What’s on this weekend

The weekend is here and Spring is finally in the air. Once again there is so much going on in and around Ballard. Check out the list below and have an awesome time out in the sun!

Friday April 26:

  • Urban Waite Author Event at Secret Garden Books (2214 NW Market St) at 7 p.m. Urban Waite will speak about his new book The Carrion Birds. Click here for more details.

Saturday April 27:

  • Crown Hill Spring Cleanup from 9 a.m.- 12 p.m. sponsored by Crown Hill Business Association.There will be litter cleanup and graffiti paintout activities, plus a chance to meet some local businesses. Cleanup supplies will be available. Wear comfortable clothes and sturdy shoes. Meet at the Petco parking lot (8728 Holman Rd NW).
  • Olympic Manor Garden Club Plant Sale at Olympic Manor (2309 NW 86th St) from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Plants are donated from members’ gardens. Planting advice will be available. Part of the proceeds will be donated to community organizations and charities.
  • Friends of Kirke Park Work Party and Bake Sale at Kirke Park (7028 9th Ave NW) from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Friends of Kirke Park will replace wood mulch in the park and hold a bake sale to raise funds for the trellis project. Workers/bakers needed! Or just come to purchase some baked goods. Email kirkeparksea@gmail.com for more details.
  • Free Gardening 101 Course at Sunset Hill Community Center (3003 NW 66th St) from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Several gardening experts will give advice on building, growing, extending and cooking. The event will be followed by a seed and plant start exchange organized by Sustainable Ballard. Bring seeds, starts, envelopes and pots. Click here for more information.
  • NW Green Home Self-Guided Tour from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Free self-guided tour of 28 green homes, plus several Sustainability Stops – many of which are in the Ballard area. Learn about green building, see examples of all shades of green, and meet the owners, contractors and designers. Click here for more details.
  • Get Ready to Wholesale Workshop at The Studio of Awesome (101 N 85th Street  Suite 201) from 1 p.m. The workshop will be a business class for artists. Click here for more details.
  • Comedy Sportz Seattle Kids Matinee at 2220 NW Market St from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. Click here for more details and to buy tickets.
  • Queen Anne Cash Mob meeting at Grub (7 Boston St) at 4:30 p.m.at for a drink, appetizer and conversation with other neighbors who want to support local businesses. They will announce the business that will be visited and depart promptly at 4:50. Click here for more details.
  • Daddy Daughter Dinner at Ballard Community Center (6020 28th Ave NW) from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. Click here for more details.
  • Motown Dance Party at Sunset Hill Clubhouse (3003 NW 66th St) from 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. Tap your toes, dance, have a beer and have a blast as Ballard DJ Christophett spins all your favorite ’60s Motown hits! Bid on great items donated by local businesses in our silent auction. Funds raised maintain the historic Sunset Hill building, a nonprofit venue for many neighborhood workshops and events. Cost is $15/person; $25 couple/family. Click here for more details and to buy tickets.
  • M-Bibe Fundraising Concert at Odd Fellows Hall (1706 NW Market St) from 7:15 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. Concert in support of The Hope Project – Vietnam. Event features local musicians John Wies & Decateur Buff, Josh Philpott and Pepper Proud. Click here to buy tickets. Ticket price ranges from $15-$35 and includes food and beverage.

Sunday April 28:

  • Plant Sale at Home Street Bank (8050 15th Ave. NW) from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Earth Day Celebrations at Golden Gardens (8498 Seaview Pl NW). Join EarthCorps and the Green Seattle Partnership as they continue efforts to restore Golden Gardens. They we will be performing maintenance on past restoration sites and removing invasive plant species such as English ivy and garlic mustard. EarthCorps provides tools, gloves, water, light refreshments, and site specific education and leadership. Click here for more details.
  • Classical Spanish Music Concert at I.O.O.F Hall (1706 NW Market St) from 3 p.m. – 4 p.m. Free Concert open to the public sponsored by Ladies Musical Club. Click here for more details.
  • 28th Annual Northern Lights Auktion benefitting the Nordic Heritage Museum from 4:30 p.m. at Grand Hyatt Hotel in Downtown Seattle (721 Pine St). Doors open at 4:30 p.m. with a reception and silent auction, which closes in stages until a delectable dinner with a Nordic flair is served at 6:45 p.m. Then guests will enjoy a live auction filled with unique experience packages as well as a tribute to Irma Goertzen, president of the Board of Trustees, and long-time supporter of the Nordic Heritage Museum. Click here for more details and to book tickets.

Local graphic design start up nominated for Geekwire award

Local graphic design start up, Killer Infographics, has been nominated in the new “Geekiest Office Space” category at this year’s Geekwire Awards. The field has been narrowed down to five offices that showcase a unique office space “where geeky=cool,” featuring things like decorational cryptograms, swanky furniture and hidden rooms behind bookcases. The winners will be determined by public online voting and will be announced at the awards event on May 9.

Killer Infographics is located between Ballard and Fremont and started as a self funded venture by co-founders Amy Balliett and Nick Grant. The collaborative company has since grown from two to twenty employees in two years. Killer Infographics artists provide infographic design services to clients to create attention grabbing web content.

In terms of their claim to the geeky office space crown, Balliett confirms that everything in the office has been built by the Killer Infographics team themselves. “The secret bookshelf door, the desks, and all of the rooms have been customized by all of the employees. We’re true bootstrappers,” says Balliett. Check out their video here to see the office and the Killer Infographics team for yourself.

Ballard web and mobile app company 47 Degrees is also in the running for the “Geekiest Office” category. Their Shilshole Ave office boasts a rooftop deck with water views.

Voting for the Geekwire Awards is now open to the public here and will close April 30.

Photo courtesy of Killer Infographics. From their web video “A Day in the Killa Crib”.

Volunteers set to restore Ballard home as part of National Rebuilding Day

A Ballard home is set to be restored as part of National Rebuilding Day this Saturday, April 27. The event is an initiative of Rebuilding Together, a non-profit organization that repairs and rebuilds homes of low-income Americans.

About 200 Rebuilding Together affiliates across the country will complete 3,000 projects with 50,000 volunteers on April 27th. This year the organization identified 26 homes in the Seattle area in need of repairs. The organization aims to assist many of the elderly, disabled, families with children, and veterans in need in our community through the program. National Rebuilding Day is celebrating its 23rd year of providing repairs at no cost to low-income home owners.

In Ballard, Gonzaga University Alumni volunteers will be restoring the home of Diane, who often uses a wheelchair. The volunteers will replace the rotted porch and will install a wheelchair ramp to improve the accessibility around Diane’s home. They will also replace her screen door, clean the gutters and will assist with clutter removal and yard work.

More than 50 local organizations and companies are participating through event sponsorships, in-kind donations, and volunteer support, including sponsors: Van Ness Feldman, Booz Allen Hamilton, Perkins Coie, Stratos, and The Center for Spiritual Living.

Rebuilding Together Seattle are always on the lookout for more volunteers and sponsors. If you are interested in volunteering click here or email cmarshall@rtseattle.org. If you, or your business, are interested in sponsoring a project contact Margie Thirlby at mthirlby@rtseattle.org or call (206) 682 – 1231.

If you are a low-income home owner who wants to apply for assistance from the program click here.

To find out more information about Rebuilding Together Seattle click here or call (206) 682-1231.

Photo courtesy of Rebuilding Together Seattle.

National Drug Take Back Day set for this Saturday

National Drug Take Back Day will be held this Saturday, April 27, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at all five precincts of SPD. The SPD and the DEA are providing a free and anonymous service for locals to dispose of potentially dangerous, expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs.

Last September, 244 tons of prescription drugs were turned in nationally at over 5,200 sites operated by the DEA, state and local law enforcement officers. Over the five year history of the event over 2 million pounds of pills have been turned in by people all over America.

“This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue.  Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse,” wrote SPD Detective Mark Jamieson on the SPD Blotter. According to the SPD, rates of prescription drug abuse, accidental poisonings and overdoses are alarmingly high in the US. “Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the family medicine cabinet,” wrote Jamieson.

According to the SPD, other methods of disposal, such as flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash, can cause both potential safety and health hazards.

Ballardites can bring unwanted medications for disposal to the nearest location at SPD North Precinct (10049 College Way N).

City Arts seeks nominations for Spring Edition of Art Walk Awards

City Arts will present the Spring Edition of Art Walk Awards on Wednesday, May 22 at 1927 Events from 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. They are now accepting nominations from businesses and galleries for pieces that were shown at Art Walk venues all over Seattle any time between January and April this year.

Any business or gallery in Ballard who participate in Art Walk is eligible to nominate pieces from the artists they showed. Nominations must come from the gallery or business. If an artwork you nominate is selected as a finalist, City Arts will contact you and the artist to arrange to show the work at the awards party.

The artist who takes home the crown will receive $1,250, second place $500, third place $250, and the first place winner will be featured in City Arts magazine. The business that showed the winning piece will also win a free 1/3-page print advertisement in City Arts magazine. The Art Walk Awards are presented by Blue Moon, with support from seattleartwalks.org

City Arts staff will choose the winning entry from the pool of nominated works on site during the Art Walk Awards event. All other nominations will go online for public vote for the Art Walk Awards in the People’s Choice category.

To nominate an artwork click here, fill out the form and upload image files of the work to ge.tt. Upload the images, then copy the generated link into the form. All digital images must be at least 300 pixels wide and 300 pixels tall.

Jury awards $3.45 million to family of woman who drowned in a Ballard shipyard

Our news partners, The Seattle Times, report that a federal-court jury has awarded $3.45 million to the family of a 33-year-old woman who drowned while working on a ship in a Ballard shipyard in 2010.

According to The Seattle Times article the jury found ship’s owner, G Shipping Ltd., negligent in the death of Lia Hawkins. Hawkins was working as part of a crew to convert a oceanographic-research vessel into a “luxury floating hotel”, The M/V Sahara.

According to the lawsuit, a gap in the ship’s deck railing resulted in Hawkins being thrown overboard while she was throwing metal waste into a recycling container four decks below. The Seattle Times reported that “Hawkins’ attorney, J.D. Stahl, said G Shipping had done almost nothing to ensure a safe workspace on the ship. The jury returned a verdict on Friday after seven days of testimony, including that of Garosci, who flew in from Venice to appear at the trial.” G Shipping’s lawyer Kevin Beauchamp Smith confirmed that they have plans to appeal the ruling.

Hawkins disappeared while on the job on October 21st 2010 and her body was found in the water near the recycling container the following day. She was still wearing work overalls and gloves which suggested that she had been working inside the ship before falling into the water.

According to The Seattle Times article, “an autopsy determined she drowned. The project manager testified that he had never been instructed by the owners to oversee worker safety and, if asked, would have declined, since he said he had no expertise in the area.”

The jury found G Shipping negligible for Hawkins’ death for maintaining an unsafe workplace. The article reported that “the jury awarded $450,000 to her estate; $500,000 to compensate for her “pre-death pain and suffering”; $2 million for loss of society to her mother, Julie MacLay; and $500,000 for loss of society to her father, John Hawkins.”

Dine out for life tonight and support Lifelong AIDS Alliance

The 20th annual “Dining out for life” event benefiting Lifelong AIDS Alliance is on tonight in Ballard. When you dine at a participating local restaurant a portion of your bill will be donated to Lifelong to help in the fight against illness and hunger in our community.

Local restaurants that are participating include:

  • BalMar (5449 Ballard Ave NW)
  • Hattie’s Hat (5231 Ballard Ave NW)
  • Hot Cakes Molten Chocolate Cakery (5427 Ballard Ave NW)
  • Pasta Bella (5913 15th Ave NW)
  • Volterra (5411 Ballard Ave NW)
  • Wild Mountain Café (1408 NW 85th St)

“Participating in Dining Out For Life is an easy way to give back,” says Randall Russell, Lifelong’s Chief Executive Officer. “We are thrilled with the outpouring of support from the community every year. Such a simple thing – grabbing coffee or going out for a meal – allows us to continue our work supporting seniors, individuals with HIV, and compromised health.”

Check out the entire list of restaurants participating throughout Seattle here.

Three arrested for selling marijuana to school children in Ballard

Three people were arrested for selling marijuana to local school children at a residence in the 6700 block of 15th Ave NW on Wednesday morning. SPD SWAT officers arrested the individuals after they were served with a search warrant at about 5:30 a.m. Read more from the SPD blotter:

I-502 made some marijuana products legal in Washington State. One of the things it didn’t do was make it legal to sell marijuana to school-aged children.

Earlier this month the Seattle Police Department received complaints about middle school and high school students buying marijuana and marijuana-laced brownies from a residence in the 6700 block of 15th Avenue NW. Narcotics detectives quickly launched an investigation. Detectives observed school-aged children from Ballard High School and Whitman Middle School going to the back door of the suspect residence and buying marijuana.

On the morning of April 24th Seattle Police SWAT officers, Narcotics detectives, and North Precinct patrol officers served a search warrant on the suspect residence. Five adults were inside the suspect residence who were subsequently detained and interviewed by detectives.

The primary suspect, a 50-year-old male, was arrested at his place of employment by Narcotics detectives.

Marijuana cigarettes, brownies, and multiple bags of marijuana were found in several rooms inside the residence. Seven trays of marijuana brownies were found in the basement along with a marijuana grow operation. Detectives also located multiple firearms in the primary suspect’s bedroom.


The following was recovered from the suspect residence:

1,200 grams of marijuana (total amount)

99 marijuana cigarettes “joints” (part of the 1200 grams)

7 marijuana plants from an active grow in the basement

8 trays of marijuana brownies

4 shotguns

1 .22 caliber rifle

6 handguns

2 pellet guns

$4,755.00 in U.S. currency

All of the recovered items were placed into evidence. Detectives conducted an extensive interview with the primary suspect. He along with a 21-year-old male and a 21-year-old female were booked into the King County Jail for Investigation of Violation of the Uniform Controlled Substances Act/Delivery (felony drug dealing). The other three subjects in the house were interviewed and released pending further investigation.

Seattle Police officials spoke with school administrators at Ballard High School and Whitman Middle School this morning to inform them of the police search warrant. The motivation for police action was to protect our youth, the community, and those nearby school facilities.

This remains an active and on-going narcotics investigation.