West Seattle, Washington
Story and photos by Jason Grotelueschen
Reporting for West Seattle Blog
Tackling tough issues of homelessness and affordable housing were the focus at the monthly meeting of the Southwest District Council, held at the Senior Center of West Seattle on Wednesday night.
Special guests at the meeting were Tess Colby, senior adviser on homelessness from Mayor Durkan’s office, and Dusty Olson, strategic adviser from the Homeless Strategy and Investment Division of the city Human Services Department. (for more information, see the city’s Addressing Homelessness and Homelessness Response pages, and the county’s All Home page)
Olson gave an overview of the city’s activities as it relates to issues of homelessness, as part of this slide presentation (PDF):
Olson said that her group’s primary goal is recent years has shifted to “moving people off the street and into housing,” noting that much progress had been made in King County but that the sheer numbers of homeless individuals are “an increasing problem.” Some statistics from her presentation:
Though it’s more than 60 miles from here, Camp Colman – operated by the Greater Seattle YMCA (WSB sponsor) – has multiple ties to West Seattle. Many local kids go there for their first overnight camping experience. And now the Y is raising money to add four cabins to the camp – with some of the namesakes locally linked, too. First, here’s the Y’s announcement:
Four new proposed cabins at the YMCA’s Camp Colman means 2,000 more youth and families will have the opportunity to experience the fun and growth that only happens at camp. The Y will name one cabin in honor of former Camp Director, George Nichols. Only through community support can the Y reach their $150,000 per cabin goal. You can give to Camp Colman at seattleymca.org/CampGive.
Camp Colman sits in the southern Puget Sound’s Case Inlet. Each year thousands of campers make new friends, learn responsibility skills, try new things, unplug from screens, enjoy swimming and boating in the lagoon, and skits around the campfire. The four new proposed cabins will allow thousands of more campers to get off waitlists and into the outdoors.
One cabin will be named after former Camp Director George Nichols. For many campers and leaders, the Nichols family is synonymous with Camp Colman. Nichols has been a key mentor, role model, and camp director for generations of campers. He served as the Program Director, Physical Director, Camp Colman Director, and Camping Services Executive Director for more than thirty years.
“George Nichols has left an indelible mark on Camp Colman campers,” recalled community member Anne Bentrott-Wise. “All my children and grandchildren went to Camp Colman in part because of his leadership. The time has come to honor George and his family with the building of the Nichols Cabin, and we are excited to offer our support.”
Two other new cabins are named Cruzen and Bosco (Bostrom & Code). Construction is planned to start this spring and reach completion in the fall. In addition to the four new cabins, the Y is raising money for a new marine education center, and purchase of 20 additional acres adjacent to Camp Colman. You can learn more about other Y camp improvements as part of the Opportunities for All campaign at seattleymca.org/new-improved-overnight-camps. Join the Camp Colman fundraising victory event at Fauntleroy Church on March 30 at 9:30 a.m. RSVP by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org by March 20.
Camp Colman is dedicated to strengthening community by nurturing the potential of youth, promoting healthy living and fostering social responsibility. If you have questions, please contact Director of Philanthropy, Magill Dickerson-Lange, email@example.com.
The Fauntleroy Community Association‘s newest quarterly edition of Neighbors has further explanation of the cabin namesakes’ local links:
Dating from 1912 when the Colman family began inviting Fauntleroy youth to their summer home on Horsehead Bay, the camp moved to its present site in the mid-60s. George’s YMCA tenure was from 1963 to 2002. … Construction will start this spring and include two other cabins funded to honor long-time Fauntleroy families. “Cruzen” is made possible by a generous gift from Adah Cruzen honoring Earl and the Cruzen family. The other, dubbed the “Bosco” cabin, will honor the Al and Pearl Bostrom family and Alki’s Bob and Mary Code family. Al was youth director at the downtown YMCA and Bob currently serves on the Y’s Camping & Outdoor Leadership Board.
It’s time for the door-to-door food drive known as Scouting for Food – many local homes will get doorhangers this weekend with word that Scouts will pick up bags of food left for the drive next weekend (or soon – sometimes the dates very). First to send us an announcement, Pack 284:
On Saturday, March 16th, 10 am to 12 pm, Cub Scout Pack 284 will be collecting donations for the West Seattle Food Bank, in the neighborhood west of 35th Ave, between Othello and Morgan. Scouts will be distributing door hangers the week prior (March 9) to help spread the word.
Anyone in this neighborhood who wishes to donate can simply leave donations by front door by 9:30 am on March 16th, and Scouts from our pack will pick it up!
The most needed items are:
– Low-Sodium Canned Meats
– Canned Fruits (in water)
– Low-Sodium Canned Vegetables
– Low-Sodium Beans
– Peanut Butter
– Canned Tuna/Chicken/Turkey/Salmon
– Low Sodium Soup/Stew/Chili/Tomatoes
– Toiletries (Toothpaste, Soap, Deodorant Shampoo/Conditioner – Sample sizes)
– Pet Food
– Baby Food & Formula
– Diapers (all sizes, but especially 4, 5, and 6)
This annual drive has been a great experience for the Scouts, and wonderful way to help folks in need.
Thank you to everyone who can pitch in to this worthy cause!
– The Parents, Leaders, and Scouts of Cub Scout Pack 284 (West Seattle)
Any other packs/troops? Let us know!
Thursday night or last night, our son’s matte black BMX bike was stolen off our porch. It has been reported to the police. It has whitewall tires and no brakes; he took them off – it’s a bike for doing tricks; we had it shipped from Europe. This happened on the 5600 block of 25th Ave SW.
Please be on the lookout for it.
The photo is from Ellen, who says this morning’s Puppets Please marionette shows at Fauntleroy Church, benefiting Lincoln Park Cooperative Preschool (as showcased in our West Seattle Saturday highlights), drew showgoers from 8 weeks old to 94 years young! There are two ways you can still support LPCP before the night’s out: “We still have Proletariat Pizza supporting Co-op today! Dine in, carry out and delivery! Then head over to Full Tilt to have an ice cream. Just mention Co-op at both places to support Lincoln Park Co-op Preschool.” Both are in downtown White Center, across the street from each other – Proletariat at 9622 16th SW (open until 11 pm) and Full Tilt at 9629 16th SW (open until 10 pm).
Another big West Seattle summer event has an announcement: Delridge Neighborhoods Development Association will present the 20th annual Arts in Nature Festival early in the summer, rather than the usual August dates. Here’s the announcement to get it on your calendar:
20th annual Arts in Nature Festival
June 29-30, 2019 at Camp Long
(5200 35th Ave SW)
The 20th Arts in Nature Festival: Harmony exists at the nexus of art, nature, and community.
The festival offers an eclectic experience of art and performance in the woods of Seattle’s only campground, Camp Long. Rather than rows of vendors and merchants, you’ll find four intimate performance stages, mixed media art installations in 8 rustic cabins, interactive hands-on activities, and winding hiking trails through the great outdoors. Local artists are celebrated for their creativity, ingenuity, and invaluable contribution to Seattle culture.
Past elements of the Arts in Nature Festival have included live musical performances, poetry and spoken-word workshops, interactive dance performances, instrumental workshops, nature printmaking stations, Indigenous crafts and storytelling, educational nature walks, live mural painting, theater in nature, and many more. Each year a new cohort of local artists takes up residency in Camp Long’s rustic cabins to create durational, interactive art installations. Transforming each cabin space into a unique adventure, the Arts in Nature Festival provides a weekend of family-friendly activities and performances across a variety of artistic disciplines.
Join us on June 29-30 at Camp Long!
We’re working to update the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar with the big spring/summer events as well as what’s happening in the nearer future, so we welcome any advance info you can send – firstname.lastname@example.org – thank you!
The sun’s out, clocks “spring forward” tonight, and it’s time to think about the warmer seasons. Above, you’ll find inspiration – this year’s winning West Seattle Garden Tour artwork, just announced:
West Seattle Garden Tour announced today the artwork titled Garden Girl in Red Shades by West Seattle artist Sheila Lengle has been selected as the winner of this year’s annual art competition.
Ms. Lengle is best known for her exuberant, color-infused paintings. Working primarily in acrylics, her creations are often whimsical, playful, and exhibit a vibrant joie-de-vivre. Not painting “by the rules,”, Ms. Lengle says. “I just absolutely love, love, love painting…creating shapes and using incongruous color combinations with the goal of making me and anyone who sees my work happy. I have unbridled freedom to paint whatever I want, however I want, with whatever I want. I am an UNRULY ARTIST.”
Ms. Lengle was also the winning artist in WSGT’s 2012 call for artists.
Garden Girl in Red Shades (30” wide x 20” high; acrylic) will be featured on the 2019 Garden Tour’s official poster and ticket book. Ms. Lengle will also receive a $500 cash prize. West Seattle Garden Tour will conduct a silent auction of the artwork during the May 2019 West Seattle Art Walk (at Capers Home store) and on the day of the tour, Sunday, June 23, 2019, where bids will be taken in one of the gardens from 9 am to 5 pm. Proceeds will benefit the year’s designated beneficiaries, which will be announced in early April.
Garden Girl in Red Shades will be on view along with works by six WSGT Art Competition finalists will be on view at Capers Home Store during the West Seattle Art Walk on May 9.
Tickets for the June 23rd WSGT itself are already on sale online.
(Sanderling, photographed by Mark Wangerin)
FREE GROUP RUN: Start your weekend on the run with West Seattle Runner (WSB sponsor). Meet at the shop at 8 am. (2743 California SW)
GIANT GARAGE SALE, DAY 2: 9 am-3 pm at West Side Presbyterian Church, the first mega-sale of the season, final day! (3601 California SW)
WHITE CENTER REPAIR EVENT – AND DONATION DRIVE: 9:30 am-12:30 pm:
Free! Bring in your small household items and clothing, and our experienced “fixers” will try to repair and mend them. Join us at the White Center Community Center gym (aka “the Log Cabin”) in Steve Cox Memorial Park …
And we have a couple special features this time! Separate from our repairs, the White Center-based non-profit WestSide Baby will be collecting donated new and used children’s items to distribute free of charge to local families in need. WestSide Baby, in partnership with the community, provides essential items to children in need by collecting and distributing diapers, clothing, and equipment. Here’s their list of most-needed items and other acceptable items to donate.
(1321 SW 102nd)
‘LETTING IT GO, LETTING IT GROW’: 9:30 am-2:30 pm workshop about prioritizing, decluttering, and more, as explained in our calendar listing. $10 suggested donation. At Our Lady of Guadalupe‘s Walmesley Center. (35th/Myrtle)
GIRL SCOUT COOKIES, WEEK 2: Find your nearest cookie sellers – they’ll be out morning through night, midway through the 2-week cookie-booth time period.
BABY STORY TIME: 11:30 am at High Point Library, bring the littlest member(s) of the family! (3411 SW Raymond)
5917 CALIFORNIA ‘EARLY OUTREACH’ DROP-IN: 2-3 pm at High Point Library, stop by to talk with the project team for the townhouses planned at this site. (3411 SW Raymond)
JAM BANDS: Swindler and Far Out West. 9 pm at Parliament Tavern. $7 cover. 21+. (4210 SW Admiral Way)
And a reminder …
‘SPRING FORWARD’ ONE HOUR TONIGHT: Very late tonight – 2 mm Sunday – we jump an hour ahead and launch this year’s Daylight Saving Time.