Last weekend was packed with events, this weekend looks to be much more low-key around Ballard.
There will be a benefit car wash on Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Ballard Brothers Seafood & Burgers to raise money for the “Hoops for Hope” basketball tournament which raises money for victims of gun violence and their families. The “Global Youth Project” which is hosting the tournament is working through the Boys & Girls Club of Ballard.
From 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday Patria Band will be performing at the Locks. Batucada Yemanja will be performing on Sunday.
More than 3,500 people are expected at Golden Gardens this Sunday for Tribal Journeys 2009. Tribal members in canoes from Washington and British Columbia will converge at Golden Gardens traditional activities.
The Magnolia SummerFest is this weekend. MagnoliaVoice has the rundown of events for kids and adults
We can’t ignore Seafair. This is the big hydro weekend on Lake Washington. KIRO will be televising the races and Blue Angel performances. Their broadcast schedule is here.
You now have until 9 a.m. Monday to register your block for Tuesday’s event. We’ve received emails from a few people who are wondering where the gatherings will be. If your block is hosting a Night Out party, post details in comments below.
Someone threw a rock through the window of Restaurante Michoacan at 8311 15th Ave NW early this morning and got away with a couple bottles of whiskey.
“That is a couple of young thugs in the neighborhood who wanted to go into that section of the restaurant,” Rudy McCoy-Pantoja Jr. a friend of the owner tells us. The alarm went off at 2 a.m. after the suspect(s) broke the glass, and McCoy-Panoja Jr. believes that the noise of the alarm scared the culprit(s) away. Even though only liquor was stolen, the window will be $1,300 to replace. “It’s not easy in this economy,” McCoy-Pantoja Jr. said.
KIRO radio host Dori Monson gave himself a tough assignment: interviewing a bikini-clad barista at Ballard’s brand new “Knotty Bodies” coffee stand. Knotty Bodies opened on 15th Ave. on Saturday, only to be closed Sunday after convenience store clerk Manish Melwani was killed just a few feet away.
Dori asks about the shooting as well as why the shop is using skin as a selling point. “Granted, we’re using our bodies to sell coffee, and that sells,” says Amber, a barista. “If these stands were in Vegas or California, nobody would even think twice. But since they’re here in Seattle, people freak out about them. Or they love them.” Amber said that they discovered a note on their window “from the church across the street saying our kind isn’t welcome here,” and she admitted that business is a little slow so far.
The teenager accused of killing Manish Melwani on Sunday at the Pit Stop is being charged as an adult, according to the Seattle Times.
The Times says 17-year-old Elijah Hall is now facing first degree murder charges. Charging papers say that Hall was seen at the scene where the suspect’s clothes were found Sunday evening and he talked with detectives. Hall gave them his address and told them that he had heard two gunshots that morning. On Monday, the state crime lab matched fingerprints found inside the convenience store to Hall. The teen was arrested later that day.
Updated: The Seattle Department of Transportation is preparing to make some changes to the bike lane along the south end of the Ballard Bridge.
The bike path currently curves along the exit at West Emerson but SDOT is proposing several options improve both bike access and truck turning movements. Michael Snyder emailed us, “Cyclists have long complained about how horrible the Ballard Bridge is to cross. This is SDOT’s attempt to make it easier to merge in and continue south on 15th.” Aaron also emailed us, “Personally, I’m a little concerned by this. Drivers for the most part are accustomed to being able to make that right hand turn onto Emerson without yielding to crossing pedestrians or cyclists.”
SDOT met with a 15 member committee consisting of freight, bicycle and pedestrian advocates, to develop this plan. Dawn Schellenberg with SDOT says that they’re looking for input. You can leave comments here until August 12 so the changes can be made by the beginning of September. (Copyright photo by Michael Snyder is republished with permission. More photos here.)
Tis the season to pick the fruits of your labor and if you’ve got more fruit than you know what to do with, why not donate it? Solid Ground’s Fruit Tree Harvest is underway and they’re looking for fruit tree owners who have more fruit than they need, as well as volunteers to pick fruit and deliver it to Seattle food banks, meal programs, and community organizations. So far more than 90 pounds of plums have been donated to the Ballard Food Bank. To volunteer or donate fruit contact Sadie at 206-694-6751 or firstname.lastname@example.org
With little relief from the heat after the sun went down last night, Jamie packed up the kids and headed to Ballard Commons to play in the water.
This photo was taken at 9:30 p.m. “We really appreciated the fountain being open late last night!” she emailed us. We spoke with Jose at the Parks Department. He tells us that the water park is generally open until 8 p.m. but “I would expect that they’ll extend that until 9 p.m.”