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Sustainable West Seattle New Year Newsletter.

JANUARY UPDATE

Welcome to 2017.

Welcome to a new reality and a plethora of reasons to be involved at a local level with grassroots groups and organizations.
Yes, we are starting the year off with many challenges and with some heavy hearts as well. Let this not dismay you because here in West Seattle we have a variety of ways to keep moving forward and not backwards.
As Sustainable West Seattle moves forward into its 10th year let us celebrate the many accomplishments that have been born or supported by our efforts. Let us move forward to do much more and have a greater public involvement. The first change for this year will be that Sustainable West Seattle will no longer have a paid membership. You are ALL members through your past and future involvement as well as being citizens of West Seattle. You can however feel free to make small donations to our cause.
Here is a way to get involved as Sustainable West Seattle is looking for new board members. The commitment to the board of SWS has been designed to be easy on the time budget but does allow opportunity to start new initiatives and projects. If you have been sitting on a good thought you would like to have help with turn to SWS to help facilitate it. A once a month board meeting with brief committee reports and help with a quarterly newsletter is all that is required. Over the past couple of years we have cut the administrative work down to a minimum. As a 501c3 we are required to have annual elections for officers including President, Secretary and Treasurer. Vice Presidents can play a role to help with the role of president and to fill in any absence but are not required for a 501c3.

"As we start 2017 I believe we all can agree it is a time to RALLY."

The main focus for SWS will be communication. We will communicate for our various projects and all forms of other community initiatives through social media, email alerts, quarterly news letter and our website. Most updates will be done at our monthly board meetings.  Therefore SWS is looking for people who love to communicate on the internet. I know from my social network experience there are many of you out there. 
Our biggest annual event as always will be the Greenlife Festival connected with the West Seattle Street Fair. This is a BIG opportunity for public outreach and to offer the alternatives on display and on Main Street.  From nonprofits to healthcare, we have a lot of information to share that is not readily available in other contexts.
As we start 2017 I believe we all can agree it is a time to RALLY. It is time to come together as a community and support grassroots efforts to make a difference. The remainder of this newsletter will be reports from the leaders of working projects that are partnered with SWS. Let’s give credit to these leaders in our community and give them volunteer support where they need it.
Happy and invigorated New Years to All of you and thanks for being a part of Sustainable West Seattle.
West Seattle Time Bank
The Urban Homestead Foundation
The Urban Homestead Foundation is embarking on a one year mission to purchase the land at the corner of Dakota and 50th Avenue SW in West Seattle in order to establish an active green space and urban gathering center that models, promotes and teaches green building and sustainable food systems through community and leadership development. “The Dakota Homestead” will be developed into a vibrant corner of sustainable green practices and urban agriculture, providing a place to celebrate our natural resources through demonstration gardens, weekly classes and seasonal events. The space will also serve as a food hub and seed lending library, connecting neighbors with each other and local farmers. In addition, the land will provide a wild space for schools to use as curriculum enrichment in topics such as edible gardening, urban wildlife, seasonal cooking, crafting and home finances. 

Join us for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to preserve a beautiful green space and create a legacy resource for our growing community!  Donate, volunteer, and share this great project with your networks of friends and family!

For details please visit: www.UrbanHomesteadFoundation.org

Thank you!

  West Seattle Tool Library
The West Seattle Tool Library is a community resource for DIY tools and instruction.
They are open 5-8 pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays and 11-4 pm on Saturdays and Sundays.
Volunteer night is every second Monday from 6-8 pm if you wish to support this community resource. The system is simple
Community Orchard of West Seattle.
Community Orchard of West Seattle, (COWS) is a non profit organization and partners with Nature Stewards. COWS provides a home-scale model and venue that demonstrates how much food can be grown on a city-sized lot. Produce goes to volunteers and local security programs.
COWS broke ground in the winter of 2011 and in its first year converted a narrow strip of unused land on the north east end of South Seattle College. Today you will find a working community garden and growing food forest orchard.
COWS uses permaculture and organic growing principles. All efforts are made in demonstrating low-maintenance sustainable food production strategies.
Health and Harvest work parties are offered during the months of March through October twice a week from 5-7 pm on Mondays and Thursdays. Learn more at www.fruitinwestseattle.org
Meaningful Movies

Mentored by Rick and Diane Turner of the Wallingford Meaningful Movies, West Seattle Meaningful Movies screened our first film, Diaries of Highpoint, in September 2013. Following that we have offered documentaries to the public on the first Saturday evening of each month (except during the summers of 2015 and 2016), up to the present. 
 Our mission is to use films and discussions to inform and connect neighbors in our diverse community and to support positive social change. We offer a range of films, often focusing on current critical issues—for example, climate change, racial injustice, sustainable agriculture, and income inequality. 
 From 6:30 to 7:00 we have a social time, with refreshments. Then the movie starts. After the film people can make brief community announcements. Following that we have an optional facilitated discussion, sometimes with the filmmaker or another resource person.
 Occasionally we co-sponsor a film with another West Seattle organization, which gives us the opportunity to build local relationships and help to unite the West Seattle activist community.  For example, we've co-sponsored a film about war with West Seattle Neighbors for Peace and Justice, several films about the environment with Sustainable West Seattle, and two films about the Duwamish Tribe with the Southwest Seattle Historical Society.
All our movies are free, though we accept donations to cover the cost of screening rights and refreshments. We are grateful to High Point Neighborhood House for letting us use their building free of charge. 
To see our current movies, you can go to westseattlemeaningfulmovies.org.
 
DIY Bikes
Learn fix and ride! At DIY Bikes you can learn the secrets of the bicycle mechanics and work on your bike at the same time. Tools cleaning materials and lubrication are provide. Many parts are provided from salvaged bikes however if you need more parts than we can provide we will guide you to the right place. DIY bikes start March 14th and will be available every Tuesday from 5-8pm at the West Seattle Tool Library (see above) diybikes.org
West Seattle Bike Connections
West Seattle Bike Connections is in its fifth year, working to create a sustainable, safe and engaged community. Our mission is to provide advocacy and assistance for those traveling by bicycle in and beyond West Seattle. We invite you to join us and participate!

In 2016  West Seattle Bike connections worked with the Seattle Department of Transportation to make improvements for bicycle use and safety.
 

For 2017, we are focusing on:
  • Planning of the Greenway route that will be part of the 35th Avenue Safety Corridor Project from Roxbury to High Point and north.
  • Encouraging people to ride bikes for transportation, with education classes in April.
  • Encouraging the new Duwamish Greenways group in South Park and Georgetown.
  • Fun, social rides including biking to a local brewery; biking to see public art and parks; and the West Seattle little STP.
  • The new version of Neighborhood Parks & Streets fund grants for street and trail safety improvements.
  • Advocacy for safe pedestrian and bicycle provisions in the multi-modal corridor and repaving projects slated for Delridge, Roxbury and Avalon.
  • We will continue to participate in Seattle Neighborhood Greenways and Cascade Bicycle Club’s advocacy work, and with our neighborhood community councils. We have members on the Seattle Bicycle Advisory Board, the Move Seattle Levy Oversight Committee, West Seattle Transportation Coalition Board, and Freight Master Plan Advisory Board.
 
Don Brubeck

www.westseattlebikeconnections.org
www.facebook.com/WestSeattleBikeConnections
westseattlebikeconnections@gmail.com
 
Hate-Free Delridge
Hate Free Delridge was started by the Delridge neighbors and several SWS 2016 board members. The group has provided opportunities to bring together people of different backgrounds, ethnicity and religious backgrounds to strengthen community bonds. We look forward to more of these opportunities in 2017. To stay in touch with Hate Free Delridge you can join their Facebook Group.   
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