West Seattle Event Calendar

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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.

Mar
22
Thu
2012
Sunrise Heights Emergency Preparedness and Planning @ Westside School
Mar 22 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

From the announcement on the Sunrise Heights Neighborhood Association group:

Please join your neighbors for a 2-hour meeting and training about preparing you & your family for an earthquake or other disaster. Come find out how we in the Sunrise Heights Neighborhood can support and help each other after a disaster. The Sunrise Heights Neighborhood Association has won a grant from the Department of Neighborhoods to provide training on Emergency Preparedness, to buy Emergency Supplies, and to develop a response plan in the event of an earthquake or other disaster. Come meet your neighbors and learn how to properly prepare! Bring a neighbor with you!

SUNRISE HEIGHTS EMERGENCY PREPARATION & PLANNING (SHEPP)

Westside School (North Side) – Multipurpose Room

Please park on the North side parking lot, but try to walk if possible
Snacks Provided, also Red Star Pizza
Supervised play area for kids available
At this meeting, you will:

1) Learn about how you can prepare your family for an earthquake or other disaster

2) Learn how we can make Sunrise Heights more resilient after an earthquake

3) Learn about the grant that our neighborhood received

4) Learn how you can volunteer and plan with neighbors to better prepare & communicate

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.

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.

Jun
26
Tue
2012
West Seattle Hi-Yu White Rose Reception @ Fauntleroy Church
Jun 26 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The 2012 West Seattle Hi-Yu White Rose Reception will take place from 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, June 26, 2012 at Fauntleroy Church, UCC, 9140 California Ave SW in West Seattle. This event is for women only and is a celebration of past and present Hi-Yu royalty. Come and share your Hi-Yu memories and learn about this year’s plans for our community festival. Past royalty are encouraged to wear or bring your crowns and memory scrapbooks. Tickets are available at the door for $10 and every ticket comes with two raffle tickets. For more information about Hi-Yu past and present please see our website at www.hiyu.com.

Jul
29
Sun
2012
Open Mic for all ages at Skylark @ Skylark Cafe and Club
Jul 29 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Skylark Cafe and Club is offering a free Open Mic for performers of all ages on the last Sunday of every month, starting July 29th. The show will take place from 4 pm to 7 pm, with sign up at 3 pm. They’ll provide the amps, drums, and mics, so performers just need to be prepared with guitars, keys, and 3 songs (originals or covers).

Aug
18
Sat
2012
Family Safety Day at Westside Unitarian Universalist @ Westside Unitarian Universalist Church
Aug 18 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Sweet Pea Cottage and Westside Unitarian Universalist Church are hosting Family Safety Day on August 18th from 11 am to 1 pm. Experts will talk about bike safety, first aid, water safety, earthquake preparedness, and more, while kids can enjoy a bouncy house, face painting, an art area, and other activities.

Aug
26
Sun
2012
Open Mic for all ages at Skylark @ Skylark Cafe and Club
Aug 26 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Skylark Cafe and Club is offering a free Open Mic for performers of all ages on the last Sunday of every month, starting July 29th. The show will take place from 4 pm to 7 pm, with sign up at 3 pm. They’ll provide the amps, drums, and mics, so performers just need to be prepared with guitars, keys, and 3 songs (originals or covers).

Sep
1
Sat
2012
CPR/First Aid training class begins @ Life Preschool and Church
Sep 1 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

CPR and First Aid training classes will be held at Life Preschool and Church on Saturdays starting Sept. 1st, 9 am to 1 pm, until December 15th. You can sign up here, by emailing Marlo@acprclass.com, or by calling Marlo at 206-790-0743.

Sep
4
Tue
2012
CPR/First Aid training class begins @ Life Preschool and Church
Sep 4 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

CPR and First Aid training classes will be held at Life Preschool and Church on Tuesdays starting Sept. 4th, 9 am to 12 pm, until December 18th. You can sign up here, by emailing Marlo@acprclass.com, or by calling Marlo at 206-790-0743.

Sep
6
Thu
2012
CPR/First Aid training class begins @ Life Preschool and Church
Sep 6 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

CPR and First Aid training classes will be held at Life Preschool and Church on Thursdays starting Sept. 6th, 6 pm to 10 pm, until December 13th. You can sign up here, by emailing Marlo@acprclass.com, or by calling Marlo at 206-790-0743.

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

Sep
30
Sun
2012
Open Mic for all ages at Skylark @ Skylark Cafe and Club
Sep 30 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Skylark Cafe and Club is offering a free Open Mic for performers of all ages on the last Sunday of every month, starting July 29th. The show will take place from 4 pm to 7 pm, with sign up at 3 pm. They’ll provide the amps, drums, and mics, so performers just need to be prepared with guitars, keys, and 3 songs (originals or covers).

Oct
6
Sat
2012
Fire extinguisher & utility control class @ Southwest Teen Life Center
Oct 6 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Learn the dangers of fire and how to use small, portable fire extinguishers. Two hour class also teaches how and when to control utilities such as natural gas, water and electricity.

Saturday, October 6th, 12 pm-2 pm at the Southwest Teen Life Center.

Sponsoring Organization: City of Seattle Office of Emergency Management

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”

Emergency Preparedness Workshop @ Arbor Heights Elementary School
Oct 20 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Community members are invited to an emergency-preparedness workshop event at Arbor Heights Elementary School – for parents, neighbors, and anyone else interested. More details to come!

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
Landslide awareness meeting @ South Seattle Community College
Oct 27 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Are YOU Prepared for Landslides? City of Seattle encourages you to come out to the free landslide awareness meeting Oct. 27, 10:00 am–12:00 pm at South Seattle Community College (WSB sponsor) at the Judge Warren and Noble Chan Education Center (across from the north parking lot).

The free landslide awareness meetings will give the public the opportunity to consult with public/private landslide experts and learn simple preventive measures that will help protect them from future landslides, such as:

* Checking downspouts; making sure they are functioning/routed to a
safe location
* Inspecting sloping areas for indications of slope movement and erosion
* Keeping fill and yard waste off slopes
* Shutting off the irrigation system and checking it out seasonally
* Leaving tree stumps in the ground on slopes
* Knowing when to seek professional help for hillside projects

The landslide awareness meetings will include a presentation that discusses the causes of landslides, proper drainage for sloping sites, and vegetation maintenance on slopes. The presentation will be followed by a question and answer session and time for one-on-one discussions with professionals in the field, including the City of Seattle, and volunteers from The American Society for Civil Engineers, The Association of Engineering Geologists, The International Society of Arboriculture, and Associated Building Contractors.

Did you know that most landslides occur between the months of October and April? And that 86 percent of landslides are caused to some extent by human activity? Landslide season is upon us and although the Seattle rainfall is currently below the landslide threshold, the City of Seattle is urging residents to take preventive measures to protect themselves and their property from possible landslides.

Landslide experts agree there is not one single factor that contributes to landslides in the area, but in most cases there are steps that property owners can take to mitigate risk.

With 20,000 Seattle properties (mostly residential) in landslide-prone areas, the City of Seattle and the Take Winter By Storm campaign encourage property owners to take preventive measures to protect themselves from landslides by attending one of two free landslide awareness meetings to be held this Fall.

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
Basic and disaster first aid class @ Southwest Teen Life Center
Nov 3 – Nov 2 all-day

Dual course teaches basic first aid and CPR as well as caring for injuries after a major disaster when 9-1-1 is overwhelmed or unavailable. Class meets all labor & industry standards for First Aid and CPR, valid for two years.

Saturday, November 3rd, 8:30 am-5 pm at the Southwest Teen Life Center.

Registration Required: Call 206-233-5076 or email snap@seattle.gov

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
1
Sat
2012
Basic and disaster first aid class @ Southwest Teen Life Center
Dec 1 all-day

Dual course teaches basic first aid and CPR as well as caring for injuries after a major disaster when 9-1-1 is overwhelmed or unavailable. Class meets all labor & industry standards for First Aid and CPR, valid for two years.

Saturday, December 1st 3rd, 8:30 am-5 pm at the Southwest Teen Life Center.

Registration Required: Call 206-233-5076 or email snap@seattle.gov

SNAP Neighborhood Preparedness Meeting at Hiawatha @ Hiawatha Community Center
Dec 1 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Come to the Hiawatha Community Center on Saturday, December 1st from 1-3 pm to learn about basic preparedness and the city’s SNAP program to get organized and take care of each other in disasters.

Dec
8
Sat
2012
Light search & rescue class @ Southwest Teen Life Center
Dec 8 @ 8:30 am – 3:00 pm

Saturday, December 8, 2012, 8:30 am–3 pm at the Southwest Teen Life Center: Hands-on class provides instruction on safe, effective search and rescue. Learn basic rescuer safety, search methods and markings, basic construction practices, utility control and safe lifting heavy objects. Hard hat and leather gloves provided. Wear comfortable clothing and sturdy shoes to practice on the floor.

Registration Required. Call 206-233-5076 or email snap@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
5
Tue
2013
‘Preparing for Emergencies’ presentation @ Daystar Retirement Village
Mar 5 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Tuesday, March 5th, 10:00 am at Daystar Retirement Village:

This presentation by the Red Cross will help you to be informed and prepared for the unexpected.

Reservations are required for all events – please call 206-937-6122

Mar
7
Thu
2013
Seattle Neighborhoods Actively Prepare (SNAP) Class @ West Seattle (Admiral) Library
Mar 7 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Thursday, March 7th, 2013, 6:00–7:30 pm at the West Seattle (Admiral) Library:
“Seattle Neighborhoods Actively Prepare” is a lively class on how to become personally prepared and organize with others to stay safe and self-sufficient wherever you are. Learn helpful tips that are effective on any given day, and especially useful during disaster. Class is free and open to adults. No children please.

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

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

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

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

Mar
22
Fri
2013
“Silence is Loud” @ Dubsea Coffee
Mar 22 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Friday, March 22, 2013 7-9 pm at Dubsea Coffee, a local senior from Evergreen High School is hostessing an Open Mic + Art Show to promote the awareness of suicide. In her own words below:

Silence is Loud

Join us for a night of art and performances to promote the awareness of suicide. I’m holding this event for my senior project in hopes of bringing the community together to learn more about this issue and introduce resources for those who are depressed or have thoughts of suicide. We have performances lined up but there will be a sign up sheet for those who wish to perform the night of. If you have artwork that relate to the topic, feel free to contact me if you’d like your work to be showcased.

Email Vanisa Long at vanisalg@yahoo.com

Thanks and hope to see you there!

Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/231889606949341/

Apr
10
Wed
2013
Emergency Preparedness Faith-based Forum @ Delridge Community Center
Apr 10 @ 8:30 am – 11:30 am

Wednesday, April 10th from 8:30 am-11:30 am at Delridge Community Center.

The City of Seattle, Seattle-King County Public Health, and the American Red Cross of King & Kitsap County are pleased to invite you to attend the Faith-Based Forums! These forums have been organized to create an opportunity for leaders/representatives of Faith-Based Organizations (FBO’s) to come together with local government, service providers and emergency management to talk about being ready for a disaster in a community fellowship environment.

(Free forum – please RSVP here.)
Event details:


In any large scale emergency, faith-based organizations are often looked to by the community as trusted information resources as well as a means to obtain support. It benefits all of us to have these conversations before a disaster event and to have established relationships for when an emergency happens.

The forums will be in a conversation cafe style format (small groups with less formal dialog). The objectives will be to talk about what we can all do in the event of an emergency, promote relationship building, and to encourage participants to form lasting partnerships in order to strengthen their communities. The following is a list of questions that will be discussed:

~ What role do you feel faith based organizations should play in the aftermath of a major disaster?
~ If a disaster occurred tomorrow, what would your congregation need? What would they expect you to provide for them? Can your organization meet the expectations of your congregation and your neighborhood?
~ What would you require to be confident that you could meet the needs or your congregation?
~ Would you like to continue engaging with the city and partners here and if so how?

Highlights of the forums will be:

Inspiring presentations
Engaging conversations and information sharing
Display of available community resources
Disaster product vendors on site
Disaster related giveaways
Food and beverages provided
And…it’s all FREE!

Please join us for conversation, collaboration and community building!

If you or someone you needs any accomodations or interpretation to attend, please e-mail tracy.connelly@seattle.gov.

Apr
13
Sat
2013
Health Care Provider CPR Class @ Life Preschool
Apr 13 @ 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Event Name: Health Care Provider CPR Class
Date: Saturday April 13th, 2013
Time: 8:00 am-12:00 pm
Cost: $65.00 ($10 off when using coupon code WSB)
Location: Life Preschool

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

May
15
Wed
2013
Seattle Classic Guitar Society Open Mic @ C & P Coffee Company
May 15 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

It’s Seattle Classic Guitar Society Open Mic might at C & P Coffee House (WSB sponsor) on Wednesday, May 15th, 7 pm–9 pm.

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

From Seattle Parks and Recreation:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jun
22
Sat
2013
West Seattle Amateur Radio Club joins disaster communications demonstration @ South Seattle Community College
Jun 22 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

From Curt Black – an invitation to see and learn about how amateur radio operators provide critical emergency communications during disasters:

Seattle Amateur Radio Organizations Practice Disaster Communications June 22-23 at South Seattle Community College (WSB sponsor)

The West Seattle Amateur Radio Club is one of the oldest clubs in the country dating back to the 1920’s. However, we are not your grandfather’s radio club. Come see what the last 90 years have done to our ability to serve our community in times of emergency at South Seattle Community College (WSB sponsor) on June 22. Alternatively, we will see you all as we provide communications at the West Seattle Grand Parade and Float Doger 5K on July 20th. Watch for the club’s red convertible and say hello to our operators along the course.

Event Date: Saturday and Sunday, June 22 and 23rd
Location: South Seattle Community College, SE field near Olympic Hall.
(On-Air operations start at 11 Am Saturday – they will continue till 12 Pm Sunday)

We all rely on the Internet, cell phones, email and other forms of modern communications; however these systems are vulnerable to disruption. Every year whole regions of the country find themselves in the dark. Tornadoes, earthquakes, fires, storms, ice and even the occasional cutting of fiber optic cables leave people without the means to communicate. In these cases, the one consistent service that doesn’t fail and provides back-up for communities is Amateur Radio.

These radio operators, often called “Hams” are organized into teams that provide back-up communications for agencies responding to emergencies including the Seattle Office of Emergency Management, American Red Cross, area hospitals and FEMA. During the weekend of Saturday and Sunday June 22nd and 23rd , four Seattle amateur radio groups join together forming one local team competing in the National ham radio Field Day Event with thousand of Amateur Radio operators making radio contacts throughout North America. This event is a good opportunity for operators to demonstrate their emergency communications capabilities. The public is invited to visit the event hosted by South Seattle Community College, at the West Seattle Campus.

Seattle’s team will be exercising the newest digital and satellite capabilities, voice communications and even historical Morse code as they compete in the contest making as many radio contacts as possible with other teams to win points. Operations will be conducted under simulated emergency conditions with ham radio equipment being powered by batteries, generators, wind turbines and solar arrays.

This year’s team is comprised of members from the Auxiliary Communications Service and Medical Service Team that support the Seattle Office of Emergency Management. Also participating in the event are members of the Puget Sound Repeater Group and the West Seattle Amateur Radio Club, rounding out the crew. Seattle’s team will join with over 35,000 other amateur radio operators showing off their emergency preparedness capabilities, erecting ham radio stations in community parks, campgrounds, schools and emergency centers through out the country.

Field Coordinator for the Seattle event, Curt Black said, “The public is invited to see what ham radio is all about and have a chance to try their hand at making radio contacts and experience how much fun it is to operate an amateur radio station.This is a chance to meet and talk with Seattle’s radio operators and see what modern Amateur Radio Emergency Service is all about.During the two day event we will have demonstrations of Satellite communications, a digital communications workshop and an opportunity to learn how to get your own FCC radio license before the next disaster strikes.”

The City of Seattle through the Office of Emergency Management sponsors this event as part of its plan to provide support to community preparedness programs organized by neighborhoods in several Seattle communities. Ham radio is a primary resource that the City calls on should telephone, cellular systems and the internet fail.

The staging area for the Seattle city ham radio event is provided by South Seattle Community College and is located in a large grass field in the south east sector of the Campus near Olympic Hall. On-Air operations
start at 11 Am Saturday they will continue till 12 Pm Sunday.

Field Site Contacts:
Curt Black, Event Coordinator; Mark Sheppard, ACS Director; Dave Mann, ACSPIO
Cell Phone (206) 755-4541 Cell Phone (206) 510-7118 Cell Phone (206) 496-5424

Over the past year, the news has been full of reports of ham radio operators providing critical communications during unexpected emergencies in town across America including the Moore, Oklahoma storm aftermath, and other events world-wide.When trouble is brewing, Amateur Radio’s people are often the first to provide rescuers with critical information and communications.

“The fastest way to turn a crisis into a total disaster is to lose communications,” said Allen Pitts, spokesman for the ARRL. “From the tornado in Moore, to the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, ham radio provided the most reliable communication networks in the first critical hours of the event. Because ham radios are not dependent on the Internet, cell towers or other infrastructure, they work when nothing else is available. We need nothing between us but air.”

Amateur Radio is growing in the US.There are now over 700,000 Amateur Radio licensees in the US, and more than 2.5 million around the word.Through the ARRL’s Amateur Radio Emergency Services program, ham volunteers provide both emergency communication for thousand of state and local emergency response agencies and non-emergency community services too, all for free.

For more information about preparedness and amateur radio – please visit:

Seattle Emergency Management: http://www.seattle.gov/emergency/default.htm

Seattle Auxiliary Communications Services: http://www.seattleacs.com

Western Washing Medical Service Team: http://ww7mst.org

West Seattle Amateur Radio Club website: http://www.westseattlearc.org/

Puget Sound Repeater Group: http://www.psrg.org/

ARRL the national association for Amateur Radio: http://www.arrl.org/

Jul
13
Sat
2013
Chief Sealth All School Reunion @ Chief Sealth International High School
Jul 13 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Friends of Sealth will be hosting an all school reunion Saturday, July 13, 2013, from 2 pm-5 pm at Chief Sealth International High School. All alumni, and alumni staff are invited to attend. Our event begins in the Commons (near the main office) and our schedule will include a short program, walking tours of the campus, and an opportunity to connect with classmates. Please visit our website www.friendsofsealth.org
or “like” Friends of Sealth on facebook.

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

Explore nature at Lincoln Park with Naturalist Stewart Wechsler:

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

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

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

$10 per person.

Aug
28
Wed
2013
Open mic night at Mind Unwind
Aug 28 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Wednesday, August 28th Open Mic from 9:00-11:00 pm at Mind Unwind Art Gallery.

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
10
Thu
2013
“Advanced Planning: 5 Essential Documents” seminar @ Emeritus at Admiral Heights
Oct 10 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Seminar: Five Essential Documents

Where: Emeritus at Admiral Heights/Formerly Merrill Gardens (WSB sponsor)

When: Thursday, October 10th
5:30 pm — refreshments
6:00-7:00 pm — presentation

Discussion on important documents you need to guide your healthcare decisions. Learn about advanced end-of-life directives, the POLST form, wills, trusts, power of attorney, and how HIPPA has changes some of your old documents.

Speakers: Karen Clay, RN/Providence Hospice & Rebecca King, Elder Law Attorney

This event is a no charge/no RSVP.

Questions: Call Kim Hardwick/Emeritus at Admiral Heights/206-938-3964

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

Nov
12
Tue
2013
Free CPR Certification Class for Teens @ Camp Long
Nov 12 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

From the City of Seattle’s Outdoor Opportunities (O2) program:

This is a class that could help you save a life. Come get CPR certified with the Red Cross. Red Cross CPR certification is also required for many jobs, including Seattle Parks jobs and other agencies that work with youth.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Camp Long – group leaves at 4:00 pm and back to Camp Long at 7:00 pm
Audience: Teens ages of 15-19
Pre-Register: Yes
Cost: Free

Contact: Emily Sachwald
Contact Phone: 206-423-3460
Contact Email: emily.sachwald@seattle.gov

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.

Nov
24
Sun
2013
Self-Defense Workshop for women and girls @ Lee's Martial Arts Academy
Nov 24 @ 12:00 pm – 4:30 pm

This powerful workshop, for women and girls 13 and up, is taught by Lisa Skvarla, third-degree black belt in tae kwon do and past chairwoman of the American Women’s Self-Defense Association. Learn personal safety skills ranging from street awareness to personal assertiveness and boundary setting to hands-on self-defense skills and rape prevention strategies.

Sunday, November 24, 12 pm to 4:30 pm at Lee’s Martial Arts Academy, 3270
California Ave. S.W., second floor. Cost: $75; must register to hold your space. Info: 206-938-3375, or email LMAWestSeattle@aol.com .

All-ages open mic @ Skylark Café & Club
Nov 24 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

All-ages open mic at Skylark Café & Club Sunday, November 24th at 3 pm. Free!

3pm sign-up
4pm music

free/all-ages (full bar w/ID)

Nov
27
Wed
2013
Open Mic at Mind Unwind
Nov 27 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Open Mic is back at Mind Unwind! Last Wednesday of the month beginning at 9 pm. Come share your musical talents, poetry, spoken word, story telling, comedy or your sideshow talents! Unwind your Mind and let the creativity flow….hosted by Jasmine Azpiri. Early sign-ups can be emailed to jasmineazpiri@gmail.com.

Dec
17
Tue
2013
Opening Celebration of Cottage Grove Commons
Dec 17 @ 2:30 pm – 7:00 pm

You are invited to the Opening Celebration of Cottage Grove Commons

Tuesday, December 17th
2:30pm – 4:00pm
Enjoy self-guided tours, light refreshments, and a 3:00 pm Welcome Ceremony

4:30pm – 7:00pm
A community open house to provide neighbors the opportunity to see the building and meet the staff

5444 Delridge Way SW
Seattle, WA 98106
Street parking is limited!
Public Transportation is Encouraged

Cottage Grove Commons will provide 66 studio apartments with 24-hour on-site staff support for men and women who have been chronically homeless, disabled, and highly
vulnerable.

Learn more about Cottage Grove Commons.

Since 1979, DESC has worked to end homelessness of vulnerable men and women, particularly those with serious mental and addictive illnesses.At DESC, uncommon efforts produce uncommon results that eliminate homelessness, one person at a time.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

From Seattle Parks & Recreation Environmental Learning Calendar:

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

FREE!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Feb
13
Thu
2014
“Having the Conversation” Free seminar for children of aging parents @ The Kenney
Feb 13 @ 6:00 pm – 7:45 pm

A free seminar “Having the Conversation” for children of aging parents, hosted at The Kenney (WSB sponsor):

It’s a difficult conversation to have with aging loved ones. However, it’s a conversation that will undeniably come up. Is it time that Mom or Dad gave up the car? Is the house getting to be “too much?” Is your parent’s or grandparent’s health deteriorating, and you don’t know what to say? There are answers, and a place to start.

Join us for a free seminar on “Having The Conversation,” Thursday, Feb. 13 starting at 6 pm at The Kenney (WSB sponsor), West Seattle’s only Continuing Care Retirement Community, 7125 Fauntleroy Way SW. The presenter is Moraine Byrne, with more than 20 years of experience guiding and counseling families on how to have a meaningful and respectful conversation with aging parents. To reserve your spot by calling 206.937.2800 or register online at TheKenney.org. Walk-ins are welcome the day of the event.

Feb
22
Sat
2014
Adult/Child/Infant CPR & AED class @ Life Preschool
Feb 22 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Saturday February 22nd from 9 am–1 pm
This American Heart Association course covers CPR, AED use for adults, children, and infants. The class complies with all state (WISHA) and federal (OSHA) requirements. Students will receive a two-year certification card immediately upon completion of the course.

Course Description: CPR, & AED for adults, children and infants.

Location: Life Preschool (West Seattle) 3420 SW Cloverdale St. Seattle 98126

Cost: $ 65 per person

Duration: 4.5 hrs long

Certification Card: Issued upon completion and valid for two years

Register online at:
http://acprclass.enrollware.com/registration/reg-start.aspx?id=316434

Mar
1
Sat
2014
Adult/Child/Infant CPR & AED class @ Life Preschool
Mar 1 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Saturday March 1st from 9 am–1 pm
This American Heart Association course covers CPR, AED use for adults, children, and infants. The class complies with all state (WISHA) and federal (OSHA) requirements. Students will receive a two-year certification card immediately upon completion of the course.

Course Description: CPR, & AED for adults, children and infants.

Location: Life Preschool (West Seattle) 3420 SW Cloverdale St. Seattle 98126

Cost: $ 65 per person

Duration: 4.5 hrs long

Certification Card: Issued upon completion and valid for two years

Register online at:
http://acprclass.enrollware.com/registration/reg-start.aspx?id=316434

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
5
Wed
2014
Family Love Letters – free workshop @ Alki Community Center
Mar 5 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

From the Alki Community Center (WSB sponsor):

Estate planning with a heart. This practical, sensitive workshop helps you face the difficult process of centralizing financial, legal and personal information. It will allow family and friends can take care of you and know how you would like end-of -life issues handled with the help of an expert.
Instructor: K Steele

Wednesday March 5th
11 am-12:30 pm

Mar
8
Sat
2014
Adult/Child/Infant CPR, AED & First Aid @ Life Preschool
Mar 8 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Saturday March 8th from 9 am–1 pm
This American Heart Association course covers CPR, AED use, choking, and first aid for adults, children, and infants. The class complies with all state (WISHA) and federal (OSHA) requirements. Students will receive a two-year certification card immediately upon completion of the course.

Course Description: CPR, AED and First Aid for adults, children and infants.

Location: Life Preschool (West Seattle) 3420 SW Cloverdale St. Seattle 98126

Cost: $ 65 per person

Duration: 4.5 hrs long

Certification Card: Issued upon completion and valid for two years

Register online at:
http://acprclass.enrollware.com/registration/reg-start.aspx?id=316434

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
16
Sun
2014
‘Create a Disaster Kit on a Budget’ class @ Southwest Library
Mar 16 @ 1:30 pm – 2:00 pm

Come to this class at the Southwest Library on Sunday, March 16th, 1:30–2:00 pm and learn how to create a disaster kit on a budget. No registration is required!

In this show-and-tell class, you’ll see how everyday items can be used during a disaster. How can you economically supplement your first aid supplies? We’ll share tips on how to put together a kit without breaking your budget.

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

Explore nature at Lincoln Park with Naturalist Stewart Wechsler:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Apr
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
Free: Warrior Woman Self-Defense Seminar @ Straight Blast Gym
Apr 27 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Straight Blast Gym (WSB sponsor) is known throughout the world for training some of the world’s best fighters and martial artists. On Sunday April 27th, 12 pm–3 pm the world-class coaching team at Straight Blast Gym will train West Seattle women on the essentials of self-defense.

“Life is unpredictable, and you will never know what’s going to happen. This is why we’ve been planning this event – we believe that every woman should have access to proper life-saving awareness and self-defense strategies to protect themselves, and their families,” said Sonia Sillan, owner of Straight Blast Gym.

“As women, we have to learn that we are worth fighting for. We are worth every bit of effort that we can put into being strong, smart, and skilled in self-defense,” she added.

The Warrior Woman Self-Defense Seminar is free to the public. Over 40 women have registered as of Thursday, April 24th. They are also collecting donations for New Beginnings, a Seattle-based organization providing services to those whose lives have been affected by domestic violence.

Space is limited. To register, or for more information about Martial Arts and Fitness, contact Sonia Sillan at 206.420.1834, by email at welcome@sbgseattle.com, or by web at www.sbgseattle.com.

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

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

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

Audience Children, Teens
Language English

Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Meet in the north parking lot on Fauntleroy.

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

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

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

From the Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition:

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

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

RSVP HERE.

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

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

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

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

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

May
14
Wed
2014
Open Mic Comedy Slam @ Feedback Lounge
May 14 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

It’s Open Mic Comedy Slam night at Feedback Lounge (WSB sponsor) 9:30 pm, Wednesday May 14th.

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
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)”

Free “Pet First” Workshop @ Muttley Crew Cuts
Jun 21 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

ACCES to Host FREE Pet First Workshop on Saturday, June 21st, 11:00 am–1:00 pm in West Seattle at Muttley Crew Cuts.

The free ACCES community workshop offers pet owners an overview of canine and feline first aid and CPR. Course topics include basic anatomy, how to obtain vital signs, types and signs of shock, orthopedic injuries, and basic bandaging. The seconds, minutes and hours following an emergency can be critical in determining the outcome. Pet owners are encouraged to come learn how they can help save their pets life. For more information, please visit http://www.criticalcarevets.com/community/acces-workshops.

Aug
3
Sun
2014
Open Mic Jam Night @ Feedback Lounge
Aug 3 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

It’s Open Mic Jam Night at Feedback Lounge (WSB sponsor) 7:30 pm, Sunday nights in August:

Calling all budding rock stars, blues stars, jazz stars, and everything in-between: we’re hosting an Open Mic Jam Night every Sunday night in August, starting at 7:30PM. Hosted by Lynn Sorensen, bassist/electric violinist for Magic Bus, The Beard Brothers and The Fabulous Johnsons (Lynn even performed on tour for years with Paul Rodgers’ Bad Company), all you need to do is show up with your voice or your instrument – Lynn and his band has all the gear and can play any style of any music genre. Come show everybody what a rock star you are.

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

Open Mic Jam Night @ Feedback Lounge
Aug 10 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

It’s Open Mic Jam Night at Feedback Lounge (WSB sponsor) 7:30 pm, Sunday nights in August:

Calling all budding rock stars, blues stars, jazz stars, and everything in-between: we’re hosting an Open Mic Jam Night every Sunday night in August, starting at 7:30PM. Hosted by Lynn Sorensen, bassist/electric violinist for Magic Bus, The Beard Brothers and The Fabulous Johnsons (Lynn even performed on tour for years with Paul Rodgers’ Bad Company), all you need to do is show up with your voice or your instrument – Lynn and his band has all the gear and can play any style of any music genre. Come show everybody what a rock star you are.

Aug
17
Sun
2014
Open Mic Jam Night @ Feedback Lounge
Aug 17 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

It’s Open Mic Jam Night at Feedback Lounge (WSB sponsor) 7:30 pm, Sunday nights in August:

Calling all budding rock stars, blues stars, jazz stars, and everything in-between: we’re hosting an Open Mic Jam Night every Sunday night in August, starting at 7:30PM. Hosted by Lynn Sorensen, bassist/electric violinist for Magic Bus, The Beard Brothers and The Fabulous Johnsons (Lynn even performed on tour for years with Paul Rodgers’ Bad Company), all you need to do is show up with your voice or your instrument – Lynn and his band has all the gear and can play any style of any music genre. Come show everybody what a rock star you are.

Aug
24
Sun
2014
Open Mic Jam Night @ Feedback Lounge
Aug 24 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

It’s Open Mic Jam Night at Feedback Lounge (WSB sponsor) 7:30 pm, Sunday nights in August:

Calling all budding rock stars, blues stars, jazz stars, and everything in-between: we’re hosting an Open Mic Jam Night every Sunday night in August, starting at 7:30PM. Hosted by Lynn Sorensen, bassist/electric violinist for Magic Bus, The Beard Brothers and The Fabulous Johnsons (Lynn even performed on tour for years with Paul Rodgers’ Bad Company), all you need to do is show up with your voice or your instrument – Lynn and his band has all the gear and can play any style of any music genre. Come show everybody what a rock star you are.

Aug
31
Sun
2014
Open Mic Jam Night @ Feedback Lounge
Aug 31 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

It’s Open Mic Jam Night at Feedback Lounge (WSB sponsor) 7:30 pm, Sunday nights in August:

Calling all budding rock stars, blues stars, jazz stars, and everything in-between: we’re hosting an Open Mic Jam Night every Sunday night in August, starting at 7:30PM. Hosted by Lynn Sorensen, bassist/electric violinist for Magic Bus, The Beard Brothers and The Fabulous Johnsons (Lynn even performed on tour for years with Paul Rodgers’ Bad Company), all you need to do is show up with your voice or your instrument – Lynn and his band has all the gear and can play any style of any music genre. Come show everybody what a rock star you are.

Sep
6
Sat
2014
First Aid & CPR/AED Training @ Hope Lutheran Church and School
Sep 6 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

First Aid & CPR/AED (automatic defibrillator device) Training will be offered at Hope Lutheran Church and School. All are welcome to attend. Phil Bransford, retired Kirkland firefighter and medic, will instruct the class.

Saturday, September 6, 2014
9:00 am to 12:00 noon
Hope Lutheran Church and School Commons (main entrance)

Registration Deadline: Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Fee: $25 per student; paid to Sound CPR Training; due on or before the day of the class

Please contact the church office by August 27th to register. Requests received to attend after this deadline will be considered on a space-available basis. If you have any questions, please contact Delores Kannas, RN, at 206-937-6549 or email deloresk@hotmail.com.

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
15
Mon
2014
Family Matters Forum: ‘Personal Safety Nets’ @ Fauntleroy YMCA
Sep 15 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

FAMILY MATTERS: Personal Safety Nets, Monday, Sept 15, at 7-9 pm at the Fauntleroy YMCA

Judy Pigott with Personal Safety Nets will help people in any family configuration find the tools, knowledge, and resources to prepare for life’s challenges and changes. Family Matters is a free series is sponsored by the West Seattle and Fauntleroy YMCA, Fauntleroy Church, Little Pilgrim School, and the Fauntleroy Children’s Center.

Personal Safety Nets will teach you how to find the tools, knowledge & resources which will prepare and organize you for life’s upcoming challenges and changes. Whether you’re dealing with a child leaving home, military deployment, operating a family business, child birth, a medical emergency, living in place, elder care, a dysfunctional workplace, or hundreds of other challenges, the end result of having a “personal safety net” in place is a more safe, secure, and satisfying life. With your plans, resources and people identified and informed, your whole life is more secure and connected, replacing fear and isolation with security and community.

RSVP to Jackie@fauntleroyucc.org, or 206-932-5600.

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

SNAP: Prepare Your Pets for Disaster @ Southwest Library
Sep 21 @ 1:30 pm – 2:00 pm

At the Southwest Library on Sunday, September 21, 2014, 1:30–2 pm:

You’ve got a plan, you’ve got a kit, you know who to call during emergencies. How about your furry, scaled or feathered friends? We’ll provide tips and resources to make sure your pets stay safe, too.

Seattle Neighborhoods Actively Prepare (SNAP) Shot workshops, from the Seattle Office of Emergency Management, are short, skills-based workshops in partnership with the Library. These workshops are free and open to the public.

Library events are free and every one is welcome. This workshop is suitable for adult learners. Registration is not required.

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

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

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

Did You Know?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Open mic night @ The Cask
Oct 7 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

There will be an open mic with Alan Sobel at The Cask West Seattle (WSB sponsor) on Tuesday October 7th and 21st from 7-9 pm.

Signup at 6:30 pm, open mic from 7-9 pm.

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

Oct
21
Tue
2014
Open mic night @ The Cask
Oct 21 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

There will be an open mic with Alan Sobel at The Cask West Seattle (WSB sponsor) on Tuesday October 7th and 21st from 7-9 pm.

Signup at 6:30 pm, open mic from 7-9 pm.

Oct
24
Fri
2014
Fairmount Park Elementary’s Fall Falcon Fest
Oct 24 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Falcons Fly Home: Join Fairmount Park Elementary for the Fall Falcon Fest

The Fairmount Park Elementary PTA (FPEPTA) invites alumni/alumnae of the newly expanded and reopened school to join us for our first festival, the Fall Falcon Fest on October 24th from 5-8 pm at the school.

Events for the evening include:
· Alumni tour (please email spirit@fpepta.org to register)
· Student craft booths
· Art stations – decorate a pumpkin, create a falcon-themed barrette or pin, make a lantern, and more!
· Add your own falcon to our “flock of falcons” art installation
· Join the cake walk
· Take your photo at the fall falcon photo booth
· Enjoy food trucks – no need to cut the evening short, stay for dinner! (Wicked Pies, Fusion on the Run, and The Cookie Cutter)

The event is free, although a suggested donation of $1 per person is welcome and donations to FPEPTA’s Annual Giving Campaign will be accepted (http://give.fpepta.org).

Visit the FPEPTA website to find out more about the fabulous things happening at the school. We are off to a great start and look forward to engaging with neighbors in the years to come.

All former Fairmount Park Falcons are strongly encouraged to join in the fun! If you have not yet shared your experiences with us at the FPEPTA website, please do so! We are treasuring the fabulous stories shared thus far.

http://fpepta.digitalpto.com/alums-and-neighbors/

For more information contact:
Shanti Breznau and Parie Hines
spirit@fpepta.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

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

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

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

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

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

Explore nature at Lincoln Park with Naturalist Stewart Wechsler:

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

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

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

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

From the Seattle Aquarium:


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

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

Constellation Park/(South) Alki Beach

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

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

Explore nature at Lincoln Park with Naturalist Stewart Wechsler:

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

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

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

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

From Seattle Parks & Recreation Environmental Learning Calendar:

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

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

FREE!

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

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

From Seattle Parks & Recreation Environmental Learning Calendar:

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

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

FREE!

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

Jan
28
Wed
2015
Free College Preparation workshop @ High Point Community Center
Jan 28 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

At High Point Community Center (WSB sponsor):

College Preparation

College…Need help with applications, scholarships, budgets, grade, financial aid? Are they oh so confusing? This program is for youth who are looking to further their
educational goals. Learn what colleges are looking for from youth, grades, and extracurricular activities. Learn how to apply for scholarships and financial aid. How to realistically budget for books, tuitions, and fees to avoid the credit card trap.

Wednesday January 28, February 25, March 25
4-5 pm

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
15
Sun
2015
Beyond the Dollars: The Real Impact of Long Term Care @ West Seattle (Admiral) Library
Feb 15 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

At the West Seattle (Admiral) Library:

Beyond the Dollars: The Real Impact of Long Term Care
Sunday, February 15, 2015, 2–3:30 pm

Planning for long term care for our parents is not just about the dollars. Join us for a discussion of the emotional and financial decisions which families must address.

The real impact of long term care is both financial and emotional for all family members. The program will address the steps families can take now to ensure that everyone has a clear picture of a care plan based on honest conversations with one’s parents about their wishes for long term care.

The presenter is Kerry Wallingford, President of Wallingford Financial & College Planning.

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

Feb
25
Wed
2015
Free College Preparation workshop @ High Point Community Center
Feb 25 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

At High Point Community Center (WSB sponsor):

College Preparation

College…Need help with applications, scholarships, budgets, grade, financial aid? Are they oh so confusing? This program is for youth who are looking to further their
educational goals. Learn what colleges are looking for from youth, grades, and extracurricular activities. Learn how to apply for scholarships and financial aid. How to realistically budget for books, tuitions, and fees to avoid the credit card trap.

Wednesday January 28, February 25, March 25
4-5 pm

Feb
28
Sat
2015
‘Planning Your Own Memorial’ class @ Westside UU Congregation
Feb 28 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Planning Your Own Memorial – Saturday February 28, 10:30-12:00 pm., Westside UU Congregation, Fireside Room.

Rev. Peg Morgan will talk about the purposes of memorials and give people some guidance on filling out a form which would give the church and/or loved ones some of your wishes for your own memorial service, when the time comes!

Please RSVP to office@wsuu.org.

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
Madison PTSA’s Student Safety Program & meeting @ Madison Middle School
Mar 18 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Student Safety Program followed by Madison PTSA Meeting March 18th, 7 pm at the Madison Middle School Library.

Special Guests: SPD Officers & Seattle Parks Division (Hiawatha) Security Supervisor.

Our Children’s Safety and Security is of paramount importance to each of us. If the recent reports of lewd or violent behavior by unknown suspects in West Seattle has you worried about your kids, then you can’t afford to miss the Student Safety Night Event that Madison PTSA has put together for you!

From advice for routine issues like safely crossing busy intersections, social media pitfalls, to alarming issues like how to respond to and handle a potential threat by an attacker or mugger, we will host experienced experts to share their insights with you!

Join us for this FREE informational event on March 18th at the Madison Middle School Library and learn from our Special Guests like Mark Solomon – Safety Officer from Seattle Police Department’s South Precinct and Marlan Teeters, Security Supervisor for Hiawatha Park. As usual we will also have our Principal, Dr. Gary in attendance to represent safety on campus at Madison.

Mar
25
Wed
2015
Free College Preparation workshop @ High Point Community Center
Mar 25 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

At High Point Community Center (WSB sponsor):

College Preparation

College…Need help with applications, scholarships, budgets, grade, financial aid? Are they oh so confusing? This program is for youth who are looking to further their
educational goals. Learn what colleges are looking for from youth, grades, and extracurricular activities. Learn how to apply for scholarships and financial aid. How to realistically budget for books, tuitions, and fees to avoid the credit card trap.

Wednesday January 28, February 25, March 25
4-5 pm

Apr
8
Wed
2015
Open Mic Night @ Feedback Lounge
Apr 8 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Feedback Lounge presents Open Mic Night Wednesday, April 8th at 8 pm:

Still haven’t summoned your inner American Idol? What are you waiting for while the world waits for you? Come sing, play, dance, recite. From there it’s a short leap to fame and/or fortune.

Hosted by Sheila Kay and the Wolftones
along with
Mikel Rollins on saxophone & bass

All are invited – Singers! Dancers! Musicians! Spoken Word!

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
18
Sat
2015
Class: Death With Dignity law and Advanced Directives @ Westside UU Congregation
Apr 18 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Saturday, April 18, 10:30-12:00 pm, Westside UU Congregation, Social Hall.

Led by Judy McCay and Karen Griffith of Compassion and Choices of WA, coordinated by Rev. Peg Morgan. During the first hour, learn about the Death With Dignity law passed in 2008. A brief history of aid-in-dying, who can access WA State’s law and how it is works will also be covered. The second hour will offer hands-on seminar about preparing your end-of-life documents. You can leave with a completed Advance Directive, which combines a Living Will and a Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care into one document. A notary will be present to notarize your documents. Also learn about People’s Memorial Cooperative.

RSVP to office@wsuu.org.

Apr
19
Sun
2015
“Alki walk” urban hike @ Loghouse Museum
Apr 19 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Earthquake home retrofit class @ West Seattle (Admiral) Library
Apr 19 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Is your home ready for an earthquake? Come to this class at the West Seattle (Admiral) Library on Sunday, April 19, 2015, 2–4 pm and learn how to evaluate your home to determine if it qualifies for the City of Seattle’s standard earthquake retrofitting plan. Registration is required.

This class provides guidance on what homeowners can do to seismically secure their home to its foundation. Pre-engineered plan sets and other resources are provided. This class is free and open to adults. Registration required please email: snap@seattle.gov

This class is free. Registration is required. To sign up, email snap@seattle.gov or call 206‐233‐5076.

This workshop is presented in partnership with the Seattle Office of Emergency Management and Seattle Department of Planning and Development.

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

From Nature Consortium:

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

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

There is no registration required for these Forest Hikes.

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

Courtesy of the NDNC:

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

When: Sunday, May 3rd, 10:00 am–12 pm

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

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

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

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
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

May
31
Sun
2015
Little Pilgrim School Alumni event @ Fauntleroy Church Fellowship Hall
May 31 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm

Sunday, May 31st, 11:30 am–1:30 pm – Little Pilgrim School Alumni event at Fauntleroy Church:

If you or anyone you know EVER attended Little Pilgrim School, this event is for you!

WHEN: Sunday, May 31st, 11:30 am–1:30 pm
WHERE: Fellowship Hall at Fauntleroy Church
WHAT: Meet and greet former Little Pilgrim School students, families and teachers! Refreshments! Pictures! Raffle drawing! Bid farewell to longtime teacher Barbara Smith who will be retiring at the end of this school year.

Please visit www.Littlepilgrim.org (or click on the LPS link from the Fauntleroy Church website) to complete the short alumni survey.

Questions? Contact (206)932-5600 or lorrie@fauntleroyucc.org.

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
9
Sun
2015
‘Restoration Reunion’ and demonstration with David Rogers @ Log House Museum
Aug 9 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Two-part “Restoration Reunion” on Sunday, Aug. 9, to feature outdoor demonstration, dinner speech by log preservationist David Rogers:

The Southwest Seattle Historical Society is thrilled to welcome back to West Seattle the log-home preservationist who was the contractor for restoration of its “Birthplace of Seattle” Log House Museum 18 years ago.

David Rogers will be the special guest of the historical society for two events on Sunday, Aug. 9, 2015. His appearances are supported by 4Culture.

~ The first event, free and open to the public, will run from 2 to 4 pm in the museum’s Circle Courtyard, 3003 61st Ave. S.W., where Rogers will conduct an interactive demonstration of log-restoration techniques and describe in detail the hands-on work he did on the museum.

~ The second event, at 6:30 pm is a fundraiser for the historical society, is a no-host dinner and speech at West 5 Lounge in the West Seattle Junction, at which Rogers will speak about the importance of preserving and restoring log structures. Admission is a $10 donation, payable at the door or online at http://www.loghousemuseum.info/events/welcome-back-david-rogers/. (Any food or drink ordered is in addition to the donation.)

Reservations are being taken for both events at
http://www.loghousemuseum.info/events/welcome-back-david-rogers/.

Rogers, who has operated his Logs & Timbers business from Rhododendron, Oregon, since 1983, has successfully helped scores of private organizations and public agencies to achieve their preservation goals.

He inspired countless thousands with his hands-on helming of the Log House Museum’s back (south) wall in 1996-1997. His craftsmanship on behalf of the museum is highlighted in a 6-minute video that is viewable at http://www.loghousemuseum.info/events/welcome-back-david-rogers/.

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

From Nature Consortium:

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

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

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

Sep
15
Tue
2015
Fiancial Workshop: Foundations for Investment @ Senior Center of West Seattle
Sep 15 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

From the Senior Center of West Seattle:

Financial Workshop: Foundations for Investment
Free to members, $7 per session to non-members

September 15th, 1:30–2:30 pm
at Senior Center of West Seattle

Sarah L. Cecil, CRPS | Financial Advisor, will be presenting this series and hosting guest co-presenters.

Call to register: 206-932-4044 ext. 1

Your financial future – worth planning for.

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
29
Tue
2015
Financial Workshop: Retirement by Design @ Senior Center of West Seattle
Sep 29 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

From the Senior Center of West Seattle:

Financial Workshop: Retirement by Design
Free to members, $7 per session to non-members

September 29th, 1:30–2:30 pm
at Senior Center of West Seattle

Sarah L. Cecil, CRPS | Financial Advisor, will be presenting this series and hosting guest co-presenters.

Call to register: 206-932-4044 ext. 1

Your financial future – worth planning for.

Nov
18
Wed
2015
Free seminar: Kids Protection Planning Talk @ High Point Library
Nov 18 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Free educational seminar with Colin Ley of LAYROOTS November 18th, 1:30–2:30 pm at the High Point Library:

“Who Will Take Care of Your Kids if Something Happens to You?”
Even GREAT parents, sometimes leave things incomplete. Who will take care of your kids if something happens to you? And will they be cared for the way you want?

Join us for a free educational talk to learn the easy steps you can take NOW to have peace of mind that your kids, pets, and assets are taken care of in the way you want.

DURING THIS SEMINAR YOU WILL LEARN:

1. The 6 most common mistakes parents make when naming guardians, even when working with a lawyer — and how to avoid or fix them.

2. Why a Will alone is simply not enough to make sure your kids are taken care of the way you want, by the people you want, no matter what.

3. How to prevent a court from having to supervise your children’s inheritance and then handing them your wealth at 18!

4. How to keep your family out of court (which is long, expensive, public, does not pass your assets easily and is totally unnecessary)

5. And much more!

http://www.layroots.com/seminar-signup/

Free workshop: College Preparation @ High Point Community Center
Nov 18 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

At the High Point Community Center (WSB sponsor):

College Preparation

College… need help with applications, scholarships, budgets, grades, financial aid? Are they oh so confusing? This FREE program is for youth who are looking to further their educational goals. Learn what colleges are looking for from youth, grades, and extracurricular activities. Learn how to apply for scholarships and financial Aid. How to realistically budget for books, tuitions, and fees to avoid the credit card trap.

Wednesday, 4-5 pm
November 18
December 16

Dec
15
Tue
2015
Free seminar: Kids Protection Planning Talk @ High Point Library
Dec 15 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Free educational seminar with Colin Ley of LAYROOTS December 15th, 1:30–2:30 pm at the High Point Library:

“Who Will Take Care of Your Kids if Something Happens to You?”
Even GREAT parents, sometimes leave things incomplete. Who will take care of your kids if something happens to you? And will they be cared for the way you want?

Join us for a free educational talk to learn the easy steps you can take NOW to have peace of mind that your kids, pets, and assets are taken care of in the way you want.

DURING THIS SEMINAR YOU WILL LEARN:

1. The 6 most common mistakes parents make when naming guardians, even when working with a lawyer — and how to avoid or fix them.

2. Why a Will alone is simply not enough to make sure your kids are taken care of the way you want, by the people you want, no matter what.

3. How to prevent a court from having to supervise your children’s inheritance and then handing them your wealth at 18!

4. How to keep your family out of court (which is long, expensive, public, does not pass your assets easily and is totally unnecessary)

5. And much more!

http://www.layroots.com/seminar-signup/

Dec
16
Wed
2015
Free workshop: College Preparation @ High Point Community Center
Dec 16 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

At the High Point Community Center (WSB sponsor):

College Preparation

College… need help with applications, scholarships, budgets, grades, financial aid? Are they oh so confusing? This FREE program is for youth who are looking to further their educational goals. Learn what colleges are looking for from youth, grades, and extracurricular activities. Learn how to apply for scholarships and financial Aid. How to realistically budget for books, tuitions, and fees to avoid the credit card trap.

Wednesday, 4-5 pm
November 18
December 16

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
13
Wed
2016
Open Mic @ The Treehouse Lounge
Jan 13 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

January 13th We have an Open Mic at The Treehouse Lounge. Sign up at 7:15 pm; we start at 8 pm. Bring your Music, Poetry and passion. Equipment and back available. All ages till 11 pm. With your host Alan Sobel.

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

From the Seattle Aquarium:

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

Fri, 22 Jan, 2016
8:30 pm–10:30 pm

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

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

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

From the Seattle Aquarium:

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

Sat, 6 Feb, 2016
8:30 pm–10:15 pm

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

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

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

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

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

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

Feb
21
Sun
2016
Free info session ‘As We Get Older’ @ Fauntleroy Church (Fellowship Hall)
Feb 21 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm

Come to a free information session about memory loss, dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, risk factors, and more, designed for those anticipating elder status, those living it, and those caring for elders. Sponsored by the Caring Ministry of Fauntleroy Church, Alzheimer’s Association Washington Chapter, and Care Patrol. Future panel discussion include Housing Options (April 10) and Legal & Financial Issues (May 15). To aid in planning lunch, RSVP to 932-5600 or jackie@fauntleroyucc.org.

As We Get Older
Sunday, February 21
11:30 light lunch
12:00-1:30 pm presentation plus Q&A
at Fellowship Hall at Fauntleroy Church

Feb
24
Wed
2016
Treehouse Lounge Open Mic
Feb 24 @ 7:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Febuary 24th sign up at 7:15 pm, start at 7:30 pm. Bring your music, comedy, poetry and the rest will happen!

Feb
29
Mon
2016
Be SMART Presentation @ A Child Becomes Preschool
Feb 29 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

BE SMART: A CONVERSATION ABOUT KIDS, GUNS, AND SAFETY

We welcome you to join us and start a conversation about kids, guns and safety.

Monday, February 29 at 7 pm
at A Child Becomes Preschool
4320 SW Hill St

Mar
15
Tue
2016
Financial Workshop: Knowledge is Golden @ Senior Center of West Seattle
Mar 15 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

At the Senior Center of West Seattle:

Financial Workshop: Knowledge is Golden

Free to members, $7 per session to non-members

March 15th, 1:30–2:30 pm
Health Care and Your Retirement class
at Senior Center of West Seattle

March 29th, 1:30–2:30 pm
Focus on Fixed Income class
at Senior Center of West Seattle

April 19, 1:30–2:30 pm
Health Care and Your Retirement class
at Senior Center of West Seattle

Sarah L. Cecil, CRPS | Financial Advisor, will be presenting this series and hosting guest co-presenters.

Call to register: 206-938-6017

Your financial future – worth planning for.

Mar
16
Wed
2016
Free training course: Active Shooter Basic Response @ Schmitz Park Elementary School
Mar 16 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Active Shooter Basic Response Course: Prevention, Preparation, and Reaction
Wednesday, March 16, 6:30-8:30 pm
Schmitz Park Elementary School

We want to ensure that as many people are trained as possible to recognize early warning signs and can help prevent these tragedies. And if we ever end up caught in the middle of one, that we have the skills and knowledge to know what to do.

This is especially important if you are an educator, in charge of safety and emergencies for your department or company, or fearful of these situations and want to relieve some of the worry you have through educating yourself.

We hope you will join us at this very important training course. Tickets are free, but you must register for a spot.

COURSE INFORMATION:

The Active Shooter, Basic Response Course offered by Alexo Corp. is a 90 minute introductory course. This course includes 70-75 minutes of presentation time and 15-20 minutes for questions and answers. This course focuses primarily on three strategies for the mitigation of these events. Those strategies are PREVENTION, PREPARATION, and REACTION. Prevention strategies include policy, identification, and internal work groups. Preparation strategies focus less on the individual and more on what steps organizations can take to protect their employees and minimize the risk of this type of event. Reaction strategies examine individual responses during an event and what to expect from first responders.

We are fortunate to be teaming up with lead instructors that have a total combined 50+ years in local level law enforcement with over 20+ years assigned to a full time tactical team. They have personally responded to multiple active shooter events, presented at both a local and national level on the topic, and been primarily responsible for aiding in the development of the “best practice” response to these type of events.

Adults only please.

Thank you,

Katie Stemp
Founder, Seattle Farm School

Mar
29
Tue
2016
Financial Workshop: Knowledge is Golden @ Senior Center of West Seattle
Mar 29 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

At the Senior Center of West Seattle:

Financial Workshop: Knowledge is Golden

Free to members, $7 per session to non-members

March 15th, 1:30–2:30 pm
Health Care and Your Retirement class
at Senior Center of West Seattle

March 29th, 1:30–2:30 pm
Focus on Fixed Income class
at Senior Center of West Seattle

April 19, 1:30–2:30 pm
Health Care and Your Retirement class
at Senior Center of West Seattle

Sarah L. Cecil, CRPS | Financial Advisor, will be presenting this series and hosting guest co-presenters.

Call to register: 206-938-6017

Your financial future – worth planning for.

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

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

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

Event #148709

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

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

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

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

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

206.588.2297
www.EvergreenPool.org

Apr
28
Thu
2016
Sexual Assault Awareness Evening for Western Washington High School Girls @ Roosevelt High School
Apr 28 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The Fight the Fear Campaign, founded by musician Brandi Carlile in 2010, is excited to announce a Sexual Assault Awareness Evening for Western Washington High School Girls. This free event will take place on Thursday, April 28th from 7-9 pm in Roosevelt High School’s Performing Arts Center. Girls will learn to recognize the red flags that often precede assault, as well as the assertive communication, self-defense, de-escalation, and boundary setting skills that are a proven deterrent to violence. Guests will hear from survivors, including Jennifer Hopper, whose story is the subject of Eli Sanders’s new book While the City Slept.

To get tickets for this free event, please visit our News/Events page at www.fightthefearcampaign.org.

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

From Seattle Parks & Recreation Environmental Learning Calendar:

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

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

$5 per person

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

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

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

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

Event #148710

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

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

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

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

Facebook event page here.

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

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

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

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

$25 or any contribution.

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

Jun
3
Fri
2016
West Seattle Class of 1956 60th reunion @ Salty's on Alki
Jun 3 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

West Seattle Class of 1956 is having their 60th class reunion at Salty’s on Alki on June 3 2016.

It will be held from 11:00 am til 3 pm on Friday June 3rd 2016. For more information contact
Sally Jo Banker Rich at 206 282 4335 or email sjrich99@gmail.com.
Hope to see you all there.

Jun
4
Sat
2016
West Seattle High School all-school reunion @ West Seattle High School
Jun 4 @ 2:00 pm – 5:30 pm

The West Seattle High School Alumni Association’s Annual All-School Reunion will be held on June Saturday, June 4th, from 2:00 to 5:30 pm. This reunion is for every school year that West Seattle High School has been open. Come find out what room your “class” is meeting in and find what your classmates have been doing since you graduated. If you have friends in that were in other grad years, check out their rooms and see if they came, too! Learn more on their website here.

SATURDAY, JUNE 4TH
ALL-SCHOOL REUNION AT WEST SEATTLE HIGH SCHOOL, 2-5:30 pm.

If you’ve ever attended an All-School Reunion, you know that the class celebrating its 50th reunion gets the biggest and best room in the place. This year, the big room will be ours. We’ll have several hours to continue earlier conversations and to start new ones, some with old friends from other classes. Finger food will be served. There will be classic cars to see. We’ll take a class photograph. Our own Gary Smith will be the Master of Ceremonies at a recognition program in the auditorium. Scholarship students, monogram club members and this year’s Hall of Fame inductees will be honored, as will we. And we’ll be first on the program!

AFTER PARTY AT AN EXCITING NEW WEST SEATTLE RESTAURANT, 4-9 pm

SOME OF US WILL LEAVE THE ALL-SCHOOL REUNION ONCE WE’VE HAD OUR MOMENT IN THE SPOTLIGHT AT THE RECOGNITION PROGRAM. OTHERS MAY DECIDE TO STAY AT THE HIGH SCHOOL UNTIL THE ALL-SCHOOL REUNION ENDS. WHENEVER YOU LEAVE, CONSIDER DRIVING DOWN TO AN EXCITING NEW WEST SEATTLE RESTAURANT, SO NEW THAT WE’VE YET TO DISCOVER IT. FEAR NOT. WHEN WE FIND IT, WE’LL POST ITS NAME HERE. WHEN YOU ARRIVE AT THE RESTAURANT, YOUR CLASSMATES WILL BE WAITING TO GREET YOU. WITH ANY LUCK, DELICIOUS GREEN SALADS, SOUPS, SMALL PLATES AND FULL DINNERS WILL BE ON THE MENU, ALONG WITH A WIDE SELECTION OF COFFEE, SOFT DRINKS, CRAFT BEERS, DRAFT BEERS AND WINE. YOU’LL BE ABLE TO DRINK, SNACK OR EAT DINNER WHILE YOU BASK IN THE AFTERGLOW OF WHAT WE HOPE WILL HAVE BEEN A GLORIOUS REUNION.

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
Emergency Communication Hub open house @ Hope Lutheran Church
Jun 11 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

From West Seattle Be Prepared:

Come see what your community is doing to be prepared in the event of a major disaster. Join us in a simulated earthquake neighborhood response drill of the Seattle Emergency Communications Hubs.

The drill will be at High Point, and the new Alaska Junction Hub will be hosting an information table at their location at Hope Lutheran, so there are two places people can go.

We would love for you to stop by as a “put me to work” volunteer or as a Citizen Actor (to give us tasks to perform you will draw a short script from our bowl of misfortunes). This will help test how we accomplish our mission and to help you learn how you can be ready to help in the event of a disaster!

West Seattle Hub drill locations

High Point Neighborhood House
6400 Sylvan Way SW
9:30 am – 11:30 am

Alaska Junction Hope Lutheran Church
4456 42nd Ave SW
9:00 am – noon
New Hub! (Info table only, no drill)

For more information about how to be prepared and what the hubs do, visit
us at West Seattle Be Prepared http://westseattlebeprepared.org/

Emergency Communication Hubs drill @ High Point Neighborhood House
Jun 11 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am

From West Seattle Be Prepared:

Come see what your community is doing to be prepared in the event of a major disaster. Join us in a simulated earthquake neighborhood response drill of the Seattle Emergency Communications Hubs.

We would love for you to stop by as a “put me to work” volunteer or as a Citizen Actor (to give us tasks to perform you will draw a short script from our bowl of misfortunes). This will help test how we accomplish our mission and to help you learn how you can be ready to help in the event of a disaster!

The drill will be at High Point, and the new Alaska Junction Hub will be hosting an information table at their location at Hope Lutheran, so there are two places people can go.

West Seattle Hub drill locations

High Point Neighborhood House
6400 Sylvan Way SW
9:30 am – 11:30 am

Alaska Junction Hope Lutheran Church
4456 42nd Ave SW
9:00 am – noon
New Hub! (Info table only, no drill)

For more information about how to be prepared and what the hubs do, visit
us at West Seattle Be Prepared http://westseattlebeprepared.org/

‘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
Environmental Education Station Event @ Camp Long
Jun 18 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

The City of Seattle Parks and Recreation in collaboration with King Conservation District brings you the Environmental Education Station at Camp Long. Led by youth from the LEEF leadership program (Leaders in Environmental Equity and Facilitation), this will be a day of hands-on Environmental Education Learning and activities in the 68-acre wooded forest. Everyone is welcome, food will be provided as well as rock climbing, zip lining, live performances and more! (Zip lining is on a first come, first served basis and space is limited, so come early!)

This event is free and open to the public.

Questions or want to volunteer?? Email Project Coordinator Nafasi Ferrell at nafasi@dnda.org or call (206) 935-2999

Learn more about the Delridge Neighborhoods Development Association‘s Cultural Events Series:
http://dnda.org/culturalseries/

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1757453151136203/

Jun
22
Wed
2016
Free Emergency Preparedness Workshop @ Southwest Library
Jun 22 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Free Emergency Preparedness workshop led by the City’s Office of Emergency Management, at the Southwest Library:

Are you prepared for the next big earthquake and other disasters Seattle could face? Hear from local emergency management experts about what you can do to get prepared. Learn about the City’s new emergency alert and notification system – AlertSeattle – and bring questions to ask the City’s hazard specialist during an open Q&A session.

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.

Free Workshop: Fire Extinguisher and Utility Control @ Southwest Library
Jun 22 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Free Emergency Preparedness workshop led by the City’s Office of Emergency Management, at the Southwest Library:

When a large disaster happens, first responders and other city services may be overwhelmed. Transportation may be disrupted and communication may be difficult. It is vital that city residents are prepared to be self-sufficient during these times. Having knowledge of some key disaster skills is a crucial part of that preparedness effort.

This workshop provides training on fire extinguisher use and utility control. Both of these are key skills that may be needed after a disaster.

Registration is required
. Please register here.

For more information, contact snap@seattle.gov

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.

Jun
25
Sat
2016
West Seattle Amateur Radio Club Field Day @ South Seattle College
Jun 25 – Jun 26 all-day

Seattle Amateur Radio Club Field Day at South Seattle College (WSB sponsor):

Members of the Puget Sound Repeater Group (PSRG) and the Seattle Auxiliary Communications Service (ACS) will be participating in the national Amateur Radio Field Day exercise, June 25–26, 2016 South Seattle College (behind Olympic Hall) in West Seattle. Since 1933, ham radio operators across North America have established temporary ham radio stations in public locations during Field Day to showcase the science and skill of Amateur Radio. This event is open to the public and all are encouraged to attend.

For more than 100 years, Amateur Radio — sometimes called ham radio — has allowed people from all walks of life to experiment with electronics and communications techniques, as well as provide a free public service to their communities during a disaster, all without needing a cell phone or the Internet. Field Day demonstrates ham radio’s ability to work reliably under any conditions from almost any location and create an independent communications network. Over 45,000 people from thousands of locations participated in Field Day in 2015.

Anyone can come to this Field Day event and get on-the-air! A special station will be staffed with a licensed mentor for use by newcomers or those interested in ham radio including youth and adults. This station allows people who have never used a ham radio to do so, and allow people to explore the world. Even licensed individuals can explore operating on in ways new to them. The site is normally an empty field, but for Field Day it will be filled with numerous antenna masts, four operating radio stations, and emergency power. Which demonstrates radio operation on multiple frequencies using different communications techniques without normal power or facilities. Field Day is practice for operating under emergency or disaster conditions.

“It’s easy for anyone to pick up a computer or Smartphone, connect to the Internet and communicate, with no knowledge of how the devices function or connect to each other,” said Sean Kutzko of the American Radio Relay League, the national association for Amateur Radio. “But if there’s an interruption of service or you’re out of range of a cell tower, you have no way to communicate. Ham radio functions completely independent of the Internet or cell phone infrastructure, can interface with tablets or Smartphones, and can be set up almost anywhere in minutes. That’s the beauty of Amateur Radio during a communications outage.”

“Hams can literally throw a wire in a tree for an antenna, connect it to a battery-powered transmitter and communicate halfway around the world,” Kutzko added. “Hams do this by using a layer of Earth’s atmosphere as a sort of mirror for radio waves. In today’s electronic do-it-yourself (DIY) environment, ham radio remains one of the best ways for people to learn about electronics, physics, meteorology, and numerous other scientific disciplines, and is a huge asset to any community during disasters if the standard communication
infrastructure goes down.”

Anyone may become a licensed Amateur Radio operator. There are over 725,000 licensed hams in the United States, as young as 5 and as old as 100. And with clubs such as ACS and PSRG, it’s easy for anybody to get involved right here in Seattle.

For more information about Field Day and the organization, contact ACS at www.seattleacs.org and PSRG at www.psrg.org or visit www.arrl.org/what-is-ham-radio.

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.”

Jul
21
Thu
2016
Explore the beach at low tide! @ Lincoln Park (beach) & Alki south beach
Jul 21 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Join trained volunteer Beach Naturalists at Lincoln Park and South Alki/Constellation Park on the following dates this year for a free guided exploration at very low tide (please note the specific times for each day.) No reservations necessary; just look for signs at the beaches listed on the dates and hours below. Please note: low tide usually falls in the middle of the hours listed.

Search for tidepool animals during some of the best low tides of the year. Learn a bit of beach ecology and which animal is the most colorful – a sea star, a sea anemone, or a sea slug. Dress for the windy weather and wear shoes that can get wet and handle slippery surfaces. This program designed for adults and 3 and older. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

*Lowest summer tides

July 3*: 10 am–1:30 pm (Deaf Community beach walk)
July 4*: 10 am–1:30 pm
July 5*: 10:30 am–2:15 pm
July 6: 11 am-3 pm
July 19: 10 am-1 pm
July 20: 10 am–1:30 pm
July 21: 11 am–2 pm
July 31: 9:30–11:30 am
August 1: 9:30 am–12:30 pm
August 2: 10 am–1 pm
August 3: 11 am–1:30 pm

Not only will you witness the Puget Sound’s multitude of marine plants and animals, but you’ll also see advocates for these living wonders sharing their knowledge with beach goers – Beach Naturalists.

Beach Naturalists are local citizens who care about Puget Sound beaches and want to help protect them. More than 100 have volunteered to help people learn and enjoy area beaches this summer. Be sure to visit a local beach this summer and meet the Beach Naturalists. They know their beaches. They can help you enjoy the beach without harming it. They can tell you what sea stars eat, why barnacles stand on their heads and how moon snails lay their eggs. “The enthusiasm and excitement of our Beach Naturalists transfers directly to the public-it’s a wonderful infectious thing!” beams Janice Mathisen, Community Outreach at the Seattle Aquarium. “To be able to meet a family and educate them on what a treasure we have here in Puget Sound is amazing.”

Jul
22
Fri
2016
Chief Sealth IHS multi-class reunion @ Lincoln Park
Jul 22 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

If you are a ’60s or ’70s graduate of Chief Sealth High School, you’re invited to the first-ever multi-class reunion, 5-8 pm July 22nd on the beach at Lincoln Park. Organizer David Katt says picnic shelters #3 and #4, plus 20 tables, will be set up (the area closest to the park’s south end). He and Tom Huling from the Class of ’72 are sponsoring this first multi-class event, “with several other classes involved,” and you can reach him with questions at djkatt@comcast.net or 206-650-0863. The announcement also notes, “Some catering will be provided but Chief Sealth alums are encouraged to bring their own food and non-alcoholic beverages to this complimentary event.”

Jul
23
Sat
2016
WSHS Class of 1996 – 20th Reunion @ Dakota Park Place
Jul 23 @ 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm

West Seattle High School class of 1996 celebrates our 20-year High School Reunion!

We’re hosting an adult-only event on Saturday evening, followed by a family-friendly picnic Sunday. Please find more details on our website below – here are the basics:

RSVP: http://wshs1996reunion.blogspot.com/

July 23:
Dakota Park Place (West Seattle), 6:00–11:00 pm
Historic West Seattle Venue – Beer – Wine – Food – Memory Book – Photo Booth- 90s tunes – Memory lane slideshow!

July 24:
Family Day at Hiawatha Park (adjacent to WSHS), 12:00 noon

We look forward to seeing you!!

Jul
24
Sun
2016
WSHS Class of 1996 – 20th Reunion @ Hiawatha Park
Jul 24 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

West Seattle High School class of 1996 celebrates our 20-year High School Reunion!

We’re hosting an adult-only event on Saturday evening, followed by a family-friendly picnic Sunday. Please find more details on our website below – here are the basics:

RSVP: http://wshs1996reunion.blogspot.com/

July 23:
Dakota Park Place (West Seattle), 6:00–11:00 pm
Historic West Seattle Venue – Beer – Wine – Food – Memory Book – Photo Booth- 90s tunes – Memory lane slideshow!

July 24:
Family Day at Hiawatha Park (adjacent to WSHS), 12:00 noon

We look forward to seeing you!!

Aug
20
Sat
2016
Babysitter Certification Course @ Fauntleroy YMCA
Aug 20 @ 1:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Saturday August 20th, 1–7 pm – Babysitter Certification Course
Families in our community need responsible and properly trained babysitters. This certification course will teach participants to safely care for children before they offer to babysit. Participants will be empowered with the tools, skills and practice to properly care
for younger children. Basic First Aid and CPR instruction are included in this course, though students will not be certified. Course will be held at the Fauntleroy YMCA. Please bring a notebook and a pen. For ages 11 to 14. Must attend both classes. The cost is $55 for Facility Members and $85 for Community Participants. Register in person, or online here:

https://apm.activecommunities.com/seattleymca/Activity_Search/babysitter-certification-course-august/38889

West Seattle High School Class of 1971 reunion @ WS Golf Course
Aug 20 @ 4:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Fun is Ageless; We are Timeless! Don’t Miss Out!

West Seattle High School’s Class of 1971’s 45th Reunion is rapidly approaching! Our “Throwback to 1971” is Saturday, August 20 at West Seattle Golf Course Clubhouse from 4 pm to 10 pm.

We’ll be celebrating with ’70s Music, Cocktail Food, a Photo Booth, Friendship, Nostalgia and so much more! Several from our Class will be speaking in the Program which starts at 6:00 pm.

For more details and how to join us please see our Facebook page “West Seattle High School Class of 1971” or contact Jim Biava at Jim@JimBiava.com

Aug
27
Sat
2016
Wilderness First Aid class begins @ Explorer West Middle School
Aug 27 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

West Seattle’s Explorer West Middle School (WSB sponsor), in partnership with Longleaf Wilderness Medicine, is presenting a 2-day (16 hour) Wilderness First Aid class on Saturday, August 27 and Sunday, August 28. This is a great local opportunity to learn basic medical skills needed to respond confidently to medical emergencies in remote environments and earn a nationally recognized certification.

This class is open to the public, participants must be 16 years old to attend the WFA course.

Topics include: patient assessment, how to provide long-term care with limited resources, the decision of when to call for more help, and treatments such as splinting, wound care and managing spine injuries. The course includes classroom time, as well as extensive hands-on skills practice through medical scenarios and labs.

There is also an optional Basic Life Support (CPR) course available on Monday, August 29 which can be taken in connection with the Wilderness First Aid or on a standalone basis. The Wilderness First Aid course fee is $195 and the additional CPR course is $65. For more information and to register please visit:
http://www.longleafmedical.com/LWM-WFA099-82716-Seattle.html

Sep
18
Sun
2016
Duwamish Native Plant Stewardship Day @ Duwamish Longhouse & Cultural Center
Sep 18 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Sept. 18th at the Duwamish Longhouse. A fun day to learn about Native Plant stewardship. Talks, walk, food & opportunities. https://www.facebook.com/events/1089287014512753/

Free activities. 10am -Restoring Duwamish Native Plants; 11:30 am-Lunch provided; Free Hey Duwamish! App; 12:30 pm-Edible Native Plants; 1:30 pm-Urban Gardening Hotline; 2:30 pm-Duwamish Alive: talk & walk along the Duwamish River to restoration site. Upcoming volunteer opportunities.

10–11:30 am–Local Native Plants—Planting & Cultivation–Steve Richmond, Garden Cycles and Nancy Sackman, Duwamish Tribe. www.gardencycles.com, www.duwamishtribe.org

11:30-12:30–Lunch provided. Hey Duwamish! App Demo—Mapping environmental projects along the Duwamish River. www.heydywamish.org

12:30-1:30–Edible Native Plants—Pam Bond Cello, Snohomish Tribe
http://www.edcc.edu/campuscommunityfarm/cultural-kitchen.html

1:30-2:30–Urban Gardening—Free TA Program—Laura Matter,The Garden Hotline, Seattle Tilth. Building an ecologically sound, economically viable and socially equitable food system. www.seattletilth.org

2:30-4 pm–Duwamish Alive—Upcoming Habitat Restoration Volunteer Opportunities– Talk at the Longhouse followed by walk along the Duwamish River to restoration site at Herring House Park. www.duwamishalive.org

This year, the Duwamish Longhouse is reforesting the hillside behind the Longhouse and Seattle Park’s Department is restoring 40 acres in the West Seattle Green Belt. Duwamish activities are funded in part by a grant from the King County Conservation District. http://www.kingcd.org/programs-grant.htm

Our project’s objectives are:

– to restore the Longhouse’s property’s ecosystem by providing a place to sustain native food and medicine, habitat and wildlife in relation to the Duwamish culture,
– to engage the public and raise educational awareness of the Duwamish native culture and its relationship to the restored ecosystem, and
– to work with community partners to increase public awareness of urban reforestation stewardship.

Sep
24
Sat
2016
Hate-Free Delridge Community Gathering @ Youngstown Cultural Arts Center
Sep 24 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

What started out four weeks ago with a meeting of concerned neighbors reacting to a hate crime in Pigeon Point has developed into a cohesive grass-roots group, determined to bring people together with the message of tolerance, inclusion, and community.

Dubbed a “party with a purpose,” the Hate-Free Delridge Community Gathering will be held September 24th in the Thelma Dewitty Theater at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center. Doors will open at 4 pm, with free dinner at 5 pm. Bring a dessert to share, if you wish! All Delridge-area residents are invited, as well as the broader West Seattle community.

Hate-Free Delridge wants people to have fun, too. So, there will be music provided by local musicians, and open-microphone time for attendees to share their thoughts or, if so inclined, perform a song or two. A PA system, mixer, speakers, and microphones will all be provided. Activities for kids are planned as well.

An after-party is planned at The Skylark across the street (3803 Delridge Way SW) for anyone who wishes to continue the conversation and have a cool one.

Sep
27
Tue
2016
Financial Workshop: Knowledge is Golden @ Senior Center of West Seattle
Sep 27 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

At the Senior Center of West Seattle:

Financial Workshops: Knowledge is Golden

Free to members, $7 per session to non-members

September 27, 5:30 pm
Social Security: Your Questions Answered
Guest presenter: Carol McClure, Financial Designs

October 19, 5:30–6:30 pm ~Wine and appetitzers
Money Questions for Women

Call to register: 206-938-6017

Your financial future – worth planning for.

Oct
18
Tue
2016
Financial Workshop: Knowledge is Golden @ Senior Center of West Seattle
Oct 18 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

At the Senior Center of West Seattle:

Financial Workshops: Knowledge is Golden

Free to members, $7 per session to non-members

October 18, 1:00-2:30 pm (lunch)
Outsmart the Scammers

Call to register: 206-938-6017

Your financial future – worth planning for.

Oct
19
Wed
2016
Financial Workshop: Knowledge is Golden @ Senior Center of West Seattle
Oct 19 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

At the Senior Center of West Seattle:

Financial Workshops: Knowledge is Golden

Free to members, $7 per session to non-members

September 27, 5:30 pm
Social Security: Your Questions Answered
Guest presenter: Carol McClure, Financial Designs

October 19, 5:30–6:30 pm ~Wine and appetitzers
Money Questions for Women

Call to register: 206-938-6017

Your financial future – worth planning for.

Oct
23
Sun
2016
Grand Opening Seattle Emergency Hub at Alaska Junction / Hope Lutheran Church
Oct 23 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Thanks to the joint efforts of the Junction Neighbors Organization (JuNO), Hope Lutheran Church, West Seattle Be Prepared, supporting local businesses and the City of Seattle Neighborhood Matching Fund, a new Seattle Emergency Communications Hub will open at Hope Lutheran Church.

Please stop by to learn more about how to prepare for emergencies, what the hub will do in the event of a disaster and how you can be a volunteer to help others at the hub.

Sunday, Oct 23, 12:00 – 3:00 pm

Location: Hope Lutheran Church,
with information tables in the Hope Lutheran Church parking lot, at the corner of
42nd Ave. SW and Oregon Street.

For more information, contact Cindi Barker, cindilbarker@gmail.com, 206-933-6968 or visit the West Seattle Be Prepared website at http://westseattlebeprepared.org/

Junction Emergency Hub opening @ Hope Lutheran Church
Oct 23 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Grand Opening Seattle Emergency Hub at Alaska Junction / Hope LutheranChurch

Sunday, Oct 23, 12:00 – 3:00 pm

4456 42nd Ave SW, with information tables in the Hope Lutheran Church parking lot, at the corner of 42nd Ave. SW and Oregon Street.

Thanks to the joint efforts of the Junction Neighbors Organization (JuNO), Hope Lutheran Church, West Seattle Be Prepared, supporting local businesses and the City of Seattle Neighborhood Matching Fund, a new Seattle Emergency Communications Hub will open at Hope Lutheran Church.

Please stop by to learn more about how to prepare for emergencies, what the hub will do in the event of a disaster and how you can be a volunteer to help others at the hub.

For more information, contact Cindi Barker, cindilbarker@gmail.com, 206-933-6968 or visit the West Seattle Be Prepared website at http://westseattlebeprepared.org

Nov
5
Sat
2016
Longfellow Creek Watershed Walk & Salmon Watch @ Dragonfly Pavillion
Nov 5 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

From Puget Soundkeeper Alliance:

Join us as we walk a section of Longfellow Creek in West Seattle to investigate the health of one of our local salmon runs. Longfellow Creek, which flows from Roxhill Bog to Elliot Bay, provides spawning habitat for a population of coho salmon every year.

A group of dedicated volunteers is working with Soundkeeper to monitor whether the coho in Longfellow reproduce successfully or succumb to stormwater pollution in the river and die before spawning (a phenomenon known as pre-spawn mortality). Every day for the duration of the salmon run, teams are documenting their observations of live coho and dissecting the dead carcasses to check spawning condition. Come join our Saturday group of volunteers and see them in action!

Also at the event will be groups from the Nature Consortium, Delridge Neighborhoods Development Association, King County Conservation District, and the City of Seattle to talk about wetland recovery, native plants, rain gardens, and what Seattle is doing to reduce the effects of toxic stormwater runoff on salmon populations and other wildlife.

This is a great way to observe one of nature’s most amazing migrations, get a taste of scientific field work, and learn more about what you can do to restore the health of our local waterways.

Equipment: Be prepared to get dirty. Wear athletic clothing and shoes that can get wet. We will be walking along the creek through some muddy areas.

Date: Saturday, November 5th
Time: 11:30am to 1:00pm
Location: Dragonfly Garden, 4107 28th Avenue SW, Seattle 98126

To RSVP: Email Kerry at kerry@pugetsoundkeeper.org or call (206) 297-7002.

Dec
14
Wed
2016
Artful, Therapeutic, and Informed Weeding at Lincoln Park
Dec 14 @ 8:30 am – 11:00 am

With Naturalist Stewart Wechsler:

Wednesday, December 14th 8:30 am–11:00 am, Stewart’s Stewardship Adventures offers: Artful, Therapeutic and Informed Weeding:

Help preserve our natural heritage for future generations. Learn the best strategies to help declining local, wild rarities grow back, as we protect them from weeds. The wealth of our ancient, unique, local natural community, has been in decline ever since the first global gold seekers brought with them seeds of weeds that our local natural community was not adapted to living with. Tinkering with plants as we sit in beautiful natural surroundings, goes back in our evolutionary roots to before agriculture, and there is an instinctive therapy in sitting on a bed of moss, plucking out plants, either for harvest, or to help valued surrounding plants, or both. As we sit in nature with our neighbors, wiggling out weeds, we can learn various strategic weeding methods, including learning the identification and root structure of each weed species we target, then when, how, and where, they would disperse if we let them. We can also learn which weeds we can nibble on. Then we learn the reason we are weeding, which is to help the re-spreading of the declining local, wild plants, and the wild animals that are adapted to the declining plants, those weeds were pushing out. Then on the way out we can learn the art of “weed walking”, where we pull the weeds away from the declining wild plants, while we walk, hardly losing a step.

This is a world that we could be moving back towards with each of our community gatherings in nature, where we are contributing to the natural community as a mutualistic member of that community, rather than a parasitic or predatory member of that community. Could this model go viral? Could it spread around the globe better and last longer than Pokeman Go? Why not?

I ask that people preregister to ensure that the group size is manageable both for me and the mosses. e-mail me at ecostewart@gmail.com or phone me at 206 932-7225 (currently only land line).

While the program is free, Stewart appreciates any useful support that the human community gives him that will help the growth of the success of his efforts to promote the protection and recovery our most precious and unique local natural communities that our misguided human culture has increasingly been degrading and diminishing.

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
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
8
Wed
2017
Chief Sealth PTSA’s School & Community Safety Meeting @ Chief Sealth International High School
Feb 8 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

You are invited to join the Chief Sealth PTSA sponsored School & Community Safety Meeting, on Feb. 8th, from 7pm to 9pm in the Library.

We will have light refreshments and socializing before our featured speakers:
* Principal Aida Fraser-Hammer
* Pegi McEvoy – Assistant Superintendent of Operations (SPS)
* Captain Pierre Davis – Southwest Precinct Captain (SPD)
* Helen Joung – Executive Director of Schools – Southwest Region
* Lisa Herbold – Seattle City Council Member
* Johnny Jefferson – Communities in School
* Freddie Campbell – “Be Smart – A Conversation about Kids, Gun, and Safety”
There will be time for questions and conversations after our scheduled speakers.

Do you have questions about student safety on and off campus? School and District Policies around discipline? Earthquakes and other natural disasters? Where to find safety resources? Please consider attending.

Thank you,
Sealth PTSA Board

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
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
23
Thu
2017
Bystander Intervention workshop @ Fauntleroy Church, UCC
Feb 23 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

A free workshop to learn practical, safe alternatives to doing nothing in bullying or harassment situations.

Feb 23rd, 6:30–8:00 pm
at Fauntleroy Church

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

Apr
12
Wed
2017
‘Why Art Matters’ Panel @ Youngstown Cultural Arts Center
Apr 12 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Councilmember Lisa Herbold (District 1, West Seattle & South Park) will participate in a discussion Wednesday evening about the role of public investments in the arts and the health of our community, plus the current landscape of dedicated arts funding. The panel, ‘Why Art Matters’ is co-sponsored by KUOW FM, the Office of Arts and Culture, and Councilmember Herbold and will include representatives from the Seattle Arts Commission, Seattle Symphony and Arts Corps.

WHAT:  ‘Why Art Matters’ panel with break-out sessions focusing on specific issues and action steps

WHEN: Wednesday, April 12
Doors open at 5:30 p.m., 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

WHERE: Youngstown Cultural Arts Center
4408 Delridge Way SW, Seattle, WA 98106

WHO:
Councilmember Lisa Herbold
Marcie Sillman, KUOW
Vivian Phillips, Seattle Arts Commission
Simon Woods, Seattle Symphony
James Miles, Executive Director of Arts Corps.

Now more than ever, the arts play an important role in defining our identity and leading the way for racial equity. The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) are vital for our community’s well-being.

The 2018 federal budget released by Donald Trump proposes elimination of federal support for the NEA and CPB. A full federal budget proposal is expected in May, and will inspire a myriad questions about how to help numerous groups remain solvent continue this important work, as well as the larger question of what the elimination of government-sponsored cultural agencies communicates to Americans and the rest of the world.

Please NOTE: The event is FREE and guests are invited to RSVP online and in advance

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.

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
17
Wed
2017
Free Self-Defense Workshop @ West Seattle High School Library
May 17 @ 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Come Discover Your Power!

The WAVE Foundation will be leading a FREE workshop at West Seattle High School on Wednesday, May 17th from 3:30-5:30pm in the Library. The School-based Health Center sponsored by Neighborcare Health will be hosting and providing snacks!

With sexual assault dominating media headlines, TV shows and adolescents real and current lives this workshop is more important than ever. This workshop with the WAVE Foundation is designed to give adolescents real tools to protect themselves including intuition honing, de-escalation, boundary setting, assertive communication, and self-defense and fighting techniques, as well as access to resources for survivors of violence or abuse. Because the vast majority of those directly impacted by sexual assault are women, be sure to come with the understanding that the workshop’s target audience is girls and young women; however, ALL students, friends, parents and community members of all genders are welcome to attend!

For more information contact the Neighborcare Health School-based Health Center at West Seattle High School at (206) 658-8048.

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, suitab