One more day to vote for King County Primary Elections

Tomorrow (Tuesday, August 1) is election day for the King County Primary Elections. If you haven’t voted and need a ballot, you can print one from home by following this link. Ballots can be dropped at the Ballard Library up until 8pm on Tuesday night.

The race for mayor is one of the big items on this ballot, with 21 people running for the position. For a full list of candidates and ballot measures, visit the King County Elections website. The general election will be held in November.

Excessive heat warning issued for Seattle

Get ready for an unusually hot week; an excessive heat warning has been issued for Seattle.

The National Weather Service advises that the warning is in effect from 2pm Tuesday to 9pm Friday, with widespread record highs on Wednesday and Thursday. Thursday will likely be the hottest day, with some places seeing temperatures in the triple digits. The NWS says Thursday’s temperatures are forecasted to be up to 105, which is within 5 degrees of the all-time record high. It should back off by Friday, with temperatures still hovering around 80s and 90s.

The Seattle Animal Shelter reminds pet owners to take precautions during the hot weather, recommending that pets should never be left unattended in a vehicle. Other tips from the shelter include the following:

  • Never leave your animal tethered or kenneled in direct sunlight. Provide a shady area for retreat, such as a dog house, porch or shady tree, and always provide access to plenty of cool water.
  • If you leave animals indoors, open the screened windows, keep a fan running, provide plenty of water and, if possible, leave them in a cool location like a basement.         
  • If you must travel with your pet, carry water. If a trip requires you leave your pet in the car at any point, think about saving that for another day. It’s not worth the risk.
  • Avoid overexerting your animal in hot weather. Pavement can get especially hot, and obesity, old age, underlying disease and previous bouts of heat stroke can predispose an animal to the condition. If you are concerned, contact your veterinarian.
  • For birds, take caution and place the bird’s cage away from direct sunlight during the intense heat of the afternoon. Provide water and fruits and vegetables with high moisture content.
  • For rabbits and other small mammals, be sure to keep them cool. Avoid direct sunlight, and consider adding ice cubes to their water or giving them a frozen water bottle to snuggle up to.

If you see an animal that may be in need of assistance, or if you have questions, contact the Seattle Animal Shelter at 206-386-PETS (7387).

Photo: Golden Gardens Beach, courtesy of


Apply soon to turn Ballard’s parking spaces into parklets

There are just a couple weeks left to apply for PARK(ing) Day, in which on-street parking spaces around the city will be transformed into small parklets for a day; the deadline to apply is August 18.

PARK(ing) Day is a yearly event in September; this year happening on Friday, September 15.  It’s an international event, designed to help people rethink how streets can be used. According to the PARK(ing) Day website, the program is, “intended to encourage creative placemaking, particularly in places where access to parks is limited, as well as raise awareness about the importance of walkable, livable, and healthy communities.”

Community funding is available for applicants through the Neighborhood Matching Fund Small Sparks program.  Visit the website or contact staff by Monday, August 7 at 206-733-9916 to find out more.

“Anyone can create a park with fun activities like games, lounge chairs, food, exercises or almost anything you can imagine,” the organizers write.  Visit their website to find official guidelines, inspiration, frequently asked questions, and to submit an application.


What’s on this weekend

It’s shaping up to be another stunner this weekend, with plenty of live music and events to keep you busy. Saturday is the Ballard P-Patch’s annual Art in the Garden festival, with food trucks, gardening advice, and kids activities all day long.

If you have anything to add to this list, email us at

Friday, July 28

  • Exhibition Opening: The Whimsical World of Bjørn Wiinblad at the Nordic Heritage Museum. A celebration of the iconic Danish artist who threw mid-century Scandinavian minimalism out the window and was loved for it. Several large-scale pieces are on loan from Denmark, alongside an assortment of works from private collectors across the US.
  • Live Music:
    • Hotels, Nearby (EP release), and Animal Camera at Conor Byrne Pub (5140 Ballard Ave NW) at 9pm $8.
    • Jazz at Egan’s Ballard Jam House (1707 NW Market St). 7pm: Jack Roben Trio, 9pm: Kareem Kandi Band. $10
    • Tape Stacks (EP Release) w/ Greet The Sea & The Hoot Hoots
      Show at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW) at 9pm. $10.

Saturday, July 29

  • Art in the Garden at the Ballard P-Patch (8527 25th Ave. NW). This is the P-Patch’s annual fundraiser – featuring over 20 artist booths, live music, the ever-popular pie auction, a silent auction, beer garden, kids’ activities, and more. 11 am to 5 pm, admission is free.
  • Live Music:
    • Jazz at Egan’s Ballard Jam House (1707 NW Market St). 7pm: Victor Janusz & his Summer Crooners ($15), 9pm: Twintet ($10)
    • Magnetic Fields 69 Love Songs (A Tribute Night) at Conor Byrne Pub (5140 Ballard Ave NW) at 9pm.
    • KEXP’s The Roadhouse & AST present: Charlie Parr w/ Michael Wohl and Guests at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW) at 9:30 pm. $15.

Sunday, July 30

  • Ballard Farmer’s Market along Ballard Ave from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Click here to see this week’s specials.
  • “Just Add Yoga” at Populuxe Brewing (826B NW 49TH St) from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm. The morning begins in the Populuxe Beer Garden with an hour-long, all levels, outdoor yoga practice. Immediately following our practice we will move to the bar for your choice of favorite Populuxe brew. Soak up some sun, get your body in motion, taste some of Seattle’s finest craft beers, and get to know your community!
  • Live Music:

Seattle Night Out is on Tuesday

Tuesday, August 1 is Seattle Night Out, meaning there will be block parties happening all over the city. Ballard has a handful of block parties planned; see the map below.

Night Out is a national event, which in Seattle is promoted by the Seattle Police Department Crime Prevention. According to the city, it’s designed to heighten crime prevention awareness, increase neighborhood support in anti-crime efforts, and unite our communities.

It’s still possible to register your event; do so by 5pm on Monday, July 31 to get your street closed for your block party.

Can you ID this thief?

Seattle Police are asking for help identifying a man who robbed an 89-year-old woman last month in Ballard.

Police say the woman was walking near 24th Ave NW and NW 62nd St when a man dashed across the street, grabbed her bag and fled. SPD reports that he was later caught on camera using one of the victim’s cards at a nearby grocery store.

If you recognize the man, please contact robbery detectives at (206) 684-5535.

Development Update July 27: one application, one approval, and one design review

A subdivision application, subdivision approval, and notice of a design review makes up today’s development update from the City of Seattle’s Department of Planning and Development (DPD) as posted in the Land Use Information Bulletin.


812 NW 53RD ST

A Land Use Application has been submitted to subdivide one parcel into two parcels of land. Proposed parcel sizes are: A) 3,305 sq. ft. and B) 1,693 sq. ft. Existing structures to be demolished.

Comments may be submitted through 08/09/2017.


8507 18TH AVE NW

A Land Use Application has been approved to subdivide one development site into four unit lots. The construction of residential units is under Project #6520435. 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.

Appeals of this decision must be received by the Hearing Examiner no later than 8/10/2017.

Notice of Streamlined Design Review:

1547 NW 60TH ST


Streamlined Design Review application proposing a three-story, two-unit building.  Existing structure and two parking spaces to remain.  No additional parking to be provided.


The Director will accept written comments to assist in the preparation of the early design guidancethrough August 9, 2017. You are invited to offer comments regarding important site planning and design issues, which you believe, should be addressed in the design for this project. Please note that this is the only opportunity to comment on this proposal.

Comments should be submitted to or

City of Seattle, SDCI, PRC
700 5th Avenue, Suite 2000
PO Box 34019
Seattle, WA  98124-4019

Following the public comment period, the Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections will issue a written design guidance report. This report will consider public comment and the applicable city-wide and neighborhood specific Design Guidelines and will serve as the basis for further review of the building permit. Once the applicant has incorporated the design guidance into the proposal they may apply for a building permit. No public notice of the building permit application will be provided.

For more information about this proposal or the Design Review Program and process, you may visit the Design Review Program website, contact the Land Use Planner listed above, or visit our office at the address above. (We are open from 8 am to 4 pm Monday, Wednesday and Friday and from 10:30 am to 4 pm Tuesday and Thursday.)  Additional application documents for this proposal may be found at

Ballard Library to host solar eclipse viewing party

Ballard Library, along with 14 other city libraries, will host a solar eclipse viewing party for those who can’t make it to other parts of the country for the real thing. At 10 am on Monday, August 21, the Ballard branch will begin streaming NASA’s Live Eclipse Megacast as the solar eclipse moves across North America.

Seattle Public Library will also be distributing a limited number of viewing glasses starting on August 1, and is hosting a number of solar eclipse information sessions at branches around the city leading up to the event.

The solar eclipse glasses must be picked up in-person at library locations — no phone call or email reservations will be accepted, and the glasses will be available on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last. “Please limit glasses to one pair per family — the eclipse is over two hours long and there is plenty of time to share,” the librarians say.

Seattle Public Libraries will host the following events leading up to the eclipse:

  • Get Ready for the Eclipse! – Join Dennis Schatz, nationally recognized astronomy educator, for an interactive presentation to learn when the eclipse will occur, how to view it safely, and why it has been so long since we’ve seen a total solar eclipse. His children’s book about eclipses, “When the Sun Goes Dark,” will be available for purchase and signing. For all ages.
  • Solar Eclipse Lecture – Bryan Brewer, author of “Eclipse: History. Science. Awe,” will give a talk about the history, science and observation of eclipses. Learn the simple secrets of how eclipses occur, and why they continue to rivet the human imagination. For all ages.
  • Who Stole the Sun? – What’s an eclipse? ​How do eclipses happen? What can I use to safely watch the eclipse on Aug. 21? Find out answers to these questions and more. For all ages.
  • Where Did the Sun Go? – Join our librarians to learn when the eclipse will occur, how to view it safely and to participate in fun eclipse activities. For ages 5 and up.
  • Tinkerlab: Solar Eclipse – Learn about the eclipse, then make and take home a pinhole projection viewer to safely view the eclipse. There will also be fun experiments with the sun’s UV rays. For ages 12 and under.
  • Eclipse Story Time – Children will enjoy stories and activities about the upcoming total solar eclipse. For ages 12 and under.
  • Outdoor Solar Eclipse Viewing Parties – Watch the eclipse while learning more about this cool astronomical phenomenon. The moon will cover 92% of the sun at around 10:20 a.m.! For all ages.

Photo: Total solar eclipse of March 20, 2015 by Damien Deltenre/Flickr Creative Commons

Ballard home burglarized while resident was inside

A man in Ballard had $1900 cash stolen while he was in his home near 7th Ave NW and NW 70th St.

Masood Ali-Husein tells My Ballard that he arrived at his home at 8:15pm, and rushed inside to use the bathroom, leaving the front door to his house open. While in the bathroom, he heard the screen door bang shut. When he ran out, he saw a woman in her early 30s run into a blue car. He realized the woman had taken an envelope containing $1900 cash, which he had withdrawn earlier that day to pay his rent.

Ali-Husein called police to report the incident, but officers were unable to find a match for the plate number he gave them.

“It was really random and bizarre. It’s not like they followed me all day long as the bank I visited was on the Eastside in Bellevue much earlier in the day,” Ali-Husein said. “People are getting bold and walking into random houses.”

If you have any information about the incident, contact Seattle Police at 206-625-5011.

Ballard hub to join city-wide earthquake drill on Friday

On Saturday, July 29, Loyal Heights Playfield (2101 NW 77th St) will be a hub for a city-wide earthquake drill from 9am to noon. The playfield is considered one of the city’s 11 Emergency Communications Hubs; the next closest one is the Phinney Community Center.

“Mark your calendars! Sharpen your pencils! Spiff up your acting skills! We are taking to the field again in July to practice our response skills – this time it will be a continuation of the Cascadia Rising Subduction Zone earthquake, on day six after ‘the big one’,” the organizers say. “Join us as a volunteer or a ‘citizen actor,’ or just stop by to learn more.”

For more about Seattle Emergency Hubs, click here.