Fall SCALLOPS Meeting @ West Seattle Tool LIbrary

The SCALLOPS group will meet in West Seattle for their Fall session on November 12 from 10:00 am through 2:00 pm. Space is extremely limited (30 people) so RSVP if you’re interested in attending – http://wstoollibrary.org/calendar/new-events/event/fall-forward-with-scallops/

The SCALLOPS meeting will be Hosted by Sustainable West Seattle at the West Seattle Tool Library, located in the rear of the Youngstown Cultural Arts Center in North Delridge at 4408 Delridge Way SW.

There will be  mini-workshops on these topics:

  • Starting a Tool Library with Patrick Dunn
  • Community Kitchens with Leika Suzumura
  • Neighborhood Greenways with Stu Hennessey (bring your bike!)

There will also be an open circle to share your success stories with SCALLOPS: What have you done this year with local economy, happiness, community solar, rain gardens, raising chickens? Can your success story turn into success for other communities? If so, and you’re excited to help others get their own program going, please let us know more about your exciting program in the comments box when you register.

The new SCALLOPS website will also be previewed at the meeting.

To get there using public transit, Metro routes 120 and 125 stop directly in front of the building & connect to downtown in 10 minutes.  Carpooling and SOV directions.

 

For questions contact Cathy Tuttle at 206-547-9569 or cathy.tuttle@gmail.com.

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Training: Energy Performance Benchmarking for Buildings

The City of Seattle and the Environmental Protection Agency are offering free building energy peformance benchmarking training.  There will be three four-hour computer based workshops held at the University of Washington in Seattle. There are three morning options so you can work around your existing schedule. You must pre-register to attend, though.  Clicking on the date below will take you to the the registration page for that date’s session.

The EPA and the City of Seattle have developed a pre-recorded webinar training to demonstrate how to benchmark a building’s energy performance using Energy Star’s Portfolio Manager. Instruction includes how to request Automated Benchmarking Services from local utility providers as well as how to annually report to the City of Seattle to comply with Seattle’s Building Energy Benchmarking and Reporting Ordinance. Watch the entire webinar or just the modules relevent to your needs.

Seattle Offers Landslide Awareness Briefings for Homeowners

Landslide Season is Here – Is Your Property Safe?  The City of Seattle offers two free landslide awareness meetings. Heavy rains are likely this year for the Pacific Northwest. As the rain precipitation continues to increase throughout the fall, the threat of landslides will continue to rise in the winter.  During the 2010/2011 landslide season, nearly 100 landslides were reported in Seattle.

Landslide experts agree there is not one single factor that contributes to the amount of slides in the area, but with last year’s La Nina type weather conditions – the wet and cold weather saturated the soil and greatly reduced slope stability.

With 20,000 Seattle properties (mostly residential) in landslide-prone areas, the City of Seattle encourages property owners to take preventive measures to protect themselves from landslides by attending the 2011 City of Seattle Landslide Awareness Meetings.

The City of Seattle will be offering two free landslide awareness meetings on Oct. 29 and Nov. 12 (same format). The public will have the opportunity to consult with public and private landslide experts and learn how to protect themselves from landslides with simple preventive measures, such as the following:

  • Checking downspouts; making sure they are functioning/routed to a safe location
  • Inspecting sloping areas for indications of slope movement and erosion
  • Keeping fill and yard waste off slopes
  • Shutting off the irrigation system and checking it out seasonally
  • Leaving tree stumps in the ground on slopes

The landslide awareness meetings will include a presentation that discusses the causes of landslides, proper drainage for sloping sites, and vegetation maintenance on slopes. The presentation will be followed by a question and answer session and time for one-on-one discussions with professionals in the field, including the City of Seattle, The American Society for Civil Engineers, The Association of Engineering Geologists, The International Society of Arboriculture, and Associated Building Contractors.

Meeting Schedule for Landslide Awareness

  • Saturday, October 29
    • 10:00 am to noon @ Northgate Community Center Multipurpose Room
    • 10510 5th Ave. NE (across from Northgate Mall)
  • Saturday, November 12
    • 10:00 am to noon @ South Seattle Community College
    • Judge Warren & Nobie Chan Education Center
    • 6000 16th Ave. SW (across from the north parking lot)

Background on Seattle Landslides

The landslide record that was documented in the Seattle Landslide Study indicates that 86 percent of landslides that have occurred in the city have some human influence such as excavating and filling on steep slopes, broken pipes and uncontrolled storm water.

Since the devastating landslide season of 1996/1997, which involved over 300 reported landslides, the city has taken steps to prepare and respond to slides by constructing mitigation projects to reduce the potential for future slides. It has also been presenting these public landslide awareness meetings for owners of landslide-prone property.

If a landslide damages your property and you have an immediate concern for your safety, leave the premises and call 9-1-1. Seattle property owners with structures that may be affected by or endangered by a landslide should contact a geotechnical professional for structural evaluation.

To view the current conditions of the USGS rainfall threshold for landslides, please visit: http://landslides.usgs.gov/monitoring/seattle/rtd/plot.php.

For more information about Seattle landslides and the City of Seattle free landslide awareness meetings, please visit: www.seattle.gov/dpd/emergency/landslides.

Take Winter By Storm is a regional campaign aimed at helping citizens and businesses get prepared before bad weather strikes. Learn more at: www.takewinterbystorm.org.

For more information contact Bryan Stevens, Customer Service Manager, Department of Planning and Development, 206-684-5045, or bryan.stevens@seattle.gov

Want To Help Plan Your Local Bus Route? Metro’s Ear Is Open

When Metro launches the new RapidRide C (West Seattle) and D (Ballard) lines in September 2012, Metro will be changing existing bus service to improve the transit system and provide more connections to jobs, schools, and other destinations in Seattle, Shoreline, Burien, Tukwila, SeaTac, and Des Moines. Now is the time for the community to review Metro’s system improvement concepts and share their ideas.

Metro will be hosting a number of public meetings, community partner conversations, and information tables throughout November to get feedback on proposed system improvement concepts in Burien, Des Moines, West Seattle, White Center, South Park, Beacon Hill, Rainier Valley, University District, South Lake Union, Ballard, Queen Anne, Magnolia, Fremont, Greenwood, Shoreline, and other neighborhoods and communities.

More detailed information and a survey will be online after October 21, at www.kingcounty.gov/metro/haveasay..

There are also a series of public meetings to discuss these changes and to solicit your input. Join Metro for an open house and stick around to share your feedback in a facilitated conversation.

Metro Open House dates and locations:

  • Wednesday, November 2 – Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., 12:00-2:00 pm
  • Thursday, November 3 – Adams Elementary School, 6110 28th Ave. NW, 7:00-9:00 pm
  • Monday, Noember 7 – Catharine Blaine Elementary, 2550 34th Ave. W, 6:30-8:30 pm
  • Wednesday, November  9 – Chief Sealth High School, 2600 SW Thistle St., 6:30-8:30 pm
  • Monday, November 14 – Greenwood Senior Center, 525 N 85th St., 6:30-8:30 pm
  • Tuesday, November 15 – South Park Neighborhood Center, 8201 10th Ave. S, 6:30-8:30 pm
  • Thursday, November 17 – Madison Middle School, 3429 45th Ave. SW, 6:30-8:30 pm

For more information, contact DeAnna Martin, Community Relations Planner, King County Department of Transportation, 206-684-1142 or DeAnna.Martin@kingcounty.gov.

Help Plant & Reforest @ City Parks On Green Seattle Day

Join your neighbors for Green Seattle Day 2011.  This year Green Seattle Day is November 5, from 10:00 am through 2:00 pm at over a dozen parks and preserves throughout the city.

Without a coordinated effort, Seattle is at risk of losing 70% of its forests in just 20 years. Green Seattle Day is the kick off to planting season and is a celebration of Seattle’s neighborhood parks and committed neighbors.

Green Seattle Day is a fun way for you and your family to get involved by planting native trees and shrubs in a park near you. Click on a park below to register for this event! *NOTE: if you are registering a group of 10+ people please email Katieca@cascadeland.org.

Parks with Green Seattle Day Work Parties

If you have questions or suggestions, contact Andrea Mojzak, Green Cities Project Associate, 206-905-6920 direct, or email andream@cascadeland.org.  This annual event is supported by the Cascade Land Conservancy.

 

Parks & ARC Seek Public Input on Community Center Plans

Seattle Parks and Recreation and the Associated Recreation Council are seeking your input on ways to improve the Community Center experience. Talk with Parks and Recreation and Associated Recreation staff and neighbors about your ideas to build community relationships. Share your voice on the hours and programs you would like to see at your local community center given the new staffing model set out in the proposed 2012 City budget.

You can find more information on the proposal here: http://seattle.gov/parks/centers/operations.htm.

Parks will be using a World Café format and the public will have an opportunity to

  • Explore community priorities;
  • Identify what Parks should prioritize;
  • Identify what Parks should continue to do;
  • Identify what Parks should stop doing;
  • Identify what the public can do.

Meetings will occur at these West Seattle area Community Centers:

  • Southwest Community Center, 7:00 pm Thursday, October 20
    • 2801 SW Thistle St., 206-684-7438
  • Hiawatha Community Center, 6:30 pm Tuesday, October 25
    • 2700 California Ave. SW, 206-684-7441
  • Delridge Community Center, 7:00 Thursday, October 27
    • 4501 Delridge Way SW, 206-684-7423
  • High Point Community Center, 7:00 pm Monday, November 7
    • 6920 34th Ave. SW, 206-684-7422
  • Alki Community Center, 7:00 pm Wednesday, November 9
    • 5817 SW Stevens St., 206-684-7430

For more information contact Tim Pretare,Acting Senior Recreation Coordinator,Central Community Centers,Seattle Parks and Recreation, 206-233-1500 (office), 206-619-9504 (cell), 206-684-7229 (fax). Also check out the  the Associated Recreation Council at www.arcseattle.org.

West Seattle Group Hosts All Candidate Forum – Schools, Councils, Port

The VIEWS group invites you to a candidate forum Tuesday, October 25 at the Youngstown Cultural Arts Center.  The mixer begins at 6:30 pm and the moderated candidate debate begins at 7:30 pm.  There will be free onsite child care.

VIEWS is a new West Seattle group established to bring complex issues to the West Seattle audience.  VIEWS stands for Visualizing Increased Engagement West Seattle. VIEWS is a non-partisan community organization comprised of local citizens creating programming to educate, engage, and mobilize West Seattle citizens to sustain and improve the quality of life and services available across the peninsula.

The candidate forum will be for candidates for Seattle School Board, for Seattle City Council, for King County Council, and for the Port of Seattle Commission.  If you have a question you want to ask, go to http://central.ly/westseattleforum and click the “Submit Your Question” button at the bottom of the page and fill out the questionnaire.

US HHS Seeks Help on National Emergency Preparedness Policy

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services requests your input to help guide national policy on emergency preparedness:

  • What would influence your actions and decision-making during a public health emergency such as an anthrax attack?
  • How should medicines be given out quickly during a public health emergency?

Decision-makers from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services are seeking opinions from people in King County to help them plan for a public health emergency such as an anthrax attack.

Participants in a 6-hour public engagement meeting will receive $75 in appreciation of their time, with additional stipends available for childcare and transportation as needed. Meetings will be held in 4 locations (Des Moines, West Seattle, Rainier Valley, and north Seattle) on the weekend of November 5-6. Space is limited. Registration is required for participation and you must be able to attend the entire meeting.

When and Where – Choose one meeting to attend

  • Saturday, November 5, 2011, From 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
    • Registration begins at 8:00 am
    • Delridge Community Center, 4501 Delridge Way, SW
    • Highline Community College, 2400 South 240th Street, Building 8, Des Moines
  •  Sunday, November 6, 2011, From 10:00 am to 4:00 pm,
    • Registration begins at 9:00 am
    • North Seattle Community College Cafeteria, 9600 College Way N
    • Rainier Community Center, 4600 38th Ave S

This event is FREE: There is no fee to attend or participate. Breakfast & Lunch will be provided.

Those who pre-register & attend the full meeting are eligible to receive a $75.00 stipend as a tangible thank you. If you have a child aged 12 years or younger who receives childcare, an additional $75.00 childcare stipend is available if you are among the first 30 parents/guardians to register & request the stipend. Childcare services will not be available on-site.

Participating Organizations: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and ResponseWashington State Department of HealthSeattle King County Health Department, and The Keystone Center.

 

 

Be Prepared for The West Seattle Barter Fair: Gifts From Your Own Backyard!

Homemade Gifts and Craft Industries
@The Community Orchard of West Seattle

To help you get a jump on Sustainable West Seattle’s Barter Fair this year, The Community Orchard is hosting an active workshop that will stretch the ideas of holiday gifts and cottage industries to their limits!  Working together with Orchard Manager Laura Sweany, we will share successes (and failures!) we’ve had with sustainable homemade gifts, and start on a list of items that could be crafted as cottage industry or barter fodder from a home yard the size of our Orchard.  You’re almost guaranteed to leave the session with the knowledge and inspiration to create.  You might even leave with a new business idea!

RSVP to The Community Orchard of West Seattle for this event.  FREE

DRCC Updates Duwamish Waterway-Green River Resource Map

The Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition wants you to get your updated Green-Duwamish Watershed Map.

In 2008 the Green-Duwamish Map first edition was printed and released at the April Earth Day “Duwamish Alive” celebration. Since then, the partner organizations who helped create the map have handed out nearly 30,000 maps to volunteers, visitors, school groups, and other interested parties.

In 2009, the Green-Duwamish map won the prestigious Exhibit Award from the Association of King County Historical Organizations.

In April 2011, we printed another 30,000 maps, and included all recent updates, including new bike routes and trails, heritage sites, parks, habitat restoration areas, as well as new photos and images.

For more information, or to order maps, please click here!

Please consider making a tax-deductible contribution to assist DRCC/TAG with the map’s distribution. We want to provide maps for free to school children, local libraries, community centers, tour participants, and other visitors to the Duwamish River.

Click here to donate to the map project, in any amount.