West Seattle, Washington
With less than one week left to buy tickets for West Seattle’s biggest annual celebration of food and drink, the Taste of West Seattle‘s lineup has been revealed.
Backstory: The Taste of West Seattle benefits West Seattle Helpline, whose work basically comes down to preventing people from becoming homeless, by providing emergency help. It’s happening 6 pm Thursday, May 25th, at The Hall at Fauntleroy, and you have to buy your ticket(s) by next Tuesday (May 23rd). From Helpline:
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 40 different restaurants, breweries, wineries, coffee shops, bakeries, chocolatiers, and more – all from right here in West Seattle! Check out the restaurant lineup below:
BAKED. Custom Cakes
The Beer Junction
Beveridge Place Pub
Brookdale Admiral Heights/WS
Chaco Canyon Organic Cafe
Dream Dinners, West Seattle
Dolcetta Artisan Sweets
Elliott Bay Brewing Co.
Harry’s Chicken Joint
The Lodge Sports Grille
Locöl Barley and Vine
Pecos Pit-West Seattle
Prost! West Seattle
Salty’s on Alki
Schooner EXACT Brewing Co.
Tuxedos and Tennis Shoes-Catering and Events
West Seattle Cellars
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.
(Eight of the participating venues – Dream Dinners, Endolyne Joe’s, Metropolitan Market, Pecos Pit, Salty’s on Alki, Viscon Cellars, The Westy, and Zeeks Pizza – are WSB sponsors.)
Continuing to count down to summer events, we are now exactly one month away from this year’s Relay for Life West Seattle, raising money to fight cancer. This year, the overnight event will be at Hiawatha Playfield instead of West Seattle Stadium (which has a resurfacing project coming up), starting at 6 pm Friday, June 16th. Even if you’re not participating, you can stop by to cheer for the teams and/or donate – the Survivors’ Lap at 6:30 pm and the luminarias at 10 pm are two reasons to visit. Find out more here.
Spring is really and truly finally arriving. and on Saturday, you can be out enjoying the weather and enjoying the satisfaction of doing a good deed. Start the day by being part of the team for Spring Clean in The Junction. You’ll get coffee, breakfast, and a limited-edition tote bag, as well as a fun time with West Seattle neighbors. Here’s all you have to do:
*Show up at Junction Plaza Park (42nd/Alaska) at 9 am Saturday (May 20th)
If you want to preview what needs to be done before you sign up – see the list here – you have many options! You don’t have to bring anything – it’s all provided.
Two local schools are inviting you to help them help homeless children and teens whose families are at the new Mary’s Place-operated shelter in White Center:
Lafayette and Genesee Hill Elementary Schools are doing a book drive this month to collect books for children and teens who are guests at Mary’s Place in White Center. We have collected over 1200 books already!
We are still on the lookout for books that are in languages other than English and ones that feature characters and themes that are historically underrepresented in children’s books and reflect the population Mary’s Place serves (diverse ethnic and socioeconomic narrative settings, immigrants, nontraditional family units, etc.). If people have books of this sort that are new or gently used, they are welcome to drop them off at Lafayette from today through Friday May 19th.
There will be a box outside of the school’s front doors where books can be dropped off.
Lafayette is at 2645 California SW in The Admiral District.
A West Seattle man who was looking forward to his wedding is instead engrossed in helping his fiancée recover from a crash, thousands of miles away, and raising money to cover her medical bills. We received first word of this from several people who said that Matthias Bakken, a South Delridge resident and small-business owner, is one of the best neighbors they’ve ever had, and they wanted to get wider word out to the community. Stephanie, for one, explained, “He is a great guy always willing to help others and is now in a terrible time of need.” Eventually, we connected directly with Matthias. So here’s the summary:
He and his fiancée Goi, who is from Udon Thani in northeastern Thailand, had just spoken by phone to set the date for their wedding when less than an hour later she was in a motorcycle crash that left her with major injuries. He traveled to Thailand, frantic to find out what had happened and where she was being cared for. She had suffered life-threatening injuries and along with being treated for those will require reconstructive surgery for her teeth and face. He says that at first he “was sleeping out in front of the hospital because I didn’t want to waste money that I knew I would need to use” for her bills. She is close to stable, he says, but her surgeries will cost more than her insurance covers, and she is from an impoverished farming family. “I need to make my soon to be wife whole again and I need the kindness of strangers to make this happen,” he told us.
We mentioned that Matthias is an entrepreneur; he says his business, Leaf Natural Products, donates all its profits to charity. Matthias’s medical-costs fundraiser for Goi is on the crowdfunding site GoFundMe.
If you’ve been procrastinating about signing up for this year’s West Seattle 5K run/walk – time’s running out. Online registration ends on Thursday (May 18th); after that, you’ll have to sign up during packet pickups at West Seattle Runner (2743 California SW; WSB sponsor) next Saturday, or right before the race. It starts from 61st SW/Alki SW at the beach on Sunday, May 21st, at 9:20 am. WSB is a sponsor again this year, as we’ve been every year since the first WS5K in 2009. You can sign up right now by going here, and that also guarantees you a T-shirt with the cool new logo (note that kids 6 and under are free, but no T-shirt), and get ready for a fun morning at the beach, benefiting West Seattle High School!
3:10 PM: Here’s who’s welcoming donations in the West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day aftermath:
STUFF THE TRUCK AT HOLY ROSARY: Until 5 pm, a truck is on the north side of Holy Rosary School, off 42nd SW north of SW Genesee, collecting donations for St. Vincent de Paul. Here’s what they’re taking.
Meantime, Alki Elementary’s PTA fundraiser is continuing all weekend:
CLOTHES FOR THE CAUSE: Any time through tomorrow, you can drop items off at the Clothes for the Cause trailer on the southwest side of Alki Elementary, off 59th SW. They’re collecting mostly textile items, as listed here.
STOP ‘N’ SHOP THRIFT STORE: The thrift store at the Senior Center of West Seattle has extended its donation-acceptance hours until 6 pm tonight – just pull up in the alley behind the center (4217 SW Oregon). What they accept is “reusable items, i.e. kitchenware, tools, knickknacks, jewelry, linens, furniture, home decorations, clothing & accessories.”
BOOK DRIVE FOR LOCAL SCHOOLS: No rush for this one – you have almost two weeks to contribute. Details are here. But if you’d like to move those books along today, a truck will be in The Junction until 6 pm, near the Northwest Center truck along the east side of 44th SW between Alaska and Edmunds.
PLANT STARTS: Any seller with leftover peppers, summer squash, tomatoes, cucumber starts can donate them to Solid Ground for local community gardens (including Marra Farm in South Park) – contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
ADDED 7:57 PM: One more place accepting leftovers – Second Gear Sports (WSB sponsor) in Morgan Junction. “Second Gear Sports is happy to give second life to any sports-related gear/apparel/bikes that did not sell. Money can still be made… open 11 am to 5 pm tomorrow and 10 am – 6 pm Monday.” SGS is at 6529 California SW.
The annual GiveBIG one-day mega-donation drive, coordinated by the Seattle Foundation, has begun. Again this year, we’ve put together a local list, with each organization name linked to its GiveBIG info/donation page – starting with the people who sent info when we put out a call for it earlier this week, followed by other organizations in local zips:
West Seattle Block Watch Captains Network (the link goes to the Seattle Neighborhood Group – in “comments,” specifically mention that it’s for WSBWCN so they will receive the $)
Alki Co-Op Preschool
Concord International School Greening Project
Delridge Neighborhoods Development Association
Duwamish Rowing Club
Duwamish Tribal Services
Empower Mentoring Program
Fauntleroy Children’s Center
Furry Faces Foundation
Holy Rosary School
Khambatta Dance Company
Legal Counsel for Youth and Children
Opera On Tap
Plumbers Without Borders
SafeFutures Youth Center
Seal Sitters (link takes you to ARC; write Seal Sitters in “comments” field so they’re credited)
Seattle Chinese Garden Society
Seattle Green Spaces Coalition
Seattle People of Color Salon
Seniors Creating Art
Somali Family Safety Task Force
South Seattle College Foundation
Southwest Seattle Historical Society
Southwest Youth and Family Services
Technology Access Foundation
The Kenney Foundation
The Service Board
The Village of Hope
Twelfth Night Productions
Urban Homestead Foundation
West Seattle Food Bank
West Seattle Helpline
Westside Unitarian Universalist Congregation
Wheelchairs For Nigeria
White Center Community Development Association
White Center Food Bank
White Center Library Guild
YES Foundation of White Center
The donate-a-thon is on until 11:59 pm tonight. While the Seattle Foundation is not offering a “stretch pool” this year – as explained in its FAQ for donors – it’s offering other incentives.
P.S. If we missed a local organization – please e-mail us, including your GiveBIG link, and we’ll add!
This will be the seventh year that we’ve put together an all-local (West Seattle/White Center/South Park) list for the annual GiveBIG donate-a-thon, which is happening next Wednesday, May 10th. We want to make sure we don’t miss anyone, though, so if your nonprofit is part of it this year, please send us the name and your special GiveBIG link as soon as you can – email@example.com – thanks!
If you can donate blood, an upcoming drive in West Seattle invites you to sign up for a spot – they’re hoping to have 50 people donate:
Holy Rosary School is partnering with the American Red Cross to hold our first community blood drive on May 22 between 2 pm and 7 pm.
Giving blood is giving the gift of life. Please consider donating with us to support this life-giving organization. To register and reserve your spot, please visit: www.redcrossblood.org and enter the sponsor code HolyRosarySeattle (upper right of the page). The event will be held at the Holy Rosary School Hall, located at 4142 42nd Ave SW.
One of West Seattle’s smaller public elementary schools is reaching out to you in a big way. You are invited to this year’s Sanislo Elementary School end-of-year party – with a silent auction, tasty food, fun games, music and dancing. It’s happening Friday, June 9th, at Highland Park Improvement Club, and tickets are only $10. You can buy yours right now online by going here, or visit the Sanislo campus (1812 SW Myrtle on Puget Ridge; map) after school Wednesdays (like today!) and Fridays to buy tickets in person – school’s out at 2:05 pm. Sanislo parent and PTA treasurer Megan Garcia e-mailed WSB to share the news and says tickets will be on sale through May 26th.
Two notes from Seal Sitters Marine Mammal Stranding Network tonight.
First, harbor-seal pup Taffy, who we’ve told you about before, is now in rehab. From Seal Sitters’ Robin Lindsey:
Early Saturday morning we were finally able to capture seal pup Taffy, whose health issues were a growing concern, especially because of the potentially dangerous location of her chosen stretch of beach at Alki. After coming ashore almost every day for over a month (with the exception of a couple of weekends when the beach was so busy with activity), her health had begun to take a downturn. Thankfully, she started out as a quite robust, older and wiser seal pup, now estimated to be 8 or 9 months old. …
Thanks to the public for being tolerant of a semi-permanent tape closure of the small grass area along the sea wall, right above her favorite little nook. Because she was so wary and skittish, she was often scared back into Puget Sound by people standing too close above her. Even with the tape buffer zone, Taffy could not get undisrupted rest. It’s tough for wildlife to find quiet spots to rest and forage in urban areas.
Taffy spent the weekend being stabilized and treated at PAWS.
Robin was awaiting an update on Taffy’s injuries and possible infection and plans to update Blubberblog here.
Meantime, want to volunteer with Seal Sitters? Here’s your next chance to jump in!
Seal Sitters will be holding our volunteer training/Spring Session on Saturday morning, May 13th – RSVP is required to ensure seating.
For details about the training and to learn more about Seal Sitters and NOAA West Coast Marine Mammal Stranding Network, please visit our website.
The photo above shows volunteer Sarah, who enthusiastically protected Taffy and educated the public – even in the cold rain. We are always in need of additional great, reliable volunteers!
(WSB WS5K file photo)
Kick off summer by running/walking the West Seattle 5K along Alki, from Statue of Liberty Plaza to Anchor Park and back on Sunday, May 21st. If you’re not already registered, here’s an incentive to do it right now – through tomorrow (May 3rd), use the (updated) code MAYDAY5 and you’ll save $5 off the registration fee. 100 percent of what you pay, by the way, goes directly to support educational programs at West Seattle High School. Top three male and female finishers win a prize from West Seattle Runner, Salty’s on Alki, or Coastal Surf Boutique. Sign up at WestSeattle5K.com.
(WSB has co-sponsored the WS5K every year since it began in 2009. WS Runner and Salty’s are WSB sponsors.)
By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor
In this more-uncertain-than-ever time for nonprofits and the people they serve … you need to know who’s at work in our community, and what they do.
Toward that goal, more than 130 people gathered this morning in Hatten Hall, upstairs at the Senior Center of West Seattle, to celebrate what it does, and to raise money so it can keep doing what it does. Their generosity surpassed the morning’s $35,000 target, eventually totaling almost $40,000, executive director Lyle Evans told WSB this afternoon.
Never been to the Senior Center? It’s far from a stereotypically dour place with dour people. It’s a place with programs, services, and gatherings offering, among other things, food, fun, flexibility, and family – the one you find, as well as the one you were born into.
Live/work/shop/dine/study (or …) in Morgan Junction? Show some love for the neighborhood! Next Sunday (May 7th), Jill Boone is organizing a community cleanup, and hoping you’ll RSVP ASAP if you can help, so she can have enough supplies on hand:
Bring your kids or partners or friends and come help us make our streets litter free! On Sunday, May 7 at 9 AM we will gather on the sidewalk near Domino’s and Thriftway and then spread out in groups or families to pick up litter on both sides of the street.
Children are encouraged to come (with parents)! This is a wonderful give-back to your community that even little ones can participate in. I will pick up grabbers and bags from (the city) and if you need them, gloves.
For little tykes, I suggest bringing along a pair of kitchen tongs for them to use.
Last year, Zephyr at age 3 did a great job getting cigarette butts with his tongs. A little bucket might help too.
Last year we cleaned up along 35th in the pouring rain and we still had 8 intrepid volunteers. Hopefully, we will have sunny or at least dry weather this year. And we plan to do this at least once a month through the summer season.
Please RSVP if you are going to come, so that I can get sufficient litter grabbers from the city. You can RSVP by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org ! Tell me how many of you and ages of kids coming. Let me know if you need gloves too and what size.
That’s Kayla Huggins, store manager at Starbucks in Morgan Junction, with boxes full of donations they’ve received for a drive continuing until 4 this afternoon, for the women and children of Hope Place:
Seattle Union Gospel Mission’s Hope Place is one of the few shelters for women and children in Seattle and one of the only to accept women with male children up to the age of 18. Hope Place is an essential lifeline for families fleeing from domestic violence, recovering from substance abuse, or simply without a safe place to stay.
*To include and connect our community around a single objective, where together we can support the needs of the women and children at Hope Place!
*To collect as many clothing items for woman (All sizes), boys and girls clothing items (birth – 18 years), and unused, unopened hygiene products for women and children.
PLEASE CONSIDER BEING A PART OF THIS EVENT! THANK YOU!
This year’s Junction Day of Giving is under way! Our first stop was 42nd SW/SW Oregon:
That’s Reid Curry, manager at Emerald Water Anglers (WSB sponsor). EWA, where you’ll find outdoor apparel as well as fishing-related merchandise, has chosen the Wild Steelhead Coalition as its beneficiary today. EWA is one of ~30 shops and restaurants promising 10 percent of today’s proceeds to local nonprofits of their choice.
ADDED 1:03 PM: We’re back in The Junction checking in with more Day of Giving participants, like Fleurt proprietor Sam Crowley:
Fleurt is where you’ll find flowers and gifts. They will be selling flower crowns like the one Sam’s wearing, for Mother’s Day, when they’ll have a floral tepee outside the shop at 4536 California SW and special photo ops (bring Mom! Grandma! Great-Grandma!) as a fundraiser for West Seattle Food Bank. But today, their Day of Giving beneficiary is Nature Consortium.
A couple doors south of Fleurt, you’ll find Click! Design That Fits (WSB sponsor) at 4540 California SW.
Proprietors Frances and John Smersh chose the Alzheimer’s Association as their beneficiary for Day of Giving; as reported here in November 2015, Frances is living with early-onset dementia. Their shop is a treasure trove of unique jewelry, art, housewares, gifts, and more.
See the full list of who’s participating and who they’re donating to by going here – and in The Junction, look for signs with red balloons, like these:
Volunteering is often described as “lending a hand.” A multigenerational group of women did just that today at WestSide Baby in honor of National Volunteer Week. Among them: centenarian and “knitter extraordinaire” Virginia Carmichael, a volunteer visiting from The Kenney:
She and others from The Kenney visited to drop off hand-knit items for babies in need. WestSide Baby says she “has been knitting as much as one baby sweater per week for 5 years for WestSide Baby.” Several other residents from The Kenney “regularly create garments and quilts to keep their littlest neighbors safe, warm and dry,” explains Jess Sweetman of WS Baby.
The knitters’ creations were exhibited at The Kenney recently before being taken to WS Baby. Virginia says she’s volunteered all her life, going back to her days as a Girl Scout. She told WS Baby that she likes to keep busy and “benefits as much from making the sweaters as the children who receive them.”
The announcement of today’s donation visit also quotes WestSide Baby executive director Nancy Woodland (at right in the second photo above) as saying, “We are so excited to celebrate these very dedicated and talented volunteers and everything that they do to support kids in our community. We are privileged to be a part of an incredible community of support made up of over 1,800 volunteers who dedicated over 18,000 hours of service last year. Volunteering benefits our entire community.”
Thinking about volunteering for WestSide Baby? Here’s how.
Wednesday means it’s time to plan your weekend … so we have a few things to spotlight today.
First: Here’s an update on the West Seattle Junction Day of Giving this Saturday (April 29th), when participating merchants are donating part of their proceeds (10 am-6 pm) to give local nonprofits a boost. More than 30 are participating, and the Junction Association has published a list showing them and their chosen beneficiaries – you can see it here.
Among the participants are these WSB sponsors:
Click! Design That Fits (donating to the Alzheimer’s Association)
Emerald Water Anglers (donating to the Wild Steelhead Coalition)
Menashe & Sons Jewelers (donating to the West Seattle Food Bank)
Thunder Road Guitars (donating to the Southwest Seattle Historical Society)
VAIN (donating to the Senior Center of West Seattle – including select haircut appointments this week)
See you in The Junction on Saturday (looks like some sunshine, too)!
Next Thursday will bring this year’s Dining Out For Life fundraiser, with five West Seattle and White Center restaurants participating. Heather Logue from Lifelong explains that you’ll be helping neighbors:
Lifelong AND Dining Out For Life are closely connected to West Seattle, because on a weekly basis Chicken Soup Brigade (the food program of Lifelong) delivers crucial food and nutrition services to 91 homebound people living with serious illness in your neighborhood! And over the last year we have delivered to over 200 West Seattleites. Many of these folks are just out of the hospital and going home alone to an empty refrigerator, so we began the “Welcome Home Program,” which provides the healthy meals and social support to keep them on the path back to health.
She adds that, “Much of our management team at Chicken Soup Brigade lives in West Seattle! This means that not only do we love our neighborhood, but we’re also often privileged to make deliveries on the way home from work.” So here’s where to go on Thursday:
El Chupacabra Alki (for lunch only)
Noble Barton (White Center)
Here’s the full citywide list of participants, including what percentage they’re donating, and which meal(s) on Thursday.
Just announced – a new benefit 5K to add to your summer schedule: 9 am June 10th at Lincoln Park, the first ever “Roll Hawks” 5K to raise money for the Chief Sealth International High School Cross-Country Team. Interested? You can register online by going here.
On April 22nd we will be celebrating Earth Day here at Lafayette from 9:00 am-12:00 pm. It is a Saturday morning and we will be having a community clean-up day. We are joining hands with our self-help and Jackson Lewis P.C. We will have at least 25 volunteers. Please bring your child and help clean up/ freshen up Lafayette’s grounds this Earth Day! There will be water, juice, donuts, and coffee.
The school is at California/Lander.
Here’s a simple way to help local students. From Roxhill Elementary PTA president Amanda Kay Helmick:
We know the West Seattle community is generous and wants to help! And here is an opportunity to do so. Roxhill Elementary started a school fundraiser today! What’s great is that you can look at all the items online. Roxhill is trying to raise money for field trips, classroom supplies, school community events, and playground equipment. It runs from today until May 2nd. If you know a Roxhill student, you can buy things under their name, or just buy items for the school at large.
If you don’t have a specific student to support at Roxhill you can put in SM4 as both the first and last name in order to support some of our higher-needs students. Roxhill has two classrooms that support students with autism, Down syndrome, and other capabilities. Some of these students might not be able to engage with neighbors and the community to sell fundraising items. But you can support them by putting in their class name so that their classroom earns prizes and participates in drawings. Thank you for your support of Roxhill and all of our students!