The weekend events calendar

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.
  • For live music, check out the calendars for the Tractor Tavern, Sunset Tavern, The Bit Saloon, High Dive, Conor Byrne, Egan’s Ballard Jam House and Nectar. As always, check out our events calendar. And if you have an event to add, just email us at

    Rock thrown through window of Ballard restaurant

    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.

    Radio host interviews ‘Knotty Bodies’ barista

    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.

    Teen charged as adult in Ballard murder

    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.

    Bike lane changes proposed for Ballard Bridge

    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.)

    Share your bounty with those in need

    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

    Spray park open late to beat the heat

    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.”

    Get ready for the Blue Angels

    The Blue Angels are back for their annual airshow at Seafair.

    The Navy F/A-18 performers will be practicing today and tomorrow before their official shows this weekend. WSDOT has information on the I-90 closures.

    Here is the flight schedule for those of you who want to see them or just need a little advance warning since they can be pretty loud.

  • Thursday, July 30 – 9:45 a.m. to noon, and 1:15 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
  • Friday, July 31 – 12:45 p.m. to 2:40 p.m.
  • Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 1 & 2 – 12:45 p.m. to 2:40 p.m.
  • Where is your favorite place to watch the Blue Angels?