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Asadero Sinaloa Mexican Steakhouse opens in Ballard

September 21st, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

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Kent favorite Asadero Sinaloa Mexican steakhouse is now open in the former Zayda Buddy’s space at 5404 Leary Ave NW.

According to a report by Seattle Eater, the new eatery will feature many of the menu items that made them well-known in Kent including wood-fired Sonoran beef, homemade flour tortillas, stone-ground salsas, fish tacos and seafood dishes.

The new space has a capacity of 90 guests and the team is planning to eventually be open for lunch in addition to hosting live music events.

During their soft opening, Asadero Sinaloa will be open from Tuesday to Sunday 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.

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Motorbike stolen from Chuck’s Hop Shop

September 20th, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

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My Ballard reader Lisa emailed in to report that her boyfriend’s 1980 Honda CM200 was stolen from Chuck’s Hop Shop on 85th on Monday night sometime after 5 p.m.

The bike is a small red/maroon cruiser with some scratches on the left side of the tank, license # 9D7665.

“It’s not worth any money but it is a lot of fun to ride and a very reliable motorbike,” says Lisa.

If anyone sees the motor bike email lisa.unsoeldchang@gmail.com or contact Seattle PD at (206) 684-0850 in regards to case #2016-339822.

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Recycling event on this weekend at Our Redeemer’s

September 20th, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

Make a Clean Sweep with this fall’s recycling and donation event at Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church (NW 85th Street and 25th Ave NW) this Saturday, September 24, from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Event organizers are encouraging locals to clean out their basements and garages and get rid of all those unwanted electronic items, metal, styrofoam and clothing.

Our Redeemer’s is partnering with SBK | Green Century Electronic Recycle for an E-recycling event. Check out the Facebook event page for the full list of accepted items.

The EarthCare Team will also be collecting clean, dry styrofoam (please remove all tape and labels). They are unable to accept hot tub covers or any wet or dirty styrofoam.

Gently used clothing will be collected for donation to The Bridge Care Center. The center is especially looking for men’s jeans, socks and shoes.

Recycling at Saturday’s event is free. Our Redeemer’s Youth will be on hand to manage the event and accept donations for their Mission Fund.

Locals are reminded to kindly not drop off anything before 9 a.m.

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Learn about Climate Change at Peddler trivia event

September 19th, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

The folks at Peddler Brewing (1514 NW Leary Way) are hosting a trivia event for Cascadia Climate Action tonight (Monday, September 19) from 7:30 p.m.

Attendees can take part in the trivia, enjoy the brews and learn more about Climate Change.

Rachel White, PhD, climate researcher with the UW Joint Institute of Studies on the Atmosphere and Ocean, will speak about the effects of global warming on extreme weather events such as droughts, floods, and hurricanes.

Locals have the opportunity to learn more about the science of climate change and how it may impact the Pacific Northwest in coming decades, ask questions, learn how to help, and enjoy a fun, engaging discussion around the tables in Peddler’s beer garden.

All are welcome at this all-ages event.

Click here to learn more.

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Free acupuncture for veterans at Solid Ground on Monday nights

September 19th, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

Every Monday veterans can receive free acupuncture treatments at Solid Ground in Wallingford (1501 N 45th St) from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.  The O’Kelly McClusky Seattle Military Stress Recovery Project is providing the treatments to veterans and their families.

“Treatments are based on the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association (NADA) ear protocol, which has proven to be extremely  powerful in alleviating symptoms of stress and trauma,” writes licensed acupuncturist Brenda Loew, who is in charge of the treatments.

During the appointment, participants sit fully clothed in a circle of chairs, and the licensed acupuncturist places 5 tiny needles on each ear. Participants then are invited to close their eyes and relax for 30-45 minutes while the acupuncture does its work.

“Veterans at these clinics are experiencing benefits such as a full night’s sleep for the first time in years and fewer bad dreams. They are reporting improved mental clarity, less anxiety and a reduction in stress,” writes Loew.

Acupuncture is also currently being investigated by the Walter Reed Medical Center in Washington D.C. as a viable treatment modality for PTSD in returning veterans.

If you are interested in receiving a treatment simply attend the treatment session at Solid Ground anytime between 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. each Monday evening. Please arrive no later than 7:30 p.m. to ensure that you can gain the benefits of receiving a full session.

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Development Update September 19: One subdivision

September 19th, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

One decision makes up today’s update from the City of Seattle’s Department of Construction and Inspections as posted in the Land Use Information Bulletin.

Decision:

1720 NW 60th St

A Land Use Application has been approved to subdivide one development site into three unit lots. The construction of residential units is under Project #6520976. This subdivision of property is only for the purpose of allowing sale or lease of the unit lots. Development standards will be applied to the original parcel and not to each of the new unit lots.

Appeals of the above decision must be received by the Hearing Examiner no later than 10/3/2016.

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Board of Park Commissioners to host hearing on People, Dogs and Parks Strategic Plan

September 16th, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

The Board of Park Commissioners will hold a public hearing to receive feedback on the Draft People, Dogs and Parks Strategic Plan. The meeting will take place at Miller Community Center (330 19th Ave E) on Thursday, September 22, at 6:30 p.m.

The plan will guide the operations of existing off-leash areas, and provides strategies for development of future off-leash areas. It provides direction on how to spend Seattle Park District funding designated for existing off-leash areas over the six-year term of the Park District funding plan (2015-2020). The Draft People, Dogs and Parks Strategic Plan is available to view online.

The Board of Park Commissioners will receive oral and written testimony, and will make a recommendation to the Parks and Recreation Superintendent based on the feedback they receive from the public.

Seattle currently has 14 fenced off-leash areas totaling 28 acres. The People, Dogs and Parks Plan offers recommendations on how to add new off-leash areas, and how to improve off-leash area conditions and user experience.

New off-leash areas may be added through new park development, existing park redevelopment and community requests, on park land or non-park public land.

All new off-leash area proposals will be reviewed by a committee of dog- and environmental advocates, community members, animal behaviorists and Parks staff, who will make a recommendation to the Parks and Recreation Superintendent.

The Plan recommends that future off-leash areas be fenced, does not recommend allowing unleashed dogs on trails, and recommends against establishing more off-leash areas on beaches. User conflicts, limited enforcement and maintenance resources, and environmental concerns limit the capacity for adequate management of unleashed dogs in city parks outside of fenced off-leash areas.

The plan proposes the use of Seattle Park District funding to improve existing off-leash areas based on site assessments included in the plan, and to explore possibilities for partnerships and sponsorships to expand resources. It also proposes the creation of a license for dog walkers, and limiting the number of dogs in a dog-walker pack to three unless dog walkers complete an approved animal behavior training program.

Locals who want to give input but are unable to attend the meeting can give written comments, which bear equal weight to verbal comments. Please email comments to rachel.acosta@seattle.gov.

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Mayor Murray to update SPD North Precinct Plan

September 16th, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

Earlier this week, Mayor Ed Murray and Councilmembers Tim Burgess, Debora Juarez and Lorena González announced that the City will review the proposed new North Precinct facility, citing concerns around equity, cost and community needs.

The City will follow a recently-passed Council resolution and conduct a Racial Equity Toolkit review of the proposed precinct, and review key design elements that increased the project cost.

While the North Precinct serves 40 percent of the city and building a single precinct would save the city money and allow for a central training and community engagement location, other options for serving the area, including the likely more costly route of building multiple precincts, may be considered.

“The building proposed by my predecessor would address a growing need to replace the North Precinct, but clearly the public continues to have concerns about the estimated costs,” says Mayor Murray. “While we have had extensive discussions and planning, it is clear we need to reconsider the plan as proposed and ensure we are meeting the needs of the community with what we build.”

A resolution, co-sponsored by Councilmembers Burgess, Juarez and González and passed by Council last month, called for the RET analysis, and given the length of time for the review, the City will not move forward with implementing the project at this time. Additionally, the time while the RET process is being completed will be used to review other aspects of the project, including the number of facilities and overall cost.

“I remain committed to replacing the aging precinct in North Seattle and am prepared to consider multiple design options, if it is determined that is the best path for the community,” says Mayor Murray.

The City still strongly believes that there is a need for a new police facility in North Seattle and remains committed to replacing the current building. The original funding plan for the project included a mix of cash financing and almost $100 million in bonds. Given that the project will not move forward next year, the 2017 budget will not seek authority for this borrowing. However, approximately $15 million of the originally identified resources will be set aside in the budget to help address future project costs.

“We listened. Based on what we have heard from a wide variety of community members, and the Council’s review of the cost projections, we want to take another look at the component parts of the building and even redesign some of them in an effort to lower the cost,” says Councilmember Tim Burgess.

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What’s on this weekend

September 16th, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

Enjoy the weekend in Ballard at these fantastic events!

FRIDAY, September 16

  • Ballard Library Pop-Up Park to celebrate PARK(ing) Day open from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. outside the Library at 5614 22nd Ave NW.
  • Live Music
    • KISW 99.9 Presents: Airbourne with The Wild at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW) at 9 p.m. Tickets $30.
    • The 2016 Rockabilly Ball featuring Honky Tonk at Sunset Tavern (5433 Ballard Ave NW) 8:30 p.m. Tickets $15.
    • The Bruised Hearts Revue at Peddler Brewing Co. (1514 NW Leary Way) 7:30 p.m. – 10 p.m., no cover, all ages
    • Jazz at Egan’s Ballard Jam House (1707 NW Market St)
      • 7 p.m. – Solo piano with Scott Bemis – cover $10/$8 students
      • 9 p.m. – Mordy Ferber Trio – $10 cover

SATURDAY, September 17

    • Golden Gardens Beach Clean Up from 10 a.m. – noon. Attendees should look for the Windermere Flags at Golden Gardens to locate the clean up group. All are welcome.
    • Greyhound Meet and Greet at All the Best Pet Care (1909 NW Market St) from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Join us to meet retired racing greyhounds, learn about adoption, volunteer opportunities and more.
    • 2nd Annual Ballard Oktoberfest from 11 a.m. Fun for the whole family at Verity Credit Union and four Ballard breweries.
    • Falling Inward: An Equinox Yoga Ceremony (5340 Ballard Ave NW) at Kula Movement Center (5340 Ballard Ave NW) from 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. This energizing & expansive yoga ceremony  is designed to integrate and balance your body, mind and spirit to support seasonal change.  Cost is $45 pre-registered/$50 at the door. Register online or call (206) 972-2999.
    • Live Music
      • Jazz at Egan’s Ballard Jam House (1707 NW Market St) at 7 p.m. featuring Fundamental Forces – cover $8
      • Sara Watkins (Nickel Creek/Watkins Family) with Mikaela Davis at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW) at 9 p.m. Tickets $20.
      • The 2016 Rockabilly Ball featuring Rockabilly at Sunset Tavern (5433 Ballard Ave NW) 8:30 p.m. Tickets $15.
      • The Bitter Roots Live Show at Substation (645 NW 45th at) from 6 p.m.

SUNDAY, September 18

    • Ballard Farmer’s Market along Ballard Ave from 10 a.m.- 3 p.m.
    • Sunday Morning Meditation at Amazing Grace Spiritual Center (2007 NW 61st St) from 10 a.m. – 10:20 a.m.
    • Medicare Made Clear Information Session at Ballard Library (5614 22nd Ave NW) from 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Medicare specialist Jean Cormier of Cormier Insurance will provide an overview of the different parts of Medicare (Parts A, B, C, D and supplements), what they cover and how they work. 
    • Sunday Movies at King’s Hardware (5225 Ballard Ave NW) present River’s Edge. Movie starts at sundown on the back patio.
    • Live Music
      • Open mic at Conor Byrne Pub (5140 Ballard Ave NW) sign-up at 7:30 p.m.
      • The Hasslers, Alki JonesAlex Rasmussen and the Road at Sunset Tavern (5433 Ballard Ave NW) 8 p.m. Tickets $8.

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Ballardites feature in Alt For Norge reality show

September 15th, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

The My Ballard team is excited to report that three contestants on this years season of Alt For Norge reality television show have connections to our neighborhood.

The first episode of Alt For Norge’s seventh season aired last week and features Lars Phillips, who grew up in Ballard, Heidi Somes, who lives in Ballard, and Kate Mills, who also grew up in Ballard.

The Nordic Heritage Museum hosted a Premiere Party last Sunday to celebrate the occasion and over one hundred attendees were there to support our local contestants.

Ballard is showcased in the show during the hometown bios. Check out Phillips’ video below:

Readers can also check out Somes’ and Mills’ hometown bios online.

Click here to check out the Alt for Norge Facebook page and keep up with the weekly episodes.

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Oktoberfest set to take over the neighborhood this Saturday

September 15th, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

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The Second Annual Ballard Oktoberfest is set for this Saturday, September 17. The event, sponsored by Verity Credit Union, is set to draw hundreds of locals to our neighborhood to celebrate the end of summer.

The celebrations will kick off at 2 p.m. as Oktoberfest leads the crows from one Ballard brewery to the next complete with a live Oompah band, The Oompah Machine.

At each of the below stops attendees will find commemorative steins, Oktoberfest beers, food trucks and more. Check out the schedule below:

  • 2 p.m. Reuben’s Brews – 5010 14th Avenue NW
  • 3 p.m. Stoup Brewing – 1108 NW 52nd Street
  • 4 p.m. Lucky Envelope Brewing- 907 NW 50th Street
  • 5 p.m. Populuxe Brewing – 826 B NW 49th Street

Click here to find out more about the event.

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Ballard Development Update September 15: Subdivisions and a five-story building

September 15th, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

Two applications and one decision make up today’s update from the City of Seattle’s Department of Construction and Inspections as posted in the Land Use Information Bulletin.

Applications:

2603 NW 63rd St

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A Land Use Application has been submitted to subdivide one development site into five unit lots. The construction of residential units is under Project #6513243. This subdivision of property is only for the purpose of allowing sale or lease of the unit lots. Development standards will be applied to the original parcel and not to each of the new unit lots.

2141 NW 96th St

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A Land Use Application has been submitted to subdivide one parcel into two parcels of land in an environmentally critical area. Proposed Parcel sizes are: A) 3,845 sq. ft. and B) 3,845 sq. ft. Existing structure on Parcel B to remain.

Decisions:

1448 NW Market St

A Land Use Application has been approved to allow a 5-story, 202,284 sq. ft. office and retail building. Parking for 253 vehicles to be provided below grade. Existing structure to be demolished.

Appeals of the above decision must be received by the Hearing Examiner no later than 9/29/2016.

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