Another chance to help the mudslide recovery up in Oso – a karaoke benefit in West Seattle on Sunday. Lee Bui from the Vietnamese Cultural Center invites you to come sing and donate, 3-7 pm Sunday at the center. He says an American Red Cross representative will be there to accept checks. The center is just north of Home Depot, at 2234 SW Orchard.
(WSB photo of October 2012 Duwamish Alive! volunteers at Brandon St. Natural Area)
Several Saturday reminders coming up as the afternoon progresses, since it’s a BUSY day around the area. First – signed up for Duwamish Alive! yet? It’s that springtime day of work parties along and near the Duwamish River and the waterways that feed into it. That goes for West Seattle’s own Longfellow Creek, where the Brandon Street Natural Area work party could use a few more volunteers, we’re told. 10 am-2 pm on Saturday is all you need to commit to … sign up here ASAP!
(2011 photo of orcas in Elliott Bay, by Craig Savey)
The Whale Trail is hitting the road! West Seattleite Donna Sandstrom‘s vision of helping killer whales with education all along their routes is coming true with an upcoming tour – and you’re invited to the local sendoff next Thursday:
The endangered southern resident orca travel as far south as Monterey, CA. In May, The Whale Trail is headed down the Pacific Coast, too – we’re adding new Whale Trail sites in Monterey (Point Lobos), Santa Cruz, and San Francisco (Point Reyes)!
In May we’re also presenting noted author and marine conservationist Erich Hoyt in a series of talks around The Whale Trail, from Saturna, BC, to Monterey, CA, – nine locations in two countries and four states in 20 days – Orca Tour 2014!
Our vision of building awareness about the orcas throughout their range is quickly coming true – we need your help to make it happen!
Join us for a celebration and informal fundraising event for the Whale Trail, featuring light refreshments, no-host bar, and music by DJ Joe Ross!
–Music from or about California, from the Beach Boys to Los Lobos.
–Seal Sitters and “Diver Laura” James will also be there!
Thanks for your support these past six years, West Seattle. Help us celebrate, and take a giant next step for the orcas. Tickets available now at brownpapertickets.com. You can also buy tickets (at BPT) for our upcoming presentation with Erich Hoyt, Sunday, May 18, at McCaw Hall.
(2011 WSB photo by Stephanie Chacharon)
Two weeks and two days until your chance to enjoy a fun and fashionable night and help Northwest Hope and Healing, the West Seattle/West Seattleite-founded and -run organization that helps cancer patients. Tickets are on sale now for “Style ’14,” which includes a runway fashion show that features models who are also breast-cancer survivors, as well as prize drawings, a fund-a-need event, and more. It’s on Thursday, May 1st; you can just attend the show, or you can buy a VIP ticket which includes a pre-event party, cocktail reception, “heavy appetizers,” reserved seats, and a thank-you gift. Doors open at 6:30 pm for VIP, 7 pm for general admission, and the show starts at 7:30 pm; it’s a 21+ event. Though it’s outside West Seattle, at Showbox SODO, not only does it involve NWHH’s West Seattle leadership, it also involves West Seattle businesses including West Seattle Runner (WSB sponsor), Carmilia’s, Coastal, Ola, Twala Intimates, and more, as well as West Seattleites who are on the volunteer planning committee. You can buy your ticket online here (see the left sidebar of that page).
Brand-new fun(draiser), ready to launch – Karaoke Night to benefit the multi-age, multi-skill-level West Seattle Community Orchestras, 7 pm Friday, May 2nd, at historic Kenyon Hall. WSCO says they’re fundraising for a very specific purpose:
As the demand for music programs increases, WSCO continues to provide musicians in the community an artistic outlet. In recent years, their three orchestra groups have almost reached room capacity and many incoming musicians are placed on a waiting list.
Now in WSCO’s 12th season, the Board of Directors have proposed to launch two new music programs that will enable them to accommodate the increasing growth and continue to provide community musicians opportunities for mentorship, performance, and growth. The proposed new groups include a Wind Symphony and an Introduction to Music Class. This fund-raising event will help with startup costs for these new groups.
Join WSCO and DJ “J” for a fun and casual party time! Sing along with the karaoke machine, bring your instrument and music for our on-site piano accompanist, or sing with the piano accompanist.
Tickets at the door: Adults $20, Students (K-12th Grade) $10
Evening will include 50/50 Raffle, Appetizers, Beverages, Cash Bar, and “Cello Shots.” Awards for the Top 5 Performances of the evening.
For event information, please contact Maria Fisher, maria@WSCOrchestras.org
After the Boston Marathon attack one year ago, West Seattleites ran to show support – and this year they’ll do it again. Just in from Lori McConnell of West Seattle Runner (WSB sponsor), an invitation for you to join “a 3-mile run in memory of Boston’s bombing last year and to run in solidarity with our friends running the Boston Marathon.” It’s planned for 6:30 pm Monday, April 21st (one week from tomorrow); gather at WSR (northwest corner of California/Charlestown).
Less than two weeks until this year’s citywide Dining Out for Life benefit for Lifelong AIDS Alliance, on Thursday, April 24th. Six West Seattle/White Center restaurants are on the participants list so far, all listed as donating 30 percent of their proceeds during the dayparts noted below:
Duos (WSB sponsor) – dinner
Buddha Ruksa – dinner
Locol Barley & Vine – dinner, late night
Mac’s Triangle Pub – lunch, dinner, late night
Proletariat Pizza – dinner
Talarico’s Pizzeria – dinner, late night
The full area list is here (sortable by cuisine, neighborhood[s], daypart).
(Art by Pathfinder parent Shannon)
Our area’s latest community-fueled school-playground project – for Pathfinder K-8 School on Pigeon Point – is proceeding, and welcoming more help! Outreach co-chairs Holli Margell and Toni Wells share this update:
We have chosen a design company that has the skills to translate our needs and dreams into reality: Johnson Southerland. Their designs can be played on at Seward Park, Salmon Bay, and Concord Elementary.
Mark your calendars for our first community meeting on April 30th, 5:30-7 pm at Pathfinder K-8 School. Please come, and bring your kids. Your participation at this meeting counts not only toward shaping our playground design, but also toward volunteer hours required for our next grant application (the big one that will help us actually build it).
The time you commit to volunteer will help us get the Large Neighborhood Matching Grant to build it. For example, attending each design meeting (3 x 2 hours) equals 6 pledged hours. We also need folks who can put up posters, help host our three community meetings, and make sure every family in the community knows about the project.
Save These Dates: April 30th, 5:30-7:00, May 20th, June 18th (there will be ice cream)!
Where: Pathfinder K8 School, 1901 SW Genesee
And, here’s a photo from a table top display of sorts that a parent, Shannon, made:
(4/16/14 UPDATE: Full house for the training – no more room. Seal Sitters says thanks for the support!)
(Photo courtesy Robin Lindsey)
It’s volunteer work with a view. If you’ve been thinking about helping Seal Sitters, you can sign up for the group’s next new-volunteer-training session, two weeks from today – 10 am-noon Saturday, April 26th at Alki Bathhouse, with a short on-the-beach session afterward if weather permits. The announcement from Seal Sitters‘ Robin Lindsey:
On Saturday morning, April 26th, Seal Sitters will be holding a special training for those wanting to protect marine mammals along the shoreline of West Seattle and the Duwamish River. Unlike most marine-mammal-stranding networks, we encourage children to participate in Seal Sitters – supervised at all times, of course, by a parent or guardian. We are so proud of our amazing and dedicated volunteers who are on duty rain or shine – we hope you will join us!
A multi-media presentation will illustrate our educational work in the community and the unique challenges of protecting seals and other marine mammals in an urban environment. Included in the training is an overview of NOAA’s Western Region Marine Mammal Stranding Network and biology and behavior of seals and other pinnipeds (due to time frame, supplementary sessions will include more marine mammals of Puget Sound).
You’re asked to RSVP ASAP if you’ll be there – the link is on this page of the Seal Sitters’ site.
View Duwamish Alive! 2014 in a larger map
The spring edition of Duwamish Alive! – one big 12-site work party to help the river and its watershed – is just nine days away, and it’s prime time for you to choose where you can and will help out 10 am-2 pm on Saturday, April 19th. Each tree on the map (note that two overlap) marks a specific site from West Seattle to Tukwila; once you’ve chosen a site, sign up by going here (note that West Seattle’s own Roxhill Bog is in particular need). If you need more convincing, here’s what Duwamish Alive! is all about.
Another call for book donations, from the West Seattle Food Bank, which is helping families feed their kids’ minds too. Note the extended Wednesday dropoff hours! From Eve:
The West Seattle Food Bank distributes books of all kinds to their clients. Right now, children’s picture books are especially needed. If you have books in good condition, please consider donating them to the Food Bank. You can drop them off Monday through Friday 9 am to 3 pm, or Wednesday until 7 pm (Monday and Wednesday are the best drop-off times) The Food Bank is on the SE corner of 35th Avenue SW and SW Morgan St. (enter through the garage on Morgan). YOUR DONATIONS WILL BE GREATLY APPRECIATED.
Outdoor-music season is starting earlier than usual in West Seattle with “Rock for Orion,” a music festival that West Seattle High School students are hosting April 26th to raise money for YouthCare‘s James W. Ray Orion Center in downtown Seattle, which Katie Blackett of the WSHS ASB describes in the announcement as an “organization that specializes in the housing and rehabilitation of homeless adolescents in the Seattle area.” It’s happening in the courtyard by the main parking lot – that’s near the entrance to the school gym and theater. Here’s the lineup:
1:00 pm — Doors Open
1:30 pm — Tom Nook tomnook.bandcamp.com
2:20 pm — Follies and Vices folliesvices.bandcamp.com
3:10 pm — Smashie Smashie smashiesmashie.bandcamp.com
4:00 pm — iji ijiiji.bandcamp.com
5:00 pm — Tangerine tangerinetheband.bandcamp.com/
6:00 pm — Ephrata ephrata.bandcamp.com
Off the field, the Chief Sealth International High School football team is looking for a win right now – in the fight against multiple sclerosis. From head coach Luther Carr:
Chief Sealth International Football is again participating in WALK MS this year on April 13, 2014. Please donate to MS (Multiple Sclerosis) society on behalf of CSI SEAHAWKS FOOTBALL. Last year we raised more than $1,300 dollars for MS. Our goal this year, $2,500.00!!!
This annual walk is a community-service event organized throughout the country to increase awareness and fundraise for the research into Multiple Sclerosis. Multiple Sclerosis is an autoimmune disease that affects the brain and spinal cord (central nervous system). This condition affects millions worldwide. Some of the symptoms of those with this condition experience periods of numbness, loss of sensitivity, muscle spasms, loss of speech, fatigue, and blindness. Episodes can occur without warning and without any inciting factors lasting days, weeks or months. I personally decided to get involved because a friend lost his sight in one eye as a result of MS. Early and ongoing treatment with an FDA-approved therapy can make a difference for many people with Multiple Sclerosis. To learn more about MS, go to nationalmssociety.org To learn more about WALK MS Seattle 2014, go to nationalmssociety.org/Chapters/WAS.
Walk MS Seattle 2014 is a great opportunity for Chief Sealth High School football players. They are fundraising for a worldwide condition that affects millions, and has no cure. They are also learning the act of service! As an added benefit, each player will also earn community service credit hours needed to graduate from Seattle Public Schools.
If you would like to donate to MS Society (no donation too large or too small) on behalf of CSI Seahawks Football, please go to http://main.nationalmssociety.org/site/TR?pg=entry&fr_id=22696. Once on the main site: 1. Click on TEAM INFO 2. Click on Team List 3. Scroll down to Seattle, Washington April 13, 2014 and click on TEAM LIST 4. Find our team, CSI Seahawks Football, and donate. Thank you very much and Go Seahawks.
Luther J. Carr III
Head Football Coach
Chief Sealth Interantional HS
You can’t have a “Catsino” without cats. So there you go. Little fluffballs, inspiration for a fun afternoon of Furry Faces Foundation fundraising:
Vegas-style games – just for fun – give the benefit its name; there’s a silent auction, too:
And people! Longtime WSB’er Mike (aka “miws”) is volunteering:
Running one of the tables, you’ll find, of Washington Beer Blog and Beer Church fame, Kendall Jones and Kim Sharpe Jones:
Also with a table, Ventana Construction (WSB sponsor) – that’s co-proprietor Anne Higuera with the chips:
Catsino is on until 6 pm at Beveridge Place Pub (6413 California SW).
Thanks to Keith Schieron for sharing the photos and report:
This morning we held an event to cut ivy and other invasive species in the Fairmount Ravine.
This event was held as a followup to last month’s Fairmount Ravine cleanup event. While last month we focused on garbage, this weekend we focused on getting the ivy and other invasive species under control. The Seattle Parks Department supplied tools and hand outs about the value of the native trees and forests here in our lovely city.
We had nine volunteers out to help, including two of our longest-serving volunteers, John Lang and Blair Constantine, who have been part of the Fairmount Ravine yearly project for twenty-one years!
The group cleared ivy from the base of nearly thirty trees and we built the spirit of community that makes living in West Seattle so special.
Thanks to all of the volunteers for sharing their Saturday morning with us!
This Sunday, April 6th, 10 am – 2 pm at Northwest Center‘s Big Blue Truck in The Junction, there’s an extra incentive to donate on what they’re calling Big Blue Sunday – free coffee, a gift-card drawing, even free “Little Blue Bin” coin banks. It’s the local kickoff to a month-long clothing drive, so clothing donations are especially welcome, along with accessories, shoes, and small household items.
If you can pull some ivy, the place to do it to make a BIG difference this Saturday (April 5th) is the Fairmount Ravine. You’ll recall that the annual ravine cleanup last month was followed up by a plan for a second session to save the greenbelt from all that ivy. It’s set for Saturday, and Sarah Schieron sends an update:
This afternoon my husband and I met with Michael Yadrick, an ecologist with the City of Seattle in the Fairmount Ravine. He gave us some history of the space and a better understanding of current work taking place in this greenbelt.
We also learned that if our community makes a bigger commitment to this space, the city will as well.
So, we are especially hoping for some able bodies this Saturday at 9 am. The City is lending us tools, signage (seen below), and orange vests. Please plan to join us!
Meet at Fairmount and Forest, just east of Hiawatha.
We’ve mentioned that donation drives for local food banks count more than ever this time of year, because of the Feinstein Challenge. Our area’s next big food drive is this Saturday (April 5th), 9 am-3 pm, when you’ll find members of the Kiwanis Club of West Seattle and local Key Clubs, with Scouts helping out too, at West Seattle grocery stores “including, but not limited to, Metropolitan Market, PCC, (Junction) QFC, and Morgan Street Thriftway,” per the announcement, which adds: “All West Seattle community members are encouraged to come out and support this worthy cause.” It’s part of ONE Day, a worldwide service day which Kiwanians expect will include at least 1 million service hours around the globe. In our area, everything collected will go to the West Seattle Food Bank. (WSB photo from 2012 Kiwanis ONE Day food drive)
An update from Lynette Jeung with the Sanislo Elementary PTA, which presents its annual 4th-grade book sale fundraiser this Saturday: She says they appreciate each and every donation they’ve been receiving, and she’s putting out one last request for more. They’ll take any type of book but books for kids are especially welcome; they are also accepting DVD and CD donations. If a donor just can’t get to the school to drop off donations, she’s looking to make one last pickup run Thursday night. If you can donate and/or if you have a question, contact Lynette at firstname.lastname@example.org; whether you’re donating or not, go check out the sale on Saturday (April 5th), 10 am-2 pm, benefiting the 4th-grade camping trip, bring cash and/or checks. Sanislo is at 1812 SW Myrtle (map).
In a month – as announced here – it’ll be time for the second annual West Seattle Bee Festival. But first, the centerpiece of the celebration, the WS Bee Garden, needs you:
Looking to participate in a Community P-Patch?
The West Seattle Bee Garden, located in the Commons Park P-Patch, could use your help!
We are seeking gardeners to help with weeding, watering, planting and general maintenance of the grounds. Come be part of the pollination-garden team!
To become a Pollination Gardener, please contact Lauren Englund at email@example.com, or 616-502-3182
Also, everyone is invited to join us at our work party Saturday April 12th from 10 am-2 pm.
Sign up here.
More information about the garden here: westseattlebeegarden.com
The pollinators, plants and fellow gardeners thank you!
(It’s an all-ages event, as you’ll note in this photo from our 2013 West Seattle 5K coverage)
Seven weeks from today – Sunday, May 18th – the sixth annual West Seattle 5K Run/Walk hits the street on Alki. It’s a 9:20 am start as usual from 61st/Alki. WSB is proud to be a co-sponsor again this year, as we’ve been each year since the West Seattle High School PTSA created it to raise money for student programs. And so we’re reminding you that one day is left to get the discounted registration rate online – after March 31st (tomorrow!) the online rate goes up. Earlybird prices are $30 for ages 20 and up, $20 for ages 7-19 (6 and under, free) – just go here and get registered right now!
P.S. If you missed earlier mentions – yes, the WS5K will be followed again this year by SDOT’s Summer Streets event, 11 am-5 pm.
In the heart of The Junction right now – southwest corner of California and Alaska – that’s WS4OSO (West Seattle for Oso) benefit founder Tracy Dart at center, with a squad of friends helping collect donations for mudslide relief, one of more than 40 places you can join in the benefit today. Look for flyers, collection boxes, A-boards all showing the different ways you can pitch in. Tracy mentioned a “wish tree” just up the block at CAPERS, so we headed there next:
You can write a wish on a ribbon or card, and drop a donation in a box beneath the tree. From there, we headed north to Hotwire Online Coffeehouse (WSB sponsor), for the special WS4OSO caramel/raspberry latté:
Full purchase price goes to slide relief. Outside Hotwire, the LikaLove and Fashion Bar trucks are in the courtyard (same place you see West Seattle Outdoor Movies in the summer), donating a percentage of sales:
A few doors up at Cherry Consignment, check out Cherry’s West Seattle T-shirts, with $10 from each shirt sold today going to help Oso.
ADDED 1:21 PM: At Click! Design That Fits (WSB sponsor), it’s a 2-part stop. Click! is donating a percentage of proceeds, and also hosting local artist Stephanie Hargrave, who has a personal stake in this:
Stephanie and her mom are the previous owners of smallclothes here in West Seattle. Her mom’s now retired. Her mom and dad lost their retirement cabin in the slide. No loss of life in their family, thankfully, but a loss nonetheless. Stephanie is donating all of her sales today – and Click! co-proprietor John Smersh said that had totaled more than $2,500 by the time we stopped in a little while ago. We’re hearing reports of generosity from all over – keep it coming!
ADDED 2:43 PM: On the WS4OSO page, there’s word the corner collections from 10-2 brought in more than $1,500. Meantime, we stopped in at West Seattle Runner (WSB sponsor), where they’re donating $10 for every pair of shoes sold today. Co-proprietor Tim McConnell is wearing a temporarily customized T-shirt:
P.S. WSR celebrates its fourth anniversary next weekend!
More to come, and watch for updates on the official WS4OSO page, too.
ADDED 4:18 PM: One last stop for us – Marination ma kai (WSB sponsor), which is donating its proceeds until 6 pm. When there was a (very) brief lull in the line at the front counter, we asked Kayla and Brynn to pose:
The sun was out at the time (clouds now are heading back in as we type) and it was lovely on the Marination ma kai patio. But they have indoor seating too.
(In our video, Vincent and Lisa from Shanti are shaving Gene and Leah)
Paintbrushes are the tools you are most likely to see people holding at Mind Unwind in The Admiral District. Saturday night, though, razors and scissors prevailed. It was West Seattle’s first head-shaving fundraiser for childhood-cancer-research money, via the St. Baldrick’s Foundation. Mind Unwind was the venue, but nearby Shanti Salon and Spa was the official presenter, and senior stylist Emily Austin the lead organizer. Here’s Emily with the night’s top fundraising shavee, Gene Hsu:
Emily had told us, while organizing this, that she had been involved with St. Baldrick’s in Ohio, where she used to live, and was surprised to find out that Seattle, despite being a hub for cancer research, has one of the nation’s lowest participation rates. Saturday night, she hoped, would be the beginning of an end to that, and the show of support suggested she was well on her way:
So let’s get back to Gene. For one, his fundraising alone was double Emily’s original $5,000 goal for this first event. By the time the razor touched his hair, he was up to about $11,000, and was getting matching support from his employer Marchex, he said. Plus, he was donating his hair to Locks of Love – which makes wigs for cancer patients. Other shavees included Shelley and Eric Herzog:
Head-shavings happened two at a time – in the foreground below is John Trainor, who said he had been growing his beard for 11 years, but allowed it to be taken (along with his higher-up hair) in exchange for more donations:
Leah Browne just signed up the day of the event and agreed to give up half of her 15-year dreadlocks:
Local businesses and artists donated prizes for ongoing drawings. Emily says St. Baldrick’s spends 82 percent of donations on research, and she added, “I think it gives folks a way of supporting a loved one who might be going through cancer treatment or might have lost a loved one to the disease.” She’s hopeful the event will grow year by year … so start growing your hair now and make it all the more dramatic when you join in NEXT time! Like Gene – before and after:
(Published on Flickr by Snohomish County government, taken during 10:37 am moment of silence today)
Some businesses and organizations have started already – we hear the West Seattle Eagles‘ dinner tonight was a sellout! – but tomorrow’s the big day for the WS4OSO (West Seattle for Oso) peninsula-wide benefit. The idea came from fabled fundraiser Tracy Dart just a few days ago and the list of participants has continued to grow – now more than 40! A caveat – there is no single pledge such as “x percent of proceeds,” so you will find each individual business/group doing something different; that’s how a grass-roots movement rolls. Where available, we’re noting what they’ve said they’re doing – most of the information is from the official WS4OSO Facebook page; some has been e-mailed, tweeted, or shared via WSB comments:
Beveridge Place Pub (see info on Twitter)
Prost West Seattle
West Seattle Runner
Lika Love Fashion (truck @ Hotwire 10 am-3 pm)
Christo’s on Alki
Hotwire Coffee (special caramel-raspberry latté with 100 percent of sales donated on Sunday)
Fashion Bar (details in this WSB comment)
Hands to Paws Massage
Click! Design That Fits (donating part of proceeds, plus hosting artist Stephanie Hargrave, whose family lost a cabin and who is donating all sales)
Menashe & Sons Jewelers
West Seattle Bowl (part of the proceeds from Friday night event)
West Seattle Eagles (benefit dinner earlier tonight; bands and karaoke as the evening goes on)
VAIN (25% of retail sales on Sunday)
Chelan Cafe (matching donations, plus a Sunday barbecue, see “events” below)
Marination ma kai (donating proceeds from food sales 3-6 pm Sunday)
Second Gear Sports
Next to Nature
West Seattle Rolfing (details in this WSB comment)
Wilridge Winery (at WS Farmers’ Market)
Jan’s Beauty Supply (not open Sunday but collecting donations before/after)
West Seattle Farmers Market (corner of California & Alaska)
10 am – 2 pm
Collecting donations; FREE coffee provided by Tully’s
Chelan Cafe EbbTide Room
BBQ from 2 – 4 pm
(100% proceeds from the BBQ goes to the cause)
Monday (received via e-mail):
We’ll hotlink the participants’ names by the time we publish tomorrow’s “OK, the big day is here” list, in case you don’t know where to find anyone who’s mentioned above. Again, the official page is facebook.com/ws4oso. We’ll see you around on Sunday!
This pup’s helping in the aftermath of the Snohomish County slide …
Compelling photo of a muddy search dog at the scene of the fatal Washington mudslide. NA-66FR pic.twitter.com/7tbUvjx4Pc
— CNN Newsource (@CNNNewsource) March 28, 2014
You don’t even have to head 65 miles north to Oso to do so. The WS4OSO - West Seattle for Oso – benefit just keeps growing. Proposed by West Seattle community-builder/fundraiser Tracy Dart on Wednesday night and formally launched shortly thereafter to give West Seattle businesses and residents a way to reach northward with a helping hand, it now includes events tonight and tomorrow as well as various opportunities on the main day, Sunday. Highlights:
*Saturday night, the West Seattle Eagles will host a fundraising dinner, open to the public, 5:30-7 pm: “Chicken Fried Steak, mashed potatoes, corn, and dessert for $9.”
*Sunday, at least 27 West Seattle businesses are signed up for various types of participation – you’ll want to check with any individual participating business you visit, to be sure, but the list so far is in a couple spots on the Facebook page – mostly here, with additions here and here.
*Cash donations will be collected in the Farmers’ Market vicinity on Sunday.
If you’re interested in participating, contact info is in the original announcement published here Thursday.
ADDED 2:58 PM: By request, especially for those who don’t use FB, here’s what we’re seeing on the official page so far, in terms of participants. Again, this is VERY grass-roots, and participating businesses/organizations are doing what they can and choose to do, so if info is not listed in terms of what percentage of proceeds (etc.), please inquire when you stop in tomorrow – thanks!
(WSDOT aerial of slide zone, via Flickr)
Here in West Seattle, 65 miles away from the agonizing search of the slide zone in and around the Snohomish County town of Oso – 25 dead, 90 missing – you might wonder what you can do to help.
Here’s one answer, hatched overnight on social media by one of West Seattle’s most-prolific fundraisers, Tracy Dart: This Sunday, support West Seattle for Oso, WS4OSO for short. Local businesses are jumping in to offer various ways you can help by shopping at their stores and/or dining/drinking at their restaurants/lounges; volunteers will be circulating in neighborhoods including The Junction to collect money; and other ideas are percolating. Best thing you can do right now is “like” the Facebook page that Tracy set up early today: facebook.com/ws4oso – or at least go there to see who’s participating so far (full list to come before Sunday). If you use Twitter, follow the hashtag #WS4OSO. If you are not much for social media, no worries, we’ve pledged to publish updates here. More to come!
ADDED 12:06 PM: Minutes after we published this, the first official news release arrived, including an early list of participants, and how to reach Tracy if you would like to join in:
(WSB photo from March 15 cleanup)
After the 22nd annual Fairmount Ravine volunteer cleanup a week and a half ago, coordinator Sarah Schieron mentioned a followup event might be organized to get more of the invasive ivy out of the forested area. The date is set and your help would be welcome:
A group of neighbors is planning a second workday in the Fairmount Ravine. Our trash clean-up (weekend before last) was very successful but we did not make the impact with ivy cutting we wanted.
On Saturday, April 5th, at 9 am, we will meet at the top of the Fairmount ravine just south of the roundabout once again. Wear hardy clothes and bring pruning shears or loppers, if you have them. Work takes place rain or shine.
Before the 5th, I’ll be meeting with a city of Seattle plant ecologist to figure out what is the biggest priority and how to best leverage other plant restoration work taking place in the ravine.
We hope more community members will join us. It will be just as hard and dirty work and the more help we have the greater our impact.
The meeting spot is at Fairmount and Forest, less than a block east of Hiawatha.
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