Hands On Skills Fair 2016

What is a Skills Fair?  Organized by Sustainable NE Seattle, the 2016 Skills Fair is a day of sharing practical skills with our neighbors.  This year’s Hands On Skills Fair will be on Saturday, February 6th, 10 AM to 5 PM at the Meadowbrook Community Center, 10517 35th Ave NE.  The program will include a luncheon and a speaker.

The Skills Fair will feature short workshops on a wide variety of skills.  Check the scheduled workshops ahead of time for costs, materials needed and for updates as more workshops are added.

This year there are some new offerings: some digital technology, as well a class on electric bike conversions. You can also bring clothes you no longer wear to exchange for some “new” to you, and get help fixing a tool or gadget, and bike. Exchange kefir and kombucha scobies. Learn to knit, spin yarn, weave baskets, cultivate mushrooms, prepare healthy foods, and much more…

Lunch with guest speakers, Anne Bikle and David Montgomery, discussing their latest book,The Hidden Half of Nature.

When? Saturday, February 6, 2016.  Skills from 10 AM to 5 PM, plus lunch.

Where? Meadowbrook Community Center, 10517 35th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98125

If you want to offer your help in organizing, or helping before or during the Fair, contact susnesteering@gmail.com

Tool Library Three-Year Anniversary and Styrofoam Recycling Event

The NE Seattle Tool Library will have its Three-Year Anniversary Celebration with an Open House and refreshments on Saturday, January 23rd, from noon to 3 PM. If you have not yet visited the Tool Library to see its offerings, take this opportunity to come on in — everyone is welcome.  The NE Seattle Tool Library is located at 2415 NE 80th Street, just to the west of the traffic light on 25th Ave NE at NE 80th Street.

A special feature of the Anniversary Celebration will be the collection of styrofoam packing material which will be taken to the Styro Recycle in Renton.  Please bring your unwanted styrofoam to toss into the collection truck on Saturday the 23rd ONLY, not before that date.

NE Seattle Tool Library by Seattle Sketcher Gabriel Campanario, Seattle Times

Gift Season: Give a Membership at the NE Seattle Tool Library

Sharing skills to strengthen our community.

Do you want to give less “stuff” and more value for this season’s gifts?  You can give someone a membership to the NE Seattle Tool Library, the gift that keeps on giving throughout the year.  The NE Seattle Tool Library is located at 2415 NE 80th Street and will be open this week on Thursday evening, December 17th, from 5 to 8 PM, then on Saturday 9 to 3 and Sunday 2 to 5.  This week’s hours of operation are the last before holiday closure until January 2nd.

The Tool Library is a source for tools which you can borrow: no need to buy a rototiller which you would use only once per year!  You can borrow tools all year long and participate in other resources at the Tool Library, such as free training in skills, and classes on a wide range of subjects.  The Tool Library even has sets of dishes and glassware which you can borrow for holiday-season big family dinners!

Go to the membership tab on the NE Seattle Tool Library page and take a look at all of the advantages — including the on-line searchable inventory of tools.   In January the Tool Library will reopen with its monthly calendar of great activities, including Fixer’s Collective — bring in any household object and get help on how to repair it.

November 13th Wedgwood Meaningful Movie

Wedgwood Meaningful Movies will present the film Money Driven Medicine on Friday evening, November 13th, at Our Lady of the Lake (Jubilee Hall), 8900 35th Ave NE.  Enter at the NE 89th Street corner.  Doors open at 6:30 PM and the film begins at 7 PM, followed by discussion.

The film interweaves the stories of patients and doctors ensnared in the system with insights by thought-leaders such as Dr. Donald Berwick, Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS),  Dr. James Weinstein of Dartmouth and bio-ethicist Dr. Larry Churchill of Vanderbilt.

Money-Driven Medicine goes beyond health insurance reform as it lays out the looming policy challenges for the next decade if we are to provide all Americans effective, high quality, patient-centered care while containing costs and reducing wasteful, even risky procedures.

Halloween Cider Pressing at the Tool Library

Gather up all the apples in your yard, no matter how they look, because they will make great cider!  Stop by the NE Seattle Tool Library on Saturday, October 31st, between noon and 3 PM, for some bring-your-own-apples Halloween community pressing session!  Costumes and candy are encouraged.  Also bring containers for your cider (such as clean jars or plastic jugs) and bring a bucket for mash to use in your home compost.

The NE Seattle Tool Library is located at 2415 NE 80th Street, just west of the traffic light at NE 80th on 25th Ave NE.  After a recent theft which cleaned out the supply of power tools, the Tool Library has received donations and cash contributions to restore the collection.  Check out the on-line inventory and consider a donation or membership to this great community resource.

Stolen Tools

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.

Barter Fair and Cider Press

Come trade your home-made or home-grown goods with friends and neighbors at the Barter Fair on Saturday, September 26th, from 1 to 4 PM.  Barter skills and services!  Excess zucchini can be traded for homemade pies. Cute knit hats may bring you a needed repair of your bike. Get to know your community and share talents and products.   No money will change hands at this event and all traded goods must be of your own creation.

The Barter Fair and Cider Press will be held at the NE Seattle Tool Library at 2415 NE 80th Street.  You can bring your own apples, pears or grapes, or make a donation for apples which will be provided.  You should also bring your own containers to put cider in, and a bucket to take mash home for composting.

Harvest Skills Fest

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 susnesteering@gmail.com Subject: Harvest Fest if you would like to help in any way.


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.

Build a Worm Bin

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 susnesteering@gmail.com to make a reservation.

DIRT! The Movie

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.