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Make your voice heard!
The big issue in our neighborhood this week is the "Missing Link," an unfinished section of the Burke-Gilman Trail running from 11th Ave NW to 30th Ave NW. SDOT is taking comments in person this week, and via email and snail mail by the end of the month, to learn which of four possible routes has the most popular support. If you haven’t decided yet, the Friends of the Burke-Gilman Trail and Ballard Farmers Market have posted their opinions, and Peddler Brewing's 7-minute video summarizes the history and shows the four route options. Completing the trail will take some political might, so please make your voice heard.

Ballard Tool Library - let's do it!

Want to know how you can stay involved and help make the Ballard Tool Library a reality? Follow us on Facebook for updates, join our Google Group for meeting notes and communications, and attend a monthly Planning Meeting on 3rd Thursdays. Our next meeting is Thursday, July 21 at 5:30 p.m. Hope to see you there!


Sponsor our 13th Annual Festival - application deadline is July 31

Sponsorship of the Sustainable Ballard Festival is a great way to take a stand for a healthier planet while promoting your products and services to thousands of potential customers. If you are a socially and environmentally responsible organization or company and would like to be a festival sponsor, apply by July 31.


Meaningful Movies: Sustainable Ballard presents "He Named Me Malala" - July 31

This documentary is an intimate portrait of Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Malala Yousafzai, who was targeted by the Taliban at age 15 for advocating for girls' education and shot while on a school bus in Pakistan, sparking an outcry around the world. This film shows us how Malala and her family remain committed to fighting for education for all girls worldwide. Sunday, July 31 at 5:30 p.m.


Festival + Volunteering = So  Much Fun!

The FREE Sustainable Ballard Festival 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!


Thank you, Elizabeth and William!

Your very generous donations of stamps to the Free Letters Home Program will make a big difference to people experiencing homelessness who are hoping to reconnect with loved ones. The program depends on people like you who share time, stamps, stationary, envelopes, stickers and pens. With the hundreds of stamps we now have, we’ll be set for several months. Thank you!


Other Community Events

Missing Link Public Hearings - July 14 & 16

The Seattle Department of Transportation has completed a Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Burke-Gilman Trail Extension Project (Missing Link), which evaluates four alternatives for connecting the trail through Ballard. SDOT will hold two public hearings to provide information and solicit public comments: Thursday, July 14 at 6 p.m. and Saturday, July 16 at 10 a.m.


Seattle Tilth's Chicken Coop & Urban Farm Tour - July 16

Join Seattle Tilth for a family-friendly tour of some of Seattle’s best chicken coops and urban farms! On this self-guided tourmeet chickens, goats, ducks, rabbits and bees, and see unique and artful gardens. Hosts are eager to share their experiences raising urban livestock and growing food in the city. Saturday, July 16 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 


NW SolarFest - July 23

NW SolarFest is an opportunity to meet local and regional vendors who provide renewable energy services, as well as sustainable living experts who cover topics from composting to yoga. Saturday, July 23 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Raise a pint for Groundswell NW at Reuben's Brews - July 28

Taste great beer and help NW Seattle parks! Join Groundswell NW at Reuben’s Brews in Ballard for a fundraising beer tasting. $1 for each pint purchased goes to Groundswell NW to benefit parks in Ballard and NW Seattle. Invite your friends, bring the kids, dogs and all. Thursday, July 28 from 3 to 8 p.m.


Workshops for those re-entering the work force - starting July 28

WorkSource's upcoming six-week workshop series is geared toward those who are interested in re-entering the workforce. It’s perfect for anyone who feels they have barriers to employment -- such as long-term unemployment, homelessness, criminal history, disabilities, etc. -- as well as anyone looking for work. July 28 to August 30


Ballard P-Patch "Art in the Garden" - July 30

More than 20 artists and craftspeople will showcase their work at this year's Art in the Garden event, which will also feature kids activities, live music, a beer garden, a pie auction and food trucks. We’ve recently made the garden more accessible, so come stroll the new paths! Saturday, July 30 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Swansons seminar: "Growing a Fall Veggie Container Garden" - July 31

Swanson’s veggie aficionado, Lo Holahan, will both entertain and inform you in this one-hour seminar covering the essentials of container veggie gardening. The discussion will include how to prepare your containers for your fall crop as well as what varieties to plant and how to care for them. Sunday, July 31 at 11 a.m.


YES! Magazine looking for new Executive Director

Do you want to help create powerful change in the world? YES! Magazine has a rare opening for a new leader to help them deepen the impact of their work, reach new audiences, increase revenue, and evolve their nonprofit business model.


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