Learn Proper Tree Pruning

John Reardon, vice president of the Seattle Tree Fruit Society, will teach a basic pruning class at his home orchard in the Delridge neighborhood on Saturday January 9, 10 am to noon. This is a rare chance to learn pruning techniques on well-maintained fruit trees and (fuzzless) kiwi vines.

John is a passionate lay fruit grower who has taught classes for Plant Amnesty, Seattle Tree Fruit Society and City Fruit. He notes: “I enjoy pruning! My goals are to encourage easy picking and to create productive plants. I encourage lots of questions and believe in learning by doing.”

Cost is $15 for City Fruit members and $20 general. Register at Brown Paper Tickets or send a check to City Fruit, PO Box 28577, Seattle 98118.

City Fruit is an organization that helps urban neighborhoods grow and harvest fruit. In 2009 West Seattle residents donated more than 6,600 pounds of fruit to food banks and meals programs. Healthy trees will produce more—and better—fruit, and pruning a tree is one way to maintain its health and vigor. City Fruit is sponsoring the class; the Phinney Neighborhood Association is a co-sponsor.  For more information, contact Gail Savina, City Fruit, gail@cityfruit.org

Technical Workshops for Parks Levy Proposers

Here is a great opportunity to get involved in improving your Seattle parks system. Dedicated community organizations and individuals mounted a grassroots effort to pass the 2008 Parks and Green Spaces Levy, and now Parks is looking for your ideas. This Levy allocates a total of $15 million to the Opportunity Fund which provides for community initiated park projects.

You have the opportunity to propose a park development project and/or propose a piece of property for Parks to acquire. Through a citywide nomination process Parks will award up to $7 million for projects in this first funding cycle of the Opportunity Fund. The Levy’s Citizens Oversight Committee has developed criteria for evaluating, and recommending Opportunity Fund projects to the City Council.

The first of two rounds is open for you to submit your Project Proposal Letter. Parks is hosting four technical workshops to help you develop your Proposal Letter and to answer questions about the Opportunity Fund criteria. Proposal Letters must be submitted by February 1, 2010. The next step is to develop your Application, which is due on April 2, 2010. Sorry, no Applications will be accepted without an initial Proposal Letter.  Visit us at seattle.gov/parks.  For project information please contact Kellee Jones at 206-684-7052, kellee.jones@seattle.gov or Susanne Friedman at 206-684-0902, susanne.friedman@seattle.gov.  For more information on important dates, Project criteria, Project Proposal Letter or Applications, go to http://seattle.gov/parks/levy/opportunity.htm

Technical workshop dates are:

You can download copies of the Proposal Letter from the website or pick them up at any community center, Neighborhood Service Center, or Seattle Public Library Branch.

Make Your Own Cheese – EOS Alliance Course

Reduce your grocery list and increase your fun! Come learn to make feta at this exciting workshop with instructor Jessica Dally. Learning to make feta will give you the building blocks for making more difficult cheeses like cheddar, gouda, and brie without requiring any special equipment. Feta is easy enough for beginners to make and complicated enough to be the next step for someone wanting to expand their cheesemaking knowledge. You’ll come away with knowledge of more complicated cheeses, as well as easy recipes for mascarpone, mozzarella and gouda, and a taste of some homemade feta!

The course will be taught at the EOS Alliance classrooms at 650 S Orcas St., Suite 220.  There is limited space so register online.

Jessica Dally has been a cheesemaker at Samish Bay Cheeses, is experienced in home cheesemaking, and has extensive experience teaching cheesemaking at the Seattle FreeSchool as well as to various community groups.

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Winter Dance Classes at Highland Park

Dance for Joy!  Winter dance classes in  West Seattle at the Highland Park Improvement Club, 1116 SW Holden St.  Classes are on 6 Tuesdays — January 5th through February 9th, 2010.

  • Waltz 1- Beginning (6:15 PM) Beautiful and romantic–we look at slow and turning variations. This is a wonderful place to begin partner dancing.
  • Waltz 2- Intermediate/Advanced Cross-step (7:30 PM) Continue with this beautiful waltz variation, with more complex and lovely moves.
  • Swing 2- Cool Moves (8:45 PM) Get ready for these oh-so-fun and hot moves.

The price is $65 per class for a 6-week session. First-time Dance for Joy! students pay half-price. If you have questions, contact the teacher, Lilli Ann, at lilli@att.net or call 206-264-5646.   To register for any class, go to www.danceforjoy.biz.

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Winter Dance Classes at Highland Park

Dance for Joy!  Winter dance classes in  West Seattle at the Highland Park Improvement Club, 1116 SW Holden St.  Classes are on 6 Tuesdays — January 5th through February 9th, 2010.

  • Waltz 1- Beginning (6:15 PM) Beautiful and romantic–we look at slow and turning variations. This is a wonderful place to begin partner dancing.
  • Waltz 2- Intermediate/Advanced Cross-step (7:30 PM) Continue with this beautiful waltz variation, with more complex and lovely moves.
  • Swing 2- Cool Moves (8:45 PM) Get ready for these oh-so-fun and hot moves.

The price is $65 per class for a 6-week session. First-time Dance for Joy! students pay half-price. If you have questions, contact the teacher, Lilli Ann, at lilli@att.net or call 206-264-5646.   To register for any class, go to www.danceforjoy.biz.

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West Seattle Dance at Hiawatha Community Center

Join friends and neighbors at the Hiawatha Community Center for a West Seattle Dance sponsored by  Sponsored by Seattle Parks and Recreation & Hiawatha Advisory Council.

The first course starts at 7:00 pm and runs t0 8:00 pm and is Beginning Swing or Waltz and includes some dance lessons.

The second course begins at 8:00 pm and  is devoted to Danceing to Swing, Waltz, Blues, and more!

Don’t know how to dance? No worries. There will be mini-lessons throughout the evening to keep you dancing.  Childcare is also available.

Lots of friendly people.  Singles and couples welcome.   There will even be a mixer to help you meet people.  Questions? Contact the instructor and DJ, Lilli Ann Carey at 206-264-5646, www.danceforjoy.biz.  Lessons and dance are $12, Lesson or dance is only $8.  Phone number for the Hiawatha Community Center is 206-684-7441.

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Sustainable West Seattle General Meeting

Note: Because of Martin Luther King Day we will be meeting on Tuesday, January 19.  And, because the Lodge at Camp Long is closed for long-overdue renovations, we will be meeting at the Senior Center of West Seattle, at 4217 SW Oregon St., around the corner from California Ave. SW.

We’re pleased to feature newly-elected Seattle City Councilor Mike O’Brien, a member of the Sierra Club and a member of the Viaduct Stakeholder Committee, at our January meeting.

The Sustainable West Seattle January General Meeting is our general election meeting when members are voted to the Coordinating Council.  The Coordinating Council is the “board of directors” for Sustainable West Seattle (see the SWS Bylaws file swsbylaws200801281.pdf for details).

Sustainable West Seattle is growing and we have room for additional members of the Coordinating Council.  SWS members who wish to help steer the organization and help plan future meetings and work from the inside out are encouraged to consider placing their names in nomination for 2010 Coordinating Council membership.  SWS General Membership votes on CC nominations.  The Coordinating Council (as per the Bylaws) then selects the SWS Officers from the Coordinating Council ranks. Read more

Environmental Working Group’s Healthy Home Tips

The Environmental Working Group publishes a monthly column on ways to make your home healthier and safer.  The latest tip includes how to keep your holiday kitchen in a safe and healthy state.  Check out all seven of EWG’s Healthy Home Tips at http://www.ewg.org/Healthy-Home-Tips-series.  You can sign up for their monthly newsletter and automatically receive environmentally-sound information.  Also, the Environmental Working Group has published and maintains a listing of healthy and environmentally-sound and eco-friendly essays on all kinds of topics – check their essay listings at http://www.ewg.org/healthyhome.

Parks Levy Fund Includes P-Patch Opportunities

Many of you have heard something about the 2008 Parks and Green Spaces Levy which had $156 million for parks and green spaces in Seattle. What you might not know is that $2 million of the levy funds are dedicated to developing P-Patches and community gardens.

The Department of Neighborhoods has just updated their website with relevant information and links about the P-Patch Projects funded by the Parks and Green Spaces Levy.  http://www.seattle.gov/neighborhoods/ppatch/levy.htm

A quick synopsis of the changes:

  • Garden development will focus on 21 neighborhood areas that are currently underserved by the P-Patch Community Gardening Program.
  • Some locations have already been identified and Parks & Rec. Department would like suggestions from you for good potential sites within the priority areas.
  • To make the funds stretch further, garden building is being prioritized over land acquisition.
  • There is an Opportunity Fund for many types of projects proposed by community members.
  • Project Proposal Letters are due on February 1, 2010.

For information please visit the Parks levy web page: http://www.seattle.gov/neighborhoods/ppatch/levy.htm.

If you have additional questions, contact Laura Raymond, P-Patch Program, Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, at 206-615-1787, Laura.Raymond@seattle.gov.