Queen Anne Quick Styx lacrosse on the lookout for new players for 2014

The Queen Anne Quick Styx lacrosse program is on the lookout for more players to join the club for the 2014 season. This program serves local girls from grades 2 through 8 in the Seattle School district who live west of I-5.

The club is currently recruiting new players for the Spring 2014 season that runs from March through to early June. Registration costs between $60 and $210 depending on program level, plus a $25 US Lacrosse Membership fee. Click here for more information about registration.

“We are a non-profit organization and are continuing to look for ways to grow girls youth lacrosse within Seattle,” says Caroline Ballaine from Queen Anne Quick Styx.

Click here to learn more about the club and to register your interest.

Rain City Video to close after 25 years on Market St

After 25 years at their Market St location Rain City Video (719 NW Market St) will be packing up shop early next year. However, local movie enthusiasts should not despair as Rain City’s Sunset Hill location (6412 32nd Ave) will remain open and is currently being revamped.

After much consideration, owner Mark Vrieling decided to merge the two stores into the Sunset Hill location. “It is no secret that traffic at video rental stores have declined over the last few years. Having two locations in Ballard no longer makes financial sense so we are merging the two stores into a single location,” says Rain City Video Manager Chelsea Robinson.
(Rain City Video on Market St.)

After serving the Ballard community for 25 years Rain City Video has become a staple for local movie buffs. The store has a unique collection that has been developed since the store opened and offers personal, authentic and helpful service to locals wanting to choose that unique and perfect movie. The store features rare titles and boasts a unique collection that is tailored to Ballard.

“The Ballard community really “Got It” and dove into our collection with both feet watching all the eclectic stuff we brought in over the years. If you want to know the personality of Ballard, look at our shelves,” wrote Vrieling in a letter to the community.

When the doors close for the final time the team says that they will deeply miss the neighborhood. “I’m going to miss our regulars the most. I’ve gotten to know people’s tastes in a way where they come in and I can point them right to something I know they’ll love,” says Robinson. During her time at Rain City Video Robinson has had the chance to see families grow up and see progressions of teenage customers love for film transform into study at film school. “I love the great relationships I’ve formed with people seeking a personalized cinematic experience,” says Robinson.

The Market St location will be open through January selling titles and possibly longer if stock remains and items are selling well. According to Robinson, Rain City Video probably has the best selection of DVDs and Blu-ray discs in Washington. Many discs that they have in stock are out of print and hard to find elsewhere and pricing is already well below wholesale. As the selection dwindles down the team will be discounting prices further.

Robinson reports that the easiest thing for Rain City to do would be to sell the remainder of the collection to used disc brokers, however, they wanted to give their customers first shot. “How long we do this will depend on how long people keep coming in and buying discs,” says Robinson.

In terms of the Sunset Hill location, Robinson reports that it is over twice the size of the Market St store and can hold much more inventory. “We have had a great inventory at both stores for a long time but the inventory was not all the same. By merging the two stores, we have one of the best rental inventories in the country,” says Robinson.

A portion of the Sunset Hill location will now also be dedicated to other forms of artwork. The store will be carrying collections of entertainment related art work including rare still movie cameras, framed movie posters and other one of kind entertainment related collectables. The first artist to be featured will be Pearl Jam’s official photographer, local Lance Mercer. “We are working on turning the store into a real destination location for art lovers,” says Robinson.

As the Market St chapter comes to a close for Rain City Video they want to thank the loyal customers in Ballard for supporting the store over the years. “I love film so much, it means a lot to me to have been able to curate some of this collection and to share it with the people of Ballard,” says Robinson.

Locals can keep up with the progress of the Sunset Hill location on the Rain City Video Facebook page.

Bizarre discovery near the Fremont Troll

trollThe Fremont Troll sometimes attracts strange characters in the middle of the night, but this incident is especially bizarre and troubling. Seattle Police say homeowners across the street from the Troll woke up early this morning to discover bloody animal skulls in their yard.

“Ten of the animal skulls were spread across the lawn and two were placed on a porch—one was left on a chair. The skulls appeared freshly skinned and still bloody,” Seattle PD explained. “One of the residents told officers he had ‘run off’ some ‘neighborhood kids’ the previous night, and believed they may be responsible for the skullduggery.”

Seattle Police did not elaborate on the type of the animals, and officers are “investigating whether the skulls were left as offering to the Fremont Troll or were some form of internet trolling come to life.”

(File photo)

Goodwill to open additional donation site in Ballard

Goodwill is set to open an additional donation site in Ballard at Our Redeemers Lutheran Church (2400 NW 85th) this Sunday, November 29. The new donation site will be open seven days a week and provides another opportunity for locals to give back to the community.

The new site will be equipped to accept donations of all quality reusable clothing, household items, electronics (including televisions and computer monitors measuring 19 inches or less), and desktop computers and laptops. Furniture, appliances or other items that are larger than an end table will not be able to be donated at this site.

If you are considering making a donation to Goodwill now is the perfect time to lower your tax bill, while at the same time (most importantly) helping others. Clothing, books, shoes, toys, electronics, and furniture are amongst some of the items that are in high demand at Goodwill this year. Remember that your donations are tax-deductible as Goodwill is a nonprofit organization and every donor can receive a tax receipt.

Your donations are going towards creating a brighter future for people in our community. “Goodwill sells your donations in its 23 nonprofit retail thrift stores, located throughout the central and northern Puget Sound region and uses the net proceeds to offer free classes. The ten Goodwill Job Training and Education Centers are lifelines to people who need job skills to find work,” says Goodwill spokesperson Katherine Boury.

If you need to dispose of your electronics in an eco-friendly way simple bring your old televisions, computers, monitors and laptops to Goodwill. Goodwill will safely recycle the items in conjunction with the successful E-Cycle Washington.

Dig deep this holiday season and give back to those who are in need.

Leif Erikson Lodge annual Crab Feed Fundraiser set for January 25

Leif Erikson Lodge (2245 NW 57th St) will be hosting their annual Crab Feed Educational Foundation fundraiser dinner and dance on Saturday, January 25. The event will kick of at 6 p.m. and is set to feature delicious food and fantastic entertainment.

In terms of delicious eats, the meal includes Dungeness crab, stuffed chicken breast or Cornish Game Hen, baked potato, coleslaw, garlic bread, beverage, and a dessert auction. There will also be a no host bar available during the evening.

There will be plenty of entertainment on hand from the jazz/blues/rock Miles of Chicago and the event will also feature a piano performance by Queen Robyn Emery.

Proceeds from the fundraiser will benefit the non-profit Leif Erikson Lodge 2-001, Sons of Norway, Educational Foundation.

Tickets are now on sale at Leif Erikson Lodge and online. Cost is $35 for adults and $15 for students and children under 12. After January 21 tickets will increase to $40 for adults. Tables can be reserved for 8 people for $280 per table.

Free parking will be available during the event at the American West Bank (2237 NW 57th St).

Click here to find out more about the event.

Have you seen Grey Man around Olympic Manor?

GM photoMy Ballard reader Kat emailed in to report that she is looking for her father’s lost cat Grey Man. He is a long haired grey cat that has gone missing from his kitty-sitter in the Olympic Manor neighborhood.

Grey Man slipped his harness and has not been seen for a few days. He’s outdoor smart, a mouser, and has probably moved in with someone else.

“He likes dogs, generally ignores other cats who ignore him, and is a love of a guy but not needy,” writes Kat.

If you’ve seen Grey Man please call (206) 409 – 6265 or email findgreyman@outlook.com .

Police return all items to rightful owners after package theft incidents in Ballard

Detective Coblantz reports that Shoreline Police have managed to successfully identify and return all items that were recovered from a car found full of stolen packages from the Ballard area earlier this month. The My Ballard team initially covered the story on December 17 when two people were arrested by Shoreline Police in relation to the theft.

Detective Coblantz emailed in to let us know that at this point all items have been identified by their rightful owners and have been returned and at this stage asks for no further emails from locals regarding missing items. Detective Coblantz has been inundated with emails about missing items and unfortunately is no longer able to assist as the items have all been returned.

If you do have information (including photos or video footage) on potential suspects who were involved in package theft in our neighborhood please email Detective Coblantz at Cary.Coblantz@kingcounty.gov

“I would like to thank the community members who stepped up and helped out, it will make the difference between nothing happening and suspect(s) being held accountable and serving time in jail and/or prison,” writes Detective Coblantz.

Detective Coblantz also reports that he has identified another group who has been targeting Ballard for package theft and will be working with SPD to hopefully close that case with another arrest.

5th annual Polar Bear Plunge set for New Year’s Day at Golden Gardens

2012_plunge2On New Year’s Day a group of locals will be once again braving the icy Puget Sound waters to take part in the 5th annual Polar Bear Plunge. The event starts at 11 a.m. at Golden Gardens (8498 Seaview Pl NW) and all are welcome to take a dip in the water to welcome in 2014.

The event was started by local resident Rick Sandvig after he saw the event become successful in Vancouver, Canada.

In previous years, the event has seen over 200 polar bears keen to welcome in the new year by jumping into the Sound.

Polar bears are asked to look for the Lock and Keel banner to meet up with fellow plungers. Organizers remind participants to bring a towel and that costumes are also encouraged.

“We want you to be there! Your neighbors want you there,” says Sandvig.

Check out a video from the 2012 event below:

Participating in the plunge? Email in your plunge photos to us at tips@myballard.com

Holman Road QFC robbed on Christmas Eve by knife-wielding man

SPD reports that a knife-wielding man remains at large after robbing the QFC located in the 9900 block of Holman Road NW in the early hours of Christmas Eve morning. Check out more details from the SPD Blotter post below:

On December 24th at approximately 1:55 a.m. officers responded to the QFC located in the for the report of a shoplift that had escalated into a robbery. Preliminary investigation indicates that a female employee had been stocking shelves near the automotive aisle when she noticed the male suspect loading several items into a QFC hand basket. The employee engaged the suspect in conversation and became suspicious of him based on some of the things he said to her. The employee followed the suspect towards the check-out stations. The employee observed the suspect walk past all of the check-out stations and out the front door of the store without paying.

The employee confronted the suspect and asked him if he would like her to cash out the items in his basket. The suspect turned toward her and brandished a 6-inch blade knife and yelled at her to stay away from him. At that point the employee backed away from the suspect and watched him get into a maroon, older model Toyota Camry and drive away. The employee was not injured during the confrontation.

Responding officers conducted an area search for the suspect and suspect vehicle however, they remain at large.

The suspect stole cans of transmission fluid, stain remover, motor oil and other miscellaneous automotive products.

The suspect is described as a white male, 18 to 22 years old, 5’10″ tall, 170 pounds, sandy-colored hair, clean shaven and last seen wearing a black baseball cap, black jacket, and blue jeans.

Anyone with information about this incident or who may know the identity or whereabouts of the suspect or his vehicle is asked to call 911 or Seattle Police and refer to this incident. Anonymous tips are welcome.

This remains an active and on-going investigation.

The 2013 Ballard Christmas Day Roundup

christmasThe team at My Ballard would like to wish everyone a very Happy Holidays! We hope that you are enjoying the day with your family and friends.

Check out the Ballard Christmas Day Roundup below:

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.
  • The Old Pequliar Pub (1722 NW Market St) will be open from 12 noon – 2 a.m.
  • Hattie’s Hat (5231 Ballard Ave NW) is open all day from 10 a.m. – 2 a.m.
  • Olaf’s (6301 24th Ave NW) is open from 9 p.m. – 2 a.m.
  • Lockspot Café (3005 NW 54th St) is open from 4 p.m. – 2 a.m.

What’s Closed:

  • All US post offices
  • Most major banks and credit unions
  • Seattle Transfer stations
  • Ballard Library
  • Ballard Neighborhood Service Center
  • All Seattle Parks and Recreation community centers including Ballard Pool

Things to remember:

  • On-street parking is free in Seattle on Christmas Day.
  • King County Metro Transit bus routes are operating on a Sunday schedule. Click here to check out more details about the holiday schedule.
  • Garbage, food and yard waste, and recycling will not be picked up in Seattle on Christmas Day. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday collections will be collected one day later that week due to the Christmas Day 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 Christmas Day 2013 in Ballard? Email us at tips@myballard.com and we will add the information to the post.

Thanks to My Ballard reader Steve for sending in the photo of the holiday lights at his home in the Olympic Manor neighborhood.