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News roundup: Taproot show extended one week, lowering speed limits, become a master composter, crime

Taproot Theatre has extended the run of the comedy “The Explorers Club” by one week, to March 7. The show has received rave reviews from local media. (We saw it last week and loved it.)

Kelley says someone stole a package off her porch at 3rd Avenue NW and NW 70th Street that contained $200 worth of Advocare products. She’s hoping it may have been dumped nearby, so please keep an eye out. And put a note in comments below if you find anything.

Ballard Preschool Coop, a program of the Phinney Neighborhood Association, is now taking applications for the 2015-2016 school year. BPC offers a part-time structured cooperative program for children from birth through pre-K. For more information, email the registrar at bpc.registrar@gmail.com.

The City of Seattle this just launched its Vision Zero plan to end traffic deaths and injuries by the year 2030. Part of the plan includes lowering speed limits on Greenwood Avenue North from about North 95th Street to Shoreline and on Holman Road NW this year.

Seattle Tilth is accepting applications for its spring Master Composter/Soil Builder program, with training in Wallingford.

Food waste in landfills is a big problem, accounting for nearly one quarter of methane emissions in the US. Alternatively, when it’s kept out of the garbage and composted, food waste is an incredibly useful soil amendment, turning garbage into “gardener’s gold.” The benefits of compost are huge – reducing global warming, storm water pollution and waste, while building healthy soil and growing healthy plants.

Now in its 30th year, Seattle Tilth offers the Master Composter / Soil Builder program in partnership with Seattle Public Utilities to train community members to become compost educators. Community members participate in 28 hours of classroom learning, hands-on practice and field trips. Learn how to compost while learning about soil science, natural yard care and recycling!

Training includes eight sessions during four weeks starting on Tuesday, March 24 in Seattle’s Wallingford neighborhood (4649 Sunnyside Ave N). After the training, Master Composters contribute 35 hours of volunteer outreach teaching practical techniques to other community members. Volunteers work on projects of their own choosing – at schools, churches, community centers, businesses and community gardens.

The Master Composter program is for Seattle residents only. King County residents who live outside of Seattle are encouraged to apply to similar programs we offer in King County. Applications are due March 14. Bilingual applicants are encouraged to apply.