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West Seattle scene: Watching a submarine on the move

Thanks to JMB for sharing that photo of a submarine passing Alki Point this morning, with a Coast Guard vessel and a Seattle-Bremerton state ferry in view as well. Northwest Navigator had a story a few days ago about the USS Ohio getting ready to leave Bangor to head back out to sea – so perhaps that’s what JMB caught on camera (we trust expert sub-watchers will correct us if you can tell from the photo it’s a different class of sub).

West Seattle Crime Watch: Hit-and-run driver on the loose

Althea and Ryan called and e-mailed to say this happened within the past hour:

I’d like to report a hit and run that occurred just before 6 p.m. on Saturday, June 13th on SW Andover St. between 44th and 45th. Our vehicle is a dark blue 2008 Mazda5 and was side-swiped on the driver side while parked. The drivers’ side taillight was crushed and side view mirror was knocked off. Judging from the placement of damage to our car, the vehicle to be on the lookout for may be a white pick-up perhaps with some light blue detailing (a faint light blue line can be seen on our car, but the damage is mostly a white or tan color). There will be damage to the right side of their vehicle, most likely with significant traces of dark blue picked up from our car when they hit it. Neigbors said that they could hear the car screeching arond the corner, so if anybody has seen a light-colored pick-up truck driving around crazily with damage to the right side, please let us know!

ADDED EARLY SUNDAY: They wanted to add this to their story:

Perhaps I should not have stated that it may be a “pick-up truck” because I don’t want to narrow the search too much. It could be a large SUV – something that was tall enough to crush our back taillight (which is actually at the top driver’s side of the Mazda 5, rather than down low) with their side view mirror, most likely. We would like to offer a $250 reward for information leading to the location of the vehicle that hit ours. Thanks for your help!

Morgan Junction Community Festival, report #2

The West Seattle Teeter Tots (with kids born in – or “around” – 2007) are among the dozens of groups and businesses we’ve spent the day with here at the Morgan Junction Community Festival. Still an hour left before everybody packs up from the park and the booth area behind Zeeks/Feedback, where it’s been a perfect day – brilliant sunshine but not too hot, lots of people but not too crowded. Also here – the Lazy Locavores – edible-garden consultants (also known as the Shibaguyz) — that’s Shannon in the background:

We’ll be adding a few more pics and some video to one last report here; this is the first time in about two years that the Morgan Community Association has presented this festival, and it’s been a smash hit – particularly the “Bite of Morgan” food sampling, with 400 coupon books handed out (the entire stock) by midway through the festival – and the slate of local musicians, spanning a wide variety of genres, assembled by MoCA’s Chas Redmond. Here’s video of Soul Machinery:

(next clip added 7:54 pm) And here, a minute of The Slags:

(next clip added 8:30 pm) Last but not least, the cover band 4 outta 5, with the disco classic “I Will Survive”:

Special thanks to everybody who dropped by the WSB table to say hi – those we’d met before, those we knew only through e-mail, and those we hadn’t met yet either way but have been out there in WSB-land … thank YOU for being part of WSB. (Including MargL, who sent us this pic from Engine 37’s visit to the festival — Engine 29 was here earlier too – and apologies if we’re omitting any other fire teams who visited, but they were over by the park area and we’ve spent most of the day in the booth area.)

If we didn’t see you today, we’ll see you at the Westwood Village street festival in two weeks, and West Seattle Summer Fest in The Junction July 10-11-12.

Congratulations, Chief Sealth High School Class of 2009

June 13, 2009 4:03 pm
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All three major West Seattle high schools have now sent their 2009 graduates out into the world, after Chief Sealth High School‘s commencement ceremony earlier this afternoon at Seattle Center’s Memorial Stadium. (Our video shows some of the grads acknowledging family and friends as they enter the stadium.) [photo added 8:36 pm]

This is the first of two classes finishing their high-school years at Sealth’s temporary location at Boren; the school is scheduled to be there one more year while renovation work is completed and a new Denny Middle School is constructed on the campus. (West Seattle HS and Seattle Lutheran HS graduated Thursday night; here’s our coverage.)

Happening now: Morgan Junction Community Festival, report #1

That’s Sheila Brown from Camp Long, wearing coffee-filter art as a hat – in the newly dedicated Morgan Junction Park itself, you’ll find the Parks Department booth where you can make some too – and the park is also where the legendary Bubbleman put on a show as the festival began – here’s a snippet of video:

(Note: The Bubbleman will be in The Junction the night before West Seattle Summer Fest – Thursday 7/9, 7 pm, after the streets close for festival prep, right in front of Elliott Bay Brewery.) But MJ Park’s not the only place you’ll find things to do and people to meet (like us!) – right behind the Feedback Lounge/Zeeks building is where more than two dozen booths are set up. Just walk southwest from the back of the park, behind Beveridge Place. Good turnout so far, and we’ve had some great conversations – chatted with Larry Carpenter and Ron Richardson from the Southwest Seattle Historical Society/Log House Museum – just finished talking to the first campaigning candidate sighted today, City Council hopeful Jessie Israel (who is running against incumbent Councilmember Nick Licata) — the primary election is just a little more than two months away. Remember to stop by the Morgan Community Association booth in front of the park to get your coupons for the “Bite of Morgan” freebies – and if you want even more, you can cross California SW to West Seattle Thriftway, with $7 for a barbecue lunch till 4 pm (proceeds going to MoCA for future festivals):

You can enter the festival from the park on California north of Fauntleroy, or through the booth area on Fauntleroy just west of California – it continues till 6 pm.

2:56 PM UPDATE: Adding a few more photos. And candidate sighting #2 – David Ginsberg, High Point resident running for City Council. And by all indications, the festival’s a smash hit – 400 coupon books gone already, with three hours left to go … right now we’re talking with Jeff Gilbert from Feedback Lounge about those pulled-pork sliders that folks have mentioned in comments on this post – he says lots of folks who’ve never been in FL before have stopped by because of the “Bite.” A couple quick photos from the booths closest to us:

That’s where you can find out about the Communication Hubs around West Seattle – the places you can go just in case of disaster, to get information. (More info at Right next to the Hubs, more info about Orchard Street Ravine, a natural area just about half a mile southeast of here:

And next to that, the Friends of Lincoln Park P-Patch are having a fundraising bake sale:

More to come – we’re here till 6.

Video: Morgan Junction Park dedication

June 13, 2009 11:20 am
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Within the past hour, the ribbon was cut, speeches were made, and the $480,000 Morgan Junction Park is now a full-fledged member of the Seattle Parks system. It’s also the site today of some of the events in the Morgan Junction Community Festival – but be sure to make your way behind Beveridge Place Pub, Feedback Lounge and Zeeks Pizza to see the community group and business booths, including ours. Now back to the park dedication: Morgan Community Association president Deb Barker made note of this park’s origins as a site for the Seattle monorail-that-wasn’t:

In addition to the plaza-like park itself, there’s also a sidewalk art project fronting California SW alongside the park – it went in along with new sidewalks funded by SDOT – and two of its creators, from SuttonBeresCuller, accepted thank-you art from Steve Sindiong of MoCA:

Others who received similar honors from Sindiong and Deb Barker on MoCA’s behalf included Parks project manager Virginia Hassinger, who led many a public meeting on the park design (in addition to the considerable behind-the-scenes work):

And Gary Sink, owner of the nearby Beveridge Place Pub, which helped make the park happen as part of a purchase of the entire monorail-property site, where he moved his popular pub to the former Video Vault building that’s just south of the park (it used to be where the Feedback Lounge is now):

Q13 FOX sent a photojournalist, so you might see a bit of the dedication on their 9 and 10 pm newscasts. Now, for the rest of the day, it’s the festival in and around the park, and we’ll be reporting as it happens (the occasional Twitter update at @westseattleblog as well – where you’ll find links to photos we “tweeted” before the event, including City Council President Richard Conlin in his “I Love West Seattle T-shirt” – he and Parks Superintendent Tim Gallagher were the two top dignitaries on hand for the event). [added 8:55 pm – video of Gallagher discussing the park’s relationship to BPP]

The park is on the west side of California SW, a block north of Fauntleroy (map).

Also happening today: West Seattle Little League picnic!

Cami MacNamara e-mailed to make sure everybody involved with West Seattle Little League knows about this event this afternoon:

All current West Seattle Little League families are invited to attend our end of season Annual Picnic today. 3pm at Bar-S Fields. Hotdogs and burgers, plates and cutlery are provided by the league, the rest is potluck by division. To see what your division is assigned:

We will also have a dunk tank this year! Please bring your child’s uniform to return to your team manager. A trophy presentation for the players will also occur.

Morgan Community Festival today: What’s happening when

Just hopped down the hill to Morgan Junction Park and vicinity to check on setup for the Morgan Junction Community Festival, 11 am-6 pm today (that’s MoCA’s Cindi Barker in pink, checking on things in the booth area, right behind Zeeks/Feedback/Beveridge). It kicks off (after the park dedication) with the legendary Bubbleman 11-11:30 am, a family fave. And there will be music – lots of music, coordinated by MoCA’s Chas Redmond – here’s a look at this morning’s stage setup:

And here’s the full music slate, from a preview we published earlier this week:

11:30 am-12:15 pm
Seattle’s Own High Country
4-piece band playing Up-tempo Classic Country and Country-inspired originals

12:45-1:30 pm
Primo and Friends
4-piece band playing Rock and Blues originals
website: or

2-2:45 pm
Soul Machinery
4-piece band playing New Orleans Funk

3:15-4 pm
The Slags
4-piece band playing Punk, Rock and Reggae originals
website: or

4:30-5:30 pm
4 outta 5
4-piece band playing Rock covers
website: or

Here are the food/beverage outlets participating in the Bite of Morgan – free samples, just pick up a coupon book first at the Morgan Community Association booth:

Kokoras Greek Grill
Feedback Lounge
Zeeks Pizza
Tully’s Coffee
Abbondanza Pizzeria
(after 4:30pm)
Caffe Ladro
(handing out coupons at the park opening)

And even more festival information is here. Among the dozens of businesses and community groups you’ll find there (including WSB!) you’ll find the West Seattle Teeter Tots with a bake sale to raise money “to keep the group free to join” – organizers asked if we’d share a little info about them:

Our group is for parents and their children born in 2007(or close to it) and their younger siblings. We are a group that likes to have a good time, enjoys getting out and about with our kids to enjoy all that Seattle has to offer. We often meet at each other’s houses, play at parks, take field trips, and go out once a month for a much deserved Mom’s Night Out. We are an open-minded, casual group with not a lot of rules that is free to join. If you are looking to get out of the house, meet other local moms and kids to socialize and have fun, come join us!

We’ll report live all day – so check back for a look at what’s going on – and no matter what part of West Seattle you’re in, come on over to check out Morgan Junction — just head about a mile south of The (Alaska) Junction on California and you’re there.

Family events this summer at High Point Library

June 13, 2009 9:02 am
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Thanks to High Point Library for sharing this information:

High Point Library
3411 SW Raymond St

Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not

Creative Conjuring Magic Show
2pm Wednesday July 1st
Black belt magician and “Creative Conjuror” Jeff Evans celebrates
summer reading with science stunts, wacky inventions and magical
mayhem that add up to total fun! For ages 5-10.

Kaleta: African Masked Dance
5pm Wednesday July 8th
West African performers from Gansango Music & Dance use masked
dance, stories and drumming to share an African festival called
“Kaleta,” when children make homemade masks and go door-to-door in
costume, collecting coins and food treats. For all ages.

Capa de Cuentos
2pm Wednesday July 29th
Los Nietos presents a bilingual series of short Latin
American stories, along with live music, ancient history,
shadow puppets and traditional costumes. For ages 3-adult.

Nature Printmaking (Registration is required for this program; call the branch.)
1pm Saturday August 1st
Learn how to create unique and colorful nature-themed block prints
on tree-free paper with the Nature Consortium. For ages 7 – adult.
This class is limited to 20 people, please register with the branch.

African Drumming
2pm Wednesday Aug 12th
West African performers from Gansango Music & Dance demonstrate the wide variety of
drums found across Africa, play and teach drum rhythms, and show you how to make
simple drums from basic materials. For all ages.

Vacation Bible School at West Side Presbyterian Church

June 13, 2009 8:57 am
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Here’s the official announcement:

All school age children, pre-kindergarten (5 by August 31st) through 5th grade are invited to attend Vacation Bible School (VBS) at West Side Presbyterian Church, June 22-26 from 9am – noon. Enjoy Bible Stories, Crafts, Movies, Music, Treats, Puppets, Awards and Recreation, all at no charge. See for more information and a registration form (pre-registration is not required, but helpful). We hope to see you there!

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“Aunt Dottie’s Sing-Along Cabaret” at Kenyon Hall June 20

June 13, 2009 8:44 am
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Next weekend at Kenyon Hall in West Seattle – here’s the announcement from “Aunt Dottie” herself:

Come join the musical adventure that’s different every time!

After years entertaining on the high seas, Aunt Dottie, finds herself on dry land,
due to her current husband’s chronic sea-sickness. Unable to stop performing, and
still paying alimony for all of those previous husbands, Aunt Dottie is bringing her

In this show, the audience is encouraged to participate and sing along as Aunt
Dottie and her nephew, Aaron, take you on a journey through some classic and
not-so-classic songs.

ONE night only:
Saturday, June 20, 2009
8:00 p.m.
Kenyon Hall in West Seattle
7904 35th Avenue SW, Seattle, WA 98126
(35th & Kenyon)

Table Seats $14 • Row Seats $12 ($10 Students/Seniors)
Make a reservation and receive $2 Discount on row seats
Reservations: Phone (206)937-3613 or e-mail

For more information, you can visit:
You can follow Aunt Dottie on twitter @auntdottie

AND you can read her story in the May issue of Renton Magazine (page 22)

Yes, Aunt Dottie is everywhere –intent on spreading her own unique brand of peace,
love & rock n’ roll!

Ceremonies today: Sealth graduation, Morgan park, Genesee Hill

June 13, 2009 7:58 am
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MORGAN JUNCTION PARK DEDICATION: 10 am today, right before the Morgan Junction Community Festival, which is happening in and around the park 11 am-6 pm. The park’s been open a couple months just north of Beveridge Place Pub, on the former Fauntleroy Auto Works site once tabbed for a monorail station. (More on the festival shortly – we’ll be there all day, reporting “live.”)

GOODBYE, GENESEE HILL: The elementary school building atop the hill had already been closed once when it was reopened to serve as “temporary” home to West Seattle’s only public alternative school, Pathfinder K-8. More than a decade later, the district is closing it again and moving Pathfinder to the Cooper building in Pigeon Point. The Pathfinder community is leading a closure ceremony/commemoration 10 am-2 pm today.

CHIEF SEALTH HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION: Members of the Chief Sealth Class of 2009 end their high-school years with a commencement ceremony at 1 pm. This year, it’s at Memorial Stadium at Seattle Center, same place West Seattle HS had its graduation two days ago.

For more of what’s happening around the peninsula today, see the West Seattle Weekend Lineup.

From the WSB Forums: “Alex’s Lemonade Stand” in Admiral today

June 13, 2009 12:25 am
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WSB Forums member “bsmomma” says it was a last-minute decision, but she and her daughter have joined the nationwide Alex’s Lemonade Stand movement to fight childhood cancer. They’re planning a lemonade stand today, noon-3 pm, 48th SW & SW Waite (map).