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Holiday sale of Himalayan Handicraft at Sakya Monastery, Sun. Nov. 29

November 27th, 2015 by Theresa Madison

What: Holiday Sale of Himalayan Handicraft
When: Sunday, November 29, 11am-4pm
Where: Sakya Monastery of Tibetan Buddhism (108 NW 83rd Street)
Cost: Free

Come out to Sakya Monastery of Tibetan Buddhism and see the cultural hall and library turned into a market of Tibetan vendors. “Items for sale include: prayer beads, jewelry, statues, prayer flags, incense, clothing, art prints, books, CDs and Himalayan art calendars.”

There will also be a free tour of the Shrine Room which have traditional Tibetan murals, sculptures, mandalas and triple-sized golden Buddha statue. There will also be Tibetan tea served.

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Toy Tags at Cupcake Royale to benefit Mary’s Place, Fri, Nov. 27-Sun. Dec. 13

November 27th, 2015 by Theresa Madison

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Cupcake Royale is teaming up with Mary’s Place to bring holiday gifts to deserving children. Stop in at any of the Cupcake Royale shops, Ballard’s is 2052 NW Market St, and pick up a Mary’s Place Holiday ‘Toy Tag.’ Here is how to participate:

  • Cupcake Royale has 120 paper ornaments from local children.
  • A gift request is written on each tag.
  • At a Cupcake Royale location, choose a Toy Tag or two.
  • Return the requested unwrapped gift to a Cupcake Royale no later than Sunday, December 13 with the tag attached and you will receive a free Cupcake Gram, which is good for one free cupcake.
  • Give the present to a Cupcake Royale staffperson, along with the Toy Tag. 
  • You may use the Cupcake Gram or Re-Gift it again

“We are so moved by the great work that they are doing at Mary’s Place to ensure that ‘no child sleeps outside’ that we wanted to find a way to get more involved this holiday season,” said Nicki Kerbs, Cupcake Royale Chief Operating Officer. “Hosting a toy drive is all about creating joy, which is right up our alley. Our staff is also looking forward to volunteering at Mary’s Place Holly Jolly Holiday Party on December 21 and well, of course, there will be cupcakes!”

About Mary’s Place: Mary’s Place empowers homeless women, children and families to reclaim their lives by providing day and night shelter, nourishment, resources, healing and hope in a safe community.”

Visit Cupcake Royale on their website or Facebook Page or Twitter

Photo courtesy of Cupcake Royale.

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Ballard Locks large chamber scheduled to open 5 days early, Nov. 27 at 3:30pm

November 27th, 2015 by Theresa Madison

The Chittenden Locks large chamber is now scheduled to open five days early at 3:30 p.m. today, Friday, November 27.

Operations will return to normal for both the large and small chamber, with the annual maintenance and inspections finishing ahead of schedule.  Current locking information is available here.

For current locks information and events visit their websiteOr connect with them on Facebook and/or Twitter.


What’s on this weekend, Nov. 27-29

November 27th, 2015 by Theresa Madison

Here are some of the local events to choose from this weekend. If you want to add your event to the schedule, email us at

Have a great weekend!

FRIDAY, November 27:

  • Ballard Gives Black Friday, 9am-6pm: Shop locally in Ballard, more information here
  • Dibble House Holiday Craft Sale “Preview” 4pm-8pm, $3 suggested donation goes towards Ballard Food Bank, (7301 Dibble Ave. NW). All hand made items and cookies.
  • Live Music
    • The Knast, Pale Noise, and Chris King and the Gutterballs, 9pm, $8 at Conor Byrne Pub (5140 Ballard Ave NW)
    • Thanksgiving Leftovers: Tip to Base w/ The Bad Tenants & Brass Monkeys, 9pm, $10 at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW),
    • 7pm – Kyle Scherrer Quintet, with Kyle Scherrer (guitar), TJ Kottsick (tenor sax), Jacob Krieger (alto sax), Reign King (bass) and Isaac Boyle (drums) ($10 cover)
      9pm -Jennifer Kienzle, with Dave Peterson (guitar), Nate Parker (bass) and Max Wood (drums) ($10 cover) at Egan’s Ballard Jam House (1707 NW Market St)
    • Lonesome Shack, Evening Bell, Mindie Lind, 9pm, $12 at Sunset Tavern (5433 Ballard Ave. NW)

SATURDAY, November 28:

  • Dibble House Holiday Craft Sale 9am-6pm, Quality crafts and handmade items. (7301 Dibble Ave. NW)
  • Live Music
    • Buzzbrump, Snug Harbor, 9pm, $8 at Conor Byrne Pub (5140 Ballard Ave NW)
    • Local Country: Aaron Crawford w/ Lowdown Drifters and Bruised Heart Revue, 9pm, $12 at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW)
    • 7pm – Finn Hill Jazz, featuring Charlotte Carruthers ($10 cover)
      9pm – Jazz, Blues and Pop with Randy Cole (vocals/bass) and Anna Freedman (piano/vocals), featuring Sandy Carter (guitar/pedal steel) ($10 cover) at Egan’s Ballard Jam House (1707 NW Market St).

SUNDAY, November 29:

  • Holiday Sale of Himalayan Handicraft, 11AM -4PM, Sakya Monastery of Tibetan Buddhism, Cultural Hall (108 NW 83rd St), Cost: FreeAt 12pm there will be a free tour of the Shrine Room with its traditional Tibetan murals, sculptures, mandalas, and triple-sized golden Buddha statue. Tibetan tea will be served.
  • Dibble House Holiday Craft Sale 12pm-4pm, Quality crafts and handmade items  (7301 Dibble Ave. NW)
  • James Bond Movie Night: Live and Let Die at King’s Hardware
  • Ballard Farmer’s Market along Ballard Ave from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Ballard Elk’s Club Dancing with Lauren, 7-11, Ballard Elks Lodge #827, 6411 Seaview Avenue Northwest, Seattle, WA 98107
  • Live Music
    • Open mic at Conor Byrne Pub (5140 Ballard Ave NW) sign-up at 7:30 p.m.
    • Banjo/Slide Guitarist Tony Furtado Band w Eli West. Guest Josh Clauson, 8pm, $15 at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW
    • Acid Tongue, Bread and Butter, Ice Queens, Bad Motivators, 8pm, $8 at Sunset Tavern (5433 Ballard Ave NW)

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The 2015 Thanksgiving Day Roundup

November 26th, 2015 by Theresa Madison

The team at My Ballard would like to wish everyone a very happy Thanksgiving! We hope that you are enjoying the day and giving thanks for the special things and people in your life.

There are a ton of things happening in Ballard today so we wanted to keep readers up to date with everything in the 2015 Ballard Thanksgiving Roundup.


  • 9th Annual Turkey Trot 5 km walk/jog/run is starting at 9 a.m. above Golden Gardens (32nd Ave NW and NW 85th St). All proceeds raised go to Ballard Food Bank. Over 3000 people are set to participate.
  • Old Redeemer’s Lutheran Church (2400 NW 85th St) is offering a free Thanksgiving Lunch to all members of the community at 12 noon. Sleeping bags will also be distributed to those in need.

What’s Open:

  • Safeway (1423 NW Market St) is open 24 hours.
  • Ballard Market (1400 NW 56th St) is open all day until 4 p.m.
  • QFC (5700 24th Ave NW) is open all day until 6 p.m.
  • Cupcake Royale (2052 NW Market St) is open from 7 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • Hattie’s Hat (5231 Ballard Ave NW) is open all day from 10 a.m. – 2 a.m.
  • Kangaroo and Kiwi (2026 NW Market St) will be open from 4 p.m.

What’s Closed:

  • All US post offices
  • Most major banks and credit unions
  • Seattle Transfer stations
  • Ballard Library
  • Ballard Neighborhood Service Center (will remain closed through Saturday, November 28)
  • All Seattle Parks and Recreation community centers including Ballard Pool

Traffic Watch:

  • Plan ahead if travelling along/nearby the Seattle Turkey Trot route. The event starts at 9 a.m. with staging on Loyal Way NW between 31st and 32nd Ave NW The event then moves south on 32nd Ave NW; west on NW 77th St; south on 34th Ave NW; west on NW 57th St; northwest on 37th Pl NW; north on the Burke-Gilman Trail and curb lane along the east side of Seaview Avenue NW; ending at Golden Gardens Park. Motorists can expect delays along the run route.

Things to remember:

  • On-street parking is free in Seattle on Thanksgiving Day.
  • King County Metro Transit bus routes are operating on a Sunday schedule Thanksgiving Day and will run on a reduced weekly schedule on Friday, November 27, with no UW campus service.
  • Garbage, food and yard waste, and recycling will not be picked up in Seattle on Thanksgiving Day. Collections scheduled for Thursday will occur on Friday, and Friday collections will occur on Saturday due to the Thanksgiving holiday. Please be sure to have your containers out by 7 a.m. to ensure collection.

Do you know of any other events or information for Thanksgiving Day 2015 in Ballard? Email us at

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Fundraiser to benefit WestSide Baby in Ballard, Tues. Dec. 1

November 25th, 2015 by Theresa Madison

On Tuesday, December 1, local nonprofit WestSide Baby will have its annual JOY Drive with a fundraising event at Patxi’s Pizza in Ballard. Patxi’s Pizza will be donating 10% of their profit (including takeout, deliveries and happy hour) to the campaign.

What: Annual JOY drive with a fundraising event benefiting local nonprofit WestSide Baby
Where: Patxi’s Pizza (5323 Ballard Ave NW)
When: Tuesday, December 1, 11am-10pm

The JOY campaign is also encouraging the public to host drives, donate money or new or gently used items to supply families in need. They seek items such as diapers, warm clothing and other essential items.

Nancy Woodland, Executive Director of WestSide Baby says:

“There are 41,000 children aged 12 and under living below the federal poverty level in King County, and for those families the effects of poverty can be far reaching and potentially devastating to physical and mental health. Through our annual JOY donation drive WestSide Baby will provide more struggling families with critical items such as winter coats and boots and essential safety equipment, clothing up to size 12, diapers and hygiene items that aren’t covered by any government assistance programs.”

In the month of December, WestSide Baby anticipates serving 2300 children, providing them with essential items for their safety, and helping them to be warm and dry. These include “more than 70 car seats, 500 bags of clothing and 80,000 diapers.”

WestSide baby says that the drive you organize does not have to be complicated. They list the following suggestions on their website:

  • Organize a drive at your office or if you are a business owner why not offer a discount for customers who participate?
  • Get your kids involved by hosting a birthday party drive, or help them organize a drive among their friends, clubs, or athletic teams!
  • Have some fun and organize a holiday cocktail party or potluck with friends, all for a great cause.
  • Turn your company or church holiday tree into a “Giving Tree” by covering it with ornaments representing items desperately needed by local children. We can even make the ornaments for you with advance notice!

If you would like to organize a drive, see needed items for donation, or for information click here.

To donate online click here.

For volunteer information click here.

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Ballard Locks large lock closure now scheduled for 21 days

November 25th, 2015 by Theresa Madison

As we previously reported, the Ballard Locks large chamber lock has closed for its annual maintenance. The closure was originally reported to close for two weeks, it has been updated for close for 21 days.

For video coverage and more information, read the Kiro 7 article hereYou can also connect with the Ballard Locks on their Facebook Page

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December Chamber of Commerce Luncheon, Wed. Dec. 9

November 25th, 2015 by Theresa Madison

The December Chamber of Commerce Luncheon is coming Wednesday, December 9. You must RSVP by Friday, December 5. There will be a round of trivia, prizes to be won, and if you choose you can donate to a local charity.

What: December Chamber of Commerce Luncheon
When: Wednesday, December 9, 12-1:30
Where: Ray’s Boathouse, Northwest Room (6049 Seaview Ave NW)
Cost:  $25 for members, and $30 for non-members. No-shows will be billed.

  • Farm Lettuces and Greens with seasonal fruit,
  • Marcona almonds, white balsamic vinaigrette
  • Grilled Marinated Flank Steak rosemary-balsamic onion jus
  • Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes
  • Roasted Seasonal Vegetables
  • Grand Central Rolls and Butter
  • Assorted Holiday Cookies

From the Commerce:

How it works:
  • RSVP to
  • Bring ten one-dollar bills to add to collection jars for selected non-profits
  • Hosted trivia (brought to you by Sporcle) with great prizes for our winning trivia team, including wine from Ambassador Wines, gift cards from Bad Albert’s and more
  • Each table will constitute one team, so choose your seat wisely
  • A cash bar will be available

Space is filling up, RSVP to by Friday, December 5 to reserve your space.

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Thanksgiving at Ray’s Boathouse and The Golden Beetle

November 25th, 2015 by Theresa Madison

Are you looking for somewhere to eat on Thanksgiving? Ray’s Boathouse and the Golden Beetle each have huge offerings for the day.

Some highlights include:

  • Ray’s Boathouse and Café (6049 Seaview Ave NW) is offering the Café’s annual buffet of fresh seafood and traditional Thanksgiving offerings, as well as a four-course plated menu. Each option is $45 per person, four course meal: $22.50 for children 5-11, the buffet is $20 for children 5-11, and both meals for children 5 and under are free.
    View the full menu hereReservations are required.

    • Reservations are required for Ray’s Café and Boathouse and are available from 11am-8pm in the Café and 11:30am-8pm in the Boathouse.
    • Boathouse reservations can be made at 206.789.3770 or here.
    • Café reservations can be made at 206.782.0094 or  here.
    • The Boathouse Bar does not take reservations, but will be open with a limited Thanksgiving menu.
    • The Café Bar will be closed.
  • Golden Beetle (1744 Northwest Market Street) blends Thanksgiving cuisine with their own Eastern Mediterranean flavors, serving up a four-course holiday meal featuring turkey, as well as alternatives of Black Cod and Root Vegetable Ragout.
    View the full menu here.

    •  Cost is $55 for four plates, with an optional $30 wine pairing.
    • Seating is from 3pm- 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving.
    • For more information or reservations, call 206.706.2977 or visit their website.

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West Woodland releases second neighborhood business directory

November 24th, 2015 by Theresa Madison


The West Woodland Neighborhood, located in the SE corner of the Ballard District, has released their second neighborhood business directory. “The directory was created in an effort to celebrate the small businesses and owners who call the West Woodland Neighborhood home.”

This directory is designed to help consumers in the neighborhood find local places to shop, eat, start home improvement projects, as well as celebrate and support local business owners.

“When you shop local, more of the dollar you spend here, stays here.” says West Woodland Neighborhood.

The 2016 West Woodland Neighborhood Business Directory is available here.

Connect with them on Facebookor visit their Vintage West Woodland Pageas well as their Neighborhood Communication Board.

Photo courtesy of West Woodland website.

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Pop-up shop, Wayward Stock opening for December in Ballard

November 24th, 2015 by Theresa Madison

There is a new pop-up shop coming to Ballard for the month of December. The company’s name is Wayward Stock and they sell what they lovingly call, adventure travel goods.


The owner, Chris Edwards and his crew are surfers, snowboarders, campers, hikers, bikers, and explorers. They strive to curate a collection of items that are tough and utilitarian and also have a heavy focus on design and aesthetic.


From their mission page:


“Wayward is a family… We inhabit the city, but thrive in the wild. We understand the value and comfort and preparedness in the great outdoors balanced with the demands of urban living. Whether venturing into the backcountry, heading to the coast, or exploring the city- the same rules apply. The equipment you bring can make or break your trip.


We created Wayward Stock as a place to share the items we find and create that have the perfect balance of function and aesthetic. Items that we find invaluable and reflective of the lifestyle we aspire to lead. “


Their first day open will be Friday, November 27, Tuesday-Sunday, 11am-7pm. You can find them at 2205 NW Market, next to Sonic Boom Records.


Photo courtesy of Wayward Stock website.


NEW: Monthly arts and crafts for kids at Ballard Elks, starting this Saturday, Nov. 28,

November 24th, 2015 by Theresa Madison

What: Arts and crafts sessions for kids of all ages
Where: Ballard Elks Club (6411 Seaview Ave NW)
When: Saturday, November 28, 11AM-1PM
Cost: $5 for the 2 hours. Open to Elks members and guests

Starting this Saturday, November 28, the Ballard Elks will host monthly arts and crafts sessions for children of all ages.  Ballard Elks will provide all supplies for your child, providing a creative outlet for making their own art using varying modalities. Music will also be provided for dancing, or just the ambiance for drawing, painting and creating.

For those children who would like to participate in more than individual creations, at times there will be guest teachers to teach painting, para cord bracelets, and sculpting.

Snacks will also be provided, as well as a volunteer to guide children who need any direction. There is plenty of room for kids to get their energy out during these rainy months.

The next session will be January 9, so mark your calendars.

Please contact Sharon Goochey with any questions at: or connect with them on their Facebook Page or visit their website.

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