Help Ballard Bring Home The Curbed Cup!

We Ballardites know that we’re lucky enough to live in the BEST neighborhood in Seattle, right? Well, now’s our chance to let the whole city know!

The 2016 Curbed Cup is up for grabs and it’s down to us, Vs Columbia City. That’s right, we have made it all the way to the final round!

Now, it’s time to bring it home.  With 5 (yes, F-I-V-E) days to vote for Ballard, and a community of crazy-proud inhabitants, it would be a cinch to take the title. That is, THE title, the whole shebang, The Curbed Cup.

Head over to Curbed Seattle to cast your vote (or click here and skip the extra typing) for our ‘hood before midnight tonight for it to count.

And don’t just stop there, share the link with your friends! Text, them, email them, bribe them into casting their vote, whatever you have to do, get others to join so we can come out on top!

The title is within our grasp, so close we can taste it, let’s not let it slip away! We all know Ballard is where it’s at, let’s make sure everyone else does too! 

DPD Hosts Seattle 2035 Discussion at Ballard High School Tonight

92072Tonight, at the Ballard High School Commons (1418 NW 65th Street) from 6 p.m.- 8 p.m., the Department of Planning and Development (DPD) is hosting the first of three meetings, discussing local industrial lands and possible future policies surrounding them.

Proposed and named by the City, Seattle 2035 is DPD’s multi-year project that examines growth patterns and city offerings in Seattle.  Mandatory by State law, Seattle is to review and update their Comprehensive Plan every ten years. The deadline for these amendments is June 30, 2015 and the purpose of these meetings is to invite community feedback on proposed policies.

It comes as no shock that Seattle is growing, if you’d like to see something change in the next 20 years, join the conversation and get involved.

 

Seattle 2035 Industrial Lands Policy Discussion – Ballard

Tues, March 3, 2015, 6pm

Ballard High School

1418 NW 65th St., Seattle, WA 98117

 

Seattle 2035 Industrial Lands Policy Discussion – Interbay

Wednesday, March 11, 2015, 6pm

Q Café

3223 15th Ave. W, Seattle, WA 98119

 

Seattle 2035 Industrial Lands Policy Discussion – Interbay

Thursday, March 12, 2015, 6pm

South Seattle Community College – Georgetown Campus, RM C-122

6737 Corson Avenue South, Seattle, WA 98108

Ballard High School Set to Perform Urinetown

Get ready for the next great Ballard High School Performing Arts musical, Urinetown. Next Thursday March 6th is opening night where the Ballard Foundation will host a meet and greet with the cast, a buffet dinner, and various speakers who will highlight the work done by the performing arts. Tickets to this opening night event are as follows.

  • Individual Tickets Upper Level $45
  • Individual Patron Tickets Lower Level $75
  • Tables for 8 $360
  • Patron Tables for 8 $600

If you cannot make opening night, you will have plenty of chances to catch this hilarious musical. Ballard students will also perform this on Friday & Saturday March 7 & 8th as well as the following week March 14 & 15. For more information about this musical and purchasing tickets, please visit the Ballard High School Performing Arts site.

If Ice Caps Melt Ballard Will Look Like…

According to Jeffrey Lin, a campus planner at University of Washington with a background in geography, Ballard would look a whole lot different than it does today if all the ice caps in the world melted. With new geographical names such as Phinney Peninsula, Crown Point, Loyal Headlands, and a new Bay of Ballard, the make up of Ballard would change dramatically.  While the idea that this will take place in the near future is far fetched at best, it is interesting to see how our geography could change in the future.  See his illustration of what Ballard could look like below.

Light Rail to Ballard?

This Thursday June 27th the city of Seattle and Sound Transit will hold an open house to discuss the possibility of an extension of the light rail system to Ballard. So far they have narrowed down the list from over two hundred suggested routes in March to now just eight. Sound Transit will provide detailed maps and other information on these routes but are also looking to hear what the public has to say.     

Because Ballard has become one of the more popular neighborhoods in Seattle, providing a reliable transit system that connects it to downtown is essential. If you are interested in learning more about this event you can visit the Sound Transit website at SoundTransit.org.

Open House details:
Thursday, June 27, 2013
5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Ballard High School Commons
1418 NW 65th St, Seattle

Ballard High School Competes in NY Jazz Festival

Ballard High Essentially Ellington FestivalAs I mentioned in an earlier post, the Ballard High School jazz band was invited to play in a prestigious nationwide high school jazz competition, Essentially Ellington, in New York City. It was Ballard’s first time being at this impressive jazz festival. This weekend, they along with two other Seattle schools and twelve other nationwide high schools tooted their horns to the Ellington tunes of “Night in Tunisia,” “Tutti for Cootie,” “Riding on the Blue Note,” and other Ellington classics.

Roosevelt, Ballard, and Mountlake Terrace represented the Puget Sound area very well at the competition. Roosevelt High, well-known for its quality jazz band program and a regular competitor in “Essentially Ellington,” won second place at the festival! Ballard High won individual accolades for its performance. I would keep my eye on trumpet player and senior Sam Zisette and vocalist Jade Likkel, both Ballard High students. They each received awards for their performance at the festival. Congratulations, Ballard High!

Ballard High School Invited to Prestigious Nationwide High Schol Jazz Competition

Ballard High School Invited to Essentially Ellington FestivalBallardites, toot your horns! Ballard High School is one of fifteen high school nationwide to be selected to compete in the 2012 Essentially Ellington festival in New York City. Ballard will be competing against various high schools, including Mountlake Terrace and Roosevelt High School. The annual jazz festival will take place May 4-6th at the Lincoln Center in Manhattan. It will be Ballard High School’s first year at the festival.

Participating at the Essentially Ellington festival is a high honor for a high school jazz musician. This year, there were 111 schools for the 15 available spots! What’s especially interesting is how the Seattle area high schools have continued to dominate the festival since being invited to participate in 1999. Most notable is Roosevelt High School’s continued appearance and repeat wins. This is just further proof that Seattle is still home to great music and musicians, including Quincy Jones!

As a former high school jazz musician and Ballard resident, I could not be more proud for Ballard High School. I hope they enjoy the experience and place well at the festival. If you would like to help out, you can support Ballard’s award-winning Jazz Band by getting tickets to see them perform at “Hot Java, Cool Jazz” at The Paramount on March 30th. Buy tickets through BHS band members, or at the Market Street Ballard Starbucks! 100% of proceeds for tickets sold thru Ballard will benefit the BHS Jazz Band’s trip to NYC.

 

Beloved Ballard Burger Place Closes

According to Seattle Weekly via MyBallard, Zesto’s Burger & Fish House is closed. The beloved retro restaurant at 6416 15th Ave NW will be replaced by RoRo BBQ and Burgers, a local Seattle chain.

I had a chance to stop by Zesto’s in December before it closed. I had no idea it was going to close. However, it makes sense, as the service and quality weren’t quite what it used to be in earlier years. Although it is sad that a restaurant is closing after 63 years, I’m glad it is being replaced by a local Seattle restaurant. I personally love BBQ and have only heard good things about RoRo’s.

Does The Potential New School Board Policy Censor Ballard High School Newspaper

Update: The Seattle School Board has decided to pull the censorship policy from their current list of policy updates. Seattle school newspapers can continue to publish without fear of censorship or administrative review.

Last week, the Seattle School Board proposed a new policy, affecting Seattle high school newspapers. According to the Seattle Times, the policy would give principals the authority to review high school newspapers before they are published, with the power to prevent publication if there are articles that are libelous, obscene, or not in line with the school’s mission and values. The editors of the Ballard High School newspaper, The Ballard Talisman, are outraged and have posted flyers around downtown Ballard with the title, “Student 1st Amendment Rights at Risk.” If you have an opinion in support or against this, post a comment or attend the Seattle School Board meeting on November 16th. It starts at 6pm and will be held at the Auditorium of the John Stanford Center at 2445 3rd Avenue South. The Seattle School Board will vote on the proposal on December 7th.

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