West Seattle, Washington
7:23 PM: Minutes from now, around 7:30 pm, the Seafair Torchlight Parade begins downtown, and the West Seattle Hi-Yu float will be rolling southbound on 4th with 100+ other floats, marching bands, drill teams, dignitaries, and other parade entries. Because of volunteer-powered Hi-Yu, West Seattle is the only neighborhood in the city that still has a traveling parade float. Even as our community changes, it’s a bridge between the past and the future – with the latter represented by the ambassador and royalty programs for kids of all ages, girls and boys, to build confidence through public appearances. Can you help this tradition continue? From Gloria Teves of Hi-Yu:
West Seattle Hi-Yu Invites You to Its August Meeting
If you enjoyed seeing the Teen Ambassadors at the start of the Float Dodger 5K, and Hi-Yu Royalty on the “Around West Seattle”-themed float last Saturday during the West Seattle Rotary-presented Grand Parade and thought “That’s so cool – how do I get involved?” – come join us at our general meeting on Monday, August 1 at 7:00 pm at Admiral Congregational Church, 4320 SW Hill Street (in the North Admiral neighborhood). Meetings generally last about an hour and half.
This is our 2nd to last meeting of the fiscal year (our last meeting will be September 12). The agenda includes planning for the last 2 parades we will be participating in (Lake City and Issaquah Salmon Days), then we’ll begin a discussion about the future of Hi-Yu. If you are interested in helping Hi-Yu continue on into the future, come and let us know your thoughts. Hi-Yu doesn’t exist without its volunteers and generous donors and we need both to keep it going. If you’re retired and have lots of time available to share or if you’re a busy family with few hours to spare, we welcome everyone!
Hi-Yu is in its ninth decade, founded in 1934.
ADDED 8:35 PM: Thanks to Mike Jensen for this photo of the Hi-Yu float in tonight’s parade – where he reports it’s won the Seafair Royalty Award!
4:57 PM: We have several West Seattle Crime Watch reports for this roundup, but first, something working right now:
JUNCTION SHOPLIFTER: Donna from City Mouse (4218 SW Alaska) in The Junction wants to warn of a shoplifter who just hit her store this past hour: “Hair in a bun with a flower garland headband. Light colored pants. Large white satchel. Tall. African American. Maybe 30?”
ADDED 5:04 PM – HIGHLAND PARK CAR/MAILBOX BREAK-INS ON CAMERA: From the 8th and Elmgrove area:
This happened while we were on vacation. It was at 12:28 am on Friday, July 22nd. We just got home. Two men in a black 4-door car broke into our car. Unfortunately it was unlocked, which we are still trying to figure out because we locked and armed both our vehicles before we left. They stole stereo equipment and a bunch of mechanic tools that were in the trunk. They were at our car for 6 minutes! Then when they were done cleaning out the car, they checked all the mail boxes and pried open our neighbors lock box. You can see two different men in the video. The first one’s face is not really clear, but the second one is. …
The car pulls into camera view at 12:28:46. The first man’s face is visible at 12:29:34. The second mans face is visible at 12:33:20. At the end of the video is where he breaks the lock box. … I am so done with stupid people getting away with stuff like this. We did file a police report. The police actually showed up 15 minutes after we called them!
BIKE STOLEN IN THE TRIANGLE: Nicole‘s new bicycle was stolen at her workplace on Thursday:
Around 6:45 pm 7/28/16 I was getting ready to close the shop, I’m a barista at Realfine Coffee, and while making a drink for a customer, this man in a newer white Infiniti came to use the bathroom. As he was leaving he jumped right on my bike – we have a garage door that was open where I keep it – and rode off as fast as he could while someone in the car drove off. My customer chased after him with all of his might for about 15 minutes but was unsuccessful.
I am really upset because I had worked so hard to buy that bike and have only had it for a week now. It is a vita sport disc. Matted black, it says Specialized in teal and has some pink as well, medium sized, and straight handlebars.
ADDED 5:19 PM – ANYONE MISSING THESE CD’S? From Sarah:
Crazy amount of thefts/car prowls happening in our neighborhood this month, west of Gatewood Elementary.
(A paper grocery) bag of CD’s with two cases, blue and purple, was found in front of the house next door. Perhaps they belong to someone in the neighborhood? They were most likely left by the same person(s) who got into our car and took two backpacks. We circulated the photos around to our neighbors, but no luck, perhaps you can post them on the blog and someone might be able to reclaim them? I have them at our house.
NORTH DELRIDGE CAR PROWL: From A – “Someone went through our truck and stole some tools – hammers, drill bits, etc – from one of the truck’s drawers on the 2800 block of SW Dakota St … sometime after 6 pm on 7/28 and (before) 7:30 am 7/29.”
ARBOR HEIGHTS PROWLER ON CAMERA: From John:
(Thursday) around 10 am, this person trespassed into our backyard (Arbor Heights – Marine View Dr SW) and was seen by our babysitter, who took the picture.
Nothing appeared out of place or missing. He was in our backyard for around poking and looking around for about 2 minutes. If you have any information regarding this person, please call the Seattle Police Department at 206-733-9800 and reference Incident #16-272005.
— West Seattle Blog (@westseattleblog) July 30, 2016
Someone will have a roof over their head soon, thanks to volunteers and donors at Peace Lutheran Church, carrying out an idea from the church’s most recent confirmation class (14- and 15-year-olds). Today is the second of four days that they’re spending building a “tiny house” to be donated to the Low-Income Housing Institute.
One of the youth who came up with the idea, Katharine, told us that $2,200 was raised to buy the materials through a deal LIHI has with Home Depot. Now they have the kit and are assembling it right outside the church in Gatewood, also supported by a $250 grant from Thrivent that funded items like gloves, food for volunteers, and even the T-shirts they’re wearing.
Which of the city-sanctioned camps managed by LIHI will get it, that’s up to LIHI, the Peace Lutheran volunteers say; the nonprofit will pick it up once it’s ready to go sometime Monday.
Happening now at CAPERS Home (WSB sponsor) in The Junction – Susan Goodwin‘s last jewelry trunk show of the season, with what she says are “oodles of new designs.” It’s not just a great chance to shop, but also a chance to do a good deed, as part of the proceeds will go to buy blankets for Mary’s Place, which “empowers homeless women, children, and families to reclaim their lives.” The show is on until 4 pm; CAPERS is at 4525 California SW.
We’re sharing the official poster for Delridge Day to remind you that the free, fun festival in the park outside Delridge Community Center, presented by VIEWS, is exactly two weeks away – 11 am to 3 pm on Saturday, August 13th. Plan to be there to be entertained, informed, and engaged … watch here for more details soon. (WSB is a Delridge Day sponsor again this year, so we’ll be there too.)
8:46 AM: If you’re headed toward the eastbound bridge right now – use Fauntleroy, a texter advises. It’s the annual parade-float backup. Apparently what happened last year on the morning of Seafair Torchlight Parade day is happening again right now, with floats stored at Terminal 5 heading out via lower Spokane. Seafair is again having a parade-participant showcase at Seattle Center in advance of tonight’s parade down 4th Avenue (7:30 pm start, but *no* pre-parade run this year).
8:56 AM: Just checked the SDOT live-video camera for the low bridge in time to see the tail end of the float motorcade (grainy screenshot added above), so you should be OK to use Admiral/Avalon again.
Some of your options as this West Seattle weekend gets going:
ALKI BEACH RUN REGISTRATION PARTY: Now until noon, West Seattle Runner (WSB sponsor) offers raffles and more to entice you to come sign up for the August 28th Alki Beach Run benefiting Northwest Hope and Healing. (2743 California SW)
WEST AFRICAN DANCE & DRUM SHOWCASE: 11 am-noon at Southwest Library, teaching artists from Gansango African Drum and Music Co. will “demonstrate contemporary and traditional West African dances and music with help from the audience.” All ages welcome. (35th SW/SW Henderson)
ALKI LIGHTHOUSE TOURS: Free tours of West Seattle’s historic lighthouse between 1-4 pm with the US Coast Guard Auxiliary. (Alki SW/Beach Drive SW)
SALSA ON ALKI: Lesson at 5, dancing at 5:45 pm, details (including cost) are here. (60th SW/Alki SW)
‘FROM DOOR TO DOOR’: 7:30 pm at Kenyon Hall, the Seattle Jewish Theater Company presents this “award-winning comedy about three generations of Jewish women and the American dream.” Ticket info is on the Kenyon Hall website. (7904 35th SW)
OUTDOOR MOVIE AT PARK WEST CARE CENTER: Park West Care Center (WSB sponsor) is opening its big patio in North Admiral for a free family-friendly community movie night. The movie is “Never-Ending Story,” 8:30 pm. Bring your own chair/blanket. (1703 California SW)
OUTDOOR MOVIE AT HOTWIRE COURTYARD: And it’s the third of six Saturday nights for West Seattle Outdoor Movies – “School of Rock” is on the courtyard screen, after the band Those Guys provides pre-show entertainment. Movie at dusk (9 pm-ish) but grab a spot in the Hotwire Online Coffeehouse (WSB sponsor) courtyard early. Free, but bring cash for nonprofit-supporting concessions and raffles if you can! (4410 California SW)
FIND EVEN MORE TO DO … on our calendar.