West Seattle Blog... » West Seattle news http://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Sun, 04 Oct 2015 16:10:09 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.2 West Seattle Sunday: Art, music, shopping, walking, pet blessings … http://westseattleblog.com/2015/10/west-seattle-sunday-art-music-shopping-walking-pet-blessings/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/10/west-seattle-sunday-art-music-shopping-walking-pet-blessings/#comments Sun, 04 Oct 2015 14:51:15 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=324902

(Golden fall color at Lincoln Park – photo by Larry Buckley)

Happy sunny Sunday! From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

WEST SEATTLE FARMERS’ MARKET: 10 am-2 pm, fall freshness abounds. (California SW, between SW Oregon and SW Alaska)

FREE COMPOST! 11 am-2 pm at Highland Park Improvement Club – you dig, you haul, up to half a yard per household. (12th SW and SW Holden)

ANNIVERSARY SALE: 11 am-5 pm, it’s the second and final day of the anniversary “garage sale” at Second Gear Sports (WSB sponsor), as previewed here. (6529 California SW)

BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS: At least three planned in West Seattle today – bring your animal companion(s) and/or photo(s):

11:30 am – Peace Lutheran Church, per sign outside. (39th SW & SW Thistle)
1 pm – St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church @ WSHS parking lot next door – details in our calendar listing. (3000 California SW)
1 pm – Pigott Chapel at Providence Mount St. Vincent (4831 35th SW)

CROP WALK: Join the walk along Alki Beach to raise money and awareness in the fight against hunger, as previewed here. 1 pm start from Alki UCC. (6115 SW Hinds)

SOUTHWEST LIBRARY COMMUNITY ART SHOW RECEPTION: 2-4 pm, meet the artists whose work is on display for the 24th annual community art show at Southwest Library. Coffee and dessert, too. (35th SW and SW Henderson)

IRISH SONGS OF MISCHIEF AND SORROW: 3 pm concert presented by Music Northwest at Olympic Hall on the South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) campus. Ticket and RSVP info here. (6000 16th SW)

MORE, OF COURSE … on our complete calendar.

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Heard but not found: Mystery boom in South Delridge/White Center http://westseattleblog.com/2015/10/heard-but-not-found-mystery-boom-in-south-delridgewhite-center/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/10/heard-but-not-found-mystery-boom-in-south-delridgewhite-center/#comments Sun, 04 Oct 2015 07:51:41 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=324909 So far, police haven’t found the source of something very loud within the past 15 minutes or so in South Delridge or White Center. Via the scanner, we heard an SPD dispatcher say reports were coming in from the King County side of the line too, but no word of anything definitive, no reports of any injuries, so we might never find out – just thought we’d mention it for the “others heard it too” files, if nothing else.

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ELECTION 2015 UPDATES: One-month countdown begins http://westseattleblog.com/2015/10/election-2015-updates-one-month-countdown-begins/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/10/election-2015-updates-one-month-countdown-begins/#comments Sun, 04 Oct 2015 06:59:11 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=324897 The general election is November 3rd – exactly one month away – with ballots going into the mail in a week and a half. Two notes tonight:


Both finalists, Shannon Braddock and Lisa Herbold, were at the city’s “Find It, Fix It” walk on Saturday morning:

At one point in the introductory speeches, it sounded as if Mayor Murray was inviting both to come up to the podium – but they stayed in the crowd. Saturday night, both were due to participate in the Inspire Seattle candidates’ forum at a private residence in West Seattle. If you weren’t there, don’t fret – at least four more chances to see them side by side:

-This Tuesday (October 6th), 6:30 pm at Fauntleroy UCC Church (9140 California SW), presented by the Westside Interfaith Network and League of Women Voters

-Tuesday, October 13th, 6:15 pm, Neighborhood House’s High Point Center (6400 Sylvan Way), presented by the West Seattle Chamber of Commerce and WS Transportation Coalition

-Wednesday, October 14th, 7 pm, The Hall at Fauntleroy (9131 California SW), presented by the 34th District Democrats

-Thursday, October 15th, time TBA, High Point Library (35th SW & SW Raymond)


If you’re not registered – this Monday (October 5th) is the deadline to get it done online. Just go here.

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High-school football: Chief Sealth Seahawks’ first win of the season http://westseattleblog.com/2015/10/high-school-football-chief-sealth-seahawks-first-win-of-the-season/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/10/high-school-football-chief-sealth-seahawks-first-win-of-the-season/#comments Sun, 04 Oct 2015 06:23:34 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=324903 Thanks to Mel for reporting the score from Memorial Stadium tonight – Chief Sealth International High School over Franklin, 7-6. According to @SealthAthletics tweets, Daron Camacho scored the TD, Baxter Knannlein kicked the extra point. Next Friday night at 7, Sealth is home at Southwest Athletic Complex vs. Ingraham.

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VIDEO: Delridge ‘Find It, Fix It’ walk sees mayor, big city contingent considering concerns from safety to drainage http://westseattleblog.com/2015/10/video-delridge-find-it-fix-it-walk-sees-mayor-big-city-contingent-considering-concerns-from-safety-to-drainage/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/10/video-delridge-find-it-fix-it-walk-sees-mayor-big-city-contingent-considering-concerns-from-safety-to-drainage/#comments Sun, 04 Oct 2015 03:01:58 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=324841

Story, photos, video by Tracy Record and Patrick Sand
West Seattle Blog co-publishers

Successes, challenges, even tragedy took turns in the spotlight as Mayor Ed Murray and a strike force of city staffers descended on North Delridge today for their 12th Find It, Fix It Community Walk, first one in West Seattle.

This was no “drop in and we’ll wander around” event. It was meticulously planned for months, with a community committee involved in planning the route and who would speak where and when. An audio system was carted from stop to stop, and speeches – by community members as well as the mayor and staffers – took up about a third of the hour and a half it actually lasted. With so much planned, it was far more thorough than the last mayoral walking tour we recall in the area, by Murray’s predecessor Mike McGinn five years ago, though part of the route was the same.

We’ll begin at the beginning:

At the starting point, the Louisa Boren STEM K-8 school at 5950 Delridge Way SW, the mayor was introduced by Neighborhood District Coordinator Kerry Wade, who spent months working with community volunteers to ensure this happened without a hitch. With a podium, PA system, and the full crowd, speeches ensued, starting with the mayor explaining what the walks are about:

He introduced the many department heads who were along for the walk:

From left, Seattle Public Utilities’ Ray Hoffman, Seattle City Light’s acting GM Jim Baggs, Department of Neighborhoods’ Kathy Nyland, SPD Deputy Chief Carmen Best, SDOT’s Scott Kubly, Parks Superintendent Jesús Aguirre, budget director Ben Noble, Department of Finance and Administrative Services’ Fred Podesta. Also taking a turn at the podium, City Councilmembers Tim Burgess and Tom Rasmussen:

The school was also the official first stop on the walk, highlighting the success story of its new crosswalk, installed just before this school year began:

Ironically, as community member Craig Rankin pointed out – having been deeply involved in making it happen (as reported here in March 2014) – it wouldn’t be where it is if the city had had its way:

After he spoke, it was off to the next stop, with residents Michelle Whelan and Maketa Wilborn pointing out one of the many places where the Delridge area – mostly a narrow valley, the “dell” between the “ridges” – has drainage challenges:

Using a tablet, they showed the mayor and SPU director Hoffman some images of problems in the past, and pointed out that nearby slopes are slated for development, wondering just how much worse things will get because of that, if something’s not done.

Stop number 3, as the group headed north, was a piece of city-owned property that will remain greenspace thanks to a community organization’s efforts to keep it from being sold off.

That’s Willard Brown from the Delridge Neighborhoods Development Association, which – as reported here recently – will be using grant money and donations to buy one of City Light’s surplus substation sites; here’s the aerial look from SCL’s website.

During the Find It, Fix It walk, Brown spoke about how preserving the greenspace will benefit students from the nearby school:

But some “fixing” is still needed here, he noted, adding his voice to those clamoring for drainage and water-routing improvements in the area. Turning west, the group crossed Delridge Way, and stopped by the planting strip on the south side of the Super 24 store, where, as previewed here last week, the Nature Consortium had a cleanup project under way:

(You might recall some controversy over that planting strip – which previously had been part of a small perpendicular-parking area, and then, when converted, was overpaved, leading to the creation of the beds that were weeded today.) NC executive director Merica Whitehall spoke here during today’s event:

She told the mayor and participants about her organization’s work with the community and with the West Duwamish Greenbelt, in tandem with thousands of volunteers every year:

The alley leading toward Delridge Library was the next segment of the route:

While walking northbound in the alley, community advocate Pete Spalding talked about neighbors’ watchfulness and the principle “if you see something, say something.” The mayor also heard from library manager Jane Appling, whose staffers and clients have to deal with what happens in the alley, too, and with North Delridge Neighborhood Council‘s Michael Taylor-Judd:

(At right in the photo above is city traffic engineer Dongho Chang, seen at many a local project meeting.) Concerns related to the alley, besides its overall condition, continue to range from vandalism to drug use; the mayor mentioned the ongoing work to hire more officers for SPD, as well as rampant problems attributed to the nation’s “drug epidemic.” Finding needles and syringes was a problem also mentioned by Delridge P-Patch volunteers, who spoke at the next stop:

They also spoke of successes including their Giving Garden – growing food-bank donations – and how they were able to convert some young area troublemakers into garden volunteers. Some of the walkers moved on through the garden, still beautifully in bloom for fall …

… while some stopped for treats, including the mayor:

Food was the focus at the next stop, the space reserved on the ground floor of Cottage Grove Commons for the Delridge Grocery Co-op‘s future permanent home:

DGC volunteers met the visitors and talked about their years of work to get a store open to help make Delridge less of a “food desert.” This week, they announced to their 400+ members that they had been told “informally” that DGC would be declined for a loan it had hoped would bring a big boost toward opening – but they vow to push on and find financing some other way. This stop was a rare chance, by the way, to look inside their future space at 5444 Delridge Way SW – mouse over our Instagram clip to play a :15 clip panning around inside:

In the courtyard of Cottage Grove Commons, those who hadn’t straggled off along the way heard about the building – open now for almost two years as housing for people who were previously homeless – and that one of residents and managers’ biggest concerns is nearby traffic and safely crossing the street. This is where tragedy was mentioned – the death of a CGC resident hit by a car in November of last year. This next clip also includes the mayor’s closing remarks:

With his promise to return, the first West Seattle “Find It, Fix It” walk wrapped up after about an hour and 20 minutes – a visit that had been months in the making.

Perhaps one of the most important exchanges was back at the P-Patch, where the garden volunteers said they didn’t know how to ask for help with some of their problems – where to go in city government. The mayor said for one, speaking up at the event was the same as asking for help. For two, he said, his staff is working on ways for people to navigate the tangle of city departments and services more easily. Sometimes it might seem like departments are in silos – but a sighting along the way was a reminder that it doesn’t have to be that way:

Staffers from multiple departments – including the firefighter in our photo – carried grabbers and bright yellow bags, picking up trash and debris as they walked in the Saturday sunshine.

P.S. Both candidates for West Seattle’s new District 1 City Council seat were there too; photos to come, in a separate report looking ahead to Election Day, now exactly one month away.

P.P.S. Lots of side conversations – we’ll be adding notes about the ones we hear of, like this mention from Sanislo Elementary, whose reps brought up the illegal dumping that’s a chronic problem nearby.

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UPDATE: Fire at vacant Westwood house; firefighter injured http://westseattleblog.com/2015/10/big-response-for-possible-house-fire-in-9200-block-of-31st-place-sw/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/10/big-response-for-possible-house-fire-in-9200-block-of-31st-place-sw/#comments Sat, 03 Oct 2015 21:51:31 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=324825

(Added: Photo courtesy Conrad)
2:51 PM: Seattle Fire has a “full response” headed to a possible house fire in the 9200 block of 31st Place SW, which is in Westwood (map). More to come.

(Smoke was visible for blocks – photo courtesy Sebastian, looking SW over Westwood Village)
2:55 PM UPDATE: It’s a confirmed fire and SFD units have water on it.

(WSB photos from here down)
3 PM UPDATE: Now reported to be under control. One possible injury.

3:07 PM UPDATE: Via Twitter, SFD describes the house as “vacant.” That’s borne out by this DPD record for the address that SFD has logged for the fire – a complaint made and investigated less than a month ago.

3:20 PM UPDATE: Nobody hurt, we’ve confirmed with SFD. Fire investigators are en route to look into the cause. The fire is mostly out except for some smoldering in the walls. Neighbors tell us it’s been a problem house for a year or so.

3:35 PM UPDATE: Update – we’ve since been told a firefighter suffered a hand injury and has been taken to the hospital.

5:58 PM UPDATE: As mentioned in comments, fire and police investigators have been there; we went back over for photos.

Still no official word on the cause, but the police presence confirms they are investigating the possibility of arson.

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BIZNOTES: TouchTech Systems turns 8; Curves WS followup; Thunder Road Guitars update http://westseattleblog.com/2015/10/biznotes-touchtech-systems-turns-8-curves-ws-followup-thunder-road-guitars-update/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/10/biznotes-touchtech-systems-turns-8-curves-ws-followup-thunder-road-guitars-update/#comments Sat, 03 Oct 2015 20:41:04 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=324821 Three more biznotes to share:

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY, TOUCHTECH SYSTEMS: Brian Presser, proprietor of TouchTech Systems in the breezeway at 4517 California SW, sends word that this week marks his eighth anniversary in West Seattle. The business itself has been around even longer: “The technology has changed since we opened our doors in 1994, but our commitment to you hasn’t. Our job is to take the guesswork out of technology so we can outfit your home or business with the hardware, software and peripherals that meet your budget and exceed your expectations.” They serve clients of all types, from home to commercial.

CURVES FOLLOWUP: Our Friday biznotes mentioned the Curves West Seattle location at 3280 California SW had emptied out. Today its former owners contacted us to share this message:

After 13 years, Curves of West Seattle closed last week. We actively searched for a buyer for several months but were not successful. We both live in Olympia now and the commute finally took its toll.

We thank our hundreds of members who have been part of the Curves journey. You are amazing women! White Center Curves is open for those interested. We wish all health and happiness.

Denise Hanson
Stuart Meadows

THUNDER ROADS CLOSED TOMORROW: From Frank Gross, proprietor of Thunder Road Guitars (WSB sponsor) in The Junction:

We will be closed tomorrow, Sunday, October 4th, as we will be attending the Sea-Tac Vintage Guitar Show (with a large portion of our inventory). We will re-open Tuesday at 10 am.

TRG is at 4736 California SW.

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West Seattle Crime Watch update: Stolen Honda Element found http://westseattleblog.com/2015/10/west-seattle-crime-watch-seen-this-stolen-honda-element/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/10/west-seattle-crime-watch-seen-this-stolen-honda-element/#comments Sat, 03 Oct 2015 17:53:38 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=324807

ORIGINAL SATURDAY REPORT: From Jenny, who says this happened in the Whale Tail Park area:

My car was stolen from out front of my condo on Alki last night after around 10:30 PM, plate number NP06983, black 2011 Honda Element with upgraded wheels. Please keep an eye out for me; my hopes of recovering it are slim, but any help is greatly appreciated.

This is also on SPD’s @getyourcarback Twitter feed.

SUNDAY UPDATE: Jenny confirms that (as reported in a comment) the Element has been found. Missing a few things – including those wheels – but she has it back.

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West Seattle Halloween 2015: Admiral District trick-or-treating set for October 30th http://westseattleblog.com/2015/10/west-seattle-halloween-2015-admiral-district-trick-or-treating-set-for-october-30th/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/10/west-seattle-halloween-2015-admiral-district-trick-or-treating-set-for-october-30th/#comments Sat, 03 Oct 2015 17:26:34 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=324809

(WSB photos from 2014 Admiral District trick-or-treating)
Exactly four weeks until Halloween! The Admiral District will again welcome kids for trick-or-treating, this time, on the day before Halloween, Friday, October 30th, 3-6 pm. This year’s volunteer publicist is Admiral business owner Brent Amacher, who points out that this is a truly grass-roots event, as the business district has no official organization, doesn’t collect fees, just puts up a sign – this one, in fact, is what you’ll see:

Amacher observes, “It’s become one of the best-loved Halloween events in Seattle. I personally go through bags and bags and bags of candy every year.” Last year we photographed him on candy-handout duty, in fact:

He continues, “Kids and parents line up around the block in costumes getting their Halloween action on early … We live in such a great area, and traditions like this make West Seattle truly special. This event is part of our heritage. It makes me proud to see the tradition continue as West Seattle continues to grow.”

P.S. We’ll be launching our annual WSB Halloween page this week, so if you’re having a Halloween/seasonal event that’s open to the public, please send information ASAP – flyers/posters not necessary, just plain text in the body of your e-mail, with a webpage link if you have one – editor@westseattleblog.com – thanks!

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West Seattle Saturday: ‘Find It, Fix It’ walk in Delridge, and more… http://westseattleblog.com/2015/10/west-seattle-saturday-find-it-fix-it-walk-in-delridge-and-more/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/10/west-seattle-saturday-find-it-fix-it-walk-in-delridge-and-more/#comments Sat, 03 Oct 2015 15:17:28 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=324799

(Flicker in Lincoln Park, by Mark Ahlness, from the WSB Flickr group)

From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

NORTH ADMIRAL TREE WALK: Join volunteer Al for a walk to see the area’s most majestic trees, 10 am-noon; meet outside the West Seattle (Admiral) Library. (2306 42nd SW)

SECOND GEAR SPORTS ANNIVERSARY SALE: It’s been two years since Second Gear Sports (WSB sponsor) opened in Morgan Junction, and the shop is having a sale all weekend to celebrate. 10 am-6 pm today. (6529 California SW)

‘FIND IT, FIX IT’ COMMUNITY WALK: As previewed here again on Friday, this is the first time Mayor Murray‘s “Find It, Fix It” Community Walk program has come to West Seattle, after nine walks elsewhere in the city over the past year. The goal is to identify problems and how the city and neighbors can team up to fix them. The route is set to start at Louisa Boren K-8 STEM (5950 Delridge Way SW) at 11 am and end at the Delridge P-Patch (5078 25th SW) at 1 pm.

iPAD BASICS: 11:30 am, free class at High Point Library, but you have to RSVP – our calendar listing has the info. (35th SW & SW Raymond)

CIDER SOCIAL: Right after the aforementioned Find It, Fix It walk, the Delridge P-Patch is hosting a Cider Social, 1-4 pm, with fresh-pressed apple cider – bring apples if you have them! (5078 25th SW)

SEATTLE LUTHERAN HOMECOMING: 1:30 pm vs. Evergreen Lutheran at West Seattle Stadium, the Saints play their homecoming football game. (4432 35th SW)

WEST SEATTLE BIG BAND BENEFIT: 7 pm at the Senior Center of West Seattle, join the West Seattle Big Band for the third annual “Dance MS” benefit – details in our preview. (California SW & SW Oregon)

WHAT ELSE IS SCHEDULED TODAY? Browse our complete calendar here.

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High-school football: West Seattle HS vs. Roosevelt at SWAC http://westseattleblog.com/2015/10/high-school-football-west-seattle-hs-vs-roosevelt-at-swac/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/10/high-school-football-west-seattle-hs-vs-roosevelt-at-swac/#comments Sat, 03 Oct 2015 14:33:04 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=324782

(WSB photos by Patrick Sand)
One local team had a home football game last night – the West Seattle High School Wildcats hosted Roosevelt HS at Southwest Athletic Complex.

The visitors went home with the win – 35-15. Two quarterbacks played for the Wildcats, #18 Carter Golgart (above) – who passed to Nate Pryor for the run that netted WSHS’s first touchdown – and #17 Gabe Gangon (below):

Here’s the game log via MaxPreps. Next week, WSHS goes to Memorial Stadium downtown at 7 pm Thursday night to face Cleveland.

The Wildcats are now 2-3 on the season.

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FOLLOWUP: Fauntleroy’s fall Recycle Roundup nets nine tons http://westseattleblog.com/2015/10/followup-fauntleroys-fall-recycle-roundup-nets-nine-tons/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/10/followup-fauntleroys-fall-recycle-roundup-nets-nine-tons/#comments Sat, 03 Oct 2015 07:30:32 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=324750

Were you part of last Sunday’s Recycle Roundup at Fauntleroy Church? Another big turnout – someone new every minute! – and big haul, reports Judy Pickens:

The Sept. 27 Recycle Roundup relieved 360 West Seattle households of 9 tons of appliances, electronics, and all manner of other stuff for responsible recycling. The 12 roundups sponsored by Fauntleroy Church since 2010 have returned at least 142 tons to the resource stream. We’ll do it again in April.

The date will be in the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar as soon as it’s announced. If you absolutely have to get something recycled before then, check here to see what you can do with it.

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TRAFFIC ALERT UPDATE: SB I-5 crash scene now clear; 5 hurt http://westseattleblog.com/2015/10/traffic-alert-sb-i-5-crash-at-west-seattle-bridge/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/10/traffic-alert-sb-i-5-crash-at-west-seattle-bridge/#comments Sat, 03 Oct 2015 05:11:52 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=324775

10:11 PM: If you’re heading back this way, southbound, sometime soon – you’ll want to avoid I-5. A crash on southbound I-5 by the West Seattle Bridge is blocking all lanes, with rescuers working to get people out of vehicles and at least five people hurt. We can’t quite tell if it’s affecting the exit from the eastbound bridge but it is definitely backing up southbound I-5 from some point north of the bridge. More to come.

10:31 PM: The image above is from earlier, when the WSDOT camera was showing the scene more closely. You can check the “live” camera here.

10:46 PM: Still blocking SB I-5 – SFD says one person has serious injuries and four have minor injuries – and the traffic snarl is compounded now that the Mariners’ game is over. And just in from the State Patrol:

11:03 PM: SFD has cleared the scene and WSDOT says some traffic is now getting through:

12:32 AM: WSP and WSDOT report the freeway’s clear again. No life-threatening injuries, per WSP.

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Celebrate the opening of Pathfinder K-8′s new playground http://westseattleblog.com/2015/10/celebrate-the-opening-of-pathfinder-k-8s-new-playground/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/10/celebrate-the-opening-of-pathfinder-k-8s-new-playground/#comments Sat, 03 Oct 2015 03:50:29 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=324770

(WSB photo, August 2014)
That volunteer work party more than a year ago was one of many events along Pathfinder K-8‘s path to its new playground … which is now about to officially open. The Pathfinder PTSA has announced a community celebration for next Thursday afternoon:

Please join us in celebrating our community’s accomplishment and to show appreciation to those who helped make this project possible. Event includes accolades, ice cream and of course, kids demonstrating how to enjoy the new playground!

Thursday, October 8 – 3:30-4:30 pm

Questions to: pathfinderplayground2014@gmail.com

The school is at 1901 SW Genesee. Much of the journey to making this a reality – volunteer work, construction, fundraising, sneak previews – is chronicled on the project website.

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WEST SEATTLE BIZNOTES: Parliament Tavern update; new menus for Bird & Joe’s; 2 closures http://westseattleblog.com/2015/10/west-seattle-biznotes-parliament-tavern-update-new-menus-for-bird-2-closures/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/10/west-seattle-biznotes-parliament-tavern-update-new-menus-for-bird-2-closures/#comments Sat, 03 Oct 2015 01:23:32 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=324710 Fridays just lend themselves to roundups. Notes from and about local businesses:

(Photo courtesy Parliament Tavern)

PARLIAMENT TAVERN OFFICIALLY OPEN: After a few weeks in “soft open” mode, the new establishment at 4210 SW Admiral Way is now officially open, proprietor Tom Langen tells WSB. 21+, full bar with 17 beers on draft that “will lean heavily on the great stuff brewed locally,” plus “a smallish menu featuring fancy grilled cheese sandwiches that will hopefully knock socks off!” Live music “from time to time” (first show October 10th), DJs some nights (tonight: “WS legend Kingblind”), and Tuesday quiz nights starting October 13th. By the way, if you didn’t know (we must confess we didn’t), the name has nothing to do with government … but rather, their mascots (above). Tom explains, “A group of owls is called a parliament, like a gaggle of geese, murder of crows, etc.. The idea for this spot is a neighborhood evening hangout, for night owls if you will. The one great thing about this old, old space is the high ceilings and the dark-stained fir panels on the upper half of the walls that give it a woodsy feel. Tried to bring that out with paint and light, and threw in a bunch of owls hanging around to give it a ‘thing’. They are most certainly fascinating creatures, beautiful, mysterious, and everyone has a reaction to them in some way. Almost always positive!” Hours: 4 pm to 2a m weekdays, 12 pm to 2 am weekends.

ADMIRAL BIRD’S NEW MENU: Steps from the Parliament, Admiral Bird at California & Admiral has just launched a new menu “focusing on waffles,” per the announcement: “We have three varieties: Belgian, gluten-free Sweet Potato, and a vegan GF Cornbread batter. We are now a Waffle Bar, keeping all of our popular breakfast sandwiches and taking our weekend waffles to a daily availability.” See the menu for more details.

ENDOLYNE JOE’S NEW MENU: Last weekend for the Cuban “festival menu” at Endolyne Joe’s, which will debut the “Little Italy/Providence, RI” menu on Wednesday. These special menus are in addition to their year-round specialties. (9261 45th SW; WSB sponsor)

CURVES CLOSED: Noticed while driving by that the Curves West Seattle storefront at 3280 California SW is closed. We’d heard from its owner some weeks back that it was for sale. No signage indicating what’s next.

MONEYTREE CLOSING: The short-term-loan business’s branch at 4000 SW Alaska in The Junction is closing. We found out through this this commercial real-estate listing, saying Moneytree was closing the location “due to regulatory changes.” Checking the company website, the West Seattle location’s page says it’s “moving” on October 10th – to Burien. “Only 20 minutes away!” says the flyer.

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