West Seattle, Washington
If you had trouble getting to the second day of the 8th-anniversary party at West Seattle Runner (WSB sponsor) because of the unexpected “guest” out in the street – good news! That work’s done, but the party is NOT over, and you are invited to join Lori McConnell and Tim McConnell as the celebration continues tomorrow. We stopped by this evening for an update on the Sunday plans:
10:30 am – Pilates with Be Pilates
11 am – Run sponsored by Hoka. Mimosas and doughnuts follow!
11:30 am – Assessments with Lora from Biojunction Sports Therapy
Throughout the day, discounts continue on footwear and apparel. And you can find out what’s happening in the local running world any time you stop by – along with their own events and activities, WSR partners with the big events both in West Seattle and beyond, and supports lots of community causes. They’ll be open tomorrow until 5 pm, 2743 California SW.
Quick update – 110 sales are now ready to get on the map for the 14th annual West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day, exactly four weeks away – Saturday, May 12th! Individual sales, block sales, group sales, business sales, benefit sales … Alki Point to Arbor Heights, North Delridge to South Delridge to Puget Ridge, and all neighborhoods inbetween.
If you have just a bit of stuff to sell and/or nowhere to sell it, Hotwire Coffee‘s courtyard has space again this year – check in directly with them. Otherwise, get yourself on the WSCGSD map by registering here. And if you’ll be shopping, watch here on WSB and on the WSCGSD website for the printable/clickable versions of the map/list one week in advance.
Thanks to Connie Wolf for the photos and report!
A small but mighty group of neighbors got together on this drizzly morning to pick up litter around Westwood Village.
For the past two years, the South Delridge Community Group has been meeting monthly to clean up in and around our neighborhood. Got a suggestion for which main streets, side streets, and alleys we should tackle next? We’d love to hear it! Even better, join us at a cleanup – we always meet the second Saturday of each month from 10-11 am. It’s a great way to start the weekend, keep our streets clean, meet neighbors, and build community!
Send your suggestion to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks to Nicole for the photos! Graves (aka Desmond) Hansen has just painted another signal-box portrait … this time, a tribute to Kurt Cobain on the southeast corner of California/Graham. He actually painted this signal box first, as we showed you more than a month ago, but it just held the swirling background pattern until he added Kurt today. (Nicole’s photo below features Hansen at right,
an assistant Dozer at left:)
He’s also continuing to collect donations to cover his costs. His previous four signal-box portraits are Jimi Hendrix at California/Morgan, Bruce Lee at 35th/Morgan, Chris Cornell at 35th/Alaska, and Layne Staley at Harbor/Spokane.
2:30 PM: A crash on the westbound side of the west end of the West Seattle Bridge is affecting EB traffic too because of jersey-barrier displacement. SDOT is on scene.
3:40 PM: Still one lane blocked each way, according to the live camera accessible via the city map.
4:18 PM: Still working on the jersey barrier.
4:28 PM: SDOT has just cleared the scene and it’s now back to normal both ways. Apologies but we don’t have any information about whether anyone was hurt in the crash itself – from the incident log, it doesn’t appear anyone was transported by medic unit, so if there were injuries, they weren’t major.
12:51 PM: Another event from our Saturday highlights list is well under way: The Pac-12 North Invitational beach-volleyball tournament at Alki, day 1. It’s umbrellas for spectators, sleeves for players:
We stopped by as UW players took to the sand again at noon, after they two hours earlier “upset 13th-ranked Cal in the first match of the weekend, 3-2.”
Stanford beat Oregon in the 11 am faceoff. Each match is scheduled for all five courts – at 1 pm, it’ll be Oregon vs. California, and at 2 pm, USC vs. Stanford. The Sunday schedule, again starting at 10 am, is here.
ADDED 10:01 PM: Here’s the gohuskies.com recap of the tournament’s first day.
Until noon, you can drop by Uptown Espresso in The Junction to talk with SDOT about the next phase of planning for the West Seattle Neighborhood Greenway, which, as we’ve been reporting, is now planned to extend all the way to North Admiral. The boards set up on easels include more specifics of what they’re looking at, including even the intersection right here in front of the coffee shop:
There are also details of another block proposed for some rechannelization, this one on the north side of The Junction, by Holy Rosary:
If you can’t make it to this morning’s drop-in session for feedback and info, there’s another one on Thursday (April 19th), 4:15-5:45 pm, at West Seattle (Admiral) Library, 2306 42nd SW. And you can provide info via a new online survey, here – that includes some of the routing and rechannelization options we’re seeing on the boards here at the meeting.
10:51 AM: Thanks for the tip. The West Seattle Bridge offramp to southbound I-5 is blocked right now by a crash – our tipster says it’s a rollover. No Seattle Fire dispatch for injuries so far, though.
12:30 PM: Though WSDOT hasn’t updated the status, the “live” webcam pic (as shown above) shows the ramp open again.
Thanks to Andy for the video – firefighters made quick work of that car fire in the Metropolitan Market (WSB sponsor) parking lot a short time ago. No injuries reported; no word on the cause, but the owner was found relatively fast, according to what we heard on the scanner.
8:47 AM: Thanks for the tips! One week later than originally scheduled, the tower crane is going up right now at 2749 California SW, past and future home of the West Seattle PCC store (WSB sponsor), which will be beneath the Luna Apartments. Because of the installation, California SW is closed between Lander and Stevens.
This is West Seattle’s third current tower crane, along with The Foundry on the northeast Fauntleroy/Edmunds corner and the YMSA project at the former Alki Tavern site in the 1300 block of Harbor SW. PCC says it’s expecting to open the new store in mid-to-late 2019 (and is delivering to West Seattle in the meantime; the new Burien store is expected to open in “late spring” this year).
P.S. Although buses are being rerouted around the closure, as Kim pointed out via e-mail, there are no Metro alerts.
ADDED 12:20 PM: Progress report – the view from about 15 minutes ago as we passed through the area again:
We’ll check back by mid-afternoon.
7:38 PM: We’ve been going back and forth to check on the status. By early evening, the crane arm was going up:
Heading back that way one more time in a few minutes.
8:16 PM: Not open yet but many of the vehicles are gone.
10:35 PM: Just went back to check. Now open.
(Friday morning rainbow, photographed from Gatewood, shared via text)
Welcome to the weekend! Highlights from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:
WEST SEATTLE RUNNER’S 8TH ANNIVERSARY WEEKEND: Today’s events at West Seattle Runner (WSB sponsor) include the 8 am Mizuno group run and 7 pm Casino Night at the shop – full details in our calendar listing. (2743 California SW)
WEST SEATTLE LINUX USER GROUP’S ANNIVERSARY BREAKFAST: 9 am at Be’s Restaurant in The Junction, as previewed here. (4509 California SW)
TAI CHI AT THE BEACH: Second session of the season with Caylen Storm! 9 am, meet by Alki Statue of Liberty. Yes, it goes on in the rain – we saw that firsthand last week. Admission by donation. (61st SW/Alki SW)
SOUTH DELRIDGE COMMUNITY CLEANUP: 10-11 am, join South Delridge Community Group for an hour of cleaning up. Bring gloves, bags, pickers, buckets, whatever you can use to help. (Meet at 18th/Trenton)
PAC-12 BEACH VOLLEYBALL AT ALKI: Starting at 10 am, the first-ever Pac-12 North Invitational Tournament hits Alki Beach for the first of two days of beach volleyball. Today’s schedule:
10 am – Washington vs. California
11 am – Oregon vs. Stanford
12 pm – Washington vs. USC
1 pm – Oregon vs. California
2 pm – USC vs. Stanford
Five courts will be going simultaneously, as explained here. (57th SW/Alki SW)
FREE TAX HELP: Two places to get it today, with the IRS deadline almost here – 10 am-5 pm by appointment, at Southwest Library (9010 35th SW); 10 am-2 pm, no appointment required, at West Seattle Food Bank (35th/Morgan).
TALK ABOUT THE WEST SEATTLE NEIGHBORHOOD GREENWAY: 10:30 am-noon, you’re invited to drop in at Uptown Espresso in The Junction and talk with SDOT reps about the project, now expected to stretch all the way to North Admiral. You can also take a survey online, too. All the info’s here. (California/Edmunds/Erskine)
‘TWELFTH NIGHT’: Jazz and blues are part of a New Orleans-set version of the Shakespeare classic, presented by Twelfth Night Productions, 7:30 pm at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center. Ticket info in our calendar listing. (4408 Delridge Way SW)
FULL LIFE CRISIS AND 3 MORE: 8:30 pm is the start of tonight’s four-band bill at The Skylark, beginning with Full Life Crisis. $8 cover. 21+. (3803 Delridge Way SW)
WHAT ELSE IS UP? You can see it all on our complete calendar.
If you’re up at this hour, you might need to know about this Saturday night/Sunday morning traffic alert. From WSDOT:
Rain this weekend will not affect an overnight closure of the northbound Interstate 5 off-ramp to the West Seattle Bridge, Spokane Street, and Columbian Way.
Contractor crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation will close the ramp from 11 p.m. Saturday, April 14, to 6 a.m. Sunday, April 15. The work is part of the #ReviveI5 project to rehabilitate about 13 miles of the interstate between Martin Luther King Jr. Way and Northeast Ravenna Boulevard.
So even though the all-weekend closure was postponed, this one-night closure is on. Here’s what’s planned in the weeks ahead.