Porkfest 2013 ‘Mihami Vice’ coming soon

hamiThe annual Sunset Hill Community barbecue known as Porkfest is just around the corner. On Aug. 11, “Mihami Vice” will be hosted at Tim & Nancy Bauer’s house at 3231 NW 67th street. The party starts at 1 p.m. and goes until the pig is gone, according to Tim.

“Spend an afternoon with your friends, family, neighbors, and your dog is invited too,” Tim writes. “Please bring a side dish, salad, dessert, or your favorite pork accompaniment. The pig and ice tea are provided. A small donation for beer will be greatly appreciated. Help break the ‘Seattle Freeze,’ warm up your community!”

If you have questions or want to RSVP, contact Tim at 206-790-5864.

Photo courtesy Tim Bauer

Calling all artists: Ballard Artisan Market to start in conjunciton with Sunday Farmers Market

Would you like some fine art with your broccoli and cauliflower? The Ballard Farmers Market will soon have a creative neighbor; the Ballard Artisan Market is starting just around the corner from the famed farmers market on Sundays in Ballard. The Seattle Farmers Market Association is currently looking for artists to apply for their August opening, which will feature artisanal food products, functional trade crafts and fine arts.

From the Seattle Farmers Market Association:

We invite Washington small-scale processors of fine foods such as herbal mixes, condiments, salsas, vinegars, oils, verjus, grain and bean-based foods, other specialty foods, wines and beers, sauces, and preserves. Fine food products should feature local ingredients as much as possible. We expect creativity and encourage heritage recipes made with traditional processing techniques.

We also invite resident artists in Washington to apply for a vendor space. We welcome painters, photographers, cobblers, makers of metal cookware, hardware, service wares, woodworkers, textile designers, sculptors, potters, ceramicists, candlemakers, and other creative and functional wares.

…This expansion will promote the cultural arts of our area while attracting more people to the bustling Ballard neighborhood. We will also encourage vendors to demonstrate their skill to market visitors. This will be an opportunity to revive awareness of the historical trades and skills that were integral to the vitality of our region.

To apply to be part of the new market, contact the association at sfmamarketmaster@gmail.com.


Join the East Ballard Community Association Night Out block party

Seattle Night Out is just a week away, and the East Ballard Community Association (EBCA) is hosting a huge block party for the whole community. On Tuesday, Aug. 6, they’ll be partying on 14th Ave NW from 6 to 10 p.m. between NW 59th and NW 61st, in the location of the future park. “There’ll be games for all ages, live music by Seeing Blind, goats and chickens from Seattle Farm Supply, artist demonstrations from Blowing Sands, and you can even screenprint the EBCA logo on your fave t-shirt,” the flyer reads.

Photo from last year’s 14th Ave NW party

This is the second year the EBCA has thrown a block party on 14th Ave NW. As part of the fun, they’re asking attendees to stop by the EBCA booth to pick up a name tag and passport; getting your passport stamped at three different activity stations will make you eligible to win a $100 gift certificate from the Ballard Market.

To learn more about the EBCA, visit their website.

Great Glasses Play Day set for Sunday at Carkeek Park

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The second annual Great Glasses Play Day is set for this Sunday, August 4 at Carkeek Park (950 NW Carkeek Park Rd) from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. The event is being held in a number of cities across America and in South Africa to raise awareness about the importance of early comprehensive eye exams and to celebrate children who wear glasses.

Amber Johnson was inspired to create the event by her own daughter’s journey with glasses. Johnson’s daughter got her first pair of glasses at age 18 months for farsightedness, strabismus, and amblyopia, among others. “She now does vision therapy and other work to help fill the gaps in development caused by vision impairment. Inspired by her journey, I’m hosting a Great Glasses Play Day for the Seattle area,” says Johnson.

Great Glasses Play Day will be held by the playground and the play field. All are welcome to attend!

To learn more about the event click here.

Woman sexually assaulted in Crown Hill

Police are looking for a man who sexually assaulted a woman on July 28 in Crown Hill.

Here is the report from Seattle Police:

Detectives seeking information on a suspect who sexually assaulted a woman. On July 28th, just shortly after 3:00 p.m., officers responded to the 1700 block of NW 85th to investigate a stranger rape.  The victim stated that a male she had just met at a nearby bus stop had followed her home and sexually assaulted her outside her apartment complex.

The suspect is described as a black male, 25-30 years old, unknown height, medium build, slight goatee, wearing a jacket that was partially orange.

The victim was transported to Harborview Medical Center.  Area search for suspect was negative.

Anyone with information about this incident and or suspect is asked to call 9-1-1.

The investigation continues.

Free trees available to Seattle residents

couple with treesThe City of Seattle’s Trees for Neighborhoods program is starting up again, which means the city will be giving away 1,000 trees to residents. The application for trees opens tomorrow (Wed. July 31), and recipients can be given up to four trees, free watering bags for each tree, and training on how to plant and maintain trees.

The program has been running since 2009, and 3,300 trees have been planted on private properties through the Trees for Neighborhoods giveaway. The trees range from fruit trees to evergreens and street trees. This year, the program will offer 13 different tree species, including  Galaxy Magnolia, Tall Stewartia, Emerald Sunshine Elm, Mountain Hemlock, June Snow Dogwood, and Honey Crisp Apple trees. See the complete tree list here. The applications will be open tomorrow, and street tree applications will be accepted through Sept. 1. Yard tree applications are due Oct. 11, and there will be planting workshops and tree pickups on Oct. 19 and Nov. 3.

Photo courtesy Seattle reLeaf

Last day for donations at Crown Hill Grocery Outlet food drive tomorrow


Crown Hill Grocery Outlet are finishing up their month-long food drive tomorrow. The company-wide food drive started at the beginning of July to benefit needy Seattle residents.

The Crown Hill store will be taking food and cash donations to benefit the Fallen Brothers of Seattle which is a community veteran outreach program. Head to the Crown Hill store before tomorrow and help out in one of the ways below:

  • Look for specialty-marked food items OR a non-food toiletries bag. These are items that are in need for the community. Purchase these items and put them in “BLUE COLLECTION BIN” at the front of the store.
  • Tell a Crown Hill Grocery Outlet cashier that you would like to make a cash donation at the register. All money raised will go directly to Fallen Brothers of Seattle. Likewise, all donated food and non-food donations go directly to Fallen Brothers of Seattle.

During the past two years, the Grocery Outlet has raised over $500,000 in cash, gift cards, non-food and food donations company-wide. Check out updates at their Facebook page.

Registration opens Aug. 1 for Knit Fit at Ballard Community Center

The Ballard Community Center hosts a knitting market each year called Knit Fit, and registrations for the event open on August 1. Knit Fit is a free-entry fiber market and takes place Nov. 2-3,  featuring independent, regional producers offering a wide variety of yarns, roving, fiber tools, accessories, many of which are hand-crafted and unavailable in stores.

The weekend will kick off with a presentation from Mary Scott Huff called “Everything I Need to Know, I learned from Knitting.” In addition to the craft supplies, daytime classes are offered throughout the weekend event on a wide variety of knitting techniques, crochet, spinning, and craft photography for all skill levels. Classes offered include Knitting with Vintage Patterns, Recycled Yarn Making, steeking, colorwork, double knitting and more.

There will be a Saturday evening Game Knitting night hosted by Lee Meredith (aka Leethal). “Game Knitting (developed by Lee Meredith) turns the act of knitting into a game played along with a movie, and participants knit small projects during the show, with the pattern emerging based on instances (memorable lines, events, scenery, long-haired grunge rockers, etc.) in the movie,” according to Knit Fit organizer Sasa Foster.

To see a schedule of the classes and to register for the event, click here. Learn more at their website or Facebook page.

Chicken found wandering in Loyal Heights

A wandering hen gathered a lot of attention Monday night at Loyal Heights Community Center park; we received a few different email s about the lost chicken who was moseying around near the playground last night.

Here are a couple photos sent to us by My Ballard readers Dana and Sylvia. (Sylvie took the chicken home, so if this little chicken is yours, reach out to us at tips@myballard.com and we’ll connect you.)

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Kiss Cafe raises $15k for Asher Deaver

The Kiss Cafe has raised $15,o00 for Ballard musician and woodworker Asher Deaver. The cafe hosted an all-day fundraiser on Saturday, with raffles and auctions that brought in thousands of dollars for the young man who undergoes brain surgery on tomorrow (Tuesday, July 30) to remove a tumor from his frontal lobe. (Read his story here) “I’m still in shock,” Deaver says. “I keep flipping between feeling elated and feeling like I don’t deserve it. I never would have expected anything like what happened. It was such an incredible night.”


The bar filled with faithful regulars, friends and family wearing buttons boasting hopeful slogans such as, “Die Tumor Die” and “More Beer Less Tumor.” Beer flowed from kegs donated by Bad Jimmy’s, Sierra Nevada, and Acme, the proceeds from which went to Deaver.  In addition to the raffle and auction, all tips went straight to his fund.


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One of the biggest donations of the night was the first-ever order of “Veruca Salt,” a menu item which reads,”I want it now, Daddy! Anything on this menu, delivered ahead of all other orders – $1,000.” The couple who ordered it asked that the money go straight to Asher. There were three different donations of $1,000 for Asher, and customers and friends were tipping anywhere from $50 to $100 on every drink ordered at the bar that night.

“This event was so heart-touching, tear-jerking and breath-taking,” Kiss Cafe co-owner Brenda Reed says. Hundreds of people passed through the cafe that day, as people spilled out of the doors, raising beers to Asher. The cafe even got a one-day permit to have outdoor drinking (thanks to Agent Dean, Reed says).”My mind is still trying to process the generosity of customers, businesses, and vendors. Even though the fundraiser has come and gone, this journey is far from being over for Asher.” The night was a huge success, raising $12,000 in one day ($3,000 was donated before the event even started).

If you want to help, the fundraiser is still going. Kiss Cafe is raffling off an iPad and a two-night stay at the Inn at Langley. Tickets are $10 and can be bought through the end of the week; the winners will be drawn next Monday. And, the Indiegogo fund (which has independently raised almost $11,000) is live until tomorrow. “You never go broke by giving,” Reed says.

Photos courtesy of Kiss Cafe