West Seattle, Washington
Two volunteer cleanups in West Seattle this weekend – first, the one that happened today:
UNDER THE BRIDGE: Erik Bell from A Cleaner Alki sent photos from the cleanup on which his group and We Heart Seattle teamed up, beneath the Admiral Way approach to the West Seattle Bridge: “This is what you’ve been driving over when you come off Admiral Way to get on the Bridge. It’s looking much better now.” Before and after examples:
Erik’s group has frequent cleanups around the peninsula – find them at byandby.org. Meantime, another group has an event planned Sunday:
SEATTLE STREET FIXERS: A few weeks ago, we showed you what these volunteers did in Gatewood, “revealing” an overgrown sidewalk. They’re tackling another one starting at 1 pm Sunday, in Morgan Junction, in the 6300 block o 41st SW, and more volunteers are welcome. Organizer Conrad explains, “Currently, more than half of the sidewalk on the south side of Fauntleroy, between 41st and the nearest alleyway, is inaccessible due to ivy and an overgrown hedge.” He sent this photo:
Conrad continues, “Given the size of the hedge, any big trimming tools will be useful, as will yard-waste bags, given the large amount of debris this work will generate. This spot is along a busy road so we will need to stay mindful while working.”
Three notes in West Seattle Crime Watch tonight:
STOLEN CAR: West Seattle resident Dan‘s car was stolen in Burien and he’s getting the word out regionally to watch for it:
My car, a white 1997 Subaru Legacy GT wagon, was stolen this afternoon (around 1-1:30 pm) in Burien on SW 157th in the parking lot between Azteca and Value Village. License plate #2869 LEM. Video footage from Azteca shows two men pull up in a green Ford Ranger, steal the car within a few minutes. Both sped out of the parking lot after stealing the car.
It’s been reported to police/sheriffs in Burien; we’ll add the number when we get it. (Added: C23001615)
STOLEN TRUCK: This was posted via a comment, so we’re following up to get the location: “My 15-foot truck U-HAUL was stolen today around 1:00 pm. License plate AG30561 – if you see the truck, please call 911 or contact me by email: Mrgpuckett@outlook.com”
ARRESTS AFTER NEIGHBORS’ FIGHT: A post on SPD Blotter this afternoon recaps an incident to which police responded Friday evening around 5:30 pm in the 8400 block of Delridge Way SW. Police say it started with a report of a fight between neighbors and ended with a 38-year-old woman and 40-year-old man arrested for investigation of burglary, assault, and hate crime; details are here.
It’s the only “edible park” in West Seattle – Puget Ridge Edible Park – and it’s right here on the peninsula. A recent arrival to Puget Ridge who has been chronicling her family’s journeys on YouTube, Melissa Smith, discovered PREP (18th SW and SW Brandon) and wanted to tell its story. After she sent us the link to the resulting video (embedded above), we asked her for the backstory about her storytelling:
Since summer 2022, we have been traveling by van across the West Coast from Santa Cruz, California, where I first converted a 1/10 acre property into a micro food forest. As former middle-school science teachers, my husband and I decided to pursue our dream to start a regenerative farm and are now on the road searching for where to buy land and immerse ourselves in a community with our farm and education center.
In late October, we decided to settle for the winter and looked around the Seattle area. We fell in love with West Seattle after experiencing the Halloween bash downtown. We found a furnished space to rent and have started to explore areas locally. I just so happened to walk by PREP and immediately fell in love. I met Stu [Hennessey] and asked if it would be possible to share all he and this community have done to create such a powerful place.
It is a dream to help others create similar spaces like PREP in their communities.
PREP itself is the fruition of a dream dating back into the ’00s, finally funded in the ’10s by the city Parks Levy Opportunity Fund, transformed and maintained by community volunteers,
Becky and Alyssa are welcoming you this afternoon/evening to what their shop Doll Parts Collective‘s third and hopefully permanent location.
They’re now on the south end of The Junction at 4832 California SW (which held Again & Again/Kid Friendly Footwear until that shop merged into Three Little Birds), just a few blocks south of their former space, which is being redeveloped, as was their original space in north Morgan Junction. Today they’re celebrating their “grand reopening” after the move:
Doll Parts offers vintage clothing and other quirky, funky items including houseware – a place where shopping can be fun.
Stop by today before 6 pm for a look and celebratory extras including snacks and flash tattooing.
As first reported here last July, Aegis Living is proposing a new assisted-living/memory-care complex at the long-vacant strip mall/restaurant site on the northeast side of California/Brandon, formally using the address 5252 California SW. Last month, the six-story, 100+-unit project was set for a mid-January date before the Southwest Design Review Board, but now that’s changed – it’s set for the second half of an online doubleheader, 7 pm Thursday, February 2nd. (The first half of the meeting – at 5 pm – will focus on the 7617 35th SW mixed-use project.) Meeting participation info, including how to comment, is here; the official meeting notice (to be published by the city Tuesday) is here; a draft version of the design packet is here. The first meeting is for “early design guidance,” so it will focus on the project’s size, shape, and placement on the site.
Ice and snow didn’t stop the volunteer bakers of West Seattle this holiday season! The photo above is from Ross at West Seattle Coworking, where homemade cookies for The Christmas People were dropped off and packaged during a few days just before Christmas. He reports, “This year we had the goal to collect and distribute 7,000 cookies.The first day we only had about 1,000 cookies. The second day was the great freeze and we only had 2 donors (understandably). Luckily the good-hearted West Seattle community showed up at the very last day and, in what feels like a Christmas miracle, we were able to collect and distribute an additional 5k cookies for a grand total of ~6,000 cookies. All those bakers, and volunteers made a difference for thousands of less fortunate in our area.”
Here’s what you should know os the three-day weekend begins:
LOW BRIDGE OPEN AGAIN: Reminder that the West Seattle low bridge reopened Friday afternoon – but since it’s temporarily operating with one less turning cylinder, if you have to wait for a maritime opening, it’ll likely take longer than it does when running on all cylinders. (The low bridge’s traffic cams are here and here.)
MARATHON TRAINING BEGINS: 8 am at West Seattle Runner (2743 California SW; WSB sponsor):
Kick off your marathon training program for a May marathon! This is a free program, so it is not a comprehensive weekly plan, but will give you a group and workouts to train with 3 days per week! (For those wanting a comprehensive training plan complete with a full week of workouts and training paces, we recommend coaching with P3 Running coaches Michele and Lori via p3running.com) There will be a plan for intermediate and novice marathoners. Contact Lori firstname.lastname@example.org
SATURDAY MORNING ULTIMATE: 8 am at West Seattle Stadium (4432 35th SW), drop in and play with the West Seattle Ultimate Frisbee Family.
HEALTH INSURANCE, SERVICES, MORE: Big event at Highland Park Elementary (1012 SW Trenton) 10 am-2 pm offering health-insurance enrollment, health services, and other assistance for all community members who qualify.
SEATTLE CHINESE GARDEN: 10 am-4 pm, the garden’s centerpiece courtyard is open, while the rest of the garden’s grounds are accessible dawn to dusk. More info here. (5640 16th SW)
FREE WRITING GROUP: 10:30 am in West Seattle, registration required – full details in our calendar listing.
DOLL PARTS COLLECTIVE GRAND REOPENING: “Doll Parts is reopening at our new spot (4832 California Ave SW)! We’ll be open 12:00-6:00, and we’ll have snacks, flash tattooing, and as always, plenty of fabulous vintage.”
MY NECESSITEA OPEN HOUSE: Drop in to help My Necessitea celebrate 20 years! Open house noon-4 pm. (3237-B California Ave SW)
VIETNAMESE CULTURAL CENTER: Open to visitors noon-3 pm, as noted here. (2234 SW Orchard)
LOG HOUSE MUSEUM: The home of West Seattle’s history is open to visitors noon-4 pm Saturdays. (3003 61st SW)
WINE TIME: The tasting room at Viscon Cellars (WSB sponsor) – selling wine by the glass or bottle – is open 1-6 pm. (5910 California SW)
MUSIC MATINEE: The Half Brothers play Kenyon Hall (7904 35th SW) at the family-friendly hour of 3 pm.
SONGWRITER SHOWCASE PRESENTED BY MODE MUSIC STUDIOS: 4-7 pm at The Skylark, next to Mode at 3803 Delridge Way SW. See our calendar listing for highlights. Free!
THE SKYLARK GETS LOUDER: Then at 8 pm at Skylark, Fake Hands, anMech, 2Libras, and Headrvsh shake the stage.
ROLLER DERBY! The House Cup at Southgate Roller Rink (9646 17th SW), doubleheader with bouts at 4:30 and 6:40 pm.
OUT AT THE BOX: Enjoy a night of drag and show tunes at Box Bar (5401 California SW), 9:30 pm. 21+, no cover.
Something to add to our calendar – event, class, game, music, theater, comedy, outdoor activity, fundraiser, or … ? Email info to email@example.com – thank you!