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What’s on this weekend

May 27th, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

Enjoy Memorial Day weekend in Ballard at these great events!

FRIDAY, May 27

  • Live Music
    • Jazz at Egan’s Ballard Jam House (1707 NW Market St).
      • 7 p.m. Tyrant Lizard – $5 cover.
      • 9 p.m. Ashleigh Flynn and Kathryn Claire – $15 cover
    • The Barn Owls at Peddler Brewing Co. (1514 NW Leary Way) from 7:30 p.m. – 10 p.m. No cover, all ages.
    • Local Country- Aaron Crawford with Jessica Lynne+Highway 9 at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW) at 9 p.m. Tickets $12.
    • Youth Code, youryoungbody and Dirty Dirty at Sunset Tavern (5433 Ballard Ave NW) 9 p.m. Tickets $14.


  • Medicare Made Clear Workshop at Greenwood Library (8016 Greenwood Ave. N.) from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Live Music
    • Sunshine Electropop: Fine Prince with The West & Fey Moth at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW) at 9 p.m. Tickets $8.
    • Ole Tinder, Denver, Lowman Palace and Stella at Sunset Tavern (5433 Ballard Ave NW) 9 p.m. Tickets $8.
    • Jazz at Egan’s Ballard Jam House (1707 NW Market St).
      • 7 p.m. Dorothy Rodes

SUNDAY, May 29

  • Ballard Farmer’s Market along Ballard Ave from 10 a.m.- 3 p.m.
  • Live Music
    • Open mic at Conor Byrne Pub (5140 Ballard Ave NW) sign-up at 7:30 p.m.
    • The Wind And The Wave Silver Torches (Solo)at the Sunset Tavern (5433 Ballard Ave NW) at 7:30 p.m. Tickets $8.
    • Folkicana – The Stray Birds with Evie Ladin (partially seated) at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW) at 8 p.m. Tickets $15.

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ST3 Plan Update: Ballard may receive grade separated light rail…in 19 years

May 27th, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin


Sound Transit released changes to the ST3 Draft Plan yesterday, which includes some updates on the Ballard transit plans.

After listening to feedback from about 35,000 surveys, updates were made which includes Ballard receiving light rail three years sooner in 2035 as opposed to 2038.

In addition to the updated time frame the updated ST3 plan for Ballard, while sticking to the 15th Ave W route through Interbay, will include grade separated light rail.

Sound Transit CEO Peter Rogoff confirms that it might be possible to speed up the timeline even more with a series of process changes which include favoring a design/build contract instead of a design/bid/build contract, having senior staff meet with stakeholders first to address concerns upfront, and finally, having local municipalities make zoning changes to allow light rail sooner.

To deliver the light rail options in the tighter time frame, Sound Transit believes that the overall cost of the project will increase by $4 billion.

The proposed updated projects and timelines are scheduled to be voted on by the Sound Transit Board at a special meeting on June 2. The completed language of the plan is scheduled for final adoption on June 23 to meet November ballot submission deadlines.

If approved, the project is estimated to add $400 a year in taxes for a typical household, Sound Transit says.

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Funding available to support Seattle Night Out activities

May 27th, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

Do you want to host an event in our neighborhood during the 32nd Annual Night Out Against Crime on August 2?

Seattle Department of Neighborhoods’ Small Sparks Fund is offering matching dollars to support neighborhood-initiated projects that promote community engagement.

Night Out is a national Crime Prevention event that is designed to heighten crime prevention awareness, increase neighborhood support in anti-crime efforts, and unite communities.

Community groups can request up to $1000 to help fund Night Out planning efforts and activities such as outreach efforts, educational fairs, bike parades, and neighborhood cleanups, to name a few.

The deadline for applications is Friday, July 1, at 5 p.m., but you first must register online to apply.

Click here to check out more information about the application process or call (206) 733-9916.

The Small Sparks Fund is open to applications year-round.

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Bookmobile to visit Ballard Library today

May 27th, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

Feeling the effects of the Ballard Library closure?

Head to the Library between 12 p.m. – 3 p.m. today, visit the book mobile and check out a book!

The My Ballard team will continue to keep you up to date about future Bookmobile visits.

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Seattle City Light seeks feedback on strategic plan

May 26th, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

Seattle City Light is seeking feedback on it’s Strategic Plan, their progress report on the future of local electric service.

The plan reflects the utility’s current conditions, incorporates necessary adjustments and highlights the utility’s progress. Every two years, City Light revisits and updates the plan.

The Strategic Plan’s foundation remains unchanged for the 2016 update in order to maintain current levels of service while planning for a challenging future.

“The plan includes a range of initiatives and investments to improve our performance and provide rate reliability and predictability some of which are already well underway,” says Seattle City Light General Manager and CEO Larry Weis.

City Light is striving to build community engagement and is encouraging locals to check out the Strategic Plan website and complete a short survey.

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Ballard Film Festival set for next month

May 26th, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

The talented students in the Ballard High School Digital Filmmaking Program will showcase their works in The Ballard Film Festival (BFF) next month.

The event will be held on Friday, June 3, and Saturday, June 11, at 7 p.m. in the Ballard High School auditorium (1418 NW 65th St).

The screening will feature short comedies and dramas, advertisements, documentaries, news features, and a music video.  Tickets ($10 for adults and $5 for students) will be sold at the door.

Films that first screen at the BFF routinely win honors at prestigious national and international film festivals and awards from the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

Six of the productions to be screened this spring have already been nominated for High School Awards of Excellence.  The envelopes will be opened, and the winners announced, at the Northwest Emmy Awards on June 4.

The BFF will also be the Ballard premiere of Voices, a music video that was an Official Selection of the National Film Festival for Talented Youth and the CineYouth Film Festival (a program of the Chicago International Film Festival).  In addition, on June 3, C-SPAN will be present to present Leo Pfeifer with 2nd Prize in their StudentCam Competition, and filmmaker Ward Serrill will be speaking on June 11.

Funds raised from the event will benefit students in the Digital Filmmaking Program. Students in the program regularly travel to Los Angeles to tour college schools of film and television, visit program alumni enrolled in these colleges or working in the industry, and meet with film and television professionals. Ticket sales and donations will make these trips possible for all accepted students and also provide additional production equipment.

Tickets will be available at the door and will cost $10 for adults and $5 for students.

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Rodeo Donut partners with WeFunder to expand business

May 26th, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin


Local pop-up Rodeo Donut has partnered with to expand their menu and grow their business.

“Our future plans include our Brioche Donuts partnered up with Fresh Fried Chicken and strong Whiskey drinks, all this goodness being served to you at its very own location! But, we need your help,” says the team from Rodeo Donut.

The cowgirls of Rodeo were picked out of 100 companies nationwide to be featured on, a San Francisco based company that played a huge part in writing the JOBS Act right alongside President Obama.

“They have made it possible for everyday people like you to be able invest in the startups they love,” says the Rodeo Donut team.

Prior to the JOBS Act, only accredited investors were able to invest in small business/startups.  These people earned over $200,000 per year or net worth of 1 million. The JOBS Act allows everyday people to invest in startups and small businesses they love to help support them into the next phase of growth.

Rodeo and WeFunder believe communities, families, customers and friends should all be allowed to participate in helping entrepreneurs grow their businesses.

WeFunder is crafting Rodeo’s fundraising presentations and will launch them across America, equipped with a full-production feature video.  All 20 companies can raise up to $1 million online after May 16th.

“Have you ever dreamed of owning a bakery, restaurant, or rodeo?  Here’s your shot: you can invest as little as $100 and get involved!  Starting at $500 you get perks, like FREE Donuts for a year — no joke,” says the Rodeo Team.

Click here to learn more about the crowd sourcing campaign.

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Aysu Skincare now open on Ballard Ave

May 25th, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

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Aysu Skincare is now open at 5227 Ballard Ave NW#3 (right above Rudy’s Barbershop).

The new spot is owned by Licensed Esthetician Josie Baltan who graduated from the Euro Institute of Skincare in 2015.

“My objective with every treatment is to create a relaxing environment that is focused on meeting the needs of my clientele, so they may leave with a better sense of confidence and rejuvenation,” says Baltan.

Aysu Skincare is offering a number of treatements including facials, back facials, sugaring, brow waxing and tinting.

Baltan is proud to offer Sugar of the Nile, Dr. Spiller, DermaSource Clinicals, and Vera Botania product lines. DermaSource and Vera Botania (organic all natural line) are developed here in Western Washington.

“I love my job, and feel blessed that I am able to do something that I enjoy, while helping people feel good about themselves,” says Baltan.

Call (510) 717-1759 to find out more or make an appointment.

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Proposed bill released to encourage construction of Backyard Cottages

May 25th, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

Last week, Councilmember Mike O’Brien released a proposal that would make it easier for more homeowners to build backyard cottages and mother-in-law units in Seattle.

According to O’Brien, as of December 2015, 221 backyard cottages had been constructed or permitted in Seattle since Council authorized their use in 2009, despite approximately 75,000 single-family lots that are eligible to build one.

Backyard cottages, also called detached accessory dwelling units (DADUs), are separate living spaces on the same property as an existing single-family house. Mother-in-law units, also referred to as accessory dwelling units (ADUs), are separate living units generally located within a single-family house. Both are currently allowed in single-family zones.

Councilmember O’Brien heard feedback that current regulations put significant burdens on homeowners deciding to build backyard cottages or mother-in-law units.

The proposed bill makes a series of changes to the existing backyard cottage and mother-in-law unit building code, including:

  • Allowing both a backyard cottage and mother-in-law unit on the same lot, which provides additional housing options while maintaining the character and appearance of the property.
  • Increasing the height limit for backyard cottages by 1-2 feet, depending on lot width, which would allow enough livable space to make two-bedroom units more feasible. Setback requirements from property edges would not change.
  • Removing the requirement for owners to include an off-street parking space for backyard cottages or mother-in-law unit. Currently, this requirement often requires removal of green space on the property. Feedback found the parking requirement was prohibitive in creating new backyard cottages, as additional parking spaces were either unnecessary or unable to fit on the lot. For single-family lots outside urban villages or urban centers, the one required off-street parking space for a single-family house requirement will still apply.
  • If a backyard cottage is only one-story, its floor area may cover up to 60% of the rear yard (currently 40%), creating a large enough livable space for those unable to use stairs. Existing setback requirements from the lot edge would not change.
  • Requiring that the property owner live on-site for at least one year after a backyard cottage or mother-in-law unit is created, rather than the current requirement that the owner live on-site at least 6 months out of every year in perpetuity. The requirement prevents speculative developers from acquiring property and building backyard cottages that don’t fit the character of the neighborhood, while allowing the owner future flexibility for those who don’t want, or are unable to continue living on-site.
  • Allowing backyard cottages on lots 3,200 square feet or greater in area (currently 4,000 square feet), which would make approximately 7,300 additional parcels eligible to provide this additional housing option.
  • Increasing the maximum gross floor area of a backyard cottage to 1,000 square feet (currently 800 square feet), which would provide more livable area and increase the likelihood of two-bedroom backyard cottages to better serve families with children.
  • If a backyard cottage is built above a garage, the garage square footage will no longer count toward the maximum floor area, which often results in an unreasonably small living space.
  • Additional changes can be found here.

“By expanding the availability of backyard cottages and mother-in-law units, someone might be able move to a neighborhood they otherwise couldn’t afford while helping a homeowner who needs an extra source of income to afford to stay where they are.  It’s a win-win,” says Councilmember O’Brien.

The legislation was developed utilizing feedback from neighborhood community meetings, from architects, and from current backyard cottage owners. A summary of the public feedback is available online. The Office of Planning & Community Development, also conducted an analysis of current backyard cottages in Seattle and a review of peer cities’ backyard cottage model.

“After reading the new proposed changes for backyard cottages, there are definitely some new rules which would have greatly benefited this particular project,” says Janice Reebs, a backyard cottage owner in the Sunset Hill neighborhood.

The SEPA environmental determination on the draft proposal was published May 19, 2016. Comments may be submitted through June 2, 2016.

The proposal is scheduled for consideration in the Council’s Planning, Land Use & Zoning Committee in July.

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Camry stolen from 14th and 57th

May 25th, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

A My Ballard reader emailed in to report a car theft of a silver Toyota Camry from the corner of 14th Ave NW and NW 57th St.

The car was stolen on the morning of May 2 and the owners are asking locals to keep a lookout for it in the neighborhood.

“We’ve called the Police and Filed Report already, but wanted to put the word out in case one of our neighbors may have seen my girlfriend’s car in one of those spots that the police rarely check,” says Justin.

The Camry was a four door model with paint fading on the hood and trunk and blue Tweed fabric seats. The car has Oregon Plates, a pealing Southern University parking sticker on the back window and is missing one hub cap

If you have seen the car email us at

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Nearby News: Wallingford bank robber arrested after leaving pants behind

May 25th, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

SPD officers were able to track down a bank robber in Wallingford last week after he left a key piece of evidence behind.

Read the full post from the SPD Blotter below:

On May 14th, the suspect walked into a bank in the 4500 block of Stone Way and passed note, demanding cash from a teller. Police arrived shortly after the robbery and searched the neighborhood but weren’t immediately able to find the man.

About an hour after the robbery, a Wallingford resident contacted police and reported that a suspicious man had been pacing back and forth behind an apartment building in the area for the last hour.

The man was gone when police arrived at the building, but officers found a pair of pants at the scene, matching those worn by the bank robber. Inside the pants, police found a wallet and an ID card for a man, who bore an uncanny resemblance to the bank robber captured on surveillance cameras hours earlier.

After searching for the man for several days, robbery detectives found him in White Center and booked him into the King County Jail for investigation of robbery.

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Seattle Parks to open some spray parks, beaches this Saturday

May 24th, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

We are fast approaching summer and Seattle Parks has a variety of options to keep us cool including beaches, wading pools, water spray features, and outdoor pools.

Some of these locations will be opening this Saturday, May 28, and will stay open through September.

Here are a few cool off options close to Ballard:

  • Spray Parks
    • Ballard Commons (5701 22nd Ave NW) open 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. from May 28 through September 5
  • Life guarded Beaches
    • East Green Lake (7201 E Green Lake Dr N) open noon to 7 p.m. weekdays and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturdays and Sunday. (Note: hours from May 28 through June 24 are 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays)
  • Wading Pools
    • Green Lake (N 73rd St and E Green Lake Dr N) open 11 a.m. – 8 p.m daily from June 25 through September 5
    • Soundview (1590 NW 90th St) open noon – 7 p.m. Saturdays through Mondays from June 27 through September 21
    • Wallingford (4219 Wallingford Ave N) open noon – 7 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays from June 29 through September 19

Wading pools are open on days with sunny skies and warm temperatures. Call the hotline at (206) 684-7796 by 9 a.m. each day to find out whether pools will be filled. All spray features are open from May 28 to Sept. 5.

Click here to check out the Seattle Parks Summer Family Fun Guide which includes locations and opening times of Seattle Parks’ cool down options all over Seattle.

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