West Seattle, Washington
(Courtesy Barker Landscape Architects)
That’s the almost-final design for West Seattle’s new Barton Street P-Patch, revealed at Southwest Community Center this afternoon. About 30 people were there for the last of three community design meetings shaping the future of the big parcel at 34th/Barton, once owned by Seattle Public Utilities, long little more than a stretch of lawn, till the Parks and Green Spaces Levy made money available to turn it into a P-Patch.
This design, dubbed “The Web” for obvious reasons, is based on the popular choice among four options shown at the second design meeting, which in turn were crafted from eight concepts roughed out by participants at the first meeting. Its key points include about 50 plots, as well as consideration for having minimal impact on the big birch tree on the site, which is being kept (as we reported 2 weeks ago) because of input from comments made both in person and online (WSB comments were cited as one of the input sources considered) – altogether described as “a community decision.” (To compensate for shade concerns, the largest garden plots have been sited north of the tree.)
West Seattle Soccer Club reps have spent much of the day lining the fields where their spring season opens tomorrow: Madison, Roxhill South, Boren, Fairmount, Alki, E.C. Hughes, Sealth (SWAC), and Denny. So says WSSC’s Tim McMonigle, who adds: “Our season theme this year is Champion’s League, modeled after the popular European tournament, with all the famous names like Manchester United, Arsenal and Barcelona. We are playing for six weeks (except Easter) and only on Sunday afternoons.” So if you see fields full of kids just about everywhere you go tomorrow – it’s just WSSC spring games, first round.
6:41 PM: Tonight, the Charlestown Street Café was to be serving its last dinners, since it’s closing for good at 3 pm tomorrow – but when Dave got there a little while ago, he found that note on its door, saying it’s closed tonight because the power is out, back in the morning at 7 am. (The outage is shown on the City Light map – just one customer, just that spot, “cause unknown.”)
7:59 PM UPDATE: WSB contributor Kathy Mulady, who’s covered the Charlestown’s travails since 2006 and reported the WSB followup after the closure announcement, talked to the Seattle City Light crews that are on scene right now. They told her a transformer blew and they’re waiting for a new one. Oddly, Kathy adds, the outage didn’t affect the big sign out front. It, perhaps defiantly, blazes on.
5:14 PM: A fire call in the 4500 block of Delridge Way SW, just south of Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, has traffic blocked off on Delridge in that area right now, so avoid the area if you can. We’re arriving at the scene; some engines are being canceled, but our crew reports a “burned door” visible on this multiplex.
5:40 PM: Added a photo – the building in the background is the one where the fire happened. Our crew at the scene says Delridge has reopened to traffic. No report of any injuries related to the fire.
5:50 PM: Firefighters at the scene tell us the fire was caused by an “unattended dryer.” No one was home at the time except a dog that fire crews rescued. The unit’s residents won’t be able to go back inside tonight, though.
7:07 PM: One more photo added – showing the aforementioned burned door.
It’s been a day for balloons, punch, cupcakes, the candy jar, and raffling today at Wyatt’s Jewelers (WSB sponsor) in Westwood Village, celebrating its 6th anniversary with a sale starting today. We managed to catch co-owner Kirk Keppler this afternoon during a brief break in a busy day. If you see this before 6 pm, there’s still time to drop by and wish them “Happy Anniversary” – they’re closed Sunday/Monday, but the sale lasts all month, resuming next Tuesday.
Both of these events started with one person’s idea, magnified by help from and participation by others: The first day of Shelley Lebert‘s community garage sale for Japan relief at 3014 45th SW was already going full speed when we stopped by this morning. Shelley (holding the sign) was so excited about the team effort that had made it happen, she gathered some of the other volunteers with her when we asked to take a photo. All the while, garage-salers kept pulling up out front; if you go before the end of today, or 9 am-4 pm tomorrow, be sure to note there’s lots of stuff BEHIND the house.
In front, there’s also a fundraising bake sale:
Shelley was thrilled the sun came out this morning and the weather dried out; she told us how hard the volunteers had worked in the midst of the drippy weather yesterday, sorting donations and buying tents just in case. Again, 9 am-4 pm again tomorrow, 3014 45th SW.
Meantime, along Alki this afternoon, you might have spotted the group dog-walk to raise awareness for the plight of pets in the quake/tsunami zone:
CL shared that view across the street from the dog walk’s starting point at Anchor Park; this is the walk that Anthony from Left Coast Dog Service announced yesterday – that’s his trademark green van with a Japanese flag draped on the side. We counted dozens of dogs and people by the time they grouped up and took off; we have a video clip
to add later. too:
(If you’d like to donate to those helping animals affected by the Japan disaster – here’s the link on Anthony’s banner.)
Scenes from two more West Seattle events happening this afternoon: That’s Sabra from Purrfect Pals with Chantou, a 1-year-old female who is one of three cats (the other two are 1 and 8) brought to Pet Elements in search of “forever homes” during this afternoon’s Morgan Junction Pet Adoption Stroll. You’ll find dogs at Stella Ruffington’s, 7003 California SW. The Pet Adoption Stroll (details in this WSB Forums post) continues till 4 pm. In The Junction, meantime, it’s Earth Month at CAPERS:
Lisa from CAPERS shared that photo – she explains, “CAPERS kicks off earth month with a showcase of products that are ‘Green’ for your home. (Today till 3 it’s) Meyer Wells Reclaimed Wood Furniture, Caldrea Homekeeping, Oecotextiles in the house showcasing the green aspects of design. Don’t miss the BPA-free waterbottles & red wine resistant linens too.” They’re at 4521 California SW.
Till 3 pm, there are five places you can donate nonperishable food to the West Seattle Food Bank via the Kiwanis Club of West Seattle’s one-day food drive. We caught up with West Seattle Kiwanians and Key Club members outside PCC Natural Markets‘ West Seattle store (WSB sponsor) above, and fellow Kiwanians from Rainier Valley (with help from WSHS Key Club) at Jefferson Square Safeway below:
More information about the food drive, including the full list of stores, is here.
(COURTESY LOG HOUSE MUSEUM: White Center Mardi Gras Parade 1947 passes Southgate rink)
Here’s an update you just might want to throw a parade for: As first reported here and on partner site White Center Now last weekend, Thursday night is grand-opening night for the newly renovated Southgate Roller Rink in White Center. Southgate’s been publishing updates on Facebook (check out the photo of the 300 newly arrived rental skates!) but now also has updated its website with full details on the skating-session schedule and prices (which include skate rental if needed) – you can see it here (including a beginners’ class on Sundays). Here’s how to find the rink. (And if you missed it – here’s our original February story breaking the news of the rink reopening.)
FOOD DRIVE: Kiwanis Club of West Seattle and Key Club members will be outside five local supermarkets 9 am-3 pm collecting nonperishable-food donations for the West Seattle Food Bank – PCC, Metropolitan Market, West Seattle Thriftway, Jefferson Square Safeway, Junction QFC.
Two events to raise money/awareness as Japan continues recovering from the earthquake/tsunami disaster:
MASS DOG WALK: Everyone, with or without dogs, welcome to join to help call attention to the plight of Japanese pets, post-quake. Meet at Anchor Park at noon and walk westward toward the Alki business district. Full details here.
And a whole lot more going on:
LAST DESIGN MEETING FOR BARTON STREET P-PATCH: Third and final design meeting for the 34th/Barton P-Patch, 1:30-3:30 pm, Southwest Community Center.
MORGAN JUNCTION PET STROLL: As Furry Faces Foundation says, “Don’t just shop – adopt!” Two locations where you can meet and adopt new furry family members – Pet Elements and Stella Ruffington’s. Noon-4 pm today; full details in this post from the WSB Forums.
SECOND-TO-LAST SHOW FOR ‘RUMORS’: Twelfth Night Productions (WSB sponsor) presents Neil Simon’s “Rumors” again tonight at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, 7:30 pm (tickets available online)
HAPPY ANNIVERSARY, WYATT’S JEWELERS: Wyatt’s Jewelers (WSB sponsor) is kicking off their 6th Anniversary with an Open House Celebration 10 am to 6 pm. Refreshments, balloons, and free jewelry cleaning! Their anniversary sale continues for the entire month of April (center of Westwood Village)
NATIVE PLANT SALE: Go Natives! will have a Native Plant Sale at 3225 47th Ave SW (follow the signs), 10 am – 3 pm. You can request specific plants from their inventory such as some nice Trillium and lots of other stuff. If you can’t make it over till after 3 pm please call 206.542.1275 by early Saturday morning to make other arrangements.
SLAGS AT SKYLARK The Slags (opening for The Resets) at Skylark Cafe & Club (WSB sponsor), 3803 Delridge Way SW. 10 pm, $5 cover.
DIGITAL BOOK ROADSHOW: Seattle Public Library presents the “Digital Book Roadshow” at the West Seattle Branch (2306 42nd Avenue SW), 2-4 pm. Want to learn more about e-books and e-book readers? Come to this event where they will provide an overview of Library e-books and let you test drive various e-book readers. Presentations at 2 and 3 pm, hands-on tryouts after each.
FAUNTLEROY CLEANUP: The Fauntleroy Community Association‘s annual “Spring Clean” work party will be Saturday, April 2, 9 AM – noon in Cove Park (adjacent to the ferry terminal). Bring gloves and your favorite gardening tools for a general spruce-up. Children old enough to work safely and independently are especially welcome.
LINCOLN PARK CLEANUP: The forests of Lincoln Park are turning green and the trillium are up. It’s a great time to be in the woods, and here’s your chance. Join the Friends of Lincoln Park as we restore the Lincoln Park forests by removing invasive plants and planting natives. Today from 9 am to noon. Meet at the kiosk in the north parking lot, across Fauntleroy Way SW from SW Rose St. Bring garden gloves and hand clippers, or we’ll have extras.
MOVIE NIGHT AT TIBBETTS: “Take me out to the ball game, take me out to the park.”. If your allergies are kicking up, we know springtime has arrived. We also know it means time to oil up your mitts, bust out the “M’s” ballcap and get ready for a season of America’s Favorite Pastimes. Baseball, Eating and Movies! It’s also a great time to join Tibbetts United Methodist Church (WSB sponsor, 3940 41st Ave SW) for “Baseball Movie Night.” With the M’s first home stand fast approaching, now is a great time to slide into the season. Beginning at 6 pm, we pay homage to baseball food! “Slider” hamburgers and other ballpark favorites. After dinner, stick around and watch our featured movie “A League of Their Own.”
CAKES, CHAMPAGNE, PERFUME: New commercial bakery Baked. is having a Marie Antoinette-inspired cake tasting at Knows Perfume (4536 California SW) from 6 to 9 p.m. All cakes will be decorated in a grand style befitting a queen, so whether you’re looking for a wedding or special occasion cake (or just love cake), come sample Red Velvet, Lavender, Tiramisu, and Dark Chocolate while sipping champagne and sniffing the gorgeous perfumes carried by Knows. Baked. and Knows will be holding raffles for $50 gift certificates towards cakes and perfume.
WII BOWLING: From Merrill Gardens-Admiral Heights (WSB sponsor): We will be having a Wii bowling tournament from 10 am to 2 pm at our Admiral Heights Location. The competition will be fierce between the seniors at Admiral Heights, Northgate, and Northgate Plaza. The winner of this tournament will go on for the grand prize.
‘ROCKY HORROR’ NIGHT: At midnight: The Rocky Horror Picture Show complete with shadow casting is presented at The Admiral Theater on the first Saturday of each month – that means tonight!
Once again this year, WSB is taking time every night in April – proclaimed Disaster Preparedness Month in our state – for at least a tidbit of special coverage (sometimes more) to help you get closer to the goal of being ready for anything. This time, we are going to focus specifically on earthquake preparedness, still so top-of-mind following the recent Japan megaquake/tsunami disaster, preceded by the New Zealand quake. But first out of the gate, the most important thing we can do is make sure you are tapped into West Seattle Be Prepared, a volunteer-led effort with online and offline components. The biggest one is the designation and mapping of “Neighborhood Emergency Communication Hubs” around the peninsula. As explained on this page of the West Seattle Be Prepared website, the hubs are “emergency community gathering sites in case a major disaster occurs that makes it impossible to get information and help in the usual ways.” Check the map (above, and here, with a downloadable/printable version here). Know your nearest hub. If you don’t see one near your neighborhood – that’s only because volunteers haven’t come forward yet to designate and plan one (maybe you can help?). Hub or no hub, bookmark and browse West Seattle Be Prepared; also check out its new blog-format site, with more-topical information, like a newly launched events calendar; join the WSBP group on Facebook; and “follow” @wsbeprepared on Twitter. Saturday night, we’ll start getting down to quake-preparedness specifics. If there’s anything specific about earthquake preparedness or earthquake risks you’ve long wondered about, leave a comment or e-mail email@example.com, and we’ll be sure to find experts to address it during our month of coverage.
(Photos by Ellen Cedergreen for WSB)
And the second spirited Friday night fundraiser in The Junction – At West 5, the West Seattle-based Beer Church released its new batch of Pale Ale, brewed with Schooner Exact Brewing. Because fundraising is as embedded in Beer Church’s DNA as the beer itself, there is of course a beneficiary – Pints for Prostates, described on the Beer Church website as “a grassroots campaign to increase awareness among men about the need for regular health screenings and PSA testing.” At the event, right to left, Beer Church’s Kendall Jones and Kim Sharpe-Jones and “members” Dave Hutchinson and Matt McClung:
WSB contributor Ellen Cedergreen reports that Beer Church Pale Ale 2 – featuring (updated) FOUR different hops and FOUR different malts – was distributed to Beveridge Place Pub and Elliott Bay Brewing as well as to West 5 (very limited quantity, so hurry!) Donated ingredients, labor and expertise came from not only Schooner Exact but also Larry’s Brewing Supply, Yakima Chief Inc. and Snipes Mountain Brewing.