Nearby News: SPD on the hunt for Fremont robbery suspect

North Precinct SPD officers are searching for a robbery suspect after a bungled stick up that took place in Fremont in the early hours of Thursday morning. Check out the full report from the SPD blotter below:

A man mugged by armed robber in Fremont early Thursday managed to turn the table by taking away his attacker’s gun.

The victim told police he was walking in the 300 block of Northwest 41st Street at 12:30 AM when a man approached from behind and demanded his, “stuff.” The victim said, “no” and the attacker replied, “Well at least give me your wallet then.”

When the victim refused again, the mugger pulled out a gun and demanded the wallet. The victim complied but asked for his ID card back. The robber considered this and agreed, but fumbled around trying to hold the gun and remove the ID card from the wallet.

The victim, seeing an opportunity, ripped the handgun away from the suspect, aimed the gun at his attacker and demanded back his wallet. Instead, the suspect rushed the victim and the two fought over the gun. The victim was bitten in the leg and struck in the groin during the struggle.

A neighbor, hearing screams for help, called 911 and directed officers into the area. The mugger was able to separate himself from the struggle and run away. A K-9 officer attempted to track the suspect but was unable to find him.

Officers recovered the 9mm Glock and determined it had been stolen from a Kirkland address.

8oz. Burger & Co. set to open for lunch on weekends

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As readers will already be aware, 8oz. Burger & Co. opened this summer at 2409 NW Market St and has quickly become a favorite for burger lovers in Ballard.

The Ballard location of the eatery, founded by local chef Kevin Chung, is the second to open in Seattle after the original location in Capitol Hill.

The 8oz. Burger & Co. team emailed in to let us know that the eatery will now be opening for lunch on the weekends starting this Saturday, December 6, from 11:30 a.m. The folks will also be offering a “Kids Eat Free” deal all day Sunday for little ones 12 years and under.

December will also feature a special burger of the month which includes a Corfini kangaroo patty, rhubarb marmalade, wilted spinach, smoked onions, brie and horseradish crème fraiche.

Click here to keep up to date on all things 8oz. Burger & Co.

Photo courtesy of 8oz. Burger & Co.

What’s on this weekend

A rainy December weekend is on our doorstep and there is plenty to do in the neighborhood. Enjoy!

Friday, December 5

  • Seattle Sampling Holiday Arts Sale at Blowing Sands Glass (5805 14th Ave NW) from 4 p.m. – 9 p.m. Seattle Sampling is Seattle’s most established and largest holiday arts and crafts tour celebrating over 25 years of fabulous arts and crafts. This free, self–guided tour offers holiday shoppers a relaxed and intimate opportunity to meet the artists. Click here to find out more.
  • Live music at Conor Byrne Pub (5140 Ballard Ave NW) at 9 p.m.  Featuring The Hollers, Jesse Morrow and Jon Bryant. Click here to purchase tickets and for more information.

Saturday, December 6

  • Reiki 1 Class for Abundance at Ballard Healing Arts (8314 8th Ave NW) from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. In 1st Degree Reiki training you receive a Reiki attunement that empowers you to practice Reiki. Cost is $185. Click here for more information.
  • Beauty Ball benefiting Ryther at Duque Salon and Spa and Boutique and Love Love Darling (5348 Ballard Ave NW) from 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. Ticket in is $10 at the door and a new toy or clothing item for the families of Ryther. Once inside the folks will experience a free brow bar, free lipstick bar, food + drink, prizes, specials, and swag! Guests will also be able to choose a family to sponsor Christmas for!
  •  Seattle Sampling Holiday Arts Sale at Blowing Sands Glass (5805 14th Ave NW) from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Seattle Sampling is Seattle’s most established and largest holiday arts and crafts tour celebrating over 25 years of fabulous arts and crafts. This free, self–guided tour offers holiday shoppers a relaxed and intimate opportunity to meet the artists. Click here to find out more.
  • Winterfest Art and Craft Festival at Phinney Neighborhood Center (6532 Phinney Ave N) from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. 100 artists, a bake sale, music and more.
  • Holiday Craft Sale at NW 75th St and 23rd Ave NW from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Large selection of handcrafted items including pot holders, hand-dyed socks and baby clothes, jewelry, hand kitted items, felted hats, hand milled soaps, and more.
  • Soulumination Holiday Artists Sale (5201 11th Ave NW) from 10 a.m. The 9th annual artists’ sale features over 35 local artists and fine crafts supporting the Soulumination mission.
  • 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.
  • Artisan Sale at Loyal Heights Community Center (2101 NW 77th St) from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Come on by and check out our handmade items! Card, textiles, glass, clothing, jewelry, art and more!
  • Simple Home Remedies: How to Make Your Own Herbal Spa Products (5424 Ballard Ave NW) from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. In this workshop you will discover how to make your own inexpensive herbal facial scrubs, toners, masques, and steam blends; as well as body scrubs, deodorant, and foot soaks. Cost is $50.
  • 2-Day Intro to Forrest Yoga 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 inspirations, and they will share a practice in which you’ll explore yoga with modifications specific to your body, along with a deeper breath awareness.
  • Live music at Conor Byrne Pub (5140 Ballard Ave NW) at 9 p.m. The 8th Annual Tom Waits Tribute Night. Tickets $10. Click here to purchase tickets and for more information.
  • Live Music at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW) at 8:45 p.m. Featuring The Barr Brothers and Leif Vollebekk. Tickets $12. Click here to purchase tickets and for more information.

Sunday, December 7

  • Ballard Farmers Market along Ballard Ave from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Click here to see this week’s specials.
  • Seattle Sampling Holiday Arts Sale at Blowing Sands Glass (5805 14th Ave NW) from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Seattle Sampling is Seattle’s most established and largest holiday arts and crafts tour celebrating over 25 years of fabulous arts and crafts. This free, self–guided tour offers holiday shoppers a relaxed and intimate opportunity to meet the artists. Click here to find out more.
  • Winterfest Art and Craft Festival at Phinney Neighborhood Center (6532 Phinney Ave N) from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. 100 artists, a bake sale, music and more.
  • Soulumination Holiday Artists Sale (5201 11th Ave NW) from 10 a.m. The 9th annual artists’ sale features over 35 local artists and fine crafts supporting the Soulumination mission.
  • Children’s Christmas in Scandanavia at the Nordic Heritage Museum (3014 NW 67th St) from 12 p.m. – 2 p.m. A day of Nordic Christmas fun for the whole family, including the always popular Lucia pageant (starting at 1pm), music and dancing led by kids, a visit from Santa, and Nordic crafts! Appropriate for all ages. No reservations needed. Cost is free.
  • 2-Day Intro to Forrest Yoga 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 inspirations, and they will share a practice in which you’ll explore yoga with modifications specific to your body, along with a deeper breath awareness.
  • Norwegian Ladies Chorus of Seattle Christmas Concert & Traditional Scandinavian Dessert Reception at Old Redeemer’s Lutheran Church (2400 NW 85th St) from 3 p.m. A concert of traditional and contemporary Norwegian Christmas music followed by home-made traditional Scandinavian desserts. Suggested $12 Donation at the Door
  • Sustainable Ballard Holiday Barter Fair at Ballard Odd Fellows Hall (1706 NW Market St) from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Bartering, food, drinks and live music will be on hand for guests to enjoy. Click here to find out more.
  • 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 Super Mother, Robert Jon and The Wreck and Nick Foster. Tickets $8. Click here to purchase tickets and for more information.

Massage Envy opens on 15th Ave NW

A branch of the Massage Envy Spa Clinic is now open in the neighborhood at 1500 NW Market Street between Five Guys Burgers and Jimmy Johns.

The clinic offers skin care treatments and massage therapy administered by professional estheticians and massage therapists. Treatments include healthy skin facials featuring Murad products in addition to therapeutic massages.

Introductory rates are now available for spa services including 1-hour massage sessions for $49.99, 90 minute massage sessions for $74.99, and 2-hour massage sessions for $99.99.

The clinic is open 8 a.m. – 10 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. Saturday and Sundays.

Click here to find out more about the Ballard clinic.

Whitman Winter Concert Series set for next week

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Whitman Middle School is set to host its Winter Concert Series next week. The concerts are free of charge and will be held in the Whitman Middle School Auditorium (9201 15th Ave NW).

The Choir and Orchestra concert will take place on Tuesday, December 9, from 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

The Band concert, will take place on Wednesday, December 10, from 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. This concert is set to feature the 6th, 7th and 8th Grade Bands and the Jazz Band all conducted by Joel Orsen.

“These concerts are a great opportunity for children active in music in elementary schools to see the exciting opportunities that wait for them in middle school,” says 6th grade parent and Friends of Whitman Music Communications Volunteer Rachel Rios.

A bake sale will also be in full swing at both events to support the Friends of Whitman Music and the Performing Arts Program.

Photo courtesy of Whitman Middle School.

Activists protest about future of elephants at zoo board meeting

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According to our news partners at The Seattle times, dozens of locals protested outside the Woodland Park Zoo’s board meeting on Tuesday about the future home of elephants Chai and Bamboo.

Protestors were in attendance to register their opposition to the elephants being sent to another accredited zoo as opposed to an elephant sanctuary.

The protestors reportedly chanted “Free Chai, free Bamboo. Just another zoo won’t do. Make them safe, make them merry. Send them to a sanctuary” as the board met inside the zoo’s education center.

According to The Seattle Times, only 14 of the protestors were allowed inside the meeting to speak during the 10 minute public comment period. The zoo would also not let news media enter the meeting.

“We’re a private organization. This is a private meeting,” Bruce Bohmke, the zoo’s chief operating officer, told The Seattle Times. “By our contract with the city, we’re required to have a public comment period, and once that’s finished we go on with our meeting. It’s not officially a public meeting. We don’t let media in because we can’t accommodate that in the room,” says Bohmke.

Although Woodland Park Zoo posts information and the agendas of their Board Meetings on their website, there is no indication that the public are not allowed inside the meeting beyond the public comment period.

According to The Seattle Times report, Woodland Park Zoo is a private nonprofit, however, about $7 million of its annual budget comes from the City of Seattle.

According to wording in the Zoo Management Agreement between Woodland Park Zoo and the City of Seattle “the Zoo will remain under City ownership and the Zoo Society will manage it under contract. The City will continue to provide annual public funding.”

According to the Seattle Times report, a group of approximately 50 activists rushed the doors of the education center (pictured above) while the meeting was going on inside. They also “stared down” a security guard who was forced to bar the doors.

“I think this was handled really poorly by the zoo,” Susan Hoppler, 52, a member of Friends of the Woodland Park Zoo Elephants told The Seattle Times. “It was very publicly known that we were going to be here. I think they should have been more prepared to allow us to be able to attend the meeting.”

This board meeting was the first since the Zoo announced the move of Chai, 35, and Bamboo, 47, to a larger, social herd at another accredited zoo. According to Bohmke, Woodland Park Zoo have not yet decided which zoo the elephants will call their new home.

Bohmke told The Seattle Times that the elephants were not being sent to a sanctuary as the two sanctuaries that might take the elephants “both have ongoing health issues as far as the zoo is aware.”

Alyne Fortgang, a founder of the Friends group, was one of the protestors who made it into the meeting. Fortgang told The Seattle Times that 14 activists were allowed to speak for one minute each. “We want to be heard. It’s time to give (the elephants) their lives back and let them live as free as they possibly can in a sanctuary,” says Fortgang.

Photo courtesy of The Seattle Times.

90-unit apartment complex proposed for 15th and 51st

According to a report by Curbed Seattle, on December 8, developers Hunters Capital and Studio Meng Strazzara will present plans to the design review board for their proposed 90-unit apartment complex at 1516 NW 51st St.

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Their proposal includes a 60,000 square foot structure featuring 90 apartments, one live/work unit and 35 parking spots that is set for the space just behind Brown Bear Car Wash on 15th Ave NW. The building is set to include amenities such as a rooftop deck with a garden, BBQ, sink, counter space, sun area seating, tables, and a dining area.

According to Curbed, “the modern warehouse box design is meant to reflect the evolving neighborhood.”

The Design Review Meeting is open to the public and is set for 6:30 p.m. next Monday, December 8, at the Ballard Community Center (6020 28th Ave NW).

Locals who are interested in giving feedback but are unable to attend the meeting can email their thoughts to PRC@seattle.gov.

Check out more images of the proposed development below:

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Images courtesy of Curbed Seattle.

Throwback Thursday: The “snowy” Ballard of yesteryear

With all of the cold weather and the snow fall we experienced here in Ballard over the weekend, we thought it was time to take a look at some photos of “snowy” Ballard back in the day.

The black and white photo below, taken in 1895, features the home of John Nowicki at 6756 22nd Avenue NW, taken under snow.

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The black and white photo below, taken in 1900, features NW Market St under snow, looking West from City Hall.

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The internegative of a torn black and white photo below, taken in 1916, shows Ballard Ave during the 1916 snow storm. Ballard City Hall and the bell tower can be seen in the background.

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The internegative of a torn black and white photo below, also taken in 1916, shows the Junction Building and Ballard commercial area covered in snow from the snow storm of 1916.

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The black and white postcard, also from 1916, shows another angle of Ballard Ave covered in snow. The caption reads “record snowfall of 38 inches in Seattle February 2 and 3. Photo of Ballard Ave facing NW.”

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Photo and information courtesy of Ballard Historical Society.