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13 days till Family Promise of Seattle benefit with Justin Roberts

Family Promise of Seattle, the only homeless shelter in this area helping families stay together while getting back on their feet, is less than two weeks away from a major benefit – Grammy-nominated family-music performer Justin Roberts in concert. Katy Lloyd, who’s helping publicize the performance, notes, “I recently learned that Family Promise receives 6-8 phone calls/week from case workers looking to place a family in emergency housing. Sadly, Family Promise can only handle two families at a time, and each family can take up to 3 months to place in more permanent housing. Now more than ever Family Promise needs the support of our wonderful community to help families in need. Most other shelters must segregate families by gender. This can make the situation for a family in crisis even worse. The goal of Family Promise is to keep families intact and offer case worker support while helping them locate a more secure footing.” The show is at 6:30 pm August 19th at Fauntleroy UCC Church (9140 California SW). Suggested donation at the door is $5/child, $10/adult, $15/family; cookies and lemonade will be sold afterward, also by donation.

Happening now: Biggest West Seattle Outdoor Movies night yet

If you’re not already at the courtyard next to Hotwire Online Coffeehouse (WSB sponsor), hurry – this week’s West Seattle Outdoor Movies presentation, “Despicable Me,” is about 20 minutes away, and it’s the biggest crowd so far this summer – Hotwire’s Lora Swift estimates about 300 so far. MoZo, featuring Bob “Bobcat Bob” Rice, was the opening act (we’ll add video later), and the pre-movie drawing raising money for West Seattle Food Bank and Northwest Hope and Healing is coming up. Check the full season schedule at (and remember there’s an extra Saturday, “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” on August 27, making up for the rainout back on July 16).

ADDED: As promised, video of “Bobcat Bob” playing in MoZo, with Aimee Zoe Tubbs on drums and Moe Provencher on bass:

Love the Seafair/”closest thing we have to Mardi Gras” observation. Moviegoers also heard briefly from two reps on behalf of Hope Lutheran, one of the sponsors on this particular night – newly arrived Pastor Peter Mueller (profiled here on Thursday) and principal Kristen Okabayashi. Next week, the movie is the original “Jurassic Park”; gates open at 6:30 pm and the movie will start at dusk (this week, that meant right about 9, so it’ll be a little earlier) after preshow entertainment and raffles to raise money for local nonprofits.

West Seattle In Motion: Second community progress report

August 6, 2011 5:46 pm
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 |   Environment | Transportation | West Seattle news

Big achievement leap in the latest weekly report from West Seattle In Motion, the “drive a little less” program that WSB is co-sponsoring this summer/fall. You can still sign up to get incentives including free bus tickets, deals at local businesses (through this weekend, Amante Pizza and Pasta is the participating merchant), and more. Once you sign up, be sure to report in with your achievements – walked to the store? took the bus to work? rode your bike to the park? A brand-new set of numbers with trips saved and emissions reduced is on the WSB “West Seattle In Motion” page right now. Want to sign up? Do it here!

Seafair Saturday 2011, first report: Blue Angels’ hybrid show

Though much of the cloudiness was gone by their Seafair showtime, the Blue Angels did what looked mostly like the “low show” today, with a few straight-up-into-the-blue-sky maneuvers rendering it somewhat of a hybrid. These first two photos are courtesy of JayDee, who watched from the 4th Avenue Costco parking lot, another great spot if you can’t make it to Boeing Field/Museum of Flight or Lake Washington.

Your co-publishers watched from the hydro pits at Lake Washington, and we’ll have some pix/video of both Angels and hydros (the classics were going into the water while we were there) to add later. And we photographed the Blue Angels’ “Fat Albert” flying over the lake with the knowledge that longtime WSB contributor Christopher Boffoli was on board – Seafair PR offered media flights in the crowd-pleaser C-130 this year, and we’ll have something from Christopher for a separate report later. (added – here’s Fat Albert over the log boom:)

Meantime, tomorrow’s the grand finale – one more round of Blue Angels, the rest of the air show, hydros, and fleet tours on the downtown waterfront. (If you go to Lake Washington, here’s the Seafair site map.)

ADDED 9:16 PM: A few more photos from Lake Washington:

The rejuvenated Moby Duck – with a Seafair Pirate or two – is on hand near the hydro pits, where you can watch the boats getting lifted into the water. We were there for the classics, and admired the reflective underside:

That’s the Miss Thriftway. Nearby, the Miss Wahoo:

And the sights included an unusual Seattle Fire Department vehicle:

West Seattle-residing Chef Wayne Johnson on ‘Iron Chef America’

When Food Network re-broadcasts the “Iron Chef America” season 9 finale today, you’ll see a West Seattleite challenging an Iron Chef – Chef Wayne Johnson (executive chef of Andaluca downtown) taking on Michael Symon. The show is on at (updated) 5 pm and 11 pm; it was taped in New York months ago, but “Chef Wayne” was sworn to secrecy regarding even the ingredient he had to tackle. (Since the show already aired several days ago, if you don’t mind spoilers, you can find out who won, and what ingredient was involved, by reading this Puget Sound Business Journal story.) He’s been at the helm of Andaluca for more than 11 years, with honors including being named one of the “Top Chefs in America” by Black Enterprise Magazine; he’s also vice president of the nonprofit Culinary Wonders USA.

5:57 PM NOTE: If you see this on Saturday evening – there’s one more showing ahead (confirmed with program guide), 11 pm.

The WSBeat: Interruptions, intruders, warrants, and more

By Megan Sheppard
On the WSBeat, for West Seattle Blog

From reports on cases handled recently by Southwest Precinct officers:

*Returning to her Arbor Heights home Friday afternoon of last week, a woman encountered two people — described as a man in his 50s and a woman in her 60s — with their hands inside her mailbox. When they realized they had been spotted, the pair drove away northbound on 35th SW in a new green Chevy Blazer.

*Arriving home in the 8600 block of Fauntleroy SW, a woman encountered a stranger. when she asked what he was doing, he mumbled an excuse involving the names of people that didn’t live there. He walked out the front door as she noticed a brown or rust-colored “boxy” ’80s or ’90s sedan pull away from the neighbor’s driveway. It seems the suspect used a hidden key to get in the home and left behind a blue notebook that had references to Craigslist, pawn shops, and eBay. The suspect was a white male, approximately 25 years old, with brown hair and wearing a baseball cap turned backward.

And there’s more information on another intruder case, one previously covered on WSB, among the 12 summaries ahead:Read More

Delridge Day next month! Here’s your chance to be part of it

August 6, 2011 9:51 am
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 |   Delridge | West Seattle festivals | West Seattle news

(Photo courtesy Holli Margell)
You’re invited to be part of a big community celebration coming up next month – Delridge Day! The North Delridge Neighborhood Council is working to make it happen, and putting out a call for vendors:

Would you like to sell some artwork or a craft? Are you a Massage Therapist looking to get your hands on new clients? You’re in luck! This year Delridge Day will be hosted and organized by The North Delridge Neighborhood Council. We need you to help make it a successful celebration.

You can purchase a vendor booth for $75. The cost directly supports the event, and as an added Karma bonus, 15% of the fee goes directly to ARC providing scholarships for Community Center programs. We’re operating on a tight budget with everything being volunteer-based. Any proceeds will benefit the North Delridge Neighborhood Council.

Delridge Day
When: Saturday, Sept. 17th from 11 am-3 pm
Where: Delridge Park 4501 Delridge Way SW

Okay, so you want a booth? Here are the forms, and don’t fret about the deadline of August 1st. That was for the sponsors who wanted to be included on our marketing materials. You have until September 9th to claim your booth. We’re operating on a first-come, first-serve basis.

If you have any further questions, please contact Amanda Leonard, or by phone (509) 528-2635.

Hope to see you on Sept. 17th to celebrate Delridge!


Holli Margell
NDNC Outreach Chair

West Seattle Saturday: ‘Despicable Me,’ ‘Freedom,’ Seafair…

August 6, 2011 8:32 am
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That’s the trailer for “Despicable Me,” one of the movies – outdoors and indoors – are among the highlights from the WSB West Seattle (and environs) Events calendar:

CLEAN UP THE PARK, AND SWIM FOR FREE! Colman Pool in Lincoln Park has partnered with the Friends of Lincoln Park to make today’s work party very special. Volunteers who work with the group removing invasive plants in the park from 9 am to noon will each receive a FREE PASS for the open swim at the pool (starts at 1:45). Meet at 9 am in the north parking lot at the kiosk across from SW Rose St. Sturdy shoes and long pants and sleeves suggested. Bring garden gloves and hand clippers, or we’ll have extras.

GARAGE SALING IN GEORGETOWN Venture over to Georgetown for its first-ever Community Garage Sale Day! 9 am-3 pm, sales all over Georgetown, See this Facebook event page – and the online map.

VOLUNTEER WITH EARTH CORPS: EarthCorps Volunteer event, Delridge Natural Area, 10 am – 2 pm. This is a Green Seattle Partnership project. EarthCorps supplies gloves, tools, water, light refreshments and a talk that covers safety, the park you are working in, forest structure, environmental restoration and the overview of the project.

A BREAK FOR P-PATCH VOLUNTEERS: No Barton Street P-Patch work party today.

VISIT THE TOOL LIBRARY: West Seattle Tool Library open at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center (east side of main building) 9 am – 2 pm.

BLUE ANGELS, FLEET TOURS, AND OTHER SEAFAIR NOTES: Today and tomorrow are the official Blue Angels shows. On Friday, they did their “low show,” and if the sun doesn’t magically take over by noon or so, you can expect that again. Please see our story from Thursday re: watching them at Boeing Field/Museum of Flight (where you’ll see them takeoff and land, as well as flybys during their performance). And on the downtown waterfront (including Terminal 25, just north of the West Seattle Bridge), fleet tours continue (details here).

VISIT THE VIETNAMESE CULTURAL CENTER: Vietnamese Cultural Center (on SW Orchard north of Home Depot) open to the public, noon-3 pm.

TOUR THE CHINESE GARDEN: Free guided tours of the Seattle Chinese Garden every Saturday at 1 pm. Garden Summer Hours: Wednesday through Sunday 12:00 – 5:30 PM. Garden Admission: Free for Seattle residents, members, and children under 5. 6000 16th Avenue SW, the north entrance to South Seattle Community College. Information:, 206-934-5219, or email

B-GIRLS AT YOUNGSTOWN: The Queen Sweet 16 – the country’s top 16 b-girls battle it out for the crown and cash prizes. Invitational includes confirmed competitors from WA, OR, VA, TN, NV, PA, CA, MT, and internationally Vancouver, B.C.; Rome, Italy; and Japan. Prelims & Workshops: 11 am – 5 pm at Delridge Community Center (4501 Delridge Way SW). Finals: 6 – 11 pm at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center (4408 Delridge Way SW). 1 on 1 Bgirl competition, 1 on 1 all-styles exhibitions, 2 on 2 Bgirl/Bboy competition, Hip-Hop shows (New Waack City Crew/Fly 6 B Hip Hop Group (Japan)), Poppin and Locking shows. Bgirl / Hip Hop / wacking / house workshops all weekend long. Buy tickets online here.

‘DESPICABLE ME’ AT WEST SEATTLE OUTDOOR MOVIES: West Seattle Outdoor Movies is showing “Despicable Me,” the animated tale of a supervillain and his small-yet-large army (among other things). Movies start at dusk (9-ish), gates open at 6:30, courtyard next to Hotwire Online Coffeehouse (WSB sponsor), 4410 California SW. Preshow entertainment: Music by Bob “Bobcat Bob” Rice

‘FREEDOM’ AT THE ADMIRAL: Seattle theatrical premiere of Freedom, “…the jolting new documentary that takes a hard look at America’s perilous and unsustainable addiction to foreign oil”, at Admiral Theater (2343 California Avenue SW), 7 pm. Freedom features an eclectic array of personalities, including former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, former NATO commander Wesley Clark, singer/songwriter Jason Mraz, (who scored the film), international author Deepak Chopra, and such “green” actors as Ed Begley, Jr., Amy Smart and Michelle Rodriguez. The film explores the role that Ethanol plays as a homegrown alternative that will boost the domestic economy, create jobs and reduce our need to rely on dangerous and unstable parts of the world for our fuel. Tickets are $10.

OLIVER! Second night of Twelfth Night Productions (WSB sponsor) presentation of “Oliver!” (with part of the proceeds benefiting Treehouse, and a school supplies/clothing drive for foster kids too). 7:30 pm, West Seattle High School Theater. $18 for adults and $15 for students & seniors.

ROY ZIMMERMAN AT KENYON HALL: At Kenyon Hall(7904 35th Ave SW): Political satirical singer/songwriter Roy Zimmerman, 7:30 pm.

TOUR THE LIGHTHOUSE: Tour the Alki Point Lighthouse, 1-4 pm Saturdays and Sundays in summer