News blog for Seattle's Fremont neighborhood


Entries from February 2016

Civic Cocktails with the Mayor

February 24th, 2016 by Sara

Seattle Channel, Seattle CityClub and Crosscut are hosting a Civic Cocktail March 2 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Tom Douglas Palace Ballroom. Seattle Mayor Ed Murray will join us to discuss equity and growth, working with a new city council and the city’s homelessness crisis. Then, a panel including Seattle city council member Mike O’Brien and Daniel Malone, Executive Director of the Downtown Emergency Service Center, will further discuss homelessness in Seattle.

Date/Time: March 2, 2016 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Location: Tom Douglas Palace Ballroom (2100 5th Ave).

Click here for more information.

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Help name the baby gorilla

February 24th, 2016 by Sara

Photo from Woodland Park Zoo

Photo from Woodland Park Zoo

Woodland Park Zoo needs help naming its new baby gorilla. The winner will receive a variety of great gifts from the zoo, including a chance to visit the gorilla up-close!

To enter, participants must choose a female name from the African languages of Hausa, Yoruba or Igbo, and submit an entry form via mail, online here, or by dropping it off at any ballot box located on zoo grounds between now and Monday, February 29.

One winner will be selected by a judging panel of zoo staff to take home the Grand Prize:

  • One 1-year annual Woodland Park Zoo membership for one family
  • One ZooParent gorilla adoption
  • One opportunity to join a gorilla staff member for a private meet and greet for up to five people at the public viewpoint of the gorilla exhibit once the baby is on view (arranged at a mutually agreeable time)
  • One framed photograph of the newly-named gorilla infant

For official rules and terms of participation or to submit an entry online, click here.  More about the little cutie from Woodland Park:

The baby gorilla was born on November 20, 2015 to mom Nadiri and dad Vip. “Nadiri is a first-time, inexperienced mom,” said Martin Ramirez, mammal curator at Woodland Park Zoo. “Knowing that, we planned for different outcomes while she was pregnant, including the need for human intervention.”

Nadiri gave birth naturally but did not show strong maternal skills initially; as a result, staff immediately stepped in for the safety and welfare of the baby and to allow the new mom to rest. Since her birth, the zoo’s gorilla and veterinary staff have been providing 24/7 care for the unnamed baby gorilla behind the scenes in the gorillas’ sleeping quarters in a den next to Nadiri.

Multiple times a day, the mom and baby gorilla spend time together in the same den. “During recent sessions, the two have lain just inches apart, played and eaten together. The close proximity is a good sign they’re comfortable together and getting to know each other,” said Ramirez.

The baby gorilla remains off view where she is growing and thriving. “She’s developing normally; introductions are progressing slowly but steady,” said Ramirez. Currently, there is no time frame for when the baby will be on exhibit.

In the meantime, zoo staff is excited to officially give the baby gorilla a name. “As an ambassador for her species, an authentic regional name helps share the story of her counterparts in the wild,” said Ramirez.

The baby gorilla’s father is 37-year-old Vip, who has sired six other offspring with three different females at the zoo. He currently lives at the zoo in another group with two females.



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Ballard teen missing: Have you seen Stone Fennell?

February 15th, 2016 by Sara

From our friends at

Stone Fennell, a 16-year-old Ballard resident, is missing. He was last seen in Crown Hill late on Friday night, wearing dark blue jeans and a black or dark grey jacket with a black baseball cap. He is 5’10” and 215 lbs.


Seattle Police are searching for a 16-year-old boy who was reported missing.

Stone Fennell disappeared from his home on Crown Hill. He was last seen at about 10:30 p.m. Friday.

Police say family is concerned. They say the disappearance is out of character.

Fennell is 5-foot-10, 215 pounds.

Anyone with information is asked to call 911.

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Sadness attracts NYC musician Mal Blum to play Seattle

February 15th, 2016 by Sara

When band mates Danielle K.L. Gregoire and Ravella Riffenburg decided to write a wine-soaked email to Mal Blum, a New York musician whose music often helped get the two through bouts of depression, break ups, and other heavy sad stuff, and offer them (Mal uses the singular pronoun ‘they’) a spot playing their song Fine! at a strangely awesome show about sorrow at the Seattle Fringe Festival called A Necessary Sadness, Danielle and Ravella didn’t actually expect a reply. So when they didn’t get one for a month it wasn’t surprising. The surprise came when Mal, after a month, wrote the two an email apologizing for their lack of response and admitted to being intrigued by the concept of the show, and agreed to consider the offer to come play in Seattle.

A Necessary Sadness is a show that celebrates the vulnerability of sorrow by putting people on stage in front of a live audience. After doing four shows, Gregoire found that the shows ended up being more uplifting than sad.

“It was surprising how many people turned out to sit in a room and listen to sad stories, and left with smiles on their tear-stained faces and how many people wanted to come tell their stories.” Gregoire said after the ANS in December at the Pocket Theater. Gregoire decided to develop A Necessary Sadness after three years in Seattle’s hilarious, but grueling stand up comedy scene running the Comedy Womb left her depressed and exhausted. She wanted to explore the other side of the coin, the ‘what if you put people in a room and told them they didn’t have to laugh, but instead were allowed to cry’. The show features stories, sketch, and music exploring sadness and ends with a set by a stand up comedian to lift the audience back up, and finally a cover of Mal Blum’s Fine! The show was so successful that Gregoire decided to submit to the Seattle Fringe Festival lottery and got in. Gregoire confessed to Riffenburg that she dreamed of asking Mal Blum to come play the final show at the Fringe festival, and like a good friend, Riffenburg decided to write up an email asking Blum to come perform. Then one Saturday night after a particularly good bottle of wine, they sent that email. Now Riffenburg and Gregoire’s dream is coming true.

Mal Blum is coming to Seattle to play ANS, and also two completely independent shows organized by the duo, and their band Sea of Slugs even gets to open for their favorite musician. The independent shows will feature comedy by Elicia Sanchez, as well as new comedians and poetry by spoken word poets and are sponsored in part by the Northwest Network.

Turns out sometimes sadness has positive consequences:

Mal Blum at the Fremont Abbey (ALL AGES SHOW)

When: Saturday, March 5th doors at 2pm, show at 2:30pm
What: An absolutely phenomenal show that will likely lift your spirits and grow your heart, at the same time.
Cost: $15 in advance, $20 at the door

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Head to the Fremont Sunday Market for the Mobile Food Rodeo

February 11th, 2016 by Sara

The Mobile Food Rodeo is proud to launch their third monthly Round-Up of delicious food trucks in conjunction with the Fremont Market.

Stroll the Fremont Sunday Market, and shop the awesome array of antique, vintage and hand crafts on Sunday, February 14th from 10- 4pm.
Confirmed Trucks (as of  2/9/16)

Hungry Me (New to Round-Up)
Charlie’s Buns ‘N Stuff
– Street Donuts
Anchor End Pretzel Shoppe
Chopstix (New to Round-Up)
My Sweet lil Cakes (New to Round-Up)
Ezell’s Express
Neema’s Comfort
Roll OK Please
Lumpia World
The Biscuit Box
Tokyo Dog
Gobble Restaurant
Wood Shop BBQ
Falafel Salam
Mystery Bay Seafood Catering
Afghan Delicious
Motofish Coffee
– Hawaii’s Donuts (New to Round-Up)

There is free parking while it lasts around the Fremont Sunday Market all day, busses, Lyft, Uber and cheap paid lots starting at just $3.

Bus Routes can be found here:
Metro Parking
It’s always free and a great place to hang out and shop over 100 local crafts, antiques and farms/processors. We have outdoor patio heaters and seating to keep you warm all day long throughout the market!

Get fed, hang out and have fun at one of Seattle’s favorite street markets for over 25 years.

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Meet Swizy!

February 5th, 2016 by Sara


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