West Seattle, Washington
Less than two weeks away, South Park is throwing a party for pets and their people, and there are West Seattle participants too, with room for more vendors. Here’s the announcement for the first-ever Bark for South Park Pet Fair:
Celebrate the love of man’s best friend with the pets and people that make up the neighborhood of South Park in Seattle. Dogs and their parents will gather on April 9, 2011 to celebrate the 1st Annual Bark for South Park pet fair. The event will be held from 11:00am to 4:00pm in the parking lot of Discount Foods located at the corner of Dallas Ave South and 14th Ave South – right across the street from the temporary dog park in South Park.
The event will feature a number of booths from area pet stores and retailers like A Dog’s Dream Natural Pet Supply (Georgetown), Seattle Canine Outfitters (South Park), Petco (West Seattle) and others. Information about their products and free samples of their favorite healthy products will be handed out.
Receive invaluable information from pet care and training providers, like Happy Tails Dog Walking Services (Georgetown) and Seattle’s Best Dog Walking, visit dogs in need of a home from local rescues like Dogs Deserve More, or let you dog sample new bake at home treats from local vendors. A limited number of booths are still available at no cost to the vendor.
The event will also feature a number of contests for dogs, and their owners, plus giveaways – and of course, it is dog friendly.
Sisters, Kathy and Sue Kershaw, planned the event on one of their daily visits to the dog park with Kathy’s beloved dog, Zeke. Their idea was two-fold; they wanted to bring dog lovers together to show support for a permanent dog area in the neighborhood — and also bring more people down to the retail core of South Park. Restaurant and retail establishments that are hit hard by to the bridge closure last year, losing regular customers who long traveled from neighboring Duwamish River neighborhoods.
“When the South Park Bridge closed last June, the county installed a temporary dog park at one of the sites next to the closed bridge. Since construction will start on the new bridge in May, the dog park will close after just being open 10 months. We have many dogs in this neighborhood already, and people from Georgetown, White Center and Boulevard Park are bringing their dogs here to play.”
“We need to secure a place now for our dogs especially since so many people here cannot drive to dog parks in other parts of Seattle. Not having the same access to the neighboring communities is a huge issue for this area,” says Kathy Kershaw, organizer of the event. “My sister and I hope to bring other dog lovers from the community out to support the idea of a dog park and that support this area as a dog-friendly community. If anything, we need to understand each other and our pets more to make this a nicer place to live for our four-legged family members.”
The event promises to be a treat for all dog lovers and their pets alike. The hope is to continue this event annually – in a new dog park in a restored area along the Duwamish River.
Volunteers and vendors are still needed for the event. Please contact Kathy Kershaw at 206-696-0521 / 206-767-5695.
The choir’s voices filled the sanctuary at West Side Presbyterian Church, just before this morning’s 9:30 am celebration service in honor of WSPC’s centennial. The church’s history is thoroughly retold online (see the links on the lower right); the centennial-celebration page also includes information about a Centennial Courtyard for which WSPC needs to raise about $66,000.
While we’re talking fundraising … one of the big hits at last night’s Jazz Dinner on behalf of the Chief Sealth International High School and Denny International Middle School music programs was the dessert dash, with creations like this:
The dessert dash alone raised more than $3,000, it was announced during the event, which drew hundreds to the CSIHS Galleria for a barbecue-chicken dinner and music, including Sealth’s Jazz Band II, directed by Marcus Pimpleton (as are the Denny musicians who played earlier):
Another West Seattle school had a big event this weekend:
If you haven’t already been out to join in the nearly-30-business fundraiser West Seattle for Japan – or even if you have! – there are places to go and things to do tonight. Above, the WS4Japan poster outside Feedback Lounge (6451 California SW: WSB sponsor), whose proprietor Jeff Gilbert designed it – they’re donating the profits from food and beverages sold today/tonight. Inside, Leslie and Amy were behind the bar as of about an hour ago:
We dropped by The Bridge (35th SW just south of Avalon) at mid-afternoon, while LT was behind the bar:
According to The Bridge’s Facebook page, she’s made way for successors tonight – but they’re continuing on as The Triangle’s anchor for the fundraiser. In The Junction, Mashiko is offering a $25 bento tonight, half the proceeds to be donated, with its ingredients highlighting Northeastern Japan traditions. (Photo added – Mashiko’s owner Chef Hajime Sato hard at work tonight:)
Other places open tonight from the official list on the West Seattle for Japan Facebook page’s info tab – West 5‘s spinning with DJ Deanzig tonight – here’s the story proprietor Dave Montoure did with KING 5 earlier today:
Also part of West Seattle for Japan tonight, Shadowland, Mission, Porterhouse, Beveridge Place Pub, Skylark Café and Club (with the Spike reunion), Fresh Bistro, JaK’s Grill, Wing Dome, and Taqueria Guaymas.
Last month, for West Seattle Blog/White Center Now, Deanie Schwarz broke the story of White Center’s historic rollerskating rink – turned “event center” – getting new management and a new life with its old identity, as Southgate Roller Rink. Tonight, she has an update from rink managers, just published on WCN – they’ve set the opening date, April 7th.
(GOOGLE MAP of West Seattle for Japan participants’ locations – click here or scroll down WSB home page. Our morning coverage is here. And remember, this continues on into the evening, be part of it tonight!)
We’re in The Junction as the all-day-all-night West Seattle for Japan benefit continues. Above, Dave Montoure of West 5, who hatched the idea, and Pat Schmitt of Peace Winds America, one of the beneficiaries. We talked with them a little while ago to find out exactly what your money is going for – Peace Winds is based in Seattle, with an affiliate in Japan, and people on the ground in four of the hardest-hit cities in northeastern Japan. For just one example – Schmitt says they just delivered more than 500 kerosene stoves, and thousands of gallons of fuel, to areas where quake/tsunami survivors are having a hard time staying warm. The operation is moving soon from relief to recovery – they will need to help rebuild. Peace Winds is one of the largest NGOs (non-government organizations) helping in Japan, Schmitt explains. Montoure used to live in the quake zone and says he has spoken with a friend who told him the situation at shelters is hard to imagine. So your money’s going to a great cause – like the donations being collected in this box at West 5:
And the donation jar near the turntables at Red Cup Espresso about a block north (it’s always Turntable Sunday at Red Cup):
Up California SW a bit further, you’ll find these special bags at Cherry Consignment, bonuses for those buying at least $20:
Then back into the heart of The Junction, Easy Street Records is among those donating part of their proceeds today – here’s our overview of the shopping crowd:
And at Many Moons Trading Company, in the midblock breezeway off the west side of California SW between Oregon and Alaska, sidewalk chalk invites you inside:
On Alaska just east of California, there’s City Mouse Studio and Store (WSB sponsor):
Also, CAPERS, where WSB contributor Ellen Cedergreen photographed Mary Summers:
The West Seattle Farmers’ Market is participating too, and we’re off to see what’s going on there – less than half an hour to go, but lots of time to get to the *other* venues (Team WSB is stopping by others too) – the list is on the info tab of the West Seattle for Japan FB page; also, if you missed the link atop this story, we have the 27 participants with storefronts all mapped here. Don’t miss the chance to be part of a community-wide effort to help … we even spotted King County Executive Dow Constantine (getting an origami-crane-making lesson right after we arrived at West 5 just before noon).
More to come – there’s dinner and entertainment still part of the deal.
(ADDED 12:41 PM: The note on the Charlestown Café door)
Thanks to the WSB’ers who called and e-mailed with this news, which we have just confirmed: The Charlestown Café is closing its doors. A sign on its front door says that it’ll be shutting down as of 3 pm next Sunday (April 3rd) and blames economic conditions. It’s endured a lot in recent years – first a development threat that rallied community support for the restaurant; then, shortly after word that the development plan was dropped, a 2008 fire closed the café for months. One year after its reopening, we followed up with owner Ron Hanlon, who candidly discussed the economic challenges (including the fact he had a month-by-month lease).
(WSB photo from 2009)
ADDED 3:51 PM: Rooting around now to see if there’s any hint at the site’s future. City files show some activity last June on a proposal for a “mixed-use multifamily building with commercial on the ground floor,” but no dated activity since then – we’ll be checking tomorrow to see if this is an active proposal. There’s no indication in online records of any change in ownership. The proposal that surfaced in 2006 ultimately emerged as a single-story building that was to be a new home for Petco; the plan was dropped in early 2008, and as reported here a month ago, Petco is moving to Capco Plaza at 41st/Alaska.
(GOOGLE MAP of West Seattle for Japan participants’ locations – click here or scroll down WSB home page – meantime, for this report, we are putting our latest stops FIRST, below!)
THIRD REPORT, 11:23 AM: WSB contributor Ellen Cedergreen stopped by Coffee to a Tea with Sugar and found their contribution to West Seattle for Japan – cherry-blossom cupcakes, with ONE HUNDRED PERCENT of the proceeds donated! They’re in The Junction at 4541 California SW. (Earlier coverage continues below:)
SECOND REPORT, 11 AM: We’ve just visited the southernmost stop on the West Seattle for Japan map at 10223 26th SW, Village Green Perennial Nursery. Proprietor Vera and team are out back with the plants and open till 4:30 pm today. She is donating a percentage of proceeds. Also, before we get to The Junction, we asked WSB contributor Ellen to send a quick camphone pic of origami-crane-making at West 5 – here’s WS4Japan mastermind Dave and friends working on cranes:
Earlier coverage below:
FIRST REPORT, 10:19 AM: We are on the road covering West Seattle for Japan – one of our first stops, Skylark Café and Club (3803 Delridge Way SW; WSB sponsor), where the menu shown in our iPhone photo lists their brunch cocktails, with $1 from each one going to the Japan relief fund. Tonight at Skylark, something special too – Rod Moody (who you may know as webguy for Easy Street Records and Café, also participating today) sends word that he and Spike (for which he is singer/guitarist) are playing for the first time in more than a decade! 9 pm at Skylark. Much more to come as we stop by other WS4J venues (you can share your photos too – firstname.lastname@example.org).
Like many car-washing fundraisers before theirs, the Chief Sealth International High School Honor Choir and friends are out today no matter what the weather (and as we write this, we see a bit of sun) – you can support their Carnegie Hall trip fundraiser at Alki Auto’s lot till 4 pm.
Topping today’s marquee: WEST SEATTLE FOR JAPAN, with ***28*** (update!) participants listed by organizers. Here’s our unofficial Google Map locating them all (note that like any G-map, you can use the plus/minus to zoom in/out – as you zoom into The Junction, for example, the placemarks will start separating so you can click each one):
Plus some of the highlights of what merchants are doing/offering (as we find them on FB/web/Twitter, etc.) – here’s the latest list, plus watch for coverage during the day/night. Be sure to show your support, and check for more participant updates, by “liking” the official FB page – facebook.com/westseattleforjapan.
NEED YOUR CAR WASHED? Car wash to raise money for Chief Sealth Honor Choir’s trip to Carnegie Hall
9:00 AM-4:00 PM Rain or Shine
Alki Auto Repair, 2504 Alki Ave SW
$10 donation suggested (more welcome and appreciated)
HAPPY 100TH! West Side Presbyterian Church at 3601 California SW celebrates its centennial, 9:30 am (here’s the Facebook event invite) – photo above courtesy of WSPC, their “Little Brown Church” at original location, 44th and Lander.
SEE A SHOW!: Matinees today for both Neil Simon’s “Rumors,” presented by Twelfth Night Productions (WSB sponsor) at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, schedule and tickets here, and “Distracted” at ArtsWest in The Junction – full details and ticket link here
WEST SEATTLE FARMERS’ MARKET: Today and every Sunday, 10 am-2 pm, The Junction (44th/Alaska) – participating in West Seattle for Japan, too
SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE: Hope Lutheran School open house, noon-1 pm (including info about its new preschool, opening this fall) – details here
OPERA! Lyric Opera Northwest (based in West Seattle) performs “La Boheme” at The Moore downtown, 4 pm (here’s our preview story with rehearsal video)
‘THRIVING IN MENOPAUSE’: Special event this afternoon at Pharmaca Integrative Pharmacy (WSB sponsor) in The Junction, noon-4 pm (details here)
More on the WSB West Seattle Events calendar.
If you’re looking for a spring egg hunt, join Seattle Parks and Recreation all over the city for a variety of fun egg hunts. Some are for toddlers, some are for teens and involve flashlights! Sounds like a lot of fun, check it out with your kids.
If you’re traveling to another part of the city, you can see the entire schedule here so you can plan egg hunting fun!
Tuesday, April 19
High Point Community Center, 6920 34th Ave. SW
Toddler Spring Eggstravaganza
Ages 2 – 5
10 a.m. to noon
Activity Fee: $5; please use #69489 in the SPARC registration system at
Bring your little one for a morning of fun and activities, including a very special bunny visit
especially for toddlers. There will be games, crafts for the children, and an egg hunt (11
a.m. sharp) with age-appropriate prizes and candy.
Friday April 22nd
Teens Only! Hiawatha Community Center, 2700 California Way SW
Teen Night Egg Hunt
Join us for the biggest outdoor teen night hunt in West Seattle! Please remember your
flashlight and goodie bag, and there will be prizes. We’ll serve a spaghetti dinner after the hunt.
Please call 206 684-7441 for more information.
Saturday April 23rd
Teens Only! Southwest Teen Life Center, 2801 SW Thistle St.Late Night Flashlight Egg Hunt
Bring a flashlight and your sense of adventure–we’ll be searching for eggs. Find the most and
win a prize!
Saturday April 23rd
Delridge Community Center, 4501 Delridge Way SW
Hiawatha Community Center, 2700 California Ave. SW
High Point Community Center, 6920 34th Ave. SW
South Park Community Center, 8319 8th Ave. S
Southwest Community Center, 2801 SW Thistle St.
Spring Egg Hunts
Ages 3 – 11
Girls and boys ages 3 to 11 will have a great time at the spring egg hunt at their closest West
Seattle community center, searching for chocolate eggs, candy, and prizes. Please come early
to find the hunting area for your age group, and remember to bring a bag or basket for the eggs