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Spring into Action!
 
As the weather starts to warm up and plants begin to bloom, our neighborhood mason bees are starting to emerge from their nests...and perhaps you are too. We’ve got plenty going on to keep you busy! We’d love for you to join us at any of our upcoming meetings, activities or events!

Repair Cafe hosted by Ballard Tool Library - March 30

Do you have something that needs to be repaired, mended or fixed? The Ballard Tool Library is hosting its first Repair Cafe, where we’ll have experienced volunteers to help you along with some tools to try out. Thursday, March 30, 5-7 p.m.

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"Voluntary Simplicity" discussion group begins next week - join us!

Participants in this new discussion group, based on Northwest Earth Institute course books, will examine how modern society can interfere with caring for the planet and discover ways to slow down and live simply. The group will meet for six Mondays starting April 3.

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Relax, meet new people and have fun while knitting! - April 14

Our group meets once a month (every second Friday) to knit simple hats and scarves for community members who do not have a warm home. We will teach easy, pretty patterns and walk you through your project. All skill levels are welcome! Friday, April 14, 7-9 p.m.

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Meaningful Movies : Sustainable Ballard presents "Open Sesame: The Story of Seeds" - April 23

Seeds provide the basis for everything from fabric to food to fuels. Seeds are as essential to life as the air we breathe or water we drink…but given far less attention. This moving documentary illuminates what is at stake and what can be done to protect them. A discussion will follow the film. Sunday, April 23 at 5:30 p.m.

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Saving Ballard Market receipts? Bring them to one of our events!

Your Ballard Market receipts mean income for Sustainable Ballard! As a charitable organization registered with Ballard Market, we receive a donation of 1% of pre-tax subtotals from receipts we send in to them. Please save your receipts, then join us for one of the events listed above to drop them off.

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Spring into action - volunteer to help feed hungry neighbors

Spring is upon us and that means farmers will be bringing more and more produce to the Ballard Farmers’ Market. Our Market Gleaning project is looking for volunteers to help collect fresh produce from these generous farmers every Sunday for delivery to the Ballard Food Bank.

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Spring spotters heading out to map Little Free Libraries™!

We’re putting together the fourth edition of the Ballard Little Free Library™ map. If you’re interested in joining the team of folks who will soon be walking our neighborhood to find any new boxes that have been installed since the third edition was published, please let us know.

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All are welcome to join our new Membership Outreach (MOre) Team!

Sustainable Ballard has formed a new group of volunteers dedicated to the retention and growth of our membership, both free and supporting (paid). We are especially looking for people with marketing and publicity skills, but anyone with enthusiasm and interest is welcome! Next meeting: Wednesday, April 12 at 6:30 p.m.  

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Do you know of storage space we might use?

Sustainable Ballard has some stuff. And the stuff needs storing. Stuff we use every year at our Festival, things for our programs, some small equipment, supplies and other gear. We are looking for a storage space — do you know of one that might be available?

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Share and Play - Help make sharing fun for the little ones!

Ballard Share and Play is a place for families to give or take gently used or unused toys, clothing, books, and baby/kid gear. We have five terrific volunteers who take care of maintenance, straightening and clean-up. Now we need a leader to help manage the volunteers and check in with the site hosts from time to time. Would you like to help?   

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April Waste Reduction Tips

Ah spring, glorious spring! In April all is growing and greening. This month we celebrate Earth Day and Easter — and finding more ways to leave less waste behind.

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Save the date for the Edible Garden Tour - July 1

Now in its 9th year, the Edible Garden Tour has been an inspiration to hundreds of gardeners every summer. This fun walking/biking tour highlights neighborhood gardens, planting strips, containers, raised beds, chickens, bees and all sorts of creative edibles from fruit trees to berries to veggies galore. Mark the date on your calendar!

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Save the date - our 14th Annual Festival is on Sept. 9!

Eclectic, artsy, earthy, urban and committed to a better future…you’ll find all this and more at
the 14th Annual Sustainable Ballard Festival. You’ll encounter creativity, passion and community while learning about daily practices and big steps toward more sustainable living. Save the date! 

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Other Community Events

Climate Science on Tap: Salmon in a Time of Global Warming - March 29

A panel of scientists will provide a fascinating discussion on how the health of Pacific Northwest fish may be affected by warming water and changes in seasonal stream flow. Come early to enjoy the food truck and the great selection of Peddler beer! Wednesday, March 29 at 7 p.m.

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Seattle Audubon's Neighborhood Flyways Symposium - April 6

Seattle Audubon has developed a four-year campaign to restore local and migratory bird habitat by connecting the tree canopy across Seattle. This free event will feature presentations as well as a panel discussion and Q&A. Thursday, April 6 at 2 p.m.

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Naomi Klein - This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate - April 6

In her most provocative talk yet, the journalist and author Naomi Klein (“The Shock Doctrine”) takes on the gravest threat humanity has ever faced: global climate change. Klein argues that our survival depends on changing our economics and ourselves. Either we leap — or we sink. Thursday, April 6 at 7:30 p.m.

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Groundswell NW work party @ Ballard Corners Park - April 8

Please join Groundswell NW for a work party at Ballard Corners Park (17th Ave NW & NW 63rd Street) to spread wood chips and get the park ready for spring. Some tools and refreshments will be provided. Saturday, April 8, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., rain or shine.

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Seattle Greendrinks - April 11

Seattle Greendrinks is a fun and meaningful networking event held at different locations throughout Seattle each month. April is Earth Month and we are celebrating with a no-host Greendrinks Meet Up and screening of the documentary film Kenbe Fem. Tuesday, April 11, 5:30-8:30 p.m.

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Tilth Alliance class: Raise City Goats - April 15

Learn what it takes to keep miniature goats for milk or fiber. This introductory class includes show-and-tell, lecture and an opportunity to meet some city goats face-to-face. Saturday, April 15 at 10 a.m.

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UW Botanic Garden class - "Native Plant 101: Identification and Gardening" - April 17

Come learn how to identify some of our native Washington plants and find out how to best incorporate them into your garden. This free class will include a walk around the Union Bay Natural Area to look at examples. Monday, April 17 at 6:30 p.m.

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