News from the  Ballard Alliance
Serving Seattle's Ballard Community since 1927
November  10th, 2017 
Holiday Lights
Member Spotlight-Our Veterans 
Welcome to Ballard
Yulefest 2017
Upcoming Events

Nov 10-12
Nov 10
Ballard Historical Society Presents Vintage Movie Night @ Sunset Hill Community Center
Nov 11
Ballard Art Walk
Nov 11-Dec 24 Swanson's Nursery Reindeer Festival @ Swanson's Nursery
Nov 12
Nov 15
Ballard Alliance Luncheon @ Ray's Boathouse NW Room
Nov 16
Nov 16-23
Canned Food Drive @ barre3 Seattle | Ballard
Nov 17-18
Nov 17-18
Holiday Bazaar and Bake Sale @ Ballard NW Senior Center
Nov 18-19
Nov 23
Nov 24
Ballard Gives Black Friday @ Participating Ballard Businesses
Nov 25 Ballard HolidayFest @ Bergen Place Park
Nov 25
Small Business Saturday @ Throughout Ballard
Dec 7
Dec 9
Our Ballard
The holiday season in Ballard just became brighter thanks to the holiday lighting program. More than 1,700 strands of lights are adorning the tree canopies along Ballard Avenue and Market Street, and in Marvin's Garden and Bergen Place Park. 

Many Ballard businesses are adjusting their hours and staying open later during the holiday shopping season. The lights not only create a festive ambiance but provide safer walkways for shoppers and restaurant goers to enjoy.
This program started in 2013 and was previously funded through the Ballard Chamber of Commerce and donations from Ballard area businesses. The program is now managed by the Ballard Alliance and BIA Rate-Payer Advisory Board. You may have noticed the crews from, Holiday Spirit Lighting, working hard through the nights. Holiday Lighting Program Manager, Devin Reynolds said, " We chose Holiday Spirit Lighting as our vendor this year because they were able to place the lights in the tree canopies, rather than only displaying them on the tree trunks, as vendors have done in the past." The option to light only the tree canopies will reduce the interference from vandals and critters tampering with the hardware. 
If you notice any holiday light outages throughout the neighborhood, please contact Devin Reynolds at 206-784-9705, extension 3. However, leading up to Ballard HolidayFest, on November 25th, the lights in Bergen Place Park will go dark until a visitor from the North Pole turns them on. 

The lights are officially on for you to enjoy from now until late January 2018. 

Spotlight on all the military Veterans of Ballard!
~Thank you for your Service~ 

5th Annual Veteran's Day Brunch for Women Veterans  
Today is the last day to register for this brunch honoring women in service at the Ballard Elks Club. This event is put on by Outreach and Resource Services (OARS) for Women Veterans. 
November 12th, 2017
 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Tickets are: $25 Women Veterans ($40 at the door); $35 all others ($50 at the door)
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Market Street Shoes is partnering with their friends at the Seattle Stand Down organization this Veterans Day. Shop at Market Street Shoes' Ballard or Redmond location, on Saturday, November 11th, and they will donate 20% of their sales to The Seattle Stand Down, helping homeless veterans.
2232 NW Market Street, Seattle, WA 98107
Redmond Town Center: 
7325 166th Ave NE Suite F115, Redmond, WA 98052

Look at these adorable shirts for your little vikings! You can find them at Clover Toys. While your there give a big Ballard welcome to the new owners. Congrats! Clover Toys has such a variety of quality children's toys, games, clothing, and at the risk of sounding cliche, much, much more! 

There are a number of new businesses that deserve a warm welcome to the neighborhood. Many of them have opened up just in time for your holiday shopping and dining. 
(Photo courtesy of Gather Kitchen + Bar) Featuring: Grilled Octopus, Potato Brava, Smoked Paprika, Aioli

Are you excited for the new museum yet will cherish all the memories made at the current Nordic Heritage Museum? Well here is one more chance to make some more memories at Yulefest 2017. Yulefest is the final event at the Museum's NW 67th Street location. This event, in its 40th year, will continue the tradition of Nordic Christmas food and drinks, music, dancing, kid's crafts, auctions, arts & crafts vendors and we heard a rumor that Santa will be visiting all the good little girls and boys at the event.

Yulefest will also feature a raffle with the Grand Prize of a Brown's Point Lighthouse Cottage weekend getaway. The lighthouse is a working museum and the winners will act as honorary light keepers.  Additionally, this family-friendly event has an over 21  section offering alcoholic beverages. Come out and celebrate in Ballard at the 40th Yulefest!

Adult admission is $5 per person. Kids twelve and under are admitted for free.
Admission is complimentary for Nordic Heritage Museum Members.
To learn more about this event or volunteer opportunities please go to:
Researchers at  Seattle University are conducting a two-year mixed method process evaluation of the Seattle Police Department's Micro Community Policing Plans. This is the second year of the study. 

Please take a moment to fill out this year's Seattle Public Safety Survey. Click the image below to begin taking the survey. To learn more, please go to