Ribbon-cutting for Georgetown Bioswales & Rain Gardens Project

Sunrise Heights and Westwood residents and neighbors have an opportunity to see a recently completed rain garden project in the Georgetown neighborhood. Sunrise Heights and Westwood are scheduled to have rain gardens installed as part of the Barton Basin Combines Sewer Overflow project.

For the past year, the Georgetown community has been working with King County, Seattle Department of Transportation, Seattle Conservation Corps, Gary Merlino Construction, Urban Systems Design and SvR Design (SvR is also designing the Barton bioretention swales) to build a series of six streetside curb-cut rain gardens that collect runoff from the streets and sidewalks. They are finished and fully functional.

The group is hosting a ribbon-cutting event on Saturday, March 17th at 10:00 am and you are welcome to join them.

King County Wastewater staff and elected officials will attend to congratulate the collaboration and hard work that went into the first community-initiated curb-cut rain garden in Seattle.

The location is 738 S. Orcas Street at S. Padilla Place. Local coffee and pastries will be served.

For more information about the project or the event, contact: Cari Simson, Urban Systems Design, at 206-234-5102.


Parks, Marination Set Open House for New Seacrest Boathouse Concession

Seattle Parks invites the public for an open house welcoming the new Seacrest Boathouse concessionaire

Seattle Parks and Marination, the new concessionaire for the Seacrest Boathouse Facility, are hosting an open house on March 27, from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm at the boathouse, 1660 Harbor Avenue SW (see map below).

The public is invited to the open house for a question and answer session and to learn about Marination’s vision and plan for providing quality food services at Seacrest. Come and learn about:

  • What types of food they will have on their menu;
  • What types of boating recreation, and amenities, new and old, will be provided;
  • What types of remodeling and enhancements to the facility that are being proposed

Parks and Marination look forward to seeing you. For more information, please call Charles Ng, Operations Manager, Magnuson Park and Business Resources, at 206-684-8001, or email at charles.ng@seattle.gov.


CoolMom Featuring Composting Skills @ C&P Coffee

Spring is in the air! The bees are buzzing, the flowers are blooming, and we’ve got gardening on the brain. As soon as those random flurries go away, it might just be time to start planting things – so what better way to prepare than to boost your composting knowhow and get your garden soil ready to plant whatever flowers and foods strike your fancy?

The West Seattle CoolMoms monthly meeting will feature Graham Golbuff from Seattle Tilth who will share his wisdom as a Master Composter. He’ll provide us with the skills we need to feed the gardens that feed us! We hope you’ll join.


  • C&P Coffee, 5612 California Ave. SW
  •  Learn the secrets of home composting! Master Composter Graham Golbuff of Seattle Tilth joins us to share the wisdom and skills that will make our gardens happy and productive.

Also keep your eyes peeled in the coming weeks for news of upcoming events and a survey to find out exactly what you think is so cool about CoolMom!

Washington Liquor Control Board Holding Extended Bar Hours Hearing

The Liquor Control Board is holding a public hearing in Seattle Monday, March 12, regarding the City of Seattle’s petition to open rulemaking for extended hours of alcohol service. Under the City of Seattle’s proposal, individual cities would have the ability to seek an exemption from the 2:00 a.m. deadline for alcohol sales at on-premises locations. Cities would be able to set their own hours, including allowing alcohol sales around-the-clock.

Prior to making a determination of whether to pursue rulemaking, the Board is interested in hearing from community members and leaders, communities surro.unding Seattle, law enforcement at the local, county and state level, neighborhood and community groups and other interested parties. For more background information on the City of Seattle’s petition, please see the LCB website: http://www.liq.wa.gov/rules/extended-hours-rule-making.

The Liquor Control Board Hearing Details:

  • March 12, 2012 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
  • Seattle City Hall – Bertha Knight Landes Room
  • 600 Fourth Avenue

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Samantha Trotter at 360-664-1717, or by email  st@liq.wa.gov.

2012 West Seattle Garden Tour’s 18th Year Features “Art of Gardening”

The West Seattle Garden Tour celebrates “The Art of Gardening” for its 18th year on Sunday, July 15, 2012 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.

This year’s self-guided tour showcases nine fabulous residential gardens, including a former winning garden in the Pacific Northwest Gardens competition, and includes a noontime lecture by Lorene Edwards Forkner.

Ticket books are $15 per person (children 12 and under are free) and are available in June at Seattle area outlets. Ticket vouchers are also available online from www.brownpapertickets.com, starting in April. Net proceeds from the tour benefit local educational and horticultural projects and community gardens.

Visit their website www.westseattlegardentour.com for additional information on ticket book outlets, the gardens, lecture, our beneficiaries and sponsors and this year’s raffle items.

West Seattle Dances (and Classes) Are Back @ Camp Long Lodge

West Seattle Dances with Dance for Joy! are back! Starting Sunday March 11th, at Camp Long, 35th Avenue SW at SW Dawson Street.  Dances are from 1:00 to 5:00 pm and are MOSTLY on the Second Sunday of the month.

The lesson schedule is

  • Intermediate Lesson 1:00 pm to 2:15 pm
  • Beginning Lesson 2:15 pm to 2:45 pm
  • Clean-up is from 4:45 pm to 5:00 pm

All times are approximate due to set up and tear down time.

West Seattle’s Camp Long’ lodge room is a beautiful and charming venue with a lovely foor and friendly atmosphere.

Fees are:

  • Intermediate lesson and dance $15
  • Beginning lesson and dance $10
  • Dance only $10

For more information or questions call Lilli Ann 206-718-1858 or go to www.danceforjoy.biz

Get on the email list to fnd out what will be taught each month by sending email to lilli@att.net and ask to be added.

Hard-boiled Easter Eggs To Be Collected for Urban Compost Project

Paul West of Gardening with Urban Nitrogen will be collecting hard-boiled Easter eggs on the Monday after Easter, April 9.

He is doing this as a pilot project to develop local fertilizer alternatives to replace the exotic organic fertilizers that are typically used in urban gardens.  He will pick up the eggs from your front porch on the morning of April 9 if you set them out by 7am.  He will take them home, grind them up and turn them into garden fertilizer. Paul says he needs over 1000 eggs for this project. He will report on his experience to SWS at the end of the growing season.  If you have a batch you would like to contribute, please email him at peedublyou@gmail.com.

 Urban food wastes such as eggs, milk, beans, and other high protein, low fat foods are great sources of nitrogen.  These typically end up at the Cedar Grove Composting facility where they get mixed with low-fertility wastes.  Meanwhile, urban gardeners buy organic fertilizers (blood meal, fish emulsion, sea kelp, rock phosphate) from far away places to grow their vegetables.  This project fosters food security and local resource development.  For more information, please go to http://urbannitrogen.blogspot.com.

City Light Wants Your Energy Ideas & Opinions

A Message from the renewable energy programs team at Seattle City Light…

We want to know what residents have to say about Seattle’s energy future!

Seattle City Light customers enjoy some of the cleanest energy in the country, with nearly 90% of our electricity supplied by clean, renewable hydropower.

But what about new renewable energy resources, like wind, solar, biomass and geothermal? And what about locally grown clean energy? All of these options have potential in Seattle. As energy users we all have a responsibility to think about these issues, and support what is best for our environment, our economy and the future generations to come.

Seattle City Light invites you to share your ideas and opinions by joining the Community Energy Forum, a monthly online survey for customers of the Utility. Enrolling in the Forum ensures your voice will be heard on a variety of energy issues, including future renewable energy efforts.

As a member of the Community Energy Forum, you will:

  • Share your opinions with us about clean energy and other energy-related topics;
  • Help influence future voluntary clean energy programs offered by Seattle City Light;
  • Be Rewarded! Each month, participants will be entered into a monthly drawing for prizes.

It’s easy, and it’s your chance to make a real difference. Enroll now at Community Energy Forum!

For more information, visit www.seattle.gov/light/forum, visit the FAQ page,  or call a Seattle City Light Energy Advisor at 206-684-3800.

DubSea Bikes Again Fixing Cycles @ White Center Food Bank

White Center is rolling on two wheels. DubSea Bikes promotes safe cycling in White Center and beyond. The White Center Food Bank now hosts DubSea Bikes FREE second Sunday bike repair event.

Is your bike out of commission? Bring it to DubSea Bikes at the White Center Food Bank, 10829 8th Ave SW, White Center, on Sunday, March 11th, from 2:00 to 4:00 pm. This free event will focus on minor repairs only to get more bikes on the street in White Center and beyond. More complex jobs may be referred out to a full bike shop.

Future dates:

  • April 15
  • May 20.

For more information, contact Ellie Weiss at 206-860-1432, or via email at elliep@uw.edu

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Help Plant New Starts @ Sanislo Wetland Area

Bareroot Plant Slam at Sanislo Wetland

It’s planting season and hundreds of trees need to get into the ground. Join us at Sanislo School to restore the wetland/headwaters of Puget Creek. Improve habitat that helps filter stormwater, the #1 polluter of Puget Sound.

  • When: Saturday, March 24 (every 4th Saturday)
  • Time: 10:00 am to 1:00 pm (join for an hour or all day)
  • Where: Sanislo School Wetland; 1812 SW Myrtle. Meet at front of school.
  • What to bring: Gloves, shovel (we’ll have extra, but write your name on your tools), weather-appropriate gear (rain or cold), hat/eye/sun protection, food/water, sturdy shoes/boots. Snacks and water provided.

For more information check out their website http://pugetcreekwatershedalliance.org/, for questions contact Steve Richmond at 206-650-9807.

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