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Ballard’s Ghost Light Theatricals seeking submissions from local theater groups

September 19th, 2017 by Meghan Walker

Local theater company Ghost Light Theatricals is calling for production submissions for their annual Battle of the Bards fundraiser competition in early 2018. Three productions will be chosen for 12th annual battle, which will be held on Feb. 9th and 10th. The performance that gains the most votes during the battle will get a full production in Ghost Light Theatrical’s 2018-2019 season.

The organizers from the theater company say they’re looking for submissions for “classic” stories, which they say is open to interpretation (no fairy tales, though). “From each show the audience will see a 20-minute fully produced excerpt. This isn’t just a reading! We want the audience and the participants to have a good time!” the theater company tells My Ballard.

To apply, submit a 500-word treatment of your idea as well as any existing script (full scripts are not necessary). Submissions are due October 10th, and will be reviewed and voted on by the company, with the finalists chosen by October 31st. Submissions and questions should be directed to Asa Fager at thequakerbaker@gmail.com. Alternatively, if you’re interested in directing, send your resume and cover letter to Fager.

(Notes: The director and writer of a piece cannot be the same person, unless it is ensemble-generated. You don’t need a full creative team in order to submit. We can connect willing directors and writers.)

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This week in sports at Ballard High School

September 18th, 2017 by Meghan Walker

It’s a busy start to the fall season of sports at Ballard High School, with the football, golf, volleyball, ultimate frisbee, soccer and swim teams all competing this week.

Good luck to the Beaver athletes!

Monday, September 18:

  • Football JV: Ballard vs Ingraham at Soundview Playfield, 4:30 pm
  • Boys Golf Varsity: Ballard vs Garfield at Jefferson Park Golf Course, 3:30 pm
  • Girls Golf Varsity: Ballard vs Garfield at Jefferson Park Golf Course, 3:30 pm

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

  • Volleyball C-Team: Ballard vs Woodinville at Ballard High School, 5:30 pm
  • Volleyball JV: Ballard vs Woodinville at Ballard High School, 5:30 pm
  • Volleyball Varsity: Ballard vs Woodinville at Ballard High School, 7 pm
  • Girls Soccer Varsity: Ballard vs Franklin at Genesee Park, 4:00 pm
  • Boys Ultimate Frisbee Varsity: Ballard vs Ingraham at Ballard High School, 4:30 pm

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

  • Boys Cross Country Varsity: Lincoln Park, 4:20 pm
  • Boys Golf Varsity: Chief Sealth vs Ballard at Jackson Park Golf Course, 3:30 pm
  • Volleyball C-Team: Ballard vs Nathan Hale at Ballard High School, 5:30 pm
  • Volleyball JV: Ballard vs Nathan Hale at Ballard High School, 5:30 pm
  • Volleyball Varsity: Ballard vs Nathan Hale at Ballard High School, 7:00 pm
  • Girls Golf Varsity: Ballard vs Chief Sealth at Jackson Park Golf Course, 3:30 pm
  • Girls Cross Country Varsity: Ballard, 3:40 pm
  • Boys Ultimate Frisbee JV: Ballard vs Ingraham at BHS, 4:30 pm
  • Boys Ultimate Frisbee Varsity: Ballard vs Rainier Beach at BHS, 4:00 pm

Thursday, September 21, 2017

  • Volleyball C-Team: Ballard vs Inglemoor at Ballard High School, 5:30 pm
  • Volleyball Varsity: Ballard vs Inglemoor at Ballard High School, 7:00 pm
  • Girls Soccer JV: Ballard vs  Seattle Prep at Lower Woodland, 4:00 pm
  • Girls Soccer Varsity: Ballard vs Seattle Prep. at Ballard High School, 4:30 pm
  • Boys Ultimate Frisbee JV: Ballard vs Roosevelt in Ballard, 4:30 pm

Friday, September 22, 2017

  • Football Varsity: Ballard vs Nathan Hale at North East Athletic Complex, 7:00 pm
  • Girls Soccer C-Team: Ballard vs Franklin-JV at Loyal Heights, 4:15 pm
  • Girls Swim Varsity: Ballard vs Garfield at Medger Evers, 4:00 pm
  • Boys Ultimate Frisbee JV: Ballard vs Northwest in Ballard, 4:30 pm

Saturday, September 23, 2017

  • Football Frosh: Ballard vs Nathan Hale at North East Athletic Complex, 6:00 pm
  • Boys Cross Country Varsity: in Bellevue at Lake Sammamish State Park, 9:30 am
  • Girls Cross Country Varsity: in Bellevue at Lake Sammamish State Park, 9:30 am

 

 

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Temporary measures in place for broken sewer pipe under Shilshole Bay

September 18th, 2017 by Meghan Walker

Seattle Public Utilities have temporary measures in place to deal with a sewer force main pipe break underneath Shilshole Bay west of the Ballard Locks. SPU confirmed the pipe was leaking under water with a dye test on Sept. 13, and in order to protect public health, has distributed beach closure door hangers to waterfront businesses and homes near the affected area. The department has also posted beach closure signs nearby, and has contacted local fishers.

As a temporary solution, SPU has placed two tanks near a pump station at the 5600/5700 block of Seaview Ave NW to divert sewage before it reaches the broken sewer pipe. The tanks hold sewage until a vactor truck removes it to another location and dumps the sewage into a maintenance hole, according to SPU.

Homes and businesses will continue to receive normal sewer services during this time, but SPU says residents can expect the following impacts:

  • Increased traffic and noise
  • Reduced parking for 100 to 150 feet on the gravel roadway adjacent to Seaview Ave NW
  • Noise from pump station, pumps, trucks and equipment
  • Frequent vactor truck trips (5-12 per day, possibly more during wet weather)
  • Crews and equipment on site 24-hours a day
  • Partial blocking of the Burke Gilman Trail

SPU says there’s currently no information about a permanent fix for the broken sewer pipe; we’ll update with any new information.

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Development Update September 18: one subdivision and new restrooms at Shilshole Marina

September 18th, 2017 by Meghan Walker

Today’s development update includes one application for a new subdivision in the center of Ballard, and for a new restroom building at Shilshole Bay Marina. The update comes from the bi-weekly Land Use Information Bulletin.

1731 NW 63RD ST

A Land Use Application has been submitted to subdivide one development site into three unit lots. The construction of residential units is under Project #6580476. 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 10/02/2017.

7001 SEAVIEW AVE NW

Shoreline Substantial Development Application to allow three new restroom buildings and to change the use of two restrooms to storage rooms. Two restroom buildings to be demolished, two existing to remain.

Comments may be submitted through 10/02/2017.

 

 

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What’s on this weekend

September 15th, 2017 by Meghan Walker

It’s a busy weekend ahead in Ballard, with plenty of live music and Oktoberfest celebrations in a few of Ballard’s favorite breweries. If you have anything to add to this list, email us at tips@myballard.com.

Enjoy your weekend!

Friday, September 15:

  • Live Music:
    • Crystal & Quiet, Bears and Other Carnivores, and Hoshin at Sunset Tavern (5433 Ballard Ave NW), 9pm, $10.
    • Sundog, Po Brothers, and La Magistral at Conor Byrne Pub (5140 Ballard Ave NW) at 9pm $8.
    • Singer/Songwriter Andrew Belle w/ Praytell at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW) at 9pm. $14.
    • Jazz at Egan’s Ballard Jam House (1707 NW Market St). 7pm – Grupo Amoroso – Brazilian sambas and bossas ($8 cover)9pm – “One of the Boys” – Cabaret with vocalist David-Edward Hughes [Website] and special guests Marcus Wolland and Angie Louise. With John Engerman on piano ($15 cover).

Saturday, September 16:

  • Ballard Market remodel grand opening party, 11am to 4pm. Live DJ, barbecue, and food specials in store.
  • Greyhound Meet and Greet at All the Best Pet Care (1909 NW Market St.) 11am-1pm. Join us to meet retired racing greyhounds, learn about adoption, volunteer opportunities and more. Click here (http://www.greyhoundpetsinc.org/) for more information.
  • Art installation reception at Domanico Cellars. In the Barrel Room Gallery will be a new show, “CONVERGENCE”, with an artist reception from 5-9pm. Six artists, six diametrically different approaches. Featuring: Robin Siegl, AJ Power, Beth Bernard, David French and Kathy Bennett. Show stays up thru Middle of November.
  • Ballard Oktoberfest Brewery Crawl: The event will kick off in festive fashion with a traveling oompah band. The Oompah Machine will start playing at Stoup Brewing at 1 p.m. They will then will march revelers to Populuxe Brewing at 2 p.m., Lucky Envelope at 3 p.m. and Reuben’s Brews at 4 p.m.
  • Carkeek Park S.T.A.R.S. work party, 9am – 12pm. Join us for a restoration work party at Carkeek Park – See website for important details on what to bring and where to meet.
  • Live Music:
    • SuperMother, Old Coast, and Charles Wickander at Sunset Tavern (5433 Ballard Ave NW), 9pm, $10.
    • Hurricane Relief Benefit Show (artists TBD) at Conor Byrne Pub (5140 Ballard Ave NW) at 9pm, entry by donation.
    • KBCS Presents: Marshall Crenshaw y Los Straitjackets with Kim Virant and Friends at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW) at 9pm. $25.
    • Jazz at Egan’s Ballard Jam House (1707 NW Market St). 7pm – Electric Bonsai Band ($10 cover) 9pm – Paul Benoit CD Release ($7 cover).

Sunday, September 17:

  • Ballard Farmer’s Market along Ballard Ave from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Click here to see this week’s specials.
  • Free zumba and fitness class at Ballard Commons Park, 11am. Led by Ballard Health Club.
  • Live Music
    • Open mic at Conor Byrne Pub (5140 Ballard Ave NW) sign-ups at 7:30 pm.
    • The Crying Shame w/ The Harmed Brothers & M. Lockwood Porter at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW) at 8pm. $8.

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Taproot Theatre’s Christmas Showcase Class now accepting students

September 15th, 2017 by Meghan Walker

The Taproot Theatre Company’s fall acting classes are starting up soon for students in 4th through 12th grade.

The classes, held at United Evangelical Free Church (1420 NW 80th St) and Taproot’s Isaac Studio, (208 N 85th St), will be 6-8:30pm on Wednesdays, October 18 – December 6 (seven total classes, no class October 31), with the Christmas performance held on Wednesday, December 13, 5pm-7pm in Taproot’s Isaac Studio, 208 N 85th St.

“Believe it or not, Christmas will be here before you know it, and there’s no better way to get into the holiday spirit than our Christmas Showcase class,” the organizers say. “Students work together and perform their own Christmas show, finely tuning theatrical skills as they build an ensemble and are inspired to take artistic risks. Each December this class performs for a sold out audience so you won’t want to miss this year’s show!”

Registration forms and class descriptions are available online or by contacting the Acting Studio at 206.529.3668 or studio@taproottheatre.org. The cost is $285, with a $25 non-refundable registration deposit, which holds the student’s place in the class and goes towards tuition. (Payment is due in full on the first day of class.)

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Nordic woodcarving classes at Nordic Heritage Museum this fall

September 15th, 2017 by Meghan Walker

If you’re looking for a new creative outlet, the Nordic Heritage Museum is offering Nordic woodcarving classes on Saturdays from 9am to 3:30pm, September 16 through November 11.

“In this class, participants will learn Baroque Acanthus, Rococo, and Viking/Dragon woodcarving styles. You can concentrate on the fundamental leaf formations of the Acanthus style, working up to combinations of the Acanthus curl, or explore the Viking/Dragon style,” according to the organizers from the museum.

No tools or experience is necessary; they’ll be teaching tool sharpening and basic carving techniques for beginners, and more advanced students will have an opportunity to develop their own projects. The cost for museum members is $45 for 1 class; $85 for 2; $125 for 3; $160 for 4; $200 for 5. For general admission, add $2 per day. Tickets can be bought per month; register for September classes here.

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Chabad of Ballard to offer free holiday services throughout Jewish New Year

September 14th, 2017 by Meghan Walker

The Chabad of NW Seattle (357 N 77th St) has several Jewish New Year services coming up, and they’re offering free and low-donation entry to all in the Jewish community.

“Chabad’s “user-friendly” traditional services make for an enjoyable and meaningful experience for both the beginner and the advanced,” Chabad tells My Ballard. “Song, commentary and the use of English-Hebrew prayer-books invite individuals of all levels to become active participants in the service.”

Rosh Hashanah will begin this year at sundown next Wednesday, September 20 and extends until nightfall on Friday, September 22. Yom Kippur begins this year at sundown on Friday, September 29 and extends until nightfall on Saturday, September 30. For the full list of high holiday services coming up, click here or call the synagogue office at 206-851-9831. Chabad recommends advance registration to participate in the holiday services.

 

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PARK(ing) Day parklets to pop up around the city on Friday

September 14th, 2017 by Meghan Walker

Get ready for pop-up parklets around Seattle tomorrow; Friday, September 15 is Seattle’s PARK(ing) Day, in which people turn on-street parking spots into creative public spaces. It’s part of an annual, international event that’s intended to raise awareness about the importance of walkable, livable communities.

There are 47 total installations planned for around the city, with three in Ballard:

  • sPARK(ing) Conversations (8343 15th Ave NW) 9am – 3pm
  • Mountain Pacific Bank (2244 NW 56th St) “Join in for corn hole, snacks, and drinks!”
  • Ghost Images (on the street in front of Noble Fir at 5316 Ballard Ave NW) “Screen Printing – bring your own shirt (some will be provided)!  10 am – 4 pm”

For a full map of the city’s PARK(ing) Day parklets, click here.

Photo courtesy City of Seattle

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Development Update Sept. 14: design meeting for six-story apartment building across from BHS

September 14th, 2017 by Meghan Walker

Several applications and approvals in today’s development update, including one notice of a design review board meeting for the site at the corner of NW 65th St and 15th Ave NW, across from Ballard High School and where El Camion currently leases.

The application to build a 74-unit, six-story apartment building 6416 15th Ave NW was submitted a year ago; owner Scott McGinnis says he’s been mostly kept in the dark about the proposal. He said they have no plans to leave their current location, but that if the project goes ahead, they’ll stay in Ballard. “We love it here. We love Ballard, and we feel like we are a good part of the community,” McGinnis said.

There will be a public meeting regarding the project on Monday, Oct. 2 at the Ballard Community Center; see below for more information.

Here is today’s Land Use Information Bulletin:

Notice of Design Review Board Recommendation Meeting:

6416 15TH AVE NW

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

Council Land Use Action to rezone 15,000 sq. ft. of land from Neighborhood Commercial 2 with a pedestrian overlay and 40 ft. height limit (NC3P-40′) to Neighborhood Commercial 3 with a pedestrian overlay and 65 ft. height limit (NC 3P-65′) and to allow a six-story structure containing 74 residential units above retail and two live-work units. Parking for 34 vehicles to be provided below grade. Existing structure to be demolished.

MEETING

Monday, October 2, 2017,  6:30 p.m. at the Ballard Community Center (6020 28th Ave NW)
Sunset/Captain Ballard Room

All meeting facilities are ADA compliant. Translators or interpreters provided upon request. Please contact the Public Resource Center at prc@seattle.gov or (206) 684-8467 at least five business days prior to the meeting to request this service.

OPPORTUNITY FOR COMMENT:

The Director will accept written comments on the design in preparation for the Design Review Recommendation meeting through October 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:

An application for Design Review related to future development of this site has been submitted to the Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections (SDCI). This second stage of Design Review is the Recommendation phase. At the Design Review Board Recommendation meeting, the following occurs:

The applicant will present information about the proposed design and how it responds to the Design Review Guideline priorities established at the previous Early Design Guidance meeting(s). The public may offer comments regarding the proposed design.*

The Design Review Board will offer their recommendations regarding the design to SDCI.
Following the meeting, SDCI will issue a written Recommendation report summarizing the meeting. This report will be sent to those who signed in at the meeting or otherwise requested a copy.

*Please note that public comment at the Recommendation meeting is limited to design considerations. If environmental review is triggered, comments related to environmental impacts (such as traffic, parking, noise, etc) may be sent to SDCI following notice of that review.

MORE INFORMATION

This proposal may be viewed at our Design Review Program website at www.seattle.gov/DPD/aboutus/news/events/DesignReview/SearchPastReviews/.  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.) Additional application documents for this proposal may be found at http://web6.seattle.gov/dpd/edms/.

Applications:

2019 NW 60TH ST

A Land Use Application has been submitted to subdivide one development site into three unit lots. The construction of residential units is under Project #6558461.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 09/27/2017.

2225 NW 62ND ST

A Land Use Application has been submitted to subdivide one development site into three unit lots. The construction of residential units is under Project #6579265. 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 09/27/2017.

Decisions:

924 NW 51ST ST

A Land Use Application has been approved 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.

The following appealable decisions have been made based on submitted plans:

Determination of Non-Significance (no environmental impact statement required). Environmental review completed and no conditions imposed. This DNS is issued using the optional DNS process in WAC 197.11.355 and SMC 25.05.355. The comment period was originally published on July 20, 2017 and there is no further comment period on this DNS.

Appeals of this decision must be received by the Hearing Examiner no later than 9/28/2017.

1415 NW 62ND ST

A Land Use Application has been submitted to allow one additional unit to an existing 8 unit apartment building (total 9 units).

The following appealable decisions have been made based on submitted plans:

Determination of Non-Significance (no environmental impact statement required). Environmental review completed and no conditions imposed. This DNS is issued using the optional DNS process in WAC 197.11.355 and SMC 25.05.355. The comment period was originally published on June 5, 2017 and there is no further comment period on this DNS.

Appeals of this decision must be received by the Hearing Examiner no later than 9/28/2017.

8509 14TH AVE NW

A Land Use Application has been approved to allow 2, 4-story apartment buildings with a total of 24 units; 18 small efficiency dwelling units and 6 apartment units. Existing residential structure to be demolished.

The following appealable decisions have been made based on submitted plans:

Determination of Non-Significance (no environmental impact statement required). Environmental review completed and no conditions imposed. This DNS is issued using the optional DNS process in WAC 197.11.355 and SMC 25.05.355. The comment period was originally published on June 16, 2016 and there is no further comment period on this DNS.

Appeals of this decision must be received by the Hearing Examiner no later than 9/28/2017.

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