No Bones About It to re-open at Populuxe this weekend

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Local food truck No Bones About It will be re-opening this weekend after taking a break to repair equipment following a huge fire in December.

The launch will take place at Populuxe Brewing (826 NW 49th St) on Saturday from 2 p.m. – 10 p.m.

“The “hottest” food truck in Seattle is back from our fire. The great people of the SFD say it was our poorly installed hood fan, but we know better…it was the buffalo sauce of course,” jokes Dylan from No Bones About It.

Live music will entertain attendees including the talents of Wild Rabbit, Sam Marshall and Jeff Greer. There will also be activities for the kids, raffle drawings and plenty of delicious craft liquids on hand.

Click here to find out more about the event.

Ballard Chamber After Hours on tonight at Regus

All are welcome to attend the Ballard Chamber After Hours event at Regus Ballard (1455 NW Leary Ave Suite 400) tonight from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Regus recently opened their doors in Ballard and offers locals office space with terms from a few hours to days, months or even years.

“If you are a business owner or independent professional and have been considering new office space – or need something for the short-term – this is an After Hours you won’t want to miss,” write organizers.

Parking is available outside in the unmarked numbered spots, as well as under cover in the Regus marked spots. Regus is in the former PATH building, directly east of the Ballard Bridge.

Cost is $10 per person and guests are asked to RSVP to sue@ballardchamber.com ASAP. Appetizers and beverages will be provided.

Free Deathcake tasting party

It’s that time of year again, when the chocolate on top of chocolate cupcake hits the shelves of Cupcake Royale. It’s known as the Deathcake and it’s described as “death-by-chocolate meets Cupcake Royale.” Theo Chocolate decadence is fused with Stumptown Espresso Ganache and topped with a pinch of fleur de sel.

Thursday evening is a free Deathcake tasting party at the Ballard Cupcake Royale (2052 NW Market Street) from 5 to 7 p.m. The free event pairs the little bites of evil with Stumptown Coffee and Elliot Bay Brewery Stouts. (Photo courtesy Cupcake Royale.)

Ballard Beauty Bash to benefit the Ballard Food Bank

The Ballard Beauty Bash on Thursday evening is “a fabulous event promoting style, beauty, local business, and stewardship in our beloved community,” Dana Litt, the Ballard Beauty Bash Co-Chair tells us. From 5 to 9 p.m., the Bal Mar (5449 Ballard Avenue NW) is hosting the event which will focus on the debut of the Stella & Dot fall jewelry line. “We are also helping partner with and promote local Ballard businesses,” Litt says. “Through this and subsequent events, we can help promote the already vibrant beauty and fashion scene here in Ballard, in addition to encouraging customers to frequent local business.”

Litt and Heather Hedemann, the other co-chair will be collecting items and money for the Ballard Food Bank. Anyone who donates will be entered into a drawing for one of several raffle items supplied by local businesses (sponsoring businesses here.) In addition, ten-percent of the Stella & Dot sales will be donated to the Ballard Food Bank.

For more information on the Ballard Beauty Bash, click here.

Tax day rally on Market Street

Today is April 18th – tax day for 2011. (We hope this isn’t news to anyone.)

Around noon today people gathered in front of the Bank of America branch at NW Market Street for a tax day rally. According to the moveon.org website, which organized the gathering, “At hundreds of events from coast to coast, we’ll present tax bills to corporate tax dodgers for the billions of dollars their legions of lobbyists helped them avoid. We’ll organize a peaceful, dignified, and powerful day of action to call on corporations to pay their fair share. And we’ll demand that our elected leaders make them pay.” The site states that in 2009, Bank of America paid $0 in taxes. (Photo courtesy Lina Raymond.)

2nd annual Polar Bear Plunge Saturday

Get ready for the second annual Polar Bear Plunge at Golden Gardens.

Video from the 2010 Polar Bear Plunge.
The 2011 plunge is at 10 a.m. on New Year’s Day with awards being handed out for costumes. “Take the plunge, it’s not cold, it’s invigorating!” Rick Sandvig writes in the events calendar submission. Afterward, head to the Lock & Keel (5144 Ballard Ave NW) for a hot toddy to warm up. According to the National Weather Service highs on Saturday will be in the upper 30s. Of course we’ll be there, on the beach, with our camera.

Celebrate the solstice at the annual potluck

The Sunset Hill Community Association (3003 NW 66th St) is hosting the annual Winter Solstice Potluck and Party on Saturday, December 18th that started a decade ago by Regnor Reinholdtsen and Carrie Gustafson. There will be a children’s story hour at 5 p.m. when the doors open, the potluck starts at 6 p.m. Neighbors can also get locally-made gifts for the holidays. Local artists and authors will be selling their jewelry, pottery, artwork and books at the event.

Participating artists:
Regnor Reinholdtsen
Carrie Gustafson
Chris Beringer
Susan Schneider

Local authors:
Nancy Alton
Elsie Hulsizer
Carol Levin
Peggy Sturdivant
Marjorie Young

The community is invited to join in the potluck. Please bring food to share as well as your own beverages (beer and wine are fine).

Get creative this holiday season

Can’t think of what to get your friends and family this holiday season? Ballard author Jennifer Worick has an idea – a handmade gift. “I like – actually, love – giving gifts that are spot-on, and sometimes that’s hard to do when you’re going to a large store,” Worick says, “So I wanted to come up with clever gift projects and foodstuffs that would be meaningful ways to gift. This is a book you can dip into again and again, if only for the amazing salted caramels recipe.”

Worick’s book, Simple Gifts: 50 Little Luxuries to Craft, Sew, Cook & Knit is full of ideas. “Guys, kids, cats, dogs, hostesses, grandparents – there’s a gift project for everyone,” she tells us. “I also included a handy chapter to help you determine the perfect gift and a chapter on creative gift wrap.”

On Thursday evening, Secret Garden Books (2214 NW Market St) will be hosting a “make and take” event with Worick. “We’ll be drinking wine and making magnets out of old maps and greeting cards,” Worick says. The event starts at 6:30 p.m. and all the supplies will be provided.

Seattle Boat Show takes over Shilshole Bay Marina

Just when you thought summer was over (or maybe came to the conclusion it was never going to start), mother nature has decided to give us a few days of hot weather.

Sailboats just off Golden Gardens before sunset Wednesday.

This weekend, take advantage of the sun with a free 90-minute sailboat ride at the Seattle Boat Show going on at the Shilshole Bay Marina (7001 Seaview Ave. N.W.) The cost of admission is $10 for the show ($5 for kids 11-17), but after that the ride is free. No strings attached, no sales pitches, no qualifying requirements. “It is pure and simply and idea the Seattle Boat Show organizers came up with to expose people to the fun of sailing,” the press release states. A schedule of departures can be found here.

The Boat Show also features “Wakeboard Alley” – a section inside Shilshole with 40-foot rails and sliders and a kicker that launches riders into the air. Demonstrations are Friday 2 p.m., 4 p.m. and 6 p.m., Saturday noon, 2 p.m., 4 p.m. and 6 p.m., and Sunday noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.

More than 150 new and pre-owned boats will be on display. There is a beer garden and music, as well. More information can be found here.