West Seattle, Washington
We often feature school fundraisers, most commonly for sports or music. Tonight, we have a teacher seeking a community boost for an arts project. From “Ms. A” at Chief Sealth IHS:
Hello, West Seattle community! In the Chief Sealth International High School Art Department, in our Ceramics class, we are grading up for our 4th annual Raku firing event on May 25. This is led by Eric from Seattle Pottery and is a fun technique we’ve been privileged to have students participate in!
This event does cost over what we expect our students to pay in everyday art fees. Typically the cost runs close to $700 plus about $150 for the clay. I am reaching out to you, our community to help make this happen. Please consider donating. It’s a great way to involve all students in the process of firing and see the connection between art and physics in real time! We appreciate your support! Thank you,
Carolyn Autenrieth, Ceramics and IB Art teacher
We asked Ms. A for a few more details: “We have $220 from donations, and I have $200 from a grant, but we still need about $400 for the RAKU event. Of course, anything extra just helps our underfunded department continue! Ceramic Glazes have gone up about 40% for some, and those changes eat into our regular budget.” P.S. If you’re unfamiliar with Raku, here’s an explanation.
On Thursday, we mentioned Seattle Public Utilities workers’ efforts to troubleshoot a partial blockage of Fauntleroy Creek at the 45th SW culvert that carries it underground. Creek steward Judy Pickens reports that “the blockage at 45th remains in place after a long day of trying. The city crew will be back Tuesday morning to install a full bypass; locals will notice a hose across the roadway. It should enable removal of enough of the jam to assess the condition of the culvert.” In the meantime, what she termed a “duck pond” resulting from the blockage is re-forming in Kilbourne Ravine (by Fauntleroy Schoolhouse) and Fauntleroy Watershed Council volunteers are helping monitor it. As Judy explained on Thursday, this is a “delicate time for fish in the creek,” one of Seattle’s few remaining salmon-spawning streams.
Thanks to John Skerratt for the photo. From the “in case you wondered too” file, that’s the U.S. Coast Guard helicopter that was looping the west-facing West Seattle shore for a while this past hour or so. It’s currently on its way back to Port Angeles. Earlier, police/fire were checking out a report of possible windsurfers in trouble, but that was debunked last we heard, though the USCG helicopter, and vessel, had already been dispatched.
4:37 PM: Thanks for the tip. SW Thistle is closed between 28th and 30th right now – in the Southwest Pool vicinity – because of a crash. We’re seeing one badly damaged vehicle at the scene but still trying to find out more about what happened; the driver is being taken to a hospital by private ambulance.
4:40 PM: We’re told the driver was coming down Thistle eastbound at high speed, hit the pedestrian island, lost control, hit a parked car, and came to a stop by the tennis courts west of Southwest Pool.
5:50 PM: SFD tells us the driver, a 22-year-old man, was in stable condition when transported.
Now that it’s April, our area’s next two recycling and shredding events are in view:
RECYCLING – Fauntleroy Church‘s twice-yearly Recycle Roundup is set for 9 am-3 pm Saturday, April 22nd. Drive up, ride up, walk up, and drop off your recyclables – here’s the list of what will and won’t be accepted this time. The church is at 9140 California sW.
John L. Scott Westwood and Evergreen Home Loans are sponsoring a shred event Saturday, April 29th, from 2-5 PM @ Westwood Village, located in the parking lot (west of) the old Bed Bath and Beyond Building. Please consider a monetary or food donation to the White Center Food Bank – once again they are teaming up with us for this community event. We would love to surpass last year’s $477 in donations and 370 lbs. of food.
Stolen yesterday from in front of my house on S. Southern in South Park.
Black 1989 Toyota 4Runner
License plate AGD0036 (front)
Collector plate on rear … starts w/ CV
SPD incident # 23-87474
12:18 PM: Until 2 pm, the doors are open at Seattle Fire Station 37 (35th/Holden) in Sunrise Heights, for a Fire Safety Fair. It’s a rare chance to meet firefighters without being caught up in an emergency requiring their response, and to learn how to reduce the chance you’ll need their help. If you’re bringing a little one for Story Time with Fire Chief Harold Scoggins, that’s at 1:30 pm. More photos later!
2:07 PM: Very well-attended:
Station 37 is home to Engine 37 and Ladder 13 and is the southernmost of West Seattle’s five SFD stations.
An extra Rainbow Bingo event in West Seattle this month – this one’s a fundraiser for the West Seattle Rotary Service Foundation, whose work we’ve featured lately, from cleanups to scholarships. It’s happening three weeks from tonight – here’s the invite:
Do good while playing Rainbow Bingo!
West Seattle Rotary Service Foundation invites you to its 1960s-themed Rainbow Bingo and Silent Auction Fundraiser on Saturday, April 22! Emceed by Sylvia O’Stayformore, it is guaranteed to be a fun and groovy night at the West Seattle Golf Course.
Each year, the West Seattle Rotary Service Foundation provides new clothing and school supplies to elementary students throughout West Seattle, awards thousands in scholarships to local high schoolers, runs park, street, and yard cleanups throughout the community, and assists with global humanitarian and development efforts.
But it can’t do all of that work without you! Funds raised from this event will go directly to the all-volunteer Foundation’s 2023-24 service projects.
Silent auction starts at 5:30 and includes a three-night Leavenworth Getaway package, a catered dinner for 6 with wine pairing, gift certificates to breweries and local eateries, and much more! Bingo starts at 7:00 pm.
Register soon because space is limited. 21+ only. Individual tickets $40. Tables $300. Tickets at bit.ly/3F7ujiD.
A special thank you to our Gold Event Sponsors for hosting this event! NUCOR Seattle, Waid Law Office, PLLC, and West Seattle Dental Center.
P.S. This is separate from the Senior Center of West Seattle’s Rainbow Bingo event on Friday, April 21, which is another great event … go support them too!
Welcome to April and to the weekend! Here’s what you should know as we jump into Saturday, mostly from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:
ROAD WORK ALERT: As reported here a week ago, work is starting on the permanent protected bicycle lane along the southbound side of West Marginal Way north of the Duwamish Longhouse, and unless the weather gets in the way, crews are likely to be out working on it today.
WEST SEATTLE TAE KWON DO CLUB: 9:30 am at High Point Community Center (6920 34th SW), April classes begin.
COMMUNITY CENTER EGG HUNT: South Park Community Center‘s egg hunt starts at 10 am. (8319 8th Ave. S.)
DOING GOOD IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD: West Seattle Nursery (5275 California SW) will host its first volunteer fair with visiting local organizations. 10 am-noon, Washington Farmland Trust; 1 pm-3 pm, Mary’s Place.
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).
SALMON PUBLIC ART CELEBRATION: The High Point community is celebrating its salmon street art 11 am-1 pm, part of the Healthy Street project, and you can join a guided walk along the street. The fun starts at Neighborhood House (6400 Sylvan Way SW).
FIRE SAFETY FAIR: Noon-2 pm, visit Station 37 (35th/Holden) and meet firefighters, check out firefighting equipment, learn about keeping yourself and your family safe, and more.
LOG HOUSE MUSEUM: You’re invited to visit the home of West Seattle’s history noon-4 pm Saturdays. (3003 61st SW)
HIGHLAND PARK CORNER STORE’S 2ND BIRTHDAY: 1-3 pm, celebrate two years for HPCS (7789 Highland Park Way SW) with (free) cake and (available for purchase) ice cream.
DRAG TEA AT TIBBETTS UMC: 1 pm, but this is just a reminder for those who already have tickets, because it’s sold out.
SOCCER: 7 pm at Nino Cantu Southwest Athletic Complex (2801 SW Thistle), Evergreen visits Chief Sealth International High School.
BANDMIXERS: Doors 7 pm, show 8 pm, live classics at The Skylark (3803 Delridge Way SW), $10 cover, 21+.
OPEN MIC AT THE SPOT: 7-10 pm, do your thing! (2920 SW Avalon Way)
If you have a show, sale, event, meeting, seminar, reading, field trip, fundraiser, class, game, or ? for our calendar … please email info to email@example.com – thank you!