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COUNTDOWN: ‘Summer Parkways’ at Alki next Sunday

Six months after we brought you first word that the city would revive the “car-free day” concept this year and move it back to September, we’re one week away from the Alki edition of “Seattle Summer Parkways.” The map above shows the route along which the westbound – water-side – lane will be closed to motorized vehicles all day, between 63rd SW and Don Armeni Boat Ramp, which is where the Orca Half (Marathon) will start around 9:30 am; the day’s other activities are set to officially run from 11 am to 4 pm. A long list of activity presenters is online here, and we’re expecting even more info before next Sunday arrives, so we’ll continue counting down.

BIZNOTE: Admiral Metropolitan Market hours changing as remodeling work starts tonight

ORIGINAL REPORT, 8:14 PM SUNDAY: Thanks to Richard for the tip – signage now up at Admiral Metropolitan Market (WSB sponsor) alerts customers to a temporary change in hours, starting tonight. Interior remodeling work is getting under way, so the store – usually open 24 hours – will be closed overnight starting at 10 pm on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday nights. The sign explains it:

(In case you can’t read the gold-stamp text at left, it says the coffee shop on the south side of the store will open at 5:30 am.) We’ll be following up with Metropolitan Market management tomorrow for details of the remodeling work and how long it’s expected to last.

ADDED MONDAY MORNING, 8:28 AM: Thanks to the neighbor who shared a letter that Met Market distributed to neighbors over the weekend to let them know that the construction work would be starting. It says the work will result in “new offerings” including “house-made pizza … a new Asian Wok station … and Gelato.” The note also says the work is expected to last until November 11th. We have an inquiry out this morning with store management in hopes of finding out more about the changes.

West Seattle Crime Watch: Car-theft suspect caught

If you noticed all the police near Delridge and Juneau – they were after a suspect who ran from what turned out to be a stolen car (white Saturn, taken somewhere in King County Sheriff’s Office jurisdiction):


Police took up containment posts and found the suspect trying to hide along Longfellow Creek south of Juneau. We confirmed with a sergeant at the scene that the suspect was in custody.

CONGRATULATIONS! West Seattle Girl Scout Erin Demaree earns Gold Award

(Photo courtesy Girl Scouts of WW – Erin with one of the logs that comprise her swale system @ Lincoln Park)

Only six percent of Girl Scouts ever earn a Gold Award, the highest achievement level in the organization, created 100 years ago by GS founder Juliette Gordon Low to “challenge girls to change their communities – and the world – in a way that has a sustainable impact,” according to Girl Scouts of Western Washington, which tells us a West Seattle Girl Scout is now a Gold Award recipient:

Erin Demaree from Troop 50253 in Seattle developed a water runoff system on a hillside that stops water and dirt from washing into the public shelter at Lincoln Park. The hill had naturally grown over, but people had walked a path along the hill that caused water to run directly into the shelter deeming it unusable when it rained. She recruited a group of local volunteers to accomplish the construction of the system while also educating them on environmental impacts and erosion issues. Erin’s runoff system now allows the shelter to be used during the rainy season as a proper shelter.

She says, “Completing my Gold Award has helped me in my leadership and critical thinking skills. I really wanted to help the community and because I knew that this park gets used a lot, I wanted to give back by supporting it.”

Research has shown that Girl Scout Gold Award recipients do well in life! They rate their general success in life significantly higher and report higher success in reaching goals in:

*Higher education and career
*Life skills

The Gold Award inspires girls to find the greatness inside themselves and share their ideas and passions with their communities, which can have a positive, lasting ripple effect on the world!

Erin was honored during a gala at the Convention Center downtown earlier this summer.

West Seattle whale watching: Orcas in the area!

2:32 PM: Thanks to Donna Sandstrom from The Whale Trail for the tip: She says orcas are in the area right now, between Blake Island and Vashon Island, headed south as of her call at 2:28 pm. They’re closer to the other side, so you need good binoculars to see them, but if you’d rather watch whales than football, get over to Beach Drive and points south! She says they’re believed to be transients, not the Southern Residents.

2:52 PM: We can see them from Upper Fauntleroy – heading southbound along Vashon’s east shore, just south of the ferry lane. Moving fast, and quickly out of our peek view; definitely closer to Vashon than this side.

Fun(draiser) results: Chuck Diesel Invitational raises $34,000 for First Tee

A big day of golfing a few weeks ago resulted in big help for the regional nonprofit The First Tee of Greater Seattle, which shared the photo and report:

Two West Seattleites, Charlie Anderson and Stuart Martin, and their planning committee, raised more than $34,000 for The First Tee of Greater Seattle at the Chuck Diesel Invitational at West Seattle Golf Course on August 28. There were about 112 players who donated funds through player fees, sponsorship, a silent auction, and other fun ways.

The First Tee of Greater Seattle is a nonprofit that serves youth ages 5-18, by teaching them life skills and healthy habits through the game of golf. The First Tee of Greater Seattle serves more then 1,700 youth at 6 different courses and 85,000 youth in 185 schools in King County.

Interested in an invitation for the 2017 tournament? You can sign up here.

RSVP ASAP: Free self-defense class for local runners

After the recent attack on a woman running in our area, West Seattle Runner (WSB sponsor) decided to organize a free self-defense class. In case you haven’t already seen it in our calendar, here’s the announcement of the class at 7 pm Wednesday, October 12th:

West Seattle Runner and P3Running are hosting a self defense class for runners. We are pleased to announce that Seattle Integrated Martial Arts (SIMA) will be presenting the class. It will last approximately 1-1.5 hours. … Our hope is that this workshop will help you feel empowered and safe while out doing what you love. Additionally, we hope to create a network of runners that night who will connect to run together during the dark hours. Please invite friends who will benefit, and have everyone RSVP. Either RSVP on the Facebook event page OR email

West Seattle Runner is at 2743 California SW.

West Seattle Sunday: Dogs, discs, plants, SouthWest Stories, more…

(The real-life “seahawk” – an osprey – photographed over Luna Park in August by Mark Wangerin)

Last Sunday of summer – Seahawks are in L.A. – and here’s what’s happening in your backyard:

DUWAMISH NATIVE PLANT STEWARDSHIP DAY: 10 am-4 pm at the Duwamish Tribe Longhouse, a full day of ways to learn about, and learn how to take care of, native plants. See our calendar listing for the topics and times of sessions during the day. Free. (4705 W. Marginal Way SW)

WEST SEATTLE ULTIMATE FAMILY FRISBEE: 10 am, all welcome, at Walt Hundley Playfields. (34th SW/SW Myrtle)

WEST SEATTLE FARMERS’ MARKET: 10 am-2 pm, see what’s fresh this week. (California SW between SW Alaska and SW Oregon)

GREYHOUND MEET & GREET: 11 am-1 pm at Mud Bay in The Admiral District, Greyhound Pets Inc. has greyhounds for you to meet. (2611 California SW)

SECOND-TIME SALE, SECOND DAY: 11:30 am-2 pm at Fauntleroy Church, big bargains in the final shopping session of this year’s big sale. (9140 California SW)

JAMTIME, LIVE: Bluegrass and old-time music at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), 1-4 pm. (5612 California SW)

SOUTHWEST STORIES: West Seattleite and former Mayor Greg Nickels has tales to tell for the Southwest Seattle Historical Society– and Seattle Public Library-presented SouthWest Stories series. SWSHS produced this video invitation:

2 pm at West Seattle (Admiral) Library. (2306 42nd SW)

SEATTLE GREEN SPACES COALITION: 3-4:45 pm at Southwest Library, this advocacy group focused on open-space issues invites everyone interested to join in. (35th SW/SW Henderson)

BIG LITTLE LIONS & GUESTS: 6-9 pm, all ages, $5 cover, at The Skylark. (3803 Delridge Way SW)

PREVIEW TOMORROW AND BEYOND … via our complete calendar, here.

PHOTO GALLERY: Fiestas Patrias parade and celebration in South Park

Photos by Leda Costa for West Seattle Blog


Saturday’s Fiestas Patrias parade and festival in South Park were a show of pride – pride in community, pride in heritage, pride in spirit. Hundreds lined SP streets to watch and cheer, as parade participants marched, danced, and rode toward the South Park Community Center.


Tradition melded with modern reality for some:


Jessica Ramos and Yesenia Gonzalez of the South Park Women’s Group wore handmade dresses that promote recycling. But before we get to more of the festival – photos of the parade! Read More