By Pat Cashman

I just mailed out the last of my Labor Day cards yesterday. If Hallmark sells Labor Day cards, I’ve never seen them---so this was a job I had to myself. It was hard work, but isn’t that point of a Labor Day card?

A friend helped me do the artwork and the printing, but the wordsmithing was mine:

To an exotic dancer: “Happy Labor Day! Work it, girl!”

To a mom: “Thanks for having 13 hours of it following 9 months of pregnancy!”

To Mrs. Olson, a grade school spelling teacher: “Happy Layber Day!” That ought to drive her sufficiently nuts.

While Labor Day has been a big deal holiday in this country for well over a hundred years, it doesn’t seem altogether inclusive because it leaves a lot of people out. I mean, while the idea of the Labor Day weekend is to honor working people, what about everyone else?

Shouldn’t there also be “Indolence Day”---a holiday saluting the idle, listless and slothful who live here too? Like newspaper columnists, for example.


Members of the Seattle Fire Fighters Union, Local 27 along with the Muscular Dystrophy Association, will celebrate their 60-year partnership and kick off the fire fighters' annual Fill the Boot fundraising campaign to benefit children and adults affected by muscle disease throughout the Seattle area.

Almost 1,000 members of the Seattle Fire Fighters Union, Local 27 will fan out across the city with boots in hand for this year’s drive on September 18th & 19th. Core hours for the event will be from 1 PM to 6 PM, at various intersections around the city.

There will be a media kick-off at 9AM on September 18th in front of the Ballard Fire Station at 1521 NW Market St.


And for the first time, we’re performing at the…

Ballard High School Performing Arts Center
1418 NW 65th Street, Seattle, WA 98117
Saturday, September 13, 7:30pm

This is a free event. Contributions are gratefully accepted.

When on September 11, 2004 we created, on short order, a choir to do just one performance at a Ballard ArtWALK event we couldn’t have dreamed it would eventually become one of the area’s largest and most dynamic choral ensembles. Here we are, ten years later, serving up gloriously beautiful choral music and pursuing a mission to build communities with song. This concert, which brings together new members with special alumni from the past, will be a joyful and nostalgic celebration not to be missed. As usually we will present a little bit of everything, much of it our favorite selections from the last ten years, and some things truly new and different.

We are thrilled to be holding this concert at the Ballard High School Performing Arts Center, our first time at that venue. This will provide extra space in the audience for you, and all of your friends and family. So please save the date and spread the word.

The Market Street Singers celebrates 10 years

By Joan Casanova

Warm weather, continued care and robust plants have yielded a bounty of beautiful, fresh vegetables – and personal satisfaction – from your garden this season. As the weather cools and fall approaches, it is not time to hang up your hat, gloves and trowel for the year. Autumn provides optimum weather and ample opportunity to keep growing and harvesting delicious, healthy produce well into the season.

Some gardeners assume that when fall arrives and kids return to school, they’ll have less time to garden, and may experience less success from their garden plots. But cooler temperatures and fall conditions can actually make gardening easier and more enjoyable. Many of fall’s best-producing vegetables are also colorful, making them great additions to flower beds and containers.

If you loved summer gardening, you can keep your garden growing right through fall. Here’s how to make the most of fall season gardening:

Size up the soil

Keep growing with season-extending gardening tips for fall
Photo credit: 
Photo courtesy of Bonnie Plants.

A special musical treat direct from North Norway is in store for Pacific Northwest residents in September. The Hålogaland Mandssangforening, one of the most outstanding men’s choruses from near the Lofoten Islands in North Norway, will present three area concerts. The chorus will perform a concert in Seattle at Ballard First Lutheran Church at 7:00 PM Wednesday, September 10 (sponsored and joined by the Norwegian Male Chorus of Seattle). Tickets available at the door: $10 per person.

Where: Ballard First Lutheran Church (2006 NW 65th St, Seattle 98117)
When: Wednesday, September10, 2014, 7:00 PM

Hålogaland Mandssangforening (Hålogaland Male Chorus Association) is a collaborative chorus of 39 singers representing eight different municipalities north of the Lofoten Islands in North Norway. The dedicated singers come together for practices from a widespread geographic area: Kvæfjord, Harstad, Målselv, Narvik, Andøy, Tjeldsund, Evenes, and Balsfjord, and are visiting the Pacific Northwest for the first time.


Please join your Chamber colleagues for a discussion about parking in Ballard during our lunch on September 10 at Rays.

Throughout 2014, the Ballard Chamber, the Ballard Partnership for Smart Growth, Ballard businesses, residents and others have engaged in a community parking program planning process in conjunction with the Seattle Dept. of Transportation.

The program is focused on developing near-term improvements
to on-street parking management in the central downtown Ballard commercial area. This includes reviewing the needs for loading zones, time limits, areas of unpaid parking, and other related parking management items.

We hope to see you there for what will be an engaging and informative discussion!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Noon to 1:30 p.m.
6049 Seaview Avenue NW
Please RSVP by Friday, September 5
$25.00 members; $30.00 non-members
$30.00 at door without RSVP
No-Shows will be billed


By Katy Wilkens, MS, RD
Nutrition and fitness manager, Northwest Kidney Centers

If you’re planning a family road trip, you can save a lot of time and money by having a cooler full of ready-to-eat, flavorful and healthy food for you and your hungry travelers.

Make a list of your family’s favorite foods and plan to prep them ahead. It may seem like extra work, but you’ll be able to enjoy your trip without worrying if everyone is well fed enough to have a good time. Besides, what kind of vacation is driving up and down a strip mall looking for everyone’s favorite expensive fast food?

What to drink?
Instead of soda, think flavored waters (sour flavors quench thirst better), or UHT packaged milk. For a treat, make up a thermos of strawberry or rhubarb lemonade. For something even more special, try an Indian fruit yogurt drink called a lassi. The recipe below is made in a blender and keeps chilled in a thermos.


You Are What You Eat: Food for the road - Part three
Photo credit: 
Photo courtesy of Katy Wilkens

Delicious mango lassi.

New speeds up to 1 gigabit per second

CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE: CTL) today announced that symmetrical broadband speeds up to 1 gigabit per second (Gbps) are available to tens of thousands of residential and business customers in select Seattle neighborhoods through the company’s ultra-fast fiber network. This highly advanced fiber technology provides access to the some of the fastest upload and download Internet speeds currently available in the U.S.

CenturyLink’s 1 Gbps fiber service will initially launch in a select number of Seattle neighborhoods, including Ballard, West Seattle, the Central District and Beacon Hill, as well as available businesses throughout the Puget Sound area.

“In a city that boasts some of the world’s leading technology providers, it’s critical that residents and businesses have leading technology available to them,” said Sue Anderson, CenturyLink general manager/vice president for Seattle. “We chose Seattle for this next-generation technology because the city’s tech-savvy customers demand it. CenturyLink is pleased to bring this product offering to Seattle today.”

New parking data guides adjustments for 2014

The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) today announced changes to on-street parking rates and hours of operation for Seattle in 2014. SDOT sets on-street parking rates based on demand to provide reliable, convenient parking.

Guided by 2014 study results, SDOT will make rate and other on-street parking management changes in 22 areas ( The department will:
· Lower parking rates in five areas
· Raise parking rates in eight areas
· Make seasonal rate adjustments at the Ballard Locks to account for high parking demand in the summer
· Install new pay stations in two different rate areas of Pioneer Square with rates that differ by time of day (lower in the morning and then higher in the afternoon)
· Extend evening paid parking hours in five areas to 8 p.m. instead of 6 p.m.
· Change maximum time limits in one area to encourage turnover

Changes Coming to On-Street Paid Parking in Ballard
Photo credit: 
Photo by Shane Harms

Parking in Ballard is changing.

Suspect makes off with goods for a gamer conference

On July 21 at the 8000 block of 21st Avenue Northwest offices were dispatched for a reported burglary. The victim told officers that she knew the suspect. After working away from home all weekend she arrived home where her roommate told her that she saw the suspect moving items into a black sedan from the downstairs window. The victim told officers that she had contacted the suspect and he had admitted to entering the house uninvited and had taken cash. Obviously going to a gamer conference in Belize, the suspect felt he could borrow several purses, jewelry, sunglasses, game consoles, a television, a laptop and cameras. Police searched the area but only found Donkey Kong footprints and PacMan tread.

Dukes of Hazzard take safe in 1970’s Chevrolet

Ballard Crime Watch: Dukes of Hazzard make off with safe and gamer grabs gear for game conference