Events

Mar
30
Thu
Repair Cafe hosted by Ballard Tool Library
Mar 30 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
The Ballard Tool Library is hosting its first Repair Cafe on Thursday, March 30th from 5-7PM at the Ballard Branch Library Meeting Room. The monthly Planning Meeting will follow at 7PM.
Do you have something that needs repair, mending, or fixing? We’ll have experienced volunteers here to help you along with some tools to try out.
Watch the BTL Facebook page for more updates.
We’re also looking for more volunteers! If you’re handy and want to help out, let us know at ballardtoollibrary@gmail.com.
Ballard Monthly Tool Library Meeting
Mar 30 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
The Ballard Tool Library is gaining some momentum — let’s keep it going and make the BTL a reality!
We need someone to organize a BTL table at the Ballard Farmer’s Market and someone to research a list of locations. If you’re interested in volunteering or have questions, email ballardtoollibrary@gmail.com
The next Planning Meeting for the BTL is 7:00pm on Thursday, March 30th in the Ballard Public Library meeting room.  (Typically, meetings are on the third Thursday of the month, at 5:30pm @ Ballard Coffee Works.)
Apr
12
Wed
MOre Team Meeting
Apr 12 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Sustainable Ballard has formed a new group of volunteers dedicated to the retention and growth of our membership, both free and supporting (paid).  The MOre (Membership Outreach) Team will have its second meeting on Wednesday, April 12th @ 6:30pm in Jenny’s home.  Please RSVP for address.  The team will continue to meet the second Wednesday of every even month (June, August, etc.)

This team will have responsibility for developing messaging and marketing for outreach to start up the supporting member program, increasing neighborhood visibility, identifying target markets and solidifying our branding.

We are especially looking for people with marketing and publicity skills, but anyone with enthusiasm and interest in this area would be very welcome — please join us!

Apr
14
Fri
Ballard Knitters for the Homeless
Apr 14 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Knitting community and warmers for the homeless!

knitting 2Learn 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 Friday, same time and place.

Location Entrance:  Enter 219 on the key pad beside the front door, answer “knitter”
to be buzzed in, to 2nd floor up stairs or on elevator

Bring: Food and beverages of your choice – Starbucks in QFC closes at 7

Questions?  Call Jody at 206-718-1529.

Apr
20
Thu
Ballard Monthly Tool Library Meeting
Apr 20 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
The Ballard Tool Library had a record number of attendees at January’s meeting. Let’s keep the momentum going and make the BTL a reality!
We need someone to organize a BTL table at the Ballard Farmer’s Market and someone to research a list of locations. If you’re interested in volunteering or have questions, email ballardtoollibrary@gmail.com
The next Planning Meeting for the BTL is 5:30PM on Thursday, February 16th in the Ballard Coffee Works meeting room.
Apr
23
Sun
Meaningful Movies : Sustainable Ballard Presents: “Open Sesame: The Story of Seeds”
Apr 23 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Please join Meaningful Movies : Sustainable Ballard for a screening of “Open Sesame: The Story of Seeds” on Sunday, April 23rd @ 5:30pm at Royal Drummer Cafe. We invite you to arrive early to enjoy Happy Hour pricing of 25% off all items on Royal Drummer’s regular menu.

A discussion following the film will be led by Bill Thorness, gardening author and coordinator of the King County Seed Lending Library.

About the film:

One of the world’s most precious resources is at risk. This timely and emotionally moving documentary, Open Sesame: The Story of Seeds, illuminates what is at stake and what can be done to protect the source of nearly all our food: SEEDS. 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.

According to the FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN), approximately 90 percent of the fruit and vegetable varieties that existed 100 years ago no longer exist today. Heritage grain is near extinction. Seeds that were lovingly nurtured over decades or even hundreds of years have been lost forever. Maintaining seed biodiversity allows us to breed new varieties that are resistant to pests or thrive in temperature extremes. This is essential in a changing climate.

Meanwhile, corporations are co-opting seed genetics using patent law. In the past, the seed was communal. Seeds were a shared resource not unlike the water we drink or the air we breathe. One hundred years ago things started to change. Today, corporate-owned seed accounts for 82% of the world-wide market. Plants grown from transgenic seeds (also known as GMOs) send pollen through the wind and contaminate neighboring crops. When this happens, large companies threaten affected farmers with lawsuits (and nearly always win). Food grown has shown to have dangerous health effects and there is even more we don’t know. Once a crop is contaminated by GMO pollen there is no turning back.

In this film you will meet a diverse range of individuals whose lives center around seeds. Farmers. Renegade gardeners. Passionate seed savers. Artists. Seed activists. This film tells the story of seeds by following their challenges and triumphs as they work to save this precious resource.

It’s not too late…yet.

Meaningful Movies : Sustainable Ballard Screenings are free, but we gratefully accept donations to help offset the costs of acquiring the films we screen. Suggestion: $5.

May
12
Fri
Ballard Knitters for the Homeless
May 12 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Knitting community and warmers for the homeless!

knitting 2Learn 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 Friday, same time and place.

Location Entrance:  Enter 219 on the key pad beside the front door, answer “knitter”
to be buzzed in, to 2nd floor up stairs or on elevator

Bring: Food and beverages of your choice – Starbucks in QFC closes at 7

Questions?  Call Jody at 206-718-1529.

May
18
Thu
Ballard Monthly Tool Library Meeting
May 18 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
The Ballard Tool Library had a record number of attendees at January’s meeting. Let’s keep the momentum going and make the BTL a reality!
We need someone to organize a BTL table at the Ballard Farmer’s Market and someone to research a list of locations. If you’re interested in volunteering or have questions, email ballardtoollibrary@gmail.com
The next Planning Meeting for the BTL is 5:30PM on Thursday, February 16th in the Ballard Coffee Works meeting room.
May
21
Sun
Meaningful Movies : Sustainable Ballard Presents: “Racing Extinction”
May 21 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Please join Meaningful Movies : Sustainable Ballard for a screening of “Racing Extinction” on Sunday, April 23rd @ 5:30pm at Royal Drummer Cafe, 6420 – 24th Ave NW.  We invite you to arrive early to enjoy Happy Hour pricing of 25% off all items on Royal Drummer’s regular menu.

Guests: TBA

About the film:

In Racing Extinction, a team of artists and activists exposes the hidden world of extinction with never-before-seen images that will change the way we see the planet. Two worlds drive extinction across the globe, potentially resulting in the loss of half of all species. The international wildlife trade creates bogus markets at the expense of creatures that have survived on this planet for millions of years. And the other surrounds us, hiding in plain sight — a world that the oil and gas companies don’t want the rest of us to see. Using covert tactics and state-of-the-art technology, the Racing Extinction team exposes these two worlds in an inspiring affirmation to preserve life as we know it. From the Academy Award® Winning Filmmakers of “The Cove”

Meaningful Movies : Sustainable Ballard Screenings are free, but we gratefully accept donations to help offset the costs of acquiring the films we screen. Suggestion: $5.

Jun
9
Fri
Ballard Knitters for the Homeless
Jun 9 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Knitting community and warmers for the homeless!

knitting 2Learn 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 Friday, same time and place.

Location Entrance:  Enter 219 on the key pad beside the front door, answer “knitter”
to be buzzed in, to 2nd floor up stairs or on elevator

Bring: Food and beverages of your choice – Starbucks in QFC closes at 7

Questions?  Call Jody at 206-718-1529.