West Seattle, Washington
Toplines from tonight’s quarterly Morgan Community Association meeting, just wrapped up at The Kenney (WSB sponsor).
As mentioned here last week, a survey is now open on the city website. The survey is expected to stay open until next Monday. Other updates: SDOT will give up jurisdiction of the street end that’s between the current park and the expansion site; A schematic design will soon go to the Design Commission and then to another community meeting. Asked about soil mitigation that will have to be done at the site (which previously held businesses including a dry cleaner), O’Connor said that likely will be discussed at the community meeting (which will probably be held in September).
LOWMAN BEACH SEAWALL: Barker read a late-breaking update from Seattle Parks’ David Graves. They’re now at 60 percent design. Plans will be up online by the start of next week. He said the city has received Aquatic Lands Enhancement grant from the state, so the project is fully funded. He also wrote that the West Seattle Tennis group headed by Lisa Corbin is looking at a replacement for the tennis court that’ll be removed because of the project. Construction is expected next year. He’ll bring updated designs and more info to MoCA’s next quarterly meeting October 16th.
We are now less than three weeks from Night Out 2019, a night to gather with your neighbors and celebrate community while reflecting on safety. Southwest Precinct Crime Prevention Coordinator Jennifer Danner is reminding you to register your block (building) party – a requirement if you plan to close a street (non-arterials only), but appreciated even if you don’t. August 6th is the night; deadline for registration is August 4th. (And if you wouldn’t mind us stopping by to photograph your party, email us before Night Out – firstname.lastname@example.org – thanks!)
With three days to go until the West Seattle Grand Parade, the no-parking signs are up along California SW, Admiral to Edmunds, and some side streets near the start and end of the route that are used for staging, detours, and breakdown. The parade (11 am Saturday, July 20th) is preceded by the Float Dodger 5K (9:30 am – registration’s still open) and the PAWrade in The Junction (here’s how you and your dog[s] can be in it!), so it’s a big morning/early afternoon; please heed the signs. P.S. – bus reroute info is now available.
As we continue previewing the parade, a big shoutout to the West Seattle Amateur Radio Club. You might not notice the role amateur-radio operators play in keeping the parade running smoothly once the entries (~75 this year) start rolling south from California/Lander. This year, explains parade co-coordinator Jim Edwards (a WSARC member himself), 20 radio operators will be along the route, communicating about how things are going. The WSARC also is staffing the new added review (announcing) stand at California/Charlestown. You’ll also see WSARC’s own Cora in the parade with her famous moves. The club is a parade sponsor this year too! (Find out more about WSARC – whose members span a wide range of ages – here.)
That’s Sway Wild, which you’ll see tomorrow night at the first of this year’s Summer Concerts at Hiawatha. The six-concert series has been presented for a decade by the Admiral Neighborhood Association, so it was on the agenda when ANA held its semimonthly meeting last week. Stephanie Jordan coordinates the series for ANA and reported everything’s ready to go – you might have seen the posters/promo cards that debuted last weekend:
You can find out more about the six-Thursday-night lineup on the ANA website. Ahead, other toplines from the July 9th meeting:
It’s not your first chance this summer to see a Shakespeare play in a West Seattle park – but it’s the only one featuring the national-award-winning Young Shakespeare Workshop: 6 pm Sunday (July 21st) at Roxhill Park (29th/Barton), you’re invited to see YSW’s production of “The Merchant of Venice.” From YSW director Darren Lay (a Vashon resident):
The Revolving Company of the nationally awarded Young Shakespeare Workshop presents a free performance in the birch grove at Roxhill Park. Bring a picnic dinner if you like and dine with the Doge, no Gondola required.
The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare
“Tell me where is fancy bred, or in the heart, or in the head?”
– a question posed in song in this curious and complex play in which Shakespeare also explores the antithetical question of where is loathing bred, and of course some silliness by way of the clown Launcelot Gobbo.
This event is made possible with funding from Arts in Parks by Seattle Office of Arts & Culture and Seattle Parks and Recreation.
Free, all ages welcome. YSW is in its third decade!
Thanks for the tips! Less than two months after we broke the news that Locust Cider planned a taproom in the former Alki Urban Market space, it’s open. All ages are welcome; hours are noon-8 pm Sundays-Wednesdays, noon-9 pm Thursdays-Saturdays. Check here to see what’s on tap.
Highlights for the hours ahead:
LOW TIDE: Interested in low-tide beach exploring? Seattle Aquarium Beach Naturalists are out 10:30 am-1:30 pm at Constellation Park (61st/Beach Drive – look for the sign) and on the shore at Lincoln Park (8011 Fauntleroy Way SW, walk in). Today’s lowest tide is -1.7 feet at 11:56 am.
STOP SENIOR SCAMMING: Learn to protect yourself from scammers! Free presentation, 2 pm at Brookdale West Seattle. (4611 35th SW)
HIGH POINT MARKET GARDEN FARM STAND: Second of this year’s weekly farm-stand sessions, selling fresh produce and flowers grown steps away. 4 pm-7 pm. (32nd SW/SW Juneau)
PROTEST POETRY: 7 pm at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor):
Launch of UK-based Last Bench Journal’s solicitation of unpublished North American protest poetry for a September publication. Lyn Coffin, Seattle writer and one of the editors, will be on hand.
(5612 California SW)
MANY MORE OPTIONS … on our complete calendar!
From the WSB inbox, with an eye toward fall:
Have you been wondering how you can give back to the West Seattle community? Have you ever considered becoming a Roots of Empathy Instructor? Alki Elementary is in need of volunteers who are willing to train as Roots of Empathy Instructors in the coming school year. Applications are currently being accepted and training dates are scheduled for October 16th – 18th, 2019.
What is Roots of Empathy? Roots of Empathy is an evidence-based classroom program that fosters empathy in children, now entering its 13th year of partnership with elementary schools in the Seattle area. Alki Elementary has participated in Roots of Empathy since 2013 and they are looking for a few more people who are willing to give time to children and watch them evolve over the school year as they watch “their” baby grow.
Please reach out to Melissa Soltani, local Program Manager, at email@example.com if you’re interested in joining Roots of Empathy in changing the world, child by child.
7:29 AM: Good morning.
STADIUM ZONE TONIGHT: Sounders play at 7:30 pm; that means the West Seattle Water Taxi has an extended night schedule.
SATURDAY STREET CLOSURES: The West Seattle Grand Parade will close California SW south of Admiral Way, to Edmunds, by 8 am Saturday, until early afternoon. Some side streets near the start and end of the route are used for staging and breakdown. Watch for – and heed – the NO PARKING signs.
7:39 AM: Checking Twitter, we have warnings that the 35th SW construction zone south of Avalon is “much worse” this morning.