Ballard High School Filmmakers recognized at national competition

The talented folks in the Ballard High School Digital Filmmaking Program have done it again! Three shorts by twelve students in the program have won honors at the Dominique Dunne Film Competition in Colorado Springs.

Maya Konz, Nolan Baker, Bailey Wall and Kajsa Woolford won 1st Prize in the Documentary category for 9066, a film about the interment of citizens of Japanese ancestry during World War II.

Also recognized in Documentary was Heart of Gold by Miles Andersen, Josh Gaynor-Cote, Willow Hudson and Jesse Romero. This film received an Honorable Mention. Heart of Gold follows a student through her final year of high school – a year complicated by a life-threatening medical condition, a stroke, and a heart transplant.

In the Dramatic category, Avery Davis, Aaron Miller, Cameron Miller, and Skala Leake received an Honorable Mention for Comeback, the story of a soccer player facing a serious setback.

The students will receive cash prizes for each honor, as well as written critiques from a prestigious jury that includes producer Samuel Goldwyn, Jr. (of The Samuel Goldwyn Companyand Samuel Goldwyn Films), actor/director Griffin Dunne (An American Werewolf in London, After Hours) and producer/ director/actor Ed Sherin (Law & Order).

This is the fifth year in a row that students from Ballard’s Digital Filmmaking Program have been winners at the competition. Congratulations to all involved!


Uber partners with Goodwill to collect donations this Saturday

This Saturday, April 8, 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.

Electronics recycling event on this month at Our Redeemer’s

Make a Clean Sweep with this spring’s recycling and donation event at Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church (NW 85th Street and 25th Ave NW) on Saturday, April 22, from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Event organizers are encouraging locals to clean out their basements and garages and get rid of all those unwanted electronic items, metal, styrofoam and clothing.

Our Redeemer’s is partnering with SBK | Green Century Electronic Recycle for an E-recycling event. Check out the Facebook event page for the full list of accepted items.

The EarthCare Team will also be collecting clean, dry styrofoam (please remove all tape and labels). They are unable to accept hot tub covers or any wet or dirty styrofoam.

Gently used clothing will be collected for donation to The Bridge Care Center.

Recycling at the event is free. Our Redeemer’s Youth will be on hand to manage the event and accept donations for their Mission Fund.

Locals are reminded to kindly not drop off anything before 9 a.m.

Neighborhood Matching Fund to host free workshop for community groups

Seattle Department of Neighborhoods is hosting workshops for community groups interested in learning more about the Neighborhood Matching Fund (NMF).

This year, NMF will award $3.2 million dollars to community-led projects that strengthen our communities such as cultural festivals, community space improvements, public art, community organizing, and much more. Several enhancements have been made to the Fund this year including a simpler application, added flexibility, and faster review and award processing.

NMF has two funds – the Small Sparks Fund and the Community Partnership Fund. The Community Partnership Fund provides funding up to $100,000 with two more opportunities to apply in 2017. The next deadline for applications is Monday, June 26, at 5 p.m.

The Small Sparks Fund provides funding up to $5,000 per project, and applications are accepted on a rolling basis. This fund is perfect for community activities for Spring Clean, Night Out, Parking Day, and others.

Each NMF workshop will provide an overview of the program requirements and application process. The closest workshop to our area will be held at on Wednesday, May 17, from 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at Greenwood Senior Center (525 N 85th St).

To RSVP for the workshop, call (206) 733-9916 or go online at


To learn more about the Neighborhood Matching Fund and its support to community-initiated projects, visit If you have questions about the program, call 206-233-0093 or email

Woodland Park Zoo names baby penguin

Woodland Park Zoo celebrated its 60th Humboldt penguin chick birth since 2010 and the newest little resident finally has a name.

The public had the choice between three Spanish possibilities, Diamante (diamond), Sesenta (which means 60) and Amor (love). After much decision making the chosen name has been revealed as Diamante.

At the moment, little Diamante is gaining weight by eating a good amount of herring and trout and is getting plenty of sleep. Check out the video of Diamante below:

Humboldt penguins are native to the coast of Peru and Chile. Woodland Park Zoo confirmed that it has one of the most successful and productive Humboldt breeding programs in the country.

To learn more about Humboldt penguins click here.

Nearby News: Greenwood Library to reopen this month

The Seattle Public Library’s Greenwood Branch (8016 Greenwood Ave N) will reopen at 10 a.m. on Monday, April 17, after being closed for nine weeks for refurbishing.

The 12-year-old branch closed on February 13 for improvements that support the changing ways that patrons are using libraries.

Improvements included adding a laptop bar in the teen area, combining service desks, increasing seating options, adding electrical outlets to tables, upgrades to the meeting room and repositioning the public computers to reduce glare. The worn carpet in the branch also was replaced.

An indoor-outdoor boulder in the children’s area also was removed due to ongoing moisture problems. The boulder was moved across the street to a parcel designated to become a community park.

The branch will reopen while the front window is still covered in plywood to limit the closure period for the public while a piece of custom glass is being fabricated for the area where the boulder was located. We expect the branch to close again in June or July for one or two weeks so the custom glass can be installed. A public celebration will be held after that work is complete.

The changes were designed to improve access to technology, make it easier for patrons to interact with one another, and create flexible, open, welcoming spaces throughout the building.

The Library promised to protect the public’s investment in its buildings as part of the 2012 voter-approved Library levy. The Greenwood Branch improvements are part of the Library’s commitment to ensuring its buildings are well-maintained, clean and comfortable for patrons.

Patrons who picked up their holds at another branch during the closure should talk with a staff member if they need help to restore their holds pickup location to the Greenwood Branch.

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

Guns seized, teen arrested for Pot Shop hold up near Carkeek Park

SPD SWAT officers seized a cache of rifles, handguns, and pot still in its retail packaging, and arrested a 16-year-old robbery suspect at an Everett apartment who was wanted for an armed hold up in late February at a marijuana dispensary near Carkeek Park.

Read the full details in the SPD Blotter post below:

Back on February 21st, four suspects walked into a pot shop in the 300 block of North 105th St, held employees up at gunpoint and stole various marijuana products.

Police had previously identified and arrested two other suspects in the case–one man was arrested last month in Snohomish County in an unrelated investigation and a second man, who turned himself in to police. Detectives are still seeking a fourth suspect.

After serving the warrant in Everett and arresting the 16-year-old, officers seized three handguns, a rifle, a shotgun, ammunition and 17 different vials and packages of marijuana products from his home before booking him into the King County Youth Service Center for robbery.

The same day, SPD’s law enforcement partners in Snohomish County also served a warrant at a home in Monroe and recovered firearms and large amounts of marijuana as part of a related investigation.

Ballard Corners Work Party on this Saturday

Volunteers are needed for the Fall work party at Ballard Corners Park (17th Ave NW and NW 63rd St) this Saturday, April 8, from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. rain or shine.

The team will be weeding, spreading wood chips, cleaning debris and possibly planting some new plants.

“Many hands make light (and lighthearted!) work and anyone who is interested is encouraged attend,” says organizer Gabriella.

Volunteers will be provided with some tools and refreshments. Please bring your own gloves and tools if you have them.

To find out more email Gabriella at or call (206) 782-3238.