West Seattle, Washington
Six days until the start of West Seattle Summer Fest! So many reasons, big and small, that you will want to visit at least once – like this tradition, the annual quilt-raffle fundraiser!. Stina Lane-Cummings from West Seattle Quilters shares the photo and announcement:
If you love bright, modern colors, this year’s West Seattle Quilters’ Raffle Quilt is the quilt for you! Purchase your tickets (still only $1 each) at the 2019 West Seattle Summer Fest (July 12 – 14) outside the Stop ‘N’ Shop. After Summer Fest, tickets will be available at the Senior Center reception desk. Ticket sales go directly to the Senior Center. The drawing for the winning ticket takes place during Rainbow Bingo, September 27, 2019; you don’t need to be present to win.
Titled “Westside Staircase,” this year’s quilt is a striking zig-zag design in vivid batiks against a pale teal background. At 65″ x 80″, it’s a perfect throw for your sofa or bed.
West Seattle Quilters meet at the Senior Center on the first and third Mondays of the month at 7 pm to share quilting ideas and projects. Quilters of all ages, abilities, and quilting styles are welcome to join us!
Look for WSQ – and the quilt – on the east side of California just south of Oregon (maybe on your way to/from the main stage and beer garden, which are just north of Oregon). More Summer Fest previews ahead!
With 7.1 and 6.4 magnitude quakes in Southern California the past two days, you might be thinking about preparedness, since we’re in quake country too. So here’s one simple thing to do: Know where your nearest Emergency Communication Hub is. The map above shows the ones in our area. These are spots where community volunteers will set up alternative ways of communicating, from amateur radio to paper-and-pen message boards, if we’re hit by a disaster that disrupts regular communications. They can be rendezvous spots too, so know where yours is, and be sure your loved ones know too. If you wish there was one closer to you – get involved and make it happen.
P.S. For more preparedness info, plan to visit this year’s Delridge Day festival five weeks from today – Saturday, August 10th, at Delridge Community Center Park – which will include the next Urban Survival Skills Fair, just like the one at the West Seattle Bee Festival back in May.
Thanks to Jamie Kinney for the aerial views of an algae bloom off Fauntleroy.
The state Ecology Department tracks these blooms and wants to hear about it if you spot one. Ecology also produces a periodic report on serial and surface surveys of the Sound (here’s the latest report).
4:56 PM: Police have blocked 9th SW between Trenton and Henderson as they try to get someone out of a residence there. We don’t know yet exactly what happened that led to the call but police are using a bullhorn to ask that someone come out so they can resolve a no-contact-order violation. avoid the area TFN.
5:28 PN: The suspect has emerged from the residence and is now in custody, per police radio.
5:37 PM: They’re now getting ready to reopen the road.
ADDED: The 60-year-old man taken into custody was booked into the King County Jail.
2:19 PM: From the treacherous waters of Elliott Bay, the Seafair Pirates have arrived at Alki – landing shortly after 1 pm, aboard the trusty Prudhoe Bay (once again commandeered from West Seattle’s own Global Diving and Salvage, who surely know where to find Davy Jones’s Locker). This might be the only port o’ call where people run (wade) toward pirates instead of running from them:
Even if you missed the landing, the beach festival with vendors, kids’ rides, and treats continues until 5 pm:
ADDED 4:23 PM: More photos!
The tide was low, so the required wading was a little shallower than usual. On shore, a change – no roped-off area, so pirates and fans moved about at will:
Though they were of course wielding swords, we observed more smiles than shrieks:
The traditional welcome ceremony ensued:
The welcoming party included King County Executive Dow Constantine and Seafair royalty:
From left with the KCE are this year’s King Neptune, Rich Gray; Queen Alcyone, Kim Holcomb; and Miss Seafair, Andrea Diaz. (Read more about them here.) Meantime, we’re told the Pirates have left the Bathhouse in their landlubbing “vessel,” Moby Duck:
Two weeks from today, they will be back to “sail” down California Avenue SW in Moby Duck during the West Seattle Grand Parade (which starts at California/Lander at 11 am and heads southbound to The Junction).
At this month’s meeting, we’ll be discussing:
1. The Seattle Planning Commission’s Neighborhoods For All report;
2. July 4th Kids’ Parade;
3. Neighborhood Outreach Survey; and
4. The Hiawatha Summer Concert Series (starts July 18th!)
Come and meet your neighbors and discuss issues and events in our area!
Thanks to Kersti Muul for the tip: Orcas are visible from West Seattle. Currently, midchannel southbound, north of Elliott Bay. Let us know if you see them!
First Saturday of July! Here’s what’s happening, from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:
TAI CHI AT THE BEACH: 9 am, by Alki Statue of Liberty Plaza, taught by Caylen Storm. Free but donations accepted. All welcome. (2701 Alki SW)
HELP RESTORE LINCOLN PARK’S FOREST: 9 am-noon, get your weekend started during a fun morning with Friends of Lincoln Park. Meeting place and more are in our calendar listing. (Fauntleroy Way SW & SW Rose)
HIKE IN THE WEST DUWAMISH GREENBELT: 10 am, hike with the West Duwamish Greenbelt Trails Group and learn about native plants:
Join us at the trailhead at 14th Avenue SW and SW Holly to learn plant identification from Steve Richmond, an expert in controlling invasive plants and restoring native plant communities. Steve will also give an overview of greenbelt natural history and resulting restoration challenges. Please wear sturdy shoes or boots and be prepared for the elements. Total distance will be 1 to 2 miles.
(14th SW/SW Holly)
SEAFAIR PIRATES LANDING: The party starts around 10 am but the Pirates aren’t due until (approximately – could be earlier or later!) 1 pm-ish; when you hear the cannons, you’ll know they’re near. The Alki Bathhouse vicinity is the epicenter of it all. (2701 Alki SW)
Update: Multiple readers report they’ve gone to SSC and this is NOT happening.
PLANT SALE: It’s the peak of gardening season and the South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) Garden Center is a great place to get plants. It’s open 11 am-3 pm today on the north end of the campus. (6000 16th SW)
NORTHERN BALLARD: That’s who’s performing at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor) tonight, 7-9 pm. All ages. No cover. (5612 California SW)
DEADGRASS: Bluegrass-style Grateful Dead tunes. 9 pm at Parliament Tavern. $7 cover. 21+. (4210 SW Admiral Way)