Although we may still have a few surprise days packed with sun, the falling temperatures and increasing rain are indicators that summer is coming to a close. Gone are the days of shorts and flip flops, but that doesn't mean we still can't get out and enjoy all of the great things the Emerald City offers.
From gatherings that help us take back our streets and transform wasted space to conferences that help us understand that, despite the clouds and rain, Seattle really could be solar powered, this autumn's events are shaping up to be some of the best we've had all year.
Only now we have to remember to pack a parka, just in case Mother Nature decides to surprise us with a shower or three.
Friday, September 18th, 9 AM - ?
Central Park, 500 E. Pine St, Seattle. (other locations city-wide.)
Park(ing) Day is something we've covered quite a lot at Worldchanging. This year, the excitement mounts as one of Capitol Hill's biggest eyesores gets a makeover. Instead of the gravel graveyard on the 500 block of E. Pike, Worldchanging ally Keith Harris, along with many others, will help transform this space into Central Park - jam packed with 24 micro parks, a community hub and a music stage. In addition, many other curb-side mini parks will pop up throughout the city, so grab a book, hit the streets and meet your neighbors!
Negative Space: A Biographical Field Sketch
Friday, September 18th, 11:30 AM - 1:45 PM
Central Park and surrounding areas, 500 E. Pine Street, Seattle
Join forces with fellow neighbors, friends and not-so-strangers as you explore the area surrounding the Pike/Pine corridor and discuss your collective memories. Make new friends while learning new ways to viewing familiar places and walk away with a newly established sense of place. Included in the tour is a field journal so you can record this unique experience and share it with others down the road.
SolarWorks! In Seattle: Solar Hot Water 101
Saturday, September 19th, 10 AM - 1 PM
Rainier Community Center, 4600 38th Ave. S., Seattle
With so many cloudy days in Seattle, it's easy to think that solar power wouldn't work. But it does! By harnessing the power of the sun to heat our water, we can help lower our energy bills, decrease our ecological footprint and do our part in creating a bright green Seattle.
From understanding what makes a good site for installation, determining it's potential and learning about design, selection and installation of solar hot water systems, this work shop will arm you with the necessary knowledge so that you can utilize the sun to warm you up in more ways than one.
Tickets: Free. Registration required.
Teaming With Wildlife: FREE Speaker Event on Climate Change & Wildlife in WA
Tuesday, September 22, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
The Mountaineers Headquarters @ Magnuson Park, 7700 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle
Climate change remains one of the most challenging issues we're currently faced with. Join leading conservationists and Seattle Green Drinks in learning about the impacts of our changing climate within the Puget Sound area on our wildlife and natural areas. From there, you'll also find out what is being done in Washington, DC and Olympia to address these impacts as well as learning what can be done on a personal level.
Tickets: RSVP though e-mail.
Sustainable Ballard 6th Annual Festival
September 26-27, 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Ballard Commons Park, 5701 22nd Ave. NW, Seattle
The name says it all! Enjoy a bike ride with Spokespeople, explore urban barn yards, and join forces with community members and see how easy it is bein' green.
David Byrne: Cities, Bicycles, and the Future of Getting Around
Monday, September 28, 7:30 PM - 9 PM
Great Hall @ Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Avenue, Seattle
Having hit the streets on two wheels in cities such as London, Berlin, Istanbul, Buenos Aires, Paris, author and former front man of The Talking Heads, David Bryne will be discussing the role of bicycles in modern life. From his “big window positioned at bike level that looks out on a dense man-made landscape,” Bryne and other guests will hit the stage and showcase what life is like on two wheels -- or rather, what it could be like.
Tickets: $30, available through brownpapertickets, which includes a copy of Bryne's book, Bicycle Diaries.