KBFG FM to hold fundraising concert next week

On Monday, August 14, local White Stripes tribute band The Dead Leaves will play a show to raise money for our local radio station, KBFG (Ballard-Fremont-Greenwood) FM. The concert will be at The Seamonster Lounge (2202 N 45th St) and will start at 7pm.

The Dead Leaves are Seattle’s only White Stripes tribute band, and their performance will be on the exact day of the 20th anniversary of the first-ever live performance by The White Stripes, which was also held at The Seamonster Lounge. Seattle School of Rock Band will open for them, and all proceeds will go to KBFG.

Tickets are $10 advance (available online) and $13 at the door, and the show will be all-ages until 10pm. There will also be a silent auction and raffle prizes to win.


Show poster by Anthony Nelson (www.banthonynelson.com)

Development Update August 7: 40-unit apartment building and rowhouse approval

Today’s update includes an application for a 40-unit apartment building at 15th Ave NW and NW 85th St, and a decision to allow construction of a three-story rowhouse at NW 63rd St and 22nd Ave NW. The information comes from the City of Seattle’s Department of Planning and Development (DPD), as posted in the Land Use Information Bulletin.


8541 15TH AVE NW

A Land Use Application has been submitted to allow a 4-story apartment building containing 4 small efficiency dwelling units and 36 apartments above retail space. No parking proposed. Existing structure to be demolished.

Comments may be submitted through 08/21/2017


2203 NW 63RD ST

A Land Use Application has been approved to allow one 3-story, nine-unit rowhouse structure. Surface parking for nine vehicles to be provided. Existing structures to be demolished. Environmental review includes future unit lot subdivision.

Appeals of this decision must be received by the Hearing Examiner no later than 8/21/2017.


Burn ban lifted for King County

Even though the haze is still lingering, the air quality burn ban has lifted for King County and surrounding areas. That means bonfires and charcoal barbecues are okay for now, however, the fire safety burn ban in still in effect.

“The Puget Sound has returned to mostly good and moderate air quality due to shifting winds bringing cleaner air at the surface (breathing level). We expect this weather pattern, and good and moderate air quality, to continue through the weekend and into next week,” the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency said in a statement.

Wildfires in B.C. are still burning, so we may see continued smoke this week in Seattle. (See this map of active fires.) “Looking ahead, significant amounts of wildfire smoke may remain in the region at higher altitudes although the surface air (breathing level) has improved substantially. Haze is likely to be visible, and it possible that we may see isolated, localized pollution spikes within the next week.”

The Secret Life of Pets showing at Shilshole Marina

Shilshole Marina is once again running their free summer movie series, Movies at the Marina, with The Secret Life of Pets showing on Friday, August 11.

The Coney Island Avenue Woodfired Pizza truck will be there from 5 to 8:30 pm, and the Seattle Humane’s MaxMobile will be on site from 6 to 8:30 pm, offering people a chance to visit with adoptable pets prior to the movie. The movie will start at dusk, around 9:30 pm.

What’s on this weekend

This weekend is the culmination of Seafair, which means most of the city will flock to Lake Washington to watch the Blue Angels as they work their aerobatic magic in the air. The bulk of the festivities will happen in and around Genesee Park. Keep in mind that I-90 bridge will be closed on Saturday and Sunday from 12:55 to 2:40 pm for the Blue Angels air show.

If you have anything to add to this list, email us at tips@myballard.com.

Friday, August 4:

  • Seafair at Genesee Park, 8am to 5:20 pm: Hydroplane testing, wakeboard demonstrations, and air shows all day.
  • Live Music:
    • Hot August Night: A Neil Diamond Tribute at Conor Byrne Pub (5140 Ballard Ave NW) at 9pm $8.
    • Jazz at Egan’s Ballard Jam House (1707 NW Market St). 7pm: Jared Hall Quartet, 9pm: Vocalist Grace Corsi and band, $10.
    • KEXP, Tractor & Neumos Present J Mascis w/ Steve Gunn & James Elkington at Neumos at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW) at 9pm. $27.

Saturday, August 5:

  • Free Yoga at Ballard Commons Park, 10am. Led by Ballard Health Club.
  • Seafair at Genesee Park, 8 am to 5 pm. Air shows, hydroplane races, live music and more.
  • Live Music:
    • Slender Means (Reunion Show) w/ The God’s Themselves, The Echolarks
      at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW) at 9pm. $15.
    • A Benefit for Local Legend Joel Dumois with Yakup Trana, Will Moore and others at at Conor Byrne Pub (5140 Ballard Ave NW) at 9pm.

Sunday, August 6:

  • Ballard Farmer’s Market along Ballard Ave from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Click here to see this week’s specials.
  • Free zumba and fitness class at Ballard Commons Park, 11am. Led by Ballard Health Club.
  • Seafair at Genesee Park, 8 am to 5 pm. Air shows, hydroplane races, live music and more.
  • Live Music:
    • Open mic at Conor Byrne Pub (5140 Ballard Ave NW) sign ups at 7:30 pm.
    • Heels to the Hardwood w/ Kara Hesse at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW) at 9pm. $10.

Tropicos Breeze to open soon on NW Market St.

A Latin American restaurant, Tropicos Breeze, is set to open a second Seattle location; they’ll take over the old Young American Ale House/Golden Beetle space at 1744 NW Market St.

My Ballard reader Kathleen Drozdowski tells us she saw a liquor license application in the window of the building. This will be Tropicos Breeze’s second location; they also have a restaurant at 9710 Aurora Ave N.

Their website says they specialize in authentic Latin cuisine. They’re known for their pupusas, huevos rancheros clásicos, and margaritas; click here for their menu.

The owner wasn’t immediately available to comment, but a staff member at their Aurora location said they plan to be open next month.

Photo of their Aurora Ave location, courtesy Tropicos Breeze


Virtual reality event coming to Ballard Library

On Wednesday, August 9, the Ballard Library will have a virtual reality recreational vehicle – known as the VRVe – for people to try out from noon to 6:30 pm.

Developed by a company called Fearless360°, people will have a chance to experience the following virtual and augmented realities:

  • Hear local artists explore the theme “Me/We: Our Future City in 360º” around a storytelling campfire
  • Take a virtual tour of U.S. national parks through View-Masters and VR headsets and learn how the technologies are connected
  • Experience “Reforestation of Imagination,” an augmented reality (AR) flower bed with real and virtual flowers

According the library, “Fearless360º is a start-up collective working at the intersection of arts, culture, education, storytelling and technology to develop content, programming and curriculum for immersive/VR/AR/360º media.”

Summer barbecue and fundraiser for 36th District Democrats

On Sunday, August 13, the 36th District Democrats will be holding their annual barbecue, this year to be held at Sen. Reuven Carlyle’s home at 608 W. Kinnear Place.

“This is our biggest event of the year! Catch up with friends, neighbors, and meet some new folks,” the organizers tell My Ballard. “Hang out with candidates and electeds while enjoying games, food, and drinks in the warm Seattle sun. We’ll be raising the critical funds we need to organize the progressive, Democratic vote for the 2017 election.”

Tickets are $36, and are available here. There’s also an opportunity to become a sponsor; if interested contact Fundraising Coordinator Brittney Bollay at brittneybush@gmail.com.