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Outdoors: Bike Commuting 101

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Roddy Scheer
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Bicyclist along Burke-Gilman Trail in Fremont

If you've always wanted to start commuting by bicycle but aren't sure how to get started, make sure to attend the Cascade Bicycle Club's talk entited "Intro to Bike Commuting" this Wednesday evening at the Blue Building of the Phinney Neighborhood Association (PNA) from 6:30-8 p.m. ($30 for PNA members, $35 for general public). Want to know more about what it takes to commute by bicycle? Read more »

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Outdoors: Spring Is In the Air

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Roddy Scheer

Learn a few tips and techniques from Seattle Tilth this spring that will make your garden the envy of the neighbors. Some of Tilth's upcoming classes that might be of interest in this regard include:

Build Unique Raised Beds (April 2, 10 am - 1 pm at Tilth's HQ at Good Shepherd Center in Wallingford; $45 for non-members / $35 for Tilth members)

Drip Irrigation Basics for the Home Gardener (April 9, 10 am - Noon; North Seattle location TBD; pricing TBD) Read more »

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Outdoors: Put On Your Sailing Shoes

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Roddy Scheer
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Sailboat at Sunset off Golden Gardens, Seattle

How can you live in Seattle -- right between the ocean and the lake -- and not know how to sail? Now is your chance to make it right. Read more »

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Outdoors: Consider Rediscovering Discovery Park

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Roddy Scheer
A view of Puget Sound from Discovery Park

If you haven't yet had the pleasure of touring Discovery Park in Magnolia, join a Seattle Park's docent on a 3.5 mile walk there this coming Wednesday morning from 9:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. (ages 18+ only). Plan on some slight elevation gain and, given that this is Seattle, be prepared for mud and rain. Part of the hike will be done in silence so participants can listen for the sounds of the season. While the hike is free, pre-registration is required by calling the Discovery Park Environmental Learning Center at 206.386.4236.

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Outdoors: Climbing the Walls

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Roddy Scheer

If you're climbing the walls in your house with all the bad weather this winter, maybe you should check out one of Seattle's indoor rock climbing gyms. Vertical World (daily rate for non-members: $16; monthly membership: $70) started it all off when it opened the doors on the world's first indoor climbing gym in Ballard back in 1987. These days the company has gyms in five locations around Puget Sound. Read more »

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Outdoors: Shelter from the Storm

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Roddy Scheer
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Learn to Snowshoe at REI, and the snow-covered slopes of Snoqualmie Pass can be your winter's domain...

If you've always wanted to try snowshoeing, a winter sport for truly everyone, now is your chance to learn the basics from the experts in a warm dry environment before your own first trip out into the wilds. REI staff will walk through the basics of selecting approriate gear and finding out where to go in our area at the Seattle Flagship Store on Thursday evening February 24 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Register online for this FREE class. Read more »

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Outdoors: The North Cascade Institute's New Slate of 2011 Programs

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Roddy Scheer

This week the North Cascades Institute, which is celebrating its 25th year conserving and protecting Northwest environments through experiential outdoor education, announced an exciting slate of learning programs and field excursions as part of its 2011 schedule. This year the Institute made a special effort to bring back some of its favorite field instructors from its early years. Read more »

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Tilth Shows Us How to Save Winter Rains to Water Summer Gardens

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Roddy Scheer
Seattle Tilth
Learn how to make this winter's water irrigate next summer's garden with Seattle Tilth.

Join Seattle Tilth master organic gardeners this Saturday Feb 5 from 10 am to Noon to learn how you can store and use all the water falling from the sky to help your yard and garden survive the dry spell that comes around every year in July or so. Tilth experts will cover everything from cisterns and rain barrels to swales and rain gardens, as well as mulching techniques and green roofs. The class will consist of an indoor lecture and an outdoor tour, so participants should dress for the weather. Read more »

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Charging Up Stevens Pass Like Never Before

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Roddy Scheer
Nissan Leaf
The Nissan Leaf

For those of you who already own, or are waiting to buy a Nissan Leaf or one of the other new all-electric vehicles now on the market, Stevens Pass and environs might be just the place to take it on your next Sunday drive. Read more »

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Megan Griffiths' "The Off Hours" Mesmerizes Sundance

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Roddy Scheer
Seattle filmmaker Megan Griffiths' "The Off Hours" showed at Sundance last weekend

It seems that Seattle's film community may have finally arrived on the national stage with the stunningly wan production of The Off Hours, a film born and (in)bred in Washington State under the keen directorship of local veteran filmmaker Megan Griffiths. Read more »

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