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Summer Concerts at Hiawatha tonight: Not just about the music

August 6, 2009 11:09 pm
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 |   Fun stuff to do | West Seattle news | WS culture/arts

Tonight’s hot-ticket (but still free) special offering: Face painting. As Admiral Neighborhood Association‘s Katy Walum explained as the Summer Concerts at Hiawatha series she spearheaded made its debut last month, they procured grants to offer facepainting twice during the series; tonight was #1, and artist Lynn from Wild Smiles Face Painting estimates she had up to 40 takers. That would be about one of every five showgoers, by our estimate of the crowd peaking at 200:

No video – technical difficulties with our camera – but we did get pix of the acts on the double bill, Cajun/Zydeco specialists Swamp Soul (find out more about them here):

… and Neil Young tribute specialists Ragged Glory (find out more about them here).

Next week is the fourth of six Thursday night shows (all listed here), free of charge thanks to a big team of sponsors (all listed here) including WSB, and you’ll see and hear the Elizabeth Carpenter Trio that night on the Hiawatha east lawn.

West Seattle jail-site fight: New city study out today

August 6, 2009 9:12 pm
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 |   West Seattle jail sites | West Seattle news

The planning process for a potential new municipal misdemeanor-offender jail to serve Seattle and several other King County cities has been proceeding fairly quietly, but proceeding nonetheless. West Marginal Way/Highland Park Way remains one of the sites on the list. Now, the City Council has released results of a study they ordered on whether drug treatment and other diversions could reduce the need for jail beds – read on for their news release, plus links to two documents related to the report itself:Read More

West Seattle scenes: The Kenney’s annual barbecue

Later this month, The Kenney‘s century-old Seaview Building will be considered by the city Landmarks Preservation Board for designation as a city landmark – but tonight, it’s a stately backdrop for the retirement center’s annual barbecue. What’s for dinner, you ask? Salmon and hot dogs, among other things:

And though “green” may not be a color you associate with sizzling barbecue, The Kenney’s been making headlines for its Green Team (as reported here last year), and that led to some showcasing tonight as well:

Tonight’s music is being provided by the Duwamish Dixieland Jazz Band, who you can catch tomorrow night at Providence Mount St. Vincent‘s first show in this year’s Summer Concerts at The Mount (WSB sponsor) series (6 pm, free):

The Kenney’s guest list for tonight included hundreds of residents, neighbors, family and friends, and they’re scheduled to continue the celebration till about 7 pm.

West Seattle man charged with child-pornography possession

A Westwood man is charged with possessing and dealing in child pornography, according to King County Superior Court documents. The charges filed within the past week against 23-year-old Chas Voelckel result from a search of his home last October, in an investigation that began in June 2008, when police received a complaint about child-pornography images uploaded to a photo-sharing site. Investigators found 1,600 photos and more than 50 videos on computer equipment linked to Voelckel, according to court documents, which say he did not deny possessing child pornography. Some of the children in the photos are described in the court documents as “known victims” as young as 8 years old, though there is no indication that Voelckel took any of the photos himself. In addition to possession, he also is charged with dealing in child pornography, because of records showing that he transferred files to other people. Prosecutors asked that his bail be set at $25,000, saying investigators found online chat records in which Voelckel expressed a desire to sexually abuse a 10-year-old, and noted that:

“While the defendant may wish to be released to the custody of his mother, it’s important to note that his mother was fully aware that he was downloading and viewing child pornography and saw no problem with it because she believed that the children who were being sexually abused were from other countries.”

The mother’s address is listed as the same as the suspect’s. Meantime, in addition to the charges, court documents also indicate authorities were seeking a warrant for his arrest as of a week ago; there is no indication that he has been booked into King County Jail, so we will be checking tomorrow on his status. (Note: This story was first reported earlier this afternoon at; we subsequently obtained the court documents, from which we gathered all the information reported in our story.) ADDED FRIDAY MORNING: King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office spokesperson Dan Donohoe tells WSB that Voelckel is scheduled for arraignment next Thursday, though he has not yet been booked.

Followup: Guilty verdict in Stewart Manor stabbing

wardpic.jpgYou might remember the mugshot at left from last October, when police asked everyone to be on the lookout for Daniel P. Ward, wanted for stabbing his girlfriend multiple times with a box cutter at the Stewart Manor building at 34th/Morgan. He was arrested in November, and a tipster told us this afternoon that his trial just ended. King County Prosecuting Attorney‘s Office spokesperson Dan Donohoe confirms that Ward was found guilty on all charges: Attempted first-degree murder, first-degree assault, second-degree assault and felony harassment. Donohoe says the sentencing range is 20-30 years in prison, and Judge Michael Hayden is scheduled to sentence Ward on September 4th.

Party like it’s 1999: West Seattle High School 10-year reunion

August 6, 2009 3:04 pm
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 |   West Seattle news | West Seattle people | West Seattle schools

Were you in one of those photos? An entire decade has passed since the year that sounded so far in the future when Prince sang about it in the ’80s … but passed, it has, and now West Seattle High School Class of 1999 reunion organizers are trying to get word out to their classmates. Jessica Seeley shared the photos, along with the invite:

West Seattle High School Class of 1999 Reunion
Location: Alki Beach Bathhouse
When: Saturday, September 26, 5:00 PM
Cost: $52 per person

Join us in celebrating the West Seattle High School Class of 1999 10-year reunion at the Alki Bathhouse in West Seattle.

Tickets are $52 via PayPal. Prices include:
-Non-Alcoholic Berverages
-Beer and Wine
-Spending time with the Class of ’99

Act quickly as ticket prices will go up if you buy them at the door!

We’re trying to get the word out to everyone any way we can, but we are still missing e-mails and mailing addresses. If you know of someone who … hasn’t heard about the reunion, please forward this to them! We want everyone to be included.

Jessica Seeley

You can use the Share This link below to e-mail this item, or to share it via Facebook or Twitter, among other services. And you can make your reservation by e-mailing the organizers directly:

Followups: 2 West Seattle fires might remain mysteries forever

Some fire and police investigations wrap up fast – some don’t. For the ones that don’t, we check back with the investigating agency from time to time. Here’s what we found on two such checks:

That was the aftermath of the fire that tore through an Arbor Heights house near 35th/108th on May 25 (original WSB coverage here), seriously injuring one man. Information on his condition was never been made available to media; privacy laws were invoked while he was in the hospital. We asked Seattle Fire Department spokesperson Dana Vander Houwen if the fire’s cause was ever found – short answer, no. It will remain on the books as “undetermined.” That’s also the result of the investigation into this one, another fire in May:

A neighbor shared that startling photo from the May 3rd early-morning house fire in the 1700 block of 44th SW (original WSB coverage here). The house was empty and listed for sale; no one was inside; no injuries were reported. Vander Houwen says investigators ultimately could not find the cause of this one either, and it will remain on the books as “undetermined.”

The Subtle Body: Welcome to a new West Seattle Blog sponsor

August 6, 2009 12:54 pm
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 |   Health | West Seattle businesses

Today we welcome a new sponsor, The Subtle Body, a West Seattle Ayurvedic center located on the second floor of 3620 California SW (map). As always, we offer new sponsors the chance to tell you about their businesses, and here’s what The Subtle Body wants you to know: Ayurvedic comes from Ayurveda, which means the “Science of Life,” a 5000-year-old system of health care originating in India. Ayurveda addresses each individual, and seeks to bring you back to your own state of balance. Your consultation will include recommendations on diet, daily routine, herbs, yoga and seasonal cleanses. We also offer a rejuvenation program consisting of Ayurvedic massage, Ayurvedic steams and Shirodhara. The center is run by Nickole Thornton (left) and Bethanie Sand (right). Nickole has practiced Ayurveda since 2000, traveling across the U.S. providing Ayurvedic lectures, Consultations, and Panchakarma Detox Therapy. In addition to her Ayurvedic expertise, she specializes in Deep Tissue Massage and NeuroMuscular Therapy with Therapeutic Stretching. Bethanie has been studying, teaching and working with Ayurveda since 2003. She’s involved in the Washington chapter of the National Ayurvedic Medical Association, bringing practitioners of Ayurveda together in community and for the advancement of Ayurveda in Washington. In addition to offering Ayurvedic consultations and treatments, Bethanie specializes in CranioSacral Therapy — a gentle, yet effective way of releasing pain, tension and old holding patterns in the body and nervous system. For an appointment or consultation, you can reach Nickole at 206-799-0718 or Bethanie at 206-949-8442. Thanks to The Subtle Body for choosing to grow their business by sponsoring 24/7 local news, information and discussion on WSB; the entire sponsor team is listed here, with info on how to join!

West Seattle notes: “Dog Days”; outdoor shows; pie war; more

cohen.jpg“DOG DAYS OF SUMMER”: Michele at West Seattle Thriftway just sent word that CityDog Magazine is coming back for its next cover-dog search, Sunday, August 16th – last year, the winner was one of the dogs “discovered” at WST, Cohen (left)! This is part of the store’s “Dog Days of Summer” promotion, including barbecues the next four Saturdays to raise money for local animal-advocacy groups. Plus, on cover-dog-search day 8/16, as well as the following Sunday 8/23, the Humane Society’s MaxMobile will be at Thriftway with adoptable pets.

HIAWATHA CONCERT TONIGHT: One more reminder, two acts for the price of one – actually there’s no price, because it’s free! – at tonight’s Admiral Neighborhood Association-presented Summer Concerts at Hiawatha show: Neil Young tribute band Ragged Glory and Cajun/Zydeco band Swamp Soul. It’ll be chillier than last week but the forecast still calls for the sun coming out before showtime, 6:30 pm, east lawn of Hiawatha.

AND MORE OUTDOOR ENTERTAINMENT FRIDAY/SATURDAY: Same basic forecast – cooler than usual – for those nights, but don’t let that keep you inside: Friday night is the first Summer Concerts at The Mount (WSB sponsor) show (also free), with the Duwamish Dixieland Jazz Band (gates open at 5, music at 6) and Saturday night is the next West Seattle Outdoor Movies on the Wall screening, with the ’70s classic “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” (so many scenes in that one are perfect for the big screen), ALSO free, gates open at 7, movie at dusk, courtyard by Hotwire Coffee (WSB sponsor).

CROSS-BAY PIE WAR: Our friends at fellow independent neighborhood-news site Magnolia Voice are thinking a Magnolia-vs.-West Seattle pie war might just be in the works. Here’s why.

COOKING WITH CLASS: (added shortly after we first posted this roundup) Just got the news that registration is open for Cooking With Class, the annual event at Salty’s on Alki that’s a nonprofit fundraiser, a cooking class and a gourmet food/wine dinner all in one. It’s set for September 15. Full details here.

West Seattle scenes: TP explained: 1 more Night Out; beach ball

“Ca” sent that photo, describing this house only as being on Admiral Way, and noting it’s not a prank, but rather a celebration:

Everyone keeps asking us why our house was TPed the other day. My son qualified for All City Swim with Arbor Heights pool.

And here’s the proud qualifier himself:

Congratulations! We drove past a TP’ed house in the early moments of Night Out on Tuesday but seem to recall it was in a neighborhood south of Admiral; funny, hadn’t seen that phenomenon in years. Speaking of Night Out:

P and C McCormick shared photos of the Ocean View neighborhood Night Out party, pointing out it’s sponsored by Dot Beard (right, by the sign):

Over forty neighbors showed up to enjoy refreshments and the summer evening. A long-time activist and member of the West Seattle Crime Prevention Council, Dot has kept all of us neighbors in line for years. Just in case, Capt Joe Kessler and Lt. Steve Paulsen from the SW Precinct came by to make sure our new Block Watch signs were installed to specifications (!) and to schmooze Ocean View Community Beach Club presidential candidate “Murphy” (in the striped red sweater). Our quiet neighborhood, bound by Marine View Drive, 35th Ave SW and SW 112th St [map], has annual events including an Easter Egg Hunt, Summer Picnic and Christmas Caroling/Hot Buttered Rum parties.

Here’s Capt. Kessler with Murphy.

(We published three previous photo reports on Night Out block parties around West Seattle – see them here, here and here.) Last but by no means least, Chas Redmond caught the early-evening sun in all its glory, shining on the Sound off Alki last night:

Thanks as always to everyone who shares photos and info with their West Seattle neighbors via WSB – e-mail – or share your photos with the West Seattle Blog Flickr group (where we just noticed some great recent additions, including this spectacular Lincoln Park sunset).

“Summer Splashtacular” this Saturday at West Seattle wading pools

August 6, 2009 3:52 am
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Just announced by the Parks Department:

On Saturday, Aug. 8, Seattle Parks and Recreation will host Summer Splashtacular featuring free swimming, free activities, fun and games at select pools and beaches. The program is intended to highlight drowning prevention and safe swimming practices.

Free public swimming, 1:30 – 3 p.m.
· Rainier Beach Pool, 8825 Rainier Ave. S
· Meadowbrook Pool, 10515 35th Ave. NE
There will be fun water activities for kids and families, including lifejacket relays.

Free diving instruction, 2 – 5 p.m.
· Madison Beach, E Madison Street and E Howe
Enhance your swimming skills with free diving instruction.

Oodles of Noodles, 12 noon – 6 p.m.
· Madrona Beach, 853 Lake Washington Blvd.
· Matthews Beach, 9300 51st Ave. NE
· Pritchard Beach, 8400 55th Ave. S
· West Green Lake Beach, 7201 E Green Lake Dr. N
Kids can enjoy water play in shallow water with lifeguards present while playing with oodles of noodles. A noodle is a brightly colored floatation aid that kids find irresistibly fun for playing. Come by and try swimming with a lifejacket.

Wading pool toys and activities, 1 – 4 p.m.
There will be toys and activities at 14 wading pools, including:
· Bitter Lake Playfield, 13035 Linden Ave. N
· Cal Anderson Park, 1635 11th Ave
· Dahl Playfield, 7700 25th Ave. NE
· Delridge Community Center and Playfield, 4458 Delridge Way SW
· E.C. Hughes Playground, 2805 SW Holden St.
· East Queen Anne Playground, 1912 Warren Ave. N
· Green Lake, 7201 E Green Lake Dr. N
· Hiawatha Community Center and Playfield, 2700 California Ave. SW
· Lincoln Park, 8011 Fauntleroy Way SW

· South Park Community Center and Playground, 738 S Sullivan St.
· Van Asselt Community Center and Playground, 7200 Beacon Ave. S
· View Ridge Playfield, 4408 NE 70th St.
· Volunteer Park, 1247 15th Ave. E
· Wallingford Playfield, 4219 Wallingford Ave. N

Summer Splashtacular is co-sponsored by Seattle Children’s Hospital, Washington State Drowning Prevention Network, Associated Recreation Council and For more information about Summer Splashtacular, visit

North Delridge Neighborhood Council: Elections ahead, and more

August 6, 2009 3:49 am
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Toplines from last night’s North Delridge Neighborhood Council meeting:

ndncsign.jpg*Officer elections are coming up in October. But first – nominations will be sought; look for that announcement on the NDNC e-mail group.

*Adopt-A-Street cleanup: You’re invited to pitch in and help out on August 29th. As usual, volunteers will meet up that morning at Delridge Community Center and take off after coffee/snacks. Watch for more details. Separate cleanups may be scheduled for area traffic circles.

*Future meeting speakers: When this topic came up, a popular suggestion was Al Poole, the city’s director of “homelessness intervention” – group members have been talking about the seasonal return of makeshift homeless mini-camps in the greenbelt along 26th SW, and this type of speaker might help educate everyone on how to handle such situations, as well as dealing with the chronic problem that the NDNC has fought in recent months (notably including the tour given to city leaders four months ago) – rundown, vacant houses, often taken over by squatters.

*Location change for next month’s meeting: Watch for an announcement – the library isn’t available that night (September 2) – suggestions included Olympia Pizza, but nothing’s final yet.

Another festival for your calendar: Holy Family School street fair

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Add another festival to the August calendar, which already has the Duwamish River Festival this Saturday and Arts in Nature Festival at Camp Long (August 22-23). From just south of the city/county line, we received this invitation to share with all WSB’ers – we’ve of course published it on partner site White Center Now, too, but West Seattleites get a special shoutout:

Hello Friends of the West Seattle Blog:

My name is Frank Cantwell, and I am the Principal of Holy Family Parish School located at the intersection of 20th and Roxbury in White Center. I would like to invite you to “El Carnaval” that we are holding on August 29 (10 a.m. to 10 p.m.) and August 30 (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) 2009. We are planning to close 20th Street from Roxbury for one block between the Parish and the School, and open this area to the entire community for an opportunity to meet our neighbors. We plan to have bands, a variety of food, and a beer garden. We will have our school open to everyone. We are also planning to have lots of fun and games for the children.

Holy Family Parish School has a rich history, having served the White Center community for over 80 years. We are a very diverse community and we are welcoming everyone to come together to have a lot of fun. We would love to see the entire West Seattle community come together to meet each other and have fun.

Thank You, Frank Cantwell

It’s on the WSB West Seattle Events calendar now too.