Bento boxes/supplies

Anybody know of a place to get bento boxes or supplies near Market St? I know Gifted has a lot of Japanese things, but have never looked for bento. In particular, I'm looking for little cases for sour cream, salsa or the like. Would prefer something that isn't tupperware, though it by no means has to be Japanese. Thanks!
cutie mchotpants
  • esyla


Other than the Kinko's on Market, is there anywhere to print something cheaply? I just need to print a resume, but I'd rather use something local if possible.

The closer to Market and 15th, the better.
Sugar and spice and all that

Writer Group

Anyone in the neighborhood interested in starting a bi-monthly writers group? Or know of any previously existing ones open to new members?

I am interested in people looking to write novels though I need to work on some short stories and novelettes as well. And while I personally don't care what genre others are working in the other members of the group need to at least be ok with speculative fiction.

So if you're interested just let me know.
Historic Ballard

Sustainable Ballard Fest, Sat. 9/27 and Sun. 9/28, 11am to 5pm

The Sustainable Ballard Festival is happening today and tomorrow, from 11am to 5pm, in Ballard Commons Park. 

The first 200 people to attend each day will receive a free 2009 Chinook Book, full of great coupons which will save you hundreds of dollars as well as introduce you to local, sustainable businesses, courtesy of BuiltGreen.

Special features:

Spokespeople will offer a different bike ride each day to sustainable sites around the neighborhood. Rides begin at noon each day and leave from "Grand Central." So ride your bikes to the festival!

SewFun Bags (Whatever totes your oats) - Use surplus fabrics to make your new grocery bag, lunchbag or purse. Create two bags and leave one for donation to a worthy cause. Hosted by Reuse Resources.

Undriving Ballard - Pledge to reduce your car use (or the car use on the planet) and receive an official Undriver License and free bus passes courtesy of King County METRO. Now solar powered!

Home Energy Center - Useful displays, demos and how-to tips on home energy. Lighting, appliances, furnishings, conservation.

Free School Learning Stations - Day-long demos and hands on training in useful skills. eg: Making jam, soap or candles, building a food dryer or a worm bin, cobb building, seed starting, etc.

Eat Local Now! - Learn more about the local food system! Local chefs will show us some new twists on local foods and we’ll get to taste the results. Learn about canning & preserving, cheese making and of course we’ll be making fresh cider again!

Urban Farm Zone - Displays & Workshops: How to Raise Chickens, Edible Gardening, Wildlife Habitat, Native Plants and More!

Transportation Row - Green transportation abounds! Check out biking and busing options. Chance to win a car-free vacation? Learn how to use the bike rack on the bus. See a homemade electric car.

RE-cycled Art Station A place for everyone, expecially kids, to turn "trash" into treasures! Make art, not trash! Hosted by ReStore.

See the full schedule of activities here.

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    Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds - Love Letter

Debate viewing?

I'm looking for a local debate watching party that my partner and I can crash this Friday. There seem to be quite a few such parties around the Sound, but none in this part of town. If you're leery of inviting strangers into your home, we can supply excellent character references, as well as food or drink.

Of course, we could stay home and listen to the NPR broadcast, but it would be more fun to mingle with other folks, not to mention the benefit of getting the visuals (sweaty upper lips, furtive glances at the wristwatch, mysterious lumps under the jacket, etc.). We would even settle for a debate-friendly bar (creative drinking games a plus).

Any suggestions are welcome. If you prefer, you can reply directly to januarye at gma!l. Thanks!

EDIT: I now know of one Ballard establishment that will be showing the debate: the Stepping Stone.
  • elsa

attacks in ballard?

This morning I saw handwritten signs posted around that warned of recent late-night attacks going on in Ballard. Anybody else see these? Does anyone have any details about the attacks?
Rila in fog
  • cupkate


I just came back from a few months abroad, and I keep seeing these "Henry" paintings on buildings across Ballard and Fremont. Does anyone know what they are and why they're there? I really like some of them!


I'll be visiting my daughter in a remote Alaskan fishing village next week, and she's asked me to get some good-quality (unflavored?) cigars for someone she knows there. (I don't know why he can't just order them by mail. Or is that even legal anymore?) Not wanting to make a special trip downtown to feed someone's tobacco habit, I thought I'd see if anyone knows of a good cigar retailer in/near Ballard. I'll also need help with figuring out what kind of cigars to buy. I realize that's beyond the scope of this LJ community, but any suggestions will be welcome.

EDIT: I did the lazy thing and walked to the nearest smoke shop, where the proprietor/clerk assured me that he was selling me the very best cigars. At least I can be confident that I won't be asked to do this again.