Local Food - Fresh Ideas

Join us at Apothecarium Art Café on June 16th at 6:00pm for the opening reception of an exciting new exhibit, Local Food, Fresh Ideas.

This show is a fascinating compendium of photos, written work, and a short video documentary from the year-long exploration of a small group students into “The Systems that Feed Us” under the guidance of creative director and educator, Jonathan Safir.  Dividing the subject into four distinct arenas – environmental, nutritional, economic, and creative – they surveyed every aspect of local food systems from farmers to food policy development, attended seminars with food producers and vendors, visited farms and aquaculture projects, and studied with other community leaders and professionals.  Come celebrate their journey and have a look at their conclusions regarding the sustainability and resiliency of their own community’s food resources.

Apothecarium Art Café is open daily, 7:00am-7:00pm, at 1300 Water Street in Port Townsend (across from the ferry terminal). The exhibition is co-sponsored by The Port Townsend Arts Commission, Port Townsend Foundry. 

A Taste of Education
– a scintillating night of creativity

This Thursday night, December 8th, BrainStorm for Education will be producing a new event at The Upstage Restaurant in Port Townsend. Doors open at 6pm. The suggested minimum donation is $10, and all proceeds will benefit student scholarships.

BrainStorm students and caterer Hope Borsato are cooking a sumptuous winter feast of local food. Live music by BrainStorm students will accompany the appetizers, and dinner will be served family-style at 7pm. You can participate in a community forum community forum about project-based learning with Katherine Baril, Sam Gibboney, Pamela Roberts, Judy Alexander, Kris Mayer and Michelle Sandoval. 

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Press Release for Chamber of Commerce eNewsletter:

At the May 23rd Chamber of Commerce meeting, Katherine Baril will talk about our multi-generational community.

Joining her will be a group of high school students from the BrainStorm for Education project, who will prepare and serve lunch - local food and fresh ideas.

They are getting proactive about their own education and co-creating a curriculum that connects them with the community and builds bridges with local business leaders. Please come and meet these dynamic students."

The Chamber of Commerce meets every Monday at noon, at the Elks Lodge in Port Townsend. Meetings are open to the public.

Elks Lodge   •   555 Otto Street, Port Townsend, WA 98368(360) 385-0317

Letter to the Editor (PT Leader)

We would like to thank our community for supporting us in launching our new project, “BrainStorm for Education.” We are a group of six students and a teacher/mentor, who wanted to raise scholarships for independent-study math classes and tutoring. In a one-night benefit performance, we reached our goals and raised $1,500, enough money to support ourselves for the next four months of after-school education. This is inspiring because anyone can do it.

We worked on the production for two months as a team, and we are grateful to the community for turning out to support our vision. We planned, promoted, attracted local business sponsors, and rehearsed. And on a snowy Tuesday night, 120 people came out to The Upstage Restaurant, from babies and small kids to grandparents. We served and fed them, and performed our arts for them, including music, dance, poetry, acro-yoga and magic.

We are already thinking about our next project, and we are documenting our process to help others do it, too. We can seek our own funding for the educational goals that are important to us. We want BrainStorm to include more students, more subjects, and more teachers.

Please contact us if you would like to participate.

Again, thank you to the community of Jefferson County !!!

- BrainStorm for Education

(Hanna Onnemyr-Cole, Alesia Brady, Winter Tuesday Harms, Rosa Linda, Nakaia Millman, Freeman Luoma, and teacher/mentor Jonathan Safir)