Upcoming School Tours

school-open-house-02Time for school tours!  If you are interested in learning more about your local school options, take note of the following open house events and tour dates listed below.

Please review individual school websites for more details. Most tours are for parents and guardians only, childcare is not generally provided.

West Woodland Elementary School (K through 5th grade):
Thursday, January 31 2019 from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

St. Alphonsus School (PreK through 8th grade):
Sunday, January 27, 2019 from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Hamilton International Middle School (6th through 8th grade):
Tuesday, January 22, 2019 at 6:30 p.m.

Lincoln High School (9th & 10th grade families):
Tuesday, January 15, 2019 at 6:30 p.m.
Please note: Because construction on the school is not complete, this meeting will be held at Hamilton Middle School.


Vote for the Best Urban Street Redesign of 2018!

StreetsBlog USA wants you to vote for the BEST Urban Street Design of 2018.  In the running you’ll find Ballard’s Gemenskap Park, located along 14th Ave NW in Ballard’s West Woodland neighborhood.  SDOT’s Dongho Chang submitted the nomination and Gemenskap Park has made the top five, competing against projects from as far away as Memphis, Tennessee.

Message from Dawn Hemminger, East Ballard Community Association:

“We need your help to spread the word quickly and to get people to vote for ‘Seattle’ by Jan 2. Can you help us do that? Vote and share with friends, family, coworkers, other organizations, etc.”

Now it’s your turn neighbors! Get busy sharing this blog post with your social media contacts and please vote by Wednesday, January 2nd.

Vote Here: https://usa.streetsblog.org/2018/12/28/vote-for-the-best-urban-street-redesign-of-2018/

Gemenskap Park Dongho Chang Ballard West Woodland

Photo of Gemenskap Park, courtesy Dongho Chang, Seattle Department of Transportation.  

36th District Town Hall Happening January 5th

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Please join your 36th District legislators at the Seattle Opera Center (363 Mercer St., Seattle, WA, 98109) on Saturday, January 5th from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

They’re hosting this town hall prior to the 2019 Legislative Session so that you can share your thoughts and ideas on the issues that matter most to you.

Light refreshments will be provided and children are welcome to attend.


Find your district online!

Not sure which legislative district you belong to?  We understand!

Ballard’s West Woodland neighborhood is split between TWO districts, 36th & 43rd Legislative districts.

To find which district you belong to please visit, Washington State District Finder.

New Crosswalk & Curb Bulbs Coming To NW 65th Street

Seattle Department of Transportation announced on Tuesday, November 27 that construction of the planned pedestrian safety improvements at NW 65th Street and 6th Ave NW will begin in the next couple weeks, pending completion of other area projects.

This project, years in the making, is a critical crossing point necessary for the creation of the future 6th Ave NW Greenway.  Here’s a diagram of what neighbors can expect when the crossing is complete:

NW 65th and 6th Ave NW Crosswalk

The 6th Ave NW Greenway has been in the works for several years and enjoys the support of neighbors and businesses. The original crossing concept was created by Chris Saleeba and Fred Young of Alta Planning & Design and won 2nd Place in the 2015 Seattle Neighborhood Greenways PARK(ing) Day Design Competition.  

Thank you to the following individuals and groups for their continued support.  Cathy Tuttle and Gordon Padelford, Seattle Neighborhoods GreenwayJamee Ashburn, Ballard GreenwaysRobin Randels of Greenwood-Phinney Greenways, Dawn Hemminger of Groundswell NW and the East Ballard Community Association and Chris Saleeba and Fred Young of Alta Planning & Design.

Learn more about this project:

  1. SDOT project document (dated 2016):  6th Ave NW Greenway
  2. Seattle Neighborhoods Greenway: Safe routes to school
  3. West Woodland Neighbors Updates:  6th Ave NW Greenway Posts

Photo below, dated August 2015, shows neighbors participating in the 6th Ave NW Greenway Walk, lead by Cathy Tuttle formerly of Seattle Neighborhood Greenways. 

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More Trees Coming To 8th Ave NW

Ballard West Woodland 2018-03-19 11.20.19-1The City of Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) will be implementing a beautification project in Ballard.

SDOT Urban Forestry Division will be replacing the missing trees in the center median along 8th Ave NW, north of NW 65th Street.

Tentative schedule for tree planting is as follows:

  • From NW 65th Street to NW 75th Street, planting 12/5/2018 and 12/6/2018
  • From NW 75th Street to NW 85th Street, planting 12/12/2018 and 12/13/2018

From SDOT:

“Please, help us out by complying with the “No Parking” signs coming to your street. We are sorry for any inconvenience, just need a little space to park trucks, unload tools and trees.  If you have questions concerning this project please contact Sherry Graham in SDOT Urban Forestry at 206-615-1569 or via email at sherry.graham@seattle.gov.”

For more information on this project, visit: at www.seattle.gov/transportation/street-trees.

Boy Scout Troop 100 Marks 62 Years Selling Christmas Trees in Ballard

Troop 100 Tree Lot 1It’s Christmas tree time again for Boy Scout Troop & Crew 100 Ballard. The 75 Scouts along with their parents will be selling Christmas trees for their annual fundraiser at Saint Alphonsus parking lot, located along 15th Ave N.W.

The Scouts help customers find the perfect tree, give it a fresh cut and use their Scouting skills to make sure trees are tied onto cars with proper knots.

Proceeds from sales help send the entire Troop to summer camp, operate the Troop “White Whale” bus and cover camping trips and activities expenses.  The Troop also donates trees to several local churches along with a portion of the proceeds to support local charities and local families in need.

“The tree lot is a great example of scouting’s patrol method in action,” says Scout Master, Patrick McCann.  “The older scouts take the lead and teach the younger scouts the necessary skills to run the lot.  In a few years those younger scouts will be the ones teaching the skills. The lot is a great opportunity for scouts from both the Troop and Crew to work together and interact with the Ballard community.”

Troop 100 has been selling Christmas trees in the Ballard area since 1956.  

Troop 100 Tree Lot 2Originally selling trees door-to-door, Troop 100 began operating a tree lot at Arts Food Center (now QFC) on Holman Road.  The Troop tree lot moved twice until landing at St. Alphonsus’ parking lot in 1991.  Buying a tree at the Troop 100 lot is a tradition with many Ballard families returning year after year.


Saint Alphonsus Parish Parking Lot along 15th Ave. N.W.  (between N.W. 57th & N.W. 58th Streets)


Saturday November 24 – Friday December 14

  • Kickoff 9:00 am, Saturday, November 24
  • Monday through Friday: 2:00pm – 8:00pm
  • Saturday & Sunday: 9:00am – 9:00pm

Products Available:

  • Six varieties of fresh-cut trees ranging from 3’ – 8’ tall:
  • Nobel Fir, Nordmann Fir, Fraser Fir, Grand Fir, Norway Spruce, Sheared Douglas Fir, and Natural Douglas Fir
  • Trees are delivered twice a week from local growers to ensure freshness.
  • Fresh Holiday greenery:
  • Deluxe Wreaths, Mantlepieces and cedar Garland by the foot.

For more information:


Ballard Artist Akira Ohiso Wins JMN Design Contest

Ballard Akira Ohiso JMN Design Contest Winner

Photo courtesy Jewish Multiracial Network

Congratulations to Ballard artist Akira Ohiso for winning 1st place in Jewish Multiracial Network’s (JMN) design contest. Ohiso created the Jews of Color Convening (JOCC) poster which will be featured during the 2nd National JOCC happening this spring. His submission showcased the vibrance of intersectional and Jews of Color identities, and you can see his winning entry at Ohiso.com.

Locally, a collection of Ohiso’s mixed media work is available for view at the The Oddfellows Building, 915 E Pine St, Suite 401, in downtown Seattle. Learn more: https://www.facebook.com/events/2451945018464089/

From the Jewish Multiracial Network:

Akira is an artist, writer and musician who gained popularity as an outspoken blogger and social media voice, and is now using social media to curate about green living, art, and a philosophy of “slowing down.” He received his Masters of Social Work degree in 2003 and worked for years in the social services profession. His invaluable experience working with underserved populations continues to inform his engagement in the digital world. He was the co-founder and editor of Green Door Magazine. He is married to Ellie Ohiso and lives in Seattle with their three children.

About the 2nd Jews of Color Convening:

The 2nd Jews of Color Convening (JOCC), sponsored by the Jews of Color Field Building Grant, is an initiative by Jews of Color and for Jews of Color and their families to wage strategic impact upon the Jewish community far and wide.

This year, JOCC will take place in Copake, New York, at the Berkshire Hills Eisenberg Camp, from Sunday, June 17 – Wednesday, June 20, 2018.  Those interested in learning more are encouraged to visit tinyurl.com/JOCC2018.  Additional information about the event, including fees and transportation details, can be accessed  at https://tinyurl.com/yc28u564.

Ballard Akira Ohiso JMN Design Contest poster