West Seattle, Washington
One month after Junction Hot Yoga announced it would reopen the 4747 California SW studio under new owners, the grand-opening weekend is days away. Here’s the plan:
Yes, the world needs more yoga, and Junction Hot Yoga at 4747 California Ave. is opening its doors Saturday, Sept. 4. Here’s a look!
The beautifully remodeled studio will be hosting an open house and complimentary yoga Sept. 4-5.
Pre registration for these and all classes is highly recommended.
The studio will open with limited capacity so people can social distance. Proof of vaccination status and picture ID are required.
To learn more, register for classes, and purchase Grand Opening Packages (available for purchase thru Sept. 30) www.junctionhotyoga.com.
On Saturday, the studio will have a 9:30 a.m. Ghosh Lineage 26 class. After that, an open house until 5 p.m. On Sunday, they will have a Ghosh Lineage Flow class, an open house from 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m., and a 4:30 p.m. Fusion class and 6 p.m. Yin Yoga class.
The studio that formerly occupied the space closed one year ago.
Until 10 pm, James Stipes is hosting the first of two nights of LumenAwesome at his Alki home, as previewed here earlier this week. It”s part of Art Compass Northwest, a consortium of artists marking what would usually be the “Burning Man” week by bringing art experiences to their neighborhoods.
Among the participating artists, Ron Smith of OctoEyes:
LumenAwesome is open to all ages, masked, no admission charge. The address is in our calendar listing. Note that much of this incorporates flame/light, as the name LumenAwesome suggests, so it’s likely to look even more impressive than it did during our daylight visit in the early going!
ADDED THURSDAY: Thanks to Ron for sending this photo of how the tree looked after dark:
6:15 PM: Thanks to Kersti Muul for the tip: Transient orcas are reported in Elliott Bay, close to the Alki shore, headed westbound (and out of the bay). Let us know if you see them!
7:26 PM: Added photos sent by David Hutchinson from the whales’ pass by Constellation Park.
The King County Fire Chiefs Association announced today that the Stage 2 burn ban has beeb lifted. The announcement explains, “Recent precipitation and cooler weather have allowed wildland fuels to recover moisture, and the local wildland fire danger has reduced to a level where it is safe to resume small recreational fires.” The biggest effect of this in our area means the Alki Beach fire pits are open again; Seattle Parks lists their hours as 4 pm-9:30 pm daily. The Stage 2 burn ban had been in effect since August 13th.
4:07 PM: Michelle says this happened at 1:30 pm today:
Truck stolen from Arbor Heights – (9800 block) 37th Ave SW – from inside our locked gate. It’s a 2001 F350 Ford truck, white. License C82519W
Call 911 if you see it.
5;46 PM: Same goes for this stolen car – the report is from Emily:
Our car was stolen early this morning. It is a red 1990 Miata. It was stolen at 4:53 AM; the person walked north on 46th Ave SW on the west side of the street between Hill and Holgate, walked right to our car and took it within 30 seconds. In North Admiral. License Plate is BZE4444
We’ve mentioned a few times that the Morgan Community Association was hoping to present a scaled-down version of its annual festival on September 11th. Now MoCA has decided to cancel that plan. Here’s the announcement:
The Morgan Community Association (MoCA) has been closely monitoring the situation with COVID-19 and the increase in cases among vaccinated persons. It is with an abundance of caution that we have decided to cancel the ‘mini’ Morgan Junction Community Festival on Sept. 11, 2021. We were looking forward to hosting the Bubbleman and Gary Benson in a reduced-scale festival, but we do not want to risk anyone’s health and wellness given that that Washington state is not done with COVID‐19 or the delta variant.
We hope to be able to host the Morgan Junction Community Festival in June, 2022. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to participate in Festival planning or in the event itself.
Thank you for your understanding.
ORIGINAL WEDNESDAY REPORT: Some of West Seattle’s closed bus stops will reopen starting October 2nd. That’s the date announced today for Metro‘s next twice-yearly “service change,” and as we first reported two months ago, it includes the return of Route 22 through Gatewood and Arbor Heights. (The other route with bagged bus-stop signs, Route 37, will remain “suspended.” The full service-change plan, route by route, is here. Changes on routes serving West Seattle include:
Routes 56 and 57: One Route 56 AM trip, and one Route 57 PM trip will be deleted due to decreased STBD funding. (timetable here)
Route 60 – Several trips will be added to Route 60 to meet increasing demand due to the ongoing closure of the West Seattle Bridge. (timetable here)
Route 120 – Several trips will be added to Route 120 to meet increasing demand due to the ongoing closure of the West Seattle Bridge. (timetable here)
Route 125 – Two AM trips will be deleted due to decreased STBD funding. (timetable here)
Route 131 – Routes 131 and 132 will no longer be connected to Route 26X, which will be deleted. The existing connections with Route 28X will be maintained. To provide continued service through downtown Seattle, trips that are not connected to Route 28X will proceed to and from a new terminal at 3rd Ave and Bell St. (timetable here)
RapidRide C Line – On weekdays, several trips will be added to RapidRide C Line to meet increasing demand due to the ongoing closure of the West Seattle Bridge. On Saturday and Sunday, several trips will be deleted due to decreased STBD funding. (timetable here)
(STBD is the Seattle Transportation Benefit District, voter-approved funding that the city pays Metro for extra service.) The Metro overview also mentions deleted trips on Route 21 but it’s not on the service-change page, so we’re following up on that, as well as asking if a Route 22 timetable is available.
ADDED FRIDAY: First, here are the Route 21 changes:
We are planning to operate 12 fewer Route 21 Saturday trips starting Oct. 2 as we adjust service levels for STBD. That means instead of 104 trips on Saturdays, we will operate 92.
Also from Metro spokesperson Jeff Switzer, here’s the Route 22 timetable for its return – with weekday service – this fall. And note that as discussed in comments, Route 113 is returning too.
Youth sports are back this year and one local organization is advertising on WSB to get the word out about its upcoming tryouts and season. New sponsors get the opportunity to tell you what they do – here’s what the West Seattle Reign wants you to know:
We are a small but mighty organization of passionate athletes and youth advocates. We work hard to provide a great athletic experience as well as creating a well-rounded athlete on and off the court. Our participants love the focus on fundamentals and individual as well as team growth. We often get feedback that they are happy that we are able and willing to provide a comfortable, flexible, and safe environment for their youth athletes to play volleyball and basketball in this time of uncertainty.
The West Seattle Reign is currently recruiting for 5-6th grade, 7-8th grade, and 16U boys’ and girls’ competitive basketball teams. Tryouts for 5th-8th grade are September 8th and 10th from 6-7:30 pm and tryouts for 16U are September 8th and 10th from 7:30-9 pm – both are at Westside School in Arbor Heights.
The Reign is also NOW registering athletes for our volleyball co-ed skills academy sessions. The sessions will run from September 6th through October 16, with outdoor practices at the Alki Beach volleyball area and indoor practices at the Salvation Army Center on 16th SW.
Outdoor practices for 10-12U will be Tuesdays 4:30-5:30 pm and Wednesdays 3:30-4:30 pm with the 3-18U group on Wednesdays, 4:30-5:30 pm and Thursdays 4:30-5:30 pm. Indoors, the 10-12U and 13-18U are Saturdays 4-6 pm.
You can find more information on our website – westseattlereign.com, or call 206-717-3885.
We thank West Seattle Reign for sponsoring independent, community-collaborative neighborhood news via WSB; find our current sponsor team listed in directory format here, and find info on joining the team by going here.
Here’s our breaking-news-delayed preview list for the rest of today/tonight:
DISTRICT 1 COMMUNITY NETWORK: 7 pm online, this coalition of community advocates from West Seattle and White Center has its monthly meeting. Public safety, community service, and transportation topics are on the agenda, as previewed here. All are welcome – connection information is nour calendar listing.
LUMENAWESOME: Walk-through art display/experience, 7-10 pm tonight and tomorrow, as previewed here. All welcome. Free. (3426 59th SW)
OPEN MIC: Starting with 7:30 pm signups at The Skylark (3803 Delridge Way SW).
(Added: Video by Rob Jacobs, just before firefighters arrived)
FIRST REPORT, 8:44 AM: Thanks for the tips. There’s a big fire in White Center – the fire-response log says it’s a 2-alarm commercial fire near 17th SW and SW 98th [map]. Homes are being evacuated west of there. We’re on our way to find out more; avoid that area.
8:55 AM: We’re on scene. This is the long-vacant commercial building between the Gerber auto shop and dental office.
9:10 AM: No reports of injuries so far.
9:21 AM: We talked to firefighters at the scene, Most of this is “knocked down” but there’s one hot spot in debris inside the building that’s still smoldering, so that’s where their attention is now. They confirm no one is hurt. Meantime, checking property records, the exact address for the building is 9811 17th SW.
9:39 AM: The building’s past incarnations include Atlas Electric and the White Center News newspaper; it was listed for sale last year and sold early this year.
10:05 AM: Thanks to the readers who note this building also caught fire two years ago; we covered that on our partner site White Center Now – the 2019 fire was ruled arson, We’ll be checking back at today’s scene in a bit.
11 AM: Just back from there. Still smoldering; streets still blocked. The Gerber auto shop next door is closed while they assess potential damage, as the north end of their building is adjacent to the one that burned.
6:07 AM: Good morning! Might see the 70s today – Tuesday’s high was 67, nine degrees below normal for this time of year.
BACK TO SCHOOL
This is the big day. Those returning to school include 1st-12th graders in Seattle Public Schools. School buses, school-zone flashing beacons, and speed cameras are all in operation as of this morning. Also note that while SPS will continue early Wednesday dismissal this year, that does NOT apply today.
Spokane Street Viaduct – The “deck scan” starts today, 8 am-5 pm, with lane reductions and rolling slowdowns. It’s expected to continue tomorrow and possibly into Friday.
26th SW & beyond – Northbound 26th SW closure continues between Roxbury and Barton.
Delridge project – No side street closures this week but work continues on curbs, sidewalks, landscaping, more.
For ferries and water taxis, regular schedule. Watch @wsferries for updates.
BRIDGES AND DETOUR ROUTES
527th morning without the West Seattle Bridge. Here are views of other bridges and routes:
Low Bridge: Automated enforcement cameras remain in use; restrictions are in effect 5 am-9 pm daily – except weekends; the bridge is open to all until 8 am Saturday and Sunday mornings. (Access applications are available here for some categories of drivers.)
West Marginal Way at Highland Park Way:
Highland Park Way/Holden – No camera for a few weeks (explained here)
The 5-way intersection (Spokane/West Marginal/Delridge/Chelan):
The 1st Avenue South Bridge (map):
For the South Park Bridge (map), here’s the nearest camera:
Trouble on the streets/paths/bridges/water? Please let us know – text (but not if you’re driving!) 206-293-6302.