What’s on this weekend

Enjoy February’s last weekend in Ballard!

Friday, February 27

  • Live music at Conor Byrne Pub (5140 Ballard Ave NW) at 9 p.m. Featuring Levi Fuller & the Library, Day Laborers & Petty Intellectuals, Roselit Bone and GreenhornBluehorn. 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 Psych Rockers- Howlin Rain with The Blank Tapes and Lonesome Shack. Tickets $15. Click here to purchase tickets and for more information.

Saturday, February 28

  • Live Music at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW) at 9 p.m. Featuring Langhorne Slim and Special Guest Jonny Fritz. Tickets $15. Click here to purchase tickets and for more information.

Sunday, March 1

  • Loyal Heights Community Center Pancake Breakfast at 2101 NW 77th St from 8 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. All you can eat pancakes. Tickets $5 and children 3 and under eat free. Click here to find out more.
  • Ballard Farmers Market along Ballard Ave from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Click here to see this week’s specials.
  • Live Music at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW) at 8 p.m. Featuring Local Indie Rock: Tape Stacks with Another Perfect Crime and Brenda Xu. Tickets $8. Click here to purchase tickets and for more information.
  • Live music at Conor Byrne Pub (5140 Ballard Ave NW) at 9 p.m. Sunday Evening Whiskey Club featuring Jackalope Saints, Kristin Chambers. Tickets $8. Click here to purchase tickets and for more information.

Woman knocked unconscious during drive-by egging in Crown Hill

A woman was knocked unconscious early on Tuesday morning when she was hit by an egg thrown from a passing truck in Crown Hill. Check out more details from the SPD blotter post below:

The woman and several friends were standing outside the bar near NW 85th Street and 15th Avenue NW when someone in a passing truck let loose a volley of eggs.

One of the eggs struck the victim right behind her ear, knocking her unconscious. The woman’s friends caught her as she fell to the ground, and then drove her to a nearby hospital where they met with police.

Witnesses—including a bar employee, who was also struck in the drive-by egging—described the truck as a small, black or green pickup with a canopy and dark-tinted windows.

If you have any information about this case, please call police at (206) 625-5011.

Loyal Heights Annual Pancake Breakfast set for Sunday


The Loyal Heights Community Center is set to host their famous annual all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast this Sunday, March 1, from 8 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

All proceeds from the event go towards the community center’s scholarship fund that benefits families in need by providing opportunities to participate in programs and activities throughout the year.

Tickets are now available for purchase at the Loyal Heights Community Center for $5 per person (children under 3 eat for free). Tickets can also be purchased on Sunday at the event.

Click here to find out more.

Throwback Thursday: The Golden Gardens of yesteryear

As the sunnier and warmer weather approaches we thought it was time to look back at some photographs taken at Golden Gardens back in the day. Enjoy!

The photo below, taken in 1900, shows 11 women wading into the (freezing) water at Golden Gardens. Notice their bathing suits of sailor-collared tops and long skirts.


The photo below was taken in 1910 at Golden Gardens. Harry Whitney Treat is inside the horse drawn carriage and the streetcar can be seen in the background.


The photo below, taken in 1920, shows Maude Reid Adams at the end of the Loyal Heights car line at the top of the hill that leads to Golden Gardens.


The photo below, taken in 1923, features two boys playing on the sand at Golden Gardens. The boy on the left is James D. McGinley, and the boy on the right is unknown.


The photo below, taken in 1929, shows a busy day on North Beach at Golden Gardens.

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If you have any old photos taken in or around Ballard that you would like to share from any era please email them to tips@myballard.com.

Photos and information courtesy of Ballard Historical Society and MOHAI.

Ballard teen finalist for Better Business Bureau Scholarship

Ballard teen John Hunt is one of the 16 finalists for the Better Business Bureau’s Students of Integrity Scholarship. The scholarship is offered by the BBB Foundation to support students who recognize the importance of ethical and responsible marketplace practices.

Applications for the $10,000 are open to students in Alaska, Oregon and Western Washington in order to help students have an opportunity for high er education.

In addition to the application process, students have to create a 90 second video about how the BBB assists and supports consumers in relation to  identity theft and fraud, online marketplace scams, phony online reviews or charity scams.

“I have created an original video for the Better Business Bureau on identity theft and how to protect yourself against it,” says Hunt.

Check out the video below:

To win the scholarship Hunt needs as many views on his video as possible. “I’m hoping the Ballard community can help me win the scholarship,” says Hunt.

Click here to learn more about the scholarship and the Better Business Bureau.

Ballard Pre School Cooperative open for enrollments


Ballard Preschool Cooperative (a program of Phinney Neighborhood Association at 7503 18th Ave NW) is now open for enrollments for the 2015/2016 school year.

The cooperative comprises of a nurturing community of instructors and families with children aged 5 and younger. The team offers a part-time structured cooperative program 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.

To find out more of to register email the registrar at bpc.registrar@gmail.com.

Click here to learn more about Ballard Preschool Co-op.

Development Update February 26: Subdivisions and a 6-story structure

Two subdivision applications and one notice for a design review meeting 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.


6705 Alonzo Ave NW


A Land Use Application has been submitted to subdivide one development site into three unit lots. The construction of residential units is under Project #6440068. 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.

839 NW 52nd St


A Land Use Application has been submitted to subdivide one parcel into two parcels of land. Proposed parcel sizes are: A) 2,400 sq. ft. and B) 2,597 sq. ft. Existing structures to be removed.

Notice of Design Review Meeting:

2003 NW 57th St

A Land Use Application has been received to allow a 6-story structure containing 118 residential units above 14 live/work units. Parking for 102 vehicles to be provided below grade. Existing structure to be demolished.

The meeting is scheduled for Monday, March 16, at 6:30 p.m. and will be held at Ballard Community Center (6020 28th Ave NW).

The Director will accept written comments to assist in the preparation of the early design guidance through March 16, 2015.  You are invited to offer comments regarding important site planning and design issues, which you believe, should be addressed in the design for this project.

Comments 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

Me n’ Moms evicted from Ballard location

After more than three months of unexplained closure, Ballard consignment store Me n’ Moms (2821 NW Market St) is being evicted from its premises.

The eviction notice posted on the door (dated 2/13/15) has drawn the attention of locals who still have their goods inside the store.


My Ballard reader Briana continues to be concerned about the store credit that she holds with the store and also about items that she has recently consigned. “I am considerably upset by this turn of events,” she says.

Similarly, My Ballard reader Jolyn is feeling frustrated by the lack of communication from store owners. “I’m sure I’m not the only parent in Ballard who’d like her unsold stuff back and a check for what they owe me,” says Jolyn.

The My Ballard team once again contacted Cyndi Wilder from City of Seattle Department of Finance and Administrative Services who confirmed that Me n’ Moms has not renewed their 2015 business. “However, we haven’t received any closure notification from the business,” says Wilder.

Wilder then directed us to contact the SPD Public Affairs Unit to confirm the next steps for locals who still have consignment items inside the store.

Drew Fowler from the SPD confirmed that an investigation is currently underway to determine whether further proceedings in this matter will be civil or criminal. “As soon as that is determined we will notify the public as to the process they need to go through to reclaim their consignment items,” says Fowler.

The My Ballard team will continue to update readers as the investigation progresses.

Thanks to My Ballard reader Emma for emailing through the photo.

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

To commemorate World Spay Day (February 25, 2015) 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.

Daddy Daughter Dinner set for next month at Ballard Community Center


Tickets are available for the 23rd annual Daddy Daughter Dinner set to be held on Saturday, March 14, at Ballard Community Center (6020 28th Ave NW) from 6 – 10 p.m.

Seattle Parks and Recreation invites all daddies and daughters take part in a night of festivities with an 80s theme.

Head to the event for a night of neon fun, good grub and totally rockin’ out. Bust out your acid-washed jeans, mix and match your brightest colors and tease your daughter’s hair.

Tickets for daddy plus one daughter are $60, daddy plus two are $70 and daddy plus three are $80.

Register in person, by phone or online using barcode #126275. To find out more information call (206) 684-4093 or click here.