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Thank you, President Obama!

Last week, President Obama announced a plan to increase the availability of solar energy to all Americans, particularly in low- and moderate-income communities. This week, President Obama and EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy officially announced the country's first-ever carbon pollution standards for power plants. Use the links below to learn more, thank our President and encourage him to keep it up!!

Thanks for the Clean Power plan...and let's keep moving!

President Obama’s action to set carbon pollution standards for power plants was, as EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy (pictured) said, "an incredibly wicked cool moment." Now we need to tell him thank you and to keep pushing the U.S. to be a climate leader.

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Stand up for solar!

Solar for all: This is a big deal. President Obama's plan to increase the availability of solar energy will not only push the U.S. toward a future powered by clean energy, but will also improve the lives of millions of people who are struggling to make ends meet. Learn more about the plan and how you can support it.

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Next festival planning meeting – August 12 - join the fun!

Our 12th Annual Festival may turn out to be our biggest yet! Join our next planning meeting on Wednesday, August 12 at 7 p.m. at Peddler Brewing and help us bring it all together. All ideas are welcome!

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Ballard Tool Library Meeting - August 13

We’re narrowing down on a location! And we've found someone who has experience assessing structural stability to help us out. At our next meeting we’ll discuss our final location choices and next steps. Thursday, August 13 at 5:30 p.m. at Reuben's Brews.

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Ballard Share and Play Opening Event - August 22

Let’s start sharing and playing together! We will celebrate the opening of Ballard Share and Play on Saturday, August 22 from 9:30 - 10:30 a.m at Toast (5615 24th Ave NW). Parents, kids and everyone else are encouraged to come and enjoy activities from Seattle ReCreative. And if you have a toy or kid-friendly item to bring to the bin, even better.

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Have some extra yarn? We'll take it off your hands!

Sustainable Ballard Knitters for the Homeless is getting a bit low on yarn. So if you’ve been thinking of lowering your stash, now would be a good time!

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Other Community Events

Seattle ReLeaf: Apply now for Trees for Neighborhoods

It's that time again! The 2015 Trees for Neighborhoods application is now open. Participants receive free trees, a watering bag and mulch for each tree, training on proper planting and care, and more. Join the movement and plant a tree in your yard!

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SolarWISE Workshop – August 11

Interested in installing a solar electric system on your home or business, or just learning more about solar energy? Attend a free SolarWISE workshop from Seattle City Light and Northwest SEED to learn the latest on solar pricing, technology, financing options and steps to go solar. Tuesday, August 11 at 7 p.m. at Phinney Neighborhood Center.

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Mighty O's opening August 14-16 = super!

Seattle-based Mighty-O, known city-wide for their super delicious made-from-scratch all-organic donuts, is opening a cafe in Ballard. During their grand opening celebration Friday, August 14 - Sunday, August 16, everyone who attends will receive a free donut. Plus, those dressed as their favorite superhero will be entered to win a donut a day for a year.

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Swansons Seminar: Drought-Tolerant, Water-Wise Gardening - August 15

Join designer/landscaper and Edmonds Community College Instructor Greg Butler for this informative and amusing seminar that provides strategies for making your garden more resilient to these drier times. Saturday, August 15 from 10 - 11:30 a.m.

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21 Acres class: Eating for Wellness - August 15

Join Registered Dietitian Megan Ellison for this class focused on how to use locally sourced, heart-healthy ingredients. Learn why these foods are beneficial – and really delicious – and how to incorporate them into daily meals. Saturday, August 15 from 1 - 3 p.m. in Woodinville.

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City Fruit Ambassador and Orchard Steward volunteer info session – August 19

Join an information session to learn how you can volunteer with City Fruit as an Ambassador or Orchard Steward. Ambassadors work to raise awareness about Seattle’s urban orchard, while Orchard Stewards work directly in a public orchard to help care for the fruit trees. Wednesday, August 19 at 6 p.m.

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Seattle Tilth class: Make Herbal Infusions – August 22

Learn how to infuse garden herbs into vinegars, syrups and oils for medicinal and culinary uses. We will cover herb identification and harvesting and discuss varieties of plants to grow for use in home remedies. Saturday, August 22 at 10 a.m.

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