King’s Hardware to celebrate 10th birthday

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It is hard to belive that popular Ballard watering hole King’s Hardware (5225 Ballard Ave NW) is turning ten years old next month!

The team will be celebrating the occasion next Wednesday, September 7, from open to close.

“Although it seems like just yesterday we started pouring frosty cold pitchers in this former hardware store on Ballard Ave., we are proud to be celebrating a decade of beers with friends, burgers and wings, Skeeball tournaments, taxidermy, and the raddest patio this side of the Ballard Bridge,” says the King’s team.

The festivities will include slushies, bottled cocktails, PBR all day and a special performance by Pete Quirk of the Cave Singers at 8 p.m.

“By our calculations, we’ve served just shy of 1,000,000 tall boys in our first decade… Come by, raise your can in the sky, and let’s all say cheers to another ten years,” says the team.

Peddler Brewing to host Blood Drive this weekend

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Peddler Brewing (1514 NW Leary Way) is hosting a Pint-for-a-Pint Blood Drive with Bloodworks Northwest this Saturday, September 3, from 1 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Bloodworks will be parking their bloodmobile on NW 49th St just behind the brewery. Donors will receive a $5 gift certificate for use at Peddler Brewing Co.

Locals can sign-up online. Walk-ins are also welcome, make sure to bring photo ID.

“Spend your holiday weekend saving a life,” says Peddler co-owner Haley Keller.

Toki the cat is lost in Ballard

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Local cat Toki has been missing since Saturday from her home on 60th and 7th.

Toki is part Himalayan Siamese, very friendly and left without a collar. She is not chipped.

“Our family is devastated. She normally comes in each night and sleeps with our son,” says owner BJ.

Please call (206) 618-7768 if seen. A reward will be given for her safe return.

City seeks local feedback to create new community outreach framework

City of Seattle staff have spent the last few weeks reaching out to Seattle residents as they work to build a new framework for community outreach and engagement.

To help with our feedback gathering, the department has developed a quick and simple two-minute survey to learn how they can make it easier for locals to participate and be heard.

More than 2,000 people have completed this survey! Check out the current results here.

Locals are encouraged to add their voice! Take the survey online.

Have more ideas? Find the Department of Neighborhoods on Twitter or Facebook and join the online conversation using#EngageSeattle.

Ballard Branch to celebrate national Library Card Sign-Up Month

Next month is national Library Card Sign-up Month, which is a month long celebration of the amazing facilities that public libraries provide to communities like ours.

It also coincides with students heading back to school, a time during which having a public library card is extremely useful.

The Seattle Public Library has comprised the list below of the 30 things you can do for free at any of their library branches, Ballard included:

  1. Visit a museum
  2. Learn how to write.
  3. Publish your e-book.
  4. Watch a movie online or at the Library.
  5. Download (and keep!) three songs a week.
  6. Get homework help online or in person, in English and Spanish.
  7. Speak a new language – we’ve got 80 to choose from!
  8. Learn programming or Web design with Safari Books Online.
  9. Become an Excel spreadsheet guru with Microsoft IT Academy.
  10. Find a job.
  11. Revamp your résumé – Brainfuse offers Live Résumé Help and will edit and return yours within 24 hours.
  12. Get healthy with easy-to-browse health and medical journals.
  13. Save money with Consumers’ Checkbook, a guide to Puget Sound services and stores such as auto repair shops, hospitals, plumbers, banks and insurance companies.
  14. Research your purchases – check Consumer Reports online.
  15. Download an e-book.
  16. Not sure how to download an e-book on your new device? Sign up for Tech Help.
  17. Reserve a computer – up to 90 minutes a day.
  18. Scan photos or use Adobe Photoshop at the Central Library.
  19. Research your family history.
  20. Start a business.
  21. Learn how to invest your money.
  22. Attend a story time or take the Lego-building challenge with your kid.
  23. File your taxes. Free tax help is offered every year from January to mid-April.
  24. Read a book that the rest of the city is reading – Seattle Reads happens every spring.
  25. Fix your bike.
  26. Preview ballet and opera performances or enjoy a concert.
  27. Hold a meeting – non-commercial groups can book one date per month.
  28. Use free Wi-Fi.
  29. Join a book group to talk about books with other readers.
  30. Get personalized book recommendations with Your Next 5 Books.

A Library card is free for anyone who lives, works, owns property or goes to school in the Library’s free service area. Cardholders from several library systems in Washington may also qualify.

Locals can apply online if they are 13 or older, or can visit a Library branch to sign up. Bring a valid I.D. and proof of your current address, like a utility bill. Young adults and children ages 17 and under do not need to provide proof of their resident address.

The Library has six unique cards to choose from.

SDOT provides update on possible neighborhood greenway

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Throughout the summer SDOT teams have been surveying the project area of the possible new neighborhood greenway in the vicinity of NW 53rd St (possible routes shown in map).

The surveying work was requested in June and recently occurred. According to SDOT, whether or not the project moves forward, this is standard practice so that we have accurate information about elevation, curb location, sidewalks, driveways, above-ground utilities and drainage.

The information gathered will be stored in the SDOT city data systems and will help to inform future transportation requests and projects.

Should the neighborhood greenway project move forward on NW 53rd St, the data gathered would be used to analyze things like how trucks can make turns within the right of way.

“I’d like to reiterate that before any decisions are made, we’ll talk with the community and representatives from adjacent properties,” says Dawn Schellenberg from SDOT.

From this point forward the SDOT Greenways team will continue to collect and review traffic data and requests locals to provide their input.

Locals can email their thoughts to Dawn at Dawn.Schellenberg@Seattle.gov.

Populuxe to host Family Fun Day next month

The team at Populuxe Brewing (826B NW 49th St) is inviting everyone in the neighborhood to their Family Fun Day on Sunday, September 11, from 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.

From noon local kiddos can sing along with Sandy of Pretend Music. Following the music, the new space will be opened up for the Seahawks game at 1 p.m.

Chavoya’s Hot Dogs will be serving up franks and Balleywood Creamery will be vending delicious ice cream.

“There will be lots of room for all you and all your friends to stretch out and enjoy the game,” says Amy from Populuxe.

Check out their Facebook event page to find out more.

Metro to add more trips, improve bus connections next month

To help improve service and connections, Metro is adding trips and expanding service to more than a dozen key routes starting on September 10.

Metro’s website now shows full details for each route change, and orange rider alert brochures and new orange timetables will be on buses soon. Riders can now plan trips for dates after Sept. 10 using Metro’s Trip Planner.

The new trips and fine-tuned bus schedules help meet demand and also respond to customer concerns. In particular, the changes in Northeast Seattle respond to customer feedback after the March service change, during which Metro restructured bus service so buses arrive more frequently and more directly serve two new Link light rail stations.

Preliminary ridership data shows significantly more transit riders using the improved network that now includes more frequent Metro service and extended Link light rail. Metro continues to monitor how riders are using the network.

In North Seattle, trips will be added on weekdays on routes 26 Express, 48, 62, 63, 65, 67, 77 and 372. Route 73 will also now operate on Sundays, providing buses every 30 minutes from 7:45 a.m. to 7:15 p.m.

Routes 65 and 67 will operate every 20 minutes on Sundays instead of every 30 minutes.

New orange timetables will be available starting August 31 on Metro buses and will be available online from September 9.

Click here to check out detailed information about the changes to services all over Seattle.