What’s on this weekend

Can you believe it’s the last weekend in January already? Enjoy it at these fantastic events.

FRIDAY, January 29

  • Bringing in Ballard Community Event at St Luke’s (5710 22nd Ave NW) from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Attendees will enjoy guitar music of Michael J Good, great snacks, an arts project attendees will have the chance to hear and share their stories of “Home in Ballard”.
  • Live Music
    • Jazz at Egan’s Ballard Jam House (1707 NW Market St). 9 p.m. Tyrant Lizard, with trumpeter Ray Larsen, Carmen Rothwell (bass) and Gregg Belisle-Chi (guitar) – People People with Nick Rogstad (guitar/vocals) and Carmen Rothwell (bass/vocals) – plus Ryan Beckley (guitar) ($5 cover).
    • The Bright Light Social Hour with James Supercave and Goodbye Heart at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW) at 9 p.m. Tickets $12.
    • The Eagle Rock Gospel Singers, Lonely Mountain Lovers and Ghosts I’ve Met at Sunset Tavern (5433 Ballard Ave NW) at 9 p.m. Tickets $12.
    • Left Coast Country, Colonels of Truth and the Crossroads Exchange at Conor Byrne Pub (5140 Ballard Ave NW) at 9 p.m. Tickets $8.

SATURDAY, January 30

SUNDAY, January 31

Sonic Boom on the market for $850k


According to our news partners at The Seattle Times, Ballard favorite Sonic Boom Records is for sale for the price of $850,000.

The sale was revealed through a listing on the Puget Sound Business Journal website which stated the reason for selling is that the owner plans on moving out of Washington.

Jason Hughes and Nabil Ayers started the business in Fremont in 1997, before they expanded to Capitol Hill and Ballard. The Fremont and Capitol Hill stores were closed in 2008 and 2011 respectively leaving the sole store in our neighborhood.

As The Seattle Times article states, Sonic Boom has definitely come out on top of the transition to music downloads and online streaming. The store was event listed by Rolling Stone in 2010 as one of the “Best Record Stores in the USA.”

The sale listing describes the business as follows:

Vinyl records are the biggest music comeback! This store proves it with annual sales of over $1.2 million and continuing to surge.

This is not one of those dusty old shops. Its 2,200 square foot location is in a vibrant and trendy area. It is the music specialist for new & used vinyl, CD’s & DVDs plus turntables, books and live performances of big touring acts and local artists.

Collectors, artists, audio geeks and general music lovers fill the isles enjoying the shopping experience in person, plus everything in the store is online. The Inventory (85%+ new) is included in sale price.

When more information regarding the sale becomes available we will update the post.

Photo courtesy of Sonic Boom Records.

Ballardite creates map to promote community safety

Ballard resident Todd has created the below map to spread the word about reported vacant homes, illegal camps and planned construction in the neighborhood.

The map was originally published on the Next Door Ballard North website in an effort to increase awareness of local illegal activity and to promote public safety.

“I want to make sure that people understand this is for awareness and community safety. I love Ballard and all the people who live here,” says Todd.

Todd has created an email address (ballardmaptips@gmail.com) for people to report in stories and tips on vacant homes, squatters and illegal camps.

Todd will also be hosting a safety walk tomorrow morning to check in on the locations already listed on the map and to add any new information. If you would like to take part, meet at 8 a.m. at the bus stop at the intersection of NW 60th St and 15th Ave NW.

Bringing in Ballard event on tomorrow night

friday-night-social-posterThe next installment of the Bringing in Ballard community event series is set for tomorrow night at St Luke’s (5710 22nd Ave NW) from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Besides enjoying the wonderful guitar music of Michael J Good, great snacks and an arts project attendees will have the chance to hear and share their stories of “Home in Ballard”.

The stories will range from a former Ballard homeowner now living in a car to Net Zero Ballard builders like Eric Thomas along with Dan Allison of Abode Builders and the Reinholdtsen family with their long time history of home on Sunset Hill.

“We are excited to have our musical and story guests share with us on the 29th, and hope you will join us to enjoy an early evening out with friends and family in downtown Ballard,” says one of the organizers Holly Gold.

Attendees are encouraged to bring a plate to share and any canned food donations for the Ballard Food Bank.

Click here to find out more about the event.

Throwback Thursday: Sunset Hill back in the day

This week, we wanted to take a look back at some photos of Sunset Hill in times gone by. Have more photo? Email tips@myballard.com.

The below photo was taken outside Quality Market on Sunset Hill in 1935.

The view from Sunset Hill Park (7531 34th Ave NW) in 1935. Sunset Hill Park was a gift to Ballard by Mr. and Mrs. Moomaw and Mr. and Mrs. Anderson in 1903.


The below photo of Gilman Park Apartments at the bottom of Sunset Hill (address as seen in the photo as 1505 W 60th St) was taken in 1937. The building is still standing and currently houses Liberty Tax Services and Pasta Bella (pictured below).

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Photo and information courtesy of Ballard Historical Society and Seattle Parks and Recreation.

Magnolia Bridge to close for maintenance this weekend

SDOT is reminding travelers that maintenance crews will close the Magnolia Bridge from 8 p.m. Friday, January 29, until 8 a.m. Saturday morning, January 30. During this time, the Magnolia Bridge will be closed to all traffic between 15th Avenue West and Thorndyke Avenue West.

If crews are unable to complete this work over Friday night, they will again close the bridge from 8 p.m. Saturday, January 30, until 8 a.m. Sunday, January 31.

This closure will allow crews to replace worn grout pads between the bridge deck and steel beams. This and other periodic maintenance helps prolong the life of the bridge.

During the closure, drivers may use the West Dravus Street or West Emerson Street overpasses to travel between Magnolia and Interbay. Drivers will still be able to access the Galer Street overpass to Piers 86 through 91.

Access to Elliott Bay Marina and nearby businesses will be available via one of the ramps. Flaggers will be present to maintain two-way traffic.

King County Metro routes 19, 24, and 33 will also be rerouted during this work. For information about bus service, visit King County Metro’s website at www.kingcounty.gov/metro or call (206) 553-3000.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding this closure, please call SDOT at (206) 684-ROAD (7623).

Development Update Jan 28: a subdivision, 66 units and a design review

Only three 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.


1543 NW 61st St


A Land Use Application has been submitted to subdivide one development site into three unit lots. The construction of residential units are under Project #6493664. 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.

7730 15th Ave NW


A Land Use Application has been submitted to allow a 4-story structure containing 66 residential units above 5,430 sq. ft. of ground level retail space. Parking for 37 vehicles to be provided within the structure. Existing structures to be demolished

Notice of Streamlined Design Review:

7534 15th Ave NW


An application has been received for a 3-story structure containing 3 townhouse units. Surface parking for 3 vehicles. Existing structure to be removed.

The Director will accept written comments to assist in the preparation of the early design guidance through February 10, 2016. You are invited to offer comments regarding important site planning and design issues, which you believe, should be addressed in the design for this project. Please note that this is the only opportunity to comment on this proposal.

Comments should be directed to PRC@seattle.gov or

City of Seattle, Seattle DCI, PRC
700 5th Avenue, Suite 2000
PO Box 34019
Seattle, WA  98124-4019

Following the public comment period, the Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections will issue a written design guidance report. This report will consider public comment and the applicable city-wide and neighborhood specific Design Guidelines and will serve as the basis for further review of the building permit.

Once the applicant has incorporated the design guidance into the proposal they may apply for a building permit. No public notice of the building permit application will be provided.

Suspicious man seen going through garbage cans on 17th

My Ballard reader Michael emailed in to report a man who was seen going through garbage cans on 17th Ave NW between NW 56th and 59th streets on Monday.

Check out Michael’s full report below:

A male, about 5 ½ to 6 feet tall, black knit cap, green army jacket, light gray or khaki backpack and blue jeans, has been going thru garbage cans and recycling bins in this area looking for personal information.

He went through our garbage can at 1722 NW 58th on Monday at around 4 p.m. At the time I also noticed that other garbage cans had been gone through.

Later on Monday, around 8:30 p.m., I noticed him near the corner of NW 17th and NW 56th. He was holding a stack of mail and was going through it and separating it out. I was walking my dog so I did get close enough to see what it was but did not confront him as I was alone with no real way to defend myself had he become violent.

Again yesterday he was lurking around the townhomes right next door to us at 1724 NW 58th St around 4:30 p.m. He walked past each door and then noticed me watching him, so he then hurriedly went out to the street and headed in the other direction to the west.

I know there is only so much that can be done, but hopefully we can get this information out there so that people can keep an eye out.

Did you see this man in the neighborhood? If so email us with your report at tips@myballard.com.

Remember to call 911 if you are ever feel threatened or in case of an emergency.

Voter registration deadline fast approaching for special election

Locals who want to participate in the February 9 special election and are not yet registered should prepare now. Registrations can take place in person until 4: 30 p.m. on Monday, February 1, at King County Elections Voter Registration Annex downtown:

King County Administration Building
500 4th Ave, Room 440, Seattle.
8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. or 2 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. weekdays

To register to vote, you must be:

  • A citizen of the United States;
  • A legal resident of Washington State;
  • At least 18 years old by election day;
  • Not disqualified from voting due to a court order; and
  • Not under Department of Corrections supervision for a Washington felony conviction.

Registered voters can check to make sure their registration information is current by:

Click here to get the latest election news and updates.

United Way to assist locals with free tax preparation

United Way of King County is offering free tax help to local families making under $62,000 a year at Solid Ground (1501 N 45th St) on Tuesdays from 5–9 p.m. and on Saturdays from 10 a.m.–2 p.m. until April 21.

Volunteers will prepare taxes for attendees and help connect them with one-on-one financial counseling, healthcare enrollment, and other public benefits.

The campaign started as a grassroots initiative in White Center thirteen years ago led by United Way of King County. Over the years the campaign has spread throughout the county in an effort to connect low-income workers to the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC).

According to UWKC, the EITC is considered as one of the most successful federal anti-poverty measure in the last four decades.

No appointments are needed to take advantage of this service.

Click here to learn more and find a list of what to bring.