West Seattle, Washington
The latest roundup of events coming up at historic, almost-century-old Kenyon Hall in West Seattle includes more than just a lineup of performances: Next Saturday, September 6th, it’s an an all-day, drop-in Bluegrass Barbecue Fundraising Festival, benefiting the hall’s “Flush Fund.” As explained in the announcement:
We’re raising money for our Flush Fund (the bathrooms do need upgrading!) with a Festival of Great Food, Drink, and Music. For high-quality comestibles, we’ve engaged the catering services of our next-door neighbors, Locöl Barley & Vine. Chef Charlie has conjured up a special menu for the grill, accompanied by Locöl’s artisan wine and beer. There’ll be plenty of food, wine and beer for purchase, and after expenses, all proceeds will benefit the Kenyon Hall Flush Fund. Four local Bluegrass bands will alternate with complementary sets at the Mighty Wurlitzer. This is a 21-and-over event. No reservations are necessary. Please come on by and help us with our upgrade
$15 is the admission charge for next Saturday’s festival, which will run noon-8 pm. Never been to Kenyon Hall? It’s at 7904 35th SW. (Photo: WSB files)
8:39 PM: Just in case you’ve seen the police search near Myrtle Reservoir Park – police tell us they are looking for someone they had pulled over who turned out to have a warrant out for his arrest, and took off running.
9:04 PM: No arrest yet, but we’re continuing to monitor.
MONDAY AFTERNOON: Here’s an update.
Sometimes, the time post-Labor Day feels like a mini-New Year of sorts … a time for new beginnings, and we don’t just mean the start of school. Here’s something that’s getting started just after Labor Day in West Seattle: Shambhala Meditation. From Susan:
West Seattle Shambhala Meditation group offers meditation sessions on Tuesday evenings at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center (across from the Delridge Community Center and Skatepark). Whether you are new to meditation or are an old hand, and regardless of your religious affiliation, you are welcome to join us!
We offer meditation instruction, group meditation, and a space for discussion and exploration of topics related to our practice, and a supportive community. Through our meditation, we develop the possibility of meeting our everyday activities with awareness, peace, wisdom, compassion, and a sense of humor.
Ongoing Series (every Tuesday evening)
6:20-6:30 PM: Meditation Instruction
6:30-7:30 PM: Meditation
7:30-8:00 PM: Guest Speaker or Group Discussion
8:00-8:30 PM: Social time and refreshments
Check their online calendar first, in case of changes. They’re in the south classroom at Youngstown, which is at 4408 Delridge Way SW.
4:38 PM: Big Seattle Fire response for a possible fire at a house on SW Ida just west of 35th SW (map). First crews to arrive aren’t seeing anything. More to come.
4:54 PM: Small kitchen fire at a house on the south side of SW Ida, quickly put out. The elderly resident who was cooking when it happened is being taken to the hospital to be checked out.
Photos are in from two events in The Junction last night (both featured in our “West Seattle Saturday” preview) …
ON THE RUNWAY: Thanks to Unified Outreach for the photo from its youth-organized “Urban Hollywood Meets Seattle” runway show last night at the West Seattle Christian Events Center. Here’s the accompanying summary:
Side note: UO points out that MAC Fashion House‘s Carlisia Minnis, third from left in the photo, was a newsmaker this past week – for helping rescue the baby left in a stolen SUV when a car thief abandoned it in the middle of a White Center street (see her in the KING5.com coverage).
IN THE STORE: Standing-room-only at Easy Street Records as The Posies played a set:
That photo is courtesy of King County Councilmember Joe McDermott (who we bumped into at the West Seattle Farmers’ Market; he mentioned he’d been to the show, and agreed to share a photo). Also at the show, Brian Presser of TouchTech Systems – just up the street from Easy Street – who photographed the cool poster:
“Failure” is The Posies’ 1988 debut, just re-released.
P.S. To preview what else is ahead in West Seattle, you can check our calendar any time.
Two weeks from today, the newly expanded West Seattle Car Show will be happening in the heart of The Junction. You still have time to sign up if you’re interested in showing off your wheels; this year it’s “open class” – cars, trucks, motorcycles of all years welcome! – an expansion from past years in which registration was limited to “classic” cars only. If you’ve missed our previous previews, the new organizers are Swedish Automotive and West Seattle Autoworks (both WSB sponsors), taking over the show in tribute to its founder, the late Michael Hoffman. It’s happening 10 am-4 pm on Sunday, September 14th, and you can go here to sign up now! If you would rather not register online, get your form by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 206.938.8685. (WSB is a WS Car Show sponsor again this year, as we’ve been since it launched in 2008 – see you there!)
(Photo courtesy US Coast Guard Auxiliary: Summer visitors, with Auxiliarist Mike Brough)
Last day of August … and we’re spotlighting your last chance for something you can only do in the summertime:
FINAL DAY TO TOUR ALKI POINT LIGHTHOUSE: 1-3:45 pm today, and then that’s it until next summer. Here’s what happens when you visit (free!):
Coast Guard Auxiliary members escort you onto the site, show and tell about the history of the lighthouse and the advances in technology that have protected boaters for over a century. You can climb to the top of the tower if you are over age 6. For more information, visit www.cgauxseattle.org
(3201 Alki SW)
Also from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar for today:
WEST SEATTLE FARMERS’ MARKET: Year-round, 10 am-2 pm today and every Sunday. (44th/Alaska)
COOKIE COUNTER: Remember the West Seattleites who crowdfunded their vegan-ice-cream-sandwich van? They’ve been up and running for a while but today is, so far as we can tell, their first official West Seattle stop. They’re scheduled to be in the Greentree Animal Hospital lot in The Junction, 11 am-4 pm. (4440 California SW)
CAT/KITTEN ADOPTIONS: FAF adoption event at Next to Nature in The Junction, 11:30 am-3:30 pm. (4543 California SW)
‘NOT ONE MORE’ REMEMBRANCE/RECOVERY WALK: Noon at Alki Statue of Liberty Plaza, meet for a remembrance/recovery walk to raise awareness and “educate families about the hazards of heroin and other drug abuse.” Details in our calendar listing. (61st/Alki)
MID-AFTERNOON MUSIC: Nathan Grant plays live at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), 3-5 pm. (5612 California SW)
MORE NIGHTLIFE! See it on our calendar.
(WSB photos by Patrick Sand, added 4:08 am)
FIRST REPORT, 3:17 AM: Big response to a fire in the 9800 block of Marine View Drive SW (map). First crews on scene say it looks like it involves a burning car.
3:29 AM UPDATE: This was originally dispatched as a house fire but so far we’ve only heard the car mentioned, with one person inside, who got out OK. They’ve already called for the SFD investigator and for a tow truck. Our crew should be there shortly for a firsthand look. Police are in the area and have Marine View Drive blocked off starting in the 9600 block.
3:47 AM UPDATE: Our crew learned at the scene that the burning car caught a tree on fire, close to a motor home, and that’s part of what prompted the big initial response (a commenter points this out too). Police are now questioning the driver, who is OK but “uncooperative,” for reasons yet unknown (added: and is apparently going to the hospital after all); the car went onto an embankment, and whether that was because of the fire or somehow caused the fire, isn’t known yet either. The car has major fire damage.
SUNDAY NOON UPDATE: We’ve updated the map link above; a nearby resident explains that Google Maps have a glitch and show this block as quite some distance south of where it actually is. (The address on SFD’s online log wasn’t the exact location anyway, which sometimes happens with fire calls, and is why we just use block numbers in stories.)
Three reader reports of note:
Another broken business window on California SW. Unlike the one at the Discovery Shop earlier this week, the circumstances here aren’t clear, but we’re sharing it as an FYI. It happened at White Crane Wellness (3435 California SW) sometime Saturday, according to massage therapist MJ, who reports “stopp(ing) by to pick up something from work at 5:45 pm (Saturday) and saw that our window had been broken. It is double paned. Luckily only the outer pane was broken but there was still broken glass at the scene. Management has been contacted. Don’t know if it is related to the Discovery Store vandalism or a separate incidence.”
Ahead – trespasser or prowler? and a door-to-door report:
(WSB photo from January 2014)
Remember the huge ’12th Fan’ flag raised at the West Seattle Corporate Center (Delridge/Andover) back on January 30th, days before the Seahawks‘ Super Bowl win? The 30′ x 50′ flag is going back up next Thursday, hours before the Hawks’ home opener, and you’re invited to the gala flag-raising celebration at 11 am (September 4th), just announced by Bartell Drugs and Metropolitan Market (WSB sponsor), both headquartered at WSCC.
“Diver Laura” James promised video from her morning at Seacrest with two ROVs (and friends) – and she’s delivered. The clip above includes some footage of the unfortunately not-recovering-yet local sea stars, as well as showing how an ROV gets around.
Thursday night was the last of this year’s six Summer Concerts at Hiawatha, presented for the sixth consecutive year by the Admiral Neighborhood Association, whose president David Whiting shares this wrap-up:
“A Big High-Five to Our Sponsors!”
The Admiral Neighborhood Association would like to thank all of our sponsors that contributed to make the Hiawatha Summer Concerts possible. We especially want to acknowledge Metropolitan Market, who, in addition to their support, handed out treats at every one of the six concerts. Christian Heilman, our sound engineer this summer, did a great job and we were fortunate to have his expertise.
Associated Recreation Council
Bank of America
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Real Estate
Emeritus Senior Living at Admiral Heights
Ranger Chicken – Draper Valley Farms
Seattle Parks and Recreation
West Seattle Blog
Alki Mail and Dispatch
Brent Amacher State Farm Insurance
Bob and Dawn Brown
Head to Toe Day Spa
Little Gym of West Seattle
Kayle Shulenberger Speech Pathologist
Thunder Road Guitars
Nearly 3,000 people listened and danced to musical acts that ranged from rock, country, funk to kid friendly pop. If you enjoy concerts and similar community events your local neighborhood association or community council needs to hear from you. The West Seattle Blog announces all West Seattle community councils’ meetings and their activities. The ANA is planning a December holiday event and could use your participation. Learn more at our upcoming meeting, 7:00 pm Tuesday, September 9th, at The Sanctuary.
ANA launched the concert series in 2009, and we’re proud to have been a sponsor every year since the start.
1:02 PM: Thanks to the texter (206-293-6302 any time) who reports Henderson is blocked right now at 21st because of a crash. No medic unit was called out, per the 911 log, so it’s likely no one was seriously hurt, but you’re advised to avoid that generally busy South Delridge intersection (map) for a while.
2:19 PM: New traffic alerts – crash at 6th/Roxbury, also reported by text (thanks!), and just before we hit publish, the scanner also brought word of one at 14th/Holden. None of these are reported to involve serious injuries, either, but it’s just started raining hard, again, so please be extra careful, wherever you’re going.
3:32 PM: Now there’s trouble on SB I-5 just past the ramp from the eastbound bridge – two cars off the freeway onto the embankment. Traffic backup can be seen on this “live” WSDOT camera:
(added) Summary from a State Patrol spokesperson, via Twitter:
There were two collisions at Spokane St. A two vehicle and three vehicle. Roadway is clear! One subject was transported to Harborview.
— Trooper Chris Webb (@wspd2pio) August 31, 2014
5:07 PM: And now an apparent spinout on the Fauntleroy end of the westbound bridge; thanks to Chelle in comments and @fattailed via Twitter. No medic/fire callout, so apparently no serious injuries, if any.
(2011 photo by Danny McMillin)
The project is called Duwamish Revealed, “a large program of temporary, site-specific public art, music, performance and other creative activities and events that will bring people to the river and celebrate its unique culture, communities and history.” It will unfold along, near, and on the Duwamish River next year, thanks to a $300,000 grant the Environmental Coalition of South Seattle (ECOSS) received from ArtPlace America (whose funding is explained here). Now that we have the basics out of the way, here’s what artistic directors Sarah Kavage and Nicole Kistler want you to know about why they’re not just seeking people who already consider themselves artists:
You don’t have to be an artist to apply. Are you a scientist? Do you have serious computer skills? Are you a passionate gardener, a wood or metal worker longing to build something really big, or a backyard tinkerer? Is your grandmother full of stories about what the Duwamish used to be like? We want you to contribute your skills and ideas. Please tell us about yourself and your vision for a project on the river.
The deadline to answer the initial call is just a month away – September 29th. This page on the Duwamish Revealed website explains how to do that, and stresses that they’re not looking for extensive details for starters – just get them your idea.
P.S. As originally announced back in June, Duwamish Revealed was one of just “55 projects selected out of 1300 applicants nationally” to receive one of these grants – so help them make the most of it!
Summer’s last big weekend is here. So’s our list of highlights, mostly from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:
(Photo courtesy Caylen Storm)
TAI CHI ON THE BEACH: Haven’t done it yet? 9 am, join Caylen Storm at Alki, as detailed in our calendar listing. Free. (West of Alki Bathhouse)
ASTRONOMY STORYTIME: 11 am at Barnes & Noble/Westwood Village, join West Seattle’s own Solar System Ambassador (and WSB contributor, and more) Alice Enevoldsen, for Astronomy Storytime – geared toward toddlers, but kids of all ages are welcome. Free! (2600 SW Barton)
ADOPTION EVENTS: 11:30-3:30, Friends of the Animals Foundation at Next to Nature in The Junction; noon-5 pm at Kitty Harbor, with details in this WSB Forums post.
TOUR ALKI LIGHTHOUSE: Second-to-last day this season to take a free tour of historic Alki Point Lighthouse with US Coast Guard Auxiliary volunteers, 1-4 pm. (3201 Alki SW)
SALSA ON ALKI: 5:30 pm lesson, then music for dancing until 10; it’s all included in $10 cover. Details in our calendar listing. Alki Statue of Liberty Plaza. (61st/Alki)
WATCH THE HUSKIES AT THE CASK: 7:30 pm is gametime vs. Hawaii; The Cask (WSB sponsor) invites you to watch the game there. (2350 California SW)
MORE WEST SEATTLE NIGHTLIFE: Live music, karaoke, more … see the listings by going to our calendar!
Thanks to everyone who’s reported a helicopter seeming to be searching for something off the west-facing West Seattle shore. Don’t know yet what it’s up to, but wanted to let you know we’re trying to find out.
1:12 AM: No info so far.
SATURDAY MORNING: Commenter FM says they were searching for overdue paddleboarders. (Here’s hoping they turned up, safe.)
(Photo by David Hutchinson)
Banners are up along Alki to ensure you know that, as Seal Sitters Marine Mammal Stranding Network‘s Robin Lindsey reminds us, “We are now in the throes of harbor seal pupping season.” And with that, Robin shares four updates/reminders, including the banners’ installation, but beginning with the loss of a pup last weekend:
****Area rookeries are bustling with seal pups, a good majority of them now weaned. These pups are striking out on their own and Seal Sitters has responded to 5 pups in the past week in 5 different locations here in West Seattle.
(Photo by Robin Lindsey)
As usual, the pups have been thin. Sadly, seal pup “H2Otis” (above), who spent Saturday evening and Sunday morning at Emma Schmitz Viewpoint, had to be taken to PAWS Wildlife Center but died en route. The pup had multiple bite wounds to the head and flippers, but the species of animal that inflicted the bites could not be determined in the necropsy. The wounds were not the cause of death. He was much thinner than we realized due to difficulty of a visual assessment.
We cannot stress enough that each year, seal pups are mauled and killed by off-leash dogs in Puget Sound. Off-leash dogs were on the beach just before “H2Otis” came ashore (we do not believe he was bitten at Emma Schmitz on Saturday night) and have been there each day since. We ask dog owners to please respect wildlife and understand that even the most well-behaved dog can be unpredictable and cause terrible harm.
****Seal Sitters MMSN, as a member in good standing of NOAA’s West Coast Marine Mammal Stranding Network, has just renewed our contract with NOAA to respond to live and dead marine mammals from Brace Point through the Duwamish River (including Harbor Island). This contract gives us the authority to close off public access and establish necessary perimeters to protect both marine mammals and the public at large. All marine mammals are protected from harassment by the Marine Mammal Protection Act. Violations will be documented and reported to NOAA’s Office for Law Enforcement (OLE) and WA Department of Fish and Wildlife Enforcement for prosecution.
We would like to note as well that boarders, kayakers and boaters need to stay an appropriate distance (100 yards) from the mid-channel Elliott Bay buoys when sea lions are present. In addition to the California sea lions that are now returning to the area, these haul-out sites are occasionally used by Steller sea lions, both protected by the MMPA. Violations are being documented and turned over to NOAA’s OLE.
Included as a requirement of this contract is to examine dead marine mammals and enter documentation into NOAA’s national database. We ask residents to please call Seal Sitters’ hotline @ 206-905-SEAL (7325) if there is a live or dead marine mammal on public or private beaches.
****Thursday, Seattle Parks employees hung 10 “Share the Shore” banners (top photo), featuring an illustration of a harbor-seal pup, along Alki Beach. The banners are displayed annually on light poles stretching from the Bathhouse to Duke’s Chowder House. The graphics are intended to raise awareness that September and October are the high season months for harbor seal pups to seek refuge on our shores. Read more here.
****Lastly, our usual reminder that if you see a harbor seal on the beach, stay back, keep people and dogs away and call our hotline at 206-905-SEAL (7325). Undisrupted rest is critical to a seal pup’s survival – and, as proven by the unexpected demise of “H2Otis,” it is a fragile existence at best.
That’s the first “Ice Bucket Challenge” clip called to our attention by a local school. This one features the staff of Holy Rosary School and the parish’s pastor, Father John Madigan. HR principal George Hofbauer starts with challenges to other local Catholic schools, and Fr. Madigan adds a challenge to Seattle’s Archbishop Peter Sartain. (In case you’ve missed it somehow, the IBC has been making the rounds for weeks to raise awareness and money for ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease.) P.S. First day of school at HRS is next Tuesday.
Thanks to Scott for the top photo and the tip that building demolition has begun at Arbor Heights Elementary, a milestone for the project to replace the dilapidated old buildings with a brand-new school. We went over and got there just in time to photograph the backhoe doing a little more work on the north side of the southern building before parking for the day:
As reported here on August 20th, the city Hearing Examiner rejected an appeal of the demolition-permit granting. Another appeal was rejected in May; that one involved the ruling that the project didn’t need a full environmental review. Following that first decision, a meeting was held to update the community on the construction plan (WSB coverage here). The timetable shared at that meeting called for demolition to begin in August, which now, technically, it has; it also noted that there would be a pause from November to February, when the second phase of the project would begin, by which time the district would decide if the school would be built to hold up to 500 students, or up to 650. The new school is supposed to open in two years; in the meantime, AHES is sharing the Boren building in North Delridge with the school permanently housed there, K-5 STEM.
(Mid-August Seacrest panorama by Robert Spears)
Recordsetting month for the West Seattle Water Taxi, and it’s not over yet. Just shared by County Councilmember Joe McDermott, who is also chair of the Ferry District Board, which oversees West Seattle and Vashon Water Taxi operations, an announcement sent by Marine Division shoreside operations/customer-service manager Greg Lerner:
I wanted to let you know that today, on the 10:30 am sailing, our 50,000th rider for the month of August boarded our West Seattle boat, setting a new all-time record for the route. From a person who spent 10 years working with the West Seattle route at Argosy thinking we were doing well, I’m particularly proud of all of you for taking this route to the next level!
You can see month-by-month ridership for the past year and a half by going here and clicking the “West Seattle ridership” line to open it – last year’s biggest month was July, with 47,588. This year’s July ridership isn’t posted yet but June was the biggest month of the year posted to date, with 32,484.
P.S. The West Seattle Water Taxi will be in service on Labor Day, but using the Sunday schedule.
West Seattle development notes to share this afternoon:
(Rendering by PB Architects)
‘PACKET’ FOR NEXT DESIGN REVIEW MEETING: Hasn’t been much for the Southwest Design Review Board to consider these past few months, but they do have a one-project meeting coming up next week, and the “packet” is available – see it here. The project is a medical/commercial building, the Clearview Eye Clinic at 7520 35th SW, and the meeting at 6:30 pm Thursday, September 4th, at the Senior Center of West Seattle, is its second “early design guidance” meeting. (Here’s our coverage of the first one back in July.)
RECENT DEMOLITION-PERMIT APPLICATIONS: Here’s what’s appeared on the city website in the past two weeks. (We haven’t gone by these sites yet, so some might already have been torn down – sometimes the permit filings appear same-day or close to it.)
Busy day so far, but we don’t want to wait any longer to nudge you about four possibilities for this afternoon/evening, primarily from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar, plus one heads-up:
FREE CANNING CLASS: West Seattle-based and nationally renowned food writer/educator Kim O’Donnel is leading a free canning demonstration with The Little Red Hen Project at 4 pm today, Delridge Community Center. Kim says, “We will cover the basics of water-bath canning & make some mixed-berry jam.” (4501 Delridge Way SW)
DELRIDGE GROCERY’S FRIDAY FARMSTAND: Delridge Grocery‘s weekly farmstand is happening again from 4:30-7:30 pm today – fresh-from-the-farms fruit and vegetables for sale. (5435 Delridge Way SW)
ALKI FUN FEST AND NEIGHBORHOOD-APPRECIATION BARBECUE: 5-7 pm at Alki Community Center, games for kids, food for all, more info in our calendar listing. (5817 SW Stevens)
AUSTRALIAN WINEMAKER AT THE CASK: Tonight at The Cask (WSB sponsor), 7-9 pm, acclaimed Australian winemaker Daniel Binet from Ballabourneen Winery is on hand for a “Meet the Winemaker” event. Ballabourneen says Binet is more than a winemaker – he’s also “entertainer, bon vivant and inspiration behind the wines, creativity and culture of the company.” (His bio is here.) The Cask is at 2350 California SW.
MUCH MUSIC! Double-digit listing lineup of venues/performers for tonight – see them all on our calendar.
And just in case you hear them from across the bay …
FIREWORKS … are on the Safeco Field schedule after tonight’s Mariners’ game (third and final time this season).
11:40 AM: A vehicle has gone into the bushes off the side of the eastbound entrance to the bridge just past 35th/Fauntleroy. No serious injuries reported but one person in the vehicle was having trouble getting out; there’s a sizable police/fire response there right now.
11:59 AM: The SFD response has closed, so the traffic situation should ease soon.