West Seattle, Washington
That Barred Owl was the most-photographed bird in West Seattle today. Its perch on a blossoming tree was just too photogenic to pass up. We received a few photos in email, and many more via Twitter. The photo above is by Delainey Schroeder, a West Seattle High School ninth-grader; the closer view below was one of four tweeted by Michael Crowe:
The tree was near 44th SW and SW Holgate. Another photo-sender, Alex, reported that nearby Crows were “having fits.” Barred Owls are “fairly common,” according to BirdWeb (at that link, you can hear their call as well as read about them).
ADDED 10:57 PM: Another view, from Jamie Kinney:
When we reported last week on the “driver report card” signs in High Point, SDOT told us that student interns would be out weekly observing, and that crews would update the signage on Fridays. So we went over his evening to see if that happened. Above is the proof – the sign at a marked crosswalk on SW Morgan west of Lanham shows a lower rate of drivers stopping for pedestrians this week, at least out of the 25-driver sample that SDOT said the interns were tasked with observing. (The other sign, further east on Sylvan Way at an unmarked crossing, shows 10 percent both for “last week” and “record.”) SDOT says these will be up for about six weeks as they get going on a two-year safety campaign; they’re scheduled to be used in more than 10 other as-yet-unidentified locations around the city too.
Among the pandemic casualties – the Rotary Club of West Seattle‘s Children’s Holiday Shopping Spree (here’s our coverage from 2019), which brought together hundreds of volunteers and dozens of local students for one joyful morning every December. But local Rotarians were undeterred in their mission of helping kids. Today they gathered to get ready for a new way of achieving part of the mission – getting essentials to students in need via “Spring for Kids.”
Rotarian Kjersti Stroup explains, “We purchased new clothing items for 60 elementary school students in West Seattle and are providing those students with new coats, shirts, shorts, shoes, socks, and underwear, as well as a ‘goodie bag’ with fun toys and items.” This morning, club members gathered at Fauntleroy Church for a sorting party.
Next week, volunteers will deliver the bags to four local elementary schools – Highland Park, Lafayette, Roxhill, and West Seattle. And then this holiday season, the Children’s Shopping Spree might make a comeback – too early to say for sure.
Can you follow in their footsteps? Those cleanup volunteers tackled a stretch of West Marginal Way SW last weekend – and tomorrow, volunteers are invited to a followup cleanup, 10 am-noon Sunday (March 27th). Organizer Erik Bell sent the invitation:
This is the finishing touch to last week’s extraordinary cleanup along W. Marginal Way SW. Although highly successful, we didn’t quite make it to the S-curve between the south end of Həʔapus Village Park and CalPortland cement plant. This stretch still has quite a bit of debris to get through but I believe we can knock it out tomorrow.
Our work will make the Duwamish Trail safer for bicyclists and pedestrians, prevent litter from further polluting adjacent waterways, and make this stretch of road more aesthetically pleasing.
This is a grittier-style roadway clean (adults only.) Vests, gloves, buckets and pickup sticks will be provided. Dress in layers for the weather; the environment includes blackberry bushes and lots of debris from car wrecks and dumped materials. This week’s weather may make some areas very muddy so wear footwear and clothes that you don’t mind getting wet and dirty.
Parking: We’ll meet in the parking lot for Həʔapus Village Park (4500 Duwamish Trail). From there we’ll head south along West Marginal and clean towards CalPortland cement plant, just under 1 mile. We’ll work in groups and will be practicing safety first and foremost — especially those cleaning on the west side of West Marginal, which has no sidewalk or shoulder in most places. The east side has a bike path / sidewalk for more buffer from the road. Come for as little or as much as you’d like…bring a friend.
Please reach out with any questions, concerns or carpooling opportunities. I can be reached at 206-852-9552 or on Messenger.
Thanks for the tips! The aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) passed West Seattle about an hour ago, headed home to Bremerton. As noted here, it headed out seven weeks ago; Josh Farley of the Kitsap Sun reports today on the training that the carrier’s crew has been engaged in.
11:02 AM: Another stolen vehicle to watch for:
The green Honda Civic LX belongs to Angie‘s nephew. She reports via email that it was stolen Friday in Highland Park, near 9th and Roxbury.
4:32 PM: Angie just reported the car’s been found.
As announced here earlier this month, we’re bringing back West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day this year – first one since 2019! It’s now seven weeks away, on Saturday, May 14, 2022. It’s a day for simultaneous sales all around the peninsula; we will open registration on Monday, April 4th, and make a map/guide with locations and listings for all the registered sales. Pre-pandemic, this was an annual event dating back to 2005, on the second Saturday in May. When the original organizers stepped away in 2008, we took it over, reduced the fees, and have kept them the same ever since ($12 individual sale, $20 business/organization/school, $30 block sale of three or more sellers). The map/guide, in clickable/printable formats, will be ready a week in advance. The official WSCGSD hours on May 14th will be 9 am-3 pm as always, but as long as you cover that window, you’re welcome to start earlier and/or end later – you can mention the added hours in your listing in the guide. So watch here on WSB for the announcement and link when registration starts a week from Monday!
The last weekend of March/first full weekend of spring begins:
ROAD-WORK REMINDER: From SDOT: “Saturday and Sunday, we’ll be installing a Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacon on 16th Ave SW and SW Myrtle St to help with pedestrian crossings. We’ll begin this work as early as 7 AM and expect to conclude by 4 PM on both days. We anticipate minimal traffic impacts but people driving should navigate the area with caution.”
WEST SEATTLE LITTLE LEAGUE JAMBOREES: Baseball at Bar-S (6425 SW Admiral Way) 9 am-7 pm, softball at Nino Cantu Southwest Athletic Complex (2801 SW Thistle) 9 am-6 pm – more info in our calendar listing.
BENEFIT BOOK FAIR: Continuing at Paper Boat Booksellers (6040 California SW), mention Louisa Boren STEM K-8 when you make a purchase through tomorrow and they’ll get part of the proceeds.
LIVE MORNING MUSIC AT C & P COFFEE: 10:30 am-noon, Marco de Carvalho and Friends perform at C & P Coffee Company (5612 California SW; WSB sponsor). No cover.
VIETNAMESE CULTURAL CENTER: Open to visitors noon-3 pm, as noted here. (2234 SW Orchard)
WINE TIME: Viscon Cellars‘ (5910 California SW; WSB sponsor) tasting room is open 1-6 pm, for tasting or by-the-glass/by-the-bottle wine.
TASTING TIME: 2-4 pm, taste Catskill, The Most Righteous, Coopers Craft, Jefferson Reserve and Elijah Craig bourbon at West Seattle Liquor and Wine (4714 42nd SW; WSB sponsor) on the outer west street side of Jefferson Square.
OPEN MIC: Go perform at The Spot West Seattle (2920 SW Avalon Way), 6 pm!
LIVE EVENING MUSIC AT C & P COFFEE: 7-9 pm, Guitar Gil performs at C & P Coffee Company (5612 California SW; WSB sponsor). No cover.
IN-STORE AT EASY STREET: Scott Ballew performs at Easy Street (California/Alaska), 7 pm, free/all ages.
THEATER: ArtsWest‘s new play “This Girl Laughs, This Girl Cries, This Girl Does Nothing” continues tonight, 7:30 pm, in the theater at 4711 California SW. Tickets available here.
DRAG SHOW AT ADMIRAL PUB: Tonight’s the night for Dolly Madison‘s show at Admiral Pub (2306 California SW), 9 pm.
Something to add, for today/tonight or beyond? Email firstname.lastname@example.org – thank you!