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Update: House fire call on Marine View Drive

9:56 PM: 11200 block of Marine View Drive (map) – on our way.

10:16 PM: At the scene. No smoke/flames visible. Looks like it wasn’t anything big, will have more details once we find the incident commander.

10:24 PM: SFD explains the home has new residents who just moved in and plugged in an appliance that shouldn’t have been plugged in; much smoke ensued. They used an extinguisher to get it under control before SFD arrived. Medics are checking out 1 resident now; also, fans are running to get the smoke cleared out.

3 weeks till West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day 2011

Thanks to everyone who has signed up for West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day 2011 – with four days left to register, 165 sales of all sizes are already on the list for sale day May 14th, and awaiting the map we’ll be making as soon as registration closes Wednesday night.

So far, taking a quick look through the list, we have sales from all five West Seattle zip codes, including at least 10 block sales, 5 business sales, 4 fundraisers, 3 service clubs, 2 sports groups, 2 schools, a music group, a retirement center, an apartment building, a church, a P-Patch – and of course, the four sites where you can sell your stuff if there’s no way to do it at your own place (Hotwire Online Coffeehouse and C & P Coffee Company – both WSB sponsors – plus the VFW Hall, and if you have bikes/gear, Cycle U).

IMPORTANT NOTE: Half a dozen people who registered did not complete the second step – paying the registration fee via PayPal. Maybe that just means you had second thoughts, and that’s OK; but if you didn’t complete the second step, you’re not signed up. We’ll be sending notes to the folks who didn’t go through step 2, to doublecheck, but you’re also welcome – if you’re not certain you fully finished the registration process – to send us a note asking that we check your status (

Meantime, if you are ready to sign up now, here’s where to do it! And if you’re participating – or even if you’re “just” shopping – be sure to “like” the WSCGSD page on Facebook; we’ll be creating an “event” page shortly for you to share with friends, family, anybody within traveling distance who might want to come spend the day garage-saling on our gorgeous peninsula. The clickable and downloadable versions of the map will be done no later than one week before sale day, and are free to anyone and everyone, so you’ll be able to share those too. Thanks for being part of the region’s biggest Community Garage Sale Day – the 7th annual edition, and WSB’s fourth year coordinating/presenting it – think of it as one big day of recycling, and of meeting more of your West Seattle neighbors. 9 am-3 pm Saturday, May 14th!

Peeps ahoy! Easter ‘yarn bomb’ on a West Seattle bridge

This photo arrived in a two-part communique from the mysterious, and apparently growing, YarnCore knitting collective, so we haven’t seen the new, Peeps-equipped “yarn bomb” in person. But you can probably tell which bridge it’s on – one that in fact has sported Christmas decorations for years (bright red bows, though we didn’t see them turn up last year). YarnCore’s website has other photos that’ll give you a closer look at the multi-faceted creation, which arrived one month after her/his/their first one.

West Seattle Crime Watch: Lund update; break-in; overnight fight

Three West Seattle Crime Watch stories in this roundup: First, an update on the case of Joel Lund, charged with domestic-violence assault after being arrested Thursday night while awaiting trial in a catalytic-converter-theft case. (As part of that case, you might recall from our previous coverage, a judge had released him from jail over prosecutors’ objections.) Online court records indicate that at arraignment today (unlike county court, city court – where Lund is charged – has Saturday sessions), the judge granted the prosecution’s request to set bail at $20,000. The online system also indicates a third assault charge is pending.

Second, a home break-in reported:

I want folks to be on the lookout – my home on Cloverdale near 32nd was burglarized some time yesterday between 8:30 and 7:30. They broke a very small window on the front door and must have reached through to unlock the door. They stole most of my jewelry and a couple of beers. I don’t own much of any other value, but they opened everything imaginable, and probably under the mattress, as the bed was in disarray. I’m in the process of moving, so everything is already torn up – I imagine that worked in my favor. I think they were spooked or interrupted, as they dropped some jewelry and didn’t take some things I imagine are easily marketable.

After the jump: What the victim thinks spooked the burglar, plus the description of a possibly stolen bike left behind. Also ahead, report #3, an overnight fight that sent 2 to the hospital):Read More

Tropical Alki: ‘Ira Finkelstein’s Christmas’ movie crew brings palms

The sun, the sand, the surf, the palms, the … snow-capped mountains!

As previewed here yesterday, the crew of the movie “Ira Finkelstein’s Christmas” indeed showed up today to shoot at Alki Beach – and brought the perfect props to fulfill what they’d told neighbors, that Alki would be doubling for Florida. Pull back the shot a little, of course, and the palm’s pot is revealed:

And somebody had to cart ’em around:

The crew was packing up by late morning:

Notices handed out to neighbors said they’re expecting to be back Monday; they’ve been shooting elsewhere around the city/region too, with Leavenworth playing the role of “Christmastown, Washington” – here’s a “rough cut” clip we found online:

Our story from yesterday explains what they’re doing in Seattle and why Florida figures into the plot.

West Seattle Easter weekend: Community-center egg hunts

(High Point Community Center video by Tracy Record for WSB)
All five of West Seattle’s city-owned community centers planned egg hunts this morning, as usual – and so far, we have coverage from three of them. Top video, the tweens hitting the field at High Point Community Center – took them less than three minutes to round up the eggs, despite the relatively small size of the group (other age groups went after eggs at different spots around the site – including the playground and the tennis court). Meantime, hundreds lined up outside Hiawatha Community Center in the Admiral District:

(Hiawatha Community Center photos by Jason Grotelueschen for WSB)
And .. off they went!

Yes, Mr./Ms. Bunny was on hand at Hiawatha too – with photo ops galore:

While over at Alki for a non-Easter story, we spotted some Alki Community Center egg hunters at Whale Tail:

(Photo by Patrick Sand for WSB)
Aside from a teen hunt tonight, that’s it for the big egg hunts – but some local churches are offering them for kids in conjunction with Easter Sunday services; check the WSB West Seattle Easter page for the list.

West Seattle Easter weekend: Thriftway egg hunt!

Intrepid egg-hunter Louisa was happy to show off part of her bounty during the West Seattle Thriftway egg hunt this morning. As usual, since this is the first big one of the day, excited families lined up outside:

And once inside, it was “aisles of smiles”:

Where’s the Easter Bunny, you ask? In a video clip we will add later this morning, along with another photo or two. First, we’re hopping back out, to cover the community-center hunts (full egg-hunt list here). ADDED 12:15 PM: Here’s the video, as happy hunters enter the store:

Minutes later, big smiles all around:

And the store’s Twitter feed just carried a message of thanks.

West Seattle (sunny!) Saturday: What else is up today/tonight

(Photo shared by Leo Shaw)
The egg hunts are listed separately (find them here), but there’s a lot more happening too! Full list on the WSB West Seattle Events page; here are a few highlights:

WINE SALE: 2nd and final day of the Northwest Wine Academy Spring wine sale at South Seattle Community College (6000 16th Avenue SW), noon-4 pm. Details here.

ED HUME AT BRIDGE PARK: “Thinking outside of the pot” gardening demonstration with Ed Hume at Bridge Park (3204 SW Morgan Street), 2 pm. Free. Details here.

EYES ON THE SKIES: Mariners Salute to Armed Forces Night means two EA-18Gs are scheduled to fly over Safeco Field just before 6 pm – could mean a (loud) West Seattle flyover, so this is your heads-up, just in case.

OPEN HOUSE: Take a look inside Link Apartments (WSB sponsor), during its 11:30 am-3:30 pm open house today (since it’s so clear, don’t miss the rooftop deck).

BENEFIT DINNER/AUCTION AT WEST SEATTLE EAGLES: West Seattle Eagles benefit dinner, silent auction and live music to benefit the Mukilteo Magic, a special group of athletes who compete in track and field competitions throughout the region. All monies raised at the event will be used to send the team to the “Summer Olympics” at Joint Base Lewis McChord in June. All-you-can-eat spaghetti and meatballs with Caesar salad and garlic bread from 6-7:30. Cost for dinner is $10. Following dinner, live music by Vincent Blackshadow, a 15-year-old rock superstar; Call for the Priest, a Judas Priest cover band; and a short set by My Sisters Machine. $6 cover for music. All are welcome! Please use the back door, on the alley by Lady Di’s.

LIVE AT KENYON HALL: From Kenyon Hall:7:30 pm, the AMA Trio: accordion, clarinet, Venezuelan and Mexican harp, violin, cuatro, guitar, bombo, maracas, and vocals. 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. Preschool children are free; Root Beer Floats are still only a buck. To make a reservation, e-mail

West Seattle Easter weekend: Egg hunts today/tonight

(WSB photo from Southwest Community Center’s April 2010 egg hunt)
This is the big day for egg hunts, and most are happening this morning. If you haven’t already seen the schedule on the WSB West Seattle Easter page, here’s the lineup:

THRIFTWAY: West Seattle Thriftway (California/Fauntleroy/Morgan) is having its traditional annual Easter Egg Hunt!! The fun begins at 9 am but the line forms early! Kids aged 1-10, please.

LIFE CARE CENTER: Easter egg hunt at Life Care Center of West Seattle (4700 SW Admiral Way), 9 am, with golden prize eggs, drawings for prizes, pastries/juice/coffee, free

COMMUNITY CENTERS: Egg hunts at these West Seattle-area Community Centers for children ages 3 – 11 at 10 am, FREE.
Alki Community Center, 5817 SW Stevens (get there early! coffee, juice, muffins at 9:30 am – also, ages 0-11 welcome)
Delridge Community Center, 4501 Delridge Way SW
Hiawatha Community Center, 2700 California SW
High Point Community Center, 6920 34th SW
South Park Community Center, 8319 8th Ave. S.
Southwest Community Center, 2801 SW Thistle (also a pancake breakfast, 8:30-10:30 am, $4/person, and bike-helmet sale)
Please come early to find the hunting area for your age group, and remember to bring a bag or basket for the eggs you find.

EASTRIDGE @ LINCOLN PARK: 6,000 Easter Eggs in Lincoln Park, 11 am. Eastridge Church invites the community to its FREE Egg Hunt. The annual Easter activities for families and children includes an egg hunt with thousands of candy-filled Easter eggs, face painting, train rides, inflatables, prizes, and more! This children’s event is free and the community is invited! Eastridge Church Seattle Campus is located on 39th Avenue SW in West Seattle.

TEEN EGG HUNT TONIGHT: Teens Only! Southwest Teen Life Center (at Southwest Community Center, 2801 SW Thistle) Late Night Flashlight Egg Hunt for ages 13-19 at 9 pm. FREE Bring a flashlight and your sense of adventure–we’ll be searching for eggs. Find the most and win a prize!

Chief Sealth Honor Choir in NYC: Carnegie Hall tomorrow!

You helped them get there – by supporting everything from a bake sale to car washes to concerts – and now, they’re there. The Chief Sealth International High School Honor Choir is in New York City for its Carnegie Hall appearance on Sunday night; Monica shared this photo of the choir in their hotel lobby. They flew out from Seattle Thursday morning and will return Monday night; the whirlwind itinerary includes some sightseeing and entertainment (last night, for example, they were scheduled to see “Phantom of the Opera“) but plenty of rehearsing, too – this morning, they’ll be back at it starting at 6 am our time (9 am ET), and the concert is scheduled for 5:30 our time (8:30 ET) Sunday night.