News blog for Seattle's Fremont neighborhood

 

Your News, Your Universe

March 2nd, 2015 by master

Hiya!

Fremont Universe is not possible without you! Thank you! Readers near and far enjoy posts about this unique community based on the emails and questions we receive. The blog collects all the information we receive and makes it accessible and shareable with the greater Fremont community.

Notice more posts recently? We are striving to provide you with even more up-to-date community content. We want to hear about even more community events and happenings from you! We can only be so many places at once so we are asking you, Fremonsters to help us know what is happening in Fremont.

New store? Closure? Crime to report? Community concerns? Events? These are all things we love to hear about! Please share with us, send us a tip!

What is a tip? Merriam-Webster offered several definitions, these two were my favorite:

1 :  a piece of advance or confidential information given by one thought to have access to special or inside sources

If anyone is an inside sources it’s other Fremonsters!

2 :  to impart a piece of information or advice about or to —often used with off

Imparting, or sharing information is exactly what we are looking for you to do! Share it with us and we will help share it with all of Fremont.

There are three ways you can tip us:

1. Send an email to tips@fremontuniverse.com 
Please include as much relevant information as you can such as links or images.

2. Tweet @fremontuniverse
Send a tweet our way or grab our attention with the #tipfremont or #FremontUFotos for images you want to share.

3.  Via Fremont Universe’s Facebook page
Post to the Fremont Universe wall, send a message, or tag Fremont Universe. (oh and we like likes!)

We are also on Instagram! Which is just plain fun.

Can’t wait to read your tips! Thank you again!

Cara, Editor

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Makerhaus powers down

October 12th, 2014 by master

Makerhaus, a creative space open to the community for fabrication, design, and other pursuits closed it doors last month. Founded in 2012, the unique “sandbox of inspirational studio” offered classes, workspaces and a variety of professional design and fabrication equipment not often easily accessible to the public. Makerhaus’ 10,000 square foot location on N 36th Street formerly housed Evo before the retailers development of a new flagship store on Stone Way.

Founders Mike and Ellie Kemery shared this statement on the Makerhaus website, blog, and Facebook:

Dear Makerhaus members, students, educators, and creative community,

Over the last eighteen months you have helped cultivate an amazing HAUS of learning, making, and connection by attending events, classes, workshops, joining our membership programs, and supporting us through social media and word of mouth. Our goal to empower creative minds and make a meaningful contribution to our community would not have been possible without your involvement and interest. We sincerely thank you for your support.

While there has been great love for our mission, customer demand has fallen short of what is needed to continue to run the business. That said, it is with extreme regret that we are announcing Makerhaus will be closing its doors on September 16th.

Makerhaus has been home to some amazingly talented people. Many of which have directly contributed their time to building the space and cultivating a uniquely creative culture. Without their shared belief in our mission and passion for our goals none of this would have been possible. We are also extremely grateful and fortunate to have been backed by a team of forward thinkers who believe in our mission and shared our vision of helping our society move ahead.

We still believe in the makers, teachers, entrepreneurs, and curious minds who have come to visit us over the past eighteen months. Some came by for a day, some have stayed with us for over a year. Many built new personal and business relationships resulting in Kickstarter campaigns, jobs, new found awareness for their skills & services, and the incubation of their own companies. We are glad to have been able to help others bridge the gap in their lives and realize their dreams.

Our immediate goal is to ensure our members and stakeholders are properly taken care of during this transition. We will continue to operate under our regular business hours during our final days. If you have any questions please contact us at info@makerhaus.com and we will respond as quickly as possible.

Thank you again for an amazing experience. We which you all the very best!

Sincerely, Mike & Ellie Kemery

Makerhaus

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Comfort in community

June 6th, 2014 by master

As a neighborhood we are fortunate for Fremont’s strong sense of community that is fostered by festivals, public art, and hearty appetite for all kinds of food. Within Fremont there are smaller communities of artists, musicians, techies, those who work in the service industry, and more. We are one of many neighborhoods with a strong sense of local pride, all together these neighborhoods form a community within the greater Seattle community.

Yesterday, just across the Fremont canal, Seattle Pacific University became another community shaken by tragic events involving a gunman. There aren’t enough words to describe how violated and heartbroken SPU, the students, and its community must be.

Many of us are part of a smaller community such as SPU just as much as we are part of our neighborhood or regional communities. No matter the size of a community it provides something essential to us. So although we often consider ourselves different communities separated by the canal these shocking and saddening events call upon a greater community to provide comfort, support, and reflection.

Fremont Universe grieves for the loss of a member of our community and sends our heartfelt thoughts to the victims and their families.

Often in times of tragedy social media provides a way to connect as a community both near and far. You can find many tributes and shows of support on Facebook and Twitter under #prayforSPU

Our sister-site the Queen Anne View also has coverage of the SPU community.

 

 

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Have you heard? It’s time to GiveBig!

May 6th, 2014 by master

Many folks may have heard from the various organizations they participate with or donate to about today’s Seattle-wide fundraiser, GiveBig. The Seattle Foundation, a community foundation whose mission is “to foster powerful and rewarding philanthropy to make King County a stronger, more vibrant community for all” puts on this annual event.

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GiveBig is a one-day (May 6th this year) charitable giving event conducted completely online and benefitting over 1,600 nonprofits in the region. Why not just donate to the organizations? For each donation (up to $5,000 per individual) made before midnight tonight to a non-profit, that non-profit will receive “a prorated portion of The Seattle Foundation’s matching funds, or “stretch pool.” The amount of the “stretch” depends on how much is raised in total donations on GiveBIG day.” Donors also have the option to donate directly to the “stretch pool” if they aren’t sure which organization to contribute to.

The “stretch pool” has a limited amount of funds (depending on how many donate) so the amount the Seattle Foundation matches varies. In 2013 the “stretch pool” grew from $850,000 to $1 million over the course of one day! Along with organization-specific donations the online campaign generated $11.1 million in contributions last year.

Some Fremont-area organizations participating in GiveBig are:

Fremont Community School

Fremont Abbey Arts Center

Fremont Community Therapy Project

The Moisture Festival

Stone Soup Theater

APRIL Small Press and Independent Literature Festival

Facing Homelessness

Literacy Source (previously written by Fremont Universe here)

The Seattle Public Library

Solid Ground (formerly the Fremont Public Association)

There are hundreds of other wonderful organizations listed in the Seattle Foundation’s Giving Center. Many of these are grouped into categories such as Basic Needs, Neighborhoods & Communities, Environment, and (probably a Fremont favorite) Arts & Culture.

Whether it’s giving to your favorite non-profit, one you just learned about, or contributing to the “stretch pool” let’s all GiveBig today!

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Hello Fremont!

January 27th, 2014 by master

To the faithful Fremont Universe following, hello! And to any new readers, welcome! My name is Cara and I’m excited to introduce myself as the new editor of Fremont Universe.

My first visit to the Fremont neighborhood was nearly six years ago. I hopped on a bus out of U-district excited to explore this “Sunday Market” my friends had told me so much about. They directed me to the 32 bus and so my adventure began.

It was a warm-ish, sunny day, Seattle looked stunning. Walking around I saw sights I never imagined in a city; a troll with people picking his nose, an oversized communist, and dinosaurs seemingly decorated by Mother Nature herself. That day I discovered a quirky and thriving community I now call home.

What’s up Lenny?!

I don’t often feel like a visitor these days but make no mistake, I’m still a tourist. Unexpected sights catch me off guard all the time and there are constantly new things to be discovered here!

Now I am thrilled to have the opportunity to promote and share Fremont with all of you as the new editor for Fremont Universe. My objective is to help you all, the readers and residents, bring this site to life as a resource, news outlet, and forum for the thriving and jiving Fremont community. In some neighborhoods isolation is natural, for better or worse it has become a reality of our modern world, but not here.

Fremont welcomes visitors from near and far to share in its community. The whole neighborhood throws the doors wide open with revelry and cheer during our two biggest events, the Solstice Festival and Oktoberfest. In between those two boisterous weekends there is still so much happening in this compact neighborhood. Within Fremont there is great food, social and culture events, inspiring organizations, numerous examples of entrepreneurship, business headquarters, tech offices, and so much more.

To me, this is indeed seems to be the Center of the Universe, at least our Universe. So let us make this community even more exceptional and work together to make Fremont Universe an out-of-this-world site.

Cheers!

Cara Kuhlman is a transplant from California who among many things is a sailor and freelance writer. She came to Seattle to teach sailing one summer six years ago and now lives with three awesome roommates and one black cat named Mildred up a rather steep hill in Fremont.
See something interesting in the neighborhood? Email us at tips@fremontuniverse.com
Have an upcoming event? We are assembling the 2014 event calendar now! Send the details for your event(s) to tips@fremonuniverse.com with “Fremont Event” in the subject line.
 

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Solid Ground Community Lunch Friday

May 20th, 2010 by master

It’s time again for Solid Ground’s Annual Luncheon. This year it is at the Washington State Convention & Trade Center
(800 Convention Place, 6th Floor, Rooms A & B) from 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. tomorrow (May 21). It is one of the organization’s most important outreach and fundraising tools, raising critical support for its 27 programs working to end poverty in Seattle/King County.

This is our 10th year of breaking bread, sharing passion for this work, and recommitting to making a more just and caring community. The Luncheon fertilizes our efforts to address the real needs of hard-working people. Guests at the Luncheon will be asked to make a gift of at least $150.

Keynote speaker Bryant Terry is an eco chef, food justice activist, author and currently a fellow of the Food and Society Policy Fellows Program, a national project of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. For the past nine years he has worked to build a more just and sustainable food system using cooking as a tool to illuminate the intersections between poverty, structural racism and food insecurity.

At the luncheon, examine hunger in the community and successful strategies to make healthy food more available, affordable and equitable. “Growing Community to End Poverty” – the theme of the event – will feature Solid Ground’s Marra Farm Giving Garden (which is how I first heard about Solid Ground – then the Fremont Public Association), Lettuce Link, Operation Frontline, Apple Corps and other aspects of its anti-hunger work. They will also unveil plans for a new Community Farm in the Rainier Valley.

If you can’t make it to the luncheon this year, you can also contribute via a match pool. So far, $27,400 has been raised to match gifts of $250 or more at the luncheon, which is very close to the goal of $30,000.

To reserve your spot at the 2010 Luncheon, please contact Anna Ramos at annar@solid-ground.org or 206.694.6857.

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Spirit of Mr. Rogers warms neighbors in need

January 10th, 2010 by master

PCC_logoCarrying on a tradition began by Fred Rogers in 1997, PCC Natural Markets and KCTS 9 are teaming up for the annual Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood  Sweater Drive.  Beginning Monday, January 11, through Sunday, February 7, collection bins will be stationed at all nine PCC locations, including Fremont (600 N. 34th St), as well as inside the KCTS station lobby.  Items will benefit Wellspring Family Services, which helps thousands of families in need in Seattle and King County.  The organization can really use children’s clothing but any new or clean, gently used sweaters and coats are appreciated.  For a complete list of PCC locations, click here.

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Volunteers needed for the Fremont Fair

June 10th, 2009 by master

The 38th annual Fremont Fair is upon us, June 20th and 21st, and any Fremont residents who have lived through one of these weekends knows what a great party this is, and how many people crowd into Fremont to celebrate our quirky neighborhood and the Summer Solstice.  But, did you also know that the Fremont Fair is the largest fundraiser of the year for Solid Ground?

From the Fremont Fair’s website:

And while Fremont Fair continues to emphasize good times, don’t forget about the good work it does by raising awareness and understanding of the needs of low-income people in our community.  Produced by The Workshop, benefiting the programs of Solid Ground, all donations received during this FREE event go directly to fund their programs that provide shelter, food, advocacy and care for low-income families and individuals throughout Seattle and King County.

The Fremont Fair is driven by volunteers like you, who want to have fun and make a diffenerence in your local community.  Kelly Ward, the volunteer coordinator over at Solid Ground, sends along this note:

We still need lots of volunteers to be greeters at the fair entrances.  Every year we raise around $36,000 at the fair and this is largely because we have smiling, happy volunteers at each gate to say hello and thank people for coming.  Shifts range from 2.5 – 4 hours on June 20th and 21st.  You can read more about volunteering at the fair and sign up for a shift at: http://www.fremontfair.org/volunteer

So head on over and become a part of making this year’s Fremont Fair happen!  You’ll have a great time, and help address the issues of food and shelter for our neighbors who need you.

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