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Entries from April 2012

Parks Department holding public workshop on applying for money to create new parks

April 30th, 2012 by Sara

From our partners at Phinneywood

Thanks to the 2008 Parks levy, $15 million was allocated for communities to develop new parks. $7 million has already been allocated, but another $8 million is available in the 2012-13 cycle.

Project proposal letters are due by 4 p.m. on Monday, June 11, and full project applications are due by 4 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 17.

Parks Department officials will help applicants at a workshop from 6-7:30 p.m. on Tuesday at the Greenwood Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N.

Check out the Parks Department’s online application system, which includes templates for proposal letters and applications, a detailed timeline, criteria, and analysis maps.

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Deluxe Junk to close

April 29th, 2012 by Sara

After more than 3 decades, Deluxe Junk is closing it’s doors. Reportedly, a dispute with the store’s landlord over their lease led to a grassroots campaign to save Deluxe Junk. However, an agreement was reached last week and store owner David Marzullo has decided to retire. The store will close within 60 days, and building owner, Doric Lodge No. 92 will take back ownership of the space. Deluxe Junk’s Facebook page confirms:

Well that was one for the books. Thank you all… As you can imagine we feel like a couple of rag dolls at a puppy`s convention. Reasoning has been restored and the calm is a good thing. We have now settled into the fact that we are retiring and leaving Fremont and you all but to be honest folks we are tired. It has been a phenomenal run and the people and…we have met over the years deserves a book. Maybe that will be our retirement. Write about Deluxe and Fremont. Pulling no punches. We are fine now about retiring, regardless of the earlier not to be spoken of circumstances, and want all anger out of the picture and on to a celebration of our times together. We will miss you as much as you will miss us, have no doubt. But all good times come to an end but it doesn’t mean we have to mourn. As a bit of funny nostalgia we have put some photos up of what Fremont looked like just before we opened. Please, we now need your support to help us liquidate. We are finding great stuff in the back rooms and are adding to our 50% off sale daily, We don`t want to seem desperate but we are. Tell everyone you can to come on down. We will be having the sale run every day but Wednesday and again thank all our soldiers for fighting to right a wrong. The power of the people should never be underestimated and you guys proved that. You should be as proud of yourselves as we are of you.

This iconic store will be missed by many. Readers, do you have a favorite Deluxe Junk purchase or experience to share?

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The Fremont Fair is just around the corner

April 26th, 2012 by Sara

Photo from

The 41st Annual Fremont Fair kicks off June 15th. Here’s a preview of some of the weekends’ events:

Friday Night Pre-Party, June 16th 15th (please note this correction- my apologies!) from 5-11pm
New to the Fremont Fair this year, the Main Stage Beer Garden and the Redhook Main Stage will be open on Friday. Celebrate the Solstice with beer and live music until after the sun goes down.

Solstice Parade-Saturday, June 16th
Celebrate Fremont with the whimsical Solstice Parade, produced by the Fremont Arts Council. Arrive early to stake your claim- it gets crowded. After the parade, shop, eat, mingle and drink in the ‘Center of the Universe’.

Dads and Dogs Day-Sunday, June 17
Bring Dad and your pooch down to the fair at 2:30pm to participate in a one-of-a-kind pup procession! Costumes encouraged.

The Waterfront and Main Stage Beer Gardens are presented by the Fremont Chamber of Commerce. Rock out to live music on the Redhook Main Stage and wander around through the over 300 arts and crafts vendors.

Mark your calendar-you may want to take Monday off.
Click here for more information.

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Center for Wooden Boats to open North Lake Union facility next week

April 25th, 2012 by Sara

From our partners at My Wallingford

Next weekend, the Center for Wooden Boats (CWB) is opening their second location at North Lake Union near Gas Works Park (1475 N Northlake Place). The plan to open a new facility on a former Metro Transit property has been in the works for quite some time, and they’ve announced they’re ready to open next weekend, on Saturday, May 5.

The CWB says the new facility is a workshop and warehouse, where historic boats will be housed for restoration. At present, the facility is land-based. However, they say they hope to build public access to the water to “complete our vision for the Northlake Community Wharf.” There will be a public showing and tour of the new facility on Saturday, May 5 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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Fremont P-Patch Gardeners to Help Save Bees

April 24th, 2012 by Sara

Scientists in the Department of Biology at the University of Washington need your help. They are launching a huge project which will allow them to monitor local bee populations.

Members of the “Urban Pollination Project” announced plans to recruit P-Patch gardeners and supply them with specially selected tomato plants. Those gardeners will then act as citizen scientists, monitoring the plants, performing experiments and collecting data. The compiled data will help the researchers track the number and diversity of native bee populations in the Seattle area. It will also help the scientists determine the effects of environmental influences on the bees in hopes of improving crop production in urban gardens.

Why this is so important?

Recently, honeybees have received considerable attention because of a phenomenon known as “colony collapse disorder,” which has decimated their numbers. But the honeybees are not the only pollinators in danger. Native bees, like bumble bees, are also in crisis, with populations plummeting. UW researchers are working to determine what is behind the sudden decline in diversity and abundance. The survival of such pollinators is critical for human survival as well. Roughly one-third of what we eat depends on bees for pollination.

Click here for more information

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Woodland Park Zoo announces Zoo Tunes lineup

April 24th, 2012 by Sara

By Doree
Woodland Park Zoo has announced the lineup for the summer ZooTunes. Concerts happen in the North Meadow, rain or shine.

  • June 27: Leo Kottke / Jake Shimabukuro ($24)
  • July 3: k.d. lang and the Siss Boom Bang ($38)
  • July 18: Grace Potter & The Nocturnals ($22)
  • July 19: Ziggy Marley ($28)
  • Aug. 1: Los Lobos / Steve Earle and the Dukes ($28)
  • Aug. 5: The Johnny Clegg Band / Ladysmith Black Mambazo ($28)
  • Aug. 12: An Evening With Melissa Etheridge ($39.50) (photo below)
  • Aug. 15 & 16: An Evening With Pink Martini ($34)
  • Aug. 22: Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue / Robert Randolph & the Family Band ($26)
  • Aug. 29: Rosanne Cash / Madeleine Peyroux ($26)

Concerts are festival seating; bring your own blanket or low-backed chair (max height of 24 inches). You can bring in your own food, but not alcohol. Food and beverages will be for sale. Zoo gates open at 5 p.m.; concerts start at 6 p.m.

Tickets go on sale beginning at 8 a.m. this Friday. Members will receive an email with presale information to buy tickets starting on Wednesday. A limited number of tickets are available for purchase at zoo gates during zoo hours. One child 12 and under per paid ticket is admitted free.

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Dine out to save lives this Thursday

April 24th, 2012 by Sara

Via Tribunali and Blue Moon Burgers are just two of the many Fremont-area restaurants to participate in the 19th annual Dining Out for Life on Thursday, April 26th- where restaurants throughout King, Kitsap & Snohomish Counties raise money for the Lifelong AIDS Alliance.

When you dine or shop at a participating restaurant, grocery store, cafe, or bakery on this day, up to 30% of your purchase is donated to Lifelong AIDS Alliance and the fight against illness and hunger in our community. Click here to see the rest of the participating restaurants.

Lifelong AIDS Alliance is a non-profit organization that prevents the spread of HIV, provides support services for those whose lives are affected by HIV/AIDS, as well as delivers medically nutritious meals to individuals living with and without HIV/AIDs through the Chicken Soup Brigade Program. Based in Seattle, Lifelong advocates to expand resources for programs that benefit those at risk of and living with HIV/AIDS.

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Only a few months left to eat at Elemental

April 23rd, 2012 by Sara

The lease is up, and Laurie Riedeman, and Phred Westfall will close both Elemental@Gasworks and Elemental Next Door (END), on June 21. Riedeman says she and her business partner have “decided to explore new challenges”.

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Fremont Neighborhood Council meeting Monday

April 22nd, 2012 by Sara

The Fremont Neighborhood Council 2012 Annual General Meeting Monday, April 23, 2012, will honor longtime FNC Boardmember and Fremonster George Heideman. Jim Diers, author of NEIGHBOR POWER and founder of Seattle’s Office of Neighborhoods, will be featured, as well as the election of FNC Board.
The social starts at 6:30, meeting at 7 pm. Light refreshments will be served. Location: Doric Lodge 92 (619 N. 36th St) in Fremont.
Membership not required for attendance.

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