Rotary Scavenger Hunt set for tomorrow

Ballard Rotary will host their inaugural Scavenger Hunt from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. tomorrow (Saturday, June 7).

The scavenger hunt-styled race takes participants on a journey through Ballard on foot. Teams of up to four people stop at local businesses and other location while following a clue trail, completing mental and physical tasks and taking pictures in an effort to collect the most points.

This inaugural event is set to raise both awareness and funds for the projects and programs Ballard Rotary supports including the Ballard Boys and Girls Club, scholarships for graduating seniors from Ballard High, the Global Reading Challenge for 4th and 5th grade students from Adams, Loyal Heights and Whittier elementary schools, and many other youth focused programs in our community.

In terms of prizes, Rotary has it covered as the 1st Place Team will win a $500 Cash Prize.

All participants are invited to enjoy lunch and live music following the hunt at American West Bank (2237 NW 57th Street).

Tickets cost $100 per team (up to 4 people per team) and can be purchased online. Email for more

What’s on this weekend

It is the weekend once more and Ballard has plenty to offer. Check out the list below and enjoy your weekend in the ‘hood!

Friday, June 6:

  • Ballard Boy Scout Troop 827 Blood Drive at Ballard Elks Lodge Upstairs Hall (6411 Seaview Ave NW) from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. To make an appointment, please contact Peter Quinn at 206-409-3136 or Walk-in donors are welcome on the day of!
  • Comedy Sportz Seattle Show at  Atlas Theatre (3509 Fremont Ave N) at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. Click here for more details and to buy tickets.

Saturday, June 7:

  • Ballard Rotary Inaugural Scavenger Hunt from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. This scavenger hunt-styled race takes participants on a journey through Ballard on foot. Cost is $100 per team (up to 4 people per team). 1st Place team wins a $500 Cash Prize! Funds go towards supporting projects and programs Ballard Rotary supports. Click here to purchase tickets.
  • Ballard Criterium Cycling Race throughout Ballard from 3:30 p.m. Click here for more details.
  • Yoga Sound Bath at Kula Movement, Center for Yoga & Health (5340 Ballard Ave NW) from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Join the team for a special evening of restorative yoga, therapeutic sound, and energy healing with Cosetta Romani and Daniella White. Cost is $35.
  • Yoga Trance Dance at Kula Movement, Center for Yoga & Health (5340 Ballard Ave NW) from 8 p.m. – 10 p.m. Class is a ritual dance of awakening for body, mind and soul. Cost is $25 on the day.
  • “Love in the Time of Zombies” performance at Ballard Underground (2220 NW Market St) from 10 p.m. This late night ROM ZOM COM (romantic zombie comedy) is about a married couple trying to survive a few months after the start of the zombie apocalypse. Ticket prices start from $10. Click here to purchase tickets.
  • Eat Local Event supporting Friends of the Cedar River Watershed at Bloom Restaurant (5410 17th Ave NW) from 5 p.m. Sockeye Salmon Kasuzuke (a traditional Japanese dish made by marinating salmon in sake lees) will be featured at the event. 20% of sales will benefit Friends of Cedar River Watershed.
  • Comedy Sportz Seattle Show at  Atlas Theatre (3509 Fremont Ave N) at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. Click here for more details and to buy tickets.

Sunday, June 8:

  • Reike Open House at Ballard Healing Arts (8314 8th Ave NW) from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.  Drop by and find out more about Reiki and it’s healing effects!
  • Ballard Farmers Markets along Ballard Ave from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Click here to see this week’s specials.
  • All About Berries Class at Swansons Nursey (9701 15th Ave NW) at 11 a.m. Nursery expert Gabriel Maki discusses the care and culture of blueberries, cane fruit (raspberries, blackberries, and hybrids of), currants, gooseberries, honeyberries, and goji berries. Cost is free.
  • Summer Concerts at the Ballard Locks featuring the Barneleikarringen – Children’s Scandinavian dance. The show starts at 2 p.m. on the Ballard Locks lawn. Click here to see the full summer schedule.
  • Sunday Movies at King’s Hardware Presents: Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy beginning at sundown at King’s patio (5225 Ballard Ave NW). This month, the series will feature some of the best comeback movies of all time.

Do you know of an event happening this weekend or in future in our neighborhood?

You can submit it to our events calendar here on, or email the information to to ensure we include it in our weekly weekend roundup.

4 shot at Seattle Pacific University

9 p.m. Latest update from the SPD blotter:

A 26-year-old gunman opened fire on the Seattle Pacific University campus Thursday afternoon, killing one and injuring two others.

At 3:23 PM, police received a report of a gunman at Otto Miller Hall, just north of 3rd Avenue and W. Nickerson Street.

The suspect fired several rounds from a shotgun and began reloading his weapon when a student building monitor heroically intervened. The monitor, a man in his 20s, pepper sprayed the suspect before tackling him to the ground. Several bystanders also seized upon the suspect—who was also carrying a knife and additional ammunition—and took his gun.

Police arrived within four minutes of the first report of the shooting and called for medics, who arrived on scene and began transporting their first patient less than 10 minutes after the first 911 call.

Medics transported a man in his 20s with critical injuries to Harborview Medical Center, where he succumbed to his wounds.

Medics also transported a second woman in her 20s, also with critical injures, a man in his 20s with pellet wounds to his neck and chest—he is currently in stable condition—and another man in his 20s with minor injuries sustained during the struggle with the suspect.

As police began searching the campus, SPU staff implemented the school’s active-shooter emergency plan, previously developed by school security and Seattle police, alerting students and staff to shelter in place. Police SWAT teams swept through the campus, and found a number of students and faculty members hiding in classrooms and offices.

Amidst the chaos of the incident, police had received reports of a second suspect, but officers and detectives have determined the gunman acted alone.

So far, police have not found any connection between the suspect, Seattle Pacific University or any of the victims. Detectives are searching additional locations for evidence in the case, and plan to book the suspect into the King County Jail for Investigation of Murder.

6:30 p.m. According to The Seattle Times, SPD Captain Chris Fowler confirmed that a student, who is a building monitor, “subdued” the gunman as he stopped to reload. Other students then helped to hold the suspect down until SPD officers arrived. Captain Fowler confirmed that at some point someone also sprayed the gunman with pepper spray.


5:50 p.m. SPD have confirmed that a 20-year-old male victim has died at Harborview Medical Center. See more information from the SPD blotter post just released below:

One person was killed and three others injured Thursday afternoon after a lone gunman opened fire with a shotgun at Seattle Pacific University. Police have one suspect in custody, an adult male who was subuded after being pepper-sprayed by a student security guard. No one else is being sought in connection with the shooting.

All of the victims were taken to Harborview Medical Center. One 20-year-old male victim died at the hospital. Another male victim was reported in stable condition. In addition, one woman had life threatening injuries and another woman was reported in stable condition. More information will be provided as it becomes available.

5:45 p.m. Statement from Mayor Ed Murray: “Our nation is facing an epidemic of senseless gun violence and Seattle is sadly not immune. And our thanks are with Seattle’s first responders, whose skills and training were called upon today. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims, the victims’ families & the entire Seattle Pacific University community.”

Statement from King County Executive Dow Constantine: “It’s devastating to see the national epidemic of shooting rampages return to King County. It is time for all good people — responsible gun owners included — to rise up and end this madness.”


5:30 p.m. Transit Update: King County Metro confirms that Route 13 is the only route that continues to be rerouted.  A shuttle is also operating northbound via Queen Anne Av N & 3rd Av W between W Mercer St & W Florentia St. Click here for updates on King County Metro service changes.

5:02 p.m. The Otto Miller building has been secured. SPD confirm that a lone suspect entered the building and shot four victims. As the suspect began reloading a student disarmed him. The gunman is now in custody.


4:52 p.m. SPU says all evening classes canceled. Scene is less urgent than before. Police focused on a possible suspect vehicle, a white pickup parked nearby. Mayor headed to the scene.


4:44 p.m. Traffic update: Nickerson is open westbound to 3rd Ave N, then detoured south on 3rd Ave/Florentia St around SPU Campus. Also: Metro Route 62 rerouted off W Nickerson St., will instead operate via NW 45th St, Leary Way NW, NW 36th St and the Fremont Bridge.

4:38 p.m. SPD says SWAT is still clearing buildings. SPU statement: “SPU is in lockdown now. We will be releasing prompt updates as the facts are confirmed. Our heartfelt prayers are with our entire community.”


4:33 p.m. Traffic along the south side of the Ship Canal is either shut down, diverted or a mess. Metro’s route 13 is rerouted off 3rd Av W and W Nickerson St. Blaine, Queen Anne, Coe and John Hay elementary schools have had buses returned because of blocked off roads, reports KOMO. Here’s a live-updating look at 4th and Dexter near the Fremont Bridge:

4:20 p.m. Seattle Fire says 4 gunshot victims: male & female with life threatening injuries and 2 males in stable at Harborview Medical Center.


4:15 p.m. SPD: 1 in custody and no other suspects being sought.

4:03 p.m. KIRO reports 10 ambulances visible at the scene. Both Seattle Country Day School and North Queen Anne Daycare are in lockdown.


3:57 p.m. This search for a second suspect is delaying medics from attending to the injured, says Seattle Times. Aerial images show medics waiting outside with stretchers.


3:52 p.m. Police say they’re searching for “second suspect” although no confirmation one exists. Described as “white male, long sleeve blue shirt with vertical stripes armed with handgun.”


3:45 p.m. 4 victims discovered, says SPD. 2 were found at Otto Miller Hall. No word on their conditions. 6 medics on scene.

3:35 p.m. Seattle Police say they’ve found two victims after a shooting at Seattle Pacific University in North Queen Anne. One person is in custody, SPD says. Shooting reported at Nickerson and 3rd. Streets closed.

Campus in lockdown. Nearby North Queen Anne Childcare also in lockdown.

More coming…

Tween documentary to feature Loyal Heights students

Local filmmaker and Loyal Heights Elementary parent Terence Brown is about to start production on a documentary that will feature the story of local “tweens”.

The film entitled Before is set to delve into the challenges that students face during the transition between elementary and middle school. Brown will be interviewing about 60 5th graders from Loyal Heights Elementary to gain their insights and perspectives on this particular time in their lives.

“My goal is to explore and even celebrate this awkward and thankfully fleeting phase of life,” says Brown.

Once it is complete, the final video will go live on a website that Brown and his team have created called Their plan is to create an interactive site where people from all over the world can contribute content and stories about their tween years.

“The Before documentary is meant to start of conversation more than make a statement. will be a place to collect these stories and content so that experiences of tweens around the world can be heard,” says Brown.

Check out the promo video below:

Brown has created a Kickstarter in order to raise funds for the project. The fundraiser has nine days remaining to raise the $11 000 needed to produce the film.

Click here to check out more information about the film and to make a donation.

Throwback Thursday: Photos from June in times gone by

It’s that time of the week where we take a look back at the Ballard of yesteryear.

This week we thought we would focus on photos that were taken around the neighborhood in the month of June. Check out the gems that we found below!

This black and white photo of a group of local students and teachers was taken between June  10 – 30 in 1890. The handwritten description on the back of the photo reads “Miss Laucks, Minnie Hansen Clark, 5th Grade.”


The black and white photo below was taken on June 23, 1915 near 14th Ave NW.  The photo was taken very close to the site of the present Ballard Bridge.


The black and white photo below features a group of 50 children and three adults, taken in June 1945. Ballard Historical Society believes that it is most likely a school photo.  The names handwritten on back are Vernon Hendrick, Arthur Stumpson, Earl Sering, Mary Thold and Robert Rancick.


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

Photo and information courtesy of Ballard Historical Society.

Development Update June 5: More subdivisions

Applications for developments in Ballard have been trickling in this week to the Department of Planning and Development (DPD).

Check out the most recent decisions from the DPD as posted in the Land Use Information Bulletin.


6413 26th Ave NW

A Land Use Application has been approved to subdivide one parcel into two parcels of land. Proposed parcel sizes are: A) 2,421 sq. ft. and B) 1,781 sq. ft. Existing structures to be demolished. Appeals of the decision must be received by the Hearing Examiner no later than June 16, 2014.

1719 NW 64th St

A Land Use Application has been approved to subdivide one parcel into two parcels of land.  Proposed parcel sizes are: A) 2,199.8 sq. ft. and B) 2,799.9 sq. ft. Existing structures are to be legally removed. Appeals of the decision must be received by the Hearing Examiner no later than June 19, 2014.

9715 6th Ave NW

Land Use Application to subdivide one parcel into two parcels of land. Proposed parcel sizes are: A) 5,768 sq. ft. and B) 5,388 sq. ft. Existing structures to be demolished. Appeals of the decision must be received by the Hearing Examiner no later than June 19, 2014.

Appeals and comments on proposed land use actions must be submitted in writing to the Public Resource Center by email to, by fax to (206) 233-7901, or by mail to the address below:

Department of Planning and Development
ATTN: Public Resource Center or Assigned Planner
700 Fifth Ave, Ste 2000
P.O. Box 34019
Seattle, WA 98124-4019

Public meeting for Urban Rest Stop set for tonight

The Department of Planning and Development will be hosting a public meeting this evening for the proposed Urban Rest Stop that is set to be constructed on the ground-floor of the Low Income Housing Institute’s (LIHI) Cheryl Chou Court (2014 NW 57th St).

Locals will have the opportunity to voice their opinions and concerns during the meeting that will be held from 7 p.m. at Ballard Community Center (6020 28th Avenue NW).

The proposed Urban Rest Stop would be the third to open in Seattle, with the two other locations being Downtown and in the U-District.

Similarly to the other locations, the Ballard rest stop would provide free showers, bathrooms, and laundry facilities for men, women and children in the local homeless community.

While some locals support the opening of the rest stop, the proposal has raised concerns because of its central location in the neighborhood.

Despite the opposition, it is clear, however, that the Urban Rest Stops in the other Seattle locations have made a significant impact on members of the homeless community.

“The Urban Rest Stop has allowed me to clean up in order to help me get employment. More services of this type would enhance others’ chances to better themselves,” says Urban Rest Stop user Y.J.

According to the DPD, the project in Ballard needs the following approvals:

  • Administrative Conditional Use to allow community center in a midrise zone within 600 ft. of an existing institution (Ballard Branch of Seattle Public Library).
  • Administrative Conditional Use to allow an institution in a midrise zone that does not meeting parking requirements.

A copy of the plans for the project, along with other application materials are available at the DPD Public Resource Center (700 5th Avenue, Ste 2000) The center is open until 4:00 p.m. today.

Click here to check out some of the information from the DPD online.

Ballard Reuse to open in RE Store space next month


According to a sign posted on the door, new store Ballard Reuse it set to open in the RE Store space (1440 NW 52nd St) the day after its closure on June 15th.

After much deliberation, The RE Store Board decided to close the Ballard store after deciding that “construction and demolition waste issues are being adequately addressed by other businesses and organizations in the Seattle area.”

The store is set to close after serving the neighborhood for 15 years.

The posted sign states that Ballard Reuse, a for-profit employee owned store, is set to open in the space on June 16 to continue to provide recycled and reused building materials to the Ballard neighborhood.

“We will look and feel very similar but we will try to improve upon all the great things we’ve done as The RE Store over the past 15 years,” writes Ballard Reuse management on the sign.

The My Ballard team will keep readers up to date with more information once the store is up and running later this month.

Thanks to My Ballard reader Jake Rosenberg for the tip and the photo.