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It's getting cold outside
The chill in the air says it’s time to finish up preserving food for the winter and settle down with a warm drink and some sort of fix-it project. Or so it used to be. For alot of you readers, that’s the ideal, isn't it? But then we get all tied up with our electronics, meetings and extra-curricular activities and forget to slow down and experience the season.

We’ve got just the thing for you - take a day off from your frantic life and join us for No Impact Man, the story of a New Yorker who gives up electricity, gas-powered transport, public waste disposal and more for a year, just to see if he and his family can shrink their environmental footprint and still enjoy life without modern conveniences. Join author Cecile Andrews after the show and get inspired to slow down and simplify!

RainWise 101 Workshop - Oct. 26

Learn about how rain gardens and cisterns help manage storm water, hear from delighted RainWise homeowners and get inspired by slides of their yards, meet trained RainWise contractors who can offer a free consultation, learn about big rebates from SPU and King County (up to 100% of the total cost), and get set to take the next step. Wednesday, Oct. 26 at 7 p.m.

Join the crowd: RainWise celebrates 1,000 stewards!

As of September 2016, the RainWise program surpassed 1,000 installations where rain gardens and/or cisterns manage stormwater on site instead of directing it into storm drains. Together these 1,000 projects will manage over 16 million gallons of stormwater annually to protect our area’s waterways.

Bringing in Ballard Friday Night Social: Celebrate Harvest - Nov. 18

Watch guest chef Bruce Naftaly match wits and hotplates with teams of volunteers from St. Luke’s Edible Hope program — the folks who’ve been making breakfasts for hundreds of people, five days a week, for decades — and the Ballard Food Bank, using produce from urban gardens. Friday, Nov 18 at 6:30 p.m at St. Luke's Episcopal Church.

Meaningful Movies: Sustainable Ballard presents "No Impact Man" - Nov. 20

What does it really take to live eco-effectively? For one year, Colin Beavan and his family attempted to make zero impact on the environment while living in the heart of Manhattan, and this is the sensational, funny, and consciousness-raising story of how they did it. Sunday, Nov. 20 at 5:30 p.m. at Royal Drummer Cafe. Arrive early to enjoy Happy Hour pricing of 25% off all regular menu items!


Saving Ballard Market receipts? Bring them to the movie!

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 come to our next Meaningful Movies : Sustainable Ballard event to drop them off -- or send them in the mail.


Save the date: Holiday Party and Barter Fair - Dec. 11

Sustainable Ballard's annual holiday barter and celebration brings together the community, encourages creativity and sharing, and offers a relaxing and enjoyable alternative to the more commercial holiday gift buying experience. There will be food, drinks and music! Sunday, Dec. 11 from 4 to 7 p.m.  


Ballard Sunday Dinners - a great volunteer opportunity!

Ballard Sunday Dinners was created to offer weekly hot meals with dignity to our homeless neighbors. Volunteer positions are now open for preparing, serving the meal, and helping with clean up in November and December. To learn more about how it works before volunteering, join us for a meal!

We love trees!

Last year, Sustainable Ballard partnered with Forterra to plant a few trees as part of their Evergreen Carbon Capture Program.  “Our” trees are in Soaring Eagle Park, a King County Regional Park.  Forterra has produced a terrific Tree Map so you can see where they’ve planted trees. If you happen upon them, send us a snapshot!


Other Community Events

U.W. Botanic Gardens class - Nontraditional Small Trees for the Urban Garden - Oct. 26

Finding attractive, functional small trees for small scale planting spaces is an ongoing design challenge. This session will look outside the box for some stunning opportunities for small scale trees with seasonal interest in fall and through the year. Wednesday, Oct. 26 at 8:30 a.m.


3rd Annual UW Farm to Table Dinner - Oct. 27

The third annual UW Farm to Table Dinner will feature a meal of local produce, local brews, games, live music, and much more. With food grown on campus by the UW Farm and from local producers, and cooked by Chaco Canyon Organic Cafe, this is a dinner you don’t want to miss! Thursday, Oct. 27 at 6:30 p.m. at the Center for Urban Horticulture


A Historical Perspective on Homelessness in Seattle - Oct. 30

What did local homeless encampments look like 80 years ago? How did homelessness become a state of emergency in Seattle? Gain a historical perspective on homelessness from a panel of experts. Sunday, Oct. 30 at 2 p.m.


Climate on Tap: Splitting the Atom Can Save the Planet - Nov. 1

Enjoy dinner and a fascinating presentation on the latest advances in nuclear power and how it can help meet growing global energy needs. Have a beer, and join the discussion on how nuclear power can save the planet! Tuesday, Nov. 1 at 7 p.m.


21 Acres class: Food is the Most Delicious Medicine! - Nov. 5

Learn how to nutritionally fortify yourself for the cooler months ahead. Using delicious and healing homemade components like bone broth and yogurt, we’ll make a satisfying menu of roasted squash soup and homemade bread. Saturday, Nov. 5 at 1:30 p.m.

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