West Seattle, Washington
Six reader reports to share in this West Seattle Crime Watch roundup. First, the photo at left goes with this report from David, who originally posted this in the WSB Forums:
(Saturday) we parked in the free parking behind Jak’s and had brunch, then went to the computer store on California – we were parked from about 11 AM – 1 PM. When we came back to the car, the front passenger window had been smashed, and a black Kipling backpack with a smartphone and Nikon digital camera that was on the floor on the passenger side was gone. We have lived here for 6 years and park there all the time – never thought we’d have to worry mid-day, with cars and people all around. Sure would be nice to hear if anyone saw anything or finds the backpack.
Five more reader reports ahead: Read More
(2011 photo courtesy Joyce Merkel)
Just out of the WSB inbox – one of the season’s most unusual pumpkin-carving competitions:
The annual Boeing Seahorse and Marker Buoys Dive Club Underwater Pumpkin Carving will take place Saturday, October 27th at the Alki Picnic Shelter on 63rd and Alki Avenue. Divers will enter the water at around 10:00 AM and will have one hour to carve their pumpkin in a minimum of 10′ of water. We need the public to help us judge the carved pumpkins. Judging will begin shortly after 11:00 AM. Categories are Artistic, Biggest, Scariest, Better off as Pumpkin Pie, and Best use of Sea Life. We hope to see you there!
We’ve added that to the WSB West Seattle Halloween 2012 page; if you’re having a public Halloween-themed event, and it’s not on that page, please send us the info – thanks!
The Junction is decorated for autumn – with wreaths and orange ribbons on lightpoles – and that’s a reminder that we’re just one week away from the first-ever Harvest Festival. 10 am-2 pm next Sunday, October 28, the streets will be closed, not just for trick-or-treating (noon-2 pm), but also for a special out-on-the-street edition of the West Seattle Farmers’ Market (same time as always, 10-2), plus a costume parade (11:30 am, led by the West Seattle High School Marching Band) and FREE craft/game activities sponsored and presented by local businesses and organizations (10-2). See you there!
That’s photographer David Walega coaxing Evander Holyfield the boxer/mastiff to pose under the portrait tent at West Seattle Nursery this afternoon. Till 4 pm, you can take your dog to see David there – it’s a benefit for Art For Animals’ Sake, as explained in the WSB Forums. P.S. If you don’t see this till later and therefore missed it, David tells us he’ll be doing pet portraits again December 1-2 at Mind Unwind in The Admiral District, also for AFAS – more details on the MU calendar.
One more hour to join the revelry at Barton Street P-Patch in Westwood, finishing its first full spring/summer season and still growing strong:
The Harvest Festival/Potluck is on till 3:30 pm. If you haven’t seen the garden yet, go check it out … this time last year, they were still in the midst of construction, and now, it’s down to the finishing touches.
If you followed the garden-design saga last year, you’ll recall the successful campaign to save the big tree in the background of that view. The garden’s at 34th and Barton, east of the 7/11 and biodiesel station, south/southeast of Tony’s Produce.
“Looks like we have more strollers than ever!” was one of the announcements just before Miles For Midwives, the first of two fundraising “fun runs” today at Lincoln Park. A group we estimated at around 100 took off from just west of the south parking lot, and headed south/southwest toward the water on a two-and-a-half mile loop around the park. This was the fifth annual Miles For Midwives, but the first at Lincoln Park; its proceeds will benefit two midwivery organizations in our state, the Washington affiliate of the American College of Nurse Midwives and the Midwives’ Association of Washington State. (Today’s second Lincoln Park “fun run” is coming up at 2 pm, the 5K “Lions’ Loop” for Shorewood Christian School.)
(Route 560 bus photo by Flickr member Atomic Taco)
You might not think twice if you pass a particular Sound Transit Express bus parked on the southwest side of Westwood Village this Thursday (October 25), 5-7 pm … it’s not there for a break, it’s there for an open-house meeting. ST is taking comments on its draft Service Implementation Plan for next year, including a proposed major change to where you would catch Route 560 to go to Sea-Tac Airport, a route that went through schedule cuts last year (at which time there was also a warning of 2013 changes). Here’s how the change is described in the plan’s “executive summary”:
• West Seattle-Airport Connection: Route 560 (Bellevue-Westwood Village)
The objectives of this proposed restructure include avoiding duplication with King County Metro service, improving ST Express productivity and providing a convenient full-time connection between the West Seattle/Highline areas and Sea-Tac Airport. King County Metro is developing a major transit hub at Westwood Village Shopping Center, located on Southwest Barton Street near the south city limits. ST Route 560 will duplicate service on the new RapidRide C Line between West Seattle Junction and the Westwood area when the new Metro route starts in September 2012. Sound Transit and King County Metro staff have developed a proposal for a Route 560 Westwood-Airport connection that eliminates this duplication and provides a much longer span of service to the airport.
560 currently ends in The Junction, as shown on this map. You can offer comments as well as ask questions at the Thursday open house (the bus will be at 29th/Barton, ST says), and/or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. The formal public hearing on all the proposals in the draft plan is scheduled for 12:30 pm November 1st at Sound Transit’s downtown board room (details here).
P.S. The proposal also is summarized in a Sound Transit newsletter – see it here.
MILES FOR MIDWIVES: Fundraising fun run/walk at Lincoln Park, 10 am, preceded by a 9:45 am “lollipop run” for kids (onsite registration is underway now). Starts in the south end of the park, by shelters 1-2.
WEST SEATTLE FARMERS’ MARKET: Year-round! 44th/Alaska in The Junction, 10 am-2 pm. (And remember that NEXT Sunday, it’ll be in the middle of California SW, as part of the first-ever Harvest Festival.)
BREAKING THE SILENCE: 11:30 am-1:30 pm, the community is invited to join an event at Tibbetts United Methodist Church (WSB sponsor) helping understand, educate about, and prevent domestic violence. 3940 41st SW; more info here.
BARTON P-PATCH HARVEST FESTIVAL AND POTLUCK: The P-Patch’s construction is almost complete – after the first big season of gardening – and its new arbor will be unveiled as part of a community potluck celebration; bring something to share! 1-3:30 pm, Barton and 34th.
PET PORTRAITS, PET TAGS, ANIMAL MASSAGE: It’s all part of a benefit for Art for Animals’ Sake this afternoon, with photographer David Walega, at West Seattle Nursery (California/Brandon), 1-4 pm – details in this WSB Forums post.
DAKOTA PLACE PARK CLEANUP: The day after the indoor open house, the outdoor area of Dakota Place Park is scheduled to get autumn TLC from volunteers, and you’re invited to help. California/Dakota, 1-4 pm.
SHOREWOOD CHRISTIAN SCHOOL FUN RUN: Second fun run of the day at Lincoln Park! 2 pm – details here.
Find more choices for today – on our calendar!