Norse Home Announces Upcoming Sunday Brunch Buffet Date


Norse Home is turning 60 years old and you’re invited to the celebration!

Come support Norse Home, and keep the vibrant Scandinavian culture of old Ballard alive! Whether you are stopping in for the delicious food, visiting with friends and family, or simply supporting a community non-profit, Norse Home would love to have all neighbors join in the celebration.

Date: Sunday, February 19, 2017
Time: 9:30 am – 1:00 pm
Cost: Adults $15, Seniors $10, Kids 5-12 $5, Under 5 FREE
Location:  Norse Home, 5311 Phinney Ave N Seattle, WA 98103
RSVP: Call 206-781-7400 to make reservations.

About Norse Home:

Norse Home is a non-profit, heritage retirement and assisted living community, located in Seattle’s historic Phinney Ridge.  The facility opened May 26, 1957 and was created as a safe-haven for the many Scandinavian elders living in Ballard.  Since the opening, many descendants of these first immigrants have moved to Norse Home where the Scandinavian tradition of hospitality and care continues to this day.

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SPD Victim Support Team Seeks Volunteers


Message from Jonah Spangenthal-Lee from Seattle Police Department:

“Domestic violence is a community issue. In the US, 1 in 3 women and 1 in 7 men will be victims of DV in their lifetimes. For the last 20 years, Seattle Police have partnered with community members to address and prevent domestic violence.

The Seattle Police Department recognizes the time immediately following a police response as a critical window for survivors to make empowered choices. However, emergency support and resources are often limited and hard to access. We need your help.

SPD offers a rewarding volunteer opportunity to offer your support when it is needed the most. The Victim Support Team (VST) is a mobile crisis team, operating on the weekends, responding city-wide to offer on-scene and over-the-phone support. Volunteers work in teams of two and provide resource referral, safety planning, and emergency supplies.

VST is now recruiting new volunteers for their Spring Training Academy! Deadline to submit an online application is March 1st, 2017. Volunteers must be 21+, have a Valid WA license, and pass an SPD background check. Find out more at

For additional information or questions, please contact the VST Volunteer Supervisor at or call (206) 615-0892.

The Victim Support Team is committed to connecting all community members, in every neighborhood, to this unique opportunity. Please pass along this information to friends and family.”

Community Meeting Scheduled to Discuss Reopening of Lincoln High School

Is your kid heading to High School in Fall 2019? If so, you’ll want to be aware of a community meeting to discuss the re-opening of Lincoln High School in Wallingford.

Date:  February 17, 2017
Time:  6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Location: Hamilton International Middle School, 1610 N 41st Street

From West Woodland Elementary PTA: “The agenda will include general information updates about the current and near-term work on assignment boundaries and principal selection, 24 credit graduation requirement, and some Q&A to get started, and then folks will have a chance to circulate through multiple stations and share concerns, ideas, questions that can help us move the school planning process forward.”

See public notice HERE.

A bit of history:

Lincoln High School opened in 1907 and closed in 1981, and since then has served as a temporary facility for various Seattle schools as they are renovated or when new facilities are being built. The school was prominently featured in the 1989 movie Class of 1999.

Seattle Public Schools project page details the renovation of the school: provides an in depth look at the history of this building:

Modern view:


Photo of Lincoln High School, dated 1914, courtesy Seattle Public Schools

Bake Sale To Support NAACP Exceeds Expectations

ballard-west-woodland-naacp-bake-sale-2017-02-12-10-55-32Pictured above Stephanie Barnes Kloster and Roxanne Baechler-Gill.

Stephanie Barnes Kloster spent the last week baking, hanging posters, and collecting baked good donations in preparation for today’s Bake Sale for the Seattle King County NAACP.

The bake sale was a result of Barnes Kloster wanting to show her support for human rights, but finding it difficult to join local rallies and marches due to the demands of being a new Mom. Instead of watching events unfold on television, Barnes Kloster decided to take action where she could, at her home in Ballard’s West Woodland neighborhood.

Using word of mouth and social networks, Barnes Kloster began promoting the Bake Sale event and donations started pouring in.  Fifteen West Woodland neighbors donated baked goods, while countless more neighbors donated their time.

Her goal for today’s event was to raise $300 for the Seattle King County NAACP, and she more that tripled that amount. “I just got home from the bake sale and it was an incredible experience… between cash donations and online donations we raised $942”, shared Barnes Kloster.

“We couldn’t have done it without all of the people who baked and volunteered. Thank you to everyone who donated treats, and special thanks to volunteers Matthew Kloster, Roxanne Baechler-Gill, Maggie Hood Bromberg, Oscar Baechler, and Megan Lynch. Thanks also to hosts Patrick Tippy and Amanda Brown for the use of their yard, to Amy Goldstein for designing the flyers, and Sue Pierce for helping publicize the event.”

Barnes Kloster shared that she is planning to do another bake sale in the spring, this time to support the ACLU.  If you are interested in participating, please contact Barnes Kloster at

Author’s Note:  Thank You Stephanie!  You truly have made a difference and we appreciate you!

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Live Music Venue Coming To NW 65th Street

Coming Soon to NW 65th Street! Woodland Hall is breathing life back into the former Josephine concert space at 608 NW 65th Street in Ballard’s West Woodland neighborhood.

Built in 1926, this location was originally a 600+ seat movie theater, Woodland Theater. Now home to Jigsaw Records, Weird Signals Recording Studio and individual artist studios/ practice space.

For photos & history of the theater, please visit:


Clean Sweep On NW 65th Street Scheduled For February 26



Happening Sunday, February 26, 2017 from 10am-12pm

We will kick off the 2017 Clean Sweep together at 10:00 am at Cafe Bambino, 405 NW 65th Street and then Clean Sweep NW 65th Street, from 3rd Ave NW to 8th Ave NW.  Facebook event notice:

Meet your neighbors, win prizes, and tidy up West Woodland’s Historic NW 65th Business District.

Event sponsored by 418 Public House, Stock, Cafe Bambino, Four Legged Friends, Seattle Clean Street Collective and West Woodland, BallardNeighbors. Additional sponsor opportunities available. Please email if interested.

Find them online!

418 Public House:
Cafe Bambino:
Four Legged Friends:
Seattle Clean Street Collective:
West Woodland, Ballard Neighbors:

Celebrate Kindness and Community on February 11


The Seattle Department of Neighborhoods invites all Seattle residents to celebrate kindness and community on Saturday, February 11, 2017—Seattle’s annual Neighbor Day.

Neighbor Day was conceived in 1995 when Phinney Ridge neighborhood activist Judith Wood suggested that the City designate “a special day to celebrate the goodness in those around us and to reach out and strengthen our bonds to each other.” Seattle Mayor Norm Rice proclaimed the Saturday before Valentine’s Day as Neighbor Appreciation Day, and the observance has grown every year since.

After a challenging 2016 that stirred up divisiveness and bitter debate both nationally and locally, we all need to remind ourselves that our greatest strength comes from one another. When we come together as communities and neighbors to share an experience, to express gratitude, to learn from one another, to support one another in times of need, to get to know each other – this is when we make the truest progress as a society.

To honor that, the City of Seattle encourages residents to celebrate this day by reaching out to neighbors, indulging in random acts of kindness, making new friends, and expressing thanks to those who help make their neighborhood a great place to live.

Whether you live in Seattle or elsewhere, the Department of Neighborhoods makes it easy for you to participate. Following are ideas that can help you plan your Neighbor Day event or activity:

  • Do something nice for a neighbor—take them to coffee, clean up their yard, bake them some cookies, invite them for a walk.
  • Organize a neighborhood potluck or open house. It can be as big or simple as you want.
  • Join in a neighborhood service project. Clean up a park, paint a fence or rake leaves for a neighbor, plant a tree, or organize a neighborhood cleanup.
  • Organize a Block Watch or emergency preparedness event. Seattle and most suburban cities offer resources through their police department’s crime prevention and safety units and their emergency management offices.
  • Stop by your local fire station and meet the crew.

The Department of Neighborhoods offers Neighbor Day resources for Seattle residents, businesses, and organizations —click here for ideas. For more information on Neighbor Day, visit