Annual Winter Celebration Potluck – FRI DEC 10 Duwamish Longhouse

In keeping with a new SWS tradition, Friday December 10 will be our annual Winter Celebration Potluck at the Duwamish Longhouse. Join friends, neighbors and colleagues to enjoy great Food, Music (The Starlings and Moe Provencher), Dancing and Door Prizes.

Please be sure to use the Parks Department lot to the North at 4209 W Marginal Way SW, and carpool if you can. (Take our free shuttle, or just walk the couple blocks South to the Longhouse).  Details are in this aerial map.

If you are interested in volunteering at the event, please contact Christina Hahs at

Take advantage of  opportunity to learn more about the Duwamish Tribe and mingle with members of our partner organizations (Solar Washington, DNDA, Northwest EcoBuilding Guild and DRCC). Read more

Senior Services Medical Access Meeting @ Delridge CC

One of the action teams that formed at the Aging Your Way gathering in Southwest Seattle back in September concerned access to medical care, particularly in the event of a natural disaster.

As people age they become more reliant on medical care, so it wasn’t surprisingly that this issue came up at the Aging your Way Gathering. We subsequently learned that this concern goes back many years with various efforts to create a hospital district that would support a bricks and mortar facility in the community.

The Hospital Without Walls Action Team is hosting a community meeting on Wednesday, December 8th from noon-1:30 at the Delridge Community Center, located at 4501 Delridge Way SW. The purpose of the meeting will be to check in with the wider community about the concerns we heard at the gathering and then go from there.

A soup and salad lunch will be served and Jim Diers will facilitate the community meeting. An effort is being made to invite the major health care organizations in Seattle to the meeting, so they can hear the concerns directly.

RSVP to so that we have enough soup and salad.

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New Fire Station 37 Open House & Dedication

The new Fire Station 37, corner of SW Holden St. and 35th Ave. SW, will be formally dedicated Saturday, Dec. 4.  The festivities begin at 11:00 am and conclude at 1:00 pm. Please join your fire fighters, city officials and neighbors at the  Fire Station 37 Dedication & Open House, 7700 35th Avenue SW.

The Seattle Fire Department and Firefighters Union Local 27 invite the community to join them for a Dedication and Open House of the new Fire Station 37 on Saturday, December 4th, 2010 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Take tours of the new fire station, view the fire engine, meet your local firefighters and learn about fire safety in multiple languages. Children’s activities will be planned throughout the day, as well as chances to win life-saving door prizes. Refreshments provided by Local 27.

For more information contact  Bill Mace at  206-386-133, or by email at,  and by checking the Fire Department’s calendar at

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Help Clean Up Duwamish: Cleanup Proposal Workshops Scheduled, Citizen Input Needed

The Environmental Protection Agency and the Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition invite your participation and need your help in reviewing the Draft River Cleanup Alternatives (Feasibility Study) prepared for the Duwamish Water Way Superfund site.  The Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition is also the Technical Advisory Group to the EPA for this site.

Click here to visit the EPA’s web site for an overview. View or download the EPA Fact Sheet about the 2nd Draft Duwamish River Cleanup Alternatives (Feasibility Study). If you’d like to peruse the entire cleanup plan, please start with the Executive Summary!

DRCC/TAG Technical Advisors have created an quick assessment of the cleanup alternatives, and will develop an environmental justice review and fact sheet for the public.

  • Preliminary Assessment of the cleanup alternatives (Available now!)
  • Fact Sheet (Coming at the end of November)

Learn more, and have your voice heard!

Community Public Meetings on Cleanup Alternatives

  • Help develop alternatives that protect human health.
  • Public meetings include Superfund cleanup alternatives overview presentation as part of the open house and public comment at the presentation stations and on paper; Spanish language translation will be available; Childcare will be available and there will be food provided.

Schedule for Public Meetings

  • Tuesday, December 7 – 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm: Concord International Elementary School in South Park at 723 S Concord St.  Spanish translation, childcare and food provided.
  • Thursday, December 9 –  5:30 pm to 8:30 pm:  South Seattle Community College Georgetown Campus at 6737 Corson Avenue S.  Spanish translation, childcare and food provided.

Mayor McGinn To Hold Town Hall @ Youngstown CAC

Mayor Mike McGinn is sponsoring a West Seattle Community Forum at the Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, 4408 Delridge Way SW, Thursday, December 2, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

Please join Mayor McGinn, Seattle City Department staff and West Seattle neighbors for a conversation about issues relevant to Seattle as a whole, as well as those specific to West Seattle.


  • 6:00 – 6:30 pm,   Information tables and staff from City Departments and local Community Groups
  • 6:30 – 6:35 pm,. Energetic performance from a local youth group (to be announced)
  • 6:35 – 8:00 pm,. Open question and answer session with the Mayor and City staff

Community groups from throughout West Seattle will have tables in the hallway and lobby areas of Youngstown CAC so come early to browse these tables and talk with the representatives from the organizations and community councils.

For more information, please contact Becky Stanley at 206-684-8106 or

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Help Restore W. Duwamish Greenbelt: Join Work Party

The Nature Consortium has just released their winter work party schedule for urban forest restoration and the focus is the West Duwamish Greenbelt – the city’s largest contiguous collection of forest assets.

The work schedule is every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 10:00am to 2:00 pm. Meet at the West Duwamish Greenbelt.  Volunteers should RSVP at the Nature Consortium’s website,, by sending email to or by calling 206-923-0853 for directions.

The Nature Consortium’s Urban Forest Restoration Project is committed to the long-term stewardship and restoration of the West Duwamish Greenbelt.

The Greenbelt is the largest remaining contiguous forest within Seattle city limits, consisting of 182 acres in park land and another 300 acres in privately owned land. Foxes, red-legged frogs, hawks, and bald eagles are found within the greenbelt, which encompasses the extended forest along the eastern slopes of West Seattle that is visible from I-5.

The main restoration goal is reintroducing native conifer species to the greenbelt and focusing on invasive plant removal, site maintenance and environmental education.

This project is sponsored by the Seattle Department of Parks and Recreation, by the Green Seattle Partnership, through a King County Waterworks Grant, by assistance from Cedar Grove Composting, and by assistance from Applied Organics.

Big storm, big reminder

Big storm last night, eh?

These type of storms aren’t that unusual in West Seattle, but they’re rare enough that we sometimes forget how powerful they can be.

So while you’re picking up branches and clearing storm drains, it’s also a good time to think about emergency preparation.

  • Could you stay warm with no power in your house?
  • Do you have enough food and water on-hand for a few days?
  • Do you have a family disaster plan?
  • How about an emergency supply kit?

There is some great advice about getting prepared on Seattle’s SNAP site (Seattle Neighborhoods Actively Prepare).

Use this storm as a reminder and be prepared for the next one!

Solar Washington Forum Focuses on Solar Hot Water

The Solar Washington November forum has been rescheduled because of snow.  The rescheduled date is Wednesday, December 1, 7:00 pm at REI.

Solar Washington, the Washington Chapter of the American Solar Energy Society, is featuring Solar Hot Water Systems for its November Membership Forum, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm, this Monday, November 22 coming Wednesday, December 1, at the Seattle REI, 222 Yale Ave N.

At the November meeting Solar Washington will be reviewing the upcoming Legislative Session, and taking nominations for the Board elections at the annual meeting in January.

Last month the Solar Washington panel presented the facts of solar rlectricity in the Northwest. Now back by popular demand is the Solar Washington integrator panel v2.0 to tackle Solar Hot Water in Washington State. Join the experts from Puget Sound Solar, NW Mechanical, and A&R Solar as they walk us through the technology.

This panel presentation and discussion will cover the history of solar hot water, how it works, and how effective it is for radiant and space heating versus solar electric. Attendees will leave with a basic understanding of the different solar hot water technologies, as well as how to calculate the energy a solar hot water system can produce and the system payback period.

For more information on Solar Washington and it’s programs,  email Solar Washington.  To learn more about membership visit the membership page on the ASES website. Please direct any membership questions to our Membership Director Brian Allen via email or at 206-973-7374.

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1st City Wildlife Sanctuary Opens Near Discovery Park

Seattle Parks and Recreation, the Heron Habitat Helpers, and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife recently held the grand opening of Seattle Parks’ first wildlife sanctuary at Kiwanis Ravine on the eastern edge of Discovery Park.

The first group to step up and participate in the new wildlife sanctuary nomination program was Heron Habitat Helpers, a local organization committed to the preservation of the Great Blue Heron colony in Kiwanis Ravine. HHH’s goals are to preserve the colony, control invasive plant species, and create a backyard monitoring program in the adjacent neighborhood. For more information on HHH, see

Kiwanis Ravine, located on W Government Way between 35th Ave. W and Brygger Ave. W., is home to a broad diversity of wildlife, including the largest Great Blue Heron colony in Seattle.

The site is now recognized under Parks’ Wildlife Sanctuary Program. With the public’s help, Parks is identifying and protecting critical urban wildlife habitat in Seattle for Washington State’s most vulnerable species. Parks’ Wildlife Sanctuary Policy articulates Parks’ commitment to sustain habitats for a wide variety of wildlife and outlines steps Parks will take to create and manage wildlife sanctuaries for these species:

  • Local populations of federally endangered or threatened species
  • State Priority Species and Species of Concern
  • Locally important species with declining populations.

The program goal is to promote the value of healthy and diverse urban wildlife populations by working with the community to combine planning efforts, maintenance practices, educational opportunities, and volunteer stewardship to support our Wildlife Sanctuaries.

Jefferson Park Reservoir Area Now Open to Public

The new 43-acre Jefferson Park Expansion Project over the Beacon Reservoir complex is open to the public with all construction fencing being removed. Parks opened the new play area and tennis courts to the public in August 2010.

The Pro Parks Levy funded park offers unparalleled view of the Duwamish and city with Olmsted inspired path system flanked with trees that offer a wonderful respite from city life. The extensive hierarchy of pathways through the site offer connections to the neighborhood and surrounding amenities.

Additionally, the park offers a grand lawn flanked by a gathering plaza, large open spaces with skillfully placed groves of trees, rainwater feature designed by The Berger Partnership Landscape Architects in collaboration with artist Elizabeth Conner, a large traditional play area, new tennis court with lights, terraced seating areas with vistas over the park, a comfort station designed by Parks Senior Architect Mohan Khandekar and a natural turf sports meadow over the lid.

Fencing will remain around the sports meadow on the Beacon Reservoir lid to allow the turf to fully develop. Fencing will be removed in summer 2011.

The future Beacon Mountain play area, funded in part by the Parks and Green Spaces Levy, will also remain fenced off. Construction on this Phase Two project begins in spring 2011.

Seattle Parks and Recreation worked with the Beacon Hill community, Seattle Public Utilities (SPU), and other stakeholders to identify the best park features and priorities for Jefferson Park. A Master Plan for the site was developed in 2002 as a guide. Parks awarded the construction contract to Mid-Mountain Construction, and gave them notice to proceed in June 2009.

For more information please visit: or contact Andy Sheffer, Project Manager at 206-684-7041 or