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West Seattle music: Black Bangs rock Feedback Lounge birthday

April 27, 2012 11:46 pm
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As part of its weeklong 3rd-anniversary celebration, Morgan Junction’s rock-n-roll Feedback Lounge (WSB sponsor) welcomed a band tonight that, well, wasn’t just another band – it’s led by The Feedback’s general manager, Bradi Jones. Just after 9 tonight, she and her fellow Black Bangs took the stage by storm:

Tomorrow (Saturday) night at 9, you’re invited to more live music at The Feedback – a daylong video shoot by Van Eps wraps with a live performance for which they’d love to have a live audience on camera, per the FL website. But live music is only a small part of what they’re about – they’re renowned for co-owner Matt Johnson‘s cocktail creations:

See the menu here (and join the Cocktail Club here). And then there’s the food … Just stop reading and go. Happy birthday week, Feedback!

Seattle Public Schools superintendent finalists visit: Sandra Husk

A bit delayed because we didn’t find the district-posted video clip till tonight, here’s the third of three Seattle Public Schools superintendent candidates who visited this week, Dr. Sandra Husk from Salem, Oregon. The video is from one of her three sessions with small groups of reporters. Here’s the Seattle Times (WSB partner) report on her interviews; here’s how Seattle Schools Community Forum covered her appearance. Our previous reports with the same three sources: José Banda here, Steven Enoch here. Send your thoughts to Also note that West Seattle’s board rep Marty McLaren has a community-conversation meeting this Sunday, 1:15-3 pm, at the West Seattle (Admiral) library branch.

Highland Park Action Committee talks trail trouble & more

April 27, 2012 10:20 pm
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From this week’s monthly meeting of the Highland Park Action Committee: Mark your calendar for May 19th – the annual Spring Clean, at the HP Improvement Club and surrounding area. That was one of the major announcements, but much of the night’s discussion was dedicated to an update from Seattle Police, and concerns about illegal motorcycle-riding in the West Duwamish Greenbelt:Read More

High-school sports: First loss for Chief Sealth soccer

(WSB video of the game’s first half, starting with player introductions; clip #2 here, conclusion here)
As noted here in recent weeks, the Chief Sealth International High School boys-varsity soccer team is having an outstanding year, currently ranked #4 in the state. Tonight, the #2 team, Bainbridge Island, crossed the Sound to visit Sealth, and the result was the Seahawks’ first loss of the year, 6-2. Sizable crowd for the evening game at Southwest Athletic Complex, and somebody even brought a vuvuzela!

West Seattle schools: New ‘inspirational video’ from Denny crew

Next week, Denny International Middle School students have a round of testing called the Measurement of Student Progress. To spur them to success – besides all the traditional methods – the Denny faculty, with the help of volunteer filmmaker Will Braden, has made another in their series of what principal Jeff Clark calls “inspirational videos.” This one is “MSP in the Morning,” a take-off on T-Pain‘s “5 O’Clock.” The original Denny video hit was “Teach Me How to Study” (51,700+ views on YouTube!), featured on WSB (and even on KING 5!) back in winter 2011, followed in May 2011 by “The Test Goes On” (which like the new video preceded the MSP). Denny’s principal explains about “MSP in the Morning,” “We know our scholars are brilliant and college-bound—staff made this video to motivate, entertain, and connect with them. A special thank you to Denny teacher Gary Lai, and Will Braden, our volunteer producer!”

Omsho Crysalis: Welcoming a new West Seattle Blog sponsor

April 27, 2012 5:53 pm
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Today we welcome one of our newest WSB sponsors, Omsho Crysalis, whose co-owner Kate Reust says, “I’ve had the honor of treating clients from around the world. I’ve had them ask me to move closer to their homes – and always joke they should move to our corner of heaven instead. Welcome to our corner of heaven! It’s got to be about finding the right fit for your body’s needs and someone that you ‘mesh’ with. Finding the care providers that can truly listen to what your body is saying – and then provide you with the best course of care. Our team of care providers work to help you experience excellence. If we don’t provide something you need we’ll work to make a referral to a skilled practitioner that fits your needs. Being able to ‘listen’ is a learned, practiced and perfected skill – one that has to be experienced. My skills and years as a medical and body empath deepen my abilities to educate clients through every service that we provide.”

Also about her work at Omsho Crysalis, Kate (pictured at right with co-owner Al Reust) adds, “Often when working with a client – either with bodywork, the Biometric Surveys, or through homeopathic and nutritional intervention – I find that we’re able to ‘connect the dots’ that were being treated as separate issues by their other health-care practitioners. We believe that our job is to educate. When our clients have knowledge, they are able to make the best informed decision on their care and life changes that they need. … With 20 years as a massage practitioner in Washington, I’ve developed deep therapy techniques that allow me to facilitate deep therapeutic work, without the pain often experienced with deep tissue work. I’m also endorsed and experienced in Cranial IntraOral – working to identify and resolve such issues as TMJ, Migraine, concussion, complex whiplash and other traumas of the face, head and neck.” Omsho Crysalis is a member of the new Admiral District Business Association, located in West Seattle at 4222 SW Walker, #5 (also with a location in the Municipal Tower downtown), and online at

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

K-5 STEM at Boren notes: Sunday playdate; Design Team notes; assistant superintendent leaving

Three notes this afternoon for those interested (or already enrolled!) in Seattle Public Schools‘ new K-5 STEM at Boren, opening in West Seattle this fall:

PLAYDATE THIS SUNDAY: Families of some of the 229 students already assigned to the new school are gathering this Sunday, and those who haven’t made up their minds are invited too. Here’s the announcement we received:

If you have a child attending the new K-5 Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) School, or are on the fence, please join the new STEM community for the first playdate this Sunday at noon! It’s a great opportunity for the kids and parents to get to know each other. We are taking the first steps towards organizing a PTA/PTO and need active participation to making the important initial decisions!

We will meet at the Fauntleroy Children’s Center‘s playground behind the Fauntleroy Schoolhouse (thank you FCC for supporting our new school!).

Also, join the online discussions and share information through the community Yahoo! group:

It’s not too late to apply! The district has indicated that they will add classes if they have enough additional applicants to fill them – Be the change you want to see in public education and take advantage of this unique opportunity to create the dream! (Here’s the link.)

DESIGN TEAM UPDATE: The district continues to post notes from the ongoing K-5 STEM at Boren Design Team meetings, and the report on this past Wednesday’s meeting is here; the report mentions “handouts,” regarding the curriculum discussion the team is having, and those can be seen here. The Design Team’s next meeting is at 6:15 pm May 10th at Madison Middle School.

ASSISTANT SUPERINTENDENT LEAVING: While not directly about the K-5 STEM at Boren school, it’s the project in which West Seattleites had seen the most of assistant superintendent for teaching and learning Dr. Cathy Thompson lately, so we’re mentioning here that she announced today she’s leaving the district. Dr. Thompson is a West Seattleite, with her district background including time as principal at Roxhill Elementary, and she had been a very visible figure at early public meetings regarding the new K-5 STEM school, as well as ongoing involvement. Click ahead to read Dr. Thompson’s announcement:Read More

The WSBeat: Road rage; off-leash rage; elevator rage … and at least two lives saved

By Megan Sheppard
On the WSBeat, for West Seattle Blog

As always, the WSBeat summaries are from reports on cases handled recently by Southwest Precinct officers, incidents of note that (usually) have not already appeared here in breaking-news coverage or West Seattle Crime Watch reports, but that might at least answer the question “what WERE all those police doing on my block (whenever)?”:

*Around noon on Saturday, a male driver pursued and harassed a female driver from Avalon and 35th all the way to downtown. He employed a variety of methods: tailgating, honking, flipping her off, and swerving through traffic to first pass and then pull into her lane before slamming on the brakes. He followed her off the 4th Avenue off-ramp, toward downtown, continuing the honking, flipping, and tailgating until she was able to lose him on some side streets. He was described as a white male with brown hair. He drove a four-door black Lexus that is registered to an address in the Admiral area.

*Wednesday afternoon at Me-Kwa-Mooks Park, a Highland Park resident noticed that another park-goer’s “very large dogs” were off-leash. She asked that he leash them, especially because her own three (leashed) dogs could be aggressive. The 66-year-old responded to this request by raising his hand to her and saying “You need to be punched.” He later told an officer that the woman was a “busybody” who liked to tell people what to do. He agreed that his use of words had been threatening and was sorry about the incident. The report does not state whether the Beach Drive-area resident was cited for having his dogs off leash.

*Monday afternoon, an allegedly intoxicated man and his friend fled the scene of a Alaska Junction apartment building after arguing with (and head-butting) a woman for being too slow in getting off an elevator.

Five more summaries ahead, including a “Facebook flirtation” gone wrong:Read More

West Seattle 5K: Sign up before discount rate runs out!

(WSB photo from 2011 West Seattle 5K)
Run with your dog! Run with your kids! Your parents! (You can walk too, of course …) Three weeks from Sunday, the West Seattle 5K steps up to the starting line in Alki as the first half of an always-fun day, followed by car-free Seattle Summer Streets along a few blocks of beachfront Alki Avenue SW. WSB is proud to have co-sponsored the West Seattle 5K since its very first year, and it’s always cool to cover, too, especially if YOU are there. If you haven’t already registered, the earlybird rate expires next Thursday, so you might as well sign up now – then join the fun at 9 am Sunday, May 20th.

Saw the trucks? Crew shoots Microsoft video in Admiral District

If you’ve noticed trucks like these around the Admiral District – including around Hiawatha Community Center – no, it’s NOT a movie crew; it’s World Famous Inc., shooting a corporate video for Microsoft. Thanks to Forest for the heads-up about an alert posted at Hiawatha in advance of the shoot, which caught lots of attention this morning (thanks also to those who texted and e-mailed!). The crew told us they’ll be around till noon or so, and that they chose West Seattle for their backdrop just because it’s scenic! (P.S. According to the Seattle Office of Film and Music‘s website, corporate/commercial production like this comprises a third of the “permitted filmwork” in our city.)

ADDED FRIDAY NIGHT: The crew was also at an Admiral-area home – Ted Johnson shared this photo via the WSB Facebook page:

Chow down, lift up: ‘Dining Out for Life’ last night; ‘Dine Out for Hunger’ next Wednesday

Two notes about local restaurants joining in dine-out fundraisers:

‘DINING OUT FOR LIFE’ POSTSCRIPT: Last night we stopped by Skylark Café and Club, one of four West Seattle/White Center venues that joined in Lifelong AIDS Alliance‘s annual dine-out fundraiser, to say hi to the on-site DO4L ambassadors: Bill Wiesenbach and Lorraine Fournier.

‘DINE OUT FOR HUNGER’ NEXT WEDNESDAY: We’re seeing lots of incoming e-mail reminders about Give Big, the one-day event next Wednesday (May 2nd) to encourage people to donate to participating nonprofits via the Seattle Foundation, which promises a “stretch pool” to provide some matching funds to those nonprofits. One local participant, White Center Food Bank, is going all-out, as noted on partner site White Center Now – including an event Wednesday night called “Dine Out for Hunger”: Proletariat Pizza and Zippy’s Giant Burgers are both donating a cut of dinner proceeds that night to WC Food Bank.

West Seattle Friday: Sealth soccer; ‘Elvis’; Black Bangs…

Jason Sutherland

(“Surfing” West Seattle! Photo by J. Patzer Photography, from the WSB Flickr group pool)
A few highlights from the WSB West Seattle Events Calendar:

COLLEGE AND CAREER INFO FOR STUDENTS AND FAMILIES: You’re invited to an event – including dinner! – at High Point Neighborhood Center (6400 Sylvan Way SW), 4:30-7 pm, to help students and families look ahead to college and careers. Details here.

GOING FOR #12: Chief Sealth International High School‘s undefeated boys-varsity soccer team (now ranked #4 in the state!) goes for hosting Bainbridge tonight at 6. Here’s how athletic director Sam Reed described the matchup via all-school e-mail (republished here with permission):

The Seahawks will host Metro Mountain division leaders and the #2 ranked team in state, the Bainbridge Spartans. Bainbridge played in the WIAA State Championship game last Spring and is currently 8-1-3 on the season. The varsity game will start at 6:00 pm (JV starts at 4:00 pm) and will be played across the street at the Southwest Athletic Complex. Admission is free.

(P.S. Sports schedules for both CSIHS and West Seattle High School are available daily via our calendar.)

SANISLO BENEFIT BASH: As previewed here earlier this week – tonight’s the Sanislo Elementary PTA‘s Annual Fund fun(draiser) at Highland Park Improvement Club, live music and more. 6:30-9 pm. Admission by donation; details here.

‘ELVIS’ AT THE SENIOR CENTER: The West Seattleite who won this year’s Elvis Invitationals (video above), Bret Wiggins, plays the Senior Center of West Seattle tonight, 7:30 pm – details here.

‘EXIT, PURSUED BY A BEAR’: Playwright Lauren Gunderson describes it as “part I Love Lucy, part Jacobean revenge tragedy, part feminist manifesto, part beautiful ballet, part nature special, and part 80′s power ballad,” according to the website for ArtsWest in The Junction, where its run continues with a 7:30 pm performance tonight (buy tickets online, here).

BLACK BANGS @ FEEDBACK LOUNGE: The Feedback (WSB sponsor) continues its 3rd-birthday festivities with a performance of the Black Bangs – fronted by Feedback GM Bradi Jones – at 9 tonight.

More on the calendar!

Delridge Day 2012: Want to be a sponsor, vendor, musician?

(2011 Delridge Day photo by Ellen Cedergreen for WSB)
Saturday, August 18th, is the date set for this year’s North Delridge Neighborhood Council-presented Delridge Day, and though that’s almost four months away, organizers – who put it together at the last minute as something of a rescue operation last year! – are signing up sponsors and vendors NOW, as well as musicians. Here’s an update from Holli Margell:

Last year’s 5th Annual Delridge Day was a true community success. North Delridge Neighborhood Council’s Co-Secretary, Amanda Leonard, stepped up when the previous organizing group’s lack of funds threatened to cancel the festival. The result? A community-wide celebration that included the Delridge Skatepark Grand Opening, over 40 vendors and more than 2,000 attendees. Plans for an even bigger 2012 Delridge Day Festival are currently under way.

The 2012 Delridge Day Festival is planned for August 18th from 11 AM-3 PM at the Delridge [Community Center] Park. This year’s festival will feature two new activities: the first Alki Bike and Board Skate Contest and a music stage. Interested musicians can e-mail Chas Redmond at and provide links to their music.

The planning committee is working on securing sponsors and vendors to make this year’s event happen. The sponsorship and vendor fees not only support the festival, but also give back to the community as 15% of all fees are donated to the ARC (Associated Recreational Council), which provides scholarships for Community Center classes at the Delridge Community Center.

Vendor and Sponsor packets are available online at – which is also where to keep up with festival plans – or by emailing the planning committee at

Be an ivy fighter! Removal work in West Seattle on Saturday

You’ve probably heard that ivy, while it may look lovely and rustic climbing on old brick buildings, for example, is an enemy to trees. Steve Richmond explains why, and invites you to a removal project tomorrow:

Did you know English ivy changes leaf shape and goes to seed when it climbs vertically? And while it’s strangling our trees, that birds eat the seed and spread it throughout our forests? Ivy plus blackberry (or any food source: bird feeders, unpicked fruit) also attracts rats – not what we want for a healthy city.

What can you do? Join us this Saturday at Sanislo School wetland to remove ivy. We’re also mulching bare soil to avoid erosion and prevent polluted runoff.

When: Saturday, April 28, 2012 (every 4th Saturday)
Time: 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM (Join for an hour or all day)
Where: Sanislo School Wetland; 1812 SW Myrtle, Seattle, WA 98106. Meet at front of school.
What to bring: Gloves, hand tiller (we’ll have extra, but write your name on your tools), weather-appropriate gear (rain or cold), hat/eye/sun protection, food/water/bottle, sturdy shoes/boots. Snacks and water provided.

For info:; Steve Richmond (206) 650-9807

Drug Take-Back Day tomorrow: Southwest Precinct dropoffs

No need to have expired and/or unneeded prescription drugs around the house … they can be dangerous for a variety of reasons – theft, abuse, poisoning, even water pollution if someone mistakenly thinks it’s OK to flush them or throw them down the drain … Whatever you have on hand, there’s an easy way to get rid of it tomorrow via Drug Take-Back Day – drop them off at the Southwest Precinct (Delridge/Webster), 10 am-2 pm. Seattle Police precincts around the city are participating, and this update from their SPD Blotter website explains.