Seattle Parks Free Walks First Saturday

The Seattle Parks and Recreation Environmental Learning Centers (Camp Long, Discovery Park, Carkeek Park) all host First Saturday free nature walks.  This First Saturday Camp Long will have naturalists at Me-Kwa-Mooks Park for a free exploration in the protected greenspace which is Me-Kwa-Mooks.

Pronounced “sbuh-KWAH-buks” in the Nisqually dialect, it means “shaped like a bear’s head.” That’s what the Duwamish tribe called the West Seattle peninsula when the first European-American settlers landed on Alki in 1851. Today, the hillside along Me-Kwa-Mooks Park is being restored. Please register by November 6 by calling Camp Long at 684-7434.


CoolMom Monthly Meeting @C&P Coffee

Join the West Seattle CoolMoms for the CoolMom Biggest Loser Challenge!  Wednesday,  November 4, 7-8:30 @ C&P Coffee on California Avenue.

Okay, so while no money prize is involved we do guarantee great karma points for your participation. Come share your best solutions and your most intense challenges in keeping your carbon footprint “trim” during the holiday season. We’ll have some tips, tricks, and best practice suggestions to present, but really want it to be a dialogue from ‘the front line’ of the most consumer driven months of the year.

And, check out the CoolMom involvement in the 350 International Day of Action here and the Seattle Center event here


CoolMom Camp Long Free Kids Movie

WS CoolMom Presents: The Magic School Bus FREE

The Lodge at Camp Long turns into a theater on Friday, November 6.  Bring your blankets/pillows and dinner, if you choose. This movie is based on the books by Joanna Cole with illustrations by Bruce Degen. The animated holiday film features voice talent by Lily Tomlin and Dolly Parton. Basic plot: During a class trip to Murph’s recycling plant, Wanda’s toy soldier is accidentally turned into plastic pellets. Unable to get into the production of the Nutcracker ballet without her toy soldier, Wanda wishes for a world without recycling. Ms. Fizzle decides to show Wanda and the other children the importance of recycling by un-recycling everything in Walkerville. Register by calling Camp Long at684-7434.


“End of Money” Author at Elliott Bay Books

Thomas H. Greco, Jr., author of “Reinventing Money” and “The End of Money” will be reading and commenting on his books and thoughts at Elliott Bay Bookstore, Pioneer Square, at 7:00 pm, Wednesday Nov 4.

Join Elliott Bay Books for an evening about money systems and community currencies.

Thomas Greco is  an internationally-renowned author and lecturer on the topic of money systems, is touring the Pacific Northwest lecturing about his latest book “The End of Money.”


Less Is More – NWETC Course

Less is More: Simplicity, Happiness, and the Planet in Troubled Time

650 South Orcas Street, Suite 220 (Georgetown)

The Northwest Environmental Training Center (an EOS Alliance program) is offering this course taught by Cecile Andrews, author of Less is More and Slow is Beautiful.

The course description:

  • Many people are afraid of the future and anxious about the present. We are destroying the planet, undermining happiness, and clinging to an unsustainable economy. Our obsessive pursuit of wealth is not working.
  • But there is another way. Less can be More. Throughout history wise people have argued that we need to live more simply—that only by limiting outer wealth can we have inner wealth.
  • When we have too much, we savor nothing. When we choose less, we regain our life and can think and feel deeply. Ultimately, a life of less connects us with one true source of happiness: being part of a caring community.

This course shows how to turn individual change into a movement that leads to policy changes in government and corporate behavior, work hours, the wealth gap, and sustainability. It will appeal to those who want to take back their lives, their planet, and their well-being.  Register Online by clicking here, advance registration is $65, higher for later registration.

After attending this class students will be able to live in ways that bring greater fulflillment and happiness as well as reduce their carbon footprint.

Cecile Andrews is the author of Less is More, Slow is Beautiful, and Circle of Simplicity. She is a founder of Take Back Your Time, Sustainable Phinney (a neighborhood effort for sustainability and community), and the Simplicity Circles Project. She has her doctorate in education from Stanford University.