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Fremont Arts Council Meeting Tonight

March 10th, 2015 by master

The Fremont Arts Council Committee of the Whole (COW) meets tonight from 7-8:30pm at the Powerhouse at 3940 Fremont Ave N.
All member are welcome to attend. To learn more about Fremont Arts Council membership click here. The Fremont Arts Council organizes the annual Solstice Parade along with Troll-o-ween, Luminata, and more events.
The organization announced the 2015 Solstice Parade will take place on Saturday June 20th at 3pm. Individuals can get involved with the parade through the Fremont Arts Council as volunteer, ensemble, or general solstice enthusiast.

Planning an ensemble for the parade? Let us know! Fremont Universe is looking to shadow a group as they prepare for the Solstice Parade.

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Welcome to Halloweentown

October 30th, 2014 by master

Or should we say Trolloweentown? Halloween festivities begin in Fremont this evening and we’ve got a complete round up of the great events:

Thursday 10/30
Nectar Lounge plays host to the “Steam Funk Halloween Ball” featuring Afrobeat/Funk music including performances by: Chicago Afrobeat Project, Cascadia ’10, and the Braxmatics. Cost is $12 at the doors, 21 and over.

Across the street at the High Dive, Marmalade will feature a Halloween Edition of their “weekly blend of Soul, Funk & Groove.” Cost is $6 at the doors, 21 and over.

Friday 10/31 (Happy Halloween!)
Things get kid friendly with Trick or Treat in Fremont! A ton of local businesses will be participating and ready to handout candy to Trick-or-Treaters from 3-6pm. Organizers ask that Trick-or-Treaters be:
  • A child
  • Dressed in a costume
  • And accompanied by an adult (please no adults in masks)

You can also Trick-or-Treat at the zoo! The animals get pumpkins too!

From 9:30am-3:00pm Woodland Park Zoo hosts a family-friendly Pumpkin Bash where you can “discover a repertoire of animal behavior as hippos, bears, elephants, monkeys, and other animals crunch, smash or stomp on pumpkins!”

Have fun kiddos!

The Schilling Cider House hosts an ALL DAY celebration with discounts for those in costumes:
In the evening things will be bustling again with these events…
Fremont’s Freaky Halloween starts at 8pm in participating bars. Each bar has drinks specials and a costume contest. From those winners one winner will be crowned the best costume in the Center of the Universe and win $500 in gift cards! See flyer for more information:


The Bonza Bash Halloween 2014 Masquerade Costume Ball will be held at Fremont Studios from 8:30pm- 2:00am. For more information about this classy costume affair (complete with classy prizes!) visit the event website.

The High Dive hosts The Zombie Prom: 80’s Invasion All Night (costumes recommended) kicking off at 9:30pm, Tickets $8.

There will be some “Halloween Mayhem” at the Barrel Thief from 8:00pm until 1:00am. Please note there is free admission for monks (just in case you haven’t settled on a costume) Check out the flyer for all the planned chaos:

Join the Backdoor at Roxy’s for a costume contest, dancing, and screening of the Shining:

Salsa con Todo hosts a Halloween Salsa Madness Dance Party! Starting at 10pm there will be “Pumpkin Pie! Cider! Scary Movies, Live Music by Vassili and Arturo! Social Dancing till you drop…dead!” Cost is $10 at the door.

And of course we can’t forget, Troll-o-ween! The annual celebration is put on by the Fremont Arts Council to celebrate the Troll’s Birthday.


This year’s Troll-o-ween begins at 7pm at…you go it, the Troll! There will be a live performance of “The ODDyssey.” At 8pm the Haunt of Fremont will be a parade of Fremonsters in all manners of attire along N 36th Street turning down Phinney before heading back East along N 35th Street. The Haunt will close these streets temporarily.

The celebration will continue at the Doric Lodge and at 10:30pm the costume contest kicks off.

No matter your plans this Halloween Fremont offers plenty of opportunities to march through the streets, dance the night away, and of course a chance to show of your most creative costumes.

Happy Halloween Fremont!
Have fun this Friday and be safe!


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Fremont Neighborhood Clean Up this Saturday

October 29th, 2014 by master

The Fremont Chamber, Fremont Neighborhood Council and Fremont Arts Council invite everyone to join the annual Fremont Clean Up this Saturday November 1st at 10am. After a summer full of fun, our Sunny September, and Halloween festivities volunteers will help Fremont prepare for winter by pitching in and cleaning up the neighborhood. It’s a terrific opportunity to give back and celebrate our community!

Volunteers should meet at the Troll (if possible please also register online to help the FCC get a headcount) and cleaning will go until Noon.

Here is more information from the Fremont Chamber of Commerce’s website:

The City of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods will be providing tools and trash bags to help and will also be picking up the trash bags!

We will have Starbucks Coffee and Pie’s minis for volunteers before and during the clean and fun swag and prizes for the people who bring in the most bags!!

The Fremont Universe crew will be there! We hope you can make it too!

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A Chance to Chat about Fremont’s Public Art

March 27th, 2014 by master

The Fremont neighborhood and its many displays of public art have come to be a seamless partnership in the minds of the community and for many visitors. However, this partnership requires more than just creativity, it also calls for funding, planning, and of course, passion.

One particularly passionate person is Barbara Luecke who will be the featured guest for this month’s Fremont Fireside Chat on Saturday, March 29th, at 3PM at the History House. Barbara co-founded the Fremont Arts Council Solstice Parade and helped bring the Troll to Fremont. She worked at 4Culture for some time and is currently the Public Art Program Manager for Sound Transit.

A work-in-progress troll circa 1990, courtesy of the
The completed troll!

The completed troll! Image from

This wonderful opportunity to learn more about Fremont’s public art and what it entails is sponsored by HomeStreet Bank and hosted by Kirby Lindsay of The one-hour presentation is FREE and aims to foster friendly, casual discussion.

The Fremont Fireside Chat series will feature a different guest each time to share stories and details about a specific aspect of the ‘Center of the Universe.’ Keep an eye out for the next Fremont Fireside Chat!

As Fremont community members we get to enjoy Fremont’s art year round, let’s take advantage of this unique opportunity and learn how that art came to be.

See you at the History House!


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Fremont Arts Council Celebrates ‘Day Of Caring’ With Cleanup

September 15th, 2011 by master

On Friday, September 16, join thousands of your friends, neighbors and colleagues to do more during an all-county day of volunteering brought to you by the Untied Way of King County called the Day of Caring.

Here in Fremont, the Fremont Arts Council will be celebrating the Day of Caring by hosting a “revitalization & cleaning day in Fremont.”

Those interested in participating should meet at the Power House (3940 Fremont Ave N) at 10:00am. All are welcome, so long as you wear your “get dirty” clothes.

The United Way will be hosting a Day of Caring After Party at CenturyLink Field (formerly Qwest Field) in the afternoon to celebrate.

To more on the Fremont Arts Council, visit their site. For more on the United Way of King County, visit their site.

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Bridge Way Mural Paint-Out This Saturday

August 26th, 2011 by master

The Fremont Arts Council and the Fremont Neighborhood Council have partnered to keep ahead of the taggers and keep the Bridge Way Mural clean. But they need your help. They will be out on Saturdays, August 27, September 10 & September 24.

There will also be a special paint-out on Friday September 16, for the United Way’s Day of Caring, The Fremont Arts Council will have groups working at the Troll, the Mural and the Powerhouse.

To get involved with the painting party, contact FAC Board President, Michael Clark, at

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Fremont Troll Tagged, Cleanup Scheduled For Tonight

June 14th, 2011 by master

You know, you can mess with Fremont’s streets and its buildings and even its people. We can take it and give it right back. But you don’t mess with our Troll. Unfortunately, a bunch of taggers decided it would be a good idea to do so recently.

A black smile stretches across the face of the Fremont Troll under the Aurora Bridge. Its eye is circled in black and an X is marked on its head.

Fortunately, the Fremont Arts Council is organizing a cleanup party tonight (Tuesday) to take care of the mess. The Council is asking for volunteers to help clean up the tagging at 7 p.m. The more the merrier.

No word on how these types of things will be prevented in the future, though the Troll was quoted as saying he was going to use “troll-justice” next time.

(The photo is actually from a similar incident in 2009)

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Solstice Parade Updates: Donations, Body-Painting Party & More

June 9th, 2011 by master

Fremont’s Solstice Parade is approaching and there’s lots of things still to do, plan for and, of course, paint.

The Fremont Art Council is still on the lookout or donated materials to help them build their floats, artwork and other items for the parade.

While cash donations help us buy supplies and materials for the studio, we rely on other “scrounged” or donated materials to create fantastical art for the Fremont Solstice Parade (We can’t make all this great art without stuff!)

The place to make your donations is the The Powerhouse Solstice Studio (3940 Fremont Ave. N.) and they’re accepting through June 18th. Swing by between 6-9pm Monday through Friday or 12-5pm Saturday and Sunday. For a list of what you can donate and what they do not want (both lists are very large so read them carefully), check out their site.

What if you’re thinking about cycling in the parade but have never done it before and don’t know what to do day-of? FAC is here to help. The Solstice Cyclists will be hosting a body-painting party at corner of 3rd Ave NW and NW 36th St at 11:45 a.m. for the start of the parade on the 18th. To join the painting party, email

And if you need more info on best practices for riding in the parade, check out the official rules. Well, they’re more like guidelines, but you’ll see why they’re in place:

Don’t be creepy. Seriously. Don’t stare at people. Don’t take photographs without permission. If you’re not getting painted or helping someone get painted, don’t come.

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Celebrate May Day In Woodland Park

April 29th, 2011 by master

May Day! May Day! May Day!

The Fremont Arts Council wants you to join them for a celebration this Sunday, May 1st between 3-10pm for May Day. FAC is taking over the field to play games, dance, sing, and weave the May-pole!

You can join the fun at the park entrance near Aurora and 60th, next to the horseshoe courts (see PDF of the park here).

Feel free to bring a dish, beverages or tableware to share and bring flowers and natural materials for creating head wreaths. Wearing white is also encouraged.

Volunteers are needed, so if you’re interested contact Rodman at rodman (at) rodmanstudio (dot) com.

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Jam Out At Variety for Charity, Support Fremont Solstice Parade

April 19th, 2011 by master

Join the Fremont Arts Council on Thursday, April 21st at 7 p.m. at Egan’s Ballard Jam House for the Variety for Charity benefit show.

All you need to do is a provide a donation (suggested $10, but you can always give more). Then, sit back, relax and enjoy a night of great music, poetry, comedy and more.

All proceeds benefit the Fremont Solstice Parade. Here’s some info on who will be performing.


Susan Harper ~ vocalist and songwriter

Larry Crist ~ silver tongued poet

Hugh Sutton ~ keyboard chameleon


7:15 Susan & Larry kick off the night with a Bossa Nova tune and a poem or two

7:30 Pacific NW Blues Diva Lady “A”

7:50 Ricky Gene Powell ~ a musical trend setter

8:15 Michael Murdock ~ endearing thespian

8:25 Susan & Hugh ~ duet

8:40 Seastar ~ folky, passionate and celtic-y

9:00 Larry & Michael Murdock ~ a comedy sketch

9:10 KlezterBalm ~ hypnotic chaos

9:30 Kylie Koyote ~ devious desert nymph burlesque

9:40 EQ lateral ~ ambient electronic violin and ethereal vocals

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