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Ballard faces Georgetown in first round of Curbed Cup

December 15th, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

The Curbed Cup, Curbed Seattle’s annual Neighborhood of the Year tournament, is on and today is your chance to vote for Ballard to win the first round against Georgetown.

Currently Ballard is the number one seed as the defending Seattle neighborhood champion

Although all Ballardites surely know why we should win, check out Curbed’s reasoning:

In this corner…Ballard. A piece of Seattle for 106 years now, to some it’s the home of Seattle’s gritty blue-collar shipyard folk. To others, it’s the home of every condo or apartment building ever built. Somewhere between the upscale buildings, trendy eateries, old school haunts and ever-changing main street, Ballard continues to redefine itself.

Everyday Curbed posts one match-up for readers to vote on, with results reviewed on Friday. Polls are open for 24 hours only.

Click here to cast your vote and ensure that Ballard is reinstated as the reigning champion in this year’s competition!

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Westernco Donuts to close its doors for good

December 15th, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

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The My Ballard team has received several reports that Westernco Donuts (7500 15th Ave NW) will be closing its doors for good on December 24.

Sona Srong has been running the store for the past 12 years and wants the community to be aware of the closure.

Srong has been forced to close the store due to a proposed development on the site.

“Unsurprisingly, the reason is that she cannot renew her lease due to the proposed development of the site.  For people who like her donuts and fritters, there are ten more days to go get some,” says My Ballard reader Jordan.

Westernco Donut House has been in the neighborhood since the 1960s and is sure to be missed by many after its closure.

“It wasn’t a fancy, trendy place but it sure had its loyal customers mostly due to the cheerful, chatty presence of Sona,” writes My Ballard reader Jean.

Westernco Donut House will be open regular hours from 5:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. until the closure on Christmas Eve.

Photo of Sona and her team courtesy of My Ballard reader Jean.

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The week in sports at BHS

December 15th, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

The BHS athletes are preparing for another huge week of competition. Head out and support them at their games!

Monday, December 15

  • Basketball: Girls C Team vs. Bishop Blanchet at Bishop Blanchet High School – 3:45 p.m.
  • Basketball: Boys C Team vs. Nathan Hale at Ballard High School – 7 p.m.

Tuesday, December 16

  • Basketball: Boys JV vs. Nathan Hale at Ballard High School – 5:45 p.m.
  • Wrestling: Varsity Match vs. Bainbridge High School at Bainbridge High School – 6:30 p.m.
  • Basketball: Boys Varsity vs. Nathan Hale at Ballard High School – 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, December 17

  • Basketball: Girls C Converence vs. Shorewood at Shorewood High School – 3:45 p.m.
  • Basketball: Girls JV vs. Nathan Hale at Ballard High School – 5:45 p.m.
  • Basketball: Girls Varsity vs. Nathan Hale at Ballard High School – 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, December 18

  • Wrestling: Varsity vs. Lakeside, Rainier Beach and West Seattle at Ballard High School – 6 p.m.

Friday, December 19

  • Swimming: Boys Varsity and JV Meet vs. Roosevelt at Ballard Pool – 3:30 p.m.
  • Basketball: Girls JV vs. Chief Sealth High School at Chief Sealth High School – 3:30 p.m.
  • Gymnastics: Varsity Meet vs. Ingraham and Nathan Hale at Ballard High School – 4 p.m.
  • Basketball: Boys JV vs. Chief Sealth High School at Chief Sealth High School – 5 p.m.
  • Basketball: Girls Varsity vs. Chief Sealth High School at Chief Sealth High School – 6:30 p.m.
  • Basketball: Boys Varsity vs. Chief Sealth High School at Chief Sealth High School – 8 p.m.

Saturday, December 20

  • Basketball: Girls C Conference vs. Archbishop Murphy at Ballard High School – 10 a.m.
  • Basketball: Boys C Game vs. Rainier Beach High School at Chief Sealth – 2 p.m.

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What’s on this weekend

December 12th, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

There is so much to do in our neighborhood this weekend. Enjoy!

Friday, December 12

  • Opening of “Imaging the Arctic” exhibition at the Nordic Heritage Museum (3014 NW 67th St) This interdisciplinary exhibit explores the impact of climate change on West Greenland’s ecology and culture through the work of three women: marine mammal biologist Dr. Kristin Laidre, expeditionary artist Maria Coryell-Martin, and Finnish photographer Tiina Itkonen. Click here to find out more.
  • Art Up Holiday Event w/ Tarot Card readings at Ballard Healing Arts (8314 8th Ave NW) from 6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. Art Up featuring artwork by FAYEZART Pottery, Tarot Card Reader Megan Skinner will be giving mini Tarot Card Readings and mini reiki and massage sessions.
  • Nutcracker Sweets at ARC Dance Space (9250 14th Ave NW) from 7 p.m. ARC Dance brings the magic of The Nutcracker alive for families and the community in this child-friendly version of this holiday classic ballet that will warm your spirit. Tickets are $10 (children under 10) and $15 for adults. Click here to purchase tickets.
  • A Festival of Lessons & Carols at Phinney Lutheran Church (7500 Greenwood Ave N) from 7:30 p.m. The Northwest Boychoir celebrates its 40th anniversary with the presentation of the 2014 Festival of Lessons & Carols concert series featuring eight regional performances and opening at Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church. Tickets start at $15. Click here to learn more.
  • Live music at Conor Byrne Pub (5140 Ballard Ave NW) at 9 p.m. Psychedelic Holiday Freak Out concert. Click here to purchase tickets and for more information.
  • Attack on Emerald City Theatre Festival at Ballard Underground (2220 NW Market St) from 10 p.m. Attack on Emerald City is a collection of 6 superhero themed short plays written, performed, and even improvised by local artists. Tickets cost $5. Click here to find out more.
  • Live Music at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW) at 11 p.m. Featuring Zepparella THE LATE SHOW. Tickets $20. Click here to purchase tickets and for more information.

Saturday, December 13

  • Free SAT Diagnostics Test at Sylvan Learning (2232 Northwest Market Street #8) from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Find out how ready you are for the big test. Please RSVP first though at (206) 297-4595.
  • The Most Wonderful Time of the Year: An A-Cappella Holiday Show at Philadelphia Church (7704 24th Ave NW) at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. The Seattle SeaChordsmen invite you to join us for our annual concert of family-friendly traditional holiday songs, performed in ringing Barbershop harmony. Admission costs general $15 / senior $12 / student $7.  Click here to learn more and purchase tickets.
  • Nutcracker Sweets at ARC Dance Space (9250 14th Ave NW) at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. ARC Dance brings the magic of The Nutcracker alive for families and the community in this child-friendly version of this holiday classic ballet that will warm your spirit. Tickets are $10 (children under 10) and $15 for adults. Click here to purchase tickets.
  • Ballard Art Walk is on at many businesses and art galleries all over Ballard from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. Click here to check out more details.
  • Down the Chimney Concert at Ballard First Lutheran Church (NW 65th Street and 20th Ave NW) at 7:30 p.m. The Market Street Singers invite you to set out a plate of cookies and a glass of milk while we wait by the chimney for Santa. This is a free event. Contributions are gratefully accepted.
  • Live music at Conor Byrne Pub (5140 Ballard Ave NW) at 9 p.m. Featuring Hillstomp, Good Luck Thrift Store Outfit and Casey Ruff. Tickets $10. Click here to purchase tickets and for more information.
  • Live Music at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW) at 11 p.m. Featuring East Coast Jam Rock: Assembly of Dust with special guests Spyn Reset. Tickets $15. Click here to purchase tickets and for more information.
  • Attack on Emerald City Theatre Festival at Ballard Underground (2220 NW Market St) from 10 p.m. Attack on Emerald City is a collection of 6 superhero themed short plays written, performed, and even improvised by local artists. Tickets cost $5. Click here to find out more.

Sunday, December 14

  • Ballard Farmers Market along Ballard Ave from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Click here to see this week’s specials.
  • Nutcracker Sweets at ARC Dance Space (9250 14th Ave NW) at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. ARC Dance brings the magic of The Nutcracker alive for families and the community in this child-friendly version of this holiday classic ballet that will warm your spirit. Tickets are $10 (children under 10) and $15 for adults. Click here to purchase tickets.
  • A Festival of Lessons & Carols at St Alphonsus Church (5816 15th Ave NW) from 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. The Northwest Boychoir celebrates its 40th anniversary with the presentation of the 2014 Festival of Lessons & Carols concert series featuring eight regional performances. Tickets start at $15. Click here to learn more.
  • Open Mic at Conor Byrne Pub (5140 Ballard Ave NW) at 7:30 p.m. All are welcome. For more information click here.
  • Live Music at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW) at 8 p.m. Featuring KMRIA. Tickets $10. Click here to purchase tickets and for more information.

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Bloom to host “From Seattle to the Cyclades” pop-up dinner

December 12th, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

Seattle cook Joe Holberg is débuting his first pop-up dinner at Bloom in Ballard (5410 17th Ave NW) this coming Monday, December 15.

Holberg has traveled around the world cooking on yachts and has returned to Seattle to share some of the influences and his experiences over the years.

“As a yacht chef, I often travelled to very remote locations where most of my provisioning was done through open markets which gave me a flexible approach and a great appreciation of the simple yet delicious flavors of the Mediterranean,” says Holberg.

The pop-up dinner will comprise of five courses and include delicacies such as spiced sous-vide lamb sirloin, grilled octopus and dark chocolate terrine. Click here to check out the complete menu.

Dinner is priced at $42 per person with gratuity included. Reservations and advance payment are required and seating is limited.

Reservations can be made through the Dyne mobile app.

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Ballard Pool to offer drop-in swim discounts

December 12th, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

Starting in 2015, Seattle Parks and Recreation will introduce a discounted drop-in swim rate at its public pools, Ballard included. Individuals that qualify based on income and family size will be able to attend a swim session at a discounted rate.

“In Seattle, a city surrounded by water, swimming is an essential life skill. Access and opportunity to both drop-in programs and swimming lessons are key. By learning to swim, individuals gain life skills, have a reduced risk of drowning death and gain opportunities for new activities,” says David Takami from Seattle Parks and Recreation.

Drop-in swimming programs currently offer vital opportunities for basic exposure to the water, development of swim skills and personal health. At the moment many discounts are offered based on age, special population needs, prepaid sessions and frequency of use.

With recent City Council approval, Seattle Parks will begin to offer discounts for drop-in sessions to those who qualify. Eligibility will be based on family size and income level in accordance with Seattle Parks established application and approval process.

For locals who qualify, drop-in discount pricing will be $2 for recreational swims such as family swim, public swim or lap swim and $3 for fitness swims such as Water Exercise, Masters, or Swimstrong.

According to Seattle Parks, this year, staff have taught more than 320,000 swimming lessons at swimming pools and lifeguarded beaches in the city.

Seattle Parks scholarship process has greatly helped reduce the cost of swimming lessons by offering half-price lessons at pools for those who meet scholarship eligibility. Additional fundraising for supplemental scholarship helps ensure swim lessons are affordable for all through Seattle Parks ongoing partnership with Seattle Children’s Hospital plus many individual donations.

If you would like to make a donation to the Learn to Swim Seattle Parks Scholarship fund click here.

Click here to check out the Ballard Pool schedule.

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High Wind Warning issued for Seattle

December 11th, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

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The National Weather Service has issued a High Wind Warning for much of NW Washington, including Seattle and its surroundings.

The warning is in effect now and will remain until 4 a.m. tomorrow morning.

According to the National Weather Service, high winds are likely to develop in Seattle after 6 p.m. this evening. South to southwest winds could rise to gusts of 60 mph this evening which are  predicted to ease slowly after midnight.

Strongest winds will occur along Shorelines and locations exposed to southerly wind. Winds will diminish across Western Washington by Daybreak Friday morning.

Winds this strong could topple large trees and the predicted heavy rain may also cause widespread power outages. Strong winds could also impact the evening commute, especially from Seattle northward.

The red marked areas on the map above are predicted to be most affected by the high winds.

Check out the Seattle City Light powered outage map to keep up to date with any power outages in our area.

Prepare your family by reading the City of Seattle’s Weather Emergency Tips.

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Throwback Thursday: Ballard stores of yesteryear

December 11th, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

It’s that time of year when locals hit the Ballard boutiques and stores to purchase those special holiday gifts so we thought it was time to take a look back at some of the stores in Ballard back in the day. The store options were slightly different back then.

The black and white photo below, taken in 1885, shows a street scene of the now popular shopping strip on Ballard Ave. Visible on right is the St. Charles Hotel and Standard Furniture Co. Two men are laying wooden forms onto the dirt street.

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The black and white photo below, date taken is unknown, features Ballard Feed Co. Inc. which was located at 5133 Ballard Avenue NW.

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Black and white photo below, taken in 1910, shows Oscar Hagblom standing in front of his shop, The 24th Ave. Barber Shop. The shop was located on the corner of 24th Ave NW and NW 59th St. The window text advertises a haircut for $0.25, and a shave $0.15.

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The black and white photo below, date taken unknown, features the interior of Cascade Drug Co. at 24th Ave NW and NW Market St. The caption on the back of the photo reads “Bjarni Johannsson, Druggist 1916-1936.”

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The sepia promotional postcard sent to Mrs. T.H Ryan on October 4, 1909, features the Ballard Band Box Millinery Company which was located at 5408 22nd Ave NW. The company describes itself as the “oldest and most up-to-date Millinery Store in Ballard.”

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Photos and information courtesy of the Ballard Historical Society.

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Development Update December 11: One subdivision decision

December 11th, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

One subdivision decision makes up this week’s development update from the City of Seattle’s Department of Planning and Development (DPD) as posted in the Land Use Information Bulletin.

Decision:

6717 Alonzo Ave NW

A Land Use Application has been approved to subdivide one development site into three unit lots. The construction of residential units are under Project #6412217. 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. Appeals of this decision must be received by the Hearing Examiner no later than December 25.

Comments about the above application should be submitted to PRC@seattle.gov or mailed to the address below:

City of Seattle DPD PRC
700 5th Avenue Suite 2000
PO Box 34019
Seattle, WA  98124-4019

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Ballard Lynx soccer team makes semi-finals of state tournament

December 11th, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

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Ballard’s own SYSA U14 Girls Lynx soccer team have made it to the semi-final round in the Washington Youth Soccer Recreational State Cup Tournament.

The team will play in the semi-final match this Saturday, December 13, at 12 p.m. at the Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwila against the WC3-HSC Freedom and if victorious they will then compete for the championship in the final match at 4 p.m.

The Ballard Lynx, coached by Whitman MS/Ballard HS parent Shane Leinster, have advanced through this tournament, already defeating the defending state champions, while still competing in the SYSA City Tournament, and participating on various middle school soccer teams.

“If you’d like to see some beautiful soccer, come on out and cheer on the Ballard Lynx #getyourlynxon,” writes Lynx parent Barbara.

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Irish Tenors Holiday Concert to benefit Ballard Senior Center

December 10th, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

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The Irish Tenors Holiday Concert at Benaroya Hall next Tuesday, December 16, from 7:30 p.m. is set to benefit Ballard Senior Center.

During the concert audience members will enjoy both holiday and traditional Irish music sung by the world-renowned tenors Finbar Wright, Anthony Kearns, and Ronan Tynan backed by a full orchestra.

The Irish Tenors are ranked as Ireland’s premier ambassadors of song. The trio has been touring together since 1998, with sold-out shows at Radio City Music Hall, Sydney Opera House, Carnegie Hall, The Hollywood Bowl, and major concert halls throughout the world.

Their faces and voices are also familiar to PBS audiences through several specials, including “Ellis Island” that sold a million CDs and DVDs.

Proceeds from the concert benefit both the Ballard NW Senior Center and five other senior centers affiliated with Senior Services.

Ticket prices range from $47 to $152. Tickets can be purchased at the Benaroya Box Office (corner of 3rd Ave & Union St), online or by calling (206) 215-4747.

Click here to find out more about the event.

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Man jumped by attacker on 24th Ave NW

December 10th, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

My Ballard reader Kimberly emailed in to report that her husband was assaulted in Ballard at approximately 5:45 p.m. last Saturday while walking south on 24th Ave NW half a block away from Café Besalu.

Kimberly reports that her husband was jumped from behind by a man while they were walking together.

They first saw the man as they passed Olaf’s when he veered towards them in a threatening manner. Kimberly and her husband yelled at him as they were startled and kept walking south on 24th Ave NW.

It was at this point that her husband noticed that the man had turned around to follow them. They continued walking and when they got to NW 60th St the man attacked Kimberly’s husband from behind.

“Right at 60th the guy tackled my husband from behind and knocked him to the ground. They wrestled and all the while I screamed for help and got my phone out to call 911,” writes Kimberly.

Kimberly’s husband was able to fend off the attacker and she called 911 as the suspect ran west on 60th Ave NW.

Kimberly describes the attacker as tall, thin, approximately 6 foot 4 with short sandy hair. Kimberly also reports that he was wearing a blue windbreaker jacket with a “C” emblem and distressed jeans at the time of the incident.

“He did not appear to have a weapon and he said nothing the entire time,” writes Kimberly.

If you have any information about this incident contact the SPD North Precinct at (206) 684-0850.

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