Department of Neighborhoods People’s Academy for Community Engagement – applications due May 29

23 05 2015

The People’s Academy for Community Engagement (PACE) is a civic leadership development program that builds the skills of emerging community leaders. During the 12-month program, 26 emerging leaders (18 years and up) will learn hands-on strategies for community building, inclusive engagement, and accessing government from experts in the field. PACE has a strong focus on Seattle’s community and neighborhood organizations, and the city’s governmental structure and processes.

PACE Curriculum

These topics will be covered in the 2015-2016 program:

Accessing Government
Community Organizing
Meeting Facilitation
Sustaining Involvement
Conflict Management
Public Speaking
Approaches to Leadership
Inclusive Outreach & Public Engagement
Each session is taught by facilitators from community and nonprofit organizations, along with city of Seattle departments, who have expertise in the topic and in facilitating group discussion.

Sessions and Community Projects
Sessions are held on the third Thursday of each month from 5:30-9 p.m. at Seattle University. They begin in September 2015 and go through May 2016.

From May through August 2016, participants work in teams with neighborhood groups to plan, engage in, and implement community projects.

Tuition is $100. It is payable upon receipt of invoice after acceptance into the program. Tuition assistance is available.

PACE Application Process
Visit to apply online (after April 13). The application deadline is May 29. Notifications of acceptance will be issued by July 10, 2015.

Learn More
Visit for details and the online application. For questions, contact:

Wendy Watson
phone: 206-684-0719

Download a flier HERE!

Keep those Ballard Market receipts coming!

22 05 2015

Thank-you Blowing Sands for collecting and Chris Hemminger for tallying up those Ballard Market receipts for the EBCA and for these fun little updates you provide us with every so often!

Receipt Thank You

Metro is proposing changes to the 28 bus you may not like – provide comments until May 31

20 05 2015

If you rely on the 28 bus to get you from Ballard to Fremont or the South Lake Union neighborhood, then this proposal from Metro is worth a read and your comments. In addition to changes to support the University Link Light Rail, Metro is proposing to combine the 28X and 28 bus routes. At first glance, that doesn’t sound like a bad idea for downtown commuters, since frequency of the 28X would increase at peak hours, but there could be an increase in stops along 8th Ave NW, because the route will change from running along Market St, to running along Leary and 39th in Fremont instead. If you want to get to/from Fremont or South Lake Union, then it looks like you’ll probably have to make a connection (most likely on Leary) with the 40 bus.

The proposed changes on Metro’s site are not very detailed. They provide proposed route changes for the 28 and 28X but don’t provide proposed stop locations or information on how much longer the commute will be with the extra stops. We’re sharing this information with you to not only inform, but to ask you to provide comments to Metro before May 31. The survey is confusing and doesn’t directly address anything related to the Ballard bus route changes until the very end, so you’ll have to forward through to the end to ask your questions and provide comments relating to the bus route changes.

Note that there are some positive Metro changes being proposed for the Ballard area. If you’re a rider of the 44 bus, you’ll see some improved frequency in the future. There will also be a new bus 45 route from Loyal Heights to the University Link Light Rail.

Overview of the proposed Sound Transit and Metro changes
Metro’s Proposal
Proposed Route 28X changes
Proposed Route 28 changes
Provide comments

Sign your team up today for Ballard Rotary’s Ballard Urban Quest

18 05 2015

Fill out a survey to share your transportation priorities for Ballard

15 05 2015

Were you unable to attend the Ballard Urban Design & Transporation Open House on May 7?

What is it?
A City and Community partnership to create a vision that will guide new development and transportation investments in Ballard. Tell us your priorities for transportation and preferred station locations for future high capacity transit.

Unable to Attend?
Complete the survey at Move Ballard to share your transportation priorities and comments.

To Learn More
Visit or

David Goldberg (DPD) or Chris Yake (SDOT) for any questions about this project or event.

Edible Garden Tour will be in East Ballard/West Woodland this year – still spots available to show off your garden!

13 05 2015


Sustainable Ballard’s 7th Annual Edible Garden Tour will be on Saturday, June 27, 2015 and will be showcasing gardens in the East Ballard/West Woodland neighborhood this year!

Start Point and Tickets:  West Woodland Elementary School, 5601 4th Ave NW
Cost: $10 per person (kids are free).  Buy your ticket/map at the start point on the day of the tour.

Grow, don’t mow!  This tour includes more than a dozen gardens to explore within walking distance of West Woodland Elementary and the entry fee supports Sustainable Ballard’s community projects throughout the year.  West Woodland itself has a new edible garden and will have gardening and art activities on the day of the tour.

Now in it’s 7th year, the Edible Garden Tour has been an inspiration to hundreds of gardeners every June. This fun walking / biking tour highlights creative uses of parking strips, containers, raised beds, bee houses, chicken coops, goats, fruit trees, berries, herbs and veggies galore!

This year, in addition to inspiring gardens, goats & chickens, we will include artists’ displays in the gardens!

Help out!

Sustainable Ballard is still seeking gardens and urban farms in SE Ballard to include on the tour.  If you’d like to show off your approach to urban food production and live between 3rd and 11th NW, south of NW 65th St, please contact Paula to learn all about being on the tour!

Volunteers are needed to help with outreach for the event, write a blog post or promote the event in other media, hang and distribute posters and help out the day of the event!  If you’d like to host a stop on the tour, donate a raffle prize, become a sponsor or volunteer please contact Paula or Jennifer.

Cascade Compost LOGO

THANK YOU to Cascade Compost for sponsoring this year’s tour!!


Call for Ballard Tool Library Volunteers

11 05 2015

sustainable BALLARD

Sustainable Ballard  is looking to connect members of the greater Ballard community with the tools they need and the know-how to create projects. The Ballard Tool Library will be a wonderful resource for our community – little or no cost tool rentals and members looking to share knowledge with one another. ”Tool” can be broadly defined.  Some ideas that have been kicked around include: wood working tools, gardening tools, sewing machines/sergers, masonry tools, marine tools, brewing equipment, canning supplies, recreational gear…the sky is the limit.  Besides tool rentals, we could have a community workspace, classes, job training – and facilitate the sharing of knowledge and resources in so many other ways.

So what will the Ballard Tool Library end up looking like? That’s up to you: the volunteers.
Volunteers might…
  • Attend monthly planning meetings
  • Design a floor plan
  • Work on the Ballard Tool Library Space (building shelving, etc.)
  • Reach out to the Ballard community
  • Apply for grants
  • Work as a Project Facilitator at the library
Sustainable Ballard is looking for volunteers to help out with the Ballard Tool Library now! Volunteers can commit to as little as a couple hours a month. We’d love to have people help out as much as they can, but recognize that not everyone has a lot of time available. We already have a lead on a space and we could ramp this project up quickly if the pieces fall into place. If we could start with just 10 volunteers, we would be in a great position as the Ballard Tool Library turns from concept into reality.
Please reach out to Dan McKeon if you are interested in helping create the Ballard Tool Library or have any questions:


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