What’s on this weekend

Now that summer appears to be in full swing, Ballard’s weekend events are nothing short of plentiful. Here are some options for your weekend:

Friday, May 29

  • Peddler Brewing Company Commute Champions Happy Hour, 5 – 8 p.m. – as part of the End of Bike Month Pedal Party, “vendors, demo bikes, food truck” and more!
  • Ballard Fiddlers at the Ballard Homestead for a Fiddle Showcase. 6:30 p.m. (6541 Jones Ave NW) Featuring The Ballard Fiddlers, Rachel Nesvig, and The Barn Owls. All ages, mostly seated. Gabe Strand calling a Square Dance to end the evening. No partner needed, all dances taught! To get tickets click here.

Saturday, May 30

  • Heron Chick Birthday Party, Commodore Park, 1-3 p.m. Meet the naturalists near the Ballard Locks on the Magnolia side to celebrate over 70 heron chicks that are joining the resident colony.
  • Garage Sale Day: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Phinney Neighborhood Center (6532 Phinney Ave N) and throughout Ballard, Phinney, and Greenwood. “Shop, salvage and shred! Score a bargain at this community-wide event featuring more than 100 yard sales.” Use the PNA’s online interactive map or print map to find yard sales throughout the neighborhood and stop by the Phinney Center’s Flea Market and Tool Sale. New this year: shred up to four boxes of paper at Seadrunar Recycling’s shredding truck from 10 am-2 pm.
  • Blood drive at Ballard First Lutheran Church: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Register with Sylvia Vikingstad at sylviastad@comcast.net.
  • Market Street Singers present “Roll Over Beethoven!”: Ballard’s Market Street Singers will be performing at the University Christian Church (4731 15th Ave NE) at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday and 3 p.m. on Sunday. The singers will, “present a selection of new and rarely heard music, as well as Ludwig van Beethoven’s epically delightful Fantasy in C minor for Piano, Chorus, and Orchestra, commonly known as the ‘Choral Fantasy.’ Our accompanist, Ingrid Verhulsdonk, is the featured piano soloist for this challenging work, with a festival orchestra brought together for this special production.”

Sunday, May 31

  • Summer Concerts at the Locks: Boeing Employees Concert Band, 2 p.m. in the botanical gardens. The concert is free and open to the public.
  • Live Music Sundays at Populuxe1:30 to 5:30 p.m. Enjoy awesome live music, great beer and delicious food from No Bones About It – Food Truck. 1:30 – 3:00 – Sam Marshall Trio, 4:00 – 5:30 – The FieldHands
  • King’s Hardware Summer Patio Party: From 3 p.m., King’s will have, “chili dogs, cornhole, and summer jams all day long.”
  • Ballard Farmers Market along Ballard Ave from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Click here to see this week’s specials.

Brave pizza shop worker helps nab purse snatcher

Thanks to a brave pizza shop employee, police were able to catch a robber and return a stolen purse earlier this week.

According to the Seattle Police Department Blotter, Officer Enoch Lee was driving near Holman Road and 7th Avenue NW around 12:45 AM on Tuesday night when he spotted a man sprinting down the street while clutching a purse. He said he heard a woman scream, “he just robbed me” as she pointed to the fleeing suspect.

From the Blotter:

As the suspect fled on foot, Officer Lee pulled his patrol car alongside the man and shouted for him to stop.

Instead, the suspect kept on running, dashing through a shopping center parking lot, where he took a spill and ducked behind a parked car.

After taking a moment to catch his breath, the suspect tried to run off but was “taken down,” according to Officer Lee, by a pizza shop employee, who had spotted the police chase outside his shop.

Officers arrested the suspect and recovered the victim’s purse and cellphone. A short time later, a witness approached officers and pointed out a vehicle they believed was the suspect’s getaway car.

When officers approached the vehicle, they noticed two young men slouched down in their car seats.

SPD booked the suspect into the Youth Service Center, and released the two other men after identifying and interviewing them at the North Precinct.


Bloodmobile will be in Ballard on Saturday

On Saturday, May 30, there will be a blood drive in at Ballard First Lutheran Church. The drive will be put on by Bloodworks Northwest (formerly Puget Sound Blood Center) and will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (closed from 11-12 for lunch).

The organizers ask that donors set aside 45 minutes for the appointment, and to schedule a donation, contact Sylvia Vikingstad at sylviastad@comcast.net. Photo I.D. is required for donation. “Our hospital usage is up, and donations are down,” the organization writes in an email. “We really need your help!”


Throwback Thursday: Ballard’s fishing roots

In celebration of all things fishy about Ballard, we decided to take a look back at the Ship Canal and fishing history of our fair ‘hood.


The above photo, taken in 1910 is of Opening Day at the Fishermen’s Terminal. The photo shows a crowd of people lined up under umbrellas on dock, and in front of them, there’s a long line of fishing boats, many decorated with flags. In foreground, cars parked directly on the dock.


This photo, from 1890, is of “Knut the Emigrant,” standing on a dock near some fishing nets, holding two fish.


The above photo of Fisherman’s Terminal was taken in 1915, and was taken looking north from Emerson St. The stacks of Ballard’s many mills can be seen in the backyard.

All photos courtesy Ballard Historical Society

Deadliest Catch barbecue and ship tour to benefit Nordic Heritage Museum on Saturday

shipyardThis Saturday, there will be a Deadliest Catch barbecue to raise money for the Nordic Heritage Museum. From 2 to 5 p.m., the Pacific Fisherman Shipyard will host tours of the F/V Northwestern from Discovery Channel’s Deadliest Catch and a smorgasbord including alder-smoked king crab, salmon and cod; and pan-seared Alaskan Weathervane scallops.

Doug Dixon of Pacific Fishermen Shipyard and PFI Marine Electric and Tor Tollessen of Lunde Marine Electronics will host the barbecue and tour of the Pacific Fishermen Shipyard. Tickets for the barbecue are $100, and all proceeds will benefit the Nordic Heritage Museum. Contact Matt McCallum via email at MattM@nordicmuseum.org or phone at (206) 789-5707 ext. 38 to reserve your spot. For more about upcoming museum events, click here.

Photo courtesy Nordic Heritage Museum

Ballard Development Update May 28: more subdivisions on the horizon

Two land subdivision applications have been submitted and one building application has been accepted in this week’s  Land Use Information Bulletin from the City of Seattle’s Department of Planning and Development (DPD).


819 NW 70th St.


A Land Use Application has been submitted to subdivide one parcel into three parcels of land. Proposed parcel sizes are: X) 557 sq. ft., Y) 526 sq. ft. and Z) 555 sq. ft.

6752 Division Ave NW


A Land Use Application has been submitted to subdivide one parcel into three parcels of land. Proposed parcel sizes are: X) 547.4 sq. ft., Y) 526.4 sq. ft. and Z) 948.6 sq. ft. Existing structures to remain.


7309 3RD AVE NW

A Land Use Application has been approved to allow a new two-story, single family dwelling unit and a one-car detached garage. The application has been given a special exception to allow the building on a lot less than 3,200 sq. ft.

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

Heron Habitat Helpers celebrate 70 new heron chicks with a party

The heron colony at Commodore Park is bursting with chicks, and a local organization is throwing a birthday party to celebrate. The Heron Habitat Helpers will be throwing a “heron chick birthday party” for the 70 new chicks this Saturday (May 30) from 1 to 3 p.m., and they’re inviting the whole community.

Photo courtesy Heron Habitat Helpers

The organization will have telescopes set up and naturalists on hand to answer questions and educate participants. They’ll even have birthday cake to celebrate the chicks. The party will be set up at Commodore Park near the Ballard Locks on the Magnolia side. Click here for more info.

BHS filmmakers honored at Northwest High School Film Festival

Ballard High School’s Digital Filmmaking Program is making headlines yet again, with several students taking home awards at a recent film festival. Students from BHS won 15 awards and honors across seven categories at the Northwest High School Film Festival last week, held at Cinerama Theater in Seattle.

ballard at NWHSFF
Photo courtesy BHS
The Northwest High School Film Festival is the largest and longest running festival for high school filmmakers in the Puget Sound region, and is judged by a panel of industry professionals and college media professors.According to a statement from BHS, film students Coleman Andersen, Duncan Boszko, Rachel Cole, Jaya Flanary, Duncan Gowdy, Leo Pfeifer & Meagen Tajalle all received $5,000 scholarship offers from festival sponsors Cornish College of the Arts and/or The Seattle Film Institute.

BHS says the productions will all be featured at the next Ballard Film Festival on Friday, June 5 at 7 pm in the BHS auditorium. Tickets are $5 for students and $10 for adults and will be sold at the door.

Here are Ballard’s Northwest High School Film Festival winners by category:

Comedic Narrative
  Jones Ave
  Rachel Cole, Jaya Flanary, Meagen Tajalle
  Bella Anderson, Jonny Cechony, Kaya Coleman-Harrison, Simon Gibson
  Audio Input
  Duncan Boszko, Jack O’Neal, Piper Phillips, Sho Schrock
  Clipped Wings
  Coleman Andersen, Duncan Gowdy, Leo Pfeifer
Dramatic Narrative
  Coleman Andersen, Leo Pfeifer
  A Trip to the Groovies
  Jaya Flanary, Sho Schrock
News/Sports Feature
  Full Effort on the Floor
  Duncan Gowdy, Hawk Ticehurst
Public Service Announcement
  Food Lifeline
  Duncan Gowdy, Zach Green, Leo Pfeifer

Comedic Narrative


  Fly Me to the Moon
  Miles Anderson, Jasper Cote, PJ Hase, Gideon Wolfe
  Practicing Parenthood
  Percy Boyle, Avery Davis, Duncan Kastner, Aaron Miller  
  Blue Highway Games
  Brian Cropp, Lyric Gonzalez, Sid Johnson  
  Delivering the Dream
  Julian Amrine, Lorenzo Rossi, Raven Two Feathers, Josh Vredevoogd
  Raven Rock
  Rachel Cole, Jaya Flanary, Meagen Tajalle
  Spirit Week Announcement
  Will Erstad, Victoria O’Laughlin, Hawk Ticehurst
Public Service Announcement
  Ruby Anderson, PJ Hase, Cameron Miller
To learn more about the BHS filmmaking program, click here.


Summer concerts at the Ballard Locks begins this weekend

The Ballard Locks free concert series is set to begin this weekend. The 26th Annual Free Summer Concerts and Events series kicks off with the Boeing Employees Concert Band at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 31.


The free concert series runs from May 31 to September 6, with concerts beginning at 2 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday in the botanical gardens.

A few of their special events include a classic car show on Father’s Day (June 21), a pre-1950s car show on August 16, and the Greater Seattle Fuchsia Society’s annual show on July 25.

All summer events at the Locks are free and open to the public. There will be limited concert seating, which is available on a first-come basis, but they welcome blankets or lawn chairs for visitors. The first full weekend of concerts will feature theHighline Community Symphonic Band, June 6 and Cascadia Big Band June 7. To view the full calendar of events, click here.


Locals ask the city to improve bike lanes on Ballard Bridge

A group of Ballardites is urging the city to make safety improvements to the Ballard Bridge. Spearheaded by Haley Woods from the Peddler Brewing Company, the group asks that the city use funds from a city transportation levy to widen the sidewalks, improve the barriers to reduce the risk of injury, and adjust the north and south exits to make the bridge safer for pedestrians and cyclists.”As we all know the sidewalk is too narrow and dangerous, and therefore not many people can or do use the bridge as a crossing between Ballard and Interbay,” Woods says.

Woods recommends the following improvements:
1. Make the sidewalks wider. Woods recommends that the sidewalks be widened from 3.5 feet to 6-feet wide. She says this can be accomplished by taking one foot of lane width from the outside lane by removing the curb, and removing the current bulky outer railing and attaching a new railing on the outside of the bridge. Woods also recommends removing the cages around the stairwells in order to make space for cyclists.

2. Reduce the risk of injury. Woods recommends that the city install a higher railing to separate the outer lanes from the bike/pedestrian lane. She also says the speed limit should be reduced to 25 miles-per-hour, and painting designated lanes for bikes and pedestrians in each direction.

3. Make the north-end exit safer. Woods says the current 18-foot-wide exit lane off the bridge should be reduced to make more space for the bike lanes. She also recommends painting crossings on the roads directly after the exit lane, especially on NW 46th St. next to the Ballard Blocks.

4. Make the south-end exit safer. Woods recommends a number of changes to the south-end exit. Firstly, she suggests squaring up the interchange and adding a stop light to slow traffic. Additionally, she says the city should add protected bike lanes to Dravus Street and connect the bike path to the Ship Canal Trail. Lastly, she recommends removing the Emerson Street overpass because it poses a large safety hazard to trucks passing underneath, citing a 2014 accident that cost the city $5 million to repair. Recognizing the costs involved in the changes, Woods says the city could sell an adjacent parcel of land (shown in the video) in order to help pay for the safety improvements.

Woods says the improvements to the bridge could be made by using funds from the $900 million Transportation Levy to Move Seattle. “The levy needs to include investment to short-term improvements to the Ballard Bridge,” Woods says in her proposal. “Now that you know how to make it safer, let’s do it.”