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Entries from December 2015

Fun at Fremont Abbey

December 30th, 2015 by Sara

Abbey Arts presents a fresh lineup of concerts & events for the new year. In addition to hit monthly shows, The Round and The Moth, national touring acts Owen, Jessica Lea Mayfield, and Birds of Chicago will be swinging through to grace their intimate stage.  They’ve also got some great local acts like Daniel Blue (motopony), Lana McMullen, and young up & coming artists Katie Kuffell and Sophia Duccini playing at The Round with slam poets and live painters.


{ ALL AGES, MOSTLY SEATED  |  8pm @ Fremont Abbey unless noted  | *Bar w/ ID }

1/7* The Moth StorySLAM event @ Fremont Abbey

“A live amateur storytelling competition, in which audience members who put their names in a hat are randomly chosen to tell stories on a theme.”

1/10 Open Space Edition 3 @ Fremont Abbey

8:30-9:00pm. FREE. Contemplative music by candlelight. Bring cushions/pillows/blankets.  Edition 3 features music by Zadok, Lacey Brown, Matt Chism.   Doors open at 8:00.   FREE EVENT, all are welcome. Please silence all devices and no talking please.

1/12 The Round (128) – Musicians sharing the stage: Daniel Blue (motopony), Gabriel Wolfchild (as seen on The Voice), Katie Kuffel (Young Artist Program); Live painters: Matthew Brennan, Victoriana Dan (Young Artist Program); Slam poet: Sara Brickman

1/15*  The Maldives (acoustic), The Winterlings (album release), plus Harm (Alaska)

1/15*  The Moth StorySLAM @ St Mark’s

1/19     Open Arts Mic (FREE) – 7:30 signups, 8:00 performances.

1/29* Jessica Lea Mayfield, with Matt Batey (Ruler/Cataldo) – $15/18

ONGOING:  The Round on 2nd Tuesdays /  Open Arts Mic on 3rd Tuesdays – FREE /  Open Space on 2nd Sundays at 8:30pm – FREE /  *The Moth StorySLAM – 1st Thursdays @ Fremont Abbey, 3rd Fridays @ St Mark’s Bloedel Hall


Abbey Arts is a nonprofit 501(c)3 curating welcoming arts & cultural experiences for people of all ages & incomes since 2005.  Kids 10 and under are free to most events.

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VISIT: Home venue | Fremont Abbey 4272 Fremont Ave North, Seattle, WA 98103

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Winter Solstice Feast 2015

December 21st, 2015 by Sara

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Don’t miss Winter Solstice Feast, Dec 21, at 6:00pm. This is a fantastic evening of creativity, artworks, dining, dancing and good times, sharing the richness of our community as we bid goodbye to last year and welcome the new! Join in the fun and celebrate Earth’s longest night in an incredible experience, connecting with friends and loved ones, our ancient past, and our hopes and dreams for the future.

The entertainment this year is beyond great – live music, acoustic Tea House stage, late night DJ’s & dancing into the night:
The Bucharest Drinking Team
Correo Aereo
The Harper Conspiracy

The Solstice Moment itself occurs at 8:49 pm, in the middle of the event. We’ll stop the action just for a moment to observe!

The richness of the Feast comes from all our contributions. The tables are loaded with food that we all bring to share! Everyone brings a dish to the Feast tables, you, me, all the volunteers – You must bring a dish to share and enter Feast. Bring us your best! The food at the Feast is beyond compare, dishes go on for miles and there are more things to try than you could possibly ever get to. This is what makes the event so great.
Remember that we break bread, together, at 7pm. Please refrain from diving in until you hear ‘LET THE FEAST BEGIN!”

ALCOHOL – We have outgrown our BYOB policy and sadly the Feast can no longer be this kind of event. We will have a full no host bar available with cocktails, wine and beer, inexpensively from our awesome bartenders. Please bring cash!

FEAST DRESS – is splendid, extravagant, sexy, dance floor royalty, high animal spirits and incantations, stunning mermaids and sky faeries laughing amongst us, Titania and Oberon, tuxes and body paint. Frank Sinatra will greet Beowulf with a giant bear hug.

Please bring your own plate, cup and utensils.

Click here for tickets and more information. All tickets include a 30 day Trial Membership to the Fremont Arts council.

Join us and be part of creating a legendary memory!

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Man killed in shootout with police following carjacking, chase

December 7th, 2015 by Sara

Written by Jonah Spangenthal-Lee on December 6, 2015 4:24 pm

One man was killed in a shootout with police Sunday after he stole two vehicles at gunpoint in separate incidents in Belltown and Montlake and fired at officers while leading them on a chase through northeast Seattle.

Today’s incident began around 12:30 PM when the suspect entered a downtown coffee shop armed with a handgun, leading employees to call police.

The man then fled to a tattoo parlor at 2nd Avenue and Lenora Street leading to another 911 call. After leaving the shop, the suspect reportedly stole a red Volkswagen at gunpoint and drove to the Montlake area.  There, the armed suspect reportedly stole a second vehicle.

Officers began pursuing the suspect in Montlake, where they reported coming under fire from the fleeing suspect.

The man then drove onto westbound 520 and northbound onto Interstate 5 before exiting in the Ravenna neighborhood.

The suspect fired at officers at Northeast 68th Street and 35th Avenue NE. Officers returned fire, fatally wounding the man. He is believed to be a white male in his 30s.

The Seattle Police Department’s Force Investigation Team is reviewing the entirety of the incident. As many as 11 officers are currently believed to have exchanged gunfire with the suspect at two separate locations during today’s pursuit. All officers involved in the shooting will be placed on paid administrative leave per department policy.

Several officers and uninvolved motorists were treated for non-life-threatening injuries sustained in collisions during the incident.

At this time, police are not looking for any additional suspects in the case.

The incident remains under investigation and information contained in this post is subject to change

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Stay safe during the holidays

December 1st, 2015 by Sara


SPD Crime Prevention Coordinator Terrie Johnston has some tips for how to protect yourself this season. She writes:

Travel light:  take only what you need when you are out.  Leave the heavy purse behind and clean out your wallet of unneeded credit cards, medical cards, etc.

Dress the part:  It feels darker now without our sunny Seattle skies, so make sure you can be seen by motorists.  Are your shoes comfortable enough to allow you to move, kick, run if you had to.  Long billowing scarves, umbrellas, certain kinds of hats can reduce the ability to see around you, or might give a mugger something by which to grab you.  Leave the bling behind or under layers of clothing if you’ll be out walking around much.

Cell phones:  “apple picking” is what some are calling the grabbing of iphones and other electronic devices.  You may be asked by a stranger for the time, or if they can borrow your phone. Then boom, in a blink of an eye, they’re off and away with your device.  While cell phones are a helpful safety device, street robbers love them so don’t flash them around.  Be mindful when using them in public places.

“What’s your location?” means being able to relay your location such as house number, business or street names, hundred block; intersections, landmarks, or mile markers.  Make it a habit to know your location!  This is key when making calls to 9-1-1.  Seconds matter in emergencies, help us get to you or the incident quicker.  Stay on the line with the call taker until instructed to hang up.

If you will be out of town, please let your trusted neighbors know.  Encourage them to keep an extra watch out for your home and let them know you want them to call 9-1-1 if something is suspicious.  Enlist their help with picking up newspapers, checking for oversized mail, packages and those pesky flyers left on doorknobs.  On our block, we pick up each others’ parcels that have been left on a porch for safekeeping. You want to make your home look occupied (lights and radio on timers; have someone park in your driveway, bring in your garbage can/recycling bins, etc.)  Getting a house sitter can be helpful.  Watchful neighbors truly are your best alarm!

Car prowls:  Thieves target all makes and models of vehicles looking for GPS devices; cellular phones; cameras; purses; garbage remotes; jackets.  I know some parents who keep their kids’ holiday gifts in the trunk.  Not good!  Also, I’ve read a few police reports where people pack up their car the night before heading out on a trip, only to find the car was prowled over night.  Leave your car empty; disable internal trunk releases and be consistent with any theft-deterrent device like the “club” or audible alarm.

Warming up the car:  Vehicles left running and unattended while the heater and defroster kick in may be just the opportunity the auto thief needed.

…Trust your intuitions and watch out for each other. Stay safe and warm!

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