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Norwegian pride lights up Ballard with King Harald of Norway

May 22nd, 2015 by Meghan Walker

It was a proud day for our Norwegian Ballardites: King Harald of Norway’s visit drew a huge crowd at Bergen Place in Ballard this afternoon. King Harald came to the neighborhood to honor the rededicated mural at Bergen Place.


Photo by Jesse Knutson

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Photo by Jesse Knutson


“With the King of Norway looking on, the Ballard High School Women’s Chamber Choir sings for the crowd in Bergen Place.” Photo via Twitter, by Jesse Knutson

King Harald spent part of the day meeting with tourism representatives, and dropped by the Pacific Fishermen Shipyard before going to Bergen Place for the ceremony.

This was the first visit from the King in 20 years; he and Queen Sonja visited at the original dedication in 1995.



What’s on this Memorial Day weekend

May 22nd, 2015 by Meghan Walker

It’s Memorial Day weekend – here’s the scoop on the happenings around town:

Friday, May 22:

  • King Harald of Norway at Bergen Place: 4:15 p.m. King Harald will be joined by Seattle Mayor Ed Murray to celebrate the mural remodel at Bergen Place.
  • Swanson’s Nursery Memorial Day Weekend Sale: offering 30% off pots and containers, as well as 25% off all orchids. The sale begins Friday, and ends on Monday, May 25. Swansons is open daily from 9 AM to 7 PM.
  • NW Folklife Festival at Seattle Center: Folklife runs all weekend – from May 22 through May 25 – and features artists, musicians, dancers and storytellers from around the world. Admission is free, but there is a $10 suggested donation.
  • Live music at Conor Byrne Pub (5140 Ballard Ave NW) at 9 p.m.Silent City Productions is proud to present the fourth annual installment of Punk As Folk, an annual celebration of punk-inspired folk music and folk-inspired punk music to coincide with the Northwest Folklife Festival. Tickets $10. Click here to purchase tickets and for more information.
  • Live Music at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW) at 9 p.m. Featuring Aaron Crawford w/ Marlin James Band & The Andy Shoftner Band. Tickets $10. Click here to purchase tickets and for more information.

Saturday, May 23:

  • Beer Garden soft opening at Peddler Brewery: Join Peddler Brewery (1514 NW Leary Way) at the soft opening of their beer garden. “Sunshine + beer + food trucks + lawn games + bikes, yes we agree it’s a perfect combination.  Our beer garden is located right behind the brewery, can hold up to 400 people, and will have a back bar with our 4 most popular beers on tap.”
  • Free Community Health Fair at Nyer Urness House: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. 1753 NW 65th St. “Talk to pharmacists about your health-bring your medications with you and review your medicines. Sign up for health insurance and get to know your local resources. Free lunch from Alison’s Costal Cafe and Bakery-first come first served.
  • Live Music at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW) at 9 p.m. FeaturingThe Weatherside Whiskey Band (album release) w/ Warren G Hardings & friends. Tickets $8. Click here to purchase tickets and for more information.

Sunday, May 24:

  • Ballard Farmers Market along Ballard Ave from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Click here to see this week’s specials.

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Ballard Development Update May 22: ongoing subdivisions in the neighborhood

May 22nd, 2015 by Meghan Walker

This week’s development update is more of the same, with two property subdivision applications and one decision to approve the division of one lot into five unit lots.


8354 10TH AVE NW


A Land Use Application has been submitted to subdivide one parcel into two parcels of land. The subdivision of the property is for the purpose of allowing sale or lease of the unit lots, and development standards will be applied to the original parcel, not to each of the new unit lots.

2411 NW 64TH ST


A Land Use Application has been submitted to subdivide one parcel into two parcels of land. The subdivision of the property is for the purpose of allowing sale or lease of the unit lots, and development standards will be applied to the original parcel, not to each of the new unit lots.


6216 20TH AVE NW

A Land Use Application to subdivide one development site into five unit lots has been approved. The subdivision of the 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 about the above applications should be submitted to or mailed to the address below:

City of Seattle DPD PRC
700 5th Avenue Suite 2000
PO Box 34019
Seattle, WA  98124-4019

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Golden Gardens relocates fire pits to north end of beach

May 22nd, 2015 by Meghan Walker

All 12 fire pits at Golden Gardens have been relocated to the north end of the beach, an effort the city says will allow for better monitoring of fires and beach activity at night.

Seattle Parks and Recreation moved the pits to North Point for the peak season, mid-May through mid-September. They say they’ll be able to better program the south end of the beach with the fire pits gone, and also add that the Seattle Police Department will be able to, “better control the illegal behaviors that often occur around them,” according to a statement from the city.

Seattle Parks plans to enhance the recreational and family-friendly activities on the south end, including more space for volleyball, bathhouse events and better beach access for all visitors. Additionally, with the fire pits at the north end, Seattle Police will have better access to reach the fire pit area via the adjacent parking lot.

The new pits will have lockable lids, which will allow Parks staff to control when and for how long the pits will be open; they’ll unlock them in the late afternoon and then at night just before the park closes. They hope this will help staff control illegal burning and prevent bonfires during burn bans.

For Golden Gardens beach fire rules and regulations, click here.

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Throwback Thursday: a glimpse of NW Market St. in the old days

May 21st, 2015 by Meghan Walker

In the spirit of Throwback Thursday, today we take a look at the NW Market St. of yesteryear.


Photo courtesy Ballard Historical Society

The above photo is the Roxy Theatre in 1920 (now the Majestic Bay Theatre) on NW Market St. The sign reads “Walter Huston – Keep Em Rolling & Vodvil,” and the price was $0.15 for a movie.


Photo courtesy Ballard Historical Society

Just next door to Roxy’s was the Ballard Carnegie Library, today home to the buzzing Kangaroo & Kiwi bar. (Photo taken in 1904 by O.T. Frasch)


Photo courtesy Ballard Historical Society

A look at NW Market St. under a blanket of snow in 1900. The photo was taken looking west from City Hall.


Photo courtesy Ballard Historical Society

Photocopy of black and white original print from 1905 of the exterior of Bohlke and Christenson Complete House Furnishers, located at 22nd and Market Street. Mr. H.C. Bohlke stands in doorway to storefront with two other men and furniture is visible through the shop windows.

If you have any photos or stories of the old days in Ballard, send them to


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Ballard scavenger hunt to fundraise for Parkinson’s research

May 21st, 2015 by Meghan Walker

raceAt the end of May there will be a scavenger-hunt styled competition in Ballard, the proceeds for which will benefit Parkinson’s research. The Adventure Race for Parkinson’s will be held on Saturday, May 30, and the funds will go to support the Washington State Chapter of the American Parkinson Disease Association (APDA), which raises money for patients and research.

The race starts and ends in Ballard, and will challenge participants to “complete feats of mental and physical prowess, racing by foot to each location,” according to the organizers. Each team will follow clues to get from place to place, and will be permitted to use smartphones to access maps, research answers and call friends for help. The post-race party will be held at Hilliard’s Brewery for prize giveaways, including Seahawks tickets, a Richard Sherman autographed football, an Xbox, gift cards and more (there’s a prize list on their Facebook page if you want to know the payoff).

“Parkinson’s Disease has touched my family and inspired me to raise awareness and inform people about the impact this disease could have on any of us,” Jon Adams, Race Co-chair, writes in a statement.  “I’m so proud to be part of this event; bringing the community together to embrace a shared goal while having fun racing through our amazing city is a great feeling.”

The race entry is $45 per person, and registration is on a first-come, first-serve basis and will close at 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, May 28. Registration and more information can be found here.

Photo from the Adventure Race for Parkinson’s Facebook page


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Neighborhood youth projects eligible for city funding

May 21st, 2015 by Meghan Walker

The city announced it will be providing funding for neighborhood projects that are planning youth activities. As part of the Seattle Neighborhood Matching Fund program, neighborhoods can apply for the Small Sparks Fund, which provides matching dollars of up to $1,000 for neighborhood-initiated projects that promote community engagement.

Examples of eligible activities include a sports event, neighborhood clean-up or talent show, according to a statement from the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods. The deadline to apply for the grants is six weeks before your planned activity. To apply, click here.



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Ballard Sunset Toastmasters host a Night of Storytelling Techniques with author Ingrid Ricks

May 21st, 2015 by Meghan Walker

ricksTonight, the Ballard Sunset Toastmasters will host local storyteller and bestselling author Ingrid Ricks for a Night of Storytelling at the Ballard Baptist Church from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Ricks is the author of Hippie Boy, which tells the story of her life growing up with a devoutly Mormon mother and stepfather and her experiences of finding her own voice and life along the way. Learn more about Ricks here.
Ballard Sunset Toastmasters is a weekly meeting for anyone in the community who desires to practice and hone their public speaking and leadership skills. They meet every Thursday at 7:30 – 9 p.m. at the Ballard Baptist Church (2004 NW 63rd Street).

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BHS filmmakers up for regional emmy awards

May 20th, 2015 by Meghan Walker

Ballard High School’s young filmmakers are at it again: several students are nominated in the upcoming 52nd Annual Regional Emmy Awards ceremony, hosted by the Northwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS).

“Clipped Wings,” by Coleman Andersen, Duncan Gowdy & Leo Pfeifer is nominated in three categories 

Eighteen students from BHS’s Digital Filmmaking Program are nominated in six different categories for eight different productions this year. This is the ninth year in a row that BHS students have been nominated by the academy; last year they won the Short Form Fiction and Photographer/Editor categories.

The students are nominated in the following categories:

Short Form Fiction:
1. Fly Me to the Moon by Miles Andersen, Jasper Cote, PJ Hase & Gideon Wolfe
2. Stolen by Coleman Andersen & Leo Pfeifer

Short Form Non-Fiction:
1. Audio Input by Duncan Boszko, Jack O’Neal, Piper Phillips & Sho Schrock-Manabe
2. GeoFORCE: A Journey to Understanding by LeoPfeifer & Raven Two Feathers
3. Raven Rock by Rachel Cole, Jaya Flanary & Meagen Tajalle

Long Form Non-Fiction:
1. Clipped Wings by Coleman Andersen, Duncan Gowdy & Leo Pfeifer

Public Service Announcement:
1. Food Lifeline by Duncan Gowdy, Leo Pfeifer & Zach Green
2. Membership by Ruby Anderson, PJ Hase & Cameron Miller

1. Clipped Wings by Coleman Andersen, Duncan Gowdy & Leo Pfeifer

1. Clipped Wings by Coleman Andersen, Duncan Gowdy & Leo Pfeifer
2. Stolen by Coleman Andersen & Leo Pfeifer

The students will have their work shown at the Ballard Film Festival on Friday, June 5 at 7:30 p.m. in the Ballard High School auditorium. For more information about BHS’s filmmaking program, click here.

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King Harald V of Norway to visit Ballard on Friday

May 20th, 2015 by Meghan Walker

Screen Shot 2015-05-20 at 9.26.44 AMEven though Syttende Mai has come and gone, Norwegians have a reason to keep the celebrations going for another few days: the King of Norway, Harald V, is visiting Bergen Place in Ballard this Friday, May 22. He’s coming to celebrate the installation of the updated 52-foot mural in Bergen Place, and he’ll be introduced by Seattle Mayor Ed Murray. King Harald is scheduled to arrive at Bergen Place at 4:15 p.m.

Two years ago, Friends of Bergen Place commissioned Canadian artists, Mike Svob and Allen Wiley, to create a scale model of an updated design of the mural suitable for scanning at high resolution, according to a statement from the organization. Pacific Studios of Ballard then coordinated the printing of the mural on 13 graffiti-resistant panels, each 12-feet-high by 4-feet-wide. Pacific Fishermen of Ballard then installed the panels at Bergen Place. Friends of Bergen Place tells us that more than 130 businesses, individuals and foundations helped fund the updated mural.

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The bell in Ballard’s Centennial Bell Tower will ring at 4:20 p.m. in honor of King Harald’s visit, and the Ballard High School Women’s Chamber Choir will perform.

King Harald and his wife Queen Sonja also visited Ballard 20 years ago, when the mural was originally put in place.



Second Ascent to host free screening of film about small boat voyaging tonight

May 20th, 2015 by Meghan Walker

Tonight at Second Ascent (5209 Ballard Ave NW) there will be a free screening of a movie titled “One Simple Question – an Uncertain Journey to Find an Iceberg.” The film is a true story about a couple aboard a small sailboat in search of icebergs.

From Second Ascent:
“One Simple Question is the story of a young couple who seeking adventure, shed the comforts of land, and begin a life at sea aboard a small sailboat. Their goal is simple—sail north until they find an iceberg. But they’ll need to sail over 1600 miles before the first sign of ice. The journey takes them from the suburbs of New York to the scenic grandeur of Newfoundland and ultimately to a little known place called Iceberg Alley. What they didn’t anticipate was that they would find a massive piece of the Petermann Ice Island, the record breaking iceberg that drew the attention of climate scientists worldwide.”
The screening starts at 7:30 p.m., and is hosted by Second Ascent, Northwest Outward Bound School, and Lake Union Charters & Adventures.

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BHS sports: boys soccer and girls softball teams win Metro League Championships

May 19th, 2015 by Meghan Walker

Congratulations to Ballard High School’s boys soccer and girls softball teams for their victories in the Metro League Championships.

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BHS girls softball team. Photo courtesy BHS Twitter page


The Beaver girls celebrated their 3-1 win over the West Seattle Wildcats on May 15 at the Southwest Athletic Complex. Both teams now advance into this week’s Sea-King District 2 tournament.

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Photo courtesy Ballard High School

BHS boys soccer celebrated a 3-1 win over Roosevelt in the championship match on Friday. The Beavers haven’t had a boys soccer team this strong in nearly 20 years, according to coach Brian Wardlaw. “It’s been a long time since Ballard’s been at playoffs, and obviously to state now,” Wardlaw told KIRO. “We’re excited to be playing in these situations, and I know the boys are really excited too.”

The boys soccer team now plays against Edmonds-Woodway tonight at 5:30 p.m. at Interbay for the first round of the state championships.


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