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Be Inspired to Volunteer this Summer
I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the community, and as long as I live, it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can. I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work, the more I live. Life is no 'brief candle' to me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got hold of for a moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to the future generations.
~ George Bernard Shaw ~

Ballard Farmers Market Gleaning

The Market Gleaning team is gearing up for more donations coming in from the farmers market this summer, and we need volunteers on Sundays from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. If you know high school students in need of service hours or somebody with a pick-up truck, we would love their help.


Opening for Project Lead - Share and Play

Thanks to the leadership of Barrie Arliss, there are now five active Share and Play bins in Ballard. Barrie needs to step down from her role as Project Lead, so we are looking for someone to pick up this project — primarily managing the volunteers and checking in with the site hosts from time to time.


Ballard Sunday Dinners - volunteer openings in June and July

Volunteers are needed for Ballard Sunday Dinners, which offers weekly hot meals with dignity to our homeless neighbors. Every Sunday evening at 5 p.m. -- all in the community are welcome. If you’d like to know more about how it works before volunteering, please join us for a meal!


Hey Ballard Little Free Library owners - come get some books on June 3

A large selection of free books -- kids, young adult, non-fiction, biography, language, etc. -- is now available for local Little Free Libraries. Get stocked up for summer reading! The first offer is on Friday, June 3 from 4 - 6 p.m.


Ballard Tool Library planning meetings - 3rd Thursdays - June 16

Join us for a happy hour meeting of the Ballard Tool Library Planning Committee, where we''ll discuss our plans for the summer. Bring your ideas for the Sustainable Ballard Festival in August. Thursday, June 16 at 5:30 p.m.


PNA Village seeks volunteers for Ballard expansion; next training June 18

The PNA Village has expanded to Ballard, Broadview and Bitter Lake and is looking for 30 new volunteers to help members with rides, household chores, basic home repairs and companionship. The next scheduled volunteer training is Saturday, June 18 at 10 a.m.


Here comes the Sun Solar Fair at the Fremont Solstice Celebration - June 18

Please join us at this year’s Fremont Solstice Celebration for information and family-friendly activities on solar energy, including Rubber Ducky Races, Fill the Solar Battery game, Make a Solar Cooker and Bake a Solstice Pendant. Plus, learn how you can use solar energy to roll back your electric meter. Saturday, June 18 from 4 - 7 p.m. at Gasworks Park.


RainWise 101 Workshop - June 23

At this free workshop you will learn about applying for a rebate from Seattle Public Utilities & King County for up to 100 percent of the cost of your rain garden or cistern. You will hear from homeowners in your area that have completed the rebate process, meet trained RainWise installers and get set to take the next step for your rebate! Thursday, June 23 at 6 p.m.


8th Annual Edible Garden Tour - June 25

Sustainable Ballard invites you to our walking / biking tour of SW Ballard food gardens! Our goal is to educate and inspire folks to grow food through creative uses of parking strips, containers, raised beds, fruit trees and more! $10 per person (kids are free); buy your ticket/map on the day of the tour.


Free Letters Home looking for stamp donations

The Free Letters Home™ program just might make all the difference in the life of a person experiencing homelessness. There are lots of ways to help, but the immediate need is for postage stamps. Can you spare a few?


Grow your business...sponsor our 13th Annual Festival

Sponsorship of the Sustainable Ballard Festival is a great way to take a stand for a healthier planet while promoting your products and services to thousands of potential customers. Are you a socially and environmentally responsible organization or company that would like to sponsor our 13th Annual Festival in August? We want to hear from you!


Sustainable Ballard Festival one of the 12 best!

In a recent TravelMag article, the Sustainable Ballard Festival was listed as one of the 12 best festivals in Western Washington! Be sure to block the date on your calendar — Saturday, August 27 — and make plans to have fun, learn, rub elbows with your neighbors and get inspired to live more sustainably.


Other Community Events

21 Acres class: "Spring into Summer with Fresh Vegetarian Flavors" - June 3

Moving toward a more plant-based food lifestyle is beneficial for your own well-being as well as the planet’s. But how do you make all those beans, grains and veggies taste delicious? Find new veg-menu inspirations in this hands-on culinary experience. Friday, June 3 at 6:30 p.m.


Swansons seminar: "Fruit Tree Pruning" - June 4

In this class, horticulturist Ingela Wanerstrand will discuss the basics of fruit tree pruning with an emphasis on summer pruning, espalier and managing vigorous trees. Saturday, June 4 at 10 a.m.


Earthquake neighborhood response drill - June 11

Cascadia Rising, a major earthquake and tsunami response drill, will take place this month in the Pacific Northwest. In a real emergency, Seattle Emergency Communications Hubs throughout the city would activate to help keep neighbors informed. These hubs are also conducting a drill -- stop by to observe and find out what our community is doing to be prepared. Saturday, June 11, 9:30 a.m. - noon


National Pollinator Week - June 20-26

National Pollinator Week is a time to celebrate pollinators and spread the word about what you can do to protect them. The Pollinator Partnership’s mission is to promote the health of pollinators, critical to food and ecosystems, through conservation, education and research.


Town Hall lecture - Gary Paul Nabhan: "Biodiversity in the City" - June 21

Seattle’s 2016 Pollinator Week keynote address, by Gary Paul Nabhan, Ph.D. (Ethnobiology for the Future, The Forgotten Pollinators), offers a broad-ranging and visionary perspective on bringing food biodiversity back into the city. Tuesday, June 21 at 7:30 p.m.


Save the Date: Summer Parkways rolls into Ballard on August 27

The 2nd Annual Seattle Summer Parkways, sponsored by the Seattle Department of Transportation, returns this summer with a fun-filled and carefree Saturday where you can bike, walk and roll with friends and family in your neighborhood. We had a superb time last year and this year we’re anticipating a much larger and even more festive turnout.

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