West Seattle, Washington
Story and photos by Jason Grotelueschen
Reporting for West Seattle Blog
Highlights included presentations about Morgan Junction Park expansion and the proposed development at 5917 California Ave, as well as updates about upcoming Morgan events, affordable housing, and light rail.
Vice president Phillip Tavel ran the first half of the meeting, then president Deb Barker (rushing from the Sound Transit Stakeholder Advisory Group meeting downtown) took over for the second half.
Less than three weeks now until West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day – 15th year! It’s coming up on Saturday, May 11th. And since we’ll be publishing the map and listings a week in advance as usual, the end of registration is getting close – this Thursday (April 25th) is the deadline. As of tonight, almost 200 sales are registered for the peninsula’s big day of person-to-person recycling, treasure-hunting, and neighbor-meeting, from North Admiral to South Delridge, Lincoln Park to Highland Park, Alki Point to Pigeon Point …to name a few. Official sale hours are 9 am-3 pm on May 11th but some sellers choose to start early and/or end late – if you plan to do that, be sure the “ad” you send us when you sign up includes that info.
Ready to register? Just go here!
Set your calendar for June 1 – when you can enjoy a night out knowing you’re doing something important in addition to having fun! From Amanda Kirk on behalf of the Sanislo Elementary PTA:
We are a small local school located in the Puget Ridge neighborhood of West Seattle. This year the auction is going to be at The Brockey Center at South Seattle College on June 1st, 2019 at 6 pm. Admission to the auction is $40 per person and we hope you consider joining us.
Sanislo Elementary School is building a network of dedicated individuals from throughout our community whose support and passion helps increase the chances of success for our children. Last year at Sanislo, while we had a goal of raising just $20,000, we ended up exceeding this goal by 50%. We raised $30,000 thanks to all of your donations to Sanislo! The school used this money to support: mindfulness/social emotional learning, a learning garden, and scholarships for after-school enrichment programs.
This year our need is even greater. I interviewed key stakeholders including the Principal in order to determine what aspect of the school was in greatest need of support. One of the largest challenges the school is facing is the increasing age of the books and other instruction materials. Our children are struggling to experience the joy of learning and self discovery partially because the average age of their books is more than 10 years old! Our library has become out of touch with reality and the children are not as motivated to participate in self-guided learning as children at other schools. Help us bring the joy of learning to our children.
Our annual auction is coming up soon! We hope you can join us once again in supporting educational equity. Come enjoy an evening of fun with us: dinner, dancing, drinks, silent auction, and dancing
The ’80s Are Back
Saturday, June 1st, 6-10 pm
The Brockey Center at South Seattle College
6000 16th Avenue SW
Direct link for buying tickets is here!
It’s been a big year for the West Seattle High School Cheer Team, going to state competition for the first time ever. Now it’s time to look ahead to next year – coach Nadine Nguyen sent the announcement:
Are you ready to become a part of the West Seattle Cheer Team?
Now’s your chance. Tryouts are May 1st, 2nd, and 3rd from 4 pm- 6 pm @ WSHS.
If you are looking to get a little extra help before Tryouts come to our open clinics where we will be teaching basic cheer skills such as jumps, dance, and cheers to help you get ready for Tryouts. Clinics are on April 30th from 4 pm-6 pm in the WSHS commons. Parent meeting immediately following the clinic.
You will need to have a COMPLETED physical and Athletic Packet in order to participate in Tryouts and the clinic. These packets are available in the West Seattle High School Main Office.
For questions, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks to Noirin Lynch of Brownie Girl Scout Troop 41169 for sharing the report and photos of their Earth Day project:
Our Brownie GS troop has been learning all about our watershed and the issues we face in terms of stormwater pollution over the past several months.
Their interest began in the fall with a field trip to see Chum salmon spawn, where they learned about salmon’s need for clean, cool water and the link between declining salmon and declining orca populations from the Mountaineers.
They were then lucky to have local West Seattle fish biologist and stormwater expert Jen McIntyre come teach them about green infrastructure and bio retention methods to help keep toxic stormwater out of our streams and sound. They conducted their own experiments to see what materials work best to naturally filter stormwater.
After all this learning they decided to help the area around their meeting place, Alki Elementary. We met yesterday to help clean the streets and label storm drains in an effort to raise public awareness.
We had a lot of people stop to ask what we were doing and even had a resident come out of their house to thank us and ask how he could join the effort.
By the way, you can get a drain-stenciling kit from the city – here’s how.
Thanks to the reader who sent the photo from this morning’s 80th annual Easter Sunday sunrise service at Forest Lawn (WSB sponsor). The West Seattle Ministerial Association presents the service, with volunteer support by the Kiwanis Club of West Seattle. The reader reports, “Incredible testimony of recovery and now in school by Erin LaBreche. Service was well attended. Looking forward to next year.” In 2020, Easter will be on April 12th.
Don’t toss it – recycle it!
Twice a year, Fauntleroy Church invites you to bring no-longer-wanted/neeed items to its parking lot (9140 California SW) 9 am-3 pm, and next Sunday (April 28th) sis the day you can drive/ride/walk up to drop recyclables off for free. 1 Green Planet will be there, and the newest list of what they’re accepting this time is here.
First, from our West Seattle Easter/Passover/Etc. page:
SUNRISE SERVICE ON ALKI BEACH: 6 am, West Seattle’s three UCC churches join for an early service on the beach, all welcome. (57th SW & Alki SW)
OTHER EASTER SERVICES:: See the listings on our page!
EGG HUNTS: Several churches are having them today – that info’s also in our listings.
And from our year-round West Seattle Event Calendar:
WEST SEATTLE FARMERS’ MARKET: Every Sunday, holiday or not! 10 am-2 pm, in the street, in the heart of The Junction. (California SW between SW Alaska and SW Oregon)
HOMINY HASH: Acoustic music at Parliament Tavern, 7 pm. $5 cover. 21+. (4210 SW Admiral Way)
PREVIEW THE WEEK AHEAD … via our complete calendar!