Tonight: 67th Annual Greenwood Seafair Parade

Tonight is the 67th Annual Greenwood Seafair Parade, taking over the nearby neighborhood from 6 to 8:30 pm. The parade will go down Greenwood Avenue from N. 95th to N. 85th then west to 6th Ave NW.

The theme this year is “Clownin’ Around in Greenwood”. The Greenwood parade is the oldest neighborhood Seafair parade in the region. They have over 100 entrants this year, with bands, drill teams, floats, pirates and clowns set to take over Greenwood streets.

Traffic could get interesting around Greenwood this evening, so give the area a wide berth if you need to get somewhere after work tonight.

Free trees available for Seattle neighborhoods

If you want to plant new trees in your front yard, you have until August 14 to apply for free trees offered by the city. 

As part of their Trees for Neighborhoods program, the City of Seattle gives away hundreds of trees to Seattle residents each year. Since 2009, the city has given away 7,300 trees to households. (See where the trees are planted.) Applications are due on Monday, August 14; click here to view this year’s tree options.

The Trees for Neighborhoods program helps participants select the right tree and planting location through an upcoming workshop on Wednesday, August 2nd from 7 – 8 pm at Northgate Community Center. Participants can receive up to four free trees per household, a watering bag and mulch for each tree, training on proper planting and care, assistance applying for street tree planting permits, ongoing care reminders and future pruning workshop opportunities, and tree delivery and planting assistance if needed.

The successful applicants will attend a planting workshop and receive their trees in October.

Photo courtesy City of Seattle

Sandbags used for railway sea wall repairs along Ballard beaches

BNSF Railway have placed a number of sandbags to reinforce the sea wall along the beach connecting Golden Gardens and North Beach. My Ballard reader Liz Neuman sent us this photo, voicing her concerns about the safety of the quick fix.

“The fallen rock supports that are lying below the beach wall are being replaced with the photographed bags and landscape blocks creating what looks like a bizarre and disturbing precedent,” Neuman says. “When one thinks of the cargo traveling day and night along our local coast, this is of great concern.”

BNSF spokesperson Courtney Wallace says the sandbags are part of their ongoing maintenance program for Washington railways. She didn’t give a timeline for a more permanent fix, but said that crews are currently working throughout the state and, “schedules can change based on priorities and need.”

Fires set overnight in Ballard homeless camp

Update: Seattle Police report that one man has been arrested at the scene of one of the four fires set. According to the SPD Blotter, the fires were set to a mattress, trees, shrubs, and a debris pile in four places along the Burke-Gilman.

“When officers arrived at one fire at NW 7th Street and 42nd Avenue NW, they saw a man–who was carrying a pair of nunchaku–running from the scene,” Seattle Police say. The man was also carrying a lighter, but police are investigating whether he played a role in the fires. Officers arrested him for carrying a dangerous weapon – the nunchaku – and booked him into King County Jail.

 

Original: Several fires were allegedly intentionally set overnight in a homeless camp along the Burke-Gilman Trail.

The fires were set between NW 36th St and NW 42nd St just before midnight, causing some damage to properties. There were no injuries reported due to the fires.

Seattle Police are currently investigating; we’ll update with any new information.

Development Update July 24: subdivision application in the heart of Ballard

Just one subdivision application 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.

Applications:

1554 NW 60TH ST

Land Use Application to subdivide one development site into five unit lots. The construction of residential units is under Project #6571854. 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.

Comments may be submitted through 8/07/2017.

Ballard Tool Library ‘Repair Cafe’ on Thursday

The Ballard Tool Library will host a free “Repair Cafe” on Thursday, July 27 at the Paul Teel Craft Room at the Ballard NW Senior Center (5429  32nd Ave NW) from 6 to 7:30 pm

The tool library volunteers will be on hand to help people fix, mend or repair items, and will have a range of tools for use. “Even if you just want to craft with like-minded folks, come see us!” the organizers say.

They’ll have the following tools on hand: sewing machines, eyeglass repair tools, computer repair tools, awl, needle/thread for hand-sewing, knitting needles, crochet hooks, hammer, voltmeter, screwdrivers, tapes and glues, hand drill, and more. 

The organizers are also looking for volunteers; contact them at ballardtoollibrary@gmail.com for more information.

Stoup Brewing opens new event space

Ballard’s Stoup Brewing has announced the opening of their new event space, located just above their tap room. Aptly named “Upstairs at Stoup”, the space looks westward with a deck over the existing beer garden.

“While we have always welcomed groups to carve out their own space among our regulars, it is really great to be able to offer a more intimate setting as well,” Stoup co-owner Lara Zahaba said in a statement about the opening.

The space will be large enough to accommodate up to 40 people seated, and 60-70 standing. Guests can choose four beers from the tap list, and outside catering is welcome. When not in use, the event space is open to the public Thursday to Sunday for 21+, but no dogs are allowed.

Events can be booked in four-hour increments on weeknights and through the weekend, and two-hour blocks are available from 9am to 4 pm weekdays for businesses looking to host off-site meetings.

More info and pricing can be found online. Inquiries can also be sent to events@stoupbrewing.com.

Photos by Will Foster

What’s on this weekend

This weekend is full of outdoor theater in Salmon Bay Park, with children’s theater on Friday and Saturday and Backyard Bard on Sunday. If you have any events to add to the list, email us at tips@myballard.com.

Have a great weekend in Ballard!

Friday, July 21

  • Free Theater in the Park at Salmon Bay Park, 6 – 7 pm. This summer’s show is Tales from the African Continent and features stories, games, and songs gathered from many countries and cultures.  Performing the Tanzanian Folk Tale: Two Ways to Count to Ten and from West Africa: Why Mosquitos Buzz in People’s Ears. Interactive storytelling allows children of all ages to participate by singing along to songs by famous Smithsonian Folkways artist, Ella Jenkins and join on stage to play the Liberian children’s game Who is in the Garden. $5 suggested donation.
  • Live Music
    • Jazz at Egan’s Ballard Jam House (1707 NW Market St). Chris Chandler with John Elliott (piano/guitar/vocals), Christine Gunn (cello) and special guest Paul Benoit (guitar/vocals) at 7 p.m. Kelly Eisenhour (vocals), with John Hansen (piano), Jon Hamar (bass), Travis Ranney (sax) and Greg Williamson (drums) at 9pm. Tickets $10.
    • Motopony w/ General Mojo’s & Kelli Schaefer at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW) at 9 p.m. Tickets $10.
    • Wolf Alice and Black Ferns at Sunset Tavern (5433 Ballard Ave NW) 9 pm. Tickets $15.
    • Jonathan Warren & The Billy Goats, and Chuck Westmoreland at Conor Byrne Pub (5140 Ballard Ave NW) 9pm. Tickets $8

Saturday, July 22

  • Celebrate your pet at Ballard Commons Park, 11am-2pm. The culmination of Pet Week at Bartell Drugs, celebration your canine companion at a fun outing to the Ballard Commons Park (right across from our Ballard store near the library). Pet-themed giveaways and activities for those who come with their furry friend. Free and open to the public.
  • Free Theater in the Park at Salmon Bay Park, 12 – 1 pm. This summer’s show is Tales from the African Continent and features stories, games, and songs gathered from many countries and cultures.  Performing the Tanzanian Folk Tale: Two Ways to Count to Ten and from West Africa: Why Mosquitos Buzz in People’s Ears. Interactive storytelling allows children of all ages to participate by singing along to songs by famous Smithsonian Folkways artist, Ella Jenkins and join on stage to play the Liberian children’s game Who is in the Garden. $5 suggested donation.
  • Sunset Hill – Shilshole Gateway Workparty, 9 – 11am. Please join us for weeding in the 36th Ave NW median to keep clear sight lines at the intersections. Meet at the south end, just north of NW 60th St, to spruce it up in anticipation of the Night Out party coming up in early August. Please bring water, work gloves and any favorite weeding tools. We’ll provide safety vests, light refreshments and some tools.
  • Live Music
    • Dream Police (Cheap Trick Tribute) with Jen Ayers and The Sweet Pickles at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW) at 9 p.m. Tickets $10.

Sunday, July 23

  • Ballard Farmers Market along Ballard Ave from 10am – 3pm. Click here to see this week’s specials.
  • Backyard Bard at Salmon Bay Park. A Midsummer Night’s Dream at 3pm and Hamlet at 4:30pm. Bring a picnic blanket and enjoy the free outdoor theater performances by GreenStage.
  • Sustainable Ballard Presents “(Dis)Honesty: The Truth About Lies” at Royal Drummer Cafe (6420 24th Ave NW) 5:30 – 7:30pm. Please join Meaningful Movies : Sustainable Ballard for a screening of “(Dis)Honesty: The Truth About Lies”. We invite you to arrive early to enjoy Happy Hour pricing of 25% off all items on Royal Drummer’s regular menu.
  • Live Music
    • Drew Martin, Honey Mustard, and Beasley at Sunset Tavern (5433 Ballard Ave NW) 8 pm. Tickets $10.
    • Open mic at Conor Byrne Pub (5140 Ballard Ave NW) sign-up at 7:30 pm.

Learn about solar power at a free workshop in August

On August 10, Sunergy Systems (4546 Leary Way NW) is hosting a free educational solar workshop in Ballard.

Known as “Solar U”, the workshop will cover topics such as how solar works, and how it can help address our country’s energy issues. Participants will learn about how it can help increase a home’s resale value and about the new 2017 WA State Incentive Program, the 30% Federal Tax Credit and Net Metering available for solar customers.

The workshop is on Thursday, August 10 from 6 to 7:30 pm. Lite fare, refreshments, beer and wine will be available. Those wishing to attend are should pre-register online or call Clare Salsbury at 206-297-0086.

The People’s Pub is closing down

The People’s Pub, the German bar on Ballard Ave NW, is closing on August 12.

The pub opened back in 2000, known for their German fare with pretzels, fried pickles and wiener schnitzel. The owner’s reasons for closing are still unconfirmed, but the above Facebook user, S.s. Emerald, suggested it’s for financial reasons.

My Ballard has contacted the owners for comment. We’ll update with any new information.