News from the  Ballard Alliance
Serving Seattle's Ballard Community since 1927
April 13th, 2017 


Upcoming Events
April 14-May 6 
Dr. Ballard's Vaudeville Players @ The Ballard Underground
April 15
Spring Egg Hunt and More Hosted by Sweet Mickey's @ Ballard Commons Park at 11 a.m.
April 21 Antonioni, Temple Canyon, Season of Strangers @Sunset Tavern
April 24
Monday Night Blue Grass Jam @ Conor Byrne Pub
April 29
Reverend Horton Heat @ Tractor Tavern
May 7
The Magic Beans @ Sunset Tavern
May 13
Ballard ArtWalk
May 17
17th of May Festival
May 17-20
Ballard Jazz Festival 2017 @ Various Venues in Ballard
May 20
University-Ballard Lions Club Gala/Auction @ Convention Center
What's Happening

The Ballard Alliance is pleased to announce that it is partnering with Temporary Staffing Solutions at the  Millionair Club Charity (MCC) to provide our sidewalk cleaning services within the Ballard Improvement Area.  You may have noticed crews out cleaning up litter and removing years of posters on the telephone poles recently.  On Mondays and Fridays, the Millionair Club's crews will be cleaning the sidewalks and select alleyways within the BIA footprint.  

"Our partnership with the Millionair Club represents a unique opportunity for the Ballard Alliance to not only enhance our neighborhood through regular sidewalk cleaning, it allows us to leverage our resources to help those in need find employment and the skills training required to advance their lives,"  said Ballard Alliance Executive Director Mike Stewart.
The Millionair Club Charity will provide the following services on behalf of the Ballard Alliance: 
  • Twice weekly sidewalk and curb cleaning, including fall leaf removal.
  • Weekly cleaning of alleyways behind Market Street and Ballard Avenue.
  • Sharps pick-up and removal
  • Graffiti removal on public structures and notification of graffiti found on private property.
  • Periodic removal of posters affixed to telephone and power poles.

The Millionair Club is more than just a community cleaning company, it is a charity dedicated to helping men and women, who may be experiencing homelessness,  find employment, as well as providing essential services in the greater Seattle area. Many people do not realize the barriers and essentials to finding permanent and even temporary employment and the MCC bridges that gap.

Jim Miller, Executive Director of the Millionair Club Charity, stated that they are "looking  forward to a long and prosperous relationship with the Ballard Alliance in maintaining the public spaces with men and women who turned to the Millionair Club for jobs and support services. This partnership is a win-win for all."

When you see the MCC crews out there on behalf of the Ballard Alliance to make Ballard more beautiful, know that there is more happening in our community than a swept sidewalk. To learn more about the programs and services offered by the Millionair Club Charity contact Director of Operations, Chris Rylko at

The University-Ballard Lions Club Auction/Gala is set for May 20, at the Washington State Convention Center, downtown Seattle. The silent auction gets under way at 5:00 p.m. with complementary champagne. 

The Coal Creek Jazz Band will provide background music during the silent auction portion of the evening and the always entertaining Joe DeMarte will be the  auctioneer. 

A wine toss, several raffle baskets, and a treasure chest are among the highlighted features of the night. Executive Chef José Luis Chavez and his award-winning team, will present a spectacular gourmet meal. 

Executive Chef Chavez, has served Washington State Governor, Jay Inslee, and President Barack Obama at the Washington State Convention Center.

Dinner seating begins at 7:00 p.m. and followed by the live auction. Tickets are available at $125 each. To arrange for a seat at the auction or a table for 10 people, please contact Lucy Petritz at 206-605-1469 or Fred Minifie at 425-338-3868. To learn more about the University-Ballard Lions Club Auction/Gala, please visit:

  • Listen and Talk - Programs for Children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing
  • UW Medicine Eye Institute
  • University Lions Camano Island Youth Camp
  • University District Churches Emergency Fund
  • Taproot Theatre Children's Program
  • Ethnic Heritage Council
  • University Food Bank
  • Camp Leo for children with diabetes
  • Scholarship for UW Audiology student
  • Other charities supported by the University-Ballard Lions Foundation
Come and enjoy a fun evening, a sensational culinary experience and the opportunity to support some well deserved causes and organizations. The University Lions Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

University-Ballard Lions Club

Speaking of clean is a photo of how the streets of Ballard began in the 1890s.

Loggers, street grading crews and their animals did the tedious work of logging, pulling out stumps, clearing, plowing, and grading the roads that would later become our main thoroughfares. 
Photo is courtesy of Museum of History and Industry


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Coming soon to a Ballard SeafoodFest MainStage near you, The...

We will announce our SeafoodFest music lineup soon. Pop onto facebook or twitter and follow us for the complete lineup for Friday, Saturday and Sunday's shows and a chance to win a Visit Ballard surprise.  No good deed goes unnoticed around here--share our events with your friends for a chance to win a Visit Ballard care package. 

We have added an extra day to celebrate fish and fun on the evening of July 7th.  Rock the boat with us at the MainStage and Beer Garden for an all ages concert Friday night (must be 21+ to enter beer garden). 

Clear your calendars this summer on July 7-9 for Ballard SeafoodFest 2017. 
Also, be sure to tune into KEXP for more details about our performers at this years Ballard SeafoodFest.