West Seattle, Washington
Having a block (or building) party for Night Out next Tuesday (August 6th)? If you register it, you have a chance at an SFD or SPD visit. Here’s the one-week-to-go reminder from Southwest Precinct Crime Prevention Coordinator Jennifer Danner:
If you are planning a Night Out event and have yet to register, there is still time. Night Out is a national crime-prevention event promoted by Seattle Police Department Crime Prevention to heighten crime prevention awareness, increase neighborhood support in anti-crime efforts, and unite our communities.
Here is the link to register, download materials and to get additional information: http://www.seattle.gov/police/community-policing/night-out.
Night Out is a great opportunity to connect with your neighbors and engage in your community. We hope you participate and we hope to visit as many of your events as we can. Hope to see you next week!
The SW Precinct currently has 212 registered parties! Let’s surpass our numbers from last year :)
We’ll be out and about too as always – let us know where YOU will be partying (firstname.lastname@example.org) and/or send a photo that night (same address or text to our hotline, 206-293-6302)!
That’s security video from the backyard of Matt‘s home near Fauntleroy/Thistle, across from Lincoln Park. He hasn’t been able to check yet for any other damage but is sharing this so others will be on the lookout. The intruder’s been reported to police; we don’t have the report number yet but will add when we do, in case you have a tip to report.
One week ago, we reported on a burglary at the Senior Center of West Seattle. While police continue to investigate, the nonprofit center has to deal with the costly aftermath – stolen items, damage repair. So the philanthropy group Impact West Seattle is coordinating a community fundraising drive to help. Rachel Lazar explains, “They have been such a supportive partner of Impact West Seattle, hosting our quarterly giving meetings. And we have learned so much about the incredible programs they offer as they are truly a gem in our community.” You can donate by going here!
As of Thursday, West Seattle’s toy store will have a new owner. Longtime Curious Kidstuff proprietor Ann Walker wanted to share this news as she gets ready to say goodbye:
Ann would like to say a huge ‘thank you’ to the many parents, aunts and uncles, grandparents, and children who have shopped and played at Curious Kidstuff during the 21 years in business.
Ann is super excited to introduce you to the new owner, Elisabeth Dahl. Elisabeth owns a specialty toy store on Bainbridge Island called Calico Toy Shoppe. Elisabeth has been in business many years. She is an excellent toy and book buyer and will have a store full of creative and fun merchandise.
Ann hopes all the children who have visited the shop during the 21 years have a special place in their hearts and memories of a place they used to visit that felt safe, fun, and full of love.
Ann has also placed her Vashon home on the market and will start a new chapter in Yakima, Washington.
Ann hopes that Curious Kidstuff can see another two generations pass through the doors and that people will continue to see the value in supporting small business everywhere.
We talked with Ann and Elisabeth at the shop (4740 California SW) on Monday. Elisabeth says the name will stay the same and no changes are planned so far – she wants to “get in and see what the community wants.” She will also continue to operate her Bainbridge shop, which she says started with 1,000 square feet a dozen years ago and has more than quadrupled in size. It is a similar type of store, she says – both Calico and Curious are members of the industry association ASTRA (American Specialty Toy Retailing Association). She has a deep-running family history with helping kids have fun – her grandfather owned a North Seattle amusement park called Playland for decades!
As mentioned at this month’s Morgan Community Association meeting, the Seattle Design Commission will be next to get a status update on the Morgan Junction Park addition. That review is set for 9 am Thursday (August 1) at City Hall. The commission is an advisory group that makes recommendations about “the design of capital improvement projects that are located on City land, in the City right-of-way, or constructed with City funds.” The meeting is open to the public, and you’ll find it in the Boards and Commissions Room of City Hall downtown. As a Seattle Parks rep told MoCA, the next step will be another community discussion of the park design, which is currently at the 30 percent stage. The three “design concepts” for the park can be seen here (on a survey page that was supposed to be closed by now but appears to still be open)
Thanks to everyone for the tips. LA Fitness in The Junction has announced it’s closing for almost a month, August 10th to September 5th. The announcement says it’s for a “refresh.” We have an inquiry out to the company, asking what that entails and how members’ dues will be handled for that time. Meantime, we checked city permit files and so far haven’t found anything for that location. It’s only four years old, opening in 2015 in a space that was once intended to be a Whole Foods Market, before the building (under a different developer and name) stalled for years.
What’s up for the rest of your Tuesday:
WADING POOLS & SPRAYPARK OPEN TODAY: Though it’s overcast, it’ll be a warm day, so the city says they WILL be open: Lincoln Park (8011 Fauntleroy Way SW) is open 11 am-8 pm, Delridge (4501 Delridge Way SW) is open noon-6:30 pm, South Park (738 S. Sullivan) is open noon-7 pm. And the Highland Park Spraypark (1100 SW Cloverdale) is open 11 am-8 pm.
BASEBALL TRYOUTS: 9U-14U tryouts for Seattle Rawlings Tigers baseball, 5:30 pm at Southwest Athletic Complex. Info’s in our calendar listing. (2801 SW Thistle)
LITTLE CRITTERS: 6:30 pm at Delridge Library:
Bring your littlest animal lovers to this fun program! We’ll wonder and learn about a delightful animal through a fun puppet story, then get to meet (and even touch) that animal in real life! Animal species vary widely, and will not be known until the day of the program. For ages 6 and under.
(5423 Delridge Way SW)
JAZZ OPEN MIC: 8 pm at The Skylark. All ages until 10 pm. (3803 Delridge Way SW)
OPEN MIC: 9 pm at Parliament Tavern, hosted by Joey Vargas. 21+. (4210 SW Admiral Way)
As noted in the morning traffic watch, the smaller Spirit of Kingston took over the West Seattle Water Taxi unannounced yesterday. After we inquired how long that will last, this advisory was sent:
The 149-passenger MV Spirit of Kingston will operate service on the West Seattle route for the remainder of this week. The 278-passenger MV Doc Maynard – the route’s regular vessel, will operate service on the Vashon route in place of the Sally Fox which is in drydock for a routine annual inspection. All vessels are scheduled to return to their regular routes once the new Pier 50 facility opens on Monday, August 12. Riders should plan accordingly.
The “new Pier 50 facility” reference relates to yesterday’s announcement of the rescheduled one-week suspension of service for the long-awaited downtown dock move.
6:59 AM: Good morning. No transit alerts or traffic incidents reported in our area so far.
WATER TAXI: Some readers pointed out that the smaller Spirit of Kingston was on the West Seattle run yesterday, unannounced, and that led to some capacity challenges. So we checked MarineTraffic.com this morning and it shows SoK on the run again this morning.
REMINDER FOR LATER THIS WEEK: The NB Highway 99 tunnel is scheduled to be closed 11 pm Friday-noon Sunday for “joint and pavement repairs.”