West Seattle, Washington
16-year-old Seattle Lutheran High School student David Cohen has made it to the final 16 in the masters’ bracket of the Pokémon trading-card-game world championships. That word from SLHS’s Bil Hood; here’s the bracket. The final matches are tomorrow.
Big weekend in North Delridge. Tomorrow, you’re invited on a walk along Longfellow Creek – more on that in a moment. First: A KCTS 9 TV crew was on 25th SW this morning during a neighborhood-wide work party, the final phase of the installation of 10 rain gardens:
According to North Delridge Neighborhood Council chair Karrie Kohlhaas, the crew’s working on a story about community-building. That was certainly in action as neighbors worked in the Saturday sunshine to put plants in the new rain gardens.
They’re building ten of them in connection with Stewardship Partners, which has launched a program aimed at adding 12,000 of them to neighborhoods around Puget Sound. The rain gardens are meant to keep potentially toxic runoff out of nearby Longfellow Creek – one of West Seattle’s green treasures, and the centerpiece of a walk that you can join in tomorrow: A neighbor-led walk along the creek, everyone welcome – including kids and dogs – starting at 1 pm from Greg Davis Park at 26th/Brandon (map), lasting about 45 minutes. No need to RSVP, just show up. (That’s not far from the 25th/Findlay raingarden neighborhood, if you want to take a side trip afterward and have a look!)
Two events continuing till 8 pm: At Endolyne Joe’s in Fauntleroy – the pig roast is under way (and if you don’t like pork, they’re offering chicken too – live music there, and at another event continuing till 8:
At Alki, it’s the Festival of India, which continues tomorrow, noon-8 pm, if you don’t see this till later tonight.
By Megan Sheppard
On the WSBeat, for West Seattle Blog
From reports on cases handled recently by Southwest Precinct officers:
*A Genesee citizen heard sirens and then saw a man climb a tree in a nearby yard. Concerned that he might be trying to elude officers, she called 911. Though it turned out that the sirens were associated with a fire a mile away, the officers were still happy to collect the man from the tree and book him into King County Jail on a $20,000 felony burglary warrant.
*On Wednesday afternoon, an officer was approached by an intoxicated man walking with an open container in the 2500 block of Walnut SW. For safety purposes, the officer confiscated several weapons from him, including a folding knife with a longer-than-legal blade, a straight razor, and small black stun gun. He was also carrying a variety of tools commonly used in car prowls but told the officer he had been using them in a carpentry job. After being transported to the precinct, a check of his backpack showed additional hand tools, flashlights, a lock pick, dark clothing, and a toy smoke grenade. He was booked into King County Jail for investigation of weapons possession.
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One of the reasons that Vera Johnson‘s foreclosure fight has made news is that it goes beyond the story of someone trying to save their home and business – her Village Green Perennial Nursery is also a community gathering place, home of myriad events, like an ice-cream social this afternoon. The ice cream was from Full Tilt, whose Justin Cline is shown above with Vera. Those in attendance had other palate pleasers to try – courtesy of a cooking demonstration by Cinnamon Berg ((herbed polenta bites with grilled tomato salsa or fresh figs; sweet onion and fig jam on grilled bread with chevre):
Coming up in 2 weeks at Village Green – a house concert by Del Rey (2 pm August 28).
Shared by Karen:
Longtime West Seattle resident David Brachtenbach passed away on August 9th in Federal Heights, Colorado. Those who knew David best will remember him for his kind heart, irreverent sense of humor, creative intellect and love for his dogs. He will be missed by his family and friends and those who saw him on his regular walks around West Seattle. Born in 1962 in Selah, Washington, David lived most of his life in Seattle. He was loved and will be missed. Donations in his name to the Seattle Humane Society are appreciated.
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The arts/crafts fair at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor) till 3 pm today has a story at every table. Just walking through the front yard, you’ll find it – like Sydni Smith and “Charlie the Monster”:
Sydni’s buddy has had some hefty medical bills. So she’s raising money to get them handled. And she’s getting help from her friends – like Helen Johnson, who’s selling her crocheted creations in public for the first time:
You might also know Helen from the new West Seattle Coffee House at 35th and Graham (which opened a month and a half ago). Take a close look at her crocheted items – which she says she’s never sold publicly before! – like the “infinity scarf” (no end) or the kids’ scarf that has magnetic fasteners. Her Yoda cap was sported by artist Barbara Noonan:
Barbara lives in Madison Park now but says she’ll always consider West Seattle home – “it gets in your blood.” And that goes for the trio of best friends who wanted to tell us their story:
Sitting in the sun on the C & P front porch were, from left, Nancy Biggs Lind, Nancy Capelouto Ridden, and Marilyn Brandon Moy. They have been best friends since 8th grade at Denny Middle School – the old building, where demolition is just wrapping up – and went on to Chief Sealth, where they were all Class of 1965. Their kids all grew up here too. But perhaps the best story of all in the front yard is that of Sheila Lengle:
Besides showing and selling her own work, Sheila will show you a book of photos including one that shows the Craftsman house that is home to C & P – when it was her ecCollective Gallery (she lived there, too). But go find out for yourself. Till 3 pm, 5612 California SW, just south of SW Findlay (and yes, there are artists/craftspeople inside too!).
10:24 AM: After event chair Amy May congratulated the crowd for raising more than $35,000, King County Council candidate Diana Toledo fired the starter’s pistol, and hundreds of runners/walkers were off on the first-ever Breathe Deep Seattle 5K. They’re all in our starting-line video. As explained at the official website, this is a fundraiser for the LUNGevity Foundation, trying to find a cure for lung cancer. (Missed the event? You can still donate! Pre-event fundraising, by the way, even included one of the sales during this year’s West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day.)
4:34 PM UPDATE: For those who opted to be timed, the race results are now posted online.
BREATHE DEEP SEATTLE 5K: First-ever edition of this lung-cancer-fighting walk/run. Last-minute registration at 8:30, 5K starts at 9:30. Details here.
ARTS AND CRAFTS AT C&P: Arts & Crafts Fair, 9 am-3 pm at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), 5612 California SW. Unique, local arts and crafts for sale. Featured artists include photographer Machel Spence, with new work including the image shown above.
CRAFTS FOR CHARLIE: Sydni Smith‘s fundraiser “Crafts for Charlie” is part of the aforementioned C&P Crafts Fair, 9 am-3 pm, raising money to help with her pet’s medical expenses – details here.
RAIN GARDEN PLANTING PARTY: 10 rain gardens are in the works in North Delridge on 25th Ave. SW between Brandon and Findlay. Today, the plants go in, 9 am-2 pm. You can help plant, or just stop by and learn about rain gardens.
DOG TREAT BAKE SALE: The Westcresters PAWSwalk team is having a dog treat bakesale this Saturday, August 13th, 9:30-noon, at the Westcrest off-leash park (North parking lot, off SW Cloverdale). All proceeds benefit PAWS. Some human treats too!
WALKING TOUR: Walking tour of rainwater solutions in Longfellow Creek Legacy Trail/Delridge/High Point Area, 10 am – 1 pm. The tour will meet at Home Depot at 7345 Delridge Way SW (between Orchard St & S Sylvan Way). People for Puget Sound, a non-profit group working to protect and restore the health of Puget Sound and the Northwest Straits through education and action, has organized a rainwater tour in the West Delridge and High Point neighborhoods. An optional discussion will conclude the event.
NOT IN WEST SEATTLE, BUT FEATURING WEST SEATTLEITES: Canning Across America events at Pike Place Market, including a demonstration by West Seattle’s Shibaguyz; details here.
SSCC GARDEN CENTER: Plants! Garden Center open at South Seattle Community College, second Saturdays through October. 11 am-3 pm. 6000 16th SW, north side of campus.
LEMONADE STAND/BACK TO SCHOOL DONATION DRIVE FOR TREEHOUSE: West Seattle kids are putting on this fundraiser at 53rd/Genesee noon-2 pm to help kids in foster care, through Treehouse. Besides buying lemonade, you can drop off new or like new clothes, backpacks or school supplies, and the girls will get them to Treehouse.
FESTIVAL OF INDIA: Festival of India at Alki, noon-8 pm both days, schedule here.
ICE CREAM SOCIAL: Village Green Perennial Nursery Ice Cream Social, featuring Full Tilt Ice Cream and a cooking demonstration by Cinnful Creations, 1-4 pm (more info on this Facebook event page).
30 YEARS ALREADY? West Seattle High School Class of 1981’s 30th Reunion is today at Emerald Downs in Auburn. Festivities include: Horse racing starting at 2 pm and a non-host cocktail hour from 7 pm to 8 pm. Buffet dinner and dancing.
40 YEARS ALREADY? West Seattle High School Class of ’71 potluck picnic at Lincoln Park Shelter 5 at the North end from 3 pm to 10 pm.
STARMITES AT ARTSWEST: Through Sunday, it’s this year’s production by the teens and tweens in the ArtsWest Summer Musical Apprenticeship Program – today, 3 pm and 7:30 pm. (Details and ticket-buying link here.)
DINO-MANIA AT WEST SEATTLE OUTDOOR MOVIES: West Seattle Outdoor Movies‘ presentation tonight is the original “Jurassic Park” (trailer above). Movie starts at dusk, courtyard next to Hotwire Online Coffeehouse (WSB sponsor), 4410 California SW. Free, bring your own blanket/chair (and money for concessions/raffle benefiting nonprofits). Gates open 6:30 pm.
OLIVER! Twelfth Night Productions presentation of “Oliver!” (portion of proceeds to benefit Treehouse), at West Seattle High School Theater, 7:30 pm. Full details here.
CANDYLANDIA DANCE PARTY: At the Heartland Café‘s Benbow Room, starting at 9 pm: Dance party! Candylandia is a monthly night of sweet sounds, liberal libations, and shakin’ good times brought to you by DJ Cotton Candy every second Saturday of the month. (Above, a new promotional video for Candylandia!)
NEPAL BENEFIT: The Bo M. Karlsson Foundation (BMKF) annual Mahilaa night at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center (4408 Delridge Way SW). There will be dinner, wine, live entertainment and an auction featuring many wonderful one-of-a-kind items. Please join us for an exciting night celebrating and benefitting Nepal! Please contact Bipasana Sakya Joshee at (206) 455-0652 or visit their website to reserve your spot. BMKF, a non-profit organization, awards scholarships to universities and trade schools to underprivileged young women in Nepal.
OINK: Endolyne Joe’s pig roast, 5-8 pm, details here.
MOVIES ON THE LAWN: presented by Unique Families of Seattle. Free outdoor movie at 9246 36th Ave SW, arrival time: 8 pm (donations welcome), film starts around 9 pm. Put the kids in jammies and come on down! Private residence so space is limited, must RSVP to attend. Email firstname.lastname@example.org. Tonight’s movie is “Ponyo.”
Just out of the inbox from Nick, who says this happened less than two hours ago, about 10:30 pm:
Hey, just wanted to let people know that I was jogging Friday night in Seaview on 48th Ave SW between SW Findlay St & SW Brandon St [map] when I got hit about 20 times by some punks with what I’m pretty sure were fully automatic pellet guns. Luckily I was wearing long shorts and a baggy sweatshirt so I only got hit 3 times on my body, but they left some decent-sized marks, including a raised welt on my wrist. Didn’t get the plates at the time as I didn’t think of it until about 15 seconds after they were gone, but it was an average-sized sedan with either a black or dark colored paint job. Multiple people inside, they were heading north. I believe this is similar to a story I read on here not too long ago if I’m not mistaken. I reported it when I got home. Let’s get these cowards off our streets, people. They can really hurt you if you were to get hit in the eye or something.
Nick may be referring to this Crime Watch roundup, which included a report of pellets/BBs fired at a West Seattle home.