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Seattle Public Utilities is now accepting even more recycling! We were thrilled to discover in the last mailing from the City that “caps-on recycling" is now in place, large plastic objects (like chairs!) are now accepted in your recycling bin, and cooking oil and used motor oil can be left for pick up if properly labeled. Read What’s New in Recycling? for all the details.

2016 Festival theme: People Power!

The theme for this year’s Sustainable Ballard Festival on Saturday, August 27 is PEOPLE POWER! Our festival committee is brainstorming how to demonstrate people power in many aspects of sustainability. We'd love to hear what people power means to you. Bring your ideas to our next festival planning meeting on Tuesday, May 24 at 6:30 p.m. or email us.


Edible Garden Tour is coming up - planning meeting May 18

Our 8th annual tour will be on Saturday, June 25 in SW Ballard. We welcome more people to the planning team! The next meeting is Wednesday, May 18 at 6:30 p.m. Come be part of the fun!


Meaningful Movies: Sustainable Ballard Presents "Bikes vs. Cars" - May 29

Please join us for our May documentary film offering, "Bikes vs. Cars," about the bicycle and what an amazing tool for change it can be. It will have audiences reaching for their bikes instead of their car keys. The screening will be followed by guest presentations and discussions. Sunday, May 29 at 5:30 p.m.


Ballard Sunday Dinners underway - you can help!

Ballard Sunday Dinners has been created by five Ballard churches and Sustainable Ballard to offer weekly hot meals with dignity to our homeless neighbors. A CrowdRise fundraiser has been set up for staffing (coordination, security and custodial), facility and supply expenses. Our goal is $3,000 for startup costs and we welcome your support!


Ballard Farmers Market Gleaning Summer 2016

It is almost summer and the Market Gleaning team is gearing up for more donations coming in from the farmers market. We have room for more volunteers, Sundays from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. The schedule is now being put together for summer and fall and we would love to know by May 15 if you want to join the team.


The Ballard Tool Library is now on Facebook!

For updates about the Ballard Tool Library, Like us on our Facebook page. You'll see what’s happening with other Tool Libraries in the area and across the country, see what events and activities are happening in support of the BTL, and follow its progress.


News for all Ballard Little Free Library owners

The Literacy Council of Seattle has cancelled its annual book sale due to a staffing shortage, so they have a large selection of already-collected books available to stock your Little Free Libraries. And if you're a new Little Free Library owner, be sure to get on our very cool map of libraries all over Ballard!


Other Community Events

Break Free PNW - May 13-15

World leaders say we have to stay below 1.5°C of warming to avoid climate destabilization. No current policies keep us anywhere near this goal. Organizers on every continent are planning a global wave of mass actions in May. Together, we can make this the turning point!


Groundswell NW: 14th Ave NW Adopt-a-Street Cleanup - May 14

Join us as we tidy up 14th Ave, care for the planters, and get updates on the status of the new park. Meet your neighbors over coffee & snacks donated by Ballard Market. Come dressed for the weather. Saturday, May 14 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.


Seattle Tilth Class: Container Gardening 101 - May 18

You don’t need a back yard to grow your own food! Container gardening is great for beginners, apartment dwellers and anyone looking to add extra space or variety to their garden. This class will cover everything from choosing soil and containers to ongoing maintenance. Wednesday, May 18 at 6 p.m.


Save Seattle's Apples: orchard pest prevention party - May 20

Join City Fruit and Seattle Cider Company for Save Seattle’s Apples, a campaign to build awareness about our urban canopy and the proper care and management of apple trees. Come out to bag individual growing apples and net trees to prevent pests and make a healthy harvest possible this season. There will be a celebratory cider tasting after the work is done! Friday, May 20 from noon to 4 p.m.


Swansons Seminar: "Your Veggie Garden/Tomatoes, Peppers & Warm Season Crops" - May 21

Swansons’ own Rolf Hokansson will provide generous information on planting warm season crops including tomatoes, basil, squash, beans and much more. He will also share watering tips, supports for tall crops, and pest control. Sunday, May 21 at 10 a.m.


NW EcoBuilding class: "Solar Energy for Those Without Solar Access"- May 25

There are nearly one million solar rooftops in the U.S., but what about the 100 million rooftops that have shade or that shelter people without the financing? Community Solar and remote solar ownership are growing with some very exciting potential. Join us for an evening of vision and a call to action for our Puget Sound region. Wednesday, May 25 at 7 p.m.


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

Looking to expand beyond meatless Mondays? Need some new veg-menu inspirations? In this hands-on class, we will use locally sourced ingredients to create a plant-based menu guaranteed to delight your taste buds as well as promote a steady flow of energy throughout your day. Friday, June 3 at 6:30 p.m.


Tiny House Update

Some updates from Low Income Housing Institute: We now have 40 tiny houses (8' x 12'), paid for and built by volunteers, located at three sites. Since October, 39 people have moved into transitional or permanent housing, 23 moved into shelters, 3 united with relatives, and 24 obtained employment. And at Tiny House Village at 22nd and Union, construction was just completed on a shower pavilion, so everyone can take a hot shower!


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