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Kenyon Hall unexpectedly presents movie/TV veteran Ronny Cox

When promotional e-mail comes in from West Seattle’s Kenyon Hall, it’s usually an enticing bit of information about upcoming performer(s) and what showgoers can expect. But the story told by today’s e-mail from Kenyon Hall’s Lou Magor caught our attention – not just because the performer is someone you’ll likely recognize. With permission, we republish the announcement:

A few weeks ago I received a call from Seattle songwriter and Kenyon Hall patron Lainey Ballew, who needed a favor. It seems that, while on a trip to Los Angeles, she attended a show featuring Ronny Cox, and was so enchanted by his performance that she asked him if he’d ever consider bringing his act to Seattle. His positive reaction led to his being booked by Lainey in a Seattle area venue for March 9, this Saturday.

Unfortunately, the venue had a scheduling problem that caused them to cancel the performance. And since the date was already set, and the flights from Los Angeles had already been booked, Lainey asked me if Kenyon Hall would be available to Mr. Cox and his band. I watched the YouTube video produced to introduce his show, and immediately called Lainey to offer the hall for this Saturday at 7:30. (Above is) that video, titled Songs, Stories, and Out & Out Lies.

I hope you’ll consider coming to this unique, very entertaining evening. Ronny Cox has been in countless movies and television shows. Remembered best as the moral-minded and ill-fated Drew who instigates the legendary “Dueling Banjos” sequence with a mountain boy in Deliverance, he was Captain Edward Jellico in Star Trek: The Next Generation, and the bad guy in Robocop. As a matter of fact, if you visit his biography on the Internet Movie Database, you’ll find yourself wondering just which movies and TV shows he hasn’t been in!

When he’s not in front of the cameras, Ronny Cox can be found touring and demonstrating his musical talents at various music festivals and theatre shows and, to date, he has released five CDs—an eclectic mixture of jazz, folk, and western tunes.

You can make a reservation by e-mailing Lou writes that tickets are $20/$18 (seniors/students), “a little more” than usual, but concessions are included, “including our renowned free-range Root Beer Floats.”

Update: Council committee discusses surveillance-policy proposal

(UPDATED Thursday with clarification of proposal’s status)

(Archived Seattle Channel video of this afternoon’s committee meeting)
The City Council’s Public Safety, Civil Rights, and Technology Committee decided this afternoon to delay by a week its vote on a proposal to regulate how the city procures and uses surveillance systems.

The delay was attributed mostly to revisions made, and considered, via input including opinions of interested parties such as the city’s Human Rights Commission and the ACLU. Representatives of both were among those who spoke during the public-comment period that opened the committee’s meeting this afternoon; in general, most speakers said they were glad to see councilmembers acknowledge there need to be some rules and guidelines regarding how the city uses this technology. Council staffer Christa Valles made it clear that this proposal – CB 117730, as noted in our preview early Tuesday – does not set the rules for how any specific system might be used, but rather sets the parameters for what kind of rules need to be in place before a system can be planned or deployed. The Human Rights Commission’s main concern is that citizens’ “private right of action” be protected – so they can file a complaint if they are a “victim of surveillance.”

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Happening now: College Night open house at SSCC

(SSCC photos by Glenn Gauthier)
As previewed in our West Seattle Wednesday roundup – the annual “College Night” open house is under way till 7:30 pm at South Seattle Community College (WSB sponsor) – a chance “for prospective students to explore the programs the school has to offer, meet with faculty, staff, and current students who are on hand to answer questions,” as communications director Kevin Maloney explains it.

Never been to SSCC? It’s at 6000 16th SW on Puget Ridge.

Feinstein Challenge time: Your gift to West Seattle, White Center Food Banks helps them qualify for something extra

March 6, 2013 5:48 pm
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Were you part of – or at least, inspired by – local schools’ special food drives last month? Or, are you ready (for any other reason) to help local food banks keep people from going hungry? It’s the perfect time for generosity, as you’ll see in this announcement:

The White Center Food Bank and the West Seattle Food Bank are excited to announce the start of the 16th annual Feinstein $1,000,000 Challenge! The need for your support has never been higher and this is a great way to help your neighbors in need and make your donation go even further during the months of March and April!

For the 16th consecutive year, Allan Shawn Feinstein will divide $1,000,000 among hunger relief agencies nationwide through his Feinstein Challenge. All donations made between March 1 and April 30th, 2013, and that are specifically designated “Feinstein Challenge,” will count towards the challenge total and help these agencies receive a larger percentage of the million dollars.

For the White Center Food Bank, donations may be mailed to 10829 8th Avenue SW, Seattle, WA 98146. To make a donation online or to get information about the White Center Food Bank’s programs benefited by the $1 Million Challenge, visit or contact Rick Jump at (206) 762-2848, or e-mail

For the West Seattle Food Bank, donations may be mailed to 3419 SW Morgan, Seattle, WA 98126. To make a donation online or to get information about the West Seattle Food Bank’s programs benefited by the $1 Million Challenge, visit or contact Fran Yeatts at (206) 932-9023, or e-mail

For information about the Feinstein Foundation and the $1 Million Challenge, visit

Both agencies thank you for your efforts in helping us fight hunger in our community.

Barton Pump Station, Fauntleroy dock to be on generator power tomorrow

A new problem at the Barton Pump Station Upgrade Project site north of the Fauntleroy ferry dock, according to the King County Wastewater Treatment Division: “Jet grout” material (which is similar to concrete, we’re told) from the upgrade work has turned up in an underground transformer vault near the station, and has to be removed. While that removal work happens 7 am-7 pm tomorrow, Seattle City Light will cut power to both the pump station and ferry dock; the county says “two ‘Whisperwatt’ generators” will be in action to replace the cut-off power. In response to this announcement, we’ve asked a few followup questions, and will add the answers when we get them.

Seattle Chinese Garden brings back free ‘Chinese Corner’

The popular “Chinese Corner” program is coming back to the Seattle Chinese Garden on Puget Ridge, starting one week from today! There’s still space, so the garden’s getting the word out today:

你好! Learn basic Mandarin Chinese conversation and culture in a fun, relaxed environment with our experienced Chinese teachers and student assistants. All ages and abilities levels are welcome. Participate in activities like playing mah jong, painting, and talking about food! 7 sessions are every other Wednesday from 4-6 pm on 3/13, 3/27, 4/10, 4/24, 5/8. 5/22, and 6/5. Free, but donations to the Seattle Chinese Garden are welcome.

For more information, e-mail Jennifer at – to register, go here.

West Seattle restaurants: Harry’s Chicken Joint to semi-debut

Story and photos by Keri DeTore
Reporting for West Seattle Blog

It’s time for…Harry’s Chicken Joint!

Well, it’s almost time. Harry’s Chicken Joint (first mentioned here a month ago) will be running delivery-only orders down and across the street to Beveridge Place Pub Thursdays through Saturdays, starting tomorrow. (Patrons there have gotten some samples in recent weeks.) The BPP-delivery-only model will run for approximately a month while the former Meander’s/Jade West space north of Morgan Junction gets a re-do for its new tenant, so there’s no opening date set yet for their sit=down operations.

Harry’s has three items on the BPP-delivery menu for its semi-debut:

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You be the judge! Who merits Sustainable West Seattle’s $1K grant?

Sustainable West Seattle has a $1,000 Green Incubator Grant to award, with six potential recipients in the running. SWS is now inviting you to help judge – rating the proposals for those six West Seattle/White Center projects. Even if you haven’t heard about them before, you can help by going to this online survey page, reading the thumbnail description of each proposal, and rating each one on how it relates to five criteria: Feasibility, Sustainability, Social and Economic Justice, Community Building, Educational Elements. SWS will use your feedback and choose the recipient in time for an announcement at its March 18 Community Forum at the South Seattle Community College (WSB sponsor) Horticulture Center/Community Orchard of West Seattle site.

West Seattle Wednesday: City transportation director here; new Westwood/Roxhill/Arbor Heights council meets; SSCC open house…

(One of Alki’s resident river otters, dining on sole – photo by Mark Wangerin)
Fishing through our inbox and the frequently updated WSB West Seattle Event Calendar (thanks as always to everyone who continues to share events/meetings/etc. so we can help get the word out!), here are 8 notes and highlights for today/tonight:

CO-WORKING IN WEST SEATTLE: While West Seattle Office Junction continues working toward its permanent co-working site, they’re continuing to host gatherings, and everybody interested in co-working is invited, whether you’ve been involved with the organization before or not. Today, noon-1 pm at Mind Unwind (2206 California SW), you’re invited to a discussion about planning member workshops and other events – learning new business skills, networking, etc.

CHAT WITH THE ROLLERGIRLS: With White Center roots and some West Seattle players, the Rat City Rollergirls are local heroines. The Seattle Times (WSB partner) is hosting a live chat with two Rollergirls at noon today – here’s the link. (If you missed their recent WC bouts – check out our coverage on White Center Now.)

EARLY-DISMISSAL DAY FOR SEATTLE PUBLIC SCHOOLS: Students are out two hours early today.

ANNUAL OPEN HOUSE AT SSCC: 4-7 pm, have fun and learn about the only college headquartered in West Seattle – South Seattle Community College (WSB sponsor), 6000 16th SW:

Explore your options at South Seattle Community College’s annual College Night. Everyone is invited to this free event – neighbors, high school students, parents and families, counselors, career changers, and anyone with questions about college.

Faculty, staff and students will be on hand to answer questions about everything South has to offer, and the many ways you can Start Here, Go Anywhere!

· Begin training for your dream job in one of our career-ready programs, including Automotive, Culinary Arts, Business Information Technology, Landscape Horticulture, Wine Technology, Nursing, and more.
· Start your four-year transfer degree here.
· Finish your bachelor’s degree with South’s Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) degree in Hospitality Management program or with our university partners – City University, and Eastern Washington University.
· Get information on financial aid and scholarships.
· Learn about how to get involved in one of South’s clubs, resource centers, or student government.

Refreshments will be served and prize drawings will be held throughout the evening.

SCHOOL BOARD MEETS … not in West Seattle, but two agenda items of local interest: First, the Denny International Middle School Jazz Band is scheduled to open the meeting at 4:30 pm; second, items up for consideration include the design contract for the new Arbor Heights Elementary School. Here’s the agenda; the meeting’s at district HQ in SODO, as usual.

CITY TRANSPORTATION BOSS IN WEST SEATTLE: Peter Hahn, director of the Seattle Department of Transportation, will be at tonight’s Southwest District Council meeting, 6:30 pm @ SW Teen Life Center (2801 SW Thistle) – public welcome, and council leaders promise Q/A, if you have something to say/ask about SDOT projects/issues.

WESTWOOD/ROXHILL/ARBOR HEIGHTS COMMUNITY COUNCIL: Second meeting of West Seattle’s newest community council, 6:30 pm at Southwest Library (35th/Henderson), with Southwest Precinct Crime Prevention Coordinator Mark Solomon as the featured guest. Here’s our preview from last night; here’s the Facebook event page.

FREE WAX CLINIC … for skiers/boarders at Mountain to Sound Outfitters, 7 pm tonight, 3602 SW Alaska. Free but sign up here, ASAP!

West Seattle Crime Watch: Wednesday morning roundup

First of all, in case you wondered: The man that King County Sheriff’s Office deputies were looking for yesterday in the Shorewood area, Alan Polevia, hasn’t been caught yet. See our Tuesday coverage for his mug shot, background, and other info.

Next: Three West Seattle Crime Watch reader reports – two car prowls and a stolen bicycle. Cori first reported in the WSB Forums that her daughter’s car parked west of Chief Sealth International High School was broken into Tuesday afternoon, with a variety of items missing. This morning, she added an update that much of what was stolen has been found – via an arrest (we’ll check with police on that) and also thanks to a helpful neighbor who spotted schoolwork-related items dumped nearby and brought them to CSIHS.

An earlier car-prowl report was from Kerri in Sunrise Heights:

I live near 34th and Holden. My car was parked behind my house, and was rifled through (Monday night-Tuesday morning) between 8 pm and 8 am. I must have forgotten to lock the doors because no windows were smashed. Items taken include CD’s, loose change, car registration, ring of keys for my other job. I have reported it to the police and my neighborhood Block Watch.

And Mark asks that you be on the lookout for a new black TREK Crossrip road bike – “stolen out of my open garage while I was in the kitchen ten feet away. … I live on Webster Street behind Home Depot off Delridge. Just a reminder to keep your eyes peeled and your garage doors closed!”

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Wednesday updates

March 6, 2013 7:37 am
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(Live view from the east-facing WS Bridge camera; see other cameras on the WSB Traffic page)
Nothing major reported in the West Seattle commute vicinity as of this hour. One note for today: You’ll see school buses out and about at different times because Seattle Public Schools are out two hours early today.