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Syttende Mai Parade attracts thousands to Ballard, some from Norway

Thousands of people thronged the streets of Ballard yesterday for the annual 17th of May (Syttende Mai) parade.

People dresses in customary bunaders danced to traditional Scandinavian songs and spectators speaking Norwegian could be heard amid the crowd. Norwegian flags were flown by many of the parade attendees, some of which traveled from Norway for the celebration. Among the assemblage was the Norwegian Parliamentary Leader, Trond Helleland, and Norway’s Minister of Culture, Linda Hofstad Helleland.

According to parade volunteers, there were close to 80 entrees for the parade this year, which was a slight dip compared to last year with numbers closer to 100.

There was also a thinner crowd compared to last year, which volunteers attributed to the parade being on a weekday rather than over the weekend.

Still, there was a good turnout with a heavy showing of people on N.W. Market, especially at the 22nd Avenue N.W. intersection. Even Ballard’s Fire Department (Seattle Fire Department Station 18) joined the crowd at the intersection where firefighters watched the parade perched on top of a fire engine.

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At Large In Ballard: Purrfecto!

By Peggy Sturdivant

Cynthia Chomos is a Feng Shui and color consultant. She specializes in designing spaces. It just happens that most of her is designing outdoor spaces for cats, and with the onset of summer this is her busy season.

When I told someone I was doing an interview about cat patios, or catios, she was surprised to learn they are “a thing.” The more you learn about them the more sense it makes. Especially if you want to be approved to adopt a cat by many shelters, and then want to increase the chance of the feline’s survival. As Chomos says, “A cat’s primal urge is to be outdoors.” Hence her company, Catio Spaces, which creates “safe outdoor enclosures” to give the “indoor” cat access to the outdoors, but without the ability to kill birds or dig in the neighbor’s lettuce starts.

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By Katy Wilkens, MS, RD
Salt Free and Easy Huevos Rancheros.

You Are What You Eat: A fiesta of a breakfast

By Katy Wilkens, MS, RD

Dining salt-free isn’t always easy, especially when you eat out. Just one meal at a restaurant can quickly put you over your daily requirement of 1,500 to 2,000 milligrams of salt (a good, healthy level for everyone). That’s because most restaurant food is highly processed, using heavy doses of sodium.

At my day job, I recently talked with a kidney patient who eats all of his meals out. Aside from costing an amazing amount of money (about $30 a day), all that over-salted food literally pushed him into kidney failure and onto dialysis. That’s a lifesaving treatment he now requires three days a week, four to five hours a day. Think of it like flying to Chicago three times a week. Now he is struggling with serious health complications - a high price indeed for repeated restaurant meals.

I try to spread the “salt-free” message everywhere I go: if you want to stay healthy and do the things you love, cut salt out of your diet.

With a little planning, you can avoid toxic salt, and have meals that are fresh, wholesome and tasty.

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