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Entries from February 2014

Nominate your awesome volunteer by this Friday!

February 26th, 2014 by master

The Seattle City Club is seeking nominations for Washington State’s Jefferson Award, regarded as the “Nobel Prize” for volunteerism. They are asking for nominees who may be the “unsung heros” in our communities, whose volunteerism or work ethic go above and beyond.

Five Jefferson Award winners will be selected from across the state and one will represent Washington at the national awards ceremony in Washington, D.C.

Too often the most dedicated and selfless volunteers and employees go overlooked, nominate an exceptional candidate from your community today! Click here to nominate someone.

Nominations close this Friday, February 28th at 11:59PM so don’t wait! 

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ZoomCare opens their newest neighborhood clinic in Fremont

February 26th, 2014 by master

ZoomCare has arrived in Fremont! Whether you take a tumble at 2am or have been battling a cough for days, ZoomCare is eager and equipped to provide “on demand” healthcare. Their new clinic located on N 34th Street in the Epi Apartment Building along with PCC, will be open seven days a week, 362 days a year. The clinical team in Fremont includes Mallory Bellissimo, PA-C and Brianna Gutierrez, PA-C. They are able to provide illness and injury visits, check ups, as well as pharmacy and lab services.

According to their website, ZoomCare places their clinics in specific neighborhood locations and offers appointment scheduling online and on your smart phone for the most efficient experience possible. They are part of many insurance company networks as well as offering a refreshingly transparent price list of their services.

The Portland, Oregon based company has clinics throughout the Pacific Northwest. The Fremont clinic is their 5th Seattle location.

ZoomCare's new location in Fremont. Image Courtesy of ZoomCare's website.

ZoomCare’s new location in Fremont. Image Courtesy of ZoomCare’s website.

624 N 34th Street, #104
Seattle, WA 98103
Primary Care:
Mon-Fri 8am-6pm
Sat-Sun 9am-6pm

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Live Music in Fremont: February 19-23rd

February 19th, 2014 by master

It’s in Fremont! It’s music! It’s live!

Valentine’s Day has come and gone and now we must remain in good spirits until the next holiday, or the next sunny day! Keep the winter woes away with some live music! Fremont offers a wide range of surprisingly affordable, toe taping, and intriguing performances. Matter of fact we caught a fierce funk show last week, read more below.

Things Get Fabulous in Fremont with a Dip into Nectar

Sometimes you just need to dance it off on Thursday evenings. It’s best with that satisfying and soulful groove that funk delivers. What better way to face Friday morning than with a beat still in your feet, a melody spinning in your hips and images of brass reflecting under the stage lights demanding your attention.

On February 13th, local band The Dip headlined at Nectar with their self-described brand of “Premium Northwest Soul.” The openers included Jelly Bread from Reno, Nevada and fellow Seattlites The Fabulous Party Boys (including one fabulously energetic female lead singer, Tazlyn Gue).

Image courtesy of The Dip's Facebook

Image courtesy of The Dip’s Facebook

The Dip and The Fabulous Party Boys have paired up in the past and the result is a terrific crescendo of strong soul voices, powerhouse brass sections, and clever composition. This evening at Nectar was no exception. Both groups are a stockpile of young talent and perform with an infectious sense of fun. The crowd came for funk and it was delivered.

During The Dip’s set friends and fans made their approval known and cat-calling accompanied several solos. Just in front of the stage the crowd spaced out enough to allow for swinging elbows, bobbing, and plenty of shoulder swaying. Behind the core crowd, a row of  men formed a line, beers in hand, nodding their approval in time with the beat.

Image courtesy of The Fabulous Party Boys Facebook

The Fabulous Party Boys and The Dip headed north the next day for a Valentine’s Day show at the Wild Buffalo in Belligham. Keep an eye on their Facebook pages for upcoming shows. For more Funk/Soul in Fremont check out the High Dive’s line up for this Saturday February 22nd, Nectar’s line up for this Sunday February 23rd, or the Seamonster Lounge in neighboring Wallingford.

 Upcoming Live Music:

LIVE JAZZ at The Augustus every Thursday from 8:30-11:3pm

Nectar Lounge

Tuesdays are Karaokegrass (Karaoke with a live blue grass band backing you up) No Cover

Friday 2/21 An evening with KRIZZ KALIKO plus Dirtay, Ripynt & Carl Roe, Rookie Snow, and Eddie Grandpre (Hip Hop/Rap) :: $15 adv/ $20 doors, $35 Meet & Greet 7-8pm

Saturday 2/22  (early 3pm show) HOME SWEET HOME Benefit Concert for Shelley’s Spinners: Raising money for Cycle for Survival :: $10/ Additional donations encouraged!
for more info visit:

Saturday 2/22 TRIBAL ORDER w/ Soulistic Gypsy, Skablins, Nigel Mustafa, and w/ special guests TBA (Ska / Reggae) :: $7 adv/$10 dos

Sunday 2/23 PUBLIC SERVICE BROADCASTING, KIEV, and XVIII Eyes :: $12 adv (Funk / Electronic)

For Nectar’s complete calendar and more details visit Nectar’s websiteAll shows listed are 21 plus

High Dive

Wednesday 2/19 Western Tilt, Bruised Hearts Revue, and Other Desert Cities (Americana/Rock) :: $6

Thursday 2/20 Peter Bradley Adams with Anne Heaton :: $13 adv/$15 dos

Friday 2/21 Aaron Daniel- Furniture Girls (EP Release) and the Yev (Alternative/Pop) :: $8

Saturday 2/22 Radio Raheem, Breaks & Swells, and Kissing Potion (Funk/Soul) :: $8

Sunday 2/23 Dearly Departed, Megan Larson, and cryptobebelem (Rock/Folk-Hop/Alternative) :: $6

For High Dive’s complete calendar and additional details please visit their websiteAll shows listed are 21 plus. Also, check out the High Dive’s unique punch card program, 10 shows for $20!

Know about a performance we haven’t included? Shoot us an email at with “Live Music” in the subject. Saw a band you think we should mention? Shoot us an email about that too!

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Trouble with taxes? The Seattle Public Library can help!

February 15th, 2014 by master

2 Months until taxes are due!

The Seattle Public Library, United Way of King County, and the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) are trying to ease the pain of tax season with FREE tax assistance at 10 Seattle Public Library locations. At each of these locations trained volunteers will be able to help answer your tax questions and complete personal (no business tax returns) tax returns. Most of these appointments are available only on a Drop-In basis.

The SPL highly recommends checking the Tax Help Calendar before visiting a location.

While the Fremont branch is not one of the locations hosting tax assistance here are the branches closest to Fremont that are:

Ballard Branch, 5614 22nd Ave. N.W., 206-684-4089

Monday, Feb. 3 through Monday, April 14 – drop-ins only

  • 3:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays
  • 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursdays

Queen Anne Branch, 400 West Garfield St., 206-386-4227

Wednesday, Feb. 5 through Wednesday, April 9

  • 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays – drop-ins only
For a full list of branches please visit the Tax Help Calendar.

Also, if you forget to bring your forms you can make photocopies for $0.15 at all locations. For additional tax information visit the IRS website. Thanks for the help SPL, United Way of King County, and AARP!

This came up when we Googled “Happy Tax Day.” Thanks to the Silicon Beat for the cheer!

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Wednesday Tidbits

February 12th, 2014 by master

Welcome to Wednesdays at Fremont Universe! Here we like to celebrate all things big and small, from a very tall troll to a tasty cup of coffee. To help make it through the week we would like to provide you with a new “Wednesday Tidbit” each week.

In this instance, a “tidbit” is that immaculately timed moment when you unavoidably overhear someone else’s not-so-normal (or maybe normal for them) conversation. Sometimes you are the one uttering an unusual turn of phrase and other times you get to share a smile with your dinner partner at the oddities going on behind you. Where better to collect “tidbits” than in Fremont?!

We will do our best to overhear as many out of place, ill-timed, and goofy things as possible but we need your help! Submit your Wednesday Tidbit to with the word “tidbit” in the subject. Tidbits can be submitted any day of the week but check back on Wednesdays to see if yours was the oddest of them all!

This week’s tidbit:

Overheard from one young gentleman to the other at the Ballroom:

“Want to pop in some Sherlock?”

The gentlemen proceeded to watch Sherlock on a laptop while at a booth at the Ballroom while enjoying sliders and beer. Who needs a living room?

Top our tidbit! Send yours in today!



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Be My Valentine Fremont!

February 12th, 2014 by master

It can’t be denied that there will be some memorable Valentine’s Day this year. Not only does February 14 fall on a Friday but it is 2-14-2014!  Whether a sassy single, hopeless romantic, or blissfully committed individual there is something for everyone during Valentine’s Day and the Center of the Universe is no exception. From every imaginable heart-shaped item to finding solace amongst other haters, just add some red and pink and call it a holiday!

Here are some of the festivities we’ve heard about:

“Organic Sicilian Cuisine”
709 N 35th Street, Seattle
call 206.547.9707 for reservations

James Beard Award-winning chef Maria Hines has put together a four-course menu that will make your Valentine swoon! Start dinner with housemade focaccia and build your next four courses with options such as Celery Root Soup with vanilla, fig and red wine; Chestnut Mafaldine with pancetta, wild mushrooms and Treviso; Maple Leaf Farms Duck Breast with medjool date, orange confit and cous couse; and Steamed Chocolate Cake with Café Coretto syrup, chantilly and mint. The full menu can be viewed at Price is $70 with options under each course. Optional wine pairing priced at $40.

— provided by Agrodolce Restaurant

 The Back Door at Roxy’s
” A Delicious Speakeasy”
462 N 36th St, Seattle
call 206.632.7322 for reservations or click here

Come celebrate Valentine’s Day in Fremont’s most romantic dining room with seven courses to delight and amuse by Chef Andrew Coker and Guest Chef Douglas Chiech. The Back Door promises:

    • Music to enchant (Guitarist Eric Friedrich)
    • Drinks to Intoxicate (Jayson Cottam’s delicious blends)
    • and Gifts to Remember (featuring:  Jay’s Elixirs, Bellefleur Lingerie, St. Germaine, Martini & Rossi, and premium local chocolates)

For tickets for this feast taking place from 7-10PM take the plunge here.
— provided by Peter Glick Restaurants


Fremont Abbey Arts presents

Read more about live music this week in our Live Music Monday post.

The Pocket Theater presents
Ubiquitous They performs @ 8:30

Ubiquitous They performs @ 8:30

7 Minutes in Heaven takes the stage @ 10:00PM

7 Minutes in Heaven takes the stage @ 10:00PM

Read more about The Pocket Theater’s stint in Fremont in this recent Fremont Universe post.

Know about something else going down on February 14th? Send us the details!

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KapKa Cooperative School Opens Their Doors for Interested Families

February 12th, 2014 by master

Tomorrow, Thursday February 13th the KapKa Cooperative School located at N 49th street and Dayton will be giving a tour for families tieh 3rd-5th graders at 10:45AM.

KapKa is a thriving learning community of children, their families, and teachers. At KapKa, we believe the role of the teachers is to create an academically stimulating environment where learning happens naturally and in a variety of ways that include both independent study and team projects. Parents have an integral role in running the school and provide support in the classrooms . The experience, commitment, and creativity of our professional teachers, combined with the talent and dedication of our parents, make KapKa a place of joyful exploration and a close, caring community. – From KapKa’s Website

Photo courtesy of KapKa


For the tour, contact Seana to sign up by calling (206) 522-0350 or email


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Tableau Software is hiring!

February 10th, 2014 by master

On Tuesday February 11th, Tableau Software located in Fremont will be holding Open Session Interviews to fill a number of open positions. The Seattle based company’s mission is to “help people see and understand data.”  Their Main Office is near N 34th Street and Troll Ave.

To attend these open interviews find out how you can submit your resume here. More information about Tableau and employment there can be found over here.

Hurry hurry! This opportunity won’t last long!


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Live Music in Fremont

February 10th, 2014 by master

It’s in Fremont! It’s music! It’s live!

Welcome to the new weekly music round up on Fremont Universe focusing on your favorite Fremont venues. Check back on the site each Monday for a preview of upcoming events. Every other week we’ll be kicking off the round up with a brief profile of a band that recently performed.

Know about a performance we haven’t included? Shoot us an email at with “Live Music” in the subject. Saw a band you think we should mention? Shoot us an email about that too!

Alright Fremont, here we go!


A Big Ol’ Band Takes the Stage at Nectar
Photo credit: Jenny Jimenez / from the Orkestar Zirkonium website

“There were only 15 people there? That’s a bummer”

“No! there were 15 people on stage!!”

I could hardly believe my eyes during the set change. The instruments and the musicians just kept coming, filing on to the  modest stage at Nectar. Despite quite the crowd, the group onstage looked quite at home and jovial. We stood near a clump of percussionists that wonderfully overwhelmed our eardrums.  Their wide array of instruments included a davul, a doumbek, and what I dubbed a “baby cymbal” (I have since learned they are typically called “splash cymbals”) to name a few. The brass section glowed as they raised their instruments high, the sounds swelling into a festive, parade-worthy sound.

Orkestar Zirkonium describes themselves as an “American brass-and-drum ensemble” that has been performing for just over a decade. Their sound and compositions are inspired by “Eastern European Romani diaspora” as well as traditional music from several other regions including Macedonia and India. The group also performs original dance tunes to keep your toes tapping.

For the record, “diaspora” is a scattered population that shares its origins in a smaller geographic area (source: Merriam-Webster). Romani culture can be found from Turkey all the way into Spain and beyond, the largest concentration of Romani culture is in Central and Eastern Europe. Fun fact of the day!

Orkestar Zirkonium performed at Nectar on Saturday February 1st for The Cumbieros CD Release. They will next be performing on March 1st at Balkan Night Northwest. Keep an eye on their website for more news and information.

 Upcoming Live Music:

LIVE JAZZ at The Augustus every Thursday from 8:30-11:3pm

The Fremont Abbey Arts Center

Tuesday 2/11 THE ROUND– Multi-arts show featuring Mikey & Matty, Jake Hemming (Big Sur), Planes on Paper, slam poet Shelby Handler, and live painter Fritha Strand from All Ages :: $7-10 adv

Friday 2/14 SWEETHEARTS OF SONG: Joseph (formerly Dearborn) with The Local Strangers in duo form, and Benjamin Doerr of the band St Paul de Vence. All Ages :: $8 adv/ $10 dos

Saturday 2/15 MARISSA NADLER with Shana Cleveland of La Luz All Ages :: $9-16 adv

For Fremont Abbey’s complete calendar and additional details please visit their website

Nectar Lounge

Tuesdays are Karaokegrass (Karaoke with a live blue grass band backing you up) No Cover

Wednesday 2/12 BLACK UHURU with Indubious and Gigantor (Reggae) :: $20 adv / $25 dos

 Thursday 2/13 THE DIP with the Fabulous Party Boys and Jelly Bread (Soul/Funk) :: $7 adv / $10 dos

Friday 2/14 ELDRIDGE GRAVY AND THE COURT SUPREME with Aaron Daniel’s One Man Banned and Special Valentine’s Day Surprise Performance!  (Funk) :: $12 adv / $15 dos

Saturday 2/15 CLINTON FEARON & THE BOOGIE BROWN BAND with Selecta Raiford (Reggae) :: $12 adv/ $15 dos

Sunday 2/16 BLUETECH with Pressha, Nordic Soul, and Young Benoit (Electronic / Dance) :: $10 adv/ $12 dos

For Nectar’s complete calendar and more details visit Nectar’s website. All shows listed are 21 plus

High Dive

Tuesday 2/11 Brother Inferior, Carrie Henschell & Sue Ray, and Jacob Cummings (Americana/Rock) :: $6

Wednesday 2/12 The Dark Blue, Goose Vargis, and Sit Ubu Sit (Rock/Alternative) :: $6

 Thursday 2/13 Marmalade (Funk/Soul/Groove) :: $6

Friday 2/14 Valentine’s Day with 80’s Invasion :: $8

Saturday 2/15 Dandilyon Soup (Reunion Show), Awfully Sudden, and The Rainiers (Rock) :: $8 adv/ $10 dos

Sunday 2/16  Pyramid Lake, Sundog, and Poon (Rock) :: $6

For High Dive’s complete calendar and additional details please visit their websiteAll shows listed are 21 plus. Also, check out the High Dive’s unique punch card program, 10 shows for $20!

Know about a performance we haven’t included? Shoot us an email at with “Live Music” in the subject. Saw a band you think we should mention? Shoot us an email about that too!

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Fremont First Friday Art Walk Tonight!

February 7th, 2014 by master


Bundle up for the Fremont Art Walk tonight from 6-9PM at a variety of venues in the Fremont neighborhood. Visit the (relatively) new and super snazzy Fremont Art Walk website or their Facebook for more details!

Try as we might we can’t be everywhere at once so send us your favorite moments! Or share them with us via Twitter or Facebook



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