West Seattle, Washington
Delridge Community Center was the epicenter for volunteer work fanning out around North Delridge today as part of “Delridge Green Up,” a multi-site project organized by the North Delridge Neighborhood Council. Here, volunteers weeded and cleaned up the highly visible garden spot by the community-center entrance; other work today included sprucing up the “Welcome to Delridge” sign, and the quarterly NDNC Adopt-A-Street litter pickup. (P.S. If you live or work in North Delridge, NDNC would love to see you at its monthly meetings – second Monday, 6:30 pm, Delridge Library.)
(Photos by Ellen Cedergreen for WSB)
Healthy kids are safe kids, so the safety experts – aka Seattle Fire Department team members – from nearby Fire Station 32 were part of the picture today as the West Seattle Family YMCA (WSB sponsor) celebrated its annual Healthy Kids Day. The weather was perfect to climb up the “rock,” too:
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WSB contributor Deanie Schwarz captured the scene on video as Zippy’s Giant Burgers handled a giant crowd in its final hour of business in West Seattle. Its original location in Highland Park, which opened in May 2008, is now closed. As first reported here two months ago, Zippy’s is moving to a new, larger location in White Center (9614 14th SW) because foreclosure against its former landlord at 16th/Holden left the building with an uncertain fate. We’ll add a bit more later, including the customers who “tied” for official final order in HP! An intensive week-plus moving process now begins, and Zippy’s hopes to open in WC on April 25th. ADDED 10:17 PM: Also from Deanie – Zippy’s proprietors Blaine and Rahel Cook:
And a last look at the simple storefront:
One week after news of the death of Chef Joseph (Joey) Brewer, 35-year-old co-owner of The Swinery in West Seattle, memorial plans have been announced, via the business’s Facebook page and in a WSB comment:
Please join us on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at Lincoln Park shelter 3 from 4-7 for the Memorial of Chef Joseph Brewer.
Friends, fans, customers, family and community members are encouraged to come and celebrate the life of this incredible man.
Chefs Chris Merguez (Swinery), Jeremy Homan, Trina Recktenwald-Homan, Anthony Hubbard, and Wi…ll Parr will prepare food.
Lincoln Park • 8011 Fauntleroy Way SW
Cari Simson of the Duwamish RIver Cleanup Coalition estimated 1,100 volunteers have been part of today’s Duwamish Alive! events at 13 spots from Alki south to Tukwila – and more than 75 of them were here at Port of Seattle-owned T-107 Park, for a ceremony that just concluded the day’s work. Top, the Blue Heron Canoe (read about it here) heading out from the new hand-carry launch at the park; (added) here’s video after it launched, with skipper Mike Evans of the Snohomish Tribe asking permission to proceed, while, offcamera, James Rasmussen of DRCC and Duwamish Tribe welcomes the canoe:
Below, the new bench the Rotary Club of West Seattle just dedicated in honor of the late Ken Wise (His son, Tom is at the far right in the photo).
Many more photos, and video – those speaking here included Duwamish Tribe chair Cecile Hansen, King County Executive Dow Constantine, Seattle City Council President Richard Conlin, and Port of Seattle Commissioner Gael Tarleton – to come, including the unveiling of the new interpretive sign here. The followup event that’s getting under way now is an Earth Day Festival at Pathfinder K-8 School on Pigeon Point.
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The sunshine’s great for shopping and strolling, and that had a lot of people starting their Tax-Free Day in The Junction by lining up for something to drink at Hotwire Online Coffeehouse (WSB sponsor). All along The Junction’s main streets, look for those red balloons – along with sales above and beyond the participating merchants picking up your sales tax, like this deal on bags at Brunette Mix (WSB sponsor):
Here’s the list of participants, and some of the deals (more to be found when you’re there in-store). Also note, while you’re in The Junction, it’s Record Store Day at indie shops around the country – always a big day at Easy Street Records.
ADDED: We dropped by Click! Design That Fits (WSB sponsor) late in the afternoon to ask how the day had gone – busy! they told us (between customers). And inside Easy Street, shoppers were browsing classic vinyl:
A WSB’er pointed out to us that Easy Street just got a shoutout in a TIME.com story noting 10 great American record stores:
“We got the sun we ordered!” exulted Dolly Vinal of the West Seattle Wildlife Habitat Project when we saw her a little while ago as a Duwamish Alive! work party began at the project’s Seacrest Park demonstration garden. She is also thrilled about the turnout – more than a dozen people already were digging into the waterfront garden, which Dolly says just mostly needs post-winter cleanup, though they also have received “some great native plants” from Seattle Parks. This is one of a dozen-plus locations, from West Seattle to South Park to Tukwila, where you’ll find volunteers working on our area’s precious greenspaces over the next few hours; one of them is T-107 Park on the river itself, where a dedication ceremony at 1 pm will spotlight new features including an interpretive sign. And at 2 pm, an Earth Day festival at Pathfinder K-8 on Pigeon Point follows the work parties. More to come!
(Added 10:12 am – Pete Spalding, Heather Hsu, Barbara Schneider at WS Food Bank donation station outside Metropolitan Market)
We previewed several of today’s biggest events extensively here just last night – for Tax-Free Day in The Junction, the Green Home Tour, Duwamish Alive!, Y Healthy Kids Day, get details by going here; for toplines on Green Up Delridge!, the HP3 environmental-adventure race, and Westcrest Park tree-planting – go here. And we’ll be publishing as-it-happens coverage throughout the day, here and via Twitter (@westseattleblog) and Facebook (“like” WSB’s semi-new page at facebook.com/westseattleblog)
Meanwhile, here’s some of what else is up:
DONATE FOOD! West Seattle Food Bank Feinstein Challenge Food Drive, 9 am-5 pm, Metropolitan Market (WSB sponsor) – WS Food Bank will be at the store to take food and monetary donations (because of the Feinstein Challenge, they count extra through the end of this month).
Also today, a popular restaurant turns into Memory Lane:
(Video by Deanie Schwarz for WSB)
ZIPPY’S FINAL DAY IN WEST SEATTLE: That’s Kelly, recounting the top four burgers on the hit list, as she and her co-workers prepare to serve you on the last day at Zippy’s Giant Burgers’ original Highland Park location, serving food till they’re out or till 4 pm (whichever comes first), 16th/Holden (planning to reopen 4/25 in new 9614 14th SW location)
FREE SWIMMING: It’s APRIL POOLS DAY. Seattle Parks and Recreation will join other public and private swimming organizations throughout Washington to celebrate the 18th Annual April Pools Day – 10:30 am-noon, water safety and more, at Southwest Community Center and Pool (2801 SW Thistle Street).
FOOTBALL AND CHEER SIGN-UPS: SWAC Football & Cheer is holding sign-ups at the Roxbury Safeway from 11 am – 2 pm. Serving Boys & Girls ages 7-14 More details: www.swaccougars.org.
PREPAREDNESS MONTH CONTINUES: Our daily reports will resume this weekend. In the meantime, today’s big event is the Communications Academy at South Seattle Community College (details here)
EARTH DAY AT THE LONGHOUSE: Duwamish Longhouse (4705 W Marginal Way SW) Earth Day Weekend at the Duwamish Longhouse free admission, special exhibit: Holding Mother Earth Sacred. Today: Indian frybread available, 10 am – 4 pm; dedication of canoe launch site with Blue Heron Canoe, 1 – 2 pm Saturday; Seattle Storytellers Guild: Earth Day Stories, First Nations, All Nations takes place 1:30 – 4 pm.
THRIFTWAY BARBECUE SEASON: West Seattle Thriftway’s first Fundraising BBQ of the Year will be held today to benefit quake/tsunami relief.
ANIMAL REIKI: Free Animal Reiki Demonstration with Rose De Dan, Wild Reiki and Shamanic Healing, 3:00-4:00 p.m. at Mud Bay – Admiral District, 2611 California Ave SW, West Seattle. This event is free and open to animals (and people) who would like to experience a sample of energetic support for mind/body/spirit or learn more about Reiki. Please bring your animal companion on leash or in a carrier. (More information here)
DOG SOCIAL TONIGHT: 2nd Annual Dog Social at Muttley Crew Cuts (4200 SW Admiral Way Suite C), 7-10 pm. Socialize with other dog owners while your K9 friends play. There is a raffle and $2 dogs, beer and wine (w/ ID), and snacks. All proceeds go to English Springer Rescue America (ESRA). Facebook Event page here