Sustainable Ballard Festival this Sunday, 10/10/10

Ballard Commons Park will be hopping this Sunday at the Sustainable Ballard Festival. The annual event falls on 10/10/10, and coincides with the Global Work Party.

There will be many activities in the park including a paperback and children’s book exchange, an urban farm zone with chickens and bunnies, apple cider pressing and more.

Here is the schedule of events:
10 a.m. – 12 p.m. inspirational speakers & work party check-in
1 p.m. – 4 p.m. community work parties
4:30 p.m. – 7 p.m. community celebration with food & live music

Click through to learn more about the community work parties. There’s everything from baking apple crisp to worm bin building.

1) Apple Crisp Baking (SATURDAY 1 PM – 5 PM)
Want to help create a tasty treat from surplus apples? Want to learn to bake? Want to meet some or your neighbors? Join us on Saturday to bake apple crisp to serve on Sunday at the celebration in the park.
(Organized in association with Ballard Community Center, City Fruit, & Ballard Market)
Pre-Register here
Limit 8.

2) Sew Fun Bags
Learn a simple bag pattern, then hop on one of 10 sewing machines (generously loaned by Quality Sewing and Vacuum in Ballard) and help us make re-usable shopping bags from fabric remnants. Bags will be donated to the Ballard Food Bank.
(Organized in association with Sew-Up Seattle & Seattle Public Libraries)
Pre-Register here
Limit 90 people (in 3 shifts).

3) Weatherization Work Party
Learn how to make storm windows, and then practice your new skills by helping to build storm windows for Sunset Hill Community Association Clubhouse. In addition to getting detailed instructions and hands-on practice with caulking and fabricating, participants can later build their own windows. Plus, there will be the satisfaction of helping SHCA save energy.
(Organized in association with Sunset Hill Community Association)
$10 fee covers instruction and helps cover the cost of materials
Pre-Register here
Limit 30 people.

4) Native Habitat Restoration at Golden Gardens Park
Join Green Seattle Partnership volunteers to prepare the forest grounds for planting season (which will begin in November). This work will involve watering new seedlings from last year, mulching the bare forest floor and removing invasives that may interfere with plant growth. We will also be maintaining growing plants that have already been affected by invasives, to ensure they can reach their full growth potential. Led by Golden Garden’s two forest stewards.
(Organized in association with Seattle Parks and Recreation, Seattle Green Partnership and Seattle Works)
Pre-Register here
Limit 100 (families encouraged).

5) Solar Cooker Building Workshop
Learn how to make a solar cooker from simple materials and take home an oven! Tom Sponheim, instructor, lives in Seattle and has been cooking solar for 20 years. Tom spreads solar cooking awareness and skills worldwide, particularly in areas with diminishing sources of cooking fuel.
(Organized in association with Solar Cookers International)
$10 fee covers materials & costs
Pre-Register here
Limit 30

6) Bicycle Maintenance & Emergency Repair Clinics
Session 1 – the how-to’s of basic bicycle maintenance, using a stand to do basic repairs and adjustments.
Session 2 – Emergency repairs. What to do after your bike breaks down during your ride.
(Organized in association with BikeSport)
$5 fee helps cover costs
Pre-Register here
Limit 20 per session

7) Worm Bin Building & Composting Workshop
Learn about different types of composting from the Earth Service Corps students at Ballard High School and specifically how to start and maintain a worm bin composting system. Then we’ll build 2 demo worm bins to leave with the Ballard Community Center. Come for the class or to build your own worm bin on the spot.
(Organized in association with Ballard Community Center and Ballard High School Earth Service Corps)
$5 covers instruction and costs. Limit 30.
$45 covers instruction & pre-cut materials to build your own worm bin. Limit 15.
Pre-Register here

8) Car Seat Recycling
Join CoolMom, Westside Baby and Waste Management in diverting car seats from the landfill by dropping them off at our 10/10/10 recycling station. We’ll be at the Viking Bank branch in Ballard to collect used infant, convertible, child and booster seats from 10 am-4 pm. Please remove all soft parts like covers, soft foam pads and straps before you drop them off.
(Organized in association with, Westside Baby & Seattle Waste Management)
No limit to participation.
No registration required.

9) Garden Clean Up and Planting
Kids and parents, if you use the Ballard Community Center, here’s an easy way to pitch in and help so it can become more self-sustaining.
(Organized in association with Ballard Community Center)
Pre-Register here
Limit 10.

10) Electronics Recycling
Bring your Computers, Laptops, Keyboards, Mice, Networking product, Printers, TV’s, Cell Phones, Stereo Equipment, Cords & Wires, DVD & VCR’s, Batteries, PDA’s, Handheld Games, and other small electronics to Ballard Commons Park
(Organized in association with SBK/Green Century Electronic Recycling)
No limit to participation.
No registration required.

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2 thoughts to “Sustainable Ballard Festival this Sunday, 10/10/10”

  1. Cascade Bicycle Club will also have a van at this event that has a “Metro” type bike rack on the front. You can bring your own bike and try loading it on the rack. If you have wanted to take your bike on a KC Metro bus and felt intimidated by the rack, here is your chance to try one out. The rack is a two bike rack and looks and works just like the three bike racks on the busses.

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