Events

Sep
16
Mon
Board Game and Puzzle Swap
Sep 16 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Board Game + Puzzle Swap

Clean out your game closet, get something new to play or put together this Fall, and mingle with other gamers in the neighborhood!

What: Sustainable Ballard Board Game + Puzzle Swap
Where: Ballard Public Library
When: September 16th from 6:30pm to 7:30pm

What to bring:
Kid, family, or adult board games or puzzles that you no longer want and a snack to share (optional). Games and puzzles should be in good shape, and all pieces should be included. You can exchange up to five games / puzzles.  Feel free to bring extra, however. Anything not claimed in the exchange will live at the new Ballard Tool Library and be available for check out!

How does it work?
6:30 – 6:45: Arrive with your games and puzzles and check in. You’ll receive a token for each game or puzzle you bring (up to 5). Take a look at what’s available, get to know other neighborhood gamers, and enjoy snacks.

6:45 – 7:30: Beginning at 6:45, we’ll randomly pull tokens. If you have a token that matches, select a game from what’s available. All games and puzzles not chosen will be donated to the new Ballard Tool Library and available for check out.  

Sep
17
Tue
Ballard Tool Library Open
Sep 17 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Open hours:

Sunday, 2pm to 5pm

Tuesday, 11am to 1pm

Thursday, 5pm to 8pm

Saturday, 9am to 11am (starting 9/8/2018)

This project is funded in part by a Neighborhood Matching Fund award from Seattle Department of Neighborhoods

Ballard Knitters for People Experiencing Homelessness
Sep 17 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Knitting community and warmers for the homeless!

knitting 2Join this group and learn to knit or learn new knitting skills.  If you have yarn and needles, please bring some for yourself and some to share.  No prior experience necessary!

Jody Grage is leading this group to knit simple hats and scarves for community members who do not have a warm home.  Jody will teach easy, pretty patterns and walk you through your project. Every second Tuesday, same time and place: 7pm to 9pm at The Dane: 8000 – 15th Ave NW.

Questions?  Call Jody at 206-718-1529.

Sep
19
Thu
Ballard Tool Library Open
Sep 19 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Open Hours:
Sundays, 2pm to 5pm
Tuesdays, 11am to 1pm
Thursday, 5pm to 8pm
Saturday, 9am to 11am (starting 9/8/2018)

This project is funded in part by a Neighborhood Matching Fund award from Seattle Department of Neighborhoods

Sep
21
Sat
Ballard Tool Library Open
Sep 21 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

Open Hours:

Sundays, 2pm to 5pm

Tuesdays, 11am to 1pm

Thursdays, 5pm to 8pm

Saturdays, 9am to 11am

This project is funded in part by a Neighborhood Matching Fund award from Seattle Department of Neighborhoods

Sep
22
Sun
Ballard Tool Library Open
Sep 22 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Open Hours:

Sundays, 2pm to 5pm

Tuesdays, 11am to 1pm

Thursdays, 5pm to 8pm

Saturdays, 9am to 11am

This project is funded in part by a Neighborhood Matching Fund award from Seattle Department of Neighborhoods

Ballard Farmers Market Gleaning
Sep 22 @ 2:45 pm – 5:00 pm

The generous farmers at the Ballard Sunday Farmers Market donate fresh produce for our hungry neighbors.  Our Market Gleaning project is looking for volunteers to help collect the produce from these generous farmers every Sunday for delivery to the Ballard Food Bank.

If you are interested in helping with the gleaning project on Sundays, 3:30pm – 5:00pm, contact Jennifer.

Teams of gleaners rotate so the commitment is no more than once per month, 3:30-5pm, on Sundays.  Early Spring is a great time to join up — it’s a little slower and less hectic, and you can learn the ropes before things pick up again as we move into warm weather.  The more volunteer teams we have, the less often each team will be put onto the schedule — many hands make light work!

Interested?  Please contact Jennifer for more information or to sign up.

Sep
24
Tue
Ballard Tool Library Open
Sep 24 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Open hours:

Sunday, 2pm to 5pm

Tuesday, 11am to 1pm

Thursday, 5pm to 8pm

Saturday, 9am to 11am (starting 9/8/2018)

This project is funded in part by a Neighborhood Matching Fund award from Seattle Department of Neighborhoods

Free Letters Home @ Whittier Heights Tiny House Village
Sep 24 @ 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

A letter home.  That could be the first small step to reconnecting homeless individuals with their loved ones, to re-establish a relationship long neglected, or simply to say “I’m ok”.

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Free Letters Home™ offers the homeless community the opportunity to reestablish relationships and connect with loved ones via a mailed letter or card. Volunteers from this organization set up a table and offer greeting cards, postcards, stationery, stamps, help and encouragement in hopes that our guests will take the opportunity to write and mail a card or letter.  The support of Sustainable Ballard and its members through generous donations of cards, stamps, and volunteer hours has been key to the success of this project. At Free Letters Home™, we know we can’t solve all of someone’s problems with a letter and a stamp, but we can offer dignity and respect to our neighbors and let them know they are validated and cared about by the community.

When Bev, the leader of this project, first read about Free Letters Home™ in a magazine, the power of that simple act struck her as something she could easily support.  Then she checked out their website and saw that no one had yet volunteered to serve the Ballard area, and she thought “I can do that!”.  Bev and her loyal volunteers have been going to Nyer Urness House on second Tuesday evenings monthly since July 2013.  Over 300 pieces of mail have been sent.  In August of this year, we moved our second location to the Whittier Heights Tiny House Village, every other Tuesday afternoon @ 3:30pm:  Aug 27, Sept 10 & 24, Oct 8 & 22, Nov 5 & 19, and Dec 3 & 17

Volunteers show up with supplies and serve about a half dozen people on each visit.  Sometimes letters are already written and waiting for her to mail.   Sometimes the sender needs a little more assistance (“I have lousy handwriting, can you write it for me?”).  But mostly, volunteers just help people re-establish relationships.  Like the woman who was thrilled to be able to write to friends and loved ones.  The woman writing to her son, who is in prison.  Or the man who hadn’t spoken with his brothers since their father passed away, and wanted to reconnect.  That’s what it’s all about.

I am sure that I even saw a few skips of joy in her feet as she left the table to get started on her letter.

If you’re thinking “I can do that!”, here’s how you can help:

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  • Volunteer!  To help on Tuesday evenings, contact Bev; to help on Tuesday afternoons, contact.
  • Donate supplies:  Stamps, stationary, envelopes, stickers and pens are always needed.
  • Holiday card donations are also needed.  While some people like writing their own words, others prefer a pre-written message.  Mail donations to us at 2442 NW Market St, PMB 286, Seattle, WA 98107 christmas cards 2014or contact Bev directly at the link below.

Project ContactBev Beppler

Sep
26
Thu
Ballard Tool Library Open
Sep 26 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Open Hours:
Sundays, 2pm to 5pm
Tuesdays, 11am to 1pm
Thursday, 5pm to 8pm
Saturday, 9am to 11am (starting 9/8/2018)

This project is funded in part by a Neighborhood Matching Fund award from Seattle Department of Neighborhoods