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.

What’s on this weekend

Have a fantastic Memorial Day Weekend and enjoy this beautiful weather!

FRIDAY, May 26

  • Ray’s Boathouse 30 Year anniversary Fire Celebration (6049 Seaview Ave NW) all weekend. Click here to find out more.
  • Live Music
    • Chip Parker at Egan’s Ballard Jam House (1707 NW Market St) at 7 p.m. $10 cover.
    • The Everyone Orchestra feat members of Moe. Dopapod, The Werks + more at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW) at 9 p.m. Tickets $20.

SATURDAY, May 27

  • Ray’s Boathouse 30 Year anniversary Fire Celebration (6049 Seaview Ave NW) all weekend. Click here to find out more.
  • Live Music
    • An Evening with Polecat and Brad Parsons at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW) at 9 p.m. Tickets $12.
    • Kareem Kandi Band at Egan’s Ballard Jam House (1707 NW Market St) at 9 p.m. $10 cover.
    • Sir Richard Bishop, Robert Millis, Don McGreevy at Sunset Tavern (5433 Ballard Ave NW) 9 p.m. Tickets $15.

SUNDAY, May 28

  • Ballard Farmer’s Market along Ballard Ave from 10 a.m.- 3 p.m.
  • Sunday Morning Meditation at Amazing Grace Spiritual Center (2007 NW 61st St) from 10 a.m. – 10:20 a.m.
  • Zumba Class at Ballard Elks (6411 Seaview Ave NW) from 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. $5 suggested donation, all funds raised go to Ballard Elks charities. Classes are held on the 2nd and 4th Sundays each month.
  • Live Music
    • Open mic at Conor Byrne Pub (5140 Ballard Ave NW) sign-up at 7:30 p.m.
    • Virgin Of The Birds, Windoe and Whisperer at Sunset Tavern (5433 Ballard Ave NW) 8 p.m. Tickets $8.
    • Play My Birthday Presents: Pop2K : Spinning Dance Party Hits from 2000-2010 at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW) at 9 p.m. Tickets $10.

SPL to kick off 2017 “Summer of Learning” next month

The Seattle Public Library’s 2017 Summer of Learning for youth and families kicks off on Thursday, June 15. The 98th annual program, which continues through Tuesday, September 5, is designed to keep students reading and learning while school is out.

This year’s program features the theme “Blast Off to Space!” and encourages reading and activities around science, technology, engineering, arts and math.

The Library is offering hundreds of free programs all summer long for families, children and teens. All programs are free and open to the public. Visit www.spl.org/summeroflearning for more information.

Children and teens can learn to program robots, play a ukulele, create videos, write songs, take digital photos, practice calligraphy, design sound effects and more. Some classes require registration, which will open up online two weeks before the first class begins at each Library location. The Library will also celebrate the upcoming solar eclipse on Monday, August 21, with programs, events and displays and by distributing free eclipse glasses in late August.

Children who take part in Summer of Learning will receive a free Mission Log packed with fun space-related learning activities. There will be three levels for participants to complete of daily reading and activity missions. Level 1 finishers will be entered into the grand prize drawing and will get one prize from the prize box, and will also have their names placed on the Wall of Space Voyagers at their home library. Level 2 and 3 finishers will win additional prizes from the prize box and entries into the grand prize drawing.

Teens who take part in Summer of Learning will receive a free Teen Book Bingo card. Participants who complete a Book Bingo card can bring it into the Library, or post it on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter with #SPLteenbookbingo2017 for a chance to win an iPad Mini or free movie theater passes! Examples of Book Bingo squares include: book you judged by its cover, turned into a movie, banned, #WeNeedDiverseBooks, a book you finish reading in a day or read outdoors, and a comic or graphic novel.

Families with young children ages birth to 5 years old can pick up a fun bingo card filled with reading and learning activities to do together with babies, toddlers and preschoolers. For every five completed squares in a row (up, down, across, or diagonal), children can get their name on the Wall of Space Voyagers at their home library. The Early Learner bingo card will be printed in English, and printable versions will be available online in Amharic, Chinese, English, Oromo, Somali, Spanish, Tigrinya and Vietnamese.

The Library offers summer programming because research shows that during the summer young people can forget a certain amount of what they learned during the school year. Educators call that the “summer slide.” The Summer of Learning program mitigates the summer slide and teaches children and teens 21st century learning skills, such as teamwork, critical thinking and digital skills.

The Library has partnered with the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture to offer free family admission, for up to two adults and four children, when families present a completed Mission Log or an Early Learner flyer from July 1 to Oct. 31, 2017.

For more information about Summer of Learning, visit www.spl.org/summeroflearning, call The Seattle Public Library at 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian.