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by Liza

Salmon Bay location of Seattle Gymnastics Academy opens!

August 31, 2009 in Ballard by Liza

A steady stream flows into new gym

On Sunday afternoon, about 200 kids poured into the new gym located at 5313 Shilshole Avenue NW just South of the busy intersection of Market and 24th Street. The 2 hour open house–including open gym time, hamburgers and hotdogs–couldn’t have been more welcome or better attended. Parents lined up to sign their kids up for classes–recession be damned! At least they don’t have to drive to Lake City from Ballard for evening gymnastics classes!

The new gym has very high ceilings and is open and spacious. And it doesn’t smell like the old gyms, at least not yet! It has two trampolines, a tumble track and an air track. Of course there’s the foam pit for end of class fun. The parent’s bleachers are just as small as the old place, so be prepared to stand. If you go, watch the turn from Shilshole Ave. It’s hard to see at first.

For more information about classes see SGA’s website:

A busy day at open gym

by Cameron

Sustainable Fun

September 24, 2008 in Ballard, Ballard Art, Ballard Events, Ballard Fashion, Ballard Fun, Ballard Mass Transit by Cameron

The 5th Annual Sustainable Ballard Festival is coming up this weekend (September 27th and 28th at Ballard Commons Park), brought to us for free by Sustainable Ballard, a local non-profit organization developing a grassroots vision of sustainability for the community of Ballard (

From Saturday to Sunday (11-5pm), the Festival will feature a variety of progressive organizations who are at the forefront of discovering and implementing sustainable, green solutions, such as Seattle Electric Vehicle Association and the Sunyata Group. The festival will include various lectures and workshops from eco-gurus and authors on ways to incorporate sustainable living through alternative (but affordable!) transportation, gardening, eating, home/decor remodeling, art and products and the local business where you can find them. They also have fun art projects, puppet shows and “baby oragami” for kids.

Insider tip– Mainstage Festival Sponsor, Earthues (, a Ballard fair-trade, women-owned textile and eco-friendly natural dye workroom, will host a demo on dying with indigo powders onto fabrics from 10-5pm on Saturday. Seriously, when else would you ever get to do this? Call Weaving Works to reserve your space 206-524-1221.

Come early to the Sustainable Ballard Festival either day and you could be one of the first 200 people that receive a free copy of Chinook Book, full of local event and shopping savings of up to $3,000!

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