Ballard Jazz Festival set for next week


The 13th annual Ballard Jazz Festival is set to entertain the masses next week from May 6 – 9.

The festival embraces the feeling of “old” Ballard and will feature a wide variety of modern American music at clubs, bars, shops, and at the Nordic Heritage Museum.

Over the years, the four day festival has grown into a significant part of the Northwest’s jazz and live music scene. The festival is strongly supported by local businesses, media outlets and the community itself.

Each year the festival brings on average 2000 attendees from all over Washington and beyond and about 70-85% of festival revenue is pumped back into Ballard’s economy.

In terms of performers, Ballard Jazz Festival attracts highly talented musicians from all over the world. This year the festival is set to feature world class acts including Eric Alexander, Peter Bernstein, David Friesen Circle 3 Trio and David Beaver Quintet just to name a few.

“Our program for this season promises to continue on that path with more music than ever,” writes organizers on the Ballard Jazz Festival website.

Of course the usual event favorites are on the ticket including Brotherhood of the Drum on May 6, the “Guitar Summit” on May 7, the Jazz Walk on May 8 and to finish things off, the traditional Swedish Pancake Jazz Brunch at the Nordic Heritage Museum on May 9.

For the first time this year the Nordic Heritage Museum will also be hosting a Friday Night Concert on May 8.

Tickets to both individual events and festival passes are now available online. Ticket costs vary for each individual show and festival passes are available for $100.

Organizers are still on the lookout for volunteers for the event and those interested can sign up  online.

Photo courtesy of Ballard Jazz Festival.

Redhook Brewery on lookout for local brewpub spot


According to our news partners at The Seattle Times, Redhook Brewery is on the lookout for a location in Ballard or Fremont to open a new brewpub.

Redhook Brewery, which is now part of the Portland-based Craft Brewers Alliance, is looking to head back to its roots somewhere close to where the original Ballard brewery was located during the early 1980s.

Redhook currently has two breweries in operation, one in Woodinville and one in New Hampshire.

“Everything is still in the early planning stages. The big message is that Redhook is looking to build again where it started,” Craft Brewers spokesperson Jenny McLean told The Seattle Times.

According to the report, the Redhook brewpub will open in our neighborhood, or very close by, in 2017.

The Redhook team seem to be feeling extra nostalgic lately with the release of the Big Ballard Imperial IPA (label pictured above) last week.

The new beer was released at the Old Peculiar Pub in Ballard with much festivity, live music and a grand prize drawing for a $1000 gift certificate to Redhook Ale Brewery.

The My Ballard team will keep readers posted about the plans for the brewpub as further details emerge.

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


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.


1542 NW 62nd St


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


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 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


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.


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.


“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.


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.