West Seattle, Washington
As with other community groups, the return of in-person events was a topic threaded through the Admiral Neighborhood Association‘s March meeting, held Tuesday night.
ANA is now having hybrid meetings – at Admiral Church but also accessible via Zoom/phone, which is how we attended. Here are the highlighted:
CONCERT SERIES: ANA would like to bring back its popular Summer Concerts at Hiawatha series this year, but there’s one big speed bump – concert coordinator Stephanie Jordan has been told that Hiawatha Community Center and its east lawn, the location going back to the series’ start more than a decade ago, might not be available, due to ongoing work that has closed the center. Seattle Parks won’t know for sure for a few months, which would be last-minute for the series, not conducive to the amount of planning and work that’s required in advance. So possible alternative locations were discussed – maybe Hamilton Viewpoint Park, maybe Lafayette Elementary‘s grounds, maybe a closed street (like Lander south of Lafayette)? None of these have been formally proposed or vetted; this was just brainstorming.
NANTES PARK PARTY: The roadside park honoring Seattle’s sister-city relationship with Nantes, France, will host an overdue 40th-anniversary party next month. (That’s the 40th anniversary of the relationship, not the park, and 2020 was the actual 40th-anniversary year, but of course an in-person celebration wasn’t possible then.) Susan Kegel of the Seattle-Nantes Sister City Association said a “sizable delegation” from Nantes would be visiting in March, so they’re planning a party in the park at 4 pm April 10th. City leaders are expected to attend too, and there’ll be music and refreshments. The pathway in the park isn’t likely to be finished because of the concrete-drivers strike, but art tiles will be set an the park should be in better shape after a March 26th work party to weed it.
SPEAKING OF WORK PARTIES: The ANA is bringing back its quarterly Adopt-A-Street cleanups, details to come.
WEST SEATTLE ART WALK: Reminder that ANA is one of the neighborhood groups sponsoring/hosting segments of the monthly West Seattle Art Walk, which is happening tomorrow night (Thursday, March 10th). ANA’s Joanie Jacobs, who runs West Seattle Grounds (2141 California SW), noted that WSG will be hosting artist Naomi Cox. You can see all this month’s Art Walk venues – and preview many of the artists – via this page on the WSAW website.
SPEAKING OF WEBSITES – you’ll find ANA info, Admiral events, and more, on the group’s new site, connecttoadmiral.org – that’s also where to watch for word of the next meeting.
No big presentations or special guests at this month’s online meeting of the District 1 Community Network, a coalition of advocates from all around West Seattle and South Park. Instead, attendees shared a variety of quick updates and announcements.
WEST SEATTLE BEE FESTIVAL: It will return this year, in May, reported Cindi Barker of the Emergency Communication Hubs, who will be participating with preparedness info, as in the past. May 21st is the date. She also said a preparedness event is in the works for South Park’s Marra Farm in the next few months.
HIGHLAND PARK: Donna Burns reported that the HP Improvement Club is planning an event for June 25th, which will mark one year since the fire that closed the HPIC building – details to come. This month’s meeting of HPAC, meantime, will feature SDOT – that’s set for Wednesday, March 23rd, online.
FAUNTLEROY: Bruce Butterfield from the Fauntleroy Community Association said FCA will bring back its Food Fest annual membership meeting this year, in May.
TALKING WITH THE MAYOR: D1CN administrator Larry Wymer is point person for getting Mayor Bruce Harrell and at-large City Councilmembers Teresa Mosqueda (a West Seattle resident) and Sara Nelson as future guests. Nothing’s finalized. yet.
LANDMARK NOMINATION: Deb Barker, who represents the Morgan Community Association on D1CN but is also a historic-preservation advocate, said the city’s Landmarks Board had voted earlier in the day to nominate the South Park Neighborhood Center as a potential city landmark.
(King County Assessor’s Office photo)
The building at 8201 10th Avenue South is officially known as Former Fire Station 26. Here’s the nomination document. The board will decide at a future meeting whether to designate it as a landmark.
The District 1 Community Network meets on first Wednesdays, 7 pm, online until further notice; next meeting is April 6th.
West Seattle author Elise Hooper‘s new novel “Angels of the Pacific” has just been published, and you can help her celebrate at a launch party this Friday night. Paper Boat Booksellers – where you can buy the book – is hosting the event at Westside Unitarian Universalist Congregation (7141 California SW), starting at 7 pm. From the announcement:
This novel is set in the Philippines and inspired by the extraordinary true stories of World War II’s American Army and Navy nurses famously known as the Angels of Bataan and the unsung contributions of Filipinas of the resistance. It’s a story that transports readers to a remarkable era of hope, bravery, perseverance, and ultimately — victory.
Elise will give a brief talk about behind-the-scenes research and the writing process, take questions from the audience, and sign books. This is a free, kid-friendly public event.
Book sales will be provided on site that evening by Paper Boat Booksellers.
Signed copies also are available at Paper Boat (6040 California SW) and Pegasus Book Exchange (4553 California SW). “Angels of the Pacific” is Hooper’s fourth book; you can read about her and her work here.
Last Thursday, we reported on a broken 27-inch sewer pipe beneath Beach Drive just north of Lowman Beach. It’s a King County pipe, and the Wastewater Treatment Division has just announced plans for repair work later this week:
The parts needed for the pipe repair are scheduled to arrive tomorrow. We expect to begin the repair on Friday, March 11. At the start of work, contractors will close one lane of traffic. Work is currently planned to continue through Sunday. Upon completion of the repair a temporary patch of hot mix asphalt will return the road to an open condition. King County will return to complete the final restoration of the road at a future date.
During the work, one lane will be closed to traffic, so flaggers will be there to direct people through the area. Work windows are 7 am-7 pm weekdays, 9 am-7 pm weekends. As for the leak’s cause, KCWTD spokesperson Marie Fiore tells WSB, “Sand and grit has scoured the 70+/- year old concrete pipe, which wears it away with time and use. The parallel pipe is in good condition, as it experiences less use.” That parallel pipe is where the flow from the leaky one has been redirected until repairs are made.
Today we’re welcoming Darling Sugar as a new WSB sponsor. We invite new sponsors to tell you about themselves – so here’s what Darling Sugar would like you to know:
(L-R: Taja, Vanessa, Emilie, and Sammie)
Welcome to West Seattle’s premier sugaring studio! What in the world is sugaring, you ask? It’s the safest and gentlest method for removing unwanted body hair, from faces to toes and ALL the nooks and crannies in between! We use a simple paste of sugar and water (yes that’s it!) similar to waxing without the burning or damage to sensitive skin. We’ve been providing high quality care to our West Seattle community since 2009 servicing all ages, genders, and body types in our welcoming sugaring suites!
Our sugarists have years of experience at making even the most vulnerable and potentially awkward moments not only comfortable, but downright fun! Don’t believe me, give it a try! If you’re not quite ready for a full Brazilian or bikini area, you can always start with a lower leg, brow design, or full face to learn about the studio, the staff, and the technique of sugaring at Darling Sugar. Still nervous? We’ve seen it all, sugared it all, and truly care about your safety and comfort at all times.
We love what we do and we adore our clients! You can easily schedule your Darling Sugar appointment online or get more information about each service on our website at darlingskincare.com
We thank Darling Sugar 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.
A reader just texted to report arriving home in Seaview to discover the power’s out. Seattle City Light‘s map shows nearly 200 customers out; while the map doesn’t indicate it’s a planned outage, Beach Drive Blog reported receiving a notice about two weeks ago about a scheduled outage in that area today for installation of utility poles.
12:07 PM: The state and county indoor-mask requirements end as of this Saturday, and Seattle Public Schools just announced they’re following suit. As of next week, SPS no longer will require face coverings. From the announcement we just received:
Beginning Monday, March 14, 2022, Seattle Public Schools will shift its masking requirement from mandatory to optional.
This change applies to all SPS students, staff, volunteers, and visitors both indoors and outdoors at any SPS building. In addition, masks will also be optional on school buses.
Through March 13, 2022, the current rule requiring masking on all district property and on school buses remains in place.
The new mask-optional rule aligns with Washington Governor Jay Inslee’s updated statewide health guidance announced two weeks ago. SPS has informed its labor partners, including the Seattle Education Association, of the change.
You can read the full announcement on the SPS website.
1:30 PM: We asked neighboring Highline Public Schools (White Center and other points south of West Seattle about the status of their mask policy. A spokesperson replied that they expect an announcement tomorrow.
2:03 PM: Thanks for the tip. The Seattle Education Association has told its members the district is doing this without the union’s agreement:
You may have received notice from SPS that they are making masks optional starting Monday, March 14. SPS unilaterally implemented this change in masking policy. We are deeply disappointed that SPS has violated our collective agreement to bargain the change. This causes chaos and confusion for staff and families. Bargaining was scheduled to start Friday. More info to follow.
(Photos courtesy Otter on the Rocks)
That’s a look inside Otter on the Rocks (4210 SW Admiral Way), where the remodeling is complete and the new cocktail bar’s doors are about to open. We first reported last July about the plan for the ex-Parliament Tavern space, and now it’s about to open. When we asked proprietor Tanner Jitmongkonkul about the status, he replied with the news that “We will be hosting our grand opening on this coming Friday 3/11/2022 with craft cocktails and house flatbreads.” He told us in July that the cocktails will feature “a lot of house infusions and house syrups”; the flatbreads will be “a much lighter version of pizza with a lot more room for interesting ingredients.”
He says it’s both exciting and nerve-wracking to be on the verge of opening: “We are currently training employees and making small adjustments to our menus.” Hours for starters will be 4 pm-midnight Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, 4 pm-2 am Friday and Saturday, closed on Tuesday. He’s hoping eventually to open earlier on weekends. Events are in the works, too.
Jitmongkonkul, who you might know from bartending at Itto’s Tapas and/or his dessert business Sticky Treats & Sweets, adds, “We are extremely excited to be a part of the Admiral Junction community and hope to be a positive addition to the neighborhood. We hope to see everyone out and about in these coming weeks!”
(Snacking cormorant, photographed by Vincent Marx)
Here’s what’s happening:
OPENING DAY FOR LILY’S SALVADOREAN RESTAURANT: As reported here last night, the new restaurant at 2940 SW Avalon Way planned to open its doors today.
GIRL SCOUT COOKIES: More cookie booths this afternoon/evening in West Seattle – check the lookup for the location/time of one near you.
RECYCLE MADNESS: Noon’s the deadline to get your bracket in for the city contest that we mentioned here last Sunday
34TH DISTRICT DEMOCRATS: 6:30 pm online, with this month’s featured presentation from Harriet Walden of Mothers for Police Accountability. Details, including the registration link, are in our calendar listing.
SKYLARK OPEN MIC: 7:30 pm signups @ West Seattle’s longest-running open mic – no cover to watch. (3803 Delridge Way SW)
Something for our calendar? Email info to firstname.lastname@example.org – thank you!
Last month, we reported on King County Road Services‘ plan to rechannelize 16th SW between 100th and 107th, after a short presentation to the North Highline Unincorporated Area Council. This month, a county rep returned to NHUAC with a more-detailed presentation, including early results of the online survey asking people about two options. Both options would change that stretch of 16th SW to one vehicle-travel lane each way. If you’re interested in the project, we’ve published our coverage of the newest briefing on partner site White Center Now. Also, the survey is still open, so if you haven’t responded, you can go here.
6 AM: Good morning! Welcome to Wednesday, March 9th – the final Wednesday of Pacific Standard Time, with Daylight Saving Time arriving at 2 am Sunday (when we “spring forward” one hour).
Sunny with areas of morning fog, high in the 40s.
BUSES, WATER TAXI, FERRIES TODAY
Metro is on its regular weekday schedule. Watch @kcmetrobus for word of reroutes/cancellations.
Water Taxi‘s on its regular schedule.
Ferries: WSF continues the two-boat schedule for Fauntleroy-Vashon-Southworth. Check here for alerts/updates.
BRIDGES AND DETOUR ROUTES
715th morning without the West Seattle Bridge.
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.)
1st Avenue South Bridge:
South Park Bridge:
West Marginal Way at Highland Park Way:
Highland Park Way/Holden:
The 5-way intersection (Spokane/West Marginal/Delridge/Chelan):
Are movable bridges opening for vessels? Check the @SDOTBridges Twitter feed; 1st Ave. S. Bridge openings are also tweeted by @wsdot_traffic.
All city traffic cams can be seen here; West Seattle and vicinity-relevant cameras are also on this WSB page
Trouble on the roads/paths/water? Text or call us (when you can do so safely) – 206-293-6302.
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