Celebrate National Donut Day at Mighty-O

Mighty-O Donuts (1555 NW Market St) will be hosting a golden ticket giveaway on National Donut Day this Friday, June 2.

To celebrate the team will be sampling free mini donuts and donating 10% of the day’s proceeds to three local elementary schools.

Locals can stop by Ballard Mighty-O and purchase a dozen donuts for the chance to win. Those lucky enough to find a golden ticket in their box, will win donuts for their school, office or family, up to three dozen.

Proceeds from National Donut Day sales will support Lowell Elementary, Green Lake Elementary and Salmon Bay Elementary.

Click here to find out more.

Lagunitas Brewery to host AVEDA’s Save the Sound event next week

AVEDA’s Save the Sound Event will be held on Tuesday, May 16, from 5:30 p.m. at Lagunitas Brewery (1550 NW 49th St).

Locals are invited to support the event that is set to include a silent auction, live music, a cash bar and pizza from Ballard Pizza Co.

All proceeds benefit Puget Soundkeeper’s clean water programs.

Tickets cost $15 per person and are available for purchase online. This is a 21+ event.

Support Ballard’s Digital Filmmaking Program at Majestic Bay

Ballard’s Majestic Bay Theatre will screen Men In Black this Saturday, May 13, at 9:45 a.m. in benefit of the students in the Digital Filmmaking Program at Ballard High School.   

If you live in Ballard, chances are you frequent the Majestic Bay Theatres.  And if you’ve seen a film at the Bay, chances are you’ve seen A Trip to the Groovies, the policy trailer produced by students in the Ballard High School Digital Filmmaking Program.

For years, the Majestic Bay showed A Trip to the Movies to inform audiences of theater rules and etiquette. A mock instructional film set in what appears to be 1960, the trailer follows two children, Russ and Ellen, as they navigate the process of movie-going.

When the Bay went digital in 2014, they needed a policy trailer in a digital format.  Rather than purchasing a ready-made trailer, the Bay invited the Digital Filmmaking Program at BHS to produce one.  The film students were thrilled! After considering various ideas, Ballard’s filmmakers decided to follow Russ and Ellen to the movies again – this time in 1977. The challenging concept required period vehicles, costumes, hair. make-up, and actors who might possibly be the original Russ and Ellen – seventeen years later.

The Majestic Bay was so pleased with the new trailer that they made an immediate donation and also pledged to host an annual fundraiser for the Digital Filmmaking Program.  The screening of Men in Black on May 13 is the second annual event, and will be preceded by A Trip to the Groovies.

Ballard’s Digital Filmmaking Program provides state-of-the-art equipment and professional experiences for students, and has a well-established record of preparing students for college and careers in media-related fields.  It is funded largely by support from the Ballard community, thanks to partners such as The Majestic Bay.  For more information, visit www.bhsvideo.blogspot.com .

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students.

Ballard Preschool Co-op Gently Used Gear sale set for Saturday

Ballard Preschool Co-op is having its popular “Gently Used Kids Gear Sale” this Saturday, April 22, from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

The sale will be hosted by Phinney Neighborhood Center (6532 Phinney Ave N. Community Hall, Lower Brick Building) and will include gently used clothes (newborn to size 8), shoes, toys and gear such as cribs, beds, car seats, strollers, maternity wear, and more.

The organizers say the line to get in often starts before 9 a.m., so plan to get there early. They also recommend to bring omething to put your finds in – a laundry basket or beach bags.

Attendees can enjoy 50% discounts on many items starting from 12 p.m. All money from the sale will go to support the co-op.

“This is THE event for families on a budget so don’t miss out,” says one of the event organizers Michaela Johnson.

Click here to find out more.

Locks Centennial 5k set for next month

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Locals are invited to take part in the Locks Centennial 5k Fun Run/Walk on Sunday, May 7. The event will benefit Discover Your NW and the Renovation of the Ballard Locks Fish Ladder.

The Kids Dash (free registration) will kick off at 9:10 a.m. with the Fun Run/Walk shortly after at 9:30 a.m. See below for the cost to register/date deadlines:

  • $35 Registration through March 31, 2017
  • $40 Registration April 1 through April 30, 2017
  • $45 Registration May 1 through May 6, 2017
  • $50 Day of Event if Available

The organizing team is on the lookout for volunteers for the event, who will gain a free participant entry into the event in thanks for their time. In order to receive the free entry, locals must volunteer for a minimum of 2 hours. Various volunteering opportunities are available and those interested are encouraged to email info@promotionevents.com

Click here to register or learn more about the Locks Centennial 5k Fun Run/Walk.

KAVU to give back to local PTAs this April

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The team at KAVU (5419 Ballard Ave NW) is launching a special give back program during the month of April and are encouraging the local community to participate.

Each week of April KAVU will be giving 5% of all sales (at both retail locations) to a local PTA. The schedule is as follows:

  • North beach Elementary April 1 -7
  • Loyal Heights Elementary April 8 – 14
  • Salmon Bay Elementary April 15 – 21
  • Adams Elementary April 22 – 28

“KAVU has been based (since the beginning) in the Ballard area since 1993 we wanted to give back to our local community in the best way possible – to the kids,” writes the KAVU team.

The program will be underway at both the Ballard and the downtown store (1211 1st Ave). Click here to find out more.

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.

PNPC kids clothing and gear sale on this Saturday

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Phinney Neighborhood Preschool Co-op (PNPC)’s bi-annual kids’ clothing and gear sale is set for this Saturday, March 18, at the Phinney Neighborhood Association (6532 Phinney Ave N) from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Locals will find amazing deals on gently-used clothing, shoes, toys, books, strollers, bedding, furniture, safety equipment, outdoor gear, car seats, costumes, maternity wear and more! This is THE sale for families on a budget!

Locals can line up early for the very best selection, OR, enjoy 50% discounts on many items starting at 12:00 pm!

Free parking and admission. All proceeds benefit the preschool directly.

Click here to find out more.

Seattle Empty Bowls fundraiser set for Sunday

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The ninth annual Seattle Empty Bowls fundraiser will be held this Sunday, March 19, at the Nordic Heritage Museum (3014 NW 67th Street) from 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.

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.

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 live music from Barnes Bar-B-Q.

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.

All proceeds from the event will benefit the Ballard Food Bank.

To find out more information about the event visit the Seattle Empty Bowls Facebook page.

Photo courtesy of Seattle Empty Bowls.

Ballard Elks to host fundraising Corn Hole tournament

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Ballard Elks is hosting a Corn Hole tournament to raise funds for their SHARE’N program. The event will be held this Sunday, March 12, at the Ballard Elks Lodge Hall (6411 Seaview Ave NW) from 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

The tournament has room for 20 teams and teams are encouraged to pre-register online. Registrations will also be available at the door on the day of the event. The cost to register is $40 per 2 person team. $20 per team member thereafter is encouraged for safety. Hecklers and Malcontents, who will not be playing corn hole, obtain admission for $10.

The Entry fee includes three hours of round robin cornhole playing time, followed by a four team play off.

In terms of refreshments, a delicious taco bar will be on hand to feed the crowd.

“Come be a Cool Kid and play in the SHARE’N Ballard Elks Lodge Corn Hole Benefit Tournament.  Only 20 teams will  have the opportunity to participate in this smack down Sunday afternoon event,” says Sharon from Ballard Elks Lodge.

Email cornhole@ballardelks.org if you have any questions about the event. All are welcome.