‘Shell-Out for Hunger’ at Ivar’s starting next week

Next week, Ivar’s (6000 15th Ave NW) is starting a food drive to benefit local non-profit Northwest Harvest. The drive, called “Shell-Out for Hunger,” will start September 5 and go through October 5.

Ivar’s is asking people to drop off non-perishable food at any Ivar’s location, and as a thank-you, will give a free cup of clam chowder per person for donations of five or more items. And, Ivar’s will donate a cup of chowder to Northwest Harvest to match every food item collected.

Deborah Squires from Northwest Harvest says summer and early fall are high-need times, and says they have a void to fill. “One in five people in our state struggles with hunger,” Squires said in a press release.

Ivar’s is also taking monetary donations, and have set up a text-to-donate option. To donate this way, test “SHELLOUT” to 80888 for a one-time donation of $10.

To learn more about the food drive, click here.

Outdoor movie night moved to Friday

The outdoor movie at Shilshole Marina has been changed from Wednesday to Friday night due to rain in the forecast. They’ll be playing “How to Train Your Dragon” to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the marina. Admission is free, and there will be free popcorn. The movie starts at 8:30 p.m. in the central plaza of the marina. For more info, clickhere.

Ballard High School football starts Friday

The Ballard High School football team is gearing up for their season opener this Friday, August 31. They’ve been practicing hard all summer, and with a team headed by former NFL player, Coach Joey Thomas, they’re set to have a good season.

Coach Thomas leads football practice as the players ready for their first home game on August 31.

According to Coach Thomas, the boys have a lot of talent this year, and he’s confident they’ll have a good season. “We have a special group of seniors,” Thomas says, who is in his second year as head coach of the team. “We have potential to go as far as our seniors take us. I can only lead so far,” Thomas explained. “We’ll play every play like it’s our last, every game like it’s our last,” he said, adding that the goal is to work hard to get better everyday.

Justin Simon, a linebacker, is a senior at BHS this year. “I’m excited for our attitude and how much has changed,” Simon said. “When Coach Thomas got here, everyone seemed to carry themselves  with more confidence.”

Jack Deal, a center and junior at BHS, says he’s been happy to see the team grow together over the summer. “We’re always there for each other, we all trust each other,” Deal said. “Our team has grown into a family,” Simon added. “Family goes through ups and downs but always pulls together and moves forward,” he explained.

The season opener is on Friday, August 31 at 5 p.m. at Blanchet High School (corner of Wallingford Ave N and N 82nd St, just north of Green Lake).  For more info, click here.

Tony’s Coffee Lab expands to a coffee bar

From our sister site, PhinneyWood.

Tony’s Coffees & Teas, which installed a lab and training space at the corner of NW 70th Street and 3rd Avenue NW back in the spring,has now expanded to a full coffee bar. This is the Bellingham-based coffee company’s first coffee shop in Seattle.

Scene from a recent “cupping” at Tony’s Coffee Bar. Photo courtesy of Tony’s.

For now, Tony’s Coffee Bar, at 7001 NW 3rd Ave., is open from 7-10 a.m. Monday through Friday. After Labor Day they plan to expand their hours and be open on Saturdays.

Our menu will feature 4-5 rotating, single-origin, seasonal selections. We also have a rotating house coffee for those that are looking for a comfortable cup of drip. All of our coffees are brewed fresh to order using three manual brew methods – Aeropress, Clever Dripper and Chemex – as well as the fully-automated Trifecta brewer. We are happy to suggest our favorite brew method to first time customers. For those looking for a quick cup to-go, we are serving straight shots and Americanos made from our award-winning espresso blend. For tea drinkers in the neighborhood, we have a variety of organic, whole leaf offerings from local tea-maker, Choice Organics.

In addition to brewing delicious coffee, we are also selling whole bean by the bag and an assortment of brewing gear, including cones, filters, kettles and grinders. Customers get a free cup with a whole bean or brewing gear purchase. We will continue to host cuppings Fridays at noon that are still free & open to the public. We’re also excited to offer home brewing classes as well as other educational events in the near future. Our hope is to show customers how to brew great coffee at home while providing a space to explore all the possibilities coffee has to offer.

Car fire Monday night in Ballard

Update: Kyle Moore from the Seattle Fire Department says the fire caused about $5,000 $8,250 in damages from flames that spread to the outside of the nearby building. According to witnesses, there were two people arguing loudly just before the car caught fire. The cause of the fire has been ruled accidental.

Original post: At around 10 p.m. on Monday night, a police officer called in a car fire at 2232 NW 58th St.

Photo by Jay Mullin

The fire was put out fairly quickly with no injuries. No information yet on what caused the fire. We’ll update with any new information.

Thanks Silver for the tip and Jay for the photo!

Sámi history and culture to be featured at Nordic Heritage Museum

On Friday, August 31, the Nordic Heritage Museum will open a “multilayered exhibition” that will feature the history and culture of the Sámi, the indigenous population of northern Europe.

Photograph by Birgitte Aarestrup

The exhibit, titled “Eight Seasons in Sápmi, the Land of the Sámi People,” is a collaborative effort among Danish-American photographer Birgitte Aarestrup; Ájtte, the Swedish Mountain and Sami Museum; and Sámi Duodji, the Sámi Handicraft Foundation; both institutions located in Jokkmokk, Sweden, according to Erin Schadt from the Nordic Heritage Museum. In addition to the exhibit, the museum will have lectures and learning opportunities that will feature Sámi culture.

The exhibit includes nearly 40 photographs taken by Birgitte Aarestrup during a journey among the Sámi. “Aarestrup’s photographs capture her experiences when she lived with the Sámi reindeer herders, listened to their stories around the fire in their traditional kåta tents, traveled to the 400-year-old Winter Market, and visited the homes of well-known artisans still creating arts and crafts in the way of their ancestors,” Schadt writes.

Sámi people are from  Sápmi, which extends across Norway, Sweden, Finland, and Russia, encompassing a vast area of mountainous and forested country, tundra, and wetlands, according to Schadt.

The earliest traces of Sámi culture are 8,000 years old and go back to a hunting, fishing, and gathering culture, which later shifted to reindeer husbandry. Reindeer are so important to Sámi culture, in fact, that the Sámi year is divided into eight seasons, each relating to the changing nature so important for the traditional life-style and for the reindeer. The upcoming exhibition at the NordicHeritage Museum will tell today’s stories about traditional Sámi reindeer herding life and handicraft.

Here is a list of upcoming Sámi programs at the museum:

Wednesday, August 29
Lectures: Sámi Culture & Religion, with Mari-Ann Nutti and Anna Westman Kuhmunen

Tuesday, September 4
Education: Sámi Family Program

Wednesday, September 26
Lecture: “The night is not so long that the day never comes.” How to read a Sámi wooden cup, with Troy Storfjell

Thursday, October 11
Lecture: An Account of the Sámi: 100 Years Later, with Thomas DuBois

Tuesday, October 23
Film Screening: Suddenly Sámi

Last Critical Lass of the summer is tomorrow

Tomorrow is the final Critical Lass of the summer, happening Wednesday, August 29 at 6 p.m. at the St. Alphonsus Parish School (5816 15th Ave NW). Critical Lass is a women’s bike ride, and this week, they’ll be riding to watch outdoor movie at Shilshole Marina. They’ll be riding along the 58th St. Greenway to the marina, which will be screening “How to Train Your Dragon.”

From the event info:

“Meet up at St. Alphonsus School parking lot and playground at 6 – we’ll roll out at 6:30. Who knows what other fun stuff awaits? Be sure to bring your outdoor movie viewing gear and as always – your helmet.”

Critical Lass is organized by the Hope Heart Institute and the Cascade Bicycle Club. To learn more or RSVP, visit their Facebook Page.

Larsen’s Danish Bakery to expand

Larsen’s Danish Bakery (8000 24th Ave NW) is undergoing some changes; they’re expanding. They’ve acquired the space directly north of the bakery formerly occupied by Thai restaurant Wild Orchid and are currently working to develop it into new production area, according to Larsen’s employee Tamara Yardley.

Yardley says they plan to first use the space as extra production room, mostly in order to gear up for the holidays. After Christmas, she says they hope to remodel and expand their retail area.

Thanks to forum poster Cloudblues for alerting us!

Libraries closed this week

Due to citywide budget cuts, all library branches are closed this week, starting today (Monday).

From the Seattle Public Library website:

Most services unavailable during the one-week closure:

  • Materials will not be due and fines will not be charged.
  • The last day to check out Library items before the closure is either Saturday, Aug. 25, or Sunday, Aug. 26, depending on which library you use. Visit the Library Hours & Locations page or call 206-386-4636 for more information.
  • Book drops will not be open. Do not leave books and items outside Library locations during the closure. You will be responsible for theft, loss or damage to Library items left outside buildings. There is no need to return items during the closure because no items will be due and no fines charged.
  • Limited access to the online catalog. Patrons will be able to search the catalog and check their Library record, but will not be able to place holds on items.
  • Limited access to the website. The online calendar, databases, downloadable books and media, digital special collections, podcasts, SPL Mobile app and blogs will be available, but other online information and features will not be accessible.
  • Library computers will not be available. You will not be able to reserve a computer for the week the Library system is closed. See a list of northsouth and central Seattle locations with free Internet access.
  • No access to Wi-Fi.
  • Book group kits will not be sent, received or returned during the one-week closure. Kits will be sent to branches after the Library reopens on Tuesday, Sept. 4.
  • Programs or events will not be held in Library meeting rooms.
  • No TeleCirc, the Library’s telephone circulation service that provides patrons with information on their Library account.
  • Quick Information telephone service will not be available.
  • Mail will not be received during the closure. The Library will have the U.S. Post Office hold all mail until the Library reopens. Staff won’t be able to accept deliveries.
  • Email a librarian or chat with a librarian will not be available.
  • Mobile Services deliveries will not be made.
  • Parking in Library branch garages will not be available at the Capitol Hill, Montlake, Greenwood and Ballard branches. The Central Library parking garage will be open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, Aug. 27 through Friday, Aug. 31 and closed Saturday, Sept. 1 through Monday, Sept. 3.