West Seattle, Washington
Changes continue at the West Seattle Farmers’ Market. Tomorrow, Master Gardeners return:
WSU Extension Master Gardeners will return to the West Seattle Farmers Market this Sunday, July 11.
We can help identify plants that you have in your garden, and the problems that may trouble them – bring along a photo on your phone or a sample flower or leaf.
And if you are new to gardening, we have lots of ideas to help get you started.
Master Gardener volunteers are trained para-professionals who will provide you with information that is RESEARCH-BASED and focused on environmentally friendly gardening practices.
You can also ask gardening questions via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
More information about the Master Gardener Program can be found here.
Two days after we showed you the mural in progress on the north side of the 35th/Henderson building that’s home to The Birdhouse and other businesses – look at it now! We went by this evening to check it out. None of the painting team – led by designer/artist Katie Todaro of Glam Dusty Studios – was around, so we don’t know how close it is to officially done, but it’s beautiful! WSB commenters noted after our first report that The Birdhouse is selling T-shirts with the mural design, too.
Thanks to Clay Eals for that video from “typewriter poet” Sean Petrie‘s event at the Log House Museum this afternoon (which was on our “West Seattle Saturday” preview list). You have two more chances to catch him in West Seattle tomorrow – 10:30 am-1:30 pm, he’ll be at the West Seattle Farmers’ Market in The Junction, creating typewritten poems, and then at Paper Boat Booksellers (6040 California SW) at 2 pm, typing and promoting his award-winning book “Listen to the Trees: A Poetic Snapshot of West Seattle, Then and Now.”
(Schurman Rock photo courtesy Seattle Parks)
From Diana Palmer:
West Seattle Girl Scouts’ Day Camp, a 60-year tradition at Camp Long, just had a last-minute cancellation to help belay and teach climbing to Girl Scouts at the famous Schurman Rock at Camp Long. July 21, 22, and 27 & 28 between 10:30 am-3 pm, Looking for volunteers or affordable organization to help teach 200 Girl Scouts rock-climbing skills!
If you can help, call Diana at 206-579-4222.
2:15 PM: Big SFD response for what’s described as a fire in a vacant building in the 9400 block of 18th SW. Many of the responding units have been dismissed but five are still on the call; we’re on our way there to find out more.
2:23 PM: “Small exterior fire,” says SFD.
2:38 PM: They believe the fire started with someone cooking at this abandoned house (photo added above), but nobody was there when firefighters arrived; no injuries reported.
12:08 PM: This year, Seattle elects a new mayor – Jenny Durkan decided not to run for re-election. Ballots for the August 3rd primary go out in a few days; you’ll have 15 mayoral candidates to choose from. WSB and the West Seattle Junction Association invited them all to participate in the first and only forum devoted to questions from West Seattleites – most were suggested by WSB readers – and it’s happening now at the Senior Center of West Seattle. You should see the stream embedded above; if anything goes awry, check the WSB YouTube channel or the WSJA Instagram IGTV feed; it’s also being recorded for later viewing.
1:38 PM: Forum’s over; we have removed the stream window above and replaced it with a photo. We will be uploading the recorded video in its entirety later, as well as adding notes. We had one no-show, so nine candidates participated:
Andrew Grant Houston
This, it turns out, was their first in-person forum.
4:16 PM: The lower-res YouTube stream is now archived – pull ahead to 5:40 for the start of the forum:
We’ll have a higher-res version with the story later, but if you don’t want to wait, watch it now!
Three reports in West Seattle Crime Watch:
MAILBOXES BROKEN INTO: From AL:
While walking my dog this morning I noticed that my mailbox on Cloverdale and most mailboxes on the 8400 block of 25th Ave SW were busted open. I’ve reported to SPD non-emergency but thought your readers would like to know.
TENNIS COURT VANDALISM: Players arriving at the Solstice Park tennis courts this morning noticed two nets had been tampered with and another appeared to have been cut down and taken, with only this (lower left) left behind:
It’s been reported to police.
AXE SUSPECT CHARGED: One followup today – a felony charge is now filed against the man accused of swinging an axe at a West Seattle Junction 7-11 employee on the Fourth of July. 29-year-old David D. Ailep Jr. is charged with second-degree assault. The charging documents say that the employee had asked Ailep to leave the store because he was acting aggressively, yelling, and throwing items on the floor. Her shift was almost over; her husband was waiting outside to drive her home, and she went out to tell him she needed to do a few more things. Ailep had just left and confronted her outside the store, the documents say, pulling out the axe and swinging at her; she told police that if she hadn’t backed up to get out of the way, he would have hit her in the head/neck/chest. The employee’s husband subsequently got out of his car and used bear spray on Ailep, who police say then fled; they found him in an alley a block away, lying on the ground, the axe under him. Ailep remains in the King County Jail, bail set at $150,000.
Happy Saturday! Here’s what’s happening:
TRAFFIC ALERTS: Two road-work closures you should know about for today – SW Genesee west of Delridge Way, and westbound SW Alaska west of California. Both are scheduled to last all weekend.
JUNCTION SIDEWALK SALE: Starting at 10 am, it’s day 2 with more than two dozen West Seattle Junction merchants – and some pop-up visitors – offering tables of deals, as previewed here.
THUNDER ROAD GUITARS & OTHER MORGAN JUNCTION SALES: 10 am, Thunder Road Guitars (6400 California SW; WSB sponsor) has its big annual Garage Sale Day with cheap (and even free) items. Also in the sale spirit: Paper Boat Booksellers and West Seattle Coworking a short ways north.
LIVE MUSIC: Marco deCarvalho and friends play Brazilian jazz outdoors at C & P Coffee Company (5612 California SW; WSB sponsor), 10:30 am-noon.
TODAY’S AQUATIC SCHEDULE: Open today – Highland Park spraypark (11 am-8 pm, 1100 SW Cloverdale); Delridge (noon-5:30 pm, 4501 Delridge Way SW) and Lincoln Park (noon-7 pm, 8011 Fauntleroy Way SW) wading pools.
BLOWOUT PLANT SALE: Furry Faces Foundation has some of its fabulous plants left over and is selling them at, well, dirt-cheap prices. 11 am-3 pm. (3809 46th SW)
NEIGHBORHOOD SALES: Don’t forget to check the WSB Community Forums’ Freebies/Deals/Sales section for today’s listings!
LOW TIDE: Just before noon, the tide’s out to -2 feet, and Seattle Aquarium volunteer beach naturalists are at Constellation and Lincoln Parks, 10:30 am-1 pm.
MAYORAL CANDIDATES’ FORUM: Noon at the Senior Center of West Seattle (4217 SW Oregon), WSB and the WS Junction Association present a forum with 10 of the 15 candidates answering West Seattle-focused questions. Livestreamed and limited in-person audience; details are in our calendar listing.
‘LISTEN TO THE TREES’: 1 pm at the Log House Museum (61st/Stevens), the Southwest Seattle Historical Society hosts an in-person reading and signing with Sean Petrie, who will give a short reading from his award-winning book “Listen to the Trees: A Poetic Snapshot of West Seattle, Then & Now.”
SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARK: 7 pm, it’s the GreenStage “Backyard Bard” production of “The Tempest,” at High Point Commons (6400 Sylvan Way SW). Free.
PORT ORCHARD FIREWORKS: Depending on how sound carries, you might hear these fireworks from across the Sound tonight around 10 pm, so we’re mentioning them here.
Are we missing anything? Calendar listings always welcome at email@example.com – thank you!