2015 Ballard Fitness Fest set to kick off next month

The 2015 annual Ballard Fitness Fest will kick off in the neighborhood on February 16 at EDGE Personal Training Studio (2821 NW Market St).

The three month long fitness competition will challenge participants to both get and stay in shape and is open to all locals who live and work in Ballard and surrounding areas.

EDGE Personal Training owner, Erik Hroncich, established the competition six years ago to help physically and mentally transform peoples’ lives.

In past contests Hroncich says that participants have become “healthier, more confident and gained a better body image.” In 2013, winner Danie Skredsvig lost over 8% of her body fat (15lbs of body fat) in just 12 weeks to become the first ever female Champion!

Participants who enter the competition in a bid to loose the most weight during the three month period have a chance at winning $750 worth of prizes. The first place winner scores a $250 gift certificate to a Ballard business of their choice and three free training sessions at EDGE.

To prepare for the competition Hroncich is also offering participants, who are new to EDGE, an introductory training package of 3 personal training sessions, a functional movement screen and fitness program development, for $199 (35% off).

The contest begins February 17 and ends May 23 and competitors enter by contacting EDGE at (206) 782–1505 by or between February 16 and 27 to set up an initial $25 (plus tax) fitness assessment. Participants will work out for three months and re-test between May 18 and May 22, with the winner being announced around June 1st.

Thinking about participating? Hroncich’s enthusiasm for the event puts it simply, “it’s an opportunity to get in better shape for the summer and a chance to win some great prizes. What could be cooler than that?”

For more details click here or email info@edgepersonaltraining.net

Hawks fans to get free cake at Cupcake Royale

On the final Blue Friday before the Super Bowl, Hawks fans will have the chance to score some free cake at Cupcake Royale in Ballard (2052 NW Market St).

Locals are invited to show their 12th Man pride and celebrate with Seattle’s largest 12th Man cake. Celebrity cake cutters will be on hand to ensure that everyone gets their free slice.


12th Fan Cupcakes are available for purchase and pre-order for your Super Bowl parties at all Cupcake Royale cafes and all Metropolitan Markets.

Head down to Cupcake Royal this Friday, January 30, at 5 p.m. to grab your free slice of cake! Go Hawks!

The Bitter Roots release new music video

Ballard band The Bitter Roots released its latest music video today for their track entitled Fast and Slow. The video was shot in Ballard and is the latest single for the band that formed in our neighborhood in 2008.

The Bitter Roots comprises of musicians Jeff Stetson and Ben Koostra who formed the group back in 2008 when the two long time friends reconnected in Seattle.

Fast and Slow is the first single on the band’s latest album which is set to be released on March 3. The album was recorded in the neighborhood and then mixed at Studio Litho in Fremont with Floyd Reitsma.

Fast and Slow is about making the time to do what you love to do and never giving up on your dreams no matter what,” says Stetson.

The Bitter Roots will host a CD release show at the Skylark in West Seattle on Friday, March 13.

Click here to learn more about this local band.

Woodland Park Zoo reviews meeting practices

The Woodland Park Zoo Board of Directors will be extending its public comment period at tomorrow’s board meeting, while at the same time reviewing their practices to accommodate more members of the community .

This move comes after protestors, who rushed the doors at the zoo’s the December Board meeting while protesting about the relocation of the elephants, complained about the length of public comment time during the meetings.

“I think this was handled really poorly by the zoo,” Susan Hoppler, 52, a member of Friends of the Woodland Park Zoo Elephants told The Seattle Times in December. “It was very publicly known that we were going to be here. I think they should have been more prepared to allow us to be able to attend the meeting.”

The agenda for tomorrow’s meeting is now available online, as per the zoo’s existing policy of posting it one week prior. The relocation of the zoo’s elephants is not on the agenda for this month’s board meeting.

“During our Board of Directors’ meeting in December, we experienced greater community interest for our public comment period than ever before. The board officers and Governance Committee are closely evaluating our practices and learning how we can better accommodate a larger group of community members, as well as media requests, at future meetings,” said Laurie Stewart, Chair of Woodland Park Zoo Board of Directors.

2015 marks the 50th anniversary for the Woodland Park Zoo Society (WPZS), which is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization that has an agreement with the City of Seattle to manage Woodland Park Zoo. The society is governed by a Board of Directors.

In similarity with other private non-profits, the zoo has rules and practices regarding public involvement including during its board meetings. The Zoo Society Board’s public comment period, which currently lasts for 10 minutes of the meeting, is designed for board members to hear input from community members.

“It is important for us to hear feedback from our community. Moving forward, we are researching best practices by other nonprofit organizations and reviewing our practices. We will share the new policies and procedures, which will be formally adopted by the board this spring,” says Stewart.

In November last year, the zoo announced plans to relocate elephants Bamboo and Chai to another accredited zoo. The zoo continues to work on finding a new home for the elephants who are much loved by the local community.

Click here to learn more about the zoo’s public process and reporting to the City of Seattle.

Development Update January 26: Subdivisions and a two-story residence

A two-story residence, one subdivision application and one subdivision approval make up today’s development update from the City of Seattle’s Department of Planning and Development (DPD) as posted in the Land Use Information Bulletin.


7309 3rd Ave NW


Land Use Application to allow a new two-story single family dwelling unit and a one-car detached garage.

6719 Alonzo Ave NW


Land Use Application to subdivide one development site into two unit lots. The construction of residential units is under Project #6405065. This subdivision of property is only for the purpose of allowing sale or lease of the unit lots. Development standards will be applied to the original parcel and not to each of the new unit lots.


2009 NW 63rd St

Land Use Application to subdivide one development site into three unit lots. The construction of residential units are under Project #6400296. This subdivision of property is only for the purpose of allowing sale or lease of the unit lots. Development standards will be applied to the original parcel and not to each of the new unit lots.

Appeals of this decision must be received by the Hearing Examiner no later than February 9, 2015.

Comments about the above applications should be submitted to PRC@seattle.gov or mailed to the address below:

City of Seattle DPD PRC
700 5th Avenue Suite 2000
PO Box 34019
Seattle, WA  98124-4019

Ballard Preschool Cooperative to host open house


Ballard Preschool Cooperative (a program of Phinney Neighborhood Association at 7503 18th Ave NW) is hosting an open house this Saturday, January 24, from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

The cooperative comprises of a nurturing community of instructors and families with children aged 5 and younger. The team offers classes for children from birth through pre-K.

“The play-based curriculum supports children’s social, emotional, physical and cognitive development and provides parents the opportunity to significantly contribute to their child’s preschool experience,” says the Ballard Preschool Cooperative team.

All are welcome to attend the open house to meet the teachers, view the classroom and learn about the program. RSVP to the All-School Chair at bpc.allschoolchair@gmail.com if you are able to attend.

Click here to learn more about the preschool.

What’s on this weekend

Welcome to another fantastic weekend! Enjoy it in Ballard.

Friday, January 23

  • 2015 Ballard Pie Party at The Salmon Bay Eagles (5216 20th Ave NW) from 6:30 p.m. The event is a fundraiser for the Marsha Rivkin Center for Ovarian Cancer Research. The event will feature a pie buffet both savory and sweet with live music. Bring a pie for the buffet or $20 per person. Click here to learn more.
  • Live music at Conor Byrne Pub (5140 Ballard Ave NW) at 9 p.m. Featuring The Swearengens, Andrea Peterman and McDougall. Tickets $8. Click here to purchase tickets and for more information.
  • Live Music at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW) at 9 p.m. Featuring the Whiskey Syndicate (Album Release) W/ Van Eps  and Massy Ferguson. Click here to purchase tickets and for more information.

Saturday, January 24

  • Ornamental Woodcarving for adults at the Nordic Heritage Museum (3014 NW 67th St) from 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. Students will concentrate on the fundamental leaf formations of the Acanthus style, working up combinations of the Acanthus curl, or explore the Viking/Dragon style. Click here to find out more.
  • Coffee Treats Cooking Class at the Nordic Heritage Museum (3014 NW 67th St) from 2 p.m. –  4 p.m. Join the team for one or more of the Saturday morning hands-on classes to learn how to cook afternoon coffee treats from each of the five Nordic countries. Review the history and culture of each treat, roll up your sleeves and cook, then stay afterward for a proper Nordic fika. Click here to find out more and to register.
  • Live music at Conor Byrne Pub (5140 Ballard Ave NW) at 9 p.m. Featuring Crying Shame, Stage 11 and Hotel Vignette. Tickets $8. Click here to purchase tickets and for more information.
  • Live Music at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW) at 9 p.m. Featuring American Honkey Tonk ‑ Whitey Morgan & the 78’s with Joe Fletcher. Click here to purchase tickets and for more information.

Sunday, January 25

  • Ballard Farmers Market along Ballard Ave from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Click here to see this week’s specials.
  • Australia Day Celebrations at the Kangaroo and Kiwi Pub (2026 NW Market St) from 11 a.m. Join the Australian festivities including a bbq and the annual pie eating contest. Click here to find out more.
  • Free Opera Concert presented by The Ladies Musical Club of Seattle at the Ballard Odd Fellows Hall (1706 NW Market St) from 2 p.m. Click here to find out more.
  • Live Music at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW) at 8 p.m. Featuring True West Presents: Willie Watson and Guests. Click here to purchase tickets and for more information.

Know of more events? Email the information to tips@myballard.com

Seattle ReCreative to celebrate grand reopening this Saturday


The team at Seattle ReCreative is hosting their grand reopening in their new space at 8408 Greenwood Ave N this Saturday, January 24.

The day-long celebration of Seattle’s first creative reuse and art center will include 20% off purchases of reused materials, free workshops and Make & Take crafting sessions, snacks and beverages, a raffle and tours of the new space.

The festivities will kick off at 10 a.m. for shopping and all ages art-making, and a party with music, special cocktails, beer from Hilliard’s will be held from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.

If you would like to make a donation of materials, please contact the team in advance to schedule an appointment.

Workshops will be held throughout the day for children and adults. Click here to check out the workshop schedule.