What’s on this weekend

The first weekend in June has arrived! Why not enjoy it out and about at one of the many awesome events going on in and around Ballard this weekend. Enjoy our weekly weekend round up!

Friday, May 31:

  • BHS Presents “Songs for a New World” at the Earl Kelley Performing Arts Center (1418 NW 65th St) at 7:30 p.m. Click here to purchase tickets
  • Comedy Sportz Seattle Show at 2220 NW Market Street at 10:30 p.m. Click here for more details and to buy tickets.

Saturday, June 1:

  • Restoration Walk at Discovery Park (3801 Discovery Park Blvd) from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Clay Antieau (Washington Native Plant Society board member) and David Hutchinson (Flora and Fauna Nature books) will give a tour of the restoration areas in Discovery Park. Bring binoculars and field guides plus a sack lunch and water. To RSVP email clay39@netzero.net or call (206) 233-3711
  • Whittier Heights Neighborhood Garage Sale from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Click here for the list of addresses participating.
  • Ballard High School Garage Sale (1418 NW 65th St) from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. All funds will go towards sending the BHS Drama department to Scotland this summer to perform in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
  • Free Concert at Ballard Locks (3015 54th St NW) from 2 p.m. featuring the Boeing Employees Concert Band. For more details click here.
  • BHS Presents “Songs for a New World” at Earl Kelly Performing Arts Center (1418 BE 65th St) at 7:30 p.m. Click here to purchase tickets.
  • Comedy Sportz Seattle Show at 2220 NW Market Street at 10:30 p.m. Click here for more details and to buy tickets.
  • Free Acupuncture for new patients at Purple Dragon Healing Arts (7324 15th Ave NW)from 1:30 p.m. – 5 p.m. Click here to make an appointment.

Sunday, June 2:

  • Ballard Farmer’s Markets down Ballard Ave from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Click here to check out the specials happening this week.
  • Free Concert at Ballard Locks (3015 54th St NW) from 2 p.m. featuring the Cascadia Jazz Band. For more details click here.

Know of more events happening this weekend or in the near future? Email us at tips@myballard.com and we’ll add it to the list!

SPD investigate fire at a Ballard marijuana dispensary

In the early hours of this morning SPD were called to investigate a reported fire at a marijuana dispensary on 17th Ave NW and NW Market Street.  Check out more from the SPD police blotter:

Early this morning, police were called to the scene of two break-ins and a suspicious fire at several North Seattle marijuana dispensaries, which continue to be popular targets for burglars.

The first call to police came at about 1:20 AM after witnesses reported smoke pouring out of a marijuana dispensary on 17th Ave NW and NW Market Street.

After firefighters put out a small fire inside the dispensary, police learned someone (or something) had tripped a motion alarm inside the business just a few minutes before the fire. Officers called Arson/Bomb Squad detectives in to investigate.

Forty minutes later, at about 2 AM, two men broke out the front window of a dispensary near 1st Ave NW and NW 85th St in Greenwood.

Witnesses told officers that after the suspects broke out the window, the two men—dressed head to toe in grey and black clothing—hid in some bushes near the business. The two men ran off just before officers arrived at the scene.

Then, just before 5 am, burglars pried open, kicked in, and used a blow torch on the doors of a marijuana dispensary on 140th and Aurora Avenue N.

It’s unclear whether anything was stolen from the businesses in the three cases.

If you have any information about these cases, or any other recent burglaries at marijuana dispensaries, contact North Precinct detectives at (206) 684-5735

Legislative special session update from Rep. Reuven Carlyle

36th District State Rep. Reuven Carlyle is in the midst of the state legislative special session, and filmed a quick update yesterday to recap the progress, or, “lack thereof,” as he states it.

The normal legislative session concluded April 28, and the special session started May 13. One of the major focuses of the special session is to agree on a two-year state budget. The special session could last the full 30 days allotted, or could take longer if an agreement isn’t reached.

Music and bikes to fill Ballard’s Bergen Place Park today

Today is the Ballard Bike Street Party, which will include a couple live musical acts, plenty of bicycle-related information, a biker fashion show, and lots of free goodies. The event starts at 3 p.m. today, and will take place at Bergen Place Park and on 22nd Ave NW. The street will be closed from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. between NW Market St. and Ballard Ave NW. The event is part of Seattle Summer Streets, put on by KEXP and the Cascade Bicycle Club.

Here’s the schedule:

  • 3:30 p.m.: Street party open!
  • 4:15-5:00 p.m.: Live music by Tomten
  • 5 – 8:00 p.m.: Happy Hour at the Balmar
  • 5:30 – 6:15 p.m.: Live music by Country Lips
  • 6:35 – 7:00 p.m.: Bike fashion show
  • 7:00 p.m.: Street Party ends

The weather looks like it should hold up for the event; the forecast is for partly cloudy skies and temperatures in the mid- to upper-60s.

Reminder: Concerts at the Locks start tonight

Tonight will be the first of the summer concert series at the Ballard Locks Botanical Gardens. The concert tonight will feature the Seattle Civic Band at 7 p.m.

There will also be concerts on Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. each day; this weekend’s performers will be the Boeing Employees Concert Band on Saturday and the Cascadia Jazz Band on Sunday. For a calendar of the concerts, click here.

Loyal Heights teachers to form a bike train to work tomorrow

Loyal Heights teachers will form a bike train to work tomorrow (Friday) to cap off Bike to School month. Shannon Koller, Bike to School coordinator at Loyal Heights, says the school has had about 35 percent of the school participate in the Bike to School month. So, to celebrate, the teachers and principal Wayne Floyd plan to meet at 9:10 a.m. on NW 67th St. and 26th Ave NW, where they’ll head north, picking up kids and parents along the way until it reaches the school, Koller tells us. Once they reach the school, there will be a final Bike to School celebration.

Watch out for the bike trains around Ballard tomorrow; the teacher train is one of four bike trains that will be arriving at Loyal Heights tomorrow morning.

Plant thieves make off with veggies in Whittier Heights

It appears we have a plant thief among us; we’ve heard from several sources that vegetable plants are being ripped out of personal gardens around Ballard. “Please spread the word that plant thieves are on the prowl in Whittier Heights,” Brad Wakeman from the Whittier Heights Community Council wrote to us in an email.

“Last night someone removed the floating row cover from our parking strip food bed and removed several broccoli plants by the roots — clearly intending to replant them for themselves,” Wakeman writes. “It’s fairly obvious they’ve been watching us cultivate our crops. Sad thing is: if they’re hungry and had asked, I would have given them starts for free.”

My Ballard reader Robin Haglund also wrote to tell us of the green-thumbed bandits: “Last night plant thieves dug up most of the broccoli from my Seattle parking strip garden,” she writes on her Garden Mentors blog. “This is the first front yard food theft we’ve experienced during the many years we have grown food from curb to alley.”

If you have any information about the culprits, or if your garden has been similarly pilfered, email us at tips@myballard.com

Fast food workers’ strike kicked off at Ballard Taco Bell late last night

Fast food workers across the city are striking for higher wages today, and the strike was kicked off at the Ballard Taco Bell on 15th Ave NW at 10:30 p.m. last night. The strike started when Caroline Durocher, 21, walked out in the middle of her shift at the Taco Bell. She joined a crowd of a couple dozen late last night, blocking off the drive-thru at the Taco Bell.

Durocher said she makes $9.19 an hour, Washington State’s minimum wage, which she says just barely allows her to get by each month. “I make $400 a month and my rent is $400. It’s not enough to live on.” She and the others on strike held several signs and a large banner that read, “Raise Seattle” and “Strike Poverty.” They’re part of the group Good Jobs Seattle, a community group aimed at raising wages in the city.

Durocher said they’re rallying for a pay raise to $15 an hour. “On strike, can’t keep us down, Seattle is a workers town,” the crowd chanted until close to 1 a.m. this morning.

Similar strikes have happened across the nation recently, with Seattle being the seventh city in the country to stage a rally for higher pay for fast food workers in the last couple months. The walkout, which will likely last about 24 hours, is spanning several fast food chains such as McDonald’s, Qdoba, Jack in the Box, Arby’s, Burger King and, of course, Taco Bell. Other cities that have staged fast food wages strikes are New York, Chicago, Washington D.C., St. Louis, Detroit and Milwaukee.

Taco Bell shut down for the night shortly after Durocher walked out, due to short-staffing. Not all the workers joined in the strike; Durocher said the fear of being fired kept them inside. “It’s worth it,” Durocher says of the risk she’s taking by striking. “I don’t know when else I’ll have the opportunity to fight for fair wages.”