West Seattle, Washington
Saturday will be a huge day for those four young West Seattleites! The photo and report are from Eric Linxweiler:
West Seattle has a new running program for youth started this past fall. After running cross country with Seattle Parks and Rec for the past few years, we decided this year to make a USA Track and Field youth club called West Seattle Road Runners. We started training in August, and in September moved to Lincoln Park for our 2-day-a-week running sessions. The kids ran over every square inch of that park!
This year, especially, all of the regional running teams are amazed at how fast we’ve grown, how our team supports each other, and yes – how fast our kids are (especially our 7&8 year old girls, who placed second in the Pacific Northwest).
All told, we’ve grown from 12 runners in 2014 to 48 this year, ranging in age from 5 to 14. It’s been fantastic to see them all grow and develop, all with the support of a vibrant West Seattle running community (including West Seattle Runner).
Through the season we had many teams qualify for Junior Olympic races and qualified a handful for Nationals. In the picture (above), we have Cailin Ross, Macy Powell, and Lincoln Sitzmann (front) and William Frederick (back). They will be representing West Seattle at the USATF Junior Olympics (Saturday) in Tallahassee, Florida.
Coaches were Brandee Paisano, James Powell, Ashlee Lymann, Derek Bair, and myself.
Eric (who reminds us he had local runners at the Junior Olympics in 2015, too) promises to let us know how it goes!
In the continuing saga of West Seattle’s drive-up/ride-up mailboxes … Carey sent the photo tonight with word that the Westwood Village Post Office‘s outdoor mailbox is out of service. So you’ll either need to walk your mail into the lobby, or use the box outside the West Seattle Junction Post Office (4412 California SW).
By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor
When then-Mayor Ed Murray announced plans last year to create a Community Involvement Commission, it accompanied word that the city would cut formal ties with neighborhood-district councils.
Most of those councils have continued their work anyway. And one of the two in West Seattle – the Southwest District Council – invited a commission member to its December meeting.
Her guest appearance was just part of a full agenda at the meeting this past Wednesday night – no holiday-season slowdown here. One of several big topics was the SWDC’s leadership change:
(From left, new SWDC secretary Roxane Rusch, new co-chair Tamsen Spengler, outgoing co-chair David Whiting, outgoing secretary Vicki Schmitz Block)
Earlier this week, in our latest report on SDOT‘s plans for, and Alki Elementary parents’ hopes for, the 59th SW/Admiral Way intersection, we mentioned crews were out doing some work. Above are the results so far at that intersection; SDOT had planned painted curb bulbs with plastic posts, a painted median island with plastic posts, and new crosswalks for this intersection. The painted curb bulbs are also in at 61st SW/Admiral, and SDOT has been working at SW Stevens/Admiral too. As originally announced in June, they have work planned at three other crossings.
If you click “play” on the video above, it’ll take you directly to the Endolyne Children’s Choir performance during last Saturday night’s West Seattle Junction Hometown Holidays Tree Lighting. Tomorrow (Saturday, December 9th), you can start your holiday-season weekend by enjoying and supporting the young singers at their annual “Winter Fantasy” concert, 11 am at St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church (3050 California SW). Full details are on the choir’s website, and of course this is one of many events you’ll find in the WSB West Seattle Holiday Guide, for this weekend and beyond, through New Year’s!
A unique West Seattle store, The Bass Shop in The Junction, is our newest WSB sponsor, and as we welcome The Bass Shop today, here’s what they would like you to know about their business:
The Bass Shop is one of only a handful of bass guitar specialty stores in the U.S. Proprietor Chad Beeler (above center, with Jeff and Alex) has been a bass retail specialist for over 25 years. Lots of knowledge and inventory to be found at The Bass Shop!
We hear from customers that they are grateful that a store like ours exists. Most retail guitar shops have a very limited selection of bass guitars available, but there is usually no one who can be a credible sounding board for questions regarding bass gear or the general experience of being a bassist. Once most bass players have been to our shop and consulted the staff, they tend to become repeat customers, mainly because they’ve found a source that speaks their language, asks all the right questions, and gives them a broad range of instruments and gear to choose from. We’ve had many bass players who have told us that we’ve helped them become better musicians as a result.
As with many independent businesses, The Bass Shop‘s proprietor is involved in the community. Chad helps coach his daughter’s West Seattle Soccer Club team. He plays bass for the band DAD, which is comprised of dads with kids who attend Genesee Hill Elementary; DAD donates earnings from gigs to benefit the school’s after-school enrichment program specializing in music. They also help out the in-school music programs in general if an instrument needs to be provided or any extra purchases need to be made. Along with bar gigs, DAD plays at various fundraising events, including this past September’s West Fest at Holy Rosary and Madison Middle School‘s upcoming fundraiser in February.
The Bass Shop is co-located at 4736 California SW in The Junction with another WSB sponsor, Thunder Road Guitars, open 10 am-6 pm Tuesdays-Saturdays, 206-932-4362. Online, you’ll find The Bass Shop at thebassshopseattle.com.
We thank The Bass Shop for sponsoring the independent, community-collaborative neighborhood news that WSB has been publishing for 10 years; find our current sponsor team listed in directory format here, and find info on joining the team by going here.
That’s HMCS Yellowknife, one of two Royal Canadian Navy coastal-defense vessels that you’ll see at West Seattle’s Terminal 5 through the weekend, according to Peter McGraw of the Port of Seattle:
Two Canadian minesweepers will arrive T-5 at 2 p.m. today (Friday) and remain at berth through the weekend. The HMCS YELLOWKNIFE and HMCS WHITEHORSE each have a length overall (LOA) of 181′.
Flexi Floats will be installed today, after which the vessels will be rafted alongside one-another, in the northern half of the wharf, just north of the geared ship OCEAN JAZZ, LOA 530′, and south of the Crowley barge DBL 289, which is 289 feet long.
South of the OCEAN JAZZ is the Foss barge SEATTLE with LOA 300′. The barges are awaiting their next dispatch and will not load or discharge cargo.
Both of the Canadian vessels are passing south Whidbey Island right now, according to MarineTraffic.com. Speaking of military vessels – water-watchers can expect to see the U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) passing West Seattle southbound on Sunday morning, headed back to Bremerton post-deployment.
(Tuesday photo by James Bratsanos to cheer you until the sun emerges from the fog)
Yes, there’s fun for your Friday. First on our highlight list, events from the WSB West Seattle Holiday Guide:
SYMPHONY CONCERT: 7:30 pm, enjoy West Seattle Community Orchestras‘ Symphony Orchestra concert “Nutcracker!” including that famous work and more, as previewed here. At Chief Sealth International High School Auditorium. Admission is FREE; donations appreciated! (2600 SW Thistle)
OPENING NIGHT FOR ‘IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE’: Join Twelfth Night Productions for “It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Show.” Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 pm and Sundays at 3:00 pm at Kenyon Hall. Buy your ticket(s) online at this Brown Paper Tickets link, or at the venue box office. (7904 35th SW)
ARTS WEST HOLIDAY CAST PARTY: 7:30 pm at ArtsWest in The Junction – see who’s appearing tonight! (4711 California SW)
P.S. SHOPPING FOR A TREE? The Holiday Guide has the local list.
And here are the highlights from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:
CHIEF SEALTH IHS ACADEMY OF BUSINESS DINNER/AUCTION: The students are putting this on and would love to have your support/attendance – 6-9 pm at CSIHS. Ticket info’s in our calendar listing. (2600 SW Thistle)
HPIC ART LOUNGE: Bring your project(s) to Highland Park Improvement Club starting at 7 pm and settle in for a fun, comfy place to work on it/them. Bar’s open. No admission charge. 21+. (1116 SW Holden)
AT THE SKYLARK: Noah Byrd, Bear Crozier, Brianna Bougher, Jordan Lowe, 8 pm, $8, 21+. (3803 Delridge Way SW)
AT THE PARLIAMENT: Ready Steady Go, The Pro & The Con, 9 pm. ’80s Night tribute show! $7 cover. 21+. (4210 SW Admiral Way)
THERE’S EVEN MORE … on our complete-calendar page!
Just out of the WSB inbox:
The video is from Mark Bader in Gatewood, who explains:
I’ve enjoyed putting up Christmas lights for years, but this year, at the urging of my wife, I’ve taken the plunge and synchronized my lights to music. I have a collection of songs – some that I’ve written and recorded – that are synced to lights, and you can tune your car radio to 103.3 to hear the music. My style of sequencing is more gentle and slow, with washes of color and motion that match the mood of the music. I try to stay away from lots of flashing. A friend said of my show, “It’s just like Disney!”.
“Austin Street Lights” is at 3711 SW Austin St, and the show runs from 4 pm to 10 pm each night. Tune your radio to 103.3 to hear the music.
We are of course adding this to the WSB West Seattle Holiday Guide, where you’ll also find holiday concerts and other performances, Santa stops, tree lots, special events, church services, and more – we keep adding them as we get them – email@example.com – thank you!
(SDOT MAP with travel times/video links; is the ‘low bridge’ closed? LOOK HERE)
7:02 AM: Good morning! Some fog and slickness out there again this morning. Otherwise, no current incidents in/from West Seattle.
9:31 AM: Still foggy but quiet. Thanks again to everyone who sends word of traffic trouble, breaking news, etc., when you can do so safely/legally, text or voice, via our 24/7 hotline (celebrating 10 years!) 206-293-6302.
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