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Rain, rain and more rain

Have you noticed an abundance of rain lately? KPLU weather expert Cliff Mass says it’s been the wettest water year in Seattle’s history. The 600+ rain gardens and cisterns installed in Ballard through the RainWise program over the past 4-5 years are really getting a workout! Thankfully, breaks in the weather allow those systems to feed water back into the water table and storm drains slowly, keeping sewage and toxic runoff out of Salmon Bay and Puget Sound. Want to get your own new landscape and do your part? Sign up for one of our upcoming workshops to learn how.

Fun(d)raiser - March 24

Come support Sustainable Ballard! The Harper Conspiracy is hosting a variety show with a lemon twist at Egan’s Ballard Jam House. Performing originals and covers that engage and amuse, an array of homegrown performers will enlighten your night with music and fun. Thursday, March 24 at 7 p.m.


RainWise 101 Workshop - April 7

At this free workshop, learn about rebates from Seattle Public Utilities & King County for up to 100% of the cost of a rain garden or cistern, hear from homeowners in your area that have completed the rebate process, meet trained RainWise installers, and get set to take the next step! Thursday, April 7 at 7 p.m.


Volunteer still needed for Ballard Share and Play (it's easy!)

We are looking for a volunteer to cover the Ballard Natural Medicine bin for the Share and Play project. It’s easy; just a once a week during opening hours (Mon-Fri, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.). The volunteer would be responsible for keeping the bin tidy and free of unsuitable items.


Have you 'liked' us? We are oh-so-close to 1,500 likes!

Are you a fan of our Facebook page?  It’s a great way to see what’s happening, learn a few things, and keep up to date with all of our projects and programs. We love to be liked!


Sustainable Ballard Knitters providing warmth!

Sustainable Ballard Knitters for the Homeless is pleased to let you know that our last delivery
of hats and scarves to The Urban Rest Stop was greeted with delight that they are not only so welcome but so beautiful, too! Our next gathering is April 12. All knitters are welcome!


Save the date for our 13th Annual Festival! - Aug. 27

Saturday, August 27, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Ballard Commons Park
Family-friendly, FREE, and full of surprises, the Sustainable Ballard Festival is a fantastically fun opportunity to learn together, get inspired, and discover new ways to live more lightly on the earth.


Other Community Events

NW EcoBuilding Class: "What Sticks to What? Sealants, Adhesive, Tapes & Indoor Air Quality" - March 23

As sealants and adhesives play an ever-larger role in construction, the options become more and more complex. Our expert panel will discuss solutions that are part of changing best practices in the Northwest. Wednesday, March 23 at 7 p.m.


Revitalizing Food Culture from the Cascades to the Salish Sea

In this four-evening course led by accomplished ethnobotanists, you'll explore how native plants of the Northwest were managed, harvested and prepared by Indigenous peoples for food and material items. March 29 - April 16


21 Acres Class: "Savvy Gardening - Drip Irrigation Basics for the Home Gardener" - March 31

Learn how easy it is to water your garden with resource-efficient drip irrigation. This free class will cover the basics of design, installation and use of a drip irrigation system in the home garden. Thursday, March 31 at 7 p.m.


Bill McKibben @ Town Hall - April 4

As the climate heats up, the climate battle is doing likewise. Author and environmentalist Bill McKibben will offer an update from the global front lines about the fights that will determine just how overheated the earth will get. Sponsored by 350 Seattle. Monday, April 4 at 7 p.m.


MobilizeGreen Annual Conference and Diversity Career Fair - April 7 & 8

Are you a green business? This is for you! MobilizeGreen is a national leader in launching green careers for young people. Join the City of Seattle Mayor’s Office, county officials, the University of Washington, businesses, NGOs, and hundreds of young, diverse environmental leaders for an inspiring and informative event.


UW Botanic Gardens Class: "Landscape for Life - Sustainable Home Gardening" - April 13, 20 & 27

Want to create and maintain your own healthy, sustainable landscape? In this three-part class, learn how to get the most out of water in your garden, build healthy soils, use native and climate-adapted plants, and find environmentally-friendly landscape materials. April 13, 20 & 27 at 6 p.m.


Seattle Tilth Class: "Urban Weeds and Wild Foods - Part 1: Identify and Harvest" - April 16

Why fight weeds when you can eat them! Learn how to identify and gather some of our city’s most common and delicious edible weeds and wild foods. Saturday, April 16 at 10 a.m.


City Fruit Ambassador Interest Meeting - April 20

Are you passionate about your community and local food? Volunteer as a City Fruit Ambassador to spread the word in your neighborhood! At this interest meeting, we will talk about public orchards, community involvement, outreach, and local food while we enjoy light snacks and refreshments! Wednesday, April 20 at 6 p.m.


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