West Seattle, Washington
Thanks to David Hutchinson for sharing the two scenes from another cloudless evening – “Clear, cool and a bit breezy out around sunset this evening. Made for a nice view from Don Armeni of the skyline and the gibbous moon.”
You’ve probably heard we might get snow showers Monday night/Tuesday morning … here’s the newest forecast.
ORIGINAL 8:18 PM REPORT: Grant‘s 1986 Porsche was stolen today from the apartment-building parking lot at 6533 California SW in Morgan Junction. Maybe you’ll be the one to help find it.
The car was last seen in my parking lot at 8 am (ish) before I left for work on Saturday November 21st. And when I got home at around 4:30 or 4:45 the car was gone. It is a black Porsche 944 Model Year 1986. It means a lot to me and I would love to see it returned safe and sound. I have included a picture of the car, its not super current (and the white writing over the back window is no longer there, was when I first bought it) but it does show a view of the back and the current license plate.
The theft is already on record with SPD, and tweeted via @getyourcarback – as the tweet says, if you see it, call 911.
ADDED 8:37 PM: Unrelated to the aforementioned auto theft but since we already have this Crime Watch story up – Guardian One just explained what they were doing over Upper Fauntleroy/Gatewood for a few minutes (including a few passes over WSB HQ):
Just helped @SeattlePD with a possible burglary in progress 8000 Blk 46 Ave SW….ended being a false alarm
— KCSOAirsupport (@KCSOAirsupport) November 22, 2015
Story and photos by Michelle Riggen-Ransom
Reporting for West Seattle Blog
If you live in West Seattle, you probably already know that you can enjoy a meal out in Chicago, or Brooklyn, or even exotic Rhode Island just by visiting local restaurant Endolyne Joe’s (WSB sponsor). With its rotating, site-specific themes changing every four months, at Joe’s you can be sipping mojitos under a palm tree one season, slurping pasta and drinking vino at a cheerful Italian café the next.
But what you may not know is that beneath the restaurant is a cavernous basement filled from floor to ceiling with funky props, exotic creatures, and hand-painted signs from themes of yore. Looking for a giant wooden shark, or a glittery, oversized Mardi Gras mask? You’ll find it here, tucked away in the depths below the hundred year-old building where Endolyne Joe’s has made its home for well over a decade.
From the WSB inbox (via text):
Congratulations to Denny International Middle School 6th graders for an excellent Ultimate Frisbee season, placing third among 6th graders in (the district). Thanks to Mr. Watts and Mr. Espinoza for a great season!
Congratulations to the Seattle Lutheran High School Saints for a great football season. They made it to the second round of the state 1B tournament; that’s where it ended, as Neah Bay beat SLHS 62-12 last night in Silverdale. As noted here a week and a half ago, 10 Saints received All-League honors and Anthony Stordahl was voted the league’s Coach of the Year.
1:47 PM: As police warned again at last week’s West Seattle Crime Prevention Council meeting, this is high season for car prowls, since thieves will assume everyone has something in the car, even if it’s not visible. We have two West Seattle Crime Watch reader reports to share today:
WESTCREST PARK CAR PROWL: Ann reports that her car window was smashed and purse taken while she was walking her dogs at the park on Friday afternoon, 4:15-4:45 pm.
UPPER FAUNTLEROY CAR PROWL: Cate‘s driver-side car window was smashed in around 2:30 am today, but, she adds, “I think the alarm must have scared them off because they didn’t rummage around and take anything. It was parked on the street in front of my house (in the 8400 block of) 42nd Ave SW.”
5:20 PM: So far, three more car prowl reports have come in via comments below.
From our West Seattle Holiday Guide, two of the many West Seattle events happening now:
At the Junction True Value (WSB sponsor) Holiday Open House – on until 2 pm at 4747 44th SW – helping the West Seattle Food Bank is a highlight. You can buy one of the raffle tickets that Sara (above) is selling, and/or bring a nonperishable food donation – the barrel’s right out front. New guest at the open house this year – an early visit from Santa Claus:
You’ll find him by the front door, steps away from the table of treats that also await you:
JTV is also your holiday-decorations headquarters – from lights to wreaths to tree and yard ornaments, and beyond.
Our West Seattle Saturday preview lists other open houses happening today and also a lineup of bazaars, including the one at Tibbetts United Methodist Church (WSB sponsor), also until 2 pm. Volunteers there include Betsy, ready to cheer for the Cougars tonight:
The Tibbetts bazaar (3940 41st SW) is highlighted by handmade items – hurry over to see for yourself if you haven’t already.
After the early rush of about 300 people, turkeys and bags of groceries are still available, with no line, outside Eastridge Church as its pre-Thanksgiving giveaway continues at 39th SW & SW Oregon. This year, warm clothing is being offered too:
The church does this every year at both of its campuses (the other one is in Issaquah), 13th year in all. We also found Girl Scout Troop 42553 volunteering:
No proof of need is required at the Eastridge event, which is happening this morning only, while supplies last.
Story and photos by Randall Hauk
Reporting for West Seattle Blog
Great news for Admiral District pho fiends: New Leaf Bistro is open, three months after first word that it was headed this way.
Though the green awning above the entrance to the ex-Royal India Grill space at 2342 California SW touts “Asian Cuisine,” the menu predominantly features the cuisine of Vietnam, the homeland of owner Geoffrey Ly.
New Leaf Bistro’s opening menu has 13 items on its entree page, with items ranging from chow mein and fried rice to wok-seared pork belly and grilled salmon. Also on offer are vermicelli bowls, rice bowls, and a trio of salads, along with a sizable collection of appetizers most fans of Asian restaurants will find familiar.
But the centerpiece of New Leaf is the pho, which is available with the traditional beef broth or a vegan-friendly broth and customizable with a variety of proteins.
“Our pho is special. We use only natural ingredients,” says Ly. “Pho eaters can tell when you use the powders for flavor.”
Ly decided to use a “soft opening” – starting yesterday – to help the restaurant and its crew ease into operations while making adjustments to adapt to the business as it develops and grows. “We’re still kind of testing everything,” Ly explains.
Currently, New Leaf is open seven days a week from 11:00 a.m. until 9:30 p.m.. Once the application for a liquor license is approved, however, closing time could be pushed later, particularly if the small lounge area toward the back of the restaurant finds an audience.
Carryout is of course available. Ly says he plans to also offer delivery on a limited basis (within 3 miles for a $30 minimum order), though details are not yet finalized.
New Leaf Bistro is Ly’s second West Seattle restaurant. In 1999, he opened Hunan Express in Morgan Junction (where Kokoras is now, at 6400 ½ California). It’ll be his fifth Seattle restaurant since 1984, after working his way from New York City with stops in Massachusetts, Oklahoma, Texas, and California.
Despite all those travels, Ly is bringing the flavors of his homeland, where he worked with his grandparents in a streetside food-vending operation as a young boy, to the Admiral District. The hard work of running a restaurant is something he learned in both countries.
“When I was young, I was here with no English and no education,” says Ly. “The only thing I knew was to work hard to survive.”
(Female pileated woodpecker looking very holiday-ish – photo by Mark Wangerin)
Busy Saturday! Two sections for our list today – first, from the WSB West Seattle Holiday Guide:
ALKI COURT HOLIDAY BAZAAR: At Alki Masonic Center, 9 am-4 pm.
Santa Pictures 11-3, Kettle Corn, 2 floors of vendors, Caricature Artist, bake sale, food concession, crafts, unique Seahawk items, apparel … Sponsored by Alki Court 21 Order of the Amaranth. (40th/Edmunds)
TIBBETTS HOLIDAY BAZAAR: At Tibbetts United Methodist Church (WSB sponsor). “Please join us in our Fellowship Hall from 10 am to 2 pm for our annual Holiday Craft Bazaar. Just in time for the holidays, Tibbetts has a beautiful selection of hand-sewn items, crafts, stocking stuffers, baked goods & jewelry available for purchase. Choose the perfect gifts for the special people in your life: children, teachers, bosses, friends, family members.” (3940 41st SW)
JUNCTION TRUE VALUE OPEN HOUSE: Including a food drive and Santa photos! Holiday Open House at Junction True Value (WSB sponsor), 10 am-2 pm. “Homemade cookies; hot apple cider; free popcorn; free gifts; and spin-to-win prizes. Enter drawings for a Weber gas grill and a boys’ bike and girls’ bike.” Bring nonperishable food donations for the West Seattle Food Bank! New this year – 11-2, a visit from Santa . (4747 44th SW)
‘GREAT BIG BAZAAR’ & LUNCH: First day of the 3rd annual Great Big Bazaar at Peace Lutheran Church, 10 am-4 pm Saturday, macaroni & cheese/soup lunch served today only, 11 am-1 pm. More info here. (39th/Thistle)
JF HENRY’S OPEN HOUSE: Holiday Open House Weekend at JF Henry. 10-6 today for the first day. The famous train, treats, more. (4445 California SW)
NW ART & FRAME OPEN HOUSE: Holiday Open House at Northwest Art & Frame in The Junction. Live artist demos, product demos, treats, more – full details here. 10 am-5:30 pm. (4733 California SW)
FOOD DRIVE, RAFFLES AT BEER CHURCH TURKEY BOWL: Beer Church‘s 17th annual Turkey Bowl, 5:30 pm at West Seattle Bowl. Lanes are sold out, but you’re invited to come by and bring a donation for the West Seattle Food Bank, buy raffle tickets, drink beer, have a good time. Check here to see if lanes are still available. (39th/Oregon)
Also happening today, from our year-round calendar and inbox:
EAST AFRICAN FAMILY MEETING: 10 am-4 pm at Denny International Middle School, all local East African families are invited to learn about local schools and other resources; details here. (2601 SW Kenyon)
STUDENT BOOK DRIVE FOR NEPAL: Noon-2 pm today by the Chase drive-through in The Junction, Madison Middle School 8th grader Sharli will be collecting books for kids K-8 to create a library at a school in Nepal, as her community-service project. Her aunt is taking the books to Nepal in a week. Sharli says, “Picture books, science and math are great. And simple chapter books.” (44th/Edmunds)
THE AMPLIFY PROJECT’S BIRTHDAY PARTY: 6 pm at The Junction Church, four bands, all ages, benefit for families in need and celebration of this music startup’s first year; details here. (4157 California SW)
‘THE PURSUIT OF HARMONY’ CONCERT & DISCUSSION: 7:30 pm at Kol HaNeshamah, “Jewish-American songwriter/producer Michael Hunter Ochs and Palestinian-Muslim songwriter/commentator Alaa Alshaham in an evening of song and conversation as they share their personal stories and music in English, Hebrew and Arabic.” More info in our listing. (6115 SW Hinds)
Hope you have a great Saturday! If you have events to list in the Holiday Guide and/or calendar, firstname.lastname@example.org – thanks!
By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor
Popcorn and cheering.
Those were the highlights of the opening moments of this month’s Delridge Neighborhoods District Council meeting at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center this past Wednesday night.
Chair Mat McBride wasn’t kidding when he declared it was an “exciting lineup.”
The cheering was for each person in attendance, as they went around the room to have everyone introduce her/himself. Extra cheers were awarded to three community members who showed up just to see what was happening in their neighborhood. By way of explanation, West Seattle has two city-determined “districts,” Southwest and Delridge, and the council for each district includes reps from neighborhood councils and major organizations/institutions in the area. Those in attendance at this meeting Wednesday night included reps from the Camp Long Advisory Council, Delridge Neighborhood Development Association, Highland Park Action Committee, Highland Park Improvement Club, High Point Open Spaces Association, North Delridge Neighborhood Council, Pigeon Point Neighborhood Council, Seattle Nature Alliance, Southwest Precinct, Southwest Youth and Family Services, Westwood-Roxhill-Arbor Heights Community Council. City reps included neighborhood district coordinator Kerry Wade, and reps from the mayor’s office and Seattle Parks, there to talk about scheduled agenda items.
Parks’ move toward a new plan for off-leash dog areas was the spotlight topic. But first: