News blog for Seattle's Fremont neighborhood


Check out SPU’s Gospel Choir

February 20th, 2018 by Sara

All are invited to join Seattle Pacific University’s Gospel Choir, under the direction of Stephen Michael Newby, liturgist and artistic director, and Asta Vaičekonis, piano, as they present an evening of prayers, black spirituals, and ecumenical readings celebrating tradition for Black History Month. With special guest readers from the Faculty Diversity Committee: Raedene Copeland, Karen Gutowsky-Zimmerman, June Hyun, David Leong, and Dainius Vaičekonis. Performed at First Free Methodist Church. Click here for more information.

Feb 27th at 7:30

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Library Closure

February 20th, 2018 by Sara

The Central Library and all branches of The Seattle Public Library will be closed on Wednesday, March 7, 2018, for a staff in-service day. The Central Library book drop will be closed. All branch book drops will remain open. No Library material will be due on that day. All branch library parking garages will be closed, but the Central Library garage at 1000 Fourth Ave. will be open. Regular operating hours will resume on Thursday, March 8.
For more information, call the Library at 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian.

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February 8th, 2018 by Sara

Sponsored post written by Bartell Drugs

Can you feel the energy around the Puget Sound these days? There’s a spirit of innovation in the air, enthusiasm for the great outdoors, and an excitement for local companies and local pride.

Being a company born, raised and operating in Seattle, Bartells believes in showcasing countless local favorites from small businesses all around the Northwest – something it’s celebrating all February long with its annual Loving Local event.

You can expect great deals on local goods through Feb. 10 at all 65 Bartell locations. As an extra bonus and a way to join in on the local celebration, visit your neighborhood store on Friday the 9th for coffee and cookies from 2-5 p.m., plus enter to win a gift basket filled with local homegrown must-haves.

There’s even more to enjoy at select locations around town, including face painting for kids (and adults, too, if the mood strikes), free manicures featuring Oregon-based Pacifica Nail Polish, and sampling of some of the best snacks and sweets our region has to offer. You can visit Bartells’ events page on the website for details.

This celebration is about letting local products shine, and learning about the great businesses behind them. Joe Chocolates, one of the companies sampling during Loving Local, got its start in 2015 when two college students at the UW launched the idea as part of a class project. Now they have a chocolate factory producing delicious high-quality chocolate jam-packed with rich espresso flavor.

Moon Valley Organics is another brand Bartell Drugs brought onto its shelves in early 2017. This high-quality, organic personal care line rests on a philosophy of simple ingredients packed in environmentally friendly containers – all coming out of North Bend, WA.

There’s a lot to celebrate – stop by your Bartell Drugs, and see what your neighbors are up to!


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Neighbor Day is around the corner

January 21st, 2018 by Sara

Seattle Department of Neighborhoods invites all Seattle residents to celebrate Neighbor Day on Saturday, February 10 by indulging in random acts of kindness. Neighbor Day is a special day set aside to reach out to neighbors, make new friends, and express thanks to those who help make our neighborhoods a great place to live. Residents, businesses, and community groups throughout Seattle are invited to participate.

Here are ways you can participate in Neighbor Day:

*   Do something nice for a neighbor: take them to coffee, clean up their yard, bake them some cookies, invite them for a walk.
*   Organize a neighborhood potluck, open house, or work party. It can be as big or simple as you want.
*   Join in a neighborhood service project to clean up a park, plant trees, or organize a neighborhood cleanup.
*   Hold a bake sale for charity or to raise money for a neighborhood project.
*   Use social media to share a “great neighbor” story with #NeighborDay.

If you are looking for more ideas, Seattle Department of Neighborhoods has an extensive list on their website. They also have a list of participation ideas for local businesses or community groups.

If you choose to host an event that is open to the public, you can post it to the Neighbor Day online events calendar.

Join Seattle Department of Neighborhoods and thousands of community members in celebration of what makes Seattle great – our neighbors! Click here for more information or contact Sam Read at

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Fireside Chat: Local history at the library

January 15th, 2018 by Sara

The Seattle Public Library will co-present a Fremont Fireside Chat, featuring a local historian who discusses the history, culture and people of Fremont, from 2 to 3 pm, Saturday, Jan. 20 at the Fremont Branch, 731 N. 35th St., 206-684-4084. Library programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required.
Moderated by Kirby Laney of, Fremont Fireside Chats bring the stories of Fremont to audiences of all ages. The one-hour program will have a question & answer period. Afterwards, there will be a short reception where attendees can meet-and-greet and ask about all things Fremont. Join Suzie Burke, Fremont property manager and neighborhood organizer, to hear about Fremont’s industrial past and business future. Beginning with mills, a gas works, ship yards and steel works, the Fremont industrial area now has a distillery, chocolate factory, other manufacturing and maritime businesses as well as Fremont’s “Silicon Canal” of technology companies. Burke will discuss how these changes came about and what we might be seeing in the future.

For more information, call the Library at 206-386-4636 or Ask A Librarian.

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The Round live music and painting at Fremont Abbey

January 10th, 2018 by Sara


The Round is a monthly event held on 2nd Tuesdays at the Fremont Abbey in Seattle. Founded by Nathan Marion in 2005, the Seattle edition has occurred for 122 months in a row (as of July, 2015) and is mostly volunteer powered.  The Round has or is also happening at various times in other cities like Spokane WA, Portland OR, Tacoma WA, Anacortes WA, Whidbey Island WA, Austin TX, Lebanon PA, Vashon Island WA, and more.

All profits go to support local artists and up & coming developing acts are often paired up with more established singers or poets.

This curated event brings together 3 different songwriters often with some backing musicians who collaborate live onstage while performing their own songs in turn. A slam poet or two also perform in between each “round” of songs and live painters/visual artists are creating on the side. The audience is always very close to the low stage, if any stage is used. The show turns out to be a unique experience each time and songwriters are only allowed to perform once a year (per city) to help keep things fresh.

 TICKETS: $8 advance, $10 door Purchase here.  Doors at 7pm, show from 8-10:30pm. All ages, mostly seated PG13 event, ADA accessible BAR w/ID Abbey Arts is a nonprofit curating welcoming arts & cultural experiences for people of all ages & incomes.

Kids 10 and under are free to most events.

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The Moth in Fremont!

January 6th, 2018 by Sara

The Moth StorySLAM – World renowned storytelling event and top arts podcast as heard on NPR.  There is a different theme every show!  1st THURSDAYS @ Fremont Abbey Arts Center, 3rd FRIDAYS @ St Mark’s on Capitol Hill, presented by Abbey Arts
7pm doors, 8:00pm show, all ages, PG-13, mostly seated, bar w/ ID.
Does not qualify for TeenTix.

Note: Moth Storyslam content is not vetted or previewed.  This is an “open mic” type format and may contain adult language from both storytellers & hosts.

ADVANCE TICKETS: Tickets go on sale about a week in advance through The Moth email system (sign up and select Seattle).

DOOR TICKETS:  About 50 tickets are now available at the door ($10 cash only). The Moth producer & volunteers manage tickets and entry.

VOLUNTEER: Signup on the Abbey Arts email newsletter to find out other ways to get into The Moth such as the hard to get free Volunteer spots!

Bar w/ ID. Profits to charity thanks to the generosity of our local sponsors:Schilling Cider, Fremont BrewingBrew Dr. KombuchaSound Spirits, and Wilridge Winery.

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Geeks Who Drink Trivia at  Fremont Tavern

December 23rd, 2017 by Sara

Wed, December 27, from 8 – 10:30pm at Fremont Tavern (3515 Fremont Ave N)
Geeks Who Drink is a homegrown Pub Trivia Quiz modeled after those in Ireland and the UK. Our quizzes cover everything from celebrities in trouble to wordplay to bad television. You can get a feel for the questions we ask by playing a sample round here. Each quiz has two audio rounds: a “Name that Tune” style round, and another round comprised of soundbites from movies and TV. Play in teams of up to six or by yourself if you’re some kind of savant. If you want to play but don’t have a team, come anyway. We can usually get single players recruited onto an existing team. Winning teams gets street cred, bar cash and other prizes depending on the venue. Bonus Questions for free pints are sprinkled throughout the quiz. You don’t have to be a trivia God to enjoy the quiz. Since you’re playing on a team, the collective knowledge base makes for more fun, less pressure. It’s not final friggin’ Jeopardy. Does it cost anything? With rare exceptions, no. You should buy food and drinks though. Our business model is no big secret: We drive business to our host venues or we get fired. So just ordering water is NOT cool. 

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Urgent plea for blood donations

December 23rd, 2017 by Sara

Bloodworks issued an urgent appeal for donors last week, following the derailment of an Amtrak passenger train between Tacoma and Olympia that is making major demands on the community blood supply.

“Bloodworks has issued more than 150 units of blood to respond to emergency orders from hospitals receiving people injured in the tragedy, said James P. AuBuchon, MD, president and CEO. “Many of the casualties have been taken to South Sound hospitals- including St. Joseph’s Medical Center, St. Peter’s Hospital and Madigan Army Medical Center- who all depend on Bloodworks to meet their patient needs.”

AuBuchon noted that supplies for some blood types are at critical levels – just one or two day supply, compared to a normal four-day inventory. “We need to replenish our supplies to meet the needs of injured people today, and in the days ahead, as well as to meet normal needs,” he said.

There is a special need for O-type blood, AB plasma and platelets but all donors are welcome.

“Having blood already on the shelves is essential when unforeseeable emergencies or tragedies happen,” AuBuchon said. “To avoid a crisis for the local blood supply, we’re urging donors who have not donated recently to schedule an appointment as soon as they can at a donor center or mobile drive.”

Donor centers are open for extended hours this month to make it even more convenient.  Information can be found at Appointments are encouraged, but walk-ins are also welcome. Appointments can be made online at or by calling 1-800-398-7888.
“Donors who can’t come in today can still help our community respond to this tragedy by scheduling a donation for tomorrow, or during the rest of this week,” he said. “This will help meet the needs of accident victims receiving ongoing care and help us replenish our supply. ”

“Meeting this emergency demand and normal patient needs is going to take strong community support this year,” AuBuchon said. “During the holidays the number of donors visiting our centers and drives goes down by 15-20 percent – with high schools and colleges on break, and people busy with social gatherings and vacations.  Since blood can be broken down into components, every donation can potentially help three people.”

“We offer our prayers and support for everyone who is impacted by today’s tragedy, and for the emergency responders, healthcare providers, blood donors and ordinary citizens coming together to respond,” he concluded.

This tragic event demonstrates that when it comes to patient needs, there’s no such thing as a holiday. Demand for blood is continuous to support local patients having surgeries, trauma care and organ transplants – as well as patients needing blood for cancer treatment.

BloodworksNW Donor Centers
Appointments and information at or 800-398-7888

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Give blood at the zoo!

November 25th, 2017 by Sara

Mon, November 27, 9am – 3pm
Woodland Park Zoo, Penguin Parking Lot, 5500 Phiney Ave N (map)
Most people donate whole blood. It is quick and easy. It usually takes less than an hour in total. The bloodmobile will be closed for a break from 11am-noon.
Whether you donate at a mobile drive or at a center, your experience will involve the same steps. The process is easy and safe. Bring photo id with you. You will be registered, and fill out a questionnaire to confirm that you are eligible to donate that day. After a short interview and health check with the technician, you will be on the cot for your donation. We collect about one pint of blood in a sterile bag. Afterwards, you’ll be invited to refreshments, and then be on your way. for more information or to make an appointment, click here. Your gift of blood, time or money saves lives.

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