West Seattle, Washington
Some parts of the city have great sidewalks … some have not-so-great sidewalks … some have no sidewalks. An online survey that’s open until Monday has questions about sidewalk conditions, prioritizing repairs, and about “what kind of online, interactive maps would help aging and disabled users get around the city.” If you can spare a few minutes to answer – go here.
Family and friends have said goodbye to Craig K. Coach, and are sharing this remembrance with the community:
Craig Koch Coach died this morning (April 15th) after a short battle with cancer.
He leaves behind his loving wife Mary; his sister Karen (Bill) Smitherman of Tacoma; his brother Chuck (Lynnette) of Albuquerque, NM. Preceding in death are his parents Ray Sr. and Laura Jean Coach, and his brother Ray Coach, Jr.
Craig graduated from West Seattle High School, Class of ’68, and the University of Washington. He loved his time with his poker buddies, “Go Class of ’68!”
The family sincerely thanks the help of Providence Hospice staff for their compassion and understanding.
At Craig’s request, there will be no services. Memorials can be made to the West Seattle Alumni Association or Providence Hospice Seattle.
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One week from today, it’s the spring edition of the multi-site work party that does good deeds for the Duwamish River, its watershed, and all that depend on it – including you and your neighbors. Next Saturday (April 22nd) is Duwamish Alive! – this year, coinciding with Earth Day – and it will begin with a 10 am celebration at the T-107 public-access site (4700 W. Marginal Way SW), featuring a welcome by Duwamish Tribe chair Cecile Hansen as well as remarks by Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition coordinator James Rasmussen and U.S. Reps. Pramila Jayapal and Adam Smith speaking. This year’s John Beal Environmental Stewardship Volunteer Awards will be presented, too.
T-107 is just one of the dozen-plus work-party locations that are looking for help 10 am-2 pm April 22nd. See the others here – many are in West Seattle; choose one where you’d like to go.
2:02 PM: Just got two texts reporting orcas passing West Seattle! Both say the whales are transient orcas, southbound in the Alki Point vicinity.
2:45 PM: In the comment section, an update from Herongrrrl: “Closer to Lincoln Park” right now.
3:23 PM: Just added photos by Gary Jones from Alki/Alki Point vicinity earlier. (Orca Network says that’s a research boat with them, in the second photo.) Gary also sent this one with “harbor porpoises going the other way”:
3:55 PM: As of a few minutes ago, commenter SS says, they’re south of West Seattle and still headed SB.
6:20 PM: Donna Sandstrom of The Whale Trail shares info about the visitors in this comment. (By the way, The Whale Trail’s next event is coming up Thursday at the Dakota Place Park Building – find out about the increase in humpbacks and grays in Puget Sound!)
7:28 PM: Chris Frankovich says the orcas are headed back northbound, and shares this photo:
Chris says this shows them off The Arroyos.
This pre-Easter morning full of egg hunts began with the biggest one of all – the only one in our area with aisles of smiles – the West Seattle Thriftway (WSB sponsor) egg hunt, with hundreds of hunters finding many ways to cruise around the store:
The Easter Bunny was there as always to offer a paw for a high-five:
The hunting continued, past the freezer cases …
And if you looked closely at the cracker boxes …
Eventually it was time for a break to see what was inside those eggs:
This morning also brought the annual egg hunt at Lincoln Park‘s south meadow, presented by Eastridge Church, which has branches in The Junction and on the Eastside, each one presenting a hunt with 40,000 treat-filled eggs promised between the two. Sometimes, just a few are enough to make a little one stop and consider:
The Eastridge event also offered other activities for kids, including face-painting.
After our drippy winter and early spring – the sun was out in full force for this morning’s egg hunts. We photographed some of the younger egg-hunters at High Point Community Center – as they looked around the play equipment, and on the tennis court:
Egg-hunting equipment has gone far beyond Easter baskets – this young participant had a unique tote:
More egg-hunt coverage to come.
It’s been a big morning full of egg hunts around West Seattle and we’re still out covering them. But first – a unique view of the Alki Community Center egg hunt, shared by Don Brubeck – first, above, the eggs are all out on the playfield … and then, kids get the go-ahead to go get them:
Alki is one of four city-run centers that had egg hunts this morning – we’ll have photos from High Point later (as well as two non-CC hunts), and we covered Hiawatha’s week-early hunt last Saturday. If you couldn’t get to any today, there are some tomorrow too, as listed on our Easter & More page.
First – from the WSB Easter & More page:
WEST SEATTLE THRIFTWAY EGG HUNT: 9 am; indoors; free. (California/Fauntleroy/Morgan)
LI’L BUG STUDIO EGG HUNT: 9:15 am; indoors; $10 per child. (10007 13th SW)
LINCOLN PARK EGG HUNT: 11 am, presented again this year by Eastridge Church, in the south meadow. Free. (8011 Fauntleroy Way SW)
WALK THE TIBBETTS LABYRINTH: 9 am-noon at Tibbetts United Methodist Church (WSB sponsor), you’re invited to walk the indoor labyrinth. (Entry through Fellowship Hall doorway off 41st and Andover)
SATURDAY SERVICES: See the list for churches, times, locations.
Now, from our calendar and previews:
APRIL POOLS DAY: Free and fun safety lessons and swimming at Southwest Pool, 10:30 am-noon. (2801 SW Thistle)
FREE SELF-DEFENSE CLASS: As previewed here, women and girls 10+ are invited to a free three-hour self-defense seminar today at Elite Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu of Seattle (WSB sponsor). Noon-3 pm; RSVP ASAP. Donations accepted (cash or check) to help New Beginnings. (5050 Delridge Way SW)
FREE KINDERMUSIK: 12:30 pm at My Three Little Birds (WSB sponsor). All kids welcome. (6959 California SW)
WINE TASTING AT WELCOME ROAD: The tasting room is open at Welcome Road Winery (WSB sponsor), 1-7 pm. (3804 California SW)
WINE TASTING AT VISCON CELLARS: The tasting room is open at Viscon Cellars (WSB sponsor), 2-7 pm. (5910 California SW)
TALK WITH YOUR SCHOOL BOARD DIRECTOR: Leslie Harris, who represents West Seattle and South Park on the Seattle Public Schools Board of Directors, invites you to drop in and talk, 3-5 pm at Delridge Library. (5423 Delridge Way SW)
FOOD TASTING: 3-6 pm at Metropolitan Market (WSB sponsor) in Admiral, try roasted leg of lamb with mint. (41st/42nd/Admiral)
RAINBOW BINGO: Doors open at 5:30 pm at South Park Neighborhood Center for Rainbow Bingo benefiting the South Park Senior Center. Dinner included (served at 6 pm); cash prices; bingo (starting at 7 pm) called by Aunt Betty Malone; silent auction; beer, wine, jello shots and snacks for sale too. Cash-only event. 21+. Buy tickets online at spseniors.org or leave message at 206-767-2544. (8201 10th Ave. S.)
SECOND CHANCE PROM: 7 pm at West Seattle Golf Course – loved your prom? Hated it? Missed it? Here’s your second chance. It’s a fundraiser for the Ruby Room, which gets donated dresses and accessories to girls who otherwise can’t attend theirs. Lots more info in our calendar listing. (4600 35th SW)
LIVE MUSIC TONIGHT: See our calendar for multiple venues!
P.S. We don’t know if any flyovers are planned, but …
SALUTE TO ARMED FORCES NIGHT @ THE SAFE: That’s the theme for tonight’s Mariners vs. Rangers game at Safeco Field, 6:10 pm, with pregame ceremonies starting at 5:30 pm. So if you happen to see military aircraft in the area early this evening – now you know.