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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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Odin’s Eye art exhibit opens at Nordic Heritage Museum

October 10th, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin


The Odin’s Eye art exhibition opens tonight at the Nordic Heritage Museum (3014 NW 67th St) as a part of the annual Taste of Iceland Festival. The exhibition includes work from a variety of artists from Iceland and will be open to the public until November 9.

The exhibition aims to build a bridge between Americans and Icelanders through the visual interpretation of Norse Mythology through the eyes and mediums of the different artists. Participating artists from Iceland include  Gunnella, Kristín Ragna Gunnarsdóttir, Sindri Már Sigfússon, Ingibjörg Birgisdóttir. Artists participating from the US include  Lulu Yee , Derek Weisberg, Pandora Andre-Beatty and Michael Linton Simpson. The exhibit is sponsored by Icelandair Cargo and Iceland Naturally.

“I lived in Iceland for 4 years and am fascinated with the connection Icelanders have with nature, their colorful heritage, their folklore, hidden people, elves, the Norse Gods,” said Lulu Yee, artist and curator of Odin’s Eye. “Iceland is a nation of great storytellers, and I wanted to work on a group show which addresses an aspect of the Icelandic heritage, while at the same time, viewing it through the lens of a foreigner who has had little exposure to those stories.”

Click here to learn more about the exhibition and other events that are part of this year’s Taste of Iceland Festival.

Image courtesy of Nordic Heritage Museum.

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Ballard ArtWalk set for Saturday

October 10th, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

Red-Wing Blackbird by Karen Klee-Atlin  woodcut 22 X 15

This Saturday’s Ballard ArtWalk will take over neighborhood businesses, galleries, studio, and restaurants from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. for a family-friendly showcase of the work of local artists.

This month, Ballard Works (2856 NW Market St) is hosting Fragments featuring original prints by Eight Printmakers, Becky Birinyi, Leslee Currie, Marcia Douglas, Ann Hunstiger, June Ireland, Marguerite Langlois, Lu McBride and Becky Prokop.

The Printmakers explored the theme of “Fragments” using a variety of unique printmaking techniques for this month’s exhibit. Art Walk goers can enjoy the multitude of colors and textures in this fascinating display.

New to Ballard Artwalk is  Toronto born artist Karen Klee-Atlin of the Blue House Yellow Dog Studio (5406 6th Avenue NW). Karen Klee-Atlin did graduate work in painting and printmaking and received her MFA in painting from the University of Calgary.

She has spent much of her life overseas and these adventures have contributed to her rich artwork (pictured above). Klee-Atlin gathers images from a range of sources, including folk religious sculpture, industrial training manuals, and scarecrows, and renders them in woodcuts, acrylic, and oil.

For more information on the Art Walk and a full rundown of artists, click here

Image of Karen Klee-Atlin’s work courtesy of the Ballard Art Walk.

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What’s on this weekend

October 10th, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

Another weekend is upon us and brings with it plenty of exciting events in the neighborhood. Enjoy!

Friday, October 10

  • 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.
  • Live music at Conor Byrne Pub (5140 Ballard Ave NW) at 9 p.m. Featuring Sunday Evening Whiskey Club, Andrea Peterman and The Wayside. 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 The Lone Bellow w/ Hugh Bob and The Hustle – Musical Group from Brooklyn. Tickets $20. Click here to purchase tickets and for more information.

Saturday, October 11

  • 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.
  • Heron Habitat Helpers Native Plant Sale at Commodore Park (3015 NW 54th St) from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. The sale event is open to all! Take advantage of special pricing that also supports Heron Habitat Helpers.
  • Lighthouse Montessori School New Student Open House (7005 24th Ave NW) from 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. Lighthouse Montessori School is a relatively new Montessori primary school in the Ballard neighborhood. They are looking to find six new students, who will be 2.5 to 3.5 years old by September 2015, for their 2015-2016 school year.
  • Professor Banjo plays Ridge Romp at Phinney Neighborhood Center (6615 Dayton Ave N) from 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. The Professor explores a variety of intriguing Americana with a ready wit and engaging delivery that features sing-a-longs, dancing games, and more! Tickets $5. Click here to purchase tickets.
  • Ray’s Boathouse First Annual Pumpkin Carving Party (6049 Seaview Ave NW) from 3 p.m. – 9 p.m. All ages pumpkin carving, hot spiced cider, apple moonshine, house made pumpkin infused bourbon, Kahlua hot chocolate, seasonal pumpkin beer and more! Happy Hour available on the deck after 7 pm.
  • 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 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.
  • Live music at Conor Byrne Pub (5140 Ballard Ave NW) at 9 p.m. Featuring Colorworks, Norman Baker & The Backroads and Gaetana Gravallese (Each & All). 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 St. Paul de Vence, The Local Strangers and Runaway Symphony. Tickets $20. Click here to purchase tickets and for more information.

Sunday, October 12

  • Ballard Farmers Market along Ballard Ave from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Click here to see this week’s specials.
  • Heron Habitat Helpers Native Plant Sale at Kiwanis Ravine Overlook (4441 W Brygger Dr) from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. The sale event is open to all! Take advantage of special pricing that also supports Heron Habitat Helpers.
  • Ballard Tree Walk from 10:30 a.m. meet at Ballard Community Center (6020 28th Ave NW). Join Tree Ambassadors Diana and Nancy on short fall walk around Ballard to explore some of the neighborhoods more interesting and beautiful trees. For questions email or call (206) 615-1668.
  • 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.
  • Live Music at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW) at 8 p.m. Featuring Shonen Knife, Death Valley Girl and The F**king Eagles. Tickets $12. Click here to purchase tickets and for more information.

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Forum back up and running

October 10th, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

The My Ballard forum is now back up and running. Thank you to all readers for your patience and understanding as we fixed the issues that the forum was experiencing.

Are you not yet part of the My Ballard forum? Click here to get a login and check it out.

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Free bike tune ups on offer tonight at Chuck’s Hop Shop

October 10th, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

New Belgium Brewing and Bike Works have teamed up to give local cyclists free bike tune ups at bars in Seattle. Their first stop is Chuck’s Hop Shop (656 NW 85th St) tonight from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Local Seattle cycling non-profit, Bike Works, will have its roving Bike Mobile tuning truck on hand to provide locals with quality tune ups. “Just stop by Chuck’s, enjoy a New Belgium beer, kick back and let the fine people from Bike Works take care of your bike,” write organizers of the event.

Locals will be able to get a free safety tune which includes a check on the tightness of all fasteners on the bike, an adjustment of brakes and shifting, lube chain check and tire inflation.

Free individual services that are available also include the following:

  • Tube Installation
  • Brake Adjustment (*excluding hydraulic brake bleeds)
  • Derailleur Adjustment
  • Hub Adjustment
  • Bottom Bracket Adjustment
  • Headset Adjustment
  • Quick Wheel True
  • Chain Installation

Services are free, however, any donations to Bike Works are gratefully accepted.

Click here to check out more information about the event.

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Throwback Thursday: The Golden Gardens of yesteryear

October 9th, 2014 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

As the warm weather (slowly) fades away we thought that this week would be the perfect time to take a look at everyone’s favorite summer spot, Golden Gardens, as it appeared back in the day.

The black and white photo below shows Golden Gardens way back in 1910. Even then it was a popular spot for locals and tourists to escape the hot summer weather. Locals could travel north by car or streetcar to Golden Gardens. The city purchased the beach in 1923 and the park opened several years later.


The black and white photo below features a group of people listening to a machine playing wax cylinder recordings at Golden Gardens in 1913. Ed Moen is the boy in the center and Jake Jacobson is also in the photo.

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The black and white photo below features Golden Gardens in 1928. This photograph shows a busier scene and also shows an increase in tree clearing in the area.


The black and white photo below shows a different view of Golden Gardens in 1936. The photograph was taken by James A. Turner who in fact worked as a streetcar conductor in Fremont and Ballard.


Photos and information courtesy of MOHAI.

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