West Seattle, Washington
That’s historic Highland Park Improvement Club, honored along with two other local organizations, the Nature Consortium and Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition in the annual Sustainable Seattle Awards. The three organizations share this year’s “Transforming Spaces” award; HPIC has been adding sustainability features to its almost-a-century-old site at 12th/Holden, including “depaving” part of its parking lot, replacing it with a raingarden and permeable pavement. The Nature Consortium, also West Seattle-based, continues to restore the West Duwamish Greenbelt; and DRCC continues to advocate for the river running along much of West Seattle’s eastern edge to be restored and used as “A River for All.” DRCC founder BJ Cummings also was honored as this year’s Sustainable Hero. The full list of awards, announced at a Friday night event at MOHAI on South Lake Union, is here.
P.S. If you’ve never been to HPIC, it has big events ahead in the next few weeks including a Super Bowl tailgate potluck next Sunday and the WSB-presented District 1 First Look candidates’ forum on February 5th. Nature Consortium, meantime, has at least two volunteer events you can check out every week. And DRCC is currently focused on helping people learn about the EPA’s Record of Decision about cleaning the river, and what more can be done – check out two events coming up, including one in West Seattle.
The National Weather Service says today was the second-warmest January day in Seattle history – high of 63 (warmest on record, 64 on January 20, 1981). If you were anywhere near Alki Beach today, you too might have observed that it looked and felt a lot like spring. Above, JayDee caught the beach scene – including volleyball! Below, a sunset scene from the west-facing shore:
— Sage Parsons (@Sageey) January 26, 2015
Tomorrow’s forecast suggests a sunny afternoon and high near 60.
(Photo courtesy Girls on the Run)
So sunny and warm today that we’ve seen people out running, walking, bicycling everywhere around West Seattle. Great time to think about community involvement like this: Girls on the Run is recruiting coaches for spring 2015, and needs volunteers for the program at three West Seattle schools: WS Elementary, Alki Elementary, and Westside School (WSB sponsor). Here’s the announcement:
Girls on the Run of Puget Sound is a non-profit organization whose mission is to inspire girls to be joyful, healthy, and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running. Empower 3rd-5th grade girls to celebrate their bodies, honor their voices, recognize their gifts, and activate their power to make healthy choices for years to come!
As a coach, you’ll work with 1-2 other coaches to guide a group of girls through an established, easy-to-follow curriculum that uses running games to teach healthy living lessons that develop the whole girl – her social, emotional and physical self. Together, you will explore issues like media awareness, nutrition, emotional health, positive communication, and community service. Help empower the next generation of women by volunteering to coach this spring! For more information, please visit http://girlsrun.org/get-involved/coach/ or contact Jen John, Program Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 206-528-2118.
— Eleanor Cade Jardine (@EleanorCJardine) January 25, 2015
11:27 AM: Nobody hurt, but some damage at The Shack coffee shop in Luna Park, after a car crashed into the building this past hour. We’re heading over to find out more. Thanks to Eleanor for tweeting photos.
(Photo courtesy The Shack)
11:53 AM: Just back from The Shack. Owner tells us they’re still open for business – the damage wasn’t that serious – and also shared another photo from right after the crash, added above (note the T-shirt). Someone is already on the way to board up the damaged window.
12:17 PM: And their sense of humor was certainly left undamaged:
— Shack Coffee (@ShackCoffeeWS) January 25, 2015
11:08 AM SUNDAY: From the “in case you wondered” file: Here’s what the Seahawks-spirit crowd, with cameras and sound equipment, was doing at Don Armeni Boat Ramp a little while ago. We checked it out after someone texted this photo, wondering if it was some kind of video shoot.
Turns out it was local Zumba instructor Jennifer Cepeda and friends, dancing in Hawks fan gear (and recording it on video, link to follow).
With warm-ish temps and dry weather, perfect morning.
ADDED 3:17 PM MONDAY: Jennifer sent us the link to her finished video:
Thanks to the person who called to say they had heard about this from an employee at the Junction 7-11 (California/Erskine). We have since obtained some information from police: They confirm the store was held up about 1:30 am Saturday. The robber was described “as a white male about 25 years of age, wearing a dark blue or black puffy coat, and had a red scarf wrapped around his face.” He showed the clerk a handgun. Police called in a K-9 to help search but they didn’t find the robber. Checking Tweets by Beat, that’s the only robbery call in the Southwest Precinct coverage area, West Seattle and South Park, so far this weekend. (Side note: If you routinely check the tweets and haven’t noticed this, each confirmed incident generates two tweets – the second one, when a report is filed, so the time will be different. The first tweet describes what was reported – so the second one might classify the incident differently, depending on what’s confirmed. The telltale sign that two or more tweets are about the same case is the incident # in the tweet.)
ADDED: We finally got the written SPD report on this, so we can add a few more details. It says the clerk “initially noticed the suspect standing in front of the business near the Redbox machine. The suspect spoke briefly with a male who just exited a vehicle before entering the store. (He) noticed the male was wearing a red scarf around his face so he watched as he picked up several items from around the store. The suspect brought the three items to the register and asked for scratch tickets. Two other customers were inside the store at this time so the suspect told the (clerk) to assist them first before getting his scratch tickets. (He) assisted the customers, who then left the store. The suspect then looked outside before pulling out a large black semiautomatic handgun. The suspect stated, ‘Give me the f—-ing money,’ (so the clerk) pulled out the whole till and handed it to the suspect over the counter … (the suspect) then walked out of the store and turned westbound where he lost sight of him.”
One week until The Big Game! Look closely at Lynn Hall‘s photo of always-scenic Alki Point Lighthouse, taken Saturday, and you’ll see the “12.” Here are some ways to keep yourself busy today, from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:
FOOD DRIVE #1: 9 am-1 pm today at Tibbetts United Methodist Church (WSB sponsor), you can drop off food for the United in Blue coast-to-coast church food drive tied to the Super Bowl. Details in our preview from earlier this week. Help Seattle beat New England even BEFORE the teams take the field; in this contest, everyone wins! (3940 41st SW)
FOOD DRIVE #2: And if you’re closer to the south end, Peace Lutheran Church Pastor Erik Kindem e-mailed to say his church in Gatewood has a Seahawks-spirit food drive going too:
Food donations may be dropped off at Peace Lutheran on Sunday, January 25 from 8:30 am to 3 pm, or Sunday, February 1 from 8:30 am to 3 pm. OR they may also be left at any time under the vestibule by the THISTLE STREET DOORS at any time. GO HAWKS!!
OLG SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE/SCIENCE FAIR: 9 am until 1 pm, you’re invited to visit Our Lady of Guadalupe School, where you’ll be able to meet teachers, parents, and students. (34th/Myrtle)
WEST SEATTLE FARMERS’ MARKET: 10 am-2 pm as always. By the way, the Seattle farmers’ markets have made a bet with their Boston counterparts. (44th/Alaska)
BIOCHAR CLASS: 1 pm, learn how to make it, at West Seattle Nursery ($10 fee). (California/Brandon)
KNITTERS’ MEETUP: 5:30 pm at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor) – bring whatever you’re working on! (5612 California SW)
SUNDAY NIGHTLIFE: Trivia, karaoke, live music … listings here!