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, prc@seattle.gov).

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.

Ballard homeless camp will soon move to Northlake

The homeless camp in Ballard (2826 NW Market St) is set to move to Northlake soon, as their two-year permit is going to expire on November 18.

From the Homelessness Response Blog:

“…the City has been working since June to find a suitable relocation for the existing encampment, however finding available space has proven difficult. With the input of the operator, advocates, local businesses, faith communities, and encampment residents, the City’s Homelessness Emergency Response team has identified an appropriate location at 3814 Fourth Ave. NE in the Northlake neighborhood.

The Northlake property is owned by Seattle City Light (SCL), which agreed for the site to be used as a temporary encampment for one-to-two years prior to planned development for SCL future use. The Northlake site meets land use code requirements and is approximately 20 percent larger than the existing Ballard site to accommodate more people. The site is near King County Metro routes and will have electricity, sewer, and water services. The encampment will remain clean-and-sober and will continue to offer unsheltered people the help they need to find permanent housing.”

The city plans to have the Northlake site ready by the Ballard camp expiration date, and residents will be allowed to stay at the Ballard site until the new location is ready. There will be a public meeting with city representatives in early November for Ballard residents’ and business owners’ questions.

The City of Seattle Homelessness Emergency Response team will also be moving the Interbay encampment. Both the Ballard and Interbay camps were created in 2015, and both permits are expiring. The Interbay camp will shift to a new location nearby at the Port of Seattle’s vacant property at 1601 15th Ave W by mid-November.

It’s unclear yet what will become of the property when the camp moves, but we’ll update with new information.

‘Thriller’ takes over Ballard Locks

Visitors at the Ballard Locks were in for an exciting day on Sunday as a group of dancers filled the park with a performance of “Thriller”. Organized by the Seattle Thrillers, the dance was to commemorate the Ballard Locks Centennial, and also raised money for the Jubilee Women’s Center.

Here are some photos, taken by Chris Tompkins, from the Seattle Thrillers Facebook page:

To view a video of the performance, click here for King 5‘s coverage.

What’s on this weekend

There’s quite a few events happening this weekend, from a plethora of live music to a fall festival at the Ballard Community Center and a mayoral candidate public forum to attend on Sunday. If you have an event to add to this list, contact us at tips@myballard.com.

Enjoy your fall weekend!

Friday, October 20:

  • Live Music:
    • All Star Opera, Real Don Music, and La Fonda at Sunset Tavern (5433 Ballard Ave NW), 9pm, $12.
    • Nick Foster Band, Bart Budwig, and Kara Hesse at Conor Byrne Pub (5140 Ballard Ave NW) at 9pm $8 advance, $10 door.
    • TR3 featuring Tim Reynolds w/ Marcus Eaton at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW) at 9pm. $22.
    • Jazz at Egan’s Ballard Jam House (1707 NW Market St). 7pm – Julian and Alison – Julian Smedley and Alison Odell ($10 cover) 9pm – Taylor Zickefoose Quartet ($10 cover/$8 students)

Saturday, October 21:

  • Ballard Community Center Fall Festival 11am to 1pm (6020 28th Ave NW).  Time to celebrate fall! Join us for a day of fantastic fall activities. You can try your hand at the apple press, make your own scarecrow (bring old clothes and a pillow case), and of course, play games.
  • Ballard Preschool Co-Op Gently Used Sale 9am to 1pm at Phinney Neighborhood Center (6532 Phinney Ave N). Great deals on high-quality gently used clothing, toys, shoes, strollers, gear, maternity wear, and more! Arrive early for the best selection (the entry line typically starts forming before 9am) and bring plenty of shopping bags! Strollers must be parked at the door.
  • Beerhaus at Chadhaus 6 – 8pm (908 NW 50th Street). Check out a local furniture workshop and sample local beer, with proceeds going to the Seattle Architecture Foundation. Tickets available here.
  • Greyhound Meet and Greet at All the Best Pet Care (1909 NW Market St.) 11am-1pm. Join us to meet retired racing greyhounds, learn about adoption, volunteer opportunities and more. Click here for more information.
  • Live Music:
    • Earthless and Head Band at Sunset Tavern (5433 Ballard Ave NW), 9pm, $16.
    • Will Moore Band and Abbot Kinney at Conor Byrne Pub (5140 Ballard Ave NW) at 9pm, $8.
    • Heels to the Hardwood w/ Old Coast & Eric Tollefson Band at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW) at 9pm. $10.
    • Jazz at Egan’s Ballard Jam House (1707 NW Market St). 7pm – Lady ‘A’ and her Back Porch Blues Showcase, featuring Mikayla (vocals/drums), Tralenea Givens (vocals) and Anthony Watson (drums) ($12 cover)9pm – Vocalists Jennifer Mellish [Website] and Amy Kramer Hawks, with Randy Halberstadt (piano), Ryan Donnelly (bass) and Max Wood (drums) ($10 cover)

Sunday, October 22:

  • Mayoral Candidate Forum, 4:30pm at Phinney Neighborhood Center. Hear from candidates Cary Moon and Jenny Durkan in a discussion moderated by David Hyde from KUOW Radio. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. Free snacks, beer, and non-alcoholic drinks will be available. The forum, including audience questions, will be 5-6 p.m. with a half hour afterwards for socializing.
  • Ballard Farmer’s Market along Ballard Ave from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Click here to see this week’s specials.
  • Live Music:
    • Open mic at Conor Byrne Pub (5140 Ballard Ave NW) sign-ups at 7:30 pm.
    • THUNDER! Retrowave DJ night at Sunset Tavern (5433 Ballard Ave NW), 8pm, no cover.
    • The Landmarks w/ Wild Wild Mexico & Hand in the Attic at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW) at 8pm. $8.

Majestic Bay Theatre to screen ‘Coraline’ for BHS film program fundraiser

On Saturday, Oct. 28, Majestic Bay Theatre will host a fundraiser for Ballard High School’s award-winning film program. They’ll screen the movie Coraline at 9:30am, with all proceeds going to benefit the Digital Filmmaking Program at BHS.

Still from the BHS-made trailer “A Trip to the Groovies”

If you’ve seen a film at the Majestic Bay, you might remember seeing A Trip to the Groovies, the policy trailer that plays before the feature film. The trailer was made by BHS students to replace A Trip to the Movies, which informed the audience of theater rules and etiquette. The old trailer was a mock instructional film set in the 60s, following two kids, Russ and Ellen, as they watch a movie. According to Matt Lawrence from BHS, when Majestic Bay went digital in 2014, they needed a new policy trailer in a digital format, and invited the BHS film students to make one. “After considering various ideas, Ballard’s filmmakers decided to follow Russ and Ellen to the movies again – this time in 1977.  The challenging concept required period vehicles, costumes, hair, make-up, and actors who might possibly be the original Russ and Ellen – 17 years later.”

Lawrence tells My Ballard that the owners were so pleased with the new trailer that they made a donation to the program and pledge to host an annual fundraiser for the program. The Coraline screening is the third annual fundraiser at Majestic Bay for the program.

To see other BHS films, visit their Vimeo page.