Emergency Preparedness Class Scheduled @ Delridge

The Seattle Emergency Management folks continue to stress the Seattle Neighborhoods Actively Prepare program.  SNAP involves local citizens and neighborhood associations doing three things to prepare for an emergency or disaster.

The three steps are:

  1. Store emergency drinking water
  2. Create an out-of-area contact
  3. Practice drop, cover and hold

Information is available in 14 languages on the Office of Emergency Management website, English-language material is available at http://www.seattle.gov/emergency/prepare/language/english.htm and the other 13 languages are available from that same website.

This campaign focuses on three easy steps that don’t take a lot of time, don’t cost a lot of money, and best of all, get people on their way to being safe and self-sufficient after any emergency or disaster. The more we prepare today, the less we’ll worry about later! For questions, give the Office of Emergency Management a call at 206-233-5076 for more information or go to the website.

Coming up for West Seattle is a SNAP class (personal preparedness and neighborhood organization) on Tuesday, June 8, 6:30 pm -7:45 pm, Delridge Branch Library, 5423 Delridge Way SW.[mappress]

Grand Opening of the West Seattle Tool Library is June 12!

West Seattle Tool Library

Listen to the AM 1090 radio interview with Patrick Dunn, SWS treasurer and Tool Library principal.  It’s a fun and informative 5 minutes.

Stop by the West Seattle Tool Library on June 12 between 9 am and 2 pm for our Grand Opening!

Be there at 12:30 for the ribbon cutting and pizza from Red Star Pizza!!

You’ll be able to see the entire collection, check out tools, see tool demonstrations and even donate more tools if you haven’t had a chance to clean out your garage yet. All donations are tax-deductible.

The Tool Library is located on the North end of South Seattle Community College (at the horticulture area). For more information about the West Seattle Tool Library, including hours and other details, visit http://www.sustainablewestseattle.org/tool-library.

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Great City Hosts Transition Seattle Discussion

Great City is hosting a discussion on Transition Seattle at GGLO Space at the Steps, 1301 First Ave., Level A, this Thursday, June 10, from noon to 1:30 pm. Enter through door located about 1/4 of the way down the Harbor Steps.

The International Transition Network originated in the UK and now includes hundreds of communities worldwide. Members of the local chapter – Transition Seattle – will be presenting at Great City’s brown bag session.

Transition Seattle is an organization that supports and encourages local networks of community groups in building resilient, re-localized economies, jobs and communities as we prepare to weather the challenges of peak oil, climate change and economic uncertainty. To raise awareness about the chronic addiction to carbon-based fuels that underpins every aspect of our lives, Transition Seattle organizes classes, movies, meetings, parties and other informal get-togethers. By writing long-term Energy Descent Action Plans, Transition Seattle will take the lead on engaging the community and local authorities on the neighborhood and regional scale. These plans will include ideas for how Seattle is going to respond in a resilient, positive way as energy costs soar and impact all systems including transportation, food, and public health and safety.

To learn more about the organization before you arrive at the Brown Bag session, you can watch this interview with the author of the Transition Handbook and see how Bloomington, Indiana plans to become a Transition Town.


  • Leo Brodie is a co-founder of Transition Seattle and serves on the Steering Committee of Sustainable NE Seattle, which is both a SCALLOPS (Sustainable Communities ALL Over Puget Sound) group and an official Transition Initiative. Leo and his wife, Cynthia Clay, own and run a training and development company (NetSpeed Learning Solutions). Leo holds a Permaculture Design Certification and is the author of several books on computer programming.
  • Ron Harris-White is a loaned Seattle Public Utilities Executive working for the Seattle Parks & Recreation Superintendent’s Office. Ron develops strategies for the organization as it relates to community building and manages the City’s Clean & Green Seattle Initiative and is currently Parks’ liaison to the Mayor’s Office on issues related to urban food systems. For the past few years, Ron’s assignments have involved the City of Seattle’s grassroots climate action campaign and the development of Seattle’s Race & Social Justice Initiative. A National Urban Fellow, Ron has more than twenty years of professional experience in policy, public relations, local government relations and strategic planning. Included in a long list of successful strategies are the Cedar River Watershed Habitat Conservation Plan, City of Seattle ESA response and Seattle Public Utilities water conservation efforts. Ron has received several awards for his work including the 2008 Seattle Management’s Award for program excellence, 2008 ASPA Annual Conference Presenter, 2007 Seattle Management Association Award for Management, 2003 NW Emmy Award for “Salmon in the City.” Ron holds two masters degrees and currently co-chairs the King County Food and Fitness Initiative (KCFFI).
  • Phyllis Shulman has worked for twelve years as a Senior Legislative Advisor to Seattle City Council President Richard Conlin. She is responsible for strategic policy recommendations, civic engagement, and development of new initiatives on a myriad of issues effecting Seattle and the region. She is currently assisting Councilmember Conlin in implementing a broad policy initiative–the Resilient City Strategy–which involves integrating policy and programs related to climate change and adaptation, carbon neutrality, local food policy, economic renewal, emergency preparedness, social justice, neighborhood planning and environmental policy. She also has the honor of working on a number of complex regional transportation issues including the replacement of SR 520 and the Alaskan Way Viaduct.
  • Cathy Tuttle, Ph.D. spent seven years working for the City of Seattle as a planner for the Planning Commission and Seattle Parks, before she decided to build community from the community side of the equation. Cathy is now helping to launch and coordinate many community groups including Transition Seattle, SCALLOPS, Sustainable Wallingford, Spokespeople and 350 Washington State. Cathy writes for Urban Farm Hub, and is on the Boards of Seattle Tilth and Wallingford Community Council.


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:

For more information contact gpmuseum@juno.com or 206-763-2542


Lowman Beach CSO on Next Parks Board Agenda

The Seattle Parks Board June 10 meeting will be at the  Activity Resource Center at Woodland Park Zoo, – located near the West Entry. Commissioners will tour the new West Entry at 5:00 pm. Members of the public are welcome.

The meeting begins at 7:00 pm and includes the annual briefing on the Woodland Park Zoo and a briefing on the Lowman Beach ParkKing County Combined Sewer Overflow Project.

For more information, contact Sandy Brooks, Park Board Coordinator at 206-684-5066 or check out their website  www.seattle.gov/parks/parkboard.

Current Park Board Commissioners are:

  • Neal Adams, Vice Chair
  • John Barber
  • Terry Holme
  • Jourdan Keith
  • Diana Kincaid
  • Donna Kostka
  • Jackie Ramels, Chair

The Agenda for this meeting is:

  • I. Call to Order 7:00 p.m.
    • Consent Items:
    • Approve June 10 Agenda; May 13 and 27 minutes; Acknowledgment of Correspondence
  • II. Superintendent’s Report 7:05
  • III. Oral Requests and Communication from the Audience 7:20 (for subjects that have not had or are not scheduled for a public hearing) NOTE: Speakers will be limited to 2 or 3 minutes each, to be determined by the chair and based upon # of people testifying. A maximum of 10 minutes testimony will be heard during Oral Requests portion of the agenda. Testimony in excess of 10 minutes will be heard prior to “Old/New Business”
  • IV. Briefing: Woodland Park Zoo Annual Report 7:30 Presented by Zoo Director Deborah Jensen and Deputy Director Bruce Bohmke
  • V. Briefing: Lowman Beach Park-King County’s Combined Sewer 7:55  Overflow Project, Presented by Kevin Stoops, Seattle Parks Director of Planning and Development
  • VI. Old/New Business 8:20
    • Committee Reports
  • VII. Adjourn 9:00

*Times listed for all agenda items are approximate & agenda items may not be taken in the order listed. Please address all correspondence to: voice mail: 206 684-5066 or Sandy Brooks, Coordinator e-mail: sandy.brooks@seattle.gov


SSCC’s Wine Academy Has New Wine Releases

You’re invited, compliments of the Northwest Wine Academy, to our Rescheduled Summer Wine Release:

  • Friday, June 11 – 3:00 to 7:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, June 12 – 12:00 to 4:00 p.m.

The event takes place in the NWWA Winery, WWB 112, on the campus at South Seattle Community College.

Sample our Student-made 09 Chardonnays, 09 Late Harvest Viognier, 09 Rhone-style White Blend, and Seattle Wine Awards Silver Medalist, 07 Cabernet Franc

If you have questions, please contact Regina Daigneault (rdaigneault@sccd.ctc.edu) 206-764-7942, or Michele Foley (mfoley@sccd.ctc.edu) 206-764-7955.


Town Hall Meeting @ Alki for Water Taxi

Join the King County Water Taxi District for a Town Hall meeting at Alki Community Center.

  • Learn about the West Seattle Water Taxi and King County Ferry District
  • Meet your District King County Councilmember and Ferry District Chair, Jan Drago
  • Provide feedback on the Water Taxi and Shuttle service

Wednesday, June 9th, 7:00 p.m.  to 8:00 p.m. at the Alki Community Center, 5817 SW Stevens Street.

For more information or questions, please contact director@kingcountyferries.org or call King County Councilmember Drago’soffice at 206-296-1008.

Nearly a century ago a “Mosquito Fleet” of small boats linked the communities that ring Lake Washington and Puget Sound. These vessels provided vital transportation connections.

In April 2007, the King County Ferry District (KCFD) was created to expand transportation options through water taxi services. King County Council members are the Ferry District Board of Supervisors.


Help Seattle Public Library – Take Online Survey

The Seattle Public Library Needs Your Help

Susan Hildreth, Seattle’s City Librarian, is asking every Seattle Library user to take an online survey which will help to shape the LIbrary’s role and services through 2015.

The survey can be accessed by clicking here.

It is important that we hear from all members of the community. Whether you’re in the library several times a week or you haven’t used us in years, the Library wants to hear from you. According to Susan Hildreth, the Library’s goal is to provide services and resources that meet your needs and the survey is one means for library staff to help assess that requirement.

The survey will be available through Sunday, May 16. It is part of the Library’s strategic planning process, which is generously funded by The Seattle Public Library Foundation. For more information, please visit Strategic Planning on the Seattle Public Library website http://www.spl.org.

Morgan Community Festival – More Bands, More Food

June 12, 11:00 am – 6:30 pm Morgan Community Festival, Morgan Park & parking lot behind Zeeks/Feedback Lounge.

Mark your calendars now, we’re going to have our 5th festival this year, in the same location as last year.

Seven bands will be playing and The Bubbleman will entertain all the kids (5:15 p.m.) The Bite of Morgan will also return!

For more information check out the kiosk in Morgan Junction Park.

Music and Events Schedule for the day:


Recreation Technology Internships for Youth Announced

Seattle Parks and Recreation is seeking summer interns for their Recreation Technology program. “RecTech” develops skills, trains tomorrow’s leaders; applications are due May 28

Seattle Parks and Recreation and the Associated Recreation Council (ARC) invite youth ages 14-18 to apply for work as interns in the Recreation Technology or “RecTech” program for this coming 2010 Summer.

These internships provide young people with important skills in today’s tech-savvy world. The program will bring them up to date on various tech skills and help make them more employable.

There are openings for interns in these technology areas in:

  • Digital Darkroom and Photojournalism at Delridge Community Center. This internship will provide an overview of the digital imaging process and will cover the basics of photojournalism.
  • Video Production at Garfield Community Center. In this session, the interns will spend the summer behind a camera and holding a microphone. It will include workshops in video production, theater, and creative writing.
  • Web Design at South Park Community Center. Interns in this program will learn web design, graphic design, HTML, and interactive animations.

All internships run from July 12 through August 26, Monday through Friday, 1 to 5 p.m.

Applicants should be sure:

  • They are enrolled in high school during the 2010-11 school year, or graduated in 2010.
  • They have some skills in computer and Internet basics and common software applications, or a desire to learn them.
  • They have good interpersonal skills, including the desire to work with others.

The Associated Recreation Council is a nonprofit organization and partner of Seattle Parks and Recreation that offers a variety of recreational and lifelong learning programs, classes and activities to citizens throughout Seattle.  For more information on the RecTech program,see http://www.seattle.gov/parks/centers/labs.htm.

For information on how to apply, please send or drop off completed applications to Carl Dwyer, Associated Recreation Council, 860 Terry Ave. N, Suite 101 (the Armory at Lake Union Park), Seattle, WA 98109. Applications are due by 5 p.m. Friday, May 28.