West Seattle, Washington
By the last hour of today’s 25th annual West Seattle Garden Tour, the most historic stop on the map had logged more than 1,000 visitors, we learned. That was the historic Colman family estate in Fauntleroy.
The century-old estate has had “new” owners for a decade now, and they have enhanced the original landscaping. It has breathtaking sight like this – just off the street entrance, an amazing tree looked snow-dusted:
At every stop, tour-takers had the opportunity to learn about one of the Garden Tour’s nonprofit beneficiaries. At this one, fittingly enough, the Fauntleroy Watershed Council was spotlighted. Judy Pickens said she had talked with more than 100 people by the time we stopped by:
The tour offered the chance to visit nine gardens, from The Arroyos to North Admiral – we made it to two, including this Gatewood retreat (that has history too), where the lush gardens screen away a busy street that otherwise might be in view.
A special feature here – interpretive before/after displays like this one:
Extra touches were tucked between the plants in many places:
This year’s tour – the third one since it moved to June – sold out in advance. Watch early in the year for next year’s availability announcement!
Two years ago, we reported on the for-sale listing of seven Morgan Junction single-family-zoned parcels in anticipation of their HALA Mandatory Housing Affordability upzoning to Lowrise 3. That happened, and now two of those parcels are set for redevelopment into townhouses and listed on the city’s Early Design Community Outreach site – 6326 41st SW [map], planned for nine 4-story townhouse units with no offstreet parking, and 6320 41st SW, planned for six 4-story townhouse units with four offstreet-parking spaces. Neither parcel has a sale showing in county records yet. Meantime, while it’s not listed in the Early Design Outreach program with those two sites, a different set of city records shows a similar proposal for the also-upzoned lot just north of them – six 4-story townhouse units with four offstreet parking spaces.
After 30 years at Little Pilgrim School, Lorrie Cook gets to take a break. And she has a special bench for that purpose, if she takes time out of retirement to visit the school she has directed for more than a decade at Fauntleroy Church. The bench was dedicated this afternoon at a celebration with multiple generations from local families on hand:
Little Pilgrim School serves children ages two to five. The church has not yet announced Lorrie’s successor.
Join your neighbors to talk about crime prevention, safety, and emergency management at Tuesday’s West Seattle Block Watch Captains’ Network meeting, last one before summer hiatus. The agenda includes an update from and Q&A with SPD leaders from the Southwest Precinct, which is where the meeting will happen, 6:30 pm Tuesday (June 25th), 2300 SW Webster. All welcome – Block Watch involvement not required.
2:29 PM: If you’re wondering about the police search in North Delridge, officers are searching after a man reported being robbed while sitting in his car. We haven’t picked up radio communication on exactly where that happened but the robber was reported to have gotten away walking southbound on 26th, and a K-9 team is searching the Delridge Playfield vicinity. The only description we’ve heard for the robber so far is black, male, 17-19 years old, 5’11”, thin build, dark hoodie.
3:14 PM: Still searching.
MONDAY UPDATE: We obtained the report narrative from police. First, the location: It happened in the Delridge Community Center parking lot. The victim told them the robber put a knife to his neck and stole his tablet following what was supposed to be a meetup arranged via Offer Up to buy a speaker. The seller was late. The speaker didn’t work, so the victim refused to buy it. That’s when the seller pulled out a 2.5-inch pocket knife, held it to the victim’s neck, and demanded money. He went through the victim’s pockets, took his phone, then reached into the victim’s car and took the tablet and a speaker, and fled.
11:09 AM: On partner site White Center Now, we’re covering a shooting investigation that has closed part of SW 98th just west of 16th SW, and part of 17th SW south of Roxbury. Shots were heard around 5:30 am – reported by just one 911 caller – and then three victims showed up at a hospital. We’ll continue to add updated information on WCN; the street closures are likely to continue much of the day, KCSO tells us.
5:08 PM: Just went back to check; the streets have reopened.
(Western Tanager in a Douglas Fir, photographed by Mark Wangerin)
From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:
WEST SEATTLE GARDEN TOUR – SOLD OUT! No tickets left so this is just a reminder if you have yours, 9 am-5 pm, self-guided tour of West Seattle gardens, locations only revealed in the ticket books.
WEST SEATTLE FARMERS’ MARKET, WITH COOKING DEMO: 10 am-2 pm market, today featuring 10:30 am-11:30 am cooking demo with author Jill Lightner. (California SW between SW Oregon and SW Alaska)
RETIREMENT CELEBRATION FOR LORRIE COOK: 11:30 am-1 pm, in front of Little Pilgrim School:
For the many members of the community that she has touched, help us in celebrating Lorrie’s 30 years at Little Pilgrim School. We will congratulate her on this next step with refreshments, and a dedication of a new bench in in front of the school to honor her long-standing legacy of bringing people together.
(9140 California SW)
NO ALKI POINT LIGHTHOUSE TOURS TODAY: But the Sunday tours of the historic lighthouse will resume NEXT Sunday.
Thanks to Judy Pickens for that photo from last year. “Refreshments for all” will follow. (9140 California SW)
BLACK HOT SUNDAY: Doors at 6, music at 7, all ages, $10 cover at The Skylark. (3803 Delridge Way SW)
TRIO OF DUOS: See the slate here! 7:30 pm at Parliament Tavern. $6 cover. 21+. (4210 SW Admiral Way)