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West Seattle Tool Library
We Need Your Help!

Ever borrow a tool from your neighbor? Ever wish they had a better selection? Sustainable West Seattle has won a grant from the City of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods and has set up a tool lending library. You can find out more information or check out our inventory!

All Walk Encouragement Rally This Easter Sunday

save_the_arcticFollowed by a march to Terminal 5 to encourage the Port to rescind the lease agreement with Shell Oil through Foss Marine.

This is a special All Walk Encouragement Rally not only because it is Easter Sunday but because we are going to have our voice heard on the Port of Seattle’s decision to store Shell Oil Companies Arctic Drilling Equipment in West Seattle at the port’s Terminal 5.

After the All Walk Encouragement Rally in the Alaska Junction from noon-1pm we will ..continue reading

Local Businesses Combat Seattle’s Leftover Paint Problem

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Second Use Building Materials and NOVO Painting are teaming up to combat the issue of used paint in Seattle. Without a paint stewardship program, Washington residents are forced to dry leftover latex paint with kitty litter or paint hardener and toss it in the landfill.

In effort to divert leftover latex paint from the landfill and get it into the hands of people that need it, Second Use and NOVO Painting are hosting a Used Paint Drive on March 28th from 10-4 at the Second Use Store in SODO.

There is no cost for individuals to drop off leftover ..continue reading

2015 Killer Whale Research Presentation

Photo by Candice Emmons, NWFSC, NOAA Research Permit #16163 Come see a great presentation at CP Coffee: 2015 Killer Whale Research Survey Presentation by Brad Hanson, Northwest Fisheries Science Center When: Thursday March 26, 7 – 8:30 pm. –Doors open at 6:15 Where: C&P Coffee Company, 5612 California Ave SW Cost: $5 suggested donation; kids free Advance tickets: brownpapertickets.com Presented by The Whale Trail Researchers recently spent 21 days aboard the NOAA ship Bell M. Shimada, tracking endangered Southern Resident killer whales (SRKWs) off the coasts of Washington and Oregon. Good weather and ocean conditions allowed researchers exceptional access to the whales, including the first sighting ..continue reading

Take a Quick West Seattle Parking Survey

You can take the survey here: http://www.westseattletc.org/2015-parking-survey In response to recent and prolonged debates about parking in our area, the West Seattle Transportation Coalition (WSTC) is conducting a basic survey about parking. They are taking this survey to aggregate and then publish the results in a report to the public. At this time they have no position on the parking questions and are doing this to benefit all interested parties with some new data. The survey will run until Thursday, March 26, 2015 at 12:00pm PST. They hope to publish the results of this ..continue reading

Buy CSA Shares in West Seattle’s Urban MicroFarms

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What a cool project, Urban Flex Farms is a collective of “micro-farms” in West Seattle that provide as-fresh-as-you-can-get produce delivered right to your home. Urban Flex Farms partners with homeowners in WS to turn yards into micro-farm sites that grow fresh vegetables, fruits, and herbs. They have extended their Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Early Bird Special until March 15th. Here’s whats in the box when you join the CSA:

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Meaningful Movies this Saturday

Saturday March 7th West Seattle Meaningful Movies brings to you        Pay 2 Play   Pay 2 Play: Democracy’s High Stakes    A film by John Wellington Ennis  Trailer: http://www.pay2play.tv “Pay 2 Play lays out a compelling case against corporate personhood.” L.A. Times    This humorous and provocative film connects the dots of Big Money in our ever-challenging election process. A layperson’s guidebook to taking back our democracy. Featuring Robert Reich, Van Jones, Marianne Williamson, Noam Chomsky, and many more.   6:30 doors open for snacks and social time 7:00 movie, followed by optional discussion   At High Point Neighborhood ..continue reading

Love Trees? ….Be a West Seattle Tree Ambassador

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The City of Seattle’s reLeaf Program and Forterra are looking to engage West Seattle residents in caring for urban trees and green spaces in Seattle. The reLeaf Program offers free Tree Walk Events, Tree Ambassador training, and Tree Walk Mapping (fun!). Read more below to get involved.

Tree Walks: Tree Walks are fun, positive community events that engage neighbors with the trees surrounding them. Tree Ambassadors develop tours to highlight interesting or significant trees in their neighborhoods and lead ..continue reading

Seattle Land Use Committee

This is what a "Land Use Notice" should look like.

Are you terrified, concerned, or at least interested in the development happening around West Seattle and Seattle in general? If so, check out Ethan Phelps-Goodmans new “Seattle In Progress” website and app. Its a cool way to see a birds eye view of development in the area. If you are interested beyond passively observing the buildings go up around you, the West Seattle Land Use Committee is having their monthly meeting on February 25th.

Agenda Items Include:

Special Guest: Ethan Phelps-Goodman, creator of the..continue reading

Vision Zero a refreshing thought

slowerspeeds Mayor Ed Murray inspired us all this week when he unveiled his Vision Zero traffic initiative. The plan is to eliminate all traffic fatalities which is a lofty goal indeed but there could be other refreshing results. The main component of the plan is to lower speed limits throughout the city which would lessen the impact in the case of an accident as well as provide a greater reaction time to avoid accidents. These lower speed limits drastically increase the chance ..continue reading

WS TimeBank Event This Thursday!

The first WSTB members meeting of 2015 is upon us! On February 19th, come reconnect with fellow timebankers and learn about the changes taking place to make us a more vibrant community in West Seattle and Burien.Date:    Thursday, February 19, 2015 Where:   Senior Center of West Seattle 4217 SW Oregon St. – parking in the lot off 42nd Ave SW Time:    6:30 – 7:00 Potluck (bring a dish to share) 7:00 – 8:00 Members Meeting

Our meeting will feature: –    The future of WSTB and how it affects you as a member –    Inspiration with upcoming participation ..continue reading