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Video: Kiwanis Club of West Seattle’s fundraising Poker Run

Not only was it a gorgeous day to wander neighborhoods and shop, it was a spectacular day for a ride – particularly if you were helping the Kiwanis Club of West Seattle raise money to benefit cancer research at Children’s Hospital. They gathered at midmorning at 40th/Alaska, to head out on a “poker run”:

The concept was explained in the preview we published – get a card at each checkpoint along the ride, then see what kind of hand you wound up with. The ride was followed by a barbecue, and as you know if you were out and about today, the sun shone all the way through!

West Seattle traffic: Saturday stop-n-go, and what’s ahead

About 1 o’clock this afternoon – according to Brian Presser from TouchTech Systems in The Junction, who shared the photo – drivers heading westbound on the West Seattle Bridge would have seen that bumper-to-bumper traffic headed eastbound. (What? You left before West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day was over?) Backups have historically been fairly typical when the Alaskan Way Viaduct is closed – as WSDOT warned almost two weeks ago that it would be this weekend – but the photo gives us one more excuse to remind you that the reason for this closure will also affect Highway 99 drivers between West Seattle and downtown for at least the next few years: Crews are reconfiguring the section between The Bridge and the stadiums to be two lanes each way, to facilitate the next steps in construction of the South End (Holgate-to-King) Viaduct replacement (which is a separate project from the tunnel-or-? project for the Central Waterfront). So this is what you’ll find when The Viaduct reopens early Monday:

(It’s explained further here.) The vague end date is because, as WSDOT explains it, it all depends on what happens with the plan for the Central Waterfront section; the South End project, they say, is designed to connect to whatever eventually is built, tunnel or something else.

West Seattle restaurants: Peek inside soon-to-open Bang Bar

(Photos by Katie Meyer for WSB)
Very busy spring on the southeastern side of the heart of The Junction’s business district. On Friday, we got a quick peek inside Bang Bar, the Asian-fusion restaurant/lounge that has been in the works for the former Tom Yum Koong spot (that restaurant closed three months ago, and we confirmed the Bang Bar plans the next day). Manager Michael Anthony Pascua tells WSB they’re working to set up the kitchen this weekend, after completing most of the other interior work. No date set yet – like most new restaurants, they will go through a few trial runs (private party, “soft open”) before throwing open the doors to the public.

Katie says one of the features inside is a waterfall wall that “rains” instead of just having water rippling down the surface. By the way, we don’t know if it’s finalized information, but a menu has taken shape on the Bang Bar website, too.

The WSBeat: Robbery rebuff; peeping interrupted; and more

By Megan Sheppard
On the WSBeat, for West Seattle Blog

From reports on cases handled recently by Southwest Precinct officers:

*Around 4:30 last Friday afternoon, a 13-year-old was walking home from school when a car pulled into a driveway, blocking the sidewalk. A young passenger demanded money and the boy’s iPod. The boy said something to the effect of, “I don’t think so,” and added “I live near here. How about if I just get my parents instead?” The chagrined suspects drove off northbound in the 3400 block of Walnut SW. Both driver (aged 16 or so) and passenger (12-13 years old) were described as white males wearing white t-shirts; they were in a Nissan Frontier pickup truck.

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West Seattle weekend scene: Sorting ‘Stamp Out Hunger’ donations

While checking back in on the Hotwire Coffee (WSB sponsor) courtyard sale during West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day, we spotted this work under way next door at the Junction Post Office – with bins of donations for the Stamp Out Hunger one-day door-to-door food drive. Haven’t heard any local totals yet but we’ll be checking. And if you missed it, no worries, both food banks that serve West Seattle will be happy to take your donation another time (or even an online $ donation right now) – West Seattle Food Bank information is here, and White Center Food Bank (which also serves WS south of Myrtle) is here.

West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day 2011, the aftermath

Some sellers are continuing on till 4 or so – the folks raising money at West Seattle High School for its girls’ basketball team have cut everything to half price, says coach Sonya Elliott. Other sellers who are extending hours are posting on the WSCGSD Facebook page. And then there are the spots where leftovers can be donated:

The Big Blue Truck from Northwest Center is staying late today at 44th and Edmunds for anybody who wants to haul over unsold items, instead of booking a pickup next week (which you can do online at or taking them back down to the basement. They’ll be there till 6:30 today only – then back tomorrow regular hours, 9 am-5 pm. If you have kids’ stuff, WestSide Baby always has a wish list – check it out here. Tools? See what the West Seattle Tool Library needs – they are open tomorrow, 1-5 pm, at 4408 Delridge Way (east side of the building).

West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day 2011: Second half!

(Among the many unusual items we’ve seen – Potter Construction hard hats at Sale #223, 5606 California SW)
Quick notes in addition to the coverage in earlier stories, to which we’re continuing to add: We’re publishing individual-sale photos/reports at; sellers/buyers are continuing to post at; and if you still don’t have a map, not too late to follow the downloadable-map link (12-page PDF) at (where you can also browse the online version) – or there may still be a copy or two of the limited-edition printouts at Hotwire, C&P, Bird on a Wire, or the West Seattle Library branch in Admiral. Sales continue till 3 – and then if there are leftovers, Northwest Center‘s pickup spot is open later than usual today at 44th/Edmunds in The Junction (or schedule Big Blue Truck pickups next week); WestSide Baby also is taking donations longer than usual for a Saturday, till 4 pm. And the West Seattle Tool Library will be happy to take donations too!

West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day 2011: Triangle & vicinity

May 14, 2011 11:32 am
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That’s the vintage cash register VFW Post Commander Ron Zuber brought for the VFW Hall’s West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day debut, 3601 SW Alaska in The Triangle. It’s a group site, with multiple sellers renting tables – here’s vintage audio equipment:

The Triangle and Junction are hot spots today – among others! – right across the street from the VFW Hall, you’ll find Mountain to Sound Outfitters:

That’s M2SO boss Greg Whittaker, with some of what they have on sale. Just around the corner at 4550 Fauntleroy Way, more fun stuff for active people – it’s a bike swap and sale at Cycle University:

And at Merrill Gardens-West Seattle (WSB sponsor), 4611 35th SW, they’re raising money for the Senior Center of West Seattle. It’s Christmas in – May!

The MG folks tell us business has been good – and we are indeed seeing shoppers out all over the place. 3 1/2 hours to go, lots of time! Not far from The Triangle, by the way, Mural Apartments (WSB sponsor) has a sale indoors – multiple residents participating, and free popcorn!

Mural is on 42nd SW just north of SW Edmunds, right across from Jefferson Square.

West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day 2011: The benefit sales

(EDITOR’S NOTE: We are continuing to add photos to this update and others on WSB, which are grouped by category. For even more photos, sale by sale, each identified individually, go to – sellers/buyers are also posting to – thanks!)

On the West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day 2011 maps, you’ll find more than a dozen sales labeled BENEFIT – they’re raising money for a group, or a person. In the case of Sale #204, 9843 42nd SW in Arbor Heights, that’s longtime WSB’er “JanS,” above left, with daughter Jessica. Jan is facing a kidney transplant – for which they are hopeful Jessica might be a “living donor” match. Once she gets the operation, she won’t be able to work for a while, so Jessica and friends are raising money today to help with Jan’s living expenses. Here’s some of what they are selling:

Adding other benefits:
Sale #4: 1227 SW Othello, raising money for a friend in need

Sale #15: 7944 20th SW, raising money for Chief Sealth Int’l High School cheerleaders (photo above; bake sale, too!)
Sale #25: 4142 47th SW, with bake sale to fight breast cancer

(Sale #29 photo by Ellen Cedergreen for WSB)
Sale #29: 3000 California SW, raising money for West Seattle High School girls’ basketball team

(Lots of dresses, and lots of shoppers, at the Ruby Room benefit sale, #31)
Sale #31: $10 dress sale at Cherry Consignment benefits The Ruby Room, 4142 California SW
Sale #39: 4136 Beach Drive, multifamily sale, all proceeds to American Cancer Society
Sale #42: 5704 SW Winthrop, partial proceeds benefiting YMCA Foundation for Youth

(Sale #58 photo by Ellen Cedergreen for WSB)
Sale #58: 4030 55th Avenue SW, benefiting Amethyst Chapter #138, Order of the Eastern Star.

(Hot dogs at sale #67, photo courtesy Kelly @ Muttley Crew Cuts)
Sale #67: 4200 SW Admiral Way at Muttley Crew Cuts, benefiting English Springer Rescue America
Sale #79: Fundraiser for 3-Day Walk, at Hotwire courtyard (4410 California SW)
Sale #105: 4116 55th SW. Fundraiser for Susan G. Komen Walk for the Cure
Sale #120: 4003 53rd SW, Boy Scout Troop #284 benefit

(Amy at sale #126, photo by Ellen Cedergreen for WSB)
Sale #126: 3222 64th SW, benefiting lung-cancer research – sellers are organizing first Breathe Deep Seattle 5K, 8/13 at Lincoln Park
Sale #143: 2737 37th SW, proceeds benefiting PAWS

(Sale #156 photo by WSB’s Patrick Sand)
Sale #156: 3533 SW Elmgrove, benefiting Drillers softball team

Sale #176: 3204 SW Morgan, 2011 West Seattle Relay for Life multi-team benefit at Bridge Park – restrooms available for public use!
Sale #194: 3929 SW Elmgrove, benefit for Susan G Komen 3-Day
Sale #202: 5931 47th SW, benefits Foolscap SF Convention
Sale #204: 9843 42nd SW (featured above, benefit for kidney-transplant-awaiting patient)
Sale #210: 8436 Fauntleroy Way, benefits teacher scholarships

(Photo courtesy Sue Winter, who’s being helped at Sale #220 by Jordan Winter & Larisa Sulcs)
Sale #220: WestSide Baby fundraiser, selling Usborne Children’s Books outside The Little Gym, 7025 California SW

(Gary Potter from Potter Construction [WSB sponsor] at Sale #223)
Sale #223: 5606 California SW, benefits local and worldwide programs supported by Rotary Club of West Seattle and Rotarians everywhere.
Sale #225: 7400 Fauntleroy Way SW, Lincoln Park P-Patch

(Sale #251 – with what we believe to be the largest number of participants in a single sale!)
Sale #251: 10404 34th SW, Arbor Heights Co-op Preschool
Sale #252: 10251 41st SW, benefits Susan G Komen 3-Day, members of the fabled Team Tracy are raising money.

(Sale #153 photo by Patrick Sand)
Sale #253: 10455 42nd SW, for West Seattle Community Orchestras
Sale #254: 10435 28th SW, benefit for medical treatment not covered by insurance.
Sale #258: 10033 37th SW, benefits the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day 2011: The group sites

May 14, 2011 8:42 am
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That photo is just in from Lora at Hotwire Online Coffeehouse (WSB sponsor), Sale #28 on the West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day map, 4410 California SW, where dozens of sellers are setting up. (Including Sale #79, a fundraiser for the breast-cancer-fighting 3-Day.) Same courtyard where you enjoy the West Seattle Outdoor Movies every summer! Other group sites: Sale #138, VFW Hall (3601 SW Alaska – indoors); Sale #200, C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), 5612 California SW; and the bike swap at Cycle U (4550 Fauntleroy Way), Sale #139. Then there are the block sales! More on them coming up.

9:34 AM: Another photo from Lora – the plant sales at Hotwire, and shoppers! Plus, we have word from Ron at the VFW Hall – “Lots of stuff! China and glassware, Tools, Poker chips, automotive, sewing machines. Most, just make an offer!”

(Right across the street from the VFW Hall, you’ll find a sale at Mountain to Sound Outfitters – more on the Triangle overview shortly.)

2:23 PM: Selling outside at C&P, sale #200:

West Seattle Saturday: Stamp Out Hunger, Kiwanis cycles, garden events, youth summit…

In addition to West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day 9 am-3 pm (maps here), lots of other events happening around West Seattle today – some highlights from the WSB Events calendar:

ALASKAN WAY VIADUCT CLOSED: All weekend, as WSDOT sets up for the lane reductions that officially start Monday morning (2 lanes each way for the next few years, West Seattle Bridge to the stadium zone) – details here.

PUT OUT YOUR DONATIONS FOR STAMP OUT HUNGER: Before you leave for whatever you’re doing today, put out your bag of nonperishable food for the annual Stamp Out Hunger letter carriers’ food drive. Or – drop it off at Café Osita, west side of 35th just north of Webster, by 2 pm.

WEST SEATTLE KIWANIS MOTORCYCLE RIDE/SHOW AND POKER RUN: Signups start at 8:30; ride starts at 9:30; barbecue at 1:30 pm; all at 40th/Alaska – full details here.

DONATE BLOOD: Bloodmobile at Westwood Village – Barton Entrance (by between Pier 1 and Barnes & Noble. 9 am-3 pm (closed 11:30-12:30)

GENESEE-SCHMITZ GARDEN PARTY: 9 am – 1 pm will be the first of our gardening events at Genesee Hill School, SW Dakota Ave and 51st Ave SW, North Playground. Volunteers will tend the beds, distribute wood chips, and pull ivy. Tools, gloves (and the weed wrench) are provided by the Seattle School District. The goal is to help make the vacated Genesee School grounds more visibly pleasing and more enjoyable for community use. This is being organized by the Gardening Committee, Genesee Schmitz Neighborhood Council (GSNC).

GARDEN DAY TO HELP SENIORS: Free Senior Garden Sharing in West Seattle.Senior Center of West Seattle has organized this day and event. Volunteers and professional gardeners will help seniors with yard work. This is an all-day event culminating with a community potluck and barbecue. The event starts at West Seattle Produce (4721 Fauntleroy Way SW) with coffee. Schedule: 9 – 11 am: sign-in. 10 am – 3 pm: 2, 3 or 4 hour work-team assignments, go garden!! 3 – 7 pm dinner and celebration of work well done.

BARTON STREET P-PATCH GROUNDBREAKING: The official web marking post will be installed by Barker Landscaping at 9:30 am. Sign up sheets will be available for work parties from 9:00-11:00. Plots are assigned based on volunteer hours so come out. 34th/Barton.

LUPUS-FIGHTING WALK ON ALKI: The annual Walk with Us to Cure Lupus fundraising walk on Alki – registration by the bathhouse at 9 am, walk starts 10 am, full details here.

ASK AN EXPERT: Ask an Expert for the DIYer at West Seattle Tool Library (at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, 4408 Delridge Way SW), 10 am – 1 pm. Free and informal community meetups offer an opportunity to bounce project ideas off fellow DIYers and even receive some free professional advice in the process. You can then grab whatever tools you need from The Tool Library to get your ideas off the ground (or in the ground, if that’s the case.) The tool library also is an official stop on the West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day map.

TALK WITH YOUR SCHOOL BOARD REP: Informal discussion with Seattle School Board president Steve Sundquist at High Point Library (3411 SW Raymond St.), 11 am – 12:30 pm.

ROOM TO ADD A CAT TO YOUR HOUSEHOLD? Seattle Animal Shelter adoptathon at Senior Center of West Seattle (California/Oregon), noon-3 pm (details here)

SOUTHWEST SEATTLE SUPER STRING SATURDAY: Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra performs at South West Seattle Super String Saturday: 12:30 p.m. Chief Sealth International High School Auditorium: Everyone is invited to attend a mini-concert by the Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra. They will perform Holst’s The Planets at 12:30 p.m. in the Chief Sealth International High School Auditorium. Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestras is the largest youth orchestra training program in America. The organization operates four academic-year orchestras, three summer music festivals and a broad portfolio of public school partnership programs The concert is part of the first-ever Super Springs Saturday for South West Seattle Students, which runs from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. The days events will also include students who are learning string instruments at elementary schools in South West Seattle, and at Denny Middle School, performing and learning alongside the student musicians of the Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra (SYSO). The event is free and open to the students and families of Roxhill, Arbor Heights, Gatewood, Sanislo, West Seattle, Concord and Highland Park Elementary Schools as well as Denny International Middle School and any other community members wanting to support the young musicians of these south West Seattle Schools.

YOUTH SUMMIT AND MAYORAL VISIT: Mayor Mike McGinn at B.O.O.M Youth Summit (where youth are discussing issues of Violence, Food Justice, Institutional Oppression, and Youth Jobs and Resources). 11 am – 4:30 pm at Southwest Community Center (2801 SW Thistle).

EXTRA WATER TAXI RUNS FOR SOUNDERS GAME: 11 pm run added so you can take West Seattle Water Taxi home from Sounders game – see the schedule here.

Welcome to West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day 2011!

The day starts with sunshine – whew! 256 garage sales of all sizes are set for 9 am-3 pm as part of the 7th annual West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day, which we are proud to have coordinated/presented since the fourth edition. Wherever you are in West Seattle, there are probably sales near you, a fun chance to meet neighbors and do some person-to-person recycling. Find the maps here – a clickable online map, and a printable 12-page (PDF) list/map. We’ll be out and about getting photos – but would love yours too, for our ongoing reports, whether it’s a general photo of a sale or a pic of something interesting you bought (or are selling). Here’s how to reach us. More to come as sale time approaches; next up, we’ll preview other highlights happening today. We’ll have sale highlights at beyond those featured here, and sale chat (what are you looking for? or, what are you selling?) continues on the WSCGSD Facebook page. Have a great Saturday!

From the WSB Pets page: Dog hit by car, taken to vet

First we heard from Tim, who saw a black Lab get hit by a car on 35th Friday evening, and wanted to make sure that was mentioned on the WSB Pets page in case someone was looking for the dog. We added a mention to the page, but now that we’ve heard from Jon, who took the dog to a clinic, seems like front-page news:

Know someone missing a black Lab?

I was coming home from work (Friday) on 35 ave in West Seattle & just a few blocks south of the Chevron close to Austin st. i saw some people helping a dog that was bleeding from the mouth and she was apparently hit by a car!

So i turned around and went to offer any help i could. it turned out that I was the only person with a car so i offered to take the dog to an emergency facility.

I ended up taking the dog (Angus) is what i named her, I thought she was a he [?] ! Anyway, i took the nice Labrador to the VCA Animal Hospital in Burien [15707 1st Avenue S.] around 7 PM on Friday the 13th of May 2011.

The Dog (Angus) had a purple collar with little metal dog prints around the buckle, and was just a complete sweetheart! If anybody may know who this dog is, please help her find her way back to her owners.

I signed the dog over to King County’s care, and if they were able to save her, and the owners don’t come forward, she then would go up for adoption through the King County Animal Shelter. If you know this dog, please help her find her proper owners! I’m sure they are missing her as much as she wants to be home and misses her owners!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I also want to be contacted once she finds her family so i may have closure as well! Please contact me at 206 280 0202

Thanks For Reading This & check your local neighbors who may be missing their labrador!

Jon Prince

ADDED SATURDAY 2:20 PM: Lots of new information from commenters – including the dog’s owner.