Big Give fundrasier enters final stretch at Adams Elementary


The annual Big Give fundraiser is in full swing at Adams Elementary raising money to support both teachers and the school community.

The campaign ends on Friday, November 4, and organizers are encouraging both Adams’ families and the local community to participate in the final stretch.

Funds raised from the annual campaign will go towards academic support, tutors, camps, field trips, literacy support, and arts at the school.

The Adams PTA also uses the funds to assist students and teachers in smaller, more personal ways. “I use my classroom funds to get extra supplies for kids in need. Three students were just beaming when I handed them their own box of 64 crayons,” says 3rd grade teacher Ms. Daimler.

Organizers encourage locals to assist them in reaching their goal of $50,000 by making a donation of any amount. Donations can be made online.

For more information about the fundraiser click here or email questions to


Synergy Systems to present solar workshop in Ballard

Sunergy Systems, a local solar installer, will be presenting a free educational workshop at 4546 Leary Way NW on Thursday, November 10, from 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.

This free solar workshop, known as “Solar U”, will cover a host of solar-focused topics like how solar plays a role in solving our country’s energy issues, how solar works and how it works specifically in the Pacific Northwest.

Attendees will learn about how solar reduces environmental impact all while increasing a home’s resale value, and what makes a good site for solar.

Attendees will also learn all about the WA State Incentive Program, the 30% Federal Tax Credit and Net Metering available for solar customers.

Locals interested in attending are encouraged to pre-register online or call Clare Salsbury at (206) 297-0086.

Volunteers needed to help Ballard seniors

Local non-profit, Sound Generations, is on the lookout for volunteers to assist local seniors through their Volunteer Transport Program.

Sound Generations is a non-profit organization working to help seniors remain safely independent and connected to their communities.

A growing number of local seniors are in need of help getting to their medical appointments and they currently do not enough volunteers to keep up.

“It is heartbreaking to know that many seniors are not getting the medical care they need simply because they don’t have a ride. A little of time can make a big difference in a senior’s life,” says Volunteer Recruitment Coordinator Kailan Tyler-Babkirk

The volunteer opportunity is extremely flexible, allowing volunteers to pick the days, times, frequency, and areas they wish to drive.

If you are interested contact Kailan at (206) 748-7588 or via email at

Ballard Civic Orchestra awarded NMF grant

Last week, Mayor Ed Murray announced an investment of $501,415 in matching funds to support 24 neighborhood-initiated projects across the City.

The awards are part of the City’s Neighborhood Matching Fund (NMF), which provides more than $3 million each year to local organizations, which this year included the Friends of Ballard Civic Orchestra.

“Since 1988, the Neighborhood Matching Fund has supported thousands of projects driven by neighborhoods across the city,” says Mayor Murray.

This year, Friends of the Ballard Civic Orchestra was awarded $25,000 to organize a free classical concert series and workshops reflecting the theme of building community through music. The series will celebrate Latino and Hispanic cultural heritage. (Community match: $18,360)

For more information about NMF, visit

2017 funding opportunities and deadlines will be announced on the website in early December.

Ballard Library to offer support to local businesses

Ballard Library is launching a new service to support local businesses, aptly titled Library to Business (L2B).

The Library-to-Business (L2B) project supports entrepreneurial endeavors with information, education, and networking and referral assistance.

Whether you’re a new entrepreneur, an experienced business owner or managing a company, Ballard Library is offering services to help locals succeed.

The Ballard Library team can assist locals in conducting research and finding the right resources for their business.

Learn how to:

  • Size up your industry
  • Discover customer demographics
  • Find information about markets
  • Improve your business skills
  • Find referrals to other business assistance organizations

The L2B team is also hosting a “drop-in” Business Resource open house at Ballard Library on Thursday, November 17, from 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.

“People who have businesses, want to have businesses or just have an idea can come and meet with community lenders, and organizations that help businesses by giving advice, counseling, etc,” say the organizers.

If you are interested and want to find out more talk to to the team in person at Ballard Library, call them at 206-386-4636 or Ask a business question.