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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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Development Update October 16: Rezones and subdivisions

October 16th, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

A rezone application, a subdivision application and a subdivision approval make up this week’s development update from the City of Seattle’s Department of Planning and Development (DPD) as posted in the Land Use Information Bulletin. No other applications, appeals, decisions, or notifications in Ballard were made this week


1401 NW 46th St

A Council Land Use Action has been submitted to Rezone 168,069 sq. ft. of land from IG2-U (Industrial General) to IC-65 (Industrial Commercial). Site is bounded on the north by NW 46th Street, on the east by 14th Ave NW, on the south by NW 45th St and on the west by 15th Ave NW. Comments about the application may be submitted until October 29.

6314 28th Ave NW


A Land Use Application has been submitted to subdivide one development site into four unit lots. The construction of residential units are under #6412068. This subdivision of property is only for the purpose of allowing sale or lease of the unit lots. Development standards will be applied to the original parcel and not to each of the new unit lots. Existing structures to be removed.


2216 NW 63rd St

A Land Use Application has been approved to subdivide one development site into two unit lots. The construction of residential units are under Project #6393661. This subdivision of property is only for the purpose of allowing sale or lease of the unit lots. Development standards will be applied to the original parcel and not to each of the new unit lots. Appeals of all above decisions must be received by the Hearing Examiner no later than October 30, 2014.

Comments about the above decision should be submitted to or mailed to the address below:

City of Seattle DPD PRC
700 5th Avenue Suite 2000
PO Box 34019
Seattle, WA  98124-4019

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Market Street Singers’ annual Rummage Sale set for Saturday

October 16th, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

The Market Street Singers’ annual rummage sale will be held this Saturday, October 18, from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church (5710 22nd Ave NW).

Locals are invited to support the non-audition community choir that has been part of the neighborhood for 10 years. The sale will accept cash only.

Previous sales have included popular items such as:

    • books
    • clothing
    • linens
    • small tools and housewares
    • functional electronics
    • small working appliances
    • dishes
    • knickknacks

“We are proud of our inclusive, service-oriented vision. We seek to be an agent of change and community building through musical excellence and public outreach,” says Market Street Singers member Brandy Rinck.

To find out more about the Market Street Singers click here.

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SDOT opens applications for Safe Routes to School grants this month

October 15th, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

During October’s “International Walk to School Month,” SDOT is accepting applications for Mini Grants of up to $1,000 to fund projects that educate students about pedestrian and bicycle safety and encourage walking and biking to school.

Some examples of past projects funded by the Safe Routes to School Mini Grants include kick-starting a walking school bus with safety vests and flags for bus “drivers;” supporting walk to school month events with prizes and incentives for walkers; incentives for bike to school commuters, like bike locks, lights, and helmets; bicycle safety and maintenance classes to make sure kids know the rules of the road and how to keep their bikes in tip-top shape; and traffic circulation plans to make sure traffic flows as safely as possible around schools.

International Walk to School Month is held in October each year in over 40 countries worldwide. The event gives children, parents, school teachers and community leaders an opportunity to celebrate the many benefits of walking.

For more information and to apply for a Mini Grant, click here. In addition to the application, a letter of support from the school principal must be emailed, mailed, or faxed by the application due date.

If you have questions about the application process contact Ashley Harris at

Applications are due by 5 p.m. on October 31. Recipients will be announced by December 5 and funds will be distributed in January 2015.

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108th Leif Erikson Bazaar set for this weekend

October 15th, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

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This weekend marks the 108th year of the Leif Erikson Bazaar at Leif Erikson Lodge (2245 NW 57th St). Locals are welcome to join in the festivities this Saturday, October 18 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and on Sunday, October 19, from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Event goers can have some family fun while enjoying a plethora of Nordic food dishes. Many delicacies will be on offer from tastefully designed sandwiches to delicate krumkake cone and the hearty ertesuppe (peasoup), lapskaus (lamb stew), and rømmegrøt, a silky sour cream porridge. Good and strong Norwegian coffee will be on offer all day.

Gorgeous handicrafts from the Lodge’s Norna ladies will be available for purchase including their fabulous embroidered dish towels. A variety of activities and raffles are set to entertain the whole family including Tombola in the Karnival Kroner and a raffle with a grand prize of a trip on Iceland Air.

Gently loved previously owned items at the Ditt og Datt booth are a bargain hunter’s dream come true and the Book Nook just received six boxes from a cookbook collection with books from around the world. Unique items can also be bid on hourly at the silent auction of Norwegian antiques, crafts, glassware, dishes, collectibles, and more.

Select vendors will be selling items at the event including Desiree of Sweden with items from the Nordic countries including woven rugs, sterling, Yule lights, Christmas misse and tomta; Judy’s Painted Treasures of traditional Norwegian rose painting; Handmade by Hanson with hand knit children’s sweaters and letter art; Sewing by Heart clothes for American Girl dolls; traditional Norwegian sweaters; and Around the Sound t-shirts with a Norwegian theme!

The first bazaar was held way back in 1906 to raise funds to construct the Leif Erickson building, now the historical Norway Hall on Boren Ave, which is home to the Cornish College of the Arts. In 1986, Leif Erikson Hall was opened after being built mostly by volunteer labor.

One of the missions of Sons of Norway, an international nonprofit organization, is to promote and preserve the heritage and culture of Norway. Throughout the year they sponsor Norwegian cooking classes; our Tastes of Norway in March featuring Norwegian food, crafts, lectures, and demonstrations; Norwegian language classes; Nordic heritage day camps for children; performing dance groups for children and adults; Norna a social and craft group for the women of the lodge; and visiting Norwegian entertainers which come often to the Seattle area.

The Sons of Norway also offers scholarships for those interested in attending youth camps sponsored by District 2 Sons of Norway; university students who are counselors and instructors for the youth camps, a leadership scholarship for those attending colleges or universities, and the Doug Warne Vocational Scholarship.

Admission to the event is free and some free parking will be available at local area businesses. Check with the parking attendants on the days of the event.

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SDOT to pave NW 87th St this week

October 15th, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

SDOT Paving crews are planning to pave NW 87th St between Greenwood Ave N and Phinney Ave N on October 16 and 17.

The street will remain open for local access and through traffic will be detoured. The sidewalk on the south side of NW 87th St will be closed while the crews install a new curb ramp.

Work hours will be 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and motorists are advised to allow for delays. The scheduled work will also be weather dependent.


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Ballard restaurants set to feature in Seattle Restaurant Week

October 15th, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

Seattle Restaurant Week is just around the corner, and a variety of Ballard restaurants will be on the list. The event is two weeks long, from October 19-23 and again from October 26-30. During this time, restaurants will be serving three-course dinners for $30, and some will do three-course lunches for $15.


The following Ballard restaurants will be part of the 160 restaurants featured:

    • Anthony’s HomePort on Shilshole (6135 Seaview Ave NW)
    • Bastille (5307 Ballard Ave NW)
    • Golden Beetle (1744 NW Market St)
    • Ray’s Boathouse (6049 Seaview Ave NW)
    • Ray’s Café (6049 Seaview Ave NW)
    • Staple & Fancy Mercantile (4739 Ballard Ave NW)
    • Stoneburner (5214 Ballard Ave NW)
    • Skillet Diner (2034 NW 56th St)
    • The Gerald (5210 Ballard Ave NW)
    • Volterra Restaurant (5411 Ballard Ave NW)

“October is the perfect time to take advantage of dining somewhere new during Seattle Restaurant Week, or just getting an incredible deal at one of your favorite spots; fall is setting in and we naturally seek out comfort of great cooking during this season, especially with the bounty of the fall harvest”, says Chef-Owner Maria Hines of Maria Hines Restaurants.

There are over 160 restaurants in Seattle taking part in the 10 day promotion; click here for a full list.

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Ballard Crime Update October 14: Bike thief apprehended and catering van goes missing

October 14th, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

With crime on the increase in the neighborhood, the My Ballard team will be posting a weekly crime update with information from the previous week’s SPD reports. Together, we can help to keep our neighborhood safe.

Van stolen from Ballard catering company

SPD officers reported to the scene of a burglary incident in the 4200 block of 6th Ave NW just before 8 a.m. on Tuesday, October 7.

The company owner reported that sometime between 5 p.m. on Monday and 5:15 a.m. on Tuesday morning burglars broke into the catering company premises.

The owner believes that the suspect(s) climbed through the south side chain link fence near the dumpster area and entered the property and proceeded through a middle door leading to the kitchen area. Although that door is locked, there is a small coded key box with a key inside outside which was discovered missing from the property. It is believed that the suspect(s) likely used this key and entered the premises.

The suspect(s) then stole the keys to a company van from a hook inside the kitchen, took a laptop and power cord and subsequently stole the van from the parking lot out front.

There is no camera or alarm on this business, but the owner said she was going to install a security system immediately. There is no suspect information available at this time.

Bike thief apprehended near Ballard apartment complex

SPD officers were called to the scene of a bicycle theft just after 6:30 a.m. on Monday, October 6, in a secured apartment complex in the 300 block of NW 41st St.

A resident from the apartment complex called 911 to report two suspicious males who were inside the building pushing bicycles. The witness reported that the men were taking the elevator down to the parking garage where she believed that they were planning on stealing the bicycles. She called as there had been a recent rash of bicycle thefts in the building.

SPD officers arrived on the scene just before 7 a.m. where they were given access to the parking garage. Upon their arrival the witness reported that the suspects were heading down the hallway about to exit the building. SPD officers then started running down the hallway behind the witness and upon visualising the suspects yelled “Stop, police!” repeatedly.

One of the suspects then pushed a mountain bike into the witness knocking her out of his way, started running and jumped on the bike. The SPD officer attempted to grab him and barely missed. The suspect then rode off westbound on NW 41st St towards Leary Way NW.

The second suspect dropped both bikes that he was holding and his backpack and ran from the scene. Shortly afterwards he was apprehended after a SPD officer tackled him to the ground. The suspect denied that the backpack was his, however, it contained five pieced of ID linked to him. The bag also contained two credits cards that did not belong to him, as well as tools for cutting locks. The suspects had used the tools to cut the locks of the four bikes that they had stolen.

The female complainant and the apprehended suspect were then taken to Swedish Hospital for their injuries. The suspect was later booked at King County Jail. The other suspect that fled the scene on the stolen bicycle remains at large but officers did recover fingerprints from the scene, as well as a serial number for the bicycle. The three bicycles recovered were returned to their owners.

Non-profit break in on 15th Ave NW

SPD officers were dispatched to a burglary at a non-profit organization located on the 6500 block of 15th Ave NW on October 9. The organization is located on the mail level of an apartment complex.

When the owner of the organization arrived at work he noticed pry marks on the door and subsequently discovered that one Apple computer monitor and hard drive were missing. The owner was unsure why the other cameras, lenses and computers in the office were not taken.

SPD officers dusted the area for finger prints and are currently investigating more leads.

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American Lung Association offers free home assesments to test indoor air quality

October 14th, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

The team at the American Lung Association’s Master Home Environmentalist© program is offering home assessments for locals who have questions or concerns about their indoor air quality. Questions or concerns can be related to pesticides, allergens, molds, tobacco smoke, lead, home chemicals or anything else related to indoor air quality.

The program has evolved over the past 13 years and its mission is to promote lung health by reducing pollutants in the home through volunteer-based education and action.

The Master Home Environmentalist© program currently has more than 50 active volunteers who conduct home assessments and other outreach activities. The volunteers are involved in every aspect of the program from design and delivery to evaluation.

The program’s trainers are also exceptional in their knowledge, enthusiasm, and commitment to our mission. The majority of the trainers have a science or health related background and work for agencies, such as, the EPA, Seattle & King County Public Health, University of Washington, Washington Toxics Coalition, Solid Ground and other community groups and businesses.

“We’re doing all we can to reach out to those who are interested and/or in need,” says program coordinator Anna Quash.

To find out more information about the Master Home Environmentalist© program or to schedule an assessment at your home click here.

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