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The WSBeat: Why you need to get all the keys back, + 7 more

By Megan Sheppard
On the WSBeat, for West Seattle Blog

Back after another short hiatus: From reports on cases handled recently by Southwest Precinct officers:

*Though he had been evicted at the beginning of the month, a man still had the key to the front door of his former condo building in the Admiral area. He would enter, climb to the roof, and then jump to his old balcony to get inside his old unit, against the orders of the sheriff, bank, and realtor. On Tuesday he was arrested and booked into King County Jail for investigation of criminal trespass. The condo management group will be changing the lock on the front door.

*Late Saturday of last weekend, seeing a car pull out of an Admiral service station without its headlights on, an officer ran the plate and discovered that the registered owner did not have a valid driver’s license. He pulled the car over at 36th and Olga. The driver admitted he had no insurance or license and, although he wasn’t wanted on any warrants, he did have a history of burglary and firearms possession. For safety reasons, the officer had him exit the vehicle, which brought half-full bottles of whiskey, brandy and cognac, a crowbar, and a pair of black leather gloves into plain view. These were confiscated. The 16-year-old was cited for driving without a license or insurance, for not using his headlights, minor in possession, and possession of burglary tools. He was released to his brother’s custody; his car was towed.

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West Seattle pets blessed in three events this weekend

“Blessing of the Animals” events are a tradition for the weekend closest to the Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi, patron saint of animals – and again this year, West Seattle had three of them. We dropped by the third and final, and only outdoor, blessing event, presented by St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church in the West Seattle High School parking lot next door. Order of St. Francis Brother Kris Wilder (above left) and St. John’s Rev. Peter DeVeau (above center, and below) offered the blessings;

Here’s video as everybody – people and pets – circled around:

(This weekend’s other two West Seattle “Blessings of the Animals” were at Providence Mount St. Vincent on Saturday morning and Alki UCC earlier today.) Side note: If Brother Wilder looks familiar … it may not be just because he has been featured in our previous years’ coverage of this event. He was also on WSB recently in a different kind of robe: The one he wears as a karate instructor, and author of self-defense books.

West Seattle weekend scene: Another young entrepreneur

We don’t know if she’s still there, but the photo and report are from Jeffrey. (Thanks!)

Further to your feature on the wee egg sellers last week, thought I might forward a photo of this kiddo selling her jewelry creations at the Junction Plaza Park a half hour ago. Said her name is Keaton. She seems to be attracting business spilling over from the mobile food truck fest. These West Seattle kids sure have an entrepreneurial spirit!

Happening now: CROP Walk on Alki, raising money to fight hunger

October 2, 2011 3:11 pm
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The message of welcome on the sidewalk outside Alki UCC Church this afternoon was a creation of the congregation’s kids, we’re told. It’s in honor of the annual CROP Walk, happening right now along the beach. This one isn’t a giant 5K-run-style event – more of a casual walk, but with a lot of heart and hope:

Once again this year, the walkers got not a pep talk, but a pep concert, you might say, from Rev. Pat Wright and the Total Experience Gospel Choir:

Notice those signs, about texting a donation? New way to chip in, and it’s an easy way to help, even if you couldn’t participate in the walk. (Or, donate online here.)

Happening now: Skiing star Molly Baker at Mountain to Sound Outfitters

October 2, 2011 1:27 pm
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This weekend’s grand-opening-of-expanded-space celebration continues at Mountain to Sound Outfitters (WSB sponsor) this afternoon, and if you get there (3602 SW Alaska) before 2 pm, you can meet Molly Baker, a big-mountain freeskiing star on the rise – more on the M2SO site. Also at the shop greeting customers – proprietor Greg Whittaker and son Keller:

Ready for ski season yet? M2SO not only sells skis, they rent them too:

And if you’re hungry – they’re barbecuing for a second straight afternoon (hey, the weather’s nice!):

But think snow.

Happening now: Mobile Chowdown sizzles in West Seattle

The sun is out just in time for food-truck fans to fill two blocks of California SW in The Junction as Mobile Chowdown revs up big time. Don’t let the angle fool you – it’s not shoulder-to-shoulder, there’s elbow room – but there’s definitely a good turnout for this first-time-in-West-Seattle event. Even if you’re not sure you want to stand in line for food, the trucks themselves are worth coming to see:

The “pig truck” is Maximus Minimus, which serves pulled pork and veggie sandwiches. We peeked inside – most of these trucks have quite the kitchen:

There’s outdoor cooking going on, too:

That’s the Veraci Pizza crew. They’re on the north end of The Junction – where we also found a line that was NOT for a food truck:

Organizers say some trucks take credit cards but all PREFER cash, so come with some if you can. By the way, it’s not all full-meal deals – some trucks are more snacky:

Mobile Chowdown continues till 5; more photos to come.

6:02 PM: A few more from today – first, the crowd through a haze of cooking smoke:

Hawaiian-style plate lunches go well with the food-truck theme, and that’s what Pai’s offered:

And one last image – refresh the page for the latest view of whether California is open again (as we publish this, the barricades at SW Alaska are still up, but once they’re gone, it’s open):

Scam alert: This one’s coming in by phone! ‘Wells Fargo,’ not

12:12 PM: Yes, we know you’re probably scam-savvy. But for those who aren’t, and for those who will want to warn possibly gullible relatives/friends, this is just out of the WSB inbox (and before we could publish the warning, we received the same call, though we’re not customers of the bank in question!). From Carrie:

I received a call this Sunday morning from a blocked number that I did not answer. The voice mail message said ” for security reasons your Wells Fargo account has been locked. To unlock your account press “1”. ” I called Wells Fargo and they said this was not a legitimate call, they do not call from a blocked number but sent emails. Obviously the caller was checking to see who has an account with Wells Fargo and would proceed from there with some devious deed.

ADDED 5:35 PM: Just got the call AGAIN, as a straight-to-voicemail message on a personal cell phone. Rooting around for official WF policies of how to report this type of call, we found this page on their website, asking that scam e-mails or other info be sent to:

Need more computer know-how? 2 West Seattle chances tomorrow

October 2, 2011 11:14 am
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Vicky sends word this morning of two open houses tomorrow at public West Seattle computer centers you might not even know about, part of the city’s Get Online Week, which starts tomorrow:

Did you know you can attend classes for free or low-cost at computer learning centers in your own neighborhood? Come in, have a snack, learn about our labs and the workshops and classes offered for teens, adults and seniors. Stop by one of these centers and GET ONLINE!

October 3, 3:00-6:00 PM
High Point Mobile Lab
6400 Sylvan Way SW

October 3, 6:00-8:00 PM
RecTech Delridge Computer Lab
4501 Delridge Way SW

Mobile Chowdown in West Seattle: Setup under way

October 2, 2011 9:47 am
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Setup is under way as 26 food trucks continue arriving for Mobile Chowdown, the food-truck extravaganza that’s happening in The Junction for the first time ever (organizers staged several in 2009 and 2010 elsewhere in the city). As the sign says, SW Alaska is open, as are SW Edmunds and SW Oregon, all west-east streets, but both blocks of California are closed in the heart of the bizdistrict. The trucks are staging single file down the middle of the street:

As for locations, if you’re looking for a favorite, since most hadn’t arrived yet, we couldn’t rough out a map, but we can tell you that Veraci Pizza and its portable wood-fired oven are at the north end, with Andrae’s Kitchen from Walla Walla right behind; in the middle (photo above) you’ll find weekly West Seattle visitor Marination Mobile by Easy Street Records and Street Donuts by Bin 41; at the south end, West Seattle fixture Beloved Mexico. The beer garden, raising money for the West Seattle Food Bank, is being set up outside Petco. The trucks are scheduled to be here 11 am-5 pm; full details at the official Mobile Chowdown site.

West Seattle Sunday: Mobile Chowdown; Blessing of the Animals; CROP Walk; lots more

(First sunset of October 2011 – photo courtesy Emily)
One of those rare weekends when Sunday has even more major events than Saturday. From the WSB West Seattle Events calendar:

HELP GET THE WORD OUT: The Delridge Community Forum needs volunteers to help distribute informational flyers to residences in North Delridge today; we are seeking volunteers to assist. This effort will be used to both inform community members about the proposed DESC project and also inviting them to the Oct. 11th informational event. Meet in front of Delridge Library (Brandon/Delridge) at 10 if you can help.

TWO ‘BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS’ EVENTS: First, 10 am, Blessing of the Animals service at Alki UCC. This year, the service is interfaith, with members of Kol HaNeshamah (WSB sponsor) synagogue participating, and the blessings will be done by Pastor Diane and Rabbi Zari. Everyone welcome (dogs on leads, cats in carriers, please!) … Second, noon, outdoor Blessing of the Animals hosted by St. John the Baptist Church in the WSHS parking lot next door: The community is invited for this annual gathering to give thanks for the gift of cats, dogs, and all creatures great and small. The blessing ceremony includes an impromptu parade of pets, refreshments, and an opportunity to mingle with neighbors and friends. In the spirit of Francis of Assisi, known for loving animals and all creation, Franciscan brothers assist in the blessing.

FARMERS’ MARKET! Every Sunday, year-round, it’s the West Seattle Farmers’ Market, 10 am – 2 pm, The Junction (44th/Alaska) – remember the California street closure for the food-truck event.

ALL SOULS’ 1ST ANNIVERSARY: All Souls Church of Seattle (WSB sponsor), which meets at 10 am at Madison Middle School, marks its first anniversary of public worship services today (here’s the preview we published last night).

FOOD TRUCKSTRAVAGANZA: Today’s the day for the long-awaited Mobile Chowdown in the West Seattle Junction – 26 food trucks!, 11 am-5 pm, California SW is closed Edmunds-Oregon for the occasion.

MEET MOLLY BAKER: Grand reopening festivities at Mountain to Sound Outfitters (WSB sponsor), highlighted today by freeskier Molly Baker‘s appearance at the newly expanded store, noon-2 pm.

CROP WALK TO FIGHT HUNGER: Once again, Alki UCC hosts the West Seattle CROP Walk, a Church World Service program to help communities overcome hunger. Registration 12:45 pm. Total Experience Gospel Choir 1:15 PM – The nationally renowned ensemble will help us kick off the Seattle CROP walk with some high energy music in the Alki UCC Sanctuary. 3-Mile walk around Alki starts at 2 pm.

WANT TO BE HI-YU ROYALTY? Afternoon informational session for prospective West Seattle Hi-Yu Senior Court candidates, 2 pm, details here.