News blog for Seattle's Fremont neighborhood


The 13th Annual Literacy Source Breakfast

April 23rd, 2015 by master

Literacy Source invites you to join in for the 13th Annual Literacy Source Breakfast: Celebrating the Ripple Effect of Education at 7:30 am at Seattle Pacific University on Tuesday May 5th, 2015.

Well-known librarian, author, and literary critic Nancy Pearl will speak again this year and share her top ten book lists. Guests will also hear from Literacy Source students during the organization’s largest annual fundraiser.

Literacy Source began twenty-eight years ago with an emphasis on Adult literacy instruction in the North Seattle area. Since that time they have grown to offer a variety of programs in addition to Adult Basic Education such as English as a Second Language, citizenship classes, and a high school diploma program. With their expanding programs Literacy Source has also expanded their reach. In addition to offering classes at the Center in Fremont they partner to provide offsite classes at correctional facilities, schools, community centers, and churches throughout Seattle.

Register to attend or be a table captain for the 13th Annual Literacy Source Breakfast by clicking here.

For more information, contact or call 206.782.2050

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Fremont Abbey Arts Center Opens New Venue in Ballard

February 28th, 2015 by master

The non-profit arts organization Abbey Arts celebrates the opening of a new community venue in NW Ballard it is curating. The new space, known as the Ballard Homestead is located on Jones Ave NW just north of NW 65th Ave. Built in 1923 the new nonprofit venue has been renovated to “host to a variety of distraction-free acoustic concerts and cultural events for people of all ages and incomes.”

This cozy new home-like venue will be host to many small concerts including bluegrass, acoustic, folk and family events. With a beautiful new space, the Seattle community can enjoy a show in an intimate setting with a great full sound. There are many opportunities to bring the young ones along as well. The downstairs area features a living room filled with games like foosball, pool shuffle ball, corn toss, air hockey, creative arts making and more.

The Opening Night will take place March 7th with a celebration from 4-9pm including performances, details below. Abbey Arts will curate events and performances at the Ballard Homestead. Upcoming events are listed on the Abbey Arts website or the Ballard Homestead Facebook page. Folk artist Kris Delmhorst will perform at the Ballard Homestead on March 13.

On March 7th all are welcome to stop by and enjoy music, arts and fun activities at the Ballard Homestead.


4-6p Family Fun & open house with tours, live music, art making, games. (FREE)

7-9pm Acoustic music & arts performances ($5-10 donation)

 All ages, all incomes.

6541 Jones Ave NW in Ballard. Free street parking and lot 1 block east on 23rd.

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Stone Soup Theater seeks support through Indiegogo campaign

November 12th, 2014 by master

From Stone Soup Theater’s Facebook
Stone Soup Theater located on Stone Way is a non-profit organization offering an intimate and education theater experience. Each season Stone Soup produces 4 MainStage shows, 3 youth performances, along with after-school and summer programs. Since its inception in 1996 and first performance in 1999 Stone Soup Theater has been a part of the Fremont and Wallingford landscape. According to the organization their Downstage Space ” hosts a total of 3,500 patrons every season.”
Like many small non-profits Stone Soup Theater seeks assistances in several ways from financial contributions, equipment donations, and help from volunteers. Each person who attends a performance contributes as well through tickets sales, participation, and word of mouth.
Stone Soup’s current fundraiser is their annual Indiegogo campaign with a goal to raise $5,000 in 5 weeks. Stone Soup Theater hopes to use these funds to offset recent rent increases and other facility related expenses. Less than two weeks remain in the campaign and Stone Soup still needs additional support.
They have asked the community for help:
Even if it’s only $5 or $10, we are grateful for any support you can give us.
Visit our Indiegogo page, peruse our fun videos and photos and donate! Don’t have money to donate? That’s okay! You can forward this email to your friends and fellow theatre aficionados and tell them about this great opportunity to support live theatre through their donations. Share our Indiegogo link on your Facebook, Twitter, Reddit,…anywhere:
Thank you for your support!
Sophia Schloss in “A Child’s Christmas in Wales” 2011 Photo by Armen Stein

Sophia Schloss in “A Child’s Christmas in Wales” 2011
Photo by Armen Stein

Stone Soup kicks off the holiday season on December 5th with two short plays: A Child’s Christmas in Wales & The Long Christmas Dinner. The productions will run through Christmas Eve, for showtimes and ticketing information click here.

Read about the full Stone Soup Theater story from Artistic Director Maureen Miko here.

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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.


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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