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Lion gives birth to three cubs at Woodland Park Zoo

October 27th, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

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The lion family at Woodland Park Zoo gained three brand new members on Friday. Three male cubs were born to 5-year-old mother Adia and 7-year-old father Xerxes.

The cubs are the first to be born since Adia gave birth to four cubs with a different male in 2012.

Zookeepers are keeping the cubs in an off-view maternity den where the new family can bond in peace and quiet. Before the cubs were reunited with their mom, the animal health team performed a quick health assessment and confirmed that the cubs were all male. Xerxes remains separated from his cubs and Adia for the time being.

Zookeepers will continue to monitor the new family 24 hours a day and, according to Woodland Park Zoo’s mammal curator Martin Ramirez, mom and her cubs are bonding and nursing well. Check out the video from the maternity den below:

“Animal management staff are closely monitoring the litter via an internal cam to ensure the mom is providing good maternal care and the cubs are properly nursing. The mom and cubs will remain off public view until they are a bit older and demonstrate solid mobility skills. In addition, outdoor temperatures need to be a minimum of 50 degrees,” said Ramirez.

When they are born lion cubs typically weigh about 3 pounds and are born with their eyes closed. The cubs will open their eyes within a week or two after birth.

To ensure that the cubs are in good health, zoo veterinarians will be performing health checks on the cubs every couple of weeks for weight monitoring, vaccinations, and critical blood and fecal sampling.

The cub’s parents travelled far to join the Woodland Park Zoo family and were specifically paired together. Xerxes arrived in spring from El Paso Zoo in Texas to be paired with Adia under a breeding recommendation by the SSP for African lions. Adia came to Woodland Park in 2010 from Columbus Zoo and Aquarium in Ohio.

Xerxes arrived in the spring from El Paso Zoo to be paired with Adia under a breeding recommendation by the SSP for African lions. Adia arrived in 2010 from Columbus Zoo and Aquarium in Ohio.

SSPs is a complex system that matches animals in North American zoos based on genetic diversity and demographic stability. Pairings also take into consideration the behavior and personality of the animals.

The lions at Woodland Park Zoo belong to the South African subspecies, Panthera leo krugeri, which are native to the area between Southern Sahara and South Africa.

According to Woodland Park Zoo, the African lion is the only big cat not protected under the Endangered Species Act. It is estimated that only 32,000 African lions remain in the wild and have uncertain futures due to human population growth.

Woodland Park Zoo supports the Ruaha Carnivore Project through the Lion Species Survival Plan Conservation Campaign. To help support the project, adopt a lion through the zoo’s ZooParent Adoption Program.

Photo courtesy of Woodland Park Zoo. Photo credit – Dr. Darin Collins. 

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The week in sports at BHS

October 27th, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

The BHS athletes are competing in a variety of championship games this week. Head out and support them at their games!

Monday, October 27

  • Ultimate: Boys State Quarterfinal at Queen Anne Bowl – 3:30 p.m.
  • Soccer: Girls Varsity vs. Nathan Hale at Ballard High School – 3:30 p.m.
  • Soccer: Girls JV vs. Nathan Hale at Adams #2 – 3:30 p.m.

Tuesday, October 28

  •  Volleyball: Varsity Metro Championship vs. Franklin High School at Ballard High School – 5:45 p.m.

Thursday, October 29

  • Cross Country: Varsity and JV District Championship vs. TBD at Lower Woodland Field 1 – 2 p.m.
  • Soccer: Girls Varsity Metro Playoffs vs. West Seattle at Ballard High School – 3:30 p.m.
  • Volleyball: Metro Championship vs. TBS at Ballard High School – 7 p.m.
  • Football: Metro Championship vs. O’Dea at Memorial Stadium – 7 p.m.

Friday, October 30

  • Swimming: Girls Varsity and JV Metro Prelims – Time and Location TBD

Saturday, October 31

  • Swimming: Girls Varsity and JV Metro Prelims – Time and Location TBD
  • Football: Boys C Frosh Game vs. West Seattle at Hiawatha – 10 a.m.

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Scooter found in Ballard

October 27th, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

My Ballard reader Cari emailed in to let us know that a motorized scooter was dumped on the grass outside her home on 24th Ave NW near the Kadampa Meditation Center (6556 24th Ave NW).

Cari found the scooter early on Saturday morning. “I’m guessing someone stole it and dumped it,” says Cari.

Anyone who is missing a scooter can email Cari at  caribusch@hotmail.com with a description to be reunited with it.

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Crown Hill residents oppose row house development

October 27th, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

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Crown Hill resident Lesley emailed the My Ballard team to inform us about a group of Crown Hill residents who are fighting to oppose a new development at 8358 19th Ave NW.

Developers from Tacoma, submitted plans to tear down the existing single-family home and subdivide its 4,000 square-foot lot to accommodate four new structures on September 29, 2014.  According to Lesley, the developer is requesting variances to the current zoning for structure height and coverage to build the project.

Local residents are concerned about the development, in Lesley’s words, “as it would destroy the look and feel of this nearly hundred-year old neighborhood.”

“If approved, residents worry that it would open the way for developers to build more like projects throughout Ballard. 8358 19th Ave NW lies outside of the Crown Hill Urban Development Zone,” says Lesley.

Residents believe (per the submitted plans) that the proposed development appears to have inadequate access for pedestrians, vehicles, utilities and fire protection as provided in Section 23.53.005, Access to Lots, and Section 23.53.006, Pedestrian Access and Circulation. The plans also show only two parking spots for entire project, which Lesley says would exacerbate the existing street parking problems.

“Building the project would also involve tearing down six mature trees and concreting over the lot’s green space. Reducing green space runs contrary to the City’s push to create better drainage and to control storm runoff,” says Lesley.

If you are interested in submitting comments about this project, email them to PRC@seattle.gov and reference project 3018366.

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Bartell Drugs to open new store in Ballard Commons development

October 24th, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

Earlier today, Bartell Drugs announced plans for their new store set to open in 2016 in the Ballard Commons development at 5605 22nd Ave NW. The announcement confirms that the two Bartell Drugs locations in Ballard (at 1500 NW Market St and at 5605 22nd Ave NW) are here to stay.

The new store will be part of the mixed-use development set to be built on the site currently occupied by Bartell Drugs.

The new 14,000-square-foot Bartell’s location is set to be the major retail store in the development and will include underground parking for customers.

“This is another milestone in our longtime commitment to Ballard. During construction of the new store, we look forward to serving customers at our Market Street location,” said George D. Bartell, chairman and CEO.

The 22nd Ave NW Bartell Drugs location is set to close in January 2015 for the construction of the Ballard Commons development. During construction, Bartell’s will continue to serve the community at their Market St location.

Ballard Commons is a development by Seattle-based Henbart, LLC, and is set to be a mixed-use structure. The development will feature two contemporary, companion buildings housing 80 apartments, 4 townhomes and approximately 21,000 sf. of loft style office space and 21,000 sf. of retail along 22nd with Bartell Drugs as the anchor tenant.

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Kiss My Grits to serve lunch at Ballard Mini Pod

October 24th, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

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After launching his highly anticipated food truck Kiss My Grits earlier this month Seattle chef Mike Guanlao has scored a lunch gig at Ballard Mini Pod near Swedish Campus (5401 17th Ave NW) for the rest of the month.

Guanlao will be serving up his signature favorites including Hoppin’ John, Shrimp and Grits, Salmon Chowder and Caeser Salads from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays

Guanlao first started Kiss My Grits in February as a pop-up restaurant and as the weather warmed up he chose to build a following by cooking at local farmers markets. After months of refining his signature dishes he is bringing Southern style comfort food to the streets of Seattle in his food truck.

Kiss My Grits Food Truck will also be serving up the goods for brunch each Saturday at Hilliard’s Beer (1550 NW 49th St) from 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Click here to check out the latest on the Kiss My Grits Facebook page.

Photo courtesy of Kiss My Grits.

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What’s on this weekend

October 24th, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

Welcome to the weekend and there is plenty to do in and around Ballard! Enjoy!

Friday, October 24

  • Irish Reels Film Festival at SIFF Center (in Seattle Center near the corner of Warren Ave & Republican St) from 6 p.m. The Irish Reels Film Festival, a forum for features, shorts, and documentaries by independent Irish filmmakers. Tickets start at $8, full festival pass $75. Click here to purchase tickets.
  • Loyal Heights Halloween Carnival at Loyal Heights Community Center (2101 NW 77th St) from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. Festivities include carnival games, crafts, mini pumpkin decorating, cake walk and ghastly prizes. Game tickets are 50 cents or you can purchase an unlimited wristband for $12.
  • Live music at Conor Byrne Pub (5140 Ballard Ave NW) at 9 p.m. Featuring Two Man Gentlemen Band and Gus Clark (Puddlestompers). Tickets $10. Click here to purchase tickets and for more information.
  • Live Music at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW) at 9 p.m. Featuring Wild Feathers, The Apache Relay and Desert Noises. Tickets $16. Click here to purchase tickets and for more information.

Saturday, October 25

  • Reiki 2 Class w/ Symbols for Distance Healing at Ballard Healing Arts (8314 8th Ave NW) all day. This form of Reiki is especially beneficial to therapists, counselors, or teachers who want to bring healing into their work, but touch is not within their scope of practice. Click here to find out more.
  • Free SAT Diagnostics Test at Sylvan Learning (2232 Northwest Market Street #8) from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Find out how ready you are for the big test. Please RSVP first though at (206) 297-4595.
  • Simple Home Remedies: How to Make Your Own Herbal Medicine at Dandelion Botanical Co (5424 Ballard Ave) from 12 p.m. – 3 p.m. Join class three of a 5 week course designed to teach you how to make your own herbal, medicinal products.  Learn how to make your own wound salve (aka: neosporin), your own tiger balm for sore muscles, your own vapor rub for coughs and colds, and your own lip loving treatment (your own chemical free lipstick!). Cost is $40.
  • Irish Reels Film Festival at SIFF Center (in Seattle Center near the corner of Warren Ave & Republican St) from 1 p.m. The Irish Reels Film Festival, a forum for features, shorts, and documentaries by independent Irish filmmakers. Tickets start at $8, full festival pass $75. Click here to purchase tickets.
  • Motown Dance Party at Sunset Hill Community Center at Sunset Hill Community Clubhouse (3003 NW 66th St) from 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. Tickets $15/member or $28/member couple. Click here to learn more.
  • Phantom of the Opera movie screening at St. John United Lutheran Church (5515 Phinney Ave N) at 7:30 p.m. 1925 silent film classic “Phantom of the Opera” accompanied by Nathan Jensen on the pipe organ. Suggested donation $10.
  • Live music at Conor Byrne Pub (5140 Ballard Ave NW) at 9 p.m. Featuring Colonels of Truth, Patchy Sanders and Betty & the Boy. Tickets $8. Click here to purchase tickets and for more information.
  • Live Music at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW) at 8:45 p.m. Featuring Dry the River, Nathaniel Rateliff and Kris Orlowski. Tickets $13. Click here to purchase tickets and for more information.

Sunday, October 26

  • Ballard Farmers Market along Ballard Ave from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Click here to see this week’s specials.
  • Weekend Brunch at Hilliard’s Beer (1550 NW 49th St) from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Brunch will be provided by The Biscuit Box, with coffee from new Ballard-based pop-up Mmmhmm Coffee. Click here for more details.
  • Seattle Heritage Tree Dedication at 1525 NW 59th St at 12 p.m. This Seattle Heritage Tree Dedication Ceremony will honor the Giant Sequoia in the back yard of Ballard resident, Jeannie Rae.
  • Irish Reels Film Festival at SIFF Center (in Seattle Center near the corner of Warren Ave & Republican St) from 1 p.m. The Irish Reels Film Festival, a forum for features, shorts, and documentaries by independent Irish filmmakers. Tickets start at $8, full festival pass $75. Click here to purchase tickets.
  • Halloween on Holman at Carkeek Plaza and Holman Road Square Shopping Centers from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. Ghosts, ghouls and goblins of all ages are invited to “trick or treat” at the 5th annual event for kids in costume accompanied by an adult. The event is also a food drive for the Greenwood and Ballard Food Banks.
  • Open Mic at Conor Byrne Pub (5140 Ballard Ave NW) at 7:30 p.m. All are welcome. For more information click here.
  • Live Music at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW) at 8:45 p.m. Featuring Xylouris White. Tickets $12. Click here to purchase tickets and for more information.

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Local kids to celebrate “Halloween on Holman” this Sunday

October 24th, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

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It’s that time of year again for the 5th annual Halloween on Holman “trick or treat” celebrations in the Carkeek Plaza and Holman Plaza shopping centers (at NW 100th St) this Sunday, October 26,  from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Ghosts, ghouls and goblins of all ages (accompanied by an adult) are invited to participate in the event which also doubles as a food drive for the Greenwood and Ballard Food Banks.

Merchants will hand out wrapped candy for the kids and offer a coupon or special for adults, and a sticker for a passport card. Sticker-filled cards can be turned in to enter a prize drawing. Prizes include gift cards and items donated by the stores in both shopping centers with the total prize value topping $1000.

Participating stores include Elements Massage™, Karin’s Beauty Supplies, Key Bank, QFC, Starbucks, Jenny Nails, Patty’s Egg Nest, Luisa’s Mexican Grill, All the Best Pet Care, State Farm, Papa Murphy’s, Magic Touch Salon and more. Music and emcee duties will be provided by City DJ.

Click here to learn more about the event.

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Beavers football team to face Roosevelt for 1st place Metro Division seeding

October 23rd, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

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This Friday, the BHS Beavers football team will be playing Roosevelt High School for 1st place seeding in the Metro Public Division.

The special “Senior Night” game will kick off at 7 p.m. after a tribute to Senior students at Memorial Stadium.

The team is 5-2 overall and 4-0 in their division play for the season. “This is our second time playing Roosevelt this season and we are excited for the rematch!  We invite everyone in the Ballard community to come out and support our team,” says Head Football Coach Joey Thomas.

Beavers quarterback Jacob Ta’ase, who was named last week’s WIAA Athlete of the Week, is also up for Metro player of the year on the King 5 USA Today High School Sports website. Click here to vote make your vote in the poll.

Go Beavers!

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Throwback Thursday: The Market Street of yesteryear

October 23rd, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

Market Street is, and always has been, the bustling center of our neighborhood. We thought it was time this week to take a look at Market St in all its glory back in the day.

The black and white photo below, taken in 1939, features a busy Market Street. Stores and restaurants that can be seen in the photo include Safeway, Fuller Paints, Eichers Bagdad Market, Manning Coffee Stores and Guy  Drugs.

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The black and white photo below, taken in 1925, shows another angle of Market St at the corner of 22nd Ave NW (the location of the current Ballard Coffee Works). The Majestic Theatre (currently the cinema) and the old Ballard Library (currently the Kangaroo and Kiwi Pub) buildings can be seen in the background.

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The black and white photo below, taken in 1946, features the building on other corner of Market St and 22nd Ave NW. The building was home to the Bagdad Theatre and stores that included Horluck’s Danish Ice Cream, the Bagdad Dress Shop and Mickey’s Fountain Lunch. The building is currently home to Starbucks and a variety of homewares and clothing stores including Trove and Romanza.

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The black and white photo below, taken in 1939, features Market St and Ballard Ave. The stores seen in the photo include Bartell Drugs, Halverson’s Dept Store and Harry Druxman Jewlers.

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Photos and information courtesy of MOHAI.

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Ballard Development Update October 23: Subdivisions all over

October 23rd, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

Three subdivision applications and two subdivision approvals make up this week’s development update from the City of Seattle’s Department of Planning and Development (DPD) as posted in the Land Use Information Bulletin. No other applications, appeals, decisions, or notifications in Ballard were made this week

Applications:

1762 NW 61st St

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A Land Use Application has been submitted to subdivide one development site into four unit lots. The construction of residential units are under #6417759. 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.

1611 NW 65th St

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A Land Use Application has been submitted to subdivide one development site into three unit lots. The construction of residential units are under Project #6382977. 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.

2009 NW 63rd St

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A Land Use Application has been submitted to subdivide one development site into three unit lots. The construction of residential units are under Project #6400296. 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.

Decisions:

2659 NW 64th St

A Land Use Application has been approved to subdivide one development site into two unit lots. The construction of residential units are under Project #6393636. 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. Comments about the application may be submitted until November 6.

6709 Mary Ave NW

A Land Use Application has been approved to subdivide one development site into two unit lots. The construction of residential units are under Project #6393636. 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. Comments about the application may be submitted until November 3.

Comments about the above decisions should be submitted to PRC@seattle.gov or mailed to the address below:

City of Seattle DPD PRC
700 5th Avenue Suite 2000
PO Box 34019
Seattle, WA  98124-4019

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Caffe Umbria opens on Ballard Ave

October 23rd, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

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Ballard’s newest coffee spot Caffe Umbria opened at 5407 Ballard Ave earlier this month. The Ballard location is the third to be opened by owners in addition to cafes in Pioneer Square and Portland, Oregon.

In addition to coffee, Caffe Umbria is selling baked delicacies courtesy of Le Panier and Macrina, light lunch options from nearby Volterra and a variety of Italian wine and beer.

The Ballard café also features a Moka bar with stove-top espresso being prepared for all blends that are on offer. “It’s a nostalgic yet delicious way to enjoy coffee, especially for those who grew up in an Italian household,” co-owner Jesse Sweeney said in a statement.

According to the Caffe Umbria website, the new Ballard location “is designed to bring the urban European café experience to the neighborhood level where people live and relax.”

Caffe Umbria is open Monday – Thursday 7 a.m. – 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday 7 a.m. – 9 p.m. and Sunday 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Photo courtesy of Caffe Umbria.

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