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Congratulations, Dolphins: West Seattle Girls Softball 10U champs

Jersey Jill shares that triumphant photo of a winning team from the West Seattle Girls Softball playoffs, and explains:

Friday night, the West Seattle girls’ 10U Fast Pitch softball team Liberty Tax aka “The Dolphins” took home the Championship Title for the season. The Dolphins entered the tournament as the team to beat with only one loss for the season. After losing the first game, they rallied back and beat the Steelers 10-6 in the second game to become the league 10U Champions!!!!

Here’s their official team photo:

(Back Row- Coach Dave Turpen, Carynia Smith, Taylor Picinich, Bridget Haney, Elise Turpen, Emily Schuster, Coach Brandon Pedersen
Front Row- Ashley Raines, Isabella Johnson, Sydney Page, Natalie Pedersen, Isabella Sarkies, Regan Nagle, Coach Jimmy Picinich
Not Pictured- Brett Smith, Pitching Coach; Albert Raines, Batting Coach)

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2 days left to nominate a West Seattle volunteer for recognition

Another weekend in its waning hours — and once again, so much of what happened couldn’t have been done without volunteers – like the many who put on the Morgan Junction Community Festival that we very much enjoyed being part of on Saturday (our reports: here and here). A sign on our table (above) was a reminder about the West Seattle Volunteer Recognition campaign we’re helping promote right now – and you have two more days to nominate someone for recognition. The Southwest and Delridge District Councils, along with WSB, want to shine a spotlight on some of the people whose volunteer efforts make this a great place to be; your role – send in a nomination (or more than one!). Here’s the quick ‘n’ easy online nomination form – deadline is Wednesday (June 17); a community panel will review the entries, choosing three for recognition during one of next month’s big events, the July 14th Hi-Yu Concert in the Park. Thanks – to you, and to all of West Seattle’s tireless volunteers!

Nature Consortium hike on Friday (June 19)

Here’s the invitation:

Friday, June 19th 11:30am -1:00pm

Join us for a free public guided hike in the West Duwamish Greenbelt, Seattle’s largest remaining forest. We will explore the hidden treasures of this amazing natural wonder, and hear about the history and the future of the forest. Difficulty is mild. Inexperienced hikers, seniors, and babies in backpacks are welcome. Special note to Parents of toddlers and preschoolers: please be warned that this hike can be challenging for you if you are with a preschooler or two who walk down the hills but want to be carried up. Please bring your own water bottle. Granola bars provided. Wear appropriate footwear (some parts of the trail are muddy)

Extreme rain cancels. Be ready for inspiration!

Meet at the trailhead at 14th Ave SW and SW Holly street. (map)

Call 206- 923-0853 or email reserve your spot. RSVP today!

Don’t chicken out: Sustainable West Seattle movie tomorrow

June 14, 2009 5:04 pm
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Spend two minutes to watch that trailer for “Mad City Chickens” — which Sustainable West Seattle is screening tomorrow night at Youngstown Arts Center — and you’ll even see chickens on skateboards. It’s a reminder that the locally grown food movement isn’t just about produce – it’s even about poultry. 7 pm tomorrow; more on Sustainable West Seattle‘s website.

Lincoln Park owl family update: Watching over “Wollet”

Thanks to Minette for sending new photos of the Lincoln Park barred owlet and its family (previously featured May 23, May 27, May 31), along with the story of what was happening while she observed them (including this watchful adult):

Minette wrote:

Last night I went to visit the owl family in Lincoln Park and I’m happy to report that as of yesterday they’re all alive and doing well, including little Wollet.

While I was observing them, the crows were of course going crazy cawing at them and dive-bombing the family, but the owls didn’t seem overly concerned. The male and female spent a good deal of time together grooming each other while little Wollet sat on a branch in a tree about 40 feet away making his funny little screechy “feed me” sounds. At one point he made a very good, controlled flight to a tree that was nearer the adults, so his skills are definitely improving.

If you missed the link in a previous report – here’s Seattle Audubon info about barred owls.

From the other side of the bay: “Love vs. hate”

That’s how Capitol Hill Seattle headlines its story about one of the demonstrations today in which a small hate group from out of town has been outnumbered in a big way by counterprotesters; see it here. “The forces of hate and anti-hate” is the description at Central District News; you can see CDN’s report here. The out-of-towners had promised multiple stops and you can check back with those two sites (main URLs hotlinked to their respective names) for continuing coverage through the day.

West Seattle Farmers’ Market: What you can expect today

Strawberries and cherries should be available today, according to the latest fresh sheet from the West Seattle Farmers’ Market (10 am-2 pm, 44th/Alaska). See it here.

West Seattle schools: Genesee Hill goodbye; Arbor Heights carnival

June 14, 2009 3:36 am
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 |   Arbor Heights | Genesee Hill | West Seattle news | West Seattle schools

Just days left to go in the school year for Seattle Public Schools. That means year-ending events abound – including one-of-a-kind events like the closure celebration Saturday at the Genesee Hill building that’s been the longtime “temporary” home to Pathfinder K-8, which is moving to the Cooper School building on Pigeon Point. As the photos above and below show – memory-sharing was a big part of the Genesee Hill event:

Also on Saturday, Arbor Heights Elementary drew crowds for its carnival – thanks to teacher Mark Ahlness for sharing photos:

Mark noted, “The streets were jammed with cars and the school and playground with happy families enjoying a beautiful day! The Carnival is an annual fundraiser sponsored by our PTSA (”

Celebrate the Summer Solstice at Alki on June 21

June 14, 2009 2:53 am
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Laura Kennedy Gould shares this:

Celebrate the summer solstice, Sunday, June 21, 5 pm, at a picnic on Alki. Meet at the grassy area to the left (west) of the Statue of Liberty. Bring your own dish/cutlery and drink, and bring something to share. Questions?

Beginning Irish dance for kids, July 14-17 in West Seattle

June 14, 2009 2:07 am
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Mike Nagan from the Comerford School of Irish Dance shares this:

A Irish dance workshop for beginning children will be held July 14-17, 10:00 to 11:00 AM, at the West Seattle VFW, 3601 SW Alaska.

These classes are offered by the Comerford School of Irish Dance, which offers classes year-round at the VFW as well as other locations. Irish dance is fun and rewarding, a great way to develop confidence and self-esteem, and to make new friends. INFO: 206-935-3225,