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2 events this week to remember David Dean Smith

From Prudential Northwest Realty, sent tonight by Barb Joseph:

With great sadness we report the passing of David Dean Smith, a longtime West Seattle and, more recently, Burien Realtor. David died in the early morning hours of November 3, 2011.

David started his real estate career in March 1983 with Ron Turner Realty (later becoming Prudential Benton, then Prudential Northwest Realty Associates) in West Seattle and was still a very active broker with Prudential Northwest at the time of his death. David was known for his generous mentoring of new agents and caring friendship to so many of his fellow real estate associates.

Some of David’s many friends have arranged to get together to remember him Tuesday afternoon (November 15th) at 3 pm at Christos on Alki, 2508 Alki SW. Everyone is welcome.

Services will be held at 11 am on November 19th at Our Lady of Guadalupe School Auditorium in West Seattle at 3401 SW Myrtle.

Mr. Smith was 53 years old, according to his Seattle Times (WSB partner) obituary.

West Seattle Crime Watch: Graffiti attack; stolen tools

Two more West Seattle Crime Watch reports tonight: First one is just out of the WSB inbox, from someone who doesn’t want to be identified:

We wanted to alert everybody that our house in Sunrise Heights was tagged with graffiti by vandals today between 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM.

My wife and I would like to thank the Seattle Police for their excellent response and our wonderful neighbors for their moral support! We’d like the vandals to know that our block watch has been alerted and is being extra vigilant.

Second one came to us originally as a tip from someone who knows the victim. WSB contributor Keri DeTore talked with the victim and filed this report:

West Seattle resident and self-employed contractor Hollis Beebe is asking you to be on the lookout for a number of tools that were stolen from his garage on November 1st. This theft literally adds insult to injury: Beebe is still recovering from falling off a roof on September 25th, which left him with a broken right hand, wrist, elbow, and pelvis. Though he’s walking again, doctors anticipate another six months of recuperation for his arm.

The tools were taken from a detached garage around midnight, and Beebe told WSB that police believe this theft is part of a string of recent robberies in the North Admiral area. He adds that the tools stolen were all professional-grade and some were rare.

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West Seattle schools: Arbor Heights Elementary auction success!

(Photos by Carol Harrold)
The Arbor Heights Elementary PTA Auction is history – and what a night it was, reports Lisa Olson:

Arbor Heights Elementary would like to extend a BIG THANK YOU to everyone in the West Seattle Community and beyond who made last Thursday’s “Adventure Is Out There” Dinner & Auction a smashing success, exceeding the event’s goals. A special shout-out to Gatewood Elementary for the volunteer swap that allowed the Arbor Heights Auction Committee to enjoy the evening. If you were not able to attend the auction and would like to make a contribution to AH’s Technology Fund, this year’s auction “Raise the Paddle” focus to replace/update computer hardware and software, checks can be dropped off or mailed to the Arbor Heights PTA, Attn: Auction Committee, 3701 SW 104th St., Seattle, WA 98146.

Food drive that’s on a roll: Beer Church Turkey Bowl on Saturday

November 14, 2011 5:57 pm
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 |   Holidays | How to help | West Seattle news

(WSB photo from last year – part of the Turkey Bowl 2010 3K-pound food haul)
It’s one of the most raucous holiday food drives of the season – and its organizers say you still have a chance to get in on it! A few Beer Church Turkey Bowl lanes are available (and even if you’re not bowling, they’ll be happy to take your donation on Saturday) – just got this news release:

The 13th Annual Turkey Bowl takes place this Saturday, November 19th at 6:00 p.m. in West Seattle. Organized by Beer Church, the event is a fundraiser and food drive to benefit the West Seattle Food Bank. More than 200 guests will attend the event at West Seattle Bowl (4505 39th Ave. SW, Seattle). The event starts at 6:00 p.m. but Beer Church encourages the public to drop off food donations at West Seattle Bowl on Saturday between 1:00 and 8:00 p.m.

There is limited space for bowlers but anyone is welcome to attend the event and participate in the raffle. Bowlers must reserve an entire lane and pay $200 per lane. Each lane can accommodate as many as eight bowlers. If you are interested in a lane, please contact Kendall Jones –

“This is an especially appropriate time of year for people to think about hunger in our community,” says Kendall Jones, Director of Beer Church. “Thanksgiving is a day to give thanks for the abundance of food that so many of us enjoy but it is also a good time to slow down and think about the people struggling in our community. That’s why Turkey Bowl is a benefit for the West Seattle Food Bank: we want to help people remember that hunger is a real issue and we want to give them a fun and easy way to contribute.”

Last year’s Beer Church Turkey Bowl netted over 3,000 pounds of food and over $3,000 in donations. Organizers hope to exceed those numbers this year. Participants will include a number of teams from local breweries and local bars. In addition to bowling, the event features a raffle for prizes donated by local merchants.

Among the participants, eight local breweries will battle it out for the coveted Battle of the Brewers trophy. Likewise, eight local bars will compete for the Bar Brawl trophy. Breweries involved: Elliott Bay Brewing, Elysian Brewing, Emerald City Beer Co., Georgetown Brewing, Naked City Brewing, Odin Brewing, Pike Brewing, and Schooner Exact Brewing. Local bars involved: Beveridge Place Pub, Dog and Pony Alehouse, Feedback Lounge, Latona Pub (3 Pubs), Mission, Porterhouse Pub, and West 5.

26th/Dakota development: Construction update; art plan

By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

Unless you live, or drive, by it, you might not know that West Seattle’s next major development is well into the first phase of construction. It’s at 26th and Dakota in North Delridge (map), right behind the Kidney Center building. Its original owners went all the way into the permit phase before the project was put on hold and then sold. Unlike the infamous “Hole,” no work was done on this site before it stalled – but its new owners are working fast now.

We first wrote about the revived project three months ago. It’s being built with 193 units, including 11 described as live-work (here’s the project page on the city website), being developed by Legacy Partners Residential, Inc.,and Barrientos LLC.

We met this morning with representatives from the project partners at Uptown Espresso in Delridge, not far from the project site. They will be at the North Delridge Neighborhood Council meeting tonight, but even if you can’t be there, they wanted to get out new information about the project, including an extensive plan to procure art for the building. Read on for the updates:

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Marriage-equality campaign launches; Constantine voices support

A new campaign for marriage equality in our state, Washington United for Marriage, officially kicked off today. And the highest-ranking politician residing in West Seattle, King County Executive Dow Constantine, has just issued a statement supporting it:

“Now is the time to take action, to finally recognize the equality and protect the rights of all the people of Washington.

“I will work in whatever capacity I can to see this legislation passed in Olympia, or if necessary at the ballot box, and look forward to the day I can sign marriage certificates for all adult couples in King County.”

The marriage-equality campaign is on Facebook here, and on the web here. There is not a specific proposal yet, but supporters are lobbying legislators, and saying they’ll go to voters if the Legislature doesn’t step up.

School volunteering: Chances to put ‘your toe in the water’

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, who volunteers her time and talent to a variety of endeavors including local schools, is gathering and reporting information on volunteer needs at West Seattle schools where the need is greatest. Here’s her third roundup.

By Judy Pickens
Special to West Seattle Blog

Helping with a one-time event (such as the upcoming book fair at West Seattle Elementary) is a great way to “stick your toe in the water” of volunteering at a local school. You won’t have to learn a lot of names or make a long-term commitment; just do the task with a smile. In the process, though, you’ll get a feel for the staff and students and chat with other volunteers to help discern if being an ongoing volunteer might be for you. If not, ask the volunteer coordinator to put you on the list to contact about future one-time needs.

At Roxhill Elementary (9430 30th SW)

Ongoing: Adult(s) to keep students on crossing patrol focused; 9:15-9:30 AM and/or 3:25-3:40 PM Mon.-Fri. Pick your day and time.

Ongoing: Active adults to monitor students on the playground during lunch/recess, especially 12:05-12:35 PM; other times available. Pick your day and time.

Ongoing: Adults or older youth to tutor before and after school, including math and reading. Pick your day, time, and grade.

Ongoing: Adults to provide before-school supervision (7:30-9 AM) in the cafeteria. Pick your day.

Ongoing: Adults to assist the school nurse by providing basic first aid. Could be all day or early/mid afternoon. Pick your day and time.


At Highland Park Elementary (1012 SW Trenton)

One time: Fri. Dec. 2, 7-10 PM. Adult for general assistance (including clerking the bake sale) during the Winter White-Out Ball/Family Picture Night.

Ongoing: Adults to support classroom teachers with tasks such as listening to students read or copying materials; varies by teacher/grade. Pick your hours/days M-F, 9 AM-3 PM.


At West Seattle Elementary (6760 34th SW)

One time: Adults to unpack/set up in advance of the annual book fair on Dec. 7. Also adults to pack up, starting at 7 PM on Dec. 7.

Ongoing: Adult to support the school’s “Husky Buck” behavior incentive program by copying/distributing forms (any day), drawing/recording names (Mondays), and keeping prizes stocked (periodic).

Weekly: Adult or older youth to assist the school counselor in hosting a 20-minute “Best Attendance” popcorn party for the winning class; any day Tues.-Fri.

LaVida Massage: Welcoming a new West Seattle Blog sponsor

November 14, 2011 10:30 am
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 |   Health | West Seattle businesses | West Seattle news

We’re welcoming a new WSB sponsor today: LaVida Massage, now open in Jefferson Square on the corner of 42nd SW and SW Alaska. Here’s what they’d like you to know about their business:

LaVida offers high-quality massage and aesthetician services at an affordable price with convenient hours, open 7 days a week. All 12 of their massage therapists are experienced Licensed Massage Therapists with 50+ years of combined experience. They offer most modalities, including Swedish, Deep Tissue, Reflexology, Pre-Natal, Sports, and Treatment massage. They also offer couples’ massages, hot stone, and aromatherapy in their 8 beautiful massage rooms. Your first hour-long massage is always $39.95. 30-year veteran medical aesthetician Janean Wyvold, a longtime aesthetician educator and West Seattle resident, heads their Aesthetician department. They offer luxury facials, anti-aging facial treatments, microdermabrasion rejuvenation treatments, chemical peels, and waxing services, all at affordable prices. Your first hour-long Signature Facial is always $49.95.

Longtime Alki resident Paul Silver and daughter Raeanne Silver decided to open LaVida Massage because they saw a real need to offer both massage and aesthetician services at an affordable price, especially in this economy. “People love massage and taking care of themselves but can no longer justify the high prices charged at many high-end salons,” says Paul Silver. “We now offer an alternative. We built a beautiful salon in a very convenient location where our customers can enjoy the benefits of a high-end salon without the high-end cost.”

LaVida Massage also offers the “Life Benefit Program”: For a monthly charge of $59.95, you get your choice of an hour-long massage or facial. In addition, any additional massages for the month are $49.95, but for their Grand Opening, additional massages are reduced to only $39.95 for as long as you remain a member. The program is month to month, so you can cancel at any time and you can even share your membership with anyone in your household so that they can get the reduced rates as well. If you don’t use your free massage or facial in any given month, they roll over until you do use them. Contact LaVida Massage‘s new West Seattle center at 206.937.8432; online, here; and on Facebook, here.

We thank LaVida Massage for sponsoring independent, community-collaborative neighborhood news on WSB; find our current sponsor team listed in directory format here, and find info on joining the team by going here.

West Seattle restaurants: Spring Hill brings back fried chicken

Seldom have we seen such a stir over restaurant news as the Spring Hill Restaurant and Bar fried-chicken saga. You might recall their popular Monday night fried-chicken dinners – and the frenzy that erupted when they announced they were deep-sixing the deep-fried concept last summer. But now … it’s back, with a Hawaiian twist, as of December 5th. Click ahead to see the news release we just received:Read More

West Seattle Monday: From Roxhill to North Delridge, and nightlife too

November 14, 2011 8:54 am
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 |   West Seattle news | WS miscellaneous

(Tom Kelley photographed the junco on Gatewood Hill last week – thanks for sharing!)
From the WSB West Seattle Events calendar:

ROXHILL SKATESPOT: As previewed here again last night, new design alternatives for the Roxhill Park Skatespot will be shown tonight at Southwest Library, 6 pm.

NORTH DELRIDGE: Officer elections and a DESC-project update lead off the agenda for tonight’s North Delridge Neighborhood Council meeting, 6:30 pm, Delridge Library.

ROXHILL PTA Roxhill Elementary‘s PTA meets at 6:30 pm in the Roxhill cafeteria, 6:30 pm. Child care will be provided during the meeting.

SEWER-FACILITY DESIGN: Murray (Lowman Beach) CSO project design open house, Fauntleroy Church, 6:30 pm – details in our preview.

NIGHTLIFE: Among your Monday night options: Bingo at Alki UCC Church, doors at 5:30/play starts 6:30 … Jacob Lakatua Quartet at Löcöl, 7:30 pm … Waxy Monday vinyl-spinning guest-DJ action at West 5 (details here) … Trivia with Brian Calvert at Christo’s on Alki, 7 pm … Karaoke with Kelli at Skylark Café and Club, 9 pm

FOOD TRUCKS ADD ANOTHER NIGHT: For those following the evolving West Seattle food-truck scene, Highland Park Improvement Club says Lumpia World and Charlie’s Buns will be there (12th/Holden) for dinner Mondays, starting tonight, 5-8.

‘Pop-Up Museum’ pops up for SW Seattle Historical Society

Story and photos by Katie Meyer
Reporting for West Seattle Blog

A pumpkin, photographs, and plats on a map were some of the items shared when attendees at Saturday’s Southwest Seattle Historical Society meeting were introduced to Michelle DelCarlo‘s concept of a “pop-up museum.”

DelCarlo, a University of Washington graduate student in Museology, explained how her themed pop-up museum can influence how museums see themselves, and can assist them in creating a deeper relationship with their community. An informal, interactive pop-up museum helps museums engage people – it’s DelCarlo’s “experiment in community building and the creation of meaningful experiences.” The mission is to create conversations between people of all ages and all walks of life.

(Michelle DelCarlo, left, at the start of her “Thanksgiving” theme pop-up museum)
A pop-up museum is based solely on the content provided by the people who show up to participate, and after it ends, everyone takes their items home with them. The theme for the meeting at West Seattle (Admiral) Library was “Thanksgiving” and SWHS meeting participants had been asked in advance to bring something that was meaningful to them, and write on a small sheet of paper ( the “label”) why that object is meaningful, then place the object and label on a table.

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