Vi the cat is missing in Ballard



We are happy to report that Vi has been found and is now safely back at home.

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Vi the cat went missing from her home at NW 63rd St and 26th Ave NW last Friday at about 4:30 p.m.

She is chipped but has no collar.

“Vi spends a lot of her time outside but it is unusual that she hasn’t been home to eat since Friday. She’s a little skittish if you try to approach her but mostly sweet,” writes her owner Dani.

Please contact Dani at (206) 908-5508 at any time of day or night if you see her.

Fenpro demolition underway to make way for new museum

The changes in Ballard continue this week as the Fenpro warehouse (at 2655 NW Market St) demolition gets underway.

The Fenpro building, that housed a variety of independent metalworkers, painters and artists, is coming down to make way for the new Nordic Heritage Museum.


According to KUOW, parts of the Fenpro building date back to the 1950s and the building once housed 120 employees that made windows for sky scrapers.

Many of the Fenpro tenants were upset to see the building, that has been such a fixture of the Market St landscape for so long, be demolished to make way for the new museum.

Nordic Heritage museum employee Woldseth Colbrese told KUOW that she could relate.

“We can totally understand the situation that they’re in,” Woldseth Colbrese told KUOW. “We’re in the exact same situation with the Seattle schools.”

The current Nordic Heritage Museum is housed in an old public school at 3014 NW 67th St and Seattle Public Schools has requested that the building be returned to them by summer next year.


The Nordic Heritage Museum used the news as an opportunity for growth and subsequently acquired the Fenpro site for their new location.

According to KUOW, $6.5 million more must be raised to pay for the new museum building.

The new, modern 57,875-sq. ft. museum, is set to open in 2018 and will include a refined layout and expanded exhibition and educational spaces to compliment the myriad programs and events that Nordic Heritage Museum produces.

In addition to the core exhibition galleries, an auditorium, museum store, café, classrooms, and cultural resource center will be included in the new building.

The Nordic Heritage Museum celebrated their ground breaking ceremony on July 30.

Free meeting space available in Ballard

The folks at Captain’s Nautical Supplies wanted to let the community know that they have a free meeting space for local organizations or events.

Captain’s Nautical Supplies, located at 1120 NW Ballard Way, is offering the Captain’s Classroom that accommodates 10 – 50 guests. 50 chairs, a whiteboard and internet connection is also available. Small groups are welcome.

Contact Sandra at (206) 283-7242 to get more information or to book the space.

Development Update August 8: Two subdivisions

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


928 NW 51st St


A Land Use Application has been submitted to subdivide one parcel into two parcels of land. Proposed sizes are: B) 1,601 sq. ft. and A) 3,393 sq. ft. Existing structures to be demolished.


1756 NW 62nd 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 #6477273. 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 8/22/2016.

Ballard Commons Boot Camp to kick off next week

A new outdoor fitness option is coming to Ballard! Personal trainer Christy Talamo is launching a Fitness Bootcamp at Ballard Commons (5701 22nd Ave NW) starting next Monday, August 8.

The boot camp will meet every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 6 a.m.

The fitness classes are offered through BodPerformance and the team is offering a free week trail in addition to an August promotion of $79 for a month!

“It’s a great way for the community to get outdoors, while getting fit this summer,” says Talamo.

Click here to find out more.

Reuben’s Brews to celebrate 4th anniversary

The folks at Reuben’s Brews are excited to celebrate their 4th anniversary with the community this Saturday, August 6, from noon onwards at their tap room (5010 14th Ave NW).

The celebrations will include free commemorative pint glasses (for the first 200 attendees), a brand new IPA release, barrel aged beer sampling, a raffle  and more.


The team is very excited to be celebrating this special milestone in Ballard! “Thanks to the community for all of their support these first four years, and cheers to many more,” says Co-Founder and Head Brewer Adam Robbings.

Check out the Reuben’s Brews Facebook page for more details about the festivities.

What’s on this weekend

Enjoy your weekend in Ballard!

FRIDAY, August 5

  • 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.
  • Movies at the Marina Event: Screening of The LEGO Movie at Shilshole Marnia (7001 Seaview Ave NW) activities from 6 p.m. and movie screening at dusk. Event is free.
  • Live Music
    • Jazz at Egan’s Ballard Jam House (1707 NW Market St)
      • 7 p.m. – Dmitri Matheny Group – $10 cover
      • 9 p.m. – Chris Chandler and Paul Benoit – $10 cover
    • The Paperboys with The Gin Joints at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW) at 9 p.m. Tickets $22.
    • Lincoln Durham with Slings and Arrows, Stucky Jackson at Sunset Tavern (5433 Ballard Ave NW) 8:30 p.m. Tickets $10.

SATURDAY, August 6

    • Ballard History Walk from 10 a.m. – 11:45 p.m. meet at Bergen Place Park (5420 22nd Ave NW). Cost is $15 per person. Call or text (206) 504-0916 to reserve your spot.
    • 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.
    • Reuben’s Brews 4th Anniversary Party at from noon at their tap room (5010 14th Ave NW). Event will include commemorative pint glasses, a brand new IPA release, food and more.
    • Melt Music Festival at Ballard Commons Park (5701 22nd Ave NW) from 2 p.m. – 10 p.m. The event is all ages and free.
    • Free Summer Concerts at Ballard Locks at 2 p.m. featuring Batucada – Brazilian Samba, Chorus and Forro.
    • Live Music
      • Monqui & KBCS Present: Indie Soul- Emily King with David Ryan Harris at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW) at 9 p.m. Tickets $16.
      • Trails and Ways, Ephrata and Ghosts I’ve Met at Sunset Tavern (5433 Ballard Ave NW) 9 p.m. Tickets $10.
      • Frank Kohl Trio at Egan’s Ballard Jam House (1707 NW Market St) 9 p.m. $10 cover.
      • Jazz at Egan’s Ballard Jam House (1707 NW Market St)
        • 7 p.m. – Jack Roben Trio – $5 cover
        • 9 p.m. – The Harper Conspiracy – $10 cover

SUNDAY, August 7

    • Live Music
      • Open mic at Conor Byrne Pub (5140 Ballard Ave NW) sign-up at 7:30 p.m.
      • Dillon WarnekNick Foster, Matthew Rieger and Skyler Mehal (of SuperMother) at the Sunset Tavern (5433 Ballard Ave NW) at 8 p.m. Tickets $8.
      • Lucy Dacus with Valley Maker at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW) at 8:30 p.m. Tickets $10.