What’s on this weekend

The first weekend in May has arrived and there is plenty to do in Ballard! Check out the list of events and happenings below:

Friday, May 2:

  • King County Master Gardener Plant Sale at Center for Urban Horticulture (3501 NE 41st St) from 5:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. Find plants from Master Gardeners and specialty growers, get free garden design consultations and quick tips, personal shopping advice from experienced Master Gardeners, and garden art and more from select vendors. Click here for more details.
  • Loyal Heights Community Center Trivia and Taco Night (2101 NW 77th St) from 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Join them for delicious Mexican food in celebration of Cinco De Mayo! Enjoy tacos plus a Piñata, Trivia questions, and crafts for the kids. $5 per person/ kids 3 & under eat free.
  • St. Alphonsus School presents Fiddler on the Roof at 5816 15th Ave NW at 7 p.m. Adult tickets $13 and child (to age 14) tickets are $8. Click here to purchase tickets.
  • 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, May 3:

  • King County Master Gardener Plant Sale at Center for Urban Horticulture (3501 NE 41st St) from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Find plants from Master Gardeners and specialty growers, get free garden design consultations and quick tips, personal shopping advice from experienced Master Gardeners, and garden art and more from select vendors. Click here for more details.
  • Cookbook Sale at Delancey’s (1415 NW 70th St) from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Hundreds of beautiful donated cookbooks–some gently used, some like new–covering a variety of topics and cuisines will be available. All cookbooks will be individually priced and are a great deal starting at just $2 and almost all under $10. All funds raised benefit Friends of Seattle Public Library. Click here to learn more.
  • Book Fair Fundraiser to support Whitman Music Program at Northgate Barnes and Noble (401 NE Northgate Way, Suite 11002 p.m.s Bands and Orchestra will perform and proceeds from book sales that day will help support the Whitman Music Program.  Local author (and Whitman parent) Ingrid Ricks will be signing copies of her New York Times Best Seller Autobiography, Hippie Boy, from 11 a.m. to noon. Click here for more details.
  • 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.
  • Forrest Yoga Intro Series at Kula Movement, Center for Yoga & Health (5340 Ballard Ave NW) from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. Bring your injuries, ailments, questions and aspirations, and we’ll share a practice where you’ll explore Yoga with pose modifications, and a deeper breath awareness. Cost is $60 for series.
  • Spilled Ink: BHS Arts and Music Night at Ballard Library (5614 22nd Ave NW) from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. The community is invited this special after hours event filled with art and music. The Music Show is free and features Ballard High bands: Ballard Ukelele Club, Ian Gwinn, Ghetto Blaster and No, Not Really. Click here for more details.
  • Ballard Labs Charity Poker Tournament at 1416 NW 46th St, Suite 301  from 6 p.m. To celebrate Ballard Lab’s 1 Year Anniversary they are co-sponsoring a huge poker tournament to raise money for the local chapter of Young Life. Click here for more details.
  • St. Alphonsus School presents Fiddler on the Roof at 5816 15th Ave NW at 7 p.m. Adult tickets $13 and child (to age 14) tickets are $8. Click here to purchase tickets.
  • Chorale Concert: Magnolia Moments at Magnolia Lutheran Church (2414 31st Ave W) at 7:30 p.m. Under the direction of Dr. Jean-Marie Kent, on May 3 and 4 the Magnolia Chorale presents a program of glorious music celebrating our 25 years of service. Cost is $10.
  • 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, May 4:

  • Ballard Farmers Markets along Ballard Ave from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Click here to see this week’s specials.
  • EBCA “Greenspace to Growlers” Jane’s Walk from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Join the EBCA and Feet First for a lively neighborhood walk through Ballard that explores urban greenspaces of all shapes and sizes, through a mix of residential blocks, commercial pockets, and the historic industrial core. The walk starts at Honore Bakery (1413 NW 70th St). Cost is free. Click here to learn more.
  • King County Master Gardener Plant Sale at Center for Urban Horticulture (3501 NE 41st St) from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Find plants from Master Gardeners and specialty growers, get free garden design consultations and quick tips, personal shopping advice from experienced Master Gardeners, and garden art and more from select vendors. Click here for more details.
  • Chorale Concert: Magnolia Moments at Magnolia Lutheran Church (2414 31st Ave W) at 2 p.m. Under the direction of Dr. Jean-Marie Kent, on May 3 and 4 the Magnolia Chorale presents a program of glorious music celebrating our 25 years of service. Cost is $10.

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.

70 riders celebrate Bike to School Month on Ballard Greenway

Seattle Greenways tweeted a fantastic video of four bike trains from Pacific Crest Montesorri School coming together this afternoon on Ballard Greenway (NW 58th St).

The bike trains comprised of 70 people from the school who were celebrating Bike to School Day as part of the Bike to School Month initiative.

“Super exciting to see all the great bike energy, and big thanks to all the hard work behind making biking a safe option for everyone,” writes Seattle Greenways.

Check out the awesome video below:

Brunswick & Hunt set to open in Ballard this month

10271487_745701192131478_1376493729000063659_nAccording to Seattle Magazine, new eatery Brunswick & Hunt is set to open at 1480 NW 70th St on Thursday, May 22.

Seattle restaurateurs and brothers Barry Rogel and Scott Rogel announced their plans to open the “farm to neighborhood” restaurant last September.

Brunswick & Hunt will feature a 49-seat restaurant with a large back bar manufactured by the Brunswick-Balke-Collender Co. A mural called “The Hunt”, which was found in a tavern in Winlock, will also play a key role in the design aesthetic.

In terms of drinks, the restaurant will be serving up cocktails, brews from eight rotating taps and Northwest wines.

In the food department, Chef Jeffrey Davidson, who previously worked in the kitchens of Ray’s and Bastille, has put together a “truly Seattle” menu that focuses on local produce, nose-to-tail cooking, and small farm sustainable proteins.

Check out the menu below:

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Starting May 22, Brunswick & Hunt will be open from Wednesday through Sunday, from 4 p.m. to around midnight. The team plan to be open daily and start serving brunch in June.

Photo courtesy of Brunswick and Hunt.

Paving on NW Market St cancelled this weekend

Many readers emailed in to report the signs indicating the closure of NW Market St this weekend.

SDOT had been planning to close NW Market Street/N 46th St from Third Ave NW to Phinney Ave for the next two weekends to replace worn concrete panels in the roadway.

The closures for this weekend, however, have now been canceled due to the unfavorable weather forecast.

We will keep readers informed about the rescheduled date for the closure when it is known.

Ballard wins five spots in legal pot store lottery

According to a report by our news partners The Seattle Times, Ballard has won five spots in the Liquor Control Board’s lottery to allocate legal pot stores in Seattle.

The Board allocated for 21 stores for Seattle and 191 applicants went through a pre-screening process in order to be eligible for the lottery. Each applicant who qualified then drew a lottery number and those who drew numbers 21 and lower were successful in gaining an opportunity to open up shop.

However, according to the report, the lottery results don’t guarantee applicants a retail license and store. Applicants must now have their operations and financial plans approved and must pass a criminal background check. After these steps are completed, applicants must then build out their store and pass a final inspection before being granted their license.

Sodo is set to become the number one hot spot for legal pot stores with eight applications, Ballard is next with five, followed by locations set to open on or near Aurora Ave N who won three applications.

Nectar Gardens, which is set to open at 4919 17th Ave NW, was the highest achieving applicant in the lottery from our neighborhood, winning number 3.

Check out list below of Ballard applicants that won spots in the top 21:

  • Nectar Gardens – 4919 17th Ave NW
  • Zap Enterprises – 1550 NW Market St
  • American Mary – 5300 17th Ave NW
  • KC Martin Franks – 4919 17th Ave NW
  • Bud Bouquets – 817 NW 85th St

According to The Seattle Times, state officials are set to start issuing licenses starting in early July.

Click here to check out the full list of lottery results. (Click on the Marijuana Lottery Results heading).

Mayor Murray announces plan for $15 minimum wage

Today Mayor Ed Murray announced the details of a plan to raise Seattle’s minimum wage to $15 per hour. The raise would put Seattle at the highest minimum wage of any major city in the country.

“Seattle workers are getting a raise,” says Mayor Murray. “Throughout this process, I’ve had two goals: to get Seattle’s low-wage workers to $15-per-hour while also supporting our employers, and to avoid a costly battle at the ballot box between competing initiatives. We have a deal that I believe accomplishes both goals.”

Mayor Murray confirmed that 21 of 24 members of his Income Inequality Advisory Committee (IIAC) support the proposed plan to increase the minimum wage to $15. The group met in December with representatives from Seattle’s employer, labor, and non-profit communities to discuss the issue of income equality in Seattle.

Mayor Murray’s IIAC-supported plan would be implemented using the following framework:

  • Small businesses (businesses with fewer than 500 employees) will reach a $15 per hour minimum wage in seven years.
  • A temporary compensation responsibility of $15 per hour is to be met within the first five years.
  • Large businesses (businesses with 500 or more employees, either in Seattle or nationally) will reach $15 per hour in three years.
  • The wages of employees who receive health care benefits will reach $15 per hour in four years.

Previously, Mayor Murray announced the following guiding principles of the proposal while it is still in negotiations:

  • Once $15 per hour is reached, future increases will be tied to the consumer price index.
  • No industry, organization or class of employers is exempted from any provisions of the deal except as provided under state and federal law.

“When workers have less income, businesses have fewer customers and governments spend more on social services. With this announcement today, Seattle is leading the way toward a better economy and more robustly shared prosperity,” said David Rolf, co-chair of the IIAC and president of SEIU 775.

Councilmember Bruce Harrell echoed his support of today’s announcement. “This is an important step in addressing the opportunity gap for workers and families in our community, and still have a policy that supports the growth of all small businesses,” says Harrell.

The IIAC minimum wage proposal will be heard by the City Council’s Select Committee on Minimum Wage & Income Inequality on Monday, May 5th at 2:30 pm.

Click here to check out the list of members of Mayor Murray’s Income Inequality Advisory Committee.

Have you seen Olive in Ballard?

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My Ballard reader Courtney emailed in to report that Olive the cat (pictured) went missing early this morning in Ballard.

Olive is a very friendly calico cat with long fluffy hair and should still be wearing a collar with a bell.

“Please call if found! We were just watching her while the owners are away,” writes Courtney.

If you have seen Olive call Courtney at (916) 642-2084.

Throwback Thursday: Ballard Police of yesteryear

This week we thought we would take a look some photos of the Ballard Police back in the day. The photos that we discovered provide an intriguing look into the police force of “old” Ballard and showcase their smart uniforms!

The black and white photo below was taken in 1907. It features a posed photo postcard of the Ballard Station Police Force which comprises of 18 men in uniform and a small dog on steps of Ballard City Hall.  Part of sign visible says “Seattle Police Dept – Ballard Station”.

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The black and white photo below, taken in 1905, shows the Ballard Police on horseback with Victorian style homes in the background. In this shot police are in their formal uniform complete with hats and all.

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The black and white photo below was taken in and shows twelve police officers standing in a line on the street. The spectators in the background seem to indicate that it was a parade day.

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The below portrait was taken in 1890 and features an unknown police officer dressed in uniform.

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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.

Development Update May 1: A design review meeting 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.

Application:

6759 11th Ave NW

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A Land Use Application has been submitted to subdivide one parcel into two parcels of land. Proposed parcel sizes are: A) 2,265 sq. ft. and B) 3,080 sq. ft. Existing structures to remain.

Decision:

9526 8th Ave NW

A Land Use Application has been approved to subdivide the development site into four unit lots. The construction of residential units are under Project #6369204. 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.

Notice of Design Review Meeting:

5601 24th Ave NW

A Land Use Application has been received to allow a 7-story structure containing 105 assisted living units with approx. 3,700 sq. ft. of retail space at grade. Parking for 65 vehicles is to be provided below grade. Existing structures to be demolished.

The meeting is scheduled for Monday, May 19 at 6:30 p.m. and will be held at Ballard Community Center (6020 28th Ave NW).

The Director will accept written comments to assist in the preparation of the early design guidance through May 19, 2014.  You are invited to offer comments regarding important site planning and design issues, which you believe, should be addressed in the design for this project.

Comments should be submitted to PRC@seattle.gov or mailed to the address below.

City of Seattle, DPD, PRC
700 5th Avenue Suite 2000
PO Box 34019
Seattle, WA  98124-4019