Mark Your Calendars: November

by Danica Real


The days are shorter and chillier and the local markets are overflowing with local apples and root veggies: November is here. As it gets underway, our attention will soon be turned to turkeys and evergreen trees. But, holiday planning isn't all that you'll find. This month our city will host a number of great events that will get you thinking, applauding and doing.

Green Seattle Day 2009
Saturday, November 7, 10 AM- 2 PM
Various Parks Around Seattle

Do you love urban culture and nature? Join EarthCorps and the Green Seattle Partnership to help support urban forests during their largest work party of the year. Participants will have the opportunity to learn about their local forests, then work to remove invasive plants and help restore these green urban hotspots. EarthCorps will provide the gloves and tools. Remember to bring your warm clothes, water bottle, sack lunch and energy.

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Improv/Improve: 2009 AIA Seattle Honor Awards
Monday, November 9, 6 PM
Benaroya Hall, 200 University Street

Architects have the ability to reshape our built environment with innovative design. Join AIA Seattle in honoring the Washington architects who are producing creative and resourceful design answers to some of our most pressing problems. Elizabeth K. Meyer will host the discussion on our region’s sustainable architecture. The event will feature a performance by Paul Rucker, composer and visual artist. For more information call (206) 448-4938.

Tickets: General Admission $25, advance/ $30, door; Students & Jobseekers $10, advance/ $15, door available at here.

Workshop: How "Buy Local" Campaigns Can Help Neighborhood Business Districts
Tuesday, November 10, 9 AM- 1:30 PM
Seattle City Hall, Boards and Commissions Room, 600 4th Ave.

Seattle’s Office of Economic Development will host Jeff Milchen in presenting a “buy local” marketing strategies workshop. Attend to learn how buying local supports the economic health of the city, how to design and implement your own “buy local” campaign, how to use new media in your campaign and get tips on funding.

Free, RSVP by Nov 5th to Danielle Hursh, (206) 733-9254 or danielle [dot] hursh [at] seattle [dot] gov.

Alex Steffen: Building a Planet With a Future
Wednesday & Thursday, November 11 & 12, Doors at 7 PM, Talks at 7:30 PM
Great Hall, Town Hall Seattle, 1119 8th Ave.

Join Richard Conlin, Mike McGinn and the Worldchanging Team in a conversation with Alex Steffen on the planetary challenges we face and his cutting edge ideas about bright green solutions, sustainability and urban innovation.

Night one’s talk, “A New Global Future,” will explore the breakthroughs in renewable energy, green building, clean technology, smart infrastructure and sustainable design that can enable the Pacific Northwest to not only help lead the planet away from catastrophe, but also to become an economic power house.

Night two, “Seattle’s Bright Green Moment,” will look at urban regions like London, Copenhagen, Melbourne and Seoul to see how they are scrambling to rebuild themselves on bright green lines in order to lead in the economy of tomorrow. Join the conversation on how we can use cutting edge practices such as innovation networks, metropolitan coalitions, and government 2.0 to break through the logjams blocking Seattle's progress to build a more vital, sustainable and prosperous home. Hang around after the talk to socialize and enjoy a free beer from the Fremont Brewing Company.

Come early and hungry each night to eat tasty treats from Skillet's mobile kitchen.

Tickets, $5/Night available for the 11th here and for the 12th here or at the door.

Considering Chickens?
Saturday, November 14, 10 AM- 12 Noon
NW Ballard

Interested in becoming an urban farmer? Head to Ballard to ask questions and get the essentials on raising chickens in the city. Learn how to build coops, what to do with the poop and how to incorporate the animals into your garden. You will be presented with all the information on local supplies and resources that you’ll need to get started.

Tickets: $20, available for the first 20 received payments. For more information or to purchase contact ingela [at] quest [dot] net.

Tony Barnosky: Nature in an Age of Global Warming
Wednesday, November 18, 7:30- 9 PM
Town Hall Seattle

Berkeley professor and paleoecologist Anthony Barnosky will be in Seattle discussing how global warming is changing the world and its creatures. Join him in finding the links between the mass extinctions of the last Ice Age and our present planetary crisis. Then, listen to his ideas about how we can avoid the changes that our actions are creating. Presented by Island Press.

Tickets: $5 available here, by phone at (800) 838-3006, or at the door.

People's Summit with the Community Alliance for Global Justice
Saturday & Sunday, November 28 & 29, 9 AM- 9 PM
Various locations around Seattle

Ten years ago the people of Seattle fought back against the WTO’s closed-door policies. Join the People’s Summit for a two-day teach-in to engage in workshops, plenaries and strategy sessions with the themes “lessons to be learned from the 1999 protests” and “building today’s movements for social justice and resistance to corporate control.”

Interactive talks will focus on climate justice, immigration reform, worker’s rights, free speech, independent media and building anti-racist movements. Visit for specific event information.

Tickets: $5-10 available at info [at] seattleplus10 [dot] org or by calling (206) 405-4600.

Annual Holiday Fair: A Freecycle Exchange
Monday, November 30, 6:30- 9 PM
Sunset Hill Community Club, 3003 NW 66th St.

It’s holiday season and the shopping madness is about to begin. Join Sustainable Ballard to help avoid the mass consumerism that plagues us during this time. Rather than re-gifting what you already own, donate your unused belongings for others to use as holiday gifts and reuse others’ items for great presents or gift making materials. For more information contact jenny [at] sustainableballard [dot] org.

Image Credit: Kel and Val via Flickr, Creative Commons License

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