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Entries from May 2017

Mayor and City Council nominate appointees for Community Involvement Commission

May 24th, 2017 by Sara

by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin at our sister site, MyBallard

Mayor Murray and the Seattle City Council announced their appointees to the City’s new Community Involvement Commission (CIC). The commission was created by Executive Order 2016-06  issued by Mayor Murray last year, the 16-member commission will advise the City on priorities, policies, and strategies related to equitable civic engagement and publicparticipation in City decision-making processes. It will also provide feedback on the development of City departments’ community involvement plans.

“In order for Seattle to reach its full potential, all residents including those representing underrepresented and underserved communities must have the opportunity to participate in the City’s decision making and planning processes,” says Mayor Murray.

Nearly 300 individuals applied for 13 CIC positions to be appointed by the Mayor and City Council – six selected by the Mayor and seven by City Council (by Council District). One additional Mayoral appointee will be selected through the Get Engaged program, and CIC members will nominate individuals to fill the two remaining positions later this year. All the appointments are subject to City Council confirmation.

“We have a creative, diverse, geographically representative group of appointees who will help strengthen the way neighborhood participation occurs in 21st century Seattle,” says Councilmember Tim Burgess (Position 8, Citywide).

Below is the list of the newly appointed members of the Community Involvement Commission:

Mayor Ed Murray Appointees:            

Julie Pham

Alex Hudson

Bereket Kiros

Sonja Basha

Emily Kim

Jenna Franklin

City Council Appointees:

District 1: Jennifer Calleja

District 2: Thais Marbles

District 3: Natalie Curtis

District 4: Alison Turner

District 5: Mark Mendez

District 6: Ben Mitchell

District 7: Patricia Akiyama

The City Council’s Affordable Housing, Neighborhoods, and Finance Committee will discuss and possibly vote on the CIC appointments at its May 26 and June 7 meetings.

The meetings will begin at 9:30 a.m. in City Council Chambers, Seattle City Hall, 600 Fourth Avenue, Floor 2.

For more information or for questions, contact Sara Belz at (206) 684-8696 or email You can also learn more about the Community Involvement Commission online.

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Protect your pets in warm Seattle weather

May 22nd, 2017 by Sara

With our weather looking amazing this week, SAS says protect your pets, especially on 70-degree, sunny days.

Spring weather has finally appeared for Seattle, which means open windows and more time outdoors. As people start to enjoy time outside with their pets, the Seattle Animal Shelter is reminding pet owners that, even on 70-degree days, it is not safe to leave their furry loved ones in vehicles.

Even if the ambient temperature is cool, studies have shown it’s a sunny day that can cause a car’s interior temperature to rise by an average of 40 degrees within an hour, said Ann Graves, Seattle Animal Shelter acting director.

“When the day starts out overcast and cool, pet owners sometimes have a false sense of safety,” Graves said. “But an overcast day can turn to a sunny day in the blink of an eye, and cars will get hot, very fast – and cracking the windows doesn’t help. It’s not worth the risk to leave your pet in a vehicle, on overcast days and especially sunny ones.”

A 2015 Washington state law makes it a violation just to leave an animal unattended in a vehicle or enclosed space, if the animal could be harmed or killed by exposure to excessive heat or cold, lack of ventilation or lack of water. Penalties under this law are in addition to potential animal cruelty charges. Graves reminded the public that the shelter’s humane law enforcement officers responding to calls about animals left in hot cars will utilize all means necessary to access vehicles to remove the animals if they believe the animals are in distress.

The Seattle Animal Shelter offers the following tips for protecting pets on sunny days and during hot weather:

*         If you must travel with your pet, carry water. If a trip requires you leave your pet in the car at any point, think about saving that for another day. It’s not worth the risk.

*         Never leave dogs or cats unattended in a closed, locked vehicle. Animals do not perspire like humans; they cool themselves by panting. Vinyl, leather and even cloth seats in vehicles get hot under animals’ feet and prevent them from perspiring through their paws.

*         Never leave your animal tethered or kenneled in direct sunlight. Provide a shady area for retreat, such as a dog house, porch or shady tree, and always provide access to cool water.

*         If you leave animals indoors, open screened windows, keep a fan running, provide plenty of water and, if possible, leave them in a cool location.

*         Avoid overexerting your animal in hot weather. Exercise is fine when taken in moderation, but obesity, old age, underlying disease and previous bouts of heat stroke can predispose an animal to the condition.

*         For birds, take caution and place the bird’s cage away from direct sunlight during the intense heat of the afternoon. Provide water and fruits and vegetables with high moisture content.

If you see an animal that may be in need of assistance, or if you have questions, contact the Seattle Animal Shelter at 206-386-PETS (7387). Click here for more information.

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Fremont Third Thursday!

May 17th, 2017 by Sara

Every Third Thursday of the month explore Fremont for exclusive deals at local businesses. Check out this month’s offerings:


Join us Thursday May 18th 1-8pm for WINSTON WHITE + WAVES (swimwear) POP-UP. Our boho buds Winston White will be here giving us all the beachy vibes perfect for this sun that is FINALLY emerging. Secondly, they have just launched the most stunning swimwear that will be showcased just for us. Designing out of their studio by Lake Tapps in Washington, the WW are inspired each day by each other and a life on the water.  Don’t miss this fun opportunity to support local businesses and— have some bevies and bumpin’ tunes! Check out our facebook event page here.


Show your receipt from any local business on 5/16 and get FREE chips and guacamole with the purchase of any drink.


PBG is hosting a pop-up with Kelice Penney – creator of the curious critters of Careful, It Bites! Each plush is handmade in Seattle and one of a kind. Severed yeti heads, cat balls and flasher bats await! Check out our facebook event here.


This Third Thursday is our SIGNATURE SPRING EVENT from 5-8pm. Sip signature cocktails from St. Germain liqueur, shop Ash + Ames Jewelry, learn about Lagree Fitness and shop lingerie, of course! RSVP by May 14th at and get a free panty with any purchase this evening! Check out our facebook event here.


Join us at Juniper Flowers for the first session of Fremont Third Thursday: Drawing the Still life Floral. 5:30pm-8pm. We’ll have a lovely floral arrangement vignette set up along with drawing materials for you to try your hand at sketching some of nature’s bounty. Spend 10 minutes or 2 hours it’s up to you. •we’ll have discounts on select flowers and vases available for purchase so you can continue your drawing at home… Maybe even turn it into a painting!


20% off all sewing patterns at District Fabric this Third Thursday!! Help us make room for some new pattern shipments and get some future project inspiration!


Outsider is hosting a Star Wars X-Wing game event on Thursday from 6-10 pm (tickets available on Facebook and Eventbrite), so all day we are having a 20% off all Star Wars sale on any Star Wars geek fashion, jewelry, comics, games and trade paperbacks. Shop closes at 8 pm.

Participating Businesses:

Bellefleur Lingerie | 3504 Fremont Pl N

Burnt Sugar | 601 N 35th St

District Fabric | 513 N 36th St

El Camino | 607 N 35th St

Essenza | 615 N 35th St

Fremont Jewelry Design | 3510 Fremont Pl N

Juniper Flowers | 459 N 36th St

Les Amis | 3420 Evanston Ave N

Liten | 617 N 35th St

Outsider Comics and Geek Boutique | 233 N 36th St

Pipe and Row | 611 N 35th St

Portage Bay Goods | 621 N 35th St

Show Pony | 702 N 35th S

The Sweet Spot | 3507 Evanston Ave N


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Fremont Street Clean-Up at Patrick Place Apartments

May 17th, 2017 by Sara

Join in the clean-up to help make Fremont shine.  The effort starts at Patrick Place Apartments. Volunteers will be supplied with bags, grabbers and a map of where teams are cleaning. After the clean-up, enjoy prizes, music and food!

May 20,from 9:30–11:30am

Patrick Place Apartments, 4251 Aurora Ave N (map)

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BF Day School celebrates 125 years!

May 17th, 2017 by Sara

All are invited to celebrate the 125th year of BF Day Elementary school – the longest operating public school in Seattle! Enjoy a carnival style celebration with performances, an art walk, tours of the building and the historic attic, food vendors, games and more. Alumni, current students and families, history buffs, lover of the arts and everyone in between are welcome. This is a free and public event that will be of epic proportions. Come celebrate this historic building’s rich history.
Fun for the whole family! Find more details here

Sat, May 20, 12pm – 5pm

BF Day Elementary Public School Playfield (map)

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Tech help at the Library

May 12th, 2017 by Sara

Need help with your technology? Fremont Library staff are available to answer your questions about technology and Library services. Learn how to use an e-reader, get a free email address or request books and DVDs. Come to the Library for up to an hour of free, one-on-one help with technology and library services. Registration is required.

Help topics may include:
– Using the Library’s catalog
– Downloading e-books and audiobooks
– Computer basics
– Internet basics
– Email
– Microsoft Word

Please note: staff cannot assist with any kind of hardware or software repair. Registration is required for tech help. Sign up in person or by telephone at 206-233-2669. Appointments are scheduled for up to 45 minutes. Fremont Branch 206-684-4084 or Ask a Librarian

The Fremont Branch is at 731 N. 35th St.

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Celebrate 100 years of the Fremont Cut

May 12th, 2017 by Sara

“From Ross Creek to the Ship Canal, How the Canal Impacted Fremont”: There will be a month long display of photographs, stories and maps presented by the Fremont Historical Society in partnership with the Seattle Public Library in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the opening of the Lake Washington Ship Canal, the Ballard Locks, and the Fremont Bridge on July 4, 1917.

All are invited to a free reception Saturday, May 13 from 11 am to 1 pm and an opportunity to chat with Historical Society members about the display. Light refreshments will be served.

Canal Spillway near Fremont.
Courtesy of MOHAI

At 1 pm, following the reception, Jennifer Ott, HistoryLink historian and co-author with David B. Williams of Waterway: The Story of Seattle’s Locks and Ship Canal, will share some of the stories they uncovered in their research about the decades of false starts, the political shenanigans, and far-reaching social, economic, and environmental impacts of the canal’s construction and operation.

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