West Seattle, Washington
The Admiral District Business Association invites you to come on over and wander their shops this Saturday (August 11th), 10 am-2 pm, for flea-market-style shopping. First time the recently organized Admiral merchants’ group is trying a sidewalk sale like this, so as you browse and buy, let them know what you think!
Making an early stop on the West Seattle Art Walk, we found a bake sale! Parents and students from Schmitz Park Elementary are outside Carmilia’s tonight, raising money for the 4th grade trip to Islandwood. (Inside Carmilia’s, you’ll find artist Randi Rohde and her photography of theatrical vignettes featuring perfume bottles.)
Northwest photographer David Atkinson is there tonight; his work will be up for about a month. More to come – and if you’re out on the Art Walk tonight, check out the free tickets for the 9 pm afterparty at the Benbow Room, with Tyson Meade, The Grizzled Mighty, and Hobosexual.
8:16 PM UPDATE: We stopped by the Benbow to peek in on preps – here’s the stage where the music (MC’d by Brent Amaker!) will happen later:
Back on the Art Walk route – two more stops in the Admiral District. First, at Atomic Boys, artists Quinn Sadow and Chance Williams:
They’re showing their drawings tonight. And over at Mind Unwind, living art:
We found Herban Flora outside – featuring Rachel Grossman and Holly McNeill, whose art is focused on plants – succulents, mosses, and air plants.
They’ve been playing together for decades – and tonight, the folk duo of Reilly and Maloney are onstage alongside Hiawatha Community Center‘s east lawn, for the third show in the Admiral Neighborhood Association-presented Summer Concerts at Hiawatha series. They’re just wrapping up a break between their two sets – so you still have time to drop by. It’s free and casual – bring your own blanket, chair, water, snacks; also come say hi to ANA reps and some of us co-sponsors at the tables east of the crowd. Next week’s concert is down the hill at Alki – The Braxmatics, 6:30 pm Thursday night, August 16th; rest of the series is listed here.
FIRST REPORT, 3:48 PM: Just announced by Seattle Public Utilities – If the Waste Management strike caused you to miss a recycling pickup on Monday 7/30, Tuesday 7/31, or Thursday 8/2, you will get a catch-up recycling pickup THIS SATURDAY (8/11).
ADDED 5:26 PM: Susan Stoltzfus from SPU answered a couple questions we sent her after they were raised in the comment section, regarding next week’s schedule, plus a question regarding whether the catchup pickups are costing the city extra – and, she adds a reminder:
Regular collections for all customers are expected next week for garbage, food and yard waste, and recycling.
Our contract with Waste Management does not pay for overtime for drivers.
We would also like to remind your readers that the performance fees being assessed will be coming back to customers affected by the strike. We still have to get the total of the fees and finalize an equitable way to distribute back to the customers. Likely they will see a credit on a future utility bill.
(West Seattle Fabric Company’s Monica Skov and daughter, outside WSFC’s future sewing-studio site)
By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor
After less than two years in business, West Seattle Fabric Company proprietor Monica Skov has learned what might be the most important lesson an entrepreneur can learn.
Listen to your customers. And respond.
Hers have been asking for things that just wouldn’t fit into her cozy retail space at 2210 California SW in the Admiral District – an area for open sewing (your machine or theirs), for parties, for quilting.
Now, she’s found a place where that can all happen, a second site that will become the West Seattle Fabric Company “Creative Sewing Studio” (working title, so that might change). The space is at 5910 California SW, in the former Emerald Spiral space in the California/Juneau business node (directly across from Pan Africa Grill).
We talked with Monica there this morning, just as remodeling work was about to begin:
Three and a half weeks ago, the construction fence at 3261 Avalon went up – and today, the vacant houses on the site are coming down. (Thanks to E for the tip.) This is an all-residential project, half a block northeast of 35th – planned for six stories and 120 apartments. The land-use permit was granted in January.
Sue Bird bobblehead, anyone? Or how about a sturdy steel rainbarrel? Just two of the eclectic items already ready and waiting for a megasale this weekend, at the hub – really, the heart – of Highland Park.
Come one, come all to the annual Highland Park Improvement Club Giant Group Sale. More than 20 participants with a huge variety of stuff, from cool collectibles, to folk/yard art, furnishings, clothing, jewelry, you name it we have it. A one-stop shopping experience!
Proceeds help the Club, the sellers, and the neighborhood – so drop by and say hi.
Sale hours: 9 am to 3 pm, one day only, Saturday Aug. 11th
Address: 1116 SW Holden, corner of SW Holden and 12th Ave SW
Questions? e-mail Kay Kirkpatrick at email@example.com
P.S. If you’re having a yard sale this weekend (or any time) – you can feature it in the WSB Forums for free; make sure you post in the Freebies/Deals/Sales section (and be sure to mention the date in the subject line).
One hour, once a week. If you can spare that small amount of time, you can make a big difference for students at schools including West Seattle’s Roxhill Elementary! Mona Delgado e-mailed to let us know about this request:
Here’s your opportunity to give back. For one hour, just once a week on your way home from work, you can go into a nearby Seattle grade school and tutor a child who needs a little extra help with his or her studies. Invest in Youth is looking for additional tutors for the 2012-2013 school year.
Participating in Invest in Youth requires a tutoring commitment of one hour per week (with several holidays) for the duration of the school year. Upon joining the program, you will be paired with an elementary school student in 3rd, 4th or 5th grade and work with that same student for the entire year, getting to know their strengths and weaknesses while tracking their progress from week to week. It is an extremely rewarding experience for both students and their tutors!
In 2012 we will be working with the following schools:
· Tuesdays, Beacon Hill International School (2025 14th Ave S.), 3:15-4:15pm
· NEW! Tuesdays, Roxhill Elementary School (9430 30th Ave SW), 3:45-4:45pm
· Wednesdays, Daniel Bagley Elementary School (7821 Stone Ave. N.), 3:45-4:45pm
· Thursdays, Thurgood Marshall Elementary School (2401 S. Irving), 3:50-4:50pm
Orientation sessions for new tutors will take place the week of September 24th with tutoring beginning the week of October 1st and lasting through June 2013.
To find more and to register, please visit www.investinyouth.org/get-involved/become-a-tutor/
(Downy woodpecker in Fauntleroy Park; photo shared by Mark Wangerin)
Music, art, wine, and more tonight, plus a few things today – from the WSB West Seattle Events Calendar (where you’ll find even more – these are just some of the highlights):
TONIGHT’S TRAFFIC ALERT: Same as last night – southbound Alaskan Way Viaduct/99 closed 9 pm tonight till 5 am Thursday, between the Battery Street Tunnel and the West Seattle Bridge. So if you’re headed this way from downtown or points north, use I-5 or surface streets (you can take 1st or 4th to the 1st Avenue South Bridge and get into WS via Highland Park Way or backtracking north on West Marginal Way to Delridge, Admiral, etc.).
BLOOD DRIVE AT SSCC: Can you donate? The Puget Sound Blood Center’s Bloodmobile is at the college 10:30-4:30 pm today; more here.
SHOP LATE THURSDAY IN THE JUNCTION: Every Thursday night, all summer long, 6-9 pm – here’s the list of shops you’ll find open. And while you’re there, check out the Junction venues for the …
WEST SEATTLE ART WALK: Second Thursday of every month, every season – enjoy art from paintings to sculpture to photos to more, live music here and there, snacks and beverages, one big party from Alki Arts in the north to The Building in the south. Your venue list/map is here; the official Art Walk website, with details on some of tonight’s artists, is here.
ART WALK AFTERPARTY: The West invites you to the Benbow Room at the Heartland Café (4210 SW Admiral Way) for their first-ever West Seattle Art Walk Afterparty, starting at 9 pm. Hobosexual, The Grizzled Mighty, and an acoustic set from Tyson Meade (ex-Chainsaw Kittens), with MC Brent Amaker and DJ Troy Nelson. Ask about free tickets at Art Walk venues tonight (we know Hotwire Online Coffeehouse [WSB sponsor] will have ’em) or $5 at the door.
HIAWATHA CONCERT #3: Another beautiful night ahead on the east lawn of Hiawatha – come for one song or the whole set, bring blankets/chairs/picnic dinner, relax away from the screens. Free! Tonight, longtime folk duo Reilly and Maloney will serenade you. Music starts at 6:30 pm, in the third concert of the annual six-show series presented by the Admiral Neighborhood Association.
ASK AN EXPERT: 6-8 pm at the nationally renowned West Seattle Tool Library (northeast side of Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, 4408 Delridge Way SW), not only can you check out the tool library, you can also meet and talk with local professionals – with the firms represented tonight including WSB sponsor LD Arch Design.