West Seattle, Washington
Another idea for your weekend, if you’re not out of town for spring break – one of West Seattle’s newest parks could use some help this Sunday. From Stu Hennessey:
Get an early start on Earth Week by attending the Puget Ridge Edible Park garden party this Sunday from 4-6 pm. We will be ready to plant a few beds of lettuces and other greens. We also will need some muscle to erect a grape trellis and move a table.
Peas, parsnips, and radishes are already up and doing well. This year we have over 40 planting beds so come help us bring local and nutritious food to Puget Ridge.
The park is at 5265 18th SW and has been years in the making.
Thanks to all the sellers who have signed up for West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day 2018 since we opened registration on Wednesday! So far, 35 sales are on the list for what we like to describe as the peninsula’s biggest day of person-to-person recycling – always the second Saturday in May, which means this year it’s May 12th. Official sale hours are 9 am-3 pm but some sellers will start early and/or close late (if that’s part of your plan as a seller, be sure to include your sale hours in the up-to-20-words “ad” you include on the registration form).
Already it’s an eclectic list – individual sales, group sales, benefit sales, business sales, from The Junction to South Delridge, individual sellers from North Shorewood to North Delridge, Gatewood Hill to Charlestown Hill, Pigeon Point to Alki Point, Westwood to Seaview, and beyond. The registration period runs three weeks and then closes so we can make (and check and doublecheck and triplecheck) the printable and clickable maps and lists, which will be available a full week before sale day so that shoppers can plan their stops. Planning to have a sale? Here’s where to register.
In case you haven’t already seen it on our calendar – Saturday night, our area’s only rowing club invites you to a benefit party at Highland Park Improvement Club (1116 SW Holden). It’s the seventh annual fundraiser for Duwamish Rowing Club, 6-10 pm, with a chili dinner, silent auction, and raffle drawing, plus guest speaker Bill Tytus, owner/president of Pocock Racing Shells. Donation is $25 adults, $10 youth 10-18, and you’re invited to bring your favorite (vinyl) record to play! You’ll be supporting the club’s mission “that rowing should be affordable, accessible, and open to anyone who wants to participate.”
Delridge redevelopment continues: A new early-stage project is in the city’s online files for 4554 Delridge Way SW, proposing to replace the 83-year-old house (photo above) with a 3-story building described as 8 one-bedroom apartments, 8 “efficiency studios,” and 8 underground parking spaces. This site is across from the south end of Delridge Playfield and next door to West Seattle’s first microhousing building (4548 Delridge). Again, it’s an early-stage proposal, so no reviews or meetings are scheduled yet.
That’s the notice Washington State Ferries is circulating this afternoon to homes and businesses near the Fauntleroy ferry terminal (you can also see it here). It’s a confirmation that work to repave the dock and approach will start Monday night, as was tentatively scheduled when we published this report a week ago. The work will be done Monday-Thursday nights for the next month and a half or so, 7 pm-4 am, and WSF warns that it’ll be noisy. As promised, they’ll have a hotline during the project, answered around the clock, 206-402-8070. This round of repaving is expected to last until an even-bigger project, dock replacement, in about seven years.
Today we’re welcoming Admiral District restaurant Circa as a new West Seattle Blog sponsor! Here’s what proprietors Gretchen and Bill would like you to know about their restaurant, now celebrating 20 years in business:
We are the perfect microcosm of West Seattle. We’ve been in the Admiral District for 20 years! We have plenty of regulars who have been here since year 1. We have 6 amazing servers who have been at Circa well over 10 years and plenty of new, wonderful staff. But, people aren’t eating at Circa because of its longevity – they keep coming back because our food is consistently great.
We make just about everything in house – sauces, gnocchis, cake, gumbo, and hand-formed burger patties. Everything we source is of the highest quality: Painted Hills beef, all-natural chicken and lamb, fresh produce. We are a “New American” restaurant so we have a little something for everyone. Some of our house favorites over the years are our killer meatloaf with veal demi-glace and red potato mashers, steak salad, pork mole enchiladas, 8 oz. hamburger on Macrina brioche. We have casual food (great fish and chips) to upscale regional (shrimp grits with caviar butter). I could go on and on.
We have also always been very kid-friendly with a variety of kid meals and a small library and toy box for kids to raid when they arrive. Circa was my 3 boys’ favorite restaurant growing up and I’ve loved that they felt welcome there. You should have seen the look on their faces when we told them we were buying it 2 years ago! That being said, we also have a beautiful bar to sit at. 14 beers on tap, a good wine selection, and full cocktail bar. All bias aside, Circa is the perfect neighborhood bar and grill. You will feel welcome and leave very satisfied.
Repeat Circa patrons say: Don’t EVER change your steak salad, meatloaf, or chocolate cake. Seriously, we hear it all the time! Trust me, I wouldn’t touch those recipes with a 10 foot pole. Having been a server here for over a decade before becoming an owner, I know what NOT to touch :) I also can’t tell you how often over the years we have customers tell us about a big life event that Circa reminds them of, whether it’s a chance meeting with a future spouse, an oasis during a tough time in life, an aging grandparent’s favorite meal, even a new mom’s water breaking! Our bar and longtime bartenders are a favorite draw for those looking to just slip out of the house and feel welcomed and relax. These small things in life are what so many of us need to recharge. Circa has provided that for so many, for so long. It is a great source of pride for all of us who turn Circa‘s wheels.
Here’s how else Circa supports the community: Having 3 kids in this community we donate considerably to nearly all of the schools in the immediate area. We’ve also done fund drives for different causes, including staff. If anyone has a group we could contribute to or benefit from … give me a ring! (206-923-1102)
Circa is at 2605 California SW, open for lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch.
We thank Circa for sponsoring independent, community-collaborative neighborhood news via WSB; find our current sponsor team listed in directory format here, and find info on joining the team by going here.
You might recall that scene from the last week of last year – two flipped cars alongside an apartment complex on the SW Genesee hill west of Avalon. It was the aftermath of two crashes in one snowy night, over the span of a few hours starting late Christmas Eve. No serious injuries. The second driver to crash that night, KC, had wondered in post-crash comment discussion why the complex had no safety barriers along the driveway, given the dropoff – and now, KC tells us, that’s changed, with this installation yesterday:
KC adds, in the note accompanying that photo: “After the event, I never wanted any monetary compensation but only for safety devices installed and an admission that there was a clear and present danger! I have had nothing to do with how these have come to be… but they have been installed so others may be spared the over the rockery trip. As far as admission of a hazard… I take comfort in knowing actions often speak louder than words, such is the case here!”
Looking ahead at the rest of your Thursday, with highlights from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:
TINKERLAB: 4 pm at High Point Library, this STEM-themed craft activity invites all ages to take on the “Circuits Challenge” today. Free as always. (35th SW/SW Raymond)
FREE TAX HELP: That IRS deadline is getting ever closer. Tonight you have another chance to get free tax help, no appointment necessary, 5-9 pm at the West Seattle Food Bank. Our calendar listing explains what you need to bring. (35th SW/SW Morgan)
4417 42ND SW DESIGN REVIEW: 6:30 pm at the Senior Center/Sisson Building, the Southwest Design Review Board takes another look at this Junction project, described on its official city page as “a 4-story apartment building containing 58 units and 4 live-work units” with 26 underground parking spaces. See the project design packet here (PDF). The meeting will include a public-comment period. (4217 SW Oregon)
NORTH HIGHLINE UNINCORPORATED AREA COUNCIL: Live/work/study/do business in White Center and/or vicinity? Its community council meets tonight at the North Highline Fire District‘s HQ – see the agenda here. (1243 SW 112th)
READ THE KORAN IN 4 WEEKS: First Lutheran Church of West Seattle pastor Rev. Ron Marshall starts the next session of his long-running course tonight, 7 pm – inquire ASAP to see if there’s room. (4105 California SW)
‘A CHORUS LINE’: Second-to-last chance to see this year’s student musical at West Seattle High School, presented by the Drama Club and Music Department, as previewed here. 7:30 pm curtain. (3000 California SW)
(WSB video, photo)
Back in 1975, Broadway birthed the Tony and Pulitzer Award-winning sensation “A Chorus Line,” which ran for 15 years. The tale of 17 auditioners is still thrilling crowds today, with songs that have become classics, including “One,” which you can hear in our video clip, featuring West Seattle High School students from the Drama Club and Music Department. “A Chorus Line” is their spring musical, and you have just two more chances to see the 90-minute performance at the WSHS Theater – tonight and tomorrow (Friday) night at 7:30 pm (we recorded them during a runthrough before last night’s show).
It’s a huge production, with more than 60 performers and crew members, led by drama teacher Andrew Finley and music director Ethan Thomas (the program has a shoutout for more than a dozen parent volunteers too). E-mail for a reservation to get tickets at a lower rate. Haven’t been to the WSHS Theater? Enter the school through the courtyard off its parking lot on the west side of the school at 3000 California SW.
The National Weather Service is warning that Saturday might bring strong wind to our area and much of Western Washington. It’s issued a “special weather statement” saying southerly wind is possible on Saturday “in the 20-30 mph range, with gusts 40 to 45 mph.” Read the full alert here. And keep everything charged!
6:21 AM: Thanks for the text – the “car fire” call at 35th/Holly is reported to be a Metro bus. Texter says the fire was out fast and indeed, SFD has already closed out the call.
6:42 AM: Meantime, no other West Seattle incidents or transit alerts reported so far.
WEEKEND TRAFFIC ALERTS: Here’s the roundup we published last night – including the Sunday morning NB Highway 99 closure for the Emerald City Ride.