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Signup time for West Seattle High School Cheerleaders’ next Mini Cheer Camp

In just a few years, that little one we photographed last week with West Seattle High School cheerleaders will be old enough for their periodic Mini Cheer Camps. Next one, as announced by Melinda Fredricks, is coming up next month:

The WSHS Cheerleaders will be holding a Mini Cheer Camp Tuesday, November 11 in the West Seattle High School Gym from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm.

K-5th grade kids will have a great time learning fun cheers and making crafts with the Westside cheerleaders. Campers will receive a tee shirt, pom poms, official team hairbow, picture of themselves with the cheerleaders AND perform as an honorary West Seattle Cheerleader at an upcoming home basketball game!

The cost of this camp is $55. Registration paperwork and payment are due by November 3, 2014. Space is limited, so register early to ensure your spot.

Contact Melinda Fredricks at if you have any questions.

Here’s the flyer with a few more details; here’s the registration form.

West Seattle weekend scene: Duwamish Alive!, Pigeon Point edition

From West Seattle to Tukwila, hundreds of volunteers teamed up today for another productive Duwamish Alive! multi-site work party. In the West Duwamish Greenbelt at Pigeon Point Park, Nature Consortium and EarthCorps led the way – volunteers we saw there included NC founder Nancy Whitlock:

The 100-plus people at work at this site alone also included Green River Community College students. And we even met Harriet the helpful Corgi:

Eleven sites were on the list for Duwamish Alive! today. Watch for word of next spring’s edition. And watch WSB for other opportunities to help with cleanups and planting parties around the community just about EVERY weekend (for example – North Delridge could use your help one week from today!).

West Seattle scene: Girl Scouts get going for the year

Not only does fall bring a new school year, it also means re-start time for many groups and activities that generally follow the school calendar, with summertime breaks. Diana shared that photo of West Seattle’s Girl Scout Troop 44032 visiting The Admiral District, “kicking off the new Girl Scout season learning to paint at Mind Unwind Art studio on California. Mind Unwind partners with the community to get art back in schools.” More about that, here; more about Girl Scouting in our region, here.

Fauntleroy Fall Festival on Sunday! See what’s happening, when

October 18, 2014 2:02 pm
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 |   Fauntleroy | West Seattle festivals | West Seattle news

The tent is up in the Fauntleroy Church/YMCA parking lot, one of the venues for Sunday afternoon’s Fauntleroy Fall Festival, but if the forecast holds, it might only be needed for sunburn prevention! Festival events will also be happening across the street in and around historic Fauntleroy Schoolhouse, where you can admire the new salmon art by Shawn Bennett in the raingarden out front:

Finding out about home raingardens and cisterns is one thing you can do at the festival – look for the folks from RainWise (WSB sponsor). And here’s the full lineup, as posted on the Fauntleroy Fall Festival website:

Also – it’s not too late to bake a cake to donate to the Cake Walk (details in our previous preview – you have to drop it off tomorrow right BEFORE the festival). See you at 9131 and 9140 California SW (map) 2-5 pm Sunday afternoon for the Fauntleroy Fall Festival!

Remembering longtime West Seattleite Bill Ericson, 1922-2014

The family of William A. (Bill) Ericson is sharing this remembrance after his death this week:

Bill passed away October 13, 2014, at the age of 91.

He was the youngest of four children born to Ernest and Nellie Ericson in Star Lake, Minnesota. After being discharged from the Merchant Marines after World War II, Bill traveled to Seattle, where he met the love of his life, Olga Romei, and they raised three children.

Bill was a self-motivated entrepreneur who started his own real estate company, Ericson Realty, in the early ’60s and was immediately successful due to his hard work and diligence.

After retiring in the ’80s, his favorite pastime was socializing with friends and family, telling the best stories and jokes you can imagine and helping those who were in need. Bill never forgot a joke and something always reminded him of another story.

He is survived by his children William, Dini (Leif), Greg (Sue); grandchildren William III, Cale, Koen, Nolan, Nicole, and Noelle; five great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews, all of whom will dearly miss his stories, jokes, guidance, and generosity. A private family memorial was held.

(WSB publishes obituaries by request, free of charge. Please e-mail the text, and a photo if available, to

Also happening now: Lincoln Park P-Patch Pumpkin Festival

This little punkin was photographed by one of the gardeners who’s at the Lincoln Park P-Patch in Solstice Park until 1 pm for the gardeners’ Pumpkin Festival, where you can buy: “Pumpkins, fresh rhubarb, fresh herbs (shiso, bay leaves, lavender, etc), homemade applesauce, plants and pottery. Behind the Fauntleroy tennis courts.”

If you’re driving, riding, or walking, turn uphill at Webster from Fauntleroy, on the south side of the courts, and you’ll find the sale.

What’s up today and tonight on your West Seattle Saturday:

October 18, 2014 6:12 am
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 |   West Seattle news | WS miscellaneous

Our daily preview starts with the weekend’s big traffic alert:

HIGHWAY 99 CLOSURE: It’s inspection weekend for Highway 99, which means it’s closed until 6 pm tonight and again 6 am-6 pm tomorrow between here and the Battery Street Tunnel. But that’s not all – from the Battery Street Tunnel north to Valley Street, it’s closed ALL weekend, until early Monday. It’s all explained here – and here’s where to find bus-reroute info. (P.S. The 520 Bridge across Lake Washington is closed all weekend too, so give yourself extra time for most off-peninsula trips.)

Around West Seattle today/tonight:

WESTSIDE SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE: 10 am-noon, it’s an all-school open house at Westside School (WSB sponsor), for families interested in any grade(s), pre-K through 8th. Come tour the school (and find out about the new campus opening next fall) and meet the staff. (7740 34th SW)

DUWAMISH ALIVE! 10 am-2 pm, 11 locations for the twice-yearly work parties to help the Duwamish River and its watershed. Signups were requested but we’re pretty sure you won’t be turned away if you show up at one of the sites – map and more in our preview from earlier this month.

BAZAAR: 10 am-4 pm at Alki Masonic Center, go browse Westgate Court #21‘s annual bazaar! (40th/Edmunds)

SKIPPYJON AT STORYTIME: 11 am, here’s what you’ll find at the regular Saturday morning storytime at Barnes & Noble/Westwood Village: “Just wanted to let everyone know that our favorite chihuahua wannabe, Skippyjon Jones, will be our special guest star at storytime Saturday. He’ll be hanging out with us and making friends with everybody before we read some of his fun stories.” (2600 SW Barton)

SEATTLE LUTHERAN HOMECOMING: 1:30 pm, West Seattle Stadium, it’s the Saints’ homecoming game, vs. Rainier Christian; barbecue at noon. (4432 35th SW)

FREE SELF-DEFENSE CLASS: 3 pm at SIMA Martial Arts in The Triangle, but pre-registration is required – so if you see this Saturday morning, check fast to see if there’s room! (4159 Fauntleroy Way SW)

WHITE CENTER FOOD BANK DINNER/AUCTION: Sold out, but we’re mentioning it as a reminder to ticketholders and/or anyone who wonders what’s up at Brockey Center on the South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) campus tonight – 5:30 pm, doors open for the auction; gala dinner follows. Didn’t buy a ticket in time? You can help the WCFB any time – here’s how. (6000 16th SW)

GRANT DERMODY AND THE LOW VOLUME HEAVY GROOVE DANCE BAND: 7:30 pm, that’s who’s at Kenyon Hall tonight, with “an evening of listenable, danceable blues and funk.” (7904 35th SW)

THE RETURN OF WEST SIDE GLORY: 9 pm, the popular queer variety show returns to The Skylark. (3803 Delridge Way SW)

LOTS MORE … on the calendar!

Update: Heard the helicopter? White Center search

October 18, 2014 12:08 am
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 |   Helicopter | West Seattle news | White Center

12:08 AM: Multiple helicopter reports from Arbor Heights to Highland Park. Nothing on the scanner/911 log so far, which might just mean it’s a King County Sheriff’s Office case. If you’re seeing police on the ground, let us know so we can figure out what’s going on!

12:11 AM: And Guardian One just tweeted that indeed, it was a case in the county:

Per scanner, they are now headed over to SODO to check out something else.