West Seattle, Washington
By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor
They dug into their pockets for only-in-West-Seattle items like a music tour with historian Peder Nelson and preservationist John Bennett, riding in a 1949 Cadillac past spots where you might not know history happened. (Nirvana did some recording on 35th, for one, Nelson said.) When a bidding war hit the $500 vicinity, organizers decided to sell two tours.
Auctioneers were longtime SWSHS supporters Clay Eals (below right – he also served as the organization’s first executive director) and Mike Shaughnessy.
Eals noted that investment in SWSHS also represented “hope for the future” as well as a promise not to abandon everything from its past. “There are tangible things we can point to in the community that would not be here if not for this organization” – such as the Alki Homestead/Fir Lodge, which itself factored into the auction, with bids taken on a gift card for the acclaimed Il Nido restaurant that now occupies the landmark log building.
The night began with recognition of history going back much further.
Thanks for the updates from Steve Cox Memorial Park in White Center. Brandon reports that Chief Sealth International High School‘s baseball team has just defeated Ingraham in a must-win Metro League playoff game, 2-1 in 13 innings. A texter tells us the game was scoreless until the 13th – then Ingraham scored a run in the top of that inning, followed by Sealth scoring two for the win in the bottom. The texter tells us the winning run came on a bases-loaded walk with two outs. Sealth will play again at Steve Cox, 4 pm Wednesday (May 10th), vs. Seattle Prep.
If you’re a fan of Dick’s Drive-In burgers and/or shakes, you have two upcoming opportunities to get them without leaving West Seattle. Highland Park Corner Store (7789 Highland Park Way SW) is hosting the Dick’s truck on West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day – Saturday, May 13th – for hungry shoppers in HP. Hours that day will be 11 am-2 p. Then on Friday, May 19th, the Dick’s truck makes a dinnertime visit to Ounces (3809 Delridge Way SW) as part of the Seattle Beer Week kickoff – 5 to 8 pm. Live music too!
That video is from John L. Scott Real Estate – Westwood (WSB sponsor), recapping their successful shredding event and food drive last Saturday at Westwood Village. They also sent the numbers and words of gratitude:
We would like to thank the West Seattle community for their support of the 5th annual Shred Event. On behalf of John L. Scott Westwood, Evergreen Home Loans (Luke Zender), and White Center Food Bank, we thank you for the generous donations! We shredded over 5,000 pounds of paper and our community donated $2,000 and 1,250 pounds of food to the White Center Food Bank. We look forward to serving our community next year.
If you didn’t get to the Westwood event, you can still support WCFB – which also serves southernmost West Seattle – by going here.
Thanks to Pam for the tip! Crews working on the Pump Station 38 upgrade in the 1400 block of Alki Avenue SW are now installing its artwork. It’s centered on a topographical map in “decorative litho-mosaic concrete,” as Seattle Public Utilities describes it. The design by artist Sarah Thompson Moore was first announced in 2020, and updated in 2021. The artist explains the project in this video made public then:
As of the last construction update two weeks ago, SPU said remaining project components also included the safety railing that will be integrated with the art installation (as explained in the video), plus electrical work, irrigation, and landscaping, with completion expected sometime this summer.
The artist says she hopes the installation will “create a bit of magic” every time someone visits the site.
2:25 PM: If you’re headed for southbound 35th, note there’s a two-vehicle crash at Elmgrove, with SFD and SPD on scene right now, so you might want to wait a while or choose an alternate north/south arterial.
2:48 PM: We just went over the check, and the scene had already cleared.
2:55 PM: Dispatchers are busy this afternoon, sending police to other crash scenes, including one just reported at Highland Park Way and 2nd SW. Wherever you’re going – give yourself more time.
Thanks to generous donors, including many local businesses, the West Seattle Food Bank has a fun collection of items on which you can bid today and/or tomorrow even if you’re not going to the WSFB’s gala Saturday night.
The West Seattle Food Bank’s 16th Annual Instruments of Change Gala & Auction will be held tomorrow, May 6th, at The Hall at Fauntleroy. The event aims to raise funds to support the organization’s mission of providing necessities such as food, clothing, and shelter to individuals and families in need. The gala will feature a happy hour, silent and live auction along with a sit-down dinner. Attendees will also have the opportunity to learn more about the work of the West Seattle Food Bank and its impact on the community.
If you did not register for the in-person event, but would still like to support, West Seattle Food Bank is hosting its silent auction online and anyone is welcome to participate. Many items are available for bid, all donated by generous local businesses and individuals. This is a great opportunity to support the organization and its mission. The auction opened this morning and will close Saturday, May 6 at 7 pm.
In addition to the online auction, donations are being accepted to support the West Seattle Food Bank. Every contribution, no matter how big or small, can make a difference in the lives of those struggling with food insecurity.
For more information about the West Seattle Food Bank gala, online auction, or to make a donation, go here!
WSB is among the community sponsors of the WS Food Bank fundraiser.
That map from SDOT shows where work is expected to start soon for pedestrian improvements at Roxbury/Olson [map], which have been in the works for at least three years. The city has sent notices to people in the area, but it’s a busy corridor, so many others who use it need to know too. From the SDOT advisory:
This work will include:
-A new pedestrian signal on the northwest side of the intersection
-Shifting the crosswalks across SW Roxbury St so they’re better aligned
-Curb bulbs that extend the sidewalk corners for people walking on the south side of the intersection
-Curb ramps for improved ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) accessibility
Once work begins, it is expected to last six months, SDOT says, with work hours primarily 9 am-3 pm on weekdays. They’ll have flaggers to help with lane closures. Here’s the full construction notice.
For the rest of your Friday, here are the highlights from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:
GARDEN CENTER OPEN: Ready to continue spring planting once the rain stops? You can shop at the South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) Garden Center, open with a wide variety of plants, until 3 pm. (North end of campus, 6000 16th SW)
SCRABBLE CLUB: Come play 12:30-1:30 pm at Margie’s Café in the Senior Center of West Seattle (4217 SW Oregon).
CINCO DE MAYO PARTY: 4-9 pm at Ounces (3809 Delridge Way SW), with beer specials and Mexican food.
VISCON CELLARS: Perfect night to stop by Viscon Cellars (WSB sponsor) for wine by the glass or bottle, 5-9 pm (5910 California SW).
SPORTS: Baseball postseason continues with Chief Sealth IHS in a must-win Metro League tournament game vs. Ingraham, 7 pm at Steve Cox Memorial Park (1321 SW 102nd, White Center).
SOUND BATH WITH INNER ALCHEMY: 7:30 pm at Move2Center (3618 SW Alaska), $35.
Something to add to our calendar? email@example.com – thank you!
Fundraising season is reaching a crescendo, and this announcement is for local businesses – a way to promote themselves while supporting students. From Friends of Roxhill Elementary:
Roxhill Elementary is a Title 1 public school, meaning that a high percentage of students live in low-income households. This year, we are working with 5th graders to produce a high-quality yearbook that will be distributed to every student regardless of their family’s ability to pay for one.
You can help support your local school and students in your community by buying an ad to promote your business in our yearbook. This helps offset the cost of yearbooks for families who cannot pay for one themselves and introduces families to local businesses they can support. Best of all, it ensures that ALL students can keep this memento of their elementary school days.
Ads are affordable and help build awareness in your immediate community. Roxhill Elementary is made up of ~245 students and 50 teachers and staff members. All ads are printed in color and yearbooks will be distributed at the end of June 2023.
⅛ page (2.75”x 4.25”): $40
¼ page (4.25” x 5.5”): $75
½ page (8.5” x 5.5”): $150
Fill out this form by Tuesday, May 9 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks for supporting our Roxhill RoxStars!
Family and friends will gather May 13 to celebrate the life of Helen Sardarov. Here’s the remembrance they’re sharing with the community:
Helen Sardarov, June 16, 1921-March 4, 2023
Born to immigrants Hilda (Hakala) and Milo Jonovich from the edges of Europe in the rural community of Teanaway, Washington, Helen lived a century full of life that her parents from Finland and Montenegro could not have imagined. When Helen, her brother and parents moved to Seattle in 1936, they added 4 new residents to city’s 366,000. Her parents ran boarding houses, filled with fellow immigrants seeking community and companionship. She anglicized her name from Jelena to Helen and embraced what was then a small city. Family lore says she met her husband Frank after sneaking out with her friend Mil to a “Slavic Youth” dance. They were married 62 years, until Frank’s death on December 21, 2004. They built a house in West Seattle in the late 1940s where she lived until 2022.
Helen graduated with a secretarial degree from Edison Vocational Technical Institute. “Not much choice,” she said, “being a woman.” Nevertheless, she excelled at every position: her smarts, promise, and dependability did not go unnoticed. By the end of her career, she was a “Secretary 3” at the UW Library. She had immense pride that her daughters (Linda Clevering and Barbara Sardarov) and granddaughters (Sara, Karen, and Marie Clevering, and Kate LaSpina) had their choice of professions and graduated from college.
Helen rarely slowed down. Her garden was a magical delight for grandchildren; her raspberry jam was hoarded — relished. And she traveled, from the “Old Country” to Hong Kong and Oklahoma, where Linda and her family lived. Her daily schedule revolved around reading, educating herself, exercising, and volunteering. Never a fan of driving, she confidently rode the bus or walked for her regular errands and exercise.
Helen was stubborn, fiercely loyal, quiet, humble, and much loved.
A Celebration of Life will be held on May 13 from 11-2 at the Alki Beach Bathhouse, 2701 Alki Ave SW.
You may share memories at westfordfuneralhome.com.
(WSB publishes West Seattle obituaries and memorial announcements by request, free of charge. Please email the text, and a photo if available, to email@example.com)
6:00 AM: Good morning. It’s Friday, May 5th. This is the third full day of closure for the ramp from the eastbound West Seattle Bridge to northbound Highway 99, after a huge hole shut it down Tuesday evening:
WSDOT told us Thursday that the repair work is so far on schedule, which means they expect to reopen the ramp by May 13th. Meantime, you can get to NB 99 via the 1st Avenue South Bridge, or by using the WS Bridge’s 1st Avenue South exit and getting onto 99 in SODO.
Metro – Downtown-bound buses that usually take the high bridge to NB 99 are detouring while the ramp is closed. Otherwise, regular schedule, but trip cancellations are still happening.
Water Taxi – Continuing the spring/summer schedule, which means later evening runs tonight and tomorrow.
Washington State Ferries‘ Triangle Route continues on the 2-boat schedule but with the chance of sailing cancellations on short notice, so check here for alerts/updates and see Vessel Watch for boats’ locations.
OTHER SPOTLIGHT TRAFFIC CAMERAS
High Bridge – the view from its southwest end (when SDOT points the 35th/Avalon/Fauntleroy camera that way):
Low Bridge – east-end vicinity:
1st Ave. S. Bridge – another route across the river:
Highway 99: – the northbound side at Lander.
BRIDGE INFO: Check the @SDOTBridges Twitter feed to see if the city’s movable bridges are opening for vessel traffic.
WEATHER & SUNRISE/SUNSET TIMES
Rainy and breezy, high in the mid-50s. Sunrise was at 5:46 am; sunset will be at 8:27 pm.
If you see trouble on the bridges/streets/paths/bay, please text or call us (when you can do it safely, and after you’ve reported to authorities). Thank you!