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June 23, 2017

Take ‘A Closer Look At Puget Sound’ With A Pint at Leary Traveler

Kirby Lindsay Laney
Learn about pollution in Puget Sound with the Puget Soundkeeper at the Leary Traveler.

Learn about pollution in Puget Sound with the Puget Soundkeeper at the Leary Traveler.

On Tuesday, June 27th at 7p, join members of the Puget Soundkeeper for a cold drink and a warm dinner at The Leary Traveler.  Learn about the evolution of pollution in Puget Sound from three fantastic, well-educated presenters, in a relaxing and convivial setting, with ‘Pint-Sized Science.’

While our waterways continue to overwhelm us with their beauty, lurking under the surface are hotspots of contamination.  Scientists and regulators are working to remove the existing pollution, while new developments and increasing usage create more runoff and raise the risks of further contamination.

A panel of three well-informed scientists will talk about the history of the contamination, and meaningful individual actions that can be taken to reduce our impact and protects our waterways for future generations.  Hear from:

  • Dr. Tracy Collier, NOAA NWFSC (retired)
  • Sandra O’Neill, Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife
  • Dr. Andy James, UW-Tacoma Center for Urban Waters

Find out more about this ‘Pint-Sized Science’ event, and the other work of Puget Soundkeeper.org, on the website.

 

June 22, 2017

Street Theater Returns Every Weekend with ‘The Fremont Tour’

Kirby Lindsay Laney
The Fremont Tour shows a very playful side of Fremont icons and history.  Photo provided by Fremont Tour

The Fremont Tour shows a very playful side of Fremont icons and history. Photo provided by Fremont Tour

Each weekend, on Saturdays and Sundays, through September 3rd, everyone is invited to partake in a bit of Street Theater with the return of The Fremont Tour!

At 1p & 3p on Saturdays and Sundays, starting at the Solstice Plaza (711 N 34th St) go on a 90-minute easy stroll ‘round the ‘hood and hear historical and hysterical stories about the Center of the Universe.  With costumed guides and a family-friendly spin on all things Fremont, The Fremont Tour takes our whimsical and wonderful community to the next level.

A bit of street theater during The Fremont Tour.  Photo provided by Fremont Tour

A bit of street theater during The Fremont Tour. Photo provided by Fremont Tour

Featured in the recent edition of the Alaska Airlines magazine and Channel 21, this tour is open to all ages and is wheelchair accessible.

Find out more information, including how to purchase tickets, at The Fremont Tour.com website.  Tickets cost $20 for mature but playful adults, $16 for somewhat serious seniors and/or students, and absolutely nothing for children under 10 (or older than 90!)

 

 

 

 

 

June 21, 2017

Woodland Park Co-Op’s Teacher Tom Releases His ‘First Book’

Kirby Lindsay Laney

Teacher Tom_front coverIn May, Teacher Tom Hobson, a Fremont Arts Council volunteer and, for 15 years, early childhood educator at the Woodland Park Cooperative School (located in the Fremont Baptist Church building,) published a collection of short essays about teaching, and learning from preschoolers, entitled, ‘Teacher Tom’s First Book.’

Released by Peanut Butter Publishing and based on Teacher Tom’s Blog this work is, by turns, hilarious, thought-provoking, and moving.  Hobson, one of the world’s leading practitioners of ‘democratic play-based’, writes about his experiences and lessons in early education.  Hobson’s approach, supported by decades of research, takes children’s play seriously.  “A play-based education is one in which children educate themselves by asking and answering their own questions,” Hobson has written, “This is how human beings are designed to learn.”

A sought-after public speaker, around the globe, Hobson has also been writing about early childhood education, teaching and parenting since 2009.  According to Hobson, “The kids I teach are learning the way humans are meant to learn:  taking risks, falling down, making their own choices, getting dirty, agreeing to their own rules, and engaging in real life experiences like growing food and dealing with conflict.”  The Woodland Park Cooperative School is known for its ‘junkyard playground,’ enthusiastic parent participation and a state-of-the-art urban farming program.

Learn more about democratic, play-based education, and Teacher Tom’s work with children of our community, by purchasing his ‘First Book’ directly through the ‘Teacher Tom’s First Book’ website – and support high-quality, community based early education.

 

Hoot For The Hood: A Celebration Of Zoo Neighbors!

Kirby Lindsay Laney
This new giraffe calf was born on June 20th at 4:03a at Woodland Park Zoo.  Photo by Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren for WPZ

This new giraffe calf was born on June 20th at 4:03a at Woodland Park Zoo. Photo by Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren for WPZ

Hopefully you’ve already heard the great news:  Woodland Park Zoo resident, Tufani, gave birth to a beautiful baby calf yesterday!  Seattle’s tallest baby, the second viable birth of a giraffe at the Zoo since 2013, arrived at 4:03a on June 20th.  The gender and name of the baby will be determined in time, and the calf and momma will be off-view to allow a quiet environment for maternal bonding and nursing for a week or two.  “Viewing is expected to be sporadic since the family also will have access to the off-view barn,” explained Martin Ramirez, a mammal curator at the Zoo.  “It will be a minimum of a few months before the calf is introduced to the African Savanna.”

Enjoy free treats and a summer evening among the critters at Woodland Park Zoo during Hoot For The Hood.  Photo by Kirsten Pisto for WPZ

Enjoy free treats and a summer evening among the critters at Woodland Park Zoo during Hoot For The Hood. Photo by Kirsten Pisto for WPZ

In the meantime, on Friday, June 23rd, from 6:30p to 8p, Woodland Park Zoo wants to celebrate its neighbors, and our neighborhoods, with its annual Hoot For The Hood event.

According to the Zoo, they are nestled between some of the hippest and most active neighborhoods and they are excited to pay tribute to their supportive neighbors.

Meet with the critters on a summer evening, June 23rd, for Hoot For The Hood at Woodland Park Zoo.  Photo by Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren for WPZ

Meet with the critters on a summer evening, June 23rd, for Hoot For The Hood at Woodland Park Zoo. Photo by Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren for WPZ

Please come mix and mingle, chat with neighbors, meet new friends, enjoy ice cream and explore the new Molbak’s Butterfly Garden and Microsoft Pollinator Patio.  Neighbors are encouraged to bring friends and family to enjoy this exclusive event.

Attendees need to RSVP to zoo.org/neighbors, as soon as possible.  Event parking is free, as is Hoot For The Hood, and entry is through the WPZ West Plaza.  Please come celebrate the Woodland Park Zoo, and all of its neighbors, with this wonderful opportunity to meet with the critters on a summer evening!

 

June 20, 2017

Learn How To Soil, Better, With Gardening Basics Class

Kirby Lindsay Laney
This free class can help urban gardeners, and wanna be's, with tips and tricks.  Photo provided by Urban Earth

This free class can help urban gardeners, and wanna be’s, with tips and tricks. Photo provided by Urban Earth

This Thursday, June 22nd, from 5p – 6p, the staff at Urban Earth Nursery in Fremont will be offering a free class called, ‘Gardening Basics’.

For those new to gardening, and those who want to learn how to soil, better, join in on this exclusive class.  Those with an apartment, seeking ways to grow produce, and those who want to know about transplanting and basic maintenance, can learn more and better ways to do it.  Plant physiology and the importance of proper watering will also be covered.

Space is extremely limited, and attendees will receive special discounts on select items.  Urban Earth specializes in quality gardening supplies and plants suited for urban gardeners.  The nursery seeks to foster reverence for the natural world even in Seattle’s most urban spaces.  Join this class and learn how to soil your world better.  To attend this class, RSVP by e-mail to kristin@urbanearthnursery.com

 

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