West Seattle, Washington
(Lincoln Park aerial photo from 2012, by Long Bach Nguyen
Seattle Parks is looking to the future and asking you what you think that future should hold. More nature? More amenities? Those and 30+ other questions are in this new survey. If you don’t spend much time in Parks facilities (which also include community centers and pools), they want to ask you about that too. It’s part of this process.
Thanks to everyone who sent photos and tips! Passing Alki this afternoon, that’s the famous tall ship Lady Washington, on its way to Port Orchard, where it’s scheduled to be docked through Tuesday (August 20) for both tours and sailing trips.
That’s the newest signal-box portrait in West Seattle – local-raised Hollywood legend Frances Farmer, on the California/Alaska corner outside Easy Street Records. This time, the artist is Son Duong, who painted the box today:
He told WSB that the plan had been in the works for a few weeks, and today was the day he came down from his home base in Monroe to do the painting. He has another portrait outside of Easy Street, this one of Chris Cornell:
Inside Easy Street there’s another Frances Farmer tribute, as reported here in 2016.
Is your pup ready for her/his closeup? Saturday’s the annual Cover Dog Model Search event for West Seattle-based CityDog Magazine. In case you haven’t already seen it in our calendar, here’s the announcement from publisher Brandie Ahlgren:
Unleash your dog’s inner super model at the 14th annual CityDog Cover Dog Model Search. That’s right, West Seattle’s own CityDog Magazine is looking for its next top model (furry and four-legged, that is…) to grace the cover of the magazine and raising money for animals while they’re at it.
Big dogs, little dogs, young dogs, old dogs… ALL dogs are welcome to “compete” for the chance to be on the cover of CityDog Magazine. And, because they think ALL dogs are super models, each and every canine contestant will get their photo on the CityDog website and in the print magazine, distributed to thousands of fellow Fido lovers!
The cover dog model search at West Seattle Thriftway is Saturday, August 17; $10 per dog; 100% to benefit Doney Coe Pet Clinic. Stop by the CityDog booth any time between noon and 2 p.m. and photographer Tabitha Headrick with Halcyon Photo will take a photo of your pooch for the magazine and website, and your pooch will be automatically entered for the chance to be on the cover of CityDog Magazine!
And, be sure to pick up a copy of CityDog’s new book, the Doggone Travel + Adventure Guide, featuring the best places to sit, stay, and play with your pooch in the Pacific Northwest!
Thriftway is at 4201 SW Morgan.
Those beautiful tail feathers belong to a young Cooper’s Hawk. The photos are from Vlad Oustimovitch, who explains:
The Urban Raptor Conservancy has been banding Cooper’s Hawks as part of a study for several years. This juvenile male was banded this morning by Jake, a volunteer from the conservancy. It is one of four offspring from a nest next to our Gatewood property in the Orchard Street Ravine.
The URC explains that ongoing study here, saying that Seattle is one of several major cities where Cooper’s Hawks are studied, after they began expanding their range into urban areas a quarter-century ago. The URC summarizes, “Since 2012, the number of nesting pairs has increased each year, with high nest success rates, high fledgling productivity, little evidence of migration, strong site fidelity, and mostly short post-fledging dispersal distances.” Last year they documented “46 nesting attempts, 40 successful nests, and 145 fledglings” in Seattle; the year’s full report is here (including some West Seattle photos).
We’re continuing to watch a long list of local spaces. Notes to share today:
THE WHITTAKER: As Whole Foods gets ready to open, two more of the remaining spaces at 4755 Fauntleroy Way SW have tenants. We noticed these in building permits, and the complex’s online map confirms them: Ziva Nails (which permit documents refer to as “Pink Polish II”) next to CityMD and City Sweats, an “infrared wellness spa,” next to BECU.
WHAT’S UP WITH SHUG’S? When we reported last October that a mini version of the popular soda fountain was headed to 3800 California SW, co-proprietor Colleen Wilkie said they hoped to open “spring/summer.” With summer almost over, a few readers asked us what’s up. We pinged Colleen, who replied: “We are STILL waiting on the City of Seattle for permits. We had lots of fun serving ice cream at The Alki Art Fair and nice encouragement from the community. It is nice to know we are supported as we go through this process. Wish we had better news to report.”
And one more note:
THE SWINERY: Co-proprietor Kim Leveille wants you to know that the butcher shop/café at 3207 California SW is now closed on Mondays.
Made it to midweek! Highlights for the hours ahead:
WADING POOLS & SPRAYPARK OPEN TODAY: While Lincoln Park (8011 Fauntleroy Way SW) is open 11 am-8 pm, and continues daily (weather permitting) through Labor Day, this is the last week for others – Hiawatha (Walnut/Lander) is open noon-6:30 pm today (last day: this Saturday), South Park (738 S. Sullivan) is open noon-7 pm today (last day: tomorrow). And the Highland Park Spraypark (1100 SW Cloverdale) is open 11 am-8 pm, daily through Labor Day.
HIGH POINT MARKET GARDEN FARM STAND: Sixth week for this year’s weekly farm-stand sessions, selling fresh produce and flowers, all grown by nearby residents, at the mini-farm that’s just steps away from the stand. 4 pm-7 pm. (32nd SW/SW Juneau)
NEIGHBORHOOD HOUSE HIRING EVENT: Interested in joining the Child Development team at Neighborhood House? 4-6 pm hiring event today in High Point. (6400 Sylvan Way SW)
‘GET FIT, WEST SEATTLE’ INFO NIGHT: 7 pm at West Seattle Runner (WSB sponsor), as previewed last night. Come to the shop tonight to find out about the FREE couch-to-half-marathon program that gets going this Saturday! (2743 California SW)
LEGISLATION SPOTLIGHT @ 34TH DISTRICT DEMOCRATS: 7 pm at The Hall at Fauntleroy, this month’s 34th District Democrats meeting includes a special program highlight “about the state of sexual assault legislation and reform in Washington,” also addressing “the issues survivors face, what has been accomplished, and what’s next.” (9131 California SW)
NEW MONTHLY JAM NIGHT: Joe Doria and Friends, 9 pm at Parliament Tavern. 21+. (4210 SW Admiral Way)
SEE WHAT ELSE IS UP … via our complete calendar.
With classes starting at Seattle Public Schools three weeks from today, at least one local school needs a new crossing guard. Jean, who has been a guard at 59th/Admiral – just south of Alki Elementary – for two years, is leaving the job and asked if we would let people know about the opening. She says it involves, “An hour in the morning; and an hour in the afternoon. If someone can only do the morning, or the afternoon, that’s fine too. Holidays, school breaks, snow days and summers off! They supply the gear: a flag + clothing options: safety vest, long light-weight rain jacket, and a heavy winter coat.” Paid training for this school year starts August 28th, so if you are interested, let the district know ASAP – the contact is Yvonne Carpenter, 206-252-0907.
7:30 AM: Good morning! No outbound alerts/incidents reported in our area so far.
BUS REROUTE TOMORROW: Reminder that Metro will test a reroute again, for southbound buses on the south end of downtown, 5 am Thursday-5 am Friday.
9:45 PM: Forgot to mention – thanks to Newnative in comments and Mike via email for the reminder – Rolling Stones concert tonight at CenturyLink Field, 7:30 pm.