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Entries from September 2011

Oktoberfest Time In Fremont This Weekend

September 23rd, 2011 by master

Break out the lederhosen, Fremont Oktoberfest is finally here.

September 23rd – 25th, the Fremont fall tradition returns with plenty of beer, brats and entertainment to keep you busy all weekend long.

Here’s what you can expect all weekend long…

Tasting Garden – Tasting Garden admission include a 5oz tasting mug and tasting tokens to sample over 80 microbrews and german beers.

Buxom Beer Garden – Once you are done with your tasting and ready to sit down with a “Buxom” beer, the Tap House Grill Buxom Beer Garden is the place for you.

Musical Entertainment – Check out the line-up of musical acts that will be performing all weekend.

5K and Street Scramble – It’s a race to the beer garden in the 9th annual Fremont Oktoberfest 5K. Or if you’d rather take an “amazing race” around Fremont, the Scramble is for you.

There’s also plenty of fun going on in the Oktoberfest village or in one of the many lounges set up throughout. There’s even lots of activities for your pooch on Sunday, or “Dogtoberfest,” as you just knew they would call it.

For more info on the events, tickets and anything else, visit the official website.

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What’s New, Fremont? Taiji, Soup, Mulching & More…

September 21st, 2011 by master

A look around the neighborhood to catch some of the stories falling through the cracks…

Friends of Fremont Peak Park are hosting a work party on Sunday, October 2nd from 10 am to 1 pm. Get ready to do a little planting, a little weeding and some mulching (as well as having some fun). RSVP to

The Korner Kitchen checked in to let us know that their Fall/Winter menu will include Baked Potato Soup, Vegetarian Chili, Corn Chowder, Tomato Basil, White Chicken Chili, Red Chili, Southwest Chicken Fiesta, Country Mushroom & Sour Cream.

Incoming cookbook store The Book Larder gets previewed in the Seattle Weekly this week.

Eng3, a company that has developed new ways to improve how the human body responds to damage from free radical buildup, has recently moved into a facility near Fremont (4041 Roosevelt Way NE). Go say hi sometime.

Karin Collins Taijiquan & Qigong has a ton of new classes going on, including Balancing the Heart Qigong class, the Beginning Yang Style Long or Short Form class or the Taiji Workout—a great way to cross-train, work out & meditate all in one. Also, check out this video of their recent Taiji Retreat in Bandon, OR.

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WSDOT Sends An Aurora Bridge Progress Report

September 21st, 2011 by master

No doubt you have seen Massana Construction crews hard at work under the Aurora Bridge.  WSDOT thought it was time for a project update to let you know what’s going on and how long it will be happening.

To refresh your memory, contractor crews are working on phase three of a three-phase plan to retrofit the Aurora Avenue bridge to make it better withstand earthquakes. This current phase wraps support columns with FRP (fiber reinforced polymer), a specialized wrap that conforms to the unique cruciform (“+”-shaped) style for the columns that support the bridge.  In short, it allows Fremont to keep the look and feel of the historical period while satisfying the safety and earthquake needs that come with a modern structure.

If you are in the area, take a look at the column across from the Troll on 36th Street on the southwest corner. Crews just did a test section to see how it looks. It appears to have worked well. Now crews will wrap the other 14 columns on the north end and four columns on the south end with this specialized wrap.

We will be on this end of the bridge into early next year.

However…..we will suspend work and move our equipment for the Troll’s birthday on Halloween. We hear a lot of you Fremont folks like to help the Troll celebrate in costume. Maybe we’ll join you, dressed as a safety cone!

Images: WSDOT

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Nine Day Alaskan Way Viaduct Closure Coming

September 21st, 2011 by master

I know this isn’t specifically Fremont-related but something tells me you’re going to be affected one way or another…

Nearly 110,000 cars travel across the Alaskan Way Viaduct each day. Next month, those drivers will be pushed onto other streets as Washington Department of Transportation crews demolish the southern end of the Viaduct.

Starting on Friday, October 21st, the Viaduct will be closed for nine full days.

“The nine-day closure of the viaduct will significantly affect traffic across the Puget Sound region,” said Matt Preedy, WSDOT Alaskan Way Viaduct deputy program director. “We realize that not everyone can completely change their commute. But for those who have a choice, options such as vanpooling, carpooling or other forms of transportation can help you avoid long delays.”

Northbound closure details:

  • Northbound SR 99 between the West Seattle Bridge and South Royal Brougham Way will be closed around the clock from 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21, to 5 a.m. Monday, Oct. 31.
  • Northbound SR 99 between the South Royal Brougham Way on-ramp and the Battery Street Tunnel will be open from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday, and for special events at CenturyLink Field.
  • Southbound closure details:

  • Southbound SR 99 between the Battery Street Tunnel and West Seattle Bridge will be closed around-the-clock from 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21 to 5 a.m. Monday, Oct. 31.
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    Moving Planet Bike Ride This Weekend

    September 20th, 2011 by master

    This Saturday, September 24, is Moving Planet day, a worldwide rally to recognize and find solutions for climate change. In Seattle, the Cascade Bicycle Club is hosting a bike ride at 11 a.m. from the Wallingford Center to South Lake Union, where riders will find a bonanza of:

    …tasty food trucks, Undriving, music, Lake Union walks, a mini-boat regatta, climate phone apps, giant puppets, workshops on Moving Beyond Coal and Moving Beyond Oil with Earth Ministry, Sierra Club and Climate Solutions, hands-on classes on skateboarding with Skate Like A Girl, eBikes, bike hauling with Haulin Colin, Seattle Electric Vehicles, stand-up kayaking and much, much more. (from Cascade Bicycle Club)

    The event at South Lake Union is a event. is a grassroots environmental organization, working to educate people about climate change. The group is named 350 because the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is 392 ppm, and climate scientists say that number needs to drop below 350 ppm.

    Moving Planet will last from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. To learn more about specific events on tap, visit the website or Facebook page.

    Update: A group of kayakers will also be making their way to South Lake Union from Gas Works Park. If interested, contact to let them know if you’re joining. From the flyer, “Be prepared for lots of boats on South Lake Union. We will hug the west shore and each at the park, return at your convenience.”

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    Today is PARK(ing) Day

    September 16th, 2011 by master

    Around the world, people are celebrating PARK(ing) Day, where artists and community members temporarily transform parking spaces into public parks and other social spaces. According to Feet First, “Fifteen on-street parking spaces across Seattle, from Rainier Valley to Fremont neighborhoods (Bitters Co & Hub and Bespoke), will be occupied by public parks for the day between the hours of 9:00 a.m and 3:00 p.m.” Here is a map of Seattle’s participation.

    From the Seattle Department of Transportation:

    This year, the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) and Latino City Employees with the help of Feet First are creating a park to raise awareness about important issues like creating a walkable, livable, healthy city and to kick-off the Latino Heritage Month (September 15 – October 15). We will have lawn games, chairs, music, and information about the City’s Race and Social Justice Initiative, SDOT services, and events to celebrate the Latino and Hispanic Heritage Month. Downtown employees and residents are invited to bring a lunch and join us on Fifth Avenue between Columbia and Marion in front of the Bank of America building between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

    PARK(ing) Day was started in 2005 by Rebar, a San Francisco-based art and design studio. Last year, more than 800 “PARK” installations popped up in more than 180 cities in 30 countries on six continents. To learn more, visit the PARK(ing) Day site.

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    Buckaroo Tavern Reunion At Boxcar This Weekend

    September 15th, 2011 by master

    Looks like the old gang is getting back together.

    Saturday, September 17th will be the one-year anniversary since the Buckaroo closed its doors for the final time in Fremont. While the red building continues to undergo changes, the old crew that used to gather at the outside rails or cozy up to the bar are getting together for a little reunion.

    The Boxcar will host a reunion of Buckaroo regulars on September 17th. Folks can regale each other with tales of memorable nights, good times and the many motorcycles that used to line Fremont Ave. all night.

    As for the old Buckaroo and what’s to become of it, that remains unknown. It looks like the inside has been gutted and you can now see the interior, but there doesn’t seem to be anything going on. We’ll keep you posted.

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    Fremont’s Fleur De Lis Featured On CityStream

    September 15th, 2011 by master

    The Emmy award-winning show CityStream recently profiled Fremont garden ornament business, Fleur De Lis.

    In this economy, making a go of a new business can be risky. But when a landmark garden ornament store in Fremont closed last year, it was an opportunity for a new beginning Miguel Hernandez couldn’t pass up. So with some money saved up, and a lot of passion, Fleur De Lis Garden Ornaments opened its doors providing a relaxing and tranquil relief for those looking to slow down and bring peace into their lives and yards.

    Then tune in for the season premier of CityStream with host Penny LeGate from Fleur De Lis Garden Ornaments in Fremont. We’ll take a look at what some City kids did on their summer break – how many of them ventured into the great outdoors for the first time thanks to the O2 Program with Parks and Recreation. Plus, tune up your old instruments. There’s a community orchestra looking for new musicians as well as mentors.

    Here’s a sneak peak of the piece to whet your appetite. The episode premieres tonight (Thursday) at 7pm on the Seattle Channel, cable channel 21.

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    Fremont Arts Council Celebrates ‘Day Of Caring’ With Cleanup

    September 15th, 2011 by master

    On Friday, September 16, join thousands of your friends, neighbors and colleagues to do more during an all-county day of volunteering brought to you by the Untied Way of King County called the Day of Caring.

    Here in Fremont, the Fremont Arts Council will be celebrating the Day of Caring by hosting a “revitalization & cleaning day in Fremont.”

    Those interested in participating should meet at the Power House (3940 Fremont Ave N) at 10:00am. All are welcome, so long as you wear your “get dirty” clothes.

    The United Way will be hosting a Day of Caring After Party at CenturyLink Field (formerly Qwest Field) in the afternoon to celebrate.

    To more on the Fremont Arts Council, visit their site. For more on the United Way of King County, visit their site.

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    Aurora Bridge Closed Southbound Due To Police Activity (Update)

    September 14th, 2011 by master

    Update: MyBallard has the details on what happened. Two bank robbers caused the disturbance and both have been apprehended.

    Original: 2:00pm – You should steer clear of the Aurora Bridge right now. Police have closed the southbound lane “due to SWAT activity.”

    According to a Seattle PD tweet, “SWAT activity in the 2400 block of Aurora Av N. N and S bound Aurora traffic impacts. More details of incident later.”

    That helicopter you hear overhead is likely related. More details as we get them. In the meantime, the traffic delays are impacting Fremont Ave. as well so avoid it if you can.

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