PSCAA issues air quality burn ban for King County

Update Nov 27:

The burn ban issued by the PSCAA has now been lifted in King County. Burning in wood burning fireplaces, wood stoves and pellet stoves is now permitted.

Beach fires at Golden Gardens are now also now permitted.

Original post:

The Puget Sound Clean Air Agency (PSCAA) issued a burn ban on Monday, November 25 for King County. The burn ban is currently at “stage two” level which bans burning in any wood-burning fireplaces, wood stoves, fireplace inserts (certified or uncertified) or pellet stoves.

For Seattle Parks and Recreation, this means that beach fires at Golden Gardens Park (8498 Seaview Ave NW) are also prohibited until the ban is lifted.

The PSCAA issues air quality burn bans when air pollution rises, or is forecasted to reach, unhealthy levels. “Fine particle pollution levels continue to be high in areas throughout the Puget Sound region, especially in neighborhoods where wood-burning is common,” writes the PSCAA.

Residents are advised to rely on their home’s other source of heat such as a furnace or electric baseboard heaters until air quality improves and the ban is lifted.

Locals who violate the ban could face a $1,000 fine from the PSCAA.

To learn more about the burn ban click here.

Ballard businesses to kick-off holiday season with special events

300The Ballard business community is coming together to give back this holiday season with two new extra special events for both locals and visitors to enjoy. The events are coined “Ballard Gives Black Friday“, that will of course take place this Friday, November 29, and “Ballard Gives Holiday Light Celebration“, set for this Saturday, November 30.

Ballard Gives Black Friday puts a community twist on the traditional day-after Thanksgiving Day shopping event. Rather than offering early morning discount sales, many stores in Ballard will be donating a portion of their Black Friday sales to local non-profits.

The non-profits include the Ballard Boys and Girls Club, the Ballard Food Bank, Page Ahead Children’s Literacy Foundation and many more. The local stores participating include Hatties Hat (5231 Ballard Ave NW), Camelion Design (5330 Ballard Ave NW), Market Street Shoes (2232 NW Market St #101), Laura Bee Designs (6418 20th Ave NW) and more. For a full list of participating stores and the non-profits that they have chosen click here.

Shoppers who want to give back this Black Friday should look for the “Ballard Gives Black” logo (pictured) in store front windows.

After recovering from the shopping sprees in Ballard on Friday, all are invited to Marvin’s Garden Park (Ballard Ave NW and 22nd Ave NW) from 2 p.m. on Saturday, November 30 for the first ever “Ballard Gives Holiday Lights Celebration.” This new event is set to feature live music, free goodies and beverages, and a chance for the little ones to have a free photo taken with Santa. Check out the events list below:

  • Free photos with Santa and free treats and drinks from 2 p.m. – 5 p.m. at the Bell Tower at Marvin’s Garden Park
  • Ann Merryfield Jazz Trio from 3 p.m. – 4:50 p.m. at Marvin’s Garden Park Stage
  • Tree Lighting Ceremony at 5 p.m. at Marvin’s Garden Park Stage
  • Market Street Singers performance from 5 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. at Marvin’s Garden Park Stage
  • Los Gentlemen performance from 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. at Marvin’s Garden Park Stage

This year the holiday lights that are creating that special festive feeling along Market Street and Ballard Ave highlight a collaborative effort between local property owners, businesses and the Ballard Chamber of Commerce. In addition, the City of Seattle’s Department of Neighborhoods has awarded Ballard a $25,000 Neighborhood Matching Fund Neighborhood Matching Fund Grant that will match private dollar donations and make sure that Ballard’s holiday lighting tradition will live on for years to come.

“The extensive lighting effort to make the Market Street and the Ballard Avenue corridors shine brighter this year has made the 2013 holiday season more festive than ever before,” said Mike Stewart, Executive Director of the Ballard Chamber of Commerce.

“It could not have been possible without the enthusiasm and financial support of key merchants, businesses, property owners, the Department of Neighborhoods and the Ballard Chamber, not to mention the hard work of countless volunteers.”

Lane closed at north end of Ballard Bridge today

SDOT crews are making repairs on the expansion joint at the north end of the Ballard Bridge today until 3 p.m. The right northbound lane that crosses over NW Leary Way will be closed until work is completed.

Work should be finished before commute traffic begins, however, until work ceases motorists travelling northbound on the bridge should use caution and expect to slow down as the right lane of traffic shifts to the left around the work zone.

Blend Urban Juicery now open on Ballard Ave


New organic juice and smoothie bar Blend Urban Juicery is now open at 5443 Ballard Ave NW. Co-owners Presley Thompson and Marjorie Miller, who have long-standing connections to Ballard, created the business out of their mutual passion for natural health. They opened Blend to serve the community by creating food and smoothies that are both satisfying and good for you.

Marjorie has been serving protein shakes to the Ballard community for the past year and a half from a great location on Ballard Ave. During this time, she heard great feedback from customers who were wanting to see a fuller menu of fresh juices, smoothies and salads. It was from these requests that Marjorie teamed up with long time smoothie creator Presley to expand the business and create Blend.

Blend’s overall vision comprises of both providing customers with delicious, healing, restorative, energy-boosting nutrients while at the same time educating them about healthy food and lifestyle choices. The Blend team plans to offer opportunities for locals to learn more about strategies to boost their health during biweekly Learning Labs. The juicery also caters to all dietary restrictions and is 100% gluten, soy and dairy free and uses organic ingredients.


In terms of the source of their ingredients, Presley and Marjorie are set on keeping it local. “It’s a community that is growing at a rapid pace, and we want to support local businesses, not only with the food we prepare, but also by partnering with local contractors, and artists, and using reclaimed materials for our buildout where possible,” writes Presley and Marjorie.

The menu features an array of unique and delicious smoothies sure to satisfy anyone with a craving for raw, delicious and healthy ingredients. Menu items include the Superfoodie, a mix of cacao, coconut, chia & hemp seeds, blueberries, goji berries, and a secret superfood, the Fennel Fresca, combining the unique flavors of fennel, green pear, cucumber and celery, and The Peanut Berry, which blends strawberries, banana, peanut butter and a touch of vanilla. “Our hand-crafted recipes are a blend of nutritional wisdom and creative experimentation, with a priority for locally sourced and environmentally sustainable foods,” writes Presley and Marjorie.

Blend-24x36-v1The Blend team have created a Kickstarter campaign to make their dream a reality and they need local support. Their kitchen has so far been limited to serving protein supplement shakes that involve no raw ingredients so there is quite a bit of upgrading that needs to be done to offer their full menu. The pledges given through the Kickstarter page will go towards purchasing equipment, buying the best quality produce and ingredients, and giving the interior a bit of a face lift. Specifically donations will help to cover costs of:

  • Additional Vitamix and containers.
  • Nutrifaster commercial juicer.
  • Coolers to store fresh fruit and vegetables.
  • Freezers to store frozen fruit.
  • Electrical work to accommodate new equipment.
  • A point-of-sale system (cash register, etc).
  • A retail counter and product shelving.
  • Food preparation counters.
  • Branding and signage for our storefront window.

There are many rewards on offer for your donation including free juices, personal thank-yous, merchandise and invites to the official opening party. The Kickstarter is open for donations until December 9.

Blend is currently open with a limited menu and hours Monday – Friday from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. We will update readers with more photos and the official trading hours when Blend is totally up and running.

To learn more about Blend check out their Facebook page.

Photos courtesy of Blend.

Underground cable failure responsible for power outage in Ballard

Seattle City Light reports that an underground cable failure was the cause of the power outage today that affected nearly 9,700 homes and businesses in Ballard, Queen Anne and Magnolia.

The outage started at approximately 1:20 p.m. today and crews were able to isolate the damage and restore power by 2:30 p.m. We received an email from a My Ballard reader who was without power at 42nd and 3rd Ave NW.

Power is now completely restored to the affected areas.

To find out more outage information from Seattle City Light click here to view their System Status page.

Development update Nov 25: Another subdivision and a mixed use 7-story building

The Land Use Bulletin unsurprisingly reports another subdivision application in Ballard this week. Check out the list of the latest applications and decisions from the Department of Planning and Development below:

Design Review Meeting:

5601 22nd Ave NW


A design review meeting will be held for the proposed construction of a 7-story mixed use structure with 78 residential units, 4 townhome units, 20,000
sq. ft. of office (levels 2-3) and retail at ground level.  Parking for 131 vehicles to be provided below grade.  Existing structure to be demolished.

The meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Monday, December 16 at Ballard Community Center (6020 28th Ave NW).

The Director will be accepting written comments to assist in the preparation of the early design guidance until December 16. The community is invited to comment on site planning and design issues which they believe should be addressed in relation to the design of this project. Comments and requests can be emailed to


5333 Ballard Ave NW


A Land Use Application has been made to subdivide one parcel into two parcels of land. Proposed parcel sizes are 2,539 sq. ft. and 2,461 sq. ft.

Bikes stolen from bike locker at Belay Apartments

A resident of the Belay Apartments (6559 15th Ave NW) emailed in to report that the bike locker in their building was broken into during the middle of the night last week. Reportedly, locks were cut through and a number of bikes were stolen.

According to the resident, some of the bikes were not locked up because it is normally secure and has a security camera. Police reports were filed after the incident, but as of Thursday last week residents were yet to be notified about the incident by Belay management.

“It’s just surprising to see something like this in the neighbourhood,” writes the resident.

Ballard High School PTSA launch direct appeal program

WPTSA_JPEGBy John Verduin

Ballard High School (BHS) is a dynamic learning institution with a solid core of programs offering many unique opportunities to our community’s students. As you have undoubtedly seen, Seattle Public Schools (SPS) continues to face budget cuts as our state government faces lower revenues—in the last five years alone the SPS has had to cut over $120 million from their budget. BHS, like most schools, has adapted, becoming lean and efficient with our allocated funding. But being lean does come at an expense—BHS departments basically have no money set aside for materials.

BHS’s PTSA is running a Direct Appeal program to help raise funds for the school. The theme for this year’s Direct Appeal program is Keep the Momentum! Ballard has a lot of momentum right now:

  • BHS is the only comprehensive SPS High School to earn the highest District ranking the last two years
  • BHS has the highest SPS state test scores in biology and geometry
  • BHS has the highest graduation rate in the District
  • BHS’s video production department has won numerous local, regional and national awards including eight students winning Regional Emmy Awards
  • BHS’s Jazz Band won the Northwest Jazz Festival
  • BHS’s school newspaper (Talisman) had a reporter named one of six Superiors in the nation at the National Journalism Conference
  • BHS’s drama department participated in the International Fringe Festival in Edinburg, Scotland this past summer
  • BHS’s Men’s Quartet won first in state!

If we want BHS to continue to offer our students a complete education to prepare them for their future, we need to step up and help our staff and teachers. The direct appeal program is simple and straightforward. The PTSA uses the money received to fund grants submitted by BHS teachers and staff. The goal for the Keep the Momentum! fundraiser this year is $30,000. Let’s reach this goal!

Your money goes directly to supporting BHS teachers and staff. Here are a few examples illustrating how your money has been spent in the past:

  • Purchased microphones for various vocal groups
  • Purchased telescopes, microscopes, centrifuges, hot plates, electric scales, vacuum pumps, dissecting scopes, skeletons, fish tanks, complete an electric car (to list a few items) for the science programs
  • Purchase composition books for a new college-level language arts class
  • Sent foreign language teachers as well as special education teachers to continuing education classes

Please consider donating to the Keep the Momentum! Direct Appeal program this year to help your community’s high school. Click here to learn more and to donate.

Two people rescued by Harbor Patrol from freezing Shilshole waters

Two people were rescued by Harbor Patrol after falling into the ice cold waters at Shilshole Bay in the early hours of Saturday morning. Check out more details from the SPD Blotter post below:

Two people taken to Harborview Medical Center for possible hypothermia. This morning just shortly before 4:00 a.m., two people fell off a 40 ft. boat in Shilshole bay and were unable to re-board. They remained in the water for sometime before friends decided to call 911.

The two victims stayed afloat by hanging on to ropes and life jackets that were thrown to them. A Harbor patrol unit was dispatched, as was the U.S Coastguard. The two victims were rescued and transported to Harborview Medical Center for treatment of possible hypothermia.

What’s on this weekend: Yulefest, radio fundraiser and Old Ballard Liquor Co. release party

The weekend has arrived and brings with it some fantastic events on in and around Ballard. Get out and about in the chilly weather and enjoy your weekend!

Friday, November 22:

  • Old Ballard Liquor Co. Riktig Aquavit Release Party at Swedish Club (1920 Dexter Ave N) from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. Samples, snacks and cocktails will be a plenty! Click here to learn more about the event.
  • Ghostlight Theatricals present “Rope” at the Ballard Underground (2220 NW Market St) from 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Two Gatsby-era ivy-leaguers decide to murder a friend of theirs, just to prove they can get away with it. Tickets are $12 for students, seniors and TPS and $15 for general admission. Click here to buy tickets.

Saturday, November 23:

  • Yulefest at the Nordic Heritage Museum (3014 NW 67th St) from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Join in an early celebration of the holidays Nordic style. Nordic gifts, food and entertainment will keep the whole family entertained. Click here to check out more.
  • Fulcrum Community Communications fundraiser at Toast Ballard (5615 24th Ave NW) from 4:30 – 9:30 p.m. The event will feature fantastic live music. Raising money towards getting airspace for a commercial-free, educational radio station in North Seattle. $5 entry donation encouraged. Click here for more details.
  • Ghostlight Theatricals present “Rope” at the Ballard Underground (2220 NW Market St) from 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Two Gatsby-era ivy-leaguers decide to murder a friend of theirs, just to prove they can get away with it. Tickets are $12 for students, seniors and TPS and $15 for general admission. Click here to buy tickets.

Sunday, November 24:

  • Yulefest at the Nordic Heritage Museum (3014 NW 67th St) from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Join in an early celebration of the holidays Nordic style. Nordic gifts, food and entertainment will keep the whole family entertained. Click here to check out more.
  • 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!
  • 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, or email the information to to ensure we include it in our weekly weekend roundup.