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In the unique setting of the bluff side home of West Seattle's Jan Campbell, noted Seattle musician Rafe Pearlman appeared for a concert, raising money for Seattle Unity Church's Earth Care Team and raising awareness about our stewardship of the earth. CLICK ON THE PHOTO ABOVE TO SEE MORE

SLIDESHOW: Rafe Pearlman concert in the Arroyos raises money and consciousness

Noted Seattle musician Rafe Pearlman played in a unique venue on Friday evening Sept. 7, the bluff side home of Jan Campbell in the Arroyos in West Seattle. The event, was the "2nd Annual Earth Care Concert" put on by the Seattle Unity Church and organized by the Seattle Unity Earth Care Team. The event was intended to raise money for the church's environmental mission and bring home the message about sustainability, awareness, and as hostess Campbell put it to, "tread lightly."

Pearlman who has toured the world offering a blend of spiritual and deeply felt songs was recently in higher profile thanks to an appearance on NBC's America's Got Talent where he appeared in the quarterfinals with musican William Close (see that performance here).

Prior to the music, a tour of Campbell's home and its "solar system" was offered and given by Reeves Clippard of A & R Solar. The home is equipped with a series of both photo voltaic and solar water heating panels on the roof and as Campbell explained "with water catchment we hope to be completely off the grid by next year."

Clippard explained that the home uses a custom designed system and that his company is a solar installation specialist. He estimated the cost of the full system as somewhere around $11,000 and that with tax credits and reduced electrical costs the payback would happen within a decade or so. "This system however was built more to reduce the home's environmental impact than to directly pay for itself."


The music, and the tour are consistent with the mission of the church which is:

"Through education and action within our spiritual community, Seattle Unity Earth Care Team inspires and motivates mindful conservation of our earth's resources."

The event featured all organic food from a variety of sources (see list below) all prepared "as a solo job" said Jenny Hoffman

Food for the event was provided by:

and local West Seattle gardeners Carol Macallroy and Jim Kramer; Cindy and John McComish; Genia Mocada; Joe Dann and Greg Rust; Dean and Carolyn Tucker.

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