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July 31, 2017

FAC Has Reasons To Celebrate! Join Them?

Kirby Lindsay Laney

On Sunday, August 20th, from 4p – 8p, the Fremont Arts Council will hold a celebratory BBQ to honor the volunteers, participants, donors and advocates of the 2017 Fremont Solstice Parade.  The hosts will provide live music, some beverages, hot dogs and burgers (and vegetarian options,) along with video, photos, a small ceremony and a swag bag of FAC gratitude.  All they ask is for your presence and a side dish, appetizer or dessert to share – and your videos, photos, stories and/or musical instruments.  RSVP, and get the address of the party, at president@fremontartscouncil.org

In addition to celebrating the previous parade, the FAC and its fans have reason to celebrate the coming parade – and the saving of the float bases and materials in storage.  This month, with the help of Seattle City Light, and Seattle City Councilmembers Lisa Herbold and Mike O’Brien, the non-profit organization finally secured permanent storage space.  Located on unused City Light property, the FAC will be able to lease the space and use the storage for years to come.

The FAC also has two public meetings coming up, for those who want to know more about this unique organization, and contribute your energy and enthusiasm:

  • On August 1st, at 7p at The FAC Powerhouse, the first official planning meeting for the upcoming Luminata Lantern Walk will take place.  Please bring your ideas and suggestions, and willingness to participate in this family-friendly Autumnal Equinox celebration around Green Lake.  Luminata will take place on Thursday, September 21st at dusk.  If you have questions about how to get involved, contact luminata@fremontartscouncil.org
  • On August 8th at 7:10p, also at The Powerhouse, the FAC will hold its monthly meeting of the whole – as in, everyone who wants to contribute and participate!  Come learn more about what the FAC is up to, and how your contributions can be incorporated.  Everyone is welcome!

Remember, the FAC likes to support art installations and performance art, and there are small Art Grants available for those who want to contribute to the Luminata celebration on September 21st.  Find out more at luminata@fremontartscouncil.org

For more information on the Fremont Arts Council as a whole, visit the FAC website or the FAC Facebook page – or join them at one of the upcoming meetings and events!

 

July 29, 2017

Juniper Flowers Provides Creative Floral Art For All Occasions

Kirby Lindsay Laney

Located in Fremont, behind Fremont Coffee, Juniper Flowers provides creative floral art for all occasions, those special ones and the ones that happen every day.

Contact Juniper Flowers for gorgeous floral art for special, and every day, occasions!  Photo by John Curry Photography

Contact Juniper Flowers for gorgeous floral art for special, and every day, occasions! Photo by John Curry Photography

Contact Juniper Flowers for wedding and event design, floral art installations and everyday occasions by e-mailing jeanlouise@juniperflowers.com or calling 206/285-2700.  Or stop by the shop during Fremont Third Thursday events.  The next FTT takes place on August 17th.

 

July 28, 2017

Seattle Tallest Baby ‘Lulu’ Awaits Your Visit At Woodland Park Zoo

Kirby Lindsay Laney

The Woodland Park Zoo invites everyone to come visit the new baby giraffe, named Lulu, between 9:30a – 11:30a daily.  Already over 6’10” tall, the baby girl has long legs and likes to use them.  Her name, Lulu, means ‘pearl’ in the Swahili language, the birthstone of June – when she was born.

Lulu awaits a chance to meet you at Woodland Park Zoo this summer, as she grows and grows!

Lulu awaits a chance to meet you at Woodland Park Zoo this summer, as she grows and grows! Photo provided by WPZ

See Lulu as she romps and plays, running circles around mom Tufani and dad Dave, along with aunt Olivia, in the outdoor area of the giraffe barn.  Find out more about Seattle’s tallest baby on the WPZ website.

 

July 27, 2017

Next Week, Neighbor Night Out Parties – Attend Or Avoid

Kirby Lindsay Laney

On Tuesday, August 1st, many of our neighbors will be hosting, or participating, in Night Out events.  The Seattle Police Department has created a list, and a map, of area gatherings (click here) – for those who want to participate, and those who want to avoid those areas.  Please drive and bike slowly and respectfully through our residential streets on August 1st to keep everyone safe during Night Out.

Join the party, but make sure that if you are driving or biking around the neighborhood, be careful of the people in the streets.

Join the party, but make sure that if you are driving or biking around the neighborhood, be careful of the people in the streets.

Also on August 1st, at 7p, the Fremont Arts Council (FAC) will be holding a public, official planning meeting for the upcoming Luminata Lantern Walk on September 21st at Green Lake.  This family friendly event welcomes the public to process with lanterns and lights, from the Aqua Theater to the Bathhouse area.  Please consider participating in planning this fun, creative event by attending the meeting and volunteering your skills.  Find more details on the FAC website.

 

July 26, 2017

Please VOTE – Primary Election Ballots Due August 1st

Kirby Lindsay Laney
King County Ballots can be mailed or dropped off now.

King County Ballots can be mailed or dropped off now.

On August 1st, all ballots are due to be mailed in for the primary election in the City of Seattle and King County.  Have you filled out your ballot?

If you are part of a society that votes, then do so.  There may be no candidates and no measures you want to vote for… but there are certain to be ones you want to vote against.Robert A. Heinlein, in ‘The Notebooks of Lazarus Long’

The sample Seattle ballot has 21 candidates listed for the Office of Mayor of Seattle, and a third as many for each of two Seattle City Council seats.  We are voting on King County Executive, Port Commissioner and one proposition that could result in higher sales taxes, and funding a County cultural access program.

Nobody will ever deprive the American people of the right to vote except the American people themselves and the only way they could do this is by not voting.Franklin D. Roosevelt

Ballots are due by August 1st for the 2017 primary election, but they can be turned in today!

Ballots are due by August 1st for the 2017 primary election, but they can be turned in today!

According to a Massachusetts voting site on the importance of voting, “Democracy is something we can’t take for granted.  It needs our help.”  They point out that elected officials pay less attention to communities with lower voter turnout, making fewer appearances in these neighborhoods and spending less resources on them.  Through voting, we directly influence the government, and by not voting, we do as well.  In the most recent national election, according to The Huffington Post and Pew Research, the U.S. had the ninth-lowest voting rate among the 35 developed countries in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.

The difference between a democracy and a dictatorship is that in a democracy you vote first and take orders later; in a dictatorship you don’t have to waste your time voting.Charles Bukowski

Please vote!

Please vote!

As people in other countries fight, and die, over gaining the right to vote, in America every vote matters.  According to a BorgenProject.org post written by Alysha Biemolt, there have been several cases in U.S. history where a few votes decided the issue.  In 1839, a Massachusettes gubernatorial election was decided by two votes out of 102,066 cast.  In 1974, a New Hampshire Senate race was decided by two votes out of 223,363.   And in 2008, the Alaskan congressional race was decided by a single vote out of 10,035.  Generations of Americans have struggled to win the right to vote for swaths of our population – women and minorities.   According to the AskYourDadBlog, “my vote for President may be a grain of sand on the beach, but my local votes can be rocks…  Because when I vote I know that I am not just voting for a candidate or a zoo or a judge, but I am also voting for the future.”

If we don’t cast a ballot, it’s going to end up in a situation where we’re going to have to cast a bullet.  It’s either a ballot or a bullet.  – Malcolm X

 

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