West Seattle, Washington
9:12 PM: A Seattle Fire “full response” is headed to the 9400 block of 18th SW [map]. More as we get it.
9:15 PM: The first firefighters on scene say it’s a shed fire in a backyard. Avoid 18th/Cambridge, as roads are blocked.
9:22 PM: The response is being downsized, as the fire is apparently confined to the shed, described as 20 x 20. SFD say a downed wire is complicating things, though, so Seattle City Light is responding.
9:32 PM: Shed fire is out, per SFD radio.
The photo and report are from Amy:
West Seattle’s own Kaitlin Skilton competed yesterday (Saturday) in the Ms. Wheelchair Washington competition in Mountlake Terrace. Ms. Wheelchair Washington focuses on education and advocacy. Kaitlin spoke about inclusivity.
Kaitlin won, and was crowned Ms. Wheelchair Washington 2020!
Kaitlin is now eligible for Ms. Wheelchair America, and is planning to compete. It will be held in July in Little Rock, Arkansas.
You can find out more about the Ms. Wheelchair Washington program here,
If you live, work, shop, and/or study in Highland Park, Riverview, and/or South Delridge, Wednesday’s the big night – the next meeting of HPAC, which spans all three of those eastern West Seattle communities. Get updates on big projects including the Highland Park Way/Holden safety improvements; discuss where HPAC’s energy is best focused; and vote on a new logo. See the full plan here. All that and more awaits you if you are at Highland Park Improvement Club (1116 SW Holden) next Wednesday (January 22nd).
Next Saturday (January 25), two local benefits are planned to rally support for Australia’s bushfire victims. One is at Arthur’s in The Admiral District:
As noted when Arthur’s (2311 California SW) opened almost three years ago, the restaurant/bar is named after co-proprietor Rebecca Rice‘s Australian dad. So they have a special tie to the continent. As noted in the graphic above, you can either just drop in Saturday morning/afternoon/evening and part of your tab will be donated, or you can reserve a spot at the wine dinner – specifics on that are here.
The other benefit next Saturday is at LGBTQ+ bars around the metro area, with White Center’s Lumber Yard Bar participating. We published the preview on our partner site White Center Now; starting at 8 pm Saturday, the Lumber Yard and other participating venues will raise money for the Australian Community Disaster Relief Fund.
Weather panic isn’t the only reason to do meal planning in advance. One way to have a fridge/freezer full of ready-to-cook dishes is to visit Dream Dinners (WSB sponsor). The next West Seattle open house is this Tuesday (January 21), 6-7:15 pm – if you’re new to Dream Dinners, it’s a chance to go home with three dinners at a discount. Here’s the announcement:
Happy New Year!
January is a great time to take stock of priorities, like family dinners, healthy mindsets, and great habits. Our mission at Dream Dinners is to make gathering around the family table a cornerstone of daily life. Kick off 2020 with our New Year Open House and enjoy a Homemade, Made Easy new year! New Guests to Dream Dinners can assemble 3 Medium Dinners for $34.99.
Sign up online at dreamdinners.com/main.php?page=session_menu.
If you have any questions call us at 206-938-5999 or email us at email@example.com.
West Seattle Dream Dinners is on the outer east side of Jefferson Square, at 4701 41st SW.
This Thursday (January 23), the proposed Delridge Heights mixed-use building at 8854 Delridge Way SW – a vacant site that previously held a fire-damaged auto shop – goes to the Southwest Design Review Board for the third time. Below (and here), you can see the new “packet” detailing the revised design that board members will review. The meeting includes a public-comment period, so it’s published for your review too.
The plan by Sazei Design Group calls for what the city website summarizes as a “4-story apartment building with 18 small efficiency dwelling units, 14 apartments (32 units total), and office space. Parking for 14 vehicles proposed.” The packet says the “office space” is 1,150 square feet of commercial space that will include “retail.” Here’s our coverage of the previous two reviews – last September and August 2017. Thursday’s meeting is at 6:30 pm at the Senior Center/Sisson Building in The Junction (4217 SW Oregon).
It’s school-fundraiser season and Fairmount Park Elementary invites everyone to its event, this year titled FAL-CON. Not only are you invited – organizers suggest five reasons for community members to buy tickets. Here’s their pitch:
Fairmount Park Elementary is throwing its annual PTA Auction on February 8th and wants YOU to BUY TICKETS!
“But why,” you ask? “I don’t have children in the school to benefit from a PTA fundraiser.”
There are lots of reasons you might want to support a local school! First off, maybe you feel strongly that children in your community should be able to read fluently – studies show that kids who aren’t reading at grade level by third grade will struggle rest of their educational career in processing information. Auction proceeds fund specialist positions and programs not in the school district budget.
Perhaps you like the idea kids learning to process complex emotions and situations appropriately. Having a school counselor on staff (also not funded by district) is key for social/emotional development!
You may be an outdoor enthusiast who loves the idea of kids getting the experience of going to wilderness camp – the annual auction helps make the 5th grade trip to Islandwood affordable and accessible to all students!
It could be you think teachers should not have to spend their own money on supplies for the class – the PTA covers that so they can focus planning lessons rather than stretching dollars. If you know a teacher, you also know how hard they work and that having the right tools makes all the difference.
Or maybe you just like to party! The Fairmount Park Elementary Auction is Comicon themed – named FAL-CON after the Fairmount Park Elementary mascot – the falcon! It will be over-the-top fun. For the price of admission you will get a full belly of delicious food offerings, a complimentary beverage, access to a bunch of elaborate games and movie inspired photo-ops. Plus, there will be great deals on donated items from West Seattle businesses! Often items in the silent and ticket auction go at or below retail value, so you could technically make money by attending and shopping for gift cards you can use all year.
Come to FAL-CON. Dress up, hang out, eat, drink, take a selfie with E.T., but most of all, support educational opportunities for local kids. After all, we all have to live with them once they grow up.
Date: Saturday, February 8th, 2020
Time 5:30 – 9:30 pm
Location: The Hall at Fauntleroy in West Seattle.
Buy Tickets: https://fpepta.schoolauction.net/falcon2020/homepages/show
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Fairly quiet pre-holiday Sunday – here’s a handful of highlights from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:
YOUTH BASKETBALL TRYOUTS: 9 am-11 am at the Seattle Lutheran High School gym, second of three tryout sessions for 7th- and 8th-grade girls and boys interested in new AAU program West Seattle Saints. (4100 SW Genesee)
WEST SEATTLE FARMERS’ MARKET: Produce, cheese, meat, beverages, bread, pasta, soup, and more, in the street in the heart of The Junction, 10 am-2 pm. (California SW between SW Oregon and SW Alaska)
TIME TRAVEL: Explore West Seattle’s history at the Log House Museum on Alki, open noon-4 pm today. (61st/Stevens)
JAMTIME: 1-4 pm at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), old-time, bluegrass, country jam. No cover. All ages. (5612 California SW)
‘THE REVOLUTIONISTS’: 3 pm, first matinée for ArtsWest‘s new production – “a quartet of fierce women — Playwright Olympe de Gouges, assassin Charlotte Corday, former queen Marie Antoinette, and Haitian rebel Marianne Angelle — lose their heads in this irreverent, girl-powered comedy set during the French Revolution’s Reign of Terror.” Check for tickets here. (4711 California SW)
LYLE IN CONCERT: Live at Brace Point Pottery in Arbor Heights, 6-8 pm, “seven-piece art-rock band with a sound that’s difficult to describe and a giant, collective open heart.” (4208 SW 100th)
SUNDAY NIGHT JAZZ: Triangular Jazztet at The Alley, 8 pm. 21+.
SEE IT ALL … by browsing our complete calendar!