Youth Community Meeting

The Seattle Youth Commission, formerly the Mayor’s Youth Council, will be hosting their annual youth community meetings in five different areas of Seattle: Central, Southeast, Northeast, Ballard, and Southwest.  The Southwest meeting is at the Delridge Community Center Saturday, December 12.

Share your thoughts, opinions, and solutions about the issues today’s youth are facing with the Seattle Youth Commission, formerly the Mayor’s Youth Council, so they can bring these issues to the attention of City Council and the Mayor!!

As an extra incentive, food will be provided by the Mayor’s office. For more information, contact Jenny Frankl, Mayor’s Youth Council Program Coordinator at 206-733-9588 or  (cell) 206-979-2266.

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Northwest Wine Academy Tastings

Come taste new releases, mingle with friends and enjoy the holiday with us! Free and open to the public – the 2009 Holiday Wine Tasting Event at the Northwest Wine Academy at South Seattle Community College.

  • Wine Gift Baskets loaded with our award winning wines and goods from our pastry arts program
  • Latest Releases include: 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon, 2007 Cabernet Franc, and 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon/Syrah Blend
  • Whites include: award winning 2008 Chardonnay (while it lasts) and 2008 White Table Wine
  • All our wines are offered at a 20% discount – promotional offer to join our wine club – no charge!

The event occurs over two days this week – Friday, December 11th 3:00 – 7:00 pm and again Saturday, December 12th noon – 4:00 pm.

The Wine Academy is located in the WINE and WELDING building on campus, alongside Bernie’s Pastry Shop and Cascade Court, near Automotive and the NORTH ENTRY – look for the Northwest Wine Academy signs.  For more information contact Regina Daigneault, Northwest Wine Academy, Wine Technology Coordinator at 206-764-7942 or (cell) 206-229-4790 or visit the Wine Academy website at  http://nwwineacademy.southseattle.edu/.  A Campus map is at this URL http://www.southseattle.edu/campus/campmap.htm.

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SWS Tool Library Planning Meetings

The steering committee for the Tool Library project has been meeting every other Tuesday at 7pm at Uptown Espresso (4301 SW Edmunds St.) near Alaska Junction in West Seattle, and you’re certainly invited to join our efforts.

As we look towards an impending 2010 opening, the steering committee has been investigating a number of issues, such as insurance, funding, tool inventory, location, community demand, and potential partnerships. Read more

Large Projects Matching Fund Grant Deadline

The Department of Neighborhoods Large Projects Matching Fund Grant application deadline is 5:00 pm, Monday, February 8, 2010.

The Large Project Fund is for projects up to $100,000.

The grant application form is available for download here – Large Projects Fund application form. Further information on the Large Matching Fund program is available at this link http://seattle.gov/neighborhoods/nmf/largeproject.htm.

The application form must be handed in to a City of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods office.  The location of all DON offices is at this link http://www.cityofseattle.net/neighborhoods/nsc/.  For West Seattle projects west of 35th Avenue SW, hand them into the Southwest District DON office at 4205 SW Alaska St., Stan Lock is the DON Neighborhood liaison.  For West Seattle projects east of 35th Avenue SW, hand them into the Delridge Neighborhoods District DON office at 5405 Delridge Way S.W, Ron Angeles is the DON Neighborhood liaison.

Small & Simple Matching Fund Grant Deadline

The Department of Neighborhoods Small & Simple Matching Fund Grant application deadline is 5:00 pm, Monday, January 11, 2010.

The Department of Neighborhoods recently changed the dollar amount and the deadline for these grants.  The new grant limit is $20,000, up from $15,000.

The grant application form is available for download here – Small and Simple Projects Fund application form.  Further information on the Small and Simple grant program is available at this link http://www.cityofseattle.net/neighborhoods/nmf/smallandsimple.htm.

The application form must be handed in to a City of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods office.  The location of all DON offices is at this link http://www.cityofseattle.net/neighborhoods/nsc/.  For West Seattle projects west of 35th Avenue SW, hand them into the Southwest District DON office at 4205 SW Alaska St., Stan Lock is the DON Neighborhood liaison.  For West Seattle projects east of 35th Avenue SW, hand them into the Delridge Neighborhoods District DON office at 5405 Delridge Way S.W, Ron Angeles is the DON Neighborhood liaison.

Ethnobotany in the Pacific Northwest

Identify edible and medicinal plants right in your own backyard

Join EOS Alliance and Lindsay Huettman, from the Wilderness Awareness School, in learning about edible and medicinal plants native to the Pacific Northwest. This workshop will involve plant identification and information on practical uses for the plants you see growing right in your own backyard.

This is a two-part workshop:

ECO-338A: Thursday January 7, 7:00 P.M. – 9:00 P.M., Evening Lecture

ECO-338B: Saturday January 9, 10:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M., Outdoor Exploration

Registration is $10 per workshop ($20 for both) or  $5 off if you register for both workshops ECO-338C.  Space is limited so please Register!  Thursday’s workshop will be at the EOS Office, 650 S Orcas Street, Suite 220, (in Georgetown) and Saturday’s workshop will be at the Maple School Natural Area at S Lucile St & 20th Ave S, (on Beacon Hill).

Lindsay Huettman teaches at the Wilderness Awareness School located in Duvall, Washington. She is the Outreach coordinator as well as Youth School instructor. She completed a degree at Western Washington University in Ethnobotany Stewardship Education. Lindsay also has a background in organic farming, landscaping, horse packing and training, home school support and is avid about plants in biochemistry.

A handbook on Native Plant Stewardship is available online through the Washington Native Plant Society

West Point Water Treatment Facility Tour

Where does your water come from? Where does it all go? Find out answers to these questions, learn tips to conserve water, and ways to protect Puget Sound!

The EOS Alliance is hosting a guided tour of the West Point Water Treatment Plant at Discovery Park to see what happens to all of those things we put down the drain. We’ll also learn about some the chemicals that wind up in the Puget Sound, how they get there, and what we can do to keep them out of the system.

There are a few groundrules:

  • Plan to arrive 10 minutes early
  • Dress for the weather; portions of the tour are outside.
  • Wear closed-toe walking shoes – treatment plants are industrial facilities.

EOS will have:

  • Professional guides to lead the group
  • Presentation about the Cedar River Watershed
  • Drinks and snacks to be had before we head outside
  • Faucet aerators and low flow showerheads for all who attend

Registration is $10 (includes presentation, tour, water conservation devices, drinks and snacks) and can be accomplished here register online. Please register in advance. You may register via the link or by calling EOS Alliance at 206-762-2553.

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Central Library Lecture on Seattle Civil Engineer R. H. Thomson

The Seattle Public Library is presenting an illustrated lecture by William H. Wilson  on the life and career of Reginald Heber Thomson, the city engineer who shaped Seattle’s infrastructure a century ago. Wilson presents a comprehensive, critical examination of key events and forces that shaped the man who shaped our city. Join us at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12 in the Microsoft Auditorium at the Central Library.

William Wilson has a recently published University of Washington Press history of Thomson.  Here’s the Seattle Library blurb on Wilson’s book – “Boyhood and adolescence in Indiana — Young manhood in California — The early years in Seattle — Thomson’s work in context — The sewers — The Cedar River water system — The regrades — The railroads, lighting, and the ship canal — The public and private life of an engineer — The Port Commission, Strathcona Park, the Times, and the Sun — Politics, consulting, and family — The return to city engineering and the fight with James D. Ross — More engineering and the later years — “R.H.” : the meaning of a busy life.

If you’re interested in checking out the book – this link takes you to the Library catalog and reservation service for the Wilson history.

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Urban Forest Restoration Work Party-14th & Holly

Nature Consortium is hosting an urban forest restoration work party at the Riverview Playfield area, 14th Ave. SW & SW Holly St..  Email volunteer@naturec.org to sign up.

RSVP is mandatory for all work parties as the locations vary.    Email Marisa at volunteer@naturec.org or call 206-923-0853, and please provide your name, phone, email, and work party date of interest.)

Email Mark Tomkiewicz (buphalo) at buphalo@naturec.org or call 206-930-9025 if you would like to book a separate date for a group.  Minimum RSVP is for 10 people.

Nature Consortium hosts volunteer work parties year round several times per week. Currently we are working Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday from 10am-2pm in the West Duwamish Greenbelt located in West Seattle.  Each work party begins with a short informal forest ecology workshop. During the fall and winter we remove invasive species, mulch, and plant native plants and trees in the Seattle’s largest remaining forest!  Other seasons are devoted to maintenance and monitoring.  Performing artists “play in the woods” during many of our work parties, and include singers, instrumentalists, and dancers.

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