West Seattle, Washington
Construction of a new seawall at Emma Schmitz Memorial Overlook is still about a year away.
But reps from Seattle Parks and the Army Corps of Engineers presented a briefing this past week so interested people would know how the project will proceed. About 30 people showed up for the briefing/Q&A at Alki Community Center.
It’s been more than five years in the planning – we first mentioned it in this 2014 report. The potential failure of the 500-foot-long stretch of seawall threatens other infrastructure including a 4 1/2-foot-wide sewer pipeline.
ORIGINAL SUNDAY REPORT: One month after West City Sardine Kitchen closed because its owners sold the building, we know a bit about what’s next. While walking California SW between Admiral and Alaska Junctions after the West Seattle Grand Parade, we noticed a brand-new liquor-license-application flyer posted on the window of the building (3405 California SW): It says the building will become Larry’s Tavern. The license applicants are the same people shown in county records as having just bought the building for $950,000, including Joel Stedman, who – according to an online search – owns/has owned several other taverns around the region, including the Duvall Tavern. We have a message out seeking more info on the West Seattle plan and will update whenever we hear back.
MONDAY NOTE: We talked today with Joel Stedman and will publish a separate followup this afternoon/evening.
Seattle Fire dispatched a water-rescue response to Constellation Park for a possible swimmer in trouble, but the swimmer is already reported safely out of the water.
Continuing our ongoing previews of what’s ahead here in the heart of summer, there’s another reason to be at Alki next Saturday: The Seattle Outrigger Canoe Club‘s annual “Da Grind” races will be on for most of the day. Most of the racing is on a 12-mile course to Blake Island and back, but a four-mile course is used for the last round of the day. The schedule’s on the races’ official website, with racing starting at 9:30 am and lasting until awards are presented around 3:30 pm.
West Seattle’s big summer events continue next weekend with the two-day Alki Art Fair! To help you get there, a shuttle is planned again this year:
As for what you’ll find at the AAF (with WSB among the community sponsors), here’s the announcement with the toplines:
When: Saturday, July 27 and Sunday, July 28 (10 am – 6 pm with music until 9 pm on Saturday)
Where: Alki Beach Park
Take in the colorful views while strolling the promenade, as you sip, eat and shop among the expansive lineup of artists, makers, and performers to celebrate the vibrancy and diversity of our local arts and culture.
120+ local artists & crafters selling works in a variety of media including painting, pottery, glass, textiles, metal, jewelry, & more.
Live music and performances throughout the weekend on the Main Stage (adjacent to the beach) and busker stage along the promenade. We’ll feature rock, blues, jazz, kids’ music, theatrical performances and more including the award-winning musical collective, Tobias the Owl.
Beer & wine garden near the beach and main stage.
Interactive kid zone & mural cube hosted by Outer Space Seattle (the galactic indoor play space for kids of all abilities).
Live art & demonstrations by internationally recognized chalk artist Naomi Haverland and more.
Silent auction in the historic Alki Bathhouse featuring unique items from local artists and businesses.
Local food line-up features a range of sweet, savory, spicy, and delicious options.
Sunday morning yoga on the beach hosted by Limber Yoga from 9-10 am.
FREE shuttle bus from the West Seattle Park n’ Ride Lot and Admiral Junction to make getting there stress-free.
We”ll continue the countdown through the week.
Last month, West Seattle Farmers’ Market founder Chris Curtis rang the market-opening bell to commemorate the market’s 20th anniversary. Today, another ceremonial bell-ringing, preceded by District 1 City Councilmember Lisa Herbold reading the mayor- and council-approved proclamation in honor of the anniversary:
After the annual relocation of the market to its old spot during West Seattle Summer Fest last weekend, it was back in the usual spot today on California SW between SW Oregon and SW Alaska.
Happens every so often. Our server-management company Linode had to do emergency maintenance that took WSB (and likely others) down for about half an hour but it’s back now. Any time you can’t access WSB, if it’s an issue that’s totally taken our site down, we will still honor our commitment to report breaking news, primarily via Twitter (where you can see our tweets at twitter.com/westseattleblog even if you’re not a regular user of the service), and if longer-form coverage is necessary during a WSB outage, we’ll use our other site White Center Now, which is hosted with a different company. Thanks for your understanding!
Options for your midsummer Sunday:
FARMERS’ MARKET, AND A PROCLAMATION: Before the 10 am-2 pm West Seattle Farmers’ Market today, a city proclamation in honor of the market’s recent 20th anniversary will be read at 9:45 am at the market-management booth by City Councilmember Lisa Herbold. (California SW between SW Oregon and SW Alaska)
LEARN TO MAKE NUT CHEESE: Also at the market today – 10:30 am, certified instructor Ellie Cohan will show you how to make vegan “cheese” from nuts. Free tastes, too! Look for the Seattle Public Library booth.
WHITE CENTER JUBILEE DAYS PARADE: 11 am on 16th SW from SW 112th north to SW 100th. More than 30 entries – a few that also were in Saturday’s West Seattle Grand Parade, but many that weren’t.
COLMAN POOL REOPENS TO THE PUBLIC: Noon-7 pm on the shore in Lincoln Park – here’s the session schedule. (8603 Fauntleroy Way SW)
CAR SMASH: After the mentioned-above Jubilee Days parade in White Center, West Seattleite-led Furry Faces Foundation has a unique fundraiser at 1 pm – help smash a car. Details here. (16th/100th)
TOUR ALKI POINT LIGHTHOUSE: 1-4 pm tours of the historic lighthouse on Alki Point – get there by 3:45 pm. No admission charge. (3201 Alki SW)
JAMTIME: Bluegrass and old-time music with Jamtime at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), 1-4 pm. No cover. All ages. (5612 California SW)
SOUTH PARK LIBRARY CELEBRATION: 2-5 pm, celebrating the recent renovations with performances, food, a resource fair, more, as described here. (8604 8th Ave. S.)
YOUNG SHAKESPEARE WORKSHOP @ ROXHILL PARK: 6 pm at Roxhill Park, a free eerformance of “The Merchant of Venice” by the nationally honored Young Shakespeare Workshop:
More info in our preview. (29th SW/SW Barton)
DRUNKEN OWL THEATER: 7 pm theatrical readings at Parliament Tavern. 21+. (4210 SW Admiral Way)
WONDERING WHAT ELSE? See our complete calendar!