How to help – West Seattle Blog… West Seattle news, 24/7 Fri, 25 May 2018 17:42:31 +0000 en-US hourly 1 YOU CAN HELP! Chief Sealth IHS Green Team’s garden request Fri, 25 May 2018 16:36:49 +0000

The photo and request are from Chief Sealth International High School student Zhen Williams and schoolmates working on a garden project:

I am part of Green Team, a committed group of student representatives that come together to ensure a healthy environment for current and future generations. Our student committee meets weekly and discusses environmental issues, spreads awareness, and works on environmental issues impacting the Puget Sound. Currently we are working on creating and maintaining a courtyard garden, located within Chief Sealth International High School (the school I attend), to promote the idea of community and increase the awareness and our impact on the environment as a school. It also provides an opportunity for students to understand concepts such as sustainability, how to improve our environment, and how students can make a direct change.

Currently, we have an irrigation system almost installed to keep the plants alive and healthy during the summer months. We still need plants for the garden, preferably flower and vegetable starts, native bushes, and potting soil and compost, to ensure that the plants are able to grow and be sustained over the summer when the students are out of school.

We hope that you will consider donating any plant starters or compost to help our courtyard garden. The Green Team relies heavily on the support and donations of our community members and believes in the power of local businesses.

Feel free to contact me with any questions about our club or our Courtyard Garden plans. I can be reached at Thank you for considering!

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West Seattle Memorial Day 2018: Can you help with flags in The Junction? Fri, 25 May 2018 00:02:11 +0000

(WSB file photo, Post 160 volunteers placing flags in The Junction)

Can you help with The Junction’s flags on Monday? From the WSB inbox:

American Legion Post 160 of West Seattle would like to invite volunteers of all ages to help, put and take down, American Flags in the Alaska Junction in observance of Memorial Day.

We will meet our community volunteers at the northeast corner of California & Alaska at 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM.

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COUNTDOWN: 15th anniversary of Laps With Lou at Pathfinder to help Make-A-Wish Thu, 24 May 2018 21:05:58 +0000 (WSB photo, June 2017)

Looking beyond Memorial Day – one of our favorite annual West Seattle events is happening a week from tomorrow. Retired Pathfinder K-8 P-E teacher Lou Cutler returns to the school on Pigeon Point on Friday, June 1st, to run laps raising money for Make-A-Wish – one lap around the field for each year he’ll be celebrating on his upcoming birthday. This year – the 15th anniversary of “Laps With Lou” – that’s 67 laps! He’ll start around 9 am, with most of the school joining him, and continue through most of the day (last year he wrapped up around 1:45). You’re invited to be there to cheer him on and/or join in the run and/or pledge online! Pathfinder is at 1901 SW Genesee.

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YOU CAN HELP! Celebrate with, and give a boost to, Sanislo Elementary Tue, 22 May 2018 02:43:21 +0000 Last year, the wider West Seattle community opened its arms and embraced Sanislo Elementary, our area’s least-populous public elementary school, and the little school got a big boost. The Sanislo PTA is hoping for an encore this year, and the big auction/dinner is less than two weeks away! Here’s the invitation:

Thanks to the community support of Sanislo Elementary’s auction last year, we kicked our $5,000 goal to the curb and raised $15,000!

This windfall provided a mindfulness program, increased teacher stipends, created a ‘book fair bucks’ program, and is affording scholarships to kids in need so they can participate in after-school enrichment! YOU, yes YOU, helped make this happen! Let’s do it again!

Our annual auction is just around the corner. We hope you can join us once again in supporting educational equity.

– All Around the World Auction

– Saturday, June 2nd from 6 pm-10 pm

– Alki Masonic Center, 4736 40th Ave SW

– Silent Auction

– Dinner and TWO Drink Tickets Included!

– A special performance by Seattle Kokon Taiko Japanese Drummers, a DJ, Dancing, and more!

You can reserve your tickets online, or, if you can’t make it but would like to donate, you can do that through the link below as well.

Donations to our auction make a significant impact in the education of our kids. With more than 70% of our families living in poverty, our school community simply cannot raise these essential funds alone. We hope to see you there!

Click to reserve tickets or directly donate.

P.S. Preview the cool stuff you’ll be able to bid on, by going here.

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YOU CAN HELP! Start your weekend with an hour at Roxhill Park Fri, 18 May 2018 21:52:32 +0000 Big spring weekend ahead … and if you can give one hour of your time at the start, you can make a difference: 10 am, meet at 29th and Barton to join your neighbors for Spring Clean at Roxhill Park. You don’t have to bring anything – gloves, bags, and safety gear will be provided. It’s a partnership of community members and city departments including Seattle Public Utilities, Parks and Recreation, Neighborhoods, and SDOT.

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HELPING THE HELPLINE: Here’s the lineup for next week’s Taste of West Seattle Mon, 14 May 2018 23:00:20 +0000 Waiting to find out who’s part of the peninsula’s tastiest fundraiser of the year before buying your ticket(s)? The wait is over. The West Seattle Helpline has sent word of the food and beverage purveyors you’ll find at May 24’s Taste of West Seattle:

The West Seattle Helpline’s 13th annual Taste of West Seattle (presented by Metropolitan Market) is just a little over a week away! Join us May 24th at The Hall at Fauntleroy from 6-9 pm for the most delicious night in West Seattle. If you don’t have tickets, you need to buy them fast — Tuesday, May 22 is the last day to purchase tickets.

The Taste of West Seattle is a local, community-based food fair and is the largest event of its kind in West Seattle. This year’s Taste will feature food and drink from 37 different restaurants, breweries, wineries, coffee shops, bakeries, chocolatiers, and more – all from right here in West Seattle! Check out the lineup below:

Admiral Bird
B’s Po Boy
BAKED. Custom Cakes
Bakery Nouveau
Beveridge Place Pub
The Bridge
Brookdale Admiral Heights/WS
Cafe Mia
Cafe Osita
Chaco Canyon Organic Cafe
Coastline Burgers
Copper Coin
Coral Wines
Cupcake Royale
Dream Dinners, West Seattle
Dolcetta Artisan Sweets
Duos Catering
Elliott Bay Brewing Co.
Husky Deli
Metropolitan Market
Mission Cantina
Pecos Pit-West Seattle
Pizzeria 22
Prost! West Seattle
Salty’s on Alki
Schooner EXACT Brewing Co.
T2 Cellars
Tuxedos and Tennis Shoes-Catering and Events
Viscon Cellars
West 5
West Seattle Brewing Co.
West Seattle Cellars
The Westy
The Swinery
Wildwood Market

All proceeds from the event go directly to the West Seattle Helpline’s emergency assistance and homelessness prevention programs. These services stabilize and support individuals and families in West Seattle who are recovering from a crisis or unexpected hardship.

Buy your tickets online today by going here.

(Viscon Cellars, The Westy, Salty’s, Pecos Pit, Metropolitan Market, Dream Dinners, and Circa are also WSB sponsors.)

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COUNTDOWN: West Seattle 5K on Sunday! Mon, 14 May 2018 16:04:43 +0000 (2017 West Seattle 5K photo by Leda Costa for WSB)

It’s a run/walk for the whole family – and it’s now less than one week away. Sunday (May 20th) brings the first big 5K of the season to our area, the West Seattle 5K, raising money for the West Seattle High School PTSA. Even if you’re not participating, you need to know that the WS5K takes over the waterfront road for a few hours on Sunday morning, so heed those no-parking signs! So you might as well join in. The run/walk starts just after 9 am, leaving from and returning to 61st/Alki, just west of the Bathhouse. If you’re not already signed up, you can still register online – go here. Strollers and leashed dogs welcome! (WSB is a co-sponsor again this year, as we’ve been every year since the WS5K launched in 2009.)

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UPDATE: Hundreds gather to help thousands @ West Seattle Food Bank’s 2018 Instruments of Change Mon, 14 May 2018 03:19:02 +0000 (UPDATED MONDAY with fundraising tally from Saturday’s event)

(WSB photos by Patrick Sand)

By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

“Tonight we are here to be sure all our friends and neighbors in West Seattle have enough to eat.”

That’s how auctioneer/emcee Ian Lindsay summarized things for about 250 people who gathered last night for the West Seattle Food Bank‘s annual Instruments of Change dinner and auction.

The celebration at the Seattle Design Center honored a job that can’t go undone – but, the WSFB’s 17-year executive director Fran Yeatts (above), acknowledged, would ideally be unnecessary. “I am really sorry that we have to do this work,” she began, while explaining that it will make a difference for about 10,000 people in the community this year – some, just once; some, over and over again. Ten thousand also is how many people in West Seattle live below the federal poverty level, according to a video shown at the event.

The stats are eye-opening:

*1.8 million pounds of food to be distributed this year
*35,000 pounds a week
*Up to 250 households served by mobile food bank and home deliveries
*Backpack Program serves up to 400 children each weekend
*Bookcase Program up to 10000 donated books
*Pet Pantry up to 12,000 pounds of donated food

Since moving to the shopping model last year, up to 40 percent more households have been coming through their doors. And about 20 percent of those nearly 2 million pounds of food delivered to all those people has to be purchased, rather than received as donations.

The WSFB has many partners. Each year at this event, one is honored with the Instrument of Change Award – this year, the honoree is locally owned grocery store West Seattle Thriftway (WSB sponsor).

On hand to accept the award were Brian Bixenman, store director (above left), and owner Paul Kapioski (above right)– another reason for the store to celebrate this year, along with its 30th anniversary.

Thriftway was honored for giving to the WSFB in a multitude of ways, donating thousands of pounds of food, as well as cash through a receipt turn-in program, and its annual shopping-spree raffle (in which, the WSFB notes, the winner often donates the shopping-spree food to the WSFB, which becomes a double winner in the deal).

“We’re just a small family-owned grocery store that’s trying to help the community,” Kapioski said in accepting the award. “We’re happy to be part of this community and help in any way we can.”

And Ben Viscon, president of the WSFB board – on which he’s served for nine years – said the need increased exponentially over the past year, bigger than it’s been in the food bank’s 30 years.

“Folks that were never on the bubble before, are on the bubble.” He ticked off numbers from the headlines. One in three people in the neighborhood come to WSFB for something. “This is a growth number we don’t want to have.” He also talked about the dignity of the shopping model to which WSFB moved. His role is to “push what’s next, how can we serve better,” he said, in asking eventgoers to dig a little deeper into their pockets.

The event featured live and silent auctions. Many of the items were very personal to the donors – for example, longtime WSFB volunteer Rosslyn Shea, a local public-school worker who launched the Backpack Program, donated an authentic Kenyan dinner for 10, which went for $1400.

Shea grew up in Kenya. Other donated auction items included getaways, sports-ticket packages, jewelry, even an audio system.

WSB was a co-sponsor of Instruments of Change. Other sponsors include these local businesses/organizations who are also on the WSB sponsor team: CHI Franciscan Health, HomeStreet Bank, Metropolitan Market, Quail Park Memory Care Residences of West Seattle, Verity Credit Union, Viscon Cellars. Table hosts included another WSB sponsor, NCompass Construction:

(Drew Foster and Stefan Hansmire from NCompass)

Leaders of other nonprofits are a fixture at Instruments of Change, as the organizations work to support each other in lifting up our community’s neediest people. Seen next to table host Amy Daly-Donovan (second from left below) was one whose own organization had its own successful fundraiser just three weeks earlier (also emceed by Lindsay), Nancy Woodland of WestSide Baby:

Big night for the Food Bank’s development director Judi Yazzolino, below right with C & P Coffee (WSB sponsor) co-proprietor Cameron Moores:

We’ll add the fundraising tally when it’s available. (The Dessert Dash alone raised $14,000, Lindsay announced.) Couldn’t be there? Here’s how to help the WSFB, any time.

ADDED MONDAY: Judi Yazzolino updates us: “Total for Instruments of Change is $160,705, not counting any employer matches. This is $12,000 more than last year’s total of $148,400. A huge heartfelt thank you to our sponsors & guests from the West Seattle Food Bank!”

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HAPPENING NOW: Post-Garage Sale Day donation dropoffs Sat, 12 May 2018 22:19:04 +0000 West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day is many things – among them, a boon to local nonprofits who welcome leftovers:

NORTHWEST CENTER’S BIG BLUE TRUCK: Open late tonight in The Junction for post-WSCGSD donations! 4718 44th SW, dropoff until 6:30 pm. Please bag/box items. Check out their list of what they’ll accept, or schedule a residential pickup for this coming week, at

STUFF THE TRUCK AT HOLY ROSARY: They’re collecting unwanted items again this year, 42nd/Genesee, to help fund programs to help neighbors in need. Most-needed items: Clothing, books, men’s jeans, shorts and shoes, and women’s business clothing. (No furniture, mattresses or beds, please.)

Look for the truck in the HR parking lot off 42nd SW north of SW Genesee until 5 pm.

STOP N SHOP AT THE SENIOR CENTER OF WEST SEATTLE: Taking “small household items and clothing” today until 4 pm – drop off in the carport on the east side of the building (4217 SW Oregon).

And to the south:

WHITE CENTER HEIGHTS ELEMENTARY: A donation drive with a special early drop-off date for WSCGSD:

White Center Heights Elementary PTA is partnering with Value Village for our first-ever Donation Drive Fundraiser Wed. May 30 – Mon. June 18, with a special early drop-off date on Sat. May 12 during West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day — so sellers can get rid of what’s left and buyers can make room for new treasures.

Every pound of your unwanted stuff turns into funds for uniforms, supplies and community activities benefiting White Center Heights students, teachers and families.

Early Donation Drop-Off
Sat. May 12, 3 PM-6 PM at White Center Heights Elementary School Parking Lot (10015 6th Ave SW)

Regular Donation Drop-Off
Wed. May 30 – Mon. June 18, Noon-10PM at Full Tilt Ice Cream (9629 16th Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98106)
* For large amounts of donations, please contact us at the info below so we can accommodate.

What We Can Take
Clothing, shoes, bedding, towels, accessories (e.g., hats, mittens, scarves, ties, socks, purses, wallets, backpacks, bags, belts, jewelry)
Small household items (e.g., electronics, toys & games, kitchen items, knick-knacks, sporting goods)
Books and media (e.g., CDs, DVDs)
Please put soft items in trash bags and hard/heavy items in boxes.

Questions? Contact Us
If you have any questions, can’t make the drop-off times or have a lot of donations, please call/text 206-992-6506 or email

Anybody else? E-mail us – – and we will add.

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YOU CAN HELP! Seal Sitters training volunteers as pupping season begins Fri, 11 May 2018 04:10:36 +0000

Seal-pup season is starting, and Seal Sitters Marine Stranding Network is recruiting – and training – volunteers. From Robin Lindsey:

There are still spaces left for Seal Sitters Volunteer Training, Saturday, June 9th, from 10 am-12:30 pm (see details here). Doors open at 9:30. Due to limited seating, RSVP is required at the website link to ensure a seat.

Seal Sitters is always in need of dedicated volunteers to keep marine mammals safe and educate the public. We do encourage children (must be accompanied by adult) to join Seal Sitters and become environmental stewards at a young age. It is empowering for those of all ages to be able to protect marine life and truly make a difference.

Harbor seal pupping season is getting underway in Washington. There are numerous pregnant seals in Central and Puget Sound. Harbor seals are generally born in our area from late June thru early September; however, there has already been a premature birth, so we can expect pups soon. We have had newborn pups in West Seattle as early as June 9th. If you are heading to the outer coast of Washington now and over the next couple of months, you might very well encounter a newborn pup. Always stay back to avoid abandonment and contact the area stranding network (for maps, go here).

To learn in-depth about harbor seal pups and to view a pupping season map, go here.

Here in West Seattle, we never know what kind of activity each season will bring. Wildlife is predictably unpredictable! That’s why Seal Sitters needs predictably reliable volunteers – since each day can bring new challenges, anything from keeping a resting seal pup safe from harm to responding to a stranded whale.

As always, if you see a seal – or other marine mammal – on a West Seattle 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.

To learn more about Seal Sitters, marine mammals and the work of NOAA’s MMSN, please visit our website and blog for “what’s happening on the beach.”

Robin adds that her photo above is “of weaned seal ‘Uno,’ who spent many days onshore in January and February resting near the water taxi.”

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CAN YOU HELP? Teacher needs a boost from a builder Thu, 10 May 2018 05:27:11 +0000 An unusual request landed in the WSB inbox, from Shoshanna Cohen:

I am a sixth-grade teacher at White Center Heights Elementary. My students are planning an entire S.T.E.A.M. Carnival for the entire school of 750 students. On May 16th we want to have a building/cutting party at the school from 1-3:30 pm. We have all the materials already donated. We are looking for anyone who knows anything about construction/building and could help support my students in building everything from a remote control car obstacle course to a gigantic Plinko board to a life size Angry Birds Launcher.

Can you help? E-mail Shoshanna at if you can, or if you have questions.

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Up early to celebrate the Senior Center of West Seattle Tue, 08 May 2018 20:25:41 +0000 (WSB photos)

One week ago today, the Senior Center of West Seattle was honored as Nonprofit of the Year at the West Seattle Chamber of Commerce Westside Awards breakfast. This morning, it was another early day for the Senior Center at its own breakfast event, the annual fundraiser, with ~150 people (added) raising more than $47,700 at the Masonic Center in The Junction.

County Council Chair Joe McDermott, above with Senior Center executive director Lyle Evans, was keynote speaker for the breakfast, themed “Joy is in the Journey.”

One of the joyful moments of the event was a spotlight for Bettie Williams-Watson (above) of Multi-Communities – whose story we told here on WSB just last week. She explained that her small nonprofit relies on the SC’s computers to get a lot of work done! Meantime, the center detailed its 2017 “impact,” including serving more than 4,000 seniors, with more than 50 programs and activities, 7,000+ lunches via the Junction Diner, 2,100+ salads sandwiches, and soups via Margie’s Café, 25,000+ delivered meals, and more. It also provides meaningful community involvement for longtime volunteers like Ross Goldman (below right with brother Peter Goldman, as they invited attendees to be part of a special giving opportunity:

This was the 11th annual breakfast for the Senior Center, with major sponsors including WSB sponsors Quail Park Memory Care of West Seattle and Verity Credit Union. This year’s catering was by Luna Park-headquartered Duos.

P.S. Couldn’t be there but want to help the center (which is at 4217 SW Oregon in The Junction and the home of many community events beyond its own programs and services)? You can give online, here.

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THINK SUMMER! 24th annual West Seattle 4th of July Kids’ Parade countdown launches Mon, 07 May 2018 22:45:34 +0000

(WSB file photo)

Our area’s only 4th of July parade is now less than two months away, and that means the countdown is on, as is the fundraising to cover costs. West Seattle 4th of July Kids’ Parade coordinator Emily Williams (who you might know from Fit4Mom West Seattle) has the announcement:

The 24th annual 4th of July Children’s Parade in West Seattle is right around the corner!

This isn’t your typical parade, the kids ARE the show! Riding on bikes, wagons or in their strollers together with their families, they entertain onlookers by waving flags and showing off their festive attire and decorations. The parade weaves roughly a mile, through the neighborhood of Admiral, down to Hamilton Viewpoint Park; it’s the cutest family-friendly event of the summer!

After the parade, children enjoy old-fashioned gunny-sack races, arts and crafts, and various activities presented by local businesses as well as popsicles sold by the Admiral Neighborhood Association and eats from several local food trucks.

Many community members and local businesses come together year after year to keep this longstanding West Seattle tradition alive. Now in its 24th year, the Children’s Parade is truly an event for and by the families of West Seattle.

Nicole Lutomski, Megan Erb and Emily Williams are facilitating the event this year NEED YOUR HELP to COVER ALL THE COSTS!!

There is opportunity for both individual contributions through the Crowdfunding Page or the established PayPal Account as well as several business sponsorship levels. If your business would like to host a kid craft table or simply donate to the event, please email to discuss details.

The parade starts at 10 am on July 4th (a Wednesday this year) from 44th/Sunset in North Admiral (map), and if you’re new – no preregistration required, just show up to be in (or watch) the parade! Post-parade activities start at Hamilton Viewpoint Park at 10:45 am, and diapers will be collected for WestSide Baby.

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HAPPENING NOW: Highland Park Elementary’s new playground needs a little more help Sat, 05 May 2018 18:30:21 +0000

Got some time to spare right now? Get over to Highland Park Elementary! The photo and invitation are from Connie Wolf:

The Highland Park Elementary PTA was hoping that May 5th would feature a Grand Opening Party for our school’s new playground, but as is typical for big projects, the construction took much longer than expected. Happily, as of yesterday, all the construction is complete! The work we have left to do is to move the engineered wood fiber (play chips) under our new net climber and slides. It’s a big job and a good workout. If you have an hour or two to spare, please join us [now] to get the “pit” filled in. Thank you everybody for your support!

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ONE MONTH AWAY! Seattle’s ‘only urban obstacle course race,’ Loop the ‘Lupe Wed, 02 May 2018 20:55:29 +0000 The countdown continues for all the cool spring and summer events coming up. Today, we are exactly one month away from Seattle’s “only urban obstacle course race,” Loop the ‘Lupe, June 2nd at Walt Hundley Playfield.

This will be the second year for Loop the ‘Lupe, which drew 300 people in the first year of “the biggest, muddiest, family-friendliest event.” For year two, organizers are adding a food/drink area, live music – Bottle Rockit! is booked already – and a beer garden (presented by The Beer Junction).

From Race Director Brian Callanan:

Loop the ‘Lupe features a 1K “loop” around Walt Hundley Playfield, where participants race under, over, and through seven obstacles (two new ones added in 2018), including a mud pit, walls, “Squirtgun Alley,” and more.

Loop the ‘Lupe has four options to get the whole family involved in a fun day at the park:

Obstacle Course: For ninja warriors who think their skills are up to the task, the Obstacle Course 5K (five loops) begins at 11 a.m.

5K Family Fun Run/Walk: Not ready for the obstacles? No problem! You can pass them by and make this into a family fun run/walk, starting at 11:45 a.m.

Senior Saunter: The “Saunter” is for walkers age 65+ looking for a flat, no-obstacles walk. The turf soccer field at the park is the “race” course. People used their rolling walkers at this event in2017, so come see how many laps you can complete in 20 minutes! Starts at 12:15 p.m.

Youth Dash: Do you have a child under 8 years old? They can join in the fun, too, by taking one loop around the course (parental help encouraged). The fun begins at 1 p.m.!

Proceeds from Loop the ‘Lupe support the Walmesley Center at Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish. The Center has been one of the area’s most utilized facilities for sports and social outreach work since opening in 2012.

You can go here right now to register.

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