West Seattle, Washington
If burglars/thieves get away with something that belongs to you, how do you get it back, and what can you do in advance to increase the chances your property can/will be recovered? An expert on that topic spoke to the West Seattle Block Watch Captains’ Network this week – Detective Everett Edwards from the Seattle Police Special Investigations Section’s Pawn/Property Recovery Unit. He works with pawn shops, used-goods stores, and metal recyclers, seeking to recover stolen items.
Some basics you should know:
(It’s an all-ages event, as you’ll note in this photo from our 2013 West Seattle 5K coverage)
Seven weeks from today – Sunday, May 18th – the sixth annual West Seattle 5K Run/Walk hits the street on Alki. It’s a 9:20 am start as usual from 61st/Alki. WSB is proud to be a co-sponsor again this year, as we’ve been each year since the West Seattle High School PTSA created it to raise money for student programs. And so we’re reminding you that one day is left to get the discounted registration rate online – after March 31st (tomorrow!) the online rate goes up. Earlybird prices are $30 for ages 20 and up, $20 for ages 7-19 (6 and under, free) – just go here and get registered right now!
P.S. If you missed earlier mentions – yes, the WS5K will be followed again this year by SDOT’s Summer Streets event, 11 am-5 pm.
(Team parent-provided photo from East-West Championship Games)
West Seattle was well-represented in the recent East West Championship Games of water polo, held in Salt Lake City. Cori Roed reports that daughter Nicole Roed, a Chief Sealth International High School junior who competed at the championships, was invited to try out for the 12th-grade U.S. national team in California in May. She says Nicole is coached by Olympian Alison Gregorka, from the U.S. team that won the silver medal in the 2008 Olympic Games. Cori also reports that the Pacific NW 10th graders’ team took first place at the East-West Games, with its members including West Seattleite Silia Bruchal, an Ingraham High School student. The Pacific NW 12th Graders took third place.
Looking ahead into the calendar for this week – big event tomorrow night if you have something to say about where Seattle Public Schools is headed. Superintendent José Banda will be at Roxhill Elementary (30th/Roxbury) 6:30-8:30 pm Monday for the last of five “town hall” meetings about the district’s Strategic Plan. West Seattle’s executive director of Schools Israel Vela will be there too.
In the heart of The Junction right now – southwest corner of California and Alaska – that’s WS4OSO (West Seattle for Oso) benefit founder Tracy Dart at center, with a squad of friends helping collect donations for mudslide relief, one of more than 40 places you can join in the benefit today. Look for flyers, collection boxes, A-boards all showing the different ways you can pitch in. Tracy mentioned a “wish tree” just up the block at CAPERS, so we headed there next:
You can write a wish on a ribbon or card, and drop a donation in a box beneath the tree. From there, we headed north to Hotwire Online Coffeehouse (WSB sponsor), for the special WS4OSO caramel/raspberry latté:
Full purchase price goes to slide relief. Outside Hotwire, the LikaLove and Fashion Bar trucks are in the courtyard (same place you see West Seattle Outdoor Movies in the summer), donating a percentage of sales:
A few doors up at Cherry Consignment, check out Cherry’s West Seattle T-shirts, with $10 from each shirt sold today going to help Oso.
ADDED 1:21 PM: At Click! Design That Fits (WSB sponsor), it’s a 2-part stop. Click! is donating a percentage of proceeds, and also hosting local artist Stephanie Hargrave, who has a personal stake in this:
Stephanie and her mom are the previous owners of smallclothes here in West Seattle. Her mom’s now retired. Her mom and dad lost their retirement cabin in the slide. No loss of life in their family, thankfully, but a loss nonetheless. Stephanie is donating all of her sales today – and Click! co-proprietor John Smersh said that had totaled more than $2,500 by the time we stopped in a little while ago. We’re hearing reports of generosity from all over – keep it coming!
ADDED 2:43 PM: On the WS4OSO page, there’s word the corner collections from 10-2 brought in more than $1,500. Meantime, we stopped in at West Seattle Runner (WSB sponsor), where they’re donating $10 for every pair of shoes sold today. Co-proprietor Tim McConnell is wearing a temporarily customized T-shirt:
P.S. WSR celebrates its fourth anniversary next weekend!
More to come, and watch for updates on the official WS4OSO page, too.
ADDED 4:18 PM: One last stop for us – Marination ma kai (WSB sponsor), which is donating its proceeds until 6 pm. When there was a (very) brief lull in the line at the front counter, we asked Kayla and Brynn to pose:
The sun was out at the time (clouds now are heading back in as we type) and it was lovely on the Marination ma kai patio. But they have indoor seating too.
Thanks to Debbie Runke for the great view of a bald eagle in Arbor Heights! Looking out over the calendar for today, we see these five highlights:
WS4OSO – MORE THAN 40 WAYS TO HELP: The West Seattle-wide benefit for mudslide survivors/victims in Snohomish County is on, with more than 40 businesses where you can shop, dine, and/or drink to be part of the fundraiser. Find the newest list on the official Facebook page – facebook.com/ws4oso – and if you don’t use Facebook, we included the list as of last night in this WSB update.
WEST SEATTLE FARMERS’ MARKET: 10 am-2 pm, the weekly market is on, with more vendors returning this week as we get deeper into spring. (44th/Alaska)
WEST SEATTLE ULTIMATE FAMILY FRISBEE: Organizers of this longrunning informal Sunday morning event say it’s on for today, 11 am, in High Point. You can check the WSUFF FB page weekly for updates. (31st/Myrtle)
DELRIDGE GROCERY ‘VOLUNTEER SUNDAY’: Sundays, noon-1 pm, you can meet a rep for the in-the-works cooperative grocery store, “to ask questions and/or offer your time to help out”:
*Where: * The Daily Dose Espresso, 5214 Delridge Way SW
*When:* Sundays, 12 noon to 1 pm
*Who: *Anyone who wants to learn more or has a little time to share info with your neighbors. People who want to help with event planning, outreach, co-op development, sharing info about healthy living, food justice activists, People who love West Seattle!
LIVE MUSIC AT C & P: Singer-songwriters Greg Spence Wolf and Steve Norris perform live at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), 3-5 pm. (5612 California SW)
(In our video, Vincent and Lisa from Shanti are shaving Gene and Leah)
Paintbrushes are the tools you are most likely to see people holding at Mind Unwind in The Admiral District. Saturday night, though, razors and scissors prevailed. It was West Seattle’s first head-shaving fundraiser for childhood-cancer-research money, via the St. Baldrick’s Foundation. Mind Unwind was the venue, but nearby Shanti Salon and Spa was the official presenter, and senior stylist Emily Austin the lead organizer. Here’s Emily with the night’s top fundraising shavee, Gene Hsu:
Emily had told us, while organizing this, that she had been involved with St. Baldrick’s in Ohio, where she used to live, and was surprised to find out that Seattle, despite being a hub for cancer research, has one of the nation’s lowest participation rates. Saturday night, she hoped, would be the beginning of an end to that, and the show of support suggested she was well on her way:
So let’s get back to Gene. For one, his fundraising alone was double Emily’s original $5,000 goal for this first event. By the time the razor touched his hair, he was up to about $11,000, and was getting matching support from his employer Marchex, he said. Plus, he was donating his hair to Locks of Love – which makes wigs for cancer patients. Other shavees included Shelley and Eric Herzog:
Head-shavings happened two at a time – in the foreground below is John Trainor, who said he had been growing his beard for 11 years, but allowed it to be taken (along with his higher-up hair) in exchange for more donations:
Leah Browne just signed up the day of the event and agreed to give up half of her 15-year dreadlocks:
Local businesses and artists donated prizes for ongoing drawings. Emily says St. Baldrick’s spends 82 percent of donations on research, and she added, “I think it gives folks a way of supporting a loved one who might be going through cancer treatment or might have lost a loved one to the disease.” She’s hopeful the event will grow year by year … so start growing your hair now and make it all the more dramatic when you join in NEXT time! Like Gene – before and after: