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What’s on this weekend

July 21st, 2017 by Meghan Walker

This weekend is full of outdoor theater in Salmon Bay Park, with children’s theater on Friday and Saturday and Backyard Bard on Sunday. If you have any events to add to the list, email us at tips@myballard.com.

Have a great weekend in Ballard!

Friday, July 21

  • Free Theater in the Park at Salmon Bay Park, 6 – 7 pm. This summer’s show is Tales from the African Continent and features stories, games, and songs gathered from many countries and cultures.  Performing the Tanzanian Folk Tale: Two Ways to Count to Ten and from West Africa: Why Mosquitos Buzz in People’s Ears. Interactive storytelling allows children of all ages to participate by singing along to songs by famous Smithsonian Folkways artist, Ella Jenkins and join on stage to play the Liberian children’s game Who is in the Garden. $5 suggested donation.
  • Live Music
    • Jazz at Egan’s Ballard Jam House (1707 NW Market St). Chris Chandler with John Elliott (piano/guitar/vocals), Christine Gunn (cello) and special guest Paul Benoit (guitar/vocals) at 7 p.m. Kelly Eisenhour (vocals), with John Hansen (piano), Jon Hamar (bass), Travis Ranney (sax) and Greg Williamson (drums) at 9pm. Tickets $10.
    • Motopony w/ General Mojo’s & Kelli Schaefer at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW) at 9 p.m. Tickets $10.
    • Wolf Alice and Black Ferns at Sunset Tavern (5433 Ballard Ave NW) 9 pm. Tickets $15.
    • Jonathan Warren & The Billy Goats, and Chuck Westmoreland at Conor Byrne Pub (5140 Ballard Ave NW) 9pm. Tickets $8

Saturday, July 22

  • Celebrate your pet at Ballard Commons Park, 11am-2pm. The culmination of Pet Week at Bartell Drugs, celebration your canine companion at a fun outing to the Ballard Commons Park (right across from our Ballard store near the library). Pet-themed giveaways and activities for those who come with their furry friend. Free and open to the public.
  • Free Theater in the Park at Salmon Bay Park, 12 – 1 pm. This summer’s show is Tales from the African Continent and features stories, games, and songs gathered from many countries and cultures.  Performing the Tanzanian Folk Tale: Two Ways to Count to Ten and from West Africa: Why Mosquitos Buzz in People’s Ears. Interactive storytelling allows children of all ages to participate by singing along to songs by famous Smithsonian Folkways artist, Ella Jenkins and join on stage to play the Liberian children’s game Who is in the Garden. $5 suggested donation.
  • Sunset Hill – Shilshole Gateway Workparty, 9 – 11am. Please join us for weeding in the 36th Ave NW median to keep clear sight lines at the intersections. Meet at the south end, just north of NW 60th St, to spruce it up in anticipation of the Night Out party coming up in early August. Please bring water, work gloves and any favorite weeding tools. We’ll provide safety vests, light refreshments and some tools.
  • Live Music
    • Dream Police (Cheap Trick Tribute) with Jen Ayers and The Sweet Pickles at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW) at 9 p.m. Tickets $10.

Sunday, July 23

  • Ballard Farmers Market along Ballard Ave from 10am – 3pm. Click here to see this week’s specials.
  • Backyard Bard at Salmon Bay Park. A Midsummer Night’s Dream at 3pm and Hamlet at 4:30pm. Bring a picnic blanket and enjoy the free outdoor theater performances by GreenStage.
  • Sustainable Ballard Presents “(Dis)Honesty: The Truth About Lies” at Royal Drummer Cafe (6420 24th Ave NW) 5:30 – 7:30pm. Please join Meaningful Movies : Sustainable Ballard for a screening of “(Dis)Honesty: The Truth About Lies”. We invite you to arrive early to enjoy Happy Hour pricing of 25% off all items on Royal Drummer’s regular menu.
  • Live Music
    • Drew Martin, Honey Mustard, and Beasley at Sunset Tavern (5433 Ballard Ave NW) 8 pm. Tickets $10.
    • Open mic at Conor Byrne Pub (5140 Ballard Ave NW) sign-up at 7:30 pm.

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Learn about solar power at a free workshop in August

July 21st, 2017 by Meghan Walker

On August 10, Sunergy Systems (4546 Leary Way NW) is hosting a free educational solar workshop in Ballard.

Known as “Solar U”, the workshop will cover topics such as how solar works, and how it can help address our country’s energy issues. Participants will learn about how it can help increase a home’s resale value and about the new 2017 WA State Incentive Program, the 30% Federal Tax Credit and Net Metering available for solar customers.

The workshop is on Thursday, August 10 from 6 to 7:30 pm. Lite fare, refreshments, beer and wine will be available. Those wishing to attend are should pre-register online or call Clare Salsbury at 206-297-0086.

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The People’s Pub is closing down

July 21st, 2017 by Meghan Walker

The People’s Pub, the German bar on Ballard Ave NW, is closing on August 12.

The pub opened back in 2000, known for their German fare with pretzels, fried pickles and wiener schnitzel. The owner’s reasons for closing are still unconfirmed, but the above Facebook user, S.s. Emerald, suggested it’s for financial reasons.

My Ballard has contacted the owners for comment. We’ll update with any new information.

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Throwback Thursday: dog days of summer in Ballard

July 20th, 2017 by Meghan Walker

With summer in full swing, we look back at what the warmer months looked like 100 years ago.

Carl Henry Moen in a barrel on a beach in Salmon Bay, circa 1910. According to MOHAI, “Carl Henry Moen was born in Seattle in 1892 to Norwegian immigrant parents. His family moved several times as he was growing up, but settled in Ballard when he was nine years old. He helped harvest and sell the produce, milk, and poultry his family raised, and also was a messenger for Western Union, dug clams, and worked for Bemis Bag Co. Eventually he left home and began a 30-year career as a sailor, crossing the Pacific Ocean over 200 times .”

Group listening to wax cylinder recordings on Ballard Beach, Seattle, ca. 1913. The group is shown on the beach listening to a machine playing wax cylinder recordings. Ed Moen is the boy at center; Jake Jacobson is also in the photo.

Glen Bigelow and Ed Moen on camping trip, ca. 1910. The Moen brothers often went camping just north of Ballard, in what was then undeveloped land.

All photos courtesy MOHAI

 

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Development Update July 20: design review for 53-room congregate residence

July 20th, 2017 by Meghan Walker

Most notable in today’s development update is a proposal for a four-story congregate residence containing 53 sleeping rooms and street level retail at 15th Ave NW and NW 59th St. The update is from the City of Seattle’s Department of Planning and Development (DPD) as posted in the Land Use Information Bulletin.

Applications:

2028 NW 61ST ST

Land Use Application to subdivide one development site into two unit lots. The construction of residential units is under Project #BN9509 dated 1961. 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.

Comments may be submitted through 08/02/2017.

5419 BAKER AVE NW

Land Use Application to subdivide one development site into four unit lots. The construction of residential units is under Project #6533944. 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. Environmental review conducted under #3024094.

Comments may be submitted through 08/02/2017.

924 NW 51ST ST

Land Use Application to subdivide one parcel into two parcels of land. Proposed Parcel sizes are: A) 3,394 sq. ft. and B) 1,600 sq. ft. Existing structures to be demolished.

Comments may be submitted through 08/02/2017.

Notice of Administrative Design Review:

1501 NW 59TH ST

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

The proposal is to allow a 4-story congregate residence containing 53 sleeping rooms and street level retail. Existing structures to be demolished. No parking proposed.

OPPORTUNITY FOR COMMENT

The Director will accept written comments to assist in the preparation of the early design guidancethrough August 2, 2017.  You are invited to offer comments regarding important site planning and design issues, which you 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 – SDCI – PRC
700 5th Avenue, Suite 2000
PO Box 34019
Seattle, WA  98124-4019

PROCESS

Following the public comment period, the Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections (SDCI) will issue a written Early Design Guidance report identifying the highest priority city-wide and neighborhood specific Design Guidelines applicable to the proposed design.  This report will also consider public comment provided to SDCI. A copy of the report will be sent to those who commented or requested to be made a party of record.

Following this early design guidance process, the applicant may apply for their land use permit.  An opportunity for public comment will be provided at that time.

MORE INFORMATION

This proposal may be viewed at our Design Review Program website. For more information regarding this application or the Design Review process, you may contact the Land Use Planner listed above, go to the Design Review Program website or visit our office at the address above.  (We are open from 8 am to 4 pm Monday, Wednesday and Friday and from 10:30 am to 4 pm Tuesday and Thursday.)

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Beasley is missing in Ballard

July 20th, 2017 by Meghan Walker

Beasley the cat is missing in the Sunset Hill area. She was last seen on the 4th of July near 35th Ave NW and NW 67th St. She’s an adult siamese cat and is wearing a purple collar.

“If you live in the Sunset Hill neighborhood, please give a little shout out your backdoor and or if there are any places where a cat might hide or get trapped please check,” her owners write on the Facebook page they set up to help find her.

Summer is a common time for pets to go missing; My Ballard has received three lost cat notifications in just the last week.

The Seattle Humane Society has some helpful tips for helping find lost pets.

When looking for your dog, bring along a leash and treats. Some dogs, especially the herding breeds such as Border Collies or Australian Cattle Dogs, are likely to run a circular perimeter of the neighborhood. Most dogs will not run hard in a straight line away from your home unless they are sight hounds, lured by something they see in the distance. Concentrate on a five- or six-square-block area.

When looking for your cat, bring along a cat carrier. A frightened pet may hide or get locked in a neighbor’s yard or garage, so listen for revealing sounds.

When you see your dog or cat, avoid the urge to chase him. You do not want to inadvertently send him into the street and harm’s way. The animal may not be as frightened as you and may be viewing it as a grand adventure. Many dogs enjoy the game of chase, and you probably can’t outrun a dog or a cat. Offer your pet a special treat or, for dogs, open the car door and offer to take him for a ride.

If you haven’t located your pet after an hour or two of searching, the Humane Society recommends you call the shelters and vets in the area and give them a complete description of your missing pet, including a photo and information about where the animal was last seen. They advise putting up posters in your neighborhood and checking door-to-door, and within 24 hours, visiting all the local public shelters to look for your pet.

For a full list of lost pet tips from the Humane Society, click here.

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Ballard P-Patch’s 16th annual Art in the Garden party coming up

July 19th, 2017 by Meghan Walker

On Saturday, July 29, the Ballard P-Patch (8527 25th Ave NW) will be taken over by art, pie, and treasure hunts for the annual Art in the Garden fundraiser. The event is 11am to 5pm, and admission is free.

“Follow your nose to sausages on the grill, and keep your ears open for live music on the stage powered by Carter Subaru. Once you arrive, be sure to notice all the garden art (including gnomes!) and one of the newest Henry murals in town, created as part of Art in the Garden festivities last year,” the organizers say.

There will be local artists’ booths, kids’ activities, live music, a pie auction and bake sale, silent auction, beer garden with Maritime Pacific Brewing Company on tap, food trucks, and ice cream.

In addition to the festivities, “gardeners will be on hand to point out organic practices used in the garden, from pollinators to compost, or to help you identify what is growing in over 80 individual garden plots. In keeping with a Sweet Sixteen theme, gardeners have tucked “sweet” crops in their plots,” according to the organizers. “Visitors are encouraged to stroll the pathways, and be on the watch for such delicacies as sweet 100s, sweet peas, Walla Walla sweets, and more.”

This is Ballard P-Patch’s sole yearly fundraising event. Proceeds go to support their Giving Garden for the Ballard Food Bank and general garden maintenance.

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‘Colossal’ movie and book sale at Ballard NW Senior Center

July 19th, 2017 by Meghan Walker

The Ballard NW Senior Center (5429 32nd Ave NW) is hosting a “big, colossal, gigantic” movie and book sale this Saturday, July 22 from 9am to 3pm.

The movies are from Rain City Video, which donated hundreds of DVDs to the center on their last day open. The books were donated from an independent book store in Queen Anne. DVDs will be $2 each, and books will be 50 percent off their marked price. There will also be some greeting cards and gift sets for sale, donated by Laurel Ink.

“Come, tell everyone and find books and movies from all genres will be available at rock bottom prices. Chef Bob’s Café will also be open serving soups, sandwiches, salads, pies, and more,” their event listing reads.

All proceeds will go to benefit the Ballard NW Senior Center, which serves over 4,000 local senior annually.

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Man hospitalized after late-night shooting at Golden Gardens

July 19th, 2017 by Meghan Walker

A man was sent to the hospital after a shooting at Golden Gardens late last night.

According to the Seattle Police Department, multiple witnesses called 911 just before midnight on Tuesday. When officers arrived, they were approached by a man who had been shot in the back. Seattle Fire Department medics attended to the “graze wound” on his back before taking him to Harborview Medical Center for further treatment.

Police say they found 21 rifle rounds and six .380 rounds at the scene; witnesses reported a fight just before an unidentified man pulled out a rifle and began shooting. A second unidentified man pulled out a handgun and returned fire.

Seattle Police gang units are investigating; anyone with information about the shooting should call (206)233-5000.

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Potbelly pig on the loose in Ballard

July 18th, 2017 by Meghan Walker

The wildlife sightings in Ballard are kicking it up a notch: last week, a deer was seen wandering the ‘hood. This week, it’s a pig.

The pig was seen walking west on NW 63rd St from 17th Ave NW yesterday.

Owning a pet pig is within the city’s animal codes. Here’s a list of the ordinance limitations for animal ownership in Seattle:

  • No more than three small animals such as dogs and cats (unless your property is over 20,000 square feet)
  • Up to eight domestic fowl (more for lots over 10,000 square feet) are allowed, but no roosters
  • Miniature goats and small potbelly pigs are permitted with limitations; they are counted towards the three small animal maximum
  • Farm animals (full-size goats, cows, horses, sheep, etc.) are allowed only on lots over 20,000 square feet
  • No swine are allowed other than small potbelly pigs; no more than one potbelly pig is allowed
  • Beekeeping is permitted subject to code restrictions

 

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