West Seattle Blog... » How to help http://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Sat, 28 Nov 2015 06:24:05 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.2 West Seattle Christmas tree season: Holy Rosary lot now open http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/west-seattle-christmas-tree-season-holy-rosary-lot-now-open/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/west-seattle-christmas-tree-season-holy-rosary-lot-now-open/#comments Sat, 28 Nov 2015 03:29:53 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=330423

Though a few places in West Seattle had trees before Thanksgiving, today is the traditional start of Christmas tree season, and so it was opening day for the Holy Rosary School Tree Lot (rejoining the WSB sponsor team for the occasion). It’s just north of the school, with entrances off 42nd or 41st north of Genesee.

Tree types include Douglas Fir, Noble Fir, Frasier Fir, Grand Fir, and Norway Spruce (:15 guide in our Instagram clip), with prices starting at $25. Again this year, part of the proceeds go to local charities. Other greenery available, including wreaths.

The hours are on the official HR Tree Lot website; it’s staffed by cheery volunteers, including Geraldine, who showed us the lot’s official Christmas tree costume:

The lot will be open through December 13th, 9 am-9 pm weekends, 2-8 pm Mondays-Thursdays, 2-9 pm Fridays. If you’re not ready to buy a tree yet, just remember that whenever you are, this lot and others we’ve spotted around West Seattle are listed in the WSB Holiday Guide.

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Holiday giving: Sun shines on Lunches With Love volunteers http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/holiday-giving-sun-shines-on-lunches-with-love-volunteers/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/holiday-giving-sun-shines-on-lunches-with-love-volunteers/#comments Thu, 26 Nov 2015 01:02:51 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=330221

Chalk signs pointed the way when we stopped by to see how the pre-Thanksgiving “Lunches With Love” volunteers were doing this afternoon in South Park. Steps from that sign, a garage was already filling with an estimated 400 sack lunches:

Upstairs, in organizer Lashanna Williams‘s sun-splashed kitchen, the all-ages volunteer crew continued making sandwiches and filling bags to deliver around the Sound tonight:

This is the third year for this day and night of pre-holiday giving:

You can still help – lunch-making was scheduled to continue until 6 pm, and then delivery starts around 9 – see our preview for location and other info.

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From the Gator-bots: Student researchers hope you’ll help again! http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/from-the-gator-bots-student-researchers-hope-youll-help-again/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/from-the-gator-bots-student-researchers-hope-youll-help-again/#comments Wed, 25 Nov 2015 17:00:27 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=330182 Just a few minutes of your time can help student researchers. Last year, you answered the Gator-bots’ call; here’s what they’re up to this time:

We are the Gator-bots, a Lego Robotics team from Holy Rosary in West Seattle. Last year the West Seattle Community was extremely helpful as we researched ways to share new Technology. This led the team to come up with a creative way to share information. We used this research as part of a project that was then presented at a competition in December.

This year our challenge is to do research on TRASH! Our project focus is to choose a piece of trash and identify a problem with the way it is currently handled. We are looking for problems with the way we make, transport, store, or turn trash into something new. Then find out what is being done to solve the problem.

West Seattle is a very progressive community so we are looking for something new. As a team we discussed opportunities we each have and decided that Food Scrap management may be an opportunity. We found out that New York City developed a profitable project to reduce food scraps that were dumped into the garbage and turn that into a profit by selling it as compost. This required a lot of community work and awareness.

Our Survey is developed to find out more about our community and get some thoughts from all of you.

Thank you in advance,
The Gator-bots

Start the survey here!

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YOU CAN HELP! White Center Food Bank needs turkeys, volunteers tomorrow http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/you-can-help-white-center-food-bank-needs-turkeys-volunteers-tomorrow/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/you-can-help-white-center-food-bank-needs-turkeys-volunteers-tomorrow/#comments Wed, 25 Nov 2015 03:02:09 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=330147 One more day to make sure hundreds of local families can celebrate the holiday with a traditional meal … First, the White Center Food Bank needs more turkeys, and you can bring them by 8:30 am-7 pm on Wednesday. If you can spare some time, they also need help distributing food Wednesday afternoon/evening:

Volunteers needed Wednesday, 4:30-8 pm. It’s holiday distribution time again at the White Center Food Bank and we are currently short volunteers for the afternoon/evening of November 25 to pass out food to clients. We get set up at 4:30 pm. We distribute food from 5:00 to 7:30 pm and then clean up. Families welcome. If you can help, please call Audrey at 206-762-2848 or e-mail audrey@whitecenterfoodbank.org

WCFB is at 10829 8th SW.

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YOU CAN HELP! Put the ‘giving’ in Thanksgiving week, via Lunches With Love http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/you-can-help-put-the-giving-in-thanksgiving-week-via-lunches-with-love/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/you-can-help-put-the-giving-in-thanksgiving-week-via-lunches-with-love/#comments Mon, 23 Nov 2015 18:16:34 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=330017

(2014 ‘Lunches With Love’ photos courtesy of Lashanna Williams)

If you can spare some time and/or food and/or other items … here is your next big chance to give before Thanksgiving. It’s the third year of the grass-roots Lunches With Love project. Its leader Lashanna Williams has this invitation explaining several ways to help:

Hello my sweet Seattleites,

It’s time for Lunches with Love again. Last year we were able to feed many people around the sound and we plan on doing the same this year.

So far we have had donations from Stoneway Construction, The Cuddle Club, and Lafarge-Holcim’s Sales and Concrete Lab.

Volunteers spend the Wednesday before thanksgiving (11.25.15) making paper sack lunches and assembling care packs.

In the evening volunteers take lunches around town to those who need it. (Pike Market park, near the bus stop, outside of shelters, under I-5, alley stoops, along West Marginal … just in human hands)

If you, your officemates, your book club, etc., want to make some sack lunches or drop off lunch supplies – that would also be amazing.

This year our goal is 1,100 lives touched.

Pre-made lunches and supplies can be dropped off to my house – 9319 7th Ave S. – until about 6 pm Wednesday night.

Lunch hints: nothing that needs to be heated. (Sandwich, fruit, veggies, cheese, protein bar, sweet treat..etc)

Living Supplies: Clothes, gloves, blankets, tarps, tents, toothbrushes, reusable water bottles, garbage bags, batteries, flashlights, etc.

If you are interested in making lunches please feel free to come by any time from 11:30 am – 6 pm (Wednesday) and we’ll head out around the sound around 7 pm.

Questions? Email me or call me! Thank you so much for reading and participating if you can.

Lashanna :)
(your Summer Fest and Hometown Holidays face painter)

lashannaw@gmail.com or call 206.715.5265

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YOU CAN HELP! What West Seattle, White Center Food Banks need for Thanksgiving http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/you-can-help-what-west-seattle-white-center-food-banks-need-for-thanksgiving/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/you-can-help-what-west-seattle-white-center-food-banks-need-for-thanksgiving/#comments Sat, 21 Nov 2015 00:23:51 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=329748

If you don’t know them already, above are Fran Yeatts and Rick Jump, executive directors of the West Seattle and White Center Food Banks, photographed at last night’s WS Chamber of Commerce “After Hours” event at Wyatt’s Jewelers (WSB sponsor) in Westwood Village. We’ve checked with both organizations about Thanksgiving turkey needs and here’s where they stand:

WSFB – OK on turkeys thanks to some unexpected deliveries/donations – but they will of course welcome any that you can drop off at their HQ (SE corner of 35th and Morgan, donations through the garage entrance off Morgan) 9 am-3 pm weekdays. This weekend, you can also donate nonperishable food via the food drives at the Junction True Value (4747 44th SW; WSB sponsor) open house on Saturday, 10 am-2 pm, and the Beer Church Turkey Bowl at WS Bowl (39th/Oregon) on Saturday night, 6:30-8:30 pm.

WCFB - Bring turkeys!!!! As mentioned previously, special turkey drive at Fauntleroy Church (9140 California SW) this Sunday, 10 am-noon – look for the truck outside – or at their HQ (10829 8th SW) 9 am- 5 pm weekdays.

Both also can always use cash donations, as in many cases – though NOT the case with turkeys! – they have special agreements and can make donated dollars go further. For WSFB – donate online here; for WCFB (which serves WS south of SW Myrtle) – donate online here.

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Keep your neighbors warm, by donating clothes, coats, and shoes for West Seattle Helpline via Dave Newman State Farm Insurance http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/keep-your-neighbors-warm-by-donating-clothes-coats-and-shoes-for-west-seattle-helpline-via-dave-newman-state-farm-insurance/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/keep-your-neighbors-warm-by-donating-clothes-coats-and-shoes-for-west-seattle-helpline-via-dave-newman-state-farm-insurance/#comments Mon, 16 Nov 2015 23:11:08 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=329341

(Photo from last holiday season: Car full of donations, unloaded upon delivery to WS Helpline)

That photo shows some of what West Seattleites donated to the West Seattle Helpline last holiday season to help keep neighbors warm, in large part thanks to a donation drive at Dave Newman State Farm Insurance (WSB sponsor). We’ve just received word that they’re doing it again: You can drop off donations of clean clothes, coats, and shoes at Dave Newman’s office (3435 California SW) from now until the end of December. If you want to donate, but can’t get the item(s) to the donation location, pickup might be available – call 206-932-1878 to inquire.

P.S. We’ve just added this to the newly launched WSB West Seattle Holiday Guide, which, along with all kinds of other holiday information, includes a specific list of donation drives and other opportunities to give – some, like this one, all season long, others just for a specific day or event. Something to add? E-mail us at editor@westseattleblog.com – thank you!

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YOU CAN HELP! Volunteer homework tutors needed for kids who are homeless because of domestic violence http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/you-can-help-volunteer-homework-tutors-needed-for-kids-who-are-homeless-because-of-domestic-violence/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/you-can-help-volunteer-homework-tutors-needed-for-kids-who-are-homeless-because-of-domestic-violence/#comments Fri, 13 Nov 2015 17:04:17 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=328989 Can you help? The program is based in our area:

Volunteer Homework Tutors Needed!

Salvation Army – Hickman House is a transitional housing program for families who are homeless due to domestic violence. The volunteer tutor will help with the “Homework Club” which meets weekday afternoons for 1.5 hours. This program is for students in kindergarten through high school to complete homework assignments and strengthen reading and math skills. Tutors provide constructive feedback and encouragement, and inspire students to be life-long learners.

Schedule: We ask tutors to volunteer on a Monday, Wednesday, or Thursday afternoon or evening. We are looking for a commitment of at least 6 months.


- Experience with youth as a teacher, tutor, babysitter, volunteer or family member

- Empathy, patience, a friendly demeanor, and good communication skills, especially active listening

- Eligible candidates will be over 18 years old and must pass a criminal background check and complete a child safety training

Contact: Leah, Children’s Program Coordinator: 206-932-5341 or leah.knopf@usw.salvationarmy.org

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HAPPENING NOW: West Seattle Food Bank turkey drive at HomeStreet Bank http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/happening-now-west-seattle-food-bank-turkey-drive-at-homestreet-bank/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/happening-now-west-seattle-food-bank-turkey-drive-at-homestreet-bank/#comments Fri, 13 Nov 2015 01:33:57 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=328945

Until 7 pm, the West Seattle Food Bank would love to see you at HomeStreet Bank (WSB sponsor) at 41st SW and SW Alaska in The Junction, where they’re collecting donated frozen turkeys and cash/check donations ($15 will buy a turkey – prices are up this year). You probably recognize Blitz, the Seahawks’ mascot, in the photo – as noted in our previews, he was there for photo ops for the first hour (HomeStreet is the official bank of the Seahawks). If you can’t get to HomeStreet tonight, stay tuned for other WS Food Bank donation opportunities as Thanksgiving approaches – just two weeks from today.

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Get your West Seattle Wildlife Calendar during tonight’s Art Walk, or 6 other ways http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/get-your-west-seattle-wildlife-calendar-during-tonights-art-walk-or-6-other-ways/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/get-your-west-seattle-wildlife-calendar-during-tonights-art-walk-or-6-other-ways/#comments Thu, 12 Nov 2015 17:13:00 +0000 Patrick http://westseattleblog.com/?p=328886

Photographer Mark Wangerin has kindly shared dozens of West Seattle wildlife photos here again this year, often beautiful bird photos in which he invests an amazing amount of time and talent – you don’t just walk up to a spot in a park, see a bird on a branch, snap a photo, and walk away; sometimes it’s an hours-long stakeout. And again this year, he’s donated photos for the West Seattle Wildlife Calendar that’s being sold as a benefit for environmental programs at Chief Sealth International High School, where he taught for a decade. The printing run was expanded this year but the $14.99 calendars are still going fast; here’s how to get one, including a special event tonight:

*You can buy yours from Sealth students who will be at CAPERS in The Junction during tonight’s West Seattle Art Walk, 6-9 pm (4525 California SW).

*They’re also on sale while supplies last during regular business hours at West Seattle Thriftway (California/Fauntleroy, WSB sponsor); Emerald Water Anglers (42nd/Oregon, WSB sponsor); J.F. Henry (4445 California SW); and West Seattle Nursery (California/Brandon).

*If you know a Sealth 9th grader, ask about a calendar. If not, e-mail nczeichner@seattleschools.org.

*Last but by no means least, a few remain available for online purchase at markhousepublishing.com.

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YOU CAN HELP! West Seattle High School PTSA ‘Reaching for the Stars’ in 10 days http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/you-can-help-west-seattle-high-school-ptsa-reaching-for-the-stars-in-10-days/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/you-can-help-west-seattle-high-school-ptsa-reaching-for-the-stars-in-10-days/#comments Tue, 10 Nov 2015 18:40:18 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=328718 West Seattle High School‘s PTSA is “Reaching for the Stars” with its annual fundraising auction in just 10 days – Friday, November 20th, at Brockey Center on the South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) campus – but they can’t get there without you. Nikki Page from the PTSA e-mailed to say they’re still selling tickets and you can get in at the discounted early rate, $50, if you buy yours by Friday: “Please come and support West Seattle High School!” is their message to you and the rest of the community; here’s where the money goes. You can get your ticket(s) online.

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YOU CAN HELP! West Seattle Food Bank needs pet food, cat litter http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/you-can-help-west-seattle-food-bank-needs-pet-food-cat-litter/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/you-can-help-west-seattle-food-bank-needs-pet-food-cat-litter/#comments Thu, 05 Nov 2015 20:31:51 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=328244 Just out of the WSB inbox:

The West Seattle Food Bank is in need of pet food and kitty litter donations. We are a critical resource to more than 9,300 individuals, many of which have pets. Last year we distributed just under 10,000 pounds of pet food through requests we receive from families in need of being able to take care of their furry. Thank you in advance. Our clients appreciate the kindness and support of their community. Our location is on the SE corner of 35th & Morgan, with our garage entrance off Morgan. Donation hours are Monday – Friday 9 am – 3 pm.

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YOU CAN HELP! Two West Seattle locations for Green Seattle Day next Saturday http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/you-can-help-two-west-seattle-locations-for-green-seattle-day-next-saturday/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/you-can-help-two-west-seattle-locations-for-green-seattle-day-next-saturday/#comments Mon, 02 Nov 2015 01:20:06 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=327854 Looking ahead to next weekend – Saturday (November 7th) is the 10th annual Green Seattle Day, your next chance to spend a little time doing something big in local greenspaces. Two West Seattle locations are looking for volunteers – Lincoln Park (with Friends of Lincoln Park) and the West Duwamish Greenbelt (with Nature Consortium). Trees will be planted and fun will be had. No experience needed – all ages welcome – plants, tools, gloves, coffee, snacks provided. Sign up ASAP and get more info on times and locations by going here.

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West Seattle scene: WS Chamber of Commerce visits Westside School ‘after-hours’ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/10/west-seattle-scene-ws-chamber-of-commerce-visits-westside-school-after-hours/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/10/west-seattle-scene-ws-chamber-of-commerce-visits-westside-school-after-hours/#comments Fri, 30 Oct 2015 03:32:07 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=327537

(WSB photos by Patrick Sand)

Big smiles from West Seattle Chamber of Commerce CEO Lynn Dennis (above right) and Westside School (WSB sponsor) Head of School Kate Mulligan (above left) tonight, as Westside hosted the Chamber’s monthly “after-hours” meetup at its brand-new “permanent home” in Arbor Heights. Along with updates on Chamber events – 10 spots left in next week’s speed-networking lunch – members in attendance also got the chance to announce what their businesses/organizations are up to. Here’s a special collaboration/donation drive to mark on your calendar:

From left, above, are West Seattle Food Bank board member Pete Spalding and development director Judi Yazzolino with vice president/branch manager Melodie VanHouten from the West Seattle branch of HomeStreet Bank (WSB sponsor), who announced a turkey-donation drive at the bank (4022 SW Alaska), for the food bank, 4-7 pm November 12th: Donate a frozen turkey or cash/check ($15 suggested), and if you’re there early, Seahawks mascot Blitz is expected for photo ops 4-5 pm.

Also announced:

-Event venue The Lounge by Duos in Luna Park is hosting a Movember event on November 11th – tickets and info are here
-Rotary Club of West Seattle‘s Children’s Holiday Shopping Spree on December 5th (200 volunteers needed! Check the Rotary website starting this weekend to see how to sign up)
-Next February, the Delridge Neighborhoods Development Association (which runs and is based at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center) will have its first benefit in years – details to come
-Westside School’s next open houses are November 3rd (5th through 8th grades) and December 5th (PreK through 8th).

Alki restaurant Phoenecia (WSB sponsor) catered tonight’s meetup, at which new Chamber members were announced, too. (Interested in joining? Info’s here.)

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West Seattle Helpline can’t help anybody without you! Here’s something you can do right now. http://westseattleblog.com/2015/10/west-seattle-helpline-cant-help-anybody-without-you-heres-something-you-can-do-right-now/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/10/west-seattle-helpline-cant-help-anybody-without-you-heres-something-you-can-do-right-now/#comments Thu, 22 Oct 2015 17:24:30 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=326798 West Seattle Helpline wants to remind you that its 6th annual “Neighbors Helping Neighbors” dinner and auction is only three weeks away:

This event raises critical awareness, support, and funds to ensure that all of our neighbors have a place to turn when they need help getting back on their feet after a crisis.

This year, we’ll be featuring:
*A cocktail hour with live music, fun activities and a silent auction
*A three-course meal with beer and wine from local breweries and wineries
*A live auction including vacations and one-of-a-kind experiences
*Our famously competitive (and delicious) dessert dash!

It’s 6-9 pm Friday, November 13th, at The Hall at Fauntleroy. You can get your ticket(s) right now by going here.

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