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Entries from June 2014

World Cup Fervor Continues

June 30th, 2014 by master

Don’t miss the US vs. Belgium Tuesday at 1:00PM! The time difference makes it tricky for many folks at work but consider taking a long lunch. Here are the spots in Fremont that will be showing the game and attracting some serious fans:

The George and the Dragon
Frequently named one of the best bars to watch “football” in Seattle, Washington, and the whole U.S. This will be a seriously spirited crowd!

The Ballroom
Opens at 1:00pm and this game is sponsored by KEXP. Don’t forget about the pizza!

Norm’s Eatery and Alehouse
Opens at 11:00am and is dog friendly! Bonus points for any dogs rocking jerseys.

The Red Door
Opens at 11:30 with a  projector screen and a great deck

Don’t forget to cheer extra loud for Dempsey and Yedlin representing the Seattle Sounders on the US National Team. You can also catch the Argentina vs. Switzerland game at 9am.

More World Cup fun:

This fun video brought to us by the Sounder’s Rave TV captures the World Cup fervor in Seattle.

Two Weeks left of Pagliacci Pizza’s Futbol Challenge

Pagliacci Pizza is giving away a Vespa during the fervor of the World Cup. Customers can pick up a special playing card in store and receive one stamp every time a slice of pizza is purchased. Collect three stamps and your card can be turned in for the drawing. The more cards you can submit, the better your odds. The winner will be randomly chose on July 21st at 12pm. Your dream Vespa days may be just around the corner.

 I Believe!

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Time for a Solstice Celebration!

June 20th, 2014 by master

In case you haven’t heard, it’s solstice time! The Fremont Fair and Solstice Parade takes place this weekend and our not-so-sleepy neighborhood will be full to the brim with festivities, live music, and of course visitors!

Bold Hat Productions, the organizers behind the fair has put together this fun Fremonster’s Guide to the Fair:

Fremonster-Itinerary

Here are a few other tips we think Fremonsters might find useful:

Sunrise today was at 5:11am (kudos to anyone awake to witness it) and Sunset this evening won’t be until 9:11pm. Today, June 21st is the official Solstice!

The Redhook Main Stage (where the Concert series is taking place) is on 35th street between Phinney Ave N and Evanston Ave N dubbed the “Rocket Block.” And very importantly, the Main Stage Beer Garden is located on the South side of the street. The concert series bands will perform from 5:30-10:45pm.

If you rely on street parking, don’t move your car. Just don’t do it. The Rock and Roll Marathon is also going on downtown. Traffic is no way to celebrate the Solstice.

The street closure for the Solstice Parade begins on Saturday at 2:30pm, the Painted Cyclists (aka Naked Bike Ride) hits the roads at 2:45pm, and the parade begins its progress at 3:00pm.

Want a change of scenery? Head to the Solstice Celebration at Gasworks Park on Saturday featuring Honk! Fest West with brass bands, food, and another Beer Garden! Festivities carry on until 9PM

Beer Gardens!
– All the Fremont Fair beer gardens are CASH ONLY
– The Fremont Fair beer gardens will be pouring Budweiser plus three of major sponsor Redhook’s brews: Redhook IPA, Redhook ESB,  and Redhook Audible.

The Art Cars have moved! They are now located closer to the Fremont Canal near the Burke Gilman.

Learn more about the Solstice Parade and Gasworks celebration on the Fremont Arts Council website.

You can also get the lay of the land here:

Happy Solstice!!!

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The Outdoor Movie Line Up is here!

June 15th, 2014 by master

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The Fremont (Almost Free) Outdoor Cinema has announced the summer 2014 line up sponsored by Talenti Gelato. Outdoor Movies have been a Fremont tradition for over 20 years and the fun begins again July 12 with a free screening of the Royal Tenenbaums .

You can purchase tickets for the movies either through a Season Pass or with a Single Tickets. 4 of the 10 screenings scheduled are 21+ fundraiser screenings. Pricing is as follows:

All-Ages Season Pass to the 6 all-ages screenings $29.99 plus  fee
All-Access Season Pass to 9 screenings including the 21+ Movie Parties $49.99 plus fee
All-Ages Ticket $5 plus fee
21+ Fundraiser Ticket $10 plus fee

2014 SUMMER MOVIE LINE-UP

July 12th The Royal Tenebaums FREE
July 19th The Life Aquatic
July 25th Rushmore
July 26th Wet Hot American Summer, 21+
August 2nd Dazed & Confused, 21+
August 9th Mamma Mia
Friday August 15th Office Space, 21+
August 16th Ghostbusters, 21+
August 23rd The Dude Fest: The Big Lebowski, 21+
August 30th Jurassic Park

You can also find the Fremont Outdoor Cinema on Facebook

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Comfort in community

June 6th, 2014 by master

As a neighborhood we are fortunate for Fremont’s strong sense of community that is fostered by festivals, public art, and hearty appetite for all kinds of food. Within Fremont there are smaller communities of artists, musicians, techies, those who work in the service industry, and more. We are one of many neighborhoods with a strong sense of local pride, all together these neighborhoods form a community within the greater Seattle community.

Yesterday, just across the Fremont canal, Seattle Pacific University became another community shaken by tragic events involving a gunman. There aren’t enough words to describe how violated and heartbroken SPU, the students, and its community must be.

Many of us are part of a smaller community such as SPU just as much as we are part of our neighborhood or regional communities. No matter the size of a community it provides something essential to us. So although we often consider ourselves different communities separated by the canal these shocking and saddening events call upon a greater community to provide comfort, support, and reflection.

Fremont Universe grieves for the loss of a member of our community and sends our heartfelt thoughts to the victims and their families.

Often in times of tragedy social media provides a way to connect as a community both near and far. You can find many tributes and shows of support on Facebook and Twitter under #prayforSPU

Our sister-site the Queen Anne View also has coverage of the SPU community.

 

 

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Discovering Duck Dodge: a Seattle sailing tradition

June 3rd, 2014 by master

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All images from www.duckdodge.org

For members of Seattle’s sailing community Duck Dodge on Tuesday evenings is an essential part of Seattle summer’s on the water. Begun in 1974, Duck Dodge (originally subtitled: Lake Union Beer Can Regatta) is celebrating it’s 40th year of coordinating Seattle sailboats in a casual race around buoys or markers on Lake Union. Truly a homegrown tradition, Duck Dodge is entirely volunteer run and hosts over 50 boats on the most beautiful summer evenings.

From shore Duck Dodge looks, pretty odd. Boats seem to be sailing somewhere with purpose but where and why? And what on earth are they wearing? Each week Duck Dodge has a costume theme, some more popular than others. You may see sailors  in togas, hula skirts, or dressed as pirates depending on the week.

Click the image above to visit the Duck Dodge "Histerical" Page for history

Click the image above to visit the Duck Dodge “Histerical” Page for history

So what does Duck Dodge entail?
Beginning in June, sailors (and drinkers) come out of hibernation to cruise around Lake Union on a somewhat logical race course.  Starting at 7:00PM the Race Committee (aka the amazing volunteers making it all happen!) runs 4 starts for “Fast Boats”, “Half-Fast Boats”, “Slow or Cruising Boats”, and “Dinghy (small) Boats.” The buoys or marks that are the racers destinations are associated with nearby landmarks such as “Aurora” for the mark closest to the Aurora Bridge and “AGC” for the tall building bearing those same letters in gold just behind the “Red Nun” buoy the boats sail around.

After zig-zagging around the lake avoiding paddlers and of course, ducks, the participating sailboats cross the finish line. For each start the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place boat receives a Gold, Silver, or Bronze Duck sticker, respectively. These Ducks are displayed on the sailboat’s mast or boom (the metal part sticking straight up or the one perpendicular to that) and add to the boat’s street (or water?) cred.

The Raft Up on Lake Union

The Raft Up on Lake Union

Following the race is the Raft Up where participating boats gather in a meandering line and tie up alongside one another. Boats of every shape, size, and condition become neighbors while their sailors catch up, welcome Duck Dodge “virgins,” and celebrate Seattle’s long evenings.

A "perfect" evening for Duck Dodge

A “perfect” evening for Duck Dodge

So this evening, or next time you are along the waterfront on a Tuesday evening (there is an especially good view from Gas Works), keep an eye out for all those boats dodging ducks and having too much fun. Curious about the theme of the week? The schedule is here. Interested in joining in on Duck Dodge? You can visit the Duck Dodge Facebook group or just ask a sailor!

Congratulations to founders Ron Lloyd, Mike Rice, and Bruce Gilbert for not only dodging plenty of ducks but creating a terrific Seattle tradition.

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