West Seattle, Washington
On the eve of a big public-safety-related City Council vote, Mayor Jenny Durkan and Police Chief Carmen Best are coming to the West Seattle Junction Monday afternoon. Part of their visit is billed as a “neighborhood walking tour,” followed by a 4:15 pm gathering at Cupcake Royale where they “will meet with residents and business owners for coffee to discuss public safety and issues facing residents and businesses in the community,” according to the announcement we received tonight from the mayor’s office. (The Junction, you might recall hearing, is the city’s first neighborhood business district to start its own Block Watch.) This is happening on the eve of the City Council’s scheduled consideration Tuesday afternoon of the contract agreement with the police union, which won’t take effect unless seven of the nine councilmembers approve it and which has drawn some controversy.
By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor
On the long to-do lists that usurp most days for most people, it’s easy to let the maybes slide beneath the certainties.
Thanksgiving? Definitely a week and a half away.
Catastrophic earthquake? Could happen tomorrow … or not in your lifetime, or your children’s lifetimes, or their children’s lifetimes.
Still, about 200 people filled the auditorium at Hiawatha Community Center a week ago to start their weekend getting practical advice for getting ready for the latter.
It was a power-packed few hours, going beyond the standard advice you might have tuned out despite best intentions.
The longtime local volunteers of West Seattle Be Prepared and the West Seattle Emergency Communication Hubs were elated by the turnout. It was the second of two nearly identical weekend sessions they had organized, the first one a month earlier at High Point Community Center. They’re hoping to do it again in 2019. Before our toplines: Highlights from videographer Mark Jaroslaw:
The event provided more than preparedness advice – it gave a bigger view, too, as well as a behind-the-scenes window into how public servants are, and are not, getting ready:
Once again this year, Eastridge Church plans a turkey-and-groceries giveaway at both its campuses, including West Seattle, so no one goes without a Thanksgiving feast. The event next Saturday morning (November 17) is already in the WSB West Seattle Holiday Guide, and the church has just sent the full announcement:
Eastridge Church will provide 1,500 free Thanksgiving turkeys and bags of groceries to families in need on Saturday, November 17, beginning at 9 a.m. (while supplies last) at their two locations: Issaquah and West Seattle. The church will also be giving away coats, gloves, Bibles and, in Issaquah, free haircuts from licensed stylists.
For nearly 15 years, Eastridge Church has put on the giveaway and offered a free turkey and bag of groceries to families in the community who may need a little help to put a holiday meal on their table. Eastridge Church’s goal through the event is to demonstrate to its neighbors that Eastridge cares by providing a meal this Thanksgiving.
Saturday, November 17, starting at 9 a.m., while supplies last
The Issaquah Campus of Eastridge Church, 24205 Issaquah-Fall City Road, Issaquah
The West Seattle Campus of Eastridge Church, 4500 39th Avenue SW, Seattle
The 1,500 dinner packages will be given out first-come, first-served, with no demonstration of need required to receive the assistance.
Thanks to Lora Radford, executive director of the West Seattle Junction Association, for the photos! Renovation work is done at the Mosquito Fleet mural on the east side of the city-landmark Campbell Building in The Junction. Here’s what it looked like before muralist Bob Henry started work:
Just thought we’d make a note of this, since it’s a quiet day so far: The 15th annual West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day is exactly six months away – Saturday, May 11, 2019. It’s the one event we present each year; a community-connection nonprofit called Megawatt launched it in 2005, then looked for someone to take it over after 2007, and that turned out to be WSB, so we’ve presented it on the second Saturday in May each year since 2008. Registration starts in early April, and then we publish the map and listings one week before The Big Day. New to West Seattle? Here’s our as-it-happened coverage from this year’s WSCGSD – report #1 and report #2.
Long before the West Seattle Farmers’ Market drew its usual throngs to The Junction, volunteers were out this morning, setting flags in place for Veterans day.
Volunteers will return to The Junction around 4 to get the flags back down before sunset.
At 11:11 am, Washington State Ferries will commemorate Veterans Day with a moment of silence on all vessels, followed by blowing the ships’ whistles. From the announcement: “Please join us in remembering and thanking our veterans for their service in the U.S. Armed Forces.”
(Photo by Bob Spears, shared via the WSB Flickr group)
Welcome to Sunday! From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:
WEST SEATTLE FARMERS’ MARKET: 10 am-2 pm, in the street, in the heart of The Junction. At the south end, look for the Kiwanis Club of West Seattle with coffee and ticket sales for their December 1st pancake breakfast. (California SW between SW Oregon and SW Alaska)
FAUNTLEROY FINE ART & HOLIDAY GIFT SHOW, LAST CHANCE: The third and final day of the show runs 11 am-2 pm in the Fellowship Hall at Fauntleroy Church. See the list of participating artists in our calendar listing! (9140 California SW)
STRONG4SAM BARBECUE BENEFIT: At the West Seattle Eagles during the 1:25 pm Seahawks-Rams game:
To The Bone BBQ will be hosting a fundraising halftime meal at the West Seattle Eagles Aerie in an effort to raise money for the Strong4Sam foundation and Project Violet. Food, drinks, raffles & Seahawks football on the big screen will be had. Entry is free, but donations to the foundation are encouraged. Cash bar. 100% of the proceeds from food sales, raffle tickets, Strong4Sam products & donations go directly to the Strong4Sam foundation in support of Project Violet. Below is the story of why Strong4Sam was started.
In December 2014, Jeff and Kellea Taylor received the devastating news that their youngest son, 11 year old Sam, had an inoperable brain tumor. In the following months, their family was inundated with information about brain tumors and treatment options. They learned the hard way that, while effective, the existing treatment options come with difficult and painful side effects. It was during these early months that they also learned about Project Violet, a nonprofit research group at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, started by Sam’s doctor Dr. Jim Olsen, and dedicated to discovering more effective and less toxic therapies for pediatric cancer.
Born out of the Taylors’ desire to do everything possible to help Sam, Strong4Sam was created as a fundraising group in support of Project Violet, which is funded exclusively through private donations.
In May 2015, after raising and donating over $40,000 for Project Violet, the Taylors established the Strong4Sam Foundation with the following mission: Strong4Sam is a non-profit organization dedicated to creating community awareness and raising funds for innovative research to discover more effective and less toxic therapies for pediatric cancer.
(4426 California SW)
PRAIRIE DAWN LIVE @ C & P: 3-5 pm at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), Prairie Dawn performs “jazz influenced duo with an eclectic repertoire of standards and originals.” No cover. (5612 California SW)