August 2011 
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TreesFREE Trees for Your Yard!  
The Trees for Neighborhoods program is happy to offer free trees to Seattle residents again this year. You can request up to FOUR trees to plant in your yard (street planting strip is possible, but you must let the program manager know). There's a great selection to choose from (evergreen and deciduous, small and medium/large and one fruit tree option), with trees available for pick up starting in late October. In addition to your tree(s), you will receive a watering bag for each tree, training on proper planting and care, and a coupon for a free bag of Gro-Co compost.


Seattle currently has 23% tree cover and a goal to reach 30% tree cover - and gain the many benefits that go along with trees. But we can't reach that goal without the help and support of Seattle's residents! Apply for your free trees soon, the application will be open beginning August 8.

CompPlanHow DO YOU See the Future of Seattle?


By 2031, it is projected that Seattle will gain at least 120,000 new residents and 115,000 new jobs. Seattle needs to plan on how to leverage that growth to its advantage - responding to critical challenges such as climate change, building on major transit investments in recent years, and seizing the opportunity to build stronger neighborhoods as we grow. The City of Seattle is reviewing and updating its Comprehensive Plan and needs input from the public on how the City should focus its efforts. Please take the Comp Plan Survey!  


More information on the Comp Plan process - including a short video on why it's important - can be found here.  

summerstreetsCome Play in the Street!


Come play in the street! Seattle Summer Streets events are a great way to get out and celebrate what's great about your neighborhood.  Or, if the event is not in your neighborhood it's a great opportunity for you to experience another part of the city! The intention is to open up streets for biking, walking and playing; promote healthy, affordable activities; and encourage people to think about using sustainable types of transportation. The events are produced in partnership with the community and there are plenty of fun activities for the whole family!


Friday August 12: Greenwood Ave/Phinney Ave will be the site of Summer Streets on from 6 - 9 pm. More details about all the activities that are part of this event can be found here.


Saturday, August 20: Rainier Avenue S (from S Brandon to Alaska Street) is where the Seattle Summer Streets action is between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. More details can be found here.


MovingPlanetMoving Planet Event September 24

Come be in the parade of boats and bikes, feet and wheels, pedaling, rowing, sailing, walking, dancing, skipping, skating, jumping, cartwheeling from the Cascade mountains to the Puget Sound. Join your neighbors to help: 

  • Move from dirty fossil fuels to clean contemporary energy.
  • Move from unhealthy mass production to a healthy local economy.
  • Move to a powerful message for your future.

More information can be found here. 

OSE is proud to be a partner in this event. 
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