Man spotted trying to lure children in Loyal Heights

A number of My Ballard readers have emailed in to let us know that a man was spotted trying to lure children outside the Loyal Heights Community Center (2101 NW 77th St) this morning.

The man was reportedly outside the community center trying to lure children as they were coming in.

He is described as a white male between 60-70 yrs old, he is over 6 Ft tall and has a thin, gray moustache. The man was wearing a large overcoat (either beige or gray), jeans and looking very dirty and disheveled.

If you or your children see the man report the sighting to the SPD North Precinct at ‪(206) 684-0850. If it is an emergency remember to immediately dial 911.

Dining Out For Life set for Thursday in Ballard

The 22nd annual Lifelong Dining Out For Life fundraising event is on this Thursday, April 30, all over the city.

During the event close to 150 restaurants will be donating over 30% of their proceeds to Lifelong, a community health organization based in Seattle that assists people who are living with HIV/AIDS and other chronic illnesses.

“We are hoping for an incredible year because we have more restaurants donating 50% than ever before,” says Sage Fitzpatrick, Director of Development.

The following restaurants in and around Ballard will be participating in the fundraiser:

  • The Backdoor (462 N 36th St)
  • Billy Beach Sushi & Bar (5463 Leary Ave NW)
  • La Isla Cuisine (2320 NW Market St)
  • Pasta Bella (5913 15th Ave NW)
  • Red Mill Burgers (312 N 67th St)
  • Skillet Diner (2034 NW 56th St)

For a full list of participating restaurants click here.

Swedish Ballard to care for premature babies in new Level II Nursery

Earlier today, Swedish Ballard (5300 Tallman Ave NW) opened a new Level II Nursery that will provide care for local premature babies.

A team of trained experts will provide specialized, around-the-clock care for premature newborns in the nursery who are born in our neighborhood.

According to the team at Swedish, premature babies often face health challenges that require special interventions such as feeding support, intravenous therapy or supplemental oxygen.

Previously, infants born at Swedish Ballard who needed specialized neonatal care were transferred to other area hospitals. With the new Level II Nursery, these infants can remain at Swedish Ballard with their families.

“The opening of the Level II Nursery is the realization of our dream to provide exceptional care in Ballard that spans the entire pregnancy and birth experience,” said Jennifer Graves, Chief Executive and Nurse Executive at Swedish Ballard.

The new nursery includes the following features for newborns and their families:

  • Eight healing spaces to care for infants and their families.
  • A multidisciplinary medical team, including neonatal registered nurses, physicians, respiratory therapists, social workers, care managers, dietitians, lactation consultants, child life specialists, physical and occupational therapists, pharmacists and more.
  • A supportive environment for newborns and their families to receive much needed support.
  • A location near the Labor & Delivery Unit on the fifth floor of the hospital.

Click here to learn more about the Level II Nursery.

Photo courtesy of Swedish Ballard.

SDOT to repair pavement on 24th Ave NW this week

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SDOT crews will be doing pavement repairs on 24th Ave NW (between Shilshole Ave NW and NW Market St – pictured on map) on Tuesday, April 28, and Wednesday, April 29.

During the repairs, northbound lanes on 24th Ave NW will remain open, however, southbound traffic on 24th Ave NW will be detoured to Market St from which motorists can select one of several alternate routes to reach Shilshole Ave NW.

The crosswalk on 24th Ave NW on the south side of Market St will also be closed, and pedestrians will instead use the crosswalk on the north side of Market St. Bicyclists travelling northbound on Shilshole Ave NW will be able to use the sidewalk to reach Market St.

SDOT crews also plan to work on the pavement on Shilshole Ave NW (between 17th Ave NW and NW Market St) from April 30 to May 6.

On-street parking on the south side of Shilshole Ave NW will be restricted while the crews replace the road edge. The street will remain open to traffic, but flaggers and Police Officers will assist southbound traffic, pedestrians and bicyclists through the work area.

During both repair periods, work hours will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Motorists and bicyclists are advised to expect delays or use alternate routes.

Development Update April 27: More subdivisions

Two subdivision applications make up today’s development update from the City of Seattle’s Department of Planning and Development (DPD) as posted in the Land Use Information Bulletin.

Applications:

1542 NW 62nd St

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A Land Use Application has been submitted to subdivide one development site into two unit lots. The construction of residential units is under Project #6444125. 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.

6216 20th Ave NW

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A Land Use Application has been submitted to subdivide one development site into five unit lots. The construction of residential units is under Project #6398050. 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.

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

Cheryl Chow Court officially opens in Ballard

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The Low Income Housing Institute’s Cheryl Chow Court (2014 NW 57th St) was officially opened this morning in front of a huge crowd of local supporters.

Over 100 people packed into the downstairs conference room, spilling out into the hallway to witness the event.

The event was attended by the activist singing group The Raging Grannies and many other official guests including Congressman Jim McDermott, Seattle City Councilmembers Mike O’Brien and Kshama Sawant and Deputy Mayor Hyeok Kim.

This latest addition to the LIHI property group was named in honor of the late former Seattle City Councilmember Cheryl Chow who was instrumental in the creation of the Urban Rest Stop downtown 14 years ago.

Former Councilmember Chow secured funding to purchase the property and stood up to local opposition from the downtown business community to ensure that the Urban Rest Stop opened.

“LIHI admires and praises Cheryl Chow for her fearless leadership. She worked diligently with housing advocates to ensure that homeless people have a place to call home,” said Sharon Lee, Executive Director of LIHI.

Through the opening of Cheryl Chow Court in Ballard, the LIHI team is providing local homeless or low-income seniors with 50 studio and 1-bedroom units. Check out the photo of Cheryl Chow Court resident Russell’s 1-bedroom apartment below.

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Residents pay 30% of their income for rent and utilities, they must earn below $30,900 (for a one-person household) and each household must include one resident that is over 62 years of age.

Cheryl Chow Court provides a comfortable, supportive and welcoming environment for residents. The non-smoking facility also provides residents with important features such as a library with internet-enabled computers (pictured below), a large community room, a patio garden and a communal laundry.

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“LIHI is delighted to provide affordable senior housing in Ballard, one of the most attractive, livable, and walk-able neighborhoods in Seattle,” says Lee.

During the packed opening event, many speakers emphasized the importance of having affordable housing options in Ballard for local homeless and low income seniors.

In particular, Cheryl Chow Court resident Cleveland Harmon (pictured while speaking below), who was previously homeless, expressed his gratitude for the opportunity that LIHI has provided.

“I stand here thanking each and everyone of you. Today I don’t have a cardboard box, I have a key that opens a door, I have a bathroom, a shower, I have a blessing. I can sleep without the fear of being harmed,” says Harmon.

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In addition to the units and studios, Cheryl Chow Court will provide the local homeless community with shower, restroom and laundry facilities at an Urban Rest Stop that is currently under construction on the first floor of the building.

The opening of the Ballard URS has been an contentious and ongoing issue since 2010 that has received a variety of responses from local residents.

The most recent controversy being, as the My Ballard team reported in March, the filing of a legal complaint by neighbors against the opening of the URS that was later overturned by the Hearing Examiner.

Urban Rest Stop Program Director Ronni Gilboa disagrees with opponents of the URS and believes that there is a significant needed for this type of facility in Ballard.

“There is definitely a need here, it is important for everyone to remember that not all homeless people live in the downtown area,” says Gilboa

The My Ballard team will update readers when the opening date of the URS is known.

Click here to learn more about Cheryl Chow Court.

Ballard homes to be featured on 5th annual NW Green Home Tour

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The fifth annual NW Green Home Tour will be held over the weekend and is set to feature the North Seattle area on Sunday, April 26, from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

The free self-guided tour will showcase local, sustainable, green homes and many of them are in our neighborhood.

This year’s tour features over 35 homes all over Seattle and the Eastside, in addition to 12 Sustainability Stops, offering healthy refreshments, additional educational experiences, product demos, and discounts to tour goers.

This year five Ballard homes will be showcased. Check out the specifics from the tour organizers below:

Ballard Emerald Star Net Zero House by Dwell Development at 1749 NW 61st St

  • This 100% electric home features high-performance Passive house technology, advanced framing, uber efficient triple-glazed wood windows imported from Europe, heat recovery ventilation, radiant-heated floors throughout with a 450% efficient heat pump water heater.

Plum House (pictured above) by Green Canopy Homes at 2429 NW 61st St

  • This home features all LED lighting, BIB insulation, Heat Recovery Ventilator, locally made cabinetry, stairs made of reclaimed flooring, window sills made of reclaimed baseboards and slat wall made of framing from the old house. The footprint of the original house was only minimally expanded, which allows for ample gardening space

Drinking Rainwater in Ballard by Bristow Enterprises at 7703 26th Ave NW

  • The home features rainwater catchment in its various forms, plus other sustainable features, including an energy retrofit and remodel. It has one of the first legal whole-house rainwater catchment and filtration systems in the city of Seattle. A short walk brings you to many other rain gardens in the neighborhood. Map provided.

Herndon House by Puget Sound Solar at 808 NW 64th St

  • This home’s features include water conservation, energy efficiency, indoor air quality, solar power, storm water infiltration and urban farming.

Ballard Net-Zero-Energy House by Sunergy Systems at 612 NW 60th St

  • This home’s features include advanced building envelope, materials efficiency, water conservation, rain garden, solar power and storm water infiltration.

Click here to claim your free ticket to the event and click here to download the tour guide.

If you are interested in volunteering on the day email info@nwgreenhometour.org for further information.

Photo courtesy of NW Green Home Tour.

Peddler to host Ballard stop for “Poker & a Pint” this weekend

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Peddler Brewing (1514 NW Leary Way) will be hosting the Ballard stop for the city wide Poker & a Pint event this weekend.

The event comprises of five breweries, in five neighborhoods, with attendees collecting poker cards at each stop to play the house at the end.

In any order event goers can visit Peddler in Ballard, Tin Dog in South Park, Counterbalance in Georgetown, Flying Lion in Columbia City, and Herbert B. Friendly in Renton.

To participate attendees simply purchase a pint in order to receive a poker card. At the last stop, attendees can play the house hand for a chance to win a swag bag!

The event will take place at Peddler on both Saturday from 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. and Sunday from 2 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Click here to find out more about the event.

What’s on this weekend

Another weekend is here! Enjoy it in Ballard at some of these fantastic events.

Friday, April 24

  • 1st Annual Ballard Earth Day Street Party (at NW 46th St between Leary Way NW and 8th Ave NW ) from 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. Event will include key note speakers, food, drinks, a raffle and more. Click here to find out more.
  • Loyal Heights Elementary presents Bugsy Malone Jr. at the Ballard High School Performing Arts Center (1418 NW 65th St) at 6 p.m. The show is a rip roaring adventure, filled with cast and crew of over 170 in grades kindergarten through fifth with a great moral. Tickets cost $10. Click here to purchase tickets and find out more.
  • Live Music at Salmon Bay Eagles Club (5216 20th Ave NW). Featuring Kamioke. Click here to find out more.
  • Live music at Conor Byrne Pub (5140 Ballard Ave NW) at 8 p.m. Featuring Weatherside Whiskey Band, Heels to the Hardwood and Buckets of Tears (featuring Sam Russell). Tickets $8. Click here to purchase tickets and for more information.
  • Live Music at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW) at 9 p.m. Featuring Down North, Breaks & Swells, Whitney Monge and Purr Gato. Tickets $15. Click here to purchase tickets and for more information.

Saturday, April 25

  • Ballard Preschool Co-op semi-annual Gently Used Kids Gear Sale at Phinney Neighborhood Center (6532 Phinney Ave N. Community Hall, Lower Brick Building) from 9 a.m. – 1 pm. Sale will include gently used clothes (newborn to size 8), shoes, toys and gear such as cribs, beds, car seats, strollers, maternity wear, and more. Click here to find out more.
  • Work Party at Kirke Park (7028 9th Ave NW) from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Help volunteers spread bark chips in the north end of the park Click here for more details.
  • Poker and a Pint event at Peddler Brewing (1514 NW Leary Way) from 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. The event comprises of five breweries, in five neighborhoods, with attendees collecting poker cards at each stop to play the house at the end. Click here to find out more.
  • Loyal Heights Elementary presents Bugsy Malone Jr. at the Ballard High School Performing Arts Center (1418 NW 65th St) at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. The show is a rip roaring adventure, filled with cast and crew of over 170 in grades kindergarten through fifth with a great moral. Tickets cost $10. Click here to purchase tickets and find out more.
  • ANZAC Day Celebrations at Kangaroo and Kiwi Pub (2026 NW Market St) from 5 p.m. Honor the Australian and New Zealand troops on the 100th anniversary of the landing at Gallipoli. Footy, 2up and more festivities to unfold throughout the night. Click here to find out more.
  • Live Music at Salmon Bay Eagles Club (5216 20th Ave NW). Featuring Kamioke. Click here to find out more.
  • Live music at Conor Byrne Pub (5140 Ballard Ave NW) at 9 p.m. Featuring My Cartoon Heart, Spencer Glenn Band and Matt Moore. Tickets $8. Click here to purchase tickets and for more information.
  • Live Music at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW) at 9 p.m. Featuring Mikal Cronin with Black Whales and Dude York. Tickets $13. Click here to purchase tickets and for more information.

Sunday, April 26

  • Ballard Farmers Market along Ballard Ave from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Click here to see this week’s specials.
  • 5th Annual NW Green Home Tour featuring Ballard homes from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tour is free and self guided. Click here to learn more and download the tour guide.
  • Crayon Drive for Seattle Childrens at Holman Rd QFC (9999 Holman Rd NW) from 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. Come and show your support of Seattle Childrens Hospital by donating a box of Crayola Crayons. Click here for more details.
  • Loyal Heights Elementary presents Bugsy Malone Jr. at the Ballard High School Performing Arts Center (1418 NW 65th St) at 1 p.m. The show is a rip roaring adventure, filled with cast and crew of over 170 in grades kindergarten through fifth with a great moral. Tickets cost $10. Click here to purchase tickets and find out more.
  • Poker and a Pint event at Peddler Brewing (1514 NW Leary Way) from 2 p.m. – 8 p.m. The event comprises of five breweries, in five neighborhoods, with attendees collecting poker cards at each stop to play the house at the end. 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 John Hamhock, Rooster Run and Cottonwood Cutups. Tickets $8. Click here to purchase tickets and for more information.

Know of more events? Email the information to tips@myballard.com.

Hale’s Ales to host Water1st Beer2nd fundraiser

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The annual Water1st Beer2nd fundraiser event will be held this Saturday at Hale’s Palladium (4301 Leary Way NW) from 7 p.m.

The event raises funds to support the installation of clean water and sanitation systems in Honduras, Bangladesh, and Ethiopia.

Hale’s craft beers will be flowing all night and The Dudley Manlove Quartet will be on hand to provide entertainment in the form of live 70s and 80s covers.

All the proceeds will go directly to non-profit Water1st International who will be building the clean water and sanitation systems.

Tickets cost $40 per person and are available online. The first 100 people through the door will receive a free Water1st-Beer2nd glass.

Click here to find out more about the event