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More baseball congrats: This time, for the volunteer coaches, too

July 6, 2009 11:56 pm
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 |   West Seattle news | WS & Sports

You don’t need the top trophy to be a winner. Jill Pagano from Arbor Heights reminds us of this by sending that photo and explaining:

This weekend the U8 (8-year-olds) West Seattle All-Star Team played in “The Lineup, July 4th Tournament” down in Tacoma (Spanaway Park). A full weekend of baseball included 4 games on Saturday, July 4th (they went 3-1) with a final game on Sunday. Coach Peter Eastey team took home the third-place win and all the kids received medals. A special shout-out to all volunteer coaches for giving so freely of their time to teach our kids about, not only the sport but also how to enjoy the game, support their teammates, and smile even when they don’t win.

This team is affiliated with the West Seattle Association of Pee Wee Baseball, which is hosting two tournaments later this month, as noted in this story from last week.

West Seattle designers’ T-shirt tribute to Michael Jackson

With the much-publicized memorial just hours away, Michael Jackson headlines are rampant again. We have just one here at WSB: West Seattle designers/artists/musicians Heart On My Sleeve (profiled here in March) have designed and are selling the Jackson tribute T-shirt shown above.

Not too late to plant: 2 fundraising West Seattle plant sales

Spring and fall may be the perfect planting seasons, but it’s not too late to get something new in your garden – and we have word today of two opportunities, plant sales that also happen to be fundraisers: First, Community Harvest of Southwest Seattle is selling vegetable starts at SSCC this Wednesday afternoon/evening:

Plants raised with care and donated by South Seattle Community College Dept of Horticulture

Wednesday, July 8 4-7 PM
SSCC – on campus

* Heirloom Tomatoes * Basil * Peppers * Tomatillos *
Lots of interesting varieties

30% off already great prices + bonus plant for sales over $20

Sample Prices
4″ Heirloom Tomatoes – $1.75
4″ herbs – $1.00
1 gallon Heirloom Tomatoes – $3.75
1 gallon Peppers – $3.00

Community Harvest of SW Seattle is a local non-profit helping to share the abundance of our local harvests as well as inspiring and educating on the joys of growing food. We sponsor the Edible Garden Fair and Tour, canning classes, gardening classes, as well as coordinating the fruit harvest in West Seattle. More info – 206-762-0604

The other plant sale is continuous all month long at Hotwire Coffee (WSB sponsor), in the courtyard, benefiting the Hip to Be Snipped program by Furry Faces Foundation — flowers and grape vines among other items — drop by whenever Hotwire’s open and check ’em out.

Morgan Community Association meeting coming up July 15

July 6, 2009 8:02 pm
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From Steve Sindiong, Morgan Community Association secretary, the official announcement of the group’s quarterly meeting next week (everyone invited):

Morgan Community Association Quarterly Meeting
Wednesday, July 15, 7pm at The Kenney, 7125 Fauntleroy Way SW

Major Agenda Items:
Orchard Street Ravine pedestrian safety project, Neighborhood Plan Update, Parks and open space interest, West Seattle Trails, Seattle Council candidate Dorsol Plants

Contact: Cindi Barker e-mail at:

West Seattle Summer Fest starts Friday: More sneak-peek tidbits

July 6, 2009 5:50 pm
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 |   Fun stuff to do | West Seattle festivals | West Seattle news

Friday, Saturday and Sunday, it’s the peninsula’s biggest party of the year – West Seattle Summer Fest in The Junction (sponsoring, and co-sponsored by, WSB). For the duration, we’ll be there reporting “live” from the big tent at California/Alaska; till then, we’ll be sharing more tidbits about the highlights. (If you have something to share about what your business/group will be doing at Summer Fest, let us know ASAP!) A few miscellaneous items for starters: Artist Glenn Case – whom we caught up with for a quick photo op [left] as he worked outside Craze in The Junction late today – will be painting a mural during Summer Fest (you have seen his work all over West Seattle, including the Easy Street wall and “Zetta” on the south side of Cafe Revo [WSB sponsor]). … The kids’ area in front of Curious Kidstuff not only will include all sorts of family activities, but on Saturday, you’ll even find mini-martial-arts classes for kids, taught by Angel Kimball. … West Seattle Helpline is getting the word out that if you bring clothes to donate, you’ll find a dropoff bin at its location in the Community Tent, which will be home to a variety of other nonprofit groups along Alaska east of California … Among the many Summer Fest food choices will be Pagliacci Pizza, which e-mailed to note that its new West Seattle general manager Mine Niznik will be out meeting people and helping his team sell $2 slices, right in front of their location on California north of Oregon. … Plus, if you missed the earlier reports on this, remember that the Summer Fest music slate is getting buzz around the city, especially with headliner Mudhoney at 8:10 Friday night … Though West Seattle Summer Fest officially begins at 10 am Friday, fun in The Junction starts when the street closes on Thursday night, just before the West Seattle Art Walk (6-9 at more than 50 venues around West Seattle; get the new map here).

Meet West Seattle’s newest centenarian, Phil Bellefeuille

Providence Mount St. Vincent threw a party this afternoon for Phil Bellefeuille, who just turned 100 years old.

We asked Phil if he had a birthday message to share. His reply: “Thank you, Lord!” He was also asked how he made it this far; he said, “I don’t know,” but noted that the best memory of his 100-years-long-and-counting life is his “wonderful marriage.” (The P-I wrote about Phil and wife Alean three years ago; she died in April of last year, about a month short of turning 96.)

Followup: 4th of July fire toll

July 6, 2009 2:31 pm
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 |   Holidays | West Seattle fires | West Seattle news

On the 4th of July, we mentioned the online 911 log just jumping with brush-fire calls, including more than half a dozen here in West Seattle (such as the one near Morgan Junction Park; photo at left shows an Engine 37 crew member soaking the park afterward). Called SFD today to ask if they had some final stats. Here’s the citywide count, from spokesperson Dana Vander Houwen: 320 total SFD responses on the 4th of July, “about 100 more than usual.” (Here’s the archived log.) 34 of those were brush fires – no official cause on many of them, but, she says, “you can safely assume a lot were because of fireworks.” Three bigger fires were definitely linked to fireworks – one house, one near a community swimming pool, one school portable – none of those was in West Seattle but damage from all three tallied more than $76,000. P.S. The Fire Department just announced it’s launched a new blog-format site, The Fire Line – see it here.

Picnic at the Precinct: Calling all West Seattle community groups


That was the scene one sunny afternoon last August, as the Southwest Precinct‘s annual Picnic at the Precinct took over SW Webster west of Delridge for an afternoon of fun, free food and community mingling. The city’s Delridge District Service Coordinator Ron Angeles has just circulated this note inviting community groups to participate:

The Southwest Police Precinct is having their annual “Picnic at the Precinct” community BBQ on Saturday, August 15th. Community groups are now being recruited to have a free information table at the event. It’s a great way for organizations to reach a huge cross-section of the West Seattle community. To reserve a table, please contact Pete Spalding at

And even if you’re not interested in tabling – mark your calendar for the afternoon of August 15th! (Speaking of crimefighting-related block parties: Registration continues for the annual Night Out – if you register in advance, you get to close your non-arterial street to traffic that night, August 4 – here’s where to go to sign up and get more info – deadline 7/31.)

West Seattle’s Admiral Theater announces non-movie slate for rest of July

July 6, 2009 12:01 pm
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Just announced by the Admiral Theater – its slate of upcoming events:

July 18th: Theatresports

Seattle Theatresports is Seattle’s longest running improve show, having turned 25 years old last year.

Theatresports is comedy, improv, theatre, and sports all rolled into one! Teams of improvisers create scenes based entirely on audience suggestions and are scored by a panel of judges or the audience themselves.

July 24th: Twisted Flick – The Phantom Planet

Picture the cheesiest B movie you can imagine. Now watch as the talented cast from Jet City Improv redubs that movie with funny new dialog and sound effects. All the suggestions from the audience help to make this show absolutely hilarious.

If you’ve ever enjoyed Mystery Theater 3000, YOU WILL LOVE THIS SHOW! Suitable for all ages.

July 25th: The Listening Room Series


Three singer/songwriters, one poet, and four painters come together to create an interactive and art-filled evening at the Historic Admiral Theater.

Musicians: Gina Young, Ian Jones, Jackie Mitchell
Spoken word artist: Lucas Smiraldo
Artists: Glenn Case, Nicole Stremlow-Monahan, Michaela Eaves

July 31st: Troup de Ville

Troup de Ville is a unique musical presentation, three soloists playing together and separate, sharing the stage and interacting in a lighthearted way. The trio is comprised of Steve Thoreson with a voice more powerful than Pavarotti, the soulful voice, harmonica and guitar of Chicago native Eric Fridrich and award winning Segovia trained Italian guitarist Andre Feriante.

Together this combo is receiving rave reviews from audiences across the Northwest. Andre Feriante has been inviting musicians who share a common musical mentality to perform with him for years.

Tickets are available through Brown Paper Tickets – just search for the individual event title or for Admiral Theater.

State moving to curtail lines at Licensing office in West Seattle

Vlad shared that photo a few weeks back, showing a long line at the State Department of Licensing office in Westwood. Apparently not an uncommon sight, since it’s one of the offices that offer the Enhanced Driver License (EDL), and that’s become so popular that the state just announced new procedures to shorten lines at the West Seattle office and others encountering the same problem. Specifically, as noted in a news release:

To better mitigate wait times, DOL is:
* Screening applicants waiting outside beginning at 7:15 am
* Installing a greeter at the front door to separate transactions and encourage people to do their business online or at a self service station if possible
* Not accepting EDL applicants after 2 p.m. weekdays and at noon on weekends
* Adding new office signage and information on the DOL website –

The new rules also affect the DOL offices in Lacey, Kennewick, Mount Vernon, Parkland, Renton, Smokey Point, Spokane and Wenatchee. In addition, the state points out that you can make an appointment to get an EDL through the office in downtown Seattle (as well as Bothell, Port Angeles and Bellingham). More info on the locations (and licenses) is available here.

Lady Washington now Alki-bound for Seafair Pirates’ Landing

(photo by Thomas Hyde)
Our state’s official ship is headed this way for the Seafair Pirates’ Landing on Alki this Saturday — Joe Follansbee is communications director for the Lady Washington, and sends word that it’s left its seacoast homeport:

The brig Lady Washington has made sail for Seattle and the annual Seafair Pirates’ invasion of Alki Beach in Seattle, a traditional highlight of the annual city-wide celebration. The Lady Washington departed Grays Harbor today, setting a course north along the Washington coast, then through the Strait of Juan de Fuca, and then south into Puget Sound. The ship is scheduled to arrive at Shilshole Bay Marina in Seattle on Thursday. The stop at Shilshole Bay will include public tours. On Saturday, the vessel will move to Lake Union Park for a five-day stay, which will also feature public tours and a three-hour sailing.

This year, the Seafair Pirates’ takeover of Alki Beach is scheduled for noon on Saturday, July 11. The ship will stand by as a Seafair landing craft disgorges its piratical passengers on the beach.

Read on for the rest of the announcement about the Lady Washington’s forthcoming Seattle visit:Read More

Update: Crash at Delridge/Andover, no serious injuries

Even if you’re not in the area, you may have heard a lot of sirens within the past hour – here’s what it was about: A crash at Andover/Delridge (map) originally went out as a “heavy rescue” call – it closed before too long, but North Delridge’s Nancy Folsom (who provided the photo) says the crash involved a car and a truck from nearby Nucor, and blocked the intersection for a while. We’ll be checking to see if anyone was seriously hurt. 1:40 PM UPDATE: No serious injuries, according to fire department spokesperson Dana Vander Houwen.

South Seattle Community College’s WorkSource Center offering more job-search, resume workshops

July 6, 2009 9:15 am
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Just received from South Seattle Community College:

College offers free résumé and job search workshops
WorkSource partners with Seattle Public Library & Delridge Community Center.

South Seattle Community College’s WorkSource Center has been retained to conduct 70
job search and résumé workshops at the Seattle Public Library’s downtown Central
library between July 15, and December 15, 2009. The one-hour workshops are
conveniently scheduled on weekdays and Saturdays.

Said the college’s WorkSource Director of Career Services Duncan Burgess, “South
Seattle Community College’s WorkSource Affiliate is pleased to be partnering with
the Seattle Public Library WorkSource Connection site, under the leadership of the
King County Workforce Development Council. The classes cover all the basics, and
will provide job seekers with the critical job procurement skills they need.”

South’s WorkSource office has also partnered with the Delridge Community Center in
West Seattle to deliver résumé and online job search workshops.

For more information on Seattle Public Library site workshops, contact (206)
386-4636, or visit Information on Delridge Community Center classes
may be obtained by calling (206) 684-7423. Access South’s WorkSource resources
online at, or call (206) 764-5304.

Workshop schedules are attached.

Happening tonight: Junction Plaza Park update; Duwamish tour

July 6, 2009 6:30 am
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 |   Environment | How to help | Junction Plaza Park | West Seattle news

FRIENDS OF JUNCTION PLAZA PARK MEETING: During West Seattle Summer Fest this Friday-Saturday-Sunday, you’ll get a chance to support the final fundraising push for the park by enjoying a beer garden at the site, and a chance to learn more about the park plan at the big tent in the heart of the festival zone (California/Alaska, where we’ll be too, like last year). But first – Friends of Junction Plaza Park invites you to a meeting tonight to discuss the latest on the project and firm up the plan for Summer Fest volunteer help. 6 pm, Senior Center of West Seattle (Nucor Room).

DUWAMISH RIVER KAYAK TOURS START: Also at 6 tonight, the first in this summer’s series of six “community kayak tours” along part of the waterway that marks West Seattle’s eastern boundary, presented by the Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition, Alki Kayak Tours and the Seattle Aquarium Society. Full details and RSVP info here.

Senior Center of West Seattle events for July and August

July 6, 2009 1:34 am
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Just received from Carol Johnston at the Senior Center of West Seattle:

Tuesday, July 14 at 10:00 am a “Simple Breakfast” demo with recipes and samples
will be presented by Jessica Finger, dietitian.

Tuesday, July 1, 21, 28 and August 4 – 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. Easy Pilates by Vernesta,
full body instructor. 4 weeks for $20/$28 or $10 drop in. Register.

Tuesday, July 14, 21, 28 and August 4 – 1:00 to 2:00 p.m.
Donation $10 for weeks to learn a brief study of major events leading to the war
and major strategies of the North and South and some surprising facts. Taught by Al
Harper. Register.

Three series each $50 on Wednesdays from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. on July 15 , July 22,
July 30. Digital Photography-Creative Vision with instructor Joanne Murray. Learn
to get better pictures in different types of light, how to change he ISO and WB
settings, how to access the menus . Bring camera, manual, etc. Space limited.
Details – 206-932-6064 Register – 206-932-4044.

Tuesday, July 21 departing 9:00 a.m. a Free Metro Bus trip to Snoqualmie Falls with
Marie Marquart, Transit instructor. Bring lunch. Snack bar at viewpoint.

Wednesday, July 29 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. “Mix and mingle over Hawaiian appetizers”
at Merrill Gardens West Seattle – 4611 – 35th S.W.
Visit their spectacular Seattle view from their Rooftop, Aloha attire encouraged,
enjoy appetizers on their patio with music by The Ukes.
Donation $6 members/$8 non-members. Reservations – 206-932-4044.

Casino Trips to Tulalip on July 21 and August 11 ; Rochester on July 30 and August
27, Clearwater on August 13.
Cost $5-$10. More for non-members.
Extended Trips are planned for: 3 Rivers Casinos in Oregon August 25-27; 4 star
overnight at Suncadia Resort Sept. 9-10; Tropical Costa Rico Nov. 11-19; Branson at
Christmas Dec. 10-14 and Heart of Texas May 9-17, 2010.

Monday, August 3 – 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Free Hike to Lord Hill Park Trails in
Snohomish County. Sign up early -206-684-4664

Thursday, August 6 – 9:30 am Registration for 4th annual end-of-summer funwalk up to
2.5 miles & fundraiser at Seward Park with entertainment and snacks. Register with
Mari – 206-684-4664.

Wednesdays, August 6 , and September 2 from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. Lauren Petrie plays
for a Dance time. Lauren Petrie, popular keyboard player and vocalist from the
closed Corner Inn, plays for dancing and listening. Suggested donation $5. The
following are sponsors of various evenings are Park West Care Center, Alan
Mendelssohn, Terry Ward and Mary Bac .

Monday, August 10 – 7:00 p.m. a “Sunset Patio Party” at Florabelle Key’s patio full
of colorful flowers with “Serenade” music, assorted desserts, snacks, punch and
beverages for a donation of $8. Reservations 206-932-4044

Rainbow Bingo with a “Tropical Paradise ” theme on Friday, August 21 starting 7:00
p.m. for donation of $15 in advance and $20 at door. Doors open at 5:00 p.m. with
food, beverages, entertainment and viewing of decorated baskets that are prizes.
Celebrity caller Sylvia O’Stayformore will be assisted by the Sisters of Perpetual
Indulgence, and there will be an Auction, Split the Pot, and much more.
Reservations only with prepayment of cash or credit card.

Mondays, July 27 and August 24 at 5:30 p.m. Strawberry Waffles and Sausage Dinner
for only $6 and Big Band music Reservations.

Mondays, 1:00 to 3:00 pm Poker for fun has been started with variety of games and
easy rules. Call for details
Tuesdays, July 14 and August 11 starting at 10:00 a.m. Appointments needed for
Senior Rights Assistance with Medicare questions.
Fridays, July 24 and August 28 from 9:00 am to 12 noon Dental Access Program for
Seniors 60 and over. Free Education presentations, evaluation of teeth and gums and
dental hygiene , personal oral hygiene and cancer screenings. Complete a packet to
receive affordable routine * therapeutic dental cleanings by licensed dental
hygienists and fluoride applications. Call for an appointment.
Mondays at 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. The Ukes play ukulele music to singalong songs joined
by various instruments. Ukulele players, singers and musicians are invited to this
Open music session. Dancers are invited too. SUPA (Seattle Ukulele Players Assoc.)
will meet from 1:30 to 4:30 pm. on SUNDAY, July 13 at Northwest Senior Center and
SUNDAY, AUGUST 3 at Woodland Park Stove # 6 .
Computer classes on Basic Computer classes are offered at nominal fee. Call for
dates, times and costs. Every Monday from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. is a Free Open Lab with
computer helpers.

July 27, 29, 31 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Microsof Wordpad a Beginner’s Word
Processing. Learn to fomat text, set up margins, copy, save, using Wordpad XP.
Register for cost.
Mondays starting at 9:00 a.m. Foot Care for $22. Appointments needed.
Monday, Wednesday, Fridays at 8:00 and 9:00 a.m., Enhance Fitness Exercise classes
of aerobics, balance, stretching, and using wrist and ankle wrights are offered to
those with a filled out form from their doctor.
Mondays, at 9:30 a.m. and Thursdays at 12:30 p.m. ongoing, Pinochle, no partner
needed, cost $1 member / $2 non-member. Poker for fun is also played at 1:00 p.m.
Tuesdays at 11:45 a.m. – Blood Pressure Readings by Dr. Catherine Orsi, ND, LMP
Tuesdays 9:30 to 10:00 a.m. Food Outlet for residents in zip areas of 98116, 98126
and 98136
Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m. Hardanger (Scandinavian embroidery)
Tuesdays (second and fourth) at 7:00 p.m. Quilting group meets and has 3 day
Quilting Retreats four times a year.
Eight hour workshops over two days for Defensive Diving with Trained volunteers from
AARP. Cost: $14, payable to AARP. Register for Thursday, July 16 – 9:00 a.m. to
1:00 p.m.and Friday, July 17 from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.; or Thursday, August 13 from
9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.. and Friday, August 14 from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Tuesday July 21 FROM 1:00 TO 5:00 P.M. or Saturday , August 15 from 9:00 A.M. TO
1:00 P.M.,
A CPR & First Aid Trainings-An Ounce of Prevention. Cost is $50/$55. Register
Scott 206-734-7484

Call for Free 20 minute Legal Consultation. Several dates available.

Tuesday and Thursday at 10:30 a.m. ongoing Tai Chi; cost $10 walk in or monthly fee.
Tuesday appointments start at 11:00 a.m. Chair Massage for $7 non-member/$5 member
Wednesday mornings Meals on Wheels are delivered to homebound seniors. To order food
or to volunteer call 206-448-5767 .

Call D’Vorah Kost at 206-268-6704 if interested in a Social Work services, Low
Vision, Diabetes or Hearing support Group, Breathe Well, Living Well with Chronic
Condition, Easy Yoga, and Loss and Grief suuport groups.

Thursdays, ongoing 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Line Dancing classes with Alice Crawford for
$3 or $2 members.

Fridays, ongoing, 11:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Bingo played by 18 years and older for
$$’s; only $6 plus additional games.

Fridays at 1:00 p.m. – Free Movies . Call for titles.

Call for days and times Wii games are available to play. Center has Sports games
i.e. bowling, baseball, boxing, tennis and golf.

Senior Center West Seattle promotes Generation BIG with Big Brothers and Big Sisters
of Puget Sound. Seeking people who can spend time having fun with a child at
Highland Park Elementary School. Call 206-763-9060