Sidewalk of Thanks

29 11 2015

A neighbor left out a few cups of chalk and signs that read “Write your own” on the south sidewalk along NW 60th just west of 14th Ave NW. And so those who normally just walk by, took a moment to stop and share what they’re thankful for. Here are a few words of thanks. You can find more here. Wouldn’t it be fun to do this all year round on every sidewalk?




Support local artists during Seattle Sampling Dec 4-6

27 11 2015

Seattle Sampling is Seattle’s most established and largest holiday arts tour celebrating over 25 years of fabulous arts & crafts!

48 of Seattle’s top professional craftspeople, join to share their locally and nationally recognized work for a 3-day holiday weekend.  Select studios also showing Dec 12th and Dec 19th.

This free, self–guided tour offers holiday shoppers a relaxed and intimate opportunity to meet the artists in their own environments.

First Choice Friday
December 4th
4–9 pm
Join us for the sneak preview
of each Studio’s offering!

Open Studios
Saturday and Sunday
December 5th & 6th
10am – 5pm

Second Chance Saturdays
December 12th and/or December 19th
See map for participating studios and times

Bringing in Community – Friday Night Social Nov 20

15 11 2015



“The Ballard Bell has summoned the community since 1889 and it’s ringing for you now. As Ballard changes . . . keep growing your Neighbors!” – Peggy Sturdivant

In the effort to bring together, the community of Ballard – with all the old and all of the new – and foster more connected neighbors – Bringing in Community – Ballard Event will be held on Friday, November 20th from 6:30 – 8:30 at the Cheryl Chow Gathering Space (2014 NW 57th – across from Greenfire and the Ballard Library). This event will be free and open to the Ballard public but we ask that you bring a plate of home baked cookies to share with neighbors, and we will be accepting packaged goods donations for Ballard Food Bank.

There will be great live music by Half Rushmore, an art project and food, along with neighbors from community organizations who will share some inspiring historical information of their organization as well as what they are offering the community today.

Come out for the fun to our Friday night social and celebrate the value in gathering and growing as neighbors in Ballard. Learn more and RSVP here.

This project is funded in part by a Neighborhood Matching Fund Award from the City of Seattle, Department of Neighborhoods.

Ballard Historical Society Presents Military Road Through Ballard: From Steilacoom to Bellingham

12 11 2015

Gilman Park Bldg. 1937 cropped

Join the Ballard Historical Society for “Military Road Through Ballard: From Steilacoom to Bellingham,” on Wednesday, November 18, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. The presenter will be Karen Meador, author and historian

Military Road connected Fort Steilacoom with Fort Bellingham, passing through Ballard and many other communities. Many buildings were eventually built along 15th Avenue NW decades after the military throughway was completed. Find out more about Ballard and other civilian communities developed along the route, thanks to federal investments in transporting military men and equipment. More event details at:

Military Road Through Ballard: From Steilacoom to Bellingham
Wed Nov 18 at 7:00 p.m.
Sunset Hill Community Association, 3003 NW 66th St   map
Suggested donation: $5 -$20. Refreshments provided.
More info: or (206) 784-2927

East Ballard Greenstreets Tree Planting Party this Sunday

10 11 2015


We’ve received our beautiful Tall Stewartia monadelphia, Dogwood kousa chinensis, and Cascara frangula purshiana trees for the East Ballard GreenStreet on 11th Avenue NW. We have 10 trees to plant this Sunday, and invite you to help with this final phase of the project. All ages welcome and we can sign for Community Service hours!

More info about the project, photos and more can be found here.

Where: 11th Avenue NW at the corner of NW 57th Street
When: 11am-2pm

Bring sturdy shoes that can get muddy. We can provide work gloves and tools.

Please RSVP to Cari Simson at 206-234-5102 or

What kind of Playground Renovations do you want to see for Gilman Park?

9 11 2015

Seattle Parks and Recreation has some funding to renovate two playgrounds in Ballard next year. One of them is Gilman Park (923 NW 54th St). The City is just beginning outreach and the EBCA and Groundswell NW have already reached out to see what we can do to help spread the word and ensure your voice is heard. The first outreach event will be at the Farmer’s Market Nov 15 from 11am-1pm at Bergen Place. If you can’t make it to this event, you can contact the Parks Planner, Karimah Edwards at, 206-233-0063 and complete this online survey.

Thank-you for helping us clean up 14th Ave NW

8 11 2015

10.24.15 Adopt A Street

It was blustery and wet the morning of October 24, but that didn’t keep away our 13 rough and tough volunteers who joined together to clean up 14th Ave NW.

Thank-you to our expert trash picker-uppers, Chris, Linda, Karne, Beth Anne, Leon, Peter, Mary, Casey, and Mary Pat!






Thank-you to Will and Lily for cleaning out the storm drains. Will got quite a workout from lifting those grates and Lily’s small hands and fearless attitude got all the leaves and grime cleared away!

And as the rains arrive, the grass has finally turned green and the weeds have gone wild. Thank-you to Shannon, Steph, Ulysses and Sue for getting the Meserole Memorial median and rain gardens under control!



Did you miss out on the all the fun? Be sure to stay tuned to the East Ballard Blog for our next cleanup event in April!


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