Zoo Sprouts teaches kids about animal health tomorrow

The Woodland Park Zoo is offering a class called “Vets and Pets” tomorrow that will teach kids about animal health at the zoo. The class is part of the Zoo Sprouts program, and this class is on Thursday, Nov. 8 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Here’s the description from the Woodland Park Zoo:

Step into the world of animal health care and discover how we care for our sick and injured animals. In this fun class we will use imaginative play to explore what it’s like to look after our youngest residents. In addition to classroom activities we will also explore relevant areas in the zoo.

The class is offered for adults and children (3-4 year-olds). The cost is $25 per adult/child pair and $7 for each additional child. To learn more about the classes or to register, click here.

City wants to know your thoughts on Ballard Commons Park portable toilets

The City of Seattle is asking Ballard residents to weigh in on the Honey Buckets placed at the Ballard Commons Park earlier this year. They’ve created an online survey, which they hope will help determine the need for portable toilets in the park. The survey will be up until Nov. 16.

The Honey Buckets’ appearance caused quite a stir in the My Ballard Forum a few months ago, many concerned about the toilets as an eyesore. Read the comment thread here.

Ballard Bridge lane closures start today

The northbound, right line on the Ballard Bridge will be closed today through Friday, Nov. 9, while crews install fiber optic cable. The lane will be closed from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day, but the walkways will remain open. The closure will resume on Nov. 13-14. The Seattle Department of Transportation tells us drivers should expect congestion, especially following bridge openings for marine traffic.

Local election results

Update 8:30 p.m.
Here is a look at the state races

36th District legislative race can be found here.
Measures can be found here.
State executive races can be found here.

All results can be found here.

Update 8:10 p.m.
We are still waiting for the Secretary of State to release tallied votes.

Earlier:While polls are closing in other states, Washington state ballot drop-off locations are open until 8 p.m. (Including the one in front of the Ballard Library.)

We will update this site with updated numbers just after 8 p.m. when the Secretary of State is expected to release the first batch of results.

Gourmet grilled cheese truck rolls into Ballard

There’s a new food truck in town, and it’s serving up comfort food in the form of gourmet grilled cheese and tomato soup. The Cheese Wizards are Bo Saxbe and his brother Tom, and they’ve been cruising around the city for a couple weeks. In addition to their base at the commissary kitchen in the alley off of NW Market St., between Old Ballard and 24th Ave NW, they’re setting up shop at local breweries Rueben’s Brews on Thursdays and Hilliard’s Beer on Fridays.

Photo by Bo Saxbe

According to their “Wizard’s Creed,” on their website, “After hours spent poring over musty spell-books, Heavy Metal magazines, and Betty Crocker cookbooks, we realized that all our love potions, cantrips, death-spells and hexes couldn’t hold a candle to the power of true grilled cheese magics.” And with that, they created a slew of sandwiches with gourmet cheeses and homemade sauces and soup.

Saxbe, who lives in Sunset Hill, is keeping the “magic” as local as possible; all sandwiches are served up on local bread and rolls from Ballard’s Tall Grass Bakery. The Cheese Wizard menu includes wizardly sandwiches such as the “Voldemortadella,” which is French bread with smoked gouda and thick-cut, pan-seared mortadella. Other sandwiches include “The Critical Hit,” which is pumpernickel with brie and homemade pear chutney and the classic “Wizard’s Familiar:” white bread with American cheese. Tomato basil soup is served as an extra, and all sandwiches have a bacon add-on as an option.

Saxbe says they hope to make the brewery stops part of their routine. “When we post up outside local breweries and watering holes, we both benefit from the symbiotic marriage of super-local beer and food,” Saxbe writes.

To catch the Cheese Wizards in action, visit them at the local breweries, and check their “Wizard Locater” for updated serving spots.

Vote, and get a treat from Cupcake Royale

If you need some incentive to fill out your ballot, here it is: Cupcake Royale is giving out free babycakes or small scoops of ice cream to every customer who Tweets, Facebook posts, or takes an Instagram photo of themselves voting. All you have to do is show them the photo of yourself with your ballot, and they’ll give you a sugary fix for your civic duty.

The promotion is only for today, Tuesday, Nov. 6, and is available at any of their six locations.