West Seattle Blog... » West Seattle books http://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Wed, 27 May 2015 04:52:02 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.2 Best-selling West Seattle author Lyanda Lynn Haupt reads Wednesday at next WordsWest http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/best-selling-west-seattle-author-lyanda-lynn-haupt-reads-wednesday-at-next-wordswest/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/best-selling-west-seattle-author-lyanda-lynn-haupt-reads-wednesday-at-next-wordswest/#comments Mon, 18 May 2015 19:51:58 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=310801

The monthly WordsWest Literary Series has already highlighted many talented local writers – but this month’s edition really has something they can crow about: A rare West Seattle appearance by best-selling author Lyanda Lynn Haupt. She and poet Allen Braden are reading this Wednesday (May 20th) at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor) in the next WordsWest event, as announced:

From backyard bestiaries to the farms of White Swan, nature slays us. From the intelligence of crows to the many chambers of a cow’s heart, we learn to look again at the commonplace life that surrounds us. For the May 20th, 2015 edition of WordsWest Literary Series, Washington poet Allen Braden and West Seattle naturalist Lyanda Lynn Haupt, will join us for a night of natural highs. This month WordsWest is again very grateful for a grant from Poets & Writers that allows us to pay our writers for their time and talent.

Allen Braden is the author of A Wreath of Down and Drops of Blood (University of Georgia) and Elegy in the Passive Voice (University of Alaska/Fairbanks). His poems have been anthologized in The Bedford Introduction to Literature, Poetry: An Introduction, Best New Poets and Spreading the Word: Editors on Poetry. He teaches at Tacoma Community College.

Lyanda Lynn Haupt is a naturalist, eco-philosopher, and speaker whose writing is at the forefront of the movement to connect people with nature in their everyday lives. Her most recent book is The Urban Bestiary: Encountering the Everyday Wild (Little, Brown 2013). Her previous books include Crow Planet: Essential Wisdom from the Urban Wilderness (Little, Brown 2009), awarded the 2010 Sigurd F. Olson Nature Writing Award; Rare Encounters with Ordinary Birds (Sasquatch 2001), winner of the 2002 Washington State Book Award; and Pilgrim on the Great Bird Continent: The Importance of Everything and Other Lessons from Darwin’s Lost Notebooks (Little, Brown 2006).

Every third Wednesday, 7 pm, at C & P Coffee Company, WordsWest hosts literary events that range from readings by published local and national authors, to craft discussions and guided writing explorations for every experience level. Each month a community member from a local, independent business shares his or her favorite poem as part of the Favorite Poem Project. On May 20th, we welcome Eric Jordan of The Office Junction. WordsWest is curated by West Seattle writers Katy E. Ellis, Susan Rich, and Harold Taw.

C & P is at 5612 California SW.

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You can help! Miss Seattle, Taryn Smith, collecting kids’ books http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/you-can-help-miss-seattle-taryn-smith-collecting-kids-books/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/you-can-help-miss-seattle-taryn-smith-collecting-kids-books/#comments Thu, 16 Apr 2015 21:52:42 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=307233 We’ve reported before on the achievements of Taryn Smith, the West Seattle High School senior who is the reigning Miss Seattle – and this Saturday (April 18th), you can help her with her next community-service endeavor: A book drive for local kids.

Taryn will be at Merryweather Books in The Junction (4537 California SW) collecting donated children’s book to give to the kids at Mary’s Place, which helps homeless women and children with shelter and other needs. Bring your book donations to Taryn at the shop between 9 am and 1 pm on Saturday.

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You can help! Legendary Sanislo Elementary book sale on Saturday: Shop then and/or donate now http://westseattleblog.com/2015/03/you-can-help-legendary-sanislo-elementary-book-sale-on-saturday-shop-then-andor-donate-now/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/03/you-can-help-legendary-sanislo-elementary-book-sale-on-saturday-shop-then-andor-donate-now/#comments Tue, 31 Mar 2015 12:04:31 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=305657

Got a little space on your bookshelf? Or maybe in your nearest Little Free Library? A legendary book sale is coming up Saturday – and inviting donations before then if you have some books that need new homes (read this all the way to the end!):

It’s spring, and that means it’s time for the annual Sanislo Elementary Book Sale!

Come join us Saturday, April 4th, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the school (1812 SW Myrtle Street) to browse a great selection of used books and buy a sweet treat. All proceeds benefit the annual fourth grade adventure to Camp Sealth on Vashon Island where for three days and two nights, our kids will immerse themselves in environmental education and camp fun. For many of the kids, this is will be their first trip away from home, first ferry ride, first campfire, first s’more, and it is always a highlight of their years at Sanislo. Please come support our kids and your reading habit! We look forward to seeing you Saturday.

We are also accepting donations of used books in good condition for the sale. (Please, no textbooks, manuals or magazines.) Donations can be dropped by the Sanislo front office during the school day. You can contact Lisa at lkeith@pacsci.org with questions. THANK YOU!

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Global Reading Challenge: Scenes from the finals, featuring teams from West Seattle, Lafayette Elementaries http://westseattleblog.com/2015/03/global-reading-challenge-scenes-from-the-finals-featuring-teams-from-west-seattle-lafayette-elementaries/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/03/global-reading-challenge-scenes-from-the-finals-featuring-teams-from-west-seattle-lafayette-elementaries/#comments Wed, 25 Mar 2015 16:09:08 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=305029

(Tuesday night WSB photos by Patrick Sand)
We went downtown last night for the 20th annual Global Reading Challenge finals, in which West Seattle Elementary‘s Reading Warriors (above) and Lafayette Elementary‘s Rad Radical Hyperactive Jellyfish (below) were among the seven teams that made the cut from around the city.

Even this event was affected by the southbound Highway 99 closure – our area’s teams made it in time, heading northbound, but the start time was postponed so everyone could arrive from the north end. Ahead – scenes from the competition:

The GRC starts earlier in the year with ten books provided to each participating school. (In our area, the other participating schools were Alki, Arbor Heights, Concord, Gatewood, Highland Park, Roxhill, and Sanislo.) Once the teams have made it through school-wide finals and then the semifinals, the quiz-bowl style final is set. And it includes nailbiter moments as well as high-five-type moments:

The end result was a tie between the Lord of the Books team from Orca and Reading Rockets from Leschi, and some of the winners were excited to hear Deputy Mayor Hyeok Kim announce they’d get to meet the mayor:

This year’s books are listed on the SPL website.

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West Seattle weekend scene: Newest local Little Free Library http://westseattleblog.com/2015/03/west-seattle-weekend-scene-newest-local-little-free-library/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/03/west-seattle-weekend-scene-newest-local-little-free-library/#comments Sun, 22 Mar 2015 22:21:26 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=304708

As previewed in today’s calendar highlights – West Seattle’s newest Little Free Library is officially open for book stocking and borrowing. Thanks to Gunner for the photo of this LFL’s builder/host Robbie at this afternoon’s reception in the 7700 block of 12th SW, also featured on this neighborhood FB group page. The official LFL site says more than 20,000 LFLs are open for book-sharing, in 70+ countries.

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West Seattle schools: Best-selling author coming to Madison MS http://westseattleblog.com/2015/03/west-seattle-schools-best-selling-author-coming-to-madison-ms/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/03/west-seattle-schools-best-selling-author-coming-to-madison-ms/#comments Fri, 20 Mar 2015 16:48:25 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=304488 From Madison Middle School librarian Stacia Bell, word of a big event next week:

Next Tuesday, March 24th, popular young-adult author Marissa Meyer will be visiting Madison Middle School to talk with students about her Lunar Chronicles dystopian series and her experience being an author. There will be two author talk assemblies in the Madison cafeteria—one at 9:40 and the other at 1:30 — and parents and families are welcome to attend. Marissa will also be selling and signing her books after each assembly for interested students. Paperback copies of the books will be on sale for $10.95 and hardback copies for $19.70. Students and families can pay with cash or check (make checks out to University Book Store). Students are also welcome to bring previously purchased copies of her books to get them personally signed by Marissa. And as always, all of the books in this series will be available for checkout in our Madison Library. Contact Madison Librarian Stacia Bell at smbell@seattleschools.org if you have questions. Hope to see you out!

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Voting time for Seal Sitters co-founders’ book ‘Leopard & Silkie’ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/03/voting-time-for-seal-sitters-co-founders-book-leopard-silkie/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/03/voting-time-for-seal-sitters-co-founders-book-leopard-silkie/#comments Mon, 16 Mar 2015 20:57:25 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=304086 Last year came word of the nomination … now, finally, it’s time to vote on a local book nominated for a national award.

The announcement:

Leopard & Silkie: One Boy’s Quest to Save the Seal Pups” has been nominated for the prestigious Beverly Cleary Children’s Choice Award for best book.

Written by Brenda Peterson with photos by Robin Lindsey (co-founders of Seal Sitters), the book weaves a tale based on the true story of the friendship of two West Seattle seal pups in 2007 – and the young volunteers who protected them.

There are 5 nominees for the award, and children must read or listen to at least two of the books in order to vote for a winner. Voting must be completed online between March 15 and April 10, 2015. All elementary-school-age children are eligible to vote.

The highly respected Beverly Cleary Award will help bring even more national attention to the book. This award will help protect seal pups and inspire children to reap the rewards of volunteerism and environmental stewardship.

While Leopard & Silkie has garnered much praise from critics (including 2013 Outstanding Science Trade Books K-12 by National Science Teachers Assoc), the best award of all would be from the children we so hope to influence!

Wondering how to vote? Details are in this post on the Seal Sitters’ Blubberblog.

P.S. – WANT TO BE A SEAL SITTER? TRAINING NEXT SUNDAY! We’re told space remains at this Sunday’s training session for potential Seal Sitters volunteers of (almost) all ages – if you’re interested, it’s a rare chance to get the training and get involved. Go here to get details, including the mandatory RSVP link.

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WordsWest Literary Series this Wednesday: Jennie Shortridge now set to join Frances McCue, taking on New Year’s resolutions http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/wordswest-literary-series-this-wednesday-jennie-shortridge-now-set-to-join-frances-mccue-taking-on-new-years-resolutions/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/wordswest-literary-series-this-wednesday-jennie-shortridge-now-set-to-join-frances-mccue-taking-on-new-years-resolutions/#comments Tue, 20 Jan 2015 07:39:19 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=298667

This Wednesday (January 21st), you’re invited to the next edition of the WordsWest Literary Series at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), and with two days to go, there’s been a last-minute change in readers – Jennie Shortridge (above right) will now join Frances McCue (above left). Here’s the updated announcement from the WordsWest curators:

From fad diets to online dating to world peace — this is the exhaustingly inexhaustible material of New Year’s Resolutions. Join us for the perspectives of two amazing local authors as they take a new look at the old tradition of making and breaking our resolve. For the January 21, 2015, edition of WordsWest Literary Series, best-selling novelist Jennie Shortridge and award-winning poet Frances McCue will read their work which invites all of us to explore our ideas, hopes and intentions for the coming year.

This month WordsWest is thankful for support from Poets & Writers.

Frances McCue is a poet, essayist, reviewer and arts instigator. From 1996-2006, she was the founding director of Richard Hugo House in Seattle. Her poetry collection The Bled won the 2011 Washington State Book Award. McCue’s other work includes the essay collection The Car That Brought You Here Still Runs (runner-up for the Washington State Book Award), poetry collection The Stenographer’s Breakfast, and prose in Mary Randlett Portraits.

Jennie Shortridge is the author of five bestselling novels, including Love Water Memory and When She Flew. Her books have been selected as American Booksellers Association’s Indie Next picks, Target Bookmarked picks, and Library Journal’s Editors’ Picks. Three have been optioned for film. An avid volunteer, Jennie is the co-founder of Seattle7Writers, a nonprofit collective of Northwest authors who raise money and awareness for literature and literacy.

Every third Wednesday, 7 pm, at C & P Coffee Company, WordsWest hosts literary events that range from readings by published local and national authors, to craft discussions and guided writing explorations for every experience level. Folks from local, independent businesses share a favorite poem as part of the Favorite Poem Project. On January 21st, Twilight Gallery and Boutique will join us.

WordsWest is curated by West Seattle writers Katy E. Ellis, Susan Rich, and Harold Taw. Join us on Facebook at facebook.com/WordsWestLiterary. For more information, please contact wordswestliterary@gmail.com or visit WordsWestLiterary.com.

C & P is at 5612 California SW.

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Happening tonight: ‘Words, Writers, West Seattle’ features Christine Brant, author of ‘Red and Grey’ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/happening-tonight-words-writers-west-seattle-features-christine-brant-author-of-red-and-grey/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/happening-tonight-words-writers-west-seattle-features-christine-brant-author-of-red-and-grey/#comments Fri, 02 Jan 2015 17:54:40 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=296973

Words, Writers & West Seattle presents … from Avenue Collection on Vimeo.

West Seattle’s literary scene continued to deepen in 2014 – and on this second day of 2015, it’s already time for the year’s first installment of the Southwest Seattle Historical Society-presented monthly celebration of local writing, Words, Writers, West Seattle. Tonight, 5-7 pm, come to Westwood Village’s Barnes & Noble bookstore to meet and hear from writer Christine Brant, who’s featured in the SWSHS-provided, Avenue Productions-produced video invitation above. It’s free; if you’re interested, you’ll be able to buy her book “Red and Grey” during the event. P.S. The next four editions of the first-Fridays WWW series are previewed here.

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Happening now: Skylark event for/with local author Sarah Fox http://westseattleblog.com/2014/12/happening-now-skylark-event-forwith-local-author-sarah-fox/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/12/happening-now-skylark-event-forwith-local-author-sarah-fox/#comments Tue, 16 Dec 2014 03:33:02 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=295491

Ten years of work … and now, Sarah Alisabeth Fox – who lives and works in the West Seattle/White Center area – has published her first book, “Downwind: A People’s History of the Nuclear West.” Getting it published is just the start – now, the task is to get the word out about it. To help support Fox as she does that, while also working a day job and raising a child, friends organized a benefit that’s happening right now at Skylark in North Delridge.

The event includes a silent auction, reading, and dessert grab (featuring a special flavor from White Center-founded Full Tilt Ice Cream).

Fox has tales to tell including what she experienced traveling to Vienna, Austria, recently for the International Conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons. She attended with anti-nuclear-testing activist Michelle Thomas of St. George, Utah, who, Fox writes, “grew up immediately downwind of the Nevada Nuclear Test Site, where nearly one thousand Cold War nuclear weapons were tested between 1951 and 1992. … Conference organizers hope the event will help strengthen international support for the total abolition of nuclear weapons technology.” Fox’s book tells the stories of those who have struggled to be heard despite the effects of “the Cold War arms race as it played out in their backyards.” Fox hopes to continue to travel to speak about “her book and the environmental and health consequences of nuclear weapons,” but that takes money, and so this benefit was organized; more details are in our calendar listing – it’s on until 9 pm at 3803 Delridge Way SW.

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Benefit/reading Monday for local writer Sarah Alisabeth Fox http://westseattleblog.com/2014/12/benefitreading-monday-for-local-writer-sarah-alisabeth-fox/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/12/benefitreading-monday-for-local-writer-sarah-alisabeth-fox/#comments Sat, 13 Dec 2014 23:38:27 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=295238

(“Trailer” for Sarah A. Fox’s book “Downwind“)
Next Monday at 7 pm at Skylark in North Delridge, it’s your chance to support a local writer whose decade of work has finally culminated in a book. Here’s the announcement:

Local historian and author Sarah Alisabeth Fox is asking for your help. Her recently ­published book, “Downwind: A People’s History of the Nuclear West,” is the culmination of a ten-year research project, yet some of the most important work­ spreading the word about the book­ still remains.

As a first­-time author published through a university press, she received no advance and no institutional support for a book tour. Royalties are 1% (15% for ebooks), paid out once a year. All book events and travel expenses come out of Sarah’s personal funds, and she must often take time off work to commit to these events.

“Downwind” explores the human and environmental cost of nuclear testing and uranium extraction in the American West through the stories of “downwinders,” the residents of the Great Basin region affected by radiological pollution.

Ahead, the announcement continues with more about the book and how you can help at Monday’s event:

These citizens tell of insidious food and water contamination, communities ravaged by cancer epidemics, farmers and ranchers economically ruined by crop failures and massive livestock die­offs, and miners working in dangerous conditions without proper safety equipment while the government surreptitiously studied the effects of radiation on humans.

In chilling detail Downwind brings to light the experiences and concerns of groups whose voices have been silenced and marginalized for decades in the name of patriotism and national security, tracing the evolution of a citizen activist movement that eventually challenged the federal government and powerful military and energy industries.

With the renewed boom in mining in the American West, Fox’s look at this hidden history, unearthed from years of field interviews, archival research, and epidemiological studies, is a must-­read for every American concerned about the fate of our western lands and communities.

We invite the Seattle community to join us on Monday, December 15th at 7 pm at the Skylark in West Seattle for a reading and Q&A with Sarah, appetizers, and a silent auction and dessert grab featuring special flavors by Full Tilt Ice Cream. Tickets are $20 each and are available through Eventbrite. Signed copies of the book are available for an additional cost. The Skylark is located at 3803 Delridge Way SW.

Advance tickets are available online, or you can buy yours at the door Monday.

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West Seattle schools: $6,000 in books for Sanislo readers http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/west-seattle-schools-6000-in-books-for-sanislo-readers/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/west-seattle-schools-6000-in-books-for-sanislo-readers/#comments Thu, 20 Nov 2014 07:48:54 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=292611

(Photo republished with permission)
Sanislo Elementary librarian Craig Seasholes is excited about a big gift for the young readers with whom he works – those boxes are part of a donation of nonfiction books worth $6,000! They’re courtesy of the Seattle Public Library/Paul G. Allen Family Foundation collaboration and Sanislo parents are invited to stop in the library during conference week next week for a closer look. Find out more on this Sanislo webpage.

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‘No ordinary cookbook’: 114 recipes from 49 locals in ‘Apron Strings’ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/no-ordinary-cookbook-114-recipes-from-49-locals-in-apron-strings/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/no-ordinary-cookbook-114-recipes-from-49-locals-in-apron-strings/#comments Sat, 04 Oct 2014 17:20:14 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=287731

(WSB photo: Cookbook editors Joan & Joey arranging stacks at LHM on Friday)
Get ‘em while they’re hot! Copies of “Apron Strings,” a brand-new local cookbook, are officially on sale. This weekend, you can buy it during regular hours at the Log House Museum (noon-4 pm Saturdays, Sundays, and Thursdays and Fridays) – or maybe you’ll be at the LHM for the volunteer orientation today (11 am-1 pm) and get yours then – or, look for the Southwest Seattle Historical Society at the West Seattle Farmers’ Market tomorrow. And get busy making recipes like this one:

Here’s the SWSHS announcement about “Apron Strings”:

Just in time for Thanksgiving meal planning and the search for a unique holiday gift, the Southwest Seattle Historical Society is releasing a new, home-grown cookbook.

“Apron Strings: Recipes and Recollections from the Duwamish Peninsula” is a 180-page paperback with 114 recipes from 49 local residents. Stories accompany many of the recipes, and the book is laced with 16 photos from the historical society’s archive.

Editors of the cookbook are three longtime members of the historical society: Dayle Banks, Joey Richesson (former board secretary) and Joan Stover (former board treasurer). The cover features a colorful, quilted vintage apron from Merrilee Hagen, past president of the historical society.

“Apron Strings,” priced at $25, is on sale at the historical society’s “Birthplace of Seattle” Log House Museum. It also will have its public debut from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 5, at a table at the West Seattle Farmers Market in The Junction.

Net proceeds will go to the Southwest Seattle Historical Society.

Three years in the making, “Apron Strings” is “no ordinary cookbook,” the editors write in the book’s preface. “It is a collection of recipes that reflect the history and culture of Duwamish Peninsula families and friends. … Entwined with the details for sifting, stirring, baking and frying are the stories of the people and circumstances surrounding the dishes, the family traditions of meals and snacks, and the community history of food that is uniquely West Seattle, White Center and beyond.”

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First chapter in West Seattle’s newest literary series: WordsWest debuts tomorrow http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/first-chapter-in-west-seattles-newest-literary-series-wordswest-debuts-tomorrow/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/first-chapter-in-west-seattles-newest-literary-series-wordswest-debuts-tomorrow/#comments Tue, 16 Sep 2014 21:44:19 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=285907 Tomorrow opens the book on the first chapter of West Seattle’s newest literary series – WordsWest.

7 pm Wednesday (September 17th) at C & P Coffee Company (5612 California SW; WSB sponsor), you’re invited to “An Evening with Karen Finneyfrock and Elissa Washuta.” The WordsWest curators – West Seattle writers Katy E. Ellis, Susan Rich, and Harold Taw – describe the series as “a monthly invitation to hear world-class writers from near and far, and to join and nurture the West Seattle literary community.” They plan to present events every third Wednesday “that range from readings by published local and national authors, to craft discussions and guided writing explorations for every experience level.” The events will include a local-business rep reading a favorite poem – starting with Pegasus Book Exchange. Read about Wednesday’s featured writers on the WordsWest website.

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Local author Molly Ringle next up at ‘Words, Writers, West Seattle’ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/local-author-molly-ringle-next-up-at-words-writers-west-seattle/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/local-author-molly-ringle-next-up-at-words-writers-west-seattle/#comments Fri, 05 Sep 2014 03:48:13 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=284620 Tomorrow night is the next edition of “Words, Writers & West Seattle,” 5-7 p.m. Friday (September 5th) at Barnes & Noble Westwood Village, sponsored by the Southwest Seattle
Historical Society. Featured author this time is Molly Ringle, whose work includes the young-adult fantasy novel “Persephone’s Orchard.”

The event is free; 10 percent of any purchase you make during it will benefit SWSHS. More info is on the official flyer.

P.S. Your next chance to find out about volunteering with SWSHS is coming up on Saturday at SWSHS’s Log House Museum, 61st/Stevens. Says SWSHS executive director Clay Eals, “Attendees will learn about how to turn desires and skills into meaningful tasks that will help preserve and promote the heritage of West Seattle and the greater Duwamish peninsula.” He’ll be leading a local-history primer, too.

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