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January 20, 2017

West of Lenin Hosts ‘The Unhappy Hour’ With Local Legend Robert Lopez (a.k.a. El Vez!)

Kirby Lindsay Laney
Check out this latest entertainment from internationally celebrated entertainer Robert Lopez, at West of Lenin.

Check out this latest entertainment from internationally celebrated entertainer Robert Lopez, at West of Lenin.

This weekend and next (January 19th – 28th,) at 8p at West of Lenin, Robert Lopez, as Mister Bob, presents ‘The Unhappy Hour’.  This 70-minute journey, delivered with world weary wit, is a warning for the coming end of daze, accompanied by piano.

Performed in a black suit (with humor even blacker) ‘The Unhappy Hour’ features international sensation Robert Lopez (a.k.a. El Vez, The Mexican Elvis) delivering monologues on a constellation of topics – gun control, clowns, antidepressants, politics, Googling, Jeffrey Dahmer, death, dreams, and love (or the lack thereof.)

With live music by Tom Kellock, a veteran Teatro ZinZanni musician and accomplished accompanist, ‘The Unhappy Hour’ delivers musical references running the gamut from Judy Garland to Judy Collins, with stops for Beethoven, Patsy Cline and even Little Jimmy Scott.  Expect not-so-typical jazz standards, pop, cabaret, protest songs and lullabies.

Purchase tickets to shows either weekend, or a special industry night on Monday, January 23rd at 8p, through the West of Lenin website.  Tickets cost only $20, and can also be purchased at the door – as long as seats remain available.  Everybody’s happy nowadays – Come on down for ‘The Unhappy Hour’!

 

January 19, 2017

Updated: Second (or Third) Fire For Apartment Building At Leary Bend

Kirby Lindsay Laney
Seattle Fire respond to 1st Ave NW and N 36th St for apartment fire on 19 Jan '17.  Photo by Adrian Laney

Seattle Fire respond to 1st Ave NW and N 36th St for apartment fire on 19 Jan ’17. Photo by Adrian Laney

Today, January 19th, around 12:30p, Seattle Fire responded to a fire in an already burnt-out apartment building, located at 2nd Ave NW, where Leary Way & N 36th St merge.  Due to the emergency response, METRO rerouted service off this portion of roadway for more than half-an-hour.

The building had never been repaired following a significant fire, where one resident died and another was injured, in November 2014.  According to an unidentified fire fighter, there was another fire since then.  Today’s fire took place on the upper floor, which also suffered in the original event.  At this time, no official news about injuries or deaths today has been reported by the Seattle Fire Department, although reports of significant numbers of used needles, graffiti and signs of vagrancy were given unofficially.

Before the original fire, the building had been occupied by low-income tenants.  According to a neighbor, the building sold to a housing developer in June 2016.  It is to be hoped that this latest damage will speed up any plans the new owners have for demolition of the structure, and possible construction of more housing, particularly for the low income tenants forced to relocate after the original fire in 2014.

 

Fremont Chamber Shamelessly Promotes Area Businesses

Kirby Lindsay Laney
In a general purpose room at Aegis Living Rodgers Park, the Fremont Chamber gathered for some Shameless-ness!  Photo by Adrian Laney, Jan '17

In a general purpose room at Aegis Living Rodgers Park, the Fremont Chamber gathered for some Shameless-ness! Photo by Adrian Laney, Jan ’17

On Wednesday, January 18th, at the new Aegis Living At Rodgers Park (just up the street from Seattle Pacific University,) the Fremont Chamber of Commerce hosted its popular Breakfast of Shameless Self-Promotion.  This meeting gives area businesses, and non-profits, a chance to share their story with others – and Fremocentrist readers.

Those who attended this meeting included:

  • Awaken To Mindfulness – Andrea D’Asaro introduced the meeting with a moment of mindfulness and calming breaths.  She can help clients overcome stress, and combat the ill effects of too much thinking and fears that inhibit us every day.
  • Two Bridges Church – Pastor David Ginn (who also pours at Fremont Brewing) introduced this new faith community, currently meeting at Fremont Baptist Church.  He explained Two Bridges is new and small (“more like a bible study”) but ready to grow, and find ways they can help in our community.
  • Seattle Tree Consulting – Doug Smith does tree risk assessment and can help with permitting for tree removal.  He is also available for long-term tree maintenance, and consulting on your existing trees.
Fox Natural Medicine will host an educational event at Fremont Health Club, and everyone is invited to attend!

Fox Natural Medicine will host an educational event at Fremont Health Club, and everyone is invited to attend!

  • Ewing & ClarkJosh Dohring can help with property lease, and sale, for commercial uses.  He can also help businesses find new locations, or sell their current location.
  • Jordan Rabinowe came representing two businesses:  Proletariat Wines, out of Walla Walla, and on-tap at The Backdoor.  He’s also with Mitsui Real Estate Group, and available to help anyone seeking a new home, or selling a home.  Contact him at Jordan@firstclassseattle.com
  • Fox Natural Medicine – Dr. Maggie Fox handed out invites to an upcoming Heart Rate Variability workshop at Fremont Health Club, on Feb 4th.  Her practice, she explained, is about enhanced wellness through natural means.  She uses science-based medicine, and can help with clarity of symptoms, and pain relief.
  • Shepherd Family Chiropractic – Dr. Edwin Shepherd told a heart-wrenching anecdote about a small boy he treated, who had been in pain so intense, for weeks, that the child cried all night long.  With one treatment, Dr. Shepherd was able to make an adjustment that allowed the boy to sleep – as well as the rest of his family.  Shepherd Chiropractic treats whole families, and they know that treatment can be as much about the patient, as about everyone around them.  Dr. Shepherd offers a free, no-obligation consultation to new patients.
  • Sunwink Seattle – Jeannine Welfelt vends hats and sunglasses at the Fremont Sunday Market, and she had one of her best weekends last week.  Winter glare can be severe, and quickly dimmed with a fashionable pair of sunglasses – and hats are great for our wet weather!  Welfelt is happy to help customers find the right look for them, and she recommended stopping by the Market regardless as there is always something to see and do!
Andrea D'Asaro, of Awaken To Mindfulness, opened the FCC Breakfast of Shameless Self-Promotion, with a calming moment of mindfulness.  Photo by Adrian Laney, Jan '17

Andrea D’Asaro, of Awaken To Mindfulness, opened the FCC Breakfast of Shameless Self-Promotion, with a calming moment of mindfulness. Photo by Adrian Laney, Jan ’17

  • Suzie Burke mentioned her business, Fremont Dock Co, which leases commercial and industrial space around the neighborhood.  She also praised the Lions’ Club, where she was on her way to speak about Fremont and Project Amigo, in Mexico.  She encouraged anyone interested in becoming more involved in the Fremont Chamber to consider taking a seat on the Board of Directors (talk to Trisha Rarey at programs@fremont.com).  Burke finally did some recruiting for the Fremont Rotary Club (the Fremont Fun Club) which is an active service club, meeting weekly at Hale’s Brewery – check out their refreshed website!
  • Leaf & Water Holistic Skin Care – Holly Newman, L.E., B.Soc., B.F.A., C.M.L.D., C.R.P., is helping clients with skin concerns, through external and internal methods.  Soon, Leaf & Water will launch an on-line store selling the products Newman has formulated, and her clients love, retail.
  • Edward JonesJana Dankova has opened her office in Ballard, but she is ready to help clients in Fremont, working in partnership with long-time Fremont agent, Marko Tubic.  She can help with retirement planning and questions on taxes.  She wants to work as a partner with her clients, finding the best solutions to their concerns.
  • Culture Foundry – Jory Goehle spoke on the ways she can help businesses with their websites, using the wide range of technologies available today to aid them in reaching customers.  Explore the possibilities of successful website design.
  • Sunrise Container Design – They can provide seasonal maintenance of plant containers in-front of your business, which can significantly influence your customer experience.  Make your business unforgettable with custom designed outdoor container gardens.
One of the businesses that promoted at the January Fremont Chamber meeting - Sunrise Container Design.

One of the businesses that promoted at the January Fremont Chamber meeting – Sunrise Container Design.

  • Green Cleaning Seattle – Under fearless entrepreneurial leadership, this residential (and small commercial) cleaning company continues to progressively evolve.  They’ve launched a line of soaps, developed by their hands-on experience with cleaning.  Contact Green Clean Seattle to find out more about how they can give you back more of your time, and peace of mind.
  • Sub Station – Dave West introduced this new venue in West Fremont, open at 5p every day.  They’ve got burlesque on Tuesdays, individual Kareoke rooms, and rehearsal/recording spaces for musicians.  West has also just signed to dramatically increase the square footage of Sub Station, soon increasing the flexible event space available this spring.
  • Hana Design – Charles Coghlan brings a deep well of education and a profound love of Ikebana to his classes, taught at Nalanda West.  The classes allow for focus and relaxation as students get history, philosophy and flowers to create their own beautiful Ikebana sculpture.  Classes take place on Wednesday evenings and Thursday afternoons, or Coghlan can bring one to your group.
  • Aegis Living – As the hosts, sharing the lovely space for this meeting, representatives from Aegis spoke last.  The meeting took place in a general purpose area, with a flexible bar that served continental breakfast, while a theater, beauty salon, garden area and crafts room led off from it.  A spa and exercise room were down the hall.  The 3 month old space which has 129 apartments is available now for full-spectrum assisted living care.
    Jana Dankova, of Edward Jones, offered her services as a Financial Advisor at the Fremont Chamber January Breakfast.  Photo by Adrian Laney, 2017

    Jana Dankova, of Edward Jones, offered her services as a Financial Advisor at the Fremont Chamber January Breakfast. Photo by Adrian Laney, 2017

    Aegis designs each of its facilities for the neighborhood it occupies, and none are the same.  Another nearby facility, on Galer, has been open for 15 months and is half the size of Rodgers Park – and 85% occupied.  They offer tours and consultation to prospective residents, and their families, even if Aegis isn’t quite what they need.  They also have a Trial Stay program, with a Daily Rate, so prospective residents can come for 21 days, with no commitment, to see if Aegis feels right for them.  Contact Joan Rettmann, at joan.rettmann@aegisliving.com for more information.

The Shameless Self-Promotion ended quickly, with everyone being so respectful of time that plenty remained for networking and socializing one-to-one.  There was also praised heaped on Trisha Rarey, the Fremont Chamber staffer who organized and led the meeting.

For more information on the Fremont Chamber, and all of its opportunities for businesses and improving the community, contact Rarey at programs@fremont.com or 206/632-1500 – or visit Fremont.com

 

January 18, 2017

West of Lenin Joins Theatres Across The Country For ‘Ghostlight’ Night

Kirby Lindsay Laney
Participate in this gathering to light the darkness, at West of Lenin.

Participate in this gathering to light the darkness, at West of Lenin on January 19th at 5:30p.

On Thursday, January 19th, at 5:30p, members of the theater community – from Broadway to community theaters to school drama programs – will come together to light the night, and launch ‘The Ghostlight Project’.  This showing of support will include a gathering at Fremont’s own West of Lenin.

At 5:30p, in each time zone, people will join in a collective, simultaneous action, creating a ‘light’ to guide us all through our challenging times.  Inspired by the tradition of leaving a ‘ghostlight’ on in a darkened theater, artists and audience members will make (or renew) a community pledge to stand for and protect the values of inclusion, participation, and compassion for everyone.  January 19th will mark a community commitment to resist intolerance and create brave spaces that serve as lights.

Join the community at West of Lenin, and take the pledge.  Please bring a light source: flashlight, lantern, phone app, etc.  Also, please arrive early (no ‘Fremont-time’) as the event will begin promptly at 5:30p.

“With the uncertainty and increasing fears of censorship in this country, it’s crucial to have a collective event like ‘The Ghostlight Project,’” wrote WofL founder A.J. Epstein, “you have my promise that it is our mission to tilt and keep tilting the balance towards a more inclusive venue…”

Please show your support, and your light, at West of Lenin on Thursday, January 19th, at 5:30p.  Find more details at theghostlightproject.com

 

January 17, 2017

Conversational English ‘Talk Time’ At Fremont Branch Library

Kirby Lindsay Laney

On Mondays, from 4p – 6p, through March 27th, Literacy Source will be hosting free ‘Talk Time’ – topic-driven conversational English discussions, followed by an hour of focused tutoring.  Students, and volunteers, are welcomed and encouraged to join in this educational experience, held at the Fremont Branch Library.

 

Students, and volunteer tutors, are invited to take part in 'Talk Time' at the Fremont Branch Library.

Students, and volunteer tutors, are invited to take part in ‘Talk Time’ at the Fremont Branch Library.

For more information, contact Literacy Source at 206/782-2050, or visit the website.  Or, drop-in to ‘Talk Talk’ on Monday, January 23rd, from 4p – 6p, and join in the conversation!

 

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