West Seattle, Washington
Saturday’s West Seattle Bee Festival offers much to look forward to, including the first-ever Urban Survival Skills Fair. Cindi Barker says it’ll be a fun way to find out about disaster preparedness. Here’s what else you’ll find at the USS Fair in a big tent in the north end of High Point Commons Park, by the Bee Garden (Lanham/Graham), during the 10 am-2 pm festival:
The Urban Survival Skills Fair offers an opportunity to gain a variety of preparedness-related skills and useful knowledge from experts. Topics may include:
Amateur Radio — Learn about one of the few communication tools that do not depend on the internet.
Develop a disaster communication plan — Communication is critical during a disaster. What should you consider when making your own plan?
Learn some useful camping hacks and share your best hacks with us!
Build an emergency toilet! We’ll have 50 free toilets to give away (first come, first serve). Learn what to do if the sewer lines have broken or if there is no water.
Prepared Communities — Learn more about the network of Seattle Emergency Communication Hubs and about the West Seattle Emergency Communication Hubs.
Prepared Families — Take some high impact, low-cost steps that can help your family and household make it through any situation.
Prepared Neighbors — Learn about the City of Seattle’s SNAP (Seattle Neighborhoods Actively Prepare) program.
Prepared Pets — What steps can you take to make sure that your pet stays safe in a disaster?
Prepared Schools — Do you understand the “reunification process” that schools may implement following a disaster?
Smartphone Emergency Apps — Take steps before a disaster to download useful tools…many will function even without a cellphone signal. Do you know of other apps?
Utilities — Do you know when or if you should shut off utilities such as gas, water and electricity, and how to do so safely?
Water — Do you know how to properly store and purify water? Following the earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand, people were without running water for over a year.
This should provide a great opportunity for people who attended our “Is West Seattle Prepared?” events last fall to get more detailed information and hands on skills for preparedness. For those who were not able to attend, videos of those events were just completed and are available at the following links:
Introductory comments, October 7, 2018:
Glenn Farley, KING 5 News
Keynote Speakers, Nov. 3, 2018:
Dave Nichols, WS Resident, Certified Professional Emergency Manager and ShelterBox Response Team Member
Sandi Doughton, and author of “Full Rip 9.0: The Next Big Earthquake in the Pacific Northwest”
Keynote Speakers, Oct. 7, 2018:
Ken Neafcy, WS Resident and Certified Professional Emergency Manager
Harold Tobin, Director, Pacific Northwest Seismic Network. University of Washington Professor, Dept. of Earth and Space Sciences
City of Seattle and King County Public Health – Role of Government in Disasters, Nov. 3, 2018:
Seattle Fire Department – Lt. Andrews, Station 29
Seattle Police Department – Lt. James Britt, SW Precinct.
Seattle Office of Emergency Management – Melanie Cole, Outreach and Training Specialist
King County Public Health – Carina Elsenboss, Preparedness Director
Skills Training, Nov 3, 2018
Scout Troop 282
What should be in your disaster kit
MacGyver Tips – what you can do with a garbage bag.
As for the rest of the Bee Festival – look for that preview Thursday!
Congratulations to Anissa Babitu for signing with Walla Walla University! On Tuesday, West Seattle High School hosted a signing ceremony on Tuesday for the senior who played basketball with the #3-in-state 2018 team and #6-in-state 2019 team.
Anissa plans to major in computer science. WSHS athletic director Corey Sorenson says she is the 12th student athlete from the WSHS Class of 2019 to commit to a college or university.
Both of today’s King County Elections updates are posted, with three days down, two to go in this year’s Filing Week. In the Seattle City Council District 1 (West Seattle/South Park) race, incumbent Lisa Herbold has filed, joining Brendan Kolding on the path to the August 6th primary-election ballot. Another local position, King County Council District 8 (which includes West Seattle and White Center), has an incumbent – Joe McDermott – and a challenger – Goodspaceguy. Same goes for Seattle School Board Position 6 (West Seattle/South Park), with incumbent Leslie Harris filing today, following challenger Molly Mitchell. See the full list of who’s filed for what so far by going here.
We’re midway through Bike Everywhere Month. Friday is Bike Everywhere Day (the former Bike to Work Day). Haven’t tried biking between here and downtown yet? West Seattleite Doug Ollerenshaw shared two sped-up clips of what it’s like to ride between here and the north side of downtown (to lower Queen Anne, from South Lake Union):
If you’re riding on Friday morning – whether for the first time or five-hundredth – and your ride will take you under the West Seattle Bridge, make time to stop by the West Seattle Bike Connections celebration station, 6 am-9 am – details here.
Today we’re welcoming a new WSB sponsor, the Highline Bears!
The Highline Bears summer collegiate baseball team brings more than just college baseball to the area. They turn an ordinary baseball game into non-stop fun, excitement, and entertainment.
The Highline Bears are home to college players from all over the state and country for the months of June, July and the first week in August, playing 24 home games at Mel Olson Stadium inside Steve Cox Memorial Park in White Center. The Highline Bears open their season on Saturday, June 1st at 7:10 pm.
The moment you step inside the stadium, the Bears plan non-stop fun. There’s non-stop music, between-inning games, competitions, trivia, giveaways, and their dancing mascot Buntly the Bear. Tickets are affordable, with the highest ticket price at $8 for adults, $5 for youth and seniors, and kids eight and under are always free. The concession stand is packed with 1/4-lb. all beef hot dogs, Seattle Dogs, German Sausages, loaded pulled-pork nachos, and even a pulled-pork sundae, to name a few items.
To find out more about the Highline Bears and get tickets to a game this summer, you can go to their website at HighlineBears.com.
We thank the Highline Bears 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.
The Starbucks @ Admiral Safeway was a Southwest Precinct satellite for two hours this morning during the latest “Coffee with a Cop” event (as announced two weeks ago). In our photo above, from left, are Joe Everett, the City Attorney’s Office precinct liaison; Jennifer Danner, crime-prevention outreach; Sgt. Heidi Tuttle from community outreach; and Officer Ken Mazzuca, from the precinct Community Police Team. Couldn’t stop by but got a question for local police? Your next chance is 7 pm Tuesday (May 21st) at the precinct (2300 SW Webster), during the May meeting of the West Seattle Crime Prevention Council.
After all the rainbow photos – one glorious sunset photo remains from last night – thanks to Lynn Hall for sending it. And now we look ahead to six special events today/tonight:
WEDNESDAY GROUP RUN, SPECIAL EDITION: 6:15 pm group run at West Seattle Runner (WSB sponsor) has two special features – a chance to register for the upcoming Loop the ‘Lupe (signing up tonight gets you an on-the-spot in-store discount on WSR purchases), and a post-run social. Details in our calendar listing. (2743 California SW)
Please join us as we welcome Dr. Ilene Schwartz to Lafayette Elementary to speak about why inclusion matters within schools and in our community. She will cover topics such as how to talk to your child about disability and the benefits of inclusion followed by Q&A. This event is geared toward families with children of all abilities. Dr. Schwartz is the director of the Haring Center for Inclusive Education on the UW campus, an interdisciplinary, research and training center focused on improving outcomes for children of all abilities.
Free but RSVP appreciated. (2645 California SW)
WORDSWEST LITERARY SERIES: As previewed here last night, Erica Bauermeister and Alan Chong Lau are the featured writers in the second-to-last-ever WordsWest Literary Series event (last in its longtime format), tonight at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), 7-9 pm. No admission charge, all welcome. (5612 California SW)
D-1 + T-5: Two Seattle City Council District 1 (West Seattle and South Park) candidates, plus a Terminal 5 update from the Port of Seattle, are on the agenda for the Delridge Neighborhoods District Council meeting tonight at Neighborhood House High Point. All welcome. (6400 Sylvan Way SW)
500TH TRIVIA NIGHT: 8:30 pm at Talarico’s Pizzeria, you are invited to a special edition of weekly trivia hosted by Phil Tavel – his 500th Talarico’s trivia night. Details in our calendar listing. (4718 California SW)
SEE MORE … on our full calendar!
Thanks to Mark for tweeting that photo when SW Yancy closed on Tuesday between Avalon and 28th, immediately east of the Avalon repaving project (we mentioned it in our morning traffic watch). SDOT subsequently told us it wasn’t part of their work but rather a private project, utility work for residential construction on the block. One business is on that block – Stor-More self-storage and mailboxes, a longtime WSB sponsor; we’re a customer too so we called them to ask about access and what they’ve heard about duration. They say there is enough space that customers can now get by the signage at Yancy and Avalon. Meantime, they were told the work will continue through Thursday.
Another city-park playground renovation is in the works.
This time, it’s Fairmount Playground‘s south play area. Seattle Parks has opened a survey – take it here – and scheduled a community meeting, where you can “meet the design team and provide input on play equipment.” That’s set for 6:30 pm May 30th in the cafeteria at nearby Fairmount Park Elementary. Read more about the renovation here. (The Fairmount north play area was renovated less than a decade ago.)
6:58 AM: Good morning! No incidents in, or traffic alerts for, our area so far. One note looking ahead:
WEST SEATTLE 5K ON SUNDAY: The annual run/walk will close Alki Avenue for a few hours Sunday morning. (Not too late to register!)