West Seattle, Washington
If you love literature, we bet you look forward to the third Wednesday of the month, when WordsWest Literary Series takes over C & P Coffee (5612 California SW; WSB sponsor) for the night. Next edition is March 20th – still more than a week away but we want to give you extra heads-up, as WordsWest has announced this will be its final season of regular monthly presentations. Here are the details on who you’ll see and hear this month:
WordsWest Literary Series Presents “Questions of Time Travel, Time Zones, Time’s Up”
with poet Catherine Barnett and fiction writer Renee Simms (L-R in top photo)
Favorite Poem by Open Books: A Poem Emporium
We let it rule our lives, we say it passes too slow and then too quickly. What is time and how does it affect us? Poet Catherine Barnett and fiction writer Renee Simms will share 90 minutes with us and read from their new books — both looking at time in a multitude of ways.
WordsWest Literary Series is grateful for funding from Poets & Writers, Inc. that allows us to pay our writers for their time and talent.
Catherine Barnett is the author of three poetry collections, Into Perfect Spheres Such Holes Are Pierced (2004),The Game of Boxes (2012), winner of the James Laughlin Award of the Academy of American Poets, and Human Hours, just published by Graywolf Press. Recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Whiting Award, she is a member of the core faculty of New York University’s Creative Writing Program, a Distinguished Lecturer at Hunter College, and an independent editor. She lives in New York City.
Renee Simms‘ writing appears in Callaloo, Oxford American, Ecotone, Literary Hub, Southwest Review, North American Review, The Rumpus, Salon and elsewhere. She’s received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Bread Loaf, Ragdale, Vermont Studio Center, Kimbilio, PEN Center, and Cave Canem. She’s been a featured artist at Elliott Bay Book Company, Tempe Center for the Arts, Midnight Special Bookstore, and on the Portland book podcast, Between the Covers. She lives with one-and-a half children (her eldest is away at college) and a black and white kitty named Barack. Renee’s debut story collection is Meet Behind Mars. She is currently working on a collection of essays and a novel.
WordsWest is curated by West Seattle writers Katy E. Ellis, Susan Rich, and Harold Taw.
The series launched in 2014. Susan says that various life changes have led to the co-curators deciding that Year 5 will be the last, but, “we are probably going to return for special events.”
After a week and a half, the West Seattle Junction Association is about to close its community survey, with topics including but not limited to parking – so if you hadn’t gotten around to replying, hurry! Lots of people have already replied – 1,500 just in the first several days, according to WSJA executive director Lora Radford. Make sure your opinions count too – just go here; tomorrow’s the deadline.
One of the first big events of spring is now exactly two months away: The 15th annual West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day, presented by WSB, is on Saturday, May 11th. You could consider one big person-to-person recycling day; many participants tell us it also becomes one big “meet your neighbors” day – sales of all sizes, all over the peninsula. We’ll open registration in early April as always – we keep it open for 3+ weeks so word circulates, and then it closes in time for us to complete the map and listings so they’re available online one full week in advance of the big day. New here? You can see our as-it-happened coverage from last year’s WSCGSD – here and here.
That ramp you used to take from central downtown onto SB Highway 99? Gone. The new time-lapse video above, from WSDOT, shows the demolition of the Columbia Street ramp. WSDOT made it public while announcing another demolition milestone: Its demolition contractor Kiewit is starting work on the double-decker Viaduct itself, as detailed here. This comes exactly two months after the Viaduct’s closure, and five weeks after the Highway 99 tunnel’s opening.
12 years after Sustainable West Seattle‘s founding, the word “sustainable” is more relevant than ever. It’s gone far beyond environmental applications. What does it mean to YOU? Bring your hopes and ideas to SWS’s next public gathering, 6:30 pm Wednesday (March 13th) at Beveridge Place Pub (6413 California SW) in Morgan Junction. Incentives include free pizza supplied by SWS and viewing of the Virtual Salish Sea courtesy of “Diver Laura” James. Topics include the “Green New Deal”
Today we’re welcoming the new West Seattle Mathnasium Learning Center as a WSB sponsor. Here’s what they would like you to know about what they do:
At Mathnasium Learning Centers, we make math make sense! Whether your child started out far behind or already ahead in math, Mathnasium will help them leap ahead because we know that any child can be successful in math — it’s a matter of teaching it in a way that makes sense to them.
Our experienced math tutors utilize our proprietary teaching materials and techniques, The Mathnasium Method™, to deliver a customized learning plan designed to address each student’s needs. Our instructional approach goes beyond traditional math tutoring to develop understanding and build a love for math.
If math is a problem, Mathnasium can solve it. Students will grow more excited and confident about math—and their grades will reflect that.
For students who already excel in math, the sky’s the limit. They will work to expand their math skills and, with math learning made exciting, can see all the doors that being great at math can open.
For more than a decade, The Mathnasium Method™ has transformed the way kids understand and appreciate math. The West Seattle Mathnasium Learning Center is in Jefferson Square (4734 42nd SW), 206-800-6284.
We thank Mathnasium for sponsoring independent, community-collaborative neighborhood news via WSB; find our current sponsor team listed in directory format here, and find info on joining the team by going here.
That’s a Google Street View image of the restroom building at 57th SW and Alki Avenue SW. It’s set for replacement, per Seattle Parks, which invites you to stop by the site 10 am-noon March 30th to find out about the project, described on the Alki Beach Park website as follows:
This project will provide three new all-gender-restroom facilities, each with individual access and the structure will be designed to meet standards of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
The project is already in the permit-application system, which says the building will be replaced. Permit files also indicate Parks has other restroom-accessibility improvement projects in the works, including one at Lincoln Park.
(Yellow-rumped Warbler, photographed by Mark Wangerin)
From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:
EVENING BOOK GROUP AT SOUTHWEST LIBRARY: 6:45 pm. This group‘s book this month is “A Thread of Grace” by Mary Doria Russell. (9010 35th SW)
EVENING BOOK GROUP AT WS (ADMIRAL) LIBRARY: Also at 6:45 pm. This group‘s book for this month is “Magpie Murders” by Anthony Horowitz. (2306 42nd SW)
OPEN MIC: Parliament Tavern invites you to theirs, 8 pm. 21+. (4210 SW Admiral Way)
GOT SOMETHING TO LIST? Email is the best way to send us the info – firstname.lastname@example.org – thank you!
Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best will be in the Southwest Precinct area later this morning, joining Mayor Jenny Durkan and City Councilmember Lorena González in South Park at the signing ceremony for the bill creating new hiring bonuses for experienced officers. And she’ll be back April 30th, it’s just been announced by the West Seattle Chamber of Commerce, as keynote speaker for the 2019 Westside Awards. The awards will be presented at a 7:30 am breakfast event at Salty’s on Alki (1936 Harbor SW; WSB sponsor). Tickets are on sale now via the Chamber website; nominations for the awards, meantime, remain open through Friday.
6:59 AM: Good morning! Welcome to the first Daylight Time weekday morning of the year.
FERRIES: As announced Sunday, the Fauntleroy-Vashon-Southworth route is back to three boats.
BUSES: One Metro alert so far this morning – an after-the-fact alert that the 6:16 am Route 37 didn’t run.
8 AM; Metro has just sent another after-the-fact alert, this one saying the 7:20 am 57 didn’t run.