The PNA or the Phinney Neighborhood Association is holding it’s annual event again this coming Saturday. It’s a veritable mega-mall of kid gear, furniture, household items, recreational gear, gardening equipment, tools and things you may not even know what the heck they are. If you are the kind of person who enjoys the “hunt” this annual event might be right up your street. Many people pack comfy shoes, a hat and sunglasses, lots of one dollar bills and quarters and of course the garage sale map and descriptions. This year it’s on-line on a Google map and can be easily downloaded or stored on your smart-phone.
The PNA, as usual, does a great job organizing this Seattle neighborhood event and it draws people from all parts. To learn about the type of shoppers one might experience click on this link. If you live in Greenwood, Phinney, or West Green Lake, you are bound to run into your neighbors. Especially in nice weather, this sale brings out all kinds of people walking with wagons and carts in tow. There are people driving in trucks and cars filled to the headliners with baskets, stools, plants and what-nots. People drive down the street with one arm out the window holding especially large items on the roofs of the slow moving vehicles. If it sounds a little chaotic. . . . . it is.
Especially nice weather brings out the crowds, and the forecast is great. Want some cheap entertainment? Want to promote the lemonade stands of the next generation of entrepreneurs? Want to furnish your new studio apartment? Want to meet the neighbors? It’s all here in the Phinney Ridge and Greenwood neighborhoods this Saturday May 19th .
This Saturday, September 10th ( of course), is the annual Northwest Eco Building Guild‘s presentation of localsustainable buildings by the people who designed and/or built the structures. This year many of the projects were spearheaded by women (in celebration of the 100-year anniversary of the International Women’s Day) and all the projects are real tried and true examples of thoughtful design and implementation.
This years event is being held at the Bastyr University Auditorium in Kenmore. The University happens to be the location of a significant site for sustainable design. You can arrive as early as 4:00 p.m. to tour the project and then stay until the program which begins at 6:00 p.m. The 10 projects as in the years before will be varied and creative. What makes this an enjoyable evening is the fast paced presentations. Each speaker will only have 10 slides and 10 minutes in which to describe their trials, tribulations and successes with each project. To make the evening even more enjoyable, the emcee will be Patti Southard, of the King County Green Tools Program.
If you want to know more about what “green” building is, what makes it different and if it is more expensive, then this is a great place to start. As an added bonus, you might walk away with some great raffle prizes as well.
Saturday and Sunday May 7th and 8th will be the weekend for the much-awaited Seattle Tilth’s Edible Plant Sale in the Wallingford neighborhood. If you haven’t been to this before, things you should know – expect long lines, bring more money than you planned on, wear comfortable shoes and clothing appropriate for the weather.
This very popular event is one of the few times when you can meet the growers, expect organically grown plants, find rare heirloom varieties and gain a wealth of information. This is a great time to glean answers for any of your edible plant questions from the multitude of plant experts. The person behind you in line (and yes there will be plenty of queues), might be the very person with the knowledge and experience you have been wanting to meet.
The concept of Urban Farming, or Permaculture, or the re-emerging of so-called Victory Gardens has stimulated a resurgence in people wanting to grow their own food. There is no need to be intimidated by your lack of knowledge or the overwhelming choices you are likely to find. If you are new to the subject of gardening, you might want to get one of their “Gardens to Go” – a prepacked suggestion of combinations based on a certain theme. You can find both warm and cool season crops and perennials as well.
Warning – the lines will probably be long. You will be tempted to purchase some amazing things you may have never seen before, and there will be much more to see than you might expect. All the reason for the extra money, time, patience and comfy shoes.
If you aren’t one of those people who planned their weekend around this event you can have a second chance on May 14 in Issaquah. See Seattle Tilth for more information.
What was once considered to be a fringe “Hippy” event on the 60’s that involved a lot of tie-dye has now gone “mainstream”. Now some 40 years later in most all Seattle neighborhoods this once woo-woo cause is fully embraced as a way to improve parks, public right of ways or to just do good.
Check out the multitude of events in the different region of the city. You can recycle your e-waste, clean up a park, help to clean up water ways or greenbelts, or just listen to some great music. There’s something for everybody. The Seattle Channel on cable TV has a great line up of some interesting shows involving our county, city and region. Whether you believe in the cause or not, no one can dispute it’s a great chance to build community and foster relationships between neighbors.
So for Earth Day 2011 get out there choose something to do, clean up trash, or just responsibly recycle that old monster of a monitor that’s been sitting there in the corner collecting dust. After all it’s the only planet we all call home.
Seattle is anticipating it’s first annual Northwest Eco Building GuildGreen Home Tour. See the latest in sustainable housing, techniques, ideas and inspirations. The South Sound chapter had great success with their tour last year, and the Seattle chapter is expected to exceed their success the first time out of the gate.
There will be three clustered areas. The first in North Seattle, second on the Eastside of Lake Washington, and the third in South Seattle. The featured properties will all be different, and incorporate different aesthetics and different techniques for achieving a “Green” status.
It’s a great way to see what all this fuss is about if you are just curious; if you are in the market to purchase. Or if you are seriously looking for tangible ideas on how to build your own Eco Friendly house. You are bound to meet some of the local leaders in the industry, many of which are members of the Guild.
The tour will be on April 16th and 17th, you may want to attend both days if you want to see all the houses on the tour!