West Seattle, Washington
While traveling around West Seattle this week, we haven’t noticed gas prices rising. So we’re saving gas tonight by skipping a week of our WS-wide price survey; check past editions here.
If you’re in eastern West Seattle and heard a lot of sirens, it’s a large “water rescue” callout (to Terminal 105 Viewpoint (4260 West Marginal Way; map) – we’ve heard scanner-traffic fragments about a “derelict boat” and “no patients” but no other details yet; our crew is just arriving to find out what’s going on. 10 PM UPDATE: It’s a capsized boat of some type, but nobody’s hurt; police and fire crews on the Duwamish and on land are still there checking to be sure. 10:18 PM UPDATE: Back with a photo. That little boat between the Seattle Police boat and the officers on shore – that’s the source of all the hubbub; authorities at the scene told us it may have been adrift for some time, but someone finally noticed it tonight and worried that it might have been a recent capsizing, and that call triggered the response.
Just this morning, we brought you a look ahead to the big events still to come this summer in West Seattle and beyond, now that the fireworks have filled the skies and the Seafair Pirates have stormed the beach … One of the biggies, the July 19th West Seattle Grand Parade, presented by American Legion Post 160 (above, our 2007 photo of “Mr. Spud,” whom Post 160 promises will be back this year). And tonight we have the official news release, with word of the Grand Marshal, a special award, and much more:Read More
That little garden on West Seattle Christian Church (WSB sponsor) property by the Ginomai arts center has already produced dozens of pounds of food that’s been harvested and donated to people in need. We heard about it during one of the recent Community Harvest of Southwest Seattle presentations to the Delridge and Southwest District Councils. It’s cared for by Aaron Hernandez, who handles the WSCC grounds ministry; he talked to us about what’s known as “Psomizo Garden“ while he and his daughter were there for one of their frequent harvesting/tending sessions a couple days ago:
That’s just one of many food-growing gardens in West Seattle, on a variety of scales – there are also P-Patches and the High Point Market Garden, to name a few, plus Longfellow Creek Garden, which we told you about earlier this year, also has just announced it’s harvest time and is inviting those who have volunteered there to come ‘n’ get it (previous progress chronicled at the LCG blog). Back to Community Harvest of Southwest Seattle – it’s also still looking for local fruit trees that its volunteers can harvest for distribution, and for more volunteers to help; contact info is on its website, where we find word that a volunteer orientation is set for one week from tomorrow. It’s also presenting the first-ever West Seattle Food Garden Tour, 10 am-2 pm August 2nd – free! (This page promises a map later this month.) P.S. You can keep up with the food-growing scene on a regional basis through one of the West Seattle-based sites linked from our Other Blogs in West Seattle page — Eating Locally in the Pacific Northwest.
Recovering today from the 4th (WSB coverage highlights: fireworks barge, Admiral parade, Ercolini parade, evening action on Alki, and sky sights) and the Seafair Pirates‘ Landing (WSB coverage: pix here, video and a few more pix here)? Still a few things going on today – like the Furry Faces Foundation “blowout plant sale” – see the West Seattle Weekend Lineup. But it’s also a good time to look ahead to the Big Events on the horizon (event photos in this post are WSB 2007 pix unless otherwise noted):
THIS THURSDAY: WEST SEATTLE SECOND THURSDAY ART WALK
Art Walk organizers are experimenting with new logos like the one above that you’ll see for the next quarter; the lineup continues to grow and you can find the map and highlights for Thursday (6-9 pm) at the Art Walk website.
FRIDAY-SUNDAY: WEST SEATTLE SUMMER FEST IN THE JUNCTION
Hours after the Art Walk, it’s Summer Fest time. As we’ve mentioned here and here, even more excitement this year – here’s the program; here’s the website. Live music, the Art Dive, vendors, food, fun for all ages. We’ll be on site all three days, for live coverage and hopefully a chance to say hi to you. Hours are 10 am-8 pm Friday and Saturday, 11 am-7 pm Sunday.
SATURDAY, JULY 19: WEST SEATTLE KIDDIE PARADE AND GRAND PARADE
All kids are welcome to join in the Kiddie Parade presented by the Rotary Club of West Seattle; sign in at 9:45 am at California/Genesee (here’s a map; here’s more info, on parade flyer). Shortly after the kids start down California at 10:30, it’s the Grand Parade, presented by American Legion Post 160 – stake your spot out early! (or maybe you can join us in the parade; here’s how).
SATURDAY, JULY 19: “MOVIES ON THE WALL” SERIES BEGINS
You helped choose ’em; now it’s time to watch ’em! Sidewalk Cinema “Movies on the Wall” are playing on that screen shown above (spring ’08 WSB photo), next to Hotwire Coffee (WSB sponsor) at the north end of The Junction, for six consecutive Saturday nights — see the lineup here (we’re sponsoring “Who Framed Roger Rabbit“ on August 2nd) — the movies are free; West Seattle Christian Church (WSB sponsor) sells concessions; hats are passed at intermission for a chance to donate to various WS charities.
SATURDAY-SUNDAY, JULY 26-27: ALKI ART FAIR
Art at the beach! Here’s the official website.
JULY 19-20: MEDITERRANEAN FANTASY FEST @ Hiawatha, 10 am-9 pm both days
JULY 20: WEST SEATTLE GARDEN TOUR (tickets on sale now)
JULY 21: MISS WEST SEATTLE HI-YU CORONATION, Grace Church
AUGUST 1: “SUMMER CONCERTS AT THE MOUNT” SERIES STARTS @ Providence Mount St. Vincent
AUGUST 16: PICNIC AT THE PRECINCT, Southwest Precinct (2007 WSB coverage here)
AUGUST 23-24: “ARTS IN NATURE” FESTIVAL @ Camp Long
Outside West Seattle, the biggest Seafair highlights include the Torchlight Parade downtown on July 26 and Blue Angels/hydros weekend August 1-3 (full Seafair schedule here). For everything coming up in West Seattle – lots more is going on in addition to the major events mentioned above — check our WSB West Seattle Events calendar page any time to see everything that’s coming up – it already features listings stretching all the way into next spring! To send us items for the calendar: firstname.lastname@example.org — thanks!
Chef Naomi Kakiuchi shows kids how to make herbal vinegar, 11 am-noon; details here. Market hours are 10 am-2 pm, southeast corner of 44th/Alaska (map). You’ll find the updated “fresh sheet” here (reminder, it covers seven markets including West Seattle, so some of the items are marked for specific availability sites).