Thornton Creek AllianceIn Your Care!

Calendar of TCA events  April 10, 2007

10 April, Learn about upcoming construction activities in the Northgatearea at the Northgate Community Meeting, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM at the North Seattle Community College Cafeteria,9600 College Way North. For more information contact the City ofSeattle: (206) 733-9081, BuildingNorthgate@seattle.gov ,www.seattle.gov/dpd/planning/northgate

16 April, Monthly meeting 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM, At LAKE CITY PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH MUSIC ROOM (Through the new fellowship hall and past the new office,entrance on east side)3841 NE 123rd, in Lake City Plenty of parking in lot.

21 April, The City of Shoreline is hosting a Natural Yardcare event9am-3pm at 155th St. & Aurora (Central Market). Formore information: (206) 546-1700

27 April, Pre-proposals for 2007 Aquatic Habitat Matching Grants are dueto Holly McCracken (386-4195).

28 April, The official opening of the Maple Leaf native plant communitygarden,<./b> 2:00 PM. http://cityofseattle.net/commnty/mapleleaf/#garden

29 April-May 5, Native Plant Appreciation Week,. For more information contact the Washington Native Plant SocietyCentral Puget Sound Chapter: (206) 527-3210 or www.wnps.org

30 April, Arthur R. Kruckeberg, author of Gardening with Native Plants ofthe Pacific Northwest will give a free talk , at 7:30 PM at the Center for Urban Horticulture, 3501 NE 41stStreet, Seattle. For more information contact the WashingtonNative Plant Society Central Puget Sound Chapter: (206) 527-3210 or www.wnps.org

10 May, Monthly meeting 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM, Maple Leaf Lutheran Church (Keith Kurko, Chris Woelfel, Kathryn Lynch SPU will be joining us.)

12 May, The Homewaters Project South Fork Long Walk and native plant sale 8:30 AM ending atMatthews Beach.

The new Client Assistance Memos for Environmentally CriticalAreas Vegetation Restoration and for Environmentally Critical AreasHazard Trees are available upon request from the Seattle Departmentof Planning and Development.

The "2005 Residential Surface Water Quality Survey for theCities of Bellevue, Redmond, and Shoreline Washington" is availableupon request from Holly McCracken (386-4195)

14 June, Monthly meeting 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM, Maple Leaf Lutheran Church

Break for July and August

13 Sept Monthly meeting- location to be determined

15 Oct (Monday, Monthly meeting

8 Nov Monthly meeting

Break for December 2007 and January 2008

For other workparty opportunties:http://www.seattle.gov/util/Services/Drainage_&_Sewer/ Get _Involved/Be_a_Creek_Steward/Events_&_News

Ongoing weed pulling on 35 Ave NE! The planting strip along 30th NE between 127th and 130th in Lake City is supposed to be maintained by TCA for the next three years... The plan, such as it is, is to make piles of pulled weeds on the relatively bare patches of the planting strip, and those piles will get picked up from time to time. Stop by anytime AND PICK A WEED OR TWO AND THROW IT ON ONE OF THE PILES. The highest priority for your one pick is to remove the Scotch Broom, Blackberry, and/or bindweed. One each, and major progress will be made, really.

Do you know the seven pesticides to avoid? Thornton Creek is one of the King County Streams subject to the U.S. District court-ordered 60 foot buffers. Read more.

A useful website for all sorts of creek activities information: http://www.seattle.gov/util/Services/Drainage_&_Sewer/Get_Involved/index.asp .

Also check out our links page

Looking for an interesting and rewarding way to get involved in your neighborhood? Volunteering is a great way to support your community, meet newpeople, help a child, plant a tree, share your knowledge or just have fun. Seattle Parks and Recreation offers abundant and varied volunteer opportunities all over the city. Each year, thousands of citizens and hundreds of community groups help restore and clean parks, mentor children and teens, teach visitors about nature, or pitch in at special events. Your volunteer efforts can range from a few hours to an ongoing commitment. Parks volunteer coordinators will work with you to find a volunteer project that fits your interests and schedule.
North Volunteer Coordinator: Theresa McEwen 206-615-0691 or theresa.mcewen@seattle.gov .

Learn how to identify salmon in your neighborhood, by exploring the Salmon Watcher site at http://dnr.metrokc.gov/wlr/waterres/salmon.

Ongoing! Growing Wild Consultations Program - In return for a suggested donation between $75 to $100 to Washington Native Plant Society (WNPS), you can get a consultant to come visit your yard and advise you on how best to use native plants in your landscape. The program is affiliated with Washington Dept. of Fish and Wildlife. Print out and complete the form at their website, mail it into WNPS, get the consultation, a membership, and receive their newsletter. Call 206-527-1204 or email growingwild@WNPS.org .

Stream Care Leadership
There is great need for Creek Stewards Stewards are good contact people for their neighborhood in reporting problems and taking action on those reports. They are also helpful for TCA when volunteers call us looking for projects to get involved in. If you are thinking of becoming a Creek Steward, Seattle Public Utilities has developed training now for volunteers who are willing to commit to this type of role, so don't let a lack of know-how stop you. If this training (with incredible amounts of information and resources for watersheds) interests you, call Bob Spencer at Seattle Public Utilities at 206-684-4163 to find out when the next course will be held.

For more links to other creek and environmental groups, including how to report pollution, spills, chemical dumping, construction issues and environmental damage, go to our "LINKS" page.
Also if you see fish or other critters, including otters and beavers, call the Thornton Creek Critter Line (206-440-2841).

More Stuff at the Center for Watershed Protection! Various books for sale and Do-It-Yourself Local Better Site Planning or Watershed Planning Kits as well as approaches to stormwater treaments on CD-ROM. Order on-line at www.cwp.org.



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