City Fruit’s first winter pruning class; basic fruit tree pruning, Sat. Dec. 5, 10am-12pm

Winter pruning

What: City Fruit’s Winter Pruning Class: Basic Fruit Tree Pruning
When: Saturday, December 5, 10am-12pm
Where: North Seattle (address will be emailed upon registration)
Cost: Individual: $45, Member: $35, Sliding scale: $25

From City Fruit:

“Join City Fruit for our first pruning class of the winter! The first part of the course will be a class session where participants will learn the reasons for pruning, the theory behind the different cuts, as well as what tools are necessary and how to care for them. The second part of this class will be dedicated hands on pruning practice with the help of an expert. This combination will provide beginners to pruning the knowledge and confidence to begin caring for their fruit trees.”

For more information click here. To register for the class, click here.

Photo courtesy of City Fruit.

Local resident, Tory Tiara dances in upcoming performance; Land of the Sweets: The Burlesque Nutcracker

Land of the Sweets: The Burlesque Nutcracker is coming to the Triple Door (216 Union St) December 10th-26th. Land of the Sweets has been running since 2006. Today, My Ballard is profiling Tory Tiara, who is a major presence in this production, and a Ballard resident. She is a former Spectrum Theatre dancer, who currently dances full-time for Whim W’Him, a contemporary dance company, as well as Verlaine & McCann company’s productions. Read below for a Q&A with Tory Tiara.


MB: I understand you’re a Ballardite. How long have you lived in Ballard?

TT: Three years ago I bought my home in Ballard and have been happily drinking local beer out of mason jars, raising chickens in my backyard and frequenting the Sunday farmers Market ever since. I grew up in a small town in Oregon so Ballard feels like home, metropolitan living with a small community atmosphere.

MB: How did you get into dancing/what path brought you to dancing? Any interesting jobs before performing?

TT: I’ve studied classical ballet since I was a really little girl, so most of my life has been dedicated to my love of performing. At the age of 4 I asked my parents to sign me up for ballet classes, they did so at the local Rec center and the rest is history.

Early in my career, to support my starving artist lifestyle I worked at a discount shoe store, I was a secretary at a law firm, I nannied (my favorite job besides dancing) and I even washed towels at a spa (that lasted 2 days, I’m more of a spa goer). Now I’m happy to say I do nothing but dance full time For Whim W’Him (a contemporary dance company) and Lily Verlaine and Jasper McCann’s many productions.

MB: What’s the most interesting/best part of your job?

TT: The experience of performing for a live audience is always different, always exciting and always a challenge. I never tire of it and am always astonished at the new things I learn every time the curtain rises on a show. From how to navigate a costume malfunction to something more personal like over coming the fear of being vulnerable in front of people.

MB: What’s the most memorable show you’ve danced in? Any interesting stories?

TT: This show is truly one of the most memorable shows I’ve had the honor of being in. Every year we perform the show over 30 times throughout the holiday season. Sometimes performing the entire show three times in one day! The whole cast becomes a family backstage and it’s those moments of eating dinner together, laughing and loving one another’s company that stands out in my mind.

Interesting stories? We like to keep the allure of glamour alive for our audience but we are human and to be human is to error. There are so many costume changes in the show we sometimes forget to put a piece on, so every night before the curtain rises we do a “panty check” where we ask each other if we have our panties on. It has happened more than once that with moments to spare someone has dashed back to the dressing room to put their bottoms on. We like to tantalize but we don’t go full monty!

MB: What can the audience expect from the show?

TT: This show is the perfect way for adults to enjoy the good parts of the holidays. It’s sexy, over the top and most importantly full of humor. You can expect to enjoy a beautiful cocktail while we let you forget about holiday shopping lines, family conundrums and the long dark days of winter.



For tickets and information, click hereEarly shows are 17+, and late shows are 21+. Tickets range from $40-65 depending on date and time of performance.

Photos courtesy of Scott Butner.

Week in sports at BHS

Monday, November 30

  • Girls Basketball C-Team: 3:30pm, Renton vs. Ballard, at Renton High School
  • Girls Basketball JV: 5:15pm, Renton vs. Ballard, at Renton High School
  • Girls Basketball Varsity: 7:00pm, Renton vs. Ballard, at Renton High School

Tuesday, December 1

  • Girls Basketball JV: 5:45pm, Ballard vs. Bonney Lake, at Ballard High School
  • Girls Basketball Varsity: 7:30pm, Ballard vs. Bonney Lake, at Ballard High School

Wednesday, December 2

  • Boys Wrestling Varsity: 6:00 Chief Sealth vs. Ballard, at Bishop Blanchet High School
  • Boys Wrestling Varsity: 7:00 Bainbridge vs. Ballard, at Bishop Blanchet High School

Friday, December 4

  • Girls Basketball JV: 3:30, Lakeside vs. Ballard, at Lakeside High School
  • Boys Swim Varsity 3:30, West Seattle vs. Ballard, at Southwest Pool
  • Boys Basketball JV: 5:00, Lakeside vs. Ballard, at Lakeside High School
  • Boys Basketball V-Team: 5:00, Lakeside vs. Ballard
  • Gymnastics Varsity: 6:00, Ballard vs. Bainbridge, at Ballard High School
  • Girl’s Basketball Varsity: 6:30, Lakeside vs. Ballard, at Lakeside High School
  • Boys Basketball Varsity: 8:00, Lakeside vs. Ballard, Lakeside High School

Saturday, December 5

  • Boys Basketball Varsity: 10:30, Ballard vs. Tahoma, at Auburn Riverside High School

Development Update: Nov. 30

Three applications and two decisions 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.


1427 NW 65TH ST


Land Use Application to allow a 4-story apartment building containing 22 units. No parking proposed. Existing structure to be demolished.

632 NW 85TH ST


Land Use Application to subdivide one parcel into two parcels of land. Proposed parcel sizes are: Y) 2,044 sq. ft. and Z) 2,550 sq. ft. Existing structures are to be demolished.



Shoreline Substantial Development to allow a 2-story structure containing 5,210 sq. ft. of office. No parking proposed. Existing single family residence to be demolished.


2416 NW 61ST ST

Land Use Application to subdivide one development site into two unit lots. The construction of residential units is under Project #6452806. 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 12/14/2015.

1526 NW 59TH ST

Land Use Application to subdivide one parcel into two parcels of land. Proposed parcel sizes are: A) 1,681 sq. ft. and B) 2,091 sq. ft. Existing structures to be demolished.

Appeals of this decision must be received by the Hearing Examiner no later than 12/14/2015.

Holiday sale of Himalayan Handicraft at Sakya Monastery, Sun. Nov. 29

What: Holiday Sale of Himalayan Handicraft
When: Sunday, November 29, 11am-4pm
Where: Sakya Monastery of Tibetan Buddhism (108 NW 83rd Street)
Cost: Free

Come out to Sakya Monastery of Tibetan Buddhism and see the cultural hall and library turned into a market of Tibetan vendors. “Items for sale include: prayer beads, jewelry, statues, prayer flags, incense, clothing, art prints, books, CDs and Himalayan art calendars.”

There will also be a free tour of the Shrine Room which have traditional Tibetan murals, sculptures, mandalas and triple-sized golden Buddha statue. There will also be Tibetan tea served.

Toy Tags at Cupcake Royale to benefit Mary’s Place, Fri, Nov. 27-Sun. Dec. 13

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Cupcake Royale is teaming up with Mary’s Place to bring holiday gifts to deserving children. Stop in at any of the Cupcake Royale shops, Ballard’s is 2052 NW Market St, and pick up a Mary’s Place Holiday ‘Toy Tag.’ Here is how to participate:

  • Cupcake Royale has 120 paper ornaments from local children.
  • A gift request is written on each tag.
  • At a Cupcake Royale location, choose a Toy Tag or two.
  • Return the requested unwrapped gift to a Cupcake Royale no later than Sunday, December 13 with the tag attached and you will receive a free Cupcake Gram, which is good for one free cupcake.
  • Give the present to a Cupcake Royale staffperson, along with the Toy Tag. 
  • You may use the Cupcake Gram or Re-Gift it again

“We are so moved by the great work that they are doing at Mary’s Place to ensure that ‘no child sleeps outside’ that we wanted to find a way to get more involved this holiday season,” said Nicki Kerbs, Cupcake Royale Chief Operating Officer. “Hosting a toy drive is all about creating joy, which is right up our alley. Our staff is also looking forward to volunteering at Mary’s Place Holly Jolly Holiday Party on December 21 and well, of course, there will be cupcakes!”

About Mary’s Place: Mary’s Place empowers homeless women, children and families to reclaim their lives by providing day and night shelter, nourishment, resources, healing and hope in a safe community.”

Visit Cupcake Royale on their website or Facebook Page or Twitter

Photo courtesy of Cupcake Royale.

Ballard Locks large chamber scheduled to open 5 days early, Nov. 27 at 3:30pm

The Chittenden Locks large chamber is now scheduled to open five days early at 3:30 p.m. today, Friday, November 27.

Operations will return to normal for both the large and small chamber, with the annual maintenance and inspections finishing ahead of schedule.  Current locking information is available here.

For current locks information and events visit their websiteOr connect with them on Facebook and/or Twitter.

What’s on this weekend, Nov. 27-29

Here are some of the local events to choose from this weekend. If you want to add your event to the schedule, email us at

Have a great weekend!

FRIDAY, November 27:

  • Ballard Gives Black Friday, 9am-6pm: Shop locally in Ballard, more information here
  • Dibble House Holiday Craft Sale “Preview” 4pm-8pm, $3 suggested donation goes towards Ballard Food Bank, (7301 Dibble Ave. NW). All hand made items and cookies.
  • Live Music
    • The Knast, Pale Noise, and Chris King and the Gutterballs, 9pm, $8 at Conor Byrne Pub (5140 Ballard Ave NW)
    • Thanksgiving Leftovers: Tip to Base w/ The Bad Tenants & Brass Monkeys, 9pm, $10 at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW),
    • 7pm – Kyle Scherrer Quintet, with Kyle Scherrer (guitar), TJ Kottsick (tenor sax), Jacob Krieger (alto sax), Reign King (bass) and Isaac Boyle (drums) ($10 cover)
      9pm -Jennifer Kienzle, with Dave Peterson (guitar), Nate Parker (bass) and Max Wood (drums) ($10 cover) at Egan’s Ballard Jam House (1707 NW Market St)
    • Lonesome Shack, Evening Bell, Mindie Lind, 9pm, $12 at Sunset Tavern (5433 Ballard Ave. NW)

SATURDAY, November 28:

  • Dibble House Holiday Craft Sale 9am-6pm, Quality crafts and handmade items. (7301 Dibble Ave. NW)
  • Live Music
    • Buzzbrump, Snug Harbor, 9pm, $8 at Conor Byrne Pub (5140 Ballard Ave NW)
    • Local Country: Aaron Crawford w/ Lowdown Drifters and Bruised Heart Revue, 9pm, $12 at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW)
    • 7pm – Finn Hill Jazz, featuring Charlotte Carruthers ($10 cover)
      9pm – Jazz, Blues and Pop with Randy Cole (vocals/bass) and Anna Freedman (piano/vocals), featuring Sandy Carter (guitar/pedal steel) ($10 cover) at Egan’s Ballard Jam House (1707 NW Market St).

SUNDAY, November 29:

  • Holiday Sale of Himalayan Handicraft, 11AM -4PM, Sakya Monastery of Tibetan Buddhism, Cultural Hall (108 NW 83rd St), Cost: FreeAt 12pm there will be a free tour of the Shrine Room with its traditional Tibetan murals, sculptures, mandalas, and triple-sized golden Buddha statue. Tibetan tea will be served.
  • Dibble House Holiday Craft Sale 12pm-4pm, Quality crafts and handmade items  (7301 Dibble Ave. NW)
  • James Bond Movie Night: Live and Let Die at King’s Hardware
  • Ballard Farmer’s Market along Ballard Ave from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Ballard Elk’s Club Dancing with Lauren, 7-11, Ballard Elks Lodge #827, 6411 Seaview Avenue Northwest, Seattle, WA 98107
  • Live Music
    • Open mic at Conor Byrne Pub (5140 Ballard Ave NW) sign-up at 7:30 p.m.
    • Banjo/Slide Guitarist Tony Furtado Band w Eli West. Guest Josh Clauson, 8pm, $15 at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW
    • Acid Tongue, Bread and Butter, Ice Queens, Bad Motivators, 8pm, $8 at Sunset Tavern (5433 Ballard Ave NW)

The 2015 Thanksgiving Day Roundup

The team at My Ballard would like to wish everyone a very happy Thanksgiving! We hope that you are enjoying the day and giving thanks for the special things and people in your life.

There are a ton of things happening in Ballard today so we wanted to keep readers up to date with everything in the 2015 Ballard Thanksgiving Roundup.


  • 9th Annual Turkey Trot 5 km walk/jog/run is starting at 9 a.m. above Golden Gardens (32nd Ave NW and NW 85th St). All proceeds raised go to Ballard Food Bank. Over 3000 people are set to participate.
  • Old Redeemer’s Lutheran Church (2400 NW 85th St) is offering a free Thanksgiving Lunch to all members of the community at 12 noon. Sleeping bags will also be distributed to those in need.

What’s Open:

  • Safeway (1423 NW Market St) is open 24 hours.
  • Ballard Market (1400 NW 56th St) is open all day until 4 p.m.
  • QFC (5700 24th Ave NW) is open all day until 6 p.m.
  • Cupcake Royale (2052 NW Market St) is open from 7 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • Hattie’s Hat (5231 Ballard Ave NW) is open all day from 10 a.m. – 2 a.m.
  • Kangaroo and Kiwi (2026 NW Market St) will be open from 4 p.m.

What’s Closed:

  • All US post offices
  • Most major banks and credit unions
  • Seattle Transfer stations
  • Ballard Library
  • Ballard Neighborhood Service Center (will remain closed through Saturday, November 28)
  • All Seattle Parks and Recreation community centers including Ballard Pool

Traffic Watch:

  • Plan ahead if travelling along/nearby the Seattle Turkey Trot route. The event starts at 9 a.m. with staging on Loyal Way NW between 31st and 32nd Ave NW The event then moves south on 32nd Ave NW; west on NW 77th St; south on 34th Ave NW; west on NW 57th St; northwest on 37th Pl NW; north on the Burke-Gilman Trail and curb lane along the east side of Seaview Avenue NW; ending at Golden Gardens Park. Motorists can expect delays along the run route.

Things to remember:

  • On-street parking is free in Seattle on Thanksgiving Day.
  • King County Metro Transit bus routes are operating on a Sunday schedule Thanksgiving Day and will run on a reduced weekly schedule on Friday, November 27, with no UW campus service.
  • Garbage, food and yard waste, and recycling will not be picked up in Seattle on Thanksgiving Day. Collections scheduled for Thursday will occur on Friday, and Friday collections will occur on Saturday due to the Thanksgiving holiday. Please be sure to have your containers out by 7 a.m. to ensure collection.

Do you know of any other events or information for Thanksgiving Day 2015 in Ballard? Email us at

Fundraiser to benefit WestSide Baby in Ballard, Tues. Dec. 1

On Tuesday, December 1, local nonprofit WestSide Baby will have its annual JOY Drive with a fundraising event at Patxi’s Pizza in Ballard. Patxi’s Pizza will be donating 10% of their profit (including takeout, deliveries and happy hour) to the campaign.

What: Annual JOY drive with a fundraising event benefiting local nonprofit WestSide Baby
Where: Patxi’s Pizza (5323 Ballard Ave NW)
When: Tuesday, December 1, 11am-10pm

The JOY campaign is also encouraging the public to host drives, donate money or new or gently used items to supply families in need. They seek items such as diapers, warm clothing and other essential items.

Nancy Woodland, Executive Director of WestSide Baby says:

“There are 41,000 children aged 12 and under living below the federal poverty level in King County, and for those families the effects of poverty can be far reaching and potentially devastating to physical and mental health. Through our annual JOY donation drive WestSide Baby will provide more struggling families with critical items such as winter coats and boots and essential safety equipment, clothing up to size 12, diapers and hygiene items that aren’t covered by any government assistance programs.”

In the month of December, WestSide Baby anticipates serving 2300 children, providing them with essential items for their safety, and helping them to be warm and dry. These include “more than 70 car seats, 500 bags of clothing and 80,000 diapers.”

WestSide baby says that the drive you organize does not have to be complicated. They list the following suggestions on their website:

  • Organize a drive at your office or if you are a business owner why not offer a discount for customers who participate?
  • Get your kids involved by hosting a birthday party drive, or help them organize a drive among their friends, clubs, or athletic teams!
  • Have some fun and organize a holiday cocktail party or potluck with friends, all for a great cause.
  • Turn your company or church holiday tree into a “Giving Tree” by covering it with ornaments representing items desperately needed by local children. We can even make the ornaments for you with advance notice!

If you would like to organize a drive, see needed items for donation, or for information click here.

To donate online click here.

For volunteer information click here.