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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.

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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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Local artist, Marika Garland’s pet photography currently showing in Ballard

November 23rd, 2015 by Theresa Madison

Ballard artist, Marika Garland, has her art showing right now in Ballard at BaBaLouise (616 NW 65th St). Marika’s business, Dirtie Dog Photographyis all about capturing images and the essence of our beloved companions; dogs and cats. This particular exhibit is focused on BaBaLouise stylists’ pets. “Some of the dogs are usually at the salon, so they are like little local celebrities,” says Marika. “I started my path as a photographer as a kid taking portraits of my pets. It’s where my heart belongs, and I absolutely adore spending time with people and the animals they love.”

Marika has been photographing professionally for 8 years. If you would like to have her photograph your pets, connect with her on her websiteFacebook Pageor Instagram is the best to see what she’s up to: @dirtiedogphotog

Enjoy samples of her photography below:







All pictures courtesy and copyright of Marka Garland, Dirtie Dog Photography. 

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Celebrate the holidays in Ballard with a few events

November 23rd, 2015 by Theresa Madison

There are some upcoming events in Ballard to celebrate the holidays.

“There’s no place like Ballard for the holidays.” -Ballard Chamber of Commerce

Thursday, November 26

  • Seattle Turkey Trot: This is the 9th year of the Turkey Trot, which starts in the Sunset Hill neighborhood of Ballard, and finishes at Golden Gardens Park. All proceeds from this race go to support the Ballard Food Bank. Visit the website for cost and more information.

Friday, November 27

  • Ballard Gives Black Friday: participating merchants donate a portion of the day’s sales to a charity of their choice. 9am-6pm. Visit here for more information and a list of participating merchants.

Saturday, November 28

  • Shop Local Saturday: support the locally owned and operated businesses of the Ballard merchant community.

Sunday, December 6

  • Ballard Holiday Festival at Marvin’s Garden Park, (22nd Avenue NW and NW Ballard Avenue) from 2pm-5pm. All activities are free; Santa photos, popcorn and cocoa, and musical entertainment. Children can also visit participating merchants for treats as part of the Tomte Trail. Visit their Facebook Page or here for more information.

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Week in sports at BHS

November 23rd, 2015 by Theresa Madison

It’s a light week this week for sports, then it’s Thanksgiving break!

Monday, November 23

  • Athletic Eligibility Declaration

Tuesday, November 24

  • Winter Sports Pictures
  • Winter Sports Parent’s Meeting, various rooms, 7:00 PM

Wednesday, November 25

  • 1 hour Early Dismissal

Thursday, November 26-28

  • Thanksgiving
  • Thanksgiving Break

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Ballard encampment opened Saturday, November 21

November 22nd, 2015 by Theresa Madison

The homeless encampment, Nickelsville Ballard opened Saturday morning. “Dozens of volunteers showed up, Saturday, to build wooden tent platforms. They also helped move belongings into a row of shacks”, as Ted Lam of King 5 news reported. Read the original article here.

For some live streaming of the opening, from Kiro 7, watch here.

Here are pictures from the event via twitter:


38th annual Yulefest at Nordic Heritage Museum, Sat/Sun, Nov. 21/22

November 20th, 2015 by Theresa Madison

Come out to the 38th celebration of Yulefest at Nordic Heritage Museum (3014 NW 67th St), Saturday and Sunday November, 21 and 22 from 10am-5pm.

What is Yulfest? “Yulefest is the annual Nordic Christmas celebration at the Nordic Heritage Museum. Vendors sell hand-crafted wares, and traditional Scandinavian Christmas food and drinks are sold. There is music and dancing, plus a visit from Santa, a raffle with fantastic prizes and a Silent Auction.”

This event is family-friendly; however, there is an area for 21+ where alcohol will be served.  Members and kids 12 and under, enter for free. General admission, $5. Parking is limited, but there will be parking available for a suggested donation of $5. There is plenty of street parking around the museum.

For more information, visit their event page.

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Nickelsville Ballard encampment site to open, 9am, Saturday, Nov. 21

November 20th, 2015 by Theresa Madison

The Nickelsville homeless encampment site is set to open this weekend at 2826 NW Market Street on Saturday, November 21st at 9:00 am.

Nickelsville is looking for volunteers at 9:00 am, Saturday November 21st to help get everything up and running. They are seeking “drivers, vehicles, food, and people for unskilled tasks.” Volunteers are also asked to bring hand tools such as; hammers, screwdrivers, pliers, mark them with your name so they do not get lost.

The site will house fewer than 50 residents and 5 tiny houses that were “donated by the Tulalip Tribe, Sawhorse Revolution, and YouthBuild.” Read more here from the Nickelsville Ballard site and how you can help.

Mayor Murray has declared homelessness as a state of emergency and said that “more than 40 people have died trying to live on the streets of Seattle this year.”

Jack Broom of the Seattle Times recently wrote an article about the opening of an encampment site in Interbay, as well as the soon to be open site in Ballard. You can read that article here.

For more information to help volunteer phone:
206-450-5268- ask for the Move Master
206-450-9136- for Nickelsville staff


What’s on this weekend

November 20th, 2015 by Theresa Madison

There are lots of 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 20:

  • Cupcake Royale is celebrating its 12th birthday, come all day (wearing Seahawks gear) and pick up a FREE baby cupcake, all day, no purchase necessary
  • Bringing In Community, Cheryl Chow Court 2014 NW 57th St, 6:30-8:30 pm, bring a plate of home baked cookies to share, cost FREE
  • HOLIDAY BAZAAR & BAKE SALE at Ballard Senior Center, 5429 32nd NW, 9:00am-4:00pm, more information here.
  • Theatre: As You Like It, 7:30, $15 General, $12 Students/Seniors/TPS Ballard Underground
  • Live Music
    • The Banner Days CD release concert being held at the Ballard Homestead, 7:30, all ages, seated, $10 early discount, $12 general advance, $15 door, tickets available through Brown Paper Tickets
    • Worlds Finest, Irukandji, and Legion of Brass 9pm, $10 Conor Byrne Pub (5140 Ballard Ave NW)
    • Ayron Jones & The Way Thanksgiving Spectacular to benefit MusiCares, 9pm, $20 at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW),
    • 7pm – Paul Green Jazz Quartet, with Paul Green (vocals/harmonica), John Tobin (keys), Kevin McCarthy (bass) and Eric Wilcox (drums) ($10 cover)
      9pm – Kristy Fammartino, with Randy Halberstadt (piano), Michael Glynn (bass) and Max Wood (drums) ($10 cover)
      at Egan’s Ballard Jam House (1707 NW Market St)
    • Acme Band, The Tripwires, Stereo Embers, 9pm, $12 at Sunset Tavern (5433 Ballard Ave NW)

SATURDAY, November 21:

  • Volunteer at Nickelsville Ballard encampment site, 9:00 am, 2826 NW Market St. Read more here. They are seeking drivers, vehicles, food, people for unskilled tasks, and asking volunteers to bring hand tools (please label your tools so they do not get lost).
  • Greyhound Meet and Greet at All the Best Pet Care, 1909 NW Market St. 11am-1pm. We welcome everyone in our neighborhood and beyond to get acquainted with these gentle souls! Please join us to meet retired racing greyhounds, learn about adoption, volunteer opportunities and more. Click here for more information.
  • HOLIDAY BAZAAR & BAKE SALE at Ballard Senior Center, 5429 32nd NW 9:00am-3:00pm, more information here.
  • Yulefest at Nordic Heritage Museum 3014 NW 67th St., 10am-5pm, Members and kids under 12 FREE, general admission $5. More information here.
  • Yoga Behind Bars AcroYoga at Kula Movement Cost: $20 suggested donation Class 3:30-4:45 p.m and a Vita Yoga Trance Dance, Cost: $20 pre-register/$25 at the door 7-9 p.m.
  • Theatre: LAST SHOWING As you Like It, 7:30, $15 General, $12 Students/Seniors/TPS Ballard Underground
  • Live Music
    • Lanford Black (Album Release), TBD, TBD, 9PM $8 at Conor Byrne Pub (5140 Ballard Ave NW)
    • Ayron Jones & The Way Thanksgiving benefit for Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission, 9pm, $20 at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW)
    •  7pm – RIP &VIC: Together at Last – Christine Noel Riippi and Victor Janusz, with David Salonen (bass) Purchase tickets online and see show details at – any remaining seats will be sold at the door
      9pm – Chris Kenji and Marie Bolla at Egan’s Ballard Jam House (1707 NW Market St).
    • Keep Shelly In Athens, Different Sleep, COHO, 9pm $10 at Sunset Tavern (5433 Ballard Ave NW)

SUNDAY, November 22:

  • Yulefest at Nordic Heritage Museum 3014 NW 67th St., 10am-5pm, Members and kids under 12 FREE, general admission $5. More information here.
  • James Bond Movie Night: Skyfall 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.
    • Colorado Folkgrass: Gipsy Moon w/ Science, Kirk Reese Band, 8pm, $8 at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW
    • HELLGOD, Fools Rush, Variations, Head Honcho, 8pm, $8 at Sunset Tavern (5433 Ballard Ave NW)

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Two events this Saturday, Nov. 21 at Kula Movement Center for Yoga & Health

November 19th, 2015 by Theresa Madison

There are two events happening at Kula Movement Center for Yoga & Health happening this Saturday. One from 3:30-4:45pm with $20 suggestion donation, the other from 7-9pm, $20 pre-register/$25 at the door. Read below for more information.

What: Yoga Behind Bars AcroYoga Donation Class
When: November 21, 2015, 3:30-4:45 p.m.
Where: Kula Movement Center for Yoga & Health, 5340 Ballard Ave NW
Teachers: Angela DiMario and Jill Baumgardner
Cost: $20 suggested donation. Cash or check only. No class pass.
Register: Online or by phone at (206) 972-2999

Description (from Kula Movement): Come to your mat and make a difference! Every Thanksgiving, Yoga Behind Bars partners with yoga studios to present Gratitude in Motion, a fundraiser to support their yoga and meditation programs behind bars. Angela and Jill are offering a 75-minute AcroYoga All Levels class. No partner or experience necessary! If you’ve been wanting to try out this style of yoga, come to this event and your donation will go to a good cause.

What: Pura Vita Yoga Trance Dance
When: November 21, 2015, 7-9 p.m.
Where: Kula Movement Center for Yoga & Health, 5340 Ballard Ave NW
Teacher: Cosetta Romani
Cost: $20 advance / $25 at the door
Register: Online or by phone at (206) 972-2999
Description (from Kula Movement): Our ceremony invokes the elements, our primordial ancestors. Rhythms awaken body, mind, and soul. Perceptions start to play. Then Space, Self, and Other blend into Joy. “The goal of trance dancing is to let your creative energy move through you, to let Spirit guide you to that place where breath and creativity meet.”—Shiva Rea

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Throwback Thursdays: playgrounds of yesteryear

November 19th, 2015 by Theresa Madison

Do you find yourself longing for the simplicity of childhood? Maybe today’s sunny (not rainy) weather will inspire you to get out and play today, while we still can. We thought it would be fun to look at playgrounds of the past in Ballard. Have a look below:



Black and white photo of boys waiting to take turns sliding down a playground slide. An adult male is lining them up.


Black and white photo of children in an unknown park. Three girls and one boy are on the swing/seesaw. The rest are spectators.


Black and white photo of children on swings at a playground. Pram can be seen in the background.

Photos and captions courtesy of Ballard Historical Society photo archive.

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