Community Calendar

Deadline for receiving Calendar items is Noon Wednesday for the following week’s Friday Tribune. Events are published based on timeliness and space available. Email submissions as soon as possible to: Items can be accepted from nonprofit groups and government agencies only. Others may call Tamara Chakos at 206.359.2248 for inclusion in our “Out & About” advertising column.

Groundswell NW Play Day
Intersection of 17th Ave. N.W. and N.W. Dock Pl.
Sat., Oct. 10, 4–6 p.m. Come play in a life-sized street Scrabble tournament, vote for a street painting design, or just show up for the fun of it! Want to play in the Scrabble Tournament? Sign-up by Fri., Oct. 8 at Submit a street painting design or Idea? Submit by Fri., Oct. 8 at Want to learn what’s going on and share your ideas for this space? Just show up! Come play in the street with us and be a part of park-making history!

Ballard Preschool Coop Openings
7503 18th Ave. N.W.
Ballard Preschool Co-op offers a part-time structured cooperative program for children from birth through pre-K. We have openings in the Parent/Infant Class on Tuesdays, 10–11:30 a.m. and the 3-5s class on Tues/Wed/Thurs, 2:15–3:15 p.m., plus Fridays from 12:15–3:15 p.m. for pre-K children. Please contact the registrar for more details at: More information can be found at:

Poverty Immersion Workshop Aims to Build Understanding
Trinity United Methodist Church, Gym
6512 23rd Ave. N.W.
Sun., Oct. 11, 2–5 p.m. Hosted by Trinity United Methodist Church in Ballard, partnering with Seattle University's School of Theology and Ministry. This workshop is designed to help participants begin to understand what it might be like to be a typical low-income family member or individual trying to survive from month to month. Participants will take on the role of a low-income person, facing the same challenges people typically encounter as they try to move out of poverty. FREE. Space is limited. Please pre-register soon at: Walk-ins will be accommodated as space allows. If you would like free childcare during the workshop, RSVP by October 2nd to 206.784.2227. More info: or 206.784.2227.

Ballard Urban Design & Transportation Open House
Leif Erickson Lodge
2245 N.W. 57th St.
Wed., Oct. 21, 6–7:30 p.m. Presentation at 6 p.m. Learn what we heard from the community and share your comments on draft transportation priorities for all modes in the Ballard Hub Urban Village. Find out about our draft design concepts and evaluation of station locations for potential future high capacity transit. Also, review our draft land use and urban design recommendations.

TOPS Weekly Meeting
Crown Hill Methodist Church
8500 14th Ave. N.W.
Entry is in the back parking lot
Every Thursday morning. Weigh-in 9:00–9:55 a.m. and Meeting 10:00-11:00 a.m. TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) is an encouraging support group. More information: 206.659.0041.

Big Brothers Big Sisters
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Puget Sound has several program options that you can choose to fit your schedule and interests. For more information, text the word “BIG” to 839863 or go to

Ballard Giving Gardens
Change your grass to gardens. Using French intensive and master gardener methods I can help you recycle unwanted grassy areas into highly productive sustainable vegetable gardens. For more information call Jeff at 206.789.3168.

Volunteer opportunities
Carkeek Park
950 N.W. Carkeek Park Rd.
Fourth Monday of month. CAN (Carkeek Area Neighbors) is a committee of the park Advisory Council, and is open to the public. For info 206.782.7054.

Court appointed advocates
Train to become a volunteer advocate for abused and neglected children in court. Must be 21 or older, have excellent references and attend 28 hours of training. For more information call 206.296.1120 or email

Alzheimer’s Cafe Monthly Meeting
Stage Door Cafe
Located at the Taproot Theatre
208 N. 85th St.
2nd Tuesday of month, 3:30–5 p.m. The Alzheimer’s Cafe provides an opportunity to get out and socialize in a safe environment. No judgement or expectations—just support. There is no cost other than the food that is ordered. Parking available in the lot behind the Taproot. This is a program of the Phinney Neighborhood Association’s Greenwood Senior Center. For info: Carin Mack at 206.230.0166.

Alzheimer’s Association Caregiver Support Group
Swedish Medical Center, Ballard Campus
3 North Conference Room
5300 Tallman Ave. N.W.
3rd Saturday of each month, 10:30 a.m.–Noon. A free support group for unpaid care partners, family members and friends of individuals with memory loss. For details: facilitator, Janelle Jensen at 724.513.0234.

Wednesday Improv Comedy Jam
Fremont Abbey Arts Center
4272 Fremont Ave. N.
Every Wednesday from 8–10 p.m. Cost: $5-$10 (sliding scale to keep it affordable for all). Comedy-Sportz hosts a drop-in improv class. A fun and friendly environment where everyone can learn the art of creating hilarious improvised scenes and characters. Beginners to seasoned comedy veterans welcome. More info: or email

Volunteer Receptionist Needed
Greenwood Senior Center
525 N. 85th St.
Show off your smile and people skills as one of our fabulous receptionists! You’ll get to interact with seniors of all ages and backgrounds, sign them up for classes and events and perform some light office work. Shifts are 4 hours long once a week (either mornings or afternoons), and a 6 month commitment is required. A background check is required. Contact LeAnne Chow,, or 206.297.0875, to learn more or sign up.

Volunteer Lunch Helper Needed
Greenwood Senior Center
525 N. 85th St.
We are looking for volunteers interested in working with our cook to prepare, serve and clean up after lunch for about 20 diners. Shifts available Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m.–1 p.m., with our greatest need on Thursday. Contact LeAnne Chow, leannec or 206.297.0875 to learn more or sign up.

Exercise Class at Leif Erikson Lodge
2245 N.W. 57th St.
Every Wednesday, 10–10:45 a.m., in auditorium. Professional exercise consultant and trainer Audrey Pan Collins leads a 45-minute light workout that includes aerobics, strength training, coordination, balance and brainpower. $3 fee per class attended, walk-ins welcome and open to the public.

Widow/Widower Information Consultation Service
Landmark Retirement - social hall
5433 Leary Ave. N.W.
Every Tuesday evening, 7 p.m. Lost a spouse? WICS provides a supportive environment and practical assistance to widowed persons during their adjustment to the loss of a spouse by death and into their lives as single persons. Information at or 206.241.5650.

Free Nia Fitness Class
Amazing Grace Spiritual Center
2007 N.W. 61st St.
Every Friday, 10–11 a.m. Suitable for all ages and all fitness levels, the first class is free. Nia is a barefoot fitness fusion blending martial arts, dance arts, and healing arts, along with world music sounds into an hour fitness fusion that is geared for “everybody.” Practiced globally, Nia is designed to work with everybody and every fitness level. Contact Deborah at

Volunteer at Swedish Ballard
5300 Tallman Ave. N.W.
Come join our great team and support patients, visitors and staff at the Ballard campus. Volunteer opportunities at our Patient Info/Escort desks, Gift Shop and various departments within the hospital. For info or application contact Carole at 206.781.6227 or

Volunteers Needed at Golden Gardens Park
8300 Golden Gardens Dr. N.W.
2nd Saturday of every month, 9 a.m.–Noon. Come help restore the forest. Contact: or Doug at 206.794.4520.

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