West Seattle, Washington
Thanks to Katie Kauffman for the photo from today’s event at the Community Orchard of West Seattle. She reports that neighbors gathered to learn about sheet mulching, “a no-till technique for soil building.” The orchard is on the northeast side of the South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) campus. As previewed on the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar, Glenn Herlihy, co-founder of Beacon Food Forest, was there for the “talk and mini-work-party.” Within the next month or so, the Community Orchard will restart its annual series of meetups/work parties, so keep watch on its website (and on our calendar) for that news soon.
ORIGINAL REPORT, 7:30 PM SATURDAY: A night of great music just got going in the Chief Sealth International High School Auditorium with the annual Soul Jambalaya “musical melange of blues, Caribbean, funk, gospel, and Jazz in celebration of the contributions of African Americans to the soundtrack of America.” Our video clip (updated at 9 pm with full-song version) features the Seattle Women’s Steel Pan Project, based at the Martin Luther King Community Center, performing Bob Marley‘s “Is This Love.” Still time for you to get to the auditorium and enjoy the rest of the concert, which will also feature K-Project, the Total Experience Gospel Choir, and the Jazz Ensembles of Denny International Middle School and Chief Sealth IHS. Free! 2600 SW Thistle, and the parking lot is just east of the auditorium. Soul Jambalaya is organized by Marcus Pimpleton, Denny assistant principal, dating back to his years as music-program leader at Denny and Sealth.
ADDED SUNDAY NIGHT: Thanks to Denny principal Jeff Clark for photos from Soul Jambalaya and a Denny event that preceded it:
Saturday evening was a big night at Denny International Middle School! The festivities began at 5:30 pm with our African American Family Involvement Dinner.
This event was focused on sharing information about educational opportunities both now and in the future for our scholars and building relationships.
Families shared ideas and a great meal with staff and each other.
After the family involvement event, at 7:00pm, it was time for the start of our Soul Jambalaya Concert …
Thank you to all of the families who came and to our guest performers! Thanks also to Dr. Pimpleton, Ms. Moland, Ms. Farah, Mr. MacIntyre and all of the other Denny staff who supported both events. Go Dolphins!
Via Twitter, Patrick reports a tree/branch down across the west side of Fairmount Avenue, in the ravine between Admiral and Alki. It’s been reported (in off-hours or weekends, road-blocking debris can be called to 911, if necessary). This is a reminder that though the weather has calmed, the National Weather Service still has a Special Weather Statement in effect in our area, warning of this type of risk (slides in particular) after all that rain and snow saturated the ground, with wind as a chaser.
What you see above is a collage of the 70 “Be My Junction Valentine” photos taken by the Southwest Seattle Historical Society‘s “We Love the Junction” task force last Sunday in front of the Campbell Building at California/Alaska. As we showed you here on WSB that morning, people turned out despite the rain; final tally for those photos was 149 people and 13 dogs. If you were among them, SWSHS has sent you this link (where anyone can go to see the photos one by one, whether they participated or not). And the SWSHS has this reminder about what’s happening the day after Valentine’s Day:
Also in the e-mail to the photo subjects was an indication of the timing of the two Junction-related hearings scheduled during the Seattle Landmarks Preservation Board meeting on Wednesday, February 15, at City Hall.
According to the meeting agenda, the landmark designation hearing for the Hamm Building (main tenant Easy Street Records) will start about 4:10 p.m. and last 45 minutes. The agenda also says the landmark nomination hearing for the Campbell Building (main tenant Cupcake Royale) will start about 4:55 p.m. and last 60 minutes.
The task force is encouraging people to attend the hearings. The task force will ask all supporters in the room to stand to show their support for Hamm and Campbell landmarking. Those wishing to speak at either hearing will be limited to one minute each.
The task force also asks that people e-mail messages of support to Erin Doherty, city landmarks coordinator, at this address by Sunday, February 12, to allow for the messages to go to board members in time to read them before the hearings.
More information on the Junction landmark campaign can be found here.
City Hall is at 400 5th Avenue. The meeting will be in the Boards and Commissions Room on its 2R level, which you can reach via elevator from the main and lower lobbies. And if you’d like to review the nomination documents for the two proposed landmarks – which are full of information and historic photos – the Campbell Building is here, the Hamm building here.
It’s still peak season for youth-sports signups! Today West Seattle Baseball wants to remind you that its registration continues for just under two more weeks; deadline is February 24th. WSBB has divisions for ages 4 through 18 – full details, and the signup link, can be found on the league website.
Not only is West Seattle Office Junction (WSB sponsor) a place to cowork – it’s also a place to connect with your neighbors, especially today! Until 2 pm, in honor of Neighbor Day, several local groups/organizations have reps there to answer your questions – including West Seattle Time Bank, Plant for the Planet – Washington State, Urban Homestead Foundation, Terraganics Living, Seattle Farm School, West Seattle Bee Garden, West Seattle Food Bank, The Community General Store, and Backyard Barter.
Stop in (6040 California SW), have a cup of coffee, and find out how to get more connected within the West Seattle community.
11:29 AM: Until 1 pm, you’re invited to a centerpiece of Neighbor Day – touring a local fire station. In West Seattle, two stations are open for tours, recently renovated Station 29 in Admiral (2139 Ferry SW) and relatively new Station 37 in Sunrise Heights (35th SW/SW Holden). As our photo (taken a few minutes ago at Station 37) shows, all ages are welcome – it’s your annual chance to meet local firefighters outside times of emergency! (Other Neighbor Day events are in today’s West Seattle Saturday highlights list.)
2:16 PM: Two more photos added – above, neighbors getting a closer look at Engine 37; below, a REALLY close-up look for some:
You might just get another chance for a fire-station tour this year – we’ll be watching for completion of the new Station 32 in The Triangle.
(Our beautiful neighborhood, and beyond – photographed by Long Bach Nguyen)
WHITE CENTER SHELTER WORK PARTY: 9 am-1 pm, you’re invited to join a big work party to help spruce up the King County building that is becoming a shelter for families, to be managed by Mary’s Place. (8th SW/SW 108th)
VALENTINE CRAFTS: 9 am-noon, kids 12 and under are invited to PCC Natural Markets (WSB sponsor) to create Valentine cards and crafts for family and friends. (California SW/SW Stevens)
HALA REZONING: ADMIRAL WORKSHOP: As previewed again here on Friday, 9:30 am-12:30 pm at West Seattle High School. If you live and/or work in the Admiral Residential Urban Village, come learn what Mandatory Housing Affordability means, and might mean for your area. (3000 California SW)
NEIGHBOR DAY DROP-IN: Visit West Seattle Office Junction (WSB sponsor), have a cup of coffee, and meet your neighbors to talk about what’s good in the world. Craft table for kids. Drop in any time, 10 am-2 pm. (6040 California SW)
SOUTH DELRIDGE BUS TRIANGLE WORK PARTY: Join the South Delridge Community Group to show TLC to this triangle of land that was the subject of a workshop last weekend (WSB coverage here). 10 am-11 am. (Delridge Way SW/SW Barton)
PANCAKE BREAKFAST: 10 am-noon at Delridge Community Center, come enjoy pancakes and help support ensuring more people can enjoy DCC programs. (4501 Delridge Way SW)
ALL-CHOCOLATE POP-UP: 10 am-3 pm, five candy makers are selling their creations at Sound & Fog. (4735 40th SW)
FIRE STATION TOURS: As part of Neighbor Day – previewed here – you’re invited to visit West Seattle’s Fire Station 29 (2139 Ferry SW) and/or Fire Station 37 (7700 35th SW) 11 am-1 pm.
SEEKING SEATTLE’S SURVIVING SALAMANDERS: RSVP ASAP to join naturalist Stewart Wechsler at Camp Long, 11 am. (5200 35th SW)
WINE AND CHOCOLATE: 2-7 pm at the Viscon Cellars (WSB sponsor) tasting room, get ready for Valentine’s Day with wine and Intrigue Chocolate Co. candy pairings. (5910 California SW)
‘SHINE A LIGHT’: Neighbor Day event at Neighborhood House’s High Point Center, 2-5 pm. Come join in a potluck with dishes from around the world and show your support for all your neighbors, including a “Shine a Light” event at 5 pm. (6400 Sylvan Way SW)
HIGH-SCHOOL BASKETBALL: 5 pm, Seattle Lutheran‘s boys team hosts La Conner in a district playoff game. SeaLu’s senior girls will be recognized before the game, since weather canceled their last home game earlier in the week. (4100 SW Genesee)
SOUL JAMBALAYA: Free concert celebrating Black History Month, as previewed here (where you’ll find the highlighted list of performers), 7 pm, in the Chief Sealth International High School Auditorium. (2600 SW Thistle)
MAURICE & HIS THING: Live, free in-store concert at Easy Street Records, 7 pm. (California SW/SW Alaska)
ALTERNATIVE INDIE ROCK: 9 pm at Parliament Tavern – The Loveless Building, We Are Not Mel Tormé. $5 cover. 21+. (4210 SW Admiral Way)
JONNY WOODS: 9:30 pm, live music at Alki Beach Pub. No cover. (2722 Alki SW)
AND THERE’S MORE … check our complete-calendar page!
Between the Friday night Metro League championship games in the Chief Sealth IHS gym, all-league honors were presented. Above, from West Seattle High School boys’ basketball, Keffrey Fazio is the league’s Coach of the Year, and Nate Pryor was chosen for the all-league first team again.
Also announced, the all-league girls’ teams, with Sealth’s Labrea Denson and WSHS’s Jasmine Gayles on the 2nd team, and WSHS’s Grace Sarver and Sealth’s Sydney Thomas on the 3rd team.
(We haven’t found the full list online yet but will add when we do.)