This Saturday, May 11th between 9 and 11 AM community groups and emergency volunteers throughout Seattle will participate in a disaster drill to test neighborhood emergency preparedness. Northeast Seattle’s Hub at Hunter Tree Farm, 7744 35th Ave NE, will be one of the practice sites. Everyone is invited to come out and see what procedures are in place should an earthquake or other emergency occur.
The groups will include amateur radio operators who will practice sending in messages to the City of Seattle Emergency Operations Center. In a real event, the info sent in could be used by City response planners to assess conditions. Other neighborhoods will be activating their Hubs – get the list on the Sustainable NE Seattle page and let your friends know where they can participate.
HUNTER FARM PUMPKIN SALES!
WEEKENDS, 9-ISH TO 5-ISH
For the 2nd year in a row (maybe this is a trend!), pumpkin sales are back at the Hunter Farms on weekends from about 9-ish to 5-ish! The pumpkins are grown by Chase Hunter over in Ellensburg and hauled over for your carving and Jack-o’-lantern-ing pleasure. So head on over to the Hunter Farm to pick up your favorite orange gourd!
Living Life Larger for others is a not-for-profit started a few years ago by a couple of guys following the passing of their mothers. After deciding they needed to start “living life larger” and giving back to others, they started an annual fundraiser with live music and both silent and live auctions. The proceeds from the annual “Music Life and Tails” benefit concert goes primarily to 2 great local nonprofits: PAWS and Operation Sack Lunch.
Last year, the benefit was inside at Hales Brewery. This year, the Hunter Farm Gathering Place is playing host to the Music Life and Tails III benefit concert on Saturday, September 8th. This years benefit, which features live music from British Export (award winning Beatles cover band), Dave Ellis, and Gunn and the Damage Done. The auction features fantastic items ranging from legal service to 7 nights in Sun Valley.
Tickets to the event are $15 and can be purchased in advance HERE!
To learn more about Living Life Larger for others, check out this wonderful video.
Wedgwood’s annual Outdoor Cinema is happening this year at the Hunter Farm Gathering Place, on Saturday, August 4th. The festivities begin at 7PM and will again feature snackable goodness from Metropolitan Market, Van Gough Coffeehouse, and others! Come early to grab your seat!
You can come ask Wedgwood Community Council trustees what we’ve been working on on your behalf, become a member of the WCC, and/or buy a “Wedgwood” t-shirt.
It’s almost that time of year again, when the neighborhood gathers together to enjoy free food and drink from local businesses, music and games for the entire family and of course, a gigantic blow-up screen featuring a hot summer blockbuster!
This year’s annual Outdoor Cinema on Saturday, August 4 will feature a showing of Disney’s “The Muppets,” and will be, for the first time ever, located at the Hunter Tree Farms Gathering Space (7744 35th Ave NE; next to the U.S. Post Office).
Other key details to note:
• Festivities will begin around 7pm and continue until dusk; the movie will start as the sun sets so bring blankets, lawn chairs, etc. to keep yourself comfortable.
• Metropolitan Market, Van Gogh Coffeehouse and a number of other sponsors will be providing free food and drink throughout the event.
• The Wedgwood Community Council will be available to answer questions about membership and how YOU can become a proud owner of a nifty green WEDGWOOD t-shirt.
Keep an eye out for more posts on the website, but if you have any specific questions, please let us know. We look forward to seeing you, Kermit, Miss Piggy and the whole family there!
The sun is out! It’s time to get cooking by taking advantage of the rays of the sun. It’s fun and easy to make a solar cooker, and you can learn how at a free workshop this Sunday, July 8, at 10 AM. Sustainable Northeast Seattle is hosting a Solar Cookout day at the Gathering Place at Hunter Tree Farm, 7744 35th Ave NE. Register for the free workshop at: SusNESeattle@gmail.com to reserve your space.
Everyone is welcome to drop in during the day. Bring your instruments if you’d like to participate in any musical jam sessions. At 5 PM there will be a potluck feast with food that has been solar-cooked, and any other contributions which are brought. For more info see: sustainableneseattle.ning.com/
Mark your calendar also for the Planet Home sustainable living festival on Saturday, July 21, to be held at the Gathering Place at Hunter’s.
Shortly before Thanksgiving, activity began again at the Hunter Farm to get ready for this season’s year annual visit by the Hunter Family. The family spends just under 4 weeks in Wedgwood each year selling Christmas trees. Today was an especially busy day at their tree lot. Welcome back to Wedgwood, Hunter Family. And again, thanks for opening up your lot during the rest of the year to the community.
“Wedgwood Team to Wedgwood Hub. This is a drill. I am reporting a gas leak at the corner of….”
“View Ridge Team to Wedgwood Hub. This is a drill. I am reporting a power line down….”
“Maple Leaf Team to Wedgwood Hub. This is a drill. We have a car stuck snowbound with three occupants suffering from hypothermia. Requesting support.”
The airwaves were busy on Saturday morning (October 29th), as the first-ever test of Wedgwood Emergency Communications was put into action. More than 75 people attended the event, which was part of a city-wide emergency communications test. Participants came from all over NE Seattle, including Maple Leaf, View Ridge, Meadowbrook, Hawthorne Hills, Ravenna/Bryant, even Pinehurst, Fremont and Montlake. They all helped out with the given scenario – that we were in the third day of a severe winter storm. Low priority issues, such as people out of food or water, were reported in and dealt with locally. High priority items, such as fire, utility issues, or lives-at-risk, each of which requiring action by the city, were reported via radio to Seattle’s Emergency Operations Center downtown.
The drill was fun, and was special in many ways. It was one of the first major events at the Hunter Gathering Place, as the Hunter Tree Farm site is now considered. Through an agreement with the Hunter family, organization from Pomegranate Center, funding from Tully’s Coffee, and lots of community effort, the site was transformed over the summer from an empty lot to a usable gathering place that is open for community events.
This drill also marked the official recognition of the Wedgwood Hub by the City of Seattle, which means that we will get a fair amount of help and support by the city going forward. The hub is a structure to house radio communications in the event of a community-wide disaster, and it functioned great in its inaugural drill. (Note: No radio equipment is actually stored in the HUB.)
Success of the drill was due to the huge variety of participation that we saw. We had many volunteers from Wedgwood, as well as people from more than 15 of our neighboring communities! In addition, a gang of amateur radio operators descended from as far away as Bothell, and we had as a speaker a fire fighter from Kent. We had dignitaries from Seattle’s Office of Emergency Management , and our fantastic North Precinct Crime Prevention Officer, Terri Johnston, on hand as well. We kept warm with coffee donated by Café Van Gogh (thanks Janet!) and bagels from Noah’s bagels. This was a true community effort!
Thanks to everyone who participated. A special thanks goes to Theresa Edwards, who coordinated the drill itself. Additional thanks go to the team behind the $13,500 Neighborhood Matching Fund grant proposal submitted earlier in October, which, if funded, will provide additional education, awareness and training, all focused around increasing community resiliency in the event of emergencies of any kind. We’ll find out in December if we get that grant or not. Funded or not, we will continue to have community events around emergency preparation.
As always, we remind you: There are no local stockpiles of emergency supplies. Each of us is responsible for putting aside enough for ourselves and our families. The minimum is to have at least a 3-day supply of water – many recommend at least a 7-day supply. In the event of an emergency, first check on yourself and your family. Then check in on your neighbors and make sure everyone is okay. Then compile a list of what you need and what you have to offer, and send someone to the Wedgwood Hub with that list.
Lastly – if you did not participate in this drill, come to one of the next ones. It is fun and will ensure that a real emergency goes a lot more smoothly.
It’s not enough to buy your Christmas trees, raspberries, and blueberries at the Hunter Farm site. This year, the Hunter Family will be selling pumpkins too! That’s right, pumpkins will be available to the neighborhood starting this Saturday, October 1st at 9AM and continuing for the first 3 weekends in October! So, you can grab your pumpkin and check out our new gathering place all at the same time.
On Saturday, September 17th, Tully’s Coffee threw a party at the Hunter Farm Gathering Place to celebrate the wildly successful community project. Despite the windy weather, about 40-50 people turned out to enjoy coffee, reflect back on the project, and thank Tully’s Coffee, the Pomegranate Center, and the Hunter Family for making this project happen.
In attendance at the meeting was Karen Yacos, the Director of Community Outreach for Green Mountain Coffee (parent company of Tully’s Coffee), who flew out from Vermont to celebrate with us. Karen had some wonderful things to say about the project, the community, and their partnership with Pomegranate Center which made this project possible. Karen also announced an exciting opportunity for the community to learn how to use this new gathering place, which is the Event Grant. Tully’s has committed three $400 Event Grants (total of $1,200) to groups who want to use the new gathering place for upcoming projects! She announced 1 project, an Emergency HUB Drill, that has already been selected to occur on October 29th (more information on this drill to come). You can find out more about these grants and apply for them online HERE.
Following Karen, Milenko Matanovich spoke on the benefits of community projects like this where we work together to build something beautiful. Milenko was a constant creative force throughout the project (and 4 others at the same time!). To conclude the event, the Wedgwood Community Council was able to thank the Hunter Family, Tully’s Coffee, and the Pomegranate Center for bringing such a fantastic space to gather to our NE Seattle community.
Many thanks to all those that came out and celebrated with us! Also, thanks to David Bunn for taking such wonderful photos of the celebration.