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From two wheels to six strings, some of what you’ll find on West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day 2019 this Saturday

No, he’s not for sale, but a “life-size R2-D2” will be available for photo ops at West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day this Saturday (sale #119). At least two sales are promoting canine greeters (#68, #216). And then, there’s the unusual merchandise. In the market for a motorcycle?

That one’s on sale at #32 – one of six sales offering motorcycles, along with #4, #62, #79, #190, and #281.

If you’re looking for a guitar, Thunder Road Guitars (WSB sponsor) is on the map (#158) with its moving sale. That’s one of a dozen moving sales listed (along with #19, #52, #100, #136, #159, #168, #199, #276, #278, #290, #296). Two sales are described as “combining households” – #36 and #170. Five sales mention remodeling – #12, #76, #79, #126, #167. If you’re looking to do some work yourself, but need tools, the sales offering those are too numerous to mention (even the West Seattle Tool Library is having a sale, #288) but you can use the online WSCGSD map‘s search function (or browser-search the PDF version) to see whether any are near you.

These are just a few examples of what you’ll find at the nearly 300 sales registered for the 15th annual WSCGSD on Saturday (twelfth one since we started coordinating it in 2008). More previews to come before Saturday – which is now forecast to be sunny and in the 80s!

BIKE-TO-SCHOOL DAY 2019: Louisa Boren STEM K-8’s riders

May 8, 2019 9:34 pm
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One more Bike-to-School Day report! This one – with photos – is from Joseph Laubach, who coordinated it for Louisa Boren STEM K-8:

Louisa Boren STEM K-8 had a fun and well attended bike train for Bike to School Day on Wednesday, May 8! The event started with a pre-ride raffle for some cool prizes including t-shirts featuring the new STEM walk and bike to school logo. School principal Ben Ostrom joined the bike train as students, parents, and teachers pedaled, scooted, and jogged to school along the 26th Ave SW greenway and Longfellow Creek trail.

All the students were rewarded for their efforts at the completion of the ride with a gift card to Menchie’s frozen-yogurt shop. Great effort by everyone!

Earlier, we reported on Alki Elementary‘s Bike-to-School Day riders.

BIZNOTE: Agave Cocina now open in West Seattle Junction

After a tip (thank you!), we just stopped by to confirm that Agave Cocina has quietly opened its new West Seattle Junction location, exactly five months after our first report that they were taking over the ex-Fresh Bistro space at 4727 42nd SW. They tell us hours will be 11 am-10 pm for starters. Agave is a local mini-chain with other locations in Issaquah and lower Queen Anne.

THURSDAY: West Seattle light rail goes to Sound Transit board committee

Tomorrow afternoon (Thursday, May 9th) is the next stop along the way to the >Sound Transit Board‘s decision on which potential routing/station locations to send to environmental studies for the West Seattle to Ballard extension. This follows the advisory Elected Leadership Group‘s recommendations two weeks ago:

Tomorrow’s 1:30-5 pm meeting of the ST System Expansion Committee is at the ST board room downtown (401 S. Jackson). As shown on the agenda, this is just one of 10 items going before the committee tomorrow. But the meeting does have a public-comment period toward the start, if there’s something you’d like committee members (here’s the roster) to know. Whatever they recommend, the full ST Board (here’s the roster) has the final say in two weeks (May 23rd).

UPDATE: ‘Water rescue response’ near West Seattle low bridge

(Photo added 5:43 pm, part of SPD/SFD response at marina)

ORIGINAL REPORT, 4:36 PM: Heads-up since it’s evening commute: A Seattle Fire “water rescue response” is headed for the southbound 1st Avenue South Bridge. We don’t know exactly how it’ll affect the bridge/surface road(s) yet, nor any other details – stand by for updates.

4:39 PM: SFD tweets, “Fireboat and rescue swimmers responding to 1st Ave. S. Bridge for someone who jumped off of bridge into water. Crews are investigating to see if person in water is in distress.” First crews are arriving at scene.

4:42 PM: Per radio communication, the rescue response is relocating to the West Seattle low bridge and railroad-trestle bridge after clarifying where the person was seen.

4:46 PM: Also per radio communication, the person has been located by a Coast Guard boat but is “refusing assistance.”

4:57 PM: Continuing to monitor radio discussion – the person in the water is described as a woman around 30 years old and they’re still working to get her onto the rescue boat.

5:05 PM: It’s now becoming something of a standoff with police radioing that the woman in the water “brandished a knife.”

5:31 PM: We’re at the marina nearest the scene; the boats involved have moved further south down the Duwamish. The first radio exchange we’ve heard in a while indicates the woman is now on one of the fireboats.

5:51 PM: We’ve confirmed with responders at the marina that the woman’s out of the water. An ambulance crew is waiting at the dock.

6:09 PM: She’s been brought ashore and transferred to medics. Also docked: Responders including divers, rescue swimmers, and a U.S. Coast Guard vessel that’s leaving again.

6:15 PM: The woman was still visibly combative as she was brought ashore to be taken to the hospital. This is ultimately, responders tell us, a “person in crisis” situation. They’re wrapping up here now.

New ‘Welcome to West Seattle’ sign unveiled

1:16 PM: Adah Cruzen was there this afternoon as the West Seattle Chamber of Commerce officially unveiled the new Welcome to West Seattle sign on the slope along the west end of the West Seattle Bridge long tended by her late husband Earl Cruzen. He was there in 1986 when the Chamber, for which he was a vice president at the time, put up the previous sign; last summer, with a photo of Earl as a backdrop, Adah announced a donation to fund a new one. Then-Chamber CEO Lynn Dennis was also at the site for today’s unveiling.

It was made by South Park-based Waypoint Sign Company, which installed the framework and base last month.

Members of the Chamber committee that worked on the sign project were there for the unveiling. Along with then-CEO Dennis, they were:

 Tim Andes of Waypoint Sign Company
 Paul Prentice, of Prentice Designs Inc.
 Hamilton Gardiner of Holmquist and Gardiner PLLC
 Gary Potter of Potter Construction
 Pete Spalding of Verity Credit Union
 Shannon Felix of Avalon Glassworks

The Cruzen donation also is to pay for a landscape-maintenance plan for the site.

ADDED 7:25 PM: Local historian, journalist, and author Clay Eals was there today too and shares this video.

HAPPENING NOW: Explorer West Middle School students out to ‘Change the World’ today

We took and tweeted that photo from across the California/Admiral intersection before we realized it was part of an event already on our coverage slate for today – Explorer West Middle School (WSB sponsor) students’ Community Service Day, including eighth-graders out raising awareness as part of their “Change the World Project” work. We subsequently found these two groups in The Junction:

Other groups are/have been at Alki Beach and the Fauntleroy ferry dock. While the “Change the World Project” is a uniquely 8th-grade endeavor at EWMS, students in other grades are working on community service, social-studies teacher Tim Owens tells us – 6th-graders removing invasive plants at Seola Park, 7th-graders with various activities at Camp Long.

BIZNOTE: About the video crew @ Admiral Bird

May 8, 2019 11:16 am
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After receiving a few questions about a video crew at California/Admiral, we checked to see what’s up. Admiral Bird is closed today for a commercial shoot – though co-housed Flower Lab remains OPEN. The commercial is for “a Tacoma credit union,” Wendy @ Flower Lab tells us.

7 for your West Seattle Wednesday!

(Another marine mammal basking in the sun! Photo by Jim Spraker)

Highlights for the hours ahead:

LOW-LOW TIDE: 1:21 pm, the tide is out to minus 2 feet, and that’s the lowest in this first wave of daytime low-low tides this spring/summer.

TRACK AND FIELD: Metro League championships begin at Southwest Athletic Complex; competition is scheduled 4:30-7:30 pm. (2801 SW Thistle)

LEARN ABOUT BUGS: 5:30 pm at the Senior Center of West Seattle, a new lecture series begins – call to see if there’s still room! (4217 SW Oregon)

WRITING CIRCLE: All writers invited for support and camaraderie at the West Seattle (Admiral) Library, 6 pm. (2306 42nd SW)

(Monday’s sunset, photographed by Chris Wells)

POETRYBRIDGE: Poems and stories at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), 7 pm – this month’s featured readers, Nadiene Maestas and Erika Brumett. (5612 California SW)

34TH DISTRICT DEMOCRATS: 7 pm at The Hall at Fauntleroy, with tonight’s monthly meeting including a Burien City Council candidates’ forum. Agenda’s in the May newsletter. (9131 California SW)

YADA YADA BLUES BAND: 9 pm at Parliament Tavern. No cover. 21+. (4210 SW Admiral Way)

LOTS MORE … just check our full calendar!

BIKE-TO-SCHOOL DAY 2019: Alki Elementary’s riders

For Bike-to-School Day, we caught up with one of two “bike trains” to Alki Elementary this morning – this one from Anchor (Luna) Park along Alki Avenue.

Lots of company for the students. Chris Nutter is Alki ES’s Bike-to-School Day coordinator. Don Brubeck from West Seattle Bike Connections joined the group. And he sent this pic of Al Jackson, longtime school-bus driver, on two wheels this morning:

Al led the bike train from Me-Kwa-Mooks. Raffles and other celebratory activities awaited the riders at school:

At least two other local schools – Louisa Boren STEM K-8 and Genesee Hill Elementary – planned Bike-to-School activities too.

P.S. May 17th is Bike Everywhere Day (formerly Bike-to-Work Day).


(SDOT MAP with travel times/ Is the ‘low bridge’ closed? LOOK HERE/ West Seattle-relevant traffic cams HERE)

7:02 AM: Good morning! No incidents or transit alerts. Two reminders:

35TH SW WORK BETWEEN AVALON AND ALASKA: This has begun, and the road is one lane each way in the work zone.

BIKE-TO-SCHOOL DAY: At least three local schools are having special events. Yours? Send photos!

8:10 AM: Weekend traffic alerts, now that we’re midway through the week:

NB HIGHWAY 99 TUNNEL: Closed overnight Friday-early Saturday for routine maintenance

CRANE REMOVAL: California SW closed at Stevens all day Saturday for removal of West Seattle’s only tower crane.

SHRIMP FISHING: Don Armeni Boat Ramp (1222 Harbor SW) is likely to be very busy Saturday early morning through early afternoon, as the state opens shrimp fishing 7 am-1 pm that day.

WEST SEATTLE COMMUNITY GARAGE SALE DAY: 9 am-3 pm Saturday, sales all over the peninsula (here’s the map).

THURSDAY: West Seattle Art Walk in the sunshine!

May 8, 2019 1:41 am
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No end in sight for the summery weather. So set aside some time to enjoy West Seattle Art Walk sights on Thursday (May 9th)!

LIVE PAINTING: Rachel Austin – a popular featured artist at Click! Design That Fits (4540 California SW; WSB sponsor) – will be there Thursday night to show you how she does it. 5-8 pm, stop in at Click! to see her new collection, “a series inspired by my love of plants both in the garden and out in nature.”

Speaking of plants …

GARDEN TOUR FINALISTS: At CAPERS (4525 California SW), look ahead to next month’s West Seattle Garden Tour by enjoying the creations that won – or almost won – this year’s poster-art competition. Winner Sheila Lengle will be awarded her prize at 6 pm.

Here’s the full map/venue list:

As always, the Art Walk stretches beyond The Junction – to the south, you’ll find art and more at two WSB sponsors:

VISCON CELLARS: No tasting fee for Art Walk-ers! 5-9 pm, visit the cozy tasting room at 5910 California SW and enjoy the work of Jenna Howell.

CANNA: At Canna West Culture Shop (5435 California SW), 5-8 pm, meet artist Ira Feenstra.

Get other suggestions for stops on Art Walk night this Thursday via the official preview!