West Seattle, Washington
Almost four and a half years after we reported on the origins of what was then the Delridge Produce Co-op, its evolution toward operation of a Delridge Grocery co-op store has less than one year to go. At the next public meeting tomorrow (Monday) night, they’ll be enlisting your help in simple ways to volunteer, as well as signing up more founding members:
… A co-op grocery can only happen if the community embraces it and joins together to make it happen. … Many of you have also began the process of contributing toward your share in the future grocery store. If you have not already done this, now is the time. We need 500 founding members to start to bring this grocery on the road to reality. We can do this by contributing and then sharing information so your neighbors and friends can consider becoming an owner of the co-op, too.
At last month’s public meeting, we created a plan and brainstormed how best to reach people. Please join us this Monday evening to sign up for an outreach packet so you can be better prepared to share membership and store info.
The meeting’s at 6:30 pm Monday, Delridge Branch Library (5423 Delridge Way SW). You can also sign up for a co-op membership online at delridgegrocery.coop.
That sign quoting former Vice President Hubert Humphrey was held by the youngest of just over a dozen people standing in a patch of dead grass on the roadside outside the main entrance to “Nickelsville” this past hour. It was also the only sign in evidence – Mary Anne deVry from the Westside Interfaith Network, the coalition of area churches/faith groups starting a week of vigils there, said they will probably bring one or more tomorrow. For now, they are waving flashlights:
That’s to underscore their intent – to “shine a light” on homelessness in Seattle. WIN announced Friday that they would hold a vigil each night through next Saturday, 6-10 pm. Next Sunday is September 1st – the date that Seattle elected officials have decreed as closure day for the camp, proclaimed on signs installed by its entrance:
Some of the half-million dollars the City Council approved for getting people out of the camp and into housing has so far placed 47 people, according to Union Gospel Mission, the organization tabbed by the city to work on relocating “campers” – but, as a UGM manager acknowledged in an interview with WSB on Friday, that hasn’t reduced the population. It’s estimated at least 125 people are there now, up from fewer than 100 when the relocation effort began. The Nickelsville Central Committee has said publicly that it hopes to move to three sites, only one of which – in the Central District – has been formally announced. But it was evident tonight that housekeeping/cleanup is under way:
The wood that was being carried out and stacked in the parking area had been lining pathways but is no longer needed, we were told. Meantime, deVry told us that the local church representatives had served a meal at the camp tonight, before walking over to the roadside for the casual vigil. They’ll be back tomorrow, same time, 6-10 pm, and anyone interested in calling attention to homelessness – whether you support “Nickelsville” or not – is welcome.
Through month’s end – next Saturday – dining at The Bridge (4439 35th SW) benefits Food for Art, a fundraiser for the art therapy program at Transitional Resources, which provides “respectful, optimistic, and recovery-oriented care” to people living with severe/persistent mental illness. When customers order off the fresh sheet, The Bridge will donate 10% of the proceeds. Transitional Resources also has announced a party and raffle at 3:30 pm next Friday (August 30th) to celebrate the benefit; raffle tickets are on sale at The Bridge any time between now and then, with the grand prize two tickets to two Sounders FC games this fall.
P.S. As noted in comments, the raffle drawing will be at 8 pm, with tickets on sale until then.
(Work zone around 1 pm today: WSB photo, taken from passenger seat)
I-5 RAMP: In case you’re checking in before heading home from a road trip to the south – reminder that the ramp from northbound I-5 to the West Seattle Bridge remains closed for expansion-joint work, scheduled to reopen by 5 am tomorrow (we’ll update this story if it reopens sooner). Three of the four weekends ahead also have closures as part of the project – check the list here.
SODO, WATER TAXI: A record crowd is expected for tonight’s Sounders FC-Portland Timbers match, so SODO and environs will be very busy in the hours ahead (start time7 pm). The West Seattle Water Taxi does run later hours on Sundays with games – see the sailing schedule here.
12:26 PM: A big response is headed for a house-fire call in the 7100 block of 34th SW. Crews on the scene are seeing light smoke, but “no sign of fire,” and some units are being canceled. We’re on our way – updates shortly.
12:37 PM UPDATE: Firefighters say it was a kitchen problem (assessed in fire-department terminology as “food on the stove”). They have ventilation going to clear out the resulting smoke. No injuries reported.
In our video, you’ll see what was described by announcer Eric Radovich as a record turnout for this morning’s Alki Beach 5K, benefiting Northwest Hope and Healing, a West Seattleite-founded, West Seattleite-led nonprofit that helps breast-cancer patients. Before the estimated 1,000 runners and walkers left the finish line, they heard a pep talk from eight-year survivor Kristina Dahl, who declared she’s here because breast cancer didn’t kill her.
The top male and female finishers were both teenage runners from Edmonds – here, pending official results online later, are the top 3 men and top 3 women, per printouts provided at the start/finish line:
Miler Haller, 16, 16:11
Terry Robinson, 40, 17:48
Brig Seidl, 50, 18:04
Hailey Kettel, 17, 18:25
Kate Nishino, 24, 19:40
Meissa Neumann, 13, 20:40
Runners and walkers are still crossing the finish line as we publish this at 9:54 am, so Alki SW will remain closed a while longer. More to come, including photos and additional video.
11:34 AM UPDATE: We’ve added video of Kristina Dahl’s talk, and photos of top finishers, above. Also:
From left, NWHH executive director Shari Sewell, volunteer coordinator Caitie Clark, and volunteer Carol Ann Boyle. This year’s official AB5K shirts were green, you’ve probably noticed, but in honor of the cause, lots of pink was sported this morning too – even on pets:
P.S. When full race results are posted online, you’ll see them here.
8:13 PM NOTE: The results are live at that link now. We have also learned from our friends at MyEdmondsNews.com that not only are the top male and female finishers from Edmonds-Woodway High School, the second-place female, Kate Nishino, is an assistant coach there, who says Miler and Hailey are two of four Edmonds-Woodway students who ran the AB5K today as they get ready for their season to start this week!
From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar, 8 highlights for today/tonight:
ALKI BEACH 5K: 9 am from the bathhouse, with last-minute registration under way now, and an Alki SW road closure until the 5K is over. The Alki Beach 5K benefits Northwest Hope and Healing, which helps breast-cancer patients.
BEERFEST BENEFIT: Beer and hot dogs are available during West Seattle Nursery‘s annual Dog Days of Summer Beerfest benefiting Furry Faces Foundation, 1-5 pm, as explained here. Bring your pet to get a $5 tag from F3! (California/Brandon)
WEST SIDE MUSIC ACADEMY RECITAL: Students from West Side Music Academy perform at 4 pm at Skylark Café and Club, all welcome. Added info from WSMA: “… students playing in 2 rock bands (one 7-9 year olds and one 10-11 year olds), a jazz combo, a duo and some solo performances. It’s always a FUN time! All ages.” (3803 Delridge Way SW)
HOMELESSNESS VIGIL: As reported here on Friday, the Westside Interfaith Network plans nightly vigils for the next week at the “Nickelsville” encampment, 6-10 pm, and invites all interested in showing concern about homelessness to join them. (7116 W. Marginal Way SW)
BIG BILL AT KENYON HALL: Piano, guitar, harmonica, dobro, AND singing on tonight’s bill at Kenyon Hall with Del Rey, Arthur Migiliazza, Grant Dermody, and Orville Johnson, 7:30 pm. Details on the calendar. (7904 35th SW)
KARAOKE BENEFIT FOR LOGAN WICKER: Karaoke fundraiser tonight at Skylark Café and Club for employee Logan Wicker, badly hurt in a crash earlier this summer, hit by an alleged drunk driver. Details in our calendar listing. (3803 Delridge Way SW)