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Ballard girls basketball fall clinics offered on no-school days

September 12th, 2017 by Meghan Walker

This fall, the Ballard High School basketball program will be offering clinics on no-school days. Registration is now open for their fall clinics on Friday, October 13 and Friday, November 10 from 9am – 3pm.

“For girls 3rd through 6th grade (beginner to advanced), this clinic is a fun way to improve your ball handling, shooting, passing and defense. Lots of games and inspiration provided!” head coach Sara Wetstone tells My Ballard.

To register, click here. For questions, email Wetstone at

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Oktoberfest is coming to Ballard this weekend

September 12th, 2017 by Meghan Walker

This Saturday, September 16 is the 3rd annual Ballard Oktoberfest brewery crawl, bringing together four of Ballard’s breweries for a day of live music, Bavarian grub, and Oktoberfest-themed special brews from each brewery.

A traveling oompah band, known as the Oompah Machine, will kick things off at Stoup Brewing at 1pm. The crawl will continue on to Populuxe at 2pm, Lucky Envelope at 3pm, and Reuben’s Brews at 4pm. Each brewery will be serving one special Oktoberfest beer and a limited-edition 0.5 liter commemorative stein or boot. (You can purchase glassware for $6 empty or $10 filled.) There will be food trucks at each brewery, and co-sponsor Verity Credit Union will be providing pretzel bites for the entirety of the crawl.

Stoup will be serving a special Bavarian-style Hefeweizen, Dunkelweizen, German Pilsner & Marzen. The food truck on site will be Napkin Friends, who plan on serving latke potato pancakes.

Populuxe will have special brew Populuxe Oktoberfest and a Kolsch, with the Itty Bitty Schnitty food truck serving schnitzel, kraut and fritz.

Lucky Envelope will have an Oktoberfest Vienna Lager, Helles Lager and Smoked Tea Rauch Helles. Ravenleaf Food Truck will serve southwest and Caribbean barbecue prepared with fresh northwest ingredients.

Reuben’s plans to serve their Märzen, Gose, Roggenbier, and other German styles. Their food truck will be Burgerphenia, who will be featuring the Prague Dog: bratwurst, red kraut, spicy mustard on a brioche bun.  They’ll also be serving burgers and fries.

For more info on the event, visit the Facebook event page.

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Parfait to reopen this week after Greenfire Campus flooding

September 12th, 2017 by Meghan Walker

Parfait, which closed from flood damage in early August, has plans to reopen on Friday, September 15. The popular ice cream shop and the restaurant next door, Skillet Diner, have been shut for over a month after a pipe burst upstairs in the Greenfire Campus building.

Signs on the door of Skillet didn’t indicate when they’d be open. There were two workers with several fans and drying machines outside the Greenfire building on Monday afternoon, and they said that a second burst pipe just a few days ago, this time in the diner, caused further damage.

We’ll update when we know Skillet’s plan to reopen. In the meantime, stop by Parfait on Friday to celebrate their reopening.


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Reuben’s Brews on the lookout for a bigger space

September 11th, 2017 by Meghan Walker

Ballard brewery Reuben’s Brews is the fastest growing brewery in the state, which means they’re going to need a bigger space.

Co-founder Adam Robbings says that while they’re currently at capacity, the process to find a new space won’t be rushed. “We don’t have any signed lease to announce – it would take a year with permits and everything to build something even when we have a signed lease, so we’re talking months if not years out,” Robbings tells My Ballard. “I walk to the brewery right now and certainly don’t want to change that – so anything new would have to be close!”

The brewery, which opened in 2012, is currently spread between four spaces, according to Brewbound: a 20-barrel production brewery with a tasting room, a warehouse, sour facility and its original 5-barrel brewery, which now serves as an R&D facility. Robbings told Brewbound that sales were up 104 percent throughout Washington for the first half of the year. The growth is evident in the numbers: Reuben’s sold about 2,700 barrels of beer in 2015, and 5,700 barrels in 2016.

“I think it’s awesome that a Ballard brewery is the fastest growing brewery in Washington,” Robbings tells My Ballard. “We’re at capacity – and want to brew more but can’t!”

No news yet on a timeframe for the expansion, but we’ll update with any new information.

Photo: Adam Robbings with Reuben’s 3-Way IPA cans. Image courtesy Reuben’s Facebook page.


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Development Update September 11: one subdivision approval

September 11th, 2017 by Meghan Walker

Just one subdivision application approval in today’s development update, as provided by the city’s bi-weekly Land Use Information Bulletin.

2018 NW 62ND ST

A Land Use Application has been approved to subdivide one parcel into two parcels of land. Proposed parcel sizes are: A) 3,393 sq. ft. and B) 1,600 sq. ft. Existing structures to be demolished.

The following appealable decisions have been made based on submitted plans:

Conditionally Grant – Short Subdivision to create two parcels of land.
Conditions: Conditions have been placed on this project. You may view the decision through our web-based Land Use Information Bulletin, or contact either the assigned planner whose name and phone number appears online, or contact the Public Resource Center (206-684-8467, ).

Appeals of this decision must be received by the Hearing Examiner no later than 9/25/2017.

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What’s on this weekend

September 8th, 2017 by Meghan Walker

Plenty of events to choose from this weekend in Ballard, including the 14th Annual Sustainable Ballard Festival at the Ballard Commons Park. Also happening is the annual Olympic Manor garage sale on Saturday, and a special premiere showing of the Ship Canal documentary “Seattle’s Waterway to the World” at the Ballard Locks on Sunday.

Have a fantastic weekend in Ballard!

Friday, September 8

  • Live Music
    • Vito and the One Eyed Jacks, The Evergreen Shakers, and Sweet Lou’s Sour Mash at Conor Byrne Pub (5140 Ballard Ave NW) at 9pm $8.
    • Monqui Presents: Coast Modern w/ Salt Cathedral at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW) at 9pm. $14.
    • Jazz at Egan’s Ballard Jam House (1707 NW Market St). 7pm – Steve Treseler/Annie Booth Trio – Steve Treseler (sax/clarinet), Annie Booth (piano), Patrick McDevitt (bass) and Alejandro Castano (drums) ($10 cover). 9pm – Wellstone Conspiracy – Brent Jensen (sax), John Bishop (drums), Jeff Johnson (bass) and Bill Anschell (piano) ($12 cover).

Saturday, September 9

  • Sustainable Ballard Festival at Ballard Commons Park, 11am to 4pm. The free festival will offer booths for birdhouse making, cider pressing, arts and crafts for kids, electric car tours, and more.
  • Golden Gardens Forest Restoration, 9am to 12pm. Volunteers needed to restore the forest at Golden Gardens Park. Give something back to the community by enhancing the forest and making better wildlife habitat.  Tools, gloves, and training are provided.  Meet at restroom near parking lot for dog park.  For info email Doug at or call at (206) 794-4520.
  • Groundswell NW Parks and Projects Walking Tour, 1:30pm to 3pm. Join Groundswell NW veteran board member, Dave Boyd, on a unique guided walking tour of Groundswell NW supported parks and projects. Learn about the history of growing parks and improving natural habitat in the Ballard neighborhood and discuss the current challenges our city faces as the availability of new green space is affected by the increased demands of density. To join, meet at the Sustainable Ballard Festival at the Groundswell NW booth.
  • Ballard ArtWalk, 6pm to 9pm. Enjoy live music, live painting, art installations, and other wonderful works of art at many shops in the heart of Ballard. Bring your friends and make a night out of it with art, music, and food in walkable Ballard. This is a free community event and all are welcome!
  • Olympic Manor Garage Sale, 9am to 2pm. One of Seattle’s oldest annual neighborhood garage sales. Enter off NW85 at 23rd NW or 21st NW, or off NW90 at 15NW or 24NW.
  • Live Music
    • Dumb Thums, Ezza Rose, and Pampa at Conor Byrne Pub (5140 Ballard Ave NW) at 9pm $8.
    • Nashville Rockers: Thelma & The Sleaze w/ DoNormaal, Bad Saint, WIldcat Rose at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW) at 9pm. $10.
    • Jazz at Egan’s Ballard Jam House (1707 NW Market St). 7pm – Lady ‘A’ and her Backporch Blues Showcase ($12 cover). 9pm – Joy Mills and Tom Parker – European tour send-off show – with special guest Lucien La Motte ($8 cover)

Sunday, September 10

  • Premiere of “Seattle’s Waterway to the World” at the Ballard Locks Visitor Center. 1:30 to 3:30 pm. Filmmaker Vaun Raymond will present his 60-minute documentary on the Ship Canal, along with other guest speakers.
  • Ballard Farmer’s Market along Ballard Ave from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Click here to see this week’s specials.
  • Free zumba and fitness class at Ballard Commons Park, 11am. Led by Ballard Health Club.
  • Live Music
    • Open mic at Conor Byrne Pub (5140 Ballard Ave NW) sign-ups at 7:30 pm.
    • School of Rock performs Tom Petty!! (special ALL AGES engagement) at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW) at 9pm. $12.

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Upcoming fundraiser to help repair and upgrade Leif Erikson Hall

September 8th, 2017 by Meghan Walker

On Saturday, September 23, the Puget Sound Ski for Light will host a fundraising dinner, silent auction and dance at the Leif Erikson Hall (2245 NW 57th St) in Ballard. The fundraiser is at 6pm, and tickets are $25, with all proceeds going to the repair and upgrade of the Leif Erikson Hall. The dinner will include open-fire grilled salmon and cod, with accompanying music by Nordic Reflections.

“Because the hall is 31-years-old this year, it has many maintenance needs occurring simultaneously, and this is a major financial strain on building funds making it difficult to make timely needed upgrades and complete the repairs to keep the building functioning as needed,” according to the Leif Erikson Hall GoFundMe page.

The Ski for Light organization, “offers cross-country ski instruction and guidance to visually and mobility impaired individuals. The group meets at the Sons of Norway Trollhaugen Recreation Area near Stampede Pass every other Saturday through the winter. This program has been in existence since 1976. We thank Leif Erikson Hall and Leif Erikson Lodge 2-001 for many years of support.”

Get tickets by calling the Leif Erikson Hall office (206) 783-1274, or on Brown Paper Tickets.

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Thai restaurant Pink Bee gaining popularity for their curry sandwiches

September 8th, 2017 by Meghan Walker

Pink Bee Curry & Sandwiches opened in the former Malena’s Tacos location earlier this summer, carving out a niche in the Ballard restaurant scene by serving traditional Thai and Malaysian curries on a sandwich. (You can also order curries on rice or with a salad, but we hear that sandwiches are the way to go.)

The owners are Thai sisters Pawara Chivapat (who goes by the nickname “Pink”) and her sister Ariva Intrachupongse (who goes by the nickname “Bee”). According to Intentionalist, Chivapat grew up in Bangkok, and moved to Seattle in 1995 to help open the family restaurant Jamjuree on Capitol Hill. She was a mail carrier for over a decade, but always dreamed of opening a Thai sandwich shop. So, she partnered with her sister and cousin Rita Fuangarom, and her brother Satit Chivapatanathorn to open up shop in Ballard.

“Pink, Bee and Rita insist that the food they serve is what their family makes and eats at home, and that their recipes have not been adapted for American tastes,” according to the Intentionalist. “The focus on a limited number of dishes translates into quick-serve, affordable options that are brimming with what Pink assures me is authentic Thai flavor attributable to her insistence on slow cooking the meat and use of ingredients like palm sugar for the curry and mung beans for the satay sauce.”

Sandwiches are $9.50, with options such as braised pork, beef or tofu panang, and chicken or tofu satay. Traditional curries over rice are also on the menu for $9.50, with all the same options as for the sandwiches, plus a chicken yellow curry.

Pink Bee’s hours are 11am to 9pm seven days a week, with a one-hour closure between 3 and 4pm each day.

Photo posted by Samantha G. on Yelp


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11th Annual Festival of Fruit next weekend

September 7th, 2017 by Meghan Walker

On Saturday, September 16 Carkeek Park will host the 11th Annual Festival of Fruit, a celebration of all things autumnal.

The festival will be from 10am to 2pm at the Carkeek Park Education Center (950 NW Carkeek Park Rd), and will include an apple pie contest, cider pressing and tasting, a Master Gardener clinic, an orchard tour, a wildlife habitat tour, Mason Bee demos, apple identification, live music from Blue Star Creeper.

To enter the apple pie contest, bring your homemade pie between 10am and 10:30am, or feel free to donate a homemade pie for resale, with all proceeds going to maintain the orchard.

The festival is organized by the Friends of Piper’s Orchard, a group of volunteers who nurtured the historic North Seattle orchard back to health after being overrun by invasive plants. For more information, call 206-684-0877, email, or visit the Piper’s Orchard website.

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Development Update Sept. 7: two subdivision applications

September 7th, 2017 by Meghan Walker

There are just two applications to subdivide properties in Ballard this week. The development update information is provided by the Seattle Department of Construction and Inspection’s Land Use Information Bulletin.


2223 NW 63RD ST

A Land Use Application has been submitted to subdivide one parcel into two parcels of land. Existing structures to be demolished.

Comments may be submitted through 9/20/2017.

2050 NW 61ST ST

A Land Use Application has been submitted to subdivide one parcel into two parcels of land. Existing structures to be demolished.

Comments may be submitted through 9/20/2017.


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