West Seattle, Washington
8:41 PM: The courtyard by Hotwire Online Coffeehouse (WSB sponsor) is full, with minutes to go until it’s dark enough for the second-to-last West Seattle Outdoor Movies presentation of the year – “Guardians of the Galaxy.” Since early arrival is a must to snag a seat, there’s usually pre-movie entertainment, and tonight featured comedians including Scott Losse, whose Chihuahua shared the stage with him the whole time:
— West Seattle Blog (@westseattleblog) August 16, 2015
Helpline benefits from tonight’s raffle (there’s a different nonprofit beneficiary each week, with tickets sold before the movie, one of two ways that nonprofits raise money on movie night – moviegoers also have the chance to buy concessions from the Southwest Seattle Historical Society). If you didn’t make it tonight – next Saturday is your last chance this year: “Rocky Horror Picture Show.” Gates open at 6:30 pm, and the movie’s at dusk – tonight, that’s looking to be around 8:45 pm, so it’ll be a little earlier next week.
11:02 PM: Movie’s over – cleanup’s under way. See you next Saturday!
(Owl puppet from 2011 Arts in Nature Festival Species Parade)
Music, dance, art, nature, a beer garden, food trucks, and the Species Parade — it’s all in the works for Camp Long next weekend, as West Seattle’s own Nature Consortium brings back the Arts in Nature Festival, 11 am-9 pm Saturday and 11 am-6 pm Sunday (August 22-23). After taking a year off while the organization changed leadership, with Merica Whitehall succeeding founder Nancy Whitlock as executive director, NC invites you to explore the festival’s big slate of activities, which you can preview here – be sure to follow all four tabs, Saturday, Sunday, all weekend (where you’ll find the food trucks listed, including Full Tilt Ice Cream and FT’s new venture, vegan Luchador Taco Co., plus Thai-U-Up, a frequent sight at Roxbury/30th, and Highland Park-founded Athena’s), and “around the next corner.” Arts in Nature is a festival where you can participate and experience, as well as watch and listen. Proceeds support the nonprofit Nature Consortium’s work, restoring the West Duwamish Greenbelt as well as offering arts education to youth; you can buy tickets in advance online.
P.S. Want to enjoy the festival for free? Volunteer!
The photo and report are from Kevin McMahan:
West Seattle’s Boy Scout Troop 282 completed their annual summer outing at Fire Mountain Camp near Mount Vernon. The boys received the distinct recognition of Honor Troop, took first place in the camp wide Lake Challenge challenge, and won Best Baton design competition. The boys spent the week working on merit badges, team work, and honing their outdoor skills.
Troop 282 has a long history – going back into the 1940s.
Congratulations to six West Seattle teens who recently competed in the 2015 Water Polo Junior Olympics in Southern California. From Cori Roed:
Conner Roed, Josh Tittel, and Charles Bruchal all played in their first Junior Olympics on the Rain City Water Polo 14U team and learned how tough California Polo can be. They hung tough and didn’t give up and on the final day got a victory that left them anxious for another go next year.
Blake Catlow played in his 4th JO for the Rain City 18U. It was a hard-fought tournament for his team after taking 2nd at John Hale the week before.
Silia Bruchal and Nicole Roed played with Seattle Water Polo, each on their 5th Junior Olympics trip. They had a tough first day but clawed their way back with 7 straight wins, then losing by two points in the final to take 2nd in Gold.
This was Nicole’s last JO. She is off to Cal Lutheran University to play soccer and polo as a CLU Regal. Blake and Silia will have one more trip next year following their senior year.
The sun’s out and two vehicle-wash fundraisers happening right now in West Seattle, both by donation:
WEST SEATTLE HIGH SCHOOL CHEERLEADERS: Until 3 pm, WSHS cheerleaders are washing vehicles at Les Schwab, Fauntleroy/Alaska (map).
TRINITY WEST SEATTLE YOUTH: Also until 3 pm, a fundraising vehicle wash is under way to send Trinity and Skate Church youth to camp. It’s at the church, 7551 35th SW (map).
(Great Blue Heron photographed snacking at Alki – this photo and the 3 below are all by Gary Jones)
Happy Saturday! Your options for today include these highlights from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:
RIVERSIDE WALKING TOUR: 10 am-noon, join the Southwest Seattle Historical Society and first-generation Riverside resident Frank Zuvela to explore this historic West Seattle neighborhood. Details here. $5 donation. (West Marginal Way SW & Marginal Place)
GO PLAY! Games, that is. If you’re not already a regular at Meeples Games, a new WSB sponsor, check out the Saturday events on the right side of the Meeples home page – morning, afternoon, evening. (3727 California SW)
ASL-SIGNED STORYTIME: 11 am at Barnes & Noble/Westwood Village, Melissa tells us: “For the first time, we’ll be having an ASL-signed storytime! I’ll be reading ‘If You Give a Mouse a Cookie’ while one of our fabulous booksellers signs along with me! Should be a fun way to spend what will be a cloudy, cool morning! At 11 am in the Kids Department, as always.” (2600 SW Barton)
WATER FESTIVAL: Two-day celebration as part of Duwamish Revealed, on the river in South Park at Duwamish Waterway Park. Today’s events run noon until 8 pm plus, including dragon-boat racing starting at noon, a Cambodian-cooking demonstration at 3 pm, a dance/music showcase starting at 4 pm, and a lantern ceremony at 8 – full schedule and details here. (7900 10th Avenue S.)
ALKI POINT LIGHTHOUSE TOURS: Visiting the century-old lighthouse is a summer-only, weekends-only treat – 1 pm to 4 pm (last tour starts at 3:40 pm), with the US Coast Guard Auxiliary as your hosts. (3201 Alki SW)
2 PERFORMANCES OF ‘INTO THE WOODS’: Second-and-third-to-last chancse to catch the Twelfth Night Productions version of the musical, 3 pm and 7:30 pm at the West Seattle High School theater. (3000 California SW)
‘GUARDIANS’ AT WEST SEATTLE OUTDOOR MOVIES: The 2014 megahit “Guardians of the Galaxy” is on the wall by Hotwire Online Coffeehouse (WSB sponsor) for tonight’s West Seattle Outdoor Movies extravaganza. Free; bring your own chair/blanket to sit on, and if you can, bring $ for nonprofit-benefiting concessions and raffle tickets. Gates open at 6:30 pm – get your spot early! – and movie starts at dusk, 8:30-ish. (4410 California SW)
See our calendar for the rest of what’s up today/tonight!
By Megan Sheppard
On the WSBeat, for West Seattle Blog
The WSBeat features summaries written from recent incident reports filed by Southwest Precinct officers – generally cases that (usually) have NOT already appeared here in breaking-news coverage or West Seattle Crime Watch reports; some are not crimes, but might at least answer a lingering question such as “what WERE all those police doing on my block?” Or on the bridge, or the beach, or …
*A group of people left a bowling alley on the 9th without paying their tab. An employee ran outside to persuade them to ante up. He reached them just as a driver from a car service pulled alongside. The employee advised the driver not to take the passengers, warning that if he did, his car’s license would be provided to police as “the getaway car.” The driver left; the employee was punched in the face twice and kicked in the head four times by two men in the group. A bystander who tried to help was also kicked in the head. The attackers fled eastbound on SW Oregon. One was described as a white man, about 6’2”, in his forties, with gray hair. He wore a black sweater with white stripes. The other was described as a Hispanic man in his forties, wearing a white button-up shirt and black slacks.
Ahead, seven more summaries, including a stopped shoplifter, a rental scam, and warrant arrests: