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What’s on this 4th of July weekend

July 3rd, 2015 by Meghan Walker

This weekend is going to be full of summery American fun, with the 4th of July to take over the city on Saturday, and beautiful weather throughout the weekend.

Friday, July 3

  • Live music at Conor Byrne Pub (5140 Ballard Ave NW) at 9 p.m. Featuring The Hoot Hoots, The Great UM, and Swingset Showdown. Tickets $8. Click here to purchase tickets and for more information
  • Live Music at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW) at 9 p.m. Featuring, The Swearengens, Lucky Lawrence and The Souvenirs and Jackrabbit. Tickets $10. Click here to purchase tickets and for more information.

Saturday, July 4

  • Populuxe Circus Party: From 2 – 8:30 PM, Populuxe Brewing will be bringing the Big Top right to you including all your favorite sideshow acts.  Check out the bearded lady! Visit a fortune teller! Be astounded by feats of the Strong Woman!  Watch a fire spinner, enjoy live music and so much more.
  • Seafair Summer Fourth on Lake Union: Events at Gas Works from noon to 11 p.m., fireworks to start at 10 p.m.
  • Seattle Civic Band at the Ballard Locks Botanical Gardens – 2 p.m. Free to the public as part of the Locks summer event series.

Sunday, July 5

  • Ballard Farmer’s Market along Ballard Ave from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Click here to see this week’s specials.

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Hale’s Ales turns 32 on Saturday

July 3rd, 2015 by Meghan Walker

_logoOne of the original breweries in the neighborhood turns another year older this weekend; Frelard’s Hale’s Ales is celebrating their 32nd birthday on Saturday.

Founder Mike Hale started Hale’s back in 1983 with handful of other microbrewery pioneers. Now, Hale’s is one of many independent breweries that makes our neighborhood a haven for beer-lovers.

To celebrate, they’ll be featuring their newest collaboration beers they’ve brewed with Diamond Knot & Chuckanut Breweries, Watershed and 74th St Alehouses. They’ll have their Bourbon Barrel Aged Akademic Black Ale, nitro Cream Ale, Cask Conditioned Supergoose IPA and our recently released Bill’sner Pils, the brewery’s first commercially released lager. “Grab a Keg-to-Go, say “happy birthday” and get a free t-shirt and two pint glasses with your keg,” Hale’s tells us.

 

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West Woodland pedestrian safety improvement work to continue Monday

July 3rd, 2015 by Meghan Walker

2015_0603_CPRS_WoodlandMapThe ongoing safety improvements for the pedestrian crossing in West Woodland will cause some road closures next week. The intersection of 3rd Ave NW, NW 56th St and NW 55th Place will see closures while crews from the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) continue with the West Woodland Pedestrian Safety Improvements Project. Work started in the middle of June, and will be ongoing until mid-August.

On Monday, June 6, SDOT anticipates that the east and west sides of the intersection of NW 56th St, NW 55th Pl, and 3rd Ave NW will be closed to traffic. The closure will be in place 24 hours a day, and will last until the project is completed.

The following improvements will be made during the construction:

  • Changing NW 55th Place to one-way, southwest-bound
  • Creating an all-way stop at the intersection of 3rd Avenue NW and NW 56th Street to improve pedestrian crossing safety
  • Separating NW 55th Place from 3rd Avenue NW and NW 56th Street
  • Adding curb extensions on 3rd Avenue NW and at the intersection of NW 55th Place and NW 55th Street to shorten the length of pedestrian crossings
  • Upgrading curb ramps to be compliant with current Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards
  • Adding minor drainage improvements

To learn more about the project, click here.

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Throwback Thursday: 4th of July in Ballard

July 2nd, 2015 by Meghan Walker

Once upon a time, Ballard celebrated the 4th of July with a parade through the middle of the neighborhood. Here are a few photos from the 1918 Independence Day parade.

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Black and white photo from the 4th of July, 1918. Soldiers are seen marching in the parade. Possibly NW Market Street and 24th Avenue NW. Also visible are buildings, cars, parade viewers.

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Black and white photo of July 4, 1918 parade. Shows Ford automobiles & parade watchers at 24th Avenue NW near Gerkes Pharmacy building.

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Black and white photo of July 4, 1918 parade with streetcars unloading soldiers for the parade.

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Black and white photo of July 4, 1918 parade. This photo depicts a marching band of soldiers.

All photos courtesy Ballard Historical Society

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Mimzy still needs help getting home

July 2nd, 2015 by Meghan Walker

mimzyMy Ballard reader Adam has emailed to let us know his tuxedo cat, Mimzy, is still missing from their home near the corner of 32nd and 54th St, just across from the Locks. He’s determined to get her home, and is planning an event with a contest and prizes for those who help out.

“Me and my fiancée have been drastically searching for almost a month now for our 15-month-old tuxedo beauty Mimzy,” Adam writes. He says the last verified sighting was on 15th and 87th near the Chase Bank, and says he gets numerous calls from the posters he’s put up around town, but that they’re often reports of other tuxedo cats in the area.

Adam is organizing an event and enlisting help from neighbors on Saturday to hand out flyers and look for Mimzy. “I intend to have a bbq with a rummage sale for donations to help curb the costs of the search,” Adam tells us. “I want to provide free food for anyone willing to spend an hour taking my flyers to houses in specific areas that I will assign.” He’s going to print 1,000 flyers and will set up a contest to help encourage people to help find her.

Adam has been putting QSR bar codes on the posters. He says the contest will require people to post a picture of the poster on their Facebook feed, tag “MissingMimzy” and share the location. That will then enter them into a drawing with a grand prize of a catered dinner with a private chef for up to eight people. He’s going to give other prizes for people who help out, including a gift basket and original artwork from a local artist.

“There’s nothing worse than not knowing where your little girl is,” Adam writes.

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Ballard Development Update: six subdivisions in the heart of Ballard

July 2nd, 2015 by Meghan Walker

Six subdivision applications, all in the heart of Ballard and within ten blocks of one another, make up today’s development update from the City of Seattle’s Department of Planning and Development (DPD) as posted in the Land Use Information Bulletin.

Applications:

MapForNotice200106548 24TH AVE NW

A Land Use Application has been submitted to subdivide one development site into three unit lots. The construction of residential units is under Project # 6459738. 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.

MapForNotice200082234 NW 64TH ST

A Land Use Application has been submitted to subdivide one development site into two unit lots. The construction of residential units is under Project #6442492. 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.

MapForNotice200062429 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 #6459740. 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.

MapForNotice200006312 32ND AVE NW

A Land Use Application has been submitted to subdivide one parcel into three parcels of land. Proposed parcel sizes are: A) 645.8 sq. ft., B) 1,039.9 sq. ft., and C) 3,322.3 sq. ft. Project also includes unit lot subdivision of Parcel C into four unit lots. The construction of townhouse/live-work units has been approved under Project #6439571. The subdivision of Parcel C is only for the purpose of allowing sale or lease of the unit lots. Development standards for Parcel C will be applied to Parcel C as a whole and not to each of the new unit lots.

MapForNotice200012236 NW 64TH ST

A Land Use Application has been submitted to subdivide one development site into two unit lots. The construction of residential units is under Project #6442499. 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.

MapForNotice200022222 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 #6459750. 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 about the above applications should be submitted to PRC@seattle.gov or mailed to the address below:

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

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Ballard SeafoodFest still needs volunteers

July 2nd, 2015 by Meghan Walker

seafoodfestBallard’s fishiest festival is just around the corner, and the organizers are looking for more volunteers. SeafoodFest will take over Ballard on July 11 and 12, and they need help with the information booth and post-event teardown.

According to their volunteer sign-up page, they’re looking for a few people to help mostly with the teardown of the info booth at the end of each day. The work will include some walking and lifting of up to 25 lbs. and using a step ladder. The times they need help are from 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 11, and from 4 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, July 12.

To sign up for volunteer spots, visit the SeafoodFest website or click here for the registration page.

 

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Peddler Brewing launches ‘Suds n’ Sinkers Cornhole League’

July 1st, 2015 by Meghan Walker

Peddler -cornhole shirt ART 2 copy-page-0Ballard’s Peddler Brewing Company is now taking registrations for their summer cornhole league, appropriately named “Suds n’ Sinkers.” The cornhole league will meet every Sunday between July 12 and August 16 from 12 noon to 6 p.m.

The league will take teams of between two and four people, at a cost of $25 per person. Teams will get five weeks of play, plus a one-day playoff tournament in week six. There will be two matches per week; one match consists of two games to 21. Each member will also get a league t-shirt, and $1 off beers all day on Sundays through the duration of the league. Winners will take home special prizes.

Peddler says teams should come up with “a clever and slightly inappropriate team name” and will accept “beer and/or bicycle puns, innuendos and double entendres are encouraged but keep it PG-13.” Register your team before the deadline on July 10 at noon.

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Swedish Hospital workers to picket in Ballard today

July 1st, 2015 by Meghan Walker

Ballard Swedish Hospital workers will join nurses and healthcare workers from around the city to picket for better staffing and improved investment. The workers are calling on the hospital to “put patients’ health care dollars into frontline care,” saying the hospital earned $110 million in profit last year. Roughly 7,000 caregivers are expected to picket at various Swedish campuses around the city from noon to 2 p.m. today, including First Hill, Cherry Hill, Ballard, Issaquah, and Edmonds. The First Hill campus will be joined by County Executive Dow Constantine at 12:45 p.m.

The workers, united in SEIU Healthcare 1199NW, “are taking action for better staffing and improved investment in caregiver retention in order to give patients the best quality care,” according to a statement. The rally will include a thousand-member picket at Swedish First Hill at 4 p.m., with a rally to follow at 5:15 featuring Mayor Ed Murray and other elected officials, community leaders, and workers among the speakers.

 

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Local low-power radio station gets green light from FCC

July 1st, 2015 by Meghan Walker

After nearly two years of waiting, a local group has been given the go-ahead to start building their low-power community radio station in our area. The group, named Fulcrum Radio, just received its construction permit from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), and will start building their studio as soon as possible.

Fulcrum represents northwest Seattle, and is one of 13 city groups that were granted a spot on the dial when the FCC opened up an application window for low-power FM stations in late 2013. A low-power FM station is radio that broadcasts at 100 watts or less, which means its reach would be about three miles. Fulcrum plans to set up their antenna at the Norse Home on Phinney Ridge, and expects to reach about 100,000 residents in Ballard, Fremont, Wallingford, Greenlake, Greenwood Queen Anne, and Magnolia. They’ll be on 107.3 FM, and expect to webcast as well.

One of the organizers, Eric Muhs, says their volunteer-run group needs to get moving quickly – they have to be up and running within the next year. They have to build a studio, install an antenna, and develop internet simulcasting. “But more importantly, it means getting the community involved – we want to make and broadcast what the community wants and needs,” Muhs tells us. “We need to develop a small army of broadcasters, journalists, djs, fundraisers, and organizers.”

Muhs says they’ve raised about $4,000 so far, but they have an anticipated annual operating budget around $25,000. To get involved with Fulcrum or to learn more, visit their website or Facebook page.

 

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Dog disappears at Carkeek, owner suspects coyotes to blame

June 30th, 2015 by Meghan Walker

One of our readers tells us she believes her dog was killed by coyotes at Carkeek Park. According to Sarah, her 14 lb. mix-breed dog was walking off-leash with a dog-walker in Carkeek. She says her dog and a miniature dachshund ventured off the trail on the south ridge and quickly disappeared.

“The dog walker searched the area and called for them,” Sarah writes. “The bush is very thick in that area and a human can only travel about 100 yards in. The dogs both have good recall so we suppose that the dogs were grabbed by coyotes.” She added that it happened in the middle of the day, and says she’s shocked it could happen so close to the trail.

We’ve had occasional reports of coyote sightings in the area, and small dogs and cats are often prey for coyotes. If you spot a coyote in the area, report the sighting to the USDA Wildlife Services at 360-337-2778.

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Arashi Ramen to open up shop in Ballard

June 30th, 2015 by Meghan Walker

Screen Shot 2015-06-30 at 2.55.47 PMBallard will soon be the home to a new ramen noodle joint; Arashi Ramen is planning to open a second location in our ‘hood at the former Uma Thai (5401 20th Ave NW) location, which closed in January.

According to Seattle Eater, the restaurant will have a similar menu to their current location in Tukwila, which opened last summer. Owner Sonny Ho and business partner Andy Tsang say they’ll be open for lunch and dinner, from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.

Eater reports that Arashi will likely open by November. Check out their current Tukwila location menu here.

Photo courtesy Arashi’s website

 

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