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West Seattle Hi-Yu wraps up “very successful” parade season

Unless you’re personally involved with the West Seattle Hi-Yu Summer Festival, you may not realize that its volunteers are at work for months before the peak summer events, and months afterward – pretty much all year round. But parade season is ending after tomorrow, and Hi-Yu President Tim Winston sent these photos with this update tonight:

We are wrapping up a very successful parade season with the Issaquah Salmon Days Parade, Saturday at 10 am.

This will be the last outing for our “How Sweet It Is” candy-themed float. It has won awards in 7 parades (out of 8 where we are eligible).

Thanks to John at GT Towing who has been storing our float.

BTW, Monday starts the new season for Hi-Yu. I am president again for the next year and most of the board is continuing.

Our major project for the fall is a new, covered float trailer. We are looking for a few major sponsors that will be recognized with advertising on the new trailer. A photo of a trailer like the one we plan to order is attached.

Thank you!

Tim Winston
West Seattle Hi-Yu Summer Festival

Tonight’s high-school football: WSHS wins, Sealth heartbreaker

We report them first on Twitter and Facebook while we’re out at the games, if you just HAVE to know ASAP. Now both games are over and we’re processing our reports – but first making note of the scores here too: West Seattle High School 55, Ingraham 0 at SW Athletic Complex in Westwood; Nathan Hale 20, Chief Sealth High School 12 (but it was close for much of the game) at NE Athletic Complex (next to Hale). Details and video coming up.

10:44 PM: First, from Patrick on the WSHS game (which he tweeted live at @wsblive): Despite steady drizzle, West Seattle managed to keep their footing to defeat Ingraham 55-0. The standout performance of the night came from Markeem Adams, who carried the ball only five times but managed to score four touchdowns. He ended the night with 157 yards. Overall, the Wildcats had 570 yards of total offense. After the game, Coach Davis Lura talked about what he saw tonight as he gets ready for next week’s game against Cleveland:

The Wildcats are now 4-1 (3-0 in conference play). Here’s their schedule/stats/record page at (WSB partner).

ADDED 12:30 AM: From Tracy on the Sealth game: The score was close much of the way. We got there as the Seahawks embarked on a drive that got them within one point of the Raiders – here’s our Flip-cam view of the touchdown that made the score 13-12:

The conversion attempt after the TD failed, and Hale’s next drive got them a TD and PA, which resulted in the final score, 20-12. Sealth (stats etc. from here) plays Franklin next Friday (on Oct. 16); still one more high-school game for West Seattle players this weekend – Seattle Lutheran High School‘s homecoming game, 1:30 pm tomorrow at West Seattle Stadium vs. Friday harbor.

Friday night notes: Click! party now; Prudential drive tomorrow

The cupcakes from West Seattle’s own Splendid Cupcake are going fast at the Click! Design That Fits (WSB sponsor) 5th birthday party, says Click’s John Smersh, who shared the pic. They’re there till 9 pm, with treats and discounts. Click! is in the Admiral District at 2210 California SW. Tomorrow, as you may have seen in the West Seattle Weekend Lineup, lots of chances to share your time, talent and treasure — including the food drive promoted at Walking On Logs:

Dawn Nelson from Prudential Realty sent the photo tonight as another reminder of their food drive tomorrow at five local supermarkets – 10 am-2 pm at all three West Seattle-area Safeways, plus West Seattle Thriftway and White Center Albertson’s. She says they’ll be out rain or shine!

Traffic alert: Work on The Bridge, westbound, tomorrow

A quick note from SDOT‘s Marybeth Turner:

SDOT crews plan to work on the West Seattle Bridge at the Harbor Avenue exit tomorrow (Oct 3) from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. replacing a crash cushion. They will be working on the shoulder and will merge traffic around the work site.

And yet one more reminder, The Viaduct is closed both ways, 8:15-11:30 am tomorrow.

Meet the West Seattle “shop cats” of Providence Mount St. Vincent

Tomorrow at 10:30 am, Providence Mount St. Vincent hosts the first of three “Blessing of the Animals” events scheduled for West Seattle this weekend. In honor of that, our occasional series of stories about West Seattle “shop cats” returns with the tale of the cats at The Mount:

By Keri DeTore
Reporting for West Seattle Blog

Fifteen years ago, when the assisted-living (and more) center known to West Seattleites as “The Mount” underwent a major philosophical shift from a “medical model” to a “social model,” it instilled some major changes: Nurses stopped wearing starched uniforms and switched to regular clothes; strict waking and sleeping schedules were abolished; cheerful dayrooms were built — and a cat moved in.

Nurse Manager Brenda Jennings, who has seen many changes at The Mount over the past 30 years, says that the new watermark for staff and clients was to see The Mount as home. Residents are not seen as “sick people” — they are essentially well, but with chronic conditions; they are allowed to direct their own care and be more independent. Cats have become an important part of that home culture.

The Mount has five different units which are known as “neighborhoods” and each neighborhood has its own cat.

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Alki Kayak Tours, Cupcake Royale win Small Business Awards

The city has announced this year’s list of Mayor’s Small Business Award winners — with Alki Kayak Tours and Cupcake Royale among them! Read on for the full announcement:Read More

West Seattle Weekend Lineup, Solar Tour & CROP Walk edition

October 2, 2009 3:40 pm
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 |   Fun stuff to do | WS culture/arts | WS Weekend Lineup

wswllicon3.png It’s definitely fall. While some of the 50-plus events on this weekend’s list are out-and-out fun (like Family Fun Night at Seattle Civic Dance Theater in Fauntleroy tonight!) there’s also a lot of practicality – the Seattle Solar Tour, CROP Walk, flu shots, the WSUU Rummage Sale (well, the amazing Frogsquatch will be fun) … Read on to see it all, brought to you by Skylark Cafe and Club – read on!Read More

High-school sports update: Chief Sealth “pumped”; WSHS soccer

Looking ahead to this weekend’s high-school football games (previewed here yesterday), we checked in again with Chief Sealth High School‘s defensive coordinator Ernest Policarpio, as the team goes for its third consecutive win:

Sealth and WSHS both play at 7 tonight – Sealth at Nathan Hale, WSHS at SW Complex vs. Ingraham (which Sealth beat last week) – Seattle Lutheran at 1:30 tomorrow, homecoming, hosting Friday Harbor at WS Stadium. We’ll have coverage on Twitter as it happens (@wsblive) and here on the site later. Meantime, WSHS girls’ soccer faced Ingraham yesterday and per this comment, they won 4-1. (Send in YOUR sports reports!)

West Seattle coffee talk: Blayne says bye-bye to Hotwire

(July 2009 West Seattle Grand Parade photo by Christopher Boffoli)
Once you’ve been grand marshal of the West Seattle Grand Parade, what’s left to do on the peninsula? Two and a half months after that high-riding moment – and a year after his stint on the nationally televised reality show “Project Runway – the barista known best as Blayne is about to leave his four-year job at Hotwire Coffee (WSB sponsor). We caught up with Blayne late this morning to ask about his plans after his last Hotwire day tomorrow:

You can see his fashion/design work here. If you want to say goodbye in person, Blayne told us he’ll be working tomorrow morning (but that’s as specific as he’d get).

Alki Homestead: Historical Society letter urges restoration

(Wikimedia photo of Alki Homestead, pre-fire)
Two weeks after Alki Homestead owner Tom Lin stood before the Alki Community Council to discuss his proposal for the fire-ravaged landmark’s future (here’s our story) – possibly a restaurant/bar/B&B complex – the Southwest Seattle Historical Society has forwarded news outlets a letter they and other groups have sent to Lin. It expresses concern for its condition and a request that it be “restored … to its pre-fire condition.” It’s similar to a statement the SWSHS issued last March, two months after the fire (read that statement here). Here’s the full text of the letter:

Dear Tom Lin:

We are writing to you today to express our collective concern regarding the state of the Alki Homestead Restaurant, a City of Seattle Landmark, also known as the Fir Lodge Estate. As a result of the fire in January, 2009, this site is now included in the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation’s “Most Endangered Property List,” announced in May this year. The Washington Trust, together with other preservation and community organizations noted below, have indicated their support for the preservation of this landmark.

Given the state of the Homestead and the on-going damage that inactivity brings to the structure, we collectively urge you to decide and act upon your vision regarding this property.

We collectively ask that you (1) take immediate action to prevent further decay by securing the property and building from vandalism and protecting it as the rainy season approaches; (2) restore the Homestead to its pre-fire condition as befits a city landmark.

We firmly support preserving “a bit of old Seattle” (as Doris Nelson referred to the Homestead) and we believe the community of West Seattle and the City of Seattle will be enhanced by retaining this amazing Seattle landmark. We look forward to working with you to restore the Homestead to its rightful place on Alki. The Southwest Seattle Historical Society stands ready to assist you at every point in preserving the Homestead/Fir Lodge site.


Judy Bentley
President, Southwest Seattle Historical Society

Andrea Mercado
Director, Log House Museum

Jennifer Meisner, Executive Director
Washington Trust for Historic Preservation

Joe Follansbee
Association of King County Heritage Organizations

Jim Kelly, Director

Patricia Mullen, Executive Director
West Seattle Chamber of Commerce

We have e-mailed Lin a request for comment/response and will publish anything we hear back.

Tomorrow: This just might be West Seattle’s juiciest fall event

Tomorrow in North Delridge! Betsy Hoffmeister forwards the invitation:

Are you looking for a fun, free activity on Saturday? The North Delridge Neighborhood Council’s annual community cider press event is this Saturday, 10 am to 3 pm. You are welcome to drop by for as much of that time or as little as you want. The address is 5624 26th Ave SW [map].

The event is held at a private residence, using an old-fashioned, electric operated press. It is a small, neighborhood operation, not a big-time event, so expect gritty and fun. We have several goals: to meet our neighbors and exchange news; to make use of ugly, bruised, wormy, inedible fruit that would otherwise go to waste; to reduce pest infestations by removing fallen fruit from the ground; and to bring home locally made, sustainably produced fruit juice. Please bring:

* Yourself, friends, neighbors, and kids. Be prepared to supervise children under the age of three. The property is a wonderful place for kids to run around and play, but, Longfellow Creek flows through the property and no one will be supervising your children but you.

* Fresh apples, pears, or asian pears. Ideally, these will be windfalls or apples from neighborhood trees. We don’t want anyone to feel like they have to go to Thriftway for apples (but there are many fruit stands in the area, particularly in White Center and Beacon Hill, that have extremely good prices on “seconds” fruit). Please, please wash your fruit ahead of time.

* Clean containers to bring the cider home in.
* A snack to share with neighbors. You WILL get hungry.
* A camera.
* Wear VERY messy clothes and layers, you absolutely will get very, very dirty if you help out! Waterproof shoes are also a reasonable idea.

Please do not bring: pets.

We need at least one volunteer to help clean up afterwards.

The homeowner and North Delridge Neighborhood Council are not liable for any harm
or injury that may befall attendees as a result of drinking too much cider, getting
stung by a yellowjacket, slipping on apple peels, etc. So be careful.

Two benefits just announced for Chef Sean Goff’s family

October 2, 2009 11:42 am
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 |   How to help | West Seattle news | West Seattle restaurants

After the untimely death of Cafe Revo co-owner Chef Sean “Chano” Goff two weeks ago (story here with tribute comments), it was noted that the family’s left with medical bills to deal with from his long illness, while continuing to run the popular Italian restaurant (a WSB sponsor) in the Luna Park business district. This morning we have word of two benefits coming up, both promising food and fun while building a fund for the family:

THE SANCTUARY AT ADMIRAL, OCTOBER 14: Here’s the flyer for this one, sent by Sanctuary at Admiral owner Dahli Bennett. It reads in part:

“Big Night”
Dinner and a Movie Benefit at Sanctuary at Admiral

Please join us Wednesday, October 14th
-Four course Italian dinner-

Prepared by Chef Constance Bennett hailing from the Tipsy Pig in San Francisco and Chef Andrew Ingrahm of Café Revo fame.

The evening starts at 6pm with appetizers and wine, followed by a special communal style dinner. After dessert and coffee, we will get settled in for a viewing of the film “Big Night.”

$50 tickets are on sale at Cafe Revo.

WESTENDERS’ “OPERATION CHANO,” NOVEMBER 7: This one’s also dinner-and-a-movie. The Goffs have been active in the scooter community – including the mural on the restaurant’s south side – and the Westenders Scooter Club is organizing this benefit at the Rainier Yacht Club – here’s the official flyer sent by Nicky Ducommun, which includes:

Guests will enjoy a pasta feed, beverages, and a raffle. DJ Ace Face will be spinning tunes, and Eric Pravitz will screen his scooter-themed adventure-comedy “Mondo Scooterama” for entertainment … “A rollicking adventure-comedy that pays homage to the ‘biker’ movies of the 50s
and 60s, Mondo Scooterama features a talented young cast of up and coming Northwest actors, and features hilarious cameo appearances by well-known figures on the Seattle scootering scene!”

Suggested donation, $20. (Here’s a map to the RYC.)

Dates set for next Alaskan Way Viaduct inspection closure

October 2, 2009 11:12 am
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An update this morning from Alaskan Way Viaduct project managers says the next semiannual inspection shutdown weekend is coming up October 24-25. Details:

Both decks of the Alaskan Way Viaduct will be closed between Spokane Street in the south through the Battery Street Tunnel in the north. The closure is scheduled from:

* 6 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 24
* 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 25

In recent years members of the public have been invited to join us during these closures for a tour of the structure. Unfortunately, a public tour will not be possible during the October inspection, due to limited daylight hours to complete the necessary maintenance and the decision to reopen the viaduct earlier than normal to accommodate traffic for the Oct. 24 Sounders game.

And another reminder, The Viaduct closes both ways 8:15-11:30 am tomorrow for the Puget Sound Heart Walk.

Today/tonight: Metro Market’s cheesy afternoon; Click! celebrates

Two business notes from Admiral for today/tonight, before the West Seattle Weekend Lineup emerges later:

CHEESY AFTERNOON (AND EVENING) AT METROPOLITAN MARKET: A two-week celebration of cheese hits its high point this afternoon/evening with demos by cheese-world luminaries 3-7 pm at the Admiral store. According to MM’s Brad Halverson, Beecher’s cheesemaker Brad Sinko and Boat Street Pickles owner-chef Renee Erickson will be on hand, while the store’s own cheesemakers will make their unique hand-stretched mozzarella. (Full list/lineup here.) They’ll also be showcasing an early release of Rogue River Blue, the American Cheese Society‘s 2009 Best of Show Winner, which Halverson says is “the first raw milk American cheese to ever be shipped out of the USA.” The cheese event continues tomorrow – more here.

CLICK! CELEBRATES #5: A few blocks north, Click! Design That Fits (WSB sponsor) invites you to its 5th birthday bash tonight, previewed in this WSB feature. 6-9 pm, cupcakes, bubbly and discounts. More here.

West Seattle Crime Watch: Purse-snatching attempt, and more

Received a note overnight via Facebook from Debbie, who says:

I was nearly mugged on the corner of Hudson and California [map] at 9:45 pm! Someone tried to grab my purse off my shoulder while my friends and I were walking by; they unfortunately misjudged my ferocity and failed.

Meantime – we also have two West Seattle Crime Watch alerts that came in this week but hadn’t been included in a roundup yet – a “walk-in break-in” and a car prowl – (added 9:20 am, also a third – another car break-in report that just came in) read on:Read More

West Seattle churches: Centennial walk; pet-blessing reminder

October 2, 2009 7:19 am
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 |   Pets | West Seattle history | West Seattle news | West Seattle religion

CENTENNIAL WALK: Holy Rosary is yet another of the West Seattle churches celebrating its 100th anniversary – and pastoral associate Patrick Barredo sends word of the next event in the celebration, coming up tomorrow:

This Saturday, October 3, members of Holy Rosary Church will have a pilgrimage, walking from Holy Rosary Church (starting at 11 am), and arriving at St. John Episcopal Church at 11:30 am. During Holy Rosary’s Centennial year, this pilgrimage marks a return to history, for St. John Episcopal Church sits on the second location of Holy Rosary Parish. (The first location is at Hanford and Hill, and the current location is the third site.)

Members of St. John Church will be “at home” at 11:00 am saying our prayers and awaiting the arrival of Holy Rosary pilgrims. There will be a course to follow through St. John Church marking particular spots used by the former Holy Rosary church. When it seems like a good time to begin, there will be a short liturgy based on “An Order for Service for Noonday” from the Book of Common Prayer, 1979, led by Rev. Peter DeVeau of St. John and Fr. John Madigan of Holy Rosary.

Afterwards, there will be a lunch of soup and sandwiches in the upstairs Parish Hall, in the general air space of what was the first Holy Rosary School.

We don’t have the exact route they’ll take, but here’s a G-map showing the distance from Holy Rosary to St. John.

“BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS” EVENTS REMINDERS: St. John the Baptist Episcopal is also one of three venues where you and your pet(s) can participate in this tradition this weekend, honoring the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi, patron saint of animals: Providence Mount St. Vincent, 10:30 am Saturday (meet in the front lobby); Alki UCC, special service 10 am Sunday in the sanctuary; St. John the Baptist, Sunday in the West Seattle High School parking lot next door.