West Seattle, Washington
Heads up! This Tuesday has a confluence that might be a bit problematic between here and downtown. The Mariners and Sounders BOTH have 7 pm (ish) home games this Tuesday night (Sounders schedule here; M’s schedule here). If either runs really long, or if you hang out in the stadium zone afterward, remember Tuesday’s also the first of three scheduled late-night westbound closures for the Spokane Street Viaduct (as SDOT announced here), aka the West Seattle Bridge between 99 and I-5.
“You could LIVE on Husky Flake,” Jack insisted, during a brief break between scooping ice cream for partygoers.
Off to the side, in the museum’s cozy courtyard, on behalf of the Southwest Seattle Historical Society, Clay Eals was interviewing young attendees, also heard to be enthusing about Husky Flake:
And if the Fire Department is there, with no emergency in sight, it’s gotta be good:
That’s Engine 29 and crew from North Admiral.
Speaking of numbers, today’s event was in honor of Husky Deli’s 79th anniversary. When exactly is the anniversary date? we asked Jack Miller. He said no one’s certain – possibly sometime in October. But 1932 was definitely the year his grandfather Herman Miller bought the Edgewood Farms Store and started making ice cream in the window, as Lori Hinton writes in “West Seattle 101.” Five years later, the name changed to Husky, after a popular dipped-ice-cream creation the store made and sold, and the rest is, of course, history.
And the Log House Museum is all about history, so what better place for this afternoon’s party?
You don’t have to wait for Night Out to have a block party … tonight, we got word of two in West Seattle. First note in announced the 2nd annual Seaview Swine-Que – last year’s edition was in September (just as well they didn’t wait this year, at this rate we may have fall snow). Can’t have a Swine-Que without the swine:
Joel Hagman provided the music.
Thanks to Shelly for the tip again this year; she says they procured a Beer Junction sponsorship once again too.
Not long after her note came in, we got word from Patrick in North Admiral that HIS neighborhood had its second annual block party under way:
Neighbors in the Walnut/College area hit the street to celebrate. Like Seaview, they had a bouncy house:
No pig here; the North Admiral party was potluck. P.S. Next organized “block party” type event on the West Seattle calendar is just six days away – Picnic at the Southwest Precinct next Saturday (August 20), 1-4 pm on SW Webster between Delridge and the south Home Depot entrance!
Two West Seattle Cooper’s Hawk tales: First, Tom Furtwangler shares the top photo of a juvenile hawk spotted outside his Gatewood home – sighted by his wife, who happens to be urban-nature author Lyanda Lynn Haupt. Tom says it was there just a few minutes, and quotes Lyanda as saying, “I think it’s a male because it’s small for a Cooper’s, but that’s just speculation. It’s a hard time of year for newly fledged birds because they are just learning to hunt. I hope he makes it!” This provides the perfect lead-in to two other Cooper’s Hawk photos shared this week by nature photographer/writer Trileigh Tucker:
The first photo shows a young Cooper’s Hawk practicing her landing skills on a snag in Lincoln Park, and although the second photo (a different young female) looks like she’s showing off her new jewelry, she’s actually just getting ready to scratch her nose.
The bands they’re wearing were put on as part of an eight-year study being conducted to learn about Cooper’s Hawks’ nesting ecology and winter site fidelity. So readers should look carefully and see if they can find banded hawks in West Seattle! Sightings can be reported to the Washington Ornithological Society’s research page at wos.org/research — look for the instructions for “Accipiters and Merlins” at the top of the page.
Trileigh is now writing about her sightings, and celebrating “the beauty and power of next-door nature,” online here. She says her site “focuses on local natural history (especially Lincoln Park, of course!), and what we can learn both about nature and about ourselves from being attentive to the natural world in our backyards and beyond. Come take a look!”
(Photo courtesy Pokémon World Championships)
6:42 PM: This’ll be a great “what I did on my summer vacation” story: We mentioned last night that David Cohen, a 16-year-old student at Seattle Lutheran High School in West Seattle, was in the final 16 at the Pokémon card-game world championships in San Diego. This afternoon, he won the title in the Masters’ division (click the tab for that division to see his progress). Here’s a photo from the official website.
ADDED 11:03 PM: We are reminded in the comment section that West Seattle was home to a world champ four years ago too – Jeremy Scharff-Kim.
Hope your vehicle never gets stolen. If it does, we’re happy to help get the word out to folks to be on the lookout (of course, report it to police first!). Samantha says her car was taken from the 8800 block of 24th SW, near Westwood Village, late last night/early this morning:
It’s a gray 4-door Toyota Camry hybrid, 2007, with WA license plate 725VOA. Identifying marks: There’s an obvious, medium-sized dent in the rear bumper on the driver’s side. There’s also a scratch near the bottom of the back passenger side window that’s a few inches long. There was a brown Britax car seat in the back seat, but that’s probably gone by now.
At West Seattle Nursery, the Dog Days of Summer started with Furry Faces Foundation‘s Teri Ensley and King County’s Rebecca Cleveland-Diel tapping a donated keg of Manny’s. Till 4 pm, it’s a beerfest, with hot dogs, but it’s also a pet-adoption-fest:
That’s volunteer Kory with two dogs hoping their new forever homes might be found today – the little white one he’s holding is a “special needs” pet, with eye trouble. Or if you’re looking to add a kitty to the family, here’s one in classic nonchalant cat mode:
West Seattle Nursery is having a sale, too. Meantime, your dog (leashed) and/or cat (carrier) are welcome to join you at Lien Animal Clinic till 2 pm, for the 60th anniversary open house – we found a few visitors there this morning:
And of course, there’s anniversary cake!
Lien is on SW Alaska between 37th and 38th, in The Triangle.
Two reasons to get to The Junction if you’re not there already:
Outside and inside West 5 till 4 pm, it’s “Brunch for Boobies” fundraiser day for the 3-Day for the Cure walkers who comprise Team Tracy – including namesake Tracy Dart, fourth from left. These women are so busy raising money (and awareness!) before the big event, tirelessly, you might wonder if the inspirational-and-intense walk itself (September 16-18) will feel in comparison a tiny bit like a stroll in the park. Anyway, if you can’t make it to West 5 today, you can donate here.
If you’re not up for three days on your feet, but maybe a little more foot-powered exploring around West Seattle, go to the WS Farmers’ Market before 2 pm:
That’s Chas Redmond at the Sustainable West Seattle booth, where you can get the new West Seattle Walking Trails map.
(Side note: Make your walks, bike rides, bus trips, etc., count even more by signing up for West Seattle In Motion!)
In case you spotted some new boxes atop poles/light fixtures in The Junction: WSB contributor Katie Meyer spotted a crew installing this one near California/Alaska – SDOT crew but, one crew member told her, related to GPS for Metro buses. We checked with Metro to see if this means the long-awaited GPS-for-buses system is closer to reality, to enable even more accurate bus arrival-time reports than the current means of measurement. From Rochelle Ogershok at Metro, it was:
… installation of the fiber infrastructure and traffic signal upgrades along the RapidRide C Line. (As you know, we are adding service to the Route 54 starting in October, as part of the mitigation for the Alaskan Way Viaduct construction.) There will be 8 Transit Signal Priority (TSP) signals installed along the Route 54 and 6 TSP signals on First Ave S. As soon as regular Route 54 buses are equipped with GPS equipment, they can begin using the signal priority feature. We anticipate that will be in early 2012.
Route 54 is what the RapidRide “C” Line is scheduled to replace, in fall of next year.
From history to theater, lots to do on a mid-August Sunday. From the WSB West Seattle Events calendar:
HAPPY 60TH, LIEN: Open house at Lien Animal Clinic to celebrate 60 years of operation. 10 am-2 pm, 3710 SW Alaska. Dogs on leashes and cats in carriers are welcome as well as people. Here’s what’s in store:
– Tours of the clinic
– A teddy bear clinic (bring in your broken teddy bear and we’ll stitch’em up)
– Photo of your pet
– Teeth Brushing/Dentistry Demonstrations
– Ultrasound Demonstrations
– How-To’s for Pet Parents
– Free refreshments
– Prizes and giveaways
For more information visit www.lienanimal.com.
FARMERS’ MARKET: West Seattle Farmers’ Market, today and every Sunday, 10 am-2 pm, The Junction (44th/Alaska).
(WSB photo from Alki on Saturday)
FESTIVAL CONTINUES: Festival of India at Alki, noon-8 pm both days, schedule here
GONE SWIMMING OUTDOORS YET? Open at noon, Colman Pool continues its 7-day-a-week summer operations – but only a few weeks to go! (Pool schedule/other info here.)
LONGFELLOW CREEK WALK: 1 pm, meet at Greg Davis Park, corner of Brandon Street and 26th SW for a neighbor-led walk along Longfellow Creek. Organizers say, “Everyone can attend, bring your kids, your dogs, your neighbors or visiting relatives. We’ll be walking for about 45 minutes, so please dress appropriately and bring yourself a bottle of water.”
ICE-CREAM CELEBRATION: Celebrate Husky Deli‘s 79 years with an Ice Cream Social at the Log House Museum (61st/Stevens) 1-3 pm – Jack Miller himself will scoop Husky Deli ice cream for just $2/scoop. Plus music!
Two theater matinees today:
(Tyler Webster in “Starmites.” Photo by Michael Brunk, courtesy ArtsWest)
FINAL PERFORMANCE: “Starmites,” put on by the ArtsWest Summer Musical Apprenticeship Program, concludes its run with a 3 pm matinee today (details and ticket-buying link here).
(Photo courtesy Twelfth Night Productions)
BRING SCHOOL SUPPLIES FOR ‘OLIVER!’: Twelfth Night Productions presentation of “Oliver!” with a school-supplies drive for Treehouse (which helps foster kids). 3 pm at West Seattle High School Theater. More details here.
(August 2010 photo by Christopher Boffoli)
Two weeks from today, Alki Avenue SW will fill with runners and walkers – more than 1,100 last year – for the Alki Beach 5K, raising money for Northwest Hope and Healing‘s work to help breast-cancer patients. Starting at 9 am Sunday, August 28, participants will head east from the Alki Bathhouse vicinity to Anchor Park on Duwamish Head, and back, as detailed on the official website. Something special this year: NWHH director Shari Sewell says participants will hear from “Warrior Marathon Runner” Carol Dellinger, who’s finished 253 marathons – 19 since being diagnosed with breast cancer, including one less than three months after a mastectomy (scroll down this page for her story). You can register for the Alki Beach 5K now – at West Seattle Runner (WSB sponsor) or CAPERS, or online by going here. Click ahead for the official news release with even more info:Read More
Actually “West Seattle and vicinity” scene – the annual 40-mile Water and Spirit Bike Ride starts and finishes in West Seattle, but riders ferry over to Kitsap County along the way, and take the Southworth-to-Fauntleroy ferry back. Krista Livingston shared the photo of one group on Saturday’s ride; she says, “It turned out to be a wonderful day for the 4th Annual Water and Spirit Ride! We had a great showing, beautiful views and a lot of fun. Thank you to all of the volunteers and riders that made this a fantastic event.” It raised money for Scholastic Journey and Family Promise of Seattle (whose next major fundraiser is the Justin Roberts concert on Friday!).