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Video, photos: Harbor Seal Day report #2 – Seal Sitters’ big splash

September 8, 2013 11:12 pm
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From the crowded party inside the Alki Bathhouse, to the ribbon-cutting for Georgia Gerber‘s bronze sculpture “Sentinels of the Sound” outside the bathhouse:

… to the hundreds who watched and applauded …

Seal Sitters‘ Harbor Seal Day celebration made a big splash on this sunny Sunday, celebrating the volunteers who watch over visiting pups, and the marine mammals themselves, all as the highlight of the group’s Year of the Seal outreach project. The outdoor event that kicked it off included Seal Sitters’ Robin Lindsey and Brenda Peterson, Duwamish Tribe member Ken Workman greeting everyone in Lushootseed, artist Gerber, young Seal Sitters, Bernie Matsuno from the city Department of Neighborhoods reading Mayor McGinn‘s proclamation and State Rep. Joe Fitzgibbon reading Governor Inslee‘s proclamation.

See it all in our video:

More photos ahead!

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Skies Over West Seattle, September 2013 edition: ‘Fall is packed’ with Comet ISON and more

EDITOR’S NOTE: Ever wish for advance alert of an upcoming meteor shower/eclipse/etc. – and/or wonder “What’s that bright ‘star’ up there?” Here you go! It’s our monthly feature by West Seattle’s own Solar System Ambassador Alice Enevoldsen, famous for her solstice/equinox sunset watches among other things.

(Moon and Venus at dusk tonight; photo shared by Greg, over Weather Watch Park)

By Alice Enevoldsen
Special to West Seattle Blog

Welcome to fall! Fall is packed: Rocket launches to the Moon and Mars (both unmanned spacecraft); Comet ISON, which is being bid as the Comet of the Century—maybe, lots of very bright stars, and a sunset watch. Whew. Read on.

Hey! What’s That?

In the W just after sunset: Venus or Saturn

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Followup: Friends of Morgan Junction Park tackle ‘triangle’

Following up on a volunteer cleanup we previewed here before the weekend, Barry White from Friends of Morgan Junction Park shares this report and photos:

20 volunteers from Peace Lutheran Church joined Friends of Morgan Junction Park to complete the first phase of a restoration to the triangle park next to Thriftway in the Morgan Junction. In a little under three hours, the group weeded and cleared brush to open the interior of the park and applied three cubic yards of mulch.

The second phase of restoration will include new plantings to be installed next spring. Friends of Morgan Junction Parks wishes to thank the wonderful volunteers for their enthusiasm and hard work today.

Keep up to date on Friends of MJP’s activities via the group’s Facebook page, here.

West Seattle Crime Watch: Reader reports; how to help victims

Along with the breaking/major stories we’ve reported on this weekend, four reader reports have come in over the past few days:

Big item stolen from Zephyr‘s back yard in Highland Park on Friday:

Just thought I’d let the blog know my Silver Snug Top Canopy (for Toyota Tacoma 2000’s model years) was taken from our back yard sometime today (while I was at work). Who knows, maybe it’ll surface somewhere…

Frank is hoping to catch a hit-run driver:

Can you ask your readers if anyone witnessed a hit and run (Friday night) around 9:45-10 pm near Delridge Playfield (with the turf and lights)? A white car of unknown make and model hit my blue Scion TC on the southbound lane of Delridge Way just south of Oregon St. (I know it was a white car because of the white paint scratches) Any info would be helpful.

West Seattle resident Gina is hoping to get her car back – stolen downtown, but you never know where it might turn up:

My car was stolen (Saturday) from 8th and Madison in downtown Seattle, has the Upper Alki sticker on rear bumper. Nothing in car of value, only a 15-year-old beach towel from J.F. Henry used to cover steering wheel on hot days. And a roll of toilet paper in the trunk. Purple 1994 Acura Integra, 4-door, WA plate ANC4454.

Terry has a scam alert – we know these are common, but the more warnings, the better!

My mother received a letter (recently) in the mail from what looked to be from Publishers Clearing House with a check for over $4,000. The ‘check’ was on Wells Fargo bank. In the letter she was asked to call a man named Peter Goodman @ phone # 647-784-6400 to claim with an authorization code. This is a complete scam! We reported it to police. Also went to the bank to verify it was a scam and to give them a copy of the ‘check.’ Please alert your readers.

And now, a chance to make a difference helping crime victims. The open house is downtown but the victims you help might be right here on the peninsula. From Sarah:

Volunteer with the Seattle Police Department’s Victim Support Team! Volunteers assist victims of domestic violence during the weekend hours. Help to stop the cycle of violence in your community.

Attend a VST Open House!

*Tuesday, September 10th, from 12:00pm-1:00pm *MUST RSVP WITH SARAH SORENSEN
*Location: Seattle Police Headquarters
*610 5th Ave [downtown]

RSVP by completing the following online registration form: – Questions? Please call the VST Recruitment Line @ 206-615-0892

Find out even more about the VST in the second half of our story about February’s West Seattle Crime Prevention Council meeting, at which Sorensen was a speaker.

West Seattle scene: Getting ready for ‘The Earth Cried Out’

Three days before the 12th anniversary of 9/11, tonight is your one-night-only chance to visit Alki Arts and see the Southwest Seattle Historical Society-presented exhibit “The Earth Cried Out.” Volunteers and staffers have spent many long hours preparing the luminaria bags saved after the post-9/11 expressions of mourning and hope at Alki Statue of Liberty, including the work shown in our photo, setting them up at the gallery this afternoon – and tonight, starting with short speeches at 6:30 and continuing past 8 pm, they’ll be on display, along with other mementos.

Full details are here; the backstory is here. See you there.

Happening now: Harbor Seal Day at/outside Alki Bathhouse, report #1

We’re outside Alki Bathhouse, where chairs and a mini-stage are set up in advance of the 1:30 pm dedication ceremony for the “Sentinels of the Sound” sculpture by Georgia Gerber – a highlight of Seal SittersHarbor Seal Day festivities, under way here until 4 pm. If you’re not here yet, get yourself to the beach! Even if you don’t make it for the ceremony, there’s plenty more to see and do. Here’s the order of events for the rest of the day:

2 pm ribbon cutting (following speeches)
2:15-2:45 pm jazz quintet on the east side of the Bathhouse
2:15-3:45 pm face-painting with Lashanna on the east side of the Bathhouse
2:30 pm cake/refreshments inside the Bathhouse
3:45 pm raffle winners drawn/announced (don’t have to be here to win)
4 pm festivities conclude

The organizations inside the Bathhouse there to meet you, answer questions, etc., include not just the Seal Sitters, but also The Whale Trail, Killer Whale Tales, NOAA, Puget SoundKeeper Alliance, PAWS, Tox-Ick, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.

2:15 PM UPDATE: The ceremony and speeches just ended; fun continues inside and outside the Bathhouse. We have it all on video and will publish that later.

3:27 PM UPDATE: The event photos and video will be in a separate report, but we’ve added one image here – Seal Sitters kids who joined founder Brenda Peterson onstage to tell their stories, after she told three – the story of Spud, the pup who inspired the creation of Seal Sitters; Leopard and Silkie, who became the subject of a book by Peterson and SS’s first responder (and much more) Robin Lindsey; and Sandy, the pup who was rehabilitated, then tracked, then died because of abandoned fishing gear. You’ll hear it all on our forthcoming video. The event’s on till 4; really big crowd!

West Seattle Helpline sets the date for its 2013 fall gala

September 8, 2013 12:37 pm
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Fall is peak season for nonprofits’ fundraising galas – and we have one to add to your calendar: The West Seattle Helpline has announced November 15th as the date for theirs. It’ll be 6-9 pm that night (a Friday) at the Duwamish Longhouse in West Seattle, with a catered sit-down dinner. Other details to come; keep an eye on (Not familiar with what Helpline does? It’s explained here.)

P.S. Helpline also will be the beneficiary of an October 3rd event at Talarico’s in The Junction – details here.

West Seattle Sunday: What’s up today (updated)

UPDATED 11:25 AM: Delayed because of site work, here’s our full event list for the day (previously published in brief on our backup site earlier this morning):

NOW UNTIL NOONWest Seattle Junior Football/Cheer pancake breakfast at Alki Masonic Center in The Junction. (40th/Edmunds)

NOW UNTIL 2 PM: West Seattle Farmers’ Market. (44th/Alaska)

NOW UNTIL 6 PM: Seattle’s first-ever San Gennaro Festival on South Angelo in Georgetown (first-ever Seattle version, presented by West Seattle’s Mascio family). Here’s our Saturday update. (Map to S. Angelo St.)

HAPPENING NOW: Friends of Morgan Junction Park cleanup at the small triangle park north of West Seattle Thriftway (WSB sponsor). All welcome. (Fauntleroy/42nd/Morgan)

HAPPENING NOW: “The Kitchen Pantry Cookbook” book signing at CAPERS in The Junction with Chef Erin Coopey.

NOON-7 PM: Final day this year to swim at Colman Pool on the shore at Lincoln Park; here’s the schedule.

1-4 PM: Harbor Seal Day events presented by Seal Sitters at Alki Bathhouse, including sculpture dedication at 1:30 pm. (60th/Alki)

1-5 PM: DIY Bikes bike repair at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center. Details here. (4408 Delridge Way SW)

2 PM: “Adventures of Owl and Pussycat” presented by theaterSIMPLE at Westcrest Park. Details here. (9000 8th SW)

3 PM: West Seattle Cooking Club at Beveridge Place Pub. (6451 California SW)

6:30 PM-8:30 PM: “The Earth Cried Out” viewing of 9/11 (and afterward) luminaria bags from Alki Statue of Liberty, one night only, presented by the Southwest Seattle Historical Society at Alki Arts. (2820 Alki SW)

8 PM: Mark Pickerel, Christy McWilson and Blackie perform at A.A.R.F. benefit @ Feedback Lounge (WSB sponsor). Details here. (6451 California SW)