Residents dismayed at city’s removal of oak trees on NW 67th St

Ballard residents on NW 67th Street are disappointed at the loss of four old oak trees that once shaded the quiet street next to the Nordic Heritage Museum. Seattle Parks and Recreations representatives say the trees were removed because they were decaying, and posed a risk to nearby parking and recreation.

Ballard resident Katelyn Delbuco lives on NW 67th St, and said it’s been a shock to see the trees disappear. About a month ago, Delbuco saw someone had painted “X” on the trees. “I told my partner that if they were going to remove these exceptional trees they would have to post a notice on them about it,” Delbuco said. “Last Thursday, we came home from work to two of the trees ravaged with no information and no notice.”

Before the removal, the oak trees created a green tunnel over NW 67th St. Photo: Katelyn Delbuco

Schulkin from the Parks Department said they typically put up signs two weeks prior to removal, but because of the elevated risk, they had to act quickly. The city hired a contractor because of the complexity of removing trees so close to power lines.

“I’m so frustrated that the City did not give us an opportunity to speak with anyone or even loop us in on what was planned,” Delbuco said. “We now look out to telephone poles and a chain linked fence. I’ve run into neighbors and people who frequent the park, the Nordic Heritage Museum and our street who are confused and appalled.”

Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church to host recycling event in October

On Saturday, Oct. 14, Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church will hold their twice-yearly recycling event. The free event will be held from 9am to 3pm in the church parking lot at  25th Ave NW and NW 85th St.

From Our Redeemer’s:

Clean out your basement and garage and get rid of all those unwanted electronic items*, styrofoam and clothing. Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church is partnering with Living Green Technology for an E-recycling event, open to the public. *PLEASE NOTE: This event is different from events held at Our Redeemer’s in the past; they are no longer accepting metals and appliances.  Living Green Technology accepts only electronics for recycling. For a list of accepted items, click here.
The EarthCare Team at Our Redeemer’s will be on hand to collect clean, dry styrofoam (please remove all tape and labels; they cannot accept hot tub covers, insulating foam or anything that is dirty, wet or has been left outside).

They’ll also accept gently used clothing for The Bridge Care Center. All items should be dropped off no earlier than 9am on the day of the event. The volunteers manning the event will be the Our Redeemer’s Youth, who will be accepting donations to help them attend the National Youth Gathering in June 2018.

Celebrate Leif Erikson Day with a Viking Dinner

On Sunday, Oct. 15, the Leif Erikson Hall (2245 NW 57th St) will host a Viking Dinner to celebrate a belated Leif Erikson Day (Oct. 9). Starting at 5pm, the dinner will pay homage to Viking heritage with Vikings from the Viking Encampment, who will tell stories about Norwegian history and the Vikings.

“You’ll hear some fine drinking songs and skals to your health and be able to learn them that evening to share at other gatherings,” the organizers tell My Ballard. “Viking dress is encouraged, but please leave the horned helmets at home if possible as the Vikings didn’t use horns except to make spoons, drinking cups, and other decorative items! Who knows maybe there will be a prize for best Viking! Eat and drink like a Viking who ate very healthy and delicious treats, fresh meat and vegetables, cheeses, bread, fruit, mead and more! No potatoes yet and no forks which hadn’t been invented yet! Bring your carved horn spoon if you want to make one for the event.”

Tickets are discounted at $25 until Oct. 9 (Leif Erikson Day), after which they go up to $30. Kids 13 years of age and under are $10 until the 9th, and $15 after the 9th.

BHS theater program to open season with pool-based performance

The Ballard High School theater program is bringing their first performance of the year to a whole new level: they’re taking on Mary Zimmerman’s Tony-award winning Metamorphoses, in which the actors will be in and out of an onstage pool for the whole performance. Directed by Chelsea DuVall, the play consists of 10 acts, and is based on Ovid’s 15-volume work of Greek transformation myths.

From Ballard High School Playmakers:

“Positioned in and around a large pool of water on the stage, 12 characters will enact adaptations of Ovid’s talks. Metamorphoses juxtaposes the ancient and the contemporary in both language and image through meditations on creation, life, mortality, love, loss, human desire, spirituality and science (to name a few). Adapted from the classic Ovid poem, Metamorphoses, this play is staged in a series of vignettes that revisit the mythic tales of the likes of Midas, Hermes, Aphrodite, Orpheus and Eurydice. The tone of the drama likewise echoes the themes of change and contrast, from the humor of Phaeton’s therapy session to the tragedy of Midas and his daughter. The show promises imagery, humor, a creative score, lush costumes–and of course both splash and splash-free seating from the custom-made 12-by-24-foot pool in which the entire cast will be immersed. (Patrons in the first few rows are advised to be prepared to get a little wet!)”

Metamorphoses will be on October​ ​12,​ ​13,​ ​14,​ ​19,​ ​and 20 at the Earl Kelly Center for Performing Arts at Ballard High School (1418 NW 65th St), at 7:30 p.m. curtain time with one 15-minute intermission. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students/seniors. Advance tickets are available online (orders must be placed by noon on performance day).

Patagonia Ballard to host grand opening party on Thursday

This Thursday, Sept. 28, the new Patagonia store in Ballard will be hosting their grand opening party from 6pm. The Ballard location is the flagship store for Patagonia’s new Workwear line; it opened in August at 5443 Ballard Ave NW.


The grand opening party will have guest vendors from Hama Hama Oysters, Finnriver Cidery, Timber City Ginger Beer, Hot Cakes and Patagonia Provisions. There will be live music from South Sound Tug and Barge, giveaways from their Workwear and Provisions lines, plus a silent auction hosted by the Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding.

To RSVP, contact events@patagonia.com.

The week in sports at BHS

Another busy one for the Beavers this week. Good luck to all the young athletes!

Monday, September 25, 2017

  • Football JV: Nathan Hale vs Ballard at Soundview Playfield, 4:30 pm
  • Volleyball JV: Ballard vs Rainier Beach at Rainier Beach High School, 5:30 pm
  • Volleyball Varsity: Ballard vs Rainier Beach at Rainier Beach High School, 7:00 pm
  • Girls Soccer C-Team: Seattle Academy vs Ballard at Loyal Heights, 4:15 pm

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

  • Girls Soccer Varsity: Ballard vs Rainier Beach at Southeast Athletic Complex, 4:30 pm
  • Boys Ultimate Frisbee JV: Ballard vs Nathan Hale, 4:30 pm
  • Boys Ultimate Frisbee Varsity: Ballard vs Nathan Hale, 3:30 pm

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

  • Boys Golf Varsity: Franklin vs Ballard at Jackson Park Golf Course, 3:30 pm
  • Volleyball C-Team: Ballard vs Franklin at Franklin High School, 5:30 pm
  • Volleyball JV: Ballard vs Franklin at Franklin High School, 5:30 pm
  • Volleyball Varsity: Ballard vs Franklin at Franklin High School, 7:00 pm
  • Girls Golf Varsity: Franklin vs Ballard at Jackson Park Golf Course, 3:30 pm

Thursday, September 28, 2017

  • Girls Soccer JV: Ballard vs West Seattle at Walt Hundley Field, 4:00 pm
  • Girls Soccer Varsity: West Seattle vs Ballard at Memorial Stadium, Sea., 4:30 pm
  • Boys Ultimate Frisbee Varsity: Franklin vs Ballard, 3:30 pm

Friday, September 29, 2017

  • Boys Golf Varsity: Seattle Prep. vs Ballard at Jackson Park Golf Course, 3:30 pm
  • Girls Soccer C-Team: Ingraham vs Ballard, location TBD, 4:15 pm
  • Girls Golf Varsity: Seattle Prep. vs Ballard at Jackson Park Golf Course, 3:30 pm

Saturday, September 30, 2017

  • Football Frosh: Roosevelt vs Ballard at BHS, 10:00 am
  • Football Varsity: West Seattle vs Ballard at Memorial Stadium, Sea., 5:00 pm
  • Boys Cross Country Varsity: at Curtis Chambers Creek Properties, 9:15 am
  • Girls Cross Country Varsity: at Curtis Chambers Creek Properties, 9:15 am

 

 

Development Update Sept. 25: 54-unit apartment building approved for 15th Ave NW

Today’s development update includes an approval for a 54-unit apartment building along the 15th Ave NW corridor, as posted in the city’s Land Use Information Bulletin.

7730 15TH AVE NW

A Land Use Application has been approved with conditions to allow a 4-story structure containing 54 apartments above 3,274 sq. ft. of ground level retail space. Parking for 27 vehicles to be provided within the structure. Existing structures to be demolished.

The following appealable decisions have been made based on submitted plans:

Conditionally Grant – Design Review

Conditions: Conditions have been placed on this project. You may view the decision through our web-based Land Use Information Bulletin, or contact either the assigned planner whose name and phone number appears above, or contact the Public Resource Center (206-684-8467, prc@seattle.gov).

Determination of Non-Significance with conditions (no environmental impact statement required). Environmental review completed and project conditioned as applicable. This DNS is issued using the optional DNS process in WAC 197.11.355 and SMC 25.05.355. The comment period was originally published on January 28, 2016 and there is no further comment period on this DNS.
Conditions: Conditions have been placed on this project. You may view the decision through our web-based Land Use Information Bulletin, or contact either the assigned planner whose name and phone number appears above, or contact the Public Resource Center (206-684-8467, prc@seattle.gov).

Appeals of this decision must be received by the Hearing Examiner no later than 10/9/2017.

 

Theater for Young Children returning to Ballard this fall

A youth theater program is coming back to Ballard this fall, set to offer performances at local community centers.

Theater for Young Children toured Seattle’s parks over the summer, and they’re continuing their performances at Ballard Community Center and Local Heights Community Center in the coming months. The theater group will be performing Juan and Maria (based on a Filipino folk tale similar to Hanzel and Gretel) and Scaredy Squirrel, created by author Melanie Watt. The 50-minute plays are all free, and are appropriate for children ages 2 to 10.

Juan at Maria (Juan and Maria in Tagalog) and Scaredy Squirrel will perform at the Ballard Community Center on Wed, Oct. 18th at 11:15 am, and at the Loyal Heights Community Center on Friday, Nov. 17th.