Orchard Street Ravine Work Party

Orchard Ravine Work Party 9:00 am to 2:00 pm Saturday, October 9th. Meet at Orchard Ravine park at the eastern end of SW Orchard Street.

We’ve got a lot of weeds out there going to seed. Let’s stop next years weeds now! The weather is cooler and easier to enjoy a Saturday catching up with friends and neighbors.

R&L has finished up their contract on work in the ravine. They have cleared and covered a large area east of the stairs and weeded the steep Orchard Street slope. We’ll have to keep an eye open for knotweed they may have missed that should get injected this time of year.

See you there and don’t forget:  Bring your gloves. For more information contact Mark Schultz at mark.schultz2@comcast.net.

Seattle Tilth Schedules West Seattle Classes

Seattle Tilth has two classes coming up in West Seattle.

Putting the Garden to Bed will take place at the St. James Annex, 9421 18th SW, Saturday, October 9th, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm noon.

Permaculture Teacher Training Course (Judge Warren & Nobie Chan Education Center at South Seattle Community College, 6000 16th Ave. SW, Friday, November 12, 9:00 am to 5:30 pm.

For more information contact Britt Reynolds at brittreynolds@seattletilth.org.

SWS Stormwater/Permaculture Meeting Friday

The next meeting of the Sustainable West Seattle Stormwater/Permaculture Project group will be Friday, October 15, from 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm at the West Seattle Uptown Espresso, corner of Edmunds and California, south end of the Junction.

For those SWS participants who have a logon account to Basecamp, this link will take you directly to the project page, where an agenda will be published prior to Friday’s meeting.

Bike accessible from 48th Avenue SW, California Avenue SW, and the regular Junction access routes.  Transit users can take the 128, 22, or 54, all of which stop in front of the 7-11 on California or the sidewalk next to the Chase drive-through on Edmunds.

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Urban Agriculture Topic of Great City Brownbag

Don’t miss Thursday’s brown bag, when Seattle Parks staff and a landscape design professional will be discussing how the city department can support urban agriculture for a more sustainable, local food system. The meetings are at GGLO Space at the Steps, 1301 First Ave., Level A, enter through door located about 1/4 of the way down the Harbor Steps.

Parks staff and a landscape architect will discuss how Parks & Recreation can play a role in supporting and developing urban agriculture in Seattle. This discussion will be followed by the presentation of an interactive tool that is designed to engage audiences to promote the understanding and design of creating a local food system.


  • Becca Fong spends her days connecting people to their environment. She does this through environmental stewardship and food system programs at Seattle Parks and Recreation. These programs include edible gardening, cooking, nutrition, recycling and composting. Her role as the Grounds Supervisor for Camp Long, Discovery and Carkeek parks is another way that she helps to create those connections. She spends her nights and weekends enjoying her family, friends, community and the bounty of the world around her.
  • Roen Hohlfeld recently received his master’s degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Washington. He is currently finishing up an internship with SvR Design where he focused on urban agriculture development. Roen plans to continue working in urban food production by creating a design-build dedicated to urban agriculture.

Local Solar Firm Has Open House – Learn About Solar

Eric Thomas, local proprietor of Solar Ephiphany, solar installation and consulting firm, invites the public to visit their new solar showroom.

The showroom is located on 6016 California Avenue SW, between SW Raymond and SW Graham Streets.

Come and see the latest in solar technology:

  • Photovoltaics
  • Solar Lighting
  • Solar Attic Fans
  • Water Heating
  • Refreshments and giveaways!

Eric will be on hand to answer questions about solar electric and solar thermal systems.  A new local (Snohomish County) solar electric company is producing local solar panels, items from the firm and their future plans will be discussed.  Also, the State of Washington has now passed a consumer tax credit law which will greatly benefit those who would install solar systems.  Eric will discuss this new change in law also.

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Broadband Workshop Sponsored by Wash State & Commerce

On Friday, October 19, from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm at the Delridge Community Center, 4501 Delridge Way SW,  the Washington State Department of Information Service‘s Broadband Program and the Department of Commerce are conducting a workshop to get input on buseiness and community service (e.g., schools, hospitals, nonprofits, et al.) needs and uses for boardband.

The information will be used to inform state policy and investments. They will aslo share information about broadband program activites and grants received by the state and future funding opportunities.

The Washington State University Extension and Communities Connect Network are co-sponsors of this workshop. For questions and to RSVP, contact Alisha Reitan at 360-902-1981.

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Duwamish Alive! Fall Planting Day October 9

Duwamish Alive! Fall Planting Day – October 9, 2010, from 10am – 2pm

Hundreds of volunteers are needed at multiple sites in the Duwamish River watershed!

You are invited to celebrate the restoration of the Duwamish River by volunteering at Duwamish Waterway Park site, co-hosted by DRCC, ECOSS, and Puget Soundkeeper Alliance.

Work on land to remove blackberries, mulch and plant, or work on teams in the river on boats and kayaks to remove trash and debris.

Visit www.duwamishalive.org to learn about the sites and organizations involved in Duwamish Alive! this year.

Duwamish Waterway Park is one of 12 restoration sites that will be involved in this semi-annual event coordinated by the Duwamish Alive! Coalition. The Duwamish Alive! Coalition is a partnership of non-profit organizations, government agencies, community groups and local businesses. Restoration is on-going throughout the year, but it’s only during Duwamish Alive! that our organizations come together to host hundreds of volunteers at multiple sites to make a huge impact on the same day!

The 12 work sites include a river cleanup by kayak and canoe, shoreline salmon habitat restoration, and native forest revitalization. No experience is necessary!

We provide the instructions, tools and even snacks and coffee to keep you energized

More details:

  • No experience necessary – we will discuss safety and provide an overview of the project.
  • The event will take place rain or shine.
  • Dress for the weather (rain gear in case of bad weather or sunglasses and a hat if it’s sunny).
  • Wear sturdy foot gear (boots, sneakers, etc. but no sandals).
  • Long trousers and long sleeves are helpful where there are blackberries.
  • Bring work gloves and weeding tools if you have them. Bring a refillable water bottle.
  • We will provide tools, snacks, and beverages.
  • Children 10 and under must have one-to-one adult supervision.

The Energy Blog – Global Work Party on 10/10/10

By Andy Silber

On Sunday, October 10th, 2010 (i.e. 10/10/10), 1Sky is co-sponsoring a Global Work Party with 350.org. First, a bit about what’s up with the number 350; it symbolizes the parts per million of CO2 in the atmosphere that our climate can probably tolerate without catastrophic disruption (we’re already above that, so we have a lot of work to do).

So what’s the Global Work Party? The idea is rather than march or gather for a big photo, we actually do something with our friends, our neighbors, our communities. Hundreds of events are planned all over the world, from tree planting in the Philippines to a bike rally in Dharamsala to cleaning up a creek in Texas. No matter where you are, you can probably find an event that is already planned.

In addition, there’s still time to organize your own. I think a good event has two components: it should build community and reduce CO2 at least a little bit. A good photo opportunity is also nice. There are lots of possible ways to do this: carpool (if you happen to work on Sunday); plant a tree; work on a community garden; and so on.

Here’s an idea that I think incorporates some important aspects. Get 350 Compact Florescent Lightbulbs (CFLs). You can either buy them or you might be able to get the conservation department of your electric utility to donate them. These bulbs are one of the easiest and cheapest way to reduce our electricity consumption, which in the U.S. is the largest source of our greenhouse gas emissions. If you are reading this, I’m guessing that you already have a bunch in your house. But your neighbors may not. So on 10/10/10, go knock on your neighbor’s doors and offer to come inside and screw in a bunch of free CFLs for them. Talk with them about your concerns, about how important it is for us to drastically reduce our energy consumption and CO2 emissions. Talk about what’s happening in your community. If there’s nothing happening, talk about starting things. Go from house to house. Bring a bottle of wine. It should be fun. Invite your first neighbor to join you at the second neighbor’s house. Make it a rolling block party. Have fun!

The most important thing is for everyone to understand that this is but one step, for some the first, for others just another step in years of work. But for no one should it be the last step. Getting people signed up for updates from 1Sky and 350.org is a good step, but getting people involved in what’s happening in their community is best.

See you on 10/10/10!

Neighborhood Service Centers Closed (furlough)

Due to citywide budget cuts, Seattle Department of Neighborhoods (DON) and its Neighborhood Service Centers are required to close offices for 10 furlough days in 2010.

The two DON West Seattle Service centers are the Southwest District Service Center at 4205 SW Alaska Street (next to Rocksport in the Junction), the Delridge Neighborhoods District Service Center at 5405 Delridge Way SW.

The schedule is as follows:

2010 Closure Dates for Furlough:

  • Monday, October 11
  • Monday, December 2

Swedish Automotive Open House Features Green Features

Swedish Automotive, a local West Seattle business, is hosting an open house for their new facility at 7901 35th Avenue SW, at the corner of SW Kenyon St. and 35th Ave., literally across the street from Kenyon Hall.

Swedish Automotive co-owner, Dave Winters, has said that he worked hard with the architects and builders to make the new facility as green as possible.  The structure is designed with a very high sustainability factor including re-use of changed-out oil as the fuel for the facility heater and the use of native plants for ground-water absorption.  Other sustainable features include capturing exhaust fumes as cars are being worked on and a roof structure which will support solar electric panels at some time in the future.

The open house will start at 12:00 noon and end at 4:00 pm.  The open house will also feature The Shed Boys, a Blue Grass band, and a display of classic Volvos and Saabs and food from local caterer Down Home Catering.