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Where to Trivia around Ballard tonight

August 22nd, 2017 by Halynn Blanchard

It seems Tuesdays have always had a stake on trivia (and, of course, the taco). If walking to a spot nearby to enjoy trivia and a brew sound up your ally tonight– or any other Tuesday– here’s where to go:

Ballard Loft (5105 Ballard Ave NW). Hosted by at Ballard Loft starting at 8 pm.

Ballard Station (2236 NW Market St). Starting at 7:30 pm, rotating breweries give swag and cash prizes.

Park Pub (6114 Phinney Ave N). Usually free, hosted by the lovely Rachel with at 8 pm.

The Barking Dog Alehouse (705 NW 70th St). Hosted by Gonzo and various breweries at 7:30 pm. Free.

Trivia does exist other nights of the week as well.

On Wednesday, catch trivia at Kangaroo and Kiwi (2026 NW Market St) at 7:30 pm or Market Arms (2401 NW Market St). Thursday trivia at Norm’s Eatery & Ale House (460 N 36th St) has been popular for awhile for a reason, as has the recurring first Thursday trivia at Peddler Brewing (1514 NW Leary Way) at 7:30 pm. Stoup adds that they will be starting recurring trivia in the near future.

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Ballard Patagonia opens its doors; hosts event this Thursday

August 22nd, 2017 by Halynn Blanchard

If you blinked, you may have missed the soft-opening of Patagonia’s Ballard location over the weekend. The new-kid-on-the-block is located at 5443 Ballard Ave NW, on the corner of Market St. and Ballard Ave, and is open from are 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Sunday.

This Thursday from 7-9 p.m., the community is invited to a free all-ages discussion event at the shop’s location to talk with some of the brand’s designers about products, materials and mission. Snacks, beer,  and drinks from Timber City Ginger Beer will be available, as well as representatives from Puget Sound Restoration Fund. For more info and RSVP, click here.

Store manager Matt McConeghy still plans to host a grand opening party in September. We’re told to count on catered food, beer and live music. This party’s date is not yet final.

Photo taken opening day by patagoniaballard

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Real Estate update: Ballard vacancy rate higher than neighbors; hottest neighborhood list crowns First Hill

August 22nd, 2017 by Halynn Blanchard

GeekWire’s Nat Levy reports that tech-powered real estate brokerage Redfin predicts that Seattle’s housing market will stay hot this year, particularly in the First Hill neighborhood just east of downtown.

First Hill sits atop a new list predicting the 10 hottest neighborhoods for home sales for the rest of 2017. Redfin makes its predictions by examining recent growth in listing page views and favorites on its site.

Looking back at the first half of the year, no Seattle area neighborhoods landed among the top 10 hottest in the country. But that hasn’t stopped the momentum of the region as a whole, which has been the nation’s hottest housing market for months.

North Seattle Quarterly, associated with Neil Walter Company, have added their 2017 2nd Quarter findings with a current look at the commercial real estate market in Ballard, Fremont, and Interbay.

According to their data, the outlook on the real estate market hasn’t changed. Industrial market statistics, provided by North Seattle Quarterly, show a high mean commercial real estate average, and Ballard and Queen Anne as having the highest vacancy rate compared with nearby areas, Magnolia and Greenwood/Fremont.


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Late night car crash damages Choice Deli storefront

August 22nd, 2017 by Halynn Blanchard

An accident on the corner of 8th and NW 65th late last night has caused exterior damages to Choice Deli. During the motor vehicle incident, an SUV crashed, ending up on the corner market’s doorstep a little after 2 a.m., August 22nd.

Despite damages, Choice Deli says they will continue operating normal business hours today.

An employee at Choice Deli, asking to remain nameless, described the state of her shop to MyBallard: “The inside of the shop is okay; the car did break through our doors and bottom window. It took out a side piece pillar in the entryway.”

The employee says her business has not received the full police report of the incident yet. She tells us that her coworkers observed passengers of last night’s accident appearing visibly disorientated.

“They likely had injuries; none of our store employees were hurt,” says the Choice Deli employee.

Footage of the event was made public earlier this morning by nearby resident Jason Tice‎, who said he arrived to the scene shortly after the accident. View here.

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Ballard High is fundraising for a new tuba

August 22nd, 2017 by Halynn Blanchard

Ballard High School needs a new concert tuba. The Ballard High School PTSA and Performing Arts Boosters have teamed up to set up an online fundraiser with the hopes of raising $8,000 to purchase a student tuba for the school’s band program.

Director of Bands Michael James is expected to have the biggest band at Ballard High School in years this coming September. With that growth comes the additional need for instruments.

Back in April, the Ballard High School PTSA BASH Dinner and Auction was able to raise the BHS Performing Arts program $31,000. PTSA says those funds went directly to fulfilling some much needed infrastructure upgrades in the Performing Arts program, including: additional LED lighting for the Earl Kelly Performing Arts Center, several musical instruments for the band and orchestra, an acoustical shell, sheet music, microphones, supplies like bows for cellos and such.

“We got so close to completing our list,” says James, explaining that the desired tuba is the last thing on the band’s wishlist.

“A concert tuba would be in the program for decades, literally. A lot of students would get to play [it], and [it] would benefit a lot of band students here in Ballard.”

Learn more or donate here.

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Tonight’s design review board meeting cancelled

August 21st, 2017 by Halynn Blanchard

A notice has been given that a scheduled Design Review Board Recommendation Meeting will no longer take place tonight at Ballard Community Center (6020 28th Ave NW at Sunset/Captain Ballard Room) at 6:30 p.m. There has yet to be a rescheduling update.

The meeting was in place to discuss a Land Use Application to allow a 6-story, 70-unit apartment building with retail at street level at:


Existing buildings are planned for demolition, except the north building (Flintcreek) is to remain.

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Eclipse watchers head to parks for lunar viewing

August 21st, 2017 by Halynn Blanchard

It was a unifying morning for Ballard, as it was for the majority of the country.

Handfuls of families, young professionals, and solo residents started their morning the same way: by flocking to parks and outdoor viewing areas to share safe viewing glasses and homemade eclipse-viewing pinhole camera boxes. The eclipse lasted from around 9 a.m., peaking at 10:20 a.m., and concluding around 11:30 a.m.

Eclipse viewers gather starting around 9 a.m. at parks, like Green Lake Park (pictured)

At the peak of the partial eclipse, crescent moon shadows were cast.


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What’s on this weekend

August 18th, 2017 by Meghan Walker

The big event this weekend is the annual Viking Days festival at the Nordic Heritage Museum, from 10am to 5pm on Saturday and Sunday. There are also a couple work parties to get your hands dirty on Saturday, and plenty of live music to choose from.

Have a great weekend!

Friday, August 18

  • Live Music:
    • Jazz at Egan’s Ballard Jam House (1707 NW Market St). 7pm: Decree Trio – Jyl Leininger (vocals), Chris Leininger (guitar/bass) and Steve Tanimoto (piano) ($5 cover). 9pm: Elena Maque Band – Elena Maque (sax/vocals), Eric Verlinde (piano), Osama Afifi (bass) and Jeff Busch (drums). Purchase tickets online – any remaining seats will be sold at the door
    • Cedar Teeth, TBD, and Elijah Dhavvan at $8 at Conor Byrne Pub (5140 Ballard Ave NW) at 9pm $8.
    • An Evening with Rebirth Brass Band at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW) at 9pm. $30.

Saturday, August 19

  • Viking Days at the Nordic Heritage Museum, starting at 10 am. Highlights will be a traditional Viking encampment; interactive demonstrations of weaving, woodcarving, weapons-forging, and more; Swedish Pancake Breakfast (10am–1pm, both days); Salmon Bake (1pm–as supplies last, Saturday only); Nordic food hearths, with delicacies from the five Nordic countries (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden) a beer garden, live music, and more.
  • Ballard Burrito Fest at Ballard Commons Park, 11am to 6pm. Food trucks, burrito contests, a beer garden, kids activities and more.
  • Carkeek Park work party 9am to noon: Join us for a restoration work party at Carkeek Park – See website for important details on what to bring and where to meet.
  • Ballard Corners work party  9am to noon: Please join us for a work party at Ballard Corners Park (17th Ave NW & NW 63rd Street) on Saturday, August 19th from 9am-12noon, rain or shine. Some tools and refreshments will be provided.  If you have your own gloves and tools please bring them.  Any questions, please contact Gabriella: or (206) 782-3238.  We’re looking forward to seeing you there!
  • Greyhound Meet and Greet at All the Best Pet Care (1909 NW Market St.) Saturday, August 19, from 11am-1pm. Join us to meet retired racing greyhounds, learn about adoption, volunteer opportunities and more. Click herefor more information.
  • Live Music
    • ThorNton Creekat Egan’s Ballard Jam House (1707 NW Market St) 7pm, $8.
    • Lo Tom w/ TW Walsh and Chris Staples at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW) at 9pm. $15.
    • Michael Compton and Aaaron Starkey at 6pm and Ball of Wax #49 at 9pm at Conor Byrne Pub (5140 Ballard Ave NW) at 9pm $8.

Sunday, August 20

  • Viking Days at the Nordic Heritage Museum, starting at 10 am. Highlights will be a traditional Viking encampment; interactive demonstrations of weaving, woodcarving, weapons-forging, and more; Swedish Pancake Breakfast (10am–1pm, both days); Salmon Bake (1pm–as supplies last, Saturday only); Nordic food hearths, with delicacies from the five Nordic countries (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden) a beer garden, live music, and more.
  • 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
    • KEXP Presents: Kevin Morby w/ Shannon Lay at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW) at 9pm. $15.
    • Open mic at Conor Byrne Pub (5140 Ballard Ave NW) sign ups at 7:30 pm.

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First ever Ballard Burrito Fest on Saturday

August 18th, 2017 by Meghan Walker

Ballard’s first Burrito Festival is tomorrow (Saturday, August 19), descending on Ballard Commons Park with food trucks, burrito contests, a beer garden, and family-friendly activities.

Organized by Seattle nonprofit The World is Fun, the Burrito Fest is not only to celebrate burritos, but also to draw awareness to food insecurity. TWIF executive director Amy Faulkner says the idea behind it was, “driven by wanting to get the message out that food insecurity is a serious issue in Seattle with 14.6% of Seattle’s population being food insecure.”

“We find burritos to be the ultimate food in fighting hunger, malnutrition, and food insecurity because they’re simple, easy to make, and are a great balance of food groups,” Faulkner told My Ballard. “Plus, they cater to all types of eaters – vegetarians, vegans, dairy-free, gluten-free, etc. because you can fill them with anything and/or everything.”

The festival will run from 11am to 6pm; visit their Facebook event page for more info.

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Summer Salmon Bake fundraiser for clean water programs

August 18th, 2017 by Meghan Walker

On Tuesday, August 22, Puget Soundkeepers will host their annual Summer Salmon Bake fundraiser at Peddler Brewing Company (1514 NW Leary Way) from 5:30 to 8:30 pm.

“Join Soundkeeper board and staff for our annual Summer Salmon Bake featuring grilled salmon, Peddler’s craft beer, and live music from jazz quartet Jazzalope,” the organizers say. Tickets are $25 for Soundkeeper members, and $50 for nonmembers. Tickets include the salmon dinner and one complimentary beer; additional beer will be available for purchase. All proceeds from the fundraiser will go to benefit Puget Soundkeeper’s clean water programs.

For more information or to buy tickets, click here.

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