Delridge Computer Lab Open to Teens & Seniors

The Delridge Community Center lab coordinator for their computer program Rec Tech, Leslie Howle, would like you to know that they provide a free computer lab for teens through seniors to use their 12 computers and access the internet.

They offer homework help for teens only from 2:30 pm to 4:00 pm every day and the rest of the time tlhey are open to everyone to drop in and use the lab. They offer very inexpensive classes, some geared for seniors in particular and some for all adults, on computer basics and fun things like Photoshop and building a blog or website.

The Delridge Community Center gets people from the Delridge neighborhood and beyond. Beginning in January, they will be expanding their hours and offering the time between 1:00 pm and 2:30 pm for seniors to come use “open lab” time or take a class. They will also be available to help adults with résume writing and job searches during that time and in the evenings.

This fall the Rec Tech attendance was lower than usual and a lot of comments suggested folks didn’t realize the lab was there.

For further information call or contact Leslie Howle, RecTech Computer Lab Coordinator, Delridge Community Center, via email at Leslie.Howle@Seattle.Gov or by phone at 206-684-0364, Monday through Thursday from 3:00 pm to 9:00 pm.

The Delridge Community Center is on Delridge Way SW at the intersection of SW Genesee Street at 4501 Delridge Way SW.

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Climate Co-op Workshop @ Columbia City

Mark your calendars for the next Climate Co-op Workshop! It will be Wednesday January 26, from  6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the Southside Commons, 3518 S Edmunds St., Columbia City and accessible via Link’s Columbia City station.

Food, refreshments and childcare will be provided.

Please RSVP for this event by emailing to let us know how many people to expect. If you need an interpreter please tell us what language you speak in the email.

This project is funded in part by a Neighborhood Matching Fund award of the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods.

At the first workshop participants discussed ways we could work together to reduce our community’s carbon emissions while potentially saving money. Key areas for action discussed were:

  • Transportation
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Renewable Energy
  • Goods and Services

At the second workshop participants discussed specific ways a Climate Co-op might serve the community and learned about the relative costs and carbon reduction potential of potential strategies. Ideas for co-op program areas and specific services include:

  • Transportation:
    • Co-op operated neighborhood shuttle service to and from Light Rail Stations
    • Co-op owned electric vehicles for loan, bicycles, shuttles, trucks and vans
    • Co-op hosted electric/green car shows
    • ORCA card discounts for co-op members
    • Co-op led advocacy for better transportation choices and safer commuting for all modes of transportation-driving, bicycling and walking
    • Discounts for fully-enclosed bike locks
  • Energy Efficiency:
    • Regular energy efficiency/carbon reduction planning assistance for all co-op members
    • Co-op hosted “carbon reduction parties” where experts meet with a group of neighbors for educational opportunities
    • Co-op hosted “green” job training
    • Co-op website that is a “one-stop-shop” for information about weatherizing, urban agriculture, sustainable landscaping services, City of Seattle and other government resources and incentive programs, etc.
  • Renewable Energy:
    • Co-op owned and operated solar panels on roofs of the business district
    • Goods and Services:
    • Co-op facilitated “buy local” programs supporting providers of local good and services (food and other products)
    • Co-op hosted “sharing” programs for vehicles, tools, good and services, etc.
    • Discounts for co-op members on energy efficiency products, renewable energy rates, solar panels and other “green” products

Bring your friends and encourage your neighbors to come out to our next Climate Co-op meeting. Together we can create a Climate Co-op that is community initiated and driven to provide goods, services and resources that you need.

Please RSVP for this event by emailing to let us know how many people to expect. If you need an interpreter please tell us what language you speak in the email.

Parks Levy Oversight Committee Needs Members

City Councilmember Sally Bagshaw is seeking candidates to fill three vacancies on the Seattle Parks and Green Spaces Levy Oversight Committee. These three positions are nominated by Councilmember Bagshaw and confirmed by the City Council.

The Parks and Green Spaces Levy was approved by Seattle voters in November 2008 to help implement $145 million worth of projects and programs planned by a citizens’ advisory group. Background information on the levy can be found at

The Parks and Green Spaces Oversight Committee helps ensure successful implementation of the projects and programs included in the levy. This volunteer oversight committee advises the Parks’ Superintendent, Mayor and City Council on issues related to the levy. The committee meets regularly to:

  • Advise on expenditures and allocations for each budget year;
  • Make recommendations on implementation of particular projects and on any reallocations; and,
  • Provide annual reports to the mayor and City Council on progress of expenditures and prepare a mid-point report to Seattle citizens.

To be considered, please send a letter of interest and resume by January 31, 2011 to Susan Golub, staff to the oversight committee, at Electronic submissions are preferred.  To send a paper submittal, please address it to:

Susan Golub
Seattle Department of Parks and Recreation
100 Dexter Ave. N.
Seattle, WA 98109

Councilmember Bagshaw is committed to promoting diversity in the city’s boards and commissions. Women, persons with disabilities, sexual minorities, and persons of color are highly encouraged to apply. For more information, please contact Susan Golub, at 206-684-7046 or

City Fruit Offering Mason Beekeeping Class

On Saturday, January 29, from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm noon, City Fruit is offering a  Mason Bees for Pollination class at the Phinney Neighborhood Association.  Use this Brown Paper Tickets link to sign up.

North America is in the midst of a pollination challenge with the honeybees and our fruit and garden crops suffer as result. Native, non-aggressive mason bees can dramatically increase fruit yields while improving the entire city ecosyste

Take action on the pollination challenge in your neighborhood by learning to manage mason bees. In this class, you’ll learn how to be successful in raising mason bees, you’ll see fun techniques to try in your yard, and you’ll receive hands-on experience with harvesting mason bee

Instructor Dave Hunter has been working with mason bees for nearly 20 years. He has been partnering with US scientists, University researchers, the ARS/Logan Bee Lab, and multiple experts across the country to help gardeners become more aware of their pollination requirements. He recently opened the internet to assist gardeners with successfully raising mason bees.

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Ropes Challenge Course Coming to Camp Long

Seattle Parks and Recreation is hosting a public meeting for the community to learn about the new ropes course coming to Camp Long.  The meeting takes place from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm, Thursday, January 27 at Camp Long, 5200 35th Ave SW.

Last year, Seattle Parks and Washington State University 4-H entered into a Memorandum of Understanding to bring a ropes challenge course to Camp Long. Parks is moving forward with implementing this agreement and plans on breaking ground in Spring this year.

“We are very excited to expand the opportunities that Camp Long has to offer the community,” said David Kipnis, President of the Camp Long Advisory Council.

There will be several elements of the ropes course that will be integrated into the forested areas of Camp Long and will provide an integral part of the developed curriculum. WSU 4–H, through 30 years of adventure education experience, has created student focused curricula that use activities to strengthen critical life skills including decision making, self confidence, positive risk taking, self esteem, teamwork, and leadership.

Camp Long will join an extensive system of WSU 4–H Adventure Education Programs and Courses. Funding for this project is provided by Washington State University Extension’s 4-H Youth Development Program.

Camp Long is one of Seattle’s best kept secrets. Located in West Seattle, this 68 acre park offers visitors an opportunity to enjoy nature, hike in the forest, camp overnight in rustic cabins, rock climb, and learn about natural history. For more information:

For more information please call Chukundi Salisbury, Seattle Parks Project Manager, at 206-612-6342; email him at, or visit

Parks Board Considers Run-off, Youth Involvement

The Seattle Board of Park Commissioners will hold its next meeting at 7:00 pm Thursday, January 27, in the Park Board Room at 100 Dexter Ave. N at the corner of Dexter and Denny.

The meeting agenda includes:

  • Overview of the YMCA’s Get Engaged Program: proposal to change selection method for 7th Board member.
    • Parks staff will brief the Board on the YWCA’s Get Engaged Program, whose purpose is to get young people aged 18 to 29 placed on City boards and commissions that advise departments, help shape policy decisions, make recommendations, and provide opportunities to have a voice in city government. Parks is proposing a partnership with Get Engaged to identify a seventh member of the Board of Park Commissioners. Current City ordinance calls for nomination of three members by the Mayor, three by the City Council, and one by the other six. The selection of the seventh member has proven to be a cumbersome process, and Parks proposes to ask the City Council to amend the ordinance to provide for this method of selection.
  • Briefing on Seattle Public Utilities’ Genesee Area Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) projects.
    • Parks and Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) staff will brief the Board on CSO projects in the Genesee area. Under the 2010 CSO Reduction Plan Amendment, an update to the City of Seattle’s plan for reducing overflows from the combined sewer system into surrounding surface waters, SPU aims to identify projects or programs that will limit untreated overflows at each CSO outfall to an average of no more than one per year, a performance standard established in the City’s CSO National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit. When complete, the projects will enable the City to capture 99% of combined sewer volume from the combined sewer system during storm events. SPU has identified some Parks properties as possible sites for CSO projects in the Genesee Basins. The briefing will focus on the Genesee projects, which involve use of park land at two locations on Lake Washington Boulevard.
  • Briefing on proposed Supplemental Use Guidelines for downtown parks.
    • Parks staff will brief the Board on proposed new Supplemental Use Guidelines for downtown parks. The guidelines will provide direction on what activities will provide a mix of active and passive use for the workers, residents, and visitors who use the parks. The policy covers City Hall Park, Freeway Park, Hing Hay Park, Occidental Square, Piers 62/63, Victor Steinbrueck Park, Waterfront Park, and Westlake Park. It encourages park uses consistent with Parks’ new direction for downtown parks, based on the work of the Center City Task Force: Parks is working to provide for more positive activities and entertainment in these parks to make them feel safer and more inviting. The policy would supersede old supplemental use guidelines for Market (Steinbrueck) Park, Freeway Park, Occidental Park, and Waterfront Park.
    • The Board will hold a public hearing on these proposed Supplemental Use Guidelines for Downtown Parks at its February 10 meeting, followed by a discussion and recommendation to the Superintendent at its February 24 meeting.

Briefing papers on each of these three topics will be available online at

The Board of Park Commissioners is a seven-member citizen board created by the City Charter. Three members are appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by the City Council; three members are appointed by the City Council; and one member is appointed by the Park Board. The Board meets the second and fourth Thursday of each month to advise the Parks and Recreation Superintendent, the Mayor, and the City Council on parks and recreation matters. For more information, please contact Sandy Brooks at 206-684-5066 or

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SWS February Forum: West Seattle’s Transportation Future

1941 map of Seattle Streetcar Network
1941 map of Seattle's Streetcar Network

Have an idea or a question regarding transportation in West Seattle?  Post your thoughts or questions below – click “Leave a comment” below (or here) and ask a question or post an idea.

Then join us in person for an evening of inspired discussion about the spectrum of transportation issues facing West Seattle in the coming years with your neighbors and some of our best local policy experts, along with some local, county and state government representatives with the power to help us turn our best ideas into reality.

Our February Community Forum will be held in the Senior Center of West Seattle, on SW Oregon St. literally around the eastern corner from California Avenue SW.  Come at 6:30 pm to socialize, the Forum begins at 7:00 pm and will continue to 9:00 pm.

Our Transportation Forum confirmed lineup includes:

The format will be a brief presentation by members of the panel on the existing and historic conditions relating to West Seattle access, transportation and transit, and then an open forum discussion involving the panel members and the audience. Continue reading “SWS February Forum: West Seattle’s Transportation Future”

Block Watch Meet To Feature History of Program

What’s the History of Blockwatch in West Seattle? Are you part of the history? Do you know part of the history?

The January West Seattle Block Watch Captains Network meeting will be held Tuesday, January 25, 6:30 to 8:00 pm at the SW Precinct, 2300 SW Webster Street (adjacent to the Home Depot), and will feature retiring West Seattle Crime Prevention Coordinator Benjamin Kinlow.

The topic of the January meeting is focused on the history of block watch in West Seattle. Benjamin Kinlow who has many years of experience in blockwatch will recount stories of how things used to be, how they have evolved and will talk about some highlights of his career.

Everyone in West Seattle who has participated in blockwatches over the years can come say goodbye to Benjamin, hear about the history of blockwatch and bring their blockwatch stories to share.  If you have stories relating to working with Benjamin and how he has helped you with your blockwatch it would be great to send him off to retirement with a few stories he might have forgotten!

The Blockwatch Captains are trying to round up historical memorabilia and/or photos of blockwatch history in West Seattle that we could scan and put in a slide show so if you have something please get in touch via email at or call 206-424-0040 and leave a message.

Blockwatch Captain January Meeting Agenda

  • 6:00 to 6:30 pm Socializing and networking during setup
  • 6:30 to 7:00 pm West Seattle Block Watch Captain Network news and updates, crime prevention tip of the month
  • 7:00 to 8:00 pm History of Blockwatch in West Seattle with Benjamin Kinlow
  • Open forum for sharing historical information, blockwatch stories and thanking Benjamin.
  • 8:00 to 8:30 pm Socializing & networking during teardown.

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Highland Park Action Committee To Meet Tonight

Start the year off right by attending tonight’s important Highland Park Action Committee meeting.  The Highland Park community group meets at their facility, the Highland Park Improvement Club, at the  corner of SW Holden and 12th Ave SW.

Come early and enjoy a Pot Luck Dinner at 6:30 pm. The meeting starts promptly at 7:00 pm.

Tonight’s agenda addresses four principal areas:

  • What is all that work going on in the greenbelt, where do they get the money, who is doing it and how can I get involved?
  • What has been going on in the neighborhood lately?
  • Do you think HAPC should change their name?
  • Who will lead HPAC in 2011?

A speaker from the Nature Consortium will discuss what’s happening in the greenbelt.  A presentation will discuss what’s going on with the city’s new budget cuts, parks and other neighborhood stuff. And, a group discussion will look at the pros and cons of an HPAC name change and prepare for a vote.

Also on the agenda is a call for nominations and a vote on who will be on the 2011 HPAC board.

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Next Morgan Community Meeting January 19

The next meeting of the Morgan Community Association will be Wednesday, January 19, from 7:00 pm to  8:30 pm at The Kenney, 7125 Fauntleroy Way SW, downstairs in Community Room B.

The Agenda includes:

  • Meet the new SW Precinct Police Chief, Captain Steve Paulsen;
  • Combined Sewer Overflow decision report for Murray Basin (KC Metro will present)
  • Transportation topics
    • Calif Ave SW at Othello: Street safety improvements (see below)
    • 48th Ave SW: Bike lane & reconfiguration
  • Planning Commission Transit Community Report

MoCA Goes Social with a new Morgan Community Association Facebook page –

Pedestrian enhancements coming to the corner of California and Othello in Morgan Junction area:

SDOT is finalizing the design for the pedestrian improvements at California Ave SW & SW Othello Street and California Ave SW & SW Frontenac Street.

In summary, the improvement at SW Othello Street will build a curb bulb on the eastside of the street at the existing crosswalk to shorten the crossing distance on California Ave SW and improve visibility for pedestrians waiting to cross. No trees will be impacted during construction and the existing driveway will be rebuilt to tie in to the new curb bulb. A new overhead crosswalk sign with flashing beacons will also be installed.

In addition, parking will be restricted on the eastside of the street just south of the existing marked crosswalk for several reasons:

  • No parking is allowed within 20’ of a crosswalk. While only one of the legal crosswalks is marked another crosswalk exists where S Othello Street enters California Ave SW from the east.
  • No parking is allowed within 5’ of a driveway
  • No parking is allowed at an intersection (since this is a “T” intersection no parking is permitted through the entire intersection from S Othello Street coming in from the east and S Othello Street coming in from the west)

At SW Frontenac Street, SDOT will upgrade the existing curb ramps to current ADA standards on the three corners shown.

SDOT anticipates that construction will occur during the Seattle Public Schools February mid-winter break as SW Othello Street is a designated school crossing.

For more information on the street changes, contact Thérèse Casper, Seattle Department of Transportation, 206-684-8764.