West Seattle, Washington
Just out of the WSB inbox:
Everyone wants to live in a hate-free neighborhood. What can you do to make it happen? This two-hour workshop is a great start!
Bystander Intervention Workshop: Help Make Your Neighborhood Hate-Free at Admiral United Church of Christ, 4320 SW Hill St, on Sunday, March 15 from 2-4.
Anti-Hate Alaska Junction, a local grassroots organisation, presents Bystander Intervention Workshop, which use interactive techniques to help attendees learn how to intervene in an aggressive or harassing interaction – protecting the target while not escalating the perpetrator.
Led by Reverend Andrew Conley-Holcom, this experience will increase your confidence about intervening when needed. You’ll learn to bypass your “flight or fight” reaction and bring calm and de-escalation skills if you witness a threatening interaction.
Training is free. Donations are gratefully accepted.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and phone number. Walk-ins welcome. There will be 2 other Bystander Intervention Workshops in West Seattle in 2020: Sunday, May 17 and Sunday, September 13.
(Ruby-crowned Kinglet, photographed by Trileigh Tucker)
Before (or instead o!!) tonight’s Big Game – seven options:
WEST SEATTLE FARMERS’ MARKET: Winter produce, bread, cheese, meat, fish, beverages, and more, 10 am-2 pm in the street in the heart of The Junction! (California SW between SW Oregon and SW Alaska)
LOG HOUSE MUSEUM: Open for visitors, noon-4 pm. Learn about West Seattle history! (61st/Stevens)
SUNDAY RUN CLUB: Noon every Sunday at Ounces, meet up with other runners for a short or long run, your choice. (3809 Delridge Way SW)
BRONWYN EDWARDS: Live at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), 3-5 pm. No cover. All ages. (5612 California SW)
ALL-AGES OPEN MIC: Sign up at 3, performances start at 4, at The Skylark. Full backline. (3803 Delridge Way SW)
SEE EVEN MORE … on our calendar!
The next three West Seattle safety projects in the Neighborhood Street Fund program are in the planning phase and ready for your comments, SDOT says. Each has its own webpage with project info and an explanation of how to comment:
*New walk and bike signal at the intersection of Delridge Way SW and SW Barton St
*New marked crosswalk at the intersection of Delridge Way SW and SW Barton St
New curb ramps and crosswalks at the intersections of SW Barton St & 25th Ave S and SW Barton St & 24th Ave SW.
New left turn arrows for eastbound and westbound movements at SW Barton St and 26th Ave SW to separate pedestrian movements from left turning vehicles
Install new pedestrian activated flashing beacon at the intersection of SW Barton St and 25th Ave SW.
This project is a combination of two community proposals to enhance the connection between the Delridge Neighborhood Greenway and the West Seattle Bridge Trail:
Improvements to SW Andover St between 26th Ave SW (Delridge Neighborhood Greenway) and Delridge Way SW, as well as the intersection of SW Andover St & Delridge Way SW. These include protected bike lanes, green pavement markings, a new left turn pocket for people riding bikes, right turn on red restrictions, and other changes.
A new railing on the onramp from the Delridge Way SW to the West Seattle Bridge. This on-ramp hosts a multiuse trail that links to the West Seattle Bridge Trail, but it currently lacks a railing between the trail and traffic using the onramp. This project will include a new railing, trimming overgrown plants to increase the usable width of the trail, and spot pavement repairs.
You have until the end of January to send your thoughts on any or all of the projects.
We’re continuing to add New Year’s Eve parties to the WSB West Seattle Holiday Guide, but that’s not the only way to say goodbye to 2019: Again this year, you’re invited to walk a 5K or 10K route with Emerald City Wanderers. Start any time between 4 pm and 7 pm Tuesday from St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church (3050 California SW), where you’ll find route info, and where hot soup awaits you on your return. And if you’re up for more, that’s also where to start a New Year’s Day walk between 9 am and noon.
Two months have passed since we first reported that a teriyaki restaurant called Grillbird is taking over the ex-Pizza Hut on the southwest corner of 35th/Morgan. Art has recently appeared on the north (above) and south sides of the building, so we checked in with proprietor Matt Parker, to find out about it and about his progress toward opening. Regarding the latter, he tells WSB, “We are getting very close and still on track to open in the 2nd or 3rd week in January. The last few weeks are always a toss up with getting your inspections, but we are planning on a January opening for sure!” He also says he hopes to have a menu on the Grillbird website in early January. As for the art: “I designed it and worked with my friend, local artist Sam Trout, to paint it on the building.”
We mentioned earlier this holiday season that John L. Scott Real Estate – Westwood (WSB sponsor) had a giving tree up to collect holiday gifts for teens. Today, they share this report and photos on how it worked out:
Last week we had the privilege of donating 100 gifts to teens at the Southwest Boys & Girls Club in White Center.
We wanted to give a big thank you to our agents, clients, and Westwood Village community for all of your kind donations. It was satisfying knowing that we helped make the holiday season a little bit brighter for an often-forgotten age group.
Pictured are some of the happy teens with their gifts, along with the owners of John L. Scott Westwood, Scott and Chantille Henry, and brokers Jennifer Cross, Chris Cruz, and Daniel Henry.
Thanks again to everyone who helped make this happen. We hope to make this a reoccurring event in the future.
LOG HOUSE MUSEUM REOPENS: After a post-Christmas break, the home of West Seattle history will be open regular hours today, noon-4 pm. (61st/Stevens)
GAME ON! Drop in to play games at High Pnint Library, 2-4:30 pm. (3411 SW Raymond)
HANUKKAH PARTY: 4:30 pm at Kol HaNeshamah. (6115 SW Hinds)
WEST END GIRLS: The monthly drag spectacular at The Skylark, hosted by Cookie Couture, 8 pm, doors at 7. $13 cover. (3803 Delridge Way SW)
‘THE BEST YOU’VE EVER SEEN’: Remixed film and sonic accompaniment at Parliament Tavern, 8:30 pm.
“The Best You Have Ever Seen” is a monthly event at Parliament Tavern featuring 1 BAND and 1 DJ’s re-imagined score for 1 MOVIE (visually remixed live). In December, we are closing out 2019 with ‘GRAVITY’ Alfonso Cuaron’s incredible thrill ride about one astronauts journey back home, and back to life. Re-scoring the visual remix will be PATRICK GALACTIC & JIMI JAXON!
$12/door. 21+. (4210 SW Admiral Way)
MORE … on our complete calendar!
Sponsorship for youth sports is a fairly common thing. But you’re probably used to hearing about it in the context of businesses sponsoring teams.
Tonight, meet an individual athlete seeking sponsorship. She’s a West Seattle 9-year-old who’s in the early stage of a promising gymnastics career, already training long hours every day, and piling up state championships. She’s Finley Young, aka “Finley the Fearless” (that’s her Instagram handle). Finley’s mom Jennifer explains, “Our daughter is desperate to continue with her elite gymnastics career. She is seeking a local sponsor to help her with expenses.” She lists Finley’s achievements on this flyer:
Here’s Finley in action, at a recent meet:
Jennifer explains that the costs of competing at the elite level of gymnastics can be up to $10,000 a year. Travel is the greatest cost; Junior Olympic-level coaching and competition fees are next. Gym fees, regulation leotards, summer training camp – it all adds up. So Finley is seeking sponsorship. She incidentally has a role model in the family – older sister Tessa also has won state and regional championships.
However, their mom says, Tessa isn’t interested in long-term training at the elite level; Finley is.
So what’s in it for a sponsor? For one, it’s tax-deductible, through a booster club. And as with other kinds of youth-sports sponsorship, there’s exposure, and gratitude. Contact info is on Finley’s flyer, above or here (PDF).
The candy-cane-striped tree is one of the highlights of this year’s Menashe Family Lights display. Several people have messaged us to ask how long the display stays up for viewing, so we checked with the family today. Answer: Through January 6th. (The display, which has been on since the day after Thanksgiving, is at 5605 Beach Drive SW.)
The video and report are from Ken:
We live in the 4000 block of 45th Ave SW. We have been having our kitchen renovated and the contractor had a lockbox on our back door with a key to our house inside. At 5:45 am an unidentified male cut the lockbox off the door with bolt cutters and left.
10 minutes later he returned, along with an unidentified female, and entered our home using the key. He was in the house less approx 30 seconds, running out when he heard us awake and coming downstairs. Everything was captured by our doorbell camera (which he put his hand over when he was using the key but did not when he was cutting off the lock box!). SPD did respond timely but the two burglars were gone.
The SPD incident # is 19-477540.
So it goes in the social-media sphere sometimes – we found out about that YouTube stream via an Instagram post: North Delridge’s Mode Music Studios (WSB sponsor) noted that its Mode Music and Performing Arts space next door is hosting the 3rd annual 24-hour livestream-a-thon by General Mojo’s. We remember the group from its 2018 Summer Concerts at Hiawatha show. General Mojo’s and special guests are performing to raise money for NAMI Seattle, explaining that it’s “the only organization in the Seattle area working specifically to fill the gaps in our local mental health system through peer-led education, referrals, and support.” Go to the event’s YouTube page for a donation list and specific instructions on how to be sure your donation is linked to the fundraiser.
You and your mate/pals/family looking for something to do tonight? Here are four possibilities, from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:
UEHARA-BINGEN CHRISTMAS LIGHTS FINALE: Last scheduled show for this display! Be there at 6:15 pm for the 6:30 pm show. Free. (1736 Alki SW)
JESSICA LURIE QUARTET: At Parliament Tavern, Jessica Lurie with Joe Doria, Bill Horist, and Heather Thomas. 9 pm. $8 cover. 21+. (4210 SW Admiral Way)
Earlier this month, Seattle Parks told us the renovated E.C. Hughes Playground (2805 SW Holden) would be open by month’s end – and that’s indeed happened (as noted earlier this week by commenter Leah). Today’s announcement:
Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) is happy to announce the new play area at E.C. Hughes Playground is open. Small areas around the play area are fenced off and will be seeded in the spring when the temperatures will allow for grass establishment.
The play area renovation project provides nature-themed play structures accessible to children of all abilities, ages 2-5 and 5-12. The play area features slides, climbing structures, new swings, a large netted merry-go-round and climbing balls. Improvements to the site also include new bike racks, relocation of the kiosk, a new accessible drinking fountain, and an accessible transfer platform for the sand pit. Through this project, safety has been improved and play area accessibility has been brought into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Funding for this park project is provided by the Seattle Park District. Approved by Seattle voters in 2014, the Seattle Park District provides more than $47 million a year in long-term funding to Seattle Parks and Recreation for maintenance of parklands and facilities, operation of community centers and recreation programs, and development of new neighborhood parks on previously acquired sites.
The old play equipment had to be replaced because of termite damage found more than two years ago after similar damage shut down Lincoln Park South Play Area, where renovations are supposed to finally start next year.
If you have a young reader in the family who’s reading – or has read – the Louisa May Alcott classic “Little Women” (now the subject of a new movie), here’s a chance to talk about it. Next Thursday (January 2nd), local educator Julia Douthwaite Viglione, Ph.D., is leading a “‘Little Women’ Book Discussion Club” for ages 8+ at Paper Boat Booksellers. It’s free; Dr. Viglione explains, “We will engage in spirited and well-focused discussion of “Little Women” … You will read the book before coming, and you will write down your favorite quotes to share during the discussion.” It’s happening 11 am-12:30 pm next Thursday; Paper Boat is at 6040 California SW.
1:06 AM: In case you wondered about the sirens: A Seattle Fire response that started small at Springline (3220 California SW) was briefly upgraded to a “full response,” but moments after the extra units arrived – per the incident log – it was downgraded again and most were dismissed. We’ll follow up later this morning.
9:54 AM: SFD spokesperson Hilton Almond tells WSB it was a kitchen fire, “quickly extinguished.”
Two car-prowl reports tonight in West Seattle Crime Watch, starting with this one from Erin in Upper Fauntleroy:
My car was ‘broken in to’ sometime between the evening of Friday, December 20 and the evening of Wednesday, December 25. They must have a fancy way of getting in to keyless cars because the driver door and trunk were in the closed position but not latched and there was no broken window or anything. Same thing happened to my parents a couple of weeks ago right across the street from me. They stole my prescription sunglasses and prescription regular glasses. Unfortunately, they also stole a teaching curriculum called Crucial Conversations out of my trunk that I forgot was in there. It’s a gray bag with red accents and either says VitalSmarts or Crucial Conversations on the bag… If anyone finds this bag around West Seattle, I would love to get the curriculum back!
And from Sarah:
Car break-in at around 5:30 tonight in the upper lot at Lincoln Park: it was the main parking lot, north end of park … nothing of value in the car. We would love to know if anyone saw it happen, though!
The report on that one has a preliminary tracking number of T19014495.
Meet Alex and Lauren. They’ve just announced they’re opening The Missing Piece – a café, game lounge, and community space – on the northeast corner of 35th/Roxbury. The space has been empty since Northwest Patient Resource Center closed 3+ years ago. Here’s how they announced it:
The epicenter of all hangouts, activities, and games; The Missing Piece is your home away from home. We are a community space that feels warm and inviting, where you can relax with friends and family while enjoying a game and bite to eat. Local craft coffee, tea, beer, and wine are offered along with ample event space, including private rooms available for rent for any activity and occasion.
The Missing Piece is the perfect utility gathering place. Ideal for coffee lovers, evening hangouts, study sessions, quick bites, you name it. The other piece that we’ve yet to elaborate on is that The Missing Piece is for board/ tabletop gamers as well! We offer a variety of board games via our free game library, additionally a vast retail section which is home to a massive assortment of your favorites games and more! Ample areas to play and private by reservation rooms provide the perfect place for casual board gamers or battle-hardened veterans.
Alex used to work at the former Uptown Espresso Gameporium in North Delridge. We met him and Lauren late this afternoon when we went over to check out the future Missing Piece space after a tip from Gina (thank you!). They told us they hope to be open in spring.
Thanks to Sue for the tip! The latest business to move from south Morgan Junction is Be Pilates. The fitness studio announced via its eemail list that it’s moved from 6701 California SW to a space in the mixed-use building Aura at 4435 35th SW. It’s been in south Morgan for 6+ years and expects to reopen in the new space in early January; as shown in our photo, its now-ex-space has FOR RENT signage up. This follows My Three Little Birds‘ (WSB sponsor) move to The Junction and the displacement of several businesses by the townhouse project at California/Frontenac.
If you’re seeing discolored water in Arbor Heights, it’s likely related to an earlier problem: George mentioned it early this afternoon; by the time we checked with Seattle Public Utilities, they said the water was back on. But just now we heard from someone who’s seeing brown water on Marine View Drive. It’ll likely clear after you run it for a while, but just to be sure it’s not a new issue, if you’re seeing it, be sure to report it to 206-386-1800.
Thanks tp Jan Pendergrass for the late-afternoon photo! Here’s a list we would have published much earlier if not for our tech troubles … but the night has just begun:
TAMBOR E CORDAS FT. NADINE WALDMANN: 6-9 pm at Pacific Room (WSB sponsor) on Alki – “World rhythmic music with a Brazilian jazz twist.” No cover. All ages. (2808 Alki SW)
‘GET FIT WEST SEATTLE’ INFO NIGHT: 7 pm at West Seattle Runner (WSB sponsor), learn about the next free training program to get you from couch to half-marathon. (2743 California SW)
SID LAW: “Covering a century of music from the 1920’s to the present,” at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), 7-9 pm. (5612 California SW)
CEPHALOPOD: 9 pm at Parliament Tavern. “Improv funk superstars return to make you groove and move! Charlie Akeley, Thaddeus Turner, Joe Doria, Brad Gibson and special guests.” 21+. (4210 SW Admiral Way)
IT’S ALL IN THE CALENDAR … look ahead here!
3:55 PM: Our apologies that we weren’t able to report this here sooner due to site trouble (we did update in realtime on social media) – an attic fire brought a large response to the 8300 block of Fauntleroy Way, across from Lincoln Park, about an hour ago. It was extinguished quickly. No injuries reported.
6:35 PM: SFD says the fire “was ruled accidental with $20,000 damage to structure.”