For the first time, Chicago’s O’Connor Casting Company is holding an open casting call in Seattle for Norwegian-Americans interested in applying for Season 7 of Norway’s hit Reality TV show “Alt for Norge”(AKA “The Great Norway Adventure”).
The casting company is once again doing a nationwide search for contestants for season seven of the show, during which 12 Norwegian-Americans are flown to Norway to compete in a series of challenges that test their skills, courage and determination. The winner wins $50,000 and will get to meet Norwegian relatives, “they don’t even know exist,” the casting company tells us.
According to series Casting Producer Joan O’Connor, Seattle is the perfect place to have an open call. “There are 365,000 Norwegian-Americans in Washington and it’s the perfect place to find fun and adventurous people. We’ve featured someone from Washington every season,” says O’Connor.
The series is hugely popular in Norway and has featured 70 Americans from all over the United States including season six cast member Joel Hilmo from Bellevue.
Throughout shooting Hilmo had the opportunity to take part in adventures ranging from reconstructing a famous WWII sabotage, to sailing an old ship, to ski jumping.
“It was a life changing experience! I never felt like the crew was creating drama. The whole experience was about falling in love with Norway, which I did,” says Hilmo.
To be considered for the open call, applicants need to be U.S. citizens with Norwegian ancestry (even a little bit counts), age 18+ and have never traveled to Norway.
The open call will be held at ACT Theatre (700 Union St) on Sunday, October 18, from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Enter at ticket office door. For your chance to be included on the VIP list (slots are limited) email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Those who are unable to attend the open call can still apply online.
The Central Ballard Residents Association (CBRA) is sponsoring the second of two Seattle City Council candidate forums this Wednesday, October 7, from 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at Leif Erickson Hall (2245 NW 57th St).
Rebecca from the CBRA confirms that the event is not a debate. “Instead it’s your chance to ask your questions of these three candidates for the Seattle City Council,” she says.
The program is scheduled as follows:
7 – 7:30 p.m. – Lorena Gonzalez, at-large Position 9
7:30 – 8 p.m. – Tim Burgess, at-large Position 8
8 – 8:30 p.m. – Mike O’Brien, District 6
The first forum, held on September 17, featured the other candidates for these council seats: Bill Bradburd (#9), Jon Grant (#8), and Catherine Weatbrook (#6). The candidates responded knowledgeably to a variety of audience questions.
One subdivision application and four subdivision approvals make up today’s development update from the City of Seattle’s Department of Planning and Development (DPD) as posted in the Land Use Information Bulletin.
A Land Use Application has been submitted to subdivide one parcel into three parcels of land. Proposed parcel sizes are: A) 882 sq. ft., B) 882 sq. ft., and C) 19,802 sq. ft. Project also includes unit lot subdivision of parcel C into two unit lots. The construction of residential units has been approved under Project #6412407. The subdivision of Parcel C is only for the purpose of allowing sale or lease of the unit lots. Development standards for Parcel C will be applied to Parcel C as a whole and not to each of the new unit lots.
A Land Use Application has been approved to subdivide one development site into four parcels of land and two unit lots. The construction of residential and live-work units have been approved under Project #6422207. 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.
A Land Use Application has been approved to subdivide one development site into three unit lots. The construction of residential units is under Project #6429896. 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.
A Land Use Application has been approved to subdivide one development site into three unit lots. The construction of residential units is under Project #6469643. 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.
Appeals of the above decisions must be received by the Hearing Examiner no later than 10/19/2015.
OPAL hoped to raise funds to save the famous home so that it could be used for low-income housing. They launched a Kickstarter to raise funds and also had anonymous donors standing by to offset the costs of moving, renovating the home and purchasing land on the island.
According to the Seattle Times article, the campaign raised close to 9 percent of the fundraising target. “We gave it our best shot,” Lisa Byers, OPAL’S executive director, told The Seattle Times. “We’re sorry that it can’t be possible.”
Back in August, the manager of the property Real Estate Broker Paul Thomas, confirmed that relocating the home is the best option to ensure that it is not destroyed. Thomas stated that potential buyers have not been able to afford the renovations required to keep the home in line with city building codes.
According to the article, Thomas confirmed last Friday that the land and property had been sold to the owners of the Ballard Blocks development which is managed by KG Investment Management. At this stage KG Investment Management has not heard anything from its client in relation to the future of the house.
In a statement from the OPAL team, however, they confirmed that “the current owner of the property has offered the opportunity to another interested party in an effort to ensure that the house does not face demolition. The owner is committed to finding a location where the structure can become a home for a local family.”
Although the future of Edith Macefield’s house is once again unclear, Thomas remains certain that it is not the end of the road. “I do not expect it to be coming down tomorrow, or next month, or even next year,” Thomas told The Seattle Times.
A van located close to building near the intersection of NW 64th and 20th Ave NW was destroyed after it was engulfed in flames on Saturday afternoon.
SFD crews quickly arrived on the scene and after some time got the fire under control. The van was completely destroyed.
The cause of the fire and the amount of monetary damage has not yet been released by the Seattle Fire Department.
David Rosen was visiting his brother in Ballard and captured the scene on his cell phone. “Luckily none of the structures caught fire but they did sustain smoke damage. No injuries were reported,” says Rosen.
Soccer, golf, ultimate, volleyball, swimming and football are on the agenda this week for the BHS Beavers. Home games include girls soccer today, volleyball on Wednesday from 5:45 p.m., and a freshman football game at 10 a.m. on Saturday.
Monday, October 5
Girls Soccer: Junior Varsity, 3:30 p.m. vs. Chief Sealth at Loyal Heights
Girls Soccer: Varsity, 3:30 p.m. vs. Chief Sealth at Ballard High School
Football: Junior Varsity, 3:30 p.m. vs. Ingraham High School at Soundview Playfield
Volleyball: C-Team, 4:30 p.m. vs. Ingraham High School at Ingraham High School
Volleyball: Junior Varsity, 5:45 p.m. vs. Ingraham High School at Ingraham High School
Volleyball: Varsity, 7 p.m. vs. Ingraham High School at Ingraham High School
Tuesday, October 6
Ultimate: JV2, 3:30 p.m. vs. Roosevelt at View Ridge Park
Wednesday, October 7
Girls Golf: Varsity, 3 p.m. vs. Bainbridge Island High School at Jefferson Park Golf Course
Ultimate: Varsity, 3:30 p.m. vs. Roosevelt High School at Interbay
Girls Soccer: C-Team, 3:30 p.m. vs. Garfield High School at Loyal Heights
Boys Golf: Varsity, 3:50 p.m. vs. Bainbridge Island High School at Jefferson Park Golf Course
Volleyball: Junior Varsity, 5:45 p.m. vs. Cleveland High School at Ballard High School
Volleyball: Junior Varsity, 7 p.m. vs. Cleveland High School at Ballard High School
Thursday, October 8
Girls Golf: Varsity, 3 p.m. vs. Cleveland High School at Jefferson Park Golf Course
Boys Golf: Varsity, 3 p.m. vs. Cleveland High School at Jefferson Park Golf Course
Ultimate: JV1, 3:30 p.m. vs. NWS at Interbay
Girls Cross Country: 3:40 p.m. at Lincoln Park
Boys Cross Country: 4:20 p.m. at Lincoln Park
Friday, October 9
Ultimate: Varsity, 3:30 p.m. vs. Franklin High School at Interbay
Ultimate: JV2, 3:30 p.m. vs. Franklin location TBD
Football: Varsity, 6 p.m. vs. Nathan Hale at North East Athletic Complex
Girls Swimming: Varsity, 3:30 p.m. vs. Eastside Catholic location TBD
Saturday, October 10
Ultimate: Seattle Invite, 8 a.m. at Burlington
Football: Frosh, 10:00 am vs. Bishop Blanchet at Ballard High School
Volleyball: Varsity, time TBD vs. Wenatchee at Wenatchee Main Gym
Seattle Parks and Recreation is hosting a public design meeting for the Golden Gardens Park drainage and stairway renovation project this Wednesday, October 7, from 7 – 8:30 p.m. at the Golden Gardens Bathhouse (8498 Seaview Pl NW).
Community members are invited to attend and learn more about the background and timeline of the project from the design consultant, Osborn Consulting, Inc.
The project is set to provide drainage improvements and will replace the damaged stairway steps in the park from the lower park area to the dog-off-leash area. The renovations will both improve the drainage system and its related impacts such as hillside erosion.
Construction is set to begin by the end of this year and be completed in early 2016. The work will be done in accordance with environmental and regulatory requirements.
Swansons Nursery Fall Sale(9701 15th Ave NW) from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Final weekend of the annual Fall Sale! 30% off all Trees, Shrubs, Perennials & 8″ Mums, plus, a buy-3-get-1 special on G&B Soil-Building Conditioner.
Ballard History Walk: Lumber, Libraries & Liquor – oh, my! Discover how these made the Ballard we love so much! 10 am to 11:45 am, meeting at Bergen Place Park (Market St. & Leary Ave) Call or text 206-504-0916 to reserve your spot in history! $15 per person (limited to 15 people).
Learn to be a Changemakerwith author Laurie Ann Thompson at Magnolia Library (2801 Ave 34th Ave W) from 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. She’ll show you how to start making the world a better place by applying your skills and passions to solve problems in your community and beyond. Entry is free.
Jazz at Egan’s Ballard Jam House(1707 NW Market St). 7 p.m. Dorothy Rodes, with John Hansen (piano), Chuck Kistler (bass) and Adam Kessler (drums). Tickets $10.
SUNDAY, October 4:
Ballard Farmer’s Market along Ballard Ave from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Click here to see this week’s specials.
Frock Swap at Ballard Elks (6411 Seaview Ave NW) 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. Swap your women’s clothing, shoes & accessories for new-to-you treasures! $10 admission with clothing to swap, $20 without. Pre-shop Opp with a 30 minute early admission for $30. Event benefits Mary’s Place.
The 27th annual Fishermen’s Fall Festival returns this year to once again celebrate the return of the North Pacific fishing fleet to the terminal. The event will be held this Saturday, October 3, from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. at Fishermen’s Terminal (3919 18th Ave W).
The event is one hundred percent volunteer run and works to increase the public’s knowledge of the importance of the fishing industry as well as Fishermen’s Terminal to Seattle while raising money for the Seattle Fishermen’s Memorial Foundation.
This year’s festival is jam-packed with the popular wild salmon BBQ, salmon fillet challenge, live music and plenty of activities for kids of all ages.
The My Ballard team is excited to announce that Leslie Pierson, owner of Ballard store Retrofitted Designs, has taken out the top title in the Today Show’s “Next Big Thing” competition with her product Good Hangups.
As we reported yesterday, Pierson designed the magnetic hanging system for posters and art which subsequently caught the eye of Today Show producers. The product is a true creation of the community, which was both designed locally and promoted through a video that was produced in the neighborhood by a number of Ballardites.
The folks at The Sweet Spot (3507 Evanston Ave N) and Ballard salon VAIN (5401 Ballard Ave NW), are hosting a month-long coat drive to support those in need within our community.
Donations will benefit The International Rescue Committee, a nonprofit that provides aid to refugees and other survivors of humanitarian crises, and The Jubilee Women’s Center, a Seattle-based nonprofit that serves nearly 1,500 impoverished women by providing safe, affordable community housing, educational resources, job skills and training, and free clothing.
The Sweet Spot folks teamed up with VAIN for this year’s drive after two successful years hosting the event in the local community. “We wanted to make an even bigger impact by teaming up with another local organization. The VAIN team share similar values in supporting our community,” says Lara from The Sweet Spot.
Through November locals can drop off clean, gently used or new winter coats for men, women and children at The Sweet Spot (3507 Evanston Ave N) or any VAIN location.
Each coat donated will receive one raffle ticket for a chance to win prizes from VAIN and a bunch of other local sponsors and businesses. The raffle winners will be announced mid-November.
“Clean out that coat closet and help people in need stay warm this winter. Thanks in advance for your support,” writes Cassie Tarver from the Ballard VAIN team.