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Our July 28 Groundswell board meeting was held on the bench in Thyme Patch park in the cool of the evening. One of the real benefits of working with this group is enjoying the open spaces we have helped to create. I get a kind of proprietary glow knowing we have actually made a difference for Ballard today and for tomorrow. If it was only just turning out for a work party, arranging a donation from Ballard Market, making a small financial donation, or sitting on a design review panel, little by little all those actions add up, and viola! there is a Salmon Bay Natural Area, a Webster Park, or a new p-patch. Thanks to all of you for all that incremental effort!! It does add up.

I am now going to abuse my privilege as Groundswell board's chair to get you thinking about a fall event slightly outside our mission. On October 24, which happens to be United Nations Day, there will be an action (photographic opportunity you might say) in Bergen Square between 9 and noon held in conjunction with over 2000 other events being planned all over the world(more information is available at www.350.org) Our local event is "Squash Global Warming" and will feature 350 squash arranged to make up the numbers 350. The significance of the number is that climate scientists have decided that 350 parts per million (ppm) is the upper limit of CO2 that our atmosphere can tolerate beyond which catastropic change is certain. Currently we are close to 400 ppm, so we want to send a message to our leaders heading into the world climate summit planned for this December. All Groundswell members who would like to participate please e-mail me directly at andrea@sustainableballard.org so I can add you to the logistics list. I'm hoping we can get at least 35 people with 10 squash each to show up for the picture. Any squash over the 350 will be involved in a "cap and trade/permit/squash" ceremony.


Other News

Upcoming Seattle Dept. of Neighborhoods deadlines are August 21 for the Tree Fund, and August 31 for Small and Simple grants.  Details at www.seattle.gov/neighborhoods/nmf.


Groundswell NW Events

Tue, 08/04: August Night Out in East Ballard

Tuesday August 4th will be a nationwide Night Out  event. This year the Seattle Police Department is using Night Out to thank Seattle’s strong community partners. Night Out is a great opportunity to celebrate your efforts to keep your neighborhood safe.  It is also a great time to invite new neighbors to join you and talk with friends and family who may not enjoy the benefits of a Block Watch about getting one started.

The East Ballard Community Association is encouraging you to participate in this event by closing down your block for the evening for a community get together.  Normally you have to pay for a permit to close down your street, but on this night, it’s free! We really want to have a good showing from East Ballard and to sweeten the deal, all EBCA participating blocks will be entered into a raffle to win prizes from local businesses!

More details on the East Ballard Community Association Blog

Time: 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Location: East Ballard
Contact: Dawn Hemminger

Thu, 08/13: East Ballard Community Association Monthly Meeting

Time: 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Location: Ballard High School picnic benches on south side of the school
Contact: Dawn Hemminger 206-953-3940

Sat, 08/15: Salmon Bay Natural Area Workparty & Open House

Bring your work gloves and help weed and pick up litter, or just come by to find out more about this habitat area and public access point, including plans for a 16' tall bronze, steel, aluminum and galss "welcome figure" by Native American artist Marvin Oliver. Time: 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Location: South side of NW 54th St @ 34th Ave NW
Contact: Dave Boyd, dave.boyd1@comcast.net, 498-6636

Sat, 08/22: Troll Knoll Clean-up

Saturday August 22nd is the annual Clean and Green in Fremont. The city of Seattle and the Fremont Neighborhood Service Center will be sponsoring a Clean and Green event at the Troll Site. They will be providing gloves, tools, rakes, bags, etc, to use in cleaning up both sides of the green space. We will be removing trash as well as clearing out undergrowth and dead wood, cleaning up around the Troll, etc. The event goes from 9 AM to Noon. Mayor Nichols will be stopping by to learn about the long-term plans for the site, so we are hoping for a large turnout. Please arrive at the Troll at 9 AM.

At the 22nd event, we will display some preliminary sketches of plans for improvements to the space. We will also have results of an on-line survey available (see http://www.zoomerang.com/Survey/survey-intro.zgi?p=WEB229AX85XHSY).

If you would like to volunteer for the Clean and Green here’s how you can help:
  • Email us to volunteer or just show up on August 22nd  at  9 AM for Clean and Green.
  • Spread the word by printing out the attached PDF flyer and passing it out. If you plan to pass out flyers, please contact Steve Harris at this email address, and he can tell you what block or blocks to flyer. He can also provide you printed flyers.
  • Support our efforts to match Seattle’s Neighborhood Match Fund Grant Program. We need to secure $15,000 in pledges to qualify. This can be achieved through pledges of cash, volunteer hours, or resources. You may make a pledge to us directly by email. There is a PDF of a pledage form attached to this email. Please help us spread the word.

 Friends of Troll Knoll

Time: 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Location: Fremont Troll
Contact: Kim Scrivner, KScrivner@psrc.org

Sat, 09/19: Groundswell Adopt-A-Street Work Party Event!

Groundswell NW is very pleased to partner with the Seattle Adopt-A-Street program to enhance Ballard’s quality of life through cleaning litter and weeding along Burke Gilman Trail. Bring your work gloves and help weed, pick up litter or just come by to learn more about this public access point on Saturday, September 19 at the Salmon Bay Natural Area. The work party will be held between 9am and noon next to The Canal at Salmon Bay Natural Area, rain or shine. Drinks and treats will be provided!

Come learn about Seattle artist Marvin Oliver who is creating a welcome figure for the Salmon Bay Natural Area, commissioned to celebrate native culture and the salmon cycle.Cool

Time: 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Location: South side of NW 54th St @ 34th Ave NW, next to The Canal at the Salmon Bay Natural Area
Contact: For questions about the work party event, please contact Liz Dunigan at (206) 240-3084 or Dave Boyd at (206) 498-6636.

Tue, 10/06: Park Levy Opportunities for Ballard

Come learn about opportunities for new parks, p-patches and habitat for Ballard through the Parks and Green Spaces Levy that passed last year, and give your input on options and priorities.

Time: 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Location: Ballard Community Center, 6020 28th Ave NW
Contact: Dave Boyd, 498-6636, or Chip Nevins, chip.nevins@seattle.gov, 233-3879

Sat, 10/10: Ballard Corners Dedication / Groundswell 20th Anniversary

Come help celebrate the "official" dedication of Ballard Corners Park, on Saturday October 10, starting at 11 am,  and commemorate Groundswell's 20th Anniversary of creating community parks and open space.

The speaker line-up includes Seattle Parks Superintendent Tim Gallagher, Department of Neighborhoods Director Stella Chou, Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Welles, Rep. Mary Lou Dickerson, and King County Councilmember Larry Phillips.

Groundswell NW celebrates 20 years of creating parks and open space in Ballard, and this event is fitting opportunity to mark the occassion as Groundswell had the idea of creating Ballard Corners Park and started the development process.

Time: 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Location: Ballard Corners Park, 17th Ave NW between 62nd and 63rd
Contact: David Folwieler, david.folweiler@ballardcornerspark.org

Sun, 10/11: Crown Hill Glen Work Party in the Park

Sunday, October 11th from 12 until 4 PM.

19th Avenue Northwest and Northwest 89th Street

Meet your neighbors, and help remove invasive weeds.

For more information call Joyce Ford, Plumis Park Advocates, @ (206) 789-1394.

In partnership with Groundswell NW and Seattle Parks Department Adopt-A-Park program.

Time: 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Location: 19th Avenue Northwest and Northwest 89th Street
Contact: Joyce Ford, Plumis Park Advocates, @ (206) 789-1394

Sat, 10/17: East Ballard Community Association Adopt A Street Cleanup on 14th Ave NW

This will be your first opportunity to cash in your pledges for the Planting Partnerships Project on 14th Ave NW. In addition to picking up trash, we’ll be doing a bit of weeding and gardening. We’ll also be doing prep work at the median ends for planter installation. Find out more about EBCA and the Planter projects on our blog at www.eastballard.wordpress.org.
Time: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Location: Check-in at Blowing Sands Glass - 5801 14th Ave NW
Contact: Dawn Hemminger 206-953-3940

Sat, 10/17: Salmon Bay Work Party

 

Groundswell NW is pleased to partner with the SPU Adopt-A-Street program to keep the community’s bicycle and pedestrian links clean and safe for all. We invite you to help plant trees, weed, pick up litter or just come by to learn more about our upcoming projects on Saturday, October 17 at the Salmon Bay Natural Area. The work party will be held between 9am and noon next to The Canal at Salmon Bay Natural Area, rain or shine. Food and drinks will be provided.

Your contribution enhances the quality of living of the community. We invite you to share your thoughts about how we can work together to beautify, clean and keep the community safe.

Time: 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Location: South side of NW 54th St @ 34th Ave NW, next to The Canal at the Salmon Bay Natural Area
Contact: For questions about the event, please contact Liz Dunigan at (206) 240-3084 or Dave Boyd at (206) 498-6636.

Other Events

Mon, 08/03: Sustainable Ballard Urban Crop Circle Gathering

This is the monthly gathering for the Urban Crop Circle, a friendly group of local gardeners of all levels of experience interested in growing food organically. Join this group free of charge for an evening of education, sharing of garden tips and camaraderie.  Each month will have an educational component and a question/answer period as well time to just visit.  Tea will be provided, please bring your own cup and a snack.

Time: 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Location: Loyal Heights Community Center • 2101 NW 77th St Seattle, WA 98117
Contact: Contact: Rhonda Brown, rhonda@sustainableballard.org

Thu, 08/06: Sustainable Ballard Festival Work Party and Volunteer Orientation

Pitch in an hour to help Sustainable Ballard prepare for the festival. AND learn about all the additional opportunities to volunteer and help make the 2009 Sustainable Ballard Festival the best ever!

Time: 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Location: St. Luke's Episcopal Church • 5710 22nd Ave NW
Contact: Bruce Carloye and Beth Hollingsworth, volunteer@fest.sustainableballard.org

Sat, 08/08: Environmental Restoration at Golden Gardens Park

Sign up on the volunteer calendar of the EarthCorps website. Click here for more information.

EarthCorps supplies gloves, tools, water, light refreshments and a talk that covers safety, the park you are working in, forest structure, environmental restoration and the overview of the project. We suggest that volunteers dress in layers of older clothes that include long pants, long sleeve shirt and a jacket. Durable footwear such as work boots, hiking boots or running shoes are recommended for these events. These events take place rain or shine so please come prepared for the weather. Bring a lunch if you would like as well as a water bottle and a coffee cup/travel mug for refreshments.

Time: 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Location: Golden Gardens Park Seaview Pl NW
Contact: Chris LaPointe, (206) 322-9296, ext. 217 chris@earthcorps.org

Sat, 08/15: Carkeek STARS Volunteer Work Party

Join other enthusiastic volunteers for a fun morning of forest restoration and trails maintenance. We have a wide variety of tasks you can help with. We provide gloves and water (we encourage bringing your own bottle of water, to reduce plastic waste). Please wear sturdy shoes. Follow the STARS signs to our meeting place. We're here the third Saturday of every month. Welcome!

Time: 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Location: Carkeek Park 950 NW Carkeek Park Rd
Contact: Dale Johnson, 206-362-2980, dalerayjohnson@comcast.net

Sat, 08/15: Northacres Off Leash Dog Park

Teens..Great way to get your service hours!

For all..Spirit of Service!

Time: 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Location: Northacres off leash dog park Next to ballfield on 3rd NE & 125th
Contact: Pam Masse, 206-683-0777, pdm8216@aol.com

Mon, 08/17: Sustainable Ballard Eat Local Potluck #2

Surplus zucchini? Stuck on kale? Bring your garden and food prep questions to a fun, animated evening of food and garden help!

Eating local just got easier as we share information about preparing, preserving and growing. Bring your questions, favorite kitchen garden (or farmers market) recipes, a delicious locally-sourced dish to share, and anything else you'd like to Sustainable Ballard's Food & Health Guild summer potluck #2. We'll share recipes, collectively resolve our challenges, and brainstorm ideas.

The setting is Paula's garden, an urban oasis that mixes freshly grown food with beautiful landscaping. THANK YOU PAULA for hosting! Join us and be inspired.

Time: 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Location: Paula's Garden • 7318 23rd Ave NW
Contact: RSVP: Jennifer Mundee, jennifer@sustainableballard.org

Sat, 08/22: ALIVe: a Low-Impact Vehicle exhibition

Artist Cheryl dos Remedios has invited other artists, inventors and community members to imagine a transportation system designed around the human body. The term “low impact” describes both the impact of a vehicle on a pedestrian, as well as the environmental impact. This way of thinking results in a huge range of public benefits, including increased mobility for transit and freight. A bicycle is a low impact vehicle, but what else can we imagine? Everything from poetry to prototypes will be on display.

aLIVe takes place in an urban park with a paved path so that exhibitors can demonstrate their projects. Confirmed projects include the “All-Terrain” by artist Nicole Kistler, the “Walk and Roll” by artist Peter Reiquam, “Barefoot in the Park” by choreographer Alex Martin, "Vehicle for Slowness” by artist Vaughn Bell and the “Undriver Licensing Station” by Sustainable Ballard. Artist Kristin Tollefson is displaying her bicycle cargo carrier that is hand-built out of sustainable materials. The inventor Vladimir Ryliski will demonstrate his solar-electric articulated tandem, as well as a solar-electric sailing catamaran.

Hosted by Great City, aLIVe is sponsored by 4Culture, Cascade Bicycle Club, greenmuseum.org, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, Seattle Parks & Recreation and SvR Design.

Time: 10:00 AM to 3:30 PM
Location: Seward Park • 5900 Lake Washington Blvd S
Contact: Visit www.greatcity.org for more information.

Mon, 08/24: Sustainable Ballard Monthly Gathering

August's Monthly Gathering will have a Local Food theme. Come learn how to get the most out of the local produce from your garden and farmers market.

Time: 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Location: Sunset Hill Community Club • 3003 NW 66th St.
Contact: Jenny Heins, jenny@sustainableballard.org

Fri, 08/28: HomeStreet Bank Alternative Health Fair

See the Homestreet Bank edible garden, learn about local healthcare providers and healthy lifestyle improvements you can make. Food+Health will be there.

Time: 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Location: Homestreet Bank at 15th NW & NW 83rd
Contact: Maggie McKelvy, 206-783-1401

Fri, 09/04: End of Summer Picnic and Bonfire with Sustainable Ballard

We have a winner! It is Friday, September 4th, 6:30PM until late!
Come celebrate with us this awesome summer we've had and the great work you're all doing.
Just look for our bright yellow flags!

We'll be tag-teaming from early afternoon to secure one of the fire pits at Golden Gardens. Please bring a dish to share for dinner, your plate, utensils and drinks (I think no alcohol allowed on beach?) and whatever/whoever else makes you happy --- s'mores ingredients will be provided! Any questions? Email orna@sustainableballard.org.

Looking forward to celebrating with you!

Time: 6:30 PM to 11:00 PM
Location: Fire pits at Golden Gardens
Contact: Email orna@sustainableballard.org

Sat, 09/19: Environmental Restoration at Golden Gardens Park

Sign up on the volunteer calendar of the EarthCorps website. Click here for more information.

EarthCorps supplies gloves, tools, water, light refreshments and a talk that covers safety, the park you are working in, forest structure, environmental restoration and the overview of the project. We suggest that volunteers dress in layers of older clothes that include long pants, long sleeve shirt and a jacket. Durable footwear such as work boots, hiking boots or running shoes are recommended for these events. These events take place rain or shine so please come prepared for the weather. Bring a lunch if you would like as well as a water bottle and a coffee cup/travel mug for refreshments.

Time: 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Location: Golden Gardens Park Seaview Pl NW
Contact: Chris LaPointe, (206) 322-9296, ext. 217 chris@earthcorps.org

Sat, 09/19: Northacres Off Leash Dog Park Work Party

Teens..Great way to get your service hours!

For all..Spirit of Service!

Time: 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Location: Northacres off leash dog park, next to ballfield on 3rd NE & 125th
Contact: Pam Masse, 206-683-0777, pdm8216@aol.com

Sat, 09/19: Piper Creek 3rd Annual Festival of Fruit

Friends of Piper's Orchard invite you to join us for the 3rd Annual  FESTIVAL OF FRUIT.

Sponsored by the Seattle Parks Dept,Carkeek Park Advisory Council, Sustainable Ballard & Cool Moms At 118 years, the old Piper's Orchard in Carkeek Park is both a source of heritage fruit and community inspiration.

In honor of the old gal,we are hosting a fun and educational fruit extravaganza for all ages.Come enjoy homemade apple pie and fresh pressed cider from Piper's Orchard apples, live music,crafts for kid's and a guided tour of Piper's Orchard. Learn from our areas top fruit experts all about selecting and growing fruit in your own yard. Bring a pie to join the pie contest!

Parking shuttle from lower lots up to the ELC will be available.

COST: Free!!

For more Information go to:www.pipersorchard.org

Time: 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Location: Carkeek Park Environmental Learning Center(ELC),950 NW Carkeek Park Road
Contact: (206)684-0877

Sat, 09/26: 6th Annual Sustainable Ballard Festival

Fun and FREE community event featuring many money and planet-saving ideas. Learn about transportation options, local eating, clean energy, waste reduction, and much more! Undrivers Licensing, Chef and Gardening Demos, Green Home Zone, new fashions from old clothing, and kids activities! More info at fest.sustainableballard.org. Volunteers needed - email volunteer@fest.sustainableballard.org.
Time: 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Location: Ballard Commons Park • 5701 22nd Ave NW
Contact: Jenny Heins, jenny@sustainableballard.org

Tue, 09/29: Dinner With Friends of the Cedar River Watershed

St. Clouds restaurant in Madrona will be hosting the 7th annual Dinner With Friends to benefit Friends of the Cedar River Watershed and clean water for people, fish, and wildlife. Please join us on September 29th from 5 – 9 pm and enjoy a live music performance by the extraordinary Lisa Fox. A portions of the evening's proceeds will support Friends of the Cedar River Watershed, a local, community-based organization that works to inspire conservation and protection of a healthy Cedar River Watershed through restoration, education, and stewardship. For more information about this event, please contact Rebecca at 206.297.8141 or rebecca@cedarriver.org. Reservations are strongly recommended. We look forward to seeing you and yours on the 29th of September!

Time: 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Location: 1131 34th Ave, Seattle, (206) 726-1522
Contact: Rebecca Sayre, Rebecca@cedarriver.org, 206.297.8141

Fri, 10/02: Whittier Heights Salmon Feed with Outdoor Movie

Whittier Heights Salmon Feed with outdoor movie to follow! 5:30 - 7:30 PM @ Whittier Elementary Cafeteria $7/adults or $18/family. For more info call Brad Wakeman at 784-1292.

Time: 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Location: Whittier Elementary Cafeteria
Contact: Brad Wakeman at 784-1292

Sat, 10/03: Annual Ship Canal Clean Up

Annual Ship Canal Clean Up, 9-1pm @ Fishermen's Terminal.

Come join us for this always enjoyable and rewarding event. We need hands and we could use a few more boats! Volunteers will be furnished with all necessary equipment and provided a spectacular salmon BBQ lunch.

Sponsored by: Seattle Marine Business Coalition, US Army Corps of Engineers, Port of Seattle, Puget Soundkeepers Alliance, and Seattle Public Utilities.

For more info and to pre-register as a volunteer contact Lise Kenworthy at lisekenworthy@comcast.net.

Time: 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Location: Fisherman's Terminal, 3919 18th Ave W
Contact: Lise Kenworthy at lisekenworthy@comcast.net.

Sat, 10/03: First Annual Blue Festival

BlueFestival

http://www.bluefestival.org/index.html

Celebrating healthy shorelines and oceans on Saturday, October 3rd, 2009 10 am to 7 pm

 

Event Highlights:

  • Catch a glimpse of life at sea standing in a ship's wheelhouse coming into Puget Sound or on a fishing boat in stormy weather.
  • Join conservation organizations, recreational boaters, surfers, fishing and community groups, river and beach cleanup efforts that are restoring and protecting our oceans, tidelands and watersheds.
  • Celebrate sustainable wild seafoods and the companies, fishermen and women bringing them to your dinner plates and barbecues.
  • Learn about the heritage, diversity and economic value of our region's waterfront and maritime industries.
  • Hear about campaigns to protect mangrove forests from destruction to feed our "cheap shrimp habit" and policies promoting more aquaculture feedlots.  
  • All day panels, guest speakers and films will present information on urban stormwater runoff, ocean acidification, pollution, pesticides, open pit mining and other industrial activities that put our blue planet and sustainable resources at risk.  Learn how we can work together to make a difference.

Time: 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Location: Maritime Events Center, Pier 66
Contact: For more information, visit the Blue Festival website @ www.bluefestival.org

Tue, 10/13: Ballard Roadside Raingardens Meeting

Community Meeting re Ballard Roadside Raingardens project, 6:30-8pm @ Sunset Hill Community Club.  For more info call Karen York at 684-5994 or Karen.york@seattle.gov.

Time: 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Location: Sunset Hill Community Club
Contact: Karen York at 684-5994 or Karen.york@seattle.gov

Sat, 10/17: Piper's Orchard work party

We'll be working on preparing a newly cleared area for grape planting and cleaning up the orchard in preparation for the winter months.

Carkeek Park - Pipers Creek Trail between the McAbee Entrance and the Metro Pump Station. 950 NW Carkeek Park Rd.

Time: 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Location: Carkeek Park - Pipers Creek Trail
Contact: Joan Ritzenthaler, chezritz7@msn.com

Mon, 10/19: North Beach Drainage Basin Meeting

Community meeting re North Beach Drainage Basin - Combined Sewer Overflow Control project, 7-8:30pm @ Loyal Heights Community Center, 2101 NW 77th. For more information contact Monica van der Vieren at 206-263-3701 or visit www.kingcounty.gov/csobeachprojects.

Time: 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Location: Loyal Heights Community Center, 2101 NW 77th
Contact: Monica van der Vieren at 206-263-3701 or visit

Thu, 10/22: Bike Sharing in Seattle

Please join Great City for their next brown bag with Mike Hulscher of The Bike Share Group, a local organization whose goal it is to implement a public bike system in Seattle and throughout the Pacific Northwest corridor. Groundswell NW is the fiscal sponsor of The Bike Share Group.

For this brown bag session, Mike will bring the audience up to speed with their concept for bike sharing by briefly presenting bike and station design and their ideas for a sustainable bike sharing community. With the understanding that we do not have to limit ourselves to the current bike share model out of Europe, Mike will focus the remainder of his discussion around this topic. He will draw on the expertise in the room and share thoughts on what a public bike system could look like and how it could be implemented, connecting these concepts specifically to how The Bike Share Group can better meet the community’s needs.

 

About Mike Hulscher

Mike Hulscher was born in Tacoma. He earned a BS in Mechanical Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and has worked for The Boeing Company, Festo Corp, Physio-Control, and has run his own engineering/mad scientist company Monster Concepts. He started The Bike Share Group with 12 colleagues this year. Mike has sailed most of Puget Sound and the Salish Sea, biked from Seattle to Portland and many other places on his Schwin Le Tour 10 speed, plays soccer, violin, a ukulele, and the Yo-Yo.

Time: 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Location: GGLO's "Space at the Steps" (1/3 of the way down Harbor Steps)
Contact: Joshua Curtis, joshua.curtis@greatcity.org

Sat, 10/24: SQUASH GLOBAL WARMING

Please bring squash...pumpkins, hubbards, acorns, etc. WHY? October 24 is International Climate Awareness Day, and also United Nations Day. On this day, demonstrations all over the world will feature the number 350. We will make a picture of 350 squash to uplink to these events.

The scientific community has concluded that 350 parts per million (ppm) in earth's atmosphere is the tolerable level of carbon dioxide for human life. As we are currently at near 390 ppm due to continuing greenhouse gas emissions, all of us must demand that our governments get serious about containing the problem at the upcoming climate talks in Copenhagen, even while we reduce energy use at home, on the road, and where we work.

Time: 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Location: Bergen Square, Ballard

Mon, 10/26: Crown Hill Arts Festival

Evening performances in flamenco, Irish dance, yoga dance, African drumming, and ballet are scheduled amidst an art display and beer cellar raffle!  And more -- the Gilbert and Sullivan Society will perform selections from one of their musicals. These dance companies and schools are all resident right here in our neighborhood. This is a free event celebrating the talent and teaching that is available here in the local community. Time: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Location: Crown Hill Center, off Holman Road at 9250 14th Ave NW
Contact: Jean Davis, jed8744@q.com

Mon, 10/26: Sustainable Ballard Monthly Gathering

Monday, October 26, 2009, 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Sunset Hill Community Club, 3003 NW 66th Street

October is Undriving month! At the SB Fest, 300 newly licensed Ballard Undrivers made a pledge to reduce their car use (or car use on the planet) in October....and we will also be Undriving Loyal Heights Elementary School this month!

Come hear what some Undrivers are up to, share your own Undriving stories (wherever you are on the Undriving spectrum), and get inspired to make your next Undriving pledge. We will have Amtrak 2-for-1 coupons for every new pledge (while supplies last) - thanks to our sponsor, Amtrak Cascades! Open to new and already-licensed Undrivers. More details to come on this fun evening celebrating the creativity and resourcefulness of Undrivers....including YOU!

As usual: Potluck at 6:30, and program starts at 7pm.

Time: 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Location: Sunset Hill Community Club, 3003 NW 66th Street

Tue, 10/27: WE ARE THE MISSING LINK!!!

Dear Burke-Gilman TRAIL SUPPORTERS in Ballard and Beyond,

Join us for a quick "flash" action to declare our collective support for completion of the Burke-Gilman Trail Missing Link - from Fred Meyer to the Ballard Locks. Let's demonstrate that the trail is for A L L of us, and that WE ARE THE MISSING LINK! We would be honored to have you stand with us.

In 1997, the Ballard Neighborhood Plan identified completion of the trail as its #2 priority. In 2003, Seattle City Council adopted a preferred route along the rail right-of-way, and directed Seattle Dept. of Transportation to design and seek funding. In spring 2009, SDOT prepared to put the project out to bid - but several business groups filed a lawsuit opposing trail construction. It's time to move on and get the trail built ...

Who/What: A gathering of ALL TRAIL SUPPORTERS, be they walkers, skaters, strollers, bicyclers, moms, dads, kids, grannies, for a silent show of support honoring the trail and the decades of hard work it took to get us to this point.

When: Tuesday, October 27, 5:30pm-6:30pm

Where: Shilshole Ave NW, opposite 17th Ave NW, just west of the Ballard Bridge - look for the people with the blinking lights!

How: Walk, bike, run, skate, glide

What Else?: B.Y.O."Blinky" red light if you've got one, and bring your bikes, strollers, walkers, wheelchairs, dogs and skateboards.

We'll have cool orange "WE ARE THE MISSING LINK" T-shirts for the first 100 participants (donations accepted).

Missing Link Image

Be prepared for inclement weather - rain or shine, we'll be there!

Join us as well for the after-party nearby at Dutch Bike Seattle, 6:30pm, 4421 Shilshole Ave - just east of the Ballard Bridge. Beer and NA drinks will be provided. We will have a grill set up so bring your grillables.

This action supported by Sustainable BallardFriends of the Burke-Gilman TrailTotcycle/Kidical MassFeet FirstGroundswell NWSeattle Likes BikesCascade Bicycle ClubUndriving.orgCoolMomSpokespeopleSCALLOPSUrban SparksSunset Hill Community AssociationWashington Liveaboard Association, and thousands of Seattle citizens ...

For more information, contact: Kevin, kcarrab@comcast.net and Vic, vic@sustainableballard.org

Time: 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Location: Shilshole Ave NW, opposite 17th Ave NW, just west of the Ballard Bridge - look for the people with the blinking lights!
Contact: Kevin, kcarrab@comcast.net and Vic, vic@sustainableballard.org

Tue, 10/27: Missing Link Afterparty

Join us following the Missing Link Flash Action for an after-party nearby at Dutch Bike Seattle, 6:30pm, 4421 Shilshole Ave - just east of the Ballard Bridge. Beer and NA drinks will be provided. We will have a grill set up so bring your grillables.

For more information, contact: Kevin, kcarrab@comcast.net and Vic, vic@sustainableballard.org

Time: 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Location: Dutch Bike Seattle, 6:30pm, 4421 Shilshole Ave
Contact: Kevin, kcarrab@comcast.net and Vic, vic@sustainableballard.org

Sat, 10/31: Trick or Treat in Downtown Ballard

Annual Trick or Treating in downtown Ballard from 4 - 6 PM. For more info call Ballard Chamber at 784-9705.

Time: 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Location: Downtown Ballard
Contact: Ballard Chamber at 784-9705.