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Rain Garden Workshops

Do you know what a rain garden is? Rain gardens can be thought of as a personal water quality system. A rain garden is a shallow, constructed depression that is planted with deep-rooted native plants and grasses. It is located in your landscape to receive polluted runoff from hard surfaces such as a roof, a sidewalk and a driveway. Rain gardens slow down the rush of water from these hard surfaces, hold the water for a short period of time and allow it to naturally infiltrate into the ground.

Did you know? Seattle and King County are paying up to 100 percent of the cost for installing rain gardens and cisterns on eligible properties.

How do you get a rain garden? You can see rain garden types and talk to contractors at several Rain Garden Workshops coming up in north Seattle.  One workshop will be on Saturday afternoon, October 11 from 1 to 4 PM at the Phinney Neighborhood Center.  Another will be on Monday evening, October 20, from 6 to 7:30 PM at the Northeast Branch Library.

Another rain garden info meeting has been added to the calendar as the topic at the Thornton Creek Alliance on Thursday, October 23, 7:15 PM at the Meadowbrook Community Center.  The Guest Speaker will be Cari Simson (Urban Systems Design), who literally wrote the book on caring for rain gardens.

A rain garden takes rain from roofs, driveways, and sidewalks and directs that runoff to slightly sunken garden areas. These special spots are planted with specific plants that clean the runoff and are built with drainage allowing the rain to soak into the ground. Come and find out more about rain gardens and why they are important to improving the health and hydrology of Thornton Creek.  And for the first 20 attendees at Thursday’s meeting, there will be a free native plant for their yard, rain garden, or favorite natural area from the Shoreline nursery, Go Natives Nursery – NW Native Plant Nursery!

Learn more. Join one of the free information sessions this October and November. At these free events:

  • Find out what you can do on your property
  • Meet trained rain garden and cistern installers
  • See a variety of rainwater cisterns and rain garden designs

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Garage Sale at the Tool Library

NE Seattle Tool Library members

The NE Seattle Tool Library is a tool-sharing resource located at 2415 NE 80th Street.  For a small annual membership fee you can have access to the huge inventory of tools, now numbering over 2,500.

The Tool Library’s  mission is to leverage existing resources, reduce our environmental footprint, reduce consumption of tools used only once, educate community members in proper use and maintenance of tools, enhance self-reliance and resilience, foster sense of community and mutual support, and encourage repairing or re-purposing items instead of throwing them in the trash.

On Saturday, October 25 from 9 to 3 the NE Seattle Tool Library will have a sale of surplus tools.  There is lots of quality stuff, so your holiday shopping could begin here!  Stop by to see the inventory and check out the great resources of the Tool Library.

Magnuson Park Welcomes Seattle’s New Public Gallery

On Sunday, October 26, 2014, Sand Point Arts and Cultural (SPACE) in Building 30 at Magnuson Park invites the public to a grand opening reception from 4 to 6 PM featuring a special exhibit of artworks on loan from the City of Seattle’s Portable Works collection. Normally only on view in downtown buildings, this exhibit presents the public with the chance enjoy significant works in a park environment and celebrate Seattle’s new public arts facility.

Deborah Paine, Curator and Collections Manager for the Seattle Office of Arts and Culture, will give a short presentation of the works included in the exhibit and refreshments will be served. Artworks included in the exhibit include sculpture and paintings from artists Robert Maki, Mary Henry, Ronald Bladen, Issac Layman, Gaylen Hansen, Ross Palmer Beecher and John Feodorov.

Also that day, Building 30 artist studios will be open to the public from 1 to 5 PM, with over 24 studios open throughout all three floors of the west wing.

Adding to the bonanza of art in the park that weekend, Best of the Northwest’s craft show takes place in Hangar 30 on October 24, 25 and 26.

This event and the gallery are managed by SPACE, the non-profit organization formed to fund, facilitate and promote arts and cultural uses of Warren G. Magnuson Park for the public. The executive director of SPACE is Wedgwood resident Julianna Ross.

Clean-Up at Magnuson Park

Public meeting on Tuesday evening, October 21. . . . → Read More: Clean-Up at Magnuson Park

From SPD to Nextdoor

Seattle Police Department will begin posting on Nextdoor. . . . → Read More: From SPD to Nextdoor

Winter Preparedness Tips

Get ready for storm season and power outages. . . . → Read More: Winter Preparedness Tips

Prevent Local Flooding

Clear leaves from storm drains. . . . → Read More: Prevent Local Flooding

Pumpkins in Wedgwood

Pumpkin sales are open at the Hunter Tree Farm. . . . → Read More: Pumpkins in Wedgwood

The Chief on Crime

What is being done about crime in north Seattle? . . . → Read More: The Chief on Crime

Seattle Fire Day at MOHAI

Saturday, October 11th, fun activities to learn about fire fighting. . . . → Read More: Seattle Fire Day at MOHAI