2 Wheels Change Lives – Bicycles for Humanity Drive

Bicycles for Humanity (B4H) is dedicated to shipping bicycles to impoverished areas of the world. B4H’s Seattle chapter will be collecting bikes to send to the KwaZulu-Natal province in South Africa. The bikes will be given to medical personnel, so that they can more easily access remote regions where medical help is greatly needed. Our goal is to collect 500 bikes in May!

On Sunday, May 23, from 8am to 12.30pm, there will be a Bike Drive at the Holy Rosary Parish Center (4152 42nd Ave SW).

Ideally, sturdy mountain-type bikes are the best donation. But, B4H will take any working bicycle, since the need for transportation is great. All donations are tax-deductible.

For more information, contact Patrick Barredo at Holy Rosary (206-937-1488 x204, pbarredo@holyrosaryseattle.org) or Bicycles for Humanity, Seattle (206-728-1777, info@b4hs.org).


Program Manager Position Open for Food/Fitness Initiative

Employment Opportunity

The King County Food and Fitness Initiative (KCFFI) is seeking a .70 Program Manager. The goal of the KCFFI is to support healthy eating and active living among vulnerable children and their families by promoting environments that support healthy behaviors. KCFFI is funded by the W. K. Kellogg Foundation. The Program Manager has primary responsibility and decision making authority for managing the implementation of KCFFI’s Community Action Plan (CAP).

Responsibilities include:

  • Stewarding and overseeing the CAP activities,
  • Representing KCFFI in policy development and implementation activities,
  • Coordinating and integrating activities of collaborating agencies and organizations including program evaluation,
  • Monitoring the performance of subcontractors,
  • taffing the coalition leadership and facilitating meetings.

Successful candidates will have a Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field and four (4) years of progressively responsible experience in a related field including at least one (1) year of supervisory experience; four (4) years project management experience or other experience bringing diverse people together to achieve a common goal (including supervision, budget management, work plan development and monitoring, contract administration, etc.); experience in strategic planning; experience and competence in working in cross-cultural settings with people from diverse economic and racial/ethnic/linguistic backgrounds; proven ability to organize and manage participatory coalitions.

Salary $3000 – $3,500 per month DOE. This position is currently funded through October 2010 and may continue upon renewed funding. Additional funding may increase this position to 1.0 FTE. Position closes on 5/7/2010. For full description of position requirements and to apply visit www.wsujobs.com. Applications must include a resume, cover letter and one professional letter of recommendation. WSU is an EO/AA Educator and Employer.

To Apply

  1. Go to  www.wsujobs.com
  2. Click on “Search Postings” on the left.
  3. In the Location field select “Other” from the drop down menu. The position is listed as “Manager” at WSU King County Extension.
  4. Complete the application on line and attach a
    1. Cover Letter
    2. Resume
    3. One professional letter of

For questions, contact Maggie Anderson (KCFFI Program Coordinator) at 206-205-3186 or Martha Aitken (Director, King Co. Extension Youth and Healthy Living Programs) 206-205-3210.

Help Inventory Tools at Tool Library Tonight

Sustainable West Seattle Tool Library team members will be meeting up at the Tool Library at SSCC (6000 16th Ave SW, North Campus by the Garden Center/Arboretum) tonight at 7:00 pm to continue the work of cataloging, evaluating, and refurbishing the inventory, as well as reviewing some upcoming events, potential partnerships, and marketing plans (along with a couple other things.) Read more

30 Years Later: Mt. St. Helens Review @ Burke

The 30th Anniversary of the Eruption of Mt. St. Helens at the Burke Museum – FREE

The Burke Museum will mark the 30th anniversary of the biggest geological event in the Pacific Northwest of our lifetime – the 1980 eruption of Mt. St. Helens – with an evening of talks, displays, food and drink. View displays of plants and animals collected from the blast zone for research, hear what scientists learned from the eruption itself, and learn about the stunning return of life to the blast zone.  The presentations take place at the Burke on May 18, Thursday, from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm.

Presentations include:

  • 6:15 pm: “The Catastrophic Eruption of Mt St Helens,” with Olivier Bachmann, UW Earth and Space Sciences.  The May 18th, 1980 eruption of Mount St Helens is one of the best studied volcanic eruptions of the past 100 years. Olivier Bachmann, Assistant Professor UW Department of Earth and Space Sciences, will offer his insights as a volcanologist on the eruption of 1980, and his research on volcanic activity around the world.
  • 7 pm: “Into the Blast Zone,” Scott Shane, National Park Service. In 1982, Scott Shane was the first interpretive naturalist to lead a talk in the devastated area of Mt. St. Helens and was the first to publish a book about the eruption. Scott will share his memories, stories, and photographs of the mountain from 1980-1984.
  • 7:30 pm: “It’s Raining Spiders,” Rod Crawford, Burke Museum. Burke Museum curator of arachnids, Rod Crawford, will discuss his work as a member of a large UW team studying the general problems of “survival and revival” at Mt. St. Helens from 1981-86. Rod will share slides about his field work documenting the long distance arrival by air of spiders to the “blank slate” left by the eruption, which astonished him both in number of individuals and of species.
  • 8:15 pm: “How Mt. St. Helens Changed Our Understanding of Primary Succession,” Dr. Roger del Moral, UW Biology. Primary succession is the gradual growth of an ecosystem over a long period of time. Professor Roger del Moral will discuss what scientists have learned about how ecosystems resemble in the aftermath of the eruption of Mt. St. Helens.

This event is co-sponsored by UW Department of Biology and the UW Department of Earth and Space Sciences. This event is free.

BALLE Reinvents Itself As Seattle Good Business Network

This is a long overdue update on the exciting changes mentioned regarding the future of BALLE Seattle. Coming out of Winter 2010 meetings, we have decided to re-organize and re-brand as Seattle Good Business Network with new leadership. Christine Hanna, Colleen Butler, and Derek Hoshiko are joining forces to drive the local living economy agenda forward. We’ve been busy! Please read below for a report on the work we’ve been doing, and exciting events coming up.

New Website: Check out our website at http://www.seattlenetwork.org. It has been updated to reflect our current status – please take a moment to browse around and learn more about our vision and purpose, team, steering committee, advisors, and anticipated member benefits and programs.

Steering Committee & Advisors: We’ve assembled a Steering Committee of roughly 20 local businesses and convened two half-day working sessions with them to help us refine our vision and purpose, member benefits, outreach approach, and other strategic directions. Several are existing BALLE Seattle members, but most are new to the organization. They are very enthusiastic and ready to help build our base of founding members – the “Founding 150.” We’re also fortunate to have access to group of seasoned advisors as we navigate our way through this first year.

Membership: To have the kind of impact we know is possible, we need an active and sizable business membership. Building the member base will be a priority for the foreseeable future. With continued input from the Steering Committee over the coming weeks, we will finalize member criteria, levels, and benefits, and expect to begin accepting Founding 150 memberships in May. If you have a local business, we hope you’ll consider joining!

Fundraising: The new organization will be professionally staffed and we are actively fundraising from mission-aligned agencies, private foundations, businesses, and individuals. Membership dues will also provide critical financial support. If you have funding leads or ideas, please let us know!

Existing Programs: Derek and several other volunteers are providing continued stellar program support for SLICE, Eat Local Now!, and the Stone Soup Project as Colleen and Christine focus on transition work and organizational and membership development. Over the coming months, we will work to integrate these programs as appropriate with our member benefits and services.

Directory Project: In December of 2009, the City of Seattle provided a small grant (matched by Web Collective) to BALLE Seattle to develop the first phase of an online local business directory. You can see our progress on that project here: http://directory.seattlenetwork.org. While we don’t yet know the ultimate path the directory project will take, this first phase lays the foundation for several options, including a robust member directory, and a directory for participants of a city-wide ‘”buy local” campaign.

If you have any suggestions, questions or ideas, please contact us at http://www.seattlenetwork.org/contact.

Upcoming Events:  Transitioning to A Resilient Seattle

  • Date: Saturday, May 1, 2010
  • Location: Garfield Community Center, 2323 E. Cherry St. Seattle

In an uncertain future, resilience is the capacity to bounce back and thrive. How can we unleash our collective wisdom to reduce carbon emissions in response to climate change, rebuild community resilience in the face of dwindling oil supplies, and strengthen our economy in the face of economic instability? These are the questions we all must ask – and answer. Please add your voices to a process of discovering a more resilient Seattle. http://www.transitionseattle.com/events/

Sustainable Ballard Movie – “Garbage…”

Sustainable Ballard is hosting the movie Garbage! The Revolution Starts at Home on Friday, May 21, at the Sunset Hill Community Club, 3003 NW 66th St.

Doors open at 6:30 pm.

This is a documentary film about what happens to all the byproducts of our consumption once they leave our homes, and their effects on the environment. This film has been screened around the world in numerous film festivals, schools and universities. A synopsis and a trailer are available here: http://www.garbagerevolution.com/

Snacks will be available, discussion to follow movie. $5 donation requested to pay for rental of the community club.

If you need any additional information, please contact Orna Locker at ornalock@googlemail.com.


Streets for All Seattle Brownbag Lunch Downtown

Join Great Cities for their next brown bag luncheon –  Streets for All Seattle, at the  GGLO Space at the Steps, 1301 First Ave., Level A, Thursday, May 13, from 12:oo noon to 1:30 pm.  Enter through door located about 1/4 of the way down the Harbor Steps.

All around the country, cities are transforming themselves and building transportation systems that make sense for the future. Aligning their public infrastructure investments with the priorities of their citizens, cities like Salt Lake City, Portland, Denver, Minneapolis and New York are creating thriving communities where people want to live and businesses will choose to locate.

Great Cities is pleased to present David Hiller, Cascade Bicycle Club, and Craig Benjamin, Sierra Club, to lead this discussion on what Complete Streets might mean here in Seattle.

On April 19, 2010, a coalition of community, labor, transportation and environmental groups launched Streets for All Seattle, a campaign dedicated to funding multimodal transportation initiatives in Seattle. For Seattle to work for our future, it’s time to get serious about funding the pedestrian, bicycle and transit infrastructure that our citizens demand. It’s time to invest in our values.

  • David Hiller joined Cascade Bicycle Club in 2003. Since his arrival, the Club has grown into the largest non-motorized policy, advocacy and educational organization in North America, with over 12,000 members. Leading numerous successful projects and campaigns, David established Cascade as a regional force. In 2007, he was nominated for a Political Genius award by The Stranger.
  • Craig Benjamin grew up in Seattle and has always felt strongly about improving the quality of life in the Pacific Northwest. Craig currently works as the Conservation Program Coordinator for the Cascade Chapter of the Sierra Club, where he organizes the Chapter’s legislative and political field programs and co-chairs the Streets For All Seattle Campaign. He currently serves as the Vice-Chair of Seattle’s Bicycle Advisory Board.


Walk the Waterfront with Sally Bagshaw & Feet First

Join the quarterly Feet First Walk & Talk on the waterfront with Seattle City Councilmember Sally Bagshaw. Come find out about public space plans for the waterfront.

We’ll finish the walk at Feet First with refreshments and the unveiling of the new Feet First website.

RSVP for the walk by emailing yoyo@feetfirst.info by Monday, May 10th. For more information about this event, contact Yoyo Hsieh, Event Organizer or call 206-652-2310

Walk & Talk Schedule

  • 5:15pm  Assemble/Check-in @ Pier 70 near the fountain
  • 5:30pm Departure Time
  • 6:00pm-6:10 pm  Short stop and talk at Mithun by Principal, Mark Shapiro
  • 6:30pm-7:30pm  Reception @ Feet First – Nord Building, 314 First Avenue South in the heart of the Pioneer Square District

If you are not able to participate in the walk, join the reception beginning at 6:30pm at the Feet First office.  Join the Feet First Facebook Group!

For more information call 206-652-2310 or go to the Feet First website www.feetfirst.info

Special West Seattle Triangle Parking Discussion

Seattle’s Department of Planning and Development is holding a special meeting about parking issues in the West Seattle Triangle planning area. This meeting is hosted by staff from the Seattle Department of Planning and Development, and will take place on May 20 between 6:00 and 7:30 pm at the Senior Center of West Seattle, 4217 SW Oregon St.

The meeting is open to any and all.
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