'Drawing on our History: Fishing Vessels of the Pacific Northwest and Alaska'

On Saturday, July 26 at the Seattle Public Library in Ballard, author / illustrator James A. Cole will read from his new book "Drawing on our History: Fishing Vessels of the Pacific Northwest and Alaska." The event begins at 6:30 p.m.

In sixteen chapters, Drawing on our History explores commercial fishing vessels from the carved cedar canoes built by the Native groups of the Pacific Northwest of the U. S. and British Columbia, through all of the early and contemporary commercial vessel types, including the most up-to-date freezer longliners launched and delivered in 2013.

Each chapter is devoted to a specific vessel type, opening with a painting of the vessel by the author. The chapters describe how the designs evolved and are depicted with over 120 design and pen-and-ink drawings.

The text includes tables of vessel characteristics. Sidebars include interviews with veteran fishermen, boat builders, or their family members. Some of these visits were with people that are now long

Ballard author to read from his new book July 26

An illustration featured in Cole's book.

Markee Foster, the Chair of the Board of Directors for Seattle Goodwill Industries, is pleased to announce that Daryl Campbell has been named the organization’s President and CEO. Mr. Campbell leaves his post as Interim President and Chief Executive Officer of Shoreline Community College and will join Seattle Goodwill on August 18. Campbell replaces Ken Colling, who retired at the end of June 2014 after serving Goodwill for more than ten years.

Under Mr. Campbell’s leadership during his six year tenure as Vice-President and then Interim President, Shoreline Community College drove a strategic planning process resulting in increased targeted enrollment, higher quality programs, and a more stable financial profile. Campbell has been very active in the broader community, growing key partnerships in the college’s popular automotive maintenance program and working proactively to develop partnerships with educational institutions in Asia.

Seattle Goodwill Industries Announces New President & CEO Daryl Campbell

Markee Foster

By Katy Wilkens, MS, RD
Nutrition and fitness manager

I often bring flowers to work to share with my patients and co-workers, but this week I brought a different kind of flower—cauliflower! Prettier than any rose, and you can eat this flower.

When you think of cauliflower you may think of the usual creamy white vegetable, but this year I am growing a beautiful orange “cheddar” variety and a vivid dark purple variety too. I think serving your children raw “Husky flowers” of purple and gold might be one way to get them to eat their veggies!

Not surprising, the brightly colored cauliflowers have more nutrients than the white: more vitamin A in the orange and more antioxidants in the purple. There is a chartreuse green variety too. All cauliflowers benefit from a cooking technique that gets rid of bitter sulfuric acid compounds in the plant. Oven roasting or stir frying are great ways to tame cauliflower’s bitter side.

Oven-blasted cauliflower

You Are What You Eat: A different kind of flower—cauliflower!
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Photo courtesy of Katy Wilkens

Cauliflowers from Katy’s garden.

In his public safety address to the Seattle City Council last week, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray detailed a series of ‘Find it, Fix it’ Community Walks, focused on several crime hotspots.

At the walks, community residents, police, and city officials will walk together to identify physical disorder and solve it, hence the find it and fix it theme. The primary areas of focus are graffiti removal, street lighting, litter and garbage clean-up, and trimming overgrown bushes and trees.

The next Find It, Fix It Community Walk:
Tuesday, July 8, 7 – 8:30 p.m., S. Orcas St. and Martin Luther King Jr Way S.
Meet in the vacant RAC parking lot on the southeast corner of the intersection (Map)

7 – 7:15 p.m.
Short program featuring Councilmember Bruce Harrell, Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole and department representatives.

7:15 – 8 p.m.
Walk commences along the following route:
· East on S. Orcas to 37th Ave S.
· 37th to S. Juneau St.
· West on Juneau to Martin Luther King Jr Way S.
· Stop at the Filipino Community Center (5740 Martin Luther King Jr Way)
· North on Martin Luther King Jr Way S. to S. Orcas St.


Where's Waldo? In Ballard, of course. The famous children's book character
in the striped shirt and black-rimmed specs is visiting twenty-two different
local businesses throughout our community this July. Those who spot him can
win prizes, including books and much more. From Cupcake Royale to Sonic
Boom, from Ballard Blossom to Ballard Market, Waldo figures will be well
hidden in local business establishments. Find Waldo is a great summer
vacation activity, and a wonderful way for residents to support local
business and the Shop Local movement.

Anyone who wishes to participate can pick up a "Find Waldo Local in
Ballard!" passport with the names of all the participating sites, and get
their passport stamped or signed for each Waldo they spot. The first 100
Waldo seekers to get their passports stamped or signed at ten or more sites
can bring their passports back to Secret Garden to collect prizes.
Collecting store stamps or signatures at twenty or more businesses will
entitle diligent seekers to entry in a grand prize drawing on August 5, with
top prizes from the 22 participating businesses.

Where's Waldo is the creation of Martin Handford, whose entertaining

The San Francisco favorite expands to Ballard later this summer

Patxi’s Pizza (pronounced PAH-cheese. ‘t’ before ‘x’), one of the most loved pizza restaurants in the Bay Area, announced today that it will open its first Northwest location in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood at 5323 Ballard Ave NW later this summer.

Patxi’s celebrated its 10th anniversary on June 4 and is famed for classic Chicago-style stuffed pizza and authentic Italian thin crust. What began as a labor of love for old friends and now business partners, William Freeman and Francisco “Patxi” Azpiroz, has grown into nine locations in the Bay Area, a thriving three-store operation in Denver, and the soon-to-open location in Seattle.

 Patxi's Pizza coming to Ballard

By Erin Bosetti

This year, local favorite coffee haunt Java Bean turns 25. It started out as a coffee cart in Eastlake in 1989 and two more carts were opened in the city including one in West Seattle. Our well loved Ballard branch was opened in 2001.

What makes Java Bean so great? “We don't change too much. That's our secret. Great service. Great people. Great cup of coffee. Oh, and our egg breakfast sandwiches are to die for!” said owner Anthony Hoyt.

“We have such a great variety of folks who support the Java Bean from all age groups. Young and old we attract them all by facilitating a very familial service experience and a great product and upbeat feeling in the shop.”

Java Bean celebrates 25th anniversary
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Photo by Shane Harms

Anthony Hoyt standing behind his talented baristas at Java Bean.

This Sunday June 22 at the Sunset Tavern Puget Power, Small Plans and Parade Schedule will rock out hard starting at 8 p.m. Cover is $6 at the door. Beware of face melting...

For more information click here.

Puget Power, Small Plans and Parade Schedule to play at Sunset Tavern June 22
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Courtesy of Puget Power.

Puget Power.

Thief preps for carpentry apocalypse, takes company van with tools

June 10, SPD officers were dispatched to a burglary/forced entry report at a business residing at the 700 block of 15th Avenue Northwest. The suspect gained entry by rampaging through a side door. The suspect loaded air tools and other items into a company van that was parked in the garage, and then fled with the bounty. No fingerprints were recovered.

Suspect plays Mozart on squad car, assumes arrest after altercation

Ballard Crime Watch: Painter pilfers cash and punches woman and thief preps for carpentry apocalypse
Ballard shipwright keeping the trade alive after nearly 40 years

Stepping aboard Swiftsure, (Lighthouse No. 83), a 109-year-old Coast Guard Lightship, is like stepping into a floating time capsule slowly undergoing a metamorphic rejuvenation.

Onboard a lone figure is at work fitting 500-year-old Doug Fir deck pieces around the huge smokestack. The shipwright listens to Tango music that riots in the bright-lit canopied dome that protects the Swiftsure from the elements while the deck is restored.

Swiftsure Project Shipwright, Brian Johnson, almost 60, is an inquisitive man. He lives in Ballard, and dances the Tango and is a martial artist. But, mostly, Johnson knows boats.

Johnson has been working with boats all his life. He built his first vessel at the age of five. It sank, but the experience spurred a life long love of boats and an ingenuitive passion for the maritime industry.

Northwest Seaport, owner of the Swiftsure, have asked Johnson to use his shipwright expertise in rebuilding the deck -- just one piece in an ongoing restoration puzzle.

‘A boat builds a community, and a community builds a boat’
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Photo by Shane Harms

Brian Johnson with caulking mallet and irons shows how to fit an airtight wooden deck aboard the Swiftsure.

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