News from the  Ballard Alliance
Serving Seattle's Ballard Community since 1927
MARCH 15th, 2018 
     My Ballard 
Upcoming Events

MAR 15
MAR 15-APR 8
Moisture Festival @ Hale's Palladium and Broadway Performance Hall
MAR 16-17
Spring Dance @ ARC Dance Space
MAR 17
MAR 17
Happy St. Patrick's Day! 
MAR 17
St. Patrick's Day Parade O' Pints @ Ballard Brewery District
MAR 17
St. Patrick's Day @ Conor Byrne
MAR 20
MAR 21
Arcadia Grand Opening Celebration @ Arcadia
MAR 21
Hurtigruten Cruise Line Event @ AAA Seattle
MAR 22
MAR 23
MAR 24
Author Book Signing with Steven Pfaff @ His Word Found Here
MAR 24
An Evening of Jazz with Overton Berry @ Leif Erikson Lodge
MAR 25
MAR 25 Sustainable Ballard - Meaningful Movies @ Royal Drummer
MAR 29
Ballard Historical Society Thank You Thursday @ Reuben's Brews
MAR 29
Ballard Alliance After Hours @ KAVU
MAR 29
The Virginia Co. @ Herb's House
MAR 31
Running of the Beavers 5K @ Golden Gardens
MAR 31/APR 1
Easter Egg Decorating and Easter Brunch @ Ray's Boathouse & Cafe
Our Ballard
Charly McCreary as Erichtho (Thessalian witch)

Aerial Performance
John Murphy as  Odin 
(Norse mythos)
A handful of our readers may remember seeing The Cabiri perform live music, dancing, puppetry and fire shows nearly two decades ago in Marvin's Gardens at the Centennial Bell Tower. In fact, some of their first performances were during the Second Saturday Ballard ArtWalk in 1999 and 2000.

Co-founder Charly McCreary describes Cabiri's early performances as: "guerrilla theater."

Combining their backgrounds of musical theater, circus arts, dance, comparative religion and myth, storytelling and folklore, John Murphy and Charly McCreary founded The Cabiri in 1999.

The Cabiri is a nonprofit organization that "preserves the mythologies of extinct and endangered cultures through theatrical performance, lectures and whose arcrobats, dancers, stiltwalkers, aerialists and puppets have been seen on stages throughout North America."

John is the artistic director who sketches the designs of the costumes and elements of the performances. And the entire team pays considerable attention to how the imagery and design represents the cultures, stories and folklore of their shows.

"We want to represent the imagery faithfully, from the culture that we are borrowing these stories - we're not trying to put our own spin on myths but revive myths that have been around through millennia, and revive it through performance," said McCreary.

This month The Cabiri opened their new rehearsing, teaching and training space in the heart of east Ballard, called Arcadia. Arcadia is a "sanctuary for the arts, culture and creativity". Arcadia allows The Cabiri to share more with the community by offering a location for artistic performances, event space for cultural groups, as well as class offerings at any level of experience.

They have created a space that celebrates and seeks to preserve cultural arts. Charly explained that Arcadia is: "more than an aerial dance space, we are committed to making it a cultural space with hands-on activities where people can experience all the amazing cultural arts that are happening in the area."  Some examples of upcoming collaborations are a Bulgarian Cultural Association community dance event and Kurdish strumming and dance workshops this spring at Arcadia.

It took volunteers more than 2,000 hours in the last two months to prepare the Arcadia space for their March 4th opening and they are currently offering classes and workshops. Their approach to the classes they offer is safety and proper alignment first. Ensuring proper form and muscle conditioning is key to giving their students the best experience possible. Intimidation should not be a factor, as they gear their classes toward any skill level, from the woman who just had a baby nine months ago and wants to start training again to the guy who can scale a vertical robe with just his arms and hands. Charly describes their training process as prehab: "making sure people are strong enough to do the aerial work as a foundation - it is really important to us to keep our students safe."

Although they began in the Fremont - Ballard neighborhoods the Cabiri performers have made it a point to perform in under-utilized parks to provide better access to the arts for all to enjoy.

A great opportunity to welcome them to their new home in the Ballard neighborhood is to attend their Grand Opening on March 21st at Arcadia. The founders and volunteers invite you to enjoy live music and aerial performances, while checking out their three studios inside Arcadia at the Grand Opening.

Welcome to the neighborhood Cabiri/Arcadia! We are so pleased they chose Ballard as their new home and we look forward to sharing all the great things they will be offering in the future. To learn more about the events, performances and offerings at Arcadia join them in celebrating their Grand Opening, go to their class and event calendar or check out a sample of their past performance of:TEWAZ, the first installment of their TEA trilogy or a promotional trailer from their annual Halloween show.


Fair winds and following seas to our Ballard commercial maritime community headed to Alaska this season! The 90th Annual Blessing of the Fleet at the Seattle Fishermen's Terminal officially marks the Spring/Summer fishing season and the departure of the commercial fishing fleet.

Pastor Elise Scott, of Ballard First Lutheran Church. will conduct the service on March 18th at the Seattle Fishermen's Terminal, Seattle Fishermen's Memorial site.

Pastor Scott will give thanks to the fishing community for all the dangerous work they do to provide the world with seafood. All are welcome to attend this service on March 18th, 2018 at 2 p.m. Coffee and cookies will be served immediately following the service. 

Ballard Fishermen's Terminal
3919 18th Avenue W, Seattle, WA 98119

Our next Alliance After Hours will be hosted by our friends at KAVU - Ballard and they know how to throw a party! There's still time to get your name on the guest list. 

Big Gin will be serving up some tastey refreshments and all guests will enjoy 30% off anything in the store that evening! Please let us know you are attending and share this opportunity with us to mi x, mingle and be merrry! RSVP HERE
MARCH 29th | 530 - 730 PM | KAVU - BALLARD

Save the date! On March 22nd, we are going to share this year's music lineup for Ballard SeafoodFest. One of the great aspects of this iconic event is it is FREE and ALL ARE WELCOME. We are able to provide quality music and performances year after year because of our generous sponsors and the dedicated efforts of our team of volunteers. There are sponsorship opportunities at every level. Time is running out to secure your sponsorship. If you (business or organization) would like to become a sponsor, please contact Mike Stewart

Interested in getting involved with the event as a volunteer? We will be sharing our volunteer sign-up form in a couple of months. Be sure to check back with our newsletter or follow us on social media @visitballard @BallardSeafoodFest for more updates about the 2018 Ballard SeafoodFest. 

Irish eyes will be smiling because St. Patrick's Day is on a Saturday! Whether or not you are of Irish decent, there are plenty of fun neighborhood activities to enjoy for the holiday. Here is a list for your weekend planner:
St. Patrick's Day @ Connor Byrne Live Music, Food Trucks, Start celebrating at 9 a.m. or finish in the wee hours of 2 a.m.
St. Pat's Parade O' Pints @ Ballard Brewery District Stop by Lucky Envelope Brewing, Stoup Brewing, Obec Brewing, Populuxe Brewing or Reuben's Brews for specialty beers, commemorative pint glassesand merchandise, live entertainment and more.
Whiskey Mary @ Peddler Brewing Company Enjoy live music and find out which of their beers turns green.
St. Patty's Day @ Tractor Tavern Paperboy and Guests perform live so you can dance a jig or two.
St. Patrick's Weekend @ Sunset Tavern Lots o' music all night with Wages of Sin, Jimmy the Pickpocket and the Boys from the County Hell, and The Crossroads Exchange.

The Office of the Mayor, Jenny Durkan released the following information:

Seattle (March 6) - Mayor Jenny A. Durkan has announced ten community workshops in all police precincts to assist the Police Search Committee with finding the best candidates for Seattle's next police chief. The workshops, including one for Seattle's young people, are open to all Seattle residents and are an opportunity to share their thoughts about what characteristics and experience is needed in the City's next police chief. Last month, Mayor Durkan announced the Community Input Survey, an online resource for providing feedback, which offered the public the first opportunity to participate in the process. To date, the online survey has received more than 1,000 responses and continues to be available for those who work and live in Seattle to participate.

The  25-member search committee, which has extensive experience in criminal justice reform and policing, was announced in December and began meeting in January. The committee is working with a national search firm to gather applications, and upon the end of the community input process, will narrow the field of applicants and submit their recommendation of the best candidates to Mayor Durkan in the coming months. Residents can visit for more information on the search and community input workshops as well as additional meetings attended by the Police Search Committee.
Community Input Workshops:
Friday, March 16th
Southeast - Rainier Beach Community Center
8825 Rainier Ave S
Seattle, WA 98118

Tuesday, March 20th
West - Queen Anne Community Center
1901 1st Ave W
Seattle, WA 98119

Wednesday, March 21st
North - Northgate Community Center
10510 5th Ave NE
Seattle, WA 98125

Friday, March 23rd
North - Loyal Heights Community Center
2101 NW 77th St
Seattle, WA 98117

Wednesday, March 28th
West - Chinatown International District Community Center
719 8th Ave S
Seattle, WA 98104

Thursday, March 29th
South - Rainier Community Center
4600 38th Ave S
Seattle, WA 98118

Friday, March 30th
North - Laurelhurst Community Center
4554 NE 41st St
Seattle, WA 98105


This is the Ballard NW Senior Center's biggest fundraiser of the year! Held in the lovely Leif Erikson Hall, the event will feature a  live auction, three silent auctions, dinner, and more. Purchase your tickets today or contact the Center for more information at  206-297-0403.