West Seattle, Washington
21st SW just north of SW Myrtle, by Sanislo Elementary [map], was blocked as of a little while ago by a fallen tree, reports Angela, who says her father saw it happen while out walking their dog. She asked who to report it to. If a road is blocked, it’s an emergency, and 911 is appropriate. SDOT also has a 24-hour dispatch at 206-386-1218.
Live, work, shop, and/or play in the Morgan Junction area? Check out what the Morgan Community Association talked about on Wednesday night:
FIGHTING CRIME: Though package-deiivery lockers are a potential solution to porch thefts, Cindi Barker discovered they are in short supply in West Seattle. So they’re asking Amazon for one in the Morgan area, for starters.
MORGAN JUNCTION PARK EXPANSION: A Parks rep for this project will be at the April MoCA meeting. A focus right now is the soil-remediation plan for the site, which should be ready by month’s end.
MORGAN JUNCTION COMMUNITY FESTIVAL: “It’s a go!” This year’s festival is set for June 20, 2020, and MoCA’s looking for volunteers to help make it happen.
WEST SEATTLE ART WALK: Like Admiral, Morgan Junction is joining the WS Art Walk. MoCA’s Tamsen Spengler announced that a coordinator’s been found and they’re signing up businesses to participate, starting in the second quarter.
Middle-school volleyball player in your household? Check this out:
The West Seattle High School Volleyball Teams will be hosting a one-day volleyball camp on February 22nd from 10 am-2 pm in the West Seattle High School gymnasium to help middle schoolers get ready for their upcoming volleyball seasons!
Boys and Girls 6th-8th grade are welcome!! The cost of the camp is $35 (paid at the camp on 2/22) and includes 4 hours of fun learning of volleyball skills and strategies as well as a camp T-shirt. Please email West Seattle Volleyball Coach Abby West at firstname.lastname@example.org by February 10th to reserve your spot!
2:16 PM: More orcas! Kersti Muul tells us two groups of transients are in the area – one off the east side of Vashon Island, one headed up Colvos Passage on the west side. Let us know if you see them!
3:06 PM: Texter says a small group is in view off The Arroyos, still NB.
3:13 PM: More like 10 whales, that texter updates!
3:41 PM: Watchers are now congregating across from Me-Kwa-Mooks.
4:02 PM: From there, using binoculars, we just saw a group of four!
4:26 PM: The viewers have moved north, to the west end of the Alki promenade.
4:43 PM: Photos are coming in! This is from Gary Jones:
5:07 PM: More photos – these next two are from Rick Rasmussen:
And one more from Gary:
6:07 PM: Even more photos! This one is from DerbyPhotography:
Next, from Monica Zaborac:
Thanks to everyone for sharing those sights (as well as updates)! This was the third day in a row with orcas in our area.
Along with what’s on our daily highlights list, here’s another option: You are invited to visit an ongoing art show today – or any day in the next 3 weeks – at Providence Mount St. Vincent. On behalf of The Mount, Cynthia Flash explains:
Many West Seattle residents are familiar with Frances and John Smersh, who own Click! Design That Fits in the West Seattle Junction. Some also know that the couple has been quite forthcoming about Frances’s younger-onset Alzheimer’s, which was diagnosed in 2015 when she was just 48 years old. As the disease has progressed, Frances has continued to ground herself with art. Her pieces, always organic and abstract, have taken on an increasingly gestural quality. She works primarily in acrylic on wood block and continues to experiment with different mediums and techniques.
Because of Frances’s diagnosis, it’s even more poignant that she is able to host a show of her abstract paintings this month at Providence Mount St. Vincent assisted living and nursing home, where she volunteered as an assistant in the art class for several years. Her artwork will be on display through February 15th and the public is invited to stop by to look. The Mount is happy to host a show of a former volunteer who means so much to The Mount community.
The Mount is at 4831 35th SW and you are welcome to stop by to see Frances’s art 7 days a week, any time between 8 am and 8 pm.
Dates are now set for feedback meetings on two more Delridge projects we’ve covered:
7035 DELRIDGE WAY SW: Last month, we noted the plan to replace an almost-century-old house with 9 townhouses and 9 offstreet-parking spaces. It’s in the Early Community Outreach for Design Review process, and a site tour for anyone and everyone interested is set for 10 am next Saturday (February 1st). You also can comment via a form linked at the bottom of this project webpage.
9201 DELRIDGE WAY SW: Last month, the revised proposal for this site had an Early Community Outreach meeting (unattended except for us).
The ex-auto-shop site was once proposed for a self-storage building but zoning changes disallowed that, so now the plan is for a 5-story building with 46 apartments, 3 live-work units, 2,000 square feet of retail space, and about 20 offstreet-parking spaces. It’s now going to the Southwest Design Review Board, with the first of at least two reviews tentatively set for 6:30 pm March 19th (Senior Center/Sisson Building, 4217 SW Oregon).
Happy weekend! Highlights for today/tonight, from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:
BUSHFIRE BENEFITS: Support Australia’s fire-recovery efforts by dining/drinking at Arthur’s in Admiral, 8 am-11 pm – more info here. (2311 California SW) … And tonight at 8 pm, The Lumber Yard Bar in White Center is one of several LGBTQ+ bars in the metro area raising money for the fire-recovery effort via the “Bush Bash.” (9619 16th SW)
TRY BASEBALL WITH SOUTHWEST LITTLE LEAGUE: 10 am-noon at Arbor Heights Elementary:
Come try baseball for FREE or simply get your body back into the swing of baseball! Southwest Little League is hosting a free skills clinic for new and experienced players on January 25 from 10 am-12 pm at the Arbor Heights Elementary gym.
Our coaching staff will be running multiple drill stations covering everything from throwing mechanics, to fielding, to batting. The board of directors will also be on site to answer any questions parents may have about our league. We hope to see you there!
(3701 SW 104th)
OPEN HOUSE @ THE BRIDGE SCHOOL: Cooperative elementary school invites you to come learn about it. 10 am-noon. (10300 28th SW)
OPEN HOUSE @ COMMUNITY SCHOOL OF WEST SEATTLE: 10 am-2 pm, adults-only open house to learn about this preschool. (9450 22nd SW)
OPEN HOUSE! APARTMENTS FOR 55+: Tour the Parkview Apartments at Daystar (WSB sponsor), a new senior-living option, during this noon-3 pm open house. Treats and incentives! (2615 SW Barton)
TALK WITH YOUR SCHOOL BOARD REP: Drop-in community-conversation time with Leslie Harris, who represents West Seattle and South Park on the Seattle Public Schools Board, 3-5 pm at Delridge Library. (5423 Delridge Way SW)
DENISE GLOVER TRIO: 7-9 pm at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), “original Americana music and a few covers.” No cover. All ages. (5612 California SW)
EVEN MORE ... browse the full the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar.