Police seek woman who shoved child at Ballard Community Center

An intoxicated woman made her way into the Ballard Community on Monday afternoon and attempted to access a restricted area, according to Seattle PD.

“Staff members confronted the woman, who became agitated and walked toward the exit. On her way out the door, the woman shoved a four-year-old girl to the ground,” police said.

When officers arrived, the woman was gone. The child sustained minor injuries, and police are investigating the case as an assault.

Officers have provided a rather rudimentary suspect description: “White female in her 50s, approximately 5’8, with short blonde hair, dressed in all black.”

(File photo)

Homeowner shoots suspected burglar

Seattle Police say a homeowner in Loyal Heights shot a man attempting to break into his home just after 4 a.m. on Sunday.

Detective Mark Jamieson told My Ballard that the homeowner in the 6700 block of 25th Ave. NW discovered a man inside the mud room of his home attempting to break into the house. The homeowner fired a single shot through the door, striking the man, who fled the area. The homeowner called 911.

Seattle Police said a neighbor reported seeing a dark-colored station wagon leave the scene.

Ten minutes later, Swedish Ballard reported that a man with a gunshot wound to the abdomen had arrived in the emergency room. Responding officers discovered the station wagon parked nearby with fresh blood, possible stolen property and a man and woman inside, Jamieson said. The man had an outstanding warrant and was arrested. The woman, who is the sister of the man who was shot, was questioned and released, police say.

The man with the gunshot wound is currently at Harborview Medical Center. Police are waiting to talk with him.

(Our thanks to several neighbors, including Silver, who tipped us and posted in the My Ballard Facebook group.)

SeafoodFest and Viking Days combine on Ballard’s biggest summer weekend

Get ready for an action-packed, sun-filled weekend that’s expected to draw more than 75,000 people to Central Ballard.

The 44th annual SeafoodFest is back with all the fixings — live music, salmon BBQ, lutefisk eating contest, beer gardens, kids events and more — and for the first time, Viking Days will be held at the same time a few blocks away at the new Nordic Museum.

The weather will be quite warm, with the forecast calling for temperatures in the mid-to-upper 80s.

The SeafoodFest kicks off tonight (Friday) at 7 p.m. with a concert featuring #All4Doras and Nite Wave near the belltower on Ballard Ave. You’ll see a full beer and cocktail garden as well as food trucks Nosh, Off the Rez, Paella House and Where Ya At Matt.

Then on Saturday morning at 9 a.m., the Viking Fun Run gets the day started at the new Nordic Museum (2655 NW Market St.) Participants are encouraged to wear “Norse seafaring attire” (which every true Ballardite has in their closet duh), and prizes will be awarded for time winners and best costumes. You can register right here ($40).

SeafoodFest gets underway at 11 a.m. on both Saturday and Sunday, taking over Market St., Ballard Ave., 22nd Ave., Leary Way, Bergen Place and Ballard Commons Park. (In other words, do not attempt to drive through Central Ballard this weekend.) Here’s the map:

SeafoodFest’s big draw is the food, of course. Dozens of food vendors will line Market St. between 20th and 22nd Ave. As always, Trident Seafoods will be BBQing its alder-smoke salmon on 22nd just north of Market. New this year, they’re also offering Penn Cove steamed mussels at the Clam and Mussel Shack along with those king crab legs at the Crab Shack. To pay, buy tokens at the information booth or in the beer garden.

One of our favorite annual events is the lutefisk eating contest. This year will be a particularly taxing event for those 10 unlucky participants: they’ll be inhaling that disgusting slimy fish sludge under a hot afternoon sun. The event begins Sunday at 3 p.m. at Bergen Place.

The music mainstage is at Ballard Ave. and 22nd, and here’s the music lineup with headliners Blitzen Trapper and All Them Witches on Saturday evening.

Just south of the mainstage on Ballard Ave. is Game Plank, an activities space featuring the Miss Homestreet Seafair hydroplane on display, aerial performances by Arcadia Seattle, giant Jenga, corn hole, ladder balls, bucket ball, badminton and a doggie splash. On Sunday, this space turns into the Ballard Farmers Market.

The arts and crafts booths will be on Market St. to the west of 22nd Ave. and along Leary Way.

Up in Ballard Commons Park, you’ll find Kids Deck, which has a packed schedule of events. Seattle Fire’s Engine 18 will be there with bouncy houses, face painting, bubbles and a lot more.

Also at Ballard Commons, the skate park turns into Festi-Bowl on Saturday — the largest all-ages skateboarding competition in Seattle. It will also feature clinics, lessons and live music.

Wait, there’s more! Viking Days has its own schedule of events from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday — if you have yet to explore the new Nordic museum, now’s your chance. The always-popular Swedish pancake breakfast will be served both days from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. There’s a full entertainment lineup, plenty of Scandinavian food, crafts, a Viking encampment, kids activities and a beer garden, to boot.

If your head is spinning with all this weekend’s goodness, we’re still not done. Here are a few more tidbits to watch for:

  • It’s not opening until this fall due to permit delays, but the Skål Beer Hall at 5429 Ballard Ave. is holding a sneak peek during SeafoodFest. Doors will be open Saturday from 12-4 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Old Ballard Liquor Co. will be hosting its annual food booth, Tumble Swede, with Scandinavian sandwiches “alongside a brand new treat special for this year: lobster tail corndogs!” Oh my. The booth will be located on Market Street, in front of Camera Tech and Lil’ Woody’s.
  • The Salmon Bay Eagles are hosting an open house membership drive on Saturday to coincide with SeafoodFest. “The community is encouraged to come on down during the fest and enjoy drink specials on the patio and free live music later on in the evening.” Kids are welcome. Located on 20th Ave. between Russell and Leary.

Is there anything we’re missing? Feel free to add in comments, and have fun out there!

Thieves steal 800-pound antique bell from Ballard Elks Lodge

A 130-year-old brass bell that sat in front of the Ballard Elks Lodge on Shilshole Bay was stolen over the weekend.

Somehow thieves had loaded up the 800-pound bell from its resting spot in front of the lodge. Members reported the crime to police, hoping it was just a prank. Then when they started calling scrap yards in the area out of precaution, they made a sad discovery.

Recycling Depot in Georgetown told them that it received pieces of what appeared to be a brass bell.

“It’s really tough to decipher what’s stolen and what’s not stolen,” the manager of Recycling Depot told KIRO 7 when the TV station called. “We like to help as much as we can with something like this.” He said they bought the pieces for about $200.

It’s unclear how many pieces of the bell will be recovered. One member on Facebook said the bell originated from the Fremont Fire Marshall years ago.

In the meantime, Ballard Elks members said they’re putting up security cameras.

Gemenskap Park community meeting tonight

If you live near the new Gemenskap Park on 14th Ave. NW, there’s a community meeting tonight (Thursday) that you may want to attend.

The East Ballard Community Association (EBCA) and St. Alphonsus have teamed up with Seattle PD, Parks and Recreation and the Department of Neighborhoods to hold a meeting to “share concerns as well as ideas to ensure the park and surrounding neighborhood remain a safe and vibrant place for our community.”

The meeting runs from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the St. Alphonsus Family Center (1415 NW 58th St).

Then this Saturday, EBCA is inviting volunteers on the “Summer Clean Sweep,” cleaning up 14th Ave. NW and the park site. Food and beverages will be served, and kids are invited, too. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Meet at Blowing Sands Glass on 14th Ave. NW and NW 58th St.

While not quite complete — landscaping has been delayed due to utility work — Gemenskap Park is expected to open later this summer.

(Gemenskap Park photo from EBCA. You can see more here).

Busy evening for Seattle Fire at Golden Gardens

Updated: Seattle Fire responded to two different emergency calls in the waters off Ballard this evening, just 15 minutes apart.

At 5:01 p.m., Seattle Fire received a call for three swimmers in trouble at Golden Gardens. When firefighters arrived — both by land and water — the swimmers had been assisted by beachgoers to the shore, Seattle Fire said. Medics took a look at them, but there were no injuries.

Then at 5:16 p.m. — just 15 minutes after the first call — Seattle Fire received a call for a vessel in distress near Shilshole Bay Marina, right next door to Golden Gardens. The call came in as a fire on board. The same fire boat responded along with Seattle PD’s harbor patrol.

This was the view from Ray’s, courtesy of Andrew who sent us the photo:

“There was no fire on the boat, however the boat was reportedly having engine problems and needed assistance,” Seattle Fire’s Kristin Tinsley told My Ballard.

So a good outcome for a very busy 30 minutes along the Ballard waterfront — always a good reminder to play it safe out on the water this time of year.

Tiny house village for homeless women opens in Whittier Heights

After months of volunteer work, Seattle’s first sanctioned homeless camp dedicated to women is now open, and residents are moving in today.

Managed by the Low Income Housing Institute (LIHI), the Whittier Heights Tiny House Village — located at 8030 15th Ave. NW — features 15 tiny homes. The City Light building on site has been refurbished as a community area with restrooms, showers and laundry. Most of the houses were built by all-women teams of volunteers and carpenters, led by Women4Women.

LIHI says staff will be on the property around the clock to enforce a code of conduct and ensure a safe, clean environment. A case manager will assist residents to find long-term housing, employment and healthcare.

Some neighbors have expressed concerns about the new village — especially those located directly across the alley to the east. That side of the village is fenced off from the alley, and the sole entrance is located on 15th Ave. NW. The site is bordered by Homestreet Bank to the north and Duo apartments to the south.

The village was the site of Mayor Durkan’s announcement in May to ramp up short-term efforts to get homeless people off the streets. After Nickelsville moved out of Ballard in March, the village is the only sanctioned camp in the neighborhood.

Katsu Burger opens in old Skillet location

After a series of sneak previews, Katsu Burger and Sushi has opened — with some limited hours — in the old Skillet location at 2034 NW 56th St.

As we previewed back in March, the Ballard menu features several variations of its huge, deep-fried burgers as well as a sushi bar, bento and a full cocktail bar.

During the “soft opening,” Katsu is open from 4 to 9 p.m. during the week and from noon to 9 p.m. on weekends. Katsu says the plan is to open for lunch on weekdays “very soon.” A grand opening is planned for later this month.

Katsu Burger is also in Capitol Hill, Georgetown, Lynnwood and Bellevue. The Ballard location is the first to offer a full bar, sushi and bento.

Volunteer to clean Ballard Bridge’s sidewalks

If you’re feeling industrious this Saturday, head on down to Peddler Brewing for the quarterly cleaning of the sidewalks along the Ballard Bridge.

“While we impatiently wait for the city to make it safer to cross, we’re doing our part to keep it clean! Peddler has adopted the Ballard Bridge Sidewalk through the Adopt-A-Street Program,” explains the event listing from Peddler Brewing.

To help with the clean-up this Saturday, first RSVP here. Then meet at Peddler Brewing (near the bridge at 1514 NW Leary Way) at 9:45 a.m. You’ll be back at the brewery by noon to enjoy a beer.

New office building gets green light

The city has approved the permit to build a 4-story office building in two lots at the corner of 14th Ave. NW and NW 51th St.

In its initial proposal, the developer said it was planning a restaurant on the first floor — now it’s marked “commercial” instead. The plans call for 15 parking spots.

The vacant industrial lot on the corner sold for $850,000 last summer. The building next door was a machine shop. Both lots will be combined together for the office project.

While residential buildings are exploding around Ballard, new office space is much less common.

(We initially posted the wrong street, but have corrected. Thanks to all for pointing out the error!)