Join Groundswell NW Feb 21 for an evening of ‘Inspiring Access to Wildlife in NW Seattle’

7 02 2016

Groundswell NW has been supporting the East Ballard Community Association for almost 10 years now. Here’s a way we can show our support in return! Groundswell NW’s Annual Meeting ‘Inspiring Access to Wildlife in NW Seattle’ on Sunday Feb 21, 6:30 PM at the Leif Erikson Lodge, will prove to be inspiring with 2 great speakers, Cass Turnbull from PlantAmnesty and David Mizejewski from the National Wildlife Federation. Plus there will be free drawings for donated gifts that will help you create and register your own wildlife habitat that attracts birds, butterflies and bees to NW Seattle. We’re looking forward to seeing you at this fun and interactive event!

2016 GNW Meeting Flyer

Gilman and Webster park playground improvement community meeting Jan 25

8 01 2016

Back in November, the Seattle Parks Dept gathered feedback from the community for playground improvements at Gilman and Webster Parks. At this community meeting scheduled for Monday Jan 25 6:30PM-8PM at the Ballard Community Center, they will be sharing proposed designs for you to review and provide comment.


Fill the Truck Event to benefit Ballard Performing Arts

7 01 2016

This is a good way to get your closets and basement cleaned out and support the Ballard High School PTSA and Ballard Performing Arts at the same time!

West Woodland Neighbors

brick arch1 Photo courtesy Seattle Public Schools

Closets need cleaning?  Get your box of donations together because this Saturday, January 9, is Ballard High School’s Fill The Truck event.  This event, which runs from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm, is sponsored by the Ballard High School PTSA and Ballard Performing Arts will receive a donation of at least $500 from Goodwill.

Box or bag your unwanted items and drop them off at the Goodwill Truck located in the parking lot at Ballard High School, 1418 NW 65th Street.

They will accept clothing, linens, toys, books, puzzles, DVDs, housewares, small electronics, bikes, shoes, handbags, small furniture, and other accessories.

Sorry, but large furniture and mattresses cannot be accepted.

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Parks Need You, We Need You

23 12 2015

We’re sharing this recent appeal from Groundswell NW, because they are the East Ballard Community Association’s mentor and fiscal sponsor. A tax-deductible donation from you today to Groundswell NW will go toward helping neighborhood groups like us continue to thrive.


Picture, for a moment, the last time you were in a Park. Maybe you were strolling through, walking your dog, taking your child to play, or seeking a peaceful spot to enjoy your morning coffee with a friend.

As you think about it, you realize that parks actually play a pretty important role in your life.  You Need Parks.

But have you thought about how much  Parks Need You ?

Parks Need You  to keep them clean and safe, to care for their plants and trees and bring your family and neighbors together to enjoy them.

Many of the parks, open spaces and habitat in NW Seattle are cared for and loved by community groups, like  Friends of Ballard Corners ParkEast Ballard Community AssociationFriends of Salmon Bay Natural AreaWhittier Heights Involved NeighborsFriends of Crown Hill GlenFriends of Sunset Hill-Shilshole GatewaySustainable BallardFriends of the Troll’s KnollFriends of Thyme Patch ParkBallard Greenways , and Friends of North Beach Park .

At  Groundswell NW, we’re honored to serve these community groups and many more in NW Seattle by providing mentorship, awarding microgrants, providing fiscal sponsorship, and advocating for your parks at the neighborhood and city level.

As much as these groups need us,  We Need You!  Show your support for  Groundswell NW  by making a year-end, tax deductible donation  today.

Thank you for your support, and on behalf of all of us at Groundswell NW, Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year!

Dawn Hemminger
President, Board of Directors

Meet the Makers Gift Soiree

15 12 2015


Hairstream & Saltbox Designs invite you to share in their admiration of Frida Clements Creative, Amy Hevron Studio, Kim Berkley, Jess Bonin,Ghosts I’ve Met, Tomo Nakayama & more lovelies..fill your totes with the fruits of their labors and be the most merrymaker yourself!

Check out their Facebook event page for more details and thank-you West Woodland Neighbors for the tip. If you’re gonna shop for the holiday, why not shop local?

Location:  6256 3rd Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98117
Date:  Saturday, December 19, 2015
Time:  4 pm – 8 pm

Sidewalk of Thanks

29 11 2015

A neighbor left out a few cups of chalk and signs that read “Write your own” on the south sidewalk along NW 60th just west of 14th Ave NW. And so those who normally just walk by, took a moment to stop and share what they’re thankful for. Here are a few words of thanks. You can find more here. Wouldn’t it be fun to do this all year round on every sidewalk?




Support local artists during Seattle Sampling Dec 4-6

27 11 2015

Seattle Sampling is Seattle’s most established and largest holiday arts tour celebrating over 25 years of fabulous arts & crafts!

48 of Seattle’s top professional craftspeople, join to share their locally and nationally recognized work for a 3-day holiday weekend.  Select studios also showing Dec 12th and Dec 19th.

This free, self–guided tour offers holiday shoppers a relaxed and intimate opportunity to meet the artists in their own environments.

First Choice Friday
December 4th
4–9 pm
Join us for the sneak preview
of each Studio’s offering!

Open Studios
Saturday and Sunday
December 5th & 6th
10am – 5pm

Second Chance Saturdays
December 12th and/or December 19th
See map for participating studios and times


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