West Seattle, Washington
We have an update on the other current West Seattle scavenger hunt too – this one is the West Seattle Glass Float Hunt, presented by the West Seattle Junction Association and West Seattle Chamber of Commerce. Organizers tell WSB that after the first day, “27 have been found so far. 23 still out in the wild!” They also provided selfies sent by happy finders, including this family:
After the first 50 are found, another 50 are waiting to be hidden. If you’ve missed previous coverage, here’s how it works.
Haven’t planned out your Sunday yet? Alice Kuder says her pirate-themed Summer Scramble scavenger hunt has one more day to go – until 7 pm Sunday – and it’s not too late to sign up:
69 teams of pirate hunters are scouring West Seattle this weekend in search of cache pouches! Each one leads to booty from local businesses. There’s still time to join in this FREE fun. Go to bit.ly/Summer-Scramble to register your team.
Amid today’s drizzle – a giant rainbow on Alki Beach. Not over Alki, *on* Alki – with a giant beach ball added to make a point. This is the 130-foot-long flag borrowed from Seattle PrideFest to promote Alki Beach Pride, which happens August 20th, just two weeks from tomorrow.
ABP founders Jolie and Stacy Bass-Walden gathered dozens of volunteers to hold the flag for a photo-op this morning, with a drone to catch an aerial view as volunteers cheered:
You can check ABP’s channels for the aerial view. Afterward, one last job – flag-folding:
Watch alkibeachpride.org for the schedule of events, which will include a street party closing a few blocks of Alki as well as an outdoor movie.
Seattle’s only river is what today’s Duwamish River Festival is all about, so of course you can get out on the water as part of the festivities at Duwamish River People’s Park (8700 Dallas Avenue S. in South Park). But the rest of the festival is on land:
Agencies and vendors are there to talk with community members, and you have the chance to offer your opinion on a variety of topics and projects:
Want to know more about emergency preparedness? Talk with South Park “hub” captain Anne Churchill!
You can also enjoy entertainment (here’s the schedule) – Neon Brass Party was playing while we were there:
(added) So was Kavak:
We also found a festival participant you can truly look up to:
If you’re driving, your best bet is to catch the shuttle bus from the lot near the future South Park Plaza on the southwest end of the South Park Bridge, but you can walk from there too, or from the 14th/Cloverdale business hub – look for the signs. The festival is presented by the Duwamish River Community Coalition and continues until 5 pm.
Two more events today just belatedly hit our radar:
LOWRIDER BLOCK PARTY: The third annual street party presented by Nepantla Cultural Arts Gallery is happening right now on 17th SW just north of Roxbury, continuing until 5 pm.
Cars, music, art, vendors, food!
‘DEAD BABY DOWNHILL’ BIKE RIDE: Watch for potentially hundreds of bicycle riders in The Admiral District this afternoon/evening – Guy just told us the “Dead Baby Downhill” ride is leaving from Admiral Pub (we covered its Admiral start in 2011): “Registration from 3-6. The race starts at 6:00 pm sharp. Come out and cheer on the racers!” (Added: They’re riding to Georgetown.)
ADDED 8:37 PM: Video as the riders left Admiral:
11:51 AM: Sent by Trileigh:
I just tried to refill a bottle, and our water is running brown and cloudy. Maybe with the fresh rain a pipe is leaking somewhere? Above Lowman in the Pelly Place neighborhood.
Nothing on the Seattle Public Utilities water-outage map, so either it’s hydrant testing again or an as-yet-unaddressed problem .. always notify SPU about brown water (which is caused by unusual line activity stirring up “sediment,” mostly rust) at 206-386-1800.
11:57 AM: Just as we published that report, we got a text from someone in the Morgan Junction area saying they’re seeing it too and SPU says it’s hydrant testing.
10:22 AM: We’ve had a resurgence of coyote sightings lately, and we’re publishing the reports because it’s important to understand how to co-exist with them. This morning, Steph and her dogs encountered one in Seaview: “Cayote sighting this morning at 7 a.m. at corner Juneau and 49th. Unfortunately I didn’t have my camera. Not sure if it is newsworthy, but sure took me by surprise as I was walking my dogs.” And on the High Point side of SW Juneau, Zac reported this sighting Tuesday night: “Didn’t get a pic but saw a coyote trot down SW Juneau St from 35th toward the P-patch … 11:30-ish pm.” The state’s “co-existing with coyotes” advice is here. Biggest advice is to not inadvertently leave food out for them (and that includes unaccompanied small pets) – they can find plenty on their own, such as rodents.
NOON: Since publishing that, we received this from Kari:
This coyote ran right behind us on 50th and Spokane Thursday night, just after nine. I did let my neighbors know to spread the word.
ADDED SATURDAY EVENING: We also received this today:
My name is Matt and I live near the Whole Foods in the Junction. This morning I saw a coyote on 40 Ave SW at 4:30 am; it went toward Hudson and turned heading to Fauntleroy.
From disc-throwing in the morning to concertgoing at night, here are 21 highlights for your Saturday:
RSVP FOR EARLY-RISER ULTIMATE: 8 am at Fairmount Park (5400 Fauntleroy Way SW) – RSVP if you see this in time (as explained in our calendar listing).
GLASS-FLOAT HUNT BEGINS: As noted last night, today’s the first day you can search for dozens of glass floats hidden around the peninsula.
SOUTH SEATTLE COLLEGE GARDEN CENTER: 10 am-2 pm, the South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) Garden Center will be open, with a sizable selection of student-grown plants. (6000 16th SW, north end of campus)
SOUTH DELRIDGE FARMERS’ MARKET: The farmers’ market on the grounds of Hope Academy (9421 18th SW) is happening every week, 10 am-2 pm Saturday, prioritizing vendors of color and presented by African Community Housing & Development. (Waste Management NW will be there today to talk about recycling, too.)
UNFURL GIANT PRIDE FLAG: As previewed here, this is a promotion for the upcoming Alki Beach Pride celebration – LGBTQ+-identifying volunteers are invited to practice on Alki Playground‘s field at 10:30 (59th/Lander) and then move to the beach at 11 am.
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).
SPRAYPARK OPEN: Highland Park Spraypark is open daily, 11 am-8 pm. (1100 SW Cloverdale)
DUWAMISH RIVER FESTIVAL: Celebrate Seattle’s only river at this noon-5 pm festival with performances, kayaking, resources, more, presented by the Duwamish River Community Coalition at Duwamish River People’s Park (8700 Dallas Ave. S., South Park). See the schedule here.
COLMAN POOL OPEN: The public is welcome at the city-run outdoor pool on the shore at Lincoln Park (8011 Fauntleroy Way SW), open noon-7 pm (session schedule here).
2 WADING POOLS OPEN: Lincoln Park (8011 Fauntleroy Way SW), 12-7 pm, in the upper park near the north play area; Hiawatha (2700 California SW), 12-5:30 pm, in the park, northeast of the community center.
LOG HOUSE MUSEUM: You’re invited to the home of West Seattle’s history – visit the Log House Museum (61st/Stevens) 12-4 pm.
TALK WITH YOUR SCHOOL REP: Community conversation with Seattle School Board director Leslie Harris, 2 pm at Southwest Library (9010 35th SW) – she’s bringing lasagna, too.
BLUE ANGELS: According to Seafair‘s airshow schedule, they’re up 3:20-4:30 pm again today.
SUNRISE HEIGHTS BLOCK PARTY: 5-10 pm on 30th SW between SW Othello and SW Myrtle, a celebration for people of all ages – and pets, who’ll be on parade at the party’s start. Live music, too. Info in our calendar listing.
LIVE AT EASY STREET RECORDS: 7 pm, free live, all-ages in-store show by The Tripwires, celebrating the release of two LPs. (4559 California SW)
LIVE AT THE SKYLARK: 7 pm doors, 8 pm music, Oranj Goodman and Friends at The Skylark. $20, 21+. (3803 Delridge Way SW)
Planning a show, sale, event, meeting, seminar, reading, field trip, fundraiser, class, game, or ? Get it on our calendar! Please email info to email@example.com – thank you!
Just received from Emily Burleson:
Tonight the NOAA space weather forecast showed a potential for Aurora borealis over Seattle tonight. Went down to Alki Beach to try to catch a glimpse and saw … Something! To the naked eye it was mostly colorless, but the long exposure phone photos showed a lot more … taken around 11 pm.
Here’s a dramatic view from about an hour and a half north.
In case you heard the sirens and/or saw the notation on the SFD Real-Time 911 log – the “scenes of violence” response in the 9400 block of 27th SW was a false alarm – a person in crisis claimed someone had been shot, but no one had been. The call is now closing.