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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:

http://www.bloodworksnw.org/dine/

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Valentine’s Day the Fremont Way

February 10th, 2017 by WK Leigh

Photo courtesy of Theo Chocolates

Valentine’s Day is around the corner, and we Fremonters are lucky enough to have Seattle’s favorite organic chocolatiers right in our own neighborhood. Theo Chocolates, famous for their “bean to bar” process, happens to be pairing up with Woodford Reserve for a romantic evening full of chocolate and whiskey. Save the night: February 13, starting at 6:30 p.m

These two local entrepreneurs are offering a pairing of Woodford Reserve’s finest whiskey and a Theo specialty chocolate created just for the event. And these thoughtful neighbors of ours are even throwing in an Uber code to get you back home safe and sound. Price is just $40, so make your reservation at the Theo Chocolates website. This one is (obviously) a 21+ event, but you can also mark your calendar for the all-ages chocolate and cheese pairing at Theo on February 22.

Photo Courtesy of Theo Chocolates

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Public Art Grows in Fremont

February 8th, 2017 by WK Leigh

Evo Mural on Stone Way North

In case you haven’t noticed, the Fremont tradition of public art is alive and well, in spite of progressive development and the area’s growth as a high-tech hub. Let’s document this ongoing phenomenon in our neighborhoods, alleys and small business corridors in 2017. With the Burke Gilman trail snaking its way right along our waterfront paralleling 34th Ave, it’s an easy side-cycle tour to view Fremont in all its artsy glory. To get us started, here are a few favorites from our readers.

Evo  The ever-colorful, always lively Evo storefront on Stone Way North leads the pack for public art, with its enormous concrete canvas covering the entire south side of the building. The newest incarnation of its massive mural is on Stone Way North and 35th. (See photo above.)

Our Neon Mermaid

One of the only four bascule bridges in Seattle, our multi-colored Fremont Bridge is a piece of art in itself – but have you noticed that its control tower is also home to our very own neon mermaid? Gazing down from the tower like an aquatic Rapunzel, her hair cascading toward the Lake Washington Ship Canal beneath the bridge, she serves as a beacon of light and a constant reminder of Fremont’s roots as Seattle’s favorite organic arts community. With an average of 35 openings per day on the most opened drawbridge in the United States, our neon lady of the sea stays quite busy.

The flip side of the control tower illustrates a fable by Rudyard Kipling, featuring a neon elephant and crocodile. An electronic bike counter nearby counts the ever-increasing number of cyclists crossing the bridge each day, culminating in a grand annual total.

Send in your own photos for brightening the remaining weeks of winters here in Seattle!

 

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Rooftop Chickens in Fremont?

February 4th, 2017 by WK Leigh

Yes, you read that right — chickens are perching and pecking atop one of Fremont’s trendy new high-rise apartment communities. Tapping into the urban farming concept, developers of the recently opened Bowman complex on Stone Way North installed a chicken coop on the rooftop, reportedly the first in Seattle. Five spunky little hens rule the roost up there, befriending city-slicker residents with a yearning for rural perks – such as fresh eggs. After signing a waiver, community residents of Bowman can scoop up the freshest eggs in town. They can also watch their little “pets” from afar, on a chicken coop cam.

Rooftop amenities can be a deciding factor when choosing an apartment, and Fremont has some of the best. Velo on Woodlawn Park Avenue has an inside ramp for bicyclists, and Ray (also on Stone Way North) sports a full array of rooftop amenities, including a bocce ball court, four firepits, BBQ grills and two big-screen televisions. There are also full-on views of Lake Union and the Seattle skyline, as well as an enclosed lounge with pool table and kitchen. When Ray first opened, the enclosed lounge area was an “orangerie” with a mini grove of citrus trees, but residents overwhelmingly preferred a year-round enclosed hang-out spot on top.

So keep your eye to the sky for a glimpse of Fremont’s new upper extremities – and note that the street-level amenities of these buildings are typically open to the public, such as the hip new 36 Stone cafe and bar beneath the Ray building.

 

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Most drop-in activities now free at Community Centers

February 1st, 2017 by Sara

Courtesy of our sister site My Ballard.com.

Thanks to funding from the Seattle Park District as part of the Community Center Strategic Plan, as of the first of the year, most drop-in activities  at Seattle Parks and Recreation community centers are now free.

During a public outreach process, Seattle Parks and Recreation heard from many communities that even small drop-in fees can be a barrier for people with low incomes, preventing many from taking part in some of our basic activities and services.

In general, a true drop-in activity is one that does not regularly hire staff or have regular materials and supply costs. For most community centers, this means the following activities are now free:

  • Tot Gyms and Tot Rooms
  • Fitness Rooms
  • Basketball, Pickleball, Dodgeball, Volleyball
  • Pool Tables
  • Table games like Bridge or Mahjong
  • and most other activities that previously had $1, $2, or $3 drop-in fees.

The following kinds of activities will continue to charge a fee:

  • Program drop-in (paying for a class one session at a time)
  • Special events
  • Drop-in activities held outside normal operating hours

For more information, or if you have questions about a previously purchased punch card for drop-in activities, contact Northgate Community Center at (206) 386-4283 or Green Lake Community Center at 684-0780  to find out more.

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