Our Redeemer’s opens doors to locals for post-election support

The prayer chapel at Our Redeemer’s Church (2400 NW 85th Street) will be open for all locals from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. this evening (Wednesday, November 9) for post-election prayer and support.

The chapel will be open with contemplative music, candles to light, scripture readings and other resources.

“You will be among friends, and may or may not wish to talk or have a cup of tea, as well. This is a non-partisan, healing and safe space,” says the Our Redeemer’s team.

Candlelight will guide attendees from the Narthex to the Prayer Chapel (to the right of the altar).

Ballard Elks to host kids arts and crafts session this month

Ballard Elks (6411 Seaview Ave NW) is hosting another of their popular monthly arts and crafts sessions for kids of all ages on Saturday, November 19, from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Ballard Elks will provide all supplies for children, 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.


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,” says the team from Ballard Elks.

There is a suggested $5 donation and the event is open to everyone.

Please contact Sharon Goochey with any questions at sharongoochey@comcast.net or connect with Ballard Elks on their Facebook Page or website.

Volunteer with Heron Habitat Helpers on Green Seattle Day


Green Seattle Day is on of the biggest environmental parties of the year and is set for this Saturday, November 12.

Locals have the opportunity to join hundreds of volunteers planting thousands of plants in parks throughout the Emerald City.

In our area, locals can volunteer with Heron Habitat Helpers from 9 a.m. – noon. The team will be weeding, trail clearing, and planting at Commodore Park and our other restoration sites in Magnolia.Coffee, tea, and a light snack will be provided.

Click here to sign up and do your bit to create a greener Seattle!

Chittenden Locks vessel traffic closed due to small lock electrical issue, large lock maintenance 

Update 1:19 p.m.:

According to  Facebook post on the Ballard Locks’ timeline, the maintenance team has resolved the electrical issue and the small lock has reopened.

Original Post 12:30 p.m.:

The Hiram M. Chittenden Locks are out of service for vessels due to an electrical issue in the small locks.

The large locks were closed on November 7 for annual maintenance and the electrical issue has shut down the remaining small lock service.

A maintenance crew is working to quickly resolve the problem. The small locks are closed until further notice.

The large locks are scheduled to reopen after the scheduled maintenance is completed on November 23.

The locks grounds are still open to the public.

Click here to check out updates on the Ballard Locks Facebook page.

10th annual Turkey Trot set for Thanksgiving morning

The 10th annual Turkey Trot is set for Thanksgiving morning on Thursday, November 24, at 9 a.m.

The 5km fun run/walk raises funds for the Ballard Food Bank with participants making their way over the course from Sunset Hill to Golden Gardens Park.

Last year, over 3,500 participants turned out for the trot, raising over $110,000 for the Ballard food Bank. This year’s organizers expect to close to 4,000 trotters to turn out next month.


Once again, Patrick and Kirby McDermott will turn out to lead the Trot dressed as turkey, or tofurkeys, for the vegetarians in the crowd.

“The work we do at the Ballard Food Bank is a community effort. The Turkey Trot is a great way for all of us to come together and run, walk, or trot for hunger. It’s also a fun event to kick off Thanksgiving with friends and family,” says Jen Muzia, Ballard Food Bank Executive Director.

The event was originally started by three local Ballardites Erin Fortier, Matt Ramme, and John O’Brien who traditionally ran with their families on Thanksgiving morning. “It was a way to spend time with family on the holidays and feel better about all the food we’d be eating for the rest of the day,” says Fortier.

Early registration is now open through the November 15. Early registration costs $25 for adults, $15 for children 10 and under.

Locals can register online from November 15 through November 22 for the same cost as day of registration which is $35 for adults, and $20 for children 10 and under. All proceeds go to the Ballard Food Bank.

Click here to register and find out more about the event.

Election Day 2016: The Results

Update 11:23 p.m.:

Mayor Murray released the following statement as Donald Trump is declared the President Elect of the United States:

Regardless of tonight’s national results, tomorrow Seattle will remain a city guided by the values of equality, inclusion and openness.

Tomorrow we will continue to support women, we will welcome as neighbors our Muslim brothers and sisters, and tomorrow Black Lives will still matter. Our City will remain strong because of our diversity, not in spite of it.

In Seattle, our results show a city ready to lead in building a more equitable and progressive future.

As we look forward, we will challenge our people to live up to our values, to ensure we build on the foundation that was laid tonight and that we foster the equitable, inclusive world we envision.

Original Post:

Locals around Ballard have been glued to their televisions, computers and phones as the General Election results begin to come in from across the country.

The King County Elections website is updating in real time as the results come in this evening.

Haven’t returned your ballot yet? Remember to return your ballot by 8 p.m. this evening to the Ballard Library Ballot Drop-Box or ensure that it is post marked with today’s date.

Reminder: Ballard Ballot Drop Box to close at 8 pm Tuesday

The My Ballard team wants to remind locals to drop their general election ballots in the Ballard Drop Box outside the Library (5614 22nd Ave NW) before 8 p.m. tomorrow (Tuesday, November 8).

Ballots may also be mailed in, however, they must be postmarked no later than Tuesday, November 8.

Haven’t voted yet and need more information? Voters’ pamphlets are available online and at Ballard Library.

Voted already and want to track your ballot? Click here.

Voters who have questions/concerns about their ballot should call King County Elections at 206-296-VOTE (8683).

Commuter Reminder: Plan for delays during Monday Night Football

Bus riders should plan for crowded buses and traffic delays this evening when thousands of football fans are set to converge on CenturyLink Field to watch the Seahawks play the Buffalo Bills.

The Monday Night Football game starts at 5:30 p.m., just as many commuters are heading home from downtown. Buses are likely to be delayed on surface streets and inside the Downtown Transit Tunnel.

Visit Metro Online or Metro’s online Trip Planner to find out your options for riding transit to and from the game. When planning your trip, check Metro’s Service Advisories page to find out about any known revisions to your routes.

Metro will assign extra staff in the Downtown Transit Tunnel to help customers board on crowded buses. If you use an ORCA card, be sure to have it ready for speedier boarding.

Sound Transit also plans to operate extra 3-car Link trains to help handle the large crowds expected after the game.

Park-and-ride shuttle buses that Metro normally operates before and after Sunday games will not be available for Monday Night Football. No other service changes are planned during Monday’s game. There are no special fares. All service requires a regular fare payment.