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Entries from February 2017

SPU Choir Closes Out Black History Month

February 28th, 2017 by WK Leigh


SPU Gospel Choir Performance

With February coming to a close, the gospel choir at Seattle Pacific University sends off the nation’s annual celebration of black history with a bang. Head over there tonight, February 28, to join the 84-voice SPU Gospel Choir for a free evening of music, prayer and inspirational readings at the First Free Methodist Church, adjacent to the SPU campus. The event begins at 9 p.m.

Acclaimed SPU professor of music Stephen Newby leads the choir, not only for Black History Month but throughout the year, performing spirituals, traditional gospel and modern “praise and worship.” Choir members are fully immersed in the history and culture of African American sacred music, due to required studies in MUS 4301, a credited class in the SPU curriculum. Newby, a gospel and jazz vocalist, pianist and composer, explains his devotion to the choir: [Read more →]

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Seniors Sing Out

February 26th, 2017 by WK Leigh

Calling all seniors: its karaoke time again! Join your compatriots over at the Wallingford Senior Center for their renowned Happy Hour Karaoke this Tuesday, February 27, from 1 to 2 p.m. If you’re not a member of the center yet, no worries: cost for karaoke time is just $5 for non-members, or $3 for members. The music hearkens back to the 50s through the 70s, with videos to bring back those oh-so-memorable times. Those in the scientific world claim that group singing relieves anxiety, reduces stress and elevate endorphins — so dust off your pipes and get ready to belt it out.
Register in advance at, or just show up at 4649 Sunnyside Ave N.,
Suite 140.

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Dance Like You Mean It: Brazilian Style

February 25th, 2017 by WK Leigh

Brazilian Dance at Bahia in Motion

Fremont certainly knows how to let loose; nobody in Seattle questions that. But did you know that there are some of the best ethnic dance classes in the city right here in our neighborhood? Far from being “free style,” these classes give you a chance to learn some true art forms through movement, while also celebrating the diverse South American cultures of Brazil and Argentina.

Some are one-off classes, while others are offered weekly or monthly.
Here’s one to get you started.
Balance Studio: Brazilian Dance Class with Bahia In Motion
This one takes place at noon on February 26, and drop-in cost is just $15. Nobody explains these classes better than the group leading them, so read on for the full class description from Bahia in Motion.
     Come celebrate Brazilian rhythm and dance in this fun and energetic class! Learn dances that draw from the rich cultural traditions of Bahia and Northeast Brazil including Afro, Samba Reggae, Samba de Roda, Orixa Dance Movement and Carnaval/street dances. The cultural context and history behind these dances are also integrated into class.

     Our class introduces basic Afro-Brazilian movement starting with a warm-up emphasizing stretching, strengthening and breathing. You’ll then learn basic movements, movement sequences and simple choreography working individually, in pairs and in groups. Each class ends with a cool-down session.

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Improv for the Rest of Us

February 20th, 2017 by WK Leigh

Blast to the Past: the Atlas Theater in Days Gone By

We all like to think we’re witty and interesting, even if the evidence leans against that reality — but fortunately, there’s a place where it doesn’t matter a twit. Everyone, and I do mean everyone, gets a chance to tickle their funny bones with improv performance at Fremont’s Atlas Theater. The CSz Seattle Improv Jam takes place there on Wednesdays from 8 to 9:30 p.m., and is open to all levels of improvisers. Create or interpret your own characters, scenes and stories on the spot, led by a professional improv artist. Participants are typically a mix of seasoned veterans and total newbies, making for a hilarious night of unbridled fun.

Cost is just $9, and you can register ahead of time at the Seattle Comedy Group website. The next event is in just two days, so mark your calendar! The club is on Fremont Avenue, near the Lenin statue.

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Karaoke Alive and Well in Fremont

February 19th, 2017 by WK Leigh

The High Dive in Fremont, Seattle

What happens when you combine one of Fremont’s favorite clubs with the ever-alive art of open-mic karaoke? Well, you better just come see for yourself. The High Dive has hollowed out a devoted niche for its Absolute Karaoke on Monday nights from 9 to 11:30 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m., so get there early for an upfront spot.
Here’s your chance to be center stage in the High Dive spotlight, singing your heart out. The evening is hosted by Seattle own DJ, KJ Nomi, and it’s totally free to join in. To lower your inhibitions a bit, Jameson drinks are just $5 all night long. Remember that the High Dive is a 21+ club, so leave the young-uns at home this time.

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Free Family Story Time

February 17th, 2017 by WK Leigh

Fremont Public Library

In case you didn’t realize, the weekly story time at Fremont library is back! It’s freshly energized with stories, songs and crafts every Wednesday from 11 to 11:30 a.m. So scoop up your toddlers and preschoolers and settle in for some serious family time over on North 35th Street.

Mark your calendars for other free library events as well, such as up to an hour of tech help on Tuesdays at 1:00 p.m. (registration required), and free ESL help on Mondays from 4 to 6 p.m. Group conversation gives everyone a chance to learn English as a second language in a comfortable, informal environment.

We appreciate our local library!

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Third Thursday Shopping Extravaganza

February 15th, 2017 by WK Leigh

It’s that time again: Fremont’s Third Thursday Shopping Extravaganza! Support your local boutique owners, and snag some swag this Thursday, February 16, from 1:00 pm to 8:00 pm. There’s no “same ole” chain store goods when you shop with our neighbors at places like Pipe + Row, Portage Bay Goods, District Fabric and Fremont Jewelry Design. Some special treats this time include the Uphill Designs pop-up just outside Pipe + Row, featuring locally crafted leather good, including a unique leather yoga strap. A portion of the sales go to Pacific Crest Association, so be sure to check them out. Show Pony is offering a free spring scarf when you spend $50 or more this Thursday, while Portage Bay features demonstrations by Cathy Pascual of Catshy Crafts, known for her fleece and hoop art.

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Acro-Yoga on V-Tine’s Day

February 14th, 2017 by WK Leigh

Acro-Yoga Photo by Earl McGehee

Who says you have to celebrate the people you love with the traditional “chocolates and dinner” on Valentine’s Day? Here’s a local Fremont alternative for tonight: Valentine’s Partner Yoga at Aatma Fitness. Drop in at 6:30 for a one-hour session of Acro-Yoga with your partner, friend or family member, and get ready for some fun while balancing in the air, on the ground and everything in-between. Call ahead to confirm space available, or pre-register online – and remember to bring a yoga mat!
The evening is free for members, or costs $22 for drop-ins.


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Mid-Week Movie Night and Taco Bar

February 13th, 2017 by WK Leigh

Red Star Taco Bar, Fremont Seattle

Red Star Taco Bar in Fremont goes all out this Wednesday, February 15th, with its famous taco bar and movie night! It’s for night owls, starting with the movie at 8:30 p.m. and running until 11:30. And smack-dab in the middle of it all: a late night Happy Hour kicks in at 10 p.m. Just because the movie ends doesn’t mean the night comes to a screeching halt — they’re still dishing out tacos and other treats until 1 a.m. Just head over to 36th Avenue, and look for the huge red neon star.

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Do Good, Eat Good

February 12th, 2017 by WK Leigh

Calling all Fremonters! Do a good deed and get a great meal at the same time this month. Bloodworks Northwest, our local blood center, is hosting a blood drive called “Donate & Dine” on February 20. It’s a partnership with local restaurants, through which all of you who donate blood that day receive a $10 gift card for one of our fabulous restaurants right here in Fremont. Some favorites include Agrodulce, Blue Moon Burgers, Fainting Goat Gelato, Le Petit Cochon, Pel Meni Dumpling Tzar, Pie and Starbucks.
This is the perfect way for our community to come together, support our local businesses, and do some “greater good” for those in need.
Here’s all the details on how to participate:

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