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December 2012    
In This Issue
Weed Warriors
Beach Naturalists
West Sound Time Bank
Student Conservation Corps
Coal Exports
Trash Backwards
One Call for All
SB Blog

In these dark days of winter, we cherish light.  You'll find lots of ways to lighten the darkness in this month's newsletter.  Whether clearing invasive plants, walking with friends and neighbors, exploring our beaches, finding new ways to use and reuse  resources, or making your voice heard, we know you'll let your light shine!  
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!
Deck the Hall, but not your yard! 
Help the Weed Warriors remove holly at Ft. Ward.


Friday, November 30, 1 to 3 pm 

Join the Weed Warriors as they take down a large holly and bundle it to give away.  Park and meet by the boat ramp.  You can take some holly home for yourself. 


Saturday, December 1

Weed Warriors will distribute free bundles of the holly at the Winter Market at Eagle Harbor church, and educate people about why holly is considered an invasive plant.  

  "Poncho" Walk heads to Hilltop    

Sunday,  December 2

1:30 pm   


This month's "Poncho Walk"  will begin at the picnic shelter at Battle Point Park, where  Deborah Cheadle and Andrew Price will share some short stories about Prue Trudgian, the original owner of the Hilltop Property.

From Battlepoint Park, we'll walk the Forest to Sky Trail, through the Grand Forest to Prue's house at Hilltop.


Sturdy, comfortable shoes and waterproof clothing is advised, a poncho being perfect. Dogs on leash are allowed. Hot beverages and homemade treats will be served. The walks are designed to help people stay active all year, rain or shine, and  make some friends along the way.

For more information contact Dana Berg.


  Be Seen, Be Safe 

is an important message for all walkers and cyclists.  On Thursday, December 13, St. Lucia's Day of Light, watch for strolling St. Lucias in Winslow with free lights, reflectors and info on being bright. Check our website for more information.   

Night Beach Exploration

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Tuesday, December 11

8:00 pm to 9:30 pm

Point White Pier beach


Wear warm clothing and boots you can wade in. Bring a strong flashlight. Park across the street from the pier on Crystal Springs Drive. Learn more about the nighttime activities of the creatures of our nearshore area.

West Sound Time Bank 

Learn about time banking - what it is, services available, how to apply - at an Introductory Session.


Friday, Nov 30, 7 - 8pm
Monday, December 10, 5:30 - 6:30pm
Monday Munchies!

Marge Williams Center Conference Room,
221 Winslow Way W
Bainbridge Island

For  more information, visit our website or contact us at or 206-842-4800.
Cheers for the Student Conservation Corps!

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The Student Conservation Corps completed four successful work parties this fall with the Weed Warriors, culminating in a planting party at Blakely Harbor Park. A Washington Foundation For the Environment $1000 grant purchased several hundred native plants which we tucked into the ground in a modified rain garden. This site will be monitored, weeded and watered for the next few years by SCoCo during upcoming summer sessions with the Park District.

An Opportunity to have your say--
Coal Exports Hearing

Seattle Convention Center

Thursday, December 13

4 - 7 p.m.

The first chance for the public to have their say about the coal export plans in our area.


Award-winning Photographer David T. Hanson

Friday, December 7, at 7:00 p.m.


4450 Blakely Avenue NE

Bainbridge Island 


Hanson's photographs dramatically evoke a story of the local impacts of our coal-fired electricity. RSVP 

Bainbridge Innovation - Trash Backwards


Trash Backwards began with two friends, Rebecca Rockefeller and Liesl Clark, who, along with their children, discovered an enormous amount of plastic washing up daily onto our island.  Learn more 

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On the Sustainable Bainbridge Blog!
Jon Quitslund has a pair of book reviews.


Robert Reich's Aftershock: The Next Economy & America's Future

Richard Heinberg's The End of Growth


These books offer two perspectives on the history and the future of our economic and financial systems: one from a mainstream and inside-the-beltway expert in public policy, the other from a counter-culture intellectual, grounded in science as well as economics. Plenty of food for thought.


 Read more  

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 for more information.


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