Ferry Sealth squeezes through Ballard Locks

The WSDOT ferry Sealth passed through the Ballard Locks again this morning on the way back from a Lake Union drydock after nine weeks of maintenance.

As many readers will remember, ferry Sealth passed through Ballard Locks in July on its way to a Lake Union Drydock Company that carried out routine maintenance, structural preservation, steel replacement, piping replacement, and security upgrades.

Check out the photos below:

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Photo courtesy of KOMO News. 

Nearby News: Greenwood Ave paving set for this week

SDOT is advising drivers that Greenwood Ave N between N 112th and N 125th streets will be repaved this coming Tuesday and Wednesday nights, September 27 and 28.

The work is a continuation of the repaving project that began in early August which repaves Greenwood Ave N between N 112th and N 136th streets. Motorists are advised to be aware of the rough road surface in the area and to travel safely.

WHAT TO EXPECT:

  • Paving work hours for Tuesday and Wednesday will be 7 p.m. until 6 a.m. the following morning.
  • One travel lane in each direction will be maintained on this section of Greenwood Ave N throughout the paving process.
  • Tuesday night, September 27, the southbound lanes between N 112th and N 125th streets will be paved.
  • Wednesday night, September 28, the northbound lanes between N 112th and N 125th streets will be paved.
  • Motorists will NOT be able to enter or exit driveways for several hours, until the newly laid asphalt has had time to cool.  For motorists who are impacted, please consider parking on side streets if you need to come and go during the affected time period.
  • In some locations, on-street parking adjacent to the paving will be prohibited until the repaved lanes have reopened. (A-frame signs will be placed in these locations in advance of paving to inform impacted motorists.)
  • On Tuesday night, it is estimated that the southbound driveways between N 120th and N 125th streets will be closed from 7 p.m. until midnight, while the southbound driveways between N 112th and N 120th streets will be closed from midnight until 6 a.m. Wednesday morning. These hours are estimates that could change depending on how the paving process progresses.
  • On Wednesday night, it is estimated that the northbound driveways between N 120th and N 125th streets will be closed from 7 p.m. until midnight, while the northbound driveways between N 112th and N 120th streets will be closed from midnight until 6 a.m. on Thursday. These hours are estimates that could change depending on how the paving process progresses.
  • The work is expected to create noise, dust, vibration, light, and asphalt odor.
  • Emergency vehicles will have access if needed.

Click here to learn more about the Greenwood Repaving Project.

Openings available at Ballard Preschool for this school year

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The team at Ballard Preschool Cooperative (a program of Phinney Neighborhood Association at 7503 18th Ave NW) emailed in to report that there are still openings in their 3-5s class for the 2016-17 school year.

The class meets on Tues/Wed/Thurs from 12:15 p.m. – 3:15 pm, plus Fridays from 12:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. for pre-K children.

Contact the registrar at bpc.registrar@gmail.com to find out more. 

Carjacker forces elderly woman from car in Ballard

According to a report by Q-13 FOX, a carjacking suspect forced an elderly woman out of her vehicle at gunpoint in the 7-Eleven parking lot at 999 NW Leary Way earlier this week.

SPD Detectives are on the lookout for the suspect and are appealing for information from the public.

According to the report, the suspect was armed with a black handgun that he used to stick right into the side of a woman in a 7-Eleven parking lot when she opened her door to pour out a cup of water. He ordered her out of the vehicle forcing her to leave her purse behind.

Detectives believe that the suspect is the same man featured in a surveillance video captured at Ballard Fred Meyer shortly after the robbery took place. According to the report the suspect was wearing a powder blue hoodie with white trim, black nylon pants and black converse shoes with white soles.

According to the report, the surveillance camera outside the Fred Meyer picked him up after he dumped the car walking along the sidewalk to go the store where detectives say he tried to use the victim’s credit cards.

If you have any information about the crime please call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.

What’s on this weekend

There are plenty of events on in Ballard this weekend. Enjoy!

FRIDAY, September 23

  • Live Music
    • Jazz at Egan’s Ballard Jam House (1707 NW Market St)
      • 7 p.m. – Rosin in the Aire – cover $10
      • 9 p.m. – Polly O’Keary and the Rhythm Method – $5 cover

SATURDAY, September 24

    • 10th Annual Festival of Fruit from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Carkeek Park (950 NW Carkeek Park Rd). Event is free with activities for the whole family.
    • Ballard History Walk from 10 a.m. – 11:45 p.m. meet at Bergen Place Park (5420 22nd Ave NW). Learn about Politics, Parties & Philanthropists of early Ballard City on the year’s last Ballard History Walk! Join an interactive fun Ballard history walk with a knowledgeable guide! Cost is $15 per person. Call or text (206) 504-0916 to reserve your spot.
    • 28th annual Fishermen’s Fall Festival from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. at Fishermen’s Terminal (3919 18th Ave W). The day is jam packed with activities including the famous wild salmon BBQ, the salmon fillet challenge, live music and plenty of activities for kids of all ages.
    • 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.
    • Seattle Yoga Meetup: Baptiste Yoga Class with Live Drums at Shakti Vinyasa Yoga (2238 NW Market Street) from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. Cost is $15 in advance/$20 at the door.
    • Hand Balancing Workshop (5340 Ballard Ave NW) at Kula Movement Center (5340 Ballard Ave NW) from 2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Learn to look at handstands anatomically and discover ways to find balance with more ease. If you are practicing holding a handstand, learn drills to hold longer balanced inversions. Cost is $45 pre-registered/$50 at the door. Register online or call (206) 972-2999.
    • Yoga Trance Dance – Release and Re balance (5340 Ballard Ave NW) at Kula Movement Center (5340 Ballard Ave NW) from 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. In this ceremony of delight, Cosetta Romani invokes the elements, our primordial ancestors, and calls in the Good, True, and Beautiful energies from the spirit world.Cost is $20 pre-registered/$25 at the door. Register online or call (206) 972-2999.
    • Live Music
      • Jazz at Egan’s Ballard Jam House (1707 NW Market St) at 7 p.m. featuring Bassist Jason Everett – cover $5
      • Houston Psych: Khruangbin with Amy Viking and Tom Eddy Band at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW) at 9 p.m. Tickets $14.
      • Chris King and the Gutterballs, Julia Massey and The Five Finger Discount, Ghost Town Whistlers at Sunset Tavern (5433 Ballard Ave NW) 8:30 p.m. Tickets $10.

SUNDAY, September 25

    • Ballard Farmer’s Market along Ballard Ave from 10 a.m.- 3 p.m.
    • Sunday Morning Meditation at Amazing Grace Spiritual Center (2007 NW 61st St) from 10 a.m. – 10:20 a.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.
    • Sustainable Ballard presents Meaningful Movies at Ballard First Lutheran Church (2006 NW 65th St). “Poverty Inc.” will be screened. Doors open at 5 p.m. for 5:30 p.m. start. Cost is free.
    • Sunday Movies at King’s Hardware (5225 Ballard Ave NW) present Rubin and Ed. Movie starts at sundown on the back patio.
    • Live Music
      • Open mic at Conor Byrne Pub (5140 Ballard Ave NW) sign-up at 7:30 p.m.
      • LA Blues/Rock: The Record Company with Special Guest: Ayron Jones at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW) at 8 p.m. Tickets $12.
      • Cosmic Shuffle, Daisy Strains and Danger Bird at Sunset Tavern (5433 Ballard Ave NW) 8 p.m. Tickets $8.

Festival of Fruit on this Saturday at Carkeek Park

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The Friends of Piper’s Orchard invite the community to join them in celebrating Carkeek Park’s historic orchard on Saturday, September 24, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Events will include cider pressing and tasting, live music, an apple pie contest, activities for kids, guided tours of the historic orchard and more.

The event will take place at the Nancy Malmgren Environmental Center (650 NW Carkeek Park Road). Visitors are encouraged to park below the learning center; volunteers will be directing guests.

Activities will include:

  • Apple pie contest: Bring a contest entry between 10:00 and 10:30 a.m. and buy a piece of contest pie after the winners are announced.
  • Fresh pressed cider: Visitors are encouraged to try out making cider the old-fashioned way, with a fresh cider press.
  • Apple identification: Bring apples from your home orchard for variety identification.
  • Homemade pie: Visitors are invited to donate homemade pies. Fresh warm cider and slices of pie will be available at Tillie’s Café for a nominal cost, with proceeds to support ongoing maintenance of the orchard.
  • Orchard tours: Expert volunteers who have painstakingly restored the orchard will lead tours, pointing out the heirloom varieties that are going strong as well as younger trees and grape vines.
  • Apple tasting: Visitors will have the chance to taste heirloom apple varieties from the orchard and other sources.
  • Kids’ crafts: Little ones will enjoy organized arts and crafts activities.
  • Live music: Talented musicians will provide live music during the festival.
  • Master Gardener Clinic: Activities for adults and children
  • Carkeek Wildlife Habitat Garden tour: A tour of the gardens near the Environmental Learning Center will be offered.

The event is free and open to the public.

Turntables and Trails store opens on 8th

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New store, Turntables and Trails, is now open at 8314 8th Ave NW.

The store buys, sells and trades, hiking, camping, disc golf, skiing, snowboarding, Hifi Speakers, Stereos, Turntables, Video Games and more.

Owner Spencer Carson operates the business and is excited to be part of the neighborhood.

“I am dedicated to getting people excited and into new (used) outdoor gear and audio equipment. I love giving people bargains and/or trading to get someone out the door with a new (to them) turntable for the first time, or a backpack for their first camping trip,” says Carson.

Turntables and Trails also carries some toys, legos, and games for the kids.

The new store is open Tuesday – Thursday from 12 p.m. – 6 p.m. and from Friday – Saturday from 1 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Development Update September 22: 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.

Application:

2431 NW 62nd St

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A Land Use Application to subdivide one development site into three unit lots. The construction of residential units are under Project #6530341. 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.

Decisions:

2422 NW 64th 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 #6480208. 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.

5419 Baker Ave NW

A Land Use Application has been approved to allow a 4-unit rowhouse structure in an environmentally critical area. Parking for four vehicles to be provided in attached garages and on grade. Existing structure to be demolished. Environmental review includes future unit lot subdivision.

Appeals of the above decision must be received by the Hearing Examiner no later than 10/6/2016.

Sustainable Ballard presents Meaningful Movies night

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The newt offering of Sustainable Ballard’s Meaningful Movies series is set for this Sunday, September 25, from 5 p.m. at Royal Drummer Cafe (6420 24th Ave NW).

The film Poverty, Inc explores the big business in fighting poverty and who profits the most.

“I see multiple colonial governors,” says Ghanaian software entrepreneur Herman Chinery-Hesse of the international development establishment. “We are held captive by the donor community.”

Check out the film description below:

Click here to watch the trailer.

Screening is free; donations are gladly accepted to help offset costs.

Fishermen’s Fall Festival set for Saturday

The 28th annual Fishermen’s Fall Festival returns this year to once again celebrate the return of the North Pacific fishing fleet to the terminal. The event will be held this Saturday, September 24, from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. at Fishermen’s Terminal (3919 18th Ave W).

The event is one hundred percent volunteer run and works to increase the public’s knowledge of the importance of the fishing industry as well as Fishermen’s Terminal to Seattle while raising money for the Seattle Fishermen’s Memorial Foundation.

This year’s festival is jam-packed with the popular wild salmon BBQ, salmon fillet challenge, live music and plenty of activities for kids of all ages.

Entry to the festival is free. Proceeds from the activities are donated to the Seattle Fishermen’s Memorial Foundation to assist families of fishers lost at sea.

Check out the Fishermen’s Fall Festival Facebook page for more details.