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 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 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.

Yard Sale at the Tool Library

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:

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!

Clean-up at Hunter’s

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.

A Summer of Practical Action

The Gathering Place at Hunter Tree Farm was created by a grant-funded project in 2011.

The Hunter Tree Farm Gathering Place (HFGP) at 7744 35th Ave NE is a usable public space created in cooperation with the site owners, the Hunter family.  The HFGP needs its summer sprucing up!  Make your summer a time of practical action at  the work party at Hunter’s on Thursday evening, July 9th, from 6:30 to 9 PM.

We will meet to weed, mow, fix, and the likes, to get the HFGP ready to be used for the community’s summer events, like the Wedgwood Outdoor Cinema coming up on July 25th.

Bring your work gloves and any tools you might use for yard work.  Building skills are sought for stage repair.

The work party will be hosted by Sustainable Northeast Seattle.  Take a look at the other Summer of Practical Action events such as a Rainwise workshop and a night of Wedgwood Meaningful Movies.