Tool Library Questionnaire

Take the Sustainable West Seattle Tool-share Library online questionnaire.  Sustainable West Seattle members are working to establish a tool-share library.  We are working with South Seattle Community College and other partners to move towards establishing a local, community-led tool-sharing lending library.  Help us define this new resource by taking the survey at this link http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=4nFv7Wx8bTBno5CxUlBLLw_3d_3d

Also, check out the “Get Involved” section where more details on the tool-sharing library project are available.

Candidate Transit Opinions

The Transit Riders Union (of Metropolitan Puget Sound) last month invited all candidates running for legislative and executive offices in King County and the City of Seattle to respond to the concerns of transit riders. TRU recently received the candidate responses and have posted them on the Transit Riders website at:
http://www.transitriders.org/election09.

Transit is an important element in having a lower carbon footprint, it is an element of being a more sustainable community, and it is an element which is dear to West Seattleites – all four City Council candidates have responded as have candidates for Seattle Mayor and King County Executive.  Read these and be better informed on the candidates.

350.org Chill Out: For Health & the Climate

SWS Members – Help by biking from Alki or busing from anywhere to Seattle Center – read on…

What is 350?

On Oct 24 1000’s of events in 141 countries will be carried out to raise awareness that if carbon in the atmosphere tops 350 parts per million we threaten our childrens’ future and all life on planet earth. 350 is the number we want to make sure our climate negotiators reach in the December 2009 Copenhagen Climate Summit. There is an abundance of material about 350 and about local and international actions at www.350.org and on our 350 Washington Facebook site (must already have Facebook account for link to work).

What is going on in Seattle?

For a listing of ALL events being held in Seattle, click here.


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SWS General Meeting: Food Preservation

Camp Long Lodge

5200 35th Ave. SW (turn east into SW Dawson St., Camp Long Lodge is at the end of the street)

Monday, October 19, Camp Long Lodge, 7:00 – 9:00 pm
5200 35th Ave. SW (turn east into SW Dawson St., Camp Long Lodge is at the end of the street)
Join us in October for information and tips on canning, freezing and drying your harvested fruits and vegetables

Join us for our October general meering for information and tips on canning, freezing and drying your harvested fruits and vegetables. We will have experts in the field of home canning along with additional experts on home growing and storage.  “Vine Lady” Sarah Elmore will introduce us to the food preservation tips that will extend our fall boundaries into winter and beyond.

Come early, about 6:30, and bring a food dish and join us for our monthly potluck and social…

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Next SWS Coordinating Council Meeting

Bruce Hostetter, our Dynamic Governance (Sociocracy) expert is in for our November CC meeting. November 2nd – 7-9pm. I’ll host – 3518 SW 100th Street. I hope to whip up some chili or other eats – please feel free to contribute – Brian’s mead is always welcome!

When we get closer, a couple of folks need to step up and work with Bruce on our November agenda.

Bruce has also agreed to facilitate our January (9th) strategic planning meeting. This should be an agenda item for the Nov. meeting. I mentioned a stipend, and he said fine, and that we should come up with an amount. We can figure this out at the Dec. CC or online.

I’m short on Chairs, so if we can have a few chairs brought over, it will be helpful – I’ll ask my neighbors when we get closer, so if I end up with enough chairs, I’ll let you know. I don’t want folks to be on the floor, if others are not.

Next Coordinating Council Meeting

Monday, November 2, Chez Gary, 7:00 – 9:00 pm (6:00 for socializing)
3518 SW 100th Street, Arbor Heights

Next Coordinating Council Meeting will be at Gary Lichtenstein’s house at 3518 SW 100th Street, in Arbor Heights.  Available via the 21 bus.

Bruce Hostetter, our Dynamic Governance (Sociocracy) expert is in for our November CC meeting.  Gary is short on Chairs, so if you can bring a few chairs that would be helpful.

Sustainable West Seattle Basecamp

(Coordinating Council only – requires logon/password)

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Eat Local Now

6th Annual Eat Local Now Dinner Celebration
Sunday, October 11, Alki Mason Lodge, 6:00 – 10:00 pm
4736 40th Ave SW
For tickets: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/73073 adults $25. kids $10. For more information: http://eatlocalnow.org
Always a sell-out, this year Sustainable West Seattle and West Seattle CoolMom will be joining BALLE Seattle in hosting the Eat Local Now! fundraising dinner promoting and educating about local food systems – featuring local chefs and locally produced food. Start the evening with a beverage and appetizers, bidding on silent auction items and chatting with local organizations about local food efforts, how to grow your own edible garden, and connect to your local food community. Dinner will be served around 6/6:30, followed by presentations until 8 or so including Dave Muehleisen of 21 Acres and the announcement of the recipient of the Jeff Fairhall Local Food Hero Award. Top off the evening dancing the night away.
Please join us! Education * Dinner * Chefs from West Seattle and City-wide * Food from WS Farmers Market participants and others * Silent Auction * Dancing (after dinner) * Kid’s Activity Corner
The goals of this event (in no particular order) include :
promotion of year-round support of local food
promotion of the growing of food in West Seattle,
increasing access to locally grown foods to all income and social groups,
strengthening the connections between local food growers, producers, and consumers, and
giving neighbors the opportunity to share in community with those who feed them.

6th Annual Eat Local Now Dinner Celebration

Sunday, October 11, Alki Mason Lodge, 5:00 – 10:00 pm

4736 40th Ave SW

For tickets: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/73073 adults $25. kids $10. For more information: http://eatlocalnow.org.
Always a sell-out, this year Sustainable West Seattle and West Seattle CoolMom will be joining BALLE Seattle in hosting the Eat Local Now! fundraising dinner promoting and educating about local food systems – featuring local chefs and locally produced food.  Start the evening with a beverage and appetizers, bidding on silent auction items and chatting with local organizations about local food efforts, how to grow your own edible garden, and connect to your local food community. Dinner will be served around 6/6:30, followed by presentations until 8 or so including Dave Muehleisen of 21 Acres and the announcement of the recipient of the Jeff Fairhall Local Food Hero Award. Top off the evening dancing the night away.
Please join us! Education * Dinner * Chefs from West Seattle and City-wide * Food from WS Farmers Market participants and others * Silent Auction * Dancing (after dinner) * Kid’s Activity Corner
The goals of this event (in no particular order) include :
  • promotion of year-round support of local food
  • promotion of the growing of food in West Seattle,
  • increasing access to locally grown foods to all income and social groups,
  • strengthening the connections between local food growers, producers, and consumers, and
  • giving neighbors the opportunity to share in community with those who feed them.