CoolMom Holiday Toy Swap’n’Sale November 13

CoolMom is holding a Holiday Swap and Sale on November 13 in two neighborhood locations – West Seattle and Wallingford.

Shopping locally, purchasing non-packaged toys and reusing toys and baby gear truly fit the formula for reducing our carbon footprint. This is especially important at the end of the year because statistics show that during the holiday season, on average, US citizens produce 25 percent more trash compared to the rest of the year and the amount of energy used, on average, rises about 5 percent during the holiday season, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.

Help CoolMom make an outstanding statement for treading lightly on the planet this holiday season!


  • West Seattle – 9:00 am to 1:00 pm at Fauntleroy Church, 9140 California Ave. SW, corner of Barton and California.  Donations and proceeds will benefit CoolMom & WestSide Baby.
  • Wallingford-9:30 am to 1:30 pm at Wallingford Boys and Girls Club, 1310 N 45th St.  Donations and proceeds will benefit CoolMom & FamilyWorks.

Shop for cool inexpensive toys and feel good about your holiday shopping!

During the sale learn some cool ways to reduce your waste during the holiday season, including how to create wrapping paper out of reusable and recycled materials.

How Does the Toy Swap ‘n’ Sale Work?

  1. Donate gently-used toys at locations in *West Seattle and **Wallingford neighborhoods. Don’t forget to note your name and receive a $5 credit toward CoolMom Toy Sale purchases.
  2. Nothing to donate? Just show up and shop, Shop, SHOP! And please bring your reusable bags… Cash and Check only, please.

West Seattle Donation Sites

Make donations from October 11 thru November 10. For questions contact Terri Glaberson at  Hosted by the West Seattle CoolMom Group, which meets the first Wednesday of every month at C&P Coffee in West Seattle.

  • West Seattle PCC (Admiral District)
  • Community School of West Seattle (SW Roxbury St.)
  • Gatewood School (SW Myrtle)
  • C&P Coffee (California and Findlay)
  • Pathfinder Elementary (Delridge)
  • Arbor Heights Elementary (3701 SW 104th St.)

Wallingford Donation Sites

Make donations from October 18 thru November 11. For questions contact Brooke at  Hosted by the Greenwood/Ballard CoolMom Group, which meets the third Thursday of every month at Greenwood Center in Greenwood.

  • PCC Greenlake
  • Phinney Neighborhood Center (65th & Greenwood)
  • Small Faces Child Development Center (92nd & 14NW)
  • Greenwood Elementary (1st NW & 80th)
  • PCC Fremont
  • John Stanford International School 4057 5th Ave. (use N 42nd street entrance)

Seattle Seeks Design Review Board Members

Mayor Mike McGinn is looking for qualified candidates to fill ten upcoming openings on the city of Seattle’s Design Review Board. The volunteer positions will be available April 4, 2011 when retiring board members’ terms expire. Applications are due December 10.

Applications will be accepted for the following twelve board positions:

  • Northeast Design Review Board
    • local residential representative
    • local business representative
  • Northwest Design Review Board
    • design professional representative
    • local business representative
  • Queen Anne/Magnolia/South Lake Union Design Review Board
    • local business representative
  • Southeast Design Review Board
    • design professional representative
    • local business representative
  • Southwest Design Review Board
    • local business representative
  • Downtown Design Review Board
    • local residential representative
  • Capitol Hill/First Hill/Central District Design Review Board
    • local residential representative

Application forms are available from or from

The deadline for submitting an application is December 10, 2010.

Board members are appointed by the Mayor and City Council and serve two-year terms. Members serve on one of seven boards that review projects in the city’s major geographic districts. Each board is composed of five members who represent:

  • Design professions
  • Development interests
  • General community interests
  • Local business interests
  • Local residential interests

Applicants should have:

  • Knowledge of, or interest in, architecture, urban design and the development process;
  • The ability to evaluate projects based on the city’s design guidelines;
  • The ability to listen and communicate effectively at public meetings;
  • A passion for design and community development; and
  • The ability to work well with others under pressure. Prior experience with community or neighborhood groups is a plus.

Board members must live in the city. Following appointment, the local residential interests representative must act as an ambassador to at least one community group or association (e.g. community council) that operates within the board district. Similarly, following appointment the local business interests representative must act as an ambassador to at least one business group or association (e.g. chamber of commerce) that operates within the board district. Acting as an ambassador is often facilitated if the board member lives or works within the district he or she is serving, but residency in a district is not a requirement to serve as a local representative.

Board members should expect to work 12-14 hours a month attending and preparing for board meetings, which are held twice a month, in the evenings. Board members are expected to attend at least 90 percent of the meetings.

Applications will be accepted for positions other than those listed above and kept on file for consideration for future openings.

The Design Review Program was established in 1994 to provide an alternative to prescriptive zoning requirements and foster new development that better responds to the character of its surroundings. Boards evaluate the design of development projects based on citywide and neighborhood-specific design guidelines. The boards review mixed-use developments, multifamily housing, and commercial projects above a certain size threshold. Learn more at

To be considered for appointment to one of the design review boards, please send an application, a cover letter and resume by December 10, 2010 by email to Bruce Rips,

Email applications are preferred, as electronic documents facilitate file sharing among the selection committee. If emailing is not an option, applicants can send their applications via U.S. mail to Bruce Rips, Design Review Board, Department of Planning and Development, City of Seattle 700 – 5th Ave, Suite 1800, P.O. Box 34019, Seattle, Washington 98124-4019.

You may download an application at or email to receive a copy.

City Home Page/Web Revised – New – Redesigned to Enhance Access and Navigation

The City of Seattle’s website, earlier this month launched a redesigned version with a new look and feel. The site has been designed to make it easier to do city business, access information and communicate with elected officials.  As part of the upgrade, Seattle Parks & Rec has a new home page for Parks & Teens.

The revised is the first of several new features coming to that enhances access to customer service, city information and city services online. When a site has over 150,000 pages, such as the Seattle-dot-gov site, simplicity is a key factor when it comes to finding information and conducting city business.

Other additions coming soon to will include:

  • My.Seattle.Gov which will allow users to customize their homepage from items selected from the site. Some examples are crime stats, trash collection days and news feeds;
  • Seattle Speaks will be an open forum where members of the public and city officials can discuss issues online;
  • Ask.Seattle.Gov will be a site where members of the public will directly engage with decision makers in city government;
  • One Username and Password (Single-Sign-On) Feature: Registration for a service that will eventually allow City customers to use only one username and password to access all of the online City services they use.

Give the new a spin and be on the lookout for new features to be added soon.

Neighborhood Emergency Training @ SW Library Branch

West Seattle Be Prepared LogoJoin your neighbors Saturday, November 6, from 10:30 am to 12:00 pm noon,  for a Seattle Neighbors Actively Prepare (SNAP) class, at the Southwest Branch Library, 9010 35th Avenue SW.

Seattle Neighborhoods Actively Prepare is Seattle’s program to assist residents in their efforts to Get Ready, Get Connected and Get Strong for any potential emergency.

Preparedness is a partnership between the City of Seattle, its citizens and the neighborhoods. We know that here in the Puget Sound area we can have a variety of disasters from weather related floods and power outages to single family fires to a moderate or a major earthquake. We also know that our normal daily lives can be severely disrupted – meaning there will be limited to no utilities, limited to no phone communication, transportation disruptions and needs will outnumber responders.

SNAP is a simple and flexible process designed to help neighborhoods create plans that are specific to the neighborhood needs. You and your neighbors can help each other become prepared by organizing together.

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5th Annual Seattle Green Day – Nov. 6, 2010

On November 6th from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm the 5th Annual Green Seattle Day will take place in 14 parks throughout Seattle. This annual event is the kick off to the planting season and is a celebration of our neighborhood parks and committed neighbors.

1,000 volunteers are expected to spend the day planting native trees and shrubs and removing invasive weeds. Volunteers interested in participating in the day can learn more and register at

Without a coordinated effort, Seattle is at risk of losing 70% of its forests in just 20 years. The Green Seattle Partnership is reversing the trend by mobilizing thousands of volunteers to restore 2,500 acres by 2025. To date considerable headway has been made, but Seattle parks still need your hel

Please join us and 1,000 of your neighbors for Green Seattle Day 2010. This is a family friendly event so feel free to bring your friends and family. Register now for a Green Seattle Day work party at your local park.

Sign up online to help in one of the city’s parks. Parks involved include:

  • Camp Long
  • Lincoln Park
  • Lower Woodland Park
  • West Duwamish Greenbelt
  • Seward Park
  • East Duwamish Greenbelt
  • Cheasty Park at Mt. View
  • Maple School Ravine
  • Lewis Park
  • Carkeek Park
  • Discovery Park
  • Magnuson Park
  • Kiwanis Ravine
  • Leschi Overlook
  • St. Marks Greenbelt

TCC Forum Friday: Your Future Bus Service

Transportation Choices Coalition Friday Forum Series this week focuses on “Your Future Bus Service – Updates from the King County Regional Transit Task Force.”

Are you worried that bus service cuts are coming your way? Curious about what’s been going on with the King County Regional Transit Task Force? Get the answers to your all questions at the Friday Forum.

The King County Regional Transit Task Force was convened in March this year to help shape a policy framework around future transit service investments and potential service cuts. This 31-member group with representatives from local government, business, labor, social services, riders, environmental groups and other transportation experts has been grappling with some tough policy questions in the face of Metro’s significant budget shortfall.

Join our all star panel of task force members to find out how the process went, the recommendations the panel has come up with, and some of the potential challenges moving forward. Victor Obeso, Manager of Service Development at King County Metro and John Howell, facilitator of the Regional Transit Task Force will be on hand to answer questions related to bus service and the task force process.

The panel includes:

  • Suzette Cook, Mayor of Kent
  • Kate Joncas, President of the Downtown Seattle Association
  • Josh Kavanaugh, Director of Transportation Services at the University of Washington
  • Seattle Councilmember Tom Rasmussen (invited)
  • Bellevue Councilmember Grant Degginger (invited)

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Gathering of Neighbors @ Chief Sealth Saturday

Join regional leaders and West Seattle residents Saturday, November 6, at 2010’s Gathering of Neighbors, hosted this year in the beautiful new Chief Sealth International High School, 26th Avenue SW & SW Thistle Street.

This year’s event will feature the historical breadth and diversity of neighborhood groups, local businesses, non-profit organizations and community leaders as resources for individuals and families to dialogue, discover resources and get involved with what’s happening in West Seattle.

Former Seattle mayor and CEO of the Seattle Foundation Norm Rice will deliver a keynote address on neighborhood empowerment, with an introduction by Principal John Boyd, who will share the collective vision for the new Chief Sealth International High School.

Gathering of Neighbors also kicks off Seeds of Innovative Leadership, a West Seattle-wide capacity building program offered by Delridge Neighborhoods Development Association in partnership with Department of Neighborhoods, the Delridge and Southwest Seattle District Councils, and the West Seattle Chamber of Commerce. Seeds of Innovative Leadership aims to best serve Southwest Seattle residents to provide forums for dialogue, skill-building workshops, informational sessions and opportunities to support a truly representative community body of neighborhood leaders. Your input and insight is essential!

Co-sponsors West Seattle Blog will conduct a workshop on Social Media & Citizen Journalism, and DNDA will host a conversation on local food systems and food security with excerpts from the film “FRESH.”

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Seattle Pedestrian Advisory Board Meets Tonight

The Seattle Pedestrian Advisory Board meets tonight at the Boards and Commissions Room in the lower level of City Hall, L280, at 6:00 pm.  The agenda is cited below:

  • 6:00 pm – Introductions, October Meeting Minute Approval, Public Comment
  • 6:05 pm – NE 45th St. Transit Improvements, cont’d. – Bill Bryant, SDOT
  • 6:30 pm – Linden Ave. Complete Streets Project – Connie Zimmerman, David Vijarro, SDOT
  • 7:00 pm – Third Quarter Pedestrian Master Plan Update, cont’d. – Barbara Gray, SDOT
  • 7:30 pm – Board Nominations and Elections
  • 7:55 pm – Future Agenda Items
  • 8:00 pm – Adjourn

Seattle U Town Hall Meeting on Metro Transit

As a result of the deep recession, Metro Transit continues to face huge deficits that will require more large cuts to bus service. Next week, a task force will recommend new policies to guide these major system changes.

Please join King County Councilman Larry Gossett on Tuesday for a special town hall meeting on the future of Metro Transit on Tuesday, November 9, 6:30 pm to  8:00 pm, at Seattle University’s Campion Ballroom, 914 East Jefferson St.

This meeting will be your chance to hear directly from Regional Transit Task Force members on what they are recommending and why. After their presentation, you will have a chance to ask questions and provide public testimony on what you think should be done.

The County Council needs to be sure that the final plan adopted by the Council prioritizes equity and social justice, and that the needs of our community are addressed.

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November Spokespeople Ride: Admiral to Downtown and Back

November’s Spokespeople Ride is from Alki Bike and Board, 2606 California Ave. SW in the Admiral business district, to Downtown and back. This is 11.5 miles round trip and the ride will be an easy pace with some hills. Remember, this is a “stay together” bike ride which means at the top of hills the ride leader will wait for the rest of the pack to catch up.

If you live in West Seattle and work downtown you might want to try bicycle commuting. This ride gives you a chance to tour the routes available and be prepared for daily rides to work and back.

If you just like urban bike riding on Sunday mornings this is also a good ride for you. Join Spokespeople West Seattle as we explore the fun of daily commuting on a Sunday. Riders that would like assistance on starting a bicycle commuting plan are encouraged to attend. Rain will not cancel as we need to learn to adapt to that as well.

The ride leader will be Stu Hennessey, owner of Alki Bike and Board bicycle shop.

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