West Seattle, Washington
The West Seattle Helpline helps keep people from becoming homeless by getting them through an emergency -and their upcoming “Neighbors Helping Neighbors” event gives you the chance to ensure they can keep doing it. Two more days to get your ticket(s), as the Helpline reminds us:
Only two days left to buy tickets to West Seattle Helpline’s 10th annual Neighbors Helping Neighbors Dinner & Auction at the Hall at Fauntleroy on Saturday, October 12th from 6:00-9:00 pm.
This is a fun evening out to celebrate our community and stop homelessness before it starts. The night begins with a cocktail hour with a silent auction and live music, where you can strike a pose at our photo booth. Then enjoy a delicious dinner and exciting live auction where you can bid on great experiences such as a week long Caribbean cruise for two or an in-home brandy tasting! End the night with our infamous dessert dash with delightful desserts from Macrina, Indulge, Salty’s, and more!
Neighbors Helping Neighbors Dinner & Auction raises crucial funds to ensure that all of our neighbors receive the help they need during tough times so they can stay safe and stable in their homes. Together, we can stop homelessness before it starts.
To purchase tickets, click here! Don’t wait – ticket sales end Friday, Oct 4th!
3 1/2 years after we first reported that a multifamily project was proposed for the former Church of Christ site at 4220 SW 100th, site work is under way. Jeff tipped us late last month that demolition had begun; crews were doing deconstruction work by hand at first, but now heavy equipment is involved. The 8-townhouse, 1-live-work project went through Design Review in 2017 and 2018; it drew extra scrutiny because its site is part of an isolated sliver of multifamily/commercial zoning – NC1-30 (three stories) when the project was initiated, so that’s what it’s being built to, though HALA MHA has since upzoned the site to NC1-40 (four stories).
Ten minutes after the doors opened at the new PCC Community Markets (WSB sponsor) West Seattle store this morning, 200 shoppers had already entered.
The line had stretched down the block across the California SW side of the new 24,000-square-foot store – twice the size of its predecessor:
And then – at two minutes till 9 – this celebratory cake was cut:
As explained in our comprehensive preview look inside the new store on Monday, this is an anniversary party, since PCC opened in West Seattle – on the same site – in 1989. That’s part of what CEO Cate Hardy told the crowd in the moments before opening:
The Super-Krewe played outside the sun-splashed California/Stevens entrance before and during the first shoppers’ entry:
The freebies – including bags of PCC’s custom coffee – went fast. But if you’re headed over to shop, the store is stocked and ready, including the expanded area where you can pick up something for lunch, dinner, snacks, etc., either self-serve or at the deli case.
As noted in our preview, the produce tables are made of cedar reclaimed from the old store, which was demolished in early 2018, eight months after it closed. The new store was built for Living Building Challenge Petal Certification, designed by architect Graham Baba in collaboration with architect of record MG2 (added: with Hewitt designing the building), and is led by store director Nate Rundle:
If you want to say you were there on Day One, you have until 11 pm (regular hours will be 6 am-11 pm every day).
More festivities ahead, too – the West Seattle High School Band (from across the street) is scheduled to play this afternoon.
Four weeks from today, trick-or-treaters are invited to visit Admiral District businesses. That’s the day before Halloween, as just announced:
Admiral District merchants of West Seattle are proud to announce the return of the annual “Trick-or-Treating” event for 2019. The Admiral District “Trick or Treating” event will occur on Wednesday, October 30th this year, 3 pm-6 pm. The event has been moved to the day prior to Halloween to make it easier for kids to participate who receive “early release” on Wednesday. This longstanding Admiral neighborhood tradition has grown in popularity each year, and continues to be a West Seattle family favorite.
Trick or treating in the Admiral District is 100% volunteer supported by the businesses operating near the intersection of Admiral and California Ave SW. Each year, local businesses give back to the community by providing a safe place for families to enjoy the holiday. Find your favorite costume, grab the kids, and come out on Wednesday October 30th to join in on this popular West Seattle event!
If you are interested in finding out whether a specific business in your area will be participating, stop by in advance, or give them a call. This event is well attended and most Admiral area store fronts take part in the fun. On the day of the event, simply look for the attached sign in business windows, and stroll through the Admiral District with family and friends.
West Seattle Junction trick-or-treating starts at noon during the Harvest Festival on Sunday, October 27th; Westwood Village trick-or-treating is set for 4 pm-6 pm on Halloween (Thursday, October 31st).
(Corps of Engineers photo, 2014)
Announced this morning:
The Seattle District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, awarded a $3 million contract September 27 to Redside Construction based in Bainbridge Island to replace an existing seawall in West Seattle.
The project will replace the existing 500-foot-long seawall at Emma Schmitz Memorial Overlook, 4503 Beach Dr. SW, that was constructed in the 1920s and has experienced significant erosion and damage from storm events. We anticipate construction in mid-2020.
The new seawall will be a “soldier pile” (system of vertical piles spaced at a regular interval with material in between to create a wall) design, built a few feet seaward and a few feet higher than the existing seawall, and equipped with safety handrails that the current seawall lacks. This design will minimize the impact on the beach, address rising sea level concerns and create better contours for the restoration landscaping on the landward portion of the overlook area.
The Army Corps has partnered with Seattle Parks and Recreation to design and build this coastal storm damage reduction project under Section 103 of the Rivers and Harbors Act of 1962. Coastal storms and erosion continue to threaten public infrastructure located in and around the project footprint, including a 54-inch King County sewer main, a main public arterial, City park property, and other underground utilities.
The Seattle Parks project page is here; our coverage of a Q&A community meeting about the project back in July is here. Community comments were first solicited in 2014, when the project was estimated to cost $2.3 million.
(Band-tailed Pigeons, photographed by Mark Wangerin)
What’s up? All this, for starters – from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:
PCC WEST SEATTLE OPENS: In just minutes, the new store opens its doors, 9 am (regular hours will be 6 am-11 pm). The celebration includes coffee and cake this morning and music throughout the day. Missed our sneak preview? See it here. (2749 California SW)
FIREFIGHTER STORY TIME: Missed it last night? Catch this fun fire-safety event at South Park Library 11:15 am-11:45 am. (8604 8th Ave. S.)
WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON MOVIE: At the Senior Center of West Seattle, 1 pm: “Gun Fury.” $1 members, $2 nonmembers, popcorn included. (4217 SW Oregon)
HIGH POINT MARKET GARDEN FARM STAND: Fresh produce sold by the people who grow it at the mini-farm next to the stand! 4-7 pm. (32nd SW/SW Juneau)
SOUTHWEST DISTRICT COUNCIL: 6:30 pm at the Senior Center/Sisson Building. Spotlight topics include the “Seattle Squeeze” transportation crunch, with a guest from SDOT among others. Also, hear about the new Paws on Patrol program. All welcome! (4217 SW Oregon)
THE LOOSE HEELS: Danceable country classics at Parliament Tavern, 8 pm. No cover. 21+. (4210 SW Admiral Way)
7:11 AM: Good morning. WSDOT says a vehicle is stalled on the NB 99 exit ramp to Dearborn, blocking the right bus lane.
INTERSECTION CLOSURE: The next Avalon/35th intersection closure is scheduled to start 9 am Friday (October 4th) and last all weekend, weather permitting.
ALSO FRIDAY: The 4722 Fauntleroy/4721 38th tower crane is going up; a spokesperson for the developer tells WSB the staging will be on 38th, not Fauntleroy.
October is Fire Safety Month, and that means teaching everyone what they need to know to stay safe. For toddlers and preschoolers, the Seattle Fire Department and Seattle Public Library team up for Firefighter Story Times, like the one we photographed tonight at Delridge Library. The readers included Fire Chief Harold Scoggins. The book was (as usual) “No Dragons for Tea”, written by Jean E. Pendziwol and illustrated by Martine Gourbault:
While the book was for the kids, the chief had homework for the parents.
He asked them to test their smoke detectors at home – not just to be sure they still work, but so the kids will know what they sound like. He also told parents to show their kids where NOT to go in case of fire (in the closet, under the bed) and to have a family plan for where to meet outside if everybody has to evacuate. And of course, Firefighter Story Time also featured a chance to see a firefighter in full gear:
That’s Steve Ericson from Station 36 in North Delridge. Missed tonight’s story time? Four more in the city this month – nearest one is tomorrow (Wednesday) at 11:15 am at South Park Library (8604 8th Ave. S.)
From Shilei: “My longboard was stolen this morning near the bike path at the intersection of Alki Ave. SW and 57th Ave. SW. I parked the board near at the edge of the concrete/sand and walked toward the water for 10 minutes. I was within view and within 30 ft of the board at all times. When I returned, the board was gone. I’ve filed a police report, tracking number T19009011.” No photo but it looks like this – with “yellow wheels and different trucks set up for downhill.”
More than two dozen people participated in last year’s Artist Showcase at Southwest Library. This year’s showcase starts this weekend, and you’re invited to drop off your work starting Thursday – no judging no application process – so here’s the call for participants one more time:
It’s time for the Southwest Library‘s 28th annual Artist Showcase. Artists may submit up to three unique works of art for this non-juried exhibition to celebrate West Seattle’s creative talent.
Entries may be submitted at the Southwest Library (9010 35th SW) from Thursday, October 3rd through Saturday, October 5th. Be sure to stop by the artists’ reception at 2 pm Sunday, October 6th to meet the artists and view all the fabulous work! Art will be on display at the library through the month of October.
The library will also be hosting two art programs to celebrate: a drop-in Family Art Day on Saturday 10/5 at 2 pm and Fill the Frame, a painting-exploration class for teens and adults on Sunday, 10/27.
The showcase is for artists of all skill levels – so even if art is just a hobby, step up and show off!
It’s October, and for the first time, it’s Deathsploration month. Here’s the announcement:
Deathsploration is a month-long effort to increase conversation about death and dying in Washington. Beginning on October 1 and running through November 2, community organizations and businesses in western Washington will work in partnership to create opportunities for engagement through education, art, dance, movement, death cafes, community outreach, workshops, and more.
In the United States, the topic of death and dying is not commonly paired with living. Deathsploration is an opportunity to reestablish the normalcy of death, a subtle reminder that talking about and preparing for death will not cause one’s death. Similarly, not talking about death will not keep it away. It is our hope that the exploration of death — through all the senses and on our own terms — will help people on the way to a good death.
Several of the community events that are part of this monthlong exploration are here in West Seattle – a Blessing of the Animals Friday night at Resting Waters (9205 35th SW), a Death Café on October 15th at Nepenthe (9447 35th SW), the daylong conference Une Bonne Mort at the Alki Masonic Center on November 1st, and a daylong Resource Fair (followed by a dance party) at Camp Long on November 2nd.
Thanks to Eddie for the photo from the two-building project at 4722 Fauntleroy Way SW/4721 38th SW, which led us to ask developer Legacy Partners how soon the tower crane would go in. Very soon, we learned:
The tower crane will be installed this Friday 10/4. The entire process will occur off 38th. We have the required SDOT permits and will have police officers and flaggers directing traffic at 38th and Alaska. In addition, we have obtained a noise variance and spoke with the neighbors (single family’s, Les Schwab, fire station, Holland, etc) as this work will begin at 5:00 am and take the majority of the day.
Note that Friday is also the first scheduled day of the next 35th/Avalon intersection closure (though that doesn’t start until 9 am). This will be the first tower crane in West Seattle since the one at the Luna Apartments/PCC Community Markets (WSB sponsor, opening tomorrow) site was removed in May.
One West Seattle Crime Watch reader report so far today:
GARAGE BURGLAR STEALS BICYCLE: That’s Jake‘s bicycle, stolen from his condo building’s garage in The Junction early this morning. He also sent this security-camera photo of the burglar:
Jake reports, “Suspect is an early 20s Hispanic male, average build, last seen wearing a black hoodie, gray pants or jeans, black shoes, and heading north on 41st with a stolen bike and bike pump. … Bike has a damaged front tire so may have been dumped in the bushes before making it out of West Seattle.” A police report has been filed.
For a third week, courtesy of reader photos from the past few days, it’s #TurkeyTuesday as we present highlights from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar for this first day/night of October:
BABY STORY TIME: 10:30 am at Southwest Library. Geared toward little ones up to a year old. (9010 35th SW)
DINE-OUT FUNDRAISER: 10:30 am-10 pm today/tonight, mention the Lafayette PTA fundraiser at MOD Pizza and part of the proceeds will go toward it! (4755 Fauntleroy Way SW)
FIREFIGHTER STORY TIME: 6 pm at Delridge Library – bring the kids to learn about fire safety! (5423 Delridge Way SW)
ULTIMATE FRISBEE: Drop by and play! 6 pm at Fairmount Playfield. (5400 Fauntleroy Way SW)
WEST SEATTLE BIKE CONNECTIONS: 6:30 pm meeting at Neighborhood House High Point. (6400 Sylvan Way SW)
CLIMATE CHANGE – WHAT CAN YOU DO? 7 pm at Our Lady of Guadalupe Walmesley Center, all are welcome for this panel discussion moderated by the leader of our region’s Earth Day 2020 plan. Free. Full details including the panelist list are in our calendar listing. (7000 35th SW)
OPEN MIC NIGHT: 9 pm at Parliament Tavern. 21+. (4210 SW Admiral Way)
LGBTQ youth 14-18 are invited to the first West Seattle teen meetup organized by the locally founded/based Gender Family Alliance. It’s planned for 7 pm October 9th at a residence in south West Seattle. You can contact the organizer to RSVP and get location information – our calendar listing has that info, as does the event flyer.
7:20 AM: Good morning! Welcome to October.
FERRY FARES: Increased as of today.
REMINDER: The next Avalon/35th intersection closure is scheduled to start 9 am Friday (October 4th) and last all weekend, weather permitting.