What’s on this weekend

Can you believe that the last weekend in June is here? Head out and about this weekend and enjoy the fantastic events that are happening in and around Ballard.

Friday, June 28:

  • Punk and Blues Night at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW) from 9:30 p.m. Featuring Gravelroad, Hillstomp and The Shivering Denizens. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased online or at Sonic Boom Records.

Saturday, June 29:

  • Sustainable Ballard Edible Garden Tour from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Meet at Trinity United Methodist Church (6512 23rd Ave NW). Sustainable Ballard invites you to a self-guided walking/biking tour of food gardens in the central area of Ballard. Buy your tickets on the day. Cost is $10 for adults (kids free). For more information click here.
  • Superheroes and Villains Party at the Kangaroo and Kiwi (2026 NW Market St). Come dressed as your favorite superhero or villain. $10 cover charge. Prizes for best dressed and DJ will be playing from 9 p.m. Click here for more details.
  • Local Reggae, Indie and Classic Rock night at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW) from 9:30 p.m. Featuring Airport Way, Buzz Brump and Sebastian and the Deep Blue. Tickets are $8 and can be purchased online or at Sonic Boom Records.

Sunday, June 30:

  • Parent Night Open House at Illumination Learning Studio (7720 Greenwood Ave N Suite 101) from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. Come and meet the teachers at your new neighborhood learning studio. Click here for more information.

Regional Animal Services of King County help keep pets from straying this Fourth of July

The Regional Animal Services of King County (RASKC) are preparing for an increase in their animal population come the Fourth of July. Each year around Independence Day, animal shelters start to fill up with animals that have strayed from home after being spooked by the loud bangs of fireworks. For the third year running RASKC is assisting Missing Pet Partnership to locate stray pets after next week’s holiday through the “Mission Reunite: Help and Hope for Lost Pets” program.

“Pets don’t understand what the noise is all about, and they can get frightened very easily,” said Dr. Gene Mueller, RASKC Manager. “In addition, their hearing is far more sensitive than ours, so loud noises have an even bigger impact on our pets.”

The program has come up with a helpful checklist for pet owners to reduce the chances of their pets running away during the loud festivities. Check out the pointers below:

  • Keep your pet secured indoors in the quietest room of your home while fireworks are audible. You can also use soothing music or television as a distraction. Some pets will stay calmer when placed in a secure crate in a darkened, quiet room.
  • If your pet is normally kept outside, bring them inside or put them in a garage or basement while fireworks are going off.
  • Make sure your pet has at least two forms of identification. This can be a pet license and personalized tag, a license and a microchip, or all three (license, tag, and microchip). Pets with ID have a much greater chance of being returned to their owners.
  • Don’t assume that your pet won’t react just because you haven’t had problems in the past. Sometimes, pets become sensitive to loud noises later in life.
  • If your pet is lost, check in person at all local shelters, and check back often. It may take some time before spooked pets are brought to shelters.

If your pet does escape RASKC will be ready to assist. Starting Wednesday, July 3 through Monday, July 8, volunteers in the Mission Reunite program will be deployed at the King County Pet Adoption Center to help people looking for lost animals. A “Lost Pets” booth will be open during regular business hours at the center, 21615 64th Ave. S. in Kent.

“Many lost animals can be found, but it takes time. Too many families give up too soon, and eventually their pets end up in an animal shelter and then get adopted out,” said Sarah Luthens, RASKC Volunteer Program Manager.

Owners of stray pets can click here to visit the Missing Pet Partnership website, or call RASKC at 206-296-3936 for help.

Large turnout at Ballard Transit Expansion Study Open House

Last night over 160 locals attended the Ballard Transit Expansion Study Open House held at BHS. Sound Transit and the City of Seattle hosted the open house to showcase the latest options for possible future rails transit service between Ballard and downtown Seattle.

If you were unable to attend and want to contribute to the Open House click here to use the interactive mapping tool and give your input by Friday, July 5. To check out the Ballard Study Open House materials click here.

City offers to fund Night Out block parties

Want the city to pay for your summer block party? The Seattle Department of Neighborhoods offering to fund Seattle Night Out for neighborhoods. They’re taking applications until Monday, July 8, but you have to register to apply by July 1. Seattle Night Out is on August 6, and it’s a national crime prevention event designed to heighten awareness and bring neighbors together.

The funding will come from the Small Sparks Fund, which provides matching dollars for neighborhood-initiated projects that promote community engagement, according to the Seattle Dept. of Neighborhoods. They say that groups can request up to $1,000 to help fund the Night Out planning and activities such as outreach efforts, educational fairs, youth concerts, bike parades, neighborhood cleanups and entertainment.

To read about the guidelines and to apply, click here. Again, the applications are open until July 8, but you have to register to apply by July 1 to be eligible.

Ballard SeafoodFest adds ‘Ballard BeerFest’ to the festivities

posterThere’s something new this year at SeafoodFest, and it reflects the brewery takeover of Ballard: BeerFest will feature beers from over a dozen local breweries, including Hilliards, NW Peaks, Populuxe, Reuben’s Brews, Two Beers, Bad Jimmy’s and more.

From the SeafoodFest website:

Ballard’s deep roots in the brewing industry trace back to its establishment as a Scandinavian enclave of Seattle, a community steeped in European customs, including the centuries-old tradition of brewing.

As the former home of one of Washington’s largest and oldest microbreweries, Redhook Brewing, Ballard is the birthplace of modern craft brewing.

The beer garden at SeafoodFest celebrates and showcases the best brews that Ballard has to offer as well as beers from neighboring ‘hoods and communities.  With the many unique beers we’re serving, you’ll be sure to find a new fave or two.

BeerFest hours will be Saturday from noon to 9 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 7 p.m. at 22nd Ave NW and Ballard Ave. A $5 token will get you a 14 oz. beer.

Ballard homeowner clubs burglar with pottery after he urinates in basement and leaves beer in washing machine

In a bizarre home invasion story, a Ballard woman defended her home by clubbing a burglar over the head with pottery and arming herself with a brass elephant figurine.

Here’s the report from the SPD Blotter:

A Ballard homeowner clubbed a burglar over the head with a piece of pottery and armed herself with a brass elephant early (Thursday) morning after the burglar urinated in her basement, left beer in her washing machine and fought with her family inside their home.

Around 4am, police received a call from the 59-year-old homeowner, who said the suspect had come through a back door or window of her home, and was in the midst of a struggle with a family friend inside the home, near 14th Avenue NW and NW 50th Street.

The family friend had confronted the suspect in the basement of the home, where he found him urinating in a corner. While in the basement, the suspect had also placed an open 18-pack of Pabst Blue Ribbon inside a washing machine.

The family friend dragged the suspect up to the ground floor of the home, where the homeowner and her son pounced on the suspect.

As the suspect struggled with the family friend, the homeowner—who uses a walker—grabbed a piece of ceramic pottery off a table and clocked the burglar over the head. She then called police and told a 911 operator she had armed herself  ”with a brass elephant,” and was holding the suspect at bay.

When officers arrived, they found the homeowner’s family standing over the bloodied suspect, who officers handcuffed and transported to the North Precinct.

Officers also pulled the suspect’s 18-pack of beer out of the family’s washing machine, and discovered only five unopened cans of beers remained inside the package. For those keeping score at home, those 13 missing cans equal about one-and-a-quarter gallons of beer.

At the precinct, the 21-year-old suspect told officers he mistakenly thought he’d walked into his own home. The suspect then complained that he’d injured his ankle during the incident, and was taken to Harborview for treatment.

Macaroni Kid newsletter comes to NW Seattle

Macaroni Kid is a free weekly e-newsletter and website that features great things for kids and families to do in our area. Macaroni Kid was established by two Moms in 2008 and currently reaches over 500 communities nation wide. The e-newsletters are written by local “Publisher Moms” and aim to give all local parents a way to find out what’s on in their neighborhood.

Allison Holm is taking the reigns as publisher mom for the NW Seattle Macaroni Kid. “As a mom in Seattle, I know how difficult it has been to keep track of the fun and enriching events and activities available for kids.  I’m extremely excited to bring Macaroni Kid to our community and look forward to the opportunity to support the many cultural, not-for-profit, school and just plain fun things there are to do in NW Seattle,” says Holm.

Macaroni Kid features a variety of things involving kids; classes, shows, events, cooking projects, book reviews, arts and crafts and more.

Local parents can sign up to receive their weekly newsletter here. If you have an idea for an article or event listing email Holm at allisonholm@macaronikid.com.

Volunteer drivers needed to assist Maple Leaf seniors in Ballard


Senior Services’ Volunteer Transportation are calling for volunteer drivers to provide vital transportation for Maple Leaf seniors in the Ballard area. Volunteer drivers use their own car and assist seniors in maintaining their independence by taking them to medical appointments.

The clients appreciate their improved access to medical care, meaningful interactions with caring volunteers, and increased peace of mind. “Unfortunately, the program does not have enough drivers to meet the demand for transportation from older residents of the Maple Leaf and surrounding neighborhoods,” writes Volunteer and Outreach Recruitment Coordinator Hilary Case.

This volunteer opportunity is flexible as the program schedules on a week-by-week bases. In terms of time commitment volunteers need to have some weekday daytime available, but this time does not need to be consistent. Drivers typically provide one ride per week, yet they can do more or less. “Let’s “drive the distance” to ensure that older residents of our community don’t get stranded!,” writes Case.

If you are interested in assisting the volunteer driver program call (206) 748-7588 or email Hilary at hilaryc@seniorservices.org. Case reports that drivers are not only needed in the Ballard area, but are needed all over Seattle.

For more information about the program click here to check out the volunteer transportation blog.

Check out the photo above of volunteer Hilary and client Helen. Photo courtesy of Senior Services’ Volunteer Transportation. 

Reminder: Ballard Transit Expansion open house tonight at BHS

Tonight, from 5 to 7 p.m., Sound Transit is hosting an open house at the Ballard High School Commons (1418 NW 65th St.) to discuss options for a new light-rail or rapid street car between Ballard and downtown. At the meeting, they’ll look at the eight options for transit expansion, narrowed down from months of community input and meetings with the City of Seattle.

A few of the options on the table include drilling tunnels under Queen Anne and the Ship Canal (estimated at $2.3 – $3 billion) or about $500 million for tracks on the surface running just west of Lake Union, according to the Seattle Times. Other options include elevated tracks in some areas, and the creation of “cycle tracks,” which would be separate bike lines.

Tonight’s meeting will describe each of the potential routes for further community input. This week’s meeting is the second open house held this year, and after refining the route options later this summer, Sound Transit will hold another open house in the fall.