Norwegian dating show is looking for contestants

A Norwegian reality TV show called “Sons of Norway” is currently casting season two, and they’re looking for single Norwegian men and women from Seattle and San Francisco. Contestants, who must be of Norwegian descent, will go on dates in America first, then travel to Norway to finish the show.

According to Matthew Amador with O’Connor Casting Company, it’s a “good natured, well meaning show that takes people who are connected to their Nordic heritage and illuminates and demystifies ideas about their homeland while searching for love.”

Those interested in applying must create a video of themselves saying why they are looking for love, and why they want to date a Norwegian. Applications are due July 8, click here for more information.

Ballard filmmaker ‘kickstarts’ fundraiser to complete film about salmon

Two local filmmakers are working to finish a film about the threats to wild salmon runs, and they’re asking for help with fundraising through Kickstarter. The film is called “The Breach,” and it explores threats to wild salmon and ways people are trying to save them.

Filmmakers Mark Titus and Ballardite Susan LaSalle are asking for $2,975 $40,000 and they have 21 days to go. If they don’t reach their goal, they won’t receive any dollars so far pledged. The film looks at salmon runs in the Pacific Northwest and Canada, and explores how salmon are integral to the people and culture of the area.

“Wild salmon aren’t just a beloved icon to us here in the Pacific Northwest,” Titus says in a press release. “They are a critical, fully sustainable food source for the planet. Getting involved in a democratic process like Kickstarter, where anyone can directly contribute to the creation of this documentary seemed in the exact right spirit to get this film off the ground.”

In the documentary, prominent figures like chef and restauranter Tom Douglas; first head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Bill Ruckelshaus; and actor and river activist Tom Skerrit shine light on “four stories of hope pitted against two stories of potential disaster to the last great wild salmon runs in the world. The account of the recent breaching of dams on the Elwha River is the crown jewel of hopeful stories for wild salmon,” according to the release.

Titus and LaSalle hope to see the film ready for film festivals in 2013.

Cupcake Royale opens new shop, officially launches ice cream

Just in time for summer, Cupcake Royale is expanding and officially offering ice cream at all six cafes. They’ve been offering ice cream sporadically over the past few months, and are now announcing the launch of their own brand of ice cream, appropriately called Cupcake Royale Brand Ice Cream. Their new location is at 108 Pine Street, and is opening on Saturday, June 30 with the launch of the ice cream.

The cupcakery will offer “Cupcakes ‘n’ Cream” ice cream as a signature line, and will have many other flavor combinations they say will have, “unique and delicious inclusions, all baked in-house.”  Some of the flavors include Whiskey Maple Bacon Crack (bacon brittle) made with locally produced Woodinville Whiskey and Zoe’s Meats bacon; Bananza, made with roasted banana, homemade gooey brownie and caramel; Burnt Caramel with Sea Salt; Blueberry Lavender; and Washington Hazelnut Brittle with Salted Ganache.

In a press release, owner/founder Jody Hall says it’s a “natural pairing…add delicious artisan espresso to the mix and it’s an amazing trifecta.” They’ll have 14 flavors of ice cream, homemade ice cream sandwiches, and Cakeshakes and Babyshakes which will include either a cupcake or babycake. The flavors of ice cream will be on a seasonal rotation.

The cafe downtown opens on Saturday, but until then, they will be operating their ice cream cart in front of the new cafe daily from noon to 8 p.m. The Ballard, Capitol Hill and Bellevue locations will have scoops, cones, shakes and sundaes to their menu. All other locations will have grab-n-go pints of all ice cream flavors, plus ice cream sandwiches.

Kirke Park progress update

As we told you earlier this month, the opening for Kirke Park (7028 9th Ave NW) is coming up soon. According to Alyssa Smith with Groundswell NW, project manager Kelly Goold will have signs up tonight about the opening date of the park, which is anticipated to be July 6.

After the park is considered complete, they will rope off the hydroseeded areas to help the grass grow. Once the park is open, the P-Patch gardeners will start work on beds, compost bins and the shed area, according to Smith.

Work yet to be completed includes installing picnic tables, the play structure, pathways, light connections, and hydroseeding the lawns.

New bus lane on Aurora Avenue North

The southbound curb lane of Aurora Avenue North has been converted into a bus and right-turn-only lane, also known as a “BAT” lane (Business Access and Transit). According to the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT), the lane will start south of the Dexter Avenue off-ramp and continue south to Mercer Street. Crews worked on striping over the weekend, and the lane is now in service.

SDOT says King County Metro Transit will be starting RapidRide E Line service on Aurora Avenue North in 2013, but asked the City to install the lane earlier to keep buses moving during several ongoing construction projects. The Aurora corridor serves around 30,000 passengers everyday, and SDOT says using the southbound BAT lane will allow Metro to, “establish the travel pattern for both current and future service on Aurora, instead of changing it repeatedly to work around construction projects.”

New Ballard street mosaics pay homage to old street names

You may have noticed lately that new street mosaics have been popping up on corners where crews have been installing new sidewalks along NW Market St. The mosaics, which say “Broadway St.” along Market St., were laid in the sidewalks to add to a project started in the 90s by the Central Ballard Community Council and Neighborhood Matching Fund and created by artist Benson Shaw.

Mosaic laid by SDOT at the corner of NW Market St and 28th Ave NW

“The street names are a tribute to the names of several streets when Ballard was a separate municipality, before Seattle gobbled up its neighboring city to the north in 1907,” according to Rob Mattson from the Ballard District Council. About 12 were laid in the sidewalks, mostly along 20th Ave NW and 24th Ave NW. SDOT, when developing the new sidewalks and curbs created to better serve buses, had new street signs installed to contribute to the original project.

A couple years ago, we did a story about a Ballard resident who photographed each mosaic around the neighborhood. You can also view a map of all the tiles installed in the 90s.

Seattle Spoke & Food event tomorrow night

Tomorrow, restaurants across the city will participate in the third annual Spoke & Food event, “an evening of dining and bikes” where restaurants will donate 20 percet of their revenue to the FamilyWorks Resource Center & Food Bank. In Ballard, the Barking Dog Alehouse will participate, as will The Shelter from Salmon Bay. The Shelter, which has partnered with NW Peaks Brewery, will donate 100 percent of their beer sales on the night of the event to the charity. Ballard-based New Roots Organics is also a sponsor.

The event will take place from 6 to 10 p.m. on Tuesday night. The event was started three years ago, “by a group of friends as a way to influence the culture of Seattle, to build community and to show how easy and fun bicycling to and from dinner, while also raising money for charity,” according to a press release about the event. For more information, click here.

Ballard Town Hall meeting tomorrow night with the mayor

Tomorrow night, Tuesday, June 26, Mayor Mike McGinn will be in Ballard for a Town Hall meeting at Ballard First Lutheran Church (2006 NW 65th St) from 5:30 to 8 p.m. The agenda includes a “Meet and Greet” from 5:30 to 6:30, in which city departments and local community organizations will have information tables and answer questions from the community. From 6:30 to 6:40, there will be a youth performance, and from 6:40 to 8 p.m., Mayor McGinn will answer questions from the audience.

Boston terrier found on 8th Ave

Update: Ollie, the Boston terrier, has been reunited with his family.

Earlier: Daniel sent us a note that he found a Boston terrier on 8th Ave. yesterday. “He is tagged, chipped, and licensed, but tag does not have a name on it and chip is not registered. This is clearly someone’s pet who needs to get home!” Daniel writes.

If this is your dog or know whose dog it is you can email us at

Loyal Heights Community Center hosts early 4th of July bike parade

The Loyal Heights Community Center (2101 NW 77th St) is getting a head-start on celebrating the 4th of July this year; they’re hosting a bike parade this Thursday, June 28. They ask riders to bring a picnic a bike, trike or wagon to decorate at the community center at 6 p.m. The parade starts at 6:30 p.m., followed by lawn games, a children’s bounce house, and treats.

To learn more, visit the Loyal Heights Community Center’s Facebook page.