West Seattle, Washington
Last August, we reported on the crew of the West Seattle Water Taxi spotting and rescuing two people from an overturned sailboat.
(August 2021 through-a-telescope photo sent by Rodney)
Later that month, three M/V Doc Maynard crew members involved in the rescue were honored by King County leaders. And now, they’ve received national recognition. The county has announced that Capt. Brad Johnson and deckhands GW Rogers and Jay White received the Passenger Vessel Association’s Capt. Elizabeth Gedney Passenger Vessel Safety Award. The PVA explains the award’s purpose in part:
Every year, PVA members are involved in real-life man-overboard and other life-saving situations. It is these types of events that need to be recognized because we understand the safety training that PVA vessel operators have can make the difference between life and death, and they do it efficiently and effectively.
The announcement says Captain Johnson and Marine Division Director Paul Brodeur accepted the award during the Passenger Vessel Association’s annual meeting in Kentucky.
Still time to go out and meet artists during the March West Seattle Art Walk!
That’s Naomi Cox, who’s featured tonight – and all month – at West Seattle Grounds (2141 California SW), where you’ll find her until 8 tonight. She describes the work she’s showing as “using primarily watercolor and pen—loose and full of color. This show is a collection of some of my favorites—from walks, on drives, in the kitchen, and around Seattle—created as a set of art prints. I love it when my paintings brighten someone’s day, show a different perspective, invite a conversation, and help people connect to each other and their surroundings.”
Always a highlight on Art Walk night is Fogue Gallery (4130 California SW; WSB sponsor), with a variety of ongoing displays. Tonight’s featured artist is RobRoy Chalmers:
Also in The Junction, we recommend a stop at Doll Parts Collective (4448 California SW) – we got there too early to photograph featured artist Katharina Pritzl – but her work is fun to see, as is some of the quirky shop’s merchandise.
See the full venue list plus a multitude of artist previews on the Art Walk website, and look for Art Walk flags/banners outside participating venues; the three receptions we’ve mentioned above are all scheduled until 8 tonight.
Another big event is returning this year: Fauntleroy Church‘s Recycle Roundup. We got the announcement today; it’s scheduled for 9 am-3 pm Sunday, April 24th. Here’s what the church’s partner 1 Green Planet will be accepting for free drive-up/ride-up/walk-up recycling:
You can also see the list here. The Recycle Roundup was happening twice a year, spring and fall, until the pandemic; it skipped 2020 and happened just once last year.
P.S. If you have electronic and other non-curbside recyclables you would like to get rid of before then, check out the March 19th Reuse/Recycle event we’ve been previewing, co-presented by the West Seattle Junction Association and Chamber of Commerce.
In three months, the Chief Sealth International High School Class of 2022 will graduate, as will their counterparts elsewhere, after spending more than half their time in high school living through a pandemic. The CSIHS senior class will be allowed to have a Senior Prom but needs some assistance because the pandemic has constrained their fundraising opportunities. Joselyn Panganiban, a CSIHS Senior Class ASB officer, emailed us to ask for community support. The seniors have worked hard to trim costs – for example, while Seattle Center is offering schools a reduced rate for prom space, she says, that’s still $2,000 – half their budget – so they’re cutting venue costs for starters:
Due to our current circumstances concerning finances, we at Chief Sealth High School have decided to hold prom on school grounds. While we no longer have to pay the $2,000+ fee or other costs that a venue would have required, there are still many obstacles that we are currently trying to overcome in planning a prom during a pandemic. Our ASB officers have been trying to find various ways to fundraise from selling merchandise, seasonal gift packages, creating direct donation links. and more. While we are beyond grateful for the opportunity to even have a Prom, this does not change the fact that we have lost years worth of fundraising to have the Prom that we at Chief Sealth had imagined.
The prom is set for June 4th. They also plan to welcome Sealth alumni from the Classes of 2020 and 2021 who want to attend since they didn’t get to have proms. If you’d like to contribute, here’s how.
Thanks to Garrett for sending the photo! The Military Sealift Command ship USNS Washington Chambers (T-AKE 11) passed West Seattle, northbound, this morning. This U.S. Navy post about a training exercise last year describes it as a “dry-cargo/ammunition ship.” As of this January USNI News report, it was part of the carrier USS Carl Vinson‘s strike group. We last mentioned this ship three years ago; MarineTraffic.com shows it entering the Strait of Juan de Fuca right now, after leaving Manchester this morning.
Tonight, you can enjoy art as well as food/drink specials during the monthly West Seattle Art Walk!
Every second Thursday, dozens of venues from North Admiral to South Delridge join in – some with artist receptions, too. You can preview many of the artists – and see the varying hours (5-8 pm is the most common event window, but some start much earlier) by going here.
Here’s what else is happening tonight:
BEST OF HANDS ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION: Best of Hands Barrelhouse (7500 35th SW) is celebrating its third anniversary this week. Through Thursday, “we’ll be discounting 16oz cans of Luxury Standard IPA to $3/can when taken to go or enjoyed in house!” They’re also releasing new brews – tonight, “draft of a brand new oak aged sour ale – Trimmed & Burning, Oak Aged Sour Ale W/ Peaches, Ginger, & Yarrow.” Hours tonight are 3-9 pm.
‘THE SHYVERS MULTIPHONE STORY’: This book by West Seattle-based entrepreneur and historic-preservation advocate John Bennett “recounts the fascinating history of a little-known precursor to the jukebox,” and you can see/hear Bennett talk about it with local journalist/author/historian Clay Eals online tonight at 6 pm. Register here to get info on how to attend.
LINE-DANCING CLASSES: You can drop in and dance at 6:15 pm, Fauntleroy Schoolhouse (9131 California SW) with Silver Sweet Soul – more info in our calendar listing.
BOARD GAME NIGHT: Come try something new at Meeples Games (3727 California SW), 6:30-10 pm.
C&P OPEN MIC: Your chance to croon or play is back at C&P Coffee (5612 California SW; WSB sponsor), 7 pm.
Have an event to list on our calendar? We’re adding more daily – email email@example.com – thank you!
Kate reports a stolen van that is easily recognizable:
10:10 AM: Our 1986 Volkswagen Vanagon was stolen sometime overnight or early in the morning March 10. It was parked on SW Trenton between 10th & 11th, across the street from Highland Park Elementary. License plate 674-YLE (WA). It’s pretty distinctive — brown and gold, hard top “Get Away” camper conversion — so we’re hoping someone might recognize it.
Call 911 if you see it.
1:59 PM: Found a bit further east by a WSB reader, and back with its owners!
Young singer in the household? You have until tomorrow to sign up for Endolyne Children’s Choir in time for the spring session. Here’s the reminder sent by ECC:
Registration for Endolyne Children’s Choir’s spring session is now open. We invite children in grades K-12 to join us for our spring session, featuring “Broadway Favorites.” We have a ton of fantastic music, choreography, and fun planned for our singers! Click here to register. Registration ends on Friday, March 11th.
Spring session dates: March 15-June 7, with a concert and celebration on June 12
Rehearsal location: Parish Hall at St. John the Baptist Church: 3050 California Ave SW.
Debut: 4:30-5:30 (for all singers in grades K-2)
Encore: 5:45-6:45 (for all singers in grades 3-5, and new ECC choristers in grade 6)
Advanced Ensemble: 7:00 – 8:30 (returning ECC choristers in grade 6, and all singers in grades 7-12)
Tuition: We offer 5 tiers of tuition pricing, from full tuition to full scholarship. You will select your tuition option when registering.
Safety: We will continue to follow our successful Covid Safety Plan.
Our staff and volunteers are fully vaccinated.
Our rehearsal space is large and well-ventilated.
All singers must provide proof of Covid vaccination.
Singers will maintain a minimum 6 feet of distance when singing.
Singers must wear medical-grade 3-layer masks at all times (we always have masks available at rehearsal.)
Please forward this on to friends who might be interested. We are happy to welcome new singers at any choir level.
On behalf of all of us at ECC, we look forward to seeing you on March 15.
6:03 AM: Good morning! Welcome to Thursday, March 10th – the final Wednesday of Pacific Standard Time, with Daylight Saving Time beginning at 2 am Sunday (when we “spring forward” an hour).
Another sunny forecast, with some morning fog, high in the 40s.
ROAD WORK TOMORROW
As announced yesterday, work is expected to start Friday, continuing into the weekend, to repair the leaky sewer line beneath Beach Drive north of Lowman Beach – a flagger will help traffic alternate through the area.
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
716th 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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