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Outdoor movie night at Ballard Commons park this Friday

Sweet Mickey’s candy shop will host their annual movie night in the Ballard Commons park this Friday, August 28. They’ll be showing “The Lego Movie,” which will begin at dusk (about 8 p.m.). The event is free and open to the public.

Last year’s movie night at the park (Photo courtesy Sweet Mickey’s)

“We will be providing Kukuruza Popcorn, Bluebird Ice Cream, soda, water and of course, Lego Candy for all the kiddos,” Sweet Mickey’s owner Randy Brinker tells us.

Ballard Goodwill disputes rumors of losing their lease

There’s been some buzz on our forum about the Ballard Goodwill closing to make way for new development, but the Goodwill Seattle headquarters say that’s not true.

Forum user Marigold says she heard the rumor last week that it would be closed and redeveloped. However, spokeswoman for Seattle Goodwill and Ballard resident Katherine Bouli disputes the rumor saying that she hasn’t heard anything about a loss of lease.

“Eventually, we’ll have to renew our lease,” she says, adding that the current lease itself is not in danger of being lost to a developer. Bouli was unsure where the claims of the Ballard Goodwill closing were coming from, but that she had heard these rumors before.

“You’re not the first person to call about this,” she said. “It would be a big deal for the Ballard location to close.”

Books on Bikes brings library services to Golden Gardens for the afternoon

CNXNOi4UsAEEZtTBooks on Bikes pedals a partial library to Seattle public parks using customized book-carrying bicycle trailers. For today, August 26, the Seattle Public Library program is at Golden Gardens today from noon– 3 p.m.

The program began back in May 2013 and offers park attendees around the city some afternoon reading and limited library options including signing up for a Library card, available in six designs.

The Books on Bikes fleet is made up of 16 team members and three trailers. One of the original trailers was developed and constructed by Colin Stevens of “Haulin’ Colin” in Seattle. This trailer is designed to handle a good amount of weight and has built-in shelves for book display. Seattle-ready, an umbrella holder is attached to keep books dry in case of weather.

Two more trailers are designed by Seattle artist Eroyn Franklin: one is a compact flat-top trailer with an urban cityscape and another a covered “reading wagon” trailer featuring a kid-friendly design.

Photo courtesy of Seattle Public Library at today’s event

Ballard Library hosts all-ages game night tonight

It’s game night at the Ballard Library and tonight (August 26), a professional photographer will be taking photos of the monthly event.

The all-ages board game night goes from 6 to 8 p.m. in the library’s meeting room, which can comfortably accommodate about 40 people. Food and drink are allowed the game space.

“Bring your friends and family, or come alone and join in playing a vast array of board games,” says Adult Services Librarian Jonathan Koroshec.

Some of the games available will include Blokus, Carcassonne, Ticket to Ride, Jenga, Scrambled States of America and more. Attendees are welcome to bring their own games as well.

All are welcome to attend; no registration is required. “The fun thing is that we get both young and old playing games together,” says Koroshec. “Some are more serious gamers, some are just there to play.”


Open forum in Ballard to discuss affordable housing

Next week, city and state representatives and community members will come together to discuss affordable housing options in Seattle. The “Open the Door to Affordable Housing” forum will be held Wednesday, September 2 at 7 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church (6512 23rd Ave NW).

The forum will invite speaker of the House Frank Chopp, Seattle City Council Member Nick Licata and Low Income Housing Institute Executive Sharon Lee, who will discuss the recommendations of the Mayor’s Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda (HALA) Committee.  “Join us for a lively discussion of housing affordability, the HALA recommendations, what the recommendations mean for our community and the city’s low income residents,” the organizers write.


City urges residents to cut back on water use

The city’s water supply has taken a hit because of the hot and dry summer, so they’re asking residents to cut back water usage by 10 percent. The City of Seattle suggests that people let their lawns go dormant, limit their plant watering to twice a week, and wash only full loads of dishes and laundry to help alleviate the situation. They’ve put together the infographic below to help with ideas on how to cut back.


For more info on the water situation in the city and ideas for cutting back on water use, click here.

Ballard Bridge lane closures scheduled for graffiti clean-up

Crews will be out cleaning up graffiti on the underside of the Ballard Bridge on Saturday. The “Graffiti Rangers” will be working on Saturday, August 29 from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and will close both the north- and southbound right-hand lanes for the cleanup.

According to the Seattle Department of Transportation, to reach this area, crews will provide their U-BIT (under bridge inspection unit) which is positioned on the deck of the bridge and has an arm that can bend around and under the bridge. There is a bucket at the end of the arm to carry a person to work or inspect the underside of the bridge.


Local organization looking for volunteer tutors

Invest In YouthA local group that offers free tutoring for elementary students is looking for volunteers for the upcoming school year. Invest in Youth begins their tutoring sessions the first week of October, and the sessions are once a week through May at six schools across the city, including Daniel Bagley Elementary near Green Lake.

According to the organization, each tutor is matched with one student for the whole school year, and the pair works together on things like math, reading stories, or homework for an hour once a week.

For more information or to apply to be a tutor, visit the website or contact Alison at

Ballard Locks to continue water conservation due to extreme low lake levels

Lake Union is reaching nearly record-breaking low levels, which means the Ballard Locks has to cut back on water for the fish ladder and avoid using the large lock.

The Army Corps of Engineers typically maintain the water level between 20 and 22 feet, officially measured at the Chittenden Locks. But according to Kiro TV, Lake Union is now at 20 feet, which is threatening floating homes on the lake. The regional drought is mostly to blame, according to Ken Brettmann, senior water manager with the Army Corps of Engineers. “No snow pack, really dry spring, and just a really hot summer and high evaporation” is to blame, as Brettman told Kiro at a recent meeting for owners of floating homes at the Puget Sound Yacht Club.

The record low level for the lake was 19.5 feet in 1987; Brettman predicts Lake Union could get down to 19 feet by October if conditions persist. The Army Corps has been doing what they can to alleviate the situation by limiting the amount of water used to operate the juvenile salmon flumes used to provide smolt safe passage into the Puget Sound. Normally the Corps uses four flumes, but they’ve reduced it to one in order to save water.

As Brettman said earlier this summer, the managing the lake level is all about balance.”This year will be extremely challenging and we’re balancing water conservation across lines to minimize impact to commerce, fish and the public,” he said.


Macefield’s story is going to the big screen

edith houseThe saga of Edith Macefield and her tiny home in Ballard appears to be headed to Hollywood. According to The Hollywood Reporter, producer Will Gluck plans to tell the story of Macefield and the man who was in charge of the Ballard Blocks building project, Barry Martin.

The story will reportedly focus on the friendship that evolved between Macefield and Martin. Edith and Martin formed a close relationship during the building project, as he would check in on her daily while managing the building site. Even though he was supposed to be convincing her to sell her house so they could continue building, he became something of a caregiver, taking her to doctor’s appointments and making her meals. When she died in 2008, Macefield willed her home to Martin, who wanted to uphold her wishes of remaining in her home until she passed away. He even wrote a book about their unique friendship called “Under One Roof.”

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the movie will be a comedic drama about the unlikely relationship between Macefield and Martin and how they changed one another’s lives, “and how living a life with dignity is a basic human need.”

Producer Will Gluck is well known for his feature films Easy A and Annie, and Fox Searchlight films has reportedly picked it up.

The fate Macefield’s home is still up in the air, with a non-profit attempting to raise funds to move it to Orcas Island, where it would be used for low-income housing. An online campaign to raise over $200k is slow-moving, with just $16,500 raised and three weeks left to go. If they can’t raise the money, Edith’s beloved home could be torn down.