Furry 5K Fun Run & Walk To Raise Funds For Seattle Animal Shelter

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Calling all paws!

Each year, thousands of two-legged runners accompanied by hundreds of four-legged runners join the fun in the Seattle Animal Shelter’s annual Furry 5K Fun Run and Walk. This year’s event is scheduled for June 11, 2017 at Seward Park. On-site registration starts at 10 a.m. and the race starts at 11:30 a.m.  All proceeds directly support the Shelter’s “Help the Animals Fund.” To preregister or for more information, go to www.Furry5K.com.

  Hurry and register before June 1st to get the $35 early bird pricing!

Register now: HERE

Where you’ll be racing: Seward Park 5900 Lake Washington Blvd S

Why you’ll be racing: Proceeds benefit Help the Animals Fund (HTAF). Established by the Seattle Animal Shelter in 1977, HTAF has been providing care for sick, injured and abused animals. The goal of this organization is to rehabilitate animals that have been subjected to cruelty and neglect. 

SPD Micro-Community Policing Plan Survey Results Are Now Available

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Screenshot of the Seattle Police Department’s MCPP Website

The Final Report of the Seattle Police Department’s Micro-Community Policing Plans evaluation and the results of the 2015 and 2016 Seattle Public Safety Survey are now available on the SPD Blotter and MCPP Webpage.

Access here: http://spdblotter.seattle.gov/2017/04/18/seattle-university-issues-report-on-spd-micro-community-policing-plans/

Interested in viewing our neighborhood plan?  Ballard’s West Woodland Neighborhood is part of “Ballard South” and the plan document is available here: SPD – Micro Community Policing Plan – Ballard South

Past posts regarding SPD Micro-Community Policing Plans are available here: https://goo.gl/ceb9VG

Ballard Putt Putt & Beer Crawl to Benefit Bellwether Housing

Find your foursome! Ballard Putt Putt & Beer Crawl to Benefit Bellwether Housing is happening Sunday, May 7 from 1:00 pm – 5:30 pm.

Sponsored by West Woodland’s own Lucky Envelope Brewing, Populuxe Brewing, Stoup Brewing, & Reuben’s Brews. $20 entry fee goes to local non-profit Bellwether Housing.

Sign up in at one of the breweries listed above. Space is limited. Learn more: https://www.facebook.com/events/201739760316560/

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West Woodland Woman Creating Blessing Bags For Mary’s Place

Ballard West Woodland Megan Lynch

Photo:  Megan Lynch

For Mother’s Day, Sweet Justice Ballard member Megan Lynch is assembling and delivering blessing bags to Mary’s Place in Seattle. Each blessing bag will include a bottle of Jamberry lacquer, 2 sheets of accent wraps, a packet of Nourish hand cream, and chocolates.

I created these bags because every woman deserves to be pampered. It is my way of giving back locally using the tools I have, and supporting one of Jamberry’s values to Be A Blessing“, stated Lynch.

The cost of each gift bags is $15 and Lynch is asking neighbors to support this sweet surprise by making a cash donation to cover costs.  If interested, neighbors should contact Lynch by Sunday, April 16, 2017.  This will ensure adequate time to order, assemble, and deliver  the gift bags by Mother’s Day, which is Sunday, May 14, 2017.

Email Megan Lynch at meganemails@gmail.com if you’d like to sponsor a bag.

Ballard West Woodland Blessing BagAbout Sweet Justice Ballard:

Founded by West Woodland neighbor Stephanie Barnes Kloster, Sweet Justice is a group dedicated to grassroots networking and fundraising for social justice platforms. The group is based in the Ballard neighborhoods of Seattle, Washington. The goal is to raise funds for social justice groups through bake sales and other community events, and to assist and empower individuals in creating fundraisers to support organizations they are passionate about.

Join here:  Sweet Justice Ballard

Public Health Vaccination Data Available

It’s that time of the year! Kids are looking forward to warm weather fun and parents may be researching Seattle Public Schools options for the upcoming school year.

Before enrolling your child, make sure to review vaccination data from Public Health – Seattle & King County, access here: https://publichealthinsider.com/2015/02/06/look-up-immunization-levels-in-your-neighborhood/

The 2015-2016 school year data for West Woodland Elementary Kindergartners shows 89.9% vaccinated (MMR), which is up 8.4% from 2012-2013 (81.5% completion rate).

From Public Health – Seattle & King County:

“In general, coverage rates over 90% are thought to be necessary to protect the community most effectively from measles outbreaks through “herd immunity” of the population.”

Learn more here!

Ballard West Woodland Vaccination Rate King County

SDOT Survey: Sidewalks On Your Block

Most of Ballard’s West Woodland neighborhood has fully functional sidewalks, but there are blocks where sidewalks are in disrepair, unusable, or have completely disappeared. Trees have done some of the damage, and heavy industrial vehicles have done even more.


The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) is working to prioritize the sidewalk repair process so that it is efficient, fair, and proactive.  The survey is short, it only takes about seven minutes to complete, and will provide SDOT with valuable data as they continue their mapping program.

The survey includes an opportunity for neighbors to rank sidewalk repair work and provides a dialogue box where you can share suggestions on areas you believe SDOT should prioritize.  You will also find an explanation of terms used by the department, including:

  • Incomplete sidewalks
  • Sidewalk Uplift, Cracking, Settling
  • Sidewalk Width
  • Obstructions that reduce the sidewalk width, including vegetation
  • Vertical Barriers that prohibit access from one section of a sidewalk to another

From SDOT:

“Existing sidewalk qualities could affect access to mobility for many people. Maintaining a pedestrian clear zone is important to creating a connected, accessible pedestrian network.”

Click here to access the survey and help improve pedestrian access in our neighborhood!

Neighbors Invited To Norse Home For Easter Brunch

Norse Home West WoodlandHeaded for an afternoon at the Woodland Park Zoo? Why not start a new tradition, and stop across the street for a delicious family brunch at Norse Home!

You’re invited to join us on Easter Sunday, April 16th, at 9:30 AM, for our Brunch Buffet.  The event features delicious Swedish pancakes, and traditional breakfast menu items, completed with a Norwegian flair. All funds raised will go directly back towards supporting the Norse Home community.

Come spend your Easter morning with us, and continue to keep the vibrant Scandinavian culture of traditional Ballard alive!

Adults      $15
Seniors    $10
Kids 5-12  $5
Under 5    Free

This event will take place from 9:30 AM to 1:30 PM. Norse Home is located at:

5311 Phinney Ave N
Seattle, WA 98103

Call 206-781-7400 to make reservations.

Questions? Feel free to email Jeremy@norsehome.org, call our facility, or send us a Facebook message: https://www.facebook.com/norsehomeretirementcommunity/