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It's a great time to volunteer!
Have you been thinking about getting more involved with Sustainable Ballard? Now is the time! With our 13th Annual Festival coming up in just three weeks, we could sure use your help. Volunteering at the festival is how most of us started our involvement with the group. It’s a great way to meet new people with similar values who live in your neighborhood and support a great organization! See below for more details.

Festival work parties are underway!

Work parties are a fun way to help with the festival, get to know your neighbors, and maybe learn something new. There will be food, drink and merriment as we prep for the big event every Tuesday & Wednesday from 6 - 9 p.m. Stop by for an hour or stay for the evening!

Aug. 2 & 3: Silkscreen t-shirts
Aug. 9 & 10: Batik banners and flags
Aug. 16 & 17: Structures & displays
Aug. 23 & 24: Signs & misc


Calling all knitters!

Seasoned knitters, novice knitters, ex-knitters, future knitters, sometime knitters, skilled or un-skilled: Ballard Knitters for the Homeless wants you! What you don’t know, we will teach! If you have yarn and needles, please bring some for yourself and some to share. Tuesday, August 9 from 7 - 9 p.m.



Seeking new Project Lead for Ballard Tool Library

If you want to be a driving force in building YOUR Ballard Tool Library, become our Project Lead — no experience necessary! The current lead, Anna, will be staying on to assist with the transition. If you have questions or are interested, let us know or stop by our next planning meeting on Thursday, August 11 at 5:30 p.m.


Festival + Volunteering = So  Much Fun!

The FREE Sustainable Ballard Festival, coming up on August 27, depends on over 100 volunteers to make it a success. We have lots of great opportunities available, so sign up now for a shift selling t-shirts, helping kids with crafts, keeping our hospitality booth stocked, selling raffle tickets or whatever strikes your fancy! Volunteers get some fun perks too!



Ballard Sunday Dinners - come volunteer with us!

Ballard Sunday Dinners was created by five Ballard churches and Sustainable Ballard to offer weekly hot meals with dignity to our homeless neighbors. Sunday evenings were the only time that a seated, indoor dinner was not offered in our neighborhood, and we joined together to fill the gap. Volunteer positions are open in August, September and October. Join us!


Other Community Events

Seattle Greendrinks - August 9

Join Seattle Greendrinks for another fun and meaningful gathering at Ten Thousand Villages in Ravenna! Enjoy fair trade coffee and chocolate, Fremont Brewery’s refreshing beer, Wilridge Winery’s delectable wines and scoops of Snoqualmie Ice Cream! Tuesday, August 9 from 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.


Seattle Tilth class: Basic Canning 101 - August 11

Enjoy your summer harvest all winter long! Learn what you need to know to start safely canning fresh food at home. You’ll leave with the skills to can jams, tomatoes, chutneys, quick pickles and more. Thursday, August 11 at 6:30 p.m.


PNA Village seeks volunteers for Ballard expansion, upcoming training on August 17

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 training session is Wednesday, August 17 at 1 p.m.


City Light's Green Up Program Info Session - August 17

Want to learn how to Green Up your home? Come down to the Ballard Library and chat with Seattle City Light about this opportunity to support local renewable energy projects in the Pacific Northwest. You can match your owned or rented home’s energy usage with 100% renewable energy. Wednesday, August 17 from 1 - 5 p.m.


Tuesdays @ 21: Bird-Friendly Communities - August 23

Come learn about Bird Friendly Communities, a nationwide campaign to restore and protect wildlife habitat to maintain biodiversity for future generations. Learn about simple steps you can take in your own backyard to attract birds and ways to get involved in the community. Tuesday, August 23 at 7 p.m.


Think Green Challenge is ON

Waste Management is partnering with neighborhood organizations to challenge three Seattle regions (including Ballard, Fremont, Greenwood, Phinney Ridge and Wallingford) to reduce waste and recycle more. The region that reduces their garbage the most by October 2016 will win $5,000 to give to the community non-profit(s) of their choice. 

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