“Safe Seattle” Meeting Tonight

safetyfirstIn a city as beautiful as Seattle, it’s easy to forget some ugly truths that linger beneath the surface.

A local group calling themselves “Safe Seattle” is having a meeting tonight, bringing to the forefront the growing public safety issues facing the city and calling the city’s inhabitants to action.

This meeting was organized by Cindy Pierce, a resident of Magnolia,  to shine a light on and address the growing problem of drug dealing and use, theft, illegal encampments and other public safety problems that are increasingly impacting residents and business owners in various areas of the city such as Ballard, Queen Anne and Magnolia, to name a few.  The goal of the meeting is to bring together residents of the community to talk about and demand action in regards to these issues, which, some say are reaching crisis level.

The meeting is expected to earn a potentially big turnout, due in large part to the response it’s had on social media. The meeting will include representatives from city hall and people from different neighborhoods throughout the city speaking on the issue.

The meeting will be held tonight, January 6th, from 6:30-8:30 PM at United Church of Christ in Magnolia 3555 W McGraw St.

Sign Up Early For Seattle Turkey Day Trot

With Halloween behind us, and only a few weeks until Thanksgiving, it’s almost time for the annual Turkey Trot around Ballard! The 5k fun run was created by three people who wanted to get in some exercise on Thanksgiving morning to counteract all of the eating that takes place later on in the day, and 30 of their friends showed up to join them that first year; the next year 200 people showed up, and 5 years later, it’s one of the most popular 5k fun runs around Seattle.

The run starts at 9am on Thanksgiving, (November 22 this year) and starts at NW 85th & 32nd Ave NW, traveling down 34th and looping along Seaview to end at Golden Gardens. All proceeds for the run are donated to the Ballard Food Bank. Early registration is $25, and ends November 13th. Late and day-of registration is $30, (day-of sign up is cash or check only). To sign up for some pre-turkey calorie burning fun, or to learn more about the race, visit the Turkey Trot website today.

Golden Gardens Yard Work Party Tomorrow!

Tomorrow at Golden Gardens Park, Green Seattle Partnership will host a forest restoration work party to help clean up the area. The weather forecast for this weekend is sunshine and blue skies, with a high of 74; perfect weather to be working outdoors! According to

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Ballard-based Groundswell NW, volunteers are needed between 10am to 2pm, and duties will include removing various invasive plant species from the grounds. Earthcorps will be providing all of the necessary equipment, gloves, and positive attitudes to get the job done; and will also be offering light refreshments for their appreciation. If you’d like to sign up to volunteer for the event, you may do so by visiting the Earthcorps website.

The Annual 2011 Christmas Ships Are Coming to Ballard!

2011 Christmas Ship Festival in SeattleSeattle’s annual Christmas Ship Festival officially kicks off this Thursday, December 1st, and you don’t want to miss it when it floats by Ballard.  The 62 year Seattle tradition is a sure way to get you and your family into the holiday spirit.

On December 7th, head over to either the Ballard Locks or Golden Gardens Park in the evening to see the largest holiday floating parade in the world. The brightly decorated Christmas ships will stop in front of the Ballard Locks for 20 minutes, starting at 8:10pm. It’ll continue on to Golden Gardens Park and be there from 9:05-9:25pm. Pack a thermos of hot chocolate, warm your hands by the bonfire and listen to the Dickens Carolers.

If you’re busy on Wednesday, you can catch the ships up near Carkeek Park on Sunday, December 11th. The Christmas Ships arrive in Carkeek Park a bit earlier, around 6:00pm. For more information, check out the full schedule here. Happy Holidays!

Golden Gardens Playground in Ballard to Close This Week

Yarr Matays! Have your lil’ Vikings sail to different ships and embark on adventures at other Ballard playgrounds this week, as the Golden Gardens vessel will be closed this week until Saturday. It appears the Golden Gardens Explorer Dome needs a bit of fixin’. In the meantime, venture over to the Salmon Bay vessel or the Ballard Playfield for adventures and playtime expeditions. The Golden Gardens Explorer Dome will be good as new by Saturday.