Duwamish Longhouse & Cultural Center 1-Year Anniversary

The Duwamish Longhouse & Cultural Center will celebrate its one year anniversary this Saturday, January 30 from 11:00 am  to 5:00 pm. Come hear about the past years’ events and upcoming ones as well as the many visitors to the longhouse. The history of the tribe will be portrayed in the film “Princess Angeline” by Upstream Productions at 1:00 pm and 4:oo  pm. Princess Angeline was Chief Sealth’s oldest daughter. There will be “free” refreshments and a commemorative t-shirt, first come first served.


Seattle Police Accountability System Public Hearing

The Seattle City Council and the Office of Professional Accountability Review Board (OPARB) will jointly host a public hearing on the effectiveness of the City’s police accountability system on Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2010 at 5:30 pm in Seattle City Hall Council Chambers located at 600 4th Ave. Sign-ups for public comment will begin at 5:00 p.m. The hearing will be a joint meeting of the Council’s Labor Policy Committee and Public Safety and Education Committee.

The intent of the hearing is to provide a forum for elected officials to hear directly from the public before the City begins labor negotiations with the Seattle Police Officer’s Guild (SPOG). The current SPOG contract ends December 31, 2010, and negotiations are expected to begin in May 2010.

The City will take into consideration suggestions presented at the hearing as it moves forward in the labor negotiation process with SPOG.

For more information, please contact Betsy Graef in Councilmember Tim Burgess’ office at 206-684-8806.


State Farmers Markets Annual Conference in Renton

The annual Washington State Farmers Market Association conference is coming up in three weeks at Renton Technical College

The conference expanded last year to begin offering courses for small farmers – and it was a big hit. Many people attended that are not even affiliated with farmers markets but wanted to know more. We hope to get the word out again this year to attract more new members and farmers.

The conference schedule is available as a downloadable Word document.


Washington State Environmental Lobby Day 2010

Every year, the Washington environmental community identifies legislative priorities and rallies grassroot support for them during the legislative session. In 2008, the Environmental Priorities Coalition successfully passed all four environmental priorities. It was accomplished through dedicated citizens who are passionate about the environment. In 2009, over 500 citizen advocates descended upon the capitol.

This year, join the state’s leading conservation groups and hundreds of citizen lobbyists to push for the passage of the Environmental Priorities Coalition’s 2010 Legislative Priorities:

  1. The Working for Clean Water bill is about creating jobs, rebuilding our local economies, and cleaning up polluted waterways like Puget Sound and Spokane River.
  2. Safe Baby Bottles to protect children’s health and the environment by phasing out the harmful chemical bisphenol A (BPA) from baby bottles, food and beverage cans, and other consumer products.
  3. Budget for our Environment to ensure adequate funding for the core environmental protections that make Washington State a healthy place to live.

Our goal for 2010 is 600 citizen advocates and the passage of these three priorities. However, in order to be successful, we need your participation on January 26th, so legislators will hear from their constituents and those they are elected to represent.  For details, visit Environmental Priorities Coalition.

During Lobby Day, you will:

  • Learn about the issues: Get briefed by experts on all three priorities.
  • Attend lobbying trainings: Learn the tricks of the trade from top environmental lobbyists.
  • Meet face-to-face with your legislators: Practice the power of persuasion.
  • Attend an important committee hearing on the Capitol campus.
  • Eat well, with a continental breakfast and catered lunch.
  • Celebrate the day with food and drink at our post-event reception!

Register now at http://www.pugetsound.org/forms/lobbyday.  There is bus transportation from the following cities  ($15):

  • Bellingham 5:45 am
  • Mount Vernon 6:30 am
  • Everett 7:15 am
  • Bellevue TBD
  • Seattle 7:45 am
  • Port Townsend 6:00 am
  • Bremerton 7:15 am
  • Tacoma ($10) 8:15 am

The staging area in Olympia is the United Churches of Olympia, 110 East 11th Ave.


25th Annual Artifact ID Day – What Is this Attic Item Anyway?

This Saturday, bring your unidentified objects to the Burke Museum to learn about where they came from and the stories behind them. At the 25th annual Artifact ID Day, curators and other experts from the Burke Museum will identify cultural artifacts from the Northwest Coast, Pacific Islands, and Asia, in addition to specimens from the natural world. No appraisals will be given. A limit of three items per visitor is requested because of the event’s popularity.  View images from last year’s Artifact ID Day by clicking here.

Artifact ID Day is included in the price of museum admission and is FREE for Burke members, which includes all University of Washington students and employees.  The 70-series buses go to the UW campus from downtown, the 21, 22, 37, 54, 55, 56, 57, and 120 buses serve West Seattle to downtown – transfer on 3rd Avenue or in the bus/LR tunnel.


Highline Comm. College Marine Center Lectures

In Spring 2008, Highline Community College opened their new marine science center, one of only two such college-owned facilities in Washington with direct saltwater access, opened in Redondo Beach.

The $2 million Marine Science and Technology Center (MaST) of Highline Community College provides expanded learning opportunities for students, residents of South King County and the entire Puget Sound region.  Including their

Science on the Sound — Speaker Series 2009-2010

Scheduled the 1st and 3rd Saturday of each month, now through June 2010. Talks run from 12 noon to approximately 1:00 pm. Please note, due to holidays, occasionally the timing may change. Check the Marine Science and Technology Center speaker  website for the most current information http://flightline.highline.edu/MAST/SpeakerSeries-2009-10.htm.

For the Winter Quarter, Courses are:

  • January 23, 2010 – How We can get Plastics out of the Sea, with Ron Hirschi, Writer and Marine Environmentalist www.ronhirschi.com
  • February 13, 2010 – Writing on the Sound, with Susan Landgraf, Poet and Professor, Highline Community College
  • February 27, 2010 – Northwest Weather and Renewable Energy with Andy Wappler, Weatherman and Renewable Energy Spokesman – Puget Sound Energy
  • March 13, 2010 – Modeling and visualization of shoreline erosion protection services provided by natural habitats


Seattle Urban Permaculture Courses for Spring-Summer

Seattle Permaculture Now is offering a Permaculture Skills Workshop Series, March through October 2010. Each workshop runs one weekend a month in both Olympia and Seattle. The entire series includes strategies for local food, water, and energy systems that are practical, functional, easy to maintain, and generate abundance while building much-needed skills.

It is Seattle Permaculture Now’s goal to pre-sell the entire workshop series before it begins in March. To meet this goal we are offering a price structure designed to entice individuals and groups to buy part or all of the workshop series. Each workshop is limited to 20 students, which means if 20 groups or individuals step forward to buy the series (in both Seattle and Olympia), we can focus on the workshops themselves rather than marketing efforts, saving us time and money.

One workshop costs $225.  Three workshops prepaid cost $200 each, or $600 total (~10% discount).  All eight workshops prepaid cost $175 each, or $1,400 total (~20% discount).

We would like to respectfully ask you or your group(s) to consider pre-purchasing a workshop package. You will build diverse and easy to replicate skills, network extensively with other groups, build local resilience, increase biodiverse food crops in your city, showcase appropriate technologies, help build strong communities, and support permaculture right-livelihood. There is a wide selection of workshops to choose from, and all it requires is 8 people in your group to commit to $175 each before mid-March.

Seattle Permaculture Now members are available from January through early March to come present to your group to share details and answer questions. Please contact them directly by phone or email to schedule a presentation, or find out more details.  For more information contact Jenny Pell at jennypell@gmail.com or 206-949-0496, or Marisha Auerbach at queenbee@herbnwisdom.com or 360-273-7117.

Neighborhood Service Centers Closed (furlough)

Due to citywide budget cuts, Seattle Department of Neighborhoods (DON) and its Neighborhood Service Centers are required to close offices for 10 furlough days in 2010.

The two DON West Seattle Service centers are the Southwest District Service Center at 4205 SW Alaska Street (next to Rocksport in the Junction), the Delridge Neighborhoods District Service Center at 5405 Delridge Way SW.

The schedule is as follows:

2010 Closure Dates for Furlough:

  • Tuesday, January 19
  • Tuesday, February 16
  • Monday March 15
  • Monday, April 12
  • Tuesday, June 1
  • Tuesday, July 6
  • Monday, August 9
  • Tuesday, September 7
  • Monday, October 11
  • Monday, December 2

Community Meeting for Westcrest Park Reservoir

Seattle Parks and Recreation is planning a new and unique community park on the top of the West Seattle Reservoir at Westcrest Park. Whether you’re hearing about it for the first time, or are already actively involved, we invite you to bring your ideas and creative thoughts to the public meeting. The West Seattle Reservoir is located at 9000 8th Ave SW. This park project is funded by the Parks and Green Spaces Levy approved by Seattle voters in November 2008.

You are encouraged to attend and participate in an idea generating session to plan your new park.

For additional information please visit: http://seattle.gov/parks/projects/west_seattle_reservoir/ or contact Susanne Friedman, 800 Maynard Ave S. Suite 300 Seattle, or phone 206-684-0902, or email  susanne.friedman@seattle.gov.