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Nyer Urness House celebrates first birthday

April 16th, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

cherylIt has been an entire year since Nyer Urness House (1753 NW 56th St) first opened its doors to provide formerly homeless men and women with safe and comfortable permanent housing.

The team at Compass Housing Alliance are proud of their achievements so far and are excited to celebrate this special milestone with the local community.

Nyer Urness House has assisted 80 members of the local homeless community within the past year, by providing them with a permanent place to call home.

The very first person to call Nyer Urness home was Cheryl (pictured above), who was left homeless after coping with mental illness and unemployment. Cheryl was living in Hammond House, Compass Alliance’s overnight women’s shelter, when she moved into her own apartment at Nyer Urness.

Cheryl had been without a home for four years and now, with her own apartment, she is able to better manage the symptoms of her mental illness. If she needs help or support she is now able to go downstairs and turn to the Nyer Urness staff.

“I owe this place everything,” Cheryl says. “I’m so grateful to everyone who contributed to making this possible.”

According to Amy Besunder, the Compass Housing Alliance Capital Campaign Manager, the first year at Nyer Urness has been “filled with miracles.” These miracles have included watching one resident successfully battle cancer and return safely home in remission to Nyer Urness.

Compass Alliance are currently working on their newest project, Peter’s Place, which serves the homeless community in Seattle’s Central Area.

The center offers fresh, nutritious food, hot coffee, showers, hygiene and laundry facilities and counseling/referral services for homeless men and women. At night, the Peter’s Place opens its doors as an overnight shelter to 40 men and 10 women.

The organization recently launched its $60K in 60 Days fundraising campaign to support the important services offered at Peter’s Place.

“When a person walks through the door, they’re taking the first step on their journey out of homelessness. For as little as $15, you can help provide a welcoming space at Peter’s Place for our neighbors who are homeless,”  says Besunder.

Over here in Ballard it is clear that Nyer Urness House has become a key support for the local homeless community and has had a big impact on our neighborhood as a whole.

“A place to call home and a kind and caring environment can dramatically change a life for the better. We thank the Ballard community for welcoming and supporting Nyer Urness House,” says Besunder.

Happy Birthday Nyer Urness from the team at My Ballard!

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Patxi’s Pizza set to open on Ballard Ave this summer

April 15th, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin



The My Ballard heard from Paxti’s management this morning who confirmed that Paxti’s will be opening in July this year, as opposed to May as Seattle Eater reported yesterday.

A miscommunication caused some confusion around the opening month.

We will be sure to update readers with more information before the opening this summer. Thanks for your understanding!

Original Post:

According to Seattle Eater, Patxi’s Pizza (pronounced pah-cheese) is set to open next month in the former Dolce Vita space at 5323 Ballard Ave NW.

We covered the story last September when the 10-year-old California-based chain annouced their expansion into Washington.

The chain currently has 11 branches, nine in the Bay Area in San Francisco and two in Colorado, and won the 2013 readers poll in San Francisco Weekly for San Francisco’s best pizza.

Patxi’s Pizza is famous for their Chicago-style pies and their menu reportedly includes a stuffed pizza that bakes for 40 minutes.

Click here to get your tastebuds ready.

Photo courtesy of Patxi’s Pizza.

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Sustainable Ballard to host planning meeting for Edible Garden Tour

April 15th, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

ballardSustainable Ballard’s 6th Annual Edible Garden Tour is coming up on Saturday, June 28th, and a planning meeting is set for this Wednesday, April 16 at 7 p.m. to prepare for the event

Interested community members are invited to join Sustainable Ballard in planning the tour, which will take place in the northwest Ballard area from NW 70th St to NW 85th St and west from 24th Ave NW to the ridge.

Sustainable Ballard has plans to combine with Little Free Libraries and Rain Gardens, to showcase all that is happening in our area.

Anyone who knows of a garden, bee hive, chicken house, planting strip, fruit tree , berry patch, or herb pot, in the area, contact this year’s garden scout Paula at

“The gardens can be in containers or shared spaces, in parking strips or in raised beds; the idea is to show, teach and inspire everyone to see the possibilities of what can be done in an urban landscape in terms of edibles,” write the organizers from Sustainable Ballard.

All are welcome to attend. Email Paula to RSVP and to receive details for the location of the meeting.

Next meeting, April 16th. Come join the fun!

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Package thief on the loose in Whittier Heights

April 15th, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

My Ballard reader Ryan emailed in to let us know that a package thief is once again on the loose in our neighborhood. As many readers will remember, our neighborhood was hit hard by package theives around the holiday season last year.

Last night, Ryan captured footage on his home security system of a woman stealing a package from the front porch of his home on the corner of NW 75th St and Dibble Ave NW. Reportedly the woman has waist-length hair and was driving a green early 90s Subaru Legacy. Ryan has reported the incident to the SPD.

With the potential for an increase in package theft in mind, it is important to be on the lookout for others in the community. When ordering online attempt to send the packages to your work location or to somewhere where people will be present to receive the package.

Alternatively, if you are ordering from Amazon they offer a secure Amazon Locker service where packages can be picked up from lockers at various locations around Seattle including at the Ballard 7 Eleven (1550 NW Market St). The service has no extra charge and provides additional security for your packages.

If you have experienced package theft at your home in Ballard let us know at

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Local designs t-shirt for Ballard Syttende Mai festival

April 14th, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

frontLocal resident Molly McLachlan has designed a special t-shirt for this year’s Syttende Mai festival in tribute to her family’s Nordic roots.

“Ballard has always been a part of my life and the Norwegian Independence Day parade has been a tradition in my family for many years,” says MacLachlan.

MacLachlan has been involved in the Syttende Mai parade with her family’s business, Anderson’s Door Company, since childhood. “My grandfather Orville Anderson is always leading the way. He dresses up as a Viking with his trailing ducks,” she says.

MacLachlan has designed the one of a kind Syttende Mai shirt for the Ballard community and it is available for purchase online for the next 2 weeks.

Cost for the shirt is $19.15 plus shipping.

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Ballard filmaker set to debut short film tonight at Ballard Pizza Company

April 14th, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

Local film maker and Ballardite Jacques Pugh will be debuting his short film this evening, Monday, April 14, from 7:30pm at Ballard Pizza Company (5107 Ballard Ave NW).

The film titled Submerged is an intense drama that explores the issues of sexual assault in the military. The film has been adapted to stage and is currently slated for a May opening at the Freehold Theatre Lab.

Pugh retired from the US Army in March 2008 after a long career which included deployments to Bosnia and Iraq during the mid to late 90s into the 2000s.

Since then he has successfully pursued a career in broadcast journalism as an Anchor/Reporter in a range of markets including Seattle, Little Rock, AR,  Pittsburgh, PA, and Indianapolis, IN.

Check out the trailer for Submerged below:

The screening is free and open to the public. Pugh will also be at the event to answer audience questions after the film has screened.

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Juvenile suspects captured by SPD after threatening Metro bus driver with gun

April 14th, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

SPD officers captured three juveniles after they threatened a Metro bus driver with a handgun in the 9900 block of Holman Road NW on Saturday. Read more from the SPD blotter below:

On April 12th at approximately 12:37 a.m. officers responded to the 9900 block of Holman Road NW for the report of multiple suspects, one of whom was armed with a handgun, threaten a Metro bus driver. The suspects reportedly got off the bus and fled southbound through the QFC parking lot.

Officers arrived and saw a group of three possible suspects south of Holman Road NW. The group of suspects fled into the residential area around NW 97th Street and 7th Avenue NW. Officers set up containment and a canine unit responded to assist in the search.

Officers located one suspect and detained her. A few minutes later a male suspect matching the description of the one who had the gun was located, but he was no longer in possession of the firearm.

Shortly thereafter the police canine found a third suspect (a male) about a block away hiding under a parked car. He gave up without incident when he saw the police dog approaching. The third suspect was armed with a knife and a handgun was lying on the ground next to him when he was taken into custody.

The two primary suspects were arrested and booked into the Youth Service Center (juvenile detention) for assault and threats to the bus driver and unlawful possession of a handgun.

This remains an active and on-going investigation.

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What’s on this weekend

April 11th, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

The weekend has arrived and brings with it some exciting events. Check them out in the list below:

Friday, April 11:

  • Comedy Sportz Seattle Show at new venue Atlas Theatre (3509 Fremont Ave N) at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. Click here for more details and to buy tickets.

Saturday, April 12:

  • Mediterranean Herbs: Planting and Maintenance at Swanson’s Nursery (9710 15th Ave NW) from 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. Warm weather herb gardens thrive in the wet NW with a little special care. In this seminar you’ll learn about soil preparation, watering and care, harvesting and winterizing your herbs. Cost is free.
  • Golden Gardens Off Leash Area Work Party (8498 Seaview Pl NW) from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.  The team will be working on erosion control and filling holes. Coffee and water will be provided. Donations will also be taken to help with the new lighting to be installed this winter. All are welcome.
  • Norwegian Ladies Chorus of Seattle Spring Concert & Dessert Reception at Luther Memorial Lutheran Church
    (13047 Greenwood Ave N) at 3 p.m. Suggested $10 donation at door.
  • Mindfulness Meditation Workshop at Kula Movement, Center for Yoga & Health (5340 Ballard Ave NW) from 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. Participants will be led through five different types of meditation and be given the tools and knowledge to create a successful daily meditation practice! Cost is $40 to pre-register, $45 day of workshop. Click here for more details.
  • 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.
  • The Nature Spirits Series at Kick It Boots & Stompwear (2607 NW Market St) from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. The artist Marlita explores the spirit of connecting to nature, and the elements through folklore, fantasy and spirit using a mixture of different medias and imagery.Click here for more details.
  • ReStore’s Recycled Arts Show at Blowing Sands Glass (5805 14th Ave NW) from 6 p.m. The pieces range from the whimsical to the sophisticated, intricate to bold, folk art to modern craft to domestic handicraft. It is an entertaining collection all based on the concept that inspiration is where you find it.
  • Comedy Sportz Seattle Show at new venue Atlas Theatre (3509 Fremont Ave N) at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. Click here for more details and to buy tickets.

Sunday, April 13:

  • Ballard Farmers Markets along Ballard Ave from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Click here to see this week’s specials.
  • Woodland Park Zoo Tree Walk (601 N 59th St) at 10:30 am. Woodland Park Zoo is throwing a Party for the Planet! Join them for a celebratory Tree Walk. Meet at the West Plaza. Walk is free, but admission to the zoo is required. For more information contact or call (206) 615-1668.
  • Dyeing Eggs Naturally Workshop at Swanson’s Nursery (9710 15th Ave NW) at 11 a.m. Bring your own eggs (cooked, blown or fresh) and learn how to create lovely leaf “prints” on your eggs using dyes made from natural materials. This workshop is for adults and/or parents with children ages 9 and up. Call (206) 782-2543 to register.
  • Art Show for Jessica Weathersby at Sweet Lily Salon and Spa (3000 NW Market St) from 5 p.m. Music by Pablo Trucker will be featured and local beer and wine will be served.
  • “Home Sweet Ballard” Brewmasters Dinner at Ray’s Cafe (6049 Seaview Ave NW) at 6 p.m. The dinner will feature five talented breweries from our own Ballard neighborhood. Cost is $45. Click here for more details.

Do you know of an event happening this weekend or in future in our neighborhood?

You can submit it to our events calendar here on, or email the information to to ensure we include it in our weekly weekend roundup.

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Ballard Art Walk on this Saturday

April 11th, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

artThis Saturday Ballard Art Walk will be in full swing at venues all over the neighborhood from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. The monthly event will showcase local painting, glass art, sculpture, performance and more.

This month Blowing Sands Gallery (5404 Ballard Ave NW) will host ReStore’s 13th Annual Recycled Art Show. Artists were asked to submit works that bring new life to discarded materials.

The show includes original works from various mediums such as Bret Lyon’s “Movement No. 37″ (pictured above).

“The show is described as an entertaining collection all based on the concept that inspiration is where you find it,” says Ballard Art Walk Volunteer Deidre Girard.

Art Walk is a family-friendly free event that allows visitors and locals to explore the artistic side of our special community. Click here to find out more about the event.

Image courtesy of Ballard Art Walk.

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Ray’s Cafe to host “Home Sweet Ballard” Brewmasters dinner this Sunday

April 11th, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

Ray’s Cafe (6049 Seaview Ave NW) will be hosting a “Home Sweet Ballard” Brewmasters Dinner this Sunday, April 12, at 6 p.m. The dinner is set to feature a selection of  beverages from five talented breweries located in our neighborhood.

The dinner will commence at 6 p.m. where, upon arrival, guests will enjoy a glass of Semi Sweet Hard Cider from Seattle Cider Company. Throughout the remainder of the event guests will sample a variety of Ballard-made beverages from Hales Brewery, Maritime Pacific Brewery, Bad Jimmy’s Brewing Co., NW Peaks Brewery and Stoup Brewing Company.

Brewmasters from the featured breweries will also be in attendance to talk about their beers during the event.

Ray’s Chef de Cuisine Paul Duncan is creating a five-course meal for the event vegetarian options available), pairing one featured beer with each course.

For reservations call (206)782-0094.

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Mayor Murray announces $85,000 investment in Ballard business district

April 11th, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

mayorDuring an event at Bastille Cafe last week, Mayor Ed Murray announced a $2 million investment in 18 neighborhood business districts. The investment is part of the Only in Seattle Initiative and Ballard has been designated $85,000.

“This investment in neighborhood business districts is critical to our city,” says Mayor Ed Murray. “Healthy business districts equate to thriving businesses, stable jobs and overall success for our city.”

According to the Mayor’s Office, small businesses employ 72 percent of Seattle’s workforce and contribute 35 percent of the city’s business tax revenues, which totals to $55.4 million. The investment is being made as Mayor Murray believes that neighborhood business districts serve as the “incubators” for many of the city’s small businesses.

The $85,000 for our neighborhood was awarded to assist with the Ballard Partnership for Smart Growth strategic planning initiative. Other neighborhoods including Belltown, Capitol Hill, Chinatown/International District, First Hill, Lake City, and University District are set to receive portions of $1.1 million from the Only in Seattle Initiative.

Mayor Murray was introduced at last week’s event by Ballard Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Mike Stewart, who said a few words about the aim of the Ballard Partnership for Smart Growth.

“It was just a little over a year ago that the Ballard Chamber Board of Directors pulled together several stakeholders to engage in a conversation about the need to start working together and begin shaping Ballard’s future rather than allowing new growth and development to completely reshape Ballard,” says Stewart.

The 2013 Only in Seattle grant kicked off the Ballard Partnership for Smart Growth, bringing together over 50 stakeholders from the maritime, retail and restaurant industries.

This year’s grant will allow the Partnership to continue and further their efforts through five working groups that focus on important elements vital to the future of Ballard as a business district.  The working groups focus on the following topics: Urban Design and Transportation, Business Retention and Economic Development, Marketing and Promotions, Health, Safety and Cleanliness, and a Leadership.

Photo courtesy of the Office of the Mayor.

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SDOT encourages locals to complete Ballard parking survey

April 11th, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

SDOT and the Ballard Chamber of Commerce are working together through the Ballard Partnership for Smart Growth to study the parking behaviors of Ballard area employees.

Locals are encouraged to complete the survey and give their input into the conversation about parking in our neighborhood.

Click here to complete the survey and share the link with co-workers and employees.

SDOT and Ballard Chamber would love to have as much local input as possible.

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