West Seattle, Washington
The photo by Nancy Wilcox is courtesy of the WSGT, whose Aubbie Beal reports:
The West Seattle Garden Tour’s Summer Finale was held this evening at the home of Maryanne Tagney and David Jones. There were about 100 people in attendance, including this year’s gardeners, sponsors, committee members, and the six beneficiaries whose projects have been funded by proceeds from this year’s tour. In total, the tour donated $24,500 to six non-profit organizations this year.
Pictured L to R: Wendy Ann Morgan of Highline Botanical Garden Foundation, Steve Hootman of Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden, Laura Lee of ArtsWest, WSGT president Pam Stusser, Cass Turnbull of PlantAmnesty, Liz Bullard of Seattle Children’s PlayGarden, Heather Foss of South Seattle College Foundation, and Terre Shattuck of the Arboretum at South Seattle College.
The West Seattle Garden Tour is now in its third decade.
Another reader report of burglars breaking in while people were home – in this case, asleep. From RA at West Ridge Apartments (7900 block of Delridge Way SW):
Last night, sometime between 2-830 am, two homes were broken into. In my unit, the burglars entered through the kitchen window, over the kitchen sink and into our home, where they stole my 11 year old son’s PlayStation.
Two buildings down, our neighbors lost much more. Laptops, phones, tablets, car keys, and wallets. The burglars were brazen enough to enter my neighbor’s bedrooms, as well as their 16 year old daughter’s bedroom, while they were asleep, and take things right off the nightstand.
Police responded this morning and reports were filed for both incidents. They also obtained several fingerprints from our window. A big thank you to SPD for making this a priority among the chaos this weekend
THE GOOD NEWS: My next-door neighbor, whom I have only known for three months, stopped my house with a NEW PS4 for my son!! He stated, “I knew you were under a lot of stress today, and wanted you to have one less worry.” In all of the ugliness in this world, we are reminded of the abundance of generosity and kindness out there.
The surface Spokane Street work east of the low bridge continues tomorrow, and the contractor has sent an extra alert beyond what was in the city’s latest update:
We want to make you aware that the contractor intends to bump up their schedule a bit and start work on the storm drain connection at the driveway to Harley Marine [map] on Monday.
Access to the parking lot will of course be maintained but a few spots for parking on the western half of the lot may be lost during construction. After drainage work is complete they will begin work on the elevated pedestrian crossing through the driveway. They will construct the west half of the crossing and open it to traffic before moving on to the east half. Maintaining an approximately 24ft wide driveway to accommodate two-way traffic during each phase.
The contractor will try and leave the existing bike/ped crossing through the driveway open for as long as possible but eventually (Monday afternoon or more likely Tuesday) this work will require a temporary rerouting of the bike path. The detour will be through the parking lot on the back side of construction activities and will use temporary asphalt ramps to connect back to the trail. The detour will be in effect until the new elevated pedestrian/bike crossing is completed and is anticipated to last approximately 1-2 weeks.
Other project notes for the week ahead, and a detailed map, are in this flyer.
6:25 PM: Just under way in The Junction – a fashion show!
Youth models, designers, and production crew members are all involved as the show takes to the runway at the West Seattle Christian Church Activity Center (4400 42nd SW), with an enthusiastic audience here cheering them on.
Two groups of models are scheduled to appear – the Little Royals are modeling right now, with The Reign of Fashion scheduled around 7 pm, with the TKG Dance Crew performing inbetween (photo added):
The show (free admission) is scheduled to continue until 8 pm, so you have lots of time to get here.
The nonprofit Unified Outreach (headquartered across the street at Ginomai arts center) has organized it with the help of a grant from the city’s Work Readiness In The Arts program.
7:43 PM: Back at HQ now, and we’ve added more photos.
5:17 PM: Per scanner – as our crew heads that way – we’re hearing that it’s a small fire, now tapped, and the response is being scaled back.
5:30 PM: Firefighters at the scene tell our crew that this was a kitchen fire – but no one was home, so they’re waiting for a resident to return so they can talk to someone about what happened. No major damage; the house is being ventilated with fans right now.
Today was the annual occasion for the parental admonition “don’t play with your food” to NOT apply at the West Seattle Farmers’ Market. Not only was it Zucchini 500 day – the annual chance to race vehicles made from vegetables (top photo shows construction in progress) – it was also a celebration of hand-tossed pizza dough:
Pagliacci offered kids the chance to see what it takes to toss pizza crusts. And then Andrew showed how to make it go airborne – intact:
These two food-and-fun events go together because Pagliacci sponsors the Zucchini 500 – and has, we learned via a bit of searching, for more than 15 years!
Three West Seattle Crime Watch notes today:
CASINGS FOUND: Police reported finding shell casings in the 6500 block of Sylvan Way early today after a caller reported people “shooting (in their) yard.” No injuries reported. This is the same block where 14 casings were found after reports of gunfire one Saturday night in May. We’ll be seeking the report on last night’s incident tomorrow.
WALK-IN PURSE THIEF: Marie points out that the most brazen thing about the theft of her purse is that the thief – a burglar, really, under the definition of that crime – just walked right into her house across from Lincoln Park while her husband was home. She says it happened Saturday, after she left to walk their dog, and her husband, who had been sitting on the porch, briefly went in the house to use the bathroom. When he went back to the porch, he saw the thief/burglar at the end of their driveway but didn’t immediately realize what had happened – he said the man, described as “a large Caucasian man wearing a white shirt and dark pants, with long dark hair, approximately mid-20s,” had a strap hanging from under his shirt but then didn’t, after going into some nearby bushes. Later, Marie found her purse in those bushes – “with cash, cell phone, and ORCA card missing.” They believe the man walked in through an open garage door.
STORAGE UNIT BREAK-INS: Jasmine says her storage unit in the 2900 block of SW Avalon Way has been broken into twice in the past month and that she’s heard of others. Checking police-report records, we see two reports for the address this week and a report from late July involving six units. She wanted to warn storage-unit users “to take photos, have a good inventory, and check it often. The insurance company requires proof of interest via photos or receipts in order to file a claim.”
The heat wave’s over (for now) but the summer events continue. From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:
ZUCCHINI RACING: The annual squash-on-wheels event at the West Seattle Farmers’ Market is today! Kids get to create a “vegetable vehicle” and race it, 10 am-1 pm. (California SW between Oregon and Alaska)
ARTS IN NATURE FESTIVAL, DAY 2: Music, dance, visual art, kids’ activities, all around Camp Long, 11 am-6 pm. Just west of the meadow, find the shelter where you can create and display poetry:
DELRIDGE WADING POOL FINALE: Last scheduled day of the season for Delridge Wading Pool, noon-6:30 pm. (4501 Delridge Way SW)
DOG DAYS OF AUGUST BEERFEST/ADOPTION EVENT: It’s all about dogs this afternoon at West Seattle Nursery, 1-4 pm, with adoptions and information as well as beer – benefiting Furry Faces Foundation – and music. More info in our calendar listing. (5275 California SW)
(5423 Delridge Way SW)
FASHION SHOW: You’re invited to this summer’s Unified Outreach Fashion & Runway Program show, the result of a summer of hard work for youth who’ll be on the runway and behind the scenes. Mingling at 5 and the show at 6, free, at the West Seattle Christian Church Activity Center – details in our calendar listing. (4400 42nd SW)
CANCER-FIGHTING FUNDRAISER: Starting at 6 pm at The Skylark, you’re invited to Kevin‘s birthday bash – a public event with food, drinks, and music, raising money for the American Cancer Society, working toward a world with “less cancer and more birthdays.” (3803 Delridge Way SW)
PREVIEW THE WEEK AHEAD, AND BEYOND … as well as even more listings for today … by checking out our full calendar.