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Come for a day of fun and learning at our Ecotober kick-off event. The day will be filled with family activities, live music by Million Dollar Nile, booths, guest artists, tours, and a live performance by local storyteller Stokley Towles. This event is FREE; all ages are welcome.
Ecotober is a month-long celebration of topics surrounding sustainability, with the goal of empowering citizens through understanding.
Saturday, October 5 schedule of events:
Main Community Room:
10:00am - Trash Talk - Candy Castellanos from Waste Management - The PNW is leading the way in recycling, composting and finding creative ways to create zero waste communities. Join Waste Management’s recycling experts for a “Trash Talk” workshop and get behind-the-scenes information about what actually happens to our stuff. Have recycling questions? Bring them, and any items you have always wondered about!
10:30am - Biosolids Blitz - find out how wastewater is turned into compost from King County Biosolids specialist Dan Schwartz
11:00am - Live Music by Million Dollar Nile - Come dance along with Seattle's Greenest Bluegrass Band! Click here for more info: http://www.milliondollarnile.com/bio/
12:00pm - Flushed: Into the World of Wastewater Treatment - what happens when you flush your toilet? Understand the relationship we have with our toilets by listening to storyteller Stokley Towles
1:00pm - Rain Gardens - discover how you can protect our local waterways by building a rain garden from expert TBD
10:00am - 2:00pm - Artist Vaughn Bell's FROTH RINSE REFLECT SEND will be highlighted in the Center exhibit hall. Vaughn will discuss her artwork which features 600 bars of soap, each containing a small ceramic "stone" inscribed with lines of a poem.
11:00am - 1:00pm - Join guest artist Marita Dingus for a fun art activity involving the 4 p's (if you don't know the 4 p's, don't worry, we'll teach you)
10:00am - 2:00pm - IslandWood's Eco-Art Lab - Make owls out of toilet paper tubes, build your own beads out of recycled paper and string yourself a necklace, make an envelope with old magazines, and watercolor a sustainability postcard using some Autumn leaves.
10:00am - 2:00pm - Join Nature Vision and IslandWood as we investigate the world of the tiny critters that live in compost! We'll have microscopes, bug boxes, field guides, and expert naturalists to help you figure out who and what it is that turns our food scraps back into dirt. We'll also have supplies on hand to build your very own compost critter.
Art tours - discover how the art at Brightwater teaches us about our water systems; 4Culture art experts will lead tours that leave from the North Plaza at 11:00am and 1:00pm (pre-registration required, order tickets above)
Treatment Plant Tours - find out how we clean our water and see the inside workings of the Brightwater Treatment Plant; King County wastewater educators will lead tours from the Central Plaza at 10:00am and 12:00pm (pre-registration required, order tickets above)
Additional Information about our guest artists:
Stokley Towles, Flushed: Into the World of Wastewater Treatment
“For more than a decade,” writes Stranger critic Brendan Kiley, “solo performer Stokley Towles has been studying us. He examines the mundane aspects of life like an anthropologist from another planet—our libraries, our trash system, our police force, the history of a single city block—and delivers his findings in rich, understated monologues full of bizarre, colorful trivia and bittersweet observations about how people navigate the world and each other.”
Stokley’s latest study, Potty Talk, asks the question: After we flush where does it all go? Hear about the creatures that keep Ron, a treatment plant manager, up at night. Learn about the sewage swim team and Leroy’s plan to sponsor a chili feed in order to generate more human waste. The performance runs approximately 50 minutes and is suitable for ages 7 to adult. (Note: the performance includes one mention of the word “shit.”)
Marita Dingus, mind your P’s please
There are only four “P’s” that you should ever flush down the toilet. (Think about it.) Artist Marita Dingus will lead hands-on art-making sessions for younger children -- primarily kindergarten through 3rd grade. Youth participants will make tiny toilets constructed from re-purposed materials that are typically excluded from curb-side recycling programs. The art activity guides a conversation with our youngest citizens about what you should and definitely should not flush. Great drop-in activity for families!
Vaughn Bell, FROTH RINSE REFLECT SEND
The water system is a huge and mostly unseen stream. It is a vast network in all our houses, under our streets, headed to Puget Sound. We touch it every day.
FROTH RINSE REFLECT SEND is artwork that encourages a moment of noticing our shared connection to a vast water system. We have the ritual of using the toilet, then washing our hands. Over and over again, we wash away waste.
We turn on the tap and take the bar of soap in our hand. It is an intimate yet unnoticed object. Normally, it wears away and disappears, becoming out of sight, out of mind. For this artwork Vaughn created 600 bars of soap, each containing a small ceramic “stone” inscribed with lines of a poem. The “poem stone” is visible inside the clear glycerin soap, and as the soap washes away over time the words become clearer. The words inside each bar of soap are excerpted from Janet Norman Knox’s poem “Carbon Shining in Our Faces.” Different bars of soap have different stanzas of the poem inside them.
Vaughn will begin offering a bar of soap from the installation to visitors to the Brightwater Center beginning October 5, 2013.
Stokley Towles - http://www.stokleytowles.com
Marita Dingus - http://www.maritadingus.com/
Vaughn Bell - http://www.vaughnbell.net/