The weekend events calendar

– Tonight (Friday) is a benefit concert benefiting the Seattle Community Law Center at Trinity United Methodist Church. A $20 donation is requested.
– It’s also homecoming at Ballard High! The Beavers take on Inglemoor tonight at Memorial Stadium at 8 p.m. (Maybe we’ll get our first win.)

– As we mentioned below, this weekend is the 5th Annual Sustainable Ballard Festival. The free event runs Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
– Saturday night at 6 p.m. is the Beer ‘n Bites fundraiser for the Sunset Hill Community Association. Proceeds for the event will help update the clubhouse. Tickets are $25 at the door. More details here.
– The KEXP Rockabilly Ball runs through Saturday night at The Tractor.
– For more live music, check out the concert calendars for the Sunset Tavern, The Bit Saloon, High Dive, Conor Byrne and Nectar.

As always, check out our events calendar. And if you have an event to add, just email us at and we’ll post it in the calendar.

Sustainable Ballard Festival this weekend

Up to 7,500 people are expected at the 5th Annual Sustainable Ballard Festival this weekend at Ballard Commons Park on 22nd Ave. The free event is focused on teaching the community about living and enjoying sustainable lifestyles. This year’s festival will be modeled after an old-time county fair with games, contests and music. Some of the activities include the “Eat Local Challenge” and how to raise chickens in the city. If ready, Sustainable Ballard will also be showing off the prototype of the hygiene station for the proposed car camps, which has sparked quite the discussion on MyBallard. The free event runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Sign warns about Ballard muggings

My Ballard readers have written us about this sign at 17th Ave. and 56th St.

The message from a “concerned citizen” warns about a rash of violent muggings in Ballard late at night. We called Seattle Police and spoke to public information officer Jeff Kappel to see if there’s a public safety issue, and he said he would check and get back to us. We’ll update when we learn more. (Thanks Cristin for the photo and Stephen for the tip.)

Introducing advertising on My Ballard

It’s been nine months since we started My Ballard, and a week doesn’t go by without someone asking if we’ll bring advertising to the site. We’ve been a little hesitant, because we don’t relish filling the site with display ads that nobody clicks. So today, we’re taking a different approach and introducing something we’re calling “business announcements.” It’s a dedicated place in the middle of the blog where local businesses can post a sale, event, coupon, new hours, new products — anything they’d like to announce to the neighborhood.

Our first announcement is from the Ballard Food Bank, which did not pay for the ad. (We’ll be including public service announcements from time to time along with the paying advertisers.) Our goal, besides generating a little revenue, is to give local businesses a prominent avenue to communicate with the neighborhood in a cost-effective way. And we hope you’ll support them. For more information on placing an ad, click here.

‘The Point at Salmon Bay’ to break ground soon

Exclusive: Construction on what will be Ballard’s largest hotel is slated to begin in about a month — but it won’t be the Silver Cloud Hotel, as originally planned. “The Point Hotel at Salmon Bay,” managed by The Hotel Group out of Edmonds, is now slated for the old Yankee Grill parking lot. Don Schwartz, one of the owners of the hotel, tells My Ballard that if everything goes as plan, they could break ground as early as November 1st.

Schwartz tells us that they want the 166-room hotel at 24th Ave & Shilshole Ave NW (map) to fit in with Ballard. The architecture won’t look like a brand new hotel, instead it will have an older look. (We’ll post the renderings as soon as we get them.) There will be old photos of Ballard around the hotel and a courtyard where they’ll host events like wine tastings. Construction will take a year and a half and the hotel is scheduled to open spring of 2010.

As for the old Yankee Grill right next door (above), Rick Osterhout, senior vice president of GVA Kidder Mathews, tells us that several parties are interested in the restaurant. The 18,500 square foot restaurant sits right on the water, at the end of 24th Ave., behind the planned hotel.

Rockabilly Ball at Tractor Tavern

The longest-running rockabilly festival in the country, the 21st annual KEXP Rockabilly Ball runs this Thursday through Saturday at the Tractor Tavern. The long lineup of bands includes Slim Sandy, The Royal Deuces, The Black Crabs… and there’s even a car show. More info here.

Here’s the The Mezcal Brothers playing at last year’s ball (courtesy KEXP).

Update: Saturday’s car show won’t be held on Ballard Ave. as previous years, but at the Shanty Tavern on Lake City Way, says Kirsten in comments.

2009 ‘Dinner and a Movie’ schedule set

Dinner and a movie never tasted so good! Volterra Restaurant and the Seattle International Film Festival have introduced the “Dinner and a Movie” lineup for next year. It’s the second year for the popular quarterly series. For 2009 the SIFF artistic director has chosen four food-themed films including Babette’s Feast, Like Water for Chocolate, Tampopo, and Diner. Tickets are $125 and include dinner and the movie. A series pass is $500.

New live-work units approved

The land use sign has sat in the yard at 8022 15th Ave NW since last October.

This week the Department of Planning and Development approved an application to demolish the current house and build on the two lots. The plans call for a four-story building and a three-story building with a total of six live-work units and one residential unit. There will be parking for 7 cars.

Triple moving, Trickwood expanding

Updated: Less than six months after opening, Triple has closed its current location in search of another. The owners of Market Street Shoes and Market Street Athlete opened this hipster shoe boutique back in April in the space above Rudy’s and King’s Hardware on Ballard Ave. Ryan from Triple says that they’re in search of a street-level location with more visibility. The products that were sold at the shop will be available at their other two locations.

Business is going great at Trickwood, the skater shop we profiled a few weeks ago. They’re planning to expand into one of the rooms that Triple is vacating. Owner Steven Baldwin says Trickwood “is the talk of the middle school” and moms are coming in to buy their kids those hard-to-find skater shoes. (Our thanks to Ballardite Blog, which first heard that Triple might be closing.)