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.

What’s on this weekend

There are some exciting things happening this weekend in our community. Check out the list below and get out and about in our neighborhood:

Saturday February 23

  • Live in-store performance by kid’s band The Not-It’s at Sonic Boom Records (2209 NW Market St) at 1 p.m. Check out the photo of the band!
  • Meeting with Mayor candidate Tim Burgess being held at  Ballard Top Pot Doughnuts (1416 NW 46th St) from 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Beach Party at Kangaroo and Kiwi (2026 NW Market St) from 8 p.m. The pub will be filled with sand and guests are encouraged to wear beach outfits to celebrate the Australian summer.
  • Comedysportz comedy show at Ballard Underground (2220 NW Market St) from 10:30 p.m. to 12 a.m. For more information and to book tickets click here.

Sunday February 24

  • Pancake Breakfast at Bitter Lake Community Center (13035 Linden Ave N) from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Funds from the breakfast will go towards recreation programs in our area. To find out more information click here.
  • Beer and Stache Festival opening at Hilliard’s Beer (1550 NW 49th St) from 7 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Have a fantastic weekend!

Preschool at the Harbor now enrolling for 2013-2014

Preschool at the Harbor (P.A.T.H) are now taking enrollments for 2013-2014. P.A.T.H opened in September 2012 and are part of the ministry of Harbor Church (9204 11th Ave NW).

The center offers classes for children ages 3-5 years. Classes run from 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m and involve stories, music, games, and learning through play.

Classes are offered everyday and scholarships are offered for all class options.

For more information check our their website here or email P.A.T.H at

BHS students shine at All-State performance

A number of talented Ballard High School students participated in the 2013 Washington Music Educators Association (WMEA) All-State performing groups gala event last weekend. The students were selected through auditions from a pool of 2200 applicants to participate in the program that was held in Portland, Oregon.

“Our finest school musicians from throughout our state rehearsed and performed in concert under the direction of world-renowned conductors,” said an event representative.

Congratulations to the following students who were selected to participate:

  • Alina Kido-Matzner: Flute, All-NW Band
  • George Chrisafis: Tenor, All-State Symphonic Choir
  • Julia Quandt: Soprano, All-State Symphonic Choir
  • Maddie LeClair: Soprano, All-State Symphonic Choir
  • Maddy Barnes: Soprano, All-NW Mixed Choir
  • Natalia Roberts-Buceta: Mezzo-Soprano, All-NW Mixed Choir
  • Tara Snevoll: Violin, All State Symphonic Orchestra

Congratulations also to BHS staff Courtney Rowley, Director of Choirs, Michael, Director of Bands and Brittany Newell, Director of Orchestras for their work with the students.

Many professional musicians started their careers from their All-State gala performance experience including jazz saxophonist Kenny G.

To find out more about the gala event and the WMEA click here.

Seattle-Bergen Sister City Association annual meeting set for Sunday

The Seattle Bergen Sister Association will hold their annual meeting this Sunday, February 24 at 3 p.m. The meeting will take place at Norse Home (5311 Phinney Ave N).

2012 saw a year of change for the Association. Treasurer John Torgersen sadly passed away on October 8th. He is remembered for his hard work and dedication to the Association.

Sunday’s meeting is set to cover event and activity plans for 2013. Dan Kaylor has agreed to organize the eighth annual Seattle Seven Hills Walk to be held on May 21st. The event, based on a similar event in Bergen, is a 6-7 mile guided walk through Seattle’s original seven hills. The guided walk focuses on both Scandinavian landmarks and Seattle’s history.

To find out more click here to see the agenda for the meeting.

Please note the meeting time on the agenda is incorrect, it should read 3 p.m.