Free P-Patch Community Garden Tours Saturday

“What’s growing in your neighborhood?”

Join your neighbors and the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods for a tour of West Seattle  P-Patch Community Gardens and Neighborhood Matching Fund projects. See the sites and meet the people that make it happen!

Hosted by Seattle Department of Neighborhoods staff and volunteers, the tour will visit amazing community-driven projects.

It’s FREE, but space is limited and reservations are required. To register go online to: www.seattle.gov/neighborhoods/ppatch/tour.htm or call 206-386-4123.

For Southwest Seattle the tour is Saturday, September 25, from 1:00 to 3:00 pm with the pick up/drop off location at the Delridge Neighborhood Center, 5405 Delridge Way SW.

Featured gardens on the tour include High Point Gardens, Delridge, West Genesee, Roxhill and Lincoln Park.

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Become A Salmon Watcher & Help SPU, King County

Salmon Watcher Training A Unique Northwest Experience

On Wednesday, September 29th, from 7:00 to 9:00 pm at the  Northgate Community Center, 10510  5th Ave. NE, Seattle Public Utilities and King County Department of the Environment will present a training course for would-be Salmon Watchers.

The Salmon Watcher Program trains volunteers to collect important information about returning salmon in creeks in and around Seattle. Dedicated volunteers spend 15 minutes twice a week, from September through December, watching for fish on their assigned creek site.

The information helps local jurisdictions know where salmon are spawning in our streams, and sometimes where barriers exist to salmon migration. Volunteers act as “eyes and ears” in the watersheds and give SPU a heads up when things go awry in our neighborhood creeks. No experience necessary. The data collected are used by agencies and groups working to help restore endangered salmon runs and improve habitat for all salmon. Your work as a Salmon Watcher is invaluable!  For more information check the “Salmon Watcher website” or call 206-263-6533

How can I become a Salmon Watcher?

Attend the classroom training to learn about salmon identification. Choose a place to watch from among hundreds of established creek sites in and around Seattle. No experience necessary.

For more information contact Beth Miller, Seattle Public Utilities, Stormwater Education and Outreach, 700 5th Avenue , or by email at beth.miller@seatttle.gov or visit the King County Restore Our Waters website at  www.seattle.gov/util/restoreourwaters.

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SPU Seeks Creeks/Watershed Advisory Council Members

Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) is currently recruiting members for its Creek, Drainage and Wastewater Community Advisory Committee. Members provide input and analysis on policy issues and ensure that SPU services are serving all Seattle communities. Community members are encouraged to apply.

First round of applications are due October 1.  Additional applications will be accepted on a rolling date basis.

The commitment involves a two-year term, with option to reapply for a final term, each with approval by the SPU Director.  The committee meets once a month in the Seattle Municipal Tower, 700 Fifth Ave., from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm in the Boards and Commissions Room, L280.

For more information, contact Sheryl Shapiro, Program Manager, 206-615-1443 or email at Sheryl.Shapiro@Seattle.Gov.

Friends of Seattle Library Book Sale @ Magnuson

booksale2More than 250,000 books, CDs, DVDs, audiobooks, videos, sheet music, art prints and posters are among the items for sale at bargain prices at the 2010 Friends of The Seattle Public Library Fall Book Sale. Proceeds benefit The Seattle Public Library.

Public Sale:
9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 25
11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 26

Magnuson Park
7400 Sand Point Way N.E., Building No. 30 and The Brig

Members Only Preview Sale
6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 24

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Murray Combined Sewer Overflow Public Meeting

Please join your neighbors and other West Seattle residents for a community meeting to discuss Combined Sewer Overflow control alternatives and facility siting in the Murray Basin Monday, September 27, from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the Hall at Fauntleroy.

King County Wastewater Treatment Division has been working with the Murray Community Advisory Group (also known as the Murray CAG) this past summer to find possible locations within the basin to site a Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) facility. In fall of 2010, King County will decide on proposals for CSO control in the Barton and Murray areas. The decision made for a CSO control facility will have lasting impacts on your neighborhood or an adjacent neighborhood, so you are invited to attend a Murray CAG meeting to discuss the suggested alternatives.

You aree invited to attend this meeting to hear about the alternatives and to provide your comments. Time is running out before these alternatives are evaluated by King County and a decision is made, and this may be the last opportunity you will have to voice your opinion.

CSOs occur in older parts of King County’s wastewater system that carry both wastewater and stormwater to the treatment plant. When heavy rains fill the pipes, excess stormwater and sewage flow directly into local waterbodies. Historically, CSOs were designed into the system to avoid damage to facilities and sewer backups into homes and businesses and onto streets during storms.

Today, CSOs are a concern because untreated wastewater and stormwater may be discharged to Puget Sound during large storms posing risks to public health and the environment. To meet state regulations, King County’s goal is to reduce the number of CSOs each year, with a long-term goal of no more than one untreated discharge per location per year. These locations are top priority because people are most likely to come in contact with water during recreational activities such as swimming.

If you have questions about this meeting or the CSO Beach Projects in general, you can reach me by email at martha.tuttle@kingcounty.gov or by phone at 206-684-1207.

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Seminar on Integrating Sustainability Metrics into Design Process

Seattle’s Department of Planning and Development is hosting another in their series of Northwest Sustainable Sites Pilot Projects – this one on Integrating Sustainability Metrics and Creative Design Process.  The seminar is September 30 at the Microsoft Auditorium in the Downtown Library at 4th Avenue between Marion and Spring.  Registration is free but is required and occurs at 3:45 pm in the Auditorium lobby.

The new Sustainable Sites (SITES) rating system evaluates site and landscape design, similar to the LEED system for green buildings (learn more at www.sustainablesites.org.) This workshop will present an overview of the SITES rating guidelines, and show how these metrics can be used to inspire quality and performance throughout project design and construction. Three projects among over 150 selected for the SITES pilot program will demonstrate the challenges and benefits of using this new rating system to guide sustainable site design. Panelists will explore where these innovative guidelines are leading us, and discuss how they are changing professional practice and the design process.

Presented by Washington Chapter, American Society of Landscape Architects and sponsored by Seattle Public Utilities. Learn more at seattle.gov/dpd/greenbuilding or call 206-615-1171.

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October Spokespeople Ride: Farm & Fowl Tour

Join West Seattle Spokespeople for the October ride featuring West Seattle Farm and Fowl Tour.

The October ride will start at the north entrance to South Seattle Community College, 5800 16th Avenue SW.  Riders should meet at noon (12:00 pm) near the entrance.

The ride Leader will be Stu Hennessey, 206-938-3322 or email at  alkistu@hotmail.com. Read more

Eat Local Now 2010 Dinner!

Eat Local Now!

Buy your tickets now, this event WILL sell out again!!

Eat Local Now! Dinner will celebrate it’s seventh year running on September 30th, 2010! Always a sell-out, this year Sustainable West Seattle, West Seattle CoolMom, Seattle Good Business Network (formerly BALLE Seattle), and Herban Feast are co-presenting this fundraising dinner.

This year’s event is focused not only on promoting and educating about local food systems – but also turning local food systems into local food economies and development of green jobs.

The dinner will take place at  Herban Feast’s SODO Park location on First Avenue at 3200 First Avenue South, cross street is S. Hanford St.

Local food from Puget Sound will be prepared by award winning local chefs, including Herban Feast‘s Dalis Chea, Hajime Sato of Mashiko, and Jack Spiess of Seatown (Tom Douglas’ latest venture). Local beer, wine and fresh cider will be available at a cash bar. (There will even be a supervised kiddie corner to help entertain the wee ones!)

In addition to a wonderful dinner, live music, a silent auction, and exhibitors, the evening’s speakers feature Edward Hill of GroundUp Organics and Ray Zambroski of The Groundbreakers. Both groups are working to create green jobs within local community food systems.

Tickets ($35 for adults, $10 for kids) and information are available at EatLocalNow.org or by calling 1-800-838-3006. Proceeds support the three non-profit host organizations.

Local singer/songwriter Ali Marcus will be playing original tunes and her interpretations of well-known classics beginning at 6:00 pm.  To see Ali in action, check out the videos on her myspace page – www.myspace.com/alimarcus.

City Seeking Telecom/Tech Advisory Board Members

The Citizens’ Telecommunications and Technology Advisory Board (CTTAB) is seeking candidates for 5 seats to begin service in January 2011. Members serve a two year term and must live in the City of Seattle. Once selected, members will attend monthly meetings and participate on one sub-committee that meets monthly as well.

CTTAB advises City officials on issues relating to telecommunications and technology, including but not limited to: broadband, digital divide issues, open government and community technology applications, online public engagement and cable television. CTTAB also reviews applications submitted for the City’s Technology Matching Fund and makes recommendations to the City Council and Mayor. The Technology Matching Fund is a vital program to help close the digital divide and promote job skills, education, and civic engagement.

Ideal candidates will possess combined knowledge in social media, digital inclusion, technology infrastructure and applications, broadband law and policy from the community, information and communications technology, education and non-profit sectors.

Seniors, women, people of color and people with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. Please submit a letter of interest and a resume to nicole.schultz@seattle.gov by September 28, 2010. Electronic submissions are preferred, for more information on submitting materials via US Postal Service, please contact Nicole Schultz at 206-386-1038.

Tool Library Introduces ‘Ask An Expert’ Series

Make an appointment or drop by in person at the West Seattle Tool Library at 6:00 pm on Thursday,  October 14th, for an exciting new feature –

“Ask an Expert: For the Do-It-Yourselfer”

Presented at The West Seattle Tool Library courtesy of Mighty House Construction, Urban Land Army, and EarthSystemsNW.

The topics for these first “Ask an Expert” sessions are:

  • How do I build an eco-friendly kitchen?
  • What should I plant after I tear out my lawn?
  • How do I harvest my rainwater?
  • How do I even use this stupid tool?”

Three West Seattle businesses offer an evening of answers to all questions big and small in order to help you along in any of your home remodeling, water harvesting, or urban gardening projects.

Everyone’s invited and all questions are welcome.  For more complicated questions, feel free to come armed with pictures, drawings, examples, or even the actual project if it’s transportable!

For more information or to make an appointment contact Lacy Malloy at lacyj.malloy@gmail.com.

The West Seattle Tool Library is located in the Chan Building/Garden Center (North Side of Campus) at South Seattle Community College, 6000 16th Ave SW.  For more information on the Tool Library, contact us at library@sustainablewestseattle.org, or visit the Tool Library here on the SWS website.

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