TONIGHT: Community Forum: Greenways – Bike or Walk Proposed West Seattle Greenways

The Sustainable West Seattle July Community Forum will be West Seattle Greenways.  Join us Monday July 16 at the West Seattle Tool Library,  Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, 4408 Delridge Way SW, from 7:00 pm to 9:09 pm for an engaging evening learning about and discussing greenways.

Come bike and learn about the progress to build neighborhood Greenways on 26th Avenue SW and 21st Avenue SW.

For more details, see our events calendar!

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.

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


Help West Seattle HS Win $1,000 Toward a Rain Garden!

Thursday, March 22nd, 7-8PM West Seattle High School Library

Sustainable West Seattle has issued a challenge to the community… if 50+ people attend an hour-long presentation about things we can all do to restore Puget Sound, we’ll award $1,000 toward a school rain garden.

The school’s student-led Earth Service Corps is coordinating the rain garden project with other local nonprofits including Stewardship Partners and Sustainable Seattle. Rain gardens are an excellent first line of defense against the polluted runoff that threatens the health of Puget Sound and its most emblematic wildlife: salmon and killer whales. The students’ aim is to turn the rain garden into a permanent feature that can be used for science education for years to come. Please help them attain their vision!

West Seattle High School is at 3000 California Avenue SW