Guided Tour of Georgetown Power Plant

6605 13th Avenue S

Steam meets, free and open to the public, are held on the 2nd Saturday of each month, from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm. 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:

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    Nature Consortium’s 2nd Annual Brunch Benefit

    The Nature Consortium invites everyone to join them for Nature Consortium’s second annual Brunch Benefit!

    The Brunch is designed for newcomers and supporters alike to learn more about our organization. You will be asked to consider making a contribution. There is no minimum and no maximum gift requested. Nature Consortium staff, volunteers, and program participants will produce an inspirational program. Only a few seats left… RSVP today by contacting Lisa at 206-923-0853 or lisa@naturec.org.  The event is Sunday, March 14th, from Noon – 1:30pm.

    Nature Consortium is a grassroots non-profit organization whose mission is to connect people, arts and nature. Visit www.naturec.org for more information.

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    Think Outside the Box – Citywide Conversations on Your Libraries

    City Librarian Susan Hildreth invites you to join a citywide conversation on Library services.

    • What’s one thing you wish the Library could provide, or change?
    • What’s the role of the Library in our community?
    • What should we be doing in five to 10 years?
    • How should the Library be using new technology?

    Please join City Librarian Susan Hildreth and members of the Library Board  discuss your hopes and dreams for The Seattle Public Library. Feel free to drop in anytime for a few minutes to share your views. With your help, we will develop a strategic plan to guide our growth and services through 2015.

    Later this year library staff also will conduct surveys, hold focus groups and host two citywide public forums that feature expert panelists on key library issues.

    By September, the Library hopes to complete a draft strategic plan, which they will share at meetings across the city. They hope to have a final plan by December.

    Seattle residents helped develop and complete the 10-year “Libraries for All” program to rebuild our facilities. Now it’s time to make sure the services and resources we provide meet your needs.

    Please help us think creatively about the future of Library service. Last year, more than 14 million people visited the Library. We want that number to keep growing.

    On Wednesday, give your opinion at the High Point Library.

    • High Point Branch, 3411 S.W. Raymond St., 206-684-7454, March 3, 4:00 to 6:00 pm
    • Ballard Branch, 5614 22nd Ave. N.W., 206-684-4089, Saturday, March 6, 2:00 to 4:00 pm
    • Beacon Hill Branch, 2821 Beacon Ave. S., 206-684-4711, March 16, 6:00 to 8:00 pm

    If you can’t attend a meeting, but would like to comment, please send an e-mail to strategicplan@spl.org. For more details, please see Strategic Planning on the Library Web site.

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    Urban Green Infrastructure Forum

    Natural Solutions for Stormwater Problems

    The Duwamish River Clean-up Coalition and the EOS Alliance present this free seminar.

    Residents of Seattle are no strangers to rain…or the problems of flooded streets. In addition to being a nuisance, Seattle’s stormwater run-off impairs public safety, parking and vehicle mobility, traffic flow, and ultiamtely the natural environment. Our Seattle community needs a cost-effective and healthy method to deal with stormwater run-off. One solution is natural drainage, low impact development, or other green infrastructure improvements.

    Join DRCC and EOS Alliance in Georgetown for a panel discussion and informational forum focusing on natural drainage in the Seattle area. A panel with members of the government, scientific community, and private sector will offer their perspective on the problem as well as opportunities, and answer questions from the community. Following the panel, there will be a breakout session to give attendees a chance to work in groups to discuss stormwater issues that they are facing. Bring pictures/information showing examples of stormwater problems in your neighborhood!

    Panel Members Are:

    RSVP to bkantner@eosalliance.org, re: “Green Forum” by March 5th

    Refreshments and snacks will be served at 5:30 pm. The forum will start at 6:00 pm with a short introduction to stormwater issues, low impact development, and a local bioswale success story, followed by a panel discussion and Q & A. A breakout session will then lead into a discussion of participants’ stormwater concerns and concluding remarks.

    For more information please email Ben Kantner at EOS Alliance at bkantner@eosalliance.org or call 206-762-2553.

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    Environmental Working Group Tip on Reducing Toxic Dust

    Dust bunnies aren’t just unsightly and sometimes allergenic; they contain toxic chemicals. Why? The many chemicals in and around your homes wind up in your indoor dust when they migrate from home products and come in through open doors and windows and on your shoes. But the good news is it’s pretty easy to keep those dust bunnies at bay — and reduce your family’s toxic exposures, too.

    Read this page from EWG on how to clean up your house and reduce toxins http://www.ewg.org/healthyhometips/toxicchemicalsinhousedust?utm_source=first-link&utm_medium=email&utm_content=toxng&utm_campaign=hht

    Mayor Sets Youth and Family Meetings

    Mayor Mike McGinn invites you to participate in the Youth and Families Initiative, a major initiative announced during his inaugural address, on March 15 at Denny Middle School from 7:00 to 8:30 pm.

    The children and families of our city are facing many difficult challenges. As a community, we need to talk about what we want for our kids and how best to create a healthy, positive and equitable environment for all families in our city.

    Let’s start a discussion together and come up with a plan that works.

    Please attend the Denny workshop, where trained facilitators will lead participants through the beginnings of this group discussion. If you are interested in volunteering with the Initiative, please contact Sol Villarreal in the Mayor’s Office at sol.villarreal@seattle.gov or 206-233-2656.m.

    Activities for kids older than three years of age and light refreshments will be provided at each meeting. If English is not your primary language and you would like translation or interpretation, please notify the Department of Neighborhoods at 684-0464 so we can work to provide the best resources available.

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    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:

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

    Duwamish Alive! Restore Our River Workparties

    On April 17, 2010 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at multiple sites along the Duwamish River, the Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition is hosting restoration work parties.

    Join and help restore critical salmon and other wildlife habitat within the Duwamish watershed at multi-site volunteer work parties. Tools, instructions, and snacks provided! No experience necessary, and work, school, communities, or social networking groups are encouraged to volunteer together.

    DRCC and Puget Soundkeeper Alliance are co-hosting a kayak river cleanup to remove plastic and other debris from the water and tide lines.

    Georgetown Community Council, CleanScapes, and DRCC are also co-hosting a restoration site along 8th Avenue S in Georgetown to install additional native plants in an ‘industrial strength’ rain garden, and other street cleanup activities.

    Or join work parties at any of the 12 sites within the Duwamish watershed! Sign up for a site today at  www.duwamishalive.org.  For more information contact Thea Levkovitz, Coalition Coordinator, or Cari Simson, Program Manager, Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition at 206-954-0218.