West Seattle, Washington
Three South Park notes tonight, 2 related to the closure of its old bridge almost two months ago: First, the official application has been sent off in hopes of a federal grant to complete funding of a new bridge. King County is asking for $36 million in the TIGER II grant process; the first TIGER process is the one in which its $95 million request was denied, but the county says it’s done many things differently this time; read more here. Meantime, the process of taking apart the existing, permanently-out-of-commission bridge enters a new phase next week, and the county wants to be sure you’re not startled to see the bridge’s leaves moving for the first time since the June 30 closure – they’ll be raised and lowered as part of the process of getting ready for their dismantling within the next few weeks.Last but not least, you’re invited to a big event at Duwamish Waterway Park in South Park tomorrow – a community garage sale and barbecue, 11 am-3 pm, also featuring kids’ craft activities, entertainment, and kayaking. It’s a fundraiser to establish Wi-Fi access along South Park’s 14th Avenue South retail corridor. Here’s a map to the park (7900 10th Ave. S.)
The public is invited to join Providence ElderPlace and Heritage House at the Market for the 9th annual Cooking with Class event and fundraiser, to be held Sept. 14, 2010, at Salty’s on Alki.
The event pairs 22 chefs with 176 guests, with each chef teaching three 30-minute classes. Guests attend three classes each, to make a dish hands-on with the chefs. Each dish is paired with wine donated by Northwest wineries. Through this intimate setting, guests get to know the chefs and learn their tips. The concept has been such a hit that the concept and name have been trademarked.
In addition to cooking, eating and wine tasting, guests will have the opportunity to participate in a raffle of culinary items and a small live auction. John Curley, formerly of Evening Magazine, and Jeremy McLachlan, executive chef at Salty’s on Alki, will act as the auction tag team.
The event benefits Providence Heritage House at the Market and Providence ElderPlace-Seattle, both programs run by Providence Senior and Community Services, a division of Providence Health & Services. Both programs assist frail elderly in King County. For more about these programs, go to www.providence.org/pscs.
Being able to give the most possible money to the programs is the driving force behind this event. The volunteer team procures donations for auction and raffle items and wine. In an unprecedented act of giving, Salty’s on Alki has donated its entire banquet floor for the past eight years and will do so again this year. The restaurant also provides a meal for volunteers and appetizers for guests as they arrive. Local chefs donate their time and product, wineries donate wine to pair with the chefs’ dishes, Pike Brewing Co. donates beer, and many local businesses donate items to help make the event a success.
Each year, many of the same chefs and guests return. The event is fun and casual, unlike many other more formal fundraisers, and no one wants to miss the annual auction of Andaluca chef Wayne Johnson’s wild chef pants!
To register online, go to www.seattledining.com/cwc or contact Connie Adams at 206-283-9067 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Cost is $125 per person. Checkin begins at 6 p.m. Guests must be pre-registered. Salty’s on Alki is located at 1936 Harbor Ave SW, Seattle.
Earlier this week, Elvis Presley fans remembered “The King” on the 33rd anniversary of his death – and tonight, Danny Vernon is re-creating “The Illusion of Elvis” for Providence Mount St. Vincent‘s summer outdoor-concert series.
As you head back home – if you travel Highland Park Way, please note that there have been two separate incidents involving police and fire in the past hour. One, we know was a crash at HP Way/Holden; the other, 7700 block of HP Way (where it meets 8th), we’re still working to find out.
(Photo courtesy Erik)
4:48 PM: SPD media unit Officer Renee Witt tells us the 2nd incident involved a man in his 70s, apparently disturbed, who was out in the middle of the street. Both of these situations sound like they’re being resolved, but let us know if you see otherwise. Thanks to the multitude of people who e-mailed, texted and FB’ed about this.
ORIGINAL 2:23 PM REPORT: Thanks to Julie and Nicole for the tips on this: Police are negotiating with someone who is “barricaded” inside a house in the 4300 block of SW 104th (map) in Arbor Heights. That has blocked off 104th from 42nd to California (update: confirmed at the scene); Katie reports Marine View Drive is affected too. Seattle Police media unit Det. Mark Jamieson says the person is NOT believed to have anyone else inside – this is a case of police trying to talk one person into surrendering. The original call, he says, involved a concern that the person might be seeking to harm themselves. More as we get it. 2:38 PM: Adding photo, which was taken at 42nd/California – the house in the photo is NOT the one where this is happening – people are being kept well back from the scene. 3:04 PM UPDATE: The situation has ended and authorities are dispersing. We have been told it’s ending not because something was resolved but because there’s no further grounds to continue – no further danger, apparently. The roads are reopening.
Seattle Parks is presenting “Big Day of Play” a week from tomorrow at Magnuson Park. Before you say “North end? Too far!” check this out – Parks points out today that they’re offering free shuttles from community centers including Southwest CC and Delridge CC in West Seattle. The schedule for the “Big Day of Play” events 9:30 am-5 pm Aug. 28 (including stage performances starting with the popular band Recess Monkey) is here; the schedule of free shuttle buses is here. There’s also a 3-on-3 basketball tournament (info here) and a fun run too.
Three quick shopping notes for tomorrow — As announced last month, Saturday is closing day for Admiral Safeway, soon to be torn down for a project centered on a new store almost twice the size of the current one. Safeway has told us the store will be open till midnight tomorrow night. Shoppers are discussing its closeout sales right now in the WSB Forums … Saturday also is the NEW closing day for Friends and Company in The Junction, the rubber stamps/craft store that is consolidating operations at its newer Issaquah location. That’s a few days earlier than first announced. … Tomorrow’s a big day for shopping in The Junction overall, with more than 40 merchants participating in the second annual end-of-summer “Big Bonanza” sale – with discounts and prizes. Here’s the list (which includes WSB sponsors Bin 41, Brunette Mix, Cupcake Royale, Hotwire Online Coffeehouse, and Square One Books).
(Photos added 3:33 pm)
Just got word here from co-owner Melinda Nguyen that Pho Aroma (at Delridge/Findlay) is now officially open for business. Read more about Pho Aroma in our preview story from last month. ADDED 3:33 PM: Dropped by for a few photos. Owners Melinda (center with glasses) and Scott (to the left of Melinda) have lots of family members there to help and celebrate today!
ADDED 7:31 PM: Just noticed that the Delridge Grassroots Leadership website has a scan of the Pho Aroma menu!
In addition to tonight’s outdoor concert at The Mount (previewed at the end of this story), three more big events on the WSB West Seattle Events calendar:
Meantime, young actors will be on stage in The Junction all weekend:
(Photo courtesy Edgar Riebe of Captive Eye Media)
‘THE BIRDS’ AT ARTSWEST: Young actors who’ve spent much of the summer in classes and rehearsals at ArtsWest are now performing Aristophanes’ “The Birds,” the contemporary adaptation of a 2,400-year-old story rife with social and political commentary as well as comedy, with shows scheduled tonight and tomorrow at 7:30 pm, Sunday at 3 pm.
(Photo courtesy Twelfth Night Productions)
‘HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING,’ FINAL WEEKEND: Catch this one yet? Twelfth Night Productions (WSB sponsor) performers tell the musical tale of climbing the corporate ladder, with three more performances at West Seattle High School Theater – 7:30 pm tonight and tomorrow, 3 pm Sunday.
Wide-eyed wonder and all-out jumping for joy were alternating behaviors for the hundreds of young showgoers in Thursday night’s record-breaking crowd for the Admiral Neighborhood Association‘s Summer Concerts at Hiawatha series. This time it was a double-bill of kids-music specialists, beginning with West Seattle’s own Caspar Babypants, who as usual mixed storytelling with song – and audience participation, as you’ll see and hear in our video clip:
After watching all that jumping and bouncing from the stage, Caspar Babypants’ Chris Ballew took a leap himself:
Afterward – the rock-star-turned-kids’-music-icon sold CDs and granted autograph requests at one of the lawn-ringing tables:
By the way, if you enjoy Ballew’s other work – with the Presidents of the United States of America – you can watch him sing a selection of POTUSA songs at a benefit concert at Camp Long at 5 pm Sunday, during this weekend’s Arts-in-Nature Festival at Camp Long ($25 concert tickets available here) – and earlier Sunday, as part of the festival, it’s a Caspar Babypants performance at Camp Long Lodge. Meantime, we spotted another local luminary offstage at Thursday night’s concert:
Radio-to-web personality Marty Riemer was there with his entire family entourage. Back toward the stage, the intermission between acts featured ballroom-dancing lessons for elegant young dancers:
Then back to the rock ‘n’ roll. You gotta love a band that sings “when 8 takes a nap it’s infinity”:
ANA provided free face painters and popsicles as special treats. Next Thursday night, it’s Camille Bloom – same time (6:30 pm), same price (free). And there’s more outdoor music in West Seattle tomorrow night – the third of this summer’s four Outdoor Concerts at The Mount at Providence Mount St. Vincent – Danny Vernon’s Illusion of Elvis. Concert’s at 6, and free; come early and buy dinner starting at 5, if you want – fried chicken, burgers, hot dogs will be available. (And for kids – a clown and face-painter.)
A change at the top in the 34th District State House Representative Position 2 results, after the latest vote count made public by King County Elections: Now Joe Fitzgibbon is ahead of Mike Heavey, by 186 votes out of more than 22,000 counted in this race so far. Again, the finishing order won’t change what happens next – both Fitzgibbon and Heavey are going to the general election, since it’s extremely unlikely that the 3,000-plus-vote gap between them and #3 Geoffrey “Mac” McElroy would completely close – but for politics-watchers, it’s interesting to keep an eye on the daily updates until the election is certified at month’s end. No change in the King County Council District 8 race, which has gaps big enough that none are likely – it’ll be Joe McDermott vs. Diana Toledo in November.