Help Kick Off Volunteer Weekend: May Day in Garden, DIY Bike Repair in High Gear

Get ready for a long and prosperous growing season. Start by building your soil. This week at COWS, (Community Orchard of West Seattle) we will be showing how to build rich and lasting soil beds using the lasagna garden method. The lasagna garden method is a layered approach to soil building using stuff you already have. This May Day edition of our usual Thursday Health and Harvest starts at 5:00 pm with the soil building class between 5 and 6:00 pm. 
The Community Orchard of West Seattle is located at the north end of the South Seattle College campus, 6000 16th Ave. S.W.  For more information, contact Stu at alkistu@hotmail.com, or visit the website  at www.fruitinwestseattle.org.

And, to continue through the weekend, DIY Bikes will be starting their non profit repair facility at the West Seattle Tool Library this Sunday May 4th from noon to 4:00 pm. This schedule will continue each Sunday through out the summer months.

DIY Bikes continues to teach anyone how to keep their bicycles running smooth and safe by using hands-on repair sessions. The tools, materials, facility and knowledge are all free. Major parts replacement for a particular bike may have a necessary pricing element,  and, as always donations are accepted.

Learn-Fix-Ride. See more at www.diybikes.org

DIY Bikes also will be doing bike repair and bike repair teaching at Alki Summer Streets, May 18th.

Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition Hosting Special Sustainable Practice Walks

Rain2RiverExperience your neighborhood on foot while discovering how you can make it a better place. The event is called Rain2River and there are two dates when you can participate:

  • April 27, Sunday – Rain2River Walk South Park
    • 1:30 pm to 4:00 pm
    • Duwamish Waterway Park, 7900 10th Ave. S, South Park
    • RSVP by clicking here, participation is free
  • May 4, Sunday – Rain2River Walk West Seattle
    • 1:30 pm to 4:00 pm
    • Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, 4408 Delridge Way SW, West Seattle
    • RSVP by clicking here, participation is free

The event consists of two different parts: a walk and a boat tour. The focus of the walk will be to learn about grey and green infrastructure, sustainable practices, polluted runoff (stormwater), easy solutions to keep contamination from reaching our rivers and Puget Sound, and what’s being currently being done by local neighbors/organizations to prevent this from happening. In addition to informing and educating, the program will also be providing tangible, realistic solutions to this problem.

Everyone who attends the walk also gets to go on a two-hour boat tour on the Duwamish River on a later date roughly two to three weeks afterwards.

For more information contact Anna Mines, Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition/Technical Advisory Group, by email at anna@duwamishcleanup.org, or by phone at 206-427 1475.

Register Now for Your Spot on Alki Avenue – Summer Streets Returns May 18

AlkiSummerStreetsGet Ready.  Alki Summer Streets is back on Sunday, May 18 from 11:oo am to 5:00 pm!

This free event opens the city’s largest public space – the streets – so people can walk, bike, roll, run, skip and shop – without having to watch out for vehicles.

As in the past, Summer Streets is partnering with the West Seattle High School PTSA 5K Run/Walk.
Get Involved. Sign up to participate on the city’s website by April 4 to ensure a spot and get on our activity map. Alki always looks forward to the event. Host an activity, promote a special sale and expose your organization to thousands of neighbors!

Seattle Summer Streets fosters civic pride and represent investments in Seattle’s vitality, livability and diversity. Show you care about your neighborhood and engage thousands of fellow Seattleites during this fantastic Sunday party. If you have participated before, you know how fun and rewarding Summer Streets is, and you’re invited back to come and play.
Get Updates. Follow the program on Facebook to get the latest scoop and see videos and pictures of past events. Email questions to Summer.Streets@Seattle.gov.

Make sure you sign up to participate on the city’s website by April 4 so you can get a prime spot on Alki Avenue. 

Seattle Parks Month-Long Earth Day Celebration: Help Clean, Restore and Improve City Parks – Pick A Park, Sign Up

EarthDayEverydayCelebrate Earth Month with Seattle Parks and Recreation.

Seattle Parks and Recreation, works toward improving the quality of life for Seattle residents every day. Because open spaces and greenspaces provide tremendous educational and recreational opportunities, it is vital to maintain them.

For example, our own Camp Long spent 2013 training the next generation of environmental stewards, helping 2,500 participants enhance their teamwork and leadership skills at the ropes challenge course, training 32 teens and 36 adults to teach outdoor experiential learning and hosting 22 immigrant families for a camping immersion weekend.

Parks and Recreation is choosing to celebrate not just April 22 as Earth Day, but all of April as Earth Month. Join Seattle Parks and Recreation in giving back to our parks and helping sustain and celebrate the City’s outdoor classrooms. Events kick off this Friday, April 4.

  • April 4: Remember the Earth at Ravenna Park, 10:00 am to 12:00 noon
    • Celebrate Earth Month by removing invasive plants at Ravenna Park with EarthCorps. Tools, gloves, light refreshments and education about local ecology provided. Register by April 1 at http://www.earthcorps.org/volunteer.php
  • April 5 and April 19: Earth Month at Seward Park, 10:00 am to 12:00 noon
    • Bring your family and friends to celebrate Earth Month at Seward Park and restore shoreline habitat with Friends of the Cedar River Watershed through the Green Seattle Partnership! For details, call Amy Kaeser at 206-297-8141.
  • April 5 and April 25: Earth Month at Camp Long, 10 am to 2:00 pm
  • April 6: Celebrate the Earth at Little Brook Natural Area, 10 am to 1:00 pm
  • April 12: Celebrate the Earth at Kingfisher Natural Area, 10 am to 1:00 pm
  • April 16: Specialized Programs Starlight Social at Miller Community Center, 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm
    • This is a fun weekly social program for special needs individuals 18 years and older at Miller Community Center. The theme for April 16 is Earth Day Cleanup and Craft. To register, call Specialized Programs at 206-684-4950.
  • April 17: Plant Exchange at Miller Community Center, 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
    • Celebrate springtime in Seattle with fellow gardeners at Miller Community Center. Share plants, seeds, tools, supplies, yard art and knowledge. Everyone is welcome, especially new gardeners. You don’t need to bring anything, but recyclable containers will help carry away your treasures. For details, call the community center at 206-684-4753.
  • April 19: Earth Gay 2014 at Cheasty Greenspace, 9:30 am to 2:30 pm
  • April 19: Earth Day Celebration at Me-Kwa-Mooks Park, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
  • April 19: Earth Day Service Project at Seward Park, 10:00 to 2:00 pm
  • April 19: Beach Cleanup at Discovery Park and Lincoln Park, 10:00 am to 12:30 pm
    • Celebrate the Earth by making a difference in the health of Puget Sound. Puget Sound beaches get trashed (literally) during the winter months and need cleaning. All needed supplies and safety instructions provided. All children must be accompanied by an adult. To register, call the Discovery Park Visitors Center at 206-386-4236.
  • April 19Are You Bloomin’ Mad? at Discovery Park,  1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
    • Celebrate the Earth by learning about Pacific Northwest forests at Discovery Park. Enjoy the beauty and wonder of spring wildflowers and learn some of the local plants that make our habitats healthy. This program designed for ages 5 and older. All children must be accompanied by an adult. To register, call the Discovery Park Visitors Center at 206-386-4236.
  • April 21 through 27: Earth Week with Friends of the Burke-Gilman, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm
    • Celebrate Earth Week on the Burke-Gilman Trail digging out blackberries with your neighbors. For details, email Jim Corson at jim.corson@comcast.net.
  • April 22: Earth Day Service Project for Youth at Rainier Beach Community Center
    • Join Rainier Beach Community Center in giving back. All youth ages 12-17 are encouraged to attend. This project may qualify for school service learning hours. For details, call the community center at 206-386-1925.
  • April 26: Earth Month at Westcrest Park, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
  • April 26: 34th Annual Carkeek Park Earth Day, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
    • Looking for ways to get involved at your favorite park? Visit Carkeek Park to learn about short-term and long-term opportunities to keep the area thriving. For more information, call Bill Malatinsky at 206-684-5999 or email Bill.Malatinsky@seattle.gov.

For more work party events, please visit http://www.seattle.gov/parks/calendar/volunteer.htm.

Solarize Washington Coming to West Seattle This Spring, Volunteers Needed

solarize WA logoUPDATED:

Northwest SEED will be holding a volunteer orientation for their upcoming Solarize West Seattle Campaign on April 29, from 6:00 to 7:45 pm in the community room of the High Point Branch Library at 3411 SW Raymond Street, southeast corner of SW Raymond and 35th Ave. SW.

All are welcome to attend the orientation, which will include an introduction to solar energy technology and costs and a discussion of the values and characteristics that the community is looking for in a solar contractor.

Solarize Washington is a community-led effort to simplify and cut the cost of investing in a solar electric system through public education and group discounts. The West Seattle campaign will kick off in July, with volunteers selecting a solar contractor and planning outreach efforts starting in May.

More information is available at http://solarizewa.org/, by emailing eli@nwseed.org, or by calling (206) 267-2213.There is an exciting solar energy opportunity coming to West Seattle neighborhoods this spring.

Northwest SEED is launching a Solarize campaign this spring in West Seattle. This will be the 8th campaign organized by Northwest SEED; previous campaigns have resulted in discounts of up to 20% off the cost of a solar system, nearly 500 solar installations, and an investment of over $12 million in our local economy.

Solarize Seattle is a community-led effort designed to accelerate the installation of solar electric systems for homeowners through public education and a group purchase discount. The program is managed by the local environmental non-profit Northwest SEED, in partnership with Seattle City Light. More information about the project can be found on our website www.solarizewa.org.

In order to have a successful campaign in West Seattle, Northwest SEED is seeking the support of local neighborhood groups, as well as individual volunteers, who can help select a solar contractor to serve the neighborhood, organize public educational workshops, and help spread the word about this opportunity. Their goal is to organize a volunteer orientation meeting in late April and start the process of selecting a solar contractor in May. The campaign will officially launch with public workshops in July.

If there are members or other organizations or individuals who are interested in helping with this effort, please forward this notice and/or contact Eli Seely & Mia Devine at Northwest SEED, 1402 3rd Ave, Suite 901, or online at www.nwseed.org or alternatively at www.solarizewa.org, or by phone at 206-267-2213 or by email to Eli Seely at eli@nwseed.org

SWS Volunteer Orientation and Appreciation Party May 3 – Celebrating Past and Current Volunteers – Recruiting New Volunteers!

New Volunteer Event Poster-page-0Please come join Sustainable West Seattle at the Cross Fit Gym in Admiral for our first Volunteer Orientation and Volunteer Appreciation Party. Our new date is May 3 from 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm.

Our exciting and informative agenda will include: orientation for new volunteers including a description of what Sustainable West Seattle volunteers do and where new volunteers can help with the many opportunities we offer.

SWS volunteers work at the Tool Library, the Community Orchard, the Tox-Ick wastewater awareness program, the multiple bicycle activities including Spokespeople, West Seattle Bike Connections, DIY – teaching youth to repair bikes, and many more activities where our volunteers are the essential ingredient.

Later in the day, we will host our Volunteer Appreciation Party that will include a pot-luck. SWS will provide some of the more essential food and drink elements.

For additional information contact Kimberly Leeper at kimberly@sustainablewestseattle.org

Contact: Kimberly Leeper  Kimberly@sustainablewestseattle.org

2014 GreenLife Application Now Available

GreenLife RegistrationSustainable West Seattle and the West Seattle Junction Association are pleased to announce that the application for the 2014 GreenLife section of West Seattle Summer Fest is now available online:  https://oliverlittle.wufoo.com/forms/greenlife-2014-registration-form/

The mission of GreenLife is to to raise awareness and equip our community with tools, knowledge and capabilities to create a more sustainable West Seattle. We are looking for local businesses to showcase merchandise, products and services related to these goals.

Organizations, including many local non-profits, contributing to this Expo will provide information, demonstrations and products in these areas:

  • Home gardens – grow your own food, capture your rain water
  • Composting – how to do it in your kitchen or yard
  • Permaculture – what is it and how your garden can be sustainable
  • Bee keeping and honey – how to raise a hive and harvest the honey
  • Backyard chickens – learn how to raise and keep them
  • Community fruit harvesting – learn how you can help the Food Banks
  • Puget Sound and local streams – learn how you can help clean them up

The application requires a $20 application fee. The tabling cost is $250 for commercial vendors and $75 for non-profit vendors. The application deadline is April 15th, but we usually fill up prior to this date so get your application in early.

Please contact Christina Hahs at christina.hahs@gmail.com or 360-269-0332 with questions.