What’s on this weekend

Spend the first weekend in June at some of these fantastic events in the neighborhood. Enjoy!

Friday, June 5

  • Rainbow Bingo at Ballard Senior Center (5429 32nd Avenue Northwest) from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. Sylvia will be calling a wild and crazy Bingo game! Ticket prices are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Click here for more details.
  • Ingraham High School presents Les Miserables at 7 p.m. in the Ingraham High School Auditorium (1819 N 135th St). Tickets are available online.
  • Live Music at Salmon Bay Eagles Club (5216 20th Ave NW). Featuring The Mark Whitman Band. Click here to find out more.
  • Live music at Conor Byrne Pub (5140 Ballard Ave NW) at 9 p.m. Featuring The Western Red Penguins. 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 Hamilton Leithauser with Jack and Eliza. Tickets $18. Click here to purchase tickets and for more information.

Saturday, June 6

  • New North Precinct Police Station Open House event at Broadview Thomson Elementary (13040 Greenwood Ave N) from 10 a.m. – noon. Learn more about the new North Precinct Police Station project, including project status, preliminary designs, proposed schedule, opportunities for public input and more.
  • Literacy Council of Seattle Stock up for Summer Book Sale at 8500 14th Ave NW from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Fantastic bargains on thousands of used books:  cookbooks, children’s books, classics, gardening, history, mysteries, biographies, travel, Father’s Day gifts, beach reads and more. All proceeds to support adult literacy programs in our community. Early Bird entry 9 a.m. for $10 donation.
  • Friends of The Seattle Public Library Cookbook Sale at Delaney (1415 NW 70th St) from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. All cookbooks will be individually priced starting at $3. Some cookbooks will have been gently used, others will be like new. Space will be limited; once capacity is reached, sale-goers will experience a wait time.
  • Summer re-launch of Seattle Cookie Counter Vegan Ice Cream Truck at Light in the Attic Records (913 NW 50th St) from 12 p.m. – 6 p.m. Activities, face painting, silent auction and more. Click here to find out more.
  • Ballard Criterium Bike Race in Old Ballard from 2 p.m. – 9 p.m. Click here to find out more.
  • Summer Concerts at the Locks: Highline Community Symphonic Band from 2 p.m. in the botanical gardens. The concert is free and open to the public. Click here to check out the full summer schedule.
  • Intro to Forrest Yoga Series at Kula Movement Center for Yoga & Health (5340 Ballard Ave NW) from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. Whether you’re new to yoga, rehabilitating and injury, or re-collecting to your practice, you are invited to join. Cost is $60. Reservations can be made online or by calling (206) 972-2999.
  • Ingraham High School presents Les Miserables at 7 p.m. in the Ingraham High School Auditorium (1819 N 135th St). Tickets are available online.
  • Live Music at Salmon Bay Eagles Club (5216 20th Ave NW). Featuring The Roy Kay Trio. Click here to find out more.
  • Live music at Conor Byrne Pub (5140 Ballard Ave NW) at 9 p.m. Featuring Blackheart Honeymoon, The Good Wives and Nevada Backwards. Tickets $8. Click here to purchase tickets and for more information.
  • Live Music at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW) at 9:30 p.m. Featuring James McMurtry with Max Gómez. Tickets $20. Click here to purchase tickets and for more information.

Sunday, June 7

  • Ballard Farmers Market along Ballard Ave from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Click here to see this week’s specials.
  • Summer Concerts at the Locks: Cascadia Jazz Band from 2 p.m. in the botanical gardens. The concert is free and open to the public. Click here to check out the full summer schedule.
  • Ingraham High School presents Les Miserables at 2 p.m. in the Ingraham High School Auditorium (1819 N 135th St). Tickets are available online.
  • King’s Hardware Sunday Sundown Movie Night at 5225 Ballard Ave NW. Classic sports movies will be shown every Sunday in June starting at sundown. This week’s double feature includes Major League and Basketball.
  • Live Music at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW) at 8 p.m. Featuring Howie Day with Liz Brennan. Tickets $15. Click here to purchase tickets and for more information.
  • Open Mic at Conor Byrne Pub (5140 Ballard Ave NW) at 7:30 p.m. All are welcome. For more information click here.

Do you know of an event happening in the neighborhood? Drop us a line at tips@myballard.com

Luxe on-demand valet launches in Ballard

Luxe on-demand valet service is officially launching in Ballard this weekend. The service started in Seattle mid-May and has added our neighborhood to the many areas where it is currenlty in operation.

How does it work you may ask? Luxe is run through an app system much like Uber and Lyft.

Customers simply drop off the car by clicking the app that uses a GPS signal to find their location. A Luxe valet then momentarily arrives to pick up the vehicle, parks it in their local secured lot and even refuels and washes the vehicle if requested. When the customer is ready to leave, they simply tap a button on the app and the vehicle is returned to their exact GPS location.

In terms of fees, Luxe confirms that the average hourly rate is $5 with a $15 daily maximum.

To celebrate the expansion to Ballard, Luxe is offering reduced rates from today through Sunday, June 7. Parking will be $1 per hour with a cap at $5. The Luxe team is also offering additional late-night hours from 10 p.m. Monday through Wednesday and 12 a.m. Thursday through Sunday.

Click here to learn more about Luxe.

Ballard business owner vying for $10,000 grant


Ballard small business owner Krista Nelson is a finalist in the Umpqua Bank Made to Grow grant contest and needs local support.

Nelson owns and operates Krista’s Baking Co. in Ballard, a small business that makes baking mixes using local organic ingredients. Customers purchase the recipe kits (pictured above) filled with all of the ingredients and directions needed for the “anti-baker” to bake to perfection.

“The mixes are your chance to show off your culinary skills. I’ll help with the measuring and instructions to ensure that you don’t burn your house down, despite life’s many distractions. Some may say you can’t boil water, but this is your chance to prove them wrong,” writes Nelson on her website.

Nelson is one of only 10 finalists in the contest on the west coast and is the only finalist from Seattle. Locals are able to vote online once a day for Krista’s Baking Co. through June 10 to help her secure the grant.

“This grant would get help me to get my product into stores and local farmers markets. It could also get me to a spot where I am able to move into a larger warehouse space, and hey, maybe hire an employee,” says Nelson.

Krista’s Baking Co. is currently closely trailing first place by approximately 100 votes. Click here to cast your vote.

Krista’s Baking Co. is also hosting a Lavender Pop-up event this Sunday, June 7, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Ketch (5317 Ballard Ave NW). Stroll through the Sunday Ballard Farmers Market and stop in to try samples of the new lavender sugar cookie mix, sip on lavender lemonade or cold brew coffee.

Ballard Criterium to hit the neighborhood this Saturday


The Ballard Criterium, will take over Old Ballard this Saturday as hundreds of bikes fly through the streets for the 22nd annual bike race, put on by Apex Racing and this year sponsored by Verity Credit Union.

The race runs a loop through Old Ballard’s streets, starting and finishing at the corner of Ballard Ave NW and 20th Ave NW. It’s a rectangular course that uses Ballard Ave NW, NW Dock Place, Shilshole Ave NW and NW Vernon Place. The races start at about 2 p.m., and the streets of the course will be closed from 2-10 p.m.

If you want to join in the race, register online, or register on Saturday before the race starting at 1:30 p.m.

A USA Cycling license is required to race, but you can purchase a one-day license for Cat 5 men’s and Cat 4 women’s races only for $10. All the other categories require the USA Cycling annual license which can be purchased from USA Cycling (not for sale at the race).

The cost to register for the race is $30 plus tax. Click here for a full list of the racing categories.

Victim speaks out about lack of local access to rape kits

A 29-year-old rape victim is sharing her harrowing story in the hope of raising awareness about the lack of local access to rape kits for victims.

A rape kit, or sexual assault evidence collection kit, provides the opportunity for DNA to be collected that may have been left by the suspect. A Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) or forensic examiner who has received specialized training performs the exam to ensure the evidence can be used in court.

The woman, who wishes to remain anonymous, told the My Ballard team that she was drugged and raped after a night out in Ballard last April and was unable to gain access to a forensic rape examination locally.

“I think it’s way worse than people think. Most women think they would just get over it. That’s not realistic. It destroys your sense of self confidence, it destroys your ability to trust your own judgment,” the woman told King 5 News.

The woman began her night out in Ballard with her friend, and after her friend left, she stopped into a neighborhood bar on the way home. At the bar, she started talking to a man who she believes spiked her drink.

“I barely remember anything about 15 minutes after starting my conversation with the guy. I remember snapshots of the evening but that is all,” says the woman. “I remember walking down the street with him and specifically telling him that I did not want to have sex with him. I remember being on his bed with my feet bound together.”

After fleeing the man’s apartment, dazed and traumatized, she called a friend who drove her home. Hours after the incident she then drove to the closest emergency room at Swedish Medical Center in Ballard.

“The staff at Swedish Ballard told me they do not provide rape kits, that they did not find my injury and sent me away,” the victim told King 5.

King 5 News received the following written statement from the director of the hospital’s emergency department in response to the victim’s complaints:

Similar to other hospitals in King County, Swedish does not have Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANE) onsite.

SANE nurses work with hospitals independently and specialize in forensic exams; evidence they collect is used in potential sexual assault cases. Harborview is the only hospital in King County with practicing SANE nurses onsite.

At the time that the woman came to the hospital, the protocol for sexual assault victims was to refer patients to Harborview for care should the patient wish to do so.

According to the victim, she was too traumatized to drive across town to Harborview and, after telling the staff that she was unable to afford the ambulance transportation that they offered, left feeling deeply let down by the lack of help that she received.

The victim did gather the strength to travel to Harborview the next day and had an examination performed, however, due to the delay evidence was unable to be gathered to bring the accused to justice.

“An exam wasn’t done at least until a full day later when really valuable evidence gets lost. For us in this case that really makes prosecution enormously difficult,” Mark Larson of the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office told King 5.

According to King 5, out of the seven emergency rooms in Seattle, Harborview is the only one that is staffed 24 hours a day with a forensic nurse to conduct rape exams and collect evidence using rape kits.

“This is a problem that I really want solved so that I can feel like what I’ve been through means something and helps people. However, at this stage, women need to know that if they are raped in this neighborhood, they need to go to Harborview to get taken care of,” says the victim.

Development Update June 4: A subdivision and a 53-unit building

One subdivision application and an application for a 53 unit building make up the entirety of today’s development update from the City of Seattle’s Department of Planning and Development (DPD) as posted in the Land Use Information Bulletin.


1751 NW 61st St


A Land Use Application has been submitted to subdivide one parcel into two parcels of land. Proposed parcel sizes are: A) 2164.5 sq. ft. and B) 2588 sq. ft. Existing structures to be removed.

7530 15th Ave NW


A Land Use Application has been submitted to allow 20 live-work units and 33 townhomes for a total of 53 units. Parking for 71 vehicles to be provided. Existing structures to be demolished. Environmental Review includes future full lot subdivision.

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

Local on the lookout for witnesses of Ballard Bridge hit and run

My Ballard reader Danielle emailed in to report a hit and run incident that occurred on Monday on the Ballard Bridge at approximately 10 a.m.

Danielle was driving north on the Ballard Bridge in a red Mitsubshi Gallant when a black Jeep Wrangler driving south bound on the bridge crossed into her lane. The vehicle side then swiped Danielle’s vehicle and kept driving.

“I’m hoping to if anyone saw this they can come forward with any information or the drivers license plate number. WSDOT apparently doesn’t record the footage they have of the bridge,” writes Danielle.

If you have any information about this incident email us at tips@myballard.com.

Seattle Public Library’s 2015 Summer of Learning kicks off next week

The Seattle Public Library’s 2015 Summer of Learning for youth and families is set to start next Friday, June 15. The 96th annual program is designed to keep young people reading and learning while school is out.

A variety of the activities are taking place at Ballard Library (5614 22nd Ave NW) throughout the summer.

“Wild Science!” is the theme for this year’s program, encouraging reading and activities centered around science, technology, engineering, arts and math.

Children and teens can also sign up for multi-day classes where they can learn to build robots, create video games, use Legos for stop motion animation, sketch wildlife biology and more.

Program elements this year also include:

  • A booklet for children ages 7-12 filled with science experiments, games, puzzles and activities
  • A booklet for children from birth to age 5 that lists fun, brain-building games and activities that support early learning.

All programs are free and open to the public. Free parking is available at branches in the branch parking lots or on nearby streets. Parking is available in the Central Library garage at the regular rates.

Children, teens and parents of children up to age 5 are invited to visit any Library location to pick up a free book and a guide to hundreds of fun, free programs.

Participants also can fill out a survey to get two free tickets (while supplies last) to Woodland Park Zoo (on Friday, September 11, Saturday, September 12 or Sunday, September 13.)

For more information about Summer of Learning, click here, call the Library at (206) 386-4636 or Ask a Librarian.