West Seattle, Washington
One note tonight, from a Gatewood resident who’s wondering if the same hit-run driver had any other victims:
Unfortunately, our neighbor’s car got hit quite badly about 7:40 pm this evening by someone driving out of control down Rose near 39th. It was a gray SUV. We have of course called the police and our neighbor found the car at 44th and Portland without the driver. The reason I am writing is we heard a loud boom about 5 minutes prior to the hit and run. Please share with the police if your car was stolen or if your car was also hit in the Gatewood area.
In exactly one week, sellers and shoppers will be recovering from the biggest West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day yet – 9 am-3 pm Saturday, May 9th, at 340+ locations all over WS. Here’s what’s new:
THE MAP: If you haven’t already seen it, the online version has been linked from the WSB navigation-tab bar for a few hours now – or just go here. The page includes tips for using and searching the map. If you have any questions, firstname.lastname@example.org is the official mailbox of WSCGSD. The printable version is still in the works – but it’s all the same information you’ll find on the now-available online map (click any sale marker to open its info-bubble including the sale description; you can use the search feature to look for keywords in those descriptions).
INFO FOR SELLERS: The e-mail version goes out in the next hour; postal-mail packets are in USPS’s hands. Speaking of whom …
STAMP OUT HUNGER: The USPS letter carriers’ annual door-to-door, mailbox-to-mailbox food drive is also on the second Saturday in May every year, so we always suggest that you put out your bag of nonperishable food for pickup before you head out to sell or shop – thousands of hungry neighbors are counting on you.
PUT UP A POSTER: We’re continuing to canvass WS with 8 1/2 x 11 posters for bulletin boards and shop windows; if you have someplace to put one up – favorite coffee shop, school, etc. – here’s the printable PDF we linked from the WSCGSD website earlier in the week.
UNUSUAL ITEMS: If you browse the sales, here’s some of the more unusual items you’ll find listed:
*Homemade dog jackets
*Tiffany ceiling fan
*Never-worn wedding dress
More spotlights during this week’s countdown!
8:29 PM: There’s no power-outage-style map available, so we have no way of knowing how much of West Seattle is or isn’t affected, but Comcast is reported to have acknowledged nationwide trouble tonight with at least part of its video service. (Added: Our partners at the Times have a report on this too.) Haven’t seen anything about an ETA for a fix, but Comcast has said the big pay-per-view fight would not be affected. Added at right: Image from the comcast.net page for our account
9:59 PM: Some commenters say their service is back. (The fight’s over, too.)
Earlier this week, we mentioned the May 27 candidates’ forum in South Park for those running for the new District 1 City Council seat serving SP and West Seattle. We’ve since learned of another forum happening before that one. The Westside Interfaith Network and League of Women Voters of Seattle-King County invite you to the forum they’re presenting at 6:30 pm Monday, May 18th – a little over two weeks away – at Fauntleroy UCC Church (9140 California SW). It’ll be a moderated forum “with the opportunity for questions from the audience,” according to WIN, which is a coalition of local churches.
SIDE NOTE: WSB coverage links from the three forums held so far, all in West Seattle (all of which we recorded on video):
–April 8th, presented by the 34th District Democrats @ The Hall at Fauntleroy
–March 14th, presented by VIEWS @ Senior Center of West Seattle
–February 5th, presented by WSB @ Highland Park Improvement Club
(Photos courtesy Straight Blast Gym)
Still looking for summer camp, and/or a new place for your kid(s) to spend time before/after school? New offerings at Straight Blast Gym (WSB sponsor), co-proprietor Sonia Sillan tells us:
Straight Blast Gym offers kids’ martial arts focusing on life skills and youth development. We have recently expanded our schedule, upgraded our Before and After School Program, AND have added a brand-new Summer Camp for 2015. We are invested in the success of your child in the gym and on the mats, but also in life as well.
SBG is currently offering free consultations, which include a free private lesson for your kid(s), and a discount for enrolling in the summer camp or before/after-school program by the end of this month. You can call or e-mail with questions – 206.420.1834 or email@example.com
Simple ways to do a good deed today:
TREAT STAND FOR EARTHQUAKE RELIEF: Yma shares the photo of the treat stand that’s up at California and Portland in Gatewood (map) until 2 pm, raising money to help the earthquake survivors in Nepal.
REMINDER – TENT/TARP/DUFFEL COLLECTION: Also for Nepal quake relief, at a dropoff near Madison Middle School. Details in our Friday story.
FUNDRAISERS FOR FIRE VICTIMS: There are now online donation drives for all three of the families affected by Thursday’s fire, plus a restaurant/bar fundraiser planned for Tuesday.
(WSB photo, Saturday morning)
Erden Eruç, the West Seattle-residing rower who holds a world record as first solo human-powered global circumnavigator, is off on another adventure. Mark Jaroslaw put together the video above with the story of his departure – crossing the country to start his NY to Gallipoli Memorial Row, explained on Eruç’s website as “… in memory of all those who lost their lives during the Gallipoli Campaign, Erden Eruç and his team will row eastbound across the Atlantic Ocean from New York, then east on the Mediterranean and the Aegean seas to ANZAC Cove.” We last featured Eruç here in March, when he spoke at Emerald Water Anglers (WSB sponsor) in The Junction. Eruç will be “using his satellite phone to post text and visual updates across the Atlantic,” Jaroslaw reports.
Highlights of what’s happening today/tonight, starting with two sea-related sights:
(Added: WSB photo, Water Taxi making its way past shrimpers late Saturday morning)
SPOT SHRIMP SEASON: In case you missed our mention, that’s what all the fishing boats are out on the bay for – until 3 pm, and then one more day this year, May 13th, 7 am-3 pm. Take note that this means big traffic at Don Armeni Boat Ramp once the boats start coming back in – Gretchen shared this photo of the outbound lineup this morning:
(1222 Harbor SW)
ALSO ON THE WATER: First cruise ship of the year arrived before 6 am – Lynn Hall shared this photo of Westerdam headed for Pier 91 as a state ferry passed:
Westerdam will head back out around 4 pm. You can see this year’s cruise-ship schedule here.
Now, what’s happening on shore:
BOY SCOUTS’ BIG SALE: Until 4 pm at American Legion Post 160 in The Triangle, Troop 284‘s multi-family sale (added – photo sent by Karen):
Credit cards accepted. (3602 SW Alaska)
FRIENDS OF LINCOLN PARK: 9 am-noon, join them to show the park some TLC, as explained here. (Fauntleroy/Rose)
ST. JOHN’S RUMMAGE SALE: 9 am-3 pm, second day of the “Fabulous & Famous” sale at St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church in Admiral. (3050 California SW)
THRIFTWAY BARBECUE: Benefit barbecue season begins at West Seattle Thriftway (WSB sponsor) – starting at 11 am (until 4 or as long as supplies last), look for the tent by the south entrance. (added) Today’s menu: “Slow-cooked pork tacos with fresh salsa, sour cream and homemade cabbage topping, with water for a $6 donation.” (California/Fauntleroy/Morgan)
VOLUNTEER WITH SWSHS: You don’t have to be a historian to help the Southwest Seattle Historical Society as a volunteer! All kinds of things you can do. Find out by showing up for the next orientation session at 11 am today at the Log House Museum. (61st/Stevens)
‘LOVE BUZZ’: This year’s St. Baldrick’s event organized by Emily Austin to raise money to fight childhood cancer is happening 4-7 pm at Metropolist in SODO, with lots of West Seattle participation – go get buzzed and/or cheer on others who choose to. (2931 1st Ave. S., Suite A)
‘ANGRY HOUSEWIVES’: The musical at ArtsWest Playhouse & Gallery (WSB sponsor) is a hot ticket – only a few left for tonight as of early this morning. 7:30 pm curtain time – if you can’t get in tonight, buy in advance for another night/day! (4711 California SW)
Have a great Saturday!
From the seats to the stage, Chief Sealth International High School‘s Multicultural Night filled the campus Galleria with sights and sounds on Thursday night.
Dance, music, and costumes enthralled all who came to be part of it.
Even the tables were decorated.
Brightest sights of all … the smiles.
Along with student performances, the annual event offered free food and an open invitation to the entire community to attend, not just students and their families. It was part of Spring Spirit Week at Sealth, which concluded tonight with the Spring Fling dance.