Ballard Blog Seeking Local Editors & Writers

October 9, 2010 in Ballard, Ballard Blogs by BallardBlog Editor

We’re trying to re-launch this website soon, with an entirely new look and style, but we’re in need of local Editors and Writers!

If you’ve got mad writing skillz, aren’t afraid to interview your neighbors, or are a Photographer or other Creative Type, please email us.

We’ll be honest and upfront – there’s no money right away, but the potential is HUGE.

by Kendra

Ballard District Council Meets Wednesday December 9th

December 2, 2009 in Ballard by Kendra


Short Announcements by Member Organization Representatives
Please hold announcements to not more than one minute.

City Council Member Tim Burgess
CM Burgess chairs the City Council’s Public Safety, Human Services, and Education Committee. He will discuss progress being made to implement the “Safe City” initiative, as well as priorities he hopes to tackle in the immediate future.

Our Ballard Food Bank (Major Changes for the Future), Nancy McKinney, Executive Director – Ballard Food Bank

What Would Life be Like Without Electric Trolleys in Ballard, Jonathan Dong, Seattle Dept of Transportation

Our Newest Park in Ballard, Alyssa Smith, Friends of 9th Avenue Park

Holman Median Initiative, Ryan McFarland, Crown Hill Neighborhood Association

Report – Executive Committee
· Bridging the Gap Project Review Committee
· Draft letter commenting on city proposal to rezone industrial property in Ballard’s hub urban village
· Members of the Executive Committee will provide holiday food and drink. All are encouraged to join us for a bit of hob nobbery.


Persons attending the December 9th Ballard DC meeting are requested to bring donations for the Ballard Food Bank. Especially needed are personal hygiene supplies including soap, shampoo, disposable razors, toothpaste, and deodorant or other personal care products. Cash and non perishable food donations will also be gratefully accepted.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Ballard Library – 5614 22nd NW
(Free parking below building – accessed from NW 56th)
7:00 – 8:30 PM

Crab Feed and Dessert Auctions

December 1, 2009 in Ballard by BallardGuy

Event: Crab feed with Silent/Dessert Auctions and after dinner dance to the jazz/blues music of Victorious for Leif Erikson Lodge 2-001 Scholarship Fund.
January 23, 2010
Leif Erikson Hall in Ballard
2245 NW 57th
Seattle WA 98107
Join us on Saturday, January 23, 2010, starting at 6PM, for our annual Crab Feed Scholarship Fundraiser dinner and dance. Victorious, a young jazz/blues band, is playing for us at Leif Erikson Hall, 2245 NW 57th Street, Seattle WA 98107 following the auctions. Victoria Mjolsnes who is of Norwegian descent, is the lead singer. A recent graduate of the Cornish College of the Arts, she is an accomplished performer and will add much to the festivities. The meal includes Dungeness Crab or Cornish Game Hen, baked potato, coleslaw, garlic bread, beverage, and dessert auction. There is a no host bar during the evening. The event is sponsored by Leif Erikson Lodge 2-001 Scholarship Committee.
The Leif Erikson Hall Office, 206-783-1274, from 10AM-3PM Monday thru Friday is selling tickets now. Tickets are $25 for adults and $12 for students and children 12 and under. Make your checks payable to the LEL Scholarship Fund. After Tuesday, January 19, 2010, tickets will be $30.00 since they have to go out and catch the crab for our order and they’ll have to go again for any latecomers. Bring your own picks and crab crackers! You can also send a self addressed stamped envelope with a check made out to the Leif Erikson Lodge 2-001 Scholarship Fund indicating whether you want crab (whole with goodies or cleaned without goodies) or Cornish Game Hen to:
Crab Feed Dinner
Leif Erikson Hall
2245 NW 57th
Seattle, WA 98107
We hope you will be able to attend this fun evening for young people in District 2 and Leif Erikson Lodge. If you have some items to donate to the silent auction or items you would like to provide for the raffles, please contact us at the e-mails listed below. There will be many fun items from a model of the Ballard Bell Tower, jewelry, evenings out, skin care, and many more!
The very successful and delicious dessert auction of last year will take place again! Some fantastic cakes were made by local bakeries for attendees who delighted in eating their prize winnings!
Proceeds benefit the Leif Erikson Lodge 2-001 Scholarship Fund which supports instructors/counselors at District 2 Youth Camps, attendees to District 2 Youth Camps and young leaders in the community who are attending either an institution of higher learning or trade school. Attached is a photo of Haley Clapp, Hannah Graves, and Heidi Larsen Ludeman. Haley was the 2009 winner of the Leif Erikson Lodge 2-001 Leadership Scholarship. She is now attending WSU and also represents Leif Erikson Lodge as its Queen for 2009-2010. Hannah Graves of Poulsbo Lodge 2-044, Sons of Norway received the Youth Camp Instructor/Counselor award. George Langer-Steger and Cole Samuelsen received 25% scholarships to attend the District 2 Youth Camps this past summer. Heidi Larsen Ludeman is the current Scholarship Committee Chair and was also the first co winner of the District 2 Youth Camp Instructor/Counselor back in 2001.
A Fram, forward into the future event celebrating 100 years of District 2 Sons of Norway!
Leif Erikson Lodge 2-001 Scholarship Committee
Heidi Ludeman or
Lorie Lind,
Jessica Olsen,
Gail Engler, Cultural Director/LEL Board Rep
After dinner dance to the jazz/blues music of Victorious, a young group lead by singer Victoria Mjolsnes who trained at the Cornish College of the Arts!

Norwegian Ladies Annual Holiday Chorus

December 1, 2009 in Ballard by BallardGuy

Please join the Norwegian Ladies Chorus of Seattle for our Annual Holiday
Concert, and stay for the Scandinavian Dessert Reception! Our guest
artists will be Benji Bae (violin) and Tim Pizzichemi (cello).

Sunday, December 6 at 3:00 PM
Suggested Donation of $10 at the door

Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church
2400 NW 85th Street
Seattle, WA 98117

by Amy

Another music festival… The Ballard Jazz Festival!

November 19, 2009 in Ballard, Ballard Events, Ballard Music by Amy

If the constant deluge makes you want to stay home this Friday night, please reconsider.  Just remember, into each life some rain must fall.   More importantly, the annual Ballard Jazz Festival takes place tomorrow night (11/20).

Started in 2003, the nationally recognized Ballard Jazz Festival highlights jazz musicians from the Seattle area.  There will be 12 venues hosting 18 groups–some are all ages, some are 21+.  Shows start as early as 6pm and end as late as 12:30am.

Today is the last day to buy advance tickets ($20 online or $21 with service fee at Sonic Boom Records).  Tomorrow, tickets will be $25 online, or available for purchase at Sonic Boom all day,  New York Fashion Academy starting at 5pm, and Egan’s Ballard Jam House starting at 6pm.

And, according to the festival website, “there is no better deal in jazz!”

by Cameron

Ballard Art Walk: Silent Auction and Holiday Party at NYFA

November 9, 2009 in Ballard, Ballard Events, Ballard Fashion, Ballard Fun by Cameron

Come support local fashion, shop for the holidays and enjoy complimentary drinks and appetizers at the New York Fashion Academy’s annual Silent Auction and Holiday Party on Ballard Art walk night, Saturday, November 14th.

The Silent Auction proceeds will go to support the 2010 student fashion show, Pour l’Amour, April 10th. No RSVP necessary to attend. Auction items include glass blown art, gift certificates to Anchor Tattoo, Belltown Ballet, IDOL Salon, Calidora Spa, and many more!

New York Fashion Academy is the only independent fashion school in the Pacific Northwest. To learn more about the school, please email

by Cameron

Repost From Seattlest: Fall Flashback Fashion Show

November 6, 2009 in Ballard, Ballard Art, Ballard Events, Ballard Fashion, Ballard Fun by Cameron

Make-up, wardrobe, hairstyling… it’s all a part of the backstage insanity at any given fashion event— But not for this fashion show. The make-up artists and hairstyling gurus that make up Katwalk Productions, Seattle’s newest edition to the uprise of DIY, rogue-ish fashion groups, are ditching the backstage and taking over the runway. Literally.

Fall Flashback will celebrate art, music, and fashion (duh) this Sunday, November 8th at the Ballard Art Church with a little bit of a proclaimed “East Coast flair”. Tfallflashbackhe show will feature live music by the Dirty Change Ups, fashion by Belltown clothier, Monica Gutweis and headlining the event is Seattle Art Museum’s Masquerade Costume Design Competition winner, Anna Dicklhuber and her three piece costume series (one of which is inspired by Cai Guo-Qiang’s Inopportune car explosion installation) that will also feature platform hair and make-up, i.e. styling that is done live and on stage. A little hint: the costume may involve projecting light rods from the rear and bust of the garment… just sayin’.


In true West Coast style, this event is stripping away all barriers of exclusivity and getting it’s “do-gooder” on by making the event free and donating all profits from their raffle to Art Corps for kids.

6:00 p.m. // Ballard Art Church, 2051 N.W. 61st St // Free

by Amy

"A Long Trek Home"

November 4, 2009 in Ballard, Ballard Events by Amy

And you think this is cold? Imagine traveling from Seattle to the Aleutian Islands–by your own power.  Tomorrow night (11/5) local author Erin McKittrick will discuss exactly that: the year-long journey she took with her husband, Hig, in June 2007, 4,000 miles from here to the tip of Alaska.  She will read from her book, “A Long Trek Home: 4000 Miles by Boot, Raft and Ski” from 6:30 to 7:45 at the Ballard Library.  There will be a slideshow and discussion.

The aim of the trip was to raise awareness about environmental degradation, the effects of climate change, and about conservation issues.

The event is free.  Books will be available for purchase and for signing.

by Sandy

Abroad Understanding

October 29, 2009 in Ballard by Sandy

As we walk through the streets of Ballard we can see the ghostly remains of leaves making their last impressions on the sidewalks; nature’s way of slowly saying goodbye to embrace the eternal winter’s arms. Okay. Enough of the poetics. Artists, even nature, use unconventional mediums to create beautiful masterpieces. On display at the Ambach & Rice Gallery in Ballard are sculptures produced by the brilliant hand (and scissors) of Armenian artist Karen Sargsyan. Rather than using paper to write sonnets, he uses it as his medium to “sculpt” life-size characters in his exhibit Abroad Understanding. One can interpret the theme as being a broad understanding of a story, where it seems courtly characters are caught in a frozen narrative, battling for power or are fairy tale characters tumbling downward from a castle, but one can’t be certain. Sargsyan’s intentions are to be broad, to increase imagination in the audience who can then create their own story from his work.

Intrigued? I hope so.

The display is up for interpration and admiring through November 28, 2009 every Tuesday through Sunday and best of all, it’s FREE.


Ambach & Rice Gallery

5107 Ballard Ave NW
Seattle (Ballard)
(206) 789-6242

by Amy

Trick or Treat in Ballard

October 28, 2009 in Ballard, Ballard Events, Ballard Fun by Amy

summer 466It’s truly fall: bare trees and leaves underfoot, the threat of rain, cleverly carved pumpkins gracing every stoop, chimney smoke in the crisp air. And that smell, what is it, again? It’s Halloween!  Kids, finish gluing that costume together (or make your mother do it) and come trick or treat in downtown Ballard!  Participating businesses in Ballard along Market Street, Ballard Ave, and side streets will be handing out candy from 4-6 pm, this Saturday (Halloween).

Just look for the orange sign displaying a witch and other Halloween-y graphics identifying participating businesses.  Please, only costumed kids ages 12 and under.  And parents, please accompany small children.  Even if you’re too old to ask for candy, come down and enjoy the creative and hilarious pirates, Wild Things monsters, and ham-and-cheese sandwiches running around Ballard!

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