Local business leaving Ballard

Asher Anson, the retail clothing store on Market St., closed up shop this last weekend and is moving to Kirkland. “Asher Anson is moving to our new shop in Kirkland in April. Unfortunately, this means goodbye to our Ballard location. We will miss Ballard but we hope this isn’t goodbye to you. You have made our experience here so enjoyable. A BIG THANK YOU,” they write on their website. Along with the location change, the name of the shop will now be ASHER, focusing exclusively on men’s clothing and goods. (Thank you David for the tip!)

Three projects get funding through Small & Simple fund

Three neighborhood projects have been approved for a Small & Simple grant through the Neighborhood Matching Fund. The Sunset Hill – Shilshole Gateway, the Bountiful Backyard Barter and Bring the Ring back to Ballard will each get funding totaling $37,861.

The median along 36th Ave NW between NW 60th and NW 62nd Street

  • The Gateway project will engage neighbors to develop a plan and initial improvements to enhance the walkability and safety of the main southern connection between Sunset Hill and Shilshole.
  • Bountiful Backyard Barter is designed to foster ease and connectedness in the community of Ballard residents interested and engaged in creating and sharing homemade and homegrown food.
  • Bring the Ring Back to Ballard will install an automatic, programmable mechanism in Ballard’s existing historic bell structure, located at the corner of 22nd Ave NW and Ballard Ave NW. The bell will ring regularly and on demand for special occasions. We will have a public celebration to honor the return of the bell’s ring to Ballard.
  • Source Salon helping women around the world

    Source Salon & Spa (5400 Leary Ave NW) is holding a unique fundraiser on Thursday to help women around the world. The “micro-zones for micro-loans” event takes place from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. “For a suggested donation of $25 (proceeds going directly to charity), you’ll receive an UV Facial Scan, a Face Map (analysis by zone of the current state of your skin), and a customized prescriptive interpretation by one of our skincare professionals. You’ll then finish with the Dermalogica Flash Exfoliation (20 min service normally costing $35),” the website states. The money raised will go to joinFITE.org, an effort to fund microloans for 25,000 women entrepreneurs in developing countries.

    You don’t need to get pampered to help women entrepreneurs. You can simplyclick here to donate $1 to the cause. Or you can purchase one of five specially marked Dermalogica products and $1 from every purchase will be donated.

    To make an appointment for the “micro-zones for micro-loans” fundraiser, call 206-789-4500

    Home run derby today for Kathi Goertzen Foundation

    The Ballard High School softball team is holding a home run derby today to raise money for the Kathi Goertzen Foundation.

    Over the span of more than a decade, longtime KOMO anchor Kathi Goertzen has been fighting a brain tumor at the base of her brain. Kathi’s 15-year-old daughter Andrea is a pitcher on the close-knit BHS team and teammates are all wearing bracelets that say “Pray 4 Kathi” on one side and “Never say you can’t” on the other. “We kind of had that instant heartache for her as well,” teammate Jamie Thelen told KOMO news, “so it wasn’t even a second thought that we had to support our teammates.”

    Today’s derby will take place at 3:30 p.m. at lower Woodland Field (Green Lake Way N & N 50th St). Each member of the team gets 10 swings to see how many home runs they can hit. Their goal is $1,500. You can donate to the Kathi Goertzen Foundation home run derby here. (Thanks Tim for the tip!)

    Willkommen to the Cabaret

    The final performances for Cabaret are this week at Ballard High School. The drama and music departments kicked off the spring musical last week to a great audience, we’re told. Here are a few pictures of the show, courtesy David Hoffman.

    The final three shows are Thursday, Friday and Saturday of this week. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for students and can be purchased here.

    Pounding the pavement to find a job

    Scot Albert has been unemployed for six months. He’s sent out a lot of resumes and has landed a lot of interviews, but so far no job. With no work in his future he decided to try a unique method of job-hunting – put on a shirt and tie and stand on the corner with a sign seeking employment

    “I had to think out of the box, had to be a little different than everyone else, kind of stand out.” With 30 resumes in his pocket, Albert hit the corner of 15th Ave NW and NW Market Street this morning to look for a job. As of 10:30, after an hour on the corner, no takers, but that’s not discouraging Albert. “Tomorrow I’m going to come out and do a little viral video and I’m going to put it on YouTube,” he tells us. “Everyday I’m going to do something different, a little out of the box and try to promote myself.”

    Albert has experience in the legal arena, working with evictions and foreclosures for the last few years and now he wants to reinvent himself. He starts culinary school at the Art Institute of Seattle very soon and would like to find an entry-level position in that field, or the legal field that he already knows. Interested in getting in touch with Albert? You can reach him via email at scotalbert4 at yahoo.com.

    Ghost Light ends season with a touch of reality

    It’s the end of the “Ch-Ch-Changes” season for Ghost Light Theatricals and they’re spinning theater into reality for their final show.

    The season is ending with the comedy The Clouds, A Reality Play, a “comedic look at upper class society and our unwillingness to take responsibility for our extravagant lifestyles,” the press release states.

    Thanks to the boom in reality TV we have witnessed the outrageous, extravagant and dramatic lives of housewives from Malibu to Massachusetts. In the new comedy, THE CLOUDS, A REALITY PLAY, aging reality star Stephanie Stophanes is deep in debt, in the midst of a messy divorce, and facing cancellation. Stephanie seeks the help of the screwball Socrates and his School for Life Skills in hopes of once again being relevant. With backstabbing agents, rude crew members, and TV show parodies, THE CLOUDS, A REALITY PLAY shines a hilarious light on the underbelly of reality TV shows, and the “stars” that make them.

    The curtain goes up at 7:30 p.m. on April 15th, 16th, 21st, 22nd, 23rd, 28th, 29th and 30th and at 2 p.m. on May 1. Tickets are $15 regular admission, $12 for students and seniors. You can purchase them online or at the door. The Clouds, A Reality Play is being performed at the Ballard Underground (2220 NW Market).

    Host families needed for exchange students

    Andeo International Homestays is looking for host families for students studying English this summer:

    Great host families are needed for Spanish teens who will live and study in the Ballard area this July!

    On June 29, fifteen Spanish teens will arrive in Seattle. They will be taking English classes at the Phinney Neighborhood Center, while placed in homes nearby. The teens are sponsored by Andeo International Homestays, a local non-profit devoted to homestays and cross-cultural discovery.

    We are looking for families interested in welcoming a Spanish teen into their home for four weeks this July. The teens come with travel insurance and spending money, speak English, and are excited to learn more about America, English, and Seattle! They will be in class from 9am-5pm during the week, and spend evenings and weekends with families. Those interested should visit our website at www.andeo.org, or contact our local coordinator, Sarah Lam, at sarah@andeo.info or 206-455-0022 for more information. This could be the summer of a lifetime, one that could open doors to life-long friendships!

    Rainbow over Ballard

    Mother Nature wasn’t really sure which direction to go on Sunday – rain or be sunny. In the afternoon, this gorgeous rainbow appeared over Ballard.

    Kali and Ken sent us this photo and say, “People all around were heard saying, ‘What does it mean?!?!'”

    nojivenumber5 also sent us a photo of a double rainbow via Twitter and says, “Double rainbow of undetermined meaning currently in No. Seattle.”

    Scenes from ‘Norwegian Heritage Day’

    The Leif Erikson Lodge here in Ballard hosted its annual Norwegian Heritage Day event on Saturday, complete with traditional food, dance, music and costumes. Earlier in the day, runners and walkers alike participated in the “Leif to Leif” race, from Ballard to Shilshole Marina and back.

    Jody Grage, known as “the bunad lady,” led the parade of Norwegian costumes at the Lodge. She offered a historical perspective for each bunad on stage.

    This little girl kept the audience entertained.

    One of the big attractions is the authentic Scandinavian food, including krumkake (seen here), lefse, lapskaus and pickled herring.

    There was as a raffle for prizes like (what else) 15 pounds of cod and gourmet Norseland lefse. Here, one lucky lady won the $100 grand prize.

    The event also featured arts, crafts and other goodies, like this table from Scandinavian Specialties, the shop on 15th Ave.