Ballard Locks to close for annual maintenance

The Hiram M. Chittenden Locks small chamber will be closed to marine traffic next week from noon on Monday, March 14, through 5 p.m., on Friday, March 25.

Crews will conduct maintenance and safety inspections during the small chamber closure. Foot traffic will not be affected and the large lock will continue around-the-clock operations for vessels. Lock wall staff will attempt to get commercial traffic through as quickly as possible.

All pleasure boats will use the large lock and boaters should be prepared with appropriate equipment and crew. Large lock requirements include long lines and fenders on board. Current locking through information is available online. Mariners may experience delays, depending on passage demand.

Most machinery and equipment, including the gates and valves, are original to the 99-year-old facility. The annual closure gives dam safety experts and maintenance staff the chance to dry out the chambers for thorough inspections and to make necessary repairs.

According to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, this routine maintenance is important to project safety and continued operation as the locks approach their 100-year anniversary.

The week in sports at BHS

It is a big week for the Ballard Beavers as they start spring competition. Go Beavers!

Tuesday, March 8

  • Girls Lacrosse: 5:30 p.m., Ballard vs. Roosevelt, at Lower Woodland Park

Wednesday, March 9

  • Girls Ultimate: 3:30 p.m., Ballard vs. Holy Names, at Magnuson Sports Meadow

Saturday, March 12

  • Baseball C Team: 9 a.m., location TBD
  • Softball Varsity: 10 a.m., Ballard vs. Bothell High School , at Bothell High School
  • Boys Lacrosse: 12 p.m., Ballard vs. Nathan Hale, at Jane Addams
  • Baseball Varsity: 12:30 p.m., Ballard vs. Mercer Island, at Island Crest Park
  • Softball JV: 1 p.m., Ballard vs. Bothell High School, at Bothell High School
  • Co-ed Lacrosse: 1:15 p.m., Ballard vs. Bainbridge Island High School, at Interbay
  • Boys Soccer JV: 1 p.m., Ballard vs. Mountlake Terrace, at Edmonds Stadium
  • Boys Soccer Varsity: 3 p.m., Ballard vs. Mountlake Terrace, at Edmonds Stadium
  • Baseball Varsity: 4:30 p.m., Ballard vs. Mercer Island, at Island Crest Park
  • Baseball JV: 7 p.m., Ballard vs. Mercer Island, at Island Crest Park

Peddler Brewing to celebrate third birthday

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Peddler Brewing (1514 NW Leary Way) will be hosting its 3rd birthday celebrations with festivities on Saturday from 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.

This weekend the Peddler team is featuring special beers on tap including Belgian Tripel Aged with Brett & Blueberries, Oak Barrel Aged Belgian and Oak Barrel Aged Belgian Sour.

A corn hole tournament will kick off at 2 p.m. with 16 teams of 1-4 people. Sign ups will start at 1 p.m. with each team paying $10 to enter and receiving $1 off all pints all day.

The celebrations will continue with live music from 7:30 p.m. and locals will be fed by Cave Man Food Truck from 4 p.m. – 9 p.m.

“Thanks for all the great support these past three years and cheers to many more,” says co-owner Haley Woods.

Click here to find out more about the festivities!

CBRA looking for local feedback at membership meeting

The Central Ballard Residents Association will be hosting a membership meeting at 7 p.m. this Thursday, March 10, in the Swedish Hospital Cafeteria Conference Room.

The CBRA organizers are looking for feedback about how the organization can best serve the neighborhood.

Check out President Mike Kahrs’ statement about the meeting below:

After four busy years, it is time to take stock of where we came from and where we are going. This will be the focus of our March membership meeting.

Everybody will have the opportunity to tell others what they liked about CBRA during this period and what they feel can be done
better or differently. No stone unturned — all ideas listened to and debated. This is YOUR opportunity to provide input on how YOU wish CBRA to proceed in the years to come.

Please come and help us help YOU make CBRA fulfill your community vision for Ballard.

All are invited to attend the meeting.

Safe and valuables stolen from home on 75th

A local resident reported a break in at their Ballard home on the Nextdoor community website.

The break in occurred at their family home at the intersection of NW 75th St and 30th Ave NW on Saturday, March 5, between 5:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.

According to the report, thieves gained access to the home through the basement door and took valuables from the master bedroom.

“The stinker of it all is that we thought we were being smart by storing all our ‘valuables’ in a 100lb safe in our closet. Well they ended up taking the safe with them. Lesson learned – bolt down your safe,” writes the resident.

Have you experienced theft in Ballard lately? Email any information to tips@myballard.com

Seattle Empty Bowls fundraiser set for Sunday

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The eighth annual Seattle Empty Bowls fundraiser will be held this Sunday, March 13.

The event will be held at the Nordic Heritage Museum (3014 NW 67th Street) from 4 p.m. – 7 p.m and all proceeds this year will benefit the Ballard Food Bank.

During this unique fundraiser guests are asked to make a suggested donation of $20 or over. This donation, which goes directly to helping locals in need, allows guests to choose a beautifully decorated ceramic bowl and have it filled with a soup of their choice.

Soups, including vegan options, will be provided by Ballard Market and Artisan bread will be on hand from Tall Grass Bakery. Coffee and tea will be served up by Caffe Umbria.

Seattle Empty Bowls is a unique local fundraiser with an important message. According to one of the event organizers Isabelle Franklin, the event gives the opportunity for locals to see that they can help their own community. Whether you are a bowl artisan or an event guest Franklin says that the event also shows that art can be a powerful force for good.

“The event is organically created by members of the Community for the benefit of the Community.  Everyone who comes to the dinner takes home a reminder of the event and the need for food assistance all year round,” said Franklin.

Seattle Empty Bowls events are well-known for their community feel. Guests will have the opportunity to enter a silent auction for some locally made and beautifully decorated glass, wooden and ceramic bowls.

While sampling the soup, guests will also be serenaded by the talents of many local musicians. Unique to this event, pet bowls will also be on sale with proceeds going to local animals who are in need of a good meal.

If you are interested in helping out volunteers are still needed to assist in the kitchen, with the auction and to help with the clean up. Contact Andrea at seattleemptybowls@gmail.com for more information.

For more information about the event click here and click here to visit the Seattle Empty Bowls Facebook page.

Photo courtesy of Seattle Empty Bowls.

Ballard Development Update March 7: more subdivisions

It is subdivision time again in the neighborhood with two applications and one decision in today’s development update from the City of Seattle’s Department of Planning and Development (DPD) as posted in the Land Use Information Bulletin.

Applications:

1739 NW 63rd St

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A Land Use Application has been submitted to subdivide one development site into two unit lots. The construction of residential units is under Project #6466981. 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.

1737 NW 63rd St

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A Land Use Application has been submitted to subdivide one development site into two unit lots. The construction of residential units is under Project #6466981. 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.

Decision:

1539 NW 61st St

A Land Use Application has been approved to subdivide one development site into three unit lots. The construction of residential units is under Project #6486731. 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.

Appeals of this decision must be received by the Hearing Examiner no later than 3/21/2016.

What’s on this weekend

The first weekend in March is here! Enjoy it at these fantastic events.

FRIDAY, March 4

  • Live Music
    • Jazz at Egan’s Ballard Jam House (1707 NW Market St). 7 p.m. – Gretchen Rumbaugh and The Sirens Of Swing – Portland cabaret chanteuse Gretchen Rumbaugh sings Beatles songs; vocal trio The Sirens Of Swing (Karen Kay Cody, Joanne Klein, Jayne Muirhead) bring lush harmonies to vintage swing. 9 p.m. – Angie Louise and Kate Loitz – Songwriter-chanteuse Angie Louise performs a set of her songs about barflies, drifters and dreamers in “Notes From The Underground”; singer-actress Kate Loitz sings vintage movie music in “Jeepers Creepers! It Came From Hollywood!”
    • Anderson East ‘Devil In Me’ Tour with Dylan LeBlanc at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW) at 9 p.m. Tickets $14.
    • Dead End Friends, Hungry Skinny and Uh Oh Eskimo at Sunset Tavern (5433 Ballard Ave NW) at 9 p.m. Tickets $8.
    • Blueburr at Conor Byrne Pub (5140 Ballard Ave NW) at 9 p.m. Tickets $8.

SATURDAY, March 5

  • Kids Art and Craft Class at Ballard Elks (6411 Seaview Ave NW) from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Cost is $5 and the event is open to the public.
  • National Day of Unplugging at Magnolia Library (2801 34th Ave W) from 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. Board games, coloring pages and snacks will be on offer. Event is free
  • Intro to Yoga Workshop at Kula Movement Center (5340 Ballard Ave NW) from 2 p.m. – 5 p.m. This semi-private workshop will bring more understanding, awareness, and catering to your needs.Cost is $45 and preregistration is required. Register online or call (206) 972-2999.
  • Live Music
    • Emporium Presents: A Tribute to Johnny Cash-Cash’d Out at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW) at 7 p.m. Tickets $25.
    • Seattle Awake Music Exchange Benefit at Conor Byrne Pub (5140 Ballard Ave NW) at 9 p.m.
    • Bread and Butter, Versing and Brain Drain at Sunset Tavern (5433 Ballard Ave NW) 9 p.m.  Tickets $10.
    • Jazz at Egan’s Ballard Jam House (1707 NW Market St). 7 p.m. Arwen Dewey – performing French movie music. 9 p.m. Kim Maguire  presents “Between The Sheets.”

SUNDAY, March 6