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Locked cars in Ballard robbed – with no smashed windows

October 16th, 2017 by Meghan Walker

There’s been a number of car robberies in Ballard and Magnolia over the past few days in which the cars were discovered locked, but possessions were taken. It’s believed the thieves are using technology to capture the auto-locking codes used by remote-entry key fobs, allowing them to break in cleanly, with no window-smashing.

Kiro 7 reports that while Seattle Police don’t have evidence of this type of break-in, the technology is available. Greg Miller of car alarm company S3 Designs told Kiro there are several ways it could work, but it would likely be a “code-grabbing device” that would steal the signal from a key fob, so long as it’s within range.

A number of Ballard residents have chimed in on a post about the break-ins on the Nextdoor forum, with some suggestions that people keep their keys in aluminum foil or in the microwave to avoid having the signal nabbed by passing thieves. However, the best way to avoid a break-in is to keep all possessions out of sight or in your home.

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This week in sports at BHS

October 16th, 2017 by Meghan Walker

Here’s the sports calendar for the Ballard Beavers. Good luck to our young athletes!

Monday, October 16, 2017

  • Football Junior Varsity: Ballard vs Cleveland at Van Asselt, 4:30 pm
  • Volleyball C-Team: Garfield vs Ballard at Ballard High School, 5:30 pm
  • Volleyball Junior Varsity: Garfield vs Ballard at Ballard High School, 5:30 pm
  • Volleyball Varsity: Garfield vs Ballard at Ballard High School, 7:00 pm

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

  • Girls Soccer Junior Varsity: Nathan Hale vs Ballard at Ballard High School, 4:30 pm
  • Girls Soccer Varsity: Ballard vs Nathan Hale at Jane Addams, 4:30 pm

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

  • Volleyball C-Team: Ballard vs West Seattle at West Seattle High School, 5:30 pm
  • Volleyball Junior Varsity: Ballard vs West Seattle a West Seattle High School, 5:30 pm
  • Volleyball Varsity: Ballard vs West Seattle at West Seattle High School, 7:00 pm
  • Girls Soccer C-Team: Ballard vs Nathan Hale at Jane Addams, 4:15 pm

Thursday, October 19, 2017

  • Boys Cross Country Varsity at Bishop Blanchet, 1:15 pm
  • Volleyball C-Team: Ballard vs Mount Si at Mt. Si High School, 5:30 pm
  • Volleyball Junior Varsity: Ballard vs Mount Si at Mt. Si High School, 5:30 pm
  • Volleyball Varsity: Ballard vs Mount Si at Mt. Si High School, 7:00 pm
  • Girls Soccer Varsity: Franklin vs Ballard at Ballard High School, 4:30 pm
  • Girls Cross Country Varsity at Bishop Blanchet at 1:15 pm

Friday, October 20, 2017

  • Girls Soccer C-Team: Roosevelt vs Ballard at Loyal Heights, 4:15 pm
  • Girls Swim Varsity: Ballard vs Roosevelt at Ballard Pool, 4:00 pm

Saturday, October 21, 2017

  • Football Frosh: O’Dea vs Ballard at BHS, 10:00 am
  • Football Varsity:  Liberty vs Ballard at Memorial Stadium, Sea., 5:00 pm
  • Volleyball Junior Varsity at  Bothell High School
  • Girls Swim Varsity: District 11-Dive Qualifying Event at Bainbridge Aquatic Center 9:30 am

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What’s on this weekend

October 13th, 2017 by Meghan Walker

Here are a few weekend events to keep you busy, including a  Sunday planting work party in the Salmon Bay Natural Area.

Have a great weekend!

Friday, October 13:

  • BHS’s production of Metamorphoses: The show, a 10-act play based on Ovid’s 15-volume work of Greek transformation myths, takes place in and around a large pool of water custom built for this performance and debuts this Thursday (there is a splash zone!). Performances are October 12, 13 and 14 and next weekend, October 19 and 20.
  • Live Music:
    •  Smokey Brights, Balto, and Ruler at Sunset Tavern (5433 Ballard Ave NW), 9pm, $10.
    • Mountain Flowers, Leah T & The Baked Goods, and John Dillon at Conor Byrne Pub (5140 Ballard Ave NW) at 9pm $8.
    • Play My Birthday Present: Pop2K : Spinning Dance Party Hits from 2000-2010! at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW) at 9pm. $10.
    • Jazz at Egan’s Ballard Jam House (1707 NW Market St) 7pm – Gary Negbaur’s “Jazz, Blues & Two Tattoos” – with Gary Negbaur (piano/vocals), Ryan Donnelly (bass) and Cutts Peaslee (drums) ($10 cover – free with Arts NW Badge) 9pm – PK/Skerik/Keplinger – Paul Kemmish, Skerik and Greg Keplinger ($10 cover)

Saturday, October 14:

  • Missing Link Self-guided public walking tour: 10am – 2pm. Meet on Shilshole Ave between 22nd Ave NW and 24th Ave NW.
  • C.C. Filson and Ebbets Collaboration Party, noon to 4pm. “Filson and Ebbets teamed up to produce an extensive collection that is only available at the Filson store in Ballard. We’ll be providing free hot dogs (provided by Dante’s), sodas, peanuts, and even beer.  The first 100 buyers of the new line will receive a limited edition tote.”
  • Live Music:
    • Smokey Brights, Fine Prince, Reptaliens at Sunset Tavern (5433 Ballard Ave NW), 9pm, $10.
    • The Crying Shame, Trash Dogs, and Dan Tedesco (video release party) at Conor Byrne Pub (5140 Ballard Ave NW) at 9pm, $8.
    • Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band w/ Jason Webley and The Mighty Dreadful at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW) at 9pm. $15.
    • Jazz at Egan’s Ballard Jam House (1707 NW Market St). 7pm – Dina Blade – Cole Porter tribute backed by the Hans Brehmer Trio ($12 cover)9pm – VJ and His Autumn Crooners, with Victor Janusz (piano/vocals) and Medearis Dixon (sax), featuring singers Marilyn Deering, Arwen Dewey, Alejandro Acosta, KC Compton, Liz Latham and Dan Czaran. Purchase tickets online – any remaining seats will be sold at the door ($15)

Sunday, October 15:

  • Leif Erikson Viking Dinner 5PM at Leif Erikson Hall (2245 NW 57th St). “Be a Viking, eat like a Viking at the hall named after the first Viking in Vinland, Leif Erikson! Traditional Viking stories, games, entertainment and skåls. Learn about the Viking culture, attire, seafaring, and more from Nathan Salmon. Tickets $25.
  • Salmon Bay Natural Area Planting Party, 9am to noon. “Please join us to fill in and expand the planting of low ground covers begun last spring. Thanks to Seattle Public Utility’s efforts, those plants survived the hot and dry summer. New plantings will complement those and have a good chance to get established over the fall, winter and spring. Bring water, work gloves and any favorite weeding and planting tools. We’ll provide some gloves and tools, safety vests and light refreshments. If we get enough volunteers, we may be able to do a sweep of our adjacent Adopt-a-Street section along NW 54th St. and the Burke Gilman Trail. Meet in the west end of The Canal parking lot, south of NW 54th at 34th Ave NW. “
  • 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.
    • Younger Shoulder, Jessica Dennison + Jones, and Kristin Allen-Zito at Sunset Tavern (5433 Ballard Ave NW), 8pm, $8.

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BHS to premiere Metamorphoses production this weekend

October 13th, 2017 by Meghan Walker

Ballard High School’s performing arts program will be premiering Metamorphoses this weekend, a play which will take place in and out of a pool for the entire performance. The performances are October 13, 14, 19, and 20, starting at 7:30pm. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students/seniors.

Here are a few photos of what to expect:

“These kids are amazing and so talented,” Rachel Hart Rios with Ballard Performing Arts tells My Ballard. “The arts – and an experiential play with a splash zone! – are alive and well at Ballard HS; It’s been so cool to watch.”


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Reuben’s Brews wins gold at Great American Beer Festival

October 13th, 2017 by Meghan Walker

Ballard’s Reuben’s Brews has just taken gold at the Great American Beer Festival competition in Denver. The brewery’s Triumvirate IPA won the International-Style Pale Ale category in the competition, adding up to over 30 awards that Reuben’s has won so far this year. The festival is considered the premier commercial beer festival and competition in the US.

“Winning a medal like this at such a highly competitive event gives us encouragement that we are creating beers that stand out from the crowd,” co-founder and head brewer Adam Robbings said. “With so many amazing beers in this year’s festival, we are incredibly honored to be among those who took home gold.”

To get a taste of the Triumvirate IPA, head to the brewery, or sample it at Brouwer’s Café, Bottleworks, or The Burgundian. According to Reuben’s, since its debut in 2015, Triumvirate has been honored at the World Beer Cup, U.S. Beer Tasting Championships, and the Washington Beer Awards.

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Ballard Girls Basketball Fall Clinics start this Friday

October 12th, 2017 by Meghan Walker

The Ballard Girls Basketball Fall Clinics, happening on no-school days, are coming up soon. The first one will be this Friday, Oct. 13 from 9am to 3pm. The next one will be on Friday, Nov. 10.

The clinics are intended for girls in 3rd through 6th grades and are for beginners to advanced players. “This clinic is a fun way to improve your ball handling, shooting, passing and defense,” Coach Sara Wetstone tells My Ballard. “Lots of games and inspiration provided!”

Registration can be done online. There are partial to full scholarships available; email Wetstone for more information:

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Woodland Park Zoo to host annual Pumpkin Bash

October 12th, 2017 by Meghan Walker

At the end of October, the Woodland Park Zoo will host their annual Pumpkin Bash. “Hippos, grizzlies, penguins, and other animals will gobble, smash, and play with pumpkins while trick-or-treating, pumpkin displays, and other spook-tacular activities await little goblins and ghosts at Woodland Park Zoo’s weekend-long Halloween celebration,” according to the event information. The Pumpkin Bash events will be October 28 and 29 from 9am to 3pm.

In addition to the pumpkin gobbling, the zoo will transform their Zoomazium into a Halloween-themed “Boomazium” with storytelling, costumed puppet shows, and games for kids. In the Rain Forest Pavilion on Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 2:30pm will be a Mad Science “dry ice extravaganza” with “shivering gold coins, Boo Bubbles, dry Ice burps, spooky fog effects and Mad Science’s famous bubble showers.”          

Pumpkin Bash is free with zoo admission or membership, and during Pumpkin Bash, one child 12 years and under in costume will be admitted into the zoo free with a paid adult.  The admission discount also applies to Halloween day on Tuesday, October 31.

To learn more, visit the zoo’s website.


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Stoup Brewing to celebrate 4th anniversary

October 12th, 2017 by Meghan Walker

Stoup Brewing is about to turn 4, and to celebrate, they’re hosting a week of activities starting Monday, Oct. 23. We’re taking a different approach this time around,” Stoup’s owners tell My Ballard. “Rather than one large party, we’ve planned a series of mini celebrations all week long.”

Here’s the line-up of anniversary events:

  • Monday 10/23, 6-9pm: Delancey Pop-Up Dinner to be hosted upstairs at Stoup. Chef Brandon will prepare four courses to go with four Stoup Beers. 40 seats available at $65 pp + tax. Tickets & Menu can be found here.
  • Tuesday 10/24 7-8:30pm: Beer Tasting in 4 Acts: Malt, Yeast, Hops, Water. Brewer & Cicerone, Robyn Schumacher will show how these four ingredients work together to create our favorite beverage. $20 pp available to the first 45 people. Ticket price includes six 5oz tasters, no advance purchase necessary. Doors open at 6:45 for a 7:00pm start, upstairs at Stoup.
  • Wednesday 10/25, 7-9pm: Special Stoup-centric edition of trivia. $2 pp cash buy-in goes to the winning team, plus lots of extra prizes for this week only. Upstairs at Stoup.
  • Thursday 10/26, 6-9pm: Fire-Pit Party with fun fall activities like pumpkin painting, doggie sausage bobbing, and 10% off new fall merchandise for one day only.
  • Friday 10/27, 6-9pm: Live music from The Puddle Stompers in the tap room.
  • Saturday 10/28, 2-8pm:Cakewalk style PRIZE-O-RAMA. Think musical squares
    Throughout the day everyone in the tap room, beer garden & upstairs will be asked to find a square on the floor – Certain squares will equal prizes. Plus a release of limited 32 oz, insulated, anniversary growlers.
  • Sunday 10/29, 11:45am: Join our Sunday Run for a special Halloween Costume & Parkinson’s fundraising edition. Three miles followed by $1 off pints for runners.
 For more info and to see a line-up of all upcoming events at Stoup, visit their Facebook page.

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Halloween is coming – add your house to the map for trick-or-treaters

October 11th, 2017 by Meghan Walker

Halloween is just around the corner, which means it’s time to start the Ballard Halloween trick-or-treating map for the neighborhood. To add your house to the list, click the Google map below, and add your address using the provided functions. (Any issues, email us your address at, and we’ll add it for you).

As always, there will be a big Halloween trick-or-treating event in downtown Ballard; stay tuned for more details on that.

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Market Street Singers to host annual rummage sale

October 11th, 2017 by Meghan Walker

On Saturday, Oct. 21, the Market Street Singers will host their annual rummage sale in the basement under the old chapel of the St. Luke’s Church (5710 22nd Ave NW) from 9am to 4pm. “Not only lots of bargains in Ballard, but good fun,” the organizers say. “And a great way to meet us.”

About the Market Street Singers:

The Market Street Singers, named for Ballard’s “Main Street,” debuted in the summer of 2004 for a Ballard ARTwalk. News of a new community choir for Ballard spread quickly, drawing 35 singers who pulled off a well-received performance with only six rehearsals. Our performance later that year at a fundraiser for the Interfaith Hospitality Network to aid homeless families began a tradition of community service appearances at hospitals, retirement centers, and charity events.

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