Ballard Food Bank receives 600 lbs of food from weight loss clinic

The Ballard Food Bank has received 600 pounds of donated food from the Queen Anne Medical Weight Loss Clinic. The clinic donated the food in celebration of 600 pounds lost by 17 of the clinic’s clients in a seven month period.

From the clinic’s press release:

“The food drive was a win-win project,” said Program Director Brian Grev. “We got the idea from one of our patients who collected 100 pounds of food from friends and neighbors to celebrate her considerable success – now over 100 pounds lost.”

Nancy McKinney, Executive Director of the Ballard Food Bank, commented that the donation comes at a time when most food banks are strapped for resources. Food banks typically receive larger donations during the holiday season. “But food is always needed by people in our neighborhood. And it’s been a particularly difficult year,” said Nancy.

Dr. Linda Gromko is the medical director of the clinic, and said the weight loss program was created last summer in order to “offer something more concrete to help patients.” The clinic has scheduled a kayak event and an arboretum walk in the near future.

‘Stock the Pantry’ at Bartell Drugs

Summertime means that kids who depend on free school meals might not have access to food. Bartell Drugs is turning to the community to help “Stock the Pantry” to feed kids. The third annual food drive starts Monday at all Bartell Drugs locations, including the one at 5605 22nd Ave NW.

The two-week drive “focuses on replenishing food bank, meal program and school food stocks in King, Snohomish and Pierce counties during summer months–when families that
normally depend on free or reduced-price school meals may struggle to provide healthy meals at home,” the press release states.

Food donations benefit Northwest Harvest. “In 2010, over 450,000 children (almost half of all students) across the state were eligible for free or reduced-price breakfast and lunch during the school year,” said Shelley Rotondo, executive director of Northwest Harvest. “Of those children, only nine-percent participated in a summer meal program last year due in
part to transportation issues, the availability of feeding sites, and other factors. This really highlights the need for a summer food drive that benefits children.”

The Nordic Fashion Biennale is coming to Ballard

The Seattle Nordic Heritage Museum will be featuring a Nordic Fashion Biennale later this year, the first of its kind in the United States. According to a statement from the Nordic Museum, a new element of the Biennale is a fashion competition, North by Northwest (N x NW). “The purpose of the competition is to inspire creativity, encourage emerging designers to seek out new directions, and spark awareness of new trends in Nordic fashion.”

Submissions for the fashion exhibition are accepted until July 15. The competition is open to fashion students, recent fashion graduates and emerging West Coast designers. There will be 12 finalists in all, and their submissions will be on display at the Nordic Heritage Museum in September this year. Two top winners will be chosen, who will win a trip to Iceland.

Opening the exhibition will be a three-day symposium featuring international speakers, and focusing on themes of sustainability, cultural heritage and branding.  The exhibition started at the Nordic House in Reykjavic, Iceland in 2009, and included more than 60 designers, artists, musicians and speakers.

A central exhibit during the show is “Looking Back to Find our Future,” curated by New York-based Icelandic artist Hrafnhildur Arnardottir. Arnardottir is well known for her collaboration with Björk and for her commissioned work for the Museum of Modern Art in New York, according to the Nordic Museum’s website.

For more information about the event or how to enter, visit the Nordic Heritage Museum’s website for the Nordic Fashion Biennale.

Construction underway at Ross Playground, work stalled at Kirke Park

Three Ballard-area parks are having some major upgrades done – Golden Gardens, which we wrote about last week, Ross Playground (4320 4th Ave NW) and Kirke Park (7028 9th Ave NW).

Construction started Wednesday morning on the Ross Playground improvements. Crews have already torn down the 1980s-era equipment to make way for some new, improved equipment and site furnishings. The park was designed with help from the public and should better utilize the space, Kelly Goold with the Parks Department tells us. Construction should be wrapped up in August. Click here for more information on the park and design. If you’re looking for a nearby park, the closest play area is Gilman Playground (923 NW 54th St.)

Work has stalled at Kirke Park while the Parks Department waits for a permit from the Department of Planning and Development, Goold tells us. He said the Parks Department is sometimes exempt from certain permits, which they thought was the case here. The DPD interpreted the rule differently and is requiring a grading permit. Goold says the process doesn’t change the design of the park, “it’s just a little bit of a delay,” he says. Once the permit is in hand, the Parks Department will put the park out to bid. The construction on the park will begin probably late summer/early fall, depending on input from neighbors.

In the meantime, neighbors had complained to the city about the large bushes that were closing in this former structure, so the vegetation was cut down to improve the sight line, Goold tells us.

All three projects are funded by the Parks and Green Spaces Levy.

Ballard High School’s first annual students vs. staff basketball game

On Tuesday night, Ballard High School had its first students-versus-staff basketball game to raise money for the school’s football team.

Over 200 attended the game, and the staff clutched victory over the students, 111 to 103.  John Verduin, president of the BHS PTSA wrote in an email, “Highlights from ‘Team Staff’ included high flying moves by track coach Frederick, NBA three-pointers by softball coach Gray, smothering defense by Principal Wynkoop, and dead-eye shooting by teacher Gina O’Neill.” The student team was made up of student body officers and student athletes from cheer, gymnastics, football, softball, basketball, baseball and track.

Team Student

Team Staff

All photos by Tony Meyer

Vegan bakery opens Thursday in Ballard

After two months of preparation, Ballardite Megan Jensen is ready to open her vegan bakery in Ballard.

Bouteloua Bakery will open at 6 a.m. Thursday morning at 2019 NW Market St. Jensen says she’s ready! She’ll have an assortment of vegan goodies such as cinnamon rolls, croissants, peanut butter cookies, chocolate chip cookies and cakes, to just name a few.

The bakery will be open 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 6p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Closed Wednesday. Get more information on their Facebook page.

Ballard student receives National Merit Scholarship

Ballard High School student Dylan Reid Miller is one of four National Merit Scholarship recipients from Seattle Public Schools. Today the National Merit Scholarship Corporation announced the winners in the 56th annual college-sponsored National Merit Scholarship Program. Miller plans to attend New York University and study film production. The scholarship awards provide between $500 and $2,000 annually for up to four years of undergraduate study at the institution financing the scholarship.

A total of 1.5 million students entered the competition and only 2,900 were selected for the college-sponsored program. Announced earlier this spring were winners of two other types of National Merit Scholarships – corporate-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards and National Merit $2500 Scholarships. Another group of college-sponsored National Merit Scholars will be announced in July, bringing the total to approximately 4,800.

Pose your questions to the Mayor tonight

Tonight is the monthly “Ask The Mayor” show on the Seattle Channel hosted by C.R. Douglas. If you’ve never seen the show, Mayor Mike McGinn answers questions from the public on a range of topics. In last month’s show, Mayor McGinn said, “I don’t care how people get around. If they choose to drive, they choose to drive. I can’t get my wife out of a car, so I’m not going to try to get other people out of their cars either.” (See last month’s episode here.)

The show airs live from 7 to 8 p.m. If you have an issue, concern, or question you’d like answered, you can call 206-684-8821, email or Tweet to @SeattleChannel. The show airs on cable channel 21 or online here.

‘Boudika’ the cat missing from Crown Hill

Update: Boudika is home safe. Writes Lola in comments:

Boudika has returned! Thank you to everyone who sent good thoughts!
She was soaking wet and covered in mud, but after a bath and a hearty meal, she seems to be doing quite well.
We’ll have to decide how to proceed. I think a microchip is in order, though that hardly prevents straying. Keeping animals locked inside, who were born to run free is easier said than done. We’ll do the best we can.
We really appreciate the support that Ballardites are so willing to provide.
Ballard has always been a wonderful community and I’m happy to be a part
of it.
Thank you all and Happy Spring,
~ Lola, Daniel, Keira, Bisou and Boudika

Earlier: Three weeks ago Lola, Daniel and 10-year-old Keira moved to Crown Hill near the intersection of 14th Ave NW and NW 87th Street. Two days ago they started letting their cats Boudika (the dark tabby ) and her sister Bisou (the orange tabby) outside. “We figured they would be safe up here, because they have a big backyard and we’re away from heavy traffic. They did well to return home when called, but last night our Tabby, “Boudika” just took off. We haven’t seen her since,” Lola emailed us.

Boudika is a “petit striped tabby with long fluffy fur and a luxurious tail. She’s got green eyes and a green collar around her neck with a tag sporting her name and our phone numbers.”

“The move has been hard on all of us and the kitties were helping us start to feel a little more settled,” Lola says. “Apparently the call of the wild is stronger than the call for dinner right now.” If you have any tips, please write to or call Daniel at 410-303-1772 or Lola at 206-919-4025