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Loving Day celebration at Youngstown Arts Center on June 12th

May 29, 2011 9:04 pm
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Youngstown Cultural Arts Center in North Delridge has played host to events of citywide importance – and another one is coming up on June 12th. The nonprofit foundation MAVIN, which works to raise awareness about individuals/families of mixed heritage, is sponsoring a gathering to celebrate Loving Day. That’s not just about love – it’s about the anniversary of the 1967 U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Loving vs. Virginia, which led to the end of the nation’s remaining laws against interracial marriage. MAVIN (explained here, including its name) is a national organization, based in Seattle, that continues working against racial prejudice, particularly as it affects multiracial people, families, and communities. The June 12th party is planned for 1-3:30 pm at Youngstown (4408 Delridge Way SW), with entertainment – including singer/songwriter Jessica Porter and Wade Colwell-Sandoval of Funkamentalz – refreshments, kids’ activities, and a “short presentation.” There’s no admission charge, and you’re invited. (If you would like to RSVP via Facebook, the event page is here.) Questions? E-mail Mary Lingenfelter,

Successful 1st weekend for West Seattle’s new Cairdeas Winery tasting room

Big smiles from Cairdeas Winery owners Charlie and Lacey Lybecker when we stopped by their new West Seattle tasting room at mid-afternoon: Grand-opening weekend was going well, despite the lack of sunshine to bring a massive flow of traffic past their Harbor Avenue front door (southernmost street-level storefront at ActivSpace, just north of the West Seattle Bridge). The wines they’re pouring/selling now are all West Seattle-made, from their first winery on Delridge; they’ve since moved home base to Bryn Mawr, but their fondness for West Seattle led them to launch their tasting room here.

If you missed their opening weekend, catch them next weekend and future Saturdays-Sundays, noon-5 pm Saturdays and Sundays. (Wondering about the name? As explained online, it’s pronounced “car-dess” and: “Cairdeas is an ancient Gaelic word meaning friendship, goodwill or alliance. We believe in all three.”)

Golf/dine Friday for a cause: 1st Chief Sealth benefit tourney

May 29, 2011 5:14 pm
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Get out and play golf this Friday – and help make sure that hundreds of local students can keep having fun, staying healthy, and representing our area by playing sports. With days to go till next Friday’s first-ever Chief Sealth International High School Athletics-benefiting Golf Tournament, and you can still get a spot – for a full day/night of golfing and dining, including an awards dinner with some hot items on the auction block. Here’s a news release just in with the newest details:

This Friday, June 3, 2011 is the date for the first Chief Sealth Athletics Golf Tournament at Rainier Golf and Country Club. All proceeds will benefit the student-athletes at Chief Sealth International High School. There are still limited spaces available for both individuals and foursomes to participate in the fun and fundraising. Reservations can be purchased here.

Individual participation is $150, while foursomes can still be reserved for $500. The tournament will be a scramble with a shotgun start beginning at 10:00 a.m. The afternoon will conclude with a full dinner and auction featuring exclusive sport memorabilia and unique athletic experiences.

Auction items and prizes include:

• Signed balls from Hall-of-Famers Lenny Wilkens and Warren Moon.
• Autographed balls from Seattle legends Edgar Martinez and Kasey Keller.
• Signed 100th Anniversary University of Washington football and basketball posters.
• Autographed prints featuring Seattle Seahawks Ring of Honor members drawn by acclaimed artist Michael Reagan.
• Oil painting by local artist Sanford Holien featuring Kasey Keller and other Seattle Sounders.
• Box seats to select Seattle Mariners games.
• Rounds of golf at area courses.
• Gift certificates and prizes from local West Seattle establishments including Husky’s Deli, Menashe & Sons, and the Brickyard BBQ.
• A custom-made Musty Putters featuring the Chief Sealth Athletics logo.
• Season tickets to Chief Sealth boys and girls basketball games.
• The opportunity to design and call the first play of a Chief Sealth football game.

Proceeds from the event will help fund a variety of departmental items, including “c-team” participation, transportation, new uniforms, equipment, off-season camps and leagues, and continuing education for coaches.

“I believe that high school sports play a very important part in developing success in the classroom and success in life. Responsibility, teamwork, and perseverance are traits that can serve one for many years to come. I ask you to support those traits and the growth of Chief Sealth athletics by considering participating in this event,” says Athletic Director Sam Reed.

To reserve a spot in the tournament:
For additional questions, contact Sam Reed, Athletic Director at 206-252-8603

West Seattle Crime Watch: And another car break-in…

In addition to the two car crimes noted here earlier, Derek has since sent that photo along with news of what happened to his car – in hopes his neighbors will be hereby warned: “Just wanted to connect with you and say that my car was broken into Saturday night. It happened after midnight and my passenger side window was smashed. I am on the corner of Fauntleroy and Dawson. Very frustrating and I hope everyone in the area can be aware this happened.”

If you wonder “what good does a warning do?” there are two things we can mention for starters: #1, the perennial reminder not to keep anything in your car; #2, if you hear a noise outside, especially late at night or very early, do look if you can do so safely – spotting someone in the act and calling police with as much descriptive information as you can muster might just lead to an arrest.

West Seattle weekend scene: ‘Aluminum Overcast’ overhead

The photo was shared by Gary Jones, who adds, “Over the skies of West Seattle this Memorial Day weekend – ‘Aluminum Overcast’ – a B-17G Flying Fortress. Fitting tribute, since so many of these important aircraft for the WWII effort were built not far from here.” Aluminum Overcast is visiting Seattle through tomorrow, according to the schedule on its website (a flight will cost you about $400, but there are ground tours too). For more on the B-17’s background, here’s the page, which notes it’s been 76 years since its prototype that made its first flight from Boeing Field.

ADDED 2:59 PM: We are reminded that WSB contibutor Christopher Boffoli documented a ride aboard a different B-17, “Liberty Belle,” two years ago – with video – see it here.

Happening now: West Seattle Farmers’ Market sights

May 29, 2011 11:51 am
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Sights and sounds, we should say – Pourquoi Pas is playing at the West Seattle Farmers’ Market today. Warm melodies for a day that’s warmer than it looks, if you haven’t been out yet. And to get into an even-more-tropical mood, notice the parrots atop the Kiwanis Club of West Seattle tent:

However, Mike LaFranchi is pouring coffee beneath the tent, not piña coladas. (You can find granitas at the Rockridge Orchards booth, though.) More colorful sights – plants that don’t need blossoms to show color:

But of course flowers are available too. Even tulips, at this relatively late date:

As for today’s veggies – if there’s still some left, we highly recommend the giant romaine heads ($3) at Willie Green’s! The market’s open till 2 pm, as always on Sundays, 44th/Alaska in The Junction.

West Seattle Crime Watch: 2 more car incidents

Two West Seattle Crime Watch reports to share this morning – both involving car crimes, which local police acknowledge are the most common ones they deal with. Read More

West Seattle Sunday: Farmers’ Market, Colman Pool, more…

Thanks go out to Luckie for this morning’s feature photo, Laverne and Shirley, the West Seattle Nursery chickens. That makes us think of farming … which leads to item one on today’s event list:

WEST SEATTLE FARMERS’ MARKET: The market takes no holidays, so you’ll find it in session, 10 am-2 pm, The Junction (44th/Alaska). Food, beverages, flowers, plants … (And looking 3 weeks ahead, check out what the market is doing on Father’s Day!)

COLMAN POOL’S OPENING DAY: Opening day for West Seattle’s only city-run outdoor pool, Colman Pool in Lincoln Park, is today, delayed a day from original schedule, details here – and the city warns it’s likely to be chilly. “Wet suits welcome,” their announcement notes. The swimming begins at noon with a lap swim; first non-lap public swim is at 3 pm. (Same schedule tomorrow, at which time the water’s likely to be a bit warmer …)

THE PLAYS (ARE) THE THING: Annual Showcase of New Plays at ArtsWest. 7 pm. Five more local playwrights (including West Seattle’s Jeff Mandels) give you a preview of their newest work, either one-acts or excerpts of longer plays. Our update from last night includes the ticket-buying link.

IT’S IN THE CARDS: Free Texas Hold ‘Em poker @ Heartland Café, 1:30 & 3:30pm. More info at

More on the WSB West Seattle Events calendar!

Video: Seattle Lutheran welcomes the champions home

Two years in a row, and it starts to feel like a tradition: A late-night triumphant homecoming for the Seattle Lutheran High School baseball team, hours after winning a state-championship game. After the bus rolled up to the north-of-The-Junction school late Saturday night, it was time to gather in the gym for a prayer of thanks:

As reported here earlier, the Saints beat Warden High School in Yakima, 7-1, for the state 2B championship, which they brought home to West Seattle last year too.