Tree planting event at Discovery Park this weekend

This Saturday, Nov. 2, there will be a tree planting event at Discovery Park, hosted by the Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust. The event, sponsored by Carter Subaru, KIRO Radio, and REI will include native tree and shrub planting, food and vendors from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., with half-day volunteering options available.

South Woods 11.6.11 vol (12) Shoshana Natalie and Ian Scott

Photo courtesy Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust

The tree planting will be happening on a site that was originally military housing but is now owned by the City of Seattle. “This annual event is a great opportunity to get your hands dirty and help return this part of the park to a native forest,” the organizers write. To register as a volunteer, click here.


Add your house to the Ballard trick-or-treating map

Halloween is just a couple days away, and the map of Ballard trick-or-treating homes is growing. To add your address to the list, click here (link will redirect you to Google maps).


In addition to the above map of homes participating, the downtown businesses in Ballard will host trick-or-treaters from 4 to 6 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 31. We’ll post a complete list of your Halloween options on Thursday.

The week in sports at BHS

The athletes from Ballard High School are all set for another week of competition. Check out the schedule and support our athletes at their games.

Monday, October 28:

  • Boys Ultimate: State Quarter Finals vs. Lakeside at Hamlin Football Field 6:15 p.m.
  • Volleyball: 4A C Team vs. Roosevelt High School at BHS 5:30 p.m.
  • Volleyball: 4A Junior Varsity vs. Roosevelt High School at BHS 5:30 p.m.
  • Volleyball: 4A Varsity vs. Roosevelt High School at BHS 7 p.m.

Tuesday, October 29:

  • Swim and Dive: Girls King County Championship at Juanita Pool 3 p.m.
  • Swim and Dive: Girls Conf. Meet at Boehm Pool (Issaquah) 3:15 p.m.

Wednesday, October 30:

  • Soccer: Girls C Team vs. Roosevelt High School at Loyal Heights Playfield Playground 3:30 p.m.

Thursday, October 31:

  • Football: Varsity vs. Inglemoor at Pop Keeney Field 7 p.m.

Friday, November 1:

  • Swim and Dive: Girls King County Championship at UW Swimming Pool 1 p.m.

Saturday, November 2:

  • Volleyball: Varsity Tournament TBD
  • Cross Country: Junior Varsity and Varsity Districts at Lincoln Park 12 p.m.
  • Swim and Dive: Girls King County Championship location TBD 1 p.m.

Hazardous material response at Bank of America on NW Market St.

Update:Firefighters at the scene say the powder was determined to be non-hazardous, and the employees were allowed back into the bank.

Original: Seattle Fire is reporting a hazardous material response after an envelope of white powder was found at a bank at 2010 NW Market St. according to a tweet from the SFD. Firefighters evacuated 10 people from the bank and hazmat crews are on the scene. We’ll update with any new information as it becomes available.

83-year-old woman sent to hospital after being struck by a car at 20th and Market today

Update: Kyle Moore from Seattle Fire says an 83-year-old woman was sent to the hospital after being hit by a car when she was crossing the street. Moore reports that the woman was conscious, alert and oriented and didn’t appear to have any broken bones. The woman was sent to the hospital as a precautionary measure, according to Moore.

Original: A person was sent to the hospital following a car accident near the corner of 20th Ave NW and NW Market St. today around noon. My Ballard reader and forum member MidWest sent us the following photo.


“Did not see the accident itself, but did witness the aftermath as EMTs put someone in a stretcher into an ambulance,” MidWest writes. We’re waiting to get more information about the accident from Seattle Fire, and will update with any new info.

Free youth basketball coaches clinic coming up

This Saturday, Nov. 2, there will be a free youth basketball clinic for coaches at Loyal Heights Community Center hosted by Hoopaholics. The clinic will be co-taught by Sara Wetstone, Ballard High School Girls Coach, and Eric Ensign, former Nathan Hale High School Boys Coach and will coaches build their game plan, learn valuable coaching tips and watch live demonstrations of drills to help develop players’ skills.To learn more, contact Sara Wetstone at


Toyota Prius stolen from NW 62nd St and 24th Ave NW

Prius VMy Ballard reader Dylan Davis wrote to tell us of his 2013 Toyota Prius V that was stolen last week. The car went missing from his driveway near the corner of NW 62nd St. and 24th Ave NW on Friday, Oct. 20, and after a week, Davis says the police have no leads. The license plates are ALN4383.

“I’m hoping you can help us spread the word, we’re seriously getting worried the car won’t be found and this may happen to others in our community,” Davis writes.

If you have any leads on the stolen car, contact Seattle Police or email us at tips (at) and we’ll forward information onto Davis.

What’s on this weekend

The weekend is here and brings with it some fantastic events. Enjoy your weekend in Ballard!

Friday, October 25:

  • Ballard Boys and Girls Club 9th Annual BBQ/Auction at 1767 NW 64th St from 5:30 – 9: 30 p.m. Proceeds from the event will assist the many important programs and facilities that the Ballard Boys and Girls Club offers throughout the year. Many great prizes will be auctioned off including Macklemore tickets. There are limited tickets available for $55 at the door. Click here to find out more.

Saturday, October 26:

  • Ballard Preschool Co-op Kids Gear Sale at Phinney Neighborhood Center (6532 Phinney Ave N. Community Hall, Lower Brick Building) from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. They will have gently used clothes (newborn to size 8), shoes, toys and gear such as cribs, beds, car seats, strollers, maternity wear, and more. Organizers recommend getting in line before 9 a.m. Click here to find out more.
  • Sustainable Ballard Open House at Ballard Library (5614 22nd Ave NW) from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Sustainable Ballard is welcoming all members of the Ballard community to another fun and informative open house at the Ballard Library. These free snack-and-chat sessions give neighbors the chance to say hello and learn about the wide array of Sustainable Ballard projects and events on the boards. Coffee and light breakfast goodies will be served. Click here for more details.
  • Fall Family Festival at Mars Hill Church (1401 NW Leary Way) at from 11 a.m. Come join a day of free, safe fun as they turn their building into a fun house extravaganza. The Fall Family Festival is a place for families to dress up, eat candy and enjoy the season. They will have Bouncy House Inflatables, carnival booths, food, candy, and even a giant maze. Admission is free, however, for the safety of the kids, no adults will be admitted without children. Click here to learn more.
  • Halloween Wonderland at American Dance Institute (8001 Greenwood Ave N) from 12 p.m. – 3 p.m. In conjunction with Hunger Goblin Safe Trick or Treat up and down Greenwood and Phinney Ave N. Come in costume to ADI and do some tricks to get your treats. Tip-toe through the Tombstones, Hop through Hoops, Jump over Jack O’ Lanterns and dance with our ghosts, goblins and witches. Family fun for all. Click here for more details.
  • Kids Monster Mash Halloween Dance Party at Illumination Learning Studio (7720 Greenwood Ave N Suite 101 and 102) from 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. Dance Party in Studio 2 and Candy Exchange in Studio 1. This fun free event is our way to meet more of our neighbors! Click here for more.
  • Complete Your College Application at Ballard Library (5614 22nd Ave NW) from 1 p.m. – 6 p.m. College deadlines are approaching! 12th graders and their families can get help completing applications and essays for community, technical and four-year colleges. Click here for more details.
  • Comedy Sportz Seattle Show Kidz Matinee at Ballard Underground (2220 NW Market Street) at 2 p.m. . Click here for more details and to buy tickets.
  • Kangaroo and Kiwi Halloween Party (2026 NW Market St) from 8 p.m. No cover, DJ, costume contest and prizes.
  • Tarasco Karaoke Halloween Party (1452 NW 70th St) from 9 p.m. Costume contest and prizes galore.

Sunday, October 27:

  • Ballard Farmers Markets along Ballard Ave from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Click here to see this week’s specials.
  • Wax On Event at Anchors Down Bar (2016 NW Market St) from 4 p.m. Every Sunday at Anchors Down, bring in your vinyl records to listen to and share with fellow music junkies. All vinyl, all day, and an all day happy hour. We’ll take turns playing our favorite cuts and talk about music through the years. All music welcome!
  • From Sweden With Love Event at Swedish Club (1920 Dexter Ave N) from 5 p.m. – 10 p.m. It’s an intriguing combination for an unforgettable evening filled with entertainment, excellent cuisine and opportunities to bid on hard-to-resist items! You’ll have a chance to mix and mingle and get a taste of James Bond style, the Swedish way. All proceeds will benefit the Swedish Club’s new roof. Click here to find out more and to buy tickets.
  • Ballard Elks Lodge Ballroom Dancing (6411 Seaview Ave NW) from 7 p.m. – 10 pm. Live music will be provided by The Eddy Fukano Band. Singles and couples are welcome and cost is $7 per person.  Click here for more details.