Registrations open for the Turkey Trot

It all began back in 2007 when three Ballard residents decided to go for a Thanksgiving Day run with family and friends. Now the annual fundraiser for the Ballard Food Bank has turned into a big event, drawing thousands of runners around Seattle.

Registrations are open for this year’s Turkey Trot on Nov. 23rd, and you have until the 14th to sign up with early bird pricing. Teams are already forming. Kids and dogs are welcome, too.

The Trot is a 5K jog, walk or run — rain, shine or snow — that starts in Sunset Hill at 9 a.m. and ends at Golden Gardens.

This is an important fundraiser for the Ballard Food Bank, and if you don’t want to run, you can always donate and get the T-shirt.

Verity Credit Union invites locals to “Share the love” with Ballard Food Bank

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Locals are invited to help Verity Credit Union wrap up the Share the Love food drive with live music at the Ballard branch (5711 24th Ave NW) this Saturday, February 11.

Seattle musician Jim Marcotte will perform from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Locals are encouraged to bring non-perishable food donations for the food drive. Those who donate will be entered into a raffle for a Valentine’s Day gift basket.

Click here to find out more about the event.

10th annual Turkey Trot set for Thanksgiving morning

The 10th annual Turkey Trot is set for Thanksgiving morning on Thursday, November 24, at 9 a.m.

The 5km fun run/walk raises funds for the Ballard Food Bank with participants making their way over the course from Sunset Hill to Golden Gardens Park.

Last year, over 3,500 participants turned out for the trot, raising over $110,000 for the Ballard food Bank. This year’s organizers expect to close to 4,000 trotters to turn out next month.

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Once again, Patrick and Kirby McDermott will turn out to lead the Trot dressed as turkey, or tofurkeys, for the vegetarians in the crowd.

“The work we do at the Ballard Food Bank is a community effort. The Turkey Trot is a great way for all of us to come together and run, walk, or trot for hunger. It’s also a fun event to kick off Thanksgiving with friends and family,” says Jen Muzia, Ballard Food Bank Executive Director.

The event was originally started by three local Ballardites Erin Fortier, Matt Ramme, and John O’Brien who traditionally ran with their families on Thanksgiving morning. “It was a way to spend time with family on the holidays and feel better about all the food we’d be eating for the rest of the day,” says Fortier.

Early registration is now open through the November 15. Early registration costs $25 for adults, $15 for children 10 and under.

Locals can register online from November 15 through November 22 for the same cost as day of registration which is $35 for adults, and $20 for children 10 and under. All proceeds go to the Ballard Food Bank.

Click here to register and find out more about the event.

Ballard Food Bank to host employment workshops

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Work Source is hosting a series of employment workshops at the Ballard Food Bank (5130 Leary Ave NW) every Friday starting May 20.

The series will cover topics including:

  • Identifying and Overcoming Barriers
  • Hot to Succeed in the Workplace
  • Career Pathways
  • Resume and Correspondence
  • Interviewing
  • Think Like the Employer

The workshops will be held from 10 a.m. – noon each Friday (May 20, May 27, June 3, June 10, June 17 and June 24). All are welcome to attend.

Please note that food bank services will not be open during the workshop sessions.

Seattle Empty Bowls set to raise funds for Ballard Food Bank

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The seventh annual Seattle Empty Bowls fundraiser will be held on Saturday, April 25.

The event will be held at the Nordic Heritage Museum (3014 NW 67th Street) from 4 p.m. – 7 p.m and all proceeds this year will benefit the Ballard Food Bank.

During this unique fundraiser guests are asked to make a suggested donation of $20 or over. This donation, which goes directly to helping locals in need, allows guests to choose a beautifully decorated ceramic bowl and have it filled with a soup of their choice.

Soups, including vegan options, will be provided by Ballard Market and Artisan bread will be on hand from Tall Grass Bakery. Coffee and tea will be served up by Caffe Umbria.

Seattle Empty Bowls is a unique local fundraiser with an important message. According to one of the event organizers Isabelle Franklin, the event gives the opportunity for locals to see that they can help their own community. Whether you are a bowl artisan or an event guest Franklin says that the event also shows that art can be a powerful force for good.

“The event is organically created by members of the Community for the benefit of the Community.  Everyone who comes to the dinner takes home a reminder of the event and the need for food assistance all year round,” said Franklin.

Seattle Empty Bowls events are well-known for their community feel. Guests will have the opportunity to enter a silent auction for some locally made and beautifully decorated glass, wooden and ceramic bowls.

While sampling the soup, guests will also be serenaded by the talents of many local musicians. Unique to this event, pet bowls will also be on sale with proceeds going to local animals who are in need of a good meal.

If you are interested in helping out volunteers are still needed to assist in the kitchen, with the auction and to help with the clean up. Contact Andrea at seattleemptybowls@gmail.com for more information.

For more information about the event click here and click here to visit the Seattle Empty Bowls Facebook page.

Check out the photos above from last year’s event.

Photos courtesy of Seattle Empty Bowls.

8th annual Seattle Turkey Trot set for Thanksgiving morning

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The eight annual Seattle Turkey Trot is set for 9 a.m. on Thanksgiving Morning (Thursday, November 27).

The 5 km fun run/walk raises funds for the Ballard Food Bank with participants making their way over the course from Sunset Hill to Golden Gardens Park.

The family-friendly event has early registration available until November 18 with entry costing $25 for adults and $15 for children 10 and under.

Last year’s Turkey Trot involved over 2,500 participants and raised over $90,000 to Ballard Food Bank. This year organizers expect closer to 3,000 participants to register.

Local cross country team members from Ingraham High School, Patrick & Kirby McDermott, will once again lead the Trot dressed as turkeys, or tofurkeys for vegetarians in the crowd.

“The work we do at the Ballard Food Bank is a community effort. The Turkey Trot is a great way for all of us to come together as we run, walk or trot for hunger. It’s also a fun event to kick-off Thanksgiving with friends and family,” says Jen Muzia, Ballard Food Bank Executive Director.

The event was originally started by three Ballardites Erin Fortier, Matt Ramme, and John O’Brien who traditionally went on a run with their families on Thanksgiving morning. “It was a way to spend time with family on the holidays and feel better about all the food we’d be eating for the rest of the day,” says Fortier.

The group began planning for a Seattle Turkey Trot after running in a similar event in Portland on Thanksgiving morning nine years ago. At that point no such Thanksgiving-day event existed in Seattle.

The trio then went about planning the local event in 2007 by sending friends email invites, printing t-shirts and mapping out a scenic route in Ballard. The first year 50 people turned out to participate and, according to Rammed, “had a great time”. Each year the event has grown and expanded, donating more funds to the Ballard Food Bank each time.

“During Thanksgiving, people spend a lot of time thinking about food. We want to raise money for those in our community who are helping the hungry,” says Matt Ramme, one of the event’s organizers. “We chose the Ballard Food Bank because it is a local Ballard non-profit and people can connect the run with a nearby organization.”

This year’s Trot is being organized by Fortier, Ramme, O’Brien and staff from the Ballard Food Bank.

Registration for the event is now open online.