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UPDATE: Andrew Malinak’s Olympia-to-Seattle swim ends early

July 22, 2017 11:14 pm
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 |   West Seattle news | WS & Sports

11:14 PM: Local distance swimmer Andrew Malinak is the person who’s told us about some of his fellow swimmers’ memorable feats in recent years – such as Melissa Blaustein tackling the “Amy Hiland Swim” from Bremerton to Alki Point three weeks ago (WSB coverage here), less than a year after Erika Norris did it.

Right now, Andrew is on a daring swim of his own – having left Olympia around 4 pm, planning to swim all night and into tomorrow, expecting to reach downtown Seattle Sunday evening. Along the way, if all goes well, he’ll be off West Seattle . You can follow him via this tracking site.

He planned to have Alki swimmers including Erika sailing alongside for support. “I’ll swim through the night, and will land in the Sculpture Park in downtown Seattle around maybe 6 pm Sunday. We’ll pass by Alki Light around 3-4 pm-ish. Distance is 53.3 miles.” So keep an eye offshore tomorrow afternoon – you might see Andrew and his support crew. Two years ago, he swam from Tacoma to West Seattle – this is about triple the distance.

SUNDAY MORNING NOTE: The tracking stopped after midnight, and Andrew e-mailed at 1 am that “the swim is over; we’re headed home.”

UPDATE: About the police search in North Delridge

(K-9 unit’s vehicle)

ORIGINAL SATURDAY NIGHT REPORT: Thanks for the texts about a police search in North Delridge. Officers including a K-9 team are in the Delridge/Brandon/26th SW area. We talked with one officer who is part of “containment” – keeping watch on the periphery of the search area – he told us they are looking for someone who was arrested (for what, he didn’t know) and being treated by an ambulance crew and somehow got away. The only descriptive info he had was 6’1″ African American male – wearing handcuffs.

MONDAY UPDATE: We’re told the suspect is back in custody. Working to find out more.

READER REPORT: Young Shakespeare Workshop @ Roxhill Park, day 1

July 22, 2017 9:09 pm
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Thanks to Judy for photos from this afternoon’s Young Shakespeare Workshop performance of “As You Like It” at Roxhill Park this afternoon. She enjoyed it and wanted to let you know a few things in case you were thinking about going to the encore performance tomorrow (2 pm Sunday):

Judy says, “I parked at the Roxhill Park parking lot off 29th just south of Barton and walked SE on paths to reach the performance location—they promised there would be direction signs on the paths for tomorrow’s performance. Bring a blanket, towel, or camp chair for sitting on the hillside. There’s some shade but also areas to sit in the sun.” The performance is free.

Young Shakespeare Workshop, by the way, is a nationally acclaimed organization – its director Darren Lay accepted an award at the White House a few years back – and doesn’t usually have West Seattle stops on its summer schedule, so if you have time tomorrow afternoon, don’t miss the chance to see them.

With stormtroopers and trivia, here’s how West Seattle Outdoor Movies’ 2017 season began

7:35 PM: Stormtroopers, Darth Vader, Princess Leia, School of Rock musicians, the Macho Burgers food truck, and early-arrival moviegoers are already gathered in and along the SW Snoqualmie festival street west of 36th SW [map], for the first night of this year’s West Seattle Outdoor Movies series. “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” is tonight’s movie. (Added – SOR started playing and a stormtrooper dance ensued:)

This is the first full season that the West Seattle YMCA (WSB sponsor) is hosting the series, which now has more room and more opportunities for preshow fun. There’s still time for you to get here – after some preshow music, we’re gearing up for “Star Wars” trivia, hosted by co-publisher Patrick, and the movie itself is still an hour and a half or so away. It’s a little breezy here in the shade so we’d recommend bringing a sweater. And definitely bring your own chair(s) and/or blanket to sit on. The movie’s free; in addition to the food truck availability, the Y is selling concessions, and cool prizes will be raffled to raise money for local nonprofits.

8:56 PM: Movie time is getting closer. People are still arriving; still room toward the back of the sloped seating area facing the inflatable screen (which is being tested right now – not dark enough to start the movie yet). Definitely sweater/blanket weather, at least in your editor’s opinion. The “Star Wars” trivia game is in the final moments. Meantime, another scene from the Garrison Titan visit earlier – some of the visitors posing with the Y’s new leader Shalimar Gonzales:

Next week, it’s the LEGO Batman Movie. During the week, we’ll have a preview with even more details such as preshow activities, food-truck plans, etc.

West Seattle Grand Parade 2017, report #2: The winners!

July 22, 2017 4:14 pm
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The judging results are in … and here’s who the West Seattle Grand Parade judges chose as the winners this year. Topping the list, same grand-prize winner as last year – congratulations to the All-City Band, led by West Seattle’s own Marcus Pimpleton (who is also assistant principal at Denny International Middle School):

Overall Grand Prize Winners

(WSB photo by Christopher Boffoli)

1st – Seattle Schools All-City Marching Band

2nd – Electronettes Drill Team & Drum Squad

3rd – West Seattle Lions Club

Marching Bands

1st – Kennedy Catholic High School Marching Band

Cars & Motorcycles

1st – Senior Center of West Seattle

2nd – Soil Sciences Products

3rd – Nile Shriners

Performing Acts

1st – Joyas Mestizas – Seattle Mexican Youth Folk Dance

2nd – Pathfinder K-8 School Unicycle Team

3rd – Seafair Pirates


1st – Eldercare Consulting

2nd – The Little Gym of West Seattle
3rd – Ronald McDonald


1st – Southside Revolution Jr. Roller Derby
2nd – WestSide Baby – Stuff the Bus

3rd – West Seattle Amateur Radio Club

Drill Teams – Junior
1st – Butterfly Electronettes Drill Team

2nd – Washington Diamonds Drill Team Jr.

Drill Teams – Senior

1st – Seattle Chinese Community Girls Drill Team

2nd – West Seattle High School Cheer

3rd – Washington Diamonds Drill Team Sr.

Floats – Large Community

1st – Marysville Strawberry Festival

2nd – Daffodil Festival

Floats – Smaller Community

1st – Fathoms O’ Fun – Port Orchard

2nd – Holy Rosary Church & School

Congratulations to all! We’ll be adding more photos (and some sunnier substitutions) and video of the winners in the hours ahead, and publishing other parade galleries too.

P.S. If you love parades … note that the White Center Jubilee Days Parade is tomorrow morning, 11 am, from 16th SW and SW 112th, heading north on 16th to 100th.

DAY 1: Alki Art Fair, 20th-anniversary edition

Been to the beach yet? You have until 6 tonight to catch the artists/vendors, 9 tonight to catch the music, on day 1 of the 20th anniversary edition of the Alki Art Fair. We just walked through – there’s lots to see and buy. Angela Belzetsky‘s pelican caught our eye:

Don’t miss the free kids’ activities just west of Alki Bathhouse. There are two music stages, the main stage just east of the bathhouse, and a busker stage on the boardwalk at 63rd – here’s the schedule. Back to the bathhouse – go inside to see the 20th anniversary display, and to bid on silent auction items- these are just a few of the ones with bidding closing at 4 pm.

You can catch the shuttle bus from the Spokane/Avalon/Harbor park-n-ride under the bridge (it’s a big yellow school bus) or get there many other ways (we noticed bicycles in the area from the two new bike-share companies that debuted in Seattle this past week, Spin and LimeBike).

P.S. If you missed it earlier this week, here’s our interview with Giovannina Souers, who’s been involved with the Alki Art Fair since it began 20 years ago.

TOMORROW: ‘Stuff the Bus’ party – don’t forget the diapers!

July 22, 2017 1:54 pm
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If you just watched the West Seattle Grand Parade, you saw WestSide Baby‘s famous bus – so we’re reminding you that they’re going about “stuffing” it with diapers a different way this year. Instead of parking the bus at a spot where you can drop off donations, they’re throwing a big party Sunday, noon-3 pm, where you can come have fun AND drop off diaper donations. From WS Baby:

The outdoor family-friendly event runs from 12 pm-3 pm at WestSide Baby’s offices in White Center (10002 14th Ave SW). The entry fee is a package of diapers (sizes 4,5,6 and pull-ups in 3T-4T and 4T-5T are most needed). The Bash is the culmination of July’s Stuff the Bus Diaper Drive, which aims to collect 300,000 diapers to distribute to kids in need across Western King County.

Diapers aren’t covered by food stamps, and one in three US families have struggled to afford diapers for their babies. Last year WestSide Baby distributed 1.4 million diapers to families through 114 social service agencies.

There are going to be plenty of fun activities, including a free BBQ, Full Tilt Ice Cream, an Art Tent and games, trike races, and a diaper dash. So bring the family and a pack of diapers to help keep kids in our community dry and happy.

Before or after, you can wander a few blocks west to the Jubilee Days festival.

West Seattle Grand Parade 2017, from The Admiral District to The Junction: Report #1

10:42 AM: The Seattle Police Motorcycle Drill Team is performing, and that marks the start of the 2017 West Seattle Grand Parade, From California/Lander in The Admiral District to California/Edmunds in The Junction. They and the Vancouver B.C. Police motorcycles perform before the rest of the parade, which is set to get going around 11, after hours of staging, practicing, and behind-the-scenes logistics by dozens of volunteers, from the parade co-coordinators, to the Seafair Parade Marshals assisting them, to the West Seattle Amateur Radio Club hams communicating along the route. This year’s parade is about the same size as last year – more than 70 entries, as of the lineup meeting we covered earlier this week – and that means it’ll likely conclude at this end around 12:30 pm, in The Junction after 1. If you’re watching on that end, also look for the Rotary Kiddie Parade leaving California/Genesee at 11. And watch our Twitter feed for parade photos and updates before our post-parade coverage!

12:13 PM: The parade has just concluded at the north end of the route, California/Lander. We have a crew at the south end, too, and will update when it wraps up there. The road will reopen block by block in most cases – the block between Admiral and Lander has just reopened, but police vehicles are keeping watch south of there while the parade proceeds. Meantime, from all the photos and videos we tweeted, a few sightings of note:

While this is the first year without Hi-Yu, a former Senior Court Queen was in the parade, one of the contenders in this year’s Seafair Scholarship Program for Women, April Davis. The next Miss Seafair will be crowned next week. And speaking of reigning …

Lots more photos and video in our upcoming roundups – but first we’re off to some of today’s other big events.

1:11 PM: Our crew in The Junction reports the parade has ended.

VIDEO: 2017 pre-parade Float Dodger 5K

July 22, 2017 9:52 am
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The runners in red shirts are from MyTeamTriumph of Puget Sound, and they started this morning’s pre-parade Float Dodger 5K – MTT is “an athletic ride-along created for children, teens, adults & veterans with disabilities who would normally not be able to experience events such as triathlons or road races,” and it’s this year’s Float Dodger 5K beneficiary. Here are the rest of the runners, leaving the start line:

This is the second year for the r5K, presented by West Seattle Runner (WSB sponsor), to start and finish at Hiawatha. Pre-race, we photographed WSR’s Tim McConnell with Teresa The Goldfish:

Once off the field, the runners got to “dodge” a new float this year:

(Photo courtesy Dave Vague)

They ran around the West Seattle Rotary float – the Rotary presents the West Seattle Grand Parade, which starts with the motorcycle drill teams leaving California/Lander around 10:30 am. In past years, runners have “dodged” the Hi-Yu float, but since that organization has deactivated, a new local dodge-able float had to be found. Meantime, we’re told about 400 people were signed up for the 5K – and the first finishers already are crossing. Results later! And for continuing pre-parade coverage, watch the WSB Twitter feed.

West Seattle Saturday: Grand Parade, Float Dodger 5K, low-low tide, Alki Art Fair, Outdoor Movies…

July 22, 2017 6:34 am
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 |   West Seattle news | WS miscellaneous

That’s a “live” SDOT view of California/Alaska, part of the route for the two big events that start the day with road-closure and parking-restriction alerts, the West Seattle Grand Parade and, just before it, the Float Dodger 5K. California SW will be closed starting at ~7 am at SW Admiral Way, and the rest of the way south to SW Edmunds by ~9 am, with restrictions on streets to the west and east, especially toward the north end of the route, for staging. When you see those no-parking signs and barricades, take them seriously! (Find bus reroutes here.) As for what else you need to know about those events and what else is happening today:

FLOAT DODGER 5K: Before the West Seattle Grand Parade, run/walk the route, in the Float Dodger 5K, presented by West Seattle Runner (WSB sponsor)! Last-minute registration starts at 8 am; kids’ dash on the track at 8:45 am; race starts at 9:30 am. Hiawatha Playfield and on to the parade route. More info here. (2700 California SW)

WEST SEATTLE GRAND PARADE: The Seattle and Vancouver Police Motorcycle Drill Teams start ~10:30 am from California/Lander, rest of the parade 11 am, heading south on California to Edmunds in The Junction. Our two most-recent previews of this year’s parade are here and here. This year’s Orville Rummel Trophy winner is Keith Hughes; grand marshal is City Councilmember Lisa Herbold; come cheer hundreds of your neighbors as they roll, walk, ride, dance, etc. down the parade route. (California SW between The Admiral District and The Junction)

ALKI ART FAIR: Celebrating its 20th year! First of two days with dozens of artists/vendors lining the Alki Beach boardwalk near, and west of, the Bathhouse. 10 am-6 pm today, with music continuing until 9 pm – see the lineup here. Free shuttle running continuously from the park-and-ride area under the West Seattle Bridge, near Harbor/Avalon/Spokane. Go inside the Bathhouse for silent auctions – closing at 1 and 4 pm – and festival history. Here’s our preview. (60th/Alki)

LOW-LOW TIDE, INCLUDING SIGN-LANGUAGE INTERPRETATION: 9:30 am-1 pm today, Seattle Aquarium beach naturalists are at Lincoln and Constellation parks, with a low-low tide of -3.0 at 10:35 am. Also at Lincoln Park, today only, sign-language interpretation available 10 am-1 pm.

WHITE CENTER JUBILEE DAYS: Street fair and more, 10 am-6 pm today, expanded this year to 16th SW as well as 17th SW between Roxbury and SW 100th; car show 11 am-5 pm. See the music lineup here; see the map here.

WADING POOLS AND SPRAYPARK: Lincoln Park wading pool and Highland Park spraypark are both open 11 am-8 pm today; Delridge and Hiawatha wading pools are open noon-6:30 pm. (Find addresses here)

ALKI POINT LIGHTHOUSE TOURS: The US Coast Guard Auxiliary presents free tours today, 1-4 pm – last tour group at 3:40 pm – but NOT tomorrow, so enjoy the historic lighthouse today! (3201 Alki SW)

SHAKESPEARE @ ROXHILL PARK: Young Shakespeare Workshop presents “As You Like It,” 2 pm at Roxhill Park. Free. (2850 SW Roxbury)

TREVOR RAS AT C & P: Performing at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor) – 4-5 pm, kids’ singalong; 5-6 pm, “soulful Americana.” (5612 California SW)

WEST SEATTLE OUTDOOR MOVIES: First of this season’s six movies is “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.” Remember that West Seattle Outdoor Movies are now in the “festival street” south of the West Seattle YMCA (WSB sponsor) headquarters. Bring your own chair/blanket. Free admission; bring $ for nonprofit-benefiting raffles, concessions, and food truck (Macho Burgers this week). Open at 6:30; preshow “Star Wars” trivia, selfies with stormtroopers, School of Rock performances, movie at dusk – no earlier than 9 pm this week. (36th SW/SW Snoqualmie)

OF SEA AND STONE: Folk-pop/alt-country at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), 7-9 pm. (5612 California SW)

MARKET STREET DIXIELAND JAZZ BAND: 7:30 pm at Kenyon Hall, with “hot New Orleans style traditional jazz, Dixieland and 1920’s tunes.” Ticket info in our calendar listing. All ages. (7904 35th SW)

WEST END GIRLS: Cookie Couture hosts a drag extravaganza at The Skylark, doors at 8, show at 9, performers and other info in our calendar listing. (3803 Delridge Way SW)

THAT’S NOT ALL … see all the listings for today/tonight on our complete-calendar page! That’s also where you can find out how to get your event listed on WSB.