West Seattle, Washington
Kevin McClintic shares the photo of (from left) Tim Hossner, Ken Beres, and Phil Sweetland, installing a new wayfinding sign for Fauntleroy Church this evening at Wildwood/Fauntleroy, a block south of the ferry terminal and about three blocks west of the church. The old sign has been out of commission since an early-morning crash we covered two months ago – when a suspected drunk driver’s car crashed into it before winding up upside down on the sidewalk nearby.
That promotional video features quick clips from rehearsals for “The Rehearsal Room,” which opens May 11th for a three-show run at Chief Sealth International High School. The video is courtesy of CSIHS parent Laura Martin, as is this announcement:
Chief Sealth International High School Performing Arts is proudly staging our first musical drama since moving back to our beautifully remodeled performing arts auditorium! A cast of 21 student performers, 3 student musicians, (and several Sealth teachers in cameo roles) are in rehearsals for our musical “The Rehearsal Room.” Art imitates life in this original story about high school students trying to resurrect their school’s drama program. You’ll love the music, which features great hits from the 60’s, 70’s, 80’, 90’s and today.
Our enthusiastic cast includes a wonderfully diverse group of students from all grades, and we truly hope that all of our West Seattle neighbors will mark your calendars and attend one of our performances! Our showtimes are Fri 5-11 at 7:30 pm, Sat 5-12 at 7:30 pm, and a special Mother’s Day Matinee Sun 5-13 at 2:00 pm, with free flowers and chocolate for all moms attending this performance!
Reservations/advance tickets ($8 adults/$4 students) are available online by going here. Laura also invites supporters to “make a donation and be featured as a sponsor in our program”; you can reach her for details via firstname.lastname@example.org.
It’s spring musical season at West Seattle High School, and the WSHS Drama Club and Music Department invite you to come see “Bye Bye Birdie,” opening May 10th for six performances – 7:30 pm that night plus May 11th, 16th, 17th, 18th, and an 8 pm event on May 12th including a pre-func that’s a special benefit for the arts programs at Westside. The synopsis:
‘Bye Bye Birdie’ is one of the most captivating musical shows of our time. It is a satire done with the fondest affection, and tells the story of a rock and roll singer who is about to be inducted into the army. An English Teacher, What Did I Ever See in Him?, Put on a Happy Face, One Boy, A Lot of Livin’ to Do, Kids, Rosie and Spanish Rose are musical theatre classics. This is the tops in imagination and good old-fashioned fun.
For the five regular performances, tickets are $7 with a reservation (call 206-252-8834 or e-mail email@example.com), $12/door. For the May 12th benefit – which includes a pre-show arts display, appetizers, and beverages at the St. John’s church hall next door – it’s $25 in advance, and no guarantee of space at the door, so get the specifics here.
Coming up this Saturday (May 5th), you’re invited to the Seattle Lutheran High School Football Team Fundraising Dinner for the 2012 season, 5 pm at the SLHS Gym (41st and Genesee). Per the announcement we received: “Guest speakers are both former UW Husky players: Nesby Glasgow, who also played for the Seahawks, and Deacon Demetrius Deke Devers. Emcee and hostess for the evening is Sonya Doswell. Bring a friend or two and enjoy an evening of fellowship and food while supporting the Seattle Lutheran High School Saints.” You can buy your ticket online – here’s the link.
WSDOT has just gone public with that new video showing a reroute of Alaskan Way that kicks in during the second week of May, preparing for Highway 99 tunnel work, and it’s likely to be of particular interest to people who use the downtown ferry terminal as well as pedestrian/bicycle path users. Here’s the detailed explanation.
Just got a note from James, who thought it might not be a bad idea for us to mention the May Day gatherings planned tomorrow, in case of traffic effects. At almost the same moment, an alert came in from Metro, and it’s the most matter-of-fact one we’ve seen, so here you go:
Transit service – and all traffic – in downtown Seattle will likely be delayed during the Tuesday afternoon commute and into the evening due to a May Day march and other activities. Bus riders should be prepared for transit service delays – and possible reroutes. This could affect bus service both on surface streets and possibly the transit tunnel.
One march is planned to leave the Central District at 5 p.m. and travel along South Jackson Street to Fourth Avenue to the Wells Fargo Building on Third Avenue between Madison and Marion streets. There could be additional May Day activities in other locations that could also delay or disrupt traffic and transit.
If possible, people may want to leave work early Tuesday. They should also give themselves extra time to travel through the downtown area. Metro may have to temporarily reroute buses if streets are closed or become blocked.
(SDOT also has an alert, mentioning that 2nd might have to be closed.) We of course will keep you updated here (and via the WSB Facebook page) too. Nothing major is planned in West Seattle tomorrow so far as we have heard.
By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor
This week, we’re likely to learn a lot more about what’s envisioned for the 4724 California development on the ex-Petco site in The Junction.
Most significantly, the development/ownership team continues to circulate for conversations with community leaders, as they were doing before we even found out about the proposal. West Seattle business-community members met with the development team last week. This time in addition to the “on the ground” Seattle team members from Urban Evolution (who talked with us for an April 20th followup), the group included Peter Wolff of The Wolff Company, the privately held firm that’s buying the site and funding the development.
The morning after that meeting, he sat down for an interview with WSB, in which he explained, among other things, why he believes his company is “the right firm to do this”:
1:37 PM: More Monday road woes – just got a text about a crash at 8th and Roxbury, and the 911 log shows a 2-unit dispatch. (added) It’s on the westbound side, and Seattle Police have called for extra reinforcement to manage traffic, so avoid the area if you can. We’re en route for a look.
1:52 PM UPDATE: Per the scanner, the crash is actually a hit-and-run, and they’re looking for a driver described as female, in her 30s, 5-foot-5, blue shirt, blue pants. Our crew just arrived and is trying to find out more about that, but also reports that westbound traffic is being diverted onto 7th SW. At least one person is hurt; an ambulance is on scene.
2:13 PM UPDATE: Added a photo. Police tell us that the car in the foreground, with the least damage, is the one whose driver left the scene; the one behind it, with more damage, is the one whose driver was taken to the hospital.
(Sunday photo by WSB editor Tracy Record)
Another successful dropoff event this past weekend – more successful than ever, in fact! Judy Pickens just shared this wrapup of how the Fauntleroy Church‘s Recycle Roundup on Sunday (WSB coverage here) turned out:
The West Seattle peninsula is surely sitting higher in the water today after residents brought a record 16 tons of recyclables to Sunday’s Recycle Roundup hosted by Fauntleroy Church and 1 Green Planet. With that much stuff returning to the resource stream, more cars surely fit in the garage and a few marriages may have been saved!
The crew packed every truck available with 16 tons of almost everything imaginable, from infant car seats to elder scooters, computers to fencing. To thank the church’s green committee for organizing the free event and providing a “Green Ideas” handout, recyclers tossed just over $1,400 in the donation basket.
The church will announce the fall event date soon so that area residents have ample notice to start sorting.
When we stopped by the Southwest Precinct at midmorning Saturday to check on Drug Take-Back Day (WSB coverage here), we saw a steady stream of people bringing in their unwanted/unneeded/expired medication. Big enough turnout, in fact, that according to an update on SPD Blotter, West Seattle’s precinct netted the biggest “take” on Take-Back Day – 238 pounds! Here are the citywide results.
According to a news release just in from Seattle Public Schools, another finalist has withdrawn from the superintendent search – Dr. Sandra Husk of Salem – which leaves José Banda of Anaheim (photo right). The School Board will vote on Wednesday, and, according to the news release, asked its president Michael DeBell to call Banda last night (UPDATED 11:02 AM after the news release, with more context on the 2 withdrawals; also UPDATED 11:13 AM with district clarification that the Banda decision was made before the Husk withdrawal)Read More
DONATE TO YOUR LOCAL FOOD BANKS! Today is the last day of the Feinstein Challenge, two months during which your donation to participating food banks goes further – here’s the story we originally published when the annual “challenge” began last month.
NORTHWEST CENTER DROPOFF NOW 7 DAYS A WEEK: As mentioned last week, the Northwest Center “Big Blue Truck” donation-dropoff spot in The Junction – 44th and Edmunds – is open EVERY day as of today (used to be Fri/Sat/Sun). Our previous story includes a link to the list of what they do and don’t accept.
AFTERSCHOOL CLASSES AT ENRICHMENT ON ALKI: A new series of classes starts today after school – details here.
MEMORIAL AT VIETNAMESE CULTURAL CENTER: An annual tradition at West Seattle’s Vietnamese Cultural Center (2236 SW Orchard) is tonight – a vigil to remember the Vietnamese and U.S. soldiers who lost their lives fighting for freedom. The public’s welcome, with a special invitation extended to veterans; tonight at 7 pm. (Details here.)
FAMILY STORY TIME: Tonight at the Seattle Public Library‘s High Point branch (35th/Raymond), 7 pm.
FLAT EARTH SOCIETY DJ SESSION AT WEST 5: It’s a Monday night tradition – 9 pm at West 5, turntable time, described as: “Featuring a lineup of some luminous Seattle record junkies spinning the rarest and fairest vinyl from deep within their respective LP collections. Rare soul, garage, dirty-funk, J Pop, jazz and a smattering of world-stage psychedelia will be spinning at the popular lounge in the heart of West Seattle.” Tonight, it’s Chris Martin from Kinski and AMPBUZZ.
WEST SEATTLE COMMUNITY GARAGE SALE DAY COUNTDOWN: 12 days away – 9 am-3 pm Saturday, May 12th. We expect as usual to have the map available a week in advance so you can find out who’s having a sale near you (if you’re not a seller!) and plan your wanderings that day – keep watch here, on the WSCGSD website, on the WSCGSD Facebook page, and on the WSB Facebook page.
(Latest “live” picture looking at eastbound WS Bridge – refresh page for newest image)
TRAFFIC NOTE #1: As announced last week, today’s the day SDOT plans to inspect the west end of the West Seattle Bridge – the Fauntleroy Expressway section, which has been getting an earthquake-safety retrofit since last year – which means “rolling slowdowns” between 8 am and 3 pm. Here again is how they explain it:
The inspection team will establish short-term lane closures of the right-hand lane using truck-mounted traffic warning devices. The inspection will begin near West Seattle and move westbound. The inspection team will make short-term (15 minutes) stops at any given location along the bridge deck. After completing the westbound route the team will then inspect eastbound, toward Downtown Seattle, also along the right hand lane. The entire inspection will be completed by 3:00 p.m.
TRAFFIC NOTE #2, ADDED AT 7:26 AM: Not sure how long this will last, but we just caught word of a truck crash on northbound I-5 at the Ship Canal Bridge that is causing problems through downtown – so if you usually take I-5, be forewarned, it’s slower going right now, and traffic reporters are advising 99 as an alternative, so that may be busier than usual.
8:06 AM UPDATE: WSDOT says the I-5 crash scene is clear now, but the backup will take a while longer to clear since it’s heavy-traffic commute time.