Hail comes down heavy in Ballard

As many readers would have experience, over the past hour Ballard has seen a heavy fall of hail brought on by an intense storm.

Check out some videos and images of the wild weather below:

Oh hai hail! #hail #Ballard #iSwearItWasJustSunny

A video posted by Ryan Ayers (@layersofayers) on

Sunny and warm when I left my house! A video posted by AJ (@wandalewis) on

#Ballard #Seattle no special effects just thunderstruck today!

A photo posted by Rebecca Stevenson (@rebecca_weather) on




Click here to check out more photos on our Facebook page.

Thanks to all the readers who emailed in photos and videos.

Seattle Empty Bowls set to raise funds for Ballard Food Bank


The seventh annual Seattle Empty Bowls fundraiser will be held on Saturday, April 25.

The event will be held at the Nordic Heritage Museum (3014 NW 67th Street) from 4 p.m. – 7 p.m and all proceeds this year will benefit the Ballard Food Bank.

During this unique fundraiser guests are asked to make a suggested donation of $20 or over. This donation, which goes directly to helping locals in need, allows guests to choose a beautifully decorated ceramic bowl and have it filled with a soup of their choice.

Soups, including vegan options, will be provided by Ballard Market and Artisan bread will be on hand from Tall Grass Bakery. Coffee and tea will be served up by Caffe Umbria.

Seattle Empty Bowls is a unique local fundraiser with an important message. According to one of the event organizers Isabelle Franklin, the event gives the opportunity for locals to see that they can help their own community. Whether you are a bowl artisan or an event guest Franklin says that the event also shows that art can be a powerful force for good.

“The event is organically created by members of the Community for the benefit of the Community.  Everyone who comes to the dinner takes home a reminder of the event and the need for food assistance all year round,” said Franklin.

Seattle Empty Bowls events are well-known for their community feel. Guests will have the opportunity to enter a silent auction for some locally made and beautifully decorated glass, wooden and ceramic bowls.

While sampling the soup, guests will also be serenaded by the talents of many local musicians. Unique to this event, pet bowls will also be on sale with proceeds going to local animals who are in need of a good meal.

If you are interested in helping out volunteers are still needed to assist in the kitchen, with the auction and to help with the clean up. Contact Andrea at seattleemptybowls@gmail.com for more information.

For more information about the event click here and click here to visit the Seattle Empty Bowls Facebook page.

Check out the photos above from last year’s event.

Photos courtesy of Seattle Empty Bowls.

The week in sports at BHS

The BHS athletes are preparing for another huge week of competition. Head out and support them at their games!

Tuesday, March 31

  • Soccer: Boys Varsity vs. Cleveland High School at Interbay – 3:30 p.m.
  • Soccer: Boys JV vs. Seattle World School at Miller Playfield – 3:30 p.m.
  • Lacrosse: Girls Varsity vs. Lakeside High School at Ballard High School – 5:30 p.m.
  • Baseball: Boys JV vs. Highline at Whitman Middle School – 3:45 p.m.

Wednesday, April 1

  • Track: Varsity Meet vs. Rainier Beach and Cleveland High Schools at SE Athletic Complex – 2:45 p.m.
  • Tennis: Varsity Match vs. Franklin High School at Rainier Playfield – 3:30 p.m.
  • Baseball: Boys JV vs. Seattle Prep at Steve Cox Field – 3:30 p.m.
  • Tennis: JV Match vs. Franklin High School at Ballard High School – 3:30 p.m.
  • Ultimate: Girls Varsity vs. Cleveland High School at Cleveland High School – 3:30 p.m.
  • Baseball: Boys C Team vs. Nathan Hale High School at Nathan Hale High School – 3:30 p.m.
  • Baseball: Boys Varsity vs. Seattle Prep at Whitman Middle School – 3:45 p.m.
  • Softball: Varsity vs. Holy Names at Lower Woodland Park Field 4 – 4 p.m.
  • Softball: JV vs. Holy Names at Lower Woodland Park Field 3 – 4 p.m.
  • Soccer: Boys C Team vs. Garfield High School at Garfield High School – 5:30 p.m.

Thursday, April 2

  • Soccer: Boys JV vs. West Seattle High School at Interbay – 3:30 p.m.
  • Soccer: Boys Varsity vs. West Seattle High School at Walt Hundley – 3:30 p.m.
  • Lacrosse: Girls JV vs. Roosevelt High School at Lower Woodland Park Field 2 – 5 p.m.
  • Lacrosse: Girls Varsity vs. Bellingham High School at Civic Stadium– 6:30 p.m.

Friday, April 3

  • Baseball: Boys JV vs. West Seattle High School at Whitman Middle School – 3:30 p.m.
  • Baseball: Boys Varsity vs. West Seattle High School at Hiawatha– 3:30 p.m.
  • Tennis: JV Match vs. Cleveland High School at Jefferson Tennis Courts – 3:30 p.m.
  • Softball: Varsity vs. West Seattle High School at SW Athletic Complex – 3:30 p.m.
  • Tennis: Varsity Match vs. Cleveland High School at Lower Woodland Tennis Courts – 3:30 p.m.
  • Softball: JV Conference vs. Bainbridge Island High School  at Gillman 2 – 3:30 p.m.
  • Lacrosse: Boys Varsity vs. Roosevelt High School at Lower Woodland Park Field 7 – 7 p.m.

Saturday, April 4

  • Soccer: Boys C Conference vs. Chief Sealth at Ballard High School – 9 a.m.
  • Soccer: Boys C Conference vs. Franklin High School at Ballard High School – 11 a.m.
  • Baseball: Boys C Conference vs. Issaquah High School at Issaquah High School – 1 p.m.
  • Baseball: Boys C Conference vs. Issaquah High School at Issaquah High School – 3 p.m.

Edith Macefield’s home enters open market


After returning to the bank following the failed March 13 auction, Edith Macefield’s home is now officially back on the market.

The Ballard icon is being sold by commercial real estate broker Paul Thomas, known as the “No B.S. Broker.”

There is no asking price for the famous home, with Thomas confirming that it will go to the person with the best offer. The home is being sold “free and clear” of the liens that deterred potential buyers from bidding on the property at the auction.

Those interested in making an offer must also include a proposal of how they will honor and memorialize Edith Macefield through their purchase.

In terms of the structure itself, Thomas reports that “it has been completely rebuilt! Only the roof and subfloor remain from the original house, everything else is new. It is empty and ready to finish.” New doors and windows have also been installed to bring back some of the original character of the house.

“It’s a wonderful house. The views on three sides aren’t anything to write home about but there is a huge back yard, a surprising amount of light and an palpable sense of history,” says Thomas.  “It is also certainly convenient to nearby stores and the gym,” he says humorously.

Check out the virtual tour video below:

When asked how it feels to list such a well known property, Thomas answers with clarity. “I take great pride in doing what I can to maximize its chance to survive as a memorial to an extraordinary woman,” he says.

Thomas confirms that it is impossible to predict what will happen to the house, with potential buyers ranging from those with creative visions to the developer of the Ballard Blocks.

Unfortunately, due to liability reasons the house is regretfully closed to the public.

Click here to learn more about the listing.

SDOT constructs pedestrian crossing near Shilshole Bay Marina

SDOT crews have started construction to install a curb ramp, pedestrian crossing and pedestrian island at the south entrance of Shilshole Bay Marina (along Seaview Ave NW). Construction is set to take up to seven days, over a period of two weeks total.

According to SDOT, the improvements will make it safer and easier for people using wheelchairs and other wheeled devices to cross the street. Check out the before and after plans below:



Building the improvements is set to require a temporary, up to two week closure of the Burke Gilman Trail to repair the trail asphalt and provide a smooth connection to the new curb ramp. If it is necessary SDOT crews will install a temporary curb ramp at both entrances to the detour route to ensure cyclists, pedestrians and others using wheeled devices can access the detour route.

Locals should expect the following during the construction period:

  • Typical weekday work hours, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  •  7 construction days; up to 2 weeks total
  • Short-term sidewalk detours and parking restrictions
  • Noise, dust and vibration associated with concrete removal and paving
  • Removal of items in the public right of way

Drivers and pedestrians should expect delays when nearby the construction area.

Local creates “Green Juju” to support canine health


Local resident Kelley Marian has created a whole foods supplement, aptly called “Green Juju“, to support canine health.

The supplement is fed to dogs in addition to their kibble, raw or home cooked meal and is created in the heart of Ballard at 4511 Shilshole Ave NW.

The idea for Green Juju was born from Marian’s own experience feeding whole foods to her dog Bailey when she was diagnosed with cancer in 2013. Marian wanted to treat Bailey holistically after getting a biopsy of the tumor rather than immediately subjecting her to a difficult amputation surgery.

“Given the condition Bailey was in at that time – struggling with allergies, weak immune system, difficulty recovering from the biopsy – I couldn’t see putting her through a major surgery,” says Marian.

Through diet changes, supplements and Green Juju Bailey’s cancer did not spread for more than a year and she became strong enough to have the needed surgery and recover successfully from it.

Marian used this experience as a starting point and then collaborated with certified canine nutritionist Patti Howard and Seattle based conventional and holistic veterinarians to develop the final formula for Green Juju’s “just greens blend”.

In addition to the “just greens blend”, Marian crafts seasonal recipes throughout the year and specially formulated blends for clients with specific dietary restrictions.

Each ingredient in every Green Juju recipe is chosen to support canine health and includes ingredients such as turmeric, ginger, leafy greens, buffalo bone broth, coconut oil and more. Everthing is blended to a fine consistency and then frozen to keep the nutrients intact.

Green Juju is available for purchase in our area at All the Best Pet Care (1909 NW Market St).

Click here to find out more about this locally crafted product.

Photo courtesy of Green Juju website.

RainWise offers locals rebates for rain gardens


Fourteen thousand homes in north Seattle just became eligible for big rebates for the installation of rain gardens or cisterns through the City of Seattle’s RainWise Program.

The program is a combined effort by Seattle and King County to continue the fight against water pollution by subsidizing the cost of installation of rain gardens and cisterns on private property.

After the recent addition, 55,000 homes and businesses in the City of Seattle are eligible for the RainWise program. Check out the map above to see eligible areas in our neighborhood.

In addition to being visually pleasing, rain gardens help to reduce one of the largest sources of water pollution by naturally cleaning and controlling stormwater. Cisterns can store runoff from rooftops that can later be used to water outdoor plants and gardens.

Over 600 residents have already taken advantage of the RainWise rebates, which can cover up to 100 percent of a professional installation. According to SPU, these installations have collectively reducing storm water runoff by 9 million gallons annually.

“Working together, one home at a time, the RainWise approach adds big value to the larger effort to protect our waters,” said Seattle Mayor Ed Murray. “It’s a win for all, because we can all be part of the solution.”

RainWise customers have also been satisfied with the process. “I am happy to have a sign in my yard letting neighbors know about the rain garden on my property. I hope to inspire them to get their own. At the very least, I can help them learn more about the problem and how we all can pitch in to reduce pollution going into Lake Washington,” says RainWise customer Ann Burchart.

The City and County are hosting a free RainWise event at Ballard Library (5614 22nd Ave NW) this Wednesday, April 1, from 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. to give locals the chance to learn more about the program and meet contractors who are trained and ready to install the systems.

Click here to learn more about the RainWise program online.

Image courtesy of RainWise Program.

Development Update March 30: Subdivisions galore

Two subdivision applications 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.


2012 NW 64th St


A Land Use Application has been submitted to subdivide one development site into two unit lots. The construction of residential units is under Project #6436031. 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.

2010 NW 64th St


A Land Use Application has been submitted to subdivide one development site into two unit lots. The construction of residential units is under Project #6436032. 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.

What’s on this weekend

Welcome to the final weekend of March. Enjoy it in Ballard!

Friday, March 27

  • Live music at Conor Byrne Pub (5140 Ballard Ave NW) at 9 p.m. Click here to purchase tickets and for more information.
  • Live Music at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW) at 9 p.m. Featuring Afro Funk – Polyrhythmics with James. Tickets $15. Click here to purchase tickets and for more information.

Saturday, March 28

  • Rodeo Donut Pop-Up Launch at Cupcake Royale (2052 NW Market St) from 7 a.m. The pop-up will offer six daily options including delicacies like raspberry limoncello and whiskey maple bacon. Donuts will be sold until they run out. Click here to find out more.
  • Work Party at Ballard Corners Park (17th Ave NW and NW 63rd St) from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. The team will be preparing the plants for spring, weeding, pruning, spreading woodchip mulch, and cleaning up debris. Volunteers will be provided with some tools and refreshments. Please bring your own gloves and tools if you have them. Click here to learn more.
  • Kidical Mass Bike Ride starting at Ballard Library (5614 22nd Ave NW) at 12 p.m. Our route will take us around Ballard, checking out the Ballard Greenway, which has had some nice recent additions to further aid its awesomeness. Click here to find out more.
  • 10th Annual MS Pub Crawl starting at 3 p.m. at Ballard Loft (5105 Ballard Ave NW). Cost is $30 and includes t-shirt and drink specials. Click here to find out more.
  • Melissa Crosetto Art Show at Herbs House (716 NW 65th St) from 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. Meet Melissa and get a signed print or piece of original art work. Adults 21+ everyone must have valid I.D
  • Populuxe Brewing 2nd Birthday Party (826 NW 49th St Unit B) from 2p.m. – 9:30 p.m. The party will include new beer releases, live music, Lazy Bones food truck, ice cream and Dizzy’s Tumblebus for the youngsters. Click here to find out more.
  • Cricket World Cup Final at Kangaroo and Kiwi Pub (2026 NW Market St) from 8 p.m. Head down to watch live as Australia and NZ face off in the final. No reservations, get there early to grab a seat. Click here to find out more.
  • Live music at Conor Byrne Pub (5140 Ballard Ave NW) at 9 p.m. Click here to purchase tickets and for more information.
  • Live Music at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW) at 9 p.m. Featuring Theatrical Folksters: The Last Bison with Neulore. Tickets $12. Click here to purchase tickets and for more information.

Sunday, March 29

  • Ballard Farmers Market along Ballard Ave from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Click here to see this week’s specials.
  • Open Mic at Conor Byrne Pub (5140 Ballard Ave NW) at 7:30 p.m. All are welcome. For more information click here.

Do you know of more events? Email the information to tips@myballard.com and we’ll include it in the weekly roundup.