Ballard Chamber After Hours event on this Thursday

Ballard Chamber After Hours event will be held at The Shelter Lounge (4910 Leary Avenue NW) this Thursday, February 28.

The event will be held from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. with guests welcome to stay late if they wish. Appetizers and beverages will be provided and the cost is $10 per person.

All are welcome to attend to network with local business associates.

If you are interested in attending email your RSVP as soon as possible to

“The Sound of Music” opens in Ballard this Thursday

The Ballard High School Playmakers performance of “The Sound of Music” will open this Thursday, February 28.

The season will kick off with a special opening night gala. The event will include a BHS Foundation sponsored Bavarian dinner and special guests Duane Chase, who played “Kurt” in the 1965 movie, and Derik Nelson, guitarist for “Glee”. Proceeds from the evening will support the Performing Arts Programs at Ballard High School.

The musical will also run on March 1, 2, 7, 8, 9 and 10. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students and Senior Citizens and the performances will be held in the Early Kelly Performing Arts Center within the school grounds  at 1418 NW 65th St.

Close to 100 students  from 9th – 12th grade are involved in the production. These musicians, crew members and performers have been working on the show since December last year with the help of BHS Director of Theatre Shawn Riley, Director of Choirs Courtney Rowley, Director of Bands Michael James and Director of Orchestra Brittany Newell. Through their involvement in the production “the students have gained an appreciation of one of the great American musicals,” said Riley.

When asked about the expected audience reaction, Riley confirmed that the stage version has added songs and scenes that are not included in the well-known movie version. “Although it may be different from what they know, I think the audience will love what they see and hear,” said Riley. 

For more information about the show check out the BHS Performing Arts website here. To purchase tickets click here.

Peddler Brewing set to open next Friday

Peddler Brewing (1514 NW Leary Way) will be opening its doors to the public next Friday, March 8. To start with their business hours will be Fridays 5-10pm and Saturdays 4-10pm. Hours will gradually increase as the brewery gets up and running.

Peddler Brewing will open with eight beers on tap including Kolsch, Caramel ESB, Pale, IPA, Tangerine-Wheat, Snow Beer’d (dark winter), Belgian Lights (winter-spiced Belgian), and a Coffee-Saison.

They will not be serving food but encourage customers to bring their own or order delivery.

The brewery will also feature a bike theme and to assist bikers they have installed a public bike work station and a 9-bike indoor parking rack. “We wanted to be a place where cyclists could have as a destination or stop on their ride to come buy a growler if they didn’t have time to sit down for a pint and the Burke Gilman seemed perfect, especially when the Missing Link is completed,” said owner Haley Woods.

Beer will be able to be purchased in taster and pint sizes to drink at the establishment. Patrons will also have the opportunity to purchase 32oz bottles and 64oz growlers of the beer to go.

“We hope to create a space where bikers and beer lovers can meet and those two cultures can comfortably intersect,” said Woods.

To learn more about the brewery check out their Facebook page here.

Teatro ZinZanni presents an “an ode to the Northwest’s Nordic community”

Teatro ZinZanni’s latest show “Dinner at Wotan’s” pays homage to the gods of Ballard’s Nordic roots. The My Ballard team were invited to the media night performance last week to see a version of Nordic history in action.

The performance shows a humorous side to the story of Nordic gods Wotan, Thor, and Freya. We follow them on a hilarious journey filled with song and circus that throws a twist on the traditional tales well known to Ballard’s Nordic community.

Teatro ZinZanni is celebrating its 15th year of presenting cirque-themed dinner theatre in Seattle. Shows are performed in an antique cabaret tent imported from Belgium and the experience includes a five course meal which is served intertwined with the performance.

During “Dinner at Wotan’s” the audience is transported to the halls of Valhalla through the eyes of co-directors Norm Langill and Tobias Larsson. The performance also showcases a stellar international cast including Swedish stars Tobias Larsson and Anki Albertsson, Spanish trio Los Excéntricos and the US-Swiss aerial performance duo Vertical Tango, comprised of Sam Payne and Sandra Feusi.

The show features a hybrid style of music ranging from Wagner’s “The Ring” to Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody”. “A lot of rock tunes live very close to classical pieces, so we’re trying to mix that classical world with the rock, and course, with our own Durkee-ZinZanni style,” said Larsson.

The performers combine music, circus, physical comedy and even rap to enthrall the audience in this hysterical piece. Throughout the show the courses are presented by well organized and dancing waitstaff who play memorable characters while serving.

The show would appeal to any readers who want to have a laugh and enjoy a story that is linked to our neighborhood’s heritage.

“Dinner at Wotan’s” will be playing until May 12. Check out their website for more details.

Photos courtesy of Teatro ZinZanni. Photographer – Keith Brofsky.

Garden Sushi acquires new location


Garden Sushi owner Tsering Lama has informed us that the food truck will be open for business by the end of the weekend. Check back here for some photos of the new location when the truck is up and running.

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We have just been informed by Garden Sushi owner Tsering Lama that he has acquired a new location for the popular food truck. Lama has been assisted by one of his loyal customers to park his business on the customer’s land.

The new location will be in the area of the intersection of Barnes Ave NW and 17th Ave NW. NW 54th St also intersects with 17th Ave NW directly at the property. Check out the map above to see the exact location.

He is currently working on paper work for the move. “I am hoping that I can move in there in a few more days, by the end of this month,” said Lama.

We will keep readers informed of the opening date when it is known.

BHS students set to experience inclusion and awareness week “Mean Girls” style

Ballard High School’s inclusion and awareness week kicked off today with a unique theme. The Associated Student Body (ASB) titled the week “Mean Girls Week”, targeting important issues under the theme of the well known 2004 movie starring Lindsay Lohan. The movie explores the cruelty of a group of high school students and how their hurtful behavior affects both individuals and the school community as a whole.

The week will focus on five important topics for students including safe driving, global awareness, cliques, bullying and inner strength. “The goal of this week is to make Ballard High School a more inclusive and safe community for everyone,” said Athletic and Activities Director Carrie Burr.

The ASB, with support from staff, have been busily planning and organizing the activities for “Mean Girls Week” since early this year.   “I am expecting students to gain a better understanding of their peers and I hope that everyone is encouraged to meet new people and break social boundaries,” said ASB Co-chair, Sophomore Lindsey Fasser.

The theme of “Mean Girls” was chosen to engage students with something that they can relate to. “By using this theme I hope people are going to get so excited about Mean Girls that they are more willing to participate and open up,” said ASB Co-chair, Senior Anna Cechony. Fasser also believes that the popularity of the movie will assist in linking the topics that will be discussed.

This is the third year that BHS have tackled these tough issues in a unique format. “My ASB officers felt we needed to come at it from a different angle. Mean Girls was the perfect movie dealing with real life problems – for a Ballard High School student, that is,” said Burr.

The week will include a new topic each day that is explored through video and class room activities. Wednesday will also include a “mix it up lunch” where students will be challenged to sit with different people than their usual social group at lunchtime. The topics will be scheduled as follows:

  • Monday: Driving…Hit By a Bus (Safe Driving Day)
  • Tuesday: #firstworldproblems (Global Awareness Day)
  • Wednesday: On Wednesdays We Wear Pink (Anti-clique Day)
  • Thursday: Burn Book (Bullying)
  • Friday: The Limit Does Not Exist! (Inner Strength Day)

“I really hope students try their best not to judge or label others and to know that everyone has a story and a reason they act the way they do,” said Burr.

Congratulations to BHS students for tackling these important topics.

To see the daily videos prepared for Mean Girl’s Week by the ASB Co-chairs Fasser and Cechony click here.

Productivity presentation to be held at Swedish tonight

The Science of Being Happy and Productive at Work seminar is on tonight at Swedish (5300 Tallman Avenue NW Conference Room A). The award-winning seminar is being held from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. and is co-sponsored by Sustainable Ballard, Swedish Hospital Ballard Campus and the Ballard Chamber of Commerce.

The presentation is grounded in scientific data and presents steps that can be applied everyday to increase happiness while on the job.

The presentation will be delivered by Scott Crabtree who is a student and teacher of neuroscience, psychology and the science of happiness. He is an experienced speaker who has worked with high profile clients such as Microsoft, Bose, Blizzard Entertainment, and the United Way.

“There were lot’s of great takeaways from those few hours and I’m eagerly trying to use what i learned that day while on the job,” said workshop attendee Justin Thavirat.

If you are interested in attending the presentation email to RSVP.

To find out more about the workshop click here.

BHS filmmakers win top awards

By Matthew Lawrence

On Saturday, February 23, six Ballard High School video students won two of the top prizes at the 17th Annual Derek Freese Youth Media Film Festival at Temple University in Philadelphia.

The award for Best Documentary went to “Deep Down” by Isaiah Hoban-Halversen, Kaila Lafferty & Oona Lowe.  As a fourteen-year-old Ballard High School student, Alessandro Gelmini was exploring an ice cave with a friend when it collapsed, burying both boys beneath piles of shattered ice and debris.  Deep Down tells the story of his rescue and recovery through interviews with Gelmini, his mother, and an emergency response professional, as well as news footage and expressive use of light and sound.

Best Editing went to “Great Mimes Think Alike”, a comedic short by Will Slater, Michael Vitz-Wong & Kiana Wyld.  The story (by Kiana Wyld) concerns a mime content to earn his living on Market Street until a rival mime stakes a claim nearby.  The short uses visual storytelling techniques so well it’s easy to see what characters are thinking.  In good mime tradition, nobody says a word.

Seven other works by students from the Ballard High School Video Production Program had also been nominated: three others for Best Documentary and two others for Best Editing, as well as two for Best Fiction.  The festival invites competition from high school filmmakers throughout the nation and is judged by professors from Temple University’s renowned School of Film and Media Arts, acclaimed filmmakers, and members of the Derek Freese Foundation.

For more information on the Ballard High School Video Production Program, click here.