West Seattle, Washington
Thanks to the Southwest Seattle Historical Society for sharing the “group hug” photo by Jean Sherrard from today’s centennial celebration at the Fauntleroy Schoolhouse! The building housed Fauntleroy Elementary School until 1981 and is now home to Fauntleroy Children’s Center on the north end, The Hall at Fauntleroy on the south end, and other community organizations and small businesses inbetween. Watch for video from today’s celebration on the SWSHS website soon.
P.S. Next chance to be in a photo like this is another centennial – West Seattle High School is also celebrating its 100th anniversary, and this year’s All-School Reunion will include a “group hug” photo – 6:30 pm (gather at 6) Saturday, June 3rd – more info here.
8:37 PM: Lots of calls and texts about smoke and/or a smoky smell in north West Seattle – it’s a Seattle Fire marine response all the way from the north side of Elliott Bay – 5100 block of Shilshole NW, in Ballard, according to the SFD log. Citywide news outlets are tweeting that it’s a boat fire.
9:32 PM: Via Twitter, KING says it was a 70-foot wooden boat and that it spread to some “smaller boats” too. SFD tweets that a structure also was involved.
11:16 PM: SFD update:
Crews continue to monitor for potential spot fires at marina incident. Fire investigators responded to scene. Photos from earlier: pic.twitter.com/9MUQzL7M9d
— Seattle Fire Dept (@SeattleFire) May 22, 2017
With the temperature expected to go into the 80s tomorrow, we’ve received notes from several readers worried about people endangering their pets by leaving them in cars, and asking us to share this seasonal reminder. One sent along this link with the numbers, including: “On an 85-degree day, it only takes 10 minutes for the inside of your car to reach 102 degrees.” Leaving the windows open an inch or two will NOT prevent the interior from getting dangerously hot.
Photos by Leda Costa for WSB
The West Seattle High School PTSA had much to cheer for during today’s West Seattle 5K. Great weather, great turnout – and the latter means fundraising success. This is the ninth year the PTSA has presented the run/walk along Alki to raise money to help students.
Organizers say about a thousand people participated today. Almost 800 of them were timed – you can see the results here – and the first two in were 16-year-old John Lehr (chip time 17:54.6) and 35-year-old Megan Heuer (18:04.6):
She was the first female to cross the finish line last year too. As always, it was a festive race – kids and pets are welcome every year:
Note the hands-up jubilation here:
Thanks to Leda Costa (who with husband Jeff Larson just opened The Studio West Seattle on Alki, right along the route) for photographing the race for WSB.
One bonus reader photo: Lynn Hall shared this view of the turnaround spot at Anchor Park:
P.S. WSB has been a West Seattle 5K sponsor every year since the start. Scroll down this page on the WS5K website to see the other local businesses and organizations also sponsoring the race this year.
P.P.S. The race runs on a ton of volunteer power as well as other community support. That includes the race director – this was Linda Rackner‘s first year in that role.
Thanks for the tips. Multiple people reported hearing gunfire near 35th and Morgan in High Point, and now police have Morgan blocked off east of 35th as they investigate. No victims reported; we don’t know yet what if any evidence of gunfire they’ve found.
Double trouble for Washington State Ferries on a sunny Sunday afternoon: The Fauntleroy-Vashon-Southworth run is on an emergency 2-boat schedule, and the cross-Sound situation was already stressed with the Seattle-Bremerton run down to one boat. Fauntleroy traffic is currently reported to be backed up about two hours, Vashon one and a half.
Congratulations to nine local high-school students honored recently with scholarships from two organizations:
LIONS CLUB OF WEST SEATTLE: Eight students from West Seattle High School and Chief Sealth International High School received scholarships from the Lions Club this year. The club shared the photo, saying, “We wish them the very best and look forward to learning of their achievements.” The students are Vince Carbito, Quinn Gerberding, Wan Yu Guan, Madison Brodahl, Andrew Burggraff, Riley Fredericks, Lily Foucalt, Michelle Ly.
101 CLUB: Thanks to Nicole Sipila from the Chief Sealth IHS PTSA for sharing this photo and announcement:
The 101 Club awarded eight Seattle high-school student-athletes with college scholarships at the 84th Scholar Athlete Awards Luncheon on Thursday at the Washington Athletic Club. Every high school in the Metro League plus the high schools from Seattle that are in KingCo 4A were represented at the luncheon. Student athletes from each high school were nominated for the scholarships and received plaques. One student from Chief Sealth, Nathan Perrine, earned a $1,500 scholarship.
P.S. Both schools have graduation ceremonies on June 21st at Southwest Athletic Complex – 5 pm for Sealth, 8 pm for WSHS.
After today’s West Seattle 5K (coverage to come), it’s just two weeks until our area’s next 5K – part of the first-ever Loop the ‘Lupe, on Sunday, June 4th at Walt Hundley Playfield in High Point, kitty corner from Our Lady of Guadalupe, which is presenting what’s basically four events in one – fun run, Youth Dash, Senior Saunter, and obstacle course! Here’s the course map:
It’ll be an all-afternoon extravaganza – as detailed here, the quarter-mile Senior Saunter starts at 1 pm, quarter-mile Youth Dash at 1:30 pm, 5K Family Fun Run/Walk at 1:45 pm, and the obstacle course loop – five times around for a full 5K – starting at 2:10 pm. Here’s how to register. Proceeds benefit OLG’s Walmesley Center, which, OLG explains, “hosts numerous athletic events and social outreach programs that benefit all of our West Seattle neighbors, whether they’re members of the parish or not,” hosting more than 20,000 participants in those programs since it opened.
We start today’s list with what’s both an event reminder and a traffic alert:
WEST SEATTLE 5K: At 8 this morning, Alki SW will close, between 63rd and Don Armeni, for the ninth annual West Seattle 5K run/walk. It’s a benefit for West Seattle High School, with sponsors including WSB. If you’re not signed up, you can still be part of it – last-minute registration starts at 8 near the start of the course. Race starts from 61st/Alki around 9:20 am. (61st/Alki)
WEST SEATTLE FARMERS’ MARKET: 10 am-2 pm in the street, in The Junction. The Master Gardeners are there too for free plant/gardening advice! (California between Oregon and Alaska)
SECOND GEAR SPORTS BENEFIT FOR GATEWOOD ELEMENTARY: Get geared up for summer at Second Gear Sports (WSB sponsor) in Morgan Junction today – open 11 am-5 pm – 10 percent of the day’s proceeds go to the Gatewood Elementary playground project! (6529 California SW)
FAUNTLEROY SCHOOLHOUSE CENTENNIAL: Today’s celebration starts with the “group hug” photo outside the schoolhouse at 11:30 am – all welcome to be part of it to show your appreciation for this historic building! – and continues with snacks, speakers, stories, performances – including Bubbleman! – and more. (9131 California SW)
JAMTIME, LIVE: Old-timey music and bluegrass with Jamtime, at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), 1-4 pm. (5612 California SW)
COSTUMED BIKE PARADE: Part of the community-organized Alki Daze celebration – starts at 2 pm. (63rd/Alki to Don Armeni and back)
STREETCAR HISTORY: 2 pm at Delridge Library, the Southwest Seattle Historical Society and Seattle Public Library present this month’s edition of Southwest Stories – as previewed here last night, streetcar/railway historian Mike Bergman takes a look back at the Highland Park/Lake Burien line that went through much of eastern West Seattle, and beyond. Free! (5423 Delridge Way SW)
RED SEA: 8 pm-11 pm, “Alternative Eastern European rock” at Parliament Tavern. No cover. 21+. (4210 SW Admiral Way)