Take Back Your Time Day

Take Back Your Time Day
Saturday, October 24, throughout the region all day
This year, as always, Take Back Your Time falls on October 24th, a Saturday. That is also the day that the Climate Change organization, 350 is sponsoring rallies and activities around the world calling for action on global warming. The theme for this year’s Take Back Your Time Day is “Chill Out: for Your Health and for the Climate.” To learn more about how long work hours are detrimental to the environment, go to the Center for Economic and Policy Research’s website on the topic – http://www.cepr.net/index.php/press-releases/press-releases/long-us-work-hours-are-bad-for-the-environment-study-shows/. For more information about “Take Back Your Day” go to the 350.org website.

This year, as always, Take Back Your Time falls on October 24th, a Saturday. That is also the day that the Climate Change organization, 350 is sponsoring rallies and activities around the world calling for action on global warming. The theme for this year’s Take Back Your Time Day is “Chill Out: for Your Health and for the Climate.” To learn more about how long work hours are detrimental to the environment, go to the Center for Economic and Policy Research’s website on the topic – http://www.cepr.net/index.php/press-releases/press-releases/long-us-work-hours-are-bad-for-the-environment-study-shows/

For more information about “Take Back Your Day” go to the 350.org website.

Olympic Peninsula Wild Mushroom Intro

Intro to Wild Mushroom Identification on the Olympic Peninsula
Friday through Sunday, October 30, 31 and November 1, Olympic Park Institute, all day
Olympic National Forest, Olympic Park Institute-Lake Crescent, 111 Barnes Point Road, Port Angeles
An overview of wild mushroom species, edibility/toxicity, and field identification methods. This course provides an introduction to wild mushroom identification. Emphasis is on basic identification skills, including edible mushrooms and their poisonous look-alikes. Students will learn what to look for and terminology used to distinguish common mushrooms and their relatives. Basic fungal biology and ecology will be discussed. Advanced students are welcome and would also benefit from the class.
Olympic National Forest
Olympic Park Institute-Lake Crescent
111 Barnes Point Road, Port Angeles

The EOS Alliance is offering this course which is an overview of wild musroom species, edibility/toxicity, and field idenfitication methods for wild mushroom species. This course provides an introduction to wild mushroom identification. Emphasis is on basic identification skills, including edible mushrooms and their poisonous look-alikes. Students will learn what to look for and terminology used to distinguish common mushrooms and their relatives. Basic fungal biology and ecology will be discussed. Advanced students are welcome and would also benefit from the class.  The course is $425 for the 2 1/2 days, Register Online.  There is also a recommended list of items to bring since much of the course is taught in the Olympic Forest outdoors – see those recommendations  http://www.eosalliance.org/bio-302_what_to_bring.htm
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Parks Levy Opportunity Fund Public Hearing

Monday, November 9, Parks & Rec Board Room, 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Denny Park, 100 Dexter Ave N.
The hearing will provide a chance for the community to speak to the Parks Levy Committee on the proposed criteria before they are formally approved. The Levy Committee will make a preliminary decision on the criteria at their October 26 meeting.
Distribution of the criteria to the public will occur immediately thereafter via announcements in local news blogs. The November 9 public comment date provides close to 2 weeks for review of the proposed criteria by the public. A Parks Levy community meeting is scheduled for November 10; and the Committee is scheduled for final approval of the criteria at its November 23 meeting.

Parks & Rec Board Room

Denny Park, 100 Dexter Ave N.

The hearing will provide a chance for the community to speak to the Parks Levy Committee on the proposed criteria before they are formally approved. The Levy Committee will make a preliminary decision on the criteria at their October 26 meeting.

Distribution of the criteria to the public will occur immediately thereafter via announcements in local news blogs. The November 9 public comment date provides close to 2 weeks for review of the proposed criteria by the public. A Parks Levy community meeting is scheduled for November 10; and the Committee is scheduled for final approval of the criteria at its November 23 meeting.

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Delridge Area Neighborhood Street Calming

Neighborhood Street Calming for Delridge Area
Tuesday, November 10, Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, 6:30 – 7:30 pm
4408 Delridge Way SW
Neighborhood Traffic Operations (NTO), a workgroup within Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) is holding neighborhood traffic safety meetings in the community. These meetings are geared toward residents who are interested in working with NTO concerning speeding on
their residential street. This meeting is specifically for the Delridge area (other meetings are scheduled for other Seattle neighborhoods). The meetings will include a power point presentation, with a brief overview of different traffic calming options, what steps a neighborhood must take to be considered for traffic calming, criteria staff use to prioritize projects, and possible funding sources. Residents will also be trained in the proper use of radar speed guns. If residents want to enroll their street in the traffic calming program, a representative from their street must attend one of these meetings.
Youngstown Cultural Arts Center
Neighborhood Traffic Operations (NTO), a workgroup within Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) is holding neighborhood traffic safety meetings in the community. These meetings are geared toward residents who are interested in working with NTO concerning speeding on their residential street. This meeting is specifically for the Delridge area (other meetings are scheduled for other Seattle neighborhoods). The meetings will include a PowerPoint™ presentation, with a brief overview of different traffic calming options, what steps a neighborhood must take to be considered for traffic calming, criteria staff use to prioritize projects, and possible funding sources. Residents will also be trained in the proper use of radar speed guns. If residents want to enroll their street in the traffic calming program, a representative from their street must attend one of these meetings.

Guided Tour of Georgetown Power Plant

Guided Tour of the Georgetown Power Plant
Saturday, December 12, Georgetown Power Plant Museum, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
6605 13th Avenue S
Steam meets, free and open to the public, are held on the 2nd Saturday of each month, from 10am until 2pm. Steam meets include operating hot gas, gasoline, air, and steam engines, beverages, snacks, and guided plant tours including oral history and dynamic display of plant engines. Cited below are some links to videos and photos of this local but hardly-known cultural and engineering feature:
http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-6210580512035483148#
http://flickr.com/photos/espressobuzz/sets/72157621451817510/
http://flickr.com/photos/vwguy/sets/72157606651279302/
http://flickr.com/photos/artvixn/sets/72157607292705402/

6605 13th Avenue S

Steam meets, free and open to the public, are held on the 2nd Saturday of each month, from 10am until 2pm. Steam meets include operating hot gas, gasoline, air, and steam engines, beverages, snacks, and guided plant tours including oral history and dynamic display of plant engines. Cited below are some links to videos and photos of this local but hardly-known cultural and engineering feature:

Seattle ReLeaf Program – Free Trees

EarthCorps launches Seattle Community ReLeaf Program with Free Trees
Monday, November 16, Tree Applications due
The Seattle Community ReLeaf Pilot Program is starting now! EarthCorps has teamed up with the City of Seattle to provide free trees to residents of the Beacon Hill, Georgetown and West Seattle Junction/Genesee Hill and Westwood/ Roxhill neighborhoods. These communities have some of the lowest canopy cover on residential property in Seattle respectively and some of the highest planting potential. Existing tree cover:
Beacon Hill 19%
Georgetown 17%
West Seattle Junction/Genesee Hill 19%
Westwood/Roxhill 17%
Through the program, residents of the targeted neighborhoods can apply for free trees for their property and street planting strips. Trees will be available for residents to pick up in early December. A workshop on proper tree planting and care will be provided for tree recipients. Tree watering bags will be provided next spring to ensure the young trees thrive. For more information on the program, contact: Lina Rose, EarthCorps Project Manager at 206-793.2454 or email at lina@earthcorps.org. For more general information asbout Earthcorps, go to www.earthcorps.org. To download the tree application in PDF format, click here.
Important Dates to Remember:
October – Sign up to receive free trees
November 16th – Free Tree Applications Due
December 5th & 6th – Pick up your free trees and learn about how to plant and care for them
May (Date TBD) – Pick up your water bags to help your trees survive the dry summer.

EarthCorps launches Seattle Community ReLeaf Program with Free Trees.

Tree Applications due Monday, November 16.

The Seattle Community ReLeaf Pilot Program is starting now! EarthCorps has teamed up with the City of Seattle to provide free trees to residents of the Beacon Hill, Georgetown and West Seattle Junction/Genesee Hill and Westwood/ Roxhill neighborhoods. These communities have some of the lowest canopy cover on residential property in Seattle respectively and some of the highest planting potential. Existing tree cover:

  • Beacon Hill 19%
  • Georgetown 17%
  • West Seattle Junction/Genesee Hill 19%
  • Westwood/Roxhill 17%

Through the program, residents of the targeted neighborhoods can apply for free trees for their property and street planting strips. Trees will be available for residents to pick up in early December. A workshop on proper tree planting and care will be provided for tree recipients. Tree watering bags will be provided next spring to ensure the young trees thrive. For more information on the program, contact: Lina Rose, EarthCorps Project Manager at 206-793.2454 or email at lina@earthcorps.org. For more general information asbout Earthcorps, go to www.earthcorps.org. To download the tree application in PDF format, click here.

Important Dates to Remember:

  • October – Sign up to receive free trees
  • November 16th – Free Tree Applications Due
  • December 5th & 6th – Pick up your free trees and learn about how to plant and care for them
  • May (Date TBD) – Pick up your water bags to help your trees survive the dry summer.

New Habits of Mind for New Solutions

New Habits of Mind for New Solutions
Friday, November 20, NWETC – Headquarters, 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
650 South Orcas Street, Suite 220
This 8 hour class is about systems thinking, systems in the natural world, and ways to increase your ability to address complex problems. The class will give you the competence and confidence to start using systems thinking in your organizations and communities to better understand complex problems – whether you find them in the natural environment or in social systems. Participants will learn what makes a system a system, and why systems thinking is so useful and so necessary in our world. You’ll learn the ways and habits of systems thinking, as well as how to apply these habits. You’ll learn about some systems thinking tools, such as causal loops and behavior over time graphs, and how to identify feedback loops. You’ll use the “iceberg model” to deepen your understanding of leverage points for change. At the end, you’ll put it all together – applications and practice. Learning will occur through hands-on activities such as: small group conversations, large group dialogue, individual reflection, system thinking games, viewing personal stories through a new lens, and the collaborative exploration of complex problems. Both instructors’ intense interest in the natural world has been enriched through the study and application of systems thinking, instructors are About the Instructors: Steven Byers, M.A., M.S. – Steve designs and hosts learning conversations for teams, organizations, and communities seeking significant change through a shift in thinking. His clients include government agencies, corporations, schools, Veterans, grassroots groups, and anyone wanting to create and nurture community. In his work he emphasizes the power of good questions to generate meaningful conversations; and Colleen Ponto, Ed.D. – Colleen Ponto teaches at Seattle University where she is a core faculty member of the Organization Systems Renewal Graduate Program which specializes in helping adult learners to become designers and leaders of systemic organizational change. Colleen also leads a nonprofit organization in her community focusing on creating a sustainable future through park preservation, community collaboration, and innovative educational experiences. Registration is $195 , and there is a $155 reduced tuition for students, and other categories. To register online go to http://e2ma.net/go/2293394511/2081509/77691358/7719/goto:https://nwetc.org/registration_process/reg_sust-304_11-09_seattle/registration.htm . For more information call 206-762-1976.

650 South Orcas Street, Suite 220

This 8 hour class is about systems thinking, systems in the natural world, and ways to increase your ability to address complex problems. The class will give you the competence and confidence to start using systems thinking in your organizations and communities to better understand complex problems – whether you find them in the natural environment or in social systems. Participants will learn what makes a system a system, and why systems thinking is so useful and so necessary in our world. You’ll learn the ways and habits of systems thinking, as well as how to apply these habits. You’ll learn about some systems thinking tools, such as causal loops and behavior over time graphs, and how to identify feedback loops. You’ll use the “iceberg model” to deepen your understanding of leverage points for change. At the end, you’ll put it all together – applications and practice. Learning will occur through hands-on activities such as: small group conversations, large group dialogue, individual reflection, system thinking games, viewing personal stories through a new lens, and the collaborative exploration of complex problems. Both instructors’ intense interest in the natural world has been enriched through the study and application of systems thinking.

About the Instructors: Steven Byers, M.A., M.S. – Steve designs and hosts learning conversations for teams, organizations, and communities seeking significant change through a shift in thinking. His clients include government agencies, corporations, schools, Veterans, grassroots groups, and anyone wanting to create and nurture community. In his work he emphasizes the power of good questions to generate meaningful conversations; and Colleen Ponto, Ed.D. – Colleen Ponto teaches at Seattle University where she is a core faculty member of the Organization Systems Renewal Graduate Program which specializes in helping adult learners to become designers and leaders of systemic organizational change. Colleen also leads a nonprofit organization in her community focusing on creating a sustainable future through park preservation, community collaboration, and innovative educational experiences. Registration is $195 , and there is a $155 reduced tuition for students, and other categories. To register online go to http://e2ma.net/go/2293394511/2081509/77691358/7719/goto:https://nwetc.org/registration_process/reg_sust-304_11-09_seattle/registration.htm. For more information call 206-762-1976.

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Guided Tour of Georgetown Power Plant

Guided Tour of the Georgetown Power Plant
Saturday, December 12, Georgetown Power Plant Museum, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
6605 13th Avenue S
Steam meets, free and open to the public, are held on the 2nd Saturday of each month, from 10am until 2pm. Steam meets include operating hot gas, gasoline, air, and steam engines, beverages, snacks, and guided plant tours including oral history and dynamic display of plant engines. Cited below are some links to videos and photos of this local but hardly-known cultural and engineering feature:
http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-6210580512035483148#
http://flickr.com/photos/espressobuzz/sets/72157621451817510/
http://flickr.com/photos/vwguy/sets/72157606651279302/
http://flickr.com/photos/artvixn/sets/72157607292705402/

6605 13th Avenue S

Steam meets, free and open to the public, are held on the 2nd Saturday of each month, from 10am until 2pm. Steam meets include operating hot gas, gasoline, air, and steam engines, beverages, snacks, and guided plant tours including oral history and dynamic display of plant engines. Cited below are some links to videos and photos of this local but hardly-known cultural and engineering feature:

West Seattle Crop Circle

The West Seattle Crop Circle is a monthly Circle for food gardeners in West Seattle to share experiences, ask and answer questions, and create community.

    More information at www.gleanit.org (Community Harvest of SW Seattle). To join the discussion and receive announcements of future Crop Circle updates you can join the yahoo group at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/WestSeattleCropCircle/join.

    The location is at the Common House of the Duwamish Cohousing Community (access via Brandon or Dawson from the north and Myrtle from the south).

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