The closer to Market and 15th, the better.
I am interested in people looking to write novels though I need to work on some short stories and novelettes as well. And while I personally don't care what genre others are working in the other members of the group need to at least be ok with speculative fiction.
So if you're interested just let me know.
The first 200 people to attend each day will receive a free 2009 Chinook Book, full of great coupons which will save you hundreds of dollars as well as introduce you to local, sustainable businesses, courtesy of BuiltGreen.
Spokespeople will offer a different bike ride each day to sustainable sites around the neighborhood. Rides begin at noon each day and leave from "Grand Central." So ride your bikes to the festival!
SewFun Bags (Whatever totes your oats) - Use surplus fabrics to make your new grocery bag, lunchbag or purse. Create two bags and leave one for donation to a worthy cause. Hosted by Reuse Resources.
Undriving Ballard - Pledge to reduce your car use (or the car use on the planet) and receive an official Undriver License and free bus passes courtesy of King County METRO. Now solar powered!
Home Energy Center - Useful displays, demos and how-to tips on home energy. Lighting, appliances, furnishings, conservation.
Free School Learning Stations - Day-long demos and hands on training in useful skills. eg: Making jam, soap or candles, building a food dryer or a worm bin, cobb building, seed starting, etc.
Eat Local Now! - Learn more about the local food system! Local chefs will show us some new twists on local foods and we’ll get to taste the results. Learn about canning & preserving, cheese making and of course we’ll be making fresh cider again!
Urban Farm Zone - Displays & Workshops: How to Raise Chickens, Edible Gardening, Wildlife Habitat, Native Plants and More!
Transportation Row - Green transportation abounds! Check out biking and busing options. Chance to win a car-free vacation? Learn how to use the bike rack on the bus. See a homemade electric car.
RE-cycled Art Station A place for everyone, expecially kids, to turn "trash" into treasures! Make art, not trash! Hosted by ReStore.
See the full schedule of activities here.
Of course, we could stay home and listen to the NPR broadcast, but it would be more fun to mingle with other folks, not to mention the benefit of getting the visuals (sweaty upper lips, furtive glances at the wristwatch, mysterious lumps under the jacket, etc.). We would even settle for a debate-friendly bar (creative drinking games a plus).
Any suggestions are welcome. If you prefer, you can reply directly to januarye at gma!l. Thanks!
EDIT: I now know of one Ballard establishment that will be showing the debate: the Stepping Stone.
EDIT: I did the lazy thing and walked to the nearest smoke shop, where the proprietor/clerk assured me that he was selling me the very best cigars. At least I can be confident that I won't be asked to do this again.