What’s on this weekend

The last weekend in April is here! Enjoy it in Ballard at these great events.

Friday, April 25:

  • Comedy Sportz Seattle Show at new venue Atlas Theatre (3509 Fremont Ave N) at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. Click here for more details and to buy tickets.

Saturday, April 26:

  • Phinney Neighborhood Preschool Co-op Spring Kids Sale at Phinney Neighborhood Center ( 6532 Phinney Ave N) from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Featuring gently used clothing (lots of great brands!), shoes, toys, books, strollers, bedding, furniture, safety equipment, sports gear, car seats, swimwear, maternity wear and more! Click here for more details.
  • Growing Tomatoes Seminar at Swanson’s Nursery (9710 15th Ave NW) from 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. Discover the secrets of growing juicy, bountiful tomatoes in the Northwest with Master Gardener Tracy Turner, of Westwind Gardens. Cost is free.
  • Let’s Meet at Sunset Beer Tasting and Silent Auction Fundraiser at Sunset Hill Community Association (3003 NW 66th St) from 7 p.m. Click here for more details.
  • Comedy Sportz Seattle Show at new venue Atlas Theatre (3509 Fremont Ave N) at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. Click here for more details and to buy tickets.

Sunday, April 27:

  • Ballard Farmers Markets along Ballard Ave from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Click here to see this week’s specials.
  • Container Design Seminar at Swanson’s Nursery (9710 15th Ave NW) from 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. Join local garden designer Wendy Welch for a fabulous introduction to creating stunning containers. Cost is free.
  • Sound Cycling: Everyday Biking Info Fair at Ballard Library (5614 22nd Ave NW) from 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. Try out the bike blender, make a poster and connect with local biking and commuting organizations as you learn about about bike maintenance and future Sound Cycling programs. Click here for more information.
  • Seattle Canoe & Kayak Club Open House at Green Lake Small Craft Center (5900 West Greenlake Way N) from 1 p.m. Get to see the competitive Junior Team finish their training session, meet the coaches of this exciting sport and then climb into the boats with our team members to get a feel for what it is like to be in an Olympic style Sprint Kayak or Canoe. Click here for more details.
  • Screening of “A Place at the Table” at Our Redeemer’s Church (2400 NW 85th St) at 4:30 p.m. A Place at the Table shows us how hunger and obesity pose serious economic, social, and cultural implications for our nation and how food access issues could be solved. All are welcome.
  • Mostly Nordic Concert Series: Norwegian and Danish Songs by Foreigners at the Nordic Heritage Museum (3014 NW 67th St) at 5 p.m. Soprano Laura Loge, specialist in Scandinavian Art Song graduate of Stavanger Conservatory, St. Olaf College, and New England Conservatory, is joined by Seattle Opera Chorus Master Beth Kirchhoff and Seattle Symphony and Seattle Chamber Players’ Laura DeLuca. Click here for more details and to purchase tickets. Ticket prices start at $22.

Do you know of an event happening this weekend or in future in our neighborhood?

You can submit it to our events calendar here on MyBallard.com, or email the information to tips@myballard.com to ensure we include it in our weekly weekend roundup.

Stoup Brewing awarded silver medal at 2014 World Beer Cup®

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Local favorite Stoup Brewing (1108 NW 52nd St) recently won the silver medal in the Robust Porter category at the 2014 World Beer Cup®. The award is a huge honor for the brewery that is barely six months old.

According to Stoup, The World Beer Cup, which is often referred to as “The Olympics of Beer Competitions,” is the most prestigious beer competition in the world. The Cup first started in 1996 and, every two years, a professional panel of beer judges awards gold, silver and bronze medals to the top three beers in nearly 91 categories.

“It is a great honor that the judges at the World Beer Cup recognized our hard work and passion for brewing quality beers so early on in our history,” said Brad Benson, head brewer and co-founder at Stoup.

According to Benson, Stoup’s Robust Porter is rich in color and character. The beer contains a complex malt profile that includes chocolate malt, roasted barley, roasted wheat and roasted rye.

“When we were planning the brewery we noticed that our favorite porters were disappearing from the market,” co-owner Lara Zahaba said. “We were determined to make and showcase this favorite style which makes a win in the Robust Porter category all the more satisfying.”

During this years Cup, Stoup’s Porter stacked up against competing beers from all over the world the world and was said to be “an excellent example in the Robust Porter category that maintains close adherence to the style and displays excellent taste, aroma, and appearance.”

Stoup was one of nine breweries from Washington State that earned top honors at the 2014 World Beer Cup.

Congratulations to the team at Stoup!

BHS Principal named WA Principal of the Year

bhsprincBallard High School Principal Keven Wynkoop has been named this year’s Washington State High School Principal of the Year.

The decision was made by a panel of principals representing the Washington Association of Secondary School Principals (WASSP), a component of the Association of Washington School Principals (AWSP).

Wynkoop was surprised with the award during a TPEP staff meeting on April 23, attended by AWSP Executive Director Gary Kipp and AWSP Director of High School Programs Scott Seaman.

Wynkoop’s connection to Ballard High School has been lifelong, both professionally and as a student. When he came to BHS as assistant principal in 2005 he was already part of the community as a third generation BHS graduate.

Wynkoop took over as principal in 2010 with the goal of making all families, no matter their socio-economic status or culture, feel the special connection to the school that he feels. To make this goal a reality Wynkoop worked with Ballard High’s alumni association, the Ballard Foundation, to strengthen support of struggling students.

To increase and strengthen support for all students Wynkoop created the GAINS Program (Graduation Assistance Identifying the Needs of Students) that was funded by the Foundation. “The program is in its second year and making a difference in the lives of students that might have been otherwise forgotten,” says Wynkoop.

Since arriving back at BHS as the Assistant Principal, Wynkoop has also advocated for the Link Crew mentoring program which assists students with the transition into high school. The program pairs incoming freshman with seniors to make sure all students are supported through the transition period.

The program first began in 2005 and, since it was implemented, has created some dramatic changes in the school community. The number students in ninth grade with at least one failing grade dropped from 89 in the program’s first year to 46 in the 2012-13 school year. The number of ninth grade suspensions has also dropped from 30 to 18, with three years of only seven suspensions.

“Not only does a student benefit from this program as a freshman when we learn time management, organization and problem solving skills, but also as a [senior] mentor to understand how to lead a group and gain valuable knowledge about working with a classroom,” says recent Ballard graduate Anna Cechony.

Overall, Wynkoop has clearly has guided BHS with positivity and support for both students and staff alike. “Keven has embraced the ideology that every student can and will be successful at Ballard High School and is working diligently to create the best climate and culture possible for his students,” says Scott Seaman.

“Keven shows a lot of trust in his staff and he guides them to fulfill their duties while allowing them the freedom to take ownership in their decisions,” says teacher Michael James.

Wynkoop is now eligible for the 2015 NASSP National High School Principal of the Year award. The program, sponsored by the National Association of Secondary School Principals, annually recognizes outstanding middle level and high school principals.

From the state winners, six finalists (three middle level, three high school) will compete for the award in Washington, D.C., later this year. Click here to learn more.

Congratulations to Keven Wynkoop and the entire BHS community!

Photo courtesy of Seattle Public Schools.

Ballard named hottest real estate neighborhood in Seattle

According to a report by Seattle Met, Ballard is Seattle’s hottest neighborhood for real estate. The article published earlier this month, refers to Ballard as “Stealth Urbanites” with Loyal Heights coming in a close second in the top ten.

The article makes mention of the explosion of the “nearly dozen” new condo and apartment buildings along Market and 15th.

“It’s time to retire the Ballard stereotype of strollers, starter homes, and backyard beehives because the condos have changed Ballard’s literal landscape, and its cultural reality,” writes Allecia Vermillion

Vermillion spoke to Redfin Real Estate agent Sabrina Booth who recently had one of her clients loose out on a one-bedroom condo listed for $289,000 after submitting a $300,000 cash offer. The successful offer was $305,000 with a waived inspection.

“There are more people wanting to purchase than there are available homes,” Booth told Seattle Met.

Despite the boom in the real estate market Booth told Seattle Met that the “madness hasn’t undercut the community feel that drew people here in the first place.”

“Urban people feel like they’re in a small town; they can support their local businesses and get to know their neighbors,” said Booth.

Check out the Ballard stats mentioned in the article below:

  • 25% Owner Occupied
  • Population: 7,718
  • Walk Score: 91

Throwback Thursday: Newspaper clippings from yesteryear

This week we thought we would take a look back at some newspaper clippings from the days of “old” Ballard. They provide a unique insight into the happenings of our neighborhood back in the day.

The clipping below shows a black and white photo of a Ballard Field House Tap review from 1936. The clipping refers to the “Review of the Months” show and the caption reads “the Lovers’ Tap – Representing the month of February.”

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The clipping below from April 29, 1922, appears under the headline “Boy Pitchers Break Records at Ballard”. The caption reads “total registration for twelve playfields to date in The Times Boy Pitchers’ Contest exceeds 2,200.”

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The below clipping was featured in the April 14, 1951, issue of The Seattle Guide, which according to My Ballard reader Greg Trudeau, was a give-away at hotels and restaurants for tourists.

“It contained jokes, editorials, building locations, and most of all, advertisements.  It was about 2 1/2″ X 7 1/4″ when folded,” writes Trudeau.

The below clipping includes an advertisement for the Lockhaven Apartments, “Located Above Salmon Bay”. The ad states that rentals start at $77.50 and include all electric kitchens, landscaped grounds, elevator service and many more amenities of modern living. Times have definitely changed a bit!

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Do you have an historical photo or a story that readers would enjoy hearing about? Email us at tips@myballard.com with Throwback Thursday in the subject line.

Photo and information courtesy of Ballard Historical Society. Seattle Guide clipping courtesy of My Ballard reader Greg Trudeau.

Metro service cuts certain after voters reject Proposition 1

The King Country Transportation District Proposition 1 was rejected by voters this week. After the second count of ballots on Wednesday, Proposition 1 is behind with 54.5 percent of voters voting no.

According to King County Executive Dow Constantine, King County must prepare for reduction of Metro transit services starting this fall.

“We gave the voters a choice, and presented a proposal for saving Metro Transit and maintaining our roads. They have chosen a reduced level of service, and we will carry out the will of the voters. Tomorrow I will transmit legislation to the King County Council to reduce service by 550,000 hours and eliminate 72 bus routes,” says King County Executive Dow Constantine.

Here in Ballard, as we reported on Monday, now that the measure has failed, Metro will be cutting and reducing many routes that service our neighborhood (click on image below).

According to Metro’s website, local routes 61, 62 and 28 will be cut entirely and routes 17x, 18x, 28x, 29, 40, 44 and the D Line service will be reduced or revised.

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“The defeat of Proposition 1 means King County will make the adjustments necessary to ensure that Metro Transit provides service with the funding that’s available,” says County Council Chair Larry Phillips, chair of the King County Transportation District (KCTD).

If approved, Proposition 1 would have implemented a $60 vehicle fee and increased the King County sales tax by 0.1%. The revenue from the increases would have been directed toward maintaining Metro Transit bus service at its current hours and supporting road repair and maintenance.

Now that the proposition has been rejected, starting in September, Metro will eliminate 72 bus routes and reduce or revise another 84 routes around the city to maintain service with reduced revenues.

The County Council’s Transportation, Economy and Environment Committee will be hosting a series of special night meetings to receive public comment on the Executive’s proposed legislation. The My Ballard team will keep readers informed of the details of the meetings when they are known.

With the failure of the proposition, local group Friends of Transit has proposed a Seattle-only property-tax initiative that would raise $25 million dollars a year for six years at a tax rate of $22 per $100,000 of property value.

According to our news partners at The Seattle Times, the group is the set to file the initiative by the end of this week.

Executive Constantine commented on the announcement of Friends of Transit’s initiative in a statement on Wednesday afternoon.

“We welcome and encourage efforts that would protect bus service and avoid major disruption to our riders. Unfortunately, in the near term, we will still need to transmit major service cuts if Proposition 1 fails,” says Executive Constantine.

Development Update April 24: 50 residential units and more subdivisions

Applications for developments in Ballard have been coming in fast this week to the Department of Planning and Development (DPD).

Check out the most recent applications and decisions from the DPD as posted in the Land Use Information Bulletin.

Applications:

1436 NW 62nd St

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A Land Use Application has been submitted to allow a 4-story structure containing 30 residential units. No parking is proposed. Existing structures to be demolished.

Decisions:

2018 NW 57th St

A Land Use Application has been approved to allow a six story structure with 20 residential units and 10 vehicular parking spaces below grade. Existing duplex to be demolished. Appeals of the decision must be received by the Hearing Examiner no later than May 5, 2014.

2414 NW 62nd St

A Land Use Application has been approved to subdivide one development site into three unit lots. This subdivision of property is only for the purpose of allowing sale or lease of the unit lots. Development standards will be applied to the original parcel and not to each of the new unit lots. Appeals of the decision must be received by the Hearing Examiner no later than May 8, 2014.

2651 NW 64th St

A Land Use Application has been approved to subdivide one development site into two unit lots. This subdivision of property is only for the purpose of allowing sale or lease of the unit lots. Development standards will be applied to the original parcel and not to each of the new unit lots. Appeals of the decision must be received by the Hearing Examiner no later than May 8, 2014.

6711 Alonzo Ave NW

A Land Use Application has been approved to subdivide one development site into two unit lots. This subdivision of property is only for the purpose of allowing sale or lease of the unit lots. Development standards will be applied to the original parcel and not to each of the new unit lots. Appeals of the decision must be received by the Hearing Examiner no later than May 8, 2014.

Appeals and comments on proposed land use actions must be submitted in writing to the Public Resource Center by email to prc@seattle.gov, by fax to (206) 233-7901, or by mail to the address below:

Department of Planning and Development
ATTN: Public Resource Center or Assigned Planner
700 Fifth Ave, Ste 2000
P.O. Box 34019
Seattle, WA 98124-4019

Bauhaus Coffee to add beer and wine to their menu

photoAccording to a sign posted on the door, popular Ballard coffee spot Bauhaus Books and Coffee (2001 NW Market St) has applied for a liquor license to sell wine and beer.

The notice (see image) was posted today and further information about the application will be posted on the Washington Liquor Control Board’s website later today.

According to Bauhaus management, the coffee house is set to serve popular local beers and red and white wine. “We’re aiming to be serving wine and beer by the end of the month,” says Bauhaus manager Carrie Wallace.

Bauhaus is open Monday through Friday 6 a.m. – 12 a.m., Saturday 7 a.m. – 12 a.m. and Sunday 8 a.m. – 12 a.m.

Ballard Library to host Seattle Tilth pickle and fermentation class

edBallard Library (5614 22nd Ave NW) will be hosting a Pickle and Fermentation class this Thursday, April 24, from 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Seattle Tilth will be facilitating the class for locals who are interested in preserving vegetables from their garden.

Attendees will learn/see the following during the class:

  • a canning demo
  • learn the differences between brined and fermented vegetables
  • learn about the ingredients and equipment required for brining or fermenting
  • learn about food safety
  • learn the basics of canning quick pickles in brine

The pickle and fermentation class is part of The Edible Garden Series which includes events and presentations for all ages at Library branches around the city in April and May.

Learn about edible gardening, food advocacy and sustainability in coordination with Seattle Public Libraries’  local partner organizations.

Small chamber at Ballard Locks set to re-open this Friday

Update:

We have just received word that the small chamber at Ballard Locks will remain closed until 5 p.m. this Friday, April 25. The chamber is not yet ready to open because of further maintenance requirements.

Foot traffic is not affected and the large lock will continue around-the-clock operations for vessels. Lock wall staff will move commercial traffic through as quickly as possible.

All pleasure craft will use the large lock, and boaters should be prepared with appropriate equipment and crew. Large lock requirements include long lines and fenders on board.

Current locking through information is available here . Mariners may experience delays, depending on passage demand.

Original Post, April 21:

The small chamber locks at the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks will remain closed to marine traffic until 5 p.m. this evening due to additional maintenance and repair requirements.

The small chamber has been closed since April 4 for crews to do annual maintenance and safety inspections. The opening was originally scheduled for April 18, at 7 p.m., however, additional work and adjustments make it necessary to delay refill and opening.

Foot traffic is not affected and the large lock will continue around-the-clock operations for vessels. Lock wall staff will move commercial traffic through as quickly as possible.

All pleasure craft will use the large lock, and boaters should be prepared with appropriate equipment and crew. Large lock requirements include long lines and fenders on board. Click here to check out the current locking through information.

Most machinery and equipment, including the gates and valves, are original to the 97-year-old facility. The annual closure gives dam safety experts and maintenance staff an opportunity to dry out the chambers for thorough inspections and to make necessary repairs.

This routine maintenance is necessary and important in keeping the Chittenden Locks safe and operational as the locks approach their 100-year anniversary.

Click here to find out more information about the Locks.