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Entries from January 2015

Legislative Climate Action Forum to be held in Wallingford

January 30th, 2015 by master

Organizers invite community members to a forum this Saturday about Legislative Climate Action in the state of Washington.

The forum will run from 9am to 11:30am on January 31 at Keystone Congregational Church,  5019 Keystone Place N in the Wallingford neighborhood. Information will be provided regarding bills supported by the Environmental Priorities Coalition. The audience will have the opportunity to ask questions and learn how best to communicate with legislators on these issues.

From the organizers:

Sasha Pollack, with the Washington Environmental Council (WEC), will describe the proposed Carbon Pollution Accountability Act, which will put a price on carbon and require large polluters to pay, and the Clean Fuels standards, which will reduce the carbon content of gasoline. Rebecca Ponzio, with the WEC, will describe the proposed Oil Train Safety bill. Brenna Davis, from Virginia Mason Hospital, will provide a business perspective and Mauricio Ayon, from Washington Community Action Network, will give a perspective of the effects on low-income and marginally-employed families.

A wide range of environmental and political organizations will be present at the event.  These include the Northwest Energy Coalition, which will have information on energy efficiency and alternative energy legislation, and the Sierra Club, which will have information on proposed coal trains bills. Sponsors of the event include the 43rd District Democrats Environmental Caucus, the Washington Environmental Council, 350, The Metropolitan Democratic Club and Climate Solutions.

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Paseo Is Back on the Menu

January 30th, 2015 by master

Following the reopening of Paseo on Fremont Ave on January 8th, the sandwiches that drove Seattle crazy are back on everyone’s menu. The new owner Ryan Santwire purchased the infamous Caribbean restaurant at a bankruptcy auction in December, an early Christmas present for Seattlites. You can read about Paseo’s unexpected closure here.

Paseo the day it unexpectedly closed with a sign on the door.

Not even two months after Paseo suddenly closed it is open for business, grilling up onions, and now accepting credit cards. Retaining the same recipes and many of the same employees Santwire reopened Paseo under the radar until a customer shared the news on Facebook and sandwiches flew out the door. Santwire has also tried to anticipate demand, especially stocking enough bread, so customers will not have to leave empty handed.

You can visit Paseo in the same pink building on N Fremont Ave on Tuesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. The Ballard location is expected to reopen in the coming weeks.



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Gay Bingo Benefit for Lifelong at Fremont Studios this Saturday

January 29th, 2015 by master

Things are getting a little Rocky at Fremont Studios this Saturday, Rocky Horror to be specific. Gay Bingo, a benefit for Lifelong, is Rock Horror Show themed and pulling out all the stops for an evening of revelry.

Photo: Jen Martin Studios

Gay Bingo returns on Saturday, January 31 with all of the glitz, glamour and gaiety of the Rocky Horror Picture Show! Packed with dynamic drag performances, quirky cocktails and a hot mess of spinning, twirling balls—this event supports the food, housing and health services that make Lifelong vital to the community. Visit to purchase tickets to this campy, spine-tingling event.

This 21 and older event will be hosted by Mama Tits and Aleksa Manila with proceeds going towards Lifelong, a community health organization serving people with chronic illnesses in Western Washington. Lifelong delivers food, housing and health services to people living with chronic illnesses, including HIV/AIDS. Lifelong strives to prevent and care for chronic diseases in partnerships with other community organizations, the organization also “advocates for effective HIV/AIDS policy.”

Tickets are still available but going fast, visit to purchase tickets and support Lifelong.

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Hub and Bespoke Changes Gears After Four Years

January 29th, 2015 by master

Hub and Bespoke, a clothing and accessories shop for men and women who ride bicycles, has closed their storefront N 36th Street. Situated between High Dive and Red Star Taco Bar the storefront stands out with a bold painted exterior including a baby blue bicycle. The company encourages cyclists to “Bike Your Style” and often had a cheerful (actual) bike with a basket full of flowers out front.

Hub and Bespoke initially announced the closure on their blog and held a fixture sale in mid-January. The storefront is now vacant and available for lease through Yates Wood Brokerage and Property Management. The owners, Juliette and Aldan, will maintain the Hub and Bespoke online store and begin to pursue new designs as well. They discuss the brand’s future focus on their blog:

While the storefront focused on both men and women, Hub and Bespoke’s original mission was to serve the female rider, enticing her to consider using her bicycle for urban transportation. For her, there are still many unmet needs for apparel that offers function on the bike + suitability for an urban destination.

Building on the successful design and production of the Women’s Riding Coat, we will be focusing our time and energy on producing and marketing our own designs, primarily for the female bike commuter.

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Supporting Seattle-based Crowdfunding

January 25th, 2015 by master

Seattle gets excited about applying technology in new ways, as crowdfunding websites do, and as a community often supports new innovative ideas. It would seem that crowdfunding couldn’t find a better audience. A distinct advantage of crowdfunding online is the ability to tap into the international community for support, most often financial. However, Seattleites are also very dedicated to local causes, arts, and industry. Can the possibilities and innovation of crowdfunding be utilized at a local level?

Several crowdfunding sites including Kickstarter, GoFundMe, and Indiegogo allow visitors to search projects by location to view ongoing projects in the Seattle area. Kickstarter and the City of Seattle Office of Film and Music offer a compilation of local film and music Kickstarter projects through this link.

As “a hotbed for film and music projects” Seattle is home to many music, film, and other interactive projects that seek to use Kickstarter to fund production. Projects range from visual arts compliations, filming feature length films and thrillers, to producing EP and studio albums by local musicians. Many projects have been fully funded with new ones appearing all the time. For a full listing of Seattle-based Kickstarter projects, visit this page.

To fund something local on one of these sites visit the links below.

GoFundMe- Seattle

IndieGoGo- Seattle

There is also a Twitter account focused local projects. @CrowdfundingSEA aims to “bring attention to projects created by Seattle-area entrepreneurs seeking capital through crowdfunding.” There is a meet up group affiliated that focuses on Seattle’s crowdfunding.

Crowdfunding has already affected Seattle in numerous ways, especially within the food industry according to a December Seattle Weekly article “2014 Was the Year of Crowdfunding in the Seattle Food World.”

Last fall the media drew attention to an increasing number of couples turning to crowdfunding for assistance with adoptions or fertility treatments. The Seattle Times covered the trend which includes several Seattle-area couples.

Crowdfunding is now frequently referenced in coverage of non-profits, events, small businesses, and projects that defy categorization, like this one. Seattle-based technology news site Geek Wire provides a variety of coverage and events about the growth of crowdfunding both locally and at large.

Update 1/29/2015:

Fremont Universe readers informed us about two other crowdfunding websites partnering with businesses in the Seattle area.

Community Sourced Capital focuses on offering small business loans in amounts not usually available through traditional banks. Members of the community can contribute by purchasing “Squares” each worth $50. “Squareholders” can fund a business by purchasing one, three, or up to twenty “Squares.”

Community Sourced Capital approves all campaigns but relies on “Squareholders” support, or not, as the final approval. The funding is provided to businesses in the form of a zero-interest loans and “Squareholder” do receive repayments as the business makes them, however repayment is not guaranteed.

Check out the ongoing and funded campaigns here.

The second other crowdfunding site is Power2Give, hosted in the Puget Sound area by Arts Fund, a Seattle area non-profit with a focus on supporting the arts for more than forty years. Power2Give is hosted by other non-profits in 13 states around the United States. All projects are sponsored by non-profits and donations are tax deductible.

Visit Power2Give-Puget Sound for local non-profit projects.


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Not Another Coffee Shop

January 23rd, 2015 by master




Since Starbuck’s move to the corner of N 34th Street and N Fremont Ave last August the space it called home for over 20 years remained vacant until this notice appeared:


Pardon the reflection, it reads:

This space has been rented to a new tenant.
(not a coffee shop)
They are in process of permit and design
Soon to open for your service
Peck Properties


Peck Properties has peaked our curiosity, if it’s not a coffee shop what might it be? Tell us your guess on the Fremont Universe Facebook page.

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Martin Luther King Jr. Day Closures and Public Services

January 19th, 2015 by master

Banks, libraries, and government offices will be closed today in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

The national holiday was first observed in 1986, the same year that the King County Council elected to rename the county in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. the change was not made official by the state until 2005. The original namesake was William Rufus King, Vice-Presidents of the United States at the time the Washington Territory was established.


Martin Luther King, Jr.’s actual birthday is January 15th, the Civil Rights leader would have been 86 this year. Celebrated on the third Monday each January, Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a day of service for many organizations and volunteers. Here are some of the closures and events that you can expect today:

Metro Transit buses on reduced schedules Jan. 19, Martin Luther King Jr. holiday

In observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, Metro will operate itsReduced Weekday and “When no UW” schedules on Monday, Jan. 19. Some routes will not operate while other routes will operate fewer trips than on a regular weekday. Riders are encouraged to review details in either printed timetables or online schedules.

Most Metro and King County offices will be closed Monday, including Metro’s Customer Information, Lost and Found and Pass Sales offices. Also on Monday, some transit service will be rerouted or delayed during the Martin Luther King Jr. events in the downtown Seattle, Capitol Hill and Central areas.

 Highlighted routes indicate an impact on Fremont.

Routes that do not operate: 5EX, 15EX,17EX, 21EX, 29, 56, 114, 192, 201, 237, 304, 308, 316, 330, 355, 601 Group Health, 930

Routes that operate a “Reduced Weekday” (RW) schedule:(Designated trips are canceled and identified in timetables with an “H”) 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 16, 24, 26EX, 27, 28EX, 33, 36, 40, 41, 43, 44, 50, 60, 64, 70, 76, 77, 101, 102, 105, 106, 107, 111, 116, 120, 121, 122, 123, 124, 125, 128, 143, 150, 153, 157, 158, 159, 167, 168, 169, 177, 179, 180, 181, 182, 183, 186, 187, 190, 212, 214, 218, 219, 232, 242, 244, 249, 252, 255, 268, 269, 303, 311, 312, 342, 907, 931

When Metro operates a “When No University of Washington” (No UW) schedule, designated trips are canceled and identified in timetables for routes: 31, 32, 48, 65, 67, 68, 75, 167, 197, 271, 277, 331, 372, 373

 Fremont routes that are NOT affected: 5, 26, 28, 82.

Visit Metro Online for complete information about Metro and regional transportation services. Visit Metro’s Service Advisories page for information about bus service that is affected by events or construction.

Seattle Parks and Recreation Martin Luther King, Jr. Day closures

Many Seattle Parks and Recreation facilities will be closed Monday, Jan. 19, in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

These facilities and services are CLOSED:

  • Community centers
  • Environmental learning centers
  • Indoor swimming pools
  • Green Lake Small Craft Center
  • Mount Baker Rowing and Sailing Center
  • Amy Yee Tennis Center

Information provided by Seattle Parks and Recreation

Normal Solid Waste Collections for MLK Holiday

Seattle food and yard waste, garbage and recycling collections will be on normal schedule for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Monday. Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) customers should place their containers out for collection by 7 a.m. to ensure collection.

The South Transfer Station in the South Park area will be open on Monday, Jan. 19, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Information provided by Seattle Waste Management

Seattle Public Libraries closed Monday January 19th

 All branches of the Seattle Public Library and the book drops at the Central Library will be closed for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on Monday January 19th. Branches will resume normal hours on Tuesday January 20th.

And if you want to eat for a good cause check this event out:

Family Works Food Bank Fundraiser

5p, Pecado Bueno (4307 Fremont Ave N)

$15 all-you-can-eat-Taco-bar!! Help raise money for the hungry with music by Tangletown String Band

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Fremont-area Preschools and Elementary Schools Host 2015 Open Houses

January 19th, 2015 by master

Here is a sampling of some of the schools in and around the Fremont neighborhood hosting upcoming informational events, compiled by our sister site My Wallingford. Please note that this is not an all inclusive list, if you know of other upcoming open houses please let us know at

Fremont Community School – Preschool

3530 Interlake Ave. N. (206) 547-4054

Fremont Community School is a program inspired and guided by the Waldorf principle of reverence for life and natural rhythms. Teachers guide children as individuals to learn about the world and their relationship to it. They focus on imagination, creative indoor and outdoor play, repetition, and movement. Their website says that letting children develop their own natural joy, compassion, appreciation for beauty, and love of learning is highly valued.

Open Houses – 2015-16 School Year:

January 25, 2015 – 3:00pm to 5:00pm
February 4, 2015 – 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Space is Limited, so please reserve a spot in advance.

North Seattle Fives – Preschool

5515 Phinney Avenue North 206-789-1807

This school states on their website that they provide a highly nurturing learning environment in which children develop academic, social and emotional readiness for kindergarten. They want parents to consider their school to be a great place for five-year-olds to spend the year learning and playing with their peers!

Open House

Saturday January 24th from 1-2pm

Cometa Playschool – Preschool

4106 Stone Way North 206.353.6781

Cometa Playschools is a Spanish language school with a philosophy based in believing that children are competent human beings on a journey to discover themselves and the world. According to their website, their curriculum is designed to develop children’s knowledge and necessary skills in all developmental areas and establish a foundation for lifelong learning. Using the Reggio Emilia approach to early childhood education they consider themselves a Reggio inspired program.

Open House

Saturday, January 24th and 31st 10am – noon

Ballard Preschool Cooperative – Preschool

Ballard Preschool Cooperative, a Phinney Neighborhood Association program, offering play-based classes for children from birth through pre-K.  Located at 7503 18th Ave. NW their mission is

“The co-op aims to provide a structured cooperative program designed to encourage the social, emotional, physical, and mental development of young children. It is also intended to be a resource and nucleus of support for participating families.”

During the Open House parents and children can meet the teachers, view the classroom and learn more about the preschool. Please RSVP to if you will attend.

Open House

Saturday, January 24th 10am – noon

Kapka Cooperative School – K-5

510 N 49th St (206) 522-0350

KapKa believes 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 . Their website highlights that the experience, commitment, and creativity of their professional teachers, combined with the talent and dedication of the parents is what makes KapKa a unique, close and caring community.

Open House

Saturday Jan. 31, 2015 – 2 to 4 p.m.

Please contact with any questions or to request an application packet

John Stanford International School – K-5

4057 5th Ave. NE. (206) 252-6080

John Stanford International School is an award-winning Seattle public elementary school (K-5) in the Wallingford neighborhood. It offers a dual-language immersion program to all students.

You can register students for all grades, including Kindergarten, for the 2015-16 school year anytime between now and September 2015.
For more information on registering, including the forms needed, please click on the grade level of your student.

Information Sessions and School Tours on the following dates and times:

* Wednesday, February 4th – 6:00-7:00pm Information Session Only (no building tour)
* Friday, February 13th – 9:45-11:00am Information Session and Tour
* Thursday, February 26th – 9:45-11:00am Information Session and Tour

Our entrance is located on the 4057 5th Ave. Parking can be a challenge, so please plan accordingly.
No RSVP required!  The same information is available at all sessions so there is no need to attend more than one.

Adults only please

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Fremont Bridge Painting Update: Colorful Contrast

January 9th, 2015 by master

The bold north span meets the still faded and rusty south span on the Fremont Bridge.

Have you seen how the fresh coat of blue and orange really pop?! Many Fremonsters (and our friends living just across the bridge in Queen Anne) may not have realized how badly the Fremont Bridge needed a fresh coat of paint until painting on the top part of the north span, shown above, was completed in late 2014. The project began in August 2014 and additional details on the project can be found in our original post “Fremont Bridge Lane Closure for Facelift.”

Fremont Universe checked in with Art Brochet, the SDOT Communications Lead about the ongoing project, he reported back:

The painters have completed work on the northern span and are currently stringing cables and placing scaffolding beneath the southern span to provide environmental containment for the preparation and painting of the steel in the coming months.

The completed North span of the bridge.

They’re over halfway there! There will still be several upcoming closures, although not as extensive as the weekday closures last September. Mr. Brochet provided an update on the current status of the work:

The painters are currently stringing cables and placing scaffolding beneath the southern span.  This is to support the environmental containment needed before grinding and blasting rust off the steel below the bridge deck.  The familiar enclosure of scaffolding and plastic will be in place soon, for preparation, priming and painting of the southern span over the coming months.

With regards to traffic:

At times crews will need to close the walkway and bike lane on one side of the bridge or the other (but never both) during off-peak hours.  Vehicle lanes will also be closed (less frequently) when necessary, again during off-peak hours: before 3PM in the northbound direction and just between 10AM and 3PM in the southbound direction.

There will be pair of full bridge closures in the wee hours this weekend and next so crews can access the area underneath and behind the counter-weight for the southern span.

While the project has been delayed due to bad weather and a break over the holidays the project is “more than half complete” according to Mr. Brochet. Work on the bridge will continue into March and potentially into April depending on weather-related delays.

Schedule for the upcoming weekend closures:

January 10th (aka late Friday night) from Midnight until 7AM

January 11th (aka late Saturday night) from Midnight until 7AM

January 17th (aka late Friday night) from Midnight until 7AM

January 18th (aka late Saturday night) from Midnight until 7AM

Pedestrians and cyclists will be able to cross at 1:20AM and 2:20AM each night but cars will be detoured for the entire time between Midnight and 7AM.

Fun Fremont Fact: The blue and orange paint job was chosen by a 1985 poll by Fremont residents and facilitated by the Fremont Arts Council.

If you are interested in more information about the project, please check out the project website for additional details.


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Port & Anchor Cafe hosts Open Mic tonight

January 8th, 2015 by master

This evening Port and Anchor, a neighborhood-focused community center and cafe presents The Sound, an all-ages open mic night from 7-9pm. Located at 503 N 50th Street (50th and Dayton) the Port and Anchor is a donation-based program associated with the Emmanuel Church Building. Emmanuel also hosts a community garden, counseling center, men’s shelter, and Sunday worship services.

The Sound tonight is open to musicians of all ages and levels, email sign up has closed so participants are asked to arrive at 6:30pm to add your name to the list.

Spots are on a first-come, first-served basis.  Additionally coffee drinks and snacks will be available for purchase at the bar. The Sound is a recurring event, dates are announced through the Port & Anchors Facebook page.
Port and Anchor will also be hosting a Community Game Night next Thursday January 15th from 7-10pm.
More information from Project Coordinator Tamura Turney:
Port & Anchor would like to invite all our neighbors to a free community game night.  Bring your friends, your competitive spirit and a game to enjoy with others on January 15th.  Games will be available and you can purchase drinks and snacks at the coffee bar throughout the evening.  For more information, contact Kirby White at or visit the Port & Anchor Facebook page
Contact Port and Anchor for more information about upcoming events one of several ways:
In Person: Visit Port and Anchor from 8am to 2pm
A poster for The Sound from 2014

A poster for The Sound from 2014

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