Water1st hosts fundraiser at Hilliard’s Thursday night


By Joe Veyera

The Water1st International Young Professionals Board will host an evening of food, drinks, and football in support of water projects in Ethiopia, Honduras, and Bangladesh this Thursday evening at Hilliard’s Tap Room (1550 NW 49th Street).

Doors open at 6 p.m. for the fundraiser, with attendees encouraged to arrive by 6:45 p.m for a short program from Water1st. The Seahawks preseason game against Oakland will be on the big screen at 7 p.m., with live music at halftime.

Tickets for the event (which can be purchased online or at the door) are $20 per person, and include one free beer pour and one free food ticket. The first 100 people through the door will also receive a free Water1st Beer2nd glass. A raffle for the event boasts a wide range of prizes, including:

Attendees are also asked to consider bringing the contents of their piggy banks and coin jars that are gathering dust, with the hopes of filling a giant jar with pocket change that will also go toward their efforts.

For more information on the event, click here.

Olaf’s celebrates one year in Ballard this weekend


By Joe Veyera

A neighborhood bar is marking one year in Ballard with three days of events this weekend.

On Friday, Saturday, and Sunday Olaf’s (6301 24th Ave NW) will raffle gifts from several local breweries and give away Olaf’s gift certificates good for private parties in the bar’s back room, along with Olaf’s merchandise. Each night also promises to offer it’s own unique events.

Special beers from Georgetown Brewing, Elysian Brewing and Two Beers Brewing will be featured on Friday night, and each brewery will donate items that will be raffled off. Saturday, Olaf’s will open early at 11 a.m., and will have a dunk tank, with patrons getting the chance to dunk a bartender with the proceeds going to benefit the Ballard Food Bank. For Saturday afternoon donors, there will be a pig roast and potluck  (with attendees asked to bring cash, check or items the food bank needs).

Both Saturday night and Sunday night, Olaf’s will feature beers from Stoup Brewing, Reuben’s Brews, NW Peaks Brewery, Salish Sea Brewing, and Black Raven Brewing.

My Ballard covered Olaf’s soft opening in August of last year, with owner David Chilson telling us that he and his partners (Pete Pigott and Sara Moot) jumped at the chance to purchase the space when they heard it was up for sale to, “save a bar for our neighborhood.”

For more information on Olaf’s one year anniversary celebration, like them on Facebook here.

Seattle Fire Station 18 assists in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

By Joe Veyera

The firefighters of the Seattle Fire Station 18 are no strangers to dousing flames with water. However, dousing their neighbors was a different story, until a Ballard resident asked them for their assistance in completing the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.

When Sayda Elmore was nominated by one of her co-workers for the challenge, she enlisted the help of the fire station for her video. 

“I was unsure if they would take the time out of their busy schedule to assist with this but without hesitation Lt.Graddon’s crew stepped up to help a fellow neighbor for a good cause!” Elmore wrote in an email.

Elmore said she wanted to do something special for her video, which led her to her neighbors as the fire station.

“I really appreciate them taking the time to help with this challenge,” Elmore wrote. “They were nice and even gave me a blanket to take home with me.”

To take a look at how the fire station assisted in Elmore’s challenge, click on the video below.

Seattle Parks and Recreation announces Labor Day closures

By Joe Veyera

With Labor Day set for next Monday, Seattle Parks and Recreation has announced that many of their facilities will be closed on September 1 in observance of the national holiday.

In Ballard, the Ballard Community Center (6020 28th Ave NW), typically open from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Mondays, and the Ballard Pool (1471 NW 67th St) will both be closed for Labor Day. The Loyal Heights Community Center (2101 NW 77th St) will also be closed for the day.

Meanwhile, the sprayparks at Ballard Commons Park (5701 22nd Ave NW) will be open for its regular hours from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

To view a complete list of what Seattle Parks & Recreation facilities and services will be open and closed on Labor Day, click here.

Seattle Creative Arts Center hosts “Be a Changemaker” book launch September 14


By Joe Veyera

Local author Laurie Ann Thompson will read from her new book, “Be a Changemaker: How to Start Something That Matters,” on Sept. 14 at 2 p.m. at the Seattle Creative Arts Center (2601 NW Market St), in an event hosted by Secret Garden Books.

This free event marks the launch of the book, which, according to Thompson’s website, is a “how-to guide for young social entrepreneurs who want to effect social change in their communities and around the world. Equal parts instruction and inspiration, the book will include tools and tips, exercises, and profiles of teens who’ve already been there, done that.”

The book has received strong reviews, with author and New York Times columnist David Bornstein saying it’s, “packed with practical advice and inspiration for anyone who has a yearning to build a better world,” and Kirkus Reviews saying that, “teens looking to make a difference will find inspiration as well as real-world strategies for realizing their dreams of being the change they want to see in the world.”

Some of the teens whose stories inspire the book will also be on hand for the event to share their stories.

For more information on the event, or to order a copy of the book from Secret Garden, click here.

Market Street Singers celebrates 10 years performing around Ballard

Poster - 10th Year-sm

By Joe Veyera

Since 2004, the Market Street Singers have brought their vocal stylings to events and locations both in and around Ballard. Now, to celebrate 10 years, the non-audition, volunteer, community choir will be performing on Saturday, Sept. 13 for the first time at the Ballard High School Performing Arts Center (1418 NW 65th St) at 7:30 p.m.

The free concert celebrates the choir’s tenure in the neighborhood, from small beginnings with what was originally expected to be a one-time performance at a Ballard ArtWALK event.

“We like to say that the MSS is a choral ensemble for Ballard that builds connections within diverse communities” wrote Market Street Singers PR Representative Brandy Rinck in an email. “Celebrating the joy of choral music among singers and listeners, we aspire to cultivate neighborhood pride with choral arts that are truly community identified.  Although we are a community choir in Ballard, we welcome both singing and non-singing members, no matter where they call home. We are proud of our inclusive, service-oriented vision and we seek to be an agent of change and community building through musical excellence and public outreach.”

The concert will bring together new members with special alumni from the past, with the choir performing a little bit of everything, including their favorite selections from the last ten years, and some new and different selections.

For more information on the performance, and the Market Street Singers, click here.

Dog found in Ballard last night


By Joe Veyera

My Ballard reader Roger emailed My Ballard to let us know that he spotted this young, female dog outside his building yesterday evening on Northwest 59th Street, between 25th and 26th Avenues Northwest.

“She was extremely friendly and polite and didn’t mind me checking her collar,” wrote Roger.

Unfortunately, the dog had no tags on her collar, and despite having a microchip, a check by the Sunset Hill Veterinary & Rehabilitation Center found the chip was blank. The vet clinic offered to contact the Ballard Animal Shelter and have her picked up, under the assumption that the shelter would most likely be the first place her owners would look.

“She’s a real beauty and I hope she gets home safe,” Roger wrote.


Ballard First Lutheran Church hosts Norwegian choir concert September 10


By Joe Veyera

Ballard First Lutheran Church (2006 NW 65th St) will play host to one of three Puget Sound area concerts featuring one of the most outstanding men’s chorus from North Norway.

Hålogaland Mandssangforening, a chorus of 39 singers from eight different municipalities north of the Lofoten Islands in North Norway (Kvæfjord, Harstad, Målselv, Narvik, Andøy, Tjeldsund, Evenes, and Balsfjord), will perform at the church at 7 p.m. on Sept. 10, and will be sponsored and joined by the Norwegian Male Chorus of Seattle.

The chorus is directed by Dag Erik Enoksen, who has been an artistic leader and esteemed soloist in the region, and has been honored with The Culture Award for excellence. The leader and chorus organizer, Jan Meyer, is a retired teacher at Harstad University College, has been a guest professor at University of Minnesota and Minot State University, and has also been involved in the Kvæfjord Male Chorus as a leader and singer.

After its Seattle performances — which will also include performances in Bellingham at the Central Lutheran Church at 3 p.m. on Sept. 6 and in Poulsbo at the First Lutheran Church at 5 p.m. on Sept. 7 — the chorus will make stops in Eugene, Ore., and San Francisco.