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BHS Fall Concert Series to kick off next week

October 18th, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

The talented musicians and singers from Ballard High School will kick off their Fall Concert Series next week and they are inviting locals to be take part.

The Series will begin with a Choir performance on Wednesday, October 26, at 7:30 p.m. Choir Director Courtney Rowley will lead off the season with the choir’s fall repertoire, which includes a number of works by up-and-coming American composers including Jake Runestad, Daniel Elder, Andrea Ramsey and Stacey Gibbs. Six vocal groups will entertain locals during a night of fantastic music!

On Wednesday, November 2,  at 7:30 p.m. the Chamber Orchestra, Symphonic Orchestra, Fiddle Ensemble and the Whitman Middle School Advanced Orchestra are set to perform a variety of new and well-known classical favorites.

The final concert, set for 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 3, will feature the Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble. The concert will feature fanfares that are sure to entertain attendees.

All of the events will be held in the Earl Kelly Center for the Performing Arts (1418 NW 65th St) and admission is free.

Click here to learn more about the BHS Performing Arts Program.

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Artists invited to exhibit work at local stores

October 17th, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

The team at West Woodland blog informed us that local retail spots, Cafe Bambino and The Partakery, have put a call out for local artists, including emerging artists, to exhibit their creative work at their individual retail shops on NW 65th Street in the West Woodland area of Ballard.

The businesses are excited to offer this opportunity to local artists and anticipate that customers will be enriched by both the visual impact of the art and discussions about the individual pieces.

Submissions must be able to be hung on walls and available for at least one month. Interested artists are invited to contact Cafe Bambino and The Partakery directly using the below contact information:

Cafe Bambino:  Please send photos of art work.  Venue is open to all ages.
Address:  405 NW 65th Street

The Partakery:  Must be 21+ to visit this location.  Please send photos of art work.
Address:  417 NW 65th Street

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Seattle Restaurant Week now on in Ballard

October 17th, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

Seattle Restaurant Week is on again this week until Thursday, October, and plenty of Ballard restaurants are participating.

During the event, restaurants will be serving three-course dinners for $32, and some will also offer three-course lunches for $18.

The following Ballard restaurants are among the, more than 165, restaurants featured city wide:

  • Ballard Annex Oyster House
  • Bastille
  • Bramling Cross
  • Cutter’s Crab house
  • Golden Beetle
  • Hi-Life
  • Kickin’ Boot
  • The Matador
  • Moshi Moshi Sushi
  • Ocho
  • Ray’s Boathouse
  • Ray’s Cafe
  • San Fermo
  • Skillet Diner
  • Staple & Fancy Mercantile
  • Stoneburner
  • The Gerald
  • Volterra Restaurant

Click here for a full list of restaurants participating in Seattle

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SDOT opens applications for Safe Routes to School Mini Grants

October 17th, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

SDOT is now accepting applications for the Safe Routes to School Mini Grants of up to $1,000 to fund projects that educate students about pedestrian and bicycle safety and encourage walking and biking to school.

Local public and private schools, PTAs, and other non-profit organizations are now welcome apply.

Mini Grants can fund a wide range of projects and programs at schools that improve conditions for walkers and bikers, educate kids on safety walking and biking behaviors, or encourage more kids to ride their bikes or walk to school.

Examples of projects funded in the past include student safety patrol equipment, crossing flags, after school bike clubs, traffic circulation plans, walking school buses, bike trains, bike rodeos, and bike and walk to school campaigns.

Click here to download the application form or apply online.

In addition to the application, a letter of support from the school principal must be mailed or emailed by the application due date.

Questions about the application process can be directed to Serena Lehman at

Completed applications are due by 5 p.m. on Monday, October 31st.

Applicants will be notified of awards the first week of December 2016 and funds will be distributed in January 2017.

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Storm updates for Ballard and North Seattle

October 15th, 2016 by Geeky Swedes

9 p.m. Well folks, that’s mostly it. The storm is winding down, and it looks like we survived. Have a good night!

8:50 p.m. Chimney fire at 30th and 59th, but looks to be minor.

8:30 p.m. There’s a tree down at 32nd and 80th in Ballard, but still showing no significant outages in the area. We received one report of CenturyLink services down in Whittier Heights.

7:30 p.m. No outages in Ballard, only 2,000 in Seattle overall, and the wind so far has been much weaker than expected. In fact, the worst is already over, per the Weather Service. It looks like you can add this storm to the long list of over-hyped weather events in our city’s great history:

6:45 p.m. Firefighters responded to a report of wires down in Frelard at 44th St. and 3rd Ave. Still pretty quiet out there, outage-wise.

6:30 p.m. Starting to get windy. Here’s Golden Gardens a few minutes ago:

6:15 p.m. Cliff Mass just updated his blog, and he says the storm is weaker than expected. “This is not going to be a Chanukah Eve or Inauguration Day Storm in the central Puget Sound area,” he writes. Power is holding for Ballard and all but a couple spots in North Seattle. Here’s the situation in Seattle and beyond:

5:15 p.m. Winds are starting to pick up, and there’s a report of a tree into wires, causing a small outage on 61st St. between 9th and 11 Ave.

3:45 p.m. The windstorm is arriving, and we’ll be posting updates about power outages (map) and any damage reports in Ballard and surrounding neighborhoods. So far, no real outages in the area to report. Winds are expected to peak from 6-10 p.m. in our area with gusts as high as 60 mph.

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Hi-Life to host 11th annual charity Pancake Breakfast

October 14th, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin


The Hi-Life will once again host their annual Pancake Breakfast this Saturday, October 15, from 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. to raise fund for Seattle’s Bravest Charity.

This is the 11th anniversary of the event supporting this important local charity.

Seattle’s Bravest Charity supports fallen Seattle Fire Fighters, their families and victims affected by fire and more.

Over the years, the charity has helped victims made homeless by fire; donated hundreds of bike helmets to children in need; sponsored little leagues throughout Seattle; contributed to large scale disasters; managed a yearly scholarship fund for children and grandchildren of Seattle Fire Fighters; and created the Catastrophic Fund which is to help fire fighters who are catastrophically injured on the job and will never return to work, and help Seattle Firefighters pay for hospice care.

Head out and grab a pancake for a good local cause!

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Power outages in Ballard and beyond

October 14th, 2016 by Geeky Swedes

Update 2 p.m. A tree is blamed for a power outage in Sunset Hill: 115 homes have lost power along 31st Ave, between 75th and 85th, per Seattle City Light. To report an outage that’s not on the map, you can call City Light at 206-684-3000.


Update 1:15 p.m. Cliff Mass just updated his blog. “I have looked at the latest forecast model output and they are all on pretty much the same page, which increases forecast confidence substantially,” he writes about Saturday’s storm. “The bottom line is that we have a dangerous storm, comparable to the 2006 Chanukah Eve storm or the 1993 Inauguration Day Storm, one that is following nearly a perfect track to produce strong winds over the Puget Sound region.”

Bottom line: 50-60 MPH gusts in Seattle on Saturday evening and night, lots of rain and many power outages expected.

Update 11 a.m. Seattle City Light says there are 12,000 customers without power in Queen Anne, Magnolia and Interbay — the bulk of them in Lower Queen Anne. We’re also seeing a couple hundred homes without power just north of Carkeek Park (outage map), but nothing of significance (so far) in the Ballard area. We’ll keep updating…

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Sustainable Ballard enters team in EcoChallenge

October 14th, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

The folks at Sustainable Ballard are putting out the call to locals looking to live more sustainably and make a difference.

Sustainable Ballard has a team in this year’s NW Earth Institute’s EcoChallenge and they are inviting locals to join.

What is the EcoChallenge you may ask? Every October, NWEI challenges you to choose one action to reduce your impact and stick with it for two weeks. You pick a category — water, trash, energy, food, transportation or civic engagement — and set a goal that stretches your comfort zone and makes a difference for you and the planet.

Why take the EcoChallenge? The EcoChallenge is an opportunity to change your life for good. Common wisdom says it takes two weeks to change a habit: if you can stick with a new behavior for 14 days in a row, you’re a lot more likely to keep it up forever. EcoChallengers share their progress online and earn points for succeeding. The combination of collective inspiration, camaraderie and friendly competition makes change a little easier — and a lot more fun.

Examples of EcoChallenges that have been undertaken include saving waster by taking shorter showers, taking public transport and not using your car and cutting down household trash.

Register today and join your neighbors on the Sustainable Ballard team who are taking action on behalf of the Earth!

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Development Update October 13: A subdivision and a 6-story residence

October 13th, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

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.


2227 NW 60th St

A Land Use Application has been approved to subdivide one development site into two unit lots. The construction of residential units is under Project #6440513. 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.

5611 17th Ave NW

A Land Use Application has been approved to allow a 6-story congregate residence with 74 rooms. No parking is proposed. Existing structures to be demolished.

Appeals of the above decision must be received by the Hearing Examiner no later than 10/24/2016.


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Powerful windstorms headed our way

October 13th, 2016 by Geeky Swedes

Meteorologist Cliff Mass says it “has the potential to be one of the strongest windstorms we have seen in a few years.” The National Weather Service says the “models beginning to have stronger agreement on worst-case scenario for Saturday storm.”

They’re talking about a windstorm that could bring gusts in Seattle of 50 MPH or more beginning Saturday evening, toppling trees and sparking power outages. There’s smaller storm that’s arriving ahead of it today — soaking the ground around all those trees — but the main event is shaping up to be Saturday.

“There is still uncertainty in the forecast,” Mass writes. “If our track if off by 100 miles, the forecast is radically changed at nearly all locations.” So we’ll stay tuned.

In the meantime, the city is starting to cancel events that could be impacted by the weather. For example, The Crown Hill/Whittier Heights “Find It Fix It” walk originally scheduled for Saturday has been postponed.

So clean out those storm drains, but if you’re looking to buy a power generator, good luck — they’re selling out quickly.

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PNA Village on the lookout for local volunteers

October 13th, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

The Phinney Neighborhood Association’s PNA Village team is once again seeking volunteers!

Volunteers provide much of the talent and energy behind the PNA Village to help and create a vital network of support for people to age in their own homes.

The Village is hosting a volunteer recruitment event this Saturday, October 15, at the Greenwood Senior Center () from 3:30– 4:45 p.m. for people who are interested in volunteering and want to know more.

Potential volunteers will have a chance to hear current Village volunteers and staff talk about what it’s like to provide support that helps people age in their own homes and communities and to learn about the many types of volunteer jobs available.

There will be time for questions and discussion. Those who attend are also invited to attend, as our guests, the Village fall potluck at 5 p.m.

As a long time Village volunteer said, “I so enjoy the people I am getting to know, members and volunteers. It has enriched my life. I plan to keep doing this until I join as a member receiving services and have the joy of volunteers visiting me!”

To find out more information or to RSVP for the October 15 event, please email or call 206-789-1217.


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Burglar caught inside Ballard home

October 12th, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

SPD Officers arrested a 28-year-old man on Tuesday evening after a local homeowner caught him breaking into her house.

Check out the full details from the SPD North Precinct Blotter below:

At Around 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday evening, the victim called police and said the suspect had forced his way through a basement door of her home in the 7000 block of 15th Avenue NW and was trying to enter the main floor of her house.

Officers quickly arrived, entered the house and saw the suspect trying to pull open a door inside the home. The homeowner was on the other side of the door, holding it shut while on the phone with 911 call-takers. Officers took the man into custody without incident.

The suspect was later booked into the King County Jail for investigation of burglary. Detectives will handle the follow up investigation.

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