West Seattle, Washington
Thanks to Nick for that video of a fire that briefly sent smoke and flames high into the sky near 2nd SW and Highland Park SW [map], just southwest of the 1st Avenue South Bridge. It was at first logged as a “rubbish fire” but the first engine on scene saw that it was more than that, including trees, so they sent more units. Firefighters are still on scene and have most recently told dispatch to reclassify it as an “encampment fire.” No one is reported to be hurt.
If SDOT sticks with the originally announced schedule, this could be the last update on the so-called “driver report card” signs in High Point, installed in hopes of raising awareness of the need to stop for pedestrians at intersections, whether they have marked crosswalks or not. Above, the 34th/Morgan marked crosswalk had a 26 percent stop rate in this week’s check, down 1 percent from last week. The unmarked crossing on Sylvan Way was up one percent:
We’ll be checking on Monday to see if the signs will indeed be moved elsewhere after this week. The original announcement suggested Rainier Beach would be next.
Volunteers of all ages started the weekend with Earth Day cleanups at various West Seattle sites. We stopped by one of them, Highland Park Elementary, where the HPE PTA has a lot going on. Volunteers are also working on a new Little Free Library at 11th/Cloverdale:
And they’re getting ready for a community playground-building day at HPE in July:
But first – a “give what you can, take what you need” rummage sale is planned next Saturday (April 30th), 10 am-2 pm. Not only are you invited to come shop at the sale, you’re also invited to donate if you have good-condition items you don’t need. Dropoffs will be accepted 9-10 am that day; here’s what they’re looking for. At the sale, everything will be offered free – monetary donations accepted.
One last reminder – tomorrow’s the day to bring recyclables to Fauntleroy Church (9140 California SW) for its next Recycle Roundup, a free dropoff event. 1 Green Planet is scheduled to be there 9 am-3 pm Sunday, so no need to get there early, but organizers ask that you not wait until the last minute, either. Here’s the list of what they’re accepting (and NOT accepting) this time.
Big birthday for the home of West Seattle’s history – 25 years for the Southwest Seattle Historical Society‘s Log House Museum. Registration is now open for the celebration that’s coming up at 6 pm Friday, June 3rd – here’s the announcement:
Register today for Bridging Our Communities Together: Celebrating 25 Years of the Log House Museum at Salty’s on Alki. We can’t wait to see you in person and celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Log House Museum. Join us for an evening reception, silent auction, and a chance to see three brand new exhibits exploring the history of West Seattle, White Center, and South Park.
Through the last two years, we have focused on collecting and sharing the individual stories of our history through email, through our website, and through Zoom. Now, we are so excited to welcome you back to the Log House Museum and explore our collective history and connections in person. Your support will help us create new programming for schools and families, create bigger, better, and more exciting exhibits than ever before, collect and preserve your stories, and so much more.
Bidding on auction items opens on May 31 and closes on June 3.
Register HERE today and be sure to follow the instructions below. Register today and save – early bird registration closes May 12!
If you registered for last year’s auction, you can utilize the same login information.
If you are registering for the first time click on “Create Account” at the top of the page to register for your Personal Link, which will allow you to bid on auction items. You will need to set up a login which you can use to access the auction items.
The Log House Museum is open again for drop-in visits, noon-4 pm Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, at 61st/Stevens.
The West Seattle High School Wildcats had reason to jump for joy after last night’s 7-0 home victory over Bishop Blanchet at Nino Cantu Southwest Athletic Complex. They are now 17-1 and leading the Metro League. Last night’s win was a complete-game shutout by #13, junior Miles Gosztola, with 11 strikeouts, only allowing two hits.
He and Blanchet’s Casey Sabiers had a pitching duel going until the 4th inning.
That’s when WSHS’s offense broke loose with four runs, driven in by senior Jaxton Helmstetler, junior Jake Lockwood, and sophomore Tristan Buehring. Head coach Dylan Mclauchlin‘s Wildcats scored 3 more runs in the sixth. Tuesday night at 7, they take on crosstown competitors Chief Sealth International HS (9-7), 7 pm at NCSWAC (2801 SW Thistle).
10:44 AM: The transient killer whales that have been in our area in recent days are still here and headed this way again, Kersti Muul tells us. They’re in the Bremerton ferry lane, emerging from Rich Passage, she reports. Let us know if you see them!
10:52 AM: You’ll need good binoculars – Kersti says the orcas are now southbound, staying closer to the west side of the Sound.
This weekend begins with a long list of events and reminders, mostly from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:
ROAD-WORK REMINDERS: As noted here on Thursday, SDOT crews plan to work on curb ramps at 16th/Barton, the new crosswalk at 45th/Admiral, and pavement markings at 16th/Findlay and on Marine View Drive and West Marginal Way.
SCHOOL CLEANUP: The Highland Park Elementary PTA invites you: “Join us anytime from 9-noon Saturday for litter pickup, mulch spreading, planting, sweeping, and grounds improvements … We will meet on the blacktop.” Free coffee, doughnuts, and pizza. (1012 SW Trenton)
WEST SEATTLE COMMUNITY DAY: You’re invited to a free, fun event on the Lincoln Park shore (8011 Fauntleroy Way SW), with hot dogs and ice cream, nature tours for kids, and field games. 10 am-1 pm.
HIGHLAND PARK CLEANS UP: 10 am-noon, starting at award-winning Highland Park Corner Store (where you can pick up bags, grabbers, and gloves, 7789 Highland Park Way SW), community cleanup with Highland Park Improvement Club and HPAC.
ELECTRIC VEHICLE FAIR: 10 am-2 pm in the Greenbridge Library lot (9720 8th SW), see EVs or even show yours off – more info in our calendar listing.
STUDENT-LED BEACH CLEANUP: Join a student who’s organized a 10 am cleanup at the beach – info’s in our calendar listing.
WSHS BENEFITS: You can dine out and/or shop at Lady Jaye (4523 California SW) today and have part of the proceeds go to West Seattle High School students, and there’s a Parents’ Night Out event tonight too – see our preview for details.
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.
WEST SEATTLE BOAT SWAP: Gear up for getting out on the water! 11 am-4 pm at Mountain to Sound Outfitters (3602 SW Alaska).
VIETNAMESE CULTURAL CENTER: Open to visitors noon-3 pm, as noted here. (2234 SW Orchard)
MAKERS’ ART MARKET: Noon-5 pm at Alki Bathhouse (60th/Alki), shop myriad local artists!
LOG HOUSE MUSEUM: The Southwest Seattle Historical Society has reopened its museum on Alki, and you can visit noon-4 pm, (61st/Stevens)
EARTH DAY FAIR: 1-3 pm in High Point Commons Park (3201 SW Graham).
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.
TALK WITH SCHOOL BOARD REPS: Our area’s Seattle Public Schools Board rep Leslie Harris and at least one of her colleagues have RSVP’d for the West Seattle school-community meeting we previewed here, 3 pm online. Register here to attend.
MADISON MS PTSA LIVE VIRTUAL AUCTION: A week of online bidding culminates with a live online auction event at 6 pm – info’s in our calendar listing.
OPEN MIC: Go perform at The Spot West Seattle (2920 SW Avalon Way), 6 pm!
EVENING MUSIC @ C & P COFFEE: Mike Rufo at C & P Coffee Company (5612 California SW; WSB sponsor), 7 pm, no cover.
MUSIC AT THE SKYLARK: Bad With Birds, Oh My Eyes! Greg Warns play Americana and swing pop, doors at 7 pm, music at 8 pm, 21+, $10 cover. (3803 Delridge Way SW)
FREE HOUSE CONCERT: “Free house show (donations appreciated) at Da Cabin with 2 of Seattle’s finest performers: Ian from Among Authors and Sarah from Larsen Gardens.” 7:30 pm. (9724 30th SW)
DRAG SHOW AT ADMIRAL PUB: Saturday’s the night for Dolly Madison‘s show at Admiral Pub (2306 California SW), 9 pm.
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