Halloween safety tips to remember

As the hour of trick-or-treating in Ballard fast approaches it is important to remind local youngsters of some important safety tips. Check out the local trick-or-treating spots on the map below and some safety reminders from the SPD:

  • Don’t allow children to go “Trick or Treating” alone.  An adult should accompany young children and make sure that all children carry a glow stick or flashlight and wear reflective clothing.
  • Accompany young children to the door of every house they approach.  Stay within sight of the door when opened.  Children should be cautioned to never enter a home without prior permission from their parents.
  • Stay in familiar neighborhoods and only visit well-lit homes that have their outdoor lights on.  Parents should be familiar with every house and with all people from which the children receive treats.
  • Children should be cautioned never to approach any vehicle, occupied or not, unless they know the owner and are accompanied by a parent.
  • All costumes and masks should be clearly marked as flame resistant.  When using facemasks, make sure the child can see and breathe properly and easily.
  • Remind your children to walk — don’t run, and stay on the sidewalks.  Cross only at intersections and crosswalks, not between cars.  Look both ways before crossing the street. Do not cut through back alleys and fields if they are out alone. Make sure they know to stay in populated areas and not to go off the beaten track. Let them know to stay in well lighted areas with lots of people around. Explain to them why it can be dangerous for kids not to do this.
  • Be sure to carry a flashlight with fresh batteries and make sure your child knows your phone number and address.  For children under 12, attach a tag with their name, address and phone number (including area code) to their clothes in case they get separated.  Older children who might be going out with friends should have a cell phone, mapped route and set a time to come home.
  • Children should be cautioned to run away immediately from people who try to lure them with special treats.  Children should be instructed to scream and make a scene if anyone tries to grab them or force them, in any way, to go with them.
  • Don’t approach unknown animals or pets; they could be frightened by the costumes or strange noises.
  • Parents should inspect all treats and dispose of anything that has been opened or has never been wrapped.  The police should be notified if something has been tampered with.
  • If you will be driving your kids to their destinations pay extra attention, particularly to crosswalks, intersections and the side of the road. Kids tend to walk along the curbs, cutting across the street to get to other homes. Keep scanning all around you as you drive, whether as thru traffic or along with your kids as they trick-or-treat.
  • Drive below the posted speed limit in residential areas during trick-or-treating hours. This will allow you time to break if you see a child dart in front of you.
  • Children should be cautioned to remember any suspicious incidents and report them to their parents or a trusted adult and the police.

What’s on this weekend

We can’t believe that the final weekend of October/first weekend in November has already arrived. Enjoy it in Ballard!

Friday, October 31

  • Halloween Events are happening all over Ballard. Check out our complete Halloween roundup here.
  • Live music at Conor Byrne Pub (5140 Ballard Ave NW) at 9 p.m. Featuring Smoking Bill, Purty Mouth, & Strange Jerome . Tickets $5 with a costume, $8 without one. Click here to purchase tickets and for more information.
  • Live Music at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW) at 9 p.m. Featuring The California Honeydrops and The Jefferson Rose Band. Tickets $20. Click here to purchase tickets and for more information.

Saturday, November 1

  • Auditions for Northwest Boychoir at University Heights Center (5031 University Way NE) from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Boys ages 6-9 are invited to audition for the Northwest Boychoir. No previous music instruction required – just a love of music and good ears. Click here for more information.
  • Free SAT Diagnostics Test at Sylvan Learning (2232 Northwest Market Street #8) from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Find out how ready you are for the big test. Please RSVP first though at (206) 297-4595.
  • EBCA Adopt A Street Cleanup along 14th Ave NW from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. (Sign in at Blowing Sands Glass – 5805 14th Ave NW). Join your neighbors for EBCA’s biannual Adopt A Street Cleanup. EBCA has been cleaning up 14th Ave NW since the Fall of 2005 thanks to the incredible local volunteers who organize this event. Picking up trash is a lot more fun than it sounds and is something the whole family can do together.
  • Simple Home Remedies: How to Make Your Own Herbal Medicine at Dandelion Botanical Co (5424 Ballard Ave) from 12 p.m. – 3 p.m. Join class 4 of a 5 week course designed to teach you how to make your own herbal, medicinal products.  Learn how to make your own luscious body creams and essential oil sprtizers. Cost is $40.
  • PNA Día de los Muertos/Day of the Dead Celebration at Phinney Community Center (6532 Phinney Ave N) from 5:30 p.m. All are welcome to attend this free family friendly fiesta. Click here to learn more.
  • Wide World of Sports Costume Party at Kangaroo and Kiwi Pub (2026 NW Market St) from 8 p.m. Come dressed as your favorite sports star and have the chance to win the $100 best dressed prize.
  • Live music at Conor Byrne Pub (5140 Ballard Ave NW) at 9 p.m. Featuring The Jesus Chords, The Purrs and the Po’ Brothers. Tickets $8. Click here to purchase tickets and for more information.
  • Live Music at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW) at 8:45 p.m. Featuring Rusted Root and The Cerny Brothers. Tickets $21. Click here to purchase tickets and for more information.

Sunday, October 26

  • Ballard Farmers Market along Ballard Ave from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Click here to see this week’s specials.
  • Dine Around Seattle kicks off at various Ballard restaurants. Three course prix-fixe dinner menus are offered for $33, with many offering lunch for $18.Click here for more details.
  • Open Mic at Conor Byrne Pub (5140 Ballard Ave NW) at 7:30 p.m. All are welcome. For more information click here.
  • Live Music at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW) at 8 p.m. Featuring FREEMAN and Arc Isis. Tickets $20. Click here to purchase tickets and for more information.

Dine Around Seattle set to start in Ballard this weekend

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The popular twice-yearly Dine Around Seattle event is set to kick off this Sunday, November 2, and there are a number of Ballard restaurants taking part.

Dine Around Seattle is set to run from November 2 through November 30 and offers diners menu options at great prices. Three course prix-fixe dinner menus (including appetizer, entree and dessert) are offered for $33, with some participating restaurants offering lunch for $18, Sundays through Thursdays.

Here in Ballard the following restaurants are participating:

Dine Around Seattle is presented by non-profit Seattle Good Business Network and this year the event is celebrating 12 years of supporting small business and our local economy.

“What sets Dine Around Seattle apart is our commitment to neighborhood restaurants and locally sourced fare. We are selective about who we invite to be part of the promotion, and place increasing importance on sustainable, local cuisine. Where our food comes from is just as important as where we eat it,” says Good Business Network Co-founder, Christine Hanna.

Interested diners can make reservations for the event online. Prices do not include beverages, tax, or gratuity, and Sunday brunch and Thanksgiving are excluded.

The Ballard Halloween Round up

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The spookiest night of the year is here and there is much to do in the neighborhood.

Check out the options below, add your home to the My Ballard map for local trick-or-treaters and have a very happy Halloween!

For the little ones:

  • Downtown Ballard Trick-or-Treating – Head down to the heart of Ballard with your kids 12 years and under from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. for the annual trick-or-treating at local restaurants, stores and businesses.
  • Halloween at Bastille Café and Bar (5307 Ballard Ave NW)  Chef Jason Stoneburner will be roasting a pig on the back patio, non-alcoholic and alcoholic cider will be available for $6 and roast pig sliders will be on offer from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Halloween at Bloom Restaurant (5410 17th Ave NW) will be offering free hot apple cider for kids from 4 p.m. – 6 pm, in addition to Trick or Treat candy. Their kitchen opens, as usual, at 5 p.m. for dinner.
  • Donation Halloween Party at The Mailbox (2400 NW 80th St) – The team will be supporting Paws and Old Dog Haven with a donation drive during trick or treat hours from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. Fun activities will also be on offer for kids in costume.
  • Haunted Driveway at 7522 20th Ave NW – There have been some strange happenings in the area. Quite a few pets have slinked onto the driveway’s cold concrete, but few are seen again.  Some say it’s because of the original cat of the neighborhood, a mean ol’ cuss buried deep below the stone. Or maybe it’s the strange creature some have glimpsed in the moonlight, said to be half raccoon, half coyote and 100% ravenous. Or it’s a hex by the former parks superintendent, after our neighborhood protested the turfing of Loyal Heights field. But for whatever reason, some weird stuff is going on. Check it out. If you dare…

For the older gouls only:

  • Halloween Party at the Swedish Club (1920 Dexter Ave N) – The party will be in full swing in Vasa Room from 8 p.m. featuring the Spyrographs, Agent Double-O-SOUL and DJ Vodka Twist. Cover charge $10.
  • Halloween at Porkchop & Co. (5451 Leary Ave NW) – The team will be running happy hour all night ($4 Reuben’s Brews on tap) and hosting a hot dog extravaganza.  They’ll be topping Olympic Provisions wieners with a few different options.
  • Halloween Costume Party at the Kangaroo and Kiwi Pub (2026 NW Market St) – DJ will be spinning the tunes, free entry and $200 prize for best dressed in the costume competition.
  • Annual Halloween Bash at The Old Pequliar (1722 NW Market St) – Prizes for best costumes will be awarded at midnight and HouseDJBo will keep guests on the dance floor all night! 21 and over event. No cover. From 9 p.m.

Is your business, restaurant or store doing something special for Halloween? Email us at tips@myballard.com and we’ll add it to the list.

Throwback Thursday: The costumes of yesteryear

In the spirit of Halloween, and dressing up in general, we thought we would focus on the costumes seen in Ballard back in the day!

Although we were unable to confirm if the first two photos were in fact taken on Halloween, we wanted to give readers an insight into the costumes worn in our ‘hood back in the day.

The black and white photo below, taken in 1920, features local children dressed up for a parade in Ballard. It is unclear whether or not it is a Halloween parade, however, the costumes are fantastic!

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The black and white photo below, also taken at the same parade in 1920, shows some of the other costumed children.

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The black and white photo below, taken in 1949, was definitely taken on Halloween somewhere in Seattle at a children’s party. A Seattle PI photographer attended the party and snapped the photograph of Douglas Celeen, Susan Hardesty, Laura McNeill and their friends.

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Do you have a Throwback Thursday photo taken in Ballard on a Halloween of yesteryear? Email your photo and story to tips@myballard.com and we will include it in the post.

Photos courtesy of Ballard Historical Society and MOHAI.

Mod Pizza to open flagship store in old Ivar’s spot

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According to Seattle Eater, Seattle-based pizza chain Mod Pizza is moving into the location that was previously home to the much loved Ballard Ivar’s at 6000 15th Ave NW.

The “casual” pizza chain, which currently has locations all over Washington, Oregon, California and more, is planning to open the flagship store in December.

According to Seattle Eater, the new Ballard store is set to feature a “huge” 800 degree oven, outdoor seating, and a variety of beers on tap.

Mod co-founder and CEO Scott Svenson says that the store will provide a place “where families and friends can come together in a super friendly, inspired environment.”

The Ballard flagship is store number 17 to open in the state alone and the 35th to open company wide.

Photo courtesy of Mod Pizza. Features the Mod Pizza Irvine, CA, location.

Crime Update: Burglary at Greenfire Campus and a break in on 17th Ave NW

Over the past week a number of burglary and break-in incidents have occurred in the neighborhood, both in secured buildings and at family homes.

A My Ballard reader, who wishes to remain anonymous, emailed in to report a burglary that took place in the residential area of the highly secured Greenfire Campus (2041 NW 57th St) on Wednesday, October 22, at about 2 p.m.

According to the reader, burglars gained access to the building and robbed her neighbor in the Penthouse on the fifth floor. This area of the building is reportedly very secure and can only be accessed by special elevator fob that is not given to everyone in the building.

“The burglars dragged his safe out of the building and stole his car from the garage, which is also only reachable by elevator. We are very shaken and surprised by this incident,” the My Ballard reader reported.

Security camera footage has determined that the burglars entered through the front door and somehow bypassed the special code needed to reach the Penthouse floor before escaping with their loot. “We haven’t been given a description of the burglars from the security cameras which are all over the building, at the entrance, in the entry hall, in front of the elevator, on every floor and in the garage,” says the reader.

The building’s management has confirmed that the are re-keying the outside doors and are currently working with the fob company and police to see if the keyfob security that allowed burglars to access the Penthouse can be re-secured.

“We are both pretty freaked out because the building only has 18 units and there’s only one elevator. The burglars must have passed within several feet of us yesterday and it’s doubtful that they were unarmed. It seems like a way more professional burglary than just breaking somebody’s windows and taking whatever is laying around,” says the reader.

The incident has been reported to the police and SPD officers are currently conducting an investigation.

The next day, on Thursday October 23, at about 1 p.m. a burglar was discovered attempting to break into a vacant home on the corner of NW 62nd St and 17th Ave NW. My Ballard reader Nicole contacted us to report the incident.

“We heard hammering for five minutes and just assumed it was construction so we paid no attention to it at first. My fiancée then went into the backyard to get something and saw what appeared to be a homeless man hammering down the back door of the home next door,” says Nicole.

Nicole’s fiancée quickly came inside, locked the door and called the police. The man reportedly did gain access to the vacant home before walking down the side of the house, past Nicole’s windows, and escaping by bike down NW 62nd St towards 20th Ave NW. By the time police arrived on the scene a few minutes later the man was gone.

“I can’t believe this happened in the middle of the day. With all the construction going on it wasn’t obvious what was going on to us or to our neighbors,” says Nicole.

Locals are encouraged to be on the lookout for suspicious activity in the neighborhood and report it immediately to the SPD. If you have any information about either of the above incidents contact SPD North Precinct at (206) 684-0850.

Have you experienced a crime in Ballard recently? Email your story to tips@myballard.com and together we can all help to keep our neighbors and neighborhood safe.

Development Update October 30: Subdivision decisions and two design review meetings

Five subdivision decisions and two design review meeting notices make up this week’s development update from the City of Seattle’s Department of Planning and Development (DPD) as posted in the Land Use Information Bulletin. No other applications, appeals, decisions, or notifications in Ballard were made this week

Decisions:

2411 NW 64th St

A Land Use Application has been approved to subdivide one parcel into two parcels of land. Proposed parcel sizes are: A) 2,400 sq. ft. and B) 2,597 sq. ft. Existing structures to be demolished.

2012 NW 64th St

A Land Use Application has been approved to subdivide one parcel into two parcels of land. Proposed parcel sizes are: A) 2,397.5 sq. ft. and B) 2,596.7 sq. ft. Existing structures on the property will be demolished.

2018 NW 60th St

A Land Use Application has been approved to subdivide one development site into two unit lots. The construction of residential units is under #6408912. 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.

2227 NW 60th St

A Land Use Application has been approved to subdivide one parcel into two parcels of land. Proposed parcel sizes are: A) 2,397 sq. ft. and B) 2,601 sq. ft. Appeals of this decision must be received by the Hearing Examiner no later than November 13.

1737 NW 60th St

Land Use Application to subdivide one development site into three unit lots. The construction of residential units are under Project #6414182. 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 this decision must be received by the Hearing Examiner no later than November 13.

Notice of Design Review Meeting:

1506 NW 61st St

A Land Use Application has been received to propose the construction of a 4-story structure with approximately 30 residential units. No parking is proposed.

The meeting is scheduled for Monday, November 17, 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 November 17, 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.

7530 15th Ave NW 

A Land Use Application has been received to propose the construction of eight townhouse buildings containing 31 residential units and 22 live/work units.  Parking for 55 vehicles to be provided below grade.  Existing structures to be demolished.

The meeting is scheduled for Monday, November 17, 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 November 17, 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 about the above applications 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