Sustainable NE Seattle Hosts Hands-On Workshops

In partnership with Ravenna Eckstein and Meadowbrook Community Centers, Sustainable NESeattle is organizing a fun day of hands-on-workshops to learn the skills your grandparents knew.

The two community centers have day-long schedules on Saturday, Feb 12:

  • 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, family-friendly skills workshops;
  • 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm, a community potluck;
  • 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm square dance

Come to either Ravenna-Eckstein or Meadowbrook Community Centers to learn a variety of practical skills with hands-on demos, such as

  • grinding grain
  • baking bread
  • knitting
  • food preservation
  • building compost and worm bins
  • building fireless and solar cookers
  • re-purposing clothes and materials
  • fruit tree pruning and grafting
  • tool repair and sharpening

Then join neighbors at Meadowbrook Community Center for a potluck and square dance with live music by The Tall Boys.

See more details and RSVP on Northeast Seattle Neighbors’ Sustainability Network.

Downtown Parks, Community Centers Parks Board Topics

The next meeting for the Board of Park Commissioners will be held at Parks Headquarters, 100 Dexter Ave. N, this Thursday, February 10, from 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm.

Briefing papers are generally available on the Park Board web page the Friday before each meeting at  Site also includes agendas and minutes from 2001-present

View Seattle Channel’s tapes of Park Board meetings, 6/12/08-most current, at

  • Call to Order 7:00 p.m.
    • Consent Items:   Approve Feb 10 Agenda; Jan 27 minutes; and Acknowledgment of Correspondence
  • Superintendent’s Report 7:05
  • Oral Requests and Communication from the Audience 7:30
    • (for subjects that have not recently 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”
  • Public Hearing:  Supplemental Park Use Guidelines for Downtown Parks 7:40
    • Presented by Victoria Schoenburg, Seattle Parks’ Center City Parks’ Strategic Advisor NOTE:  The Board will discuss the Guidelines at its Feb 24 meeting and vote on a recommendation to the Superintendent
  • Briefing:  Overview of Limited Use Community Centers’ Operations 8:15
    • Presented by Barb Wade, Seattle Parks’ Senior Recreation Program Coordinator
  • Briefing:  Update on Parks Division Operations 8:45
    • Presented by Robb Courtney, Seattle Parks’ Division Director
  • Old/New Business 9:15
  • Adjourn 9:30

*Times listed for all agenda items are approximate & agenda items may not be taken in the order listed

Please address all correspondence to:   Sandy Brooks, Coordinator,, or phone 206 684-5066.  Information is also available at the Parks Board website

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Seattle Tilth Offering Baby Chick Classes @ Youngstown

Seattle Tilth Classes in West Seattle

Have an extra bountiful local food year by taking a class from Seattle Tilth in West Seattle.

Start with Baby Chicks

Learn how to raise baby chicks into healthy hens.  Fees are $40 for anyone, and $30 for Seattle Tilth members. Advanced registration and payment are required. Click the link below to register:

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Ped Board To Discuss King Street Station Renovation

Seattle’s Pedestrian Advisory Board‘s monthly meeting is this Wednesday, February 9, at the Boards and Commissions Room, L280, in City Hall (this is downstairs, take elevator and push L2 and walk south down corridor to room immediately before credit union ATM).

The meeting runs from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.  The agenda is below:

  • 6:00 – Introductions, December Meeting Minutes Approval
  • 6:05 – Public Comment, Announcements
  • 6:15 – King Street Multimodal Hub – Darby Watson
  • 7:15 – Update on Holiday Enforcement Action – Barbara Gray, Dawn Schellenberg
  • 7:45 – Future Agenda Items
  • 8:00 – Adjourn

Perennials! Learn More @ Community Orchard Event

Community Orchard of West Seattle (COWS) is hosting a teach-in and design-in this Saturday, February 12, from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon, followed by a lunch and an afternoon of in-field practice at the work site on the grounds of South Seattle Community College near the Chinese Garden, north end.

Perennial Plantings: How to plant a garden Once and harvest for Years!  Come help create a Community Orchard in West Seattle. Join in for an interesting class, lunch, and fun work party. All free.

Come join your neighbors at the Community Orchard of West Seattle for an exploration of the often-neglected role that perennial plants can play in a food production system. In this session, you will be working in teams to design plant groupings for the orchard. We invite you to bring information on 2 perennial plants (including trees): your personal favorite edible perennial, and information on a new perennial you’ve never heard of before. Surprise us!

Please RSVP to, so we can be prepared for lunch.

The orchard is funded by a Large Projects Grant from the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods.

If you have any questions, please contact Laura Sweany, Orchard Manager, Community Orchard of West Seattle, at 206-3269-7590.

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Orchard Street Ravine Planting Party Saturday


Speedy Work Party at Orchard Ravine, Saturday, February 12th, 9:00 am to 2:00 pm.

Join Morgan Community and Fauntleroy Community neighbors for the one work party where you won’t need to pull weeds!

We’re taking delivery of 200 bare-root plants Friday and we’ll need a big turnout to get them in the ground quickly.  Varieties to be planted include:

  • Western Red Cedar
  • Oceanspray
  • Black Twinberry
  • Kinnikinnick
  • Goat’s Beard
  • and other varieties…

All your favorites will be there! Hope you will be too!  Please RSVP to

Remember to bring your gloves!

Please Note: This workparty was originally announced as happening on Feb. 19th. The plants became available sooner, so we’re just moving it up a week.

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Environmental Lobby Day @ Olympia: February 15

If you do one thing this legislative session, join the Environmental Priorities Coalition for Environmental Lobby Day February 15th!

Register for Environmental Lobby Day

Your legislators in Olympia need to hear from you about the importance of making smart decisions that even in these hard times will protect our public health, economic future, and quality of life in Washington. They need to hear first-hand that the people of Washington care about having clean air to breathe, clean water to drink and a safe environment for ourselves and our children. Join us on February 15th and make your voice heard.

This year, we’ve made it easier than ever for you to travel to Olympia to get this done. We are offering bus transportation from Vancouver, Olympic Peninsula (Port Townsend/Silverdale/, Central Sound (Seattle/Bellevue), and North Sound (Bellingham/Mt. Vernon/Everett) to Olympia and back home.

Environmental Lobby Day

  • When: February 15th, 2011, from 8:45 am – 6:00 pm. And make sure to join us at an extra special post Lobby Day reception (4:00 – 6:00 pm) as we celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Priorities Coalition partner organization People For Puget Sound.
  • Where: Olympia
  • Who: You and hundreds of other people who also care about the environment.

Pre-Registration is required this year and closes on February 11th. Registration fee $20. Day of registration is $25. Includes all breakfast, lunch, materials, appointments and the receptions!

Click this link to Register for Environmental Lobby Day.

During Environmental Lobby Day, you will:

  • Learn about the issues: Get briefed by experts on all four environmental priorities.
  • Attend lobbying trainings: Learn the tricks of the trade from top environmental lobbyists.
  • Meet face-to-face with your legislators: Put your knowledge into action in a face to face meeting with your legislator.
  • Attend an important committee hearing on the Capitol campus.
  • Eat well, with a continental breakfast and catered lunch.

For more information contact Craig M. Benjamin, Communications Director, Environmental Priorities Coalition, via email

CoolMom Kicks Off 2011 With Movie “Food, Inc.”

West Seattle CoolMom has taken a slow start to the new year, but we are gaining momentum and are planning for 2011 to be our most active year yet!  If you were thinking you missed us in January, don’t fret – we took the month off, but we are back with a movie night to get rolling in February. See all the important details outlined below.

Business Items:

We have a new West Seattle coordinator – Emily Goldstein. She can be reached through this email address ( She’d love to hear from you about ideas for monthly topics, guest speaker connections, help with monthly admin tasks for the West Seattle group, or to simply hear from other moms as equally concerned about climate change.

West Seattle CoolMom had changed its meeting schedule. We are now meeting on the SECOND Wednesday of the month. This will start with our next meeting which is scheduled to be Wednesday, February 9th at 7:00 pm. We will be meeting at Bridge Park to view the movie Food, Inc. We are going to spend the next couple of months focused on discussions of food and its impact on climate change. Please join us for this eye opening look at what is upside down in the way America’s food is produced. Bridge Park is located in the High Point neighborhood at 3204 SW Morgan Street. Light refreshments will be provided.


Have you seen the new website? It is beautiful! Take a precious moment to visit and see all the valuable information residing there. Kudos to Terri Glaberson for all her hard work updating CoolMom’s cyber-image. It now looks like it’s actually cool to be a CoolMom. Here are a couple of important things to click on while exploring the new website:

  • No-idle Campaign – consider getting your child’s school involved with this pilot project
  • Lobby Day – Save the date for 2/15/11 to lobby your legislative representatives about environmental priorities.

Upcoming Dates:

February 19th

Sierra Club, CoolMom and other like-minded organizations will be hosting an Alki “Paint Past Coal” event Feb 19th, from 11 to 2pm. Fun for all folks, especially kiddos. There will be food, an art mural that attendees will help decorate, and music. The art mural will be taken to Sharon Nelson (State Senator – 34th District) asking her to be a strong leader in helping to take action on the TransAlta coal fired energy plant located in Centralia, WA. The plant itself makes up %10 of Washington’s Green House Gas (GHG) emissions, not to mention the toxic spew polluting our air and water. More details to follow. To get more information about coal free Washington visit the Sierra club site here

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Seattle Neighbor Appreciation Day: February 12

Celebrate Neighbor Appreciation Day on February 12!

Celebrate Seattle’s 17th annual Neighbor Appreciation Day, a special day to reach out to neighbors, create new bonds and express thanks to those who help make your neighborhood a great place to live.

Community groups, businesses, and residents across Seattle come together on February 12 (and the week of) to celebrate this day.

There are several ways to participate:

  • Plan an activity for your neighborhood, such as a block party, potluck or work party. Our website ( provides ideas, tools, resources, and templates to help you organize your event. Once organized, post it to our online calendar (even if it’s not open to the public).
  • Send a FREE Neighbor Appreciation Day greeting card to your neighbor. The cards feature winning artwork from the annual Neighbor Appreciation Day Student Art Contest. You can send an e-card from our website or pick up a card at Neighborhood Service Centers, community centers or public libraries, in addition to Seattle City Hall and Seattle Department of Neighborhoods office (17th floor, Seattle Municipal Tower). For bulk orders, call 206-684-0719 or email
  • Share a story or two about your favorite neighbors. Visit our website to post your story, or send us your story and we’ll post it for you.
  • Attend one of the many community activities listed on our online calendar. Several Seattle Parks & Recreation community centers and pools, Seattle Fire stations and other organizations have special Neighbor Appreciation Day events planned.

Join Seattle Department of Neighborhoods and the thousands of community members across our city in celebration of what makes Seattle great – our neighbors! For information, visit or contact Nick Allgood at or by phone at 206-733-9975.

SWS Stormwater Group Meets Wednesday @ Uptown

Our next stormwater meeting will be held Wednesday, February 9th, 7:30 to 9:00 pm at the Uptown Espresso in the Alaska Junction, corner of SW Edmunds St and California Ave. S

There is a letter of intent due February 14th for The Russell Family Foundation. A draft letter of intent has been prepared. The draft will be used to focus our discussion around our project execution strategy.