News blog for Seattle's Fremont neighborhood


Entries from October 2012

Happy Trolloween!

October 30th, 2012 by Sara

More than 400 are expected to participate in tomorrow’s Trolloween- (the yearly event that celebrates the birth of the Fremont Troll). The “Haunt of Fremont” starts at the Fremont Troll at N 36th Street and Troll Avenue N at 7, then heads west on 36thto Evanston Avenue N; south on Evanston to a private street; and east on a private street to the Fremont Bridge. Seattle Police will escort the procession.

The following streets will be closed from approximately 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.: N 36th Street adjacent to the Troll between Linden Avenue N and Whitman Avenue N.

From the Fremont Arts Council website:

Last year you helped the Troll celebrate its 21st birthday in style. Don’t let it fall victim to the anticlimactic 22nd year lull: come join us for the Troll’s 22nd birthday.


2010 Trolloween photo by Hank Graham

Seattle Department of Transportation’s Peg Nielsen says be safe and have fun on Halloween (and Trolloween):

As we celebrate Halloween tomorrow night, the Seattle Department of Transportation urges motorists to slow down and drive with added caution. If children or adults are walking in the street, drivers should make eye contact with them before moving forward or turning. Likewise, pedestrians are encouraged to be extra careful, wear or carry something reflective, only cross streets at corners, and make eye contact with motorists before crossing.

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Fremont Abbey Arts Center shares ‘Super Foods’ with neighbors

October 22nd, 2012 by Sara

This fall, Fremont Abbey Arts Center is offering SuperFoods, a pilot program hosting free classes and events to support healthy cooking and creative arts experiences for all:

SuperFoods features cooking classes with guest chefs emphasizing nutrient-rich “superfoods” like blueberries, spinach, kale, quinoa, chia seeds, and more. Parents learn how to create nutritious meals and snacks while kids learn dance and visual arts relating to good food and holistic health.

Classes run now through October 29th, and from November 5th to December 10th. Each class includes free food sampling and supplies. Most classes are on Monday nights with two sessions offered:

● 4-6:30pm FREE class for all ages (priority enrollment for single parents with kids)

● 7-9pm class for ages 21 and older with a $5-15 suggested donation per person

Click here to register for classes, or to find out more about the program.

Fremont Abbey Arts Center

4272 Fremont Ave. N.

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Drink a beer, save a butterfly

October 17th, 2012 by Sara

Pelican Pub & Brewery, along with Woodland Park Zoo and other conservation partners have joined forces to craft a brand new beer to support the silverspot butterfly population.

The Silverspot IPA was created by Pelican brew masters to celebrate the population augmentation of the threatened Oregon silverspot butterfly in its native grassland habitat. The silverspot was once abundant along the coasts of Washington, Oregon and California until determined threatened in 1980. The loss of habitat and early blue violets – a vital food source for the butterfly – had a detrimental impact on the silverspot population. The Oregon Silverspot Captive Rearing Program is a collaborative habitat restoration and augmentation program helping to increase the silverspot population. Program partners, including Woodland Park Zoo, raise caterpillars in captivity until they become pupae and eventually emerge from the pupae as butterflies. They are then released into protected areas along the Oregon Coast in an ongoing effort to increase the population. One of the protected areas is Cascade Head, visible from the deck of Pelican Pub & Brewery.

“In August, Woodland Park Zoo released more than a thousand silverspot butterflies back into their natural habitat along the Oregon coast,” said Erin Sullivan, a collection manager at the zoo. “It’s a very important conservation initiative to us, and we’re thrilled Pelican joined us and our partners to help raise awareness and support for the silverspot population.”

“To us, this seemed like a natural partnership,” said Ken Henson, Pelican Pub & Brewery’s general manager. “We have been waiting for an opportunity to produce an English style IPA, which will be a little more accessible to the average beer drinker. We’re excited about the cross-promotional opportunity and for the public awareness of the Oregon silverspot.”

Photo by Ryan Hawk/Woodland Park Zoo

The new brew is available at select PCC Natural Markets, Whole Foods and QFC locations. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this beer will help fund conservation efforts for the Oregon silverspot butterfly. Click here for more information.

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Last call for free trees

October 2nd, 2012 by Sara

Great news neighbors! Seattle reLeaf still has free trees for residential yards available through the Trees for Neighborhoods program including western red cedar and fernleaf beech. As mentioned on our sister site, the deadline to apply for one of these handsome trees is October 21, and you can apply here.

fernleaf beech
by Sten
via Wikimedia Commons

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Free drinks, Seahawks and Prostate Health?

October 2nd, 2012 by Sara

Swedish Medical Center invites local guys aged 40 and up to enjoy free drinks and appetizers while watching the Seahawks take on the Panthers this Sunday as part of a Prostate Health event called ‘Know Your Stats’ at Hale’s Ales Brewery. Swedish is hosting the event to better educate men about the recent controversy surrounding prostate health.

Prostate cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer effecting men. An estimated 241,740 men in the United States will be diagnosed in 2012 with prostate cancer, and roughly 28,170 of them will not survive the disease, according to the American cancer society. If caught early, however, prostate cancer can be very effectively treated. An estimated 2.5 million American men who were diagnosed and treated early are still alive today. Screenings such as the Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) test can be vital to identifying the disease at an early stage. The US Preventative Task Force recently rescinded their recommendation for men 40+ to receive regular PSA screenings, a simple test that detects cancer cells in the prostate. Swedish aims to bring clarity to the situation and provide the community with a clear sense of what screening and treatment options are available for prostate cancer.

Event goers at ‘Know Your Stats’ event will have an opportunity to speak with the region’s top urologists and robotic-assisted surgeons as well as individuals who have experienced prostate cancer firsthand.


Sunday, Oct. 7, Noon – 4 p.m.

Hale’s Ales Brewery, 4301 Leary Way Northwest (take the side entrance to the Palladium)

Free street parking near the brewery

Free drinks and appetizers will be provided to guests during the event

Space is limited, please RSVP here or call 206-386-6797

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