United Way free tax preparation help available on Tuesdays and Saturdays

United Way of King County is offering free tax help to local families making under $64,000 a year at Solid Ground (1501 N 45th St) on Tuesdays from 5–9 p.m. and on Saturdays from 10 a.m.–2 p.m. until April 20.

Volunteers will prepare taxes for attendees and help connect them with one-on-one financial counseling, healthcare enrollment, and other public benefits.

In addition to free tax prep, the team connects clients to healthcare, basic food, utility assistance, and ORCA Lift. This year, we’re trying to expand our reach across King County, in order to help community members achieve financial stability.

The campaign started as a grassroots initiative in White Center thirteen years ago led by United Way of King County. Over the years the campaign has spread throughout the county in an effort to connect low-income workers to the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC).

No appointments are needed to take advantage of this service.

Click here to learn more and find a list of what to bring.

“Talk about anything” teen discussion group to meet at Ballard Library

Middle school and high school students are invited to drop in to talk about, or listen to, what’s going on in their lives at a monthly discussion group from 3:45 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays, March 21, April 18 and May 16 at Ballard Branch (5614 22nd Ave NW).

This monthly event is hosted by Ballard teens and the Ballard Branch.

Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Free parking is available in the underground garage. Snacks will be provided.

For more information, call the Library at 206-684-4089 or Ask a Librarian.

Jim Lynch to host reading at Ballard Library

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Best-selling author Jim Lynch will read from his fourth novel, “Before the Wind,” from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 23, at Ballard Branch (5614 22nd Ave NW) 206-684-4089.

“Before the Wind” is about an eccentric Seattle family of boat builders and sailors who reunite for one last race. The New York Times describes the novel as “an incredibly robust evocation of the sailing world of Puget Sound.” The Wall Street Journal calls it “an affectionate and very funny tribute to the gentle madness of sailing.”

Lynch is also the author of three other novels that were all adapted for the stage: the international bestseller “The Highest Tide,” which won the Pacific Northwest Bookseller Award; “Border Songs,” which won the Washington State Book Award and the Indie’s Choice Honor Book Award; and “Truth Like the Sun,” which was a finalist for the Hammett Prize for literary crime fiction. Lynch grew up in Seattle and now lives in Olympia.

This event is presented in partnership with Secret Garden Bookshop. Books will be available for purchase and signing. Library events are free and open to the public. Registration is not required. Free parking is available at the branch.

For more information, call the branch at 206-684-4089 or Ask a Librarian.

SPD officers arrest car prowlers in Frelard

A call about a group of people prowling cars and stealing license plates led SPD officers to arrest a man and a woman early last Thursday in Frelard.

Read more details from the SPD North Precinct Blotter below:

Officers were dispatched to the 4300 block of 6th Avenue NW just before 7 a.m. to investigate after a neighbor called in to report three people possibly stealing from cars parked in the area.

When officers arrived they found three people standing by a stolen car with the hood up.  When officers ordered the three to the ground the 40-year-old woman and the 50-year-old man, but the 48-year-old man refused.

The uncooperative suspect backed away, yelled “[fudge] that!”, and ran.

Officers chased the man, but temporarily lost the him until a neighbor pointed out the suspect laying in their side yard. Officers took the man into custody without further incident.

Officers released the 50-year-old man from the scene after determining that he had nothing to do with the stolen vehicle. Officers took the woman to the North Precinct where she was interviewed by detectives and later released pending further investigation. The 48-year-old man was booked into King County Jail on a felony warrant and drug charges.

Development Update March 20: A subdivision and a 4-story building

Two 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.


8311 15th Ave NW

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A Land Use Application has been submitted to allow a 4-story building containing 5 congregate residences with 80 sleeping rooms in an environmentally critical area. Retail will be located at ground level. Existing building to be demolished.

8353 18th Ave NW

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A Land Use Application has been submitted to subdivide one development site into four unit lots. The construction of residential units is under Project #6530214. 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

What’s on this weekend

Have a fantastic weekend in Ballard!

FRIDAY, March 17

SATURDAY, March 18

SUNDAY, March 19

  • 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.
  • 9th annual Seattle Empty Bowls Fundraiser  at the Nordic Heritage Museum (3014 NW 67th St) from 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. Locals can purchase a hand made bowl filled with soup of their choice of a donation of $20 or more. Proceeds go directly to Ballard Food Bank.
  • Live Music
    • Open mic at Conor Byrne Pub (5140 Ballard Ave NW) sign-up at 7:30 p.m.
    • The Lowebeats, The Connection and The Dee Dees at Sunset Tavern (5433 Ballard Ave NW) 9 p.m. Tickets $10.

SPL to accept Student Assistant Program applications next month

Teens ages 16 and older are invited to learn about and apply to the Student Assistant Program at The Seattle Public Library.

The Student Assistant Program gives young people valuable work experience at the Library. Applicants must be enrolled in a school program, but may not yet have completed bachelor’s degrees. Students accepted into the program may participate for up to three years, or until they no longer qualify as students.

To apply, a student must complete an employment application, a cover letter, proof of school enrollment and a reference from an educator or employer (form included in the application). The application will be available online on Saturday, April 1.

Screening the application materials can take between four and six weeks following the application deadline. Throughout the application and screening process, students are welcome to log in to their online applicant profile and view their status in the recruitment process. Applicants are asked to check their status online before contacting Human Resources.

Eligible students will have until 5 p.m., Sunday, April 30, 2017 to apply. More details on how to apply will be posted on the Library Job Listings on Saturday, April 1.

For more information, call the Library at (206) 386-4636 or Ask A Librarian.

1st annual “Running of the Beavers” fun run/walk set for April 1

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Locals are invited to participate in the 1st annual Running of the Beavers fun run/walk on Sunday, April 1. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Ballard High School Foundation.

The run will start and finish at beautiful Golden Gardens Park along the Ballard waterfront. Participants will enjoy stunning views of Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains on this fast, flat course. The finish will take participants right by the famous Beaver Pond at Golden Gardens.

Day of Race Registration and Packet Pick-up will open at 7:30 a.m. with the 5km run/walk kicking off at 9 a.m. There will also be a Kids’ Dash that starts at 10:30 a.m.

Locals can register for the event online. Registration is $40 for adults through March 29, $20 for students and Kids’ Dash participants can register for $10.

Click here to learn more about the event on the official Running of the Beavers website.

Locals to race in Leif to Leif Fun Run/Walk this Saturday

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The annual Leif to Leif 5k Fun Run/Walk is set for Saturday, March 18, starting at 9 a.m.

Participants will race from Leif Erikson Lodge to the statue of Leif Erikson on Shilshole Ave NW while raising funds for both the lodge and Ballard Senior Center.

Cost for registration is $10 for adults and $5 for children. All participants will receive a Norwegian flag and a waffle for taking part.

All are welcome to participate and can register online.

Upon returning to Leif Erikson Lodge, participants will find the Tastes of Norway/Norwegian Cultural and Heritage Day that is set to kick off at 10 a.m.

The event will be jam packed with fun for the whole family including musical entertainment, special speakers/presentations,demonstrations of many traditional Norwegian handcrafts, music, song, dance, food and more.

Artists will be demonstrating cooking and crafts, such rosemaling (a traditional craft dating from the 1700s). Gorgeous handmade goods by the Norna Ladies will also be on offer, including their famous embroidered tea towels!

Local genealogy researchers will be available to assist attendees with questions about their Norwegian ancestors. Locals will also have the chance to judge local pickled herring from a variety of vendors competing for the 2017 Pickled Herring Taste Off.

Kids will be entertained throughout the event with Norwegian themed crafts by local Norwegian teacher Kristina Strombo.

Admission is free and open to the public. “Velkommen og vaer saa god! (Welcome to our home and table),” says the organizers.

Free parking will also be available in various locations. Check with the parking attendants when you arrive!

Click here to find out more about the event!

River Run Farm to open Farmshare pick-up point in Ballard

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The team at River Run Farm on the Olympic Peninsula are piloting a new project so that families can have access to fresh organic produce in the city.

River Run Farm is a small-scale organic vegetable farm run by a group of young farmers who are growing in the most ecological ways possible including farming with draft horses.

This summer and fall Farmshare the team is bringing weekly boxes of produce into the city and are going to launch a pick-up point here in Ballard!

“Our hope is that this program is an opportunity to build a community around good food and good living; bridging the gap between rural food-grower and urban food-eater,” says Elizabeth from River Run Farm.

Check out their website for more details.