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West Seattle weekend scenes: Earth Hour 2011

We have three photos shared from tonight’s Earth Hour, the annual observance of energy-sharing and ecological musing. Top, photographer Machel Spence says her family was, “Getting our connect four on, playing music and drawing via flashlight during Earth Hour!” Next, before and after shots from Stephanie Brownfield:

This was the fifth Earth Hour; it started in Australia in 2007, then went wide the year after that.

West Seattle for Japan: Sunday’s the day!

March 26, 2011 9:32 pm
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 |   How to help | West Seattle businesses | West Seattle news

(ADDED SUNDAY MORNING: Highlights of participants’ specific donation opportunities, as we find them!)

View West Seattle for Japan participants in a larger map

Sunday’s the day – eat, drink, shop, rock out around West Seattle (and a bit beyond!) as part of a community-wide benefit for Japan earthquake/tsunami relief. Just eight days after West 5 proprietor Dave Montoure announced the plan, 27 local businesses are on board – and hours from now, it’s up to you. The list of participants resides on the official West Seattle for Japan Facebook page – follow the “info” link and be sure to click “see more” on that page. The 27 that are signed up so far are in our Google map (and we’ll add any more that are announced). Each business is doing something different – there’s food, drink, music, shopping, origami-crane-making. The two nonprofits to receive what’s raised by West Seattle for Japan are Peace Winds Japan and KnK Japan.

ADDED SUNDAY MORNING: Highlights, and we are continuing to add to them:

WEST 5: Stop by starting in the brunch hours and make origami paper cranes! In the evening, DJ Deanzig will be spinning.

SKYLARK CAFE AND CLUB: Start the day with brunch at Skylark (a WSB sponsor), 9 am-3 pm – $1 from every brunch cocktail will be donated to the Japan relief effort, per the Skylark website.

FEEDBACK LOUNGE: Profits from every food/drink purchase at The Feedback (also a WSB sponsor) today go to Japan relief (per website for Feedback, also a WSB sponsor).

BIN 41 WINE SHOP: Noon-2 pm wine tasting with Small Vineyards; $5 fixed fee with 100% going to the relief fund.

BEER JUNCTION: Donating 10% of sales, plus a beer tasting 3-6 pm, try two beers for $1 (the fee also will be donated).

MEANDER’S KITCHEN: Donating 10 percent of today’s proceeds.

RED CUP ESPRESSO: Donating 25 percent of today’s proceeds.

MASHIKO RESTAURANT: On the Mashiko website, Chef Hajime Sato writes that they are offering a special bento with the flavors of Northeast Japan, $25, half of that price going to the relief effort.

CITY MOUSE STUDIO: Donating 20 percent of today’s sales.

CAPERS: Donating 15 percent of today’s sales.

VILLAGE GREEN PERENNIAL NURSERY: Donating a percentage of the day’s sales.

WEST SEATTLE PRODUCE: Donating a percentage of the day’s sales.

MANY MOONS TRADING COMPANY: Having a 50 percent off sale and inviting patrons to “donate the money you save” to the Japan relief effort.

Happening now: Chaco Canyon Café West Seattle open house

Chaco Canyon Café opens in Link (38th/Alaska) next Friday – but tonight, you can get a sneak preview by coming to the open house that’s under way right now. Some of Chaco Canyon’s food and beverage vendors – this is their second location, after #1 in the University District – are on hand, like Jay from Tiny’s Organic:

Chaco Canyon owner Chris Maykut says this will be a CSA pickup spot for Tiny’s produce – as they do with their U-District location. It’s also a family-friendly place, with a play area that’s already in action tonight:

You have till 11 pm to come down, have food and beverage samples (wine, beer, coffee), take a look around the restaurant space – there are still finishing touches to be put in before the grand-opening day on Friday. And say hi to Chris, whose proud parents are here – we managed to get him to pause for a second to pose with mom Naydene (photo right). You can also sneak a peek outside the rest of Link, which is now officially open, with its first tenants having moved in just in the past day or so (as we reported here last night).

4 ways to help West Seattle kids: Tonight and tomorrow

March 26, 2011 6:07 pm
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 |   Fun stuff to do | How to help | West Seattle news

Till 7:30 tonight, the young men of West Seattle’s Boy Scouts of America Troop 284 (founded 96 years ago) – with adult volunteers in the kitchen – are ready to serve you beverages, spaghetti, salad, and bread at Our Lady of Guadalupe Hall (34th/Myrtle). Silent auction, too:

Also tonight, as mentioned in the morning preview, the Jazz Dinner for Sealth and Denny musicians, at Chief Sealth International High School‘s Galleria, starting at 6:30 pm … the Fauntleroy Children’s Center dinner/auction at The Hall @ Fauntleroy, which started at 5:30 pm … and tomorrow (Sunday), rain or shine, you can get your car washed with proceeds going to the Chief Sealth Honor Choir‘s Carnegie Hall fund – their big trip is just about four weeks away and they still have some costs to cover, 9 am-4 pm tomorrow at Alki Auto Repair (2504 Alki SW).

West Seattle Water Taxi will be back in service Monday

March 26, 2011 4:59 pm
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 |   King County Water Taxi | West Seattle news

Just in from King County:

The King County Water Taxi West Seattle route will resume service Monday morning, March 28 on the regular schedule. The Rachel Marie has been repaired.

It was taken out of service at midday last Tuesday, with no replacement.

West Seattle Crime Watch: Car gone; ‘brash’ break-in; bloom thief

Three West Seattle Crime Watch notes to share this afternoon. First, keep an eye out for the car shown above, which belongs to Alex, and was stolen in the Fairmount Park area:

Last night 3/25, an ’87 burgundy Toyota Supra was stolen at 38th and Graham in West Seattle. It seems to have been stolen from between 7 pm and 8 am this morning 3/26. The car has a number of specific details; it is missing the washer squirters in the hood, has a Casual Industries (black and white circular sticker) on the drivers side of the windshield, lowered with chrome wheels and a large (loud) exhaust. If anyone sees this car, please call Seattle PD and reference police report # 2011-97683.

Second: Tom reports his house was broken into just east/uphill from Solstice Park:

At 10:30 (Friday) morning my home was burglarized. Persons kicked in the rear door, smashing through two locks, and stole electronic items. It was broad, brash, and swift. Appropriate police personnel were informed immediately.

Last but not least, SusieQ shares the story of a flower theft – after the jump:Read More

West Seattle volunteer power: Landscaping facelift for Lady Liberty

Alki Community Council‘s volunteer work party at Statue of Liberty Plaza, featured in this morning’s preview, is now a case of “mission accomplished,” reports David Hutchinson (who also shared the photo):

The Alki Community Council wants to thank the dedicated volunteers who came this morning to the Alki Statue of Liberty Plaza. The Council sponsored this event to assist Seattle Parks & Recreation in replanting the landscaped areas surrounding the Plaza. Fortunately, the rain held off and, working under the direction of Parks Senior Gardener Phil Renfrow, the planting was completed by 10 am. Parks will be adding mulch in the next few weeks. The new plants were purchased with money from the Parks-administered maintenance fund, created with the proceeds from the ongoing ACC sale of engraved bricks and bronze plaques.

The plaza itself came to life thanks to a lot of volunteer power 2 1/2 years ago!

3 ways you can help Delridge neighbors and friends ‘Green Up!’

March 26, 2011 1:34 pm
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 |   Delridge | How to help | West Seattle news

Never too early to set your planner for something big: April 16th is a huge day to plan to be out and about in West Seattle, with numerous work parties and cleanups. One of the biggest multi-location events is the “Green Up!” planned in North Delridge. From the ND Neighborhood Council:

Join your Delridge neighbors on Saturday, April 16th at the Delridge Community Center for a little spring clean-up. We currently have three projects going on…

*1. **Refresh the Welcome to Delridge Sign* – We will be painting part of the sign and need 2 volunteers and a can of white paint to do this job. We have received a donation of primer.

*2. **Adopt-a-Street* – This is our quarterly adopt a street trash pick-up on Delridge from Andover to Brandon Street. We are looking for 7-8 people to break the road up in to small portions that can be completed in 1-2 hours. Grabbers and trash bags will be provided.

*3. **Gardening at the Community Center* – If you love to work in the dirt, come help spruce up our community center by pulling weeds or planting annuals and shrubs. Trash pick-up around the new play-field or playground is another opportunity.

*Other Ideas – *If you have any projects you would like to lead on your block, let us know and we’ll add your project to Green Up!

*The Details *

*Where:* Meet up at the Delridge Community Center, 4501 Delridge Way SW [map]
*When:* Saturday April 16th, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

On Facebook, you can RSVP by going to this event page; you can also e-mail Amanda,

‘Fiesta’ planned April 2 to remember longtime coach Michael Leyva

March 26, 2011 1:03 pm
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 |   Obituaries | West Seattle news

Lisann Leyva wants to invite those who knew her dad, a longtime coach in West Seattle, to come celebrate his life next weekend, as she announces:

The passing of Michael R Leyva, March 20, 2011, from heart failure after a year long fight against terminal cholangiocarcinoma: Mike was well known in West Seattle for his coaching of soccer teams. He coached for more than 35 years after becoming involved with his daughters’ teams. He last coached two years ago for a women’s team in Everett. He was an avid runner and you could find him most days during the early dawn going around the Hiawatha track. He relocated to Lynnwood years back with his wife, but West Seattle was always one of his favorite places. He is survived by his wife Leslie, his daughters: Lisann, Jen, Megan, Debbie and Kathy, and his grandchildren Quentin, Lexi, Lindsey and Levi. We wanted to thank everyone for all of the calls, cards, e-mails, and flowers we have received. Most people remember my dad’s humor and smile. His smile could light up a room! We will miss him so much.

A Fiesta (in name only – sounds happier than Wake) is being held April 2, 2011 from 1:00-4:00 p.m. Anyone who knew him or the Leyva/Kennedy/Kowalski families is welcome to come share photos, stories, and the antics of the one and only Mike Leyva. Details [including the West Seattle location] can be found on the link below, or go to Lisann Leyva on Facebook.!/event.php?eid=112443052168544

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Video: West Seattle coffee crowd with Congressmember McDermott

(ADDED 2:58 PM: Unedited WSB video of entire hourlong event)
Full house at C & P Coffee (WSB sponsor) for U.S. Rep. Jim McDermott‘s “coffee chat” Q&A event (the empty seat in our iPhone photo is the one he was sitting in). He opened with what he promised would not be a “speech,” saying this is a session of Congress “like no other” because of people he said were recently elected with the philosophy of “dismantling government.” So far he has fielded questions and challenges including “Why won’t you defund the war” to alleviate domestic funding challenges (he says he has opposed it but “the people” will have to force a majority of reps to make that happen), and to a question about why corporations are paying little or no tax, he acknowledged, “We’re crushing the middle class.” The event is scheduled to continue for another hour, and there’s still room to squeeze in; right now he’s talking about health-care reform.

11:02 AM: It’s actually wrapping up now. We are rolling video on the entire event and will post it here as soon as it is is uploaded back at HQ. (P.S. Though the group event is ended, Rep. McDermott is dealing with a long receiving line of people who want to ask him questions one-on-one.) This isn’t the first political gathering at C&P Coffee – owner Cameron Moores tells us state legislators have been here before, but she was thrilled with the turnout. (In fact, ex-state-senator-turned-County Councilmember Joe McDermott and State Rep. Eileen Cody both were in the crowd today. Also there, Diana Toledo, who ran against McDermott last year and told us she’s planning to do the same this year.) 2:58 PM: Added the video (top of the story). Longer summary to come.

ADDED: As promised, the longer summary – after the jump:Read More

West Seattle Saturday: From DC to C&P; benefit dinners; more…

March 26, 2011 6:25 am
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 |   How to help | West Seattle news | WS miscellaneous

(Photo shared by Shelley, taken on Friday)
From the WSB West Seattle Events calendar:

COFFEE WITH YOUR CONGRESSMAN: He’s a psychiatrist, he’s a U.S. Navy veteran, and he’s represented this area in the U.S. House of Representatives for more than 20 years. This morning, Seattle’s U.S. Rep. Jim McDermott is at West Seattle’s C & P Coffee Company (5612 California SW; WSB sponsor) for a coffee-chat Q&A stop. Got something federal on your mind? Be there, 10 am

HELP REPLANT LANDSCAPED AREAS AT STATUE OF LIBERTY PLAZA: Can you pitch in? Be at the Alki plaza 9 am-noon (here’s our preview).

CHACO CANYON CAFE OPEN HOUSE: Chaco Canyon Organic Café open house, pre-opening! 7-11 pm (details here), 38th/Alaska

JAZZ DINNER: Denny International Middle School Jazz Dinner benefit, 6:30-9 pm at the Chief Sealth International High School Galleria, with music by Denny and Sealth bands as well as Jazz Underground, dinner including barbecue chicken, plus a dessert dash. $15 adults/$10 students.

FAUNTLEROY CHILDREN’S CENTER AUCTION: FCC’s 24th annual auction and dinner. “Lights, Camera Auction – Be a Star – Support FCC” is tonight at the neighboring Hall at Fauntleroy, 5:30 pm – 10 pm. Call (206) 932-9590 for tickets and reservations.

SPAGHETTI WITH THE SCOUTS: BSA Troop 284 – 96 years old and the nation’s fifth-oldest continuously chartered troop! – invites you to tonight’s Spaghetti Dinner and Auction at Our Lady of Guadalupe, 3401 SW Myrtle St from 5 PM to 7:30 PM. You may purchase tickets at the door. The cost is $7 per adult, 14 and under for $4.

PLUS – SCOUTING FOR FOOD: Scouting for Food continues – if you got a notice about it at your home last weekend, put your non-perishable donation out today!

GEAR SWAP: Mountain to Sound Outfitters is presenting a winter gear swap – with unsold gear going to charity – 10 am-6 pm today and tomorrow, at the nearby VFW Hall.

PETER MAYER AT WSUU: Contemporary and inspirational folk singer/songwriter Peter Mayer ( in concert at Westside Unitarian Universalist Congregation (California/Othello), 7 pm, tickets $18 at the door

‘RUMORS,’ NIGHT 2: The first of two weekends for the Twelfth Night Productions (WSB sponsor) presentation of the Neil Simon farce continues tonight at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center (4408 Delridge Way SW), 7:30 pm.

DUDLEY TAFT AT THE FEEDBACK: Guitarist Dudley Taft live at Feedback Lounge (WSB sponsor), 8:30 pm, no cover but bring a nonperishable-food donation for West Seattle Food Bank.

EARTH HOUR:Earth Hour,” 8:30 pm – support sustainability by pulling the plug for an hour.

AND TO THE SOUTH: There’s a health fair in Burien with West Seattle participants, 10 am-2 pm – details here.

The WSBeat: Poor target choice; shots fired into the air; more

By Megan Sheppard
On the WSBeat, for West Seattle Blog

From reports on cases handled recently by Southwest Precinct officers:

*Near 12th and Holden early Sunday, a young man let fly with an egg. He realized too late that the target coming around the corner was a police vehicle. The 13-year-old was taken to the precinct and eventually released to his mother. The officer spent 30 minutes scrubbing egg from the squad car.

4 more summaries ahead:Read More