Have you seen Squeek in Ballard?



We are happy to report that Squeek is now safely home after quite the ordeal. Thank you for everyone who helped look for him.

Original Post:

Local indoor cat Squeek has gone missing from his home on 11th Ave NW between 65th and 67th.

Squeak is a 10-pound, short-haired, brown tabby wearing an orange collar (hopefully still on). He is very shy and is probably hiding because he hasn’t been outside since being found as a kitten back in 2007.

His brother and his humans are very worried about him.

If you spot Squeek, please call Wil (206-892-8356) or Sunny (206-412-6887) any time, day or night.

Development Update August 29: Row-house applications

Two development applications make up today’s update from the City of Seattle’s Department of Construction and Inspections as posted in the Land Use Information Bulletin.


519 NW 44th St


A Land Use Application has been submitted to allow one, 3-story four unit rowhouse structure. Surface parking for two vehicles to be provided (one of the two surface parking spaces for this project will be located on adjacent parcel). Existing structures to be demolished. To be considered with #3023062 for shared access. Environmental review includes future unit lot subdivision.

518 NW Bright St


A Land Use Application has been submitted to allow one, 3-story seven unit rowhouse structure. Surface parking for six vehicles to be provided (one of the six surface parking spaces for this project is provided for adjacent parcel). Existing structures to be demolished. To be considered with #3024634 for shared access. Environmental review includes future unit lot subdivision.



Market Street Singers present annual Festival of Favorites

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The Market Street Singers would like to invite the neighborhood to their Festival of Favorites sing-a-long event this Saturday, August 27, from 7:30 p.m. at Ballard First Lutheran Church (2006 NW 65th St).

This event marks the fifth consecutive Festival of Favorites community sing-along featuring favorite choral classics and those familiar “chestnuts” that singers continue to love no matter how many times they sing them.

“We provide the music, all you have to do is show up and enjoy the fun. This is not designed as a concert performance, but rather a community music making event,” says Brandy from Market Street Singers.

The concert will include favorites composed by Mozart, Brahms, Biebl and more.

A suggested participant donation of $15 is encouraged to help cover event costs. If you plan to attend RSVP at director@marketstreetsingers.org or call (206) 465-3296.

What’s on this weekend

Enjoy the weekend in Ballard at these fantastic events!

FRIDAY, August 26

SATURDAY, August 27

    • Ballard History Walk from 10 a.m. – 11:45 p.m. meet at Bergen Place Park (5420 22nd Ave NW). Discover the before and after of Ballard’s Nordic migration. Cost is $15 per person. Call or text 206-504-0916 to reserve your spot.
    • Seattle Summer Parkways Event all over the neighborhood from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Free event with everything for the whole family.
    • Free Summer Concerts at Ballard Locks at 2 p.m. featuring the Lynwood Community Band.
    • Brewshed Ballard Pub Crawl: Round II from 2 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. starting at Hale’s Ales (4301 Leary Way NW) Everyone is welcome to join the pub crawl to keep Washington Wild, Green, and Full of Great Beer. Tickets $15.
    • The Market Street Singers present Festival of Favorites: A Community Choral Celebration at Ballard First Lutheran Church in the Downstairs Hall (2006 NW 65th St) at 7:30 p.m. A suggested participant donation of $15 will help cover expenses.
    • The Lorax movie screening at Ballard Library (5614 22nd Ave NW) from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. Cost is free.
    • Live Music
      • Jazz at Egan’s Ballard Jam House (1707 NW Market St) at 7pm – Dorothy Rodes – cover $10
      • KEXP Presents: Diarrhea Planet with Hounds of the Wild Hunt+DJ Mike Steve at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW) at 9 p.m. Tickets $14.
      • Vicious Petals, The Echolarks and Tape Stacks at Sunset Tavern (5433 Ballard Ave NW) 9 p.m. Tickets $10.

SUNDAY, August 28

    • Ballard Farmer’s Market along Ballard Ave from 10 a.m.- 3 p.m.
    • Zumba Class at Ballard Elks (6411 Seaview Ave NW) from 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. $5 suggested donation, all funds raised go to Ballard Elks charities. Classes are held on the 2nd and 4th Sundays each month.
    • Free Summer Concerts at Ballard Locks at 2 p.m. featuring the The Professor Gadget Sax Quartet.
    • Live Music
      • Open mic at Conor Byrne Pub (5140 Ballard Ave NW) sign-up at 7:30 p.m.
      • Crystal Garden with Good Quiver & Bad Kid Billy at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW) at 8 p.m. Tickets $10.

Seattle Parks opens next round of Arts in Parks grant applications

Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) and the Office of Arts & Culture (ARTS) are now inviting individual artists, neighborhood arts councils and local community-based groups to apply for a new round of Arts in Parks (AIP) grants.

These grants, funded by the Seattle Park District, are for individuals and community based groups, especially those from underserved, immigrant, refugee communities and communities of color, to produce temporary art installations and artistic performances, festivals and other events in Seattle parks.

Groups applying need not be 501(c)(3) nonprofits, nor are they required to use a fiscal agent. Funded organizations will receive one year of funding support ranging from $1,200 to $7,200 to support direct expenses.

Find the guidelines and application for AIP grants here, temporary art call here, and Neighborhood & Community Arts grant here. Guidelines for AIP applications are available in Mandarin, Somali, Spanish and Vietnamese.

The deadline for AIP grant programs is 11 p.m., on Wednesday, October 19.

Applicants who want to learn what makes a strong application and get information about other funding programs can attend one of the free workshops listed here. These interactive question-and-answer sessions will cover specifics on eligibility and how to apply. SPR encourages first time applicants to attend.   

The closest workshop to our neighborhood is at Green Lake Library (7364 East Green Lake Drive N) on Saturday, September 10, from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Interested applicants can RSVP to the event online.

Nearby News: Owners seek dog stolen outside U Village QFC


Local resident Jennifer emailed in to report that her brother and sister in law’s black lab mix was stolen from the University Village QFC (2746 NE 45th St) on Wednesday evening around 8:15 p.m.

She is an all black female mix, tall and lanky, wearing a purple collar with tags and is also chipped and registered.

“We are trying everything we can to get the word out to nearby neighborhoods in case anyone has seen her. Any information and assistance would be greatly appreciated,” says Jennifer.

If you have any information contact (425) 422-7047 or (360) 224-5113.

Golden Gardens stairway to close for improvements

The stairway from lower Golden Gardens Park to the off-leash dog area is scheduled to close today (Thursday, August 25) for approximately three months for a park improvement project.

During this time, the stairway and upper landing area will be closed.

This project will provide drainage improvements and replace damaged portions of the existing concrete stairway. The project will also replace multiple sections of failing stairs with a new 6 ft. wide concrete stairway. New ADA-compliant hand railings and landings will also be installed as part of the renovation.

Drainage improvements will include replacement of deteriorated storm drain infrastructure and enhancement of the open concrete channel adjacent to the stairway. The improved drainage system will capture and redirect localized surface and subsurface flows to reduce subgrade settling and re-occurrence of current erosion problems.

All work will be done in accordance with applicable environmental and regulatory requirements.

Funding for the project is provided by the 2008 voter-approved Parks and Green Spaces Levy.

Construction is anticipated to be complete by December 2016. Click here to learn more about the improvement project.

Mayor Murray hires director of homelessness

Mayor Ed Murray announced on Tuesday that George Scarola will serve as the City’s first ever cabinet-level director of homelessness.

Scarola will be responsible for leading the City’s homelessness efforts across departments, providing oversight and evaluation of outcomes, strategic guidance, and leading community engagement.

“Homelessness is a national epidemic, leaving cities like Seattle stepping in to fill the large gaps left behind by state and federal agencies,” said Mayor Murray,

According to the City’s press release, Scarola is an experienced public affairs and community relations manager having led advocacy organizations in Seattle and Olympia for over 25 years.

From 1992 to 1998 Scarola led the Sand Point Community Housing Project as Executive Director, which converted housing at the Sand Point Naval Air Station into homes for unsheltered youth, adults, and families.

After years of failed school ballot measures, Scarola helped turn the tide for public support for Seattle schools by managing the first success school bonding measure in the spring of 1995, followed by subsequent successful campaigns to fund Seattle schools and affordable housing for adults, seniors, and families.

“George is deeply committed to helping Seattle’s most vulnerable residents. We’re looking forward to George taking on this role and leading the City’s efforts in bringing together service providers, community leaders, and homeless advocates to collaboratively address the complex challenge homelessness presents to us all,” says Paul Lambros, Executive Director of Plymouth Housing Group.

Scarola will be paid an annual salary of $137,500 and started in his position on Wednesday, August 24.