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April 27, 2017

Help METRO Assess Simplifying Adult Bus Fares

Kirby Lindsay Laney
METRO needs public input on the adult bus fare structure, through May 5th, 2017.  Photo by K. Lindsay Laney

METRO needs public input on the adult bus fare structure, through May 5th, 2017. Photo by K. Lindsay Laney

Between now and May 5th, King County METRO has asked for public participation in an on-line survey on bus fares.

METRO is considering two options for changing bus fares for adult riders.  These changes would not affect fares for youth, seniors, disabled, ORCA LIFT, or Access riders.  METRO would like to make the adult fare structure easier to understand to speed up boarding and to reduce fare disputes.

METRO is asking for input about which of two options for change the public would prefer.  Current adult fares include extra charges for travel during weekday peak commute hours, and for trips that cross a zone boundary during peak hours.  Riders may pay $2.50, $2.75 or $3.25 depending on when and how far they may travel.  The two options under consideration are:

  • Option #1:  A single $2.75 far for travel any time, any distance
  • Option #2:  A $3.00 peak-period fare, and a $2.50 off-peak fare, with no extra charge for two-zone travel

Please consider filling out the on-line survey (click here) before May 5th.  Find more details on the METRO project website.

 

April 26, 2017

Celebrate The Spring At The FAC May Day Potluck Picnic

Kirby Lindsay Laney
Dance and celebrate with the FAC on May Day!  Photo provided by Michael Falcone, from the FAC Archives, 1997

Dance and celebrate with the FAC on May Day! Photo provided by Michael Falcone, from the FAC Archives, 1997

Spread a blanket!  Play music!  Dress in white!  Bring flowers!  Join in the fun and renewal of the Fremont Arts Council (FAC) May Day celebration!

On Monday, May 1st, at 5p, the Fremont Arts Council invites all ages to join in their community potluck, with dancing, a May pole, and games, at Lower Woodland Park Shelter #6.

FAC volunteers will help with making headdresses from cut flowers brought by participants.  A Green Man and a May Queen will be chosen by all attendees in a rowdy ritual led by the fleet-footed Fool.  Dance and weave the ribbons around the May pole.  Bring your own food, with dishes and utensils, and plan to pack out what you brought – and bring a flashlight to help with clean up!

Find out more about this annual celebration, and all the work of the FAC, on the website – or direct questions to mayday@fremontartscouncil.org

 

April 25, 2017

Rebranding/Refreshing Your Message With Advisions & The Fremont Chamber

Kirby Lindsay Laney
For April, the Fremont Chamber had Steven Ruttner talking about marketing and branding for small businesses.  Photo by K. Lindsay Laney, Apr '17

For April, the Fremont Chamber had Steven Ruttner talking about marketing and branding for small businesses. Photo by K. Lindsay Laney, Apr ’17

Last Wednesday, April 19th, the Fremont Chamber of Commerce hosted its monthly membership meeting at the Bastyr Center for Natural Health, with informative speaker Steven Ruttner talking about professional facelifts.

Ruttner represents Advisions, a local small business focused on helping businesses (and non-profits) look visibly more professional.  Ruttner has recently been helping revitalize the Green Lake Chamber of Commerce, and he spoke about the wasted opportunity most small businesses overlook – marketing.

With his experience in marketing and promotion, Ruttner spoke on the importance of iconography; using imagery to subconsciously reach your clients, customers and supporters.  Creating a business identity is a critical first step to customer engagement, Ruttner advised.  He identified applications, such as brochures, business cards, websites and social media where iconography can be applied – an easily identifiable logo or image can spread your message faster than 1,000 words of text.  “Engagement is so critically important,” he said, as a clear image or logo sparks awareness and buy-in to your business.

When asked when, and how often, businesses and non-profits should look at refreshing their image, Ruttner acknowledged that it isn’t cut-and-dried.  Feeling a need to change often means the image isn’t working.  He advised that simplicity is key, and to stay away from using only text to convey your meaning.

Advisions can help with logo design, signage, print materials and pricing for your business.  He’s also partnering with a web design and social media management company that can help set up a digital presence, effective and easy.  Contact Advisions through its website at Advisionsco.com, or the Fremont Chamber.

In addition to Ruttner, Jamey Wallace, N.D., Chief Medical Officer for Bastyr Center introduced the facility, and invited everyone to take a look at the resources they offer.  Bastyr Center has family practice naturopathic doctors available for consultation, in addition to being able to do lab work, taking most major insurance, coordinating care, and providing a fully-outfitted dispensary.  The Center serves as teaching clinic for Bastyr University, so they have young practitioners available to answer questions and field patient concerns.  Bastyr Center also offers free community lectures in the same classrooms where the Chamber held its meeting.

If you have any other questions about the April Chamber meeting, contact the Fremont Chamber at Fremont.com, or contact Executive Director Trisha Rarey at programs@fremont.com or 206/632-1500.

 

April 24, 2017

North Seattle College Offers Two Credited Courses In Spirits At The Barrel Thief

Kirby Lindsay Laney
Fine cocktail bars, like the Backdoor, use bitters to give drinks richer flavors.  Photo of the bitters cabinet at The Backdoor by K. Lindsay Laney, Jul '12

Fine cocktail bars, like the Backdoor, use bitters to give drinks richer flavors. Photo of the bitters cabinet at The Backdoor by K. Lindsay Laney, Jul ’12

On Monday, May 1st, see in the spring with a tour of the ‘Wines of Spain’ at The Barrel Thief Wine & Whiskey Bar.  The North Seattle College class takes place from 6:30p – 8:30p, and is an actual educational experience – along with being a delicious one!

Spain has more vineyard acreage than any other country, with a long, rich tradition of winemaking.  Taste your way through Spanish wine history, regions, grapes and classic styles, with certified sommelier David LeClaire and experienced instructor Christopher Gronbeck.  Cost is $39, plus a $10 materials fee payable at the door.  Pre-registration is required on the North Seattle College website.

Additionally, on Monday, May 22nd, from 6:30p – 8:30p, North Seattle College will host another educational experience – Make Your Own Cocktail Bitters.  Create seamless drinks at home, adding new depth with bitters.  Learn how to create a basic bitters base, experimenting with different infusions of aromatic plant extracts for custom flavors.  The class provides everything needed to craft two 4-oz. bottles of bitters, including the reusable infusion jars and dispensing bottles for taking home.  This class requires a payment of a $15 materials fee to the instructor, with pre-registration of $39 on-line to North Seattle College.

Both classes are open only to students ages 21+, with photo ID required.  It is also suggested that students eat before attending class.  Both classes take place at The Barrel Thief in Fremont, as part of continuing education through North Seattle College.

 

April 22, 2017

Tuesday Trivia Night At O’Donnell’s, With B.F. Day

Kirby Lindsay Laney

Pub-Trivia-Promo-1024x462Every week, on Tuesday nights, at 8p, trivia buffs can find another place to compete in Fremont with the new Shaun O’Donnell’s American Grill & Irish Pub Restaurant now offering family-friendly games.

On Tuesday , April 25th, the regular weekly Pub Trivia Night will feature participants from B.F. Day School family, in addition to the regular, growing crowd.  These are laid back games, featuring drink & food specials, and good fun.

As with every week, O’Donnell’s Pub Trivia Night is $2 per person to play, with monetary prizes to the winning teams.  Find out more on the O’Donnell’s website.

 

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