Children’s book sale, Ballard Branch Library, Sun. Dec. 6

What: Children’s book sale, hosted by Friends of the Seattle Public Library
When: Sunday, December 6, 1:00pm-4:00pm
Where: Ballard Branch Seattle Public Library (5614 22nd Ave NW), in the meeting room
Cost: Free and open to the public, most books will cost $2-$4

“Book lovers will find hundreds of “like-new” books that have been selected for this one-day sale, including board books, picture books, children’s and young adult novels. All books will be individually priced. Most books will cost from $2 to $4.”

Free parking is available in the underground parking garage. Metro Bus Routes 17, 18, 40 and 44 serve the Ballard Branch.

For more information visit Friends of the Seattle Public Libraryor email:

Book fair to benefit Ballard Preschool Co-op at Phinney Books, Dec. 6th-20th

Phinney Books (7405 Greenwood Ave N) is hosting a book fair to benefit the Ballard Preschool Co-opThe fair begins Sunday, December 6th, going through Sunday, December 20th.

It is not necessary to be a current Co-op member to participate in the book fair. However, it is necessary tell the cashier to apply your sale total to the Ballard Preschool Co-op book fair. 25% of the fair’s total sales will be donated to the Co-op for children’s book purchases.

Stories will be read by co-op teacher, this Sunday, December 6th at 11:15 am, 12:15 pm, and 2:00 pm.

For more information and events visit their website.

Sustainable Ballard Barter Fair and Holiday Party

The 10th annual Sustainable Ballard Barter Fair and Holiday Party will be this Sunday, December 6.

What: Sustainable Ballard Barter Fair and Holiday Party
When: Sunday, December 6, 6:00pm-9:00pm
Where: Ballard Odd Fellows Hall (1706 NW Market St)
Cost: Suggested donation of $5 which also includes one raffle ticket for gifts and gift certificates from local businesses. Each additional raffle is $5 each. Raffle is at 8:30 and you must be present to win.

“This event brings together the community, encourages creativity and sharing, creates friendships and offers people a relaxing and enjoyable alternative to the more commercial holiday gift buying experience.”

There will also be food, drinks and live music by Michael Good.

Many barters will be accepted.  Past year’s barter items have included:

  • handmade scarves, jewelry and pottery
  • homemade holiday decorations, swags, candles, cards
  • homegrown or foraged produce
  • homemade jams, truffles, dried fruit, granola, sauerkraut, beer and other delectable goodies
  • services such as; dog-walking, tax assistance, home-sitting, massage, etc.

For more information, visit their website.

Golden Beetle offering Repeal Day drinks: Sat. Dec. 5, Hanukkah menu: Dec. 6th-14th, and holiday warmer drinks

Golden Beetle (1744 NW Market St) is fueling up for winter and inviting guests to celebrate December with some special offerings in the coming weeks. Join them for Repeal Day celebration, Saturday December 5th, a special Hanukkah menu, December 6th-14th, or just for some house made mulled wine and hot buttered rum.

Repeal Day, Saturday December 5 only

Golden Beetle is celebrating the end of Prohibition again- Repeal Day. The Golden Beetle bartenders have created a twist on older, Prohibition era cocktails; all $8. These include:

  • Ward 8– rye, lemon, orange, house made grenadine
  • Bacardi Cocktail– rum, lime, house made grenadine
  • Tuxedo $2– gin, vermouth, cherry kirsch, absinthe
  • Sidecar– brandy, triple sec, lemon

Their Hanukkah menu (starting at $5) includes:

  •  Potato Latkes: with house made apple sauce, creme fraiche and green onion; $7
  • Matzo Ball Soup: with smoked chicken, carrot and parsley; $9
  • Roasted Root Vegetables with parsnip, rutabaga and fingerling potato; $8
  • Stuff Donuts: with persimmon filling and powdered sugar; $5
  • Kosher Wines: Barkan, Cabernet Sauvignon, Galie, Israel ’13 and Barkan, Chardonnay, Galie, Israel ’13; $$11 each

GB Mulled Wine + Hot Buttered Rum

Golden Beetle is also offering two holiday warmer drinks; mulled wine and hot buttered rum. They have “traditional mulled wine, fruit of the vine enhanced with the warm essence of spices, fruit, brandy, and takes it to the next level by adding the citrus element of sumac, a spicy kick of pink peppercorn, and even sea salt for a modern twist $9. House made hot buttered rum is a rich, delicious warmer for $11.”

For more information, visit their website.

Photo courtesy of Golden Beetle.

Reuben’s Brews launches ‘Advent Calendar of Beer’ today


Today, Reuben’s Brews (5010 14th Ave NW) is launching their ‘Advent Calendar of Beer’ in their taproom.

Pick up your advent calendar punch card in their taproom. Each morning, from December 1st-24th, Reuben’s Brews will announce the day’s beer on their Facebook Page. When you come in and purchase a pint of that beer, you will get it punched on your card.

Since it can be difficult to come in every day, you can “make up” for days you miss. Just order a beer from one of the previous days and you will get your punch. Example: if you miss Day 5, come in any day after, drink the Day 5 beer, and receive the Day 5 punch.

As you go, you can earn prizes:

  • First six punches- Reuben’s Brews bottle opener.
  • 12 punches- Reuben’s Brews pint glass.
  • 18 punches- Reuben’s Brews t-shirt and a pint glass.
  • 24 punches- all the prizes so far, plus you will be entered in a drawing for the grand prize.
  • Grand prize details are still being finalized and will be announced soon.

There are a few rules:

  • You have until December 31st to get as many punches as you can.
  • Only full size pours or growlers are eligible for punches. No punch for tasters.
  • Advent calendar cards can only be used by one person and are non-transferable.
  • You only get credit for beers you drink. You will not receive punches for someone else’s beer.

Each day they will announce their brew of the day on their Facebook Page.

Photo courtesy of Reuben’s Brews.