Photo courtesy of Seattle Basket Brigade
The 2013 volunteer crew of Seattle Basket Brigade. 

At Large in Ballard: Ahead of the trot

By Peggy Sturdivant

I love to watch the Turkey Trot in Ballard on Thanksgiving morning. When it premiered eight years ago there were so few people it wasn’t even obvious that it was organized. Now the runners and walkers pass for over half an hour, wearing feathery tutus and Turkey hats. The best part is that every Turkey Trot T-shirt represents registration money going into the coffers of the Ballard Food Bank.

But I’m usually watching from my porch with a hot cup of coffee waving my cat’s paw, not pounding the streets. This year I’ve learned what I can do before the holiday so that I can watch runners with less guilt, and others can have a turkey in the oven too.

At the end of an exercise class the teacher gave the floor to a man in the corner. “I’m doing my 9th Seattle Basket Brigade,” he said. “We need donations and volunteers, anything you can do to help us so we can put together 300 baskets to deliver to families for Thanksgiving.”

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Fremont café and bakery thrives as dietary trends change

After the United Nations issued a report last February advising a need for drastic changes in the human diet in order to curb climate change and cultivate sustainable existence practices, many Seattleites hear the diet-knell. However, for people realizing dietary allergies or changing their diet for ethical, environmental or health reasons, finding a place to eat in certain neighborhoods of Seattle can be difficult.

In Ballard and Fremont it's hard to find a restaurant that offers fare for diverging dietary trends. There are even fewer restaurants that cater to sensitive allergies such as Celiac Disease (gluten allergy).

There is, however, one bakery in Fremont where one can find a smorgasbord of culinary delights where worrying “what’s in that?” or “how is it made?” is a caution left at the door. Flying Apron Bakery and Café makes food easy for vegans, vegetarians and customers with food allergies.

Don’t be shy, say hello to your neighborhood gluten-free, vegan bakers.

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Tractor Tavern to host 'The Last Waltz' tribute to The Band

On November 23rd, Tractor Tavern will host "The Last Waltz," a tribute to The Band.

Doors will open at 7:00, and show starts at 8:00.

21+ $10 cover with all proceeds benefiting Rain City Rock Camp for Girls.

They will feature the "greatest hits" selection from the show, plus a couple others that did not make the film, but were played at the show.

The songs on the set list and the guest artists singing them:

Up On Cripple Creek - Jasen Samford
The Shape I’m In - Joel Schneider [My
It Makes No Difference - Michele Khazak
Georgia on my Mind - Stephanie Anne Johnson [of NBC's The
Ophelia - Zach Davidson [Vendetta Red, Sirens
King Harvest - Tamara Rose Power-Drutis
The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down - Jason Dodson
Stage Fright - Pete Jordan [Cloud
Helpless - Star Anna
Coyote - Annie Jantzer [Bucket of
Caravan - Nouela O Johnston
Mannish Boy - Ayron Jones [Ayron Jones & the
The Weight - Jasen Samford, Michael Rognlie + guests
Forever Young - Fredd Luongo [The
I Shall Be Released - Ensemble
Don't Do It - Ryan Devlin & Kim West [Smokey

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