Events

Seventh Generation Supper: Water-wise Vegetables

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

5:45-8:00 p.m.

Anacortes Senior Center, 1701 22nd St.

Jane Billinghurst joins us to talk about “Water-wise Vegetables.” Anacortes experiences wet winter and dry summers, which means water is in short supply when most of our vegetables are actively growing–a situation likely to become more pronounced in the future. What strategies can we employ to reduce our reliance on municipal water systems or wells while growing bountiful food gardens? Jane Billinghurst is a WSU Skagit County Master Gardener volunteer educator and Anacortes resident with a particular interest in water conservation in the home garden.

Seventh Generation Supper: Home Rule Skagit

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

5:45-8:00 p.m.

Anacortes Senior Center, 1701 22nd St.

Join Transition Fidalgo & Friends for a community supper on Tuesday, May 29, at 5:45 pm at the Anacortes Senior Center, 1701 22nd St., or simply join us for the presentation around 7:00.

Margery Hite and Sara Holahan will present an overview of Home Rule Charters, a system of county government used by seven other western Washington Counties. They belong to Home Rule Skagit, a strictly non-partisan organization advocating the benefits of charter government: “a larger, part-time County Council with more representatives; an appointed county administrator with specified qualifications to match the size of the job; the power of citizen initiative and referendum; periodic citizen review of how the system is working; and built-in transparency and accountability, all for the same price we are paying now.”

Sara Holahan recently retired from the Mount Vernon Public Library and ran for Anacortes City Council in 2017. Margery Hite served as both a civil prosecutor and an executive director for Snohomish County, a charter county.

Open to all and welcome; no reservations necessary. Suggested supper donation $5/adult; $3/10 and under.  Please bring your own place settings. Seventh Generation Suppers include a sharing time and programs to help build local resilience and reduce carbon dependency. For more information, visit transitionfidalgo.org.

Seventh Generation Supper: FutureFest Follow Up

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

5:45-8:00 p.m.

Anacortes Senior Center, 1701 22nd St.

Come join us for a celebration of FutureFest. We’ll enjoy pictures and videos, but more importantly, we’ll look at the inspirations and ideas that came out of the weekend and start turning them into action. If FutureFest is about inspiring ideas for building a future that works for people and planet, than this month’s Seventh Generation Supper will be about rolling up our sleeves and making it happen. Help us prioritize our next big projects.

Seventh Generation Supper: You too can be a scientist! Citizen science projects in the Salish Sea

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

5:45-8:00 p.m.

Anacortes Senior Center, 1701 22nd St.

Since our beginnings, humans have learned by observation and experimentation. Today, the practice of citizen science (or participatory science) is taking off throughout the world, and some of the most successful projects began right here in the Salish Sea.  Betsy will share an overview of some of the projects being conducted in Puget Sound today and a perspective on why citizen science is so important in today’s economy and climate.  Click here for more detail.

Seventh Generation Supper: County’s Clean Tech Sector: Exploring Trends and Opportunities

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

5:45-8:00 p.m.

Anacortes Senior Center, 1701 22nd St.

Transition Fidalgo’s “Vision 2030” identified strategies for supporting the development of Anacortes and Skagit County as a hub of green business innovation, including high-potential sustainable industries.  What would help support Skagit County become a leader in developing products, technologies, and ideas that advance sustainability while supporting a resilient economy? Presentation by Sean Connell, Director of Business Development and Global Competitiveness at the Economic Development Alliance of Skagit County (EDASC) in Mount Vernon. Click here for more detail.

Seventh Generation Supper: "Blue Carbon: The role of eelgrass meadows, tidal wetlands, and carbon markets in mitigating climate change"

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

5:45-8:00 p.m.

Anacortes Senior Center, 1701 22nd St.

Dr. Jude Apple is an oceanographer, estuarine ecologist, and Research Coordinator for the Padilla Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. He’ll evaluate the role of wetlands and eelgrass in sequestering atmospheric carbon, and the value of such activity in carbon markets and coastal planning efforts. Click here for more info.

Seventh Generation Supper: Swinomish First Foods and Community Health as Indicators of Climate Change

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

5:45-8:00 p.m.

Anacortes Senior Center, 1701 22nd St.

Larry Campbell and Jamie Donatuto of the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community  speak on “Swinomish First Foods and Community Health as Indicators of Climate Change.”

Dr. Jamie Donatuto is a Community Environmental Health Analyst for the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community. Larry Campbell is the Community Health Specialist in the Swinomish Community Environmental Health Program, and a distinguished Swinomish tribal elder. Together, they co-manage the Swinomish Community Environmental Health Program.

Their project is to develop and implement a Swinomish community health climate change impact assessment based on simple descriptive scales to evaluate the connections between community health and natural resources. How is community health effected as nearshore habitats change, impacting the availability of traditional foods? Resutls of their study will be integrated into results into the Swinomish Climate Change Impact Assessment and Action Plan.

Open to all and welcome; no reservations necessary.

Suggested supper donation (catered by Gere-a-Deli): $5/adult; $3/10 and under.

Please bring your own place settings. Seventh Generation Suppers include a sharing time and programs to help build local resilience and reduce carbon dependency.

Seventh Generation Supper: Candidate Cafe

Tuesday, October 24 (NOT the last Tuesday of the month, which is our usual schedule)

5:45-8:00 p.m.

Anacortes Senior Center, 1701 22nd St.

This month’s supper will be held at a different date and with a special format. We’ve moved to the fourth Tuesday, so as not to compete with Halloween, and rather than a presentation, we’re holding a Candidate Cafe.

We’ll start at 5:45 as usual, with social time over supper. After that, City Council candidates will have a couple of minutes to introduce themselves and answer this question: “As the world warms and severe weather, wildfires and droughts increase, what do you think our community needs to do to continue to lower its carbon emissions and to build resilience for the future?”

For the bulk of the evening, candidates will rotate from table to table. You’ll have the opportunity to get to know them as people and ask the questions you most care about.

Seventh Generation Supper: Early Warning Systems for Biodiversity in Cascadia: a journey via southern Africa and Antarctica

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

5:45-8:00 p.m.

Anacortes Senior Center, 1701 22nd St.

Early Warning Systems for Biodiversity in Cascadia: a journey via southern Africa and Antarctica, with Dr. Phoebe Barnard

Dr. Phoebe Barnard’s life so far has taken her through evolutionary ecology, ornithology, conservation biology, global change science, environmental observation systems, ecosystem assessment, sustainability strategy and environmental futures.  A mountaineer, poet, and volcano climber by heart, she works in government, academia, and nonprofits with economists, lawyers, policymakers, citizen scientists, and other scientists to change the way we do things. Her constant message: “The world doesn’t have to be this way. We can change it.” Phoebe is the Executive Director of the Pacific Biodiversity Institute, an Affiliate Professor at the  University of Washington, and a Research Associate at the University of Cape Town.

Click here to see more info.