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New business coming to the West Seattle Junction: Young at Art

Story and photo by Keri DeTore
Reporting for West Seattle Blog

Walls are being painted bright red, orange, and purple inside the storefront at 4709 42nd Ave SW (vacated by SIMA Martial Arts, which moved to The Triangle), and some walls can be drawn on with multi-colored chalk. This space is becoming home to Young at Art, an art workshop that will be open to kids and adults to learn and play with arts and crafts.

Owner Theresa Anderson tells WSB that the space will be a combination workshop and artist’s studio, with art wor kstations positioned around the space and focusing on particular mediums.

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Cabaret for a cause! Twelfth Night Productions’ invitation

(Photo courtesy Twelfth Night Productions)
“Life is a cabaret, old chums … come to the cabaret!” You can do exactly that this Saturday night, while enjoying not only exceptional entertainment, but also a dessert buffet, and the sweet knowledge you’re helping a local nonprofit performing-arts troupe. Here’s their invitation:

Please join Twelfth Night Productions for our annual Cabaret Fundraiser!

The investment in Twelfth Night Productions from our tremendous donors keeps this volunteer-driven organization alive, enriching the greater community with the gift of the performing arts. Each year we raise nearly a quarter of our annual budget at the Cabaret Fundraiser. We look forward to seeing you there!

The evening will feature light appetizers, a dessert buffet, raffle prizes (including getaways to Lake Chelan and Victoria, B.C.), and fabulous entertainment from Twelfth Night Productions’ seasoned players.

Saturday, October 15th, 2011
The doors open at 7 PM

Seattle Lutheran High School Gym
4141 41st Ave SW (enter at Genesee and 41st)
Tickets are $50 per person, or $450 for a table of 10
Purchase your tickets at Brown Paper Tickets or RSVP to

Please join us and support your local theater troupe! For questions, please call Anna at 206.937.1394.

Phone-scam alert: West Seattleite gets the ‘Windows’ call

Not a new scam, but in case you or someone you know hasn’t heard about it – Maria wants to make sure you’re aware the scammers/”phishers” are out there again right now, trying to get you on the line. Read ahead for her report:Read More

From White Center Now: New storefront deputy announced

October 12, 2011 6:12 pm
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 |   West Seattle news | White Center

From our partner site White Center Now – King County Sheriff’s Office has made the decision about who will fill the newly restored position of storefront deputy. It’s not the deputy who used to have the job, though he was reported to be a candidate for the position. Details here.

Another new food-truck pod in West Seattle starts Friday

(Rendering courtesy Stewart Chung)
First came the 35th/Graham spot where Marination Mobile has spent Saturdays for more than a year, occasionally with another truck joining in. Then, as of last Saturday, came the Highland Park Improvement Club parking lot, where Lumpia World and Curry Now are expected back this Saturday. And now, we’ve just received this word from Stewart Chung of the burger truck BUNS:

BUNS and other premier food trucks will start coming to W Seattle on a regular basis. We will be serving from the Uptown Espresso lot at the junction. While the scheduling is in progress, three food trucks: Fusion on the Run, Big Food Mobile, and Raney Brothers BBQ will be there on Fridays starting this coming Friday. BUNS will debut Saturday night 10/22.

Stewart says the way-beyond-expectations success of the October 2nd Mobile Chowdown in The Junction was an inspiration for this. Meantime, the new pod has a website, at Note that this will NOT be a conflict with the trucks that have been coming to West Seattle on Saturdays, under the schedule they’re envisioning now.

Video: Questions, concerns about homeless-housing project abound at first Delridge Community Forum

(Photo courtesy Holli Margell)
By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

Three and a half months after first word of a proposed apartment project meant to house 75 homeless people living with mental illness and possibly substance abuse, questions and concerns still abound in Delridge.

That was the bottom line of last night’s first Delridge Community Forum, launching a new volunteer-organized series of mediated conversations on major topics of local interest. The DCF organizing group spun off from the North Delridge Neighborhood Council, after a June community meeting about the Downtown Emergency Service Center‘s proposal left a lot of dissatisfaction, particularly the fact it was in a tiny venue that led to a lot of turnaway.

For last night’s forum, which brought an estimated 150 people to the theater at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, organizers went to extensive lengths to try to ensure the event would not lean too heavily toward either the pro or con direction, and that it would not dissolve into an angry brouhaha. The only real flash of the latter potential happened when the meeting was already running overtime – and resulted in a quick adjournment.

Ahead – the key points of information and concern, including video of the presentations that preceded the Q/A:Read More

Update: Police/fire response north of Fauntleroy ferry dock

(Photo by Christopher Boffoli for WSB)
12:19 PM: There’s an assault-with-weapons response at Lincoln Park right now, and you’re probably hearing a helicopter (TV, we believe) too. Scanner says it’s believed to be a shooting suicide in a car in the south end of Lincoln Park. That’s all we know about the circumstances right now – more to come.

12:38 PM UPDATE: Our crew at the scene says this actually happened just north of the Fauntleroy ferry dock. The dock itself is still accessible. The car with the suspected-suicide victim inside is at Cove Park, the tiny park north of the ferry terminal.

1:02 PM UPDATE: Added a photo from the scene. The car is behind the canvas put up to shield it from view.

(Our customary note: Authorities explain suicide as a deadly symptom of mental illness. If you or anyone you know needs help in preventing it, there’s a 24-hour hotline – 206-461-3222. A discussion about suicide prevention also is scheduled on October 23rd, during Fauntleroy Church’s “Family Matters” week – information here.)

West Seattle schools: A little time makes a big difference

October 12, 2011 12:16 pm
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 |   How to help | West Seattle news | West Seattle schools

EDITOR’S NOTE: We often publish requests for volunteer help – and over the years, some have asked, what about a regular feature listing such needs? Fauntleroy resident Judy Pickens (right), who volunteers her time and talent to a variety of endeavors including local schools, offered to gather and report information on volunteer needs at the schools where the need is greatest. Here’s her second contribution, with more to come!

By Judy Pickens
Special to West Seattle Blog

Volunteers at any area school with a multi-cultural student body bring more than an extra pair of hands. They bring a perspective on contemporary American culture that can help smooth a difficult transition for recent immigrants.

I experience this value most often when helping a student read. Being in a regular classroom doesn’t mean recent English speakers have a firm grasp on this new language. Many words and concepts are still unfamiliar. What is a “mural”? What is “landscaping”? What does being “perplexed” feel like?

Whether working one-on-one or monitoring a group activity, school volunteers are available to immigrant students in ways that busy staff cannot be – listening, reacting, affirming, reassuring. Give it a try. You’ll be rewarded by knowing you’ve helped new Americans feel more at home.

To inquire about any of the following opportunities to enrich our public schools, contact the volunteer coordinator noted under the name of each school. Expect to complete a standard security-clearance process – and to know that you have made a difference in the lives of students.

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Traffic advisory if you’ll be driving south on I-5

October 12, 2011 11:55 am
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 |   Not WS but we're mentioning it anyway | Transportation | West Seattle news

This reminder just in from WSDOT regarding southbound I-5 work starting tonight in Tukwila – not far from here, so if you drive that stretch of the freeway, read on:Read More

Video: What’s missing in the Triangle plan? Councilmembers get an earful in West Seattle

As was pointed out in the walking tour/casual chat preceding last night’s official City Council Committee on the Built Environment public hearing, the current plan for the West Seattle Triangle’s future has been more than three years in the making. But, as you’ll hear in our video of the hearing, some feel it’s still missing major components.

Fall 2008 was when the Triangle’s potential burst into the spotlight, with three meetings in West Seattle. Of particular note – as a reminder of how things can change – is a September 2008 West Seattle Chamber of Commerce-convened meeting to review eight key Triangle and Junction developments that were in the pipeline then (see the story here, for a trip back in the time machine). Three mixed-use projects have since been completed – Harbor PropertiesLink and Mural (WSB sponsors) and Leon Capelouto‘s Capco Plaza; the plan for two sites have changed (what was going to be BlueStar’s Gateway Center is now becoming Trader Joe’s, and Harbor is developing Nova on a smaller 36th/Alaska parcel); while three other sites’ futures are still in play (“The Hole,” sold last Friday at auction; the property Conner Homes is selling at California/Alaska/42nd; and “Spring Hill” at 5020 California).

Even earlier that year – before a pivotal November 2008 meeting to semi-officially start a city-involved process – the area had been under discussion as the “West Seattle gateway,” as noted here. And that’s the point it’s not addressing well enough, councilmembers were told.

West Seattle-residing Councilmember Tom Rasmussen has been involved along much of the way, and last night he was one of the four councilmembers listening to public testimony (along with Sally Clark, who chairs Built Environment, vice chair Tim Burgess, and Sally Bagshaw) at the Senior Center of West Seattle. What is in the works now involves an “urban design” vision that the city may codify – and some zoning changes, including “neighborhood commercial” for much of The Triangle itself, and an area mostly on its west side that may be upzoned to 85-foot buildings (which, the way the rules really work, could be even taller).

What’s next with the Triangle proposals? Councilmember Clark said it was too soon to say whether a final vote might come by year’s end; it’s expected to come up again at a November 16th meeting downtown. Last night’s presentation graphics/documents, by the way, are linked from the meeting’s online agenda.

West Seattle Wednesday: Port; politics; skatespot; Garden Tour…

October 12, 2011 7:56 am
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 |   West Seattle news | WS miscellaneous

(From the WSB Flickr group pool, by smohundro)
From the WSB West Seattle Events calendar:

CHAMBER TALKS PORT: The Port of Seattle, celebrating its centennial this year, is the highlighted topic as the West Seattle Chamber of Commerce meets for its monthly luncheon at Salty’s, 11:30 am.

KIWANIS TALKS COUNCIL CAMPAIGN: Seattle City Council Candidate for Position 1, Bobby Forch, will have lunch with the West Seattle Kiwanis. The public is invited to meet Bobby and hear his views; the club recently heard from his opponent, incumbent Jean Godden. Lunch is at noon at Be’s Restaurant in The Junction, 4509 California SW, $8. Contact Warren Lawless with your rsvp ASAP, or 206-938-8032.

FIREFIGHTER STORY TIME: In honor of Fire Prevention Month, it’s the first of three appearances at West Seattle libraries by local firefighters – today, 1:30 pm, High Point Library (35th/Raymond).

DESIGNING WEST SEATTLE’S NEXT SKATESPOT: See the “schematic design” for Roxhill Skatespot, 6 pm tonight at Southwest Library, 35th/Henderson (more info here).

LIVE MUSIC: Jim Page in concert at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), 6–8 pm (5612 California Avenue SW

GREEN HALLOWEEN: That’s the topic, including a costume swap, as West Seattle CoolMom meets, also at C & P, 7 pm.

NEW AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAM: Alki Community Center is hosting an Open House for the new Enrichment on Alki after-school program, 6:30-7:30 pm. Meet instructors and find out more information about the program; coffee and cookies too!

HELP TEND THE GARDEN TOUR: West Seattle Garden Tour Committee meeting and potluck, 6:30 pm. The West Seattle Garden Tour Committee is actively seeking new volunteers to join. The WSGT Committee meets once a month at an appointed member’s home to review the steady, building progress of the tour. We also engage in a potluck feast at each meeting. If you are interested in learning more about the WSGT and becoming a volunteer, please e-mail for an agenda and directions to the meeting location.

LAST MEETING PRE-ELECTION: 34th District Democrats‘ monthly meeting, 7 pm at The Hall at Fauntleroy, 9131 California SW (agenda here).