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Nov 24, 2013 – Burien TimeBank Meeting

Posted November 23rd, 2013 in Upcoming Events by subuadmin
  • WHAT: TimeBank in Burien?
  • WHEN: Sunday, November 24th, 2 p.m.
  • WHERE: Burien Library, 2nd floor conference room
  • WHO: Dave Asher, Chair of TimeBanks Puget Sound.

What is a TimeBank? It’s neighbors exchanging time to help neighbors. At its most basic level, TimeBanking is simply about spending an hour doing something for somebody in your community. That hour goes into your TimeBank account as one credit hour. You then have a credit hour to spend on having someone else do something for you. All hours are valued equally. Joining the TimeBank gives you access to the talents, time, and skills of your neighbors, while giving you an opportunity to help others in meaningful ways. It’s a great way to get connected with others in your community. Here’s a link:

If you’d like to read more, I’ve lifted the following right off of the Puget Sound TimeBank webpage:


The purpose of Timebanks of Puget Sound is to build more resilient neighborhoods by providing infrastructure for communities around Puget Sound to form local timebanks. Neighborhood or community timebanks can, in turn, give or exchange services within and among neighborhoods across the greater Puget Sound region.
In timebanking, everyone’s time is equally valuable and equally valued.

The resilience of our communities is increased by:

  • mobilizing existing human capabilities in our neighborhood to meet community needs,
  • enabling all in the neighborhood to contribute as assets in community service,
  • improving the health and well-being of those with needs,
  • providing opportunities for those underemployed or unemployed to both contribute service and also receive from someone here in the community, and
  • strengthening the bonds between neighbors and neighborhoods.

Core Values

Professor Edgar Cahn founded timebanking in the United States based on Five Core Values:

  1. We are all assets. We all have something valuable to give. We have enough if, together, we use what each of us has. Ninety percent of what you are able to do never appears on a resume but can be very valuable to someone else.
  2. Some work is valuable beyond price – and that work needs to be recognized and rewarded. Everyone benefits when we work to raise healthy children, strengthen neighborhoods, build strong families, live sustainably, and foster social justice.
  3. Helping works better as a two-way street. Sure, you can give – any do-gooder can do that. When we create a reciprocal system, you have to learn to honor other’s value by receiving what they have to offer. You create value by accepting the service of others. Others can’t give unless someone receives.
  4. We need each other. Networks are stronger than individuals. People helping each other reweaves communities of support, strength, and trust. Community is built upon establishing roots, building trust, and creating networks. Special relationships are built on commitment to one another.
  5. Every human being matters. There are no throw-away people. Respect underlies freedom of speech, freedom of religion, and everything we value. Respect supplies the heart and soul of democracy. When respect is denied to anyone, we all are injured. In timebanking, an hour of a street-sweeper’s time is honored the same as an hour of a brain surgeon.
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Nov 3rd & 10th, 2013 – “Hope in Hard Times: Washington During the Great Depression.”

Posted October 20th, 2013 in Upcoming Events by subuadmin

Hello everyone, we’re publishing this announcement to ask you to consider offering to share your skills, talent, ideas, and/or learnings on one of these 2 dates. And you may know others that have something they’d like to share. We don’t anticipate that this will be any kind of stressful thing — just fun sharing, learning and enjoying meeting with community. This can be a very simple thing — do let us know what you’d like to share. Questions? We’re happy to answer questions and give encouragement!

Dear Sustainable Burien friends,

Save these dates: November 3 and November 10.

We’ve been invited to be a part of an upcoming exhibit called “Hope in Hard Times: Washington During the Great Depression.” Here’s a link:

The exhibit is being sponsored by Highline Historical Society and will run from October 15th to January 4th. The address is: 216 SW 153rd in Burien. They’ve got some great events scheduled and we’re on the docket for 2 Sundays: November 3rd and November 10th. Below is what we’ve thought of – let us know your ideas:

“Sharing Our Hopes, Ideas and Skills for a Resilient Community”
We invite folks to share a particular skill/hobby, i.e., beekeeping, raising chickens, organic gardening, permaculture, knitting, food and seed saving, disaster preparedness, networking, recycling, making music, repairing cars and other items, among many possibilities. Get a taste of the various skills that your neighbors have developed.

Do you have a skill/hobby that you’d like to share in 10-15 minutes? Let’s get together, get to know each other, share our skills, hopes and ideas that will make for a more resilient and vibrant community.

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Oct 21, 2013 – GMO Foods: What Are We Eating?

Posted October 20th, 2013 in Upcoming Events by subuadmin

GMO Foods: What are we eating?
October 21, 2013, 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Elliott Bay Brewhouse & Pub, 255 SW 152nd St .

GMO stands for “genetically modified organisms,” and foods that contain ingredients with GMOs are considered GMO foods.

Genetically modified food has quietly become second nature in the U.S. , and it may surprise you just how many foods you are eating that you never knew contained a genetically modified ingredient.

Experts say 60% to 70% of processed foods on U.S. grocery shelves have genetically modified ingredients. If this shocks you, a new USDA-funded survey shows you’re not alone. Attend this presentation to learn more and to ask questions about genetically modified foods.

Trudy Bialic, Director of Public Affairs/Editor for PCC Natural Markets, will be our featured speaker. Trudy has spoken extensively on GMO Foods and PCC is known for their diligence in selecting non-GMO foods to selling in their stores.

This presentation is being sponsored by Sustainable Burien.

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Mar 10th, 2013 – Don’t Feed the Monster: 7 Simple Solutions to Restore Puget Sound

Posted February 21st, 2013 in Upcoming Events by subuadmin


When: Sunday, March 10, 2013.  2-4 p.m.

Where: Burien Library, Multipurpose Room
400 SW 152nd Street, Burien



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Burien Birdfest on Feb 17th, 2013

Posted January 28th, 2013 in Upcoming Events by subuadmin

What: Burien Birdfest
When: Feb 17, 2013, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Where: Dottie Harper Building*
SW 146th & 4th SW (next to the old library)

Learn to identify your neighborhood birds
Adults and children are invited
Activities for children (both indoors and outdoors)
Learn about the Great International Bird Count
Presentation by Birds Unlimited from noon to 1 pm.

Sponsored by members of Sustainable Burien
*the building is not Handicapped Accessible

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September 2012 Meeting: Wildlife Habitat – Home & Community

Posted August 30th, 2012 in Upcoming Events by subuadmin

What: Wildlife Habitat –Home & Community
When: September 9, 2012, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Where: Des Moines Library, 21620 11th Avenue S, Des Moines* (THIS IS NOT OUR NORMAL MEETING LOCATION IN BURIEN)

Courtney Sullivan, Education Manager of the National Wildlife Federation for the Pacific Region, will be our featured speaker in September. She’ll be showing how at home or in our community we can learn to create a place where people, flora and fauna can all flourish!

Whether you have an apartment balcony or a 20-acre farm, you can create a garden that attracts beautiful wildlife and helps restore habitat. By providing food, water, cover and a place for wildlife to raise their young you not only help wildlife, but you also qualify to become an official Certified Wildlife Habitat® with National Wildlife Federation.

If you love gardening and connecting with people in your community, the National Wildlife Federation can help you certify your community as a Community Wildlife Habitat® — a community that provides habitat for wildlife throughout the community–in individual backyards, on school grounds and in public areas such as parks, community gardens, places of worship and businesses.

It is a place where the residents make it a priority to provide habitat for wildlife by providing the four basic elements that all wildlife need and also educates its residents about sustainable gardening practices.

Community Wildlife Habitats are organized by a team of people, who not only help create habitat, but also hold workshops about gardening for wildlife and organize community events.

Your neighbors in Burien, Tukwila, and West Seattle have started teams. Come learn more about how you can work with them or start your own community habitat project.

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Burien Urban Garden Tour – Sunday, August 12, 2012

Posted July 30th, 2012 in Upcoming Events by subuadmin

BURIEN URBAN GARDEN TOUR – Sunday, August 12, 2012, 2 p.m.

Sponsored by Sustainable Burien
WHERE: We’ll meet at “the Rock” at Burien Town Square at 2:00 (no later than 2:10).  We’ll arrange carpooling and hand out the addresses of the two urban gardens below.
More people are growing their own food and finding innovative ways to live more sustainably.  Join us as we visit neighbors who are creating urban farms and be inspired to create your own version or get new ideas, or share what you’ve done.
The Feeney property is located in the Hazel Valley Area. It is made up of 1-1/2 acres, with 1 acre being second growth native forest. The forest has been continually worked on to remove invasive holly, ivy and non-native blackberries. The 1/2 acre has a house, a couple of out buildings, gardens and developing gardens. Every year new ideas come into play as how to minimize developing impacts and maximize housing for our population growth. We are enjoying the forest and gardens as we consider what the least impact will be for this property in the future.
The “Barry Patch” is a North Burien urban homestead that continues to grow and evolve as new friends are met, new trees are planted and old relationships are nurtured.  We currently have a productive henhouse, a young and expanding permaculture food forest, an underutilized greenhouse, a tenantless apiary, an amazing rainwater catchment system, a large garden and many hopes and plans.  We are learning about planting, cultivating, harvesting, hard work and sharing as we become more sustainable in food as well as in community. We welcome you to join us.
If you have questions, please call 206-243-9366.
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Keeping Backyard Chickens – June 26th at the Burien Community Center

Posted May 29th, 2012 in Upcoming Events by subuadmin

Keeping Backyard Chickens
June 26, 2012
6:30 to 8:00 pm
Burien Community Center

Imagine having chickens in your own backyard!

Unique pets, abundant eggs, rich compost, sustainable living – more people every day are discovering the many joys of chicken keeping.

Join us for this fun, informative class. Learn whether chickens are right for you, and how to get started – even if you have a small yard. Find outabout care, feeding, and housing needs. See displays. Hear from experienced chicken keepers. Walk away with helpful resources.

Class registration: $9
For more info please contact Burien Parks and Recreation: 206-988-3700

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April Urban Foraging Walk at Seahurst Park – April 15th

Posted April 4th, 2012 in Upcoming Events by subuadmin
Urban Foraging Walk with Melany Vorass

Urban Foraging Walk with Melany Vorass


What: April Urban Foraging Walk

Where: Seahurst Park, Burien, WA

When: April 15th, 2-4pm

Welcome to the fun and delicious world of urban foraging! Come join us at Seahurst Park on April 15th to learn how to identify some of the most common edible weeds and wild foods available to us in the city. Weeds are an abundant source of nutritious food available for the picking. Many of our most common weeds hide huge nutrition in their tasty little leaves! Master forager, Melany Vorass, will present information on gathering ethics, local rules and regulations, safety, and general information about how to cook with weeds. Participants will learn about free and abundant superfoods like dandelion, plantain, catsear, nipplewort and shotweed and will receive a handy take-home brochure with field identification information and cooking tips.

After almost 25 years as an environmental policy analyst, Melany retired to pursue a combination of her three greatest loves: plants, food and writing. She studied ethnobotany at the Evergreen State College, has a degree in environmental policy, and has been an avid forager for well over 40 years. With over 20 years experience in adult instruction, she now teaches urban foraging to a wide variety of people including University of Washington, high schools, youth groups, homeless shelters and through Seattle Tilth. Smack in the heart of Seattle, she tends an urban farm with chickens, honeybees and goats. Between farming, foraging for plants, bugs and snails, urban trapping and fishing, and cooking, canning, drying and fermenting her family’s food, she seldom needs (or has time) to visit a grocery store.

Allow enough time to park at the upper parking lot if lower is full. Walk will start right at 2 p.m. from the lower parking lot. Dress for the weather.

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February Meeting: Field Trip to a Developing Sustainable Garden

Posted January 29th, 2012 in Community, Upcoming Events by subuadmin

Sustainable Burien Gathering
Sunday, February 12, 2012
A developing sustainable garden/farm located in Burien (call 243-9366 for address)
2:00pm – 4:00pm

Rather than having our regular monthly meeting at the library on February 12th, we will be gathering at the private home of two of our members.  They have created many raised beds, planted berries and fruit trees, built a green house/chicken coop, and have been experimenting with beekeeping.  We will be learning pruning techniques with Bill Wanless of Brooke/Wanless Gardens.  He will demonstrate how to prune new and old fruit trees and shrubs.  We will also have a biochar stove demonstration.  Come and see what you may be able to create in your own garden.
Other Upcoming Events:
Bird Count – Feb 17-20.  Some SuBu members will be participating in the Great Backyard Bird Count, and we invite others to join in the activity.  It’s simple to do and only takes 15 minutes!  Here’s a link:
Our March meeting will be on March 18th.  It will be held on the 3rd Sunday rather than the 2nd, and will be a joint presentation by Sustainable Burien and Environmental Science Center on Rain Gardens and Low Impact Development.  We will be sending out detailed information soon.