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West Seattle weekend scenes: Sun ‘n’ fun(draising)

They put the “fun” in “fundraising,” as the saying goes. Which is the case for the photo above, shared by Sarah Airhart of the Community School of West Seattle, who reports that their Saturday night auction …

… was a huge success and we raised over $22,000 for our new floors.

I have attached a picture-because our auction, like our school, is always a little different! This is Jenna Lutton, one of our preschool teachers, doing her ‘other job’ at our event. In the background is the Village we built with last year’s Fund A Need money rasied at the auction. This year our Fund A Need was for an interactive wall mural outside that the children and families will work on throughout the year. A huge thank you to all the incredible volunteers who out on this event-and just a heads up that next year, June 2011, we will be having an Olympic Special….with lodging AND tickets to at least ONE event. London 2012…….

Next photo was shared by Lisa Myers from CAPERS, after Elise and Claire set up shop outside her Junction store:

According to Lisa, the girls were raising money for the upcoming Relay for Life of West Seattle – this Friday night/Saturday morning at West Seattle Stadium – because they have a teenage cousin who’s surviving bone cancer. We didn’t get word of their efforts soon enough to go see them to find out more, and Lisa didn’t have contact info, but if anybody does – or at least knows which R4LoWS team they’re affiliated with – please post a comment or e-mail us!

P.S. Quick update on a fundraiser we covered last week – Pathfinder K-8 teacher Lou Cutler‘s Make-A-Wish fundraising birthday run (here’s our report, with video as he and young helpers crossed the finish line) set a new record – $4,244 as of Friday – well above his $3,000 goal – and you can still chip in, to make sick kids’ wishes come true – here’s the link.

West Seattle Crime Watch: Times updates beating case, and more

In tonight’s West Seattle Crime Watch roundup – First, our partners at the Seattle Times have updated the Highland Park beating case tonight; they quote the victim’s father as wondering why no one has been arrested, while a police spokesperson is quoted as saying “there is more to this story than we can share with the public.” Here’s the Times story. Meantime, from the SPD online system that makes certain reports publicly available, four West Seattle reports published this weekend:Read More

West Seattleite’s cheap-travel site gets Washington Post spotlight

National attention for another West Seattle entrepreneur: The Washington Post takes a look at websites that match travelers with private homes/apartments in which they can stay, and part of the focus is on Casa Casa, founded by Gatewood resident Lauren Braden. (She’s got a membership deal going right now – $20/year, half the usual rate.) Lauren also writes about budget lodging in our region at Northwest Cheapsleeps – and in fact we “know” her from Twitter as @cheapsleeps. (Thanks to another Gatewood writer, Tom of, for the tip!)

West Seattle coyotes: Reports from North Admiral and Delridge

Two West Seattle coyote reports today. Kim e-mailed the longer one from North Admiral:

After a hiatus, North Admiral has a coyote in the neighborhood again. On Thursday in broad daylight, two neighbors walking west on Walker between 47th & 48th SW [map] saw a coyote walking tandem to them. Then the coyote sprinted ahead, turned and started walking towards them, turned again and ran away to the west. This might also account for the bite marks on our cat this week. Kitty will live, but small pet owners in the area need to be on alert.

Earlier, we got a quick Delridge coyote report via Twitter from Dartanyon:

Just saw a coyote sprint across Delridge from Chief Sealth [at boren] into Longfellow Creek!

Here’s the “coexisting with coyotes” link; here’s our archived coyote reports, reverse chronological order.

West Seattle’s French bakery & Farmers’ Market get a special visit

June 13, 2010 2:50 pm
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 |   West Seattle Farmers' Market | West Seattle news

If you’re from France … and you’re in the baked-goods business … where else would you want to visit in Seattle, but Bakery Nouveau, on a Sunday morning when you can also browse the West Seattle Farmers’ Market? While we were in The Junction this morning for the Health Fair, Chris Curtis from the Neighborhood Farmers’ Market Alliance – WSFM’s parent organization – let us know about the VIP visit. So we caught up with City Councilmember Tom Rasmussen and two visitors from France –Serge Kreins from Biofournil (left) and Jean-Yves Fouché of Biofournil-owned Boulangerie Nantaise, which has a Belltown store. Nantaise means “from Nantes” – and Nantes happens to be Seattle’s sister city (as commemorated with the park name along Admiral Way – and by visits like this!). ADDED 10 PM: After Councilmember Rasmussen traveled to Nantes last month, he wrote about it on his “council blog” – both reports are linked here.

West Seattle weekend scenes (updated): Low tide; lighthouse

Not long after he stopped by to say hi at the West Seattle Junction Health Fair (continuing till 2; see our ongoing coverage) – Chas Redmond sent photos from Alki, right around the low point of the lowest tide of the month. The sunshine’s just been muted by some high clouds moving in, but not the rain-bearing variety, so don’t let that keep you at home! One other Alki attraction besides the tide – Chas also spotted the sign for the Alki Point Lighthouse, now open 1-4 pm on Saturdays and Sundays:

We’d just gotten that word from someone who talked with us at the Morgan Junction Community Festival yesterday, and will have it in the West Seattle Weekend Lineup from hereon out – we’re told the lighthouse has a small gift shop too!

ADDED 9:14 PM: Two more low-tide scenes – Shannon shared photos taken at Lincoln Park around noon.

Tomorrow, the tide will get almost as low as today: -3.1, compared to -3.2, just before 1 pm.

Happening now: West Seattle Junction Health Fair

June 13, 2010 10:50 am
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VERY busy morning already at the first-ever West Seattle Junction Health Fair – dozens of local providers in booths set up in two rows in the Wells Fargo parking lot, right across SW Alaska from the Farmers’ Market. Stop by the very first booth along the sidewalk, where we are hanging out with Liz from the West Seattle Junction Association – you can get free The Junction/Downtown West Seattle stickers, info-cards about West Seattle Summer Fest (with the band list), which is coming up July 9-10-11; September 19’s West Seattle Junction Car Show; and this booth is also where to drop off the free raffle tickets you can pick up from many of the providers – prizes include yoga, fitness, skin care, massage and more. We’re right next to the booths for two WSB sponsors – Pharmaca Integrative Pharmacy and Westside Dermatology :

Two more sponsors, Fitness Together and 8 Limbs Yoga are here too – and many other providers!

It’s all here till 2 pm. Including the Puget Sound Blood Center mobile unit – donate once, save three lives!

More coverage to come. 11:23 AM: Couple other brochures you can pick up here – the Junction Health and Wellness Guide brochure, listing more than 60 area providers/practitioners in all. Also the general Junction brochure. And Mr. Yuk stickers. Lots of great people watching – we just saw a family go by with a couple kids in one of the most interesting school sweatshirts we’ve seen lately: “Warning: Denny Dolphin/Slackers Be Warned/Denny students are college-bound …” Couldn’t read the rest at a distance (refers to Denny International Middle School in Westwood). Also speaking of people-watching – City Councilmember Tom Rasmussen has just visited the Farmers’ Market with two businesspeople from France – Chris Curtis of the Neighborhood Farmers’ Market Association helped guide their tour too – stand by for a separate story on that.

12:52 PM: A few clouds are mixing with the sunshine. The crowd’s been steady – including not only Health Fair browsers, but also blood donors – one dropped by to let us know she’d given! More of whom you’ll see if you make it down here before 2:

Gordon’s at the West Seattle Be Prepared booth – you’ve heard all about preparedness efforts here; West Seattle leads the city in readiness, and if you’re still not sure how to be part of it, he can tell you all about it.

1:30 PM: Engine 32 is here for fire-engine visits! North side of the Health Fair zone.

E-32 is based just blocks away at Station 32 on SW Alaska east of Fauntleroy. 1:46 PM: Engine 32’s cameo is over – they’re headed back to the station. 2:16 PM: Final tally from Puget Sound Blood Center: 23 people gave blood during the Health Fair!

West Seattle Sunday: From The Junction to the beaches

June 13, 2010 9:30 am
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 |   Fun stuff to do | Health | West Seattle news

Setup’s under way right now for the first-ever West Seattle Junction Health Fair, 10 am-2 pm in the Wells Fargo lot right across SW Alaska from the West Seattle Farmers’ Market. We’ll be sharing booth #1 at the Health Fair for live coverage (including some Farmers’ Market highlights – live cooking demonstration today as part of both events!) so stop by to say hi if you are so inclined! Another highlight today: Just after noon, it’ll be the lowest tide of the month, and if you check out the beach at Constellation Park (south of Alki Point) or Lincoln Park (near Colman Pool, which is open today, by the way), you’ll find volunteer beach naturalists from the popular program organized by the Seattle Aquarium (WSB sponsor). And there’s more in store today – as listed in the latest version of the West Seattle Weekend Lineup.

Got a fertile sense of creativity? ‘Garden art’ donations sought

June 13, 2010 9:02 am
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 |   Gardening | How to help | West Seattle news

Take a close look – those aren’t mosaic stepping stones, but instead, decorated shovels – one example of “garden art,” which is what Community Harvest of Southwest Seattle is hoping to harvest for its upcoming Garden Art Auction. Aviva from CHoSS sent the photo and the request:

Community Harvest of Southwest Seattle is looking for interesting pieces for its Garden Art Auction, July 10th. Do you have ideas for turning a rusty old shovel into a work of art? Mosaic, welding, paint – only your imagination is the limit. We are looking for all sorts of garden art, not limited to shovels. Whether you are a professional or amateur, we would be happy to accept your donation for our auction. Last year Community Harvest provided more than 6,500 pounds of surplus local fruit to the food banks. This year we have started a Garden Helper program to mentor new vegetable growers. Contact Aviva at for information.

Video: Bubbleman & more – final look @ Morgan Junction Festival

One more video look at Saturday’s Morgan Junction Community Festival, presented by the Morgan Community Association – on a day we might all look back on as the first “real” day of West Seattle’s 2010 summer. Edgar Riebe of Captive Eye Media captured festival scenes in the final few hours, including the legendary Bubbleman, and the last musical act, the Burley Mountain Band. (For photos and more video, check out our as-it-happened coverage, report #1 and report #2.)

West Seattle Bookshelf: Need some summer reading ideas?

June 13, 2010 8:07 am
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Lists courtesy of Square One Books

Now that summer weather’s here, we might suggest this could help with decisions regarding what to read in a beach chair or hammock! 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. The Lonely Polygamist by Brady Udall
3. Operation Mincemeat by Ben Macintyre
4. Island Beneath the Sea by Isabel Allende
5. The Passage by Justin Cronin

1. Little Bee by Chris Cleave
2. Cutting For Stone by Abraham Verghese
3. Half the Sky by Nicholas Kristoff and Sheryl WuDunn
4. That Old Cape Magic by Richard Russo
5. Crazy For the Storm: A Memoir of Survival by Norman Ollestad

Children/Young Adult:
1. Oh, The Places You’ll Go! by Dr. Seuss
2. Cat the Cat Who is That? by Mo Williams
3. Dancing Feet! by Lindsey Craig and Marc Brown
4. How to be a Pirate by Cressida Cowell
5. Mama, is it Summer Yet? by Nikki McClure

1. the short second life of bree tanner/an eclipse novella by Stephenie Meyer
2. Whisper by Phoebe Kitanidis
3. As Easy As Falling off the Face of the Earth by Lynne Rae Perkins
4. For the Win by Cory Doctorow
5. The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting

Square One is in Jefferson Square, not far from the hubs of today’s Junction events if you’re going to the Farmers’ Market and/or the Health Fair.