West Seattle, Washington
From the Duwamish Rowing Club, word of rowers’ success and a reminder about your chance to learn to row:
The Green Lake Summer Extravaganza is one of summer’s last regattas for rowing crews in the Northwest.
This year, 24 crews from Washington, Oregon, and Alaska gathered on Saturday, August 5th for one last fun race of 1000 meters before fall’s longer head race season begins.
The Duwamish Rowing Club had seven entries in six races for both masters (adults) and junior youth crews. Our DRC girls under 16 rowed their quad to win the gold medal, crossing the finish line with open water between them and the other crews. It was exceptionally sweet because many of the girls were novices with only three weeks’ rowing experience. A quad is a boat that holds four rowers, each with a sculling oar in each hand or eight oars. They row together in unison.
The Duwamish Rowing Club has both youth and master’s programs and is currently seeking more members. Come join a vibrant, growing, fun team. Over the next six weeks, we are hosting a free learn to row event. If you would like to be on land and on the water learning the sport of rowing, contact us at duwamishrowingclub.org.
In addition to the Admiral Way repaving alert we published on Friday, there’s one more that you might want to know about – outside West Seattle, but a major route for getting to/from downtown. SDOT says that the six-month repaving project for 4th Avenue South, between S. Spokane Street (the bridge) and S. Royal Brougham (stadium zone), starts Monday. Here’s what that means:
From 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays beginning Monday, August 14, travelers can expect:
· Crews on 4th Ave S to be working from south to north beginning at S Spokane St and working north to S Royal Brougham Way.
· Work will be done during the week; however some night and weekend work is expected and will be communicated in advance.
· Intermittent lane closures around the work zone. 4th Ave S will otherwise remain open throughout construction.
· On-street parking will be temporarily removed in the active work zone.
· Rough pavement after grinding and steel plates on the roadway.
· Construction-related noise, dust, vibration, and asphalt odor. …
· King County Metro bus stops will be temporarily shifted around work zones. For information on changes to Metro routes, please (go here).
You can read the full announcement here. We’ll track this project in our weekday-morning traffic coverage, in the weeks/months ahead.
A 3-year-old boy was taken to Harborview Medical Center this past hour with injuries from an incident police are still trying to sort out. It happened in the 5200 block of Fauntleroy Way SW; police were told the child was hit by a vehicle, but no one has a description. No info so far on any other circumstances, including who if anyone was supervising him at the time. If you saw anything, please let police know.
5:44 PM: Thanks to the person who texted about this: A tree limb fell on a car on the north end of Lincoln Park’s north parking lot; that entrance is closed right now.
A Seattle Parks rep at the scene told us no one was injured and that the car was not seriously damaged. He said it happened about an hour ago and that a crew is en route.
We don’t know if this is one of the ~90 Lincoln Park trees identified for pruning/removal, as reported here earlier this summer; that work is expected to start soon.
8:20 PM: Just went by the parking lot. A Parks crew is wrapping up removal of the downed limb. The north entrance to the north lot is open again.
EDITOR’S NOTE: With nine days until the solar eclipse, we’re getting questions about where to get viewing glasses, and West Seattle’s best-known sky-watcher has put together a list. Watch for more pre-eclipse coverage here tomorrow and beyond, too.
By Alice Enevoldsen
Special to West Seattle Blog
I will tell you where you can get safe eclipse glasses after two short paragraphs of safety information; my conscience won’t let me skip the safety warnings.
You absolutely need special equipment to see this event safely.
Eclipse glasses are also called solar-observing glasses and they are not related to sunglasses. There are only a handful of companies that make glasses that meet the current international standard of safety.
To use glasses safely:
*Check that they are marked compliant with the safety standard ISO 12312-2:2015
*Check that the lenses are flat and free from scratches, punctures, or damage. Discard them if there are problems.
*Stand still, looking away from the Sun.
*Put on the glasses.
*Look toward the Sun.
*If the Sun looks bright, or your eyes get tired from the glare, then the filter is letting too much light though. Look away and use a different filter.
“West” Seattle Sources for Eclipse Glasses
I’ve included some farther than West Seattle because everywhere has limited supplies. Most of these locations have the glasses behind the main counter.
Seattle Public Library Branches — FREE!
All the branches of the Seattle Public Library are participating in the Space Science Institute’s STAR_Net Initiative with support from NASA, Google, and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. You can pick up one pair per family while supplies last.
(UPDATE: Since we published this – we’ve been told Seattle Public Library branches are OUT. So scroll down to the other suggestions. Ken @ High Point Library says that branch’s eclipse-viewing gathering 8:30-11:30 am on the 21st will have glasses to share. ALSO – see comments below this story for additional locations reported by readers.)
11:33 AM: It’s on! Delridge Day 2017 has begun in the park outside Delridge Community Center (4501 Delridge Way SW), celebrating east West Seattle with music, vendors, community groups, food, skating, and fun. First, the entertainment schedule, on the main stage by the community center – the first band, Yesod, has just finished; here are the music and dance performances that are coming up:
11:40 am – AAA Divas
Noon – Burley Mountain
12:40 pm – PI Legion
1 pm – Galaxy
1:40 pm – Dance Brazil
2 pm – Massive Monkees
There’s a second stage on the west side of the park, too, which is also where you’ll find Seattle Police with their Picnic at the Precinct – which includes free hot dogs and ice cream:
And rubber ducks:
At the skatepark on the northeast side of the park, Skate Like a Girl is offering three free skateboarding clinics, at noon, 12:45, and 1:30 pm.
And in the rest of the park, you’ll find dozens of community groups and vendors. We’re here too, and will be walking around shortly to get a list. Right across from us – West Seattle Food Bank, West Seattle Helpline, the 34th District Democrats, the West Seattle Democratic Women. We also know ORCA 2 Go is here, if you need an ORCA card. Right next to us – the information booth, so you can talk to the festival’s community organizers.
One more thing to mention – right after the festival, 3-10 pm, Ounces is having a Delridge Day afterparty – live music and beer, with $1 of “select pints” being donated toward next year’s festival costs! Ounces is at 3809 Delridge Way SW. More Delridge Day coverage to come!
12:24 PM: The weather’s beautiful – not hot, not cold, a little breezy, sun’s out, and some blue sky’s in sight. The wading pool here at the park has opened. You’ll see it in our short full-circle video on Instagram:
Also in our clip: two horses from the SPD Mounted Patrol have arrived. Meantime, we’ve wandered around to check out more of the organizations that are here – Delridge Neighborhoods Development Association, West Seattle Timebank, West Seattle Emergency Communication Hubs, Southwest Seattle Historical Society, Sound Generations, Seattle Public Library, South Seattle College, Southwest Youth and Family Services, Delridge Grocery Master Composters, various health organizations …
At the info booth next to us, by the way, you can buy a T-shirt to support Delridge Day!
Meantime, lots of people stopping by – all ages, including families with strollers, people on bicycles, and we’ve seen a few dogs, like this cute trio:
At the booth across from us, the 34th Dems are offering voter registration, if you aren’t registered yet. Lots of things you can sign up for and learn about here, besides having fun, enjoying treats, etc.
1:56 PM: Only an hour left – this festival goes fast. Still time enough to come enjoy entertainment and treats. Just caught these dancers on video:
Dancing at Delridge Day! Festival's on until 3 pm pic.twitter.com/4wODyJllE1
— West Seattle Blog (@westseattleblog) August 12, 2017
And lots of interesting people have been here today – we’ve been lucky to talk with some of them, including Ken Workman from the Duwamish Tribe council:
He says the T-shirt is available at the Duwamish Tribe Longhouse and Cultural Center at 4705 W. Marginal Way, where an art market is happening until 4 pm today.
Across from us, WS Democratic Women have a game going at their booth – you get 10 pennies to allocate between 12 slots, each representing a billion dollars to spend to combat climate change.
They promise us they will share word of the results later! Meanwhile, on the main stage, Massive Monkees are dancing:
Massive Monkees at Delridge Day pic.twitter.com/kYD9TAORDB
— West Seattle Blog (@westseattleblog) August 12, 2017
2:44 PM: We’re in the final minutes already! Among the organizations that have enjoyed the day, Eastridge Church says it’s given away almost all the 500 backpacks it brought:
Besides the backpack giveaway, you might also know Eastridge for the turkey giveaway every Thanksgiving season.
Earlier, we mentioned the upcoming afterparty at Ounces, with $1 from select pints to be donated to fund Delridge Day – Ounces is here too:
We asked which pints would be part of the fundraiser – so, if you want to help, be sure to order Lucky Envelope Helles Lager, Rooftop Neutron Session IPA, or Mollusk Kaffeebier Coffee Brown Ale. Again, Ounces is at 3809 Delridge Way SW; afterparty’s on until 10 pm. We’ll add more festival photos when we’re back at HQ later!
Four reader reports in West Seattle Crime Watch:
BUSINESS ROBBERY: Bree at Alki Mail and Dispatch reports a robbery Friday evening:
I just wanted to warn other small businesses in the area to be vigilant and aware. Last night at 5:15pm we had a snatch and grab robbery in the shop. A man who appeared to be of Middle Eastern decent, about 6′ tall and around 180 lbs and I would guess to be in his 30s, came in and ordered a coffee. When my employee rang him up and the cash drawer opened, he reached over and grabbed the money from the till and ran out the door. Another employee bravely gave chase but was unable to catch him. He ran south along 47th avenue and was then picked up by a black male with dreadlocks in a red car, possibly a Honda, with plate # BCL23–. Police reports were filed and thankfully no one was injured and he only got away with $148 but I would hate for this to happen to anyone else!
GYM THEFT: From Julie:
When LA Fitness says they are not responsible for lost and and stolen items they mean it! Use at your own risk. My purse was stolen from the women’s locker room of the LA Fitness on Alaska between 5:30 and 6:30 pm Thursday Aug 10th. I was not the only one whose purse was stolen. Another woman came to the front desk to report her purse stolen too.
There was actually a staff member in the women’s locker room who was vacuuming during that time. Apparently she didn’t see anything. It would be nice if they had cameras in the workout area. At least they could review the footage to who was coming and going at that time. They are able to see who checked in at the front desk.
In case you’ve found a dumped purse – it’s a chocolate-colored Travelon – ironically, called the “anti-theft classic mini-shoulder bag.”
MAIL THEFT: Derek reported that in the 10 am hour Friday, “We just (in the past hour) got hit by a very brazen mail thief in the 9600 block of 25th Ave SW. 5’6″ to 5’8″ African American female, putting everyone’s mail into several reusable grocery bags,” wearing a “long-sleeved shirt and skull cap,” and, Derek adds, “working with a taller African American male with several grocery bags and a wheeled suitcase.” KCSO and SPD were both searching for the thieves, last seen headed north on 24th SW in the Westwood area.
BICYCLE TAKEN: From Colleen:
A man’s large frame black Trek Allant bicycle was stolen from the secure garage of our condo building in the 5000 block of California SW sometime between 1:30 pm Wednesday and 9 pm Thursday. It was cut from a secure wall mount. Serial number WYU074C6092K. Seattle Police Incident #17-295719. Please be on the lookout for this new bike.
Happy Saturday! First, a transportation note:
WEST SEATTLE WATER TAXI SERVICE RESUMES: As announced Friday afternoon, the West Seattle Water Taxi is back in service as of today. Note two things that are different: Its downtown dock is now north of the Washington State Ferries terminal, and its schedule has changed.
Next, it’s a day full of sales:
(5612 California SW)
TIBBETTS’ ANNUAL GARAGE SALE: 9 am-1 pm, the big annual garage sale at Tibbetts United Methodist Church (WSB sponsor) promising a “variety of clothing, furniture, baby items, tools, outdoor gear, jewelry, books, games, toys, household wares, and arts and crafting supplies.” (3940 41st SW)
HPIC ‘HUGE ANNUAL GROUP SALE’: 9 am-3 pm, see who’s selling what at Highland Park Improvement Club during this big once-a-year sale. (1116 SW Holden)
NATIVE ART MARKET AND JUMBLE DAYS: 10 am-4 pm, second day of “arts & crafts, estate, rummage sale, and food” at the Duwamish Tribe‘s Longhouse and Cultural Center. Free admission/parking for shoppers. (4705 W. Marginal Way SW)
UNIFIED BREWING GARAGE SALE: Noon-5 pm at the former Big Al Brewing/future Unified Brewing in White Center, a sale raising money for WestSide Baby – more on our partner site White Center Now. (9832 14th SW)
And now, the rest of the highlights!
URBAN FARM TOUR: Self-guided tour of urban farms in West Seattle, White Center, and Burien, 10 am-4 pm. Tickets required for adults – and that gets you the list of locations; if you haven’t bought yours online in advance, there are two places to go for day-of tickets: 5011 47th Ave SW, 10223 26th Ave SW.
DELRIDGE DAY: Annual festival at Delridge Community Center park, 11 am-3 pm, with vendors, organizations, skatepark events, police Picnic at the Precinct visitors and activities, and more. We’ll be reporting from the park, too. See you there! (4501 Delridge Way SW)
WADING POOLS AND SPRAYPARK OPEN TODAY: Lincoln Park wading pool and Highland Park spraypark are open 11 am-8 pm; Delridge and Hiawatha wading pools are open noon-6:30 pm. (Find addresses here)
PENCIL ME IN FOR KIDS DONATION DRIVE: Help kids get what they need to be successful in school – dropoff donation fundraising drive is happening today/tonight at the West Seattle YMCA (WSB sponsor) – these items are being collected by Value Village to raise money for PMIFK:
By donating gently-used clothing, shoes, accessories, book, linens, and small household items (no furniture), you can help provide the 13 West Seattle elementary schools with basic supplies such as black & white composition books, pencils, colored pencils, glue sticks, dry erase markers, pink erasers, washable markers, and pocket-file folders. We get paid for every pound of goods donated and we use the funds to buy each school’s requested items.
If you’re coming to tonight’s movie at the Y (see below), bring your items for dropoff then! (36th SW/SW Snoqualmie)
SATURDAY IN THE GARDEN: The Barton Street P-Patch welcomes you noon-3 pm for fresh-baked pizza from its outdoor oven, music, and mingling – details here. (34th SW/SW Barton)
ALKI LIGHTHOUSE TOURS: Today’s the only day the historic lighthouse is open this weekend, so don’t miss the free tours – 1 to 4 pm, get there by 3:40 pm to be in the last group. (3201 Alki SW)
ECLIPSE EDUCATION: Astronomy expert and author Dennis Schatz (“When the Sun Goes Dark,” geared toward kids) talks about the upcoming solar eclipse at the Admiral (West Seattle) Library, 3 pm – details here. Free but get there early for a seat. (2306 42nd SW)
SALSA ON ALKI: Dance at the beach! Lesson at 5, dancing 6-10, $15 cover – details here. (60th SW/Alki SW)
‘FINDING DORY’ AT WEST SEATTLE OUTDOOR MOVIES: Gates at 5:30 pm, free movie at dusk (8:45-ish) – tonight, it’s “Finding Dory“:
This edition of West Seattle Outdoor Movies includes food trucks Nibbles and Macho Burgers, raffles benefiting White Center Food Bank and Senior Center of West Seattle, and co-sponsors including WSB sponsors Dream Dinners and HomeStreet Bank. Kids’ activities presented by your co-host West Seattle YMCA (WSB sponsor) – you’ll find the movie in the “festival street” south of the Y. Bring your own chair/blanket. And bring your Pencil Me In For Kids donations – see above! (36th SW/SW Snoqualmie)
THE HOME RULERS: 7:30 pm at Kenyon Hall, hear this group “explore unique Celtic songs, tunes, and stories, wistful to wild.” (7904 35th SW)
BLUES AND ROCK: At Parliament Tavern, 9 pm-midnight: Fast Nasties, Barring The Weather, The Mighty Dreadful: “Progressive blues, groovy rock and rockabilly bluegrass.” $5 cover. 21+. (4210 SW Admiral Way)
EVEN MORE … on our complete calendar!