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 Sustainable Events for  
June 2014  
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Beach Explorations
Join the Weed War at Waterfront Park
Road End Clelebration
Boy Scouts Pull Together
Zero Waste Needs You on the 4th!
Sustainable Bainbridge Blog
From the SB Board

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Summertime, and the giving is easy. Volunteers are donating their time all over the Island to share stories through podcasts, celebrate our road-ends, fight weeds and waste, and so much more. Read on to find out what they're up to, and how you can get involved.


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!
BCB Manager Barry Peters celebrates going "on air."
Tune in to Sustainable Bainbridge's online Community Radio!
Since May 1st, Bainbridge Community Broadcasting (BCB) has been airing community radio shows. Twenty-six podcast radio episodes have been aired in the first five weeks. The initial show is called "What's Up Bainbridge." Each episode consists of a 5-minute interview previewing an upcoming local and worthwhile event. BCB interviews the presenter or host of an event to give you the inside story. Episodes have covered subjects as diverse as the spring exhibit at the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art and a Friday happy hour at a yoga center, to events about Coal-Free Bainbridge or getting big corporate money out of politics.

To listen in, visit the BCB website or the BCB Facebook page. Or you can subscribe to our podcast show on your iPhone, Android phone or computer at sites like iTunes and Stitcher. 
Beach Naturalists explore the Fort Ward beach this Sunday
Our beach exploration in June will be on Sunday June 15, from noon to 2 p.m. at Fort Ward Park beach on the south end of Bainbridge Island.  beach explore The strong currents that come through Rich Passage have greatly influenced the environment at this beach, and the sea life that we find here reflects this difference. The beach can be very slippery due to seaweed growth, so if you like to be certain of your footing, a hiking stick is a good idea.

There is parking in the lot near the boat ramp.  Wear sturdy footwear, preferably Wellington-type boots that can get wet.  Please do not bring dogs on the exploration. 

Celebrate the Solstice by helping Weed Warriors at Waterfront Park!
The Weed Warriors return to Waterfront Park on Saturday, June 21  from 1 to 3 pm in their ongoing effort remove the noxious holly, ivy, blackberry, and Daphne laureole. Native species are starting to revive! Bring gloves, if you have them (we have extras) pruning shears and pruning saws (we have some extras but not many) and your own reusable water container.
We really want to spruce up this park for a visit from the Washington Native Plant Society, as follows:

A Short Hike in Waterfront Park, Bainbridge Island

Leader: Jeannette Franks, PhD, Coordinator of Weed Warriors,
Saturday June 28th, 10:00 - 11:30
Witness transformation in action in a long-overgrown and invaded park.
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Road Ends feel the love in June 1 event
Charles Schmid and Maradel Gale greet visitors to the Lovell Road End during the Road End Celebration Event 

On Sunday, June 1, over 100 people enjoyed walking the Waterfront Trail in Winslow from Hawley Cove Park to Gowen Place.  In conjunction with the City's Road End Committee, GO! Bainbridge organized this event. We had volunteers at 7 spots along the way, Hawley, Irene, Harborview, Waterfront Park, Lovell, Cannery Cove and Gowen, where one can access the beach. The BI Police gave us many freebies, and the History Museum gave us lots of information on each site. Volunteers stamped each walker's passport and with all 7 stamps a free Walking Bainbridge book was given out by the Traveler store.

We heard so many positive comments about Road Ends and walking the island, that we feel very excited about continuing the event. On the first Sunday of June every year we will explore beach access via Road Ends and Parks and Open Space on our scenic island. A big thank you to all of our volunteers and the hard working Road End committee chaired by Bitsy Ostenson.
Boy Scouts fill 30-yard dumpster with
Scotch Broom
Boy Scout Troop #1564 joined Let's Pull Together for a very productive second annual Fort Ward Neighborhood Scotch Broom Sweep. Thanks to this industrious group of 55 volunteers, who, with the cooperation and help of property owners around Ft. Ward, cleared over 7000 square feet of broom and transferred it to fill a 30 yard dumpster. A big thanks to Kitsap County Noxious Weed Program as well, for covering the cost of disposal.
Members of Boy Scout Troop #1564 inside the dumpster full of Scotch Broom they helped remove from the Fort Ward neighborhood.

This is the kind of community cooperation that can make a big dent in aggressive scotch broom infestation! Contact us at by email if you want help organizing a neighborhood clearing in your corner of the island!

In other news from the weed front, The Student Conservation Corps will once again be scouring local parks to clear ivy from trees and Scotch broom and butterfly bush from sunny spots. Thanks to a grant from the Rotary Club of Bainbridge, these twenty-four SCoCo members and their supervisors have new sets of tools. Give the students a cheer, and pull a handful of ivy along your favorite walking route!
Give 2 hours to keep Bainbridge clean on the 4th of July
Zero Waste Logo All hands on deck for Bainbridge's biggest event of the year! Zero Waste sets up 10 resource recovery stations throughout downtown to capture the compostables and recyclables from folks happy to keep their discards out of the landfill.  But they need a little assistance in choosing the right containers.  We need to continuously staff these stations throughout the day or the contents get mixed up, even with the best of signage and visuals. 

No experience is necessary to be one of our 50 volunteers.  Please consider a two-hour shift and sign up here. Thank you! Questions?  Contact BI Zero Waste by email.
Sustainable Bainbridge Blog
After a long interval with no posts on the Blog, Jon Quitslund has published the first part of an essay on "The Comprehensive Plan's Five Overriding Principles."  He comments on the fifth principle: "Development should be based on the principle that the Island's environmental resources are finite and must be maintained at a sustainable level."  If we're not maintaining that level now, how can we move in that direction?  Part I will be found here; Part II, offering comments and questions prompted by the other four principles, will be published shortly.
From the Sustainable Bainbridge Board
It's never too late to include us in your giving through One Call for All. Responding to the red envelope is a great way to support our community organizations.

We'd love to talk with you about our programs and plans.