West Seattle, Washington
Is this the fall you get fit? West Seattle Runner (WSB sponsor) is about to launch the fall edition of its fun, free way to do it – Get Fit, West Seattle. From WSR proprietors Lori McConnell and Tim McConnell (above, photographed during last month’s Float Dodger 5K):
Get Fit Kickoff August 17th, Saturday at 8 am:
Come out for one mile to kick off your training for the Seattle Half Marathon! We will start with one mile and it is fine to run, run/walk, or walk! This program is designed for BEGINNERS!! We look forward to coaching you through training with group runs on Wednesday nights and Saturday mornings. We designed this as a Couch-to-Half Marathon program, so no experience as a runner is necessary. We will be providing clinics along the way to teach you all you need to know. This is a free program and we encourage you to share with your family and friends and neighbors!
Did you know?
1) Runners are at lower risk for developing cataracts
2) Running improves performance on cognitive tasks, including memory and visuospatial functioning, executive functioning, attention and reaction times
3) Running enhances creativity
4) Running reduces risk for Alzheimer’s, stroke and cardiovascular disease by: slowing/stopping the typical age-related loss in brain tissue and preserving brain structures like your frontal lobe and hippocampus (this in part has to do with blood flow improvements, but also increasing connectivity in key areas and lowering inflammation)
5) Running can provide short and long-term healing for anxiety and depression (think improving neurotransmitter functioning, strengthening brain structures and a sense of self-efficacy, just to scrape the surface)
Tomorrow night (Wednesday, August 14th), you can find out more at the pre-launch Get Fit Information Night, 7 pm at WSR (2743 California SW): “Come and learn about our Get Fit West Seattle program! We can answer any questions during the info night and we will share the program details with you.” Questions before then? Email firstname.lastname@example.org – or just show up!
That’s a video invitation to the 2019 West Seattle Beer and Music Festival on August 23-24, now just 10 days away at Alki Masonic Center in The Junction (4736 40th SW). Here’s your reminder of what it’s all about:
Sponsored by Beer Star, West Seattle Beer and Music Festival creates an outdoor, summer party vibe, ideal for fostering connections amongst the community. Patrons can taste beers from over 20 local and national breweries while grooving to a mix of funk and soul musical acts.
It was started by West Seattle beer and food entrepreneur Joe Jeannot, who felt there was a need for this type of event: “I’ve always wanted to throw a beer festival. West Seattle doesn’t have a lot of festivals so I thought this was the perfect neighborhood to launch. I just love bringing people together, I’ve been doing it my whole life.”
New this year is a Run4Food .5k race benefiting West Seattle Food Bank, the festival’s charity partner. The costumed .5k race takes place at 2:45 PM on Saturday, August 24th, just before General Admission gates open at 3 PM. Individuals can purchase tickets for $40, groups of six for $230. $10 of every individual ticket and $50 of every group ticket goes to West Seattle Food Bank. Admission includes entry to the Saturday session of the festival, tasting tokens, and a glass. Awards for top qualifiers and best team costume will be given by race sponsor, Project 968.
As a city, Seattle knows its beer. According to Forbes magazine, Seattle has the 9th-most breweries per capita of all US cities, and the third-most microbreweries overall. The Festival’s carefully-curated selection of beers aims to keep even Seattleites with the most experienced palettes satisfied. The selection will be wide-ranging, with a focus on specialty batches.
“I love specialty beers that start a conversation and make you check the nose, look and taste the beer,” says Jeannot. “I tried to assemble those at the festival.”
The music stage is headlined by New York based teacher-turned-rapper Mega Ran, whom Noisey once called ‘your new favorite rapper’. Last year’s crowd favorite Marmalade headlines the music stage Friday night. For those that don’t want the party to end, there are nightly after parties DJ’d by DJ Indica Jones – beloved amongst Seattle’s hip, underground dance scene. Dogs are also welcome in the Festival on Saturday the 24th from 1-5 PM.
The best ticket deal is two-day VIP, which includes admission to the festival both days with early admission Saturday for an exclusive tasting event, entry to the nightly #NotDoneYetAfterParty, and an exclusive tasting glass with 20 taste tokens to use throughout the weekend. Tickets available online from Stranger Tickets. A portion of each ticket sale goes to West Seattle Food Bank.
See the music and beer lineups here. And if you live nearby – here’s a special notice for you:
Another West Seattle redevelopment project has a site tour scheduled for interested community members, as part of the “Early Community Outreach for Design Review” process. One week from today – at 6 pm Tuesday, August 20th – you’re invited to join members of the project team at 2606 45th SW, where seven townhouses are planned to replace a single-family house. These “early outreach” meetings are usually casual Q&A opportunities, for projects that won’t be having other meetings later
More potential progress in unclogging the southbound bus jam out of downtown. SDOT tells WSB that it’s made the tweaks that it said one week ago would be done within two weeks. From SDOT spokesperson Ethan Bergerson:
(W)e’ve completed the following adjustments to optimize the movement of buses.
Additionally, we are continuing to make incident management a high priority during the morning and afternoon commute.
*Revising signal timing at 1st Ave S & S Dearborn St, and Alaskan Way S & S Dearborn St to further aid transit operation – Completed
*Further optimizing the signal timing plan for the 1st Ave S corridor through Pioneer Square while emphasizing the north and south movements – Completed
*Implementing pre-game event timing to support the stadium events including Mariners, Seahawks and upcoming concerts – Ready to implement as needed for scheduled events
The next “scheduled event” in the stadium zone is the Rolling Stones concert at CenturyLink Field tomorrow night. Then on Thursday, as reported here last night, Metro plans a southbound-only rerouting test.
2:38 PM: Thanks for the tip about that big Seattle Police response near High Point Community Center. We subsequently went over to find out what’s happening. Police say the white car is stolen and they’ve taken one person into custody. That person’s being checked for possible injuries because the car was involved in a collision (our crew says it has extensive rear-end damage). A K9 team is on the way to help search for evidence after, according to a radio exchange, “a magazine” was reportedly found in the car.
2:45 PM: Seattle Parks just tweeted that HPCC is in lockdown because of this.
3:42 PM: Parks says the lockdown is over.
ADDED WEDNESDAY: A few more details, and a photo of the magazine, from SPD:
A parking enforcement officer was on patrol at 35 Avenue (SW) and SW Morgan Street at 2 PM when they spotted an occupied stolen vehicle parked nearby.
As patrol officers flooded the area, the vehicle’s occupant piloted the white Jetta out of the area, nearly striking a firetruck and running a stop sign in the process. The driver continued to speed away until he lost control and rolled the vehicle down a hill.
Police took the man into custody and following a search of the car recovered a handgun magazine. A K-9 was brought in to search for a firearm but none was located.
Officers booked the man into King County Jail for possession of a stolen vehicle and firearms violation because he is a convicted felon and prevented from having a handgun magazine.
Get ready to shake it Thursday night on the east lawn at Hiawatha Community Center, as The Highsteppers bring their classic-R&B/Motown/soul style to this year’s second-to-last show in the Admiral Neighborhood Association-presented concert series. Free, all ages, all you have to bring is your own chair/blanket to sit on. The show starts at 6:30 pm Thursday (August 15th) along Walnut south of Lander.
CSIHS is looking for a Swim Coach that is available early mornings and Friday afternoons to lead our Swim Team this school year. Lifeguard certification is required. Please refer to this link to submit an application.
(Great Blue Heron out fishing, photographed by Mark Wangerin)
What’s up for the rest of your Tuesday, from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:
WADING POOLS & SPRAYPARK OPEN TODAY: Sunny, warm day, so enjoy the pools: 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.
VEGAN POP-UP: Cycle Dogs sends word their truck is back in West Seattle, 5-9 pm at Ounces, “an all-vegan food truck, serving comfort fast food; dogs, burgers, fries & other noms. If you’re not vegan, you’ll be blown away by how much you like the experience. We guarantee it. For reals.” (3809 Delridge Way SW)
TRACK WORKOUT: Free workout with West Seattle Runner (WSB sponsor); meet at the store by 6:30 pm. (2743 California SW)
OPEN MIC: The microphone is yours after 9 pm at Parliament Tavern. 21+. (4210 SW Admiral Way)
10:11 AM: That’s Clayton‘s 2005 Honda Rebel motorcycle, stolen last night from the 9600 block of 17th SW. He emailed us in hopes you can “keep a lookout” for it. If you see it, call 911. P.S. Plate = 4F4235.
ADDED TUESDAY NIGHT: Clayton says his motorcycle was spotted in the 10300 block of 24th Ave SW.
ADDED FRIDAY: As Clayton noted in a comment, he has his bike back!
6:42 AM: Good morning! No outbound alerts/incidents reported so far.
BUS REROUTE ON THURSDAY: In case you missed our report last night, Metro will test a reroute again, for southbound buses all day Thursday.