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Full Tilt Ice Cream turns 3: Memories, plans, and … donations

By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog/White Center Now editor

Three is a big number for White Center-founded Full Tilt Ice Cream.

It’s how many years they’ve been in business, as of tomorrow (Monday, June 20th).

It’s how many locations they have open – though that number will rise soon.

And it’s how many members there are in Full Tilt founders Justin Cline and Ann Magyar‘s household, as of baby Moss‘s arrival 4 months ago – which made today Justin’s first Father’s Day as a dad.

On Monday, Full Tilt celebrates its anniversary by matching all the ice cream you buy that day with an equivalent donation to the White Center Food Bank (which also serves West Seattle, from Gatewood south). It also marks the start of 7-day-a-week operation, since till now, they haven’t been open on Mondays.

But before moving ahead, a look back: June 20, 2008, White Center and block-away West Seattle didn’t really realize an ice-cream phenomenon had just launched in their midst.

Certainly Justin didn’t realize what was going to happen.

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Creativity on wheels: Art Car roadshow at Feedback Lounge

(WSB photos by Torin Record-Sand)
Thanks to Mark for an early pic of the Art Car roadshow, fresh off the Fremont Fair, now set up in the Feedback Lounge/Zeeks Pizza parking-lot area at California/Fauntleroy – we’re on our way for more photos. Free, fun, family-friendly (and, as Feedback proprietor Jeff Gilbert pointed out in his online preview – they all actually run!).

(Find out more about that one, created by Emily Duffy, at
ADDED 9:23 PM: New photos, including at the very top. Here’s one with a message everyone can appreciate:

That’s from the Rev. Bill’s Bible Camp car, created by Charles Linville of Portland. More ahead:Read More

Sustainable tourism for West Seattle: Come discuss it tomorrow

We have the scenery. We have the activities. We’re even about to have lodging. Is “sustainable tourism” another way to boost West Seattle’s economy? (And what constitutes “sustainable tourism,” anyway?) That topic’s on the table for tomorrow night’s Sustainable West Seattle community forum, and you are invited both to come hear about the idea and to share your thoughts. Guests include Greg Whittaker of Alki Kayak Tours and Mountain to Sound Outfitters, Patti Mullen of the West Seattle Chamber of Commerce, and Heidi Siegelbaum and Steve Gersman of Calyx Sustainable Tourism – tomorrow, 7 pm, Senior Center of West Seattle (California/Oregon)

Video: A ride with the Aggressive Drivers Response Team

By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

Throughout this spring, West Seattle has been in an unusual spotlight – making a regular appearance on the Seattle Police Department‘s SPD Blotter website, as the Aggressive Drivers Response Team reports citation totals from staking out speeding-rich spots such as the east Admiral Way hill, the West Seattle Bridge, or “I-35.”

Like this (May 27th).

And this (April 21st).

And then there was the 92 mph citation on the West Seattle Bridge.

When this started to become a frequent occurrence, we asked for the chance to ride along. Police ride-alongs are fairly routine news-media fodder, particularly in TV, but since your editor here had spent so many years as an office-dwelling manager/producer, the opportunity had never presented itself.

The SPD media-response unit accepted the request, and after some weeks of phone tag, one gray day last month, we finally got the ridealong.

Not entirely what we expected. But if you’re interested in details about how the ADRT works – plus the one video moment when our assigned officer chased and snagged a(n alleged) speeder – now we know what the Charger sounds like from inside! – read on:Read More

West Seattle schools: Update on waitlists – 1 is longer

With days to go in this school year for Seattle Public Schools – elementaries and K-8s are out after Tuesday, middle and high schools are out after Thursday – the focus on next school year intensifies. After publishing citywide waitlist numbers a week ago, the district is keeping its promise of weekly updates. If you haven’t watched waitlists before, you might wonder whether they’re getting shorter or longer. Read on to see what happened with last week’s five longest West Seattle waitlists:Read More

West Seattleite chronicles Japan’s recovery, three months later

(Salvaging fishing floats in Minamisanriku: photo by Jim Seida, used with permission)
If you are a casual reader of world news, it might seem that there’s little reported about Japan, post-quake/tsunami, aside from the ongoing nuclear-power-plant-related concerns. But there’s much more going on, as the disaster’s effects, large and small, are addressed, as survivors fight their way back to something resembling the lives they once lived – like the fishermen whose story is told here.

Their story, and others, has been brought to readers by a team including West Seattle-residing journalist Jim Seida. He has spent the past two weeks in the hardest-hit areas and e-mailed WSB to share links of the coverage with which he has been involved. Jim is a Gatewood resident who works for as a senior multimedia producer; he is just wrapping up his work in Japan with writer Miranda Leitsinger. Many of the links to their work are tied together on this Storify page; on their own company’s site, you can find the series here, as well as on the World Blog and its Facebook page.

West Seattle Sunday: Happy Father’s Day! Highlights here…

(By T_ravtyler, from the WSB Flickr group pool)
Happy Father’s Day! From the WSB West Seattle Events calendar:

KICK IT WITH DAD: The West Seattle adult/big kid soccer pickup game every Sunday morning is at Delridge Playfield (4501 Delridge Way). Men and women of all ages and skill levels are welcome! 8 am

GRILLING AND FREE ICE CREAM AT THE FARMERS’ MARKET: Get ready for Summer! Celebrate Father’s Day at the West Seattle Farmers Market (44th/Alaska in The Junction), 10 am – 2 pm. Chef Jacob Wiegner of Blackboard Bistro will demonstrate tips for grilling summer veggies, fruits and of course, meats, all available locally and sustainably from market farmers. There will be a FREE drawing for a free Weber grill! Anyone who shops the market on Father’s Day can enter to win at the market info tent. PLUS: free ice-cream treats for shoppers, courtesy of Husky Deli and local berry farmers in honor of Father’s Day. Full details here.

BREAST-CANCER-FIGHTING CAR WASH: Car wash with proceeds to be donated to Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center for Climb to Fight Breast Cancer. Diana will be traveling to Tanzania in August to climb Kilimanjaro. The carwash will run from 10 am until 6 pm at Alki Auto Repair, 2504 Alki Avenue SW. More details here.

GET DAD A TREAT, DO A GOOD DEED: Bake sale and homemade crafts sale for Power of Hope, a nonprofit organization focusing on youth empowerment through arts. All proceeds go to camp tuition for underprivileged youth. Bake sale will be held 10 AM-3 PM in The Junction- outside the Key Bank. Homemade delicacies will include traditional and unique goodies, diabetic-friendly cookies, plus vegan and gluten-free treats! Fresh Starbucks coffee available too. Handmade crafts, mostly made by the youth, are all one of a kind and as unique as the kids we serve.

SEE GLASS ART AS IT’S BEING MADE: Father’s Day Glass Jellyfish Demo with guest artist Richard Lowrie at Avalon Glassworks (2914 SW Avalon Way), 11 am – 5 pm. The public is invited to watch live glass blowing demonstrations throughout the day at Avalon Glassworks, when Lowrie will sculpt these seemingly weightless forms out of hot glass. Meet the artist, purchase signed work, and watch the process. For more info see their website or call 206-937-6369.

SWIM WITH DAD: Colman Pool continues its 7-day-a-week summer operations – schedule and other info here.

TAKE DAD TO BROWSE TOOLS: West Seattle Tool Library is open in its new Youngstown Cultural Arts Center space (east side of main building) 1-5 pm

RED CEDAR OPEN CIRCLE: Songs, Dances, Teachings of the Pacific NW Coast at the Duwamish Longhouse, 4705 W. Marginal Way SW, free. Traditional teachings passed down by Native Elders are shared with all people by teacher,, Johnny Moses of Puget Sound First Peoples. All welcome. Bring your drum. 1-3 pm

DAD NEEDS A NEW PET, RIGHT? West Seattle’s only animal shelter, Kitty Harbor (3422 Harbor Ave SW), is open 2 – 6 pm.

ART CARS IN MORGAN JUNCTION: Direct from the Fremont Fair, rain or shine, dozens of “art cars” will converge on the lot adjacent to Feedback Lounge (WSB sponsor) and Zeeks Pizza, California/Fauntleroy, 7 pm. Free!

LIVE MUSIC: Jamtime, 1-4 pm at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), 5612 California SW … Triple bill for all-ages at Skylark Café and Club, 7 pm, details here.

West Seattle Little League celebration: ‘Dreams do come true’

(WSB photos by Patrick Sand)
“Dreams do come true,” exulted West Seattle Little League president Mark Terao as he and WSLL leaders past, present, and future cut the ribbon formally dedicating the Bar-S Playfield improvements they fought hard to make happen.

Central among them, the new “Snack Shack” in front of which the ribbon was stretched for the brief ceremony, led by Terao:

(WSB video by Tracy Record)

The architect who donated his time was part of it too, Rich Murakami, ski-jacketed in the chilly drizzle:

(Murakami is not only a nearby resident, he’s also made his mark on West Seattle in another very-visible project – the Southwest Precinct.)

The dedication was part of a celebration that defied the day’s off-and-on rain, bookended by a season-ending barbecue, among other things. More after the jump:Read More