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!

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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.

Apr
14
Sat
2012
Native Plants and Blooms of Seattle @ Lincoln Park
Apr 14 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Event at Lincoln Park with naturalist Stewart Wechsler. Full details and summary on his events calendar.

Apr
17
Tue
2012
Native Plants and Blooms of Seattle, at Lincoln Park @ Lincoln Park
Apr 17 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Event at Lincoln Park with naturalist Stewart Wechsler. Full details and summary on his events calendar.

Apr
25
Wed
2012
PoetryBridge’s monthly ‘Poems and Tales’ @ C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor)
Apr 25 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

-PoetryBridge presents its 4th Wednesday Poems & Tales at C&P Coffee Company, 5612 California Ave SW, from 7-9 pm. Featured readers for April are Cara Mbaye and Tom Nivision followed by open mic for poets and storytellers (open mic sign-up begins at 6:45 pm). FREE and open to all; refreshments available. Visit www.poetrybridge.net for further details.

Apr
29
Sun
2012
‘Leopard and Silkie’ book reading @ Elliott Bay Books
Apr 29 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

West Seattleites Brenda Peterson and Robin Lindsey of WS-founded Seal Sitters will read from their new kids’ book “Leopard and Silkie” at Elliott Bay Books on Capitol Hill (see the map).

May
12
Sat
2012
Go birding with Stewart the naturalist @ Lincoln Park
May 12 @ 9:00 am – 11:30 am

Announced by local naturalist Stewart Wechsler:

Peak songbird migration! – Lincoln Park – Saturday, May 12th 9:00 am – 11:30 am
Full details from the event calendar on his site:
stewardshipadventures.com/ai1ec_event/peak-songbird-migration-lincoln-park/?instance_id=117

May
19
Sat
2012
Western Tanagers, Warbling Vireos, Wilson’s Warblers of Camp Long @ Camp Long
May 19 @ 10:00 am – 12:30 pm

Western Tanagers, Warbling Vireos and Wilson’s Warblers of Camp Long
with Naturalist Stewart Wechsler:
http://www.stewardshipadventures.com/ai1ec_event/western-tanagers-warbling-vireos-and-wilsons-warblers-of-camp-long-west-seattle/?instance_id=130

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.

Aug
1
Wed
2012
Youth poetry readings at C & P Coffee Co. @ C&P Coffee Company
Aug 1 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

From the organizers:

Join people who care about kids and listen to the poetry and prose of Seattle youth on Wednesday and Thursday, August 1st and 2nd at C&P Coffee Company, 5612 California Avenue SW, Seattle, WA 98136. Readings will be from 6:30pm to 8pm.

THE BOOT is a yearly journal publication of student poetry and prose developed in the Southwest Education Center’s Summer Writers Workshop. The 2012 Summer Writers Workshop is a collaborative effort between Southwest Youth and Family Services and the City of Seattle’s Summer Youth Employment Program. The Boot has been published online since 2008, and past issues of The Boot can be obtained at this year’s reading.

Support a critical forum for community youth literacy, and most important, support the kids in your community finding positive ways to speak out!

Aug
2
Thu
2012
Youth poetry readings at C & P Coffee Co. @ C&P Coffee Company
Aug 2 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

From the organizers:

Join people who care about kids and listen to the poetry and prose of Seattle youth on Wednesday and Thursday, August 1st and 2nd at C&P Coffee Company, 5612 California Avenue SW, Seattle, WA 98136. Readings will be from 6:30pm to 8pm.

THE BOOT is a yearly journal publication of student poetry and prose developed in the Southwest Education Center’s Summer Writers Workshop. The 2012 Summer Writers Workshop is a collaborative effort between Southwest Youth and Family Services and the City of Seattle’s Summer Youth Employment Program. The Boot has been published online since 2008, and past issues of The Boot can be obtained at this year’s reading.

Support a critical forum for community youth literacy, and most important, support the kids in your community finding positive ways to speak out!

Aug
15
Wed
2012
Gatewood Reads at High Point Library @ High Point Library
Aug 15 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

From the High Point Library:

Gatewood Elementary School students are invited to read with their teachers at the High Point Branch of The Seattle Public Library on Wednesday, Aug. 15! Three teachers—Dana Bogel, Jeff Case and Amy Griffin— will be at the library from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. to chat about books, give book suggestions, answer questions about the upcoming school year and just to hang out! All Gatewood Gators are encouraged to attend. For more information, call the library at 206-684-7454 or visit www.spl.org.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

More details:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

From the Seattle Aquarium:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Apr
30
Tue
2013
Performance and readings by Samoan poet Sia Figiel @ South Seattle Community College
Apr 30 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

South Seattle Community College (WSB sponsor) will host a performance and reading by internationally acclaimed Samoan poet, Sia Figiel on campus April 30th, 12:00–1:00 pm in RSB 30.

Figiel is a contemporary award-winning Samoan novelist, poet and painter. Her first book, Where We Once Belonged, won the Commonwealth Writer’s Prize for Best First Book in 1997. Figiel’s poetry and stories have been awarded at the Polynesian Literacy Competition in 1994. Her books have been translated into several languages including French, Spanish, German, and Dutch.

Figiel was recognized as the first Samoan novelist in New Zealand and is the first Pacific Islander to read at the Shakespeare Globe Theater in London.

The performance by Figiel is part of Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month and is presented by South Seattle Community College’s AANAPISI Center, Pacific Islander Club, Student Leadership and Academic Programs.

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
16
Thu
2013
Joseph Aprile poetry reading @ C&P Coffee Company
May 16 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Joseph Aprile reads* from his latest poetry collection and fiction – novel, Thursday, May 16, 6:30 pm–8:00 pm at C & P Coffee House (WSB sponsor).

*Daydreams and Other Lapses – A Collection of Original Poetry

The Life and Times of Jeremy Sykes – A Novel about contemporary American culture and the larger issues of war and peace.

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
15
Sat
2013
‘Luncheon with Louisa’ @ Alki United Church of Christ
Jun 15 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Please join us on Saturday, June 15th – 11 am at Alki UCC in Anderson Hall for the story of Pioneer Seattle as told by Louisa Boren Denny, played by Debbie Dimitre. Debbie is a professional storyteller who is quite well known in the Northwest for her wonderful portrayals of famous women in history. Lunch is a delicious trio of salads & dessert. Tickets are $13 and reservations are required. Call or email Heather Erickson to make your reservation: 206-935-4749 or erickson98136@gmail.com (reservations by June 12th, please). We are looking forward to a delightful afternoon!

Jun
20
Thu
2013
Poetry Un-Slam @ C & P Coffee Company
Jun 20 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Thursday, June 20, 6:30–8:00 pm at at C & P Coffee House (WSB sponsor): Drop by for the Poetry Un-Slam.

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.

Oct
4
Fri
2013
Words, Writers, & West Seattle @ Barnes and Noble Westwood Village
Oct 4 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

The Southwest Seattle Historical Society-presented series of first-Fridays author readings is now titled “Words, Writers, & West Seattle,” and the readings will be at Barnes & Noble-Westwood Village. Times and dates are 4-6 pm every first Friday through at least next June, starting this Friday, October 4th, with Stephanie Guerra. She and the other eight authors will appear on the dates below:

Friday, Oct. 4, 2013 Stephanie Guerra, Billy the Kid Is Not Crazy (Two Lions, 2013) and Torn (Marshall Cavendish, 2012), genre: young adult

Friday, Nov. 1, 2013 Peter Stekel, Final Flight, The Mystery of a World War II Plane Crash and the Frozen Airmen in the High Sierra (Wilderness Press, 2010), genre: history

Friday, Dec. 6, 2013 Nicole Hardy, Confessions of a Latter-Day Virgin (Hyperion, 2013), genre: memoir

Friday, Jan. 3, 2014 Robert Spector, The Mom & Pop Store: True Stories from the Heart of America (Walker Books, 2009), genre: memoir

Friday, Feb. 7, 2014 Lyanda Lynn Haupt, The Urban Bestiary: Encountering the Everyday Wild (Little Brown, 2013), genre: nature

Friday, March 7, 2014 Conrad Wesselhoeft, Adios, Nirvana (Mifflin Harcourt, 2010), genre: young adult

Friday, April 4, 2014 Judy Bentley, Free Boy: A True Story of Slave and Master (University of Washington Press, 2013), genre: creative nonfiction

Friday, May 4, 2014 Mike Hickey, Arleen Williams and other South Seattle Community College authors, genres: poetry, fiction

Friday, June 6, 2014 Brenda Peterson, The Drowning World (Delphinius, 2013-14), genre: young adult

‘An Actress vs. William Shakespeare’ Arts Crush 2013 @ C & P Coffee Company
Oct 4 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

At C & P Coffee House (WSB sponsor) on Friday, October 4th, 7 pm–9 pm. More info from C & P:

An Actress Vs. William Shakespeare- Arts Crush 2013
By Samantha Noble
Performed by Lauryn Hochberg
Directed by Kathryn Stewart

A female actor explores Shakespearean female characters and grapples with their lack of agency in their respective plays. From the tragedies to the comedies to the histories, the classical texts incorporated into the performance flow seamlessly with the contemporary thoughts of a young woman trying to find her voice. Length: 20-25 minutes This event will be promoted by Theatre Puget Sound as part of Arts Crush, a festival that encourages collaboration, innovation and community. Please help support local theatre and community collaboration!

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

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

Cost $5 per person

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cost: $5 per person

Friday, October 18, 2013, 7–9 pm

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cost: Free!

Saturday, October 19, 2013, 1–3 pm

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

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

Oct
26
Sat
2013
apertureSTOP! Spoken Word and Photography event @ Twilight Art Gallery and Boutique
Oct 26 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm

apertureSTOP! takes place at Twilight Gallery and Boutique on Saturday October 26, 8–10 pm (door opens at 7:30 pm, show at 8 pm).

“HAUNT”
Local poets present spoken word to work by various artists. Featuring Laura Wachs, Jared Leising, Alex Bleecker, Elisa Chavez, Jeremy Springsteed, and Anastacia Tolbert! Tickets $6 at door. 21+ BYOB (seriously). Go to aperturestop.wordpress.com for more info!

Nov
1
Fri
2013
Words, Writers, & West Seattle @ Barnes and Noble Westwood Village
Nov 1 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

The Southwest Seattle Historical Society-presented series of first-Fridays author readings is now titled “Words, Writers, & West Seattle,” and the readings will be at Barnes & Noble-Westwood Village. Times and dates are 4-6 pm every first Friday through at least next June, starting this Friday, October 4th, with Stephanie Guerra. She and the other eight authors will appear on the dates below:

Friday, Oct. 4, 2013 Stephanie Guerra, Billy the Kid Is Not Crazy (Two Lions, 2013) and Torn (Marshall Cavendish, 2012), genre: young adult

Friday, Nov. 1, 2013 Peter Stekel, Final Flight, The Mystery of a World War II Plane Crash and the Frozen Airmen in the High Sierra (Wilderness Press, 2010), genre: history

Friday, Dec. 6, 2013 Nicole Hardy, Confessions of a Latter-Day Virgin (Hyperion, 2013), genre: memoir

Friday, Jan. 3, 2014 Robert Spector, The Mom & Pop Store: True Stories from the Heart of America (Walker Books, 2009), genre: memoir

Friday, Feb. 7, 2014 Lyanda Lynn Haupt, The Urban Bestiary: Encountering the Everyday Wild (Little Brown, 2013), genre: nature

Friday, March 7, 2014 Conrad Wesselhoeft, Adios, Nirvana (Mifflin Harcourt, 2010), genre: young adult

Friday, April 4, 2014 Judy Bentley, Free Boy: A True Story of Slave and Master (University of Washington Press, 2013), genre: creative nonfiction

Friday, May 4, 2014 Mike Hickey, Arleen Williams and other South Seattle Community College authors, genres: poetry, fiction

Friday, June 6, 2014 Brenda Peterson, The Drowning World (Delphinius, 2013-14), genre: young adult

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
6
Fri
2013
Words, Writers, & West Seattle @ Barnes and Noble Westwood Village
Dec 6 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

The Southwest Seattle Historical Society-presented series of first-Fridays author readings is now titled “Words, Writers, & West Seattle,” and the readings will be at Barnes & Noble-Westwood Village. Times and dates are 4-6 pm every first Friday through at least next June, starting this Friday, October 4th, with Stephanie Guerra. She and the other eight authors will appear on the dates below:

Friday, Oct. 4, 2013 Stephanie Guerra, Billy the Kid Is Not Crazy (Two Lions, 2013) and Torn (Marshall Cavendish, 2012), genre: young adult

Friday, Nov. 1, 2013 Peter Stekel, Final Flight, The Mystery of a World War II Plane Crash and the Frozen Airmen in the High Sierra (Wilderness Press, 2010), genre: history

Friday, Dec. 6, 2013 Nicole Hardy, Confessions of a Latter-Day Virgin (Hyperion, 2013), genre: memoir

Friday, Jan. 3, 2014 Robert Spector, The Mom & Pop Store: True Stories from the Heart of America (Walker Books, 2009), genre: memoir

Friday, Feb. 7, 2014 Lyanda Lynn Haupt, The Urban Bestiary: Encountering the Everyday Wild (Little Brown, 2013), genre: nature

Friday, March 7, 2014 Conrad Wesselhoeft, Adios, Nirvana (Mifflin Harcourt, 2010), genre: young adult

Friday, April 4, 2014 Judy Bentley, Free Boy: A True Story of Slave and Master (University of Washington Press, 2013), genre: creative nonfiction

Friday, May 4, 2014 Mike Hickey, Arleen Williams and other South Seattle Community College authors, genres: poetry, fiction

Friday, June 6, 2014 Brenda Peterson, The Drowning World (Delphinius, 2013-14), genre: young adult

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
3
Fri
2014
Words, Writers, & West Seattle @ Barnes and Noble Westwood Village
Jan 3 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

The Southwest Seattle Historical Society-presented series of first-Fridays author readings is now titled “Words, Writers, & West Seattle,” and the readings will be at Barnes & Noble-Westwood Village. Times and dates are 4-6 pm every first Friday through at least next June, starting this Friday, October 4th, with Stephanie Guerra. She and the other eight authors will appear on the dates below:

Friday, Oct. 4, 2013 Stephanie Guerra, Billy the Kid Is Not Crazy (Two Lions, 2013) and Torn (Marshall Cavendish, 2012), genre: young adult

Friday, Nov. 1, 2013 Peter Stekel, Final Flight, The Mystery of a World War II Plane Crash and the Frozen Airmen in the High Sierra (Wilderness Press, 2010), genre: history

Friday, Dec. 6, 2013 Nicole Hardy, Confessions of a Latter-Day Virgin (Hyperion, 2013), genre: memoir

Friday, Jan. 3, 2014 Robert Spector, The Mom & Pop Store: True Stories from the Heart of America (Walker Books, 2009), genre: memoir

Friday, Feb. 7, 2014 Lyanda Lynn Haupt, The Urban Bestiary: Encountering the Everyday Wild (Little Brown, 2013), genre: nature

Friday, March 7, 2014 Conrad Wesselhoeft, Adios, Nirvana (Mifflin Harcourt, 2010), genre: young adult

Friday, April 4, 2014 Judy Bentley, Free Boy: A True Story of Slave and Master (University of Washington Press, 2013), genre: creative nonfiction

Friday, May 4, 2014 Mike Hickey, Arleen Williams and other South Seattle Community College authors, genres: poetry, fiction

Friday, June 6, 2014 Brenda Peterson, The Drowning World (Delphinius, 2013-14), genre: young adult

Jan
18
Sat
2014
West Side Story Series with Danny Bland @ Twilight Art Gallery and Boutique
Jan 18 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Saturday, January 18th, 2014 at 8:00 pm, at Twilight Gallery and Boutique:


Longtime Seattle resident Danny Bland will be reading from his novel, “In Case We Die!”

“It wasn’t the pounding headache or the all too familiar taste of blood in my mouth that woke me that morning, but the stink of cat piss. They all have cats. Cats and bad tattoos and mops of dyed black hair that reek of cigarettes and watermelon Bubblicious.”

This debut novel by veteran Seattle musician Danny Bland follows a pair of outsiders who find themselves locked in the palpable, dizzy grunge-rock scene of early ’90s Seattle.

PRAISE FOR DANNY BLAND AND IN CASE WE DIE
“Our anti-hero is floating in a tiny lifeboat made of heroin, graveyard shifts & rock music. His companions are two fabulous women: a bombshell who robs banks & a beautifully pale rock violinist who can barely dodge suicide. ICWD is much funnier & more satisfying than any other junkie rock’n’roll tragedy.” – John Doe (X)

With special guests, Tom Hansen and Mandolin Hooper.

Doors at 8pm
Free
BYOB. Seriously.

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
7
Fri
2014
Words, Writers, & West Seattle @ Barnes and Noble Westwood Village
Feb 7 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

The Southwest Seattle Historical Society-presented series of first-Fridays author readings is now titled “Words, Writers, & West Seattle,” and the readings will be at Barnes & Noble-Westwood Village. Times and dates are 4-6 pm every first Friday through at least next June, starting this Friday, October 4th, with Stephanie Guerra. She and the other eight authors will appear on the dates below:

Friday, Oct. 4, 2013 Stephanie Guerra, Billy the Kid Is Not Crazy (Two Lions, 2013) and Torn (Marshall Cavendish, 2012), genre: young adult

Friday, Nov. 1, 2013 Peter Stekel, Final Flight, The Mystery of a World War II Plane Crash and the Frozen Airmen in the High Sierra (Wilderness Press, 2010), genre: history

Friday, Dec. 6, 2013 Nicole Hardy, Confessions of a Latter-Day Virgin (Hyperion, 2013), genre: memoir

Friday, Jan. 3, 2014 Robert Spector, The Mom & Pop Store: True Stories from the Heart of America (Walker Books, 2009), genre: memoir

Friday, Feb. 7, 2014 Lyanda Lynn Haupt, The Urban Bestiary: Encountering the Everyday Wild (Little Brown, 2013), genre: nature

Friday, March 7, 2014 Conrad Wesselhoeft, Adios, Nirvana (Mifflin Harcourt, 2010), genre: young adult

Friday, April 4, 2014 Judy Bentley, Free Boy: A True Story of Slave and Master (University of Washington Press, 2013), genre: creative nonfiction

Friday, May 4, 2014 Mike Hickey, Arleen Williams and other South Seattle Community College authors, genres: poetry, fiction

Friday, June 6, 2014 Brenda Peterson, The Drowning World (Delphinius, 2013-14), genre: young adult

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sponsoring Organization: Discovery Park Advisory Council

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

Mar
6
Thu
2014
Budding and Blooming Authors @ C & P Coffee Company
Mar 6 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Yooung adults share their writing at C & P Coffee House (WSB sponsor) on Thursday March 6th, 6 pm–8 pm.

Mar
7
Fri
2014
Words, Writers, & West Seattle @ Barnes and Noble Westwood Village
Mar 7 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

The Southwest Seattle Historical Society-presented series of first-Fridays author readings is now titled “Words, Writers, & West Seattle,” and the readings will be at Barnes & Noble-Westwood Village. Times and dates are 4-6 pm every first Friday through at least next June, starting this Friday, October 4th, with Stephanie Guerra. She and the other eight authors will appear on the dates below:

Friday, Oct. 4, 2013 Stephanie Guerra, Billy the Kid Is Not Crazy (Two Lions, 2013) and Torn (Marshall Cavendish, 2012), genre: young adult

Friday, Nov. 1, 2013 Peter Stekel, Final Flight, The Mystery of a World War II Plane Crash and the Frozen Airmen in the High Sierra (Wilderness Press, 2010), genre: history

Friday, Dec. 6, 2013 Nicole Hardy, Confessions of a Latter-Day Virgin (Hyperion, 2013), genre: memoir

Friday, Jan. 3, 2014 Robert Spector, The Mom & Pop Store: True Stories from the Heart of America (Walker Books, 2009), genre: memoir

Friday, Feb. 7, 2014 Lyanda Lynn Haupt, The Urban Bestiary: Encountering the Everyday Wild (Little Brown, 2013), genre: nature

Friday, March 7, 2014 Conrad Wesselhoeft, Adios, Nirvana (Mifflin Harcourt, 2010), genre: young adult

Friday, April 4, 2014 Judy Bentley, Free Boy: A True Story of Slave and Master (University of Washington Press, 2013), genre: creative nonfiction

Friday, May 4, 2014 Mike Hickey, Arleen Williams and other South Seattle Community College authors, genres: poetry, fiction

Friday, June 6, 2014 Brenda Peterson, The Drowning World (Delphinius, 2013-14), genre: young adult

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
28
Fri
2014
Chris Anderson reads from his novel “Alki” @ C & P Coffee Company
Mar 28 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Author Chris Anderson will be reading from and signing his new novel titled “Alki” at C & P Coffee House (WSB sponsor) in West Seattle on Friday March 28th, 2014. Event begins at 7:00 pm. Copies of the novel can be signed and purchased on site.

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
4
Fri
2014
Words, Writers, & West Seattle @ Barnes and Noble Westwood Village
Apr 4 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

The Southwest Seattle Historical Society-presented series of first-Fridays author readings is now titled “Words, Writers, & West Seattle,” and the readings will be at Barnes & Noble-Westwood Village. Times and dates are 4-6 pm every first Friday through at least next June, starting this Friday, October 4th, with Stephanie Guerra. She and the other eight authors will appear on the dates below:

Friday, Oct. 4, 2013 Stephanie Guerra, Billy the Kid Is Not Crazy (Two Lions, 2013) and Torn (Marshall Cavendish, 2012), genre: young adult

Friday, Nov. 1, 2013 Peter Stekel, Final Flight, The Mystery of a World War II Plane Crash and the Frozen Airmen in the High Sierra (Wilderness Press, 2010), genre: history

Friday, Dec. 6, 2013 Nicole Hardy, Confessions of a Latter-Day Virgin (Hyperion, 2013), genre: memoir

Friday, Jan. 3, 2014 Robert Spector, The Mom & Pop Store: True Stories from the Heart of America (Walker Books, 2009), genre: memoir

Friday, Feb. 7, 2014 Lyanda Lynn Haupt, The Urban Bestiary: Encountering the Everyday Wild (Little Brown, 2013), genre: nature

Friday, March 7, 2014 Conrad Wesselhoeft, Adios, Nirvana (Mifflin Harcourt, 2010), genre: young adult

Friday, April 4, 2014 Judy Bentley, Free Boy: A True Story of Slave and Master (University of Washington Press, 2013), genre: creative nonfiction

Friday, May 4, 2014 Mike Hickey, Arleen Williams and other South Seattle Community College authors, genres: poetry, fiction

Friday, June 6, 2014 Brenda Peterson, The Drowning World (Delphinius, 2013-14), genre: young adult

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
Seattle Reads “For All of Us, One Today”: Meet Author Richard Blanco @ High Point Library
Apr 27 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

At the High Point Library on Sunday, April 27, 2014, 11 am–12:30 pm:

Come meet Richard Blanco and join in a discussion with the writer and other readers about Blanco’s memoir, “For All of Us, One Today: An Inaugural Poet’s Journey.”

The Washington Center for the Book at The Seattle Public Library invites everyone to participate in Seattle Reads “For All of Us, One Today: An Inaugural Poet’s Journey,” a project designed to deepen engagement in literature through reading and discussion. Author Richard Blanco visits Seattle April 26-29. Events are presented in partnership with The Elliott Bay Book Co. and Open Books: A Poem Emporium. Books will be available for purchase and signing.

Blanco tells of his experiences as 2013 inaugural poet, the fifth in history and the youngest, first immigrant, Latino, gay writer to hold the honor. He reveals the inspiration and challenges behind the creation of the poem, “One Today,” and reflects on his life-changing role as a public voice after the inauguration.

Seattle Reads is made possible by The Seattle Public Library Foundation and The Wallace Foundation, with additional support from media sponsors The Seattle Times and KUOW 94.9 Public Radio, and Beacon Press, The Elliott Bay Book Co., and Open Books: A Poem Emporium.

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
2
Fri
2014
Words, Writers, & West Seattle @ Barnes and Noble Westwood Village
May 2 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

The Southwest Seattle Historical Society-presented series of first-Fridays author readings is now titled “Words, Writers, & West Seattle,” and the readings will be at Barnes & Noble-Westwood Village. Times and dates are 4-6 pm every first Friday through at least next June, starting this Friday, October 4th, with Stephanie Guerra. She and the other eight authors will appear on the dates below:

Friday, Oct. 4, 2013 Stephanie Guerra, Billy the Kid Is Not Crazy (Two Lions, 2013) and Torn (Marshall Cavendish, 2012), genre: young adult

Friday, Nov. 1, 2013 Peter Stekel, Final Flight, The Mystery of a World War II Plane Crash and the Frozen Airmen in the High Sierra (Wilderness Press, 2010), genre: history

Friday, Dec. 6, 2013 Nicole Hardy, Confessions of a Latter-Day Virgin (Hyperion, 2013), genre: memoir

Friday, Jan. 3, 2014 Robert Spector, The Mom & Pop Store: True Stories from the Heart of America (Walker Books, 2009), genre: memoir

Friday, Feb. 7, 2014 Lyanda Lynn Haupt, The Urban Bestiary: Encountering the Everyday Wild (Little Brown, 2013), genre: nature

Friday, March 7, 2014 Conrad Wesselhoeft, Adios, Nirvana (Mifflin Harcourt, 2010), genre: young adult

Friday, April 4, 2014 Judy Bentley, Free Boy: A True Story of Slave and Master (University of Washington Press, 2013), genre: creative nonfiction

Friday, May 4, 2014 Mike Hickey, Arleen Williams and other South Seattle Community College authors, genres: poetry, fiction

Friday, June 6, 2014 Brenda Peterson, The Drowning World (Delphinius, 2013-14), genre: young adult

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Meet in the north parking lot on Fauntleroy.

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

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

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

From the Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition:

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

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

RSVP HERE.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jun
6
Fri
2014
Words, Writers, & West Seattle @ Barnes and Noble Westwood Village
Jun 6 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

The Southwest Seattle Historical Society-presented series of first-Fridays author readings is now titled “Words, Writers, & West Seattle,” and the readings will be at Barnes & Noble-Westwood Village. Times and dates are 4-6 pm every first Friday through at least next June, starting this Friday, October 4th, with Stephanie Guerra. She and the other eight authors will appear on the dates below:

Friday, Oct. 4, 2013 Stephanie Guerra, Billy the Kid Is Not Crazy (Two Lions, 2013) and Torn (Marshall Cavendish, 2012), genre: young adult

Friday, Nov. 1, 2013 Peter Stekel, Final Flight, The Mystery of a World War II Plane Crash and the Frozen Airmen in the High Sierra (Wilderness Press, 2010), genre: history

Friday, Dec. 6, 2013 Nicole Hardy, Confessions of a Latter-Day Virgin (Hyperion, 2013), genre: memoir

Friday, Jan. 3, 2014 Robert Spector, The Mom & Pop Store: True Stories from the Heart of America (Walker Books, 2009), genre: memoir

Friday, Feb. 7, 2014 Lyanda Lynn Haupt, The Urban Bestiary: Encountering the Everyday Wild (Little Brown, 2013), genre: nature

Friday, March 7, 2014 Conrad Wesselhoeft, Adios, Nirvana (Mifflin Harcourt, 2010), genre: young adult

Friday, April 4, 2014 Judy Bentley, Free Boy: A True Story of Slave and Master (University of Washington Press, 2013), genre: creative nonfiction

Friday, May 4, 2014 Mike Hickey, Arleen Williams and other South Seattle Community College authors, genres: poetry, fiction

Friday, June 6, 2014 Brenda Peterson, The Drowning World (Delphinius, 2013-14), genre: young adult

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)”

Jul
13
Sun
2014
Book Launch Celebration: “Biking Uphill” by West Seattle author Arleen Williams @ Elliott Bay Book Company
Jul 13 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Join in the celebration as West Seattle author Arleen Williams reads from her latest book, “Biking Uphill,” Sunday, July 13th, 3:00 pm at Elliott Bay Book Company.

BIKING UPHILL invites the reader into a world of undocumented immigration, where parents are deported, and a young girl is abandoned to face life on her own.

Arleen Williams is the author of three books: Running Secrets, and Biking Uphill, the first two novels in The Alki Trilogy, and The Thirty-Ninth Victim, a memoir of her family’s journey before and after her sister’s murder. She teaches English as a Second Language at South Seattle College and has worked with immigrants and refugees for close to three decades. Arleen lives and writes in West Seattle. To learn more, please visit
www.arleenwilliams.com.

Book launch event page here.

Jul
26
Sat
2014
Leave A Message at the BEEP! @ Twilight Gallery and Boutique
Jul 26 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Twilight Gallery & Boutique is pleased to present some of Seattle’s most talented spoken word artists. Leave a Message at the Beep is a multi-genre reading featuring poets, playwrights, novelist, & hybrid writers. The roster seeks to be a reflection of what is often not reflected. BEEP!!!!!!

Doors open 7 pm

Curated by writer and performer, Anastasia Tolbert, this stellar line up includes:

Claudia Castro Luna – Margot Kahn – Imani Sims – Lindsey Walker – Jane Wong – Corbin Lewars – Michelle Peñaloza

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.

Sep
13
Sat
2014
Seattle Poets: Koon Woon & Dr. Keith Holyoak @ C & P Coffee Company
Sep 13 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Sat, September 13th, 7–9 pm at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor):

Seattle Poet, Koon Woon reads from his two books of poems (Kaya Press), the most recent one is Water Chasing Water, 2013. Co-featured reading with Dr. Keith Holyoak, poet, translator of classical Chinese poetry and distinguished professor of cognitive psychology at UCLA. Dr. Holyoak has three volumes of poetry to his credit.

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
3
Fri
2014
Words, Writers & West Seattle: Poet Susan Rich @ Barnes and Noble, Westwood Village
Oct 3 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

The public is invited to this FREE series from 5–7 pm at Barnes & Noble/Westwood Village.
Poet and writer Susan Rich is featured on October 3rd, 2014:

Words, Writers & West Seattle Presents Poet/Writer Susan Rich recently published “Cloud Pharmacy” and was featured at Sept. 5th First Friday event sponsored by Southwest Seattle Historical Society.

Susan Rich’s “Cloud Pharmacy” is an “intelligent and observant collection” of poems, some inspired by the nineteenth-century photographer Hannah Maynard. She explores the passions of romantic love and fire, memory, needs, self-regard and grief in this work. As Rich herself says,”the interior world opens/lightly….but it doesn’t stay there.” The result is wonderfully strange and unsettling.

The public is invited to this FREE series from 5–7 pm at Barnes & Noble/Westwood Village.

Described as a “deep, mindful thinker and a lover of language,” Rich is the author of several essays and of four collections of poetry: Cloud Pharmacy, The Alchemist’s Kitchen, named a finalist for the Foreword Prize and the Washington State Book Award, Cures Include Travel, and The Cartographer’s Tongue, winner of the PEN USA Award for Poetry. She will discuss her process of writing based on historical figures.

Rich’s poems have appeared in many national and international journals including the Harvard Review, Poetry Ireland Review, and TriQuarterly. Along with Jared Hawkley and Brian Turner, Susan is the co-editor of The Strangest of Theatres: Poets Crossing borders, a selection of themed travel essays for poets who want to travel, it was published by McSweeney’s and the Poetry Foundation in 2013.

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
19
Wed
2014
WordsWest Literary Series: Kate Lebo and Molly Wizenberg @ C & P Coffee Company
Nov 19 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

WordsWest Literary Series Presents:
Pie and Plenty with Kate Lebo and Molly Wizenberg
Favorite Poem by Delridge Grocery Co-op
Wednesday, November 19th, 2014, 7:00 pm
at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor)

West Seattle WordsWest Literary Series is a monthly invitation to hear world-class writers from near and far and to join and nurture the West Seattle literary community.

What is the simple link between savoring good food and living a good life? How does what happens in the kitchen, what is served at the table, make a key difference to the interactions between friends and family both in our homes and in our local restaurants?

For the November 19, 2014 edition of WordsWest Literary Series, pie poet extraordinaire Kate Lebo and New York Times Bestselling author Molly Wizenberg will read their work and explore with the audience connections between handcrafted food, creative kitchens and the written word.

In honor of Thanksgiving, a holiday focused on thanks as well as great food, all proceeds from sales of the evening’s donated pie (Kate) and chocolate-chip cookies with gray salt (Molly) will go to West Seattle Food Bank.

Kate Lebo’s poems and prose have appeared in New England Review, Best New Poets, the Rumpus, Gastronomica, Willow Springs, and Poetry Northwest, and she’s the author of two books about the folk art of pie-making, A Commonplace Book of Pie and Pie School: Lessons in Fruit, Flour, and Butter. For more, visit katelebo.com.

Molly Wizenberg is a Seattle-based writer, photographer, and co-owner of two restaurants, Delancey and Essex. She is the voice behind the award-winning
blog Orangette and the author of two New York Times bestsellers, A Homemade Life: Stories and Recipes from My Kitchen Table, and Delancey: A Man, A Woman, A Restaurant, A Marriage. When she’s not busy with that stuff, she’s hanging out with her husband Brandon, daughter June, and two dogs named Jack and Alice.

Every third Wednesday, 7 pm, at C & P Coffee Company, WordsWest hosts literary events that range from readings by published local and national authors, to craft discussions and guided writing explorations for every experience level. Folks from local, independent businesses share a favorite poem as part of the Favorite Poem Project. On November 19, Delridge Grocery Co-op, will join us.

WordsWest is curated by West Seattle writers Katy E. Ellis, Susan Rich, and Harold Taw. For more information, please contact: wordswestliterary@gmail.com.

Dec
5
Fri
2014
Words, Writers & West Seattle: Karen Robbins & Sally Marts @ Barnes and Noble, Westwood Village
Dec 5 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

“Words, Writers & West Seattle” Presents Presents Children’s Books Author Karen Robbins & Illustrator, Sally Marts.

“Shoe Print Art: Step Into Drawing” – Sponsored by Southwest Seattle
Historical Society at Dec. 5th “First Friday” event

Karen S. Robbins and illustrator Sally Marts will demonstrate the combination of their talents in their presentation of “Shoe Print Art: Step Into Drawing” (Hide and Seek Press, 2013). Robbins is an award-winning author, teacher, and TV celebrity and Marts is a freelance designer/illustrator, both now living in Seattle. Children from across the country were found to do drawings for the book, following steps provided in the book and adding their own creative touches. The children’s photos were used inside the book alongside the diagrams which are said to be “simple enough for almost any age, even adults”. Robbins and Marts will discuss how the resulting creations can be turned into greeting cards, note cards, or even foam refrigerator magnets.

The public is invited to this FREE presentation on Friday, December 5th
from 5 pm to 7 pm at Barnes & Noble/Westwood Village.

Robbins is a winner of the Benjamin Franklin Gold Medal Award from the Independent Book Publishers Association and has been writing for 28 years, is a book and toy designer, poet, writer of picture books and novelty books with a U.S. patent. She has been an elementary school teacher, has written books for elementary teachers and over 50 magazine articles and appeared as “Miss Karen” on television’s Romper Room Show, is a lecturer/speaker, and a university instructor. She attended the University of Washington and holds a master of education degree from the University of Puget Sound.

Sally Marts began her career as an artist for a major department store, where she illustrated newspaper ads for many years. She discovered her joy creating for children while designing for a large toy company and has focused her career on the kid’s market since then. She has illustrated books, educational materials, posters, fabrics, and designed toys and packaging. Marts now works from her studio in Seattle.

Words, Writers & West Seattle’s next FIRST FRIDAY book talk is scheduled for January 2nd and will feature West Seattle author, Christine Brant and her book Red and Grey. Additional information on future presentations can be obtained by calling Dora-Faye Hendricks, chair, “Words, Writers & West Seattle”, by phone at 206-280-9983, or by e-mail at: Dora-Faye@comcast.net.

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
31
Wed
2014
Sacred Hoop – New Year’s Eve Event @ Duwamish Longhouse & Cultural Center
Dec 31 @ 8:00 pm – 11:45 pm

New Year’s Eve event at the Duwamish Longhouse:

An alternative to bass thumping parties and drugs and alcohol, you are invited to a more ceremonial approach to bringing in the New Year. We will have singers and dancers from many tribal nations, as well as artists from around the world. Native, Indigenous, First Nations, and Non-Native peoples are welcomed. Music, dancing, prayer, and more! We are in the planning stages of this event, details soon to follow. Everyone welcome to plan, create, and participate. No alcohol, no drugs event.

Entry: $10-20 sliding scale

Potluck!!! A wonderful offering from each person to our community. Note our system starting with the first letter of your last name.

If the first letter of your last name starts with an A-H: Please bring something to drink and cups.

If the first letter of your last name starts with an I-R: Please bring a main dish to eat, clearly labelled, and napkins or paper towels.

If the first letter of your last name starts with S-Z: Please bring both sturdy plates and cutlery.

Schedule:

6pm-8pm Community potluck

8pm- 11:55pm Native performances

11:55-12pm Prayer

After midnight to 1am Dancing!

1am clean up (community help appreciated! ) and goodbyes

Featuring performances by:

Swil Kanim – Lummi Nation (Violinist, Storyteller)

Paul Cheoketen Wagner – Wsaanich (Sanich) (Native Flute, Prayer, Storyteller

Blake Whitewolf Shelafoe – drummer, singer

Drum groups

Dancers

And more to come!

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
6
Fri
2015
Words, Writers & West Seattle: Theresa McCormick @ Barnes and Noble, Westwood Village
Feb 6 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

“Words, Writers & West Seattle” Presents World-Recognized Author Theresa McCormick.

February 6th “Book Talk” Event sponsored by Southwest Seattle Historical Society

West Seattle author Theresa McCormick, Ed.D. has published “A Far Cry From Here: Growing Up and Out of Fundamentalism” (University Book Store Press, 2014) and will share her book and experiences with the public at a FREE presentation on Friday, February 6th, from 5 to 7pm at Barnes & Noble/Westwood Village.

In this transformative memoir, overlapping threads about whiteness, race and gender, and the power of fundamentalist faith to yield security, yet limit growth, weave throughout the stories making this a timely, inspiring, and compelling memoir. McCormick’s life story focuses on stories of her whitewashed girlhood, growing up in rural Texas in a fundamentalist Christian family with all their complex relationships, limitations and strengths.

These stories take the reader on her journey from a restrictive, limiting upbringing, through the separation from her family and their oppressive religion, and onto the path of discovery of her own spiritual life. This transformation includes her journey into a feminist activist womanhood as a professor, writer and artist. Currently writing creative nonfiction, McCormick has been honored for lifelong dedication and leadership and recognized by Worldwide Who’s Who for Excellence in Education and Art. Her website is: www.theresamccormick.com, and she may be reached at: theresamcco@comcast.net.

Words, Writers & West Seattle’s next FIRST FRIDAY book talk is scheduled for March 6th and will feature Barbara Howett and “Ladies of the Borabudur” Additional information on future presentations can be obtained by calling Dora-Faye Hendricks, chair, Words, Writers & West Seattle, by phone at 206-280-9983, or by e-mail at: Dora-Faye@comcast.net.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Feb
18
Wed
2015
WordsWest Literary Series: “Humor And The Body: The Perfect Couple” @ C & P Coffee Company
Feb 18 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

WordsWest Literary Series Presents:
“Humor And The Body: The Perfect Couple” with with Jennifer D. Munro and Sarah Steinke

Favorite Poem by Alison Kennedy of M3 Bodyworks

Wednesday February 18th, 2015, 7:00 pm
at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor)

What is the secret sauce of marriage that keeps the engine running after twenty-five “blistered” years? How does raising children translate into “the greatest poem of all”? Come listen to the comical, the poignant, and the absurd tales of two local writers who aren¹t afraid to take a deep breath and tell it as they see it.

For the February 18th, 2015 edition of WordsWest Literary Series award-winning creative non-fiction writer Jennifer D. Munro and West Seattle poet Sarah Steinke will read from their work which takes a humorous and rhythmic look at the body in all its weird and wild manifestations. This month WordsWest is very grateful for a grant from Poets & Writers that allows us to pay our authors for their time and talent.

Jennifer D Munro was a Top Ten Finalist in the Erma Bombeck Global Humor Competition. She is a freelance editor whose writing has appeared in numerous publications, including Salon; Defenestration: A Literary Magazine Dedicated to Humor; The Bigger the Better the Tighter the Sweater: 21 Funny Women on Beauty and Body Image; and Best American Erotica. She is the author of The Erotica Writer¹s Husband, humorous stories about sex and the sexes. Jennifer blogs about unconventional motherhood and a quarter-decade marriage to an unconventional man at www.StraightNoChaserMom.com.

Sarah Steinke is currently developing a monthly workshop that uses both body and written movement to access what later turns into memoir, essay, and poetry. Sarah also teaches yoga in West Seattle. In both practices breath and rhythm coil around the essential–mind, body, spirit–and release what’s no longer needed. Sarah’s work has appeared in the Laurel Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Crab Creek Review, the Other Journal, the Southern California Review, and elsewhere. Her chapbook, Words Could Not Make It More True, is just out from Finishing Line Press.

Every third Wednesday, 7 pm, at C & P Coffee Company, WordsWest hosts literary events that range from readings by published local and national authors, to craft discussions and guided writing explorations for every experience level. Folks from local, independent businesses share a favorite poem as part of the Favorite Poem Project.

WordsWest is curated by West Seattle writers Katy E. Ellis, Susan Rich, and Harold Taw. For more information, please contact: wordswestliterary@gmail.com.

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

From Seattle Parks & Recreation Environmental Learning Calendar:

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

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

Free

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

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

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

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

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

Mar
18
Wed
2015
I’M/MIGRATION Unplugged @ Duwamish Longhouse & Cultural Center
Mar 18 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Please join us at the Duwamish Longhouse and Cultural Center on Wednesday March 18 from 7-9 pm as we celebrate Women’s History Month with poetry readings by Native poets.

Following on the heels of the successful 2013 production of I’M/MIGRATION, which featured artists in various performing arts disciplines, I’M/MIGRATION Unplugged presents an opportunity for poets to share their interpretation of movement across invisible yet very real boundaries by exploring the role of women today as influenced by the sociopolitical, economic and cultural boundaries in our communities. This event is donation only and is supported, in part, by an award from 4Culture, with partial funding from Seattle Arts and Culture.

The Poets:

Celeste Adame is an MFA Candidate in the inaugural class of the Lo-Rez program at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She’s been published in Yellow Medicine Review, As/Us, Santa Fe Literary Review and numerous IAIA student anthologies. When not writing, she makes her life in Auburn, WA with her family.

Natalie Díaz was born in the Fort Mojave Indian Village in Needles, California. She is Mojave and an enrolled member of the Gila River Indian community. She is the author of the poetry collection When My Brother Was an Aztec (2012), which New York Times reviewer Eric McHenry described as an “ambitious..beautiful book.” Her honors and awards include the Nimrod/Hardman Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry, the Louis Untermeyer Scholarship in Poetry from Bread Loaf, the Narrative Poetry Prize, and a Lannan Literary Fellowship.

Nilka Wherrette is an Acéntos Poetry Fellow of Colombian descent who divides her time between Seattle and Colombia, S.A.. Her poetry explores contemporary issues as experienced through the lens of an indigenous, mixed race woman. She has a passion for exploring the marriage between poetry and stage, and her poem-dramas have recently been produced and performed on stages in Seattle and Los Angeles. She is currently a student in the “Low Rez” MFA program at the Institute of American Indian Arts, working on her first poetry manuscript.

Wed March 18, 2015
7-9 pm
Donations Accepted

Duwamish Longhouse and Cultural Center
4705 West Marginal Way Southwest
Seattle WA 98106
(206) 431-1582

Mar
24
Tue
2015
Author Marissa Meyer: “Lunar Chronicles” @ Madison Middle School
Mar 24 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Tuesday, March 24th, popular young adult author Marissa Meyer will be visiting Madison Middle School to talk with students about her Lunar Chronicles dystopian series and her experience being an author. There will be two author talk assemblies in the Madison cafeteria-one at 9:40 am and the other at 1:30 pm, and parents and families are welcome to attend.

Marissa will also be selling and signing her books after each assembly for interested students. Paperback copies of the books will be on sale for $10.95 and hardback copies for $19.70 (for a price sheet, click here). Students and families can pay with cash or check (make checks out to University Book Store). Students are also welcome to bring previously purchased copies of her books to get them personally signed by Marissa. And as always, all of the books in this series will be available for
checkout in our Madison Library. Contact Madison Librarian Stacia Bell at smbell@seattleschools.org if you have questions. Hope to see you out!

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

From Nature Consortium:

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

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

There is no registration required for these Forest Hikes.

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

From Nature Consortium:

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

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

There is no registration required for these Forest Hikes.

May
1
Fri
2015
Fairmount Park Elementary Poetry Celebration @ C & P Coffee Company
May 1 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor) hosts the Fairmount Park Elementary Poetry Celebration on Friday May 1st at 1:00 pm.

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
Author Joseph Flint @ C & P Coffee Company
May 16 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Meet author Joseph Flint at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), Saturday May 16th, 1 pm.

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

Explore nature at Roxhill Park with Naturalist Stewart Wechsler:

Roxhill Park’s Butterflies, Birds and Blooms

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

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

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

$15 suggested donation

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

Jun
6
Sat
2015
Book Launch Celebration: “Walking Home” by West Seattle author Arleen Williams @ Beveridge Place Pub
Jun 6 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Join in the celebration as West Seattle author Arleen Williams reads from her latest novel, “Walking Home,” Saturday, June 6th, 3–6 pm at Beveridge Place Pub.

Meet West Seattle author Arleen Williams, and enjoy tastes of Ethiopia

“Walking Home” completes The Alki Trilogy: Despite escaping his country’s violence, Kidane is never too far from the nightmares and despair of his past. A new country, a new hope, and a new love may not be enough to save him. Only when he is able to face his worst fears can he have any hope of being truly free.

Arleen Williams is the author of four books: Running Secrets, Biking Uphill, and now Walking Home (the novels in The Alki Trilogy), and The Thirty-Ninth Victim, a memoir of her family’s journey before and after her sister’s murder. She teaches English as a Second Language at South Seattle College and has worked with immigrants and refugees for close to three decades. Arleen lives and writes in West Seattle. To learn more, please visit
www.arleenwilliams.com.

Jun
17
Wed
2015
WordsWest Literary Series: Kids’ Night at WordsWest ­- Build a Summer Reading List @ C & P Coffee Company
Jun 17 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

WordsWest Literary Series Presents
Kids’ Night at WordsWest ­- Build a Summer Reading List!
with Sundee Frazier and Charles & Elisheba Johnson
Favorite Poem and Reading Table by Leslie Sumida of West Seattle Public Library

6:00 pm, Wed., June 17, 2015, C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor)

What happens when you unite (1) a Boy-Science Wonder who can bend time, (2) a transracially-adopted, African-American girl who’s the CEO of her own company, and (3) a super Seattle librarian? You get an opportunity to build the best, kids’ summer reading list ever! On June 17, 2015, join WordsWest Literary Series for its first-ever Kids’ Night at a special start-time of 6 pm. Be astounded as local children¹s authors Sundee Frazier and Charles & Elisheba Johnson introduce brave, new, diverse heroes and heroines who are changing the world with their ingenuity. Meet West Seattle Public Library’s Leslie Sumida, who can find the right book for any reader. There will be yummy treats for kids! And their parents should know that C & P Coffee Co. also serves beer and wine.

Sundee T. Frazier is an award-winning novelist of books for young people, including Brendan Buckley’s Universe and Everything in It, Brendan Buckley’s Sixth-Grade Experiment, and The Other Half of My Heart. Her recently sold novel, Cleopatra Edison Oliver, CEO, features a transracially-adopted African-American girl who wants to change the world with her enterprising spirit. Sundee is the recipient of the American Library Association’s Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Award and was invited to appear on the TODAY Show for Al Roker’s Book Club for Kids. Brendan Buckley’s Universe was a 2015 selection by Seattle Public Library for the 20th Global Reading Challenge. Her books have been nominated for twelve state children’s choice awards, including the Sasquatch Award in Washington State.

Charles & Elisheba Johnson are the co-authors of The Adventures of Emery Jones, Boy Science Wonder, which now comprise two volumes—Bending Time (2013) and The Hard Problem (2015). Elisheba Johnson, former owner and curator of Faire Gallery Café, is an Executive and Commissions Liaison for the Office of Arts and Culture in Seattle. She writes for “Curating a Life,” her parenting blog, and creates mixed media art pieces. Dr. Charles Johnson is a novelist, essayist, literary critic, short-story writer, philosopher, and Professor Emeritus at the University of Washington, Seattle. He has published thousands of drawings as a cartoonist and illustrator, two collections, Black Humor (1970) and Half-Past Nation-Time (1972), and created, co-produced and hosted the 1970 PBS drawing program “Charlie’s Pad.” Charles is a MacArthur fellow, the recipient of an American Academy of Arts and Letters Award for Literature and a National Book Award for his novel Middle Passage.

Every third Wednesday, 7 pm, at C & P Coffee Company, WordsWest hosts literary events that range from readings by published local and national authors, to craft discussions and guided writing explorations for every experience level. Each week, a poetry lover from a local, independent business shares her favorite poem as part of the Favorite Poem Project.

WordsWest is curated by West Seattle writers Katy E. Ellis , Susan Rich , and Harold Taw .

For more information, please contact wordswestliterary@gmail.com or visit http://WordsWestLiterary.com.

Join us on Facebook at
https://www.facebook.com/WordsWestLiterary

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.

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

From Nature Consortium:

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

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

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

Aug
12
Wed
2015
SWYFS Writers Workshop performance: “The Boot” @ Youngstown Cultural Arts Center
Aug 12 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

You are invited to the 2015 Southwest Youth and Family Services Writers Workshop performance of The Boot — a collection of spoken words and poetry.

Join us as we celebrate their accomplishments. Listen to their stories. Take a step closer to understanding the world they live in, the struggles they encounter and the dreams they have in front of them.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015
6-7:30 pm
Youngstown Cultural Arts Center

Light refreshments provided and a chance to meet the young artists. For more information, please call or email us at 206.973.7680 or info@swyfs.org.

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
28
Mon
2015
Writers in the Schools Anthology Reading & Celebration @ Benaroya Hall
Sep 28 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

On Monday, September 28th the West Seattle community is invited to the Seattle
Arts & Lectures Writers in the Schools Anthology Reading & Celebration, which will include students from Lafayette Elementary and West Seattle High School:

The Writers in the Schools Program (WITS) places professional local writers in public schools to develop writing skills and spark inspiration. Since 1994, the WITS program in the Seattle area has been helping students discover their own authentic voices. Featuring creative writing by students in last year’s program, this reading by 60 young authors will move the audience to tears, laughter, awe and wild applause.

This year’s anthology includes writing by Lafayette Elementary School students Arden Rusu, Margot Cohen, Kelsey Morgan Hollingsworth, Ava R. Lockman, and Elena Schwab. A number of these students will be among the featured readers.

The readings will take place in the Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall at Benaroya Hall, beginning at 7 PM on September 28. The events are free and open to the public. The young authors will sign copies of the anthology, and a reception will follow, with sweets donated by Cupcake Royale.

Nov
1
Sun
2015
Lola E. Peters reads from ‘The Truth About White People’ @ Westside Unitarian Universalist Church
Nov 1 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Lola E. Peters, social activist, poet, and author, will read from her new collection of essays The Truth About White People. The book is about her experience of growing up and living as a Black person in White America from the Civil Rights Era of the 60’s to the present day. Sunday, November 1, 2015, 5:30–6:30 pm at Westside Unitarian
Universalist Church.

Nov
3
Tue
2015
Author Shannon Messenger: “Keeper of the Lost Cities” @ Madison Middle School
Nov 3 @ 9:40 am – 11:00 am

Author Shannon Messenger will be visiting Madison Middle School on Tuesday, November 3rd to speak with all 6th graders about her ‘Keeper of the Lost Cities’ fantasy series, especially the newest 4th book entitled ‘Neverseen’. If you loved Harry Potter and have been looking for a read alike series ever since, this is the one for you! Shannon will be speaking at 9:40 am in the cafeteria with book sales and signing directly following. We also have her books available for checkout in the Madison Library. Families are welcome to join us for this event as well. Hope to see you there!

Nov
6
Fri
2015
Mini Maker Faire: Make & Collaborate, Workspace, Makers @ Barnes and Noble, Westwood Village
Nov 6 @ 3:00 pm – 8:00 pm

If you’re a tech enthusiast, crafter, educator, tinkerer, hobbyist, engineer, science club member, author, artist, student, entrepreneur, or maker of any kind—join us! We’re getting together in stores to learn from each other, hear from the experts, and work on projects:

Mini Maker Faire: Make Workspace
Friday November 06, 2015 3:00 pm
:
Join us to see demonstrations and experience some of the latest products in 3D printing, robotics, coding, programming and more.

Mini Maker Faire: Make & Collaborate
Friday November 06, 2015 4:00–6:00 pm
: Join us in the Make & Collaborate space for these highly collaborative and interactive activities for a variety of ages. Featured materials included in the sessions: Ages 5+ – LEGO® BIONICLE®, Snap Circuits & ThinkFun Wheels & Gadgets Ages 8+ – littleBits Electronic Building Blocks & Cool Paper Machines Adults (13+) — LEGO® Architecture Studio and Extraordinaires Design Studio Pro.

Mini Maker Faire: Meet the Makers
Friday November 06, 2015 5:00 pm
: Join us for this engaging session featuring local group Words, Writers, & West Seattle presenting local author Shirley Enebrad and her book Over the Rainbow Bridge. Shirley will talk about the joys and difficulties of writing, publishing and making with words. All ages!

Mini Maker Faire: Make Workspace
Friday November 06, 2015 6:00 pm
: Join us to see demonstrations and experience some of the latest products in 3D printing, robotics, coding, programming and more.

Mini Maker Faire: Meet the Makers
Friday November 06, 2015 7:00 pm
: Join us for this engaging session featuring local maker Jessie Skellington. Jessie will showcase his work with live action role playing and prop fabrication, exploring the art and detail of the Steampunk culture and more.

Barnes & Noble’s “Maker Faire” runs through the weekend and will present other spectacular presentations and mini events. See: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/h/makerfaire

Nov
13
Fri
2015
Free: Finneyfrock/Ascalon reading @ Youngstown Cultural Arts Center
Nov 13 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Come hear a reading of new work by Young Adult Novelist Karen Finneyfrock and poet Roberto Ascalon, both residents of Youngstown Cultural Arts Center. Karen will read from her work-in-progress, “The Year We Ruined the House”. This event is free and supported, in part, by a grant from 4Culture.

Teens welcome. Not appropriate for children.

FINNEYFROCK/ASCALON
Friday, November 13, 7:30 pm
Youngstown Cultural Arts Center
FREE

Nov
30
Mon
2015
South’s 20th Annual Poetry Reading @ Olympic Hall Theatre/South Seattle College
Nov 30 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

FROM THE PAGE TO THE STAGE
Please join Mike Hickey’s incredibly talented & brilliant ENGL 151 creative writing class for some original beast-mode poetry that is guaranteed to rock your world!

Featuring world-ranked Slam poet and author of “Bring Down the Chandeliers” Tara Hardy

Monday, November 30
11:00 am–12:30 pm
Olympic Hall Theatre
at South Seattle College (WSB sponsor)

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

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

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

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

Jan
8
Fri
2016
Words, Writers & West Seattle: 14 Young Local Authors! @ Barnes and Noble, Westwood Village
Jan 8 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

14 young local authors present their own books on Friday, January 8, 2016 from 5-7 pm. The public is invited to this FREE series at Barnes & Noble/Westwood Village – “Words, Writers & West Seattle’s” First Friday Book Talk sponsored by the Southwest Seattle Historical Society.

Students from Madison Middle School and Chief Sealth International High School will be talking about the books they’ve written as a part of a Community Learning Center program out of the West Seattle YMCA, first started at Madison Middle School and Sealth High School. The 14 Young Authors consist of nine from Madison Middle School and five from Chief Sealth International High School. Their stories, essays and poetry are bound into books published by the West Seattle YMCA Community Learning Center.

All purchases made by those attending the talk that afternoon and for the following five days will result in a contribution of ten percent of sales to the Southwest Seattle Historical Society under the Barnes & Noble’s Book Fair program.

Additional information on future presentations can be obtained by calling Dora-Faye Hendricks, Chair, “Words, Writers & West Seattle” by phone at 206-280-9983 or by e-mail at Dora-Faye@comcast.net.

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

From the Seattle Aquarium:

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

Fri, 22 Jan, 2016
8:30 pm–10:30 pm

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

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

Feb
4
Thu
2016
Community Conversation: An Immigrant’s Journey with Claudia Castro Luna @ Southwest Youth and Family Services
Feb 4 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Please join us for an important community conversation, with food and a tour, featuring Claudia Castro Luna, Seattle Civic Poet on Thursday, February 4th from 5-7 pm at Southwest Youth and Family Services.

SWYFS welcomes Seattle Civic Poet, Claudia Castro Luna as she shares her personal journey as an immigrant and how it has shaped her poetry. We will also hear from other community members about their own immigration journeys, enjoy a dinner rich in diversity and learn more about SWYFS. Childcare provided.

5-6 pm, food, mingling, tour
6-7 pm, program with Claudia Castro Luna and local family immigration testimonials

For more information, contact: spopelka@swyfs.org or 206.937.7680

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
14
Sun
2016
Song, Guitar, Poetry & Valentine Coloring Pages @ Admiral Bird
Feb 14 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

At Admiral Bird on February 14th, 3-4:30 pm: Song, Guitar, Poetry & Valentine Coloring Pages.

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

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
TAF Academy Speech Team – CANCELED @ West Seattle Farmers' Market
Apr 10 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

(Got word Sunday morning that this has been canceled)

Apr
29
Fri
2016
The Mama-logues: A comedy about motherhood @ New Holly Gathering Hall
Apr 29 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Oh yes it’s back! Completely new script for 2016, The Mama-logues: A comedy about motherhood, is two hours of spit-your-beer-out-funny in celebration of motherhood! It’s for anyone who is a mom, has a mom or knows a mom. Local talent will perform selections from mom-tastic blogs, books, and articles by Scary Mommy, Moms Who Drink and Swear, Outnumbered Mother, The Bloggess, Samantha Bee, Babysideburns, and many others! And oh yes, the song and dance pieces! Suburban Funk gonna get to you!!

All proceeds benefit the local and extremely deserving WestSide Baby (westsidebaby.org) and Open Arms Perinatal Services (openarmsps.org).

The Mama-logues: A comedy About Motherhood – Seattle, WA
Friday and Saturday, April 29 & 30, 7 pm
Tickets $20 in advance, $25 at the door
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2505764

NEW LOCATION – New Holly Gathering Hall
7054 32nd Ave South

Beer, wine, non-alcoholic drinks and dessert will be offered for sale at the event. Bring your friends be they mamas or not! There is a little something for everyone to laugh at in this show.

13 and up due to strong language and content. Babes in arms are welcome!

For more information contact Laurie Levy at 206-235-5389 or laurie@laurielevy.net

Apr
30
Sat
2016
Local Author Jack Lewis Reads ‘Head Check’ @ Barnes and Noble, Westwood Village
Apr 30 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Author Jack Lewis Reads at Westwood Village Barnes & Noble Saturday, April 30 at 4 pm.

Local author Jack Lewis will be reading from his book ‘Head Check, What it Feels Like to Ride Motorcycles’ at the Westwood Village Barnes & Noble on Saturday, April 30 at 4 pm.

Head Check invites readers to take in the color and detail of a rider’s life vividly realized, richly observed, and transcendently described.

During his tenure at Motorcyclist magazine, Jack Lewis has touched readers around the world not only through his incandescent prose riffs and self-effacing humor, but also through a consistent and deeply felt humanity.

This collection of magazine features and columns alongside personally published web pieces and new material may be populated by motorcycles, but it centers around the varied experiences of riders (and their tolerant keepers) in a world where risk is a bet you make with yourself for purposes that must always transcend mere recreation.

More Information available at http://litsam.com/jack-lewis-returns-to-seattle/.

The Mama-logues: A comedy about motherhood @ New Holly Gathering Hall
Apr 30 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Oh yes it’s back! Completely new script for 2016, The Mama-logues: A comedy about motherhood, is two hours of spit-your-beer-out-funny in celebration of motherhood! It’s for anyone who is a mom, has a mom or knows a mom. Local talent will perform selections from mom-tastic blogs, books, and articles by Scary Mommy, Moms Who Drink and Swear, Outnumbered Mother, The Bloggess, Samantha Bee, Babysideburns, and many others! And oh yes, the song and dance pieces! Suburban Funk gonna get to you!!

All proceeds benefit the local and extremely deserving WestSide Baby (westsidebaby.org) and Open Arms Perinatal Services (openarmsps.org).

The Mama-logues: A comedy About Motherhood – Seattle, WA
Friday and Saturday, April 29 & 30, 7 pm
Tickets $20 in advance, $25 at the door
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2505764

NEW LOCATION – New Holly Gathering Hall
7054 32nd Ave South

Beer, wine, non-alcoholic drinks and dessert will be offered for sale at the event. Bring your friends be they mamas or not! There is a little something for everyone to laugh at in this show.

13 and up due to strong language and content. Babes in arms are welcome!

For more information contact Laurie Levy at 206-235-5389 or laurie@laurielevy.net

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
9
Mon
2016
Seattle Reads ‘We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves’ book group @ Southwest Library
May 9 @ 6:45 pm – 7:45 pm

Join us at the Southwest Branch Library for a discussion of the 2016 Seattle Reads featured work, “We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves” by Karen Joy Fowler.

Book Description: A smart, funny, heartbreaking novel about a middle-class American family – ordinary in every way except one – that explores what it means to be human.

View in Catalog: “We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves” by Karen Joy Fowler

Next Month’s Title: “Just Kids” by Patti Smith

This group meets the 2nd Monday of the month at 6:45 pm unless otherwise noted.

Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Pick up your copy of this month’s book at this library location.

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

Write your Neighborhood with Civic Poet Claudia Castro Luna @ High Point Library
May 21 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

At the High Point Library Saturday, May 21st, 2016, 1–3 pm:

Join Civic Poet Claudia Castro Luna May 21st for an afternoon of poetry exploration.

Castro Luna will lead participants through a fun and interactive afternoon reading and writing poetry. Castro Luna will kick things off with a poetry reading inspired by city life, then invite participants to let their memory and imagination wander and capture the people, the sights and sounds of the neighborhood they live in. Everyone has stories about the place they live in – Come and share yours! We encourage anyone who has written a poem before the workshop to bring it and share it with the whole group.

Claudia Castro Luna is Seattle’s first Civic Poet, the recipient of a King County 4Culture grant and a Jack Straw Fellow. Born in El Salvador she came to the United States in 1981. She has an MA in Urban Planning and an MFA in poetry. She is a certified K-12 teacher and has taught writing in the schools through Jack Straw. She writes because the flesh remembers even when the mind forgets and moving the hand across a page is a measure of resistance. Her poems have appeared in publications such as Riverbabble, the Taos Journal of Poetry and Art and City Arts among others. She is working on a memoir about her experience escaping the Salvadoran Civil War; an excerpt of it appears in the 2014 Jack Straw Writers Anthology. Living in English and Spanish, Claudia writes and teaches in Seattle where she gardens and keeps chickens with her husband and their three children.

Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. 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.

May
24
Tue
2016
Senior Center of West Seattle Performing Arts Troupe @ Senior Center of West Seattle
May 24 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Senior Center of West Seattle Performing Arts Troupe – Our first Staged Reading of this group that began in March, will be on May 24th – Thursday evening from 6-7 pm. The short program will be two staged readings. It is free and open to the public.

IF
– by Rudyard Kipling

THE REHEARSAL – a short funny play

Classes for the West Seattle Seniors Performing Arts are held on Thursdays from 3:30 pm to 5 pm. Ages 50 +

Instructor/Director Margaret Vandenberghe

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
10
Fri
2016
‘Summer Kickoff’ event @ Youngstown Cultural Arts Center
Jun 10 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

From the Delridge Neighborhoods Development Association‘s Cultural Events Series:

Summer Kickoff, June 10th, 5-8 pm
at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center

Totem Star presents Summer Kickoff, an annual youth arts showcase featuring music, dance, spoken word, and more. Singer/songwriters, bands, emcees, poets, dance crews, and DJs ages 12-21 build life skills and community through helping plan, promote, and produce the event. Open mic spots are available to any youth performers, with attendance open to the general public.

Learn more about the Cultural Events Series: http://dnda.org/culturalseries/events/

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SSC Arboretum
Seattle Conifer Day
Pruning Demonstration
10 am to Noon

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

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

Food Truck
– near Northwest Wine Academy

Seattle Public Library Cart
– NWWA Patio

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

Jun
18
Sat
2016
“Meet the Authors” @ Morgan Junction Community Festival
Jun 18 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

“Meet the Authors” from West Seattle at Morgan Junction Festival June 18th:

Where can you find Greek Gods, homicide detectives, and wanton boys all sharing one tent? On Saturday, June 18, they will be gathering under an awning at the Morgan Junction Community Festival in West Seattle.

These are just a few of the dynamic characters that West Seattle authors bring to life in their novels and memoirs for your reading pleasure in genres as diverse as fantasy, young adult fiction, poetry, and memoir. A group of fifteen West Seattle authors will present their work at different times throughout the day under a banner inviting you to “Meet the Authors,” from 10 am to 5 pm on Saturday, June 18th.

This is the second year for the free “Meet the Authors” booth located in the vendor area behind Zeek’s Pizza, 6459 California Ave. SW. Two tents will host author presentations and a third will offer their books for sale through local bookseller Merryweather Books. Merryweather’s, 4537 California Ave. SW, also carries the books year round, with a special section of the store dedicated to local authors.

Authors participating in readings throughout the day are: Alice Ann Kuder, Allan Batchelder, Arleen Williams, Cherie Tucker, Christine Brant, Christopher Anderson, David Kannas, Gail Engebretson, Jeanette Chaplin, Lisa Richesson, Michael G. Hickey, Molly Ringle, Sonya Elliott, Theresa McCormick, and Victoria Randall.

Facebook event page here.

For more Information, including a list of authors, book titles and genres, contact Alice
Ann Kuder, 206-708-9800, Alice@Telltalescribe.com

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/

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
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.”

Poet Katy E. Ellis and Student Poetry Reading @ C & P Coffee Company
Jul 20 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Poet Katy E. Ellis and Student Poetry Reading at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor) on Wednesday July 20th, 7 pm–9 pm. More from C & P:

A reading for the wild [animal] at heart! Please join City Artist grant recipient Katy Ellis and four talented young writing students from the public and home school community for an evening of poetry that explores familial relationships as they relate to animal instinct, animal affection and a sense of where and how we belong to one another. Katy Ellis, a local West Seattle writer and co-curator of the WordsWest Literary Series, will read from Anybody’s Animal, her poetry manuscript-in-progress, which gives Seattle readers a way to consider how our connection with nature and the animals is constantly tested. Four school-age students who attended Katy’s “Writing the Animals” classes will also share their work on the theme of animals and human nature. This event is supported by Seattle’s Office of Art
and Culture.

Katy E. Ellis grew up under fir trees and high-voltage power lines in Renton, Washington. She teaches creative writing through Seattle Arts & Lecture’s Writers in the Schools (WITS) program and at The Family
Learning Program, a home school education organization. She studied writing at the University of Victoria in British Columbia, Canada and at Western Washington University. Aside from her chapbooks Urban Animal Expeditions (Dancing Girl Press) and Gravity (Yellow Flag Press)-which garnered a Pushcart nomination-her poetry has appeared in a number of literary journals including PRISM International, Literary Mama, MAYDAY Magazine, Redheaded Stepchild, Calyx: A Journal of Art and Literature by Women, Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review, and the Canadian journals Grain and Fiddlehead. Her fiction has appeared in Burnside Review and won Third Place in the Glimmer Train super-short fiction contest and she has been awarded grants from the Elizabeth George Foundation, Seattle’s Office of Arts & Culture and Artist Trust/Centrum. Katy co-curates WordsWest Literary series, a monthly literary event in West Seattle.

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
5
Fri
2016
Words, Writers & West Seattle: Georgie Kunkel ‘Color Me Feminist’ @ Barnes and Noble, Westwood Village
Aug 5 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Reviewing the years of her childhood, education, teaching and counseling, work as “Rosie the Riveter” for Boeing, political activity with the National Organization of Women, community organizing, performing musical and comedic entertainment, Georgie Kunkel will talk about her book ‘Color Me Feminist’ at Words, Writers & West Seattle’s monthly book-talk series.

The Southwest Seattle Historical Society sponsors this free book-talk series on the ‘First Friday’ of each month. This presentation of Color Me Feminist, the 35th installment of the series, will take place at 5 pm, Friday, August 5th, 2016, at Barnes & Noble/Westwood Village.

After Kunkel earned her Bachelor’s degree from Western Washington University and her Masters from the University of Washington, Kunkel discovered she could not get a teaching contract if she was married. Later, she was fired four times while teaching for being pregnant so it took her longer to be able to retire after teaching school for 15 years and working as an elementary school counselor another 15 years. She was the first person to lobby the legislature for elementary school counselors to be funded, helped her district prepare the norming process for certifying elementary school counselors, and was one of the first elementary counselors covered by certification in Washington State. She also created and presented the first program about sexism for Region X government office workers in Seattle, and was President of the Washington State’s National Organization for Women.

At 96, Georgie dances weekly, swims at the local YMCA and remains active in local political organizations..Her philosophy is: “Keep moving, thinking and laughing. The alternative is that you die young. Older people should not be shoved aside in life but always serve as a beacon for younger people to learn from.”

“Words, Writers & West Seattle’s” next book-talk is scheduled for September 2nd and will feature Molly Ringle and her new adult fantasy book, Immortal’s Spring, the last in a trilogy that revives ancient Greek myths in modern romance. For videos on these and other authors’ presentations, visit: www.loghousemuseum.info/events/words-writers-and-west-seattle. Additional information on future presentations can be obtained by contacting Dora-Faye Hendricks, Chair, “Words, Writers & West Seattle” by phone at 206-280-9983 or by e-mail at Dora-Faye@comcast.net.

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.

Oct
7
Fri
2016
Teresa Mosteller book signing & reading @ C & P Coffee Company
Oct 7 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

At C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor): Teresa Mosteller reads from her book of poems called “There Used to Be a Fish Called Salmon.”

Oct
18
Tue
2016
Author Christopher Anderson – new book reading @ C & P Coffee Company
Oct 18 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

At C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor): Seattle author Christopher Anderson reads from his new environmental economics book, “Economy and Ecology: How Capitalism Brought Us to the Brink.”

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
3
Sat
2016
Author Readings @ C & P Coffee Company
Dec 3 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

At C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor) on Saturday December 3rd, 7 pm–9 pm. More from C & P:

Join us for a two-part event! First, author Anna Redsand will read from To Drink From the Silver Cup: From Faith Through Exile and Beyond. Second, Ann Przyzycki, editor of Isthmus, a literary journal published in Seattle, will join Anna (a former contributor to the journal) in a dialog on publishing: what are the challenges of starting a publication or of finding a publisher for your book; what does an editor want in a publishable piece; what does an author want in a publisher? The audience will be invited to ask questions and share their comments and experiences.

To Drink from the Silver Cup: From Faith Through Exile and Beyond is about the author’s journey from a devout childhood and adolescence as the daughter of fundamentalist missionaries in the Navajo Nation, through leaving the church after discovering there would be no place for her there as a young lesbian. She spent the next forty years learning from other spiritual traditions, always longing for home. Eventually she embarked upon a deliberate experiment to see if she could find kinship in a faith community when she no longer believed much of what she had been taught. (www.annaredsand.com)

Isthmus is a print journal of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, published biannually in Seattle. Our goal is to produce a thoughtful, memorable reading experience that showcases a range of styles and perspectives. We hope to bring a little of Seattle to the world and a little of the rest of the world to Seattle. Founded in 2014, Isthmus has received three listings for Notable Essays and one listing for a Recognized Story in the Best American Series. (www.isthmusreview.com)

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
16
Fri
2016
Youth Speaks Seattle Poetry Slam Prelim #2 @ Youngstown Cultural Arts Center
Dec 16 @ 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Youth Speaks Seattle Poetry Slam Prelim #2

When: December 16, 2016

Where: Youngstown Cultural Arts Center

Address: 4408 Delridge Way SW, Seattle, WA 98106

Time: Doors open, signup and food at 6:00pm; Slam will start at 6:30pm; event will end around 9:30pm

FREE admission

Event FB page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1782488541999958/?active_tab=about (includes full description of event)

Short description:

Arts Corps & DNDA presents
Youth Speaks Seattle Poetry Slam Prelim #2
Since 2003, Youth Speaks Seattle has held an annual poetry slam series to build community, showcase the next generation of Seattle’s poetic changemakers and to decide the top 5 poets to rep Seattle at Brave New Voices (BNV), the International Youth Poetry Slam Festival. This year, the winners will travel to San Francisco, CA for BNV 2017: bravenewvoices.org.

This is the last event of the Delridge Neighborhoods Cultural Events Series and is a collaborative event with Youth Speaks Seattle

Jan
8
Sun
2017
Learning the Art and Practice of Healing Mother Nature Herself
Jan 8 @ 11:00 am – 1:30 pm

With Naturalist Stewart Wechsler:

Sunday, January 8th, 11:00 am–1:30 pm, join Stewart’s Stewardship Adventures to Learn the Art and Practice of Healing Mother Nature Herself from Mother Nature’s Medicine Man, who has spent most of his 60 years studying her local natural community, and how we might best help with the protection and recovery of her incredible wealth and beauty that has been in decline ever since the first human sought to control and exploit her. This will be an all generations program for all levels of knowledge. Learning and practicing the protection and healing of our natural community is not only fascinating, and feels like a good thing to be doing for the world, but doing it is therapeutic and a good activity to rebuild richer, and healthier, human community around.

This session is at one of Seattle’s greatest remaining urban oases of nature at Lincoln Park in West Seattle. The following session could be at your favorite remaining local oasis of nature, where you and your neighbors renew your spirits in nature. I don’t ask for any monetary contributions for this program, but I do ask for any help you can contribute towards my efforts to promote a paradigm shift for the human community to increasingly again appreciate and serve our Mother Nature, while again serving the health of our human communities in the process.

Preregistration is not required, but if you tell me you are coming it will help me estimate the size group to plan for. We might follow up by planning a “stewardship adventure” to a site where some species still thrives, that we estimate once thrived at our favorite local oasis of nature, but has since become rare or lost, as we build a growing community of stewards. We can learn about that species that has become rare or lost from that favorite nature spot, do enough stewardship of its habitat in that remaining stronghold that the mother plant would be happy to give us a few of her seeds to give good homes to, and bring them back to our favorite local nature oasis for her. If no one contacts me, and it’s weather is too rough, I may not show up. Call or e-mail: 206 932-7225; ecostewart@gmail.com

Jan
22
Sun
2017
Sunday Community Service to Serve the God of Mother Nature @ Lincoln Park
Jan 22 @ 11:00 am – 1:30 pm

January 22, 2017 @ 11:00 am–1:30 pm, Stewart’s Stewardship Adventures invites you to:

Sunday Community Service to Serve the God of Mother Nature
Attend a Sunday service of a different sort! In honor of the god of Mother Nature we will have a community gathering to serve her by strategically sacrificing weeds in her honor. Also, as part of the service there will be a sermon on strategies of how to make the most of sacrificing of the weeds to get the maximum mileage towards the preservation of the ancient art of the god of Mother Nature. These strategies will also apply to helping help her recover the maximum amount of her natural health, natural wealth, and natural beauty as she can. This is a health, wealth and beauty that has been in decline ever since the culture of the allegorical Able and Cain, the animal, and plant and land controllers, and the culture of the legendary King David the gold hoarder, started taking control of the planet and its populace.

We will meet at the kiosk at the northern of the 2 parking lots at Lincoln Park, across from Rose St. No pre-registration required.

And don’t worry about sitting in a stuffy temple, church or mosque, listening to a boring sermon, as the sermon will be delivered either while walking or sitting outdoors in a relatively beautiful natural area. As you will either be pleasantly plucking at the sacrificial weeds, wildly ripping them out by their roots, or just enjoying being in nature, if you prefer, you can ignore the sermon! And if you have had enough before 1:30 you can always peel off early!

While all weed sacrifice can be done bare handed, if you have a pair of work gloves, and maybe a Hori Hori weeding knife, you could bring them.

Feb
3
Fri
2017
Free Community Event: Young Storytellers Project @ Youngstown Cultural Arts Center
Feb 3 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Chief Sealth International High School students will take the stage at the Youngstown Cultural Arts Center to share their stories with the community. Come hear, connect, interact and support young people you might never otherwise meet! Stories, music, time to mingle. Bring a potluck dish to share if you can. Potluck at 6:30, stories begin at 7:00.

Friday February 3rd, 6:30-9:30 pm
Free Community Event: Young Storytellers Project

More:
Teachers at Chief Sealth International High School is working to support our students to hone their storytelling craft and bring it to the Youngstown Stage. We’re also getting help from Danielle K.L. Grégoire – pro story teller, educator and former program manager for The Moth (https://www.facebook.com/TheMoth/) for this event.

One thing that has always been important, perhaps even more now is to reach out and connect. What we know is that while so many communities share the same geography, we rarely actually connect. The lack of connections allows people to believe things about each other that is not true. It makes us vulnerable to fear, to implicit bias and to stereotypes. One of the most beautiful things about our Chief Sealth community is that we actually do connect – across race, across gender, across gender identity, across socioeconomic status, across age, across national origin and citizenship status. We want to share that with the wider community.

This event is different! Our young people will tell their personal stories – about 5 minutes each. Rather than this being a “story slam” we are working with Danielle Gregoire to pilot “messages of support.” Rather than being judged or scored, audience members will have a chance to write small notes about how they connected with the stories. These little love letters will be collected and given to the story tellers! What? Love, support connection between teenagers and adults in their community who might never have had the chance to connect? Isn’t that the world you want?

It’s also at the Youngtown Cultural Arts Center! The place was designed to create connection. If you’ve been there, you know what that feels like. If you haven’t, you’ll love it. And did you know that the “Thelma DeWitty” theater – where this event will be held, was named for the first African American School Teacher in the Seattle Public School District who, you guessed it, taught at the “Old Cooper School.” (okay, longer story but the Youngstown School was renamed “Cooper” for a while before we turned it back into “Youngstown” for its new life as a Cultural Arts Center). Come, bring some food, spend Friday night connecting with new and old friends, hearing stories, and supporting young people.

Feb
4
Sat
2017
Gibbous Moon Walk with the Stars, Owls and Trees @ Lincoln Park
Feb 4 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Join Stewart’s Stewardship Adventures for Gibbous Moon Walk with the Stars, Owls and Others @ Lincoln Park With a bright, gibbous moon high in the sky, we’ll look and listen, and hoot for the owls. We’ll learn about the wealth of our local natural community at night. We might see the moon and some stars if the clouds cooperate. While the owls may be quiet and not showing themselves, the herbs, shrubs and trees can’t hide and we can always learn a bit about them or any member of the natural community we can see, hear, smell or taste, and a hike in nature at night is always an adventure!

I ask that people pre-register for me to manage the group size by e-mailing me: ecostewart@gmail.com or phoning me: 206 932-7225 (I still haven’t learned how to use my cell). We meet by the kiosk at the northern of Lincoln Park’s two parking lots, Across from SW Rose St., between SW Thistle St. at the south end, and SW Monroe St. at the north end.

No fee is required, but I ask that people offer any form of support they are comfortable with that would help me continue my efforts to inspire and teach people about the true wealth of nature, while teaching better stewardship of our natural community, building, in the process, a healthier human community.

Feb
9
Thu
2017
Chief Sealth students’ Book-It ‘Page to Stage’ performances
Feb 9 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

All families and community members are invited to attend the 16th annual Book-It Page to Stage Residency at Chief Sealth International High School at 7pm on Thursday, February 9th. Freshmen in Mr. Azinger’s 9th grade classes will have spent 4 and a half weeks working with a teaching artist to stage and adapt student written poems.

After a week of on-your-feet, skills-based instruction, students work in groups to stage and adapt poems written by 9th graders from Ms. Griffin’s classes. Our students have truly grown as collaborators and thinkers as the initial reticence to work in groups was quickly replaced by a thoughtful exchange of ideas. The empathy and compassion that students show is delightful, even more so in that they are so focused on successfully presenting their adaptation of the poem. Please come enjoy the result of their hard work and growth on February 9th at 7 pm in the Auditorium at Chief Sealth International High School.

Feb
10
Fri
2017
Nighttime low-tide beach walks @ Constellation Park, Alki
Feb 10 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Join trained volunteer Beach Naturalists at South Alki/Constellation Park on the following dates this year for a free guided exploration at very low tide.

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 27, 9:30-11 pm (-1.11 at 10:41pm)
Friday, February 10, 9-11 pm (-1.44 at 10:32pm)

Beach etiquette:
While on the beach, please remember:
~ Walk carefully; there’s life beneath your feet!
~ Touch gently with one wet finger.
~ Observe animals where they are and please avoid picking them up.
~ Please only move rocks that are small enough to be moved with one hand and return them to the position in which you found them.
~ Please only remove trash from the beach, nothing else. Many of our beaches are protected by law.

Feb
11
Sat
2017
Seeking Seattle’s Surviving Salamanders @ Camp Long
Feb 11 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

With Naturalist Stewart Wechsler:

Join Stewart’s Stewardship Adventures for Seeking Seattle’s Surviving Salamanders – How We Might Help Them. Let’s seek and celebrate Seattle’s surviving salamanders, at possibly their best remaining Seattle refugium at Camp Long. While we see if they are home in their habitat, we will discuss what constitutes healthy habitat for our different salamander species, and we might be able to do a small bit to improve that habitat. Of the six Seattle salamanders that may still occur in the city, there are 4 species that still occur at Camp Long. Two of these never go in the water, laying their eggs in hidden, moist places. They are the (extra cute) Ensatina (in the photo) and the Western Red-backed Salamander. If they are home we can hold and examine them, before letting them return. Two lay their eggs, in jelly-like masses in the pond,meeting their mates for their dates on or around Valentines’ night, so if we are lucky we might see some early eggs in the pond. Whether the salamanders are home or not, there is a whole community of plants, animals and fungi to enjoy and learn about and help.

Pre-registration requested: e-mail or phone to pre-register: ecostewart@gmail.com or 206 932-7225 While no cash is required, I ask that people support me and my efforts to promote a paradigm shift of re-building a human community that is increasingly again appreciating and serving the wealth of our natural community, while serving healthier human communities in the process. If no one pre-registers I might not show up.

Feb
15
Wed
2017
Somali storytime @ High Point Library
Feb 15 @ 5:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Fadlan Keen Caruurtaada Si Ay U Qaataan Waqti Xiiso leh, Iyo Sheeko Xariiro Ku Bixi Doonta Afka Soomaaliaga. (It is Somali Story Time at the High Point Library!)
Bring your children to enjoy stories, rhymes and fun in Somali.)

Story times are some of our most popular 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.

Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. This story time is offered entirely in the Somali language.

Feb
18
Sat
2017
Seeking Seattle’s Surviving Salamanders @ Camp Long
Feb 18 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

With Naturalist Stewart Wechsler:

Join Stewart’s Stewardship Adventures for Seeking Seattle’s Surviving Salamanders – How We Might Help Them. Let’s seek and celebrate Seattle’s surviving salamanders, at possibly their best remaining Seattle refugium at Camp Long. While we see if they are home in their habitat, we will discuss what constitutes healthy habitat for our different salamander species, and we might be able to do a small bit to improve that habitat. Of the six Seattle salamanders that may still occur in the city, there are 4 species that still occur at Camp Long. Two of these never go in the water, laying their eggs in hidden, moist places. They are the (extra cute) Ensatina (in the photo) and the Western Red-backed Salamander. If they are home we can hold and examine them, before letting them return. Two lay their eggs, in jelly-like masses in the pond, meeting their mates for their dates on or around Valentines’ night, so we will probably now be able to see their eggs in the pond. Whether the salamanders are home or not, there is a whole community of plants, animals and fungi to enjoy and learn about and help.

Pre-registration requested: e-mail or phone to pre-register: ecostewart@gmail.com or 206 932-7225 $0 – $20 per person, whatever is comfortable. While no cash is required, I ask that people support my efforts to promote a paradigm shift of re-building a human community that is increasingly again appreciating and serving the wealth of our natural community, while serving healthier human communities in the process. If no one pre-registers I might not show up.

Feb
25
Sat
2017
Natural Community Service and Admiration Stroll @ Fauntleroy Park
Feb 25 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Join Stewart’s Stewardship Adventures for Natural Community Service and Admiration Stroll in Fauntleroy Park. We will meet at the entrance on SW Barton St by SW Henderson St, between 40th Av SW & 41st Av SW.

Why not join your local human community, as we take a stroll in our local natural community, and admire her beauty, her fascinating intricacy, and learn Stewart’s strategies, developed over the last 20 years, to get the most mileage in helping Mother Nature heal from the abuses incurred in a bad relationship with her children, Able, Cain and David? While we learn the strategies, we’ll control a few wily weeds that are encroaching on declining plant community members. This session will be at our local treasure of nature, Fauntleroy Park, where the first of over-controlling Able’s creature creations, the domesticated dog, is trampling the Trilliums, while salamanders, whose cover has been blown, struggle to safely sneak around. No fee is required, but I am building a community of support for me, my work, and for a growing movement. That support can take any helpful form.

Pre-registration is not required, but it would help me estimate the crowd to prepare for. If no one pre-registers I may not show up. To pre-register e-mail ecostewart@gmail.com or phone (land only right now) 206 932-7225

Mar
3
Fri
2017
Words, Writers & West Seattle: Enduring Conviction – Fred Korematsu and His Quest for Justice @ Barnes and Noble, Westwood Village
Mar 3 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Professor Lorraine Bannai presents her new book, “Enduring Conviction – Fred Korematsu and His Quest for Justice” Friday, March 3rd at Barnes & Noble/Westwood for “Words, Writers & West Seattle”

Knowing that the incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II was a fundamental denial of basic human rights, a young attorney, Lori Bannai, helped vindicate a Japanese American man who resisted F.D.R.’s Executive Order. She has now written a book about him, his wartime case, and how, decades later, he won a measure of justice for himself and the Japanese American community – Enduring Conviction: Fred Korematsu and His Quest for Justice (published by University of Washington Press (2015)).

Bannai combines insider knowledge of the case with extensive archival research, personal letters, and interviews with Korematsu, his family, and close friends. She uncovered the inspiring story of a humble, soft-spoken man who fought tirelessly against human rights abuses long after he was exonerated.

The Southwest Seattle Historical Society sponsors this free book-talk series on the ‘First Friday’ of each month. Lori’s presentation will take place at 5 pm, on Friday, March 3rd, 2017, at Barnes & Noble/Westwood Village.

After refusing to leave for incarceration when ordered, Korematsu was eventually arrested and convicted of a federal crime before being sent to the internment camp at Topaz, Utah. He appealed his conviction to the Supreme Court, which, in one of the most infamous cases in American legal history, upheld the wartime orders. Forty years later, Bannai was part of a team of young attorneys who reopened Korematsu’s case and cleared his conviction based on proof that the government suppressed, altered, and destroyed material evidence while prosecuting Korematsu during WWII. In 1998, President Bill Clinton awarded Korematsu the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Lori Bannai now the Director of the Fred T. Korematsu Center for Law and Equality and a Professor of Lawyering Skills at Seattle University School of Law. Her parents and their families were incarcerated in a camp in World War II. She has lived in West Seattle for 24 years and has raised her two children there.

“Words, Writers & West Seattle’s” next book-talk is scheduled for April 7th and will feature Judy Bentley and her book, “Hiking Washington’s History”, focusing on areas around the Duwamish River. For videos on these and other authors’ presentations, visit: www.loghousemuseum.info/events/words-writers-and-west-seattle. Additional information on future presentations can be obtained by contacting Dora-Faye Hendricks, Chair, “Words, Writers & West Seattle” by phone at 206-280-9983 or by e-mail at Dora-Faye@comcast.net.

Apr
15
Sat
2017
Duwamish River Bird Walk @ Duwamish Tribe Longhouse
Apr 15 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

WHAT: Birds of the Duwamish River Valley—Free Talk & Walk

WHEN: Saturday, April 15, 2017, 1 to 3 pm. Free

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

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 Parks Department Volunteer.

Apr
23
Sun
2017
Earth Day Storytelling 2017 – New Horizons @ Duwamish Longhouse & Cultural Center
Apr 23 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

FREE, all ages storytelling. Sunday April 23rd, 2 – 4pm at The Duwamish Longhouse and Cultural Center.

Celebrate our relationship to the natural world and each other with Paul Cheoketen Wagner, Tom Rawson, and Harvest Moon as they share their musical and storytelling gifts. Presented by the Seattle Storytellers Guild in cooperation with the Duwamish Tribe, and made possible by a grant from the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods.

Stories are the language of the heart that speak to us in ways that long linger. Hear world class tellers share traditional and contemporary stories and music about our relationship to the natural world and each other.

STORYTELLERS

Paul Che oke ten Wagner is an internationally renowned native flute player and storyteller from the Vancouver Island Saanich tribe.

Tom Rawson is a storyteller and banjo player extraordinare from Seattle.

Harvest Moon is a storyteller and cultural ambassador of the Quinault tribe, will be delighting and inspiring us with their gifts.

James Rasmussen from the Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition will also speak.

Volunteers are needed to help direct cars to overflow parking, usher, and assist in setting out the refreshments: if interested contact project coordinator at johnwasko@yahoo.com. Bring a friend! Don’t miss the fun!

For more information go to: seattlestorytellers.org or search “eventbrite earth day 2017 new horizons”.

Earth Day Storytelling 2017 – New Horizons @ Duwamish Longhouse & Cultural Center
Apr 23 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

FREE, all ages storytelling. Sunday April 23rd, 2 – 4pm at The Duwamish Longhouse and Cultural Center.

Celebrate our relationship to the natural world and each other with Paul Cheoketen Wagner, Tom Rawson, and Harvest Moon as they share their musical and storytelling gifts. Presented by the Seattle Storytellers Guild in cooperation with the Duwamish Tribe, and made possible by a grant from the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods.

Stories are the language of the heart that speak to us in ways that long linger. Hear world class tellers share traditional and contemporary stories and music about our relationship to the natural world and each other.

STORYTELLERS

Paul Che oke ten Wagner is an internationally renowned native flute player and storyteller from the Vancouver Island Saanich tribe.

Tom Rawson is a storyteller and banjo player extraordinare from Seattle.

Harvest Moon is a storyteller and cultural ambassador of the Quinault tribe, will be delighting and inspiring us with their gifts.

James Rasmussen from the Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition will also speak.

Volunteers are needed to help direct cars to overflow parking, usher, and assist in setting out the refreshments: if interested contact project coordinator at johnwasko@yahoo.com. Bring a friend! Don’t miss the fun!

For more information go to: seattlestorytellers.org or search “eventbrite earth day 2017 new horizons”.

Earth Day Storytelling 2017 – New Horizons @ Duwamish Longhouse & Cultural Center
Apr 23 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

FREE, all ages storytelling. Sunday April 23rd, 2 – 4pm at The Duwamish Longhouse and Cultural Center.

Celebrate our relationship to the natural world and each other with Paul Cheoketen Wagner, Tom Rawson, and Harvest Moon as they share their musical and storytelling gifts. Presented by the Seattle Storytellers Guild in cooperation with the Duwamish Tribe, and made possible by a grant from the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods.

Stories are the language of the heart that speak to us in ways that long linger. Hear world class tellers share traditional and contemporary stories and music about our relationship to the natural world and each other.

STORYTELLERS

Paul Che oke ten Wagner is an internationally renowned native flute player and storyteller from the Vancouver Island Saanich tribe.

Tom Rawson is a storyteller and banjo player extraordinare from Seattle.

Harvest Moon is a storyteller and cultural ambassador of the Quinault tribe, will be delighting and inspiring us with their gifts.

James Rasmussen from the Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition will also speak.

Volunteers are needed to help direct cars to overflow parking, usher, and assist in setting out the refreshments: if interested contact project coordinator at johnwasko@yahoo.com. Bring a friend! Don’t miss the fun!

For more information go to: seattlestorytellers.org or search “eventbrite earth day 2017 new horizons”.

May
5
Fri
2017
Seattle’s Urban Bird Treaty Signing and Birdwalk @ Lincoln Park North Playground
May 5 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

On Friday, May 5, Seattle will become an Urban Bird Treaty city.

Two events are scheduled:
Birdwalk: 10 – 10:40 am
Signing Ceremony: 11:00 am – Noon

Lincoln Park at the North Playground
8011 Fauntleroy Way SW
For more info, call (206) 523-4483

Please join us for the signing of Seattle’s Urban Bird Treaty!

After extensive outreach and advocacy by Seattle Audubon and partners, Seattle’s city council passed a resolution to enter into an Urban Bird Treaty with the United States Fish and Wildlife Service. The Treaty partnership will protect birds in the Seattle area by developing programs to reduce hazards to migrating birds that travel along the Pacific Flyway, restoring habitat, and connecting residents and youth to nature within our city.

On May 5, the city and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will officially sign the treaty, an important milestone that recognizes Seattle’s role in protecting the Pacific Flyway. Seattle Audubon volunteers will lead a free birdwalk, one hour prior to the ceremony.

This work is a collaboration between Seattle Audubon, Audubon Washington, Heron Habitat Helpers, City of Seattle, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife.

May
10
Wed
2017
Seattle Reads: Meet Author Angela Flournoy @ Southwest Library
May 10 @ 12:30 pm – 1:40 pm

Come meet Angela Flournoy and join in a discussion about Flournoy’s novel, “The Turner House”with the writer and other readers .

Flournoy will also discuss “The Turner House,” take audience questions and sign books : From 12:30 p.m. to 1:40 p.m. Wednesday, May 10 at the Southwest Branch, 9010 35th Ave. S.W.

Note: The Library will open at its regular Sunday time of 1 p.m. The West Seattle Branch Meeting Room only will open at 11:30 a.m. for this event.

ABOUT ‘THE TURNER HOUSE’

“The Turner House” is a compelling consideration of the price we pay for our dreams and the ways in which our families bring us home. Growing up in California, author Angela Flournoy often visited Detroit where her father grew up. The fiction she read never depicted the experiences of people like her family – working class African-Americans who made up the majority of the city. “The Turner House” explores this American story. “The Turner House” was a finalist for the National Book Award, was shortlisted for the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction, nominated for an NAACP Image Award and named a New York Times Notable Book of 2015.

ABOUT ANGELA FLOURNOY

Flournoy is the author of “The Turner House” and a 5 Under 35 honoree by the National Book Foundation. Her fiction has appeared in The Paris Review and she has written for The New York Times, the New Republic and the Los Angeles Times. A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, Flournoy has taught at the University of Iowa and The Writer’s Foundry at St. Joseph’s College in Brooklyn.

ABOUT SEATTLE READS

Seattle Reads was the first citywide reading program of its kind in the country and is designed to deepen engagement in literature through reading and discussion. This year’s 2017 Seattle Reads program is made possible by The Seattle Public Library Foundation and The Wallace Foundation, with additional support from media sponsors The Seattle Times and KUOW 94.9 Public Radio and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

For more information, call the Library at 206-684-7455 or Ask a Librarian.

Library events and programs are free and open to the public. Tickets and reservations are 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. Limited free parking and street parking are available at the branch.

Jun
3
Sat
2017
National Trails Day: West Duwamish Greenbelt hikes @ West Duwamish Greenbelt
Jun 3 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Hike developed and undeveloped trails of the West Duwamish Greenbelt, the largest urban forest in Seattle on a ridge above the Duwamish RIver. Members of the West Duwamish Greenbelt Trails group and Nature Consortium will be on hand to guide hikers and provide information on the history and reforestation of the greenbelt. The first half of the trail is a constructed gravel trail. The second half is muddier and less developed. There are a few ups and downs and a bit of scrambling but only modest elevation changes, suitable for most ages with appropriate footwear. The trail makes a loop from the south end of the campus of South Seattle College, paralleling the campus in the greenbelt, to the Chinese Garden and Arboretum at the north end of campus, returning to the start along the campus and 16th Ave. SW.

More details can be found here.

Guided hikes are at 10 am and noon – meet at 12th SW and SW Holly.

Jun
11
Sun
2017
Lincoln Park Nature Walk: Edible and Medicinal Plants @ Lincoln Park @ South Parking Lot
Jun 11 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Edible and Medicinal Plants of Lincoln Park
Sunday, June 11th, 3-5pm
Space is limited to 15.
From Jonathan Hover:

Edible and Medicinal Plants of Lincoln Park
Sunday, June 11th, 3-5pm
**We’ll meet at the parking lot at the south end of the park at 3pm**

Lincoln Park offers a fun variety of forest, shoreline, and metropolitan plants friends. Plants we’ll see include Huckleberries, Thimbleberries, False Solomon’s Seal, St. John’s Wort, Oregon Grape, Indian Plum, and many more!

We’ll talk about how to identify, ethically gather, prepare, and use the medicinal plants we’ll encounter. I provide handouts with the common and scientific names, preparations, and uses of the most of the plants we’ll see, as well as a glossary of herbal terms I’ll be using, and botanical illustrations describing leaf shapes and types, and flower parts and types for context.

Make sure to bring something to write with, comfortable shoes, and water!

I grew up in southeast Seattle, and have always had a passion for the natural world. I attended the Intro to Western Herbalism program at the Rocky Mountain Center for Botanical Studies in Boulder, Co. from 1999-2000, and received a certificate in Advanced Herbalism from the North American Institute of Medical Herbalism in Boulder, Co. in 2003. I’ve studied the uses of northwest native plants for the last 15 years, and have led plant walks professionally on Orcas Island, Seattle, and the Cascades. I have found that being able to identify and know the uses of the plants around me has changed the way I view the world, giving me a deeper sense of connection with this beautiful place we live, and I love to share that with others.

I want my walks to be accessible and affordable to all who are interested. $15 sliding scale, open to trades, nobody refused for lack of money, children 13 and under free. The event will be limited to 15 people. You can reserve a spot through my paypal. Pay any amount and comment on how many spots you’d like, or email me at evergreenplantwalks@gmail to request a spot or with any questions.

Jun
14
Wed
2017
WordsWest Literary Series: ‘A Kids’ Night of Invention and Adventure’ @ C & P Coffee Company
Jun 14 @ 6:00 pm

WordsWest Literary Series Presents “A Kids’ Night of Invention and Adventure” with Sundee T. Frazier and Kazu Kibuishi @ C & P Coffee Co., 6:00 pm, Wed., June 14, 2017.
Favorite Poem and Summer Reading Table by Jenny Cole, Co-Owner of Page 2 Books

Join WordsWest on June 14, 2017, 6pm, for a Kids’ Night of Invention and Adventure with nationally renowned Scholastic authors Sundee T. Frazier (Cleo Edison Oliver) and Kazu Kibuishi (AMULET graphic novel series). Jenny Cole of Burien’s Page 2 Books will share a Favorite Poem and host a Summer Reading Table. Yummy treats will be served! This evening is partially funded by Seattle Office of Arts & Culture.

Sundee T. Frazier is an ALA Coretta Scott King Award winner for Brendan Buckley’s Universe and Everything in It. Her heartfelt, entertaining stories address subjects close to her heart: ethnic identity, growing up in interracial families, and multi-generational dynamics. Her books have been nominated for twelve state children’s choice awards and been recognized by the Children’s Book Council, Oprah’s Book Club, and Kirkus Reviews (Best Children’s Books of the Year). Her latest is Cleo Edison Oliver in Persuasion Power about an irresistible 10-year-old entrepreneur. Cleo is one of ten books in Seattle Public Library’s 2017 Global Reading Challenge. Sundee lives in Renton.

Kazu Kibuishi is the writer and artist of the New York Times bestselling AMULET graphic novel series, published by Scholastic. He is also the editor/art director/cover artist of the EXPLORER and FLIGHT Comic Anthologies, and is the cover illustrator of the Harry Potter 15th Anniversary Edition paperbacks from Scholastic. His debut graphic novel, Daisy Kutter: The Last Train, won a YALSA Best Books for Young Adults Award. Born in Tokyo, Japan, Kazu moved to the U.S. with his mother and brother when he was a child. He graduated from Film Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2000, and moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in the entertainment industry. He currently works as a full-time graphic novelist. Kazu lives near Seattle, Washington with his wife and two children.

Every third Wednesday at C & P Coffee Company, WordsWest hosts literary events that range from readings by published local and national authors, to guided writing explorations. Each month we also host a community member to share his or her favorite poem as part of the Favorite Poem Project. WordsWest is curated by West Seattle writers Katy E. Ellis, Susan Rich, and Harold Taw.

Jun
24
Sat
2017
Lower Fauntleroy Tree Walk @ Fauntleroy Creek Viewpoint
Jun 24 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Trees for Seattle presents the Lower Fauntleroy Tree Walk on Saturday, June 24th from 10 am – 12 pm. Free, but need to RSVP here.

Meet at Fauntleroy Creek Viewpoint at the junction of Fauntleroy Way SW and Director Street SW

With a stunning view of the Puget Sound, Fauntleroy Way is one of West Seattle’s most iconic streets. Tree ambassador Al Rouyer will lead a walk beginning at the Fauntleroy Creek Viewpoint. 22 trees are included in the walk. Al will describe interesting facts about the trees and gives ways to easily identify each tree. He will also give some of the interesting history of the Fauntleroy neighborhood. The walk is short covering only about the length of 3 city blocks. Come join Tree Ambassador Al as we tour this scenic drive and enjoy the trees among the ocean breeze.

Questions? Email TreeAmbassador@seattle.gov or call 206-615-1668.
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Jun
25
Sun
2017
June Low Tide Beach Safari @ Mee-Kwa-Mooks Beach
Jun 25 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Low Tide Beach Safari on Sunday, June 25, 2017, 11:30am – 1:00pm @ Me-Kwa-Mooks Beach.
Age 6 and up due to rocky beach. Meet at Emma Schmitz Outlook just above the beach. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Presented  by Seattle Parks Urban Nature Guides. Free.

Search for tide pool 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 and handle slippery surfaces.

All programs led by highly trained Seattle Urban Nature Guides. Please remember all children must be accompanied by an adult.

REGISTRATION: Go to Seattle Parks to use the online registration system – SPARC. You need to sign up for am account and obtain a pin number in order to use the online system. This may take up to 24 hours, so plan ahead. Once you have your pin number, use the course code number listed in the program description to find the program in the SPARC system. The course code number is listed next to the program date.
Another way to register is to contact Camp Long Environmental Learning Center:
5200 35th Ave SW, Seattle, WA. 98126, Phone: 206-684-7434, Email: camplong@seattle.gov

Jul
8
Sat
2017
Puget Park – West Duwamish Greenbelt Restoration/Tree-Cutting Plan Open House @ SSC, Chan Education Center
Jul 8 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

As part of the Green Seattle Partnership, Seattle Parks and Recreation will undertake a restoration project throughout 24 acres of the West Duwamish Greenspace. The site, Puget Park, is located on the hillside between South Seattle College and West Marginal Way. A map of the project area can be found online at http://arcg.is/1Dzvm1.

Work is scheduled to begin this summer, so please join Seattle Parks at Recreation for a project open house and site walk on Saturday, July 8th, from 10:00 AM-1:00 PM at South Seattle College, Chan Education Center (6000 16th Ave SW). The open house will run the duration of the time, with a brief presentation at 10:30 and a site walk at 11:30.

For more information about the project, check out the latest Green Seattle Partnership blog post or contact Michael Yadrick with any questions (michael.yadrick@seattle.gov).

Jul
22
Sat
2017
July Low Tide Beach Safari @ Mee-Kwa-Mooks Beach
Jul 22 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am

Low Tide Beach Safari on Sunday, July 22, 2017, 9:30 – 11am @ Me-Kwa-Mooks Beach.
Age 6 and up due to rocky beach. Meet at Emma Schmitz Outlook just above the beach. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Presented  by Seattle Parks Urban Nature Guides. Free.

Search for tide pool 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 and handle slippery surfaces.

All programs led by highly trained Seattle Urban Nature Guides. Please remember all children must be accompanied by an adult.

REGISTRATION: Go to Seattle Parks to use the online registration system – SPARC. You need to sign up for am account and obtain a pin number in order to use the online system. This may take up to 24 hours, so plan ahead. Once you have your pin number, use the course code number listed in the program description to find the program in the SPARC system. The course code number is listed next to the program date.

Another way to register is to contact Camp Long Environmental Learning Center:
5200 35th Ave SW, Seattle, WA. 98126, Phone: 206-684-7434, Email: camplong@seattle.gov
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Deaf Community Beach Walk @ Lincoln Park
Jul 22 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Meet us on the beach! Sign language interpretation will be available between 10 am and 1 pm at Lincoln Park on July 22, 2017 with beach naturalists during low tide.

Aug
16
Wed
2017
Kid-friendly park walk with guidebook author @ Jack Block Park
Aug 16 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Wednesday, Aug. 16, 11 AM at Jack Block Park

Kid-friendly park walk with guidebook author Linnea Westerlind

Join West Seattleite Linnea Westerlind, author of Discovering Seattle Parks, for a family-friendly hike through Jack Block Park in West Seattle. Come explore this unusual, little-known spot. The walk is stroller-friendly and is about one mile round-trip. Meet at the first parking lot near the restrooms. Harbor Ave. S.W. and S.W. Florida St., Seattle.

SWYFS Young Writers Workshop Performance – the BOOT @ Youngstown Cultural Arts Center
Aug 16 @ 6:00 pm

SWYFS Young Writers Workshop Performance – the BOOT
Wednesday, August 16, 2017
6:00-7:30pm:
Followed by a chance to meet the artists.
Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, 4408 Delridge Way SW.

You are invited to the 2017 Southwest Youth and Family Services Writers Workshop performance of The Boot—a collection of spoken words and poetry. Join us as we celebrate their accomplishments. Listen to their stories. Take a step closer to understanding the world they live in, the struggles they encounter and the dreams they have in front of them.

Here is a sample of the amazing poetry from last year: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f3J5c-m–VQ&t=2s

Exclusive opportunity to meet artists & lead instructor.

Light refreshments provided and a chance to meet the young artists.
For more information, please call or email us at 206.937.7680 or info@swyfs.org

Aug
23
Wed
2017
Poetrybridge @ C & P Coffee
Aug 23 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Poetrybridge @ C&P Coffee Company on Aug 23 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm.

Poetrybridge is a free, all ages, monthly series with featured readers followed by community (open) mic. For more information on this month’s featured readers and poetry news, go to www.poetrybridgetimes.net.

Aug
26
Sat
2017
Guided trail walk
Aug 26 @ 9:00 am – 10:30 am

Guided trail walk in West Seattle

Saturday, August 26th, 9 am

Learn about lesser-known trails in West Seattle in the West Duwamish greenbelt! Meet at the Riverview playfield parking lot, 12th SW and SW Myrtle. Everyone and all ages are welcome. Parts of the trails are graveled and well-constructed; other parts are not formally maintained, so come prepared for that. The hike will consist of an approximately 3 mile loop that will take about 1.5 hours to complete. Sponsored by West Duwamish Greenbelt Trails group.

West Seattle Parks walking tour with author Linnea Westerlind
Aug 26 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Saturday, Aug 26, 10 AM at Lincoln Park

West Seattle Parks walking tour with guidebook author Linnea Westerlind

Come along on a tour of several of West Seattle’s best parks with Linnea Westerlind, author of Discovering Seattle Parks. Enjoy a scenic walk and hear some history and interesting facts about some of the neighborhood’s best parks. Walk will be approximately 3-4 miles and take 1.5-2 hours. Meet at the north parking lot at Lincoln Park. 8011 Fauntleroy Way SW.

Oct
7
Sat
2017
‘Art Interruptions’ Walking Tour @ Cottage Grove Park
Oct 7 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Join Feet First to tour some of the Delridge “art interruptions” – details here.

Oct
28
Sat
2017
Guided hike on West Duwamish Greenbelt trails
Oct 28 @ 9:00 am – 10:30 am

Guided hike
Saturday, October 28th, 9:00-10:30 am

Learn about lesser-known West Seattle trails in the West Duwamish greenbelt, the largest urban forest in Seattle! Everyone and all ages are welcome. Parts of the trails are graveled and well-constructed; other parts are not formally maintained, so come prepared for possible muddy patches. This interesting hike is an approximately 3 mile loop that will take about 90 minutes to complete. The trailhead is across from Pioneer Industries on the north side of Highland Park Way SW, just 100 feet west (uphill) from its junction with West Marginal Way SW. Sponsored by West Duwamish Greenbelt Trails: wdgtrails.wordpress.com

Nov
5
Sun
2017
Longfellow Creek celebration
Nov 5 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

From Seattle Parks:

Many community members, from organizations to individuals, work hard to keep Longfellow Creek healthy and accessible. Twenty-five years ago, two community plans laid out a vision for improved access to Longfellow creek. The Longfellow Creek Legacy Trail was developed by neighbors in partnership with government, businesses, non-profits, and schools. Formal tours and stewardship opportunities—like planting trees and monitoring water quality and salmon—provide hands-on connections to the Creek. Many schools in the area participate in arts, environmental education, and other programs along the Creek.

Longfellow Creek is a natural link among communities throughout Delridge, High Point, and Westwood neighborhoods. While many consider it a natural wonder, the Creek’s benefit to people, plants, and animals can be hidden from view. To bring light to Longfellow Creek’s contributions, the City of Seattle and community partners are hosting a celebration of the creek and we want you to join!

Celebrate 25+ years at the Creek

Bring your neighbors, friends, and family to celebrate over 25 years of community engagement with Longfellow Creek on November 5, 2017. The fun will kick off at the corner of 28th Ave SW and SW Dakota St* and run from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. All ages are encouraged to come participate in activities like exploring the Dragonfly Pavilion and Salmon Bone Bridge, caring for garden beds, creating a postcard inspired by Longfellow Creek, looking inside a salmon, and enjoying guided nature walks.

Please RSVP at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/LongfellowCreek
Questions? Email Sheryl.Shapiro@Seattle.gov or call (206) 615-1443.
*In case of heavy rain, the celebration will be relocated to the Delridge Community Center (4501 Delridge Way SW, Seattle, WA 98106).

Dragonfly Pavilion and Salmon Bone Bridge

Let your imagination soar when you see the giant salmon bones and 16-foot-tall dragonfly—two copper sculptures on the Longfellow Creek Legacy Trail.

Postcards from the Creek

Meet your creek is an art project by Vaughn Bell, an artist who lives in the creek watershed. Create unique, hand-made postcards based on your observations and understanding of Longfellow Creek. You will get the chance to mail the postcard to a friend or loved one, or to donate it to the postcard archive which may be displayed in the community. Images of the postcards will be shared online at the Meet Your Creek blog.

Salmon: Look inside

You may know how a fish swims, but do you know how it eats, breathes, and reproduces? You’ll discover the swimming, eating, breathing, and reproducing systems—and you can touch them (if you want to)!

Nature Walk

Local naturalists will guide you through the park and open spaces on a flat, wide trail. See and learn about the creek, salmon, and the wide variety of plants and their historical uses.

Nov
8
Wed
2017
A reading by Steve Adelson ‘Apocalypse at Little Bighorn-The Demise of a Culture’ @ C&P Coffee Co.
Nov 8 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Veteran Park Ranger, author and documentary producer Steve Adelson presents a reading: “Apocalypse At Little Bighorn -The Demise Of A Culture”.

This coffee house presentation will examine the erosion of the native Sioux and Cheyenne culture that culminated at the Battle of the Little Big Horn, later to become legendarily know as “Custer’s Last Stand”. In reality, it was not only his last stand, but the last gasp of Indian resistance against Euro-American encroachment on the northern plains.

Adelson will be examining this epic confrontation and the characters and events that shaped this story. A story that still haunts the American consciousness even today.

The lives of Lt. Colonel George Armstrong Custer, Sitting Bull, Crazy Horse, Gall, Major Marcus Reno and Captain Frederick Benteen are some of the individuals highlighted in the discussion.

Adelson, a West Seattle graduate, is a prolific writer and his book “Little Bighorn; Voices From A Distant Wind” will be available for purchase. In addition, his documentary, “Contested Ground” is included with an autographed copy of the book.

Adelson has presented to thousands of visitors at Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument in southeast Montana. He has been a lecturer on the History Channel, C-Span, Discovery Channel, Travel Channel and other media productions.
You can examine his work at his website.

Nov
26
Sun
2017
Tim Scallon and Grace Dager @ Parliament Tavern
Nov 26 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 26, 7 pm-10 pm

TIM SCALLON and GRACE DAGER. A night of music and spoken-word performance from West Seattle artists. No cover.

21+ venue.

Dec
1
Fri
2017
Drew Bensen book-signing event @ Inner Alchemy
Dec 1 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Please join us for an intimate event with author Drew Bensen reading and offering a book signing from the book “Positive Minded People”. Books are available for purchase.

Drew is an innate entrepreneur, public speaker, and inspirational coach. He is also a Transgender man and a fierce lover of human connection and positive living. He is certified “Infinite Possibilities- Thoughts become things” coach trained under Mike Dooley from ‘The Secret’. Drew launched his writing career in 2017 by coauthoring a book on positive minded people. He is currently living his most authentic life traveling full time in a Winnebago RV with his dog Ralphie.

Jan
21
Sun
2018
Kerri Kokias reading during Arbor Heights Cooperative Preschool Bookfair @ Barnes and Noble, Westwood Village
Jan 21 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

My picture book, Snow Sisters! came out with Knopf/Random House earlier this month. I have several West Seattle events/story times scheduled that I’m hoping you might help share with our community.

The first is at Barnes and Noble this Sunday, January 21st at 11:00am. It’s part of a book fair/fundraiser for Arbor Heights Cooperative Preschool, where my children both attended school before moving on to elementary school at West Seattle Montessori. I will lead a winter themed story time and craft, and a portion of every game, book, or treat purchase will be donated to the school. Community members are encouraged to shop and support Arbor Heights Cooperative Preschool through the weekend, even if they can’t make the story time. As long as we are promoting the book fair, and bringing in business to Barnes and Noble, it is not necessary for community members to be part of the school to help with this fundraiser. Simply share the book fair ID number 12310967 at checkout. And of course, everyone is welcome at the story time! https://stores.barnesandnoble.com/event/9780061910635-0

I will also be doing a story time at West Seattle Library on Wednesday, January 24th at 10:30 am and at Southwest Library on Thursday, February 15th at 10:30 am.

Snow Sisters! By Kerri Kokias and Teagan White
ISBN 97811019388836
Knopf Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: January 2, 2018

Just like snowflakes, no two sisters are alike, but that doesn’t mean they can’t work together to make the perfect snow day! A heartwarming sibling story.

When snowflakes fall, two sisters react very differently. One is excited and the other is wary. The first sister spends the morning outdoors, playing until she’s all tuckered out. Meanwhile, the second sister stays indoors, becoming ever more curious about the drifts outside. Soon, they switch places, and spend the second half of the day retracing each other’s footsteps. But each sister puts her own unique spin on activities like sledding, baking and building.

The simple mirrored text is spare and lovely, and each spread is split to show what each sister is doing independently–until at last they come together in the sweet, satisfying conclusion. LeUyen Pham’s Big Sister, Little Sister meets Kate Messner’s Over and Under the Snow.