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Fleet Feet Sports to host pair of Ballard “Pub Runs” this month

July 15th, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

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By Joe Veyera

A Capitol Hill speciality running and walking store, owned by a pair of Ballard residents, will be hosting four “pub runs” over the next four weeks, including two in Ballard.

Fleet Feet Sports (911 E Pine St), run by Ballardites Andrea and Brian Morrison, is hosting, “Pub Runs: The Summer Tour” as a way to get know local breweries around Seattle.

This Thursday evening, beginning at 6:30 p.m., runners will meet at the Peddler Brewing Company (1514 NW Leary Way), before running three miles along this course that starts and ends at the brewery. Afterwards, participants can enjoy some locally crafted brews for their efforts. Organizers emphasize that runners of all paces are welcome to join in.

On July 31, runners will meet at Populuxe Brewing Company (826 NW 49th St, #B) before their run. Babies in strollers are also welcome for the Populuxe event. The course for that run has not yet been published.

A pair of other pub runs outside Ballard will be held on July 24 at Spinnaker Bay Brewing in Hillman City, and on August 7 at Fleet Feet Sports, where participants will enjoy brews from Elysian Brewing.

For more information on Thursday’s pub run, click here. To learn more about the Populuxe pub run on July 31, click here.

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Garden dedication and art installation this Wednesday at Ballard Boys & Girls Club

July 14th, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

By Joe Veyera

The Ballard Boys & Girls Club (1767 NW 64th St) is set to host a garden dedication and art installation on Wednesday afternoon, to mark the completion of a gardening and landscaping project at the club last week by Swansons Nursery.

Last week, Swansons helped transform what had been an overgrown rain garden and a high-traffic grassy area near the clubhouse’s entrance into a sustainable art garden and parklet, giving club-goers two new outdoor spaces. Swansons, Dunn Lumber, and Mutual Materials donated the materials for the project.

The project is part of Swansons’ Grow With Us Project, as the nursery looks to help community members get the most out of their spaces.

Community members are now invited to attend the dedication, which starts at 3 p.m., and will consist of Swansons employees, staff and children from the Boys & Girls Club, and staff and members of the Ballard Chamber of Commerce. Cupcake Royale will also be part of the celebration, providing mini cupcakes to those on hand.

For more information about the event, click here.

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UW Medicine to take over former PATH space in Ballard

July 14th, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

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By Joe Veyera

UW Medicine plans to open medical clinics in about half of the Program for Appropriate Technology in Health’s (PATH) former headquarters at 1455 NW Leary Way, according to a report from Marc Stiles of the Puget Sound Business Journal.

As noted in last week’s development update, a land use application was approved by the City of Seattle’s Department of Planning and Development to change 29,994 sq. ft. of office use in the space to medical office use, with no changes in parking. That application had originally been submitted in March.

As reported by Stiles, that ruling did not list the tenant, but UW Medicine/Northwest Hospital applied to the city in May for a construction permit to alter the first two floors of the building. Those permits are currently in the “Reviews Completed,” stage. Mechanical work permits to modify existing duct work in the building, among other changes, was submitted in June, listing Northwest Hospital as the “financially responsible party.” Those permits were issued late last month.

PATH left the building in 2010, moving to the South Lake Union neighborhood.

To read the full story from the Puget Sound Business Journal, click here.

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The 2 Bit Saloon to close in September

July 14th, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

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By Joe Veyera

After four years in Ballard, the 2 Bit Saloon (4818 17th Ave NW) has announced it will be closing its doors on September 20, marking the end of an era in the neighborhood’s bar scene.

The news was announced on the bar’s Facebook page on Sunday afternoon:

First off, I’d like to thank everyone for their love and support over the past 4 years, we never would have made it this far without each other. With that being said I have some bad news, the 2 Bit will officially be closing September 20th, 2014. We started with a benefit and we will be ending with a benefit for suicide prevention.

The former Bit Saloon reopened in May of 2010, when Jessica Young and Jamie Bernard took over ownership of the institution. The Bit Saloon had been in Ballard since 1947 (originally called John’s Offshore Tavern), and its dive bar atmosphere was a local favorite.

Between now and its closure in late September, the bar will now be accepting cash only.

For more information on the 2 Bit Saloon, click here.

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Trolling the neighborhood: Can you guess where Thorvald’s been?

July 14th, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

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By Joe Veyera

Over the past several weeks, Thorvald, Ballard’s newest troll, has been taking in everything his new neighborhood has to offer. This past weekend, he caught up with us at My Ballard to let us know what he’s been up to.

While most Ballardites were taking in the sights, sounds, and smells of the 40th annual Ballard SeafoodFest this weekend, Thorvald sought out a more subdued location to spend his Saturday.

Every week, Thorvald will be taking in the various sights of Ballard, but it will be up to you to figure out just where he’s been.

Can you tell where Thorvald was this weekend? Give us your guesses in the comments or on our Facebook page. We’ll reveal the answer tomorrow morning!

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Light in the Attic Summer Spectacular this Saturday

July 11th, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

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By Joe Veyera

Light in the Attic Records will be holding its first annual Summer Spectacular this Saturday at its Ballard warehouse (913 NW 50th St), with live performances, food trucks, and a record fair.

The festivities kick-off at 3 p.m. for the free, all-ages event.

Alex Maas of Austin psych-rock group The Black Angels will perform a rare solo set, while Overton Berry (featured on the Wheedle’s Groove series) will also perform. DJ Suspence will spin in between sets. Donnie & Joe Emerson, who had been slated to perform just their third live show in the past 30 years, were forced to cancel.

Meanwhile, local food trucks from Seattle Cookie CounterWicked PiesJemil’s Big EasyPeople Of The Chubbs will also be hand. For those looking to purchase some music, all items in the record shop will be 10 percent off, while Sub Pop Records, Mike Samples, Beats and Bohos, and Karl Zwick will all be on hand for the record fair.

For more information on the event, including a full schedule of performances, click here.

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City launches new program to address construction impacts on mobility

July 11th, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

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By Joe Veyera

The City of Seattle has launched a new program designed to reduce the impact of construction projects and to keep traffic moving.

The Access Seattle initiative is an effort to balance a level of what the city calls “unprecedented growth and development” in Seattle with the need to maintain mobility. The city is focusing on areas of the city, which they’re calling construction hubs, where multiple construction projects occur or will in close proximity to each other.

Under the new Construction Hub Coordination Program, part of Access Seattle, the city is trying to proactively coordinate construction in these areas to minimize impacts. Among the seven construction hubs identified so far is the “Ballard hub” which runs from Northwest 65th Street to Shilshole Avenue Northwest, and from 8th Avenue Northwest to 24th Avenue Northwest. According to a press release from the Seattle Department of Transportation, a team has been set up to:

  • Assess the schedules of all projects in construction hubs to identify conflicts, and minimize mobility and access impacts
  • Create mapping systems showing all planned and current mobility impacts from hub-area construction
  • Establish reliable lines of communication with communities affected by the construction
  • Provide on-site enforcement to monitor and resolve conflicts.

“Our site coordinators meet with contractors before construction begins, discussing impacts and coaching on best ways to maintain mobility for the duration of a project,” said Seattle Department of Transportation’s Right of Way Manager, Brian de Place in a press release. “The idea is to get everyone talking and seeing the same big picture, to save the public and contractors from undue inconvenience and frustration.”

For more information on the Access Seattle initiative, click here. For construction related concerns in the Ballard hub, contact Site Coordinator Wayne Gallup at 206.681.6099 or SDOTConstructionHub@Seattle.gov. For business concerns regarding construction impacts, contact Business Liaison James Kelly at 206.684.8612 or james.kelly2@seattle.gov.

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Small Batch Seattle hosts Food and Goods Swap this Sunday

July 11th, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

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By Joe Veyera

Kirke Park (7028 9th Ave NW) will play host to the first Small Batch Seattle Food and Goods Swap this Sunday, starting at 2 p.m.

Founded by a group of friends that wished they had more time to indulge in the homemade lifestyle, Small Batch Seattle brings local makers together to exchange goods, thereby creating a more sustainable, independent lifestyle

Attendees can bring as many or as few items as they want, packaged into portions of approximately $5-$10 amounts for easy swapping. These items can be anything homemade or homegrown, including baked goods, jams, fermented foods, natural sodas, yogurt, grown vegetables, soaps, etc. Organizers are encouraging attendees to bring ingredient lists, information on storage and shelf life, and samples of your items to try where practical.

Swappers are expected to adhere to the “Code of Conduct” listed on the Small Batch Seattle website:

  • By participating in this event, you are acknowledging that the food items being shared are not commercially prepared items. They are handmade goods not inspected by any government agency.
  • By participating in this event, you are acknowledging that you will use strict standards of cleanliness and safety when preparing any food items.
  • By participating in this event, you assume all liability; specifically, you agree to not hold liable food swap hosts, swap venue owners/providers, or other swap participants.

Only those that bring items to swap can participate. Preregistration is required for each participating attendee, as space is limited. The event is expected to last approximately two hours.

For more information, click here.

(Photo courtesy of Small Batch Seattle)

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What’s on this weekend

July 11th, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

By Joe Veyera

While SeafoodFest will take center stage in Downtown Ballard this weekend, there’s no shortage of other events happening in the neighborhood. Take a look at everything that Ballard has to offer this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

Friday, July 11

  • Love Shack: Sleepover! at the Ballard Underground (2220 NW Market St) at 7 p.m. Sketch comedy. Tickets from $10. Click here for more details
  • Live Music at Conor Byrne Pub (5140 Ballard Ave NW) at 9 p.m. Featuring Brother James and The Soul-vation, Kissing Potion and The Scotch Tops. For more information, click here.
  • Live Music at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW) at 9:30 p.m. Featuring Into The Cold, Strong Suit, and Jen Ayers. Tickets are $8. 21 and over. For more information, click here.
  • The Libertini P[ART]Y! at the Ballard Underground (2220 NW Market St) at 10 p.m. Tickets from $10. Click here for more details

Saturday, July 12

  • Lavender Seminar at Swansons Nursery (9710 15th Ave NW) from 10 — 11 a.m. Join perennial expert Rolf Hokansson as he discusses how to use lavender, including instructions on cultivating, harvesting and drying the herb, as well as its culinary, decorative, and medicinal uses. Click here for more information.
  • Seattle Tilth’s Chicken Coop & Urban Farm Tour from 10 a.m. — 4 p.m. Four Ballard locations are included in this year’s list of 25 urban farms & chicken coop locations. Click here for more information.
  • Ballard SeafoodFest from 11 a.m. — 9 p.m. The 40th annual event produced by the Ballard Chamber of Commerce will feature dozens of food, arts & crafts, non-profit, and sponsor vendors. Click here for more information.
  • Summer Concerts at the Ballard Locks featuring the Greenwood Concert Band. The show starts at 2 p.m. on the Ballard Locks lawn. Click here to see the full summer schedule.
  • Summer Pruning Seminar at Swansons Nursery (9710 15th Ave NW) from 2 — 3:30 p.m. Professional pruner and landscape architect Dan Gilchrist shares his expertise on summer pruning and thinning of Japanese maple trees. Click here for more information.
  • Ballard Skate Festi Bowl at Ballard Commons Park (5701 22nd Ave NW) from 3 — 9 p.m. This addition to SeafoodFest will include skateboarding instruction, a slalom event, a kids skate exhibition, and a competition. Click here for more information.
  • Phinney Ditch Block Party (6226 6th Ave NW) at 4 p.m. This year’s event will feature live music, cream pie jousting, barbarian noodle wars, spam carving, dodge ball and face painting. Click here for more information.
  • Buddy UP! Improv at the Ballard Underground (2220 NW Market St) at 7 p.m. Tickets from $10. Click here for more details
  • “All’s Well That Ends Well” at Salmon Bay Park (2001 NW Canoe Pl) at 7 p.m. GreenStage presents its abridged version of this Shakespeare classic. Admission is free. Click here for more details.
  • The Temporary People at the Ballard Underground (2220 NW Market St) at 8:30 p.m. Sketch comedy. Tickets from $10. Click here for more details
  • Live Music at Conor Byrne Pub (5140 Ballard Ave NW) at 9 p.m. Featuring The MargravesShuggie B. Goode, and Knut Bell. Tickets are $10. For more information, click here.
  • Live Music at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW) at 9:30 p.m. Featuring Brent Amaker and the RodeoFox and the Law, and NighTraiN. Tickets are $10. 21 and over. For more information, click here.
  • Iron Sketch at the Ballard Underground (2220 NW Market St) at 10 p.m. The seasoned veterans of sketch comedy take on the new generation of comedians. Tickets from $10. Click here for more details

Sunday, July 13

  • Ballard Farmers Market along Ballard Ave from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Click here to see this week’s specials.
  • Ballard SeafoodFest from 11 a.m. — 7 p.m. The 40th annual event produced by the Ballard Chamber of Commerce will feature dozens of food, arts & crafts, non-profit, and sponsor vendors. Click here for more information.
  • Summer Concerts at the Ballard Locks featuring Cherie Blues, and their blues infused vocal jazz, and a touch of R&B. The show starts at 2 p.m. on the Ballard Locks lawn. Click here to see the full summer schedule.
  • Block Party at the Ballard Community Center (6020 28th Ave NW) from 3 — 6 p.m. A collaboration between the Vona Church and the Seattle Creative Arts Center (SCAC), the event will feature live music, activities, games, inflatables, and a barbecue. Click here for more details.
  • Interrobang?! Improv at the Ballard Underground (2220 NW Market St) at 7 p.m. Tickets from $10. Click here for more details
  • Live Music at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW) at 8:30 p.m. Featuring Lauren Shera, The Local Strangers, and The Native Sibling. Tickets are $10. 21 and over. For more information, click here.

Do you know of an event happening this weekend or in future in our neighborhood?

You can submit it to our events calendar here on MyBallard.com, or email the information to tips@myballard.com to ensure we include it in our weekly weekend roundup.

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Have you seen Bootsy in Ballard?

July 10th, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

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By Joe Veyera

Update (7/11, 3:30 a.m.): We’re happy to report that Bootsy has been reunited with her owner, after she was found in the yard of the same neighbor she was found in four years ago.

My Ballard reader Carlotta emailed in to report that her 13-year old indoor cat Bootsy has been missing since Monday evening.

A long-haired black, brown, and gray mix, Bootsy was last seen near Northwest 60th Street and 36th Avenue Northwest, and is likely skittish and frightened.

According to Carlotta, Bootsy was gone for a week four years ago, and was likely trapped in someone’s garage, before being spotted by a neighbor who helped them corral her in her yard a few lots south of their home.

(The original post included the owner’s contact information)

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Repair work, closures coming to Market Street last two weekends of July

July 10th, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

By Joe Veyera

Northwest Market Street will be closed between Greenwood Avenue North and Third Avenue Northwest for the final two weekends of the month, as Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) paving crews replace broken concrete panels on the stretch.

Weather permitting, the street will be closed from Saturday at 7 a.m. until Sunday at 7 p.m. on July 19-20 and 26-27.

For drivers looking to pass through the area, eastbound traffic on Northwest Market Street will be detoured to North 39th Street, while westbound traffic will be detoured to North 39th Street or to North 65th Street (via North 50th Street and Phinney Avenue North). Trucks will be detoured to North 85th Street.

For more information on the closures, click here.

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Development Update July 10: A pair of land use decisions

July 10th, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

By Joe Veyera

It was a relatively slow week of Ballard-related decisions made by Department of Planning and Development (DPD). With no applications submitted this week, check out the most recent decisions from the DPD as posted in the Land Use Information Bulletin.

Decisions:

1455 NW Leary Way

A Land Use Application has been approved to change 29,994 sq. ft. of office use to medical office use, with no changes in parking. Appeals of this decision must be received by the Hearing Examiner no later than July 24, 2014.

2031 NW 60th 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 #6378346. 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 July 24, 2014.

Appeals and comments on proposed land use actions must be submitted in writing to the Public Resource Center by email to prc@seattle.gov, by fax to (206) 233-7901, or by mail to the address below:

Department of Planning and Development
ATTN: Public Resource Center or Assigned Planner
700 Fifth Ave, Ste 2000
P.O. Box 34019
Seattle, WA 98124-4019

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