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West Seattle generosity: Three food-drive successes!

Three more examples of West Seattle generosity – all to help fight hunger:

‘100TH DAY OF SCHOOL’ DRIVE: The photo is from Lynne Crockett at Holy Rosary, who says the kindergarteners participated in a “100th Day of School” food drive and will be donating the cans they collected to the White Center Food Bank.

On to a big gift from Arbor Heights Elementary:

‘BACKPACK’ PROGRAM GETS BOOST: In the photo are Arbor Heights counselor Rosslyn Shea and West Seattle Food Bank operations director Steven Curry. WS Food Bank’s Judi Yazzolino explains:

During Random Acts of Kindness Week, which was February 10th – 14th, the staff and families of Arbor Heights Elementary participated in a week-long food drive that brought in 350 pounds, to support the West Seattle Food Bank’s new “Backpack” Program. Our “Backpack” program, in its infancy, assists school-age children who are at risk of being hungry throughout the weekend by assembling grocery bags of kid-friendly healthy and nutritious food and distributing them through their school, one of which is Arbor Heights Elementary.

The West Seattle Food Bank wants to thank Rosslyn Shea at Arbor Heights for organizing this wonderful food drive and to remind any family participating in (food drives) at their school to check in with their organizer and get our wishlist to support the “Backpack” program.

Judi also shares news of WS Food Bank gratitude for a local business:

That photo is from Straight Blast Gym (5050 Delridge Way SW), whose proprietors Jei and Sonia and their members get WS Food Bank props for “an amazing food drive that brought in more than 1,500 pounds of food to help those in need in our West Seattle community.”

You can help local food banks any time, not just during special drives – WS Food Bank donation information is here; WC Food Bank donation information is here.

West Seattle schools: Student musicians back from ‘phenomenal’ event

That’s the Jazz Band from Denny International Middle School, whose principal Jeff Clark reports that they’re one of three local student jazz bands just back from a big trip:

I am very pleased to share that this morning the Chief Sealth International High School Jazz Combo, the Denny International Middle School Jazz Band, and the West Seattle High School Jazz Band returned home from what has been a phenomenal weekend of music and workshops at the University of Idaho. This is the second year that ensembles from the three schools have traveled together for this festival.

The middle school band performed Thursday afternoon at the LDS Student Stake Center in Moscow, with the high school ensembles performed on Saturday. All three groups received critiques from well-respected jazz educators and had the opportunity to participate in numerous workshops touching upon issues from leadership development, to improvisation, to instrument fundamentals.

On Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights the students attended star-studded concerts featuring a host of national recording artists and touring professionals including three National Endowment of the Arts Jazz Masters – Benny Golson, Eddie Palmieri, and Sheila Jordan.

The Denny International Middle School Jazz Band was awarded a Noteworthy Performance commendation on the festivals Outstanding Young Artists site for their performance Thursday night.

Congratulations to all of these outstanding musicians!

Before school’s out for the year, you’ll have more chances to see local student musicians perform in the area – next one on our calendar is this coming Friday night at the West Seattle High School Big Band Dinner Dance; details here.

Followup: Memorial service March 1st for alpinist Chad Kellogg

One week after news started circulating about the death of 42-year-old Chad Kellogg, the well-known alpinist and former West Seattleite hit by a falling rock while climbing in Argentina, memorial plans have been announced: 11 am next Saturday (March 1st) at the First Free Methodist Church on Queen Anne (3200 3rd Ave. W.), followed by a 1-5 pm reception at the Seattle Bouldering Project in the Central District (900 Poplar Place S.). Updates are promised on this page of a memorial website set up at; its moderators also invite those who knew Mr. Kellogg to send their photos and stories, and have already published more than a dozen, including some with breathtaking photos like these.

3210 California SW gets another Design Review Board date: April 3

February 23, 2014 4:41 pm
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(NK Architects‘ rendering of 3210 California SW from 2/6/14 meeting; click image to see larger view)
If you’re among the many tracking the biggest project on the boards for north West Seattle right now, the block-long mixed-use 3210 California SW, here’s the next date for your calendar: April 3rd (6:30 pm, Senior Center of West Seattle). That’s when the city schedule now says the Southwest Design Review Board is tentatively set for its fifth look at the five-story, ~150-unit, ~170-parking-space proposal, after deciding at its February 6th meeting (WSB coverage here) that the plan just wasn’t ready for final design approval.

Love puppies? Love being helpful? This one’s for you

Look, it’s a puppy with an invitation for you!

I’m Sagan, the newest puppy to join the West Seattle See Dogs. I’m curious, affectionate and playful (Just a little sleepy in this photo.)

My new raisers, Judy and Fred Brown, are going to help me grow up to be the best dog I can be with fun techniques.

West Seattle See Dogs are looking for other volunteers who can usher a puppy down the path to becoming a guide dog.

We’ll provide a community of support to allow you to give back while being paid in unconditional love. It is a job that is both warm and fuzzy!

Join us Tuesday, February 25th, at 6:30 pm at The Kenney and meet Sagan and other volunteers and learn how you might become involved.

Can’t make it? Call Ruth Oldham at 206-953-0268 – and learn more at

Thanks to Ruth for forwarding Sagan’s invite. The Kenney is at 7125 Fauntleroy Way SW.

West Seattle development: Community meeting for church’s zoning-change 6-townhouse project

That’s an animated rendering by architect David Neiman, taking the viewer around the six townhouses proposed for land that’s owned by and next to the West Seattle Church of the Nazarene (42nd/Juneau). The Morgan Community Association‘s newest e-mail bulletin included the video link along with word of a community meeting about the development this coming Tuesday night (February 25th). The project – first reported here in September – is seeking a “contract rezone” (specific to details of this plan), which ultimately requires City Council approval. The church says its future depends on the revenue the project will generate. Tuesday’s community meeting is at the church, 7 pm.

Sealth swimmer Carlos Morgan Montemayor finishes 2nd @ state

Congratulations to Chief Sealth International High School swimmer Carlos Morgan Montemayor for finishing #2 in the 100 backstroke at the state meet last night in Federal Way. Trisha Montemayor, who has been sharing Sealth swimming results with us this season, reports that Carlos’s 50.35 “is the 8th fastest time in 3A history in this event and an All American Consideration time. This is also the highest placement at State for a Sealth swimmer in school history.” AAC, she adds, is a recognition of both athletic and academic achievement, for high-school-student athletes with GPA’s of 3.5 or higher plus times that meet or exceed a preset time standard in their sport.

Congratulations are also due to Sealth’s Michael Stewart, also swimming in the final day of the state meet; Trisha reports that Michael “finished in 16th place in the 50 free event with a time of 22:58.” You can see full results by scrolling down the left-side window on this page.

Looking toward 2016, area Democrats to caucus in two weeks

February 23, 2014 10:31 am
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“This is truly the first step in the journey toward the all-important 2016 election,” says the announcement of the 34th (Legislative) District Democrats’ caucuses, two weeks from today. Specific tasks include electing delegates and alternates to the June 21st statewide Democratic convention, registering voters, collecting resolutions and platform issues for the countywide convention in April, and bringing donations for local food banks. The announcement linked above explains how to participate. Local Republicans are not scheduled for caucuses this year; the state Republican Party decided last year not to have a 2014 convention.

West Seattle Sunday: 8 possibilities, from Market to music

February 23, 2014 7:40 am
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 |   West Seattle news | WS miscellaneous


(Beach volleyball in winter! February 2014 photo by “Alki Pete,” from the WSB Flickr group)

FARMERS’ MARKET: Even here in the season before the spring and summer produce is ready to harvest, you’ll find a variety of food and drink to check out, from cheese to cider to soup to nuts to meat. 10 am-2 pm. (44th/Alaska)

POTTER CONSTRUCTION AT HOME SHOW: If you’re going to the Seattle Home Show today (its final day) downtown, look for West Seattle’s Potter Construction (WSB sponsor) in booth 1341:

It’s open 10 am-6 pm at the CenturyLink Field Event Center (lots more info here).

LAST CHANCE AT LOG HOUSE MUSEUM FOR A WHILE: After today, the Southwest Seattle Historical Society’s Log House Museum will close for three weeks to get a new exhibit up and running, so this is the perfect day to visit. Noon-4 pm. (61st/Stevens)

SEATTLE PRIDE TRYOUTS CONTINUE: More tryouts this afternoon/evening for Seattle Pride Basketball – see the groups and times here, all happening at Seattle Lutheran High School. (40th/Genesee)

West Seattle youth sports: Seattle Pride basketball tryouts about to start

BURGUNDY PEARL AT C & P COFFEE: Described on the C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor) calendar as “Peggy Sullivan and Ron Dalton perform a mix of mongrel Americana music as an acoustic duo.” 3-5 pm. (5612 California SW)

GET CRABBY AT THE MASONIC HALL: As previewed here on Friday, the annual crab feast raising money for student programs is 4-7 pm today at the Masonic Hall. Follow the preview link for details on food and tickets (kids free!). All welcome. (40th/Edmunds)

ALL AGES OPEN MIKE @ SKYLARK: Signups at 4, music at 5, during Skylark Café and Club‘s famous all-ages Sunday open-microphone session. (3803 Delridge Way SW)

MUSIC AND DINNER AT COMPANY: Make a night of it at Company in White Center as the Casey Macgill Trio plays (no cover) at 7 pm. Details here. (9608 16th SW)

P.S. – No snow.

Why you’ll need a cheat-sheet for next weekend’s Highway 99/Alaskan Way Viaduct closure

(TUESDAY UPDATE: SDOT has added more details to its rundown of what’s happening)

Next weekend’s Alaskan Way Viaduct/Highway 99 closure – NOT related to the tunnel trouble, just the semi-annual inspection closure – is NOT the basic “entire stretch from Battery Street Tunnel to West Seattle Bridge closed from late Friday to early Monday” scenario. Here’s how next weekend will break down, according to WSDOT:

Friday, Feb. 28 – Sunday, March 2

Both directions of SR 99 will be closed between Valley Street and the south end of the Battery Street Tunnel from 10 p.m. Friday to 6 a.m. Saturday.

Both directions of SR 99 will be closed between Valley Street and South Spokane Street from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday.

Both directions of SR 99 will be closed between Valley Street and the south end of the Battery Street Tunnel from 6 p.m. Saturday to 6 a.m. Sunday.

Both directions of SR 99 will be closed between North 48th Street and South Spokane Street from 6 a.m. to 11 a.m. Sunday.

Both directions of SR 99 will be closed between Denny Way and South Spokane Street from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.