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.”

Ballard Library hosts all-ages board game session tonight

Tonight (May 27) the Ballard Library is hosting an all-ages board game from 6 to 8 p.m. The organizers say they’ll have Blokus, Carcassonne, Ticket to Ride, Jenga, Scrambled States of America among others, and participants are invited to bring their favorites as well.

The event is free and registration isn’t required. For more information about upcoming events at the Ballard Library, click here.




Crown Hill Preschool still accepting students

Crown Hill Preschool (7706 25th Ave NW) has some spaces open for this fall. They tell us their 2015-2016 afternoon class is still accepting students. The class meets 12:30 to 3:30 p.m., Tuesday through Friday, and classes begin in September.

The preschool operates as a cooperative, which means the school is owned and operated by the parents of the children who attend. Parents are active participants, and help as assistant teachers in the classroom one day per week under the guidance of a trained teacher. “Co-op parents gain deep insight into their child’s development, have a voice in school decisions and policy-making, share in the mutual understanding and support of other parents, learn new parenting skills and create lasting memories of learning alongside their children,” the school tells us.


Leif Erikson Lodge seeks photos of past lodge presidents

The Leif Erikson Lodge is asking the community for help commemorating members of one of Ballard’s longest standing organizations. They’re celebrating their 112th anniversary this year; the lodge was formed on May 13, 1903, and to recognize their past presidents, they’re asking locals for copies of photos of past lodge presidents.

Local historian Christine Anderson compiled the following list of missing presidents photos and the years they served:

  • William C. Berg, July 1905-December 1906
  • Sam P. Oien, 1908
  • Gerhard Relling, 1910
  • Andrew Anderson, January-May 1930 (no relation to the current historian)
  • Ole Hoff, 1928 (photo from 1914)
  • Fredrik Krog Haslund, 1917-1918

“I am hoping someone in our broader Nordic community and local community may either be descended from these men or some how related or even family friends,” Anderson tells us. They’re also looking for a photo of Albert S. Ryland from 1937-38 to replace an old one from the 50s that currently hangs on the president’s wall.

“Thanks for any help you can provide in completing this long overdue project,” writes Anderson. If you have any photos you believe could be of help, contact Anderson at

Eat at Patxi’s on Wednesday and raise money for Sustainable Ballard

treeTomorrow, there will be an opportunity to support one of Ballard’s most active nonprofits and enjoy tasty pizza. Patxi’s Pizza (5323 Ballard Ave NW) will donate 10 percent of the Wednesday’s (May 27th) sales to Sustainable Ballard. From 4 to 6 p.m., they will be hosting a party at the restaurant with Sustainable Ballard members.

Patxi’s fundraising is part of their “52 Weeks of Giving,” which is a program in which each week, one of Patxi’s locations around the country hosts a fundraiser to support local organizations.

Norwegian pride lights up Ballard with King Harald of Norway

It was a proud day for our Norwegian Ballardites: King Harald of Norway’s visit drew a huge crowd at Bergen Place in Ballard this afternoon. King Harald came to the neighborhood to honor the rededicated mural at Bergen Place.

Photo by Jesse Knutson
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“With the King of Norway looking on, the Ballard High School Women’s Chamber Choir sings for the crowd in Bergen Place.” Photo via Twitter, by Jesse Knutson

King Harald spent part of the day meeting with tourism representatives, and dropped by the Pacific Fishermen Shipyard before going to Bergen Place for the ceremony.

This was the first visit from the King in 20 years; he and Queen Sonja visited at the original dedication in 1995.


What’s on this Memorial Day weekend

It’s Memorial Day weekend – here’s the scoop on the happenings around town:

Friday, May 22:

  • King Harald of Norway at Bergen Place: 4:15 p.m. King Harald will be joined by Seattle Mayor Ed Murray to celebrate the mural remodel at Bergen Place.
  • Swanson’s Nursery Memorial Day Weekend Sale: offering 30% off pots and containers, as well as 25% off all orchids. The sale begins Friday, and ends on Monday, May 25. Swansons is open daily from 9 AM to 7 PM.
  • NW Folklife Festival at Seattle Center: Folklife runs all weekend – from May 22 through May 25 – and features artists, musicians, dancers and storytellers from around the world. Admission is free, but there is a $10 suggested donation.
  • Live music at Conor Byrne Pub (5140 Ballard Ave NW) at 9 p.m.Silent City Productions is proud to present the fourth annual installment of Punk As Folk, an annual celebration of punk-inspired folk music and folk-inspired punk music to coincide with the Northwest Folklife Festival. Tickets $10. Click here to purchase tickets and for more information.
  • Live Music at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW) at 9 p.m. Featuring Aaron Crawford w/ Marlin James Band & The Andy Shoftner Band. Tickets $10. Click here to purchase tickets and for more information.

Saturday, May 23:

  • Beer Garden soft opening at Peddler Brewery: Join Peddler Brewery (1514 NW Leary Way) at the soft opening of their beer garden. “Sunshine + beer + food trucks + lawn games + bikes, yes we agree it’s a perfect combination.  Our beer garden is located right behind the brewery, can hold up to 400 people, and will have a back bar with our 4 most popular beers on tap.”
  • Free Community Health Fair at Nyer Urness House: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. 1753 NW 65th St. “Talk to pharmacists about your health-bring your medications with you and review your medicines. Sign up for health insurance and get to know your local resources. Free lunch from Alison’s Costal Cafe and Bakery-first come first served.
  • Live Music at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW) at 9 p.m. FeaturingThe Weatherside Whiskey Band (album release) w/ Warren G Hardings & friends. Tickets $8. Click here to purchase tickets and for more information.

Sunday, May 24:

  • Ballard Farmers Market along Ballard Ave from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Click here to see this week’s specials.

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