What’s on this weekend in Ballard and beyond


(Photo: Ray’s will be holding a Gingerbread House Decorating Party on Sunday)

If you’re bored this weekend, it’s not our fault. In fact, this may be the biggest weekend calendar we’ve ever assembled at My Ballard. Have fun out there!

Friday, Dec. 8

Saturday, Dec. 9

Sunday, Dec. 10

You can see events all week long in our Ballard events calendar. Have an event to add? Submit it to our calendar, and we could feature it in our weekly roundup.

What’s on this weekend in Ballard and beyond


(Ballard HolidayFest from VisitBallard.com)

Now that you’re stuffed full of turkey, it’s time to get out there and walk and shop off some calories. There’s a lot going on this holiday weekend:

Friday, November 24th

Saturday, November 25th

Sunday, November 26th

You can see events all week long in our Ballard events calendar. Have an event to add? Submit it to our calendar, and we could feature it in our weekly roundup.

What’s on this weekend in Ballard and beyond


The band My Goodness, which will be playing at the Freakout festival this weekend.

It’s the weekend before Thanksgiving, and were starting to see quite a few holiday events submitted to our new Ballard calendar (you can submit your own Ballard-area events here). Here’s our list for the weekend — Old Ballard is going to rocking Friday and Saturday night:

Friday, November 17th

  • Theater For Young Children’s Filipino Hansel and Gretel tale, designed for kids ages 2-10, Loyal Heights Community Center at 11:15 a.m. The show is free (or $5 donation).
  • Swanson’s Holiday Party with shopping, food, drink, live music and more. A benefit for the Ballard Food Bank, 6-9 p.m., Swanson’s Nursery (9701 15th Avenue NW), $20
  • Live music:
    • The 5th Annual Freakout!, presented by Freakout Records, featuring Guantanamo Baywatch, Magic Sword, Porter Ray, Roadkill Ghost Choir, My Goodness, Smokey Brights and many more at the Tractor Tavern, Sunset Tavern, Conor Byrne, Hattie’s Hat, Cafe Umbria and Filson (Friday and Saturday), 7 p.m. to 2 a.m., tickets $25-60

Saturday, November 18th

  • Yulefest is the annual Nordic Christmas celebration at the Nordic Heritage Museum, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., $5 adults, kids 12 and under are free.
  • Meet and greet retired racing greyhounds, learn about adoption and volunteer opportunities at Mud Bay Ballard’s new location (5314 15th Ave. NW), 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Ballard Performing Arts Dinner and Auction, 5:30 to 10:30 p.m., Swedish Club at 1920 Dexter Ave N., this event appears to be sold out
  • Live music:
    • The 5th Annual Freakout!, presented by Freakout Records, featuring Guantanamo Baywatch, Magic Sword, Porter Ray, Roadkill Ghost Choir, My Goodness, Smokey Brights and many more at the Tractor Tavern, Sunset Tavern, Conor Byrne, Hattie’s Hat, Cafe Umbria and Filson (Friday and Saturday), 7 p.m. to 2 a.m., tickets $25-60

Sunday, November 19th

Have a Ballard area event? Submit it to us here.

What’s on this weekend in Ballard and beyond


The annual Winter Beer Taste at the Phinney Center

There’s LOTS going on this Veterans Day weekend, so you have no excuses. Get out there and enjoy it! If you have an upcoming event, you can now submit it to our new Ballard events calendar.

Friday, November 10:

Saturday, November 11:

Sunday, November 12:

What’s on this weekend

It’ll be chilly with lots of last-minute campaigning. Here’s our lineup of events, and have a great weekend!

Friday, November 3:

Saturday, November 4:

Sunday, November 5:

Did we miss anything? Have an upcoming event? Please let us know at tips@myballard.com.

Norse Home celebrates 60 years of service to the community

Norse Home (5311 Phinney Ave N) is celebrating the amazing milestone of 60 years of service to the community this year and is inviting the community to take part in the festivities.

A reflection on the opening from the Norse Home team:

Photographer flash bulbs popped, as Washington state governor Albert Rosellini exited his vehicle, strolling to the podium positioned adjacent to a recently secured dedication plate that read “June 17th, 1957.” Champagne glasses were topped off, as a lively and resounding wave of applause echoed through the crowd of well dressed representatives from the Norwegian community, and the surrounding Seattle neighborhoods. Ribbon cut, the doors to the building opened, ushering in a new era of compassionate care.

“For sixty years, Norse Home has stood atop Phinney Ridge, setting the standard for dignified aging, in a non-profit setting. Offering unrivaled care to Ballard’s Norwegian community and beyond, Norse Home celebrates unmatched traditions of caring and compassion,” says the Norse Home team.

Locals are invited to join the team, sixty years to the day, on June 17, as they celebrate their achievements of the past, and look forward to the successes of the future.

The celebration will kick off at 2 p.m. with an open house accompanied by the traditional Norwegian tunes of Seattle band Skandia Kapell. The remainder of the afternoon will comprise of cake, the Norwegian Ladies Chorus, the Norwegian Male Chorus and a special ceremony featuring our Board of Directors President.

Attendees will also have a chance to enjoy an art show featuring the work of Norse Home residents, a presentation of our history, a photo booth, and many more surprises!

A salmon barbecue dinner will start at 5 p.m. with tickets available for $25.00. Join us for an unforgettable evening!

Call (206) 781-7400 to purchase dinner tickets. Questions? Email Jeremy@norsehome.org, call our facility, or send us a Facebook message.

What’s on this weekend

Have a fantastic Memorial Day Weekend and enjoy this beautiful weather!

FRIDAY, May 26

  • Ray’s Boathouse 30 Year anniversary Fire Celebration (6049 Seaview Ave NW) all weekend. Click here to find out more.
  • Live Music
    • Chip Parker at Egan’s Ballard Jam House (1707 NW Market St) at 7 p.m. $10 cover.
    • The Everyone Orchestra feat members of Moe. Dopapod, The Werks + more at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW) at 9 p.m. Tickets $20.

SATURDAY, May 27

  • Ray’s Boathouse 30 Year anniversary Fire Celebration (6049 Seaview Ave NW) all weekend. Click here to find out more.
  • Live Music
    • An Evening with Polecat and Brad Parsons at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW) at 9 p.m. Tickets $12.
    • Kareem Kandi Band at Egan’s Ballard Jam House (1707 NW Market St) at 9 p.m. $10 cover.
    • Sir Richard Bishop, Robert Millis, Don McGreevy at Sunset Tavern (5433 Ballard Ave NW) 9 p.m. Tickets $15.

SUNDAY, May 28

  • Ballard Farmer’s Market along Ballard Ave from 10 a.m.- 3 p.m.
  • Sunday Morning Meditation at Amazing Grace Spiritual Center (2007 NW 61st St) from 10 a.m. – 10:20 a.m.
  • Zumba Class at Ballard Elks (6411 Seaview Ave NW) from 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. $5 suggested donation, all funds raised go to Ballard Elks charities. Classes are held on the 2nd and 4th Sundays each month.
  • Live Music
    • Open mic at Conor Byrne Pub (5140 Ballard Ave NW) sign-up at 7:30 p.m.
    • Virgin Of The Birds, Windoe and Whisperer at Sunset Tavern (5433 Ballard Ave NW) 8 p.m. Tickets $8.
    • Play My Birthday Presents: Pop2K : Spinning Dance Party Hits from 2000-2010 at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW) at 9 p.m. Tickets $10.

SPL to kick off 2017 “Summer of Learning” next month

The Seattle Public Library’s 2017 Summer of Learning for youth and families kicks off on Thursday, June 15. The 98th annual program, which continues through Tuesday, September 5, is designed to keep students reading and learning while school is out.

This year’s program features the theme “Blast Off to Space!” and encourages reading and activities around science, technology, engineering, arts and math.

The Library is offering hundreds of free programs all summer long for families, children and teens. All programs are free and open to the public. Visit www.spl.org/summeroflearning for more information.

Children and teens can learn to program robots, play a ukulele, create videos, write songs, take digital photos, practice calligraphy, design sound effects and more. Some classes require registration, which will open up online two weeks before the first class begins at each Library location. The Library will also celebrate the upcoming solar eclipse on Monday, August 21, with programs, events and displays and by distributing free eclipse glasses in late August.

Children who take part in Summer of Learning will receive a free Mission Log packed with fun space-related learning activities. There will be three levels for participants to complete of daily reading and activity missions. Level 1 finishers will be entered into the grand prize drawing and will get one prize from the prize box, and will also have their names placed on the Wall of Space Voyagers at their home library. Level 2 and 3 finishers will win additional prizes from the prize box and entries into the grand prize drawing.

Teens who take part in Summer of Learning will receive a free Teen Book Bingo card. Participants who complete a Book Bingo card can bring it into the Library, or post it on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter with #SPLteenbookbingo2017 for a chance to win an iPad Mini or free movie theater passes! Examples of Book Bingo squares include: book you judged by its cover, turned into a movie, banned, #WeNeedDiverseBooks, a book you finish reading in a day or read outdoors, and a comic or graphic novel.

Families with young children ages birth to 5 years old can pick up a fun bingo card filled with reading and learning activities to do together with babies, toddlers and preschoolers. For every five completed squares in a row (up, down, across, or diagonal), children can get their name on the Wall of Space Voyagers at their home library. The Early Learner bingo card will be printed in English, and printable versions will be available online in Amharic, Chinese, English, Oromo, Somali, Spanish, Tigrinya and Vietnamese.

The Library offers summer programming because research shows that during the summer young people can forget a certain amount of what they learned during the school year. Educators call that the “summer slide.” The Summer of Learning program mitigates the summer slide and teaches children and teens 21st century learning skills, such as teamwork, critical thinking and digital skills.

The Library has partnered with the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture to offer free family admission, for up to two adults and four children, when families present a completed Mission Log or an Early Learner flyer from July 1 to Oct. 31, 2017.

For more information about Summer of Learning, visit www.spl.org/summeroflearning, call The Seattle Public Library at 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian.

SeafoodFest organizers on the lookout for volunteers

Ballard’s fishiest festival is just around the corner, and the organizers are looking for more volunteers. SeafoodFest will take over Ballard on July 7 – 9 , and they need help with many different volunteer positions.

According to their volunteer sign-up page, they’re looking for locals to help with tasks including in the Beer Garden, Info Booth, Surveys, Salmon BBQ and more.

To sign up for volunteer spots, visit the SeafoodFest website or click here for the registration page.