Ballard Library to host workshops for job seekers

Ballard Library (5614 22nd Ave NW) will offer workshops on interviewing and résumé building for jobseekers starting Monday, December 12, through Wednesday, February 8.

Check out the workshop schedule below:


Know what to expect from an interview and how to prepare effective answers to frequently asked questions. Discover how to impress employers and get the job you have always wanted! Registration is not required, but to reserve a seat contact Sherril Koagel at 206-779-1628 or

Résumé Building

Learn what employers are looking for and how to provide that information on your résumé. The workshop will cover how to best showcase your skills, education and experience. Registration is not required, but to reserve a seat contact Amanda See at 206-637-5148 or

For more information, call the Library at 206-684-4089 or Ask A Librarian.

Uber partners with Goodwill to collect donations this Saturday

This Saturday, December 10, locals will be able to have their Goodwill donations delivered directly via Uber pick up.

Donors can open the app between 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. tomorrow and request a pickup for their donations to be delivered directly to Ballard Goodwill free of charge.

Locals simply click on the donate option inside the app on Saturday to have their donations picked up.

If you would like to donate, make sure to check out the instructions below:

  • All clothing must be bagged for drivers to accept donations.
  • Drivers will arrive at requested pickup locations. Donors are responsible for bringing bags outside as drivers cannot leave their vehicles unattended.

Click here to learn more about the promotion.

Ballard Elks to host kids arts and crafts session this weekend

Ballard Elks (6411 Seaview Ave NW) is hosting another of their popular monthly arts and crafts sessions for kids of all ages on Saturday, December 10, 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 by Drift Tacos, in addition to 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 or connect with Ballard Elks on their Facebook Page or website.

NW Youth Harp Ensemble to perform at Ballard Library

Members of the Northwest Youth Harp Ensemble will perform holiday songs from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. this Saturday, December 10 at Ballard Library (5614 22nd Ave NW).

The Northwest Youth Harp Ensemble is led by Ballard harpist Susi Hussong. The ensemble includes a dozen children and will be accompanied by violin, cello, flute, bells, drums and voice.

The program is free and open to the public. No registration is required. Free parking is available in the branch garage.

For more information, call the branch at 206-684-4089 or Ask a Librarian.

Seattle Library launches online meeting room reservations service

Meeting rooms at all branch libraries of The Seattle Public Library, including those here in Ballard, may now be reserved for dates beginning March 1, 2017, and beyond with a new meeting room reservation software at

Locals can make, edit or cancel meeting room reservations from your Spaces account.

Steps to sign up for a meeting room online:

  1. Create a free account using your email at
  2. Once your account is confirmed, you can search for and reserve a meeting room.
  3. Library staff will review your request and send you a confirmation via email once it is approved.
  4. On the day of your meeting, show up at the branch and check in with the staff member at the Information Desk.

Reservations can be made 120 days in advance.  Patrons are able to book up to 10 hours of meeting room use per month.

Patrons with Spaces accounts may also call or speak with a Library staff member in person to make a reservation. Library staff members can help you make, edit or cancel reservations if needed.

To learn more about using the Library’s meeting room reservation system, please see the online tutorial. An informational brochure is also available at all Library locations.

For more information, visit Meeting and Study Rooms, sign up at, call the Library at 206-386-4636 or Ask A Librarian.


SPU’s new North Transfer Station now open for business

Seattle Public Utilities’ new North Transfer Station (NTS), which has been under construction since 2014, is now open for business.

The NTS, located at 1350 N 34th St, is an environmentally friendly state-of-the-art $108 million facility that aims to provide superior recycling and reuse capabilities along with safe and efficient handling of the city’s garbage.

According to SPU, the new station is expected to serve Seattle’s mounting solid waste demands for at least the next 50 years.

The facility is a huge improvement over its predecessor (affectionately known as “the dump”) which operated at the same location for more than half a century. The NTS has a separate building for recyclable and reusable materials and an increased capacity on the tipping floor to handle garbage, food and yard waste. That means more materials recycled and less going to the landfill.

The old north station, built long before recycling was introduced, was designed to process all solid waste only as garbage. Today, Seattle recycles almost 60 percent of its solid waste, separating it into multiple waste streams. Space is required, however, to do this work efficiently.

“This facility allows us to have less of an impact on the environment, while safely and sustainably handling the increasing waste demands of our growing city,” says SPU General Manager and Chief Executive Officer Mami Hara.

In addition to its environment-friendly design, according to Hara, the new station provides greater safety for utility workers and the public. SPU designed and constructed the NTS and will be responsible for its operation.

“Customers played an important role in the design of the building, and I’m appreciative of their collaboration and thoughtful recommendations,” says Hara.

The NTS features two green roofs and porous pavement to slow storm water, solar panels to generate electricity, and translucent panels to allow natural light in the tipping building and the recycling center. Other features include recycled roofing shingles and ground-up asphalt paving, as well as a public-art sculpture made from salvaged rebar from the old station.

According to SPU, the NTS, which is unique in its proximity to residents and a growing urban village area, was constructed and designed to minimize sight issues and preserve view corridors.

Additional details about the new transfer station’s features include:

  • Better customer safety. The NTS has flat floors for unloading and sorting. Without an open pit, customers are safer and at less risk for slips and falls. Regular self-haul customer traffic paths are separated from the garbage trucks, improving both safety and system efficiency.
  • More capacity and efficiency. There is dedicated space at the NTS to process more recycling. Residential and commercial haulers will use separate entrances to improve traffic flow and customer safety. New customer routing will decrease lines that extend onto adjacent streets.
  • Cleaner and Greener. The NTS includes more covered and enclosed spaces, a better ventilation system, automated rolling access doors, and entrance and exits designed to reduce noise and odor impacts to the neighborhood.
  • Space to create community. East of the NTS, SPU has created more than an acre of open space that not only buffers the adjacent neighbors from the station, but also includes a play area for children, a sports court, an open lawn, walkways and static exercise stations.
  • Public art. The new station includes new public art (made from material recycled from the old transfer station, of course!) by artist Jean Shin.
  • The facility will be LEED Gold certified by the U.S. Green Building Council. Solar panels produce up to 150 kilowatts of electricity used on-site, and green stormwater infrastructure, including green roofs and pervious paving, reduce stormwater runoff.
  • Two 90-ton compactors were salvaged from the old station, rehabilitated and reused in the new NTS rather than purchasing new ones.
  • Inside the station, a second-floor gathering room includes informational displays and an overview of tipping floor activities for public education.

SPU is hosting an Open House event for the community to see the new NTS this Saturday, December 10, from 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. All are welcome.

The NTS is open 7 days a week from 8 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Customers can ask questions via the Transfer Station information line at (206) 684-8400.

The NTS does not accept household hazardous waste. The North Household Hazardous waste facility is located at 12550 Stone Ave. N.

Click here to learn more about the new NTS.

Cupcake Royale launches holiday Toy Drive


The team at Cupcake Royale is hoping to spread the joy this holiday season through a Toy Drive in benefit of Mary’s Place.

The Ballard store (and all others in the city) will have specific gift tags displayed on trees that customers can choose to shop for a toy for a local child in need.

Cupcake Royale customers can bring back their unwrapped gift, with the tag attached, no later than December 22.

Upon receiving the gift, each customer will receive a Cupcake Gram as a thank you!

Click here to learn more.

Fred Meyer Ballard launches online grocery pick up service

Fred Meyer Ballard is launching its online grocery shopping program this Wednesday, December 7.

The program, ClickList, will allow shoppers to order their groceries online and pick them up on the same day at the Ballard store. The program is focused on grocery/food items at the moment but may expand to include other store items in the future.

How does it work, you may ask? Customers place their order online, Fred Meyer Associated choose their items and deliver them curbside to the customer who pays via credit/debit card without leaving their vehicle.

“We’ve rolled this program out in various locations throughout Oregon, Washington and Idaho so far, but this will be the first ClickList program in the city of Seattle,” says Fred Meyer Community Affairs Specialist Zach Stratton.

The Fred Meyer team is excited to be “the only ones in our market to offer this kind of service” that offers “the customer their complete grocery list for online order and pickup, saving the time of going into the store and shopping”.

According to Stratton, an initial investment of about $230,000 was needed for ClickList to be launched at the Ballard store. The addition of the program has created 10 net new jobs with plans to add more as the business grows.