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Free Natural Yard Care Classes in Renton for Adults and Kids

DrawingPlantsPotRentonFrom gardening without space to exploring red wiggler worms, have hands-on fun while learning how to garden the natural way in these free classes at Highlands Neighborhood Center on 800 Edmonds Ave NE in Renton in September and October, 2015.  Though there is no cost, please register.

Fall Gardening for Spring Beauty 

Wednesday, September 23, 7 – 8:45PM

  • Prepare your garden now and save yourself time next year.  Lean how to build healthy soils, proper weeding techniques, how to prune and more.

Secrets to Companion Planting

Wednesday, September 30, 7 – 8:45PM

  • Discover which plants grow best together to improve your garden’s health rather than competing for resources.

Worms on Wheels for Kids

Saturday, October 10, 10:30AM – 12:30PM

  • Explore composting and the importance of worms with Seattle Tilth’s Worms on Wheels!

Vertical Gardening: Up, Up & Out of the Way!

Saturday, October 10, 10:45AM – 12:30PM

  • No yard or little space? Find out how to grow vertical gardens with vegetables, fruits and flowers that thrive in our climate and take little soil.

Classes sponsored by the City of Renton and the Local Hazardous Waste Management Program.

Free gardening classes in Renton (en español también)

HomeGardenerRegister for these free Natural Yard Care classes:

En español
Call:  425-430-7391

  • Herbs, Herbs & More Herbs – Wednesday, October 22, 7-8:30 p.m. Join Master Gardener Joan Helbacka for a discussion on the many uses of herbs and those that thrive in our area. Course #54582
  • Saving Seeds Successfully – Saturday, October 25, 10-11:30 a.m.  King County Seed Lending Library director Caitlin Moore will discuss harvesting and cleaning of seeds and how to plant the right veggies, herbs and flowers for your site to achieve the best results.  Course #54583
  • Bugs: Friend or Foe? – Wednesday, October 29, 7-8:30 p.m. Laura Matter from the Garden Hotline  will share tips that will help your garden flourish without reliance on chemicals that not only endanger people and pets but beneficial insects and wildlife! Course #54584
  • Food Forests for the Home Garden – Monday, November 3, 7-8:30 p.m.  Jessi Bloom of NW Bloom will share basic permaculture and food forest design concepts borrowed from nature that will help you plant and enjoy your edible landscape for years. Course #54585

Sponsored by the City of Renton Solid Waste Utility with funding from Local Hazardous Waste Management Program in King County.

Hidden hazards in the arts – Free workshop for artists

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Dave Waddell, with the Local Hazardous Waste Management Program’s Art Hazards Project, will give a free workshop for artists on hazardous materials in the studio.

He will share information and free safety equipment.

Artists may also schedule a free  studio visit to evaluate the hazards in their working environment. Vouchers are available to offset the 50% of the cost of safety improvements, up to $500.

Contact Dave Waddell at 206-263-3069 or  to register for the free workshop.

What: Artists learn about hazardous materials in the studio & get free safety apparel and funding to improve safety

When: Wednesday, September 17 from 12:00-1:00 pm

Where:  4 Culture, 101Prefontaine Place, Seattle 98104

Hidden Hazards in the Arts – Free Workshop for Artists


Find out how to identify safer chemicals, store art supplies safely and dispose of waste properly at a free

Hidden Hazards in the Arts workshop.

“We are here to help artists take out some of the risks of handling these chemicals, particularly since many of them have home studios.  We want to help artists protect their health and their families,” said Donna Galstad, a workshop presenter with the LHWMP Art Hazards project.

“I attended a Hidden Hazards in the Arts workshop, and there was so much information related to my personal art process and the materials I use —crucial new information to avoid exposure to toxins in the studio,” said Mark Calderon, a Seattle sculptor.

More information and register for this free workshop:

  • Tuesday, September 16
  • 6:30pm- 8:30pm
  • Shoreline City Hall – third floor classrooms
  • 17544 Midvale Ave N
  • Shoreline, WA 98133

Sponsored by the Local Hazardous Waste Management Program in King County and the Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Arts Council.

Free workshop: Reducing Reproductive Risks to Artists

‘Hidden Hazards in the Arts’ workshop set for June 19 in Seattle

Upcoming workshop – Reducing Risks of Reproductive Harm to Artists

Date: June 19, 2014
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: Artspace Hiawatha Lofts, 843 Hiawatha Place S., Seattle 98144.

Under ordinary circumstances it’s challenging for couples to produce a healthy baby:

  • 10 percent of women are infertile
  • 10 percent of men are too
  • 3 percent of newborns have birth defects
  • Up to 40% of pregnancies are unsuccessful, depending on the mother’s age at conception


Then add in exposures to toxic art materials like resins, glues, solvents and metals that have been linked to problems: reduced fertility, miscarriages, birth defects, low birth weight, childhood cancer and developmental disorders.

Learn how to reduce reproductive risks from toxic chemicals.

Join other artists and designers at a free lecture and discussion on Reproductive Hazards in the Arts. Refreshments will be provided! RSVP to or 206-263-3069.
Brought to you by The Art Hazards Project.

Free workshop offers artists tips on reducing exposures to hazardous chemicals

‘Hidden Hazards in the Arts’ workshop set for May 29 in Seattle

 Artists can learn how to reduce exposures to potentially harmful chemicals by attending a “Hidden Hazards in the Arts” workshop, Thursday, May 29, from 6-8 p.m. at the Greg Kucera Gallery, 212 3rd Ave. S., Seattle.

Dave Waddell, an environmental investigator and chemical hazards specialist with the Local Hazardous Waste Management Program will show workshop participants how art chemicals can be harmful, and how artists can reduce the exposure to potentially toxic chemicals.

Many products artists use can have an assortment of chemical compounds, and continued use of these chemicals can pose risks to an artist’s health; including reproductive harm, cancer, lung function, chemical sensitivity and neurological harm.

Workshop topics include avoiding exposures to toxic solvents in painting, encaustic and printmaking; hazardous metals in painting, ceramics, sculpture and glass working; selecting safer adhesives, cleaning studios without creating toxic dusts, ventilation design, financial assistance and safer alternatives.

“I attended a King County Hidden Hazards in the Arts workshop, and there was so much information related to my personal art process and the materials I use —crucial new information to avoid exposure to toxins in the studio,” said Mark Calderon, a Seattle sculptor.

For more information on the Hidden Hazards in the Arts workshop or to schedule a training, contact Waddell at 206-263-3069 or

Free workshop on hidden hazards in the arts

Tips to create art safely using less toxic materials

Artists can learn about safer chemicals, storage, and disposal at a free Hidden Hazards in the Arts workshop sponsored by the Local Hazardous Waste Management Program (LHWMP) in King County and Northwest Drftwood Artists.

Come and learn how to produce art and protect yourself from the many toxic chemicals artist use this Saturday, Jan 18,, 9:30 a.m. to noon, at the Houghton Fire Station, 6602 108th Ave. NE, Kirkland.

Donna Galstad, a Health and Environmental Investigator with the Art Hazards team, will discuss art techniques, less toxic art supplies and options for reducing risks from chemicals, as well as other services such as disposal, recycling or incentives.

“Artists are very creative with the materials and techniques they use, and we are here to help them take out some of the risks from handling chemicals, and most don’t realize they may be using toxic chemicals,” Galstad said. “Especially since many artists have home studios, we want to help them protect their health and their families.”

The LHWMP Art Hazards project team collaborates with artists, art colleges, cooperatives, museums, galleries and suppliers to help artists and art educators be informed about risks, reduce potential exposures to chemical hazards, and ensure hazardous art materials are properly recycled or disposed.

Glues can be toxic. Driftwood sculpture, courtsey of Flickr (thcakg3iw0).

Glues can be toxic. Art Hazards workshop hosted by:
Driftwood sculpture, courtsey of Flickr (thcakg3iw0).

Anyone interested in hosting a workshop or with a suggested workshop topic can contact Dave Waddell, Art Chemical Hazards Project Coordinator at 206-263-3069 or

The Local Hazardous Waste Management Program is a partnership of local governments including Seattle, King County, the suburban and other cities in King County, working together to manage hazardous wastes and protect health and the environment. Visit us at

Healthy Environments for Healthy Babies

Check the link for presentation information

Healthy Environments for Healthy Babies: Preventing Harmful Environmental Exposures Before and During Pregnancy 

December 4th, Tukwila Community Center, Tukwila, WA
The website wil be updated with video and presentation materials – stay tuned.

Margo Young, Region 10, EPA invites YOU to the forum

Margo Young, Region 10, EPA invites YOU to the forum

Hear from an outstanding line-up of national experts as they share the latest research and thinking on prenatal environmental health including:

  • Why can’t we get pregnant? Environmental exposures can affect fertility.
  • Don’t pass harm down the generations. What we’re exposed to now may affect the health of our unborn grandchildren.
  • It’s not just the chemicals: Stress, nutrition and poverty work together to also impact the developing child.
  • Men and women are both affected by environmental exposures: A healthy pregnancy begins long before conception.


Get unwanted drugs out of your home this Saturday

Clean out your medicine cabinets and get rid of old, unwanted and risky medicines this weekend!

For safe disposal at the DEA Vashon event

For safe disposal at the DEA Vashon event, the Sheriff transports controlled substances, and the pharmacist checks the meds.

The DEA Prescription Take-Back Day is this coming Saturday – October 26th from 10am-2pm. It’s a great time to safely dispose of the medicines you no longer need and prevent accidental poisonings.  There is no cost to drop-off your medicines and it’s anonymous.

Just bag up what you don’t want and drop them off at any of the locations. Find a location at:

Renton hosts Spanish (Español) & English Gardening workshops

Gardening all winter long; classes in Spanish (Español) & English

Natural Yard Care in Renton

Stay green all winter long with Natural Yard Care workshops in Renton

No need to toss in the trowel – get inspiration and information at upcoming gardening workshops in Renton with talented local gardeners!


Refreshments provided and all classes are held at:

Highlands Neighborhood Center

800 Edmonds Ave NE, Renton, WA 98056

7:00 to 8:30 p.m.

To register, please visit or call 425-430-7391

 Naked Lawn Care • Monday, Oct. 21

Grow your lawn au naturel! Join Marianne Binetti, local gardening columnist, author, radio and TV host as she covers techniques to reduce your use of chemical pesticides and fertilizers. Marianne will teach dirt-cheap tricks to save money and grow a lush, green lawn and garden with less mowing and fertilizing. Learn correct watering and feeding practices, and which products to use to make your lawn a safe and natural habitat where children, pets, wildlife and you can live and play. Course #52663

Compost: The Wonder Mulch • Monday, Oct. 28

Healthy soil is the secret to a healthy garden! Susan Thoman of Cedar Grove Compost will teach the many applications and benefits of compost, such as erosion control, plant health, and increased food yield. Learn the fundamentals of starting a home composting system or using your curbside compost bin to recycle kitchen and garden “waste.” Susan will discuss how and when to apply compost to your lawn and garden to benefit your plants, soil, and the friendly critters who help your garden grow. Course #52664

Easy Peasy Edibles • Monday, Nov. 4

Are you hungry? Plant once and enjoy the harvest for years to come. Learn about must-have perennial edibles and sustainable design to grow a low-maintenance edible landscape. Award-winning landscape designer and horticulturist Jessi Bloom is a Timber Press author and owner of N.W. Bloom EcoLogical Landscapes. Tonight Jessi will help you discover new Easy Peasy Edibles to bring diversity to your landscape and your diet. Course #52665

Safe and Healthy Edible Gardening • Monday, Nov. 18

Interested in edible gardening? Be sure that the site, soil, and containers you use are safe for growing food. This workshop, taught by Laura Matter of the Garden Hotline, will teach you how to choose safe materials for building raised beds, determine how healthy your soil is, when to test your soil for toxins, and gauge which sites in your garden are most suited to grow food. The Garden Hotline is a program that offers free advice to gardeners and landscapers, and Laura brings over thirty years of professional horticultural and gardening experience to this evening’s presentation. We hope to see you there! Course #52666

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