Free Theater For Children Happening in Ballard This Fall

Theater For Young Children Ballard West WoodlandTheater for Young Children, a theater group that recently toured North Seattle Parks as part of the Seattle Office of Arts and Culture’s Arts in the Parks program, is coming to Ballard Community Center and Loyal Heights Community Centers this fall!

The group will be performing two charming stories that take us out into the woods and into the fall weather.  Juan and Maria (based on a Filipino folk tale similar to Hanzel and Gretel) and Scaredy Squirrel, that lovable rascal created by author Melanie Watt.

Like all Theater For Young Children performances, this one is:

*Filled with live acting and music by professional artists
*Geared toward children ages 2-10
*Free to the public (we gladly accept a donation of $10/family)
*Approx. 50 min. in length

Event Information:

Ballard Community Center:  Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at 11:15 AM
Loyal Heights Community Center:  Friday, November 17, 2017 at 11:15 AM

Real Change Vendor Donald Morehead has turned struggle and pain into a gift

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Congratulations to Real Change vendor Donald Morehead, winner of the 2017 Real Change Vendor of the Year award!

Donald sells Real Change newspapers outside Ballard Market, 1400 NW 56th Street in Ballard’s West Woodland neighborhood. You can find him most afternoons greeting customers with a smile & hello near the north entrance.

Real Change Ballard Market Donald Morehead 01About Donald Morehead:

“When Real Change vendor Donald Morehead first came to Seattle 17 years ago, he was broke, homeless, had PTSD from a life of trauma and was self-medicating to get through the day.

Within hours of his arrival by Greyhound, a couple of homeless guys pointed Donald to Real Change. He was selling the paper the next day. On his first day, Donald went from having nothing to $40.”

Learn more about Donald and his journey to Seattle 17 years ago:

About Real Change:

Real Change is a reader supported social enterprise. They combine quality news production, fearless social justice advocacy and non-judgmental low barrier employment opportunities for homeless & very low-income people.

Real Change relies on broad-based grassroots donor support to fund approximately 2/3 of our annual budget. The remaining 1/3 of our revenue comes from earned income sources – advertising, circulation sales and subscriptions.

Learn how you can support this important community resource:

Thank you to Whittier Heights neighbor Cynthia Slate for providing photos for this post.

Seattle Animal Shelter Foundation to Recognize Retiring Seattle Police Department K9 Patrol Dog Ziva on Oct. 14

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With more than 5000 police calls, 81 felony arrests, 23 misdemeanor arrests and more under her collar, Seattle Police Department’s K9-3 Ziva is ready for retirement this fall before her 10th birthday on Nov.15. In addition to her crime fighting, with her partner Sergeant Mark Wong, Ziva’s helped raise more than $40,000 over the years for local animal shelters and organizations, including the Seattle Animal Shelter Foundation.

Ziva broke new ground for “grrrl power” as she was the first female “generalist patrol” police dog to work with the Seattle Police Department Canine Unit and for a few years, she was also the only female generalist patrol dog in the State of Washington. For background, a “generalist patrol” police dog is a person tracker vs a “detection” dog that is used to seek out and detect drugs, explosives or other items. After she and Mark passed their State of Washington and Washington State Police Canine Association certification on Feb. 10, 2011, Ziva caught her first suspect on Feb. 11 and from there, she built up her tracks and arrests, earning SPD Canine Unit “Team of the Year” awards in 2013 and 2014.

She also found time to be a notable K9 and community ambassador, demonstrating her tracking skills at more than 100 events in Seattle area, performing at the Seattle Kennel Club Dog Show and raising money to help dogs and other animals in need. She and Mark became favorites at the Seattle Animal Shelter Foundation’s annual Raining Cats & Dogs auction where they donated a K9 Ride-a-Long experience to bid on where the lucky winner would join Ziva and Mark on their third shift patrol.

“Ziva has had a remarkable career, and the Seattle Animal Shelter Foundation is thrilled for the opportunity to recognize her contributions to Seattle both on the job as a patrol dog and her off duty ambassador work. Ziva and Mark’s dedication to the welfare of Seattle’s families, including our cats, dogs, and critters, is evident in everything they do, and makes our city a happier, healthier and safer place for everyone,” said Whitney Allen, president of the Seattle Animal Shelter Foundation.

Ziva will be recognized and celebrated at the Seattle Animal Shelter Foundation’s 7th Annual Raining Cats and Dogs Auction on Saturday, Oct. 14. As part of this event, there will also be a special Fund-a-Need effort to raise money for the first X-ray suite at the Seattle Animal Shelter. It will be announced that the X-ray suite will be dedicated to Ziva in honor of her retirement and tireless work to protect families, pets and the Seattle community. The opening and dedication of X-ray suite is being planned for Feb. 2018 with event date being announced in coming weeks. For more information or to get auction tickets to join, please visit

About the Seattle Animal Shelter Foundation

The Seattle Animal Shelter Foundation (SASF) supports the programs and initiatives of the Seattle Animal Shelter by engaging our community, increasing awareness and raising funds. SASF is a non-profit organization comprised of volunteers dedicated to enriching and enhancing the lives of animals cared for by the Seattle Animal Shelter. SASF reflects the support that the Seattle community and Shelter volunteers have for this essential City agency.

Photo below of Seattle Police Department’s K9-3 Ziva and partner Sergeant Mark Wong courtesy Seattle Animal Shelter Foundation.


Nature Inspired Exhibition Opening At Ballard’s Blowing Sands Glass Studio

Ballard resident and artist Robert Sparrow Jones’ solo exhibition, The Uncertain Landscape, opens Sunday, October 1 at Blowing Sands Glass Studio.  Jones grew up in Pennsylvania, and his work reflects his relationship with nature, evoking a deep sense of place.

Robert Sparrow Jones Ballard Blowing Sands Glass Studio“What moves me to make these works is the trifecta of memory, love, and the passage of time. The pictures serve as a shifting cross-section—using color, tone, and an expressive languor in paint language, to create a local dialect that, although uneven, I think vividly captures the energy, the mutability, or perhaps the stubborn persistence of what it’s like to be affected by place,” Jones shared.

The exhibition, including Rosa acicularis, which is shown on the right, has a strong narrative quality. Jones shared that they are meant to act in the present but suggest a past, moving with the rhythm of everyday life that is rife with multiple time signatures.

“The figures are intended to add atmosphere to past peregrinations and dalliances and knit the uncertainties of our life’s complications into such a lovely, changeable shifting. The emotional landscape emerges when our attentiveness to the sensual world brings a certain mutable responsiveness from the imperatives of consciousness.”

Show Information:

The Uncertain Landscape is showing from October 1 through October 30, 2017 at Blowing Sands Glass Studios, located at 5805 14th Ave NW in Ballard’s West Woodland neighborhood.

About Robert Sparrow Jones:

Robert Sparrow Jones received his BFA from Kutztown University and MFA from the Hoffberger School of Painting at Maryland Institute College of Art, studying with Abstract Expressionist, Grace Hartigan.

He was an Assistant Professor of Painting at Piedmont College and NOVA Southeastern University. His Artist in Residencies include, The Studios of Key West, the Vermont Studio Center, Museum of Glass, and the Frye Art Museum. He was awarded Deering Estate one year fellowship in Miami, a Can Serrat Artist Grant in Spain, and nominated for an Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship in 2017.

Jones’s work has been reviewed in Oxford American Magazine, Athens Food and Culture, Seattle Magazine, Baltimore Magazine, and his paintings appear in New American Paintings.

His work has been exhibited from New York City to Hong Kong and he is a regular contributing writer for the Michigan Quarterly Review. He lives and works in Crown Hill, Seattle, and is Dale Chihuly’s painting assistant.

Learn more:

Lucky Envelope Brewing Celebrates Mid-Autumn Festival with Specialty Beer Releases

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Lucky Envelope Brewing, whose founders are of Chinese descent, will celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival, a harvest festival celebrated in Asia, with a small batch lotus seed paste beer release inspired by mooncakes on Saturday, September 30th at their tasting room in Ballard. Traditionally the holiday is meant to bring family and friends together and to give thanks for the autumn harvest.

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Barry Chan, Co-Founder, Brewmaster

“When I lived in Los Angeles near my grandmother, it was family tradition for us to get together for the Mid-Autumn Festival and Chinese New Year celebrations,” said Raymond Kwan, co-founder of Lucky Envelope. “Everybody loved our Historic Mijiaya Chinese Beer released earlier this year, so we thought it would be fun to share our mooncake-inspired lotus seed paste beer during the Mid-Autumn Festival.” Mooncakes are a baked delicacy eaten during the festival and traditionally made from lotus seed paste.

The first 30 guests who stop in on the day of the event will receive a lucky envelope with a special coupon. In addition Lucky Envelope will also be serving free mooncakes, while supplies last.

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Raymond Kwan, Co-Founder, Director of Operations

As an added bonus, in continuation of their monthly Barrel-Aged beer releases, Lucky Envelope will be releasing a vanilla imperial milk stout that has been aged for nine months. Vanilla beans add a delicious round richness to the beer’s milk chocolate and coffee notes. Lucky Envelope regularly releases a barrel-aged beer on the last Saturday of each month.

Lucky Envelope takes its name from the Chinese tradition – tied closely with the Lunar New Year celebration – of elders bestowing often red-and-gold envelopes to loved ones as a gesture of luck and goodwill. Lucky Envelope is a family-friendly craft brewery headquartered in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle. The brewery has garnered accolades since its May 2015 opening, including several medals at the 2016 & 2017 Washington Beer Awards and at the prestigious 2015 Great American Beer Festival® (GABF) competition.

Lucky Envelope Brewing is located at 907 NW 50th Street, Seattle, WA 98107 in Ballard’s West Woodland neighborhood.

New On NW 65th Street: Liz Taylor Mural

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New Mural: 500 NW 65th Street

Over the last several weeks, I have watched a mural of Elizabeth Taylor take shape on the east side of the building that is home to StockSlave to the Needle, and The Tin Hat.

I caught up with one of the artists, Aaron Bell (Facebook: @aaronbelltattoofriends), and he shared a bit about the composition.

From Aaron:

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Photo of Aaron Bell and mural.

“The driving force behind the project was Cheyenne Randall. I painted the tattoos on Elizabeth Taylor, and fellow tattoo artist Elijah Cole painted the Seatown tattoo.”

“My wife Melissa approached Cheyenne about doing the project for us. We didn’t give him a whole lot of specific direction and just let him run with it.”

“The imagery consists of classic tattoo design sources such as swallows, roses, and snakes, and Liz Taylor we felt conveyed luxury, as our shop (Slave To The Needle) is known for quality. I like how the moon gives it a sense of enchantment and gives a nod to the divine feminine and is balanced out with the snakes, symbols of masculinity.”

Aaron also shared that he has received positive feedback regarding the project. No surprise, the mural is amazing! I love the old Hollywood design, thoughtfully blended with artistic tattoos. It truly enhances West Woodland’s Historic NW 65th Business District.

Thank you Cheyenne, Aaron, and Elijah! Great addition to our neighborhood!

Learn more about Cheyenne Randall:

Photo of Aaron Bell courtesy, Aaron Bell Tattoo Friends Page.

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Now Available: Three Design Choices For 412 NW 65th Street

It’s been a long time coming, We’ve known since 2015 that a new building was being planned for the NE corner of 5th Ave NW and NW 65th Street.

The original design, see, lacked a large retail space, which meant the loss of any future pub or restaurant at this location. Working with S+H Works, we were able to influence the design and as a result our neighborhood will have space for a restaurant, or other small/medium sized business, in the same location as the current building.

The owners/ developer are open to feedback, and have provided us with three plans that they are seeking feedback on. This is a great opportunity for neighbors to influence the look and feel of a building that most of us will see every day.

See design choices here:

Other documents related to this project:

(1) Design review meeting information:
(2) Sale & Development Announcement (2016):
(3) History of this building, courtesy Vintage West Woodland – Ballard

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