Seattle Maritime Academy Offers FREE Events For Teens & Teachers

Seattle Maritime AcademyAttention Ballard High School Students & Parents

1. Do you know a high school student who needs something to do for a week in the summer?

2. Do you want them to have and adventure exploring the maritime industry and marine science?

3. Do you know a high school teacher or counselor who would love to know more about an exciting career that is looking for a new generation of workers?

If you answered “YES” to any of these questions, Seattle Maritime Academy has just the solution for you! Learn more about Seattle’s Maritime Industry during these FREE 4-day Experiential Events.


Registration is easy! There is room for 15 students and one adult per week.

o Session Starting July 18th

o Session Starting August 1st


The Seattle Maritime Academy prepares men and women for successful careers in passenger transportation, fishing and seafood processing, international trade, military operations and other maritime sub-sectors.

Seattle Maritime Academy is located at 4455 Shilshole Ave NW in Ballard’s West Woodland neighborhood.  Learn more:

This post was first shared via Facebook on June 27, 2017.  Access here.  

Theater For Young Children is coming to Ballard and it’s FREE!

Theater For Young Children is coming to Ballard and it’s FREE!

Sponsored by Arts in the Parks Grant from Office of Arts & Culture Seattle and Seattle Parks and Recreation, Theater For Young Children will bring their summer show to Ballard Commons and Salmon Bay Parks this July.


o Ballard Commons (5701 22nd Ave NW): Friday, July 14th at 6 PM and Saturday, July 15th at noon.

o Salmon Bay Park (2001 NW Canoe Place): Friday July 21st at 6 PM and Saturday, July 22nd at noon.

Families are encouraged to bring blankets, a picnic lunch/dinner, and sit and enjoy 45 min. of theater in the park. All shows are FREE, with a suggested $5/person donation.

About the Shows:

This summer’s show is Tales from the African Continent and features stories, games, and songs gathered from many countries and cultures.

“We perform the Tanzanian Folk Tale: Two Ways to Count to Ten and from West Africa: Why Mosquitos Buzz in People’s Ears. Our interactive storytelling allows children of all ages to participate by singing along to songs by famous Smithsonian Folkways artist, Ella Jenkins and join us on stage to play the Liberian children’s game Who is in the Garden.”

About Theater For Young Children:

Theater for Young Children is an outreach division of Sweet Pea Cottage Enterprises and part of the North Seattle Arts Initiative.

For more information about their programming or initiatives please visit or contact Cara Anderson-Ahrens at

This post was first shared via Facebook on June 28, 2017.  Access here.  

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FREE Crime Prevention Education Through Seattle Neighborhood Group

Seattle Neighborhood Group is offering FREE crime prevention education! Topics include Suspicious Activities, Personal Safety, ID Theft/ Fraud and MORE!

Contact them by phone (206-323-9666) or e-mail ( to make arrangements.

Learn more:

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CM Mike O’Brien at June 6 Phinney Ridge Community Council Meeting ​


Our District 6 City Council Representative Mike O’Brien will be the special guest at Phinney Ridge Community Council’s next meeting to discuss policies that he and the Council are proposing that could affect our neighborhood.

This is an important chance to participate directly with our representative in city government. Questions for Councilmember O’Brien will be taken in advance, at the door.

Date: June 6 , 2017
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N.

The Phinney Ridge Community Council is an all volunteer, independent organization of residents and business owners that advocates for projects and policies that enhance our neighborhood. Meetings are open to all.

Learn More:

Ballard Bake Sale To Benefit ACLU

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Calories for a cause don’t count, right?

‘Sweet Justice Ballard’ is hosting a bake sale to benefit the ACLU of Washington on Sunday, June 4th, and you are invited to participate!

From event sponsor Stephanie Barnes Koster: “So many of you generously baked for the Seattle King County NAACP bake sale and helped us raise over $1000. If you are interested in baking or donating prepackaged drinks or snacks please let me know. Thank you neighbors!”

To volunteer, donate baked goods or drinks, please contact Stephanie Barnes Kloster at

Not a baker?  No problem!  

Come buy a sweet treat and help support the important work of the ACLU. All proceeds from the sale will benefit the ACLU.  Sale runs from 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM on Sunday, June 4, 2017 at 936 NW 54th Street in Ballard’s West Woodland neighborhood.

Event details:

About Sweet Justice Ballard:

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. Our 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 Sweet Justice Ballard:

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

  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:

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: