The 2016 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 2016 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

Boy Scout Troop Christmas Tree lot to open this Saturday


The annual Boy Scout Troop 100 Christmas trees lot (open in the parking lot of St. Alphonsus Church at 5816 15th Ave NW) is set to open at 3 p.m. this Saturday, November 26.

The Christmas tree lot is the Troop’s only annual fundraiser and holds a special place in the Ballard community after being held here for nearly 60 years.

2016 marks Troop 100’s Diamond Jubilee and the Troop is making plans for a gala involving current and past Troop families that will take place some time in 2017.

2016 tree species will include:

  • Noble Fir
  • Nordmann Fir
  • Grand Fir
  • Douglas Sheared
  • Natural Douglas
  • Fraser Fir
  • Norway Spruce
  • Their famed “Charlie Brown” Christmas Trees

After the opening on Saturday, the Christmas Tree lot will be open Monday – Friday from 1 p.m. – 9 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Drop in help for Veterans available at Ballard Library this month and next

Ballard Library (5614 22nd Ave NW) will offer drop-in help for military veterans who are experiencing homelessness, or living on low incomes this month and next.

Assistance will be available from 10 a.m. to noon on Tuesdays, November 29 and December 13.

A veteran specialist from Supportive Services for Veteran Families will be available to connect people who have been in the military and are experiencing homelessness, or living on very low incomes, with services to help them find and keep housing. Services provided will include:

  • rapid access to housing
  • counseling
  • financial planning
  • access to transportation
  • access to income resources
  • help with expenses
  • help with legal issues
  • access to medical care

These events are presented in partnership with Supportive Services for Veteran Families.

For more information, call the Library at (206) 386-4636 or Ask A Librarian.

Nearby News: Greenwood Walgreens to permanently close next month

According to our sister blog, the Greenwood Walgreens at 87th and Greenwood will close for good on December 1.

All prescriptions will be transferred to the Crown Hill Walgreens on NW 85th Street and 15th Avenue NW.

Walgreens corporate headquarters confirmed the news with the following message:

We can confirm that we plan to close our store on Greenwood Avenue. We have operated this store for 19 years and the decision to close was not easy.

When the store closes, prescription records will automatically be transferred to our store located at 8500 15th Avenue in Seattle (corner of 15th Avenue and 85th Street).

Pharmacy patients will receive a letter with more details about their prescriptions. We expect to place all of the store’s employees in jobs in other area stores. The store’s last day of business will be Thursday, December 1.

Seattle City Light seeks customer feedback via online survey

Seattle City Light is working on improving its website and is seeking local feedback via an online survey.

“We are conducting a survey to better understand how to organize our website to make it easier to use. We would love your input as an important user of our site,” says the Seattle City Light web team.

The survey takes 10-15 minutes to complete.

All participants will be entered to win a WeMo Switch and three will be given away at random to survey participants.

Click here to participate.

BHS Performing Arts to present performance of “Rent”


The talented team from Ballard High School Performing Arts will be presenting the score from the musical Rent on Thursday, December 1, and Saturday, December 3.

In what promises to be an outstanding musical evening, local actor/singers Melissa Backstrom, EJ Ekello, Savana Masako Smith, and Marshall Link join alumni Aisha Carpenter and Gustavo Gutierrez, director Shawn Riley and Senior Diego Roberts Buceta in singing the key roles.

The entire BHS thespian troupe will perform in the ensemble with some props, great lighting and fantastic singing.

Proceeds from the events will go to Lifelong, a local non-profit that is making a real difference in our community for those fighting AIDS, and also will support the LED theatre lighting conversion at Ballard High School

Tickets are $25 ($20 for students/seniors) and are available both online and at the door.

Performances will be held on both nights at 7:30 p.m. in the Earl Kelly Performing Arts Center at 1418 NW 65th St.

Seattle U seeks local feedback for Public Safety Survey

Seattle University is administering the citywide 2016 Seattle Public Safety Survey and the team is on the lookout for feedback on public safety and security concerns from those who live and work in the Seattle area.

Once the results are complied, a report will be provided to the SPD to assist them with making local neighborhoods safer and more secure.

“Public safety and security are community concerns. Please make sure your voice is heard by completing the public safety survey today,” says the Seattle U team.

The survey is accessible at through November 30 and all locals are encouraged to complete it.

To find out more about the survey contact Jessica Chandler at (206) 684-4742.

Army Corps of Engineers rescues white sturgeon at Ballard Locks


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers team rescued a 6-foot white sturgeon during the annual maintenance pump out at the Ballard Locks earlier this month.

Each year, Corps natural resource and maintenance staff, fish biologists, scientists and volunteers go on a fish-rescue mission when the locks are drained.

Although de-watering is done during low tide, some fish and other marine life are sometimes captured in the chamber when the lock gates are closed.

To ensure Endangered Species Act listed fish are safe, the team must capture, haul them out of the 50-foot-deep chamber and release them. The team doesn’t limit its efforts to ESA listed species and this year the rescue included an estimated 100-pound sturgeon.

“Sturgeon have been observed infrequently in Lake Washington over the years,” said Corps fish biologist Dr. Fred Goetz. “Most likely the fish would have passed through the Locks to get to the lake.”

According to Goetz, as a group, coastal white sturgeon do not migrate through marine waters as widely as green sturgeon, which are ESA listed.

Upon finding the fish, the team immediately called on NOAA Fisheries sturgeon ecology expert Dr. Mary Moser. She went to the locks, verified it was a white versus green sturgeon and provided tips to the team on “successfully capturing and releasing the beast.

It took the team about an hour to capture and release the sturgeon.

“The Corps’ team did a great job putting together such a quick and successful rescue,” Moser said.

A scan did not find a Passive Integrated Transponder, or PIT tag, but the team took a DNA sample. Moser will run a test from the sample to identify if this sturgeon originates from the Columbia or Fraser River.

There is no white sturgeon season in Lake Washington but they are found in greater abundance in the Skagit, Stillaguamish and Snohomish Rivers where they can be caught, said Goetz.

Sturgeon date back to prehistoric times and are the world’s largest freshwater fish, growing up to 20 feet long and weighing more than 1,000 pounds. An 8-foot-long specimen was found dead in Lake Washington in 2013 and another 5 1/2-foot-long sturgeon was inadvertently netted and released by a University of Washington research team in 2005.

A 1987 photo also exists online of an 11-foot, 900-pound, female white sturgeon that had lived in Lake Washington before she died of what researchers said were natural causes. They estimated she could have been between 80 to 100 years old.

In addition to the usual flounder, crab, anemone and starfish, the team has also rescued river otter and seals in the past.

The most unusual rescue? A wedding ring found and returned to the original owner who dropped it while tending lines on the couple’s boat locking through.

Photo courtesy of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Dine Around Seattle on now in Ballard

The popular twice-yearly Dine Around Seattle event is in its final days and is set to finish on Wednesday, November 23.

This year, Dine Around Seattle is changing it up and offering three options for diners at menu prices of $22, $33 and $44. Each option will include three courses combined at the discretion of the restaurant.

Here in Ballard the following restaurants are participating:

  • Bramling Cross (5205 Ballard Ave NW)
  • Porkchop & Co. (5451 Leary Ave NW)
  • Skillet Diner (2034 NW 56th St) – Lunch and dinner.

Dine Around Seattle is presented by non-profit Seattle Good Business Network and this year the event is celebrating 14 years of supporting small business and our local economy.

Interested diners can make reservations for the event online. Prices do not include tax or gratuity.

Development Update November 22: One subdivision

One application makes up today’s update from the City of Seattle’s Department of Construction and Inspections as posted in the Land Use Information Bulletin.


1539 NW 60th St


A Land Use Application has submitted to subdivide one development site into three unit lots. The construction of residential units is under Project #6552475. 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.