West Seattle, Washington
Late-in-the-day sun shone on the Children’s Moonlight Festival at the Vietnamese Cultural Center on Sunday afternoon. The Center invited community members to celebrate the traditional “mid-autumn festival,” featuring handmade lanterns:
Dancers and singers performed:
And the center’s flags were at half-staff in observance of the 9/11 anniversary.
(added) Video of the Lion Dance, by the GDPT Van Hanh Lion Dance Team, courtesy of Lynda, via Instagram (mouse over image to reveal clickable “play” button):
While the center hosts several public events each year, you are also welcome to visit on Saturdays, noon-3 pm. Its address is 2236 SW Orchard, just north of Home Depot.
Two more probably-dumped bicycles have turned up on West Seattle streets. Recognize either?
IN ARBOR HEIGHTS: From Dawn: “This bike was found on the side of the road, near 35th Ave SW and SW 112th.”
Dawn brought it in off the street.
NEAR LINCOLN PARK: Lorraine reports, “For several days there has been a ladies’ purple Huffy bicycle with pink cables leaning against the railing on the sidewalk, about half a block north of the ferry dock on the east side of Fauntleroy Way.” Brian reported the same one and sent a photo:
If your bike has been stolen but has not turned up “found,” be sure also to check with SPD – bicycles turned in to police are often posted on their @getyourbikeback Twitter feed.
Going up? Many of those attending Saturday’s big party at Camp Long were: The all-day celebration marked the park’s 75th anniversary as well as its annual Mountain Fest. Photojournalist Leda Costa was there for WSB. Of course, there was an anniversary cake:
Thanks to Irene Stewart for photos from a sold-out benefit event happening right now at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), the paella party raising money for West Seattle Helpline (as announced here last month). Top photo shows one of Chef Joey Serquenia’s two “ginormous” (as Irene put it) pans of paella; below, some of the friends and supporters enjoying the late-summer sunshine along with their paella:
Didn’t get a ticket to tonight’s event? Here’s how else to help Helpline, which provides emergency assistance to thousands of people every year.
For the first time in a while, we’ve received a flurry of e-mails in the past few days with reports of/concerns about door-to-door sellers. You might not be aware of city law, so here’s a recap:
*Hours for door-to-door (residential) selling are limited to 8 am-9 pm.
*The seller’s employer has to be licensed and the seller (agent) has to have ID that shows the license and the agent’s name. Regarding the ID, “All licensees and agents shall conspicuously display on their outer clothing their residential sales license or residential sales agent licenses when selling.” Ask to see it before you even listen to a pitch. And beyond the ID: “Each residential seller or agent shall, immediately upon contacting the prospective buyer, disclose to the prospective buyer his/her name, company, and the product or service represented.”
*If you have a “no soliciting” sign by your door, it’s illegal for sellers to ignore it. If you don’t, you still have no obligation to listen to a pitch – city law includes the stipulation that “If requested to do so, (the agent) shall leave the premises immediately.”
A big exception – if someone is just asking you to donate to a charity (not describing a “sale” of something as a “donation”), they don’t have to be licensed. Also: The types of selling that don’t require licenses under Seattle law are “newspapers, or fresh or perishable food items.”
P.S. If you do buy something door-to-door – be aware of cancellation rights.
While there’s no official observance planned at Alki Statue of Liberty Plaza today, we stopped by at midmorning and found tributes already in place, on this 15th anniversary of 9/11. In the hours and days after the attacks, the statue became a focal point for Seattleites’ mourning and memorials, and that continues, to varying degrees each year.
Five years ago, on the 10th anniversary, hundreds gathered for a vigil. So far today, the tributes are quieter – even this small one we spotted:
As mentioned in our morning calendar highlights, the Southwest Seattle Historical Society’s Log House Museum – less than a block inland from Statue of Liberty Plaza, at 61st SW/SW Stevens – has brought out a 9/11-related display, today only. The museum is open until 4 pm.
P.S. If you are new, a bit more history — the statue itself was recast and returned to the beach in 2007, unveiled on September 11th of that year. One year later, the plaza – the result of a community-led project – was dedicated.
We start with two views of an early-morning rainbow seen in the west! Above, Frank sent the photo of the rainbow over Lafayette Elementary, as seen from Admiral Safeway across the street, where he was picking up something for his son Oliver‘s 9th birthday (Happy Birthday, Oliver!) Below, the view is from Don Brubeck in Upper Alki:
Thanks for the photos (both via email@example.com)! We start the list of today’s highlights with a way to observe today’s 15th anniversary of 9/11:
LOG HOUSE MUSEUM EXHIBIT: From Clay Eals of the Southwest Seattle Historical Society: “For today … we have put on display the laminated, large-format notebook ‘First Response: A Community’s Grief, Hope, Horror and Prayer.'”
“(It’s) a 2002 exhibit depicting the wide array of writings, drawings and other items left at the base of the Alki Statue of Liberty replica in the days following 9/11. Our open hours are noon to 4 p.m.” (61st SW/SW Stevens)
The museum is just a block inland from Statue of Liberty Plaza, dedicated in 2008.
Before the rest of the calendar highlights, this reminder:
TRAFFIC ALERT: If you’re heading off-peninsula – to the 1 pm Seahawks game, or someplace else – remember the Harbor Island work and related ramp closures (detours are described here), scheduled to continue until early tomorrow morning.
Also for your Sunday:
COOKIES AND LEMONADE FOR LOUISIANA FLOOD RELIEF: 10 am-1 pm, stop by this special stand set up by kids to raise money for the Red Cross to help the people of Louisiana recover from the deadly flooding. (California/Portland)
WEST SEATTLE FARMERS’ MARKET: 10 am-2 pm, see what’s fresh! (California SW between SW Alaska and SW Oregon)
LAST CHANCE TO SWIM AT COLMAN POOL THIS YEAR: Noon-7 pm, it’s the final day of the one and only “postseason” weekend at West Seattle’s only city-run outdoor pool, on the shore at Lincoln Park. (8603 Fauntleroy Way SW)
CHILDREN’S MOONLIGHT FESTIVAL: 3-6 pm at the Vietnamese Cultural Center in West Seattle, featuring “storytelling, tasty delights such as moon cakes (a traditional sweet treat), homemade lantern contest for children under 13, foods, games led by Boy Scout Troop 286, and a children’s lantern parade led by a lion dance. It is an exciting opportunity for families to visit, learn about, and participate in a Vietnamese tradition for children.” Free admission. (2234 SW Orchard)
ENCAMPMENT OPEN HOUSE: What is and isn’t being done about homelessness in Seattle is much-discussed. In the meantime, our area currently has one organized encampment and you’re invited to an open house/potluck this afternoon, 3-6 pm at Camp Second Chance just inside the entrance to the city-owned Myers Way Parcels. (9501 Myers Way S.)