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Lake Forest Park’s Sixth Annual 2009 Earth Smart Fair:

Environmentally Safe & Economically Wise Living

Saturday, April 11
10:00 AM- 2:00 PM
Third Place Commons, Lake Forest Park Towne Centre
17171 Bothell Way NE

Want to live “green” and save money? The theme of this year’s Earth Smart Fair is living sustainably through environmental and economically wise choices. Learn how to plant a vegetable garden that will nourish your family. Enjoy your harvest through the winter by preserving fruits and vegetables. Receive tips on saving water, electricity, reducing garbage, and living chemically free- all of which save the earth, your family’s health, and your wallet. Attend great workshops and enjoy exhibits. Pick up a free aluminum water bottle, and other useful gifts while supply lasts.

Workshops

Growing a Home Vegetable Garden – Successful methods for different spaces
– Martha Clatterbaugh, presenter.

Learn the basics about vegetable growing including when, what, where, and how to plant. You can plant vegetables even if you are an apartment dweller or have a shady lot. Martha Clatterbaugh has been growing vegetables in the Puget Sound region for thirty years and has served as a Master Gardener in Snohomish County through WSU Extension since 1998. This workshop will be presented twice in the Commons Meeting Room. 10:30 AM-12:00 Noon and 12:30 – 2:00 PM

Introduction to Canning
– Jessica Dally, presenter.

Learn to preserve the bounty of your garden and extend the taste of summer into the cold winter months 
This class will discuss and demonstrate proper methods to can many types of fruits and vegetables using both the water bath method and pressure canning. Jessica Dally is a Master Canner/Food Preserver and has been canning for over 5 years. This workshop will be presented twice in the Commons Demonstration Room. 10:30 AM- 12:00 Noon

Gardening for Wildlife
– Constance Perenyi, presenter

Create a vital home for wildlife in your own backyard. Learn about plant selection, siting nest boxes and birdbaths, and humane ways to prevent problems with both wild and domestic animals. Constance Perenyi is author of two habitat books for young readers, many articles for adults and has experience in wildlife rehabilitation and environmental education. Commons Demonstration Room 12:30-2:00 PM

This fair is sponsored by the City of Lake Forest Park, Friends of Third Place Commons, with funds from the King County Local Hazardous Waste Program, and King County Solid Waste.

Contact: Tema Nesoff, City of Lake Forest Park
tnesoff@ci.lake-forest-park.wa.us
206 368-5440

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In the latest issue of the World Carfree News E-Bulletin, comes word of the New York City based Transportation Alternatives, a group whose mission is to reclaim New York City’s streets from the automobile, and to be an advocate for the concept that bicycling, walking and public transit are the best transportation alternatives. They produced the documentary Contested Streets: Breaking NYC Gridlock, a film that explores the rich diversity of New York City street life before the introduction of automobiles — and then goes on to show how New York can follow the example of other modern cities that have reclaimed their streets as vibrant public spaces. The following trailer gives you a taste of the full documentary that’s available for ordering from Transportation Alternatives.

As we can see, cities for most of their existence were for people and performing their business and day-to-day activities. Then at the turn of the 20th century accommodations for the mass-produced automobile had to be made. Prior to the introduction of the automobile, streets were laid out for pedestrian and horse drawn vehicles, including the first omnibuses.

Before the advent of the mass produced automobile, large cities like New York, London, Paris, and others, created working and viable public and private transit systems. After the introduction of the mass-produced automobile, the allure of the trolley and the train faded. Some accuse General Motors of conspiring to kill off the public transit systems in many cities, but in the end their most effective method of killing off public transit systems was simply to sell America on the myth of freedom through automobile ownership.

So what do we do? Obviously this is something we can’t do overnight. We can’t force people to leave the suburbs and move back into cities or a denser urban region around cities. But we have to do something. It will take some thought and planning to rebuild our shattered communities. It took a century to break them, it well may take a century to fix our communities. We shall see.

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