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Connecting for a sustainable community

"Hands On! A Community Skills-Share Fair" Workshops

Ninth Annual Skills Fair – March 30, 2019 - Saturday, March 30, 2019

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  Workshop Building Time Room/space
Edible Weed WalkA walk to forage weeds that are edible Meadowbrook 10:00 - 11:00 Lobby
Mushroom CultivationAre you curious about mushrooms and have you ever wanted to cultivate your own edible mushrooms? Andrew will answer your questions, tell you a bit about how mushrooms grow, and will show you his simple and reliable method for cultivating oyster mushrooms. You will then make your own oyster mushroom growing kit using recycled and easily obtained materials. Take the kits you made home and watch them first fill out the bag and then grow out the sides. In 3 to 4 weeks you should have your own crop of oyster mushrooms. Pick and use them in your favorite dish. They're delicious! Meadowbrook 10:00 - 11:00 Room 01: After school
Propagating succulentsIt is pretty easy to propagate many succulent plants. Let's take a short tour of several propagating methods, and places to source new plant propagation starts for both indoor and outdoor (for gardening in the NW) succulents. Samples of succulents available at class to take home! Meadowbrook 10:00 - 11:00 Room 21: Upstairs- rm closer to pool
Minor Dry Wall and Plaster RepairIn the basic Drywall class, we will focus on the use of tools, procedures and safety issues homeowners need to be aware of. We will demonstrate small repair jobs, such as holes in the walls, large or small, and provide you with information and resources to tackle the big jobs. We will make time to discuss your own real-life projects, and assist you in gaining the confidence in getting things done. Meadowbrook 10:00 - 11:00 Room 22: Upstairs
Making dairy-free nut milks and ice creamHands-on Demonstration on how to make dairy-free nut milks. This class will leave you with the confidence and understanding necessary for creating your own plant-based milks and ice creams at home. During the class we will make 1 nut milk, 1 diary-free ice cream and 1 nut milk milkshake all for enjoying together! Discuss pros/cons of making your own, substitution in recipes, etc. Meadowbrook 10:00 - 11:15 Kitchen
House plant propagationLearn how to propagate house plants. Easy and free. Now you can have all of the house plants you want without breaking the bank. Meadowbrook 10:00 - 11:30 Multi-purpose Close to Gym-Rm 6
Stop the BleedLearning how to stop bleeding from a wound Meadowbrook 10:00 - 12:00 Room 11
Worm bin buildingLearn how to build a wooden worm bin based on the version from Seattle Tilth. Meadowbrook 10:00 - 12:30 Multi-purpose Patio
LIONNES – Local Investing Opportunity Network NE SeattleFind out about opportunities to directly invest in local companies, boosting our local economy. Meadowbrook 10:00 - 5:00** Lobby Tabling Area
Master Composters from TilthA residential recycling focused table where we answer questions on waste prevention and sorting, and hand out free kitchen scrap compost bins for Seattle residents. Meadowbrook 10:00 - 5:00 Lobby Tabling Area
SmartnerSmartner is a mentor-matching service for DIYers, creators, makers, hobbyists, crafters or anyone who wants to ‘learn by doing.’ We pair experienced professionals with passionate amateurs to create targeted, real-world learning experiences. If you want to build a deck, tune a bike, edit a video, make crepes or knit a hat we’ll find the perfect ‘smart partner’ to help you quickly master new skills and learn the tricks of their trade. When a project is just a bit beyond Do-It-Yourself but too interesting to Just-Pay-The-Pro, there’s a Smartner way: Tackle It Together. Meadowbrook 10:00 - 5:00** Lobby Tabling Area
King County Seed Library - seed exchangeThe KC Seed Library has veggie seeds to share and welcomes donations from the community of extra seed packets or seeds collected from ones garden. Check out their varieties and take some home to get an early start on your garden. Meadowbrook 11:00 - 3:00** Lobby Tabling Area
Mason Bee BasicsWestern Washington's blue orchard mason bee is a pollinating powerhouse! Learn more about this friendly native hiveless solitary (adorable) bee - including bee basics, the mason bee life cycle, housing and care as well as a list of bee-friendly plants for your yard. One guest at each session will win their own starter kit - including bee cocoons, nesting material and a wee bee house. Raising mason bees is a great family learning activity with a minimal investment of time. Go bees! Meadowbrook 11:15 - 11:45 Room 22: Upstairs
Building Productive Garden SoilThis workshop will teach you about NW soils and how to improve and maintain soil fertility to improve food quality and quantity. Learn about soil analysis, soil amendments, and cover crops. Bring two cups of your soil for comparison. Meadowbrook 11:15 - 12:15 Room 01: After school
Investing in new Local EconomyHow to invest in your local economy, help create the economy you want, and growing community at the same time, while taking your money out of Wall Street. Meadowbrook 11:15 - 12:15 Room 21: Upstairs- rm closer to pool
Lunch prep(No description yet. Please check later.) Meadowbrook 11:30 - 12:30 Kitchen
Lunch prep & lunchTaco bar luncheon. Food items needed like taco fillings, crockpots of rice or beans, chopped lettuce or shredded cabbage for slaw. Meadowbrook 11:30 - 1:45 Multi-purpose Close to Gym-Rm 6
Lunch prep & lunchTaco bar luncheon. Food items needed like taco fillings, crockpots of rice or beans, chopped lettuce or shredded cabbage for slaw. Meadowbrook 11:30 - 1:45 Multi-purpose Close to Kitch- Rm 7
LunchTaco bar luncheon. Food items needed like taco fillings, crockpots of rice or beans, chopped lettuce or shredded cabbage for slaw. Meadowbrook 12:30 - 1:45 Kitchen
Mason Bee BasicsWestern Washington's blue orchard mason bee is a pollinating powerhouse! Learn more about this friendly native hiveless solitary (adorable) bee - including bee basics, the mason bee life cycle, housing and care as well as a list of bee-friendly plants for your yard. One guest at each session will win their own starter kit - including bee cocoons, nesting material and a wee bee house. Raising mason bees is a great family learning activity with a minimal investment of time. Go bees! Meadowbrook 2:00 - 2:30 Room 21: Upstairs- rm closer to pool
Composting SystemsDIY worm bin and anaerobic digester workshop. Participants bring 1 big newspaper, their own plastic container (~1 cubic foot) Meadowbrook 2:00 - 2:30 Room 22: Upstairs
basic electric for home ownersWe'll talk about projects you can do yourself, like changing switches and outlets and installing LED conversions. We'll cover the basics about safety, tools, and techniques for doing things properly and easy, and we'll discuss what's helpful to know if you're planning a larger project or working with a professional. Meadowbrook 2:00 - 3:00 Room 11
The Starter That Ate Seattle:for people who have already been introduced to baking with sourdough, recipes to use the “discard” when you feed your starter, rather than throwing it away. (Waffles, pancakes, crackers, crumpets, brownies, cakes...) Meadowbrook 2:00 - 3:15 Kitchen
Learn simple bike repairBring your impaired bike and get help diagnosing what is wrong and learn how to fix it. things like... -Brake adjustments, good brake pads in Seattle -checking tire condition and pressure -how to work with a presta valve -checking rims for damage -checking frames for damage -what to do when your chain falls off -replacing an inner tube and/or the tire -adding racks -adjusting front and rear derailleurs -changing out gear shift and brake cables -changing pedals, adding pedal toe clips - a couple of different kinds -adding a bottle holder -adjusting seat heights and tilt and handle bars for a better fit -wearing your helmet properly, because they are poor fashion additions -good grease to use in Seattle -cleaning your chain -gear for commuting - lights - fenders - reflective things - rain clothes - small and large bike pump -keeping ears warm - glove options - Meadowbrook 2:00 - 5:00** Multi-purpose Close to Gym-Rm 6
Tool Sharpening and RepairCome learn how easy it is to maintain your garden tools and other cutting tools. Bring your dull and rusty tools and we'll go step by step to a Tool Revival. Meadowbrook 2:00 - 5:00** Multi-purpose Close to Gym-Rm 6
What to do in an emergencyAn earthquake can happen at any time; don't be caught unprepared. Participate in our hands-on workshops for managing utilities, accessing safe drinking water, handling sanitation needs, resources in your community, HAM radios, and so much more! Resiliency starts with each of us! Meadowbrook 2:00 - 5:00** Multi-purpose Close to Gym-Rm 6
Fermentation StationHave you always wanted to culture your own yogurt, make your own kombucha, or bake a home-made sourdough bread? Come on by our Cultural Diffusion table! We'll have cultures, starters, mothers, and more, all nurtured by your neighbors and ready to be shared. We will also be sharing easy-to-follow instructions on how to use the provided cultures to successfully make your own healthy, probiotic, home-made cultured products. Feel free to bring a few jars of your own culture to share at the table as well. Just make sure to include instructions on how to use them! Meadowbrook 2:00 - 5:00** Multi-purpose Close to Kitch- Rm 7
Upcycling your clothing and BooksHere is a chance to refresh your wardrobe and clean out your closet! Exchange gently used clothing for garments that are"new" to you. We are also taking books that need a new home. Meadowbrook 2:00 - 5:00** Multi-purpose Close to Kitch- Rm 7
How to identify conifersHow to Identify Conifers This class for the lay person will teach the basics of how to identify native and ornamental conifers in the Seattle area. The class includes both a powerpoint presentation and samples of actual conifer foliage and cones. Bring your own conifer samples and we'll attempt to identify them in class. Meadowbrook 2:45 - 4:45 Room 21: Upstairs- rm closer to pool
DIY Sashiko Denim Repair (Boro)Boro is the age old Japanese art of mending textiles and is literally translated as rags or scraps of cloth. As far back as the 17th century, peasants, merchants and artisans would patch up clothing and quilts using scraps of old kimonos or hemp fabric, making the garment last long enough to be ... BRING CLOTHING TO MEND Meadowbrook 3:00 - 4:00** Multi-purpose Close to Kitch- Rm 7
Car Self-SufficiencyHow to prepare not to get stranded, and what to do if you are. Basic car maintenance, preparing your car before a trip, replacing a flat tire, installing tire chains, responses to other mishaps that might occur while driving. Meadowbrook 3:00 - 5:00 Parking Lot
Easy Books that Fold, Sew & Pop (Book Binding)In just two hours you can create a small collection of books that combine the fundamentals of bookmaking in the form of an accordion structure and/or single signature books. No experience necessary. All materials and tools will be provided. Meadowbrook 3:00 - 5:00 Room 01: After school
Copper Pipe SolderingLearn basic copper pipe soldering, and gas pipe fitting. How to prep the pipes, and things which are most likely to go wrong, then testing for leaks. Meadowbrook 3:30 - 4:30 Multi-purpose Patio
Unusual Fruit that you can grow in your BackyardIt will cover the propagation of Figs, Kiwi (both fuzzy kiwi & kiwiberries), Mulberrries, Musk Strawberries, Gooseberries, Alpine Strawberries, Jostaberries, Medlar, Paw Paws, Lingonberries, Honeyberries, Persimmons, Goumi, Citrus, Pomegranates, and many more. Meadowbrook 3:30 - 4:45 Room 11
Making Elderberry Syrup and Fire CiderElderberry Syrup and Fire Cider, both are remedies that can help the whole family with colds and flu, and are simple and easy to make at home. Meadowbrook 3:30 - 5:00 Kitchen

** Participants may come and go any time during the times listed.