September 2, 2014

A Fantastic First Friday Art Walk For Your Strolling/Seeing Pleasure

Kirby Lindsay
This, and other imaginative illustrations by Ben Wilson on display at Portage Bay Goods in September 2014.

This, and other imaginative illustrations by Ben Wilson on display at Portage Bay Goods in September 2014.

This Friday, September 5th, from 6p – 9p, many Fremont venues will be open for your Art Walk-ing enjoyment.  In addition to the usual Fremont First Friday suspects, a few businesses will be open and offering special September-only celebrations.

The new location of the Fremont Starbucks (at the former Peet’s) has their grand opening scheduled from 5p – 10p on Friday, with live music, free samples (from 5p – 7p,) and trivia contests.  Even non-Starbucks drinkers might want to stop in and check out the newly remodeled space – and the back art wall.

See more works by Chanda Castillo at Fremont Jewelry Design in Sep 2014.

See more works by Chanda Castillo at Fremont Jewelry Design in Sep 2014.

West of Lenin, the black box theater in West Fremont, is getting in on the Art Walk with a display of photos by the late Nick DeWolf.  WoL impresario A.J. Epstein is reportedly very passionate about this exhibit, and he will talk about the display, and his desire to share it with Fremont, at 7p.

In between these two venues, stop by Portage Bay Goods for the detailed and imaginative art of Ben Wilson.  PBG always has plenty worth seeing, as well as things to nosh upon.

Photo by Nick DeWolf, now on display at West of Lenin in Sep 2014.

Photo by Nick DeWolf, now on display at West of Lenin in Sep 2014.

Also, check out the art of Chanda Castillo at Fremont Jewelry Design on September 5th.  This collection of vibrant acrylic paintings and collages will be on display all month at the fine jewelry shop, but stop by during the FFF to possibly meet the artist and enjoy the party atmosphere.

The First Friday Art Walk is a party in motion, celebrating art and our fondness for creative self-expression.  This Friday, check out all the venues (see the list on the FFF website,) and enjoy the last summer evening of art walking this year in Fremont.

 

September 1, 2014

Fremont Bridge Painting Closures Start Tomorrow

Kirby Lindsay
The Fremont Bridge will be closed periodically through Fall 2014 as the iconic structure gets a shiny new coat of blue & orange.  Photo by K. Lindsay, Aug '14

The Fremont Bridge will be closed periodically through Fall 2014 as the iconic structure gets a shiny new coat of blue & orange. Photo by K. Lindsay, Aug ’14

On Tuesday, September 2nd, the first closures will begin on the Fremont Bridge, for painting.  The curb lane, northbound, will be closed to all traffic (vehicle, pedestrian and cyclist) from 6a – 3p, Monday to Friday for the next few weeks.  On the next two weekends – September 6th & 7th, and 13th & 14th – the entire bridge will be placed in the open position from midnight to 7a, with a brief passage for pedestrian and bicycle traffic from 1:20a – 2:20a.

These closures will allow for the painting of the nearly 100-year-old structure.  Right now, crews are preparing with pressure washing and scraping years of previous paint off the metal structure.  The contractor believes they may be able to speed work along enough to have crews cleaning and painting on both sides of the bridge simultaneously this fall, which could mean more closures – but for shorter periods of time.

A southbound lane could be closed from 10a – 3p in addition to the northbound closure.  All lanes will be opened for traffic after 3p every day, to ease traffic during rush hour.

Keep in mind, the Aurora Bridge will be open during painting of the Fremont Bridge, and does provide an alternative to the confusion of lane closures for vehicle traffic.

For answers about this project, and to register concerns, contact Art Brochet, Communications Lead for the Seattle Department of Transportation, at 206/615-0786 or art.brochet@seattle.gov

 

August 30, 2014

Double Whiskey Tastings By Westland Distillery At Barrel Thief

Kirby Lindsay
A special double whiskey tasting of Westland Distillery at The Barrel Thief on September 5th.  Photo by Adrian Laney

A special double whiskey tasting of Westland Distillery at The Barrel Thief on September 5th. Photo by Adrian Laney, Aug ’14

Barrel Thief Whiskey & Wine Bar will welcome good friends from Seattle’s own Westland Distillery on Thursday, September 4th, from 5p – 6:30p, for a public tasting.  For real enthusiasts, a special seated tasting will take place as well, from 7p – 8:30p, with a broader range of tastes, along with samples of whiskeys still not released.  Both events will, of course, be 21+ only.

Westland Distillery brings its casked and peated whiskeys to The Barrel Thief on Sept 5th.  Photo from Westland Distillery

Westland Distillery brings its casked and whiskey to The Barrel Thief on Sept 5th. Photo from Westland Distillery

Taste this fabulous whiskey, from a relatively new distillery.  The first Westland Whiskey came out last year, and impressed the folk at the Barrel Thief.  Now Westland has released a peated and a single cask whiskey, both beautiful, deep, dark, rich whiskeys unlike anything else you’ve ever had.  Westland finishes their whiskey in special casks that does amazing things for the tastes.

Enjoy tastes of five Westland whiskeys for $5 at the public tasting, any time between 5p & 6:30p at the Barrel Thief.  For the limited seated tasting which includes light snacks and a souvenir Westland logo Glencairn tasting glass, purchase tickets for $20 through Brown Paper Tickets.

 

August 29, 2014

Volunteers Needed To Tally Washington’s Cyclists & Walkers

Kirby Lindsay

A count will be done over a three-day period (September 30th – October 2nd) of bicyclists and pedestrians across Washington State.  Approximately 400 volunteers are needed to help count the number of people using their muscle-power to get around our state.

“As an avid cyclist, I have an appreciation for the many volunteers who help with this annual count,” said Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) Secretary Lynn Peterson. “Knowing where people are and how they are using the transportation system helps us measure the results of bike and sidewalk investments and plan for future projects.”

For the survey, WSDOT will enlist volunteers from the Cascade Bicycle Club, Feet First, and Washington Bikes to help count people using paths, bike lanes, sidewalks and other facilities.  Counts take place at assigned locations in nearly 40 cities throughout the state.  This count is done as part of the National Documentation Project, an annual bicycle and pedestrian count and survey effort sponsored by the Institute of Transportation Engineers Pedestrian and Bicycle Council.

Those interested in helping can learn more by visiting WSDOT’s survey website, emailing the Cascade Bicycle Club or calling 206/861-9890.

 

August 28, 2014

Autumn Quarter Just Starting For Ikebana Classes

Kirby Lindsay
A student project made, last Christmas, during an Ikebana class taught by Charles Coughlan.  Photo by K. Lindsay, Dec '13

A student project made, last Christmas, during an Ikebana class taught by Charles Coughlan. Photo by K. Lindsay, Dec ’13

This fall learn the meditative art of Ikebana floral arranging, with local artist Charles Coughlan.  Classes take place on Wednesday evenings, at 7:15p (perfect for date night,) and Thursdays at Noon.  Held at Nalanda West, the classes can be taken as a series or individually for those with limited time – or just interested in trying out this ancient Asian art form.

Classes will be held September 3rd/4th, 17th/18th, October 1st/2nd, 15th/16th, November 5th/6th, 19th/20th, and December 3rd/4th.  The class fee is $20 and includes materials for creating an arrangement you can take home each time.  Register in advance for classes, or get more info, at charles@hanadesignikebana.com

 

 

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