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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Sunday Feb 9th 1-3pm
@ Tool Library
Learn to use a sewing machine, wind a bobbin, and make a simple produce or shopping bag. Taught by Susan Gregory and Debra Morrison.
Saturday Feb 15th, 12-2pm
@ Tool Library
Learn to sharpen your kitchen and sport knives. Taught by Guy Astley.
7 of 8 spaces available.
More classes to be announced soon…
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
- Tool sharpening and repair
- And much more
The highly successful NE Seattle Tool Library will mark its one-year anniversary with a celebration on Saturday, January 18 at noon. The Tool Library is located at 2415 NE 80th Street and is open Thursday evenings from 6 to 8 PM, Saturday from 9 to noon, and Sunday from 2 to 5 PM. The first Tuesday of each month is the Fixer Collective night from 6 to 9 PM where members can bring in an item and learn how to fix it themselves.
The NE Seattle Tool Library is an expression of sustainability, the need for the community to help itself, share resources and transmit skills. Everyone is invited to the anniversary celebration on Saturday. It will be a great time to get acquainted with this wonderful resource and the community of tool-loving people.
Do you need a ladder to take down your Christmas lights? Consider the resources of the NE Seattle Tool Library, where you can borrow ladders and tools, instead of buying a bunch of stuff which only clutters up your garage!
The Tool Library will be open on Thursday, January 2, from 6 to 8 PM. Fixer Collective Night is Tuesday, January 7 from 6 to 9 PM.
The NE Seattle Tool Library provides community access to tools, training, and sustainable resources. Become a member now! The NE Seattle Tool Library is a community-led project to provide access to a wide range of tools, training, and advice. The Tool Library aims to inspire participation in community projects such as park restorations, and pursue sustainability through fun projects like backyard gardens, home energy improvements, and water harvesting.
Enjoy potluck and holiday season fellowship on December 19.
Each year at this time Sustainable NE Seattle celebrates the holidays with a potluck and crafting evening. This year there will be a sing-along, so be ready to chime in on Thursday evening, December 19, from 6 to 9 PM. Meet at North Seattle Friends Church Fellowship Hall, 7740 24th Ave NE. Enter from the parking lot off of 25th Ave NE just south of NE 80th Street.
Bring a potluck dish to serve eight to ten people; song ideas; crafting items, and any gift items you can’t use and want to pass along to others. Called “freecycle,” items should be in giftworthy condition.
Do you need a ladder for putting up holiday decorations? Don’t buy one, borrow it from the NE Seattle Tool Library. The Tool Library is conveniently located at 2415 NE 80th Street, just west of the traffic light at 80th on 25th Ave NE. Do you need cookware, sets of dishes, serving trays, punch bowls, wine glasses or even a shop vac for your holiday-season entertaining? You can borrow all these items when you become a member of the Tool Library. You can give a gift certificate membership to the Tool Library to your favorite Handyperson.
Open hours of the Tool Library are on Thursday evening from 6 to 8 PM, Saturday 9 AM to 12 noon and Sunday 2 to 5. If outdoor activities are more your style during the winter holidays, how about borrowing a Head Ski and Snowboard Sharpener? The description of this item, which is Tool #2575 in the inventory: ”Avoid nasty chatter and shape up some sick edges before hittin’ the pow pow this season.” It’s gnar.
Geniuses: the Fixers Collective at the Tool Library.
The monthly Fixers Collective will meet from 6 to 9 PM on Tuesday, December 3 at the NE Seattle Tool Library, 2415 NE 80th Street. Bring in an item you’d like help fixing and the group of fixing geniuses will help you work on it.
If you are a genius and would like to fix stuff, you can help fix and maintain some of the Tool Library’s inventory.
Important note: the Tool Library has snow shovels available for borrowing!!!!!!!!