West Seattle, Washington
On a September Saturday that felt more like July, hundreds of West Seattle Soccer Club players took to fields around the peninsula. For the U8 to U11 teams, it was the annual WSSC Jamboree; regular play started for older teams. Above, Amanda Parkhurst photographed Lucy Parkhurst and Eva Flanagan, in blue, during the Blues Sisters vs. Crashing Waves game; below, Deanie Schwarz caught a wider scene at Highland Park:
This season, WSSC has signed up more than 1,600 players – a record – and 275 coaches. The U8-U11 teams start regular play next weekend, while U6 and U7 start on September 25th.
(September 2001 photo by David Hutchinson)
If you were here in September 2001, it is an indelible memory – the gatherings, the tributes, the luminaria at the Alki Statue of Liberty. Right around this time tomorrow, on the 10th anniversary of the attacks, a candlelight vigil (organized by the Southwest Seattle Historical Society/Log House Museum) will again bring people together to pay tribute, to remember, and to look ahead. But that is not the only West Seattle/White Center event tomorrow commemorating the anniversary; in case you haven’t seen it yet, we wanted to call your attention one more time to the running list we’ve been keeping of all the events we know of, tomorrow morning, afternoon and evening. See the list here; please let us know if you notice something missing, so that we can add it before it’s too late (firstname.lastname@example.org) – thank you.
ADOPT-A-STREET CLEANUP: We caught up with the North Delridge Neighborhood Council Adopt-A-Street volunteers as they were getting ready for one last pre-Delridge Day cleanup this morning; if you noticed any yellow bags in the area, that’ s their handiwork!
BAKE SALE NEEDS GOODIES: Delridge Community Center Advisory Board member Francesca Annis sends word that the community bake sale that’ll be part of next Saturday’s festival needs community donations! Can you donate something – homemade or store-bought? It’ll help raise money for a youth-scholarship fund. Francesca says that whatever you can donate, you’ll be in good company:
Great Start Preschool, School Age Care and the Teen Program housed within the center are all making items to contribute. NDNC, Bakery Nouveau, Zatz a Better Bagel, C&P Coffee Co., The Original Bakery, Great Harvest Baking Co., Sugar Rush Baking Co./Coffee to a Tea, Manderin Cookie Co., Starbucks, Safeway, Metropolitan Market, QFC and PCC have also committed to our efforts and we hope to receive word from other West Seattle bakeries and grocery stores.
Please join us by donating your favorite home-made or store-bought goods. We will also accept non traditional bake sale items such as individual size fruit snacks, chips/crackers or candy. If possible, please wrap your home-made items individually. You may drop off your contribution at Delridge Community Center, located at 4501 Delridge Way SW. We will also accept monetary donations in lieu of baked items. For more information please contact Francesca Annis via e-mail at email@example.com. You may also call the center at 206-684-7423 and ask for Ryan Spencer or Alice Greer.
Just out of the WSB inbox, from a West Seattleite who asked not to be identified:
At about 1 pm this afternoon there were at least two suspicious people pounding and trying to open a safe in North end of Riverview Park (the corner of Holly & 12th Ave SW). One of the men looked to be a Caucasian male. There were two vehicles, one gray X-Terra and the other looked to be a gray sedan. The police were called and before they got there (only a few minutes) the cars were gone. They did retrieve the safe, it was medium sized and gray. They asked if anyone has any information to please contact the Seattle Police Department.
The non-emergency number is 206-625-5011.
A bouncy house, pony rides, and other activities for kids – as well as food, entertainment, and vendors, for all ages – are part of what you’ll find at the Holy Family Community Street Fair, outside the church/school at 20th/Roxbury till 6 tonight and 9 am-4 pm tomorrow. (Sunday activities include a salsa cookoff – more info on the official flyer.)
We live on Fauntleroy Way near the Fairmount Playfield. I have a garden of mostly zinnias, gladiolas, and marigolds. Last night (Friday) at about 8:30pm my wife alerted me that there was someone in our yard picking my flowers. When confronted the young men said, “Sorry, they’re for my dead bro, man. Call the Cops.” They quickly walked away heading south. I did call and the police responded quickly. They did not find the young men. They were young white guys in their late teens or early twenties. One had a knit hat on. Both were dressed in baggy dark clothing. I know they were only flowers, but I put a lot of time into my garden and they were important to me.
Reminder, the West Seattle Crime Prevention Council resumes its meetings a week from Tuesday – at 7 pm September 20th, Southwest Precinct. Special guest this month – discussing identity theft.
WEST SEATTLE SOCCER CLUB SEASON STARTS: WSSC sends word that their games begin today, at fields around West Seattle. They have record registration – more than 1,600 players – so that means a LOT of games!
MORE THAN A RUMMAGE SALE: This sale also has a bouncy house for kids and free hot dogs/burgers for all. Now till 4 pm. 3210 SW 106th Street in Arbor Heights. Benefiting community charities; hosted by the New Apostolic Church.
MORE YARD SALES: Check the Freebies/Deals/Sales section of the WSB Forums, where 10+ sales are listed for today (and you can list yours, free, any time).
STREET FAIR! Holy Family Community Street Fair, 9-6 on Saturday, 9-4 on Sunday, with pony rides, karaoke, salsa cookoff, vendors, live music, food, more (and a 9/11 remembrance on Sunday) – official flyer here.
PITCH IN AND CLEAN UP: Adopt-A-Street cleanup with the North Delridge Neighborhood Council, with one week to go till Delridge Day and the skatepark grand opening! 10 am-noon, meet at Delridge Community Center.
GOOD FOOD, GOOD FUN: Free family-nutrition class at PCC Natural Markets (WSB sponsor) in West Seattle, 10 am-noon.
GOT SEATTLE PUBLIC SCHOOLS QUESTIONS/CONCERNS? Community conversation with School Board president Steve Sundquist, High Point Library (35th/Raymond), 11 am-12:30 pm.
A WALK IN THE PARK: West Seattle naturalist Stewart Wechsler will lead a walk in Lincoln Park beginning at 11:00 a.m. Stewart is known for his passion for preserving our unique, native biodiversity — butterflies are a specialty! All are welcome. Meet at the north parking lot bulletin board.
FALL’S GREAT FOR GARDENING: The Garden Center is open at South Seattle Community College, second-to-last scheduled “second Saturday” of the year. 11 am-3 pm. 6000 16th SW, north side of campus.
CELEBRATE OUR ELDERS: Grandparents Day Celebration at Life Care Center of West Seattle, 4700 SW Admiral Way, 11 am-2 pm. “A fun-filled afternoon with entertainment, refreshments, and activities for all ages.”
LAST CHANCE FOR COLMAN POOL: At Lincoln Park, it’s Colman Pool’s last weekend of 2011; pool schedule/other info here. Swimming starts at noon.
SKATING: Seattle Lutheran High School Cheerleading back-to-school skating party at Southgate Roller Rink, 5-7 pm. Come win prizes for ’80s wear!! Glow sticks, snacks and an Ipod give away!!! $10 at the door includes skates and one iPod raffle ticket.
SEALTH’S HALF-CENTURY REUNION: Chief Sealth‘s Class of 1961 continues its reunion weekend with dinner tonight at South Seattle Community College’s Brockey Center; details here.
SHAKE IT: At the Heartland Café’s Benbow Room: Dance party! Candylandia is a monthly night of sweet sounds, liberal libations, and shakin’ good times brought to you by DJ Cotton Candy every second Saturday of the month. 9 pm.
Thanks to Bill Bacon for the post-sunset view of the Olympics and the Sound on yet another warm late-summer night (with smoke from the “Big Hump” fire, now up to 800 acres). Get ready for an even-warmer weekend, according to most forecasts (you’ll see a couple options on our experimental WSB Weather page). Today and tomorrow might approach 90, according to the National Weather Service, which says that might make for a record-setting week, before things cool down several days from now:
The warmest week on record in September in Seattle (including the Federal Building records, which go back to 1891) in terms of high temperatures is the 7-day stretch from September 18th through the 24th, 1974, when the average high temperature was 84.0 degrees (78…80…88…88…84…81…89). There is a chance this could be surpassed with the two warm days coming up over the weekend.
Still lots of outdoor options – before we get to today’s official preview, two that come to mind are the final weekend at Colman Pool (swimming resumes today at noon), and the all-weekend Holy Family Community Street Fair (9 am-6 pm today, 9-4 tomorrow).
Southwest Youth and Family Services is a West Seattle-based nonprofit that does a lot of hard work, fairly quietly … but once a year, it’s time to have fun. In our photo are State Sen. Sharon Nelson and SWYFS executive director Steve Daschle, snapped at The Hall at Fauntleroy Friday night, during the agency’s annual gala dinner/auction. Not just the standard auction fare – check this array from Seattle’s popular Pop Cap Games:
The night also featured a dessert dash for treats from the quite-dashworthy Bakery Nouveau:
As explained on the SWYFS website, their main areas of emphasis are counseling, education, and family support (high-school classes are even taught on site, for high-risk students trying to get back into the groove).