Money Free Shopping Spree

Prepare now and get ready for the 2nd Annual Money Free Shopping Spree Monday Nov. 16th, 6:30pm to 10pm. at the NEW High Point Neighborhood House – 6400 Sylvan Way SW

The Money Free Shopping Spree is a holiday celebration of resourcefulness that recaptures the spirit of giving before commercialism took over the Holiday Spirit.

Last year this was a well attended event with participants trading $40 relative equity value items in 3 categories, Food Crafts, Art Crafts and Services. As usual we ask that these items be of a sustainable nature.

Examples of Items from last year:

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  • organic honey
  • hand woven scarves and headwear
  • wooden driers for plastic bags
  • edible garden consultation
  • home energy audit
  • dried fruit arrangements
  • dried flower center pieces
  • reusable school lunch bags
  • prepared dinners for two
  • one hour house cleaning with green cleaning products
  • computer services
  • acrylic art on panels, and much, much more…

Also, Seattle Permaculture will be hosting a Seed Swap table.

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CoolMom 2nd Annual Holiday Toy Swap & Sale

It’s baaaccckkkk! CoolMom’s 2nd Annual Toy Swap’n’Sale!

Get ready for a really big show at the Fauntleroy Church, 9140 California Ave. SW (Barton & California), right across from the Fauntleroy School.

Jumpstart your holiday shopping, save money, and lower your carbon footprint. Help the West Seattle CoolMoms tread lighter on the planet this holiday season and raise funds for three very deserving organizations (CoolMom, WestSide Baby, and Family Works). There also will be information on how to make your holiday greener.

Three things need to happen to make it an even bigger success this year:

  1. Spread the word, go to http://www.coolmom.org/assets/docs/saleFlyer_ws-web.pdf and download the flyer and post it throughout your neighborhood.
  2. Donate towards the event! Gently used toys and gear. Not only is your donation tax-deductible, but it also awards you a $5 credit at the sale
  3. Come to the sale and shop your heart out!

CoolMom has partnered with WestSide Baby and Family Works for this year’s Toy Swap ‘n’ Sale. Help these CoolMom communities tread lighter on the planet this holiday season and raise funds for three very deserving organizations.

CoolMom wants to help families reduce spending and their carbon footprint this holiday season. From Thanksgiving to New Years Day, household waste in the United States increases by more than 25%. By buying locally used toys instead of newly packaged toys purchased at several stores throughout the state or country, families can reduce their travel fuel consumption and reduce their impact on our recycling and landfill centers. Buying quality used toys also saves families money, which helps in these tough economic times.

How to Donate

  • De-clutter and detach from all the unused toys and gear in that closet/garage.
  • Bag up your items: toys, sports clothes and products, baby gear, etc. (no clothing or car seats)
  • Donate your items at one of our 8 West Seattle locations  before 4pm Wednesday, November 11
  • Include your name on your donation bag (or on a slip of paper inside the bag)
  • Receive a $5 credit towards your purchase on the day of the sale.
  • Come to the sale, redeem your credit, and shop!

Donation Locations

  1. PCC West Seattle
  2. Husky Deli
  3. Gatewood Elementary School
  4. Arbor Heights Elementary School
  5. Community School of West Seattle
  6. Pathfinder School (new location)
  7. C&P Coffee
  8. Alki Co-op Preschool

Tool Library Questionnaire

Take the Sustainable West Seattle Tool-share Library online questionnaire.  Sustainable West Seattle members are working to establish a tool-share library.  We are working with South Seattle Community College and other partners to move towards establishing a local, community-led tool-sharing lending library.  Help us define this new resource by taking the survey at this link http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=4nFv7Wx8bTBno5CxUlBLLw_3d_3d

Also, check out the “Get Involved” section where more details on the tool-sharing library project are available.

West Seattle Bridge Renaming Ceremony

The city of Seattle invites you to a ceremonial renaming of the West Seattle Bridge to the Jeanette Williams Memorial Bridge

Please join Seattle City Councilmember Tom Rasmussen, the Seattle Department of Transportation, and the friends and family of Jeanette Williams for this special event, this Friday, October 23rd, 12:30 p.m. at 3682 West Marginal Way (along the west side waterfront under the bridge).

For more Information please contact Carby Resendez at 684-8297 or e-mail carbina.resendez@seattle.gov

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Landslide Awareness Meeting

Come to South Seattle Community College to learn about landslides.  Sponsoring this two-hour seminar on what they are, how you can protect yourself and your property, and what to do if something happens, are the City of Seattle, the American Society for Civil Engineers, the Association of Engineering Geologists, the International Society of Arboriculture, and the Associated Building Contractors.

Presentations will include a discussion of the causes of landslides and proper drainage and vegetation for sloping sites. These will be followed by a question and answer session and time for one-on-one discussions.

Location is the South Seattle Community College, Judge Warren & Nobie Chan Education Center (near the SSCC Arboretum, park in the northeast lot).

To RSVP for the meeting, please contact Tyson Lin, Seattle Department of Planning and Development, Community Relations at 206-684-8443. You can also learn more information at www.seattle.gov/dpd/Emergency/Landslides.

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Seminar on Honeybee Genetics, Health & Queen Rearing

Puget Sound Beekeeping Association is excited to present a day of learning from Susan Cobey, honeybee researcher from the University of California-Davis.  Susan is an acknowledged world expert in the field of honeybee breeding with over 30 years experience in establishing and managing a closed population breeding program.  Susan has developed techniques and equipment for the field of instrumental insemination of honeybees. She will also be discussing honeybee health – including information about colony collapse disorder (CCD) and the short and long-term approaches to maintaining honeybee health.

Schedule and Topics include:

  • 9:30 – 10:00: Coffee and Meet & Greet
  • 10:00 -10:50: The importance of Genetic Diversity
  • 10:50 – 11:40: Queen Rearing Systems
  • 11:40 – 12:30: Honeybee Health, Short & Long Term Approaches
  • 12:30 – 2:00: Lunch
  • 2:00 – 2:50: Selection & Breeding, Resistance to Pests & Disease
  • 2:50 – 3:40: Instrumental Insemination
  • 3:40 – 4:30: Questions & Discussion

Registration is $20 per person and is available on the day of the event, which is at the  Graham Visitor Center at the Washington Park Arboretum, 2300 Arboretum Drive East.  For questions, contact Nancy Beckett at  206-937-5583 or enbee555@gmail.com

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4th Annual Green Seattle Day

You are invited to join your community forest stewards for a day of tree planting and park restoration!  There are five West Seattle locations as part of the Seattle-wide program.  The West Seattle areas are:  East Duwamish Greenbelt, Westcrest, Lincoln, Camp Long, Orchard Street Ravine, and West Duwamish Greenbelt.

For Orchard Street Ravine, meet at the top of Orchard Street.  The Green Seattle Partnership, which helps organize this day, has donated 100 new plants to be planted at the ravine, and Paul Prentice and crew, of Prentice Design, have designed the free volunteer T-shirt which will be given out to those who register for participation on this day.  To register and secure your bragging rights to your very own shirt, register at this link.  http://www.greenseattle.org/events/events-2009/11-7-green-seattle-day-2009

If you aren’t sure yet, feel free to drop by, even if you won’t get a shirt, we’d love your help.  There will be coffee and treats, and please bring your own gloves, the work party is from 1o:00 to 2:00 pm.  For more information email Paul Prentice at  paul@prenticedesign.com

This year’s Green Seattle Day is just around the corner.  Help spread the word, there are posters you can download along with other marketing tools at http://greenseattle.org/online-marketing-tools/marketing-tools-green-seattle-day-2009

Green Seattle Day is a fun opportunity for you and your family to help keep Seattle green by planting native trees and shrubs in a park near you.

Candidate Transit Opinions

The Transit Riders Union (of Metropolitan Puget Sound) last month invited all candidates running for legislative and executive offices in King County and the City of Seattle to respond to the concerns of transit riders. TRU recently received the candidate responses and have posted them on the Transit Riders website at:
http://www.transitriders.org/election09.

Transit is an important element in having a lower carbon footprint, it is an element of being a more sustainable community, and it is an element which is dear to West Seattleites – all four City Council candidates have responded as have candidates for Seattle Mayor and King County Executive.  Read these and be better informed on the candidates.

Neighborhood Plans – 2nd Round of Hearings

The Neighborhood Plan Advisory Committee (NPAC) and the Seattle Planning Commission want to report back to you on the trends that emerged so far and to get your help to identify the continuing priorities and new issues that should be emphasized in the final Status Reports and a State of the Neighborhood Report that will be presented to the City Council and Mayor.

These reports will contribute to policy decisions including decisions about whether or how to updates neighborhood plans. Your input will also be important as NPAC shapes its recommendations on conducting, prioritizing and funding updates to the neighborhood plans listed below.

To review the existing reports (and to see all the comments folks provided to the city) go to Planning Commission website <http://www.seattle.gov/planningcommission/> and start your review – for a quick review of the existing plans and comments made, click this link to open the executive summary PDF <http://www.seattle.gov/planningcommission/docs/ExecSummary.pdf>

The next neighborhood meeting for West Seattle neighborhoods (listed below are the areas to be discussed) is at 6:00 pm, Thursday, November 5th, at Mercer Middle School (cafeteria) on Beacon Hill, 1600 S. Columbian Way.

Neighborhood plans to be addressed at this meeting:

For more information about these meetings contact David Goldberg at davidw.goldberg@seattle.gov or by phone at 206-615-1447.  Hosts for these events are the Neighborhood Plan Advisory Committee and the Seattle Planning Commission.  More information on status reports and neighborhood planning is at http://www.seattle.gov/dpd/Planning/Neighborhood_Planning/Overview/.

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Great City Lunch Brownbag – Bike Sharing

Join Great City for their next brown bag this Thursday with Mike Hulscher of The Bike Share Group, a local organization whose goal it is to implement a public bike system in Seattle and throughout the Pacific Northwest corridor.  For this brown bag session, Mike will bring the audience up to speed with their concept for bike sharing by briefly presenting bike and station design and their ideas for a sustainable bike sharing community. With the understanding that we do not have to limit ourselves to the current bike share model out of Europe, Mike will focus the remainder of his discussion around this topic. He will draw on the expertise in the room and share thoughts on what a public bike system could look like and how it could be implemented, connecting these concepts specifically to how The Bike Share Group can better meet the community’s needs.

About Mike Hulscher – he was born in Tacoma and earned a BS in Mechanical Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and has worked for The Boeing Company, Festo Corp, Physio-Control, and has run his own engineering/mad scientist company Monster Concepts. He started The Bike Share Group with 12 colleagues this year.

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