On Saturday, October 10, 2015, the volunteers of the NE Seattle Tool Library arrived to find that a break-in had occurred and an estimated $10,000 worth of power tools had been stolen.
A burglary report has been filed. Please be on the lookout for tools which are marked with the NESTL and inventory number. The incident has been posted on Craigslist in case the stolen tools are offered for sale. The NE Seattle Tool Library is a volunteer-run nonprofit located at 2415 NE 80th Street.
Come on out to the Harvest Skills Fest on Saturday, September 19, to learn and share important and seasonally-appropriate skills. The Harvest Skills Fest will be held from 10 to 4 at the Meadowbrook Community Center, 10517 35th Ave NE.
Community members will instruct classes in skills such as dehydrating, seed saving, canning, pickling, root cellaring, winter gardening. Perhaps you have a special preservation technique that you do and would like to share? Please contact Sustainable NE Seattle at firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: Harvest Fest if you would like to help in any way.
SCHEDULE OF CLASSES
10 am –11am, Making hard cider
11:15 am – 12:15pm, Making lactofermented pickles
12:30 pm – 1:00 pm, Pressure canning tomatoes
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, Fermentation – sauerkraut and ginger carrots
3:00 pm – 3:30 pm, Fruit leather
3:30 pm – 4:00 pm, Freezing intensified tomatoes
It is not necessary to register for classes. Come and participate. All classes are held in the kitchen or room 11 at the Meadowbrook Community Center.
UPDATE: This event is now rescheduled due to heavy rain on the original date. On Sunday, September 13th, you can build a worm bin to take home and use. By placing food scraps and other basic materials such as newspapers in the bin, worms will process the materials and create great soil for gardening. This works for apartment-dwellers and for those who only keep potted plants — the fresh soil will help keep houseplants healthy, too.
The Worm Bin Building Party will be held from 1 to 4 PM on Sunday, September 13th at the NE Seattle Tool Library, 2415 NE 80th Street. There is a small fee for materials. E-mail to email@example.com to make a reservation.
On Friday evening, August 14th at 7 PM, the Wedgwood Meaningful Movies group will present DIRT! The Movie. This free event will be held at Our Lady of the Lake, 8900 35th Ave NE, in Jubilee Hall, closest to the corner of NE 89th Street.
Inspired by William Bryant Logan’s book Dirt: The Ecstatic Skin of the Earth, this film takes a humorous but substantial look into the history and current state of the living organic matter called dirt. The movie features scientists who study and are able to harness the beauty and power of a beneficial relationship with soil. DIRT! The Movie brings to life the environmental, economic, social and political impacts of the soil.
The film showing is free; donations for screening rights are welcome. Doors open at 6:30 PM. Parking is available on NE 89th and NE 90th Streets. The film will begin at 7 PM with a facilitated community discussion to follow.
The NE Seattle Tool Library will have its annual Yard Sale on Saturday, July 18, from 10 AM to 2 PM. Great deals will be available on excess tools, including yard maintenance, hand tools, and power tools.
For $20 you can rent a table to sell your own stuff at the Yard Sale. This donation goes to support the work of the Tool Library and you will be assured of a large crowd of customers at the sale day, too. To reserve a table, stop by the Tool Library during open hours or e-mail them: firstname.lastname@example.org
The NE Seattle Tool Library is located at 2415 NE 80th Street, just west of the stop light on 25th Ave NE at NE 80th Street. The Tool Library is open on Thursday evenings from 6 to 9 PM, Saturday 9 to 3 and Sunday 2 to 5. There are special open hours for classes and programs such as Fixers Collective.
The NE Seattle Tool Library aims to inspire participation in community projects and pursue sustainability through fun projects like backyard gardens, home energy improvements, food preservation, and water harvesting. Classes are offered, and the Tool Library hosts community events to advance and celebrate neighborhood action and cooperation.
The NE Seattle Tool Library has over 3,000 tools available to lend. Check out the searchable inventory!
It has been a summer of community action and clean-up in Wedgwood as groups of volunteers have undertaken needed improvements.
Weed-whacking volunteer Tony Frego is a Wedgwood Community Council trustee.
Volunteers from the Wedgwood Community Council and OneLife Church contacted the City of Seattle for needed graffiti removal at Wedgwood’s Future Park, corner of NE 86th Street. Then the volunteers held a work party on June 27th to create a Picnic Place.
On May 31st Wedgwood’s Scout Troop 166 cut back tree branches and shrubbery along the sidewalk on 35th Ave NE from NE 80th to 81st, including the plantings around the Gateposts of Wedgwood.
The most recent clean-up work was coordinated by Sustainable NE Seattle at the Gathering Place at the Hunter Tree Farm, 7744 35th Ave NE, on July 9th, 2015. This site was first created in 2011 with permission from the Hunter family, to make a usable space for summer activities.
The Gathering Place site can be reserved for birthday parties, summer picnics, etc. by registering with the SusNE site coordinators. The next public event to be held at the Gathering Place will be Wedgwood Community Council’s Outdoor Cinema on July 25, 2015.
Our thanks to Brooke Richardson for these July 9th work party photos, and thanks to the volunteers of Sustainable NE Seattle and the Wedgwood Community Council.
Grass-cutting and stage repair was done by volunteers at a work party for The Gathering Place at Hunter Tree Farm on July 9, 2015.