Help the City update Seattle’s Industrial Lands Policy

26 02 2015

Seattle’s Department of Planning and Development (DPD) is hosting a series of meetings regarding proposed Industrial Lands Policies that are part of Seattle 2035 – the City’s major comprehensive plan update.  Specific land use policies are being considered for designated Manufacturing/Industrial Centers (M/IC) that will preserve these areas for ongoing industrial use and also limit the potential for conversion of property within designated M/IC areas to non-industrial uses unless specific criteria are met.

The purpose of the outreach meetings is to receive your input on these proposed policies.  Input received will be shared with the City Council when these policies are considered as part of the major update.

March 3, 6:00-8:00 PM
Ballard High School Commons
1418 NW 65th St
Seattle, WA 98117

RainWise Rebates, Rain Gardens & Cisterns event next Wednesday

20 02 2015


Peter and Shelby’s rain garden

Several front yard rain gardens and rain barrels have been popping up in the East Ballard neighborhood this past year thanks to RainWise rebates offered by Seattle Public Utilities and King County. East Ballard neighbors, Peter and Shelby took advantage of these rebates and hired John Barker with Forrest Gardens Construction to design and install a beautiful rain garden in their yard. Peter will be at a RainWise event at the Phinney Neighborhood Center event next Wednesday evening to share his experience with the program. If you’ve been on the fence about taking the plunge, this will be a great opportunity to learn more about the program and learn from a neighbor what it’s all about!

RainWise Rebates, Rain Gardens & Cisterns
Wednesday Feb 25, 7:00-8:00 PM

Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney N

Forrest Gardens Construction is one of many certified RainWise garden installers


Learn about how to apply for rebates from Seattle Public Utilities and King County for up to 100 % of the total cost of rain gardens and cisterns (super-sized rain barrels). Hear from delighted RainWise homeowners in your neighborhood, meet trained RainWise installers and get set to take the next step for your rebate! Check your rebate eligibility  at

Join West Woodland Neighbors in cleaning up NW 65th next Sunday

17 02 2015

Join West Woodland Neighbors next Sunday in helping to improve the neighborhood by picking up litter along NW 65th between 3rd and 8th Ave NW.


NW 65th Street Clean up
Sunday February 22nd, 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Meet at Cafe Bambino405 NW 65th St, Seattle
Arrive at 8:30 for coffee and to meet your neighbors before cleanup begins


Please bring:
1. Gloves
2. Pickers
3. Wagons — to carry full garbage bag

Adopt-A-Street Program:
Liza White, neighbor & owner of Four Legged Friends, adopted NW 65th as part of the City Of Seattle’s Adopt-A-Street program. To learn how you can adopt your street & help keep West Woodland litter free visit:

Learn more about Four Legged Friends at:

Event Information:

$470,000 in matching funds offered for technology projects

3 02 2015

The City of Seattle invites community organizations and nonprofits to apply for nearly $500,000 in funding to increase digital equity. The Technology Matching Fund awards are matched by the community’s contribution of volunteer labor, materials, professional services or funding. Applications due March 19

“As a city, Seattle is known for technology and innovation, yet too many residents do not have sufficient internet access or the skills necessary to participate fully in today’s economy,” said Mayor Ed Murray. “This funding leverages the resources of the community by matching time and funding.”

The Technology Matching Fund has been in existence since 1997 and this year the City has $470,000 available for matching awards of up to $30,000 each to community groups and nonprofits. The deadline to apply is March 19, 2015.

The funding will be awarded in July to organizations who will improve digital equity by connecting traditionally-underserved populations, empower residents with digital literacy skills, and encourage diverse communities to use technology for civic participation.

Application materials and more information are available at

Two workshops will be held for those interested in applying for the matching funds. The free workshops will provide an overview of the grant program, explain how to apply and detail characteristics of a successful application. First time applicants are encourage to attend.

Tuesday, Feb. 10: 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
2100 Building, 2100 24
th Ave South, 98144

Thursday, Feb. 12: 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Solid Ground, 1501 N. 45
th St, 98103

Interpretation and accommodations are available upon request by calling 206-233-2751 or emailing by February 6.   

Seattle Legislative Climate Action Forum Jan 31

28 01 2015

The Washington Chapter of the Sierra Club is bringing together community groups and local leaders to learn about and discuss the climate action movement! There will be a panel discussion of the Governor’s climate change legislation: the Carbon Pollution Accountability Act and Oil Transportation Safety Now. The panel includes community experts who will review how these laws will benefit us in Washington. Following the panel discussion will be an opportunity to ask questions.

Saturday, January 31, 2015
9:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Keystone Church 5019 Keystone Place North, Seattle, WA

Learn about RainWise in East Ballard Jan 31

26 01 2015
More and more Ballard neighbors are getting RainWise! At this free workshop you’ll learn how rain gardens and cisterns help manage storm water, hear from delighted RainWise homeowners and get inspired by slides of their yards, meet trained RainWise contractors who can offer a free consultation, and learn about big rebates from SPU and King County (up to 100% of the total cost). Get set to take the next step!

Presented by Sustainable Ballard’s RainWise Team.
To register for this free event:

When: Sat, Jan 31, 1:00 PM
Where: St Paul’s United Church-Christ, 6512 12th Ave NW

Ballard Historical Society Presents: Fishing and Coming of Age on the High Seas of Alaska

21 01 2015

The Ballard Historical Society, along with the Sunset Hill Community Association will be presenting, “Fishing and Coming of Age on the High Seas of Alaska,” on Wednesday, January 28, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.

Their presenter will be Dean Adams, author of Four Thousand Hooks: A True Story of Fishing and Coming of Age on the High Seas of Alaska (UW Press).

Learn Dean Adams’ personal story as a young halibut/black cod fisherman bound for Alaska, and about the people and organizations that have contributed over many decades to Ballard’s fishing fleet. Dean will sign copies of his book, available for purchase at this event ($15 paperback/$25 hard copy).

Dean Adams, author of Four Thousand Hooks: A True Story of Fishing and Coming of Age on the High Seas of Alaska
Wednesday, January 28 at 7:00 p.m.
Sunset Hill Community Association, 3003 NW 66th Street, Seattle, WA   map
Suggested donation: $5 -$20. Refreshments provided.
Co-hosted by BHS and Sunset Hill Community Association


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