Happening now: Get RainWise – and get connected – at the 2013 Gathering of Neighbors

May 4, 2013 at 1:30 pm | In Gathering of Neighbors, West Seattle news | 2 Comments

This year’s Gathering of Neighbors is an indoor-and-outdoor event – right outside the Chief Sealth International High School Galleria, on the walkway/plaza leading from the school parking lot to its south-side doors, you can find out all about RainWise.

It’s a program to get more homes off the rainwater/runoff grid, and more areas of West Seattle are eligible for rebates to cover at least part of the cost of installing “green stormwater infrastructure” such as cisterns. Inside the Galleria, get “wise” in another way – meet local volunteers such as Eldon Olson from the Morgan Community Association and Cindi Barker from West Seattle Be Prepared/Emergency Communication Hubs

There’s a preparedness drill next Saturday, in fact, and they’re still signing up prospective “actors.” Others you might meet at the Gathering of Neighbors include Yun Pitre and Ed Pottharst:

They’re neighborhood coordinators for the city’s Department of Neighborhoods, and work with many of the groups that keep things clicking around here. Plus – how often do you get to have a say in the future of a major local arterial? You can share your vision for the north half of Delridge Way – look for the map spanning a table, with neighborhood advocate Pete Spalding (below right) behind it:

There’s also entertainment and refreshments; as first published here last night, here’s the official program listing more of whom you might meet and see if you get on over to Sealth by 3.

2 Comments

  1. Thank you, Organizers, for planning a great event. I gathered valuable and timely information from contractors and staff at the RainWise booths about installing a cistern and accessing rebates. There’s no way I could have collected all this information without having face-to-face conversations.

    Comment by PugetRidger — 8:22 pm May 4, 2013 #

  2. Unfortunately, the Rainwise folks took off before the event ended, and we did not get a chance to talk to them… :-(

    Comment by Que — 12:02 am May 6, 2013 #

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