Bitter Lake Community Center To Have Extended Hours

This week, Mayor Mike McGinn proposed a change regarding the city’s 25 community centers; cut staff and hours to most, but turn the remaining in to high-use centers.  The purpose it to reduce the cost of community centers and this particular program would save the city $1.2 Million in 2012.  Under the proposal, the community centers are split into 5 geographical regions.  Within these regions, high-use centers will have specialty programs and extended hours.  The 7 centers with extended hours and activities would be Bitter Lake, Garfield, High Point, Jefferson, Loyal Heights, Meadowbrook and Rainier.  The Bitter Lake Community Center is located northeast of Ballard between Aurora and Greenwood Avenues.  If the proposal is accepted, the Bitter Lake Community Center will be open 70 hours/week. For more information on the proposal, please read the full Seattle Times article. 

Work To Begin on Final Link of Ship Canal Trail

Construction on the last portion of the Ship Canal Trail is set to begin next week.  The portion is a half-mile long from 11th Avenue W. to Emerson Street.  The southbound ramp from the Ballard Bridge to 15th Avenue W. will close on Monday for the first phase of work; building a retaining wall west of the bridge.  The final piece will connect the Elliot Bay Trail, Interbay and Magnolia to other routes.  The cost of the project is $1 million and is expected to be completed by the end of the year.   For more information, please visit the official project web page.

Loyal Heights Elementary Receives Award

A Ballard elementary school, Loyal Heights Elementary, has earned a Blue Ribbon School award this year from the US Department of Education.  The award is given for high achievement and only 304 schools in the nation received a Blue Ribbon School award.  A conference will be held in Washington D.C. in November honoring Loyal Heights Elementary and the other awarded schools.  See the full article here.

Ballard School Reopens

Viewlands Elementary, an elementary school in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood, is reopening this fall with a new principal and nearly $10 million worth of renovations.  The school was closed in 2006 due to the district’s low enrollment and hundreds of students were relocated.  After enrollment began to rise again, the School Board voted to reopen 5 schools, including Viewlands. 

About 180 students were expected to enroll for the first day of school this week.  For more information, please see the full article on The Seattle Times website.

Matthew Lillard Spotted in Ballard

Actor and director Matthew Lillard is making his directing debut with a new filmed based off the book “Fat Kid Rules the World”, that is currently being filmed in Seattle.  A friend of mine updated her Facebook status the other day that read “I just saw Matthew Dillard at Kings!”  Kings is a popular bar in Ballard.  I was intrigued and mostly jealous.  I wondered why Dillard would be at the bar I so frequently visit, and now I know why.  I’m hoping that I’ll have a little bit of luck and see him myself.  Keep your eyes peeled for film crews and maybe you’ll see him too!  Stay tuned for more info on the new film.

Cheers For Children’s Ballard Avenue Pub Crawl

The Hillside Guild is having its annual Ballard Avenue Pub Crawl “Cheers for Children’s” next Wednesday, July 20th.  The Crawl, which lasts from 6:00-8:00 pm, benefits the Children’s Hospital Fund for Uncompensated Care.  At each of the five participating pubs, crawlers will received a poker card.  The people with the top hands at the end of the run will receive a prize.  The bars will features drink specials, extended happy hours, and tasty bites for participants.  Crawlers are asked to bring a cash or credit card donation of $20.00.  The following Ballard pubs are participating:

King’s Hardware- 5225 Ballard Ave. NW

Portalis Wine Bar-5205 Ballard Ave. NW

Conor Byrne Pub-5140 Ballard Ave. NW

The People’s Pub-5429 Ballard Ave. NW

Moshi Moshi-5324 Ballard Ave. NW

Come out, have fun and support a good cause!  See you there!

Ballard SeafoodFest

This Saturday, the Seafair Pirates will land at Alki Beach to kick-off the opening of Seafair season.  The ship will arrive at noon, so get there early if you intend to find a parking spot.  A variety of Seafair activities will be happening in and around Seattle, and this handy article lists events, locations and times of Seafair happenings this weekend.  I will definitely be at the SeafoodFest in Ballard, which is happening both Saturday and Sunday.  Check out the list and pick your go-tos.   Happy seafaring!

Ballard SeafoodFest is Happening Soon

The Ballard SeafoodFest is coming up in a couple of weeks, and you should mark your calendars.  The event which will be held on July 9th and 10th will feature a ton of vendors and merchandise, as well as live music and other activities for festival goers to enjoy.  The festival will be held on NW Market Street, and will be from 11:00 am to 9:00 pm on Saturday, and from 11:00 am until 7:00 pm on Sunday.  For more information about the Ballard SeafoodFest, please visit the official website.

Blue Ridge Home-For Sale

This mid-Century home for sale in Seattle’s Blue Ridge neighborhood sits high above the street and features majestic views of the mountains and Sound.  With over 3,000 sf of living space, enjoy an updated main floor with beautiful kitchen including granite counter, top of the line appliances and a prep pantry.  The three bedroom home has large windows, a recreation room and three patios.  You’ll also benefit from the private access to a community beach, clubhouse, swimming pool and tennis court.  Please follow the link to find full listing details and photos of this Blue Ridge home for sale.  To search other North Seattle homes for Seattle, please click here

Status: For Sale
Listing Price: $849,000
Bed/Bath:  3/1 full, 2 partial