Market Street Singers present annual Festival of Favorites

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The Market Street Singers would like to invite the neighborhood to their Festival of Favorites sing-a-long event this Saturday, August 27, from 7:30 p.m. at Ballard First Lutheran Church (2006 NW 65th St).

This event marks the fifth consecutive Festival of Favorites community sing-along featuring favorite choral classics and those familiar “chestnuts” that singers continue to love no matter how many times they sing them.

“We provide the music, all you have to do is show up and enjoy the fun. This is not designed as a concert performance, but rather a community music making event,” says Brandy from Market Street Singers.

The concert will include favorites composed by Mozart, Brahms, Biebl and more.

A suggested participant donation of $15 is encouraged to help cover event costs. If you plan to attend RSVP at or call (206) 465-3296.

What’s on this weekend

Enjoy the weekend in Ballard at these fantastic events!

FRIDAY, August 26

SATURDAY, August 27

    • Ballard History Walk from 10 a.m. – 11:45 p.m. meet at Bergen Place Park (5420 22nd Ave NW). Discover the before and after of Ballard’s Nordic migration. Cost is $15 per person. Call or text 206-504-0916 to reserve your spot.
    • Seattle Summer Parkways Event all over the neighborhood from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Free event with everything for the whole family.
    • Free Summer Concerts at Ballard Locks at 2 p.m. featuring the Lynwood Community Band.
    • Brewshed Ballard Pub Crawl: Round II from 2 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. starting at Hale’s Ales (4301 Leary Way NW) Everyone is welcome to join the pub crawl to keep Washington Wild, Green, and Full of Great Beer. Tickets $15.
    • The Market Street Singers present Festival of Favorites: A Community Choral Celebration at Ballard First Lutheran Church in the Downstairs Hall (2006 NW 65th St) at 7:30 p.m. A suggested participant donation of $15 will help cover expenses.
    • The Lorax movie screening at Ballard Library (5614 22nd Ave NW) from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. Cost is free.
    • Live Music
      • Jazz at Egan’s Ballard Jam House (1707 NW Market St) at 7pm – Dorothy Rodes – cover $10
      • KEXP Presents: Diarrhea Planet with Hounds of the Wild Hunt+DJ Mike Steve at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW) at 9 p.m. Tickets $14.
      • Vicious Petals, The Echolarks and Tape Stacks at Sunset Tavern (5433 Ballard Ave NW) 9 p.m. Tickets $10.

SUNDAY, August 28

    • Ballard Farmer’s Market along Ballard Ave from 10 a.m.- 3 p.m.
    • Zumba Class at Ballard Elks (6411 Seaview Ave NW) from 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. $5 suggested donation, all funds raised go to Ballard Elks charities. Classes are held on the 2nd and 4th Sundays each month.
    • Free Summer Concerts at Ballard Locks at 2 p.m. featuring the The Professor Gadget Sax Quartet.
    • Live Music
      • Open mic at Conor Byrne Pub (5140 Ballard Ave NW) sign-up at 7:30 p.m.
      • Crystal Garden with Good Quiver & Bad Kid Billy at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW) at 8 p.m. Tickets $10.

Seattle Parks opens next round of Arts in Parks grant applications

Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) and the Office of Arts & Culture (ARTS) are now inviting individual artists, neighborhood arts councils and local community-based groups to apply for a new round of Arts in Parks (AIP) grants.

These grants, funded by the Seattle Park District, are for individuals and community based groups, especially those from underserved, immigrant, refugee communities and communities of color, to produce temporary art installations and artistic performances, festivals and other events in Seattle parks.

Groups applying need not be 501(c)(3) nonprofits, nor are they required to use a fiscal agent. Funded organizations will receive one year of funding support ranging from $1,200 to $7,200 to support direct expenses.

Find the guidelines and application for AIP grants here, temporary art call here, and Neighborhood & Community Arts grant here. Guidelines for AIP applications are available in Mandarin, Somali, Spanish and Vietnamese.

The deadline for AIP grant programs is 11 p.m., on Wednesday, October 19.

Applicants who want to learn what makes a strong application and get information about other funding programs can attend one of the free workshops listed here. These interactive question-and-answer sessions will cover specifics on eligibility and how to apply. SPR encourages first time applicants to attend.   

The closest workshop to our neighborhood is at Green Lake Library (7364 East Green Lake Drive N) on Saturday, September 10, from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Interested applicants can RSVP to the event online.

Nearby News: Owners seek dog stolen outside U Village QFC


Local resident Jennifer emailed in to report that her brother and sister in law’s black lab mix was stolen from the University Village QFC (2746 NE 45th St) on Wednesday evening around 8:15 p.m.

She is an all black female mix, tall and lanky, wearing a purple collar with tags and is also chipped and registered.

“We are trying everything we can to get the word out to nearby neighborhoods in case anyone has seen her. Any information and assistance would be greatly appreciated,” says Jennifer.

If you have any information contact (425) 422-7047 or (360) 224-5113.

Golden Gardens stairway to close for improvements

The stairway from lower Golden Gardens Park to the off-leash dog area is scheduled to close today (Thursday, August 25) for approximately three months for a park improvement project.

During this time, the stairway and upper landing area will be closed.

This project will provide drainage improvements and replace damaged portions of the existing concrete stairway. The project will also replace multiple sections of failing stairs with a new 6 ft. wide concrete stairway. New ADA-compliant hand railings and landings will also be installed as part of the renovation.

Drainage improvements will include replacement of deteriorated storm drain infrastructure and enhancement of the open concrete channel adjacent to the stairway. The improved drainage system will capture and redirect localized surface and subsurface flows to reduce subgrade settling and re-occurrence of current erosion problems.

All work will be done in accordance with applicable environmental and regulatory requirements.

Funding for the project is provided by the 2008 voter-approved Parks and Green Spaces Levy.

Construction is anticipated to be complete by December 2016. Click here to learn more about the improvement project.

Mayor Murray hires director of homelessness

Mayor Ed Murray announced on Tuesday that George Scarola will serve as the City’s first ever cabinet-level director of homelessness.

Scarola will be responsible for leading the City’s homelessness efforts across departments, providing oversight and evaluation of outcomes, strategic guidance, and leading community engagement.

“Homelessness is a national epidemic, leaving cities like Seattle stepping in to fill the large gaps left behind by state and federal agencies,” said Mayor Murray,

According to the City’s press release, Scarola is an experienced public affairs and community relations manager having led advocacy organizations in Seattle and Olympia for over 25 years.

From 1992 to 1998 Scarola led the Sand Point Community Housing Project as Executive Director, which converted housing at the Sand Point Naval Air Station into homes for unsheltered youth, adults, and families.

After years of failed school ballot measures, Scarola helped turn the tide for public support for Seattle schools by managing the first success school bonding measure in the spring of 1995, followed by subsequent successful campaigns to fund Seattle schools and affordable housing for adults, seniors, and families.

“George is deeply committed to helping Seattle’s most vulnerable residents. We’re looking forward to George taking on this role and leading the City’s efforts in bringing together service providers, community leaders, and homeless advocates to collaboratively address the complex challenge homelessness presents to us all,” says Paul Lambros, Executive Director of Plymouth Housing Group.

Scarola will be paid an annual salary of $137,500 and started in his position on Wednesday, August 24.

Sustainable Ballard Festival set for this Saturday


The 13th annual Sustainable Ballard Festival is on this Saturday, August 27, at Ballard Commons Park (5701 22nd Ave NW).

This year, the popular eclectic, artsy and earthy festival is coinciding with the local Seattle Summer Parkways event.

“When you join this group of Ballard neighbors at Ballard Commons Park, you’ll encounter creativity and community while learning about daily practices and big steps towards more sustainable living,” say event organizers.

Sustainable Ballard has decided to choose People Power as this year’s festival theme, due to the uncertainty about our nation’s leadership.

“This year’s festival theme is a reminder of what is still possible locally and as a model for all communities,” says event organizers.

The Mayor is expected to kick off the festival with a bike parade organized by Seattle Summer Parkways.

The event will also include a creation station for bubble wands, musical instruments and bottlecap flowers. Skateboard lessons will also be on the agenda as will a family bike expo, goats and chickens in the urban farm zone and live music on the solar powered stage.

Food and beverages will also be on offer in addition to a Tea Garden presented by Miro Tea.

Volunteers are still needed for the event, if you are interested email or click here.

Li’l Woody’s set to host “Get Your Freak Shake On” event

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In collaboration with, Li’l Woody’s (2040 NW Market St) will be hosting a “Get Your Freak Shake On” event this Saturday, August 27, from 1 p.m. – 6 p.m.

The event will feature a build-your-own Mega Milkshake bar that will include numerous toppings – Oreos, Kit Kats, brownies, marshmallows, and more –  to go along with your choice of a Full Tilt Ice Cream flavor (Birthday Cake, Ube, Thai Iced Tea, Vanilla, Chocolate, Strawberry, Salted Caramel, Sub Pop Coffee, Mint Chip, Huckleberry Chip, Vegan Vanilla) that Li’l Woody’s serves as your milkshake base.

“Known around the world by different names such as, FreakShakes, Mega Milkshakes, and Insane Shakes, these special concoctions are milkshakes of outstanding proportions – with piles upon piles of sweet goodies on top,” say event organizers.

Li’l Woody’s is encouraging locals to get creative with their flavor combinations and is charging only $10 for a milkshake with the selection of all-you-can-eat toppings.

Seattle Summer Parkways event set for Saturday

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The second of three Seattle Summer Parkways events is happening right here in Ballard this Saturday, August 27, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

SDOT is partnering with the Sustainable Ballard Festival, Seattle Parks and Recreation and dozens of community partners to bring safe streets and sunny fun to the ‘hood. Check out the Ballard event route in the above map.

There’ll be live music, food trucks, free ice cream from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. from CityScoop (at Ballard Avenue and 22nd NW), face-painting, a kids-friendly climbing wall and activities and games.

This Summer Parkways route highlights some of the beautiful natural areas and vibrant neighborhoods located in Ballard, such as Ballard Commons Park, Ballard Corners Park, Salmon Bay Park, Loyal Heights Community Center, Sunset Hill Park, Bergen Place Park and the myriad shops and businesses along Ballard Avenue. Check out the event route on the map below:

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Seattle Summer Parkways are hosted by the Seattle Department of Transportation and Seattle Parks and Recreation, and transform streets into open-street “parkways” where people can bike, play, walk, run and experience neighborhoods in unique and inviting ways.

The event team is still in need of volunteers for Saturday’s event. Locals can register to volunteer online.

Click here to find out more information about the event.

Ballard Library to host Job and Resource Fair


WorkSource, Ballard Library and The Wounded Warrior Project are teaming up to host the Ballard Job & Resource Fair at Ballard Library (5614 22nd Ave NW) on Thursday, September 8, from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

All are welcome to meet employers that are hiring from a variety of local industries.

The following resource providers will also be in attendance to provide locals with more information:

  • King County Homeless Employment Program
  • YWCA Opportunity Place
  • KC Public Health
  • Seattle Colleges
  • Shoreline College
  • CDS Truck School

The event is free and locals are encouraged to RSVP online.