Sustainable Landscaping Classes at SSCC

Learn how to create a beautiful, eco-friendly, low-maintenance garden.

In four sessions you will learn the importance and benefits of design, proper plant care, including pruning, and how to chose the right plants for your style, garden conditions, and budget.

These classes are suitable for both new and experienced gardeners who want to be greener.  The classes are taught by Pat Reh, Northwest Botanicals, Inc., and take place at South Seattle Community College from April 14th through May 5th, from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm.  Course registration is $75 and can be done online by clicking here or by phoning 206-764-5339.

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Another Tool Donation Chance at CHOSS Veggie Start Sale

If you have any tools sitting around dormant and would like to put them to good use in the community, we invite you to donate them to The West Seattle Tool Library during the CHOSS Spring Start Sale on April 17th at the South Seattle Community College Garden Center.

To thank you for your donation to this exciting community resource, The West Seattle Tool Library will buy a free CHOSS veggie start for the first 75 people who contribute a qualified tool during the Spring Start Sale. (Limit one per person.) As always, all donations to the Tool Library are tax deductable.

Only two requirements for tool donations:

  1. they must be in working order; and
  2. non gas powered.

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King County 7th Annual Earth Day Expo @ Westlake

Join others to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Earth Day and let experts show and tell you how easy it really is to live a greener and healthier lifestyle.

You’ll learn easy ways to recycle, green up your ride, volunteer, reduce your carbon footprint, and make your home and garden more Earth friendly.  Look for special discounts and incentives to help you make clean and green choices.

The Expo will also feature activities and educational opportunities for children, including an activity corner, and an appearance by Bert the Salmon – King County’s Environmental Mascot.

For more information go to www.kingcounty.gov/environment/stewardship/being-green.

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

Delridge Produce Coop Hosting 2nd Annual Gathering

Greetings, healthy food supporter!

It’s been a little more than a year since we started this venture, and we’ve succeeded beyond our wildest dreams in raising awareness of Delridge’s food issues and creating support for a produce cooperative.

The next step is to solidify our efforts into a whole with the means to take direct action in opening a produce storefront. We’d like YOU to come to our second annual gathering to tell us how you would make it happe

Come share some yummy borscht soup and bagels with us on this Sunday, April 11th at Southwest Youth and Family Services (4555 Delridge Way SW) from 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm.

This is a great opportunity for you to help bring fresh food to our neighborhood.  For more information contact  Delridge Produce Cooperative at delridgeproducecoop@gmail.com or phone 206-271-1880.

Out for Sustainability Hosts Earth Gay Event

Out for Sustainability is holding its 2010 Earth Gay on April 18.  Earth Gay is an afternoon of service projects and an evening celebration for the whole community.

Service projects take place throughout Seattle and include

For more information contact info@outforsustainability.org, or call 206.295.4734.

Duwamish Alive! Come Help Restore Our River

Duwamish Alive! Restore Our River

On Saturday, April 17, 2010, from 10:00 am  to  2:00 pm join a thousand volunteers to restore the Duwamish River watershed an celebrate the 40th anniversary of Earth Day.  Meet at Terminal 105 Park, 4032 W. Marginal Way

Come join EOS Alliance‘s Sustainability Team and other volunteers to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day!  We will be working at Terminal 105 Natural Area, which is a restoration site near the mouth of the Duwamish River. We will be laying down cardboard and mulch to suppress persistent and pesky invasive weeds that threaten to take over our native plants. Gloves, tools, and snacks will be provided.

Following the restoration event there will be a FREE Earth Day Festival from 2-4 pm at Pathfinder K-8 School, located in the Delridge neighborhood. The Earth Day Festival will provide food, kids’ activities, informational booths, music and special Earth Day surprises!

For more information, and to RSVP for this event, please email Ben Kantner at EOS Alliance at bkantner@eosalliance.org, re: “Duwamish Alive!” by April 16, 2010. Or feel free to call 206-762-2553.[mappress]

Join City Light, Bruce Harrell On Tour of New LED Streetlights

Tuesday night, April 13, Councilmember Bruce Harrell and representatives from City Light are going to conduct a walking tour in a West Seattle Neighborhood to view new LED streetlights that have been installed there. The evening begins at the Lighting Design Lab (2915 4th Ave S) at 7:00 pm where there will be demonstration and discussion of LED streetlights.

From there, people will be shuttled to West Seattle in two vans provided by the City for a walking tour of the two locations where the LED streetlights are being tested:

  • 53rd Ave SW – Between SW Charlestown Street and SW Dakota Street, will be there about 7:45 pm, and
  • 54th Ave SW – Between SW Charlestown Street and SW Dakota Street

As part of City Light and the City Council’s commitment to provide excellent customer service, energy conservation, and identifying new technologies to reduce the Utility’s operational costs, the City will install 5,000 new Light-Emitting Diode (LED) streetlights along residential streets this year and 40,000 LED streetlights in the next five years. The new LED streetlights will cut energy consumption in half and will last 3 times longer than current high-pressure sodium lights. Funding to begin replacing all 40,000 residential streetlights comes from the Federal Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) program. The initialbatch of LED replacements will save the City $300,000 the first year and save $2.4 million annually after all LED streetlights have been installed.

Councilmember Harrell said “In the last two plus years as chair of the Energy, Technology, and Civil Rights Committee, I have focused on making sure the Utility is providing excellent customer service to its residents and directed the Utility to identify new protocols and technologies to reduce cost to the Utility and protect ratepayers. The new LED streetlight plan is an important element of the overall Strategic Plan for the Utility to upgrade its infrastructure, provide excellent customer service, conserve energy, and maintain low rates.”

So, if your Tuesday evening is free, come join the Councilmember and provide neighborly feedback to the Utility so the best lighting level can be provided in your neighborhood.

Earth Day for Kids @ Sculpture Garden

Earth Day for Kids April 17

Celebrate Earth Day! Rain or shine join this family festival. Celebrate all things green–from art, plants to animals! Make art, dance and learn how to make your home more sustainable. Walk, ride or take the bus. Earth Day for Kids is FREE. Earth Day for Kids is proudly co-presented with: The Arboretum, CoolMom, Feet First, Nature Consortium, Sustainable Belltown, Seattle Tilth, Sustainable Seattle.

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Celebrate Urban Nature @ Magnuson Park

From bugs to birds of prey, discover nature in the city!

Join Magnuson Community Center and EarthCorps for the first “Celebrate Urban Nature” event at the center, 7110 62nd Ave. NE, from 10:30 am to 2:00 pm. on Saturday, April 10.

Bring the whole family to enjoy:

  • A tour of the Magnuson Park wetland, before the event at 9 a.m.
  • A free concert by Caspar Babypants, (Chris Ballew, also of the Presidents of the United States), who performs “simple good time sing along music for kids and parents to enjoy together.”
  • Birds of prey from the Woodland Park Zoo’s UP CLOSE program, which provides programs with live animals and keepers for classroom visits.
  • A representative of the marine mammal division of NOAA (National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration), who will talk about seals and whales.
  • Interactive booths and displays including Seattle Bug Safari, which keeps a bug zoo and provides education workshops at schools; Bats Northwest, and the Washington Native Plant Society.
  • Roving Reptiles, with their slithery collection of snakes, lizards, and more.
  • Art and nature activities, including a worm bin, nature crafts, a recycle art workshop, and a class on how to create a bird-friendly garden.
  • Nature-themed carnival games with nature-related prizes,

Seattle Parks’ partner sponsor, EarthCorps, is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to build global community through local environmental service. An AmeriCorps affiliate, EarthCorps trains young adults in best practices for conservation and how to lead volunteers. For more information, please see http://www.earthcorps.org/[mappress]