West Seattle, Washington
We covered two community groups’ meetings last night. First report – toplines from the Admiral Neighborhood Association, by WSB co-publisher Patrick Sand:
SURVEY: More than 240 responses are in but more would be awesome, per the ANA, so another pitch – if you aren’t among those respondents yet, go here to answer it (you don’t have to be an Admiral resident – if you shop, dine, work, study, even visit the area, your opinions are welcome)! ANA president David Hancock said they will close the survey soon and discuss the findings at the November meeting.
CONCERTS: Another successful ANA-presented series of concerts at Hiawatha has concluded since the group last met; Caspar Babypants (August 22nd, WSB coverage here) was the finale. Everyone agreed this was one of the best years for the decade-old series. Stephanie Jordan will continue coordinating the series; she’ll start the 2020 band search in February. Dave Weitzel plans to continue as the series’ business manager/sponsorship coordinator.
NANTES PARK: Two months ago, we mentioned a plan to improve west Admiral’s Nantes Park. Volunteer Susan Kegel spoke to ANA about work being done at the park, including a cleanup this Friday. She said volunteers have applied for small city grants to improve the park, possibly with artwork and ADA improvements. She said they would also like to add something to make Nantes Park more kid-friendly. She showed examples of what’s been done in other sister-city parks around town and said she’s made contact with an artist in Nantes who had done several art installations for the Nantes botanical gardens. She also said a delegation from Nantes will be visiting Seattle about this time next year.
WEST SEATTLE ART WALK: ANA was one of two community councils that heard last night from Lora Radford and Reeve Washburn on behalf of the West Seattle Art Walk‘s initiative to get more involvement around the peninsula. They are pitching neighborhood groups to get local businesses to participate in the second-Thursday event. ANA has long sought to connect more deeply with local businesses and agreed this might be a way. No commitments yet -this was just a preliminary discussion.
NEXT MEETING: On the second Tuesday in November, ANA expects State Sen. Joe Nguyen as a guest speaker. Watch for more info as it gets closer.
Tomorrow night brings the final West Seattle Art Walk of summer – and the second “Art of Music” performance. Here’s the map/venue list:
While the Art Walk’s greatest concentration of venues is in The Junction, participants stretch from Gatewood in the south (The Building) to Alki in the north (Locust Cider). Some of the artists are previewed on the official Art Walk website. Among them, landscape artist Jeni Lee, who will be featured at Click! Design That Fits (4540 California SW; WSB sponsor), 5-8 pm. Steps away, Washington Management Co. Real Estate (4544 California SW) invites you to collaborate on a community canvas 6-8 pm. Not far from there, in the heart of The Junction, by KeyBank at California/Alaska, you’ll see The Art of Music 6 pm-7:40 pm, featuring the duo My Real Job:
Easy Street Records has music tomorrow night, too – a 7 pm in-stone concert by Erin Bowman. So get out on the Art Walk (which is co-sponsored by WSB) for a few minutes or a few hours and enjoy your community’s creativity, 5 pm “until late” tomorrow night.
What began as the 13th Year Promise at South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) is now more like the 13th and 14th Year Promise, and this year’s participants are getting ready to start their SSC studies. But first, the traditional group photo, and SSC’s announcement of their arrival:
South Seattle College welcomed the incoming class of Seattle Promise Program scholars today with a two-day “Summer Bridge” orientation to help the recent high-school graduates prepare for the transition to higher education. Seattle Promise provides up to two years of tuition coverage and the personal guidance students need to succeed in college.
The 141 incoming Seattle Promise scholars come to South from Chief Sealth International, Cleveland, West Seattle, and Rainier Beach high schools. They officially begin their higher-education journey on Monday, Sept. 23, with the start of fall quarter.
In 2018, Seattle Colleges partnered with the city of Seattle and Seattle Public Schools to launch Seattle Promise, a scholarship program focused on providing college access, success, and completion with the overarching mission of building a local thriving, college-going culture that creates a workforce ready for our region’s careers.
The program, informed and inspired by South Seattle College’s 13th Year Promise Scholarship established in 2008, expanded in reach and impact with the passing of the Families and Education levy in November 2018. In 2020, Seattle Promise will expand to accept graduates from all seventeen Seattle public high schools.
As explained here, the financial component of the program involves “(f)ull coverage of any tuition expenses remaining after other scholarships and financial aid.” The program expansion was part of the levy passed by Seattle voters almost a year ago.
In West Seattle Crime Watch this afternoon:
WHISKY WEST ROCK SUSPECT UPDATE: The man arrested for throwing three rocks through the Morgan Junction restaurant’s windows Sunday night (as first reported here Monday) had a bail hearing this afternoon. Police documents say he’s 18 but he’s listed as 19 on the jail register, which shows conditional release granted for this case – pending a potential charge of malicious mischief – but $5,100 bail set on a failure-to-appear warrant for a disorderly-conduct case last year in Kent, so he’s still in jail. Other than that case, the only record shown for him is another Kent Municipal Court case from earlier last year, no details available.
MAILBOXES TARGETED: The photo and report are from RW on 31st SW:
This morning we discovered that someone tried to break in to the postal-supplied mail boxes on 31st and Findlay overnight. They succeeded with one. Looks like they tried to pull the other two off of the supports but weren’t successful. The post office says they no longer replace them and that there is a waiting list for PO boxes. It takes 30 days to repair locks if that will work. They had no response when I asked could we mount individual boxes in front of our homes. I have lived at this address 31 years. Never have we had this problem.
REMINDER: Bring your neighborhood crime concerns/questions to the West Seattle Crime Prevention Council‘s first post-summer-hiatus meeting next Tuesday (September 17th), 7 pm, Southwest Precinct (2300 SW Webster). Besides hearing from/talking with local police, you will also get info about ID theft from a consumer-protection specialist with the state Attorney General’s Office.
They’ll be open until 7 tonight. And on Friday night, their first author event:
Paper Boat is West Seattle’s first all-new-books independent bookstore since Square One closed nine years ago.
September 21st brings the next “service change” date for Metro, with changes to multiple routes, as announced today. The list is now on the Metro website. We went through it and here’s what we’re seeing for West Seattle routes:
RAPIDRIDE C LINE: “On weekdays, three new AM peak and two new PM peak trips will be added to address overcrowding, and schedules will be adjusted to accommodate the new trips. On Sunday, one new trip will be added in the evening, and schedules will be adjusted to accommodate the new trip.” See the new timetable.
ROUTE 21: “On Saturday, between 8:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m., several new trips will be added to improve service to every 15 minutes, and schedules will be adjusted to accommodate the new trips.” See the new timetable.
ROUTE 22: “Route 22 will no longer operate on 24th and 25th avenues SW between SW Barton St and SW Thistle St. Route 22 will instead operate on SW Barton Pl and Delridge Way SW.” See the new timetable.
ROUTE 60: “On weekends, schedules will be adjusted to provide combined service every 15 minutes on routes 60 and 107, between Beacon Hill Station and Georgetown.” See the new timetable.
ROUTES 116, 118, 119: “Due to several SDOT construction projects, the first southbound bus stop will be southbound on 3rd Ave at Bell St. Route 118 trips will be adjusted for better connections with Washington State Ferry service at the Vashon and Tahlequah terminals.” See the new timetable.
ROUTE 120: “Twelve new trips will be added on weekdays, 20 new trips will be added on Saturday, and 19 new trips will be added on Sunday. These trips will expand the hours when the route operates every 15 minutes, and schedules will be adjusted to accommodate the new trips.” See the new timetable.
Today we welcome Richie Jenkin, a longtime West Seattle guitar teacher, as a WSB sponsor.
Richie has been teaching guitar for more than 30 years: “In my teaching, I specialize in beginning and intermediate students of all ages. I like to teach songs and pieces you will enjoy from the very beginning of your learning experience.”
While he works with kids as young as six, Richie says more than two-thirds of his students are adults. His average student is someone who has owned a guitar for some time, but needs someone to work with, to get some structure on how to play. As he points out, it’s structure that’s personalized to each student: “I take my teaching seriously. By that I mean that I take the time to prepare for each lesson. I look at what we¹ve been doing; the pace of things; what you want to be learning; your particular way of learning; and what I think is best for a particular lesson to make sure your playing is coming along in a way you can be confident and enthusiastic about. So it¹s not just about showing you something new every week and then out the door. If the music is going to be rewarding, exhilarating and fun, then I better be doing my part to make it so.”
Richie specializes in beginners and intermediate students. He has teaching slots open for fall, so if you’re interested, contact Richie at 206-799-7432.
We thank Richie Jenkin for sponsoring independent, community-collaborative neighborhood news via WSB; find our current sponsor team listed in directory format here, and find info on joining the team by going here.
Perhaps the most-awaited West Seattle restaurant opening this fall will actually be a reopening – Phoenecia, which closed at the end of last year on Alki, reopening in The Junction. After a text last night from someone wondering about a date, we stopped by the new space (4717 42nd SW, formerly Alchemy, as announced last May), a short time ago, and talked to the Khazaal family, as they continue with finishing touches. No date yet but they’re hoping to be open by the end of this month. (Our photo above shows one wall in the new space with a tribute to patriarch Hussein Khazaal, gone a decade now; he founded Phoenecia in The Junction before its move to Alki.)
From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:
WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON MOVIE: At the Senior Center of West Seattle, 1 pm: “The Reformer and the Redhead.” $1 members, $2 nonmembers, popcorn included. (4217 SW Oregon)
HIGH POINT MARKET GARDEN FARM STAND: Fresh produce sold by the people who grow it next to the stand! 4-7 pm. (32nd SW/SW Juneau)
SCOUTING BARBECUE: As previewed here, both Scouts and those interested in Scouting are invited to the Cub Scout Pack 284-hosted barbecue (and stomp-rocket-launching!) at Lincoln Park Picnic Shelter 5 at 6:30 pm. (8011 Fauntleroy Way SW)
POETRYBRIDGE: The monthly poems-and-stories event at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor) features guest readers Erika Michael and Jed Myers. Free. All ages. (5612 California SW)
34TH DISTRICT DEMOCRATS: 7 pm at The Hall at Fauntleroy – here’s this month’s invitation:
Join us for for our monthly meeting to observe a special presentation. Representatives of the Washington Low Income Housing Alliance and the Housing Development Consortia of Seattle and King County will present on state and local level initiatives to address homelessness and affordable housing and how members of the 34th can get involved.
Our membership meetings are held on the 2nd Wednesday of the month at the Hall at Fauntleroy. We begin with a potluck and social period from 6:30-7 and the gavel drops at 7 for the meeting itself.
(9131 California SW)
JAZZ WEDNESDAY: Live music at Whisky West, 7 pm. No cover. 21+. (6451 California SW)
OPEN MIC: The famous fully backlined open mic at The Skylark – signups at 7:30, performances at 8. (3803 Delridge Way SW)
SEE WHAT ELSE IS UP … via our complete calendar.
40th-reunion time for the West Seattle High School Class of ’79! Here’s the announcement:
Hello West Seattle! The Graduating Class of West Seattle high School 1979 is having a Grand Gathering in honor of 40 years!!! It is October 5th, 2019, at The Museum of flight. Time to dress up and join in on all the fun! Tickets may be purchased on line prior to the event courtesy of the Vashon Theater and our fellow classmate who has graciously helped set up the event!
West Seattle High School 40th Reunion
held at the Seattle Museum of Flight
ticket holders have free admission to the Museum, that day 10 am-5 pm
4;30 Group Photo!!!
5:00 pm no-host cocktails in the Skyline room
6:1 5pm full dinner buffet catered by McCormick & Schmick. Dessert to follow. 1970s Music, Dance Floor and on-screen presentations!
Saturday, October 5, 2019
5- 10 PM
Buy now! Prices have to go up on Sept 27th.
Here’s the ticketing page. (Though that page is hosted by a Vashon website, organizers stress that’s not the event’s location, it’s the Museum of Flight as listed above.)
7:06 AM: Good morning!
TOMORROW & BEYOND: The Dearborn Street closure at 1st for Viaduct demolition starts tomorrow. Here’s our coverage of yesterday’s media briefing, also with mention of tunnel closures this weekend.