Earth Week Barbeque and Fun

WSTL BBQ Poster

Celebrate Earth Week with your neighbors at the West Seattle Tool Library!

Save the Date, Sunday, April 19th from noon to 4pm for fun and food.

Activities for the whole family include,

    Healthy local foods BBQ, including veggies, burgers, brats, and delicious side dishes-Kids seed start and worm farming-Free garden tool sharpening and wheel barrow repairs-Free DIYBIKES.org bicycle repair clinics-Bio Char demonstrations-West Seattle Tool Library membership discounts-and for the current members, LATE TOOL RETURN AMNESTY!

Indoors or Outdoors at the Youngstown Cultural and Arts Center, 4408 Delridge Way SW.

Recommended donations $10 individual or $20 Family family-bbq-md

Start Earth Week off by celebrating the success of the West Seattle Tool Library on Sunday April 19th from noon to 4pm. The West Seattle Tool Library is a project of Sustainable West Seattle and provides tools for DIY projects as well as for community organizations working toward an earth friendly society.

April Meaningful Movies

Saturday, April 4, West Seattle Meaningful Movie

Dear friends,

Saturday, April 4

West Seattle Meaningful Movies presents
 

 
 
1 hour, 8 minutes
 
A film that examines the subtle and gross dynamics of racial discrimination and what white privilege really means.
We will also talk about how racial inequality relates to climate change.
 
6:30 doors open for snacks and social time
7:00 movie, followed by optional discussion
 

Bus numbers 21 and 128

 
NO CHARGE, but donations gratefully received.
 
Help us minimize waste—bring your own mug.
 
 
Get connected and informed for yourself, your family, your community, and your planet.

All Walk Encouragement Rally This Easter Sunday

save_the_arcticFollowed by a march to Terminal 5 to encourage the Port to rescind the lease agreement with Shell Oil through Foss Marine.

This is a special All Walk Encouragement Rally not only because it is Easter Sunday but because we are going to have our voice heard on the Port of Seattle’s decision to store Shell Oil Companies Arctic Drilling Equipment in West Seattle at the port’s Terminal 5.

After the All Walk Encouragement Rally in the Alaska Junction from noon-1pm we will gather to peacefully march to the entrance of Terminal 5 at Chelan St. and West Marginal Way. There we will be holding a rally with speakers from various groups along with music. Easter Walk Flyer

This march is sponsored by The Green Party of Seattle and supported by 350.org, Backbone and Greenpeace.

 

 

 

 

Local Businesses Combat Seattle’s Leftover Paint Problem

Second Use Building Materials and NOVO Painting are teaming up to combat the issue of used paint in Seattle. Without a paint stewardship program, Washington residents are forced to dry leftover latex paint with kitty litter or paint hardener and toss it in the landfill.

In effort to divert leftover latex paint from the landfill and get it into the hands of people that need it, Second Use and NOVO Painting are hosting a Used Paint Drive on March 28th from 10-4 at the Second Use Store in SODO.

There is no cost for individuals to drop off leftover paint, but there are the following requirements:

Paint must be in good, reusable condition. Second Use reserves the right to turn away unsatisfactory paint
Paint must be free of any solid matter
Paint must be latex
Paint will only be accepted between 10-4 on March 28th.
This is a one-time event, and paint donations outside of those hours will be refused.
In an effort to allow the most households to participate, we cannot accept quantities exceeding 25 gallons
Individuals or community groups interested in free used paint can contact maryanne@seconduse.com to receive more information about paint distribution.

Please help our community responsibly dispose of their paint by sharing this event.  Do not hesitate to contact us for additional information.

2015 Killer Whale Research Presentation

Come see a great presentation at CP Coffee:
2015 Killer Whale Research Survey
Presentation by Brad Hanson, Northwest Fisheries Science Center
When: Thursday March 26, 7 – 8:30 pm.
–Doors open at 6:15
Where: C&P Coffee Company, 5612 California Ave SW
Cost: $5 suggested donation; kids free
Advance tickets: brownpapertickets.com
Presented by The Whale Trail
Researchers recently spent 21 days aboard the NOAA ship Bell M. Shimada, tracking endangered Southern Resident killer whales (SRKWs) off the coasts of Washington and Oregon. Good weather and ocean conditions allowed researchers exceptional access to the whales, including the first sighting of new calf L121, during their winter foraging period.

The winter survey addressed a high research priority to fill a major gap in our understanding of SRKWs life history—where these whales go during the winter, what they do, and what they eat.

Join us for this special presentation by Dr. Brad Hanson, NWFSC lead killer whale researcher. Be the first to hear what researchers observed, and how data collected on this cruise will help recover J, K and L pods.


This is the first in the 2015 series Orca Talks hosted by The Whale Trail in West Seattle. The event also features updates from Robin Lindsay (Seal Sitters), and Diver Laura James (tox-ick.org).

Buy tickets early to reserve your seat. And hurry! This will likely sell out.

About the Speaker

Brad Hanson joined the Northwest Fisheries Science Center in April of 2003. Previously, Brad worked as a Wildlife Biologist at the National Marine Mammal Laboratory in Seattle, WA. Brad received a Ph.D. from the University of Washington where he worked on the development of improved tag attachment systems for small cetaceans. He also holds an M.S. in Fisheries from the University of Washington and a B.A. in Zoology also from the University of Washington.  Brad is an ecologist and is currently studying foraging and habitat use of Southern Resident killer whales and health assessment of harbor and Dall’s porpoises.

About The Whale Trail

The Whale Trail (www.thewhaletrail.org) is a series of sites around the region where the public may view orcas and other marine mammals from shore. Our mission is to inspire appreciation and stewardship of whales and our marine environment. Our overarching goal is to ensure the southern resident orcas don’t go extinct.

Through our current sites and signs, including two on every Washington State ferry, we reach more than 30 million people each year. The Whale Trail is currently adding new sites along the west coast, from BC to California, throughout the southern resident orcas’ range.

The Whale Trail is led by a core team of partners including NOAA Fisheries, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, the Seattle Aquarium, the Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary, and the Whale Museum. Donna Sandstrom is the Founder and Executive Director. The Whale Trail is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, registered in Washington State. Join us!

Take a Quick West Seattle Parking Survey

You can take the survey here:
In response to recent and prolonged debates about parking in our area, the West Seattle Transportation Coalition (WSTC) is conducting a basic survey about parking. They are taking this survey to aggregate and then publish the results in a report to the public. At this time they have no position on the parking questions and are doing this to benefit all interested parties with some new data.
The survey will run until Thursday, March 26, 2015 at 12:00pm PST. They hope to publish the results of this survey with additional information in a few weeks’ time past that. Please go ahead and share this with anyone you think may be interested.

Buy CSA Shares in West Seattle’s Urban MicroFarms

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What a cool project, Urban Flex Farms is a collective of “micro-farms” in West Seattle that provide as-fresh-as-you-can-get produce delivered right to your home. Urban Flex Farms partners with homeowners in WS to turn yards into micro-farm sites that grow fresh vegetables, fruits, and herbs. They have extended their Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Early Bird Special until March 15th. Here’s whats in the box when you join the CSA:

CSA

 

If you have any questions about the program, contact them at UrbanFlexFarms@gmail.com and check out their website:  www.UrbanFlexFarms.com

Meaningful Movies this Saturday

Saturday March 7th
West Seattle Meaningful Movies brings to you        Pay 2 Play
 
Pay 2 Play: Democracy’s High Stakes 
 

A film by John Wellington Ennis 

Trailer: http://www.pay2play.tv

Pay 2 Play lays out a compelling case against corporate personhood.” L.A. Times 
 
This humorous and provocative film connects the dots of Big Money in our ever-challenging election process. A layperson’s guidebook to taking back our democracy. Featuring Robert Reich, Van Jones, Marianne Williamson, Noam Chomsky, and many more.
 
6:30 doors open for snacks and social time
7:00 movie, followed by optional discussion
 
6400 Sylvan Way SWSeattle 98126
Bus numbers 21 and 128
 
NO CHARGE, but donations gratefully received.
 
Help us minimize waste—bring your own mug.