Whittier Heights salmon feed Friday

The Whittier Heights Community Council is holding a salmon feed this Friday for Whittier Heights neighbors to get to know each other. The event will be held in the Whittier Elementary cafeteria from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The cost is $7 for adults, $5 for kids and $18 for families. Depending on the weather, dinner may be followed by an outdoor movie. The WHCC is still looking for a few volunteers to help out on Friday. Contact Brad Wakeman (brad@lakere.com) if you can help in the kitchen, with the BBQ, be a ticket taker, help clean up or help set up the movie.

Radio Shack robbed at gunpoint

The Radio Shack on Market Street was robbed this morning. Seattle Police spokesman Mark Jamieson says that a suspect walked into the store at 9:15 a.m. and confronted the clerk with a handgun. Once he robbed the store, he took off, Jamieson says. The suspect is described as a white male in his late 20’s, 6′ 1″ tall weighing between 180 and 190 pounds. He was wearing black sunglasses, a black hat, a black puffy coat and blue jeans. SPD Robbery Detectives are currently investigating. (Thanks Silver for the tip!)

Crown Hill QFC closing October 17th

The Crown Hill QFC, which has been slated for closure, now has a final date. The store will permanently close on October 17th at 6 p.m., according to Kristin Maas with QFC.

Maas tells us that the store is holding a close-out sale with 30 percent off grocery items and 40 percent off natural foods and health & beauty care items. The discounts don’t apply to books, magazines, alcohol, tobacco, pharmacy, gift cards and other items prohibited by law. Starting today the Crown Hill store will not be honoring the weekly print ad, she says, and is redirecting shoppers to use the Holman Road QFC (9999 Holman Road N.W.) Also starting today, the Crown Hill QFC will be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. instead of 24 hours a day. Approximately 40 employees are being offered positions at other QFC stores. The new QFC store that is under construction on 24th Ave NW is slated to open mid-December, Maas tells us, but a firm date has not been set.

Seattle Solar Tour is Saturday

Just as the sun hides behind the clouds, grab your umbrella for the Seattle Solar Tour. More than 30 homes and businesses are showing how they conserve energy and harness both sun and rain. The tour is this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Several homes in Ballard are on the list. See a list of participating homes here, with links to maps and directions.

The U.S. Department of Energy recently designated Seattle as one of 25 Solar America Cities. According to Seattle City Light, only about two dozen customers had solar electric installations in 2005. That number has now climbed to about 200 residential and business customers.

Borrowing changes ahead at library

Starting on October 15th, The Seattle Public Library is changing its borrowing policy and adding/changing fines and fees to some items.

The number of items you can check out will drop from 100 to 50. In order to check out anymore books you must not have more than 50 library items. The number of holds is also dropping to 25. “Cardholders won’t lose unfilled holds, but won’t be able to place more holds until the total is below 25,” according to the bookmark being handed out. If you want to borrow a book from a different library system, it will cost five dollars. This fee does not apply to items owned by SPL. Items designated for kids twelve and under will start accruing late fees. Daily fines will be fifteen cents per day per item.

The SPL board of trustees revised their policy (.pdf) to “address the high demand for limited library books and other items during tough
economic times, continue to provide quality service with a constrained budget, maximize the circulation of books and other items for all customers and bring borrowing limits and fees in line with other library systems.”

Last month the entire library system took a week-long furlough to help with budget cuts. (Thanks Peggy for the tip!)

Tigertail closure update

Update 5:45 p.m.: Just went by Tigertail again this afternoon and noticed a letter from the Department of Revenue in the window. The Sept. 17 letter states that Tigertail’s Certificate of Registration has been revoked because of three unpaid tax warrants in the amounts of $6,897.34, $10,397.76 and $12,970.20. The warrants were issued Aug. 28, 2008, Feb. 26, 2009, and June 25, 2009. The letter states that the sign must be posted conspicuously. We never noticed it the three previous times we stopped by in the last week, perhaps because the non-descript white paper is sandwiched in between the menu, reviews and various other signs. What’s interesting is that while the sign must be posted for the public to view, the Department of Revenue told us this morning it couldn’t comment on the case because it’s a privacy issue.

The state Liquor Control Board says this morning that the Washington State Department of Revenue is responsible for Tigertail’s closure.

The state DOR will only say that Tigertail, 704 NW 65th St., still has an active business license. They won’t comment on whether they are pursuing a matter against the company, saying it’s a privacy issue.

Still no word from Tigertail’s owners about what’s happening.

Nominate a hero for a Red Cross award

The Seattle Red Cross is looking for extraordinary people in our community to recognize. Each year the organization honors “everyday heroes” who have helped someone in need whether it be raising money or giving life-saving CPR. There are several categories that heroes can be nominated for: fire, police, workplace safety, adult & youth good samaritan as well as nature and medical rescue. The nominee must be a resident of King County and the heroic act must have occurred in the county between December 1, 2008, and November 30, 2009. The 14th annual “Everyday People, Everyday Heroes” breakfast will be held next March. Proceeds from the breakfast support disaster relief efforts. You can fill out the nomination form here.

Sustainable Ballard Festival kicks off

The 6th Annual Sustainable Ballard Festival kicked off Saturday, and it couldn’t have been a more gorgeous day.  
Sustainable Ballard
Once again, the free event is taking place at Ballard Commons Park and there’s plenty for everyone to see, do and learn about saving money and the planet. 
Charcoal Stove
Nearly 70 vendors with food, fun, how-to’s and how-not-to’s took part in this year’s fair.
Girl with Dog Cart
With some 4-legged help from Brett, this little girl took a test drive on a locally-developed sulky.
Undriver License
The Undriver Licensing Station returned for its 2nd year, recruiting people to make a one-month pledge to use an alternate form of transportation than a car. 
Sadie Undriver Photo
Since their launch at the 2007 Sustainable Ballard Festival, the organization has licensed more than 3,000 Undrivers.  People who make a pledge to reduce car use receive a license and eight free METRO bus passes.  (A $5 donation is suggested but not required.)
Undriver Help from Electric Car
When the Undriver Licensing station temporarily lost power, they sought help from what else – an electric car.
Dog Meets Goat
City dog, meet city goat.  The Seattle Farm Co-op returned with their urban chickens, rabbits and goats. 
Recycled Fashion Show
The Recycled/Upcycled Fashion Show featured creations from local designers, all of which were impressively made entirely out of recycled materials.
Flash Fashion
The first-ever Flash Fashion Challenge also kicked off.  The competition gives contestants 24 hours to build a new fashion from old.  Starter kits containing manufacture samples and partial-garments were available for people to pick up, as well as additional scraps and remnants. 
Little Fashionista
This junior designer couldn’t wait to get started.  We were told she plans to hand-sew her outfit.  The contest concludes tomorrow with a fashion show of all the creations at 4pm.

The Sustainable Ballard Festival continues on Sunday from 12-5pm.  Click here for a schedule of events.