West Seattle Event Calendar

Want your West Seattle event/meeting/performance to be listed here? Please send basic info AT LEAST ONE WEEK IN ADVANCE to westseattleblog@gmail.com – thanks! Please include full details AS PLAIN TEXT IN YOUR E-MAIL, *not* in an attached doc/poster/flyer/etc. A web link for more info helps too. Thank you!

ADMIRAL THEATER SCHEDULE (updated link)

USING THE 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.

Jun
22
Fri
2012
Nature walk for the latest sunset of the summer @ Lincoln Park
Jun 22 @ 8:45 pm – 10:15 pm

With West Seattle naturalist Stewart Wechsler in Lincoln Park. Full details on his website.

Jul
16
Mon
2012
Sustainable West Seattle Forum: Greenways @ West Seattle Tool Library, Youngstown Cultural Arts Center
Jul 16 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

From Sustainable West Seattle:

July forum:
Greenways – walk or bike proposed routes
Monday, July 16, 7-9 pm
West Seattle Tool Library @Youngstown
4408 Delridge Way S.W.
Come bike and learn about the progress to build neighborhood Greenways on 26th Avenue SW and 21st Avenue SW.

Meet at the Tool Library with your bike or walking shoes, then join Stu Hennessy of Alki Bike and Board for a bike tour of the proposed Neighborhood Greenways, or walk on foot with Feet First director Lisa Quinn (from 7-8 p.m.). Afterwards, we will return for a discussion with Stu, Lisa, and Seattle Councilman Tom Rasmussen (or Sally Bagshaw) about how citizens can continue to support Greenways in their neighborhoods (from 8-9 p.m.) Refreshments will be served.

Neighborhood greenways are routes which provide safe connections for bicyclists and pedestrians between neighborhoods, and to schools, parks, shopping and other destinations.

Jul
19
Thu
2012
Fauntleroy Way ‘green boulevard’ open house @ Senior Center of West Seattle
Jul 19 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

The city is spending a quarter-million dollars to study the possibility of converting Fauntleroy Way into a “green boulevard” between the bridge and SW Alaska. What do you think of the idea? What do you even KNOW about the idea? Open house 4-6 pm today is the first chance for a public look at the idea, and to offer your thoughts. Here’s our preview story.

Aug
3
Fri
2012
Metro Seafair shuttles to Lake Washington
Aug 3 @ 7:00 am – 6:00 pm

For those hoping to get to Lake Washington for the hydroplane races and other Seafair events, Metro Transit is offering free shuttles from 7 am to 6 pm the weekend of August 3rd-5th. The shuttles will run from Othello Link light rail station (at MLK Jr. Way and S Othello St.) to Stan Sayres Pit near Genesee Park on Lake Washington. More information here.

Aug
4
Sat
2012
Metro Seafair shuttles to Lake Washington
Aug 4 @ 7:00 am – 6:00 pm

For those hoping to get to Lake Washington for the hydroplane races and other Seafair events, Metro Transit is offering free shuttles from 7 am to 6 pm the weekend of August 3rd-5th. The shuttles will run from Othello Link light rail station (at MLK Jr. Way and S Othello St.) to Stan Sayres Pit near Genesee Park on Lake Washington. More information here.

Aug
5
Sun
2012
Metro Seafair shuttles to Lake Washington
Aug 5 @ 7:00 am – 6:00 pm

For those hoping to get to Lake Washington for the hydroplane races and other Seafair events, Metro Transit is offering free shuttles from 7 am to 6 pm the weekend of August 3rd-5th. The shuttles will run from Othello Link light rail station (at MLK Jr. Way and S Othello St.) to Stan Sayres Pit near Genesee Park on Lake Washington. More information here.

Aug
25
Sat
2012
High Point shuttle available for Big Day of Play @ High Point Community Center
Aug 25 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Looking forward to Seattle Parks’ Big Day of Play at Magnuson Park on August 25th? There will be a free shuttle from High Point Community Center to the event, leaving at 9 am and returning at 3 pm. Seating is limited, so call 206-684-7422 to register.

The Big Day of Play will include activities like basketball, paddling, and boating, main stage entertainment focusing on cultural diversity, healthy food, and more. Learn more about the event here.

Aug
30
Thu
2012
Water Taxi extended sailing for Seahawk game @ Water Taxi
Aug 30 @ 11:00 pm – 11:00 pm

The King County Water Taxi’s West Seattle route will be running its extended sailing schedules for this Thursday’s Seahawks game on August 30 and for Saturday’s Huskies game on September 1. In addition to the final scheduled departure at downtown Seattle’s Pier 50 at 10:30 pm, we will run one additional departure from Pier 50 at 11:00 pm each night. The final two departures from Seacrest Park those nights will be at 10:45 pm and 11:10 pm.

Sep
1
Sat
2012
Water Taxi extended sailing for Huskies game @ Water Taxi
Sep 1 @ 11:00 pm – 11:00 pm

The King County Water Taxi’s West Seattle route will be running its extended sailing schedules for Saturday’s Huskies game on September 1. In addition to the final scheduled departure at downtown Seattle’s Pier 50 at 10:30 pm, we will run one additional departure from Pier 50 at 11:00 pm each night. The final two departures from Seacrest Park will be at 10:45 pm and 11:10 pm.

Sep
4
Tue
2012
Save the Ride Free Area! Public meeting & petition @ Capitol Hill Public Library meeting room
Sep 4 @ 6:00 pm – 7:45 pm

Save the Ride Free Area! Sign the Transit Riders Union’s email petition to the County Council and attend a public meeting on Tuesday, September
4th.

On September 29th , the downtown Ride Free Area will be eliminated. This means longer delays, more congestion, hurting downtown businesses, and stranding low income riders. It’s an all-around terrible decision – that’s what happens when political maneuvering substitutes for transparent public process.

The Transit Riders Union is asking the County Council to reconsider their decision to eliminate the RFA. Visit http://transitriders.org to send an email petition letter to the county council members and county executive (direct link: http://transitriders.org/rfa_petition/).

Want to learn more? The Transit Riders Union is holding a public meeting and workshop on the Ride Free Area:
Tuesday, September 4th at 6pm
Capitol Hill Public Library meeting room*
425 Harvard Avenue East
(served by Metro routes 8, 60, 49, 10, 11)
*This event is not sponsored by the Seattle Public Library


The Transit Riders Union is a democratic organization of working and poor people, taking control over our own lives, and building up the power we need to change society for the good of humanity and of the planet. We will fight to preserve, expand, and improve the public transportation system in Seattle and beyond, so that every human being has access to safe, affordable, and reliable public transit.

Sep
23
Sun
2012
Washington State Ferries’ fall schedule begins
Sep 23 @ 4:25 am – 4:25 am

Washington State Ferries’ fall schedule begins this Sunday Sept. 23. There are many five minute changes this schedule including: the summer 4:30 a.m. sailing from Southworth to Vashon and Fauntleroy will be sailing this fall at 4:25 a.m. and the summer weekday 6:05 a.m. sailing from Southworth to Vashon and Fauntleroy will depart at 6 a.m. From Vashon, the 4:50 a.m. summer sailing from Vashon to Fauntleroy will depart this fall at 4:45 a.m. and the 5:45 a.m. summer weekend sailing from Vashon to Southworth moves to 5:40 a.m. for the fall. The 5:20 a.m. sailing from Fauntleroy to Vashon and Southworth moves to 5:15 a.m. this fall.

Sep
29
Sat
2012
Metro debuts RapidRide, restructures West Seattle service
Sep 29 @ 5:00 am – 11:45 pm

Full details here.

‘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

Meet RapidRide’s C Line @ Westwood Village
Sep 29 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

Metro kicks off third RapidRide line with meet-up at Westwood Village!

Meet the C Line on Saturday Sept. 29th. 11 am-4 pm at Westwood Village. A RapidRide coach, Metro staff and RapidRide Man will be located in the parking lot in front of Barnes and Noble bookstore to share information about the new C Line and provide trip planning advice.

West Seattleites have heard it’s coming and they’ve seen the new shelters and stations popping up all over town. But on Sept. 29, they’ll get to experience the real thing when Metro Transit’s big red and yellow RapidRide buses begin rolling into West Seattle.

The C Line gets going with the start of morning service on Sept. 29. It replaces the Metro Route 54 and will offer frequent all-day service between Westwood Village and downtown Seattle.

*Residents can learn more about the new service and its amenities from 11 am-4 pm Saturday (Sept 29) at Westwood Village. A RapidRide coach, Metro staff and RapidRide Man will be located in the parking lot in front of Barnes and Noble bookstore to share information about the new C Line and provide trip planning advice.

The C Line will offer 10 to 15-minute service most of the day — so frequent riders won’t even need a timetable. Metro has nearly doubled the number of trips provided in this corridor; half of the new trips began in 2011 and the other half will be added when C Line service begins.

New RapidRide buses will come equipped with low floors, three doors for easy boarding, environmentally-friendly hybrid technology, on-board WiFi and security cameras.

As many residents have already seen, 34 RapidRide stops have been added all along the C Line corridor. The stops include well-lit shelters, extra benches and a light beacon that riders can turn on to let bus drivers know they are waiting for the bus at night.

Larger RapidRide stops are called stations and will featurereal-time “next bus arrival” signs and provide off-board ORCA card readers. The C Line corridor will also have a transit-signal priority system that gives buses the green light through busy intersections. The majority of these
features will be in place for the launch of the new line.

Oct
2
Tue
2012
Open house for Delridge repaving @ Chief Sealth International High School
Oct 2 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Find out everything you need to know about the big project coming up on the south mile of Delridge Way starting in January (and potentially part of 16th too) – drop by during this open house, any time during the two hours since SDOT says there is NO presentation.

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
15
Mon
2012
Community Forum: Transportation and West Seattle: Metro, Viaduct, Streets, Future? @ West Seattle Senior Center
Oct 15 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Sustainable West Seattle‘s October Forum: Transportation and West Seattle: Metro, Viaduct, Streets, Future?

Bus Transit, Tunnel Construction, and More! Join Sustainable West Seattle for our October Community Forum, Monday, Oct 15, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm at West Seattle Senior Center, 4217 SW Oregon St., around the corner from California-Oregon intersection, upstairs.

Join us for an evening’s discussion of the changes afoot for transportation in and connecting West Seattle. The evening will include presentations and open dialog on:

* The new RapidRide service (RapidRide C)and other route changes Metro will have in place affecting West Seattle;
* Effects of the continuing Alaska Way Viaduct work on the West Seattle, our southern neighbors, and the rest of the city;
* A Study of High Capacity Transit from downtown to Ballard and the implications for rail access to West Seattle;
* The condition of West Seattle thoroughfares and the multiple visions for Fauntleroy Way, Delridge Way and California Avenue.

Our panel includes:

Seattle Council Transportation Chair Tom Rasmussen;
King County Exec. Transportation Advisor Chris Arkills;
Metro Route Planner Doug Johnson
Seattle Transit Blog Editor-in-Chief Martin Duke; and
Director of Seattle Department of Transportation Peter Hahn.

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
WS Bike Connections Meeting re: Bike Master Plan Update @ C & P Coffee Company
Oct 27 @ 8:30 am – 9:30 am

From Sustainable West Seattle:
West Seattle Bike Connections group will meet at C & P Coffee (WSB sponsor) Saturday morning October 27th from 8:30 am to 9:30 am.

The group will plan their participation in the upcoming Seattle Department of Transportation Bike Master Plan public meetings scheduled for November 7, 8 and 9.

The Bike Connections group will also discuss other aspects of the group’s efforts.

For more information contact Don Brubeck, the organizer, by phone at 206-913-2232, or email at d2brubeck@gmail.com

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
28
Sun
2012
Harvest breakfast @ West Seattle Eagles Hall
Oct 28 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Sunday Harvest breakfast 10 am-1 pm at the West Seattle Eagles F.O.E. 2643.

All you can eat pumpkin pancakes, link sausage, coffee/tea & juice! $5/person

Oct
29
Mon
2012
West Seattle Water Taxi’s fall/winter schedule starts at 6:15 am @ Seacrest Park
Oct 29 @ 6:15 am – 6:15 am

King County Water Taxi announces additional early morning departure starting with the West Seattle winter schedule:

When the water taxi begins its winter commute schedule for West Seattle on Monday, October 29, riders will be able to depart at 6:15 a.m. from Seacrest Park. This is thirty minutes earlier than the present 6:45 a.m. first departure, which does not accommodate commuters who need to arrive to work by 7:00 a.m.

This new departure will replace the current 9:15 a.m. departure from Seacrest dock. The last sailing of the morning from Seacrest Park will be at 8:45 a.m.

The afternoon water taxi sailing schedule will remain the same.

Full schedule listed 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
3
Sat
2012
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
7
Wed
2012
Alaskan Way Viaduct South Portal Working Group @ Sound Transit Board Room
Nov 7 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

This advisory group gets briefed on what’s new with the transportation projects in the “south portal” area – between the West Seattle Bridge and downtown. (More info here.)

Next meeting:
Wednesday, November 7
4 to 5:30 p.m. LOCATION TBA (past meetings have usually been at Sound Transit Board Room 401 S. Jackson St., Seattle)

Nov
15
Thu
2012
Community meeting: South Park Bridge construction delay @ South Park Neighborhood Center
Nov 15 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

After news that the South Park Bridge would not be complete until next year, King County has announced a meeting to update everyone who’s interested:

King County will host a community meeting at 7 pm Thursday, November 15th to update residents on the status of South Park Bridge construction. The meeting will be held at the South Park Neighborhood Center (WSB sponsor), 8201 10th Ave. S., Seattle.

During the meeting, County engineers will review construction progress, including efforts to excavate new piers. The contractor, Kiewit Massman JV, has informed the County that this phase of work has taken longer than expected, which will shift the timeline for opening the bridge. The County and the contractor are now working on a revised construction schedule. The updated timeline for bridge completion should be announced in a few weeks.

Meanwhile, other elements of the project are moving forward. Major steel components for the new bridge have started arriving. Later this month demolition of portions of the old bridge will get underway.

During the meeting, engineers will provide more details about construction activities currently underway, share photos of recently completed excavation work and answer questions.

For more information about the meeting, contact Ashley DeForest, (206) 684-1154 or email her at ashley.deforest@kingcounty.gov.

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

Nov
21
Wed
2012
The Super-storm Sandy Soup & Sandwich fundraiser @ West Seattle Eagles Hall
Nov 21 @ 4:30 pm – 4:30 pm

The Super-storm Sandy Soup & Sandwich Menu fundraiser at the West Seattle Eagles – on Wednesdays in November:

4:30 pm until we run out
$10 – full bowl & full sandwich
$6 – cup & half sandwich

Fundraiser to help the Wildwood Eagles #4536 on the Jersey Shore (They are located just 2 blocks from the partially submerged roller-coaster we’ve all seen the pictures of on tv)
– Wed Nov 21st – The “Benbow Famous Tomato, Bacon, Cheese Soup” w/grilled ham and cheese on egg bread
– Wed Nov 26th – Beer cheese soup w/ extra lean pastrami and swiss on rye

Nov
28
Wed
2012
The Super-storm Sandy Soup & Sandwich fundraiser @ West Seattle Eagles Hall
Nov 28 @ 4:30 pm – 4:30 pm

The Super-storm Sandy Soup & Sandwich Menu fundraiser at the West Seattle Eagles – on Wednesdays in November:

4:30 pm until we run out
$10 – full bowl & full sandwich
$6 – cup & half sandwich

Fundraiser to help the Wildwood Eagles #4536 on the Jersey Shore (They are located just 2 blocks from the partially submerged roller-coaster we’ve all seen the pictures of on tv)
– Wed Nov 21st – The “Benbow Famous Tomato, Bacon, Cheese Soup” w/grilled ham and cheese on egg bread
– Wed Nov 26th – Beer cheese soup w/ extra lean pastrami and swiss on rye

Dec
3
Mon
2012
Washington State Ferries community meeting @ John Sedgwick Jr. High School Commons
Dec 3 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

WSF is holding a community meeting from 6-8 p.m. Mon., Dec. 3 at John Sedgwick Jr. High School Commons, 8995 SE Sedgwick Road, Port Orchard. Assistant Secretary David Moseley will be on hand to discuss the upcoming legislative session, proposed service reductions on some routes, new ferry construction, liquefied natural gas as a potential fuel for the fleet, and route-specific issues. A representative from King County will be on hand to discuss the Barton Street Pump Upgrade near Fauntleroy ferry terminal. For meeting materials visit
http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/Ferries/commuterupdates/pub_meetings.htm.

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
10
Thu
2013
Delridge repaving project begins today
Jan 10 @ 7:00 am – 5:00 pm

The yearlong Delridge repaving project is scheduled to begin today, involving the stretch of Delridge from SW Orchard to SW Roxbury. See the details from SDOT in WSB’s coverage here.

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
12
Sat
2013
1st Annual Linda Crank Memorial Dinner @ West Seattle Eagles Hall
Jan 12 @ 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Saturday Night Dinner at the West Seattle Eagles Hall – this is the 1st Annual Linda Crank Memorial Dinner.

January 12th from 5:00 pm–7:30 pm
Homemade Smoked Lasagna, salad bar, garlic bread & profiteroles
$15/person – Tickets On Sale Now!

Jan
13
Sun
2013
Sunday breakfast: Omelet special & Seahawks game viewing @ West Seattle Eagles Hall
Jan 13 @ 9:00 am – 11:30 am

Sunday Breakfast 9 am-11:30 am at the West Seattle Eagles F.O.E. 2643

Sunday January 13th: Omelet Breakfast Special
Prices vary
– Enter through back parking lot door

Seahawks game on tv in bar!

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
26
Sat
2013
Saturday night dinner @ West Seattle Eagles Hall
Jan 26 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Saturday January 26th at the West Seattle Eagles Hall, starting at 5 pm:
Patriotism Fund Dinner
Meat Loaf w/mashed potatoes, gravy, veggies & dessert!
5 pm
$8/person

-Enter through back door off the parking lot

Jan
27
Sun
2013
Sunday breakfast: Chicken-fried steak @ West Seattle Eagles Hall
Jan 27 @ 9:00 am – 11:30 am

Sunday Breakfast 9 am-11:30 am at the West Seattle Eagles F.O.E. 2643

Sunday 1/27
Chicken Fried Steak Breakfast Special
9-11:30am
Prices Vary
– Enter through back parking lot door

Mar
8
Fri
2013
Friday night dinner: Obie’s Steak Night @ West Seattle Eagles Hall
Mar 8 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Friday Night Dinner at the West Seattle Eagles Hall:

March 8th, 5:30-7:30 pm:
Flame Broiled Steak, baked potato, vegetable, dinner roll and salad bar
$13/person

Mar
9
Sat
2013
Benefit Dinner for Stan Murray Kidney Fund @ West Seattle Eagles Hall
Mar 9 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Saturday, March 9th from 5:30 pm–7 pm at the West Seattle Eagles Hall:

Stan Murray Kidney Fund Benefit Dinner
Slow roasted prime rib, baked potato, vegetable, salad and dessert
$15 per person

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
10
Sun
2013
Sunday breakfast @ West Seattle Eagles Hall
Mar 10 @ 9:00 am – 11:30 am

Sunday Breakfast 9 am-noon at the West Seattle Eagles F.O.E. 2643

– Coffee/tea/juice, eggs to order, pancakes, french toast, waffles, bacon/sausage and more
– $7/full breakfast
– $4/light breakfast
– Enter through back parking lot door

Mar
15
Fri
2013
Friday night dinner @ West Seattle Eagles Hall
Mar 15 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Friday Night Dinner Menu at the West Seattle Eagles Hall:
5:30 pm
Prices vary depending on what you order
Burgers, fries, onion rings, chicken wings

-Enter at back door off parking lot

Mar
16
Sat
2013
Corned beef dinner benefits Walk MS @ West Seattle Eagles Hall
Mar 16 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Saturday March 16th at the West Seattle Eagles Hall, starting at 5:30 pm:

Corned Beef Dinner
-Proceeds will be pledged to Walk MS
$12 per person
Menu: Corned beef and cabbage, red potatoes, carrots, soda bread, salad bar and Husky Deli ice cream

-Entrance is back door off the parking lot

Mar
17
Sun
2013
Sunday breakfast @ West Seattle Eagles Hall
Mar 17 @ 9:00 am – 11:30 am

Sunday Breakfast 9 am-noon at the West Seattle Eagles F.O.E. 2643

– Coffee/tea/juice, eggs to order, pancakes, french toast, waffles, bacon/sausage and more
– $7/full breakfast
– $4/light breakfast
– Enter through back parking lot door

Mar
21
Thu
2013
Get Out, Get Going, Get On Metro @ Senior Center of West Seattle
Mar 21 @ 12:15 pm – 2:00 pm

Thursday, March 21st, 12:15 pm at the Senior Center of West Seattle:

Orca Q&A and purchase of ORCA cards
Expand your independence and travel options!! Transit instruction can give you confidence to safely and comfortably travel on any public transportation sys-tem. Learn about and purchase the ORCA Card.

ORCA cards are $3 each. If interested in purchasing a card you will need to have proof of age (65 or older).

The Senior Center is now on Facebook!

Mar
22
Fri
2013
Friday night dinner @ West Seattle Eagles Hall
Mar 22 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Friday Night Dinner Menu at the West Seattle Eagles Hall:
5:30 pm
Prices vary depending on what you order
Burgers, fries, onion rings, chicken wings

-Enter at back door off parking lot

Mar
23
Sat
2013
Make a Wish Foundation pot roast benefit dinner @ West Seattle Eagles Hall
Mar 23 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Saturday March 23rd at the West Seattle Eagles hall, starting at 5:30 pm:

Make a Wish Foundation Pot Roast Benefit Dinner
$9 per person
Menu: Pot Roast, mashed potatoes w/gravy, vegetable, dinner roll, salad and dessert

Mar
24
Sun
2013
Sunday breakfast @ West Seattle Eagles Hall
Mar 24 @ 9:00 am – 11:30 am

Sunday Breakfast 9 am-noon at the West Seattle Eagles F.O.E. 2643

– Coffee/tea/juice, eggs to order, pancakes, french toast, waffles, bacon/sausage and more
– $7/full breakfast
– $4/light breakfast
– Enter through back parking lot door

Mar
29
Fri
2013
Friday night dinner @ West Seattle Eagles Hall
Mar 29 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Friday Night Dinner Menu at the West Seattle Eagles Hall:
5:30 pm
Prices vary depending on what you order
Burgers, fries, onion rings, chicken wings

-Enter at back door off parking lot

Mar
30
Sat
2013
Salmon burger dinner @ West Seattle Eagles Hall
Mar 30 @ 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Saturday Night Dinner at the West Seattle Eagles Hall:

Saturday March 30th at 5:30 pm
Salmon Burger Dinner
$8 per person
Menu: Salmon burger, fries, cabbage salad and dessert

Mar
31
Sun
2013
Easter Brunch @ West Seattle Eagles Hall
Mar 31 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Sunday March 31st from 10 am–1 pm, enjoy Easter Brunch at the West Seattle Eagles Hall.

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!

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
14
Tue
2013
Council Committee to take public testimony on potential cuts in transit service @ Union Station
May 14 @ 3:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Council Committee to take public testimony on potential cuts in transit service

17 percent reduction in service could begin in 2014

A potential 17 percent reduction in Metro transit service due to a lack of sustainable revenue will be the topic of a special meeting of the Metropolitan King County Council’s Transportation, Economy and Environment Committee:

Tuesday, May 14
3:30 pm open house
4:00 pm public testimony

Union Station
401 South Jackson Street, Seattle

The committee wants the public to have an opportunity to tell their leaders how transit service cuts will affect them. Absent action from the legislature, King County will begin seeking input this fall on how to cut 600,000 hours of transit service. The cuts are expected to begin in 2014. Metro recently released a preliminary look at what routes might be cut or reduced based on their service guideline policies.

A 17 percent reduction in transit service would result in fewer travel options, longer travel times and more crowded buses – impacts that could touch virtually all Metro riders

Based on its service guideline policies, Metro has identified 65 routes at risk for elimination and 86 routes at risk for service reductions without a sustainable source of funding. These reductions would be necessary
to offset a $75 million annual deficit due to the continued drop in sales tax revenues.

Since 2009, when revenues declined sharply, Metro has been able to avoid these cuts through $798 million in efficiencies, staff reductions, fare increases, reserve spending, and additional revenue. The implementation of the Congestion Reduction Charge (CRC), a temporary charge on vehicle licenses for two years, helped Metro avoid deep transit service cuts in 2011. By law, the CRC must end in 2014 and without a new source of revenue, Metro must reduce service.

In addition to making their voice heard at the public hearing, people can submit comments by going to:
http://www.kingcounty.gov/council/testimony.aspx

or

http://metro.kingcounty.gov/am/future/

Be part of the conversation on social media: #MetroFuture

Follow the Council’s deliberations through Facebook and Twitter by signing up through the
King County Council Web site at:

www.kingcounty.gov/council

Watch all Council proceedings held in chambers LIVE on King County TV on Comcast and Broadstripe Cable on channel 22, or online at:

www.kingcounty.gov/KCTV

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
12
Wed
2013
Open House: Seattle’s Draft Bicycle Master Plan @ Columbia Branch Library
Jun 12 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

You’re invited! Help shape the future of bicycling in Seattle! Open Houses

Make riding a bicycle a comfortable and integral part of daily life in Seattle for people of all ages and abilities.

June 12 South Seattle at Columbia Branch Library
4721 Rainier Avenue South, Seattle

Open House 6:00 to 7:30 pm
Presentation at 6:30 pm

At the open house you will:

~ Get an overview of the updated Draft Bicycle Master Plan
~ See a citywide map of proposed bike facilities (bike lanes, neighborhood greenways, cycle tracks and more) and learn how the map was designed and refined.
~ Review other parts of the draft plan – programs, project prioritization, end-of-trip facilities, maintenance and funding strategies.
~ Share your opinions

See additional details and information about the Draft Bicycle Master Plan
here: http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/bikemaster.htm#

Jul
1
Mon
2013
West Seattle Bike Counter Celebration
Jul 1 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

The second bike counter in the city (the other is at the Fremont Bridge), was unveiled on June 20th (see WSB coverage here).

A celebration of the West Seattle’s Bike Counter installation will be hosted by the Cascade Bicycle Club Monday, July 1 from 4:00–6:00 pm at the new bike counter, along the east approach to South Spokane Street swing bridge.

Members of the Seattle Department of Transportation and West Seattle Bicycle Connections will also be attending. Stop by and say “hi!” And be counted.

Funded by Cascade Bicycle Club and the Mark and Susan Torrance Foundation, the counter will provide valuable, regular, up to date bicycle counts for the West Seattle area.

Jul
20
Sat
2013
Say ‘bon voyage’ to Bertha @ SR 99 tunnel dig site
Jul 20 @ 11:30 am – 3:00 pm

The power is on, the cutterhead is hooked up and two miles of Seattle soil await the teeth of Bertha, the world’s largest tunneling machine. Aside from running final tests, there’s only one thing left to do before the massive machine’s launch later this month: say goodbye.

On July 20th, Gov. Jay Inslee and the Washington State Department of Transportation will host a public celebration at Bertha’s launch site, west of CenturyLink Field, from 11:30 am to 3 pm. Following a dedication ceremony, attendees can talk with project staff, learn about the tunneling operation and view Bertha from one of the walkways that span her 80-foot-deep launch pit.

“This project belongs to the people of Washington,” said Gov. Inslee. “We want to give everyone a chance to see this amazing machine up close before it starts tunneling beneath Seattle.”

The event includes activities designed to teach kids about science and engineering and provides the opportunity for attendees to sign their names on one of the concrete segments that will form the tunnel’s walls. Food trucks will also be onsite.

Because the event will be held at an active construction site, all attendees will be required to sign a safety waiver and wear sturdy, closed-toed shoes. There is limited access for guests with strollers and wheelchairs. Attendees can check on nearby parking and transit options.

Bertha, who has been updating her progress on Twitter since December, said she has mixed feelings about her pre-launch celebration. “Don’t get me wrong. I’m ready to celebrate,” @BerthaDigsSR99 tweeted Tuesday. “But I really hope no one breaks a bottle over my head. Talk about a painful tradition!”

A 10-foot-long interactive model of Bertha is on display at Milepost 31, the project’s information center in Pioneer Square. Photos of the tunneling machine and construction in Seattle are also available.

Tunneling starts at the end of July after final testing is complete. The tunnel is scheduled to open to drivers in late 2015. For more information about the SR 99 Tunnel Project, visit www.alaskanwayviaduct.org.

Jul
24
Wed
2013
ACTT meeting @ Puget Sound Regional Council Board Room
Jul 24 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Advisory Committee on Tolling and Traffic Management (ACTT). The next ACTT meeting is scheduled for:

Wednesday, July 24
3 to 5 pm
Puget Sound Regional Council Board Room
1011 Western Ave., Suite 500

If you have any questions, please email viaduct@wsdot.wa.gov or call Natalie Graves at 206-805-2834.

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.

Sep
6
Fri
2013
Bike & Truck Safety Fair @ Terminal 25
Sep 6 @ 6:30 am – 8:30 am

From Don Brubeck at West Seattle Bike Connections:

Bike riders are invited by Port of Seattle to a Bike & Truck Safety Fair!

Friday, September 6
6:30 to 8:30 am
Terminal 25, 3225 East Marginal Way S near S Spokane St.

Featuring:
– Bike-truck blind spot simulations
– Truck ride-alongs
– Helpful safety information
– Free continental breakfast

Co-sponsored by West Seattle Bike Connections, SDOT, WSDOT, Cascade Bicycle Club, BNSF, Ballard Oil and others.

Reasons for this event:
– To give bike riders an understanding of what freight haulers can see and how their vehicles move, turn and stop.
– To give truck drivers an understanding of how people on bikes see and use the road.
– To give bike riders an opportunity to thank truckers in person for their safe and attentive driving!

Goals:
– Safe, predictable driving and riding, with respect and understanding.
– Efficient freight mobility for the industries and international trade that support our economy.
– Efficient, safe transportation by bike from West Seattle to and through the seaport, manufacturing and industrial areas.

More bike traffic = less car traffic congestion

http://westseattlebikeconnections.org/events/sept-6-trucksbikes-safety-event/

Sep
24
Tue
2013
West Seattle Transit Coalition (WSTC) meeting @ High Point Neighborhood House
Sep 24 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

From the Westwood/Roxhill/Arbor Heights Community Council website, announcement of the first meeting of the West Seattle Transit Coalition to discuss the current and future transit issues affecting West Seattle. The meeting will be at the High Point Neighborhood House, Tuesday September 24th at 6:30 pm:

Following discussions over several months, a multitude of West Seattle groups have made the decision to attempt to form a West Seattle Transit Coalition.

There are at least three factors currently working in tandem to significantly worry a lot of people in West Seattle, that we have been talking about on and off for months in our meetings.

The looming reduction of mass transit services region wide with the King County Metro funding crisis coming out of Olympia. All services will face up to a 17% cut in volume.
This is only compounded for us in West Seattle, with the equally looming end of the SR-99 Viaduct and the construction headaches that will cause for all of us soon.
Third, the population because of increasing density (whether you’re a fan or not) in West Seattle is increasing, further straining transit — transit which may soon reduce, straining it even further.

Individually, any one of these things is a topic deep enough for a three hour meeting, or more. Put together? Again, regardless of what side you’re on about any of these issues, altogether they equal out to everyone coming out of West Seattle having a pretty awful commute very soon.

If for some reason your group is unable to attend or send representatives, this will be not a closed, finite thing. For example, several ideas for draft letters and statements are floating around under discussion. These will be reviewed and possibly finalized–with the upcoming elections, ballots will go out in the beginning of October. This makes the entire thing time sensitive, but people will be still able to endorse if desired later. This is all very sudden, and a bit of an emergency, with so many things spinning together at once.

The discussed plan was to get a statement/letter/endorsement out no later than October 1, 2013, ahead of the election cycle and ballots being mailed out. We would like to get all of the following on the record, for how they stand:

City Council members
City Council candidates
Mayoral candidates
County officials

The initial meeting will be Tuesday, September 24th, starting at 630pm. We’re not sure how long it will run. The meeting will be open to the public.

Location:

High Point Neighborhood House
6400 Sylvan Way SW
Seattle, WA 98126

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
11
Fri
2013
West Seattle Rotary Wine and Chocolate Event & Casino Night @ The Sanctuary on Admiral
Oct 11 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

3rd Annual West Seattle Rotary Wine and Chocolate Event featuring ‘Vinolution’ + Casino Night

October 11, 2013
5:00 PM @ The Sanctuary on Admiral

Featuring local wineries, spirits, chocolatiers, restaurants + silent and live auction!

General Admission $95
+ Casino Night $115

Tickets and more information at www.vinolution.org

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
14
Mon
2013
Senate Transportation Committee public forum meeting @ Seattle First Presbyterian Church
Oct 14 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

State transportation tour invites public comment
Share your views about transit and other transportation needs with Senate Transportation Committee members at a public forum on Monday in downtown Seattle.

Where and when:
Monday, Oct. 14, 6-9 pm
Seattle First Presbyterian Church
1013 Eighth Ave., Seattle

This “listening session” is part of a statewide tour hosted by the Washington State
Department of Transportation. In about a month, Metro will be announcing a proposal to make major service cuts because of our funding shortage. We’ve managed to preserve most service over the past five years by taking many steps, including cutting costs and increasing fares. But some temporary funding runs out next June, so we have no choice but to plan service reductions that would begin in fall 2014.

An additional 45,000 annual service hours will have to be cut from bus service in the Alaskan Way Viaduct corridor next June, when state funding to reduce the impacts of the viaduct replacement project runs out.

Learn more about this and view new, preliminary information about impacts of a countywide reduction on our website.

Oct
16
Wed
2013
West Seattle Kiwanis After Hours at Endolyne Joe’s
Oct 16 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Please join the West Seattle Kiwanis for an informal social gathering at Endolyne Joe’s on Wednesday October 16th from 5:30-6:30 pm. Appetizers and refreshments will be served!

The West Seattle Kiwanis Club is a well-established service club who volunteers and supports the children in West Seattle. Come learn about what Kiwanis does for our community and how you can get involved!

Please RSVP to Linda Cox at lindacox@remax.net

~ ~

Kiwanis Club of West Seattle
We are a group of folks from West Seattle who are dedicated to community service.
Please join us!

Meeting times and contact info:

Our club meets at Be’s Café at 4509 California Ave SW in the Alaska Junction – south of Radio Shack on California Ave – on the 1st, 3rd and 4th Wednesdays of the month for Breakfast at 7am; and Lunch on the 2nd Wednesday of the month at 12 noon.

Phone: 206-938-8032

e-mail: WestSeattleKiwanis@live.com

Web site: www.kiwaniswestseattle.org

www.facebook.com/WestSeattleKiwanis

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
26
Sat
2013
Ferry Alert: Faunt/Va/SW – Public Open House @ Ober Park Community Center
Oct 26 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Washington State Ferries is considering revisions to the Fauntleroy/Vashon/SW schedule to make the best use of added vehicle capacity when the 124-car Cathlamet replaces the 87-car Klahowya in fall 2014. We look forward to sharing information and hearing from our customers at the open house on:

Saturday, October 26, 12-3 pm
at the Ober Park Community Center
17130 Vashon Hwy. SW, Vashon Island

Nov
10
Sun
2013
Annual Veteran’s Dinner @ White Center Eagles
Nov 10 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

This Sunday, November 10th, from 4 pm to 6 pm, the White Center Eagles
will be will serving a FREE dinner to retired veterans and active military.

Worthy President Ray Kerrigan will be serving a Baked Chicken Hindquarter Dinner with all the trimmings.

For all others, the cost is $6.00.

White Center Eagles
10425 15th Ave SW.
Ph: 206-248-1400.

Nov
14
Thu
2013
South Park Bridge construction update slideshow @ Napoli Pizzeria
Nov 14 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Join the South Park Bridge Construction project team for their latest slideshow on construction progress on November 14 at 6:00 pm. Join Tim Lane and John Stamets, Nov. 14, 6-7:30 pm at Napoli Pizzeria to see photos and hear stories of the latest construction progress.

When: Thursday, November 14, 6–7:30 pm
Where: Napoli Pizzeria

For more information about the South Park Bridge Replacement Project, visit King County Department of Transportation’s website at http://www.kingcounty.gov/transportation/SouthParkBridge.aspx

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
3
Tue
2013
Metro Transit cuts? Community meeting @ Youngstown Cultural Arts Center
Dec 3 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Until and unless funding is found to replace what’s expiring for Metro Transit, they’re proceeding with plans for major cuts (as reported here November 7th), and want to hear from you. The second in a round of community meetings is planned for West Seattle.

Dec
6
Fri
2013
Rotary Club of West Seattle ‘First Friday’ @ The Gatewood Bed and Breakfast
Dec 6 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

The Rotary Club of West Seattle is known as the fun club. While we have serious meetings and have serious goals to help the community, on the First Friday we meet at a West Seattle watering hole for friendship and libations.

Our club uses the First Friday to not only have a good time but to do good things. We do this by focusing on a non-profit during our first Friday.

We will be meeting at The Gatewood Bed and Breakfast (WSB sponsor), December 6th from 5–7 pm. There will be FREE beer, wine, appetizers provided by hostess and owner, Margaret Hayes.

Everyone from Rotary, come on down and invite any potential members to join you. This is a very special event!

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The Rotary Club of West Seattle utilizes five avenues of service: Club, Vocational, International, New Generations and Community to connect with the community. They are pleased to give back to the community in many ways. If readers are interested in Rotary, and or would like to contribute to the Foundation, visit the website to learn more.

Contact: Gary Potter at gary@potterconstruction.com
Directions: http://www.gatewoodwestseattle.com/location.htm/location.htm

Dec
7
Sat
2013
West Seattle Kiwanis community pancake breakfast @ Alki Masonic Hall
Dec 7 @ 7:00 am – 12:00 pm

Members of Kiwanis West Seattle are selling tickets for the 67th annual West Seattle Community Pancake Breakfast, scheduled for Saturday, December 7th at the Alki Masonic Building, located at 4736 40th Ave. S.W. The pancakes will be hot off the griddle from 7 am and 11 am accompanied by orange juice, coffee and Husky Deli’s premier ham. As always, the proceeds go toward funding the club’s community service activities, especially those focused on children and teens.

This year’s breakfast has a special emphasis. Proceeds will help fund the Kiwanis sponsored Key Clubs at West Seattle, Seattle Lutheran and Chief Sealth High Schools. Over the last few years, membership in our sponsored Key Clubs has exploded and we now mentor over 250 local high school students in the Key Club Program. Key Club educates students on the importance of serving others, as well as teaching valuable leadership skills.

The breakfast will also provide an opportunity for patrons to donate new, unwrapped “Toys for Tots.” Marine reservists will be on hand to accept the toys. Children to 10, accompanied by an adult, will be offered a free photo with Santa. Besides pancakes, you will find a variety of gifts for sale including charming handmade ornaments, wreaths, Cookie Lee jewelry, plus many other holiday gifts.

Adult ticket donations are $8 before December 7th ($10 at the door) and kids under 10 eat free. Mail orders may be sent to PO Box 16128, Seattle, WA 98116. Phone inquiries will be received at 206-920-3900, or stop by the Kiwanis tent at the West Seattle Farmers Market each Sunday. Kiwanis members will be collecting new unwrapped “Toys for Tots” at the next two Farmers Markets in West Seattle, for those who can’t make the pancake breakfast but still would like to contribute.

The West Seattle Kiwanis is one of the first service clubs established
in West Seattle, and was chartered in 1929.

Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the
world, one child and one community at a time. The Kiwanis Club of West
Seattle offers you the opportunity to share your experience, knowledge,
and time in service to the community. Membership is open to all men and
women who possess a genuine interest in serving the community.

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
14
Tue
2014
Transportation Q&A Panel with the offices of the Governor, County Executive, Mayor and City Councilmember @ Youngstown Cultural Arts Center
Jan 14 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Q&A Panel about West Seattle transportation issues with the offices of Washington State Governor Jay Inslee, King County Executive Dow Constantine, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray, and City of Seattle Councilmember Ed Murray.

Date: January 14th, 2014
Time: 6:30 pm-9:00 pm
Location: Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, Thelma Dewitty Theater, 4408 Delridge Way SW, Seattle, WA 98107

The West Seattle Transportation Coalition in October 2013 issued a call to action from the offices of Washington State Governor Jay Inslee, King County Executive Dow Constantine, then Mayor Mike McGinn and then Mayoral candidate Ed Murray, and City Councilmember Tom Rasmussen.

West Seattle, unique to all other regions of King County, faces up to 27% transit cuts due to the current funding crisis in Olympia that special sessions of the State Legislature were unable to overcome. The rest of King County faces only 17% cuts. In addition, West Seattle faces the impending removal of the SR-99 Viaduct, our main avenue to reach downtown Seattle. With the Seattle deep bore tunnel drilling project increasingly behind schedule with the discovery of steel pipes left behind a decade ago from a previous WSDOT project, our situation has grown even more complicated. Our circumstances and geography leave us with few obvious mitigation options as a community around these problems.

On January 14th, 2014 at 6:30 pm, we will host a Q&A Panel with various levels of government in response to these issues, and to see what can be done, in a live event.

The West Seattle Transportation Coalition will be joined by the following:

Charles Knutson, Senior Policy Advisor to Washington State Governor Jay Inslee.

Chris Arkills, Transportation Policy Advisor to King County Executive Dow Constantine.

Andrew Glass Hastings, Transit and Transportation Advisor to Seattle Mayor Ed Murray.

Tom Rasmussen, Seattle City Councilmember and Chair of the City’s Transportation Committee.

The event will be held at the Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, 4408 Delridge Way SW, in West Seattle, in the Thelma Dewitty Theater. The event will run from 6:30pm to 9:00pm. The West Seattle Transportation Coalition has provided to each attendee a list of 7 to 10 questions, and will be following up with each for full answers, for publication after the event. The West Seattle Transportation Coalition will cover 3-5 questions with each attendee on January 14th, as time permits.

For more details or to follow up, please e-mail info@westseattletc.org or call 206-293-9205.

Jan
15
Wed
2014
West Seattle forum for transportation issues affecting people w/disabilities @ West Seattle (Admiral) Library
Jan 15 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

The Seattle Commission for People with Disabilities is having a transportation forum in West Seattle. This is part of a series of forums held in various Seattle neighborhoods. This is an open forum to discuss transportation issues impacting the disabled community in Seattle.

When: Wednesday, January 15th, 2014
Where: Seattle Public Library – Admiral Branch – 2306 42nd Ave SW
Time: 2:00 PM to 3:30 pm
ASL interpreter provided

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
4
Tue
2014
Public input meeting on ballot measure to fund transit and roads @ Union Station
Feb 4 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Opportunity to discuss creation of Transportation Benefit District

Council to take public testimony on potential ballot measure to fund
transit and roads

The Metropolitan King County Council will hold a special evening meeting on TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 4 to hear from the public on a possible ballot measure to maintain the current service levels of transit service and to fund the maintenance of local roads and transportation infrastructure.

Tuesday, February 4
5:30 pm sign in begins
6:00 pm public testimony
Union Station, Ruth Fisher Board Room
401 South Jackson Street, Seattle

Earlier this month the County Executive sent to the County Council a proposal to create a Transportation Benefit District (TBD) that could ask voters to approve a tax measure that would support maintaining Metro Transit bus service levels and fund the maintenance of local roads in King County.

This will be the only NIGHT meeting where the public will have to the opportunity to comment on the creation of the TBD and the potential vote from the TBD to place a tax measure on the ballot. The Council will take further public comment, and is expected to take action on either proposed Ordinance 2013-0526 or 2013-0527 at its regular meeting on February 10, 2014 at 1:30 pm.

For those individuals coming to testify that need special accommodations, please contact Anne Noris, Clerk of the Council, at 206-477-1024.

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

Feb
22
Sat
2014
West Seattle Veteran Center Open House
Feb 22 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm

The gala once scheduled for this date will be held later in the year. In its place, a chance to go see what the WSVC is all about:

On February 22, the West Seattle Veteran Center (WSVC) will host an open house for guests to support and learn about the WSVC mission. There will be live music from Henry at War, cash bar, light hors d’oeuvres and opportunities to donate to the WSVC. The event is all ages and free, but a $5+ donation sincerely appreciated. Doors open at 7 pm and Music will start at 8 pm. We encourage guests to visit the building and see WSVC’s renovation progress.

The WSVC will house a new elegant Bistro and Lounge and will also connect the community through rotating art exhibitions, concerts, classes, community events and conference space. All combined, each element is designed to bring together the Seattle Veteran community and local neighborhoods, all in support of Veterans and their families.

Event Details:

West Seattle Veteran Center Open House

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Doors at 7 pm, Music at 8 pm

Tickets: Free, $5+ Donation Appreciated

Pershing Hall located in the West Seattle Veteran Center

3618 SW Alaska St

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
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
1
Tue
2014
West Seattle Rotary Fundraiser Breakfast @ Salty's on Alki
Apr 1 @ 7:00 am – 9:00 am

Tuesday April 1st, 2014 7 am–9 am
$35 per person
At Salty’s on Alki (WSB sponsor)

Featuring Bruce Crandall, Congressional Medal of Honor Winner-as Guest Speaker

Pre-register online (http://tinyurl.com/2013-Rotary-Breakfast) or mail in forms

No registration or payments for attendance made at the door; must be done prior to May 17th, 2014 (so that we can give Salty’s an accurate count)

Breakfast of yummy sweet rolls, muffins, eggs, bacon, sausage, and fruit; coffee/tea/water with a great view of Seattle to share with your friends.

There will be a portion of the event during which guests will be asked to donate (forms at each place at every table) funds to support WS Rotary’s various community service projects. Donations can be made online using the donation form if guest cannot attend but wishes to donate.

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
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
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
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
14
Wed
2014
Meet ‘n greet w/WS Rotary’s Interacts @ Admiral Bird Cafe/Flower Lab
May 14 @ 12:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Come meet our young Rotarians and help support our Rotary Projects. The Interacts are learning about the Rotary projects and want to practice telling people what they are and how they can help. They would also like to raise money to support a Shelter Box under their name.

When: Wednesday, May 14th, 12:35 pm to 3 pm
Where: Admiral Bird Cafe/Flower Lab
What: The Interacts will be there to meet and greet you. They will also be ambassadors to other patrons at the café to tell them about West Seattle Rotary and Interact Club.

Donation: Bring a book or two to donate and support Rotary Books for the World literacy project. Bring non-perishable food to support West Seattle Food Bank. And any change from after your purchase of a cup of coffee for Shelter Box.

Questions: Call Elaine Chan at 425-864-4228 or email elainekitchan@icloud.com

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.

School Road Safety Plan input meeting/workshop @ Southwest Library
May 20 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Simply THE most important road safety meetings you can attend this year: SeattleDOT School Road Safety. SDOT currently invests $6 million a year citywide (and may collect even more in future years from school speed zone cameras). These meetings will help inform how and where that money is spent.

Why? Starting in 2015, the School Road Safety Plan will prioritize millions in safety improvements this and every year around our schools.

Tuesday, May 20 at 6 pm to 7:30 pm, Southwest Branch Seattle Public Library,
9010 35th Ave SW.

Facebook event page here.

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
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
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)”

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

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.

The Westside Rotaract Club happy hour @ Washington Federal Bank
Sep 11 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

The Westside Rotaract Club invites young leaders ages 18 to 30 to happy hour on Thursday, September 11th, 2014, from 6:30 to 8:00 PM at Washington Federal Bank, which is also sponsoring the event. Learn about ShelterBox, an international disaster relief organization.

The Westside Rotaract Club is actively recruiting new members to organize service activities in the community but also to have fun and to provide opportunities for professional development. Rotaract is a global organization for young people, affiliated with Rotary International. The Westside Rotaract Club is sponsored by the Rotary Club of West Seattle. For more information, search for “Westside Rotaract Club” on Facebook or contact Aya Hoffman (club president) at westsiderotaract5030@gmail.com.

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
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
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
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
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

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

Nov
6
Thu
2014
West Seattle Timebank new member orientation @ Southwest Library
Nov 6 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

West Seatttle Timebank
Exchange Services, Earn Hours and Build Community!

New Member Orientation:
Thursday, November 6, 2014 – 6:30 pm–7:30 pm at the Southwest Library

Please bring a completed application (or complete one on-line at our website), photo ID and a check or cash for the membership fee. We cannot take credit or debit cards.

Timebanking: A way to connect with your community and get something in return.

How it works: When you spend an hour doing something for another member, you earn one hour credit that you can then use to receive an hour of service from another member.

For more information about the West Seattle Timebank, go to www.wstb.tbanks.org or contact us at: info@wstb.tbanks.org

Transportation Forum @ The Hall at Fauntleroy
Nov 6 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

On Thursday, Nov. 6, 7-9 pm in the Hall at Fauntleroy, you’ll have a chance to air questions and concerns about traffic, speeding, noise, parking, and other transportation-related topics.

Hosted by Fauntleroy Community Association in a continuing effort to improve public safety and quality of life in Fauntleroy. Free.

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.

Dec
20
Sat
2014
Alki Masonic Lodge Installation @ Alki Masonic Center
Dec 20 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Alki Masonic Lodge #152 announces its 109th installation of officers to be held at 5:00 pm on December 20, 2014 at the Alki Masonic Center near Alaska/Fauntleroy Junction at 4736 40th Ave SW. Elected officers to be installed are Martin Monk, Worshipful Master; Bill Van Cleave, Senior Warden; Michael Sawyer, Junior Warden; Richard Syson, Secretary; and Gary Langenbach, Treasurer. This installation is open to the public and all are invited to attend.

Alki Masonic Lodge is a West Seattle landmark, serving the community for over a century. West Seattlites may recognize Alki Lodge for its many philanthropic and community-based activities. Each year Alki Lodge gives several monetary awards for local high school scholars, and supports other local organizations like the Hi-Yu. Additionally, the Masonic Center is rented for many public and private events.

The full list of officers includes: Senior Deacon, Jeffrey Tosh; Junior Deacon, Steven Slaughter; Senior Steward, Brian Winchester; Junior Steward, Larry West; Chaplain, Alan Sawyer; Marshal, Dan Winchester; Musican, Richard Moulden; and Tyler, Kent Evans.

For more information, contact Martin Monk at 206-938-3554 or visit our website at Alki Masonic Lodge #152 | Free and Accepted Masons of Washington.

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
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.

Mar
10
Tue
2015
35th SW Road Safety Corridor Project meeting @ Neighborhood House's High Point Center
Mar 10 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

35th Avenue SW Road Safety Corridor Project

Please join us at our upcoming Design Alternatives Review meetings:

Tuesday, March 10, 630 to 830 PM
Neighborhood House, Room 207, 6400 Sylvan Way SW

Thursday, March 12, 315 to 515 PM
Southwest Library, Second Floor Meeting Room, 9010 35th Avenue SW

Mar
12
Thu
2015
35th SW Road Safety Corridor meeting @ Southwest Library
Mar 12 @ 3:15 pm – 5:15 pm

35th Avenue SW Road Safety Corridor Project

Please join us at our upcoming Design Alternatives Review meetings:

Tuesday, March 10, 630 to 830 PM
Neighborhood House, Room 207, 6400 Sylvan Way SW

Thursday, March 12, 315 to 515 PM
Southwest Library, Second Floor Meeting Room, 9010 35th Avenue SW

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

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.

Apr
27
Mon
2015
Curious about bike commuting? WS workshop! @ Delridge Library
Apr 27 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Are you interested in using a bicycle to commute to work, school, errands, appointments and/or recreation?

May is Seattle Bike Month. You can join hundreds of other West Seattleites on Bike to Work Day or any day of the year.

Explore getting around your community and city by bicycle.

In preparation for Bike Month, West Seattle Bike Connections is holding a Bike Commuting Workshop at the Delridge Library Meeting Room on Monday, April 27th from 6 to 7:30 PM.

The workshop is for people new to bike commuting or those who want to learn more about routes and improving their safety and comfort while riding.

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.

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
16
Sat
2015
SDOT Walking Tour – 35th Ave SW
May 16 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

SDOT has announced a walking tour in May for the 35th SW Road Safety Corridor Project:

May 16th (9 am-noon), 35th SW walking tour (details/meeting place TBA)

Learn more at SDOT’s project page: 35th SW Road Safety Corridor Project and WSB’s coverage of recent updates to the project.

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

SDOT Walking Tour – SW Roxbury Street
May 20 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

SDOT has announced a walking tour in May for the SW Roxbury Street Road Safety Corridor Project:

May 20th (5:30 pm to 7:30 pm), Roxbury walking tour (details/meeting place TBA)

Learn more at SDOT’s project page: SW Roxbury Street Road Safety Corridor Project and WSB’s coverage of recent updates to the project.

Public Town Hall Meeting: Northwest Seaport Alliance @ Georgetown campus of South Seattle College
May 20 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

From the Port of Seattle Commission:

On Wednesday, May 20, 2015, Port Commissioners of the Port of Seattle and the Port of Tacoma will hold a public town hall to discuss and answer questions about the proposed Northwest Seaport Alliance between the two ports.

The town hall will begin at 7:00 pm at the Georgetown campus of South Seattle College, 6737 Corson Avenue South, Seattle, Washington.

No final actions will be taken at this meeting.

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.

Jun
25
Thu
2015
Alaskan Way Viaduct stakeholder group meeting @ Safeco Field, Ellis Pavilion
Jun 25 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

This is a reminder that the next AWV stakeholder group meeting will be held Thursday, June 25.

Meeting details: Thursday, June 25th, 4 – 6 pm. Safeco Field, Ellis Pavilion. The entrance is on First Avenue South, just north of the home plate gate at First Avenue South and Edgar Martinez Drive South. Free parking is available courtesy of the Mariners in the Safeco Field parking garage on Edgar Martinez Drive South. We’ll send the agenda for this meeting in the coming weeks. If you have any questions, please emailviaduct@wsdot.wa.gov or call Taylor Hodges at 206-805-2883.

Thanks,
Taylor Hodges Communications Team Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement Program

Jul
15
Wed
2015
35th SW Road Safety Corridor meeting @ Neighborhood House High Point Center
Jul 15 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

SDOT will unveil its plan for the 35th SW Road Safety Corridor Project Wednesday, July 15th, 7-9 pm at Neighborhood House’s High Point Center (6400 Sylvan Way – room 207). If you’re just catching up with the 35th SW Safety Project, there’s backstory on the city’s webpage.

Two more opportunities:

35th SW Road Safety Corridor meeting
Thursday, July 16, 2015
6:00 PM to 7:45 PM
Southwest Branch Seattle Public Library
9010 35th Avenue SW

35th SW Road Safety Corridor info event
Tuesday, August 4
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Night Out – High Point
Central Commons

Aug
4
Tue
2015
35th SW Road Safety Corridor info event @ High Point Commons Park
Aug 4 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Learn about SDOT’s planned 35th SW Road Safety Corridor Project Tuesday, August 4th, 6–8 pm during “Night Out” event at High Point Central Commons.

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/

Sep
17
Thu
2015
West Seattle TimeBank Picnic Gathering @ Senior Center of West Seattle
Sep 17 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

You’re Invited! Bring family and friends! Mark your calendars! It’s time for West Seattle Timebank’s Annual Picnic i – UPDATED LOCATION, SENIOR CENTER, AS NOTED BELOW

We’ll provide Hot Dogs and drinks. Please bring a dish to share, your friends and family.

Learn about Timebanking and meet our members.

When: Thursday, September 17, 2015
Time: 5:30 pm—8:30 pm
Where: Lincoln Park
(If it’s raining we’ll move to the Senior Center of West Seattle at 4217 SW Oregon St., Seattle)

More information: www.westseattletimebank.com

Any questions contact: Tamsen Spengler @ 206-261-3586, ortamsenspengler@outlook.com.

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.

Sep
26
Sat
2015
WS Lions Club’s Pancake Breakfast @ Senior Center of West Seatlte
Sep 26 @ 8:00 am – 11:00 am

Come join us for the West Seattle Lions Club pancake breakfast Saturday, September 26th, 8 am–11 am at the West Seattle Senior Center (2nd floor).

$7 for an all you can eat: Pancakes, eggs, sausage, coffee and juice! Proceeds benefit local West Seattle community. Come and have a great time with the West Seattle Lions Club and thank you!

Oct
7
Wed
2015
AWV stakeholder meeting @ Safeco Field
Oct 7 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement Program Stakeholders Meeting

Wednesday, Oct. 7th
4 to 6 pm
Safeco Field, Ellis Pavilion

The entrance is on First Avenue South, just north of the home plate gate at First Avenue South and Edgar Martinez Drive South. Free parking is available courtesy of the Mariners in the Safeco Field parking garage on Edgar Martinez Drive South. The code to the parking garage is 1995.

If you have any questions, please email viaduct@wsdot.wa.gov or call Taylor Hodges at 206-805-2883

Oct
14
Wed
2015
ORCA Lift Card enrollment @ Neighborhood House High Point
Oct 14 @ 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm

The City of Seattle is staffing a location for West Seattle residents to qualify for enrollment in the ORCA LIFT Card program.

We will have staff available each Wednesday from 1:00 PM – 6:00 PM beginning October 14th.

The location is Neighborhood House at High Point, and the address is 6400 Sylvan Way SW, Seattle, WA. Phone is: (206) 588-4900

Oct
21
Wed
2015
ORCA Lift Card enrollment @ Neighborhood House High Point
Oct 21 @ 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm

The City of Seattle is staffing a location for West Seattle residents to qualify for enrollment in the ORCA LIFT Card program.

We will have staff available each Wednesday from 1:00 PM – 6:00 PM beginning October 14th.

The location is Neighborhood House at High Point, and the address is 6400 Sylvan Way SW, Seattle, WA. Phone is: (206) 588-4900

Oct
24
Sat
2015
West Seattle Rotary’s Oktoberfest / fundraiser (6 pm) @ Alki Masonic Hall
Oct 24 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm

The Rotary Club of West Seattle will host its 2nd annual Oktoberfest on Saturday, October 24, 2015, from 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM at Alki Masonic Hall (near the intersection of Fauntleroy and Alaska). Free parking is available in the lot adjacent to the hall.

The festivities will include German & local micro brew BEER, authentic German FOOD, an Oompah BAND, and a RAFFLE. Net proceeds from the event will be used to support the Club’s projects which include Pencil Me in For Kids, Students of the Month, West Seattle Rotary Kiddie Parade, West Seattle Grand Parade, the Children’s Christmas Shopping Spree and international projects including projects in East Africa and Southeast Asia.

Tickets are $45 and may be purchased (must be age 21 or older) on the Club’s website (www.westseattlerotary.org).

Sponsors helping to underwrite to cost of the event are the YMCA, Forest Lawn Funeral Home and Cemetery, Synergy Home Services, Menashe and Sons Jewelry, Potter Construction, Southwest Plumbing, Food Lifeline, Ivy Court Apartments, deNormandie, Sidlo & Associates, Waid Law Office, Dow Constantine, the Skin Doc Shop (Dr. Susanne L Gee), Daystar Retirement Community and The Kenney.

Enjoy an evening of good food, good drink and good company while, at the same time, supporting the Club’s charitable projects locally and worldwide.

Oct
28
Wed
2015
ORCA Lift Card enrollment @ Neighborhood House High Point
Oct 28 @ 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm

The City of Seattle is staffing a location for West Seattle residents to qualify for enrollment in the ORCA LIFT Card program.

We will have staff available each Wednesday from 1:00 PM – 6:00 PM beginning October 14th.

The location is Neighborhood House at High Point, and the address is 6400 Sylvan Way SW, Seattle, WA. Phone is: (206) 588-4900

Nov
4
Wed
2015
ORCA Lift Card enrollment @ Neighborhood House High Point
Nov 4 @ 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm

The City of Seattle is staffing a location for West Seattle residents to qualify for enrollment in the ORCA LIFT Card program.

We will have staff available each Wednesday from 1:00 PM – 6:00 PM beginning October 14th.

The location is Neighborhood House at High Point, and the address is 6400 Sylvan Way SW, Seattle, WA. Phone is: (206) 588-4900

Nov
11
Wed
2015
ORCA Lift Card enrollment @ Neighborhood House High Point
Nov 11 @ 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm

The City of Seattle is staffing a location for West Seattle residents to qualify for enrollment in the ORCA LIFT Card program.

We will have staff available each Wednesday from 1:00 PM – 6:00 PM beginning October 14th.

The location is Neighborhood House at High Point, and the address is 6400 Sylvan Way SW, Seattle, WA. Phone is: (206) 588-4900

Nov
18
Wed
2015
ORCA Lift Card enrollment @ Neighborhood House High Point
Nov 18 @ 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm

The City of Seattle is staffing a location for West Seattle residents to qualify for enrollment in the ORCA LIFT Card program.

We will have staff available each Wednesday from 1:00 PM – 6:00 PM beginning October 14th.

The location is Neighborhood House at High Point, and the address is 6400 Sylvan Way SW, Seattle, WA. Phone is: (206) 588-4900

Nov
19
Thu
2015
West Seattle Timebank meeting & potluck @ Senior Center of West Seattle
Nov 19 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Exchange Services, Earn Hours and Build Community!

West Seatttle Timebank Meeting & Potluck

When: Thursday, November 19th
Where: Senior Center of West Seattle

6:30–7:00 pm Potluck (please bring a dish to share)
7:00 pm–8:30 pm meeting & quest speaker

Our Guest Speaker this month is Florian Becquereau, Director of Earthship Seattle.

Join us at our West Seattle Timebank meeting to learn about Timebanking and meet members. Come and learn what’s new and meet other members! No membership fee. Applications are on the website if you want to print and fill one out ahead of time.

Timebanking: A way to connect with your community and get something in return.

How it works: When you spend an hour doing something for another member, you earn one hour credit that you can then use to receive an hour of service from another member.

For more information about the West Seattle Timebank, go to www.westseattletimebank.com.

Nov
25
Wed
2015
ORCA Lift Card enrollment @ Neighborhood House High Point
Nov 25 @ 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm

The City of Seattle is staffing a location for West Seattle residents to qualify for enrollment in the ORCA LIFT Card program.

We will have staff available each Wednesday from 1:00 PM – 6:00 PM beginning October 14th.

The location is Neighborhood House at High Point, and the address is 6400 Sylvan Way SW, Seattle, WA. Phone is: (206) 588-4900

Dec
2
Wed
2015
ORCA Lift Card enrollment @ Neighborhood House High Point
Dec 2 @ 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm

The City of Seattle is staffing a location for West Seattle residents to qualify for enrollment in the ORCA LIFT Card program.

We will have staff available each Wednesday from 1:00 PM – 6:00 PM beginning October 14th.

The location is Neighborhood House at High Point, and the address is 6400 Sylvan Way SW, Seattle, WA. Phone is: (206) 588-4900

Dec
9
Wed
2015
ORCA Lift Card enrollment @ Neighborhood House High Point
Dec 9 @ 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm

The City of Seattle is staffing a location for West Seattle residents to qualify for enrollment in the ORCA LIFT Card program.

We will have staff available each Wednesday from 1:00 PM – 6:00 PM beginning October 14th.

The location is Neighborhood House at High Point, and the address is 6400 Sylvan Way SW, Seattle, WA. Phone is: (206) 588-4900

Dec
16
Wed
2015
ORCA Lift Card enrollment @ Neighborhood House High Point
Dec 16 @ 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm

The City of Seattle is staffing a location for West Seattle residents to qualify for enrollment in the ORCA LIFT Card program.

We will have staff available each Wednesday from 1:00 PM – 6:00 PM beginning October 14th.

The location is Neighborhood House at High Point, and the address is 6400 Sylvan Way SW, Seattle, WA. Phone is: (206) 588-4900

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
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

Jan
28
Thu
2016
West Seattle Transportation Coalition meeting @ The Kenney
Jan 28 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

*For January 2016, the WSTC is meeting at The Kenney. The meeting is focused on light rail, as Sound Transit gets closer to making its recommendation – here’s the preview we published earlier this month.

(Previous boilerplate for WSTC meetings, below)
The West Seattle Transportation Coalition meetings are held at the High Point Neighborhood House, from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm on the fourth Thursday of every month. (6400 Sylvan Way SW, Room 207B (enter from the rear plaza).

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
7
Sun
2016
Paul Dorpat presents ‘Fish Tales’ about Ivar Haglund @ West Seattle (Admiral) Library
Feb 7 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Is there anyone better than Paul Dorpat at “keeping clam” about Seattle legend and West Seattle native Ivar Haglund?

Dorpat — the city’s pre-eminent photo historian, who has entered his 34th year of weekly “Now and Then” columns in the Seattle Times — for more than a decade also has been researching and writing a massive biography of Haglund, the iconic restaurateur, folk musician, Port of Seattle commissioner and goofy promotional wizard.

Sponsored by the Southwest Seattle Historical Society and ​T​he Seattle Public Library, the genial Dorpat will present “Fish Tales,” a talk accompanied by scores of rare photos of Haglund, at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016, in the basement meeting room of the West Seattle (Admiral) ​B​ranch of ​The ​Seattle Public Library in the Admiral district.

The FREE presentation will end about 3 pm, after which those attending can stop in down the hill at the historical society’s “Birthplace of Seattle” Log House Museum to see its latest exhibit, on loan from the Nordic Heritage Museum, called “Keep Clam and Carry On: The Ivar Haglund Story.”

Dorpat’s talk will emphasize the deep West Seattle roots of Haglund (1905-1985), the grandson of Hans Hanson, who for many years posted a lantern at Alki Point that predated the 1913 construction of the Alki Lighthouse. Haglund’s maternal grandparents purchased the Alki Point land in 1869 from Seattle pioneer David “Doc” Maynard.

All of this and much more will be covered by Dorpat, who also will be available at the museum exhibit after his talk. The exhibit features display panels, vintage TV footage and radio recordings, along with a “clam gun” ​and one of the clam outfits used to promote Ivar’s restaurants in Seattle parades and commercials.

To see the exhibit, stop in during regular open hours, noon to 4 pm Thursdays through Sundays.​

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

Mar
13
Sun
2016
‘Connecting with Your Community’ @ Log House Museum
Mar 13 @ 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Are you new to West Seattle or the rest of the Duwamish peninsula? Have you been here awhile but want to get more connected or know more about where you live?

Come join us! Be a part of building the future while honoring the past.

The Southwest Seattle Historical Society is hosting a fun-filled informational gathering from 3:30 to 4:30 pm Sunday, March 13, 2016.

It will take place at our “Birthplace of Seattle” Log House Museum, just one blocks south of the Statue of Liberty replica on Alki Beach.

You may be the lucky winner of a raffle drawing!

If you have ever thought about volunteering, becoming a member, or just wanting to learn about supporting our work, this is a great opportunity. And you may be the lucky winner of a drawing!

Find out how our historical society is involved in preserving and sharing the Duwamish peninsula’s history and how you can become an integral part of our team.

Mar
20
Sun
2016
SouthWest Stories: Morgan Street Market @ High Point Library
Mar 20 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

From the Southwest Seattle Historical Society:

Please join us for a new monthly speaker series that is co-sponsored by the Seattle Public Library. We call the series “SouthWest Stories.”

It will feature unique presentations by notable speakers on topics relating to the history of West Seattle, the Duwamish Peninsula and the Birthplace of Seattle.

FREE to the public, each presentation will take place on the third Sunday afternoon of the month. The venue will rotate among the five Seattle Public Library branches on our peninsula.

(First speaker)

2 p.m. Sunday, March 20, 2016: ROB KETCHERSIDE, urban historian, “L.A. on California Avenue: The Morgan Street Drive-In Market”

Here’s our original preview.

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
10
Sun
2016
Community Appreciation Day – Free rides on new Water Taxi @ Seacrest Dock
Apr 10 @ 8:30 am – 8:00 pm

All rides on Sunday are free. Refreshments are too, 10:30 am-noon at Seacrest.

Now that the clouds are parting and it’s starting to feel like spring, King County Executive Dow Constantine is inviting you to get out on the water and experience West Seattle’s new water taxi.

Sunday, April 10 is Community Appreciation Day, hosted by the King County Marine Division. So bring your friends and family out to Seacrest Dock and get an up-close look at the M/V Doc Maynard and take a ride across the bay to Pier 50. All trips will be free as the water taxi kicks off its summer sailing schedule.

“I invite my West Seattle neighbors to take a ride on our new state-of-the-art water taxi as we kick off the summer sailing schedule,” said Executive Constantine. “The M/V Doc Maynard is the latest example of how we’re offering clean, fast, reliable alternatives to gridlock. Grab your sunscreen and join us on April 10th”.

The M/V Sally Fox, the sister ship of the Doc Maynard operating the Vashon route, was recently named one of the top 10 passenger vessels in the world for 2015 by a leading maritime trade magazine. The vessel was recognized for her hull design which increases passenger comfort, deck layout for efficient boardings, and green technology features.

In addition to free rides and refreshments, you’ll be able to tour the new vessel during its trips and meet the crew. King County Council Chair Joe McDermott and Paul Brodeur will also be on hand to greet guests and answer questions at 10:30 am.

The Doc Maynard is much larger than the catamaran it replaced. The vessel carries 278 passengers, 131 more than the M/V Spirit of Kingston, which now serves as a reserve vessel. The added capacity offers more room during the busiest weekday commutes and other peak
travel periods.

The Doc Maynard is also one of the greenest vessels on the water. The boat is powered by a 10 percent blend of homegrown biodiesel, thereby reducing harmful exhaust emissions. By using biodiesel, the boat is doing its part to reduce consumption of petroleum diesel and particulate matter.

King County’s West Seattle service served more than 300,000 passengers last year. Ridership for both the West Seattle and Vashon service topped a half-million boardings in 2015.

For more information, visit the King County Water Taxi website.

West Seattle Water Taxi celebration @ Seacrest Pier
Apr 10 @ 8:30 am – 8:00 pm

Free rides on the M/V Doc Maynard all day, and more:

April 10 is Community Appreciation Day – come sample the West Seattle Water Taxi

Now that the clouds are parting and it’s starting to feel like spring, King County Executive Dow Constantine is inviting you to get out on the water and experience West Seattle’s new water taxi.

Sunday, April 10 is Community Appreciation Day, hosted by the King County Marine Division. So bring your friends and family out to Seacrest Dock and get an up-close look at the M/V Doc Maynard and take a ride across the bay to Pier 50. All trips will be free as the water taxi kicks off its summer sailing schedule.

“I invite my West Seattle neighbors to take a ride on our new state-of-the-art water taxi as we kick off the summer sailing schedule,” said Executive Constantine. “The M/V Doc Maynard is the latest example of how we’re offering clean, fast, reliable alternatives to gridlock. Grab your sunscreen and join us on April 10th.”

The M/V Sally Fox, the sister ship of the Doc Maynard operating the Vashon route, was recently named one of the top 10 passenger vessels in the world for 2015 by a leading maritime trade magazine. The vessel was recognized for her hull design which increases passenger comfort, deck layout for efficient boardings, and green technology features.

In addition to free rides and refreshments, you’ll be able to tour the new vessel during its trips and meet the crew. King County Council Chair Joe McDermott and Paul Brodeur will also be on hand to greet guests and answer questions at 10:30 a.m.

The Doc Maynard is much larger than the catamaran it replaced. The vessel carries 278 passengers, 131 more than the M/V Spirit of Kingston, which now serves as a reserve vessel. The added capacity offers more room during the busiest weekday commutes and other peak travel periods.

The Doc Maynard is also one of the greenest vessels on the water. The boat is powered by a 10 percent blend of homegrown biodiesel, thereby reducing harmful exhaust emissions. By using biodiesel, the boat is doing its part to reduce consumption of petroleum diesel and particulate matter.

King County’s West Seattle service served more than 300,000 passengers last year. Ridership for both the West Seattle and Vashon service topped a half-million boardings in 2015.

Apr
17
Sun
2016
Southwest Stories @ Delridge Library
Apr 17 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Join the Southwest Seattle Historical Society for a monthly series at the Delridge Library that features presentations on the history of West Seattle, the Duwamish Peninsula, and the birthplace of Seattle.

Tom Collier, vibraphonist and West Seattle High Hall-of-Famer, will discuss “Across the Bridge: West Seattle Heritage in Jazz.”

Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required.

Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms.

Apr
26
Tue
2016
Sound Transit 3 – Metro Long-Range Plan open house @ West Seattle High School
Apr 26 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Open house for learning about/commenting on the draft Sound Transit 3 plan, which includes a light-rail line to West Seattle (opening in 2033). Get details at soundtransit3.org. Open house 5:30-7:30 pm with presentations at 6 pm. This open house also includes information about Metro’s long-range plan – more on that at kcmetrovision.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
24
Tue
2016
WS Rotary fundraising breakfast with guest speaker Cliff Mass @ Salty's on Alki
May 24 @ 7:00 am – 9:00 am

Join us for a fundraiser breakfast and help support the Rotary Club of West Seattle on May 24th, 2016, 7–9 am at Salty’s on Alki (WSB sponsor). Celebrating 68 years of service and community building, the Rotary Club of West Seattle needs your help in order to continue to provide school supplies, winter clothing and college scholarships to local students. The club also supports international projects for clean water, schools, safe roads, maternal health and sanitation in countries such as Nigeria, Ethiopia, Colombia, Thailand and Guatemala.

Join friends, family and civic leaders as we work together to strengthen our community and continue to create a positive lasting change, locally, nationally and world-wide. We will also hear from guest speaker, Cliff Mass, local meteorologist and professor at the University of Washington and KPLU weather guy.

Cliff Mass has been explaining our crazy Pacific Northwest weather with an entertaining twist for decades. Join the University of Washington Professor of Atmospheric Sciences and renowned Seattle weather prognosticator/personality on May 24th and support the Rotary Club of West Seattle. Cliff will be discussing the Northwest Impacts and Regional Implications of Global Warming at the upcoming fundraiser breakfast (located at Salty’s) and tickets are only $47. Your donations at this fundraiser breakfast will be used to support the Rotary Club of West Seattle who has no paid staff; and is involved with several projects to help local children, seniors and others in need.

To learn more about the Rotary Club of West Seattle and to sign up for this event, please visit www.westseattlerotary.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.

Jun
3
Fri
2016
Admiral Theater ‘Group Hug’
Jun 3 @ 9:00 am – 11:30 am

At West Seattle’s only moviehouse, the Admiral Theater on June 3rd, hundreds of area students will gather outside the theater at midmorning on June 3rd for another “group hug,” to be photographed from above, as the theater gets ready to launch its renovation project. No street closure, but things will be a little crowded outside the gas station/mini-mart next door; Clay Eals of Southwest Seattle Historical Society tells us that’s where they’ll be gathering.

Schmitz Park Elementary History Celebration @ Schmitz Park Elementary School
Jun 3 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

As Schmitz Park Elementary plans it’s move to Genesee Hill this Fall, we thought it was important to celebrate the legacy of Schmitz Park Elementary, which has been open since 1956, having moved into its current building in 1962. We invite those in the community, especially those that were involved at Schmitz Park as a teacher, student, or parent, to join us on Friday, June 3rd at 6:30 pm, at the school, to reminisce, walk the halls, view photos, etc. Updated event information:

Come and join the Schmitz Park Elementary Community, to honor the legacy of the last 60 years and more. Along with members of the Schmitz Family, we will be joined by teachers, staff, parents and students, past and present. Historical information, pictures, and memorabilia will be on display around the school; attendees are invited to bring and share items as well.

6:30-7 p.m.- Meet and greet, played in by the WSHS Band
7 p.m. – Presentation, Front Courtyard
7:20 -8 p.m. – Cake and Coffee served, Open House

Parking in our parking lot will be made available to those with limited mobility and disabled parking passes.

Jun
7
Tue
2016
Terminal 5 Improvements Project Public Hearing @ Georgetown Campus, South Seattle College
Jun 7 @ 5:00 pm – 8:30 pm

The Port of Seattle, acting as the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) Lead Agency, is conducting an environmental review of proposed changes to Terminal 5. This review is being documented in an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). The project proponents are the Port of Seattle and the Northwest Seaport Alliance (NWSA), a marine cargo partnership between the Port of Seattle and the Port of Tacoma.

Currently, a Draft EIS is available for the community’s review and comment. The Port of Seattle looks forward to receiving your input on the Draft EIS during the 30-day comment period from Monday, May 23 to Tuesday, June 21.

Public hearings:

The information from this online open house will also be available at public hearings scheduled for Tuesday, June 7 from 5:00 PM to 8:30 PM at the Georgetown Campus, South Seattle Community College and Thursday, June 9 from 5:00 PM to 8:30 PM at the Alki Masonic Center.

Jun
9
Thu
2016
Terminal 5 Improvements Project Public Hearing @ Alki Masonic Center
Jun 9 @ 5:00 pm – 8:30 pm

The Port of Seattle, acting as the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) Lead Agency, is conducting an environmental review of proposed changes to Terminal 5. This review is being documented in an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). The project proponents are the Port of Seattle and the Northwest Seaport Alliance (NWSA), a marine cargo partnership between the Port of Seattle and the Port of Tacoma.

Currently, a Draft EIS is available for the community’s review and comment. The Port of Seattle looks forward to receiving your input on the Draft EIS during the 30-day comment period from Monday, May 23 to Tuesday, June 21.

Public hearings:

The information from this online open house will also be available at public hearings scheduled for Tuesday, June 7 from 5:00 PM to 8:30 PM at the Georgetown Campus, South Seattle Community College and Thursday, June 9 from 5:00 PM to 8:30 PM at the Alki Masonic Center.

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
12
Sun
2016
Sunday FUNday @ Log House Museum
Jun 12 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

An invitation from the Southwest Seattle Historical Society: Bring your family to our “Birthplace of Seattle” Log House Museum this Sunday afternoon, June 12, 2016, and experience our first Sunday FUNday!

In our beautiful museum courtyard, you and your children can take part in family-focused history activities, including arts and crafts, story time and refreshments. The event runs from 1 to 3 pm.

This Sunday, during our regular open hours of noon to 4 pm, is the last day to see the current exhibit, “Keep Clam and Carry On: The Ivar Haglund Story.” Join us!

If you can’t make it this Sunday, please know that we are planning more Sunday FUNdays on Sunday, July 17, 2016, and Sunday, Aug. 17, 2016. Stay tuned for more details!

Jun
18
Sat
2016
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/

Jun
19
Sun
2016
Southwest Stories @ West Seattle (Admiral) Library
Jun 19 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Join the Southwest Seattle Historical Society for a monthly series at the West Seattle Library that features presentations on the history of West Seattle, the Duwamish Peninsula, and the birthplace of Seattle.

Ron Tjerandsen, architect and West Seattle native, “From the Shore to the Bluff: An Immigrant Family’s Story.”

lease join us for a new monthly speaker series that is co-sponsored by the Seattle Public Library. We call the series “SouthWest Stories.”

It features unique presentations by notable speakers on topics relating to the history of West Seattle, the Duwamish Peninsula and the Birthplace of Seattle.

FREE to the public, each presentation takes place on the third Sunday afternoon of the month. The venue rotates among the five Seattle Public Library branches on our peninsula.

Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required.

This series is co-sponsored by The Seattle Public Library and the Southwest Seattle Historical society.

Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms.

Jun
25
Sat
2016
If These Walls Could Talk: home tour of The Kenney
Jun 25 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

The Southwest Seattle Historical Society presents: “If These Walls Could Talk” tour on Saturday, June 25, featuring The Kenney (WSB sponsor):

video on our event page, Stuart and Michele Kenney, the great-great-great nephew and niece of Samuel and Jessie Kenney, founders of The Kenney, invite you to the tour, which will run from 3 to 5 pm.

Admission is by donation: $10 for historical-society members and $15 for non-members.

Featured will be display panels on the history of The Kenney, its founders, its prominent residents over the years and much more.

Stay tuned for more details. And for info on The Kenney, click here!

(An invitation-only VIP opportunity will be available earlier in the day. If you are interested, please e-mail Clay Eals, our executive director at clay.eals@loghousemuseum.info)

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
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.”

Aug
4
Thu
2016
35th SW Road Safety Corridor & Neighborhood Greenways meeting @ Neighborhood House High Point Center
Aug 4 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

From the Seattle Department of Transportation:
Neighborhood Greenways and Vision Zero Want Your Input in West Seattle! We’re hosting a public meeting for our continued work with the 35th Ave SW Safety Corridor and new West Seattle Neighborhood Greenway planning.

The meeting will be held on Thursday, Aug. 4, from 7 to 9 pm at Neighborhood House High Point.

In 2015, we redesigned 35th Ave SW to reduce speeding, collisions, and injuries as part of our Vision Zero plan to end traffic fatalities and serious injuries by 2030. We have some early data to share at the meeting and want to hear your observations and experiences along the corridor.

We’re also studying routes for a new north-south neighborhood greenway parallel to 35th Ave SW. The new West Seattle Neighborhood Greenway will prioritize people walking and biking on residential streets.

At the meeting, we will share traffic data and you can help us find out where people want to walk and bike in the neighborhood, as well as what barriers stand in their way. Neighborhood greenways mean safer, calmer streets for you and your family.

If you’re just catching up with the 35th SW Safety Project, there’s backstory on the city’s webpage.

Aug
9
Tue
2016
West Seattle Bike Connections August meeting @ HomeStreet Bank
Aug 9 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

The August meeting of West Seattle Bike Connections is rescheduled to Tuesday August 9th. Location can change depending on availability.

This month we are planning for a bike rodeo and Disaster Relief Trials at West
Seattle Summer Parkways, and working on bike transportation in West Seattle.

6:30 PM to 8:00 PM

Anyone is welcome to attend…we are all-inclusive!

Sep
10
Sat
2016
Camp Long 75th Anniversary and Mountain Fest
Sep 10 @ 11:00 am – 5:00 pm

Seattle Parks and Recreation invites you and your family to celebrate Camp’s Long Mountain Fest –and the camp’s 75th anniversary– from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm on Sunday, September 10th, 2016.

Camp Long Mountain Fest celebrates Seattle’s mountain climbing history and community. Visitors can challenge themselves on the high ropes course and try climbing and rappelling on Schurman Rock (with waivers). There will be mountain games and interactive workshops for people of all ages and abilities and prizes will be awarded. You can join in activities including rock climbing, ropes course, orienteering, nature exploration, outdoor skills, historical exhibit, falconry, crafts, and art. And don’t miss the flag ceremony at 1:30 pm.

All events are free and take place at Camp Long (5200 35th Ave. SW).

Schurman Rock was constructed between 1938 and 1939 by the Work Progress Administration, and is believed to be the first man-made climbing structure in America. It was originally named Monitor Rock because climbing instructors could monitor their students from all sides of the structure. In 1957, it was renamed to honor Clark Schurman who designed it.

Schurman, known as “The Chief,” was the chief climbing guide on Mount Rainier from 1938 to 1941. As a climber, he sketched and painted his journeys into a book published by The Mountaineers in 1939. Schurman thought it was important for novice climbers to have a practice rock. Schurman Rock stands as a legacy to his vision.

For more information about Camp Long Mountain Fest, please call 206-423-3460 or visit seattle.gov/environment/rock.htm. Camp Long Mountain Fest is sponsored by Seattle Parks and Recreation, the Associated Recreation Council, O2 Outdoor Opportunities and Mountain Madness.

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
22
Thu
2016
An Evening of West Seattle & Fauntleroy YMCA Memories @ Fauntleroy Church / YMCA Fellowship Hall
Sep 22 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Join us to share and hear stories about the YMCA from every era of our 94-year history in West Seattle. Bring and view Y memorabilia. We want to hear your YMCA story!

HiSTORY, HerSTORY, OurSTORY, YourSTORY – An Evening of West Seattle & Fauntleroy YMCA Memories

Thursday, September 22, 2016, 5:30 to 7:30pm
at Fauntleroy Church / YMCA Fellowship Hall

RSVP By September 15 to Maria Groen at 206 935 6000 or mgroen@seattleymca.org.

Light refreshments provided. This event is appropriate for kids ages 6 and older. Free child care is available for ages 4 weeks to 12 years, with reservations required.

In this interactive event for all ages, we’ll start the evening off with memorabilia and story sharing about the many community activities that the Y has led over the years, including Bean Feed, YMCA Adventure Guides and Princesses, Dolphin Swim Team, California Caravans, Kobe Cultural Exchange, Y teen dances, basketball leagues, summer day camp, pinewood derby, Camp Colman and much more!

We’ll end with Clay Eals, Executive Director of the Southwest Seattle Historical Society, interviewing these West Seattle locals:

· Larry Pierce – Larry’s history with the Y goes back to his great grandfather, Laurence Colman, a lifelong YMCA leader who started the Fauntleroy YMCA and Camp Colman. In addition to discussing his family’s own involvement, he will highlight the little-known efforts of locals in the difficult times of the 1930s and 1940s.

· Ann Adkins – Ann grew up being heavily involved in Camp Fire Girls, which started in the YMCA, and then took her toddler daughter to learn to swim at the West Seattle YMCA. She soon began volunteering to teach swim lessons and retired after 40 years leading Aquatics at the West Seattle YMCA.

· Bruce Davis – Bruce is the owner of the Junction True Value Hardware and grew up in West Seattle. He spent many happy hours staying out of trouble at the YMCA. Bruce has served on the West Seattle & Fauntleroy YMCA Board for more than a decade.

· Ruthie Waid – Ruthie is known by many from her years as a teacher in Seattle Public Schools, including stints at Lafayette and E.C. Hughes. She swam her way through Y Aquatics programs from Tadpoles to Dolphins and volunteered in the bag room at the old West Seattle YMCA pool.

Sep
26
Mon
2016
Community Meeting: Seattle Schools Transportation Issues Affecting Students @ West Seattle High School, library
Sep 26 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Dear Seattle Public School Families and Community:

We want to invite you to a very important meeting on Monday, September 26th, 7 pm, in the West Seattle High School library. We will be discussing the transportation issues affecting our students.

Our high school student athletes currently have to leave school at 1 pm for away events because of the Seattle School Districts transportation plan. This means they have to be dismissed at 12:45 pm missing all of 5th and 6th periods, lunch and part of 4th period as well. This is unacceptable and we need to do something about this.

The West Seattle Booster Club invites you to join us in taking our concerns to the Seattle School Board. We are inviting families, staff, PTSA, Booster Clubs, and community members from all of the Seattle High Schools to join our efforts.

On Monday, September 26th we will learn more about these issues, discuss our plans moving forward, and coordinate our actions for the School Board meeting we will attend as a group. Please join us. The more voices they hear, the better the impact.

Thank you for your support!
~ West Seattle Booster Club

See WSB’s previous coverage here.

Oct
1
Sat
2016
Camp Colman Bean Feed Dinner @ West 5 Restaurant and Lounge
Oct 1 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

On Saturday, October 1, 2016, the Camp Colman Alumni Committee is reviving a long-loved West Seattle tradition: the Bean Feed. The original bean feed was a celebration for the entire community when most households there were involved in the Fauntleroy Church and YMCA. This Tell Me Why Friend-raiser will honor the tradition and history of Camp Colman while generating funds to support camp capital projects. We invite alumni, parents, and friends to join this event and celebrate 50 for 50 — the “Colman-ation” of 50 summers of camp at Case Inlet. Learn more about the future of Camp Colman, the new master plan, and how a gift could have a major impact on camp’s growth.

When: Saturday, October 1, 2016 at 5:30 pm
Where: West 5 Restaurant and Lounge
Ticket price: $50 per person

Tickets to this private event will include a delicious buffet meal featuring baked beans (of course), brats, salmon, mac & cheese, goop ice cream, and more! There will be delicious specialty cocktails at the no-host bar, including a Goop-tini and the Black Lagoon. Attendees can win some amazing raffle items, including a free week of summer camp, a free weekend of Family Camp, a YMCA membership, a handmade Colman quilt, event tickets, works of art, and other terrific items! Guests will also take home a commemorative glass. Family & Friends 18+ Welcome. This event is organized by Camp Colman Alumni Committee and Chairs Steve & Becky Cameron.

More information and a link to purchase tickets can be found at
http://bit.ly/ColmanBeanFeed

Oct
16
Sun
2016
Southwest Stories @ High Point Library
Oct 16 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Join the Southwest Seattle Historical Society for a monthly series features presentations on the history of West Seattle, the Duwamish Peninsula, and the birthplace of Seattle. We call the series “SouthWest Stories.” Coming up at the High Point Library:

2 pm to 3 pm Sunday, Oct. 16th Join Larry Gossett, King County Council member and long-time neighborhood activist who will discuss “High Point and the Homeboys.”

FREE to the public, each presentation takes place on the third Sunday afternoon of the month. The venue rotates among the five Seattle Public Library branches on our peninsula.

Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required.

This series is co-sponsored by The Seattle Public Library and the Southwest Seattle Historical Society. Podcasts of previous parts of this series are available on the Southwest Seattle Historical Society’s website.

Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms.

Oct
27
Thu
2016
Washington State Ferries meeting @ The Hall at Fauntleroy
Oct 27 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Washington State Ferries invites you to a meeting to talk about the Fauntleroy-Vashon-Southworth route:

Washington State Ferries wants to hear from the public this month regarding ferry service to Vashon Island, Southworth and Fauntleroy in West Seattle. Assistant Secretary Lynne Griffith and other Ferries officials will be on hand to hear each community’s concerns and priorities.

These meetings are the first step in WSF’s effort to improve conditions on the route. Public input—along with the data regarding performance, safety and traffic on the route—will serve as the starting point for a community process to develop solutions by summer 2017.

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.

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.

Dec
17
Sat
2016
Preserving the Duwamish Cultural Landscape – free event @ Duwamish Longhouse & Cultural Center
Dec 17 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Fun day exploring the relationship between Duwamish culture and native habitat restoration. Talks, demo, food, storytelling & cultural programming. Stay all day or drop-in.

Free activities. 10 am- Restoring Native Habitats; 11:15 am- Brunch provided; Discovering the Duwamish Hill Preserve; 12 pm- Basket Making Demo; 1 to 3 pm-Duwamish Storytelling and Cultural Programming.

Free tickets: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2725364
Facebook event page here.

FREE EVENT DAY
WHAT: Preserving the Duwamish Cultural Landscape
WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 17, 2016, 10am to 4pm. Free
WHERE: Duwamish Longhouse & Cultural Center, 4705 W Marginal Way SW, Seattle, WA 98106, 206-431-1582.

“Preserving the Duwamish Cultural Landscape” is a free public outreach event of the Duwamish Longhouse Urban Reforestation Project sponsored by a King Conservation District grant.

The Duwamish Tribe, Seattle Parks and other community partners are all working to restore native habitats that preserve the Duwamish cultural landscape for all to explore. The Duwamish Tribe is still here and its traditional stories provide a narrative for a deeper understanding of the indigenous land we all share and the bounty that awaits us as traditional habitats are restored.

Regarding the Duwamish Urban Reforestation Project, invasive plants have been removed and native plants reintroduced. One of them, the Western Red Cedar has been used by our people to make baskets, weave hats and traditional clothing. Duwamish tribal member, DeAnn Sackman Jacobson, will talk about how our ancestors harvested bark and other materials to make baskets and garments. She will demonstrate the process of preparing and weaving the bark.

Brooke Alford of the Duwamish Hill Preserve will speak about the restoration of Duwamish Hill in Tukwila, their native plant nursery and volunteer opportunities. Native storyteller Roger Fernandes will share the Duwamish epic North and South Wind story associated with the Duwamish Hill site. Duwamish tribal member Blake Shelafoe will also share his own story about the Duwamish River.

AGENDA–SCHEDULE

10-10:15 Opening. Duwamish Reforestation Project update. Presenter: Nancy Sackman (Duwamish Tribe).

10:15-11:00–Restoring Native Habitats. Insights into the native habitat restoration of Seattle’s green spaces by Seattle Park & Recreation–cedars, cattails and more. Presenters: Michael Yadrick and Lisa Ciecko, Seattle Parks. Explore More: http://www.seattle.gov/parks

11:15-12:00–Brunch (soup, fruit, cookies, coffee/tea)

11:15-12:00–Discovering Duwamish Hill Preserve

The Duwamish Hill Preserve is a 10.5 acre parcel of Duwamish tribal historical, cultural and ecological significance in Tukwila. Along the banks of the Duwamish River, the hill is a glacial remnant where many rarely seen species of flora and fauna can be found. It is the site of the Duwamish tribal oral tradition known as the “Epic of the North & South Winds.” Learn how to volunteer. Presenter: Brooke Alford, MLA, Urban Habitat Landscape Design.

Duwamish Hill Preserve http://forterra.org/subpage/duwamish-hill-preserve

12:00-1:00–Duwamish Basket & Mat Making Demonstration

Presenter: Deanne Jacobs (Duwamish Tribe).

1:00-2:00—Epic of the North & South Wind (Duwamish Oral Tradition)

Presenter: Roger Fernandes (Lower Elwha Band of the Klallam Indians) is a renowned storyteller and artist living in Seattle, WA. Storytelling is Healing and Teaching The true power of storytelling comes when the moisture of the teller’s breath gives life and power to the story.

At one time, all Duwamish people knew the same stories. We understood the world through those common stories. The stories taught and guided and healed us. Sent to us by our ancestors who knew we would need these stories so we could live in the world in a good way– those stories are still waiting to do their work for those who will listen.

2:00-3:00—Duwamish Cultural Sharing—We Are Still Here

Songs, stories & dance. Participatory. Bring your drum. Presenter: Blake Shelafoe (Duwamish Tribe).

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 a