West Seattle, Washington
Got little one(s)? Classes set to make a comeback at Hiawatha this month might be perfect for them – so signups are happening now! The announcement:
Toddler dance is back at Hiawatha Community Center! Join us for a weekly 40-minute dance class that uses movement and music to stimulate brain reflexes, teaches social-emotional learning skills, and encourages joy and self-expression. Taught by our certified dance instructor, Marika, your little one is bound to have a blast exploring creative movement in this safe and positive environment.
Wednesdays, April 24 – June 12
Parent and Me: Creative Movement Class (Ages 2-4) -11:30-12:10 pm
Creative Movement Class (Ages 3-6) – 12:15-12:55 pm
Our spring 8-week session begins on April 24 and we’ll need a minimum number of enrollments to run the class, so please sign up early so we know the class will go. You can register online at seattle.gov/parks by clicking on Sign Up For Activities, or calling Hiawatha Community Center at 206.684.7441. (Parent and Me: Creative Movement: Activity #21109, Creative Movement: Activity #21110)
By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor
After almost five years of near-emptiness, Terminal 5 in West Seattle has container ships in its future again.
Seattle and Tacoma port commissioners, meeting as managing members of the Northwest Seaport Alliance, gave their approval today to an entwined package of leases that shuffle some other terminals as well as setting up T-5 for a $300+ million modernization project starting soon. Memos and overviews are all linked from the agenda – here’s the main one used by a series of presenters before the vote:
The vote wasn’t unanimous – two Tacoma reps expressed a variety of concerns – but it was emphatic.
Just before the vote, which followed a 3-hour briefing/discussion in the Sea-Tac Airport Conference Center, Seattle commissioner Peter Steinbrueck declared that it was no less than a question of “Are we a seaport of the future or a seapart of the past?” He said the plan is evidence “we’re thinking of the future … efforts to produce one of the best seaports on the West Coast” and proclaimed it “grand” as well as “overdue.”
A letter has been sent to families of more than 1,200 students who received dental services from Neighborcare Health at 12 Seattle and Vashon schools, including six in West Seattle. They are recommended for hepatitis B and C and HIV testing because items used in dental procedures “might not have completed the final step in the sterilization process.” Here’s the letter sent to potentially affected students’ families, forwarded to us anonymously.
Neighborcare Health says the potentially affected schools where it provided school-based dental services include Chief Sealth International High School, Denny International Middle School, Highland Park Elementary, Madison Middle School, Roxhill Elementary, and West Seattle Elementary, as well as Chautauqua Elementary and McMurray Middle School on Vashon Island. That’s according to the statement we received when we followed up with Neighborcare. Here’s the rest of it:
Recently, Neighborcare Health discovered a deficiency in our dental sterilization procedures involving some of the dental handpieces used at our Seattle and Vashon school-based health clinics.
We want to first clearly express how sorry we are for this incident and any concern that it causes our patients and their families. We want to explain what happened, the possible risks, and what we are doing to ensure it cannot happen again.
We take very seriously our responsibility to provide our patients and communities with quality, accessible care. We are committed to keeping our patients informed about their health care and following up with them as needed.
Washington State Ferries wants to be sure you know that the Fauntleroy-Vashon run is getting heavier traffic this afternoon because of a service outage on the south end of Vashon. The Tahlequah-Point Defiance run has been shut down since the M/V Chetzemoka went out of service with a generator problem. No ETA yet for its return.
If you haven’t gotten your “scoping” comment in regarding West Seattle light rail – today is the (extended) deadline set by Sound Transit – so go here fast! Many local organizations and groups are weighing in. We’ve heard from two more whose detailed views might interest you. First, the Junction Neighborhood Organization:
(Here’s the PDF, if you can’t read it above.)
Next, from the West Seattle Transportation Coalition:
(Here’s the PDF.) The “scoping” comments are to be summarized by ST with “themes” made available to the Stakeholder Advisory Group a few days in advance of its meeting April 19th, at which SAG members will make a recommendation of routing/station options that they think should go into environmental study. One last time, here’s how to submit yours – by end of day today.
The co-housed West Seattle Junction music shops Thunder Road Guitars and The Bass Shop (both WSB sponsors) are moving to a new home in Morgan Junction. The move also solves a long-running mystery about their future space, the former Kokoras. First, here’s the announcement from TRG proprietor Frank Gross (who also sent the top photo):
As many of you know, Thunder Road Guitars currently resides at 4736 California Ave in the heart of the West Seattle Junction. When I founded Thunder Road Guitars in the fall of 2011, as a life-long West Seattleite, I could only dream of one day having our store located in the Junction. In just 4 years we moved from the ActivSpace building on Alki, where I leased a 110 square foot office, to our first “cozy” brick and mortar storefront north of the Junction, to our current location, which I believed would be our forever home.
In the summer of 2018, I was informed by our landlord that our rent would be increasing significantly come June of 2019 and I knew that I had a tough decision to make. Forced with a ticking clock, we decided to start quietly looking for a new home for Thunder Road and I am ecstatic to announce that we found one in the Morgan Junction here in West Seattle, just a handful of blocks from our current storefront. In a growing city like Seattle parking is more of an issue now than ever and I am thrilled to also say that this new location will have a dedicated parking lot attached to the property with free parking for our customers.
This summer Thunder Road Guitars and The Bass Shop will be moving to 6400 California Ave SW. We will initially occupy half of the property and work on renovating the entire building over the course of the following year. We are now lucky enough to be our own landlords and as a friend of mine once said “own the dirt beneath our feet and the roof over our heads”. Much of 2019 will be a transition period so please bear with us while we make the move and begin putting together what will become the permanent location for our retail storefront, repair business, and guitar lesson studio.
Moving Thunder Road Guitars to the Junction in 2015 grew our business and brand in ways I could never imagine and for that I am forever grateful and indebted to this community. West Seattle is our home and has always been good to us, and we are so pleased to be able to remain a part of the community.
– Frank Gross, owner and founder of Thunder Road Guitars
After receiving this, we headed down the hill to the new space, also with the goal of asking The Wash Dog next door what’s in their future. Proprietor Thyra tells WSB she’s looking for a new spot but her lease runs through this time next year and her new landlord is working with her on the transition. The ex-Kokoras space has been empty for a year and a half.
Tuesday highlights, from (mostly) the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:
LAST DAY FOR LIGHT RAIL ‘SCOPING’ COMMENTS: Your last chance to get your comment into the official record before the next phase of Sound Transit West Seattle light-rail planning ends today. Here’s how to comment.
TERMINAL 5 LEASE VOTE: As previewed here, Seattle and Tacoma port commissioners meet today as the Northwest Seaport Alliance‘s managing members, with an agenda full of lease votes and other items key to the future of Terminal 5. 11:30 am at the Sea-Tac Airport Conference Center. (17801 International Blvd.)
LEARN IRISH DANCING: Beginning Irish Dance classes at 4:45 pm, VFW Hall in The Triangle. (3601 SW Alaska)
WWRHAH: 6:15 pm at Southwest Library, community info and involvement with the Westwood-Roxhill-Arbor Heights Community Coalition. (9010 35th SW)
WEST SEATTLE BIKE CONNECTIONS: 6:30 pm at Neighborhood House High Point – lots on the agenda. (6400 Sylvan Way SW)
FAMILY STORY TIME: For kids of all ages, 7 pm at Delridge Library. Free as always. (5423 Delridge Way SW)
WAX & OIL: DJs and painting at Parliament Tavern, 8 pm. 21+. (4210 SW Admiral Way)
SEE THE FULL LINEUP … for today/tonight/beyond, via our complete calendar!
Another early-morning flipped-car crash. This one did not lead to a major callout and we didn’t hear about it until this photo came in from a nearby resident a short time ago. The SFD log shows it happened in the 3200 hundred block of Walnut around 1:30 am. Police tell WSB that the driver hit at least one parked car and they arrested him on suspicion of DUI.