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Meowzers is missing in Ballard

July 18th, 2017 by Meghan Walker

Meowzers the cat is missing in Ballard.

She was last seen Friday, July 7 at the apartments near 15th Ave NW and NW 64th St, according to her owner Melissa Mixon.

“My BFF is MIA!”, Melissa’s missing cat poster reads. She describes her as fluffy with mostly white and dark gray coloring, with a little brown and black. Meowzers is about eight years old, and is friendly but a little skittish with strangers. Her left ear is clipped at the end.

“My friend was in the Air Force there and found her as a stray kitten. When he was transferred to Hawaii several years ago and couldn’t keep her, he gave her to me. She has a lot of spunk and hustle so I’m really hoping she’s okay,” Melissa says.

Meowzers is microchipped, but is not wearing a collar. Melissa asks that people contact her with any information on 512-934-8155.

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Gather Kitchen and Bar to open next to Ballard Commons Park

July 18th, 2017 by Meghan Walker

A restaurant and bar will soon be opening under the Ballard Commons apartment building. It’s called Gather Kitchen and Bar (5605 22nd Ave NW), and according to their website, is set to open doors in August.

“Inspired by travel and family gatherings,” their website reads, “Chef Ryan Donaldson opened Gather with the goal of creating a family style menu of both intriguing and familiar flavors with a global influence in a setting that invokes feelings of comfort.”

Their menu includes a range of vegetarian, seafood and meat entrees. Veggie options include dishes such as Anson Mills polenta with roasted wild mushrooms and an apple demi place ($16); and fried cauliflower with Uncle Chen’s Buffalo Sauce, sweet cucumber pickles and a blue cheese mousse ($12). Seafood options include dishes such as roasted dungeness crab with,posole verde, cilantro and radish ($17), and grilled octopus with romesco, fried potatoes and a black olive vinaigrette ($18). In the “Pasture” section includes dishes such as braised beef cheek with Parisian gnocchi, red onion marmalade, and ricotta cheese ($28) and crispy chicken thighs with berbere spice and a watermelon salad ($19).

The Gather bar will have a range of classic and signature cocktails, wine, and craft beer. Their hours will be Tuesday to Thursday, 5pm – 10pm, Friday and Saturday 5pm – 11pm, and Sunday 10am – 10pm.


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Development Update July 17: one subdivision application

July 17th, 2017 by Meghan Walker

Today’s update includes one subdivision application to divide one parcel of land into two separate lots. The update comes from the City of Seattle’s Department of Planning and Development (DPD) as posted in the Land Use Information Bulletin.

2222 NW 64TH ST

A Land Use Application has been submitted to subdivide one parcel into two parcels of land. Proposed parcel sizes are: A) 3,397 sq. ft. and B) 1,601 sq. ft. Existing structures to be demolished.

Comments may be submitted through 07/31/2017.

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Peaches is missing in Ballard

July 17th, 2017 by Meghan Walker

An orange tabby cat named Peaches has gone for a walkabout in Ballard.

His owner Jacqueline Erbe says he went missing a couple days ago from 21st and  95th Ave NW in Blue Ridge/Olympic Manor.

Jacqueline says Peaches is an older cat, and is orange with some white markings. “He is very sweet and friendly,” she says, adding that he wears a purple snap-off collar. “We are worried sick about him.”

If you see him or have information about his whereabouts, contact Jacqueline at 206-409-5019.

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Wild salmon dinner and Norwegian folk dancing at Leif Erikson Hall

July 17th, 2017 by Meghan Walker

The Leif Erikson Hall (2245 NW 57th) will soon host a wild salmon dinner with Norwegian folk dancing performances on Wednesday, August 16.

From the organizers:

Join us Leif Erikson Lodge for an amazing salmon dinner, followed by elegant Norwegian dances performed by Roo Lester and Jerry Walsh, accompanied by the dramatic music of fiddler Peter Michaelsen. The young and lively Poulsbo Leikarringen brings you the joy of children sharing their heritage. Jeff and Jane Anderson love to play fun traditional music on fiddle and torader. It’s the debut night for The Toraders, a group of people playing a two row type of accordion.

Dinner starts at 6 pm, with the performance and public dance instruction to follow at 7:30 pm. Tickets can be purchased online, and are $20 for adults and kids over 13, $10 for kids ages 6-12, and free admission for kids 5 and under.

Photo courtesy Norsk Folkdance Stemne

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Design a parklet for your hood

July 17th, 2017 by Meghan Walker

Applications are now open for Seattle’s annual PARK(ing) Day, in which mini-parks in on-street parking spaces pop up all over the city. The city is accepting applications for parklet proposals until August 18; PARK(ing) Day is on September 15.

In order to design your one-day parklet, share your vision on the city’s application form with simple sketches of your plan on the templates they provide. Go to the PARK(ing) Day webpage for the application, examples and guidelines. Then email the completed form, including parking space numbers, your site description, a site plan sketch, and any questions to  To get an idea of what a parklet actually looks like, click here for a gallery of past installations.

New this year is a funding opportunity through the Small Sparks Neighborhood Matching Fund, which offers up to $5,000 (up from $1,000 last year) to help community groups create a great PARK(ing) Day park. Applications for funding must be received by August 7, 2017, through the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods.

Photo courtesy Seattle Department of Neighborhoods

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What’s on this weekend

July 14th, 2017 by Meghan Walker

It’s a quiet weekend in Ballard, with the usual plethora of live music options and the ever-busy farmer’s market on Sunday. As always, if you have anything to add to the calendar, email

Enjoy the beautiful weather and have a great weekend!

Friday, July 14

  • Live Music:
    • Thrashgrass: Split Lip Rayfield w/ Sweet Lou’s Sour Mash at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW) at 9 p.m. Tickets $15.
    • Tomten, Chris Cheveyo, Moon Palace at Sunset Tavern (5433 Ballard Ave NW) 9 p.m. Tickets $10.

Saturday, July 15

  • Greyhound Meet and Greet at All the Best Pet Care (1909 NW Market St.) Saturday, July 15, from 11am-1pm. Join us to meet retired racing greyhounds, learn about adoption, volunteer opportunities and more. Click here for more information.
  • Live Music:
    • Seattle’s Own Tribute to Van Morrison: Minivan Morrison w/ Yada Yada Blues Band at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW) at 9 p.m. Tickets $10.
    • Head Band, Barton Carroll, Gabriel Mintz at Sunset Tavern (5433 Ballard Ave NW) 9 p.m. Tickets $10.

Sunday, July 16

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Ballard Commons Park to receive new permanent toilets

July 14th, 2017 by Meghan Walker

Ballard will be one of two Seattle neighborhoods to receive a Portland Loo, a public restroom with graffiti-resistant stainless steel walls and angled slats that make it partly open-air, specifically designed in order to discourage drug-use.

The Portland Loo was originally meant for Pioneer Square, but after but much public debate, the plan was scrapped, and now the U District and Ballard will instead receive the loos. Ballard’s toilets will be installed in Ballard Commons Park, replacing the current portaloos.

Gary Johnson with the Seattle Department of Planning and Development says Seattle would benefit from the Portland-designed loos because they provide just enough privacy without promoting drug use or other criminal activity.

“They’ve really hit upon a design that works well and doesn’t have problems that automatic toilets or brick and mortar toilets have,” Johnson told My Ballard.

“One of the things that stands out in my mind is that they continue to attract a broad range of users. They’re not stigmatized as toilets just for the homeless. [In Portland] they’re used by tourists, and parents with kids. I have confidence they’ll work well here.”

The Portland Loos cost about $100,000; the city has allocated a total of $300,000 per loo for both the purchase of the toilets and the installation. The city’s Department of Neighborhoods will now work with Ballard community groups to provide public engagement opportunities before installing the toilets, a process Johnson estimates will take several months.

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Deer spotted wandering down 24th Ave NW

July 14th, 2017 by Meghan Walker

It seems a deer may have lost its way on Thursday; this photo was posted on Twitter yesterday afternoon.

According to Seattle’s Animal Control, it’s not uncommon for wildlife to occasionally wander through Seattle’s streets. For example, over the years, we’ve had many reports of coyotes in Ballard.

While unlikely that a deer may cause problems, Seattle Animal Control (who doesn’t deal with wildlife reports) says any issues with wildlife should be directed to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife at 425-775-1311.


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Development Update July 13: application for Ship Canal Water Quality Project

July 13th, 2017 by Meghan Walker

In this week’s development update is an application to move ahead with Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) and King County’s Ship Canal Water Quality Project, which is a 2.7-mile, approximately 14-foot diameter tunnel that will capture and temporarily hold more than 15 million gallons of stormwater mixed with some sewage during heavy rains. Flows will then be sent to the existing West Point Wastewater Treatment Plant in Magnolia.

Development updates come from the City of Seattle’s Department of Planning and Development (DPD) as posted in the Land Use Information Bulletin.

Cancelled appeal hearing:

1532 NW 60TH ST

The hearing originally scheduled for Tuesday, August 15, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. has been dismissed and the hearing has been cancelled.










Shoreline Substantial Development has submitted an application to transport sewer and stormwater to West Point Treatment Plant via a 2.7-mile underground tunnel. (Seattle Public Utilities, Ship Canal Water Quality Project). Crossing under the Ship Canal occurs at 3600 3rd Ave NW and 3623 Leary Way NW. Environmental review includes projects 3028108, 3028109, 3028110, 3028112, 3028113, 3028126, 3028128, and 3028129. Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement dated January 2017 has been prepared by Seattle Public Utilities.

Comments may be submitted through 08/11/2017.



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