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Fundraiser to benefit WestSide Baby in Ballard, Tues. Dec. 1

November 25th, 2015 by Theresa Madison

On Tuesday, December 1, local nonprofit WestSide Baby will have its annual JOY Drive with a fundraising event at Patxi’s Pizza in Ballard. Patxi’s Pizza will be donating 10% of their profit (including takeout, deliveries and happy hour) to the campaign.

What: Annual JOY drive with a fundraising event benefiting local nonprofit WestSide Baby
Where: Patxi’s Pizza (5323 Ballard Ave NW)
When: Tuesday, December 1, 11am-10pm

The JOY campaign is also encouraging the public to host drives, donate money or new or gently used items to supply families in need. They seek items such as diapers, warm clothing and other essential items.

Nancy Woodland, Executive Director of WestSide Baby says:

“There are 41,000 children aged 12 and under living below the federal poverty level in King County, and for those families the effects of poverty can be far reaching and potentially devastating to physical and mental health. Through our annual JOY donation drive WestSide Baby will provide more struggling families with critical items such as winter coats and boots and essential safety equipment, clothing up to size 12, diapers and hygiene items that aren’t covered by any government assistance programs.”

In the month of December, WestSide Baby anticipates serving 2300 children, providing them with essential items for their safety, and helping them to be warm and dry. These include “more than 70 car seats, 500 bags of clothing and 80,000 diapers.”

WestSide baby says that the drive you organize does not have to be complicated. They list the following suggestions on their website:

  • Organize a drive at your office or if you are a business owner why not offer a discount for customers who participate?
  • Get your kids involved by hosting a birthday party drive, or help them organize a drive among their friends, clubs, or athletic teams!
  • Have some fun and organize a holiday cocktail party or potluck with friends, all for a great cause.
  • Turn your company or church holiday tree into a “Giving Tree” by covering it with ornaments representing items desperately needed by local children. We can even make the ornaments for you with advance notice!

If you would like to organize a drive, see needed items for donation, or for information click here.

To donate online click here.

For volunteer information click here.

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Ballard Locks large lock closure now scheduled for 21 days

November 25th, 2015 by Theresa Madison

As we previously reported, the Ballard Locks large chamber lock has closed for its annual maintenance. The closure was originally reported to close for two weeks, it has been updated for close for 21 days.

For video coverage and more information, read the Kiro 7 article hereYou can also connect with the Ballard Locks on their Facebook Page

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December Chamber of Commerce Luncheon, Wed. Dec. 9

November 25th, 2015 by Theresa Madison

The December Chamber of Commerce Luncheon is coming Wednesday, December 9. You must RSVP by Friday, December 5. There will be a round of trivia, prizes to be won, and if you choose you can donate to a local charity.

What: December Chamber of Commerce Luncheon
When: Wednesday, December 9, 12-1:30
Where: Ray’s Boathouse, Northwest Room (6049 Seaview Ave NW)
Cost:  $25 for members, and $30 for non-members. No-shows will be billed.

  • Farm Lettuces and Greens with seasonal fruit,
  • Marcona almonds, white balsamic vinaigrette
  • Grilled Marinated Flank Steak rosemary-balsamic onion jus
  • Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes
  • Roasted Seasonal Vegetables
  • Grand Central Rolls and Butter
  • Assorted Holiday Cookies

From the Commerce:

How it works:
  • RSVP to
  • Bring ten one-dollar bills to add to collection jars for selected non-profits
  • Hosted trivia (brought to you by Sporcle) with great prizes for our winning trivia team, including wine from Ambassador Wines, gift cards from Bad Albert’s and more
  • Each table will constitute one team, so choose your seat wisely
  • A cash bar will be available

Space is filling up, RSVP to by Friday, December 5 to reserve your space.

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Thanksgiving at Ray’s Boathouse and The Golden Beetle

November 25th, 2015 by Theresa Madison

Are you looking for somewhere to eat on Thanksgiving? Ray’s Boathouse and the Golden Beetle each have huge offerings for the day.

Some highlights include:

  • Ray’s Boathouse and Café (6049 Seaview Ave NW) is offering the Café’s annual buffet of fresh seafood and traditional Thanksgiving offerings, as well as a four-course plated menu. Each option is $45 per person, four course meal: $22.50 for children 5-11, the buffet is $20 for children 5-11, and both meals for children 5 and under are free.
    View the full menu hereReservations are required.

    • Reservations are required for Ray’s Café and Boathouse and are available from 11am-8pm in the Café and 11:30am-8pm in the Boathouse.
    • Boathouse reservations can be made at 206.789.3770 or here.
    • Café reservations can be made at 206.782.0094 or  here.
    • The Boathouse Bar does not take reservations, but will be open with a limited Thanksgiving menu.
    • The Café Bar will be closed.
  • Golden Beetle (1744 Northwest Market Street) blends Thanksgiving cuisine with their own Eastern Mediterranean flavors, serving up a four-course holiday meal featuring turkey, as well as alternatives of Black Cod and Root Vegetable Ragout.
    View the full menu here.

    •  Cost is $55 for four plates, with an optional $30 wine pairing.
    • Seating is from 3pm- 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving.
    • For more information or reservations, call 206.706.2977 or visit their website.

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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.


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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