West Seattle, Washington
Three notes tonight:
BAR PREVIEW: Derek Moon, the proprietor of Jet City Labs who took over The Junction’s ex-Lika Love space, is also opening a bar in its former rear “speakeasy” space. For a sneak peek, you’re invited to an open house during tomorrow’s Farmers Market. Drop by Revelry Room, behind 4547 California SW, 10 am-2 pm Sunday.
WINTER CLEARANCE SALE: Mountain to Sound Outfitters (3602 SW Alaska; WSB sponsor) invites you to come in for deals:
Mountain to Sound Outfitters is having our annual winter clearance sale now until March 26th! We have some of the best hand-picked winter experts staffed and ready to answer any questions you may have. From just beginning to advanced setups, we have what you need!
Here are some of the highlights of our Winter Clearance:
-Up to 40% off of selected hard and soft goods
-25% off everything else winter in store
-Buy one storage full tune, get one half off (comes with free scrape in the fall)
Come see us and support your local West Seattle ski shop!
Hours at M2SO tomorrow are 10 am-5 pm.
So if you’re planning on going any time soon, be forewarned you might spend some time waiting!
Seola Pond [map] has new native plants courtesy of steward Scott Dolfay and students from Explorer West Middle School and Westside School (WSB sponsors). Scott says the annual restoration event happened last Saturday, and this time a King County grant program provided $3,500 to help make it happen.
Scott says he started this work in 2017 and it’s become an annual event, “always with neighbor volunteers and students & teachers from at least one of the 3 schools near the pond; Explorer West, Westside, and The Bridge School.” Scott says the weather was perfect – they did the planting a bit later this year so it wasn’t quite as cold.
Before students got to work, he walked them around the pond “explaining about native vs. invasive plants, the pond’s fauna, and the history of the effort.”
After the students left, he had other visitors: “As I was cleaning up, Mr. Darrell Wallis walked up. He has been mowing the grass with his riding mower on the west and south sides of the pond for years. He announced it was his 86th birthday that day. When I started in 2017 he was skeptical but has been won over seeing the results. Later, two separate elderly bird watchers showed up, happy to see to new work now on the south side.” Scott added, “I could have used at least twice the number of plants but it’s a good start. We planted several trees including one good sized Bosnian pine, I know, not native, but a great tree. As other grants come up I’ll apply so in time the area will be filled in.”
The report and video are from John – the thief comes into view 20 seconds in:
Apartment in 7100 block of California Ave SW, Morgan Junction. Video shows thieves cased all the cars and returned later in car for break in to steal a pair of red colore3d audiophile stereo speakers. A police report has been attempted.
John says this happened aroun 4 am.
Past West Seattle Chamber president Daniel Wiseman passed away on February 17, 2023 and the West Seattle Chamber is declaring April 2nd, 2023 (what would have been Dan’s 70th Birthday) “Dan Wiseman Day” to recognize his contribution to our community.
For the past several years the West Seattle community has come together during Summer Fest to paint a mural of sea life. Local artist Stacey Sterling directs the community project, and the murals hang in Mural Alley in the Junction. Dan Wiseman left funds to pay for a mural. The West Seattle Junction Association and West Seattle Chamber are honored to put that money toward this year’s sea life painting. We will hang the art in Mural Alley and place a plaque next to it in Dan’s honor, remembering his support of the arts and of the West Seattle community.
We are so grateful for Dan’s years of service as a Board Member of the West Seattle Chamber, his volunteerism in the community and being a vibrant business owner (Wiseman’s Appliance) in West Seattle. He will be missed dearly.
Mural Alley is the breezeway on the west side of the 4700 block of California SW.
We’re just back from the South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) north lot, where organizers and volunteers have just wrapped up three hours of free recycle/reuse dropoffs and shredding. Our photos show some of what they received.
As we noted when visiting at the start, there was a big line in the early going, but volunteers say that by 11 am, it was “no waiting” mode.
Also, they say there was plenty of truck capacity this year, so none of the dropoff stations had to close early
Partners in making this happen were the West Seattle Chamber of Commerce, West Seattle Junction Association, Seattle Public Utilities, and Waste Management, Friendly Earth, Northwest Center, Seadrunar, and Styro Recycle. They’ll be tallying up the numbers in the days ahead and we’ll publish a followup when that’s available.
P.S. If you missed this, the Fauntleroy Church Recycle Roundup, also a free dropoff event, is happening on Saturday, April 22nd, 9 am-3 pm. And if you’re looking for other options regarding some items that don’t just go in your regular solid-waste carts or dumpsters, see this page on the SPU website.
10:43 AM: Thanks to Kersti Muul for the tip – orcas are in the area again and this time it’s Southern Residents – J-Pod. She says they’re southbound in view from Constellation Park right now, “spread out,” some toward Blake, at least one trailing through the Bainbridge/Seattle ferry lane. The whales in the area this past week have been transients so the residents’ visit is “a surprise,” she says. Let us know if you see them!
1:36 PM: Thanks for the updates in comments! Both Kersti via comments and Donna Sandstrom of The Whale Trail via phone report the orcas have turned and are headed NB; Donna says as of a few minutes ago they were in view from Constellation Park (Beach Drive between Alki Avenue and 63rd SW).
3:06 PM: Thanks to David Hutchinson for sending the photos above and below, from the northbound swing, when they were in view from Constellation Park.
Last Saturday of winter – and we could see a high past 60. Here are events and notes for today/tonight, mostly from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:
RAPIDRIDE H LINE, DAY ONE: As of this morning, Metro Route 120 is officially RapidRide H Line, between Burien and downtown.
ROAD-WORK ALERT: 7 am-3 pm, SDOT is working just east of the low bridge:
For the next two weekends, March 18-19 and March 25-26, we’ll be working on the S Spokane St on-ramp to the Spokane St Swing Bridge. To help address freight traffic back-ups and improve traffic flow near the terminals, we’re reconfiguring the westbound travel lanes to create a longer area for merging and changing lanes.
Work hours are 7 AM to 3 PM. During the work, people driving from East Marginal Way S will not be able to merge onto the Spokane St Swing Bridge. The driving detour is using SR 99 or the overpass on the Spokane St Viaduct
SCOUTING FOR FOOD FYI: As previewed here, you might get a door hanger about this door-to-door food drive; if you can donate, set out your bag early next Saturday (March 25).
GIRL SCOUT COOKIE SALES: Final weekend of in-person sales! Find nearby “cookie booths” by using this lookup.
SATURDAY MORNING ULTIMATE: 8 am at West Seattle Stadium (4432 35th SW), just show up to throw with the West Seattle Ultimate Frisbee Family.
RECYCLE/REUSE/SHRED EVENT: 9 am-noon or until the trucks fill up, bring your recyclables/reusables and/or shredding (see the list here of what to, and not to, bring) to this free event in the north lot at South Seattle College (6000 16th SW; WSB sponsor) – approach from the northbound side of 16th.
COMMUNITY SCHOOL OF WEST SEATTLE OPEN HOUSE: 10 am-noon, come visit! (9450 22nd SW)
SEATTLE CHINESE GARDEN: 10 am-5 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)
GRIEFSHARE RECOVERY GROUP: Continuing at 10:30 am today, “Grace Church will host a 13-week GriefShare recovery support group for those who have lost a loved one by death. There is a one-time charge of $20 for the GriefShare journal.” Meeting in the church basement. (10323 28th SW)
FREE WRITING GROUP: 10:30 am in West Seattle, registration required – see full details in our calendar listing.
FAMILY READING TIME: Every Saturday at 11 am at Paper Boat Booksellers (6040 California SW).
LOG HOUSE MUSEUM: Visit the home of West Seattle’s history noon-4 pm Saturdays. (3003 61st SW)
COCKTAIL 101 CLASS: 1 pm at Otter on the Rocks (4210 SW Admiral Way).
‘SHE KILLS MONSTERS’ MATINEE & EVENING SHOWS: 2 pm and 7:30 pm, two chances to see the Chief Sealth International High School Drama Club present the school’s first full-length play in some time – see our preview for info including the ticket link. (2600 SW Thistle)
MUSIC AT C & P: 7 pm, Roo Forrest and Friends at C & P Coffee (5612 California SW; WSB sponsor).
LIVE AT THE SKYLARK: Doors 7 pm, music 8 pm, with Crow Kid, Love Visa, Sabrina Pirzada, Triple Bogie at The Skylark (3803 Delridge Way SW), $10, 21+.
MUSIC AT POGGIE TAVERN: 9 pm-midnight, The Lumberjax play acoustic ’80s music. (4717 California SW)
OUT AT THE BOX: 9:30 pm, drag and more at Box Bar (5401 California SW).
If you have a show, event, meeting, seminar, field trip, fundraiser, class, game, or ? for our calendar … please email info to email@example.com – thank you!