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WEST SEATTLE BIRDS: 7 views, from sky to sea to tree

Continuing our tradition of publishing bird-photo galleries during Seahawks games when we can … the top photo by Mark McDonald is the “real seahawk,” an Osprey, with prey, over Arroyo Beach. Also in flight, a Brown Pelican – not that common around here – photographed over Alki by Jerry Simmons:

Jerry also caught those perennial rivals, a Bald Eagle and Crow, on the ground:

Mark Wangerin photographed a Pigeon Guillemot seemingly on the run:

Great Blue Herons don’t always look regal, Greg Snyder‘s photo reminds us:

And we go inland for the last two photos – Vlad Oustimovitch photographed fledgling Cooper’s Hawks with lunch:

Yard birds shared a perch in Gill Loring‘s photo – a Northern Flicker (we think) and Steller’s Jay:

Big thanks to everyone who sends photos, from birds to breaking news – – thank you!

VIDEO: ‘Be part of the art’ @ Created Commons, day 2

August 28, 2021 5:41 pm
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5:41 PM: You can make art, join dancers, and/or just watch as Created Commons continues at Westcrest Park (9000 8th SW). Performances continue until 8 tonight, with a DNDA-curated Arts-in-Nature showcase. We’ll add photos and video when we’re back at HQ; if you can’t get here this evening, you have tomorrow, next weekend, and multiple events inbetween!

ADDED 7:24 PM: When we arrived this evening, dancer Noelle Price (above) was performing with electric cellist Gretchen Yanover.

She invited audience members to join her in front of the stage.

Co-emcee Lash (above) observed that their work conveyed “so much love and peace and sisterhood.” She handed the mic to co-emcee Dr. Sinead Younge (see her in our Night 1 coverage), who encouraged everyone to “be part of the art” (including pulling the cord that flaps the wings of the kinetic sculpture Interspecies Communication, made by Created Commons coordinating team Lelavision). Dr. Younge also offered props for Erika Bell from DNDA, Youngstown Cultural Arts Center manager and curator of today’s showcase:

(Erika Bell with DNDA executive director David Bestock)

The performances are telling stories, observed Lash, stories “that are not fictional – they’re real.” She introduced a group whose music and movement told stories of West Africa, Boka Kouyate and the Djeliyah Band:

They explained that the Djeli people were for centuries the ones who communicated between the community and kings, so the latter could more wisely rule.

See the Created Commons schedule here; tomorrow includes not only performances curated by artist/activist dani tirrell but also a panel on health-care access, part of the Created Commons mission to elevate science as well as art. This is all free; a booth is set up if you want to donate to Real Rent Duwamish, in honor of the Indigenous people whose unceded land is where this is taking place.

VIDEO: West Seattle Junction improvements on the way, thanks to city/federal grant

This week, the city announced it’s using federal funds to give grants to help more than two dozen neighborhood business organizations recover from pandemic hardships. Among them, the West Seattle Junction Association, which will receive $100,000. WSJA executive director Lora Radford was among the speakers at the media briefing on Tuesday (11:42 into the video above). She spoke about what it was like to help The Junction’s small independent businesses get through the many months of pandemic uncertainty, and how gratifying it was that West Seattleites chose to support their local businesses. Now with the city/federal grant, Radford promised, “we get to show West Seattleites how we can show up for them.” She tells WSB that plans for the money include lighting modernization, replacing faded banners, hiring extra cleanup help via UpLift Northwest, and presenting a local-maker popup during the holidays. Other recipients – as listed in the announcement – include the West Seattle Chamber of Commerce and South Park Business District.


Thanks for sending the photo! A reader noticed the SS Cape Island passing West Seattle, northbound, this afternoon. We’ve shown it two previous times in the past 12 years; it’s a Tacoma-based Ready Reserve Force ship, 45 years old, 685 feet long, steam-powered. It’s still headed north in Puget Sound right now, passing Whidbey Island per, destination not listed.

WEST SEATTLE WEEKEND SCENE: Boy Scouts’ big benefit sale, with last-hours deal

From skis to toys, camping gear to housewares, the Boy Scout Troop 284 megasale at West Seattle American Legion Post 160 (3618 SW Alaska) still has “lots of great stuff left,” reports Karen, with three hours to go. Even a cedar chest:

And for the final two hours, at 2 pm, you can “fill a grocery sack for $5!” As noted in our daily preview, the sale is to raise money for the troop’s activities. The Scouts are active in community service, too, as we’ve reported in the past (examples here and here).

WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Early-morning gunfire

August 28, 2021 11:34 am
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Police say one person was pistol-whipped and another narrowly missed by gunfire in the 1900 block of Harbor Avenue SW early today. They went to the area after a report of gunfire around 1:20 am; they found a 22-year-old man with a cut to the head. He wouldn’t talk to officers about what had happened but they say witnesses saw him pistol-whipped in a fight with someone who then fired multiple shots as the victim tried to run away. One bullet went through a parked van where a woman was asleep, just missing her. The pistol-whipping victim was taken to the hospital. Police are asking anyone with information to call their tip line at 206-233-5000.

13 ways to enjoy your late-summer West Seattle Saturday

(Sunrise last Wednesday, photographed by Theresa Arbow-O’Connor)

Welcome to the weekend!

TRAFFIC ALERTS: Crews are working at the Highland Park Way/West Marginal Way intersection again today, until 1 pm. Work is also planned at 44th/Edmunds in The Junction.

BENEFIT SALE: More than 50 families have donated items for Boy Scout Troop 284‘s fundraising sale at American Legion Post 160 (3618 SW Alaska), 9 am-4 pm:

Troop 284 was founded more than a century ago. Karen, who sent the photo, says, “Proceeds go directly to the scouts for camp, gear and outings.”

OTHER SALES: Check the WSB Community Forums‘ Freebies, Sales, Trades section for listings of other West Seattle sales today!

BIZ COLLAB: Clementines – the shoe shop formerly in The Junction – is popping up again today at Carmilia’s – the boutique that’s still in The Junction – for a sale! Hours today at 4528 California SW are 11 am-6 pm.

FOOD DRIVE: Admiral Church (4320 SW Hill) is collecting food donations 11 am-3 pm – see our calendar listing for what’s needed most.

PICKLEBALL PARTY: Noon-4 pm, whether you’re an experienced player or novice, you’re invited to go play pickleball at Delridge Community Center (4501 Delridge Way SW), celebrating new nets!

CREATED COMMONS, DAY 2: Noon-8 pm, Created Commons continues at Westcrest Park (9000 8th SW, north of the P-Patch). Today’s spotlight event: DNDA‘s Arts-in-Nature showcase – see the performer lineup here. (Here’s our report from Created Commons’s opening night.)

PIANO RECITAL: 2 pm, Henry Mauser – a classical pianist currently attending Gonzaga University – performs music by Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, and Rachmaninoff at St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church (3050 California SW). Admission is free.

FASHION SHOW: 5 pm Seattle Metropolitan Fashion Week 2021 show at Seattle Chinese Garden (5640 16th SW) still had tickets available when we checked early this morning.

MYSTERY MADE PARTY: 5-9 pm at “West Seattle’s only men’s shop” (4312 SW Oregon), launch party for collaboration with Roark, featuring live mural painting, BBQ, beer.

QUEER & TRANS NIGHT MARKET: Presented by VietQ, 6-9 pm at White Center Heights Park (7th SW/SW 102nd), with more than 40 vendors.

TWELFTH NIGHT AFTER DARK: One night only, “rated R” musical theater with members of Twelfth Night Productions, 7:30 pm at Kenyon Hall (35th/Kenyon). Mask and vaccination proof or negative test results required.

WEST SEATTLE DRAG SHOW WITH DOLLY MADISON: 8 pm at Admiral Pub (2306 California SW), join Dolly and The DJ for a night of fun.

WEST END GIRLS: Drag show at The Skylark (3803 Delridge Way SW), 8 pm (doors at 7), $15 cover, all ages.

Upcoming event? Send us info for a calendar listing – – thank you!