Toastmasters on every Thursday in Ballard

The team at Ballard Sunset Toastmasters is encouraging locals to improve their public speaking skills by attending their weekly Thursday meetings from 7:30 p.m. – 8:45 p.m. at Ballard Baptist Church (2004 NW 63rd St).

Check out more information from the Ballard Sunset Toastmasters below:

Want to improve your public speaking skills? Does talking in front of others petrify you? Learn how to get over your fears and communicate effectively at Ballard Sunset Toastmasters!

Your involvement in Toastmasters will help you grow professionally and personally. Toastmasters offers opportunities to work on speaking and leadership skills, and is much more affordable and schedule flexible than taking expensive college courses (At less than $70 every 6 months, and the ability to choose when you present speeches, it’s the best choice you can make!).

Come be a part of a supportive community that wants to see you be a successful speaker and leader!

Click here to find out more about the Ballard Toastmasters.

1st annual “Running of the Beavers” fun run/walk set for April 1

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Locals are invited to participate in the 1st annual Running of the Beavers fun run/walk on Sunday, April 1. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Ballard High School Foundation.

The run will start and finish at beautiful Golden Gardens Park along the Ballard waterfront. Participants will enjoy stunning views of Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains on this fast, flat course. The finish will take participants right by the famous Beaver Pond at Golden Gardens.

Day of Race Registration and Packet Pick-up will open at 7:30 a.m. with the 5km run/walk kicking off at 9 a.m. There will also be a Kids’ Dash that starts at 10:30 a.m.

Locals can register for the event online. Registration is $40 for adults through March 29, $20 for students and Kids’ Dash participants can register for $10.

Click here to learn more about the event on the official Running of the Beavers website.

Locals invited to help update SPU’s business plan

Seattle Public Utilities is updating its Strategic Business Plan (SBP), the road map guiding the utility’s delivery of services to its customers.

Adopted three years ago after an in-depth public process, the SBP spells out the utility’s six-year plan for keeping its promise to customers: to provide efficient and forward-looking services that keep Seattle the best place to live.

During development of the plan — which establishes service levels, investments and a rate path for the years ahead — customers provided valuable feedback at focus groups, public meetings, and via online surveys.

By approving the plan, the City Council called for a review and plan update in 2017 to address unforeseen changes. SPU is now asking for a second round of community input to help in setting the utility’s course for six more years.

The updated plan will provide direction for SPU on important issues facing Seattle, such as:

  • Doing its part to keep the city moving by improving critical infrastructure — including upgrades to stormwater and drinking water systems, and planning for increased seismic resiliency.
  • Keeping Seattle clean and safe by supporting the Clean Cities Program.  SPU removes illegal dumping, picks up litter and hypodermic needles, and prevents and removes graffiti.
  • Meeting state and federal regulatory requirements that will keep stormwater and sewage pollution out of our streams, lakes and Puget Sound.

Among the questions SPU will be asking customers, in an online survey and at seven community meetings, are:

  • How should we plan for the future?
  • How can we improve our service delivery?
  • How should we deal with unforeseen expenses—transportation projects, city cleanup, regulatory requirements and lost revenues—not included in the original plan?

Here’s how you can get involved:

Take a survey. Take an online survey to learn more about the vital utility services SPU provides and share your feedback and ideas for the future of the utility. Click here to take the survey.

Attend a community event. The closest community event to our neighborhood will be held on Tuesday, February 7, from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at SPU’s North Transfer Station (1350 N 34th St).

Seattle Library launches online meeting room reservations service

Meeting rooms at all branch libraries of The Seattle Public Library, including those here in Ballard, may now be reserved for dates beginning March 1, 2017, and beyond with a new meeting room reservation software at

Locals can make, edit or cancel meeting room reservations from your Spaces account.

Steps to sign up for a meeting room online:

  1. Create a free account using your email at
  2. Once your account is confirmed, you can search for and reserve a meeting room.
  3. Library staff will review your request and send you a confirmation via email once it is approved.
  4. On the day of your meeting, show up at the branch and check in with the staff member at the Information Desk.

Reservations can be made 120 days in advance.  Patrons are able to book up to 10 hours of meeting room use per month.

Patrons with Spaces accounts may also call or speak with a Library staff member in person to make a reservation. Library staff members can help you make, edit or cancel reservations if needed.

To learn more about using the Library’s meeting room reservation system, please see the online tutorial. An informational brochure is also available at all Library locations.

For more information, visit Meeting and Study Rooms, sign up at, call the Library at 206-386-4636 or Ask A Librarian.


Ballard Library to host Job and Resource Fair


WorkSource, Ballard Library and The Wounded Warrior Project are teaming up to host the Ballard Job & Resource Fair at Ballard Library (5614 22nd Ave NW) on Thursday, September 8, from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

All are welcome to meet employers that are hiring from a variety of local industries.

The following resource providers will also be in attendance to provide locals with more information:

  • King County Homeless Employment Program
  • YWCA Opportunity Place
  • KC Public Health
  • Seattle Colleges
  • Shoreline College
  • CDS Truck School

The event is free and locals are encouraged to RSVP online.

Ballard Corners Work Party on this Sunday

Volunteers are needed for the Spring work party at Ballard Corners Park (17th Ave NW and NW 63rd St) this Sunday, August 21, from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. rain or shine.

The team will be weeding and getting the park in shape for the Seattle Summer Parkways event on August 27.

“Many hands make light (and lighthearted!) work and anyone who is interested is encouraged attend,” says organizer Gabriella.

Volunteers will be provided with some tools and refreshments. Please bring your own gloves and tools if you have them.

To find out more email Gabriella at or call (206) 782-3238.

Get RainWise with Sustainable Ballard this Thursday

Sustainable Ballard is hosting a workshop to inform locals about the joint King County and City of Seattle RainWise Program this Thursday, June 23, at Loyal Heights Community Center (2101 NW 77th St) from 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

The program offers Ballard property owners up to a 100% rebate for the installation of rain gardens or cisterns.

The average rebate is over $4,000 to install an approved rain garden or cistern.  Collectively, almost 1000 rebated customers are reducing more than 13 million gallons of runoff annually.  These functional systems also add curbside appeal to homes.

Seattle homeowners can visit the RainWise Program website to learn about their eligibility for rebates as well as the program’s environmental benefits.


At Thursday’s event, attendees will have a chance to learn about the ways in which rain gardens and cisterns help protect the Puget Sound from toxic storm water run-off. Local homeowners who have claimed their rebate and RainWise-trained contractors will also be on hand to answer any questions.

All are welcome to attend the free event and learn more about the community benefits of installing rain gardens and cisterns in Ballard. The event is free and those interested can register online.

Additional information about the RainWise Program is available at  by calling the Garden Hotline at 206-633-0224.

Ballard Venturing Crew to host Open House

Ballard Venturing Crew 100, the local co-ed Scouting program, is hosting an Open House recruiting event this Thursday, June 16, at 7 p.m.

The Crew is recruiting young men and women ages 14 – 20 for fun and adventures in the great Northwest.

Through their involvement in the group, local youth have the opportunity to learn important technical and leadership skills, make new, life-long friendships, and develop a healthy appreciation for their community.

Attendees will have the chance to check out the upcoming adventures including a Mt Adams climb, overnight at Pilchuck Lookout, and a hike to Camp Muir.

No previous scouting experience is necessary to join the Crew.

The event will be held at Trinity United Methodist Church (6512 23rd Ave NW).

RSVPs are requested online or via email to

Magnolia Library to host Business Resource Open House

Magnolia Library (2801 34th Ave W) is hosting a drop-in Business Resource Open House this Thursday, June 16, from 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.

The open house is for all locals with small businesses, who are both just starting or are well under way. A variety of local organizations will be at the event including SCORE.

The event is free and open to everyone. Snacks will be provided.

Click here to find out more.

Celebrate World Fish Migration Day at Ballard Locks

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration officials are inviting visitors to celebrate World Fish Migration Day, at the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks from noon to 3 p.m. this Saturday, May 21.

World Fish Migration Day is a one-day, global event to create awareness on the importance of open rivers and migratory fish.

NOAA Fisheries, Seattle Aquarium and Puget Soundkeeper Alliance will be on hand to provide information and the Lock’s natural resource staff will provide interactive learning activities about fish passage, the salmon life cycle and more.

Seattle students and youth groups can join artist Esteban Camacho Steffensen to paint a mural today (Friday, May 20) from 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Mural painting will continue on Saturday, May 21, from 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. and on Sunday, May 22, from noon – 1:30 p.m.

The salmon-shaped mural, designed by Steffensen, is set to illustrate the connection between urban runoff and local rivers and streams.