Art in the Garden celebrates 14th year this Saturday

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By Joe Veyera

The Ballard P-Patch (8527 25th Ave NW) will host it’s annual Art in the Garden fundraiser this Saturday, featuring live music, offerings from several local food trucks, and of course, a bevy of work from local artists nestled throughout the vibrant colors of the garden.

The primary fundraiser for the P-Patch, Art in the Garden is now in its 14th year, with this year’s event taking place rain or shine from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Along with improving and maintaining the garden, the funds raised also go to support the P-Patch’s Giving Gardens for the Ballard Food Bank.

Along with works from the likes of local artists like Debbie Abbott, Bill Freeman, Larry Snyder, and others, the event will have several dining options from food trucks How Pickle Got Out of a Jam, Crazy Taco, and Mad Dawg’s Hot Dogs, along with desert offerings from Whidbey Island Ice Cream, and brews in the beer garden from Maritime Pacific. Homemade baked goods and freshly made pies will also be up for sale.

Artwork, gift baskets of wine, and gift certificates are among the many items offered in this year’s silent auction.

For kids, Seattle Face Paint will be on hand, and children can also participate in other activities including creating a windsock, and learning about urban farming during a chicken meet-and-greet.

Garden ambassadors will be on hand to answer any questions, and to identify what plants you see in any one of the 80 plus individual garden plots.

For more information on the event, click here.

Alison’s Coastal Cafe & Bakery opens on Leary Avenue

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By Joe Veyera

A new cafe and bakery has opened in the former B&O Espresso location at 5404 Leary Ave NW, run by a former longtime program/teen director at the Ballard Boys & Girls Club. 

Alison Soike opened Alison’s Coastal Cafe & Bakery in late June, just four months after B&O said goodbye after two years in the neighborhood. 

“I love this community and the people that make it up,” Soike said in an email. “I love working with kids and I love making food.”

Soike, who has had her own catering business for the last three years, said that after what she called drastic changes at the Boys & Girls Club, she decided to pursue another passion.  

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“This place will allow me to continue working with the teen population in a job training/mentorship role and allow me to create amazing food for people!” Soike said.

Open from 6:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday (closed on Mondays), Soike said the cafe will serve breakfast all day, and also boasts a “kickin’ sandwich lunch menu,” along with offering specialty desserts and catering.

When asked what her pitch would be to local residents to try her new space, Soike noted her community ties.

“We are a part of the family here in Ballard and we want our cafe to feel like home!” Soike said. “Come in for good comfort food like your mamma makes, good people and a great experience.”

For more information on the new cafe, visit them on Facebook, Twitter, or Yelp.

(Photos courtesy of Alison Soike)

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City Fruit ambassador applications due Friday

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By Joe Veyera

City Fruit is accepting applications through Friday for its ambassador program, which will give local residents the opportunity to serve as the face and voice of the organization in their neighborhood.

An organization that promotes the cultivation of urban fruit trees in the city, City Fruit currently operates in five Seattle neighborhoods, including Ballard, and is seeking volunteers that will be responsible for working within their neighborhood to raise awareness about Seattle’s urban orchards, City Fruit’s annual harvest (which brought in 10,017 pounds of produce in 2013) and sharing fruit with those in need.

The work ambassadors do over the course of a year will change on a month to month basis, depending on the skills and interests of each individual. In their pitch to potential volunteers on their website, City Fruit noted:

For example, say you live in Ballard and really love the idea of attending some neighborhood volunteer harvests with City Fruit. You could take your involvement a step further and instead of volunteering with City Fruit during an occasional Ballard volunteer harvest, you can be a City Fruit Ambassador and lead a monthly volunteer harvest with a few neighbors/friends in Ballard. City Fruit would support you in your endeavors by providing you with everything necessary to make your time as an Ambassador a success!

Ballard is one of two neighborhoods added by City Fruit for 2014, along with Wallingford.

For more information on the ambassador program, and to apply, click here. Applications are due by 5 p.m. on Friday.

Old Pequliar hosts trivia night fundraiser on Tuesday

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By Joe Veyera

Trivia nights at The Old Pequliar (1722 NW Market St) are hardly a new development. But this Tuesday night, participants can get in on the fun while knowing they’re giving to a worthy cause.

All participants are asked to make a $5 donation, with the proceeds going to the Friends of the Children, an organization that connects children from distressed neighborhoods with paid, full-time professional mentors. The proceeds will also help the program cover other expenses, including school supplies, healthy snacks, educational outings, and family functions such as the group’s holiday party and back-to-school social. Friends of the Children was founded in Portland in 1993, with the King County chapter opening in 2000.

“If your team is the wisest, you could win a small prize,” reads a post on the event’s Facebook page. “If not, you’ll nevertheless be satisfied knowing that the money you donated will directly ensure Friends of the Children’s long-term commitment to the youth in our mentorship program.”

For more information on the event, which will be hosted by a Geeks Who Drink quizmaster, click here.

Name of Ballard resident released in Ravenna murder-suicide

By Joe Veyera

Our news partners at The Seattle Times have reported the names of an elderly woman who was shot and killed by her son (a Ballard resident), who then took his own life at a retirement community in Ravenna earlier this month.

According to The Times, citing the King County Medical Examiner:

Annie McClure, 83, died from a gunshot wound to the head and her death was ruled a homicide. Her son, William T. McClure, 57, also died from a gunshot wound to the head and his death was ruled a suicide, according to death investigators.

In a Seattle Police Department blotter post on July 18,

Police received a report from the man’s family around 2 PM that the man had left his Ballard home after indicating he was contemplating suicide. A short time later, police received a second call from the family indicating the man may have headed for his elderly mother’s assisted living facility in the Ravenna neighborhood, with plans to harm her.

As officers headed to the Ida Culver House in Ravenna, nursing home staff went to check on the elderly resident, and found the two deceased.

For full details on the incident, visit Ravenna Blog’s stream of updates on the incident here.

Weeding and salmon viewing at Commodore Park this Saturday

By Joe Veyera

Ballardites are invited to stop by Commodore Park (3330 W Commodore Way) on Saturday morning, as the Friends of the Cedar River Watershed work toward restoring the ship canal shoreline park through the Green Seattle Partnership.

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., volunteers will be removing invasive weeds from the park just south of the Ballard Locks in preparation for the planting of native species in the fall.

Both during and after the event, volunteers can visit the Locks to see salmon passing through the fish ladder on their way to Lake Washington. Volunteer naturalists will be stationed on the south side of the Locks to educate visitors about life cycle and habitat needs of returning salmon.

Anyone planning on attending is strongly urged to sign up beforehand, to give organizers an idea of the amount of supplies needed. To sign up, click here or email amy@cedarriver.org.

Further details and directions will be provided upon registration.

Ballard High boys basketball hosts car wash fundraiser Saturday

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By Joe Veyera

The Ballard High School boys basketball program will host a car wash this Saturday to raise money for the upcoming season.

From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., team members will be stationed at the Shell gas station at 3317 West Government Way (on the way to Discovery Park in Magnolia). Donations of all amounts will be accepted.

“Because the Seattle Public Schools DO NOT FUND individual sports teams, this fundraiser is one of the chances for our local team to raise funds to pay for uniforms, team camps, travel (buses to games during season), and team scholarships,” Ballard High coach Jamie Quick wrote in an email.

The Beavers have made the playoffs each of the past six seasons under head coach (and Ballard High alumnus) Billy Rodgers, and the program has sent 10 players to college (from junior college to Division I) to play basketball and continue their educations. The team has posted an average GPA of 3.1.

“Aside from developing basketball skills, the BHS program focuses on developing smart, dedicated, committed young men that will thrive in their lives beyond Ballard High and the basketball court,” Quick wrote.

(Photos courtesy of Jamie Quick)
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What’s on this weekend

By Joe Veyera

It’s shaping up to be another busy weekend in Ballard! Take a look at what the neighborhood has to offer.

Friday, July 25

  • Black Tie Productions presents Emerald City at the Ballard High School Performing Arts Center (1418 NW 65th St) at 7 p.m. A musical comedy featuring the trials of a newly-minted college graduate from North Dakota is invited by Microsoft to work in Seattle. Tickets are $20 for adults, and $10 for students.
  • “The Comedy of Errors” at Salmon Bay Park (2001 NW Canoe Pl) at 7 p.m. GreenStage presents its abridged version of this Shakespeare classic. Admission is free. Click here for more details.
  • Live Music at Conor Byrne Pub (5140 Ballard Ave NW) at 9 p.m. Featuring Cloud Person, The Love and Stress Compound, and Made of Boxes. Tickets are $8. For more information, click here.
  • Live Music at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW) at 9:30 p.m. Featuring The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn BandRedneck Girlfriend, and Betsy Olson. Tickets are $16. 21 and over. For more information, click here.

Saturday, July 26

  • Greater Seattle Fuchsia Society Flower Show at the Ballard Locks from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. A wide variety of fuchsias take over the nursery, from bonsai and trees to hanging baskets and wall boxes. Click here for more information.
  • Crown Hill Neighborhood Garage Sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dozens of homes are set to participate in this eighth annual event. For more information, click here.
  • Spectacular Summer Containers at Swansons Nursery (9710 15th Ave NW) from 10 to 11 a.m. Swansons’ plant expert and enthusiast, Kathy Boullin, will share her ideas for creating colorful containers that will last from summer to early fall. Click here for more information.
  • Summer Concerts at the Ballard Locks featuring the Coal Creek Jazz Band, and their Dixieland sound. The show starts at 2 p.m. on the Ballard Locks lawn. Click here to see the full summer schedule.
  • Daniel James Brown at the Ballard Library (5614 22nd Ave NW) from 2 to 3:15 p.m. Brown is set to read from his book, “The Boys in the Boat,” on the 1936 University of Washington crew team and their push for a gold medal. Admission is free. For more information, click here.
  • Live Music at Populuxe Brewing (826B NW 49th St) from 6 to 9 p.m. Shelley Casey opens for Station Wagon. Admission is free. Click here for more information.
  • Black Tie Productions presents Emerald City at the Ballard High School Performing Arts Center (1418 NW 65th St) at 7 p.m. A musical comedy featuring the trials of a newly-minted college graduate from North Dakota is invited by Microsoft to work in Seattle. Tickets are $20 for adults, and $10 for students.
  • Theatre Machine Fundraiser at Conor Byrne Pub (5140 Ballard Ave NW) at 9:30 p.m. Featuring Fall of 1920 and Argentina Weeps. Tickets are $10. For more information, click here.
  • The Red Elvises at the Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW) at 9:30 p.m. This Russian-American band performs its brand of funk-rock, along with surf, rockabilly, reggae, folk-rock and traditional Russian styles of music Tickets are $15. 21 and over. For more information, click here.

Sunday, July 27

  • Ballard Farmers Market along Ballard Ave from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Click here to see this week’s specials.
  • Water Like a Pro Seminar at Swansons Nursery (9710 15th Ave NW) from 11 a.m. to noon. Swanson’s Gabriel Maki explains how much and how often to water your plants in this climate, and will also help attendees select tools to craft the right watering system specific for your garden’s plants. Click here for more information.
  • Summer Concerts at the Ballard Locks featuring the Letter Carriers Band & Fraternal Order of Eagles, performing contemporary big band music. The show starts at 2 p.m. on the Ballard Locks lawn. Click here to see the full summer schedule.
  • Fairy Garden Workshop at Swansons Nursery (9710 15th Ave NW) from 2 to 3 p.m. Karen Eddy and Theresa Venice will show kids to make their own Fairy Garden. The workshop’s fee of $25 includes a terracotta bowl, soil, and plants for either an indoor or outdoor garden. Click here for more information.
  • Black Tie Productions presents Emerald City at the Ballard High School Performing Arts Center (1418 NW 65th St) at 2 p.m. A musical comedy featuring the trials of a newly-minted college graduate from North Dakota is invited by Microsoft to work in Seattle. Tickets are $20 for adults, and $10 for students.
  • Sunday Family Funday at Populuxe Brewing (826B NW 49th St) from 2 to 5 p.m. While adults can take in one of the brewery’s locally crafted beers, both children and their parents can take in an array of activities, along with food and live music. For more information, click here.
  • Live Music at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW) at 8:30 p.m. Featuring Denver, Low Hums, and Jason Dodson of The Maldives. Tickets are $8. 21 and over. For more information, click here.

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.

Trailer released for movie filmed in Ballard last year

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By Joe Veyera

A24 Films has released the first trailer for Seattle-based Director Lynn Shelton’s new film, “Laggies,” set for release October 24.

The movie, which stars Keira Knightley as a 28-year-old who hides out in the home of her 16-year-old friend and her father (played by Sam Rockwell) as she tries to sort out her life after receiving a marriage proposal, was filmed in Seattle last June and July.

My Ballard checked out one filming location last June in Olympic Manor, at a home at the corner of 90th Street Northwest and Northwest 23rd Street. In September, a helicopter conducted fly overs to get scenic shots of the neighborhood.

The film, which had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in January, also features Chloe Grace Moretz, Ellie Kemper, and Jeff Garlin.

Take a look at the trailer by clicking on the video below. See if you recognize any of the filming locations!

Subaru Crosstrek stolen from driveway on 25th Ave NW

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By Joe Veyera

My Ballard reader Mark emailed in to report his family’s Subaru Crosstrek (pictured at right) had been stolen from their driveway early Thursday morning.

At approximately 3 a.m. Thursday, Mark said his wife saw flashlight beams waving around the alley between their house and their neighbors on 25th Avenue Northwest. She then ran upstairs to get a better vantage point to see what was going on and realized their car was gone.

“We would love to have it back quickly as we have out of town guests coming this weekend that were relying on being able to borrow a car,” Mark wrote in an email to My Ballard.

If you have any information on the whereabouts of the vehicle, you are asked to contact Mark at marksuburu@yahoo.com.