What’s on this weekend: January 1st-3rd

It’s a light weekend for events around Ballard this weekend. If you want to add your event to the schedule, email us at tips@myballard.com.

Enjoy the last day in 2015!

FRIDAY, January 1:

  • The Old Pequliar Pub (1722 NW Market St.) open from 12 noon – 2 a.m.
  • Toast (5615 24th Ave NW) is open from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Live Music
    • Human Ladder (album release party), Mannequin BBQ, Dollargirl, and Alan Rowdy, 9pm $8 at Conor Byrne Pub (5140 Ballard Ave NW)
    • Hair of the Dog: The Paperboys w/ guests 9 PM, $20, at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW)
    • &Yet, Valley Fair, The Holy Broke, 9pm, $8 at Sunset Tavern (5433 Ballard Ave NW)
    •  at Egan’s Ballard Jam House (1707 NW Market St)

SATURDAY, January 2:

  • Live Music
    • Indie Pop Rock: Big Splash Champion w/ The Loveless Building & Explone, 9PM, $20 at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW)
    • Trip Like Animals, Nestoria, Tokyoidaho, Coyote, 9pm, $8 at Sunset Tavern (5433 Ballard Ave NW)
    • Fare Thee Well, Evan Morrison….get your comedy on! 9pm at Conor Byrne Pub (5140 Ballard Ave NW)
    • 7pm – Spencer Edgers Group (Cover TBD)
      9pm – Chris McCarthy Quintet ($10 cover/$5 students) at Egan’s Ballard Jam House (1707 NW Market St)

SUNDAY, Janaury 3:

Throwback Thursday: horses of yesteryear in Ballard

This week, we’re looking at horses of Ballard’s past. Enjoy!


Ballard Lumber shed with eight horses in harnesses posed with men in front of lumber stack. Location unknown. Road appears to be wood plank with possible rail tracks. Utility poles and wires central in background, slant-roof shed at left.


Black and white negative of Ballard Police on horseback on dirt street with Victorian style homes in background. Police in formal uniform with hats.

Black and white negative of Peterson Plumbing & Heating float (horse drawn carriage with toilet and tub), taken at May 17th Parade. Flags and bunting decorate float. Two men in suits and hats visible.

Black and white negative of Royal Dairy Wagon. Dirt street in foreground with carriage, milkman, and horses. Modern note on back of print: “32nd & 64th NW, Ballard, (Across from Food Town)”

Development update: December 31st, one appeal

Just one appeal makes up today’s update from the City of Seattle’s Department of Planning and Development (DPD) as posted in the Land Use Information Bulletin.


8818 30TH AVE NW

The following decision has been appealed:

Deny – Variance to allow a fence to exceed the maximum height limit.
Reference Seattle Municipal Code SM 23 440.014D.10a&b.

The Appeal Hearing will be held on Tuesday, January 26, 2016 at 9:00 a.m. at the Office of Hearing Examiner, Room 4000, 700 Fifth Avenue, Seattle Municipal Tower, 40th Floor.

Missing dog in Ballard

There is a missing dog in Ballard, read the following information from her owner Molly:


“Buddy, our 1yo brown terrier mix escaped from our home in Ballard yesterday (80th and 22nd Ave NW). He was last spotted at NW 67th St and 11th Ave NW around 5PM. Please call/text 206.351.3098 or 206.226.2126 if you spot him as he is very skittish and likely to run from you. Thank you!”

Sloth bear cub dies overnight, December 29th

Woodland Park Zoo is sad to announce the death of the recently born sloth bear cub. The cub was born December 19th and passed somewhere between 9pm and midnight on December 29th of unknown causes.

“It is not uncommon for first time sloth bear mothers to lose their litter. Sloth bears are born extremely small and blind at birth.” says the Woodland Park Zoo.

7th annual New Year’s Day Polar Bear Plunge at Golden Gardens

The 7th annual New Year’s Polar Bear Plunge is set for 11 am, January 1, 2016 at Golden Gardens (8498 Seaview Pl NW). Jump start your New Year by taking a dip in the sound!

The event was started by local resident Rick Sandvig after he saw the event become successful in Vancouver, Canada. Just a few dozen people took the plunge in 2009 and every year, the event continues to grow in numbers. Hundreds of people joined in the festivities January 1st, 2014.

Watch footage of 2014’s plunge to get a taste of what you’re in for.

Are you planning on taking the plunge? Email your photos and videos to tips@myballard.com.

Seattle Hazard Explorer

Do you live in a hazardous area in Ballard?

“The Seattle Office of Emergency Management website now features a series of interactive maps that highlight some of the city’s top hazards. Check out the Seattle Hazard Explorer and learn more about the hazards that impact Seattle. You can zoom in on your home, work place, or any other location to see what hazards are most likely to impact you.”

Read the full article for more information, published by West Woodland Neighborhood Blog.

Moisture Festival New Year’s Eve Extravaganza

Looking for something to do on New Years. Consider heading out to Moisture Festival New Year’s Eve Extravaganza.

What: Moisture Festival New Year’s Eve Extravaganza
When: Dec 31, starting at 8 PM
Where: Hale’s Palladium (4301 Leary Way NW)
Cost: $75/adults, $40/youth 12 and under

About the event:

“Ring in the New Year with Moisture Festival! Variete performance, dance laughter and appreciation of the good times are the themes of this grand New Years Eve Extravaganza. Enjoy a spectacular Moisture Festival show and party featuring the funky tunes of Bunny Lamonte & The Family Affair. Also included in the ticket price: complimentary appetizers, and a champagne toast at midnight. Godfrey Daniels will fill the room with giant, red balloons when the clock strikes 2016, then dance in a New Year!”

Purchase tickets here.

Visit their website here.