West Seattle, Washington
Those medals await the 8- to 12-year-olds who win the kids’ pumpkin-pie-eating contest at the West Seattle Junction Harvest Festival. If yours wants to be part of it, you need to sign up at A la Mode Pies in The Junction (4225 SW Alaska, hours here) ASAP – they’re looking for 10 participants (eight spots remain at last check). The contest will happen at 1:30 pm at California/Alaska during the festival this Sunday (October 27th).
The festival also features:
–Applepalooza tasting and voting during the Farmers’ Market (10 am-2 pm)
–Activities presented by local businesses/schools/organizations (10 am-2 pm)
–Chili Cookoff benefiting the West Seattle Food Bank (10 am until sold out)
–Hot Cocoa/Cider Garden
–Costume Parade at 11:30 am
–Trick or Treating at noon
See you Sunday in The Junction! (WSB is a Harvest Festival community co-sponsor.)
Emerald Water Anglers (WSB sponsor) has a big event Thursday night, and you’re invited. But first – some big news: After celebrating the shop’s fifth anniversary last month at 4502 42nd SW in The Junction, proprietor Dave McCoy says EWA has signed a new five-year lease. You can congratulate him on Thursday night during “Get to Know Your NGO” night at EWA. He explains, “Each of the following will give 10-15-minute presentation on each of their mission statements and work they are doing in our area and then be available for personal Q&A afterward:”
Wild Steelhead Coalition
Native Fish Society
Wild Fish Conservancy
Long Live the Kings
Puget SoundKeeper Alliance
Drop in and learn, starting at 7 pm Thursday (October 24th). Other upcoming events at EWA are listed here.
P.S. Emerald Water Anglers is also participating in Harvest Festival activities again this year – look for them amid the activity booths/areas on California SW between SW Alaska and SW Edmunds.
Question/concern for local police, but couldn’t get to this month’s two community meetings at the precinct? You’re invited to the next “Coffee with a Cop” tomorrow (Wednesday) morning, 9-11 am at the Admiral Safeway Starbucks (2622 California SW). These are usually low-key gatherings – just drop in and chat.
Six months after first word that the Row House was on the way to the AJ Apartments building at 42nd/Oregon, it’s about to open. We stopped by this afternoon for a peek inside. The newest branch of the nationwide indoor-rowing chain will “soft open” on Thursday with the first of a few days of free classes. They’re also having an open house 4-7 pm on Saturday (October 26th).
P.S. The Row House is among the businesses offering activities at Sunday’s West Seattle Junction Harvest Festival, so look for their booth on California between Edmunds and Alaska 10 am-2 pm that day.
Though Seattle doesn’t yet have a scooter-share program, that Lime scooter showed up mysteriously at 47th/Charlestown last month (thanks to Brian for the photo). You might see more of them soon, as the city is getting ready to launch a scooter-share pilot. First – you have the chance to take a quick survey to help shape the program. Second – the city has announced a public forum at City Hall next week, 6 pm on October 23rd. No word yet whether West Seattle will be included in the future scooter-share test run but these are your chances to voice hopes and concerns before the scooting begins.
On Monday we reported on gas-leak repairs on Genesee west of Avalon. They’re not done yet and SDOT has just sent this street-closure alert:
PSE, the Seattle Fire Department and PSE’s contractor are continuing to work on this issue and have closed the west side of SW Genesee St at SW Avalon Way through this evening to make necessary repairs to stop the leak. PSE expects to conduct evening and night work to identify and resolve these issues.
Currently, SW Avalon Way remains open to traffic in both directions. However, people on the west side of SW Genesee St will not be able to turn onto SW Avalon Way and people on SW Avalon Way will not be able to turn west onto SW Genesee St. Residents near SW Genesee St can use SW Andover St and 32nd Ave SW to get to their homes during this work.
We have contact information for many of the buildings in the area and are reaching out to residents, businesses, and (WSB) to help share information about potential travel delays and the closed street.
By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor
They’re already headquartered in the same building.
We talked this morning with the organizations’ executive directors, Fran Yeatts of WSFB and Erin Dury Moore of WSH, about what’s ahead.
First thing you should know: Don’t stop giving to either one in the months ahead! Their distinct missions will continue – food and more (as currently provided by WSFB), emergency financial aid and clothing (as currently provided by WSH). The merger won’t result in any cutting of services.
So how did the merger decision come about?
While Sound Transit continues environmental work – including soil sampling on Harbor Island (thanks to those who have sent photos recently, including the one above) – they’re also continuing community conversation about West Seattle light rail. Next step: Two “neighborhood forums” just announced. ST says these are “to learn more about the alternatives we’ll be studying in the Draft Environmental Impact Statement, what happens next in the environmental review process and how you can stay engaged” as well as “opportunities to participate in small group activities to discuss how the vision and values of your neighborhood relate to future light rail stations.” The dates/locations:
Station areas include Delridge, Avalon and Alaska Junction
Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019 | 6 – 8 p.m.
Alki Masonic Center, 4736 40th Avenue SW
Delridge station only
Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019 | 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Delridge Community Center (Gym), 4501 Delridge Way SW, Seattle
This event focuses on the Delridge station and builds upon the community engagement and collaboration approach outlined in the Racial Equity Toolkit. Spanish and Vietnamese interpreters will be available.
Before these, the ST Board is due to decide this Thursday (1:30 pm October 24, downtown boardroom) whether the environmental studies will include either or both of two additional West Seattle alternatives, Yancy/Andover Elevated and Pigeon Point Tunnel. As reported here earlier this month, a board committee recommended including the former and leaving it up to the full board to discuss the latter.
Highlights for the rest of your Tuesday:
TODDLER STORY TIME: 10:30 am at West Seattle (Admiral) Library, bring the little ones! (2306 42nd SW)
CITY COUNCIL BUDGET HEARING: If you want to make a case for including something in, or excluding something from, next year’s city budget, tonight’s public hearing is your big chance. 5:30 pm at City Hall downtown. (600 4th Ave.)
SAFETY & CRIME PREVENTION: The West Seattle Block Watch Captains Network‘s last meeting of the year is at 6:30 pm at the Southwest Precinct. No special guest, but come find out about a change in the meeting schedule for next year, aa well as the usual updates from, and Q&A with, police. (2300 SW Webster)
EXPLORER WEST MS OPEN HOUSE: 6:30 pm, your family is invited to come learn about Explorer West Middle School (WSB sponsor), “the only independent 6th-8th-grade school in West Seattle redefining the middle school experience.” (10015 28th SW)
KINDERGARTEN INFO NIGHT: Is your child ready? Hope Lutheran School hosts a Kindergarten Information Night at 6:30 pm. (4446 42nd SW)
OPEN MIC NIGHT: 9 pm at Parliament Tavern. 21+. (4210 SW Admiral Way)
BROWSE OUR COMPLETE CALENDAR … to see it all!
7:11 AM: Good morning. No incidents or alerts currently.
8:05 AM: Some problems, as mentioned in comments, including crash on EB bridge parallel with Admiral.