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Nordic Heritage Museum seeks local support for 2016 Annual Fund

November 29th, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin


The Nordic Heritage Museum is seeking local support for their Winter 2016 Annual Fund. The annual fundraising event helps to cover operating costs of the Museum throughout the year.

“We are in a unique moment of transition, looking toward the future and the construction of the New Nordic Museum, but we cannot forget about the present. We depend on your support today to sustain our yearly operating budget. Your gift will help the Museum when it needs it most,” says the Nordic Heritage Museum team.

Donations  to the Winter 2016 Annual Fund allows the Museum to present programs and festivals to a wide audience, create new learning opportunities, and bring international exhibitions to the Museum.

According to the Museum, admission and membership revenues cover only 43% of the Museum’s budget, and the Annual Fund is an important way to keep their doors open.

Click here to donate and to find out more.

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Donors needed for Holiday Blood Drive

November 28th, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

Bloodworks NW is encouraging locals to give blood this Saturday during the Bloodworks NW Holiday Blood Drive.

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

“In order to meet the demand to keep our inventory up, we need help from our community this holiday season,” 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. this Saturday, December 3. 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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Chamber to transition into “Ballard Improvement Area” next year

November 28th, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

Last month, the City of Seattle approved the creation of the Ballard Improvement Area (BIA). Due to this approval, The Ballard Chamber will become the BIA as of January 1, 2017.

According to the Ballard Chamber website, the BIA is set to be a long-term, sustainably-funded leadership organization that aims to represent Ballard’s businesses, residents and property owners.

The seven-year program will be funded through assessments on commercial and residential properties in the Ballard core. The map below designates the area of the BIA in bold:


A list of BIA supporters can be found on the Ballard Chamber website. “As a property owner and ratepayer, I believe the BIA is critical to ensuring Ballard has a strong, unified voice, remains economically vital and can represent our community on critical issues throughout the years ahead,” says Ballard community leader and property owner Tom Malone.

Mike Stewart, Executive Director, Ballard Chamber of Commerce, agrees with Malone. “After more than three years of community development and strategic planning, the BIA will implement programs and services that are critical to ensuring that Ballard remains a vibrant place to live, shop, work, eat and play,” says Stewart.

On January 1, 2017, the Ballard Chamber of Commerce will become The Ballard Alliance. As such The Ballard Alliance will administer the projects within the scope of the BIA, such as: Clean Streets and Graffiti Removal, Public Safety and Health Enhancement, Marketing and Promotions, Business Development and Advocacy/Urban Design/Transportation.

BIA funds will be used only to support these identified programs.The organization will adjust staffing resources and contracts appropriately to deliver these services.

Services currently provided by the Ballard Chamber will continue under The Ballard Alliance, including marketing, networking, and program opportunities. The Ballard Chamber will outline the specific details for current Chamber members that reside within and beyond the boundary of the BIA.

In addition to the BIA there are currently eight other Business Improvement Areas operating in the City of Seattle including – Downtown, Capitol Hill, Pioneer Square, and the University District.

Click here to find out more about the BIA, click here to read the FAQs and click here to read the BIA Business Plan.

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Amazon’s mysterious “Project X” could open on 15th this year

November 28th, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin


According to GeekWire, Amazon’s mysterious “Project X” could open on 15th Ave NW this year.

According to a recent report the Ballard store looks like it’s on track based to open in the near future. Last week the project received a temporary certificate of occupancy from the city, which indicates that major construction aspects of the project are finished, and that Amazon can begin to occupy the building.

The My Ballard team originally reported the news back in August when first news of the project was released.

Check out the below description of how the mysterious “Project X” officially works from the City of Seattle’s planning documents:

When placing an online order, customers will schedule a specific 15-minute to two-hour pick up window. Peak time slots will sell out, which will help manage traffic flow within the customer parking adjacent to the building.

When picking up purchased items, customers can either drive into a designated parking area with eight parking stalls where the purchased items will be delivered to their cars or they can walk into the retail area to pick up their items.

Customers will also be able to walk into the retail room to place orders on a tablet. Walk in customers will have their products delivered to them in the retail room.

A second drive-up grocery location, just south of downtown Seattle, is also apparently in progress.

According to GeekWire’s report, Amazon is not the only company planning a click-and-collect grocery model. Ballard Fred Meyer is reportedly getting ready to open its own pick up location before the new year.

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What’s on this weekend

November 25th, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

Have a lovely Thanksgiving Weekend in Ballard!

FRIDAY, November 25

  • Ballard Gives Black Friday event at businesses all over the neighborhood. Participating businesses are donating a portion of their sales to local non-profits.
  • Live Music
    • The Dusty 45’s with Bakelite 78 (Release)/Blackheart Honeymoon at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW) at 9 p.m. Tickets $18.
    • Honcho Poncho album release with The Mountain Flowers and Lowman Palace at Sunset Tavern (5433 Ballard Ave NW) 9 p.m. Tickets $10.

SATURDAY, November 26

  • The annual Ballard Holiday Fest in Bergen Place from 12 p.m. – 6 p.m. Events features music, food, fun and a visit from Santa.
  • Small Business Saturday at Peddler Brewing (1514 NW Leary Way) from 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. To thank their customers for supporting their small business, the team is offering 15% off all merchandise in our tasting room and online this Saturday.
  • Live Music
    • Perry Robinson with Jump Ensemble at Egan’s Ballard Jam House (1707 NW Market St) at 7 p.m. $8 cover.
    • Vaudeville Etiquette, Rust On The Rails, and Nick Foster Band at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW) at 9 p.m. Tickets $10.

SUNDAY, November 27

  • Ballard Farmer’s Market along Ballard Ave from 10 a.m.- 3 p.m.
  • Sunday Morning Meditation at Amazing Grace Spiritual Center (2007 NW 61st St) from 10 a.m. – 10:20 a.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.
  • Live Music
    • Open mic at Conor Byrne Pub (5140 Ballard Ave NW) sign-up at 7:30 p.m.
    • Sloucher with Fauna Shade & Pale Noise at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW) at 8 p.m. Tickets $8.
    • Chinwave, T-Rigz and Everson Pines at Sunset Tavern (5433 Ballard Ave NW) 8 p.m. Tickets $8.

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Ballard Holiday Fest set for Saturday

November 25th, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin


The annual Ballard Holiday Fest is set for this Saturday, November 26, from 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. at Bergen Place.

All are welcome to join the community in celebration as the holiday season kicks off! The event will include music, food, crafts, tree lighting, and the official arrival of Santa.

Click here to learn more about the event.

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Ballard businesses to give back this Black Friday

November 25th, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin


Ballard area businesses are putting a generous spin on Black Friday by participating in the annual Ballard Gives Black Friday event.

Business owners are encouraging shoppers to skip the crowds and shop locally in Ballard for a good cause.  A more socially-conscience effort is planned for the busiest shopping weekend of the year, as participating businesses are donating a portion of their sales to a local non-profit.  Many business owners are extending their donations throughout the weekend.

“We find our customers are very excited about the event and want to support the participating businesses.  In fact, many customers feel inspired and give to the charities above and beyond what their purchase alone accomplishes,” says Ryan Stauffer, Co-owner of Market Street Shoes.

Ballard Gives Black Friday was originally launched a few years ago by local merchants looking for a way to counter the “rampant shopping frenzy created by national brands, malls and big box stores and instead create an atmosphere of giving,” according to Stauffer.

Non-profit organizations receive an average of 250% more support from local business owners than they do from non-locally owned businesses.

Click here to learn more and find the local business that are participating.

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The 2016 Thanksgiving Day Roundup

November 24th, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

The team at My Ballard would like to wish everyone a very happy Thanksgiving! We hope that you are enjoying the day and giving thanks for the special things and people in your life.

There are a ton of things happening in Ballard today so we wanted to keep readers up to date with everything in the 2016 Ballard Thanksgiving Roundup.


  • 9th Annual Turkey Trot 5 km walk/jog/run is starting at 9 a.m. above Golden Gardens (32nd Ave NW and NW 85th St). All proceeds raised go to Ballard Food Bank. Over 3000 people are set to participate.
  • Old Redeemer’s Lutheran Church (2400 NW 85th St) is offering a free Thanksgiving Lunch to all members of the community at 12 noon. Sleeping bags will also be distributed to those in need.

What’s Open:

  • Safeway (1423 NW Market St) is open 24 hours.
  • Ballard Market (1400 NW 56th St) is open all day until 4 p.m.
  • QFC (5700 24th Ave NW) is open all day until 6 p.m.
  • Cupcake Royale (2052 NW Market St) is open from 7 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • Hattie’s Hat (5231 Ballard Ave NW) is open all day from 10 a.m. – 2 a.m.
  • Kangaroo and Kiwi (2026 NW Market St) will be open from 4 p.m.

What’s Closed:

  • All US post offices
  • Most major banks and credit unions
  • Seattle Transfer stations
  • Ballard Library
  • Ballard Neighborhood Service Center (will remain closed through Saturday, November 28)
  • All Seattle Parks and Recreation community centers including Ballard Pool

Traffic Watch:

  • Plan ahead if travelling along/nearby the Seattle Turkey Trot route. The event starts at 9 a.m. with staging on Loyal Way NW between 31st and 32nd Ave NW The event then moves south on 32nd Ave NW; west on NW 77th St; south on 34th Ave NW; west on NW 57th St; northwest on 37th Pl NW; north on the Burke-Gilman Trail and curb lane along the east side of Seaview Avenue NW; ending at Golden Gardens Park. Motorists can expect delays along the run route.

Things to remember:

  • On-street parking is free in Seattle on Thanksgiving Day.
  • King County Metro Transit bus routes are operating on a Sunday schedule Thanksgiving Day and will run on a reduced weekly schedule on Friday, November 27, with no UW campus service.
  • Garbage, food and yard waste, and recycling will not be picked up in Seattle on Thanksgiving Day. Collections scheduled for Thursday will occur on Friday, and Friday collections will occur on Saturday due to the Thanksgiving holiday. Please be sure to have your containers out by 7 a.m. to ensure collection.

Do you know of any other events or information for Thanksgiving Day 2015 in Ballard? Email us at

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Boy Scout Troop Christmas Tree lot to open this Saturday

November 23rd, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin


The annual Boy Scout Troop 100 Christmas trees lot (open in the parking lot of St. Alphonsus Church at 5816 15th Ave NW) is set to open at 3 p.m. this Saturday, November 26.

The Christmas tree lot is the Troop’s only annual fundraiser and holds a special place in the Ballard community after being held here for nearly 60 years.

2016 marks Troop 100’s Diamond Jubilee and the Troop is making plans for a gala involving current and past Troop families that will take place some time in 2017.

2016 tree species will include:

  • Noble Fir
  • Nordmann Fir
  • Grand Fir
  • Douglas Sheared
  • Natural Douglas
  • Fraser Fir
  • Norway Spruce
  • Their famed “Charlie Brown” Christmas Trees

After the opening on Saturday, the Christmas Tree lot will be open Monday – Friday from 1 p.m. – 9 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.

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Drop in help for Veterans available at Ballard Library this month and next

November 23rd, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

Ballard Library (5614 22nd Ave NW) will offer drop-in help for military veterans who are experiencing homelessness, or living on low incomes this month and next.

Assistance will be available from 10 a.m. to noon on Tuesdays, November 29 and December 13.

A veteran specialist from Supportive Services for Veteran Families will be available to connect people who have been in the military and are experiencing homelessness, or living on very low incomes, with services to help them find and keep housing. Services provided will include:

  • rapid access to housing
  • counseling
  • financial planning
  • access to transportation
  • access to income resources
  • help with expenses
  • help with legal issues
  • access to medical care

These events are presented in partnership with Supportive Services for Veteran Families.

For more information, call the Library at (206) 386-4636 or Ask A Librarian.

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Nearby News: Greenwood Walgreens to permanently close next month

November 23rd, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

According to our sister blog, the Greenwood Walgreens at 87th and Greenwood will close for good on December 1.

All prescriptions will be transferred to the Crown Hill Walgreens on NW 85th Street and 15th Avenue NW.

Walgreens corporate headquarters confirmed the news with the following message:

We can confirm that we plan to close our store on Greenwood Avenue. We have operated this store for 19 years and the decision to close was not easy.

When the store closes, prescription records will automatically be transferred to our store located at 8500 15th Avenue in Seattle (corner of 15th Avenue and 85th Street).

Pharmacy patients will receive a letter with more details about their prescriptions. We expect to place all of the store’s employees in jobs in other area stores. The store’s last day of business will be Thursday, December 1.

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Seattle City Light seeks customer feedback via online survey

November 22nd, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

Seattle City Light is working on improving its website and is seeking local feedback via an online survey.

“We are conducting a survey to better understand how to organize our website to make it easier to use. We would love your input as an important user of our site,” says the Seattle City Light web team.

The survey takes 10-15 minutes to complete.

All participants will be entered to win a WeMo Switch and three will be given away at random to survey participants.

Click here to participate.

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