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Add your house to the Ballard trick-or-treating map

October 29th, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

Halloween is just a couple of days away, and the map of Ballard trick-or-treating homes is growing.To add your address to the list, click here (link will redirect you to Google maps).

To ensure your address is added to the map follow the steps below:

  •  Type your address into the search bar and select your address.
  • A green marker will appear on the map, click on it and click add to map. (Your marker will then appear red in color once saved.)

In addition to the above map of homes participating, the downtown businesses in Ballard will host trick-or-treaters from 4 to 6 p.m. on Friday, October 31.

We’ll post a complete list of your Halloween options on Friday.

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Exhibition dedicated to Edgar Allan Poe opens in Ballard

October 29th, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

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Art gallery/bookstore Factory vs. Academy (2220 NW Market St. B01 (lower level) next to Bop Records) has opened its second show, an exhibition dedicated to one of Edgar Allan Poe’s classic horror tales. The exhibition features new work by Ballard artist Joe Reno.

Reno has transformed the gallery with an eerie glow inviting guests to view his ‘eye’ paintings and assemblages that, according to him, give the short story a whole other dimension.

Reno grew up in the Pacific Northwest and has created art ever since he can remember. He is a luminary in the Seattle art scene and his work has been shown and collected at various institutions including the Seattle Art Museum, Museum of Northwest Art, and Tacoma Art museum.

Reno also narrated an audiobook version of Poe’s short story The Tell-Tale Heart for the exhibition which is now available on Amazon and iTunes.

Reno’s exhibition runs through November 23rd and is open on Saturdays and Sundays from 1 p.m. – 8 p.m. with special Halloween Eve hours (on Friday October 31st) from 3 p.m. – 8 p.m.

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Stoup Brewing celebrates first birthday

October 29th, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

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It is hard to believe that Stoup Brewing (1108 NW 52nd St) has already been enticing the neighborhood with craft brews for a whole year. Although Stoup’s official birthday was October 23, the team is set to celebrate this Saturday, November 1, from noon – 10 p.m.

Stoup was the ninth brewery to open in Ballard and has definitely made an impact on the Seattle beer scene. The brewery was opened by Ballard residents Brad Benson, a chemist, and Lara Zahaba, wine industry expert. Robyn Schumacher is the final member of the team who is a certified beer geek, biologist and Cicerone.

This special birthday celebration will include the release of Stoup’s latest brews including a German-Style Pilsner and an Imperial Porter aged in whiskey barrels.

Attendees will be entertained by the live music of Robert (Bobcat) Newberry from 4 p.m. and band The Kings at 7 p.m. Stoup will also have food trucks Napkin Friends and Mad Dawgs Hotdogs on hand to serve up the goods.

A large tent will be erected out the front of the brewery to accommodate the party no matter the weather.

Click here to find out more about the birthday party!

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Clocks to go back one hour this Sunday

October 29th, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

SPU wants to remind locals that this Sunday, November 2, is the time to set our clocks back one hour in preparation for winter.

The change from Daylight Saving Time is also a good opportunity to test your home’s smoke detectors and change out old batteries. As winter creeps closer, it’s also a great time to replace burned-out light bulbs with energy-efficient CFL light bulbs.

SPU says that old fluorescent bulbs and tubes, Ni-Cad and Lithium rechargeable and other hazardous batteries can be disposed of free of charge at Seattle’s Household Hazardous Waste stations (the closest to Ballard being at 12550 Stone Avenue N) and several other convenient locations, including Bartell Drug stores.

Incandescent light bulbs can be disposed in the garbage. Alkaline batteries, such as the ones AA, AAA, C, 9-volt and D, can either be disposed in Seattle’s curbside garbage cans as they are not considered hazardous, or dropped off for recycling at Seattle’s Household Hazardous Waste stations and other convenient locations, such as Whole Foods.

For more information on where to dispose of household hazardous waste, including station locations and hours, click here or call (206) 296-4692.

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Volunteers needed for Ballard Corners Work Party

October 28th, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

Volunteers are needed for the Fall work party at Ballard Corners Park (17th Ave NW and NW 63rd St) this Saturday, November 1, from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

The team will be weeding, pruning, planting daffodil bulbs, and cleaning up debris.  “Many hands make light (and lighthearted!) work and anyone who is interested is encouraged attend,” says organizer Gabriella.

Volunteers will be provided with some tools and refreshments. Please bring your own gloves and tools if you have them.

To find out more email Gabriella at gabriella@seanet.com or call (206) 782-3238.

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BHS Fall concert series set for this week

October 28th, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

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The talented musicians from Ballard High School are set to entertain the neighborhood during their Fall concert series this week.

The Band Program will take to the stage on Wednesday, October 29, under the direction of Michael James. The program is set to feature selections from the Percussion Ensemble, Jazz Band 1, Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble.

Featured works will include English Folk Song Suite by Ralph Vaughan Williams, Shenandoah by Frank Ticheli, Jeep’s Blues by Duke Ellington, and Splanky by Neal Hefti. The concert will also begin at 7 p.m.

The Orchestra program is set for Thursday, October 30, and will feature the BHS Chamber Orchestra, Fiddle Ensemble, Whitman Middle School 8th Grade Orchestra, and the Ballard Concert and Symphonic Orchestras.

The repertoire will range from Mozart’s Posthorn String Symphony to Rutter’s Suite for Strings to Doc Watson’s Deep River Blues. The performance will be under the direction of Brittany Newell and is set to start at 7 p.m. in the Earl Kelly Performing Arts Center.

Both concerts are free and open to the public.

Click here to learn more about the BHS Performing Arts program.

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Home Brewing class set for tomorrow at Ballard Community Center

October 28th, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

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Have you always wanted to home brew but don’t know how?

Join the ever expanding Ballard brewing culture by taking part in the Introduction to Home Brewing class at Ballard Community Center (6020 28th Ave NW) this Wednesday, October 29, from 6:30 – 8 p.m.

Class facilitators and brewing experts Daniel Harris and Kate Broeking will take attendees through the basic steps of how to create their own craft beer at home.

Cost of the class is $29 and participants can register online or call (206) 684-4093. Participants must be over 21 years old.

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SDOT delivers Bicycle Master Implementation Plan to City Council

October 28th, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

Last week SDOT delivered the Bicycle Master Plan (BMP) Implementation Plan to the Seattle City Council. The plan sets vigorous project and program goals which aim to enhance cycling citywide.

The BMP is a five year plan which comprises of work that is set to be completed from 2015 to 2019. The plan includes building nearly 33 miles of protected bike lanes and more than 52 miles of neighborhood greenways across Seattle.

“This five-year implementation plan emphasizes aggressive action to make cycling easier and safer throughout Seattle,” said Mayor Ed Murray. “As the new protected bike lane on Second Avenue shows, these types of bike projects can have a transformative effect on our growing city.”

The BMP was adopted in April this year and maintains the notion that, “riding a bicycle is a comfortable and integral part of daily life in Seattle for people of all ages and abilities.”

SDOT’s implementation plan includes an ambitious set of projects and programs that will help create a connected network, improving safety for all roadway users and encouraging more people to enjoy the city on two wheels.

The projects included in the implementation plan were identified using the recommendations and priorities in the BMP.

Projects planned for 2015, at a cost of $18.2 million, include:

  • Creating approximately seven miles of protected bike lanes, to include a facility on Roosevelt Way NE (NE 45th Street to the University Bridge) to improve safety;
  • Building more than 12 miles of neighborhood greenways in Ballard, West Seattle, the Central Area and Southeast Seattle;
  • Beginning construction on the Westlake Cycle Track to create a safer, more comfortable and more predictable corridor for drivers, walkers and bicyclists;
  • Installing 225 bike racks and 15 on-street bike corrals; and
  • Creating 25 miles of bike route wayfinding signs throughout the city.
  • “I encourage the public to share their thoughts on the plan with the City Council by emailing us at council@seattle.gov,” said Councilmember Tom Rasmussen, chair of the Transportation Committee.

    Funding for the project will come from several sources including Bridging the Gap supported BMP implementation and corridor projects, and state and federal grants.

    The Seattle Bicycle Advisory Board also provided important feedback during the development of the implementation plan and SDOT will be providing regular progress reports to the board and to the Seattle City Council.

    “The Bike Master Plan provides us the blueprint and now it’s time to implement,” said SDOT Director Scott Kubly. “

    Additional information about the projects, to include maps of project locations, can be found here:  http://tiny.cc/lffwnx.

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Lion gives birth to three cubs at Woodland Park Zoo

October 27th, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

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The lion family at Woodland Park Zoo gained three brand new members on Friday. Three male cubs were born to 5-year-old mother Adia and 7-year-old father Xerxes.

The cubs are the first to be born since Adia gave birth to four cubs with a different male in 2012.

Zookeepers are keeping the cubs in an off-view maternity den where the new family can bond in peace and quiet. Before the cubs were reunited with their mom, the animal health team performed a quick health assessment and confirmed that the cubs were all male. Xerxes remains separated from his cubs and Adia for the time being.

Zookeepers will continue to monitor the new family 24 hours a day and, according to Woodland Park Zoo’s mammal curator Martin Ramirez, mom and her cubs are bonding and nursing well. Check out the video from the maternity den below:

“Animal management staff are closely monitoring the litter via an internal cam to ensure the mom is providing good maternal care and the cubs are properly nursing. The mom and cubs will remain off public view until they are a bit older and demonstrate solid mobility skills. In addition, outdoor temperatures need to be a minimum of 50 degrees,” said Ramirez.

When they are born lion cubs typically weigh about 3 pounds and are born with their eyes closed. The cubs will open their eyes within a week or two after birth.

To ensure that the cubs are in good health, zoo veterinarians will be performing health checks on the cubs every couple of weeks for weight monitoring, vaccinations, and critical blood and fecal sampling.

The cub’s parents travelled far to join the Woodland Park Zoo family and were specifically paired together. Xerxes arrived in spring from El Paso Zoo in Texas to be paired with Adia under a breeding recommendation by the SSP for African lions. Adia came to Woodland Park in 2010 from Columbus Zoo and Aquarium in Ohio.

Xerxes arrived in the spring from El Paso Zoo to be paired with Adia under a breeding recommendation by the SSP for African lions. Adia arrived in 2010 from Columbus Zoo and Aquarium in Ohio.

SSPs is a complex system that matches animals in North American zoos based on genetic diversity and demographic stability. Pairings also take into consideration the behavior and personality of the animals.

The lions at Woodland Park Zoo belong to the South African subspecies, Panthera leo krugeri, which are native to the area between Southern Sahara and South Africa.

According to Woodland Park Zoo, the African lion is the only big cat not protected under the Endangered Species Act. It is estimated that only 32,000 African lions remain in the wild and have uncertain futures due to human population growth.

Woodland Park Zoo supports the Ruaha Carnivore Project through the Lion Species Survival Plan Conservation Campaign. To help support the project, adopt a lion through the zoo’s ZooParent Adoption Program.

Photo courtesy of Woodland Park Zoo. Photo credit – Dr. Darin Collins. 

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The week in sports at BHS

October 27th, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

The BHS athletes are competing in a variety of championship games this week. Head out and support them at their games!

Monday, October 27

  • Ultimate: Boys State Quarterfinal at Queen Anne Bowl – 3:30 p.m.
  • Soccer: Girls Varsity vs. Nathan Hale at Ballard High School – 3:30 p.m.
  • Soccer: Girls JV vs. Nathan Hale at Adams #2 – 3:30 p.m.

Tuesday, October 28

  •  Volleyball: Varsity Metro Championship vs. Franklin High School at Ballard High School – 5:45 p.m.

Thursday, October 29

  • Cross Country: Varsity and JV District Championship vs. TBD at Lower Woodland Field 1 – 2 p.m.
  • Soccer: Girls Varsity Metro Playoffs vs. West Seattle at Ballard High School – 3:30 p.m.
  • Volleyball: Metro Championship vs. TBS at Ballard High School – 7 p.m.
  • Football: Metro Championship vs. O’Dea at Memorial Stadium – 7 p.m.

Friday, October 30

  • Swimming: Girls Varsity and JV Metro Prelims – Time and Location TBD

Saturday, October 31

  • Swimming: Girls Varsity and JV Metro Prelims – Time and Location TBD
  • Football: Boys C Frosh Game vs. West Seattle at Hiawatha – 10 a.m.

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Scooter found in Ballard

October 27th, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

My Ballard reader Cari emailed in to let us know that a motorized scooter was dumped on the grass outside her home on 24th Ave NW near the Kadampa Meditation Center (6556 24th Ave NW).

Cari found the scooter early on Saturday morning. “I’m guessing someone stole it and dumped it,” says Cari.

Anyone who is missing a scooter can email Cari at  caribusch@hotmail.com with a description to be reunited with it.

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Crown Hill residents oppose row house development

October 27th, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

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Crown Hill resident Lesley emailed the My Ballard team to inform us about a group of Crown Hill residents who are fighting to oppose a new development at 8358 19th Ave NW.

Developers from Tacoma, submitted plans to tear down the existing single-family home and subdivide its 4,000 square-foot lot to accommodate four new structures on September 29, 2014.  According to Lesley, the developer is requesting variances to the current zoning for structure height and coverage to build the project.

Local residents are concerned about the development, in Lesley’s words, “as it would destroy the look and feel of this nearly hundred-year old neighborhood.”

“If approved, residents worry that it would open the way for developers to build more like projects throughout Ballard. 8358 19th Ave NW lies outside of the Crown Hill Urban Development Zone,” says Lesley.

Residents believe (per the submitted plans) that the proposed development appears to have inadequate access for pedestrians, vehicles, utilities and fire protection as provided in Section 23.53.005, Access to Lots, and Section 23.53.006, Pedestrian Access and Circulation. The plans also show only two parking spots for entire project, which Lesley says would exacerbate the existing street parking problems.

“Building the project would also involve tearing down six mature trees and concreting over the lot’s green space. Reducing green space runs contrary to the City’s push to create better drainage and to control storm runoff,” says Lesley.

If you are interested in submitting comments about this project, email them to PRC@seattle.gov and reference project 3018366.

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