and multifamily residential zones across the city.

The new deadline is Aug. 7.

You can provide feedback on the environmental study using this online form or by e-mailing

“Due to a high volume of requests, both online and at a recent public hearing, we are extending the written comment period on this environmental study an additional 15 days,” said OPCD Director Sam Assefa. “While there is broad agreement on the need for more affordable housing across Seattle, these documents are lengthy and complex, and we want to honor these requests for more time for public review.”

MHA helps ensure that as Seattle grows, development supports affordable housing for low-income families and individuals by either building rent-restricted homes on-site or making a payment to the Seattle Office of Housing fund for affordable housing. To implement MHA, the City would grant additional development capacity to allow for construction of more market-rate housing and commercial space.

The City Council has already enacted MHA in Downtown, South Lake Union, and the University District. This study evaluates implementing MHA in 27 other urban villages throughout the city.

MHA was a key recommendation of the Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda (HALA) Advisory Committee.

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North Transfer Station closed July 4 for Gasworks Park event

July 3rd, 2017 by Sara

The North Transfer station in Wallingford will be closed to decrease traffic in the neighborhood from the 4th of July event at Gasworks park.  The South Transfer station will be open for customers from 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The South station is in the South Park neighborhood at 130 S. Kenyon Street.

For more information about Transfer station hours, rates, and materials accepted, call (206)684-8400 or click here.

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

Learn more about Seattle Public Utilities, here.

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July Happenings at Book Larder

July 3rd, 2017 by Sara

Book Discussion: My Berlin Kitchen
Tuesday, July 11th 6:30-7:30pm
Free w/ book purchase or $10 ticket
Click here to attend this event

Join Book Larder for their quarterly book discussion! In July, they’re delving into My Berlin Kitchen by Luisa Weiss. In this inspiring memoir, you’ll learn the story of how Weiss, who spent her childhood shuttling back and forth between her Italian mother in Berlin and her American father in Boston, struggles to find a place to call home. In pursuit of comfort and familiarity no matter where she is, she turns to the kitchen, cooking her way through a collection of recipes and documenting her adventures on her blog, The Wednesday Chef. Follow along as she searches for her identity and place in the world, finding happiness and love waiting where she least expects it. Discussion is limited to 20 guests. If you purchase the book, the evening is free;
otherwise it’s $10. Enjoy snacks and drinks tailored to the book as well.

Upcoming Offsite Author Talks and Parties
Author Rosé Party with Victoria James and Lyle Railsback : Drink Pink
Thursday, August 3rd 5:30-7:30pm at Vif.
Book Larder is excited to team with friends at Vif to welcome Victoria James and Lyle Railsback to Seattle to celebrate all things rosé and their new book, “Drink Pink.”  In this enchanting book, Victoria (a sommelier and restaurant-professional) offers a spirited look at where rosé comes from and  how it’s made, and provides expert insight on what bottles to try (and what bottles to absolutely avoid). She also provides easy traditional and seasonal recipes using this versatile, flavorful wine. With whimsical illustrations from Lyle, this is a book that’s sure to appeal to wine novices and connoisseurs alike. What better place to enjoy our favorite drink of summer that at Vif, with it’s marvelous food and naturally made wines.  Come any time between 5:30-7:30 and order a glass along with Vif’s signature small plates, crafted for this evening.  Victoria and Lyle will say a few words about the book and take questions around 6:30.  And of course they’ll be there with the books, perfect for any rosé lover in your life. Read more

Author Talk with Yotam Ottolenghi and Helen Goh: SWEET
Thursday, October 5th, noon-1pm at Stroum Jewish Community Center $45, (book included.)

Click here for tickets. If you missed getting tickets for their evening event with Yotam and Helen, never fear.  Book Larder is delighted to partner with Stroum Jewish Community Center to welcome Yotam Ottolenghi and Helen Goh for another author event, as they celebrate their latest book, SWEET. Everyone takes home a signed copy of SWEET, and they’ll be there with additional copies of SWEET and Yotam’s other cookbooks, which you can pre-order here. For easy pickup at the event (just type “JCC event” in the NOTES field).
Please note that tickets to this event are sold and managed by SJCC, and are non-refundable.

Upcoming Author Talks

Author Talk with Emily Paster:
The Joys of Jewish Preserving
Monday, July 10th 6:30-8pm
FREE Click here to RSVP for this event learn about one of the most vital subtopics in Jewish cooking: preserved foods! Jewish cooks, even casual ones, are proud of the history of preserved foods in Jewish life, from the time of living in a desert two millennia ago to the era in which Jews lived in European ghettoes with no refrigeration during the last century. In a significant sense, the Jewish tradition of preserved foods is a symbol of the Jewish will to survive. Read more

Author Talk with Pat Tanumihardja:
Farm to Table Asian Secrets
Thursday, July 13th 6:30-8pm
FREE Click here to RSVP for this event
In this delightful Asian cookbook, you’ll learn the secrets of vegetarian & vegan Asian cooking -how to blend flavors, textures, aromas and colors-to create full-flavored vegetarian dishes that are missing none of the umami normally associated only with meat and dairy. Author Pat Tanumihardja shows you how to buy and use the freshest in-season produce to create delicious dishes with startlingly new flavors and textures-by adding the traditional sweet, sour, spicy, savory seasonings that every Asian cook knows. Read more

Author Talk with Michelle Tam & Henry Fong of Nom Nom Paleo:Ready or Not!
Wednesday, August 2nd 6:30-8pm
$35 (book included)
Click here to sign up for this event
Ready or Not is a new cookbook from the James Beard award-nominees and New York Times best-selling creators of Nom Nom Paleo, the wildly popular blog, app, and best-selling cookbook! Ready or Not makes healthy Paleo home cooking a breeze, no matter if there’s time to prepare or just minutes to spare. Whether you’re a fastidious planner or a last-minute improviser, you’ll find plenty of deliciously nourishing options, from make-ahead feasts to lightning-fast leftover makeovers. Presented in Nom Nom Paleo’s deliriously fun comic book style, Ready or Not makes Paleo cooking easy, no matter how much time you have. Read more


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June 29th, 2017 by Sara

Supply dips sharply with schools out, donors on vacation

Fireworks, hot dogs, parades, families, history, American heroes – these are the memories of every Fourth of July. This year, add blood donation! What better way to help your community than by helping fellow Americans depending on blood to survive?

“Donating blood takes only an hour of your time, and has the potential to save up to three lives,” notes James P. AuBuchon, MD, president and CEO of Bloodworks.

Summer is a challenging time for maintaining the local blood supply, with schools and colleges on break, and donors on vacation. “We’re already at the point where inventories of the most-needed blood types are nearing critical levels – meaning we have only a two or three day supply,” AuBuchon said.

All 12 Bloodworks donor centers will be open on Tuesday July 4th for whole blood donations and apheresis collections (platelet, plasma and double red cell). Donors can schedule an appointment at any Bloodworks donor center by going online at or by calling 1-800-398-7888. People can also can check online at to find dates and times of mobile drives close to where they live or work.

The need for blood is continuous throughout summer to support patients having surgeries, organ transplants and cancer treatment. It takes about 800 donors a day to maintain a sufficient supply for more than 90 hospitals served by Bloodworks in Washington, Oregon and Alaska.

“To avoid a summer crunch, we’re asking people who haven’t donated recently to celebrate the 4th by giving blood, or by scheduling an appointment during the next two weeks,” AuBuchon said.

There is a special need for O blood type, platelets, and AB plasma – but all donors are welcome.


Outdoor summer fun is almost here: Time to protect your skin

June 27th, 2017 by Sara

Sponsored post by UW Medicine.

Despite our dreary climate, skin cancer in Washington is more common than you think

As Pacific Northwesterners, we know it rains all the time and sun is a rarity reserved for the summer months. But all those storm clouds don’t protect us from the possibility of skin cancer. Did you know Washington has more incidences of skin cancer than sunny states like California and Arizona?

Unfortunately, that increased risk includes melanoma, the most serious form of skin cancer and the type likeliest to spread if it isn’t caught early. And melanoma is on the rise—not just in Washington, but throughout the country.

The good news? “We’re diagnosing people earlier,” said Dr. Michi Shinohara, a UW Medicine dermatologist who specializes in dermatologic oncology.

Melanomas can show up anywhere on your skin, even areas that aren’t commonly exposed to sun. They are often larger, asymmetrical, have uneven edges, or aren’t evenly pigmented.

“We call them ugly ducklings because they stand out,” Shinohara said. “If you have a mole or spot on your skin that looks different from the others, visit your doctor.”

People who are older or have a family history of skin cancer are at greater risk. UV therapy to treat skin conditions like psoriasis or skin lymphoma can also increase risk. If you’ve had skin cancer before, you’re more likely to get it again.

Melanoma is rarer, but serious. The most common forms of skin cancer—basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma—are generally slow growing and curable.

Skin cancer is “relatively easy to prevent,” Shinohara said. Her tips:

• Use sunscreen that’s SPF 30 or higher and broad spectrum, blocking both UVA and UVB rays. Ultimately, though, any sunscreen is better than none. “The best sunscreen is the one you use,” Shinohara said.
• Reapply sunscreen regularly, especially if you’re swimming or sweating.
• It takes about two tablespoons of sunscreen to sufficiently protect your entire body.
• Even better, wear dark-colored clothing that covers your skin and has a tighter weave. Don’t forget sunglasses!
• If you have very pale skin or burn easily, you’ll need to use more sunscreen and reapply more often.
• If your skin is darker, still wear sunscreen. More pigment in your skin does provide some sun protection, but no one is immune to skin cancer.
• Try to avoid exposure between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. when the sun is most intense.
• Don’t pre-tan (or tan at all). It won’t protect your skin or lower your risk for skin cancer. Any kind of tanning permanently damages your skin.

Ultimately, the best course of action is to wear sunscreen whenever you spend time outside, even if it’s cloudy or cooler. Bring extra sunscreen with you if you’re traveling to a sunny place and store extra bottles in your car and at work.

“I’m not saying be vampires, but do be aware,” Shinohara said. “We can’t undo damage from sun.”

If you notice a new or changing spot on your skin, visit a UW Medicine primary care provider to get it checked out.

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Seattle Youth Commission now accepting applications

June 20th, 2017 by Sara

By Hilary U at our sister site Wedgwoodview

The City of Seattle is now accepting applications for the Seattle Youth Commission (SYC), a commission of 15 Seattleites ages 13-19 that address issues of importance to youth. Appointed by the Mayor and Seattle City Council, youth serving on this commission get a unique opportunity to work with elected officials, City staff, community leaders, and young people citywide to make positive changes in their communities through policy, organizing, and events. The deadline to apply is Monday, July 17 at 5:00 p.m.

Youth serving on the commission will be required to attend a half-day retreat on Saturday, September 23, bi-monthly SYC meetings, and additional committee commitments.  The commission meets the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of each month at Seattle City Hall from 4:30 – 6:00 p.m. Commissioners serve a two-year term beginning in September 2017 and ending June 2019.

In addition to representing youth across the city, commissioners receive hands-on experience in the public sector and learn how to cultivate the youth voice in city policy.

To apply, click here or complete this application and submit:

Via email:
Via postal mail: Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, c/o Seattle Youth Commission, PO Box 94649, Seattle WA 98124-4649
In person: Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, located in City Hall, 600 4th Avenue, 4th floor

Interviews will be held on August 7 and 9 from 4 – 6 p.m.

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Woodland Park Zoo giraffe gives birth

June 20th, 2017 by Sara

By Doree at our sister site

Early this morning, Woodland Park Zoo’s 8-year-old giraffe, Tufani, gave birth. The calf’s gender has not yet been determined. It will be examined for the first time tomorrow to identify gender, height and weight.

Photo by Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren, Woodland Park Zoo.

Mom and baby are currently off view in the barn to allow for nursing and bonding. After 72 hours, staff will turn on the giraffe cam. The calf is expected to start following its mom to the outside enclosure within a week or two.

The calf will be named later this summer.

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Zoo to host after-work mixer, ‘Hoot for the Hood’

June 12th, 2017 by Sara

By Meghan Walker at our sister site My Ballard

Who said the zoo is just for kids? Woodland Park Zoo is taking advantage of its prime location amongst some of the hippest neighborhoods in town and is hosting an after-work “mix and mingle” for neighbors to meet one another, eat ice cream, and check out the zoo.

“Woodland Park Zoo is nestled between some of the hippest and most active neighborhoods in Seattle, and the zoo is excited to pay tribute to its supportive neighboring communities,” the organizers write.

The zoo will open up the Molbak’s Butterfly Garden and Microsoft Pollinator Patio exhibits for the mixer, to be held on Friday, June 23 from 6:30 to 8pm. To RSVP, register at Evening parking for the event is free. For more info call  206-548-2500.

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