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Locals encouraged to vote in Best of West Woodland Awards

June 21st, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

The folks from West Woodland blog have organized the first every Best of West Woodland Neighbor’s Choice Awards and are encouraging locals to get involved.

The awards will recognize those special spots that locals love. Check out the information from West Woodland Blog below:

You know that breakfast spot where you always take visiting friends, or that coffee shop you love to relax at? It’s time to show your favorite local spots some love by voting for them in The Best of West Woodland – Neighbor’s Choice Awards!

The BEST of West Woodland – Neighbor’s Choice Awards wants your help in recognizing THE BEST businesses, non-profits, and more in West Woodland, Ballard!

The Best of West Woodland – Neighbor’s Choice Awards contest is asking YOU, the reader, to nominate your favorite businesses, non-profits, and more in West Woodland, Ballard in categories such as pet friendly, new restaurant, health, fitness, beauty, and more!

The contest takes place online only. The top business, non-profit, and more nominated in each category will be considered the winner.

The winners will be announced July 2016 in a special announcement on West Woodland, Ballard Neighborhood Blog.

Any business located in or owned by someone who lives in the West Woodland Neighborhood of Ballard is eligible to be nominated for this award. A map of the West Woodland neighborhood is available here:

Not sure who to vote for?  

Take a look at the West Woodland Neighborhood Business Directory to help chose the BEST of West Woodland. If you don’t see your favorite business listed, let us know by emailing westwoodlandneighbors@gmail.com.

The competition is on now through July 4. Click here to cast your vote.

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Northwest Girlchoir now taking applications for new members

June 21st, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

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Local girls who love to sing have the opportunity to join the Northwest Girlchoir for the upcoming Fall season.

Spaces are available for girls in Prep Choir (the non-auditioned choir for grades 1-2) and in the upper level auditioned choirs (grades 3-12).

“Northwest Girlchoir provides the musical outlet to help build upon their love of music while learning new skills, all while offering an environment where girls can be themselves and a community to support girls as they grow,” says Pollyanna Manning from Northwest Girlchoir.

Choristers joining Northwest Girlchoir this month will have the opportunity to participate in several main stage concerts in the fall season.

Generous scholarships are available at every choir level.

Summer Sing Day Camp registration is also now open for girls entering grades 2-7 next fall. The annual camp encompasses a week of choral singing, instrument exploration, arts and crafts, group games, outdoor fun, and more!

Click here to learn more about the opportunities offered by the Northwest Girlchoir.

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Salmon viewing in full swing at Ballard Locks

June 20th, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

Summer salmon viewing is in full swing in the underwater viewing area of the Salmon Ladder at Ballard Locks.

Our news partners at The Seattle Times captured the images below over the weekend.

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Head to the Locks this summer and check out the view! Email your photos to tips@myballard.com.

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Detectives on hunt for Ballard bank robber

June 20th, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

SPD Detectives are asking for the public’s help in identifying a man who robbed the Market St Wells Fargo Bank branch on Saturday afternoon.

Read more in the SPD Blotter post below:

The suspect walked into a bank in the 1800 block of NW Market St at around 2:45 p.m. on Saturday and demanded cash from a teller.

Witnesses described the suspect (pictured below) as a white male in his 50’s with grey hair and goatee and said he was carrying a handgun.

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Officers searched the neighborhood after the robbery but were unable to locate the man.

Detectives are asking anyone with information to contact the SPD Robbery Unit at (206) 684-5535.

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Development Update June 20: A rowhouse application

June 20th, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

It is pretty quiet on the development front in today’s update from the City of Seattle’s Department of Construction and Inspections as posted in the Land Use Information Bulletin.

Application:

5419 Baker Ave NW

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A Land Use Application has been submitted to allow a 4-unit rowhouse structure in an environmentally critical area. Parking for four vehicles to be provided in attached garages and on grade. Existing structure to be demolished. Environmental review includes future unit lot subdivision.

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Ballard Library to re-open today

June 20th, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

After a six week closure for refurbishments Ballard Library is set to re-open today (Monday, June 20) at 10 a.m.

The 11-year-old branch closed on May 9 so that the worn carpeting could be replaced. The Library also consolidated staff service desks and added comfortable seating, tables with electrical outlets and self-checkout stations.

Check out some of the refurbishments in Seattle Public Library’s tweet:

To celebrate the re-opening, the public is invited to enjoy refreshments in the meeting room from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Tuesday, June 21. City Librarian Marcellus Turner will deliver brief remarks at noon.

Ballard Library is open Monday through Thursday 10 a.m. – 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and on Sunday from 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

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What’s on this weekend

June 17th, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

Enjoy your weekend in Ballard!

FRIDAY, June 17

  • Park in the Heart childrens Art Classes at Ballard Commons Park (5701 22nd Ave NW) from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. The classes will allow children to experiment with color and each week will have a new theme. All are welcome and the event is free.
  • Sneak Peek at the ARC Dance Space (9250 14th Ave NW) from 6 p.m. – 7 p.m. The public is welcome to join the professional dance company members as they work with the choreographer. The cost is $5 at the door.
  • Live Music
    • Jazz at Egan’s Ballard Jam House (1707 NW Market St)
      • 7 p.m. – Summer Standards
      • 9 p.m. – Billy Brandt with Thing and the Stuff Band – $10 cover
    • Philly Shoegazers – Nothing with Culture Abuse and Wrong at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW) at 9 p.m. Tickets $16.
    • Roaming Herds of Buffalo (Album Release), Boots to the MoonDark Hip Falls (Final Show) at Sunset Tavern (5433 Ballard Ave NW) 9 p.m. Tickets $8.
    • Lowlands at Peddler Brewing Co. (1514 NW Leary Way7:30 p.m. – 10 p.m. No cover, all ages welcome.

SATURDAY, June 18

    • Ballard History Walk from 10 a.m. – 11:45 p.m. meet at Bergen Place Park (5420 22nd Ave NW). Learn about banks, boarding houses and brothels on Ballard Ave. Cost is $15 per person. Call or text 206-504-0916 to reserve your spot.
    • 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.
    • Trip’s Trunk Show Extravaganza at Hotel Albatross (2319 NW Market St) from 12 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Sip Mimosas in a coconut on the patio while eating the best brunch in Ballard. Enjoy a curated collection of artists and vintage vendors to browse and shop their one of a kind creations. 21+ and free entry!
    • Naked Cyclists Ride through Ballard to Fremont Solstice Parade from 2 p.m. along Ballard Ave, Market St and 15th Ave NW. 1500 cyclists will ride towards Leary and into Fremont for the Summer Solstice parade.
    • A Summer Solstice Yoga Celebration at Kula Movement Center (5340 Ballard Ave NW) from 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. Yoga asana and the Radiance Sutras form the foundation of this workshop that explores the healing aspect of play. Cost is $40 pre-register/$45 at the door. Register online or call (206) 972-2999.
      • Live Music
        • John Whalen, Anna Elizabeth Laube and Vito and the One Eyed Jacks at Populuxe Brewing (826 NW 49th St) from 2 p.m. Food provided by Papa Bois Food Truck.
        • Jeff Austin Band ( Formerly of Yonder Mountain Stringband) w/ Home Sweet Home at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW) at 9 p.m. Tickets $16.
        • Tractor Tavern Presents: Plants and Animals with Royal Canoe at Sunset Tavern (5433 Ballard Ave NW) 9 p.m. Tickets $12.
        • Jazz at Egan’s Ballard Jam House (1707 NW Market St)
          • 7 p.m. – Chip Parker Jazz Quartet – $10 cover
          • 9 p.m. – David Arteaga (vocals) with the Paul Miranda Trio – $10 cover

SUNDAY, June 19

    • Ballard Farmer’s Market along Ballard Ave from 10 a.m.- 3 p.m.
    • Nia Class benefit for Orlando Victims at The Ballard Health and Wellness Center (1138 NW Market St) from 7:30 p.m. Entry by donation. All funds generated will be donated to the “Go Orlando” fund created by the Mayor of Orlando.
    • Live Music
      • Open mic at Conor Byrne Pub (5140 Ballard Ave NW) sign-up at 7:30 p.m.
      • Morgan Delt, Froth and Killer Ghost at the Sunset Tavern (5433 Ballard Ave NW) at 8 p.m. Tickets $10.

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Nia class to benefit Orlando victims

June 17th, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

This Sunday’s Nia class at The Ballard Health and Wellness Center (1138 NW Market St) will raise funds to support the victims of the Orlando shooting.

The Nia fitness class, which is a combination of dance, martial arts and tai-chi, will be held at 7:30 p.m. and will be by donation basis.

All funds generated will be donated to the “Go Orlando” fund created by the Mayor of Orlando.

“We will come together to dance and heal,” says instructor Deborah Davis.

The class is open to all, regardless of age, fitness level or gender.

Click here to learn more about the event.

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Naked cyclists to take a spin through Ballard

June 16th, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

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This Saturday, June 18, marks another year for the famous Summer Solstice Parade and bike ride in Seattle.

At approximately 2 p.m. around 1500 naked painted cyclists will ride up Ballard Ave to Market St and then progress down 15th riding towards Leary and into Fremont for the Summer Solstice parade.

“People who love this kind of thing typically fight the crowds in Fremont. Now they don’t have to and can have a front row seat in Ballard from 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.,” say the organizers.

Email through photos of the event to tips@myballard.com.

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Ownership of Honoré Artisan Bakery to change hands

June 16th, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

According to Seattle Eater, the ownership of Ballard favorite Honoré Artisan Bakery (1413 NW 70th Street) is set to change hands this month.

New owner, Suzanne Rosellini, has confirmed that the purchase is likely to go through tomorrow, June 17, after which she plans to close for a week and reopen on June 25.

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Seattle Eater reports that originally, Rosellini planned to open an establishment focused soley on her specialty cakes that she currently makes in her business, Rosellini Sweets.

However, once the opportunity came to purchase Honoré, Rosselini tells Seattle Eater, she shifted her focus. Rossellini is now training with current Honoré owner Franz Gilbertson and plans to retain his staff.

In addition to the regular Honoré favorites, locals should expect the addition of Rosselini’s cakes and possibly other pastries when the establishment reopens under the new ownership. According to Seattle Eater, the goal is for the new items to “coexist harmoniously” with the croissants, quiches, kouign amanns, breads, and other delicacies that bring the crowds to Honoré.

“I like how Franz runs his bakery, I like his baked goods,” Rosellini told Seattle Eater. “I think it’ll be a smooth transition. Hopefully it won’t be too traumatizing for anyone.”

Rosellini is in the middle of a Kickstarter campaign to raise $25,000, which will go towards the essentials of running the bakery for the first few months including funds for rent, payroll, inventory, and more.

“This happened quite a bit faster than I thought it would, which is why I’m behind on everything,” Rosellini told Seattle Eater.

The Kickstarter campaign has various rewards for contributions including cookies, parties and tours of the facility. As of today, Rosellini has raised $15,480 with 11 days remaining on the campaign.

“I know there’s a lot of talk, regulars are scared about what’s going to happen, but I think it’s going to be a nice transition and they’re going to be happy it’s staying in the hands of a neighbor,” Rossellini, a Ballard resident, told Seattle Eater. “It’ll be Honoré and then some.”

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Development Update June 16: Apartment buildings and subdivisions

June 16th, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

One application and plenty of decisions make up today’s update from the City of Seattle’s Department of Construction and Inspections as posted in the Land Use Information Bulletin.

Application:

8509 14th Ave NW

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A Land Use Application has been submitted to allow two, 4-story apartment buildings with a total of 24 units; 18 small efficiency dwelling units and 6 apartment units. Existing residential structure to be demolished.

Decisions:

1520 NW 87th St

A Land Use Application has been approved to subdivide one development site into five parcels of land. Project also includes unit lot subdivision of Parcel A into two unit lots. The construction of live/work units and residential dwelling units has been approved under Project #6395342. This subdivision is for the purpose of allowing sale or lease of the individual live/work units and residential dwellings units. Development standards will be applied to the development site as a whole and not to each of the new lots and unit lots.

1737 NW 63rd 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 #6466981. 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.

1427 NW 65th St

A Land Use Application has been approved to allow a 4-story apartment building containing 22 units. No parking proposed. Existing structure to be demolished.

6735 Alonzo Ave NW

A Land Use Application has been approved to subdivide one development site into three unit lots. The construction of residential units is under Project #6482213. 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 6/30/2016.

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SPD officers catch car thief asleep at wheel

June 15th, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

SPD officers found a car thief asleep at the wheel Monday night after tracking a stolen Honda from Queen Anne to the West Woodland neighborhood.

Check out the full report from the SPD Blotter below:

A Queen Anne resident called SPD around 9 p.m. Monday from the 3200 block of Conkling Place W and reported someone had stolen his Honda Prelude in the last 24 hours. Fortunately, his car was equipped with a GPS system, which showed the vehicle was parked in the 6500 block of 5th Avenue Northwest.

Officers quickly found the car and discovered there was a 21-year-old man asleep in the driver’s seat.  After arresting the man, police found he was carrying a collection of filed-down keys—a tool commonly used by prolific car thieves—along with a tool for breaking windows, a can of lubricant spray, and two passports belonging to other people.
Police also recovered a backpack, a briefcase, a box of wrenches, car and stereo parts from the car, none of which belonged the the car’s owner.

Officers booked the 21-year-old–who has previous convictions for auto theft property crimes—into the King County Jail for investigation of auto theft and returned the car to its owner.

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