West Seattle, Washington
Two weeks from today – on Saturday, May 6th – the proposed Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda (HALA) rezoning for Mandatory Housing Affordability will be spotlighted at another city “open house” in West Seattle.
More on the open house later. First: Community groups are continuing to discuss HALA, too, particularly as they await the draft Environmental Impact Statement. If you need a refresher – Mandatory Housing Affordability is supposed to add more development capacity in exchange for requiring developers to either include “affordable” units in their projects, or pay a fee into a city fund that will be used to build it somewhere else. (If you haven’t already checked what might change near you, here’s the interactive citywide map showing that.)
At the Morgan Community Association‘s quarterly meeting this past Wednesday night, MoCA president Deb Barker said the EIS is expected to be out in mid-May, which would open a public-comment period through June – which happens to be what the city had listed at previous meetings (including the Morgan “Community Design Workshop” last month) as the expected drop-dead comments-closed period. Read More
Most recent years, Pigeon Point Park near Pathfinder K-8 School has had the biggest volunteer turnout for the multi-site twice-annual Duwamish Alive! events, and so far as we’ve heard, today kept that tradition going. Another tradition – music:
We found Jimmy Knodle on the northwest edge of the work zone – he had just stopped playing his trumpet when we pulled over, but posed for a photo. Elsewhere, Ricky Gene Powell was singing and playing:
That video is courtesy of Michael Oxman, a local arborist and Seattle Green Spaces Coalition board member who was there today. He also shared this photo of Seattle Parks volunteers:
Delridge-headquartered Nature Consortium, which was at the site along with EarthCorps, has long included music and art at its worksites, as part of its mission. But unintended art can be found, too – as in this arrangement of tools:
If you weren’t out at a site volunteering today, watch for word of the fall Duwamish Alive! event – and for work parties many other weekends inbetween; the Nature Consortium’s site will point you to frequent opportunities in West Seattle’s West Duwamish Greenbelt.
It’s not really spring until one of our area’s wonderful wildlife photographers shares a photo of a Canada goose with at least one downy yellow gosling … this is the first one we’ve received this year. Mark Wangerin photographed them along Harbor Avenue SW – drive/ride carefully in that area, as they’ve been known to cross the road.
You might know artist Rachel Austin for her map-based paintings … right now, she’s at Click! Design That Fits (4540 California SW; WSB sponsor) in The Junction for a preview of her new Shadow series, “born out of her love of plants, color, and shape.” Click! tells us this is her only visit this year – and your first chance to see work from her upcoming show, debuting during the May West Seattle Art Walk (May 11th). Go drop by Click! and hop up to the loft to see her.
Next Thursday will bring this year’s Dining Out For Life fundraiser, with five West Seattle and White Center restaurants participating. Heather Logue from Lifelong explains that you’ll be helping neighbors:
Lifelong AND Dining Out For Life are closely connected to West Seattle, because on a weekly basis Chicken Soup Brigade (the food program of Lifelong) delivers crucial food and nutrition services to 91 homebound people living with serious illness in your neighborhood! And over the last year we have delivered to over 200 West Seattleites. Many of these folks are just out of the hospital and going home alone to an empty refrigerator, so we began the “Welcome Home Program,” which provides the healthy meals and social support to keep them on the path back to health.
She adds that, “Much of our management team at Chicken Soup Brigade lives in West Seattle! This means that not only do we love our neighborhood, but we’re also often privileged to make deliveries on the way home from work.” So here’s where to go on Thursday:
El Chupacabra Alki (for lunch only)
Noble Barton (White Center)
Here’s the full citywide list of participants, including what percentage they’re donating, and which meal(s) on Thursday.
If the return of the rain has you feeling like you’d prefer to stay home and read a book … you have until 2 pm to go find one (or more!) at the Tibbetts United Methodist Church (3940 41st SW; WSB sponsor) Earth Day used-book sale. Books for all ages – $1 hardcovers, 50-cent paperbacks.
P.S. We noticed this work party outside the church:
It’s Boy Scout Troop 282, working this weekend next to build some retaining walls for Tibbetts.
FIRST REPORT, 11:30 AM: Duwamish Alive! – two days a year with a long list of work parties along the river and in its watershed – is all about volunteers. At the T-107 Park opening ceremony that concluded a short time ago, four volunteers were honored in the name of another – left to right in our top photo, Liana Beal, daughter of the late Hamm Creek hero John Beal, presented the stewardship awards given annually in his name, to Brenda Sullivan, Tom Reese, and Lisa Parsons (plus Scott Newcombe, who couldn’t be there). The dozens of volunteers who gathered to watch and listen before starting work also heard from Cecile Hansen, chair of the Duwamish Tribe, whose longhouse is across West Marginal Way SW from the park:
She thanked the volunteers, and the environmental-organization leaders who were there, for their work. Other speakers included U.S. Rep Pramila Jayapal, who hailed the years of progress in cleanup and restoration, and warned of what is in danger of being undone:
— West Seattle Blog (@westseattleblog) April 22, 2017
Other speakers sounded a similar note. We’re off to a few other sites – if you’re part of Duwamish Alive! today, we also welcome photos – firstname.lastname@example.org – thank you! More coverage to come.
ADDED SATURDAY EVENING: Rep. Jayapal with some of the T-107 volunteers:
We also recorded more of her speech, which included a shoutout to some of West Seattle’s natural wonders:
(As reported in our coverage of this month’s 34th District Democrats meeting, Rep. Jayapal says she is expecting to move to West Seattle, from Columbia City, later this year.) The morning ceremony was emceed by Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition coordinator James Rasmussen, who concluded it by leading volunteers in a rousing round of shouting that they won’t and can’t stop what they’re doing.
They also heard from Puget Soundkeeper‘s Chris Wilke, who said he’s going to Washington, D.C., next week, to see what he can do about the proposals that would ravage federal funding for the environment:
He noted that the most important cleanup that could happen along and in the river would be to get every piece of plastic, whatever its size, adding that a microplastics study was to be done during today’s event. Also speaking during the ceremony: Port of Seattle Commissioner Stephanie Bowman and Mindy Roberts of the Washington Environmental Council. And stretching into the distance behind them all … the river itself:
From morning’s first light until late into the night, many options for your Earth Day Saturday! From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:
RECORD STORE DAY AT EASY STREET RECORDS: Biggest day of the year at West Seattle’s own record store and café. Easy Street opens at 7 am, and three live musical performances are planned in the afternoon/evening – see the lineup in our calendar listing. (California/Alaska)
WESTSIDE NEIGHBORS NETWORK FORUM: 9:30-11:30 am at West Seattle YMCA (WSB sponsor) in The Triangle, come talk and learn about this newly organized network aimed at coalescing community support for aging in place and other ways to thrive. (36th/Snoqualmie)
DUWAMISH ALIVE! 10 am-2 pm, multiple sites on the Duwamish River and in its watershed where you can volunteer, as previewed here. The official opening ceremony is at T-107 Park on the river. (4700 W. Marginal Way SW)
WYATT’S JEWELERS CELEBRATES 12 YEARS: 10 am-4 pm, anniversary celebration at Wyatt’s Jewelers (WSB sponsor) in Westwood Village. Drinks, desserts, giveaways … and the anniversary sale. (2600 SW Barton)
GET TO KNOW THE WEST SEATTLE TIMEBANK: 1-3 pm at Neighborhood House High Point Family Resource Center, special event where you can find out about and sign up to be part of the West Seattle Timebank. (6400 Sylvan Way SW)
‘THE MAGIC FLUTE’ PREVIEW CONCERT: Professional singers and accompanist perform a preview concert at 2 pm at Neighborhood House High Point. (6400 Sylvan Way SW)
EARTH DAY CONCERT WITH PAUL GERARD: 7 pm at Fauntleroy UCC: “Join us for an evening of creation-centered music featuring original songs by Paul Gerard, celebrating our endlessly fascinating planet and its myriad creatures and environs.” More info in our calendar listing. (9140 California SW)
LIVE MUSIC AT PARLIAMENT TAVERN: Legendary Tiny Giants, led by Ricky Gene Powell, performs starting at 9 pm at Parliament Tavern in The Admiral District. $5 cover. 21+. (4210 SW Admiral Way)
LIVE MUSIC AT THE SKYLARK: Rambis, Alluvion, Kylmyys, Your City Sleeps, starting at 9 pm at The Skylark in North Delridge. $7 cover. 21+. (3803 Delridge Way SW)
MORE! See our complete-calendar page.
Happy Saturday! It’s just three weeks until the 13th annual West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day (tenth year that we at WSB have coordinated WSCGSD) on Saturday, May 13, ****and**** it’s five days until the deadline for signing up if you are having a sale – Thursday, April 27th, is the last day you can register and make it onto The Map.
If you plan to shop on WSCGSD – set aside 9 am-3 pm on sale day. Some sellers start early and/or continue later – if they do, you’ll see that in the listings that accompany the map, which will be available here and at westseattlegaragesale.com, one week before sale day.
If you plan to sell on WSCGSD and yours is not one of the 180+ sales signed up so far – got your memorable up-to-20-words listing ready? If so, go here to register! We can’t wait to hear about your sale.