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October/November 2011   
In This Issue
Sustainable First Monday
One Call for All
Green Drinks
Local Food Roundtable
Night Beach Exploration
Watershed Council
Time Bank & Agate Pass Exchange

As the days become shorter, we  dream of long hikes without long drives. In this issue you'll learn about opportunities to increase your hiking time and reduce your driving time, by learning about some promising regional collaborations.  Even closer to home, you'll find the red envelope of One Call for All, ready and waiting for your generosity, as well as beach explorations and local food system planning.  And, there's the ever-popular Green Drinks to slake your thirst and stimulate some good conversation!

 

As always, if you have a sustainability issue that inspires or interests you, please let us know!   Sharing our ideas strengthens relationships, weaves a community together and becomes the heart of sustainability. You can contact us by email or by phone at 206/842-4439.  We look forward to hearing from you!
Sustainable First Monday, November 7 
7:00-9:00 PM
The Commons (370 Brien Drive )


String of Pearls Trail System   bike along beach

 

Come and learn more about the Sound to Olympics (Regional Greenway) Trail at the November Sustainable First Monday.    

 

This event is co-sponsored by Sustainable Bainbridge, Bainbridge Island Metro Parks and Recreation District, COBI Non-Motorized Transportation Advisory Committee, Squeaky Wheels, and the Bainbridge Island Land Trust.

 

Leaders of the North Kitsap Trails Association and the Kitsap County Planning Department will share information and take comments
about the North Kitsap String of Pearls Trail Plan slated for adoption by Kitsap County.  This trail includes the STO Trail on Bainbridge Island.  

 

Also to be discussed by leaders of the Great Kitsap Forest and Bay Project will be the work to preserve seven thousand acres owned by Pope Resources as open space with trails through collaboration of Pope, Pt. Gamble S'Klallam Tribe, Kitsap County, Great Peninsula Conservancy, Cascade Land Conservancy, and other organizations. Both initiatives support Bainbridge plans and regional collaboration.  

 

For more information, check out this site or contact Don Willott

 

OCfA logo
It's Red Envelope Time of the Year!


One Call for All is Bainbridge Island's unique method of encouraging community residents to support our local not-for-profit organizations and activities.  Sustainable Bainbridge is proud to be a part of this campaign.  We do not engage in any general fund-raising for Sustainable Bainbridge, and contributions through One Call for All provide our sole source of financial support for our wide-ranging activities.  Please note that SB does not contact One Call for All donors for further contributions, nor use donated funds to fill your mailbox.  We rely on our SB enewsletter to communicate with our supporters.

As you make your choices for charitable funding this year, we encourage you to include a donation to Sustainable Bainbridge.

Green Drinks on Friday, September 30
6:30-8:30 p.m. at
Roosters Cafe (123 Bjune Drive SE)
Green Drinks BI

This month we meet at Thuy Nguyen's Roosters Cafe for our always lively "happy hour" for people who care about the environment and sustainable community.   Cozy up to the bar for a beer or glass a wine and a complementary cup of pumpkin/butternut squash soup, bread, and Thuy's scrumptious brownies - perfect for a cool fall evening!  And there will be an opportunity to learn more about the Go Solar Bainbridge program.  

 

Please RSVP to Green Drinks. Invite a friend - see you there!

Local Food Roundtables
Thursday, November 3, 7-8:30 p.m.Sound Food logo
Bainbridge Grange
10340 Madison Avenue

Sound Food, an initiative of Sustainable Bainbridge, is holding the second in a series of monthly workshops about our local food system.  In November the focus will be on the topic of PRODUCTION.    More information can be found on the the Sound Food website.

Bainbridge Beach Naturalists

beach exploreNight Beach Exploration
Friday, November 25, 9 p.m.
Point White Pier Beach

Sustainable Bainbridge welcomes our newest initiative -- the Bainbridge Beach Naturalists.

Come and explore our local beaches in the company of naturalists trained by WSU Extension Beach Watchers and the Seattle Aquarium.  The next beach explorations, which occur during low tides, will be during the late evening, as that's when the best tides occur.

The November 25 event is the first of three we will hold during the winter evenings.  Bring a headlamp or flashlight, wear boots that can get wet, and dress warmly.  The exploration occurs whatever the weather, with the exception of a snowstorm that makes driving treacherous!  There is parking across the road from the Point White Pier.

For more information, contact the Bainbridge Beach Naturalists.

Watershed Council Salmon Monitoring
coho in Manzanita The Bainbridge Island Watershed Council, in conjunction with the City, is undertaking our seventh consecutive year of monitoring returning adult salmon to Bainbridge Island streams. Teams of three volunteers each are monitoring reaches on four of our primary salmon streams on the Island- Cooper Creek (head of Eagle Harbor), Springridge Brook (Fletcher Bay), Manzanita Creek, and Woodward Creek (Manitou Bay).

Over the next few months, volunteers will go out weekly to look for returning adult salmon, juvenile salmon, and redds (the nests that salmon lay their eggs in). This program helps us track where and when salmon are returning to and spawning in our Island streams to help us better understand and protect local spawning habitat. For more information about this and other programs, please visit our website, or come to our next meeting, which will take place Wednesday, Nov 9 at the Marge Williams Center at 7pm.

 

Time Bank and Agate Pass Exchange

Since the documentary, "Fixing the Future," and with the formation of two local Resilience Circles, the idea of starting a Time Bank in our community has gained traction. In a Time Bank, where all hours are equal and no dollars are involved, members earn and spend time credits on a variety of services, offering and receiving help and strengthening community.
 
A start-up group (open to everyone) has been meeting on Wednesdays, 12-1:30pm at OfficeXpats, 403 Madison Ave N, Ste 240 (second floor at the Pavilion) to study Time Banks in other communities and explore various software platforms and operational requirements. To sign up for e-mail on this subject, please send a message to Bryan Baker. 
 
Agate Pass Exchange, a community exchange currency (different from and complementary to the Time Bank), has been launched to serve North Kitsap County, as a medium of exchange for members to buy and sell goods and services with one another. The next orientation session is on Tuesday, Nov 8, 7-9pm at the Indianola Community Center. Contact Chuck Estin. 

 

If you are interested in working with great people and helping us coordinate some volunteer activity, we'd love to hear from you.  Contact us at info@sustainablebainbridge.org for more information.

For a thoughtful musing about where one might find the meaning of life, you can visit the Sustainable Bainbridge blog.

Sincerely,

Sustainable Bainbridge Board