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.

Meaningful Movies Saturday Feb.7th

Meaningful Movies follow up.

A very informative series of shorts about urban food in 3 cities across America. The connection between food and social justice became very clear. There were also informative displays about Seattle Tilth, Community Orchard of West Seattle (COWS), and Puget Ridge Edible Park (PREP)
Next month the movie is a very in depth documentary about money in politics.
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Saturday, February 7
West Seattle Meaningful Movies presents
Urban Gardeners & Social Justice Heroes

We will screen a number of short videos that highlight the work of innovative urban farming leaders who grow food in cities AND help make their communities greener, healthier, more socially just, and happier.

6:30 Doors open for snacks and social time.
7:00 Movies start. Followed by community announcements and a facilitated conversation.

Meet local urban gardeners and hear about their efforts in West Seattle and other neighborhoods.
Learn how you can participate or get support to grow your own garden.

At High Point Neighborhood House
6400 Sylvan Way SW, Seattle 98126
Bus numbers 21 and 128

NO CHARGE, but donations gratefully received.
Help us minimize waste—bring your own mug.

The videos will feature the work of these heroes and others:
Will Allen with Growing Power in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Majora Carter, urban revitalization strategist

Stephen Ritz with Green Bronx Machine, which works with high school students

Ron Finley in Los Angeles

SWS Annual Membership Meeting: Learn About Us, Volunteer with Us, Join Us

Join Sustainable West Seattle on Martin Luther King Day at C&P Coffee from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm.  We’ll be hosting our annual membership meeting and we’ll be providing treats as well as information.  We’re also be looking for new board members so if you’re interested in getting involved please drop in.

  • When:Monday, January 19, 2015, 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm
  • Where: C&P Coffee, 5612 California Ave SW, just south of the RapidRide station

On the National Day of Service start the New Year off by donating some time to Sustainable West Seattle (SWS), the organization spearheading West Seattle’s effort to provide alternatives to globalization and planet exploitation. SWS is looking for new members and board members for 2015’s “projects of hope.” Here is your chance to influence the shape of your sustainable community and local projects.

The evening will include:

  • Review of Projects & Events in 2014
  • Look Forward & Idea Sharing for Focus of 2015
  • Prospective Board Candidates — Attendees for consideration by Incoming 2015 Board will share their ideas for, and what they can contribute to SWS
  • SWS Members at large and interested participants (not SWS member) share ideas for local West Seattle efforts and to help SWS as an organization
  • Dessert is provided by the current 2014 SWS Board

Hope you can join in the local effort with Sustainable West Seattle.

Save the Date!! Tool Library Annual Fundraiser Party – FESTIVUS – Dec. 5

Tool Library Fundraiser Poster_2014_finalThe West Seattle Tool Library announces our second annual fundraiser gala.

Now in its 5th year of providing free tools, advice and workshop space to the community on a donation basis, the West Seattle Tool Library is holding its second annual fundraiser.

The fundraiser, which will also serve as Sustainable West Seattle’s annual winter holiday party, will be held Friday, December 5, from 5:00 to 9:00 pm at the SoDo MakerSpace, 1914 Occidental Ave SAll net proceeds will go to the maintenance of tool library operations, as well as potential enhancements such as extended hours and more classes. 

The fundraiser, continuing with last year’s theme of a “Festivus” party, will be a gala with a dinner buffet, beer, wine, soft drinks, music, an environmental poetry slam, a raffle, kid activities, and a tool sale. In addition, discounts will be offered on tool library lifetime memberships, and members who have tool library items they’ve been meaning to return will be offered amnesty for any returned tools. No fines and no questions asked!

Everyone is welcome. No cover charge except for a voluntary suggested donation for food. 

You Can Help Too!

Donations and volunteer help, including day-of setup help for the fundraiser, are still needed. If you are an individual or business with an item you’d like to donate for the raffle or are interested in volunteering, please contact us at library@wstoollibrary.org. Food and beverage donations are also welcome. Donors will be recognized at the event. 

Tool Library Facts

Since opening in the summer of 2010, the West Seattle Tool Library has built an inventory of more than 2,500 tools, signed up more than 2,000 members, facilitated over 13,000 loans,offered many classes and served as the home of the Fixer’s Collective and Ask an Expert night. It has been a model to many other tool libraries that have opened in the Puget Sound region and beyond, and received positive media attention as an example of the type of sharing economy projects needed to make the world more sustainable. It is a nonprofit project of Sustainable West Seattle. You can learn more and check out our inventory at wstoollibrary.org.

Pathfinder K-8 School Has New 2500-gallon Cistern for Earth Project Garden

pathfinder cistern

Sustainable West Seattle is excited to announce the completion of a new 2500-gallon rainwater harvesting system at Pathfinder K-8 school that will be used to irrigate its  extensive school garden.  SWS was a significant part of this project, donating volunteer labor through school parent Bill Reiswig and through a small grant from SWS’s storm water project Tox-ick.org.

The newly-installed system harvests rainwater that falls on the metal roof of the school and stores it for future use.  It has a 50+ gallon first-flush feature that removes potential pollutants from the water, and features an irrigation line that runs to a conveniently located hose-bib.  The system is gravity-pressurized at this time, but could be modified in the future with a solar-powered pump.

The rainwater system is an essential piece in the growing Pathfinder school garden.  The garden is designed with ecological principles and this system reflects that.   Water harvested from the roof diverts stormwater from the City of Seattle’s sewer system, saves money and uses local water rather than water moved from a great distance.  Water harvested in the winter and spring by this system can water vegetables grown in Seattle’s dry summers.  The rainwater system represents a great learning opportunity for students in understanding our water cycle, the mathematics of rate and flow, and the ecological principles involved.

This system reflects the work of teachers, parents, and students thru Pathfinders Pathfinder’s K-8 “Earth Project”.  The Earth Project  is a collaboration between local non-profit Nature Consortium and Pathfinder teachers, parents, and greater community.

Bill Reiswig, Bruce Hostedder and Patrick Loderhose (both of EarthSystems NW) by the cistern they installed at Pathfinder School.

Bill Reiswig, Bruce Hostedder and Patrick Loderhose (both of EarthSystems NW) by the cistern they installed at Pathfinder School.

The project was funded through small garden and water grants from BECU, Whole Foods, and from local non-profit Sustainable West Seattle and it’s Tox-ick stormwater project.

The system was designed and installed by EarthSystems NW, who offer innovative and economical ideas for conserving and harnessing our most vital resource: water.

Bill Reiswig, Bruce Hostedder and Patrick Loderhose (both ESNW) installed the sytem in 5 days of work during the past couple of weeks.  It is being recieved with excitement by the school, students and teachers.

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!

Get Your Bike Tuned Under WS Bridge Thursday During Evening Commute

bike under ws bridgeBicycle commuters coming home from work this Thursday evening August 7th may find a surprise under the West Seattle Bridge.

The West Seattle Tool Library’s Fixers Collective and DIY Bikes will be doing their monthly workshop under the West Seattle Bridge.

“It’s been a long summer so far and many of our daily bicycle commuters have not found the time to work on their bicycles or take them into a local shop. We are coming to the riders to make ourselves more available,” Stu Hennessey said. Stu is owner of Alki Bike and Board, founder of DIY Bikes, and a Sustainable West Seattle board member.

The West Seattle Tool Library and DIY Bikes are projects of Sustainable West Seattle.

Family-Friendly Bike Ride: Mini STP (Seattle to Portland) Wind Up @ GreenLife

Join your neighbors and family on Sunday, July 13, for the West Seattle STP bike ride.
You’ll bike wind up back at the West Seattle SummerFest GreenLife area.  Riders should assemble at 9:45 am to sign in for a 10:00 am ride start. Meet at Hamilton View Point Park, 1351 California Way SW – this is right at the end of California Avenue SW in the North Admiral neighborhood.

This family friendly ride is sponsored by West Seattle Bike Connections and West Seattle Spokespeople. Ride from Seattle to Portland and back in just two hours!

The ride is a 9.5 mile easy pace ride via low traffic streets from SW Seattle Street in the Admiral Neighborhood to SW Portland Street in the Fauntlee Crest Neighborhood.

Experienced, certified ride leader Stu Hennessey will keep the group together and ride at a social pace. No one left behind. Ride continues on from SW Portland to California and Alaska (the West Seattle Junction, that is) to join the West Seattle SummerFest and Greenlife. Social pace, families welcome, group stays together and no one gets left behind.

Free! No fee, no t-shirt, no medal, and no bagels with peanut butter, but we stop at a fabulous festival with street food vendors, live bands, arts and crafts! And we have stickers!

Helmets required. This is a Cascade Bicycle Club registered ride. Riders under 18 years of age must have a parental consent release form, riders under 15 years of age must be accompanied by a parent and riders under 8 years must be on an assisted vehicle, trail-a-bike, cargo bike or in a bike trailer.
 
http://westseattlebikeconnections.org/2014/06/23/2014-west-seattle-stp-ride/

Interested in Solar Power: Solarize Seattle Hosting Summer-long Workshops

NW SeedSolarize Seattle is hosting a Summer-long series of workshops and webinars for those interested in solar power in the Southwest quadrant of the Seattle area.

If you live in southwest Seattle, Burien, North Highline, or Tukwila, and have been thinking about installing a solar system on your home or small business, this program is for you! Solarize Southwest offers an exciting solar group purchase program for residents south of Downtown, west of I-5, and north of the Seattle City Light service boundary.

Neighborhoods invited to participate in this program include:Admiral, Alki, Arbor Heights, Burien, Cottage Grove, Delridge, Fairmount, Fauntleroy, Gatewood, Genesee-Schmitz, Georgetown, Highland Park, Highline, High Point, Morgan Junction, North Tukwila, Pigeon Point, Puget Ridge, Roxhill, Seaview, South Park, Sunrise, West Seattle Junction, Westwood, White Center, Youngstown

To launch the program, Northwest SEED has teamed up with Seattle City Light and a coalition of local community groups, including Sustainable West Seattle and Sustainable Burien. Solarize has selected the installation team for their West Seattle, Burien, Tukwilla, focus this year. Puget Sound Solar and Artisan Electric have been selected. Sustainable West Seattle has worked closely and collaboratively with Artisan Electric. The best part — the program is easy to understand and easy to participate in. Here’s how it works:

There is a summer-long series of workshops planned for community:
  • Workshop #1: Saturday, July 19th, 10:30 am to 12:00 PM; Burien Library, 400 SW 152nd St, Burien, WA 98166
  • Workshop #2: Thursday, July 24th, 6:30 pm to 8:00 PM, Dakota Place Park Building, 4304 SW Dakota St, Seattle, WA 98116
  • Workshop #3: Saturday, August 9th, 10:00 am to 11:30 am, White Center Salvation Army Community Center, 9050 16th Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98106
  • Webinar #1: Tuesday, August 26th, 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm, Online
  • Workshop #4: Wednesday, September 10th, 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm, South Park Community Center, 8319 8th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98108
  • Webinar #2: Wednesday, September 17th, 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm, Online
  • Workshop #5: Saturday, October 4th, 10:00 am to 11:30 am, High Point Community Center, 6920 34th Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98126

GreenLife Stage Demos Announced

West Seattle Summer Fest GreenLife Demo Sked 2014Greenlife logo

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:   http://wsjunction.org/summerfest/green-life/.
The schedule is also here as a PDF(click to enlarge):

West Seattle Summer Fest GreenLife Demo Sked 2014