Meaningful Movies: Friday Night

On Friday evening, April 11 Wedgwood Meaningful Movies will present a film which is an inspirational immersion in the Transition movement, gathering stories from around the world of ordinary people doing extraordinary things. You’ll hear about communities printing their own money, growing food everywhere, localizing their economies and setting up community power stations.

Wedgwood Meaningful Movies meets at University Unitarian Church at 6556 35th Ave NE.  Enter the lower level of the building from the south parking lot.  Doors open at 6:30 for light refreshments and the movie begins at 7:00. Admission is free but donations are gratefully accepted!

Fixing and Making at the NE Seattle Tool Library

It’s Fixer’s Night on Tuesday evening, April 1st at the NE Seattle Tool Library. The  Fixer’s Collective meets the first Tuesday of every month from 6 to 9 PM at the Tool Library workshop, 2415 NE 80th Street.  Bring in a household item and the fixing geniuses will help you fix it.  Anyone who has expertise in the repair of household items is invited to join in the fun.  Or if nothing around your house is broken but you are itching to fix something, you can help repair and maintain the Tool Library’s inventory.

Maker’s Night is the third Tuesday of every month (April 15) from 6 to 8 PM at the Tool Library workshop.  If you are making a project, want to show it off, ask questions, or lend advice, join the fun!

Projects may include any of the following:  woodworking, electronics, sewing, new inventions, science fair projects, metalworking, computers or programming, repurposing, arts and crafts, hacks, carving, model railroads, bike building, and any other hobby.

Bring in your project, your idea, your experience, or just yourself !

All are welcome!

More for Sustainable NE Seattle

At their most recent meeting Sustainable NE Seattle had presentations and thoughtful discussion on “where to go from here.”  There was unanimous agreement to organize as a non-profit, elect a Board and transition to the new structure by May 2014.  Sustainable NE Seattle will continue to include multiple working groups and projects, each with decision-making authority within their respective domains.  Representatives from these working groups and projects will meet in a Council to help coordinate the growth and goals of the organization as a whole.

The next step is to draft operating policies to explain the relationships between the roles of the Board, the Council, and the Working Groups.  The next meeting to begin crafting the Policy Draft Document is on Monday, March 31, 7 to 9 PM. You are invited to participate; to get the location of the Monday meeting, e-mail

(Re)Building Sustainable NE Seattle

Sustainable NE Seattle has been in existence for six years and whether you are new to the organization or have participated for a while, this is an exciting time.  Now it is time to create and plan for the next phase of Sustainable NE Seattle and everyone’s voice, participation and energy is needed.  Come and give your input at the planning meeting on Sunday, March 23, from 1 to 5 PM. The meeting will be held at the North Seattle Friends Church Fellowship Hall, 7740 24th Ave NE, next to the Tool Library.  By the way, the Tool Library is now open until 9 PM on Thursdays and until 3 PM on Saturdays, and has more than 2,500 tools available to lend!

Sustainable NE Seattle

It has been six years since the first organizing meeting at Grateful Bread and now the Sustainable NE Seattle group is going strong.  The Sustainability movement is multi-neighborhood, working together on multiple action projects such as growing local food, local currency investing, habitat preservation, energy efficiency, community resilience and emergency preparedness.

Check the calendar to see all the Sustainability events coming up.  On Tuesday, March 4 at the NE Seattle Tool Library it will be Fixer’s Night from 6 to 9 PM.  If you have something which needs fixing, or you just like to watch people use tools, you are welcome to come and join in the fun.  Save the date for Sunday, March 23: Open Forum.  Everyone is invited to come and talk about the next phase of Sustainability and what are the top needs to be addressed.

Tool Library Classes and Events

The NE Seattle Tool Library has been in existence since January 2013 and has expanded with a huge inventory of tools to borrow, classes to take and events to attend.  Check the class schedule for the coming week and sign up during the Tool Library’s open hours on Thursday evening, 6 to 8 PM and Saturday 9 to noon.  Not only will the Tool Library be open from 2 to 5 PM this Sunday the 16th, it will also be open on those hours on Monday the 17th, Presidents Day. The NE Seattle Tool Library is located at 2415 NE 80th Street.

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

Upcoming class offerings at the Tool Library are: knife sharpening, Saturday, February 15 from noon to 2 PM, fee $10; electrical troubleshooting, Thursday, February 20, 6 to 8 PM, fee $10.  You can sign up at the Tool Library during open hours this Thursday through Monday.

Makers Night: If you are making a project, want to show it off or obtain comments and find other interested Makers, you are invited to bring your project on Tuesday, February 18, from 6 to 8 PM. Projects may include woodworking, electronics, sewing, new inventions, science fair projects, metalworking, arts & crafts, carving, bike building or any other hobby.

Fixers Collective: Repair Night

February 4: the first Tuesday of each month is Fixers Collective at the NE Seattle Tool Library.

Why toss that appliance when all it needs is a new cord?  NE Seattle Tool Library hosts this monthly repair night so that you can get the help and  tools you need to save your broken object from the landfill and save the dollars spent to replace it!

And sewing machines are available for repairing clothing, too.  Come out on Tuesday evening, February 4th from 6 to 9 PM and learn some fix-it skills.  The Tool Library is located at 2415 NE 80th Street, just west of the traffic light on 25th Ave NE at NE 80th Street.

Tool Library Classes

The NE Seattle Tool Library is open on Thursday evenings from 6 to 8 PM, and on Saturday from 9 to noon; Sunday 2 to 5.  Any time that the Tool Library is open you can visit for a look around, sign up for membership and sign up for any of the upcoming classes.

To sign up for classes please stop in the Tool Library during open hours.

Sharpening Garden Tools
Saturday Feb 8th, 1-3pm
@ Tool Library
Fee $10

Learn to sharpen pruners, loppers, shovels, and hoes (no saws). Bring a file if you have it or borrow one from the Tool Library. Taught by Joel Gregory.

Beginning Sewing
Sunday Feb 9th 1-3pm
@ Tool Library
Fee $15

Learn to use a sewing machine, wind a bobbin, and make a simple produce or shopping bag. Taught by Susan Gregory and Debra Morrison.

Knife Sharpening
Saturday Feb 15th, 12-2pm
@ Tool Library
Fee $10

Learn to sharpen your kitchen and sport knives. Taught by Guy Astley.
7 of 8 spaces available.

More classes to be announced soon…

Hands On Skills Fair 2014 – February 1st, 10AM – 5PM

Sustainable NE Seattle will have a Hands On Skills Fair on Saturday, February 1st, 2014, from 10 AM to 5 PM. Sign-in begins at 9:30 AM at the Meadowbrook Community Center, 10517 35th Ave NE.

Free Lunch will be served at 12:30, with Keynote Address by Diana Vergis Vinh.  Please register for lunch on the morning of the event.

What is the Hands On Skills Fair?  We recognize the joy, satisfaction, and security of providing for our own needs, while building a healthy, resilient, and interdependent local city, by connecting with our communities in the process.  Let’s re-learn the skills our grandparents knew!  Learn practical skills that are both fun and rewarding.  Here is the workshop schedule for the Hands On Skills Fair; check back often as more topics are added.  Some of the topics and workshops:

  • Beer brewing
  • Bike repair
  • DIY skills
  • Food preservation
  • Gardening and grafting
  • Herbal products
  • Personal care products
  • Sewing
  • Tool sharpening and repair
  • And much more