Celebrate Independent Bookstore Day this weekend


Seattle Area Independent Bookstores are coming together this Saturday, April 30, to celebrate Independent Bookstore Day.

Locals are invited to join independent bookstores around the Seattle area for parties, author readings, in-store events, and exclusive day-of merchandise.

Last year, 350 locals participated in the event in some way and 42 of those accepted the Independent Bookstore Day Challenge of visiting all 17 participating stores and were awarded 25% off at all participating bookstores for an entire year.

Courtney Balza, took part in the challenge and spent 14 hours driving 130 miles . “I had so much fun with the Bookstore Day challenge last year,” she says.

“We expect an even larger turnout this year and, with many of the same stores participating, a whole new enthusiasm for the challenge,” say the organizers.

Up for the challenge? Here’s how to become an Indie Bookstore Champion:

  • Pick up a bookstore passport at any of the participating stores on April 30th.
  • Visit ALL participating stores on April 30th and get their unique stamp on your passport. (Only one stamp is necessary for stores with multiple locations.)
  • Turn your passport in at the last store of the day to be crowned a champion and win 25% off all year at participating bookstores.

Can’t make it to all bookstores? Visit three or more and be entered to win gift cards, first edition books, and more! Grand prize is $425 in gift certificates ($25 gift certificate to each of the 17 participating stores)!

Check out the list of bookstores closest to our neighborhood below:

  • Secret Garden Books (2214 NW Market St)
  • Phinney Books (7405 Greenwood Ave N)
  • Magnolia’s Bookstore (3206 W McGraw St,)

Find out more on the event’s Facebook page.

What’s on this weekend

Enjoy a sunny weekend in Ballard at these great events!

FRIDAY, April 29

  • Live Music
    • Jazz at Egan’s Ballard Jam House (1707 NW Market St).
      • 7 p.m. Jump Ensemble – $7 cover
      • 9 p.m. Tyrant Lizard, People People and The Onlies – $5 cover
    • Cold Comfort, The Western Red Penguins and Science Fiction at Conor Byrne Pub (5140 Ballard Ave NW) at 9 p.m. Tickets $8.
    • The Stranger and Killroom Records Present: The Shivas with Acapulco Lips (rel) and Charms at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW) at 9 p.m. Tickets $12.
    • Rust on the Rails, The W Lovers and Darci Carlson at Sunset Tavern (5433 Ballard Ave NW) at 9 p.m. Tickets $8.

SATURDAY, April 30

  • Live Music
    • Funktastic! Eldridge Gravy and The Court Supreme with Yada Yada Blues Band at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW) at 9 p.m. Tickets $15.
    • Leanne Wilkins and The Weathered, Sightseer and Kye Alfred Hillig at Conor Byrne Pub (5140 Ballard Ave NW) at 9 p.m. Tickets $8.
    • Tacos! Great Goddamn, Old Iron and Post/Boredom 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. The Debutones – $10 cover
      • 9 p.m. Dan Czaran, – $10 cover


  • Ballard Farmer’s Market along Ballard Ave from 10 a.m.- 3 p.m.
  • NW Green Home Tour is on in Ballard and all over Seattle from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Event is free.
  • Live Music
    • Open mic at Conor Byrne Pub (5140 Ballard Ave NW) sign-up at 7:30 p.m.
    • Pretty Broken Things, Mimi Gilbert and Handsome and Gretyl at the Sunset Tavern (5433 Ballard Ave NW) at 8 p.m. Tickets $8.
    • The Joe’n Away Tour – Celebrating the life, music, and memory of Joe Bass Skyward at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW) at 3 p.m.

Ballard homes to be featured on 6th annual NW Green Home Tour


The sixth annual NW Green Home Tour is set for this Saturday, April 30, and Sunday, May 1, from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

The self-guided tour will showcase local, sustainable, green homes and many of them are in our neighborhood.

This year five Ballard homes will be showcased on Sunday. Check out the specifics from the tour organizers below:

This year’s tour features over 20 homes all over Seattle, in addition to three Sustainability Stops, offering healthy refreshments, additional educational experiences, product demos, and discounts to tour goers.

“Our goal is to educate consumers about all ‘shades’ of green building,” says Wayne Apostolik, president of the NW EcoBuilding Guild, Seattle Chapter. “We want guests attending the tour to see what’s possible in all price ranges, home styles, and lifestyles.”

Click here to check out more details and to see the tour map. The event is free.

Photo courtesy of NW Green Home Tour.

Woman in custody after injury collision at 15th and W Armory

A woman is in custody and several other people are hospitalized following a bizarre situation that unfolded on Sunday evening in Ballard.

Read the full details from the SPD Blotter post below:

At about 5:30 p.m. on Sunday evening, a man reported that his female acquaintance, whom he had just met, took the truck he was driving without permission from the 9700 block of Holman Rd NW.

The woman sped off, driving recklessly until she collided into a building at 92nd and Holman. The suspect was able to drive away from that scene, and continued driving erratically, weaving in and out of traffic  southbound on 15th Avenue NW.

The suspect crossed the Ballard Bridge and collided with three other vehicles, one occupied by three woman at 15th Avenue W./W. Armory Way.

Seattle Fire responded and transported the injured to Harborview Medical Center.

Detectives from the Traffic Collision Investigation Squad (TCIS) responded and processed the scene. The intersection was closed for hours as the investigation was conducted.

The suspect, 30, was later booked into the King County Jail for vehicular assault and felony hit and run. The other victims remain hospitalized with serious injuries. This remains an on-going investigation.

Chase Lounge now serving up the seafood on 56th


Seattle Met reports that the neighborhood’s latest seafood joint,  Chase Lounge (1556 NW 56th St), opened in Ballard over the weekend.

The new eatery is owned by Rob Milliron who has worked at both Radici and Bizarro Italian Cafe.

According to Seattle Met, Milliron grew up with seafood as a centerpiece of his diet and that his new establishment pay’s tribute to his grandfather who taught him to cook.

The eatery’s menu features seafood favorites including ahi crudo, New England style clam chowder and a rotating selection of raw oysters provided by “oyster god” Kevin Bartlett.

Drinks wise, the cocktails will be curated by Travers Romann who is originally from New Orleans.

According to the article, Chase Lounge was booked out during their soft opening earlier this month and Milliron has since taken patron’s feedback on board.

Milliron created the eatery to have the feel of somewhere his friends would be able to enjoy delicious food while having something to do.

“The old school arcade games in the mezzanine are a shout out to”us ‘indoor kids’. The ones who weren’t sportsters” Milliron told Seattle Met.

Chase Lounge is open from Sunday – Monday and Wedesday – Thursday from 3 p.m. – 11 p.m. and Friday – Saturday from 3 p.m. – 12 a.m.


Development Update April 28: Subdivisions, pier replacement and a 6-story congregate residence building

Here is today’s update from the City of Seattle’s Department of Construction and Inspections as posted in the Land Use Information Bulletin.


3400 NW Market St


A Land Use Application has been submitted to subdivide one development site into three unit lots. The construction of residential units is under Project #6485885. 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.

2216 NW 64th St


A Land Use Application has been submitted to subdivide one parcel of land into two parcels of land. Proposed sizes are: A) 1,601 sq. ft. and B) 3,398 sq. ft. Existing structures to be demolished.


4315 11th Ave NW

A Shoreline Substantial Development Application has been approved to replace existing 2,664 sq. ft. pier and 62 timber piles and install 65 steel piles, an 851 sq. ft. float, a 44 ft. long grated ramp, and a new 3,170 sq. ft. concrete pier.

Appeals of this decision must be received by the Hearing Examiner no later than 5/19/2016.

Notice of Administrative Design Review:

1514 NW 52nd St

The proposal is for a 6-story congregate residence building containing 61 sleeping rooms. Existing structure to be demolished.

The Director will accept written comments to assist in the preparation of the early design guidance through May 11, 2016. Locals are invited to offer comments regarding important site planning and design issues, which you believe, should be addressed in the design for this project.

Comments and requests to be made party of record should be submitted to PRC@seattle.gov or

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

Locals invited to “dig deeper” at Historic Seattle event

Locals are invited to learn more about Ballard’s past at the Digging Deeper event next Saturday, May 7, from 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. at the Sunset Hill Community Association (3003 NW 66th St).

The Digging Deeper series is Historic Seattle’s multi-session program designed to provide attendees with behind-the-scenes insight to primary research materials in the many archives and libraries in Seattle and King County. This program helps local residents to explore buildings, architecture, and history.

Attendees will have a chance to learn more about our neighborhood which was in fact its own city between 1890 and 1907. The first settlement was established in Ballard in 1852, the same year settlers arrived in Seattle.

Development then proceeded slowly until railroad entrepreneurs Thomas Burke and Daniel Gilman (remembered now with the Burke-Gilman Trail) assembled a large tract in 1888 for a new community.

At the event, Ballard Historical Society representatives will discuss their archives and how to access them, Anne Frantilla from the Seattle Municipal Archives will also discuss the Ballard records housed at the Seattle Municipal Archives.

“Learn how Ballard got its name, when/why the railroad came through Ballard, and many more fun facts about this unmistakable Scandinavian community in Seattle,” says Luci Baker Johnson from Historic Seattle.

All are invited to attend the event. Cost is $10 for general public members and $8 for members of Historic Seattle. Registration is available online.

Ballard Jazz Festival tickets now on sale


The 13th annual Ballard Jazz Festival is set to entertain the masses from May 11 through 14 this year.

The festival embraces the feeling of “old” Ballard and will feature a wide variety of modern American music at clubs, bars, shops, and at the Nordic Heritage Museum.

Over the years, the four day festival has grown into a significant part of the Northwest’s jazz and live music scene. The festival is strongly supported by local businesses, media outlets and the community itself.

Each year the festival brings on average 2000 attendees from all over Washington and beyond and about 70-85% of festival revenue is pumped back into Ballard’s economy.

In terms of performers, Ballard Jazz Festival attracts highly talented musicians from all over the world. This year the festival is set to feature world class acts including Mike Stern, Hal Galper and Julian Priester just to name a few.

“Our program for this season promises to continue on that path with more music than ever,” writes organizers on the Ballard Jazz Festival website.

Of course the usual event favorites are on the ticket including Brotherhood of the Drum on May 11, the “Guitar Summit” on May 12, the Jazz Walk on May 13 and to finish things off, the traditional Swedish Pancake Jazz Brunch at the Nordic Heritage Museum on May 14.

Tickets to both individual events and festival passes are now available online. Ticket costs vary for each individual show and festival passes are available for $100.

Photo courtesy of Ballard Jazz Festival.

Dining Out for Life on tomorrow in Ballard

The 23rd annual Lifelong Dining Out For Life fundraising event is on this Thursday, April 28, all over the city.

During the event close to 150 restaurants will be donating over 30% of their proceeds to Lifelong, a community health organization based in Seattle that assists people who are living with HIV/AIDS and other chronic illnesses.

“The idea behind the single-day event is simple: Dine Out, Fight AIDS,” say the Seattle event organizers.

The following restaurants in and around Ballard will be participating in the fundraiser:

  • Pasta Bella (5913 15th Ave NW)
  • Red Mill Burgers (312 N 67th St)
  • The Other Coast Cafe (5315 Ballard Ave NW)
  • The Tin Hat (512 NW 65th St)
  • Stock (500 NW 65th St)

For a full list of participating restaurants in Seattle click here.

Magnolia Heron colony welcomes newly hatched chicks

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The folks at Heron Habitat Helpers are excited to report that the heron chicks have hatched in the colony at Commodore Park (3330 W Commodore Way) in Magnolia.

To celebrate a Heron Chick Birthday Party has been organized for this Saturday, April 30, from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

“We are really hoping to have the public learn about the heron colony that exists between Ballard and Magnolia – and how lucky we are to have such nature so close by,” say the organizers.

On Saturday, the team will have telescopes set up, naturalists on hand, and a huge birthday cake!

All are welcome to attend the free event and learn about Seattle’s Official City Bird!