Tool Library Offers Intro to Beekeeping


This winter, The West Seattle Tool Library is offering The Make-It Workshop Series, exploring a wide varietyof unique crafts from beer brewing to beekeeping. Register for classes online either through The Tool Library’s Meetup Page or its Events Calendar.Introduction to Beekeeping
Tuesday, January 24th, 7-9 PM
There a lot of buzz around bees these days.  This class will cover basic beekeeping tools and equipment, local laws, getting started, basic hive management, and processing the harvest.
Instructor: Brian Allen
Cost: $20
Register Here!

Feeding the World, Sustaining the Planet Lecture @ UW

The University of Washington Burke Museum will feature a free talk and discussion on the topic of “Feeding the World while Sustaining the Planet.”  The Graduate School Public Lecture looks at “Addressing the Challenges to Global Food Security and Environmental Sustainability in the 21st Century.”

The presentation takes place at 130 Kane Hall on the UW campus Wednesday, February 1, from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm.

Jonathan Foley presents an in-depth look at our global food security and environmental problems and how we might solve them. Dr. Foley is one of this year’s Walker Ames Endowed Speakers, presented by the UW Graduate School in partnership with the College of the Environment and UW Alumni Association.

He is professor and McKnight Presidential Chair of the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Behavior, and director of the Institute on the Environment at the University of Minnesota. His work focuses on the behavior of complex global environmental systems and their interactions with human societies.

The program is free but advance registration is recommended.  To register online click here.

Space is limited, so sign up today! You may also register by calling the UW Alumni Association at 206-543-0540 or 800-289-2586.

City Web Portal for Walkers, Lists Tours, Monthly Events

Seattle has a new web portal which promotes walking – in and around Seattle.  For those of you whose New Year’s resolution includes more physical activity, is your ticket to walk!

Aging and Disability Services, a division of the Seattle Human Services Department, collaborated with the city’s Department of Information Technology to promote walking organizations, events, and resources for older adults. The page includes links to local walks and hikes, neighborhood walking maps, and volunteer opportunities like shelter dog walking as well as a selection of 5Ks and 10Ks by month.

“As part of Encore, Seattle’s Web portal for people age 50+, the walking campaign is meant to encourage older people to get moving and stay connected,” said Rosemary Cunningham, interim Aging and Disability Services director. “But all ages can use this site. The sooner someone gets into a walking habit, the healthier they’ll be when they get older.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 33.8 percent of U.S. adults and 17 percent of children and youth are obese, a growing trend. In King County, 54 percent of adults are overweight or obese, 20 percent are obese, and 5.4 percent have been diagnosed with diabetes.

“The benefits of physical activity are well-documented,” said Cunningham. “You can control your weight, strengthen your bones and muscles, reduce your risk of chronic disease and some cancers, improve your mental health, prevent falls, and increase your chances of living longer. And walking is a level playing field—people can walk regardless of income and any extra walking is beneficial.”

Aging and Disability Services and the Seattle Department of Information Technology created Encore three years ago to give boomers 24/7 access to information about programs and services that interest them, both within city departments and the community at large. The portal provides older adults with access to thousands of resources, under broad headings such as Work & Money, Arts & Recreation, and Health & Fitness. For more information, visit

Aging and Disability Services is designated by the State of Washington as the Area Agency on Aging for King County. For more information, visit



Tool Library Offers Indoor Winter Gardening Class

This winter, The West Seattle Tool Library is offering The Make-It Workshop Series, exploring a wide variety of unique crafts from beer brewing to beekeeping.  Register for classes online either through The Tool Library’s Meetup Page or its Events Calendar.


This week at the Tool Library:

Introduction to Indoor Winter Gardening

Wednesday, February 1st, 7-9 PM
There’s no reason to let the cold weather stop your veggie gardening.  Learn how to grow an indoor winter garden quickly and easily, as well as how to get things started for the spring ahead.   
Instructor: Christina Hahs
Cost: $20 plus $5 for materials

Register Here!

RESCHEDULED: SWS Volunteer Fair & Annual Membership Meeting

Rescheduled to 1/23 – TONIGHT!!

Due to the snow and reduced transit schedule, we rescheduled our annual meeting and volunteer fair for Monday January 23rd, tonight, at the Senior Center.

Join Sustainable West Seattle for our Annual Membership meeting and Volunteer Fair.  Enjoy food and drink as we elect a new Board of Directors for 2012 and discuss how we can make this year even more sustainable and resilient for West Seattle.  During The Volunteer Fair, you’ll be able to casually explore ways to get involved in any or all of Sustainable West Seattle’s projects, including:

and more.  It’s been an amazing year for Sustainable West Seattle and we’d love to have you join us in the year ahead!

Meeting location: West Seattle Senior Center, 4217 SW Oregon St  Seattle, Washington 98116


Ask An Expert & Do It Yourself Social @ Tool LIbrary

Join fellow Do-It-Yourselfers at the West Seattle Tool Library this Thursday, January 12, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm the monthly “Ask an Expert & DIY Social.”

Ask an Expert meets at the West Seattle Tool Library, Youngstown Cultural Center, 4408 Delridge Way SW.

Each month, the Tool Library brings together our community and hosts experienced DIY coaches who are willing to answer any questions that you may have on your current projects, future plans, or anything else you liked to discuss. Our coaches have expertise in a variety of areas, including solar power, water harvesting, green architecture & building, permaculture, and urban gardening. This month’s lineup includes experts from: Mighty House Construction, Urban Land Army, Solar Epiphany, LD Arch Design, Alki Bike and Board, as well as members of our community at large

These open and informal community meetups offer an opportunity to bounce project ideas off fellow DIYers and maybe receive some advice in the process, if you like. It’s also a great time to show off what you’ve been working on.

You bring your inspiration and your inquiring minds.

We’ll bring the experts and the pizza! See you there!

p.s. You do not have to be a West Seattle resident to participate in this event or borrow tools from the West Seattle Tool Library… but it’s awfully convenient!

Upcoming dates: February 9, and March 8, both Thursdays.

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West Seattle CoolMoms Meeting @ C&P Coffee

It’s that time again, time for another CoolMom monthly meeting.  This Wednesday, January 11, CoolMom will be discussing New Year’s resolutions for greening our lives and lowering our collective carbon footprint.

Bring stories and ideas to discuss what you did in 2011 and what your plans are for 2012.

  • Where: C&P Coffee, California Avenue
  • When: Wednesday, January 11, 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
  • What:  January CoolMom monthly meeting

For more information contact West Seattle CoolMoms at “” or check out their website at

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GMO Food Labeling Panel Discussion @ Ballard Library

GMO Free Washington is having a panel discussion to discuss a bill  to be introduced b y Senator Marilyn Chase to provide for GMO labeling and what will be part of our collective strategy to support the bill. Twelve-hundred (1,200) farmers from Eastern Washington (many wheat farmers) signed petitions to get this legislation implemented, so there is support all over our state.

If a food contains : beef chicken or turkey or the ingredients soy, corn, sugar or canola and is not labeled Organic or Non GMO Verified – 90% of these foods we are eating are geneticaly engineered and potentially sprayed with Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide several times.

The meeting is at the Ballard Library on Monday, January 23, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.  The Ballard Library is at 5614 24th Avenue NW, just north and west of downtown Ballard, across from the new Ballard Skate Park.

Meeting for DubSea Bikes @ Full Tilt Ice Cream

You are invited to come talk with other people who are energized about biking in White Center.

This is the next meeting of the White Center Bike Work Group:

  • 12 pm  noon, Thursday, 19 January, 2012
  • Uncle Mike’s BBQ, 9640 16th Ave SW, 98106

The agenda will include a report back from the existing partners, DubSea Bikes and Full Tilt Ice Cream, and a discussion of working with new partners Sustainable West Seattle, and the White Center Food Bank.

Discussion will also include Next Steps, including possible school outreach?

2012 Calendar of Upcoming Events:

  • Cambodian New Year Street Fair – April
  • Bike To Work Month – May
  • Bike Works Adult Basics Class in White Center – May
  • Seattle-To-Portland Bike Ride – July 13 – 15
  • White Center Jubilee Days – July 20 – 22 – Bike Parade

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Update on Barton Sewer Overflow Green Infrastructure

King County’s Wastewater Division is working in West Seattle to upgrade two pump stations. Work on the Barton Pump Station includes installing green infrastructure in several West Seattle neighborhoods up-water from the station.

Sunrise Heights and Westwood neighbors will have seen King County Wastewater Division crews doing field investigations throughout the fall. This is necessary field work to understand the characteristics of Sunrise Heights and Westwood neighborhoods and begin the process of selecting sites for the bioretention swales.

To learn more about the project visit the Barton CSO web page:

Check out the Barton CSO Project Field Work video!:

The Barton Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) Control project team has been conducting ongoing field investigations since early September.

What have they learned:

Field work to date indicates that soils do not infiltrate well consistently across the project area at shallow depths (0-20 feet) although there is a larger, deeper soil layer called Vashon Advance Outwash that does infiltrate well. Field work will continue through mid-January to further examine the Vashon Advance Outwash soil layer to understand what happens to water once it has infiltrated into this layer and the relationship to the regional water table (aquifer). The project team’s goal is to site bioretention swales in the best possible location for intercepting stormwater runoff from the street and providing CSO control. The information gathered from the geotechnical testing will ultimately be used to design the bioretention swale system and determine the design for infiltrating into the Vashon Advance Outwash soil layer.

Next Steps

The project team will continue to survey streets within the project area, sample groundwater and collect and monitor data from the installed wells.

The data gathered from the field investigations will be plugged into a computer model of the project area. This model will be used to help the team determine the number of bioretention swales that will be needed to control overflows into Puget Sound from the Barton Pump Station.

Community meeting will held in early 2012 to share results of field work and discuss the locations and approach to the design of bioretention swales.

Block level outreach and design workshops will be scheduled with neighbors on streets selected for bioretention swales.

For more information contact Kristine Cramer at 206-263- 3184 or, visit the Barton CSO web page at, or watch the Barton CSO Project Field Work video at