Garage Sale at the Tool Library

NE Seattle Tool Library members

The NE Seattle Tool Library is a tool-sharing resource located at 2415 NE 80th Street.  For a small annual membership fee you can have access to the huge inventory of tools, now numbering over 2,500.

The Tool Library’s  mission is to leverage existing resources, reduce our environmental footprint, reduce consumption of tools used only once, educate community members in proper use and maintenance of tools, enhance self-reliance and resilience, foster sense of community and mutual support, and encourage repairing or re-purposing items instead of throwing them in the trash.

On Saturday, October 25 from 9 to 3 the NE Seattle Tool Library will have a sale of surplus tools.  There is lots of quality stuff, so your holiday shopping could begin here!  Stop by to see the inventory and check out the great resources of the Tool Library.

At the same day and time at the Tool Library, Saturday from 9 to 3, a class called Reinventing Fire will be held on how to build a BioChar Stove.  This efficient fire pit can be used as a barbecue grill as part of your emergency preparedness to cook food if/when the power goes off.

Bikes for Sale

Bikes for sale are at the Bike Shack which shares space in the NE Seattle Tool Library at 2415 NE 80th Street, just west of the traffic light on 25th Ave NE at NE 80th Street.  Photos of bikes which are available, are on the Bike Shack’s Facebook page.

The Bike Shack is a volunteer-run, donation-funded community bike shop that helps people learn to fix their bikes and provides tools for community use.  Open hours at the Bike Shack are the same as the Tool Library: Thursday evenings from 6 to 9 PM; Saturday 9 to 3 and Sunday 2 to 5.

Community Barter Fair and Cider Pressing

Sustainable NE Seattle will sponsor a Community Barter Fair and Cider Pressing festival on Saturday, September 27, from 1 to 4 PM.  Bring your home-grown and homemade goods to barter with others at the Fair, to be held at The Gathering Place at Hunter Tree Farm, 7744 35th Ave NE, next to the Wedgwood Post Office.

You and your neighbors can collect the apples from your yard trees and bring them to the Fair to be pressed into cider.  Please bring all the containers you will want to use, such as washed milk or juice containers, and bring extra to share.  Bring the kids to see how food can be conserved and shared.

Barn Raising!

On Saturday, August 23 from 10 AM to 4 PM, everyone is invited to join in with Sustainable NE Seattle at a “barn raising” event at Patrick Linder’s house. This is an opportunity to contribute your labor in exchange for learning the the basics of building a simple wood-frame structure.  Site preparation, leveling, the use of pier stones, assembling and plumbing walls, applying wood siding, building and mounting rafters, and basic roofing will be explained and worked on.  Please bring gloves and eye protection, if possible.  Lunch will be provided.  Please RSVP.

Greendrinks Community Picnic

Tuesday, August 12, 2014 from 5:30 to 8:30 PM will be a community picnic and festival at the Gathering Place at Hunter Tree Farm, 7744 35th Ave NE next to the Wedgwood Post Office. Seattle Greendrinks is teaming up with Sustainable NE Seattle to bring even more hands-on fun to this third annual event.


When you arrive at the Hunter Farm Gathering Place on August 12, there will be opportunities for fun – and networking – at every corner. From making your own button to your own birdhouse, you won’t leave empty handed – you could even get your bike all fixed up!  Organizations and businesses will be helping you green your home from the inside out – including laundry soap, gardening tips, energy efficiency, and more.

Children’s activities at Greendrinks will include games, urban farm animals, and sweet treats provided by Snoqualmie Ice Cream and others.

Silicon Energy will power the evening with solar energy and Cleanscapes will make sure waste goes to the right place!

Vendors at GreenDrinks:
BECU
Cleanscapes
Snoqualmie Ice Cream
Silicon Energy (powering the evening with a solar trailer!)
ZipCar
ClifBar
Honest Tea
Audubon Society
Seattle Neighborhood Greenways
NE Seattle Tool Library
Seattle Electric Bike
Bike Shack (they can help you with some quick bike fixes!)
SustainableWorks

Spiffing Up the Gathering Place

Celebration Ceremony at The Gathering Place in September 2011.

Are you looking for a way to get to know more of your Wedgwood neighbors and contribute to the community with some volunteer work?  The perfect opportunity is coming up: on Saturday, June 28 from 9 to noon there will be a work party to cut the grass and do clean-up at The Gathering Place at Hunter Tree Farm, 7744 35th Ave NE next to the Wedgwood Post Office.

The Gathering Place is a unique outdoor venue which was created by grant funding and volunteer hours in 2011.  At the site, owned by Hunter Tree Farm, the Wedgwood community obtained permission to add improvements to make a usable outdoor event venue.  With the summer season of activities approaching, the oversight committee called Hunter Gatherers invites you to join in on the work party.  Bring snacks, beverages, work gloves, manual grass clippers and push mowers.

If you would like to use The Gathering Place for a family event, picnic, birthday party, etc. then access the Hosting an Event page.

Friday, June 13: Wedgwood Meaningful Movie

Wedgwood Meaningful Movies uses film to build community, raise awareness of social justice issues and inspire action.  The second-Friday-of-the-month films are shown at University Unitarian Church, 6556 35th Ave NE; enter the lower level of the building from the parking lot on the south side.  Doors open at 6:30 PM for light refreshments and the film is shown at 7 PM, with discussion to follow.  This event is free (donations accepted.)

The movie for June 13, 2014 is: – More Than Honey – Over the past fifteen years, numerous colonies of bees have been decimated throughout the world, but the causes of this disaster remain unknown.  Everywhere, the same scenario is repeated: billions of bees leave their hives, never to return.  No bodies are found in the immediate surroundings, and no visible predators can be located.  ”Colony Collapse Disorder” is another term which has been applied to the unsolved mystery of the disappearance of bees.

June Classes at the Tool Library

Meet the friendly smiling folks at the NE Seattle Tool Library.

Do you understand electricity?  Do you know how to sharpen garden tools?  Do you believe that your sewing machine can be brought back to life?  These and many other practical questions will be answered at the June 2014 series of classes at the NE Seattle Tool Library, 2415 NE 80th Street.  To register, stop by the Tool Library during open hours, including Tuesday, June 3 for Fixers Collective from 6 to 9 PM; Thursday open hours at the Tool Library 6 to 9 PM; Saturday 9 to 3 and Sunday 2 to 5.

Understanding Electricity – June 7th (3pm-5pm)  Instructor Jim, cost $10.00 limit 6 participants.

Chainsaw Sharpening, Safety, and Use – June 8th (12pm-2pm) Instructor Wes, cost $10.00 limit 8 participants.

Sewing Machine Resurrection – June 22nd (12pm-2pm) … or should I keep the sewing machine which I was given, found or bought used. In depth conversation about bringing that machine back to life. If you have a machine that you have questions about, feel free to bring it along. Hands on help will also be available. Instructor Tomi, cost $10.00 limit 8 participants.

Garden Tool Sharpening – June 29th (12-2pm) Instructor Joel, cost $10.00 limit 8 participants.

Saturday Garage Sale at the Tool Library

The NE Seattle Tool Library will hold a garage sale on Saturday, May 31st, from 9 to 3.  The Tool Library will sell surplus tools, and some free items will be available, including building supplies.

If you have items you would like to sell, for a $25 donation to the Tool Library you can set up your own table in the parking lot on Saturday.  The Tool Library is located at 2415 NE 80th Street, just west of the traffic light on 25th Ave NE at NE 80th Street.

Meaningful Movies Night: May 9

On Friday evening, May 9, Wedgwood Meaningful Movies will show To the Last Drop, a film about the Alberta, Canada, oil-containing tar sands.  This is one of the world’s largest open pit mines and there are concerns about pollution by toxic chemicals in the production process.  Questions must be asked about the overall effects of site degradation and oil use on climate, and the risk of contaminating fresh water supplies on which U.S. and Canadian food production depend.

The film will be shown at University Unitarian Church, 6556 35th Ave NE.  Enter from the south parking lot of the church building.  This event is free (donations gratefully accepted) and open to the public.  Doors open at 6:30 PM for light refreshments.  The film will begin at 7 PM, followed by discussion.