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What’s on this weekend

March 24th, 2017 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

Have a fantastic weekend in Ballard!

FRIDAY, March 24

  • Live Music
    • An evening of Jazz with Overton Berry at Leif Erikson Lodge (2245 NW 57th Street) from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. Tickets $10.
    • Seattle’s March is Cabaret Month Festival at Egan’s Ballard Jam House (1707 NW Market St) at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Tickets from $15. Click here to purchase tickets online.
    • Bob Log III, Spinning Whips and Jake Laundry at Sunset Tavern (5433 Ballard Ave NW) 9 p.m. Tickets $17.

SATURDAY, March 25

  • Peddler Brewing 4th Birthday Party at (1514 NW Leary Way) from 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. Beer, food, entertainment and more! All are welcome.
  • Live Music
    • Seattle’s March is Cabaret Month Festival at Egan’s Ballard Jam House (1707 NW Market St) at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Tickets from $15. Click here to purchase tickets online.
    • Samurai Del, NAVVIJamie BlakeSendai EraKyo-Ken at Sunset Tavern (5433 Ballard Ave NW) 9 p.m. Tickets $10.
    • Boston Indie Folk: Ballroom Thieves with Local Strangers and Arthur James at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW) at 9 p.m. Tickets $15.

SUNDAY, March 26

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Peddler to celebrate 4th anniversary

March 24th, 2017 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

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Peddler Brewing is turning four and is inviting locals to join the celebration this Saturday, March 25, from 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.

For $10 attendees will get two beers and a commemorative pint glass (limited to first 150 customers). The team will have three of their special aged sour beers on tap, with a very limited supply of the Oak Barrel Aged Belgian Sour.

To fill your belly Cycle Dogs will be serving their gourmet vegan hot dogs from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. and then Athena’s Greek food truck will be serving from 4 p.m.- 9 p.m.

To get locals dancing the team have The Ramblin’ Years playing from 7:30 – 10 p.m.

“Join us in celebrating 4 years of Peddler beer,” says co-owner Haley Keller.

Click here to find out more on the event’s Facebook page.

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Lost dog near Fred Meyer

March 24th, 2017 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

My Ballard reader Jennifer contacted us to report that her male red husky mix went missing near Fred Meyer on Thursday (March 23).

Thai is 16 years old and has one blue and one brown eye. He hates rain but loves people and kids. Jennifer lives near Fred Meyer off of Leary Way right by Hales Ales.

“I’m praying somebody thought that he was a stray and took him home. His daddy is heart broken and we both need him back. He has a chip but is not up to date so please contact me if you find him,” writes Jennifer.

If you have seen Thai please call Jennifer at (206) 370-4044.

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Chabad of Ballard to host Passover celebrations

March 23rd, 2017 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

Chabad of Ballard is inviting locals to attend their Passover celebrations!

This Sunday, March 26, Chabad of Ballard will host The Model Matzah Bakery which is the ultimate hands-on, Passover educational expirence!

The exhibit recreates a functional model of the hand-made Matzah factories used by Jews for thousands of years. The participants “relive” the exodus from Egypt as they pound out their very own Matzah.

Beginning with a sheave of wheat, they experience the hustle and bustle as they hurry to beat the timer to ensure that crunchy finished product is completed within 18 minutes! The delightful presentation creates an exciting interactive environment where the everyone has a great time learning about their heritage and the tradition of Matzah.

Chabad of Ballard will also host a Community Passover Seder on Monday, April 10. The event will comprise of a delicious traditional Seder dinner including gefiltte fish, roasted chicken, potatoe Kugel, salads and tasty deserts. Unlimited Shmurah Matzah and of course plenty of wine for the four cups.

Cost for the event is $54 for adults, $20 children ( 3-12 years). Early Bird prices (until March 26th ) is $45 for adults. Reservations are required by April 4.

Click on the above links to find out more about each event.

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Seattle Audubon seeks volunteers for elementary school program

March 23rd, 2017 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

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Seattle Audubon Society is currently looking for volunteers for the Spring session of their Finding Urban Nature (FUN) program.

The program introduces 3rd and 4th graders to the interconnections between producers, consumers, and decomposers in the schoolyard habitat.

Volunteers lead small groups of students through hands-on outdoor lessons. The lessons in the spring give students a chance to fully explore the schoolyard habitat, proving that nature is around us no matter where we live, work, and play. The program is in need of volunteers at Adams, BF Day, and Greenwood Elementary Schools

FUN relies on 120 volunteers to assist in delivering the program each year and organizers are now seeking volunteers to meet their needs for Spring classes.

Volunteers devote about two hours a week for four weeks in the spring and lead a group of four to six students through each lesson with the support of the school’s FUN Team Leader and classroom teachers. No previous teaching or science background is required and volunteers often report that they have as much fun and learn just as much as the students do!

Applicants need to apply as soon as possible to volunteer for the Spring program. Seattle Audubon provides all training, supplies, and support necessary to make volunteers successful leaders.

Please respond as soon as possible to be a part of FUN training in April. Contact the team at or call 206-523-8243 ext. 12 if you are interested. A background check is required for all applicants.

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BHS Filmmakers win national competition

March 22nd, 2017 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

Three shorts by twelve students in Ballard High School’s Digital Filmmaking Program have won honors at the Dominique Dunne Film Competition in Colorado Springs.

Maya Konz, Nolan Baker, Bailey Wall and Kajsa Woolford won 1st Prize in the Documentary category for 9066 (, a film about the interment of citizens of Japanese ancestry during World War II.

Also recognized in Documentary was Heart of Gold ( by Miles Andersen, Josh Gaynor-Cote, Willow Hudson and Jesse Romero.  It received an Honorable Mention.

Heart of Gold follows a student through her final year of high school – a year complicated by a life-threatening medical condition, a stroke, and a heart transplant.

In the Dramatic category, Avery Davis, Aaron Miller, Cameron Miller, and Skala Leake received an Honorable Mention for Comeback (, the story of a soccer player facing a serious setback.

The students will receive cash prizes for each honor, as well as written critiques from a prestigious jury that includes producer Samuel Goldwyn, Jr. (of The Samuel Goldwyn Company and Samuel Goldwyn Films), actor/director Griffin Dunne (An American Werewolf in London, After Hours) and producer/ director/actor Ed Sherin (Law & Order).

This is the fifth year in a row that students from Ballard’s Digital Filmmaking Program have been winners at the competition. Congratulations to all involved!

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Secret Garden Books to celebrate 40 years in Ballard

March 22nd, 2017 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

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Secret Garden Books is celebrating its 40th Anniversary on April 1 and everyone is invited to participate in the festivities.

The Ballard store is celebrating the milestone of 40 years in business as an independent, brick-and-mortar bookstore owned its entire duration by women.

The community at large is cordially invited to come to the celebration of this momentous occasion. There will be cake, prizes, a homemade photo booth, and mutual community adoration all day.

Check out the anniversary letter from Owner Christy McDanold below:

Dear Friends,

I am sitting at my kitchen table – the same kitchen table where I met with publishers’ sales reps 22 years ago when I had just bought the Secret Garden with no lease, no books, no staff; just the name of a bookshop that had been beloved for many years. But I knew even then that I had taken on more than just another retail business.

For me and the two women who owned the shop before me, the Secret Garden has been a labor of love; love of books, love of people and love of the community that we have fostered throughout the years. The Secret Garden is a place where friends meet, families come on days off from school, and no day goes by without a new friend or old an one cheering us, telling us that
this is their favorite place to buy books.

Over the years we have presented inspiring authors and illustrators to lucky audiences all over the region, delivered fabulous bookfairs to local schools and contributed to hundreds of other fundraisers in a myriad of ways.

We have also hired scores of young people, sometimes for their very first job, sending them on with new skills.

Yet I truly believe that our most enduring contribution to our community is our brick and mortar store, filled with beautiful books carefully chosen with customers old and new in mind, and booksellers ready and highly capable of helping each customer find just the right one. Every day we open our doors the Secret Garden Bookshop is part of the civic and economic vibrancy
that IS community.

YOU are part of our community! Thank you all so much! Come help us celebrate 40 years of Independent bookselling on Saturday April 1!

Christy McDanold &
Booksellers Susan, Marie, Suzanne, Cass, Becky, Taylor, Mary, Christina,
Madison, Ashley & Kristy

Store hours on April 1 are 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. Locals are invited to bring their memories of the Garden over the past 40 years and they will be shared creatively with all.

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Seattle Public Library launches second round of local music collection

March 22nd, 2017 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

In 2016, The Seattle Public Library launched an online Seattle music collection called PlayBack that enabled Seattleites to download free local music.

Now, 50 more local artists have been added to, including NAVVI, Fysah, Golden Gardens, Raz Simone and more. Anyone can stream the albums for free, and Library cardholders can download and keep any music in the PlayBack collection.

PlayBack is open to all Seattle-area musicians who record or perform in the city of Seattle and have had an album produced within the last five years. PlayBack is intended to be an ever-expanding collection of Seattle’s musical culture, and a total of 100 new albums will be available each year through the Library’s catalog.

The jury for the second submission period included:

  • Tim Lennon, executive director of the Vera Project and music commissioner for the city of Seattle
  • Sharlese Metcalf, KEXP DJ, host and producer of Audioasis
  • Liz Riley Tollefson, co-founder of Three Imaginary Girls
  • Jonathan Zwickel, senior editor at City Arts
  • Kreg Hasegawa, adult services librarian at The Seattle Public Library
  • Kathleen Morley, selections services librarian at The Seattle Public Library
  • Cameron McCracken, library associate II at The Seattle Public Library
  • Abby Bass, adult services librarian at The Seattle Public Library

A third submission period will open during spring 2017. More information will be posted on PlayBack’s Information for Artists page.

Funding for PlayBack has been made possible with the generous support of The Seattle Public Library Foundation.

For more information, visit, call (206) 386-4636 or Ask a Librarian.

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United Way free tax preparation help available on Tuesdays and Saturdays

March 21st, 2017 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

United Way of King County is offering free tax help to local families making under $64,000 a year at Solid Ground (1501 N 45th St) on Tuesdays from 5–9 p.m. and on Saturdays from 10 a.m.–2 p.m. until April 20.

Volunteers will prepare taxes for attendees and help connect them with one-on-one financial counseling, healthcare enrollment, and other public benefits.

In addition to free tax prep, the team connects clients to healthcare, basic food, utility assistance, and ORCA Lift. This year, we’re trying to expand our reach across King County, in order to help community members achieve financial stability.

The campaign started as a grassroots initiative in White Center thirteen years ago led by United Way of King County. Over the years the campaign has spread throughout the county in an effort to connect low-income workers to the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC).

No appointments are needed to take advantage of this service.

Click here to learn more and find a list of what to bring.

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“Talk about anything” teen discussion group to meet at Ballard Library

March 21st, 2017 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

Middle school and high school students are invited to drop in to talk about, or listen to, what’s going on in their lives at a monthly discussion group from 3:45 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays, March 21, April 18 and May 16 at Ballard Branch (5614 22nd Ave NW).

This monthly event is hosted by Ballard teens and the Ballard Branch.

Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Free parking is available in the underground garage. Snacks will be provided.

For more information, call the Library at 206-684-4089 or Ask a Librarian.

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Jim Lynch to host reading at Ballard Library

March 21st, 2017 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

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Best-selling author Jim Lynch will read from his fourth novel, “Before the Wind,” from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 23, at Ballard Branch (5614 22nd Ave NW) 206-684-4089.

“Before the Wind” is about an eccentric Seattle family of boat builders and sailors who reunite for one last race. The New York Times describes the novel as “an incredibly robust evocation of the sailing world of Puget Sound.” The Wall Street Journal calls it “an affectionate and very funny tribute to the gentle madness of sailing.”

Lynch is also the author of three other novels that were all adapted for the stage: the international bestseller “The Highest Tide,” which won the Pacific Northwest Bookseller Award; “Border Songs,” which won the Washington State Book Award and the Indie’s Choice Honor Book Award; and “Truth Like the Sun,” which was a finalist for the Hammett Prize for literary crime fiction. Lynch grew up in Seattle and now lives in Olympia.

This event is presented in partnership with Secret Garden Bookshop. Books will be available for purchase and signing. Library events are free and open to the public. Registration is not required. Free parking is available at the branch.

For more information, call the branch at 206-684-4089 or Ask a Librarian.

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SPD officers arrest car prowlers in Frelard

March 20th, 2017 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

A call about a group of people prowling cars and stealing license plates led SPD officers to arrest a man and a woman early last Thursday in Frelard.

Read more details from the SPD North Precinct Blotter below:

Officers were dispatched to the 4300 block of 6th Avenue NW just before 7 a.m. to investigate after a neighbor called in to report three people possibly stealing from cars parked in the area.

When officers arrived they found three people standing by a stolen car with the hood up.  When officers ordered the three to the ground the 40-year-old woman and the 50-year-old man, but the 48-year-old man refused.

The uncooperative suspect backed away, yelled “[fudge] that!”, and ran.

Officers chased the man, but temporarily lost the him until a neighbor pointed out the suspect laying in their side yard. Officers took the man into custody without further incident.

Officers released the 50-year-old man from the scene after determining that he had nothing to do with the stolen vehicle. Officers took the woman to the North Precinct where she was interviewed by detectives and later released pending further investigation. The 48-year-old man was booked into King County Jail on a felony warrant and drug charges.

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