Nordic film festival to debut in Seattle next month

Next month, the Nordic Lights Film Festival will open in Seattle, showcasing more than a dozen films from Nordic countries. The festival, organized by the Nordic Heritage Museum, will include feature-length films, documentaries, and short films from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden. It will be from Jan. 18-20 at the Seattle Center, kicking off with a reception at SIFF at 6 p.m., followed by the feature film “Beyond,” directed by Pernilla August and starring Noomi Rapace of “Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.”

From the Nordic Heritage Museum:

Both Saturday and Sunday begin the day at 10:00 a.m. with the family-friendly animated feature Moomin and Midsummer Madness. Saturday continues with the Norwegian documentary Liv and Ingmar, which uses behind-the-scenes footage, still photos, and letters to tell the story of actress Liv Ullman’s and filmmaker Ingmar Bergman’s 42-year relationship.

More Saturday highlights include the drama Volcano (Iceland) and the documentary Grandma Lo-Fi Basement Tapes about 70-something Sigrídur Níelsdóttir who creates eclectic and eccentric music in her own home in Iceland. The war-time drama Silence from Finland will play Saturday night followed by a line-up of short films from all over Norden.

A variety of movies continues on Sunday with The Finland Phenomenon, a documentary about Finland’s unique education system, coming-of-age comedy Turn Me On Dammit! from Norway, and Teddy Bear from Denmark, which won the directing award in the World Cinema – Dramatic category at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival.

The weekend concludes with back-to-back documentaries, the first, Women with Cows, tells the story of two sisters, 77 and 75, who somehow manage to run a dairy farm in rural Sweden, and the second, Hello My Name is Lesbian, reveals the many facets of contemporary lesbian culture in Denmark.

Admission to the festival is $8 for Nordic Hertiage Museum members and SIFF members, and $10 for the general public. The 10 a.m. screenings on Saturday and Sunday are $7. Passes for the full weekend are $50 for members and $55 for the general public. Click here for the full line-up.

Parvo canine virus likely contracted at Woodland Park offleash area

Parvo is on the rise in the Seattle area, and our sister site, PhinneyWood posted this story about a resident whose dog was just diagnosed:

Jen emailed to tell us that her dog was just diagnosed with Parvo, a highly contagious disease affecting dogs, and she wanted others to be aware.

I was hoping you would help get the word out that my 11 mo. old fully vaccinated lab was just diagnosed with Parvo, and the time frame makes it almost certain that she contracted it at Woodland Park offleash dog park. I just don’t want any other pups getting sick, or if they do show signs of getting sick that their owners take them in asap!

Ballard hen once again on the loose

Update: Henrietta has been reunited with her owners. Mindy Bell responded to our post this morning, saying she had Henrietta at her home. Bell found her yesterday afternoon when she was getting home; a neighbor thought the hen might be hers. Bell picked her up on NW 72nd St. “When I picked her up I noticed that her comb looked different and she seemed younger. I got back to my coop and my black and white hen (Bubbles) was inside the nesting box. Henrietta was cowering under some shrubbery when I found her. She was cold and shaking.” Lisa Mudgett’s husband, Dan, tells us Henrietta traveled at least 14 blocks from her home at 30th Ave NW and NW 67th St.

Earlier: Henrietta, the intrepid Ballard traveling hen, is again on the loose. Her owner, Lisa Mudgett, tells us she flew the coop just a day ago. “She wasn’t in her coop sleeping when we got home last night, so we’re guessing she’s on another neighborhood adventure,” Mudgett writes.

Henrietta’s last adventure was around Thanksgiving during a big wind and rain storm. “If anyone finds a stray chicken in his/her yard, we’d really like to have her back home safe and sound.  And we clearly need to invest in some better containment for our yard…” Mudgett adds.

If you have any information on Henrietta’s whereabouts, email us at

No garbage collection on Christmas Day

There will be no solid waste collections on Christmas Day, Tuesday Dec. 25. All Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday collections will be collected one day later both this week and next, as there are also no collections on New Years Day.

The north and south recycling and disposal stations will be closed on Christmas and New Years as well. Learn more about the holiday service changes here.

Metro bus mugging suspect arrested

The suspect in a mugging incident last week in Ballard has been arrested. A 16-year-old male was arrested last night after he was spotted boarding a bus downtown.

From the SPD Blotter:

On December 10th, at about 12:30 am, a 25-year-old woman got off a Metro bus at 15th Avenue NW and NW 85th Street.  She noticed a young man also get off the bus at the same time and begin to follow her.  The male confronted her and asked her “What’s up?”  The victim told the suspect to leave her alone and continued walking.  The suspect kept following her, demanding her backpack, phone and money.  The victim tried to ignore him, and the suspect hit the woman in the face and stomach before pulling the backpack from her shoulder.  He then fled.  A number of North Precinct officers responded to the scene, but the suspect was not located.

Detectives were assigned the case and reviewed bus surveillance video and determined that the suspect had boarded the bus downtown.  A bulletin with photographs of the suspect was distributed to Seattle and King County Metro officers.

Last night, at around 9:30 pm,  officers observed a male resembling the suspect description get on a Metro bus in the 1500 Block of 3rd Avenue.  The suspect rode the bus and got off at 15th Avenue NW and NW 85th Street, where the officers stopped and detained him.  Seattle Police officers were contacted and responded.  The suspect was taken into custody and transported to the Robbery Office, where he was interviewed by detectives.

The suspect admitted to the robbery on the 10th and implicated himself in several other street robberies.   Detectives will continue to follow up on these crimes.  The 16-year-old suspect was later booked into the Youth Services Center for Investigation of Robbery.

Holiday Hoop Camps at Ballard Boys & Girls Club

The Ballard Boys & Girls Club is offering some Holiday Hoops Camps over the next couple weeks. The club, partnering up with Hoopaholics Basketball and BHS, will have three basketball camps, open to boys and girls in kindergarten through 8th grade.

The camps are the following dates:

  • Dec. 26-28 (9am-12pm) – BHS (2nd-8th grade)
  • Jan. 2-4 (9am-12pm) – Ballard Boys & Girls Club (K-3rd grade)
  • Jan. 2-4 (9am-12pm) – BHS (2nd-8th grade)

According to the club, the camps will teach shooting, footwork, ball handling, triple threat, and will play in game situations.  The coaches will be Hoopaholics owner Michael Johnson, Ballard high school players andd staff and Hoopaholics staff. The cost is $85 per camp or $35 a day. To register, visit the Boys & Girls Club website or contact the club’s athletic director, Billy Rodgers, at or (206) 783-5775.

Reduced bus service through holidays

Metro buses will be operating on a holiday and reduced schedule next week and through the New Year’s holidays. Starting Monday, Christmas Eve, Metro will be operating on a reduced weekday bus, and on Christmas Day, will be on a Sunday schedule. The rest of the week will be on reduced weekday service, from Dec. 26-28. On New Year’s Eve, they’ll be on a reduced weekday schedule, and on New Year’s Day, they’ll operate on a Sunday schedule. Click here for Metro’s holiday and reduced service page.

Reduced weekday service typically means some commuter and school-oriented routes don’t operate, and other routes have individual trips canceled. There are also adjustments to routes that serve the University of Washington.

Metro says they’re able to save about $1 million each year by reducing service during holidays between November and January. There’s a reduction in number of weekday riders over the holiday period; roughly 15 percent fewer riders systemwide.

Salmon Bay School donates over 1,000 pounds of food to Ballard Food Bank

The Salmon Bay School just donated 1,378 pounds of food to the Ballard Food Bank. The school-wide food drive culminated last week, and was organized by the 5th graders in teacher Nicolette’s class. The class had been studying hunger, and the food drive was a service learning project inspired by the students’ studies.

To donate to the Ballard Food Bank, drop off food or hygiene products between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Thursday.

Ballard all aglow for Christmas

Christmas is mere days away, and houses in Ballard are ready, with lights galore throughout the neighborhood.

This Olympic Manor house had more candy canes than we could count..

Santas in Ballard know to bring home the crab for Christmas.

Send us your best Christmas light photos at Happy holidays!