Green Seattle Day coming up at North Beach Park

Saturday, November 4 is Green Seattle Day, a citywide family friendly planting event, with one of the work parties happening at North Beach Park. There will be at the park from 9am to 12pm.

“Green Seattle Day is a big party for the year, and we want you there!,” the organizers write. “Join the fun in NW Seattle at North Beach Park, and be one of hundreds of volunteers planting thousands of plants in parks throughout the Emerald City. All community members are welcome, and no experience is necessary! The event is family friendly and open to all ages. Volunteers will plant trees and other plants that will become the future forest of the park.”

To join, meet at the main park entrance, at the intersection of NW 90th Street and 24th Ave NW. Park along NW 90th Street, or take bus #40 to 24th Ave NW and NW 85th St and walk downhill to NW 90th St.

More information can be found here.

City to host community meeting to discuss future of Ballard’s substations

Seattle City Light is in the process of deciding what to do with seven substations in the neighborhood, and they’re hosting a community meeting to answer questions and gather input. The meeting will be on Monday, Nov. 6 at the Ballard First Lutheran Church (2006 NW 65th St), starting with a community open house at 6pm in which city representatives will share information about other city projects affecting northwest Seattle (Ship Canal Water Quality Project, Burke Gilman Trail Missing Link, etc), followed by the meeting about the substations at 7pm.

According to Seattle City Light, the city owns seven properties in the Ballard/Loyal Heights/Crown Hill/Phinney Ridge area that the utility no longer uses for providing electric service to Seattle and the larger service territory. The substations will either be sold or the properties will be transferred for full market value. There will be representatives from different city departments to answer questions about various alternatives.

If you can’t attend the meeting, you can email your comments or request future notifications about the substations: Alternatively, send letters to: Timothy Croll, Seattle City Light, 700 Fifth Ave, Suite 3316, Seattle WA, 98104. Comments must be received by November 17, 2017 to be included in the record developed for the City Council.

Learn more about the substations here.

Above photo: One of the seven substations up for consideration. Photo: Seattle City Light



Learn to make Æbleskiver at the Nordic Heritage Museum

On Saturday, Oct. 28, the Nordic Heritage Museum will be hosting two æbleskiver-making workshops, just in time for Yulefest. Æbleskiver are small, spherical pancakes, and are a popular holiday treat in Denmark.

The workshop, taught by Peter Boeskov, will first review the history and culture of the dish, and then will launch into cooking the dish. There are two available sessions; 10am to 12:30pm or 2pm to 4:30pm.  The cost will be $25 for museum members, or $3o for non-members.

To learn more or to sign up click here.


Halloween events at Peddler Brewing

Peddler Brewing is celebrating Halloween with a couple special events this weekend, including a scary movie night and a doggie costume contest.

On Friday, Oct. 27, they’ll be screening “Evil Dead” at 8pm. “Come get scared with us in our covered beer garden and try not to spill your pint! Join us to enjoy the campy, gory horror of the 1981 original Evil Dead. Mark your calendar and prep your costume!” Doors open at 4pm, and Cycle Dogs food truck will be on site, with Mean Sandwich next door (or BYO food). The movie will be in their beer garden, and while they have heaters, they recommend people bring coats and blankets to stay warm, plus a camping chair if you have one. Admission is free; RSVP here.

On Sunday, Oct. 29, Peddler will host their “Howl-O-Ween Dog Party”, a dog costume party. To join in on the fun, enter your dog into the contest between 3 and 5pm. All beers purchased between 3 and 6pm will earn you one ballot to vote with, and voting starts at 5pm. Winners will be announced at 6pm, with prizes for the top four dogs. On site will be Mud Bay pet store, Cycle Dog upcycled bike tube pet products, The Seattle Barkery dog treat truck, and the Cycle Dogs food truck.  There will be an off-leash area for dogs at the brewery. If you have old bike tubes, be sure to bring them to Cycle Dogs and get 5% off any purchase at the event. RSVP here.

Fall Festival this weekend at Quest Church

On Saturday, Oct. 28, Quest Church (1401 NW Leary Way) will host their Fall Fest. The festival will be from 4:30pm to 6:30pm, and is geared towards kids of all ages.

“Join us for a fun evening of carnival games and Trunk-or-Treat,” the event information reads. “Kids of all ages will enjoy games, prizes, activities and a safe place to go trick-or-treating, including allergy- and sensory-friendly options. There will be food and music and fun for everyone- so invite a friend and come down to Fall Fest at Quest Church.”

To learn more or RSVP, visit their Facebook page about the event.

Caffe Umbria and Volterra raising money for Medic One Foundation

Local cafes Volterra and Caffe Umbria are raising money for the medical first responders through the Hot Shot Crew Challenge, an online competition in which the winning team’s fire department will receive $10,000 in life-saving medical equipment.

The voting for the competition costs $10 per vote, which will also earn you a free coffee at Volterra or Caffe Umbria with proof of your vote.

“Charitable contributions are the sole source of support for training our region’s Medic One Paramedics who are the First Responders to life threatening emergencies and are among the most highly trained in the world,” Michelle Quisenberry from Volterra tells My Ballard. “With recent catastrophes in Houston, Las Vegas, Sonoma, Puerto Rico, Florida and beyond, we  believe supporting our first responders is more critical than ever before.”

Voting is open from October 18-27. For more information or to vote for the Volterra/Umbria team, click here.



BHS fall concert series begins this week

The Ballard High School’s Performing Arts program is about to kick off their fall concert series with three nights of music from their choir, band, and orchestra.

On Wednesday, October 25, at 7:30pm is the Choir Concert. “Featuring Songs of Inspiration including South African freedom songs, community folk songs from Macedonia and Appalachia, and music from the American spiritual, jazz, pop, and contemporary choral repertoire. Vocal Jazz, Advanced Chorale, Concert Choir, Treble Choir, Men’s Ensemble, and Women’s Chamber Choir will perform.”

The Orchestra Concert is on Thursday, November 2, at 7:30 p.m. “Highlights include Anton Arensky’s Variations on a Theme by Tchaikovsky, Holberg Suite by Edvard Grieg. Mozart’s Symphony 25 and Danse Macabre, by Saint-Saëns. The Chamber Orchestra and Symphonic Orchestra will perform.”

The Band Concert will be Wednesday, November 8, 7:30 p.m. “Highlights include Gustav Holst’s First Suite in E-flat, and Jazz Band I performing the classics Basie Straight Ahead and A Night in Tunisia. The concert will showcase 175 band students in Symphonic Band, the audition-level Wind Ensemble, and Jazz Bands I and II.”

All performances begin at 7:30pm and will be at the Earl Kelly Center for Performing Arts at Ballard High School (1418 NW 65th St). You can reserve tickets for a donation online; look at upcoming events and search for “Ballard Choir Fall Concert”, “Ballard Orchestra Fall Concert”, or “Ballard Band Fall Concert”.

Development Update October 23: one subdivision and construction in Ballard’s industrial area

An application for a subdivision, plus decisions to allow industrial grading and a temporary pier along Shilshole Ave, and construction of a three-story light manufacturing building on NW 52nd St make up today’s Land Use Information Bulletin.


1737 NW 62ND ST

A Land Use Application has been submitted to subdivide one development site into three unit lots. The construction of residential units is under Project #6538603. 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.

Comments may be submitted through:



Shoreline Substantial Development Application to allow 38,560 cubic yards of grading for site remediation and installation of utilities in the 24th Avenue NW right-of-way. Project includes installation of a new temporary pier adjacent to the existing 24th Avenue Pier, for construction staging and conveying construction spoils to barges for removal. Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement has been prepared by Seattle Public Utilities.

The following appealable decisions have been made based on submitted plans:

SEPA to approve pursuant to 25.05.660.

Conditionally Grant – Shoreline Substantial Development Application to allow grading in an urban industrial shoreline environment.

Conditions: Conditions have been placed on this project. You may view the decision through our web-based Land Use Information Bulletin, or contact either the assigned planner whose name and phone number appears above, or contact the Public Resource Center (206-684-8467,

This decision is appealable to the Washington State Shoreline Hearings Board until at least 11/13/2017.

1128 NW 52ND ST

Land Use Application to allow a 3-story, 72,816 sq. ft. light manufacturing building. Parking for 46 vehicles to be provided. Existing structures to be demolished.

The following appealable decisions have been made based on submitted plans:

Determination of Non-Significance (no environmental impact statement required).  Environmental review completed and no conditions imposed.  This DNS is issued using the optional DNS process in WAC 197.11.355 and SMC 25.05.355.  The comment period was originally published on January 9, 2017 and there is no further comment period on this DNS.

Appeals of this decision must be received by the Hearing Examiner no later than 11/6/2017.