West Seattle, Washington
Story and photos by Katie Meyer
Reporting for West Seattle Blog
Over the past few days, a corner of the West Seattle Junction has been transformed by the skills and charms of renowned contractor Joseph Peter Douglas (“call me Scotty Joe“). He’s applying Irish stonework by hand to the exterior walls at the northeast corner of California SW and SW Edmunds, where A Terrible Beauty Irish Pub and Restaurant expects to open next month, as reported here 3 weeks ago.
Stopping by to ask about his art, we discovered quite a story behind it.
Born and raised in Scotland, with two brothers who were stone masons, part of Scotty’s apprentice work after his training involved helping to rebuild castles in Scotland, he says, and working on stone walls originally built by Roman soldiers. “All the construction trades in Scotland – they teach you all the tricks of the trade, you know? That’s the kind of stuff you don’t mess around with. It’s not like a piece of wood you can take on and off. They just built to interlock, so that the wind could blow through them. They built dikes and big walls – we took them all apart and rebuilt them back, stone by stone. I lived and worked in a Scottish castle for a year as part of my training.”
In addition to the four big events mentioned in our previous report, three other Saturday happenings meriting an advance reminder (did we mention, it’s a BIG day around West Seattle/White Center?):
GREEN UP DELRIDGE! North Delridge Neighborhood Council‘s Karrie Kohlhaas just sent one last reminder around:
Meet: Delridge Community Center, 4501 Delridge Way SW. Find us to the right side of the main entrance of the Community Center.
When: Saturday, April 16th from 10am – 2pm. You can show up any time to help out, but if you want to join the Adopt-A-Street team, you may need to catch up to them along Delridge Way.
Bring: Gloves, hot beverage tumbler or water bottle, any tools you prefer, depending on which team you want to be on (painting, gardening, or litter pick up).
We provide: Tools, garbage bags and garbage pickers, hot drinks, paint.
Meet neighbors, lend a hand and feel proud that you care about your neighborhood.
WESTCREST PARK TREE-PLANTING: The more help, the merrier, here too. From Mike Shellenberger:
In conjunction with the HP3 runners’ event that starts at Big Al’s Brewing this Saturday, April 16th, the Green Seattle Alliance (GSA) Volunteers will be planting hundreds of native evergreen trees in Westcrest Park. The intent is to begin to replace the older deciduous trees, like maples and alders, that are reaching their life span with native longer lived evergreens like fir, cedars, pines etc…We can use as many volunteers as we can get. The more folks that volunteer, the more we can plant. Just show up at the Westcrest Park main parking lot on the west side of the Park near the Kids Play area at 9:15 AM Saturday and we’ll put you to work on this important project.. While volunteering, people can also walk the Park’s trails and view Spring’s new arrivals. For instance, the beautiful native trilliums are in full bloom..See you Saturday.
HP3: Billed as the first and only environmental-adventure race of its kind, this is a 16-mile course with multiple tasks, to be run for the first time tomorrow in eastern West Seattle/White Center – details here!
Updates on four major Saturday events:
TAX-FREE DAY IN THE JUNCTION: Look for the red balloons outside Junction stores tomorrow to know who’s part of this year’s “Tax-Free Day” (as in, the merchant pays your sales tax). More than three dozen stores are on the list now – see it here, along with a list of some of the special offers that you’ll find above and beyond the “tax-free” discount. (WSB sponsors on the participant list include Brunette Mix, Click! Design That Fits, Dream Dinners, Hotwire Online Coffeehouse, Pharmaca Integrative Pharmacy.) Official sale hours are 10 am to 6 pm.
HEALTHY KIDS DAY AT WEST SEATTLE/FAUNTLEROY YMCA (WSB sponsor): This annual favorite is tomorrow, 10 am-1 pm. A citywide overview is here; to plan your participation, check out the long list of activities, and where you’ll find them in and around the YMCA facilities, by going here.
Now, two events so big, each has its own Google Map!
GREEN HOME TOUR: West Seattle has a major presence on this year’s self-guided 2011 Green Home Tour presented by the Northwest EcoBuilding Guild – 10 am-4 pm Saturday and Sunday. The tour is explained here; its West Seattle and South Seattle stops are listed here, including a home by longtime WSB sponsor Ventana Construction (look for #17 on the map) and one by tour co-sponsor Mighty House Construction (location/description here). The Google Map above shows not only the area stops but also related stops – PCC Natural Markets’ West Seattle store (WSB sponsor) is a “sustainability stop,” and the West Seattle Tool Library (newly reopened at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center) is open for tourgoers. Plus – there’s a long list of workshops, too – note the West Seattle sites.
DUWAMISH ALIVE! We’ve already previewed this a few times – the semiannual cleanup/restoration event focused on some of our area’s precious greenspaces, 10 am-2 pm tomorrow, followed by an Earth Day festival at Pathfinder K-8 (2 pm-4 pm). If you haven’t volunteered yet, you can still show up at one of the locations above to see if they need help (text list is on the Duwamish Alive! website).
(Photo by Katie Meyer for WSB)
Checking city permits, we discovered yet another new business on the way to the southeastern end of the heart of the West Seattle Junction. Between Yummy Teriyaki and the future Bang Bar Restaurant and Lounge, a tobacco shop is in the works for the space best known as a former laundromat. WSB contributor Katie Meyer found the proprietors of what is listed on a city-permit application as “West Seattle Tobacco Company,” though they have not finalized a name yet. They tell her the store will cater to cigar smokers – no smoking on the premises, but they plan to stock “quality” cigars, including Dominican and Brazilian imports. They also plan to sell cigarettes, loose tobacco, and accessories. As you enter the space, they say you will see cigar humidors flanking the entrance, with other tobacco items further inside. The decor is expected to include warm colors, rugs, and even a chandelier. The shop-setup work is still in the very early stages, but they are hoping to be open in about a month and a half.
Today we welcome a new WSB sponsor, Ron Pederson with Coldwell Banker Bain, who is representing the Alki Villa – alkivilla.com – where he will have an open house this Sunday afternoon, 1-4 pm. The home is located over Alki Beach, with unbroken views of the Olympic Mountains and Puget Sound.
As its agent, Ron brings 20-plus years experience in sales, project management, negotiations and customer service. He says, “My success has come from focusing on the needs of my clients. They appreciate my honesty, integrity, sense of humor and photographer’s eye for detail. As a Seattle native with a global perspective, I am very acquainted with the unique, diverse neighborhoods of our city and what each has to offer.” Seattle Magazine recognized him as a 5-Star Real-Estate Professional in 2010, and he says he is “consistently recognized among the top 8 percent of all Coldwell Banker Agents worldwide.”
Photos and video of the Alki Villa, along with a map, can all be found at alkivilla.com, along with options on how to contact Ron (who’s available by phone at 206-619-3901).
We thank Ron Pederson and the Alki Villa for sponsoring independent, community-collaborative neighborhood news on WSB; find our current sponsor team listed in directory format here, and find info on joining the team by going here.
By Megan Sheppard
On the WSBeat, for West Seattle Blog
From reports on cases handled recently by Southwest Precinct officers:
*Early Monday, in the Seaview neighborhood, a man burst into the room where his partner was sleeping and slapped her in the face several times. She shoved him out of the room, locked the door, barricaded it with a heavy box and went back to sleep. But when he managed to break through, she armed herself with a hammer and a paring knife, warned him to come no further and — as he lunged toward her — stabbed him in the hand. As he called 911 she grabbed the phone and screamed to the operator that she needed police. He was taken to Harborview Medical Center and placed under armed guard before being booked into King County Jail for investigation of misdemeanor assault.
Ahead, new details on another incident that happened about that time – which we also reported here (the screaming woman in Fauntleroy) – plus five other summaries:
*Around 2 am Monday, in the 4500 block of SW Trenton, a woman tried to prevent her intoxicated boyfriend from driving: She grabbed the keys and took off running. But witnesses saw him tackle her from behind and put his arm around her neck. She was able to get away and screamed for help. Officers spoke with the man, who denied laying a hand on her. His eyes were bloodshot, and during the conversation his mood and demeanor changed rapidly and repeatedly. He was booked into King County Jail for investigation of domestic-violence assault.
*A student visiting the U.S. allowed a crying woman to use her cell phone Monday evening around 7 pm near 12th and Roxbury. For her trouble, she was hit in the side of the head and knocked to the ground. The woman spouting the phony waterworks ran off with the phone. The thief was accompanied by a man and a large dog.
*Tuesday afternoon, bystanders wrestled a suspect to the ground after he tried to steal a woman’s cell phone in a Westwood Village store. The 15-year-old — a Tukwila resident — was booked into the Youth Service Center. Also on Tuesday, a male thief wearing a white fuzzy knit cap with ear flaps grabbed a cellphone from a woman while she was using a computer at the South Park Library.
*An Arbor Heights convenience store clerk called 911, concerned about an intoxicated customer who appeared to be driving away from the store. Officers confirmed that the man had alcohol on his breath, and a records check showed that he was wanted on $32,000 worth of warrants. He was booked into King County Jail.
*After reporting an assault he saw near 16th and Elmgrove on Tuesday, a citizen followed the suspect vehicle, proving 911 with information as it ran red lights, traveled at a high speed, and passed other vehicles recklessly. The driver stopped abruptly in the 4700 block of 21st SW, and the driver walked off into the Duwamish Greenspace. An officer found him with bloodshot and glassy eyes and widely-dilated pupils. He smelled of alcohol, admitted he was taking Percocet, but denied assaulting his female friend. However, a witness had seen him grab the woman and slam her against the passenger door at least three times, hard enough to cause the car to shake. He was booked into King County Jail for investigation of DUI and assault.
*Around 2 p.m. Monday, a patron at the South Park Library reported that a man was pacing back and forth in the parking lot with his pants down and his genitals exposed. He was last seen heading northbound on 8th Ave. S. And late Sunday, a waitress in a Delridge Triangle bar told a patron to zip up and take a hike after she delivered a beer to his table and saw his genitals on display.
WSB Editor’s Note: The WSBeat has an archive category of its own, though we’re still linking the weekly reports on the WSB Crime Watch page, so you can catch it there if you miss it in the main news stream. We also continue to publish crime reports the rest of the week, when we get tips or hear noteworthy incidents via the scanner, so don’t be shy about letting us know when you see/hear something happening.
(April 3 photo by Deanie Schwarz for WSB)
We first told you almost two weeks ago about a gift shop planned for part of the ex-On Safari Foods storefront along 35th SW south of SW Henderson. We subsequently invited its owner to tell us more about her new business, and we’ve received her reply – with not only grand-opening plans for May 1st, but also some other special events coming up:
Hi! I’m Gail Hebert, sole proprietor of the new gift shop at 9003 35th Avenue SW, across from the Southwest Branch of the Library.
Name: Hebert’s Den (My last name is pronounced A-Bear) with the catch phrase, “A Thrifty Gift Shop.”
I’ll be selling handmade items (decorator felt pillows, cup pincushions, scarves, potholders) and gew-gaws.
There will be a Rummage Table, so that everyone can leave with something.
There will be a seating area where people can enjoy a cup o’ tea.
There will be a weekly featured clothing ensemble in small, medium and large.
I will sell other people’s stuff from clothes to furniture to knick-knacks, i.e., consignment.
I will sell art.
Grand Opening is Sunday, May 1, from 1:00-5:00 pm. Regular Business Hours will be Wednesday-Saturday 11:00 am to 6:00 pm.
Tuesday evenings from 6:00-9:00 pm will be Salon Nite, (except for the first Tuesday, May 3) will be either music with Gail & Friends, a needlecraft circle, or a discussion (examples: New York City: Love it or Hate It?, tell a story based on themes picked out of a hat, Your Favorite Baseball Team).
Two Sundays a month from 1:00-5:00 pm will be special events.
May 1: Grand Opening
May 22: A Birthday Party for Gail
June 12: Hawaiian King Kamehameha Day
June 26: The Big Dance – Swing It!
We mentioned the Lions Club‘s plant sale tonight (5-8 pm at the Senior Center) in our morning preview, and now there’s word of another plant sale under way right now, along with a bake sale – The Providence Mount St. Vincent Auxiliary has a plant, bake, and mini-bazaar sale under way in The Mount’s lobby (4831 35th SW) till 4 pm. Thanks to Colleen for sharing the bake-sale photo.
Thanks to CL for the view of Crystal Symphony this morning, with Anchor/Luna Park in the foreground. This is the first cruise ship to visit Seattle this season; it was scheduled to dock this hour at Pier 66. CL also had shared the Port of Seattle‘s link to the full-season schedule – see it here – things really pick up next month.
Thanks to Kim Schwarzkopf for sharing her video of a two-part wildlife sighting near Lincoln Park … first, you’ll see aerial action … then, watch a spirited sea lion … she’s edited with a soundtrack too. Now, on with today’s preview from the WSB West Seattle Events calendar:
PLANT SALE: Hosted by Lions Club of West Seattle, 5 – 8 pm (and again tomorrow, 9 am-2 pm), Senior Center of West Seattle (California/Oregon). Tomatoes, fuchsias, rhodies, geraniums, and more! All proceeds benefit the community through college scholarships for local youth, support for local non-profit agencies, and assistance for the hearing and sight impaired.
BIG BAND DINNER DANCE: Food, music, and dancing tonight to raise money for Chief Sealth International High School‘s Jazz Band 1. 6-11 pm in the CSIHS Galleria (2600 SW Thistle), $15 for adults and students, $7 for children under the age of 10, Italian dinner plus music by the West Seattle Big Band as well as CSIHS Jazz Band 1.
VAUDEVILLE AT KENYON HALL: 7:30 pm, Kenyon Hall presents vaudeville with Connie Corrick, Hugh Hastings, Lou Magor, Silent Movies with Master of the Mighty Wurlitzer Bob White, and special guest Casey MacGill, taking a break from his Blue 4 Trio with a solo turn at the Chickering. Reserved table seats are $14. Row seating is $12 general and $10 seniors. With a reservation, row seating is only $10 general and $8 seniors. Elementary, middle, & high school students are $5. Pre-school children are free. To make a reservation, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with your request.
MOVIE NIGHT IN HIGHLAND PARK, WHICH ISN’T SO ‘FAR, FAR AWAY’: Movie night at Highland Park Improvement Club – they say their licensing terms won’t allow naming the movie, but think 1977 space classic! Speaking of classics:
MONKEES TRIBUTE: Local band Gear Driver is doing a Monkees Tribute Show at The Shipwreck Tavern (4210 SW Admiral). Opening act EJ Grooves stage at 9 pm, Gear Driver performs favorite cover songs at 10 pm, and their Monkees Tribute begins at 11 pm.
During Arts and Culture Night last night at Alki Elementary, there were two efforts to reach out across the glove and help. First: A little over one month after the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, students were folding origami cranes as part of “Cranes for Kids,” at a table hosted by Girl Scout Troop 40766. Below, from left, are Georgi McWatters, Alex Cook, and Grace Gunbyson:
For every crane made, the girls learned, the clothing company OshKosh B’Gosh promises to donate an article of children’s clothing to survivors in Japan – so they decided they would do all the folding they could do to help. Also last night, Arts and Culture Night included the book sale mentioned here last weekend, when we heard from Kids Helping Kids Club coach (and Alki kindergarten teacher) Stevie Kramer:
Proceeds were going to support the building of a school in Ecuador the club has adopted through the Free the Children organization.
Hume will be demonstrating “Thinking Outside of the Pot” techniques for planting summer flower annuals in some unusual containers such as a Seattle Mariners lunchbox, teapots, and old lampshades, which will be given away as door prizes. Hume’s autographed book will also be available for purchase.
There is no cost to attend but space is limited so RSVPs are required. To RSVP, or to learn more, please call Bridge Park at 206-938-6394.
Bridge Park, located at 3204 SW Morgan St. in Seattle, is one of Holiday Retirement’s more than 300 Independent Retirement Living communities throughout the United States and Canada. For more information, call 206-938-6394 or visit their website.
As a slightly soggy day (indoors and outdoors) gave way to sunbreaks, the Easy Street Café was ready for its closeup as a West Seattle Art Walk venue Thursday night, and will be open again for breakfast/lunch/etc. as usual today. Lisa Stewart is in our Art Walk photo with a table full of work. P.S. Remember to check ’em out this Saturday on Record Store Day! Saturday also is Tax-Free Day – big sales with participants (see the list!) paying your tax – in The Junction, and Click! Design That Fits (WSB sponsor) is on the list; they hosted artist Junko Yamamoto for Art Walk:
A bit to the west, but still in The Junction, we stopped in at Seattle Real Estate Associates (WSB sponsor) to see Igor Kashinskiy and his work:
Remember that most venues keep the art up all month long, so even if you missed Art Walk night, you can have your own Art Walk just about any other day (the official site has venue/artist info)!
Friday, April 22, 12 – 4 pm
Saturday, April 23, 12 – 4 pm
The Northwest Wine Academy will be featuring classic wines from the Academy for sale Easter weekend. The Academy has also now begun to sell wines produced by alumni from their own wineries.
Available for purchase will be a 2008 Well Red (Bordeaux Blend – Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Cabernet Franc) and a 2009 Field Blend ( Rhone Blend – Mourvedre, Grenache and Counois.) In addition, a very limited number of bottles of 2010 Rosé will be available. Also on hand will be Bubbly for purchase and tasting. All these wines will be available in gift and wine baskets filled with treats from South’s Pastry Arts program. The Academy now stocks a large number of wine accessories that make perfect gifts.
South Seattle Community College’s Northwest Wine Academy is a first-of-its-kind program in Western Washington and offers three certificate programs – Wine Making, Wine Marketing & Sales, and Food & Wine Pairing. The Academy complements the college’s highly regarded and award-winning Culinary Arts program and the new bachelor’s degree in Hospitality Management program.
The event is free and open to the public. The Northwest Wine Academy is located on the South Seattle Community College campus across from Bernie’s Bakery. Parking is available in the North entry parking lot.
The Northwest Wine Academy is in the Wine & Welding Building at South Seattle Community College (6000 16th Avenue SW, Seattle, WA 98106). Phone: (206) 934-7942. For more info email email@example.com or read more about the wine program here.
A unique student musical hit the stage at Westside School (WSB sponsor) this week – “The Big Broadcast,” based on a 1940s-style radio show. The school shared these photos from some of the musical’s highlights – note the old-fashioned shampoo commercial (above) and sound effects (below):
And with Westside not that far inland, here’s the appropriately nautical touch:
One more note from Westside School: They’re still enrolling students for 4th, 5th, and their brand-new 6th grades “on a space-available basis” – you can find application info here.