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Spring into action!
We’ve got some great ideas in this edition to scratch that spring cleaning itch! Bring your yarn and make hats & scarves for those in need. Bring your broken appliances/tools or ripped clothes and let our tinkerers help you with the repairs. Clean up your garden beds with a tilth class on composting.
We’ve got action too! Join one of our new working groups and help shape the future of Sustainable Ballard. Attend the PNA Village info session and learn how to help local seniors age in place. Or show up for “Find Your Lane” and shop around for an activist organization of your liking!

Calling all knitters!

Seasoned knitters, novice knitters, ex-knitters, future knitters, sometime knitters, skilled or unskilled. What you don’t know, we will teach! Join us to knit simple hats and scarves for community members who do not have a warm home. Friday, March 10 from 7 to 9 p.m.


PNA Village Info Session - March 18

PNA Village, part of the Phinney Neighborhood Association, has expanded to Ballard! Learn how to get involved in this great program that supports our elder neighbors in staying in the homes and the communities that they love. Join us for a short presentation and Q&A on Saturday, March 18 at 4 p.m.


Projects & Events Group meeting - March 20

Sustainable Ballard’s PEG (Projects & Events Group) is a new team of volunteers dedicated to developing, supporting and enhancing our projects and events. New members are welcome — please join us! Next meeting: Monday, March 20 at 7 p.m.


Get involved with Sustainable Ballard leadership - Join the GO! Team

All are welcome to join Sustainable Ballard's Group Operations (GO!) Team, which will ensure that we function well as an organization and have procedures in place for smooth operations. If you are a detail-oriented person who enjoys creating organization, this might be for you!


Repair Cafe hosted by Ballard Tool Library - March 30

Do you have something that needs repair, mending or fixing? The Ballard Tool Library is hosting its first Repair Cafe, where we’ll have experienced volunteers to help you along with some tools to try out. Thursday, March 30 from 5 to 7 p.m.


All are welcome to join our new Membership Outreach Team!

Sustainable Ballard's new Membership Outreach (MOre) Team is dedicated to the retention and growth of our membership. We are looking for people with marketing and publicity skills, but anyone with enthusiasm and interest is welcome! Next meeting: Wednesday, April 12 at 6:30 p.m.  


Spring time = mapping time for Little Free Libraries™!

We’re putting together the fourth edition of the Ballard Little Free Library™ map! If you’re interested in joining this team of folks who will be walking our neighborhood to find any new boxes that have been installed since the third edition of our map was published, please let us know.


Love documentaries? Join the Meaningful Movies : Sustainable Ballard planning team!

Sustainable Ballard has partnered with Meaningful Movies to present documentaries in our neighborhood, and the Planning Team would love to see some new members. Next meeting: Monday, March 20 at 5:30 p.m.


Glean for good - help feed hungry neighbors

Our Market Gleaning project is looking for volunteers to help collect fresh produce from the generous farmers at the Ballard Farmers’ Market every Sunday and deliver it to the Ballard Food Bank. Extra hands with vehicles (pickups or vans) are needed to help collect this wonderful bounty.  


March waste reduction tips

This time of year, winter gives way to, well, more rain, making spring ideal for refreshing your home and renewing your commitment to the environment. Consider these helpful tips while spring cleaning.


Other Community Events

Wild salmon cook-out: Stand with Northwest tribes to stop GE fish! - March 11

Participate in a free salmon cook-out to learn more about how genetically engineered (GE) salmon threatens a cultural and ecological keystone species in our region. Sponsored by Community Alliance for Global Justice, Muckleshoot Food Sovereignty Project and Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance. Saturday, March 11 at 10:30 a.m.


Find Your Lane - March 15

Over a dozen activist and humanitarian organizations will gather for Find Your Lane, an activist engagement fair. This free volunteerism “career fair”-style event is intended to answer the question: “I need to stand up against Trump and the alt-right, but how?” Wednesday, March 15 at 7 p.m.


Tilth Alliance Edible Plant Sale - March 18

Get ready for spring gardening! Come out to this festive spring gardener gathering and find a huge selection of edible plant starts perfect for spring planting. Saturday, March 18 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.


Tilth Alliance class: All About Composting - March 18

This outdoor, hands-on class will show you how to create rich compost using food, livestock and yard waste. Compost is fundamental to organic vegetable gardening and will improve and enliven any type of garden soil. Saturday, March 18 at 10 a.m.


Taming Bigfoot: Carbon Footprints - March 26

Please join this enjoyable and informative presentation by the originator of Taming Bigfoot, Dr. Robert Bindschadler, a retired NASA scientist. Bring anyone who may be interested in participating in a Seattle competition to reduce carbon emissions in our communities and encourage local and state legislation to reduce our collective carbon footprint. Sunday, March 26 at 3 p.m.


Tuesdays @ 21: Film screening of "Sustainable" - March 28

A vital investigation of the economic and environmental instability of America’s food system, from the agricultural issues we face to the community of leaders who are determined to fix it, "Sustainable" is a film about the land, the people who work it and what must be done to sustain it for future generations. Tuesday, March 28 at 6:30 p.m.


Climate Science on Tap: Salmon in a Time of Global Warming - March 29

This panel presentation will provide a fascinating discussion from fish and climate scientists on how the health of Pacific Northwest fish may be affected by warming water and changes in seasonal stream flow. Come early to enjoy the food truck and the great selection of Peddler beer. Wednesday, March 29 at 7 p.m.


Naomi Klein - This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate - April 6

In her most provocative talk yet, the journalist and author Naomi Klein (“The Shock Doctrine”) takes on the gravest threat humanity has ever faced: global climate change. Klein argues that our survival depends on changing our economics and ourselves. Either we leap — or we sink. Thursday, April 6 at 7:30 p.m.

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