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Ballard’s Labor Day Round Up

September 1st, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

Check out what’s happening in our ‘hood today in our Labor Day round up:

What’s On:

  • Li’l Woody’s will be giving away free hamburgers between 2 and 5 p.m. at their Capitol Hill and Ballard (2040 NW Market Street) locations. Limit one per customer.
  • Goodwill is hosting its annual Labor Day sale. Blue tagged items are 99 cents, while all green and pink tagged items are 40 percent off. Doors open at 8 a.m. at all locations, including their Ballard store (6400 8th Ave. NW).

What’s Open:

  • Safeway (1423 NW Market St) is open 24 hours.
  • Ballard Market (1400 NW 56th St) is open 24 hours.
  • QFC (5700 24th Ave NW) is open 24 hours.
  • The Old Pequliar Pub (1722 NW Market St) will be open from 12 noon – 2 a.m.
  • Hattie’s Hat (5231 Ballard Ave NW) is open all day from 10 a.m. – 2 a.m.
  • Stoup Brewing (1108 NW 52nd St) is open from 1 p.m. – 6 p.m. Locals are welcome to bring their own food.
  • Fair Trade Winds (5329 Ballard Ave) is open until 7 p.m.
  • Kangaroo and Kiwi Pub (2026 NW Market St) will be open late and will be serving brunch until 3 p.m.

What’s closed:

Things to remember:

Do you know of any other events or information for Memorial Day in Ballard? Email us at tips@myballard.com and we will add the information to our post.

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Normal garbage pick-up scheduled for Labor Day

September 1st, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

While local, state, and federal offices will be closed on Monday, all garbage, food and yard waste, and recycling collections will be on normal schedule in Seattle this Labor Day. As usual, make sure to put out your containers for collection no later than 7 a.m.

SPU says that customers can report a Monday missed garbage, yard waste or recycling collection after 8 a.m. on Tuesday by calling (206) 684-3000 or by visiting their website.

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Sustainable Ballard seeks proposals for community project funding

August 29th, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

By Joe Veyera

Sustainable Ballard is accepting applications through September 5 for small community projects after receiving a $2,600 grant from Waste Management for the “Think Green Challenge.”

Applicants can be individuals, organizations, or groups, and proposals must be for new projects initiated by a Ballard neighbor and benefiting the Ballard community. Applicants can apply for all or part of the grant money.

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Proposals should include a project description (including how the work will be done in the neighborhood), the fund amount requested, a timeline of the project (work should be completed by June 30, 2015, with a start date no sooner than January 1), and your name, phone number, email address and — if applicable — non-profit name and Tax ID number.

You can submit your proposal to Sustainable Ballard’s selection committee by sending an email to info@sustainableballard.org, with winners of the funding announced in October.

For more information, click here.

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Tree management project underway at Carkeek Park

August 29th, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

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By Joe Veyera

Seattle Parks and Recreation has announced tree work in Carkeek Park to reduce hazards for park users and to avoid damage to salmon habitat.

The work, which began on August 20 and will run through the end of September, will consist of the felling of 13 alder trees, with the tree trunks’ lower portions left where practical as wildlife snags.

In and around Venema Creek between Carkeek Park Road and the Salmon Imprint Pond, there’s been a history of alder tree failures, including an incident in spring of this year, when a 24-inch-diameter alder tree fell on and destroyed the bridge adjacent to the pond. Remaining trees in the area are similar to the one that failed, with problems such as leans, trunk decays, and undermined root systems.

As part of the plan created in collaboration with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, hydraulic lifts will be used to remove 12 of the trees in sections, with the remaining one felled from its base. The use of the lift will limit the amount of woody debris entering the stream, and will help protect the tree workers.

Once the project is complete, Seattle Parks and the Green Seattle Partnership will restore the forested area.

For more information on the work, contact Barbara DeCaro, Seattle Parks Resource Conservation Coordinator, at 206.615.1660 or at barbara.decaro@seattle.gov

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What’s on this weekend

August 29th, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

By Joe Veyera

It’s the final weekend of the month, and there’s plenty happening in Ballard this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

Friday, August 29

  • Live Music at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW) at 9:30 p.m. Featuring Southern Culture On the Skids and Johnny 7 and The Black Crabs. Tickets are $18. 21 and over. For more information, click here.
  • Live Music at Conor Byrne Pub (5140 Ballard Ave NW) at 9 p.m. Featuring 1990s cover band Everybody Gets Laid,  Trashcan Wizard, Kevin Hyatt and more. For more information, click here.
  • One Year Anniversary Celebration at Olaf’s (6301 24th Ave NW). Special beers from Georgetown BrewingElysian Brewing and Two Beers Brewing will be on tap, with a raffle with gifts from several local breweries and giveaways for Olaf’s gift certificates good for private parties in the bar’s back room, along with Olaf’s merchandise. For more information, click here.

Saturday, August 30

  • Weekend Brunch at Hilliard’s Beer (1550 NW 49th St) from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Brunch will be provided by The Biscuit Box, with coffee from new Ballard-based pop-up Mmmhmm Coffee. Click here for more details.
  • One Year Anniversary Celebration at Olaf’s (6301 24th Ave NW) beginning at 11 a.m. Featuring a dunk tank, with patrons getting the chance to dunk a bartender with the proceeds going to benefit the Ballard Food Bank. For Saturday afternoon donors, there will be a pig roast and potluck (with attendees asked to bring cash, check or items the food bank needs). For more information, click here.
  • Summer Concerts at the Ballard Locks featuring the Around the Sound Community Band, performing famous marches, along with movie and show tunes. The show starts at 2 p.m. on the Ballard Locks lawn. Click here to see the full summer schedule.
  • Live Music at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW) at 9:30 p.m. Featuring Southern Culture On the Skids and Johnny 7 and The Black Crabs. Tickets are $15. 21 and over. For more information, click here.
  • Live Music at Conor Byrne Pub (5140 Ballard Ave NW) at 9 p.m. Featuring Tugboat Country, Friendly Gomez, and the Tim Dunn Band. For more information, click here.

Sunday, August 31

  • Ballard Farmers Market along Ballard Ave from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Click here to see this week’s specials.
  • Weekend Brunch at Hilliard’s Beer (1550 NW 49th St) from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Brunch will be provided by The Biscuit Box, with coffee from new Ballard-based pop-up Mmmhmm Coffee. Click here for more details.
  • Summer Concerts at the Ballard Locks featuring the Pacific Cascade Big Band, performing jazz music from the Swing Era from the early 1930s to 1950s. The show starts at 2 p.m. on the Ballard Locks lawn. Click here to see the full summer schedule.
  • Live Music at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW) at 9 p.m. Featuring The Deadly GentlemenThe Old-Time Kozmik Trio with Rushad Eggleston, Bruce Molsky, and Darol Anger, and Cahalen Morrison & Eli West. Tickets are $18. 21 and over. For more information, click here.
  • One Year Anniversary Celebration at Olaf’s (6301 24th Ave NW). Special beers from Stoup BrewingReuben’s BrewsNW Peaks BrewerySalish Sea Brewing, and Black Raven Brewing will be on tap, with a raffle with gifts from several local breweries and giveaways for Olaf’s gift certificates good for private parties in the bar’s back room, along with Olaf’s merchandise. For more information, click here.

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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Development Update August 28: Subdivisions galore

August 28th, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

By Joe Veyera

Three subdivision applications in the 6700 block of Mary Avenue Northwest make up this week’s applications from the City of Seattle’s Department of Planning and Development (DPD) as posted in the Land Use Information Bulletin. No other applications, appeals, decisions, or notifications in Ballard were made this week.

Applications:

6701 Mary Ave NW

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A Land Use Application has been submitted to subdivide one development site into two unit lots. The construction of residential units has been approved under Project #6389358. 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.

6705 Mary Ave NW

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A Land Use Application has been submitted to subdivide one development site into two unit lots. The construction of residential units has been approved under Project #6389369. 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.

6709 Mary Ave NW

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A Land Use Application has been submitted to subdivide one development site into two unit lots. The construction of residential units has been approved under Project #6389376. 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.

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The Town Theatre performs “Almost, Maine” in Ballard backyard next Sunday

August 28th, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

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By Joe Veyera

Seattle theatre group The Town Theatre will host an intimate production of “Almost, Maine” in the backyard of a Ballard home on September 7.

For $25, attendees also get to enjoy a catered barbecue by chef Mike Stamey from Wonderlust Catering, with ticketholders invited to bring their own alcohol, blankets, and things to sit on.

Written by John Cariani, “Almost, Maine” is a series of nine, two-character vignettes set in the fictional New England town. As described on the event page:

As the northern lights hover in the star-filled sky above, residents of the fictional town of Almost, Maine find themselves falling in and out of love in unexpected and often hilarious ways. Knees are bruised. Hearts are broken. But the bruises heal, and the hearts mend-almost-in this delightful midwinter night’s dream. Each scene is a different story with quirky, big-hearted characters working their way through the love, big and small, they have found in this small town.

While tickets purchased before the catering cutoff are $25, tickets without the meal will remain available until 30 minutes before the start of the show for $20. The performance is one of five the five-person group — all of whom have extensive backgrounds in theater, both in production and acting roles — is performing around Seattle.

For more information on the performance, or to purchase tickets, click here.

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SDOT seeks comment on proposed parking changes in Ballard

August 28th, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

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By Joe Veyera

Over the past year, the Seattle Department of Transportation has been working in Ballard as part of the Community Access and Parking Program, as they look to make parking in the commercial area more predictable for customers and visitors.

With a draft plan for changes now in place, SDOT wants to hear what residents think of the potential changes.

Currently, SDOT is proposing to add areas of new parking on 17th Avenue Northwest, and to convert 22nd Avenue Northwest between Northwest Market Street and Ballard Ave Northwest into angled parking on the east side. In an effort to increase turnover and support customer and visitor access, paid parking is slated to be added south of Northwest Market Street on Ballard Avenue Northwest, Leary Avenue Northwest, and Russell Avenue Northwest, along with parts of 20th and 22nd Avenues Northwest, and Tallman Avenue Southwest. Finally, time limits between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m are proposed on some blocks in the Ballard core.

Between now and September 30, residents can fill out an online questionnaire at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ballardparking, submit comments via email to BallardParking@seattle.gov, or attend one of two drop-in sessions at the Ballard Neighborhood Services Center Conference Room (5604 22nd Ave NW) — one on September 3 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., the other on September 10 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Stakeholders can also attend one of three meetings where SDOT staff are scheduled to present and take questions:

All comments will be reviewed, with a final parking management plan in place by the end of the year, and implementation in 2015.

For more information on the draft plan, and the proposed parking changes, click here.

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Throwback Thursday: A stroll down Market Street

August 28th, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

By Joe Veyera

Ballard residents know that the makeup of Market Street is always changing, and the lineup of businesses on the stretch is rarely the same from one month to the next. This week’s throwback takes a look at some scenes from Market Street, some of which may look familiar even 100-plus years after the fact.

The black and white photo below, taken in 1904, shows the exterior of the Carnegie Free Public Library. The library was closed in 1963, listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1979, and now houses the Kangaroo & Kiwi.

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The black and white photo below, taken in 1920, shows the Roxy Theatre (now the Majestic Bay), on NW Market Street. The marquee reads, “Walter Huston – Keep Em Rolling & Vodvil”, and $0.15 for a movie. Automobiles are parked on street in front.

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The black and white photo below, taken in 1920, shows Julius Troberg’s home on Market Street, near 15th Avenue Northwest, next to a Seattle City Light substation.

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The black and white photo below, taken in 1924, shows gasoline and service station located at Market Street and Leary Avenue Northwest. The owners were Clarence Hughbanks and Reuben Jasperson.

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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 Society.

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Seattle Public Library announces “Seattle Writes” workshops for the fall

August 27th, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

By Joe Veyera

The Seattle Public Library has announced the expansion of its Seattle Writes program series, and will host over 30 writing workshops across the library system between September 6 and November 30 — including three events at the Ballard branch (5614 22nd Ave NW).

On October 2 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., the branch will host a “Self-Editing Tips for the Self-Publishing Writer” workshop with author and publishing guru, Beth Jusino.

Jusino will return to the Ballard branch on October 16 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., for a “Selling Your Self-Published Book” workshop, to help aspiring writers get their work into the hands of readers.

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Finally, the second of two, “Start Your Novel” workshops offered this fall will be at the Ballard branch on October 29, designed for anyone considering writing a novel during the month of November (National Novel Writing Month) or at their own more leisurely pace.

All workshops are free and open to the public, with registration required for most.

To see the full list of “Seattle Writes” workshops offered by the Seattle Public Library this fall, or to learn more about the programs, click here.

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Water1st hosts fundraiser at Hilliard’s Thursday night

August 27th, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

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By Joe Veyera

The Water1st International Young Professionals Board will host an evening of food, drinks, and football in support of water projects in Ethiopia, Honduras, and Bangladesh this Thursday evening at Hilliard’s Tap Room (1550 NW 49th Street).

Doors open at 6 p.m. for the fundraiser, with attendees encouraged to arrive by 6:45 p.m for a short program from Water1st. The Seahawks preseason game against Oakland will be on the big screen at 7 p.m., with live music at halftime.

Tickets for the event (which can be purchased online or at the door) are $20 per person, and include one free beer pour and one free food ticket. The first 100 people through the door will also receive a free Water1st Beer2nd glass. A raffle for the event boasts a wide range of prizes, including:

Attendees are also asked to consider bringing the contents of their piggy banks and coin jars that are gathering dust, with the hopes of filling a giant jar with pocket change that will also go toward their efforts.

For more information on the event, click here.

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Olaf’s celebrates one year in Ballard this weekend

August 27th, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

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By Joe Veyera

A neighborhood bar is marking one year in Ballard with three days of events this weekend.

On Friday, Saturday, and Sunday Olaf’s (6301 24th Ave NW) will raffle gifts from several local breweries and give away Olaf’s gift certificates good for private parties in the bar’s back room, along with Olaf’s merchandise. Each night also promises to offer it’s own unique events.

Special beers from Georgetown Brewing, Elysian Brewing and Two Beers Brewing will be featured on Friday night, and each brewery will donate items that will be raffled off. Saturday, Olaf’s will open early at 11 a.m., and will have a dunk tank, with patrons getting the chance to dunk a bartender with the proceeds going to benefit the Ballard Food Bank. For Saturday afternoon donors, there will be a pig roast and potluck  (with attendees asked to bring cash, check or items the food bank needs).

Both Saturday night and Sunday night, Olaf’s will feature beers from Stoup Brewing, Reuben’s Brews, NW Peaks Brewery, Salish Sea Brewing, and Black Raven Brewing.

My Ballard covered Olaf’s soft opening in August of last year, with owner David Chilson telling us that he and his partners (Pete Pigott and Sara Moot) jumped at the chance to purchase the space when they heard it was up for sale to, “save a bar for our neighborhood.”

For more information on Olaf’s one year anniversary celebration, like them on Facebook here.

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