West Seattle, Washington
By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor
LOW BRIDGE PROBLEM POSTMORTEM: The recent trouble forced SDOT to do pump work that was already on the schedule for just days after the breakdown, noted bridge-program director Heather Marx. She also said the pump problem affected maritime traffic much more than vehicle traffic, delaying barges with cargo including perishable groceries for Southeast Alaska. So they expedited to November 4-5 a pump replacement that originally had been scheduled for November 9th. They also discovered “a filter had broken” and that added extra work – 16 barrels of hydraulic fluid had to be drained and replaced. There’s one more project ahead, a cylinder replacement planned December 10th-13th:
There’s no impact expected to vehicle traffic but openings for marine traffic will be restricted. Meantime, separate from all this, the controls upgrade for the low bridge is currently set for mid-2022, after the high bridge reopens.
LOW BRIDGE ACCESS: SDOT’s Maureen Sheehan led these updates. Here’s how access is going:
Two reader reports in West Seattle Crime Watch:
GAS THEFT IN ARBOR HEIGHTS: Bill reports, “Our son’s truck had its gas tank drilled last night. We’re right on 35 Ave SW at 110th, this was before 11:00 p.m., under a street light, at a bus stop.”
BROKEN WINDOWS: We haven’t heard directly from anyone affected by this, but Nate reports the sightings:
“On our walk from Fauntleroy to the Junction, we’ve seen four Audi Q5 and Q3s with broken front windows. It was super weird that three of them were the same car. One in Fauntleroy, two in Seaview and one in Gatewood. One poor guy had walked out and discovered it just as we were walking by.”
We’re continuing to spotlight school fundraisers when we get information about them – several more have come in, starting with this list of 8 from the Lafayette Elementary PTA:
Here are several ways to support Lafayette PTA through the end of 2021. The PTA is raising funds to pay for reading tutors, eBook subscriptions for every student, and more. Thank you for your support!
Shoe Drive Fundraiser: Date extended until mid-January 2022: The PTA has partnered with Funds2Orgs to raise money for the PTA and repurpose shoes by sending them to developing countries around the world. Please drop off your gently used shoes at West Seattle Runner at 2743 California Ave SW. Our goal is to collect at least 2500 pairs of shoes. Please email email@example.com with any questions.
Paper Boat Booksellers Book Fair: 11/16/2021 – 11/21/2021, 6040 California Ave SW; please mention Lafayette PTA to the cashier and a portion of sales will be given back to Lafayette PTA.
The Good Society Dine-Out: 12/12/2021 – 3:00 pm to 10:00 pm – 2701 California Ave SW (please mention Lafayette to your server); this is a recurring event on the second Tuesday of each month.
Bellevue Ice Rink Fundraiser: 11/19/2021 – 1/9/2022, Mention “Lafayette” when you check in with admission staff and a $3 donation will be made to Lafayette PTA for each paid ticket during the 2021-2022 season. Visit www.bellevueicerink.com to purchase tickets online, check pricing and special events.
Krispy Kreme Digital Dozens, now – 11/15/2021 (5 pm): purchase a digital dozen for $10 using this unique link to redeem at any Krispy Kreme location; digital dozens will be emailed to you at the end of the sale. OR pick up a dozen at Lafayette on November 19th. Either option, order here.
Scholastic Book Fair, through 11/21/2021: All orders are shipped directly to your home; free shipping or orders of at least $25 (books only). Please use this unique link to shop
Boon Supply, now-12/31/2021: Beautiful items that are good for you, good for the planet, and good for Lafayette PTA! Lafayette PTA earns 40% of sales when you use this unique link to shop.
Minted, now-12/31/2021: Please check out Minted for gifts and holiday cards. Lafayette PTA earns 15% of sales and you receive 20% off your order when you use promo code FUNDRAISELAFAYETTE at www.minted.com.
Less than two weeks until Thanksgiving, so we’re working on this year’s WSB West Seattle Holiday Guide. If you haven’t already sent information on your holiday-season event, donation drive, fundraiser, performance, special hours, holiday food orders/kits … now’s the time to get that info to tens of thousands of your neighbors. Whatever you want the community to know, firstname.lastname@example.org is the best way to reach us so we can get it into the guide (and if time/date-specific, into our year-round calendar too) – thank you!
1:50 PM: We don’t know when this happened – nor did the person who texted us about it – but a big tree is down in the Delridge Community Center park, and it’s a reminder that another deluge is on the way, according to forecasters. The National Weather Service says another inch of rain is possible tonight, and up to three inches Monday. Tonight through Sunday night, wind gusting up to 30 mph is possible too. If you’re in a slide-prone zone, a Special Weather Statement about slide risk remains in effect, too. So far this month, we’ve had more than five inches of rain, double what’s considered normal.
4 PM: Thanks to the nearby resident who texted to say it fell either Thursday night or Friday morning – they saw Parks workers taping it off on Friday.
From bundled bears (above) to kitchen bunnies (below), the Arrowhead Gardens Holiday Craft Bazaar is brimming eith gift possibilities.
Holiday decorations too, including mini-sequined trees:
More than 20 vendors are selling items, including preserves and baked goods, in the administration building on the east side of the complex.
They’re welcoming shoppers and browsers until 3 pm. Some of the items are recycled, too, if you’re looking for a low-waste holiday, like gift boxes made out of reused photo cards. They’re also raising money for the residents’ annual sock donations to people in need. While Arrowhead Gardens’ official address is 9200 2nd SW, you can enter either off Olson or Myers [map], lots of parking.
Award-winning West Seattle author Cat Rambo is about to publish another book. Tuesday is the official launch date for “You Sexy Thing.” Rambo summarizes it as “the story of a band of former mercenaries who’ve opened a restaurant on a space station and are doing well, so well a critic may be about to bestow a coveted Nikkelin Orb on the restaurant. But then a mysterious package arrives, things start exploding, and they have to steal a ship to escape. But that ship’s intelligent, and it’s not so sure it wants to be stolen.” The author also notes, “It’s not my first published novel, but it’s my first one with a major publisher, Tor Macmillan.” Rambo has five online appearances in six days next week to publicize and talk about the book. starting Monday night, and including a Tuesday night “virtual reading” – they’re all listed and linked here. Rambo’s accomplishments include receiving the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America‘s prestigious Nebula Award last year and serving two terms as that organization’s president.
Good morning! Welcome to the weekend.
ROAD-WORK ALERTS: In West Seattle, SDOT says, “On 9th Ave SW & SW Portland St and 16th Ave SW & SW Holly St, our crews will be constructing speed humps on Saturday and Sunday from 7 AM to 3 PM.” … Also of note if you’re traveling along the downtown waterfront this weekend, also from SDOT: “Alaskan Way reduced to one lane in each direction between S. King St. and Columbia St. Traffic will shift to new lanes on Monday.”
CATS/KITTENS ADOPTION EVENT: Not in West Seattle but not far, and a West Seattle volunteer wanted you to know – Red Waggin’ Rescue has a meet-and-greet with adoptable cats and kittens at Dellino Law Group (6363 7th Ave South, #222), 10 am-1 pm.
ARROWHEAD GARDENS HOLIDAY CRAFT BAZAAR: 10 am-3 pm, come shop an amazing array of items handcrafted by the residents of Arrowhead Gardens – more than 20 vendors. (9200 2nd SW)
WRITING GROUP: 10:30 am at a West Seattle home – registration info in our calendar listing.
SOUTH DELRIDGE FARMERS’ MARKET: 11 am-3 pm, last one of the year. (9421 18th SW)
VACCINE POP-UP: 11 am-2:30 pm at the SDFM, 12+ (including those who need boosters) are welcome to walk up and get vaccinated.
WINE! Viscon Cellars‘ tasting room is open 1-6 pm at 5910 California SW for tasting, sipping, and/or bottle purchases.
OUNCES TURNS FIVE: 5th anniversary celebration at Ounces (3809 Delridge Way SW), 2-9 pm with a toast at 5.
DELRIDGE GROCERY COOPERATIVE ANNUAL MEETING: 3 pm online, find out what’s ahead for Delridge Grocery Cooperative – our calendar listing has info on the meeting and on how to get the viewing/participation link.
AT THE SKYLARK: James Carr Band headlines tonight’s slate at The Skylark (3803 Delridge Way SW), doors at 8, music at 9, 21+.
DRAG SHOW: West Seattle Drag Show with Dolly Madison, 9 pm at Admiral Pub (2306 California SW).
Are we missing something for today/tonight? Text 206-293-6302 – thank you!