Marriage equality celebration at Ballard Commons Park on Monday

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By Joe Veyera

With Washington state set to convert thousands of domestic partnerships to marriages next Monday as part of a provision in the state’s same sex marriage law, a celebration will be held at Ballard Commons Park (5501 22nd Ave NW) from 4 to 7 p.m. to mark the occasion.

The Ballard Blessings event is a collaboration between local businesses, community organizations, and seven participating churches, and will offer blessings to all, including those uniting in marriage. The event is free and welcomes all ages (and pets as well).

Local food trucks Streetzeria and Don Luchos will be serving up pizza and Peruvian sandwiches for those seeking a late lunch or dinner, while those looking for something sweeter can indulge with free ice cream, courtesy of Umpqua Bank.

Photography will provided by Urban Utopia, with live entertainment from Alleyoop and The Weavils. For kids, facepainting will be offered, and Bubbleman will be on hand.

QFC is offering free parking in their underground lot next to Ballard Commons Park for attendees.

For more information on the event, click here.

Development Update June 26: A six-story residential building, and two public meetings

By Joe Veyera

It was a big week of development applications submitted to the Department of Planning and Development (DPD). Check out the most recent applications from the DPD as posted in the Land Use Information Bulletin.

Applications:

1516 NW 51st St

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A Land Use Application has been submitted to allow a six story, 80 unit residential building with a 700 sq. ft. livework unit located at ground level. Parking for 37 vehicles will be located on the site. Existing structures to be demolished.

5301 R 24th Ave NW

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A Shoreline Substantial Development Application has been submitted to grade 1,500 cu. yds. of material in an environmentally critical area and to replace existing combined sewer overflow outfall by installing a 160 linear ft. by 30 in. outfall pipe and two support pilings in the 24th Avenue NW right-of-way. The project includes installing new man holes and repaving the right-of-way and replacing a 2 ft. retaining wall and vegetation restoration at the shoreline. A determination of non-significance has been prepared by City of Seattle, Seattle Public Utilities.

Decisions;

4323 Evanston Ave N

A Land Use Application has been approved to allow a minor communication utility consisting of 10 panel antennas on the rooftop of an existing apartment building. Project also includes eight new equipment cabinets to be located in the basement (Verizon). Appeals of this decision must be received by the Hearing Examiner no later than July 10, 2014.

Notice of Design Review Early Guidance Meeting: 

1731 NW 57th St

A Land Use Application has been received to allow a 6-story, 51-unit residential building. No parking is proposed.  Existing structure to be demolished.

The meeting is scheduled for Monday, July 14 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 July 14, 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 and requests to be made party of record should be submitted to PRC@seattle.gov or mailed to

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

Notice of Design Review Board Recommendation Meeting

7016 15th Ave NW

A Land Use Application has been received to allow a 4 to 5-story, 83-unit residential building, above 3,000 sq. ft. of commercial space and 7 live/work units. Parking for 46 vehicles will be provided at grade.  Existing structure to be demolished.

The meeting is scheduled for Monday, July 14 at 8 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 July 14, 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 and requests to be made party of record should be submitted to PRC@seattle.gov or mailed to

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

Throwback Thursday: Graduating in Ballard

By Joe Veyera

With Seattle Public Schools finishing up the academic year last week, and local high schools and colleges recognizing their new crops of graduates, this week’s throwback recognizes a few of the past graduating classes to grace Ballard several decades ago.

The black and white photo below, taken in 1903, shows the Ballard High School graduating class from that year. The students, as identified on the back of the photo, were Will Maxwell, Tom Donald, John McCracken, Ida Kath, Josephine Josephson, and Ethel Armstrong.

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The black and white photo below, taken in 1939, shows the final graduating class of Ross Grade School, located at 43rd Street and 3rd Avenue Northwest. The school was torn down after its closure.

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The black and white photo below, taken in 1927, shows the 8th grade graduating class of the Irving School.

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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.

Emergency preparedness workshop at Ballard Library this Thursday

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By Joe Veyera

A half-hour workshop at the Ballard Branch Library (5614 22nd Ave NW) on Thursday evening hopes to teach local residents about one of the most important essentials of emergency preparedness: How to put out a fire.

The Fire Extinguisher 101 workshop will teach those in attendance how to choose the right extinguisher, and the do’s and don’ts when faced with a fire, while also providing hands-on practice with a demo extinguisher. The event is free and suitable for all ages. No pre-registration is required.

The workshop is part of the Seattle Neighborhoods Actively Prepare (SNAP) program from the City of Seattle’s Office of Emergency Management. These 30-minute SNAP shot skills-based workshops, conducted in partnership with Seattle Public Library branches, focus on one aspect of emergency preparedness.

The SNAP program is designed to help neighborhoods create plans specific to their needs in case of an emergency, and breaks the process of organizing into three parts: getting together, getting organized, and getting confident.

For more information on the SNAP program, click here.

Registration open for new Run Like a Viking 5K

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By Joe Veyera

The Nordic Heritage Museum (3014 NW 67th Street) has announced a new addition to its annual Viking Days summer festival.

Runners are encouraged to don their Norse seafaring attire for the first-ever Run Like a Viking 5K at Golden Gardens Park on Saturday, August 16. Registration is now open for the new kick-off for Viking Days, which is now in its 31st year.

On-leash dogs are also welcome to run alongside their owners and are also encouraged to dress for the occasion. Prizes will be awarded on race day for best costume and best dog costume.

Registration is $40 per runner, and includes a performance t-shirt, goodie bag, and Inaugural Run Like a Viking 5K Finisher’s Medal. Packet pick-up will be on Friday, August 15 from 3 to 7 p.m.

Gun time for the race is 9 a.m., and runners will be chip timed. The 5K will be limited to 500 participants.

After the race, participants are welcomed to take part in other Viking Days festivities, with a Swedish pancake breakfast from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday and Sunday, and a festival featuring Nordic entertainment, food, activities, and of course, more than a fair share of Vikings, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Saturday night will also feature a Salmon BBQ from 4:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., with alder-smoked salmon and live music.

For more information on the 5K and Viking Days, or to register online for the run, click here.

Photo by Jason Brooks, courtesy of the Nordic Heritage Museum

MOHAI to host pair of Ballard Avenue walking tours

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By Joe Veyera

The Museum of History and Industry is inviting residents to get a better understanding of the history of their neighborhood, through a pair of walking tours in July and August.

Cass O’Callaghan of the Ballard Historical Society will lead attendees through the Ballard Avenue Landmark District sharing architectural highlights along with pieces of historical context about the Ballard of yesteryear.

The first of two Ballard tours will be held on Wednesday, July 9 from 6 to 8 p.m. If a weekend morning stroll is more your speed, the second walking tour is scheduled for Saturday, August 2, from 10 a.m. to noon.

The tours begin at Bergen Place, at the corner of Northwest Market Street and 22nd Avenue Northwest.

The cost to participate in either tour is $15 for MOHAI members, and $20 for the general public. Pre-registration is required. MOHAI is also hosting walking tours in the coming weeks in South Lake Union, and Maple Leaf, along with an exploration of neighborhood P-Patches from Uptown to Belltown, and a look at the legacy of the Forward Thrust ballot initiatives, beginning at Freeway Park.

For more information on the tours, or to purchase tickets, click here.

Photo of Ballard Avenue courtesy of the Museum of History and Industry

Loyal Heights hosts annual bike parade next Tuesday

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By Joe Veyera

The Loyal Heights Community Center (2101 NW 77th St) is inviting community members to get a jump start on their Fourth of July celebrations next Tuesday evening, as it hosts the neighborhood’s annual bike parade.

The event starts at 6 p.m., with participants encouraged to bring a picnic along with their bicycles, tricycles, wagons, and strollers. Attendees will have the chance to decorate their wheels before the parade around the loop begins at 6:30 p.m. Following the parade, there will be activities set up for kids, including lawn games, a bounce house, and summer treats.

Participants of all ages are asked to wear a helmet while riding. The cost to participate in the parade is $5.

For more information on the event, click here, or call 206.684.4052.

Flyer courtesy of Seattle Parks and Recreation.

Ballard Beer Company set to open on Market Street

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By Joe Veyera

According to Eater Seattle, the Ballard Beer Company (2050 NW Market St) is getting set to open its doors in the former La Tienda space either this weekend or next.

Owned by Ballard resident Greg Anderson, the pub and bottle shop will have 15 beers on tap, and will focus heavily on Ballard and Fremont breweries. According to their website, there will be Sunday beer tastings, and Brewer’s nights on Thursday where patrons can meet local brewmasters. The website notes the hours of the tap room will be from 4 to 11 p.m. Wednesday to Friday, noon to 11 p.m on Saturday, and noon to 8 p.m. on Sunday.

Manager Lindsey Allison told Eater Seattle there’s a lot of great beer in Ballard, and they want to be there to represent it.

“The overall community between breweries is amazing,” Allison told Eater Seattle. “There’s not that competitive feeling. We’re really excited about being a part of that.”

My Ballard had the chance to catch up with Anderson back in March, with the owner noting the quality of breweries in the area.

“I love that there is a beer culture growing right here in Ballard!” Anderson said. “Having experienced every one of our breweries I can tell you there is some very good beer being brewed here and I have a feeling it’s only going to get better,”

To keep up to date with the latest updates concerning the Ballard Beer Company, follow them on Facebook here.