What’s on this weekend

Have a fantastic Memorial Day Weekend and enjoy this beautiful weather!

FRIDAY, May 26

  • Ray’s Boathouse 30 Year anniversary Fire Celebration (6049 Seaview Ave NW) all weekend. Click here to find out more.
  • Live Music
    • Chip Parker at Egan’s Ballard Jam House (1707 NW Market St) at 7 p.m. $10 cover.
    • The Everyone Orchestra feat members of Moe. Dopapod, The Werks + more at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW) at 9 p.m. Tickets $20.


  • Ray’s Boathouse 30 Year anniversary Fire Celebration (6049 Seaview Ave NW) all weekend. Click here to find out more.
  • Live Music
    • An Evening with Polecat and Brad Parsons at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW) at 9 p.m. Tickets $12.
    • Kareem Kandi Band at Egan’s Ballard Jam House (1707 NW Market St) at 9 p.m. $10 cover.
    • Sir Richard Bishop, Robert Millis, Don McGreevy at Sunset Tavern (5433 Ballard Ave NW) 9 p.m. Tickets $15.

SUNDAY, May 28

  • 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.
  • Live Music
    • Open mic at Conor Byrne Pub (5140 Ballard Ave NW) sign-up at 7:30 p.m.
    • Virgin Of The Birds, Windoe and Whisperer at Sunset Tavern (5433 Ballard Ave NW) 8 p.m. Tickets $8.
    • Play My Birthday Presents: Pop2K : Spinning Dance Party Hits from 2000-2010 at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW) at 9 p.m. Tickets $10.

Ballard bar named among ‘Best Bars in America’ by Esquire

There are a LOT of great Ballard bars, but Esquire magazine picked Barnacle in its list of the top 24 “Best Bars in America” in 2017. Located in Old Ballard in the Kolstrand Building, Barnacle is often a staging area for the Walrus & The Carpenter, but it’s grown into its own destination.

(Photo from TheBarnacleBar.com)

Esquire called it a “jaunty secret clubhouse” with “uniformly delicious” cocktails and a “deep, smart wine list.”

Like Walrus, Barnacle is a Renee Erickson creation. Last year Erickson won the James Beard award for best Northwest chef, and a Bon Appétit magazine article exclaimed that “Renee Erickson makes us want to move to Seattle.” Get in line.

How the new Amazon Fresh Pickup in Ballard works

You’ve seen Amazon’s new facility along 15th Ave., and it just opened this week for all Amazon Prime members who order their groceries online. GeekWire’s Todd Bishop decided to give it a try:

In Todd’s case, he was able to pick up his groceries about three hours after ordering them. Amazon will (optionally) scan your license plate when you first visit the pickup facility. On subsequent visits, it will recognize your car, expediting the pickup process.

Ballard was one of the first neighborhoods in the country with Amazon Fresh, and now it’s the first — along with SoDo (near the Starbucks HQ) — to have a pickup facility. Read more on GeekWire here.

2 shot at party at Gas Works Park

Two men were shot after a fight broke out at Gas Works Park early this morning. Two groups of people were holding a party after the park closed, and shots were fired after an altercation, police say.

Both victims will survive. The suspect fled the scene before police arrived just before 12:30 a.m. Seattle Police is asking for the public’s help in sharing any information about the shooting.

Photos: paddleboarding, Golden Gardens, tugs

Sharing a few sunny photos from around Ballard…

Go #SUP racers go! Start of the Monday night race. 📷@jpikakephoto #standuppaddle #Seattle #ballard

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SPL to kick off 2017 “Summer of Learning” next month

The Seattle Public Library’s 2017 Summer of Learning for youth and families kicks off on Thursday, June 15. The 98th annual program, which continues through Tuesday, September 5, is designed to keep students reading and learning while school is out.

This year’s program features the theme “Blast Off to Space!” and encourages reading and activities around science, technology, engineering, arts and math.

The Library is offering hundreds of free programs all summer long for families, children and teens. All programs are free and open to the public. Visit www.spl.org/summeroflearning for more information.

Children and teens can learn to program robots, play a ukulele, create videos, write songs, take digital photos, practice calligraphy, design sound effects and more. Some classes require registration, which will open up online two weeks before the first class begins at each Library location. The Library will also celebrate the upcoming solar eclipse on Monday, August 21, with programs, events and displays and by distributing free eclipse glasses in late August.

Children who take part in Summer of Learning will receive a free Mission Log packed with fun space-related learning activities. There will be three levels for participants to complete of daily reading and activity missions. Level 1 finishers will be entered into the grand prize drawing and will get one prize from the prize box, and will also have their names placed on the Wall of Space Voyagers at their home library. Level 2 and 3 finishers will win additional prizes from the prize box and entries into the grand prize drawing.

Teens who take part in Summer of Learning will receive a free Teen Book Bingo card. Participants who complete a Book Bingo card can bring it into the Library, or post it on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter with #SPLteenbookbingo2017 for a chance to win an iPad Mini or free movie theater passes! Examples of Book Bingo squares include: book you judged by its cover, turned into a movie, banned, #WeNeedDiverseBooks, a book you finish reading in a day or read outdoors, and a comic or graphic novel.

Families with young children ages birth to 5 years old can pick up a fun bingo card filled with reading and learning activities to do together with babies, toddlers and preschoolers. For every five completed squares in a row (up, down, across, or diagonal), children can get their name on the Wall of Space Voyagers at their home library. The Early Learner bingo card will be printed in English, and printable versions will be available online in Amharic, Chinese, English, Oromo, Somali, Spanish, Tigrinya and Vietnamese.

The Library offers summer programming because research shows that during the summer young people can forget a certain amount of what they learned during the school year. Educators call that the “summer slide.” The Summer of Learning program mitigates the summer slide and teaches children and teens 21st century learning skills, such as teamwork, critical thinking and digital skills.

The Library has partnered with the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture to offer free family admission, for up to two adults and four children, when families present a completed Mission Log or an Early Learner flyer from July 1 to Oct. 31, 2017.

For more information about Summer of Learning, visit www.spl.org/summeroflearning, call The Seattle Public Library at 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian.

SFD encourages locals to enjoy the warm weather safely

With the stretch of warm weather expected in the coming weeks and over the Memorial Day weekend, the Seattle Fire Department released some tips to encourage locals to enjoy  enjoying the heat safely. Have fun, but remember to stay safe!

Reduce the chance of outdoor fires around your home and yard:

  • Make sure cigarettes have cooled completely before throwing them out. Carelessly discarded cigarettes can easily start a fire in dry conditions. Discard cigarettes in a glass or metal container with sand.
  • Remove long grass, weeds or anything that can burn from around your home, including on the roof and in gutters. Check for tree branches that touch your home or hang near the roof.
  • The risk of mulch fire is more common than one might expect. When possible keep beauty beds moist. Provide a minimum of 18-inches clearance between landscaping mulch beds and combustible materials.

Grill, fire pit and campfire safety:

  • Keep a three-foot child and pet safety zone around your grill and fire pit.
  • Only use your grill outside on a non-combustible surface and at least 10 feet away from siding, deck rails and open doors or windows.
  • Keep an eye on your grill, fire pit or patio torches – never leave them unattended.
  • When finished, turn off both the grill and the propane cylinder. Place coals in a metal can with a lid once they have cooled. Clean your grill after each use – this will help remove excess grease.
  • Prevent carbon monoxide poisoning – never take a smoldering or lit grill into a tent, caravan, or cabin. Even if you have finished cooking, the grill should remain outside as it will still give off fumes for some hours after use.

Boating safety:

  • Ensure your boat has a working smoke alarm. Test alarms monthly.
  • Have a U.S. Coast Guard approved fire extinguisher on board and know how to use it. Mount the extinguisher near an exit to prevent being trapped.
  • Dispose of oily rags in a metal container with a tight-fitting lid.
  • Fuel portable tanks on the dock, not on your vessel.
  • State law requires personal flotation devices for each person aboard a vessel.
  • Never swim in or near marinas, docks or boatyards.
  • Have your boat inspected by a certified electrician.
  • Boats with AC systems should have isolation transformers or equipment leakage circuit interrupter protection.
  • Prevent carbon monoxide poisoning while boating:
      • Gas vapors will accumulate in low spots – before fueling, close all hatches, compartments and covers. After fueling, open everything up and ventilate.
      • Swim and play away from areas where engines vent their exhaust.
      • Educate all passengers about the signs and symptoms of CO poisoning (irritated eyes, headache, nausea, dizziness).
      • Never block exhaust outlets. Blocking outlets can cause CO to build up in the cabin and cockpit areas – even when hatches, windows, portholes, and doors are closed.
      • Dock, beach, or anchor at least 20-feet away from the nearest boat that is running a generator or engine. Exhaust from a nearby vessel can send CO into the cabin and cockpit of a boat.

Drowning prevention:

  • The safest decision may be to not enter the water. Think about the risks when swimming, boating, inner tubing, or rafting in rivers due to dangers from currents, logs, jams, and cold temperatures.
  • Wear a lifejacket. Infants and children should always wear lifejackets when in or near open water. Air filled or foam toys, are not a substitute for wearing a U.S. Coast Guard approved lifejacket.
  • Learn to swim, including water safety and survival skills. Learn to float and tread water for at least 10 minutes. It’s good to improve skills in a pool before hitting open water.
  • Drowning often happens when inexperienced or weaker swimmers try to keep up with more experienced ones. Have conversations with your children and teens about swimming risks.
  • Swim where there’s a lifeguard when possible.
  • Supervise children in or near water. Always stay within touching distance of young children.
  • Do not use alcohol or drugs during water activities.
  • Learn first aid and CPR.

Click here to learn more from the SFD’s Fire Line blog.

Development Update May 25: Three decisions

Three 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.


1532 NW 60th St

A Land Use Application has been approved to subdivide one parcel into two parcels of land. Proposed parcel sizes are: A) 3,149 sq. ft. and B) 1,601 sq. ft. Existing structure to be demolished.

2441 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 #6548723. 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.

2654 NW Market St

A Land Use Application has been approved to allow a 2-story building containing 13,949 sq. ft. of light manufacturing. Surface parking for 7 vehicles to be provided.