West Seattle, Washington
With Halloween on a Wednesday this year, there’s a full Hallo-week leading up to it, and the fun started ramping up tonight – first big event out of the gate was the Delridge Community Center‘s Glow-in-the-Dark Party.
Most of this event is, well, in the dark – enhancing the truly spooky spirit:
West Seattle’s three other city-run community centers have special events Friday night – see the listings and dozens of other Hallo-week events in our guide!
The playground built in summer sunshine was celebrated tonight during a break in the fall rain outside Roxhill Elementary‘s new home at EC Hughes in Sunrise Heights. Before the ceremonial ribbon was cut, Jenna Sandoval from Friends of Roxhill – parents and other community members who led the campaign to create the playground – told the story, along with Henry Luke, the artist who created a mural on the campus wall:
The celebration included pizza and sushi.
Though the school district spent an eight-figure sum on renovating EC Hughes, there was no money for a playground overhaul, so Friends of Roxhill led a campaign to make it happen, going back more than a year before this fall’s school move. The plan included a community-inspired mural. Their hard-fought successes along the way included getting a city Neighborhood Matching Fund grant and the volunteer work parties to build the playground
By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor
Today marked the first day of the second month of the first school year with Dr. Rosie Rimando-Chareunsap serving as president of South Seattle College (WSB sponsor).
She’s also completing her fourth month in the SSC presidency. “I was counting my Mondays for a while – I lost count around eight,” she laughed during our recent conversation on campus.
While the job is new to her, the workplace is not – as noted when her appointment was announced in May, Dr. Rimando-Chareunsap has been at SSC since the turn of the millennium, most recently as vice president of student services. “I had to move offices, so the hardest part of (that) transition was decluttering my old space and letting go.”
5:41 PM: Thanks for the tips. If you have to head westbound on the high bridge soon, we’d advise waiting a while – a crash near the Admiral exit is blocking two lanes.
5:48 PM: Update from SDOT:
UPDATE: The collision on the West Seattle Bridge at Admiral Way has the eastbound left lane blocked and the westbound left lane blocked. Use caution and expect delays. pic.twitter.com/L5y60icEOw
— SDOT Traffic (@SDOTtraffic) October 26, 2018
6:37 PM: All clear.
7:34 PM: Adding a new crash – 35th and Brandon. Tyler says all northbound lanes are blocked.
(WSB archive photo)
Fauntleroy Creek steward Judy Pickens tells WSB that this year’s gathering to call the salmon home won’t just be drumming and singing – you’re invited to bring your fish jokes, too. It’s generally a short but memorable gathering, all ages welcome (if your kid[s] made salmon hats at last Sunday’s Fauntleroy Fall Festival, those are extra-festive), 5 pm Sunday (October 28th) at the fish ladder at Director/Fauntleroy – upslope and across the street from the ferry dock (map).
Thanks to “Diver Laura” James for sharing her newest 360-degree view video from Cove 2 off Seacrest, recorded last night. “Complete with Giant Pacific Octopus!” she notes, adding, for gear aficionados, “Testing out the newest consumer 360 camera. Camera and housing for under $500 and depth rating to 30m / 60 min :). Amazing how fast technology is moving in this space.” If you haven’t viewed 360-degree video online before, you should be able to grab it and pull it around to look up, under, back, forth, etc. (If you can’t, try going directly to YouTube.)
Only three days until our area’s biggest fall celebration, the West Seattle Junction Harvest Festival, 10 am-2 pm on Sunday, with the Farmers’ Market plus Applepalooza, Chili Cookoff, Costume Parade, Root-Beer Garden, Trick-or-Treating … and free activities offered by local businesses and organizations! Here’s a list with most of them (a few participants were still finalizing their plan):
ArtsWest – Coloring contest
Be Smart for Kids – Coloring with superheroes
Child Evangelism Fellowship – TeaLight Lantern-making
Dream Dinners (WSB sponsor) – Pumpkin placemat to color
Emerald Water Anglers (WSB sponsor) – Fly casting for kids with practice rods
Endolyne Children’s Choir – Musical beanbag toss, music-themed coloring sheets
FIT4MOM West Seattle – Beanbag pumpkin toss; making ghosts with tissue paper
Full Circle – Coloring
Holy Rosary School – Giant Plinko game; hand-turkey decorating
Lil’ Bug Studio – Create a jack o’lantern on a foam pumpkin shape with stickers
Mode Music Studios (WSB sponsor) – Tiny Modes demonstration (musical instruments and Caspar Babypants music) and a wheel for older kids to spin for prizes
Outer Space Seattle – “Moon sand play area” sensory tables
Pagliacci Pizza – Learn to toss pizza
PCC (WSB sponsor) – Trail mix
Pecos Pit Barbecue (WSB sponsor) – Paint the piggies
Quail Park Memory Care Residences of West Seattle (WSB sponsor) – Coloring activity
School of Rock – Button-making booth, free short guitar lessons
Snip-it’s Haircuts for Kids – Temporary hair color for kids, giant Connect 4 game
Southwest Lacrosse Club – Tent with a taped “goal” to target a beanbag or “dead” ball
The Little Gym of West Seattle – Obstacle Course if weather permits.
Verity Credit Union (WSB sponsor) – Costume Contest
West City Rope Ninjas – Jump-rope demos and learn-to-jump activities
West Seattle Christian Church – Photo backdrops and props for pics
West Seattle Eagles – Fishing booth for kids
West Seattle Junction – Cornhole game
West Seattle Performing Arts – Photo cutout of a dancer for photos, cutout station for coloring a ballerina and hip-hop dancer
Westside Collaborative Law – Hula hoop contest
(Plus free – tips encouraged – face painting!) Most of the activity booths will be south of the Farmers’ Market, on California SW between Alaska and Edmunds. The costume parade starts at 11:30 am from Junction Plaza Park at 42nd/Alaska, led by the West Seattle High School Marching Band. And trick-or-treating at booths and businesses begins at noon. A new pie-eating contest will be at 1:30 at the info booth – which is where you’ll find us (co-sponsoring the festival again this year and reporting as-it-happens). See you there, rain or shine! Activities are free; bring $ for food/beverages (the Chili Cookoff flights, for example, are a $10 donation that goes to the West Seattle Food Bank – that starts right at 10 am this year and is on while supplies last).
Thanks to Todd for another tip about the West Seattle Junction U.S. Post Office drive-up/ride-up/walk-up mailbox – this time, that a sign’s been posted to say it’ll be gone a few weeks (past problems have taken it away for months). It’s been two weeks since the mailbox was damaged, one week since it was removed for repair. At least the sign suggests it won’t be a months-long absence this time, unlike last year.
Thanks for the tips about a “film crew” in The Junction early this morning and then Admiral later. We missed them the first time around and then Ann’s tip sent us to the laundromat on California SW north of Admiral, where they were just wrapping up. The crew told us they’re shooting a commercial for Premera Blue Cross. (Since open enrollment starts November 1st, it’s a big marketing season for health plans!)
First highlight is from the WSB West Seattle Halloween Etc. Guide, one of ~40 Halloween/fall/harvest/etc. special events happening between now and November 1st:
GLOW IN THE DARK PARTY: At Delridge Community Center, 6-7:30 pm. Free! “Come glow with us at our annual Glow in the Dark Party! Snacks, games, and music are just the beginning of the fun. Wear your costume, face paint, or anything that will illuminate the party. This event brought to you by the Delridge Advisory Council.” (4501 Delridge Way SW)
And now from our year-round West Seattle Event Calendar:
ROXHILL MURAL AND PLAYGROUND CELEBRATION As previewed here, you’re invited to the official celebration of the community-created playground and mural at Roxhill Elementary at EC Hughes, 5:30 pm. (34th SW/SW Holden)
TALK ABOUT CITY SURVEILLANCE TECH: 5-6:30 pm at the American Legion Post 160 Hall in The Triangle. Format includes presentation and small-group discussion. This is focusing on certain city surveillance technologies, not all of them, though you are welcome to comment on any or all of it, as explained here. (3618 SW Alaska)
HOW TOO LITTLE SLEEP AFFECTS YOUR COGNITIVE HEALTH: Learn about it tonight at Aegis Living of West Seattle (WSB sponsor), 6 pm. Free, with “heavy appetizers” and beverages provided. (4700 SW Admiral Way)
HEAR ABOUT CITY ELECTRIC-CAR TECH: In the spotlight at the West Seattle Transportation Coalition’s monthly meeting at Neighborhood House High Point:
Public Direct Current (DC) Fast Charging Electric Vehicle pilot program
Victor Couto & Jacob Orenberg, Seattle City Light
Learn more – seattle.gov/light/electric-Vehicles
The program is currently in implementation and will install 20 electric vehicle fast chargers throughout the utility’s service territory in 2018 & 2019 as a contribution to the goals of the Mayor’s Climate Action Plan and support of Drive Clean Seattle Initiative.
All welcome. (6400 Sylvan Way SW)
SEATTLE LUTHERAN HIGH SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE: 7-8:30 pm at SLHS on the north side of The Junction:
Seattle Lutheran High School has a unique and successful approach to education. Join us for our Open House to discover what makes us uniquely better. It will feature a tour of the facility, as well as interaction with Seattle Lutheran’s faculty and administration.
(4100 SW Genesee)
ART SHOW AND FOOD BANK BENEFIT: 7-9 pm at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor) – bring donations for WSFB. (5612 California SW)
GOT SOMETHING FOR THE CALENDAR AND/OR GUIDE? firstname.lastname@example.org – thanks!
Quick reminder now that the weekend is in view: Saturday is the twice-yearly Drug Take-Back Day, and you’re invited once again to take unneeded/expired medication to the Southwest Precinct (2300 SW Webster) to get rid of it, 10 am-2 pm. Keeping it around could be a danger to someone in your household and/or a target for burglars. Last time around, SPD says, dropoffs at its precincts including this one totaled half a ton!
7:03 AM: Good morning! No incidents reported so far in or from West Seattle.
WEEKEND REMINDERS: Sunday is the last day this year of the West Seattle Water Taxi‘s 7-day-a-week/all-day schedule – as of Monday (October 29th) it goes to 5 days a week, commute times only, until spring … Also on Sunday, the West Seattle Junction Harvest Festival will close California for an extra block – Oregon to Edmunds – as well as Alaska between 44th and 42nd, 10 am-2 pm. Find the transit alerts here.
8:50 AM: If you have to head east and then south, heads up. From SFD: “Crews responding to SB I-5 at Spokane St. for report of multiple vehicle collision. All vehicle occupants are in stable condition.”
8:57 AM: All lanes of SB I-5 are blocked.
9:10 AM: WSDOT says one lane has reopened.
9:25 AM: All lanes clear.