What’s on this weekend: Ballard Gives Black Friday, Sip and Shop and craft sales galore

The last weekend in November is filled with some fantastic local events. Check them out and enjoy the post Thanksgiving festivities in Ballard:

Friday, November 29:

  • Ballard Gives Black Friday in Ballard all day. Local businesses will donate a portion of their sales to local non-profits. Click here to find out more.
  • Ballard Blossom Black Friday Sale at 1766 NW Market St from 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. 50% off ornaments and all holiday décor, some buy one get one specials, and deep discounts on some children’s merchandise. Gourmet food samples will also be available.
  • Dibble House Holiday Craft Sale (7301 Dibble Ave NW) from 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. A special preview evening, complete with wine, appetizers and live piano music. A suggested donation of $3.00 will benefit the Ballard Food Bank.
  • Sip and Shop Local Artisan Craft Sale on NW 49th St from 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. Domanico Cellars & Populuxe Brewing invite locals to get their drink on while getting a bit of holiday shopping done. Eight local artisans will be featured selling unique, handmade items. Click here for more details.

Saturday, November 3o:

  • Small Business Saturday all day in Ballard. The day is dedicated to supporting small businesses across the country and was founded by American Express in 2010. Get out there and support our local businesses. Click here for more details.
  • Ballard Blossom Small Business Saturday Sale at 1766 NW Market St from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. 50% off ornaments and all holiday décor, some buy one get one specials, and deep discounts on some children’s merchandise. Gourmet food samples will also be available.
  • Ballard Gives Holiday Light Celebration from 2 p.m. at Marvin’s Garden Park (Ballard Ave and 22nd Ave NW). The event features live music, free treats and beverages, and complimentary photos with Santa. Click here for more details.
  • Dibble House Holiday Craft Sale (7301 Dibble Ave NW) from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. A suggested donation of $3.00 will benefit the Ballard Food Bank.
  • Pickled Okra plays Ridge Romp at Phinney Neighborhood Center (6532 Phinney Ave N) from 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.  Top off your Thanksgiving with a little Pickled Okra Americana music. Click here for more details
  • Sumo and Sushi Tour at Fremont Studios (155 N 35th St) from 4 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Prep yourself for this leg of LivingSocial’s butt-kicking Sumo + Sushi Tour at Fremont Studios — complete catering from Chiso Catering and live professional sumo wrestling. Tickets are available for $59, $69 or $99 and can be purchased here.

Sunday, December 1:

  • Ballard Farmers Markets along Ballard Ave from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Click here to see this week’s specials.
  • Dibble House Holiday Craft Sale (7301 Dibble Ave NW) from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. A suggested donation of $3.00 will benefit the Ballard Food Bank.
  • Gratitude Month begins at Divine Spine Chiropractic’s (5429 Russell Ave NW #300). Divine Spine invites you to join them for a month of expressing Gratitude! Donate $40 to the Ballard Food Bank and they will match it. Click here for more details.
  • 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!
  • 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.

Do you know of an event happening this weekend or in future in our neighborhood? You can submit it on our brand new events calendar here on MyBallard.com, or email the information to tips@myballard.com to ensure we include it in our weekly weekend roundup.

Norwegian-Americans needed for “The Great Norway Adventure” reality TV show

If you’ve always dreamed of being in the limelight, and you’re Norwegian-American, now’s your chance: a casting company is asking for applicants for the next season of Norwegian reality TV show, “Alt for Norge,” which translates to “The Great Norway Adventure.”

Chicago’s O’Conner Casting company is doing a nationwide search for contestants for season 5 of the show, in which 12 Norwegian-Americans are flown to Norway to compete in a series of challenges that test their skills, courage and determination, according to the casting company. The winner gets $50,000 and will get to meet Norwegian relatives, “they don’t even know exist,” the casting company tells us.

Season 1 winner, Doug Miner, was from Seattle. Joan O’Connor, casting producer says in a statement that the show is the most popular reality TV show in Norway.Watching Americans experience culture shock and following their emotional journey seems to really connect with Norwegian viewers. And the contestants have a total blast and become overnight Norwegian TV stars,” O’Connor says.

The deadline to apply is Sunday, Dec. 1. The casting company asks that applicants have a Norwegian ancestry, be over 18, and have never traveled to Norway. To learn more or apply, click here.

Turkey Trotters brave the cold to raise funds for Ballard Food Bank

The 7th annual Turkey Trot had a great turnout on Thanksgiving morning, as hundreds and hundreds of Ballardites participated in the 5k event that benefits the Ballard Food Bank.

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“While my husband and I have participated for the past 5 years, this was the  first year our entire family did it.  We had a great time,” writes Jennifer Stilwell.


Mike Thee sent in the above photo of some young Turkey Trotters braving the fog and cold at yesterday’s event.


My Ballard reader Joanna emailed us this photo of her (left), mom Debra and friend Kari (right) who had a great time at the Turkey Trot yesterday!


Sararose emailed in this photo of herself, Jeff and Lola during the Turkey Trot.


My Ballard reader Regi sent in the above photo from the event. “Fun event, great benefit, and super volunteers,” writes Regi.

Have you got any photos from the 2013 Seattle Turkey Trot? Email them in to us at tips@myballard.com

Antioch University teams up with BHS to help keep Salmon Bay clean

salmon11Botany students from Ballard High School have teamed up with Antioch University Seattle to raise awareness about keeping the water clean in Salmon Bay for both locals and the salmon that live there.

Faculty members and students from Antioch University, Ms Carlson’s BHS botany classes, BHS Earth Service Corps, and the Tierra Madre Fund’s Gen7 youth group came together to paint and install colourful signs featuring salmon along 11th Ave NW. The signs depict the salmon in their natural environment and display messages about the dangers of polluted runoff. To get the creative juices flowing before the sign installation local Lower Elwha/Klallam artist Roger Fernandes hosted an interactive art workshop about NW Native American art and design.

A group of local supporters met on November 16 to install 20 hand-painted plywood signs on 11th Ave NW from NW 65th St down to Market Street. “The salmon sign project is a visual reminder that over 100 years ago, a small salmon-bearing creek flowed through E. Ballard; it was eventually put into a pipe,” says Cari Simson from the Faculty of Research at Antioch University. Though this project the team is eager to connect people with the history of our area and how individual actions can have a huge impact.

salmon2The team at Antioch University are currently planning and designing a voluntary rain garden project between NW 56th and NW 58th Streets on 11th Ave NW. This rain garden, according to Simson, “will absorb and filter roadway runoff in planted swales, beautify the street and build community.” The rain garden project is a collaborative project funded through The Russell Family Foundation in partnership with Antioch University Seattle, Surfrider Foundation and East Ballard Community Association, with support from King County Wastewater and Seattle Public Utilities.

Photos courtesy of Antioch University Seattle.

The 2013 Ballard Thanksgiving Day Roundup

The team at My Ballard would like to wish everyone a very happy Thanksgiving! We hope that you are enjoying the day and giving thanks for the special things and people in your life.

There are a ton of things happening in Ballard today so we wanted to keep you up to date with everything in the 2013 Ballard Thanksgiving Roundup:


  • 7th Annual Seattle Turkey Trot  5 km walk/jog/run is starting at 9 a.m. above Golden Gardens (32nd Ave NW and NW 85th St). All proceeds raised go to Ballard Food Bank. 3000 people are set to participate.
  • Old Redeemer’s Lutheran Church (2400 NW 85th St) is offering a free Thanksgiving Lunch to all members of the community at 12 noon. Sleeping bags will also be distributed to those in need.

What’s Open:

  • Safeway (1423 NW Market St) is open 24 hours.
  • Ballard Market (1400 NW 56th St) is open all day until 4 p.m.
  • QFC (5700 24th Ave NW) is open all day until 6 p.m.
  • Cupcake Royale (2052 NW Market St) is open from 7 a.m. – 4 p.m. Buy a Stumptown espresso beverage and receive a free Pumpkin Maple Baby Cake.
  • Hattie’s Hat (5231 Ballard Ave NW) is open all day from 10 a.m. – 2 a.m. Turkey legs and fixin’s available at 5p.m., and karaoke hosted will kick off at 9 p.m.
  • Toast Ballard (5615 24th Ave NW) is open from 8 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
  • Percy’s and Co. (5233 Ballard Ave NW) is open from 9 p.m. – 2 a.m.
  • Olaf’s (6301 24th Ave NW) is open from 5 p.m. serving drinks only.
  • The Market Arms (2401 NW Market St) is open from 5 p.m. – 2 a.m.
  • Lockspot Café (3005 NW 54th St) is open from 4 p.m. with volunteer staff. A Turkey Dinner special with home made pies will be available.

What’s Closed:

  • All US post offices
  • Most major banks and credit unions
  • Seattle Transfer stations
  • Ballard Library
  • Ballard Neighborhood Service Center (will remain closed through Sunday, December 1)
  • All Seattle Parks and Recreation community centers including Ballard Pool

Traffic Watch:

  • Plan ahead if travelling along/nearby the Seattle Turkey Trot route. The event starts at 9 a.m. with staging on Loyal Way NW between 31st and 32nd Ave NW The event then moves south on 32nd Ave NW; west on NW 77th St; south on 34th Ave NW; west on NW 57th St; northwest on 37th Pl NW; north on the Burke-Gilman Trail and curb lane along the east side of Seaview Avenue NW; ending at Golden Gardens Park. Motorists can expect delays along the run route.

Things to remember:

  • On-street parking is free in Seattle on Thanksgiving Day.
  • King County Metro Transit bus routes are operating on a Sunday schedule Thanksgiving Day and will run on a reduced weekly schedule on Friday, November 29, with no UW campus service.
  • Garbage, food and yard waste, and recycling will not be picked up in Seattle on Thanksgiving Day. Collections scheduled for Thursday will occur on Friday, and Friday collections will occur on Saturday due to the Thanksgiving holiday. Please be sure to have your containers out by 7 a.m. to ensure collection.

Do you know of any other events or information for Thanksgiving Day 2013 in Ballard? Email us at tips@myballard.com

SPD arrest man in connection with murder of woman whose body was found on Burke Gilman Trail

SPD detectives have tracked down and arrested a man in connection with the murder of the woman whose body was found dumped on the Burke Gilman Trail on October 4. Read more from the SPD blotter post below:

On 10/4/13, just shortly after 4:00 a.m., a passerby called Seattle Police and reported a woman’s body on the Burke Gilman Trail in the 2400 Block of North Northlake Way. Officers arrived and found a deceased woman in her twenties with what appeared to be a single gunshot wound to the forehead.

On 11/26/13, Homicide Detectives, SWAT and CSI located and arrested a 32-year-old man at his Renton apartment. The suspect was later booked into King County Jail for the aforementioned murder and Violation of the Uniform Control Substance act.

This incident was solved in less than 60-days largely due to the diligent efforts of the Lead Homicide Detectives assigned on the case. It was the combined efforts of SPD Homicide, CSI, TSU (Technical Support Unit), and the SWAT Unit, combing over the evidence and working in concert with members of the community which helped to identify and capture the suspect responsible for this tragic murder.

Homicide Commander Mike Kebba said, “I take pride in the fact that our detectives are working hard every day, bringing their expertise and focus to bear, to solve challenging cases like this one and making our community safer in the process. A violent crime like this one, happening alongside the Burke Gilman Trail late at night, strikes really close to home for a lot of people, particularly the victim’s family.”

NW 49th Street businesses set to host Black Friday “Sip and Shop” event

The folks at Domanico Cellars (825 NW 49th St) and Populuxe Brewing (826B NW 49th St) are inviting the whole neighborhood to their Black Friday Street Sip and Shop event. The event will kick off at 5 p.m. this Friday, November 29 and will feature not only delicious beer and wine, but also eight local artisans selling their unique, homemade items.


The event will feature the following local artisans:

In terms of food, Streetzeria will be on hand to ensure guests are fed the finest in street pizza and the delicious local wine and beer will be flowing all night.

Click here to check out more details about the event.

Holiday DUI patrols return to King County today

Extra law enforcement patrols will be out in force in King County this holiday season from today until January 1, 2014 in their efforts to reach the goal of zero traffic deaths. Sadly, according to the Washington Traffic Safety Commission (WTSC), an average of 49 people died in traffic crashes in Washington between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day from 2008-2012.

“A good reminder as we head into the Holiday season, that Impaired Driving is still the leading cause of death on our roadways,” says Belinda Young from WTSC.

The WTSC offers some important safety tips to remember as we enter this holiday season:

  • Call 911 if you see a suspected DUI driver on the roads.
  • If you drink, use marijuana, or take other drugs, don’t drive. Make plans before-hand for how you’ll get around.
  • If you are hosting a party, make sure your guests get home safely! Plan to have sober designated drivers available. Buy a few extra air mattresses so guests can stay the night. If it’s an office party, limit alcohol, provide shuttle service or book hotel rooms. Remember, as a party host, you are liable for the actions of the people who leave your party intoxicated.
  • Talk with your children about alcohol, marijuana and other drugs. Help them understand the ways alcohol and marijuana use can harm their bodies, their brains, and their future. Let them know that they can call you instead of ever getting into a car with a driver who has been drinking, using marijuana or taking drugs.
  • Give the best gift of all at the Holiday Season with the Designated Driver Gift Card found online here.
  • Addiction is a complex issue. If you or someone you know is dealing with alcohol, marijuana or drug abuse, call the Washington Recovery Help Line at 1 (866) 789-1511 or click here.

The King County Target Zero Task Force is working with law enforcement agencies from other counties to work towards zero traffic deaths this holiday season. They are also participating in this year’s Holiday Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign.

Remember to be safe this holiday season in Ballard and, using the words of the WTSC, “make sure all the people at your Thanksgiving table are also around to celebrate the New Year.”

SDOT looks for local feedback on this summer’s Crown Hill/Greenwood Chip Seal Project

The Seattle Department of Transportation is looking for local feedback on the Crown Hill/Greenwood Chip Seal Project that was completed this summer.

In terms of the area involved, this year’s project was roughly bounded by N/NW 110th St to the north, N/NW 85th St to the south, 15th Ave to the west, and Greenwood Ave N to the east.

Any locals who were affected by or closely involved in the project are asked to contribute their thoughts.

“Your feedback will help improve SDOT’s project delivery and outreach, as well as help guide them in developing street maintenance strategies for the future,” says SDOT Transportation Planner David Allen.

To give your feedback on the project click here and complete the survey.

Suspicious man reported travelling door to door in Ballard


Since posting the story this morning we have received over ten emails from readers who have seen a man matching the below description at their homes inquiring about their newspaper subscription or delivery service.

My Ballard reader Eden wrote in to confirm that she had an interaction with the man that Susan described a few weeks ago in Ballard. “He claimed to be checking on our newspaper service or something, it was also a very weird conversation,” writes Eden.

Reader Ashley also confirmed that a person matching Susan’s description came to her door (at NW 61st St and 24th Ave NW) a few weeks ago at about the same time in the evening. “He asked if we were regularly receiving our newspaper. He said they just wanted to make sure people were receiving their papers as scheduled. He seemed to kind of peek inside my apartment, and left after less than a minute. Creepy,” writes Ashley.

Rachel who lives in East Ballard also talked to the man that Susan described a few weeks ago.  “He stopped me as I was leaving the house. He was explaining that the Times was providing free papers for a short period and was “collecting” money in advance for the delivery person who would come very early in the morning, or something very similar. He was confused when I told him I don’t get the paper and don’t want it,” writes Rachel.

My Ballard reader Daniel wrote in to report an incident that happened nearly a year ago with a different man who claimed to work for The Seattle Times holding a spiral notebook on a Sunday afternoon. “He was clearly casing the place for opportunistic burglary. A window behind a bush in my house was open and I was reading quietly; he was hoping nobody was home,” writes Daniel.

In light of the apparent multiple sightings of the individual that Susan initially reported, be on the alert and ensure to contact the SPD North Precinct at (206) 684-0850 if you see him. Remember to call 911 in an emergency situation.

Original Post:

My Ballard reader Susan emailed in to let us know about a suspicious man who came to her door on Monday evening asking her if their home had received their newspaper. The man arrived at Susan’s home on NW 64th Street and 36th Ave NW at approximately 7 p.m. without obvious identification and reportedly had an “odd” conversation with her.

The man, who Susan described as a caucasian male, around 30, with greenish eyes and slight to medium build, seemed confused throughout the interaction and carried with him only a small spiral notebook.

“I did an online search and saw there was a similar situation in West Seattle that seemed suspicious in 2012, the week of Easter. Since this is Thanksgiving week, I wondered if this was a method to canvas homes for people on vacation,” writes Susan.

Susan then called The Seattle Times to confirm if they had sent someone out from the company to detail route accuracy in the area. Their distribution company confirmed that this individual does not work for the company and they encourage any locals who answer the door to him to call 911 immediately.

Have you had a similar interaction with a person matching this description in Ballard? Email us at tips@myballard.com. Remember to call 911 immediately in case of emergency.