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Reminder: West Seattle Bridge ramp to northbound I-5 closed

December 12, 2009 11:38 pm
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Reminder that the ramp from the east end of The Bridge to northbound I-5 is scheduled to be closed from right about now through about 8 am tomorrow, as WSDOT works to install “smart” overhead signs.

Update: More info on incident that led to helicopter search

Getting multiple reports – checking into it now. There are no serious-injury incidents on 911 anywhere in the area, and there’s nothing obvious on the scanner at the moment. 12:10 AM NOTE: Still haven’t had any luck nailing down an official account of this – afterhours contacts are inconsistent unless there is a MAJOR crime (and chopper/K-9 doesn’t necessarily portend “major,” no consolation if the search is in your neighborhood, of course) — comments and this WSB Forums thread have some pieces, though. SUNDAY MORNING UPDATE: Southwest Precinct Lt. Steve Paulsen says the incident involved an “ex-boyfriend assaulting ex-girlfriend.” The suspect is in custody.

Christmas Ship in West Seattle: 1st of 4 visits this weekend

(Photo from Jim Edwards)
Less than an hour ago, the Christmas Ship, with Northwest Girlchoir Vivace on board, serenaded a goodnatured crowd along the shore at Seacrest:

It’ll be back later with Canterbury Belles on board, 8:50 pm at Lowman Beach (north of Lincoln Park), 9:40 pm at Alki. No bonfires tonight, because of the ongoing Stage 2 Burn Ban, but warm camaraderie (and the temperature’s higher than the last several nights!). And since Santa is everywhere, it wasn’t surprising that he showed up for the Christmas Ship … with a 2-wheeled “sleigh”:

Friendly Parks Department staffers are at every stop tonight, with free cookies and hot beverages, so be sure to say “hi”:

(That’s Ryan Spencer, assistant coordinator from Delridge Community Center.) If you missed it tonight, the Christmas Ship (and whatever boats decide to tag along) has one more West Seattle stop this season – Don Armeni Boat Ramp tomorrow night at 7:10 pm.

Seattle Youth Commission in West Seattle to talk issues, ideas

Story and photos by Mary Sheely
Reporting for West Seattle Blog

It starts out the way you might imagine an event involving high school and middle school students: With a game.

“We want to get to know you,” announces a girl in a striped shirt, stepping into the middle of a circle of chairs set up today on a sunny afternoon at Delridge Community Center.

The girl is Vise Leiato (above right), a senior at Evergreen High School and a member of the Seattle Youth Commission, formerly the Mayor’s Youth Council (background here).

She lays out the rules of an icebreaker game, which eventually leads to a lot of students scrambling to change seats. But though the game is fun, the goals of the meeting are serious.

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But wait! There’s more! – as your West Seattle Saturday continues

December 12, 2009 2:30 pm
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 |   Fun stuff to do | Holidays | West Seattle news

CANAPE CHEF SERVICES AT JF HENRY: Via Twitter (@canapechef), WSB sponsor Canape Specialty Chef Services invites you to stop by JF Henry in The Junction till 4 pm (4445 California SW) and meet Chef Jay DeLong – offering carrot-ginger soup samples. They’re also offering discount gift certificates – which is one of the coupons you’ll find on the WSB Coupons page. (And if you’ve had trouble printing them before because the entire page sidebar prints too, taking extra pages, we’ve fixed that – printing the page should get you JUST the header and the coupons – it includes coupons from our sponsors in the Admiral District, another place to Shop Local this holiday season, and beyond.)

“TEAM TRACY” 3DAY FUNDRAISER TONIGHT ON ALKI: Earlier, we mentioned several events you can check out while enjoying the Christmas Ship‘s three West Seattle stops tonight (there’s one tomorrow too if you miss it – or want to see/hear it again). Here’s another, from the West Seattle Weekend Lineup: The Team Tracy Breast Cancer 3Day Fundraiser at Christo’s on Alki! Silent auction and raffle for the team led by breast-cancer survivor Tracy Dart, going for their third year in the 3Day in 2010. Tracy says Christo’s will have food/drink specials too – great place to watch the Christmas Ship’s 9:40 pm Alki stop and/or to warm up before/after.

More of what’s up today/tonight – including the Christmas Ship

RIGHT NOW: West Seattle Tiger Scouts collecting donations for families of the Lakewood Police officers killed two weeks ago, 9 am-5 pm at a table at Holy Rosary Tree Lot (more details here) – they also were scheduled to have a “thank you” card for people to sign.

RIGHT NOW: “Santa Paws” at Windermere Real Estate in The Junction (4526 California SW) – go get your dog’s photo taken with Santa! Till 2 pm. (Thanks to Windermere’s Doug Baldwin for sending the in-progress photo you see at right!)

THIS AFTERNOON: Holiday wine sale at South Seattle Community College (WSB sponsor) Northwest Wine Academy, noon-4 pm, discounted prices on wine, gift baskets on sale too. (Here’s a campus map – WWB marks the spot where you’ll find the sale.)

(2008 photo from Lowman Beach, courtesy Linda Ann)
CHRISTMAS SHIPS TONIGHT! Can’t say it enough. They’re a must-see (and must-hear). Here’s the full schedule for tonight’s West Seattle stops, from our WS Holidays page:

CHOIR: Northwest Girlchoir – Vivace
5:15-5:35 Seacrest (map)

CHOIR: Canterbury Belles
8:50-9:10 Lowman Beach (map)
9:40-10:00 Alki Beach

There are a few special events in connection with their visit – the Log House Museum on Alki is open extended hours today, noon-9:30 pm, and offering cookies, cider, and free museum tours. 61st/Stevens (map) – walk a block south from the Alki Bakery corner. Also on Alki, Coastal Boutique is having a 20% evening sale, 7-10 pm. And at Lowman Beach, Sterling Images Gallery alongside the park’s south edge – whose proprietor is also creator of the renowned Ducky Reserve – is open late.

“PRINCESS ANGELINE” MOVIE AT DUWAMISH LONGHOUSE: Tonight at 7 pm at the almost-year-old longhouse in West Seattle, the new film that tells the story of Chief Sealth’s daughter, and explores the tribe’s ongoing fight for federal recognition. More here.

And this is STILL only part of what’s happening. Shop local – have fun, local – West Seattle Weekend Lineup list is here, West Seattle Holidays (grouped by type of activity/event) is here.

Marination Mobile cancels today’s West Seattle visit – frozen pipes

Quick update via Twitter (@curb_cuisine) from Marination Mobile (winner of Good Morning America‘s “Best Food Cart in America” contest) – its regular West Seattle stop (usually 35th/Graham, 11 am-2 pm Saturdays) is canceled today because of frozen pipes. “Hope to see West Seattle and reasonable temps next week,” they say.

Happening now: Holiday bazaars at C&P, Southwest CC – and more

December 12, 2009 10:38 am
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Thanks to Rick for sending photos of the bazaar/gift fair under way right now at C&P Coffee – continuing till 3 pm. He says, “C&P is full of locals and local vendors selling a wide variety of cool, artful holiday wares. Come on by and join the event!” C&P is at 5612 California SW (map). A bazaar’s also under way till 4 pm at Southwest Community Center, 2801 SW Thistle (map):

(Photo from SW Community Center bazaar added 12:35 – knit cactuses by BriAnna – who also has warm hats – some unique stuff there, we stopped by while making the rounds)

And in The Junction, shopping opportunities today include a trunk show at CAPERS, where Lisa sent the image at right, explaining: “Haute Goat Recycled Cashmere Trunkshow is today (till) 6. This collection of scarves and accessories fashioned from recycled cashmere is proof that looking good and doing good go hand in hand. Meet the artist today 11-1 …” And Lisa invites you to check out the Hickman House giving tree at the store. While you’re in The Junction, the Windermere Real Estate office is about to start its annual “Santa Paws” event — 11-2, get your dog’s photo taken with Santa! More of the day and night’s highlights coming up – but you can find the full list in the West Seattle Weekend Lineup.

Today: Come help Delridge Super 24 store’s healthy evolution

The Super 24 mini-market on Delridge has gotten extra attention lately for that three-month-old mural and for a citywide media spotlight – this story by our partners at the Seattle Times; both are for the same reason: The store is a trailblazer in the push to make more healthy food available in Delridge, despite the absence of a grocery store. Delridge Neighborhoods Development Association sent word of a work party/event today and is extending the participation invitation community-wide. Here’s some of what’ll be involved, 11 am-3 pm today:

* Healthy food sampling and “voting” for healthy snack offerings in the Super 24 corner store.
* Removal of excessive tobacco and alcohol ads at front entrance of store.
* Interior store transformation
* “Limited” TEAM Delridge T-shirts to volunteers who participate more than 5 hours.

Anyone and everyone who cares about the Delridge community is invited to join us.

Super 24 is at Delridge and Findlay; here’s a map.

West Seattle Holidays: Give the gift of a Giving Tree wish fulfilled

December 12, 2009 1:24 am
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 |   Holidays | How to help | Pets | West Seattle news

That’s Hotwire Online Coffeehouse (WSB sponsor) proprietor Lora Lewis with some of the items that have come in for the Pet Giving Tree at Hotwire. Teri Ensley from Furry Faces Foundation says two-thirds of the tree’s 24 tags have been taken, and the presents are now starting to come in – including more than 100 pounds of donated pet food. Teri says, “We took (the) first load of ‘pet gifts’ to White Center Food Bank. Both Rick Jump and Audrey Zemke were there so they helped unload with big smiles on their faces. Since some of the items came in Christmas gift bags, they are going to give them to their clients in the bags–so it truly is a pet gift. The next load of pet gifts will be taken to West Seattle Food Bank. Thanks again to Lora Lewis of Hotwire for coming up with this brilliant giving tree and thanks to everyone that is taking their time and money to help animal companions be able to stay with their people.” This is just one of MANY Giving Trees around West Seattle – and this weekend is PRIME TIME to go see which one still have unclaimed tags, so that you can help make this a merrier Christmas for somebody – go to the West Seattle Holidays page and look for the Giving Trees/Fundraisers list. (Also, re: Furry Faces, note their Wrap It Up wrapping fundraiser at Shadow Land 1-6 pm today!)