West Seattle, Washington
“Up” is Saturday night’s feature at West Seattle Outdoor Movies – remember this is now the second-to-last one of the summer, rather than the last one, because “Star Trek” was rained out two weeks ago and is rescheduled for August 28th. This Saturday night, not only will you see “Up,” if you come a bit early you’re also invited to a free barbecue provided by West Seattle Christian Church. Pastor Dan Jacobs says they’re planning on “hot dogs, burgers, veggie burgers, chips, bottled water… serving beginning at 6:30 until it’s all gone!” (WSCC is part of the regular volunteer crew that makes the movies happen – they’re just steps from the Hotwire Online Coffeehouse [WSB sponsor] courtyard that’s home to the big screen. They also sell classic movie concessions to raise $ for charity.) WSCC and its preschool are among the sponsors for this Saturday’s movie, with the rest of the roster including WSB sponsors Ventana Construction and Jackson, Morgan & Hunt, PLLC, plus Bakery Nouveau and Doug Baldwin/Windermere Real Estate. One more note: Seattle Tilth is bringing kid-friendly activities like worm bins, interactive games, and “light microscopy,” according to movie mastermind Lora Lewis of Hotwire. See you there!
SDOT‘s out with another one of those big-event traffic-alert roundups – including the SW Webster shutdown (west of Delridge) on Saturday afternoon for Picnic at the (Southwest) Precinct – read on to see what’s happening where this weekend around the city:Read More
Residents and visitors at The Kenney got a summer serenade on the northwest lawn tonight – that’s Ed Hartman on the marimba, during the retirement center’s annual summer barbecue party. Here’s the view looking over the roses and dahlias:
As reported here earlier this month, The Kenney is currently revising its redevelopment plan – two years after announcing the expansion project – and promising to have a new one out for community consideration within a month or two, before the official review process resumes.
Many have been asking about the officer who was taken to the hospital after the crash yesterday afternoon at California and Brandon. We in turn have been asking police how he’s doing – and finally got an update a little while ago: According to Det. Jeff Kappel in the SPD media unit, the officer turned out to be just bruised and shaken up, and will be returning to work tomorrow. (The driver with whom he collided did not require hospitalization.) P.S. We also heard tonight from Lt. Norm James re: the incident to which the officer was responding when the crash happened. Apparently a parking-enforcement officer spotted a domestic-violence incident happening; the officer was “advanced on” at one point by the suspect but was not, Lt. James says, assaulted or hurt.
CPR CLASS: One of those “learn to do something you hope you’ll never HAVE TO do” things – but it can sure add to your peace of mind. Just got a reminder that C & P Coffee is hosting this: CPR Seattle is teaching CPR & First Aid for Infants, Children and Adults – tonight, 5612 California Ave SW, $45. 206-933-3125
KAYAK CLINIC: Got a note from the folks at Mountain to Sound Outfitters (WSB sponsor) and Alki Kayak Tours about a special event starting in just a few hours:
Tonight … world-renowned paddler and Eddyline Rep Ethan Ebersold will be on hand at Alki Kayak Tours to exhibit next year’s Eddyline Samba. Come meet a pro and learn some skills from 6-8 with a Paddle Stroke Clinic and the first opportunity to purchase our practically new demo fleet! Check out their kayaks at eddyline.com
Alki Kayak Tours is at Seacrest Pier.
On the day that longtime West Seattle entrepreneur and Rotarian Ken Wise was remembered — a crowd packed Fauntleroy Church for his 11 am memorial service – a proclamation from King County Executive Dow Constantine honors Mr. Wise. See it here (thanks to Brian Waid for sharing it). Mr. Wise died of cancer on Aug. 1st at age 79.
Story and photo by Keri DeTore
Reporting for West Seattle Blog
“We’re not the center of your universe yet, but we will be,” quips Virginia Bowen, owner of Seattle Yarn (5633 California SW). This global takeover has begun with the launch of Seattle Yarn’s new online store, which offers many of the yarns, needles, hooks and books featured in the store.
Employee Marguerite Lynch (at right in the top photo with Virginia), who created the online venture, says: “We did this because people were requesting it. Our customers would bring their friends and family who were visiting from out of town and who still wanted to be able to shop our store when they went back home.”
By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor
We were sitting down at a Delridge coffee shop with Laura Bermes from the board of Family Promise of Seattle – the West Seattle-headquartered shelter for homeless families, profiled here previously – for what we had envisioned as a simple “how are things going?” story, when she dropped a bombshell: Family Promise has just closed its doors to go “on hiatus,” and won’t reopen until it has raised at least $90,000.
That means, Bermes says, there is currently no shelter for homeless families between downtown Seattle and Kent.
This is not just a matter of closing a facility and laying off some staff – Family Promise has hundreds of volunteers because of a unique partnership with 18 congregations, including several outside West Seattle. It does not have a physical overnight shelter, but rather rotates families between those partners’ churches, one week at a time, with each partner housing and feeding the family during “their week” – not proselytizing, simply serving, and caring.
A month after captivating the West Seattle Summer Fest crowd, Caspar Babypants is back on a hometown stage for the Admiral Neighborhood Association‘s Summer Concerts at Hiawatha series (co-sponsored by WSB) tonight, 6:30 pm at Hiawatha Community Center‘s east lawn, free, with The Board of Education. ANA president Katy Walum says the previously announced burger truck won’t be there after all – logistics didn’t work out – but the Full Tilt Ice Cream-selling “cooler on wheels” will be, with a larger supply! plus ANA is offering free “frozen treats, and 2 free face-painters will be there. Most important of all: Please bring diapers to donate to WestSide Baby. Katy says the sizes needed most right now are newborn and pull-ups.
Also today/tonight, from the WSB West Seattle Events calendar:
Memorial service for Ken Wise, longtime West Seattle businessman and Rotarian, Fauntleroy Church, 11 am … The West Seattle Wayfinding project is on the Seattle Design Commission agenda at 2 pm, City Hall downtown … The annual picnic at The Kenney (with a chance for you to find out more about the “downsizing” of their redevelopment plans, as reported here August 10th), 5 pm (southwest lawn) … job/subcontracts fair for the South Transfer Station project in South Park, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm at South Park Community Center, 8319 8th Ave. S. … Also 5-7 pm, open house for new Small Scholars Academy early-education program at High Point Community Center (as previewed here) … The next meeting of the Citizens Advisory Group for the Murray Basin Combined Sewer Overflow Project at 6 pm, The Hall at Fauntleroy … Bella Nouveau Day/Medical Spa in The Junction is raising $ for Susan G. Komen for the Cure with its “Passionately Pink for the Cure” event at 6 pm tonight ($10 recommended donation) … Square One Books (WSB sponsor) starts its Huge Summer Clearance today, 40% off just about everything, and this continues through Sunday, including during The Junction’s “Big Bonanza” multi-merchant sale 10 am-6 pm Saturday.