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Jan. 23, 2010 at 9:53pm

What on Earth is Permaculture?

Introduction to sustainable human habitats in Tacoma

Just wanted to let you all know about this gathering on Thursday this week.  If you like gardens, growing food, living sustainably, saving the Earth and little things like that, come on over and learn about Permaculture!  You can also get information at www.sustainabletacomapierce.org/ or at www.divinearthgp.com on the Permaculture Design Course being given in Tacoma starting in February.

What on Earth is Permaculture?

An introduction to sustainable human habitats in Tacoma and around the world

 

When: January 28th, 2010. 6:30-9:00pm

Where: First Methodist Church of Tacoma, 621 Tacoma Ave S

            It will be in lower level of the church. Enter through Court E (Alley between 6th and 7th)

Cost: Free! Donations accepted

    PERMACULTURE IS a solutions-oriented approach to sustainable living. It is a design system for creating ecological human habitats (food, water, housing, energy, etc).  It honors diverse earth-based traditions while nurturing a positive vision of our collective future.

    The evening includes:

*Descriptions & history of the 'Permaculture' concept

*Slideshow of community projects worldwide

*Slideshow and summary of permaculture projects in Tacoma

*Stories from within the local movement

*Envisioning the future of a more sustainable Tacoma

*Seed Exchange

also

*Information about the upcoming Tacoma Permaculture Design Course, along with introductions to teachers and guest presenters who will be participating in the course.

Contact: Kelda Miller 253-370-9946

or, since this is my blog, contact me Patricia Menzies 253-565-2599

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Jan. 12, 2009 at 12:34pm

Local Business donations needed!

Thank you gifts for mentoring volunteers

Thank you gifts for mentoring volunteers

Hi, Local Business owners,

City of Tacoma is having a Mentoring/Tutoring Fair this Wednesday.  (Sorry for the short notice!)  We are hoping to sign up employees to volunteer to support established mentoring organizations (which will be there to talk with them) in outreach to our City's youth.  And we want to thank those who sign up by the end of February.  This is part of the Tacoma Clean and Safe, IMPACT team's program.

Among the gifts we already have are tickets to local sports and musical presentations, gift certificates for food/drink, passes for movies, and gift certificates for massage/hypnosis/Reiki services!  How about your business?  Would you like to join our sponsors and give a reward to someone reaching out to our young people?  And perhaps find a new client/customer in the bargain?  Tap in to a new market?!

If you get word to me by end of day Tuesday, January 13th, I'll be sure your name appears on a sponsor display.  If you email me a brochure/flyer/etc., I'll put it on the table or bulletin board.  Email me at pmenzies48@gmail.com if you'd like to donate or want more information.

Again, sorry for the short notice and donations are still welcome through February.  And thank you for helping us IMPACT our next generation.

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Nov. 17, 2008 at 4:24pm

CREDO Action "End of Bush" Party

Be the Change You Want to See

END OF BUSH / BE THE CHANGE YOU WANT TO SEE PARTY

We will be meeting at the Mad Hat Tea Company, 1130 S Commerce from 2 - 4 pm (or later?), Sunday, November 23rd.  Location is accessible.  No pets, please.

Mad Hat is located on Commerce between S 11th and S 13th.  It is accessible from Commerce.  Not sure if the back door off Broadway will be open on a Sunday.  Since there’s not a lot of parking, consider taking the Link Light Rail from the Tacoma Dome parking lot.  Get off at the Convention Center stop and walk two blocks north.

Come and celebrate the opportunity for change that is coming to our country and world.  Yes, we can do a happy dance for the end of the Bush years, but let's put a positive face on this party.  I see this as a chance to network with other community activists.  Bring your brochures, business cards, etc. and tell us what you are doing or planning to do to help change our country and our world.

Drop in!  Buy a cup of tea!  And get energized!  (No charge, but please buy something or make a donation for our hosts.  They are opening on Sunday to accommodate this gathering on short notice when the other plans fell through! CREDO will kick in $100 to get the ball rolling.)

 

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Nov. 17, 2008 at 4:24pm

CREDO Action "End of Bush" Party

Be the Change You Want to See

END OF BUSH / BE THE CHANGE YOU WANT TO SEE PARTY

We will be meeting at the Mad Hat Tea Company, 1130 S Commerce from 2 - 4 pm (or later?), Sunday, November 23rd.  Location is accessible.  No pets, please.

Mad Hat is located on Commerce between S 11th and S 13th.  It is accessible from Commerce.  Not sure if the back door off Broadway will be open on a Sunday.  Since there’s not a lot of parking, consider taking the Link Light Rail from the Tacoma Dome parking lot.  Get off at the Convention Center stop and walk two blocks north.

Come and celebrate the opportunity for change that is coming to our country and world.  Yes, we can do a happy dance for the end of the Bush years, but let's put a positive face on this party.  I see this as a chance to network with other community activists.  Bring your brochures, business cards, etc. and tell us what you are doing or planning to do to help change our country and our world.

Drop in!  Buy a cup of tea!  And get energized!  (No charge, but please buy something or make a donation for our hosts.  They are opening on Sunday to accommodate this gathering on short notice when the other plans fell through! CREDO will kick in $100 to get the ball rolling.)

 

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Oct. 7, 2008 at 11:13am

"Eat the View" Petition

Kitchen gardens instead of lawn!

Hi, folks,

KUOW had their local garden experts on this morning and one mentioned this great campaign to get the next president to dig up the White House lawn and plant a garden for their use and for local food banks.  I think it's a great idea.

Where can we do that locally?  Maybe the Esplanade?  Fireman's Park?  Wright Park?  Maybe some local landscapers could specialize in kitchen garden plots for busy homeowners with space, desire for eating locally, but no time to maintain them.  Beats mowing lawns and spraying ornamentals!  I'm available to work for anyone wanting to do that.

Check out this website and sign the petition!

http://www.eattheview.org/

See you Friday at Frost Park.

Patricia

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Oct. 7, 2008 at 11:13am

"Eat the View" Petition

Kitchen gardens instead of lawn!

Hi, folks,

KUOW had their local garden experts on this morning and one mentioned this great campaign to get the next president to dig up the White House lawn and plant a garden for their use and for local food banks.  I think it's a great idea.

Where can we do that locally?  Maybe the Esplanade?  Fireman's Park?  Wright Park?  Maybe some local landscapers could specialize in kitchen garden plots for busy homeowners with space, desire for eating locally, but no time to maintain them.  Beats mowing lawns and spraying ornamentals!  I'm available to work for anyone wanting to do that.

Check out this website and sign the petition!

http://www.eattheview.org/

See you Friday at Frost Park.

Patricia

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Jul. 10, 2008 at 2:01pm

Be My Guest

Party at Frost Park Friday

Instead of the usual indoor cake and punch stand around send off, I've chosen to throw my own retirement/60th birthday party in conjuction with the Friday Chalk Art competition.  Pinwheel Catering will be providing yummy noshies, ice tea and lemonade, and desserts to go with the lunches you bring.  Hopefully some of my City coworkers will wander down too.  I want them to see the fabulous artwork and gain an appreciation - as I have - for some of the wonderful young activists in this great town of ours.  You give me hope for the future!  So please celebrate with me while I celebrate all of us.  Tomorrow noon to one or until the cookies are gone!

Patricia

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May. 24, 2008 at 12:22pm

ICE Detention Center Plans Expansion

Am I the only one who didn't know?

I had a conversation a few days ago with a consultant in Florida.  She is working on an project to document the impact to the environment (including traffic, etc.) of a planned expansion of the detention center down on E. J St on the TideFlats.  Apparently they are already discussing this with the Council, but it was the first I'd heard.  Personally, I'd like to see this place go from 500 beds to zero rather than up to 1000.  This is all "public knowledge" but I wonder how much of the public is aware of it.

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Mar. 26, 2008 at 12:34pm

Cohousing community

Looking for members in Tacoma!

We have an opportunity to turn a remodeled apartment building and two adjacent lots into a condo-style, cohousing community.  This is at S Earnest S. Brazill (12th) and J.  Units would be affordable.  There are 12 units plus an office unit.  The two adjoining properties could be renovated or replaced with new, townhouse-type units.  Decisions are made by the members.  We can create a welcoming community in which to grow up or grow older!  To learn more about cohousing in general or this one in particular, check out the link before. http://directory.ic.org/records/?action=view&page=view&record_id=6216

What we need are enthusiastic members able to purchase their own unit (est. at $125-175,000 for 1-2 bedroom units).  Available as rentals in the next few weeks with conversion to condos when we get enough members.  We also need an innovative-thinking mortgage company to help us buy the properties from the present owner.

 

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I'm trying to find the folks who worked on this garden site in the past. I've met some at various events, but now I can't find them! Or the owner of the property.

As I understood it, the issue that stopped the garden was a broken water pipe. I have a solution to that. What I'd need to make this happen would be permission to do it from the owner, a few people who could help dig some trenches, and someone to agree to take responsibility for the water account. (That wouldn't mean they would have to pay it themselves, necessarily, but TPU will need someone to open the account, probably the owner of the property.)

I have lots of seeds, too, that I'd like to see planted this season since they were generously donated. I am also willing to work some on the garden, but I'm still in the process of purchasing the property on S J St. so won't have a lot of time.

So if you want to be part of this lovely garden site again, or for the first time, and can put me in touch with the owner, etc., please email me at pmenzies48@gmail.com.

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