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What’s on this weekend

April 18th, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

Easter weekend is here! Enjoy it in Ballard at some of these fantastic events.

Friday, April 18:

  • Drink Like a Viking Aquavit Release Party at the Swedish Club (1920 Dexter Ave N) from 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. Join the Old Ballard Liquor Co. for the release of their seasonal spring Aquavit. Admission is free, the band is live, bar snacks and cocktails are discounted and formal dinner is available for purchase.
  • Ballard Jazz Festival’s  The Ballard Jazz Walk starts at New York Fashion Academy (5201 Ballard Ave NW) at 7 p.m. Tickets: $30, $26 online advance.
  • Comedy Sportz Seattle Show at new venue Atlas Theatre (3509 Fremont Ave N) at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. Click here for more details and to buy tickets.
  • Vona Launch Party at the Seattle Creative Arts Center (2601 NW Market St) from 8 p.m. Live music by the Fabulous Party Boys, 2 free drinks from Reuben’s Brews of Ballard, open mic, karaoke, and appetizers. Event is free. Click here for more details.

Saturday, April 19:

  • Easter Egg Hunts in and around Ballard organized by Seattle Parks and Recreation. Events are low cost or free and all are welcome. Click here for more details.
  • East Ballard Community Association Clean Up a Street Day. Meet at 10 a.m. at Blowing Sands Glass (5805 14th Ave NW). Meet up with the EBCA a over coffee and breakfast snack . Help tidy up 14th Ave NW and care for the planters. Stay and have lunch donated by Ballard Market. Come dressed for the weather.
  • Sweet Mickey’s Annual Egg Hunt at Ballard Commons Park (5701 22nd Ave NW) from 11 a.m. All are welcome and the event is free.
  • Ballard Jazz Festival’s  Swedish Pancake Jazz Brunch (All Ages) at The Nordic Heritage Museum (3014 NW 67th St) from 11 a.m. – 1 :30 p.m. Tickets: $15, $12 online advance.
  • Chickens in the Garden Kids’ Seminar at Swanson’s Nursery (9710 15th Ave NW) from 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. Bring the kids in for this fun, informative session with local horticulturalist and urban farmer, Ingela Wanerstrand. You will meet Ingela’s (very friendly) hen and some cute chicks while learning about how helpful chickens can be in your own garden. Cost is free.
  • Starting Your Veggie Garden with Rolf and Aimee at 9701 15th Ave NW at 3 p.m. Do you want to start a vegetable garden? Have a million questions? Then join us for this seminar for beginning gardeners. Bring your questions and your enthusiasm!
  • The Ballard Jazz Festival’s Mainstage Concert (All Ages) at The Nordic Heritage Museum (3014 NW 67th St) from 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $18-55, $15-$50 online advance.
  • Comedy Sportz Seattle Show at new venue Atlas Theatre (3509 Fremont Ave N) at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. Click here for more details and to buy tickets.

Sunday, April 20:

  • Ballard Farmers Markets along Ballard Ave from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Click here to see this week’s specials.
  • Easter Sunday at Vona Church (2601 NW Market St) from 10 a.m. Please join us on Easter Sunday for the launch of a brand new church in the Ballard neighborhood! Click here for more details.
  • Easter Egg Hunt at Salmon Bay Park (2001 NW Canoe Pl) from 1 p.m. The Salmon Bay Eagles Club is proud to sponsor this annual event for over 50 years. Bring all the kids you know for the fun. Age groups are 6 and under and 7 to 12. There will be prizes, candy, and even money prizes.

Do you know of an event happening this weekend or in future in our neighborhood?

You can submit it to our events calendar here on MyBallard.com, or email the information to tips@myballard.com to ensure we include it in our weekly weekend roundup.

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Double rainbow takes over sky in Ballard

April 18th, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

On Thursday evening, a spectacular double rainbow could be seen from various angles all over Ballard. Some My Ballard readers emailed in their shots for everyone to enjoy! Check them out below:

The below photo was emailed in by Jonathan Perrino. It was taken from NW 73rd St and 17th Ave NW at 7:35 p.m. on Thursday.

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Lori Snider sent in the below photo of the rainbow over Salmon Bay joining Ballard and Magnolia.

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Joanne Woiak sent in the below photo of the rainbow as viewed from NW Market St.

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Lars Phillips took the below photo of the rainbow as viewed above Matthew’s Beach.

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Thanks to the above readers who emailed in their amazing photos.

Have you got an amazing shot of the rainbows in Ballard? Email them to us at tips@myballard.com and we’ll feature them on our Facebook page.

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Celebrate April Pool’s Day in Ballard this weekend

April 18th, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

Seattle Parks and Recreation will join other public and private aquatic facilities throughout Washington to celebrate the 21st Annual April Pools Day this weekend.

More than 25 facilities throughout the state are working together to help families prepare for a safe summer by hosting free events that offer water safety tips and activities.

Locals of all ages are welcome to attend and will have the opportunity to learn hands-on water safety in and out of the water.  Activities will include practicing wearing and using life jackets, learning about hypothermia, taking a boat ride, practicing reaching and throwing rescues and CPR.

Participants can also enter a drawing for a free life jacket and other prizes.

Our local event will be held this Saturday, April 19, from 12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. at Ballard Pool (1471 NW 67th St). The event is free and all are welcome to attend. 

Click here to find out more information. 

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Stoneburner and Bastille to source local produce from Blue Tractor Farm

April 18th, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

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Chef Jason Stoneburner and the teams at Stoneburner and Bastille are excited to announce the opening of Blue Tractor Farm. The farm comprises of an acre of growing space in Redmond that is set to be mainained by Seattle Urban Farm Company, the organization that maintains the current rooftop garden at Bastille. 

The plots at Blue Tractor were specifically tailored to provide produce that aligns with the flavors of each restaurant. Stoneburner’s section features varieties from the Mediterranean and Bastille’s plot comprises of traditional French plantings.

Seattle Urban Farm Company will be overseeing the farm and chefs from both Bastille and Stoneburner will be heavily involved with seed ideas and harvesting as the season progresses.

“Growing our own produce will grant us a unique kind of creative control in the kitchen,” says chef Stoneburner. “We’ll be able to get more of the obscure varieties that it can be hard to source but wonderful to cook with.”

Bastille, with management from Seattle Urban Farm Company, has been growing lettuce and herbs in their rooftop garden beds since 2009. The creation of the new farm space will add significant growing space to that already available in the rooftop garden.

After the crops are harvested from Blue Tractor, Chef Stoneburner is excited to report that a majority of the produce used at both restaurants will be locally sourced

The first seeds were planted early this month by Colin McCrate and the team at Seattle Urban Farm Company. The produce, which includes rose radishes, purple cauliflowers, golden beets and much more, will be hitting diners plates after the harvest next month.

Photo courtesy of Bastille. 

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Hunt for eggs tomorrow in Ballard

April 18th, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

Seattle Parks and Recreation have organized free and low-cost spring bunny and egg hunt activities this Saturday, April 19, in and around Ballard.

Check out the events below:

Spring Egg Hunts

  • Ballard Community Center (6020 28th Ave NW) at 10 a.m., Ages 2-10
  • Loyal Heights Community Center (2101 NW 77th St) at 10 a.m., Ages- 2-10
  • Magnolia Community Center (2550 34th Ave W) at 10 a.m., Ages- 2-10
  • Bitter Lake Annex (13035 Linden Ave N) at 10 a.m., Ages- 2-10

Click here to find out more information about tomorrow’s events.

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Throwback Thursday: Ballard schools in times gone by

April 17th, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

It’s that time of the week where we take a look back at the Ballard of yesteryear.

This week we are featuring some photos and stories from Ballard schools back in the day.

The black and white photo below students outside Ballard High School in 1890.

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The black and white photo below features the graduating class of Ballard High School from 1903. Students identified on back of photo are Will Maxwell, Tom Donald, John McCracken, Ida Kath, Josephine Josephson and Ethel Armstrong. Wonder if they had a year book?

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The black and white photo below was taken in 1920 and shows the Whittier baseball team.

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The black and white photo below was taken in 1900 and shows over 50 students outside Salmon Bay School.

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The below black and white photo from 1972 was an original press photo taken at Crown Hill Elementary. “The photo features Jeff Carr, 8, a second-grader diving over the high-jump bar in the Crown Hill Elementary Junior Olympics,” writes My Ballard reader Kris Brunlow.

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Do you have an historical photo or a story that readers would enjoy hearing about? Email us at tips@myballard.com with Throwback Thursday in the subject line.

Photos and information courtesy of Ballard Historical SocietyPhoto from Crown Hill Elementary courtesy of Kris Brunlow. 

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Development Update April 17: Subdivisions galore

April 17th, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

Applications for developments in Ballard have been coming in fast this week to the Department of Planning and Development (DPD).

Check out the most recent applications and decisions from the DPD as posted in the Land Use Information Bulletin.

Applications:

1763 NW 63rd St

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A Land Use Application has been submitted to subdivide the site into two unit lots. This subdivision of property is only for the purpose of allowing sale or lease of the unit lots.  Development standards will be applied to the original parcel and not to each of the new unit lots.

2038 NW 62nd St

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A Land Use Application has been submitted to subdivide the site into three unit lots. This subdivision of property is only for the purpose of allowing sale or lease of the unit lots.  Development standards will be applied to the original parcel and not to each of the new unit lots.

Decisions:

1741 NW 60th St

A Land Use Application has been approved to subdivide one development site into two unit lots. The construction of residential units has been approved under Project #6358559. This subdivision of property is only for the purpose of allowing sale or lease of the unit lots. Development standards will be applied to the original parcel and not to each of the new unit lots. Appeals of the decision must be received by the Hearing Examiner no later than May 1, 2014.

1743 NW 60th St 

A Land Use Application has been approved to subdivide one development site into two unit lots. The construction of residential units has been approved under Project #6358560. This subdivision of property is only for the purpose of allowing sale or lease of the unit lots. Development standards will be applied to the original parcel and not to each of the new unit lots. Appeals of the decision must be received by the Hearing Examiner no later than May 1, 2014.

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Ballard Market donates percentage of sales to Sustainable Ballard

April 17th, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

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Locals who shop at Ballard Market (1400 NW 56th St) can assist in raising funds for local organization Sustainable Ballard.

As a non-profit organization registered with Ballard Market, Sustainable Ballard receives a donation of 1% of pre-tax subtotals from receipts locals send in.

After shopping at Ballard Market, bring your receipts to any Sustainable Ballard meeting or mail them to the address below:

Sustainable Ballard
2442 Market St PMB 286
Seattle, WA, 98107

To find out more about the work of Sustainable Ballard click here.

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Man dies after possible medical issue causes single vehicle collision in Ballard

April 17th, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

A 62-year-old man died yesterday after his car mounted the curb and struck a telephone pole on 8th Ave NW. Check out more from the SPD Blotter below:

A man died yesterday following a single vehicle collision in North Seattle. On April 16, 2014 at approximately 2:30 p.m., a silver 2004 Honda Odyssey was travelling south on 8 Ave NW approaching NW 65th St.

For unknown reasons, the vehicle jumped the west curb, drove over the raised, planted median and travelled south in the northbound lane. The vehicle ultimately struck a telephone pole, disabling the vehicle and causing moderate front end damage.

The first arriving SPD officers on scene performed CPR on the unresponsive 62 year-old male driver (sole occupant) of the Honda; SFD took over lifesaving efforts when they arrived. The male was transported to NW Hospital via Medics and was pronounced deceased very shortly after arriving at the hospital.

It is believed, but not yet been verified that the male suffered a medical episode prior to the collision.

The investigation continues.

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84-year-old man assaulted during home invasion robbery near Carkeek Park

April 16th, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

Two suspects remain at large after robbing and assaulting an 84-year-old man while he was asleep at his home near Carkeek Park. Read more from the SPD Blotter below:

On April 15th at approximately 11:42 p.m. officers responded to 911 calls of a home invasion robbery at a residence in the 700 block of NW 120th Street. Preliminary investigation indicates that two male suspects both wearing dark-colored ski masks forced entry into the home through a back door. The two victims, an 84-year-old man and a 51-year-old woman, were in bed sleeping.

Suspect #1 confronted the male victim (the homeowner), pointed a gun at him and demanded money. The male victim subsequently got into a physical altercation with the gun-wielding suspect. During the altercation the victim fell down and was kicked by the suspect.

The suspects stole the man’s Rolex watch and a diamond ring. They also grabbed the female victim’s purse before running out the front door of the house and fleeing the scene on foot.

Officers conducted an area search for the suspects with the assistance of a canine unit. The canine unit recovered some items about one block west of the victim’s house that are believed to have come from the victim’s purse. The suspects however, remain at large.

The only suspect descriptions that are available at this time are two black males in their 20′s both wearing dark-colored masks. Suspect #1 was last seen wearing a white t-shirt and blue jeans and was armed with a black handgun. Suspect #2 was last seen wearing a dark jacket and blue jeans.

Fire department medics responded to the scene and evaluated the victim, who had no visible injuries and did not require transport.

This same man was the victim of a home-invasion robbery in February of 2013. Robbery detectives responded to the scene and continue to actively investigate.

Anyone with information about this incident or who may know the identities or whereabouts of the suspects is asked to call 911 or the Seattle Police Robbery Unit at 206-684-5535 and refer to this incident.

Anonymous tips are welcome.

This remains an active and on-going robbery investigation.

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Ballard Jazz Festival kicks off tonight

April 16th, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

ballard jazzThe 12th annual Ballard Jazz Festival is set to kick off tonight and continue through until April, 19. The festival will feature a wide variety of modern American music at clubs, bars, shops, and at the Nordic Heritage Museum.

The four day festival has grown into a significant part of the Northwest’s jazz and live music scene featuring many well-known local and international musicians. Saxophonist Sonny Fortune and jazz pianist Chano Dominguez are this year’s headline acts.

Check out the list of festival highlights below:

Wednesday, April 16:

  • Brotherhood of the Drum (21+) at Conor Byrne Pub (5140 Ballard Ave NW) from 8 p.m. Tickets: $15 (available at the door).

Thursday, April 17:

Friday, April 18:

Saturday, April 19:

Click here to check out the complete festival schedule.

Tickets to both individual events and festival passes are available online. Ticket costs vary for each individual show and festival passes are available for $100.

Photo courtesy of Ballard Jazz Festival.

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Local home owners to pay King County property taxes by April 30

April 16th, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

Ballard property owners have until Wednesday, April 30 to pay the first half of their 2014 property taxes. After April 30, interest charges and penalties will be added to the tax bill.

To make the process easier, King County provides several ways for property owners to pay their taxes quickly and conveniently.

Check out the options to pay your property taxes below:

  1. By mail if postmarked no later than April 30, 2014. Taxpayers should include their tax statement and write the property tax account number on their check or money order. Cash should not be sent through the mail.
  1. Online using King County’s convenient, secure online eTax application. Taxpayers may pay accounts with a credit card or an electronic debit from a checking account.
  1. In person at Treasury Operations (Suite 600 of the King County Administration Building, 500 4th Ave, Seattle) Hours Monday through Friday are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. On Wednesday, April 30, Treasury Operations will be open until 5 p.m.
  1. At King County Community Service Centers if paid by check for the exact amount due. Taxpayers can find the address, phone number, and operating hours of the closest center here.

The online option provides immediate payment confirmation for current year or delinquent year(s) property tax bills. To pay online or view property tax information, click here.

For questions about missing tax statements or other tax payment information, contact King County Treasury Operations through their website  or call (206) 296-0923.

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