Pierce County HarvestFEST @ Local Pierce County Farms


Saturday, October 1,  10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Farm tours paired with kid’s activities, farm animals, pumpkin patches, corn mazes, chef demos, farm stands, wine tastings, a fiber arts show and other educational events.

Farming areas include Key Peninsula, Puyallup River Valley/Orting, Roy and Eatonville.

These event are free, with a $5 suggested donation to help preserve the farm tour tradition.

For more information contact Joan Weiss Event Coordinator, WSU Extension – King and Pierce County, at 206-218-6632 or email joan.weiss@wsu.edu.

King County Fall Harvest Celebration @ Vashon Island Farms


Vashon Island

Sunday, Sept. 25, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Farm tours paired with kid’s activities, farm animals, chef demos, farm stands, wine tastings, and educational events.

Farms include Island Meadow Farm, GreenMan Farm, Vashon Winery, Plum Forest Farm, Sun Island Farm and the gardens of Colleen James, King County Certified Master Gardener.

Check ferry schedule for crossing times as schedule changes on Sept 25. Use WSDOT’s Ferry Schedule site for the latest schedule information.

For more information contact Joan Weiss Event Coordinator, WSU Extension – King and Pierce County, at 206-218-6632 or email joan.weiss@wsu.edu.

King County Fall Harvest Celebration @ Snoqualmie Valley Farms


Snoqualmie Valley

Saturday, Sept. 24, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Farm tours paired with kid’s activities, farm stands, animals, chef demos, cedar canoe carving, historical displays, a photo exhibit and other educational events.

Farms include Dog Mountain Farm, Oxbow Farm, Jubilee Farm, Carnation Tree Farm, Alpacas at Legacy Ranch, Baxter Barn, and Fall City Farms.

For more information contact Joan Weiss Event Coordinator, WSU Extension – King and Pierce County, at 206-218-6632 or email joan.weiss@wsu.edu.





CoolMom Annual Toy Swap and Sale

CoolMom is holding a Toy Swap and Sale on November 12th.

This is CoolMom’s annual event. Stock up for Christmas with gently used toys. If you donate goods to the sale, you will receive shopping credit at the sale for your donation(s).

Please begin cleaning out your toy boxes and stay tuned for more information about where to deliver them. Let us know if you’d be willing to volunteer on the day of the sale, pricing items ahead of time, or helping with set-up the night before.

If you’d be interested in chairing the Toy Swap and Sale in 2012, please contact CoolMom Executive Director Terri Glaberson at terri@coolmom.org.

CoolMom Tackles Lunchbox Waste at September’s Meeting

CoolMom‘s September 14 member meeting will be on reducing the waste present in school lunches packed by parents.

The meeting is from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm at C&P Coffee, on California Ave. SW. The topic  “Treading lightly in the lunch box – zero waste school lunches.”

The discussion will include:

  • How to start a food-waste compost program in your child’s school – please let me know ahead of time if you can make it and already participate in a food waste program at your child’s school
  • Show and tell: bring your favorite lunch box product to share with the group along with stories on how your family minimizes waste at lunch.

White Center Community Presents ‘What Is Democracy’ Forum

Members of the 34th District Democrats area hosting a “What Is Democracy” presentation at the White Center Community Cultural Center at 9421 18th Avenue SW on Friday, September 23, from 6:45 pm to 8:00 pm.

The forum will inform attendees of:

  • Your rights and responsibilities;
  • How to become involved in your community;
  • What it means to have a voice in politics.

The presentation will be by Jacque Larrainzar, a human and civil rights activist, and by Karen Chilcutt, chair of the West Seattle Democratic Women, and by members of the 34th District Democrats Diversity Committee.

West Seattle Triangle Zoning Hearing Set @ Senior Center

Seattle’s Department of Planning and Development has been working on the West Seattle Triangle area (area bounded by 35th Ave. SW, Fauntleroy Way SW, and SW Alaska St.) with community and area business leaders for the past two years.  They have reached a point where:

  1. DPD is working with SDOT and other departments on final review for the Streetscape Concept Plan. DPD will be updating a few graphics in the Urban Design Framework (which contains the Concept Plan as Chapter 4), and forwarding the document to the community in the next couple of weeks. Meanwhile, the draft document is still available on the project web site: www.seattle.gov/dpd/Planning/WestSeattleTriangle/
  2. The City Council has scheduled a public hearing on proposed zoning and Land Use Code amendments. The report outlining the proposal is available by clicking here.

The City Council hearing on the Triangle zoning will be held in West Seattle October 11, beginning at 6:00 pm in the West Seattle Senior Center, 4217 SW Oregon Street.

For more information contact the DPD manager working this project, Susan McLain at 206-684-0432


Emergency Preparedness Training Includes Pet Precautions

West Seattle Be Prepared’s Training and Education Series resumes on Sept 28th!

The 2011 Training and Education series continues following our summer hiatus on September 28th with a topic most of us needs to plan for: Pet Preparedness!  The presentation begins at 6:30 pm at the Senior Center of West Seattle, SW Oregon St. around the corner from California Ave. SW.

If you have pets, do you have a disaster plan for them?

What should you do for your pet before, during and after an disaster? What do they need in their emergency bag? How do you best handle a frightened and upset dog, cat, bird or reptile? Do you have ideas for pets with special needs, such as tropical fish who need warmth during an extended power outage? What, if any, help will be available for pets after a disaster?

Did you know…

  • “More than 30 percent of individuals who refused to evacuate during Hurricane Katrina did so because they were unwilling to leave their pets behind. An ASPCA survey conducted in 2004 revealed that 67 percent of the respondents would refuse to leave pets behind or go to an evacuation shelter that did not accept pets.” (ASPCA.org)

Our special guest speaker is Gretchen McCallum President and co-founder of the Washington State Animal Response Team (WASART) which was formed in 2007 and headquartered in Enumclaw, WA.

Gretchen is a retired King County attorney who is now focusing her attention on pet preparedness and furthering the Mission of WASART which is helping animals and their owners – through disaster preparedness, education, and emergency response.

We will have materials to take home with you including checklists and resources for more information and training.

Event Details

  • What: Pet Preparedness Presentation followed by discussion and Q&A.
  • When: Wednesday, September 28th, 2011; 6:30 pm -8:30 pm.
  • Where: West Seattle Senior Center (4217 SW Oregon Street, corner of California Ave SW & Oregon, 2nd floor; the entrance is on SW Oregon Street).
  • Who: Everyone is welcome! An RSVP would be appreciated, but is not necessary to attend. We hope to see you there!

For more information, contact us:  West Seattle Be Prepared at these online sources:

Burien ArtsAGlow Lantern Festival & Procession @ Dottie Harper Park

Burien’s ArtsAGlow Lantern Festival & Procession is this Saturday, September 10, from 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm and is free.  The location is Dottie Harper Park, 421 SW 146th Street in downtown Burien.

This is a magical evening in the forest and there will be lantern art and performers around every corner, face painting, tea leaf reading, and tea and treats to be sampled. Make your own lantern and join the procession at dusk (8ish)!

And a special surprise performance after the procession…don’t miss it! Community Procession at Dusk! Bring bells to play as you walk to make beautiful music!

The evening’s schedule of activities:

Lanterns can also be made earlier that day at Kids Day at the Burien Fire Station, or make a balloon lantern at home! You can also make a lantern from glass jars or plastic water bottles, pie tins ,paper bags, tin cans…you can recycle and be creative! Light your lantern with glow sticks or battery operated candles!

For more information contact Gina Kallman at City of Burien.

City Hosts Urban Agriculture Business Forum @ City Hall

Calling all current and future urban agriculture businesses! Do you wonder about permitting and zoning issues that affect urban food production? Do you know that there are business services available to help “grow” your business? Ever wonder how other small sectors have developed? Then join us for an Urban Agriculture Business Forum, September 19, 2011, 4:00 to 6:00 pm, Bertha Knight Landes Room, Seattle City Hall, 600 4th Avenue.

The forum will:

  • Share information about city services and programs available to urban ag
  • Share information about policies and regulations impacting urban ag
  • Discuss development strategies used by other growing sectors citywide
  • Strategize around the next steps needed for promoting urban agriculture and its unique needs

Connect with representatives from the Office of Economic Development, Department of Planning and Development, Department of Neighborhoods and the P-Patch Program, Seattle Department of Transportation, Public Health – Seattle & King County, and Washington State University Extension.

RSVP by Wednesday, September 14. Please indicate if you will need interpretation or other accommodations. Contact Eva Ringstrom at conlin.intern@seattle.gov, phyllis.shulman@seattle.gov or call Councilmember Richard Conlin’s office at 206-684-8805.