PubliCalendar: Transit and Environmental Advances

Today's picks for civic nerds

By Kristen Farnam September 26, 2014

For Friday

Learn About the U District Light Rail Station

Sound Transit, King County Metro, and Seattle Department of Transportation will be presenting plans for the University District light rail station and answering questions from the community about what the new station will look like, how nearby street use could change when light rail opens, and what impact the new rail stop will have on light rail and Metro service.

Construction has already begun at the U District station, which is set to open in 2021.

UDP Urban Design Committee Meeting, Fri, Sept 26, 8–10am, University Heights Center, Room 209, 5031 University Way NE, free

For Saturday

Cedar River Watershed Tour

The five-hour tour will show guests how 10 years of the Habitat Conservation Plan, a 50-year plan to renew fish and wildlife in the Cedar River Basin, has revitalized forests, rivers, and salmon activity. Some of the actions that have been taken include eliminating commercial logging, adding special screens on water intakes to route fish to the river, and constructing a fish ladder at the Landsburg Dam.

The Cedar River Watershed covers more than 90,000 acres and supplies drinking water to 1.4 million people in the greater Seattle area.

Cedar River Watershed Tour, Sat, Sept 27, 9am–2pm, Cedar River Watershed Education Center, 19901 Cedar Falls Rd SE, $15

For Sunday

Sustainable Ballard Festival

The annual festival is in its 11th year. This year's theme: Reuse and Recycling. The day’s events include car-seat recycling, cooking demonstrations, a skateboarding clinic, a recycled material arts and crafts area, and the opportunity to make your own green cleaning product.

Enjoy food vendors like Pop Up Bike Pops, Biscuit Box, and I Love My GFF along with the fest's 75 exhibits, activities, and workshops on sustainable living.

Sustainable Ballard Festival, Sun, Sept 28, 11am–6pm, Ballard Commons Park, 5501 22nd Ave NW, free

For Monday

Mulching the Burke

Friends of the Burke-Gilman at Sand Point is hosting a volunteer event to prepare Seattle’s longest trail for fall. Mulching is the main objective because it protects shallow plants from the cold and allows more water to enter the soil.

The organization was created in 2007 to restore and maintain the 27-mile trail that runs from Ballard to Bothell and is used year-round by pedestrians and cyclists.

Mulching the Burke, Mon, Sept 29, 8:30am–12:30pm, Burke-Gilman Trail, 6927 58th Ave NE, free

Advance Notice for October 10

Orcas Island Film Festival

The first annual four-day Orcas Island Film Festival debuts today, featuring short and feature-length films. Vote online or at the festival for best local independent film; the winner will be shown at the Seattle International Film Festival next year.

The three scripts chosen were given $1,500 to shoot over the summer; one of the requirements was that 75 percent of the footage was shot in the San Juan Islands.

Orcas Island Film Festival, Fri, Oct 10, 5:30pm, Sat, Oct 11, 11am, Sun, Oct 12, 10am, Mon, Oct 13, 11am, Various Locations, Orcas Island, free–$120

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