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Fourth annual Motown Dance Party set for Saturday

October 21st, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin


It’s time to put on those dancing shoes for the fourth annual Sunset Hill Motown Dance Party.

The popular event will be held this Saturday, October 25, at the Sunset Hill Community Clubhouse (3003 NW 66th St) from 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.

The event is open to all ages and features a live DJ, favorite 1960s Motown dancing tunes, a super disco ball, and beer and wine for sale.

As this year’s event takes place so close to Halloween, attendees are invited to dress up in ’60s costumes. Think bellbottoms, mini skirts and fishnet stockings!

Tickets can be purchased at the door and online. Cost is $15 per person and $25 per couple for club members and $20 per person and $30 per couple for non-members. Each ticket purchased includes one free drink.

All funds raised from the event will help maintain the unique, vintage clubhouse building.

Click here to learn more about the event.

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Li’l Woody’s raises funds to help find homes for dogs

October 21st, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin


In honor of October’s Dog Adoption Month, Li’l Woody’s (2040 NW Market St) has created the “Cutie and the Beast Burger” to raise both money and awareness for local dogs that are in need of homes.

The special burger is available from today through Monday, October 27, with a portion of proceeds going directly to Seattle based dog adoption agency Motley Zoo.

“In the spirit of all good dog lovers, we’re excited to be offering up a delicious burger that man or beast will love, all while trying to get some of these little dudes new homes,” says Marcus Lalario, owner of Li’l Woody’s.

The “Cutie and the Beast Burger” is available for both dogs and their humans and is a delicacy filled with peanut butter, apples, Swiss cheese, bacon, and a 1/4 lb burger patty.

The special week long celebration will also feature giveaways including itmes from Crazy Rebels dog collars, All the Best Pet Care, Petbox and Green Juju (organic dog food).

Motley Zoo Animal Rescue, located in Redmond, is a non-profit foster-based animal rescue which assists local, national, and international dogs in need. The unique organization has no shelter facility and instead places rescue dogs with foster families where they experience special one-on-one attention while staff work to find the dogs their perfect forever home.

Stop by Li’l Woody’s this week, enjoy a “Cutie and the Beast” and support Motley Zoo.

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Seattle Library patrons set to download free songs from Freegal

October 21st, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

Seattle Public Library card holders have yet another perk in terms of downloading free songs. Patrons are able to now download five songs a week from SPL’s partner vendor Freegal, which maintains over 7 million songs from over 28,000 labels.

Music available from Freegal includes hits like Meghan Trainor’s “All About That Bass” and Pharrell Williams’ “Happy,” as well as classics such as Bruce Springsteen’s “Born to Run,” jazz standards like Dave Brubeck’s “Take Five” and more.

The music files from Freegal are DRM-free, they do not expire, and are compatible with PCs, Macs, iPods, iPads and other MP3-compatible devices. New music is added daily.

Locals must have a library card to access and download songs. Library card applications can be completed online.

To view, browse and download music from Freegal click here. Access to Freegal Music on the Library’s website has been made possible by The Seattle Public Library Foundation.

To find out more about Freegal or how to get a Library card call (206) 386-4636 or Ask a Librarian.

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SDOT crews to pave 3rd Ave NW this week

October 20th, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

SDOT paving crews will  be working  on 3rd Ave NW between NW 125th and NW 130th streets on Tuesday and Wednesday, October 21 and 22, weather permitting. The scheduled work hours are set for 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

3rd Ave NW will remain open only to local traffic and Metro Transit buses. Through traffic will be re-routed as follows:

  •  Traffic on 3rd Ave NW will be detoured to Greenwood Ave N using NW 125th and NW 130th streets.
  •  Traffic on NW 125th St intending to head northward on 3rd Ave NW will be directed to use 6th Ave NW, connecting to 3rd at NW 130th

Police Officers will be on site to assist with traffic control in the area. Motorists should allow extra time and be prepared for delays.

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Volunteer drivers needed to help aging residents on Phinney Ridge

October 20th, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

The Phinney Neighborhood Association is on the lookout for volunteer drivers to assist aging residents who are part of their PNA Village program. The program is run by a group of locals who are dedicated to supporting people in the Phinney-Greenwood area who choose to stay in their homes and neighborhoods while staying active and engaged as they age.

Volunteer drivers are needed to transport PNA Village members to doctor’s appointments, grocery shopping, just-for-fun outings and more. As a volunteer driver you choose when and how often you participate. Trips are usually limited to within the Phinney/Greenwood/Ballard area.

“If you’d like to give some of your time and energy to help people remain happily in their own homes as they age, please volunteer to be a driver,” says Carol Pearl, volunteer Chairman of the Phinney Neighborhood Association.

To sign up or to find out more information contact Amanda at (206) 789-1217 or

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Rep Reuven Carlyle set to speak at North Beach Elementary

October 20th, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

North Beach Elementary is inviting the community to hear state Representative Reuven Carlyle speak about education funding in Washington State this Wednesday, October 22, at 6:30 p.m. The event will be held in the school’s cafeteria at 9018 24th Ave NW.

Do you want to learn more about education funding? Have you heard about the McCleary Decision, but want to know more? Interested in knowing what it’s like to be part of a legislature that’s being held in contempt of court for not fully funding education? State Representative Reuven Carlyle will present on these topics during the event.

All are welcome to attend.

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The week in sports at BHS

October 20th, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

The athletes at BHS are all set for another huge week of competition. Head out and support them at their games!

Monday, October 20

  • Football: JV vs. Bishop Blanchet at Soundview Playfield– 3:30 p.m.
  • Soccer: Girls C Conference vs. Holy Names Academy – 3:30 p.m.
  • Volleyball: JV vs. Roosevelt High School at Roosevelt High School – 5:45 p.m.
  • Volleyball: C Team vs. Roosevelt High School at Roosevelt High School – 5:45 p.m.
  • Volleyball: Varsity vs. Roosevelt High School at Roosevelt High School – 7 p.m

Tuesday, October 21

  • Soccer: Girls JV vs. Seattle Prep at Adams #2 – 3:30 p.m.
  • Soccer: Girls Varsity vs. Seattle Prep at Lower Woodland Park Field 7 – 3:30 p.m.
  • Ultimate: Varsity SPS Championship Game vs. Nathan Hale High School at Nathan Hale – 5: 30 p.m.

Wednesday, October 22

  • Soccer: C Conference vs. Seattle Prep at Georgetown Playfield – time TBD
  • Volleyball: JV vs. West Seattle at BHS 5:45 p.m.
  • Volleyball: C Team vs. West Seattle at BHS 5:45 p.m.
  • Volleyball: Varsity vs. West Seattle at BHS 7 p.m.

Thursday, October 23

  • Cross Country: Metro Championship at Lower Woodland – Boys 3 p.m. and Girls 3:30 p.m.
  • Soccer: Girls Varsity vs. Eastside Catholic School at Northwest Athletic Complex – 3:30 p.m.
  • Soccer: Girls JV vs. Eastside Catholic School at Eastside Catholic School – 3:30 p.m.
  • Volleyball: Varsity Metro Tournament at TBD – 7 p.m.

Friday, October 24

  • Football: Varsity vs. Roosevelt High School at Memorial Stadium – 7 p.m.
  • Swimming: Girls Varsity and JV vs. Garfield High School at Medgar Evans Pool – 3:30 p.m.
  • Soccer: C Conference vs. Roosevelt at Magnuson Field – 3:30 p.m.

Saturday, October 25

  • Swimming: Girls Varsity and JV All Comers at Helene Madison Pool – 11 a.m.

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Ballard singer to donate online music sales to Susan G. Komen Organization

October 17th, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin


Ballard Singer and Songwriter Kristin Chambers is set to perform the title track from her latest record Everything Woman on King 5 TV’s NewDay Northwest next Wednesday, October 22. The performance will kick off a week where Chambers will donate all music sales from her website to the Susan G. Komen Organization.

Chambers’ Mother in law is a 21 year breast cancer survivor and two of her close friends have just come out of treatment cancer free. “I would like to continue to help researchers make sure everyone can join them in the survivors circle,” says Chambers.

Everything Woman is a compelation of original songs written by Chambers and produced by Eric Eagle (Jesse Sykes) of Seattle’s Skoor Sound.

Chambers released her first original self-produced album Kristin Chambers in 201o and released her second Endless Road in 2012 which had over 100,000 downloads.

Click here to learn more about the local singer songwriter.

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What’s on this weekend

October 17th, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

It’s the weekend again and there is plenty to do in the neighborhood. Have a great time!

Friday, October 17

  • The Musical Comedy of Murders of 1940 at Ballard High School (Earl Kelly Performance Center 1418 NW 65th St) at 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $15 for adults and$10 for students and seniors.
  • Live music at Conor Byrne Pub (5140 Ballard Ave NW) at 9 p.m. Featuring Sunday Ball of Wax #38 release party. Tickets $8. Click here to purchase tickets and for more information.
  • Live Music at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW) at 9 p.m. Featuring Dale Earnhardt Jr, Miniature Tigers and Madi Diaz. Tickets $16. Click here to purchase tickets and for more information.

Saturday, October 18

  • Green Lake Tree Walk from 8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. Meet at Green Lake Community Center (7201 East Green Lake Drive N).Tree Ambassador Penny Kriese will lead the 2.8 mile walk around the lake. For questions email or call (206) 615-1668.
  • Market Street Singers’ Annual Rummage Sale at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church (5710 22nd Ave NW) from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Click here to learn more.
  • Free SAT Diagnostics Test at Sylvan Learning (2232 Northwest Market Street #8) from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Find out how ready you are for the big test. Please RSVP first though at (206) 297-4595.
  • The Musical Comedy of Murders of 1940 at Ballard High School (Earl Kelly Performance Center 1418 NW 65th St) at 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $15 for adults and $10 for students and seniors. Click here to purchase tickets and find out more.
  • ARC Dance Gala Benefit Bash at ARC Dance Space (9250 14th Avenue NW) from 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. The public is cordially invited to the ARC Dance Annual Gala Benefit Bash on Saturday, October 18 at 7:00 PM. This year’s Gala Benefit Bash is held at the ARC Dance Space and features dancers from Pacific Northwest Ballet and ARC Dance Company. Tickets $50 single, $80 couple. Click here to learn more.
  • Live Music at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW) at 7 p.m. Featuring Johnny Cash Tribute Band with The Record Company. Tickets $22.50. Click here to purchase tickets and for more information.
  • Live music at Conor Byrne Pub (5140 Ballard Ave NW) at 9 p.m. Featuring Ramblin’ Years, Aaron Zig Band, Sam Russell and Tekla Waterfield . Tickets $8. Click here to purchase tickets and for more information.

Sunday, October 19

  • Ballard Farmers Market along Ballard Ave from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Click here to see this week’s specials.
  • Weekend Brunch at Hilliard’s Beer (1550 NW 49th St) from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Brunch will be provided by The Biscuit Box, with coffee from new Ballard-based pop-up Mmmhmm Coffee. Click here for more details.
  • Open Mic at Conor Byrne Pub (5140 Ballard Ave NW) at 7:30 p.m. All are welcome. For more information click here.

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Voter registration deadline approaching for the general election

October 17th, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

Locals who want to participate in the November 4 general election should prepare now. King County Elections will mail general election ballots to all registered voters this week, so it’s important that citizens register to vote and keep their name, address and signature updated.

If you are not yet registered to vote in Washington you have until October 27 to register in person at King County Elections Voter Registration Annex downtown:

King County Administration Building
500 4th Ave, Room 440, Seattle.
8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. or 2 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. weekdays

To register to vote, you must be:

  • A citizen of the United States;
  • A legal resident of Washington State;
  • At least 18 years old by election day;
  • Not disqualified from voting due to a court order; and
  • Not under Department of Corrections supervision for a Washington felony conviction.

Voters can check to make sure their registration information is current by:

Click here to get the latest Elections news and updates.

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Throwback Thursday: Aerial shots of Ballard back in the day

October 16th, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

Over the years many photos have been taken of Ballard from above, showing the development and change of our neighborhood and its surroundings. This week we thought we would share some of our favorite aerial shots of our neighborhood with you.

The black and white photo below, taken in 1940, features Ballard Locks and Salmon Bay as seen from the south. The first Ballard Bridge opened in 1917, crossing the Lake Washington Ship Canal and linking Ballard by road to Seattle. By 1940, the wooden bridge was determined to be too unsafe to carry the increased amount of traffic and was replaced by a newer, higher span bridge.

The photo shows the new Ballard Bridge crossing Salmon Bay. Check out the log rafts floating in the bay.

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The black and white photo below, taken in 1949, shows Ballard Locks and Lockhaven Apartments as seen from the south.

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The black and white photo below, taken in 1950, shows an aerial view of Fishermen’s Terminal.

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The black and white photo below, taken in October 1962, features Shilshole Bay Marina.

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Photos and information courtesy of MOHAI.

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Mars Hill Church on the market for $8 million

October 16th, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin


According to the Commercial Brokers Association, the Ballard location of Mars Hill Church (1401-1500 NW Leary Way) is now on the market for the price of $8 million.

The 39,182 square foot property was built in 1975 and is currently being listed with Colliers International. According to the CBA, the owners are looking to lease back the property from the new owners once it is sold.

According to an article by our news partners The Seattle Times, Mars Hill Church has also been “reeling” since the Pastor Mark Driscoll resigned on Wednesday “amid allegations of bullying and domineering behavior.”

The Seattle Times reports that Driscoll faced a variety of allegations in recent months including charges of bullying, abusive behavior, plagiarism and overseeing the mismanagement of church funds.

Driscoll co-founded Mars Hill Church in 1996, growing the organization from a bible study group that met in his Wallingford home into, at one stage, a church with 15 branches in five states.

Driscoll wrote a letter, which included the following statement, on Religion News Service site on Wednesday:

By God’s grace I have pastored Mars Hill Church for 18 years,” Driscoll said in his resignation letter, printed on the . “Today, also by God’s grace, and with the full support of my wife Grace, I resign my position as pastor and elder of Mars Hill. I do so with profound sadness, but also with complete peace.

According to the article, Driscoll had been on leave since August 24 while church elders were conducting a formal investigation of charges brought against him by 21 former pastors. Driscoll stated in his letter that there had been “no charges of criminal activity, immorality or heresy.”

In addition to putting the Ballard church location on the market, Mars Hill Church has been attempting to sell its corporate headquarters along 14th Ave NW between NW49th and 50th streets. According to The Seattle Times, the church is asking $7.75 million for the properties it purchased in 2005 for $3.2 million. Mars Hill Church also recently put up their worship facility in Sammamish for sale, asking $8.75 million for the 30,800-square-foot building and 22 acres of land.

The article also reports that the former University Baptist Church, bought by Mars Hill in 2010, is also under contract and could close before the end of the year for $4 million.

Photo courtesy of the Commercial Brokers Association.

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