What’s on this weekend

The first weekend of March is here. Welcome in  the new month by getting out and about in Ballard at these awesome events!

Friday, February 28:

  • Comedy Sportz Seattle Show at new venue Atlas Theatre (3509 Fremont Ave N) at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. Click here for more details and to buy tickets.

Saturday, March 1:

  • Weeds: Know Them, Don’t Grow Them class at Swanson’s Nursery (9710 15th Ave NW) from 10 a.m. Swansons’ weed expert, Justin Brooks, will teach participants how to identify the area’s most common weeds. Participants are invited to bring in weed samples from their gardens for identification. Cost is free.
  • The Purple House plays Ridge Romp at Phinney Neighborhood Center (6615 Dayton Ave N) at 10:30 a.m. Stay in your Saturday morning jammies and bring the whole family for a tour through several decades of great music, from The Beatles to MGMT and a bunch in between! The Purple House is a community band featuring parents, kids, community members  and you! Tickets available here or at the door.
  • Free Acupuncture for new patients at Purple Dragon Healing Arts (7324 15th Ave NW)from 1:30 p.m. – 5 p.m. Click here to make an appointment.
  • Comedy Sportz Seattle Show at new venue Atlas Theatre (3509 Fremont Ave N) at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. Click here for more details and to buy tickets.

Sunday, March 2:

  • Loyal Heights Pancake Breakfast at Loyal Heights Community Center (2101 NW 77th St) from 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. All proceeds go to the center’s scholarship fund benefiting families in need by providing opportunities to participate in activities throughout the year. Tickets are available for purchase now at the center, or you can pay admission at the door the day of the event.
  • Ballard Farmers Markets along Ballard Ave from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Click here to see this week’s specials.
  • Terrarium Workshop at Swanson’s Nursery (9710 15th Ave NW) at 11 a.m. Join Swansons Designer, Charlo Wang, for a fun, creative experience in creating your very own glass enclosed garden. A selection of containers and plants will be available for purchase. Cost is $20 which includes soil, sand, charcoal, gravel and moss. Call (206) 782-2543 to register.

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.

Norse Home on the lookout for volunteers this Saturday

Norse Home (5311 Phinney Ave N) is on the lookout for 75 volunteers to help add a little color to the lives of the senior residents by assisting with painting this Saturday, March 1.

The Norse Home team are offering two shift options and each volunteer will receive a free t-shirt and lunch. Volunteers are needed this Saturday from  9 a.m. to 1 p.m. or 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

To sign up call (206) 781-7400 or visit the Norse Home website.

Ballard eateries make national Yelp Top 100 list

My Ballard reader Sara emailed in to let us know that three Ballard eateries made the America wide Yelp Top 100 Places to Eat list. The list includes the best places to eat across the country according to numbers of votes and stars on Yelp.

The Ballard hot spots that made the list were:

  • Paseo (6226 Seaview Ave NW), which was ranked 2nd overall in the whole of the USA!
  • Café Besalu, (5909 24th Ave NW), which was 33rd on the list.
  • Mr Gyros (5522 20th Ave NW), which came in 47th.

How did they compile the list you may ask? Yelp writer Hannah revealed their method;

“We dug in to our wealth of rich data to see what the numbers told us about which places Yelpers really love. Engineers on Yelp’s data mining team used a technique based on the Wilson Score to compile a list of highly rated places to eat. This method takes into account both star rating and number of reviews to reveal which spots not only have top notch ratings, but also which are most popular in the Yelp community,” writes Hannah on the Yelp Blog.

It is the first time ever that Yelp has released a Top 100 list! It is definitely a huge deal to make the cut and the fact that three out of the four Seattle eateries included have locations in Ballard makes it even better!

So, as Hannah writes, “add these babies to your Yelp bookmarks STAT and worry about that unused gym membership later.”

Congratulations to these Ballard favorites!

BHS Video Production students release “A Day at Ballard High School”

The creative students in the BHS Video Production Program have released a highly entertaining video that gives viewers a snapshot into a “typical” day at Ballard High School.

The video features students and teachers from a majority of the departments at BHS to the well known song The Middle by Jimmy Eat World.

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Check out the fantastic video on the BHS Video Production blog.

Ballard Chamber After Hours on tonight at Regus

All are welcome to attend the Ballard Chamber After Hours event at Regus Ballard (1455 NW Leary Ave Suite 400) tonight from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Regus recently opened their doors in Ballard and offers locals office space with terms from a few hours to days, months or even years.

“If you are a business owner or independent professional and have been considering new office space – or need something for the short-term – this is an After Hours you won’t want to miss,” write organizers.

Parking is available outside in the unmarked numbered spots, as well as under cover in the Regus marked spots. Regus is in the former PATH building, directly east of the Ballard Bridge.

Cost is $10 per person and guests are asked to RSVP to sue@ballardchamber.com ASAP. Appetizers and beverages will be provided.

Azteca set to close for good after 40 years in Ballard

1013982_250852058425956_1510668019_nAccording to a sign posted on their door, Azteca (2319 NW Market St) is closing its doors for good at the end of February. The sign (pictured) points to their lease ending as the reason for the restaurant closure.

Azteca has been a fixture of Market Street for 40 years, and although the restaurant has franchised since then, the Ballard location has been the longest in operation.

The restaurant has been owned and operated by the Ramos family since its opening and the family wishes to “thank the Ballard community for 40 years of incredible support.”

Azteca is set to go out with a bang tomorrow night with a DJ and dance party until 2 a.m. Check out the Ballard Azteca Facebook page for more details.

SDOT to host meeting about proposed 2nd neighborhood greenway

SDOT is set to host a public meeting to discuss the creation of a second neighborhood greenway in Ballard. The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, March 25 in the Commons at Ballard High School.

After the first completing Ballard’s first greenway on NW 58th St last year (pictured below), SDOT is evaluating a north-south route in the area of 16th, 17th or 18th Avenues NW from Salmon Bay to Soundview Playfield.


Neighborhood greenways are safer, calmer residential streets for you, your family, neighbors and customers,” writes SDOT.

SDOT wants to hear feedback from the community about the proposed route and any concerns about the project. This first meeting will share traffic data and help SDOT staff understand where people want to walk and bike and community concerns.

A second meeting will be held later in the year to share the results of technical analysis, discuss public comment and the most effective route.

All are welcome to attend the meeting. Click here to find out more.

Throwback Thursday: Ballard Locks in 1920

The My Ballard team have jumped on the Throwback Thursday bandwagon to showcase some amazing photos of the Ballard we know and love back in the day.

This week’s Throwback Thursday post brings you a photo of Ballard Locks in 1920. In the black and white photo below you can see  S.S. Haraison Maru – a Japanese Freighter passing through the Large Locks while a family observe from the side lines.


Do you have an historical photo or a story that readers would enjoy hearing about? Email us at tips@myballard.com with Throwback Thursday in the subject line.

Photo and information courtesy of Ballard Historical Society.

Thunderbird Tavern set to re-open in Ballard this weekend

1509298_218013201723004_419339946_nThe iconic Thunderbird Tavern (7515 15th Ave NW), which closed last summer, is set to re-open this weekend!

Madison Eckendorf has teamed up Ian Smith (who owns popular Seattle food cart Secret Sausage) to breathe new life into one of Ballard’s beloved dive bars.

“We have embraced the very essence of “dive” and I tried my best to make it welcoming to all,”  says Eckendorf. “I understand the history the Thunderbird has had being one of the original Ballard bars since the 50’s. We want to continue the history and bring the bar back to what it was.”

Eckendorf and Smith recently bought the establishment and have been remodeling it to embrace its dive bar roots. “I am not reinventing the neighborhood tavern, I want to bring back the cozy bar with cold beer and good people,” says Eckendorf.

In terms of the beverages that will be on offer, the new Thunderbird is set to feature a variety of spirits and beers from local distillers and breweries. The tavern will also have the entire Secret Sausage menu on offer for patrons to enjoy.

According to Seattle Eater, Thunderbird regulars will recognize both the design and feeling of their neighborhood favorite.

“We are not trying to market ourselves for the hip 21-year-olds that crowd Market St. in the center of Ballard. We want surrounding neighborhood patrons to come in and still see their Thunderbird, just a little cleaned up,” Eckendorf told Seattle Eater.

The tavern is set to open its doors for the official opening party this Saturday, March 1 at 2 p.m. After the opening hours will be 2 p.m. – 2 a.m. daily.

Check out the Thunderbird Facebook page for updates about the opening.

Photo courtesy of Thunderbird Tavern.

Seattle Animal Shelter offers free spay/neuter packages for World Spay Day

To commemorate World Spay Day (February 25, 2014) Seattle Animal Shelter‘s Spay and Neuter Clinic is offering free spay/neuter packages to area pets scheduled for surgery for the remainder of February.

Microchips and vaccinations will also be offered free for animals having surgery on those days.

“Spaying and neutering allows your pet to have a longer, healthier, happier life,” says Dr. Mary Ellen Zoulas, Director of the shelter’s Spay and Neuter Clinic. “It can reduce the risk of serious health problems, eliminate undesirable behaviors such as fighting and spraying, and reduce inter-dog aggression.”

These surgeries usually cost between $120-$155 for dogs, $85-$90 for cats and $75 for rabbits. Microchips cost $30 and vaccinations run $10 each so this is a great deal!

There is no residency requirement to take advantage of this special offer, however pets of Seattle residents must be currently licensed or a license can be purchased on the day of the appointment. For altered animals, a one-year license is $20 for cats/$27 for dogs or a two-year license is $27 for cats/$37 for dogs.

This year’s special offer is made possible by the city’s Pet Population Control Fund, which provides financial assistance year-round to pet owners who cannot afford the cost of spaying and neutering.

If you are interested in making an appointment for your pet call the Seattle Animal Shelter at (206) 386-4260. Spaces are limited.