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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 bloodworksnw.org. Appointments are encouraged, but walk-ins are also welcome. Appointments can be made online at schedule.bloodworksnw.org 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 BloodworksNW.org 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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Shop small in Fremont today!

November 25th, 2017 by Sara

Saturday, November 25, 2017 is Small Business Saturday – a day to celebrate and support small businesses and all they do for their communities. All are invited to support shop at a small business in our neighborhood!

 

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Metro Transit to eliminate peak and zone fares, will switch to single fare for adults

November 16th, 2017 by Sara

From Doree at our sister site Phinneywood.com

The King County Council unanimously approved Metro Transit’s plan to switch adult fares to a single fare, regardless of peak or non-peak hours or travel through multiple zones.

Adults will now pay a standard fare of $2.75, even if they travel through two zones and no matter what time of day. The old fare structure charged an adult between $2.50 and $3.25, depending on zone and time.

The plan does not affect Metro riders who use Metro’s low-income fare program called ORCA Lift, or youth, senior and disabled fares.

“The Council also voted for additional funding to assist low income riders who are not covered by ORCA Lift and directed Metro to increase efforts to enroll eligible adults into ORCA Lift before new fares take effect,” according to a press release.

The new fare structure takes effect next July.

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Bee-Thankful this Thanksgiving

November 16th, 2017 by Sara

For More Information: Bruce Speight, (206) 533-7143,
bruce@environmentwashington.org

We don’t see many bees flying around Washington at the end of November, but we do see the fruits of their labor. Pumpkin pie, cranberry sauce, green beans and more of the foods that make Thanksgiving dinner so special are possible through the work of bees. But bees are at risk. So this holiday season, chefs, restaurant owners and environmental advocates are speaking out to protect bees and help stop them from dying off at alarming rates.

“We’re thankful for bees this Thanksgiving,” said Bruce Speight, Environment Washington Executive Director.  “Without bees, Thanksgiving dinners in Washington would look and taste different. No bees means no pumpkin pie.”

Honeybees, bumblebees, and other bees are critical both to the environment and our food supply. Bees pollinate many of the world’s most common crops, including Thanksgiving favorites such as cranberries, green beans, carrots, brussel sprouts and pie fillings from pumpkin to apple. Bees pollinate coffee, chocolate and the alfalfa eaten by dairy cows.  Even honey and fruit-sweetened beverages, like Fremont Brewing’s Pink Boots Pale Ale with honey, need bees.

“Fremont Brewing is a member of the Bee Alliance because bees are a crucial part of our ecosystem and protecting the environment is one of our core values,” said Sara Nelson, Co-Founder/Owner of Fremont Brewing. “Bees pollinate many of the plants we use as ingredients in our specialty beers and infusions such as berries and lavender and, of course, they produced the 120 lbs of honey we used to make our Pink Boots Pale Ale last March. We are thankful for bees *Because Bees Matter* – not just for our beers but
for the planet!”

Unfortunately, millions of bees are dying across the U.S. every year. Beekeepers report they are losing an average of 30% of all honeybee colonies annually. Not only are honeybees in danger; native bees, including bumblebees, are also at risk. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service added the first bee in the continental U.S., the rusty patched bumblebee, to the endangered species list earlier this year.

Scientists point to several reasons why bees are dying off, including global warming, habitat loss, parasites and a class of bee-killing
pesticides known as neonicotinoids, or neonics. Sharing some of the same chemical properties as nicotine, neonics are
neurotoxins that can kill bees immediately and also can disorient bees, making it harder for them to pollinate plants and get back to their hives.Despite the fact that the science is clear on the dangers, neonic use has dramatically increased over the past decade. A recent study found that 86% of North American honey sampled contained neonics.

In February, Environment Washington joined with Environment America to launch the Bee Friendly Food Alliance, a national network of over 240 chefs, restaurant owners and other leaders in the food industry working to protect the bees. In Washington, 18
restaurants, chefs and local food industry leaders, are part of the Alliance, including Sara Nelson from Fremont Brewing Co.

Together, chefs and restaurant owners are educating their customers and the public about the problems facing bees and the food supply and making their voices heard to protect bees. Working with Environment Washington, chefs and restaurant owners are calling on the U.S. EPA to stop the use of bee killing pesticides.

“I’m looking forward to making my grandmother’s fresh cranberry sauce,” said Speight. “We need to take action now to protect the bees and ensure we can enjoy our favorite foods with friends and family for many Thanksgivings to come.”

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Bartell Drugs and Salvation Army team up for 15th annual “Toy ‘n’ Joy” Drive

November 13th, 2017 by Sara

Bartell Drugs is once again partnering with the Salvation Army to provide holiday gifts for children in need by collecting new, unwrapped toys during its 15th annual Salvation Army “Toy ‘N’ Joy” drive.

The toy drive will run November 12 through December 9 at 65 of Bartell’s locations in King, Pierce and Snohomish counties.

Toys will be distributed to low-income children and youth the week before Christmas through the Salvation Army’s “toy warehouses.”

Donation options include: 

  • Donate at the cash register at any Bartell Drugs location.
  • Donate new, unwrapped gifts appropriate for children up to 14 years of age.

“This community-wide drive helps make the holiday season brighter for deserving children in the neighborhoods we serve,” says Bartell Drugs CFO Rob Jensen. “The generous response by our customers over the past 15 years has been extremely gratifying.”

The month-long drive in 2016 generated over 5,800 toys provided by Bartell customers—the equivalent of $88,710 in toys provided to the Salvation Army.

Vafa Mostaghim, Assistant Manager at our Jefferson Square (West Seattle) store, poses with samples of toys that can be given to needy kids during our Toy ‘N’ Joy toy donation drive, November 12 through December 9.

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Brown Bear Car Wash salutes vets/current service military with free car washes

November 10th, 2017 by Sara

Saying “thank you” to our military, Brown Bear Car Wash offers free washes to current or former members of the military on Veterans Day, Saturday, November 11. The free “Beary Clean” washes will be offered at Brown Bear’s 24 tunnel wash locations from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The offer operates on an honor system and no verification or documentation is required. Upon arrival, drivers should identify themselves as a current or former member of the military to the wash attendant. Click here for a list of Brown Bear’s 24 automated tunnel wash locations.

Brown Bear will also proudly donate $1 for every car washed on Veterans Day to Puget Sound Honor Flight. For the past three years, Brown Bear has donated more than $30,000 to support Honor Flight’s mission of transporting Western Washington war veterans to visit memorials in Washington, D.C. For more information, click here.

“The Veterans Day event is our way of saluting those who currently serve our country and have made past sacrifices on behalf of all of us,” said Brown Bear Car Wash President Vic Odermat, who is a proud US Marine veteran.

For more information about Brown Bear Car Wash locations and programs, click here.

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