West Seattle Bee Festival May 16th

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Please join us in High Point for the
Third Annual West Seattle Bee Festival
Saturday, May 16

This event celebrates the founding of the West Seattle Bee Enclosure and provides information about bee friendly living, green urban horticulture, art & culture related to a sustainable life style.  There are lots of activities for the whole family.
  • The Honey Run starts at 9am at High Point Pond, SW Juneau & 30th Ave. S (no registration necessary, just show up)
  • Come to Neighborhood House (6400 Sylvan Way SW) at 10am and make your own bee or flower costume (materials and help provided) so you can march in the
  • Kids and Pet Parade in High Point Commons Park at 11 am
  • Learn about Bee Friendly gardening, food, books and activities at the Information Fair from 11:30 am-2pm
  • Taste healthy, delicious, easy to prepare food at the Lunchbox Cook Off from 11:30-1:30
  • Take a tour of the West Seattle Bee Enclosure (SW Graham and Lanham Pl. SW) and Garden from 11:30-2PMwhere you can buy honey from the Puget Sound Bee Keepers Association
  • Kids can participate in the Bee-Ball Tournament or Field Games in Commons Park
  • Music by DA Productions will fill the park.  Text your request to 57682 on the day
  • Crafts, henna, face painting and more…..
  • To learn more, visit the awesome WestSeattleBeeGarden website (I had so much fun browsing this site!, I’m totally going to visit the garden this weekend to check it out!)
Love to see you there!
BeeFest

A Tale of Two Otters Presentation at C&P Coffee This Thursday

What is the difference between a sea otter and a river otter? Where do they live, what do they eat, and what role do humans play in their environment? Join us to learn about these fascinating and playful creatures who share our shores.

Leo Shaw will discuss the natural history of river and sea otters in North America, with a special focus on the river otters of West Seattle! His talk will cover human interactions, population swings, social structure, anatomy and physiology  food preferences, legal status, and current threats.

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

This is the next in a series Orca Talks hosted by The Whale Trail in West Seattle. The event also features updates from Seal Sitters, and Diver Laura James (tox-ick.org). You otter be there!

About the Speaker

Leo Shaw is a zoologist who served as a Marine Education Specialist with the Seattle Aquarium from 1977 to 2005. Now retired, he continues to work part-time on Beach Naturalist and Citizen Science programs for the Aquarium.

Leo was a board member of the American Cetacean Society Seattle Chapter in the 1980s. He currently volunteers as Science and Education Advisor for Seal Sitters, and as a marine-mammal expert for The Whale Trail.

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!

Photos of River Otter, and Sea Otter with Pups, by Leo Shaw

Photos of River Otter, and Sea Otter with Pups, by Leo Shaw

The Whale Trail Presents
A Tale of Two Otters: Natural History of River Otters and Sea Otters
Presentation by Leo Shaw
When: Thursday, April 30th, 7PM
–Doors open 6:15
Where: C&P Coffee Company, 5612 California Ave SW
Cost: $5 suggested donation. (Kids get in free!)
Advance tickets: brown paper tickets.com
Photos of River Otter, and Sea Otter with Pups, by Leo Shaw

Photos of River Otter, and Sea Otter with Pups, by Leo Shaw

APPLY NOW TO Get a Veggie Garden in South Park/Georgetown/Delridge

Live in South Park/Georgetown/Delridge?
Low Income?
Get a Veggie Garden on May 16!

 

Seattle Tilth’s Just Garden program is seeking people who are interested in growing some of their own food but can’t afford the start-up costs of building their own garden. On May 16, thirty raised bed gardens will be built in backyards and also apartment buildings, senior centers, schools, houses of worship or community centers (with the permission of the management) for people who have low incomes (qualify for food stamps). If that’s you and you live in South Park, Georgetown or Delridge (east of Delridge Way SW), we will build you a garden! Find out more about our garden building event.

 

The value of materials and staff time for each 4’x8’ garden bed is about $500, butwe ask for only a $25 contribution per bed from each garden recipient, thanks to funding from King County’s Green Grant program. This also includes four free seminars on beginning organic gardening, which will cover the basics of soils and soil building, year-round gardening, crop rotation and integrated pest management and composting. We want gardeners to help gardeners have a successful start gardening!
Are you interested or know someone who might be? Apply now — applications are due by Thursday, April 30 at the absolute latest.

 

Volunteer!
We are also seeking volunteers — lend a hand! It’s on Saturday, May 16, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Afterwards share a celebratory lunch with everyone involved. Make sure to dress for dirty work and weather. Email justgarden@seattletilth.org.

King County Master Gardeners’ Plant Sale

2015 King County Master Gardener Plant Sale will be Sat. May 2, and Sun. May 3. Find plants from Master Gardeners and specialty growers, get free garden design consultations and quick tips, mini-seminars about growing veggies and herbs, personal shopping advice from experienced Master Gardeners, information booths about pruning, natives, roses, and bees by local organizations. Select garden art and more from select vendors. See the veggie catalogs and tomato list at http://mgfkc.org/plant-sale.

 

Find it all at UW Center for Urban Horticulture, 3501 NE 41st St., Seattle.

 

Shop ahead of the crowds at the Preview Party fundraiser on Fri. May 1. Pick plants as you enjoy fresh creations from local chefs. Join Ciscoe Morris as he bestows the Golden Brussels Sprouts Award, and Celebrity Chef Roy Breiman, as he bestows the Chef’s Choice Award, along with local garden authors Marianne Binetti and Bill Thorness. Get tickets early at http://mgfkc.org/plant-sale-preview-party. All proceeds benefit the Master Gardener Foundation of King County and the local Master Gardeners.

 

Rain or shine, we hope to see you and help you start the best garden ever this year.

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.

 

 

 

 

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!

City Technology Matching Fund Grants Open Now, Two Workshops Feb. 10, 12

TechMatchFundAwardeeThe City of Seattle is inviting community organizations and nonprofits to apply for nearly $500,000 in funding to increase digital equity. The Technology Matching Fund awards are matched by the community’s contribution of volunteer labor, materials, professional services or funding.

“As a city, Seattle is known for technology and innovation, yet too many residents do not have sufficient internet access or the skills necessary to participate fully in today’s economy,” said Mayor Ed Murray. “This funding leverages the resources of the community by matching time and funding.”

The Technology Matching Fund has been in existence since 1997 and this year Seattle has $470,000 available for matching awards of up to $30,000 each to community groups and nonprofits. The deadline to apply is March 19, 2015.

The funding will be awarded in July to organizations who will improve digital equity by connecting traditionally-underserved populations, empower residents with digital literacy skills, and encourage diverse communities to use technology for civic participation.

Application materials and more information are available at www.seattle.gov/tech/tmf/.

Two workshops will be held for those interested in applying for the matching funds. The free workshops will provide an overview of the grant program, explain how to apply and detail characteristics of a successful application. First time applicants are encouraged to attend.

Tuesday, Feb. 10: 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
2100 Building, 2100 24th Ave South, 98144

Thursday, Feb. 12: 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Solid Ground, 1501 N. 45th St, 98103

Interpretation and accommodations are available upon request by calling 206-233-7877 or emailing communitytechnology@seattle.gov by February 6.

EPA Releases ‘Record of Decision’ On Duwamish Cleanup Proposals

Duwamish Cleanup TimelineThe Environmental Protection Agency’s final “Record of Decision” regarding the clean-up of the Duwamish River is here!  Due to the advocacy work of Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition/Technical Advisory Ggroup and input from the communities, the final plan includes a 25% increase in permanent toxic waste removal over the proposed plan.  Now is your opportunity to learn about this important decision, get your questions answered and learn about what is coming next!

There are three upcoming opportunities for you to choose from:

Thursday, January 15, 6:00 pm at South Park Neighborhood Association, 8201 10th Avenue S

DRCC/TAG will be hosting a meeting featuring Dr. Peter deFur.  At the meeting, Dr. deFur will discuss the ROD and be available for your questions.  Light dinner will be available!  Learn more.

Wednesday, January 21, 5:30 pm at Concord Elementary School, 723 S Concord Street

EPA is hosting a multi-lingual open house focused on the Record of Decision.  Community members from South Park will be share information on the Record of Decision in English, Spanish, Somali and Vietnamese.  EPA, Department of Ecology, and DRCC/TAG will be on hand to answer your questions.  Light dinner and childcare will be available! Learn more.

Wednesday, January 28, 6:00 pm at South Seattle College – Georgetown, 6737 Corson Avenue S

EPA will present the Record of Decision with simultaneous interpretation available in Spanish and Vietnamese.  After the presentation, EPA representatives and DRCC/TAG will be available to answer questions.  Light dinner will be available! Learn more.

You can learn more or have questions and comments noted or answered by contacting the DRCC/TAG at contact@duwamishcleanup.org or by calling 206-954-0218.

Train for Challenge Course Leadership, Parks Offering Courses @ Camp Long

CampLongHighRopesSeattle Parks and Recreation worked with Washington State University Extension 4-H to build a “challenge course” in the trees in West Seattle’s Camp Long. In 2015, interested members of the public are invited to join other educators and counselors in learning how to use adventure education to promote team building and personal development in their communities.

The introduction to facilitator training takes place Wednesday through Friday, January 28-30, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. The cost is $240. The low-course facilitator training takes place Tuesday through Thursday, March 10 and 12, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. The cost is $240. The high-course facilitator training 1 (hub and spoke course with dual ziplines, ropes rescue) takes place Tuesday through Thursday, April 21-23, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. The cost is $240. The high-course facilitator training 2 (vertical playpen and trapeze jump, M-Belay systems) takes place Wednesday and Thursday, May 6 and 7, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. The cost is $160.

The training location is 5200 35th Ave SW at Camp Long in West Seattle. Camping is available during the training. There are several cabins available for rent for overnight stays at Camp Long, see http://www.seattle.gov/parks/reservations/camplong.htm.

After successful completion of the training, participants will be able to facilitate events at the Camp Long challenge course. The course is designed to meet the 4-H certification requirements to host and facilitate group activities at Camp Long. Certified facilitators receive reduced rates when bringing their own groups. The trainings are designed to sequence together.

At the Camp Long course, several elements of the ropes course are integrated into the forested areas. WSU 4–H, through 30 years of adventure education experience, has developed curricula that strengthen critical life skills including decision making, self-confidence, positive risk taking, self-esteem, teamwork, and leadership.

For more information and to sign up for the challenge course training, please contact Challenge Course Manager Ken Turner at 206-684-7434 or keno.turner@seattle.gov.

Camp Long is one of Seattle’s best kept secrets. Located in West Seattle, this 68-acre oasis in the city offers visitors an opportunity to enjoy nature, hike in the forest, camp overnight in rustic cabins, rock climb, learn about natural history, and visit or rent the rustic Lodge. For more information, see http://www.seattle.gov/parks/environment/camplong.htm.

 

Murray Basin Concrete Pouring Work Continues through December

MurrayActivityDec2014King County Wastewater Division sent a notice this week stating that county contractors are beginning to build the underground storage tank across from Lowman Beach for the Murray Combined Sewer Overflow project. The tank will sit on top of the concrete slab poured in the tank area last week. Crews will work Saturday Dec. 20 to install rebar and build forms. The rebar will attach the tank to the slab. The forms will help shape the tank bottom. Saturday work hours will be 9:00 am to 6:00 pm.

Smaller concrete pours are scheduled for December 23 and December 29. About 10 trucks an hour will deliver concrete to the site each day — less than half the amount delivered daily last week for the slab. Concrete will be delivered to the site between 7:00 am and 6:00 pm. Crews may continue working in the tank area after 6:00 pm if necessary. Haul routes will remain the same. These pours may be rescheduled if temperatures go below 40 degrees. Schedules updates will be provided as necessary.

No work will occur on December 25 or January 1 (see calendar at bottom for more information).

What to expect on pour days:

  • Work from 7:00 am – 6:00 pm. Work will continue past 6:00 pm if necessary;
  • Crews working on the east side of Beach Dr. SW near Lowman Beach Park;
  • Trucks parked on the 7000 block of Beach Dr. SW and Lincoln Park Way SW near Murray Ave. SW;
  • No weekday parking in these areas:
    • 7000 block of Beach Dr. SW;
    • Lincoln Park Way SW between Murray Ave SW and Beach Dr. SW;
  • Local and emergency access maintained on Beach Dr. SW and Lincoln Park Way SW;
  • Considerable increased truck traffic entering and leaving the site during work hours;
  • Flaggers will direct traffic along Beach Dr. SW and at the intersection of Beach Dr. SW and Lincoln Park Way SW;
  • Traffic delays, heavy congestion near the site;
  • East sidewalk of Beach Dr. SW closed between 7:00 am and 6:00 pm.

For more information call the 24-hour project information hotline: 206-205-9186

Schedule of activity at Murray Combined Sewer Overflow project area for December.

Schedule of activity at Murray Combined Sewer Overflow project area for December.