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YOU CAN HELP: Volunteer meeting tomorrow for The Whale Trail; run, or help with, the Orca Half next month

(Southern Resident Killer Whale breaching in Puget Sound last November – photo by M. Sears, permit #16163)

Get some more joy into your life – the joy of helping. Donna Sandstrom from West Seattle-headquartered The Whale Trail has two ways to suggest:

The Whale Trail is hosting a Volunteer Meeting tomorrow [Tuesday] night at C & P Coffee in West Seattle [5612 California SW] from 6:30 to 8:30. We’ll be planning for the Orca Half/Seattle Summer Parkways, our next season of Orca Talks, and more! A great chance to meet other orca enthusiasts, and put your passion to work for the whales! Learn more and RSVP at Brown Paper Hope to see you there!


Run, Walk or Volunteer for the Whales and The Whale Trail! The Whale Trail is the beneficiary of the Orca Half, a half-marathon in West Seattle on September 25! We’ll also be participating in Seattle Summer Parkways, 11 to 4 on the same day.

–We need help handing out water at the water tables 9:00 to 1, and staffing our booth at Seattle Summer Parkways from 11 to 4.

–To help with the water tables, sign up at, and tell them you’re with the Whale Trail! Join us tomorrow at C & P to learn more, or get in touch with Donna – donna@thewhaletrail.org206-919-5397

P.S. We notice on the Orca Half website that it has participation capped at 500 runners and is up to 439 signups as of this writing – so if you’ve been procrastinating, time to get going.

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YOU CAN HELP! Back-to-school benefit at Talarico’s tonight

Late addition to the lineup – just got word that Talarico’s Pizzeria in The Junction is hosting a back-to-school benefit tonight, collecting supplies and $ donations for the foster kids helped by Treehouse. From the sponsoring group Chive On Seattle‘s event announcement:

Remember your first day of school? The feeling of invincibility in your new sneakers, creased jeans, and fresh t-shirt. You were nervous, but at least you knew you looked good.
Treehouse wants every kid to have that reassurance and we are here to help! This year we will be supplying foster kids of Washington state with clothes for the new school year to help give them the confidence they need to succeed!

We are keeping with tradition and having giant pizza slices and cold beers because Talaricos Pizzeria is generous enough to host us yet again! There will be prizes for our donors, karaoke at 10 pm, and drink specials tbd.

We are shopping for all school-aged children (age 5-18) of all shapes and sizes! They will need

-New outfit head to toe (socks and underwear)
-Long and/or short sleeved shirt
-Hooded sweatshirt
-Durable backpack

Bring any of those items to donate, and/or $ for other needs with which benefit organizers are hoping to help. And if you can’t make it to the event, you can donate online here.

YOU CAN HELP! RSVP for Seal Sitters Marine Mammal Stranding Network training

(Photo by Robin Lindsey)

Volunteer work … on the beach. Doesn’t get much better than that. Especially when it involves helping marine mammals and helping people learn about them. So here’s your chance! From Robin Lindsey @ Seal Sitters Marine Mammal Stranding Network, which deals with more than seals:

We still have some spaces left for our Saturday, August 27th, Seal Sitters new volunteer training, held from 10 am-12:30 pm – see the details here.

Anyone interested must RSVP at the link above to ensure a seat. We welcome new volunteers and do encourage children to join the group, since they can learn to be environmental stewards and be empowered with protecting marine life.

We are definitely in the throes of harbor-seal pupping season now and it has certainly been an interesting season thus far with numerous seal pups, as well as the sad stranding of the humpback whale. Just (Wednesday) we had a report of a pup on the beach steps at Alki, but the pup didn’t linger long and left right before our responder arrived.

As always, if anyone sees a seal pup – or other marine mammal – on the beach or in trouble offshore, please call Seal Sitters hotline @ 206-905-SEAL (7325). Seal Sitters Marine Mammal Stranding Network is a partner in NOAA’s West Coast MMSN and responds to reports of all marine mammals, dead or alive.

P.S. Here’s one of the seals guarded by SSMMSN recently – Robert Spears sent the photo from last week:


He says SSMMSN was there not only keeping the perimeter but also educating passersby.

YOU CAN HELP: Paella feast @ C & P – food and fun(draising) for West Seattle Helpline

Just out of the WSB inbox – a tasty way to ensure that West Seattle Helpline can continue helping neighbors in need:


Celebrate one of the last of 2016’s summer weekends at C & P Coffee for a paella feast courtesy of Joey Serquinia, Chef de Cuisine of Harvest Vine, plus beer & wine, Spanish guitar, and Cupcake Royale cupcakes! All proceeds support emergency services at the West Seattle Helpline.

Sunday, September 11
4:00 – 7:00 pm
C & P Coffee (5612 California Ave SW)
Limited # of Tickets Available at:

Not familiar with what WS Helpline does? Here are the toplines.

ALKI BEACH 5K: Two weeks until your strides and steps help Northwest Hope and Healing

(WSB photo from 2015, right before the Alki Beach 5K)

Two weeks from today, start your Sunday morning by gathering with friends, family, neighbors in and around Alki Statue of Liberty Plaza, right before you run, walk, and/or roll the waterfront route of the Alki Beach 5K! It starts at 9 am Sunday, August 28th, with a waterfront route on Alki Avenue SW, to Luna/Anchor Park and back.

The Alki Beach 5K is a major fundraiser for West Seattleite-founded and -led Northwest Hope and Healing, which helps hundreds of breast-cancer and gynecologic-cancer patients every year deal with the fact that everyday life doesn’t stop while they deal with diagnosis and treatment. Here’s how to sign up; you can do it online any time, or if you happen to see this before 2 pm today, we noticed that NWHH has a table toward the north end of the West Seattle Farmers’ Market.

YOU CAN HELP: Barbecue, music, dancing @ ‘Moonshine Shimmy’ to benefit Senior Center

Last night, The Haggis Brothers were at The Mount … this Thursday, they are headlining a one-of-a-kind benefit for the Senior Center of West Seattle.

Here’s the story: Remember the $60,000 in United Way funding the center is NOT getting this year? The residents of Brookdale West Seattle heard about it and wanted to do something. So they organized a fundraiser, and you’re invited. It’s happening at Brookdale WS (4611 35th SW) this Thursday (August 18th) – “Moonshine Shimmy,” a big barbecue buffet, “moonshine,” and live entertainment with, as mentioned above, the ever-popular Haggis Brothers. Dancing too (that’s where the shimmying comes in).

It’s happening 5-7:30 pm on Thursday – here’s the official flyer with more details. Important – while it says last Thursday was the reservation deadline, we’ve checked and there’s still room, so go ahead and do it now – there’ll probably even be tickets available at the door. $15 includes one mug of moonshine. Free shuttle available from the Senior Center – ask about it when you make your reservation.

YOU CAN HELP: Donation time for Chief Sealth IHS Clothing Closet

Less than four weeks until the first day of the 2016-2017 school year, and there’s lots to do to get ready. Some local students could use your help. From Nicole Sipila with the Chief Sealth International High School PTSA:

It’s almost back to school time and Chief Sealth International High School can use your help. We’re looking for donations of new or gently used clothing for our Clothing Closet, which provides clothing, toiletries and school supplies for students with low incomes.

We need:

* Plain white t-shirts (part of the Physical Ed uniform)
* Athletic shorts (also for PE)
* Athletic pants — soccer, sweat, running
* Men’s boxer brief underwear
* Men’s dark suits and jackets
* Socks – athletic, men’s dress and women’s styles too

Donations can be dropped off at the school during the weekday. Or please send an email to for other arrangements.

Thanks to our great West Seattle community that has provided us with so much good stuff and cash donations! Students appreciate and are greatly touched by your generosity. Sometimes knowing that there are people out there that care about them is as valuable to our students as the things they get from the Clothing Closet.

CSIHS is at 2600 SW Thistle [map].

Alki Art Fair thanks you & needs you!

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(WSB photo, July 24th)

West Seattle is “between festivals” this weekend, so we’ll be doing some looking ahead and looking back. One of last month’s festivals, the Alki Art Fair (co-sponsored by WSB), has a message for you that does both:

Thank you to all that attended and participated in our 19th annual Alki Art Fair on the beach last month! This year we had more artists’ booths, more musical performers, more food vendors, and more attendees than ever before. We owe a special thank you to our community and our sponsors! Sponsors this year were: Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, Gutter Helmet, Renewal by Andersen, West Seattle Blog, Seattle Web Works.

As we look forward to next year and the celebration of our momentous 20th year of the Alki Art Fair, we are looking for fresh board members & volunteers to fill our performance, technology, fundraising, and PR chair positions. Think you’d like to be part of the fun next year? Please contact us at

This year’s AAF was held July 23-24; we covered the first day here, second day here.

UPDATE: Students’ annual bake sale benefiting animal advocacy


Thanks to Andrea for the photo of Gwen and Muriel toward the start of their fourth annual Seattle Humane Society-benefiting bake sale – a tradition they started as fourth-graders! – now at the halfway point (scheduled to continue until 3 pm). Even if you’re not up for home-baked treats, you are also welcome to stop by and donate cat and/or dog food and/or toys, or $/checks for the Humane Society. Find them at 36th/Dakota (map).

5:44 PM UPDATE: From Andrea:

Huge thanks to the West Seattle community for their awesome support today! These dedicated young ladies raised $457 for the Seattle Humane Society through today’s bake sale!!>/blockquote>

YOU CAN HELP! Shape West Seattle Hi-Yu’s future

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(Hi-Yu float and Junior Court Princess Sara in last Saturday’s West Seattle Grand Parade. Photo by Don Brubeck)

7:23 PM: Minutes from now, around 7:30 pm, the Seafair Torchlight Parade begins downtown, and the West Seattle Hi-Yu float will be rolling southbound on 4th with 100+ other floats, marching bands, drill teams, dignitaries, and other parade entries. Because of volunteer-powered Hi-Yu, West Seattle is the only neighborhood in the city that still has a traveling parade float. Even as our community changes, it’s a bridge between the past and the future – with the latter represented by the ambassador and royalty programs for kids of all ages, girls and boys, to build confidence through public appearances. Can you help this tradition continue? From Gloria Teves of Hi-Yu:

West Seattle Hi-Yu Invites You to Its August Meeting

If you enjoyed seeing the Teen Ambassadors at the start of the Float Dodger 5K, and Hi-Yu Royalty on the “Around West Seattle”-themed float last Saturday during the West Seattle Rotary-presented Grand Parade and thought “That’s so cool – how do I get involved?” – come join us at our general meeting on Monday, August 1 at 7:00 pm at Admiral Congregational Church, 4320 SW Hill Street (in the North Admiral neighborhood). Meetings generally last about an hour and half.

This is our 2nd to last meeting of the fiscal year (our last meeting will be September 12). The agenda includes planning for the last 2 parades we will be participating in (Lake City and Issaquah Salmon Days), then we’ll begin a discussion about the future of Hi-Yu. If you are interested in helping Hi-Yu continue on into the future, come and let us know your thoughts. Hi-Yu doesn’t exist without its volunteers and generous donors and we need both to keep it going. If you’re retired and have lots of time available to share or if you’re a busy family with few hours to spare, we welcome everyone!

If you can’t make it to the meeting, but would like more information or provide comments about the future of Hi-Yu, find us on Facebook at or the website at

Hi-Yu is in its ninth decade, founded in 1934.

ADDED 8:35 PM: Thanks to Mike Jensen for this photo of the Hi-Yu float in tonight’s parade – where he reports it’s won the Seafair Royalty Award!

A photo posted by Mike Jensen (@mjtwit) on

HAPPENING NOW: Jewelry trunk show & benefit @ CAPERS

July 30, 2016 12:20 pm
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(Photo courtesy CAPERS)

Happening now at CAPERS Home (WSB sponsor) in The Junction – Susan Goodwin‘s last jewelry trunk show of the season, with what she says are “oodles of new designs.” It’s not just a great chance to shop, but also a chance to do a good deed, as part of the proceeds will go to buy blankets for Mary’s Place, which “empowers homeless women, children, and families to reclaim their lives.” The show is on until 4 pm; CAPERS is at 4525 California SW.

UPDATE: Stuff The Bus with diapers for WestSide Baby!

July 24, 2016 10:39 am
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10:39 AM: The biggest day of WestSide Baby‘s Stuff The Bus diaper drive is on, until 2 pm! Go get diapers and bring them to HomeStreet Bank (WSB sponsor) in The Junction, 41st and Alaska.


Look for the bus and the emoji-costume volunteers. We’ll be checking back to see how it’s going.

2:14 PM: We just stopped back at the bus, where WS Baby’s Nancy Woodland tells us their diaper donations today alone totaled 37,533 – a partial total for July so far, not counting donation sites like Les Schwab outlets, is 209,833. They’ll update again in early August.

P.S. Our before and after shots, 10 am and a few minutes after 2 pm:

BUY DIAPERS! It’s WestSide Baby’s big Stuff The Bus week

July 19, 2016 9:54 pm
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Even if you don’t have a baby or toddler in your family … this is the one week a year when you should buy diapers, if you can.

(HomeStreet Bank team with the bus you’ll find there on Sunday)

This is the big “Stuff The Bus” week for WestSide Baby, which makes sure that thousands of our area’s littlest residents get what they need … diapers to stay dry. Sunday is the official Stuff The Bus drive at HomeStreet Bank (41st SW/SW Alaska; WSB sponsor) in The Junction, 10 am-2 pm, but if you can’t bring diapers down that day, you can drop them off at HomeStreet before then, or at other diaper-drive locations (such as another WSB sponsor, C & P Coffee at 5612 California SW, or at Les Schwab Tires in The Triangle. And here’s what you need to know about what to bring:

Last year WS Baby gave out 1.2 million diapers … and that wasn’t enough for all the families who needed help. The organization’s website explains, “Ten thousand children under age 2 live in poverty in King County. If those 10,000 children require an average of six diapers a day for 365 days, the total need is approximately 22 million diapers a year.”

YOU CAN HELP! Donor-registration drive in West Seattle next Sunday

You might be able to save someone’s life. Next Sunday (July 24th), you can find out how, by talking with a fellow West Seattleite during a Be The Match donor-registration drive. Rebecca Harvey says it’s happening on the new patio at Fresh Flours Bakery in South Delridge:

I, along with other volunteers and a representative from Be The Match, will be there from 9 am to 2 pm Sunday to answer any questions regarding being a donor, as well as registering on the spot anyone that would like to join the donor registry. This is an important cause as these donors have the potential to be the cure a cancer patient needs.

Be The Match is a great organization that operates the largest and most diverse donor registry in the world, in order to connect patients with blood diseases to their life-saving marrow or stem-cell transplant. Anyone between the ages of 18 and 44 who is in good health and committed to donating to a patient in need is encouraged to join the donor registry. Joining is simple and takes less then 10 minutes – all you need to do is fill out a form and swab your cheek!

Seattle is a premier city for cancer treatment, with some of the best doctors in the world. In fact, Fred Hutch scientists pioneered the development of bone marrow transplantation to treat patients with blood cancers, and to this day Seattle doctors are considered experts on the treatment and procedure.

The more donors we register, the more patients we can potentially help find their cure.

Fresh Flours is at 9410 Delridge Way SW. If you are interested in registering and can go there on Sunday between 9 and 2, e-mail Rebecca at or RSVP via this Facebook event page – she’d like to know how many donor-swab kits to bring. If you already know you can’t make it, but you’re interested in registering anyway, go here for the online version of the donor-registration drive.

YOU CAN HELP: Make ‘Lunches with Love’ on Saturday, and/or donate ingredients now

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Another round of “Lunches with Love” is happening in West Seattle this Saturday. We’ve told you about this volunteer community effort before – most recently, last fall. This announcement, along with the photo, is from Karen Crane of West Seattle Art Nest:

Are you looking for a way to give back to your community, to a stranger, or to commit a random act of kindness? Please join us this Saturday from 10-12 at West Seattle Art Nest (4138 California Ave SW). Community members will gather, prepare sack lunches for our homeless neighbors, and then those who can, will set out around the sound to make deliveries.

If you are not able to make the event but still want to help, we need the following items: brown paper bags, ziplock sandwich bags, peanut butter, jelly, oranges,bananas and soft snack foods. Donations can be dropped at West Seattle Art Nest anytime! Thank you!

YOU CAN HELP: ‘Rides change lives’

Volunteer Drivers Make a Difference

You can change lives by volunteering as a driver for local seniors. The photo and request are from Sound Generations (formerly Senior Services):

Getting to the doctor’s office can seem daunting for many West Seattle seniors. Poor vision or medical conditions prevent them from driving; limited mobility makes it impossible to take the bus; taxis come with prohibitive costs; and loved ones have full-time jobs that render them unavailable to help. Yet, since 1975, Sound Generations Volunteer Transportation has served as a trustworthy resource for older adults in West Seattle and throughout King County. With its force of kind and reliable volunteers, the program provides the missing link between seniors and their necessary medical care.

But the value of Volunteer Transportation extends far beyond the rides themselves. A volunteer driver serves as a friendly escort– a companion– someone to talk to along the way. Volunteers turn previously stressful ordeals into pleasant, meaningful experiences.

More volunteer drivers are desperately needed in the West Seattle area. We are currently unable to serve all seniors in need of transportation, especially those who need to get downtown and First Hill medical centers to see important specialists. Each week we must turn away many seniors because there are just not enough volunteers to help.

That’s why we need you! This FLEXIBLE volunteer opportunity allows you to provide a personalized touch in driving seniors “door to door”– from their home to appointments. You choose the days, times and areas you wish to drive and we work around your schedule.

You can help more seniors get “on the road” to improved health and peace of mind! If you have a reliable vehicle, a clean driving record, and some weekday availability, this is the role for you. Contact Kailan at 206-748-7588, email, or visit to find out more. Apply online here.

Many stories about the program can be found on the program’s blog. Discover why rides change lives!

YOU CAN HELP! Luna Park neighborhood cleanup next Saturday

One of West Seattle’s “gateway” areas is scheduled for some community TLC next weekend, and organizers – including community members, merchants, and Seattle reLeaf – hope you can help. Volunteers will gather in the lot between The Shack and Luna Park Café at 9 am for “weeding, cleaning up around the street trees, and spreading mulch. Come prepared wearing closed toe shoes and long pants. We’ll provide tools, gloves, and instruction.” They’ll be working until noon – lots of time to go to West Seattle Summer Fest after that! Interested? RSVP here.

P.S. This is intended as the first in a series of work parties to get ready for a potential Neighborhood Park and Street Fund grant to revitalize landscaping in the area north of the business district, under and near the bridge. The community member who wrote the grant application, Roxane Rusch, says the work will include the weedy area along SW Manning.

Junction flags for the 4th: Can you help?

(WSB photo, Memorial Day 2016)

Decorating the West Seattle Junction for Independence Day is dependent on volunteers … can you spare a little time to help place and/or remove the flags? Neighborhood volunteer Tom Bucy is leading the effort on Monday but needs helpers – for an hour in the morning and/or an hour in the afternoon. You’ll meet on the northeastern corner of California/Alaska (by Cupcake Royale) – 9 am, to bring flags up from the basement storage under CR and install them; 5 pm, to take them down and return them to storage. If you can help, please call Tom at 206-351-1048 to let him know.

YOU CAN HELP! WestSide Baby launches this year’s ‘Stuff The Bus’ Diaper Drive

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As June wraps up, we’re looking into July, which is always packed wall-to-wall with good things in West Seattle. Among them: WestSide Baby‘s annual Stuff The Bus diaper drive. This morning, WS Baby’s executive director Nancy Woodland put the “drive” in “diaper drive” by bringing THE official bus into the lot at HomeStreet Bank (WSB sponsor) in The Junction to celebrate HomeStreet’s $5,000 donation to jump-start this year’s drive. With Woodland below is HomeStreet’s West Seattle vice president and branch manager Melodie Van Houten. HomeStreet also is a presenting sponsor of Stuff the Bus.


While July 24th is the big day to bring boxes and bags of diapers to the bus in HomeStreet’s lot at 41st and Alaska, the entire month is full of more than 50 diaper drives held by local businesses and individuals, to help stock up WS Baby with more than 300,000 diapers. One way you can donate early in the month: Bring diapers to the West Seattle 4th of July Kids’ Parade in Admiral next Monday (10 am, starting at 44th/Sunset, winding through neighborhoods to Hamilton Viewpoint Park). Also look for ongoing drives (we know there’s one year-round at WSB sponsor C & P Coffee Company, 5612 California SW).

WS Baby points out that:

There are more than 10,000 children under the age of three living in poverty in King County. These children will need 22 million diapers per year. Unfortunately, many families are forced to choose between buying diapers and paying bills, as diapers are not covered by any government aid programs, including food stamps.

Last year alone, WestSide Baby helped more than 31,000 local children, while partnering with more than 120 established social service agencies. Meantime, look for the bus around town in July, including its always-festive appearance in the West Seattle Grand Parade (11 am Saturday, July 23rd, down California SW from Lander to Edmunds).

WESTWOOD STREET FAIR: Wyatt’s Jewelers namesake fighting hunger with popcorn

June 18, 2016 10:52 am
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Happy 16th birthday to the namesake of Wyatt’s Jewelers (WSB sponsor)! During today’s Westwood Village Street Fair (11 am-5 pm), Wyatt Keppler (2nd from left in our photo, with parents Kirk and Joni and sibling Ryan) is selling popcorn at his family’s shop (along the center drive, north of Barnes & Noble) to raise money for the White Center Food Bank.

HAPPENING NOW: West Seattle Relay for Life 2016

June 17, 2016 10:22 pm
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A lap around the track by cancer survivors is a traditional part of the start of the annual West Seattle Relay for Life, under way right now at West Seattle Stadium, until 9 am tomorrow. This year, the lap was followed by the survivors walking under a human arch:


At the stadium (4432 35th SW), visitors are welcome until the gates close for the night at 11:30 pm, and then again at 5; participants, however, will be on the track all night, or taking breaks for activities including movies at 12:30 and 2:30 am. When morning arrives – remember, it gets light early this time of year! – the schedule calls for special laps including “Bubbles of Hope” at 5:30 am and a “pajama lap” at 7 am, followed by 7:30 am yoga and a closing ceremony at 8:30 am. If you stop by, here’s one way you can help:


A textile drive is under way throughout the event, collecting clothing and other textile items as part of the cancer-fighting fundraiser. This year, more than 20 teams are taking part in R4LWS, including Key Club members from Chief Sealth International and West Seattle High Schools.

FRIDAY NIGHT: Cancer-fighting West Seattle Relay for Life – with a textile-donation drive this year

June 16, 2016 4:55 pm
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(WSB file photo)

Need some inspiration? We know one place you can find it … West Seattle Stadium (4432 35th SW), tomorrow night through Saturday morning, during the annual Relay for Life. It’s a cancer-fighting fundraiser but it’s also a gathering of hundreds of your West Seattle neighbors, starting with the survivors’ lap at 6:30 pm, following the opening lap at 6. Also a highlight: The luminaria ceremony at 10 pm, during which you’re invited to light one for someone you’ve lost to cancer and/or someone who’s fighting the battle. The full agenda for Friday night and Saturday morning, concluding with closing ceremonies at 8:30 am Saturday, is here. Even if you just show up to applaud the survivors at 6:30 pm tomorrow, it’s a stirring sight to see.

P.S. You can donate through a button on that same page. This year, they’re also having a textile drive – clothing, shoes, and more – see the list of donatable items here.

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