West Seattle Event Calendar

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ADMIRAL THEATER SCHEDULE (updated link)

How to use this calendar: Mouse over any entry to show the “plus” sign at right; click it to expand the item for more info without leaving this page; click “read more” for the FULL listing, usually including a map, plus a chance to post a comment/question.

Aug
6
Mon
2012
Election ballot drop-off at WS Stadium @ West Seattle Stadium
Aug 6 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

King County is providing a ballot-drop off van for the 2012 primary and general elections that will be parked at West Seattle Stadium at the following times:
August 3rd, 4th, and 6th from 10 am to 5 pm
August 7th (Election Day) from 7 am to 8 pm

The van will be staffed with people accepting ballots. Check here for more info.

Aug
7
Tue
2012
2012 Primary Election
Aug 7 all-day

Statewide primary is today – that means 8 pm is the deadline to drop your ballots in a dropbox, and if you’re putting yours in the mail, it must be postmarked no later than today.

Election Day ballot drop-off at WS Stadium @ West Seattle Stadium
Aug 7 @ 7:00 am – 8:00 pm

King County is providing a ballot-drop off van for the 2012 primary and general elections that will be parked at West Seattle Stadium on Election Day (August 7th) from 7 am to 8 pm.

The van will be staffed with people accepting ballots. Check here for more info.

Aug
8
Wed
2012
Charter-schools ballot measure forum @ Kiwanis of West Seattle @ Be's Restaurant
Aug 8 @ 12:00 pm – 1:15 pm

CHARTER SCHOOLS DEBATE: Kiwanis of West Seattle is sponsoring a forum on Initiative 1240 which seeks to au- thorize Charter Schools in the state of Washington. The event will take place at the club’s meeting scheduled for noon, Wednesday, August 8th.

Aug
26
Sun
2012
Alki UCC garden party fundraiser to support Referendum 74 @ Alki Uunited Church of Christ
Aug 26 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Alki United Church of Christ and Congregation Kol HaNeshamah invite you to a garden party, fundraiser and information event in support of Approve Referendum 74:Washington United for Marriage.

We are working together to ensure that all loving committed couples enjoy the Freedom to Marry! Bring your family, friends and neighbors! Everybody is welcome!

Yard signs, buttons and T-Shirts will be available! At the garden party there will be representatives from the campaign to tell you about how you can get engaged in the campaign.

Can’t attend, but want to support our work—Make a contribution here using our “Millions for Marriage Page.” The money will go directly to the campaign! All contributions will be matched if given before Aug 31st.

And we also invite you to join us for our weekly Thursday night phonebank jointly sponsored by our two congregations. Simply come to the church at 5:30 on any Thursday until election day. Bring your laptop computer and cell phone!

Think you’ll be joining us please RSVP to JoshFriedes@gmail.com.

Sep
6
Thu
2012
MOVED: 2012 Democratic National Convention Watch Party @ Heartland Café
Sep 6 @ 5:00 pm – 8:30 pm

**THIS EVENT HAS BEEN MOVED**
Gather with friends and neighbors at Heartland Café to watch President Obama’s accept the nomination at the 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte. We’ll watch the speech live, enjoy each other’s company, and make plans for the weekend of action on September 8th and 9th. The convention marks an important milestone in an election year — it’s the first time that many Americans will tune in to the 2012 campaign.

*Schedule For Event:*
5:00-6:00: Attendees arrive
6:00-6:30: People chat, get situated, converse
6:30-7:30: The window in which the President is expected to start his speech
8:00-8:15: West Seattle volunteer team says a few words about why it’s important to volunteer to re-elect the President, why they personally are volunteering and what upcoming events are available for people to get involved.
8:30: Event Over

Sep
29
Sat
2012
‘What’s Happening in Lincoln Park?’ field trip @ Lincoln Park, north parking lot
Sep 29 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

“What’s Happening in Lincoln Park: A Walking Tour” will be Saturday, Sept 29, 10 am-noon. Join volunteer forest stewards Lisa McGinty and Sharon Baker at the north kiosk to learn about the park and forest restoration efforts by Friends of Lincoln Park. Also learn what you can do to help with invasive-plant removal as you take your own walk in the park. Free. Details at 464-1068 or sabaker41@gmail.com

Oct
6
Sat
2012
Fauntleroy Creek Watershed Walk @ Original Bakery
Oct 6 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Fauntleroy Creek Watershed Walk
When: Saturday, October 6, 2012 from 1 pm to 3 pm
Where: Meet at Original Bakery, 9253 45th Avenue SW
What: Join Chas Redmond, Board Member of Feet First and Sustainable West Seattle, on an adventure through Fauntleroy Park, a 28-acre wooded ravine on the western slope of the West Seattle peninsula. Travel through time to experience a remnant of the coastal forest environment that one stretched across the Puget Sound region, and learn about the native plants, fish, and birds that still make their home here.

RSVP at: http://feet-first.ticketleap.com/watershed-walk-fauntleroy-creek-/
This is a family friendly walk. Space is limited, reserve your spot today!
More details:

As a part of the launch of In Motion, individuals are invited to attend fun and engaging walks focused on the intersection between the built and natural environments in their community. The West Seattle Walks Series steps out with the first walk beginning on Saturday, October 6.

Join Feet First Neighborhood Walking Ambassadors Chas Redmond, Bryan Fiedorczyk, and Cathy and Jake Jaramillo on guided walks that will inspire, connect, and inform participants about unique features in West Seattle. Neighborhood Walking Ambassadors help promote safer, more walkable communities by leading neighborhood walks inviting groups to connect with their surroundings and share knowledge while improving personal and environmental health. The first two walks in the series will educate walk participants about the natural ecology of the Fauntleroy and Longfellow Creek Watersheds while taking time to enjoy the beautiful natural environment and wildlife that inhabits it. The third walk in this series gives participants a bird’s eye view of West Seattle’s beautiful landscapes from the tops of Alki’s outdoor stairways.

Feet First Executive Director Lisa Quinn said, “The Neighborhood Walks provide an enjoyable opportunity for people to learn about the relationship between their actions and a healthy environment and vibrant neighborhood. Neighborhood Walking Ambassadors share their knowledge and experiences of the natural and built environments with their neighbors in a different, more intimate way.”

These West Seattle Walks are a collaborative effort by Feet First and InMotion.

More about Feet First:
For the past ten years, Feet First has worked to ensure that all communities in Washington state are walkable. Walking is a vital transportation mode that connects communities, reduces pollution, improves health and physical fitness, and allows people to explore their
natural environment.

Oct
10
Wed
2012
Forum on I-1185 @ Be's Restaurant
Oct 10 @ 12:00 pm – 12:00 pm

The Kiwanis Club of West Seattle plans a forum at its lunch meeting this week, and you’re invited:

In an effort to air both positions, Kiwanis of West Seattle will hear arguments on both sides at its noon meeting, Wednesday, Oct. 10, at Be’s Restaurant, 4509 California Ave SW.

Initiative Measure 1185 concerns tax and fee increases imposed by state government. It would require sixty-six percent legislative approval or voter approval to raise taxes; require “fee increases,” as defined, be set by the Legislature; and dedicate collected fees to their identified statutory purposes.

This measure would require that any action by the Legislature that “raises taxes,” as defined, be approved either by at least sixty-six percent of both houses of the Legislature or by the voters. It would require “fee increases,” defined as including new fees and increases in existing fees, to be set by the legislature. It would limit use of fee revenues to the statutory purposes for which the fees were collected under the fee-authorizing statutes.

Amber Carter, Association of Washington Business director of government affairs for tax and fiscal policy will speak as a proponent of the measure. Speaking against Initiative 485 will be Representative Reuven Carlyle (D) of the 36th Legislative District, a member of the House Ways and means Committee.

Members of the public are invited to attend. Please RSVP. Luncheon is $8 including tax and tip; beverages only, $3. Call 206-938-8032 or e-mail warrenlawless@comcast.net. Parking is available behind the marked alley entrance to Be’s.

You can read about all the November statewide ballot measures via this page of the Secretary of State’s website (PDF file).

Oct
18
Thu
2012
Community forum on marijuana-legalization Initiative 502 @ High Point Neighborhood House Center
Oct 18 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

A forum with presentations and Q/A regarding marijuana-legalization Initiative 502 is set for 5:30-7:30 pm Thursday October 18th at Neighborhood House’s High Point Center (6400 Sylvan Way SW). On the pro-legalization side will be University of Washington professor emeritus and substance-abuse counselor Roger Roffman; on the anti-legalization side, Steve Freng, who works with the Northwest High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Area. All welcome. There will be an opportunity for questions from the audience and discussion.

Oct
20
Sat
2012
West Seattle Neighborhood bird walk, beginner’s level @ Constellation Park
Oct 20 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am

Join in a beginner’s level West Seattle Neighborhood bird walk sponsored by Seattle Audubon Society!

Where: Meet at the north end of Constellation Park, where Alki Ave SW becomes Beach Drive S.W., just around the corner from the Alki Point Lighthouse

Bring your own binoculars or scope & a jacket or rain gear

Website Information: follow the link to “Neighborhood Bird Walks”

Roxhill Park tour @ Roxhill Park
Oct 20 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Members of the Washington Native Plant Society will lead a tour of Roxhill Park on Saturday, Oct. 20th, 10 am–noon. Muster at the parking lot near the restrooms (off of 29th Ave SW). Learn about the historic peat bog, much of which became Westwood Village; the trials and triumphs of extensive restoration, and current opportunities to be involved. Contact: Scott Blackstock, scottie1039@aol.com.

“Alki from Above” Stairway Walk
Oct 20 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

“Alki from Above” Stairway Walk
When: Saturday, October 20, 2012 from 1 pm to 3 pm
Where: Meet at the Metro 57 Bus Stop, near 49th Ave. SW and SW Spokane St.
What: Join Cathy and Jake Jaramillo, Feet First Neighborhood Walking Ambassadors and authors of “Seattle Stairway Walks,” coming to bookstores early next year, on this panoramic survey of Alki and Schmitz Park which will open your eyes while exercising your mind and body! On this walk, you’ll wind down the narrow, tree-lined lanes of North Admiral before reaching our first flights of stairs above Alki Beach. You’ll pause to take in views of Alki, the Sound and the Olympics before heading down a final stairway to the waterfront. Eventually, you’ll turn back from the beach and back up the bluff, to find a set of tucked-away stairs that lead past a tiny pocket of charming homes and back toward Admiral Way. On the other side of Admiral, you can look down from a 1920s-vintage bridge into Schmitz Park Preserve before switch-backing down timber stairs into the Preserve itself. Schmitz Park Preserve is one of only two places in Seattle with remaining old-growth forest, and you will use its winding trails to get up-close views of its towering trees and lovely creek.

*RSVP at:* http://feet-first.ticketleap.com/alki-from-above-stairway-walk/
/This is a family friendly walk. Space is limited, reserve your spot today!

For more information, contact Darcy Edmunds by emailing darcy@feetfirst.org or calling 206-652-2310, ext. 5.

More details:

As a part of the launch of In Motion, individuals are invited to attend fun and engaging walks focused on the intersection between the built and natural environments in their community. The West Seattle Walks Series steps out with the first walk beginning on Saturday, October 6.

Join Feet First Neighborhood Walking Ambassadors Chas Redmond, Bryan Fiedorczyk, and Cathy and Jake Jaramillo on guided walks that will inspire, connect, and inform participants about unique features in West Seattle. Neighborhood Walking Ambassadors help promote safer, more walkable communities by leading neighborhood walks inviting groups to connect with their surroundings and share knowledge while improving personal and environmental health. The first two walks in the series will educate walk participants about the natural ecology of the Fauntleroy and Longfellow Creek Watersheds while taking time to enjoy the beautiful natural environment and wildlife that inhabits it. The third walk in this series gives participants a bird’s eye view of West Seattle’s beautiful landscapes from the tops of Alki’s outdoor stairways.

Feet First Executive Director Lisa Quinn said, “The Neighborhood Walks provide an enjoyable opportunity for people to learn about the relationship between their actions and a healthy environment and vibrant neighborhood. Neighborhood Walking Ambassadors share their knowledge and experiences of the natural and built environments with their neighbors in a different, more intimate way.”

These West Seattle Walks are a collaborative effort by Feet First and InMotion.

More about Feet First:
For the past ten years, Feet First has worked to ensure that all communities in Washington state are walkable. Walking is a vital transportation mode that connects communities, reduces pollution, improves health and physical fitness, and allows people to explore their
natural environment.

Oct
27
Sat
2012
Legends of Lincoln Park Walking Tour
Oct 27 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Everyone is welcome to the Log House Museum‘s “Legends of Lincoln Park Walking Tour” October 27th 1-3 pm. Led by Peder Nelson, walking tour aficionado. Meet in the north parking lot across from Fauntleroy and Rose St. Some rugged terrain and stairs involved, dress for cool weather. We will walk rain or shine! Facebook event page is here.

Oct
30
Tue
2012
Tot Trek – Happy Halloween Hike @ Camp Long
Oct 30 @ 10:30 am – 11:45 am

Adults, explore the wonders of nature with your toddler. Join a Seattle volunteer naturalist for an exploration of some of the animals associated with Halloween. Be sure to wear your Halloween costume. No strollers, please. All children must be accompanied by an adult. One adult may accompany up to two children.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012, 10:30 – 11:45am
Location: Camp Long Environmental Learning Center, 5200 35th Ave SW

Pre-Registration is required:
$8 adult/child pair. $4 each additional person
Contact Phone 206-684-7435
Contact Email camplong@seattle.gov

Nov
2
Fri
2012
Ballot drop-off van @ West Seattle Stadium, parking lot
Nov 2 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Return your ballot without using the U.S. Postal Service or a first class stamp at a ballot drop box or at a ballot drop-off van (temporary collection point). For the 2012 primary and general elections, Elections has added temporary collection points that close at 8:00 p.m. on Election Day.

Ballot drop-off van:
West Seattle Stadium – parking lot, southwest corner
4432 35th Avenue SW
Seattle 98126

November 2, 3, 4 and 5 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Election Day, November 6, from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Details and full list of ballot drop boxes and vans throughout King County at the King County Elections page here.

Nov
3
Sat
2012
Ballot drop-off van @ West Seattle Stadium, parking lot
Nov 3 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Return your ballot without using the U.S. Postal Service or a first class stamp at a ballot drop box or at a ballot drop-off van (temporary collection point). For the 2012 primary and general elections, Elections has added temporary collection points that close at 8:00 p.m. on Election Day.

Ballot drop-off van:
West Seattle Stadium – parking lot, southwest corner
4432 35th Avenue SW
Seattle 98126

November 2, 3, 4 and 5 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Election Day, November 6, from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Details and full list of ballot drop boxes and vans throughout King County at the King County Elections page here.

High Point Neighborhood Walk @ High Point Library
Nov 3 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

High Point Neighborhood Walk
Urban Design, Green Building, Transportation Mobility and Low Impact Development
When: Saturday, November 3rd, 1 pm – 3 pm
Where: Meet outside the High Point Library, 3411 SW Raymond
What: The fourth walk in this series will be led by Feet First Neighborhood Walking Ambassador Timothy Lowry, PE, LEED AP, transportation planner, and watershed planner. Participants will join Timothy on an urban field tour of the High Point neighborhood to learn about this Smart Growth community’s innovative planning and sustainable design. Participants will also learn about Low Impact Development and Green Stormwater Infrastructure installations and how it relates to the Longfellow Creek watershed.

RSVP at: http://feet-first.ticketleap.com/admin/events/high-point-neighborhood-walk–urban-design-green-building-transp.

This is a family friendly walk. Space is limited, reserve your spot today!
More details:


As a part of the launch of West Seattle InMotion, residents are invited to attend fun and engaging walks focused on the intersection between the built and natural environments in their community. The West Seattle Walks Series continues with the fourth and final walk on Saturday, November 3, during which participants will tour
one of Seattle’s key sustainable developments.

Throughout October, Feet First Neighborhood Walking Ambassadors Chas Redmond, Bryan Fiedorczyk, and Cathy and Jake Jaramillo led well-attended guided walks covering unique features in West Seattle including Fauntleroy Park, Alki from Above, and the Longfellow Creek Legacy Trail. These Neighborhood Walking Ambassadors are Feet First
volunteers who help promote safer, more walkable communities by leading neighborhood walks. Over 50 residents of West Seattle and surrounding areas came together to walk, learn about their community, connect with neighbors, and enjoy the beautiful fall scenery.

Feet First Executive Director Lisa Quinn said, “The Neighborhood Walks provide an enjoyable opportunity for people to learn about the relationship between their actions and a healthy environment and vibrant neighborhood. Neighborhood Walking Ambassadors share their knowledge and experiences of the natural and built environments with their neighbors in a unique and intimate way.”

More about Feet First:
For the past ten years, Feet First has worked to ensure that all communities in Washington are walkable. Walking is a vital transportation mode that connects communities, reduces pollution, improves health and physical fitness, and allows people to explore their natural environment.

Nov
4
Sun
2012
Ballot drop-off van @ West Seattle Stadium, parking lot
Nov 4 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Return your ballot without using the U.S. Postal Service or a first class stamp at a ballot drop box or at a ballot drop-off van (temporary collection point). For the 2012 primary and general elections, Elections has added temporary collection points that close at 8:00 p.m. on Election Day.

Ballot drop-off van:
West Seattle Stadium – parking lot, southwest corner
4432 35th Avenue SW
Seattle 98126

November 2, 3, 4 and 5 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Election Day, November 6, from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Details and full list of ballot drop boxes and vans throughout King County at the King County Elections page here.

Nov
5
Mon
2012
Ballot drop-off van @ West Seattle Stadium, parking lot
Nov 5 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Return your ballot without using the U.S. Postal Service or a first class stamp at a ballot drop box or at a ballot drop-off van (temporary collection point). For the 2012 primary and general elections, Elections has added temporary collection points that close at 8:00 p.m. on Election Day.

Ballot drop-off van:
West Seattle Stadium – parking lot, southwest corner
4432 35th Avenue SW
Seattle 98126

November 2, 3, 4 and 5 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Election Day, November 6, from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Details and full list of ballot drop boxes and vans throughout King County at the King County Elections page here.

Nov
6
Tue
2012
Ballot drop-off van @ West Seattle Stadium, parking lot
Nov 6 @ 7:00 am – 8:00 pm

Return your ballot without using the U.S. Postal Service or a first class stamp at a ballot drop box or at a ballot drop-off van (temporary collection point). For the 2012 primary and general elections, Elections has added temporary collection points that close at 8:00 p.m. on Election Day.

Ballot drop-off van:
West Seattle Stadium – parking lot, southwest corner
4432 35th Avenue SW
Seattle 98126

November 2, 3, 4 and 5 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Election Day, November 6, from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Details and full list of ballot drop boxes and vans throughout King County at the King County Elections page here.

Election Night Party at OutWest Bar
Nov 6 @ 4:00 pm – 11:59 pm

The stakes are high on both the Local and National levels, so we’re celebrating in a big way! We will be hosting our Election Day Party 4 pm to Midnight on Tues Nov. 6th! Here are some of the things we’re planning for the day:

“Voting Boxes” ($1 per Vote) that will support a local charity
Red & Blue Jello Shots
Special R74 & Obama Cocktails
Crowd “Interviews”
Trivia opportunities with Prizes throughout the evening

Don’t forget we’ll be showing both National and Local coverage on our 2 TVs

Election night party @ Skylark Café & Club
Nov 6 @ 6:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Join the Election Night Party at Skylark Café and Club starting at 6 pm.

Nov
11
Sun
2012
Spokespeople bike ride: go shopping on California @ Alki Bike and Board
Nov 11 @ 11:00 am – 11:00 am

Start Date/Time: 11/11/12, 11:00 am
Start Location: Alki Bike and Board, 2606 California Ave SW
*Ride Description:*
A pleasant Sunday shopping trip from North Admiral in West Seattle to the Morgan Junction. Stopping at the West Seattle PCC, The Farmers Market, West Seattle Produce, West Seattle Nursery and Aarons Bike Repair. Great for Cargo Bikes, trailers or safe and secure bags, baskets and carrying devices. Alternative Neighborhood Greenways routes featured.

Ride Leader Name: Stu Hennessey
Contact Phone: 206.938.3322
Contact Email: alkistu@hotmail.com
Distance: 6 mi
Pace: Easy
Terrain: Rolling
Map or Cue Sheet Available: Yes MAP

Regroup: Stay together
Weather Cancels: No rain cancellation

Collaborating with West Seattle In Motion “For more information about West Seattle In Motion, go to www.kingcounty.gov/inmotion and click on West Seattle.”

Nov
17
Sat
2012
Nighttime at the Beach @ Me Kwa Mooks Beach
Nov 17 @ 10:00 pm – 11:59 pm

When: Saturday, November 17, 2012, 10 pm – 12 am
Where: Me Kwa Mooks Beach
Pre-Register: Yes
Cost: $5 per person

Gather your friends and family and join a Seattle volunteer naturalist to share in the fun of exploring the fascinating world of intertidal life by flashlight! Please wear very warm clothing and waterproof footwear. Please bring a flashlight if you have one or borrow one from us. All ages welcome as long as you can walk on slippery seaweed and stay up late into the night. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Please meet at Me Kwa Mooks beach, across from Me-Kwa-Mooks Park (4503 Beach Dr. SW)

Contact: Camp Long Environmental Learning Center, 206-684-7434, camplong@seattle.gov

Dec
15
Sat
2012
Nighttime at the Beach @ Me Kwa Mooks Beach
Dec 15 @ 10:00 pm – 11:59 pm

When: Saturday, November 17, 2012, 10 pm – 12 am
Where: Me Kwa Mooks Beach
Pre-Register: Yes
Cost: $5 per person

Gather your friends and family and join a Seattle volunteer naturalist to share in the fun of exploring the fascinating world of intertidal life by flashlight! Please wear very warm clothing and waterproof footwear. Please bring a flashlight if you have one or borrow one from us. All ages welcome as long as you can walk on slippery seaweed and stay up late into the night. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Please meet at Me Kwa Mooks beach, across from Me-Kwa-Mooks Park (4503 Beach Dr. SW)

Contact: Camp Long Environmental Learning Center, 206-684-7434, camplong@seattle.gov

Jan
11
Fri
2013
Nighttime low tide beach walks at Alki @ Constellation Park, Alki
Jan 11 @ 8:30 pm – 10:30 pm

From the Seattle Aquarium:

Explore the beach during winter nighttime low tides with Beach Naturalist staff and volunteers. Discover what creatures we see on the beach at this time of year. Dress for the weather (bundle up!) and for tide pooling: boots, hats, gloves and a good flashlight are musts.

Friday, January 11, 8:30–10:30pm
(Low tide is -2.84 @ 10:27pm)
Friday, February 8, 8:30–10pm
(Low tide is -1.66 @ 9:27pm)

Click here to RSVP for this event. RSVPs are encouraged but not mandatory.

Location:
Constellation Park/(South) Alki Beach
Directions:
1. Take Spokane St. exit off I–5 to West Seattle
2. Take Admiral Way exit off West Seattle Bridge
3. Stay on Admiral through West Seattle to 63rd Ave SW
4. Turn left at 63rd to Beach Drive SW
5. Park on Beach Drive SW
6. Meet the Naturalists at the canopy at 63rd Ave SW and Beach Dr. SW

Jan
19
Sat
2013
ReWilding Club meeting on Vashon Island
Jan 19 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

ReWilding Club meets on Vashon.
Come on outside for morning adventures and explorations into the wilder places of Vashon Island, just a short ferry ride to paradise! Local naturalist Matt McKinney will teach you nature awareness and survival skills for deep connections with yourself, community and nature.

Meets 3rd Saturday January – June from 10 am-1 pm. First meeting is January 19th. For adults and teens (youth 12 and under welcome with an adult).

Donation $15 per person. Check out vashonwildernessprogram.org for more details.

Jan
21
Mon
2013
West Seattle Inauguration Party and Celebration of Equality @ West Seattle Golf Course
Jan 21 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The 34th District Democrats and West Seattle Democratic Women Invite You to An Inauguration Party and Celebration of Equality

Monday, January 21, Martin Luther King Jr. Day; 5–9 pm, West Seattle Golf Course
• Live Music and Dancing, Dinner included – No host Bar, $40 per person
• More details on RSVP to be published here soon

Mar
6
Wed
2013
34th District Democrats PCO Committee @ Uptown Esspresso
Mar 6 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

34th Dems PCO Committee
• Meets 7:00 pm at Uptown Esspresso in the Junction.
• Agenda is a discussion about PCO recruitment, means and methods, and then division of work to accomplish it.
• Contact Committee Chair Les Treall for more information: 206-948-5423 or Les.Treall@gmail.com

Mar
9
Sat
2013
Dusk to Dark @ Lincoln Pk with Owls, Trilliums and Magenta Salmonberry Blooms! @ Lincoln Park @ 8301 Fauntleroy Way Southwest, Seattle, WA 98136, USA
Mar 9 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Not only can we look, listen and hoot for the Barred Owls as it’s getting dark, we can see the recently opened spring blooms from a rare perspective, that is by flashlight!  $15 Adults, $10 kids, seniors – suggested.  If we pull one alien weed that encroaches on the Trilliums their population will grow, rather than shrink!

Dusk to Dark @ Lincoln Pk with Owls, Trilliums and Magenta Salmonberry Blooms! @ Lincoln Park @ 8301 Fauntleroy Way Southwest, Seattle, WA 98136, USA
Mar 9 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Not only can we look, listen and hoot for the Barred Owls as it’s getting dark, we can see the recently opened spring blooms from a rare perspective, that is by flashlight!  $15 Adults, $10 kids, seniors – suggested.  If we pull one alien weed that encroaches on the Trilliums their population will grow, rather than shrink!

Mar
14
Thu
2013
King County Executive Dow Constantine re-election campaign kickoff @ The Hall at Fauntleroy
Mar 14 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

5:30 to 7:30 PM, The Hall at Fauntleroy. More information on Dow’s Facebook page here:
https://www.facebook.com/events/378561652242292/?fref=ts

Apr
13
Sat
2013
RESCHEDULED: Schmitz Park Getting Dark: Owling Under Seattle’s Oldest Trees
Apr 13 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Naturalist Stewart Wechsler is leading another owling adventure, this time in Schmitz Park on April 13th, 7-9 pm. Event link here.

Schmitz Park Getting Dark – Owling Under Seattle’s Oldest Trees
Saturday, April 13, 2013 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Take an adventure with Stewart among Seattle’s best remaining patch of ancient trees as it is getting dark, and we’ll look and hoot for the Barred Owls and see, and learn about the other members of this natural community, including spring blooms, among the towering giants.
Stewardship Adventures
$15 adults, $10 kids. Contact Stewart if possible with number of adults or kids in your party: ecostewart@gmail.com / 206 932-7225 (land-line / answering machine) to help determine if I should add sessions.

Dress for the weather. Meet at the stone gate and kiosk at the entrance on SW Admiral Wy by SW Stevens & SW Lander (~the 5400 block). I will share my 3 pairs of binoculars and my 3 flashlights, and if you have your own you could bring them. If raining hard, or winds are strong, check website or my outgoing message for potential cancellation. All ages and knowledge levels welcome!

Apr
14
Sun
2013
West Seattle Neighbors for Peace: Penny Poll Event @ West Seattle Junction
Apr 14 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

The West Seattle Neighbors for Peace and Justice will be doing their usual Sunday afternoon vigil at West Seattle Junction this Sunday (April 14) at noon.

This Sunday, in honor of Tax Day, we’ll be adding a little something extra. We’ll be taking a “Penny Poll” to see where West Seattleites think their federal income tax dollars should be spent.

Everyone who stops by our booth will be given 10 pennies that they can use to cast their “votes.” There will be five different categories of government programs to vote for, and you can distribute your votes among them any way you choose.

We will also have leaflets showing what programs the federal government really DOES spend our money on, so you can compare Uncle Sam’s spending priorities with your own.

After we tally the vote, we will report back to the Blog on how West Seattle voted compared with other Seattle neighborhood peace groups.

John Repp
West Seattle Neighbors for Peace and Justice

Apr
29
Mon
2013
Super South Seattle Mayor’s Forum @ SCCC's Georgetown Campus
Apr 29 @ 6:00 pm – 8:15 pm

6 pm Monday, April 29th, at the Georgetown campus of South Seattle Community College (WSB sponsor):

The 34th District Democrats are co-sponsoring the “Super South Seattle Mayor’s Forum” with their counterparts in the 11th and 37th Legislative Districts – a chance to hear from candidates in the Seattle mayor’s race, which has eight candidates at last count (all listed and linked on the right side of the city-elections page). Details to come, they promise, but for now, mark your calendar – and/or RSVP via the Facebook event page – for 6 pm Monday, April 29th, at the Georgetown campus of South Seattle Community College (WSB sponsor).

May
4
Sat
2013
Family Matters event: Family Hike at Camp Long
May 4 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

The next Family Matters event will focus on staying active together in the outdoors. The naturalist-led family hike at Camp Long will be Saturday, May 4th, starting at 10 am.

Family Matters is a free series organized by the Fauntleroy YMCA, Fauntleroy Church, Little Pilgrim School, and the Fauntleroy Children’s Center to benefit all area families.

May
10
Fri
2013
An West Seattle evening with Seattle Mayoral candidate Peter Steinbrueck @ Duwamish Longhouse & Cultural Center
May 10 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm


WHAT: A West Seattle Evening with Peter Steinbrueck: Candidate for Seattle Mayor

Meet the candidate and enjoy some clam chowder & fry bread.

WHEN: Friday, May 10th , 6-8 pm

WHERE: Duwamish Longhouse & Cultural Center
4705 W Marginal Way SW
Seattle, WA 98106

www.duwamishtribe.org

www.facebook.com/duwamish

Learn more here about Peter Steinbrueck, or
about how to volunteer.

May
11
Sat
2013
Talk with Seattle City Councilmember Tim Burgess @ Beveridge Place Pub
May 11 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Seattle City Councilmember Tim Burgess is holding another “Talk with Tim” in West Seattle. He’ll be at the Beveridge Place Pub on Saturday, May 11, from 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm. This is a great opportunity to say hello, hear from Tim, and let him know what’s on the minds of West Seattleites. All are welcome and encouraged to come!

Tim Burgess for Mayor campaign chat @ Beveridge Place Pub
May 11 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Tim Burgess wants to hear from you! Join us next Saturday, May 11th, as Tim visits neighborhoods across Seattle to discuss his campaign and answer your questions. This is your chance to catch up with Tim on the campaign trail.

2:30-3:30 pm

Beveridge Place Pub
6413 California Avenue SW, 98136
(21 and over only)

Planning to attend? RSVP to emily@burgessformayor.com and we’ll be sure to save you a seat. Thanks and we hope to see you there!

May
18
Sat
2013
Owl Prowl at Lincoln Park
May 18 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

From Seattle Parks and Recreation:

Whoo prowls the park after dark? YOU do… in search of resident and migrant owl species. We’ll search Lincoln Park for owls up close in their habitat. We’ll also dissect owl pellets to piece together a food chain puzzle. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Saturday, May 18, 2013, 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Please meet at the parking lot on Fauntleroy, north of the beach parking lot.

$9 per person
Registration required
Contact Phone 206-386-4236
Contact Email discover@seattle.gov

Jun
5
Wed
2013
After School with the Snakes, Beetles and Butterflies of Camp Long
Jun 5 @ 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Stewart’s Stewardship Adventures
offers: “After School with the Snakes, Beetles and Butterflies of Camp Long”.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013, 3:30–5:00 pm. Come on an after-school adventure with Stewart looking for the snakes, beetles and butterflies of Camp Long! Learn about their habitat needs and how we might make life a bit easier for them. Handle some of the creatures we are lucky enough to catch and release. With Stewart there will be no end of information and enthusiasm to share with both the kids and the adults that come with them.

$10 per person – Contact Stewart if possible with number of adults or kids in your party: ecostewart@gmail.com / 206 932-7225 (land-line / answering machine) to help determine if I should add sessions.

Meet in front of Camp Long’s Lodge building at the entrance. Lighter showers may stop butterflies from flying, but they won’t stop us, but if it’s raining hard, or winds are strong, check website or my outgoing message for potential cancellation. All ages and knowledge levels welcome!

Jun
22
Sat
2013
34th District Democrats’ Summer Solstice Party benefits WCFB
Jun 22 @ 1:45 pm – 2:45 pm

34th District Democrats Summer Solstice Party to benefit the White Center Food Bank:

Lynne Ingalls and Mike Wald host a cocktail party benefitting the White Center Food Bank on June 22, the Saturday after the summer solstice. 5-8 pm, 7120 39th Avenue SW.

• Honored guests will include Joe McDermott – King County Council, Sharon Nelson – State Senator, Eileen Cody and Joe Fitzgibbon – State Representatives.

• This is a great opportunity to talk with our elected officials in a casual setting with food and wine, chocolate covered strawberries, a signature cocktail, The Ellis Trio for jazz – all for a $50 donation to the White Center Food Bank.

• Email Lynne Ingalls or call 206-933-2547 for more information and tickets.

Jun
27
Thu
2013
Seattle Open Swim Meets 2013 @ Lincoln Park (beach)
Jun 27 @ 6:00 am – 6:00 pm

Seattle Open Swim Meets 2013 takes place at Lincoln Park beach on June 27th through 29th, 6 am-6 pm.

More information here.

Jun
28
Fri
2013
Seattle Open Swim Meets 2013 @ Lincoln Park (beach)
Jun 28 @ 6:00 am – 6:00 pm

Seattle Open Swim Meets 2013 takes place at Lincoln Park beach on June 27th through 29th, 6 am-6 pm.

More information here.

Jun
29
Sat
2013
Seattle Open Swim Meets 2013 @ Lincoln Park (beach)
Jun 29 @ 6:00 am – 6:00 pm

Seattle Open Swim Meets 2013 takes place at Lincoln Park beach on June 27th through 29th, 6 am-6 pm.

More information here.

Jun
30
Sun
2013
Seattle Open Swim Meets 2013 @ Lincoln Park (beach)
Jun 30 @ 6:00 am – 6:00 pm

Seattle Open Swim Meets 2013 takes place at Lincoln Park beach on June 27th through 29th, 6 am-6 pm.

More information here.

Jul
8
Mon
2013
Joe McDermott’s Annual Bowling Party @ Roxbury Lanes
Jul 8 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Monday, July 8, 2013
King County Councilmember Joe McDermott’s Annual Bowling Party
• Monday, July 8th, 5:30-7:30 pm, Roxbury Lanes, 2823 SW Roxbury Street, Seattle, Washington
• More information: www.joemcdermott.org
• Suggested donations: Strike $500 Spare $250 Split $50
• If you can make it we would love to have you come bowl with us! Please let Tessa McClellan know if you will be able to attend, contacting her via email (tessa@newmanpartners.com) or at (206) 328-2969 with any questions or to RSVP.

If you are not able to join us, please consider a donation to Joe’s campaign at www.joemcdermott.org

Jul
20
Sat
2013
West Seattle Kiwanis Charity Motorcycle & Scooter Rally @ The Bridge
Jul 20 @ 12:00 pm – 7:30 pm

From Jenny Almukhtar at The Bridge:

This Saturday, July 20th, The Bridge will be hosting the 5th Annual Charity Motorcycle and Scooter Rally! There will be a Show & Shine at 3-4ish pm with 4 awards given to Best in Show, Worst in Show, Best Custom & Best Scooter. There will be a raffle with some really great prizes, a specialty pulled pork sandwich with sides, and all those proceeds benefit the Children’s hospital, The Group Health Foundation and Kiwanis Scholarship Program. We will have live music out on our awesome patio from 4:45-7 pm, featuring The Hardcount and the Hot Roddin’ Romeos. The Poker Run route will begin at The Bridge at 1 pm (registration at noon), to Point Defiance via Des Moines, to Port Orchard, jumping on the Fauntleroy Ferry and looping back to The Bridge. The Scooter Rally is from The Bridge to Point Defiance and back

As announced on the Kiwanis Club of West Seattle website:

Our fifth annual event will be held on Saturday, July 20th to raise funds for cancer research at Children’s Hospital in Seattle.

Enjoy a great ride, live music, food, games and prizes. Our Master of Ceremonies this year will be none other than the award winning Kage Nienhuser from Outloud Entertainment. Come out for an afternoon of great riding and an evening of great entertainment and help support some local charities along the way.

Kids with cancer need a future.

Your participation will support the Group Health Foundation, the Kiwanis Scholarship Foundation, as well as the Kiwanis Children’s Cancer Program at Seattle Children’s Hospital. Donations and proceeds will fund cancer research fellowships through KCCP. The Kiwanis Club of West Seattle is proud to sponsor and be involved with many community service and fundraising activities.

Event Details
Date: 7/20/2013
Start Time: 12 noon check in
Location: The Bridge, 4439 35th Ave SW, Seattle 98126

Pre-Registration: $30.00 per Bike – $40.00 with Passenger, $20.00 per Scooter
(Entry fee includes t-shirt, entry into bike show, ferry ticket for bikes, and entry into Prize drawings)

You must pay the registration fee to participate. Submit one entry for per participant. Event will be held rain or shine. Because this event is a fundraising drive for charity and the youth in our community, there can be no refunds.

Click here to register.

Click Here for the event flyer with more details.

Click Here to make a tax deductible donation via our PayPal account.

Schedule:
Registration/Check-in: 12 noon
Ride (Poker Run): 1 pm – 4 pm
Bike Show, Food & Live Music: 4:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Contact the Kiwanis at westseattlekiwanis@yahoo.com with any questions.

Read more about the Kiwanis Childrens Cancer Program KCCP.

“Fifty years ago, most children with leukemia lived less than one year, and almost none survived. Now, thanks to advances made at research and teaching hospitals like Doernbecher, most children with leukemia reach adulthood, cured of their disease.” –Dr. Linda Stork, MD., Division Head, Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital

Visit West Seattle Kiwanis on Facebook here.

Jul
31
Wed
2013
Primary Campaign Week Rally for Ed Murray @ Alki Masonic Center
Jul 31 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

From Nils von Veh:

Final Primary Campaign Week Rally
to Support Alki Native Son Ed Murray
A Progressive “Can-Do” Mayoral Candidate for Seattle
Ed Murray for Mayor

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013
6:30 – 8:30 pm
Alki Masonic Hall
No Cost to Attend

Please join Sen. Sharon Nelson, Rep. Eileen Cody & Tom Mitchell, Rep. Joe Fitzgibbon, Rep. Joe McDermott, Nils von Veh, Virginia Anderson, Ken Bounds & Linda Gorton, Patricia McInturff & Hunter Handsfield, and Sarah Alexander & Bill Killien for a Final Week Primary Rally in Support of Alki Native and 34th District Democrats Sole Endorsed Candidate for Seattle Mayor
Ed Murray!

I am pretty certain that there has rarely been such a crucially important local primary election that has had so many people so bewildered and confused about who the candidates are and where the many myriad candidates actually stand on the issues that are important to them. There are so many important and pressing issues facing the city of Seattle that really need to be proactively addressed in a thoughtful smart way to keep our city moving forward positively.

One thing that is crystal clear: currently Mike McGinn’s negative rating appears to be registering even lower than Greg Nickels was in 2009. Because of the low turnout that is expected in this mid-summer election, this is one time where you can get involved in an election and really make a difference.

It is almost certain that whoever faces incumbent McGinn in the general election is likely to be our next mayor. YOUR VOTE IN THE PRIMARY FOR ED MURRAY IS YOUR GREATEST OPPORTUNITY TO MAKE A SIGNIFICANT DIFFERENCE IN THE FUTURE OF SEATTLE.

I have been following this race closely since the spring. After the surprising events that unfolded in the 2009 campaign, I felt that this time around it was important that I know as much as I could about who might be the best candidate to possibly face Mike McGinn in the general election. After consulting with a large number of friends who are very knowledgeable about the local political scene (ok- I will call at least some of them “policy wonks”), I have come to believe very strongly that Ed Murray is the best candidate to face Mike McGinn or anybody else in this crowded field who might advance through the primary to the general election.

What I have heard over and over again as I have talked to people is that Ed Murray is a someone who gets big things done, that he is thoughtful, deliberate, skillful in planning and in recruiting allies from all sides of the political spectrum. There is a very serious danger that with so many people running against incumbent McGinn that a vote cast for any candidate who is less than stellar will offset Ed Murray’s chances of a primary win and we would once again inexplicably and tragically end up with a decision between “worse” and “worst”.

The biggest news in the past week is the endorsement of the Seattle Times. The text of their editorial endorsement does a great job of giving you a lot more insight and perspective on why it is that Ed Murray is the best person to support for Mayor. Editorial: The Times recommends Ed Murray as the clear choice for mayor of Seattle.

Please join me the evening of Wednesday, July 31st to celebrate and help support Ed Murray’s campaign in the final week of the primary. And if you can’t join me — please do what you can donation-wise and talk to your friends and neighbors about Ed Murray.

Time is of the essence — you are strongly encouraged to forward this invitation on to anybody who you think might possibly attend the event on Wednesday, July 31st and/ or someone who can’t attend the event but who might be a potential donor to Ed Murray’s campaign. I am also looking for friends who might want to be listed with me as a co-sponsor of this event in the more official event flyer that gets produced in the very near future. Please let me know ASAP if you are interested in being listed with me or if you can volunteer to help me with the event itself on the night of the 31sr. (Being a co-sponsor has no financial obligation, it is simply a public statement of support for Ed Murray’s candidacy.)

There are many more news items and links at the Ed Murray campaign weblink below. You can find who has endorsed Ed Murray, donate to the campaign and all of the latest news at:
http://murray4mayor.com/

Hoping for all of our sakes that this time the best man wins in the primary!

Aug
16
Fri
2013
34th District Democrats Annual Garden Party and Auction @ West Seattle Nursery
Aug 16 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Join us for: The 34th District Democrats Annual Garden Party and Auction on Friday August 16th at 6 pm at the West Seattle Nursery.

Membership donation $34 per person / $60 per couple.
Food provided and no host bar. Musical entertainment.

Donations of quality auction items requested. For more information or to donate an item contact: Carol Frillman – (425) 785-7502

Aug
24
Sat
2013
Dragonflies, Butterflies, Salamanders, Snakes and Spiders of Camp Long
Aug 24 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

Explore nature at Lincoln Park with Naturalist Stewart Wechsler:

Saturday, August 24th, 10:30 am–12:30 pm
Stewart’s Stewardship Adventures offers:
Dragonflies, Butterflies, Salamanders, Snakes and Spiders of Camp Long:

The dragonflies now fill the skies and butterflies are flying. We’ll chase, and hopefully catch a few and maybe they will perch on a finger before flying off. We’ll also see if we can find any of the salamanders and snakes that still survive there! The webs of spiders are now
prominent and those who dare can handle them too as we learn about them!

Call or e-mail Stewart to reserve a spot ecostewart@gmail.com / 206 932-7225. Though the primary target audience for this program will be kids, all adults who attend will be guaranteed to have fun too and learn new and fascinating bits about nature! We’ll meet in front of the Lodge building by the Camp Long entrance.

$10 per person.

Aug
29
Thu
2013
Fundraiser for Fair Elections @ Feedback Lounge
Aug 29 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

My dear friends,

We’ve talked about leveling the playing field for years but now it’s time for action.Please join Seattle City Councilmembers Richard Conlin, Nick Licata and Tom Rasmussen; King County Councilmember Joe McDermott, Representative Joe Fitzgibbon, Ted Barker, Kim Becklund, Brian Earl, Ann Martin, Max Vekich and myself as we host this critical fundraiser for Fair Elections in Seattle.

Location: Feedback Lounge, 6451 California Ave SW
Date: Thursday, August 29th, 5:30-7:30 pm
Suggested donation – $50 – $100 – $200
Please RSVP on Facebook or to McKenna@McKenna Hartman.com

For more information, or if you’re unable to attend, please make a contribution at www.FairElectionsSeattle.com. Thank you.

Marcee Stone-Vekich
Chair, 34th District Democrats
206-465-1963

Sep
17
Tue
2013
Mayor’s Forum with Mayor Mike McGinn and Senator Ed Murray @ Senior Center of West Seattle
Sep 17 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Tuesday September 17, 2013 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Senior Center West Seattle

The community is invited to the Senior Center for a “Meet the Candidates for Seattle Mayor” at a MAYOR’S FORUM with Mayor Mike McGinn and Senator Ed Murray. Candidates will give brief introductions and answer questions from the audience.

Sep
28
Sat
2013
Coffee with the Sallys @ High Point Library
Sep 28 @ 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm

City Councilmembers Sally Clark (current council president) and Sally Bagshaw will bring their “Coffee with the Sallys” community chat back to West Seattle on September 28th at the High Point Branch Library, 2:30-4 pm. It’s an informal drop-in event – so if you have a concern, question, idea, be there.

Oct
6
Sun
2013
What’s Aloft at Lincoln Park’s Blustery Beach
Oct 6 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

This program is all about the wind. See what migrants the fall gales bring to Lincoln Park beaches. Learn a bit about bird anatomy and flight. Then make your own flying machine. All kite building supplies provided. This program is for adults and families with children 5 and older. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Cost $5 per person

Sunday, October 6, 2013, 1 – 2:30 pm
Lincoln Park (Please meet for this program at the kiosk in the beach parking lot.)

Pre-Registration is required: 206-386-4237, discovery.park@seattle.gov

Oct
12
Sat
2013
‘Reflections on A Restored Peat Fen’ @ Roxhill Park
Oct 12 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Reflections on A Restored Peat Fen, Seattle
Leader: Scott Blackstock, Roxhill Park Forest Steward
Saturday, October 12, 2:00 pm-4:00 pm

Join Roxhill Park’s steward, Scott Blackstock, in reflection on this urban natural area at the headwaters of Longfellow Creek years after a massive restoration project. In 1999 community volunteers began the conversion of a soggy park lawn to a restored ‘bog’. In an 8 year period hundreds of volunteers spent thousands of hours planting over 300 species of native plants creating a fen, meadow and woodland. At this natural area you can find some rare and interesting species. In autumn see the leaf and berry coloration of highbush cranberry, the leaf structure of scouler’s corydalis, seed heads of slough sedge, and smell the late season aroma of sweet gale. See if you can identify bog rosemary by remaining leaves and seeds, and bog birch by slow growth.See if the leaf’s orange underside changes on labrador tea, if the flat petiole of quaking aspen is loosening from the branch, if the needles of western larch are starting to fall, or if there are any remaining signs of camas. Check out Starflower Foundation’s report on what plants were originally planted, and which were still there in 2007: http://www.wnps.org/restoration/documents/RH/RH_Stewardship.pdf. Feel free to print out the plant lists to see how plant communities have evolved.

Questions and sign up: Scott Blackstock,, 206-938-2114, scottie1039@aol.com

Oct
18
Fri
2013
Full Moon Trek in Lincoln Park
Oct 18 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Friday, October 18, 2013, 7–9 pm
For ages 8 and older

Experience Lincoln Park from a different perspective. Full Moon Treks are guided hikes that illustrate what makes the park special after dark. Venture into the moonlit park and explore the world like a nocturnal animal. Please come prepared with warm clothes, and please meet in the parking lot on Fauntleroy, north of the beach parking lot. Designed for adults and families with children 8 and older. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Register for #108473 at www.seattle.gov/parks. $5 per person.

Full Moon Trek in Lincoln Park
Oct 18 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Experience Seattle parks from a different perspective. Full Moon Treks are guided hikes that illustrate what makes a park special after dark. Venture into the moonlit park and explore the world like a nocturnal animal. Please come prepared with warm clothes. Designed for adults and families with children 8 and older. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Cost: $5 per person

Friday, October 18, 2013, 7–9 pm

Location: Lincoln Park (Please meet in the parking lot on Fauntleroy, north of the beach parking lot.)

Pre-Registration is required: 206-386-4237, discovery.park@seattle.gov

Oct
19
Sat
2013
Fall Forest Walk at Lincoln Park
Oct 19 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Saturday, October 19, 2013, 1–3 pm
Ages 6 and older
Free!

Not sure what that plant is? Have some fun in the forest this fall by finding out about fantastic native plants! Walk the trails of Lincoln Park with a native plant steward and see the woods in a whole new light. Please meet in the parking lot on Fauntleroy, north of the beach parking lot. This program is designed for adults and families with children 6 and older. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Register for #105061 at www.seattle.gov/parks. Free.

Fall Forest Walk at Lincoln Park
Oct 19 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Not sure what that plant is? Have some fun in the forest this fall by finding out about fantastic native plants! Walk the trails of Lincoln Park with a native plant steward and see the woods in a whole new light. Please meet in the parking lot on Fauntleroy, north of the beach parking lot. This program is designed for adults and families with children 6 and older. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Cost: Free!

Saturday, October 19, 2013, 1–3 pm

Location: Lincoln Park (Please meet in the parking lot on Fauntleroy, north of the beach parking lot.)

Pre-Register: 206-386-4237, discovery.park@seattle.gov

Oct
24
Thu
2013
Seattle City Council Joint Budget Committee public hearing @ Garfield High School Commons
Oct 24 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

The Seattle City Council Budget Committee and Town Hall Special Committee will have a joint meeting on Thursday, October 24, 2013 starting at 6:00 pm to conduct two public hearings. The hearing will be held in the Garfield High School Commons. Councilmember Tim Burgess will chair the hearings.

* The first hearing, scheduled to begin at 6:00 p.m. will be for comments on the City’s general revenue sources for the 2014 budget, including a possible property tax levy increase.

* The second hearing, scheduled to begin at 6:05 p.m. (or at the conclusion of the first hearing), will be for comments on the Mayor’s 2014 Proposed Budget and will continue until all in-person comments are received.

At the hearings, out of respect for everyone’s time constraints, it would be appreciated if members of groups with similar interests could combine their presentations and limit comments to five minutes. Individual comments will be limited by the Budget Committee Chair, up to two minutes or less.

For those wishing to provide public comment at the hearings, sign-up sheets will be available outside the entry of the Commons at 5:00 pm.

The Budget Committee hearing will be cablecast live on Seattle Channel 21 and webcast live at http://www.cityofseattle.net/council.

INFORMATION AVAILABLE
The Mayor’s 2014 Proposed Budget and accompanying 2014-2019 Proposed
Capital Improvement Program (CIP) is available online at http://www.seattle.gov/financedepartment. A
paper copy of the Proposed Budget is available at the Central Library. To purchase a printed copy of the Proposed Budget or CIP, please contact Zebra Printing at (206) 223-1955. For questions regarding the Proposed Budget, contact Andrew Dziedzic of the City Budget Office (CBO) at (206) 684-8687. For questions about the Mayor’s proposed revenue sources, contact George Emerson at (206) 733-9110. For questions related to the
Council’s review of the Proposed Budget and revenue sources, contact Ben Noble of the Council’s Central Staff at (206) 684-8160 or Nate Van Duzer in Councilmember Tim Burgess’s Office at (206)-684-8806.

WRITTEN COMMENTS
Written and e-mailed comments on the Mayor’s 2014 Proposed Budget are welcome throughout budget deliberations and up to the date that the Council adopts the final budget. That could take place sooner or later than the target date of November 25, 2013. You may mail written comments to: Councilmember Tim Burgess, Attn: Emilia Sanchez, Council Clerk, P.O. Box 94728, Seattle, WA 98124-4728. Fax comments to (206) 386-9025.

E-mail comments may be sent to: Councilmembers at _council@seattle.gov. Written, faxed, and e-mailed comments will be included in the public record.

PARKING FOR PUBLIC HEARING
On-campus parking is extremely limited. Street parking is available nearby. Attendees are encouraged to attend using public transit. Plan your trip at http://metro.kingcounty.gov/.

REQUEST FOR ACCOMODATIONS
This meeting location is ADA accessible. An On Wave FM hearing assistance (ALS) with a personal listening device will be available at the meeting. Print and communications and other accommodations may be provided by contacting Linda Diibon at (206) 684-8343 or at linda.diibon@seattle.gov at least two business days in advance of the meeting.

Nov
2
Sat
2013
CANCELED – Town Hall meeting with Mayor Mike McGinn @ Delridge Library
Nov 2 @ 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm

*Library lost power during the windstorm and this is CANCELED per McGinn spokesperson Aaron Pickus’s e-mail at 1:30 pm*

Mayor Mike McGinn is hosting town halls throughout the city to speak with Seattle residents about their concerns, ideas and the mayor’s vision for the future.

Saturday, November 2nd, 2:30 pm
Delridge Branch Library
5423 Delridge Way SW, 98106

Film: ‘Barzan’ @ High Point Neighborhood House
Nov 2 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

West Seattle Meaningful Movies presents:
BARZAN
a movie about immigration and the war on terror
Q&A with the CO-DIRECTOR!

Saturday, November 2, 7:00 pm
at Neighborhood House at High Point

Free (donations accepted)
Refreshments • Discussion (share your family’s story of immigration)

Sam “Barzan” Malkandi, an Iraqi refugee to the US and beloved father, was working toward his piece of the American Dream in a Seattle suburb. But a footnote in ‘The 9/11 Commission Report,’ connecting him to a high-level Al-Qaeda operative through his childhood nickname, changed everything.

Film trailer & movie website: http://www.barzanthemovie.com/

Bus numbers 128 and 21 stop nearby. There is also easy to find free street parking close to the building.

westseattlemeaningfulmovies.org

Co sponsored by OneAmerica – OneAmerica advances the fundamental principles of democracy and justice at the local, state and national levels by building power within immigrant communities in collaboration with key allies

Nov
5
Tue
2013
Election Results on the Big Screen @ Feedback Lounge
Nov 5 @ 5:00 pm – 11:45 pm

“New mayor or same old mayor? Results on the big screen all night long, starting at 5 pm at Feedback Lounge (WSB sponsor) Tuesday November 5th.”

Nov
16
Sat
2013
Longfellow Creek Watershed Walk
Nov 16 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Longfellow Creek Watershed Walk
When: Saturday, November 16th, 10 am to noon
Where: Meet at corner of 26th Ave SW and SW Yancy Street (1 block west of Delridge, 1 block south of Andover) – Bus stop at Delridge & Andover for Metro Routes 50, 120, and 125; nearby signs/trees for locking up bikes, parking available along 26th Ave SW and SW Andover Street.

What: Join Sustainable West Seattle for an urban hike through one of Seattle’s most beautiful watershed environments. You are invited on a hike through one of Seattle’s most beautiful watershed environments – Longfellow Creek. This walk will demonstrate how Seattle residents’ everyday activities can impact the natural environment in their own backyards, and what everyone can do to help preserve the health of our urban watersheds. Feet First Walking Ambassadors Bryan Fiedorczyk and Timothy Lowry will lead an urban hike through the Longfellow Creek Watershed. The creek drains almost 3000 acres of West Seattle and is one of only four waterways left in Seattle that flows freely year-round. This family-friendly walk is estimated to be between 2 to 3 miles at a slow to moderate pace.

While walking the Longfellow Creek Legacy Trail, you will see wetlands, native meadows, conifer forests, a beaver dam and large-scale public art installations. Along the trail there will be examples of areas highly modified by development, the effects of runoff from rain and stormwater, restoration efforts, and sites featuring low impact development and green infrastructure techniques such as rain gardens.

We’ll start at trailhead northeast of Dragonfly Pavilion and follow the trail south across the Salmon Bone bridge, and down 26th Ave SW past Greg Davis Park and the Brandon Street Natural Area (King Conservation District highlights of restoration/volunteer efforts) towards the Delridge Natural Area (Delridge & Graham). We’ll turn around after about an hour of walking – at Juneau, we’ll follow 25th Ave SW north past a cluster of residential rain gardens near Brandon through Delridge Playfield and back along the trail to the starting point.

The Watershed Walk is co-sponsored by Sustainable West Seattle and the King Conservation District. More details here.

Nov
23
Sat
2013
Evergreens Walk at Lincoln Park
Nov 23 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Saturday, November 23, 2013, 1–3 pm
Ages 6 and older
Free!

Chase away the gray by celebrating the changing seasons! Walk the trails at Lincoln Park with a native plant steward and learn to identify some of the trees and shrubs that color our winter wonderland. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Free; pre-registration requested by calling 206-386-4237 or signing up for course #105050 at https://class.seattle.gov/parks/. Dress for the weather and meet at the North Parking Lot.

Register for #105050 at www.seattle.gov/parks. Free.

Dec
20
Fri
2013
Full Moon Trek in Lincoln Park
Dec 20 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Friday, December 20, 2013, 7–9 pm
For ages 8 and older

Experience Lincoln Park from a different perspective. Full Moon Treks are guided hikes that illustrate what makes the park special after dark. Venture into the moonlit park and explore the world like a nocturnal animal. Please come prepared with warm clothes, and please meet in the parking lot on Fauntleroy, north of the beach parking lot. Designed for adults and families with children 8 and older. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Register for #108474 at www.seattle.gov/parks. $5 per person.

Dec
21
Sat
2013
2nd Annual Cottage Grove Solstice Parade @ Greg Davis Park
Dec 21 @ 6:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Come join Captain Snowball and WinterFly as we welcome the start of Winter and the dawning of the days with increasing light!

This celebration is a 30 minute illuminated walk along the Longfellow Creek Legacy Trails.

What: 2nd Annual Cottage Grove Solstice Parade
When: Winter Solstice, Saturday, December 21 at 6:30 pm
Where: Greg Davis Park (26th Ave. SW & Brandon Street SW)

What to bring: For the Solstice Parade, you are invited to wear an outfit or costume illuminated by lights, or just bring a lantern or flashlight to carry along the path. Some musical instruments to merry the walk would be delightful!

We had a great time last year. Here’s a video from last year featured on the West Seattle Blog:

https://westseattleblog.com/2012/12/video-first-ever-cottage-grove-solstice-parade-delridge/

Hope you can join us. We’d love to see you there!

Jan
25
Sat
2014
Evergreens Walk @ Lincoln Park
Jan 25 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

From Seattle Parks & Recreation Environmental Learning Calendar:

Saturday, January 25, 2014, 1–3 pm
Chase away the gray by celebrating the changing seasons! Walk the trails in Lincoln Park with a naturalist and learn to identify some of the trees and shrubs that color our winter wonderland. All children must be accompained by an adult.

FREE!

Pre-registration:
Contact Phone 206-386-4236
Contact Email discovery.park@seattle.gov

Please meet at the kiosk in the parking lot on Fauntleroy Ave, north of the beach parking lot.

Feb
5
Wed
2014
34th Legislative District “Telephone Town Hall”
Feb 5 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

6:00–7:00 pm on Wednesday February 5th, State Reps. Eileen Cody and Joe Fitzgibbon (34th Legislative District) will be taking part in a telephone town hall to discuss legislative priorities with constituents, solicit their feedback and answer questions about the current legislative session.

34th Legislative District residents should receive a call from their legislators at about 6:00 pm on the February 5th. To participate, simply pick up the phone and follow the prompts. Reps. Cody and Fitzgibbon will deliver short opening thoughts and then will open up for questions. If you have a question for the lawmakers, simply press *3.

If for some reason you don’t receive a call, you can call into 1-877-229-8493 and enter 18646 to participate.

For more information:
Rep. Eileen Cody (eileen.cody@leg.wa.gov), 360.786.7978
Rep. Joe Fitzgibbon (joe.fitzgibbon@leg.wa.gov), 360.786.7952
Staff: Billie Toyra (billie.toyra@leg.wa.gov), 360.786.7224

Feb
9
Sun
2014
Seattle Audubon Society Neighborhood Bird Walk @ Alki Bathhouse
Feb 9 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

We’ll meet at the Alki Bathhouse and walk to Richey Viewpoint, for about 1.5 miles of walking. We will concentrate on our wintering seabirds. Likely species include Surf Scoter, Grebes, Bufflehead, Mergansers, Brant, Harlequin Duck, Bald Eagle.

Leaders: Suzy Hunter (day of only: 206-403-7458) & Sharon Ellard

Seattle Audubon Society Neighborhood Bird Walk
at Alki Beach
Sunday, February 9, 2014
11:00 am

Web Link:
http://www.seattleaudubon.org/sas/GetInvolved/GoBirding/NeighborhoodBirdWalks.aspx

Mar
1
Sat
2014
Camp Long 1st & 3rd Saturday Morning Family Nature Walks
Mar 1 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

From Stewart Wechsler of Stewart’s Stewardship Adventures in Nature:

Join Stewart on an adventure with your family around Camp Long’s 68 acres of habitat. Engage with and learn about everything (partly depending on the season) from the salamanders to the slugs, the Barred Owls to the Cooper’s Hawks in the woods, the dragonflies by the pond and butterflies to the hoverflies and snakes in the sunny spots, and from the Stinging Nettles to Hedge Nettles. Help the native community by learning an alien weed and pulling one. If you can see it, hear it or smell it Stewart can probably tell you what it is and some of its fascinating story! While the program will be quite kid friendly, regardless of your knowledge level, you will be able to learn things you didn’t know and have fun doing so.

E-mail or call to reserve a space, ecostewart@gmail.com / 206 932-7225 (land line / message), with the number of kids and adults. Drop-ins can check if there is room. There may be cancellations for the toughest weather conditions, so check this website or the outgoing message on my land line (@ 206 932-7225) for cancellations if more than either a light rain or moderate wind, or very cold are in the forecast.

Owl Hoot @ Camp Long
Mar 1 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Saturday, March 1, 2014, 6–8 pm
Pre-registration required
Cost: $5 per person

Join us for a dusk-to-dark owl prowl through Camp Long’s woodland. This program is for 6 and older. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Sponsoring Organization: Discovery Park Advisory Council

Contact Phone 206-386-4236
Contact Email discovery.park@seattle.gov

Mar
15
Sat
2014
Salamander Search @ Camp Long
Mar 15 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Saturday, March 15, 2013, 3–5 pm
Pre-registration required
Cost: FREE

Overcome those wintertime blues by bundling up and getting outside. Learn the importance of those dark, dank, wet places by searching under logs and in the ponds for those beautiful, mysterious creatures – the salamanders. There are at least three different types found at Camp Long. Let’s challenge ourselves to find all of them. This program is for 6 and older. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Contact Phone 206-386-4236
Contact Email discovery.park@seattle.gov
Sponsoring Organization: Discovery Park Advisory Council

Mar
25
Tue
2014
34th District Democrats’ Legislative Action Committee meeting @ Uptown Espresso
Mar 25 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

34th District Democrats’ Legislative Action Committee

• The LAC will meet at 7:00 PM at the Uptown Espresso in the West Seattle Junction

• Contact Committee Chair Tamsen Spengler (see contact info at the box in the right-hand column) for more information.

Mar
27
Thu
2014
West Seattle Democratic Women meeting: ‘Death by Chocolate’ @ West Seattle Golf Course
Mar 27 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Please join the West Seattle Democratic Women on March 27th at 6:30 pm at the West Seattle Golf Course for dinner and a murder mystery – Death By Chocolate. For only $40, you will get dinner and dessert, plus lots of chocolate and a chance to figure out whodunit! A no host bar will be available for your added pleasure. Wine and chocolate – what could be better? This is a FUN-draiser to support the important work WSDW is doing in our community, including, among other efforts, Human Trafficking Awareness and I-1329, an initiative to the people aimed at taking BIG MONEY OUT of politics. Please join us. RSVP to Ann Martin by Friday, March 21 by email (martinhtam@gmail.com) or by phone at 206-935-4693.

Mar
29
Sat
2014
Lincoln Park Spring Awakening Walk
Mar 29 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Explore nature at Lincoln Park with Naturalist Stewart Wechsler:

Lincoln Park Spring: Blooms, Migrants,Eagle & Owl Nesting, Butterflies
March 29, 2014 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm Stewart’s Stewardship Adventures offers:

Share in Stewart’s incredible nature knowledge & enthusiasm, as Lincoln Park’s natural community awakens! Trilliums & Violets blooming to Eagles & Owls nesting, migrants refueling, to early butterflies flying. Have the best time learning all one can in 2 hours. Suggested donation $15 adults, $10 kids. For a spot E-mail or call – ecostewart@gmail.com or 206-932-7225. Meet at north parking lot kiosk (across from Rose Street). Drop-ins can check for space.

Apr
5
Sat
2014
Seattle Audubon Society Neighborhood Bird Walk @ Lincoln Park
Apr 5 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am

We’ll meet at the south parking lot of Lincoln Park (the lot closest to the Fauntleroy Ferry terminal). There will be about 1-1.5 miles of walking and some hills. We’ll start off at the beach to look for remaining wintering seabirds, then head up into the forested area for songbirds. Likely species include Surf Scoter, Horned Grebe, Bufflehead, Cormorants, Mergansers, Song Sparrow, Brown Creeper, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Bewick’s Wren, Red-breasted Nuthatch.

Leaders: Suzy Hunter (day of only: 206-403-7458) & Sharon Ellard

Seattle Audubon Society Neighborhood Bird Walk
at Lincoln Park
Saturday, April 5, 2014
8:00 am

Web Link:
http://www.seattleaudubon.org/sas/GetInvolved/GoBirding/NeighborhoodBirdWalks.aspx

Camp Long 1st & 3rd Saturday Morning Family Nature Walks
Apr 5 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

From Stewart Wechsler of Stewart’s Stewardship Adventures in Nature:

Join Stewart on an adventure with your family around Camp Long’s 68 acres of habitat. Engage with and learn about everything (partly depending on the season) from the salamanders to the slugs, the Barred Owls to the Cooper’s Hawks in the woods, the dragonflies by the pond and butterflies to the hoverflies and snakes in the sunny spots, and from the Stinging Nettles to Hedge Nettles. Help the native community by learning an alien weed and pulling one. If you can see it, hear it or smell it Stewart can probably tell you what it is and some of its fascinating story! While the program will be quite kid friendly, regardless of your knowledge level, you will be able to learn things you didn’t know and have fun doing so.

E-mail or call to reserve a space, ecostewart@gmail.com / 206 932-7225 (land line / message), with the number of kids and adults. Drop-ins can check if there is room. There may be cancellations for the toughest weather conditions, so check this website or the outgoing message on my land line (@ 206 932-7225) for cancellations if more than either a light rain or moderate wind, or very cold are in the forecast.

Apr
10
Thu
2014
City Councilmember Tom Rasmussen at “Little City Hall” @ Southwest Library
Apr 10 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Join City Councilmember Tom Rasmussen out in the community at our Little City Hall meetings. Here’s your opportunity for a one-on-one discussion with the Councilmember and his staff about topics important to you. We look forward to meeting you!

Thursday, April 10, 2014
2:00 pm-4:00 pm
SW Branch of Seattle Public Library

Apr
11
Fri
2014
Voices of Spring: Chorus Frog and Owl Concert @ Camp Long
Apr 11 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Friday, April 11, 2014, 7:30–9 pm
Where: Camp Long

Celebrate springtime nighttime earth music! Come to Camp Long and join a naturalist for an exploration of forest and pond in search of the music makers-frogs and owls. You may find yourself being part of the concert! This program designed for ages 6 and older. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Audience: Adults, Family
Pre-Register: Yes
Cost: $5 per person

Contact: Discovery Park Env. Learning Center
Contact Phone: 206-386-4236
Contact Email: discovery.park@seattle.gov

Apr
19
Sat
2014
34th Dist. Democrats Earth Day Fundraiser
Apr 19 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

An invitation from the 34th District Democrats:

Dear friends,

Please join me in celebrating Earth Day with the 34th District Democrats and help us raise funds for the State Senate and House Campaign Committees so we can elect earth-friendly democrats.

April 19th, 4 to 6 pm, delicious local food and wine
7132 30th Avenue SW
Admission: $34 or more
You can also RSVP on our website at www.34dems.org

Honored guests: Representative Joe Fitzgibbon, Senator Sharon Nelson, King County Executive Dow Constantine, King County Councilmember Joe McDermott, and Seattle City Councilmember Tom Rasmussen.

Thanks so much and please invite your friends!

Marcee Stone-Vekich
Chair, 34th District Democrats

Apr
26
Sat
2014
Tales Among the Trees @ Lincoln Park
Apr 26 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Saturday, April 26, 2014, 2–4 pm
Where: Lincoln Park

Celebrate the Earth by getting to know your community forest the old-fashioned way-through storytelling. Find out what it means to know a forest’s story. This program designed for ages 6 and older. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Audience: Adults, Family
Pre-Register: Yes
Cost: FREE

Apr
27
Sun
2014
Explore Your World – Daytime Nature Walk @ Camp Long
Apr 27 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Explore Your World – Daytime Nature Walk
Sunday, Apr. 27, 2014, 2–4 pm.
Camp Long Environmental Learning Center

Get to know the plants and animals that live in urban forests! Learn native plant identification and uses for plants through the ages. Registration is required.

Audience Children, Teens
Language English

Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome.

Registration is required. Call 206-684-7454 or drop by the High Point Branch Library to sign up.

May
1
Thu
2014
Senator Sharon Nelson Re-Election Kickoff @ Beveridge Place Pub
May 1 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Thursday, May 1, 2014
Senator Sharon Nelson Re-Election Kickoff

Senator Nelson’s 2014 Senate Re-Election Kickoff on Thursday, May 1st at the Beveridge Place Pub from 5 to 7 p.m. (Catering by Husky Deli). Her re-election website is here.

May
3
Sat
2014
Camp Long 1st & 3rd Saturday Morning Family Nature Walks
May 3 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

From Stewart Wechsler of Stewart’s Stewardship Adventures in Nature:

Join Stewart on an adventure with your family around Camp Long’s 68 acres of habitat. Engage with and learn about everything (partly depending on the season) from the salamanders to the slugs, the Barred Owls to the Cooper’s Hawks in the woods, the dragonflies by the pond and butterflies to the hoverflies and snakes in the sunny spots, and from the Stinging Nettles to Hedge Nettles. Help the native community by learning an alien weed and pulling one. If you can see it, hear it or smell it Stewart can probably tell you what it is and some of its fascinating story! While the program will be quite kid friendly, regardless of your knowledge level, you will be able to learn things you didn’t know and have fun doing so.

E-mail or call to reserve a space, ecostewart@gmail.com / 206 932-7225 (land line / message), with the number of kids and adults. Drop-ins can check if there is room. There may be cancellations for the toughest weather conditions, so check this website or the outgoing message on my land line (@ 206 932-7225) for cancellations if more than either a light rain or moderate wind, or very cold are in the forecast.

May
4
Sun
2014
The History of Lincoln Park
May 4 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Sunday, May 4, 2014, 1–3 pm
Where: Lincoln Park

Was Lincoln Park really named after Abraham Lincoln? Why does that restroom look like a spaceship for hobbits? And how did those California redwoods end up here? Join a Seattle volunteer naturalist on a walk through time, learning some of the history of West Seattle’s largest park. This program designed for ages 12 and older. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Meet in the north parking lot on Fauntleroy.

Audience: Adults, Family
Pre-Register: Yes
Cost: FREE

Contact Phone 206-386-4236
Contact Email discovery.park@seattle.gov

Rain2River Walk – West Seattle @ Delridge Community Center
May 4 @ 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm

From the Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition:

Join DRCC/TAG and partners on the upcoming Rain2River Walk and learn about grey and green infrastructure, sustainable practices, polluted runoff, RainWise Program, and other things you can do to keep the Duwamish River clean; all attendees will get a FREE ticket to go on a Rain2River Boat Tour at a later date.

Meet at the Delridge Community Center (4501 Delridge Way SW, 98106) YOUNGSTOWN CULTURAL ARTS CENTER (4408 Delridge Way SW) at 1:30 pm. There is parking and bathrooms. The walk will be at moderate to slow speed, and 2-3 miles long, and will conclude at 4 pm.

RSVP HERE.

This event is family and pet friendly! There will be free refreshments and snacks! This is an outdoor walking event, so please come prepared for rain or shine.

Date: May 4, 2014
Time: 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Cost: Free
Venue Delridge Community Center
Organizer Anna Mines
Phone: (206) 427-1475
Email: anna@duwamishcleanup.org

May
10
Sat
2014
Birdwatching @ Camp Long Environmental Learning Center
May 10 @ 8:30 am – 10:30 am

Saturday, May 10th 2014, 8:30-10:30 am

Ages 6–100
Celebrate International Migratory Bird Day by birdwatching with a naturalist. Songbird migration is at its peak; learn birding techniques and tips from an experienced birder. All levels are invited and beginners are welcome. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Please bring binoculars and a field guide if you have them.

May
15
Thu
2014
Nature Thursday Afternoons at Camp Long
May 15 @ 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

From Stewart Wechsler of Stewart’s Stewardship Adventures in Nature:


Nature Thursday Afternoons at Camp Long
Every Thursday from 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm
$8 kids – $12 adults – suggested donation

Join Stewart for a weekly learning and stewardship adventure at Camp Long, share in his unbounded knowledge and enthusiasm! We could find salamanders, owls, dragonflies, Sword Ferns and Bleeding Hearts! We’ll learn about their habitats and needs. All ages and knowledge levels will have a good time and learn something new. Meeting at the north end of the parking lot (the south end of the Lodge building). $8 – $12 per person suggested donation. Reservations suggested: ecostewart@gmail.com or 206-932-7225 (land). If rain is forecast, double check if class is going.

May
16
Fri
2014
Full Moon in the Forest @ Lincoln Park
May 16 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Friday, May 16, 2014, 8–9:30 pm
Where: Lincoln Park

Celebrate the earth by venturing into the forest when the moon is full. Experience Lincoln Park as a nocturnal animal. This program designed for those 8 and older. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Please come prepared with warm clothes.

Audience: Adults, Family
Pre-Register: Yes
Cost: $5 per person

Contact: Discovery Park Env. Learning Center
Contact Phone: 206-386-4236
Contact Email: discovery.park@seattle.gov

May
20
Tue
2014
Tuesday Afternoon Lincoln Park Nature Hikes
May 20 @ 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

From Stewart Wechsler of Stewart’s Stewardship Adventures in Nature:

Tuesdays After School Lincoln Park Nature Hike Series
Every Tuesday afternoon – 3:30 pm–5:00 pm
Join Stewart for a weekly afternoon nature learning and stewardship adventure at Lincoln Park, sharing in his unbounded knowledge and enthusiasm. We’ll see what’s flying, crawling, sprouting and blooming and check on the resident owls. All ages and knowledge levels will have fun while learning more. Meet at the northern of Lincoln’s 2 parking lots by the kiosk (across from SW Rose St, between SW Thistle St and SW Monroe St. (first lot S. of the 76 Station)

$8 – $12 per person suggested donation. Reservations suggested: ecostewart@gmail.com or 206 932-7225 (land) If rain is forecast, double check if class is going.

May
23
Fri
2014
Tot Trek: Colors of the Rainbow @ Camp Long Environmental Learning Center
May 23 @ 10:30 am – 11:45 am

Friday, May 23rd 2014, 10:30–11:45am
Pre-registration required
Cost: $4 per person

Age 2-3
Adults, explore the wonders of nature with your toddlers. Take a hike through Camp Long searching for the animal homes in ponds, forests, and fields, Discover the colors of nature, and take a dip in the ponds to see what new life is springing up. Up to two children can be registered with one adult.

Contact Phone 206-386-4236
Contact Email discovery.park@seattle.gov

Jun
4
Wed
2014
Talk development, land use with Councilmember O’Brien
Jun 4 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

6:30 pm, American Legion Post 160 hall – our original preview:

With more than 3,200 new and planned residential units – plus single-family rebuilds and infill – development and land use have been hot topics in West Seattle, to say the least; not just specific projects, but also city policies. This past Wednesday night, we brought you first word of the Southwest and Delridge Neighborhood District Councils‘ plan for a June 4th community conversation about land use and development featuring City Councilmember Mike O’Brien, who chairs the Planning, Land Use, and Sustainability Committee. Today, the time and place have been announced: 6:30 pm June 4th, which is the regular monthly meeting time for the SWDC, but not the usual place – this will be in a larger space, American Legion Post 160‘s hall at 3618 SW Alaska in The Triangle, so there’s room for anyone and everyone interested. No RSVP needed – just be there.

Jun
7
Sat
2014
Camp Long 1st & 3rd Saturday Morning Family Nature Walks
Jun 7 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

From Stewart Wechsler of Stewart’s Stewardship Adventures in Nature:

Join Stewart on an adventure with your family around Camp Long’s 68 acres of habitat. Engage with and learn about everything (partly depending on the season) from the salamanders to the slugs, the Barred Owls to the Cooper’s Hawks in the woods, the dragonflies by the pond and butterflies to the hoverflies and snakes in the sunny spots, and from the Stinging Nettles to Hedge Nettles. Help the native community by learning an alien weed and pulling one. If you can see it, hear it or smell it Stewart can probably tell you what it is and some of its fascinating story! While the program will be quite kid friendly, regardless of your knowledge level, you will be able to learn things you didn’t know and have fun doing so.

E-mail or call to reserve a space, ecostewart@gmail.com / 206 932-7225 (land line / message), with the number of kids and adults. Drop-ins can check if there is room. There may be cancellations for the toughest weather conditions, so check this website or the outgoing message on my land line (@ 206 932-7225) for cancellations if more than either a light rain or moderate wind, or very cold are in the forecast.

Prehistoric plants of Lincoln Park @ Lincoln Park
Jun 7 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

On Saturday, June 7, 2014, 1–3 pm, join a naturalist for an exploration of Lincoln Park in search of ferns and other plants dinosaurs may have eaten. This program designed for ages 7 and older. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Meet at the north parking lot on Fauntleroy.

Jun
20
Fri
2014
School’s Out for Summer Swim – Free Swim! @ Southwest Pool
Jun 20 @ 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm

At the Southwest Pool:

All youth swim for children (younger than 6 years of age or under 48” in height must be directly supervised in the water by an adult who is within a distance of an arm’s length at all times).

Friday June 20
4:30-5:30 pm

Jun
21
Sat
2014
Camp Long 1st & 3rd Saturday Morning Family Nature Walks
Jun 21 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

From Stewart Wechsler of Stewart’s Stewardship Adventures in Nature:

Join Stewart after school for a first and third Saturday morning 10:30 am – noon learning and stewardship adventure at Camp Long. Both adults and kids will learn and have fun. Suggested donation $8–$12 per person to keep the work going! Meeting north of the parking lot, south of the Lodge building. Reservations suggested too – ecostewart@gmail.com or 206 932-7225 (still luddite land)”

Jul
1
Tue
2014
Rep. Joe Fitzgibbon re-election campaign kickoff @ Youngstown Cultural Arts Center
Jul 1 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

From the 34th District Democrats website:

Rep. Joe Fitzgibbon Campaign Kickoff
• 6 to 8 pm on July 1 at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center
• Lots of food, and Schooner Exact Brewing (owned by West Seattleites!) is generously providing their famous beer for the occasion.
• Joe will be joined by Speaker Frank Chopp, Sen. Sharon Nelson and Rep. Eileen Cody
• RSVP on Facebook here or just show up!
• Suggested donation $50, but all are welcome!

Jul
9
Wed
2014
Candidate Reception hosted by GSBA and WSCC @ The Sanctuary at Admiral
Jul 9 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Candidate Reception hosted by GSBA and West Seattle Chamber of Commerce

Date: July 9, 2014 @ 5:30 pm-7:30 pm
Location: The Sanctuary at Admiral

This is a non-partisan, pre-primary event for members of the West Seattle Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Seattle Business Association (GSBA) to meet face-to-face with candidates who are hoping to represent you. Find out first hand where they stand on issues of importance to small business communities. Join us for our annual Prime Time Mixer and Candidate Reception on July 9. This is an opportunity for our members to meet dozens of candidates who are running for various city, county, state and judicial positions this year. This non-partisan, pre-primary event is a chance for you to meet face-to-face with candidates who are hoping to represent you and see where they stand on issues of importance to the LGBT and small business communities.

We will be holding a mix and mingle with all the candidates and elected officials from 5:30 to 6:30.

Fees/Admission:
$10.00 – Members
$20.00 – Non Members
$10.00 – Students

To Register Go To:
http://www.thegsba.org/

City Councilmember Tom Rasmussen at “Little City Hall” @ Youngstown Cultural Arts Center
Jul 9 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Join Seattle City Councilmember Tom Rasmussen at the Youngstown Cultural Arts Center on Wednesday, July 9, 2014, 6 pm-8 pm:

Here’s your opportunity for a one-on-one discussion with the Councilmember and his staff about topics important to you.

We look forward to meeting you! Accessibility Accommodations Upon Request
Please Call 206.684.5398

Jul
21
Mon
2014
Author Hedrick Smith discusses “Who Stole the American Dream?” @ Artswest Playhouse and Gallery
Jul 21 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

ArtsWest Playhouse and Gallery is pleased to announce an Evening with Hedrick Smith – an enlightening discussion of politics and economic policy.

Join ArtsWest on Monday, July 21 as we welcome the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Who Stole the American Dream?, an eye-opening account of U.S. political and economic history that reveals how, over the past four decades, the American Dream has been dismantled and we became two Americas.

Hedrick Smith is a bestselling author, Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter, and Emmy Award-winning producer. His books The Russians and The Power Game were critically acclaimed bestsellers and are widely used in college courses today. As a reporter at The New York Times, Smith shared a Pulitzer for the Pentagon Papers series and won a Pulitzer for his international reporting from Russia in 1971-1974. Smith’s prime-time specials for PBS have won several awards for examining systematic problems in modern America and offering insightful, prescriptive solutions.

Smith’s new book, Who Stole the American Dream? is full of surprises and revelations – the accidental beginnings of the 401(k) plan, with disastrous economic consequences for many; the major policy changes that began under Jimmy Carter; how the New Economy disrupted America’s engine of shared prosperity; the “virtuous circle” of growth; and how America lost the title of “Land of Opportunity.” Smith documents the transfer of $6 trillion in middle-class wealth from home-owners to banks even before the housing boom went bust, and how the U.S. policy tilt favoring the rich is stunting America’s economic growth.

Date:
Monday, July 21, 2014

Time:
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm Presentation
7:30 pm – 8:00 pm Book Signing
8:00 pm – 9:30 pm Dinner with Hedrick Smith. Limited seats available for this intimate experience.

Location:
ArtsWest

Purchase Tickets
Call (206) 938-0339
Online:
$ 15.00 Presentation Only
$200.00 Presentation & Dinner – includes complimentary copy of “Who Stole the American Dream?”

Aug
8
Fri
2014
Westenders Scooter Rally Event @ Jack Block Park
Aug 8 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Friday August 8th it’s the West Seattle leg of the Westenders Scooter Rally Event Tour di Mari 7 meetup:

Friday, August 8th

The Westenders Scooter Club presents a Country Western/Blazing Saddles theme scooter round up. Join us for rides, barbecues, and old Country Music. All scooter riders welcome. Itinerary and rally packet purchase information is at Westenders Rally: Tour di Mari 7.

05:30 PM – Meet & Greet BBQ at Jack Block Park (2130 Harbor Ave SW, Seattle) hosted by Twin Lakes Dairy Queen.

06:30 PM – Night Lights Ride. Ride in and around Seattle ending up at (tbd).

07:30 PM – Evening Entertainment. The plan is to offer a couple different choices.

The rally goes from August 8th through the 10th; see the full itinerary and sign-up online here.

Aug
10
Sun
2014
Family Beach Safari at Me-Kwa-Mooks
Aug 10 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

From Seattle Parks & Recreation:


Celebrate the Earth by learning more about Puget Sound. Search for tidepool animals during some of the best low tides of the year. Learn a bit of beach ecology and which animal is the most colorful-a sea star, a sea anemone, or a sea slug. Dress for windy weather and wear shoes that can get wet. This program designed for ages 3 and older. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Please meet at Emma Schmitz Memorial Overlook across from Me-Kwa-Mooks Park on:

Sunday, August 10, 2014, 10 – 11:30 am

Aug
15
Fri
2014
Ray Hartgate for Seattle Municipal Judge fundraiser with live music @ Feedback Lounge
Aug 15 @ 9:30 pm – 11:45 pm

Friday night, August 15th at 9:30 pm, Feedback Lounge (WSB sponsor) is hosting the Ray Hartgate for Seattle Municipal Judge fundraiser, with live music.

Sep
11
Thu
2014
Nature Walk: History of Friends of Schmitz Preserve Park
Sep 11 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

History of Friends of Schmitz Preserve Park, Seattle
Leader: Ken Shaw
Date: Thursday September 11th, 6:00 pm– 8:00 pm

This stream corridor of rare old growth forest has been stewarded by a community of volunteers for decades. At a time when Seattle is at risk of losing 70% of its canopy in the next 20 years, groups like these are vital to reversing this trend. Steward Ken Shaw will discuss his holistic restoration approach.

In addition to the common old growth trees, there are plenty of mature western yews (Taxus brevifolia). You can find a 2003 plant list here.

Interesting history of the park here.

Trail description: Irregular terrain, some brief steep trails, mostly flat loop trail.
Elevation gain 150 feet.

Where to meet: Admiral Way & SW Stevens at the kiosk.
What to bring: Dress suitable for weather, it will be darker and colder under the canopy. Flashlight optional.
Contact:Ken Shaw, 206-937-2718

Trip limit: 12 people.

Sep
20
Sat
2014
Birds of Autumn @ Camp Long Environmental Learning Center
Sep 20 @ 8:30 am – 10:30 am

When: Saturday, September 20, 2014, 8:30–10:30 am
Where: Camp Long Environmental Learning Center
Pre-Register: Yes
Cost: $3 per person

Fall migration is beginning. Explore the forest and meadow for travelers as well as resident birds. Learn birding techniques and tips from an experienced birder. All levels invited and beginners are welcome. Please bring binoculars and a field guide if you have them. This walk is designed for adults and families with children ages 6 and older.

Contact: Camp Long Environmental Learning Center (5200 35th Ave SW)
Contact Phone 206-684-7434
Contact Email camplong@seattle.gov

Sep
21
Sun
2014
Spiders of the Duwamish @ Duwamish Longhouse & Cultural Center
Sep 21 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

WHAT: Spiders of the Duwamish

WHEN: Sept. 21, 10 am–Noon

Explore the “Web of Life” along Chief Seattle’s Duwamish River. Talk at Longhouse followed by walk at nearby Herring House Park. Naturalist, Jeff Rahlmann. Co-sponsored by the Seattle Parks and Recreation and 4Culture. Free admission & parking. Poster artwork by: Gerrad Stockdale.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1539185606313943/

WHERE: Duwamish Longhouse & Cultural Center

206.431.1852, dts@qwestoffice.net, www.duwamishtribe.org

Sep
26
Fri
2014
Chat with Chas @ Various WS locations
Sep 26 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

City Council candidate Chas Redmond, former chair of the City Neighborhood Council, will be available to meet and talk with neighbors in his West Seattle and South Park communities during a series of “Chat with Chas” coffee shop events scheduled throughout the month. Chas has filed his paperwork with the Public Disclosure Commission and the Seattle Ethics and Elections Commission to run as a City Council candidate for District 1, to represent West Seattle and South Park. The Chat with Chas events are open to any individuals or groups who would like a chance to sit and talk with Redmond and will take place on:

September 26, Friday 5 pm to 7 pm
– Morgan Junction area at Caffe Ladro, 7011 California Ave SW.

Those interested in learning more about Chas Redmond and Chas’ history of community engagement can visit his website “westseattle4chas.org” or like his FaceBook page “www.facebook.com/westseattle4chas.”

Sep
27
Sat
2014
Family Field Day ‘Picnic in the Park’ @ West Duwamish Greenbelt
Sep 27 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Nature Consortium invites you to a community picnic and field day in the West Duwamish Greenbelt. This is a special event for all of our West Seattle neighbors to come together and celebrate our beautiful local forest. We will have live music, a scavenger hunt, art activities, and guided hikes through the forest. Bring a picnic, snacks will be provided.

Picnic in the Park
Saturday, September 27, 11 am–2 pm
West Duwamish Greenbelt
(accessible via the south parking lot at South Seattle College, or at the trail head at 14th Ave SW & SW Holly St)

Did You Know?

Located in the Delridge area of West Seattle, The West Duwamish Greenbelt is the largest remaining forest in the city of Seattle at over 500 acres. That means you don’t have to travel outside of the city to enjoy the great outdoors.

The West Duwamish Greenbelt provides many benefits for the environment and the community. Bald eagles, hawks, foxes, salamander, and other local wildlife rely on the habitat this greenbelt provides.

The plants in the forest help to reduce storm water runoff, filter pollutants in the water, and reduce erosion. As these plants absorb carbon dioxide and other pollutants from the air, they also improve air quality and help reduce the effects of global warming.

And the best part? You don’t have to travel out of the city to experience the great outdoors. Urban forests like the West Duwamish Greenbelt are important community spaces that increase our city’s natural beauty and make the natural world accessible for everyone to enjoy.

Oct
1
Wed
2014
‘Yes on 594’ phone bank event @ Alki UCC
Oct 1 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Join us for one or more phone banks held through October every Wednesday from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm at Alki UCC, 6115 SW Hinds, just two blocks from Alki Beach.

Training materials, snacks, and lively conversations are provided. Please bring a mobile phone and a laptop, if possible.

We need your help to ensure that more than 1.2 million voters vote YES for 594 this November!

RSVP to pamela@wagunresponsibility.org, or call (206) 437-8362.

Oct
7
Tue
2014
Tot Trek – Autumn Colors @ Camp Long Environmental Learning Center
Oct 7 @ 10:30 am – 11:45 am

When: Tuesday, October 7, 2014, 10:30–11:45am
Where: Camp Long Environmental Learning Center
Pre-Register: Yes
Cost: $4 per person

Adults, explore the wonders of nature with your toddler. Join us for a colorful celebration of fall in the forest. This program designed for 2-3 years olds with an adult companion.

Contact: Camp Long Environmental Learning Center (5200 35th Ave SW)
Contact Phone: 206-684-7434
Contact Email: camplong@seattle.gov

Oct
8
Wed
2014
‘Yes on 594’ phone bank event @ Alki UCC
Oct 8 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Join us for one or more phone banks held through October every Wednesday from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm at Alki UCC, 6115 SW Hinds, just two blocks from Alki Beach.

Training materials, snacks, and lively conversations are provided. Please bring a mobile phone and a laptop, if possible.

We need your help to ensure that more than 1.2 million voters vote YES for 594 this November!

RSVP to pamela@wagunresponsibility.org, or call (206) 437-8362.

Oct
11
Sat
2014
Full Moon Celebration @ Camp Long
Oct 11 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Full Moon Celebration
Saturday, October 11, 2014, 8–9:30 pm
Pre-registration required
Cost: $5 per person

Adults, Families
Experience the forest bathed in moonlight. Test your senses without daylight. Experiment with how you would survive as a nocturnal animal. Surprises guaranteed! This program designed for adults and families with children ages 5 and older. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Camp Long Environmental Learning Center
Contact Phone: 206-684-7434
Contact Email: camplong@seattle.gov

Oct
15
Wed
2014
‘Yes on 594’ phone bank event @ Alki UCC
Oct 15 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Join us for one or more phone banks held through October every Wednesday from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm at Alki UCC, 6115 SW Hinds, just two blocks from Alki Beach.

Training materials, snacks, and lively conversations are provided. Please bring a mobile phone and a laptop, if possible.

We need your help to ensure that more than 1.2 million voters vote YES for 594 this November!

RSVP to pamela@wagunresponsibility.org, or call (206) 437-8362.

Oct
18
Sat
2014
The Forest in the Fall @ Camp Long
Oct 18 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

The Forest in the Fall
Saturday, October 18, 2014, 1–3 pm
Pre-registration: yes
Cost: FREE

Adults, Families

Explore the forests of Camp Long. Find out about fantastic native plants and enjoy the autumn colors. This program designed for adults and families with children ages 3 and older. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Camp Long Environmental Learning Center
Contact Phone: 206-684-7434
Contact Email: camplong@seattle.gov

Oct
19
Sun
2014
Forest and Fish of the Duwamish @ Duwamish Longhouse & Cultural Center
Oct 19 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

WHAT: Forest and Fish of the Duwamish

WHEN: October 19, 2–4 pm

Explore the Forest and Fish along Chief Seattle’s Duwamish River. Talk at Longhouse followed by walk at nearby Herring House Park. Naturalist, Chris Hoffer. Discussion to focus on the “web of life” with a message of environmental stewardship and urban habitat restoration. Co-sponsored by the Seattle Parks and Recreation and 4Culture. Free admission & parking.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1539185606313943/

WHERE: Duwamish Longhouse & Cultural Center

206.431.1852, dts@qwestoffice.net, www.duwamishtribe.org

Oct
22
Wed
2014
‘Yes on 594’ phone bank event @ Alki UCC
Oct 22 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Join us for one or more phone banks held through October every Wednesday from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm at Alki UCC, 6115 SW Hinds, just two blocks from Alki Beach.

Training materials, snacks, and lively conversations are provided. Please bring a mobile phone and a laptop, if possible.

We need your help to ensure that more than 1.2 million voters vote YES for 594 this November!

RSVP to pamela@wagunresponsibility.org, or call (206) 437-8362.

Oct
29
Wed
2014
‘Yes on 594’ phone bank event @ Alki UCC
Oct 29 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Join us for one or more phone banks held through October every Wednesday from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm at Alki UCC, 6115 SW Hinds, just two blocks from Alki Beach.

Training materials, snacks, and lively conversations are provided. Please bring a mobile phone and a laptop, if possible.

We need your help to ensure that more than 1.2 million voters vote YES for 594 this November!

RSVP to pamela@wagunresponsibility.org, or call (206) 437-8362.

Nov
1
Sat
2014
Mushrooms of the Duwamish @ Duwamish Longhouse & Cultural Center
Nov 1 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

WHAT: Mushrooms of the Duwamish

WHEN: November 1st, 10 am–noon

Explore the mushrooms along Chief Seattle’s Duwamish River. Talk at Longhouse followed by walk at nearby Herring House Park. Naturalist, Denise Rhiner. Discussion to focus on the “web of life” with a message of environmental stewardship and urban habitat restoration. Co-sponsored by the Seattle Parks and Recreation and 4Culture. Free admission & parking.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1539185606313943/

WHERE: Duwamish Longhouse & Cultural Center

206.431.1852, dts@qwestoffice.net, www.duwamishtribe.org

Dec
5
Fri
2014
Tidepools by Flashlight @ Emma Schmitz Memorial Overlook
Dec 5 @ 9:00 pm – 10:30 pm

Friday, December 5, 2014, 9–10:30 pm at the Emma Schmitz Memorial Overlook (across the street from Me-Kwa-Mooks park):

What a delight! Explore tidepools at night. Bring your family and friends for a beach adventure – by flashlight! A unique experience right here in the city. Please wear shoes that can get wet, dress in layers, and bring a flashlight if you have one. This program designed for adults and families with children 6 and older. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Cost: $5 per person
Pre-registration required:
206-684-7434
Contact Email camplong@seattle.gov
or register online at SPARCS.

Jan
3
Sat
2015
Nature Hike Night: Owls, Old Trees, Stewart and the Stars @ Lincoln Park
Jan 3 @ 6:30 pm – 8:15 pm

Explore nature at Lincoln Park with Naturalist Stewart Wechsler:

Saturday December 20, 2014 at 6:30 pm–8:15 pm, Stewart’s Stewardship Adventures offers:

Lincoln Park Night Hike with the Owls, Old Trees, Stewart and even the Stars?:

(Added session after the Saturday, 12-20 rained out): Celebrate the natural community of owls, and others by flashlight under stars or clouds with fellow nature enthusiasts! Stewart shares his exceptional enthusiasm and knowledge! Listen and look for Barred Owls and their signs, from poop and pellets, to feathers on the forest floor. Tour also includes any other animal, plant, constellation or planet we find worth a comment or that anyone asks about. Meet at north parking lot kiosk, across from Rose St. Call (206 932-7225 -land ) or e-mail ( ecostewart@gmail.com ) to reserve a spot. If rain is forecast check answering machine outgoing message (206 932-7225) for a possible cancellation for heavier rain. (a light shower forecast should be OK.) Drop-ins can check for room, but if there are no
reservations, Stewart may not show.

Tidepools by Flashlight @ Constellation Park, Alki Beach
Jan 3 @ 9:30 pm – 10:30 pm

From the Seattle Aquarium:


Explore the beach during winter nighttime low tides with Beach Naturalist staff and volunteers. Discover what creatures we see on the beach at this time of year. Dress for the weather (bundle up!) and for tide pooling: boots, hats, gloves and a good flashlight are musts.

Saturday, January 3, 9-10:30 pm (-1.3 tide at 9:47 pm)

Constellation Park/(South) Alki Beach

Click here to RSVP for this event. RSVPs are encouraged but not mandatory.

Jan
17
Sat
2015
Owling, and Touring Lincoln Park at Dark @ Lincoln Park
Jan 17 @ 6:30 pm – 8:15 pm

Explore nature at Lincoln Park with Naturalist Stewart Wechsler:

Saturday January 17, 2015 at 6:30 pm–8:15 pm, Stewart’s Stewardship Adventures offers:

Celebrate Lincoln Park’s Natural Community at Night with our Human Community!:

Celebrate the natural community of owls, and others by flashlight under stars or clouds with your community of nature enthusiasts! Stewart shares his exceptional enthusiasm and knowledge! Listen and look for Barred Owls and their signs, from the poop and pellets under their perches to feathers that floated the forest floor. The park at dark tour also includes any other animal, plant, any constellation or planet that we find that seems worth a comment or anyone wants to know about. Meet at north parking lot kiosk, across from Rose St. Call (206 932-7225 -land ) or e-mail ( ecostewart@gmail.com ) to reserve a spot. If rain is forecast check my website or my answering machine outgoing message (206 932-7225) for a possible event cancellation due to excessively heavy rain (I won’t cancel for a light sprinkle.) Drop-ins can see if there is room, but if no one makes reservations, I may not show.

Jan
24
Sat
2015
Headbanger’s Ball – meet the woodpeckers! @ Camp Long Environmental Learning Center
Jan 24 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

From Seattle Parks & Recreation Environmental Learning Calendar:

Saturday, January 24, 2015, 9–11 am
Camp Long Environmental Learning Center

Don’t just sit there banging your head against the wall! Come on out to the woods and join some naturalists to explore the wonderful, wild and wacky world of woodpeckers. This program designed for ages 8 and older. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

FREE!

Pre-registration:
Contact Phone 206-386-4236
Contact Email camplong@seattle.gov

Birds of Lincoln Park’s Blustery Beach @ Lincoln Park
Jan 24 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

From Seattle Parks & Recreation Environmental Learning Calendar:

Saturday, January 24, 2015, 10:30 am–12 pm
At Lincoln Park

Brave the elements of winter at Lincoln Park’s beach to view the best birds the season brings to our shores. Please bring a field guide and binoculars if you have them. A few are available for loan. Dress for blustery weather. This program designed for ages 8 and older. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Meet the naturalist at the south parking lot on Fauntleroy.

FREE!

Pre-registration:
Contact Phone 206-386-4236
Contact Email discovery.park@seattle.gov

Feb
1
Sun
2015
Super Bowl Sunday $2 family swim @ Southwest Pool
Feb 1 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

At the Southwest Pool:

Not a football fan? Bring your family to a specially priced swim – just $2/person – on Super Bowl Sunday (February 1st) from 2-3 pm. Play with the kids, get some exercise and relax in the spa and sauna! Children must be accompanied into the water by an adult.

Sunday February 1st

Feb
5
Thu
2015
Seattle City Council ‘District 1: First Look’ candidates’ forum @ Highland Park Improvement Club
Feb 5 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

West Seattle and South Park will elect their first-ever District 1 City Councilmember in 2015, and WSB is presenting an early forum to help ensure there’s plenty of discussion long before the August 4th primary. You’re invited: 6:30 pm mingling, 7 pm forum, at Highland Park Improvement Club. We’re planning some “light refreshments” too.

2/4 UPDATE: Four candidates in the forum:

George Capestany
Amanda Kay Helmick
Chas Redmond
Phillip Tavel

(ORIGINAL INVITATION) Anyone else who publicly commits to candidacy by February 4th will be welcome to participate as well.

Got a question you want to see asked? Please e-mail! editor@westseattleblog.com. We also plan to devote the final half-hour to questions asked by attendees, open-mike, and to collect written questions at HPIC on forum night.

Note that HPIC requests overflow parking focus on spaces off the residential block it shares on 12th just north of Holden – a good place to go, they recommend, is Riverview Playfield, immediately north of that block.

Feb
7
Sat
2015
Feet First 3rd Annual Stairway Walks Day @ West Seattle
Feb 7 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

On Saturday, February 7, 2015 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm, join Feet First for Stairway Walks Day. Urban explorers are invited to join one of free, guided neighborhood walks featuring outdoor stairways in West Seattle. Space is limited to 35 people per walk. Please RSVP in advance at www.feetfirst.org or http://stairwaywalksday2015.bpt.me/ (when the signup period opens).

On these stairway routes you’ll discover gems you wouldn’t see otherwise. Colorful mosaics, serene pocket parks, restored creeks and gorgeous home are quietly hidden amid these stairway passages. Come see the sights and learn the stories that only Seattle stairways can tell… and only your feet can take you!

All proceeds for this event help support Feet First’s mission to ensure all communities across Washington are walkable.

Suggested donations start at $10, with free admission for children under 18.
Pay what you wish – no one will be turned away from joining in the fun.

RESERVE YOUR SPOT TODAY:
http://cts.vresp.com/c/?FeetFirst/8720108786/cd831fc4da/d580c38f0f

The stairs, many of them more than 100 years old, form a network of “scenic byways” for neighborhood discovery – a priceless asset for outdoor fun, fitness and health. The stairway routes featured on Stairway Walks Day are from Cathy and Jake Jaramillo’s book Seattle Stairway Walks: An Up-and-Down Guide to City Neighborhoods. The book is intended to help urban adventurers discover and appreciate the beautiful greenspaces, history, art and architecture that make up the vivid fabric of our neighborhoods.

According to author and Feet First Neighborhood Walking Ambassador Cathy Jaramillo, “Stairways are truly the scenic byways to neighborhoods, and we’re always curious about what’s at the top – or the bottom. They get you to, and between, places you’d probably never know about otherwise. We’re excited about celebrating them with so many people on Stairway Walks Day!”

More about Feet First: Since 2001, Feet First has worked to ensure that all communities in Washington are walkable. Walking is a vital transportation mode that connects communities, reduces pollution, improves health and physical fitness, and allows people to explore their natural environment.

Feb
14
Sat
2015
Neighbor Appreciation Day Free Swim @ Southwest Pool
Feb 14 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

At the Southwest Pool:

Thank you, West Seattle neighbors, for supporting your favorite pool! Join us for a free public swim. Refreshments served in the lobby.

Saturday February 14
1-2 pm

Mar
6
Fri
2015
Family Night @ West Seattle YMCA
Mar 6 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Family Night at the West Seattle YMCA (WSB sponsor)

Friday, March 6th

6:00 to 8:00 pm – gym & running track
7:30 to 9:00 pm – open swim in the pool

Invite your friends and neighbors for a free evening of family fun! Play on the mats, swing on the rings, climb and slide on the inflatable obstacle course, run on the track, and go swimming. Get your family moving together.

WHERE
West Seattle YMCA – – 4515 36th Ave SW, Seattle

FEES
FREE! Non-members, please bring a donation for the West Seattle Food Bank.

REGISTER
No need to register. Just come on down!

Mar
14
Sat
2015
Seattle City Council District 1 Candidates Forum @ Senior Center of West Seattle
Mar 14 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Saturday March 14th, 9:00 am–12:00 pm at the Senior Center of West Seattle. Updated announcement received March 11th:

Come meet and hear from your Seattle City Council District 1 & At-Large Candidates
10 of 11 District 1 candidates confirmed to attend along with Bradburd, Burgess and Gonzalez!

VieWS has partnered with The West Seattle Senior Center on a weekend opportunity for friends and neighbors to learn what is happening on our Peninsula, and walk away more informed about upcoming elections!

9:00 – 10:00 Meet & Greet Candidates / Breakfast Available
10:00 – 10:15 At-Large City Council Candidates address audience
10:15 – 10:30 Welcome from VieWS and Forum Agenda/Rules
10:30 – 11:45 City Council District 1 Candidates Forum
11:45 – Noon Wrap up with a brief bit of Speed Candi-dating!

After brief candidate introductions, moderators will ask questions on a variety of subjects covering Transportation, Quality of Life, Public Safety, and Human Services. We will also feature two “lightning round” opportunities for candidates to answer YES or NO to some high-profile issues that we are concerned about (e.g., Do you support the new homeless encampment ordinance? rent control?). Finally, we will wrap up with an opportunity for you to meet in groups with a couple of candidates in a “speed dating” opportunity for the folks at your table to ask your own questions of the candidates.

**********************

Seattle City Council District 1 Candidates Forum
Date: Saturday, March 14th, 2015
Time: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Location: West Seattle Senior Center, 4217 SW Oregon St, Seattle WA 98116
Light Breakfast Available for $uggested Donation

What is VIEWS?
Visualizing Increased Engagement in West Seattle (VIEWS) is a non-partisan community organization comprised of local, volunteer citizens – your neighbors – who have come together to create programming to educate, engage, and mobilize West Seattle citizens to sustain and improve the quality of life and services available across our peninsula. Like us on Facebook — http://www.facebook.com/WSgathering or Visit our NEW Website at http://wsgathering.org!

What is the Senior Center of West Seattle?
The Senior Center of West Seattle strives to promote independence and life enjoyment by providing access to medical/legal services, community housing resources, lifelong learning opportunities and social events to keep seniors engaged in our community. Learn more at http://www.sc-ws.org/.

Facebook event page here.

Mar
15
Sun
2015
Wearing O’ the Green @ Camp Long Environmental Learning Center
Mar 15 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

From Seattle Parks & Recreation Environmental Learning Calendar:

Sunday, March 15, 2015, 2–4 pm
Camp Long Environmental Learning Center

Spring may be popping out all over. In honor of St. Patrick’s Day and the coming o’ spring, take a forest stroll with a naturalist and enjoy the native plants of the Pacific Northwest. This program designed for ages 8 and older. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Free

Pre-registration required:
Contact Phone 206-684-7434
Contact Email camplong@seattle.gov

Mar
17
Tue
2015
Tot Trek – Spring Fling @ Camp Long Environmental Learning Center
Mar 17 @ 10:30 am – 11:45 am

When: Tuesday, March 17, 2015, 10:30–11:45 am
Where: Camp Long Environmental Learning Center
Pre-Register: Yes
Cost: $4 per person

Adults, explore the wonders of nature with your toddlers. Take a hike through Camp Long searching high and low for all the signs of Spring. This program designed for 2-3 years olds with an adult companion.

Contact: Camp Long Environmental Learning Center (5200 35th Ave SW)
Contact Phone: 206-684-7434
Contact Email: camplong@seattle.gov

Mar
29
Sun
2015
Lisa Herbold’s campaign kick-off event @ Highland Park Improvement Club
Mar 29 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

CAMPAIGN KICKOFF EVENT!
Sunday, March 29 from 1-3 pm! with special guest Seattle Councilmember Nick Licata

Please join me in my neck of the woods to kick off my Seattle City Council District 1 campaign with special guest, my boss, Nick Licata. On the afternoon of Sunday, March 29, 2015, my campaign will be hosting a kickoff celebration complete with food and drink at the Highland Park Improvement Club.

Please feel free to stop by whenever, though we will have a short program at roughly
2 pm. A $30 kickoff contribution is suggested to help cover event costs and keep the
momentum going in the coming months, although all are welcome and anything helps. If
you would like to help the campaign but cannot make it, please visit our website –
www.district1forherbold.com — to donate now! You can also visit our Facebook page here. We will also have other events around the city in the coming months. Thank you so much for the support and contributions; it’s time to kick off this campaign!

And here are a few endorsement quotes, just for fun!
“From her commitment to cleaning up the Myrtle staircase that connects with Sanislo
Elementary to her support for arterial speed reductions on 35th SW, Lisa is
dedicated to making it safe, easy, and accessible for people to go by foot.”-Lisa
Quinn, Director of Feet First
“Lisa Herbold has been a stalwart supporter of High Point, helping secure replacement housing for low income families, and funding for the High Point P-Patch and the Neighborhood House computer lab.” -Mark Okazaki, Neighborhood House Executive Director
“Lisa has years of solid experience addressing the needs of the City as a whole and would be able to lead on Day 1. Lisa was an indispensable voice in helping us navigate a complicated situation when Nickelsville was next to our neighborhood. Helping to bring the concerns of our community directly to the table in City Hall, she proved to be full of compassion, an effective problem solver, eloquent, well versed in legislation, a good listener, and was able to see all sides of the situation.” -Carolyn Stauffer, Highland Park resident and member of Highland Park Action Commitee

Apr
12
Sun
2015
Birds and Habitats Hike @ Soundway Park
Apr 12 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 am

From Nature Consortium:

Starting in April, we’re introducing a new series of community events in the West Duwamish Greenbelt. On our guided forest hikes, you can explore our local parks and trails in a fun, educational, and family-friendly group. Each hike will center on a different theme or activity, including wildlife, scavenger hunts, plant systems, fitness, and more.

Birds and Habitats: Learn how birds benefit from our restoration efforts and see or hear who is singing and who is nesting at Soundway and maybe who is stopping in West Seattle during migration. The bird walk will be led by Mike Witter of Audubon Neighborhood Bird Project, an experienced birder who is familiar with birding by ear as well as the habitats offered in the greenbelt. Come rain or shine. Bring appropriate outdoor clothing and binoculars if you have them. Sunday, April 12, 8-10 am at Soundway Park (14th Ave SW & SW Holly St, Seattle)

There is no registration required for these Forest Hikes.

Apr
25
Sat
2015
Family Scavenger Hunt Forest Hike @ Pigeon Point Park
Apr 25 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

From Nature Consortium:

Starting in April, we’re introducing a new series of community events in the West Duwamish Greenbelt. On our guided forest hikes, you can explore our local parks and trails in a fun, educational, and family-friendly group. Each hike will center on a different theme or activity, including wildlife, scavenger hunts, plant systems, fitness, and more.

Family Scavenger Hunt: A team event! Earn points for finding native plant species, making art, and completing challenges. This scavenger hunt will take you into the West Duwamish Green Belt and challenge you to see the forest with new eyes. Taste some wild edibles, fly a kite, and maybe kiss a banana slug (if you’re game). Team registration begins at 10 am with a celebration and awards at noon. Saturday, April 25, 10 am–noon at Pigeon Point Park (1901 SW Genesee St, Seattle)

There is no registration required for these Forest Hikes.

May
3
Sun
2015
North Delridge (Cottage Grove) Tree Walk @ Greg Davis Park
May 3 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Courtesy of the NDNC:

Join Tree Ambassador Patrick for a tour of North Delridge’s green spaces and neighborhood trees, along with some interesting history about the Cottage Grove neighborhood. The walk is less than 1.5 miles and is suitable for all ages.

When: Sunday, May 3rd, 10:00 am–12 pm

Where: Greg Davis Park – adjacent to the information board (SW Brandon & 26th Ave SW)

For more information and to RSVP, visit:
www.seattle.gov/trees

This event is free and open to the public. Hope to see you there.

34th Dems Earth Day Fundraiser
May 3 @ 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm

From the 34th District Democrats:

34th Dems Earth Day Fundraiser
Sunday, May 3, 2015

Event will be at the home of Russ Brubaker and Peter Quigley at 7132 – 30th Ave SW, 4:30 – 6:30 PM, cost $34 per person,, with Rep. Joe Fitzgibbon attending and speaking. Co-sponsored by Tom Rasmussen, Justin Hirsch, Marcee Stone-Vekich.

Tickets here.

Sponsorships Available – local food wine and beer – wine by Vashon Winery.

May
11
Mon
2015
Plant Identification Walking Tour @ Soundway Trailhead
May 11 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

From Nature Consortium:

Plant Identification in the West Duwamish Greenbelt
Monday May 11, 6:30-8 pm
Soundway Trailhead

FREE!

The West Duwamish Greenbelt is the largest forest in the City of Seattle, supporting a variety of forest types and plant communities. Come for an early evening exploration of this little-known gem of a park in West Seattle and work on your plant identification skills. Meet at the trail head at 14th Ave SW & SW Holly Street at 6:30 PM. The hike will be led by local botanist Cathie Conolly. Please register at www.naturec.org/forest-hikes.

May
14
Thu
2015
Seattle City Council Candidates Forum – District 8 & 9 @ SSC Georgetown Campus
May 14 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Join the 37th District Democrats, 11th District Democrats, and the 34th District Democrats as we co-host a South Seattle Forum for candidates for Seattle’s two at-large city council positions.

Thursday, May 14th, 7:00 pm–9:00 pm
South Seattle College – Georgetown Campus
6737 Corson Ave S, Seattle

We will be accepting questions from the audience via email BEFORE the forum begins. If you have a question that you would like asked of the candidates, please email it to chair@37dems.org.

May
18
Mon
2015
City Council District 1 Candidates’ Forum @ Fauntleroy Church UCC
May 18 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Westside Interfaith Network, the WIN group of churches, invites you to attend a public forum with the candidates for City Council’s District 1 Position on Monday, May 18th.

This is the first election whereby City Council people are chosen by geographic district. West Seattle is in District 1.

You are invited to meet the candidates, learn their views and plans for our area–and be a more informed voter!

Come to the
CITY COUNCIL DISTRICT 1 CANDIDATES’ FORUM
6:30 pm, Monday, May 18th at Fauntleroy Church, UCC

Doors open at 6 pm
Moderated forum with opportunity for questions from the audience

Co-sponsored by:
The Westside Interfaith Network (WIN)
The League of Women Voters of Seattle-King County

May
20
Wed
2015
Roxhill Park’s Butterflies, Birds and Blooms @ Roxhill Park
May 20 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Explore nature at Roxhill Park with Naturalist Stewart Wechsler:

Roxhill Park’s Butterflies, Birds and Blooms

Roxhill Park
May 20, 2015 at 10:00 am–12:00 pm

Tour Roxhill Park with local naturalist Stewart Wechsler 14 years after a restoration project turned a lawn into a devoloping forest with a diversity of native plants. See which birds now make a home there. We may see which flowers and plants this years unusually large crop of Painted Lady butterflies use for nectar or egg laying. Oriented towards an adult and senior audience.

Meet at the north park entrance on SW Barton St, equivalent to one block west of 26th Ave SW, by the bus stop at the end of the Rapid Ride C line, across from the Westwood Village sign.

$15 suggested donation

For information or to pre-register, e-mail ecostewart@gmail.com or call Stewart at 206 932-7225

Jun
5
Fri
2015
Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein Q&A and fundraiser @ West Seattle Tool Library
Jun 5 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Jill Stein – the potential presidential candidate for the Green Party – will be making a stop in West Seattle this week.

When: Friday June 5th

Where: The West Seattle Tool Library
4408 Delridge Way S.W.
At the North end of the Youngstown Cultural and Arts Center.

Time: 7-9 pm

Why: Q&A and fundraiser

Sponsors: Green Party of Seattle and the Washington State Green Party.

Jun
7
Sun
2015
Senator Patty Murray fundraiser
Jun 7 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

From the 34th District Democrats calendar:

Please join hosts King County Executive Dow Constantine, Paul Anderson & Mark Webster, Michael Collins, Clayton Lewis & Councilman Tom Rasmussen, and the 34th District Democrats for an afternoon reception in support of US Senator Patty Murray Sunday, June 7th, 2015 4:00-5:30 pm.

Location:
At the home of Paul Anderson and Mark Webster, 6509 Beach Drive SW.

Suggested
contribution:
Co-host $1000
Sponsor $500
Friend $250
Guest $150

RSVP online at www.pattymurray.com/June7 or to allie@newmanpartners.com or Allie at 206-328-2969

Jun
11
Thu
2015
Music & Politics: A Birthday Benefit for District One for Lisa Herbold @ Skylark Café & Club
Jun 11 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm

B Dahlia Presents:
“Music & Politics: A Benefit for District One for Lisa Herbold
Where: Skylark Cafe
When: Thursday, June 11, 2015 at 8 pm

An evening of music and conversation to support Lisa Herbold and her campaign, District 1 for Lisa Herbold, for the Seattle City Council!

Music from some of West Seattle’s finest!
Ben Bloom (Polyrhythmics, Rippin Chicken)
Bob Heinemann (The Vexations)
Ollie Klomp (Rippin Chicken, The Vexations)
and special guests!

Don’t know about the campaign? Learn more about it at
http://district1forherbold.com/

More info on our FB event post:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1578570675741124/

Jun
22
Mon
2015
‘What Does A Restored Forest Look Like?’ Hike @ Soundway Trailhead
Jun 22 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

From Nature Consortium:

On our guided forest hikes, you can explore our local parks and trails in a fun, educational, and family-friendly group. Each hike will center on a different theme or activity, including wildlife, scavenger hunts, plant systems, fitness, and more.

Please register for the hike here:
http://www.naturec.org/forest-hikes

What Does A Restored Forest Look Like?
Monday, June 22, 6:30-8 pm
Soundway Trailhead (14th Ave SW & SW Holly St, Seattle)
The Green Seattle Partnership has a goal of restoring 2,500 acres of City-owned forested parkland, with a scale of 0-4 to classify each phase of restoration. Phase 0 indicates a site where restoration has yet to begin and Phase 4 indicates a restored forest that is in need only of periodic monitoring and maintenance. As of this Spring several of Nature Consortium’s work sites have reached the holy grail of “fully restored” status-Phase 4! Come take a walk in the greenbelt to experience and take a look at a variety of restoration sites, including our prized Phase 4 sites. This hike will be led by Restoration Director Lizzie Zemke.

Jul
15
Wed
2015
Seattle City Council Candidate Forum @ The Brockey Conference Center
Jul 15 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Seattle City Council Candidate Forum Presented by West Seattle Chamber of Commerce and South Seattle College (WSB sponsor)

Date: July 15, 2015
Time: 5:30 pm–8:00 pm

Focus on business, jobs and education issues
Seattle City Council Candidate Forum

REGISTRATION REQUESTED

The West Seattle Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the South Seattle College has extended an invitation to all of the District 1 candidates to join us for our Seattle City Council Candidate Forum where are focus will be business, jobs and education issues. Candidates for Position 8 & 9 have a scheduling conflict on that night but many of them have expressed the desire to drop by near the end.

The forum will be held at South Seattle College in the Brockey Center on Wednesday, July 15th. The event will begin at 5:30 pm with a meet and greet between the candidates and the attendees of the forum. At 6 pm all candidates will have an opportunity for an opening statement and then we will begin the next phase of the forum. This will consist of “candidating” with the attendees. After the opening statements all candidates will be sent to a table of attendees for 8 minutes. At the end of 8 minutes the candidates will move on to the next table of attendees. We will continue this process as time allows. There will be time allowed at the end of the “candidating” portion for all candidates to give a 30 second closing statement. We plan to conclude the event by 8 pm.

Fees/Admission:
Open to WSCC Members and Non-Members
No Charge

Aug
10
Mon
2015
Wetlands 101: Guided hike @ Soundway Park
Aug 10 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

From Nature Consortium:

Join Nature Consortium for another guided hike in the West Duwamish Greenbelt! Wetlands are diverse and dynamic ecosystems, and we’re lucky to have many of them in West Seattle. They support a unique and important array of plants and animals, especially in the West Duwamish Greenbelt. On this hike we will look at wetland soils, talk about what constitutes a wetland, examine wetland plants, look at wetland indicators when water isn’t present, and discuss the functions of wetlands in the overall landscape. Free and open to the public. Four-legged friends welcome on leash.

Monday, August 10, 6:30-8 pm
Soundway Park (14th Ave SW & SW Holly St)

Hosted by Nature Consortium. Please RSVP at
www.naturec.org/forest-hikes/

Aug
27
Thu
2015
West Seattle Democratic Women Potluck/Picnic @ Lincoln Park
Aug 27 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

The West Seattle Democratic WomenWest Seattle Democratic Women will not have a meeting this month.
Instead, we will be picnicking at Shelter 3 (south end by the water) of Lincoln Park on August 27th from about 4 pm to 7 pm. Please bring a dish to share. We will be providing beverages, hot dogs and all the fixings.

Also, please let me know by phone or email (martinhtam@gmail.com) if you plan to attend. We will base our shopping on the RSVPs.

Looking forward to seeing everyone there. No speeches, but don’t be surprised if a few politicians show up! It is election season after all!

Looking forward to seeing you all.

Ann Martin, Chair
West Seattle Democratic Women
206-935-4693

Sep
17
Thu
2015
Seattle City Council Debate: District 1 @ Youngstown Cultural Arts Center
Sep 17 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Moderators include WSB editor Tracy Record:

Town Hall and Seattle Channel present
Seattle City Council Debate: District 1
Lisa Herbold and Shannon Braddock
7:30PM, Thursday, September 17, 2015
Youngstown Cultural Arts Center
Free

This event is free, but registration is required. No late seating.

This year’s talked-about Seattle City Council elections–the first under a new districted system–shook up the primaries for some interesting results. At Town Hall we love a good political debate, so in the spirit of democracy and discussion, we’re teaming up with Seattle Channel to present a series of live debates (with moderated Q&A) for each of the seven districts. Learn more about the candidates running in your district–and don’t forget to vote on November 3.

District 1 debate: Lisa Herbold, legislative aide to Seattle City Councilmember Nick Licata, and Shannon Braddock, Chief of Staff for Seattle City Councilmember Joe McDermott.

Moderators: Lead moderator Tracy Record, Editor of the West Seattle Blog; community moderator Cecile Hansen, Chair of the Duwamish Tribe; community moderator Fernando Meija, Organizing Director, One America; and Q&A moderator Stesha Brandon, Town Hall Program Director.

Have a question for the candidates? Send your questions for the candidates to debates@townhallseattle.org help us shape the conversation. We may ask your question at the event. Please specify which district race you’re writing about.

Sep
19
Sat
2015
Evening Walk with the Owls, Ravens and Other Life Forms @ Lincoln Park
Sep 19 @ 6:30 pm – 8:15 pm

Explore nature at Lincoln Park with Naturalist Stewart Wechsler:

Saturday September 19, 2015 at 6:30 pm–8:15 pm, Stewart’s Stewardship Adventures offers:

Evening Walk with the Owls, Ravens and Other Life Forms at Lincoln Park:

Stewart shares his exceptional enthusiasm and knowledge of Lincoln’s natural community as we look for the Barred Owls and their signs, and listen and look for Seattle’s first successful nesting pair of Ravens, and their fledgelings, since urbanization pushed this species out many decades ago. The tour also includes any other plant or animal that anyone may want the story of. Adult level programming, but suitable for kids that don’t dominate. Meet at the north parking lot kiosk, across from Rose St. Call or e-mail to reserve a spot: 206 932-7225 (land ) orecostewart@gmail.com If rain is forecast check this website or my outgoing message on my answering machine (206 932-7225) for a possible cancellation due to excessively heavy rain (I won’t cancel for a light sprinkle.) Suggested donation $10 – $15.

Oct
2
Fri
2015
Council candidate at Toastmasters @ ArtsWest Playhouse & Gallery
Oct 2 @ 7:30 am – 9:00 am

Seattle City Council candidate, Shannon Braddock, will be speaking at the West Seattle Earlybirds Toastmasters club this coming Friday. The group meets every Friday, from 7:30 am – 9:00 am in the Arts West Building. This week, Ms. Braddock is speaking for us. It will be a small audience allowing for any and all questions guests may have for her.

Toastmasters enter in the back of the Arts West building.

Oct
6
Tue
2015
Public Forum: Candidates for City Council’s Districts 1, 8, and 9 @ Fauntleroy Church UCC
Oct 6 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Westside Interfaith Network, also known as the WIN Group of churches, invites you to attend a public forum with the candidates for City Council’s Districts 1, 8, and 9 on Tuesday, Oct. 6th:

Come to the
CITY COUNCIL DISTRICTS 1, 8 & 9 CANDIDATES’ FORUM
6:30-8 PM on Tuesday, October 6th
at Fauntleroy Church UCC

All six candidates, two candidates for each of the three positions, are planning to participate in the Forum. You are invited to meet all 6 candidates, learn their views and plans for our area–and be a more informed voter!

This is the first election whereby City Council people are chosen by geographic district. West Seattle is in District 1; plus we vote for two “at large” positions: Districts 8 & 9.

6 pm – Doors open. Campaign literature available. Informal conversation.
6:30 – Brief welcome & introduction. Moderated forum: District 1.
6:50 – Moderated forum: District 8 and 9.
7:30 – Moderated forum: questions from the audience addressed to all 6 candidates.
8:00 – Informal conversation with candidates.

Co-sponsored by the Westside Interfaith Network (WIN) & The League of Women Voters of Seattle-King County.

Oct
10
Sat
2015
Chat with Council Candidate Lisa Herbold @ C & P Coffee Company
Oct 10 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

In these challenging times, I feel that it is important for those who share progressive views to get together for discussion and dialog especially in regards to those issues that directly impact us in our own backyard, West Seattle. With an upcoming and important local election close at hand, now is good time to for such a gathering.

But Joe and I’s living room is too small for such an event.

So we are excited to announce a get-together to meet and talk with Lisa Herbold, in a bigger living room, at C & P Coffee (WSB sponsor), 1:00 – 2:00 pm on Saturday, Oct. 10. Lisa is running for Seattle City Council in our District 1 (West Seattle/South Park); She’s a great progressive who shares our values and will continue to be a great voice for the people of West Seattle. (NOTE: This is a meet-and-greet, not a fundraiser)

There have been numerous times I have worked with the City Council on social justice and environmental causes over the past 5 years, and Lisa, serving with Councilmember Nick Licata, has always been there to provide the right information, solid connections, the appropriate resources, and thorough follow-up. She is extremely passionate about what she does.

Examples of the causes she has helped with include:
– Housing for homeless families in Seattle
– Progressive Radio Northwest
– Rain gardens (for storm water control)
– Tent Cities (locations, services)
– First Place Scholars (a school for homeless children)

Lisa is an agent for open, accessible and responsive government, and she has proven it this repeatedly during her 17 years of dedicated public service in city government working closely with Councilman Nick Licata.

I truly hope you’ll be able to attend and share an hour with Lisa. Please bring your concerns and questions and let’s talk about the issues that you are most passionate about. Also please feel free to invite or bring other friends and neighbors. The C & P Coffee house can hold a crowd. And please consider arriving at 12:45pm and buying a coffee or pastry to support C & P Coffee, our locally owned small business! :)

Please check out Lisa’s website:
http://www.district1forherbold.com/

To RSVP please email juliachase@comcast.net or give me a call at the number below.

Really hope to see you there. Let’s start talking together!

Warmly,

Julia Chase and Joe Aprile

juliachase@comcast.net
206-935-9511

Oct
13
Tue
2015
Democratic Debate on big screen @ Admiral Bird
Oct 13 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Watch the Democratic Debate at the Admiral Bird, (Admiral Junction) October 13th, 6 pm-8pm.

Oct
16
Fri
2015
School Age Family Night @ West Seattle Family YMCA
Oct 16 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Coming up at the West Seattle Family YMCA (WSB Sponsor) Friday, October 16th, 6:30 to 8:00 pm:

West Seattle families with school-age children in Kindergarten through 5th grades—join us for a FREE special night in October! Play with new friends from school, challenge yourself on our inflatable obstacle course, get moving with your family with a rousing game of Gaga Dodgeball, splash in the pool during open swim and enter to win a three-month Y family membership! Bring your family, friends, schoolmates and neighbors. (Open swim from 7:35 to 8:25 pm. ) Free! Register in person at the Y or online here:

https://apm.activecommunities.com/seattleymca/Activity_Search/family-connect-school-age-family-night/25212

Friday, October 16th, 6:30 to 8:00 pm

Dec
16
Wed
2015
34th District Republicans holiday party @ American Legion Hall
Dec 16 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

The 34th District Republicans meet every 3rd Wednesday, 7 pm, at the American Legion Hall. This month it’s the holiday party, and the guest speaker will be Senator Mark Miloscia, who is running for
state auditor in 2016.

Dec
17
Thu
2015
West Seattle Democratic Women holiday party @ West Seattle Golf Course
Dec 17 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

West Seattle Democratic Women Holiday Party
Thursday, December 17, 2015

The WSDW will have their holiday party on December 17, one week earlier than their normal fourth Thursday of the month meeting, at the West Seattle Golf Course. Holiday bag assembly starting at 10:30, lunch registration at 11:30, lunch soon thereafter, white “donkey” (because who would want an elephant in the room?) exchange after lunch. Contact Rachel Glass via email to RSVP by December 13.

Usually on the 4th Thursday of the month – likely to be on the 3rd Thursday this month due to Christmas. West Seattle Golf Course.

Point of contact: Ann Martin by email here or by phone at 206-935-4693.
(For up to date information go to WSDW’s website at westseattledemocraticwomen.org.)

Jan
6
Wed
2016
Audoubon Society Birdwalk in Lincoln Park
Jan 6 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Lincoln Park, Seattle
Wednesday, January 6, 2016 – 10:00 am
Leaders: Patty North and Dick Lazeres
Meeting Point: Southern-most Lincoln Park parking lot on Fauntleroy Way SW (8600 block
of Fauntleroy Way SW)

Lincoln Park is in West Seattle near the Fauntleroy ferry dock. We will stroll the beach seeking good looks at waterfowl and wander the forest to discover winter residents. Great walk for beginners. Bring binoculars if you have them. (Available on loan from the Seattle Audubon Nature Shop.) Dress for blustery winter weather. About 2 miles of mostly level walking with one climb back to our starting point.

More info:
http://www.seattleaudubon.org/sas/GetInvolved/GoBirding/NeighborhoodBirdWalks.aspx

Jan
8
Fri
2016
Obstacle Course & Swim @ West Seattle YMCA
Jan 8 @ 6:00 pm – 8:25 pm

Coming up at the West Seattle Family YMCA (WSB Sponsor) Friday, January 8th, 6:00 pm–8:25 pm:

Invite your friends and neighbors for an evening of family fun at the West Seattle YMCA. Play on the mats, swing on the rings, climb and slide on the inflatable obstacle course, run on the track, play racquetball and go swimming. Free!

Gym, Running Track & Obstacle Course: 6:00 to 8:00 pm, Family Swim: 7:35 to 8:25pm

Jan
9
Sat
2016
WTIA Polar Bear Plunge @ Alki Beach
Jan 9 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am

Take the plunge with Washington Technology Industry Association! Thanks to our sponsors at Tegile, we’ll be hosting a Polar Bear Plunge just for our techie community. Join us at Alki Beach, Saturday January 9th, at 9:00 am! WTIA members, non-members, friends, and family 18 and up are welcome to join! See you then.

We Polar Bear Plunge at 9:30 am!

WHEN: Saturday, January 9, 2016 at 9am PT (plunge at 9:30am PT)
WHERE: Alki Beach: 1702 Alki Ave SW Seattle, 98116
WHO: WTIA members, non-members, friends, and family 18 and up

Jan
22
Fri
2016
Evening low tide beach walk at Alki @ Constellation Park, Alki
Jan 22 @ 8:30 pm – 10:30 pm

From the Seattle Aquarium:

Explore the beach during winter nighttime low tides with Beach Naturalist staff and volunteers. Discover what creatures we see on the beach at this time of year. Dress for the weather (bundle up!) and for tide pooling: boots, hats, gloves and a good flashlight are musts.

Fri, 22 Jan, 2016
8:30 pm–10:30 pm

Click here to RSVP for this event. RSVPs are encouraged but not mandatory.

Location:
Constellation Park/(South) Alki Beach
Directions:
1. Take Spokane St. exit off I–5 to West Seattle
2. Take Admiral Way exit off West Seattle Bridge
3. Stay on Admiral through West Seattle to 63rd Ave SW
4. Turn left at 63rd to Beach Drive SW
5. Park on Beach Drive SW
6. Meet the Naturalists at the canopy at 63rd Ave SW and Beach Dr. SW

Feb
6
Sat
2016
Evening low tide beach walk at Alki @ Constellation Park, Alki
Feb 6 @ 8:30 pm – 10:15 pm

From the Seattle Aquarium:

Explore the beach during winter nighttime low tides with Beach Naturalist staff and volunteers. Discover what creatures we see on the beach at this time of year. Dress for the weather (bundle up!) and for tide pooling: boots, hats, gloves and a good flashlight are musts.

Sat, 6 Feb, 2016
8:30 pm–10:15 pm

Click here to RSVP for this event. RSVPs are encouraged but not mandatory.

Location:
Constellation Park/(South) Alki Beach
Directions:
1. Take Spokane St. exit off I–5 to West Seattle
2. Take Admiral Way exit off West Seattle Bridge
3. Stay on Admiral through West Seattle to 63rd Ave SW
4. Turn left at 63rd to Beach Drive SW
5. Park on Beach Drive SW
6. Meet the Naturalists at the canopy at 63rd Ave SW and Beach Dr. SW

Feb
13
Sat
2016
Free Public Swim for Neighbor Appreciation Day
Feb 13 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

An invitation from the Southwest Pool:

We’d like to thank you, West Seattle Neighbors, for supporting your favorite pool. Join us for games, prizes and tons of fun!

Saturday February 13th, 1-2 pm
Neighbor Appreciation Day
Free Public Swim

Feb
17
Wed
2016
Audoubon Society Birdwalk in Lincoln Park
Feb 17 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Lincoln Park, Seattle
Wednesday, February 17, 2016 – 10:00 am
Leaders: Dick Lazeres and Anne Jacobs
Meeting Point: Southern-most Lincoln Park parking lot on Fauntleroy Way SW (8600 block
of Fauntleroy Way SW)

Explore the woodland and the waterfront, listening and looking for the birds of winter. We will have a scope available, please bring binoculars if you have them. There will be stairs and a hill to walk up. Beginners welcomed and encouraged.

More info:
http://www.seattleaudubon.org/sas/GetInvolved/GoBirding/NeighborhoodBirdWalks.aspx

Feb
29
Mon
2016
Summer Swim League Prep Program begins @ West Seattle Health Club
Feb 29 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Summer Swim League Prep Program @ West Seattle Health Club
Starting Monday, February 29

Clean up your strokes, perfect your turns, get back into shape and get ready for the upcoming summer season. Central Area Aquatic Team wants to help you get ready to star for your summer club. Our professional coaches with work with athletes of all ages to develop their technique, race skills and kick off the summer already in swimming shape!

WHERE: West Seattle Health Club, 2629 SW Andover St, Seattle, WA 98126

WHEN: Mon, Wed, Fri 6:30-7:30 pm, starting Monday, Feb. 29nd thru Friday, May 6

REGISTRATION: Follow the link at www.swimcaat.org
OR go directly to
HTTP://WWW.TEAMUNIFY.COM/MEMREGSTART.JSP?TEAM=PNSCAAT&EVENT_ID=619919

· You do not need a club West Seattle Health Club membership to sign up
· $180 for the season + $69 USA swimming registration (for insurance purposes)
· Participation in USA swimming meets and volunteer hours are not required

For questions, please contact Head Site Coach Janna Hagensick at janna@swimcaat.org

Apr
5
Tue
2016
Tot Trek – Colors of Spring @ Camp Long Environmental Center
Apr 5 @ 10:30 am – 11:45 am

When: Tuesday, April 5, 2016, 10:30–11:45 am
What: Tot Trek – Colors of Spring
Where: Camp Long Environmental Learning Center
Pre-Register: Yes
Ages: 2–3 with an adult – FREE

Adults, explore the wonders of nature with your toddler. Trek through Camp Long searching field, forest, stream, and pond. Discover the colors of spring. This program designed for 2-3 year olds accompanied by an adult.

Event #148709

Contact: Camp Long Environmental Learning Center (5200 35th Ave SW)
Contact Phone: 206-684-7434
Contact Email: camplong@seattle.gov

Apr
23
Sat
2016
April Pools Day – Free Family Water Safety Event @ Evergreen Community Aquatic Center
Apr 23 @ 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Free Community Water Safety Event
Saturday, April 23rd, 12:30-2:30 pm
Evergreen Community Aquatic Center

We will be raffling off a free session of swim lessons, swim passes and more!

~ Learn About Water Safety
~ Play Games & Activities
~ Win Prizes
~ Public Swim
~ Call to RSVP

206.588.2297
www.EvergreenPool.org

Apr
30
Sat
2016
Owl Hoot @ Camp Long Environmental Learning Center
Apr 30 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

From Seattle Parks & Recreation Environmental Learning Calendar:

Saturday, April 30, 2016, 7:30–9 pm
Camp Long Environmental Learning Center

Celebrate all the life on our amazing planet by joining us for a dusk-to-dark owl prowl through Camp Long’s forest. This program designed for adults and children 6 and older. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

$5 per person

Pre-registration required:
Contact Phone 206-684-7434
Contact Email camplong@seattle.gov

May
3
Tue
2016
Tot Trek – Search for Salamanders @ Camp Long Environmental Learning Center
May 3 @ 10:30 am – 11:45 am

When: Tuesday, May 3, 2016, 10:30–11:45 am
What: Tot Trek – Search for Salamanders
Where: Camp Long Environmental Learning Center
Pre-Register: Yes
Ages: 2–3 with an adult – FREE

Adults, explore the wonders of nature with your toddler. Discover life under logs and leaves; be part of your child’s first encounter with a salamander. This program designed for 2-3 year olds accompanied by an adult.

Event #148710

Contact: Camp Long Environmental Learning Center (5200 35th Ave SW)
Contact Phone: 206-684-7434
Contact Email: camplong@seattle.gov

May
21
Sat
2016
Birds of the Duwamish River Valley – Free Talk & Walk @ Duwamish Longhouse & Cultural Center
May 21 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Join us for a springtime exploration of the birds who make a living along the Duwamish River. After a presentation in the Longhouse, we will walk along the Duwamish River to see what they are up to. Guided by a Seattle Park’s Department Volunteer Naturalist.

WHAT: Birds of the Duwamish
WHEN: May 21, 2016, 1-3 pm
WHERE: Duwamish Longhouse & Cultural Center

Facebook event page here.

Duwamish Longhouse & Cultural Center
4705 W Marginal Way SW, Seattle, WA 98106
206-431-1852, dts@qwestoffice.net, www.duwamishtribe.org

May
28
Sat
2016
Ancient Local Plant and Animal Community Recovery Workshop and Tour @ Orchard St Ravine
May 28 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Join Naturalist Stewart Wechsler (of Stewart’s Stewardship Adventures) on Saturday, May 28th, 10:00 am–2:00 pm for an Ancient Local Plant and Animal Community Recovery Workshop and Tour:

Learn Stewart’s methods, developed over the last 20 years, how best to help the wealth of the ancient pre-European local ecological community grow back. Unlike much of what is called “restoration”, Stewart’s methods start with the principle that “mother knows best”, with the mother plants and mother nature knowing best when and where to grow their offspring, and letting them do most of the planting, while we give them a helping hand to re-spread over the land that, before European contact, they had completely covered in a great wealth of diversity. We will start in Stewart’s Orchard St Ravine mini-prairie, where Stewart has helped the local prairie community make a come-back, then head to Lincoln Park, where the ancient local plant community had already had Seattle’s greatest remaining natural diversity, and where Stewart has helped it maintain and regain some of its pre-European rich diversity and surface coverage.

$25 or any contribution.

Contact: 206 932-7225 or email ecostewart@gmail.com.

Colman Pool Pre-Season Swimming @ Colman Pool
May 28 @ 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm

The outdoor pool on the shore of Lincoln Park is open the following days for pre-season swimming sessions:

PRESEASON SCHEDULE:
Effective weekends May 28-30, June 4-5, June 11-12 and June 18-19

Noon-2:45 pm Lap Swim (8 lap lanes)
3-4:45 pm Public Swim (no lap lanes)
5-7 pm Lap Swim (4 lanes) / Family Swim (slide open)

May
29
Sun
2016
Colman Pool Pre-Season Swimming @ Colman Pool
May 29 @ 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm

The outdoor pool on the shore of Lincoln Park is open the following days for pre-season swimming sessions:

PRESEASON SCHEDULE:
Effective weekends May 28-30, June 4-5, June 11-12 and June 18-19

Noon-2:45 pm Lap Swim (8 lap lanes)
3-4:45 pm Public Swim (no lap lanes)
5-7 pm Lap Swim (4 lanes) / Family Swim (slide open)

May
30
Mon
2016
Colman Pool Pre-Season Swimming @ Colman Pool
May 30 @ 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm

The outdoor pool on the shore of Lincoln Park is open the following days for pre-season swimming sessions:

PRESEASON SCHEDULE:
Effective weekends May 28-30, June 4-5, June 11-12 and June 18-19

Noon-2:45 pm Lap Swim (8 lap lanes)
3-4:45 pm Public Swim (no lap lanes)
5-7 pm Lap Swim (4 lanes) / Family Swim (slide open)

Jun
4
Sat
2016
Colman Pool Pre-Season Swimming @ Colman Pool
Jun 4 @ 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm

The outdoor pool on the shore of Lincoln Park is open the following days for pre-season swimming sessions:

PRESEASON SCHEDULE:
Effective weekends May 28-30, June 4-5, June 11-12 and June 18-19

Noon-2:45 pm Lap Swim (8 lap lanes)
3-4:45 pm Public Swim (no lap lanes)
5-7 pm Lap Swim (4 lanes) / Family Swim (slide open)

Women’s Swim @ West Seattle YMCA
Jun 4 @ 6:15 pm – 8:00 pm

At the West Seattle Family YMCA (WSB Sponsor) Saturday, May 7th, 6:15 pm–8:00 pm:

A special women’s only swim offered twice per month at the West Seattle YMCA! After closing hours, the Y stays open for women to enjoy our pools areas (swimming pool, sauna, steam room and hot tub) on the first and third Saturdays of the month! Open to women ages 13 and up. First come, first serve with 30 women max. Check-in begins at 5:45 pm. Free for Y Members or $5 per person for Community Participants.

Jun
5
Sun
2016
Colman Pool Pre-Season Swimming @ Colman Pool
Jun 5 @ 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm

The outdoor pool on the shore of Lincoln Park is open the following days for pre-season swimming sessions:

PRESEASON SCHEDULE:
Effective weekends May 28-30, June 4-5, June 11-12 and June 18-19

Noon-2:45 pm Lap Swim (8 lap lanes)
3-4:45 pm Public Swim (no lap lanes)
5-7 pm Lap Swim (4 lanes) / Family Swim (slide open)

Jun
11
Sat
2016
‘Spring at South’ event @ South Seattle College
Jun 11 @ 10:00 am – 7:00 pm

Explore & Enjoy Greenbelt Walks, Gardens, Wine Tasting and more during the “Spring at South” event at South Seattle College (WSB sponsor):

Saturday, June 11, 2016, 10 am–7 pm
(all gardens open dawn to dusk)

Free Events! Come with family (fun for kids too) and friends to explore these community treasures.

West Duwamish Greenbelt Trails Guided Interpretive Walks
11 am and 1:30 pm
45 minutes on firm gravel trail; option for 45 minutes longer on a rugged trail; wear long pants and hiking boots. Information table in Chan Education Center; plus history interviewing from 12–1:30 pm.
Nature Consortium Table – Chan Education Center

Seattle Chinese Garden
Open House Cultural Activities & Displays
11 am to 5 pm

Northwest Wine Academy
Spring Release Wine Tasting & Light Appetizers
Noon to 7 pm
– Tasting Room & Outdoor Patio

SSC Arboretum
Seattle Conifer Day
Pruning Demonstration
10 am to Noon

Community Orchard of West Seattle
Along greenbelt at NE corner of parking lot
Self-guided visits & Information

Photography Exhibits
Landscapes at South
Northwest Wine Academy
Scenes of Chongqing, China
Chan Education Center

Food Truck
– near Northwest Wine Academy

Seattle Public Library Cart
– NWWA Patio

South Seattle College, North Entrance. Click here for campus map.

Jun
18
Sat
2016
Colman Pool Pre-Season Swimming @ Colman Pool
Jun 18 @ 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm

The outdoor pool on the shore of Lincoln Park is open the following days for pre-season swimming sessions:

PRESEASON SCHEDULE:
Effective weekends May 28-30, June 4-5, June 11-12 and June 18-19

Noon-2:45 pm Lap Swim (8 lap lanes)
3-4:45 pm Public Swim (no lap lanes)
5-7 pm Lap Swim (4 lanes) / Family Swim (slide open)

Environmental Education Station Event @ Camp Long
Jun 18 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

The City of Seattle Parks and Recreation in collaboration with King Conservation District brings you the Environmental Education Station at Camp Long. Led by youth from the LEEF leadership program (Leaders in Environmental Equity and Facilitation), this will be a day of hands-on Environmental Education Learning and activities in the 68-acre wooded forest. Everyone is welcome, food will be provided as well as rock climbing, zip lining, live performances and more! (Zip lining is on a first come, first served basis and space is limited, so come early!)

This event is free and open to the public.

Questions or want to volunteer?? Email Project Coordinator Nafasi Ferrell at nafasi@dnda.org or call (206) 935-2999

Learn more about the Delridge Neighborhoods Development Association‘s Cultural Events Series:
http://dnda.org/culturalseries/

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1757453151136203/

Women’s Swim @ West Seattle YMCA
Jun 18 @ 6:15 pm – 8:00 pm

At the West Seattle Family YMCA (WSB Sponsor) Saturday, May 7th, 6:15 pm–8:00 pm:

A special women’s only swim offered twice per month at the West Seattle YMCA! After closing hours, the Y stays open for women to enjoy our pools areas (swimming pool, sauna, steam room and hot tub) on the first and third Saturdays of the month! Open to women ages 13 and up. First come, first serve with 30 women max. Check-in begins at 5:45 pm. Free for Y Members or $5 per person for Community Participants.

Jun
19
Sun
2016
Colman Pool Pre-Season Swimming @ Colman Pool
Jun 19 @ 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm

The outdoor pool on the shore of Lincoln Park is open the following days for pre-season swimming sessions:

PRESEASON SCHEDULE:
Effective weekends May 28-30, June 4-5, June 11-12 and June 18-19

Noon-2:45 pm Lap Swim (8 lap lanes)
3-4:45 pm Public Swim (no lap lanes)
5-7 pm Lap Swim (4 lanes) / Family Swim (slide open)

Jun
20
Mon
2016
Colman Pool reopens
Jun 20 @ 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm

The swim season at the outdoor pool on the shore of Lincoln Park is June 20th – Sept. 5th, 2016.

See the full daily schedules listed here (PDF)

Swim Meet Closure Days:
Thursday, July 7-Saturday, July 9
Friday, July 15 and Saturday, July 16

Jun
23
Thu
2016
West Seattle Democratic Women meeting @ West Seattle Golf Course
Jun 23 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

From West Seattle Democratic Women:

GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING INFORMATION

Meetings are typically the 4th Thursday of the Month for lunch and located at the West Seattle Golf Course banquet room. A discussion group proceeds the meeting (10:30 – 11:15 am); all are welcomed. (Evening meetings occur on the quarter months – March, June, September & December; the meeting begins at 6:00 pm.)

Registration is from 11:30 – 11:45 am, Meal is served at 11:45 am, Program begins at 12:00 – 12:45 pm, Short Business Meeting/For the Good of the Order 12:45 – 1:00 pm.

Dinner is $13.00 for members, $15 for non members OR $5 for attending the program……Coffee, tea, and dessert are included.

For up to date information go to WSDW’s website at westseattledemocraticwomen.org.

Jun
25
Sat
2016
Lincoln Park wading pool opening day IF sunny/70 @ Lincoln Park
Jun 25 @ 11:00 am – 8:00 pm

From the Seattle Parks website:

Wading Pools are open on sunny days when the temperature is forecast to be 70 degrees or above.

Lincoln Park Wading Pool:

June 25–September 5
Daily, 11:00 am—8:00 pm

MORE INFORMATION:
General Parks Information
206-684-4075

Wading Pool/Spraypark Hotline
206-684-7796

Wading Pool/Spraypark Questions
206-233-1500

Parks Website
www.seattle.gov/parks

Jun
27
Mon
2016
Delridge wading pool opening day IF sunny/70 @ Delridge Community Center park
Jun 27 @ 12:00 pm – 6:30 pm

From the Seattle Parks website:

Wading Pools are open on sunny days when the temperature is forecast to be 70 degrees or above.

Delridge Wading Pool:

June 27–August 21
Mon/Tue/Sat/Sun

12:00 pm—6:30 pm

MORE INFORMATION:
General Parks Information
206-684-4075

Wading Pool/Spraypark Hotline
206-684-7796

Wading Pool/Spraypark Questions
206-233-1500

Parks Website
www.seattle.gov/parks

Jun
29
Wed
2016
Hiawatha wading pool opening day IF sunny/70 @ Hiawatha Community Center park
Jun 29 @ 12:00 pm – 6:30 pm

From the Seattle Parks website:

Wading Pools are open on sunny days when the temperature is forecast to be 70 degrees or above.

Hiawatha Wading Pool:

June 29–August 20
Wed/Thurs/Fri/Sat

12:00 pm—6:30 pm

MORE INFORMATION:
General Parks Information
206-684-4075

Wading Pool/Spraypark Hotline
206-684-7796

Wading Pool/Spraypark Questions
206-233-1500

Parks Website
www.seattle.gov/parks

Jul
3
Sun
2016
Deaf Community beach walk at low tide @ South Alki beach
Jul 3 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Join trained volunteer Beach Naturalists at Lincoln Park and South Alki/Constellation Park on the following dates this year for a free guided exploration at very low tide (please note the specific times for each day.) No reservations necessary; just look for signs at the beaches listed on the dates and hours below. Please note: low tide usually falls in the middle of the hours listed.

Search for tidepool animals during some of the best low tides of the year. Learn a bit of beach ecology and which animal is the most colorful – a sea star, a sea anemone, or a sea slug. Dress for the windy weather and wear shoes that can get wet and handle slippery surfaces. This program designed for adults and 3 and older. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

*Lowest summer tides

July 3*: 10 am–1:30 pm
–Deaf Community beach walk at South Alki/Constellation Park: Meet us on the beach! Sign language interpretation available between 10 am and 1 pm at South Alki beach.

July 4*: 10 am–1:30 pm
July 5*: 10:30 am–2:15 pm
July 6: 11 am-3 pm
July 19: 10 am-1 pm
July 20: 10 am–1:30 pm
July 21: 11 am–2 pm
July 31: 9:30–11:30 am
August 1: 9:30 am–12:30 pm
August 2: 10 am–1 pm
August 3: 11 am–1:30 pm

Not only will you witness the Puget Sound’s multitude of marine plants and animals, but you’ll also see advocates for these living wonders sharing their knowledge with beach goers – Beach Naturalists.

Beach Naturalists are local citizens who care about Puget Sound beaches and want to help protect them. More than 100 have volunteered to help people learn and enjoy area beaches this summer. Be sure to visit a local beach this summer and meet the Beach Naturalists. They know their beaches. They can help you enjoy the beach without harming it. They can tell you what sea stars eat, why barnacles stand on their heads and how moon snails lay their eggs. “The enthusiasm and excitement of our Beach Naturalists transfers directly to the public-it’s a wonderful infectious thing!” beams Janice Mathisen, Community Outreach at the Seattle Aquarium. “To be able to meet a family and educate them on what a treasure we have here in Puget Sound is amazing.”

Jul
4
Mon
2016
Colman Pool’s 75th Anniversary
Jul 4 @ 10:00 am – 1:30 pm

Please join us for a celebration of Colman Pool’s 75th Anniversary on Monday, July 4th. Doors open at 10 am.

Colman Pool, West Seattle’s outdoor pool and Seattle’s only heated saltwater pool, celebrates its 75th birthday this year, and Seattle Parks and Recreation is holding a celebration on July 4.

The celebration at the pool, 8603 Fauntleroy Way SW in Lincoln Park, will begin on the deck at 11 am and include light refreshments and special entertainment. The celebration on the deck is free; regular fees apply for all swims, however the slide will be free all day. See swim schedule below.

The event will also include the unveiling of the restored entry mural, which was commissioned in 1941 when the pool was opened. The mural was restored with help from the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture. A presentation by mural conservator Peter Malarkey will take place in the lobby at 10:15 am.

Swim schedule for July 4

Noon-1:30 pm — Lap and family swims
1:45-4:45 pm — Public swim (slide and diving board open)
5-7 pm — Lap and family swims

Explore the beach at low tide! @ Lincoln Park (beach) & Alki south beach
Jul 4 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Join trained volunteer Beach Naturalists at Lincoln Park and South Alki/Constellation Park on the following dates this year for a free guided exploration at very low tide (please note the specific times for each day.) No reservations necessary; just look for signs at the beaches listed on the dates and hours below. Please note: low tide usually falls in the middle of the hours listed.

Search for tidepool animals during some of the best low tides of the year. Learn a bit of beach ecology and which animal is the most colorful – a sea star, a sea anemone, or a sea slug. Dress for the windy weather and wear shoes that can get wet and handle slippery surfaces. This program designed for adults and 3 and older. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

*Lowest summer tides

July 3*: 10 am–1:30 pm (Deaf Community beach walk)
July 4*: 10 am–1:30 pm
July 5*: 10:30 am–2:15 pm
July 6: 11 am-3 pm
July 19: 10 am-1 pm
July 20: 10 am–1:30 pm
July 21: 11 am–2 pm
July 31: 9:30–11:30 am
August 1: 9:30 am–12:30 pm
August 2: 10 am–1 pm
August 3: 11 am–1:30 pm

Not only will you witness the Puget Sound’s multitude of marine plants and animals, but you’ll also see advocates for these living wonders sharing their knowledge with beach goers – Beach Naturalists.

Beach Naturalists are local citizens who care about Puget Sound beaches and want to help protect them. More than 100 have volunteered to help people learn and enjoy area beaches this summer. Be sure to visit a local beach this summer and meet the Beach Naturalists. They know their beaches. They can help you enjoy the beach without harming it. They can tell you what sea stars eat, why barnacles stand on their heads and how moon snails lay their eggs. “The enthusiasm and excitement of our Beach Naturalists transfers directly to the public-it’s a wonderful infectious thing!” beams Janice Mathisen, Community Outreach at the Seattle Aquarium. “To be able to meet a family and educate them on what a treasure we have here in Puget Sound is amazing.”

Jul
5
Tue
2016
Explore the beach at low tide! @ Lincoln Park (beach) & Alki south beach
Jul 5 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Join trained volunteer Beach Naturalists at Lincoln Park and South Alki/Constellation Park on the following dates this year for a free guided exploration at very low tide (please note the specific times for each day.) No reservations necessary; just look for signs at the beaches listed on the dates and hours below. Please note: low tide usually falls in the middle of the hours listed.

Search for tidepool animals during some of the best low tides of the year. Learn a bit of beach ecology and which animal is the most colorful – a sea star, a sea anemone, or a sea slug. Dress for the windy weather and wear shoes that can get wet and handle slippery surfaces. This program designed for adults and 3 and older. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

*Lowest summer tides

July 3*: 10 am–1:30 pm (Deaf Community beach walk)
July 4*: 10 am–1:30 pm
July 5*: 10:30 am–2:15 pm
July 6: 11 am-3 pm
July 19: 10 am-1 pm
July 20: 10 am–1:30 pm
July 21: 11 am–2 pm
July 31: 9:30–11:30 am
August 1: 9:30 am–12:30 pm
August 2: 10 am–1 pm
August 3: 11 am–1:30 pm

Not only will you witness the Puget Sound’s multitude of marine plants and animals, but you’ll also see advocates for these living wonders sharing their knowledge with beach goers – Beach Naturalists.

Beach Naturalists are local citizens who care about Puget Sound beaches and want to help protect them. More than 100 have volunteered to help people learn and enjoy area beaches this summer. Be sure to visit a local beach this summer and meet the Beach Naturalists. They know their beaches. They can help you enjoy the beach without harming it. They can tell you what sea stars eat, why barnacles stand on their heads and how moon snails lay their eggs. “The enthusiasm and excitement of our Beach Naturalists transfers directly to the public-it’s a wonderful infectious thing!” beams Janice Mathisen, Community Outreach at the Seattle Aquarium. “To be able to meet a family and educate them on what a treasure we have here in Puget Sound is amazing.”

Jul
6
Wed
2016
Explore the beach at low tide! @ Lincoln Park (beach) & Alki south beach
Jul 6 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Join trained volunteer Beach Naturalists at Lincoln Park and South Alki/Constellation Park on the following dates this year for a free guided exploration at very low tide (please note the specific times for each day.) No reservations necessary; just look for signs at the beaches listed on the dates and hours below. Please note: low tide usually falls in the middle of the hours listed.

Search for tidepool animals during some of the best low tides of the year. Learn a bit of beach ecology and which animal is the most colorful – a sea star, a sea anemone, or a sea slug. Dress for the windy weather and wear shoes that can get wet and handle slippery surfaces. This program designed for adults and 3 and older. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

*Lowest summer tides

July 3*: 10 am–1:30 pm (Deaf Community beach walk)
July 4*: 10 am–1:30 pm
July 5*: 10:30 am–2:15 pm
July 6: 11 am-3 pm
July 19: 10 am-1 pm
July 20: 10 am–1:30 pm
July 21: 11 am–2 pm
July 31: 9:30–11:30 am
August 1: 9:30 am–12:30 pm
August 2: 10 am–1 pm
August 3: 11 am–1:30 pm

Not only will you witness the Puget Sound’s multitude of marine plants and animals, but you’ll also see advocates for these living wonders sharing their knowledge with beach goers – Beach Naturalists.

Beach Naturalists are local citizens who care about Puget Sound beaches and want to help protect them. More than 100 have volunteered to help people learn and enjoy area beaches this summer. Be sure to visit a local beach this summer and meet the Beach Naturalists. They know their beaches. They can help you enjoy the beach without harming it. They can tell you what sea stars eat, why barnacles stand on their heads and how moon snails lay their eggs. “The enthusiasm and excitement of our Beach Naturalists transfers directly to the public-it’s a wonderful infectious thing!” beams Janice Mathisen, Community Outreach at the Seattle Aquarium. “To be able to meet a family and educate them on what a treasure we have here in Puget Sound is amazing.”

Jul
7
Thu
2016
Colman Pool closed today
Jul 7 @ 8:54 am – 9:54 am

Colman Pool in Lincoln Park is closed today during swim meets.

Please note Swim Meet Closures:
Thursday, July 7-Saturday, July 9
Friday, July 15 and Saturday, July 16

Jul
8
Fri
2016
Colman Pool closed today
Jul 8 @ 8:54 am – 9:54 am

Colman Pool in Lincoln Park is closed today during swim meets.

Please note Swim Meet Closures:
Thursday, July 7-Saturday, July 9
Friday, July 15 and Saturday, July 16

Jul
9
Sat
2016
Colman Pool closed today
Jul 9 @ 8:54 am – 9:54 am

Colman Pool in Lincoln Park is closed today during swim meets.

Please note Swim Meet Closures:
Thursday, July 7-Saturday, July 9
Friday, July 15 and Saturday, July 16

Jul
15
Fri
2016
Colman Pool closed today
Jul 15 @ 8:54 am – 9:54 am

Colman Pool in Lincoln Park is closed today during swim meets.

Please note Swim Meet Closures:
Thursday, July 7-Saturday, July 9
Friday, July 15 and Saturday, July 16

Jul
16
Sat
2016
Colman Pool closed today
Jul 16 @ 8:54 am – 9:54 am

Colman Pool in Lincoln Park is closed today during swim meets.

Please note Swim Meet Closures:
Thursday, July 7-Saturday, July 9
Friday, July 15 and Saturday, July 16

Jul
19
Tue
2016
Explore the beach at low tide! @ Lincoln Park (beach) & Alki south beach
Jul 19 @ 10:00 am – 1:30 pm

Join trained volunteer Beach Naturalists at Lincoln Park and South Alki/Constellation Park on the following dates this year for a free guided exploration at very low tide (please note the specific times for each day.) No reservations necessary; just look for signs at the beaches listed on the dates and hours below. Please note: low tide usually falls in the middle of the hours listed.

Search for tidepool animals during some of the best low tides of the year. Learn a bit of beach ecology and which animal is the most colorful – a sea star, a sea anemone, or a sea slug. Dress for the windy weather and wear shoes that can get wet and handle slippery surfaces. This program designed for adults and 3 and older. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

*Lowest summer tides

July 3*: 10 am–1:30 pm (Deaf Community beach walk)
July 4*: 10 am–1:30 pm
July 5*: 10:30 am–2:15 pm
July 6: 11 am-3 pm
July 19: 10 am-1 pm
July 20: 10 am–1:30 pm
July 21: 11 am–2 pm
July 31: 9:30–11:30 am
August 1: 9:30 am–12:30 pm
August 2: 10 am–1 pm
August 3: 11 am–1:30 pm

Not only will you witness the Puget Sound’s multitude of marine plants and animals, but you’ll also see advocates for these living wonders sharing their knowledge with beach goers – Beach Naturalists.

Beach Naturalists are local citizens who care about Puget Sound beaches and want to help protect them. More than 100 have volunteered to help people learn and enjoy area beaches this summer. Be sure to visit a local beach this summer and meet the Beach Naturalists. They know their beaches. They can help you enjoy the beach without harming it. They can tell you what sea stars eat, why barnacles stand on their heads and how moon snails lay their eggs. “The enthusiasm and excitement of our Beach Naturalists transfers directly to the public-it’s a wonderful infectious thing!” beams Janice Mathisen, Community Outreach at the Seattle Aquarium. “To be able to meet a family and educate them on what a treasure we have here in Puget Sound is amazing.”

Jul
20
Wed
2016
Explore the beach at low tide! @ Lincoln Park (beach) & Alki south beach
Jul 20 @ 10:00 am – 1:30 pm

Join trained volunteer Beach Naturalists at Lincoln Park and South Alki/Constellation Park on the following dates this year for a free guided exploration at very low tide (please note the specific times for each day.) No reservations necessary; just look for signs at the beaches listed on the dates and hours below. Please note: low tide usually falls in the middle of the hours listed.

Search for tidepool animals during some of the best low tides of the year. Learn a bit of beach ecology and which animal is the most colorful – a sea star, a sea anemone, or a sea slug. Dress for the windy weather and wear shoes that can get wet and handle slippery surfaces. This program designed for adults and 3 and older. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

*Lowest summer tides

July 3*: 10 am–1:30 pm (Deaf Community beach walk)
July 4*: 10 am–1:30 pm
July 5*: 10:30 am–2:15 pm
July 6: 11 am-3 pm
July 19: 10 am-1 pm
July 20: 10 am–1:30 pm
July 21: 11 am–2 pm
July 31: 9:30–11:30 am
August 1: 9:30 am–12:30 pm
August 2: 10 am–1 pm
August 3: 11 am–1:30 pm

Not only will you witness the Puget Sound’s multitude of marine plants and animals, but you’ll also see advocates for these living wonders sharing their knowledge with beach goers – Beach Naturalists.

Beach Naturalists are local citizens who care about Puget Sound beaches and want to help protect them. More than 100 have volunteered to help people learn and enjoy area beaches this summer. Be sure to visit a local beach this summer and meet the Beach Naturalists. They know their beaches. They can help you enjoy the beach without harming it. They can tell you what sea stars eat, why barnacles stand on their heads and how moon snails lay their eggs. “The enthusiasm and excitement of our Beach Naturalists transfers directly to the public-it’s a wonderful infectious thing!” beams Janice Mathisen, Community Outreach at the Seattle Aquarium. “To be able to meet a family and educate them on what a treasure we have here in Puget Sound is amazing.”

Jul
21
Thu
2016
Explore the beach at low tide! @ Lincoln Park (beach) & Alki south beach
Jul 21 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Join trained volunteer Beach Naturalists at Lincoln Park and South Alki/Constellation Park on the following dates this year for a free guided exploration at very low tide (please note the specific times for each day.) No reservations necessary; just look for signs at the beaches listed on the dates and hours below. Please note: low tide usually falls in the middle of the hours listed.

Search for tidepool animals during some of the best low tides of the year. Learn a bit of beach ecology and which animal is the most colorful – a sea star, a sea anemone, or a sea slug. Dress for the windy weather and wear shoes that can get wet and handle slippery surfaces. This program designed for adults and 3 and older. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

*Lowest summer tides

July 3*: 10 am–1:30 pm (Deaf Community beach walk)
July 4*: 10 am–1:30 pm
July 5*: 10:30 am–2:15 pm
July 6: 11 am-3 pm
July 19: 10 am-1 pm
July 20: 10 am–1:30 pm
July 21: 11 am–2 pm
July 31: 9:30–11:30 am
August 1: 9:30 am–12:30 pm
August 2: 10 am–1 pm
August 3: 11 am–1:30 pm

Not only will you witness the Puget Sound’s multitude of marine plants and animals, but you’ll also see advocates for these living wonders sharing their knowledge with beach goers – Beach Naturalists.

Beach Naturalists are local citizens who care about Puget Sound beaches and want to help protect them. More than 100 have volunteered to help people learn and enjoy area beaches this summer. Be sure to visit a local beach this summer and meet the Beach Naturalists. They know their beaches. They can help you enjoy the beach without harming it. They can tell you what sea stars eat, why barnacles stand on their heads and how moon snails lay their eggs. “The enthusiasm and excitement of our Beach Naturalists transfers directly to the public-it’s a wonderful infectious thing!” beams Janice Mathisen, Community Outreach at the Seattle Aquarium. “To be able to meet a family and educate them on what a treasure we have here in Puget Sound is amazing.”

Jul
29
Fri
2016
34th District Democrats’ 21st Annual Party – Casino Night! @ Duos
Jul 29 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

34th District Democrats’ 21st Annual Party – Casino Night!
Click here to buy tickets!

This year the 34th District Democrats are changing up on our traditional Garden Party, and doing a Casino Night instead. The event will be held at Duos located at 2940 Avalon Way.

We are asking our elected officials to sponsor our Blackjack, Craps and Roulette tables. We will even have a VIP Blackjack table and our elected officials can serve as VIP dealers!

We have a wonderful appetizer menu planned by Duos.

The event will be Friday, July 29 from 6:00–9:00 pm. Ticket prices for General Admission are $50 per person, we also have a VIP ticket available for $90. VIP’s get Preferred Parking, Entrance to the VIP Lounge, Extra Chips and a special “High Roller” drink. Click here to buy tickets!

We need volunteers for a successful event. Volunteers can contact Carol McClure via email at carol_mcclure@att.net.

​(Information about past years’ Garden Parties is here.)

Aug
17
Wed
2016
34th District Republicans meeting
Aug 17 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

**AUGUST 2016 NOTE – THIS MONTH’S MEETING IS AT THE WHITE CENTER LIBRARY, PER GROUP’S WEBSITE**

The 34th District Republicans meet every 3rd Wednesday, 7 pm, at the American Legion Hall; 3618 SW Alaska St 98126. For specific meeting agendas, click here.

Aug
20
Sat
2016
Hiawatha wading pool last day IF sunny/70 @ Hiawatha Community Center park
Aug 20 @ 12:00 pm – 6:30 pm

From the Seattle Parks website:

Wading Pools are open on sunny days when the temperature is forecast to be 70 degrees or above.

Hiawatha Wading Pool:

June 29–August 20
Wed/Thurs/Fri/Sat

12:00 pm—6:30 pm

MORE INFORMATION:
General Parks Information
206-684-4075

Wading Pool/Spraypark Hotline
206-684-7796

Wading Pool/Spraypark Questions
206-233-1500

Parks Website
www.seattle.gov/parks

Aug
21
Sun
2016
Delridge wading pool last day IF sunny/70 @ Delridge Community Center park
Aug 21 @ 12:00 pm – 6:30 pm

From the Seattle Parks website:

Wading Pools are open on sunny days when the temperature is forecast to be 70 degrees or above.

Delridge Wading Pool:

June 27–August 21
Mon/Tue/Sat/Sun

12:00 pm—6:30 pm

MORE INFORMATION:
General Parks Information
206-684-4075

Wading Pool/Spraypark Hotline
206-684-7796

Wading Pool/Spraypark Questions
206-233-1500

Parks Website
www.seattle.gov/parks

Sep
5
Mon
2016
Lincoln Park wading pool last day IF sunny/70 @ Lincoln Park
Sep 5 @ 11:00 am – 8:00 pm

From the Seattle Parks website:

Wading Pools are open on sunny days when the temperature is forecast to be 70 degrees or above.

Lincoln Park Wading Pool:

June 25–September 5
Daily, 11:00 am—8:00 pm

MORE INFORMATION:
General Parks Information
206-684-4075

Wading Pool/Spraypark Hotline
206-684-7796

Wading Pool/Spraypark Questions
206-233-1500

Parks Website
www.seattle.gov/parks

Sep
10
Sat
2016
Colman Pool Post-Season Swim @ Colman Pool
Sep 10 @ 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm

The outdoor pool on the shore of Lincoln Park is open the following days for post-season swimming sessions:

POST-SEASON SCHEDULE:
September 10-11th, 2016

Sep
11
Sun
2016
Colman Pool Post-Season Swim @ Colman Pool
Sep 11 @ 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm

The outdoor pool on the shore of Lincoln Park is open the following days for post-season swimming sessions:

POST-SEASON SCHEDULE:
September 10-11th, 2016

Sep
18
Sun
2016
Duwamish Native Plant Stewardship Day @ Duwamish Longhouse & Cultural Center
Sep 18 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Sept. 18th at the Duwamish Longhouse. A fun day to learn about Native Plant stewardship. Talks, walk, food & opportunities. https://www.facebook.com/events/1089287014512753/

Free activities. 10am -Restoring Duwamish Native Plants; 11:30 am-Lunch provided; Free Hey Duwamish! App; 12:30 pm-Edible Native Plants; 1:30 pm-Urban Gardening Hotline; 2:30 pm-Duwamish Alive: talk & walk along the Duwamish River to restoration site. Upcoming volunteer opportunities.

10–11:30 am–Local Native Plants—Planting & Cultivation–Steve Richmond, Garden Cycles and Nancy Sackman, Duwamish Tribe. www.gardencycles.com, www.duwamishtribe.org

11:30-12:30–Lunch provided. Hey Duwamish! App Demo—Mapping environmental projects along the Duwamish River. www.heydywamish.org

12:30-1:30–Edible Native Plants—Pam Bond Cello, Snohomish Tribe
http://www.edcc.edu/campuscommunityfarm/cultural-kitchen.html

1:30-2:30–Urban Gardening—Free TA Program—Laura Matter,The Garden Hotline, Seattle Tilth. Building an ecologically sound, economically viable and socially equitable food system. www.seattletilth.org

2:30-4 pm–Duwamish Alive—Upcoming Habitat Restoration Volunteer Opportunities– Talk at the Longhouse followed by walk along the Duwamish River to restoration site at Herring House Park. www.duwamishalive.org

This year, the Duwamish Longhouse is reforesting the hillside behind the Longhouse and Seattle Park’s Department is restoring 40 acres in the West Seattle Green Belt. Duwamish activities are funded in part by a grant from the King County Conservation District. http://www.kingcd.org/programs-grant.htm

Our project’s objectives are:

– to restore the Longhouse’s property’s ecosystem by providing a place to sustain native food and medicine, habitat and wildlife in relation to the Duwamish culture,
– to engage the public and raise educational awareness of the Duwamish native culture and its relationship to the restored ecosystem, and
– to work with community partners to increase public awareness of urban reforestation stewardship.

Sep
26
Mon
2016
Presidential Debate viewing @ (See listing)
Sep 26 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Admiral Bird (California/Admiral)

The Skylark (3803 Delridge Way SW), pre-trivia

House party in North Admiral that is also a campaign fundraiser for Secretary of State candidate Tina Podlodowski and Lands Commissioner candidate Hilary Franz, suggested donation $100/person – if interested, e-mail katherine@katherinebobman.com for details/RSVP

Parliament Tavern (4210 SW Admiral Way): “We’ll have the two parties represented on the big screen, but the REAL party falls smack during happy hour, which will carry through the end of the debate! $4 draft micros! $4 wells! $2.50 Rainier’s and PBR tallboys!”

Outwest Bar (5401 California Ave SW)
“The first of the presidential Debates in this legendary and ridiculous election!! May peace be with you all… NO TRIVIA. Trivia has been cancelled to allow time for debate and discussion afterwords!!”

Sep
27
Tue
2016
Voter Registration Day and ballot-box celebration @ High Point Library
Sep 27 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

The Seattle Public Library announcement:

As a part of National Voter Registration Day, The Seattle Public Library is partnering with King County Elections and the League of Women Voters of Seattle-King County for a nationwide, nonpartisan effort to register thousands of voters on one single day on Tuesday, Sept. 27. The Library will also be celebrating four new ballot boxes this year from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27 at the four Library locations.

The celebrations will feature voter registration opportunities and informational resources related to the election, as well as activities, giveaways and more! Multilingual resources will also be available.

The events will be held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 27 at:

· Broadview Branch, 12755 Greenwood Ave. N., 206-684-7519.

· High Point Branch, 3411 S.W. Raymond St., 206-684-7454.

· Lake City Branch, 12501 28th Ave. N.E., 206-684-7518.

· NewHolly Branch, 7058 32nd Ave. S., 206-386-1905.

National Voter Registration Day is designed to create an annual moment when the entire nation focuses on registering American citizens to exercise their most basic right — the right to vote. Since the first National Voter Registration Day in 2012, more than 650,000 people have been registered to vote.

For more information, call The Seattle Public Library at 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian.

Oct
4
Tue
2016
Vice President Debate viewing @ Outwest Bar
Oct 4 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

We will be showing the Vice President Debates with volume!! Enjoy happy hour all day Tuesday !! Followed by Scream Queens at 9!!

Oct
8
Sat
2016
Learn about the Trans-Pacific Trade Agreement (TPP) @ Puget Ridge Cohousing
Oct 8 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Learn about the Trans-Pacific Trade Agreement (TPP)
Why: Trade agreements affect many aspects of our lives—from jobs to the climate. The Obama Administration is pushing for passage of the TPP and wants to bring it to a vote just after the elections in November.

Who: A speaker from the Washington Fair Trade Coalition (washingtonfairtrade.org).

When: Saturday, October 8th, 4:00 to 6:00 PM

Where: Puget Ridge Cohousing, in the Common House

For more information: Katie Kauffman, katiemkauffman@gmail.com 206-251-3206

Nov
5
Sat
2016
Longfellow Creek Watershed Walk & Salmon Watch @ Dragonfly Pavillion
Nov 5 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

From Puget Soundkeeper Alliance:

Join us as we walk a section of Longfellow Creek in West Seattle to investigate the health of one of our local salmon runs. Longfellow Creek, which flows from Roxhill Bog to Elliot Bay, provides spawning habitat for a population of coho salmon every year.

A group of dedicated volunteers is working with Soundkeeper to monitor whether the coho in Longfellow reproduce successfully or succumb to stormwater pollution in the river and die before spawning (a phenomenon known as pre-spawn mortality). Every day for the duration of the salmon run, teams are documenting their observations of live coho and dissecting the dead carcasses to check spawning condition. Come join our Saturday group of volunteers and see them in action!

Also at the event will be groups from the Nature Consortium, Delridge Neighborhoods Development Association, King County Conservation District, and the City of Seattle to talk about wetland recovery, native plants, rain gardens, and what Seattle is doing to reduce the effects of toxic stormwater runoff on salmon populations and other wildlife.

This is a great way to observe one of nature’s most amazing migrations, get a taste of scientific field work, and learn more about what you can do to restore the health of our local waterways.

Equipment: Be prepared to get dirty. Wear athletic clothing and shoes that can get wet. We will be walking along the creek through some muddy areas.

Date: Saturday, November 5th
Time: 11:30am to 1:00pm
Location: Dragonfly Garden, 4107 28th Avenue SW, Seattle 98126

To RSVP: Email Kerry at kerry@pugetsoundkeeper.org or call (206) 297-7002.

Nov
16
Wed
2016
34th District Republicans meeting
Nov 16 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

**NOVEMBER 2016 NOTE – WEBSITE SAYS LOCATION TBD – CONTACT GROUP DIRECTLY FOR INFO**
**OCTOBER 2016 NOTE – NO MEETING; GROUP IS FOCUSED ON GOTV EFFORTS**

The 34th District Republicans meet 3rd Wednesdays. For specific meeting agendas, click here.

Dec
14
Wed
2016
Artful, Therapeutic, and Informed Weeding at Lincoln Park
Dec 14 @ 8:30 am – 11:00 am

With Naturalist Stewart Wechsler:

Wednesday, December 14th 8:30 am–11:00 am, Stewart’s Stewardship Adventures offers: Artful, Therapeutic and Informed Weeding:

Help preserve our natural heritage for future generations. Learn the best strategies to help declining local, wild rarities grow back, as we protect them from weeds. The wealth of our ancient, unique, local natural community, has been in decline ever since the first global gold seekers brought with them seeds of weeds that our local natural community was not adapted to living with. Tinkering with plants as we sit in beautiful natural surroundings, goes back in our evolutionary roots to before agriculture, and there is an instinctive therapy in sitting on a bed of moss, plucking out plants, either for harvest, or to help valued surrounding plants, or both. As we sit in nature with our neighbors, wiggling out weeds, we can learn various strategic weeding methods, including learning the identification and root structure of each weed species we target, then when, how, and where, they would disperse if we let them. We can also learn which weeds we can nibble on. Then we learn the reason we are weeding, which is to help the re-spreading of the declining local, wild plants, and the wild animals that are adapted to the declining plants, those weeds were pushing out. Then on the way out we can learn the art of “weed walking”, where we pull the weeds away from the declining wild plants, while we walk, hardly losing a step.

This is a world that we could be moving back towards with each of our community gatherings in nature, where we are contributing to the natural community as a mutualistic member of that community, rather than a parasitic or predatory member of that community. Could this model go viral? Could it spread around the globe better and last longer than Pokeman Go? Why not?

I ask that people preregister to ensure that the group size is manageable both for me and the mosses. e-mail me at ecostewart@gmail.com or phone me at 206 932-7225 (currently only land line).

While the program is free, Stewart appreciates any useful support that the human community gives him that will help the growth of the success of his efforts to promote the protection and recovery our most precious and unique local natural communities that our misguided human culture has increasingly been degrading and diminishing.

Jan
6
Fri
2017
West Seattle YMCA Family Night @ West Seattle Family YMCA
Jan 6 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

At the West Seattle Family YMCA (WSB sponsor):
Elevate fun on Friday night, 6:30–8:00 pm. Shake it in Family ZUMBA®, splash in Family Swim or climb on the Inflatable Obstacle Course. This event is free and open to the community as part of the West Seattle YMCA’s Grand Opening Celebration.

Learn more >>
http://www.seattleymca.org/blog/celebrate-your-new-west-seattle-ymca

Jan
7
Sat
2017
Tween Takeover @ West Seattle Family YMCA
Jan 7 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Tween Takeover at the West Seattle YMCA (WSB sponsor): Take over the Y after hours, 6:30–9:00 pm! While the building is closed, we will swim, get creative with a craft, test our minds with challenges and meet friends! Ages 9 to 13. This event is free and open to the community as part of the West Seattle YMCA’s Grand Opening Celebration.

Learn more >>
http://www.seattleymca.org/blog/celebrate-your-new-west-seattle-ymca

Jan
8
Sun
2017
Learning the Art and Practice of Healing Mother Nature Herself
Jan 8 @ 11:00 am – 1:30 pm

With Naturalist Stewart Wechsler:

Sunday, January 8th, 11:00 am–1:30 pm, join Stewart’s Stewardship Adventures to Learn the Art and Practice of Healing Mother Nature Herself from Mother Nature’s Medicine Man, who has spent most of his 60 years studying her local natural community, and how we might best help with the protection and recovery of her incredible wealth and beauty that has been in decline ever since the first human sought to control and exploit her. This will be an all generations program for all levels of knowledge. Learning and practicing the protection and healing of our natural community is not only fascinating, and feels like a good thing to be doing for the world, but doing it is therapeutic and a good activity to rebuild richer, and healthier, human community around.

This session is at one of Seattle’s greatest remaining urban oases of nature at Lincoln Park in West Seattle. The following session could be at your favorite remaining local oasis of nature, where you and your neighbors renew your spirits in nature. I don’t ask for any monetary contributions for this program, but I do ask for any help you can contribute towards my efforts to promote a paradigm shift for the human community to increasingly again appreciate and serve our Mother Nature, while again serving the health of our human communities in the process.

Preregistration is not required, but if you tell me you are coming it will help me estimate the size group to plan for. We might follow up by planning a “stewardship adventure” to a site where some species still thrives, that we estimate once thrived at our favorite local oasis of nature, but has since become rare or lost, as we build a growing community of stewards. We can learn about that species that has become rare or lost from that favorite nature spot, do enough stewardship of its habitat in that remaining stronghold that the mother plant would be happy to give us a few of her seeds to give good homes to, and bring them back to our favorite local nature oasis for her. If no one contacts me, and it’s weather is too rough, I may not show up. Call or e-mail: 206 932-7225; ecostewart@gmail.com

Jan
20
Fri
2017
Positive Politics Potluck @ Community General Store