What’s on this weekend

The last weekend in August is here. Enjoy it out and about in Ballard at some of these fantastic events.

Friday, August 30:

  • Comedy Sportz Seattle Show at Ballard Underground (2220 NW Market Street) at 8 p.m. Click here for more details and to buy tickets.

Saturday, August 31:

  • Former Le Gourmand Restaurant Estate/Yard Sale at 425 NW Market Street from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. They are making room for the new business to occupy the lovely old space that Le Gourmand occupied and some great items from the restaurant will be sold. Enter at Sambar. Furniture, Dinnerware, Vintage, Modern and Antiques. No Junk. Great Stuff! No clothes or toys.
  • Free Concert at Ballard Locks (3015 54th St NW) from 2 p.m. featuring Around the Sound Community Band. For more details click here.
  • Comedy Sportz Seattle Show at Ballard Underground (2220 NW Market Street). Kids Matinee at 2 p.m. and main show at 8 p.m. Click here for more details and to buy tickets.

Sunday, September 1:

  • Ballard Farmers Markets along Ballard Ave from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Click here to see this weeks specials.
  • Former Le Gourmand Restaurant Estate/Yard Sale at 425 NW Market Street from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. They are making room for the new business to occupy the lovely old space that Le Gourmand occupied and some great items from the restaurant will be sold. Enter at Sambar. Furniture, Dinnerware, Vintage, Modern and Antiques. No Junk. Great Stuff! No clothes or toys.
  • Free Concert at Ballard Locks (3015 54th St NW) from 2 p.m. featuring Pacific Cascade Big Band. For more details click here.
  • Wax On Event at Anchors Down Bar (2016 NW Market St) from 4 p.m. Every Sunday at Anchors Down, bring in your vinyl records to listen to and share with fellow music junkies. All vinyl, all day, and an all day happy hour. We’ll take turns playing our favorite cuts and talk about music through the years. All music welcome!
  • Ballard Elks Lodge Ballroom Dancing (6411 Seaview Ave NW) from 7 p.m. – 10 pm. Live music will be provided by The Eddy Fukano Band. Singles and couples are welcome and cost is $7 per person. Click here for more details.

No annual closure for the library this year

Thanks to Seattle voters, city libraries won’t be shutting their doors for their annual week-long budget closure this year. This is typically the time of year when Seattle Public Libraries close to save money for operating costs, but the library levy that passed last year is allowing libraries to stay open.

“Thanks to the voters of Seattle, we are able to keep our libraries open this summer,” City Librarian Marcellus Turner said in a press release. “In addition to increased hours, the levy has also allowed us to expand our collection by adding more books and materials for our patrons to enjoy.”

This is the first time since 2008 that the libraries will not have to implement the closure, and the seven-year, $123 million library levy that passed in August of last year means they shouldn’t have to close for budgetary reasons anytime in the near future.



Rummage sale tomorrow at Interfaith Community Sanctuary

On Saturday, Aug. 31, the Interfaith Community Sanctuary (1763 NW 62nd St) will host their annual church rummage sale. The sale will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and will have book, CDs, furniture, clothing, glassware, artwork, and miscellaneous household goods. The organizers say there will be free parking in the lot accessible from the alley between NW 61st and NW 62nd off of 20th Ave NW. Click here for the event listing.

Olaf’s to open softly on Friday

In equal parts reverence to The Viking and resurrection of Copper Gate, Olaf’s opens its doors to the public tomorrow. Owners David Chilson, Pete Pigott, and Sara Moot are at the helm of Olaf’s, named after the little viking in the former Viking Tavern’s logo. They were all three faithful regulars of the Viking, and bought the Copper Gate in order to establish a new, cozy, neighborly watering hole.

Some of the notable changes include a back room for pinball, a new bar area, and Narboo murals throughout. Chilson told us that he and his partners jumped at the opportunity to buy the space when they heard it was up for sale. He says it was their chance to “save a bar for our neighborhood.” They took out the big boat in the middle of the restaurant because they wanted to provide a larger bar, one, “you could sit around and converse with you neighbors and friends.”

The kitchen will be revamped as well, with a new menu put together by Moot, who used to run Persimmon in Fremont. They’ll have what Chilson calls “quality bar food,” such as sandwiches and hot dogs, all a step above normal pub fair.

Their hours will be 11 a.m. to 2 a.m., seven days a week. Take a look at their Facebook page to see the progress of the reopening.

New exhibit to explore Swedish fashion at Nordic Heritage Museum

In September, the Nordic Heritage Museum will host the exhibition “Dressing Swedish: From Hazelius to Salander,” which explore the relationship between fashion and traditional folk costumes. The exhibit will run from Sept. 12 to Nov. 10.


Photo courtesy Nordic Heritage Museum

From the Nordic Heritage Museum:

Garments, fabric, and designs are used to create complex family trees, erase time periods, and articulate multiple places of belonging. Through displays featuring costumes both traditional and re-created by contemporary designers, along with new urban dress from Sámi and Swedish designers, the exhibition will tackle the notion of what it means to “dress Swedish” and how this has developed over time.

Pieces from the Nordic Heritage Museum permanent collection, such as Swedish folk costumes, Ballard bunads, and textile artifacts, will also accompany the exhibition. In addition, local members of the Swedish community will showcase outfits that reflect individual and contemporary ways of dressing Swedish, and Svenska Skolan (Seattle’s Swedish School for children) will show off Pippi Longstocking costumes.

Fashion and folk costumes have always overlapped, and traces of older fashion styles can also be found in folk costume designs. In 1872, Artur Hazelius, founder of Nordiska museet in Stockholm, observed how modern fashion had increasingly begun to replace the folk costume. The large-scale collecting and documentation effort gathered momentum in cultural history museums, powered by a desire to preserve folk culture for posterity.

The more modern fashion that is explored in the exhibit includes the icon Lisbeth Salander from Stieg Larsson’s Millenium Trilogy series. Salander’s style in the films inspired H&M’s Dragon Tattoo Collection by Trish Summerville.

The exhibit was produced for House of Sweden in Washington D.C. by co-curators Dr. Charlotte Hylten-Cavallius, Multicultural Society, Tumba, and Dr. Lizette Gradén, Nordic Heritage Museum, Seattle, with support from Multicultural Society, Svenska Institutet, Kulturrådet.

Learn more about the upcoming exhibit here.

Teachers plan to picket at 15th and NW Market St. today

Seattle teachers are expected to picket today, and one of the gathering locations is at the corner of 15th Ave NW and NW Market St, according to KOMO News. Teachers are hitting the picket lines because they want to draw attention to the fact that the Seattle School Board hasn’t offered a fair contract, and KOMO says one of their main issues is using test scores to evaluate teacher performance. The Seattle Education Association (SEA), which represents the teachers, will meet again on Sept. 3 to vote on the new proposal put forward by the school district.

Ballard is one of four locations around the city where teachers say they’ll be holding picket signs from 3 to 6 p.m. today; they’ll also be gathering at Rainer Ave and MLK, 35th and Fauntleroy, and outside Northgate Mall. The picketing comes just a week before school starts in Seattle on Sept. 4.

In a statement on the Seattle Public School’s website, Superintendent Jose Banda says, “We realize the impact a labor strike would have on our families. We are working with child care providers and the City of Seattle to develop options for your students in the event school is not in session on Sept. 4.” They’ll be updating the Seattle Public Schools website with current information as it comes.

Police warn Ballard residents of motorcycle thieves

There’s been a rash of motorcycle thefts in the area, and police are warning residents in Ballard, Wallingford and Fremont of the roaming thieves. According to Kiro 7, neighborhood residents received a memo from Seattle Police stating: “Thieves are roaming the neighborhoods in the early morning hours using trucks, mostly rental type trucks of the orange and white variety. There are at least three or four working together as they are lifting the bikes up and carrying them to the trucks despite having disc brake locks and other passive type deterrents.”

Kiro talked to a local bike shop employee who recommended that people park motorcycles in visible areas if there’s no available garage, so neighbors can keep an eye out.


Work begins on empty lot on Ballard Ave.

Crews have been out on the vacant lot at 5304 Ballard Ave NW (across from Bastille) doing some work where a 4-story mixed-use commercial building will be constructed.

 Photo by Timmy Keener

According to the city’s Department of Planning and Development, the plan for the space includes a 4-story, 21,435 sq. ft. building with a 3,514 sq. ft. 3rd-story addition to the existing building directly to the north of the lot, (above Shiku Sushi and Anchored Ship Coffee Bar). The resulting building will be 35,459 sq. ft.

No word yet on what exactly will go into the space; we have a call out to Peck Properties to get more information.

Reminder: Locks closed this morning for saltwater drain inspection

The Ballard Locks will be closed for five hours today for another saltwater drain inspection. The Locks will be closed to all marine traffic between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. in order complete the inspections.

From the Army Corps of Engineers:

U.S. Navy divers from Naval Base Kitsap will finish inspecting welds and pressure washing the screen, items they didn’t have time to complete during the July 17, 5-hour closure. The structure, immediately upstream of the locks, prevents salmon from entering the locks’ saltwater return intake. The divers, closed 10, 10-foot-by-6-foot doors and inspected the 30-by-60 foot curved-front, mesh screen structure June 6. Monthly inspections are required until the doors are opened mid-September.

The Locks will be closed to all but emergency vessels on emergency calls during the inspections. Boaters can call the lockmaster on duty at 206-783-7000 to verify the locks are open.