Phinney Neighborhood Association looking for volunteers to help seniors

A Phinney Ridge neighborhood group is looking for volunteers to help with aging members of the community. The Phinney Neighborhood Association (PNA) Village program is hoping to find people willing to help seniors who need help with tasks such as getting to appointments, taking out their garbage, light housekeeping, and additional occasional errands and providing company.

PNA Village is a group that empowers people, “to remain in their homes and neighborhoods while staying active and engaged as they age.” If you’re interested in becoming a volunteer, call the PNA Village 206-789 -1217 and ask for Alex, who will set up a time for a short training and orientation. For more information, visit their website, or call Carol Pearl, Volunteer Chairman at 206-783-6419.

Drainage improvement construction at 3rd Ave NW and NW 56th St

Crews will be out constructing drainage improvements at the intersection of 3rd Ave NW and NW 56th St starting today. The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) says the work will begin today (Sept. 28) and last between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. during weekdays for about one week.

The drainage work is one of the stages of the pedestrian safety improvements near West Woodland Elementary. SDOT says the east side of the intersection will closed to traffic during crew work hours, but that local access will be maintained at all times. For more about the construction, click here.




What’s on this weekend

This last weekend of September is full of community events, including Oktoberfest, meetings with local lawmakers, and Ballard history tours. If you want to add your event to the schedule, email us at

Have a great weekend!

FRIDAY, September 25

  • Live Music
    • Country Blues: The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band w/ The Shivering Denizens at  Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW) at 9 p.m. Tickets $16.
    • The Hoot Hoots, Stereo Embers, The Jesus Rehab at Sunset Tavern (5433 Ballard Ave NW) at 9 p.m. Tickets $8.
    • Jazz at Egan’s Ballard Jam House (1707 NW Market St).  Tim Carson with Don Garberg (piano) and Ken French (drums) 7 p.m. Tickets $15.
    • Plastic Horse Records Showcase: with Wildcat Choir, Valley Fair, & Yet. Also featuring Bob Crash, The Holy Broke, Dewi Sant, and special guests, at Conor Byrne Pub (5140 Ballard Ave NW) at 9 p.m. Tickets $8.

SATURDAY, September 26:

  • Oktoberfest at Salmon Bay Eagles3 to 1o p.m. at 5216 20th Ave NW. Featuring local breweries on tap, burlesque performances, and live music all afternoon. Tickets $17. All proceeds to benefit Friends of the Children.
  • Coffee and Conversation’ with State Reps. Gael Tarleton and Reuven Carlyle1 p.m. at Sip & Ship. Talk to local politicians about issues in our community. All are welcome.
  • Ballard History Walk: Lumber, Libraries & Liquor – oh, my! Discover how these made the Ballard we love so much! 10 am to 11:45 am, meeting at Bergen Place Park (Market St. & Leary Ave) Call or text 206-504-0916 to reserve your spot in history!  $15 per person  (limited to 15 people).
  • Free yoga in the park: Every Saturday starting July 25th a free yoga class will be held in Ballard Commons Park with instructors from the Ballard Health Club. 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Saturdays through September. Bring a yoga mat! All levels of experience welcome.
  • Live Music
    • Walter Salas-Humara, w/ Transceiver (Terri and Rich from Walkabouts) at Conor Byrne Pub (5140 Ballard Ave NW) at 6 p.m. Tickets $10.
    •  Thrasher Presents: Roger Clyne & the Peacemakers w/ Buffalo Jones at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW) at 9 p.m. Tickets $20.
    • Joel RL Phelps The Downer Trio, Mint Mile and Zebra Hunt at Sunset Tavern (5433 Ballard Ave NW) 9 p.m.  Tickets $10.
    • Jazz at Egan’s Ballard Jam House (1707 NW Market St). 7 p.m.  Susan Carr Ensemble $10 cover – (admission proceeds go to a family who lost their home in a fire). 9 p.m.:  Roxi Copland, $8 cover.

SUNDAY, September 27:

  • Ballard High School cheer camp fundraiser9:30 a.m. to noon. BHS cheer squad to teach students (K-5)  cheers, chants and dances. Performance at noon. $35 per camper, all funds going to support the BHS cheer program.
  • Ballard Farmer’s Market along Ballard Ave from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Click here to see this week’s specials.
  • Live Music
    • Open mic at Conor Byrne Pub (5140 Ballard Ave NW) sign-up at 7:30 p.m.
    •  A Special Acoustic Performance By Everlast w/ Massy Ferguson at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW) at 8 p.m. Tickets $20.
    • Origami Ghosts, Erik Blood and William Hall at Sunset Tavern (5433 Ballard Ave NW) 8 p.m.  Tickets $8.

‘Hip Lutefisk’ is Ballard’s new tour guide

Ballard may just have a new mascot: he’s the hip lutefisk, and he’s here to direct you to the trendiest bars, shops, and cafes our ‘hood has to offer.

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The gelatinous Nordic delicacy-turned-icon is the brainchild of Seattleite Guide and Y-Design, created by Max Olson from Y-Design. The Seattleite Guide offers an interactive map of Ballard’s hot spots, mostly including shops and restaurants along Ballard Ave NW. They have maps for other Seattle neighborhoods too, but Ballard has the best mascot (by a long shot).

Peddler Brewing cornhole leagues start soon

cornholeBallard’s Peddler Brewing Company (1514 NW Leary Way) is setting up another fall cornhole league, launching this week on Wednesdays and Sundays. It’s called “Suds n’ Sinkers,” and they’re accepting teams of 1 to 4 people at $25 per person. The Wednesday league is Sept. 30 through November 4, meeting at 6:30 to 9:45 p.m. every Wednesday. They’ll also have a Sunday league, meeting every weekend starting October 4, going through November 8 from 2:30 to 6 p.m.

The games will take place under a huge tent in their beer garden. “Come dressed for the temperature, but you can leave the rain jacket at home!” Peddler tells us. Participants can expect to play two matches per week (one match consists of two games to 21), $1 off beers all day throughout the duration of the league, a Suds n’ Sinkers league t-shirt, and prizes for the winners.

To join, assemble a team, come up with team name, and register either for the Wednesday or Sunday league.


Equal Voice brings attention to funding challenges at Ballard NW Senior Center

On any given day of the week, the Ballard NW Senior Center is buzzing. From yoga to foreign language classes and even tax help, it’s an important resource for the older residents of Seattle. The center sees roughly 4,000 members, but they’re worried about keeping up with the costs of operations. National news organization Equal Voice News just released a multimedia story titled, “Elders in America: Living on the Edge. Why We Should Care,” depicting the experiences of the center’s many members and the challenges associated with keeping the senior center open.

In the video, Ballard NW Senior Center Director Carlye Teel nicknames it the “duct tape center,” pointing out that there are an endless number of fixes and updates the center needs to remain open and safe for members. The center operates with a yearly budget of $500,000, 60 percent of which is secured through the center’s regular fundraisers and events like bingo, rummage sales, and craft and bake sales. A good portion of the funding comes from the City of Seattle, which owns the building (the center doesn’t have to pay rent, but is responsible for maintenance). Funding also comes from the non-profit Senior Services and United Way, but Teel says it’s still a struggle to maintain the building and keep up the programming. In the story, Teel says they recently had to fix the broken elevator, which was $4,200.

Rose Cornicello, 95, has been a regular at the center for a decade. She told Equal Voice that she became a member the moment she walked into the center, and worked as the receptionist for 10 years until her eyesight began to fail. “If you want a happier place than this — no,” she says, as tables fill in the dining area. “I just walked in here and said, ‘This is home.’”

Equal Voice is written and edited by award-winning professional journalists with a depth of experience in major newsrooms throughout the country. It’s published by Marguerite Casey Foundation, which provides grants to organizations working on the issues behind family poverty.

Throwback Thursday: bird’s eye view of Ballard

Sometimes it’s easier to see the scope of change from a bird’s eye view, so for this Throwback Thursday, we look at aerial views of Ballard from back in the day.


Aerial view of Ballard looking west, 1937


Aerial of Ballard Bridge and Salmon Bay from the south, taken in 1940.


Ballard Locks and Lockhaven Apartments from the south in 1949.


Shilshole Bay Marina in 1962.

All photos courtesy MOHAI

Ballard Development Update: one subdivision application

It’s a quiet week for development plans in Ballard: just one subdivision application makes 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.


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A Land Use Application has been submitted to subdivide one development site into four unit lots. The construction of residential units is under Project #6427801. 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.


Ballard Urban Rest Stop to open soon – open house on Oct. 1

rest stopThe city’s newest Urban Rest Stop is nearing completion in Ballard, and there will be an open house for community members to see the facility. The Low Income Housing Institute’s (LIHI) Urban Rest Stops are hygiene facilities for the homeless; there are currently two others in Seattle, one downtown and one in the University District. The Ballard rest stop is at the base of Cheryl Chow Court (2014 NW 57th St), and the doors will be open from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 1 for anyone who wants to check it out. They’ll have a brief program at 4:30 p.m. to talk about the hygiene center.

LIHI developed the rest stops to provide a place for homeless to take showers, do laundry, and receive referrals to housing and services. The facility will be in full swing by Monday, Oct. 12, and services will be provided Monday to Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

The Ballard facility has been in the works for several years; the site was first identified back in 2012. Sharon Lee, Executive Director of LIHI, told King 5 that many people who use the other rest stops in Seattle have jobs, and rely on the center to get ready for work. “They’re working in full-time jobs, part time work, or even day labor and as long as they can clean up and be ready, it’s making a big difference in their lives.”

Upcoming meeting to discuss Golden Gardens stairway and drainage improvement

Seattle Parks and Recreation is holding a public meeting at Golden Gardens on Oct. 7 to talk about drainage and stairway improvements coming to the park. The meeting is from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Golden Gardens Bathhouse.

Seattle Parks tells us construction for the project will start by the end of the year, and they’ll be closing the stairway during construction. They’ll be replacing the damaged stairway steps in the park from the lower park area to the dog off-leash area. Seattle Parks will also renovate the existing storm drainage system in order to prevent hillside erosion.

The work is expected to start in late 2015, and be complete by 2016. For more information about the improvements, click here.