Current Nordic Heritage Museum to close its doors on Nov. 20

The Nordic Heritage Museum is gearing up for their move to Market St, which means they’ll be closing their current location on Nov. 20. The grand opening at the new location isn’t until May 5, so in the meantime, they’ll provide programming off-site.

“There’s only a few weeks left to see the Museum in its current location, including our original core exhibition, The Dream of America. The new building’s core exhibition will expand the story and be presented in a brand-new way, so if you love The Dream as much as we do, be sure to visit us before Yulefest,” according to the museum’s event organizers.

They have several upcoming events, including a welcoming reception for the Finnish Ambassador Kirsti Kauppi on Nov. 3.  Yulefest is just around the corner, held on Nov. 18 and 19, just before the museum closes. For all upcoming events, click here.

Trick-or-treating map for Ballard

Here it is, folks: your 2017 Ballard trick-or-treating map. You can still add your house to the list by clicking the map below. Businesses in downtown Ballard will be handing out candy as well from 4 to 6pm along Ballard Ave and NW Market St.

Also, don’t miss the Stranger Things Haunted Driveway at 7522 20th Ave NW between 6 and 8 pm. “Beware the demogorgons and lab-coated scientists for your taste of three musketeers, and find out once and for all if there really is justice for Barb,” the

Have a safe and fun Halloween in Ballard!

Diagon Alley comes to Ballard

A Ballard man has taken Halloween to a new level: he’s built a replica of Harry Potter’s Diagon Alley in his driveway. Jon Chambers, 46, has been working on the project for several months at his home across from Whittier Heights Elementary. His creation opens today – just in time for trick-or-treating.  

Just in case you don’t understand the scale of the #diagonalleyproject, here are a couple of posers to show it.

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Chambers told GeekWire that his two daughters, ages 7 and 11, are both huge Harry Potter fans, which was his inspiration for the project. He’s currently between jobs, and started Diagon Alley as a creative project before his next job. “Really what I love to do is build products in that startup environment,” he told GeekWire. “So this is kind of a creative refresh project for me before I start my new thing.”

To read the full story from GeekWire and to see more photos, click here.

Free car washes for military members at Brown Bear on Veterans Day

On Veterans Day (Saturday, Nov. 11), Brown Bear car wash will be offering free car washes to all current or former members of the military. The free washes will be available at their Ballard location at 5111 15th Ave NW.

The free wash offer operates on an honor system; no verification or documentation of military service is required. They ask that drivers identify themselves as current or former members of the military to the wash attendant upon arrival.

Brown Bear will donate $1 for every car washed on Veterans Day to Puget Sound Honor Flight, which transports Western Washington war veterans to visit memorials in Washington, D.C.

Hear from local writers at the Ballard Writers Collective’s 8th annual reading

On Friday, Nov. 3, the Ballard Writers Collective will host their 8th annual reading at the Sunset Hill Community Association (3003 NW 66th). Local writers will read from their new works on the theme “Peace of Mind”.

In addition to the reading, there will be a gift basket raffle and book sales by the authors. “Since 2010 this event has brought together neighbors building a community almost 200 strong,” Ballard writer Peggy Sturdivant tells My Ballard. The readers this year will be: Charlotte & Michele Bacon, Kristina Cerise, Jan Dalrymple, Diana Elser, Treya Forlenza, Karen Gamble, Roselle Kovitz, Ann Teplick, Meg Pasquini, Francine Walls, Jenny Zenner and music by Bob Dalrymple.

Admission is free and the event is open to the public.

Development Update Oct. 30: townhouse approvals on 15th Ave NW

Today’s update includes decisions to allow the construction of two separate nine townhouses units, just next to one another at NW 80th St and 15th Ave NW. The updates come from the city’s Land Use Information Bulletin.

Revised Notice of Decision:

924 NW 51ST ST

On September 14, 2017 the Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections (SDCI) published notice of the decision to grant a subdivision of one parcel into two parcels of land.

The notice incorrectly stated that SDCI had made a determination of non-significance rather than the approval of the short subdivision.

To correct this error, SDCI is re-noticing the decision.  There is no change to the decision itself.

Revised Notice:

Decision: Land Use Application to subdivide one parcel into two parcels of land. Proposed Parcel sizes are: A) 3,394 sq. ft. and B) 1,600 sq. ft. Existing structures to be demolished.

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

Grant – Short Subdivision to create two parcels of land.

Appeals of this decision must be received by the Hearing Examiner no later than November 13, 2017

Decisions:

8015 15TH AVE NW

Land Use Application to allow nine townhouse units in three structures. Parking for nine vehicles to be provided. Existing structures to be demolished. Environmental review includes future Unit Lot Subdivision.

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 November 7, 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 11/13/2017.

8023 15TH AVE NW

Land Use Application to allow nine townhouse units in three structures. Parking for nine vehicles to be provided. Existing structures to be demolished. Environmental review includes future Unit Lot Subdivision.

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 November 7, 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 11/13/2017.

What’s on this weekend

Plenty of Halloween events to choose from this weekend, from fall festivals and carnivals to costume contests and karaoke at local breweries.

Enjoy your Hallo-weekend!

Friday, October 27:

  • Scary Movie Night: Evil Dead at Peddler Brewing, 8pm. “Come get scared with us in our covered beer garden and try not to spill your pint! Join us to enjoy the campy, gory horror of the 1981 original Evil Dead. Mark your calendar and prep your costume!”
  • Whittier Elementary Fall Carnival, 6 – 9 pm. Food trucks, games, prizes, Light Up Store, popcorn and candy, and the inaugural “Hogwarts Experience: Snape’s Potions Class”.  Food trucks begin food service on the playground at 5:00pm – Dante’s Inferno Dogs, Veraci and Rancho Bravo. School doors, carnival games open at 6:00pm
  • Live Music:
    •  Scarlet Parke and My Cartoon Heart at Sunset Tavern (5433 Ballard Ave NW), 9pm, $12.
    • Violent Friends Halloween Party (Tribute to the Violent Femmes) at Conor Byrne Pub (5140 Ballard Ave NW) at 9pm, $10.
    • Purple Mane w/ Headwaves & Adra Boo at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW) at 9pm. $12.
    • Jazz at Egan’s Ballard Jam House (1707 NW Market St).7pm – Jazz Vocalist Cara Francis [Website] – with Hans Brehmer (piano), Paul Gabrielson (bass) and Robert Rushing (drums) ($10 cover)9pm – Andy and the Architects ($10 cover)

Saturday, October 28:

Sunday, October 29:

  • Howl-O-Ween Dog Party at Peddler Brewing3-6pm. Dog Costume Contest:
    Enter your dog between 3-5pm (we’ll take a polaroid pic!); 3-6pm: All beers purchased get 1 ballot to vote with; 5pm: All dogs entered, numbered, and time to start voting; 5-6pm: Make your choice & turn in your ballots; 6pm: Winners announced, prizes for top 4.
  • Stoup Brewing Anniversary Halloween Run, 11:45am. “Join our Sunday Run for a special Halloween Costume & Parkinson’s fundraising edition. 3 miles followed by $1 off pints for runners.
  • Ballard Farmer’s Market along Ballard Ave from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Click here to see this week’s specials.
  • Live Music:
    • Open mic at Conor Byrne Pub (5140 Ballard Ave NW) sign-ups at 7:30 pm.
    • Hockey Dad and Animals in the Attic at Sunset Tavern (5433 Ballard Ave NW), 8pm, $12.
    • Showbox Presents: The Black Heart Procession w/ Sam Coomes at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW) at 8pm. $15.

Community meeting to discuss Baker Park addition project

On Saturday, Oct. 28, Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) will host a meeting for the Baker Park on Crown Hill addition project. The meeting will be from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. at Crown Hill Dental (1421 NW 85th St).

“Please join Seattle Parks and Recreation’s project manager and senior landscape architect to provide input and review designs of play equipment options,” SPR tells My Ballard. They say all ages are encouraged to attend and participate.

A bit of history on the project:

SPR purchased the .23-acre site directly adjacent and south of Baker Park on Crown Hill, 8341 14th Ave NW, in 2013. The design of the addition will incorporate accessibility features in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act standards and will provide access to open space within this high-density neighborhood. SPR is working with the community on the design and would like to thank everyone who has participated in the previous meetings.

Funding for this park project is provided by the Seattle Park District. Approved by Seattle voters in 2014, the Seattle Park District provides more than $47 million a year in long-term funding that supports Seattle Parks and Recreation’s maintenance of parklands and facilities, operation of community centers and recreation programs, and development of new neighborhood parks on previously acquired sites.

For more information or for meeting notification translations, click here.