More ways to be part of West Seattle Summer Fest 2019, if you sign up soon!

The peninsula’s biggest party of the year, West Seattle Summer Fest 2019, is in view just over the horizon – July 12, 13, 14 – and the plan is taking shape now, so you have to take action fast if you want to be part of any of this:

IMG_4606(WSB photo from Summer Fest 2016 – community tabling at the Info Booth)

COMMUNITY GATHERING TENT: Nonprofits and neighborhood/community groups are invited to apply for a free spot on the lineup, so Summer Fest visitors can stop by to find who you are and what you do. There may be two tents this year but even all those spots will fill up fast, so don’t wait, go here to sign up.

NEW STAGES! Summer Fest 2019 will bring more ways than ever for people to perform or present, including a Community Stage in Junction Plaza Park and a Wooden Instrument Stage at the south end of the festival zone. That’s in addition to the Main Stage at the north end. Interested in a spot on any of those stages? Here’s how to apply.

PARTNERSHIP/SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES: While the West Seattle Junction Association presents Summer Fest, countless community sponsors/partners help make it possible. (WSB is among them.) These opportunities remain open until May 19th; this one-sheet (PDF) has more info.

DEVELOPMENT: Two updates from 4700 block of Fauntleroy

From the east side of the 4700 block of Fauntleroy (between Alaska and Edmunds):

WORK ABOUT TO START: Thanks to Binh for sending the notice circulated in the area of the two-building 4722 Fauntleroy Way project, saying work is finally about to start. The notice from Compass Construction says they’re expecting to get going on the 300-plus-unit project in the first week of May. (This is the former West Seattle Produce site.)

NEW NAME FOR NEWLY COMPLETE PROJECT: When 4754 Fauntleroy (100+ apartments and live-works on the former Capitol Loans site) was in the planning stages, the project team used the name The Foundry. Driving by this afternoon, we noticed the almost-complete project has a sign up, bearing a different name: The Huxley. We’re asking the developer if that’s a tribute to anyone in particular (The Whittaker, across Fauntleroy, you’ll recall, was named for the legendary climber, who has West Seattle roots). According to The Huxley’s website, its units – described as “luxury apartments” – range from 437 to 1070 square feet, with rents from $1,505 (for the income-restricted 1 bedrooms related to the project’s participation in the Multifamily Tax Exemption program) to $3,050.

ELECTION 2019: District 1 City Council candidates to debate on Tuesday night

(WSB photo, April 10th)

After two Q&A forums, District 1 City Council candidates will appear in the first debate-format event of the campaign tomorrow night. It’s the second event presented by the 34th District Democrats, but this time it’s not part of a regular meeting – it’s a standalone event – nor is it at the group’s usual event venue. All are invited to attend, 6:30 pm Tuesday (April 23rd) at Holy Family Bilingual Catholic School (9615 20th SW). Four of the five current candidates (the field’s not final until “filing week” in mid-May) are participating – Jesse Greene, incumbent Lisa Herbold, Brendan Kolding, and Phil Tavel – same as the 34th DD’s forum on April 10th (WSB coverage here).

Free Metro rides in snowstorms?

(Photo from February snow, courtesy Jeff B)

Should Metro be free when we have major snow, as was the case back in February? At least one King County Councilmember thinks so. Announced today:

Legislation is being filed this morning by King County Councilmember Jeanne Kohl-Welles that would allow for free Metro transit during snow emergencies. The measure comes in response to a massive storm that devastated roads and highways across the region earlier this year.

“This past winter our region was hammered with one of the worst snow storms the region has seen,” said Kohl-Welles. “Cars skidded out of control or got stuck, pedestrians struggled to gain footing and slipped on sidewalks, and too many of our most vulnerable citizens were left stranded. Free Metro fares will keep people safe and is the right thing to do.”

Here’s the proposed legislation (PDF); we’re checking with our area’s King County Councilmember Joe McDermott to see what he thinks of the proposal.

6 for your West Seattle Monday

(Photos by Mark Wangerin, who discovered along the Duwamish River that Osprey are back!)

From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

DINE OUT, HELP SEATTLE LUTHERAN HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS: Dine at Puerto Vallarta Mexican Restaurant in The Junction today – lunch and/or dinner – and a portion of the proceeds will go to the Seattle Lutheran HS Seniors’ Graduation Celebration. Open 10:30 am-11 pm. (4727 California SW)

GIVE THE GIFT OF LIFE: If you can donate blood, take note that the Bloodmobile will be at the Masonic Center in The Junction 12:30 pm-3 pm. (4736 40th SW)

LOW TIDE: Good time for beachwalking if you can – low tide is out to -1.4 feet at 1:47 pm. (Chart)

LIBRARYLAB, EARTH DAY EDITION: 3:30 pm-7:30 pm, drop in at Delridge Library:

The Seattle Public Library is partnering with Seattle Parks and Recreation and Seattle Public Utilities to host an extra special LibraryLab on Earth Day at the Delridge Branch (we’re taking over the whole library that day!). We will be learning about ecosystems by exploring the one in our backyard. Learn about the history of the Longfellow Creek Watershed restoration project, play games, use microscopes to look at samples of stream water, try an art activity, look at huge maps of the watershed and get information on current restoration projects and how you can get involved. This is an all-ages event and free (of course).

(5423 Delridge Way SW)

TQI DIET: New five-week series of classes starts at The Kenney (WSB sponsor), 6:30 pm. Details in our calendar listing. (7125 Fauntleroy Way SW)

OPEN MIC NIGHT: 7:30 pm is when signups start at Parliament Tavern. 21+. (4210 SW Admiral Way)

PEEK AT THE WEEK AHEAD … via our complete calendar.

ART IDEAS WANTED! Project for Louisa Boren STEM K-8 playground

Maybe you have the perfect idea for this school project! Sent by Adrienne Ollerenshaw:

The Seattle Department of Neighborhoods’ Small Sparks Matching Fund awarded Louisa Boren STEM K-8 funding to install a buddy bench and repaint the blacktop games on the school playground. A buddy bench is a bench where a child can sit if they need a friend. Others will see them and invite them to play.

The school is requesting artwork ideas from school and community members for under the buddy bench. Sketches can include up to four colors. If you would like to submit an idea, email drawings with your name and email address, to amollerensha@seattleschools.org or drop them off at the Louisa Boren STEM K-8 (5950 Delridge Way SW) front office before Friday, April 26th. There will be a design selection meeting at Delridge Library (5423 Delridge Way SW), April 27th, from 12:00-12:30, where community members are welcome to come and help select artwork for under the bench.

The art would be a painting on the playground blacktop, 6′ x 6′ maximum, “that promotes friendship, kindness, acceptance, and love.”

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Monday watch

(SDOT MAP with travel times/ Is the ‘low bridge’ closed? LOOK HERE/ West Seattle-relevant traffic cams HERE)

6:55 AM: Good morning! Here’s what you need to know as the week begins:

AVALON PROJECT: This is week 2. SDOT’s plans for this week (and a bit beyond) are in this update.

BEACH DRIVE REPAVING: This is scheduled to start Wednesday south of Weather Watch Park, as announced Friday.

SPRING BREAK: Local Catholic schools are out this week.

SEE TRAFFIC TROUBLE? If we’re not already reporting it, and if you’re not driving, tips appreciated at 206-293-6302, text or voice – thank you!

Short-lived ‘full response’ callout in South Delridge

Another incident that started as a big response but was very quickly downsized – a Seattle Fire callout in the 9200 block of 17th SW. It’s now described in radio communication as a “porta-potty fire” and SFD’s investigator is being sent to the scene.

UPDATE: Crash on Harbor SW

12:47 AM: Harbor Avenue is blocked north of the bridge because of a crash. It was initially reported as 2 vehicles, one possibly flipped, but a short-lived “rescue extrication” callout was almost immediately downsized to one engine.

1:03 AM: Harbor has reopened.

Park expansion, festival, development, and more @ Morgan Community Association

Zack Thomas from Board & Vellum presents new concepts for the Morgan park expansion.

Story and photos by Jason Grotelueschen
Reporting for West Seattle Blog

Morgan Junction leaders and neighbors gathered Wednesday night at The Kenney (WSB sponsor).to discuss a wide variety of topics at the quarterly meeting of the Morgan Community Association.

Highlights included presentations about Morgan Junction Park expansion and the proposed development at 5917 California Ave, as well as updates about upcoming Morgan events, affordable housing, and light rail.

Vice president Phillip Tavel ran the first half of the meeting, then president Deb Barker (rushing from the Sound Transit Stakeholder Advisory Group meeting downtown) took over for the second half.

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Registration reminder! Just a few more days to sign up for West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day 2019

Less than three weeks now until West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day – 15th year! It’s coming up on Saturday, May 11th. And since we’ll be publishing the map and listings a week in advance as usual, the end of registration is getting close – this Thursday (April 25th) is the deadline. As of tonight, almost 200 sales are registered for the peninsula’s big day of person-to-person recycling, treasure-hunting, and neighbor-meeting, from North Admiral to South Delridge, Lincoln Park to Highland Park, Alki Point to Pigeon Point …to name a few. Official sale hours are 9 am-3 pm on May 11th but some sellers choose to start early and/or end late – if you plan to do that, be sure the “ad” you send us when you sign up includes that info.

Ready to register? Just go here!

‘Help us bring the joy of learning to our children’: 1 simple way to do that for Sanislo Elementary

Set your calendar for June 1 – when you can enjoy a night out knowing you’re doing something important in addition to having fun! From Amanda Kirk on behalf of the Sanislo Elementary PTA:

We are a small local school located in the Puget Ridge neighborhood of West Seattle. This year the auction is going to be at The Brockey Center at South Seattle College on June 1st, 2019 at 6 pm. Admission to the auction is $40 per person and we hope you consider joining us.

Sanislo Elementary School is building a network of dedicated individuals from throughout our community whose support and passion helps increase the chances of success for our children. Last year at Sanislo, while we had a goal of raising just $20,000, we ended up exceeding this goal by 50%. We raised $30,000 thanks to all of your donations to Sanislo! The school used this money to support: mindfulness/social emotional learning, a learning garden, and scholarships for after-school enrichment programs.

This year our need is even greater. I interviewed key stakeholders including the Principal in order to determine what aspect of the school was in greatest need of support. One of the largest challenges the school is facing is the increasing age of the books and other instruction materials. Our children are struggling to experience the joy of learning and self discovery partially because the average age of their books is more than 10 years old! Our library has become out of touch with reality and the children are not as motivated to participate in self-guided learning as children at other schools. Help us bring the joy of learning to our children.

Our annual auction is coming up soon! We hope you can join us once again in supporting educational equity. Come enjoy an evening of fun with us: dinner, dancing, drinks, silent auction, and dancing

The ’80s Are Back
Saturday, June 1st, 6-10 pm
The Brockey Center at South Seattle College
6000 16th Avenue SW

Direct link for buying tickets is here!

West Seattle High School Cheer Team: Almost tryout time!

It’s been a big year for the West Seattle High School Cheer Team, going to state competition for the first time ever. Now it’s time to look ahead to next year – coach Nadine Nguyen sent the announcement:

Are you ready to become a part of the West Seattle Cheer Team?

Now’s your chance. Tryouts are May 1st, 2nd, and 3rd from 4 pm- 6 pm @ WSHS.

If you are looking to get a little extra help before Tryouts come to our open clinics where we will be teaching basic cheer skills such as jumps, dance, and cheers to help you get ready for Tryouts. Clinics are on April 30th from 4 pm-6 pm in the WSHS commons. Parent meeting immediately following the clinic.

You will need to have a COMPLETED physical and Athletic Packet in order to participate in Tryouts and the clinic. These packets are available in the West Seattle High School Main Office.

For questions, please email: westseattlecheer@outlook.com

EARTH DAY: West Seattle Troop 41169’s project, from research to cleanup!

Thanks to Noirin Lynch of Brownie Girl Scout Troop 41169 for sharing the report and photos of their Earth Day project:

Our Brownie GS troop has been learning all about our watershed and the issues we face in terms of stormwater pollution over the past several months.

Their interest began in the fall with a field trip to see Chum salmon spawn, where they learned about salmon’s need for clean, cool water and the link between declining salmon and declining orca populations from the Mountaineers.

They were then lucky to have local West Seattle fish biologist and stormwater expert Jen McIntyre come teach them about green infrastructure and bio retention methods to help keep toxic stormwater out of our streams and sound. They conducted their own experiments to see what materials work best to naturally filter stormwater.

After all this learning they decided to help the area around their meeting place, Alki Elementary. We met yesterday to help clean the streets and label storm drains in an effort to raise public awareness.

We had a lot of people stop to ask what we were doing and even had a resident come out of their house to thank us and ask how he could join the effort.

By the way, you can get a drain-stenciling kit from the city – here’s how.

West Seattle Easter scene: 80th annual Forest Lawn sunrise service

Thanks to the reader who sent the photo from this morning’s 80th annual Easter Sunday sunrise service at Forest Lawn (WSB sponsor). The West Seattle Ministerial Association presents the service, with volunteer support by the Kiwanis Club of West Seattle. The reader reports, “Incredible testimony of recovery and now in school by Erin LaBreche. Service was well attended. Looking forward to next year.” In 2020, Easter will be on April 12th.

ROUNDUP COUNTDOWN: Recycling event just 1 week away

Don’t toss it – recycle it!

Twice a year, Fauntleroy Church invites you to bring no-longer-wanted/neeed items to its parking lot (9140 California SW) 9 am-3 pm, and next Sunday (April 28th) sis the day you can drive/ride/walk up to drop recyclables off for free. 1 Green Planet will be there, and the newest list of what they’re accepting this time is here.

Easter 2019, and what else is happening on your West Seattle Sunday

(A Rufous Hummingbird again today, but a very different view – this one, photographed by Kersti Muul)

First, from our West Seattle Easter/Passover/Etc. page:

SUNRISE SERVICE AT FOREST LAWN: As announced by the Kiwanis Club of West Seattle, 6 am at Forest Lawn (6701 30th SW; WSB sponsor).

SUNRISE SERVICE ON ALKI BEACH: 6 am, West Seattle’s three UCC churches join for an early service on the beach, all welcome. (57th SW & Alki SW)

OTHER EASTER SERVICES:: See the listings on our page!

EGG HUNTS: Several churches are having them today – that info’s also in our listings.

And from our year-round West Seattle Event Calendar:

WEST SEATTLE FARMERS’ MARKET: Every Sunday, holiday or not! 10 am-2 pm, in the street, in the heart of The Junction. (California SW between SW Alaska and SW Oregon)

JAMTIME: 1-4 pm at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), bluegrass and old-time music. No cover. All ages. (5612 California SW)

HOMINY HASH: Acoustic music at Parliament Tavern, 7 pm. $5 cover. 21+. (4210 SW Admiral Way)

ULTIMATE FAMILY VARIETY SHOW: 7:30 pm at Kenyon Hall – big fun! Details and ticket info are in our calendar listing. (7904 35th SW)

PREVIEW THE WEEK AHEAD … via our complete calendar!

CONGRATULATIONS! Essay contest win, City Hall spotlight for West Seattle High School junior Keaton Dickinson

The photos and report are from proud parents Corey Dickinson and Anne Dickinson:

Lifetime West Seattle resident and West Seattle High School junior Keaton Dickinson just won first place in the Youth Against Gun Violence Essay Contest on the date of the 20th anniversary of the Columbine High School Shooting. The essay contest was sponsored by Washington Ceasefire, an organization dedicated to reducing gun violence.

Keaton arrived at City Hall this morning thinking she would listen to and support common-sense ideas on preventing gun violence in schools and society. She soon learned that she won first place in the essay contest and a $750 scholarship.

She then read her essay to a crowd of 200, which included Mayor Jenny Durkan, City Attorney Pete Holmes, State Attorney General Bob Ferguson, and Seattle City Councilmembers.

Keaton is passionate about preventing gun violence. She has volunteered for Washington Initiative 1639, gathering petitions for the measure to help get it on the 2018 ballot, and she also worked the phone banks to help the initiative get passed. She is President of the West Seattle High School Gun Violence Prevention Club. Earlier this year, Keaton organized a voter registration drive at West Seattle High School where she registered over 500 voters, most of whom will be first-time voters.

You can read Keaton’s essay here (PDF).

UPDATE: ~99-year-old man extricated from car, taken to hospital after 35th SW collision

(Added: Reader photo, texted)

7:22 PM: SFD and SPD are at the scene of what’s described as a 2-vehicle crash at 35th/Hudson, 1 person trapped. Avoid the area. Updates to come.

7:33 PM: We are just arriving. On the north side of the scene, 35th is closed at Edmunds.

7:43 PM: The extrication from this car, a Subaru, is over and the person’s being taken to the hospital.

(WSB photos from here down)

Police are talking to the person we believe is the driver of the other vehicle, a Jeep.

7:53 PM: SPD tells us the Traffic Collision Investigation Squad has been called out, so the closure will likely last a few hours.

8:29 PM: According to SFD spokesperson Kristin Tinsley, the injured driver is “approximately 99 years old.” He was in stable condition as SFD transported him to Harborview. Police told us the early indication was that he was headed eastbound on Hudson, to turn onto 35th, when he collided with the Jeep driver, who was headed southbound.

11:39 PM: Still closed.

12:17 AM: SDOT just tweeted that the road has reopened.

VIDEO: West Seattle Thriftway’s 2019 egg hunters find fun

The first egg hunt of the weekend was off and almost-running at West Seattle Thriftway (WSB sponsor) this morning – and yet there’s always a moment amid the rush for a bunny-meets-bunny moment:

Once eggs have been procured among the produce (or kitchenware, or …) it’s time to stop and check what’s inside:

For the smallest participants, that requires assistance:

And the search went on:

Thriftway just celebrated its 31st birthday and will have other special events as the spring and summer roll on – next Saturday, for example, weather permitting, they’ll try again for the first benefit barbecue of the season – buy an outdoor-grilled lunch starting around 11 am, and the proceeds will be donated to the West Seattle Food Bank.

West Seattle Easter weekend scenes: Egg hunters’ Hiawatha happiness

(WSB photos)

Well-dressed egg hunters were in view at Hiawatha Community Center this morning, one of many Seattle Parks-run centers around the city that welcomed local kids on this semi-sunny Saturday. Bunny ears were a popular accessory:

The littlest egg hunters got a bit of grown-up help:

This annual tradition involves a lot of planning and preparation by center volunteers and staffers – then suddenly it’s time to gather by age group, and the biggest final task is to get the excited attendees to wait for “go”!

(Added) Minutes after we published this, we received two photos from the Austins:

They write, “It was crazy! The high school helpers work awesome, as well as everyone else who volunteered to make this day a success. My kindergartner was very happy.”

Kids ready for a second round of egg hunting have their choice of several local churches having them tomorrow before or after holiday services – check our list for locations!

420 CELEBRATION: Carnival at Canna

On the calendar date that’s become an unofficial holiday for cannabis aficionados, an adults-only carnival is happening until 6 pm outside Canna West Culture Shop, sibling store to Canna West Seattle (WSB sponsor). Performances and games are happening outside the store.

Treats too – free Husky Deli ice cream, cookie dough and chocolate when we stopped by. Even some magic, with Canna West Seattle’s own Erik Backes:

No admission but you do have to be at least 21. Canna West Culture Shop is at 5435 California SW, right across the street from Canna (which is having sales for the occasion, too).

CRIME WATCH: Gunfire investigations in White Center, West Seattle

Two gunfire investigations in the past 12 hours:

WHITE CENTER: Thanks for all the tips on this afternoon’s 16th SW gunfire. Deputies say people in two vehicles exchanged gunfire, both missing but hitting a third, the minivan in our photo above. No injuries. We’re updating the story on our partner site White Center Now.

WEST SEATTLE: Though we were on the desk until 4:30 am, we didn’t hear anything about this until an email question at midday about gunfire heard around 3 am. Checking the SPD automated Tweets by Beats, we found a call categorized as “drive-by shooting/no injuries” in the Fauntleroy/Edmunds vicinity about that time. No further details.