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Fall basketball programs at Ballard Boys & Girls Club

September 19th, 2017 by Meghan Walker

The Ballard Boys and Girls Club will be hosting the Hoopaholics Fall Lil’ Dribblers Basketball program starting this weekend for kids ages 5-9. The first session is on Sunday, Sept. 24.

Taught by Coach Dari Arrington, the program is designed to help new players build fundamentals and learn the game. The class and informal league will run for seven weeks this fall, from this Sunday (Sept. 24) to Nov. 5 at the Ballard Boys & Girls Club.

There are two levels: Class and League 1, for 5-7 year olds, which will be from 11am -12:15 pm; and the Class and League 2, for 7-9 year olds, from 12:30 pm -1:45 pm. Registration can be done online ; the cost is $169 for one player, or $325 for two.

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Populuxe Brewing to open new location this weekend

September 19th, 2017 by Meghan Walker

Populuxe Brewing will open the doors to their new location this Saturday, September 23. The reopening has been delayed for over year, due to permitting and construction issues. The new brewery has an expanded tasting room, an arcade with games from the Seattle Pinball Museum, and Ballard’s biggest beer garden.

“These seats have been empty for way too long but we finally received word that we can open our doors at our new location (directly across the yard from our old location) this Saturday,” co-owner Amy Besunder tells My Ballard. To celebrate the opening, they’ll be handing out free Populuxe trucker hats to the first 25 people who come through the doors on Saturday.

Populuxe will be serving two new fresh hop beers: the Fresh Hop Citra Pale, and a Fresh Hop Farm House which they describe as a Scandinavian-style farmhouse ale. Peasant Food Manifesto food truck will be on site for the opening party.

The grand opening party is from noon to 10pm on Saturday. Visit their Facebook event page for more information and to RSVP.

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Ballard’s Ghost Light Theatricals seeking submissions from local theater groups

September 19th, 2017 by Meghan Walker

Local theater company Ghost Light Theatricals is calling for production submissions for their annual Battle of the Bards fundraiser competition in early 2018. Three productions will be chosen for 12th annual battle, which will be held on Feb. 9th and 10th. The performance that gains the most votes during the battle will get a full production in Ghost Light Theatrical’s 2018-2019 season.

The organizers from the theater company say they’re looking for submissions for “classic” stories, which they say is open to interpretation (no fairy tales, though). “From each show the audience will see a 20-minute fully produced excerpt. This isn’t just a reading! We want the audience and the participants to have a good time!” the theater company tells My Ballard.

To apply, submit a 500-word treatment of your idea as well as any existing script (full scripts are not necessary). Submissions are due October 10th, and will be reviewed and voted on by the company, with the finalists chosen by October 31st. Submissions and questions should be directed to Asa Fager at thequakerbaker@gmail.com. Alternatively, if you’re interested in directing, send your resume and cover letter to Fager.

(Notes: The director and writer of a piece cannot be the same person, unless it is ensemble-generated. You don’t need a full creative team in order to submit. We can connect willing directors and writers.)

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This week in sports at Ballard High School

September 18th, 2017 by Meghan Walker

It’s a busy start to the fall season of sports at Ballard High School, with the football, golf, volleyball, ultimate frisbee, soccer and swim teams all competing this week.

Good luck to the Beaver athletes!

Monday, September 18:

  • Football JV: Ballard vs Ingraham at Soundview Playfield, 4:30 pm
  • Boys Golf Varsity: Ballard vs Garfield at Jefferson Park Golf Course, 3:30 pm
  • Girls Golf Varsity: Ballard vs Garfield at Jefferson Park Golf Course, 3:30 pm

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

  • Volleyball C-Team: Ballard vs Woodinville at Ballard High School, 5:30 pm
  • Volleyball JV: Ballard vs Woodinville at Ballard High School, 5:30 pm
  • Volleyball Varsity: Ballard vs Woodinville at Ballard High School, 7 pm
  • Girls Soccer Varsity: Ballard vs Franklin at Genesee Park, 4:00 pm
  • Boys Ultimate Frisbee Varsity: Ballard vs Ingraham at Ballard High School, 4:30 pm

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

  • Boys Cross Country Varsity: Lincoln Park, 4:20 pm
  • Boys Golf Varsity: Chief Sealth vs Ballard at Jackson Park Golf Course, 3:30 pm
  • Volleyball C-Team: Ballard vs Nathan Hale at Ballard High School, 5:30 pm
  • Volleyball JV: Ballard vs Nathan Hale at Ballard High School, 5:30 pm
  • Volleyball Varsity: Ballard vs Nathan Hale at Ballard High School, 7:00 pm
  • Girls Golf Varsity: Ballard vs Chief Sealth at Jackson Park Golf Course, 3:30 pm
  • Girls Cross Country Varsity: Ballard, 3:40 pm
  • Boys Ultimate Frisbee JV: Ballard vs Ingraham at BHS, 4:30 pm
  • Boys Ultimate Frisbee Varsity: Ballard vs Rainier Beach at BHS, 4:00 pm

Thursday, September 21, 2017

  • Volleyball C-Team: Ballard vs Inglemoor at Ballard High School, 5:30 pm
  • Volleyball Varsity: Ballard vs Inglemoor at Ballard High School, 7:00 pm
  • Girls Soccer JV: Ballard vs  Seattle Prep at Lower Woodland, 4:00 pm
  • Girls Soccer Varsity: Ballard vs Seattle Prep. at Ballard High School, 4:30 pm
  • Boys Ultimate Frisbee JV: Ballard vs Roosevelt in Ballard, 4:30 pm

Friday, September 22, 2017

  • Football Varsity: Ballard vs Nathan Hale at North East Athletic Complex, 7:00 pm
  • Girls Soccer C-Team: Ballard vs Franklin-JV at Loyal Heights, 4:15 pm
  • Girls Swim Varsity: Ballard vs Garfield at Medger Evers, 4:00 pm
  • Boys Ultimate Frisbee JV: Ballard vs Northwest in Ballard, 4:30 pm

Saturday, September 23, 2017

  • Football Frosh: Ballard vs Nathan Hale at North East Athletic Complex, 6:00 pm
  • Boys Cross Country Varsity: in Bellevue at Lake Sammamish State Park, 9:30 am
  • Girls Cross Country Varsity: in Bellevue at Lake Sammamish State Park, 9:30 am

 

 

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Temporary measures in place for broken sewer pipe under Shilshole Bay

September 18th, 2017 by Meghan Walker

Seattle Public Utilities have temporary measures in place to deal with a sewer force main pipe break underneath Shilshole Bay west of the Ballard Locks. SPU confirmed the pipe was leaking under water with a dye test on Sept. 13, and in order to protect public health, has distributed beach closure door hangers to waterfront businesses and homes near the affected area. The department has also posted beach closure signs nearby, and has contacted local fishers.

As a temporary solution, SPU has placed two tanks near a pump station at the 5600/5700 block of Seaview Ave NW to divert sewage before it reaches the broken sewer pipe. The tanks hold sewage until a vactor truck removes it to another location and dumps the sewage into a maintenance hole, according to SPU.

Homes and businesses will continue to receive normal sewer services during this time, but SPU says residents can expect the following impacts:

  • Increased traffic and noise
  • Reduced parking for 100 to 150 feet on the gravel roadway adjacent to Seaview Ave NW
  • Noise from pump station, pumps, trucks and equipment
  • Frequent vactor truck trips (5-12 per day, possibly more during wet weather)
  • Crews and equipment on site 24-hours a day
  • Partial blocking of the Burke Gilman Trail

SPU says there’s currently no information about a permanent fix for the broken sewer pipe; we’ll update with any new information.

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Development Update September 18: one subdivision and new restrooms at Shilshole Marina

September 18th, 2017 by Meghan Walker

Today’s development update includes one application for a new subdivision in the center of Ballard, and for a new restroom building at Shilshole Bay Marina. The update comes from the bi-weekly Land Use Information Bulletin.

1731 NW 63RD ST

A Land Use Application has been submitted to subdivide one development site into three unit lots. The construction of residential units is under Project #6580476. 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 may be submitted through 10/02/2017.

7001 SEAVIEW AVE NW

Shoreline Substantial Development Application to allow three new restroom buildings and to change the use of two restrooms to storage rooms. Two restroom buildings to be demolished, two existing to remain.

Comments may be submitted through 10/02/2017.

 

 

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What’s on this weekend

September 15th, 2017 by Meghan Walker

It’s a busy weekend ahead in Ballard, with plenty of live music and Oktoberfest celebrations in a few of Ballard’s favorite breweries. If you have anything to add to this list, email us at tips@myballard.com.

Enjoy your weekend!

Friday, September 15:

  • Live Music:
    • Crystal & Quiet, Bears and Other Carnivores, and Hoshin at Sunset Tavern (5433 Ballard Ave NW), 9pm, $10.
    • Sundog, Po Brothers, and La Magistral at Conor Byrne Pub (5140 Ballard Ave NW) at 9pm $8.
    • Singer/Songwriter Andrew Belle w/ Praytell at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW) at 9pm. $14.
    • Jazz at Egan’s Ballard Jam House (1707 NW Market St). 7pm – Grupo Amoroso – Brazilian sambas and bossas ($8 cover)9pm – “One of the Boys” – Cabaret with vocalist David-Edward Hughes [Website] and special guests Marcus Wolland and Angie Louise. With John Engerman on piano ($15 cover).

Saturday, September 16:

  • Ballard Market remodel grand opening party, 11am to 4pm. Live DJ, barbecue, and food specials in store.
  • Greyhound Meet and Greet at All the Best Pet Care (1909 NW Market St.) 11am-1pm. Join us to meet retired racing greyhounds, learn about adoption, volunteer opportunities and more. Click here (http://www.greyhoundpetsinc.org/) for more information.
  • Art installation reception at Domanico Cellars. In the Barrel Room Gallery will be a new show, “CONVERGENCE”, with an artist reception from 5-9pm. Six artists, six diametrically different approaches. Featuring: Robin Siegl, AJ Power, Beth Bernard, David French and Kathy Bennett. Show stays up thru Middle of November.
  • Ballard Oktoberfest Brewery Crawl: The event will kick off in festive fashion with a traveling oompah band. The Oompah Machine will start playing at Stoup Brewing at 1 p.m. They will then will march revelers to Populuxe Brewing at 2 p.m., Lucky Envelope at 3 p.m. and Reuben’s Brews at 4 p.m.
  • Carkeek Park S.T.A.R.S. work party, 9am – 12pm. Join us for a restoration work party at Carkeek Park – See website for important details on what to bring and where to meet.
  • Live Music:
    • SuperMother, Old Coast, and Charles Wickander at Sunset Tavern (5433 Ballard Ave NW), 9pm, $10.
    • Hurricane Relief Benefit Show (artists TBD) at Conor Byrne Pub (5140 Ballard Ave NW) at 9pm, entry by donation.
    • KBCS Presents: Marshall Crenshaw y Los Straitjackets with Kim Virant and Friends at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW) at 9pm. $25.
    • Jazz at Egan’s Ballard Jam House (1707 NW Market St). 7pm – Electric Bonsai Band ($10 cover) 9pm – Paul Benoit CD Release ($7 cover).

Sunday, September 17:

  • Ballard Farmer’s Market along Ballard Ave from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Click here to see this week’s specials.
  • Free zumba and fitness class at Ballard Commons Park, 11am. Led by Ballard Health Club.
  • Live Music
    • Open mic at Conor Byrne Pub (5140 Ballard Ave NW) sign-ups at 7:30 pm.
    • The Crying Shame w/ The Harmed Brothers & M. Lockwood Porter at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW) at 8pm. $8.

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Taproot Theatre’s Christmas Showcase Class now accepting students

September 15th, 2017 by Meghan Walker

The Taproot Theatre Company’s fall acting classes are starting up soon for students in 4th through 12th grade.

The classes, held at United Evangelical Free Church (1420 NW 80th St) and Taproot’s Isaac Studio, (208 N 85th St), will be 6-8:30pm on Wednesdays, October 18 – December 6 (seven total classes, no class October 31), with the Christmas performance held on Wednesday, December 13, 5pm-7pm in Taproot’s Isaac Studio, 208 N 85th St.

“Believe it or not, Christmas will be here before you know it, and there’s no better way to get into the holiday spirit than our Christmas Showcase class,” the organizers say. “Students work together and perform their own Christmas show, finely tuning theatrical skills as they build an ensemble and are inspired to take artistic risks. Each December this class performs for a sold out audience so you won’t want to miss this year’s show!”

Registration forms and class descriptions are available online or by contacting the Acting Studio at 206.529.3668 or studio@taproottheatre.org. The cost is $285, with a $25 non-refundable registration deposit, which holds the student’s place in the class and goes towards tuition. (Payment is due in full on the first day of class.)

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Nordic woodcarving classes at Nordic Heritage Museum this fall

September 15th, 2017 by Meghan Walker

If you’re looking for a new creative outlet, the Nordic Heritage Museum is offering Nordic woodcarving classes on Saturdays from 9am to 3:30pm, September 16 through November 11.

“In this class, participants will learn Baroque Acanthus, Rococo, and Viking/Dragon woodcarving styles. You can concentrate on the fundamental leaf formations of the Acanthus style, working up to combinations of the Acanthus curl, or explore the Viking/Dragon style,” according to the organizers from the museum.

No tools or experience is necessary; they’ll be teaching tool sharpening and basic carving techniques for beginners, and more advanced students will have an opportunity to develop their own projects. The cost for museum members is $45 for 1 class; $85 for 2; $125 for 3; $160 for 4; $200 for 5. For general admission, add $2 per day. Tickets can be bought per month; register for September classes here.

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Chabad of Ballard to offer free holiday services throughout Jewish New Year

September 14th, 2017 by Meghan Walker

The Chabad of NW Seattle (357 N 77th St) has several Jewish New Year services coming up, and they’re offering free and low-donation entry to all in the Jewish community.

“Chabad’s “user-friendly” traditional services make for an enjoyable and meaningful experience for both the beginner and the advanced,” Chabad tells My Ballard. “Song, commentary and the use of English-Hebrew prayer-books invite individuals of all levels to become active participants in the service.”

Rosh Hashanah will begin this year at sundown next Wednesday, September 20 and extends until nightfall on Friday, September 22. Yom Kippur begins this year at sundown on Friday, September 29 and extends until nightfall on Saturday, September 30. For the full list of high holiday services coming up, click here or call the synagogue office at 206-851-9831. Chabad recommends advance registration to participate in the holiday services.

 

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