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Tea Fundraiser-Save the Date!

Tea Fundraiser-Save the Date!

CoolMom & SWS Tea Fundraiser

Join CoolMom and Sustainable West Seattle on May 19, 2012 for our joint Tea Fundraiser. CoolMom and Sustainable West Seattle share similar values of building sustainable communities.

Our event will include a silent and live auction, 50/50 Raffle, and Ask. We will serve light fare and beverages. Because the event is on Saturday, between the hours of 2 to 5 pm you can still make plans for both your morning and evening. You could also make it a date night, come to our fundraiser then head out to dinner!


Please show your support and volunteer several hours to raise money for our two deserving non-profits. There are many volunteer opportunities to choose from here. Volunteers will receive a free CoolMom T-shirt and a free raffle ticket.

Event Details

Date: May 19, 2012
Time: 2 to 5 pm
Location: 4106 SW Findlay Street, Seattle 98136 (West Seattle, corner of Findlay and 41st Ave. SW and home of one of our West Seattle CoolMoms!)
What: Silent & Live Auction, 50/50 Raffle and Ask. Yummy tea sandwiches and cookies, fruit and veggies to snack on and open wine and beer bar, plus tea and coffee. There will also be several flute players helping make the Tea festive!
Please save the date for our Tea Fundraiser. You may purchase tickets on brown paper tickets here. Tickets are $20 if purchased before May 2nd and $30 there after. Stay tuned for a list of Silent and Live Auction items.




April 28-Think Outside the Car Event

West Seattle CoolMom is hosting the first Think Outside the Car Event on Saturday, April 28th from 10 am to 2pm. You won't want to miss this fun and exciting event!
April 28-Think Outside the Car Event

Think Outside the Car

Think Outside the Car (TOC) is working closely with four elementary schools in West Seattle: Arbor Heights, Gatewood, Lafayette and Pathfinder. We are helping these schools reduce air pollution and carbon emissions by building Walking School Buses, Bike Programs and No-Idle Campaigns at their schools. The project, funded in part by a Neighborhood Matching Fund award of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, supports parent and student volunteers in creating these exciting new programs through fiscal sponsorship, materials and supplies, and planning.

To get the word out and get the community involved West Seattle CoolMom and TOC Steering Committee is having an event April 28th from 10 am to 2pm at Westside School located on 34th and Holden Street.

The Details.

Date: Saturday, April 28th
Time: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Location: Westside School Play ground on North Side of building, 34th and Holden Street

Please consider biking, walking or busing it to the event. Bus routes servicing this area are here. There will be a West Seattle Spokespeople ride starting at 9:30 am at Lincoln Park across from Kenyon Street. Get your morning coffee and donut to start your day!


    • Cascade Bicycle Club's Bike Rodeo for kids ages 2 to 10 years
    • Bike Works demos- Bike Works will be collecting donated bikes and will perform 'how tos' for those novice bike riders
    • Bike Parade- kids will decorate their own bikes or make a Walking School Bus Vest at the event and ride or walk in one of the parades (11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.)
    • Bean Bag Toss- toss a bean bag into our cut out Walking School Bus and win a button
    • Raffle drawing- announced at 1 p.m.
    • Undriver Licensing Station -create your very own Undriver License
    • Live music from BottleRockit
    • Delicious food sold by Lumpia World and Athena's


We are looking for volunteers for our event. Sign up here to help make this an awesome event. Volunteers will get a free CoolMom T-shirt and $ 5 gift certificate, details TBA.

Come on out to Westside School for our Kick Off event for Think Outside the Car. It's going to be a great time!

Thank you to our Sponsors


AmericanWest Bank

Organic Valley

To learn more about Think Outside the Car and how you can get involved go here.

2012 Green Home Tour

Are you curious about green building? Want to learn about how your home can be healthier for you and more environmentally friendly? Then come to the 2nd annual Green Home Tour on April 21 & 22, from 10am-4pm.
2012 Green Home Tour

Green Home Tour

A project of the NW EcoBuilding Guild, the 2012 Green Home Tour features a self-guided excursion to view up to 20+ local, healthy, and green new houses, remodels, and energy retrofits in the Seattle area and Eastside.

A Saturday EcoExpo at GreenDepot in South Seattle will feature green suppliers, sustainable products, and contractors, with food, fun, and entertainment. Sunday will feature energy-focused workshops at Green Home Solutions in North Queen Anne with demonstrations of blower door testing, duct-blasting, air-sealing, combustion safety, and more.

All events are kid-friendly and great for the whole family.  Programs and official tour map are available online at and printed in Seattle Natural Awakenings magazine, April edition.

Contact Cate O’dahl at 425-670-1342 or for more information.

Community Solar Project Grand Opening

Shine On Seattle helps Queen Anne schools offset utility bills through the Community Solar Project!
Community Solar Project Grand Opening

Community Solar Project

On March 21, Shine On Seattle celebrated the grand opening of the Community Solar Project by purchasing a share for John Hay Elementary School that will earn energy credits for years to come. With this purchase, Shine On Seattle has now acquired project shares for three Queen Anne schools: Coe Elementary, Seattle Country Day School, and John Hay Elementary.

At the event, Elta Ratliff, Shine On Seattle’s founder, joined school representatives, community representatives, city officials, Silicon Energy leaders, and Seattle City Light leaders to witness the installation of the final solar array for the Community Solar Project in Jefferson Park. Minutes later, the Project began generating renewable energy, from the roof of a new community picnic shelter.

“Most schools in Seattle don’t have the resources to install solar panels on their rooftops,” said Elta Ratliff, Queen Anne mother of three. “When I found out about Seattle City Light’s Community Solar Project, I was excited about the chance to help schools become more energy-efficient, and to use renewable energy credits to offset their operating costs.  As a mother who cares deeply about environmental sustainability, I’m thrilled to attend the opening of this groundbreaking project. I hope to see a similar project in every Seattle neighborhood.”

In October, Shine On Seattle held a fundraiser to buy shares for schools in the Community Solar Project so that schools would receive energy credits on their bills.  Participants rode as sponsors for the schools of their choice.  The family-friendly 10-Mile “Ride for Community Solar” at Gas Works Park involved more than 100 riders, including CoolMom members, representing 10 schools; dozens of other volunteers also participated.

In addition to receiving energy credits, Coe Elementary, John Hay Elementary, and Seattle Country Day School are also being recognized as founding members of the Community Solar Project, with metal name plates that will become a permanent part of the solar installation in Jefferson Park. Friends of these schools will be able to utilize the Project’s beautiful park renovations, find the Queen Anne schools’ name plate, and check out the running electricity generation meter.

Community members interested in purchasing any of the few remaining shares in the Community Solar Project should contact Seattle City Light.  Shares cost $600 per unit, and they provide credits towards each shareholder’s electricity bill through 2020.

For more information about Shine On Seattle click here: Shine On Seattle supports renewable energy for our local schools.

For more information about Seattle City Light’s Community Solar Project click here. City Light has partnered with Seattle Parks and Recreation to build three new picnic shelters with roofs made of solar electric panels. The shelters will be part solar power plant and part gathering place to educate and inspire visitors. The project is estimated to produce 24,000 kilowatt-hours (kwh) of clean, renewable electricity each year — enough to run three households or brew 146,000 pots of coffee.

Coal Hard Truth Forum

Want the COAL HARD TRUTH? Coal trains will go through Seattle! Learn about protecting Ballard, Magnolia, the waterfront, Georgetown and many other neighborhoods in Seattle from up to twenty 1.5 mile long coal trains per day!
Coal Hard Truth Forum

Coal Hard Truth Forum

Wednesday, April 18, 7-9 pm
Trinity United Methodist Church
6512 23rd Ave NW, Seattle WA

What are our risks if Peabody Coal (the largest coal company in the world) and SSA Marine are allowed to transport up to 48 million of tons of coal through King county on rail to send to Asia via Cherry Point just north of Bellingham? Join with fellow community members on April 18th at Trinity United Methodist Church in Ballard and be informed about the long-term negative health, economic, and environmental impacts of this project on our entire region. God’s creation is crying for our concern, as our air and water are damaged by fossil fuels. Keeping coal in the ground is part of making a better world for our children. You'll learn about:

  • The regional picture of coal export from Montana, through Seattle, to China
  • The specifics of the SSA Marine’s proposed coal mega-port
  • Potential health and safety threats from coal dust, traffic and emergency service delays, diesel exhaust, and local impacts of global warming pollution
  • Why religious leaders are opposed to fossil fuel export
  • What you can do to stop this coal export proposal!

For questions or to RSVP for the Coal Hard Truth Forum, please contact Jessie Dye at or 206-632-2426.

Find out about this dirty coal export project that would dramatically affect our community and how you can prevent it!