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Free opera concert set for Sunday in Ballard

January 20th, 2015 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

The Ladies Musical Club will be performing a free opera concert this Sunday, January 25, at the Ballard Odd Fellows Hall (1706 NW Market St) from 2 p.m.

Attendees are set to enjoy some rarely heard beautiful opera duets from The Golden Age of Italian Opera along with violin accompaniment from Candice Chin and pianist Joan Lundquist.

The singers performing at the event include Lori Williams, Victoria Chaussee, Katie Hochman, Regina Thomas and Leslie Stark.

Click here to find out more about the event.

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Development Update January 20: Subdivision application

January 20th, 2015 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

One subdivision application makes 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:

2003 NW 60th St

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A Land Use Application has been submitted to subdivide one development site into two unit lots. The construction of residential units is under Project #6426347. 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 above applications 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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Metro to operate with reduced schedule on Martin Luther King Jr. holiday

January 19th, 2015 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

In observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday on Monday, January 19, Metro will  be operating with its Reduced Weekday and “When no UW” schedules.

Some routes will not operate while other routes will operate fewer trips than on a regular weekday. Riders are encouraged to review details in either printed timetables or online schedules.

Most Metro and King County offices will also be closed Monday, including Metro’s Customer Information, Lost and Found and Pass Sales offices. Also on Monday, some transit service will be rerouted or delayed during the Martin Luther King Jr. events in the downtown Seattle, Capitol Hill and Central areas.

Some of the alterations will impact routes that service Ballard including the cancellation of the 15EX service. Route 41 will also operate with fewer trips.

Click here to check out the overview of the changes.

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Normal garbage pick-up on Martin Luther King Jr. Day

January 19th, 2015 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

Just a quick reminder that all garbage, food and yard waste and recycling collections will be on normal schedule for Martin Luther King Jr. Day. As usual, Seattle Public Utilities says customers should put out containers for collection by 7 a.m.

SPU says customers can report a Monday missed garbage, yard waste or recycling collection after 8 a.m. on Tuesday by calling (206) 684-3000 or by visiting SPU’s web site, at: www.seattle.gov/util/Services/Garbage.

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Nordic Lights Film Festival on this weekend

January 16th, 2015 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

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The Nordic Heritage Museum is bringing more than a dozen Nordic films to Seattle this weekend as part of the 6th annual Nordic Lights Film Festival.

The festival is set to include feature-length films, documentaries, and short films from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden. The festival will run all weekend at the SIFF Film Center in the Seattle Center.

A variety of Nordic films will be shown throughout the festival including Danish thriller The Shooter/Skytten, Icelandic drama Metalhead/Malmhau and family-film Ragnarok. Click here to check out the full list of films set to be screened during the Festival.

Admission to the festival is $8 for Nordic Heritage Museum members and SIFF members, and $12 for the general public. Passes for the full weekend are $55 for Nordic Heritage Museum members and SIFF members and $65 for the general public. Tickets are available  online.

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Ballard Library set to provide free tax help

January 16th, 2015 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

The Seattle Public Library, United Way of King County and AARP are teaming up to offer locals free tax preparation services from January through mid-April at Ballard Library (5614 22nd Ave NW).

Drop-in tax help will be available twice a week from Monday, February 2, through Monday, April 13. The services will be available from 2:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Mondays and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursdays throughout the period. No appointment is required.

Trained volunteers will be on hand answer questions and help prepare personal tax returns. The service is not available for business tax returns. Click here to check out the documents required to receive tax help.

Due to federal budget cuts, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is unable to provide the Library with certain tax forms and instruction booklets. Most IRS forms are available online.

To find out more information about the tax service call The Seattle Public Library at (206) 386-4636 or visit spl.org/taxhelp.

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Work continues at North Beach CSO project site

January 16th, 2015 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

Construction continues to be in full swing at the North Beach CSO Control Project site. The King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks released a progress update yesterday to keep locals informed.

This week crews are continuing to focus on preparing for and completing concrete pours for the combined sewer overflow (CSO) tank walls, mechanical/electrical building, and the 48b structure which serves as a backup for CSO discharges when the North Beach Pump Station cannot get all flows to Carkeek Park or through the main outfall.

The contractor completed the first concrete pour for the CSO tank walls on Tuesday, which required work past 6 p.m. to ensure it was completed. Crews will continue to place forms for each of the structures this week.

Several concrete pours are also planned for January and February, after which concrete pour activities are set to wind down. The CSO tank wall concrete pours must be seven days apart in order for the concrete to cure properly before proceeding with more pours.

Crews will keep locals updated on the specific dates for all planned pours as they are scheduled. Concrete pours are tentatively planned for the following dates:

  • January 16 (48b structure)
  • January 20 (CSO tank wall, 48b structure, and mechanical/electrical building)
  • January 23 (48b structure)
  • January 27 (CSO tank wall)
  • February 3 (CSO tank wall)

Check out the list of what locals should expect in the next week below:

  • Up to 20 concrete trucks are expected on the days of each of the upcoming concrete pours.
  • Trucks will be connected to a large concrete pump, which will pour concrete into the excavated tank area.
  • Concrete trucks will continue to run while in use. If trucks are not in use, they will be turned off.
  • Pumps may be used to keep the excavation site dry. Neighbors may hear gurgling and other pump sounds during the day and at night. Crews will turn off the pumps if they are not needed.
  • After sunset, lights will be used on site for worker safety. The team makes its best effort to reduce lights shining near neighbors’ homes, while maintaining safe work conditions for the construction crew.

If you have questions about the project contact Monica Van der Vieren at Monica.VanDerVieren@kingcounty.gov or call the 24 hour construction hotline at (206) 296-7372.

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What’s on this weekend

January 16th, 2015 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

Welcome to another weekend in Ballard! Enjoy it at some of these fantastic events.

Friday, January 16

  • Sparkling Fresh Soundscape with Luminosasm at Embrace the Moon (1716 NW Market St) from 7 p.m. Kick off your 2015 with a fresh and new Reiki Soundscape, infused with the ethereal and transformational music of Luminosas: Songs and Sounds of Healing for Earth and All Beings. Tickets $12 at the door.
  • Live music at Conor Byrne Pub (5140 Ballard Ave NW) at 9:30 p.m. Featuring Sam Russell & The Teen Explosion, Colin J Nelson. Tickets $8. Click here to purchase tickets and for more information.
  • Live Music at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW) at 9 p.m. Featuring Chuck Prophet and the Mission Express plus The Tripwires. Tickets $15. Click here to purchase tickets and for more information.

Saturday, January 17

  • 2-Day Intro to Forrest Yoga Series at Kula Movement, Center for Yoga & Health (5340 Ballard Avenue Northwest) from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. Whether you’re new to yoga, rehabilitating an injury, or reconnecting to your practice all are welcome. $60 for two day course.
  • Plan and Prep for your edible garden at Swansons Nursery (9701 15th Ave NW) from 10 a.m. Bill Thorness, author of Cool Season Gardener and Edible Heirlooms, will guide your planning and offer tried and true techniques for starting your edible year off right. Cost is free.
  • Live music at Conor Byrne Pub (5140 Ballard Ave NW) at 9 p.m. Featuring Modern Relics, Blackheart Honeymoon, The Riveters. Tickets $7. Click here to purchase tickets and for more information.
  • Live Music at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW) at 9 p.m. Featuring Flowmotion Family Reunion. Tickets $12. Click here to purchase tickets and for more information.

Sunday, January 18

  • Ballard Farmers Market along Ballard Ave from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Click here to see this week’s specials.
  • Live Music at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW) at 8 p.m. Featuring The Washover Fans (album release) with The Native Sibling (seated). Tickets $10. Click here to purchase tickets and for more information

Know of more events? Email the information to tips@myballard.com

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Metro shuttles set to take Hawks fans to playoff game

January 15th, 2015 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

Seahawks fans can climb on King County Metro Transit game day shuttles to travel to the Seahawks playoff game against the Green Bay Packers this Sunday, January 18.

The shuttles accept cash only and leave specific park-and-ride locations two hours before kickoff, and return to those park-and-rides after the game.

The closest shuttle location to our area is Northgate Transit Center (10200 1st Ave NE) which will begin shuttle services two hours before kick off. Each shuttle will leave as it is filled. The last shuttle leaves for the game about 35 minutes before kickoff. All pre-game shuttles arrive near CenturyLink Field on Fifth Avenue South at South Weller Street.

Shuttle fares cost $4 each way and no ORCA cards will be accepted. Exact change is required.

Buses returning to the park and rides leave from 5th Ave S at S Weller St. Details can be found on Metro’s Seahawks shuttle page.

Travelers in the SODO, Pioneer Square and downtown Seattle areas can expect traffic congestion and delays before and after Seahawks games.

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Sound Steps program helps locals achieve fitness goals

January 15th, 2015 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

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Greenwood Senior Center is launching the 2015 Sound Steps training program for locals aged 50+ who want to complete a 5km, 10km or half marathon walk.

The program is open to all fitness levels and aims to help locals to achieve their goals.

The free training sessions are set to take place each Saturday morning from February through June in the north Seattle area.

To find out more, attend the information session on Wednesday, January 28, from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. at Greenwood Senior Center (525 N 85th St) or contact Mari Becker with Seattle Parks and Recreation at (206) 684-4664 or mari.becker@seattle.gov

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Development Update January 15: More subdivisions

January 15th, 2015 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

Three subdivision applications and one subdivision approval 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.

Applications:

1719 NW 64th St

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A Land Use Application has been submitted to subdivide one development site into 2 unit lots. The construction of residential units is under Project #6409227. 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.

1717 NW 64th St

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A Land Use Application has been submitted to subdivide one development site into 2 unit lots. The construction of residential units is under Project #6409239. 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.

5917 20th Ave NW

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Land Use Application to subdivide one development site into two unit lots. The construction of residential units is under Project #6426357. 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.

Decision:

2611 NW 65th St

A Land Use Application has been approved to subdivide one development site into two unit lots. The construction of residential units has been approved under Project #6391375. 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 January 29, 2015.

Comments about the above applications 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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Romanza set to close its doors for good

January 14th, 2015 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

In a statement released today, owners John Sterlin and Vince Harris announced the permanent closure of their Ballard store Romanza Gifts and Home Décor (2206 NW Market Street).

According to Sterling and Harris, the closure is due to rising expenses, increased competition from corporate “big box” retailers, manufactures selling direct-toconsumer, Amazon.com and overall diminished sales.

“We extend a heartfelt Thank You to all of our wonderful customers. You’ve continued to support Romanza for nearly two decades and we couldn’t have existed without you! We truly appreciate you and are exceedingly honored to have been a part of your lives and a part of this great community,” said Sterlin and Harris.

Starting Saturday, January 17, Romanza will begin liquidating inventory in preparation for the closure. All products will be offered at discounts ranging from 15% to 60% off.

Sterlin and Harris are also liquidating, store fixtures and displays, in addition to office equipment, lighting and storage shelving.  The liquidation will continue until all items are sold.

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