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Message From the Board President

Happy Holidays from Groundswell NW! We are wishing you the best this season.

The Ballard Open Space Committee is working on editing the the final document for the Ballard Open Space Plan. We are planning to combine the Open House releasing the results of this year long effort with the Groundswell NW Annual Meeting. It will be an interactive event, where we will be soliciting input from all of you regarding where and what open open space issues we should work on next. Stayed tuned for a place and a date for the Annual Meeting/Ballard Open Space Plan Open House!

Be sure to look at the events below for volunteer opportunities to help maintain our green spaces. Help build community, get some exercise, and commune with our natural world.

David Folweiler

PS We are still looking for a volunteer web designer.  If you or someone you know has website design skills that you can use to update our web presence, please contact me, or reply to this email.

Friends of NW 65th Moves!

Friends of NW 65th was created around the goal of developing park space on the vacant lot at the corner 7th and NW 65th. Over the last two years, our focus has gradually shifted to supporting all the businesses in and around NW 65th Street.

Facebook doesn't make it easy to change the name on a community page, or the web address, so we have simply shifted our activity to a brand new page. Go Local - West Woodland will bring you the same daily updates on your favorite NW 65th businesses, and introduce you to new businesses in the neighborhood.  Find us on Facebook at:  https://www.facebook.com/GoLocalWestWoodland

We hope that you will join us in supporting, and promoting, all our local businesses. Go Local - West Woodland!

Other Events

Sun, 12/07: Sustainable Ballard Holiday Festival and Barter Sale

This 9th annual event will include an appetizer bar highlighting food samples from local restaurants to showcase the wonderful array of restaurants and amazing food choices available right here in our neighborhood. Sunergy Systems will be providing beer and wine. There will be live music provided by jazz/folk guitarist Michael Good. A suggested donation of $5, will include 1 raffle ticket for great gifts and gift certificates from Ballard businesses. Additional raffle tickets will be available for $5. Proceeds from this event will support Sustainable Ballard.

The party also features a Holiday Barter Fair – a relaxing and enjoyable alternative to the more commercial holiday gift buying experience. What do you have to offer? For ease of trading, items should be have a $5-10 or $15-20 value.

Get creative and have fun! More on this event on their website.

Time: 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Location: Ballard Odd Fellows Hall, 1706 NW Market St.
Contact: Jenny Heins - jenny@sustainableballard.org

Sat, 12/13: Golden Gardens Forest Restoration

Volunteers needed to restore the forest at Golden Gardens Park.  Second Saturday of every month from 9-12 am. The next work party is on December 13, 2014.

Give something back to the community by enhancing the forest and making better wildlife habitat.  Help plant native species in the forest above the beach.  Tools, gloves, and training are provided.

Meet at restroom near parking lot for dog park.  For info email Doug at:  doug@greshamenvironmental.com or call at (206) 794-4520.

Time: 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Location: Golden Gardens Park, meet at restroom near dog park parking lot.
Contact: Doug Gresham, doug@greshamenvironmental.com or (206) 794-4520.

Sat, 12/20: Carkeek Stars Work Party

Join us for a restoration work party at Carkeek Park - See website for important details on what to bring and where to meet.

Time: 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Location: 950 NW Carkeek Park Rd., Seattle
Contact: Loren McElvain, 206 782 7617, l.j.mcelvain@gmail.com