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A greener holiday season
Every year we learn something new about how to make our holidays a little greener. This year we’ve discovered that holiday light strings are recyclable. Ideally, you’ll want to reduce the use of lights and replace them with homemade and/or reusable decor. If your old lights are burned out, you can drop them at any Home Depot until December 15 or other local drop sites (they recycle the copper wire inside). Check out these and more Green Holiday ideas, thanks to King County EcoConsumer. Don’t forget to drop by our Holiday Party/Barter Fair this Sunday for holiday cheer and more great ideas. Open to all. We’re wishing you a bright and harmonious holiday season!

Barter Fair and Holiday Party! - Dec. 11

Sustainable Ballard is celebrating a green holiday season! Join us at our barter and holiday celebration, which brings together the community, encourages creativity and sharing, creates friendships and offers a relaxing and enjoyable alternative to commercial holiday activities. Bring items to barter or just come connect with neighbors. Sunday, Dec. 11 from 4 to 7 p.m.  


Now accepting proposals for neighborhood grant - Jan. 6 deadline

Thanks to everyone who participated during the Waste Management Think Green Challenge, Sustainable Ballard received a $900 grant to fund community projects! Now we're inviting proposals about how to spend the award money. Do you have a project idea for Ballard? Proposals must be for a project initiated by a Ballard neighbor and benefiting the Ballard community. The deadline is January 6, 2017.


Help create the community you want to live in when you're older

PNA Village is partnering with Sustainable Ballard to raise awareness, grow membership of all ages, and recruit volunteers to help elders. PNA Village is a strong and active intergenerational community that offers older people opportunities, combined with support, to fully engage in this phase of life. Village volunteers provide services like transportation and help with small projects in and around the home, and share social interaction.


Gleaning: Tall Grass --> St. Luke's

Since December 2015, we’ve been collecting unsold bread and baked goods from Tall Grass Bakery each Saturday and Sunday evening, and delivering it to St. Luke’s Episcopal Church for their weekday breakfast program serving neighbors in need. This simple and satisfying project is a win-win, spanning just a few Ballard blocks while making a tangible difference in people’s lives. Volunteers welcome!

"Voluntary Simplicity" discussion group forming, to start in March

Sustainable Ballard is forming a Voluntary Simplicity discussion group to discover ways to slow down and live simply. Voluntary Simplicity helps participants examine how modern society can interfere with caring for the planet. Together, we will explore how consumption patterns have an impact on us and our relationships, as well as the environment. Contact us to join the conversation.


Saving Ballard Market receipts? Bring them to the party!

Your Ballard Market receipts mean income for Sustainable Ballard! As a charitable organization registered with Ballard Market, Sustainable Ballard receives a donation of 1% of pre-tax subtotals from receipts we send in to them. Please save your receipts, then join us for our annual Barter Fair and Holiday Party to drop them off.


Sustainable Ballard Knitters providing warmth!

Sustainable Ballard Knitters for the Homeless are busy knitting warmth for people experiencing homelessness. The Knitters gather every second Tuesday of the month, 7:00 – 9:00pm. Please join us on December 13.


December waste reduction tips

Parties, decorations and gifts bring spirit to the holidays, but they can also create more waste. With a little planning, we can have more meaningful holidays and a positive environmental impact. Follow these waste reduction tips to bring joy without waste this holiday season.


Other Community Events

Help for the holidays - more meaning, less stuff!

Every holiday season, our problem with "stuff" rears its ugly head. The season can be more full of joy, reflection and family when we reduce the time spent on shopping, spending and frenzied preparation. We’ve put together some great local and national resources to help you on your way!


Seattle Greendrinks Holiday Bash - Dec. 13

Celebrate the holiday season with the Seattle Greendrinks community at their last 2016 event, co-hosted by the Puget Soundkeeper Alliance. Fremont Brewery will be pouring seasonal brews! Tuesday, Dec. 13 from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.


21 Acres class: Local, Delicious, Handmade Holiday Gifts - Dec. 15

Celebrate the season’s tradition of gift giving by creating delicious, hand-crafted gifts from the heart with local ingredients. In this hands-on class you'll learn how to make simple yet elegant gifts sure to impress everyone on your list! You’ll leave with presents in hand. Thursday, Dec. 15 at 6:30 p.m.


Join fellow Seattleites to discuss how to shape a world that works for all - Dec. 28

Join your fellow concerned citizens to discuss what we can do now in this altered landscape. Our goal is to promote community connections. Bring your friends and neighbors. Wednesday, Dec. 28 from 7 to 9 p.m.

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