West Seattle, Washington
Seattle Police, with a K-9 team, are searching in South Delridge right now after a reported street robbery. The victim told police that a man robbed her at knifepoint, getting away with her purse. This is reported to have happened in the 8800 block of Delridge and the robber is reported to have left the scene northbound in an alley. That’s all we know so far.
If you used the west end of the West Seattle Bridge – technically the Fauntleroy Expressway – before the bridge closed, you know about the “Walking on Logs” sculptures on the slope along the southwestbound lanes. The award-winning sculptor who created “Walking on Logs,” Phillip Levine, has died at 90. Mr. Levine’s obituary, published Friday by The Seattle Times, was called to our attention by West Seattle historian/journalist Clay Eals, who interviewed Mr. Levine by the installation in 2014:
Later that year, we featured that video in coverage of the theft of one of the four sculptures (which to date has never been recovered). “Walking on Logs,” installed in 1996, was one of more than 30 public-art pieces Mr. Levine created. He was a resident of Burien.
Despite pandemic constraints, many West Seattleites have continued to give time and money to build a stronger community. That includes local service clubs like the Rotary Club of West Seattle, which shared this update on recent projects:
It’s been a busy fall for the Rotary Club of West Seattle. Even though we’re continuing to meet virtually due to COVID-19, we’re building in-person relationships together through our Community Service Projects.
Pencil Me In For Kids (PMIFK), in its 26th year, was a huge success again. It is a unique program where West Seattle public grade schools send in requests in June of what they will need for fall. Over $11,000 worth of school supplies purchased by the Rotary Club of West Seattle and items donated by Staples and Fauntleroy Church UCC were distributed in August.
Rotarians picked up several truckloads of supplies from Staples, an amazing partner in this program, and then gathered to sort the supplies by school. The next morning, they used their personal cars and trucks to deliver the supplies to each of the schools. The schools that benefitted this year are Louisa Boren STEM K-8, West Seattle Elementary, Sanislo Elementary, Alki Elementary, and Gatewood Elementary.
Another project for this fall was to gather new and gently used items for Transitional Resources. They are completing construction of 44 new studio apartments for residents here in West Seattle. The Rise at Yancy Street apartments will be home to adults living with serious mental illness as they exit homelessness, hospitalization, or residential-care facilities. The walls are up, and the furniture is in, but it takes much more to make a home feel warm and inviting. The folks moving in have little or nothing in the way of home goods and this may be their first experience living in an apartment of their own. Transitional Resources wants to make sure they have everything the need to succeed and feel secure when they move in.
The members of the Rotary Club of West Seattle chose this as a service project opportunity and purchased or donated items like new bath towels and mats, bed linens and comforters, shower curtains, kitchen items, artwork, and tchotchkes plus puzzles and games for the community room. It was a fun group of volunteers who collected all the items on a Saturday in September at the American Legion for pickup by Darcell Slovek-Walker, CEO of Transitional Resources (and a former West Seattle Rotarian) and her team.
Upcoming service projects include an Adopt-a-Street Cleanup through the City of Seattle program plus yard cleanup projects for local seniors. If you’re interested in helping or learning more about the Rotary Club of West Seattle, go to our website and plan to join us at one of our virtual lunch meetings.
Donations are always welcome in that we use the funding for our service projects locally and around the world. You can donate to the Rotary Club of West Seattle here.
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6:01 PM: Seattle Fire is sending a water-rescue response to Lincoln Park, land and sea. SFD reports it’s for a “male swimming in possible distress.” Updates to come.
6:05 PM: One of the crews on scene reports they’ve located the person “15 yards out, standing in the water.” … And a moment later, they report he’s “walking out of the water,” so they’re downsizing the response.
6:21 PM: We talked to the incident commander on the scene, who confirmed that the person is fine and was just out swimming.
The only West Seattle forum scheduled for the only two City Council seats on the general-election ballot is this Monday, and you’re invited to watch in person or online. The Westside Interfaith Network and the League of Women Voters Seattle-King County are presenting the forum for citywide Positions 8 and 9 on Monday night at Our Lady of Guadalupe‘s Walmesley Center (35th/Myrtle). For Position 8, the candidates are incumbent Teresa Mosqueda (a West Seattle resident) and engineer Ken Wilson; for Position 9, there’s no incumbent because Lorena González is running instead for mayor; the candidates are brewery owner Sara Nelson and community organizer/artist/lawyer Nikkita Oliver. You can suggest topics to the organizers via this survey. If you’re going in person (masks required), doors open at 6:30 Monday; the forum (and livestream), moderated by West Seattle journalist Brian Callanan, starts at 7 pm.
We’re continuing to collect Halloween decorations/show info and will launch the annual WSB Halloween page tomorrow. First, news of a spooky show returning starting tonight:
The doorways of The Radiant Twilight have materialized, and the haunted echoes of Nightfall Orphanage return to West Seattle for the 2021 Halloween season.
Nightfall Orphanage is an Alki neighborhood Halloween garage haunt experience that is dedicated to aiding and promoting local and state charities that support the community and environment. Because scaring is caring!
For October 2021, Nightfall Orphanage Haunted House is accepting non-perishable food and monetary donations for West Seattle Food Bank, and raising funds for Washington’s National Park Fund. Admission is free.
Find out the haunted history & twisted lore of Nightfall (as well as dates, times and information) at NightfallOrphanage.com.
Open: (2130 Alki SW)
Saturday, October 16 (Soft Open)
October 22, 23, 29, 30 & 31st
7 pm – 10 pm
Rain or Shine
– All guests who are of eligible age MUST BE VACCINATED against Covid-19 for the safety of the community, other guests and Nightfall Staff
– Please do not attend if you are experiencing flu- or cold-like symptoms
– All guests MUST WEAR MASKS inside and directly outside the event
– Maintain social distancing, even outside the event
– Hand sanitizer stations have been provided for convenience
– All hanging set dressings, effects and doors have been removed from pathways
Check the website as dates and times are subject to change.
Sponsored by Easy Street Records and Nightfall Imaginarium
Got (or seen) Halloween decorations and/or events? firstname.lastname@example.org – thank you!
Thanks for the tips/pics! What had been the Highstrike Grill at West Seattle Bowl since 2010 is getting a new identity – a “tiki bar” called the Three 9 Lounge (it’s on the corner of 39th and Oregon). Last summer, a reader noticed the space was closed for remodeling, and management told us they were planning a “new concept” but not ready to go public with it. Now, the sign’s up, and the plan is for an October 28th opening.
Before its decade-plus as Highstrike Grill, the space held the Terrace West Chinese Restaurant.
If you have something to say about public safety beyond what the stats show, here’s your annual chance.
Seattle University is administering the 7th annual citywide Seattle Public Safety Survey, which is accessible at publicsafetysurvey.org from through November 30th and is available in Amharic, Arabic, Chinese, English, Korean, Oromo, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog, Tigrinya, and Vietnamese. The purpose of the survey is to solicit feedback on public safety and security concerns from those who live and/or work in Seattle. A report on the survey results will be provided to the Seattle Police Department to help them better understand your neighborhood’s safety and security concerns. More information on the Seattle Public Safety Survey can be found here.
You can see past survey results here.
The weekend has arrived! From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar, here’s what’s happening!
TRANSPORTATION ALERTS: The West Seattle Water Taxi‘s modified 7-days-a-week schedule (no weekend shuttle buses) starts today … Washington State Ferries‘ downsized schedule (including 2 boats for Fauntleroy-Vashon-Southworth) starts today … Road work: 16th/Austin, concrete road-panel replacement in the northbound lanes, 7 am-5 pm … Tree-trimming along southbound West Marginal Way near Puget Way, 7 am-3 pm … Duwamish Longhouse signal/crossing work, also on West Marginal Way, 6:30 am-4 pm … East Marginal Way between Spokane and Atlantic, replacement of missing delineator posts, 6 am-2 pm.
FUNDRAISER BAKE/BOOK SALE: 9 am-1 pm at 3711 42nd SW:
Fall is here and that means it’s the perfect time to stock up on some new reads to get you and your kiddos through the dark days to come. Scouts Akemi and Harper will be selling HUNDREDS of children’s books as well as their famous baked treats this Saturday 10/16 from 9 am-1 pm.
They are trying to raise funds to volunteer and learn about sea turtle conservation with Outward Bound in Costa Rica. They have almost hit their goal and have rallied to squeeze in one last bake (and book) sale before the end of the year. Saturday’s menu will feature fall favorites like pumpkin muffins, coffee cake, apple cider donut muffins, apple-butter snickerdoodles, warm cider, hot coffee, and more! We hope to see you there! Thank you WS!
Cash and Venmo accepted.
WEST SEATTLE SKI SWAP: Get ready for winter at this big annual sale, 10 am-5 pm at VFW Post 2713 (3602 SW Alaska).
ART/HISTORY/PHOTO EXHIBITS: “Spirit Returns 2.0: A Duwamish and Settler Story” continues at the Duwamish Longhouse and Cultural Center (4705 W. Marginal Way SW, 10 am-5 pm) and the Log House Museum (3003 61st SW, noon-4 pm) and for two companion Tom Reese photo exhibits at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center (4408 Delridge Way SW, noon-4 pm).
AT C & P COFFEE, MORNING: Live music with Marco de Carvalho, Hans Teuber, and Jeff Busch, 10:30 am-noon, outdoors. (5612 California SW; WSB sponsor)
FREE WRITERS’ GROUP: 10:30 am, in-person in West Seattle – for location and information, go here.
AT C & P COFFEE, AFTERNOON: More live music qt the coffeehouse with Fairground, 3 pm-5 pm, outdoors.
From the musicians: “Fairground is a local West Seattle band playing original Americana, Soul, Folk Rock and Country music that will have you tapping your feet and leave you smiling.” (5612 California SW; WSB sponsor)
‘RETURN THE LAND’ AUCTION/FUNDRAISER: 4-9 pm at The Heron’s Nest (here’s our report about the project), an outdoor (and livestreamed) event to raise money to buy the land and repatriate it to the Duwamish Tribe. (4818 Puget Way)
OPEN MIC: At The Spot West Seattle (2920 SW Avalon Way), starting at 6 pm.
TRIPLE BILL AT THE SKYLARK: 7 pm doors, 8 pm music – triple bill at The Skylark (3803 Delridge Way SW), with The Lion & The Sloth, Rather Ordinary Dudes, City of Industry. $10 cover.
LIVE MUSIC AT THE BEACH: 8 pm at J&J Public House (2808 Alki SW), live music led by Grammy winner Andrew Gouché. $10 cover.
LIVE MUSIC AT DRUNKY’S: 8 pm tonight, it’s Besty Olson Band at Drunky Two Shoes’ BBQ (98th/16th in White Center) with Moon Palace and guests. $10 cover.
WEST SEATTLE DRAG SHOW: 9 pm at Admiral Pub (2306 California SW), it’s Dolly Madison and The DJ.
Something today/tonight we’re missing? Text us – 206-293-6302 – and if you have a listing for something further into the future, email email@example.com – thank you!
Continuing our coverage of home football games at Nino Cantu Southwest Athletic Complex – West Seattle High School lost a close one Friday night, 11-10, to Ingraham. The game was relatively tepid – and scoreless – until late in the first half, when the Rams got a field goal. Not long thereafter, a fit over a call led Ingraham’s head coach to get ejected. Then the Wildcats got a field goal with :20 to halftime. It was a busy night for #20, sophomore kicker Kalei Scott:
So it was a 3-3 tie at halftime. The WSHS Band put on an impressive show during the break:
Back to the football: The third quarter, like the first quarter, was scoreless. Then things got lively in the final minutes of the game. #6, senior Jaxton Helmstetler, scored the first touchdown at 3:29:
Two minutes later, an Ingraham TD was followed by a 2-point conversion, giving the Rams the edge, 11-10. In the final half-minute, West Seattle got close but couldn’t get the ball in, so they tried a field goal and missed. Their chances, and the clock, ran out, and the Wildcats got the loss. Next Friday at 7:45 pm, they’re scheduled to face Roosevelt at Memorial Stadium downtown.