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July 25, 2015

Be Prepared – For Earthquakes Or Other Catastrophic Disasters In Seattle

Kirby Lindsay Laney

Nearly everyone in Seattle knows that ‘The Big One’ could hit here at any time, and those who don’t might want to check out a recent article in The New Yorker.  Earthquakes are an expected risk in Seattle, but snow storms, floods, landslides, and heat waves also cripple our city – and our neighborhood.  The Seattle Office of Emergency Management works to prepare, and provide training, to make all of us more capable, to our own benefit and that of our neighbors, during and after community-wide disasters.

On August 1st, the City’s new emergency notification system, AlertSeattle, will go live.  The free system will allow those who register for it to receive real-time warning and customized alerts via text, e-mail, voice messaging, Facebook and/or Twitter.  Information on how to register for AlertSeattle will be made available from Seattle Police and Fire Fighters during August 4th Neighborhood Night Out events.  Also, find out more about this new program through a Seattle Channel program.

Seattle Emergency Management also offers training this fall, with many informative (and free) classes taking place up the hill from Fremont at the Phinney Neighborhood Center.  Check out these opportunities:

  • On July 30th, at 7p, a SNAP (Seattle Neighborhoods Actively Prepare) Workshop on how to participate in neighborhood based preparedness programs.  (No registration required.)
  • On Sep 12th & Oct 11th, at a variety of Seattle Public Library Branches, learn the basics of Earthquake Home Retrofit on how to seismically secure your home.  The class is free but registration is required at
  • On Nov 7th, from Noon – 2p, at the Phinney Neighborhood Center, also learn how to Retrofit Your House For An Earthquake.  Find out the latest ways to make your home more secure, for you, for your family and for anyone who might be visiting when ‘The Big One’ hits.  The class is still free, but pre-registration for this must be done through the Phinney Center at 206/783-2244

We can’t prevent ‘The Big One’, or most any disaster, from happening.  We can make survival and recovery easier – and more likely – with a little preparation, and as much information as possible.  Find out more about how to prepare by visiting the Seattle Office of Emergency Management website today!


July 24, 2015

Fremont Health Club Moved To Larger St. James Tower Facility

Kirby Lindsay Laney

The Fremont Health Club (FHC) has just announced the opening of its new, bigger and upgraded location in St. James Tower at 920 N 34th St (Suite 200.)  The 24/7 access fitness center closed its original location, in Fremont Village Square, in late June.  The move took longer than originally expected, but the dust has settled and they look forward to welcoming their established members as well as any and all curious neighbors to their new space.

Check out the new Fremont HC location!

Check out the new Fremont HC location!

With group classes, senior programs and childcare available, Fremont HC has something for everyone.  Those looking for a new routine should stop by!  A free 7-day trial is available for all prospective members.  The Fremont HC costs $40 per month, with a one-time enrollment fee of $80 – lowered to $40 for all readers who use the code ‘mountain view’ (which the gym now has) when they sign-up.

Questions can be answered at the gym, by calling 206/632-2200, or by e-mailing


July 23, 2015

Raise Money with Dinner & Bikes through Spoke & Food

Kirby Lindsay Laney
Dine out for a cause, and for your own health!

Dine out for a cause, and for your own health!

On the evening of Tuesday, July 28th, from 5p – 9p, ‘Spoke & Food’ will take place – inviting everyone to get out dining for a good cause.  Ride your bike, with friends and family, to one of a dozen eating establishments, which have pledged to give 20% of total sales this night to the Seattle Neighborhood Greenways organization.

Seattle Greenways advocates for safer streets through creating a connected network of non-arterial side streets for safe passage for bicyclists of all ages, skills and uses.  Volunteers with Seattle Greenways plan and advocate for safer streets, among neighborhoods and the City of Seattle, to get people where they want to go.

This year, ‘Spoke & Food’ invites everyone to dine out at one (or more) of these establishments on Tuesday, July 28th:

Click on establishment names to find their menu, and specific locations, to help you decide where you want to go – before or after your stop in the urban beer garden of Fremont Brewing.

Join in this annual event, to get out and get biking to dinner – and meet friends and family there!  Help raise funds, and awareness, of Seattle Greenways, while trying out an unfamiliar eatery, or enjoying an old fav.  ‘Spoke & Food’ will get you out in our community, enjoying the fellowship of others while feasting.  (No bicycle is required to participate – it’s only more fun that way!)


July 22, 2015

Two Nights Of Outdoor Movie Madness This Weekend!

Kirby Lindsay Laney

On July 24th, 2015, at the Fremont Outdoor Cinema.

On Friday, July 24th, and Saturday, July 25th, the Fremont Outdoor Cinema will bring two great films to the parking lot, for those 21+, for two nights of food, beer, fun, and film.  First, get your classic Arnie action fix with ‘Predator’ and then The Knights That Say Ni! invite you to watch the epic quest film, ‘Monty Python & The Holy Grail.’  Gates open at 7p, with seating on a first-come, first-serve basis – so set-up your urban campsite early.

The 1987 film ‘Predator’ pits a band of rugged, experienced commandos, led by Arnold Schwarzenegger, through the Central American jungle, against their toughest foe, a human hunting alien.  Cower under your blankets, or bark your enthusiasm, for Arnie versus the thing that goes bump and bash in the shadowed dark of the jungle.


At the Fremont Outdoor Movies on July 24th, 2015

The farcical romp of ‘Monty Python’ also offers up moments of sheer terror – watch out for the bunnies! – amidst the random silliness of Arthur & His Knights Of The Round Table seeking the Holy Grail, or not.  With a non-stop number of one-liners and self-mocking moments, this is the film to bring your buds to enjoy.

Both nights, take in the food and spirits on sale, plus costume contests and trivia challenges.  Purchase tickets in advance, both nights, using the discount code ‘FOMFRIENDS’, and get $5 off plus priority seating (before 8p.)  Remember, the Fremont Outdoor Movies are B.Y.O.C. – Bring Your Own Seating – and arrive early for the best site on the asphalt, out under the stars!  In iffy weather, we will not fart in your general direction, but check the Outdoor Cinema Facebook Page to confirm that the show will go on!


July 21, 2015

Of Bikes & Bradley Walkinshaw At Next FNC Meeting

Kirby Lindsay Laney

FNClogoOn Monday, July 27th, starting at 7p, the Fremont Neighborhood Council (FNC) will hear reports from the Seattle Department of Transportation and State Representative for District #43, in addition to sharing news about our community.  Attend this public meeting, held at Doric Temple #92, and learn more about this resident’s advocacy organization.

According to the published agenda, State Representative Brady Walkinshaw will attend the FNC meeting to share an overview of the past legislative session, and his plans, so far, for the future.  Attendees will have a chance to ask questions and give input on state issues, and what you want Rep Walkinshaw to know before the next session begins.

Following that, Howard Wu from the City Transportation Department will be on-hand to share specific details about plans for expanding the bike lanes along N 34th Street from Evanston Avenue to Phinney Avenue.  Much mis-information and confusion has surrounded this plan.  Details can be found on-line but questions and concerns would be best addressed by attending the FNC meeting on July 27th.

The meeting will also give time for reports from standing FNC committees – including Land Use, Zoo, Public Safety, etc. – as well as general neighbor concerns.  Learn more about the mission of the FNC, and how to join, through the organization’s website, or Facebook page.  Any specific concerns can be addressed to or at the monthly meetings.


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