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West Seattle weekend scene: 2010’s first summery sunset

(Photo by David Rosen from SlickPix Photography)
Though the solstice isn’t till June 21, you have to agree today felt like summer. Finally. So even with the clouds that moved in by the end of ReFRESH Southwest (our coverage is here and here), this was the perfect sunset. (The forecast still suggests the return of rain tomorrow.)

West Seattle Crime Watch: Suspicious activity

From Sarah:


Around 8:30 p.m. Saturday, my husband and I came home from a day downtown and observed a young man – black, early 20s-ish – attempting to act nonchalant while trying car door handles along Avalon Way SW between 35th and SW Genesee. Specifically, he tested a late-90s silver Honda Accord twice (crossing the street and testing others between attempts). I did report the activity to police, who were dispatching a car to check things out. He was wearing an oversized black t-shirt and black shorts, red baseball cap, and red backpack. Keep an eye out! This is obviously a heavily-traveled street, and it’s still light out, but this guy didn’t seem fazed at all.

West Seattle coyotes: Pigeon Point sighting

Out of the WSB inbox, from Crystal:

I noticed that the coyote sightings are being posted on the blog so I just wanted to mention that we saw one tonight. We were walking through the Pigeon Point neighborhood toward the school there and we saw one behind the fence, near the Duwamish trail. It ran away from us because we were walking our dogs, but looked pretty big.

If you missed it – our previous coyote-sighting report included a photo. And as always, we don’t publish these because they’re cause for major alarm, but because some still aren’t aware they’re among us; here’s the “coexisting with coyotes” link frequently shared here.

Next Saturday: Join West Seattle Kiwanis at Westcrest!

(Photo courtesy West Niver)
Westcrest Park Off-Leash Area is the only off-leash park in West Seattle, and the Kiwanis Club of West Seattle is going to make it an even better place for dogs and their people – with your help. 9 am to noon next Saturday, June 12th, they’ll be there for a community-service project – installing hand-built (see photo!) cedar dispensers for “doggy bags,” and clearing overgrown vegetation. Want to help? Just show up! Got questions? E-mail West Niver at

‘Live’ at the ReFRESH Southwest festival, report #2

We’ve been enjoying music drifting over from the Delridge Day main stage, into the Sustainable West Seattle Festival exhibition area, here at ReFRESH Southwest (grounds of Delridge Community Center till 5 pm). Above, drumming and dancing early in the afternoon. Right now, the Vicious Puppies Crew – breakdancers that rocked the festival (Delridge Day) last year too – are over at the main stage. 4:05 PM UPDATE: Final hour – here are more of the scenes – City Council President Richard Conlin dropped by, wearing the I (Heart) West Seattle T-shirt we remember from his visit to the Morgan Junction Park dedication this time last year (the Morgan Festival is coming up hext Saturday, in and around the park, 11 am-6 pm):

4:24 PM UPDATE: It’s been an afternoon full of workshops, too – here are some of the stars – urban ilvestock!

We also caught up with the Highland Park group that we mentioned in a separate story earlier – as they joined in Delridge Walks, heading to the festival on foot:

Again, this is on till 5 – performances by the Delridge Community Center building, sustainability exhibits (and other ‘tablers’ like us) in the parking lot. (video added 6:26 pm – there were also workshops inside, like this one)

5:07 PM: It’s all wrapping up, and we’re packing up. Lots more going on this weekend, of course – and next weekend, two festivals: Morgan Community Festival on Saturday, the West Seattle Junction Health Fair on Sunday (both of which we’re co-sponsoring). We’ve got some more video and photos to add to coverage of ReFRESH Southwest – once we’re back at HQ. Thanks to everybody who stopped by to chat, and everyone who worked hard to make this happen! ADDED: A few more pix, as promised – you saw the chickens above – here’s the chicken workshop!

The year-old Delridge Community Center Playground was a big draw:

West Seattle-residing City Councilmember Tom Rasmussen stopped by in the festival’s final moments:

And for even more photos – digital pix from Usnaps, a portable, rentable, digital photo booth created by West Seattle-based entrepreneurs – Usnaps’ Kim Schwarzkopf stopped by the WSB table to say hi; they’ve traveled the country with Usnaps in recent months. See the ReFRESH SW Usnaps pix here.

The Kenney’s ‘Family Reunion’ festival: Indoors and out!

All over West Seattle, so much happening today – The Kenney has welcomed people of all ages to its ‘Family Reunion’ festival – we dropped by for some of the indoor activities, on a quick side trip from tabling at the Sustainable West Seattle Festival section of ReFRESH Southwest. Above, the Raining Sounds sang for the crowd; below, face painting was a hit

Still time to get over to the grounds of The Kenney – and bring some disposable diapers for the WestSide Baby diaper drive, till 4 pm in the main lobby.

Live from ReFRESH Southwest, report #1

We’re here in the bright sunshine at Delridge Community Center, with a rainbow-striped cloth over our table, across from ZipCar, next to the North Delridge Neighborhood Council (selling their (Heart) Delridge T-shirts! as seen in our photo above), southeast side of the parking lot (which is where all the tents are set up), kitty corner from the West Seattle Food Bank (whose past board president Pete Spalding is walking around handing out (No) Hunger stickers). There’s “street food” too – we’ve heard about a taco truck and a hot-dog truck so far. See you here – free workshops, performances, family fun till 5.

2:10 PM UPDATE: So sunny and gorgeous, we’re just sitting here talking with folks – right behind us is a bike booth, with Stu Hennessey from Alki Bike and Board showing off “e-bikes” among other things. We’ve taken some more photos, too:

King County Executive Dow Constantine stopped by a while ago … Delridge Neighborhoods Development Association director Derek Birnie’s here:

Lots of sustainable businesses – here’s Adam from Clean Air Lawn Care (WSB sponsor):

In our morning preview, we mentioned the Bucket Brigade, a project of Urban Land Army – Highland Park’s Becca Fong is here:

More to come! Look for the info booth on the south side of the parking lot – you can get a map that also has a schedule of performances and workshops – an electric-vehicle demonstration is about to begin. If you’re driving (and of course you’re encouraged to bike, walk or take transit), note that since the parking lot has festival booths, you’ll park somewhere on the periphery of the Delridge Community Center grounds – side streets have parking too.

2:39 PM
: Want a free ticket to the Green Festival downtown? Drop by our table – or the Sustainable West Seattle table – we just got a batch. If you can’t make it there today, you can go tomorrow!

Delridge Walks: On the way to ReFRESH Southwest (starting @ 1)

June 5, 2010 12:16 pm
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 |   Highland Park | West Seattle festivals | West Seattle news

As a prelude to this afternoon’s ReFRESH Southwest mega-event (full listing of performances/workshops/tables/booths here), people were invited to walk to Delridge Community Center – perhaps taking photos and/or cleaning up along the way – and we caught up with part of the Highland Park group doing the latter. (By the way, that’s 34th District State House candidate “Mac” McElroy in the background – we’ve seen him at the last few Highland Park Action Committee meetings, along with many of the other community-council meetings we routinely cover. Any candidates coming to today’s festival, be sure to come see us at table 26 – as we did last year during the summer of city campaigns, we’ll photograph everybody who stops by!)

Lincoln Park alert for dog owners/walkers

June 5, 2010 11:36 am
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 |   Pets | Safety | West Seattle news

We want to stress that we have no other reports on this and it will be difficult if not impossible to confirm with authorities – but given the nature of what Kim Petram says she saw/heard in Lincoln Park this morning, we agree with her that it should be passed along:

I was just walking our dog in Lincoln Park and Animal Control was there looking for reported raw meat that had been left somewhere in the south end of the park. He stated that they had a call about poisoned meat w/ the intent to “poison the dogs.” He didn’t find anything, nor did our dog, who is a cairn terrier with a pretty good sniffer. It was unclear about the report and how they knew dogs were the intended victim.

I think it may be worth a posting though to warn other dog owners in the park to be aware as well as concern for the wild animals in the park.

Merrill Gardens-Admiral Heights to host USO-benefit dinner June 15

June 5, 2010 11:21 am
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 |   Announcements

On June 15, have dinner at Merrill Gardens-Admiral Heights (WSB sponsor) and support U.S. troops via the USO:


Who: Merrill Gardens at Admiral Heights will celebrate Support Our Troops Week by hosting a Pasta Dinner with all the fixings straight from the Mess Hall. The dinner will raise money to support the USO. Since 1941, the USO has been providing support to service members and their families.

The dinner is open to the general public for a minimum $10 donation. All money collected will be donated to the USO.

For the past 69 years, the USO (United Service Organizations) has been the bridge between the American public and the U.S. military. In times of peace and war, the USO delivers its special brand of comfort, morale and recreational services to the military. The USO is a congressionally chartered, private, nonprofit organization that relies on the generosity of individuals and corporations to support USO activities.

What: Residents and team members at each of the 56 Merrill Gardens retirement communities in ten states will host this fundraiser that is open to family, friends and the general public. All food and beverages will be donated by Merrill Gardens. Enjoy music swing dancers dancing to the music of the `40’s.

When: Tuesday, June 15th from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Where: Merrill Gardens at Admiral Heights
2326 California Ave. SW – Seattle, WA 98116
(206) 938-3964

West Seattle schools: Another ‘no confidence’ vote reported

One day after staffers described as “union members” at Schmitz Park Elementary School voted “no confidence” in Superintendent Dr. Maria Goodloe-Johnsonas noted here – their counterparts at another West Seattle school are reported to have done the same thing. This vote was at Sanislo Elementary, according to this item on the Save Seattle Schools website (a noncommercial, volunteer operation that provides thorough coverage/discussion of district issues). The site says at least two other schools in the district have had similar votes. ADDED EARLY SUNDAY: A group calling itself the “Seattle Shadow School Board” says it’ll be rallying before the 6/16 School Board meeting to show opposition to renewing the superintendent’s contract. 5:30 pm outside SPS HQ in SODO.

West Seattle Saturday: ReFRESH SW, Kenney ‘reunion,’ much more

June 5, 2010 7:56 am
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 |   West Seattle news | WS miscellaneous

(Photo added 10:30 am: Admiral Adopt-A-Street crew as they started to gather around 9)
The promised sunshine is really here! And so’s a HUGE list of events/activities. In chronological order:

LOG HOUSE MUSEUM CLEANUP: 9 am-noon, West Seattle’s own history museum gets some TLC, and you are invited to help. 61st/Stevens; here’s a map.

ADMIRAL ADOPT-A-STREET CLEANUP: Meet 9 am, Metropolitan Market (WSB sponsor), and join the Admiral Neighborhood Association‘s quarterly street patrol. Coffee/pastries first, sack lunch afterward.

NORTHWEST SENIOR GAMES: 9 am, West Seattle Stadium (off 35th SW south of SW Avalon), it’s the track-and-field portion of this annual regional competition.

CLEAN & GREEN CLEANUP: 9 am, Southwest Youth and Family Services, a prelude to the afternoon’s festival; here’s a map.

DELRIDGE WALKS: Groups start walking to Delridge Community Center for this afternoon’s festival – there’s no public list but we know you can join the Highland Park group by meeting at HP Improvement Club at 9:45 am (here’s a map to HPIC).

FURRY FACES PLANT SALE/ADOPTION EVENT: Plants on sale 10 am-4 pm, cat and dog adoptions noon-4 pm, 3809 46th SW (here’s a map).

(added) JUNCTION TRUEVALUE ‘GRAND REOPENING’: They called at noon to make sure everybody knows it’s Grand Reopening Day, now that the renovation work’s done – special events till 2 pm.

COLMAN POOL’S 2ND PRESEASON WEEKEND: Lincoln Park’s outdoor swimming pool is open again today/tomorrow, starting with laps at noon.

BUCKET BRIGADE! Container gardening with West Seattle-based Urban Land Army, 11 am-3 pm at the Duwamish Environmental Health Fair in South Park, Delridge Day/ReFRESH Southwest 1-5 pm at Delridge Community Center.

GATEWOOD ELEMENTARY FAMILY FUN FAIR: Inflatables and more, noon-3 pm, 4320 SW Myrtle (here’s the official flyer; here’s a map).

REFRESH SOUTHWEST – SUSTAINABLE WEST SEATTLE FESTIVAL AND DELRIDGE DAY: 1-5 pm in and around Delridge Community Center. Here’s the list of activities – here’s the map of exhibitors. See you there – we’ll be covering it “live,” based at table 26 outside.

THE KENNEY ‘FAMILY REUNION’ FESTIVAL: Everybody’s welcome – family activities, treats, lots more, 1-4 pm, details on The Kenney’s website.

KITTY HARBOR OPENS: The nonprofit cat-adoption facility on Harbor Avenue just north of The Bridge opens for the season, 1-6 pm – new website this year, too.

AFTERNOON WINE TASTING: This afternoon at Bin 41 (WSB sponsor) in The Junction, Greg FInger leads a tour of France’s wines, 2-4 pm.

DIAPER DRIVE AND FREE PLAY FOR THE KIDS: Help A Mother Out event at The Little Gym (WSB sponsor), just bring disposable diapers for WestSide Baby! 2-4 pm

WEST SEATTLE PRODUCE ‘GRAND OPENING’: The outdoor produce stand (and more) on Fauntleroy south of SW Alaska has been open more than a month, but is finally ready to celebrate with special events all weekend.

ARBOR HEIGHTS ELEMENTARY CARNIVAL: 3-6 pm, lots of family fun, 3701 SW 104th (here’s a map).

DUWAMISH LONGHOUSE GALA: The Duwamish Tribe‘s annual gala dinner and art auction at the West Seattle longhouse; starts at 4 pm with a wine reception. Tickets here; here’s a map.

ARTSWEST FUNDRAISING GALA: Starts at 5:30 pm at Herban Feast‘s SODO Park (here’s a map).

DINNER AND A MOVIE AT TIBBETTS: “Summertime” is the movie, and the night starts with dinner, 6 pm, more info at (WSB sponsor)

KENYON HALL MUSIC: Casey MacGill’s Blue 4 Trio, 7:30 tonight – more on the Kenyon Hall website! 35th/Kenyon.

SKYLARK PROM: Skylark celebrates its fourth anniversary, 8 pm, 3803 Delridge Way.

HELL’S BELLES: They’re playing West Seattle Summer Fest next month, but you can see them even sooner – Rocksport tonight, 10 pm.

‘FOOL FOR LOVE’: 2nd of three shows for Damaged Actors Productions‘ version of the Sam Shepard play, 10 pm at Easy Street Café, “pay what you will.”

West Seattle school kudos: Denny academics, Holy Rosary greenery

Two West Seattle school successes to share! First – on Friday, Denny International Middle School principal Jeff Clark got to show some waterborne solidarity with his school’s mascot – the dolphin. The always-dapper principal went into a dunk tank, suit and all, to celebrate his student body “demonstrating their brilliance through substantial increases on several academic assessments.” The ‘after’ photo:

He says some other staffers braved the water too. Next, north to Holy Rosary School:

That’s the Green Elective Class at Holy Rosary, showing off the award certificate and $500 they got for winning a Terry Husseman Sustainable School Award (a state program, explained here) According to the state website, Holy Rosary was honored for:

Establishes and implements a variety of sustainable programs within the school and community from composting to “no idle zones”. Their overall goal is to encourage a lifestyle that embraces responsible green behaviors.

The same document also reveals that Gatewood and Roxhill Elementary Schools in West Seattle won Husseman Awards too!

West Seattle Bookshelf: 1st June edition

June 5, 2010 3:01 am
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Lists courtesy of Square One Books

Looking for something to read, and/or wondering what’s hot? Every week, courtesy of Gretchen Montgomery @ Square One Books (WSB sponsor), we bring you her independent West Seattle bookstore’s 5 best-sellers in each of 4 key categories:

1. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest by Stieg Larsson
2. 61 Hours by Lee Child
3. The Lonely Polygamist by Brady Udall
4. War by Sebastian Junger
5. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

1. Cutting For Stone by Abraham Verghese
2. Tinkers by Paul Harding
3. In the Shadow of Gotham by Stefanie Pintoff
4. Half the Sky by Nicholas Kristoff and Sheryl WuDunn
5. The Angel’s Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Children/Young Adult:
1. Oh, The Places You’ll Go! by Dr. Seuss
2. Perfect Piggies! by Sandra Boynton
3. Warriors/Battle of the Clans by Erin Hunter
4. Star Wars/A Scanimation Picture Book by Rufus Butler Seder
5. The Lightning Thief Series by Rick Riordan

1. Whisper by Phoebe Kitanidis
2. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
3. Bloodhound/Beka Cooper #2 by Tamora Pierce
4. Little Brother by Cory Doctorow
5. Burned by P.C. Cast