Interested in Edible Gardens? Take Survey.

Community Harvest of SW Seattle is considering partnering with Seattle Tilth to bring some popular Edible Gardening Classes to West Seattle. Classes would be at the St. James Annex and garden, which is 1/2 mile from Westwood Village. Hands on classes would involve the St. James garden, which donates to the White Center Food Bank.

Two hour classes would be offered at $25 to members of Tilth or members of Community Harvest, $35 otherwise. A survey to determine interest is online at this link.

Fairmount Playground Renovation Meeting

Seattle Parks and Recreation invites you and your family to participate in a community meeting for the Fairmount Play Area Project. This renovation project, identified in the Parks and Green Spaces Levy will provide new play equipment for children ages 2-12; site improvements will enhance safety and access to facilitate use by all users. Different layouts and equipment types will be discussed at the meeting to provide your community the best design. Fairmount Playground is located at 5400 Fauntleroy Ave. SW.

Parks encourages you to come and give your thoughts on which play equipment and design features work best for your neighborhood.

The first of two meetings will occur on Wednesday, December 2, 2009, from 6:30 pm to  7:45 pm at the High Point Branch Library, 3411 S.W. Raymond St.

The second meeting will be on Wednesday, January 6, 2010, also 6:30 pm to 7:45 pm at the High Point Branch Library.

If you require additional information, please contact: Kelly Davidson, Project Manager, Seattle Parks and Recreation, 800 Maynard Ave S, RDA Bldg, Suite 300, Seattle, WA 98134, or by phone at 206-684-0998 or email at kelly.davidson@seattle.gov. For project information please visit: http://seattle.gov/parks/projects/fairmount/playground.htm

For translation services or for special meeting accomodations, please contact karen o’connor at karen.o’connor@seattle.gov or 206-233-7929.

Social Sustainability Conference

Social Sustainability Conference by OUT for Sustainability

Nov 14th, 2009 1:00 – 6:00 pm

Hyatt at Olive 8 Seattle, WA

Election results are showing that Seattle voters care about diversity and social issues, in addition to the environment. Social sustainability is the next frontier of the green movement. Social issues and environmental issues overlap in everywhere. Put another way, sustainability is everything, not just carbon and climate. Gender, education, race and housing are all areas that impact and are impacted by the environment of our planet and our how we treat our local and global community.

Join OUT for Sustainability for our 1st annual conference to discuss “what is social sustainability?” Speakers on 5 panels join us from the city, county and state government, local businesses and non-profits. The goal is to see how demographics and logistics intersect and impact each other, to build awareness into action. Seminars include:

  • 1:00 pm  Gender + Healthcare: Focused on access for women and transgender people
  • 2:00 pm  Age + Community: Focused on planning community for urban elderly
  • 3:00 pm   Class + Education: Focused on the impact of resource differences by area
  • 4:00 pm   Orientation + Family: Focused on the non-political side of domestic partnership
  • 5:00 pm  Race/Ethnicity + Housing: Focused on the debate between affordability and density

Registration for the seminar is $5 and you can do it online at brownpapertickets.com/event/85960.  More information about the seminars and Out for Sustainability is at www.OUTsustainability.com.

OUT for Sustainability brings the LGBTQ community together with social and environmental sustainability, connecting macro issues with individual choices and impact, through partner led events, education, consulting and advocacy.

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West Seattle/White Center Green Drinks TONIGHT

Join Sustainable West SeattleNature ConsortiumMountain 2 Sound Outfitters, and Cool Moms’ West Seattle group for the West Seattle/White Center edition of the November neighborhood Greendrinks at the Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, 4408 Delridge Way SW.

Neighborhood House Open House

Join the grand opening of the Neighborhood House High Point Center. Enjoy music, refreshments, speakers, tours of the LEED Gold building and a ribbon cutting ceremony!  The High Point Center doubles as a home to Neighborhood House’s comprehensive web of social services, as well as an environmental education center with programming aimed at low-income communities. Come see the largest solar panel array atop a building in the entire state of Washington!

Neighborhood House is located at 6400 Sylvan Way SW in West Seattle’s High Point neighborhood, just north of SW Morgan St. just east of the intersection with 35th Avenue SW.  For more information go to http://www.nhwa.org/high-point-capital-campaign/.

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Neighborhood Plan Update Meeting

Thursday, Nov 5, 6:00 – 8:00 pm, Neighborhood Planning Status Reports, Mercer Middle School cafeteria, 1600 S. Columbian Way (immediately west of the Veterans Hospital on Beacon Hill)

During June and July, many neighbors joined in meetings and many other hundreds participated in on line questionnaires to review the Draft Neighborhood Status Reports and comment on changes— good, bad, and unexpected —that have occurred since Seattle’s Neighborhood Plans were written in the late 90’s. We explored growth, transportation, housing, economic development, utilities, neighborhood character, open space and parks, public services, public safety. The Planning Commission’s reports on comments can be reviewed at http://www.seattle.gov/planningcommission/

The Neighborhood Plan Advisory Committee (NPAC) and the Seattle Planning Commission want to report back to you on the trends that emerged so far and to get your help to identify the continuing priorities and new issues that should be emphasized in the final Status Reports and a State of the Neighborhood Report that will be presented to the City Council and Mayor. These reports will contribute to policy decisions including decisions about whether or how to updates neighborhood plans. Your input will also be important as NPAC shapes its recommendations on conducting, prioritizing and funding updates to the neighborhood plans listed here.

Admiral , West Seattle Junction, Delridge, Georgetown, Morgan Junction, Westwood-Highland Park, Columbia City -Hillman City –Genesee, Rainier Beach

For More Information contact David Goldberg at davidw.goldberg@seattle.gov or (206) 615-1447

Hosts: Neighborhood Plan Advisory Committee and the Seattle Planning Commission

More information on Status Reports and Neighborhood Planning can be found at:

http://www.seattle.gov/dpd/Planning/Neighborhood_Planning/Overview/

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Seattle Central Library Lecture on PNW Explorer

The Seattle Library Lecture Series features The Collector: David Douglas and the Natural History of the Northwest on Sunday, November 8, at 2:00 pm in the Microsoft Auditorium (main level – 4th Avenue entrance).

Come hear acclaimed author and historian Jack Nisbet discuss his biography of David Douglas, a 19th century Scottish explorer and naturalist best known for his groundbreaking observations of the Pacific Northwest.  The lecture is free, the auditorium seats approximately 350 (275 plus overflow capacity).

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