SWS & CoolMom Hosting A Tea Fundraiser

Online Auction is live!

The CoolMom and Sustainable West Seattle online Auction is live. Bidding starts today and will resume at our May 19th event.  Don’t forget to RSVP and Purchase your tickets here. See details below.

A Sampling of our Silent Auction items,

  • a year’s worth of Organic Valley Product
  • One of a Kind Encaustic Art
  • Alki Kayak Tours
  • Cedar Grove Compost
  • and much more!
To bid go here to our online auction.

And Now Some Details About the Tea!

Join CoolMom and Sustainable West Seattle in helping build sustainable communities!

CoolMom and Sustainable West Seattle invite you to our Tea Fundraiser in celebration of CoolMom & SWS — our local non-profits sharing common values of building healthy families and sustainable communities.

The event will be hosted by the Eby Family, at their home at 4106 SW Findlay St. on Saturday, May 19, from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm.

Event Specifics:

  • Meet the CoolMom & Sustainable West Seattle community;
  • Enjoy hors d’ oeuvres, afternoon libations;
  • There will also be live music;
  • Show your support through silent/live auction bidding, 50/50 raffle and a direct donation.
  • More information.

RSVP & Tickets:

Can’t Make It?

Please consider supporting our efforts with your thoughtful donation to CoolMom or Sustainable West Seattle.



New Neighborhood Service Center, SW Pool, & New Teen Life Center To Be Dedicated

West Seattle celebrates the opening of the Southwest Pool, Teen Life Center, Neighborhood Service Center.

The community is invited to the Southwest Pool, Teen Life Center and Neighborhood Service Center dedication on Tuesday, April 17, from 11:30 am to 4:00 pm at 2801 SW Thistle St.

This is an opportunity to come and explore all the services and programs offered at this joint facility, ranging from the Women of the World Swim program to the Teen Late Night Recreation Program to a location to get your passport or connect with the Department of Neighborhoods District Coordinators.

The official ribbon cutting starts at 11:30 am with a welcome from EuropaKids International Preschool, followed by a Zumba demonstration in the Teen Life Center, tours of the building and information about all the services and programs offered at this facility. During this day the pool is offering a free adult swim from 12:00 pm noon to 1:30 pm, an opportunity to watch a water fitness class in progress from 1:30 to 2:30 pm and free public and teen swim from 3:00 pm through 4:00 pm.

In the 2012 operating budget, the City Council approved the use of the facilities for four community uses:

  • A neighborhood service center
    • The Southwest Neighborhood Service Center provides a variety of city-related services that range from paying utility bills and parking tickets to purchasing pet licenses and applying for passports. Neighborhood Service Center customer service representatives also provide information about and referrals to other services and programs, including help with paying utility bills. The Southwest Neighborhood Service Center is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; passport applications are accepted until 5 p.m. each of these days.
  • Teen Life Center
    • Seattle Parks and Recreation’s Teen Life Center offers a wide array of programming to youth in southwest from a Lifeguard Certification Preparation Class, to a cooking class to Music Literacy 101 Program. Last year the Southwest Teen Life Center increased participation by 43% and had over 7600 participants in the Late Night Program. There is a Teen Life Center in each city region, north, central and south.
  • Office space for the Department of Neighborhoods’ South Region District Coordinators
    • The Seattle Department of Neighborhoods’ South Region Neighborhood District Coordinators — Ed Pottharst, Yun Pitre, and Steve Louie — will also work out of this new location. This team works to engage and support community members in south Seattle neighborhoods and connects with dozens of community organizations on a wide range of projects and issues. They focus on encouraging community involvement, helping with neighborhood improvement efforts, and serving as a liaison for the city and community.
  • SW Athletic Pool
    • The Southwest Pool reopens after a three-week closure for preventive maintenance. The pool is open seven days a week and offers a variety of swimming activities for fun and fitness. Amenities at the pool include showers, a therapy spa and a sauna.

For more information on programs and services please contact:

  • Southwest Teen Life Center: Jeron Gates, 206-255-4051 or jeron.gates@seattle.gov.
  • Southwest Pool: Diane Jones or Nancy Eisner, 206-684-7440
  • Neighborhood Service Center: Rolanda Carriere, 206-233-3730 or rolanda.carriere@seattle.gov
  • Neighborhood District Coordinators: Yun Pitre, Steve Louie; or Ed Pottharst at 206-615-0494.
  • EuropaKids International Preschool: Nicole Chaudry, 206-708-5784

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Occupy West Seattle General Assembly Meeting @ Admiral (West Seattle) Library

Occupy West Seattle will be holding a general assembly meeting Saturday, April 14, from 2:00 pm through 5:00 pm at the West Seattle Library (Admiral District) at 2306 42 Ave. SW.

The agendas for these meetings will include preparation for the actions listed below.

Upcoming Actions

  • April 17 Tax Day Protest: Occupy West Seattle will meet in front of Key Bank at 4:00 pm, on Tuesday, April 17 and then move to Wells Fargo, Bank of America, Chase Bank, and the Post Office, demonstrating and distributing information. We will protest how our individual taxes are spent (about 50% on war), and how the banks fail to pay their fair share of taxes.
  • April 29 May Day Protests: Occupy West Seattle will meet Sunday, April 29, at 10:00 am in front of the Junction Wells Fargo, across from the Market, at 10 am. We will distribute information about Occupy Seattle May Day activities, the Immigrant Rights march on May Day, Wells Fargo’s connection to the detention center, and Occupy West Seattle.
  • Tuesday, May 1: We will meet at the Junction and together take a bus to the downtown Occupy Seattle May Day events and the Immigrant Rights March. (Additional details not yet available.)

Occupy West Seattle is local neighbors acting locally and nonviolently to fundamentally transform our political and economic systems to meet the needs of all the 99% and our environment. We stand in solidarity with Occupy groups throughout Seattle and around the globe.





Summer Streets Kicks Off Sunday, May 20, @ Alki Beach

Summer Streets 2012 is kicking off Sunday May 20th at Alki Beach and we need your help!

Summer Streets @ Alki will include:

  • Electric Bicycle Demos
  • Skateboarding ramps
  • A kids’ bike decorating station and parade
  • Stand up paddle boarding from the beach
  • An “Art Demo Block”
  • Seattle Humane Society’s MaxMobile adoption center
  • Face painting
  • Live music with dancing
  • a 5k run/walk
  • Build your own community out of newspapers, and tons of other kids’ activities and so much more.

Summer Streets 2012 on Alki Beach is the perfect way to spend a Sunday giving back to the community that loves you. We need help in every area, and promise an experience to remember (plus a cool t-shirt)!

If you’re interested in a day in the sun partying to make a difference, or if you have any questions at all about the opportunity, please email our event planner at summer.streets@seattle.gov or by phone at 360-888-7968.

Come be a part of a several-thousand-strong community celebration!


  • Who: You!
  • What: Summer Streets 2012 Alki Festival Volunteer Opportunity
  • When: Sunday, May 20, 2012
  • Hours: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, all day or half day (4 hour) shifts
  • Contact: Andrew Lench, Event Planner
  • Email: summer.streets@seattle.gov
  • Phone: 360.888.7968

Thanks, and we look forward to speaking with you soon!

Rain Barrels to Rain Gardens Public Workshop @ Burien Library

The Environmental Science Center (ESC) and Stewardship Partners with support from the City of Burien and King Conservation District are sponsoring a free workshop for the public. The subject will be Rain Barrels to Rain Gardens: Rainwater Strategies to Enhance Your Yard. Please join us in the Multipurpose Room at the Burien Library on Tuesday, May 15th, 2012 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

This workshop is a continuation of March’s workshop on low-impact development in your own yard. Marilyn Jacobs from Rain Dog Designs will be speaking on ways to create a more environmentally- friendly and cost-effective yard. Learn how to convert your bog into a beautiful garden by using native plants and well-draining soil. Participants in this workshop who answer a short survey will receive a free thank you gift and can be part of a drawing for a larger prize.

Practicing sustainable yard care can be beneficial not only to the environment, but also to your pocketbook. Simple practices such as using natural pesticides and organic fertilizer from yard waste help protect waterways from being polluted with toxic chemicals. Keeping our watershed healthy ensures the longevity of resources such as salmon and drinking water. Correctly managing stormwater runoff on your property prevents unwanted elements from polluting Puget Sound. Also, by using native plants in landscaping, you ensure that wildlife such as butterflies and birds have the natural habitat on which they depend.

Please email outreach@envsciencenter.org or call 206-248-4266 to reserve your spot. Light refreshments will be served.

For more information contact Jennifer Dumlao, Environmental Science Center at 206-248-4266 or via email at Outreach@EnvScienceCenter.org

Help West Seattle High Students Install Rain Garden

Help West Seattle High School students install a rain garden.  Meet Saturday, April 28th, at 10:00 am at the West Seattle High School, 3000 California Ave. SW.

The West Seattle High School Earth Service Corps has made it their mission this year to install an educational rain garden at the school.

Help them achieve their vision by giving a hand during the installation. Just bring your gardening gloves and tools will be provided.  Meet at the High School entrance.


West Seattle Solar Project Workshop @ Neighborhood House, High Point

The next West Seattle Solar Project workshop will be this Saturday, April 14th, from 1:30 pm to 3:00pm at Neighborhood House @ High Point, Rm. 207, 6400 Sylvan Way SW.

Register on the project website to learn about upcoming workshops, sign up for a solar site evaluation, and get involved. Registration is recommended, but not required.

For more information, contact:

The West Seattle Solar Project helps residents and businesses save time and money in the process of going solar through bulk purchasing and educational workshops.If you live in West Seattle

  • The following Zip Codes: 98106, 98116, 98126, 98136, 98146

and have been thinking about solar for your home or business, this is the project you have been waiting for!

WSSP is the first solar campaign of The Cascadia Solar Project , whose mission is to jumpstart and dramatically increase the number of photovoltaic installations around the Puget Sound, especially in underrepresented neighborhoods. The project uses Made-In-Washington modules and inverters, and all participants will receive the same low $/watt price. The only major variables will be system size and whether or not the customer wants financing.

Vashon-based Artisan Electric Inc. will be the project manager for the campaign, and is currently collaborating with community groups in West Seattle to get the word out. Additional partners include Silicon Energy, a Marysville-based solar module and inverter manufacturer, and Puget Sound Cooperative Credit Union (PSCCU),a local credit union that provides solar financing in the Puget Sound region.

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2012 Urban Forest Symposium @ UW Center for Urban Horticulture

Amnesty and the University of Washington are hosting the 2012 Urban Forest Symposium on Monday, May 14, from 9:00 am through 4:00 pm at the University of Washington Botanic Gardens, Center for Urban Horticulture, 3501 NE 41st St.

The cost is $45 per person. Lunches are available at a cost of $15. Free lunch for the first 50 registrants, provided by Davey Tree Expert Co., Trees for Life, Thundering Oak Enterprises and Seattle Tree Preservation, Inc.

Register online at www.uwbotanicgardens.org, or print and mail or fax registration form and payment to:

  • UW Botanic Gardens, Urban Forestry Symposium Box 354115, Seattle, WA 98195-4115 Fax: (206) 685-2692

For more information contact: Jean Robins at 206‐685‐8033. To register use www.uwbotanicgardens.org

Sponsors of the event include the UW Botanic Gardens, Plant Amnesty, Washington State Department of Natural Resources, USDA Forest Service, the Northwest Horticultural Society and King County.

Mobilizing Volunteers for the Urban Forest

The 2012 Urban Forest Symposium will address the concerns of municipalities, NGOs and educational groups whose work involves volunteer planting and care for the urban forest. This year’s speakers understand what it takes to have a truly successful program. The keynoter, world renowned speaker and grassroots organizer Andy Lipkis, will take us on the inspirational journey from the founding of the Los Angeles’ Tree People who planted one million trees for the 1984 Olympics to the influential, 10,000 volunteer organization it is today.

Throughout the day representatives from a variety of non‐profit organizations will share what has, and what has not worked to motivate volunteers and secure funding. The technical track will cover how to avoid common problems with volunteer tree planting projects and how to set your project on track for long‐term success. It will also have the latest on best practices for tree planting.

The day’s activities include:

  • Keynote address by Andy Lipkis, founder of the Tree People of Los Angeles
  • Concurrent Sessions: Engaging Volunteers – the big picture. Joanna Nelson de Flores, Green Seattle Project Manager at Forterra (formerly Cascade Land Conservancy) and Mark Mead, Senior Urban Forester, City of Seattle Planting Projects. Greg Rabourn, Native Plant Specialist, King County Dept. of Natural Resources & Parks
  • Concurrent Sessions: Engaging Volunteers – an on the ground perspective. Nancy Whitlock, Executive Director of The Nature Consortium and Chris LaPointe, Volunteer Program Manager at EarthCorps Planting Projects. Linda Chalker‐Scott, Author, Associate Professor and WSU Extension Urban Horticulturist
  • Poster session – growing volunteer programs in a climate of change. Cindy Spiry, The Snoqualmie Tribe; David Warren, Vashon Forest Stewards; Matt Mega, Seattle Audubon; Gail Savina, City Fruit; David Kimmett, King County Parks and Linda Holman, Lake Forest Park Stewardship Foundation.
  • Small group discussion. Topic – Tree Preservation, regulation vs. incentive, what will work?
  • Panel discussion: Topic – fundraising and finance strategies in a recession. Nancy Whitlock, founder of The Nature Consortium; Cass Turnbull, founder of Plant Amnesty; Sarah Weigle, Student Conservation Association [invited]; Ken Pritchard, Grants Coordinator at King County Dept. of Natural Resources and Parks

The 4th Annual Urban Forest Symposium is funded in part by the USDA Forest Service, the Washington State Department of Natural Resources Community Forestry Division and the Northwest Horticultural Society. Free lunches are supplied by The Davey Tree Expert Co., Trees for Life, Thundering Oak Enterprises and Seattle Tree Preservation, Inc.

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Village Green Perennial Nursery Hosting Seminar on Beekeeping

Beekeeping – Ask Questions of a longtime Beekeeper.

This seminar will cover basic beekeeping concepts for getting started, including tools and equipment, local laws and sources for more information.  The event is being hosted at Village Green Perennial Nursery at  10223 26th Avenue SW, in Shorewood.

The beekeeper is Brian Allen, founder of Sustainable West Seattle, a past member of the Puget Sound Beekeepers Association Board of Trustees, and Secretary of the Sustainable Seattle Board of Directors.

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CoolMom Hosting Bike Rodeo @ Westside School to “Think Outside the Car” for Week of Earth Day

Children’s Bike Rodeo to Kick-Off West Seattle Community Project to encourage West Seattleites to Think Outside the Car.  The event features:

  • Live music
  • Food
  • Neighbors and Fun

CoolMom is hosting an Earth Day gala spectacular event at the Westside Elementary School on Saturday, April 28, from 10:00 am through 2:00 pm.  Earth Day is Sunday, April 22.

When you put Earth Day together with a neighborhood matching grant, you get a whole lot of fun! On Saturday, April 28th from 10:00 am to 2;00 pm, Westside Elementary School will be the center of the car-free universe in an event designed to get West Seattleites using their bike pedals instead of their gas pedals.

The Cascade Bicycle Club will challenge kids to a bike rodeo in which children will get to show off their mad biking skills while learning bicycle safety tips. Children of all ages will have the chance to use the solar-powered Undriving license station where they can get their very own undriver’s license with a promise to try the bus or walk to school.

Children will also decorate their bikes and have the opportunity to participate in two parades. Bike Works will be collecting bikes for donation and providing some ‘how tos’ on bike maintenance. Lumpia World and Athenas Food Trucks will be selling their delicious food and BottleRockit will provide live musical entertainment and serenade our kid parades!

CoolMom will be on hand to showcase their Think Outside the Car project, arriving in West Seattle by bike, walking school bus and mass transit this Spring. Think Outside the Car, funded by a City of Seattle Neighborhood Matching Fund grant, is designed to build community, improve air quality and save West Seattleites money. Festival attendees can learn more about this project from the participating organizations, including CoolMom, Feet First, BikeWorks, the Cascade Bicycle Club, Sustainable West Seattle and Undriving.

Thanks to sponsors: Organic Valley, Safeway and AmericanWest Bank.


  • Think Outside the Car Kick-off Festival
  • Saturday, April 28, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
  • Westside School play area, 34th Ave. SW  and SW Holden Street in West Seattle
  • 7740 34th Avenue SW
  • Contact: Terri Glaberson, CoolMom Executive Director and Project Manager

More festival information at: http://www.coolmom.org/news/save-the-date-think-outside-the-car-event.

More Think Outside the Car project information at: http://www.coolmom.org/programs/think-outside-the-car

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