Slippery crossing on Burke Gilman Trail to be fixed Friday

A small part of the Burke Gilman Trail will be closed on Friday so crews can fix a slippery crossing where the trail meets rail road tracks at NW 41st and NW 40th Streets.

Photo courtesy Michael Snyder

The trail will be closed from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the work area. A detour will be set up to Sixth Ave NW, and Sixth will be restricted to local traffic only between Leary Way NW and NW 41st Street.

For more information on why this fix is being made, see our earlier coverage here.

Family picnic and bike parade tonight

Bring your picnic and decorate those bikes, trikes and wagons at the Family Picnic and Bike Parade tonight at the Loyal Heights Community Center (2101 NW 77th St.) Decorating supplies will be available at 6 p.m. or you can decorate your child’s mode of transportation on your own. The bike parade around the loop starts at 6:30 p.m. There will be lawn games and a bounce house for the kids after the parade. The cost is $3 for bike entry and ice cream or just $1 for ice cream only.

Make sure to check the events calendar for upcoming community events.

All-City Band looking for alum for 60th celebration

As the Seattle All-City Band gets ready for a summer full of performances in Seafair parades and other community celebrations, they are also on the lookout for alumni.

The All-City Band performing in the Wallingford Kiddies Parade

This year marks the 60th year for the band! To celebrate, they are looking for enough alum to make up a separate band. “We hope to find enough alumni members to have a separate alumni band, which is quite an undertaking,” said Marcus Pimpleton, director of the group. “I think it will be a great experience to have our newest members and those who haven’t played in decades performing in tandem.”

The All-City Band, which is comprised of musicians from throughout the city, was founded in 1952 and is the longest continuous entrant in the Seafair Torchlight Parade. They have also won countless sweepstakes awards in the region’s parades throughout their history.

We’re told that many of the band’s members and former members went to Ballard and Roosevelt High.

Near the end of the summer, the Friends of All-City Band organization will host a commemorative banquet to honor the band’s storied history, celebrate the impact of the band on its students and the community, and to bring together former members of the group. There will be a silent auction component to the celebration, as the organization hopes to raise money for new percussion equipment, travel costs for the band’s parades outside of Seattle, and scholarships for students in need.

The banquet will be held on August 5th at the Brockey Center on the South Seattle Community College campus. Tickets are available here. Alum are encouraged to submit their contact information and learn more about the alumni band by emailing

Free painting supplies offered to cover up graffiti

The city is offering free supplies to cover up graffiti in our neighborhoods.

A spray-painted smiley face on Larsen’s Bakery in 2009.

For the next two months, groups and individuals can tackle graffiti with Seattle’s new anti-graffiti program, Summer Paint Out. The city will give volunteers free paint (white, brown or gray), rollers, brushes, scrapers and gloves to paint over graffiti.

Supplies can be picked up at the Seattle Public Utilities warehouse (3633 E Marginal Way S) on the following Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
-July 2
-July 16
-July 30
-August 6
-August 20

In order to receive the supplies, you must register first – use the link, email or call 206-684-7790.

Seattle Police North Precinct reports 85 residential burglaries in June

The Seattle Police Department’s North Precinct reports 85 residential burglaries from June 1-28. Crime Prevention Coordinator Terrie Johnston said 45 of those were non-forced entry, meaning a door or window were left unlocked, or the thief had a key.

With warmer weather during the summer, people are more likely to leave a window open, leading to the possibility of a thief or attacker gaining entry into the home. Johnston sent along these crime prevention tips:

Opened windows on the upper floors may be just the opportunity the would-be thief is seeking. Crooks used plastic lawn chairs, patio furniture, ice chest, garden pots and in one case a ladder to climb up onto the 2nd floor and came in through open windows. Pet doors were the method of entry in several of the burglaries, so be aware. Back doors were popular this month, so reconsider how easy it is for your watchful neighbors to see onto your back yards. The victims’ tools which were left out were used to pry open a rear basement door, and again on the door leading into the upstairs. Decorative rocks and bricks were thrown through back windows in a few of these crimes.

Johnston provides free security surveys of home and businesses. Call her at 206-684-7711 .

‘Walk Bike Ride Challenge’ starts Friday

The city is encouraging drivers to get out of their cars and start walking, biking or riding transit. This cycle of the Walk Bike Ride (WBR) Challenge runs the months of July and August. “Summer is a great time to try walking, biking or riding transit to work, to get to know your neighborhood and to start lifetime habits that keep you healthy,” said Councilmember Tom Rasmussen. The goal of the program is to help people get in shape, save money and reduce greenhouse gases.

Participants of the WBR challenge, will get weekly emails with tips on walking, biking and riding. Participants can also track individual progress and the program’s collective impact online.

The more trips one reports, the higher the chance they have of winning these prizes:

  • Electric bike from e-Moto
  • Apple iPad
  • Pan Pacific Hotel stay
  • Zipcar $250 gift card
  • REI $100 gift card
  • Nordstrom’s $100 gift card (supplied by Commute Seattle)
  • $100 gift card good at seven farmers’ markets
  • To join the summertime WBR challenge or for more information, click here.

    Outdoor Movie Night returns to King’s Hardware

    This summer, King’s Hardware (5225 Ballard Ave NW) will celebrate Mondays with outdoor movies. There will be free popcorn and 28-cent hot wings, as well as film-appropriate food and drink specials.

    This year Movie Night will kick off with a Patrick Swayze Tribute Month starting July 11th with Roadhouse. All movies start at dusk, around 9 p.m. The deck will be heated if the weather doesn’t warm up.

    Here is the line-up:

    July 11th- Roadhouse
    July 18th- Red Dawn
    July 25th- Point Break
    August 1st- Office Space
    August 8th- Super Mario Bros.
    August 15th-What About Bob?
    August 22nd- Dumb & Dumber
    August 29th- The Notebook

    If Mother Nature decides to cooperate, movie nights could extend into September. Follow them on Twitter or like them on Facebook to get updates.

    Developer to renovate old Ballard building

    This old, worn down 1927 building at 5309 22nd Avenue NW is about to get a new life.

    Over the next six months, the Henry Whyte Building will be transformed into a multi-use retail and restaurant space.

    Randi Suetens, daughter of developer Phil Suetens, tells us that the space will be divided into four to eight retail and restaurant spaces.

    During the work, the building will be structurally updated and earthquake retrofitted, but the integrity of the building will remain.

    “While we will be doing a lot of work to the building, it is important to us to keep the original look of the building,” Randi tells us.

    Here is more about the history of the building:

    Ballard Millwork Co. Inc. first occupied the building, as you can see in the photographs. Around the year 1937 Union Wines Inc. moved in. It is unclear when they moved out, but their name has remained on the building over the years. Until recently, the building has been used as warehouse space for Olsen Furniture.

    For more renderings and future plans for this building, click here.

    Bold burglar steals cash from register

    The owner of Enlighten Cafe (5424 Ballard Ave NW) tells us that a man came in and took nearly 200 dollars from the cash drawer on Saturday while the shop was open.

    Here is the account from owner Chris Wilcynski:

    Our barista went upstairs to use the restroom, and left two customers in the cafe, one of which was a regular. She feels like she was gone for approximately 3 minutes and witnessed a man with the following description in the hallway when she returned. “I saw a copper-skinned, portly man probably in his late 40s or early 50s with his head ducked down so I couldn’t see his eyes, wearing a white chef’s coat and walking unassuming”. Having a suspicion that something was off as he was down by the restroom, but didn’t have a key, she checked the cafe and found that all large bills had been taken from the cash drawer. When she spoke with the our regular in the cafe, he said that the man had gone behind the counter and opened the cash drawer and taken money out. The customer assumed he was an employee of Root Table, needing cash to purchase some additional items for the restaurant as he was wearing a chef’s coat and acted as if he belonged. He was very quiet, quick, and smooth.

    “From the looks of how he robbed us, he was aware of our systems, so likely had been watching our cafe, had the audacity to pretend he belonged and fit within the context of our cafe and restaurant so to fool our regular customers who were in the cafe,” Wilcynski says. “I would assume that he would be watching other businesses as well.”