West Seattle, Washington
Lots of alerts have been circulating for the past few days about how May Day protests and marches might affect downtown and the surrounding areas tomorrow.
Nothing is specifically planned in West Seattle – but last year, you might recall, we picked up coverage in the evening as one group of demonstrators got close to the east end of the bridge – police kept them from actually getting onto the bridge.
So we’ll be monitoring everything closely throughout the day..
TWO MARCHES WITH PERMITS: A small demonstration is planned to start around 8:45 am downtown, south from 2nd and University; a much-larger march is expected from Judkins Park to Seattle Center starting at 1 pm. More details on both are in this SDOT alert.
METRO’S PLAN: Read it here. Bottom line: “All bus service that travels near or through the downtown Seattle area might be subject to delays during and after Monday afternoon’s events. Bus riders are advised to plan ahead for longer trips, revise travel plans if necessary and allow plenty of travel time.”
THE WILD CARD(S): Demonstrations that haven’t applied for permits can’t be predicted. And last year can’t be used as much of a comparison since May Day was on a Sunday. But a websearch for May Day 2017 in Seattle brings up mentions of an 11 am “March on Amazon” from Westlake Park plus two 6 pm rally/marches – one from Judkins Park, one from/at Westlake Park. We’ll add anything more we find.
Thanks to Meg Halverson for the photo and report:
This afternoon at Bishop Blanchet, Westside School‘s 8th-grade girls’ volleyball team beat Holy Rosary-Edmonds to take the AA CYO title in two games. Westside’s team was undefeated this season. Go Wolves!
In West Seattle Crime Watch tonight, a reader report and the first newsletter from the Southwest Precinct‘s new Crime Prevention Coordinator:
CAR PROWL: From Ian – “My family and I got our car broken into last night and misc items taken. We must have both accidentally left the car doors unlocked as no forced entry. We live on 37th and Genesee. [map] Please keep an eye out!”
CRIME PREVENTION COORDINATOR’S NEWSLETTER: Even if you haven’t met Jennifer Burbridge, the Southwest Precinct’s new crime-prevention coordinator, in person, you might feel like you know her through our recent reports – the announcement of her hiring, our subsequent interview, and her talk at last week’s West Seattle Block Watch Captains’ Network meeting. She told that group she’ll be writing a monthly newsletter; here’s the first edition:
(If it’s easier for you to read, here’s the PDF version.)
MISSED OUR CRIME WATCH COVERAGE FROM EARLIER THIS WEEKEND? See the links on the CW page.
7:15 PM: Thanks to Jason, who’s been updating us on southbound orcas that might make it to West Seattle before dusk – newest update, they’re passing Golden Gardens Park (west of Ballard). Let us know if you see them!
7:33 PM: Another update – they’re reported to be crossing the mouth of Elliott Bay.
7:50 PM: In view from Alki (per another texter).
9:51 AM: Photo added – thanks to David Hutchinson for the view of an orca passing the north end of Constellation Park around 8 pm.
Artist Rajaa Gharbi has lived in West Seattle for seven years and has just opened her own gallery north of The Junction, upstairs at 4425 41st SW, where her grand-opening reception is happening right now, until 7 tonight.
Gharbi explained that she had noticed West Seattle had no solo-artist galleries – and the time seemed right to open her own. She is a much-honored poet as well as visual artist – as you’ll see in her biography – and a trailblazer, including having been the first Tunisian woman (she was born and raised in Tunisia) to work as a salaried marionettist, and the “first North African English-language poet in the United States to have been published and awarded public funding for literary work.” She told us she is still settling on official gallery hours, but you can definitely go until 7 tonight – as noted in our West Seattle Sunday preview, some of her framed prints are on sale during the opening as a benefit for K-Love 4 Art.
“D in West Seattle” sent that photo this week after the flamingo flock turned up outside a neighbor’s house. It’s been a few years since the peak of the flamingo-flocking fad, and D wondered what we might have heard about who’s doing this right now (and why). The sign in the photo was a big hint – we found contact info online for the West Seattle branch of Young Life, a faith-based organization, and area director Alison Bray answered our inquiry: They’re flocking through July as a fundraiser, $50, West Seattle/White Center area only: “All donations help local middle-school and high-school students attend camp this summer.” If you’re interested, you can contact Alison – email@example.com.
One of the year’s biggest school fundraisers is just three weeks away: Sunday, May 21st, starting around 9:20 am, you can run, jog, walk, or roll in the West Seattle 5K. This is the ninth year for the WS5K, which takes you all along Alki, from the starting line near 61st SW/Alki SW, to Anchor Park and back. It’s been presented every May since 2009 by the West Seattle High School PTSA (with co-sponsors including WSB), and the proceeds go to programs for WSHS students. Your registration also gets you a cool T-shirt with the new logo (at right). Kids 6 and under run/walk for free. Don’t procrastinate – you can sign up here, now.
South Delridge neighbors caught a tagger on camera in an alley in the 8800 block of 17th SW:
The tag left behind after the sighting on Friday was the anarchy symbol:
Now SPD has put out a citywide call to identify the tagger. Neighbors also shared these video clips with us:
If you know who this is, SPD says, call 911.
When we stopped by the Tibbetts United Methodist Church (WSB sponsor) book sale last weekend, we spotted Boy Scout Troop 282 working on the landscape and included a photo in our report. Now, it’s just been finished. Here are the before and after photos:
A troop parent sent the photos and update:
Tibbetts United Methodist Church (3940 41st Ave. SW) now has a new look, thanks to the hard work contributed by West Seattle Boy Scout Troop 282 and other recruited volunteers. This Eagle Scout Project, organized and led by Cade Carney, made considerable improvements to the landscape in the front of the building.
Work has been underway for several weeks but (Saturday) the last capstone was placed, completing the project.
Thanks to everyone who shares news of community volunteering and giving, and other good work – firstname.lastname@example.org any time!
(Brant, photographed by David Hutchinson, who says, “One of the benefits of being a Seal Sitter is to be out along the shoreline. Lots of wildlife to view, including large groups of Brant along Alki Beach, getting ready for their trip north.”)
Happy Sunday! From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:
WEST SEATTLE FARMERS’ MARKET: 10 am-2 pm, wander the street in the heart of The Junction and see what’s fresh! (California between Oregon and Alaska)
MASTER GARDENERS @ FARMERS’ MARKET: Have a gardening question/plant issue? 10 am-2 pm, it’s the Master Gardeners‘ first clinic of the season at the West Seattle Farmers’ Market – look for their booth. (California between Oregon and Alaska)
ROCK AND GEM SHOW: The West Seattle Rock Club‘s annual show continues today, 10 am-5 pm at the Masonic Center in The Junction. Free and fun, with activities as well as displays. (40th SW/SW Edmunds)
COMMUNITY ORCHARD WORK PARTY: 10 am-1 pm, you’re invited to the Community Orchard of West Seattle on Puget Ridge to help out – details in our calendar listing. North end of the South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) campus. (6000 16th SW)
WELCOME ROAD WINERY’S SPRING RELEASE: Noon-4 pm, at the tasting room for Welcome Road Winery (WSB sponsor): “Enjoy noshes paired with our new summer-ready releases, including a Malbec fit for BBQ and our new Semillon.” (3804 California SW)
OPEN HOUSE: If you’re looking for a home, 3-bedroom, 1.75-bath 6733 48th SW near Lowman Beach has an open house 1-4 pm today and it’s being advertised on WSB to get the word out.
LOW-LOW TIDE: Speaking of the beach – at 2:41 pm, it’s a -2.1′ low-low tide. You might even see a Dungeness crab, as did Heather‘s son at Constellation Park:
If you can’t get out today, maybe next month, when the lowest tides will be even lower – some below -3′.
‘BYE, BYE BIRDIE’: 2:30 pm curtain time for the final performance of Seattle Lutheran High School‘s production of the classic musical, in the gym. (4100 SW Genesee)
GET ON STAGE/GET INVOLVED: Open-microphone event for all ages with Mode Music Studios (WSB sponsor) at The Skylark next door. Sign up at 3 pm, get on stage starting at 4 pm, find out about this month’s beneficiary Social Justice Fund NW, which will have a representative there. (3803 Delridge Way SW)
RAJAA GHARBI’S OPENING RECEPTION: 4-7 pm, you’re invited to international artist/poet Rajaa Gharbi‘s new studio/gallery in The Junction for the opening reception: “Framed prints of selected paintings and drawings from Rajaa’s exhibitions held between 1987 and 2015 will be sold with a percentage of the proceeds benefiting local nonprofit K-Love 4 Art.”
(That work – image provided by the gallery – is titled “Moons, Desires, and Rumi’s Mistresses.”) More info in our calendar listing. (4425 41st SW)
THERE’S MORE … as you’ll see on our complete-calendar page!