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Exercise your brain with activity!

The most powerful, most staggeringly complex electro-biochemical machine ever created is all in your head.*  This edition of our newsletter features lots of great opportunities to keep that machine humming with new ideas, classes, social and volunteer engagement.  Your brain will thank you!

Ballard Water Fest - June 13

Free Family-Friendly Fair + Concerts!
Sustainable Ballard and Abbey Arts present Ballard Water Fest, a celebration of WATER! Join us for RainWise demos, water-themed games, art and science activities, ice cream, prizes and more! Bring your neighbors -- it's fun for the whole family!


Film Screening: Plastic Paradise – June 14

Every single piece of plastic that has ever been created since the 19th century is still SOMEWHERE on our planet. So if it never goes away, where does it go? Join Sustainable Ballard and Our Redeemers Lutheran Church on Sunday, June 14 at 6 p.m. to find out in this first edition of our Sustainable Sundays movie series.


Next Ballard Tool Library Meeting - June 18

We had a great turnout at our first meeting in May! Our biggest priorities now are to finalize a mission statement and figure out a venue for the Ballard Tool Library. We would love to have any interested volunteers show up at our June meeting and help us out!


Edible Garden Tour - June 27

We are looking forward to our biggest tour yet and want to thank our sponsors: Greenwood Hardware, Cascade Compost and Ballard ReUse. This year we have some great raffle items thanks to: Brimmer & Heeltap, Market Street Shoes, Firefly Kitchens, Walts Organic Fertilizer, Swansons Nursery, Starbucks, GiddyUp Burgers & Greens, Jessi Bloom & Dave Boehnlein.

Join us!  This self-guided tour starts at West Woodland School in SE Ballard.


Introducing Ballard Share N Play

5 initial locations have been selected to host Share N Play bins for families to give or take gently used or unused toys, clothing, books, and baby/kid gear.  It works alot like Little Free Libraries, take something… share something…

Volunteers are needed to help keep bins tidy.


Join the Knitters!

Sustainable Ballard Knitters for the Homeless continues to meet every month.  Probably our most interesting new recruit is the guy who wandered over after having coffee at Ballard Coffee Works with a friend.  He had asked his mother to teach him to knit long ago but she didn’t feel she could because he’s left handed.  We got him started right away and he’s making progress on his first scarf.  All are welcome, of course, both experienced knitters
and the brand new.  Come join us!


Seeking liaison to Ballard Community Taskforce on Homelessness and Hunger

Sustainable Ballard is looking for one or more people who are interested in issues related to homelessness and hunger in the Ballard area and beyond, to represent SB on the Ballard Community Taskforce on Homelessness and Hunger.   There are no formal requirements, tasks or commitments, we only ask that you keep us abreast of major goings on and when opportunities to collaborate on the cause present themselves.


Thank You to Ballard Sprouts Volunteers!

Ballard Sprouts has been an incredible collection of wonderful volunteers who have seeded, transplanted, watered and nurtured over 7,000 vegetable starts for Giving Gardens all over Seattle.

Seattle Giving Gardens ( works in partnership with Ballard Sprouts to give gardeners a head start to grow produce for Food Banks and Community Feed programs all over the city.


Other Community Events

Clean Sweep Recycling Event - June 13

Make a Clean Sweep with this spring recycling and donation event.  Clean out your basement and garage and get rid of all those unwanted electronic items, metal, styrofoam and clothing.

Recycling is FREE.  Our Redeemer’s Youth will be on hand to manage the event and accept donations for their Mission Fund.


Climate Conversations: How Investors are Thinking About Climate Change – June 16

On June 16, Alex Bernhardt will discuss new findings on how climate change could impact investor portfolios, and the investment case for adaptation. Part of a series of lunchtime discussions with adaptation practitioners as we explore ways to address the environmental, economic, and social impacts of climate change in the Pacific Northwest. Presented by Seattle Public Utilities and the Henry M. Jackson Foundation.


Documentary Screening of “Momenta” – June 16

Come enjoy a night of educational talks, inspiring film (Momenta) and great beer! No admission fee.
Film: Momenta A powerful documentary that tells the story of those living along the coal export trail and the project’s global environmental implications. Through thoughtful interviews and breathtaking cinematography, the documentary unveils the coal project’s devastating potential.


Missing Link EIS Open House – June 18

The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) is evaluating three alternative routes for the “Missing Link” of the Burke-Gilman Trail in an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).  The Missing Link is a stretch of the trail between 11th Avenue NW and NW 45th Street and the Hiram Chittenden (Ballard) Locks.  It is the last, uncompleted portion of a regional, multi-use trail that travels east from Golden Gardens Park in Seattle to Bothell.


Swansons Seminar: Culinary Herbs - June 20

Herbs make a great addition to any garden. Herb specialist, Rolf Hokansson, will share tips on how to grow and use a wide variety of herbs for your garden or container.


Tuesdays @ 21 Acres – From Seed to Table: The Cost of Food – June 23

What does it really take to get food from the grower to you, and how does sustainable, conventional, and organic farming differ from each other? As a result of these operations, there’s an impact on the environment, the nutritional quality of the food, and ultimately, us. These questions and food system processes will be explored by the 21 Acres team.


Greenwood Meaningful Movies: "Fresh" – June 26

“Fresh” celebrates the farmers, thinkers and business people across America who are re-inventing our food system. Each individual featured has witnessed the rapid transformation of our agriculture into an industrial model, and confronted the consequences. Forging healthier, sustainable alternatives, they offer a practical vision for a future of our food and our planet. Discussion follows movie.


Groundswell NW: Ballard Corners Work Party – June 27

Please join Groundswell NW for a work party at Ballard Corners Park (17th Ave NW & NW 63rd Street) on Saturday, June 27th from 9am-12noon, rain or shine.  Some tools and refreshments will be provided. If you have your own gloves and tools please bring them.


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