Norse Home celebrates 60 years of service to the community

Norse Home (5311 Phinney Ave N) is celebrating the amazing milestone of 60 years of service to the community this year and is inviting the community to take part in the festivities.

A reflection on the opening from the Norse Home team:

Photographer flash bulbs popped, as Washington state governor Albert Rosellini exited his vehicle, strolling to the podium positioned adjacent to a recently secured dedication plate that read “June 17th, 1957.” Champagne glasses were topped off, as a lively and resounding wave of applause echoed through the crowd of well dressed representatives from the Norwegian community, and the surrounding Seattle neighborhoods. Ribbon cut, the doors to the building opened, ushering in a new era of compassionate care.

“For sixty years, Norse Home has stood atop Phinney Ridge, setting the standard for dignified aging, in a non-profit setting. Offering unrivaled care to Ballard’s Norwegian community and beyond, Norse Home celebrates unmatched traditions of caring and compassion,” says the Norse Home team.

Locals are invited to join the team, sixty years to the day, on June 17, as they celebrate their achievements of the past, and look forward to the successes of the future.

The celebration will kick off at 2 p.m. with an open house accompanied by the traditional Norwegian tunes of Seattle band Skandia Kapell. The remainder of the afternoon will comprise of cake, the Norwegian Ladies Chorus, the Norwegian Male Chorus and a special ceremony featuring our Board of Directors President.

Attendees will also have a chance to enjoy an art show featuring the work of Norse Home residents, a presentation of our history, a photo booth, and many more surprises!

A salmon barbecue dinner will start at 5 p.m. with tickets available for $25.00. Join us for an unforgettable evening!

Call (206) 781-7400 to purchase dinner tickets. Questions? Email Jeremy@norsehome.org, call our facility, or send us a Facebook message.

Celebrate National Donut Day at Mighty-O

Mighty-O Donuts (1555 NW Market St) will be hosting a golden ticket giveaway on National Donut Day this Friday, June 2.

To celebrate the team will be sampling free mini donuts and donating 10% of the day’s proceeds to three local elementary schools.

Locals can stop by Ballard Mighty-O and purchase a dozen donuts for the chance to win. Those lucky enough to find a golden ticket in their box, will win donuts for their school, office or family, up to three dozen.

Proceeds from National Donut Day sales will support Lowell Elementary, Green Lake Elementary and Salmon Bay Elementary.

Click here to find out more.

Celebrate World Otter Day by assisting Woodland Park Zoo to expand conservation research

Happy World Otter Day! To celebrate this May 31 occasion, locals are encouraged to help Woodland Park Zoo expand its conservation research on North American river otter populations and ecology by reporting otter sightings using their online form.

If you see an otter while out and about exploring the outdoors this summer click here and complete the otter sighting form.

Contact Woodland Park Zoo at webkeeper@zoo.org to find out other ways you can support conservation programs at the zoo. Learn other ways you can help conserve wildlife and the habitats they require for survival by visiting the zoo’s How You Can Help page.

Development Update May 30: More subdivisions

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

Application:

2018 NW 62nd St

A Land Use Application has been submitted to subdivide one parcel into two parcels of land. Proposed parcel sizes are: A) 3,939 sq. ft. and B) 1,600 sq. ft. Existing structures to be demolished.

Decisions:

1743 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 #6570383. 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.

8353 18th Ave NW

A Land Use Application has been approved to subdivide one development site into four unit lots. The construction of residential units is under Project #6530214. 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.

809 NW 52nd St

A Land Use Application has been approved to subdivide one parcel into two parcels of land. Proposed Parcel sizes are: A) 3,398 sq. ft. and B) 1,600 sq. ft. Existing structures to be demolished.

Appeals of the above decision must be received by the Hearing Examiner no later than 6/13/2017.

Card Kingdom renamed, now open as Mox Boarding House

Nearly six years after opening its doors on Leary Way in Ballard, Card Kingdom and Café Mox is getting a new name. Starting this spring, the game store and restaurant will bear the same name as the company’s Bellevue outpost, Mox Boarding House.

Card Kingdom began as an online Magic: The Gathering trading card retailer in 1999, and the business is still flourishing almost 20 years later. The Ballard storefront, opened in 2011, became a mecca for Magic players in Seattle and beyond, while its attached restaurant, Café Mox, provided an atmosphere for non-gamers to meet up with friends and maybe even explore a new hobby.

“I’ve tried really hard to make the store accessible to everybody…and I think that’s one thing we’ve done successfully over the years,” says Damon Morris, co-owner and business developer for Card Kingdom and Mox Boarding House.

Morris and his brother John hoped to capture the broad appeal of board games when they chose a name for their second retail store in 2014. While Card Kingdom had earned name recognition in the gaming community, newcomers occasionally expressed surprise when they learned that the Morris brothers weren’t in the greeting card business.

“We’ve always struggled with the name ‘Card Kingdom’ since we started doing board games,” Damon admitted. “We wanted a name that was more evocative…so we came up with ‘Mox Boarding House.’”

The Morrises have a strong attachment to the word “Mox,” a special gem from the Magic: The Gathering storyline. The reference was obscure enough that locals wouldn’t label Café Mox a “nerd bar,” and it was a fun Easter egg for Magic fans. No word better captured the company’s commitment to serving gamers and non-gamers alike. “Mox Boarding House,” therefore, was the ultimate third place: a community space that could become a customer’s second home.

In renaming the Ballard store, Damon Morris hopes to preserve the spirit of Café Mox while alleviating customer confusion. Now, all the Morris brothers’ game stores and restaurants will be unquestionably linked, and customers can expect the same games, food, and community at each location. The Card Kingdom name will only apply to the online Magic: The Gathering store.

Card Kingdom was christened Mox Boarding House earlier this month.

For more information about Mox Boarding House, click here.

Councilmember O’Brien to attend Phinney Ridge Council meeting

District 6 City Council Representative Mike O’Brien will be the special guest at Phinney Ridge Community Council’s next meeting next Tuesday, June 6, to discuss policies that he and the Council are proposing that could affect our neighborhood.

Questions for Councilmember O’Brien will be taken in advance. The Community Council’s Board is also developing topics of interest that they would like to be addressed. Suggestions include how HALA, with its proposed building height increases and no parking required, will impact neighborhoods and housing affordability for all; property ownership requirements for backyard cottages and increasing neighborhood crime.

In addition, locals are encouraged to email questions directly to Councilmember Mike.OBrien@seattle.gov. Please reference our upcoming meeting and cc phinneyridge.ccouncil@gmail.com so we can incorporate your questions into our meeting.

All are welcome to attend the meeting.

Ballard Memorial Day Roundup 2017

This Monday, we pay tribute to those who died while serving in the nation’s armed forces. It also happens to be the 110th anniversary of when Ballard was annexed to Seattle.

Here’s what’s happening in Ballard this Memorial Day:

  • The Ballard Elks Lodge #827 is hosting a Memorial Day ceremony at 9:30 a.m. at Crown Hill Cemetery (8712 12th Ave NW).
  • Goodwill is hosting its annual Memorial Day sale. Red tagged items are $1.29 and all blue and green tagged items are 40 percent off. Doors open at 8 a.m. at all locations, including their Ballard store (6400 8th Ave. NW).

What’s closed:

Things to remember:

Do you know of any other events or information for Memorial Day in Ballard? Email us at tips@myballard.com and we will add the information to our post.