West Seattle, Washington
In that video, furniture from the 100-year-old Alki Point Lighthouse – donated to the Southwest Seattle Historical Society to be auctioned as part of its “Tripping the Lighthouse Fantastic” gala on November 9th. And starting now, you can preview other auction items online too – here’s the SWSHS announcement:
For the first time in its history, the Southwest Seattle Historical Society has established an online preview of the exciting items that will be available for bid at its biggest fundraiser of the year, the Champagne Gala Lunch.
Also, for the first time, anyone – attending or not – has the opportunity to bid now on the most unusual items, including two that are too big to bring to the event venue, Salty’s on Alki.
The online auction preview can be found here. At that page, visitors can get an early peek at, and make an early bid on, several unusual items in the silent auction.
Each item has a description plus a photo or short video. Bidding is easy – just one click to e-mail a bid, including credit-card information (name on card, account number, expiration date, security code and zip code) along with the bid.
Here are the major items available for viewing now:
On a day that began with rain – fittingly, water is the subject of the next installment of what to put in your “Go Bag” kit as we roll into the final days of Washington State Disaster Preparedness Month. The instructions, from West Seattle Be Prepared:
So after the action yesterday to put in bleach to disinfect water – can’t imagine enjoying that taste! – so time to finish up your full stash of water. Today you should add 2 more gallons of water (or 8 liters) per person. This should bring you to 7 gallons or 27 liters per person total. And don’t forget water for your pets.
If the space to store all this water is going to be a problem for you, keep the minimum for 3 days (3 gallons / 11 liters per person) and think ahead about where else you have water that could be used in an emergency. For example, if you are staying in your house but the water supply has been disrupted, you have a large amount of water in your water heater that you can drain.
Need to review (or read for the first time) previous installments? Find them here, in reverse-chronological order. (At month’s end, we’ll also have one big recap.)
You still have time to get over to West Seattle Nursery (California/Brandon) and meet the friendly folks working on The Little Red Hen Project – teaching and encouraging backyard farming in eastern West Seattle; they’re raffling off cool items and talking to people about the project, until 4. If you didn’t make it to today’s event – read more about the project and its work at Delridge Community Center by going here.
Congratulations to Ken Wicklund, honored by the Seattle Police Foundation as Community Member of the Year! We were there as he received the award Friday night at the SPF’s 12th annual Police Awards Banquet; he is second from left in our photo. It was almost a year ago that he noticed police scuffling with a suspect in an incident near the old Charlestown Café site; he jumped in to help. Shortly thereafter, he was honored at the precinct (WSB coverage here); Captain Steve Paulsen, who was Southwest Precinct commander when the incident happened, nominated Ken, writing “…It is people like Kenneth who make the City of Seattle a greater community for all. On behalf of the men and women of the Seattle Police Department, thanks for coming to the aid of officers.”
Two other West Seattle civilians in the spotlight Friday night were there to help thank police for what they do:
Karen Berge (left) and Deb Greer from the West Seattle Block Watch Captains Network were two of the community members featured in a video – and then “live” – with signs of support for SPD. The SPF video, shown at the banquet, also included WS Block Watch Captains Nancy Calos-Nakano, Mayo Ochiltree, Ron Oldham, and JoDean Edelheit.
The Southwest Precinct Officer of the Year, also honored at the banquet, is Willie Askew (photo at left is courtesy the SPD Photo Unit), honored for “a high level of knowledge, compassion for fellow officers and citizens, and a general command of the job of a police officer.” In particular, Officer Askew was singled out for his work during an incident last January in which an armed man described as “distraught” drove his van up to the gate at the precinct; the situation was defused without anyone being hurt. Also honored for his work during the incident, Officer Greg Traver, who received a Medal of Courage.
P.S. The Seattle Police Foundation, which presents the Awards Banquet, is a nonprofit organization whose president/CEO, Renée Hopkins, is a West Seattleite.
(Updated: Afternoon screengrab from “live” SDOT camera at California/Alaska)
10:13 AM: From kids in costume to Farmers’ Market shoppers, West Seattleites aren’t letting the showers keep them away from the second annual Harvest Festival, happening now in the streets-closed heart of The Junction until 2 pm. We’re on the east side of the California/Alaska intersection, part of the “WSB x 3” pumpkin-bowling booth with WestSide Baby volunteers and West Seattle Bowl equipment.
10:35 AM UPDATE: Hard to tell if we’re going to get another sunbreak, so you might as well grab the umbrella and come on down. We’re seeing more than a few costumed children here at the bowling booth – and nearby:
(Some costumed grownups have passed by, too!) Up and down California, the Farmers’ Market booths and activity tents are particularly festive, with pumpkins, colorful leaves, and other fall/harvest decorations. Less than an hour until the costume parade; meet at 11:30 at Junction Plaza Park, northwest corner of 42nd/Alaska, and less than half an hour until you can be a chili judge, right across the intersection in front of KeyBank. Live music nearby, courtesy of Nick Moyer:
11:07 AM UPDATE: The harvest theme doesn’t just involve plants – you can check out a few baby farm animals:
Right across the intersection, the chili competition is on! Donations for your “judging” samples (hurry, once they’re out, they’re out) go to the West Seattle Food Bank. The cooks are from eight great West Seattle venues (listed here):
More updates to come – including the costume parade!
11:48 AM UPDATE: There’s a snippet of Instagram video as the West Seattle High School Marching Band led the costume parade, which is just wrapping up after traveling all around the festival. We have the full parade on video and will add it once we’re able to get it uploaded. (Added – here it is! That’s Jim Edwards, West Seattle Grand Parade co-coordinator, on the motorcycle.)
REALLY good crowd here now – the rain has stopped, and we can see some blue sky in the distance!
12:06 PM UPDATE: The sun is back! Unscientific costume-tallying observation, meantime, indicates that “Star Wars” and superheroes are the most popular themes. Construction workers too – particularly topical given this year’s backdrop:
We also found a “minion”:
We’ve also seen a washing machine [photo added below], an airplane, lots of other costumes from simple to ornate … so glad to see everybody out having fun.
12:35 PM UPDATE: By the way, it’s officially trick-or-treat time now that it’s past noon. And if you don’t happen to have your own timekeeping device – don’t let the Jefferson Square clock on the southeast corner of 42nd/Alaska confuse you – it’s an hour fast (and if it’s not fixed by this time next week, it’ll be TWO hours fast, since we “fall back” next Sunday morning at 2 am). Here’s someone who knows something about time:
The festival and Farmers’ Market are on until 2 pm; still time to come down to The Junction.
12:51 PM UPDATE: Just got word that Husky Deli won the chili competition – as voted on by everybody who bought a “flight” of samples from the eight competitors, with proceeds benefiting the WS Food Bank.
Congratulations to Jack Miller and team. Judi Yazzolino from WS Food Bank (at right in the photo with Jack and, at left, Susan Melrose from the festival-presenting WS Junction Association) tells us 150 people donated $10 each to be taster/judges, and more than $200 extra was donated, so the food bank has $1,700 more with which to fight hunger, thanks to Harvest Festival-goers!
1:28 PM UPDATE: Half an hour left – crowd’s still going strong, and we have a line outside the “pumpkin bowling” booth. Lots of other activities here, thanks to great community businesses and organizations:
Among those organizations, the Kiwanis Club of West Seattle, which is also handing out flyers for its next big event – the 67th community Pancake Breakfast, coming up December 7th.
2 PM: Festival’s over already! We’ll be adding more photos later – have to roll up the pumpkin-bowling booth first.
9:04 PM: Adding more photos, including some sent by WSB readers. Check back in the morning, as we’ll be adding off and on for the next few hours. First:
Terri Sharp shared the next two photos, and says she’s continuing to add more to her Flickr feed:
Nothing like checking the trick-or-treat bag!
The next two photos are courtesy of Brian Presser from TouchTech Systems in The Junction – first, more candy inspection:
Next, the WSHS Band warming up in the park before the costume parade:
Still adding more!
Click the map to see a full-size version – hope we’ll see you at the second annual West Seattle Harvest Festival in The Junction, today’s biggest (but not only) event:
WEST SEATTLE HARVEST FESTIVAL SCHEDULE:
*Farmers’ Market in the streets (today only!), map shows who’s where, 10 am-2 pm
*20+ fun, free activities in booths/tents on the streets, 10 am-2 pm
*First-ever Chili Competition at SW corner of California/Alaska, 6 competitors (listed in our Thursday preview), about 100 “flights” with samples of each available first-come first-served for $ donation to the West Seattle Food Bank, 11 am
*Costume parade led by the West Seattle High School Marching Band – meet at Junction Plaza Park (NW corner of 42nd/Alaska), 11:30 am
*Business trick-or-treating (don’t forget the businesses north of the festival zone), noon-2 pm
WEST SEATTLE HARVEST FESTIVAL BUS CHANGES, ROAD CLOSURES Two streets are closed; five bus routes are affected – find the official reroutes/stop changes info here.
UNDERWATER PUMPKIN CARVING: Marker Buoy Dive Club is carving pumpkins underwater just off the picnic shelter at 63rd and Alki. Carvers meet at 9, divers are briefed at 10 and go in shortly thereafter, with about an hour allotted to carve. Buddy required. Judging help needed (no diving required for this!) around 11:30 am.
THE LITTLE RED HEN PROJECT: A new grass-roots project focused on educational gardens in eastern West Seattle is having its first fundraiser today at West Seattle Nursery. Here’s our preview; starts at 1 pm. (California/Brandon)
WHITE CENTER TRICK-OR-TREAT FESTIVAL: 2-5 pm, trick-or-treating at participating businesses – details on this Facebook event page.
ED MURRAY RALLY: 3-4 pm at Beveridge Place Pub, the first of two mayoral-candidate public appearances scheduled in West Seattle over the next week – State Sen. Ed Murray’s “get out the vote” rally. (6413 California SW)
ALL-AGES OPEN MICROPHONE: 3 pm signups, 4 pm music at Skylark Café and Club. (3803 Delridge Way SW)
HELP CALL THE SALMON HOME: 5 pm, it’s the annual Fauntleroy Creek Overlook gathering to drum, chant, sing, and call the spawning salmon home. Bring your own drum (makeshift or official) if you can, but it’s not mandatory – just be there; all ages welcome. Across the street and up the embankment from the Fauntleroy ferry dock. (Fauntleroy/Director)
GHOST GAME VII: THE WILD HUNT – The Cabiri‘s annual Halloween-season dessert-theater production continues tonight, 8 pm, Youngstown Cultural Arts Center; details and ticket info in our calendar listing. (4408 Delridge Way SW)
Rain or shine, the Harvest Festival is happening today, 10 am-2 pm in The Junction – and that means street closures and bus changes from now until mid-afternoon:
*California is closed between Oregon and Edmunds
*Alaska is closed between 44th and 42nd
In addition to other festival activities, remember, the West Seattle Farmers’ Market moves out into the streets – this map shows you where to look for your favorite vendors. More festival info in our “West Seattle Sunday” preview up next – but the key times to remember are:
10 am-2 pm, activities & Farmers’ Market
11 am, chili competition (bring $ for a flight, benefiting West Seattle Food Bank)
11:30 am, costume parade
Noon-2 pm, business trick-or-treating
WSB is among the festival co-sponsors and activity providers – come “bowl” with us, WestSide Baby, and West Seattle Bowl on the east side of the California/Alaska intersection!
‘An Alki Family’ e-mailed that photo to share, explaining:
In the midst of all of the scary news the past few weeks, I thought I would share this photo. We adopted our 8-week=old kitty, Maisy, just two days ago from PAWS animal rescue and it seems that she and our dog, Cookie, have fallen in love.
#32 in our photo is Seattle Lutheran High School running back Abijah Smith, who scored three of the Saints’ touchdowns as they won their homecoming game against Chief Leschi this afternoon, 46-6. He was also homecoming king – reigning with fellow senior Tori Hammond:
Ahead, more photos and notes from the game at West Seattle Stadium!
Another big event tomorrow – your chance to assist, and find out about, a new program to help turn the Delridge “food desert” into something more like a “food oasis.” Starting at 1 pm at West Seattle Nursery, it’s the first fall fundraiser for The Little Red Hen Project. Jen Dowell explains:
The Little Red Hen Project will provide the underserved Delridge community with a way to grow, maintain, cook, and preserve sustainable back yard food.
We are a new Seattle Tilth fiscally sponsored program located in the heart of the Delridge food desert at the Delridge Community Center. We have begun work at the DCC with the teens program and will continue our progress by encouraging community members to enter our teaching program to learn how to grow their own food. With the support of the Seattle Master Gardeners program, we have access to Seattleites in the Master Gardener program who are completing their volunteer hours by contributing to our need for strong teachers.
This will be going on all Sunday afternoon, so even if you’re going to the Junction Harvest Festival, head a few blocks south afterward. More details on the official Facebook event page for tomorrow’s event.
Four West Seattle coyote reports have come in today – two with photos, starting with the one above, from Kerry Murphy:
We were at Lincoln Park today around noon and a very bold coyote was lurking in the same pretty public spot for about an hour. We were surprised that it was lurking so close to so many people, kids, dogs – it was actually pretty busy there today! It was hanging along the path that runs just west of the gravel path that leads toward the baseball field from the north parking lot.
Stacy saw one on Genesee Hill around 6 tonight:
I was just heading out to walk my dog and saw what I thought was a loose dog running down the middle of 53rd between Genesee and Dakota. [map] At second glance I realized it was a coyote. He ran down the sidewalk, crossed over Dakota and continued down 53rd then turned back and darted into a neighbor’s yard. He must have been hiding out there because my dog started going bananas as we walked down that block. Pet owners in the area, please keep your pets inside!!
And Sean sent a sighting report this afternoon:
Just saw a big coyote going down 36th. He/she turned and went down Raymond heading west. [map] Pretty cool. First coyote sighting for me in West Seattle.
We had two holdover reports from earlier in the week – Eve saw one Monday morning at 32nd and Holden (map), “headed south,” while Jeff saw one near 48th/Raymond (map) last Sunday afternoon, “seemed like a juvenile that was not sure where to go.”
That “Go Bag“/kit we’ve been building day by day for Washington State Disaster Preparedness Month is getting more full by the day. But the next items to add are small things you can tuck in around the corners. From West Seattle Be Prepared:
A few more odds and ends to put in your bag today – a small sewing kit, safety pins, a small bottle of liquid dish soap and a small bottle of household chlorine bleach. The bleach has two purposes – you can use plain common bleach to eliminate bacterial contaminants in water. The general rule is 8 drops of chlorine bleach (must be common bleach, not scented, not color-safe) per gallon of water and then let sit for 30 minutes. This will kill many, but not all, disease-causing organisms. The second use is as a disinfectant, for surfaces that might be contaminated. For those of you who backpack, you can throw in water-purification tablets instead.
If you’re wondering what this is all about – or just getting started/catching up – the previous installments are all in our archive of preparedness-related stories, newest to oldest, Day 24 to Day 1; find them here.
The National Weather Service has a “special weather statement” out for our area, expecting things to get breezy, maybe even windy, late in the day tomorrow and on into Monday. Here’s the full text of the alert. The NWS isn’t predicting HIGH wind – likely 15-25 mph with possible gusts to about 40 – but it’ll be coming out of the north, which the NWS describes as rare. On the bright side, the conditions that are expected to bring this breeziness are the ones that have finally sent away the seemingly endless (yet lovely at times) fog.
SUNDAY MORNING UPDATE: Here’s the newest version of the “special weather statement” – still the same basic outlook, some wind (but NOT windstorm level) out of the north kicking up this afternoon, strongest along the shoreline.
We missed the 5K that started this morning’s second annual West Seattle Monster Dash, but got to Lincoln Park in time to see some of the little ones readying for the kid dashes that followed.
Three more photos ahead:
(Spencer Schulz with parents Bryan and Regina)
17-year-old Spencer Schulz of West Seattle is now an Eagle Scout – and his family has shared the announcement in a unique format: It was written by his younger brother Reece Schulz, 13, who proud mom Regina tells us is historian for his troop:
In the first grade, scouting became a major part of Spencer Schulz’s life. As a Cub Scout, with the help of his den leader, mentor, and current scoutmaster, Mr. Grueter, he was led in the way of scouting.
In the sixth grade, Spencer became a Boy Scout for Troop 282. Over the years, Spencer has achieved all the ranks in scouting, including the highest rank, Eagle Scout. With myriad extra-curricular activities such as rowing, where Spencer raced at the US Nationals and got first in light-weight men’s four, baking, bicycling, more than 100 service hours, and altar-serving at church, he definitely has had a full plate, but still manages to put time in for scouting and being on the president’s list for school.
Spencer now goes to school at Seattle Prep and is looking forward to the new experience of college and is striving for all three palms in scouting. All in all, Spencer looks forward to helping further our society.
This week’s high-school football games are stretching across three days – the West Seattle HS Wildcats‘ homecoming game was Thursday (WSB coverage here), the Seattle Lutheran HS Saints‘ homecoming game is less than an hour away, and last night, the Chief Sealth International High School Seahawks wrapped up their regular season with a win on the road – 28-6 over Ingraham. They finish third in the Metro League Sound Division, per our partners at The Seattle Times.
A chance to get and a chance to give, right now at West Seattle Thriftway (WSB sponsor). Art projects and treats are what kids can get during the store’s annual Halloween Party, continuing until 1 pm in the deli dining area (one of today’s featured activities in the WSB West Seattle Halloween Guide). And then, as part of Thriftway’s month-long hunger-fighting campaign, the White Center Food Bank is on hand for donations until 3 pm:
West Seattle Thriftway is at California/Morgan/Fauntleroy in Morgan Junction.
Hasn’t been much campaigning on this side of the bay during this year’s race for Seattle Mayor – some quiet fundraisers, only one public forum (WSB coverage, with video, here). But both candidates have sent word they’re headed this way in the next week:
SEN. ED MURRAY: “Get Out the Vote” rally, all invited, 3-4 pm tomorrow (Sunday, October 27th) at Beveridge Place Pub. The Murray campaign says local supporters including King County Councilmember Joe McDermott and State Rep. Eileen Cody will be there.
Remember that ballots are due November 5th, and the county will have dropoff vans at West Seattle Stadium and in Greenbridge in White Center; addresses and hours (the days are Nov. 2, 4, and 5) are on this King County Elections infopage.
WEST SEATTLE MONSTER DASH: This 5K and kids-dashes event raising money for SSCC Cooperative Preschools is under way right now and continuing for most of the rest of the morning in Lincoln Park.
PUMPKIN-DECORATING AT PCC: Kids’ pumpkin-decorating at PCC Natural Markets-West Seattle (WSB sponsor), under way now and continuing until noon. Free pumpkins and decorating supplies. (California/Stevens)
DRUG TAKEBACK DAY: 10 am-2 pm, bring your unwanted/unneeded/expired medications to the front desk at the Southwest Precinct and they’ll dispose of it for you. Here’s our preview. (Delridge/Webster)
HALLOWEEN PARTY AT THRIFTWAY: It’s the annual Halloween Party at West Seattle Thriftway (WSB sponsor), 11 am-1 pm, for ages 1-10, in the deli dining area. “Decorate your own mini-pumpkin, win a treat bag, have a spooky good time!” (California/Fauntleroy/Morgan)
SPOOKY STORYTIME: Halloween theme at today’s weekly storytime at Barnes and Noble in Westwood Village, 11 am.
HIGH-SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Seattle Lutheran High School‘s homecoming game, 1:30 pm at West Seattle Stadium. (4432 35th SW)
SEE ART, MAKE ART: Another chance to be inspired by the Community Artist Showcase at the Southwest Branch Library – come make your own art, 2 pm. (35th/Henderson)
HALLOWEEN AT THE LONGHOUSE: Halloween Party 6-8 pm at the Duwamish Longhouse & Cultural Center. Children of all ages; family-friendly event. Games, prizes & refreshments. Suggested donation $10. (4705 W. Marginal Way)
FINAL NIGHT FOR ‘THE TAMING’: Last chance to see the political satire that’s kicked off the new season at ArtsWest in The Junction. 7:30 pm. (4711 California SW)
ROCKY HORROR, PRE-HALLOWEEN EDITION: Midnight tonight, special date for this month’s screening of “Rocky Horror Picture Show” at the historic Admiral Theater. (2343 California SW)
8:38 AM: Be on the lookout for SB‘s car:
Our white 1994 Honda Accord was stolen from the back of our house in the 3800 block of 35th Ave. SW early this morning. I noticed it was gone when I woke up and looked out the window just after 3 a.m. It was there when I went to bed just before 10 p.m. License plate is 182 ZVK. I filed a police report and noticed that this is just a block from where an Infiniti was stolen about the same time yesterday. They’d wiped the condensation off of the window of another car we have…apparently to look inside and see if there was anything valuable in it…or if the keys were inside?
We have pictures since we’ve been trying to sell it. It was all cleaned up and ready to go. :-(
We’ll add a photo if we get one.
10:26 AM UPDATE: SB says police found her car:
SPD called just after 9 a.m. to let us know they found it. It was abandoned with a bunch of stuff inside and minus the stereo in an alley behind 60th just north of Admiral.
Unfortunately, if you check the comments, another car was then stolen there. If we get more info on THAT car, we’ll update this again.
(WSB photos by Katie Meyer)
It was a night to yell BOO! as much as to yell BINGO!
The Senior Center of West Seattle scared up almost 200 people – a sell-out crowd – for its almost-Halloween edition of Rainbow Bingo. Click ahead for more photos!
One more week left in our day-by-day project to build your “Go Bag“/emergency kit – full of essentials to help you and your family get by in case of catastrophe.
Tonight’s advice from West Seattle Be Prepared has to do with the most basic of needs:
This is something new that has come up for preparedness lists: Put a bucket with a lid, some plastic sheeting and box of large garbage bags with ties in your kit today. Think of these as your emergency bathroom kit. People who are recovering in Christchurch were bathroomless 18 months after their earthquake; they emptied personal toilet buckets into larger city-provided waste containers placed on the streets. If you don’t have the room for a bucket (and it certainly won’t fit in an average backpack), at least put the garbage bags in – they can be used in multiple ways.
We’re going into the final weekend of Washington State Disaster Preparedness Month. No, nobody’s grading you, but think of the increased peace of mind you’ll have when your kit is done – or at least well on its way. So catch up if you need to. Our installments are all archived, newest-to-oldest, here.
October is Fire Safety Month, and Arbor Heights Elementary had two firefighters, both parents of students, visit on Friday to teach fire safety.
The firefighters also reminded the students to have their families check their smoke detectors and to make sure the students could give their addresses in case of emergency. (When was the last time you changed the battery in *your* smoke detector?)
This brought up another point among the parents afterwards: Is your house number/apartment number clearly visible? Can it be seen easily from the street? How about in the rain? Trim away anything that might block the address, and make sure it the numbers are easy to see (are they a different color than the background?) from the street. The firefighters thank you!