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Critter adoption event set for Saturday at Seattle Animal Shelter

July 12th, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin


The Seattle Animal Shelter (2061 15th Ave W) is hosting a special critter adoption event this Saturday, July 16, from noon – 6 p.m.

“We have an entire volunteer team devoted to the care of critters – birds, reptiles, mice, rabbits, and more! If you’ve been thinking about adding a new pet to your family but perhaps want something smaller than a dog or cat, a critter may be the pet for you,” says Seattle Animal Shelter representatives in a press release.

The event will comprise of giveaways, a photo booth and more! In addition to the event, Seattle Animal Shelter will be giving 50 percent off all fees to locals who adopt a critter during the month of July.

Perhaps the perfect pet for your household will be “Argon” the mouse or “Chili” the chinchilla. “Spice” the guinea pig would love to spice up your home and “Penny” the rabbit would love to hop right in.

“All bad puns aside, critters make wonderful pets – we’d love to help make a perfect match and find the right critter for you,” says the Seattle Animal Shelter team.

The Seattle Animal Shelter is open Tuesday through Sunday, noon to 6 p.m. for adoptions and licensing. For more information, call 206-386-PETS (7387), or click here.

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Ballard Kayak kicks off summer season

July 12th, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

Ballard Kayak_View from Shilshole

The folks at Ballard Kayak are excited to report that they have launched their business for the summer season.

The local business was started by Ballard couple Becca and John Guillote, with a little help from their dog Chaco.

The Guillotes have been Ballardites for 8 years and together have more than a decade of outdoor experience including teaching rock climbing, leading cross-country youth expedition trips, and teaching a university class on kayaking and orienteering.

They originally started Ballard Kayak “to educate customers on the history and ecology of their surroundings, provide exciting and unique water-based experiences for every skill level, and provide an avenue to new perspective,” says Becca.

This year kayak and paddle board rentals will be open at Golden Gardens from Thursday through Sunday from noon – dusk. Rentals are available on a walk up basis from the beach at Golden Gardens.

Ballard Kayak will also be running their popular tours that depart from I Dock at Shilshole Bay Marina. There are a variety of tour options available including the Ballard Locks Tour, Discovery Point Tour and Sunset on the Sound. Click here to check out the tour calendar.

Photo courtesy of Ballard Kayak.

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Barre3 studio opens in Ballard

July 12th, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin


Barre3, a global network of studios and the innovative leader of the ballet barre fitness movement, has opened a brand new Ballard location at 5711 24th Ave NW (suite #150).

Barre3 is a modern evolution of the ballet barre workout created by fitness and wellness expert and author, Sadie Lincoln, that offers a whole-body health approach to wellness with smart, balanced and effective workouts influenced by yoga and Pilates and nutritional guidance based on sensible, whole foods.

Barre3 signature workouts balance strength training through isometric holds and small, one- inch movements with seamless recovery stretches. Unlike other barre-inspired workouts, barre3 incorporates larger, functional movements with low-impact cardio to jumpstart the metabolism and re-oxygenate the body.

Ballard barre3 owner Kimberly Johanson says that opening the studio in Ballard was a no-brainer.

“Ballard was the obvious choice in where a studio should be; not just because it is a vibrant community with an opportunity to create an amazing, inviting space and serve the many surrounding local neighborhoods, but because it embodied what my studio goal is, to create a generous, caring and supportive environment that loves connecting friends, family and health,” says Johanson.

Johnson started doing barre3 in February 2014 and has loved it ever since. “Everything about the studio – instructors, aesthetics, music, fun, community, supportive environment – made me feel more successful as a person than I had in a long time,” says Johanson.

She then quit her job in chemical engineering, auditioned to be an instructor and taught for several months before realizing that she wanted to open her own studio here in Ballard. The Ballard barre3 team aims to provide support, knowledge and friendship to every client that walks through the doors.

“We are thrilled to make Ballard a part of the barre3 family,” says Johanson.

To celebrate their opening, barre3 Ballard will offer free classes (with complimentary childcare) during the first week of business, July 11 – July 17 in addition to raffles, tastings, and local business pop-ups.

In terms of the schedule, classes will run seven days a week as early as 6 a.m. and as late as 6:30 p.m. with barre3’s signature childcare available during many classes each week.

Click here to check out the Ballard barre3 website.

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Burke-Gilman Missing Link Open House events on this week

July 12th, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

SDOT is hosting two Open House events this week to gain local feedback on the four alternatives being considered for the Burke-Gilman Trail Missing Link Project.

The events are set for July 14, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., and July 16, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Leif Erikson Hall (2245 NW 57th St).

“We want to hear from people and this comment period is your opportunity to provide us with your thoughts on the environmental analysis and the merits of the alternative alignments,” writes SDOT in a press release.

There has been much talk and some concern in the neighborhood about the different options (pictured below) that are being considered.


Organizers of Ballard Farmers Market have opposed the option running along Ballard Ave NW as it “has the potential to have a devastating effect on the Ballard Farmers Market”.

The My Ballard team reached out to SDOT and received the following statement from Mark Mazola regarding the Ballard Ave option:

At this point we have only a concept for the Ballard Avenue Alternative but recognize the potential conflicts with the Ballard Farmers Market.

We have talked with the owner, manager, and several board members of the Ballard Farmers Market to better understand their operations and look forward to receiving more detail about their operations, logistics, and concerns during the public comment period.

If the Ballard Avenue Alternative were chosen, we would work very closely with the Ballard Farmers Market during the design of the trail to ensure that they could continue to operate in the Ballard neighborhood during and after project construction.

To inform the local community about each of the options Haley Keller, co-owner of Peddler Brewing, created and released an informational video.

“As a resident and business owner in Ballard who regularly bikes and walks around my neighborhood, I am passionate about making Ballard safe and accessible,” says Keller.

Check out the video below:

To view SDOT’s Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) click here. Hard copies of the DEIS and appendices are also available to review at no cost at Ballard Library (5614 22nd Ave NW).

To give your feedback on the options attend one of the Open House events, email or mail a letter to :

Scott Kubly, Director
Seattle Department of Transportation
c/o Mark Mazzola, Environmental Manager
P.O. Box 34996
Seattle, WA, 98124-4996

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Zoo opens new Butterfly exhibit

July 11th, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin


The Woodland Park Zoo team is excited to announce the opening of the new Molbak’s Butterfly Garden exhibit.

Inside the new exhibit, Zoo goers have the chance to take a walk through the Pacific Northwest’s gardens and engage with native North American butterflies in the immersive Butterfly Garden.

The exhibit is an arching tent structure that encloses a landscape of approximately 3,000 square feet. Inside the exhibit features nearly 500 free-flying butterflies representing at least 15 species native to North America.

Attendees can learn about the biology, behavior and threats facing these winged beauties, and be inspired to take local and global conservation action for butterflies and other pollinators during an immersive journey through the varying habitats where these North American species are found.

Molbak’s Butterfly Garden is located inside the zoo next to Zoomazium and will be open from 9:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.through Sunday, October 2.

Photo courtesy of Woodland Park Zoo.

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Pianos in the Parks event on at Golden Gardens today

July 11th, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin


The popular summertime Pianos in the Parks program is making a return engagement for 10 days this month.

The program started last Friday and will bring artistically enhanced pianos for public play to 10 parks and public spaces across King County.

This year a piano will be placed on the beach at Golden Gardens Park from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. today (Monday, July 11). The featured piano (pictured) is titled Talking at the Same Time by artist Joseph Brooks.

A free musical performance is also set for noon featuring popular pianist Kelsey Keogh.

Before being placed in the parks the previously owned pianos are repaired, tuned, transported and maintained by Bellevue-based Classic Pianos and then painted at Seattle’s Urban ArtWorks by student, alumni and faculty artists of Gage Academy of Art.

“We’ve seen how the placement of pianos in parks encourages the discovery and enjoyment of our amazing outdoor spaces,” says Robert Moser, president & CEO of Laird Norton Wealth Management.

Head down to Golden Gardens and play a few tunes today! Email your photos to

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Fire quickly extinguished at Shilshole

July 11th, 2016 by Geeky Swedes

A fire along Shilshole Marina this morning kicked up lots of smoke. It was a fire “in an asphalt kettle,” said Seattle Fire, which was able to extinguish it quickly without any damage to surrounding buildings.

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Development Update July 11: More subdivisions

July 11th, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

Three development decisions make up today’s update from the City of Seattle’s Department of Construction and Inspections as posted in the Land Use Information Bulletin.

1703 NW 64th St

A Land Use Application has been approved to subdivide one development site into seven unit lots. The construction of residential units is under Project #6494602. 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.

1141 NW 56th St

A Land Use Application has been approved to subdivide one development site into three unit lots. The construction of residential units is under Project #6454609. 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.

1705 NW 63rd St

A Land Use Application has been approved to subdivide one development site into two unit lots. The construction of residential units is under Project #6469619. 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 the above decisions must be received by the Hearing Examiner no later than 7/25/2016.

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What’s on this weekend

July 8th, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

Welcome to a jam packed weekend in Ballard! Enjoy!

FRIDAY, July 8

  • Park in the Heart childrens Art Classes at Ballard Commons Park (5701 22nd Ave NW) from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. The classes will allow children to experiment with color and each week will have a new theme. All are welcome and the event is free.
  • Growing Ballard – Bringing in Ballard Event at Sunset Hill Community Center (3003 NW 66th St) from 6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. Celebrate gardens and gardening with your Ballard neighbors! Live music, potluck, crafts for the kids, gardening resources, and a free plant give-away!
  • Live Music
    • Big Thief, Luke Temple (Here We Go Magic) and Iji at Sunset Tavern (5433 Ballard Ave NW) 9 p.m. Tickets $12.


  • Ballard SeafoodFest off of Market Street, Ballard Ave, Leary and 22nd from 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. Seafood, fun, events and live music for the whole family.
  • Ballard History Walk from 10 a.m. – 11:45 p.m. meet at Bergen Place Park (5420 22nd Ave NW). When did Ballard’s “Nordic Invasion” happen & why? Join an interactive fun Ballard history walk with a knowledgeable guide! Cost is $15 per person. Call or text (206) 504-0916 to reserve your spot.
  • Wallingford Family Parade (along 45th St N) from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. A family friendly event with plenty to do for the whole family.
  • Pre-Natal Yoga Class at Ballard Health and Wellness Center(1138 NW Market St) at 10 a.m. Class led by Nico Lund. Cost is $14, bring a yoga mat.
  • Live Music
    • The Meices, Guns of Nevada and The Navins at Sunset Tavern (5433 Ballard Ave NW) 9 p.m. Tickets $10.
    • Chris McCarthy Trio at Egan’s Ballard Jam House (1707 NW Market St) 7 p.m. $10 cover/$5 students.

SUNDAY, July 10

  • Ballard Farmer’s Market along Ballard Ave from 10 a.m.- 3 p.m.
  • Ballard SeafoodFest off of Market Street, Ballard Ave, Leary and 22nd from 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. Seafood, fun, events and live music for the whole family.
  • Zumba Class at Ballard Elks (6411 Seaview Ave NW) from 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. $5 suggested donation, all funds raised go to Ballard Elks charities. Classes are held on the 2nd and 4th Sundays each month.
  • Live Music
    • Open mic at Conor Byrne Pub (5140 Ballard Ave NW) sign-up at 7:30 p.m.
    • Katie Blackstock’s B-Day Bash featuringStrugglers (Danzig cover) and Pink Parts at 8:30 p.m. Tickets $8.

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Ballard Preschool Cooperative to host open house

July 8th, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin


Ballard Preschool Cooperative (a program of Phinney Neighborhood Association at 7503 18th Ave NW) is hosting an open house next Tuesday, July 12, at 3 p.m.

The Co-op has openings in the Infant class for the 2016/17 school year. Class meets on Tuesdays from 10 a.m. – 11:30a.m.

To be eligible for the Infant class, a child must be 0-1 years old (born on or between 9/1/15 and 8/31/16).

“This open house will be specifically geared toward parents interested in the Infant class.  Parents and children are welcome,”says Emily, Registrar of Ballard Preschool Co-op.

RSVP via email at if you are able to attend.

Click here to learn more about the preschool.

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Rocksie is lost in Loyal Heights

July 8th, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin


Ballard resident Robin is on the lookout for his missing cat Rocksie who has not been seen since last Sunday night in the Loyal Heights area near NW 70th St and 23rd Ave NW.

She is chipped but does not wear a collar. She is two years old, grey with tabby markings, and a white tipped tail.

If you have seen her please call (206) 898-8700.

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Applications now open for SDOT’s PARK(ing) Day Plus

July 8th, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

Locals are now invited to submit applications to participate in SDOT’s annual PARK(ing) Day, where on-street parking spots are transformed into small themed public hangouts.

Based on the increasing success of the event SDOT is expanding the event into PARK(ing) Day Plus+ this year. The event will now span two days: Friday, September 16, and Saturday, September 17.

In addition, applicants are encouraged test out temporary street improvements, such as bike lanes and sidewalks, as well as the pop-up parks that have been the focus of the event in the past.


Last year’s PARK(ing) Day was Seattle’s biggest yet, with over 50 pop-up parks across the city. Five Ballard parks were made, including the Ballard Writers Collective outside The Scoop (6406 32nd Ave NW) and a bike-safety focused Peddler Brewing (1514 NW Leary Way) park with cornhole.

Around Seattle, visitors also played life-size Jenga in Pioneer Square, made smoothies in a West Seattle space, and listened to stories at the “banned books” library in Belltown.

The international event encourages people to re-think how they can use their streets, while being a fun way to raise awareness for a walkable, livable, healthy city. Guidelines are available online regarding how to plan for your own PARK(ing) Day tour. Soon, a full map of this year’s pop-up parks will be available.

SDOT says a number of creative applications have already been received this year, and they eagerly await more ideas. You can follow the quick and free application process online and turn in submissions to by Friday, August 5.

Photo courtesy of SDOT.

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