City Fruit 5th Annual Cider Tasting!

City Fruit’s 5th Annual Cider Taste fundraiser will be held on Thursday, November 12th between 6:30 and 9:00 PM at the Pike Place Atrium Kitchen (1433 First Avenue). Tickets are limited, and must be purchased online. 

All tickets include one event passport, souvenir glass, tastes from ten Northwest cidermakers, and five small plates plus one amuse bouche from local chefs. Participating cideries include Alpenfire Organic Hard Cidery, Dragonhead Cider, Finnriver Farm & Cidery, Grizzly Ciderworks, Nashi Orchards, Seattle Cider Co., Schilling Cider, Snowdrift Cider, Tieton Cider Works, and Whitewood Cider Co.

For the first time, this year’s event will feature six outstanding chefs including Ethan Stowell, Jerry Traunfeld, Thierry Rautureau, Daisley Gordon, John Sundstrom, and Erik Jackson who will create original small plate pairings to accompany the ciders. The evening will also feature a live auction and the chance to bid on cider-themed prizes and unique local experiences.

All event proceeds will benefit the 2016 harvest, which brings fresh, local fruit to over 50 meal programs and food banks across the city.

M. Powell Swims the Duwamish to Raise Environmental Awareness

Did you know that over 600,000 pink salmon will make the journey up the Green/Duwamish River to spawn this year? This year, Mark Powell is swimming with them. From the crystal clear headwaters of the Green River to the polluted output of the Duwamish River at Puget Sound, Mark Powell of Washington Environmental Council is swimming the river to tell the story of the threats and opportunities facing the watershed and the Sound. Come face-to-face with salmon and frogs…Mark carries a GoPro and makes underwater videos of his swim! View more at and see cool underwater pictures at Here is a preview to get you started:

What an excellent way to take action and bring awareness to the issues that face our area. Thank you Mark and the folks at W.E.C. for doing such great work.

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Earth Week Barbeque and Fun


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 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.

Seattle Land Use Committee

Are you terrified, concerned, or at least interested in the development happening around West Seattle and Seattle in general? If so, check out Ethan Phelps-Goodmans new “Seattle In Progress” website and app. Its a cool way to see a birds eye view of development in the area. If you are interested beyond passively observing the buildings go up around you, the West Seattle Land Use Committee is having their monthly meeting on February 25th.

Agenda Items Include:

Here’s the announcement:

WSLUC February Meeting:
West Seattle Public Library (Admiral) Lower Meeting Room
Wednesday February 25th, 2015
6PM –  8PM
contact:Tod Rodman 
 Here’s some links to interesting drive-by video footage of the latest knockdowns in West Seattle:

Annual SWS Picnic: Eat, Enjoy Community Orchard, Learn, Drink, Socialize, Share

COWs-overviewCome see what were up to. The Sustainable West Seattle annual picnic is Thursday August 21st.

This year the picnic will be held at the Community Orchard of West Seattle.  The Community Orchard is a project of SWS and is located on the South Seattle College campus at the north end adjacent to the Horticulture Center.

Start time for the picnic is 6:00pm and will continue until 9:00 pm.

The address is 6000 16th Ave. SW, use the North Entrance to the college campus and then head east toward the orchard and greenbelt area.  Bus access is through Metro Routes 125 and 128. Buses stop at the central entrance to the college.  You will need to walk to the northern end, which is about a 5 minute walk.

Come tour the orchard, hike through the arboretum, press some apples for cider and blend some smoothies on a pedal powered blender.

Bring chairs, reusable or compostable plates and utensils and a main dish or salad to share or something to throw on the grill. We will provide charcoal grills, tables, drinks and musical entertainment.

This is an after-hours weekday event, we hope to see you there!

GreenLife Stage Demos Announced

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West Seattle Summer Fest and Sustainable West Seattle are pleased to announce this year’s line-up for the 4th Annual GreenLife Stage.  The GreenLife Stage is sponsored by Alki Bike and Board and features 3 days of sustainability demonstrations.  Topics include:  Building with Reclaimed Materials; Backyard Beer Making; and Home Canning and Preservation.  We are also excited to have performances of the highly acclaimed Illuminatio Dance on Friday and Sunday afternoons.

The GreenLife area is sponsored by West Seattle Nursery and is located in the Chase Bank parking lot, off California Ave SW and SW Edmunds St.  GreenLife runs from Friday, July 11th through Sunday, July 13th.  For more information and to view the schedule, please visit:
The schedule is also here as a PDF(click to enlarge):

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City Funds Available To Support ‘Night Out’ Activities, Apply for Grants Online

Seattle Night Out logoThe City wants you to know that funds are available to neighborhoods to support Night Out 2014 activities.  The Small Sparks Fund provides matching funds to support community engagement, the deadline to apply is June 23.

If your neighborhood plans to participate in the 30th Annual Night Out on August 5, Seattle Department of Neighborhoods has a fund to support your event and activities.

The Small Sparks Fund provides matching dollars for neighborhood-initiated projects that promote community engagement. Community groups can request up to $1000 to help fund Night Out planning efforts and activities such as outreach efforts, educational fairs, bike parades, and neighborhood cleanups, to name a few. The deadline for applications is Monday, June 23 at 5:00 pm, but you must register on the Department’s  web-based application system before June 20 to apply.

For information on the application process, visit or call 206-733-9916. The Small Sparks Fund is open to applications year-round with no date deadline.

Night Out is a national Crime Prevention event designed to heighten crime prevention awareness, increase neighborhood support in anti-crime efforts, and unite communities. To learn more about Night Out, visit

Seattle Parks’ Volunteer Naturalist Program Seeks Volunteers For Summer Teaching

Parks DocentsSeattle Parks and Recreation Lists Seattle Volunteer Naturalist Program 2014 – Share your love and knowledge of urban nature with park visitors!

Deadline for applications is Feb 12!!

Do you love sharing nature with others? Are you interested in learning more about the flora and fauna of Seattle’s many public green spaces and parks? If so, you are the perfect candidate for the Seattle Volunteer Naturalist program. Volunteer Naturalists participate in 10 weeks of training and commit to providing 12 programs a year at Environmental Learning Centers and in parklands near schools throughout Seattle.

Seattle Parks and Recreation’s Volunteer Naturalists provide hands-on learning opportunities for school groups and nature programs for families and adults at Discovery Stations, destination locations throughout parks that present visitors with a theme and natural objects that help them discover their backyard parks. For example, volunteers would have a spotting scope at Bald Eagle nest locations and at Green Lake Park so visitors could follow the nesting cycle of Bald Eagles or Pied Billed Grebes. Another is a station at Me Kwa Mooks Beach or Discovery Park Beach with shells and information about intertidal creatures. One could be a Forest Station to introduce people to the many plants, mammals and birds that make the forested parklands home.

Volunteers’ backgrounds are as varied as the students they teach – the common thread is their desire to share nature with the greater Seattle community.

The goal of the Seattle Volunteer Naturalist Program is to enhance, promote and foster appreciation of nature by connecting citizens and students with their Seattle parklands, by providing educational opportunities for all.

Training begins in March 22, 2014.

Deadline for applications is February 12, 2014.  For more information and to get an application, please email Penny Rose at or call  at 206-386-4250.

August Community Forum: Our Annual Lincoln Park Picnic @ Shelter #3

2012 SWS picnicJoin Sustainable West Seattle this coming Monday, August 19th for our annual community harvest celebration and picnic.  We will be gathering at Shelter #3, the large shelter with a barbecue grill on the southern end of the park near the Fauntleroy Ferry Terminal dock.

The picnic begins around 4:30 pm with the preparation of the grill. We should have everything ready for celebrating by 5:00 pm.  Members, guests, and new folks who want to check out this group are asked to bring a potluck item to share — side dish OR dessert would be great.  SWS will provide the protein for the BBQ + condiments.  Bring your own dishes/utensils, if possible.  The picnic continues through sunset on the beach and usually concludes around 9:00 pm with shelter area clean-up.

We’ll honor a few of the amazing people in our local community, too – Sustainability Champion and Volunteer of the Year.  Also, consider bringing your acoustic instrument to share a song or two with our creative & playful group…maybe a community jam will happen?!  We’d love to hear about the “green” things you’ve been up to in the last year!  Come on out and connect with an inspring community of people, ideas, and practice!