West Seattle, Washington
Did today’s summery weather put you in the mood for outdoor swimming? Less than three weeks remain before this year’s first swim sessions at Colman Pool on the Lincoln Park shore. We checked on the plan for the upcoming season after receiving that photo from photographer/pilot Long Bach Nguyen, who noticed the pool had been drained as of a few days ago. You might recall that last year’s season started late because of the $1.4 million renovation project; that work also prevented the pool from being filled with salt water from Puget Sound last year, since its new lining needed fresh water. Seattle Parks spokesperson Joelle Hammerstad tells WSB the pool was drained last week for leak repair and was then filled with water from the Sound. First day of swimming at Colman Pool is Saturday, May 25th, for the first of three “pre-season weekends” before the 7-days-a-week summer schedule begins June 15th. Here’s the schedule booklet, including information on lessons, which are already being booked.
“This is the 79th year for West Seattle Hi-Yu and it could be the last.” Those words of warning come from the volunteer leaders who are working hard to keep the Hi-Yu traditions – including the last neighborhood-powered traveling parade float in the entire city of Seattle – going. In addition to financial support – business sponsors and annual program-book advertisers – they need people. Hi-Yu relies on a volunteer board, and wouldn’t have one right now without the parents of current court members stepping in to “do everything to keep it going,” explains Regina Arceo-Schulz. But they need successors, and “we need the community to keep the tradition going. Please help support West Seattle Hi-Yu – attend the event, advertise in the souvenir book, volunteer to decorate the float and shadow the board members.”
Want to find out what that entails? Show up for the general meeting tomorrow night (Monday, May 6), 6:30 pm at St. John the Baptist Church (California/Hanford). And then on Friday night (May 10th), be there for the first big Hi-Yu event of the season:
West Seattle Hi-Yu Annual Gala
Auction, Coronation and White Rose Ceremony
7:00 -10:00 pm
Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish Life Center
7000 35th Ave SW
Hors d’oeuvres and no-host bar
Tickets are available for $30 per person or $300 for a table of 10
Buy yours from the link on the right side of the Hi-Yu home page at westseattlehiyu.com.
If you were in the Morgan Junction vicinity on Saturday, you might have noticed some early activity around the Feedback Lounge (WSB sponsor) on Saturday. Hours before its usual 4 pm opening, the Feedback played host to the first-ever music-video shoot for the rising local band Daughters of the Dead Sea – from left, below, Jen, Iris, and Mia:
They were shooting the video for “Trophy,” a “newly recorded, unreleased song” that they tell us “will be featured on a split 7” with The Heels later this summer, along with another new track, ‘Little Heart.’ ‘Trophy’ is a two and a half minute number that we fondly refer to as our kick-ass punk-rock ‘love song.’ This marks our first-ever music video release and is set to be released early this summer. The 7″ will be the first recordings that the Daughters have released since debut EP The Killroom Sessions back in October 2012.” That one was a hit, the band’s bio info points out – debuting at #1 on local charts including Easy Street Records and voted 2012’s #1 record by Nadamucho.com.
This year’s wine-tasting event/fundraiser at Highland Park Improvement Club has gone totally uncorked. So much so, that’s what they’re calling it now – “Highland Park Uncorked.” It’s less than a week away – next Saturday, May 11th, doors open 6 pm, tasting at 7 – so time is running out for pre-registration, which carries a lower “suggested donation” rate – $15, otherwise $20 at the door, and a $15-or-under bottle of wine for the tasting event. You can sign up here (and read more about how the event will unfold, and why you’re bringing a bottle of wine).
If you need a little shade while browsing the West Seattle Farmers’ Market till 2 pm today, check out the Kiwanis Club of West Seattle tent over on the east side, where we found Patricia, Bob, and Karl. And if you have any no-longer-needed eyeglasses around the house – the Kiwanis booth has a dropbox. Another market sighting today: Don’t know if it’s their first week back, since this was our first visit in a few weeks, but Langley Fine Gardens from Vashon Island is back with a wide variety of plants, unusual flowers, and other ornamentals, as well as vegetable and herb plants. Before or after the market, wander over to Junction businesses (for food and drink, check out Junction-headquartered WSB sponsors Firefly Café and Creperie at California/Genesee – coupon! – plus Hotwire Online Coffeehouse on California a bit south of Genesee, and La Romanza Bistro Italiano – on California midblock south of Oregon)
Hundreds of young West Seattleites attend cooperative preschools – and now, a new program is launching to take the co-op concept past that early age. Here’s the announcement for West Seattle Cooperative School, with an open house coming up Thursday night:
West Seattle Cooperative School will be admitting students, K-2nd grade, in the Fall of 2013.
Open House: May 9th, 7-9 pm at South Seattle Community College, RAH 201.
We will open up admissions at this time and will have application forms available. Please come to learn more about our school, meet Teacher Wendy, and hear about the admissions process.
Our vision includes:
WSUU RUMMAGE SALE, DAY 2: 9 am-2 pm, the Westside Unitarian Universalists‘ rummage sale continues (7141 California SW)
EXPLORE FAUNTLEROY ON FOOT: Another one of “Jane’s Walks,” this time with FeetFirst community ambassador Marge Evans, starting at 10 am at The Original Bakery. (45th/Wildwood)
WEST SEATTLE FARMERS’ MARKET: From fish to flowers to farm-fresh eggs (and more), the market‘s always particularly beautiful in the sunshine. 10 am to 2 pm. (44th/Alaska)
ENJOY THE SUN ON 2 WHEELS: West Seattle Spokespeople will head out on a ride from Jack Block Park at 11 am – details on the Sustainable West Seattle website.
RETURN OF WEST SEATTLE ULTIMATE FAMILY FRISBEE: 11 am at Fairmount Playfield – with a “coolest disc” contest – bring yours! (Fauntleroy/Brandon)
AUTHOR GREGORY MARTIN AT SW LIBRARY: The author of “Stories for Boys” will be at Southwest Library at 11 am to read and discuss; books also will be available for purchase/signing. “Stories for Boys” is the current “Seattle Reads” book. (35th/Henderson)
CELEBRATE THE EARTH … at Peace Lutheran Church in Gatewood, noon-3 pm. As explained in the calendar listing, a new community garden is the centerpiece of today’s celebration, but there will be gardening tips for all, music, food, and more. (39th and Thistle)
‘SUNDAYS ARE SPECIAL’ CELEBRATION: Seattle Public Library branches continue to celebrate the return of Sunday hours, and today Delridge Library has its turn, 2=3:30 pm – our calendar listing explains what you’ll find if you stop by!
CINCO DE MAYO: Food and drink specials abound, and one of the places you’ll find them is the Feedback Lounge (WSB sponsor), with six special cocktails and a chicken-enchilada dinner listed on the Feedback’s home page. (6451 California SW)
Then, to end the weekend …
(Saturday night’s sunset, by Russ Walker)
TONIGHT’S SUNSET … will be at 8:27 pm. (You can always find the sunset/sunrise and moonrise/moonset times on the WSB Weather page.)