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Weigh in on Missing Link design plans on Thursday

July 12th, 2017 by Meghan Walker

On Thursday, July 13 from 5-8pm there will be a community meeting to discuss design plans for the Burke-Gilman Missing Link project.

“We want to hear your ideas,” the organizers from the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) say. “Join project design staff at an in-person event to help us better understand local conditions, opportunities, and challenges along the preferred alignment of the Missing Link.”

The meeting is at the Ballard Eagles VFW at 2812 NW Market St. If you can’t make to the meeting, there’s an opportunity weigh in online.

The final design and permitting are expected to be completed in early 2018, with construction to follow soon thereafter. To stay updated, visit SDOT’s Missing Link webpage.

Photo courtesy SDOT

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Salt & Straw ice cream coming to Ballard

July 12th, 2017 by Meghan Walker

The popular Portland-based ice creamery, Salt & Straw, is planning to open a shop in Ballard.

“Hey Seattle—we’re coming to Ballard!” they write on their Facebook page. “We are tickled to announce our second upcoming scoop shop in Seattle, opening winter 2017 at 5420 Ballard Avenue NW. Our Ballard shop will sit pretty near Caffe Umbria, The Matador, La Isla, and the rest of the historic neighborhood’s gems.”

But Ballardites won’t have to wait that long to get a taste; they’ll be staging pop-up shops through summer and fall.

Owners Kim and Tyler Malek also have stores in Los Angeles and San Francisco, and are known for their unique and location-based flavors; Black Olive Brittle & Goat Cheese and Avocado & Strawberry Sherbet are on their LA menu, with flavors like Olive Oil & Lemon Custard and a vegan Teranga Baobab Juice & Coconut ice cream on their San Fransisco menu.

A Capitol Hill location is planned as well, also set to open this winter in the Pike Motorworks building.

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Caffe Fiore adorned with murals since fire

July 11th, 2017 by Meghan Walker

Caffe Fiore is slowly regaining its vibrancy, with murals now adorning the boards that cover the broken windows after a fire decimated the popular Ballard cafe three weeks ago.

The cafe has yet to announce its reopening date, but a sign in the window says they’ll hopefully be open in the coming weeks.

“We will be working hard to get Fiore rebuilt and reopened as soon as we can,” the sign reads. “In the meantime we want to thank everyone who has reached out and for your positive spirit as we move forward.”

The fire in June was deemed arson; someone set a stack of newspapers on fire just in front of the cafe. No one was injured in the blaze, but the cafe was badly damaged.

We’ll update when we know when they plan to reopen.

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Fundraiser at Lagunitas for Northwest Access Fund

July 11th, 2017 by Meghan Walker

On Monday, July 24, the Northwest Access Fund will host a fundraiser at Lagunitas Brewery in Ballard (1550 NW 49th St). All proceeds from beer sales will go to the organization, which provides funding for people with disabilities in Washington and Oregon to purchase assistive technology and achieve greater independence.

The fundraiser (21+), complete with free food and live music, is from 5:30 to 8:30 pm. Admission is free.

“We want to say Thank You!” the organizers tell us. “Gather with friends, clients, sponsors, and community members who share your passion and support for Northwest Access Fund.”

For questions or to request additional accommodations in order to participate,
contact Amy at or 206-328-5116. RSVP here.


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Development Update July 10: subdivision application for NW 60th St

July 10th, 2017 by Meghan Walker

Just one subdivision application makes up today’s development update, as posted in the Land Use Information Bulletin from the Seattle Department of Planning and Development (DPD).

2011 NW 60TH ST

A Land Use Application has been submitted to subdivide one development site into three unit lots. The construction of residential units is under Project #6541392. 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 07/24/2017.

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Volunteer for Ballard Sunday Dinners

July 10th, 2017 by Meghan Walker

Sustainable Ballard and a group of local churches are looking for additional volunteers for their Ballard Sunday Dinners at Ballard First Lutheran Church, which offer weekly hot meals to homeless neighbors.

Volunteers are responsible for preparing and serving meals or helping with clean-up. The set-up shifts are generally three to four hours, and usually start at 2pm, while clean-up shifts are a bit shorter and start around 5pm. To sign up for a volunteer shift, contact Megan.

According to Sustainable Ballard, Sunday evenings were the only time in the week that a seated, indoor dinner had not been offered in Ballard, so the organization grouped up with five Ballard churches to offer the weekly meals. Participating church communities provide the meals and fundraising separately for the food, while Sustainable Ballard helps recruit additional volunteers.

“If you’d like to know more about how it works before volunteering, please join us for a meal,” Sustainable Ballard states on their website.  “Come eat a healthy meal, get to know some of  your neighbors.”

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Open house with Councilmember Mike O’Brien on Tuesday

July 10th, 2017 by Meghan Walker

Our District 6 Councilmember Mike O’Brien will be meeting one-on-one with local residents at the Fremont Library (731 N 35th St) tomorrow, Tuesday July 11 from 4:30 to 6pm.

“Bring your questions and concerns about your neighborhood. There is no official sign-up and one-on-one meetings will be available based on first-come, first-serve,” according to O’Brien’s website.

There will be another opportunity to meet O’Brien at a work party at Golden Gardens, to be held in conjunction with EarthCorps on August 16 from 5 to 7 pm. For more info or to RSVP, email


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What’s on this weekend

July 7th, 2017 by Meghan Walker

Summer is in full swing, and so are the outdoor events: this weekend is the annual SeafoodFest, starting tonight in the heart of downtown Ballard. Also on the agenda is the Ballard Locks Centennial Boat Parade, with about 50 historic boats passing through the Locks on Sunday morning.

Here’s the full weekend line-up:

Friday, July 7:

  • SeafoodFest, 5-10pm. Beer gardens, food trucks, and live music to kick off the three-day event. Music starts with a DJ at 6pm, #All4Doras at 7pm, and Nite Wave at 7:45pm.
  • Live Music:
    • Jazz at Egan’s Ballard Jam House (1707 NW Market St). Chris Johansen Quartet at 7pm. $12.
    • Jason Groce & The Joy Tyrants album release party, David Bavas,and Mike Giacolino atat Conor Byrne Pub (5140 Ballard Ave NW) at 9pm $8

Saturday, July 8:

  • SeafoodFest, 11am to 10pm. Live music, salmon barbecues, Festi-bowl skateboarding event at Ballard Commons, and more. Full info, click here.
  • Blood drive at Ballard First Lutheran, (2006 NW 65th St) 9am to 3pm.
  • Golden Gardens Forest Restoration, 9am to noon. Tools, gloves, and training are provided. Meet at restroom near parking lot for dog park. For info email Doug at or call at (206) 794-4520.
  • Live Music:
    • Jazz at Egan’s Ballard Jam House (1707 NW Market St). Market Street Dixieland Jazz Band, 7pm, $10 cover. Chris Morton Trio at 9pm, $8.
    • Aaron Crawford w/ Malie Mae & Scout at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW) at 8pm. $12

Sunday, July 9:

  • Ballard Farmer’s Market along Ballard Ave from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Click here to see this week’s specials.
  • Ballard Locks Centennial Boat Parade, 10am at the Ballard Locks. The schooner Adventuress will lead the way, with 50 boats parading to Lake Union.
  • SeafoodFest, 11am to 10pm. Live music, salmon barbecues, a lutefisk eating contest at 3pm, and more.
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Backyard Bard coming soon to Ballard

July 7th, 2017 by Meghan Walker

The Bard is coming to Ballard: Shakespeare in the Park will be at Salmon Bay Park on Sunday, July 23.

Known as Backyard Bard, the traveling theater takes over small parks around the city for free, live performances of some of Shakespeare’s most famous plays. The Salmon Bay Park plays will be A Midsummer Night’s Dream at 3pm, and Hamlet at 4:30 pm on the 23rd.

If you can’t make it to the Ballard performance they’ll also be nearby at Sandel Park on August 6 with the same plays and show times.

The plays are put on by GreenStage, a performing arts company that has been operating in Seattle for 29 years. They’re putting on 62 free performances in 21 different parks around the city this summer, from July 14 – August 19. For the full Backyard Bard schedule, click here.

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Schooner Adventuress to lead Sunday’s Locks Centennial Boat Parade

July 7th, 2017 by Meghan Walker

This Sunday, July 9 is the Locks Centennial Boat Parade, and the historic schooner Adventuress will lead the pack. The classic sailboat will enter the large lock around 10:15 am Sunday morning, joined by around 40 other vessels in a parade from Salmon Bay to Lake Union.

The opening 1917 parade was led by the SS Roosevelt, which had, about a decade earlier, returned from the North Pole under the command of Admiral Robert Peary. At 184 feet, it was built for Arctic travel with a hull 30 inches thick in places. According to History Link, Peary reached the North Pole in 1909, and little more than a year later, the Roosevelt was sold to ship salvager John Arbuckle. After his death in 1912, the boat changed ownership three times in the next three years, and by the time she reached Seattle in April 1917, the Roosevelt had been converted to a supply-transport boat for the United States Bureau of Fisheries, which planned to use her in the Pribilof Islands of Alaska.

The Adventuress was built in 1913, and according to Catherine Collins, Executive Director of Sound Experiencethe schooner one of only two National Historic Landmark (NHL) sailing ships still in active operation on the West Coast and is a Puget Sound icon. And, like the Roosevelt, she was built in a Maine shipyard.

From Collins:

Adventuress can normally be found in Port Townsend undergoing maintenance or restoration in winters, but during the spring, summer and fall, she goes sailing. Since 1989, the ship has been owned and operated by Sound Experience, a nonprofit dedicated to the Salish Sea through education, empowerment and inspiration. More than 60,000 “youth of all ages” have sailed on day and overnight programs in the past two decades, and Adventuress sails not for one, but for all. This year, her crew sport the motto, “We Are All Shipmates.”

Long and lean, the 133-foot Adventuress was designed along the lines of a fishing boat, a yacht whose maiden voyage was to the Arctic in search of a Bowhead Whale specimen for the American Museum of Natural History. They didn’t find a whale, and Adventuress went into service for the San Francisco Pilots soon afterward, navigating the shifting sands of the bar to deposit knowledgeable pilots aboard incoming ships for decades.

For more information about sailing aboard Adventuress, call Robin at 360-379-0438, extension 1; or email

Photo by Jan Anderson, courtesy Sound Experience

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