West Seattle, Washington
If you see that bike, call police – Paul says someone stole it out of his yard on Alki, near 64th and Hinds.
Thanks to Mike Scharer for that photo from the scene of a crash in the 4700 block of West Marginal Way this afternoon. The Seattle Fire Department’s 911 log shows a major “automobile rescue” response to the scene a little over an hour and a half ago; Mike says this was the only car involved, and medics transported the man who was driving it. We don’t have any information about his condition. Another WSB’er, JayDee, passed the scene around 3 pm and reported the car was being towed.
(Photo by Les Crimmins, added Saturday evening)
1:47 PM: We are at Lake Washington today, and the Blue Angels’ performance has just begun. We’ll update when it’s over.
2:29 PM: Show’s over for today. Photos later!
ADDED SATURDAY NIGHT: Photos! Thanks to Les for the top view, from West Seattle. Next, Alki photographer David Hutchinson caught the Blues as seen over the earlier-generation Blue Angels Skyhawk jet in the Museum of Flight parking lot:
The next five are from WSB contributing photojournalist Nick Adams:
Listening to the narrative at the lake, we were reminded that these maneuvers are called “breaks”:
Gotta love “Fat Albert”:
In the background, the Cascades:
And another high-speed pass:
One more show to go – Sunday, same time, 1:30-ish takeoff.
(June 2012 photo by Scott Scowcroft)
If you have attended solstice or equinox sunset-watching events at Solstice Park with West Seattle’s volunteer NASA Solar System Ambassador Alice Enevoldsen, you might have noticed the stately cupola of The Kenney (WSB sponsor) to the northwest. That’s the site of her next event, for the Curiosity landing on Mars tomorrow night. Back during the event in the photo above, the summer-solstice-sunset watch back in June, Alice mentioned she was seeking a venue, with Internet access, for an indoor viewing party for the upcoming Mars landing – and The Kenney turned out to be the spot. So you are invited to join her and other space fans, starting around 10 pm, with the landing expected around 10:31 (here’s the info on the Alice’s Astro Info site, and here’s more info on the landing, from NASA’s site). The Kenney’s at 7125 Fauntleroy Way SW.
Don’t be chicken! You too can make friends with the fabulous fowls of the White Center Food Bank. Both named Henrietta. That’s Linda, in our photo, with one of the Henriettas. They’re both meeting visitors right now during the WC Food Bank’s summer open house – and they’re the inspiration for a program that you can be part of, to provide fresh eggs to more of WCFB’s clients (who are in West Seattle as well as WC). Till 2 pm, you can meet the H’s, tour the demonstration gardens, and get to know some cool people, at 10829 8th SW.
You might have seen the canoes if you’ve been out on Alki this morning – Leann did, and shared her iPhone clip. While the hydros zip across Lake Washington, on this side of the city, it’s a low-tech boat race – the annual “DaGrind” outrigger-canoe race to Blake Island. Find out more about it here.
ADDED 5 PM: Thanks to April Long for sharing photos!
Another big boat race from Alki is just three weeks away – Sound Rowers’ Cross-Sound Race is coming up on August 25h.
(July 2012 Alki Lighthouse photo by Jordan Petram – tour time’s running out!)
Not only will it be summery, it will be REALLY hot – at least by Seattle standards – says the National Weather Service, which now has a heat advisory in effect noon today through 8 pm Sunday. So take care of yourself and your pets (don’t leave them in cars, or without water) … and take advantage of all the outdoor and indoor fun today:
SEAFAIR – BLUE ANGELS, NAVY SHIP TOURS, HYDROS: Find the schedule info linked in our preview. Toplines: The Blue Angels take off from Boeing Field (watch from around the airport periphery OR best of all, from the Museum of Flight) around 1:30 pm. The show is over Lake Washington, where hydro racing gets up to full speed today. (If you’re going, consider a shuttle.) Along the Elliott Bay waterfront from Pier 46 in the south to Pier 90 in the north, you can tour the three Seafair Fleet U.S. Navy ships, 9:30 am-3:30 pm.
SHOW LINCOLN PARK SOME LOVE: Forest-restoration work party starts at 9! Details here.
OUTRIGGER RACE FROM ALKI: The annual “Da Grind” outrigger-canoe race to Blake Island is happening today, so in case you saw the canoes, that’s what it’s about. Details here.
MEET THE HENRIETTAS AT WHITE CENTER FOOD BANK: Open house, with chickens! 11 am-2 pm at 8th and 108th; WC Food Bank serves part of West Seattle too. More info here.
SUMMER FESTIVAL AND BACKPACK GIVEAWAY: 11 am at Delridge Community Center, Eastridge Church invites kids to its Summer Festival, with a first-come-first-served backpack giveaway – details here.
BALLOT DROPOFF VAN, DAY 2: Check our Friday story to see what you’re looking for on the southwest side of the West Seattle Stadium parking lot/driveway, 10 am-5 pm today (and Monday, as well as 7 am-8 pm Tuesday), to drop off your ballot (no postage stamps needed) for Tuesday’s election.
VIETNAMESE CULTURAL CENTER: Director Lee Bui shared that photo of visitor Katy F from last Saturday as a reminder that the center is open for visitors, free, every Saturday, noon-3 pm. It’s at 2236 SW Orchard (north of Home Depot).
LOG HOUSE MUSEUM: Noon-4 pm Thursdays-Sundays you are welcome at this repository of West Seattle (and vicinity) history, 61st/Stevens.
ALKI POINT LIGHTHOUSE: Just a few more weekends to tour this West Seattle icon – 1-4 pm Saturdays and Sundays through the end of August.
OPEN HOUSE: At Little Pilgrim preschool, Fauntleroy Church, 2-4 pm.
‘LION KING’ AT WEST SEATTLE OUTDOOR MOVIES: Third Saturday night movie of the summer in the courtyard next to Hotwire Online Coffeehouse (WSB sponsor) at 4410 California SW! “Lion King” is the film. Magic by Louie Foxx is preshow entertainment. And you’re invited to partake in a free barbecue courtesy of West Seattle Christian Church. The movie’s at dusk (9:30-ish), preshow 7:30 pm, but come earlier to be sure you’ll get a spot (bring your own chair/s and/or blanket/s). Entertainment is free but bring some money for budget-priced concessions provided by WSB sponsor PB&J Textiles (benefiting WSCC’s well-building project) and raffle (benefiting West Seattle Helpline).
(Photo from last weekend’s Lincoln Park performance, courtesy Myrtle G)
OUTDOOR SHAKESPEARE: Last chance to see “Taming of the Shrew” in a West Seattle park courtesy of GreenStage this season – 7 pm at Lincoln Park.
‘ANYTHING GOES’: West Seattle’s own Twelfth Night Productions (WSB sponsor) brings the classic Cole Porter musical to West Seattle High School Theater (3000 California SW) again at 7:30 pm tonight, then running Fridays-Sundays the next two weekends. Food drive too – bring a nonperishable-food donation for the West Seattle Food Bank!
LIVE MUSIC: Gregg Curry at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), 6-8 pm … Tyson Meade at VAIN in The Junction, 7 pm (see our preview story from last night) … Three bands at Skylark Café and Club, starting at 8 …
(Photo added 12:21 pm – truck trouble in Delridge – see below)
7:45 AM: One more reminder before it’s too late, in case you missed the noontime announcement yesterday … since many Wednesday trash/recycling customers missed two pickups during the Waste Management strike, the company plans to have trucks out in those neighborhoods TODAY to catch up, so get yours out and keep it out till 6. (If you’re Monday or Tuesday, as of this writing, they’re planning to catch up on those regular days.)
12:21 PM UPDATE: The photo above is courtesy of Ronnie, who says the WM truck got into some kind of trouble in an alley east of Delridge, near Brandon. Ronnie says the truck’s “back popped open,” and that supervisors have arrived to check it out. No word on how or if this might affect pickups, but again, if you have Wednesday pickup, the company asks you to leave everything out at least until 6 tonight.
1:02 AM: We heard it too; have since received a phone call and various messages. Police are checking it out, and the scanner indicates 911 has received more than a few calls, too. We’ll update here if we hear anything definitive is found.
1:16 AM: Just to note – about 15 minutes have gone by, and there’s no report of smoke, fire, injury, anywhere, so far. Police are still checking out some of the various reports called in to 911.
2:11 AM: Nothing reported found, that we’ve heard. A WSB’er who lives on the northwest edge of The Junction reported a flash from outside concurrent with the boom, though.
Cate, who describes her neighborhood as the west side of North Admiral, is looking for help in ID’ing the bird in her photo:
I have never posted or shared anything before, but I’m hoping your readers can help me identify these wonderful birds that have been visiting my deck for the past three days. I think they may be juvenile peregrine falcons …. or maybe that’s just wishful thinking :-) because it would be super cool to have falcons on the deck!
I’ve seen one or two of them the past three days. The first day, there was one and he was very unstable – clutching the deck rail and looking very wobbly. I actually thought he was injured. The next day, there were two and it looked like they were practicing flying …. half jumping, half flying from one deck rail to the other. Today, I saw only one and he was doing slightly longer swooping flights.