What’s on this weekend

Enjoy another weekend here in Ballard!

FRIDAY, June 24

  • Park in the Heart childrens Art Classes at Ballard Commons Park (5701 22nd Ave NW) from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. The classes will allow children to experiment with color and each week will have a new theme. All are welcome and the event is free.
  • Kiran Singing at Kula Movement (5340 Ballard Ave NW) from 7:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. Singing kirtan is a form of yoga that connects the breath with mantra, one of the smoothest ways to transition into peaceful meditation. $10-$15 donation suggested. Register online or call (206) 972-2999.
  • Live Music


  • 8th Annual Edible Garden Tour hosted by Sustainable Ballard starting at Ballard Community Center (6020 28th Ave NW) from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Self guided tour through 13 edible gardens in southwest Ballard. Cost is $10 (kids are free).
  • Pre-Natal Yoga Class at Ballard Health and Wellness Center (1138 NW Market St) at 10 a.m. Class led by Nico Lund. Cost is $14, bring a yoga mat.
  • Jim Page and Friends Music Jam and Sing Along  Arts in the Park event at Ballard Commons (5701 22nd Ave NW) from noon – 2 p.m. Bring your voice, talent and instruments. Free event. All skill levels and all are welcome.
  • Heron Habitat Helpers Chick Viewing Party at Commodore Park (330 W Commodore Way) from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. Join the team for the last public viewing event of the season! Telescopes will be set up and locals will be able to ask questions about Seattle’s Official City Bird.
  • Live Music
    • John Whalen, Anna Elizabeth Laube and Vito and the One Eyed Jacks at Populuxe Brewing (826 NW 49th St) from 2 p.m. Food provided by Papa Bois Food Truck.
    • Morrissey/Smiths Tribute and Love Vigilanties: New Order at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW) at 9 p.m. Tickets $15.
    • The Great Um Temple CanyonBrass Bed and Robb Benson at Sunset Tavern (5433 Ballard Ave NW) 8:30 p.m. Tickets $10.
    • Dorothy Rodes at Egan’s Ballard Jam House (1707 NW Market St) at 7 p.m. $10 cover.

SUNDAY, June 26

See heron chicks before they “Fly the Coop”


Locals have their last chance to see the chicks in the Magnolia heron colony before they “fly the coop”.

Heron Habitat Helpers report that the chicks are almost the same size as their parents and will be leaving the colony between now and July.

At the moment, the nests are crowded and noisy, as the “teens” strut their stuff and test their feathers, getting ready to fledge. Some chicks can also be seen at the shoreline learning to fish.

Locals are welcome to join Heron Habitat Helpers this Saturday, June 25, from 1 p.m. – 3 pm at Commodore Park () for the last public viewing event of the season!

“We’ll have our telescopes set up and will be ready to answer your questions,” says Marla Master from Heron Habitat Helpers.

The event is free and open to all. Invite your family and friends to learn about Seattle’s Official City Bird!

Photo courtesy of Aurora Santiago.

Odin Brewing acquires Hilliard’s Beer


According to a Seattle PI report, Odin Brewing has acquired local favorite Hilliard’s Beer and will take over day to day production and distribution.

The agreement will also see Odin take over Hilliard’s brands, intellectual properties, and operations.

According to the report, some of the brewing equipment will be moved from Hilliard’s in Ballard to Odin Brewing’s facilities in Tukwila. The Ballard brewery and taproom will then be put up for sale as a “turnkey brewing operation”.

“We are excited about the opportunity of adding the Hilliard’s lineup to our expanding portfolio of products”, Dan Lee, owner Odin Brewing Company said in a Press Release.  “This deal will allow us to grow our capacity, improve our packaging capabilities and grow share in an ever expanding market.”

Hilliard’s Beer was founded in 2010 and shortly after set up operations here in Ballard.

According to the report, owner and founder Ryan Hilliard has decided to leave the brewing industry after 6 years and pursue other interests.

“I think the deal reached with Odin Brewing was a good one” Ryan told Seattle PI. “It’s not often that deals like this come along, and when they do you have to be ready to move on them.  I have enjoyed my time in the craft beer sector and am thrilled my namesake beer will live on in good hands.  The arrangement with Odin also opens the door for a current craft brewery or a new start up brewery to step in to our existing Ballard facility with a separate turn-key arrangement.”

“For the time being we will not be entertaining a piecemeal sale of the assets” says Wes Peterson of Odin Brewing.  “We are looking to see if there is an interested party ready to step up and acquire the Hilliard’s facility as-is.”

The financial terms of the agreement have not yet been disclosed.

Ballard Historical Society’s Classic Home Tour on this Sunday


Ballard Historical Society will host their popular Classic Home Tour this Sunday, June 26, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

The self-guided tour will take attendees to eight vintage Ballard homes built between 1892-1934.

“Go back to an era of solid craftsmanship, beauty, and style. See how an older home can thoughtfully integrate necessary updates while still embracing the scale and period in which it was built,” says Leonor Colbert from Ballard Historical Society.

The Ballard Classic Home Tour is the Ballard Historical Society’s biggest fundraiser. Funds raised allow the Society to take part in community projects, present free informative lectures related to Ballard’s History and maintain their extensive archives.

Locals can purchase $20 tickets online from Brown Paper Tickets or at the following local retailers (cash or check only): Ballard Public Green MarketSecret Garden Bookshop and Scandinavian Specialties.

Day of Tour Ticket sales and will-call will be open at 9:30 a.m. at Home Tour Headquarters, the Sunset Hill Community Clubhouse (3003 NW 66th St).

The tour does require walking and climbing stairs. Organizers apologize that the tour is not ADA compliant.

Photo courtesy of Ballard Historical Society.

Sustainable Ballard to host 8th Annual Edible Garden Tour


The Sustainable Ballard team will host their 8th Annual Edible Garden Tour this Saturday, June 25,from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

The tour will commence at Ballard Community Center (6020 28th Ave NW) and will allow locals the opportunity to walk or bike to 13 edible gardens in southwest Ballard (all are within walking distance of Ballard Community Center).

The tour is self guided and maps will be available at Ballard Community Center. Cost is $10 per person (kids are free).

“Our goal is to educate and inspire folks to grow food by giving examples of creative uses of parking strips, containers, raised beds, bee houses, chicken coops, goats, fruit trees, berries and more!  Meet the gardeners and ask questions,” says Margaret Wetter from Sustainable Ballard.

Funds raised from the event will support Sustainable Ballard’s community projects and the ticket price also includes one raffle ticket.

Click here to find out more about the event.

Development Update June 23: Subdivisions and row-houses

One application and two decisions make up today’s update from the City of Seattle’s Department of Construction and Inspections as posted in the Land Use Information Bulletin.


2426 NW 62nd St


A Land Use Application has been submitted to subdivide one parcel into two parcels of land. Proposed parcel sizes are: A) 3,398 sq. ft. and B) 1,600 sq. ft. Existing structure to be demolished.


2603 NW 63rd St

A Land Use Application has been approved to allow a three story, 5-unit rowhouse with two surface parking stalls. Existing structure to be demolished. Environmental Review includes future unit lot subdivision.

1739 NW 63rd St

A Land Use Application has been submitted to subdivide one development site into two unit lots. The construction of residential units is under Project #6475220. 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 the above decision must be received by the Hearing Examiner no later than 7/7/2016.

Get RainWise with Sustainable Ballard this Thursday

Sustainable Ballard is hosting a workshop to inform locals about the joint King County and City of Seattle RainWise Program this Thursday, June 23, at Loyal Heights Community Center (2101 NW 77th St) from 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

The program offers Ballard property owners up to a 100% rebate for the installation of rain gardens or cisterns.

The average rebate is over $4,000 to install an approved rain garden or cistern.  Collectively, almost 1000 rebated customers are reducing more than 13 million gallons of runoff annually.  These functional systems also add curbside appeal to homes.

Seattle homeowners can visit the RainWise Program website to learn about their eligibility for rebates as well as the program’s environmental benefits.


At Thursday’s event, attendees will have a chance to learn about the ways in which rain gardens and cisterns help protect the Puget Sound from toxic storm water run-off. Local homeowners who have claimed their rebate and RainWise-trained contractors will also be on hand to answer any questions.

All are welcome to attend the free event and learn more about the community benefits of installing rain gardens and cisterns in Ballard. The event is free and those interested can register online.

Additional information about the RainWise Program is available at www.700milliongallons.org/rainwise  by calling the Garden Hotline at 206-633-0224.

#DogsOfPeddler party set for Thursday

The folks at Peddler Brewing (1514 NW Leary Way) are having a #DogsOfPeddler Party this Thursday from 4 p.m.

The team will be celebrating all the #DogsOfPeddler in their Beer Garden and will donate 10% of beer sales to Red Waggin’ Rescue.


The party is set to include free giveaways, a photo booth, The Seattle Barkery dog treat truck and The Mud Bay pet store booth. Anchor End Pretzel Shoppe will also be serving up the pretzel sandwiches from 5 p.m.

At 8:30 p.m., Beethoven will be shown on the outdoor screen.