West Seattle, Washington
Two weeks from today is the 4th of July, the day the Southwest Seattle Historical Society plans a rally of sorts outside the Alki Homestead to take a group photo to publicize how many people are concerned about the landmark’s future. Its owner Tom Lin, meantime, says concern is great, but contends nobody’s contacting him directly to help save it from sitting, idle, indefinitely, as it has for a year and a half since the electrical fire that charred its interior and closed the restaurant. As noted in our original report on the Historical Society’s plan, we asked him for comment – to respond, he sat down with us this past week at an Alki coffee shop:Read More
Announced by the Senior Center of West Seattle:
Senior Housing & Resource Fair
Tuesday June 29
10 am – 1 pm
Lunch compliments of Daystar Retirement Village, Merrill Gardens Admiral and Merrill Gardens West Seattle [WSB sponsors].
Reservations required 932-4044 x1.
Where will you live as you age?
One stop shopping:
Look into your options of where to live or get assistance as you or your loved ones age. Various companies and organizations will be here to present their services.
• Learn of current services for ages 50+
• Assisted Living In Home Care
• Retirement Communities Downsize & Moving Companies
• Adult Family Homes Chore Services
• Independent Living
• Senior Housing Organizations
• Insurance & Financial plans
First an award in Port Townsend in mid-May, then another one in Shelton two weeks ago, now another award for Seattle’s only traveling neighborhood-based float, the West Seattle Hi-Yu Summer Festival float, living out this year’s theme, “Dreams Do Come True“:
The West Seattle float participated in the Marysville Strawberry Festival Parade on Saturday evening. It fortunately did not rain all day, until the float was on the trailer on the way back to Seattle.
We won the Berrysville award. The crew worked hard to install lights for our first evening parade. However, because of our early position in the parade, it was fully daylight when we were on the route. Everyone will have to wait for Seafair Torchlight Parade to see the float lit up.
The picture shows Junior Court Princess Kaitlin Morgan (left) and Junior Court Queen Kailin Spencer enjoying the strawberry shortcake that the festival provides for royalty and float crews.
West Seattle Hi-Yu Summer Festival
…and that sets the stage for a reminder, applications are being accepted for this year’s Junior Court, whose members will be chosen on July 16 – the info and application-form link are in this story!
Tomorrow night’s the deadline for nominating someone in the next round of West Seattle Volunteer Recognition Awards. WSB co-sponsors these awards with the Southwest and Delridge District Councils; reps from those two groups then review the nominees and choose the winners. This is the third round since spring of last year, and the winners will be honored one month from tonight at the West Seattle Hi-Yu Concert in the Park. Click ahead for the form you can use to nominate someone – thanks!Read More
Checking out multiple reports that the eastbound West Seattle Bridge is closed right now because of at least one crash. Witnesses say they’re seeing a vehicle on its side. 6:45 PM UPDATE: Witnesses say this crash is near the Walking on Logs curve. The fire/medic response for it already has closed; there was an earlier one further along the eastbound lanes, about an hour ago, and that call also has closed. City traffic cameras are not currently showing the bridge beyond the Fauntleroy entrance, so they’re not of use right now in determining its status. 7:04 PM UPDATE: The crash scene is cleared; police are reopening the bridge.
2 quick notes for those keeping tabs: Early Saturday morning, from Sonia via Facebook, a coyote was spotted running south in the 6500 block of 42nd SW (behind West Seattle Thriftway in Morgan Junction); midmorning on Thursday, Marsha reported a coyote at 36th and Dawson (map). We publish these not as a warning, but as a reminder, if you think “Nah, not MY neighborhood” – they’re everywhere, and here’s how to coexist with them.
Just in case you were wondering, there’s indeed a small-but-spirited classic-car show at Providence Mount St. Vincent as promised – a Father’s Day tradition. BYO umbrella. Scheduled to be on display till 3:30 pm. (Not pictured, a few more cars, including a Corvette. Here’s a map to The Mount.)
As work continues on Chief Sealth International High School renovations, and construction of the new Denny International Middle School next door, the date’s already set for two events celebrating the reopening of Sealth’s permanent campus (map): The day before classes start for next school year, a ribbon-cutting ceremony is planned, 9:30 am September 7th, at the main entrance. Then on Saturday, September 25th, an all-community celebration is planned, described in the announcement as “an opportunity for the community to come tour the renovated main building, gym and new Galleria/Commons.” The galleria’s where this photo was taken earlier this month (it, and the photo above, are courtesy of the project team):
If you missed it the first time, here’s our story from a hard-hat tour with Sealth students in April.
SIDE NOTE: Sealth’s graduation is one of four we covered in West Seattle this month – here are the story links:
South Seattle Community College (June 17th photos/video)
West Seattle High School (June 16th photos/video)
Chief Sealth International High School (June 15th photos/video – including the “flash mob”)
Seattle Lutheran High School (June 11th photos)
Thanks to Laurie for the tip on this week’s big win for Denny International Middle School students – and sharing the report that fellow Denny parent Lisa sent to a mailing list (republished here with permission):
On a wet and rainy Wednesday, Denny International Middle School took first place overall in the Seattle School District’s Middle School Math Olympiad. This was their second title in a row. They competed against a dozen other schools en route to their title defense. The team was led by 8th graders Bradley Marquez, Katy Carter, Lucille Bermes, and Eileen Lee. The 8th graders finished first overall, with the highest total score of all teams competing. The 7th grade finished 2nd in the 7th Grade division. The six members of the 6th grade team sacrificed their class field trip to the beach in order to participate in the event; however, the victory made the sacrifice worthwhile. The current 6th and 7th graders are looking forward to an unprecedented 3rd title in row next year. Congratulations to all who competed!
P.S. The new Denny continues taking shape nearby; while Chief Sealth International High School moves back to its renovated permanent buildings this fall (stand by for the next update), the adjacent new Denny isn’t scheduled for occupancy till 2011. Here’s a new aerial from the project team – top of the photo is north:
(Spotted at Delridge/Holden, photographed by Venessa)
From the West Seattle Weekend Lineup, 1 pm is the magic hour once you’ve taken Dad to brunch/lunch: The Father’s Day Car Show at Providence Mount St. Vincent, 1-3:30 pm; at West Seattle Nursery – it’s another Beerfest, 1-4 pm – with hot dogs as well as beer from White Center’s Big Al Brewing, bring food donations for the West Seattle and White Center Food Banks; at Camp Long, Nature Tots/Animal Daddies for the wee ones, 1 pm; also benefiting the WC Food Bank – if Dad’s an ice-cream fan, today marks the 2nd anniversary for Full Tilt Ice Cream‘s White Center location; if Dad likes ribs, check ’em out at 5 pm at Feedback Lounge (WSB sponsor); and tonight’s music slate includes the Ballard Sedentary Sousa Band at Kenyon Hall, 7 pm – go early for a root-beer float! Also today, as always, the West Seattle Farmers’ Market, 10 am-2 pm in The Junction.
Anybody else old enough to remember Hands Across America (May 25, 1986)? Next Saturday, Hands Across the Sand is planned nationwide, to show opposition to offshore oil drilling – with on-the-beach handclasping if you are somewhere that happens to have a beach. In our case, Alki is on the list. Gather at 11 am by the bathhouse, demonstrate at noon. (Somewhat spooky to see that there were protests like these in Florida back in February – including along the Gulf of Mexico – months before the BP disaster.)
Via Facebook, Robert noted that next Saturday’s Seattle Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon came up at West Seattle Runner during yesterday’s kickoff party for the Alki Beach 5K in August – and that it was the first he’d heard of next Saturday’s marathon closing the Alaskan Way Viaduct. So, it seems like time to start the reminders: Next Saturday (June 26), The Viaduct closes in both directions at 5 am. Southbound is supposed to reopen at 1;15, but northbound not till 4 pm. This is all according to the road closure plan on the marathon’s website (which includes other closures elsewhere in the metro area). Side note: What makes it Rock ‘n’ Roll is the live music promised “every mile,” by local musicians – here’s the list, which includes some acts you can see in The Junction during West Seattle Summer Fest (co-sponsored by WSB) in three weeks – Massy Ferguson and Kris Orlowski.