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Bi-Monthly Newsletters/May 4, 2009

From Sustainable Ballard


Hello Neighbors -

Did you know? May is Bike Month! Are you out there riding - dodging raindrops one day, basking in sunshine the next? Visit Cascade Bicycle Club's website for the full bike scoop this month - and check it out, it's not too late to sign up for the Group Health Commute Challenge.

One day to be sure to bike is Bike to Work Day May 15! Then from 4-7pm, come to downtown Ballard where we'll be taking over the streets with a celebration of "all things bicycle." 22nd Ave NW will be closed between NW Market and Ballard Ave NW - and the street and adjoining parks will be filled with car-free activity. This is part of the City's Celebrate Summer Streets campaign - bike, bus, walk, or catapult on down! The Undriver Licensing Station will be there too. (Psst! We could use a couple more Undriving volunteers - email julia AT undriving DOT com if you'd like to join in!)

There's even more bike news to celebrate this month: The first bike rack from Sustainable Ballard's Bike Rack Design Contest just got approved for installation by the Ballard Ave Landmark District Board! Congrats and kudos to project leaders Craig Benjamin and Mark Hulscher, and the rest of the team for dedicated (and patient!) work on this project. Watch for the metal 'rings' bike rack to be installed at NW 22nd and Ballard Ave NW soon (we'll keep you posted on the exact date). Five other creative "destination" bike racks are also in the works!

Thanks for Undriving, this month and every month,

-Julia Field, Undriving Program Director


Join the Sustainable Ballard Shuffle Bus in the 17th of May Parade (celebrating Norway's separation from Sweden...the Swedes celebrate, too!) This is a fun way to support our community and promote Sustainable Ballard, (join Andrea, Ingela Wanerstrand, Michael Wolf for a short march, mustering about 3 PM on May 17, at Ballard Community Center, then east to 24th NW, down to Market Street and over to Bergen Square) Please contact Andrea at 783-5963 if you can make it. Parade starts at 4 PM and is the biggest one outside Norway!!

As usual, let's now take a look at our Calendar:

Monthly Gathering

Monday, May 25, 2009

Sunset Hill Community Association Clubhouse
3003 NW 66th St. (corner of the 66th St. NW and 30th Ave NW)
What time? 
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Sustainable Ballard Events & Meetings

  • Saturday, May 9, 1 - 3 pm
Edible Learning Garden-May
Spring planting;espaliered fruit tree planting/training.
  • Sunday, May 10, 10 am - 4 pm
Festival of Trees - Plant Amnesty's Free Mother's Day Event
Come visit Sustainable Ballard's booth!!
  • Friday, May 15, 4 - 7 pm
Bike to Work Day After-Party / Celebrate Summer Streets
Take over the streets in downtown Ballard with bikes, Undriver Licensing, and lots more!
  • Monday, May 18, 6:30 pm
Food Health Guild Meeting
  • Saturday, June 27, and Sunday, June 28, 10 am - 6 pm
Sociocracy: Full Weekend Workshop
with John Buck, author of: We the People: Consenting to a Deeper Democracy
co-hosted by Sustainable Ballard
  • Saturday, June 27, 10 am - 3 pm
The 2009 Ballard Edible Garden Tour
"When times are hard, eat your yard!"

Other Community Events

  • Friday, May 8, 7 - 9:30 pm
The World of Monsanto Wallingford Meaningful Movie
genetically modified and scary
  • Saturday, May 9th, 10 am - 4 pm
Native Plant Sale
Washington Native Plant Society's spring sale
  • Saturday, May 9, 7:00 pm
Queen Anne Movie Guild's Second Saturday Series
"Traces of the Trade: A Story From The Deep North"
  • Saturday/Sunday, May 9th - June 14th
Permaculture Design Course:6 Weekends in Seattle
Taught by Toby Hemenway
  • Saturday, May 9, 1 - 3 pm
International World Fair Trade Day
Ballard Drum Circle
  • Saturday, May 9, 10 am - 4 pm(ish)
Chicken Coop Building Workshop
Integrating Chickens into Your Garden
  • Sunday, May 10, 10 am - 4 pm
Festival of Trees
Plant Amnesty's Free Mother's Day Event
  • Monday, May 11, 7:45 - 8:45 pm
Mindful meditation sit in Ballard
Introduction to Mindfulness Based Meditation & Movement
  • Monday, May 11, 6:30 - 7:45 pm
Home and Household Energy Auditing
A Free Class!
  • Thursday, May 14
Green Building 101
What is Green Building
  • Saturday, May 16, Noon - 5 pm
Green Roof Workshop at The RE Store
Living roofs and walls - a hands-on workshop
  • Monday, May 18, 7:45 - 8:45 pm
Mindful Meditation sit, Ballard
Introduction to Mindfulness Based Meditation & Movement
  • Tuesday, May 19, 7:30 pm
Meditation and Psychology 3
Introduction to Meditation
  • Sunday, May 24, 2 - 3 pm
Basic Astrology
A Free Class!
  • Tuesday, May 26, 7:30 pm
Meditation and Psychology 4
Introduction to Meditation