West Seattle, Washington
Three West Seattle Junction notes:
FIRST WEST SEATTLE .5 K: The first-time West Seattle .5K today was a sudsy success, with seven venues participating in the sold-out event that put a different twist on the term “beer run.” The Beer Junction was packet-pickup central before the four-hour .5K began:
More than 200 peoole signed up. If you missed out, watch for early word next year.
MURAL RESTORATION: Work continued this week on the next historic Junction mural to get some TLC:
THat’s Bob Henry at work on the “West Seattle Ferries” mural behind the KeyBank/Bin 41/Pharmaca building. As we reported last month, crowdfunding continues to cover the costs of restoration, and a commemorative keychain remains available through the end of this month for donations of $50 and up. Here’s how to donate.
FARMERS’ MARKET PARTY SUNDAY: And one more reminder that tomorrow brings a party at the West Seattle Farmers’ Market in the heart of The Junction – it’s celebrating 20 years, with cake (first-come first-served) and founder Chris Curtis ringing the opening bell at 10 am. See you there!
West Seattle’s next summer festival is one week away! The Morgan Junction Community Festival takes over Morgan Junction Park (6413 California SW) and vicinity next Saturday (June 22nd). In this preview – the vendors!
The festival features more than 30 vendors this year, some new, many returning, who are mostly from West Seattle neighborhoods. They will be in the parking lots behind Zeeks and Whisky West and on Beveridge Place and Eddy Street (south and north of the park). Handmade jewelry and crafts by local artisans make up the majority of for-sale items. A variety of commercial vendors will be there to provide information on their services and/or products. Community and local government organizations look forward to informing festival attendees about their activities and how to become involved. Cal-Mor residents will be selling bottled waterm with proceeds going toward their recreation fund.
New Morgan Junction Business
Paper Boat Books
Seattle Parks and Recreation – will showcase draft plans for the park extension, based on feedback from a survey they conducted during last year’s festival
Seattle Police Department
West Seattle Democratic Women
34th District Democrats
Seattle Public Library
West Seattle Food Bank
Edibles (more food annoucements in a separate preview!)
Blue Bird Ice Cream
Dolcetta Artisan Sweets – handcrafted chocolates, caramels
Indulge Desserts – local cake and cupcake specialty bakery
West Seattle Leaps and Bounds – Children’s therapy information
Counter Force – Takewondo Martial Arts information
Church of the Nazarene – games
Ginger Jewelry Design
Lelia Rae Handbags
Perch Paper Goods
Rich and Pam Thompson
Wendy Sloneker, Green Gift Handkerchiefs
Puddles Barkery – dog treats
Mud Bay – pet food and supplies
Smith Brothers Farms
Intuitive Art Seattle
Just in Case – Disaster Preparedness Services
Nepenthe Massage and Boutique
Vibrant Magazine (Unified Outreach)
West Seattle Electric and Solar
Pathway Desigh & Construction
Good Med Direct Primary Care
De Sautel Chiropractic
Seattle Allergy Natural Solutions
District 1 City Council Candidates
As a festival co-sponsor, we’ll be there too, for as-it-happens coverage. More festival info in our calendar listing!
Two more hours until Thunder Road Guitars and The Bass Shop (WSB sponsors) close in The Junction (4736 California SW) and prepare to move to Morgan Junction (6400 California SW). Above, we found Thunder Road proprietor Frank working on the windows in the new spot; below, Jef and Chad were at The Bass Shop getting the bass cases together to start taking instruments off the wall:
Closing time tonight: 6 pm. The shops hope to announce the reopening date soon, aiming for the end of the month.
The photo shows a bathtub full of the brown water that at least one Gatewood household has been dealing with today. They’ve reported it but didn’t get an explanation. Anyone else? Any time this happens, be sure to report it via the Seattle Public Utilities 24/7 line, 206-386-1800.
From Zach Jones, West Seattle Baseball president:
Wanted to shout out all our West Seattle PONY league champions from this year’s season:
Pinto (7-8)- Wildwood Market:
Mustang (9-10)- Mountain To Sound Outfitters:
Bronco (11-12)- Alki Lumber:
P.S. WS Baseball is still signing up 6- through 10-year-olds for Summer Crush baseball – more on that here!
By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor
We recorded it all on video:
If you don’t have time to watch, here are the toplines:
(Beware of baby birds! Fledgling robin barely visible in the grass, photographed by Trileigh Tucker)
From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:
FREE FOOTBALL CAMP: First West Seattle High School Football-presented camp for K-8th graders, 9 am-noon at Hiawatha Playfield. (2700 California SW)
LOW-LOW TIDE: Another round of low-low tides begins, and with it, visits by Seattle Aquarium volunteer beach naturalists, 9:30-11:30 am today at Constellation and Lincoln Parks. (Low tide is -1.7 feet at 10:23 am)
FREE SHREDDING! Got something to shred? Grab something nonperishable to donate to the White Center Food Bank and bring it to the northwest lot at Westwood Village for free shredding, sponsored by John L. Scott Westwood (WSB sponsor), 10 am-noon. (2600 SW Barton)
THUNDER ROAD GUITARS’ LAST PRE-MOVE DAY: This is the final day in The Junction for Thunder Road Guitars and The Bass Shop (WSB sponsors) before they close for their move to Morgan Junction. 10 am-6 pm. (4736 California SW)
GARAGE BOOKSTORE GRAND OPENING: 10 am-1 pm and 4 pm-8 pm, explained here. (3710 SW Barton)
COLMAN POOL: Starting today, the city-owned outdoor pool on the Lincoln Park shore is open 7 days a week. Here’s the session schedule. (8603 Fauntleroy Way SW)
WEST SEATTLE .5K: The Junction’s first-ever beer run. Or walk. Or however you choose to get from the check-in venue, The Beer Junction, to the six other participating spots! It’s sold out so his is just a reminder that if you did register, today’s the day, 1 pm-5 pm.
BLOCK PARTY AT THE WETLAND: 2-6 pm, visit this special Delridge spot for a summer celebration. (23rd SW/SW Findlay)
STEELTOE METRONOME: West Seattle-born musician Seri Thompson‘s homecoming; Steel Metronome is playing with Tripp Rezac and Ghost Train Trio, 8 pm at Drunky Two Shoes in White Center. $6 cover. Here’s a sample of their music:
Seri explains, “I am a fourth-generation West Seattleite on both sides of my family. My father owns West Seattle Brake as did his father before him, and my great-grandfather before then. My mother was also raised in West Seattle, her grandfather was a founding member of the Alki Masonic Lodge and she and her siblings (as did their mother) grew up on Alki Beach.” So go see her in nearby WC tonight! (9655 16th SW)
AND THAT’S NOT ALL! See the full list for today/tonight/beyond on our calendar.
Another big graduation tonight! Just received the announcement and photo from South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) communications director Ty Swenson:
South Seattle College’s Class of 2019 graduates were honored at the Seattle Colleges Commencement Ceremony on Friday night at T-Mobile Park. Over 900 SSC graduates were celebrated, having earned a wide variety of degrees, certificates and diplomas that open doors to future educational and career opportunities.
South Seattle College is part of the Seattle Colleges District which includes Seattle Central College, North Seattle College and the Seattle Vocational Institute. Students from all four institutions were joined by family, friends and Seattle Colleges faculty and staff for the celebration.
“It was an amazing evening at T-Mobile Park as we celebrated over 900 South Seattle College graduates for the talent and drive they exhibited in earning a credential and creating vast opportunities for their future,” South Seattle College President Rosie Rimando-Chareunsap said. “I want to thank our faculty and staff for supporting our graduates since their first days on campus. To our new South alumni: take great pride in this milestone. You own it, you deserve it, and I ask that you turn this moment into self -confidence and belief that the next chapter is yours to write.”
Outgoing SSC Student Body President Jeffrey Campbell, a graduate who will transfer to the University of Washington’s Foster School of Business, spoke during commencement.
“Who I am today is due to the many people who have helped me along this journey,” Campbell said. “Many are with us here today. The community of individuals that make South Seattle College their life have become an integral component of my life and success.”
South Seattle College conferred a total of 916 awards this year, including:
· 467 associate transfer degrees that enable graduates to transfer to four-year colleges and universities in Washington and beyond to complete their bachelor’s degrees.
· 294 associate of science degrees and certificates that prepare graduates to enter the workforce immediately.
· 122 high school diplomas or equivalents, allowing graduates to take a significant step toward future education and employment opportunities.
· 33 bachelor of applied science degrees, taking graduates’ careers to the next level and increasing their earning potential.
SSC’s main campus is on West Seattle’s Puget Ridge, at 6000 16th SW.