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West Seattle Crime Watch: Police investigating gunfire incident

11:59 PM: From Seattle Police via Twitter a few minutes ago:

@11:39 pm, teenage male shot at but not hit @ 30 Ave SW & SW Juneau St. [map] Nobody injured in incident. Suspect vehicle, white SUV, fled scene … Officers & Gang Unit detectives actively investigating. No more information available at this time.

12:22 AM: Scanner traffic indicates the SUV was believed to be a Dodge Durango.

West Seattle weekend scene: ‘Alki Classic’ juggling, pedaling

September 14, 2013 10:18 pm
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 |   Fun stuff to do | West Seattle news

Some fun summer events are intricately planned and formally booked … some are just “let’s see who shows up and what happens.” The generally annual “Alki Classic” bike/trike/unicycle ride, barbecue, jugglefest, etc., is more along the latter lines. One of our favorite anonymous community contributors shared photos from this year’s edition, which included fun at Lincoln Park under the clouds (below) as well as the late-in-the-day sunshine (above).

The route from Lincoln Park was scheduled to proceed toward the event’s namesake beach – so if you saw a group with human-powered wheeled transportation of all configurations, as well as some juggling, now you know who it was. As noted in our morning preview, it’s always open to the public, so if you missed the advance word, watch for it next year!

High-school football: Seattle Lutheran vs. Lake Roosevelt

September 14, 2013 10:12 pm
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After a first-week win, Seattle Lutheran High School‘s football team is now 1-1 following their second game of the season, a 40-0 loss to Lake Roosevelt on Saturday afternoon at West Seattle Stadium. The Saints have another non-conference game next Saturday, hosting Oroville, from Central Washington, at 2:30 pm September 21st.

Sunday reminder: West Seattle Car Show along closed California SW

September 14, 2013 9:03 pm
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One more reminder before Sunday arrives – California SW will be closed in The Junction, between SW Genesee and SW Edmunds, 6 am to 6 pm tomorrow, for the sixth annual West Seattle Car Show. The show itself runs 8 am-4 pm; spectators are free, while pre-1980 cars/trucks/motorcycles are $20 if you haven’t pre-registered (yes, there are trophies!). Looks like the weather will be best in the morning, so come down early, have breakfast or lunch, and we’ll see what happens. The West Seattle Farmers’ Market is on as usual, too, 10 am-2 pm, featuring this year’s Zucchini 500 (10 am-1 pm). We’ll be in The Junction reporting live; hope to see you there.

West Seattle weekend scene: Sundodger meet @ Lincoln Park

Thanks to Karen for sharing photos from today’s Sundodger Invitational cross-country meet, which brought hundreds of runners from more than two dozen high schools and colleges (none from West Seattle) to Lincoln Park. These photos are from the high-school-varsity girls’ 5,000-meter race, in which Karen was cheering for niece Rachelle Kline of Auburn-Mountainview HS (in blue):

Team and individual results are here.

West Seattle schools: Denny joins in Fiestas Patrias parade

September 14, 2013 4:25 pm
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 |   South Park | West Seattle news | West Seattle schools

Thanks to Denny International Middle School principal Jeff Clark for sharing the photo from South Park’s big event today. He reports: “The Denny International Middle School scholars did an outstanding job today marching in the Fiestas Patrias parade! I am so proud of our scholars, staff, and families for representing our school in such a dynamic way in this important community event. Go, Dolphins!”

The parade and accompanying community fiestas that followed comprise a combined celebration of independence for multiple Latin American countries; the South Park fiesta is on until 6 pm, the one at Seattle Center until 11 pm and again tomorrow – details here.

Meet neighbors, fight crime: WSCPC, Fauntleroy meetings ahead

September 14, 2013 12:56 pm
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 |   Crime | Denny-Sealth | Fauntleroy | Safety | Southwest Precinct Crime Prevention Council | West Seattle news

Two crime-prevention meetings ahead that you might want to check out:

DENNY, SEALTH PRINCIPALS @ CRIME PREVENTION COUNCIL: The special guests have been announced for Tuesday’s West Seattle Crime Prevention Council meeting:

We will have Chief Sealth International High School principal Aida Fraser-Hammer and Denny International Middle School principal Jeff Clark; they will discuss safety and security in their schools and the surrounding area. We will also discuss if having a combined campus has presented any unique safety problems.

Fears of such problems were amply voiced six years ago, before the new Denny was built adjacent to a renovated Sealth; the new school year is the third one of full co-location. The WSCPC meeting is at 7 pm Tuesday (September 17th), Southwest Precinct (Delridge/Webster).

FAUNTLEROY COMMUNITY SAFETY: The Fauntleroy Community Association found out via its recent community survey that crime prevention/safety is a topic of intense interest in their area, so FCA is hosting a special forum on Thursday, September 26th. It’s at The Hall at Fauntleroy in the historic schoolhouse, and will start with an ice-cream social at 6:30, meeting at 7, including presentations by Southwest Precinct police, and community Q/A.

What goes up, must draw a crowd: 4730 California crane rises

After three months of demolition and excavation at the 4730 California project site, the crane is going up today, as first reported here a week ago. Spectators included mom Lisa and daughter Annika, talking with construction superintendent Peter Davidson of Compass, the general contractor:

While much of the equipment for the project has been brought in from the alley, this had to come in from California SW, which is why it’s happening on a weekend morning:

The project’s high-profile spot – long home to the Petco store that has since moved to Capco Plaza at 41st/Alaska – has drawn spectators for weeks, often kids fascinated by the process, too young to be caught up in the debate over development and density:

Our photographer had to go through a safety briefing earlier in the week to get close enough to see the detail work required to make sure a high-flying project like this goes off safely:

This is the second crane in the area, after the one installed in June for “The Blake” about two blocks south at 5020 California SW. This project, meantime, is planned for seven stories and 93 residential units, including 15 ground-level live-work units, plus retail; it passed its final design review in November.

The crew expected this to take only a matter of hours – so the road should be clear this afternoon, long before it closes 6 am-6 pm tomorrow for this year’s West Seattle Car Show.

4:05 PM NOTE: We went back to The Junction to check on the crane’s progress and wound up staying through the lifting and placement of the horizontal section – an even-bigger spectacle – will add those photos when we can (check back!). But first, here’s video of the hoist, shared by Larry Murante (thank you!):

Even after that went up, two parts remained – including the cap, which required crew members to walk all the way out to the tip of the piece you see lifted in that clip.

ADDED: More photos, from the final stage of Saturday’s installation – perhaps the most dramatic:

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West Seattle Saturday: Bicycles; fashion; sales; football; ways to help; Yom Kippur; more

With shopping opportunities including the Second-Time Sale in Fauntleroy (our photo above is from the Friday prep), work parties, sports, Yom Kippur observances, a free fashion show, and much more – what a day/night this will be, in and around West Seattle! Lots going on … starting early:

TRAFFIC ALERT: If you are heading northbound on 99 this morning, please note that it’s down to one lane across the Aurora Bridge until 11 am today (and again 5 am-11 am on Sunday).

RIDE AROUND THE SOUND: Starting as early as 6:30 am, bicycle riders taking part in this American Lung Association benefit will get going from the starting line (which is also the finish line) at South Seattle Community College (WSB sponsor). See the schedule here. (6000 16th SW)

CONSTRUCTION CRANE ARRIVAL: It’s not always a pre-announced event when a construction-project crane arrives, but this one is in the heart of The Junction, so here’s a reminder (details in our story from a week ago): The crane for 4730 California, the ex-Petco project, is scheduled to arrive around 7 am and will be put into place over the ensuing few hours.

VASHON SHEEPDOG CLASSIC: 7 am-5 am, explained in our calendar listing. Just a ferry ride away! And here’s a dog to root for:

West Seattle’s Lien Animal Clinic shared the photo of Mojo Hickman, a nationally ranked herding dog they treated with stem-cell therapy for arthritis. Lien vets will be at the sheepdog event noon-3 pm – stop by and say hi.

SECOND-TIME SALE: Fauntleroy Church‘s big sale has its first of two days today, 9 am-3 pm – details in our calendar listing. (9140 California SW)

(added) CROSS-COUNTRY AT LINCOLN PARK: The Sundodger Invitational is happening at Lincoln Park all day – perhaps the biggest meet of the year in the park. Here’s its website; no West Seattle schools are listed as participating, but the 29 schools who are, come from all over the state.

YOM KIPPUR WITH KOL HANESHAMAH: You don’t have to be a member to join in today’s events with Kol HaNeshamah (WSB sponsor) – here’s the schedule:

8:45 am-9:15 am Children’s Service
9:30 am-1:30 pm Morning Service
** Please bring your own Chumash (Book of Torah) if you would like to follow the Torah readings. **
2:00 pm-4:00 pm Afternoon Workshops
4:00 pm-6:45 pm Afternoon Service (Yizkor, Ne’ila)

It’s all happening at St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church, California/Hanford.

YOM KIPPUR WITH WEST SEATTLE TLC: Today’s Yom Kippur schedule for the West Seattle Torah Learning Center:

Morning Prayer Service 8:45 am
Torah Reading, Yizkor 10:30 am
Neilah final service) 6:45 pm
Light break-fast (snack) served at the conclusion of the fast at 8:09 pm

ADMIRAL ADOPT-A-STREET: This morning, join the Admiral Neighborhood Association for a cleanup along nearby streets/sidewalks. All ages welcome; treats provided at the start and finish – tools and bags provided too. Meet outside Metropolitan Market (WSB sponsor) at 9 am. (41st/Admiral)

PAINTING PARTY AT K-5 STEM: Time to repaint the playground and add some playcourts, as well as some other work, now that the portables are gone and a new school year is under way. Join the K-5 STEM at Boren community and lend a hand, starting at 9:30 am today. Details in our original preview. (5950 Delridge Way SW)

BICYCLE SALE: West Seattle Cyclery (WSB sponsor) invites you in to check out deals this weekend. From proprietor Brad: “”West Seattle Cyclery is having a sale on all 2013 bikes. Save 20-45% off all 2013 bikes in stock. We have Road, Mountain, Commuter and Recreational bikes in stock. Every bike purchased comes with a FREE Basic Fit and 1 year of FREE adjustments.” (4508 California SW; hours here)

FIESTAS PATRIAS PARADE: Who doesn’t love a parade? This one is unique in our area, spotlighting Latin American cultural pride and traditions in a parade winding through nearby South Park, followed by a fiesta. Parade starts at 11 am; see the route and fiesta locations here. (P.S. West Seattle Bike Connections is participating with helmets/fittings/bike info.)

STORY TIME AT BARNES & NOBLE: Melissa says, “Fall is in the air (93 degree days notwithstanding…), so we’ll be reading ‘Fall Ball,’ a story for our football fans, and ‘Leaf Man.’ We’ll also be making our own leaf people! 11 am. (Westwood Village, south side)

HIGH-SCHOOL FOOTBALL: 1:30 pm at West Seattle Stadium, the Seattle Lutheran High School Saints host Lake Roosevelt. (4432 35th SW)

BARBECUE POTLUCK AND BIKE RIDE: Unicycle, bicycle, tricycle ride around Alki Point after a barbecue potluck at Lincoln Park – it all starts 1:30 pm, informal and fun, annual tradition among friends old and new, and you can join in – details here. (Shelters 53-56)

FIELDHOUSE CELEBRATION: In nearby White Center, King County Parks is celebrating the ~75th anniversary of the historic fieldhouse at Steve Cox Memorial Park with a 2-5 pm event today, including a 3:30 pm program – details on our partner site White Center Now. (1321 SW 102nd)

MAC FASHION HOUSE RUNWAY EXTRAVAGANZA: As part of the city’s Work Readiness in the Arts Program (WRAP), the West Seattle-based Unified Outreach arts nonprofit presents a Fashion Show Extravaganza, produced and modeled by youth, starting with a 5 pm meet and greet before the 6 pm fashion show. We stopped by during rehearsals on Friday:

Admission is free; 50 custom outfits shown on the runway will also be offered at silent auction. Comedian Nate Jackson emcees, with musical performances by Tyrone. (WSC Activity Center, 4400 42nd SW)

And even more in our calendar

High-school football: West Seattle HS vs. Seattle Prep

September 14, 2013 4:00 am
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(Photos by WSB co-publisher Patrick Sand)
Though it wasn’t a home game, the West Seattle High School Wildcats varsity football team, cheer squad, and fans weren’t far from home on Friday night. They faced Seattle Prep at West Seattle Stadium:

(#12: Sophomore Carter Golgart)
Prep got the victory, 50-13. The Wildcats’ next game is also on the road – this time, they’ll play downtown at Memorial Stadium, 7:45 pm Friday (September 20th).