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

Ballard SeafoodFest Is This Weekend!

seafoodAs a neighborhood with deep maritime roots, it’s only fitting that Ballard would have an entire festival devoted to seafood. The 40th anniversary of the Ballard SeafoodFest (and second iteration of the accompanying BeerFest), takes over Market Street and Ballard Avenue this weekend with more than 20 food vendors offering everything from Filipino-style seafood to Northwest crab cakes and, of course, the traditional salmon barbecue.

BeerFest has expanded this year, and will be featuring some familiar names from around the neighborhood at its new spot near the main music stage at 22nd Avenue NW and Ballard Avenue. Look for Hilliard’s, Reuben’s, Stoup, Bad Jimmy’s, NW Peaks, and Peddler, along with many more breweries from around the Northwest. 14 ounce beers are $5.00, and there will be wine for $7 for all of you non-beer-drinkers. For more family-friendly activities, head to Ballard Commons Park for the skateboard competition, the giant kids’ slide, and vendors offering a wide array of stuff just for kids. Make sure to come back on Sunday afternoon for the kids’ superhero costume contest and the raffle drawing – the grand prize is two tickets on Iceland Air!

Festivities are slated to begin at 11:00 a.m. on both Saturday and Sunday, and BeerFest wraps up at 10:00 each night. Click here for a full schedule of the events!

Reuben’s Brews’ Raises Money

According to this MyBallard article, Reuben’s Brewery (located in downtown Ballard) has raised over $7,000 for different local charities. Beginning last May, Reuben’s hosts a different charity or non-profit organization each Thursday and then donates $1 of every pint or growler that is sold that night to the featured organization.

Another aspect that is unique, is that Reuben’s encourages representatives from that nights featured organization to attend and raise awareness for their cause by talking about what they do. Tonight from 3pm to 8pm MEOW Cat Rescue will be the featured organization. For more information about this great weekly event, please visit Reuben’s website. 

Christmas Ships Coming to Ballard Friday Dec 13th and 17th

This wonderful holiday marina tradition is coming! The Argosy Christmas ships festival has been anchoring at harbors around the Puget Sound since 1949, and every year we look forward to seeing the beautifully lit up ship cruise by singing holiday music – quite a treat for the eyes and ears! If you’re around Ballard, don’t miss the festivities in the Shilshole Bay Marina from 7:15-7:35pm, stopping in Blue Ridge from 8:00-8:20pm, and ending over at Carkeek Park from 8:35-8:55pm. Argosy Christmas Ship

If you’re closer to Golden Gardens or Old Ballard, the Christmas ship will be making a stop at Golden Gardens & the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks on Tuesday the 17th.The Choir singing aboard this ship will be the Dickens Carolers, and a parade boat will of course follow the Christmas ship en route. This is always a treat for those hanging out in the marina, but if you’d like to climb aboard the Christmas ship, or the Parade ship that follows, book your seat before they fill up today!

Historic Ship Set for Auction in Ballard

According to the Seattle PI, the 303 foot historic vessel Sahara is being auctioned off on September 25th at 11 am at the Stabbert Maritime, located at 2629 N.W. 54th St. near Ballard. This is part of a settlement from a lawsuit brought against the owner of the Sahara as a result of the death of a worker on the ship. According to the article this ship started out as a US government oceanographic research vessel in the 1960’s.

In 2009 it was purchased for $1.5 million with the idea of turning it into a luxury floating hotel. Because of the economic decline and no way to fund the remodel the project never got off the ground. With a $2 million reserve on the auction make sure to bring your best offer forward.

For more information about this auction please check out this Seattle PI article.

Ballard Craft Beer Crawl

With the growing number of craft breweries that have opened up in Ballard recently, Thrillist has created a Ballard Craft Beer Crawl that you and your friends can follow. Where else in the Seattle are you able to try 8 different breweries all of which are within walking distance from each other?

Here is the order of breweries that Thrillist suggests you follow.

  1. Hale’s Ales
  2. Jolly Roger Tap Room
  3. Hilliard’s Beer
  4. Reuben’s Brews
  5. Urban Family Public House
  6. NW Peaks Brewery
  7. Populuxe Brewing
  8. Peddler Brewing Company

 

 

If you are looking to try out freshly made local beer, give the Ballard Craft Beer Crawl a try and let us know which place is your favorite. For more information about this as well as a short description of each brewery please visit the Thrillist website.

PhinneyWood Summer Streets Starts Friday

This Friday and Saturday August 9th & 10th come out to the PhinneyWood Summer Streets which is a huge family friendly party taking place on Greenwood Ave between N 67th and N 88th street. Greenwood Ave will be closed off to traffic during these two days to allow for the many events and games to take place. 

Here are just a few of the many events that will be taking place this weekend

  • Naked City Brewery Soccer Tournament 
  • Seattle Police Department Helmet Fittings
  • TASTY’s 4th Annual Art n Craft Fair
  • Phinney Center Gallery
  • 826 Seattle’s Portable Planetarium

For a complete list of events that will be taking place, please visit Seattle.gov. 

Kiss Cafe raises $$$$$ for Asher Deaver

According to MyBallard.com this past Saturday the Kiss Cafe raised over $15,000 for Asher Deaver a Ballard musician who is facing surgery to remove tumors from his head. Asher who went into surgery today was shocked at the generosity of the people who attended. Kegs of beer were donated with all of the proceeds that night going directly to a fund for his surgery. Hundreds of people cycled through the Kiss Cafe to support Asher and his worthy cause.

If you would like to donate to this cause the Kiss Cafe is also having a raffle to raise additional funds. The tickets are $10 each and you have a chance to win a 2 night stay at the Inn at Langley or an Ipad. You will be able to buy tickets through the end of this week with the winners being chosen on Monday. For more information on last Saturday’s event visit the MyBallard Blog or the Kiss Cafe facebook page!

Greenwood Street Soccer

Saturday August 10th is the 2nd annual Greenwood Street Soccer Tournament put on by Naked City Brewery, Summer Streets, and Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center’s Innovators Network. This 3 on 3 soccer tournament will take place on Greenwood Ave between 85th and 87th with sectioned off fields lining the street. If you are interested in putting a team together you are encouraged to pre-register as only a limited amount of teams will be allowed to participate. 

Friday night Naked City Brewing will host a pre-tournament party from 7-10pm offering up drink specials to get everyone fueled up for the following days games. All proceeds from the event will go directly to Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research.  For much more information about this event, please visit their website here.

  • Price: $150/team
  • When: Fri-Sat August 9th-10th
  • Where: Greenwood Ave between 85th-87th
  • Why: Sounds like a good time

Happy Hour in Ballard

With summer just beginning we thought it was the perfect time to highlight the happy hour scene in Ballard. The Hi-Life which is located just off of Market St. on Russell Ave is the perfect place to meet your friends after a long day at the office. They offer a great selection of $4 food items that include Margherita Pizza, Mac & Cheese, Onion Rings, Suicide Sliders, and many more treats. For beverages you can choose from eight northwest beers, house wine, or well drinks, each for only $3.50. They also offer seasonal specialty cocktails for $5. 

Happy Hour at the Hi-Life runs everyday from 3:00 pm to 6:30 pm and 10 pm to close. On Tuesday’s it goes all evening long from 3 pm until close.  For a complete menu of their happy hour please visit there website at Chowfoods.com.