Congressman McDermott @ C&P Coffee for Citizen Chat

Congressman McDermott will be holding constituent coffee hours in coffee shops around the city, and he’s decided to hold his first coffee hour in West Seattle.

His office hopes you can join him at 10:00 am on March 26 at C & P Coffee, 5612 California Ave. SW, between SW Findlay and SW Juneau Streets, one block south of the West Seattle Nursery.

It should be a great chance to talk to your Congressman about the issues that are important to you.

Please RSVP if you can to 206-553-7170.

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Genesee Schmitz ‘Hood To Host Town Hall & Square Dance

The newly-formed Genesee Schmitz Neighborhood Council is hosting it’s first Town Hall Meeting, Thursday, March 31st, from 6:30 pm to 7:00 pm which will be followed immediately by community hoedown and square dance.

Come hear what’s happening in the neighborhood and give your input and have a fun and neighborhood-awareness raising night.

The evening’s agenda is:

  • 6:30 Community Town Hall meeting
  • 7:00 Community Square Dance

The music for the Square Dance will be provided by Dina Blade and the Canote Brothers.

The meeting hall for the Genesee Schmitz Neighborhood Council will be the West Seattle Christian Church at 4400 42nd Avenue SW.  A suggested donation for individuals or a family is a modest $3.00

This is a community Town Hall so bring cookies to share.  There will be door prizes and this is an All-Ages affair.

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Seattle Tilth Offering “City Chicken 101” Again @ Youngstown

Seattle Tilth is once again offering it’s City Chickens 101 course.

Thursday March 31, from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm, in the Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, in Room 106, first floor, 4408 Delridge Way SW.

Drop by and learn everything you need to raise a flock of hens in the city.  The course fee is $40, or $30 for Seattle Tilth members. Advanced registration and payment are required. Use the link to register http://seattletilth.org/learn/classes-and-workshops/city-chickens-101-1.

For more information on this program or on Seattle Tilth programs in general, contact Liza Burke, Communications & Volunteer Manager, Seattle Tilth, 4649 Sunnyside Ave N., Room 120, phone 206-633-0451 ext. 103, and email  lizaburke@seattletilth.org.  Check out more about Seattle Tilth at their website www.seattletilth.org.

Seattle Tilth inspires and educates people to garden organically, conserve natural resources and support local food systems in order to cultivate a healthy urban environment and community.

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Multiple Agencies Sponsor Financial Fitness Day @ Rainier CC

Want to get your finances in shape?

Come to a free Financial Fitness Day Saturday, April 2, from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm at the Rainier Community Center, 4600 38th Avenue S.  Bus routes #7 and #39 go there.

At Financial Fitness Day, you will be able to:

  • Have your tax return prepared
  • Print a free credit report
  • Open a bank account — even if you’ve never had one before
  • Create a household budget and develop a plan to reduce your debt
  • Apply for public benefits (food, utilities, child care, health insurance)
  • Shred financial documents to protect your identity

At this event, people will be able to get one-on-one assistance in handling their financial issues—apply for public benefits, get help with financial planning, deal with debt/credit problems, foreclosure, home ownership/refinancing, prepare their taxes (individuals, self-employed/small businesses), print and review their credit report, shred financial documents, learn about social security/Medicare, create a budget, open a bank account, get help in starting/growing a small business, etc., as well as attend workshops on a variety of financial education topics.

This is a free event sponsored by the City of Seattle (Parks and Recreation, Human Services Department, Office of Housing, etc.), the Seattle-King County Asset Building Collaborative, United Way, The Seattle Foundation/Building Resilience Initiative, etc. with many participating organizaitons. Mayor McGinn is planning to attend this event.

For more information go to www.skcabc.org/fitness fair.

Check out the flyers that can be downloaded off the website! Under Flyers, you can click on any of the languages that the flyer is translated into:

  • Amharic
  • Cambodian
  • Chinese
  • English
  • Oromo/Oromiffa
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • Somali
  • Tigrigna
  • Vietnamese

Contact Jennifer McAdam, jmcadam@skcabc.org for flyers in English. Flyers are being distributed to Parks Community Centers/Pools, Neighborhood Service Centers and Seattle Public Libraries.

This event is open to anyone throughout the Seattle and King County area.

Childcare and language interpretation will be available at the event. People needing language interpretation (including American Sign Language), or childcare are strong encouraged to register in advance so we can serve them better.

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West Seattle Spokespeople “Going Downtown” Sunday

Spokespeople West Seattle will be “Going Downtown” this Sunday at 11:00 am, departing from Alki Bike and Board, 2606 California Ave. SW.

As the construction projects have been altering the street route into downtown this will be a great opportunity to to find out what you need to know if you are planning on get the bike out for dowmtown commuting. Spring is the time where we always see an uptick in commuter traffic so if you are planning on getting started for the season this is the start line.

  • What: Spokepeople West Seattle April Ride, “Going Downtown”
  • When: Sunday, April 3rd at 11:00 am
  • Where: Meets at Alki Bike and Board, 2606 California Ave. SW

“Going Downtown” Most of the traffic out of West Seattle on a weekday morning is going to downtown Seattle. This short journey has gotten much harder from huge construction projects. As well the price of parking downtown plus the ever rising price of gas has made the car perhaps obsolete. This ride has impeccable timing as we lead the way to downtown using alternative routes, bike paths and bike lanes. As with cars the construction areas are changing the way we ride a bike to downtown. This is the perfect opportunity to give it a try without the added pressure of being on time.

Sustainable Ballard Topic: Petroleum-free Transportation

Our colleagues to the north of the Salmon Bay – Sustainable Ballard – are holding their Monthly Gathering Monday, March 28,  starting at 6:30 pm and the topic is Alternatives to Petroleum for Transportation.

Sustainable Ballard meets from 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm at the Sunset Hill Community Clubhouse, 3003 NW 66th Street.

Addressing the many ways one can have a petroleum-free transportation system are these speakers:

  • Amy bunni Burgess of Sustainable Fuel Co-Op – Sustainable biodiesel, an alternative to petroleum based fuel
  • Martin Adams/Jim Bristow – New developments in battery technology
  • Kathy Pelish and Fulvio Casali of Salish Sea Trading Cooperative – Wind power/sail transport
  • Jimmy Wong of PanGreen – ride sharing and other sustainable transportation options

If you come, bring something for the Potluck and socializing, which begins at 6:30 pm.  The program begins at 7:00 pm.  For more information contact Jean Darsie at jdarsie@comcast.net.

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Chief Sealth Students, Teachers Hosting World Water Week

The first annual World Water week will take place the week of March 21-25 at Chief Sealth International High School. World Water Week will promote understanding of the relationship between members of our local community with water here and around the world, with the emphasis on improving that relationship through conservation and local action addressing equal access for all global citizens.

The week will consist of five days full of powerful speakers and engaging workshops for students, teachers and the community.

  • Monday, March 21st will feature an exciting keynote speaker, Robert Glennon). Glennon is a professor of law and public policy at the University of Arizona and is the author of the bestselling book, Unquenchable: America’s Water Crisis and what to do about it. His talk will be preceded by personalized video message from Alexandra Cousteau, famed global water activist and filmmaker. Congressman Jay Inslee, as well as a representative from the Mayor’s office, will also be in attendance. Representatives from the Duwamish Tribe will attend the event and provide a blessing for World Water Week. Before the keynote lecture, there will be a water resource fair with tables from local government and non-profit organizations. There will also be some live music and refreshments. This event will be free and open to the public.
  • Tuesday night will be an evening event for Chief Sealth students and parents, with the focus on water and environmentally related career, college, and internship opportunities. There will be booths from many local colleges and organizations, as well as break-out sessions from environmental journalists and hopefully some green engineers.
  • Wednesday and Thursday will be made up of in-school workshops focused on raising awareness of our local water sources and the global water crisis.
  • Friday will be our big day. There will be no regular classes during school. There will be 4 “periods” plus lunch. Each grade level will participate in a water carrying (“Carry 5”) walk. Students (and staff) will carry 1-5 gallons of water around the track for a couple of miles. We will be simulating what over a billion people do every day to gather fresh water for their families. This whole event is actually the culmination of a month-long fundraiser that the school will be doing for Water 1st International. During the other three rotations on Friday, students and staff will sign up for workshop sessions. There will be several choices each hour. The day will conclude with an all school assembly where we will announce which grade raised the most money and conclude with a performance by a local band.

This festival is being organized by Chief Sealth senior Molly Freed, her teacher Noah Zeichner and a group of 50 Chief Sealth students and teachers, in collaboration with several local organizations. Last summer, the Bezos Family Foundation selected Freed and Zeichner as Bezos Scholars — two of only 24 across the nation — to attend the Aspen Ideas Festival. At the festival, scholars were directed to create their own local Ideas Festival, and Freed and Zeicher developed the idea of World Water Week.

For more information contact Noah Zeichner, Social Studies Teacher, Chief Sealth International High School, 2600 SW Thistle Street Seattle, WA 98126, or by phone at 206-252-8626  or check out the Chief Sealth International High School website.

NOAA Funding Watershed Education Teacher Training

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration – NOAA – is funding Watershed Education Workshops for local teachers and community leaders and interested parties.

NOAA will host the Washington Watershed Education Teacher Training (a NOAA B-WET program) in Seattle, March 26  through 27, aboard the Indigo & at Duwamish Longhouse.  The training is aimed at K-12 teachers, community organizations, and government agencies.

It’s all free and there are  free credit/clock hours for teachers.  To register go to http://serviceeducationadventure.org/noaa.php for more information contact Amy Johnson at 425-640-1882.

The two day programming is aimed at teachers, pre-service teachers, community based organizations, and government agencies interested in issues surrounding the Puget Sound Waterways. SEA (Service, Education, Adventure) and the LEAF School (Learn and serve Environmental Anthropology Field School at Edmonds CC) are hosting a series of free marine based professional workshops funded by NOAA.

Using Bottled Water? Scorecard Gives Clues to 170 Brands

The Environmental Working Group has published its 2011 Bottled Water Scorecard.

EWG’s 2011 Bottled Water Scorecard grades more than 170 bottled waters on the fullness of their disclosures on their labels and websites. Nine out of ten of the best-selling brands didn’t answer EWG’s basic questions:

  • Where does the water come from?
  • Is it purified? How?
  • Have tests found contaminants?

For more information check out the Environmental Working Group’s website – http://www.ewg.org/.

March Monthly Forum: Sustainable Film Series @ Admiral


Join Sustainable West Seattle Monday, March 21, at the Admiral Theater, 2343 California Ave. SW, in the Admiral District for the Sustainable Film Series.

We are hosting a screening of The End of the Line, a film about the impact of overfishing. The film highlights the devastation currently happening in the world’s fisheries, due to our insatiable appetite for seafood.

Following the film there will be a discussion around fisheries health, Puget Sound, and sustainable seafood. Hajime Sato from Mashiko will share his restaurant’s journey in becoming Seattle’s only sustainable sushi restaurant.

$5 suggested donation per attendee.

For more background, see the Monterey (Calif.) Aquarium’s Seafood Watch page http://www.montereybayaquarium.org/cr/seafoodwatch.aspx.