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.

December Chamber of Commerce Luncheon, Wed. Dec. 9

The December Chamber of Commerce Luncheon is coming Wednesday, December 9. You must RSVP by Friday, December 5. There will be a round of trivia, prizes to be won, and if you choose you can donate to a local charity.

What: December Chamber of Commerce Luncheon
When: Wednesday, December 9, 12-1:30
Where: Ray’s Boathouse, Northwest Room (6049 Seaview Ave NW)
Cost:  $25 for members, and $30 for non-members. No-shows will be billed.

  • Farm Lettuces and Greens with seasonal fruit,
  • Marcona almonds, white balsamic vinaigrette
  • Grilled Marinated Flank Steak rosemary-balsamic onion jus
  • Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes
  • Roasted Seasonal Vegetables
  • Grand Central Rolls and Butter
  • Assorted Holiday Cookies

From the Commerce:

How it works:
  • RSVP to
  • Bring ten one-dollar bills to add to collection jars for selected non-profits
  • Hosted trivia (brought to you by Sporcle) with great prizes for our winning trivia team, including wine from Ambassador Wines, gift cards from Bad Albert’s and more
  • Each table will constitute one team, so choose your seat wisely
  • A cash bar will be available

Space is filling up, RSVP to by Friday, December 5 to reserve your space.

Thanksgiving at Ray’s Boathouse and The Golden Beetle

Are you looking for somewhere to eat on Thanksgiving? Ray’s Boathouse and the Golden Beetle each have huge offerings for the day.

Some highlights include:

  • Ray’s Boathouse and Café (6049 Seaview Ave NW) is offering the Café’s annual buffet of fresh seafood and traditional Thanksgiving offerings, as well as a four-course plated menu. Each option is $45 per person, four course meal: $22.50 for children 5-11, the buffet is $20 for children 5-11, and both meals for children 5 and under are free.
    View the full menu hereReservations are required.

    • Reservations are required for Ray’s Café and Boathouse and are available from 11am-8pm in the Café and 11:30am-8pm in the Boathouse.
    • Boathouse reservations can be made at 206.789.3770 or here.
    • Café reservations can be made at 206.782.0094 or  here.
    • The Boathouse Bar does not take reservations, but will be open with a limited Thanksgiving menu.
    • The Café Bar will be closed.
  • Golden Beetle (1744 Northwest Market Street) blends Thanksgiving cuisine with their own Eastern Mediterranean flavors, serving up a four-course holiday meal featuring turkey, as well as alternatives of Black Cod and Root Vegetable Ragout.
    View the full menu here.

    •  Cost is $55 for four plates, with an optional $30 wine pairing.
    • Seating is from 3pm- 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving.
    • For more information or reservations, call 206.706.2977 or visit their website.

West Woodland releases second neighborhood business directory


The West Woodland Neighborhood, located in the SE corner of the Ballard District, has released their second neighborhood business directory. “The directory was created in an effort to celebrate the small businesses and owners who call the West Woodland Neighborhood home.”

This directory is designed to help consumers in the neighborhood find local places to shop, eat, start home improvement projects, as well as celebrate and support local business owners.

“When you shop local, more of the dollar you spend here, stays here.” says West Woodland Neighborhood.

The 2016 West Woodland Neighborhood Business Directory is available here.

Connect with them on Facebookor visit their Vintage West Woodland Pageas well as their Neighborhood Communication Board.

Photo courtesy of West Woodland website.

Pop-up shop, Wayward Stock opening for December in Ballard

There is a new pop-up shop coming to Ballard for the month of December. The company’s name is Wayward Stock and they sell what they lovingly call, adventure travel goods.


The owner, Chris Edwards and his crew are surfers, snowboarders, campers, hikers, bikers, and explorers. They strive to curate a collection of items that are tough and utilitarian and also have a heavy focus on design and aesthetic.


From their mission page:


“Wayward is a family… We inhabit the city, but thrive in the wild. We understand the value and comfort and preparedness in the great outdoors balanced with the demands of urban living. Whether venturing into the backcountry, heading to the coast, or exploring the city- the same rules apply. The equipment you bring can make or break your trip.


We created Wayward Stock as a place to share the items we find and create that have the perfect balance of function and aesthetic. Items that we find invaluable and reflective of the lifestyle we aspire to lead. “


Their first day open will be Friday, November 27, Tuesday-Sunday, 11am-7pm. You can find them at 2205 NW Market, next to Sonic Boom Records.


Photo courtesy of Wayward Stock website.

NEW: Monthly arts and crafts for kids at Ballard Elks, starting this Saturday, Nov. 28,

What: Arts and crafts sessions for kids of all ages
Where: Ballard Elks Club (6411 Seaview Ave NW)
When: Saturday, November 28, 11AM-1PM
Cost: $5 for the 2 hours. Open to Elks members and guests

Starting this Saturday, November 28, the Ballard Elks will host monthly arts and crafts sessions for children of all ages.  Ballard Elks will provide all supplies for your child, providing a creative outlet for making their own art using varying modalities. Music will also be provided for dancing, or just the ambiance for drawing, painting and creating.

For those children who would like to participate in more than individual creations, at times there will be guest teachers to teach painting, para cord bracelets, and sculpting.

Snacks will also be provided, as well as a volunteer to guide children who need any direction. There is plenty of room for kids to get their energy out during these rainy months.

The next session will be January 9, so mark your calendars.

Please contact Sharon Goochey with any questions at: or connect with them on their Facebook Page or visit their website.