What’s on this weekend

Have a fantastic weekend in Ballard!

FRIDAY, April 28

  • Live Music
    • Vaudeville Etiquette, Bart Budwig and Marshall Mclean Band at Sunset Tavern (5433 Ballard Ave NW) 12 p.m. Tickets $9.

SATURDAY, April 29

  • LGBTQ Seniors Resource Fair at Northgate Community Center (10510 5th Ave NE) from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Green Lake Food Walk from 12:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. all over the Green Lake neighborhood. The event is a take on a familiar concept of an “art walk”, but with special emphasis on food. Tickets $15 adults/$10 children.
  • Live Music
    • Dorothy Rodes, 7 p.m., and Taylor Zickefoose, 9 p.m.at Egan’s Ballard Jam House (1707 NW Market St). Cover $10. Click here to purchase tickets online.
    • T Sisters, The Local Strangers , Ben Hunter and Joe Seamons at Sunset Tavern (5433 Ballard Ave NW) 9 p.m. Tickets $12.

SUNDAY, April 30

  • 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.
  • 7th annual NW Green Home Tour from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Self guided tour featuring fantastic local green homes. Free event.
  • 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.
  • Live Music
    • Open mic at Conor Byrne Pub (5140 Ballard Ave NW) sign-up at 7:30 p.m.
    • The Crocodile Presents, Porcelain Raft and Lilac at Sunset Tavern (5433 Ballard Ave NW) 9 p.m. Tickets $13.
    • Chris Pureka with Haley Heynderickx *seated show* at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW) at 8 p.m. Tickets $15.

Woman killed in stabbing on Leary Way

Update: Police say they have a suspect in custody. Detectives say the stabbing did occur inside the RV parked along Leary, and they believe the suspect and the victim knew each other.

Earlier: Medics rushed a woman in her 30s to Harborview Medical Center after a stabbing early this morning in the 900 block of Leary. She died in the emergency room shortly after arriving, KOMO reported.

Fire and police responded shortly before 3 a.m. to the scene, closing Leary in both directions.

The stabbing occurred near an RV parked along the road, but it’s unclear if the RV is connected to the incident. The victim was discovered outside, near the 7-11 and Jack and the Box parking lot. Police are searching for her attacker.

We will update as more information becomes available…

Stories of the Sea to kick off Harley Marine Seattle Maritime Festival

Locals are encouraged to attend the 10th Annual Stories of the Sea event, a raucous night dedicated to song, poetry and storytelling about the epic adventures of commercial fishing that will kick off the Harley Marine Seattle Maritime Festival.

This year’s Stories is set for 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. on Thursday, May 11, at the Highliner Public House (3909 18th Ave West, in Fisherman’s Terminal).

The evening will feature 15 performers, with cash prizes awarded to the top three participants – $300 for first place, $200 for second and $100 for third. Representatives of the media and the maritime industry will judge the performers based on creativity, presentation, imagery and poetic design.

“Stories of the Sea is a terrific opportunity to bring our community together during the Harley Marine Seattle Maritime Festival to showcase the epic heritage of the fishing industry,” said Susan Chesney, President of the Seattle Propeller Club and Western Sales Manager for National Fisherman and WorkBoat magazines.

Poets and storytellers interested in participating can register at: info@SeattleMartime101.com.

The event is free and family friendly!

Ballard homes to be featured on 7th annual NW Green Home Tour

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The seventh annual NW Green Home Tour is set for this Saturday, April 29, and Sunday, April 30, from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

The self-guided tour will showcase local, sustainable, green homes and many of them are in our neighborhood.

This year five Ballard homes will be showcased on Sunday. Check out the specifics from the tour organizers below:

This year’s tour features over 20 homes all over Seattle, in addition to three Sustainability Stops, offering healthy refreshments, additional educational experiences, product demos, and discounts to tour goers.

“Our goal is to educate consumers about all ‘shades’ of green building,” says Wayne Apostolik, president of the NW EcoBuilding Guild, Seattle Chapter. “We want guests attending the tour to see what’s possible in all price ranges, home styles, and lifestyles.”

Click here to check out more details and to see the tour map. The event is free.

Photo courtesy of NW Green Home Tour.

Development Update April 27: A subdivision and a 6-story building

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


6215 20th Ave NW

A Land Use Application has been approved to subdivide one development site into six unit lots. The construction of residential units is under Project 6464648. 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. Environmental review conducted under #3019675.

1514 NW 52nd St

A Land Use Application has been approved to allow a 6-story building with 56 sleeping rooms for congregate residence and six small efficiency dwelling units (apartments). Existing structure to be demolished.

Appeals of the above decisions must be received by the Hearing Examiner no later than 6/30/2017.

Local filmmaker screens work at Beverly Hills Film Festival

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Ingraham High (Class of 2014) and North Ballard resident August Detering’s work is being screened at the 2017 Beverly Hills Film Festival this weekend.

Detering’s film, Rockswell, stars North Ballard resident, Patrick McDermott and was shot entirely at North Beach. Click here to check out the film.

Deterring is also offering a Summer Film Camp to high school students who are interested in honing their filmmaking craft. Click here to find out more.

Ballard Wellness Clinic set to offer massage therapy

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Ballard Wellness Clinic Massage Therapy is set to open in Dr. Nakata’s Chiropractic office building at (6204 8th Ave NW) on May 1.

To celebrate the opening, free chair massages will be offered from 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. All locals who stop by will also get free entry into the raffle to win one of several gift baskets!

Locals will now have the chance to get their back adjusted and walk next door for a quick massage.

No membership is required! Adjustments: $60 / Massage: Starting at $59 for 1 hour. Insurance from all major providers accepted!

“Please support our Ballard family-owned businesses by spreading the word about this unique massage studio,” says the Ballard Wellness Clinic Massage Therapy team.

Pyramid Brewing celebrates Earth Day in Ballard

Pyramid Brewing Co. made a positive contribution to the environment this past Earth Day by volunteering with Surfrider Foundation at Golden Gardens Beach Park.

25 brewery employees helped remove over 700 pieces of trash and other debris from the beach, including 83 cans and bottles, 39 plastic bags and 398 cigarette butts, just to name a few.

As a triple bottom line company that prioritizes community and environmental stewardship as part of its overall approach to business, this effort is part of Pyramid’s volunteer time-off program where employees are encouraged to volunteer one to two days per year.

“We’re always looking to measure and reduce the environmental impacts we have on our community,” said Robert Rentsch, general manager for Portland Brewing Co.

Thanks Pyramid!

City of Seattle proposes $2.65M to streamline school start times, improve school traffic safety

Earlier today, Mayor Ed Murray announced that he will propose $2.3M in startup funding to help Seattle Public Schools students get more sleep and be better equipped for academic success.

The funding will help SPS implement a two-tiered bell schedule (down from three), in response to requests from families. Mayor Murray will request the Families and Education Levy review board support the allocation, which is needed to fund additional school buses to sustain the new schedule. Additionally, the Mayor will also propose $380,000 to increase safety by maintaining crossing guards during school hours.

“This use of Families and Education Levy resources will go to implementing a better bell schedule and helping our students get to and from school safely. These are our children and I am committed to ensure they have all the tools they need to get a great education,” says Mayor Ed Murray.

After listening to parents, community partners and teachers, the City concluded that the health and academic welfare of students would be greatly increased by supporting the change of Seattle Public School start times from the current three-tier system to a two-tier one. This change will cost $2.3M in startup costs, which the Mayor will propose to the Families and Education Levy Oversight Committee as well as City Council.

“Thanks to the Mayor’s generosity and City support, Seattle Public Schools may be able to eliminate third tier busing for 2017-18. This means that in 2017-18 schools would start at 8 a.m. and 9 a.m. This change would build on our efforts to improve academic outcomes by aligning school start times with student sleep patterns,” says Superintendent Larry Nyland.


When Seattle Public Schools changed school start times for elementary and secondary schools in the 2016-2017 academic year, they saw positive changes in both longer reported hours of student sleep and reduced levels of discipline in high school students. These outcomes follow years of research around the American Association of Pediatrics and the American Medical Association’s recommendation to more closely align school start times with students’ biological and sleeping patterns.

Costs for district transportation are reimbursed by the state using a funding formula based on the prior year’s cost. The City’s transportation investment is one time.

Development Update April 24: Subdivisions and a revised application

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


630 NW 85th St

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A Land Use Application has been submitted to subdivide one development site into two unit lots. The construction of residential units is under Project #6508604. 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.

2035 NW 62ND ST

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A Land Use Application has been submitted to subdivide one development site into three unit lots. The construction of residential units is under Project #6538529. 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.

Revised Application:

5425 Shilshole Ave NW

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Shoreline Substantial Development Application has been revised and resubmitted to allow 38,560 cubic yards of grading for site remediation and installation of utilities in the 24th Avenue NW right-of-way. Project includes installation of a new temporary pier adjacent to the existing 24th Avenue Pier, for construction staging and conveying construction spoils to barges for removal. Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement has been prepared by Seattle Public Utilities.