Photo by Alistair Leigh.
Closing remarks by Peggy at PNA Village 5th Anniversary.

At Large In Ballard: Who knew?

By Peggy Sturdivant

It seemed like a good idea back in December. That’s when I was invited by a member of Phinney Neighborhood Village Social Committee to speak at their 5th Anniversary Celebration on April 23rd. Who knew in December that I’d be flying to Boston the day after the event, or interviewing participants at Seattle’s Science March one day earlier?

Who knew that what we’d feared for the last years would come to pass, that Rain City Video would close, that the building that has housed it and other small local businesses since it was built would come up for sale? Who knew that Seattle would break a 122-year-old record for rain or that Bertha would actually emerge from the tunnel? Who knew I would be traveling east to be here for the last two weeks of my mom’s radiation treatments but on day four spend the whole day in examining rooms with my sister after her knee went “pop.”

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Ballard High School robotics teams secure honors at international competition

The Ballard High School Viking Robotics team made school history last month by taking top honors at the FIRST Robotics world championship competition in Houston, Texas, marking the first time the school or any team from the Pacific Northwest secured a trophy.

The competition was held on April 20 -22 and 400 teams were invited from all over the world, which included Canada, China, Israel, Mexico, and Turkey.

The competition is known as “Varsity Sport of the Mind™,” for students grade nine through 12. During a six-week period teams raise funds and engineer a robot to performs a series of tasks; Teams have limited resources and time to organize their own “brand” of robot with the capability to perform the competition tasks.

FIRST Washington reported that the average cost for a robotics team is $24,000 and team sizes are between 15-150 with not limit to member size.

In a main competition of the event robots compete in a game much like basketball or soccer while students operate them remotely.

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Photo courtesy of Bergen Sister City Association
This year’s musical program at Bergen Place on the 17th of May features Norwegian jazz gospel singer Eva Vea from the island of Karmøy, onstage at 4:30 PM, followed by a dedication to those lost at sea on the crab boat Destination last February. The musical program kicks off at noon running until parade start at 6:00 PM.

Voice of Joy: Sister City Association Celebrates Syttende Mai at Bergen Place with Norwegian Guest Star Eva Vea

By Lori Ann Reinhall

During the past six years, the celebration of Norwegian Constitution Day at Bergen Place in Ballard has taken on new dimensions and risen in popularity under the musical direction of Lori Ann Reinhall, longtime volunteer in the Nordic community and popular performer in her own right. Last year crowds were wowed by a new rendition of Edvard Grieg performed by an entire orchestra of accordions, as the music director and emcee has been careful to balance the program with new and returning performing groups. “I love the festival for its connection to tradition,” comments Reinhall, “but I also very strongly believe in renewal. That’s why I always try to feature at least one new act or guest artist to keep up the interest and expand everyone’s musical horizons.” No wonder, then, that Lori Ann was delighted when she heard that Eva Vea, a popular gospel singer from the island of Karmøy, was interested in coming to Ballard to perform at Bergen Place on the 17th of May.

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