Chittenden Locks large chamber closing 8-11am 12/9, to marine traffic for dive work

On Wednesday, December 9, from 8am-11am, the Chittenden Locks large chamber will be closed to marine traffic for dive work related to pump plant construction.

If not all work is completed during this time period, the lock may also be closed from 8am-11am, Thursday, December 10.

For current information about activities at the Locks, visit the Locks’ website, or follow them on Facebook or Twitter.

The Mailbox Ballard posts Holiday shipping deadlines


The Mailbox Ballard (2400 NW 80th St) a local, small shipping company, recently posted Holiday Shipping Deadlines to their blog.

The post compiles various shipping deadlines outlined by their carriers in to one list, to help you get your Holiday packages to their destinations on time.

They also include some shipping tips as well.

The mailbox also has office services; stamping, laminating, faxing, etc., photo passports and more. Visit their website.

Read the shipping deadline post here.

Photo courtesy of The Mailbox Ballard.

Skål! Scandinavian Spirits exhibition opens at the Nordic Heritage Museum, Fri. Dec. 11


A new national traveling exhibition, Skål! Scandinavian Spirits, opens Friday, December 11 at the Nordic Heritage Museum (3014 NW 67th St).

The exhibit was created by the Museum of Danish America in Elk Horn, Iowa in collaboration with the NHM, as well as four other Scandinavian-American institutions.

From the NHM, about the exhibit:

“Skål! Scandinavian Spirits, presented by Aalborg and Linie aquavits, shares the history and traditions of the drinking culture in the Nordic countries dating from Viking times to traditions carried into the U.S. by immigrants, continuing to the present day. The exhibition focuses on beer and aquavit – the traditional liquor of Scandinavia that means “the water of life.” “

The exhibit runs from December 11 – February 28, 2016.

Museum hours: Tues-Sat 10am-4pm, Sun: Noon-4 pm, Mon: closed

Cost: Adults: $8, Seniors & College students: $7, Children over 5 years: $6, Children under 5 years: Free, Members: Free. The first Thursday of each month: free admission all day and open until 8:00 p.m.

For more information about the exhibit, click here.



Events related to the exhibition:

There will be a Member Preview: Aquavit Tasting and Talk, Thursday, December 10, from 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm at the Nordic Heritage Museum. This event is for members only.

“Members will enjoy this informative talk by Norwegian Christer Olsen, Business Area Manager USA and International Markets for Arcus, the parent company representing Linie, the Norwegian aquavit, and Aalborg, a Danish aquavit. This event coincides with the first Aquavit Week in the Seattle area.”

There will also be a Gallery Talk at 2:00pm, Saturday, December 12 by a museum curator, Tova Brant.

From the event page:

“She is currently the Albert Ravenholt Curator of Danish-American Culture at the Museum of Danish America in Elk Horn, Iowa, who organized the exhibit. Denmark, Norway and Sweden share a “spirited” tradition of enjoying beer and aquavit—sometimes together, sometimes separately. This exhibit explores the cultural history of these beverages and follows those drinking traditions to Scandinavian-American communities.”

Photos courtesy of the Nordic Heritage Museum.

Affordable Care Act Q&A and enrollment assistance, Wed. Dec. 9, Ballard Library

This Wednesday, December 9th, there will be trained staff from the Public Health of Seattle & King County answering Affordable Care Act questions and assisting with enrollment.

When: Wednesday, December 9. 10am-2pm
 Ballard Branch Library, in the Study Room (5614 22nd Ave NW)
Cost: Free and everyone is welcome
Bring: From the event page:

“To enroll in an insurance plan, please have with you:

  •  Social Security Numbers for all household members
  • Birthdays for all members
  •  Your most recent income information
  • If you are a resident of Washington State and you have a green card, your Green Card Number”

Space is limited, and the library can not exceed the maximum number allowed; so the library asks that attendees come early to ensure your seat.

For more information, visit the event page.

Week in sports at BHS

Monday, December 7

  • Girls Basketball C-Team: 5:00 pm, Bishop Blanchet vs. Ballard
  • Boys Basketball C-Team: 7:30 pm, Seattle Prep. vs. Ballard

Tuesday, December 8

  • Boys Basketball-Junior Varsity: 5:45 pm, Seattle Prep vs. Ballard @ Seattle Prep – McHugh Gymnasium
  • Boys Basketball-Varsity: 7:30 pm, Seattle Prep. vs. Ballard @ Seattle Prep – McHugh Gymnasium

Wednesday, December 9

  • Girls Basketball- Junior Varsity: 5:45 pm, Seattle Prep. vs. Ballard @ Seattle Prep – McHugh Gymnasium
  • Girls Basketball- Varsity: 7:30 pm,  Seattle Prep. vs. Ballard @ Seattle Prep – McHugh Gymnasium

Thursday, December 10

  • Boys Wrestling-Varsity: 6:00 pm, Ballard vs. Bishop Blanchet @ Ballard High School
  • Boys Wrestling- Varsity: 7:30 pm, Ballard vs. Eastside Catholic @ Ballard High School

Friday, December 11

  • Boys Swim- Varsity: 3:30 pm, Bishop Blanchet vs. Ballard @ Ballard Pool
  • Girls Basketball- C-Team: 4:00 pm, Chief Sealth vs. Ballard @ Chief Sealth High School
  • Gymnastics- Varsity: 4:00 pm, Nathan Hale vs. Ballard @ Nathan Hale High School
  • Boys Basketball- Junior Varsity: 5:00 pm, Ballard vs. Franklin @ Ballard High School
  • Girls Basketball- Varsity: 6:30 pm, Ballard vs. Franklin @ Ballard High School
  • Boys Basketball- Varsity: 8:00 pm, Ballard vs. Franklin @ Ballard High School

Saturday, December 12

  • Girls Basketball- C-Team: 1:15 pm, Ballard vs. Ingraham @ Ballard High School
  • Boys Basketball- C-Team: 11:30 am, Ballard vs. Franklin @ Ballard High School

Public giant menorah lighting, Tues. Dec. 8, 6pm


What: Public giant menorah lighting
When: Tuesday, December 8, 6:00pm
Where:  Bergen Place (5420 22nd Ave NW)

There will also be balloon twisting, music, dancing, dreidels and latkas.

Fom Rabbi and co- Director, Yoni Levitin:

“Chabad of Ballard is a local chapter of the worldwide Chabad movement that will support the Jewish communities of Ballard and neighboring areas. The organization plans on hosting both educational and cultural programs for the community, and all are welcome to attend the family-friendly events.”

There will be plenty of canopy tents in case of rain.

For more information about Chabad of Ballard, visit their website or their Facebook page.

Development update: December 7, one decision

Just one decision 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.


7016 15TH AVE NW

Land Use Application to allow a 5 story structure containing 89 residential units above 2,460 sq. ft. of commercial space and 4 live-work units. Parking for 49 vehicles to be provided at grade. Existing structures to be demolished. Approx. 4,220 cubic yards of soil will be removed from the site.

Appeals of this decision must be received by the Hearing Examiner no later than 12/21/2015.


Santa Photo’s at Ballard Academy of Music and Dance to benefit foster charity Treehouse for Kids, Sun. Dec. 6


What: Santa Photo’s at Ballard Academy of Music and Dance
When: Sunday, December 6, 3pm-5pm
Where: Ballard Academy of Music and Dance (2404 NW 80th St.)
Cost: Suggested $20 cash donation, or donations of new, in original packaging, unwrapped toy and receive a photo with Santa

Come out to Ballard Academy of Music and Dance for a personal photo with Santa, to help bring toys to foster children in need by Treehouse for Kids.

“As the real Santa will be very busy at this time of the year he will be represented by Ballard’s own Santa. Santa Jerry Nebel has been representing St Nick for 7 years. He is a member of NORPAC the Pacific Northwest Professional Santa organization., and IBRBS the International Brotherhood of Real Bearded Santa’s. Santa Jerry is a graduate of the International University of Santa Claus. Most of his appearances are at corporate events and private functions.  He also visits many homes in Europe each year as a Skype Santa. This is one of the few public appearances he does in the Ballard area each year.”

Ballard Academy of Music and Dance offers music and dance lessons to students of all ages and skill levels. New classes begin in January.

For more information about BAMD, visit their website. For more information about Santa Jerry Nebel, visit his Facebook Page.

Photo courtesy of Jerry Nebel.