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.

Nearby News: SPD Detectives release video footage of suspects in string of ATM heists

SPD Detectives are still seeking suspects in a string of recent ATM heists, as the My Ballard team reported earlier this month.

Detectives have released additional video footage (included below) to appeal to the public for any information:

The below video is from security footage of a November 26 burglary and ATM theft at a business in the 2200 block of Eastlake Avenue.

The below video is from security footage of a December 2 ATM theft at a business in the 2800 block of East Madison.

If you have any information about this, or any of the other break-ins, please call (206) 684-5730 or 911.

Development Update December 27: One subdivision

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

Decision:

1722 NW 63rd St

A Land Use Application has been approved to subdivide one development site into three unit lots. The construction of residential units is under Project #6486876. 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.

Appeals of the above decision must be received by the Hearing Examiner no later than 1/9/2017.

Order of Dismissal:

951 NW Ballard Way

The appellants have withdrawn their appeal.  Pursuant to Hearing Examiner Rule 3.06, the matter should be, and hereby is, DISMISSED, and the hearing scheduled for Wednesday, February 8, 2017, is canceled.

The 2016 Ballard Christmas Day Roundup

The team at My Ballard would like to wish everyone a very Happy Holidays! We hope that you are enjoying the day with your family and friends.

Check out the Ballard Christmas Day Roundup below:

What’s Open:.

  • The Old Pequliar Pub (1722 NW Market St) will be open from 12 noon – 2 a.m.
  • Hattie’s Hat (5231 Ballard Ave NW) is open all day from 10 a.m. – 2 a.m.
  • Lockspot Café (3005 NW 54th St) is open from 4 p.m. – 2 a.m.

What’s Closed:

  • All US post offices
  • Most major banks and credit unions
  • Seattle Transfer stations
  • Ballard Library
  • Ballard Neighborhood Service Center
  • All Seattle Parks and Recreation community centers including Ballard Pool

Things to remember:

  • On-street parking is free in Seattle on Christmas Day.
  • King County Metro Transit bus routes are operating on a Sunday schedule. Click here to check out more details about the holiday schedule.
  • Garbage, food and yard waste, and recycling will not be picked up in Seattle on Christmas Day. Thursday and Friday collections will be collected one day later that week due to the Christmas Day 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 Christmas Day 2016 in Ballard? Email us at tips@myballard.com and we will add the information to the post.

Development Update December 22: More subdivisions

Two applications 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.

Applications:

9038 14th Ave NW

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A Land Use Application has been submitted to subdivide one development site into three parcels of land. Project includes a unit lot subdivision of Parcel C into four unit lots. The construction of the live-work units and residential units is under project #6414921. The subdivision is for the purpose of allowing sale of lease of the individual live-work and residential dwelling units. Development standards will be applied to the development site as a whole and not to each of the new parcel and unit lots.

103 NW 103rd St

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A Land Use Application has been submitted to subdivide one development site into two unit lots. The construction of residential units is under Project #6489300. 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.

Decision:

6708 14th Ave NW

A Land Use Application has been approved to subdivide one development site into two unit lots. The construction of residential units is under Project #6432849. 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.

Appeals of the above decision must be received by the Hearing Examiner no later than 1/5/2017.

Spend “Thursdays with Santa” at Sweet Mickey’s

Santa will be coming to town every Thursday for the remainder of December to Sweet Mickey’s Candy Shoppe (2230 NW 57th St) between 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.

The Sweet Mickey’s team are spending “Thursdays with Santa” and will be offering the chance for locals to meet Santa and have their photo taken with him. A professional photographer will be on hand to capture the festivities, and visitors are also welcome to take photos with their own camera.

All are invited to ensure that Santa receives a warm welcome in Ballard.

Nordic Heritage Museum to present 8th annual Nordic Lights Film Festival

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The Nordic Heritage Museum will open the 8th annual Nordic Lights Film Festival (NLFF) on January 12, 2017, at the Seattle International Film Festival’s (SIFF) Film Center in downtown Seattle.

NLFF will feature contemporary, award-winning films from the Nordic countries – Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden. For the first time, the festival will also feature a special viewing of several short films from the Faroe Islands.

Opening night will include the U.S. premiere of Icelandic film Reverse/Bakk. This film tells the story about two childhood friends who decide to drive around Iceland in reverse. Soon after their trip starts they find out that this was perhaps not the best idea in the world – nothing goes as planned and almost everything goes wrong. Director/Writer/Actor Gunnar Hansson will attend the screening and the reception to follow.

For the first time, NLFF will also feature a special Faroese component to the film lineup. The team will show a selection of shorts made by young, up-and-coming filmmakers from this region. Wintermorning /Vetrarmorgun and Summernight /Summarnátt by Sakaris Stórá will be shown, in addition to Guilt/Skuld by Heiðrik á Heygum. Both filmmakers are expected to attend the festival.

The closing day is dedicated to Finnish films in honor of Finland’s Centennial in 2017, and will include a closing night reception with special guests.

A full schedule and description of the films is available nordicmuseum.org and tickets are available at SIFF.net.