Whittier Heights garage sale this Saturday

Saturday, June 2 is one of the biggest garage sale days of the year for Whittier Heights. Last year over 60 families set up shop for the big day. The Whittier Heights Community Council puts together a map of all participating homes, and there are only a few days left to get on the map. If you want to join the garage sale, email Brad Wakeman at brad@lakere.com. Maps will be distributed on Saturday.

Bartell Drugs hosting community food drive

From now until June 10, Bartell Drugs, in partnership with Food Lifeline, will be collecting food for local food banks. The drive is focused on replenishing supplies for food banks for the summer months, when families that normally depend on free or reduced-price school meals struggle to provide meals at home.

Bartell Drugs is suggesting food items like tuna, instant oatmeal, macaroni and cheese, peanut butter, cheese crackers, applesauce and canned fruit. Other useful items to donate include baby formula, diapers, baby food (boxes or plastic tubs only) and personal care items such as toothpaste, toothbrushes, tissues, shampoo, conditioner, soap and feminine hygiene products.

Adams Elementary donates hundreds to charities through ‘Penny Harvest’

Adams Elementary’s fall Penny Harvest cultivated a large crop of dollars, which the school has donated to a handful of local charities.

Photo courtesy Adams Elementary

With their motto, “Tiny but Mighty,” students from Adams “harvested” pennies in the fall, after which a student leadership group of fourth and fifth graders surveyed Adams’ student body about problems they wanted to see solved in our community. The students decided homelessness, poverty, the environment and animal welfare were the top concerns, and conducted research on local organizations that address those issues.

The organizations chosen to receive the Penny Harvest Grants are Wellspring Family Services ($300), Puget Soundkeeper Alliance ($300), PAWS ($200), and Guide Dogs for the Blind Seattle Puppy Raisers ($200). The students also are oganizing a toy and clothing drive for Treehouse for Kids between now and June 8.

Ballard High School track students celebrate victories at state competition

By Bucky Beaver

Ballard High School sent eight student-athletes to the state track and field championships at Mt Tahoma this weekend and six of them placed.

Emma Suchland in lane 4, courtesy BHS Athletics

Senior Emma Suchland placed in two events, finishing third in the 100 m dash (12.25 seconds) and second in the 200 m dash (24.97 seconds). In both events she was just 0.02 seconds away from the runner ahead of her. Emma is a senior at Ballard with a 4.0 grade point average and will run track at Brown University next year.

Mia Wrey at the finish line, courtesy BHS Athletics

Also placing was junior Mia Wrey who finished third in the 1600 m run with a time of 5:05.26. Ballard’s 4×400 m girls relay team finished 5th with a school record time of 4:00.50. This team consisting of junior Rachel Livengood, sophomore Carolyn Birkenfeld, and freshmen Cora Davies and Marie Culp will return in tack next year. Also competing at state was senior Alex Bowns in the 1600m run finishing in 16th place (4:26.30). He will run track at University of Portland next year. Junior Stuart Thomas competed in two events at state: the 110m and 300m hurdles, finishing seventh in both preliminary heats.

Garbage collection normal on Memorial Day

Seattle Public Utilities is reminding folks that garbage, recycling and yard waste collections are on a normal schedule next week, despite the Memorial Day holiday. So if Monday is your collection day, put out everything by 7 a.m. like usual. The North Recycling and Disposal Station (1350 N. 34th St.) in Fremont/Wallingford will also be open during regular business hours, 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Monday.

New candy store to open soon in Ballard

If you thought Ballard needed just one more option for satisfying a sweet tooth, you’re in luck; Sweet Mickey’s, a candy shop, is opening soon at 2230 NW 56th St, right behind QFC and next to the Ballard Commons Park.

Owner Randy Brinker says the shop is inspired by his grandmother, Mickey, who raised him.

Brinker expects to have it open by June 9. We’ll update with more information soon.

Bouteloua bakery opens under new name: Wild Prairie Bakery

By Almeera Anwar

After being open for almost exactly one year, the former Bouteloua bakery, located at 2019 NW Market St, re-opens today as Wild Prairie Bakery. The shop specializes in baked goods, specialty cakes and light snacks that are dairy-free, vegan and gluten-free.

Megan Jensen, the owner and signature baker at Wild Prairie, said that the main reason for the name change was so that she could better market her shop and people would stop being afraid of mis-pronouncing it. She also hopes the simplicity will make it easier to remember.

“It was suggested to me because Bouteloua was a little hard to pronounce. I mean I don’t care how people pronounce it but they were so concerned that they would call it the “b” bakery instead and it became hard to market.” The inspiration for the original name of Bouteloua comes from Jensen’s background growing upon a family farm in Dalton, Nebraska. A bouteloua is a short prairie grass.

It “took a long time to find the new name, I wanted to find something again that was along the lines of where I grew up,” said Jensen, “And well, prairie bakery was already taken. Then someone suggested wild whisk and I liked the wild, but not the whisk.”

Aside from the new name and logo, customers can expect to see a few other small changes at this local shop. There are some physical changes, such as a few new pieces of furniture and new paintings and pictures on the walls. There are also some additions to the menu such as more lunch options and sandwiches. All the items customers enjoyed before will be back as well.

The bakery and cafe will also now be open seven days a week and they will be doing a brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. featuring items such as biscuits and gravy, pancakes and a tofu scrambler. The brunch option will begin next weekend.

Jensen learned to decorate cakes from her mother but didn’t realize how passionate she really was about it until she was in graduate school for botany. She described how she’d be sitting in class sketching cake designs and how baking was simply always on her mind.

After this Jensen took a masters course in cake decorating, moved back to Seattle and decided that she would bake vegan goods after being a vegan for eleven years herself. She can see why people are apprehensive about vegan items but hopes they give it a try anyways.

“This should not be something that scares people away,” said Jensen, “People need to stop in and try it out – they will be surprised!”

Ballard ‘Crit’ to race through Old Ballard next week

Saturday, June 2 is the 19th Annual Ballard Criterium, a massive bike race that flies through historic Ballard.

Video from last year’s Crit, filmed and edited by Keith Bubach

The Ballard “Crit” as it’s popularly known, is hosted by Ballard’s Second Ascent. The race will bring more than 350 cyclists to Old Ballard, weaving through closed-off streets and reaching speeds of up to 30 mph. Truc Allen of Second Ascent, says the Crit, “distills road bike racing into its raw and aggressive elements by shortening the course to a spectator-friendly, single urban block. Think of it as a concentrated Tour de France or, better yet, the Formula 1 of  cycling.”

There are six categories for the race, including both men’s and women’s races. The races last from between 25 to 70 minutes, and the first race kicks off at 3:30 p.m. The races end around 8:30 p.m. To register for the race, click here.

Thousands of people are expected to turn out for the event, and the race will start and end at Ballard Ave and 20th Ave NW. Expect road closures from 2:30 to 9 p.m. at the following streets:

  • Ballard Ave will be closed from Dock St. to Vernon Place.
  • Vernon Place will be closed from Ballard Ave to Shilshole Ave.
  • Shilshole Ave will be closed from Vernon Place to Dock St
  • Dock St will be closed from Shilshole Ave to Ballard Ave.
  • ‘Sweet lost dog’ found near NW 60th St and 30th Ave NW

    One of our readers, Roger, sent us a note about a dog he found near the corner of NW 60th and 30th Ave NW. Roger says the dog, “appears well cared for,” and has a collar but no tags.

    “We took it to the vet last night to see if it had a chip but no luck. We’ll be taking her to the animal shelter on Elliot today (our very old dog is not enjoying the house guest.)” Roger writes.

    If this is your dog or know whose dog it is you can email us at tips@myballard.com.