Trees for Neighborhoods Program Open Again Briefly

The Trees for Neighborhoods program has re-opened applications for Seattle residents to receive free conifer trees to plant in their yards. Apply online using this link! Remaining available species are: deodar cedar, western red cedar, weeping Alaska cedar, and shore pine.

Trees can be picked up on Saturday, November 12th, at Rainier Bean Urban Farm & Wetlands, 5513 S. Cloverdale Street.

Applications will re-open next fall for other tree species and for street tree permits.

For more information contact Norah Kates, Green Cities Project Coordinator, 206-905-6943 or via email at  Or check out Forterra, formerly Cascade Land Conservancy, at 615 Second Avenue, Suite 600, Seattle, or their website at

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November Sustainable Ballard Meet: Backyard Barter and Food

The Sustainable Ballard November Monthly Gathering, November 28, from 6:30 to 9:00 pm at the Sunset Hill Community Club, 3003 NW 66th St., will feature their 2011 Annual Holiday Barter Fair in collaboration with Backyard Barter

This is a Sustainable Ballard Tradition! Come get to know your neighbors! Sustainable Ballard and Backyard Barter are pleased to host an evening of community and food.  Enjoy a potluck dinner and barter!

  • 6:30-7:30 set up, check out other people’s stuff and eat dinner.
  • 7:30-9:00 get your barter on!

What to bring:

  • homemade or homegrown food
  • homemade crafts
  • an offer of labor/skill/mentorship in the garden or kitchen
  • your Thanksgiving leftovers or holiday goodies for the potluck
  • please bring your own dishes this month for the potluck

What not to bring:

  • store-bought items

Let’s prepare for the Holidays by trading our professional and homespun goods and services!

Do you have a something that you like to make for your friends and family at holiday time? (Candles, sweet treats, jewelry, sewn or knitted items, potted plants, etc.) Make some extra and bring it to the barter fair!

Can you provide a service that would make a great gift? (Cooking, cleaning, petsitting, haircuts, design, accounting, etc?) We’ll provide some gift certificates to fill in and offer in trade for stuff.

Find special treasures, and learn about your neighbors special skills. It’s fun and profitable! Get a great jump on your holiday shopping.

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Solar Washington Meeting To Discuss Solar Policy

Solar Washington‘s November Meeting will be from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm, Monday November 14, at the Seattle REI, 222 Yale Ave N, on the north edge of downtown.

Solar Washington is pleased to present a program dedicated to Solar Policy. Our main presenter will be Tony Usibelli, Director of the Energy Office in the Washington State Department of Commerce. Prior to joining Commerce, Tony worked on energy codes with the Washington State University Energy program, managed the energy efficiency-section at the Washington State Energy Office, and was a staff scientist at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory where he researched energy efficiency. Tony tells us that his presentation will be both interesting and provocative.

In addition, Solar WA Board Members will report on their meeting with State Rep. Deb Eddy of the 48th District. Rep. Eddy is a leading politician in Olympia in distributed energy policy. We will also hear the latest from Silicon Energy on their new Made in Washington inverters. Hosted by Artisian Electric, this is a solar gathering not to be missed!

Can’t make it down to REI? Skip the traffic and join us ONLINE to listen or chat questions for the speakers, or just listen in by PHONE. You must reserve a Webinar seat in advance to participate. Note that after registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar.

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Cool Mom-Westside Baby 4th Annual Holiday Toy Swap ‘n Sale

Jumpstart your holiday shopping, save money and lower your carbon footprint by donating and purchasing gently used toys to this year’s Cool Mom Holiday Toy Swap ‘n’ Sale!

CoolMom has partnered with WestSide Baby for this year’s Toy Swap ‘n’ Sale. Help Cool Moms, Dads and Families tread lighter on the planet this holiday season and raise funds for two very deserving organizations.

Volunteer to Help Make this Event a Success! go here to sign up

Here are the details:

  • WHEN: West Seattle, Saturday, November 12th, 9:00 am to 2:00 pm
  • WHO: Presented by CoolMom – All proceeds benefit CoolMom & WestSide Baby
  • WHERE: Fauntleroy Church, 9140 California Ave. SW (Barton & California) West Seattle,
  • WHY: CoolMom wants to help families reduce spending and their carbon footprint this holiday season. From Thanksgiving to New Years Day, household waste in the United States increases by more than 25%. By buying locally used toys instead of newly packaged toys purchased at several stores throughout the state or country, families can reduce their travel fuel consumption and reduce their impact on our recycling and landfill centers. Buying quality used toys also saves families money, which helps in these tough economic times.

There are two ways you can participate:

  1. Donate items before the sale & receive a $5 credit towards your purchase the day of the sale.
  2. Nothing to donate? Show up and shop to your heart’s content.

Please don’t forget your reusable bags to collect your treasures.

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Community Orchard Hosting Rainwater Cistern Workshop

Want to learn more about rainwater, how to capture it, store it and use it?  Learn at a free workshop to be held at the West Seattle Community Orchard, at the north end of the South Seattle Community Campus, near the Horticulture center.

Capturing your Rainwater – Beyond Rain Barrels

How can you hold water for your landscape or home use? It’s easier than you think! Find out how to harvest rainwater from your roof or garage for use in your garden (or your whole house) and leave those rainbarrels behind!

One option is cisterns: saves you money, conserves water, prevents stormwater pollution, remedies drainage issues. Learn how to keep your garden well watered in the dry summer months using free water, and how to get started collecting water for indoor use.

This free workshop will cover the basics and benefits of cisterns, the components of a cistern and how they work, how to customize a system for your landscape, and how to get started collecting your rain in a cistern or in the ground itself. Presented by Nikola Davidson of EarthSystemsNW, a local company specializing in cistern installation for residential homeowners.

The  workshop is from 10:00 am through 12:00 noon with a potluck lunch from noon to 1:00 pm and the work party in the Community Orchard from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm.

For more information contact Laura Sweany at To RSVP or get more information, please visit


Thanks in advance –

Laura Sweany


Highland Park Action Committee Combined Nov-Dec Meeting

Because of the upcoming holidays, we will combine our November and December meetings into one on Wednesday, December 7th. Same time and place: 6:30 potluck, 7:00 meeting, at HPIC on 12th and Holden.

Topics for the combined meeting include:

  • NICKELSVILLE: We heard a lot of questions about Nickelsville at our last meeting, so we have invited a few folks from the city to come address our community. We are waiting to hear back and will send a reminder out, and let you know if Nickelsville will be a part of the agenda for the December 7th meeting.

We had a lot of calls for volunteers for Highland Park at our last meeting that I wanted to pass on to anyone that couldn’t make our meeting (it was a full house!):

  •  WESTCREST PARK: Want to help out the park’s native-plant stewards? They are focusing restoration efforts in front of the south parking lot and could use some help ridding the area of invasive plants and planting native plants. They’d like to form a group of volunteers that meet at the park on a regular basis to help restore the park. If you are interested, contact Jill or Brenda at or
  • POTENTIAL P-PATCH/COMMUNITY GARDEN: Want to see a Community Garden in Highland Park? Possibly at Westcrest- we need your help! We need people that would like a plot, people that are good grant writers, and anyone else that thinks it’s a great idea- contact Brian:
  • PEDESTRIAN SAFETY GRANT: Neighbor Rachael Wright secured a $25,000 grant that was matched by the city with $50,000 more to address pedestrian safety for Highland Park Elementary students. She wrote the grant with a crosswalk on 11th and Holden in mind, but an upcoming 2 day workshop will help determine where the funds will go. If there is a particular spot you’d like to see addressed within a mile of the school, email suggestions to: OR come to the workshop: Sunday, Nov. 20th, from 9:30 am – 4:30 pm and Monday, Nov. 21st, 8:30 am – 4pm at the school. Participation in the workshop is open to Highland Park families, community members, and other interested persons. An RSVP, and a commitment to attend both days is requested. Coffee, Breakfast, and Lunch will be served. Please RSVP and/or send any questions re: workshop to Lorena Kaplan, Manager, Safe Kids Seattle at or call 206.744.9474
  • EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS: West Seattle Be Prepared is looking for a new “captain” for the Highland Park area. Contact Cindi Barker if you are interested:
  • TRANSIT SYSTEM CHANGES: Metro is sharing proposed changes to bus services and listening to public comments. This could mean some big changes to the 125, 128, and 23 bus routes. See what Metro is thinking about, and share what you’d like to see. Participate by taking this survey: or come to the public meeting at Chief Sealth High School on Wednesday, November 9th, 6:30-8:30pm.

Thank you, we look forward to seeing you at our next meeting.  For more information contact the Highland Park Action Committee at

Annual Winter Celebration Potluck

Scenes from last year's Winter Celebration

Join us Friday, Dec. 9 at 7 p.m. to celebrate a great year of sustainable success!

We have so many people to thank and want to end the year with a Winter Celebration Dinner Party — and you’re invited!

We’ll gather at the beautiful Youngstown Cultural Arts Center (4408 Delridge Way Southwest) to enjoy some excellent food and drink. There will be wonderful music and even some special guests! This will be a potluck dinner, so please bring a gift to share.

We’ll also be having a great raffle and sharing this event with other local groups.

Don’t miss this fantastic evening of celebration!

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Don’t miss the West Seattle Barter Fair

Money Free Shopping Spree photo courtesy WestSeattleBlog

Join us for a fun and unique “money free shopping spree” geared toward the holiday shopping season on ‘Green Saturday’, the day after “Black Friday”. We’ll be enjoying a potluck at the same time, so bring a gift to share!

This unique event will be held in an equally unique setting — The Lodge at Camp Long ( 5200 35th Ave SW Seattle, WA 98126). The object of the Barter Fair is to promote more meaningful gifting of products through exchanging services, or items made from raw materials

The “Money Free Shopping Spree” is gift trading. Categories include: Services, Art Crafts, Home Crafts, Food Crafts and Salvaged/Refurbished Items.

If you’re planning to bring an item for bartering, please share what that will be in the comments.

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