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5 scenes from Arts In Nature Festival’s 2018 finale

August 26, 2018 11:07 pm
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Photos by Leda Costa for West Seattle Blog

Joining a breakdance workshop with the DogPound Crew – above are Dan, Robert, and Sammy – was one of the many ways to spend the second and final day of the 2018 Arts In Nature Festival, presented at Camp Long by the Delridge Neighborhoods Development Association. The dancers were inside the park’s historic lodge, but much more was happening outside – especially at the cabins:

Above, at Cabin 1, Degenerate Art Ensemble‘s “Skeleton Flower Seed Ceremony” invited people to anonymously share their stories of dealing with challenges. Below, at Cabin 7, Paul Kikuchi presented an interactive sound installation in collaboration with his brother Joel Kikuchi:

Visitors at “Robotic Ensemble” played traditional Japanese instruments remotely using low-fi robotic hands, blending with pre-recorded soundscapes. Meantime, at Cabin 8:

That’s part of Celeste Cooning‘s “Cut Paper Meets Digital Media.” All around Camp Long, art was happening, including Angelina Villalobos creating a painting:

This is the third year that DNDA has presented the festival, whose founding organization Nature Consortium became part of DNDA in 2016.

UPDATE: Water-rescue callout for boat taking on water north of Alki Point

9:05 PM: Two multi-unit water-rescue responses are heading out – one for Alki Point, one for the Seacrest/Don Armeni area (if anyone needs to be brought ashore). According to radio dispatch, a 48-foot boat with two people aboard is reported to be taking on water “half a mile north” of Alki Point. More as we get it.

9:13 PM: Per radio communication, responders are still working to find the vessel reporting it’s in trouble.

9:17 PM: Now rescuers are reported to have reached the vessel and rescued the two people from it. The land response has been dismissed; two SFD fireboats remain assigned to the call.

Launching in West Seattle! Queen City Futsal League

Want to help launch a new sports league? Still room for teams, says Queen City Futsal League co-founder Ashlee Henderson:

Queen City Futsal League will be launching its first season this fall and we couldn’t be more excited! The sport of futsal is the way the world plays indoor soccer. It is played on a hard surface (think basketball court) with out-of-bound lines rather than arena walls. It is played by more than 12 million people, in over 100 countries, on all of the continents in the world. Futsal has become a rapidly growing phenomenon in the United States, especially in places like Los Angeles and Portland. We want to pave the way with our league being the first of its kind in Seattle.

For the past year, we have been hosting drop-in futsal nights (both co-ed and women’s), as well as putting on tournaments, and we’ve learned that there is a real demand for an actual league. This first season will be co-ed, held on Sundays at the Salvation Army (in West Seattle – 9050 16th Ave SW), and we’re hoping to have 10 teams of 10 players between the ages of 18-40 years old.

Futsal is an ideal environment for developing one’s soccer game, but more than anything, it’s just fun and it creates community! For more information, you can check us out at

If you have any questions, know of any players that might be interested in playing, and/or know of any businesses that might want to sponsor us or be a part of our league, you can email us at

As explained on the QCFL website, teams are co-ed, age 18 and up.

First marathon for Miles Trius, now 13 and crowdfunding to mentor younger runners

Another achievement for a young West Seattle runner whose family has sent updates over the years (2014, 2015, 2016) – and his next project is something you can help with:

Miles Trius, age 13, completed his first marathon, the Santa Rosa Marathon in Santa Rosa, CA, today.

Miles has been running in half marathons since he was 8 and wanted to try a full 26.2 marathon before high school. Miles will be an 8th grader this year at Our Lady of Guadalupe School in West Seattle. He has been inspired by his dad Ernesto, a retired Navy Chief. They trained for this marathon together.

He finished with a time of 4:21. He also placed 3rd for his age group (1-19). Thank you to The Santa Rosa Marathon for suppprting his running. Also, a thank you to his coach and mentor Daren Monroe of Our Lady of Guadalupe School for helping him the last 9 years become a great runner.

Miles is also currently raising money for his cross country/track team. He would like to buy new uniforms and scholarship money for future runners. Miles will be mentoring the younger runners this year during the Fall.

You can read about – and contribute to – Miles’s crowdfunding campaign by going here.

Memorial planned September 2nd for Treva J. Koler, 1928-2018

Family and friends will gather next weekend to celebrate the life of Treva J. Koler, and are sharing this remembrance with the community:

Treva Jane Koler (nee McLaughlin) passed away peacefully due to cancer on August 14, 2018, surrounded by members of her family. Her memorial and Celebration of Life will be held 2 – 5 pm Sunday, September 2nd, at Evergreen Washelli.

Treva Jane was born in Laramie, Wyoming, March 4, 1928 to Joseph Henry McLaughlin (1904-1980) and Treva Wilma (Williams) Mclaughlin (1904-1988). She married Richard Kenneth Koler (1927-2000) of Casper, WY in 1948, and they raised their family in Eastern Washington and Seattle (since 1966). She was a bookkeeper 20 years for Dr. Laidig and spent 20 years of her retirement as a volunteer for the Discovery Shop in West Seattle. Her home was a gathering place for all. Many a dinner included kids from the neighborhood or school-chums. Treva was engaging and informed. She loved her travels to see her daughters in Sweden and Turkey, enjoyed singing in choirs, going to the theater, playing cards, telling stories, and doing puzzles. Her family and her spiritual life were very important to her.

Treva was a 15-year survivor of stomach cancer, but earlier this year there was evidence of a new cancer. She elected not to have any treatment as she was 90 years old and ready to move on. Family members, a couple of loving caregivers, and Providence Hospice visiting nurses provided 24-hour care during her last six weeks, so she was able to die peacefully in her own apartment. She was briefly present at the family reunion held the beginning of July to celebrate her 90th birthday. 37 members of her family gathered to honor her. It was amazing to witness her inner vitality as she struggled with cancer.

She is survived by her sister Margaret and husband Martin, all her 7 children and spouses — Don (Xiang-Yue), Larry (Cate), Debi (Tamer), Janece (Marv), Cheryl (Gunnar), Maurine (Suzanne), and Kathy (Andy) — 14 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, 4 great-great grandchildren, and 15 nieces and nephews.

She will be dearly missed by her friends from her church group, the Discovery Shop, her Cancer Survivor support group, and the residents of Bridge Park, the retirement center where she lived.

A memorial service and reception will be held September 2 at 2:00 p.m. at Evergreen Washelli, 11111 Aurora Ave. N. In lieu of flowers, please donate to Providence Hospice of Seattle Foundation, who were so instrumental in helping the family provide care.

(WSB publishes West Seattle obituaries by request, free of charge. Please e-mail the text, and a photo if available, to

History on display as West Seattle VFW celebrates centennial

2:56 PM: As previewed here, the West Seattle VFW invites you to visit as its 100th-anniversary open house continues until 4 pm. Historic items and photos are on display; they’re also hosting the state commander, U.S. Air Force veteran Linda Fairbank. And veterans are invited to join, first year free, per West Seattle commander Steve Strand (a U.S. Army veteran). More photos to add later; the hall’s at 3601 SW Alaska in The Triangle.

7:42 PM: Added – above, state commander Fairbank, local commander Strand, and Kyle Geraghty. Below, one of the items on display, and a wider view inside the hall:

The state commander presented the post with a Century Award certificate from the national commander; the exact 100th anniversary is tomorrow.

Dog Day @ West Seattle Beer and Music Festival

1:43 PM: The final afternoon of the first-ever West Seattle Beer and Music Festival is under way, and you’re invited to bring your dog today. The spotlight right now is on the City Dog Magazine Cover Dog Model Search, on stage here at the Alki Masonic Center in The Junction (4736 40th SW), with the $10 entry fee for that competition benefiting a rescue organization – and getting your dog primped for the occasion with experts to assist.

It’s not mandatory that you have a canine companion, of course – you do have to be 21+ to enter. If you were here Friday and/or Saturday, you are invited back today, too. Even if you’re not a major beer aficionado, other beverages are available courtesy of local purveyors – for example, Jay and Mike from Whisky West in Morgan Junction (WSB sponsor) is here with a cocktail they’re calling “Bring Us a Shrubbery”:

In it – Noble Oak bourbon, house-made strawberry shrub, Montenegro, simple syrup, and basil. Find it (and other local purveyors’ offerings in the Spirit Lounge area.) The festival continues until 6 pm; ticket info’s here.

2:21 PM: The dog judging’s under way now; host Joey Jeannot‘s announcing the contest onstage. He’s also pointed out that today’s food offerings include tacos from Matador as well as hot dogs and Sisters and Brothers Nashville-style fried-chicken sandwiches.

3:04 PM: 4-year-old Coral won this session of the model search!

(Substituted for our original cameraphone photo, above are Coral and her humans Audrey and Erica)

The competition’s over, but dogs remain welcome at the festival today.

DJ Indica Jones is spinning until 5 pm.

West Seattle weekend scene: Celebrity ribboncutter

Thanks to Mark Daughhetee for sending that photo from yet another of Saturday’s big West Seattle events – if you remember the late ’70s-early ’80s TV series “WKRP in Cincinnati,” you’ll recognize Loni Anderson, celebrity guest for the ribboncutting at the Aegis Living of West Seattle (4700 SW Admiral Way; WSB sponsor) grand opening.

What’s up for your West Seattle Sunday

(Young Northern Flicker, photographed by Mark Wangerin)

Highlights for your Sunday, from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

GET YOUR SCHMITZ PARK TRAIL MAP: 8 am to 10 am at the Admiral Way entrance to Schmitz Preserve Park – as explained here – three local Girl Scouts are planning to greet you with trail maps as part of their Silver Project. (5551 SW Admiral Way)

REMINDER – COSMO 7K POSTPONED: The race that would have closed Alki Avenue for a while this morning has been postponed to September 16th because of air-quality concerns.

WEST SEATTLE FARMERS’ MARKET: Late summer but still prime time for lots of fresh produce – that’s part of what you’ll find at the market 10 am-2 pm in the street in the heart of The Junction. (California SW between SW Oregon and SW Alaska)

VERITY’S BACK-TO-SCHOOL KIT GIVEAWAY: Somebody in the family headed back to school? During today’s Farmers’ Market, Verity Credit Union (WSB sponsor) plans a special event including free back-to-school kits. (4505 California SW)

KITTEN ADOPTION: 10:30 am-1:30 pm, Friends of the Animals Foundation will be at Junction Petco with adoptable kittens. (4100 SW Alaska)

ARTS IN NATURE FESTIVAL, DAY 2: Second of two days at Camp Long, noon-6 pm. Art, music, performance, participation! See the schedule here; get your tickets here; see our Saturday coverage here. Presented by the Delridge Neighborhoods Development Association. (5200 35th SW)

FESTIVAL CENTROAMERICANO: After two years in West Seattle, this free festival moves to South Park Community Center this year. Live music, dancing, food, noon-6:30 pm. (8319 8th Ave. S.)

DOG DAY @ WEST SEATTLE BEER & MUSIC FESTIVAL: Dogs are welcome on the third and final day of the first-ever West Seattle Beer and Music Festival! 1 pm-6 pm; go here for tickets and info on the beer, food, and music you’ll enjoy at the festival! And go here to find out about the CityDog Magazine Cover Dog Model Search happening as the event starts at 1 pm. At the Alki Masonic Lodge in The Junction. (4736 40th SW)

ALKI POINT LIGHTHOUSE TOURS: The US Coast Guard Auxiliary welcomes you to this year’s second-to-last installment of their weekly 1 pm-4 pm tours (arrive by 3:45 pm) at historic Alki Point Lighthouse. (3201 Alki SW)

VFW’S CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION: As previewed here, you are invited to visit the West Seattle VFW starting at 2 pm as they celebrate their 100th anniversary. All welcome! (3601 SW Alaska)

JONATHAN FOSTER: Singer-songwriter at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), 3-5 pm. (5612 California SW)

PREVIEW THE WEEK AHEAD – and beyond – via our complete calendar!