Tree stolen out of Ballard front yard

Last month, we posted a story about several statues that were stolen from Ballard residents’ front yards, and now someone has stolen a tree. “My husband walked out of the house this morning around 9:30 a.m. and found one of our trees in our front yard in the 7500 block of 19th in the Loyal Heights area dug up, dragged several feet, put in the back of a vehicle and stolen,” writes My Ballard reader Jennifer.

She sent us this photo of the tree from several years ago. “The branches are much longer and the truck is now approximately 4 inches in diameter,” she explains. “If anyone saw anything or is having some yard work done and suddenly has a new weeping evergreen that you think might belong to us, please have them contact me.” Her email address is posted here.

Tickets on sale for Ballard Jazz Festival

The Ballard Jazz Festival is quickly approaching, and tickets are now on sale for the five-day event, April 22-26. On the bill: jazz legend Hadley Caliman, saxophonist Bill Ramsey and the Joe Locke Quintet, to name a few. There’s also the Brotherhood of the Drum, a “Guitar Summit” at The Sunset, the Jazz Walk with 16 groups in 13 venues, and to finish things off, a Swedish pancake jazz brunch. Lots more details and ticket information right here.

Photo from last year’s Ballard Jazz Walk.

Garbage and recycling changes start today

Don’t forget that all the new recycling and yard waste changes start today, and that your collection day may have changed. You should have received a notice in the mail with your collection day listed on the label, and the garbage collectors should have placed a collection day sticker on your garbage can. You can also check online here.

Yard waste will now be picked up every week, and you can put food scraps such as meat, fish, bones, shells, cheese and dairy products into your yard waste carts. You also can recycle a ton more stuff than before, including paper and plastic cups, deli trays, aluminum foil, plastic plant pots and lids that are at least three inches in diameter. And you can put glass right into the main recycling cart instead of separating it. For more information, click here.

Seattle PI holds farewell party in Ballard

On Friday night, several hundred former and newly-former Seattle Post-Intelligencer employees gathered at the Ballard Elks Lodge to mark an end of an era. Party organizers had put a ban on “working press,” which would explain why we didn’t hear about it. But David Horsey, who now works for SeattlePI.com — the newspaper reborn online — explains the scene:

“There were the friends I made when we were all young and new to the P-I newsroom, friends who have moved on but remain my closest pals. It was dizzying seeing all these people from different stages of my life in one room — sort of like a high school reunion on steroids.”

The Stranger’s Eli Sanders also attended. “I wished that the final scene in the death of this civic institution hadn’t been kept so private,” he said. The party was organized by former employees because the Seattle PI’s owner, Hearst Corporation, elected not to throw a farewell party of its own.

Monitor traffic along 15th Ave. NW

The Seattle Department of Transportation has created a new website to give drivers traffic conditions on main city streets. For the first time, that includes 15th Ave NW. The site features color-coded roadways so you can decide which route to take. You can also check the city’s traffic cameras and see where trouble spots, like construction projects, might be. The traffic information is gathered from measuring devices embedded in the roadway, according to the press release sent out by the city. (Thanks for the email Armand!)

Celebrating Norwegian Cultural Heritage Day

We just returned from the Leif Erikson Lodge where a good crowd enjoyed Norwegian treats, crafts and music. It’s all part of Norwegian Cultural Heritage Day at the lodge with the theme, “Tastes of Norway.”

The event featured traditional Norwegian cooking and craft demonstrations.

Including an old-fashioned pickled herring taste off! The original Ballard sushi. A few more photos of food and entertainment follow below…

Mmmmm. Krumkake.

And lefsa on the grill.

Women wearing bunads, the traditional Norwegian folk costume.

And one of the many crafts.

Updates: Edith tattoos, Hi-Life fire, raccoon

A couple quick updates to two stories from the last few days…

– After our story on the “Edith Macefield’s Army” tattoos, three TV stations aired the story. Curtis at Anchor Tattoo tells us that two more people have asked about getting the tattoo — including a woman in Shoreline who lived in Ballard for 30 years — adding to his waiting list of several others.

– The Hi-Life is still closed after Wednesday’s kitchen fire. The blaze was up inside the flue of a cooking range, and it’s taking several days to fix. The restaurant says it expects to open sometime mid to late this coming week.

That raccoon that had taken up residence in a crows nest, is no longer there.

Vikings Robotics Team to compete this weekend

The Viking Robotics Team is taking part in a robotics competition this weekend at Key Arena with their robot named Thor. The Ballard High students will be up against 53 other teams from around the country and the world.

The BHS team is made up of Freshmen and Sophomores who are interested in engineering and technology. According to the team’s profile and business plan, their robot will, “Collect Moon rock pieces from the arena field into the robot hopper, transport the rocks to one of our robot alliance’s fueling stations, where our payload specialist will manually throw them into the opposing alliance’s robot trailers scoring points for our alliance.”

They believe they have a chance at winning several awards including the Chrysler Team Spirit award, the Highest Rookie Seed award, and with their simple design they hope to bring home the Delphi “Driving Tomorrow’s Technology” award. The event is free and open to the public.