Do you know how to fix a dripping faucet? Turn off the gas in an emergency? Rewire a lamp? Change a tire? Install a new water heater? Is there something you wish you knew how to do, but you don’t and you don’t know how to find out? A new guild (group) with Sustainable NE Seattle will meet this Thursday evening, April 18, on the topic of Rebuilding Our Skills. We will build skills, sustainability and self-sufficiency by accessing the talents of our local area and sharing these talents with one another.
Come and be a part of rebuilding our skill base in NE Seattle and learn something you have always wanted to know how to do. The meeting will be a good introduction to the NE Seattle Tool Library, as you might want to join in with the fun people who are learning to use some tools! The Rebuilding Our Skills meeting will be from 6:30 to 9 PM this Thursday evening, April 18 in the Fireside Room (upstairs) at Wedgwood Presbyterian Church, 8008 35th Ave NE (enter from the NE 80th Street side of the building.)
Would you like to have a dinner party but you don’t have enough plates? Would you like to eliminate the waste of using paper plates and plastic glassware? You can join the NE Seattle Tool Library and borrow REAL china plates, plus eating utensils, wine and water glasses, pitchers, vases and white tablecloths. The Tool Library is now processing a wonderful donation from Seattle Good Business Network of enough dinnerware to serve 180 people!
The Tool Library is located at 2415 NE 80th Street, just west of the traffic light on 25th Ave NE at NE 80th Street. The Tool Library is a community-led project to provide pay-what-you-can community access to a wide range of tools, training and advice. The Tool Library aims to inspire its community to participate in home or neighborhood cooperative projects. Don’t have a tool? or don’t know how to use it? Bring your friends and neighbors, join the Tool Library and get know-how. While you are at it, bring in your bike and learn how to fix it, as well. The Tool Library is now sharing space with the Bike Shack, a volunteer-run, community bike shop which has tools to borrow during Tool Library hours. Check their website for the hours when a Bike Shack volunteer will be at the Tool Library to help advise you on repairs.
Sustainable NE Seattle is moving into its fifth year of operation! As an “umbrella” organization for many projects, SusNE is ready to take on more large projects in the future. The Tool Library is already underway, and SusNE needs to become a non-profit organization in order to support the Tool Library and future projects. The Steering Committee has developed a draft of bylaws with the intention of maintaining the spirit of the organization while addressing legal requirements. On Thursday, February 21 the draft of bylaws will be presented for your comment and discussion. Meet from 6:30 to 9 PM at Wedgwood Presbyterian Church, 8008 35th Ave NE in the upstairs Fireside Room.
Cluck, cluck! Have you ever thought about keeping chickens? Chickens are part of a sustainable lifestyle and they can be integrated into your backyard. On Wednesday evening, January 30, the Center for Urban Horticulture will have a class on keeping chickens in the home garden. The CUH is at 3501 NE 41st Street in Laurelhurst. The CUH has plenty of parking and is level-entry into the McVay Courtyard and the classroom. The class will be from 7 to 9 PM with instructor Jessica Bloom of NW EcoLogical Landscapes. Early registration (before January 23) is $35. You can register on-line or by phone: call 206-685-8033.
McVay Courtyard at the Center for Urban Horticulture
Believe it or not, chickens can be trained like other pets. Not only are they egg-producing but they and the garden will benefit one another. At the class on January 30th you will learn how to design habitat, including the Top Ten must-have plants that you and your chickens will enjoy. Chicken-raising myths and best breeds will be among the topics covered at the class. You can fall in love with chickens and with gardening at the same time!
Sustainable NE Seattle invites you to attend the Grand Opening of the new NE Seattle Tool Library, 2415 NE 80th Street, this Saturday, January 19 at 10 AM. You can sign up for membership and there will be a meet-and-greet, then the official opening ceremony at 11 AM. Stick around until 2 PM for tool lending, refreshments, and the “Taste of the Tool Library” demonstrations. There will also be a drawing from the names of all members to win an array of prizes donated by local businesses.
Because of the support of the very successful West Seattle Tool Library, funding through Cleanscapes Waste Reduction Award Program and the support of building owner North Seattle Friends Church, there is now a NE Seattle Tool Library. The Tool Library will help reduce waste, increase neighborhood resilience and strengthen community ties. Please join in the celebration on Saturday!