West Seattle, Washington
West Seattle Crime Watch starts tonight with a reader report:
HIT-RUN: Wendy reports, “Our car was hit last night sometime between 10 pm and 7 am, the car was parked across from Ercolini Park. The driver took out our side mirror. Sharing this in case someone saw something. A police report was filed.” It happened on 48th SW, west of the park.
CAR THEFTS: Another of our periodic category checks from the SPD crime-report map – vehicle thefts reported in the past ~week:
The live map is not embeddable, but if you go there and sort for vehicle theft, you’ll find the map above, with these reports from north to south:
Tuesday night, 2600 block 39th SW
Wednesday night, 3200 block Avalon Way
Friday night, 3600 block SW Brandon
Wednesday night, 5900 block 37th SW
Last Friday night (reported Saturday 3/26), 6300 block 42nd SW
Sunday afternoon, 3200 block SW Morgan
Sunday night, 7300 block 29th SW
Last Saturday night (reported Sunday), 2400 block SW Holden
Monday night, 8400 block 6th SW
Friday night, 8800 block 8th SW
No specifics (car description, etc.) are included in what’s mapped; while SPD still tweets vehicle thefts at @getyourcarback, they still don’t include any location or incident-number information (we’ve asked). That’s why we appreciate reader reports so we can publish complete info (email@example.com or text 206-293-6302) – we did get and publish this one for the Friday night theft at Westcrest. If you see what you think might be a stolen vehicle, call 911.
Tomorrow, you can help four animal-advocacy groups in one place at one fun event: Catsino, 2-6 pm Sunday at Beveridge Place Pub (6413 California SW). Just-for-fun game tables are always the main attraction, but you will find more than casino-style games – for example, organizer Teri Ensley from Furry Faces Foundation tells us, one table will feature Ventana Construction (WSB sponsor) dealing the famous Kickstarter-launched game Exploding Kittens. And at the silent auction, here are some of the items you can bid for:
· West 5: One year Mac ‘n’ Cheese Certificate
· West City Kitchen: $50 Gift Certificate
· Two T-shirts from Mariners Spring Training
· Fairmont Olympic Hotel: Afternoon Tea for Two
· Autographed Sounders Mini-soccer ball (super cool)!
· Bad Ass Barbecue
Ticket info and other details can be found here.
We finally have the answer to the most common question we’ve been asked in recent weeks: “What’s going into the former Westside Public House space?” in The Junction, which has been vacant since November. (That’s the space that was previously home to A Terrible Beauty, which followed Table 35, which followed Ama Ama, which followed Ovio Bistro, and that’s as far as WSB archives go.) Thanks to everybody who sent notes recently that they saw workers in the space – we’ve gone by almost daily and just never found the crew, and research didn’t turn up anything in public records to give a hint, either. Then finally today, the crew working in the space was still there when we headed over after a tip: They’re told us they’re planning to open Shelby’s Family Bistro and Ice Creamery, because they saw the need for something in The Junction that’s completely family-friendly. The proprietor kindly stopped to talk for a moment while carrying a TV, so we didn’t get tons of details, but his background in the industry, he mentioned, includes working with Schwartz Brothers Restaurants. As you can see in our photo, they’re making big changes to the interior; they’re hoping to be open within a few months.
The countdown continues – exactly six weeks until West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day 2016: Saturday, May 14th, 9 am-3 pm. This will be the 12th year for WSCGSD, and the ninth year that we here at WSB are coordinating it. That means we handle registration, the map/listings, and promoting it all over the region. If you’re new to West Seattle, or haven’t heard much about it before, the quick description is – one day, many sales, of many sizes, all around West Seattle. Many people have told us the best part is meeting neighbors who walk or ride around to the sales closest to where they live – although we also have heard about people coming from as far away as Eastern Washington to shop WSCGSD. If you’re planning to have a sale this year, check back here and/or at westseattlegaragesale.com on Monday – the registration form will be available by evening. As always, the map will be available a week before WSCGSD, and will be offered in clickable online and printable PDF formats.
P.S. If you’re interested in having a sale but don’t have the space, or don’t have that much stuff, sign up for free courtyard space at Hotwire Online Coffeehouse (4410 California SW; WSB sponsor) ASAP!
We’ve had a few questions about those helicopters, part of a larger group that flew over West Seattle twice this morning/midday. We don’t have the definitive answer (yet) as to why. We wondered if they might have been headed to/from the big 520 floating-bridge grand-opening celebration, but WSDOT tells us no, no helicopters involved aside from their aerial-video crew. One possibility: The Museum of Flight at nearby Boeing Field is celebrating U.S. Coast Guard Day today, and the advance info mentioned helicopters – possibly including MH-60 Jayhawks, which the helicopters in Christopher’s photo resemble.
Hour and a half remaining in this year’s Kiwanis Club of West Seattle donation drive to help the West Seattle Food Bank fight hunger – and you have two places to donate: West Seattle Thriftway (California/Fauntleroy/Morgan; WSB sponsor), where we found (from left, above) Sig, Johnny (from the Chief Sealth IHS Key Club), and Denis; and the Junction QFC (42nd/Alaska). If you’re going grocery-shopping while there, they can tell you the specific items that are most needed.
(WSB file photo)
This year’s Alki Art Fair is set for July 23rd and 24th, and, on behalf of the AAF, Diane Venti shares the news that local artists are invited to get involved right now in one or both of the following ways. First, the annual T-shirt art contest:
This year’s T-shirt design contest theme is “Around the Sound.” All entries will be considered. Winning design will be selected by the Board of Directors. Please send your entry to firstname.lastname@example.org by June 7. Design entry is open to the public and should include ‘Alki Art Fair 2016’ in the design.
Second, if you are an artist interested in showing/selling your creations, there’s still time to apply to be part of the Alki Art Fair this year:
So far we have 64 spaces filled, and are striving to make this the biggest and best year yet!
Selling art on the beach July 23rd & 24th – Come on…you know this will be fun!!!
Find out how to apply by going to the official website.
(Photo by Kira B, a Madison Middle School student whose work is on Instagram, here)
Happy Saturday! Things you can do today/tonight in West Seattle (and nearby):
DONATE FOOD: 9 am-2 pm, the Kiwanis Club of West Seattle is collecting food for the WS Food Bank at WS Thriftway (California/Fauntleroy/Morgan; WSB sponsor) and the Junction QFC (42nd/Alaska).
BUY BOOKS, HELP STUDENTS: 10 am-2 pm, it’s the annual Sanislo Elementary Book Sale (with a small “garage sale” too), raising money for 4th graders’ trip to Camp Sealth. More info here. (1812 SW Myrtle)
CELEBRATE ATOMIC BOYS’ ANNIVERSARY: The Admiral District retro-toys-and-candy shop Atomic Boys celebrates its 8th anniversary today, 10 am-6 pm. You’re invited to: “Stop by for drawings for great prizes, treats, and free balloons for kids.” (4311 SW Admiral Way)
SPRUCE UP THE BEE GARDEN: Looking ahead to next month’s festival, the West Seattle Bee Garden‘s pollination garden needs some TLC courtesy of helping hands like yours. 10 am-2 pm, come help prune, mulch, clean up, etc. Maybe even get a beekeeper-guided look at the bees! The garden is on the north side of High Point Commons Park. (SW Graham/Lanham)
SHOP THE SEATTLE MAKERS’ MARKET: Noon-4 pm at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), meet local makers and browse/buy what they’ve created. (5612 California SW)
WINE TASTING: The Viscon Cellars (WSB sponsor) tasting room is open 2-7 pm today. (5910 California SW)
WATCH & DISCUSS, #1: “The Mask You Live In” will be screened at 3 pm (doors open 2:30 pm, 25 tickets still available) by the Coalition Ending Gender-Based Violence, at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center. The film “follows boys and young men as they struggle to stay true to themselves while negotiating America’s narrow definition of masculinity.” (4408 Delridge Way SW)
CHEER FOR JUNIOR ROLLER DERBY SKATERS: Southside Revolution‘s fourth bout of the season at Southgate Roller Rink has an Indiana Jones theme. Doors open 5:15 pm, skating starts 5:35 pm, details here. (9646 17th SW)
WATCH & DISCUSS, #2: West Seattle Meaningful Movies will show two episodes of “A Force More Powerful,” focusing on nonviolent-resistance movements; discussion afterward includes West Seattleite Liz Spoerri talking about her involvement in the “Delta 5” case and next month’s Break Free from Fossil Fuels. Doors open at 6:30, film at 7, no charge but donations welcome. At Neighborhood House’s High Point Center. (6400 Sylvan Way)
APPLAUD STUDENT PERFORMERS: Musical comedy “The Addams Family” is onstage again tonight at 7:30 at the West Seattle High School Theater, presented by the WSHS Drama Club and Music Department. Backstory in our listing.
(added) TAP YOUR TOES TO SPARKY AND RHONDA: 7:30 pm at Kenyon Hall:
Sparky and Rhonda Rucker perform throughout the U.S. and overseas, singing songs and telling stories from the American folk tradition. Sparky has been performing for over forty years and is internationally recognized as a leading folklorist, musician, historian, storyteller, and author. He accompanies himself with fingerstyle picking and bottleneck blues guitar, banjo, and spoons. Rhonda Rucker is a musician, children’s author, storyteller, and songwriter. Her blues harmonica, piano, old-time banjo, and bones add musical versatility to their performances.
Sparky and Rhonda deliver an uplifting presentation of toe-tapping music spiced with humor, history, and tall tales. They’ll take us on an educational and emotional journey that ranges from poignant stories of slavery and war to an amusing rendition of a Brer Rabbit tale and witty commentaries on current events. Their music includes a variety of old-time blues, slave songs, Appalachian music, spirituals, ballads, work songs, Civil War music, railroad songs, and a few of their own original compositions.
Front reserved table seats are $14. Row seating is $12 general and $10 seniors. With a reservation, row seating is only $10 general and $8 seniors. Elementary, middle, & high school students are $5, and pre-school children are free.
To reserve, please e-mail email@example.com with your request; you’ll receive an e-mail confirming your reservation.
(7904 35th SW)
SEE ‘FROM SILENT TO SOUND’: The Olio Theatrical Troupe presents an evening of music, comedy, and dance – details here, including ticket info (16 and under are free) – 7:30 pm at Westside Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Gatewood. (7141 California SW)
LISTEN TO VINTAGE SOUL: The Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio, “a unique 60s and 70s vintage soul trio with Hammond B3, tasty guitar lines and old school-style pocket drumming,” is live at Parliament Tavern, 9 pm. No cover. (4210 SW Admiral Way)