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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

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!

by Amy

REVERB Music Festival 2009

September 28, 2009 in Ballard, Ballard Events, Ballard Fun, Ballard Music by Amy

Don’t miss one of the last festivals of the season right here in Ballard!  The REVERB Music Festival celebrates local artists with a full night of local music at ten different venues in downtown Ballard on Saturday, October 3rd.  There are four all ages venues, with the rest 21+.  Wristbands are $8 in advance, and $10 on the day of the festival (tickets available here).

Venues include staples like the Sunset and the Tractor Tavern, as well as more unexpected spots like Volterra and the New York Fashion Academy.  Shows start as early as 3pm, depending on the venue, with some acts beginning as late as midnight.  There is enough variety for almost any musical taste, from hip hop to jazz to roots to rock and everything in between.  Each location will showcase one genre throughout the night, so you can stick around and listen to hours of your favorite music, or hop around to hear a mix of local artists.  The wristband allows entrance to all venues.  See a complete line-up here.

In addition to the music, there will be a debate between mayoral candidates Mike McGinn and Joe Mallahan at the Conor Byrne at 8:30pm.

Come to downtown Ballard, buy a pretty wristband, and support your local artists!

Monster Art & Clothing celebrates its first anniversary

September 6, 2009 in Ballard, Ballard Art, Ballard Fashion, Ballard Fun by Sheldon Calbero

On Monday, September 7th, Monster Art & Clothing will be celebrating its one year anniversary.  For a year, now, owner Holly Gummelt has added her unique taste in art and fashion to the Ballard landscape.

With a rotating list of featured artists every month, most from the Northwest region, as well as local clothing designers, she has helped expose many to these talented  individuals in one convenient location.

As an all day promotion, she will be offering a free pair of Sock it to Me socks with every $25 purchase, as well as a promise of cake.  Monster Art & Clothing is located on the corner of Ballard Ave. and 20th.

5000 20th Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98107-4807
(206) 789-0037

by Mary B.

Tuesdays in Ballard

September 1, 2009 in Ballard, Ballard Blogs, Ballard Events, Ballard Fashion, Ballard Fun, Ballard Restaurants by Mary B.


My daughter and I stopped into Me ‘N Moms this morning to look around and I saw a sign for Tuesdays in Ballard.  Throughout the summer I have noticed the posters in shop windows and restaurants but strangely the signs tell little of what the event is about.  After doing a bit of asking around I found that it is a promotion, sponsored by the In Ballard Merchants Association, that is intended to drive business into the neighborhood on an otherwise slow day.  Many shops and restaurants participate by offering discounts or other perks.  Me ‘N Moms was discounting summer merchandise by 20% for today only.  Today is the second to last Tuesday of the event.  If you’re looking for something to do on a drizzly afternoon in Ballard, check out the website and see if anything strikes your fancy.


Upcoming Ballard Events

July 22, 2009 in Ballard, Ballard Blogs, Ballard Events, Ballard Fun by BallardGuy

This came in from Dawn:

Hi all,

Plans for East Ballard August Night Out Block Parties on August 4 are in full swing. If you haven’t signed up your block with the Seattle Police Dept yet, July 31st is the deadline. We’ve put together some tips on how to put on a successful block party, plus provided some tools you can download to help you get started.
Check out my latest blog post for all the details.

Additional Upcoming Events:

Neighborhood Plan Status Report Meeting
Thursday July 23rd 6-9pm at the Phinney Ridge Neighborhood Center

What’s a neighborhood plan, you ask, and why should you care? Well, check my blog post to find out why you should be there.

Greenwood Seafair Parade
Thursday July 23rd 6pm
Greenwood Avenue from N. 95th St. to N. 85th St., turns right (west) at 85th and continues to 6th Avenue NW
Check out their website for more details.

Stay up to date on what’s happening in East Ballard at and/or join us on Facebook

Dawn Hemminger
East Ballard Community Association


Have Your Own Ballard Block Party!

July 6, 2009 in Ballard Events, Ballard Fun by BallardGuy

This came in from one of our readers:

I hope everyone is enjoying this HOT weather we’re having! I’m sitting here in my office with the window open and I’m still sweltering!

I just wanted to send a quick update on the next East Ballard Community Association event on  Tuesday August 4th. There’s a big event in Seattle called “Night Out”, which is sponsored by the Seattle Police Department. All of citizens of Seattle (actually the whole nation) is allowed to close down their block for free for a community get together on that night. The East Ballard Community Association is here to help you get your block party started! To find out more, check out my latest blog entry at

Also, I got some requests from folks on the Walking Tour for info about EBCA’s Branding and Beautification effort. Here’s a link to my blog entry talking about this effort. It also has a list of the plants we used in the planting strip on 14th Ave NW and NW 58th:

To stay informed on the what’s going on in East Ballard, check out our blog at
If you want to automatically receive an email whenever the blog is updated, click on the link under “SUBSCRIBE” on our blog site
or join us in FaceBook on the East Ballard Community Association page.
Please forward this message to anyone who may be interested.
Please respond to this message if you’d like to be removed from this mailing.

Dawn Hemminger
East Ballard Community Association

by Kendra

Edible Garden Tour Saturday

June 25, 2009 in Ballard, Ballard Events, Ballard Fun by Kendra

Are you looking for something to do this weekend?  Want to find an activity for the whole family?  Are you intrigued by the rise in vegetables gardening this year?  Seed companies have reported a 20-30% increase in sales in 2009!

Although West Seattle and other locales have been running edible garden tours for some time, this year marks the first ever Ballard Edible Garden Tour.   The tour is sponsored by Sustainable Ballard and Groundswell NW.  One of the key individuals responsible for getting this off the ground is Ingela Warnerstrand from Sustainable Ballard.  This spring I wrote a post about free gardening classes at the Loyal Heights Community Center and Ingela was the teacher.

This tour will encourage your ‘inner gardener’ and show you what grows successfully here in Ballard and how to get creative with small spaces, growing items in pots and parking strips, etc.  If you have always been intrigued by growing your own food, but didn’t know where to start, this tour will allow you to ask questions of gardeners who have experienced success and failures and are happy to share their hard won gardening wisdom.

Tour information:

Edible Garden Tour – 14 edible gardens

Saturday 10am to 3pm

$10 per person or $20 per vehicle (though of course walking or biking is highly encouraged)

Tour information:

Purchase tickets:

by Cameron

Ballgowns on Ballard Art Walk

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

This coming Saturday on Ballard Art Walk night, consider a visit to the New York Fashion Academy to witness the culmination of blood, sweat and lots of tears– aka the student Ballgown Presentation.
Rosie Kohlmeier, 1st place winner of Project Red Dress, and Mike Jolley of Legacy (see below design sketch), will present their completed ballgowns on the runway as Dr. Robert Whaley, NYFA provost, will publicly inspect the student’s gowns in front of an open audience.
Ballgown construction is one of the final requisites of the NYFA Design and Construction Certificate Program curriculum. Students must submit a sketch design of a formal ballgown (to include a 14″ train and sleeves to cover the armpit), draft the pattern and construct the garment (first out of muslin and then out of the final fabric) within 30 days to pass the course.
 Ballgown Design by Mike Jolley
Free// Saturday// Jun 13, 2009// 7:30pm// New York Fashion Academy at 5201 Ballard Avenue NW


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