West Seattle, Washington
Thanks for the tip – if you haven’t seen the Southern Resident Killer Whales yet on their latest visit to central Puget Sound, today might be your day. They are reported to be off West Point on the north side of the entrance to Elliott Bay, southbound. Let us know if you see them!
Fauntleroy Church‘s twice-yearly Recycle Roundup is a rain-or-shine event, so don’t let the weather stop you from bringing in your recyclables! 1 Green Planet is at the lot (9140 California SW) to accept a long list of items – see it here (PDF) – until 3 pm, but don’t wait until the last minute; the earlier you go, the faster it’ll be. It’s free but organizers always appreciate donations if you’re able:
Volunteers are also offering info on how/where to recycle items that are not accepted at the Roundup.
Announced this morning by Seattle Public Utilities: “Public Health-Seattle and King County (Public Health) reopened the Duwamish River on Sunday morning to water activities like fishing after test results confirmed acceptable levels.” This comes two days after the announcement that an estimated 320,000 gallons of sewage had spilled into the river because of a blockage blamed on a piece of plywood. The river had been posted as closed to activities from Harbor Island to the Turning Basin.
(Downy Woodpecker, photographed by Mark Wangerin)
It’s still technically summer, until 12:50 am Monday. Here’s what’s happening on your final day before the change of seasons:
ORCA HALF: Sold out, so this is just a reminder that it’s happening – half-marathon from Lincoln Park to Don Armeni, with runners starting in waves between 7:20 am and 9 am. No road closures but some stretches are in parking lanes. (8011 Fauntleroy Way SW)
RECYCLE ROUNDUP: Time for pre-fall recycling! 9 am-3 pm in the lot at Fauntleroy Church. Free. Check the list of what will and won’t be accepted by going here (PDF). Go early to beat the rush! (9140 California SW)
WEST SEATTLE FARMERS’ MARKET: 10 am-2 pm in the street in the heart of The Junction, find out what’s fresh as summer ends! (California SW between SW Oregon and SW Alaska)
TAKE YOUR DOG SWIMMING: 11 am-1 pm at Arbor Heights Swim and Tennis Club, it’s the final day of this year’s Dog Days. Dogs only; the club offers this every year as a swim-team fundraiser after human-swimming season ends, before the annual cleaning. (11003 31st SW)
COLMAN POOL’S LAST DAY: Noon-7 pm today, last day of 2019 for you to swim at Lincoln Park‘s beachfront pool – here’s the schedule. (8603 Fauntleroy Way SW)
PUGET RIDGE EDIBLE PARK TOUR: 2-5 pm, visit and tour Puget Ridge Edible Park – find out about the work that’s being done there for a third season, and learn about permaculture gardening! (18th/Brandon)
‘TWO DEGREES’ CLOSING PERFORMANCE: 5 pm at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, your last chance to see Blue Hour Theatre Group‘s production: “A scientist grappling with personal loss is called upon to testify in Washington D.C. for climate change legislation.” (4408 Delridge Way SW)
HOME COOKIN’: 3-5 pm at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor): “Julie Jacobs and Paul Bauck promise to bring you music that makes you feel good. Home Cookin’ brings songs, familiar and new, from jazz, blues, country, and folk genres on a range of ukuleles from slide steel to bass.” No cover. All ages. (5612 California SW)
CHASTITY BELT: Live in-store show at Easy Street Records, 6 pm. Free, all ages. (California/Alaska_
NIGHT OF THE ARTS: 6 pm at Brace Point Pottery. “Sponsored by the Southwest Seattle Historical Society, artist Lezlie Jane will present an exploration of her local public art projects that celebrate the history of West Seattle.” (4208 SW 100th)
ROCK! 8 pm at Parliament Tavern, 1st Street Saint, Professor Sweater, Theories of Flight, and Sprig. $10 cover. 21+. (4210 SW Admiral Way)
By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor
Sunday morning, Eddie Martin will be one of 1,300 people running the Orca Half in West Seattle.
The 16-year West Seattle resident is also on the brink of joining an elite group of runners with a unique status: Running all six of the World Marathon Majors.
This November, he will run the New York City Marathon. That’s a story all its own – but let’s go back to the starting line.
This weekend began with a fun way to give to the West Seattle Food Bank. The report and photos were sent by WSFB development director Judi Yazzolino:
The West Seattle Food Bank wants to thank all those that joined us last night at our 4th annual ‘A Grand Affair’ benefit at The Sanctuary at Admiral. We had so much fun raising funds for the 12,700 individuals we serve here in our West Seattle community. Results will be in on Monday but we want to thank the generosity of our incredible West Seattle community.
Picture above is of our staff – Judi Yazzolino, Development Director; Tray Olds, Community Connector; Dick Haggart, Food Rescue; our illustrious Executive Director (with the fake cigar) Fran Yeatts; Lester Yuh, Operations Director; & Karla Marifjeren, Operations Manager.
Second picture – Dan Austin, Peel & Press; Rita Dixson, The Bridge; Heather Scott, Shadowland; Lora Radford, WS Junction Association, with WSFB’s Judi.
The annual Grand Affair is a Roaring Twenties-themed cocktail party, with casino-style gaming. Other community co-sponsors included WSB.
By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor
The meeting room at the Southwest Precinct was full almost to overflowing this morning as more than 50 people, accompanied by their very patient dogs, showed up for the Paws on Patrol launch.
The precinct’s Crime Prevention Coordinator Jennifer Danner observed that she hadn’t seen the room that full in a long time. Assisted by her North Precinct counterpart Mary Amberg, Danner revealed to attendees what Paws on Patrol is all about.
It’s essentially a riff on Block Watch … Bark Watch, if you will. It’s based on a national program called Dog Walker Watch. The premise is simple: If you have a dog, you’re out walking it daily, no matter what the weather. So you might be first to spot neighborhood crime in progress. Pay attention while you’re out with your pup – don’t be head-down staring on your phone: “When you are walking, we really want you to be aware.”
Much of the presentation – which was accompanied by an outdoor resource fair involving local pet-related providers – involved training on how to deduce what’s suspicious (“you know your neighborhood best (and know) “what’s not normal”), and when to call 911.
“95 percent of all police arrests are the direct result of a citizen 911 call,” Danner noted. As has been repeated over and over and over at community meetings we’ve covered in the past 12 years, if it’s happening now, CALL 911. Don’t call the non-emergency number. You’re not “bothering” police. If the calltaker answering 911 determines what you’re calling about is not an emergency, they’ll transfer you. And if what you’re calling out turns out not to be a crime, “it’s OK to be wrong.”
Not only can you be a crime spotter, you can be a crime preventer, Danner said – the program is intended to let criminals know, “dog walkers DO REPORT suspicious activity.”
As the dogs continued patiently keeping watch, their people heard other advice and reminders, such as judging people by their behavior, not their appearance – and go with your “gut feelings”; if you think something is wrong, it may well be. Keep watch for suspicious situations involving vehicles as well as people – parked in an unusual location, full of what might be stolen property, etc.
If you feel safe doing it, you can speak to suspicious-seeming people, attendees were advised – say hello. And if they’re at your door and you don’t want them there, added Community Police Team Officer Nic Plemel. tell them to leave your property; if they don’t, call police, because then they’re trespassing.
A few more 911 tips – be succinct, calm, and clear; let the operator ask the questions; if you want to talk to the officer, tell them proactively you want contact. (That’s not required; you can also be anonymous.) If you are out and don’t know the exact address of something/somewhere you’re calling about, just look for the nearest street number as a reference. And don’t hang up until they tell you it’s OK too – they are dispatching officers even as they speak with callers, and might need to ask you more questions.
(Side note – 911 is the topic at the precinct next Tuesday, at the West Seattle Block Watch Captains Network meeting – 6:30 pm September 24th.)
Those in attendance today got special SPD-logo tags for their dogs.
If you couldn’t be there, Danner tells us, you’ll have another chance; another meeting will be scheduled at a TBA date. Questions? firstname.lastname@example.org is how to reach her.
The security-camera image is from Cheryl in High Point, who says the person “tried our door and a lock box on our house. He only ran away when we talked to him through the camera.” it happened shortly after 5:11 am near the north end of Walt Hundley Playfield.
Even if cosplay (cos = costume) isn’t part of your life, you’ve probably seen cosplayers downtown during big events like SakuraCon. Today, West Seattle has its own cosplayer gathering – the first-ever Dinky Con, happening until 10 pm at Alki Masonic Hall. It’s drawn devoted cosplayers like Mark, cosplaying as Mermaid Man from the longrunning animated series “SpongeBob SquarePants“:
He’s one of the judges for the cosplay contest that should have just begun, continuing until about 4. Dinky Con’s director is Carolyn Monk:
She explained in the Dinky Con program, “I made this convention to be an excuse for people to cosplay and i some people come and get to dress up and hang out, I will consider it a success.” Some of that hanging out includes gaming:
Artist Alley is open until 6 pm, with local artists selling “prints, jewelry, keychains, stickers, accessories, and more”:
Also in the hours ahead: A podcast from 4:30 to 5:30, a Smash tournament 5-7 pm, Dungeons and Dragons 5:30-7 pm, closing ceremonies 7-8 pm followed by the Con-closing Dinky Dance 8-10 pm. Tickets are available online or at the door of the hall, which is at 4736 40th SW on the east side of The Junction.
Until 10 pm tonight, it’s the biggest day of the WestFest “carnival of community” at Holy Rosary School (along 42nd SW north of Genesee). You’ll find rides outdoors …
Face-painting and games indoors …
The games include bingo, if you’re looking for something a bit more grown-up. Back outside, food, drinks, and more…
You never know who you’ll see …
West Seattle’s own “Officer Lumpy” from the Seafair Clowns was first on today’s entertainment schedule. The rest of the lineup for today/tonight is in our preview, wrapping up with the West Seattle Big Band!
Along with everything on our highlight list, it’s also the second-to-last day for Dog Days swim sessions in Arbor Heights – until 1 pm today, and again 11 am-1 pm Sunday. (Thanks to Cori from Arbor Heights Swim and Tennis Club for sharing the photo by Brandon of Fetch It Media.) No humans in the pool, just dogs, as a fundraiser for AHSTC swim teams before the pool gets cleaned in the offseason. $10 donation per dog. The pool’s at 11003 31st Ave SW.
(Black Turnstone, photographed by Mark Wangerin)
The final weekend of summer is here. First, a transit note:
Now, the 15 highlights:
KHMER HEALTH FAIR: The first-ever Khmer Health Fair is happening 8 am-1 pm at the White Center Community Center – details on our partner site WCN. (1321 SW 102nd)
‘PAWS ON PATROL’ LAUNCH: 10 am-noon at the Southwest Precinct, bring your well-behaved furry friend and find out about a new program to enlist dogs and their people in crime prevention. We’re told there’ll be a presentation around 10:30 am. (2300 SW Webster)
LEARN ABOUT ROXHILL BOG: 10 am-noon, meet at Southwest Library to learn about Roxhill Park/Bog, and move on to a walking tour to see it. (9010 35th SW)
COLMAN POOL’S LAST WEEKEND: Noon-7 pm today (and tomorrow) – here’s the schedule. (8603 Fauntleroy Way SW)
BREWS WITH THE CREW: 2-5 pm at Ounces, “Come welcome Row House to West Seattle! Take the 10 stroke Challenge for a chance to win a $25 Ounces Gift Card and a 1 Month Membership to Row House! Plus, $1 off pints!” (3809 Delridge Way SW)
PIZZA AT THE P-PATCH: 4-7 pm, a neighborhood gathering, pizza party, nonprofit fundraiser all in one at the Barton Street P-Patch – details in our calendar listing. (34th/Barton)
Ticket info here. (9646 17th SW)
AT C & P COFFEE COMPANY: Roo and the Few perform 7-9 pm. No cover. All ages. (5612 California SW)
‘NOTHING EVER GOES ON HERE’: 7:30 pm, you can see Ellen Newhouse portray dozens of characters in her solo show at Fauntleroy Schoolhouse. Ticket info and more details are in our calendar listing. (9131 California SW)
Ticket info’s in our calendar listing. (7904 35th SW)
‘TWO DEGREES’: 8 pm at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, your second-to-last chance to see Blue Hour Theatre Group‘s production: “A scientist grappling with personal loss is called upon to testify in Washington D.C. for climate change legislation.” (4408 Delridge Way SW)
AT PARLIAMENT TAVERN: Deadgrass is back! 9 pm. $8 cover. 21+. (4210 SW Admiral Way)
WOULD YOU BELIEVE, THERE’S MORE? Check our full calendar here.
10:07 PM: At Southwest Athletic Complex, Chief Sealth International High School has just won the annual Huling Bowl game against West Seattle HS for the third year in a row. Final score: 42-0. Details and more photos later.
ADDED EARLY SATURDAY: About the only bright spot for the Wildcats – playing as the home team (both teams play home games at SWAC) – was that the game stayed scoreless until 3:14 remaining in the first quarter, when Sealth #11 Bishop Jackson scored his first of two touchdowns.
Sealth #22 Jesse Brown also had two TDs:
That’s WSHS #9 Khalel Kelley above with Brown. The second quarter was when Sealth really broke it open, adding three TD, starting with one by #32 Elias Orbino:
The halftime score was 28-0. Sealth added one touchdown in each of the final quarters.
Another Sealth TD. Seahawks lead Wildcats 35-0 with 5:48 left in 3rd Q. pic.twitter.com/OBDNMpTWNR
— West Seattle Blog (@westseattleblog) September 21, 2019
And with that, Head Coach Ted Rodriguez and the Seahawks kept the trophy.
If you’re new to the area and wonder what the “Huling Bowl” name is all about – here’s the backstory. The pregame barbecue dates back to the game’s namesakes but these days you’re more likely to find a principal at the grill – where we found Sealth’s Aida Fraser-Hammer before the game:
Both schools had merch tables:
We’ll add a few more photos later this morning.
One day after Seattle Police announced the arrest of a 47-year-old man during a search-warrant operation that netted heroin, meth, and fentanyl, a judge set bail for the suspect at $50,000. He remains in jail at last check. According to probable-cause documents for his hearing, The documents say a two-month Major Crimes Task Force investigation preceded the arrest. The suspect is alleged to have been dealing drugs from the Stewart Manor building at 6339 34th SW (though the police report lists him with an address in Snoqualmie). Detectives say they also observed him selling drugs from his 1984 Ford Ranger, and say he also owns a 1996 Honda Accord. They got a search warrant and brought along SWAT to serve it at 5:30 am Thursday. They didn’t find anyone in the apartment for which they had a search warrant, but found suspected heroin and fentanyl as well as paraphernalia, baggies, and scales. While the search continued, they learned the suspect was seen parking his Accord nearby, and police were able to arrest him. Inside his car, they found a “purple Crown Royal bag” that the probable-cause document says contained “a large tennis ball size ball of suspected heroin, a plastic baggie containing a crystal-like substance (suspected methamphetamine), multiple empty plastic baggies (commonly used to store and sell narcotics), scale, marijuana, and multiple hypodermic needles.” The report says the suspect later told police “he sometimes purchases and sells narcotics for his friends but that he doesn’t do it to make money.” Later testing indicated the items found tested positive for the suspected substances. The narrative concludes by describing the suspect as “a 7-time convicted felon with three convictions for VUCSA” (Violation of the Uniform Controlled Substances Act). He is scheduled to return to court on Monday.
Two garden parties that might interest you this weekend in West Seattle:
SATURDAY AT BARTON STREET P-PATCH: 4-7 pm in the community garden at 34th/Barton:
Need last-minute plans for dinner? Want to get outside and enjoy the last sunny evening of the summer? Then please come and join us for an early evening of handcrafted and wood-fired pizza at the esteemed Barton Street P-Patch in West Seattle. This fundraiser benefiting GROW is organized as an inclusive, family-oriented social gathering to bring gardeners, their families, and the community together while also supporting a nonprofit organization that advocates to keep green spaces and p-patches in our neighborhoods. Check out the creative art and garden beds hand-crafted by the dedicated Barton Street gardeners while feasting on wood-fired pizza and music by Citizens of the Earth.
Tickets are available online or at the garden when you arrive.
SUNDAY AT PUGET RIDGE EDIBLE PARK: Sunday, you’re invited to tour the park at 18th/Brandon for this free event, 2-5 pm:
We would like to share with you the work being done for the 3rd season at PREP (Puget Ridge Edible Park). .. Growing local and eating seasonal is one of many things we can do to combat the threat of the climate crisis. This is not a work party but if you pull a weed or two, we won”t mind.
4:52 PM: Students from at least
two three local schools participated in today’s Global Climate Strike to demand action against climate change. We followed Explorer West Middle School (WSB sponsor) students as they walked to Roxbury at noontime to hold signs.
We asked one student, sixth-grader Hugh, what he and his classmates hope will happen:
Students from another independent south West Seattle school, Westside School (WSB sponsor), rallied too. Thanks to Jeanne for these next two photos:
The biggest rally in Seattle was this morning at Cal Anderson Park – The Seattle Times estimates 2,500 participants – followed by a march to City Hall for an afternoon gathering.
ADDED 10:59 PM: Taproot School sent photos too:
Taproot’s classrooms are at the fauntleroy Schoolhouse.
For the second day in a row, a proposal to replace a West Seattle church building with townhouses has appeared in city files – yesterday, in Admiral; today, in North Delridge. This early-stage proposal would replace the Full Gospel Pentecostal Federated Church building at 5071 Delridge Way SW and a church-owned house to the north at 5061 Delridge, according to the site plan filed today (PDF), with 16 townhouses. Each would include a garage. (We don’t know the church’s status; its phone number went to voicemail.)
The 32-unit townhouse/rowhouse project at 3257 Harbor SW and adjacent Harbor/30th addresses won final Southwest Design Review Board approval last night, 2 1/2 years (and a complete board turnover) after its first hearing. Notes from WSB’s Patrick Sand, after the design packets:
Another weekend preview – the first-ever Dinky Con is happening Saturday at Alki Masonic Hall in The Junction. Organizers say it’s “a first-time mini pop culture convention … a cosplay convention, which means people will be dressed in costumes, depicting characters from movies, anime, comics, video games, etc. There will be an Artist Alley full of local artists making amazing art to sell — mainly focused on different fandoms — including prints, charms, stickers, bows, and more!” Dinky Con will include a judged Cosplay Contest, too, panels, games, coloring, and concessions. It’s happening all day and into the evening, 11 am-10 pm Saturday (September 21st); the venue is at 4736 40th SW. All ages. Tickets are $10 in advance – available online here – or $15 at the door; kids 5 and under are free.
11:57 AM: Just received:
Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) has responded to a sewer overflow that reached the Duwamish River. SPU and Public Health-Seattle & King County (Public Health) are warning the public to refrain from water activities like fishing. Signs are posted from the 16th Ave. S. bridge to the Turning Basin, indicating Public Health’s closure of a roughly 3,000-foot stretch of waterway and shoreline.
SPU received a report about 1 pm Thursday about suspected sewage in a ditch near King County International Airport-Boeing Field. SPU’s Spill Response team reached the site within 30 minutes to investigate the report and conduct testing. After results indicated a sewer overflow, SPU immediately relieved a blockage, caused by a lodged piece of plywood, in a City sanitary sewer line. SPU estimates the total overflow at 320,000 gallons.
SPU also contacted its regulators and partners, including Public Health, WA Dept. of Ecology, WA Dept. of Fish and Wildlife, City of Tukwila, King Co. Intl. Airport-Boeing Field and local tribes.
SPU will continue sampling until results confirm acceptable levels.
Public Health recommends that people should avoid coming into contact with sewage-contaminated water. If you do get contaminated water on your skin, wash thoroughly with soap and warm water. Health impacts from exposure to sewage primarily include gastrointestinal illness and skin infection. While this sewage spill is being cleaned up, people may want to avoid eating fish from the river. Due to legacy chemical pollution, the lower Duwamish River has had an on-going fishing advisory that recommends only fishing for salmon. Always avoid bottom dwelling seafood species in the lower Duwamish.
The 16th Avenue S. Bridge mentioned above is better known as the South Park Bridge; it crosses the river at 16th on the east side and turns into 14th on the west (South Park) side.
ADDED: SPU sent an “afternoon update” saying the Duwamish River is now posted with warnings all the way north to Harbor Island.
Lots going on and this is just some of it!
SITE TOUR: 11 am-noon, a site tour with the project team for proposed townhouses in Morgan Junction. Just drop by. (6320 41st SW)
Dogs only; the club offers this every year as a swim-team fundraiser after human-swimming season ends, before the annual cleaning. (11003 31st SW)
‘A GRAND AFFAIR’: 6:30-10 pm party to raise money for the West Seattle Food Bank. Community co-sponsors include WSB. At The Sanctuary @ Admiral. (42nd/Lander)
HULING BOWL: The annual crosstown-rivalry football game between Chief Sealth International High School and West Seattle High School is 7 pm tonight at Southwest Athletic Complex. CSIHS won the last two years – who will win tonight? Be there to find out firsthand! If you can’t, we update the score each quarter via the WSB Twitter account. (2801 SW Thistle)
FREE FAMILY COMEDY, MAGIC, JUGGLING SHOW: Alex Zerbe puts on a show for the whole family at Eastridge Church, 7 pm. (39th/Oregon)
‘TWO DEGREES’: On Global Climate Strike day, here’s your chance to see a play with climate change figuring into the plot – Blue Hour Theatre Group‘s play “Two Degrees” at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center starts at 8 pm.
Ticket info is in our calendar listing. (4408 Delridge Way SW)
COUNTRY JAM NIGHT: 9 pm at Parliament Tavern, with The Jesus Chords, Doom Lagoon (Omaha, NE), and Space Owl. $8 cover. 21+. (4210 SW Admiral Way)
MUCH MORE on our full calendar!
Are you ready? Sunday (September 22nd) brings the next Recycle Roundup at Fauntleroy Church. This twice-yearly event usually brings in tons of recyclables. No charge – just drive up/ride up/walk up and drop off recyclables with 1 Green Planet, 9 am-3 pm. See the latest list of what they will/won’t accept this by going here (PDF). Fauntleroy Church is at 9140 California SW (map).