Applications now open for SDOT’s Safe Routes to School Mini Grants

bikeSDOT is now accepting applications for mini-grants of up to $1,000 to fund projects that educate students about pedestrian and bicycle safety and encourage walking and biking to school.

Private and public schools, PTAs, neighborhood councils, local advocacy organizations, and other school-related nonprofit groups are ecnouraged to apply.

Alternatively from previous years, the mini-grant program will now have two funding rounds, one in the fall and another in the spring. The new spring funding round will provide funds to grantees in time for fall school activities, such as the International Walk to School Month in October. Applicants are eligible to receive a grant once per year.

Mini-grants can be used to fund a wide range of projects and programs at schools that support the overall goal of improving safety and encouraging more walking and bicycling to school.

Mini-grants have helped schools and non-profits to launch programs such as student safety patrols, install pedestrian crossing flags, develop and promote school traffic circulation plans, host Walk and Bike to School Month activities, lead walking school buses and bike trains, and educate kids on bike safety.

If you have an idea for a safety education or encouragement program, visit SDOT’s website  for more information on how to apply.

In addition to the application, a letter of support from the school principal must be e-mailed, mailed, or faxed to SDOT. To find out more information contact Ashley Harris at

Applications are due by 5 p.m. April 30th. Recipients will be announced by June 6 and funds will be distributed in July.

Photo courtesy of SDOT.

CBRA to host 36th District Representative at Thursday’s meeting

Central Ballard Residents Association (CBRA) will meet this Thursday, April 10, from 7 p.m. at Ballard Swedish Hospital, Conference Room A.

The meeting will feature guest speaker, 36th District Representative Gael Tarleton, who will speak about statewide issues that affect Ballard. Tarleton lives locally and reportedly has extensive knowledge about the issues Ballardites face.

“This is your time to find out about our legislature, what happened in Olympia last year and what we can look forward to this upcoming year,” writes CBRA President Mike Kahrs.

All interested Ballard residents are urged to attend and bring their questions.

Click here to find out more about CBRA.

Seattle Restaurant Week kicks off in Ballard

Seattle Restaurant Week is on this week, and a handful of Ballard restaurants are on the list. The event is two weeks long, from April 6-10 and again from April 13-17.

During the event, restaurants will be serving three-course dinners for $28, and some will also do three-course lunches for $15.

The following Ballard restaurants will be part of the 60 restaurants featured:

  • Anthony’s HomePort on Shilshole
  • Ballard Annex Oyster House
  • Bastille
  • Golden Beetle
  • Plako Estiatorio Greek Cuisine
  • Ray’s Boathouse
  • Ray’s Cafe
  • Skillet Diner
  • Staple & Fancy Mercantile
  • Stoneburner
  • The Gerald
  • Volterra Restaurant

There are over 60 restaurants in Seattle taking part in the 10 day promotion; click here for a full list.

The week in sports at BHS

The athletes at Ballard High School are all set for another huge week of competition. Head out and support them at their games!

Monday, April 7:

  • Baseball: Varsity vs. Woodinville High School at Whitman Middle School 3:45 p.m.
  • Baseball: JV vs. Woodinville High School at Woodinville High School 3:45 p.m.
  • Fastpitch: Varsity vs. Issaquah High School at Lower Woodland Softball Field #3 4 p.m.
  • Fastpitch: JV vs. Woodinville High School at Woodinville High School 4 p.m.
  • Soccer: Boys JV vs. Issaquah High School at Issaquah High School 5:30 p.m.
  • Soccer: Boys Varsity vs. Issaquah High School at Issaquah High School 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, April 8:

  • Ultimate Frisbee: Girls vs. Garfield High School at Interbay 3 p.m.
  • Soccer: Boys C Team vs. Garfield High School at Memorial Stadium 3:30 p.m.
  • Baseball: C Team vs. Eastlake High School at Soundview Playfield 3:45 p.m.
  • Fastpitch: Varsity vs. Skyline High School at Skyline High School 4 p.m.
  • Fastpitch: C Team vs. Bainbridge Island High School at Gilman Ballfield #1 4 p.m.
  • Lacrosse: Girls vs. Roosevelt High School at Lower Woodland #2 5 p.m.

Wednesday, April 9:

  • Baseball: JV vs. Eastlake High School at Whitman Middle School 3:45 p.m.
  • Soccer: Boys JV vs. Eastlake High School at Interbay 5:30 p.m.
  • Baseball: Varsity vs. Eastlake High School at Eastlake Middle School 3:45 p.m.
  • Soccer: Boys JV vs. Eastlake High School at Interbay 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, April 10:

  • Fastpitch: C Team vs. Chief Sealth High School at SWAC 3:30 p.m.
  • Soccer: Boys C Team vs. Cleveland High School at Ballard High School 3:30 p.m.
  • Track and Field: JV and Varsity vs. Roosevelt High School at SWAC 4 p.m.
  • Fastpitch: Varsity vs. Chief Sealth High School at SWAC 5 p.m.
  • Lacrosse: Boys vs. Roosevelt High School at Lower Woodland #7 5 p.m.

Friday, April 11:

  • Fastpitch: C Team vs. Garfield High School at Garfield High School 3 p.m.

Saturday, April 12:

  • Baseball: C Team vs. Lake Washington at Whitman Middle School 8 a.m.
  • Track and Field: JV and Varsity Invitational at Lincoln Bowl Tacoma 10 a.m.

Lola the dog found in Ballard



Lola’s owner Cerice emailed in to let us know that Lola is now safely at home. “I would like to thank Julie for finding Lola.  Julie found her on our block so at least she didn’t make it far,” writes Cerice.

Thanks to all for your assistance in looking for lost pets!

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My Ballard reader Julie emailed in to let us know that she found Lola the dog (pictured) this morning on the corner of NW 75th St & Jones Ave NW.

“I took her to Crown Hill Vet today. They have record of her but no current phone number,” writes Julie.

If you have lost Lola or know her owner contact Crown Hill Vet (9069 Holman Rd NW) at (206) 782-6363 or email us at and we will pass on the information.

26th Giving Garden season kicks off tomorrow at Interbay P-Patch

gardenThe folks at the Interbay P-Patch Garden (2451 15th Ave W) are ready to kick off their 26th Food Bank gardening season this Tuesday, April 8 at 5:30 p.m.

The garden is run entirely by volunteers and donates its produce to local organizations including Ballard Food Bank.

The team is looking for volunteers who are ready to do some weeding, planting and harvesting. “Early bird work crews have already turned under the cover crop and planted pea starts, and now it’s time for some weeding, some more planting and the traditional first kale harvest,” writes volunteer gardener Monica Diaz.

After the gardening volunteers will have the opportunity to feast on hot soup and delicious bread with their new found gardening friends.

garden2“The Dow Jones may be doing well, but there are still plenty of people who need food assistance in Seattle. Without Seattle’s Giving Garden Network, they would have no access to fresh, organic produce,” writes Diaz.

Every year the Interbay P-Patch donates about 4,000 pounds of veggies to local organizations such as Ballard Food Bank, Mary’s Place and St. Martin’s on Westlake. Over half of that produce is grown in the food bank beds by volunteers.

The Interbay P-Patch is one of many Giving Gardens throughout Seattle that provide a combined donation of about 50,000 pounds of organic produce every year.

All are welcome to attend the season kick off on Tuesday, just meet at the Interbay P-Patch Garden at 5:30 p.m.

If you want to find out more information about volunteering email or check out their Facebook page here.

Photos courtesy of Interbay P-Patch Garden.

The monthly Ballard Real Estate recap

Long time Ballard resident and local Real Estate Broker Sharon Giampietro will be sharing a post on My Ballard each month to keep readers informed about the local real estate market. Giampietro comes from a long line of realtors and has lived in Ballard for 30 years. She is currently a Broker at Windermere Real Estate in Greenwood.

Check out Giampietro’s recap of how Greater Ballard fared in March below:

In March buyers were happy to see that 194 new residential listings came on the market, a jump from the 148 that came on in February. During the month of March, 155 homes sold which put our inventory supply at about 1.25 months- less supply than February and a very low supply overall.   A normal market, where neither buyers nor sellers have a big advantage, is considered to be an inventory of about 4-6 months.  In March, the average length of time on the market was 3.5 weeks, up a bit from 3 weeks in February and prices were down from an average of $531,000 in February to $525,000. This is a dip in average sales price and a slight uptick in the time on market. There could be many reasons for this including the price of the stock available -a broad look at this trend over the next few months will tell us more.  The bold headline story in real estate in our area continues to be the lack of inventory and accompanying demand for housing.  This reality continues to drive sales, prices, and number of offers.

The condo supply took a leap in March with 59 new condos coming on the market, a sizable jump from February’s 35 and a few more that the 51 that came on in March of 2013.  The average condo price has been coming down – from $347,000 in January, to $315,000 in February and $286,000 in March. The average length of time on the market rose from 33 days to 39 days. More supply of lower priced condos could be affecting their average sale price – again watching this trend over the next few months will tell us more. This is good news here is for buyers who are looking for homes they can afford.

In March, a relatively low almost 5% of “solds” (homes and condos) were short sales or bank owned, down 1% from last month.

Some of our new housing stock has a contemporary, modernist architectural  style and  Bungalows and Tudors are now neighbors with this new style of home.  The visual contrast and departure from the past tell us, “The times they are a changing“. Take a look inside at a Sunday “Open House” and you’ll see that many of these homes have open floor plans and a variety of features that include innovations, large windows and some “green” and sustainable features.

Greater Ballard is Greenwood, Green Lake, Wallingford and other close by neighborhoods identified as “705” in the NWMLS.  All residential and condo numbers are rounded to the nearest thousand and unless noted does not include new construction. Statistics not compiled or published by the Northwest Multiple Listing Service. Apartment data from Dupre + Scott  Apartment Development Report.

Dog stolen from outside Cafe Fiore



Greg emailed in to let us know that Cutter was returned to his home yesterday afternoon. After being taken from Cafe Fiore, he turned up at a Petco in Bellevue, which then took him to an animal shelter close by.

A lady had brought Cutter to the Petco store stating that her brother had taken him from outside Cafe Fiore and brought him home to her to have as a companion. “Petco staff got the impression that she wasn’t too stable,” writes Greg.

The shelter immediately scanned his chip and called Cutter’s owner straight away.

“Needless to say, I don’t think we’ll be tying Cutter up anywhere if we don’t have an eye on him. I just can’t imagine walking off with somebody else’s dog,” writes Greg.

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My Ballard reader Greg emailed in to report that his dog Cutter (pictured) was stolen from out the front of Cafe Fiore (5405 Leary Ave NW) at approximately 10 a.m. on Sunday morning.

“We frequently tie him up out front while we get coffee. He’s the nicest dog I’ve ever met and we’re sick about this. He loves everybody, is so sweet, and is the best friend to a 13 year old boy,” writes Greg.

Cutter has tags and is chipped. If you have seen him please email us at and we will pass on the information.