Ballardite Knighted!

This week, a local Norwegian leader in the neighborhood Kim Nesselquist was appointed to Knight, First Class to the Royal Norwegian Order of Merit, a great honor and award that recognizes only the best foreign nationals living abroad for their leadership in promoting the Norwegian-American culture. Nesselquist grew up in Norway, but has spent the last 20 years in America and currently is the Director of Development at Pacific Lutheran University. He has also helped negotiate a variety of deals from contracts with Boeing and Norwegian Airlines to working with the fishing industries and markets in the U.S. and Norway. Nesselquist was honored on Norwegian Constitution Day in Ballard and will continue to be a strong Norwegian American figure in the community.

Seattle Summer Streets Days Coming to Ballard & West Seattle

It’s that time of year again; Seattle’s annual series of Summer Streets Days is here, where certain streets are marked off for pedestrians, bicycles, skateboards and various block parties in the surrounding Seattle areas, in particular the Ballard and West Seattle

West Seattle Street Closure, Photo Courtesy of Seattle Department of Transportation

neighborhoods. Beginning tomorrow night, 22nd st NW in Ballard will be closed off from 4-7pm right next to Bergen Place Park. Also on Sunday the majority of Alki Avenue Southwest will be closed to motorized vehicles between 9am-5pm to clear out for morning traffic, a  5k fun run, live music, and other activities. Please be prepared for traffic backups, and utilize non-motorized vehicles for transportation.