West Seattle, Washington
(WSB photo from 2014 West Seattle Monster Dash)
BOO! One of your earliest pre-Halloween chances to get spooked is just one week away – the West Seattle Monster Dash in Lincoln Park next Saturday (October 24), benefiting the South Seattle College Cooperative Preschools. Costumes encouraged, and yes, there are prizes! The Monster Dash starts with the main 5K at 9 am, then the kids’ dash at 10 am, and the costume contest/race-awards ceremony at 10:30 am. Pumpkin-painting and coloring activities, too. You have until Wednesday to get a discount rate for adult registration; you can still sign up after that, but the price goes up. If you don’t want to sign up online, West Seattle Runner (2743 California SW; WSB sponsor) has a packet-pickup/signup event 3-7 pm on Friday (October 23rd), day before race day.
Thanks for the tips – one uphill lane is blocked by a crash on Highland Park Way hill. No injuries so far as we have heard, and Seattle Fire cleared the scene quickly; police are reported to be still onscene.
Sunday evening, wrap up your weekend with a West Seattle tradition: Gathering at the Fauntleroy Creek fish-ladder overlook for drumming, singing, and dancing to call the coho home. Just show up at 5 pm, atop the embankment that’s across Fauntleroy Way from the ferry terminal. All ages welcome, and if someone in the family made a “salmon hat” at the Fauntleroy Fall Festival last Sunday – that’s what the little person in our 2014 photo is wearing – bring it along! New? Not sure what to expect? Check out our past coverage – 2013, with video, for example.
P.S. Whether or not you’ll be there Sunday evening, you are also welcome to volunteer for the Salmon Watch that starts Monday.
(WSB file photo)
When will the mountains get snow? Don’t know. When will West Seattleites gather for the annual Community Ski and Snowboard Swap, presented by Mountain to Sound Outfitters? That, we DO know: Next weekend. To be specific, gear dropoff 10 am-6 pm Friday (October 23rd), swap 10 am-6 pm Saturday (October 24th) and 10 am-4 pm Sunday (October 25th):
This community ski swap is a great way to buy or sell your used equipment and get amazing deals on new gear. There will be a great selection of skis, snowboards, boots, clothing, camping gear, accessories, and more!
As usual, it’s happening at the VFW Hall across the street from M2SO, 3601 SW Alaska in The Triangle.
The photo and report are from Sid:
I was having coffee this morning and saw a coyote stroll across my backyard. We live close to Seola Park. It walked around the side of the house and when I opened the door, it ran away into Marine View Drive.
We have long published coyote-sighting reports to help with education and awareness. The most important thing you can do if you see one is actively scare it away – “hazing” is how experts describe it – wave your arms, throw rocks, etc. They live among us but coexistence depends on them keeping their distance. See the state’s “Living With Wildlife” page on coyotes for more info. (Archived WSB coverage is here.)
Two notes about Seattle Lutheran High School (WSB sponsor) – its Oktoberfest Auction benefit is tonight, starting at 5:30 pm at the school gym (4100 SW Genesee). And the Saints’ football team won on the road last night – 34-20 at Rainier Christian HS (thanks to Mike Jensen for the score report) – they’re 4-2 for the season so far. Next up, a home game against Quilcene next Saturday (October 24th) at West Seattle Stadium, 1:30 pm.
(Photo courtesy West Seattle YMCA)
Young swimmer in the house? S/he might consider trying out for the West Seattle YMCA (WSB sponsor) Dolphins. The Y shares this update with news of tryouts as well as the team’s new coach:
The West Seattle YMCA Dolphins Swim Team is excited to introduce new Head Coach Craig Mallery. Craig was the Head Coach of the UPAC Sharks through 2014. He was also the head coach of Seattle University’s men’s and women’s teams from 1999-2012. While at Seattle U, he developed and led the team to reach NCAA Division 1 level status. He has also been a head age group coach for club teams and has experience as a Masters level coach. Coach Craig has twice been named National Coach of the Year, as well as Conference Coach of the Year in 2011. He was a collegiate level swimmer at Boston University. Coach Craig’s full profile can be read here.
This year’s season is just getting underway, and the West Seattle Dolphins would like to invite all interested youth to come to the YMCA for a swim team tryout. Tryouts assess readiness and allow swimmers to be placed in the appropriate group/level. Swim team members, both boys and girls, range in age from 6 to 18. Coach Craig puts the kids to a challenging workout several times a week, but there is rarely a complaint because they enjoy the work out, exercise and camaraderie. The swim meets are fun, exciting, and competitive. They take place in Seattle and around Puget Sound, giving the kids a great opportunity to experience swim clubs of all types and sizes.
Swimming is a healthy activity that can be enjoyed all through life. Many of our current and former team members have formed strong friendships and gone on to swim competitively at college. If you would like to register your child or get more information about the West Seattle YMCA Dolphins, please go to this link.
Last week, as reported here, SDOT was circulating word that a grant-funded sidewalk-repair project in Morgan Junction could start as soon as next Tuesday. It won’t be that soon after all, we’ve since learned via another update from SDOT: “Crews will start the sidewalk repair project in Morgan Junction after Oct. 20. Crews are currently completing other projects. SDOT will provide a schedule update by the end of next week and SDOT will provide notice to adjacent businesses at least three days before construction starts.” The work will be along the west side of California south of Fauntleroy, paid for by a Neighborhood Park and Street Fund grant.
Thanks to Don Brubeck for the photo of the Duwamish River – which is at centerstage for one of today’s biggest events, part of the following list from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:
TEACHERS’ CONFERENCE AT SEALTH: 8 am-4:30 pm, Chief Sealth International High School hosts the annual Northwest Conference on Teaching for Social Justice. (2600 SW Thistle)
CAMPUS BEAUTIFICATION: 9 am-3 pm at Louisa Boren K-5 STEM, all welcome to help – details here. (5950 Delridge Way SW)
DUWAMISH ALIVE! 10 am-2 pm (after 9:30 am registration), the twice-yearly mega-work party along the river and in its watershed is happening today. If you haven’t already signed up – see the list of locations here, pick one, and go! Can’t decide? Here are the West Seattle sites that were most in need of more volunteers when we checked earlier this week.
SEE ART, MAKE ART: 1 pm at the Southwest Library, in conjunction with the ongoing Community Art Showcase, a “drop-in felt monster project led by Seattle artist and educator Lene Sangster.” (35th SW & SW Henderson)
October is Bullying Prevention Awareness Month and Seattle Mayor Ed Murray has proclaimed October 17th Free2LUV ROCK KINDNESS Day, inviting the community to become advocates for kindness. To mobilize the community around bullying prevention, Free2Luv®, Taco Time NW and Clear Channel Outdoor have teamed up to host a ROCK KINDNESS empowerment day for underserved youth at South Park Community Center October 17th from 1 – 5 p.m. The ROCK KINDNESS event will engage, enlighten and inspire youth to be their best selves and use their voices for good. Festivities will kick off with the Mayor welcoming participants and leading them in taking Free2Luv’s Kindness pledge. “Most kids witness bullying every day,” said Mayor Ed Murray. “We can change this by speaking out, respecting and embracing one another, and building each other up. Together we can work to end bullying in our schools and communities.” ROCK KINDNESS Day will feature an interactive Free2BeME art project, “Make Your Own Taco” bar hosted by Taco Time Northwest, a billboard photo op presented by Clear Channel Outdoor, inspirational video messages from the Seahawks, the Storm and Free Celebrity Ambassadors and culminates with an inspirational concert by teen musician Maddy Vance. Vance has penned a powerful anti-bullying anthem titled ‘Crashing Down’ for Free2Luv that will be performed to inspire youth to stay strong and remind them they are not alone.
(8319 8th Ave. S.)
‘LISTEN TO SEATTLE’: 2 pm at the Duwamish Tribe Longhouse, an encore of this “75-minute original program of narration and music is inspired by the life and words of Chief Seattle, weaving indigenous customs and local history with jazz composition and improvisation” with the Steve Griggs Ensemble. (4705 W. Marginal Way SW)
WCFB HARVEST DINNER & AUCTION: The White Center Food Bank’s big benefit dinner and auction is sold out, so this is mostly a reminder if you’re a ticketholder – it’s at the Brockey Center at South Seattle College (WSB sponsor), starting with a champagne reception and silent auction at 5:30 pm. (6000 16th SW)
‘DEAR ARMEN’: 8 pm at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center. From our calendar listing: “An interactive-theatre experience blending traditional Armenian dance, erotic performance, monologue and live music, Dear Armen weaves together the voices and struggles of three generations of gender nonconforming Armenians.” (4408 Delridge Way SW)
WEST SIDE GLORY: “West Seattle’s quarterly somewhat queer variety show” returns to The Skylark, 9 pm. (3803 Delridge Way SW)
THAT’S NOT ALL … lots more listings for today and beyond on our complete calendar.