June Community Forum: Present & Future of Environmental Education in WS Schools

The Sustainable West Seattle June 18 Community Forum will be a panel presentation and community discussion on Environmental Education in West Seattle Schools.

The event features a diverse panel and will take place starting at 6:00 pm in the Denny International Middle School Galleria, 2160 SW Kenyon St.

Panel members include:

Many of our schools and non-profits in West Seattle are doing great work educating about the environment and ecology, greening their schools, and getting students outside learning through gardening and hands-on exploration of our natural spaces.

Come to the forum and learn about the state standards and environmental literacy plan, and which programs are being promoted locally to assist schools. Learn about assets we have in this community that make the teaching of environmental education both exciting, close, and convenient, and share what you and your school are doing.

Teachers and Students throughout West Seattle are encouraged to come and share during discussion what they are doing to improve and create awareness of the environment and to green their schools.

Non-Profits and other Educational groups promoting environmental awareness will also be on hand to share their work in the schools and with children in West Seattle.
We’re fortunate here in West Seattle with great natural assets such as the beaches at  Alki, Schmitz Preserve, the forests and streams of the Delridge valley and Camp Long along with many other natural features. West Seattle has active non-profits looking to share their expertise and interests, and schools that are committing to greening themselves.

Let’s get together and discuss and brainstorm how we can build connections and strengthen environmental education for our students going forward.

This event sponsored and promoted by Sustainable West Seattle, Seattle Parks and Recreation, and the Nature Consortium.

For more information, contact Bill Reiswig, Sustainable West Seattle, phone (home) 206-768-8463, or (work) 206-883-7040.

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YES! Magazine’s 2nd Annual Celebration of People Power

With Alice Walker, Frances Moore Lappé, and Makana

Jun 6th,  7pm at Town Hall: Don’t miss this rare opportunity to hear Pulitzer Prize-winner Alice Walker (The Color Purple, The Chicken Chronicles) and bestselling author Frances Moore Lappé (Diet for a Small Planet, EcoMind), speak to our power as change makers, interwoven with inspiring music from Makana, the acclaimed Hawaiian songwriter and slack-key guitarist who made national news last fall when he performed his Occupy anthem, “We Are the Many,” for President Obama.

Details available on our events calendar!

Paddle from Seattle Support Event

This fun event today, June 10, Sunday, supports the revival of NW Native Canoe Culture. Food, film, exhibits & more. $10 suggested donation supports the Duwamish Raven Canoe “Paddle to Suquaxin 2012″ this summer. Enjoy Indian Tacos, film from the 2010 Canoe Journey, Duwamish Youth Digital Stories , Art Gallery show Peter Boome: Salish Connections & more. Event image is “Sustenance” by Peter Boome–see more available paintings and prints in the Longhouse Art Gallery. Doors open 1pm, free parking. Read more details about this event.

Georgetown Carnival Saturday: Power Tool Races, Music, & Cool Spaces Open to Public

Power tool races and more at the annual Georgetown Carnival, this Saturday, June 9.  Party, listen to music, eat, drink, be merry and communicate one-on-many with your neighbors and fellow festival-goers.  For info and more cool stuff, go to their website.

The music and display venues are places often not open to the public, so the Georgetown Carnival is an open house as well as a fantastic street festival.  You should go !

The forecast is mixed: Accuweather – cloudy with rain; Weather Channel – partly sunny with clouds/possible rain/ Weather Underground – Overcast with chance or rain.

West Seattle Fixers and Makers at the 2012 Seattle Maker Faire

The West Seattle Fixers and Makers, which meets Thursday nights twice a month at the West Seattle Tool Library, will be exhibiting at the 2012 Seattle Mini Maker Faire, held Saturday and Sunday, June 2-3 at the Seattle Center. The Faire, which runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day, will host 50 maker exhibits, workshops and hands-on activities for all ages.

The West Seattle Fixers and Makers will be displaying some of its work at the Seattle Mini Maker Faire, including wood carvings, paddles, a canoe, recycled material sculptures and unique appliances that have been repaired by the fixers’ collective. The exhibit will educate the public on the valuable resource and creative potential the West Seattle Tool Library and Fixers and Makers provide.

In addition to the displays, the group will have a few activities for visitors to participate in during the event such as making their own mini sewing or tool kit and taking apart broken tools and trying to diagnose why it doesn’t work.

West Seattle Fixers and Makers founder Greg Kono has enjoyed making things for as long as he can remember and learned at a young age from his parents and grandparents the importance of repairing and maintaining the things he owns.

“I often get as much pleasure from tearing things apart, fixing and putting them back together as I do from creating something new. I joined the West Seattle Tool Library and formed the West Seattle Fixers and Makers to share some of my knowledge and be more involved with my community. It has been inspiring to be around others who are passionate around similar interests,” Kono said.

Known by names such as fixer’s collectives, repair cafes and hacker spaces, such groups are popping up all over the United States and Europe as a way to combat a throwaway culture, reduce waste, save money and build community.


Sharing Revolution Workshop

Didn’t get enough sharing at our Share Fair earlier this year, or just want to learn more?

The new “sharing revolution”is involved in sharing cars, houses, and working areas. They’re engaged in co-housing, ‘time banks,’ lending clubs, and local projects that share tools, exchange food produce, and even gardening space. We’re having a workshop to learn how to get involved in this movement in a way that helps reduce stress and saving the planet by increasing social ties and saving money.

Join Cecile Andrews, author of Less Is More, Slow Is Beautiful, and Circle of Simplicity, and many others on Saturday, June 23 from 10 am to 12:30 pm at the Phinney Neighborhood Center (66th and Phinney) Blue Building. It’s free, and you can join an ongoing group afterwards. For more information contact cecile@cecileandrews.com


Morgan Community Festival This Saturday

Join your neighbors in the Morgan Junction area this Saturday, June 23th, for the 7th Annual Morgan Community Festival.

Festival hours are from 10:30 am through 7:00 pm.  The events are located in a series of spots around Morgan Junction Park, which will host a series of youth activities including Bubbleman as well as a second stage.  Primary music stage will be in the Beveridge Place Pub parking lot.  Vendors and community organizations will have booths in the parking lot behind Zeeks Pizza and Feedback Lounge.

Additional kids activities, including a gift-certificate Bank Vault (each participant enters and grabs coupons being blown about by an internal fan), will be located in the Washington Federal parking lot.  The festival is produced by the Morgan Community Association. Find out more about the Morgan community at www.morganjunction.org

This year the festival features a new canine event: The Bite of Morgan. Also featured will be a RapidRide bus, which will be parked in front of Beveridge Place Pub all day, a Seattle Fire Department ladder truck, which will be parked in front of Morgan Junction Park beginning at noon.  Seattle Police Department will also have a vehicle on view.

Event List, location and time:

  • The Bubbleman, in Morgan Junction Park 11:30 – 12:15
  • Bite of Morgan, participating Restaurants, get tickets at MoCA booth 11:30 – 3:00
  • Kid craft and activities, Washington Federal parking lot 12:00 – 5:00
  • Seattle Fire Engine 37, in front of the park arriving at 12:30
  • Little Gym hosted kid activities, in the park 12:15 – 3:30, demo at 1:00
  • Seattle Police Cruiser, north side of park as available
  • Bark of Morgan Dog Parade, begins at north end of park 2:00 to 2:15
  • Sidewalk Chalk Art contest, all ages, in front of the park 4:00 – 5:00
  • Rapid Ride bus, parked along California Ave all day
  • Vendors, in the Zeeks/Feedback Lounge Parking Lot all day
  • Children’s Giant Bank Vault game, WA Fed parking lot all day

The festival features two music stages for a day’s worth of continuous music.  The music schedule is:

  • 10:30 am – Ellis Brothers, swinging kid jazz trio, Beveridge Place Pub Stage
  • 11:30 am Bubbleman, amazing things with soap bubbles. Morgan Junction Park
  • 12:15 pm Paul Miranda Trio with vocalist Rachel Gavaletz, jazz,Beveridge Place Pub Stage
  • 1:00 pm Earl Brooks, folk Americana with a dark twist, Morgan Junction Park
  • 1:30 pm EJ Grooves, alternative, Beveridge Place Pub Stage
  • 2:15 pm Kyle Hough, acoustic rock & soul, Morgan Junction Park
  • 2:45 pm Reji Lefluer, rock, funk, soul, Beveridge Place Pub Stage
  • 3:30 pm Tongan Choir, large ensemble traditional music, Morgan Junction Park
  • 4:00 pm JoJo Jupiter, psychedelic sludge blues rock, Beveridge Place Pub Stage
  • 4:45 pm Shasta Bree w/ Special Guest, acoustic singer/songwriter, Morgan Junction Park
  • 5:15 pm, Stafford & Bentz Brothers, instrumental surf & twang, Beveridge Place Pub Stage
  • 6:15 pm The Fuzz, flat-out rock & roll, Beveridge Place Pub Stage

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