West Seattle, Washington
One last reminder … from Don Armeni Boat Ramp to 63rd/Alki, Seattle Summer Parkways will stretch along two miles of Alki and Harbor Avenues tomorrow (Sunday, September 25th), with the Orca Half (marathon) starting it all at 9:30 am, and then the main activity schedule 11 am-4 pm. See the map above for traffic/parking changes, and the updated schedule/activity/partner list below (with additions beyond what’s on the SSP website). One major difference from past years’ events is the addition of an activity hub at Don Armeni, as well as the central activity areas in the heart of Alki Beach. Meantime, the forecast still looks great!
9:30 AM Orca Half Marathon begins at Don Armeni Boat Ramp.
11 AM Kick off Summer Parkways with bike decorating & Kids Bike Parade from FamilyBike Seattle
11 AM-4 PM Disaster Relief Trials
12-3 PM West Seattle Summer Walking Tour with Feet First. Meet at Don Armeni Boat Ramp.
1-2 PM Behind the scenes bicycle tour of Summer Parkways with the event organizers. Meet at Don Armeni Boat Ramp, where free Pronto bike rentals will be available.
1-3 PM Free Ice Cream at CityScoop near 61st SW & Alki Ave SW.
Live music all day on our main stage at 61st SW and Alki Ave SW.
MAIN STAGE SCHEDULE (61st Ave SW and Alki Ave SW)
11:00AM – Disaster Relief Trials Launch
11:15AM – Scott Kubly and Others Open the Event
12:00PM – Zumba Kids with Jeannette
1:00PM – Ephrata Takes the Stage to Play Dreamy Shoegaze
2:00PM – Barellhouse Jive Cats
*The Orca Half Marathon
*Visit Mike, NOAA’s life-size inflatable orca whale (modeled after J-26) at Don Armeni Park. Learn more about orcas, shore-based whalewatching at educational signs along the route, courtesy of The Whale Trail.
*Relax under the City’s big tent, eat free ice cream and talk to folks from various City Departments at CityScoop from 1pm – 3 pm near 61st Ave SW
*Kick off the event with bike decorating & Kids Bike Parade with FamilyBike Seattle
*Education and Creative Art Projects with the Seal Sitters
*Make it your way with topping bar at Anchor End Pretzel Sandwiches
*Food for the Soul from Neema’s Southern Comfort Foods
*Let its show, you love the dough! with Mini The Doughnut
*Children’s games and gutter protection exhibitions from Harry Helmet
*Bike Bingo from Cascade Bicycle Club
*Books on Bikes from Seattle Public Library
*Bike decorating and Kidical Mass kids bike parade with Family Bike Expo
*Live music from Ephrata
*Adaptive Bike Exhibition & games with Outdoors For All
*Bike Rodeo for kids with West Seattle Bike Connections
*Adopt a new best friend from the Seattle Humane Society MaxMobile on site!
*Bubbles & Balloons at The Seattle Barkery handcrafted dog treats & coffee for humans
*Seattle Department of Transportation Public Space Management
*Learn about HALA from the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods
*Free bike rentals from Pronto Cycle Share, located at the water taxi dock and at 62nd Ave SW and Alki Ave SW
*Plan your next adventure and learn about the tiny lifestyle with Homegrown Trailers
*Dance, move and have fun at Zumba Kids with Jeannette
*Lotion and body butter demonstrations from NALI Natural Body Care Products
*Connecting students to local and global community programs: FIUTS
*Delicious food from Off The Rez food truck
*Learn more about Seattle Annual Music and Jazz Cruise
*Rent a custom bike for the day and cruise with Pedal Anywhere
*Speak with experts about finances for free with Voya Financial Advisors
*Find a cool T-shirt at Northington T-shirts
*Explore and book your next travel destination with Destinations Unleashed Paycation Travel!
*Check out a Seattle Bike Polo match
*Break off a piece of all natural KRAVE Jerky
*Food and drink specials all day, plus a killer happy hour at El Chupacabra!
*Bike repair, giveaways, demos and music from Westside Bicycle at Don Armeni Park
*Drop in for a 15 minute POP Pilates classes every hour on the hour starting at 12p.m. from FitGirls NW
*Killer Bike Show!
*Learn about how you can get involved in supporting Seattle’s homeless population with Shorewood Foursquare Church’s Northwest Light Under the Bridge Ministry
*Pick up your Alki beachwear at Coastal Surf Boutique’s sidewalk sale
*Get some free bubbles and learn about how neighbors share time and talents with West Seattle Timebank
*Seattle Parks & Recreation will offer Karate Demos, a Bouncy Obstacle Course, Free Face Painting and Hula Demos
*The Alki Art Fair will have an art show in the Alki Bathhouse
*Behind the Scenes Bicycle Tour of West Seattle Summer Parkways with the event organizers 1-2PM beginning at Don Armeni Park.
We’re planning as-it-happens coverage; this will be the city’s first “car-free day” event on Alki since May 2014.
More than 50 goats from Rent-A-Ruminant have been busy clearing one of the Westwood-area trouble spots highlighted during the Find It, Fix It Community Walk two months ago – a tangle of stairway-side brush, the removal of which has revealed numerous cans, bottles, and other litter.
We got word of their work at 22nd SW/SW Henderson late today from Ami, who had spoken to the mayor and dozens of other walkers during the July 26th event, playing a video clip from a former neighbor who said crime and disorder in the area had forced her to move (it’s in our July 26th report).
Ami explained in her note today, “After the Find it Fix it walk, we applied for a grant to mulch the area adjacent to the 22nd Ave SW and Henderson stairs. SDOT assigned an arborist to the project who brought in goats and is donating mulch for our neighborhood work party on 10/1 from noon to 2 pm.” We went over for a look at the goats, whose “head wrangler,” RAR proprietor Tammy, told us they’ve been working since Thursday and will likely leave around midmorning Sunday. (Her herd also did work for SDOT along the Delridge/Holden stairway a year and a half ago.)
The first community gathering for Hate-Free Delridge is at the midpoint, with about 100 people enjoying (free!) dinner and music, and an open mic coming up at 7. Reporter Linda Ball, who has chronicled the formation of HFD, is there and will tell the full story in a separate report later – we just wanted to remind you there’s still time to join in! All ages welcome; it’s on until 8 pm at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center (4408 Delridge Way SW).
Two reader reports and a reminder in West Seattle Crime Watch tonight:
CAR VANDALIZED: Michelle says this happened to her car northeast of The Junction, near 38th SW/SW Genesee:
“Last night someone smashed the window out of my Honda Fit. Can’t see that they did any other damage or took anything. Seems like vandalism.”
CAR RANSACKED: On 42nd SW near Jefferson Square, someone ransacked Kiki‘s car overnight.
NEXT CRIME/SAFETY MEETING: Questions about how the justice system works or doesn’t work? Tuesday’s West Seattle Block Watch Captains Network meeting – first one since summer hiatus – is for you. The special guest is from the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, talking about their work on burglary/car-theft repeat-offender cases. Here’s the preview from the WSBWCN site. Meeting’s at 6:30 pm Tuesday (September 27th), Southwest Precinct, 2300 SW Webster.
Earlier this month, we brought you the story of 11-year-old Avery Berg, who, in the same week she started middle school, also started radiation therapy for a rare type of brain tumor. She is battling it with good humor and her mom Kristie is sharing that humor with the world via an online chronicle, Step by Step with Awesome Avery. As mentioned in our first report, family and friends are raising money for pediatric-brain-tumor research via tomorrow’s Run of Hope. You still have time to donate to their effort. Kristie, meantime, shares what’s new with her daughter:
… This week Avery shaved her head. Most people think that only chemo makes you lose your hair, but when you radiate your whole brain, that does the trick as well. I desperately wanted to shave my head with her, but she asked me not to. “Mom, the last thing I want to see is you without hair” is actually what she said. I know shaving my head doesn’t really do much, but honestly, I just wanted to feel this loss with her. I don’t know about you, but my hair is absolutely a security blanket for me. I’ve cried on several occasions just from a bad cut!
I was surprised she didn’t have the same reaction as she had to me when she learned four of her friends were planning on shaving their heads too. Let’s just pause for a moment and remember these are middle school kids who all just started a new school! Two of them are girls with gorgeous, long, healthy hair that will take years to return. They did it during her nightly radiation treatment and in tandem with her own shave so she wouldn’t have to walk into school alone the next day. We should all be so lucky to have friends like this. Again, any expression of gratitude falls well short of how I feel. …
In the same post, she also marveled at the Run of Hope pledges for Team Awesome Avery surpassing $100,000. As of today, it’s jumped to $137,000+, yet that is still a drop in the proverbial bucket for an underfunded type of research, so their gratitude continues to grow for every new contribution … on behalf of Avery and other children who have been and will be affected until there’s a cure.
(Family photo, used with permission)
It’s the last week of Preparedness Month and we have two related notes today:
RED CROSS LESSONS: That trailer is parked by Hope Lutheran Church right now because of what’s happening inside: With the help of the West Seattle Emergency Communication Hubs, local churches that participate in the Westside Interfaith Network are learning from the Red Cross about “how a faith-based organization would set up a temporary shelter for local people while the bigger, official response to a big disaster gets organized.” While the Red Cross’s mission is to help, it’s a supporting role, and in case of disaster, churches and other community organizations will be on the front lines first.
DISASTER RELIEF BIKE TRIALS: When Seattle Summer Parkways gets going on Alki tomorrow at 11 am, that also will mark the start of the Disaster Relief Bicycle Trials. If an earthquake (among other things) strikes, roads might be impassable to larger vehicles, but bicycle riders can go where cars can’t, and so the Seattle DRT is geared toward giving riders some practice for the possibility of having to help someday. Four West Seattle Emergency Communication Hubs will be “activated” for the occasion, and the ride also will include activities such as “Zombie Apocalypse Survival.” (Who can resist that?) Ride if you can; cheer them on if you can’t, 11 am at the main stage area of SSP near 61st SW/Alki.
This was announced long before five people were shot and killed last night in Burlington, just an hour north of here, but it’s suddenly and tragically all the more timely: Tibbetts United Methodist Church (WSB sponsor) in West Seattle is participating in tomorrow’s Concert Across America to End Gun Violence. Here’s the church’s announcement from early September:
On September 25th there is a nationwide series of live concerts brought together by social media. Please join us at Tibbetts United Methodist Church [3 pm Sunday] as we take part in this important event, and experience the power of music to heal and inspire in the midst of the terrible epidemic of gun violence in our country.
One of the featured musical groups at the concert at Tibbetts will be West Seattle’s own Christy McWilson and the West Seattle 2, along with Seattle Flash Choir, “Lady A,” Pacific Northwest Blues Diva, Tibbetts United Methodist Church Choir.
At the end of the concert, all performers and the audience will join in singing two specially-selected songs together.
(Surfbird, photographed by Mark Wangerin)
From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar and coverage archie, here’s how your weekend starts:
FIRST, A ROAD-WORK REMINDER: If you were planning to use the low bridge to get to/from downtown and vicinity this weekend, you might want to reconsider.
Now, highlights of what’s happening:
GIVE THE GIFT OF LIFE: Donate blood if you can, via the Bloodworks NW event today in The Junction, 9 am-3 pm (with an 11-noon break). Details in our calendar listing. (42nd SW/SW Alaska)
HIAWATHA TREE WALK: Explore the trees of historic Hiawatha Playfield/Community Center, 10 am-noon with Tree Ambassador Al. Free. Details in our calendar listing. (2700 California SW)
LAST CHANCE FOR YOUR DOG TO SWIM @ AHSTC: 11 am-1 pm, it’s the last session of this year’s “Dog Days” canine-only swimming at Arbor Heights Swim and Tennis Club, after the end of the human swimming season. Details in our calendar listing. (11003 31st SW)
CORNHOLE TOURNAMENT: 11 am registration, play starts at noon, at The Bridge in Morgan Junction – more info in our calendar listing. (6301 California SW)
OKTOBERFEST AT ELLIOTT BAY: Get in the Oktoberfest mood today at Elliott Bay Brewing in The Junction, with special Bavarian-themed dishes, plus live music 6-9 tonight. (4720 California SW)
LIBRARY ANNIVERSARY: If the South Park Library is your closest branch, you might want to go help celebrate its 10th anniversary today, noon-4 pm, including a tote-bag giveaway 1-3 pm. (8604 8th Ave. S.)
HATE-FREE DELRIDGE COMMUNITY GATHERING: All West Seattleites are welcome to the first community event organized by the new Hate-Free Delridge group. 4-8 pm at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, free dinner at 5 pm, bring a dessert to share if you want to. Music, activities, and a chance to share your ideas for standing against hate. (Added) Here’s the full schedule:
4:00 Doors open, with fun activities for children and everyone
5:00 Free dinner; dessert potluck
5:00 to 7:00 Live music, by Delridge musicians
7:00 to 8:00 An open mic–for sharing ideas, stories, and musical talents
(4408 Delridge Way SW)
ARTIST RECEPTION AT TWILIGHT: West Seattle-based artist Kate Petty‘s paintings are on display at Twilight Gallery and Boutique in The Junction, and you can meet her at tonight’s reception, 5-8 pm. More info in our calendar listing. (4306 SW Alaska)
2 BANDS AT PARLIAMENT TAVERN: Starting at 9 pm; details in our calendar listing. 21+, no cover. (4210 SW Admiral Way)
3 BANDS AT SKYLARK: Starting at 9 pm, The Harper Conspiracy, General Vicinity, and Michele D’Amour and the Love Dealers. 21+; $7 cover. (3803 Delridge Way SW)
OF COURSE, THERE’S MORE … for the rest of today/tonight, plus tomorrow and way beyond. Browse it all via our complete calendar.
Tough night for Chief Sealth International High School last night in their second home game of the year at Southwest Athletic Complex. Garfield HS went home with a big win, 65-0. The night opened with high hopes for the home team, as the Sealth cheerleaders welcomed the players onto the field:
Garfield started piling up the points relatively quickly, ending the first quarter with a 21-0 lead. Despite what was happening on the field, the two schools had an exuberant collaboration at halftime, with their bands joining in the stands to perform together:
Another moment of shared appreciation happened before the game, when Sealth announcer Eddie Snead spoke warmly of Garfield, saying GHS had given him his first fulltime teaching job and CSIHS – where he teaches history – would surely be his last. As for football, Chief Sealth plays at home (SWAC) again next Friday night, 7 pm, vs. Ballard.
P.S. We covered Garfield’s pregame protest separately, here.
West Seattle High School is 3-1 on the season after a Friday night victory against Ballard High School. Final score at Memorial Stadium downtown was WSHS 36, Ballard 20. The Wildcats are on the road again next Friday night (September 30th), playing Cleveland at Southeast Athletic Complex at 5 pm.