“Happy Hour Weeding” Coming To Miller Creek July 22nd

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Our friend Dennis Clark, Miller/Walker Creek Basin Steward, sends us this unusual event – a “Happy Hour Weeding” gathering from 5-6pm on Wed., July 22nd at the Miller Creek restoration project.

Here’s what Dennis had to say:

“Because I received no advance sign-ups for Saturday’s weeding party at our restoration project on Miller Creek at S. 144th St., I’m going to cancel that event.

We will not surrender to the weeds, however!

On the premise that people want to reserve the beautiful weekends we’re enjoying this summer for fun activities, we’re going to try something a little different: a short weeding on a weekday evening.

To make it easier to squeeze volunteering for our streams into your busy summer schedules, I’m asking for just ONE HOUR OF YOUR TIME during 5 p.m. – 6 p.m. on Wednesday, July 22. You can stop by on your way home from work, whack some weeds, and then head off knowing you did your part to help steward the stream. It’ll be “happy hour” for us and “unhappy hour” for the weeds.

The location is on South 144th Street, two blocks west of Des Moines Memorial Drive in Burien.

We have several different weeding-type tasks to get done:

  • Carefully unwind the bindweed (morning glory) climbing up our two-year old trees and shrubs
  • Dig up those blackberry canes coming back using the tiller-mattock hand tools – fortunately, the canes are small and weak thanks to two-year’s worth of good grubbing
  • Clip grass from around the willow stakes with shears

With a dozen people, we’ll get this work done quickly and we won’t need to return to the site until the fall!


  • Sturdy shoes
  • Clothes that won’t get stained by grasses
  • Gloves if you have them (I have plenty if you don’t)
  • Your enthusiasm!


  • 5 – 6 p.m., Wednesday, July 22


  • South 144th Street, two blocks west of Des Moines Memorial Drive in Burien.

Dennis also adds:

“If you wish, RSVP, although RSVPing is not necessary – simply come on by and put in a little time on our project.

During the event, you can reach me at 206-369-8339 (but please do not leave message).”

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