West Seattle, Washington
It’s a map-making, listing-checking marathon here as we get ready for the 13th annual West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day, coming up on Saturday, May 13th – just two weeks to go. More than 310 sales are registered, from Pigeon Point to Brace Point, Puget Ridge to South Delridge, North Admiral to North Shorewood, and just about every West Seattle (and a bit beyond) neighborhood inbetween.
If you’re a seller, please watch your e-mail in case we have to send you a followup question – an address accidentally missing a digit, that type of thing. (And anyone with a question, seller or shopper, can send it to our special mailbox for WSCGSD, firstname.lastname@example.org.) We invited sellers to be as eye-catching as possible with their up-to-20-word listings, and here’s some of what we’ve seen so far:
*Sellers describing themselves as “Aging Hipster and 10-year-old son”
*Sellers describing themselves as “retired teachers/grandparents reluctantly selling” kids’ books and toys
*Unique items including a sailboat, kayak, cut flowers, antique Schwinn bike, BB8, mid-century sink, “raining lamp,” surfboard, glass art by an artist “clearing inventory at great prices”
*An invitation to “come get Burning Man gear”
*Many mentions of junk – from “no junk” to “classy junk”
*Our favorite description of sale site so far: The Driveway of Delights
That’s just a sampling as we go through the listings. Many more previews to come. Look for the online and printable maps/listings here (and on westseattlegaragesale.com, our official WSCGSD website) next Saturday (May 6th), and be ready to sell/shop/meet neighbors/all of the above on May 13th!
(WSB file photo: West Seattle Bee Festival parade participants)
We’re continuing to count down to more of West Seattle’s awesome spring and summer events, and we are now just 3 weeks away from this year’s West Seattle Bee Festival, 10 am-3 pm Saturday, May 20th, at High Point Commons Park, home of the West Seattle Bee Garden, just north of HP Neighborhood House at 6400 Sylvan Way SW.
Before the festival, you’re invited to be part of the Honey Run at 8:30 am:
The Honey Run is a free, informal, fun run for all ages that takes place at High Point Commons Park. One lap around the park is 1K. Runners compete to see how many laps they can do, and in how short a time. The earlier start time will allow runners or walkers time to do more laps – last year, the parade was on their heels on the same course.
The kids’ and pets’ parade is at 11 am, after an hour of getting ready – face painting, dressing up as bees and flowers, etc. It will be led by the Big Bee, which organizers explain is “a huge puppet and drum inspired by the traditional dragon dance from Asia. The High Point Vietnamese community designed, built and will operate this exciting spectacle!”
Other West Seattle Bee Festival features:
*See, and learn more about, bees, with Puget Sound Beekeepers. Find out how you can help bees survive and thrive. (Hive demo at noon!)
*Music and food
*Street fair showcasing businesses, community groups, and organizations focusing on environmental sustainability, providing community resources, and/or helping support bees. The fair also includes a Plant/Seed/Tool Swap again this year – “bring your excess plants, seeds, or tools … and take home what you find!” It’ll be near the north end of the fair, which runs 11 am-2 pm.
*Unusual pollinators, presented by Woodland Park Zoo noon-2 pm (above, Jungle Nymph photographed last year)
*Art activities for kids with artist Kimisha Turner
Watch the Bee Festival webpage as the festival gets closer!
6:09 PM: Thanks for the tips – we’ve had scattered reports of orcas in the area this afternoon but right now, multiple reports that they’re visible off Blake Island, headed north. Let us know if you see them!
7:03 PM: Just got a text (206-293-6302 is our 24/7 number) from someone who saw them from the Bainbridge-Seattle ferry. So if you’re looking … they’re still out there, and there’s still enough light at this point of the evening to facilitate whale-watching!
Until 5 pm, you can visit 4 West Seattle stops on the free Northwest Green Home Tour. Here’s the list, south to north:
9323 31ST PLACE SW: Above, Parie Hines of LD Arch Design (WSB sponsor), architect for two of today’s stops. This one transformed a “typical warbox” with “a family-sized porch & 2-story addition.” The builders were Mighty House Construction, whose Doug Elfline is there talking with visitors, too.
3726 SW AUSTIN: Mighty House also remodeled the kitchen that’s being shown off at this stop.
WEST SEATTLE NURSERY: As noted when it opened, the expansion building here was designed by Hines and built by Ventana Construction (WSB sponsor), whose co-proprietor Anne Higuera was leading a tour when we stopped by:
The tour website explains that while this is a commercial building, “it features many strategies that can be used in green homes.”
While the tour continues tomorrow, the West Seattle stops are today only, until 5 pm.
That’s Kayla Huggins, store manager at Starbucks in Morgan Junction, with boxes full of donations they’ve received for a drive continuing until 4 this afternoon, for the women and children of Hope Place:
Seattle Union Gospel Mission’s Hope Place is one of the few shelters for women and children in Seattle and one of the only to accept women with male children up to the age of 18. Hope Place is an essential lifeline for families fleeing from domestic violence, recovering from substance abuse, or simply without a safe place to stay.
*To include and connect our community around a single objective, where together we can support the needs of the women and children at Hope Place!
*To collect as many clothing items for woman (All sizes), boys and girls clothing items (birth – 18 years), and unused, unopened hygiene products for women and children.
PLEASE CONSIDER BEING A PART OF THIS EVENT! THANK YOU!
This year’s Junction Day of Giving is under way! Our first stop was 42nd SW/SW Oregon:
That’s Reid Curry, manager at Emerald Water Anglers (WSB sponsor). EWA, where you’ll find outdoor apparel as well as fishing-related merchandise, has chosen the Wild Steelhead Coalition as its beneficiary today. EWA is one of ~30 shops and restaurants promising 10 percent of today’s proceeds to local nonprofits of their choice.
ADDED 1:03 PM: We’re back in The Junction checking in with more Day of Giving participants, like Fleurt proprietor Sam Crowley:
Fleurt is where you’ll find flowers and gifts. They will be selling flower crowns like the one Sam’s wearing, for Mother’s Day, when they’ll have a floral tepee outside the shop at 4536 California SW and special photo ops (bring Mom! Grandma! Great-Grandma!) as a fundraiser for West Seattle Food Bank. But today, their Day of Giving beneficiary is Nature Consortium.
A couple doors south of Fleurt, you’ll find Click! Design That Fits (WSB sponsor) at 4540 California SW.
Proprietors Frances and John Smersh chose the Alzheimer’s Association as their beneficiary for Day of Giving; as reported here in November 2015, Frances is living with early-onset dementia. Their shop is a treasure trove of unique jewelry, art, housewares, gifts, and more.
See the full list of who’s participating and who they’re donating to by going here – and in The Junction, look for signs with red balloons, like these:
12:04 PM: The free shredding (and e-cycling) event in The Junction right now is so popular (as noted in comments on today’s West Seattle Saturday preview), Cara Mohammadian from event sponsor Windermere called to say they have a second truck on the way and so they’re extending the time – instead of a 1 pm cutoff, they’ll go until ~3 or until the second truck is full. It’s happening in the Junction parking lot off 42nd SW just south of SW Oregon.
12:46 PM: That was fast – just got another update; the second truck’s full and they’re wrapping up. Anybody else sponsoring a shredding event in the area sometime this year, let us know – obviously a big demand (people had been asking us about this one for months).
The outdoor obstacle course is a classic feature of Healthy Kids Day at the West Seattle YMCA (WSB sponsor), but this time – the first HKD since the Y’s expansion – you’ll find new fun too, especially indoors!
That’s the “make your own trail mix” area to help kids have fun learning about healthy snacks. Also new this year – executive director Shalimar Gonzales!
You’ll find family-oriented businesses and organizations on site too – like Second Gear Sports (WSB sponsor), whose proprietors Mark Bremen and Ellen Bremen are there:
Here’s the list we published earlier this week showing the schedule, and list of activities, for what’s happening until 1 pm. The Y’s at 36th SW/SW Snoqualmie in The Triangle.
Three reports in West Seattle Crime Watch:
PROWLER CALL LEADS TO STOLEN CAR: What we have on this so far is via radio exchanges – we won’t be able to get the report before Monday: In North Admiral, someone called 911 around 7 am after reporting seeing a suspected prowler outside a neighbor’s home. Police arrived and, before too long, found the suspect. They also found, in a dead-end alley, a Subaru reported stolen in Pierce County (our photo above shows a tow truck taking it away). We’re watching the jail register to see if the identified suspect shows up there. (NOON UPDATE: He has, and it says he is being held for investigation of burglary and vehicle theft.)
CAR, PHONE, WALLET REPORTED TAKEN BY ROBBERS: After seeing an early-Friday-morning call classified “armed robbery” on the SPD Twitter log, we requested the report. It says a man called police around 2:45 am from the Junction 7-11, saying a man and woman had robbed him of his vehicle, phone, and wallet about 45 minutes earlier. The report says the man appeared “highly intoxicated” and told police he had come over the West Seattle Bridge but didn’t know the area well, so he pulled over to get out of his car to smoke a cigarette and figure out where he was and where he was going. A woman came up to ask for a cigarette, he told police, and then a man came up and knocked him unconscious; when he came to, his car was gone. He said it was a blue 1999 Pathfinder but he didn’t know the plate number because he’d acquired it recently from his aunt. Police tried some searches but couldn’t come up with a match. The victim declined medical assistance and said he’d make the stolen-vehicle report later (we’re not seeing a Pathfinder on @getyourcarback so far); police arranged a ride home for him.
PACKAGES TAKEN: Mark in Admiral shared these videos from 11:20 am Wednesday:
Mark reports, “A primer black Pontiac sedan pulled in front of our house in North Admiral. We had just had packages delivered and sitting on our front porch. One suspect got out of the passenger side, came up to our front porch and took the packages. He returned to the vehicle and they drove away. Suspect is white, about 5’9”, dark hair, wearing a black t-shirt, charcoal sweats, and sneakers.” The first clip shows the package removal; second clip shows the vehicle. Info? Let police know.
From the beaches to the businesses, something for everyone today/tonight. Here are the highlights from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:
FREE TAI CHI AT THE BEACH: Second Saturday of the season for Lao-Shi Caylen Storm‘s free Tai Chi at Alki, 9 am, by Statue of Liberty Plaza. (61st SW/Alki SW)
COMMUNICATORS’ DISASTER DRILL: 9 am-noon, you’re invited to observe in the south-side field at South Seattle College (WSB sponsor), one of multiple sites citywide where the Seattle Auxiliary Communications Services has a disaster drill, “Operation Spring Break,” simulating the immediate aftermath of a major earthquake, this morning. (6000 16th SW)
HEALTHY KIDS DAY: 10 am-1 pm at the West Seattle YMCA (WSB sponsor) in The Triangle. See all the activity highlights in this preview from earlier this week. Free, all welcome, nonmembers as well as members. (36th SW/SW Snoqualmie)
WEST SEATTLE JUNCTION DAY OF GIVING: 10 am-6 pm, ~30 West Seattle Junction shops and restaurants will be donating part of their proceeds to nonprofits – see who’s participating and which nonprofits they’ve chosen by going here. Also note that while Thunder Road Guitars (WSB sponsor) is participating, their storefront is closed – they’re at the Tacoma Guitar Festival today and will be donating part of what they sell while there.
FREE SHREDDING/E-CYCLING: 10 am-1 pm in The Junction’s northeast parking lot, presented by West Seattle Windermere. (Off 42nd SW between SW Oregon and SW Alaska)
INTERNATIONAL TABLETOP GAMING DAY: 10 am-midnight at Meeples Games, come for a scheduled event and/or open gaming! Our calendar listing has the lineup as well as a reminder that they’re collecting nonperishable food for the West Seattle Food Bank. (3727 California SW)
(added) DRUG TAKE-BACK DAY: 10 am-2 pm, Southwest Precinct – drop off your unwanted/expired prescription drugs to get them safely out of your home. (2300 SW Webster)
(added) ROCK AND GEM SHOW: The West Seattle Rock Club‘s annual show is 10 am-5 pm at the Masonic Center. Free admission. (40th SW/SW Edmunds)
GREEN HOME TOUR: Four West Seattle stops are part of the Northwest Green Home Tour today – all listed, with addresses, in our calendar listing. 11 am-5 pm. Free.
WELCOME ROAD WINERY’S SPRING RELEASE WEEKEND: 1-5 pm at Welcome Road Winery (WSB sponsor): “Enjoy noshes paired with our new summer-ready releases, including a Malbec fit for BBQ and our new Semillon.” More info here. (3804 California SW)
PRINCESS ANGELINE NATIVE TEA PARTY: 1-3 pm at the Duwamish Tribe Longhouse and Cultural Center, “Native & English teas, cakes, and finger sandwiches with a lump of sunshine. Your hostess is Princess Angeline’s great-great-grand-niece, Cecile Hansen,” Duwamish Tribe chair. Music too. (4705 W. Marginal Way SW)
EXPLORE THE SHORE AT LOW TIDE: 1:51 pm, -2.4′ low-low tide. But don’t be sad if you miss it – next month we’ll have some -3′ low-low tides.
FREE SELF-DEFENSE CLASS: 3:30 pm at Seattle Integrated Martial Arts, “donation-based with proceeds going to organizations and services helping women deal with and prevent sexual assault.” (4159 Fauntleroy Way SW)
MUSIC NIGHT OUT FOR DENNY/SEALTH: 5:30 pm at Fauntleroy Church, dinner, auction, and music to celebrate and raise money for Denny International Middle School and Chief Sealth International High School musicians – details in our calendar listing. (9140 California SW)
BELLS OF THE SOUND: The popular handbell group presents a jazz concert at Tibbetts United Methodist Church (WSB sponsor), 7 pm. (3940 41st SW)
‘BYE, BYE BIRDIE’: 7:30 pm curtain time for Seattle Lutheran High School‘s production of the classic musical, in the gym. (4100 SW Genesee)
A NIGHT OF SINGER-SONGWRITERS: 9 pm at Parliament Tavern, Abby K (CD release!), Amanda Navares, Jared Mitchell & The Wingtips perform. $5 cover. 21+. (4210 SW Admiral Way)
SCOTT MX TURNER: Live music at Whisky West, 9 pm. No cover. 21+. (6451 California SW)
See even more on our complete calendar! And an advance reminder …
2 WEEKS TO WEST SEATTLE COMMUNITY GARAGE SALE DAY: Saturday, May 13th, is the big day – with 310+ sales of all sizes, all around the peninsula, signed up to be on The Map, which will be available one week from today! Watch for our next preview later today.