What’s on this weekend

There is plenty to do in Ballard this New Year weekend. Enjoy!

FRIDAY, December 30

  • Live Music
    • Market St. Dixieland Jazz Band at Egan’s Ballard Jam House (1707 NW Market St) at 7 p.m. $10 cover. Boxwell/Feldman Group at 9 p.m. $10 cover/$7 students.
    • The Local Strangers, Ole TinderDay Laborers and Petty Intellectuals at Sunset Tavern (5433 Ballard Ave NW) 9 p.m. Tickets $10.
    • Staticland, Duke Evers and The Family Curse at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW) at 9 p.m. Tickets $15.

SATURDAY, December 31

SUNDAY, January 1

Ballard and Wallingford crowned winners for Seattle Think Green Challenge


Neighbors in Seattle’s Northwest neighborhoods came together over the last six months to waste less and recycle more as part of Waste Management’s Think Green Reuse and Recycling Challenge.

The Northwest region, led by efforts from organizations such as the Wallingford Community Council and Sustainable Ballard, hosted the most activities during two months of the challenge, securing them a grant of $3,000 which will go towards projects to benefit the region conducted by local non-profits.

The Seattle neighborhoods held Goodwill and polystyrene foam collection events, and provided containers and signage for recycling and yard and food waste collection in public areas.

Residents in Seattle who have Waste Management as their service provider for recycling, composting and garbage were given the chance to win big for their community and the planet through either waste reduction activities or community education and involvement.

To learn more, go to http://wmnorthwest.com/seattle/seattlerewards.html or contact Waste Management at recyclenw@wm.com.

PNA to host volunteer recruitment Happy Hour

The Phinney Neighborhood Association’s PNA Village team is once again seeking volunteers!

Volunteers provide much of the talent and energy behind the PNA Village to help and create a vital network of support for people to age in their own homes.

The Village is hosting a volunteer recruitment Happy Hour on Saturday, January 14, at the Phinney Center Blue Building, Room 1 (6532 Phinney Ave N) from 3 p.m. for people who are interested in volunteering and want to know more.

Potential volunteers will have a chance to hear current Village volunteers and staff talk about what it’s like to provide support that helps people age in their own homes and communities and to learn about the many types of volunteer jobs available.

There will be time for questions and discussion.

As a long time Village volunteer said, “I so enjoy the people I am getting to know, members and volunteers. It has enriched my life. I plan to keep doing this until I join as a member receiving services and have the joy of volunteers visiting me!”

For more information or to RSVP, contact the Village at village@phinneycenter.org or 206-789-1217.


Goodwill encourages locals to donate items during Holiday Season

The team at Goodwill are spreading the news that the end of the year is the perfect time to donate!

The simple act of cleaning out your closets and donating to Goodwill will help us help others with free job training and education programs.  Goodwill has some simple tips to help maximize your donations.

“Goodwill is so appreciative of our many donors in the community,” said Arie Mahler, Donations Manger for Seattle Goodwill.  “There are some small steps that can make a big difference in increasing donation value  – such as using a rubber band to keep all the pieces of a puzzle together so none of the pieces are missing. “

Use these helpful tips and techniques to help bring the most value to your donations:

  1. To keep pairs of shoes together, please tie them together by the laces or rubber band them together.
  2. Rubber band or tape together boxes of games or puzzles.
  3. Bag up clothing and linens to separate from other items.
  4. Tape remotes to electronic devices.  Tape a note to the electronic device indicating if it fully works.
  5. Box or bag like items together such as putting all the clothes together or all the dishes together in one container.
  6. For fragile items, please wrap them in paper and put them in a box and marked it “fragile.”
  7. For furniture that needs assembly put all fasteners in a plastic bag and attach it to the furniture.
  8. As part of the E-Cycle Washington program, Goodwill collects televisions, computer monitors, desktop computers and laptops free of charge. Items donated in good working condition will be thoroughly evaluated, and any existing data will be erased using certified technology tools. Items that can’t be sold will be recycled in accordance with E-Cycle Washington’s guidelines, which ensure that toxic materials stay out of our landfills.

Store revenues fund Goodwill’s free job training and education programs, which can lead to employment and fresh starts for people without jobs.

Goodwill provides career services that anyone can use to improve their chances of getting hired, including assistance in writing a résumé, job interview practice and access to job leads.

Our local Goodwill store is located at 6400 8th Ave NW.

Ray’s celebrates season with Shellfest


Ray’s is celebrating shellfish season this month with Shellfest! Head to Ray’s Café to enjoy a variety of specially prepared shrimp, crab and oyster dishes, only available from January 9 through 22.

“It’s the perfect time for the novice shellfish eater to try something new, and shellfish lovers to go enjoy their favorites,” says the Ray’s Café team.

Check out the list below for a few of the delectable dishes that are on offer:

  • Steamed Half Pound Snow Crab Legs with drawn butter and fried potatoes
  • Pan-fried, panko crusted Washington Razor Clams with saffron-shallot jam and jalapeno tartar
  • Penn Cove Mussels Marinara with fresh basil, and angel hair pasta
  • Rock Shrimp Tacos Crispy fried rock shrimp, Pico de gallo, chipotle-sour cream, shredded romaine lettuce, tortilla chips, salsa

Wine and cocktail pairings will be featured for each dish and selections will be changed weekly.

Click here to check out the full menu.

Photo courtesy of Ray’s.

Development Update December 29: Units and a family residence

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


518 NW Bright St


A Land Use Application has been submitted to subdivide one development site into seven unit lots. The construction of residential units is under Project #6528775. 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.


13265 3rd Ave NW

A Land Use Application has been approved to allow a new single family residence. Parking for one vehicle to be provided.

Appeals of the above decision must be received by the Hearing Examiner no later than 1/12/2016.

Package thieves return to the neighborhood

Package theives are back in the neighborhood, according to a report from a My Ballard reader.

Jed had multiple packages stolen from his home at 17th and 65th. “Multiple packages were supposedly delivered but we never got them. Thinking they were likely stolen,” writes Jed.

Keeping this report of package theft in mind, remember when ordering online attempt to send the packages to your work location or to somewhere where people will be present to receive the package.

Alternatively, if you are ordering from Amazon they offer a secure Amazon Locker service where packages can be picked up from lockers at various locations around Seattle including at the Ballard 7 Eleven (1550 NW Market St). The service has no extra charge and provides additional security for your packages.

If you have experienced package theft recently email tips@myballard.com with information and your location.

City and Uber team up for safety this NYE

The City of Seattle is teaming up with Uber to offer discounted rides on New Year’s Eve.

Both new and existing customers can redeem a $10 discount on uberPOOL trips between 2 p.m. on December 31 and 5 a.m. on January 1.

Users can redeem the discount by entering the promo code SAFESTART2017 in the Uber app.

“Uber is committed to providing reliable transportation for Halloween,” said Brooke Steger, general manager of Uber Washington. “We want to make it easy for people to leave their keys at home and also give them the peace of mind that they’re not putting others at risk.”

To learn more about Road Safety and Vision Zero, visit www.seattle.gov/visionzero. #VisionZeroSEA.


8th annual New Year’s Day Polar Bear Plunge on at Golden Gardens

The 8th annual New Year’s Polar Bear Plunge is set for 11 a.m., January 1, at Golden Gardens (8498 Seaview Pl NW) where locals can jump start their New Year by taking a dip in the sound!

The event was started by local resident Rick Sandvig after he saw the event become successful in Vancouver, Canada. Just a few dozen people took the plunge in 2009 and every year, the event continues to grow in numbers. Hundreds of people joined in the festivities January 1st, 2014.

Watch footage of 2014’s plunge to get a taste of what you’re in for.

Are you planning on taking the plunge? Email your photos and videos to tips@myballard.com.