West Seattle CoolMom Monthly Meeting

The next CoolMom General Meeting will be January 6, at 7:00 to 8:30 pm. Again, it will be a special meeting month.  CoolMom will be at Bridge Park Retirement Living in High Point hosting a Green Cleaning Demo open to all CoolMoms and the community.

Start the New Year off with a new edge on cleaning! CoolMom wants to help families reduce their waste by teaching them some green cleaning methods. West Seattle CoolMom’s Michelle Gaither will be teaming up with Bridge Park Retirement Center, Perfect Touch Cleaning, and American Lung Association, and PCC to provide a clean green demo at Bridge Park Retirement Living Center.

CoolMom is asking members to bring two reusable spray bottles and one glass/plastic bottle -small mouth preferred, to take home your green cleaning products. We are also asking that everyone donate $5.00 for materials.

We are hoping that everyone participating will be able to take home several new green-cleaning products and the knowledge to recreate them in your homes. The goal is that we stop buying expensive, toxic, packaged cleaning products that can cost us money, carbon emissions, produce unnecessary waste and toxic materials into our landfills and water systems.

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Mayor-elect Mike McGinn Town Halls

Mayor-elect McGinn will be hosting three town halls during the transition. The town halls will continue the mayor-elect’s work to hear from community members and will be an opportunity for members of the public to share ideas with the mayor-elect.

The first of these is at Northgate Community Center, 10510 5th Ave. NE, Monday, November 30 at 7:00 pm.

The second of these is at the Langston Huges Performing Arts Center, 104 17th Ave. S., Tuesday, December 1, at 7:00 pm.

And the third and final of these is at the Paul Robeson Performing Arts Center at Rainier Beach HS, 8815 Seward Park Ave. S., Wednesday, December 2, at 7:00 pm.

Sustainable Ballard’s 1st Annual Holiday Free-for-All

Our colleagues at Sustainable Ballard are holding their First Annual Holiday Free-for-All stuff exchange at the Sunset Hill Community Club, 3003 NW 66th St.  Sustainable Ballard is teaming up with the good folks of Freecycle Seattle for a Holiday Free-For-All stuff exchange.

You’ll be able to bring your useful items to re-gift them to someone in need; and you can also come to find something you could use or re-gift. Items should be in good condition, useful, and something the average 12 year old could carry (nothing too bulky, that is). Due to limited space, at this first event we will be limiting what you bring and what you take to 5 items. Please arrive early so that everyone gets to choose from a good variety. Those who stick around will get a chance to add additional items to their takeaway. Leftover items may be donated to the Lifelong AIDS Alliance. Representatives of Sustainable Ballard and Freecycle Seattle will be on hand to answer your questions, and light refreshments will be available. Feel free to bring some holiday treats to share.

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Neighbor Appreciation Day 2010

February 6, 2010 will mark Seattle’s 16th annual Neighbor Appreciation Day. It is a time to reach out to our neighbors — to create new bonds and to express our thanks for the neighbors in our lives.

History of Neighbor Appreciation Day

The celebration began in 1995 when Phinney Ridge activist Judith Wood suggested that the City designate “a special day to celebrate the goodness in those around us and to reach out and strengthen our bonds to each other.” Mayor Norm Rice responded by proclaiming the Saturday before Valentine’s Day as Neighbor Appreciation Day. The observance has grown every year since!

Neighbor Appreciation Day is a grassroots celebration. People and organizations organize block parties, open houses, award ceremonies, potluck dinners, and work parties to recognize and encourage caring neighbors. In addition, Seattle Department of Neighborhoods sponsors an art contest for K-12 students in Seattle. The winners of the contest have their art featured on Neighbor Appreciation Day greeting cards distributed free throughout Seattle in recognition of caring neighbors.

Planning an Event?

If your organization is planning an activity for Neighbor Appreciation Day, you can include it on our special online events calendar. Just visit our events page, www.seattle.gov/neighborhoods/calendar, hit the link for “Submit an Event” on the upper left-hand column, read the “How to Submit…” and policy guidelines, and complete the form. You’ll note on the form there is a section called DON Programs, so be sure to select Neighbor Appreciation Day.

The Neighbor Appreciation Day events calendar will be posted on the Department of Neighborhoods website beginning mid-December. It will also be shared with the Mayor’s Office, Seattle City Council and the media. There is no deadline for submitting events. If you have questions, please contact Wendy Watson at wendy.watson@seattle.gov or by phone at 206-684-0719.

Free Neighbor Appreciation Greeting Cards

Seattle Department of Neighborhoods produces free greeting cards available to Seattle residents, schools, and community organizations that want to acknowledge the good work of their immediate neighbors and others who help make their neighborhood a special place to live.

If you want to order greeting cards for larger events, contact Wendy Watson at wendy.watson@seattle.gov or 206-684-0719. Beginning in mid-January, you can pick up cards at Seattle City Hall, Seattle Department of Neighborhoods office, the 13 Neighborhood Service Centers, community centers, and libraries throughout Seattle.

Improvements for Matching Fund Applicants

Beginning January, 2010, the Department of Neighborhoods will be using revised guidelines for the Neighborhood Matching Fund programs which make the application easier to use, and which change the dollar amounts involved for both citizen input (worth of an hour of citizen time goes up to $20/hr from $15/hr) and for the upper limit for some of the smaller programs (small grants now allow up to $20,000).

To read more, check out the SWS News page.

Puget Creek Watershed Allies Take Notice

A reminder of the  Puget Creek neighborhood meeting from 7:00 to  9:00 pm, this Wednesday, November 18, at the Sanislo School Library (1812 SW Myrtle).

Find out about the possibility of recreating the former wetland/headwaters and restoring year-round flow, with the use of reclaimed water.  Project Manager, Mark Buscher, of King County’s Reclaimed Water Program will give an overview of King County’s plans to improve wastewater treatment. He will answer questions about what reclaimed water would mean to Puget Creek and our Puget Ridge neighborhood.

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Seattle Comprehensive Plan Update

Seattle Comprehensive Plan Update Starts Nov. 17.  Join former Mayor Norm Rice for the kick-off of a major update of Seattle’s Comprehensive Plan – “Seattle 2030 and Beyond.”  Join your neighbors at the  Miller Community Center, 330 19th Ave E (served by Metro Routes 8, 10, 11, 12, 43 and 48).  Presentation begins at 6:30 pm.

Seattle’s Comprehensive Plan, adopted in 1994, sets policies and goals for a full range of elements that affect how a city will grow, including land use, transportation, housing, capital facilities, utilities, economic development, neighborhood planning, human development, cultural resources and the environment.

How will we meet the growing climate challenges? How can we retain and improve our truly great neighborhoods? How can we accommodate new residential and employment growth? How will we continue to be inclusive and caring? How do we stay competitive and entrepreneurial in the world marketplace?

Our challenge to you – In 150 words or less, describe your Seattle 2030 or Seattle 2050.  Send your comments to: DPD_CompPlan2030Vision@seattle.gov

The best place for you to learn more and get involved is through DPD’s web page www.seattle.gov/dpd/Planning/compplan.  You may also contact Tom Hauger (206 684 8380) or Kristian Kofoed (206 233 7191).

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SSCC Viticulture Wine Tasting

Come join the South Seattle Community College Northwest Wine Academy on Friday, November 20th, from 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the college for their annual pre-Thanksgiving sale!

You’re Invited to Wine Tasting, Including our Award-Winning Wines. Gift Baskets will be on sale just in time for the Holiday Season.  All tasting & culinary treats are free, compliments of the NW Wine Academy. Read more