Five West Seattle happenings you should know about

haveaheart.jpgNEED HAIR HELP? THE $ GOES TO COMMUNITY HELP! This Sunday is the annual “Have a Heart Day” at Illusions (WSB sponsor), and the folks there tell us they still have some appointments open during the event noon-5 pm. Here’s how it works: They’re donating their services, at reduced prices; the price you pay goes to help Southwest Youth & Family Services and Pencil Me in for Kids. You can read about Pencil Me In and Have a Heart Day at this page on the Illusions site; read about SWYFS here. Call Illusions @ 938-3675 for an appointment.

johnhartley.jpgDRINK, DINE, AND PAY TRIBUTE TO JOHN HARTLEY: Last spring, we posted about the sudden, much-too-soon death of John Hartley, a larger-than-life, popular local waiter. Now comes word of a project to honor John’s memory — raising $5,000 for a bench at Alki with a plaque bearing one of his favorite sayings, “Sit down and shut up!” Matthew Darling tells us that JaK’s Grill, one of the places where John worked, will be accepting donations during Happy Hour and the rest of the evening next Monday, Feb. 11, 4:30-10 pm (Matthew says the crew will donate part of their tips, too).

DOES YOUR GROUP NEED TO RAISE $? WSB sponsor Garlic Jim’s Pizza is offering a chance for local groups to make some $. Co-owner Ryan Reese says, “I have a really good fundraising opportunity for any local school, church group etc. I can guarantee a cash payment to whichever group chooses to help out a MINIMUM $750/week. This opportunity will be available for at least the next 5-6 weeks maybe even longer. That is a potential of $4,500 in six weeks. A group of 50 people can earn the $750 in under two hours. A group of 25 can earn the money in under four hours and so on.” To find out more, call Garlic Jim’s in The Junction at 937-JIMS (or drop by during business hours — east side of California Ave, midblock between Oregon and Edmunds).

SATURDAY’S NOT JUST CAUCUS DAY: There’s a boatload of events happening around West Seattle on Saturday. Before you caucus – how about helping clean? There are Adopt-a-Street Cleanup campaigns Saturday morning both in The Junction (check the JuNO website for more on how to help – they’re looking for volunteers right now) and the Admiral District (see this Admiral Neighborhood Association group page to get details).

communityharvest.jpgGOT A FRUIT TREE THAT NEEDS PRUNING? Experts will show you how! Check out this announcement:

Do you have one of those apple trees that hasn’t been pruned in years? Or maybe you have a young pear tree that you’d like keep in good “shape”? Now’s the time for pruning those trees. The Community Harvest of West Seattle, in conjunction with Solid Ground, will be offering 2 pruning workshops in West Seattle. These basic workshops will be taught by a certified arborist, and will include lecture, demonstration, and the possibility of some hands-on experience. The workshops are free, but are limited to 18 participants, so please RSVP if you are interested. We are looking for a plum tree or 2 for the demo. We are hoping that attendees will share their new skills with their neighbors.

Dates: Saturday – February 23rd, 10 AM-1 PM – Apple and Pear Trees – Duwamish Cohousing
Saturday – March 8, 10 AM – 1 PM – Plum Trees – Site to be decided

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8 Replies to "Five West Seattle happenings you should know about"

  • MargL February 5, 2008 (11:35 pm)

    re: The Garlic Jim’s Pizza fundraising… What’s the opportunity? It wasn’t described in the post – delivering pizza? Posting flyers on windshields? Dressing up as slices of pizza and dancing on streetcorners?
    The way it was worded reminded me a little of an infomercial and I’m sure it was unintended.
    Call now for this limited time offer! But wait there’s more… :-D
    p.s. Yay Garlic Jim’s for being involved in the Community!

  • deb February 6, 2008 (9:42 am)

    What a great idea! I will stop by to make a donation, and I will enjoy “sitting down and shutting up” on John’s bench someday soon.
    Does this mean that Matthew is now working at Jak’s? I miss him at Skylark! That place is just not the same without him.

  • WSB February 6, 2008 (10:01 am)

    Deb – We did ask Matthew what he’s up to these days. He’s working on a project he promises to tell us all more about soon – and he’s also bartending on the weekends at Stellar Pizza in Georgetown.

    MargL – We followed up with GJ’s and it does involve distributing coupons.

  • JenV February 6, 2008 (10:21 am)

    amen deb. I briefly posted about the bench in the forums late last week, but I think it got lost among the politcal posts. :) WSB- do you know if it is just cash donations or are checks ok?

  • WSB February 6, 2008 (11:16 am)

    Don’t know but will shoot Matthew a note to ask. Actually I already have a followup out to him to ask how people can donate if they’re not able to make it to JaK’s on Monday.

  • deb February 6, 2008 (3:20 pm)

    Thanks for the Matthew teaser, WSB!
    Matthew, if you’re reading this, know that you are sorely missed by this Skylark regular. It’s just not as much fun anymore. (And I’m not sure if this is related to Matthew’s departure, but the food has been disappointing on my last 3-4 visits there. Maybe it’s just a coincidence, but I hope it’s just a temporary issue.) I hope you’ll let WSB tell us about your super-secret project soon.

  • WSB February 6, 2008 (10:46 pm)

    From Matthew: “checks are fine … and they can bring donations to jaks and leave with a manager … not just that monday.”

  • Jo February 8, 2008 (5:09 pm)

    Matthew: The ‘fancy’ new plaza on Alki is probably going to be displacing 3-4 of the nice wooden benches. I don’t know if there’re plans to relocate those benches, but maybe the Parks dept. could cut you a deal for your memorial bench for John for just the price of relocating one.
    Just a thought.

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