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September 26, 2016

Salsa Con Todo Welcomes Two Teachers, For Two Weekends Of Zouk Instruction, In October

Kirby Lindsay Laney
At Salsa Con Todo, Marc Brewer will give workshops in the basics of Zouk, and other exciting - and accessible - dances.  Photo provided by SCT

At Salsa Con Todo, Marc Brewer will give workshops in the basics of Zouk, and other exciting – and accessible – dances. Photo provided by SCT

In the month of October, Salsa Con Todo will offer two different weekends of workshops, on Zouk, Samba & Salsa, by two different visiting instructors.

On October 8th & 9th, take part in one (or more) of the high-energy, sizzling workshops being led by Marc Brewer – or sign-up for the whole weekend, and six workshops in how to dance, and move, better to the beat.  In addition to Zouk basics, improvers and ‘roasted chickens’, Brewer will teach a ‘Salsa Kine-ction’, ‘Boom-Chick-Chick’ and a workshop on his ‘favorite moves.’  Each workshop is $20, or register for all six for only $110.

On October 29th, SCT welcomes Nathalia Carbajal for two special dance sessions.  She’ll lead a Samba de Gafieira workshop, teaching the ballroom Brazilian style of samba.  Carbajal will also give a workshop in Zouk, focusing on head movement, timings and technique.  Each workshop costs $27 per person, or register for both for $49.

Find more details, and registration, on the Salsa Con Todo website – or stop by the studios in West Fremont and find out more about how to get moving this month!

 

September 23, 2016

Mischief Hosts Maritime Fundraiser, & Storm Tossed Rye Release

Kirby Lindsay Laney
Fremont Mischief presents the limited-edition Storm Tossed Rye Whiskey, a fundraiser for those in the fishing industry.

Fremont Mischief presents the limited-edition Storm Tossed Rye Whiskey, a fundraiser for those in the fishing industry.

On Saturday, October 1st, from Noon – 3p, Fremont Mischief invites everyone to come meet the Captain’s, taste some outstanding, naturally flavored whiskey and help raise money.  Enjoy tasty barbeque, live music and a chance to rub shoulders, hoist a glass, and listen to colorful fish tales from the Captains who hauled the limited-edition Storm Tossed Rye through the North Seas.

Fremont Mischief partnered with two fishing vessels, the Cornelia Marie and the Northwestern, who carried barrels of the rye whiskey in their bows – on the Bering and Arctic Seas – aging the spirits on the churning water.  The two different sailings, and ships, created different flavors in the whiskey and a competition among the Captains as to whose barrels would deliver the best spirit.

Come celebrate this new release, with a fundraising auction, BBQ, and live music, on Oct 1st.

Come celebrate this new release, with a fundraising auction, BBQ, and live music, on Oct 1st.

The October 1st celebration will feature a fundraising auction with vintage treasurers from the F/V Cornelia Marie, featured on the Discovery Channel show ‘Deadliest Catch.’  Also available are signed Storm Tossed Rye barrels, crab, and other one-of-a-kind items.  Captains Josh Harris and Casey McManus will also be signing bottles of Storm Tossed Rye.

Money raised will go to the Seattle Fisherman’s Memorial and the Sea Scouts, two non-profits dedicated to supporting the maritime industry, safety and those most in need.  Fremont Mischief hopes to raise $40,000 through this event, and a portion of sales of the two Ryes.

Come help support the cause, and get a taste of the whiskey.  Participate in a blind tasting, or buy a taste of another Fremont Mischief favorite at the cash bar.  Purchase tickets to this fun and flavor-filled event, for $15 in advance, through the Fremont Mischief website.

And read more about the ‘Whiskey Slam,’ and Storm Tossed Rye, in the Fremocentrist.com news item from August 2016.

 

September 22, 2016

Woodland Park Zoo Open Daily For Quality Critter Interaction

Kirby Lindsay Laney
Visit baby gorilla Yola at Woodland Park Zoo this fall!  Photo by Jeremy Dwyer for WPZ

Visit baby gorilla Yola at Woodland Park Zoo this fall! Photo by Jeremy Dwyer for WPZ

School has started and the Butterfly Garden has closed, but Woodland Park Zoo still has plenty to offer those wanting some time to talk to the animals and get quality critter therapy.  Woodland Park Zoo is open every day, except Christmas, and the animals are waiting to see you!

Right now, stop by the Zoo to see baby western lowland gorilla Yola, growing and exploring her world with mom, Nadiri.  Also explore the newly established 2-acre, Banyan Wilds exhibit, with the Malayan tigers, sloth bears, Asian small-clawed otters and tropical birds.

While at the Zoo, check out the special programs, free with Zoo admission:

  • Penguin Keeper Talks, at 2p on Saturdays & Sundays, teach about the Humboldt penguins and their care and research being done to help those still in the wild
  • Raptor In Flight, at 2p on Saturdays & Sundays, keepers introduce resident raptors and demonstrate the birds’ impressive flying and hunting skills
Check out the Woodland Park Zoo Willawong Feeding Station, and the parrots!  Photo by Dennis Dow  for WPZ

Check out the Woodland Park Zoo Willawong Feeding Station, and the parrots! Photo by Dennis Dow for WPZ

  • Zoomazium, open from 9:30a – 4p daily, offers kids 8 years old and under an indoor nature play space for learning about animals and habitats in a safe and stimulating environment.  At 10:30a, daily, Creature Feature brings live animals in to meet the toddlers.  At 11:30a, daily, Shake, Rattle & Roar invites toddlers to a nature themed dance party
  • Geocaches – join the global scavenger hunt, and find the three geocaches located on the Zoo grounds

All programs are subject to cancellation due to weather or animal availability.  Find out about Zoo admission fees and parking costs (and alternative transportation options,) on the Zoo.org Visit website page.

And don’t let the mercurial Northwest weather stop you from planning a trip to the Zoo.  Visit the Zoo.org Rainy Day for a discount coupon, good for 50% off of admission, available on select days depending on weather forecasts and projected attendance.

 

September 21, 2016

Anytime Fitness Offers A Jump Start On A Healthier Fall

Kirby Lindsay Laney

On Tuesday, September 27th, from 8a – 8p, Anytime Fitness will have a franchise-wide sale.  New members can sign-up for a $1 registration fee by stepping into any Anytime Fitness gym on September 27th – and become a member to every franchise at once.

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At the Fremont & Queen Anne Anytime Fitness gyms, the sale started on September 20th and will continue through September 27th at 8p.  Find access to a 24-hour workout facility, with cardio, strength, and stretching equipment, along with classes and personal trainers, for a monthly membership.  Jump start a healthier Fall with a membership to Anytime Fitness!

 

September 20, 2016

LUDC Contemplates Its Future, And Other City Matters

Kirby Lindsay Laney
At the September 2016 LUDC meeting, city representatives bring information on street closures planned for the Denny Substation construction project in the fall.  Photo by K. Lindsay Laney, Sep '16

At the September 2016 LUDC meeting, city representatives bring information on street closures planned for the Denny Substation construction project in the fall. Photo by K. Lindsay Laney, Sep ’16

At its September 19th meeting, the Lake Union District Council (LUDC) heard about Denny Way street closures, possible street improvement projects in Wallingford (& Fremont,) and the entirely unsure and unstable future of the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, the entire City District Council network and the geographically unique LUDC.

In July, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray issued an executive order severing ties between the City and the District Council system.  City Staffer, Tim Durkan, who has served as liaison to the LUDC, described it as a ‘divorce’.  The District Councils have, since 1988, gathered together members of neighborhood organizations – Community Councils, Chambers of Commerce and Neighbor Associations – to share information about activities and ask the city for improvements.  Organizations send representatives to their District Council, and one of the representatives to the LUDC at this meeting reported that the Mayor has voiced concerns that organizing geographically (such as by neighborhood) is racist.  Certainly, Durkan reported that his office, which used to be called a Neighborhood Service Center, has recently been re-named the ‘Community Services Center’.

Durkan informed the LUDC that he has given resignation notice to the Department of Neighborhoods (DON,) where he has worked for 12 years (under three different Mayors.)  Durkan mentioned that he will be focusing on his photography, which has met with great appreciation and approbation.  However, his resignation means that the LUDC, which already exists against the Mayor’s wishes, will also be without an official city liaison.

The representation structure of the Seattle City Neighborhood Council and District Councils.  Provided by the Seattle DON

The representation structure of the Seattle City Neighborhood Council and District Councils. Provided by the Seattle DON

On Monday, September 26th, a DON report is expected to be made available, explaining how they will incorporate the Mayor’s recommendations into a reorganize.  The contents of the report are completely unknown, yet given the Mayor’s ‘divorce’, it is expected that either the District Councils will be disbanded entirely, or reconceived following the boundaries (although that would be geographic organization,) of the City Council Districts.

Either way, the future of the LUDC is dire.  The District Council system divided the City into 13, while the City Council has seven districts – and the LUDC is one of the ones that would go away.  The LUDC would be chopped up, with its members reassigned to four different districts (#3, 4, 6 & 7,) although some of its member organizations, such as the Lake Union Association, not actually represented by any City Council District.  The LUDC was designed specifically to give residents and businesses surrounding Lake Union a cohesive voice on matters affecting them, and their maritime use.  None of the City Council Districts, or sitting Councilmembers, have laid claim as representative of maritime, and our lake.

At this meeting, the LUDC members decided to focus in October on organizing a District Council forum on the fate of this system – and the need for citizen representation with the City.  The next official LUDC meeting, on the first Monday in November, will, hopefully, have information on what the City Council and the Mayor plan to do – and what neighborhood organizations want done.

A map of the current District Council representation scheme.  Provided by the Seattle DON

A map of the current District Council representation scheme. Provided by the Seattle DON

As to what will happen to the District Councils, and the work of this organization, it is too early to say.

In addition to the future, the LUDC representatives also revisited their recommendations for the Neighborhood Street Fund, voting again to encourage the City of Seattle Department of Transportation to build a crosswalk at N 40th & Bagley Ave N, to expand the planted median strip along Green Lake Way N, to install a Greenways crossing on Green Lake Way N at Woodland Park Ave N, and to make pedestrian improvements at N 35th Street & Wallingford Ave N.  All of these projects had been considered, encouraged and voted on by the LUDC, from a much longer list, and submitted to the Transportation Department for funding earlier this year.

The LUDC also heard from project managers for the Denny Substation build – and about upcoming street closures and traffic management during construction of this much needed infrastructure project.  See details on the Denny Substation project website.

LUDC members discussed, at length, the need for District Councils, and their member organizations, that give citizens a forum within the City.  While LUDC members disagreed about what they most want to say to, and hear from, the City leadership, they all agreed on the continued need for the public to be able to comment.  Please consider contacting your Seattle City Councilmembers about this important issue, and expect to hear more, right here, on Fremocentrist.com

 

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