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Ballard Library to host all ages board game day

July 22nd, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

Ballard Library will be hosting an all-ages board game day this Saturday, July 23, from 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. All are welcome to attend.

Bring your friends and family, or come alone and join in playing a vast array of board games.

They will have Blokus, Carcassonne, Ticket to Ride, Jenga, Scrambled States of America and more. The event is free and registration is not required.

Click here to check out the events calendar full of exciting events happening at Ballard Library.

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Spoke and Food biking to dinner event on next week

July 22nd, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin


Locals are invited to participate in the 7th annual Spoke & Food event taking place next Tuesday, July 26, from 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. at 19 different restaurants spread throughout the Seattle area.

During the event, 20% of the participant’s dinner bill goes to benefit Seattle based Hunger Intervention Program

The Hunger Intervention Program is a local Seattle area non-profit that provides nutritious meals, basic cooking skills, and nutrition education to underserved individuals and families in Seattle. The Healthy HIP Packs Program, a weekend food backpack program, provides an important food resource for children in these families when school meals are not available.

Here in Ballard, The Barking Dog Alehouse (705 NW 70th St) and Maritime Pacific Brewery (1111 NW Ballard Way) are both participating.

Click here to learn more about the fundraiser.

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What’s on this weekend

July 22nd, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

Enjoy a sunny weekend in Ballard!

FRIDAY, July 22

  • Park in the Heart childrens Art Classes at Ballard Commons Park (5701 22nd Ave NW) from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. The classes will allow children to experiment with color and each week will have a new theme. All are welcome and the event is free.
  • ARC Dance Summer Dance Performance at Leo K Theatre (Seattle Center) at 8 p.m. An evening of dance that will leave audiences inspired. Tickets available online – $33 for adults and $23 for students/seniors.
  • Live Music
    • Jazz at Egan’s Ballard Jam House (1707 NW Market St)
      • 7 p.m. – Night-n-Gale Vocal duets with Carrie Wicks and Aria Prame – $10 cover
      • 9 p.m. – It’s Lit – $10 cover/$5 students
    • HoneyHoney with Korey Dane at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW) at 9 p.m. Tickets $15.
    • Harrison Fjord with The Echo Echo Echoes, and Windoe at Sunset Tavern (5433 Ballard Ave NW) 8:30 p.m. Tickets $10.
    • The Swearengens at Peddler Brewing Co. (1514 NW Leary Way7:30 p.m. – 10 p.m. No cover, all ages welcome.


    • Ballard History Walk from 10 a.m. – 11:45 p.m. meet at Bergen Place Park (5420 22nd Ave NW). Cost is $15 per person. Call or text (206) 504-0916 to reserve your spot.
    • Pre-Natal Yoga Class at Ballard Health and Wellness Center(1138 NW Market St) at 10 a.m. Class led by Nico Lund. Cost is $14, bring a yoga mat.
    • Free Summer Concerts at Ballard Locks at 2 p.m. featuring The Douglas Roach Jazz Combo.
    • ARC Dance Summer Dance Performance at Leo K Theatre (Seattle Center) at 8 p.m. An evening of dance that will leave audiences inspired. Tickets available online – $33 for adults and $23 for students/seniors.
    • Live Music
      • Seattle Secret Shows Presents: 80’s vs 90’s with DJ Indica Jones and SECRET GUESTS at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW) at 9 p.m. Tickets $10.
      • Annie Ford Band, Vicious Petals and Santiam at Sunset Tavern (5433 Ballard Ave NW) 9 p.m. Tickets $10.
      • Frank Kohl Trio at Egan’s Ballard Jam House (1707 NW Market St) 9 p.m. $10 cover.
      • Jazz at Egan’s Ballard Jam House (1707 NW Market St) 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.  – Arnaldo! Drag Chanteuse in a musical cabaret – Tickets $25

SUNDAY, July 24

    • Ballard Farmer’s Market along Ballard Ave from 10 a.m.- 3 p.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.
    • Free Summer Concerts at Ballard Locks at 2 p.m. featuring The Jazz Pearls.
    • Live Music
      • Open mic at Conor Byrne Pub (5140 Ballard Ave NW) sign-up at 7:30 p.m.
      • Chris King and the Gutterballs, The Lower 48 and Bleachbear at the Sunset Tavern (5433 Ballard Ave NW) at 8 p.m. Tickets $8.

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Old 520 bridge pontoon passes through Ballard Locks

July 21st, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

Yesterday afternoon Ballard Locks visitors paid witness to a rare sight as a section of the old SR 520 Bridge floated past.

Pontoon E from the old bridge was floated from Lake Washington to Lake Union and out through the Ballard Locks to its new home.

According to WSDOT, a third-party buyer has purchased the old bridge pontoons; and they may be used as docks, wharfs and artificial reefs.

Photo courtesy of WSDOT.

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Nearby News: Police seek Pokémon Go bandit

July 21st, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

SPD Robbery Detectives, working without the aid of Razz Berries or lures, are hunting for a man who robbed a Pokémon Go player at Greenlake last week. Read the full details from the SPD North Precinct blotter below:


A man and a woman were playing Pokémon Go near the Greenlake Boat House around 10:30 p.m. on July 11 when a man approached them and grabbed the woman’s cellphone.

The male victim grabbed the suspect, who then turned on him and struck him several times before fleeing.

The victims and several bystanders chased after the suspect, including a woman who called 911 while pursuing the man on her bike, but he fled the scene in a gold Toyota Camry.

Officers weren’t able to locate the Toyota, but believe they’ve identified the suspect as 26-year-old Jarvis Willie.

If you know where police can find Willie, please call the SPD Robbery Unit at (206) 684-5535 or call 911.

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Department of Neighborhoods seeks experienced facilitators for PACE program

July 21st, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

Seattle Department of Neighborhoods is seeking experienced facilitators to lead sessions for its leadership development program People’s Academy for Community Engagement, known as PACE.

PACE is a civic leadership development program dedicated to teaching hands-on engagement and empowerment skills to emerging leaders in a multicultural environment. The class is designed for 25-30 emerging leaders who are newly engaged in the community and want to acquire additional skills to be more effective in civic leadership.

The presenters need to be experienced educators, trainers, or facilitators with a high degree of knowledge and experience in one or more of the following topics:

  • Approaches to Leadership: Community & Government
  • Government 101: Structure and Budget
  • Community Organizing
  • Inclusive Outreach & Public Engagement
  • Meeting Facilitation
  • Public Speaking
  • Sustaining Involvement: Self-Care and Mentoring
  • Land Use and Zoning

The facilitators will present for one hour to PACE students at the Fall (September – November), Winter (January-February), and/or Spring (March – July) Cohorts.

The facilitator will also need to attend an orientation at Seattle City Hall. The Request for Qualifications (RFQ) can be found here and the deadline for submissions is Friday, August 12, for the Fall Cohort, but will continue taking RFQs for the cohorts next winter and spring.

For more information contact

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Donate blood at Ballard First Lutheran Church

July 21st, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin


Bloodworks NW is once again encouraging locals to give blood this Saturday to do their part in supporting patients in need within our local community.

Bloodworks is our local blood bank and the sole provider for hospitals and clinics in Western Washington. When accidents happen, such as the recent Aurora Bridge tragedy, Bloodworks needs to supply hospitals with extra blood.

“The need for blood never takes a vacation. All are welcome – making an appointment is highly recommended but not required,” says Wendy Chu from Bloodworks NW.

The Bloodmobile will be parked at Ballard First Lutheran Church (2006 NW 65th St) from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. next Saturday, July 30. Appointments last around 45 minutes and the mobile will be closed for lunch between 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Locals are encouraged to sign up in advance by contacting Sylvia Vikingstad at

Walk-ins on the day are welcome. Make sure to bring photo identification.

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City accepting applications for Youth Commission

July 20th, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

The City of Seattle is now accepting applications for the Seattle Youth Commission (SYC), a commission of 15 Seattle residents ages 13-19 that address issues of importance to youth.

Appointed by the Mayor and Seattle City Council, youth serving on this commission get a unique opportunity to work with elected officials, city staff, community leaders, and young people citywide to make positive changes in their communities through policy, organizing, and events.

Youth serving on the commission will be required to attend a half-day retreat on Saturday, September 24, bi-monthly SYC meetings, and additional committee commitments.  The commission meets the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of each month at Seattle City Hall from 4 – 6 p.m. Commissioners will serve a two-year term beginning in September 2016 and ending June 2018.

In addition to representing youth across the city, commissioners receive hands-on experience in the public sector and learn how to cultivate the youth voice in city policy.

Lily Clifton, who served on the SYC from 2008 to 2010 said, “Participating in the Seattle Youth Council was integral to my secondary education. It sparked a fire in me for community engagement and continues to impact my career aspirations.”

To apply, visit or print and complete this application and mail to:

Jenny Frankl
Seattle Department of Neighborhoods
PO Box 94649
Seattle, WA 98124-4649

Completed paper applications can also be turned in at Seattle Department of Neighborhoods office in Seattle City Hall (600 4th Avenue) on the 4th floor.

The deadline to apply is Friday, August 5, at 5 p.m. For questions, contact or call 206-233-2044.

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Osprey caught on camera catching bass at Ballard Locks

July 20th, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

King 5 News published the below tweet featuring a wild osprey catching a bass at the Ballard Locks yesterday!

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Natural Drainage Project construction work set for weekend

July 20th, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

Over the next few weeks, Seattle Public Utilities’ contractor will be concentrating their work on the Ballard Natural Drainage project in the area near Loyal Heights Elementary School on Northwest 77th St along 26th Ave NW between NW 77th St and NW 83rd St.

Last week the crew began digging in the planting strips, installing pit drains and doing water tests. For the next few weeks, the contractor will focus on rain garden construction, including silva cell installation and sidewalk improvements.

In addition to the above mentioned work, the intersection of 17th Ave NW and NW 80th St will be closed for street improvement work from 6 p.m. on Friday, July 22, through Monday, July 25 at 6 a.m.

The contractor will be removing and replacing concrete street panels in addition to installing new curb bulbs, ADA curb ramps and sidewalks.

What locals need to know:

  • Traffic will be detoured around the work site along 15th Ave NW, 24th Ave NW and NW 85th St. The approved traffic plan requires vehicles traveling on arterial streets to detour on arterials streets. Please pay attention to traffic and parking signs.
  • Pedestrian access will be maintained, but people should use caution.
  • Crews will work extended hours in order to complete the work most efficiently. On Friday, crews will begin demolition work at 6 p.m. and complete by 10 p.m. per the City Noise variance conditions.  From Friday evening at 10 p.m. to Saturday morning at 7 a.m., crews will prepare the roadway for new concrete.  After 7 a.m. the concrete paving work will begin and last until approximately 5 p.m. Concrete trucks will be arriving in shifts periodically throughout the day.
  • The crew should not be working on site Sunday, but the new concrete will need to cure before it is open to traffic on Monday morning at 6 a.m.
  • Please note that during construction, work schedule can change depending on site conditions.

The intersection of 26th Ave NW and NW 80th St will have a similar closure the first weekend in August. Traffic details will be published closer to the closure date.

Click here to learn more about the Ballard Natural Drainage Project. To sign up for email updates click here.

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Mayor Murray seeks historian for Landmark Preservation Board

July 19th, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

Mayor Ed Murray is looking for an historian to serve on the Landmark Preservation Board.

The 12-member Landmark Preservation Board makes recommendations to the Seattle City Council for landmark designation and reviews all proposed physical alterations to designated features of landmark properties.

The Board comprises of two architects, two historians, one structural engineer, one representative each from the fields of real estate and finance, one member from the City Planning Commission, a Get Engaged member (a position for adults ages 18-29), and three members at-large. All appointments are made by the Mayor and are subject to City Council confirmation.

Board meetings are held on the first and third Wednesdays of each month at 3:30 p.m. The Architect and Historian board members also serves on the Board’s Architectural Review Committee (ARC). In general, Board members must commit approximately 10 hours per month to Landmark Board business.

Interested applicants must be Seattle residents, and Board members serve without compensation.

Those interested in being considered should send a letter of interest and resume by Monday, August 8. Electronic submissions are preferred, if possible.

Contact (include Landmark Board application in subject line) or mail applications to:

Landmark Preservation Board Coordinator
Seattle Department of Neighborhoods
P.O. Box 94649, Seattle, WA 98124-4649.

To find out more information, call (206) 684-0380.

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Nordic Heritage Museum ground breaking set for next week

July 19th, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

The Nordic Heritage Museum will start a new chapter in the museum’s history during the groundbreaking celebration at the location of the new museum at 2655 NW Market St.

The new, modern 57,875-sq. ft. museum and cultural center will include a refined layout and expanded exhibition and educational spaces to compliment the myriad programs and events that Nordic Heritage Museum produces.

In addition to the core exhibition galleries, an auditorium, museum store, café, classrooms, and cultural resource center will be included in the new building.


With the groundbreaking and a public funding campaign set for this summer, opening ceremonies for the newly completed building are set for early 2018.

“Members of the public are invited to attend the groundbreaking celebration and take part in this momentous event as the museum looks towards a bright future,” says the team from the Nordic Heritage Museum.

The ceremony is set for Saturday, July 30, at 3 p.m. Attendees should RSVP at or by contacting Kelsey Svaren at or 206.789.5707 extension 24.

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