Soulumination Seeks Evergreen Donations

Planning a seasonal landscape clean-up? Prune your evergreens at the end of November & donate those boughs to neighborhood non-profit Soulumination.

From Soulumination: “Donating greens for the wreaths sold at our 12th Annual Artists’ Sale is a great way to have a big impact on our mission. Wreath sales brought in over $14,000 last year. Please let us know if you can give any of these greens to our wreath making efforts in November.”

Greens can be dropped off near their office at 1113 NW 52nd Street in Ballard‘s West Woodland neighborhood in late November. Please call their office to schedule your donation drop-off and discuss types of greens.

Phone: 206-297-0885
Address: 1113 NW 52nd Street


Need A Nanny? Online Community Connects Care Providers And Parents

Post updated 10/31/2017


Laura Scoccolo, Chief Mommy at Nanny Parent Connection

Ballard’s busting at the seams with new babies and professional childcare providers are in high demand. Some parents may find that the national corporate childcare connection groups, like and UrbanSitter, do not serve their individual needs well. Whether it’s off hours, special needs, or caring for multiples,  finding someone local with the skills you need can make all the difference in your child’s day and bring you peace of mind.

NW Seattle Mom, Laura Scoccolo, began building an online community of care providers and parents, in an effort to alleviate some of these frustrations. As a result, Nanny Parent Connection was born. The group has been well received throughout the region, serving Western Washington, and currently has approximately 19,000 members, with new families and care providers joining each week.

I forgot to tell you the best part… Parents/families can join for as low as $8.99/month and care providers as low as 2.99/month.  Learn more:

One of the great benefits of joining Nanny Parent Connection is members can search for or offer childcare by just posting to the private Nanny Parent Connection Facebook group page. Parents have full access to a network of over 9,000 nannies, babysitters, and au pairs in the Puget Sound region who are offering full time/part time nanny, babysitting and “last minute” care, plus connect with hundreds of nanny shares.

I gave the group a test drive over the summer and found a fantastic caregiver, who was looking for a temporary care position, which fit our needs perfectly.  This blogger is a happy customer!

Find Nanny Parent Connection online!


New School Opens In Ballard’s West Woodland Neighborhood

ROOT Academy Seattle Ballard West WoodlandWelcome to the neighborhood: Root Academy

Root Academy has opened a school at 6210 5th Ave NW in Ballard’s West Woodland neighborhood. The school currently serves Preschool – 3rd grade and will be adding a 4th – 6th grade class beginning Fall 2018. This location is the former parish house for Calvary Ballard Church, see history here.

Root Academy is founded on the idea that all children are capable of developing to their highest potential. The integration of Montessori and Japanese styles of education enables students of all abilities to learn how to discover themselves. Daily martial arts practice builds confidence as well as a strong sense of self.

A foundation of martial arts, Japanese philosophy, and Montessori education encourages each student to follow a self-directed but gently guided path. A culture that inspires independent thinking, creative problem solving, and a deep sense of empathy and connection prepares students to actively engage with their local community and the world surrounding them.

Learn more:

Call For Submissions! 2017 Shop Local Holiday Guide

Holiday-Gift-Guide-Image-516x650Attention Artists, Crafters, Quilters, Cooks, Bakers, Musicians, Small Biz Owners (Did I miss anyone?)

Want to be included in the 2017 Shop Local Holiday Guide? We are taking submissions from neighbors and shop owners that would like to have an item included in our neighborhood guide.

As Ballard residents start shopping for holiday gifts, this guide will help them shop small, right here in Ballard’s West Woodland neighborhood. Buying local has a big impact on our neighborhood and surrounding communities:

1. More tax revenue, for community services like education, road repair, and more, stays in our communities when you shop local
2. Local nonprofits receive 250% more support from local businesses than from large businesses
3. More local purchases means less transportation/shipping transit, which is more environmentally friendly
4. Shopping local supports local, quality jobs for our neighbors and friends

We can’t make this guide without your help. Help us, help you!

Submit the following via email ( by November 15, 2017 in order to be included in the guide:

a. Item photo
b. Item description
c. Business name, web address

Here’s a link to last year’s guide:

Thanks for helping to make 2017 BIGGER & BETTER!

Fright Lights Shining Bright In Ballard

DJ Disco Vinnie Ballard West Woodland

Ballard Homeowner’s Haunted Halloween Light & Music Show Will Delight Your Little Ghouls & Goblins

DJ Disco Vinnie’s Halloween Light Show is back! The display contains over 5,000 lights, creating images to illustrate the lyrics of 18 different songs.

The man behind the madness is Vince Harris, who also goes by DJ Disco Vinnie. Harris has spent weeks planning the show, programming the whole display on his iPad.

The show has been featured on KCPQKING 5, and more! If you’re trick-or-treating on Halloween, add this house to your route. Show runs through Halloween.

Where: 6212 9th Ave NW
Time: 6:30 pm – 11:00 pm

The Wacky, The Weird, The Wonderful: West Woodland Photos Wanted

Ballard’s West Woodland neighborhood is full of artful items that residents display in their yards and parking strips. Delightful discoveries making our streets a special place to walk.

We’d like to showcase some of the items that make our neighborhood unique, but since we can’t be everywhere, we need your help!

Send in your photos! Cunning craft displays, lovely Little Free Libraries, beautiful bird-houses, and more! Email photos to and include the cross streets where you took the photo.

If you would like to be credited, please include your first and last name.

Thank you!

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Photo of Salty Dog Studios, 4602 14th Ave NW.

Ballard Woman Helping Homeless Family Build New Life

Updated: 10/28/2017

Since first sharing this story on October 23, over $3,500 has been raised. All money donated will go towards securing housing for the family.  This includes paying security deposits, like first and last months rent, as well as any pet related fees.  All this adds up fast!

The campaign will stay open until housing is secured. There is no donation too small, please give what you can.  Donate here:

Here’s an update from Courtney Keen, campaign organizer.

“UPDATE: Since posting this call for help a couple of days ago we’ve made some significant progress! 

First, after seeing this post, a very kind neighbor contacted me and offered to pay for Heather and her kids to stay in their hotel for a couple extra WEEKS. This is HUGE! When I went to visit the family on Sunday I spoke with the manager on duty and she was extremely sympathetic to the situation….she told us she could take off the pet fee, give us the lowest nightly rate, and move the family to a unit with a full kitchen. Needless to say, Heather and the girls were over the moon about this news. The hotel is really quite nice, it is super clean and spacious, they have a huge breakfast buffet every morning, and it is a very secure building. 

Second, I spoke to Heather’s housing advocate this morning. They are fairly certain that with a little extra time, mainly afforded by the additional hotel stay, they will be able to place the family in an apartment in the not too distant future and help with the first couple months rent in order for them to get settled. 

Third, I took the family some extra gift cards folks dropped off, or ones I purchased with funds folks had dropped off. I also told them that they will be outfitted with boots, jackets, and the other items off the Amazon list. They were really, really excited. And so very thankful. Thank you!

And, on a final note, we were able to get in touch with the company Heather had a title loan with. We are sending in a payment, the loan will be paid off and Heather will get the title back to her vehicle. We’ve got a local mechanic, and all around good guy, lined up to look at the car and assess whether or not it’s worth it to fix the problems. After that is determined, we will get the car up to date with license/registration stuff.

I am touched at everyone who has commented, shared, donated, or reached out to help this family. I think it is the first time, in a long time, they are seeing a glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel. THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! Pretty freaking cool, friends!❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️”

Original Post: 10/23/2017

Courtney Keen Ballard West Woodland

When West Woodland neighbor Courtney Keen met a homeless family near her home, she knew she needed to act.

“Charlie and I had seen her youngest daughter playing at a park near our house a couple times, and based on a few things we figured out that the little girl was probably living in one of the cars near the park.”

Keen started a YouCaring campaign to help the family get out of their car and into an apartment. Neighbors have already donated over $2,000 in response. All funds donated will be used to house and support the family of four, and their two dogs.

Neighbors are encouraged to participate, no donation amount is too small. Learn more about the family and make a donation here: