West Seattle, Washington
By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor
Five years after demolition of the old commercial building at the Morgan Junction Park Addition site, partial development is on the way, the Morgan Community Association was told during its quarterly meeting.
That was one of several topics at the online meeting this past Wednesday night, led by MoCA president Deb Barker.
MORGAN JUNCTION PARK ADDITION: Kelly Goold from Seattle Parks was back with an update. Part of the funding for developing this park site was ‘redirected,” he recapped (as we’ve reported previously). Next year’s city-budget proposal would include $3.5 million toward 14 landbanked parks including this one (and two others in West Seattle), but that’s “not a lot of money.”
Though you’ve probably been hearing/seeing a lot about stormy weather headed this way, note that our area is NOT in the warning zone. The forecast for tomorrow is windy, but not extraordinarily so – biggest effect is more likely to be more of those fall-color leaves coming off the trees. From the National Weather Service, here’s the city forecast:
SUNDAY…Windy. Rain at times in the morning, then rain likely late in the morning. Rain at times in the afternoon. Rainfall amounts a tenth to a quarter of an inch possible. Highs in the 50s to lower 60s. East wind 15 to 25 mph becoming south 15 to 30 mph in the afternoon.
SUNDAY NIGHT…Rain likely in the evening, then mostly cloudy with a chance of rain after midnight. Rainfall amounts less than a tenth of an inch likely. Lows near 50. South wind 10 to 20 mph becoming southeast after midnight. Gusts to 30 mph.
You can check the map here to see what areas of the state ARE under weather alerts.
You can help West Seattle’s past continue being stewarded into the future by supporting the Southwest Seattle Historical Society‘s annual fundraiser. Here’s the announcement:
The Southwest Seattle Historical Society is pleased to announce that this year our annual fundraising auction will be held as a silent auction online from Tuesday, November 2, through Friday, November 5. We will miss seeing you at Salty’s on Alki for the second straight year, but hope that you’ll support the Historical Society’s efforts to be present and engaged as a friend to the community.
We’ve been through a lot together over the last year as friends and neighbors on the Duwamish Peninsula. And what we’ve learned as we’ve leaned on each other is how important it is to create and honor meaningful connections, through our unique stories and our shared history. With that in mind, your support will help us realize our goals of increasing our programming for youth and schools, broadening the range of subjects explored in our exhibits and adult programs, collecting more of your stories to preserve for posterity, and so much more.
Please check the Historical Society’s website HERE for updates, including instructions on how to register for bidding. Bidding opens on November 2!
You can follow that same link for early “Raise the Paddle” donations, which are being accepted now. You can also support SWSHS by visiting the Log House Museum, open noon-4 Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays at 61st/Stevens.
If you’re still making up your mind, with 10 days left to vote, you might be interested in two local online candidate forums, both coming up next Thursday night. 5-6 pm, the Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition is co-presenting a forum with the six people running for three Seattle Port Commission seats; each race is countywide, and has for this election a challenger and incumbent – Norman Sigler and Ryan Calkins (Position 1), Hamdi Mohamed and Stephanie Bowman (Position 3), and Toshiko Hasegawa and Peter Steinbrueck (Position 4). You can register here to get the viewing/listening information. Then at 6:30 pm Thursday, this month’s West Seattle Transportation Coalition meeting will feature a forum with the two West Seattleites who are in the running for King County Executive – State Senator Joe Nguyen and incumbent Executive Dow Constantine. This job has a tremendous influence on local transportation, since King County runs Metro buses and the Water Taxi, and the Executive sits on the Sound Transit board. Watch here for viewing/listening info when it’s available – we’ll have it in the WSB West Seattle Events Calendar as well as that day’s daily preview. (Ready to vote now? Dropboxes are open – here’s the list/map – or send your ballot via USPS, no stamp needed.)
Just three days after our first coyote-sighting report in a long time, we received another one today, from Ann: “I wanted to let you know that my husband was up late last night and spotted a coyote in our yard around midnight. We live in the Fauntlee Hills neighborhood. He did not get a photo but we are not far from the sighting last week.” We’ve long published coyote sightings not as warnings, but as FYIs that we share our peninsula with them – learn about coexisting with coyotes here.
12:14 PM: Thanks for the tip! The signal at ever-busy 16th/Holden is flashing red, and that’s jammed things up in the area, especially eastbound Dumar/Austin.
12:34 PM: Texter says it’s fixed. We published the alert immediately after verifying the problem firsthand, and didn’t see a crew in the area, but we’ll head back to check.
12:59 PM: Verified – normal now.
Though the full West Seattle Monster Dash 5K is “virtual” again this year, the in-person Kids’ Dash/Family Fun Event is happening right now, until 1 pm. We were at the White Center Cooperative Preschool play area (10806 12th Ave SW) for the first of several “dashes” they planned to run today.
This is a chance to show off your costume. Parents too!
There’s a registration fee, which benefits the nonprofit West Seattle Cooperative Preschools, and includes a Monster Dash T-shirt.
Follow the signs to the back of the school and you can’t miss the canopies. Kids can do crafts as well as participate in the dash (five laps around the sport court).
P.S. As noted in our morning preview, there’s still time – through Halloween – to register for the virtual 5K and enter the drawing for a jersey that the Sounders fan in your life would love. (Here’s how.)
The weekend’s here! So is our daily list:
TRAFFIC ALERTS: SDOT plans work early this morning – done “as soon as 8 am” – to install “a small island using paint and white posts near SW Front St in the center turn lane on West Marginal Way SW [map]. We will close one lane in both directions, including the center turn lane, to complete this work.” Later in the morning, they plan to “install missing posts on West Marginal Way S and S Holden St [map]. These posts help limit the number of last-minute lane changes to get into the right turn only lane that people use to drive north over the 1st Ave S Bridge. We will be closing one of the three southbound lanes and will keep the right turn only lane open during this work. We anticipate this work to conclude as early as 12 pm.”
HALLOWEEN DECORATIONS: The list in our West Seattle Halloween Guide keeps growing!
(added) SALTY HALF-MARATHON: We didn’t get advance word of this but just in case you saw the runners and wondered, this is a “small” half-marathon from Don Armeni to Lincoln Park and back, 8:30-11:30 am.
WEST SEATTLE MONSTER DASH FAMILY FUN EVENT/KIDS DASH: 10 am-1 pm, it’s the Monster Dash Kids’ Dash and Family Fun Event, at White Center Co-op Preschool (10806 12th Ave SW). “Join us for a staggered-start dash (for ages 12 and under, beginning roughly every 20 minutes), kids’crafts, and prize drawings. Have a costumed family photo taken by Life as a Voyager Photography in front of our themed backdrop. Your $15 entrance fee at the event includes a 10th anniversary Monster Dash t-shirt.” Monster Dash also reminds you, “Don’t forget, you have until October 31st to enter to win a 2016 Seattle Sounders Jersey signed by Gustav Svensson! To be eligible to win 1.) Donate to or register for the Monster Dash AND 2.) email firstname.lastname@example.org answering the question: ‘What would winning this jersey mean to you or the special Sounders fan in your life?’.”
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).
HOLIDAY BAZAAR: First of the season! 10 am-6 pm at the White Center Eagles‘ HQ (10452 15th SW). All welcome.
HOLY ROSARY SCHOOL ONLINE OPEN HOUSE: 10:30 am-noon. Go here to register and get the link for attending.
AT C & P COFFEE: Live music with Marco de Carvalho, Hans Teuber, and Jeff Busch, 10:30 am-noon, outdoors. (5612 California SW; WSB sponsor)
EXPLORER WEST MIDDLE SCHOOL ONLINE OPEN HOUSE: 11 am-12:30 pm – “Our re-imagined virtual events have been created to offer you an in-depth look at our school, including a teacher panel, current schedule, and curriculum. You will meet our faculty, administration, students, families, and alumni.” Go here to get the link for attending.
LAST CHANCE FOR DOG SWIM: 11 am-1 pm, final session for this year’s “Dog Days” at Arbor Heights Swim and Tennis Club (11003 31st SW), opening the pool to dogs (only) before it’s closed for winter maintenance.
OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE SCHOOL HALLOWEEN CARNIVAL: 4-7 pm, all welcome – info’s in our calendar listing.
OPEN MIC NIGHT: At The Spot West Seattle (2920 SW Avalon Way), 6 pm.
LIVE MUSIC AT THE SKYLARK: Now or Ever, plus Blooming Fire and Russian Blue, 7 pm at The Skylark (3803 Delridge Way SW).
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 Aaron Crawford & Kitty Mae at Drunky Two Shoes’ BBQ (98th/16th in White Center). $10 cover.
WEST SEATTLE DRAG SHOW: 9 pm at Admiral Pub (2306 California SW), see Dolly Madison and The DJ.
Something today/tonight we’re missing? Please text us – 206-293-6302 – and if you have a listing for something coming up another day/night, email email@example.com – thank you!