West Seattle Blog... » Puget Ridge http://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Fri, 29 Aug 2014 16:06:28 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.2 Happening now: Seattle Chinese Garden Kite Festival is aloft http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/happening-now-kite-festival-at-seattle-chinese-garden-on-puget-ridge/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/happening-now-kite-festival-at-seattle-chinese-garden-on-puget-ridge/#comments Sat, 09 Aug 2014 23:00:30 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=282080

Here’s a reason for you to come visit one of West Seattle’s semi-hidden treasures – the Seattle Chinese Garden Kite Festival continues until 6 pm.

We just left the garden; it’s breezy and beautiful. It’s just past the horticulture zone on the northernmost end of South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) on Puget Ridge.

Admission is free; bring your own kite or buy one at the garden – also, as noted on the SCG home page, you can enjoy “kite flying demonstrations, displays, and kite painting.”

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Eyes on the sky again next Saturday: Kite Festival in West Seattle http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/eyes-on-the-skies-again-next-saturday-kite-festival-in-west-seattle/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/eyes-on-the-skies-again-next-saturday-kite-festival-in-west-seattle/#comments Sun, 03 Aug 2014 21:19:07 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=281442

This weekend, planes and helicopters hold the spotlight. Next Saturday, a simpler, nature-powered form of flight will be celebrated here in West Seattle, during the Seattle Chinese Garden Kite Festival. In case you haven’t seen it in the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar yet, here’s the invitation:

Come fly a kite at the Garden’s ridge-top site! Bring your own or buy one at the festival for a fun afternoon with family or friends. Activities for all ages include kite flying demonstrations, displays, and kite painting. Put your own creative stamp on one you paint yourself — materials provided. The festival also includes music and dance performances, Chinese painting demonstrations — and a dim sum booth by Hong Kong Café.

Admission is free. The Chinese Garden is on the north edge of the South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) campus, on Puget Ridge at 6000 16th SW.

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Happening now: ‘Field Day’ with amateur-radio operators at SSC http://westseattleblog.com/2014/06/happening-now-field-day-with-amateur-radio-operators-at-ssc/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/06/happening-now-field-day-with-amateur-radio-operators-at-ssc/#comments Sun, 29 Jun 2014 02:41:24 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=277801

“This is not your grandfather’s amateur radio service,” points out the West Seattle Amateur Radio Club, inviting you to stop by Field Day on the south side of the South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) campus any time before 10 am tomorrow. What’s Field Day, you ask?

Every June hams across the country take their radios outside and run them free of the electric grid. Joining with members of the Auxillary Communications Service (amateurs who work with Seattle Department of Emergency Management) and the Puget Sound Repeater Group, West Seattle Amateur Radio Club members will operate radios and communicate with other hams around the world from West Seattle. We operate using power we generate including solar panels and batteries. We build our stations in the 24 hours prior to the event

Yes, you’ll see that big antenna in our top photo – with which they’ve even been talking to the International Space Station – but then there’s smaller equipment:

(The water bottles, we were told, are just for counterbalance.) The club explains further:

As a group, some of us just built our own software defined radios. The only analog part of these radios is the antenna connection. We are deploying a wide area microwave network and in doing so are learning mesh networking and how to offer services across our homebrewed internet. Knowlege like that will make hooking your printer up a snap next time. We routinely use digital modes that allow effective communication using 1/1000th the power needed just a decade ago. While some of us still employ large antenna arrays for worldwide communication, it is now possible to work the world with a very modest station.

We peeked in the main tent, and found Jeff:

Anyone you find will be happy to talk with you (as well as with whomever they’re transmitting to and receiving from). Outside, talking to Curt, we were reminded that amateur-radio operators are deeply involved in emergency preparedness – and in other tasks that need close communications coordination – even on the sidelines at the West Seattle Grand Parade (watch for them July 19th).

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Another house making way for a park: Demolition under way at Puget Ridge Edible Park site http://westseattleblog.com/2014/04/another-house-making-way-for-a-park-demolition-under-way-at-puget-ridge-edible-park-site/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/04/another-house-making-way-for-a-park-demolition-under-way-at-puget-ridge-edible-park-site/#comments Mon, 21 Apr 2014 18:03:33 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=271092

On West Seattle’s Puget Ridge, this house demolition happening now is big news – it’s the long-awaited removal of the house on the future site of Puget Ridge Edible Park (18th/Brandon). Thanks to Stu Hennessey for the photo and word that demolition has begun. PREP has been in the works for years – here’s our March 2011 report about volunteers working on the plan after the city agreed to buy the 3/4-acre site with Parks and Green Spaces Levy Opportunity Fund money. As noted on the project page, the vision for PREP is “to create an urban community farm which is a neighborhood meeting place, a community food garden and a test site for environmentally conscientious sustainability.” We’ll be following up on where the park-development plan goes from here, now that the site’s being cleared.

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West Seattle weekend scene: Emergency communicators @ SSCC http://westseattleblog.com/2014/03/west-seattle-weekend-scene-emergency-communicators-sscc/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/03/west-seattle-weekend-scene-emergency-communicators-sscc/#comments Sat, 22 Mar 2014 17:37:24 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=268452

Big event under way all weekend at South Seattle Community College (WSB sponsor) – the annual Communications Academy for volunteer emergency communicators, though, as evidenced by what we spotted outside, you’ll find lots of professionals there too. They include today’s keynoter Bill Schrier, the West Seattleite who is the former Seattle city IT boss and now works in the state’s CIO office – he tweeted from the event:

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South Seattle Community College’s new name: South Seattle College http://westseattleblog.com/2014/03/south-seattle-community-colleges-new-name-south-seattle-college/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/03/south-seattle-community-colleges-new-name-south-seattle-college/#comments Fri, 14 Mar 2014 21:34:00 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=267711 Community college isn’t just for 2-year degrees any more, so a new name is in the works for West Seattle-headquartered South Seattle Community College (WSB sponsor) – it will become South Seattle College. That’s part of a district-wide change, as this announcement explains:

At its meeting March 13, 2014, the Seattle Community Colleges District Board of Trustees voted unanimously to change the name of the District to Seattle Colleges and to change the names of the colleges to North Seattle College, Seattle Central College, and South Seattle College.

The decision came after a year-long exploration of national and statewide trends; opinion surveys of students, employees and community partners; and consultation with business and civic leaders and representatives from Seattle Public Schools.

All three of the District’s colleges offer bachelor’s degrees now.

These Bachelor of Applied Science (B.A.S.) degree programs provide the third and fourth year of college work for people who have completed a two-year technical degree. Previously the two-year technical degrees were considered “terminal degrees” with no next educational step.

In her presentation to the Board, District Chancellor Jill Wakefield said, “We believe this will inspire prospective students to reach higher than they thought possible. With the same open admissions policies and the same low tuition, local students can start at a local college that can eventually take them all the way to a bachelor’s degree.”

Changing the colleges’ names, she said, will “signal that we are part of the baccalaureate level program” and is a move to “raise the ceiling” for all our students.

In making its decision, the Board reinforced its commitment to the District’s mission to “provide excellent, accessible educational opportunities to prepare our students for a challenging future.” Albert Shen, Board Chair, said, “We believe that meeting that ‘challenging future’ means the colleges must continue to take new approaches and offer new pathways to access and completion.”

The name changes are expected to be fully implemented by September, in time for the start of the Fall Quarter.

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Driver taken to hospital after hitting tree on Puget Ridge http://westseattleblog.com/2014/03/driver-taken-to-hospital-after-hitting-tree-along-21st-sw-on-puget-ridge/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/03/driver-taken-to-hospital-after-hitting-tree-along-21st-sw-on-puget-ridge/#comments Sun, 09 Mar 2014 19:46:51 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=267127

The 4800 block of 21st SW on Puget Ridge (map) is open again now that Seattle Fire units have cleared that crash scene. The driver of the car that hit the tree (which is atop a sloping stretch of West Duwamish Greenbelt open-space) was taken to Harborview Medical Center; her injuries were not major, according to emergency-radio information. A tow truck just arrived as we were leaving the scene, so the car will be gone soon too.

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Update: South Seattle CC ‘Gifts from the Earth’ raises record $210,000 http://westseattleblog.com/2014/01/south-seattle-cc-celebrates-gifts-from-the-earth-featuring-chefs-from-the-campus/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/01/south-seattle-cc-celebrates-gifts-from-the-earth-featuring-chefs-from-the-campus/#comments Sun, 26 Jan 2014 05:00:57 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=262867

9 PM: In the kitchen before tonight’s “Gifts from the Earth” gala at South Seattle Community College (WSB sponsor), that’s SSCC alum Bruce Cougan from Harry’s Chicken Joint (also a WSB sponsor) at right, with cook Joe. (They were, of course, frying chicken.) Bruce is one of six SSCC alums on the roster of 15 chefs cooking for the fundraising celebration of SSCC’s award-winning culinary, wine, and hospitality programs.

Once again this year, tickets for “Gifts from the Earth” were sold out well in advance of the event. In addition to the food and wine, and a silent auction, a live auction was planned, including a new “Fund a Dream” feature during which guests were scheduled to hear from student Candis Outson, second from right in our next photo:

She was planning to explain how her scholarship at SSCC helped put her on the path to make dreams come true – as encouragement to guests to pledge to the fund that will help make more scholarships available. She also is one of the SSCC students on the cooking team tonight, and is shown in our photo with Brandon LaVielle (left) and Evan Garrard (right) from Emerald Cove Catering, and Shannon Higgins (second from left). The gala is still under way as we publish this; we’ll update later when we hear how much was raised.

10:32 PM UPDATE: SSCC has just announced that Gifts from the Earth raised a record $210,000. More than a quarter of that, $58,000, came from the “Fund a Dream” pledges, the school says.

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All-woman team to represent South Seattle Community College at Aerospace Maintenance Competition http://westseattleblog.com/2014/01/all-woman-team-to-represent-south-seattle-community-college-at-aerospace-maintenance-competition/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/01/all-woman-team-to-represent-south-seattle-community-college-at-aerospace-maintenance-competition/#comments Fri, 10 Jan 2014 19:07:04 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=261468

For the first time ever, South Seattle Community College (WSB sponsor) is sending a team to the national Aerospace Maintenance Competition,coming up in Las Vegas this March. The team’s members are all women, points out CrystalRose Hudelson, who thinks it’s particularly exciting as interest in STEM studies and professions grows among women and girls:

Hudelson spoke with us at the team’s first meeting on Thursday. She is vice president and founder of the SSCC chapter of the Association for Women in Aviation Maintenance; her teammates are Jennifer Lesher, Melissa Wang, Sarah McKenna, and Agnes Choung, and their coach is SSCC instructor Mary Hadley – Hudelson says they’re all donating their time and energy to make this happen. The school’s two-year Aviation Maintenance Technology program has more than a half-century of history – read about it here – and it’s hoped this will attract more female students, who currently comprise four percent of the project’s 200+ enrollment.

The Vegas competition, by the way, isn’t just for students – it includes professional categories too, and features 16 scheduled events, each allotting up to 20 minutes for completion. We’ll check back with the SSCC team as the competition draws closer!

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9 authors, 9 Fridays: ‘Words, Wine, and West Seattle’ http://westseattleblog.com/2013/09/9-authors-9-fridays-words-wine-and-west-seattle/ http://westseattleblog.com/2013/09/9-authors-9-fridays-words-wine-and-west-seattle/#comments Tue, 24 Sep 2013 22:24:47 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=250801 **SERIES LOCATION/TITLE HAVE CHANGED – SEE UPDATED STORY**

We’ve mentioned this in side notes in book-related stories in recent days, but finally have a chance now to share the full announcement! The Southwest Seattle Historical Society, South Seattle Community College‘s Northwest Wine Academy, and Barnes & Noble/Westwood Village are co-sponsoring a series of events with local authors and award-winning wines. For those who like to plan ahead, the entire 9-month schedule is out. The series, “Words, Wine, and West Seattle,” is planned for the first Friday of each of the next nine months, October 4th through June 6th, 4-6 pm at the NWA on the north side of the SSCC campus, admission free (donations accepted for SWSHS and/or NWA).

Above, from left, are the first three West Seattle authors you’ll see in the series:
*Stephanie Guerra, Friday, October 4th
*Peter Stekel, Friday, November 1st
*Nicole Hardy, Friday, December 6th

See the full lineup on the SWSHS website – or in the scrollable flyer below:

Words, Wine, and West Seattle: The lineup

NWA is on the north side of the SSCC campus, 6000 16th SW.

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Video: Four days before classes start, ‘Salute to South’ (Seattle Community College) http://westseattleblog.com/2013/09/video-four-days-before-classes-start-salute-to-south-seattle-community-college/ http://westseattleblog.com/2013/09/video-four-days-before-classes-start-salute-to-south-seattle-community-college/#comments Fri, 20 Sep 2013 08:16:45 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=250431

South Seattle Community College (WSB sponsor) might be one of the few schools in the country that can toast its own successes and milestones with its own wine. SSCC’s award-winning Northwest Wine Academy was the setting for Thursday afternoon’s “Salute to South” community reception, looking ahead to the start of the new school year on Monday. As usual, president Gary Oertli was there to oversee the party, at right in our photo below with professor Mike Hickey:

Oertli spoke about the renovation of the building that’s now home to the wine academy:

He mentioned many school and community leaders in attendance; among those we saw was Southwest Seattle Historical Society executive director Clay Eals, at center below:

He was there circulating news of the “Words, Wine, and West Seattle” author-readings series that will bring local writers to SSCC every month for the year ahead, 4-6 pm on first Fridays, starting with Stephanie Guerra on October 4th – you guessed it, at the Wine Academy HQ on the north side of campus.

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West Seattle education: Village Cooperative School now open http://westseattleblog.com/2013/09/west-seattle-education-village-cooperative-school-now-open/ http://westseattleblog.com/2013/09/west-seattle-education-village-cooperative-school-now-open/#comments Thu, 19 Sep 2013 04:23:53 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=250308

As of this week, West Seattle has a brand-new school. A ribbon-cutting launched the new Village Cooperative School, explained by Rachel Faunce, who also shared the photo:

A year in the making, the Village Cooperative School is a Kindergarten through 2nd grade multi-age school based on a cooperative-school model where students, parents and teachers, learn, explore, work, and grow together.

Affiliated with the South Seattle Community College Cooperative Preschool Program, the school is housed on the SSCC campus. Class is held Monday-Thursday from 11:30 am-3:30 pm. Tuesday classes are led by the Vashon Wilderness Program and will rotate throughout parks in Seattle.

In addition to a small, intimate classroom setting and a parent education component, the Village Cooperative School offers:

· Project and play based learning that is emergent, experiential, student led and teacher supported.

· The integration of art, music, language arts, science, math and social studies through applies learning.

· Individual and group learning with an emphasis on community building, cooperation, mutual respect, problem-solving and conflict resolution.

A few spaces remain in this year’s class; questions are welcome at info@vcoop.org.

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Go fly a kite! Festival tomorrow at Seattle Chinese Garden http://westseattleblog.com/2013/08/go-fly-a-kite-festival-tomorrow-at-seattle-chinese-garden/ http://westseattleblog.com/2013/08/go-fly-a-kite-festival-tomorrow-at-seattle-chinese-garden/#comments Fri, 09 Aug 2013 21:34:42 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=160513

Continuing to spotlight some of what’s ahead, while also tracking what’s happening today – The Seattle Chinese Garden on Puget Ridge wants to make sure you know about its Kite Festival tomorrow (Saturday, August 10), 2-6 pm:

Come fly a kite at the Garden’s ridge-top site! Bring your own or buy one at the festival for a fun afternoon with family or friends. Activities for all ages include kite flying demonstrations, competitions, and kite painting. Put your own creative stamp on one you paint yourself — materials provided.

The festival also includes music and dance performances and a demonstration of eagle painting by artist George Yiqiao of Luoyang, China. Everyone will find something to enjoy at the festival, including refreshments such as Chinese bakery treats and tea.

The garden is on the north side of the South Seattle Community College (WSB sponsor) campus at 6000 16th SW.

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South Seattle CC dinner honors scholarship recipients, donors http://westseattleblog.com/2013/05/south-seattle-cc-dinner-honors-scholarship-recipients-donors/ http://westseattleblog.com/2013/05/south-seattle-cc-dinner-honors-scholarship-recipients-donors/#comments Fri, 03 May 2013 16:00:51 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=150071

(Photo by Glenn Gauthier for SSCC)
South Seattle Community College (WSB sponsor) recognized its scholarship donors and recipients last night at the annual Friends of the College Dinner. SSCC says 125 of its 240 scholarship-receiving students were in attendance; the awards totaled more than $600,000. More information from SSCC communications director Kevin Maloney:

South also announced a new endowment scholarship that was established in memory of Stephen K. Rockwood. This award will be given to students from South’s renowned Culinary program in his honor.

South alumnus John Titus, President and CEO of Aero Controls Inc., was recognized with the 2012-2013 Outstanding Alumni Award:

Titus was honored for his generous support and donation of aviation equipment for classroom use and as a member of the Aviation Technical Advisory Committee. Additionally, Titus made a surprise announcement that he will establish an endowment scholarship for aviation students at South.

The evening was capped off by recognizing 19 members of South’s faculty with annual development grants for their outstanding work in the classroom.

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West Seattle traffic-alert: Truck-car trouble at 16th/Dawson http://westseattleblog.com/2013/02/west-seattle-traffic-alert-truck-car-trouble-at-1thdawson/ http://westseattleblog.com/2013/02/west-seattle-traffic-alert-truck-car-trouble-at-1thdawson/#comments Wed, 27 Feb 2013 19:45:39 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=142991

ORIGINAL REPORT, 11:45 AM: Thanks to the WSB’er who just texted us (206-293-6302 any time) that picture of truck vs. car at/near the curve by 16th/Dawson (location and map updated). It’s causing traffic trouble for vehicles including at least one Metro bus, we’re told. No word of injuries so far (no fire/medic callout, either); we’re headed to the scene to find out more.

12:20 PM UPDATE: The bus has gotten through. But the scene isn’t clear yet and it may be a while. Added the photo above, by co-publisher Patrick Sand.

1:24 PM UPDATE: Route 125 is back to normal, Metro has texted.

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