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Entries from July 2012

Fremont “to do” list

July 30th, 2012 by Sara

Some neighborhood event highlights for the second half of the week:


Summer Movie Night

7pm, West of Lenin (203 N 36th St)

$5 admission, $2 popcorn

Calimari Union’ by Richard Lefebvre with short ‘Empress of the North’ a Moondoggies video by Drew Christie. This summer, in association with Northwest Film Forum and Ripple Productions, West of Lenin launches a film series spotlighting independent and local filmmakers.
‘The Hall of Giants’ – Troll Documentary screening
7pm Hales Ales (4301 Leary Way NW)
“The Hall of Giants chronicles the creation and endurance of the much beloved Fremont Troll and explores the public art movement in Seattle and beyond. Through interviews and hundreds of rare photographs and archival footage, viewers will take an historical journey through Seattle’s earliest years and on up to the present, where art and artists still struggle to survive in an ever-changing city.” The Seattle Times

Foraged Flavor, Tama Matsuoka Wong – Author Talk
6:30pm, Book Larder (4252 Fremont Ave N)

Finding Fabulous Ingredients In Your Backyard or Farmer’s Market’, Wong helps us discover delicious edible plants growing everywhere. Book signing. Renee Erickson (of The Walrus And The Carpenter and Boat Street Cafe), will prepare tastes that highlight the flavors of the book.
Open Mic with Linda Lee
7pm, Gypsy Java Cafe (3510 Stone Way N)
Sign up begins at 7pm. Performers have up to a 15-minute set Cost: $3
8pm, Norms Eatery & Alehouse
Get there early if your team wants to compete (before 7)! Cost: $5 per team


Fremont First Friday Art Walk


Rain or Shine

Paulaner BeerFest at the Fremont Outdoor Movies

Phinney & N 35th St.

A fundraiser to benefit the Healing Center- Paulaner and PROST Tavern team up as part of Paulaner’s U.S Bier Garten Tour.

21+ & $5 admission

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Parkour Summit at Gas Works this weekend

July 20th, 2012 by Sara

by Meghan Walker

On Saturday, July 21, Seattle’s Parkour Visions will host an invitational obstacle course at Gas Works Park. The course will feature some top parkour athletes from the U.S. and Canada, including some who were featured on TV shows American Ninja Warrior and Jump City: Seattle, according to Parkour Visions. The event is part of the three-day Seattle Parkour Summit.

The competition is from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., followed by a hands-on parkour class for beginners, intermediates, and advanced parkour athletes from 3 to 5:30 p.m. There will be an open training session following the class, and a barbecue at 8 p.m.

According to Parkour Visions, “parkour is the art of overcoming obstacles effectively and swiftly using only our bodies. Fundamentals include running, jumping, crawling, and climbing, in order to pass over, under, around and through obstacles in the everyday world.”

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Naos is closed

July 20th, 2012 by Sara

A Fremont Universe tipster writes:

Just walked by yesterday and the place is up for rent AGAIN! That location is having a hard time…Any idea what happened?

Thanks for your email! We looked into it- here’s the note on their Facebook page:

We are sad to announce the closing of NAOS. We put our ~all~ into the manifestation of NAOS but just couldn’t ride out the storm…Thanks for all your support!

This is the second business to close at this location after lasting less than a year.

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Help paint out graffiti in Fremont

July 19th, 2012 by Sara

Sick of Fremont’s graffiti? For the second year in a row, Seattleites are reclaiming the beauty of our neighborhoods with the help of the anti-graffiti program ”Summer Paint Out.” With Summer Paint Out, the City of Seattle supplies volunteers with free paint (white-brown-gray), rollers, brushes, scrapers, and gloves, so they can paint over graffiti that mars their community. Click here for details and to register, then pick up your paint and supplies on one of the following Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.:

July 21

August 4

August 18

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Light replacement work continues on the Ballard Bridge

July 19th, 2012 by Sara

The Seattle Department of Transportation and Seattle City Light have joined forces to upgrade the light poles and lights on the north and south end of the Ballard Bridge to meet current lighting standards. Work begins tomorrow, Thursday, July 19, on the southeast end of the bridge, and should be done at the end of the month. Between the hours of 9 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. on weekdays, the crew will close the right northbound lane and the eastern sidewalk of the bridge, because the work involves the use of a crane for removal of the old light poles and installation of new ones. Pedestrians and bicyclists should plan to use the western sidewalk during this project. After this section is done, they will start work on the north end of the bridge.

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Woodland Park Zoo’s ‘Jungle Party’ raises $1.47 million

July 18th, 2012 by Sara

By Doree

Nearby Woodland Park Zoo raised $1.47 million from nearly 1,000 attendees at its 36th annual Jungle Party last Friday. And an anonymous donor gave the zoo another $250,000 for its new Asian Tropical Forest exhibit, which will revamp the current 60-year-old exhibit into a more natural home for endangered Malayan tigers, sloth bears and small-clawed otters.

A portion of the funds raised this year will support Jungle Party’s Fund-Our-Future Kids and Care: Share the Wonder initiative. This support will help expand the zoo’s early childhood learning programs through Zoomazium enrichment programs, immersive naturalistic exhibits, new animal additions and community activities that bring young explorers closer to nature. By providing these experiences, the zoo hopes to inspire a desire among youth to protect wildlife and its habitats through future generations.

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Cafe Racer to reopen Friday

July 18th, 2012 by Sara

A note from Cafe Racer’s owner:

No one needs to be reminded of what happened at Café Racer on May 30, 2012.

Each day the grief of losing our loved ones lessens, but not our love for them or the love they brought into our lives. Drew, Joe, Kim, Don and Gloria were people who gave more of themselves than they ever received. This is why the community was so devastated by their loss. This is also why that community of which they were a part of will carry on.

The outpouring of love and support from this community was astounding to me. Not only for the loss of our loved ones, but for the love and concern for Café Racer itself. It became clear to me that the café is more than just a place to pick up a coffee, food or have a drink, but it is a part of the community. The love didn’t just come from the ones we lost, it comes from everyone.

This is the main reason that I’ve decided to keep the cafe open, to forge ahead with the vision that is Café Racer by providing a place for diverse people and groups to come together and have a loving, safe place to gather. There may be some physical changes to the cafe, the main ingredient which makes Café Racer unique will remain the same, Love.

There is no way I can express my thanks to the hundreds of people who gave me, and everyone who is involved with the café, their love and support.

YOU make Cafe Racer what it is.” – Kurt Geissel Owner, Café Racer

Friday July 20th –Seattle: Café Racer will be re-opening its doors to the public

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Will Fremont be a contender in SDOT’s Walk Bike Ride Challenge?

July 11th, 2012 by Sara

Seattle Department of Transportation wants you to walk, bike and ride transit more this summer through their Walk Bike Ride Challenge. A friendly contest between neighborhoods (Ballard won last year), SDOT says the plan is to encourage Seattleites to compete to see which neighborhood can change the most car trips to walking, biking and riding:

Enter the Walk Bike Ride (WBR) Challenge, switch at least two car trips per week to walking, biking or transit, and earn chances to win these prizes:

Once you sign up for the WBR Challenge, you become part of a community making Seattle a more active and better place to live. You receive weekly emails with tips on walking, biking and riding and can track your individual progress and the program’s collective impact online. The more trips you report, the higher the chance you have of winning. The WBR Challenge is part of the Seattle Department of Transportation’s Way to Go, Seattle! Program. It encourages people to walk, bike, ride transit and carpool more by offering incentives, tools and information and runs on a two month cycle. The current round is for July and August.

Click here for more information and to sign up for the Walk Bike Ride Challenge.

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Plan ahead for smooth sailing on the Fourth

July 2nd, 2012 by Sara

If you’re going to watch the Fourth of July fireworks from a boat, be aware that travel may be a little trickier than usual on the Ship Canal. The Seattle Department of Transportation has been granted authority for temporary changes in the operation of the Fremont, Ballard and University Drawbridges on the evening of the Fourth. SDOT says:
The changes will allow heavy vehicle traffic to disperse following the holiday fireworks display on Lake Union.The fireworks show will start at 10 p.m. and end at roughly 11 p.m. The Fremont Bridge will be closed to vessels from 9 p.m. on July 4 until 12:30 a.m. July 5. The University and Ballard bridges will not open for marine traffic between 10 p.m. on July 4 and 1 a.m. on July 5.
Happy boating!

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Summer movie Wednesdays at West of Lenin

July 2nd, 2012 by Sara

For five Wednesdays this summer, West of Lenin will be showing a selection of local and independent films cultivated from proprietor AJ Epstein’s deep roots in the film community. The series will feature a short and a feature‐length production each night. Tickets are $5, popcorn and drinks are extra. Film titles and tickets are available here.

July 11 – August 8

West of Lenin is at 203 N. 36th Street,a five-­minute walk from the Statue of Lenin and directly across the street from the George & Dragon Pub

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