Help Community Harvest of Southwest Seattle Glean Fruit

Please join as they gear up for the summer’s fruit tree harvest cycle!  Since 2007, Community Harvest has been mobilizing volunteers to make use of the abundance growing in our own backyards. Many local residents have highly productive fruit trees, yet are unable deal with the bounty of their trees. Instead of allowing this fruit to go waste, they harvest it for distribution to our local foodbanks so they too can enjoy fresh local fruit. CHoSS so far has harvested and distributed over 13,500 pounds of local fruit thanks to a very generous community!

CHoSS welcomes new and past participants – both tree owners and volunteers!  There are several dates to sign up for but help is most needed in late August and early September with our unusually long spring affecting ripening cycles.  To volunteer your tree:  http://gleanit.org/treedonorform.htmland/or  or to volunteer, please email melissa@gleanit.org or sign up via the volunteer form here:  http://gleanit.org/project_harvest.html.  Most gleaning work parties are held in the early evenings and on Sunday afternoons for your convenience.  See you in the field!

Parks Hosting Meeting For Roxhill Park Update & Skatespot

Seattle Parks and Recreation invites you and your family to meet the designers of the new play area and skatespot to be built at Roxhill Park. Whether you’re hearing about it for the first time, or are already actively involved, you to bring your ideas and creative thoughts to the initial public meeting.

At this meeting, Parks staff will outline the project scope and schedule, and learn what the community priorities are for transforming the play area and incorporatinga new skatespot into the park.

A skatespot is smaller than a full skatepark, but large enough to incorporate multiple skateboarding features. This skatespot is expected to be 8,000 square feet. For more information on Seattle Skatepark planning visit http://www.seattle.gov/parks/projects/Skatepark.htm

The meeting will occur Wednesday, Auguat 10, from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm, at the Southwest Branch Library, 9010 35th Ave. SW.

For more information, visit the project website http://seattle.gov/parks/projects/roxhill/, or contact Kelly Davidson, Seattle Parks and Recreation, 800 Maynard Ave S., Suite 300, or phone 206-684-0998, or email kelly.davidson@seattle.gov

Walk Seattle’s Olmsted Parks: 3-Day Sound Steps Program

Seattle Parks’ Lifelong Recreation Sound Steps Walking Program hosts a three-day Olmsted park to park walk on August 4, 5, 6

Walkers will see historic Olmsted parks and boulevards, and recent improvements which have been to them.

Hearty walkers should mark their calendars for a fabulous three-day park to park walk Thursday through Saturday, August 4 – 6. This walk, organized by Seattle Parks and Recreation’s Sound Steps Walking Program for walkers 50 and better, highlights the historic Olmsted park plan and some improvements made possible by the voter-approved 2000 Pro Parks Levy and the 2008 Parks and Green Spaces Levy.

Here is the walk schedule:

Thursday, August 4: Meet at Seward Park’s Caffe Vita (5028 Wilson Ave. S). The walk proceeds from Seward Park to Capitol Hill by way of Genesee Park, Jefferson Park, Cheasty Blvd, Mount Baker Park, and the many other parks along Lake Washington Blvd.

Friday, August 5: Meet at Victrola Coffee (411 15th Ave. E). Walk from Capitol Hill to Ballard, by way of Volunteer Park, Interlaken Blvd., the Washington Park Arboretum, the University of Washington campus, Ravenna Park, Green Lake Park, and Woodland Park.

Saturday, August 6: Meet at Aster Coffee (5615 24th Ave. NW). Walk from Ballard to Queen Anne by way of Discovery Park, Magnolia Blvd, Kinnear Park, and Queen Anne Blvd.

Total distance for each day is between 12 and 13 miles. Each day will begin with coffee at 8:30 a.m. and will include stops for lunch, afternoon cold drinks, and an early dinner. The walk itself is free, but you’ll need to pay for your own food and beverages. Although many rest stops are included, the walk pace is moderately brisk.

People can join the walk for one, two, or all three days. It’s one way, so walkers should plan to use Metro, or have an accommodating friend or family member to deliver them each morning and pick them up later in the day.

To join the group for this unique opportunity to experience Seattle’s Olmsted parks on foot, please respond by Tuesday, August 2 to Mari Becker at sound.steps@seattle.gov or 206-684-4664.

Sierra Club Publishes Clean (& Dirty) Air Map of US

How Clean Is Your Air?

Take a deep breath. How clean is the air you just inhaled? It all depends on where you call home.

The Sierra Club Beyond Coal campaign has launched an online air pollution map that shows how much air pollution there is where you live, how many people are at risk for health problems from coal pollution, and how many asthma attacks and premature deaths are caused by coal-fired power plants.

Want to know how clean (or dirty) your air is? Check it out the link.

 

Energy Star Workshop for Property Owners, Managers

A free Energy Star Portfolio Manager Training course is offered on August 3, 2011.

NEEA BetterBricks and the City of Seattle offer this free workshop for building owners, property managers and service providers to support compliance with the City of Seattle’s building energy benchmarking and disclosure ordinance. The course takes place at the University of Washington Mary Gates Hall, Room 044, from 8:00 am through 12:00 noon.

This hands-on session will teach you how to benchmark your building’s energy performance using the free on-line tool ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager. Participants will also learn about the ordinance reporting requirements and new services available for automated benchmarking from Seattle City Light, Puget Sound Energy and Seattle Steam. Registration is required and can be done through this link http://www.eventbrite.com/contact-organizer?eid=1868084491

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Help Create California Avenue Rain Garden Saturday

Join Sustainable Seattle and Alleycat Acres in digging the first rain garden in the Russell Foundation-funded Sustainable Rain project.  Come help create a rain garden in West Seattle this Saturday, July 30, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at 5902 SW California Avenue SW, near corner of SW Juneau St.

Come help create this garden at a business/residence, protect the Puget Sound, and support sustainable businesses. Come for as long as you can, meet great folks, and learn about rain gardens.

Bring shovel (if you have), gloves, and water to drink. Bring kids if you can supervise them.

For more information, contact Amy Waterman,Project Lead,  amy@sustainableseattle.org, by phone at 206-719-0534.  Check out the Sustainable Seattle Stewardship Develpment at  http://www.sustainableseattle.org/programs/stewardshipdevelopment.[mappress mapid=”407″]

 

Test Your Deep Bore Tunnel Knowledge & Read Final EIS

Sustainable West Seattle has compiled a short quiz which tests your knowledge about the Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement Project.

SWS is providing this quiz as a public service because of the complexities of the project, and the conflicting information which as been distributed.  The quiz is based on information contained in the EIS – so, please become better informed by taking the quiz and by reading the Environmental Impact Statement.

Read more

City, County, Port, & School Candidates Forum @ SSCC

The West Seattle Candidate’s Forum will be held at the Brockey Center on the campus of South Seattle Community College at 6000 16th Avenue SW, in the Delridge area of West Seattle. All city and county council candidates, school board candidates, and referenda representatives will appear before an active and engaged community of West Seattle citizens and service organizations at 7:30 pm on Thursday, July 28th.

The event begins with a 6:30 pm ice cream social fundraiser for the West Seattle Food Bank, featuring candidates serving up Husky Deli™ ice cream and chatting with constituents; followed by a performance of the Dangerettes drill team squad. Finally, the forum itself will consist of a debate-style format in three parts — part 1 Referenda and Port Commission candidates; part 2 City and County Council candidates; part 3 school board candidates.

Representatives from the county elections board, and community organizations such as Neighborhood House and Sustainable West Seattle will be on-hand to answer questions and provide information about community resources. Free on-site child care will be provided, and translation services are available in Spanish, Somaali, Chinese, Russian, and Vietnamese.

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Help Restore Native Forest in West Duwamish Greenbelt

The Nature Consortium is seeking volunteers on a regular basis for Urban Forest Restoration in the Duwamish Greenbelt.

The work parties meet every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm in the West Duwamish Greenbelt in West Seattle, locations within the greenbelt vary, but you can get directions to the work party location for a particular day by RSVP-ing to the sign-up page on their website – http://www.naturec.org/volunteer/

The West Duwamish Greenbelt is the largest contiguous forest in the city of Seattle, stretching from West Seattle to Burien. It includes 182 acres of park land and another 300 acres in privately owned land.

Foxes, red-legged frogs, hawks, and bald eagles are found within the greenbelt. Each work party begins with a short informal forest ecology workshop, and we spend the remainder of the time performing various restoration activities, including planting native trees and shrubs, removing invasive species, mulching previously-planted areas, and more.

To connect art into this project we hire local musicians to perform in the woods during many work parties.

For more information and to sign up, contact Lizzie Jackson (Petrin), 206-923-0853, lizzie@naturec.org, Restoration Project Coordinator, Nature Consortium, Youngstown Cultural Arts Center (4408 Delridge Way SW) suite #107, first floor right near top of ramp.

Also checkout out the Nature Consortium’s web at www.naturec.org

Referendum 1 (Tunnel Yes/No) Forum @WSHS Thursday

The West Seattle Chamber of Commerce is hosting a Referendum 1 Community Forum tomorrow, Thursday, July 21, from 6:00 pm to  7:30 pm at the West Seattle High School Auditorium – 3000 California Ave SW.

If you are curious about the facts of the case, plan on attending an evening discussion on the hottest topic in the upcoming election: Referendum 1.

This evening community forum has been set up to openly review the two sides to Referendum 1.  The forum will be moderated by Tracy Record of the West Seattle Blog and feature players from the two key camps trying to champion opposing views on Referendum 1: Protect Seattle Now and Let’s Move Forward.

There is no cost to attend and reservations are not necessary. The evening is being hosted by the West Seattle Chamber of Commerce and we welcome everyone in the community.

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