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West Seattle benefit for children of Cpl. Brandon Hocking

An Army corporal killed in Iraq this past March had family with longtime ties to West Seattle – and a benefit show has been organized for this Saturday night. The announcement includes a request to RSVP by Thursday:

Saturday, June 4 · 7:00pm – 11:00pm
VFW Post 2713 at 3601 SW Alaska
In honor of US Army Sgt. Brandon S. Hocking, who lost his life on March 21st 2011 while serving in Iraq. Come join the event that brings together musicians who grew up and went to school with Brandon’s Mom Chris (Pitts) Dansereau, Stepdad Calvin (Dempsey) Dansereau, and Aunt Jodi (Pitts) Lascoumes, here in West Seattle.

“The Band of Brothers” will put two groups on stage for the evening, as part of a fundraiser for Brandon’s children. This is an all-ages show, with a $10 per person suggested donation at the door. This event is by invitation only, and space is limited, so please respond by June 2nd to secure your name on the invite list. Food and drinks will be extra and some items to be raffled off too. If you would like to donate items such as gift certificates, goods or services to be raffled, please contact me. [ Richard at, 206-225-0153 ]

The list of those musicians who have graciously offered their support, as well as the VFW Post 2713, are some of the best in Seattle, and they are our guys from right here, showing their true West Seattle support.

Rod Moody
Pat Tunison
Joe Bauer
John Bradley
Bill Reid
Monty Smith
Shel Van Taylor
Jon Sleight
Michael Wolfe
Mike Winston
Doug Marrapodi
Jay Marrapodi

According to this Seattle Times (WSB partner) story about Corporal Hocking’s death, he was 24, and survived by his wife and two preschool-age children.

Update: List of West Seattle summer camps with room left

(EDITOR’S NOTE: We’re continuing to update this list as additions come in – newest update, 6/12 – if you discover any of these no longer have room, please let us know! Thanks!)
With just a few weeks of school left, we’re getting a few questions about day-camp options. We don’t have a comprehensive list but here are a few announcements we’ve received:

(updated 6/1) THE PINK ARMADILLO ART STUDIO: Clare Hebert (above) just opened this studio in the same building as the Blue Mist Salon in Admiral (which is very much alive and well, its owners assure us, and still in that same building!), across from Hiawatha, and is offering half-day camps for 6-12-year-olds in July and August. The schedule is here. (She teaches classes for adults/teens too – more online, or e-mail her at

ARTS-IN-NATURE CAMP: West Seattle-headquartered nonprofit Nature Consortium presents a week of day camp August 15-19 for ages 9 and up at Camp Long, with nature-themed art projects, 10 am-4 pm daily, registration at Questions? Ryan @

GARDEN ART DAY CAMP AT VILLAGE GREEN: West Seattle artist Sarah Browning is offering two 3-day sessions in August for ages 8-12 at Village Green Perennial Nursery just south of WS – full details here.

WEST SEATTLE/FAUNTLEROY YMCA DAY CAMPS: There’s a wide range of camp sessions offered by the Y (WSB sponsor) – and if you follow the registration links, you can see whether spots are available. Here’s where to start.

LITTLE GYM OF WEST SEATTLE: They e-mailed tonight to say they have camps for ages 3-10, Mondays-Fridays, June 20th-August 27th, 1-4 pm, with games, group activities, gymnastics, arts and crafts; you can sign up “for one day or every day.” See the schedule at or call 206.937.0311.

SEATTLE SCHOOLS SUMMER MUSIC AT WSHS: This is for student musicians who are finishing grades 4 through 8 and have at least one year of experience playing an instrument. This is a three-week program, 9 am-noon, June 27-July 15 (or, students may attend just one or two weeks). The program offers band, strings, jazz, and/or small ensemble participation, with a concert each week. You can register online; here’s the link. More info also is available from Toni Reineke, head teacher for the West Seattle site: or 206-243-6955.

WEST SEATTLE SOCCER CLUB: Via Facebook, WSSC says it’s sponsoring three different soccer camps for players age 4-14 this summer. Details and online-registration links can be found at

THE COVE SCHOOL: The school’s summer-camp program has a few spaces open, 9-noon Mondays-Fridays, for children ages 3-5, the last 3 weeks in July and the middle 3 weeks in August. Info:

ARC SUMMER DAY CAMPS AT SEATTLE PARKS’ COMMUNITY CENTERS: Five locations in West Seattle, one in South Park. From the announcement we just received: “The atmosphere at camp is one that emphasizes community relationships, but also recognizes individual achievement, creativity and original thinking. Enriching field trips weekly! Children currently in Kindergarten through 5th grade that are not younger than 5 and not older than 12 are welcome. Weekly sessions June 27-September 2- attend one week or all.” Go here to find out more online.

COMMUNITY DAY SCHOOL AT SANISLO ELEMENTARY: Announcement just in: “Offering weekly sessions for K-5 focusing on different book genres. Join us for JRR Tolkien/The Hobbit or Harry Potter Week, just to name a few! Open 7 am-6 pm with flexible dropoff and pickup times. Contact us at or 206-763-5910 for a complete list of themes and more details.”

COMERFORD SCHOOL OF IRISH DANCE: Beginning Irish Dance workshop for kids offered July 18-20 at the West Seattle VFW. C’mon over and learn a jig! The session for new beginners will be 10 to 11 AM each day. INFO:; 206-935-3225.

SING OUT SEATTLE: Reports the following: The Lion King (July 11- July 22) 2 weeks – 5 slots left … Princess and the Frog ( July 25-Aug. 5)- 6 slots left … Shrek! (Aug. 8- Aug. 19)- 12 slots left. For information and registration, contact:

WESTSIDE SCHOOL CAMPS: Sing Out Seattle is one of several summer camps offered at Westside School (WSB sponsor). Full list, including ages, details, and how to register, can be found here.

YOGAGIRLZ: Shana Hageman reports, “I still have room in one of my YogaGirlz summer camps: July 25-29th for girls 7-11. It runs from 9-3 pm and the cost is $300. There is more info at”

SEATTLE LUTHERAN SPORTS CAMPS: Cheer, basketball, volleyball, and running camps are offered, and SLHS says there’s room. Age groups (some for as young as 2nd grade, some up to 12th grade) and schedules are listed in this brochure (2-page PDF).

COMETA PLAYSCHOOL: “Around the World in 5 Weeks,” starting with North America the week of July 11th, then South America the week of July 18th, Asia the week of July 25th, Europe the week of August 1st, and Africa the week of August 8th. Daily hours 10 am-1 pm; more info at, or call 206-353-6781.

BLOOM PRESCHOOL: This school is hosting three summer camps for preschoolers (3 to 5 year-olds) and older siblings (grade school age). Sibling discounts are available. Camp hours are 9:30 am-12:30 pm, with sessions June 28-July
1, July 18-21, and August 29-Sept 1 – summer-themed crafts, storytime, walking recess, and
lunch. RSVP to Bloom Preschool teachers Keri Russell or Kristi Ingle at or 206.612.6044.

CHIEF SEALTH BASKETBALL AND LIFE SKILLS CAMP: For 2nd through 9th graders, girls and boys, this camp teaching both basketball and life-skills/leadership lessons has three one-week sessions this year. Full details in our original preview, including a link to the brochure and registration information.

LIMBER YOGA AND SEATTLE INTEGRATED MARTIAL ARTS: Two summer-camp sessions in August – “Yoga, Adventure, and Martial Arts Camp” – through this Junction-based studio. August 8th-11th, 9-1, is for 4 to 6-year-olds; August 22nd-25th, 9-1, is for ages 7 through 11. More information online – go here.

SEATTLE BOULDERING PROJECT: This is a new indoor rock-climbing gym in South Seattle, and a West Seattleite who works there sends word they have summer camp programs – full details here. She says it offers “a different form of climbing than most people are accustomed to” with climbing walls no higher than 15 feet and the gym floor including 16 inches of padding. Programs start June 27th and are available for ages 6-16. Register by phone 206.299.2300 or e-mail – 900 Poplar Place S.

SEREVI RUGBY: Introductory one-session “camps” for ages 7-18 at Hiawatha Playfield, details here.

(Any others in WS, or nearby, that still have room? We’d be happy to add more to the list;

West Seattle coyotes: How to handle a close encounter

The latest coyote sighting out of the WSB inbox raises the issue of how to react if you have a close encounter with one. After our last photo-accompanied coyote report, one reader chastised us for the lighthearted headline – as if you would want to play with a coyote. She reminded us that for their safety and ours, you want to do your best to scare them off. That point was raised again by Shawn‘s encounter, which resulted in these photos and note:

I took these pics with my cell phone yesterday around 4 pm while walking my dog, Charlie. The coyote was so close my hands were shaking! It seemed curious, but not threatening. Charlie’s a big dog, though, and does not look like a snack, except maybe to a bear or a whale. It did bark or yip once, which was kind of cool. The coyote followed us for at least a block and was close enough to touch. (I didn’t) These pics were taken on a populated street in High Point; the one that backs up to the cemetery.

As advised in the “coexisting with coyotes” link we often share: “If a coyote ever approaches too closely, pick up small children immediately and act aggressively toward the animal. Wave your arms, throw stones, and shout at the coyote. If necessary, make yourself appear larger by standing up (if sitting) or stepping up onto a rock, stump, or stair. The idea is to convince the coyote that you are not prey, but a potential danger.”

Hot topics on tap tomorrow: Highway 99 traffic; West Seattle Triangle

Two West Seattle meetings of note tomorrow tackle hot topics: First, the Highway 99/Alaskan Way Viaduct construction work and its effect on traffic to and from West Seattle. The South Portal Working Group, an advisory committee focused on that side of the 99 project, meets at 4 pm Wednesday, for the first time in a few months. Its agenda includes a project update, with committee members specifically asked to be ready to answer this question: “Do you have any feedback regarding the way traffic has been managed during construction?”. West Seattle reps in the working group include Pete Spalding from eastern West Seattle, Vlad Oustimovitch from western West Seattle, and Junction lawyer Jerry Cohen.) The meeting’s at the Sound Transit Board Room at Union Station on the south end of downtown.

Then at 7 Wednesday night, South Seattle Community College Board Room, the Southwest District Council – whose members are from neighborhood groups and other organizations around the west side of the peninsula, which the city calls the “Southwest District.” The SWDC has expressed concern over the city-led Triangle planning process – especially a suggestion that some parts could be rezoned for 85-foot-tall buildings – and will hear from the city planners on the project, Susan McLain and Robert Scully, tomorrow night. They’ll also hear from SDOT about SW Alaska “rechannelization” – changes planned to that street’s flow through the Triangle and Junction for the RapidRide bus service. The agenda also includes new Department of Neighborhoods director Bernie Matsuno. All are welcome at both meetings.

Historic Alki Bike Tour set for June 25th

There are a lot of activities going on at the beach the weekend of June 25th. If you aren’t into PADDLING in the water, you could try PEDALING along the water’s edge instead. There is a Facebook Event page to RSVP, but you should also contact Sarah Frederick at the Log House Museum. Here’s more info from the Southwest Seattle Historical Society…

The Southwest Seattle Historical Society (SWSHS) invites residents to bike into history as the 4th Annual SWSHS Bike Tour returns to West Seattle Saturday June 25th 2011, 12:30 to 2 p.m. The Bike Tour accompanies SWSHS’ popular Walking Tour series, showcasing some of West Seattle’s most influential landmarks. Admission to the Bike Tour is $7 for non-members, $5 for museum members. Donations are accepted.

The Log House Museum is located at 3003 61st Avenue SW, a half-block off Alki Avenue. Participants are encouraged to register by contacting Sarah Frederick at (206) 938-5293 or

For more information about SWSHS and the Log House Museum, log on to

West Seattle traffic alert update: 35th SW crash scene clear

12:12 PM: A crash at 35th/Henderson has police diverting traffic north of the scene, at SW Trenton, and south at Barton. More details to come.

12:19 PM UPDATE: Added a photo. No information so far on the circumstances of the crash, but as the picture shows, two cars were involved. The private ambulance was there to take one person to the hospital. It and the fire truck have just cleared, according to our crew on the scene, but you’ll want to avoid the area a while longer, till debris can be cleaned up, and vehicles towed if needed.

1:03 PM: Went back over to verify – the scene is all clear, traffic back to normal.

Help Seattle Parks plan adult/senior rec programs’ future

May 31, 2011 11:45 am
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There’s still room at the table for a dinner conversation coming up one week from tomorrow in West Seattle. Parks Department Lifelong Recreation Program staffers want to hear what programs you’d like to see offered to adults (seniors as well as younger adults), and what partnerships might be appropriate to make those programs happen. The free dinner is at 6 pm June 8th at Delridge Community Center, but you need to RSVP – call Mary at 206-935-2162 or e-mail

Zippy’s Giant Burgers really is open now in White Center

For the “won’t believe it till we see it” contingent – this photo is proof, Zippy’s Giant Burgers is indeed open for business in White Center (9614 14th SW).

ADDED 12:25 PM: More scenes from (re)opening day:

The photo is by WSB/White Center Now contributor Deanie Schwarz, who caught Steve Vodopich and Kenan Cetincelik, lifelong West Seattle buddies, working on the first Big Mouth orders of the day. Three patties! But it isn’t the biggest burger at Zippy’s; that would be the King Lou Lou (added ahead – see somebody try one of those!).

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West Seattle business: Volleyball ace prepares to open BioJunction

Story and photos by Stephanie Chacharon
Reporting for West Seattle Blog

Lora Clothier is getting ready to open her own business; but first, she has a championship to win.

She’s come a long way since taking up the game of volleyball at age 12. After playing ball for Eastern Washington University’s Division I program, Lora has continued to build her skills both on the court and in the sand. During the indoor season, she plays through USA Volleyball (USAV), one of the world’s leading organizations for the sport.

Today, Lora is flying to Dallas, where she’ll join other elite players for the 2011 USAV Open Championships. The tournament marks the end to her indoor-season involvement — when she returns home, she’ll switch focus to her beach game, which she says is her new favorite.

But it won’t be just beach volleyball that’s on her mind when she’s back home in West Seattle. Come mid-summer, Lora’s first entrepreneurial venture, BioJunction Sports Therapy, will open for business at Charlestown Center (on the NW corner of SW Charlestown and California SW).

The clinic will occupy the long-vacant ground-floor corner unit of the building, directly below West Seattle Runner (WSB sponsor). Lora, an experienced physical therapist who specializes in outpatient orthopedic physical therapy, has big plans for the clinic. “I want to do it right,” she told WSB. “I love working with people, and I love making people better.”

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West Seattle Tuesday: Highlights for the final day of May

May 31, 2011 7:59 am
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 |   West Seattle news | WS miscellaneous

(Steller’s Jay, photographed by Danny McMillin)
From the WSB West Seattle Events calendar:

LAST DAY: Bring a package of diapers for WestSide Baby to C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor, 5612 California SW), get a free coffee drink.

LAST DAY: Food drive to feed needy kids during the summer months – drop off non-perishable food donations at PCC Natural Markets‘ West Seattle store (WSB sponsor), 2749 California SW.

FIRST DAY: Zippy’s Giant Burgers opens at 10:30 am in its new location, 9614 14th SW in White Center.

FESTIVAL CONTINUES: SIFF with films at the Admiral Theater for all three weeks this year. Tonight, two films will be screened, “Do You See Colors When You Close Your Eyes?” at 7 and “Tilt” at 9:30 – more details and ticket links here.

‘LIVING INTO LIFE’: Learn about building your Personal Safety Net at a workshop tonight, 7-8:30 pm at Alki Arts (2820 Alki SW), call 206-659-0665 to check if there’s still space.

AT THE LIBRARIES: West Seattle’s public libraries host baby, family, and toddler story times today as well as a citizenship class – all listed here.

NIGHTLIFE: Among tonight’s options: Rock trivia (every Tuesday night!) at Feedback Lounge (WSB sponsor), 8 pm.