CoolMom April Meeting Focuses on Spring Gardening

Greetings, West Seattle CoolMoms!

CoolMoms have a fun, family-friendly meeting planned this month. They’re continuing their spring gardening theme.

Please bring your seeds, starts, and gardening tips and join West Seattle CoolMoms for a seed and start exchange!

Kids are welcome this month – CoolMom will have egg cartons and art supplies so the little ones can decorate their own compostable seed-start containers!


  • Wednesday, April 11
  • 7:00 pm
  • C&P Coffee, California Ave. SW @ SW Findlay St.

It’s a family-friendly seed and start exchange! Bring your seeds, starts, and gardening tips to share! Kids can decorate egg cartons to make compostable seed-start containers!

Second Use Hosting Free Workshop on Installing Doors

Second Use Building Materials Free Workshop on Installing Doors

Installing doors can add character and of course function to any home, but installing them can be a tricky task. Pacific Iron’s Doorhouse will lead this free workshop, giving participants the tools, tips and resources needed to successfully install interior and exterior doors. Instruction will cover shopping for the right doors, installing a door into an existing jamb, and installing a pre-hung door. The workshop will go from 1:00 pm  to 3:00 pm on Sunday, May 6.

The workshop is free, but an RSVP is required. To RSVP or for questions, call or email Elena Velkov (, 206-763-6929 Ext. 13).

When you RSVP, please include the name, phone number and email address for all attendees.

In conjunction with Second Use’s doors workshop, they will offer 15 percent off doors April 28 – May 6. This includes interior, exterior, hollow core, solid core, French, louvered, sliding, screen and more. View their selection of interior and exterior doors on their online inventory.

 Second Use is located at 7953 2nd Ave. S. in the South Park neighborhood.  They can be reached by phone at  206-763-6929.

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Children’s Bike Rodeo to Kick-Off West Seattle Community Project

Live music, food, neighbors and fun to encourage West Seattleites to Think Outside the Car.

West Seattle, WA   When you put Earth Day together with a neighborhood matching grant, you get a whole lot of fun! On Saturday, April 28th from 10 am-2 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 Bottlerocket 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.

Thank you to our sponsors: Organic Valley, Safeway and AmericanWest Bank


Think Outside the Car Kick-off Festival

Saturday, April 28, 2012 from 10 am to 2pm

Westside School play area, 34th and Holden Street in West Seattle

7740 34th Avenue Southwest, Seattle, WA 98126


Parks & Green Spaces Levy Opportunity Fund Announces Start of 2012-2013 Allocation Cycle

Seattle Parks and Recreation is pleased to announce the start of the 2012/2013 cycle of the Parks and Green Spaces Levy Opportunity Fund. Under the 2008 Levy, this fund allocates $15 million for community initiated park development or property acquisition projects. In the first round, $7 million was allocated; $8 million is available this cycle.

With guidance from the City Council, the Levy Oversight Committee – an advisory board comprised of appointed volunteers – developed the 2012/2013 evaluation criteria, which they will use to assess, nominate, and recommend a package of projects to the Mayor and City Council.

Project proposal letters are due by 4 pm on Monday, June 11, and full project applications are due by 4 pm on Monday, September 17, 2012. Because of the tight timeline, Parks cannot accept late proposal letters and applications, and no applications will be accepted without an initial proposal letter.

Parks is hosting a series of workshops over the next three months to help the public with the application process. The first round of technical assistance workshops will focus on project proposal letters and are scheduled for the following dates:

  • Southwest Area: Wednesday, April 25, 6 pm to 7:30 pm, at the West Seattle Golf Clubhouse Banquet Hall, 4470 35th Ave. SW
  • Southeast Area: Thursday, May 3, 6 pm to 7:30 pm, Jefferson Community Center, 3801 Beacon Ave. S
  • Northwest Area:  Tuesday, May 1, 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm, Greenwood Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N

Technical assistance workshops for potential applications are scheduled for late June; dates and times will be announced separately. Parks will host open houses in October and November for applicants to present their projects to the Levy Oversight Committee.

This year Parks is using an online application system, and the templates for proposal letters and applications are available on the Opportunity Fund website along with the criteria, detailed timeline, upcoming meetings, and analysis maps.

For additional information about the project please visit the Opportunity Fund website at or contact Seattle Parks and Recreation Planners:


DubSea Bikes & Bike Works Offering Adult Basic Class for Bike Repair in White Center

Hey Grown Ups! Want to learn some bike repair, but don’t know your handlebars from your pedals? Interested in helping out DubSea Bikes or Bike Works as a volunteer mechanic, but concerned that your lack of mechanical experience holds you back? Just want some basic knowledge to keep yourself rolling on your own ride? Come join DubSea Bikes and Bike Works in the classroom for a great opportunity to learn and participate in the community starting April 17 and running through May 22.

Learn bike repair in a safe, friendly environment, with Bike Works’ ABC (Adult Basic Class)

  • WHAT: Bike Maintenance ABC: Adult Basics Class
  • WHO: Adults, Ages 18 and Up
  • WHEN: Tuesdays, 6:30 pm to 8:30pm April 17th through May 22nd
  • WHERE: White Center Food Bank, 10829 8th Ave SW
  • COST: $150 full fee or $100 with volunteer commitment to DubSea Bikes or Bike Works.

Call Bike Works at 206-725-9408, ext.1 to learn about the limited number of scholarships available.

Click here to download the application form.






Tool Library Offers Bike Repair/ Fixers’ Collective

West Seattle Spokespeople have been sponsoring free, minor bike repair to anyone and everyone at the Fixers’ Collective Meeting on the first Thursday of every month. Some of the best volunteer mechanics in our area are there to fix flats, lube chains, repair brakes and do other minor bicycle repairs.

Seattle Fixers’ Collective

In the broadest sense, a Fixers’ Collective is a group of folks who love to fix and mend things, which could be any old thing from broken blenders to ripped sweaters to antique dentist drills. Take it apart, put it back together, figure out how it works, refuse to throw it away, and get to know others who do the same!  What the collective works on depends entirely on who shows up but you can be rest assured that there will be plenty of creativity involved.

So feel free to stop by The Community Workshop next to The Tool Library to share your passion for fixing and mending or simply to check out some of the cool projects that walk through our door.

If you’d still like to learn a little more about Fixers’ Collectives before you decide to show up, you might want to check out the Collective in Brooklyn, which we figure pretty much started it all:

Seattle Issues Call for Community Climate Projects

The City of Seattle Office of Sustainability & Environment wants to partner with your community group or neighborhood-based organization to empower Seattleites to take action for the climate.

The City of Seattle knows that those of you who are committed to a cleaner, greener, healthier Seattle have great ideas and we want to help make them a reality. If you have an idea about how to inspire your community to take action for the climate, they want to work with you to make it happen!

The City of Seattle is seeking community partners to help residents and businesses take action for the climate. The Office of Sustainability & Environment will be awarding contracts up to $7,000 for the projects and will be providing on-going project design support.

How to apply:

Visit their website to learn more about this program, and download a project proposal form, go to  Applications are due by 4:00 pm, April 27, 2012.

Applicable categories which this grant can cover include:

  • Transportation
  • Energy
  • Food
  • Waste

For more information contact Sara Wysocki at, or give her a call at 206-233-7014.