West Seattle, Washington
(UPDATED FRIDAY AFTERNOON with tally, vote winners)
THURSDAY NIGHT: Dozens of West Seattle food and beverage providers provided bites and sips tonight to help the West Seattle Helpline keep up its work, centering on preventing homelessness and other emergency assistance. It’s work that warms the hearts of those who do it:
Above are First Lutheran Church of West Seattle‘s Rev. Ron Marshall from the Helpline board, with Judi Yazzolino (right) from the West Seattle Food Bank and Judi’s niece Amie Edmondson. Among the taste providers, many WSB sponsors, including Leslie Thomson from Dream Dinners in The Junction (where you put together meals and take them home for cooking later):
The team from Metropolitan Market:
Pecos Pit was offering tastes of their “sticky sauce”:
From Mission Cantina, mango salsa:
The sign said it all for Salty’s on Alki:
West 5 is famous for its mac-and-cheese, which Dean and Sidney were serving up out on the patio:
Circa is known for its gumbo:
And what’s a repast without wine? Viscon Cellars was pouring:
The Westy was on the event’s lineup card too! We’ll be following up with the Helpline for the Taste tally tomorrow.
ADDED FRIDAY AFTERNOON: Fundraising total was $70,000, reports Layla Al-Jamal Judkins from the Helpline. And the winners of the voting by attendees:
Best Sip: Cafe Osita
Best Sweet: Bakery Nouveau
Best Pour: Beveridge Place
Best Taste: Tuxedos and Tennis Shoes
Bill Fry of the West Seattle Soccer Club was surprised to encounter a solicitor who … not knowing Bill’s affiliation … claimed he was collecting donations for WSSC (among other things):
The individual pictured below is soliciting donations under false pretenses.
He says his name is Omar, and that he is collecting money under the sponsorship of the West Seattle Soccer Club, the South Park Soccer Club, the South Park Community Center, and Children’s Hospital.
I know of at least one business that gave him cash. They forwarded the photo below to me on Saturday.
Today, he came to solicit my business, La Mexicana, unaware of my role with the soccer organizations above. When I confronted him, he refused to provide his last name. He was holding a note pad with a Seattle Children’s Hospital logo in the bottom right corner. I asked him if he had a letter from Children’s, or the WSSC, or the South Park Soccer Club, and he said he was just a volunteer. I asked him where the money went, and he said he gives it to a woman at the South Park Community Center, but he refused to provide her name.
I contacted the Community Center and forwarded his photo a few hours ago. The program manager, Shannon Anderson, said that he does not know this individual and that he is not acting on behalf of the community center.
Bill was planning to contact police.
Transportation headlined last night’s Highland Park Action Committee meeting, led by chair Charlie Omana:
(Early concept for proposed Highland Park Way roundabout – final design may NOT resemble this)
ABOUT THE ROUNDABOUT: James Le from SDOT recapped the history of the long-proposed, little-funded Highland Park Way/Holden roundabout proposal, including the 2017 Find It, Fix It Walk during which $200,000 for design and $300,000 for construction was announced. While an application for a state grant was unsuccessful, the project got lots of support from local leaders, including U.S. House Rep. Pramila Jayapal. Another grant is being sought now – Le says WSDOT encouraged SDOT to seek the City Safety Grant for this project “because it ranked really high.” (No word yet when the decision is due. Le says SDOT has a grant coordinator who wrangles all that.) So far they have spent $50,000 of the design money and they are currently mapping the spot; another $100,000 will be spent to come up with two alternatives for the location, and the final $50,000 is being set aside as grant matching. The estimated cost for the project is $2.5 million (that’s up from a $2.1 million estimate in 2015). That includes, Le explained in response to a question, $800,000 labor and materials, and about $500,000 design costs.
(WSB file photo, Post 160 volunteers placing flags in The Junction)
Can you help with The Junction’s flags on Monday? From the WSB inbox:
American Legion Post 160 of West Seattle would like to invite volunteers of all ages to help, put and take down, American Flags in the Alaska Junction in observance of Memorial Day.
We will meet our community volunteers at the northeast corner of California & Alaska at 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM.
July 21 – Wonder Woman
July 28 – The Secret Life of Pets
August 4 – Star Wars: The Last Jedi
August 11 – A Wrinkle in Time
August 18 – Coco
August 25 – Black Panther
Gates open at 6:30 – bring your own chair/blanket(s) to sit on. The movies start at dusk, and of course that time gets earlier as the summer rolls on. Preshow fun includes kids’ activities at the Y (which supports the series, as does the West Seattle Junction Association, with co-sponsors including WSB); food trucks, concessions, and the always-popular nonprofit-benefiting concessions are in the plan for this year too. See you at the movies!
Looking beyond Memorial Day – one of our favorite annual West Seattle events is happening a week from tomorrow. Retired Pathfinder K-8 P-E teacher Lou Cutler returns to the school on Pigeon Point on Friday, June 1st, to run laps raising money for Make-A-Wish – one lap around the field for each year he’ll be celebrating on his upcoming birthday. This year – the 15th anniversary of “Laps With Lou” – that’s 67 laps! He’ll start around 9 am, with most of the school joining him, and continue through most of the day (last year he wrapped up around 1:45). You’re invited to be there to cheer him on and/or join in the run and/or pledge online! Pathfinder is at 1901 SW Genesee.
This year, we have word of two commemorative Memorial Day services in West Seattle:
FOREST LAWN: At 2 pm Monday, the annual service at Forest Lawn (WSB sponsor) traditionally includes local veterans’ groups and honors those who made the ultimate sacrifice. All are welcome; the nondenominational service, which includes music, is held near the flagpole toward the south edge of the cemetery. (6701 30th SW)
P.S. American Legion Post 160 is again part of the ceremony and will again follow it with a community cookout at its HQ in The Triangle, 3618 SW Alaska, starting at 3:15 pm.
2 CHURCHES’ NEW SERVICE: Here’s the announcement for this Sunday night service:
1st annual Sacred Service for War Dead led by West Seattle Contemplative Church and West Seattle Baptist Church on Sunday, May 27th, 2018 at 5:30 pm. The church is located at 4157 California Ave SW. Street parking available. This religious service recognizes those who have died, acknowledges the life given, and commits them to God. It is also an honoring of those for whom the traditional rites of memorial and burial may not have happened. Pastor Kelly (Presbyterian) and Pastor Gil (Baptist) are both ordained clergy and military veterans. More info here.
They’re also inviting contributions of names of the deceased to include in the service – email Pastor Kelly at email@example.com. (4157 California SW)
Thanks to West Seattle High School music director Ethan Thomas for the photo and report:
The West Seattle High School Concert Band and Orchestra traveled to Southern California last weekend. While down there, we participated in the Music in the Parks competition at Disneyland, took part in a studio soundtrack session led by renowned conductor/musician Stan Freese, and performed at Disney’s California Adventure Park. Both groups placed 1st in their division of the competition. While in California we had the opportunity to visit Balboa Beach, spent two days at Disneyland, and one day at Universal Studios. Our orchestra is conducted by Taylor Fritts.
You can catch the WSHS groups in concert next month, according to the program calendar.
The holiday weekend gets ever closer! But first, what’s ahead for the rest of your Thursday:
GARDEN CENTER OPEN: The South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) Garden Center is open 11 am-3 pm today for plant sales and more. North end of campus. (6000 16th SW)
ACTIVITY CARDS DEMO: For preschoolers, 12:30-1:30 pm at White Center Library. Details in our calendar listing. (1409 SW 107th)
WEST SEATTLE LIGHT RAIL: During the Sound Transit Board‘s 1:30 pm meeting downtown, they’re scheduled to get a briefing on West Seattle (and Ballard) light-rail planning. Agenda and other info here. The meeting includes a public-comment period. Also, you can watch live here. (401 S. Jackson)
TASTE OF WEST SEATTLE: 6 pm, The Hall at Fauntleroy is the location and dozens of local food/beverage purveyors are who you’ll find at the annual West Seattle Helpline fundraiser. We’re checking to see if any tickets will be available at the door and will update this when we hear back. 11:09 AM UPDATE: Yes, Helpline says, there are a “limited number of tickets” that will be available at the door. (9131 California SW)
WEST SEATTLE DEMOCRATIC WOMEN: 6 pm at West Seattle YMCA (WSB sponsor) Rotary Room. Tonight’s program is organized by Physicians for Social Responsibility – details in our calendar listing. (36th/Snoqualmie)
HSA SELECT TRYOUTS: As previewed Wednesday, 6:15 pm at Walt Hundley Playfield, it’s the final night of tryouts for HSA Select soccer. (34th/Myrtle)
WEST SEATTLE TRANSPORTATION COALITION: Change in plan for tonight’s meeting – SDOT acting director Goran Sparrman can’t make it, so his chief of staff Genesee Adkins will be a guest instead, as will Summer Jawson, project manager for the West Seattle Neighborhood Greenway. All welcome, 6:30 pm, Neighborhood House High Point. (6400 Sylvan Way SW)
PUNK ROCK AEROBICS: Have you tried the weekly class at Highland Park Improvement Club yet? 7 pm. (1116 SW Holden)
SEE WHAT ELSE IS UP … by browsing our complete calendar!
A memorial service is planned June 14th for Judith Ann Buls (Christoffersen). Here’s the remembrance being shared with the community:
Judy passed away May 15, 2018 after a long illness.
Judy is survived by her daughter Marni Walter of Billings, her brother Jon (Joan) Christoffersen of Seattle, two grandchildren Jessika Furr of San Diego and Alexander Walter of Fort Bliss, TX, and two great-grandchildren Maegann Lowe (9) and Scyondrei Williams (18 mo).
Judy was born in 1940 in Coeur D’Alene to Arne and Mary Lou Christoffersen. She graduated from West Seattle High School in 1959 and attended Washington State University. She was a flight attendant with Western and Horizon Airlines and worked for an oil company in Anchorage for many years. She returned to West Seattle in the 1980s where she cared for her mother until her death in 1992.
Judy loved her family and friends with her entire soul and lived life to her fullest. She loved shopping (boy, did she!), food, and traveling. She was a “foodie” before foodie was a word, and would make others ‘try a bite’ to expand their horizons. She traveled as much as possible. When she couldn’t travel any longer, she lived vicariously through the travel stories of others.
She will be greatly missed in our hearts.
A Memorial Service will be held on Thursday, June 14, 2018 at 2 p.m. in the Chapel at Providence Mount St. Vincent, 4831 35th Ave SW. Contributions to Providence Mount St. Vincent may be made in lieu of flowers.
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