Big turnout expected for Turkey Trot

Thanksgiving morning is the 3rd Annual Turkey Trot and it’s going to be a record-breaker! More than 700 participants are pre-registered for the 5k run/jog/walk which raises money for the Ballard Food Bank.. Given that only a couple hundred people participated last year, organizers were hoping for 500 participants to help raise $6,000 for the food bank. As of earlier this week they’ve already beat their expectations. At the finish line, Inferno Dogs will be serving “Griddles” (think McDonald’s sausage McMuffin) w/ juice at Golden Gardens for a $5 suggested donation with all proceeds going to the Food Bank. The registration is closed, but you can still show up and pay $20 to join in the fun. The 5k starts at 9 a.m. at NW 85th & 32 Ave NW. Here’s a look at the route.

BHS marching band to kick off holiday season

The Ballard High School marching band will help Seattle kick off the holiday season at the Macy’s 24th Annual Holiday Parade in downtown. “Calling all Beavers to wear your Red and Black and find a spot on the parade route to cheer our great Ballard High School Marching Band, always a crowd favorite at the Macy’s Parade,” Kathy emailed us. On average, she says, the band is invited to march about every other year. The parade starts at 8:45 a.m. at 7th & Pine and ends at the Macy’s store. (Thanks Kathy for the note!)

Ballard Senior Center selling Taproot tickets

Before the arsonist struck Central Greenwood in October, heavily damaging the Taproot Theatre, the Ballard Senior Center bought the December 1st show of Taproot’s “It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play” as a fundraiser. After the fire, Taproot found a temporary home at the North Seattle Community College, but ticket sales slowed. Now with a few days remaining, the Ballard Senior Center needs to sell 100 tickets to the show — a great opportunity to help a burned-out Greenwood business and a great Ballard cause at the same time.

Tickets for the December 1st show are $25.00 for reserved seating and $35.00 for a pre-concert wine reception at 6 p.m. and premium seating for the 7:30 play. Tickets for this performance are only available from the Ballard Senior Center. Please call 297-0403 for information or to purchase tickets.

PhinneyWood: More about the show, which runs through December

Ballard Green Streets wins $1.5 million in funding

Back in May, we told you about a Seattle Public Utilities proposal called “Ballard Green Streets” to create green spaces in the planter strips between the sidewalk and the street to reduce stormwater pollution. Today, Governor Gregoire approved $1.5 million in funding for the project.

The project includes the area between NW 75th and NW 85th Streets and 28th to 32nd Avenues NW, controlling runoff from 2.6 acres. The green spaces will be designed to reduce stormwater pollution to the Ship Canal. Together with projects in Olympia and Spokane that were also announced today, the funding from American Recovery and Reinvestment Act will create 75 jobs, according to the Governor’s office. (Thanks Allison for the tip!)

Woman stabbed while walking in Crown Hill

A woman walking in the 9000 block of Holman Road near Mary Ave. was stabbed by an unknown assailant last night, Seattle Police say. The weapon was a small pocket knife, and fortunately her injuries were not critical. My Ballard reader Silver posted the incident in the forum last night, and today police released more details of the frightening crime.

“She noticed a male who appeared to be following her,” police said, explaining that she went inside a gas station, but he was waiting for her when she came out. “As she attempted to walk by him, the male grabbed her around the neck and chest from behind and then stabbed her with an unknown object in the lower back,” the police report says. “The victim struggled to get away, falling out into the street in front of a witness who was driving by on Holman Rd. The witness stopped to assist and the suspect walked off southbound on Holman Rd.”

Officers searched the area but were unable to find the suspect. They did not provide a suspect description, likely because the description provided by the victim was too vague: a white male in his thirties, heavy build, wearing either a dark hoodie or jacket. (Thanks Tehama, Ken and Silver for your tips!)