Ballard Library hosts all-ages board game session tonight

Tonight (May 27) the Ballard Library is hosting an all-ages board game from 6 to 8 p.m. The organizers say they’ll have Blokus, Carcassonne, Ticket to Ride, Jenga, Scrambled States of America among others, and participants are invited to bring their favorites as well.

The event is free and registration isn’t required. For more information about upcoming events at the Ballard Library, click here.




Crown Hill Preschool still accepting students

Crown Hill Preschool (7706 25th Ave NW) has some spaces open for this fall. They tell us their 2015-2016 afternoon class is still accepting students. The class meets 12:30 to 3:30 p.m., Tuesday through Friday, and classes begin in September.

The preschool operates as a cooperative, which means the school is owned and operated by the parents of the children who attend. Parents are active participants, and help as assistant teachers in the classroom one day per week under the guidance of a trained teacher. “Co-op parents gain deep insight into their child’s development, have a voice in school decisions and policy-making, share in the mutual understanding and support of other parents, learn new parenting skills and create lasting memories of learning alongside their children,” the school tells us.


Leif Erikson Lodge seeks photos of past lodge presidents

The Leif Erikson Lodge is asking the community for help commemorating members of one of Ballard’s longest standing organizations. They’re celebrating their 112th anniversary this year; the lodge was formed on May 13, 1903, and to recognize their past presidents, they’re asking locals for copies of photos of past lodge presidents.

Local historian Christine Anderson compiled the following list of missing presidents photos and the years they served:

  • William C. Berg, July 1905-December 1906
  • Sam P. Oien, 1908
  • Gerhard Relling, 1910
  • Andrew Anderson, January-May 1930 (no relation to the current historian)
  • Ole Hoff, 1928 (photo from 1914)
  • Fredrik Krog Haslund, 1917-1918

“I am hoping someone in our broader Nordic community and local community may either be descended from these men or some how related or even family friends,” Anderson tells us. They’re also looking for a photo of Albert S. Ryland from 1937-38 to replace an old one from the 50s that currently hangs on the president’s wall.

“Thanks for any help you can provide in completing this long overdue project,” writes Anderson. If you have any photos you believe could be of help, contact Anderson at

Eat at Patxi’s on Wednesday and raise money for Sustainable Ballard

treeTomorrow, there will be an opportunity to support one of Ballard’s most active nonprofits and enjoy tasty pizza. Patxi’s Pizza (5323 Ballard Ave NW) will donate 10 percent of the Wednesday’s (May 27th) sales to Sustainable Ballard. From 4 to 6 p.m., they will be hosting a party at the restaurant with Sustainable Ballard members.

Patxi’s fundraising is part of their “52 Weeks of Giving,” which is a program in which each week, one of Patxi’s locations around the country hosts a fundraiser to support local organizations.

Norwegian pride lights up Ballard with King Harald of Norway

It was a proud day for our Norwegian Ballardites: King Harald of Norway’s visit drew a huge crowd at Bergen Place in Ballard this afternoon. King Harald came to the neighborhood to honor the rededicated mural at Bergen Place.

Photo by Jesse Knutson
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Photo by Jesse Knutson
“With the King of Norway looking on, the Ballard High School Women’s Chamber Choir sings for the crowd in Bergen Place.” Photo via Twitter, by Jesse Knutson

King Harald spent part of the day meeting with tourism representatives, and dropped by the Pacific Fishermen Shipyard before going to Bergen Place for the ceremony.

This was the first visit from the King in 20 years; he and Queen Sonja visited at the original dedication in 1995.


What’s on this Memorial Day weekend

It’s Memorial Day weekend – here’s the scoop on the happenings around town:

Friday, May 22:

  • King Harald of Norway at Bergen Place: 4:15 p.m. King Harald will be joined by Seattle Mayor Ed Murray to celebrate the mural remodel at Bergen Place.
  • Swanson’s Nursery Memorial Day Weekend Sale: offering 30% off pots and containers, as well as 25% off all orchids. The sale begins Friday, and ends on Monday, May 25. Swansons is open daily from 9 AM to 7 PM.
  • NW Folklife Festival at Seattle Center: Folklife runs all weekend – from May 22 through May 25 – and features artists, musicians, dancers and storytellers from around the world. Admission is free, but there is a $10 suggested donation.
  • Live music at Conor Byrne Pub (5140 Ballard Ave NW) at 9 p.m.Silent City Productions is proud to present the fourth annual installment of Punk As Folk, an annual celebration of punk-inspired folk music and folk-inspired punk music to coincide with the Northwest Folklife Festival. Tickets $10. Click here to purchase tickets and for more information.
  • Live Music at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW) at 9 p.m. Featuring Aaron Crawford w/ Marlin James Band & The Andy Shoftner Band. Tickets $10. Click here to purchase tickets and for more information.

Saturday, May 23:

  • Beer Garden soft opening at Peddler Brewery: Join Peddler Brewery (1514 NW Leary Way) at the soft opening of their beer garden. “Sunshine + beer + food trucks + lawn games + bikes, yes we agree it’s a perfect combination.  Our beer garden is located right behind the brewery, can hold up to 400 people, and will have a back bar with our 4 most popular beers on tap.”
  • Free Community Health Fair at Nyer Urness House: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. 1753 NW 65th St. “Talk to pharmacists about your health-bring your medications with you and review your medicines. Sign up for health insurance and get to know your local resources. Free lunch from Alison’s Costal Cafe and Bakery-first come first served.
  • Live Music at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW) at 9 p.m. FeaturingThe Weatherside Whiskey Band (album release) w/ Warren G Hardings & friends. Tickets $8. Click here to purchase tickets and for more information.

Sunday, May 24:

  • Ballard Farmers Market along Ballard Ave from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Click here to see this week’s specials.

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Ballard Development Update May 22: ongoing subdivisions in the neighborhood

This week’s development update is more of the same, with two property subdivision applications and one decision to approve the division of one lot into five unit lots.


8354 10TH AVE NW


A Land Use Application has been submitted to subdivide one parcel into two parcels of land. The subdivision of the property is for the purpose of allowing sale or lease of the unit lots, and development standards will be applied to the original parcel, not to each of the new unit lots.

2411 NW 64TH ST


A Land Use Application has been submitted to subdivide one parcel into two parcels of land. The subdivision of the property is for the purpose of allowing sale or lease of the unit lots, and development standards will be applied to the original parcel, not to each of the new unit lots.


6216 20TH AVE NW

A Land Use Application to subdivide one development site into five unit lots has been approved. The subdivision of the 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.

Comments about the above applications should be submitted to or mailed to the address below:

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

Golden Gardens relocates fire pits to north end of beach

All 12 fire pits at Golden Gardens have been relocated to the north end of the beach, an effort the city says will allow for better monitoring of fires and beach activity at night.

Seattle Parks and Recreation moved the pits to North Point for the peak season, mid-May through mid-September. They say they’ll be able to better program the south end of the beach with the fire pits gone, and also add that the Seattle Police Department will be able to, “better control the illegal behaviors that often occur around them,” according to a statement from the city.

Seattle Parks plans to enhance the recreational and family-friendly activities on the south end, including more space for volleyball, bathhouse events and better beach access for all visitors. Additionally, with the fire pits at the north end, Seattle Police will have better access to reach the fire pit area via the adjacent parking lot.

The new pits will have lockable lids, which will allow Parks staff to control when and for how long the pits will be open; they’ll unlock them in the late afternoon and then at night just before the park closes. They hope this will help staff control illegal burning and prevent bonfires during burn bans.

For Golden Gardens beach fire rules and regulations, click here.

Throwback Thursday: a glimpse of NW Market St. in the old days

In the spirit of Throwback Thursday, today we take a look at the NW Market St. of yesteryear.

Photo courtesy Ballard Historical Society

The above photo is the Roxy Theatre in 1920 (now the Majestic Bay Theatre) on NW Market St. The sign reads “Walter Huston – Keep Em Rolling & Vodvil,” and the price was $0.15 for a movie.

Photo courtesy Ballard Historical Society

Just next door to Roxy’s was the Ballard Carnegie Library, today home to the buzzing Kangaroo & Kiwi bar. (Photo taken in 1904 by O.T. Frasch)

Photo courtesy Ballard Historical Society

A look at NW Market St. under a blanket of snow in 1900. The photo was taken looking west from City Hall.

Photo courtesy Ballard Historical Society

Photocopy of black and white original print from 1905 of the exterior of Bohlke and Christenson Complete House Furnishers, located at 22nd and Market Street. Mr. H.C. Bohlke stands in doorway to storefront with two other men and furniture is visible through the shop windows.

If you have any photos or stories of the old days in Ballard, send them to


Ballard scavenger hunt to fundraise for Parkinson’s research

raceAt the end of May there will be a scavenger-hunt styled competition in Ballard, the proceeds for which will benefit Parkinson’s research. The Adventure Race for Parkinson’s will be held on Saturday, May 30, and the funds will go to support the Washington State Chapter of the American Parkinson Disease Association (APDA), which raises money for patients and research.

The race starts and ends in Ballard, and will challenge participants to “complete feats of mental and physical prowess, racing by foot to each location,” according to the organizers. Each team will follow clues to get from place to place, and will be permitted to use smartphones to access maps, research answers and call friends for help. The post-race party will be held at Hilliard’s Brewery for prize giveaways, including Seahawks tickets, a Richard Sherman autographed football, an Xbox, gift cards and more (there’s a prize list on their Facebook page if you want to know the payoff).

“Parkinson’s Disease has touched my family and inspired me to raise awareness and inform people about the impact this disease could have on any of us,” Jon Adams, Race Co-chair, writes in a statement.  “I’m so proud to be part of this event; bringing the community together to embrace a shared goal while having fun racing through our amazing city is a great feeling.”

The race entry is $45 per person, and registration is on a first-come, first-serve basis and will close at 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, May 28. Registration and more information can be found here.

Photo from the Adventure Race for Parkinson’s Facebook page