Parks Levy Opportunity Fund Public Hearing

Monday, November 9, Parks & Rec Board Room, 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Denny Park, 100 Dexter Ave N.
The hearing will provide a chance for the community to speak to the Parks Levy Committee on the proposed criteria before they are formally approved. The Levy Committee will make a preliminary decision on the criteria at their October 26 meeting.
Distribution of the criteria to the public will occur immediately thereafter via announcements in local news blogs. The November 9 public comment date provides close to 2 weeks for review of the proposed criteria by the public. A Parks Levy community meeting is scheduled for November 10; and the Committee is scheduled for final approval of the criteria at its November 23 meeting.

Parks & Rec Board Room

Denny Park, 100 Dexter Ave N.

The hearing will provide a chance for the community to speak to the Parks Levy Committee on the proposed criteria before they are formally approved. The Levy Committee will make a preliminary decision on the criteria at their October 26 meeting.

Distribution of the criteria to the public will occur immediately thereafter via announcements in local news blogs. The November 9 public comment date provides close to 2 weeks for review of the proposed criteria by the public. A Parks Levy community meeting is scheduled for November 10; and the Committee is scheduled for final approval of the criteria at its November 23 meeting.

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Delridge Area Neighborhood Street Calming

Neighborhood Street Calming for Delridge Area
Tuesday, November 10, Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, 6:30 – 7:30 pm
4408 Delridge Way SW
Neighborhood Traffic Operations (NTO), a workgroup within Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) is holding neighborhood traffic safety meetings in the community. These meetings are geared toward residents who are interested in working with NTO concerning speeding on
their residential street. This meeting is specifically for the Delridge area (other meetings are scheduled for other Seattle neighborhoods). The meetings will include a power point presentation, with a brief overview of different traffic calming options, what steps a neighborhood must take to be considered for traffic calming, criteria staff use to prioritize projects, and possible funding sources. Residents will also be trained in the proper use of radar speed guns. If residents want to enroll their street in the traffic calming program, a representative from their street must attend one of these meetings.
Youngstown Cultural Arts Center
Neighborhood Traffic Operations (NTO), a workgroup within Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) is holding neighborhood traffic safety meetings in the community. These meetings are geared toward residents who are interested in working with NTO concerning speeding on their residential street. This meeting is specifically for the Delridge area (other meetings are scheduled for other Seattle neighborhoods). The meetings will include a PowerPoint™ presentation, with a brief overview of different traffic calming options, what steps a neighborhood must take to be considered for traffic calming, criteria staff use to prioritize projects, and possible funding sources. Residents will also be trained in the proper use of radar speed guns. If residents want to enroll their street in the traffic calming program, a representative from their street must attend one of these meetings.

Guided Tour of Georgetown Power Plant

Guided Tour of the Georgetown Power Plant
Saturday, December 12, Georgetown Power Plant Museum, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
6605 13th Avenue S
Steam meets, free and open to the public, are held on the 2nd Saturday of each month, from 10am until 2pm. Steam meets include operating hot gas, gasoline, air, and steam engines, beverages, snacks, and guided plant tours including oral history and dynamic display of plant engines. Cited below are some links to videos and photos of this local but hardly-known cultural and engineering feature:
http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-6210580512035483148#
http://flickr.com/photos/espressobuzz/sets/72157621451817510/
http://flickr.com/photos/vwguy/sets/72157606651279302/
http://flickr.com/photos/artvixn/sets/72157607292705402/

6605 13th Avenue S

Steam meets, free and open to the public, are held on the 2nd Saturday of each month, from 10am until 2pm. Steam meets include operating hot gas, gasoline, air, and steam engines, beverages, snacks, and guided plant tours including oral history and dynamic display of plant engines. Cited below are some links to videos and photos of this local but hardly-known cultural and engineering feature:

Seattle ReLeaf Program – Free Trees

EarthCorps launches Seattle Community ReLeaf Program with Free Trees
Monday, November 16, Tree Applications due
The Seattle Community ReLeaf Pilot Program is starting now! EarthCorps has teamed up with the City of Seattle to provide free trees to residents of the Beacon Hill, Georgetown and West Seattle Junction/Genesee Hill and Westwood/ Roxhill neighborhoods. These communities have some of the lowest canopy cover on residential property in Seattle respectively and some of the highest planting potential. Existing tree cover:
Beacon Hill 19%
Georgetown 17%
West Seattle Junction/Genesee Hill 19%
Westwood/Roxhill 17%
Through the program, residents of the targeted neighborhoods can apply for free trees for their property and street planting strips. Trees will be available for residents to pick up in early December. A workshop on proper tree planting and care will be provided for tree recipients. Tree watering bags will be provided next spring to ensure the young trees thrive. For more information on the program, contact: Lina Rose, EarthCorps Project Manager at 206-793.2454 or email at lina@earthcorps.org. For more general information asbout Earthcorps, go to www.earthcorps.org. To download the tree application in PDF format, click here.
Important Dates to Remember:
October – Sign up to receive free trees
November 16th – Free Tree Applications Due
December 5th & 6th – Pick up your free trees and learn about how to plant and care for them
May (Date TBD) – Pick up your water bags to help your trees survive the dry summer.

EarthCorps launches Seattle Community ReLeaf Program with Free Trees.

Tree Applications due Monday, November 16.

The Seattle Community ReLeaf Pilot Program is starting now! EarthCorps has teamed up with the City of Seattle to provide free trees to residents of the Beacon Hill, Georgetown and West Seattle Junction/Genesee Hill and Westwood/ Roxhill neighborhoods. These communities have some of the lowest canopy cover on residential property in Seattle respectively and some of the highest planting potential. Existing tree cover:

  • Beacon Hill 19%
  • Georgetown 17%
  • West Seattle Junction/Genesee Hill 19%
  • Westwood/Roxhill 17%

Through the program, residents of the targeted neighborhoods can apply for free trees for their property and street planting strips. Trees will be available for residents to pick up in early December. A workshop on proper tree planting and care will be provided for tree recipients. Tree watering bags will be provided next spring to ensure the young trees thrive. For more information on the program, contact: Lina Rose, EarthCorps Project Manager at 206-793.2454 or email at lina@earthcorps.org. For more general information asbout Earthcorps, go to www.earthcorps.org. To download the tree application in PDF format, click here.

Important Dates to Remember:

  • October – Sign up to receive free trees
  • November 16th – Free Tree Applications Due
  • December 5th & 6th – Pick up your free trees and learn about how to plant and care for them
  • May (Date TBD) – Pick up your water bags to help your trees survive the dry summer.

New Habits of Mind for New Solutions

New Habits of Mind for New Solutions
Friday, November 20, NWETC – Headquarters, 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
650 South Orcas Street, Suite 220
This 8 hour class is about systems thinking, systems in the natural world, and ways to increase your ability to address complex problems. The class will give you the competence and confidence to start using systems thinking in your organizations and communities to better understand complex problems – whether you find them in the natural environment or in social systems. Participants will learn what makes a system a system, and why systems thinking is so useful and so necessary in our world. You’ll learn the ways and habits of systems thinking, as well as how to apply these habits. You’ll learn about some systems thinking tools, such as causal loops and behavior over time graphs, and how to identify feedback loops. You’ll use the “iceberg model” to deepen your understanding of leverage points for change. At the end, you’ll put it all together – applications and practice. Learning will occur through hands-on activities such as: small group conversations, large group dialogue, individual reflection, system thinking games, viewing personal stories through a new lens, and the collaborative exploration of complex problems. Both instructors’ intense interest in the natural world has been enriched through the study and application of systems thinking, instructors are About the Instructors: Steven Byers, M.A., M.S. – Steve designs and hosts learning conversations for teams, organizations, and communities seeking significant change through a shift in thinking. His clients include government agencies, corporations, schools, Veterans, grassroots groups, and anyone wanting to create and nurture community. In his work he emphasizes the power of good questions to generate meaningful conversations; and Colleen Ponto, Ed.D. – Colleen Ponto teaches at Seattle University where she is a core faculty member of the Organization Systems Renewal Graduate Program which specializes in helping adult learners to become designers and leaders of systemic organizational change. Colleen also leads a nonprofit organization in her community focusing on creating a sustainable future through park preservation, community collaboration, and innovative educational experiences. Registration is $195 , and there is a $155 reduced tuition for students, and other categories. To register online go to http://e2ma.net/go/2293394511/2081509/77691358/7719/goto:https://nwetc.org/registration_process/reg_sust-304_11-09_seattle/registration.htm . For more information call 206-762-1976.

650 South Orcas Street, Suite 220

This 8 hour class is about systems thinking, systems in the natural world, and ways to increase your ability to address complex problems. The class will give you the competence and confidence to start using systems thinking in your organizations and communities to better understand complex problems – whether you find them in the natural environment or in social systems. Participants will learn what makes a system a system, and why systems thinking is so useful and so necessary in our world. You’ll learn the ways and habits of systems thinking, as well as how to apply these habits. You’ll learn about some systems thinking tools, such as causal loops and behavior over time graphs, and how to identify feedback loops. You’ll use the “iceberg model” to deepen your understanding of leverage points for change. At the end, you’ll put it all together – applications and practice. Learning will occur through hands-on activities such as: small group conversations, large group dialogue, individual reflection, system thinking games, viewing personal stories through a new lens, and the collaborative exploration of complex problems. Both instructors’ intense interest in the natural world has been enriched through the study and application of systems thinking.

About the Instructors: Steven Byers, M.A., M.S. – Steve designs and hosts learning conversations for teams, organizations, and communities seeking significant change through a shift in thinking. His clients include government agencies, corporations, schools, Veterans, grassroots groups, and anyone wanting to create and nurture community. In his work he emphasizes the power of good questions to generate meaningful conversations; and Colleen Ponto, Ed.D. – Colleen Ponto teaches at Seattle University where she is a core faculty member of the Organization Systems Renewal Graduate Program which specializes in helping adult learners to become designers and leaders of systemic organizational change. Colleen also leads a nonprofit organization in her community focusing on creating a sustainable future through park preservation, community collaboration, and innovative educational experiences. Registration is $195 , and there is a $155 reduced tuition for students, and other categories. To register online go to http://e2ma.net/go/2293394511/2081509/77691358/7719/goto:https://nwetc.org/registration_process/reg_sust-304_11-09_seattle/registration.htm. For more information call 206-762-1976.

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Guided Tour of Georgetown Power Plant

Guided Tour of the Georgetown Power Plant
Saturday, December 12, Georgetown Power Plant Museum, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
6605 13th Avenue S
Steam meets, free and open to the public, are held on the 2nd Saturday of each month, from 10am until 2pm. Steam meets include operating hot gas, gasoline, air, and steam engines, beverages, snacks, and guided plant tours including oral history and dynamic display of plant engines. Cited below are some links to videos and photos of this local but hardly-known cultural and engineering feature:
http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-6210580512035483148#
http://flickr.com/photos/espressobuzz/sets/72157621451817510/
http://flickr.com/photos/vwguy/sets/72157606651279302/
http://flickr.com/photos/artvixn/sets/72157607292705402/

6605 13th Avenue S

Steam meets, free and open to the public, are held on the 2nd Saturday of each month, from 10am until 2pm. Steam meets include operating hot gas, gasoline, air, and steam engines, beverages, snacks, and guided plant tours including oral history and dynamic display of plant engines. Cited below are some links to videos and photos of this local but hardly-known cultural and engineering feature:

West Seattle Crop Circle

The West Seattle Crop Circle is a monthly Circle for food gardeners in West Seattle to share experiences, ask and answer questions, and create community.

    More information at www.gleanit.org (Community Harvest of SW Seattle). To join the discussion and receive announcements of future Crop Circle updates you can join the yahoo group at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/WestSeattleCropCircle/join.

    The location is at the Common House of the Duwamish Cohousing Community (access via Brandon or Dawson from the north and Myrtle from the south).

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    Podcasts from 2009 SWS Festival

    Podcasts from the 2009 Sustainable West Seatle Festival Online
    See the Program Guide or the Festival Schedule for the 2009 Sustainable West Seattle Festival to review the speakers and musical acts. Click on the links below to listen to the presentation (MP3 files):
    Opening Ceremony, Cecile Hansen and Duwamish Drummers and Dancers
    Opening Remarks, Building Resiliency in our Local Communities Bill Reiswig, President/Co-Founder, Sustainable West Seattle
    Jim McDermott, US Congressman, Washington – 7th District
    Vic Opperman, President/Founder of SCALLOPS
    Dow Constantine, West Seattle Transportation
    Panel on Local Food Resilience
    Erick McWayne, Reskilling for the Green Economy
    Madeline Ostrander, Community Resilience
    Stacy Noland, Growing Green Collar Jobs for All
    A History of West Seattle: From Loghouse to Longhouse
    Mike McGinn, Building Resilient Cities
    Closing Ceremony
    Also, the Cool Moms produced an eco-story Puppet Show, the audio of which is as compelling as the live performance. Listen again to the characters of the Cool Moms puppet show as they describe their world.
    Several of the musical performers at the Festival have also given permission to publish the recordings of their music:
    Robert Stewart Acoustic rock & soul. Stewart is the founder of, and front man for popular Seattle-area band The Fiasco
    $4 Shoe Boot-stomping bluegrass jam and old-time Southern hootenanny

    Podcasts from the 2009 Sustainable West Seatle Festival are now online.

    See the Program Guide or the Festival Schedule for the 2009 Sustainable West Seattle Festival to review the speakers and musical acts. Click on the links below to listen to the presentation (MP3 files):

    Several of the musical performers at the Festival have also given permission to publish the recordings of their music:

    • Robert Stewart – Robert Stewart Acoustic rock & soul. Stewart is the founder of, and front man for popular Seattle-area band The Fiasco.
    • $4 Shoe – $4 Shoe Boot-stomping bluegrass jam and old-time Southern hootenanny,

    Self-Reporting Bike Hazard/Crash Website

    New Self-reporting Bike Hazard/Risk/Crash Website Operational
    bikewise.org
    Bikewise is run by Cascade Bicycle Club, in partnership with sustainability activist and software developer Phil Mitchell. It’s based in Seattle, Washington, but this site is meant to be useful anywhere in the world. Bikewise was started with the conviction that biking could be made safer and more fun by gathering good data on the things that sometimes go wrong. To navigate the site, select one of the focus areas (cited below) and then click “change location” to view Seattle, Bellevue and other areas.
    Crashes: It’s estimated that 75% or more of all crashes go unreported. We believe that by gathering detailed information on how and why crashes happen, we’ll be able to ride smarter. Also, we hope that knowing where crash hotspots are will help us to identify issues with traffic behavior and road design.
    Hazards: How many times have you ridden past a dangerous sewer grate or overgrown vegetation and wished there were someplace to report it? Now there is. We aim to not only collect hazard reports, but to pass these on to the appropriate authorities. (Please note: we’re still putting this part of the system in place.)
    Thefts: Tracking where and how bikes get stolen is a key part of making preventing thefts. We’re currently working on other pieces of this system, so that if your bike does get stolen, you have a better chance of getting it back. More to come on that.
    Contact the group through support@bikewise.org and check out the website – http://bikewise.org.

    A newew self-reporting bike hazard/risk/crash website is now operational at bikewise.org.  Bikewise is run by Cascade Bicycle Club, in partnership with sustainability activist and software developer Phil Mitchell. It’s based in Seattle, Washington, but this site is meant to be useful anywhere in the world. Bikewise was started with the conviction that biking could be made safer and more fun by gathering good data on the things that sometimes go wrong. To navigate the site, select one of the focus areas (cited below) and then click “change location” to view Seattle, Bellevue and other areas.

    1. Crashes: It’s estimated that 75% or more of all crashes go unreported. We believe that by gathering detailed information on how and why crashes happen, we’ll be able to ride smarter. Also, we hope that knowing where crash hotspots are will help us to identify issues with traffic behavior and road design.
    2. Hazards: How many times have you ridden past a dangerous sewer grate or overgrown vegetation and wished there were someplace to report it? Now there is. We aim to not only collect hazard reports, but to pass these on to the appropriate authorities. (Please note: we’re still putting this part of the system in place.)
    3. Thefts: Tracking where and how bikes get stolen is a key part of making preventing thefts. We’re currently working on other pieces of this system, so that if your bike does get stolen, you have a better chance of getting it back. More to come on that.

    Contact the group through support@bikewise.org and check out the website – http://bikewise.org.