Annual High Point Multicultural Potluck Supper Today

The High Point Community Center will hold the multicultural “Bite at the Point” Community Potluck this evening.

This diverse community represents cuisines of many cultures so come join in the fun and tasting.  The High Point Community Center is located at 6920 34th Ave. SW.  The Community Potluck from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm.

The potluck is an opportunity to share the many cultural cuisines represented in the neighborhood, so community members are invited to make and share a dish that represents their cultural roots. Enjoy food and fun, and celebrate the High Point Community through succulent sensations from around the world!

The potluck will also feature jumpy toys and field activities for the child in everyone. Recipes for the dishes will be visible in order to make diners aware of any allergens a dish may contain. The objective of this event is to encourage diversity exchange and communion among several cultures and to provide a space to engage families in fun.

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Highland Park Meeting Features Tool Library, Orchard

The Highland Park Action Committee will hold it’s monthly meeting tonight, June 22.

Come at 6:30 and bring a dish for the Potluck, meeting starts at 7:00 pm. Speakers for the evening’s agenda are from the West Seattle Tool Library, the Community Orchard, and from Delridge Days (coming up in September), and maybe a few others they’re still waiting to hear back from… and lots of announcements.

HPAC will also be gathering any of your local public safety concerns to share with the Southwest Precinct Advisory Council in early July (if you can’t make it on Wednesday, email any concerns you’d like us to pass on to police at hpacchair@gmail.com).

HPAC’s temporary website with more events and news: www.bigtent.com/group/hpac.  Highland Park Action Committee meets at the Highland Park Improvement Club facility at 12th Avenue SW and SW Holden Street.[mappress mapid=”385″]

 

NW National Parks Family Day @ Magnuson June 25

The National Parks Conservation Association, in partnership with the National Park Service, is hosting the 2nd Annual Northwest National Park Family Day at the Mountaineers Program Center in Magnuson Park (north end of park, near NOAA facilities), Saturday, June 25 from 10:oo am through 4:00 pm.

Northwest National Park Family Day—“Bringing the Parks to the People” is a free, family-friendly event filled with fun activities geared toward children and those unfamiliar with national parks of the Northwest, outdoor activities and conservation in general.  The event hopes to educate people on how to plan a visit to a nearby national park and to inspire them to get outdoors and learn about the natural, cultural and historical treasures of our National Park System.

Among the expected events are:

  • Rangers from our National Parks will give informative presentations about the wonders of our National Parks, including:
    • Wildlife and Nature
    • National and Cultural history
  • Hands-on activities for kids, including how to set-up a tent, camp cooking, nature hikes, and more!
  • Become a Jr. Park Ranger
  • Meet the NPCA mascot Teddy Mather & Northwest wildlife!

The National Parks Conservation Association wants to use this event as an opportunity to:

  • Introduce (or reintroduce) the Puget Sound community to the national parks of the Northwest
  • Expose diverse communities to outdoor recreation opportunities and the importance of environmental conservation
  • Raise participants’ awareness of organizations that offer outdoor recreation services and support the National Parks Conservation Association’s mission of protecting national parks for future generations
  • Demonstrate a commitment and information on ways to protect and enhance our National Parks

For more information on how to participate and to volunteer, contact Charla Ojala, charla@cm-events.net, or by phone at 253-221-0973.  For information on being a sponsor, contact David Patton, dpatton@npca.org, or by phone at 206-903-1444, extension 202.[mappress mapid=”384″]

Morgan Junction Festival Saturday, Music, Food & SWS

The  6th Annual Morgan Junction will take place at Morgan Junction Park and vicinity this Saturday, June 25, from 10:00 am through 7:00 pm.  Music will take place on a stage set up in the Beveridge Place parking lot and near the crawling rock in the adjacent park.

Kids activities include Bubble Man at 11:15 am, chalk drawing on the art sidewalk in front of the park all day long, face painting, and gymnastic activities supervised by Little Gym.

Booths will be set up behind Zeeks/Feedback Lounge and across the street at the Washington Federal parking lot. Among those showing at the festival are:

  • Sustainable West Seattle
  • Solar Epiphany
  • West Seattle Natural Energy
  • Solstice Park P-Patch
  • Food Bank of West Seattle
  • Animals First Foundation
  • West Seattle Be Prepared and the Block Watch Captains Network
  • South Seattle Community College
  • many, many more local vendors and service providers

Music will begin at 10:30 am and run continuously through the day, there are two music areas – the main stage in the Beveridge Place parking lot, and the Park stage in Morgan Junction Park.  Featured musicians are:

  • 10:30 – Minor Dissonance with Wordsmith Jesse – classical pop
  • 12:00 – Soda – acoustic jazz and rock
  • 12:45 – Alan Ehrlich – folk and Americana
  • 1:15  – Bahia – folk and indie rock
  • 2:00 – Moon Girl – acoustic folk and rock
  • 2:30 – Norma Beach – rock and bluesy rock
  • 3:15 – Blue Grasshoppers – folk and bluegrass
  • 3:45 – Gary Reynolds and the Brides of Obscurity – alternative and alt rock
  • 4:30 – The Tongan Choir – Tongan music
  • 5:00 – Burley Mountain – alternative and classic country
  • 5:45 – Hal Merrill – steel pedal guitar
  • 6:15 – The Offenders – 60’s through 90’s rock cover songs

Also featured is the Bite of Morgan, a taste of the food available in the Morgan Junction area.  You will need to pick up a book of tickets at the Festival Booth (in the park).

Participating restaurants:

  • Meanders
  • Kokoras Greek Grill
  • Feedback Lounge
  • Zeeks
  • Abbondanza Pizzeria
  • Domino’s Pizza
  • Pet Elements (food for your dog or cat)
  • Caffe Ladro
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First Ever Annual NW Paddling Festival @ Jack Block Park

Join the Northwest Paddling Community on the Shores of West Seattle for the First Annual Northwest Paddling Festival. This is the big development to help get the paddling community together for a celebration of the power of the paddle.

There will have a demo beach, presentation/classroom tents, vending booths, instruction beach, demonstration area, food, fun, and music. Come out if you are an experienced padder or a novice who is interested in learning more about the sport. Rain or shine, sign up here as registration is limited! We are also looking for volunteers, if you would like to give a hand in putting together this event.

Featuring:

  • Sea Kayak and SUP Demo Beach
  • On-Water Instruction
  • On-Water Demonstrations
  • Open Air Paddlesports Market with Vendors
  • Alki Paddling Challenge, Race on Saturday June 25
  • Classroom Presentations and Instruction
  • Music, Food, and Fun!

For more information and to sign up for the challenge race or to sign up for volunteer duties, go to http://northwestpaddlingfestival.com/.

The event is being co-sponsored by Sustainable West Seattle partner Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition, the Port of Seattle, the Environmental Protection Agency, Paddle Events LLC, Sea Kayaker Magazine, and West Seattle’s own Alki Kayak Tours.

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West Seattle Tool Library Celebrates 1st Anniversary

It wasn’t long ago that we were scratching the rust off our first donated shovel and tucking it into a small little closet up at SSCC.  A year later, we’ve now got our own space, complete with a full tool storage facility and a 500 square foot, Community Workshop.

Over 230 members have joined up to use a collection that’s well over 1,000 tools by now.  Somewhere along the way, we even managed to receive a few decent awards and a healthy bit of acknowledgment from both local and national media.  Needless to say, it’s been a fun first year!

The best part is that we think it’s only getting better!  If you haven’t stopped by The Tool Library yet, we’d love to see you sometime and hear your thoughts on what this community resource should grow into.  From day one, the volunteers who started The Tool Library have always felt that, in order to be successful, The Tool Library simply needed to represent the interests of those good folks who showed up to play with it.  Consider this your invitation!

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Community Orchard Berry Class & Work Party @ SSCC

Community Orchard of West Seattle is offering the chance to learn and help this Saturday, June 11, from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon.  The program is called Bountiful Backyard Berries and is free.  The Community Orchard is located on the grounds of South Seattle Community College, at the north end near the Horticulture Center.

Cultivate beauty and delicious flavor by integrating productive fruiting plants into your ornamental landscape. Join Community Orchard for a profile of those berries best suited to backyard growing as well as tips on how to make the most of your bountiful harvest. Hint: Shortcake is involved; samples and recipes will be shared!

The instructor for the course is Lorene Edwards Forkner, freelance author, gardener and garden website operator.

Stick around after the class for a work party!

Also Saturday, in the same location and from 1:00 pm through 3:00 pm, the Community Orchard will also be hosting a community workparty, as it gets busy planting the rest of the orchard plot with a wide variety of trees, bushes, and starts. So feel free to drop by, get a little dirty, learn a lot about planting, and help to develop this wonderful community resource.

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Feedback Needed: New Directions for Community Centers

The Seattle Parks and Recreation Department is exploring new directions for community centers and now invites Seattle residents to weigh in on options

In response to challenging budgets, Seattle Parks and Recreation has been asked by City Council to re-think how community centers are operated. Over the past five months, ideas for changing how community centers are run have been developed with the help of a citizen advisory team. Now it is time for the broader community to weigh in on several options that have been suggested.

Seattle Parks will hold two community meetings. The public is invited to attend and hear about the latest options for re-thinking our community centers.  The meetings will occur in the North and South ends of town:

  • Thursday, June 16
  • Jefferson Community Center, 3801 Beacon Ave S
  • 7 – 8:30 p.m.

The draft options for changing community center operations will be available June 8 at all community centers and on the Seattle Parks and Recreation web page at http://seattle.gov/parks/centers/operations.htm.

Those who are unable to attend the meeting are invited to complete an online survey that will be posted on the web (same site as above) beginning June 8.

For more information, please contact Susan Golub at susan.golub@seattle.gov

Orca Stewardship Training

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The training will take place at the Alki Community Center, 5817 Southwest Stevens St., Learn more about the southern resident orcas, issues impacting them, and what you can do to make a difference. Become an Orca Steward and help us turn the tide for the whales.

Pre-registration is required at Brown Paper Tickets.  (http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/177394). Attendance is limited. Register early!

This project funded in part by a Neighborhood Matching Fund award of the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods.  The training is presented by The Whale Trail – info@thewhaletrail.org.

About the Training

Puget Sound is home to three pods of orcas (J, K and L pods). These beloved and iconic marine mammals were listed as Endangered in 2005. Threats contributing to their decline include lack of prey, toxin accumulations, and stress and noise from vessel impacts. If current trends continue or worsen, they could go extinct in as little as 100 years.

Residents of the Puget Sound region have a tremendous impact on whether the orcas will make it. This pilot program will teach how individuals can make a difference for the whales, the Sound, and the marine life that it sustains. As part of the program, participants will be encouraged to make a commitment to one or more specific stewardship actions.  Lunch will be provided.

About The Whale Trail

The Whale Trail is a series of sites around the region where the public may view orcas and other marine mammals from shore. Its mission is to inspire appreciation and stewardship of whales and our marine environment. The project is partnering with groups, agencies and communities around the region to select and develop the Whale Trail sites, and to create and deliver educational programs. With 20 sites established, the project plans to add at least 20 more this year, including four in West Seattle. For more information, visit www.thewhaletrail.org or www.facebook.com/pages/The-Whale-Trail/114940735193641, or contact info@thewhaletrail.org.

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Sustainable West Seattle Presents: Dirt! The Movie

Sustainable West Seattle Presents:  Dirt! The Movie
Youngstown Cultural Arts Center
4408 Delridge Way Southwest

Sustainable West Seattle will be showing Dirt! The Movie as part of the Sustainable Film Series.  Dirt! The Movie is an insightful and timely film that tells the story of the glorious and unappreciated material beneath our feet. Inspired by William Bryant Logan’s acclaimed book Dirt: The Ecstatic Skin of the Earth, Dirt! The Movie takes a humorous and substantial look into the history and current state of the living organic matter that we come from and will later return to.

Following the film there will be a discussion around soils and composting, hosted by Fred Wemer.  Mr. Wemer has been a certified Master Gardener for 11 years, and volunteers at the Bellevue Demonstration Garden.

$5 suggested donation per attendee.