West Seattle, Washington
Thanks to Lynn Hall for sharing the view from Alki as dusk approached tonight. Looking a week into the future – next Sunday (May 18th) brings a doubleheader to the beach: West Seattle 5K (co=sponsored by WSB) starts the day, followed by the SDOT-organized Summer Streets festival (still known informally as “car-free day” though its scope scaled way down years ago). As has been the case since 2011, Alki Avenue is only closed in the heart of the beach zone – 56th to 63rd – once the race wraps up around 11 am. Here’s this year’s map:
No full list of activities/festival participants yet – we hope to see that by midweek – but as noted here last month, the Alki Beach Creeps Bicycle Club is leading a costume/bicycle parade for the second year, 1 pm from 63rd/Alki, so get ready for that! (And sign up for the WS5K if you haven’t already.) See you at the beach …
8:17 PM: If you saw/heard all the Seattle Fire units heading for Alki – it was a “saltwater rescue” call in the 1200 block of Alki Avenue SW (map), but there’s good news; the response has been canceled except for one engine.
8:26 PM: Via Twitter, Vanessa reports it appears to have involved a kayaker, who seems to be safe onshore, while another kayaker is towing an empty kayak in.
They’ve met with the city, and with the developer. Next step: Meet with you. While pursuing an appeal of city decisions about the 30-apartment, no-offstreet-parking plan at 6917 California SW in Morgan Junction, “a small group of neighbors has continued to advocate for possible solutions with the Department of Planning and Development and the developer,” and invites you to hear and talk about what’s next. Their invitation: “Come to this meeting to hear updates and vote on some proposed mitigation solutions for our community!” The meeting is set for 7 pm Thursday (May 15th) at The Kenney (WSB sponsor), 7125 Fauntleroy Way SW. Neighbors’ appeal hearing is still on the schedule too, rescheduled for May 20th (9 am, Hearing Examiner‘s chambers at the Municipal Tower, 700 5th Avenue downtown).
(Just before Engine 37 left; police were east of it, at 7-11 driveway)
4:40 PM: A 28-year-old woman hit by a driver at 35th and Barton is about to be rushed to the hospital. According to scanner traffic, she was knocked to the ground and hit her head. Lots of police and fire there, so avoid the intersection for a while.
4:56 PM: The scene, at the southeast corner, has cleared quickly. No further details.
Eight days until the Southwest Seattle Historical Society presents Lou Whittaker at his alma mater, West Seattle High School, for a screening of the documentary about his half-century-plus mountaineering achievements, “A Life in the Mountains.” The event is at 6:30 pm Monday, May 19th, at WSHS, and you can buy tickets in advance online through the Log House Museum PayPal account – $10 if you’re a SWSHS member, $15 if you’re not – or get your ticket at the door that night. Less than 3 weeks later, at 10:30 am June 6th, the museum celebrates the permanent display of the totem pole that spent decades at the viewpoint on the northeast end of Admiral Way (details here). The LHM/SWSHS website includes frequent newsy updates on its events, including volunteers canvassing the museum’s neighborhood today with heads-up about the totem-pole event (since it’ll include a street closure) and the LHM’s participation in West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day yesterday.
We’ve written about it many times, but had never before managed a firsthand look at West Seattle’s Walker Rock Garden, a backyard full of rock art from sculptures to stepping stones, created by the late Milton and Florence Walker over more than 20 years starting in 1950 as a labor of love, now a legacy in search of a new owner. It was traditionally open to the public on Mother’s Day, but not for the past few years – until today.
You can stop by until 3 pm (5407 37th SW); the broker who has long represented the home, Brad Cooper, says there’ll be another chance to visit this summer, so don’t worry if you can’t get there on short notice.
We were there about an hour ago, with a steady stream of visitors walking carefully around the yard, looking at the colorful creations. We’ll add a few more photos later.
Thanks to Lex for the photo and report:
Did you know that West Seattle High School has an Ultimate Frisbee team? I wanted to let you know that the varsity team just finished 2nd place in the B Division at playoffs (Saturday). In 1st was Ladies and Gentlemen (Juanita & Lake Washington High School).
It’s been a big year for the WSHS team, which last month placed third in its division at the annual Spring Reign competition (belated thanks to Alanah for that news, which we failed to report at the time). The spring high-school-based coed league is run through DiscNW.
(South Seattle College Arboretum, photographed by Flickr member “old desolate,” shared via WSB group)
Lots of fun options for you and Mom or whomever else you’re hanging out with on this sunny-so-far Sunday! From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:
MOTHER’S DAY AT THE FARMERS’ MARKET: The West Seattle Farmers’ Market is open 10 am-2 pm as always, and you’ll find some special happenings for Mother’s Day, including free chard starts at the Langley Fine Gardens booth, according to market management. (44th/Alaska)
FREE LATTE FOR MOM: While you’re in The Junction, bring Mom to Hotwire Online Coffeehouse (WSB sponsor) for a free short almond-and-rose latté. (4410 California SW)
GLASSBLOWING: Bring Mom to Avalon Glassworks to watch glassblowing, free, in the studio adjacent to their retail space, 11 am-5 pm.
WALKER ROCK GARDEN OPEN: As published here on Saturday, as soon as we got word of it, this West Seattle treasure, which hasn’t announced an open-to-the-public day in a few years, welcomes you noon-3 pm today – an “open” day at the garden used to be a Mother’s Day tradition. (5407 37th SW)
WORMS! … which are so good for your garden, as Seattle Tilth Master Gardeners will show you in this 1:30 pm event at Southwest Branch Library. (35th/Henderson)
LIVE MUSIC WITH YOUR COFFEE: Ginny Reilly on acoustic guitar, live at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor) 3-5 pm. (5612 California SW)
LADIES’ MUSICAL CLUB: 3 pm, free concert featuring music of German, Czech, Austrian composers, West Seattle (Admiral) Branch Library. (2306 42nd SW)
BINGO! What mom doesn’t love bingo? (Well, OK, there are probably a few.) A special Mother’s Day edition of the Booze, Balls, Bingo drag-bingo fundraiser is happening at Feedback Lounge (WSB sponsor) at 5:30 pm. (6451 California SW)
(Sealth senior Izac Bauer sliding toward third)
In the second of two playoff games involving local varsity-baseball teams Saturday, Chief Sealth International High School lost to Seattle Prep, 12-0.
(Sealth junior Garret Smith about to put out Prep’s Will Hall)
Earlier in the day, as reported here, WSHS defeated Lakeside.
NEXT GAME: Sealth plays Nathan Hale tomorrow, 7 pm, also at Steve Cox Field in White Center.