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! 

Annual Hot Chocolate Run Headed Our Way!

2016_HC_SEA_CourseMap_Small-791x1024Get ready to sprint your way to sweet sips!

Time to lace up those running shoes and sign up for the annual Hot Chocolate 15/5k run! This fun and festive event will be held on Sunday, March 6th and is fun for seasoned runners and first-timers who aren’t afraid of a challenge!

The 5k begins bright and early at 6:45a.m. and the 15k starts at 7:55a.m. Participants can expect a fun, well organized and challenging race through the heart of beautiful Downtown Seattle (hills and all!), a fabulous SWAG bag to take home and, of course, delicious chocolate!

If you’re looking for a fun way to spend your Sunday while getting a great workout, consider signing up for this once-a-year event. The challenge is worth it to get to the Post Race Party where runners will enjoy music, a family friendly environment and a ‘finisher’s mug’ filled with hot chocolate, chocolate fondue and delightfully dippable treats. Don’t sweat the calories, you will have earned this chocolate indulgence!

The Hot Chocolate Run isn’t just a great way to spend a day off. The Hot Chocolate Run is partnered with Ronald McDonald House Charities, helping to provide a home-away-from-home for children and the families of children being treated at Seattle Children’s’ Hospital, at little to no cost to the families. A portion of the proceeds from signing up for this race will go to this outstanding cause, helping to make a real difference in our community.

Not ready to lace up and race? That’s fine! But be aware, this race will take place in Downtown Seattle and along many main roads and thoroughfares, so you will want to plan ahead for any travel on that day. Take a look at the map (above) to see the route and read the chart below for a street closure timeline, to help you plan your day.

 

 

Street Closure

From

To

Side of Road

Closure Time

Anticipated Opening

2nd Ave Thomas St Broad St Whole Road 6:15AM 9:10AM
Broad St 2nd Ave Elliott Ave Westbound 6:15AM 9:15AM
Elliott Ave Broad St SR-99 NB On-Ramp SB One Lane 6:15AM 9:20AM
Elliott Ave SR-99 NB On-Ramp Western Ave Whole Road 6:20AM 9:20AM
Western Ave Elliott Ave Spring St Whole Road 6:20AM 9:40AM
SR-99 Bell St John St NB Lanes 6:15AM 11:15AM
SR-99 Western Ave John St SB Lanes 6:15AM 10:25AM
Aurora Ave Denny Way 45th St NB Lanes 6:15AM 11:15AM
Aurora Ave 38th St Denny Way SB Lanes 6:15AM 10:25AM
Harrison St Aurora Ave Dexter Ave Whole Road 6:25AM 11:15AM
Dexter Ave Harrison St Mercer St SB One Lane 6:25AM 11:15AM
Mercer St Dexter Ave 5th Ave East Bound Lanes 6:25AM 11:20AM
5th Ave Mercer St Thomas Ave SB Lanes 3:00AM 12:00PM
5th Ave Mercer St Thomas Ave NB Lanes 6:25AM 11:25AM

Large Lock Closed For Maintenance at Ballard Locks

It’s been brought to our attention that the large Ballard Lock will be closed through November 20th for it’s annual maintenance, so those big boats will have to find an alternative route between Lake Washington and Puget Sound for the next two weeks.

According to Komo news, vessels smaller than 115 ft long and 26 ft wide can use the small lock in the next few weeks during the closure. The BNSF Railroad Bridge near the locks will also be closed through November 18th for repairs, so boat operators of tall mast boats who aren’t able to use the small lock will not be able to pass through this route either. For more information about the Ballard Locks and upcoming closures, visit the City of Seattle website.

Carnegie Library Now a Historic Landmark

It’s now official; the Seattle Landmarks preservation Board has voted, and approved Ballard’s own Carnegie Library as a designated Landmark. After a long 30 year haul of being rejected repeatedly, the building is finally a historic landmark, even though a lot of Seattleites thought it was a landmark, since it has changed very little since it was built in the 20th century.

Henderson Ryan, the architect who built the Library also has several notable buildings still in tact around Seattle such as the Neptune theater and the Waldorf Hotel.  The Seattle Landmark Society voted unanimously to designate the building a historic landmark, and to see a list of Seattle’s Historic landmarks, visit the City of Seattle’s Historic Preservation website.

It’s Halloween; Don a Scary Costume, Save at These Local Restaurants/Bars

With Halloween right around the corner, Seattle restaurants are taking advantage of the festive scary scenery, and rewarding  cladly dressed Seattleites with specials on food and drink around town, from now until October 31st. Check out the list of establishments who actually prefer if you’re dining in Zombie attire than suit and tie this week.

Boka will be offering happy hour prices on all food and drink items to all diners dressed in Zombie attire this Saturday October 27th! Zombie diners are also encouraged to head over to the Thrill the World dance off in Occidental Park to break the record for biggest “Thriller” performance.

Belltown Pub will be hosting a Dracula PJ party with Halloween food and drink available, and no cover charge from 9-close on October 27th.

Linda’s Tavern is having a 50’s themed Halloween mixer on October 31st, with guest DJ King Dude. Party begins from 8pm-close, with free entry. Costumes strongly suggested.

Cupcake Royale Place your order of 12 or more cupcakes on or before October 30th for your big Halloween party, and receive a free pint of Cupcake Royale ice cream.

Cafe Flora will host a pumpkin decorating event on Saturday from 10am-2pm in Washington Park, perfect for your little ones. Pumpkin bread, pancakes and spiced cider will be on hand to snack on during the festivities. Costumes are welcome!

Seattle Ranks High on Best Cities to Trick or Treat; Which Ballard shops are Handing out Treats?

How does one rank trick-or-treatiness? The statistic gurus over at Zillow are at it again, this time measuring which cities across the country are the best for this year’s trick-or-treaters! Seattle ranked fourth overall, behind, Honolulu, Boston, and San Francisco, and they measured the rankings according to who is likely to provide the most candy, with the shortest walking distance, in the safest neighborhoods.  According to their findings, the top neighborhoods around the city include Loyal Heights, Phinney Ridge, Wallingford, Madison Park and the Roosevelt area.

Halloween is just around the corner, and  it falls on a Wednesday. If you’re taking the little ones trick or treating this year, be sure to check out the list of which Ballard shops are handing out candy from 4-6pm on October 31st. Happy Halloween!

Free Yoga at Golden Gardens Sunday

Have you ever wanted to try yoga outside? What better way to start your morning than yoga at Golden Gardens?! This Sunday the Ballard Health Clubwill be hosting yet another free yoga session in the grass at Golden Gardens, starting at 9:00 am- 10:15am. The last yoga in the park session was a huge success, so bring your own mat and come on down! MJ will be leading free flow yoga, chanting and meditation, and it’s a good idea to show up a few minutes early to stake out a good spot, and get situated before class begins.

Photo Courtesy of Ballard Health Club

Yogis will meet at the North end of the park before class, and it looks like Sunday will be a nice sunny morning for some outdoor exercise. For more information about the free yoga session, or other exercise classes please visit Ballard Health Club.

Ballard Outdoor Movie Friday: How to Train Your Dragon

UPDATE: The Outdoor Movie has been moved to Friday Aug 31st, due to rain in the weather forecast tonight.

The Shilshoe Bay Marina and the Port of Seattle will host an outdoor movie tonight, one of the best animated films this year: How to Train Your Dragon! The event is going to take place in celebration of the Marina’s 50th Anniversary, and just happens to coincide with Seattle Center’s  50th Anniversary of the World’s Fair.

The movie will begin at promptly at 8:30 and event staff members will be giving away free popcorn, ensuring a fun experience for the whole family! This is a free event, and pets and alcohol are not permitted on the premise. Bring the whole family down to the Marina, and kick off Labor Day Weekend on one of the last nice days of summer!

Desserts in Jars Author Comes to Ballard For Tasting and Book Signing

Photo Courtesy of tidymoms.net

It’s no surprise Seattle has recently become obsessed with putting just about anything in a mason jar, from pickling veggies, to beer, to flowers in a haphazard vase. But desserts created in jars is a new concept to me, and author Shaina Olmanson has an entire book dedicated to the delectable art. Tomorrow afternoon she will be joining the folks over at Hot Cakes, who also have a love for serving desserts in jars, to promote Olmanson’s book, “Desserts in Jars: 50 Sweet Treats That Shine.”

The book signing will take place at Hotcakes in Ballard at 1:00pm, and attendees will get to sample some of the desserts from the book, as well as some of Hot Cakes favored sweet treats. The event is $20 per person, and everyone will receive a signed copy of the book. For more information on the event visit Hot Cakes.

Seattle Officer Will Avoid Suspension if He Steers Clear of Trouble

Seattle Police Office Gary Hayes was involved in an off duty altercation last year after a brawl in Ballard, where he stepped on a handcuffed suspect. According to the Seattle Times, Hayes was referred for retraining after breaking the police department’s policies for professionalism off duty. Haye’s Seattle Police chief put him on a 10 day suspension without pay, but is not taking the situation lightly, and has made the punishment with the inclination that he stay out of trouble for the next two years.

Hayes was off duty when the incident occurred last December outside of Balmar, and ended up in a fight with three other men when he confronted a woman for taking his coat. Hayes was later charged with misdemeanor assault, which happened right around the time the Department of Justice ran an investigation that found the Seattle Police Department too often engaged in using excessive force. For more information, visit the Seattle Times.