Ballard Council Meeting set for Wednesday

Ballard District Council will meet this Wednesday, March 8, at 7 p.m. at Merrill Gardens (2418 NW 56th St).

This month’s Ballard District Council’s March meeting will be somewhat different in format, as they host a guest panel to help us explore the changing demographics Seattle and the region have seen and will experience over the next decade or two.

“An understanding of these wider changes will help us be better prepared to intelligently evaluate the many local options we will encounter in the future and allow us to more effectively lobby for the interests of our community,” writes Ballard District Council.

Following up this month’s “wide view” Ballard District Council will, in April, use another panel to take a close-in look at the many competing interests along Ballard’s ship canal — the blend from our water based maritime uphill through industrial, commercial and residential.

The March guest panelists bring with them a great deal of expertise:

  • Tim Thomas, PhD candidate in Sociology at the UW and demographer with a focus on how neighborhoods affect different populations. His research includes topics such as gentrification, segregation, migration, crime, housing, poverty, and homelessness; all with a particular focus on the Seattle and Puget Sound area.
  • Joshua McNichols, KUOW “growing pains” reporter since 2015 and a primary reporter for KUOW’s “Region of Boom” series.
  • John Fox, Seattle Displacement Coalition, focused on changing housing needs throughout Seattle.
  • Steve Cohn, retired city planner having worked with several surrounding municipalities dealing with the Washington State Growth Management Act
  • Bill Bryant, Service Development Managing Director, King County Metro Transit

All are welcome to attend.

Crown Hill/Whittier Heights Public Safety Meeting set for Tuesday

Locals are encouraged to attend the Crown Hill/Whittier Heights Find It, Fix It Walk public safety meeting this Tuesday, March 7, from 6 – 8 p.m. at the Crown Hill Center (9250 NW 14th Ave NW).

The meeting will focus on the public safety issues facing Baker Park and the consequences for the surrounding community.

Representatives of the Seattle Police Department, Seattle Parks and Recreation, Crown Hill Urban Village Committee and the Whittier Heights Community Council will be in attendance.

All are welcome to attend. Click here to learn more about the meeting and check out the agenda.

Woodland Park Players to present ‘Guys and Dolls’

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The talented folks at Woodland Park Players will be presenting three shows of Guys & Dolls at Roosevelt High School later this month and they are inviting locals to take part in the event.

Founded in 2015, the Woodland Park Players is a thriving community musical theater company drawing from the many known, and newly discovered talents of adults living the greater Woodland Park neighborhood of Seattle.

The Players are not only actors, but also musicians, dancers, set-builders, costume designers and technical crew who live or work in the vicinity of Woodland Park.

Together, they are committed to keeping the arts alive by producing one family-friendly musical a year. Proceeds from the shows are donated to arts programs at neighborhood public schools.

The three performances of Guys & Dolls will be performed on the following dates:

  • 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 17
  • 2:00 p.m. Saturday, March 18
  • 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 18

Tickets are available online and start at $15.

Click here to check out more information on the Woodland Park Player’s Facebook page.

Ballard Pool lifeguard arrested for voyeurism

SPD Officers arrested a 19-year-old lifeguard at the Ballard Pool on Monday, February 27, after staff discovered he had set up a cell phone to record video inside an employee locker room.

Check out the full details in the SPD North Precinct Blotter post below:

Police were called to Ballard pool around 8:30 p.m. on February 27 after two female employees found a cellphone set up to record video from underneath a pile of swimsuits in a staff locker room.

Employees reviewed the video on the phone, which reportedly showed the 19-year-old suspect setting up the camera, and called 911.

Officers arrested the man at the pool and booked him into the King County Jail for voyeurism.

The lifeguard has worked part-time at the Ballard Pool for the past two years. He was not employed at any other city pool facility.

Sexual Assault Unit detectives are investigating the case.

Development Update March 6: One application

One application makes up today’s update from the City of Seattle’s Department of Construction and Inspections as posted in the Land Use Information Bulletin.

Application:

6105 22nd Ave NW

Screen Shot 2017-03-06 at 9.18.25 PMA Land Use Application has been submitted to subdivide one development site into two unit lots. The construction of residential units is under Project #6520369. 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 3

  • Live Music
    • Opening Night of Seattle’s March is Cabaret Month Festival at Egan’s Ballard Jam House (1707 NW Market St) at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Tickets from $15. Click here to purchase tickets online.
    • So Totally 80’s w/ DJ Indica Jones feat Wanz at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW) at 9 p.m. Tickets $12.

SATURDAY, March 4

  • Live Music
    • Seattle’s March is Cabaret Month Festival at Egan’s Ballard Jam House (1707 NW Market St) at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Tickets from $15. Click here to purchase tickets online.
    • Passport Approved featuring: Katea, Speaker First, Ben Hazlewood, MADYX at Sunset Tavern (5433 Ballard Ave NW) 9 p.m. Tickets $10.
    • KEXP Presents: Shelby Earl (album release) w/ Silver Torches & Planes on Paper at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW) at 9 p.m. Tickets $12.

SUNDAY, March 5

Seattle City Light to replace utility poles on NW 46th St, near 6th Ave NW

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Seattle City Light will be supporting Advanced Metering services throughout Seattle by replacing existing utility poles with taller poles to host wireless utility data collection equipment.

This month, crews in our area will be replacing poles on NW 46th St (close to the corner of 6th Ave NW). The new poles will be 70 feet tall, which is approximately 20 feet taller than the existing poles (pictured above).

This project is part of the communications network that will automate meter reading and enable enhanced services. No maintenance power outages are planned for this work.

Daily work hours are from Monday through Friday 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. In most cases, the work to transfer existing equipment and install the data collection equipment can be completed in one day.

Click here to learn more information about the project.

Ballard Library to host Poetry Potluck on March 16

Ballard Library (5614 22nd Ave NW) will host Poetry ‘Potluck’ from  6:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m.  on Thursday, March 16.

The event is an informal monthly gathering for listening to and reading poetry aloud. Attendees should bring a few favorite poems.

A reminder that this is a feast of poetry, not a food event.

Call Ballard Branch at (206) 684-4089 or Ask a Librarian to find out more information.