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Development Update September 29: Design Review Meeting

September 29th, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

There is only one update in today’s update from the City of Seattle’s Department of Construction and Inspections as posted in the Land Use Information Bulletin.

Notice of Design Review Board Recommendation Meeting:

5512 17th Ave NW

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A Land Use Application has been submitted to allow a 7-story structure containing 80 small efficiency dwelling units, 9 apartment units with two live-work units and retail at ground level. No parking proposed. Existing structure to be demolished.

A Design Review Board Recommendation Meeting has been scheduled for Monday, October 17, at 6:30 p.m. and will be held at Ballard Community Center (6020 28th Ave NW).

The Director will accept written comments through October 17. Locals are invited to offer comments regarding important site planning and design issues, which they believe, should be addressed in the design for this project.

Comments and requests to be made party of record should be submitted to PRC@seattle.gov or

City of Seattle DPD PRC
700 5th Avenue Suite 2000
PO Box 34019
Seattle, WA  98124-4019

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Macefield Music Festival set for this weekend

September 29th, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

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The music festival created in honor of Edith Macefield is back again for its fourth year this weekend from September 30 – October 2.

The Macefield Music Festival will feature over 20 bands playing in the heart of Ballard in several local music venues and on an outdoor stage.

The shows start on Friday at 7 p.m. on the outdoor KEXP MainStage (at 20th and Ballard Ave) and at the Tractor Tavern.

On Saturday, the music will kick off at 2:30 p.m. and will go till late, spread between Sunset, Tractor, Conor Byrne, Sonic Boom, Hotel Albatross, and the outdoor KEXP mainstage at 20th and Ballard Ave. On Sunday, all shows will be Hotel Albatross. Click here for the complete schedule.

Tickets for the event are $55 for a weekend pass; or $35 for a single Friday ticket and $45 for a single Saturday ticket. Buy tickets here.

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Salmon Bay Eagles to host 3rd annual Oktoberfest

September 28th, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

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The Salmon Bay Eagles are hosting their Third Annual Oktoberfest in Ballard this Saturday, October 1, from 5 p.m. – 10 p.m. in the Aerie Social Room at the Eagles Club (5216 20th Ave NW).

Tickets are $17, with the event benefiting Teen Feed, an organization that works with the community to offer support to meet basic needs, build strong relationships, and ally with homeless youth as they meet their future off the streets.

This year’s festival will include burlesque dancers, more breweries, and even some cider thrown in the mix.

The admission prices includes full access to the main stage burlesque performances and live music throughout the event, plus three drink tokens, good for one 5-oz. taste each. They’ll be selling more tokens for $2 each at the event (cash preferred).

“Last year we raised just about $3,000 for our charity and we hope to do the same for 2016,” says Salmon Bay Eagles Co-Chair Katie Stephens.

The event is 21+ only.

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Academy nominates Ballard Film Students for National Awards

September 27th, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

Ballard High School students are among those nominated by The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences for their National Student Production Awards.

The nominees were selected from winners at regional Emmy Awards ceremonies across the country. Four productions by students in Ballard High School’s Digital Filmmaking Program won top prizes in the five-state Northwest Region last June. Three of these productions have now been nominated at the national level.

The Northwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) has presented High School Awards of Excellence for years to celebrate and promote the most outstanding high school television productions from five Northwest states: Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana and Alaska.  This year the Academy added a national level to the competition.

Check out the BHS nominees below:

  •  The Dragon’s Lair by PJ Hase, Jonny Cechony & Ellie Clarrissimeaux is nominated for Best Short Film.
  • Today by Coleman Andersen, PJ Hase and Bergen Johnson is nominated for best Music Video
  • Miles Andersen, Emily Black, Sophie DeGreen, Jesse Romero and Sho Schrock are nominated for best Editor for their work on Hologram

All of the nominated productions can be viewed on the Digital Filmmaking Program’s vimeo page.

The awards presentation will be held at the Newseum in Washington, DC, at 12:30 p.m. (EST) on October 4.  The event will be streamed live online.

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Nearby News: Meridian Avenue N repaving set for this week

September 27th, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

SDOT is advising motorists that Meridian Ave N between N 112th and N 103rd streets will be repaved during the day this Thursday, September 29, and Friday, September 30.

The work is weather-dependent and subject to change. Weather cancellations will be rescheduled for a later date.

Travelers can expect the following:

  • Paving work hours will be between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Thursday and Friday
  • One travel lane in each direction will be maintained on this section on Meridian Avenue N throughout the paving process, with flaggers directing traffic. North Northgate Way will not be impacted by this work.
  • On Thursday, September 29, the east side of Meridian Avenue North will be repaved, starting at North Northgate Way and moving south to North 103rd Street.

On Friday, September 30, the following areas will be repaved:

  • The east side of Meridian Avenue North, between North 112th Street and North Northgate Way
  • The west side of Meridian Avenue North, starting at North Northgate Way and moving south to North 103rd Street
  • The west side of Meridian Avenue North, between North 112th Street and North Northgate Way
  • Motorists will NOT be able to enter or exit driveways for several hours, until the asphalt has had time to cool. For motorists who are impacted, please consider parking on side streets if you need to come and go during the affected time period.
  • There will be temporary side street closures to let the newly laid asphalt to cool.
  • The work is expected to create noise, dust, vibration, and asphalt odor.
  • Emergency vehicles will have access if needed.
  • King County Metro bus stops will be temporarily shifted around work zones.

Click here to find out more information on this project.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact the construction outreach team at 2016MeridianPaving@seattle.gov or leave a message at (206) 727-3669.

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Councilmember O’Brien to host Health and Public Safety Forum at Nordic Heritage Museum

September 26th, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

Councilmember Mike O’Brien (District 6, Northwest Seattle) will host a community forum this Thursday evening, September 29, at the Nordic Heritage Museum (3014 NW 67th St) from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Councilmember O’Brien will reconvene neighbors and community members to discuss how the City can move forward to implement solutions to public health and safety concerns in District 6 during the City Council’s budget process.

Attendees will be provided with an overview of the proposed solutions and their budget implications. Attendees will then convene in small work groups and provide feedback and input on the proposals and provide additional ideas.

Many of the solutions were proposed by community at the July 29 Safe and Healthy Communities Public Forum in Ballard.

All are welcome to attend the event.

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Ferry Sealth squeezes through Ballard Locks

September 26th, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

The WSDOT ferry Sealth passed through the Ballard Locks again this morning on the way back from a Lake Union drydock after nine weeks of maintenance.

As many readers will remember, ferry Sealth passed through Ballard Locks in July on its way to a Lake Union Drydock Company that carried out routine maintenance, structural preservation, steel replacement, piping replacement, and security upgrades.

Check out the photos below:

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Photo courtesy of KOMO News. 

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Nearby News: Greenwood Ave paving set for this week

September 26th, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

SDOT is advising drivers that Greenwood Ave N between N 112th and N 125th streets will be repaved this coming Tuesday and Wednesday nights, September 27 and 28.

The work is a continuation of the repaving project that began in early August which repaves Greenwood Ave N between N 112th and N 136th streets. Motorists are advised to be aware of the rough road surface in the area and to travel safely.

WHAT TO EXPECT:

  • Paving work hours for Tuesday and Wednesday will be 7 p.m. until 6 a.m. the following morning.
  • One travel lane in each direction will be maintained on this section of Greenwood Ave N throughout the paving process.
  • Tuesday night, September 27, the southbound lanes between N 112th and N 125th streets will be paved.
  • Wednesday night, September 28, the northbound lanes between N 112th and N 125th streets will be paved.
  • Motorists will NOT be able to enter or exit driveways for several hours, until the newly laid asphalt has had time to cool.  For motorists who are impacted, please consider parking on side streets if you need to come and go during the affected time period.
  • In some locations, on-street parking adjacent to the paving will be prohibited until the repaved lanes have reopened. (A-frame signs will be placed in these locations in advance of paving to inform impacted motorists.)
  • On Tuesday night, it is estimated that the southbound driveways between N 120th and N 125th streets will be closed from 7 p.m. until midnight, while the southbound driveways between N 112th and N 120th streets will be closed from midnight until 6 a.m. Wednesday morning. These hours are estimates that could change depending on how the paving process progresses.
  • On Wednesday night, it is estimated that the northbound driveways between N 120th and N 125th streets will be closed from 7 p.m. until midnight, while the northbound driveways between N 112th and N 120th streets will be closed from midnight until 6 a.m. on Thursday. These hours are estimates that could change depending on how the paving process progresses.
  • The work is expected to create noise, dust, vibration, light, and asphalt odor.
  • Emergency vehicles will have access if needed.

Click here to learn more about the Greenwood Repaving Project.

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Openings available at Ballard Preschool for this school year

September 26th, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

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The team at Ballard Preschool Cooperative (a program of Phinney Neighborhood Association at 7503 18th Ave NW) emailed in to report that there are still openings in their 3-5s class for the 2016-17 school year.

The class meets on Tues/Wed/Thurs from 12:15 p.m. – 3:15 pm, plus Fridays from 12:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. for pre-K children.

Contact the registrar at bpc.registrar@gmail.com to find out more. 

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Carjacker forces elderly woman from car in Ballard

September 23rd, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

According to a report by Q-13 FOX, a carjacking suspect forced an elderly woman out of her vehicle at gunpoint in the 7-Eleven parking lot at 999 NW Leary Way earlier this week.

SPD Detectives are on the lookout for the suspect and are appealing for information from the public.

According to the report, the suspect was armed with a black handgun that he used to stick right into the side of a woman in a 7-Eleven parking lot when she opened her door to pour out a cup of water. He ordered her out of the vehicle forcing her to leave her purse behind.

Detectives believe that the suspect is the same man featured in a surveillance video captured at Ballard Fred Meyer shortly after the robbery took place. According to the report the suspect was wearing a powder blue hoodie with white trim, black nylon pants and black converse shoes with white soles.

According to the report, the surveillance camera outside the Fred Meyer picked him up after he dumped the car walking along the sidewalk to go the store where detectives say he tried to use the victim’s credit cards.

If you have any information about the crime please call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.

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What’s on this weekend

September 23rd, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

There are plenty of events on in Ballard this weekend. Enjoy!

FRIDAY, September 23

  • Live Music
    • Jazz at Egan’s Ballard Jam House (1707 NW Market St)
      • 7 p.m. – Rosin in the Aire – cover $10
      • 9 p.m. – Polly O’Keary and the Rhythm Method – $5 cover

SATURDAY, September 24

    • 10th Annual Festival of Fruit from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Carkeek Park (950 NW Carkeek Park Rd). Event is free with activities for the whole family.
    • Ballard History Walk from 10 a.m. – 11:45 p.m. meet at Bergen Place Park (5420 22nd Ave NW). Learn about Politics, Parties & Philanthropists of early Ballard City on the year’s last Ballard History Walk! Join an interactive fun Ballard history walk with a knowledgeable guide! Cost is $15 per person. Call or text (206) 504-0916 to reserve your spot.
    • 28th annual Fishermen’s Fall Festival from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. at Fishermen’s Terminal (3919 18th Ave W). The day is jam packed with activities including the famous wild salmon BBQ, the salmon fillet challenge, live music and plenty of activities for kids of all ages.
    • Jim Page and Friends Music Jam and Sing Along Arts in the Park event at Ballard Commons (5701 22nd Ave NW) from noon – 2 p.m. Bring your voice, talent and instruments. Free event. All skill levels and all are welcome.
    • Seattle Yoga Meetup: Baptiste Yoga Class with Live Drums at Shakti Vinyasa Yoga (2238 NW Market Street) from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. Cost is $15 in advance/$20 at the door.
    • Hand Balancing Workshop (5340 Ballard Ave NW) at Kula Movement Center (5340 Ballard Ave NW) from 2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Learn to look at handstands anatomically and discover ways to find balance with more ease. If you are practicing holding a handstand, learn drills to hold longer balanced inversions. Cost is $45 pre-registered/$50 at the door. Register online or call (206) 972-2999.
    • Yoga Trance Dance – Release and Re balance (5340 Ballard Ave NW) at Kula Movement Center (5340 Ballard Ave NW) from 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. In this ceremony of delight, Cosetta Romani invokes the elements, our primordial ancestors, and calls in the Good, True, and Beautiful energies from the spirit world.Cost is $20 pre-registered/$25 at the door. Register online or call (206) 972-2999.
    • Live Music
      • Jazz at Egan’s Ballard Jam House (1707 NW Market St) at 7 p.m. featuring Bassist Jason Everett – cover $5
      • Houston Psych: Khruangbin with Amy Viking and Tom Eddy Band at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW) at 9 p.m. Tickets $14.
      • Chris King and the Gutterballs, Julia Massey and The Five Finger Discount, Ghost Town Whistlers at Sunset Tavern (5433 Ballard Ave NW) 8:30 p.m. Tickets $10.

SUNDAY, September 25

    • Ballard Farmer’s Market along Ballard Ave from 10 a.m.- 3 p.m.
    • Sunday Morning Meditation at Amazing Grace Spiritual Center (2007 NW 61st St) from 10 a.m. – 10:20 a.m.
    • Zumba Class at Ballard Elks (6411 Seaview Ave NW) from 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. $5 suggested donation, all funds raised go to Ballard Elks charities. Classes are held on the 2nd and 4th Sundays each month.
    • Sustainable Ballard presents Meaningful Movies at Ballard First Lutheran Church (2006 NW 65th St). “Poverty Inc.” will be screened. Doors open at 5 p.m. for 5:30 p.m. start. Cost is free.
    • Sunday Movies at King’s Hardware (5225 Ballard Ave NW) present Rubin and Ed. Movie starts at sundown on the back patio.
    • Live Music
      • Open mic at Conor Byrne Pub (5140 Ballard Ave NW) sign-up at 7:30 p.m.
      • LA Blues/Rock: The Record Company with Special Guest: Ayron Jones at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW) at 8 p.m. Tickets $12.
      • Cosmic Shuffle, Daisy Strains and Danger Bird at Sunset Tavern (5433 Ballard Ave NW) 8 p.m. Tickets $8.

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Festival of Fruit on this Saturday at Carkeek Park

September 23rd, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

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The Friends of Piper’s Orchard invite the community to join them in celebrating Carkeek Park’s historic orchard on Saturday, September 24, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Events will include cider pressing and tasting, live music, an apple pie contest, activities for kids, guided tours of the historic orchard and more.

The event will take place at the Nancy Malmgren Environmental Center (650 NW Carkeek Park Road). Visitors are encouraged to park below the learning center; volunteers will be directing guests.

Activities will include:

  • Apple pie contest: Bring a contest entry between 10:00 and 10:30 a.m. and buy a piece of contest pie after the winners are announced.
  • Fresh pressed cider: Visitors are encouraged to try out making cider the old-fashioned way, with a fresh cider press.
  • Apple identification: Bring apples from your home orchard for variety identification.
  • Homemade pie: Visitors are invited to donate homemade pies. Fresh warm cider and slices of pie will be available at Tillie’s Café for a nominal cost, with proceeds to support ongoing maintenance of the orchard.
  • Orchard tours: Expert volunteers who have painstakingly restored the orchard will lead tours, pointing out the heirloom varieties that are going strong as well as younger trees and grape vines.
  • Apple tasting: Visitors will have the chance to taste heirloom apple varieties from the orchard and other sources.
  • Kids’ crafts: Little ones will enjoy organized arts and crafts activities.
  • Live music: Talented musicians will provide live music during the festival.
  • Master Gardener Clinic: Activities for adults and children
  • Carkeek Wildlife Habitat Garden tour: A tour of the gardens near the Environmental Learning Center will be offered.

The event is free and open to the public.

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