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“Bite at the Point” Community Potluck on June 22nd

June 9, 2011 11:19 pm
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The High Point Community Center (Seattle Parks and Recreation) is holding a Multicultural “Bite at the Point” Community Potluck on June 22. This diverse community represents cuisines of many cultures and a potluck in High Point isn’t to be missed.

The event will be held at the High Point Community Center (6920 34th Ave. SW), 6 – 7:30 pm. The potluck is an opportunity to share the many cultural cuisines represented in the neighborhood, so community members are invited to make and share a dish that represents their cultural roots. Enjoy food and fun, and celebrate the High Point Community through succulent sensations from around the world!

The potluck will also feature jumpy toys and field activities for the child in everyone.

Please submit recipes to High Point Community Center by fax to 206.684.7402, email to, or send using the US Postal Service to
High Point Community Center
6920 34th Ave. SW
Seattle, WA 98126.

Seattle Parks and Rec asks for the recipes in order to make diners aware of any allergens a dish may contain.

The objective of this event is to encourage diversity exchange and communion among several cultures and to provide a space to engage families in fun.

For more information about the potluck, please call High Point Community Center at 206.684.7422.

Helicopters Fly-In for American Heroes Air Show June 18th

Museum of Flight
Military and civilian choppers descend for free family event, special guests include Capt. Keith Colburn and Edgar Hansen from “Deadliest Catch” reality TV show

June 18 is a day of heroes and helicopters at The Museum of Flight. The admission-free family-friendly American Heroes Air Show and Code 3 public service recruitment fair features static displays of a wide variety of helicopters, vehicles, special presentations, helicopter rides and entertainment in the Museum’s parking lot from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Special guests include crab fishing boat Capt. Keith Colburn and crabber deckhand Edgar Hansen from the Deadliest Catch reality TV show. The two fishermen will be available to meet Air Show visitors.

The annual event demonstrates how helicopters play an important role in law enforcement, fire service, public safety, communications, national defense and homeland security.
Representatives from organizations including local flight schools, Border Patrol, search and rescue units, federal agencies and the U.S. Army, Navy and Coast Guard will be on hand to answer questions. Rides in civilian helicopters will be available for $50.

New Permanent Helicopter Exhibit Opens
The day also marks the opening of a new helicopter exhibit in the Museum featuring a former Coast Guard helicopter, the classic Sikorsky HH-52 Seaguard. This helicopter was last stationed at Port Angeles, Wash., and was retired in 1982. There will be a dedication ceremony at 11 a.m. with representatives from the Museum and the Coast Guard. Speakers include Museum President and CEO Doug King, HH-52 restoration leader Coast Guard pilot Lt. Mark Haines, and Coast Guard Air Station Port Angeles Commander Richard Hahn. Coast Guard Rear Adm. Gary Blore, Thirteenth Coast Guard District Commander and “Ancient Albatross of the Coast Guard,” will speak about the significance of the HH-52 during its operation in the Northwest. The ceremony is open to the public, and free with admission to the Museum.

Helicopter Book Signings
The Museum is hosting an all-day book signing party with some of Northwest’s top aviation writers including Jay Spenser and Steve Vermillion. Spenser is the author of “Whirlybirds: A History of U.S. Helicopter Pioneers;” Vermillion’s autobiography, “”Dustoff – No Compromise! No Rationalization! No Hesitation! Fly the Mission,”
is about helicopter medivac flying during the Vietnam War. The event is free and located in the Museum lobby, with books available for purchase.

Here is the official schedule of events:

Schedule of Events
7:30 a.m.
Aircraft begin arriving. The public is welcome to come early and watch. Complimentary coffee and pastries will be available to early visitors.

8:30 a.m.
Capt. Keith Colburn of the Fishing Vessel Wizard arrives to meet with fans and crews before the show opens.

10 a.m.
Gates open and helicopter rides begin.

11 a.m.
Dedication ceremony of the Sikorsky HH-52 helicopter exhibit in the Museum Side Gallery.

1 p.m.
Edgar Hansen, deckhand on the Fishing Vessel Northwestern, presents the U.S.Coast Guard with a certificate of appreciation in the Museum’s Allen Theater. Accepting for the Coast Guard are flight crews from USCG Air Stations Port Angeles and Astoria. Included in the program is a Discovery Channel video of actual Coast Guard helicopter rescue operations at sea. The audience is encouraged to ask questions of the Coast Guard personnel in attendance.

2 to 2:30 p.m.
Edgar Hansen meets and greets fans at the show.

For more information on the event, visit

Beach Access Opening Celebration at Jack Block Park June 24th

You might want to plan ahead for the Beach Access Opening Celebration at Jack Block Park June 24th. Port of Seattle has extended an invitation to all, you can register online or email or call 206.787.3009

Here’s the details:

Where: Jack Block Park (2130 Harbor Ave. SW / Seattle, WA 98126-2033)
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Friday June 24, 2011 from 5:00 PM to 7:30 PM
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Here’s the official invitation:

Please join us for a Community Celebration as we commemorate new public beach access at Jack Block Park Friday, June 24, 5:00 – 7:30 pm. Ribbon Cutting and Native Canoe Launch at 6:00 pm. Salmon BBQ and hosted beer, wine RSVP requested by Tuesday, 6/21.

Join us on June 25-26 for the first annual Northwest Paddling Festival at Jack Block Park featuring on water demonstrations, instruction, a paddle sports market, music, food and fun.

Register Online Now

About Jack Block Park

Jack Block Park is located on the Pacific Sound Resources Superfund Site, a former creosote wood treating facility that operated from the turn of the century. During its course of operation, until listed on the EPA National Priorities List, the wood treating facility released hazardous contaminants into the soil, intertidal and deeper marine area. The Port of Seattle purchased the upland portion of the site as part of the redevelopment and expansion of the Terminal 5 cargo-handling facility and implemented cleanup actions for the uplands under EPA oversight. EPA later placed a protective sand/gravel cap in 58 acres of the marine area that also created the intertidal beach. The Port developed the park as a community benefit and today, the park encompasses 13 acres of landscaping, viewpoints, pedestrian and bicycle paths and shoreline access. The EPA recently has determined the shoreline area suitable for public access and the Port is proud to add this exciting feature to one of our 22 “hidden gems” on Seattle’s waterfront.

Traffic alert: Alaskan Way Viaduct weekend-closure time change

(WSDOT June 3rd photo of south-end Viaduct construction work)
For your Friday night planning, if you’re going to be off-peninsula: Both the Alaskan Way Viaduct project website’s home page and the city’s weekly roundup of road-construction traffic alerts are now showing a change in the start time of this weekend’s Viaduct closure (for south-end construction work): 5 am Saturday, instead of 11 pm Friday night. (Ending time still set for 5 am Monday; the northbound section will reopen later Saturday from the stadiums northward, but that still means no access from the West Seattle Bridge or 99 south of downtown.)

Triangle tidbits: ‘Hole’ deal; Trader Joe’s, Les Schwab progress…

June 9, 2011 9:26 pm
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 |   Development | Triangle | West Seattle news | West Seattle Trader Joe's

All quick notes, all from the same area of West Seattle, all businesses, so here’s the roundup:

‘THE HOLE’ SETTLEMENT: After breaking the news Friday that the longrunning legal fight over the stalled Fauntleroy Place project, alias ‘The Hole,’ had been settled, we had expected to discover the details by now. So far, no luck with any of various parties to the case. So we checked back today with the bailiff for King County Superior Court Judge Susan Craighead, who has been in charge of the case, to see what they’d heard. Jennie Cowan says the August 8th trial date technically is still on the books but, “It is likely the parties will file a notice indicating settlement and striking the trial date within the next week.” We’ll be watching for that.


The construction work is proceeding inside 4545 Fauntleroy Way, as the above photo (from Wednesday) would suggest, but never fear, outside work has now gotten the green light too (we reported the indoor permit back on May 21). The city has now granted ALL the requisite building/land-use permits listed on the official project page. And Trader Joe’s has applied for its West Seattle liquor license, too (for beer/wine tasting as well as beer/wine grocery store) – the online records yield a tiny tidbit: West Seattle will be TJ’s Store #157. (Its next new Northwest store, in the Kitsap County town of Silverdale, is scheduled to open one week from tomorrow.)


Thanks to Celeste for the tip that, after the fence went up May 28th (she was one of the tipsters then too), crews are in view outside the future Les Schwab Tires location at 38th and Alaska. We first reported the plans in late January; the company has yet to publicly discuss its West Seattle location-in-progress, but we have yet another inquiry out and hope to hear back.

Happening now: West Seattle Art Walk, June 2011 edition

A few scenes from along tonight’s West Seattle Art Walk – which continues till 9, so you have time to get out and see the sights! – Above, artist Jessica Creager is at Wallflower Custom Framing and Shooting Gallery on the ground floor of Mural Apartments (WSB sponsor) with Wallflower proprietor Courtney Sievertson, who’s celebrating the second anniversary of her business! They’re right across 42nd SW from Jefferson Square, between SW Edmunds and SW Alaska. Also in The Junction:

James Lobb is curator of “Made in Seattle,” a pottery exhibition opening at Twilight Artist Collective (on SW Alaska just west of Easy Street Records). One more Junction stop:

Larine Chung is exhibiting work this month at Seattle Real Estate Associates (WSB sponsor) on 44th SW. Heading north to the Admiral District:

Shanti Salon and Spa (WSB sponsor; 2138 California SW) is showing the whimsical work of Narboo. Again, the Art Walk continues till 9 tonight – with venues listed on the official website – but many of the shows are up for the entire month, so you can still visit the participating venues over the next few weeks and enjoy the work showcased for June.

West Seattle Little League ready to cut ‘Snack Shack’ ribbon!

West Seattle Little League had hoped this would happen as the new season begun … but the stars just didn’t align. Now, they have, and the long-awaited “snack shack” dedication date has been set. From WSLL president Mark Terao:

The day has finally come.

Along with the Seattle Parks Department, we at West Seattle Little League will perform our official dedication and ribboncutting ceremony celebrating the completion of our new concession building and storage building at Bar-S Playfield.

Please come and celebrate with us as we give a big Thank You and show our appreciation to all of the people and companies that helped this dream of over 50 years come true.

Through the help of many, we were able to construct a first-class facility that will be enjoyed by thousands of families throughout the Seattle area for years to come.

The dedication will be held at 3:00 Saturday, June 18th, at Bar-S Playfield.

WSLL has been chronicling the project – photos and more – here.

West Seattle beverage news: The Cask going up for sale

The news just broke on Washington Beer Blog (published by West Seattleites Kendall and Kim Jones): The Cask in the Admiral District is going up for sale. WBB quotes an e-mail announcement saying its owners are moving out of state. It’s been open eleven months. (Thanks to tipster Jennifer for pointing us to this story.)

ADDED FRIDAY MORNING: For those who asked, the listing is up – thanks to Larry Nitkey for sending the link.

Registration now open for this year’s ‘Night Out Against Crime’

It’s one of the most fun nights of the summer – hundreds of neighborhoods around West Seattle, and thousands elsewhere, celebrating community and crimefighting as part of the annual Night Out Against Crime. Despite cuts in the Seattle Police crime-prevention-coordinator staff, Night Out is on, according to word just in from Mark Solomon, who’s the coordinator for precincts including ours. He says Night Out this year is on Tuesday, August 2nd, and you can register your block party (which means you get to close the street, as long as it’s not an arterial) right now! Just go here. There’s a Night Out page on Facebook, too – find that here. And as we say every year, we would love to feature your party as part of WSB coverage – if you wouldn’t mind a photojournalist stopping by, please let us know the address (here’s how to reach us) before party night! (And if we don’t make it, please share a photo, as it’s great to show everyone in West Seattle as many of the neighbors and friends they just haven’t yet met!)

Dr. Susanne Gee’s Skin Doc Shop: Welcome, new WSB sponsor!

Today, we welcome a WSB new sponsor, Dr. Susanne Gee, who has owned and operated the Skin Doc Shop in West Seattle since 2002. New WSB sponsors are offered the chance to share information with you about what they do, and here’s what Dr. Gee wants you to know: She graduated from The George Washington University School of Medicine after completing a master’s degree in nutrition, and a bachelor’s in art. She says, “I approach skin conditions with a visual and artistic experience, which I have found very valuable in recognizing diverse diagnoses. In addition, nutrition is a valuable resource when treating certain skin conditions.” She believes that her practice is unique, as she treats all her patients herself. Unlike most practices, Dr. Gee is the sole provider of medical care, and does not defer the patient’s evaluation or treatment to associates or assistants. She has found this consistency of care is a great benefit to her patients. “We have grown into the successful dermatology practice that we are today by doing what is best for our patients– providing excellent-quality service. The personal relationship between the physician and patient is key to the successful treatment of the skin. We know that by providing our patients with the concern, attention and customer service they deserve, our company will continue to grow and prosper.”

Dr. Gee would like you to know that “the Skin Doc Shop is a private, solo practice with only one medical doctor with no affiliation to any multi-specialty group or hospital. I evaluate and treat all skin conditions from acne to skin cancer and I also enjoy turning back the clock for some of my patients with strategic use of Botox and fillers.” She has done extensive research in ultraviolet light, skin damage, and skin cancer at The George Washington University School of Medicine. She is also a member of the Rotary Club of West Seattle, the West Seattle Chamber of Commerce, and the BNI Westside Professionals networking group. Dr. Gee and her entire staff are residents of West Seattle. Find her online at (more contact information and office location here).

We thank Dr. Susanne Gee’s Skin Doc Shop for sponsoring independent, community-collaborative neighborhood news on WSB; find our current sponsor team listed in directory format here, and find info on joining the team by going here.

2 nostalgic benefits on Saturday: Family Promise, ArtsWest

June 9, 2011 10:57 am
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Two chances this Saturday night to have nostalgic fun while helping local nonprofits:

FAMILY PROMISE OF SEATTLE: As FP gets back into the business of helping homeless families, they need to raise money to be sustainable, so they’ll never have to go on hiatus again – we reported about the heartbreaking stories of their phone ringing, with nothing they could do to help the families seeking somewhere to stay, together. Saturday night 5-10 pm at the Holy Rosary gym, it’s ’50s-’60s music for a sock hop dance, dinner and auction to benefit Family Promise (which is West Seattle-based) – or 937-2703 for tickets, $25/person, $40/couple.

ARTSWEST: Go even further back in time, to the ’40s, for the “Come Fly With Us” gala Saturday night at the Museum of Flight, ArtsWest’s biggest annual benefit. The auction catalog is online now (find it as a PDF here); tickets are available online too.

West Seattle power outage: 17 Charlestown Hill homes

June 9, 2011 8:43 am
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Dianne e-mailed to report that her power’s been out since about midnight, in the 56th/Spokane area; we checked and Seattle City Light‘s status map shows a small outage, 17 customers (homes, in this case). “Equipment failure” is blamed, according to the SCL site, and they’re estimating the power will be back on by mid-afternoon.

Another car-hits-house crash; no serious injuries

If you’re in or around Highland Park, you might have heard/seen the response to this about an hour ago – what was briefly a “heavy rescue” call in the 1700 block of SW Holden (just a block west of Fire Station 11). We don’t have many details, but apparently this car collided with a second one (which was visible nearby and did not appear seriously damaged), went through a fence and into the stoop/front corner of a house. This was the second car-hits-house crash in West Seattle in a week; we covered one at 34th/Trenton last Thursday afternoon. SFD spokesperson Lt. Sue Stangl says their medic units were not used to transport anyone, but isn’t sure if a private ambulance might have been called. 9:27 AM: Just talked with SPD, but the report’s still being written, so we don’t know the circumstances, or whether anyone was cited. We’ll check back later.

West Seattle Thursday: Art Walk; Ask the Expert; wine x 3…

(Photo from last weekend, shared by Stephen Elser)
From the WSB West Seattle Events calendar:

ART WALK: Tonight is the monthly West Seattle Art Walk, 6 – 9 pm, dozens of venues around the peninsula. We’ll spotlight some of them in a separate preview later today, but if you want an early sneak peek, check out the official Art Walk website, which will tell you about many of the artists to be featured tonight (and beyond).

ASK AN EXPERT: If you visit Youngstown Cultural Arts Center (4408 Delridge Way SW) during the Art Walk, you can also “Ask An Expert” at the West Seattle Tool Library, 6:30-8:30pm in the Community Workshop (east side of the building).

NEW HAPPY HOUR: Wine and food specials as new Thursday-Friday-Saturday Happy Hour debuts at Tuscan Tea Room in The Junction, 3-6 pm – details here

WINE EVENTS: 3 of them, starting with the first of three days of the Northwest Wine Academy event at South Seattle Community College, 12:00 – 6:00 pm, offering 6 new wines for tasting … The weekly tasting at West Seattle Wine Cellars features German wines, 5:30-9 pm … The monthly Wine Club meets at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), 6-8 pm (new? RSVP to

SEATTLE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: 4th-to-last night of SIFF (WSB sponsor), with two films tonight at West Seattle’s Admiral Theater, from Spain and Italy – schedule and ticket info here.

FINAL CHIEF SEALTH PTSA MEETING OF THE YEAR: 7 pm, Room 222 at Chief Sealth International High School.

HOME BUYERS’ WORKSHOP: Local real-estate and mortgage professionals present a workshop about the purchasing process, Bank of America in The Junction, 4001 SW Alaska Street, 6-8 pm, RSVP to 206-310-9551.

Memorial planned June 16 for Donald R. Chesterfield

A memorial service is planned in West Seattle on June 16th for Donald R. Chesterfield, who died last week just three days shy of his 80th birthday. Here’s the announcement sent to us:

In Memory of Donald R. Chesterfield
June 4, 1931 – June 1, 2011

Donald R. Chesterfield, 79, son of the late Roy M. and (Betty) Elizabeth V. Chesterfield, is survived by brother, John R. and Marcia Chesterfield, his sister, Cheryl A. and Mike Ferguson, and their families. Don is survived by his wife of 58 years, Phyllis J. Chesterfield, and his children, Kris Ohanu & family, Kip Chesterfield & family, Karen Brown & family, Kitty Chesterfield & family, Karli Shanklin & family, and Kilian Chesterfield & family, as well as many beloved grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Don was a 1950 graduate of West Seattle High School. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps, received a Purple Heart for his service during the Korean War, and served 10 years in the U.S. Air Force. He loved his family, fishing, baseball and more. One of his favorite pastimes was playing fast-pitch softball as a pitcher for more than 30 years in Southern California and in the Seattle area as well. Don retired from The Boeing Company.

A Memorial Service will be held in his honor on Thursday, June 16, at 6:00 p.m. at the West Seattle American Legion Hall, 3618 SW Alaska.

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