Events

Apr
16
Wed
Edible Garden Tour Planning Meeting
Apr 16 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Sustainable Ballard’s 6th Annual Edible Garden Tour is set for Saturday, June 28th, 10am-3pm.

Interested community members are invited to join us in planning the tour, which will be in the northwest Ballard area (from NW 70th Street to NW 85th Street and west from 24th Avenue NW to the ridge).  The next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, April 16th @ 7pm.  RSVP to Paula and to get location information.

We have plans to combine with Little Free Libraries and Rain Gardens, to really showcase all that is happening in the area.

Anyone who knows of a garden, bee hive, chicken house, planting strip, fruit tree , berry patch, or herb pot, in the area, please contact Paula, this year’s garden scout.  They can be in containers or shared spaces, in parking strips or in raised beds; the idea is to show, teach and inspire everyone to see the possibilities of what can be done in an urban landscape in terms of edibles.

Next meeting, April 16th. Come join the fun!

Apr
24
Thu
Ballard Community Taskforce on Homelessness and Hunger
Apr 24 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Agenda tba.

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The Ballard Taskforce on Homelessness and Hunger meets monthly to discuss, learn about and seek solutions to issues related to homelessness.  Meetings are open to all community members who care about helping people experiencing homelessness, and who want to work toward ending homelessness.

Mission of the Taskforce: The BCTHH works to end homelessness and hunger in the Ballard community by providing a forum for service providers, community advocates and governmental agencies to share information, capitalize on their collective resources and coordinate efforts. We will work as advocates of change and partners of compassion toward a just and supportive community.

Goals:

* Encourage local residents and community organizations to work with community members who face homeless and/or hunger.
* Support and partner with non-profit, religious, government, for-profit and community groups who provide programs and resources for vulnerable residents in our community.
* Mobilize resources within and outside Ballard to provide adequate food, shelter and supportive services for all residents of Ballard.
* Provide a venue for honest, open discussion of the challenges faced by homeless residents and the groups that serve them, including ways to meet those challenges successfully.
* Link individuals with unique challenges with organizations that provide relevant specialized services.

bcthh

Apr
26
Sat
RainWise Stop on the Northwest Green Home Tour
Apr 26 @ 11:00 am – 5:00 pm

Since 2010, over 250 NW Seattle neighbors have gotten RainWise! They’re helping Puget Sound while enjoying beautiful and functional landscaping and using stored rainwater for watering gardens – with an average of 70% of the cost paid for by the RainWise program.

Why the big rebates? RainWise property owners are helping slow and clean rain runoff from their property. This helps our Puget Sound – with every storm, rain falling on roofs, driveways, and other hard surfaces carries pollutants to the nearest drain or stream. And in big storms, this excess “storm water” can also cause sewer overflows that pollute Puget Sound.

At this stop on the Northwest Green Home Tour, you’ll see a RainWise installation complete with a raingarden and five cisterns, learn about the program, and find out about your eligibility. (RainWise will be available to most Seattle property owners by 2018.)  Tours of the RainWise installation will be available throughout the day.  Come by and get all your questions answered about the RainWise program, and learn how the rebates work. You can also pick up a map to other RainWise installations around NW Seattle that are open for viewing on tour day. You’ll be able to check out installations by many different RainWise contractors, see creative solutions to various site challenges, and get inspired with ideas for your own RainWise installation.

Time: 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Location: Stop #N9 on the Northwest Green Home Tour: 2034 NW 60th St, Seattle 98107
Contact: Jenny Heins; jenny@sustainableballard.org
For more information on the Northwest Green Home Tour:
http://www.nwgreenhometour.org/

Apr
30
Wed
SB Cooks!
Apr 30 @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Help cook and serve dinner at Nyer Urness House‘s beautiful facility to 80 previously homeless residents.   This is fun and rewarding!   An opportunity to cook together, support a great organization, and extend kindness and recognition to people who have gotten too little of it much of their lives, and who are struggling to learn to live a normal life.

We cook from 4PM to 6PM, serve dinner at 6PM, with optional socializing, and help clean up at 7PM.

Nyer Urness House is a project of Compass Housing Alliance.  Compass Housing Alliance builds and maintains high quality, affordable housing for individuals and families who are formerly homeless or have been unable to afford market rate housing in the Seattle/King County area.

Get RainWise – Free Workshop
Apr 30 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Wednesday, April 30th – 7:00 p.m. -8:30 p.m., at Ballard First Lutheran Church, at 20th Ave NW and NW 65th St - in the church hall behind the beige house at 2006 NW 65th St.  Parking available in the lot at NW 65th St and 21st Ave NW.

Register Here

  • Find out about RainWise Rebates – a City of Seattle program that will pay up to 100% rebate for rain gardens and cisterns on your property.  Check here to find out if you are eligible.
  • Learn how rain gardens and cisterns help manage storm water and protect Puget Sound.
  • Hear from property owners who have already taken advantage of this great program!
  • Meet RainWise-trained contractors who can create beautiful rain gardens and cistern installations and walk you through the whole process.
  • See a variety of examples of RainWise installations.
  • Get your questions answered! RainWise might even be able to help you with a wet basement.
May
9
Fri
Ballard Knitters for the Homeless
May 9 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Ballard Knitters for the Homeless @ Ballard Coffee Works | Seattle | Washington | United States

Knitting community and warmers for the homeless!

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.  Repeats every second Friday, same time and place. 

May
13
Tue
Free Letters Home
May 13 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

557885_691447477548767_1452115767_nA 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”.

Currently, we are setting up once a month at Nyer Urness House, to provide free stationery, stamps and support with letter writing.  We are looking to expand.

Volunteers Needed:

This is really the easiest volunteer assignment ever! You need to be able to read and write, and have good interpersonal skills, and be available for 2 hours once a month. If you’re unsure — come once and try it out!

Contact Bev to find out how you can help.

May
31
Sat
Get RainWise – Free Workshop
May 31 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Saturday, May 31st – 1:00 p.m. -2:30 p.m., at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, 6512 – 12th Ave NW, enter from NW 65th; parking available in lot.

Register Here

  • Find out about RainWise Rebates – a City of Seattle program that will pay up to 100% rebate for rain gardens and cisterns on your property.  Check here to find out if you are eligible.
  • Learn how rain gardens and cisterns help manage storm water and protect Puget Sound.
  • Hear from property owners who have already taken advantage of this great program!
  • Meet RainWise-trained contractors who can create beautiful rain gardens and cistern installations and walk you through the whole process.
  • See a variety of examples of RainWise installations.
  • Get your questions answered! RainWise might even be able to help you with a wet basement.
Jun
10
Tue
Free Letters Home
Jun 10 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

557885_691447477548767_1452115767_nA 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”.

Currently, we are setting up once a month at Nyer Urness House, to provide free stationery, stamps and support with letter writing.  We are looking to expand.

Volunteers Needed:

This is really the easiest volunteer assignment ever! You need to be able to read and write, and have good interpersonal skills, and be available for 2 hours once a month. If you’re unsure — come once and try it out!

Contact Bev to find out how you can help.