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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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Ballard Captain directs documentary about Salish Sea

October 14th, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin


Ballard resident Captain Kevin Campion recently directed a new documentary film entitled The Unknown Sea: A Voyage on the Salish. The film was recently premiered during a 10 day film and music tour aboard the historic racing yacht Orion through the Salish Sea.

Captain Campion has been working as a marine biologist and mariner for over a decade and has a deep passion for marine education. Through the Deep Green Wilderness education program on the Orion he takes students out on the Salish Sea and teaches ecology and traditional sailing skills.

“Kevin has always wanted to show people the beauty and the complexities of this place, and help define this new name; Salish Sea,” says the film’s producer Shawnecee Schneider of the San Francisco Emmy Award winning film team DoF Media.

In 2013, Campion and Schneider teamed up to begin production on The Unknown Sea. Throughout the process they worked closely with SeaDoc Society and the underwater film team of s/v Silent Sun Films. After shooting was completed the team contacted Seattle native Mike Giacolino, of country folk band Ole’ Tinder, who worked on the soundtrack.

Campion and Schneider then embarked on a 10 day sailing trip on board the Orion where they screened the film all over the Salish Sea with each screening followed by a live music performance.

Check out the trailer below:

“It has been a great way to give the audience a unique cultural experience and a different way to engage with their environment,” says Campion.

“We know no film team has done this before. Sail to screenings, have live music, and show an educational and entertaining documentary about the Salish Sea and our place in it,” says Schneider.

There are two screenings coming up at the Friday Harbor Film Festival in early November and another in Astoria, Oregon.

Click here to learn more about the documentary and to find out details about upcoming screenings.

Photo of Captain Campion and his team courtesy of Deep Green Wilderness.

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Second half of 2014 property taxes due on Halloween

October 14th, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

King County residents who pay their property taxes themselves, rather than through their mortgage lender, should circle Halloween (Friday, October 31) on their calendar. The second half of 2014 property taxes are due on that date.

After October 31, interest charges and penalties will be added to the tax bill. To make the process easier, King County provides several ways for property owners to pay their taxes quickly and conveniently.

Tax payments can be made:

  • By mail if postmarked no later than Oct. 31, 2014. Taxpayers should include their tax statement and write the property tax account number on their check or money order. Cash should not be sent through the mail.
  • Online using King County’s convenient, secure online eTax application. Taxpayers may pay accounts with a credit card or an electronic debit from a checking account called an “eCheck.”
  • In person at the King County Administration Building, Suite 600 – Treasury Operations, located at 500 Fourth Ave. in Seattle. Treasury Operations is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. On Oct. 31, Treasury Operations will be open until 5 p.m.
  • At King County Community Service Centers if paid by check for the exact amount due. Taxpayers can find the address, phone number, and operating hours of the center in their area by visiting
  • The online option provides immediate payment confirmation for current year or delinquent year(s) property tax bills. To pay online or view property tax information, taxpayers can visit

    For questions about missing tax statements or other tax payment information, contact King County Treasury Operations online or by calling (206) 296-0923.

    Information on senior citizen exemption and deferral programs can be obtained from the King County Assessor’s Office by calling (206) 296-3920.

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Blockhead Trivia returns to Chuck’s Hop Shop this week

October 13th, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

Blockhead Trivia is set to return to Chuck’s Hop Shop (656 NW 85th St) tomorrow evening (Tuesday, October 14) at 7:30 p.m. in the Taproom. The popular all-ages event is hosted by Ballardites Ken Masel and Allison Woods and has been a fixture on the Chuck’s calendar.

Participants are advised to arrive by 7 p.m. to ensure that they get a seat. Cost is $5 per team with a 6 player maximum. Prizes will be awarded to the top two teams and all proceeds are donated to Greenwood Food Bank.

Moving forward, Blockhead Trivia will be held on the second Tuesday of each month.

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200,000 square foot office building set for corner of Market and 15th

October 13th, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

According to a report in the Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce earlier this month, Martin Selig Real Estate is planning a 200, 000 square foot office building at the corner of Market and 15th Ave NW. The map attached to the story points to the address being 1448 NW Market St, the location where the Shell Gas Station now stands (click on map below).


The DJC reports that Selig has developed many of Seattle’s signature buildings and has developments in the works all over the city including at 3rd and Lenora in Belltown, at 3rd and Battery downtown, near the Olympic Sculpture Park and in the Uptown area of Queen Anne.

Jordan Selig of Martin Selig Real Estate told the DJC that the company has never undertaken a project in Ballard before. “Thousands of new apartments have opened in the neighborhood over the last few years, but there is little office space there. No one likes to sit in traffic, and we want to give those people who live in Ballard a place to work that is closer to home,” says Jordan Selig.

The company has a total portfolio of approximately 4 million square feet and it is already 98 percent leased.

According to the DJC, the smaller project at 3rd and Battery is likely to be the first that is constructed as it was planned before the recession hit. Martin Selig confirmed that the 3rd and Harrison office project could be next, followed by the Sculpture Park apartments, 15th and Market project, and the Third and Lenora mixed-use project however he emphasized that the order may change.

Despite the order of construction all projects are scheduled to open in 2016 and 2017.

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Driver does donuts in intersection at 15th and Market

October 13th, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

The My Ballard team received mulitple reports about a driver doing donuts in the intersection of 15th Ave NW and NW Market St at around 6:30 p.m. on Friday night.

My Ballard reader Anna and her boyfriend were waiting for the lights to change and witnessed the incident. Check out Anna’s observations below:

My boyfriend and I were waiting at the light on the north side of the intersection (going southbound) and we heard honking from the cars by the Shell station and then saw a light-colored wagon car with a black car-top carrier speed out into the intersection with screeching tires. The driver almost hit a couple cars that were turning, and then did 5-6 high speed circles (attempted donuts) in the intersection before speeding off in the direction of the Ballard Bridge,” says Anna.

The cars in front of us started going through the intersection and we thought we would make it through the light, but we got a yellow light and ended up being the first car in the lane next to the turn lane. We then saw him come speeding back up 15th on the wrong side of the road, cut off and almost hit cars that were in the intersection turning, and then he did 5-6 more donuts before speeding off towards the bridge again.

We saw him take the exit before getting onto the bridge (the street by Miller Paint) and the car next to us sped after him like they were going to try to get his license plate, but I guess that must not have panned out since he was seen again at 24th and Market later in the night.

Multiple videos of the incident have turned up online along with threads on reddit written by locals who observed the incident. “Apparently, he did the same thing at 24th and Market around 10:30pm on Friday as well so he obviously didn’t get caught by the police,” says Anna.

According to Anna, the driver appeared to be a male in his mid-20’s to early 30’s with glasses, facial hair, and had a dark jacket on.

Check out the footage below taken by a local living in the Urbana complex at 15th and Market:

Did you witness this incident? Email through any information or photos to

If you have any information about the driver or the incident report it to the SPD North Precinct at (206) 684-0850.

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The week in sports at BHS

October 13th, 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 13

  • Ultimate: JV2 vs. NWS JV at Interbay – 3 p.m.
  • Ultimate: JV1 vs. NWS JV at Magnuson 4B – 3 p.m.
  • Football: JV vs. Nathan Hale at Northeast Athletic Complex – 3:30 p.m.
  • Volleyball: JV vs. Franklin High School at BHS – 5:45 p.m.
  • Volleyball: C Team vs. Franklin High School at BHS – 5:45 p.m.
  • Volleyball: Varsity vs. Franklin High School at BHS – 7 p.m

Tuesday, October 14

  • Golf: Varsity Metro Tournament at Jefferson Park Golf Club – 10 a.m.
  • Soccer: Girls Conference vs. Bishop Blanchet at Lower Woodland Park Field 2 – 3:30 p.m.
  • Soccer: Girls JV vs. Lakeside at Memorial Stadium – 5 p.m.
  • Soccer: Girls Varsity vs. Lakeside at Memorial Stadium – 7 p.m.

Wednesday, October 15

  • Ultimate: Varsity vs. Ingraham at Interbay – 3 p.m.
  • Cross Country: JV and Varsity Meet at Lower Woodland Park Field 2 – 3 p.m
  • Volleyball: JV vs. Chief Sealth at BHS 5:45 p.m.
  • Volleyball: C Team vs. Chief Sealth at BHS 5:45 p.m.
  • Volleyball: Varsity vs. Chief Sealth at BHS 7 p.m.

Thursday, October 16

  • Golf: Boys Varsity Tournament at West Seattle Golf Club – 10 a.m.
  • Ultimate: JV2 vs. Ingraham JV at North Acres – 3 p.m.
  • Soccer: Girls Varsity vs. Holy Names Academy at Miller Playfield – 3:30 p.m.
  • Soccer: Girls JV vs. Holy Names Academy at Ballard High School – 3:30 p.m.
  • Football: Varsity vs. Franklin High School at Memorial Stadium – 7 p.m.

Friday, October 17

  • Ultimate: Varsity Semifinals vs. TBD at TBD – 3 p.m.
  • Soccer: Girls C Team vs. Lake Washington at Lake Washington – 3:30 p.m.
  • Soccer: Girls Junior Varsity vs. Roosevelt at BHS – 3:30 p.m.
  • Football: Varsity vs. Roosevelt at Memorial Stadium – 5 p.m.

Saturday, October 18

  • Football: Frosh Game vs. Nathan Hale at Nathan Hale High School – 7 p.m.

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