West Seattle, Washington
During the Green Seattle Day work parties, our photographer stopped by two other spots where volunteers were planting trees and shrubs – in Highland Park, volunteers worked east of the off-leash area at Westcrest Park, where some Friday snow was still on the ground:
And in east Admiral, the Duwamish Head Greenbelt drew dozens of volunteers to work at 34th and City View, one of the sites where the city is restoring damage done by illegal tree-cutting:
Steve Richmond from Garden Cycles was leading the work today, and told us they were planting larger evergreens as well as understory plants such as ferns.
The city is committed to work at the east Admiral restoration sites for five years, Jon Jainga from Parks noted.
The 21 Green Seattle Day sites with work parties today included two others in West Seattle – Camp Long and Lincoln Park.
Want to step up your cooking/serving game a bit as the holiday season nears? Highland Park Improvement Club tells us there’s still room in a unique “class” – it’s also a demo and a dinner – set for tomorrow (Sunday) night. Master Sommelier Reggie Daigneault and classically trained Chef Jennifer Asmundson will lead you through “a magnificent food and wine extravaganza” with the menu including pumpkin-spice brie, smoked-salmon crudite, pumpkin soup, roast turkey, and dessert, plus two wines paired with each course, bubbly on arrival, sherry at the end. HPIC’s info page, with a ticket link, is here.
That’s Pellegrini, onstage at The Skylark (3803 Delridge Way SW) when we stopped in toward the start of tonight’s 2nd annual Benefit Concert for the Homeless. 10+ bands are on the lineup tonight, $12 cover (unless you bought an advance ticket), with all proceeds going to benefit Mary’s Place, which helps families experiencing homelessness (and opened a shelter in nearby White Center earlier this year).
One year ago, Andrew Trujillo and Laurel Trujillo were celebrating the grand-opening weekend of their North Delridge taproom/beer garden, Ounces. Tonight, their first-anniversary celebration continues, with something new ahead as their second year begins:
Besides serving beer, Ounces is also known for hosting food trucks most days – see the calendar here – Cocina Buena is there right now:
Ounces hosted another truck until 6 pm, as highlighted in our West Seattle Saturday lineup – the Humane Society’s MaxMobile, with adorable kittens:
If you haven’t yet wished them “Happy Anniversary,” they’re open until 10 tonight – 3809 Delridge Way SW – and a special anniversary IPA is on tap, too.
5:33 PM: We stopped by Salty’s on Alki (WSB sponsor) at midday for photos just as the Southwest Seattle Historical Society‘s champagne gala brunch was getting started. Above, new SWSHS executive director Jeff McCord and board president Karen Sisson; below, former executive director Clay Eals and former City Councilmember Tom Rasmussen:
Another West Seattleite retired from politics, former Mayor Greg Nickels, was there with wife Sharon Nickels:
Husky Deli proprietor Jack Miller was scheduled to be a star of the show, in a conversation with broadcast journalist Connie Thompson:
As with many galas, donated one-of-a-kind auction items were a major attraction. This one is a classic Pearl Jam poster:
ADDED 8:23 PM: From Jeff McCord, a wrap-up with words of thanks:
Southwest Seattle Historical Society would like to thank the Community for coming out today to our 2017 Champagne Gala Brunch at Salty’s on Alki. We had some great highlights, like former executive director Clay Eals being awarded a “Power of Community” hand-blown glass ornament created for the occasion by Avalon Glassworks, and long-time supporter John Bennett, owner of Luna Park Cafe, leading off donor support this year as the Presenting Sponsor. This is in addition to the help John has always given us in the upkeep and care of the Log House Museum.
The Gala Committee worked tirelessly to put on the event, including creating four “Fun in the Junction” auction packages for the Morgan, Alaska, and Admiral Junctions, as well as the Alki business district. Some packages included things like B’s Po Boy on Alki contributing a five-course meal for six with wine pairings; Wiseman Appliances providing a stainless steel Frigidaire 38-bottle cooler for the Admiral Junction package; and, in the Morgan Junction, Thriftway making up a huge Seahawks-themed gift basket.
Between challenge funders, exciting live auction & raffle items, we are proud to announce that the community came together to help us raise over $82,000.
(L-R, Frances Smersh, Michelle Ting; photos courtesy Click! Design That Fits)
A new Smersh Design Jewelry collection is launching right now at Click! Design That Fits (4540 California SW: WSB sponsor). Today’s event continues until 6 pm. Co-proprietor John Smersh explains:
Young-onset Alzheimer’s disease has made it difficult for Frances (Smersh) to do many things, but she continues to be creative with the help of friends! This collection “Nos Familles” (our families) is a collaboration with Click! assistant manager Michelle Ting.
More details on our site – notably:
*Purchase of any design from the new collaboration will include a free piece from Frances’s existing Tattoo collection.
*We are introducing new colors (not eligible for gift with purchase, sorry) to the Tattoo shapes.
*We are collecting donations of your old jewelry in any condition (broken, missing pair) for the Women’s Shelter Jewelry Project, a program run by the Seattle Metals Guild to help homeless and disadvantaged women through shelters in the Seattle area and the YWCA Dress for Success Program.
Read more about Click!’s involvement with the Shelter Jewelry Project by going here.
The National Weather Service just updated its Winter Weather Advisory alert for the area, and it’ll be in effect midnight tonight through 10 am Sunday (which is really an 11-hour period because of the time change). The basics:
* WHAT…Rain and snow will increase this evening. Snow levels will fall to near 500 feet after midnight and 200 feet or lower Sunday morning. Accumulation up to 2 inches above 200 feet.
* WHERE…Above 200 feet away from the water, mainly on colder or grassy surfaces.
That covers much of West Seattle (our area includes the highest point in the city, 35th/Myrtle, 518′ – see it on an elevation map that you also can use to check the elevation where you are). If and when you see snow, please let us know – 206-293-6302, text or voice, 24/7 – thank you!
ORIGINAL ‘HAPPENING NOW’ REPORT, 11:30 AM: As promised, the Seattle Fire Department is welcoming visitors at Station 32 right now for the first time since the August move-in.
Until 1 pm, it’s the first open house for the newly rebuilt and expanded station in The Triangle at 3715 SW Alaska. More to come!
ADDED 2:11 PM: Since we already took you on a tour of the $18 million station, our added photos focus on who we saw there. Many potential future firefighters:
Eight more photos ahead: Read More
Inside the cozy converted Craftsman house that holds C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), you have your first chance of the season to browse a holiday arts-and-crafts fair.
You’ll find vendors in both main rooms at C&P, so don’t just stop at the front room! The fair is on until 2 pm today, at 5612 California SW.
P.S. This is one of 14 arts/crafts fairs and bazaars on the seasonal list we published earlier this week – if yours isn’t there yet, please send us info as soon as you can, so we can also get it in the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar and forthcoming West Seattle Holiday Guide.
9:45 AM: Fuchi in South Admiral moved to West Seattle a few months ago and has just become the victim of auto theft: Black 2017 Prius stolen early Friday, from SW Hanford between California and 44th. License plate BGJ4568. Fuchi found out from neighbors that someone was seen prowling cars shortly before the 3 am theft – described as a white man, late 20s to mid 30s, 5’10”, dark pants, “some kind of insulated jacket,” carrying a gym bag. If you see the car, call 911; police incident # is 2017-408542.
1:45 PM: Here’s the aforementioned prowler, as caught on a neighbor’s security camera:
TUESDAY UPDATE: Fuchi reports the car has been recovered and a suspect was arrested. We’re working to get more followup info from SPD.
First Saturday of November is a busy one! Here are highlights from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar, morning through night:
C & P COFFEE’S HOLIDAY ARTS & CRAFTS FAIR: First bazaar/arts-crafts fair of the season in West Seattle! One day only at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), 8 am-2 pm. (5612 California SW)
GREEN SEATTLE DAY: 9 am-noon, tree-planting work parties in some of our area’s most precious green spaces. If you want to show up and volunteer, looks like two West Seattle areas still need more help – Westcrest Park (info and directions here) and Me-Kwa-Mooks (info and directions here).
TILDEN SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE: 10 am-noon, independent K-5 Tilden School (WSB sponsor) welcomes prospective families to come visit this morning. (4105 California SW)
DELRIDGE GROCERY CO-OP ANNUAL MEETING: 10 am-noon at South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) in University Building room 100: “We’ll discuss the status of the co-op and celebrate all we have accomplished over the last year.” Park in the north lot. Directions here. (6000 16th SW)
SOUTH PARK RESOURCE FAIR: 10 am-2 pm at South Park Community Center:
We have 16 City Departments who will be there sharing program information, funding opportunities, and discount programs. The Mobile Customer Service Center will be parked out front and there will be trainings offered all day on: Personal Safety, 911, and Tenants Rights. Come for an hour or stay the whole time! Be one of the first in the door to receive a free tote bag. Child care, light refreshments, and interpretation provided in Spanish and Vietnamese.
(8319 8th Ave. S.)
FIRE STATION 32 OPEN HOUSE: 11 am-1 pm, your chance to get up close and personal with West Seattle’s new fire station in The Triangle. Also meet artist Sean Orlando, who created the unique public artwork on the station’s side! (3715 SW Alaska)
COLLEGE FINANCIAL AID FORM HELP: 11 am-5 pm at Southwest Library, get help filling out the FAFSA/WASFA forms. (9010 35th SW)
FIRST ANNIVERSARY AT OUNCES, DAY 2: 2-8 pm, Ounces continues celebrating its first anniversary, with MaxMobile pet adoptions 3-6 pm and Books & Beer, also 3-6 pm – details in our calendar listing. (3809 Delridge Way SW)
FALL FESTIVAL FOR FAMILIES: Miss Sheryl’s Ballet is raising money for students’ travel by inviting you to a fun fall festival, 3:30 pm at the West Seattle VFW Hall in The Triangle. Details in our calendar listing. (3601 SW Alaska)
2ND ANNUAL CONCERT TO BENEFIT THE HOMELESS: Fundraising concert at The Skylark, 5 pm-1 am, with all proceeds going to help Mary’s Place help people experiencing homelessness. Details in our calendar listing. (3803 Delridge Way SW)
(3000 California SW)
SOUTH SOUND TUG AND BARGE: 8 pm, West Seattle Brewing Company. Bellingham’s Dandelion opens. No cover. (4415 Fauntleroy Way SW)
And don’t forget …
DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME ENDS: Overnight tonight – at 2 am Sunday – we “fall back” an hour, as Daylight Saving Time departs, until its return March 11, 2018.