Volunteers needed to help open Ballard Tool Library

The Ballard Tool Library is applying for the Seattle Neighborhoods Community Partnership Fund to help them open, and are seeking volunteer pledges.

“Pledging volunteer hours demonstrates community support for the project and lets the Ballard Tool Library know that they’ll have help once open,” Anna Fidgeon from the library tells us. If they’re awarded the fund, the library must match every dollar with donations and volunteer hours. “The more volunteer support means the more money the library can be awarded!”

The tool library will run like a normal library, providing community access to tools at little to no cost. There are several other tool libraries in the city, including Phinney, Northeast Seattle, and Capitol Hill.

To step up as a volunteer or if you have questions, email Fidgeon at ballardtoollibrary@gmail.com with the number of hours you are able to donate over the course of one year, your street address, and phone number by Friday, June 23rd.

Help support local radio during Garage Sale Day

This Saturday, June 3 is the Phinney Neighborhood Association’s annual Garage Sale Day, and local grassroots radio station, KBFG 107.3 will host a sale to raise money for their station. KBFG’s sale will be from 9am to 2pm at 5308 Baker Avenue NW.

Organizers from KBFG say they will be using the money raised to help pay for the permits to broadcast, advertise the station, and get some new equipment. “We just opened our new temporary studio, and we will have brand new episodes to air (streaming only) soon along with a complete schedule of them,” they write on their website. They say they’re waiting for their permits to all “fall into place,” and should be broadcasting on FM by the middle of the year.

The station is hoping to get some additional support from the community, and have asked that people donate items to include in the sale. Email info@fulcrumcc.org or call Pam at 206-402-6926 for more info.

Garage Sale Day will happen all over Phinney on Saturday, with almost 100 yard sales around the neighborhood. There will be a flea market in the Phinney Center’s lower parking lot and a tool sale at the PNA Tool Library.

If you’re looking to get rid of a few things yourself, you can bring electronics to be recycled at the Phinney Center, where there will also be a Seadrunar Recycling’s shredding truck on hand from 9am – 1pm (each person is permitted to shred up to four boxes of paper). There will also be a plant swap at the center.

The official garage sale map is available online and can be printed; click here for more.

Malena’s Tacos in Ballard is ‘closed forever’

Ballard has lost another gem: Malena’s Tacos (2010 NW 56th St) has closed up shop.

The closure was noticed by My Ballard reader Paul Gambill, who said he noticed the windows had brown paper covering them, and a handwritten note reading “Closed, sorry” hung on the door.

We spoke to the Queen Anne Malena’s (620 W McGraw St), who couldn’t tell us the reason, but confirmed it’s “closed forever”.

The taco shop had a big kitchen fire back in February 2008, which sent customers running, gutted the kitchen and left behind smoke and water damage. It reopened in May 2009 after an extensive restoration.

Summer employment opportunity with United Way’s Summer Meals program

United Way of King County’s Summer Meals Program is looking for workers to help children and teens access healthy meals throughout the summer.

Workers will be assigned to one or more Summer Meals sites – parks, libraries and community centers around King County – where teams will lead educational activities and deliver free meals to children. The full-time position will run from June 20 to August 26, and applications are open to those 18 years of age and older.

From the job description:

“You will plan and lead activities, serve meals, and conduct grassroots community outreach to get the word out. As a part of a federal program, you will ensure that the policies and procedures are followed, meals are accurately counted, and meals are prepared correctly. You will gain experience working directly with the community and in support of a respected and influential nonprofit. Training will be provided in site management, marketing, youth engagement and data tracking – hard skills that will make your summer work influential on your resume.”

The position pays a monthly stipend of $1,222, and a $1,194 AmeriCorps Education Award for student loans of future education.

According to United Way, in King County, 100,000 low-income children and teenagers rely on free or discounted meals during the school year, but less than 20% access free meals during the summer. There are 250 Summer Meals sites around the county; if you’re looking for free summer meals for kids in your neighborhood, text “food” to 877-877 (or “comida” for a reply in Spanish).

For more information and to apply, click here.

Photo courtesy United Way of King County

Peddler Brewing Company to host 3rd annual End of Bike Month Party

If you observed Bike Month by riding to work or school in May, you deserve a cold one: on Friday, June 2, Peddler Brewing Company (1514 NW Leary Way) is hosting their annual End of Bike Month Party with vegan hot dogs, bike gear vendors, and raffle prizes.

From 4 – 11pm, the brewery will have Cycle Dogs food truck on site, dishing out vegan gourmet hot dogs. Every pint purchased earns you one ticket for the raffle prizes from the bike vendors. The raffle prizes will be given out at 7:30pm; you must be present to win.

The exhibits and vendors will be on from 4 – 8 pm, and will include test-rides of electric and folding bikes, information about converting streets into greenways from Greenwood-Phinney Greenways, handmade wool bicycle clothing by Telaio, bags from Timbuk2, a bike fixer from Velofix, and even a bike lawyer from Washington Bike Law on hand to answer your burning bike questions.

The all-ages event is free and open to the public; for more info, visit Peddler’s Facebook event page.


The Gay Cupcake returns to Cupcake Royale

For the month of June and in celebration of Pride Month, Cupcake Royale (2052 NW Market St) is bringing back the Gay Cupcake. Their fabulous and proud rainbow confetti cupcakes will help raise money for the Greater Seattle Business Association (GSBA) Scholarship Fund; 10 percent of the sales will go to the organization.

Also in honor of Pride Month, the cupcakery is selling their “Make America Gay Again” trucker hat; they’ll also donate 10 percent of the hat’s sales to the GSBA’s Scholarship Fund.

On top of big gay cupcakes and trucker hats; Cupcake Royale is featuring a one-day offer of Rodeo Donuts in honor of National Donut Day (June 2); every donut purchaser will receive a free Stumptown drip coffee.

Watch the Spring Orchestra Concert tonight at Ballard High School

Tonight (June 1) is Ballard High School’s annual Spring Orchestra Concert, featuring four student soloists and four concertos by the orchestra.

The concert starts at 7:30pm, with performances by the following students:

  • Emmett Armstrong, string bass – Dittersdorf Bass Concerto, mvt. 1
  • Alexandria Scott, violin – Mozart Violin Concerto in G, mvt. 1
  • Anika Thomas, violin – Kabalevsky Violin Concerto, mvt. 1
  • Maxwell Truluck, violin – Mendelssohn Violin Concerto, mvt. 3

On the bill will be the Ballard Fiddle Ensemble, Symphonic Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra, and guest musicians from the Ballard Band.

The concert will be held at the Earl Kelly Performing Arts Center at 1418 NW 65th St.