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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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Development Update April 11: Subdivision central

April 11th, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

Applications for developments in Ballard have been coming in fast this week to the Department of Planning and Development (DPD).

Check out the most recent applications and decisions from the DPD as posted in the Land Use Information Bulletin.


2445 NW 63rd St


A Land Use Application has been submitted to subdivide the site into two unit lots. 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.

2020 NW 60th St


A Land Use Application has been submitted to subdivide one parcel into two parcels of land. Proposed parcel sizes are: A) 2,398 sq. ft. and B) 2,597 sq. ft. Existing structure to be demolished.

9526 8th Ave NW


A Land Use Application has been submitted to subdivide the site into four unit lots. 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.


834 NW 53rd St

A Land Use Application has been approved to subdivide one development site into two unit lots. The construction of residential units has been approved under Project #6371102. 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.

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Holman Rd paving project set to start next week

April 10th, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

Holman Rd is set to get a facelift starting next Monday, April 14. SDOT crews will repave 1.3 miles of Holman Rd NW from Greenwood Ave N to NW 87th St.

In addition to the paving work, crews will make several pedestrian safety improvements including the construction of a pedestrian median on Holman Rd NW at the intersection of 13th Ave NW and 7th Ave NW.

The current median at Holman Rd NW and 15th Ave NW will also be enlarged to provide a safer area. SDOT crews will also make improvements to nearby bus shelters.

To reduce impacts to the surrounding community, this project has been divided into two phases. Click here to learn more about the phases in our write up that was posted last month.

Drivers can expect some lane closures and parking restrictions within the construction zone. Regular construction hours will be 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, with the exception of bridge expansion joint replacement work of Holman Road Bridge in Zone 2, which will require a full closure of Holman Road Northwest at 8th Avenue Northwest in both directions while work is conducted during weekend nights.

Funding from this project comes from the Bridging the Gap transportation levy and a Federal Surface Transportation Program preservation grant of $1.1 million.


Porkchop & Co. set to open on Leary this month

April 10th, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

troutAccording to a report by Seattle Eater, Porkchop & Co. is all set to open on April 23 in the former Belle Clementine space at 5451 Leary Ave NW.

My Ballard covered the initial announcement of the restaurant plans last month.

Porkchop & Co. is the creation of  “former LA chef-turned-Seattleite” Paul Osher that is set to offer well made meals in a casual dining setting.

According to the Porkchop & Co. website breakfast and lunch will center around a small menu of sandwiches and salads made from scratch. Osher just posted the menu online which includes delicacies such as porchetta hash, croque madames, smoked trout salad (pictured above) and apple melts just to name a few.

The new eatery will be hosting a sneak peak for locals on Sunday, April 20. Keep up to date with information on the Porkchop & Co. Facebook page.

Photo courtesy of Porkchop & Co.

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Throwback Thursday: Ballard beaches back in the day

April 10th, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

As the weather is (hopefully) getting warmer, we thought it was high time to feature the beaches around Ballard back in the day. The Ballardites of yesteryear clearly loved a visit to the beach as much as we do today.

Check out the black and white photo below that was taken on June 11, 1912. The photo shows Adams students from Miss Anderson and Miss Blought’s class standing on Ballard Beach.


The black and white photo below, taken in 1923, shows James D. McGinley and another boy playing by the edge of the water at Golden Gardens.

boys gg

The photo below, taken in 1900, shows eleven women wading in the water at Golden Gardens in their bathing suits.


The below photo is an original sepia photo of a shanty town on Ballard Beach back in 1895. On the back of the photo it says “taken by V.J.”


The black and white photo below shows seven men at North Beach in 1909 wearing the traditional men’s swimming gear of the day.

north beach

Do you have an historical photo or a story that readers would enjoy hearing about? Email us at with Throwback Thursday in the subject line.

Photo and information courtesy of Ballard Historical Society.

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