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.

Syttende Mai parade to take over Ballard tomorrow

It’s that time of year again when the streets of Ballard get painted red, white and blue for the annual Syttende Mai (May 17), Norway’s Constitution Day festival and parade.

This year’s celebrations will include a variety of events for the whole family to participate in.

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Check out the schedule below:

10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Barneleker – Children’s Events at the Nordic Heritage Museum: Free museum admission all day with fjord horses and rides on the electric train. Shuttle available between museum and Central Ballard from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Noon to 2 p.m. Luncheon at Leif Erikson Lodge (2245 NW 57th St). Join for a traditional Norwegian lunch with the Grand and Honorary Marshals of the event.

Noon to 2 p.m. Keffestua at Leif Erikson Lodge (2245 NW 57th St). Cake and coffee served by beautiful Viking maidens.

2 p.m. – 5 p.m. Bergen Place entertainment from Lori Ann Reinhall with featured speakers and guests.

6 p.m. to 8 p.m. 17th of May Parade. The parade begins at the corner of NW 62nd and 24th Avenue NW.

The route follows south to Market Street and eastward to Bergen Place park, then turns right onto 22nd and continues south down Ballard Avenue and ends at Lone St. Streets will reopen after the parade at 8 p.m.

Lorena Gonzalez to attend Thursday’s CBRA meeting

Update:

Unfortunately Lorena Gonzalez has notified the CBRA that she is unable to attend tonight’s meeting due to an unavoidable scheduling conflict. Gonzalez hopes to reschedule in the fall.

Tonight’s meeting has been cancelled and will be rescheduled.

Original Post:

Central Ballard Residents Association (CBRA) will meet this Thursday, May 12, from 7 p.m. in Cafeteria Conference Room of Ballard Swedish Hospital.

Ballard’s Council Member at Large, Lorena Gonzalez, will be speaking at the meeting.

“As one of your two city-wide representatives, I intend to uphold the progressive values I have spent my career fighting for and to be a voice for Seattle residents from all walks of life,” says Gonzalez on her website.

Attendees are encouraged to arrive early, as seating is limited. All are welcome to attend.

CBRA to discuss future and ST3 at meeting tonight

Central Ballard Residents Association (CBRA) will meet tonight (Thursday, April 14) from 7 p.m. in Conference Room A of Ballard Swedish Hospital.

After being in existence for four years, CBRA wants to reflect on where they have been and what lies ahead.

“Last month, we talked about what we liked about CBRA and what could be changed for the better. After listening and taking notes, the Board met on April 2 to review the comments and look at ways to implement them,” says CBRA President Mike Kahrs.

This month’s meeting will focus on the suggestions posed by residents and review the revisions to the by-laws which will make changes possible.

Ben Broesamle of NorthWest Seattle Coalition for Sound Transit 3 will also be in attendance to talk about the future of transit in Ballard and what can be done about it.

An update on the Restricted Zone Parking within the neighborhood will also be provided at tonight’s meeting.

All are welcome to attend.

Ballard Elks to host arts and crafts sessions for kids

Ballard Elks (6411 Seaview Ave NW) will be hosting another of their monthly arts and crafts sessions for kids of all ages next Saturday, March 5, from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Ballard Elks will provide all supplies for your child, providing a creative outlet for making their own art using varying modalities. Music will also be provided for dancing, or just the ambiance for drawing, painting and creating.

For those children who would like to participate in more than individual creations, at times there will be guest teachers to teach painting, para cord bracelets, and sculpting.

Snacks will also be provided, as well as a volunteer to guide children who need any direction. There is plenty of room for kids to get their energy out during these rainy months.

Cost for the class is $5 and registration is open to the public.

Please contact Sharon Goochey with any questions at sharongoochey@comcast.net or connect with Ballard Elks on their Facebook Page or website.

Neighbor Appreciation Day set for Saturday

It’s time to celebrate Seattle’s annual Neighbor Appreciation Day this Saturday, February 13. It is a special day to reach out to neighbors and express thanks to all who make each neighborhood a great place.

The City has organized a number of events in our neighborhood which are open to all.

Check out the event details below:

Ballard Neighbor Appreciation Day Pool Party

Join Ballard Pool for an extended Saturday public swim with $2 promotional price for all ages!

Time: 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
Location: Ballard Pool, 1471 NW 67th St

Cost: $2

Wallingford Planting Party

Begin your Neighbor Appreciation Day by showing some love to Wallingford’s N 46th & Midvale landscape and meet some great volunteers.

Time: 9:00 a.m. – Noon
Location: N 46th and Midvale Ave N

Free

Donuts and Coffee Cleanup on 3rd Ave NW

Come enjoy donuts and coffee, and help cleanup 3rd Ave NW. It will be fun! And Donuts!

Time: 10:00 a.m. – Noon
Location: 3rd Ave NW and N 140th St

Free

Neighbor Appreciation Day Fire Station Open Houses

Join the Seattle Fire Department for open houses at certain fire stations throughout Seattle.

Time: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Location:

Fire Station 35, 8729 15th Ave NW

If you can’t attend one of the above events, why not do something nice for your neighbor over the weekend to show your appreciation!

Seattle Empty Bowls team on lookout for event entertainment

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The Seattle Empty Bowls team is on the lookout for local talent to provide entertainment at their annual event on March 13.

Seattle Empty Bowls yearly fundraiser is a community event that raises funds for the Ballard Food Bank.

During this unique event guests are asked to make a suggested donation of $20 or over which allows them to choose a beautifully decorated ceramic bowl and have it filled with a soup of their choice.

The event team is searching for local acts to perform at the March 13 fundraiser.

“Do you have a band? a dance troop? are you a magician? Do people just like to listen to you speak about geometry? Please consider loaning us your talents for the night,” says Andrea Hays, Project Manager for Seattle Empty Bowls.

If you are interested in signing up to perform or want to find out more contact Andrea at SeattleEmptyBowls@gmail.com.

Learn more about the event on their Facebook page.

Photo courtesy of Seattle Empty Bowls.

Ballard Elks to host arts and crafts sessions for kids

Ballard Elks (6411 Seaview Ave NW) will be hosting another of their monthly arts and crafts sessions for kids of all ages this Saturday, February 6, from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Ballard Elks will provide all supplies for your child, providing a creative outlet for making their own art using varying modalities. Music will also be provided for dancing, or just the ambiance for drawing, painting and creating.

For those children who would like to participate in more than individual creations, at times there will be guest teachers to teach painting, para cord bracelets, and sculpting.

Snacks will also be provided, as well as a volunteer to guide children who need any direction. There is plenty of room for kids to get their energy out during these rainy months.

Cost for the class is $5 and registration is open to the public.

Please contact Sharon Goochey with any questions at sharongoochey@comcast.net or connect with Ballard Elks on their Facebook Page or website.

Bringing in Ballard event on tomorrow night

friday-night-social-posterThe next installment of the Bringing in Ballard community event series is set for tomorrow night at St Luke’s (5710 22nd Ave NW) from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Besides enjoying the wonderful guitar music of Michael J Good, great snacks and an arts project attendees will have the chance to hear and share their stories of “Home in Ballard”.

The stories will range from a former Ballard homeowner now living in a car to Net Zero Ballard builders like Eric Thomas along with Dan Allison of Abode Builders and the Reinholdtsen family with their long time history of home on Sunset Hill.

“We are excited to have our musical and story guests share with us on the 29th, and hope you will join us to enjoy an early evening out with friends and family in downtown Ballard,” says one of the organizers Holly Gold.

Attendees are encouraged to bring a plate to share and any canned food donations for the Ballard Food Bank.

Click here to find out more about the event.

Radio station on the lookout for local talent

KBFG, the low-frequency FM station serving Ballard, Fremont, Greenwood/Phinney, and parts of Queen Anne and Magnolia, are on the lookout for locals to get involved.

The station is hosting a Programming Potluck on Monday, January 25, at Ballard Library (5614 22nd Ave NW) from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. to look for on air talent and production staff.

“Don’t bring dinner – just your ideas, equipment, and gear. Whatever you’ve got,” says Mikey  Falcon from KBFG.

KBFG station is run by Fulcrum Communications, who got the green light from the FCC for their low-power community radio station in our area last summer.

The local station is currently streaming online and is set to go on-air this June.