West Seattle, Washington
(8/12/13 photo from WSB reader KD: Route 120 bus with bullet holes in windshield)
We’re hearing for the first time from the Metro bus driver who was at the wheel of the Route 120 bus that an armed man boarded while on the run from shooting another driver downtown last Monday. WSB commenters that day had praise for the driver:
The 33-year-old driver, Justin Onedera, talked with Seattle Times (WSB partner) reporter Mike Lindblom, who tells his story here. Lindblom reports that Onedera says it all happened in a matter of seconds.
(MORE PHOTOS added post-festival – scroll down!)
From Delridge Skatepark to Delridge Community Center, from Delridge Way to 26th SW, it’s on – Delridge Day 2013, presented by the North Delridge Neighborhood Council! New this year – the Green Zone:
More than 70 organizations and businesses have booths/tables at the festival, plus there are bouncy houses for kids, field games for all ages, ongoing skating competition, live music … see the schedule in our preview from earlier today, and c’mon down. More coverage to come; the festival continues until 4 pm.
12:42 PM: Sun’s out, festivalgoers are wandering! Or, in some cases, wading:
Speaking of water, next to our booth, the city’s Waterfront Seattle project has a booth, asking people their thoughts about the downtown waterfront’s post-Viaduct future. And over in the Green Zone, you can find out about RainWise, which could provide a rebate for green-stormwater treatment at your home – like a rainwater cistern – check ’em out.
Meantime, remember that this year’s Picnic at the Precinct is happening at Delridge Day – that means the SPD Mounted Patrol has officers and horses here:
The Bomb Squad’s shown off equipment, too. And police are offering free ice cream, same as they would when the event’s AT the precinct, which is a mile or so south of here. Speaking of frosty treats:
Those enterprising Girl Scouts (from Troop 40766) are selling snow cones at the festival. It’s an all-ages event – we’ve seen people from babies to seniors. And if you’re arriving by bicycle – check out DIY Bikes:
That’s Stu Hennessey, proprietor of Alki Bike and Board, who’s leading DIY Bikes and spearheading free minor repairs/maintenance – something DIY Bikes does in “work party” community mode at Youngstown (across the street from the festival site) every Sunday afternoon, but is doing here today for this weekend’s edition.
3:35 PM: We’ve been so busy talking to people, the time has flown – thanks to everyone who has stopped to chat, waved as they passed, etc. Less than half an hour left in what has turned out to be a sun-graced festival – more photos:
That’s the Twelfth Night Productions booth – they often perform at Youngstown across the street, but right now, their current production “Guys and Dolls” is in the West Seattle High School theater. Also here – Southwest Seattle Historical Society executive director Clay Eals:
His group is getting ready for the big event at Greg and Sharon Nickels’ home tomorrow (here’s our most recent preview). And The Whale Trail executive director Donna Sandstrom is here talking about orcas and more:
Back over at the “PIcnic at the Precinct” section of the festival – a mayoral visit:
Earlier, we photographed Community Police Team Jon Flores with a turn at the free-ice-cream stand:
More photos to be added – it’s been an afternoon of fun all through the park, as one big sprawling festival site, from the skatepark and the wading pool to the playground to the stage, the meadow where Bubbleman performed ….
(Photo by Holli Margell)
One person who just stopped by our booth remarked on what a great venue it is.
ADDED: More photos – this one’s by Holli Margell:
As noted in the comments – groms division 1st-place winner Finn Pope!
Back to the festival grounds – also among the 70+ organizations and businesses, Delridge Grocery, which is signing up co-op members as its 2014 opening gets closer:
Find out more about the project at delridgegrocery.coop.
Before we get going with the rest of today’s coverage – Danny McMillin, whose photos have appeared on WSB from time to time (especially birds!), made a time-lapse video of last night’s sunset and offered us the chance to share it. In just under one minute, his time-lapse travels all the way to dusk. Thanks, Danny!
(Friday morning photo by Don Brubeck – port cranes and Seacrest fishing)
These aren’t the last big events of the summer, but this is the last mega-big DAY of the summer:
UPDATE – HIGHWAY 99 REOPENS: Updated from the original note here – WSDOT sends word that ALL parts of the overnight Highway 99 work zone are open again as of 9 am, even the part that was supposed to be closed until noon.
SECOND STAGE CONSIGNMENT DROPOFF AT FIREFLY CAFE: Today’s the day! In advance of the impending opening of Second Gear Sports cosignment shop, in Morgan Junction. Firefly Café and Creperie (WSB sponsor) in The Junction is hosting a dropoff event today for anything you’d like to consign (or donate) to Second Gear, continuing until 4 pm. Details are on the Firefly Facebook page, including a Firefly discount if you drop something off! The truck will be behind Firefly at California/Genesee.
DELRIDGE DAY: 11 am-4 pm at Delridge Community Center/Park/Skatepark – our final preview, with the schedule for games, live music, skating contest, etc., is here. (Delridge/Genesee/26th)
PICNIC AT THE PRECINCT @ DELRIDGE DAY: The annual Southwest Precinct event presented by the Seattle Police Foundation is co-located with Delridge Day this year, along the east side of the festival area. (26th south of Genesee)
DUWAMISH RIVER FESTIVAL: Noon-4 pm in South Park:
More details on the musical acts are in the preview on our partner site The South Park News.
DUWAMISH ROWING CLUB OPEN HOUSE: 1-4 pm, also in South Park, but its programs are open to area residents including West Seattle – if you’re interested in rowing on the river, check it out! Details in the listing.
TRIVIA CRAWL IN THE JUNCTION: Starts at 3 pm, but the locations are secret until you sign up – hurry! Details in the calendar listing.
LUCHA LIBRE IN THE PARK: One more South Park event – 6 pm at Duwamish Waterway Park, the third annual masked-Mexican-style-wrestling (Lucha Libre) event, including a title match! (7900 10th Ave. S.)
‘BILL & TED’ AT WEST SEATTLE OUTDOOR MOVIES – WITH A FOOD DRIVE! As previewed here last night, there’s a donation drive for the West Seattle Food Bank as part of tonight’s West Seattle Outdoor Movies. Courtyard opens at 6:30; movie at dusk, which should be around 8:40 pm. (4410 California SW)
The countdown is over and the festival is here: Delridge Day 2013, 11 am-4 pm today at Delridge Community Center/Park/Skatepark (Delridge/Genesee/26th). First, here’s another look at the schedule of events:
And here are key points of where you will find activities/participants, including the more than 70 organizations/businesses who’ll be boothing:
LIVE MUSIC: Just north of the Community Center building.
FAMILY GAMES: Just north of the music!
GREEN ZONE WITH RAINWISE: Genesee/26th, northwest corner of the festival area.
OTHER BOOTHS: Just south of there.
FOOD TRUCKS: In the turnaround outside the Community Center entryway.
SKATE COMPETITION: At the skatepark (Delridge/Genesee), northeast corner of the festival area.
PICNIC AT THE PRECINCT: Along 26th SW on the west side of the festival area.
See you there!
Just a few of the sightings at the 34th District Democrats‘ annual Garden Party in the bright Friday night sunshine at West Seattle Nursery: Above, guest auctioneer and City Council President Sally Clark with the 34th Dems’ hospitality chair Mike Heavey; another of the elected officials on hand, 34th District State Rep. Joe Fitzgibbon:
The 34th DDs’ State Committeeman Chris Porter was decked out in the spirit of this year’s party theme, “Fiesta”:
Busy weekend for the group – they plan to table at today’s Delridge Day festival, along with more than 70 other organizations and businesses (including us!).