West Seattle, Washington
Thursday night, dozens of local venues await your visit during the November West Seattle Art Walk:
That’s the updated map and venue list. Stars mark where you’ll find art; dots mark where you’ll find food/beverage specials for Art Walk’ers; some, you’ll note, have both. Wondering about the art you’ll see? Art Walk organizers spotlight some of the highlights here – starting with a pop-up at 4526 42nd SW, the little house sandwiched between some big buildings (you’ll know it soon as you see the picture). Other venue previews include WSB sponsors Verity Credit Union (4505 California SW) with paintings by Tatyana Brown, Canna West Culture Shop (5435 California SW) with visual art by Ben Calhoun, Viscon Cellars (5910 California SW) with drip paintings by Whitney LaRene, and Click! Design That Fits – as previewed on their own website – with the jewelry invitational Metal + Material. Those are all happening 5-8 pm. Also part of this month’s Art Walk, The Art of Music – Byron Street Swing performs 6-7:40 pm at Great American Diner & Bar:
More about that here; Great American is at 4752 California SW.
As year’s end approaches, so does a new session of the State Legislature. If you have questions or comments for your state legislators, you will find them all in one place tomorrow (Wednesday) night at the 34th District Democrats‘ meeting. You don’t have to be a member to attend – they’re welcoming all community members, 7 pm at The Hall at Fauntleroy (9131 California SW). Don’t know your legislators, who represent the 34th District, including West Seattle, White Center, Vashon/Maury Islands, and part of Burien? They are State Sen. Joe Nguyen and Reps. Eileen Cody and Joe Fitzgibbon – all West Seattle residents. P.S. You can send questions in advance – find the link here.
Someone in the family going to middle school next year? The place to be tonight is Our Lady of Guadalupe‘s Walmesley Center (7000 35th SW), where the annual Greater West Seattle Middle School Information Night is on until 8 pm.
More than a dozen public, independent, and charter schools have reps there to talk with you.
Just drop in.
From Casey Mar at West Seattle Electric and Solar, relaying photos and a story shared by proprietor Keith Hughes:
He is the commander of the American Legion Post 160. This past Veterans Day, he opened the hall to host an open house, inviting passersby to come inside and learn a little bit about our nation’s history.
When he went to open the doors to the public in the morning, this sweet memorial was laid out at the base of the flagpole, waiting to be discovered.
Keith tells me that little Charlie is a young West Seattle resident, and to say thank you to the veterans of West Seattle and beyond, he drew a hand to salute the five branches (to him) of the US military – the Army, the Navy, the Merens, the Soljers, and the President– and individually labeled a flower with the name of each war in American history.
On some of these flowers are written what appear to be names of family members who were servicemembers deployed in certain wars. For example, “Grandpa James Braner (sp?) was awarded for bravery, but never spoke about it. (branch unclear in this photograph)”
Keith is a veteran himself, and it was extremely touching for him to find this display waiting for him. The American Legion is a labor of love for him, and this thoughtful salute from young Charlie warmed his heart and lit up his Veterans Day.
Just last Saturday night, Post 160 itself had presented its annual event with thanks to veterans.
One week after the voting ended, vote-counting continues. It’s mostly a daily trickle from now on, so this will be our last daily update, but here’s where the Seattle City Council District 1 vote totals stand after today’s results report:
Lisa Herbold – 19,835 – 55.71 %
Phil Tavel – 15,638 – 43.92 %
Comparing today’s ballot-return stats to the number counted so far, fewer than 600 remain uncounted in D-1. Turnout for this district is already above 54 percent; 2015 turnout was 45 percent, with ~10,000 fewer ballots returned, ~7,500 fewer registered voters. The final results will be certified in 2 weeks.
Busy weekend in West Seattle Crime Watch coverage. We followed up today on a Sunday night case in which two suspects were arrested, the burglary at an under-construction home in the 5600 block of Beach Drive. The 36-year-old male suspect tracked down by a K-9 team remains in jail, bail set at $2,000. The jail register shows it’s his fifth booking this year; the others were related to warrants. The 53-year-old female suspect does not have recent bookings but does have a decade-plus record of arrests. Both are facing burglary charges; she also is facing a possible drug charge, as police found a baggie of suspected meth in her purse. The police report reveals that a major factor in their inability to make a getaway was that their pickup truck was stuck in the “wet, deep, slippery mud” at the construction site. One other note: The report also explains why SFD was called to the scene – the male suspect claimed he had “overdosed,” but he was eventually cleared for jail booking. The report indicates the burglary was interrupted before anything was removed from the construction site.
That century-old house is on one of two parcels that have a just-filed two-part early-stage proposal for 12 townhouses. The parcels are at 9442 and 9446 20th SW, immediately north of a parking lot that’s across SW Roxbury from Holy Family Church. They were upzoned to Lowrise 2 (M1) under HALA-Mandatory Housing Affordability. The initial site plans show 8 offstreet-parking spaces for the 12 units, to be built in four 3-unit buildings.
(Double-crested Cormorant, photographed by Mark Wangerin)
From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:
GREATER WEST SEATTLE MIDDLE SCHOOL INFORMATION NIGHT: 6 pm, 13 independent and public middle schools from West Seattle and vicinity have reps all in one place, at Our Lady of Guadalupe‘s Walmesley Center – see the list here. (7000 35th SW)
ADMIRAL NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION: Live/work/study/play in the Admiral area? Get involved! The ANA’s every-other-month meeting is 6;30 pm at Admiral Congregational Church – agenda’s in our calendar listing. (4320 SW Hill)
MORE! on our full calendar.
Orcas are in the area again. Southbound off Fauntleroy and spread out, reports Kersti Muul.
6:57 AM: Good morning! It’s the first non-holiday weekday since Highway 99 tunnel tolling began, so all eyes are on both 99 and downtown streets to see how traffic patterns change.
CHAMPIONSHIP CELEBRATION: Early this afternoon, a parade celebrating Sounders FC’s MLS Cup victory wlll head from Westlake to Seattle Center for a rally. (Added: Details here.)
WATER TAXI: Though King County had said it hoped to have Sally Fox back in service by today so Doc Maynard could return to the West Seattle run, Water Taxi Watch shows that hasn’t happened yet, with Spirit of Kingston still on the route to/from Seacrest.
7:18 AM: Another waterborne-transit note – though WSF says the smaller M/V Salish would replace M/V Sealth on the Fauntleroy-Vashon-Southworth run “starting today,” hasn’t happened yet.
8:01 AM: SDOT is now noting the 35th/Dawson crash also mentioned in comments. … Also a ferry update: WSF says the Sealth will leave the Triangle route as of 9 am and there’ll be a temporary 2-boat schedule until Salish is added. …
8:10 AM: WSDOT reports another incident noted in comments, a stall on the WS Bridge exit ramp to NB I-5.