Suggestions for Super Bowl Sunday

By Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

No doubt many locals will be gearing up for the Super Bowl this Sunday and may be wondering just what to do. Many of our favorite eateries and bars in Ballard are serving up some Super Bowl specials for you to enjoy.

Check out the list below for some ideas to get out and about and celebrate with our community.

  • Ballard Pizza Company (5107 Ballard Ave NW) is hosting a Superbowl Party. Doors open at 2:30 p.m. $25 for all you can eat pizza, salad and desert. Call 206-659-6033 for reservations.
  • The Kangaroo and Kiwi (2026 NW Market St) is offering their happy hour specials on drinks and the happy hour $5 food menu
  • The Kickin’ Boot Whiskey Kitchen (5309 22nd Ave NW) are offering the special “Come & Get It” Menu for folks throwing their own group parties and 5 special $5 Super Bowl specials the Boot Dog, Chili Cheese Dog, Hot Wings, Cheese Fries and Potato Skins.
  • Pole for the Soul  (7356 15th Ave NW) pole dance centre are offering Super Bowl widows a try it out 90 minute pole dance workshop this Sunday from 2:00 to 3:30pm. Click here for more details.
  • Hilliards Beer (1550 NW 49th St) are having a break from Super Bowl and invite anyone to come down to enjoy a quiet drink without the loud noise.
  • Create a Ring at Fremont Markets (3401 Evanston Ave N) are launching their Create A Pendant™ Design Kit on Sunday. During halftime they invite you to create you own personalized silver, gold or platinum pendant necklace with a design representing your favorite team!
  • Mike’s Chili Parlor (1447 NW Ballard Way) is hosting their annual Super Bowl Party. Doors open at 12pm with the following specials; Nacho Bar $5, Mike’s Brew $2, Bud Light $3, and Mind Eraser $5. Also participate in their annual Super Bowl Quiz.

    If your business is planning something special for the Super Bowl email us at and we will add your event to the list.

    Play baseball in Ballard

    The Ballard Boys and Girls Club baseball registration opened in January for the 2013 season that runs April – June.

    They have 4 leagues (tee ball and machine pitch) which are open for boys and girls ages Pre K – 5th Grade. The cost is $55 and registration will be open until all spaces are filled.

    For more information please click on the poster to the right or contact William Rodgers at (206) 783-5775 or

    Walrus and the Carpenter on Bourdain’s “The Layover” set to air Monday

    By Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

    Ballard locals were excited to get a glimpse of celebrity chef and author Anthony Bourdain last July when he was spotted filming his series “The Layover”. Ballard’s own Walrus and the Carpenter was filmed for a segment of Bourdain’s show which airs at 9 p.m. this coming Monday, 4th February, on the Travel Channel.

    Bourdain’s show provides a unique glimpse of cities around the world from the point of view of a layover trip. He ditches the room service and explores what his layover destinations have to offer within a 24-48 hour time period. The Seattle episode will be the final in the series during which Bourdain travelled all over the US, Europe and Asia.

    Seattle’s Melrose Markets, restaurant Canlis and local shop Archie McPhee’s are among the few hot spots that also feature in the episode. “Seattle is a fantastic place to visit, I love it here” said Bourdain during the episode. I would say that we all agree!

    Check out the photo of one of our readers, Bill Holmes, who posed with Bourdain in front of the Walrus and Carpenter during filming last year.

    Be sure to tune in on Monday to support our local businesses and see all of the Seattle action unfold.

    Forums this weekend on the stages of homelessness

    By Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

    The Safe Parking Community Network (SPCN) are holding forums this weekend to inform the community about the stages of homelessness. The first forum will be held tonight at at St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church (3050 California Ave SW) and the second will be held tomorrow, Sat. 2nd February, at 6 p.m. at Ballard Odd Fellows Lodge (1706 NW Market St).

    SPCN is a vehicle resident outreach organization that are hosting the forums to educate the community and to find better solutions. This forum comes at a pertinent time for locals to learn and take action to help prevent events like those we reported on January 30th, The unfortunate passing of two homeless in Ballard.

    “People do not suddenly become chronically homeless. Often circumstances beyond their control cause a downward spiral in which the barriers to re-housing grow at every turn” says organizer Elizabeth Maupin. Tonight’s forums will include guest speaker Alison Eisinger, from Seattle King County Coalition on Homelessness (SKCCH), who will focus on what the 2013 numbers from One Night Count say about homelessness locally. Saturday’s forum will host speaker James Bible, from Seattle King County National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), who will focus on poverty and the law. Both forums will include a panel discussion to explore the stages of homelessness and how we can ensure access to affordable housing for all.

    The forum will also provide updates on the progress of the safe parking program which was pioneered by Council member Mike O’Brien and Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church in March 2012. This program aims to provide overnight parking in faith community parking lots where residents who live in their vehicles can escape ticketing and towing.

    All are welcome to attend the forums. A meal will be provided and donations of non-perishables for local food banks are welcome.

    Contact Elizabeth Maupin at or 206-453-3903 for more information.

    Local dentists give children free check-ups in February

    By Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

    Two local dentists are providing free kid’s check-ups to celebrate children’s oral health month. Locals are encouraged to make appointments for children who do not have dental insurance during the designated time period.

    Dr. Lina Kim’s dental office in Magnolia (3150 W. Government Way Suite 1A) is celebrating the third annual ‘Give Kids a Smile Day’ on February 8th. Dr. Kim is offering children a free dental examination, cleaning and fluoride treatment. To schedule an appointment please call 206 – 985 – 0232 or visit her website here.

    Avila Dental (11050 5th Ave NE. Suite 202) are offering free oral exams and cleanings from February 11 – 15 to children 1-10 years old who do not have dental insurance. To make an appointment please call Avila Dental at 206 – 420 – 3836 or visit their website here.