Road closures for the Greenwood Seafair Parade

This evening is the annual Greenwood Seafair Parade which means that traffic in the area will be affected.

A float celebrating Leif Erikson at last year’s parade.

Beginning at 4:15 p.m. Greenwood Ave N between N 95th St and N 105th St will close for staging. Then at 5:30 p.m., Greenwood Ave between N 85th St to N 105th St will close.

The parade route runs along Greenwood Avenue North from North 95th Street to North 85th Street, then turns west on 85th to 6th Avenue Northwest. The entire route will be closed until after 8:30 p.m.

Three Metro Transit bus routes serving the Greenwood area will be rerouted from approximately 4 to 8:30 p.m. for the parade. For details about service on routes 5, 48 and 355. Click here for details on the bus changes.

Here are details on the parade from our sister site PhinneyWood.com.

Curb installation on 28th Ave NW delayed

The Seattle Department of Transportation has pushed the construction slated for 28th Ave NW until next month.

Crews will be adding curbs on both sides of 28th Ave between NW 56th and 57th and one-half block just south of NW 56th on the east side of the street to create a safer walking environment for pedestrians.. Marybeth Turner with SDOT says, “The paving crews now expect to begin this project on 28th NW during the first or second weeks of August. This work was rescheduled because work on other projects preceding this one are taking longer than expected.”

Sounders FC star coming to Ballard

Sounders FC star Kasey Keller is making a stop in Ballard this Thursday. The 40-year-old goalkeeper will be signing autographs at the Ballard QFC (5700 24th Ave NW) from 4 to 6 p.m. Keller is one of the Sounders captains and has played in three World Cups, but not the most recent one in South Africa. According to our news partners, the Seattle Times, Keller has been named an inactive member of the 2010 All-Stars team. (Thanks Robby for the tip!)

Dish it up! expanding to Ballard

In an effort to be closer to their clients, Magnolia’s Dish it up! is expanding to Ballard. “They [customers] are hip foodies and we thought we should be right in the heart of where they shop – one of the best year round Farmer’s Markets in the Northwest – The Ballard Sunday Market,” owner Andrea Reith tells us. The space is right next to the new bar, Noble Fir, on Ballard Avenue.

Dish it up! offers things the at-home cook wants including cooking classes, skills classes, kitchen gadgets and an assortment of culinary gear. The new space is larger than the current one in Magnolia and the “cooking class stage will be twice as large and feature two completely decked out Viking Kitchens for side by side cook-off competitions and throwdowns,” Reith says. The events offered at Dish it up! include “a great line up of Sunday mini market cooking classes, regular evening & daytime cooking classes, kids cooking classes, technique classes plus book signings, winemakers events and more.”

The second arm of the business, Urban Kitchen Company, will also be in this space, featuring several model kitchens for people looking to remodel the kitchen in their small, older home or condo.

Reith is hoping to open later this fall.

Library fines could go up

That overdue library book may soon cost you a little more. The Seattle Public Library is considering a hike in fines to help offset its budget woes. Here’s a look at some of the proposed fines:

  • The daily fine for an overdue book, CD, or DVD would change from 15 cents a day to 25 cents a day.
  • The daily fine for an overdue interlibrary loan (an item borrowed from outside The Seattle Public Library) would change from 25 cents a day to $1 a day.
  • The daily fine for an overdue reference resource would change from 15 cents a day to $1 a day.

The Library Board will take public comment on the proposed changes at its 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 25 meeting at the Central Library on 4th Avenue.

Grub ‘N Pub Crawl for Tuesdays in Ballard

During this week’s “Tuesdays in Ballard,” the InBallard Merchants Association is throwing its first-ever Grub ‘N Pub Crawl and 39 shops, restaurants, coffee shops, and bars in Ballard are participating.

Here’s how it works:
1) Get a Passport Card Pick up your Tuesdaysinballard.com Grub ‘N Pub Crawl Passport at any participating bar/restaurant/café or download it here (.pdf).

2) Show the Passport Card on 7/27 for one round of specially priced items at each participating location.

3) Enter to win. Crawl through Ballard on 7/27 and have your passport stamped at 4 locations to be entered into a drawing for more food & drink prizes!

(Disclosure: MyBallard is a member of the InBallard Merchants Association; the IBMA is a sponsor of MyBallard.)

‘Fill the Boot’ raises more than $100,000 for MDA

Ballard’s firefighters, along with 400 others throughout Seattle, raised more than $100,000 for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

During the “Fill the Boot” campaign on July 15th and 16th, firefighters stood at 15th Ave NW and NW Market collecting coins, cash and checks for the non-profit. “MDA would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to all drivers who dropped their dollars and change into the boots of Fire Fighters,” the press release from the MDA states. In total, drivers around Seattle donated $102,731.

New features on My Ballard

We added a few new features here on My Ballard over the weekend, which you can visit via the navigation at the top of the page:

Events: We’ve added a new, enhanced events calendar that allows you to submit events directly, instead of sending us an email. (Please only submit Ballard community events — we will not approve events that are strictly commercial). You can also set up events alerts, forward events to friends, add events to your personal calendar and all kinds of good stuff.

Cameras: The Seattle Department of Transportation recently rolled out a bunch of new traffic cameras in Ballard and surrounding neighborhoods, and we’ve added them to our traffic cameras page.

Data: Powered by EveryBlock.com, the data page updates you on Ballard 911 dispatches, restaurant inspections, liquor licenses and building permits, to name a few. (Disclosure: Cory works for msnbc.com which owns EveryBlock.com).

Newsletter: We recently launched a weekly newsletter with information about community events here in Ballard and in nearby North Seattle neighborhoods. We will soon highlight deals, as well.