West Seattle, Washington
Forecast so far is for sunny and warm next Saturday (May 11th), the 15th annual West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day (coordinated by WSB)! Now that the map (almost 300 sales, all over the peninsula) is ready – online here, printable here (16 pages, PDF) – it’s time to start sharing a few lists. First one – the fundraisers. They include:
#7 – LungForce
#20 – Mt.Hood Kiwanis Camp
#21 – Delta Kappa Gamma
#51 – Solstice Park P-Patch
#90 – Girl Scout Troop 45120
#120 – with bake sale benefiting Seattle Children’s
#189 – Providence Medical Center
#230 – Breast cancer
#235 – West Seattle High School Football
#252 – Lafayette Elementary PTA
#288 – West Seattle Tool Library
Of course, all shoppers and sellers are doing an inherently good deed, fundraiser or not – person-to-person recycling! Every seller has provided a description, so explore the map/listings if you’re looking for something in particular. More lists and updates as Saturday approaches …
Road-work season continues moving into high gear. At 35th/Dawson, SDOT is doing work that will get the intersection ready for signal installation later this year, and Seattle Parks says the work will block Camp Long‘s main entrance at 35th/Dawson starting this week, so you’ll need to enter from 34th/Brandon instead:
SDOT says the first phase of work at the intersection includes “curb ramps, drainage repairs, small asphalt repairs, and restriping the sidewalk.”
Story and photos by Jason Grotelueschen
Reporting for West Seattle Blog
Three design concepts for the future park site on the long-landbanked southwest corner of 48th/Charlestown were presented and discussed at this week’s public meeting at Dakota Place Park.
The concepts, developed based on recent community feedback including an online survey and a February drop-in event, are:
Here is a PDF showing the complete concept details and visuals for each of the three options:
Thanks to Troop 40149 leader Jen Boyer for the photos and report:
Girl Scout Troop 40149, a troop of eight 5th-grade girls attending Arbor Heights and Alki elementary schools, donated $230, 10 percent of their cookie sale proceeds, to Emerald City Pet Rescue Saturday, May 4.
The funds will be used to cover veterinary needs of rescue dogs at the SODO location and rescue cats at the West Seattle location.
The troop elected to donate 10 percent of their cookie sales to Emerald City Pet Rescue prior to selling cookies. They worked hard throughout February and March, selling to friends, family, neighbors, and through multiple booth sales throughout the area. The troop sold 2,691 boxes of cookies. The troop received 65 cents per box sold.
Five girls from the troop were present on Saturday to deliver the check at the SODO location, learn about how their money will help the organization, and spend a little time getting to know some of the rescue dogs.
After delivering their check and getting some puppy love, the girls traveled to the West Seattle location on Harbor SW to buy snacks, of which 100% of proceeds again support the organization, and visit the cats they’re helping support.
Hard to drum up quorum for a public meeting on a sunny Sunday afternoon but a small gathering convened the scheduled Camp Second Chance Community Advisory Council meeting, lasting less than 20 minutes, in the community room at Arrowhead Gardens, a few blocks north of the city-sanctioned encampment.
CAC member Cinda Stenger led the meeting in chair Willow Fulton‘s absence. Here’s the official camp status update, distributed and read by co-founder and on-site manager Eric Davis:
That’s compared to 50 residents at the time of last month’s meeting (WSB coverage here), and an addition of two tiny houses. As for the forthcoming film-festival premiere of “Stories of Us,” you can find out more about it here.
In committee updates. Stenger spoke on behalf of Sound Foundations, the group – which has grown out of Alki UCC involvement and is now “much larger” than that, Stenger said – building tiny houses at the camp, now on its 20th house. As an example of other volunteer involvement, she mentioned that an area company HR specialist came to C2C to help campers work on their resumés.
Shawn Neal from the city Human Services Department mentioned that the much-discussed hygiene trailer has arrived but had no updates otherwise. He was the only city rep and did not mention anything about the camp’s siting status, more than one month into its six-month extension announced in March.
Davis said the hygiene (shower) trailer’s been on site for about a week and a half and needs some work such as a bladder so the wastewater won’t go into the ground – “that’s coming in a week or two.” It should be in operation in about two weeks. He said the camp has many offers of volunteerism, from home-building to barbecues, and expressed gratitude for the community generosity.
Aaron Garcia from the White Center Community Development Association said its refocused Spring Clean might center on Camp Second Chance and the surrounding greenbelt – they have to figure out a plan for an event, possibly in early June. One possibility for inclusion in the event: Painting some of the tiny houses that haven’t been painted.
ISSUES: Davis wondered if the city could do anything about overgrowth along Myers Way in the Joint Training Facility vicinity north of C2C. Neal said he’d look into that.
COMMENTS: C2C board member Zsa Zsa said she’s moving from the camp into housing and is grateful for the camp and the services it has provided. “You’re a great model of how (C2C) can work.” Another community member offered words of praise for the camp. No other members o the public attended.
The Camp Second Chance CAC meets 2 pm first Sundays at Arrowhead Gardens (9200 2nd SW); next scheduled meeting, June 2nd.
The Muckleshoot Tribe canoe family is one of at least two paddling off West Seattle today; thanks to Lynn Hall for the photo. The Muckleshoots will again host an Alki Beach stop on the annual Tribal Journeys canoe voyage this summer; it’s shown online as tentatively scheduled for July 18. This year, canoe families are paddling north to the Lummi Nation west of Bellingham.
Just two weeks until the first – and usually the biggest – run/walk of the spring/summer season, the West Seattle 5K! Just after 9 am on Sunday, May 19th, Alki Avenue (which closes to motorized traffic for the 5K) will fill with people of all ages, enjoying a run/walk along the shore, raising money for West Seattle High School via its PTSA, which has been presenting this for more than a decade now (with community co-sponsors including WSB). If you’re not registered for the run/walk yet, you can do it right now online – go here! We’ll see you at the start/finish line (near 61st/Alki) on May 19th.
(Rufous Hummingbird, photographed by Mark Wangerin)
Ready to take on your Sunday? Here are some possibilities, mostly from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:
NEIGHBORHOOD STREET FUND VOTING ENDS: Final day to help choose which project(s) get funded – here’s our original story.
CINCO DE MAYO BRUNCH & BEYOND @ MISSION: 10 am-midnight at Mission Cantina (WSB sponsor) in Admiral:
Bottomless Mimosa Brunch!
Our Almost-Famous Pig Roast!
Special Cinco Menu*
All Mexican Drafts $4!
* Our normal brunch menu is available until 4 pm, followed by our special Cinco de Mayo menu featuring our delicious puerco asado
(2325 California SW)
WEST SEATTLE FARMERS’ MARKET: 10 am-2 pm in the street in the heart of The Junction. Fresh vegetables, fruits, meat, cheese, beverage, more, as well as flowers, plants, prepared food and snacks. (California SW between SW Oregon and SW Alaska)
RAMON CABRERA: Live music at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), 3-5 pm. No cover. All ages. (5612 California SW)
CINCO DE MAYO AT PARLIAMENT TAVERN: 9 pm, Michael Zabrek’s Proud and Nasty, plus Mexican banda horns. 21+. (4210 SW Admiral Way)
WHAT’S AHEAD? Check our complete calendar for a preview.
Police are in Lincoln Park investigating gunfire – reports that were called in to 911, and gunfire officers heard themselves while headed to check out those reports. Per radio dispatch, they’re looking for teenage suspects and at least one weapon, with multiple guns reported to have been fired. No report of injuries. A K9 team has been summoned to join the search. (added) An officer reported to dispatch that he found 9mm casings in a trash can at the park. (added) Now officers report finding an unspecified different type of casings. They also report having detained one person while seeking six more, described only as four males, two females.
Seen off West Seattle Saturday night:
That submarine passed in the early evening – thanks to the person who texted us the photo (206-293-6302 any time). A couple hours later, Lynn Hall caught a sailboat in the sunset: