West Seattle, Washington
With Fairmount Park Elementary reopening this fall, seven years after Seattle Public Schools closed it, community members who know they’ll be part of the relaunch aren’t waiting for school to start to get going on forming a PTA. If Fairmount Park is in your family’s future too, you’re invited to be part of the PTA charter meeting tomorrow at Alki Elementary (3010 59th SW). It’s in the school cafeteria from 9-10, followed by a social hour. The new PTA already has a website where you can find out more – including information that’ll help you prepare for tomorrow’s meeting.
Whole lot of spring cleaning going on in West Seattle – and not just to get ready for May 10th’s WS Community Garage Sale Day. If you were part of last Sunday’s Fauntleroy Church recycling event, Judy Pickens says you were part of something big:
A steady stream of vehicles (estimated at 400 – a record) brought 10.5 tons of old appliances, computers, lawn mowers, and other recyclables to Sunday’s Recycle Roundup at Fauntleroy Church. Everything is well on its way back to the resource stream! The church’s green committee will sponsor another roundup in September.
Inbetween recycling roundups, the South Transfer Station in nearby South Park takes some things you can’t put out at curbside. The city website also has a lookup tool you can use to see what’s recyclable and what’s not.
Thanks to Amy and Lisa for sharing the photo and report:
Gatewood Elementary third graders on Mrs. Griffin and Mr. Nowicki’s team had their poetry celebration today at The Kenney. Each student read their own original poetry on the microphone based on something they cared about. Then they gave their poems away as gifts to their Kenney friends.
We had a wonderful time making new friends and sharing our poetry.
The school and retirement center are neighbors – almost directly across Fauntleroy Way from each other.
There’s still time to go get literary with two local novelists and South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) instructors in this month’s edition of “Words, Writers, & West Seattle” – Mike Hickey and Arleen Williams are reading and signing their work at Barnes & Noble in Westwood Village, until 6 pm. The monthly series spotlighting local authors is co-presented by the Southwest Seattle Historical Society.
Again this year, we’re making a page of links to West Seattle/White Center/South Park nonprofits that are participating in the GiveBIG donate-a-thon, so that readers of West Seattle Blog, White Center Now, and The South Park News will have a handy cheat-sheet for where to donate. So if you are associated with a nonprofit in WS, WC, and/or SP, that’ll be part of GiveBIG next Tuesday, please send us the link to your GiveBIG donation page, ASAP. Best way to get us this info: firstname.lastname@example.org – thanks and good luck!
(Photo from 2012 WS5K by David Hutchinson)
Another of the many huge spring/summer events coming up is the 2014 edition of the West Seattle 5K run/walk, two weeks away on Sunday, May 18th, 9 am along Alki. If you’re planning to be part of the event (organized by the WSHS PTSA, with co-sponsors including WSB), hurry up and sign up! But you can help even if you’re not walking/running – here’s the request we were asked to share:
West Seattle High School is looking for adult volunteers for the WSHS 5K fun run & walk on Sunday, May 18th. If you are able to help Sunday morning between 7:30 am to 12:00, or anytime inbetween, it would be much appreciated. Please send an e-mail with your name and time you are available to ‘email@example.com’ Any and all help will be much appreciated.
(WSB file photo of the courtyard on a West Seattle Outdoor Movies night)
The 2014 series of free West Seattle Outdoor Movies – in the courtyard next to Hotwire Online Coffeehouse (WSB sponsor) – is 2+ months away, but planning has already begun, and that’s where you come in: Suggestion time starts now, in the comment section below! The movies need to be relatively family-friendly, since it’s an all-ages crowd, but that does NOT necessarily mean kid-targeted. And the movies shown in the past few years are off-limits for reruns – here are the last three season lineups:
*2013′s movie lineup was Goldfinger, Devil Wears Prada, Muppets, Avengers, Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, This Is Spinal Tap
*2012′s movie lineup was Pretty in Pink, Young Frankenstein, Lion King, Iron Man, Yellow Submarine, Top Gun
*2011′s movie lineup was Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Pee Wee’s Big Adventure, Airplane, Despicable Me, Jurassic Park (1), Toy Story 3
The six-movie season will start in late July – exact dates to come.
Looks like West Seattle’s most-likely place for a recreational-marijuana store will be North Delridge – the 3800 block, to be specific. Here’s why:
The state has just gone public with its list of positions drawn in its lottery among prospective marijuana retailers – necessary because far more applications were received than licenses will be allotted. The entire city of Seattle will have 21 licensed stores, for example. At the top of the Seattle lottery list, #1 was drawn by a West Seattle applicant, Trichome & Calyx Corp., with the address 3809 Delridge Way SW, Suite B (map; currently the site of a medical-marijuana dispensary); the corporation’s owner is listed in state records as Magnolia entrepreneur Mehran Rafizadeh. The next-highest West Seattle location drawn, #37, was for the same applicant, same street address, Suite A. Next, #40, went to The Edge, applying for 3805 Delridge Way SW. Another 3809 Delridge Way applicant, Paradigm, drew #42. Following that, at #52, is an existing medical-marijuana provider, the Northwest Patient Resource Center on the east side of 35th/Roxbury. Seven of the other West Seattle locations with higher numbers in the lottery also applied using the 3809 Delridge Way SW address; there were also applicants from Harbor Avenue, West Marginal Way, and the west side of 35th/Roxbury.
You can download the full statewide list, which has a tab for each city including Seattle, from this page on the state Liquor Control Board website. Licenses are expected to be issued by early July, according to this state FAQ.
That’s West Seattle from the air at night, courtesy of Michael Brophy, who shared the photo via the WSB Facebook page last night. (Side note: We are thrilled that 14,600+ people “like” the FB page, but please note that it’s one of our side channels – the website here is the ONLY place to find all the news we report, plus the continuously updated Event Calendar, Forum discussions, lost/found pets, the restaurant guide, traffic, weather, etc.!) And from the aforementioned calendar:
ST. JOHN’S RUMMAGE SALE: 9 am-7 pm, first of two days at the church’s big sale. (3050 California SW)
WORDS, WRITERS, & WEST SEATTLE: Get an early start on the weekend by stopping by Barnes & Noble/Westwood Village to meet authors Mike Hickey (“Counterclockwise”) and Arleen Williams (“Running Secrets: The Alki Trilogy”), both South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) instructors whose works are featured in this month’s edition of “Words, Writers, & West Seattle,” also presented by the Southwest Seattle Historical Society, whose website features this preview. (2800 SW Barton)
HPIC CORNER BAR: The monthly pop-up-bar extravaganza at Highland Park Improvement Club opens its doors tonight at 6 pm, and then features jazzy live music by the Ellis Brothers starting at 6:30 pm. (12th/Holden)
WEST SEATTLE HIGH SCHOOL ARTISTS’ WORK ON DISPLAY: Tonight’s Student Art Show at the Seattle Art Museum downtown (where it’s also Teens’ Night Out) features the work of West Seattle High School students, as listed here – congratulations! You can see the show starting at 6 pm. (1300 1st Avenue)
MESSIAH SING-AND-PLAY-ALONG: Tonight’s the night for the “Messiah” singalong/play-along (it was really meant to be an Easter-season work!) at West Side Presbyterian Church, doors at 6, music at 7, all welcome, bring a vocal score if you have one. Details in our recent preview. (3601 California SW)
LAFAYETTE PLAY Tonight and tomorrow, cheer for young performers in Lafayette Elementary‘s annual production! Here’s the announcement and a photo we received:
Lafayette Elementary will present its school play, Aesop’s Fables, (continuing tonight and tomorrow) at 7 p.m. at the Chief Sealth International High School auditorium.
It’s a modern adaptation of 12 of Aesop’s beloved stories, plus some added songs, performed by 80 third-, fourth-, and fifth-graders. Doors open at 6:30, and the public is welcome. No admission fee, but there will be a donation box at the door to help with the costs of the production.
(2600 SW Thistle)
WSCO KARAOKE FUNDRAISER: 7 pm, go sing at Kenyon Hall to benefit the West Seattle Community Orchestras, which provide opportunities to local musicians of all ages (and free-admission concerts for the community). Ticket info is in our calendar listing. (7904 35th SW)
Nothing out of the ordinary so far this morning – our featured cameras are again the West Seattle Bridge above and, below, northbound 99 at the south end of the elevated Alaskan Way Viaduct:
The WSB Traffic page has other cameras and info.
WEEKEND ALERTS: No road work of note this weekend, but the city is out with its customary weekend preview, and it includes the West Seattle Bee Festival parade on Sunday, which will travel through several roads in High Point – details here.
ADDED 2:09 PM: Vashon Water Taxi canceled for tonight – no backup boat available. This can affect West Seattle-bound bus riders, as they catch routes including the C Line to get to the Fauntleroy/Vashon ferry.