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Bike stolen from Swedish Ballard

August 15th, 2017 by Meghan Walker

Update: Sarah Fossum wrote to tell us she’s been reunited with her bike. “The community came together and the bike is back in my possession!”

Original: A Norwegian nurse at Swedish Hospital in Ballard recently had her bike stolen while she was working.

My Ballard reader Sarah Fossum says her “super cool bike” was stolen from the locked bike cage at Swedish while she was working on Sunday. “I live in Norway, but currently reside in Sunset Hill for the few months I am working here. I’m just hoping to get the word out there and maybe someone has seen this beauty,” Fossum writes. “I have had the best summer cruising around Ballard and she is deeply missed.”

If you have any leads, give Sarah a call at 206-604-4344.

 

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Viking takeover of Ballard this weekend

August 15th, 2017 by Meghan Walker

Correction: Viking Days is happening on Saturday and Sunday, August 19 and 20, starting at 10 am each day.

Original: This weekend is the annual Viking Days festival at the Nordic Heritage Museum, a free and all-ages two-day event. On Friday and Saturday (August 19, 20) they’ll have Nordic food, music, crafts, educational demonstrations and as always, a Viking encampment. This will be the last Viking Days festival at their current location; the new Nordic Museum will open in early 2018 on NW Market St.

The festival starts at 10 am each day with a Swedish Pancake Breakfast. According to museum staff, “Delicacies from each of the five Nordic countries are available throughout the festival, from Danish æbleskiver to Swedish meatballs to Icelandic vinarterta. You can enjoy grilled sausages and salmon burgers at the Viking Grill, aquavit and craft beer from Odin Brewing Company in the Valhalla Beer Garden—and make sure to stop by Saturday for our Salmon BBQ, which starts at 1 p.m.”

One of the most popular parts of the festival is the Viking encampment, where visitors can see what a day in the life of a Viking was like. There will be opportunities to participate in demonstrations on weaving, woodcarving, weapon-forging, games and more. “But watch out — a battle may erupt at any moment!”

There will be traditional Norwegian music on three different stages, local artisans selling handcrafts, and Viking-themed craft booths for kids. There will also be a raffle for prizes such as a week-long stay at the Eagle Crest Resort (April 8–15, 2018), a new Museum naming plaque, a Mariners package, and more.

Because it’s the last festival at their current location, they’ll be offering docent-led tours of our original core exhibition, The Dream of America, at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. each day, as well as tours of the brand-new visiting exhibition, The Whimsical World of Bjørn Wiinblad, at 12 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Photo courtesy Nordic Museum

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Avoid ‘Secret Beach’ at Ballard Elks until Wednesday

August 15th, 2017 by Meghan Walker

All day Tuesday, August 15, the waterfront commonly known as “Secret Beach” next to the Ballard Elks Lodge (6411 Seaview Ave NW) should be avoided while a specialist works to remove the invasive species knotweed from the beach. They ask that people stay away for 24 hours, until Wednesday morning.

Dan Strauss from Ballard Elks says the knotweed is being removed by a specialist hired by the Ballard Elks, and paid for through a fundraiser hosted by the Ballard Elks Paddling Club. The weed can be seen growing on either sides of the stairs, Strauss says.

Knotweed, according to King County’s invasive species website,  can completely clog small waterways and displace streamside vegetation, increasing bank erosion and lowering the quality of riparian habitat for fish and wildlife.

Strauss asks visitors keep animals, children and themselves out of the posted “Do Not Disturb” areas until the signage is removed.

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Development Update August 14: two subdivision approvals and one application

August 14th, 2017 by Meghan Walker

One subdivision application and two subdivision approvals make up today’s development update from the City of Seattle’s Department of Planning and Development (DPD) as posted in the Land Use Information Bulletin.

Application:

1802 NW 85TH ST

A Land Use Application has been submitted to subdivide one development site into seven unit lots. The construction of residential units is under Project #6550361. 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 may be submitted through 08/28/2017.

Decisions:

632 NW 85TH ST

A Land Use Application has been approved to subdivide one development site into two unit lots. The construction of residential units is under Project #6483844. 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 this decision must be received by the Hearing Examiner no later than 8/28/2017.

2515 NW 65TH 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 #6474348. 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 this decision must be received by the Hearing Examiner no later than 8/28/2017.

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Art opening at Ballard Locks on Thursday

August 14th, 2017 by Meghan Walker

The Ballard Locks will host an art opening at the administration building this Thursday. As part of the Ballard Night Out every third Thursday of the month, the exhibit will include a number of pieces inspired by the Centennial of the Ballard Locks. The art show will be on August 17 from 6 to 8 pm.

There will be light refreshments and activities for kids, and live music from the ukulele group STRUM.

For more information, call 206-783-7059.

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Ballard producer’s film ‘Second Nature’ to debut soon

August 14th, 2017 by Meghan Walker

A Ballard resident has helped produce a film that takes a look at what would happen if gender roles were reversed.

Ballardite resident Susan LaSalle was part of an entirely Northwest-based crew and supporting staff for “Second Nature”, which was shot in the director Michael Cross’s hometown of Ellensburg. The film is showing September 8- 14 at Ark Lodge Cinemas (4816 Rainier Avenue South).

From the film’s synopsis:

When mayoral candidate Amanda (Collette Wolfe – “Interstellar,” “Hot Tub Time Machine”) uses a magic mirror to reverse the gender roles in her small town, she gains the upper hand on her womanizing opponent, Bret (Sam Huntington – “Superman Returns,” “Sully”). As each experiences life in the other’s shoes, they must decide which reality they prefer before they’re stuck in the flipped world forever.

“I love how the film shines a spotlight on gender inequality. People think it’s no longer an issue, they think it’s been dealt with,” LaSalle said.

Before she began producing feature films in 1999, LaSalle produced and managed over 200 documentaries, commercials and PSA’s in her early career. Her first feature film was “Mambo Cafe” written and directed by Reuben Gonzales and starred by Paul Rodriguez. She’s since produced the family film “Switchmas” starring Elliott Gould and David De Luise, “The Breach”, and Academy Award winning documentary “Deadly Deception”.

For more information about the film Second Nature, click here.

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What’s on this weekend

August 11th, 2017 by Meghan Walker

This weekend’s highlights include the 3rd anniversary sale at Ballard Reuse, and the Baker Park open house for residents to weigh in on expansion plans. Lots of live music, and with the burn ban lifted, plenty of opportunities for beach bonfires and backyard barbecues. As always, if you have any events to share with the community, email us at tips@myballard.com.

Have a great weekend everyone!

Friday, August 11

  • Live Music:
    • Simple Gravity, Asterhouse, and City Scapes at Conor Byrne Pub (5140 Ballard Ave NW) at 8pm $8.
    • The BEST 80’s Party EVER (so far) w/ Nite Wave at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW) at 9pm. $20.

Saturday, August 12

  • Golden Gardens Forest Restoration 9 am – 12 pm. Volunteers needed to restore the forest at Golden Gardens Park.  Give something back to the community by enhancing the forest and making better wildlife habitat.  Tools, gloves, and training are provided.  Meet at restroom near parking lot for dog park.  For info email Doug at: doug@greshamenvironmental.com or call at (206) 794-4520.
  • Reuse 3rd Anniversary Sale (1440 NW 52nd St) Everything in the store will be 20% off.  From 11am-3pm, Seattle Cookie Counter will be serving free vegan ice cream and Secret Sausage will be serving free sausages and veggie sausages.  There will be  games made from salvaged materials and Seattle Recreative will be hosting a craft booth for the kids.
  • Open House with Seattle Parks and Recreation at Baker Park (8347 14th Ave. NW). From 1-3pm, join Seattle Parks and provide input on the expansion project for Baker Park.
  • Live Music:
    • All the Real Girls, Local Ghost, and Red Heart Alarm at Conor Byrne Pub (5140 Ballard Ave NW) at 9pm $8.
    • Ever-So-Android w/ Year of Death, Draemings, & Lorna Rousseau at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW) at 9pm. $10.
    • Jazz at Egan’s Ballard Jam House (1707 NW Market St). 7pm: Lady ‘A’ Backporch Blues Showcase ($12); 9pm: Ann Brittain, with Bill Anschell (piano), Michael Barnett (bass) and Robert Rushing (drums) ($10).

Sunday, August 13

  • Ballard Farmer’s Market along Ballard Ave from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Click here to see this week’s specials.
  • Free zumba and fitness class at Ballard Commons Park, 11am. Led by Ballard Health Club.
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Burn ban lifted – again

August 11th, 2017 by Meghan Walker

Beach bonfires can be added to your weekend agenda: the air quality burn ban has been lifted for King, Kitsap, Pierce, and Snohomish Counties.

The Puget Sound Clean Air Agency says smoke levels have reduced to moderate or good in most areas.  “Winds have reversed, and we expect the British Columbia wildfire smoke to blow east again for the next couple weeks.  That means we return to our more typical summertime good air quality,” the agency said in a statement.

The wildfires in British Columbia are expected to continue until the fall rains arrive, so smoke could return with another high pressure system. However, the outlook for the next couple weeks should bring cooler weather and bit of rain, which should help clear the air. 

Visit www.pscleanair.org/burnban to view the current burn ban status.

Photo by Joe Mabel via Wikimedia Commons

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Last chance to say farewell to The People’s Pub

August 11th, 2017 by Meghan Walker

After 17 years in the neighborhood, The People’s Pub is closing its doors for good on Saturday, August 12.

One of the pub’s original servers, Katy Sewall, wrote a piece for Crosscut about the closing. In it, she remembers the bar’s early days. “…In my day, most of the Pub’s customers worked on Ballard Avenue. Musicians and servers mixed with drunk fisherman and frequently-defending-my-honor Chittenden Locks workers.”

“We will grieve the Pub’s passing, especially those of us who grew up there, developing asthma in its smoke-filled back room and tacking up inappropriate notes from customers in the liquor closet. We will remember days when the booze rose up to meet the crew of a docked fishing boat, and the smell from single-malt scotch night mixed with the perfume of the blond servers from up the block,” Sewall wrote.

No news yet on what will take its place; we’ll update with any new information.

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Open house on Saturday for Baker Park expansion design planning

August 11th, 2017 by Meghan Walker

Baker Park on Crown Hill is going to get a makeover, and the city wants community input on design plans. Seattle Parks and Recreation is hosting an open house on Saturday, August 12 from 1 to 3 pm at the park (8347 14th Ave NW).

The open house will provide an opportunity for residents to learn about the expansion and design options for the park, and to tell Seattle Parks what amenities and park elements they prefer in the future design. There will be light refreshments and activities for children.

The .23-acre site, which is directly south of the existing Baker Park, was purchased by the city in 2013. Aims for the new addition include accessibility features in compliance with the  Americans with Disabilities Act standards, as well as providing access to open space in a high-density neighborhood.

For more about the Baker Park expansion, click here.

Photo by Seattle Parks

 

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