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HELP FOR MAUI: Updated local list of ways to help

As of tonight, the confirmed death toll in Maui is at 89 people, with hundreds still missing. Local businesses and organizations are continuing to offer ways to help, so we’ve updated our list:

MUSUBI FOR MAUI: Marination Ma Kai (1660 Harbor SW) and its sibling restaurants will sell Spam musubi again Sunday for $4.50, with all proceeds going to Maui relief. (If they run out before day’s end, they’ll donate a portion of other food sales.)

OPAL’S DONATION DRIVE: Opal Nail Studio at 4155 California SW is collecting items for shipment to Maui. They amended the list (update) tonight via email:

Just wanted to give an updated list of items we are asking for at the Maui Fire Relief Donation Drop-Off. I will be at Opal for people to drop things off from 11AM – 4PM

Updated item list:

• Clear, undamaged storage bins with lids
•Portable Power Banks/phone chargers
• Flashlights
• Headlamps
• Camping Lanterns
• Batteries
• Solar chargers
** Request that all are new or in like-new condition**

• NEW and never opened air mattresses
• NEW pillow cases and sheets
• NEW towels or towels in good condition
• NEW Washcloths or Washcloths in good condition

• Tarps
• Pop-Up Camping Cots

• Baby Formula
• Squeeze pouches of baby food

• NEW packs of women’s underwear **all sizes**
• NEW packs of men’s underwear **all sizes**
• NEW packs of children’s underwear **all sizes**

We are no longer accepting clothing donations, bottled water, large blankets, or sleeping bags.

Opal is open 11 am-4 pm Sunday.

CAMP WEST: Again on Sunday, the restaurant/bar at 4539 California SW in The Junction will donate 10 percent of its proceeds from food sales to the Maui Food Bank.

PATRICK’S CAFE & BAKERY: On Sunday, when this popular eatery at 10003 15th SW in White Center is open 8 am-3 pm, they’ll be donating proceeds from shave ice.

CROSSFIT WEST SEATTLE: Through 11 am Sunday, they’re accepting items at 4220 SW Admiral Way. The updated list, developed with a friend from Maui, is here, and a request for how to package items for shipment ease is here.

GRILLBIRD: The teriyaki restaurant (35th/Morgan) is inviting customers to “round up” their tabs so the extra can be donated to Maui relief – through the end of August. They’re open noon-9 pm Sunday.

ALAIR/DYLAN: The South Admiral shop (3270 California SW) will send you a 10 percent discount code if you message them with word you’ve donated to Maui fire relief.

(added) ARTIST FUNDRAISER: West Seattle artist Eileen Jiminez is donating proceeds from sales at MaeseArt “to mutual aid efforts in Maui and to directly impacted native Hawaiians.”

ROTARY DONATION FUND: There are many options for donating money rather than goods. Rotary Club of West Seattle‘s Brian Waid sent this announcement of how to help Rotarians assisting with relief in Hawai’i:

To get money directly into the hands of the people on the ground quickly, consider the Hawaiian Wildfire Disaster Relief Fund managed by Rotarians in Hawaii at; (The number 5000 refers to the District within Rotary International that Hawaii comprises).

The Rotarians do not charge anything for administering the funds and do not siphon off a percentage for a national organization. Having been heavily involved with Hurricane Katrina relief, I can assure you that the needs on the ground frequently do not correspond to what we might anticipate from far away. By making cash contributions to those on the ground, we allow the flexibility to address needs specific to this disaster as they become apparent.

OTHER MONETARY DONATION OPTIONS: The State of Hawai’i has an official information page about the fire aftermath, and it includes these two links:

Maui Strong Fund
Hawai’i Red Cross

Any other local (West Seattle/White Center) ways to help, please email us – – thank you!

WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Two stolen GMCs – green Yukon (update: found), white Sierra

Two stolen vehicles to watch for, as stolen vehicles have turned up in many different neighborhoods lately:

STOLEN GREEN YUKON: Michael sent this report:

I’m reporting my neighbor Linda‘s stolen vehicle. It’s a 2002 GMC YukonXL K1500. WA plate BPB8585. Dark green. Stolen last night at 11:07 PM from Dawson Street between California and Erskine. Police report # 23-231236.

8/18 UPDATE – Per comment, this was found in Burien.

STOLEN WHITE SIERRA: This report was sent by Ashley:

My niece lives in Port Orchard with her family, but her husband goes to South Seattle College. Their family truck was stolen out of the parking lot. The case number is 23-219742. Their truck is a 1994 GMC Sierra. Diesel. Automatic. Cloth seats, pink & blue lines that fade into droplets going down the sides. WA plate number B54865S.

YOU CAN HELP: Got unwanted newspapers?

If you read one or more hard-copy newspapers, and have some old ones stacked up awaiting recycling (or kindling, or …), those puppies need it! Jennifer emailed us with that photo and this request:

I work with Smidget Dog Rescue and we have 16 puppies right now! We are desperate for newspaper and as many people don’t get the paper anymore it’s been hard to find. I will collect people’s collections. The pups in the pic were born in rescue just last Saturday! We use newspaper, not puppy pads, because the puppies just tear the pads up. Any help spreading the word appreciated! People with paper stashes can text Jennifer at 206-261-3342 and I’ll come pick it up!!!

UTILITIES: Brown water on Genesee Hill

Thanks to the texter who reported brown water on Genesee Hill this afternoon, near 46th/Genesee. As always, if it happens to you, be sure to advise Seattle Public Utilities at 206-386-1800. It’s often the result of sediment in the lines stirred up by jydrat testing, but not always – sometimes it’s first word of a pipe problem in the area. (We did see firefighters opening a hydrant on the Gatewood side of SW Thistle today, not far from our HQ, but our water’s been OK.)

UPDATE: Eastbound West Seattle Bridge ramp to 99 blocked

4:58 PM: Thanks for the texted tip: The ramp from the eastbound West Seattle Bridge to northbound Highway 99 is blocked. Neither WSDOT nor SDOT had anything in their traffic alerts but we flagged them on Twitter/X and now the live camera has swung around to show something involving two buses:

5:14 PM: SDOT’s traffic center has spun the camera away without any explanation of this incident so far, so we won’t know when it ends, but just know if you’re heading east you MIGHT need extra time.

6:07 PM: A commenter says a friend made it through just fine, so apparently the incident is over.

New Special Olympics program on the way to West Seattle

August 12, 2023 3:28 pm
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In case you haven’t seen this in the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar: Special Olympics has a new West Seattle program on the way, and there’s a kickoff event this Thursday for everyone interested. It’s happening at Lincoln Park picnic tables 53/54 [map], 5-7 pm Wednesday (August 16th). You can register an athlete at and/or contact with questions.

WEST SEATTLE WEATHER: ‘Excessive Heat Watch’ alert

1:32 PM: You’ve probably heard the forecast for a heat wave next week. The National Weather Service has formalized it with an “Excessive Heat Watch” alert for Monday morning (August 14th) through Thursday evening (August 17th). The alert warns of:

.A multi-day stretch of dangerously hot conditions with daytime temperatures in the 80s and 90s and lows in the 60s. This will pose Moderate to Major Heat Risk levels and risk of heat-related illness.

As the map at right shows, the alert covers much of Western Washington,

4:13 PM: The alert’s been updated to kick in earlier – “late Sunday night.”

BIZNOTE: Happy 14th, Cherry Consignment!

As noted in our daily highlight lists the past few days, Cherry Consignment (4142 California SW) on the north edge of The Junction is celebrating 14 years in business. (Here’s our report from when Cherry opened in August 2009.) We stopped by to chat with proprietor Nyla Bittermann.

She’s busy – while we were there, she was telling a caller that the next available appointment for would-be consigners was in October! However, if you have just a few items, she’s opening Monday for a special opportunity: “We are opening on Monday, 8/14, for you to drop off 10-12 pristine items that we’ll go through as needed. No appointment necessary for this one!” In the meantime, if you just want to shop, the shop is well-stocked:

We asked Nyla how the business has changed since she began. “So many more people are moving to West Seattle, so many new consigners!” Many have come from the new residential developments that line nearby Junction streets such as 42nd SW. Though the pandemic and economic challenges have affected her business like others, Nyla says consignment/resale is close to “foolproof” – it’s a popular way of shopping whether or not people are flush with cash. But one big thing has changed in the past few years – “we’ve stopped getting business attire!” The work-at-home revolution has dramatically reduced the need for that, though Nyla notes that she’s sold more than a few “Zoom tops” as a result.

For her personally, she marvels that so much time has gone by – her youngest child was 8 months old when Cherry opened in 2009, and now she’s in high school! So it’s time to celebrate. All weekend, Cherry Consignment is having a 14%-off sale, plus extras – treats (there was a tray of Dough Joy donut holes when we stopped by, and Sunday she’s scooping Shug’s sorbet) and, today, an art pop-up with Lamb Design Goods, noon-2 pm. The shop is open noon-5 pm today and tomorrow (and that bonus day on Monday).

WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Broken-window car prowls

Sent this morning by Seth:

We woke up this morning to find our car had been broken into and rifled through. Nothing of value was in there, so more just a pain to replace a window (and the general offense of someone messing with your stuff). It appears the prowlers hit multiple cars parked along the same side of the street – 34th Ave SW, between Holly and Willow. This is along the fence of West Seattle Elementary, so not directly in front of homes. The school site is still under construction so maintains a security guard there overnight, but I couldn’t find them to ask if they saw anything. I filed an online police report just to add it to their stats. Just sending as a heads-up since ours wasn’t the only car hit.


(Friday sunset, photographed at Cove Park by Tom Trulin)

Welcome to the weekend! From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar and inbox:

MAUI BENEFITS: We’ve updated our list of businesses either fundraising or collecting items for Maui fire survivors; see it here. If you have someplace local to add, please email us – – thank you!

YARD/GARAGE SALES: A few for today are listed in the WSB Community Forums.

GLASS FLOAT HUNT CONTINUES: Update from organizers:

49 have been found, and we’ve hidden 50 more! Cheers to the second week of the float hunt!

The territory remains the same: Alki to Roxbury, the Sound to the Duwamish.

No locations will be repeated from the 1st week.

They’re indoors and outdoors. If they’re outside, they’re on public property.

(Backstory here.)

TLC FOR SHORELINE STREET END: 9 am-noon, volunteer work party at Shoreline Street End #7, just south of Constellation Park. Info’s in the preview we published earlier this week.

FREE OPERA IN THE PARK: The youth-geared “Frida Kahlo and the Bravest Girl in the World” has an encore performance during a 10 am-noon event at Highland Park (1100 SW Cloverdale).

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.

TLC FOR WEBSTER POND: 10 am-1 pm, volunteers needed:

Meet at the green space across the street from Delridge Home Depot [map]. Seattle Tree Stewards and Dirt Corps are hosting volunteer opportunities at Webster Pond! We’ll be focusing on invasive-plant removal and trash clean-up, and all are welcome to join in beautifying this wonderful greenspace in the heart of Delridge! No tools or experience needed! Volunteers should bring sun protection, water, and comfortable clothing. Register to join us!

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)

CHERRY CONSIGNMENT CELEBRATES 14 YEARS: All weekend, Cherry Consignment on the north edge of The Junction is celebrating 14 years in business – 14 percent off, special treats, and an art pop-up today (12-2 pm) – the shop is open noon-5. (4142 California SW)

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.

VIETNAMESE CULTURAL CENTER: The center is open to visitors noon-3 pm, as explained here. (2234 SW Orchard)

LOG HOUSE MUSEUM: See what’s new at the home of West Seattle’s history – visit the Log House Museum (61st/Stevens) 12-4 pm.

VISCON CELLARS: 1-6 pm, visit the tasting room at Viscon Cellars (WSB sponsor) – offering wine by the glass or bottle. Learn about Viscon wines here! (5910 California SW)

NORTHWEST WINE ACADEMY: 1-6 pm, with student-produced wines available. North end of South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) campus. (6000 16th SW)

SALSA & BACHATA ON ALKI: Dance the night away at Statue of Liberty Plaza (61st/Alki), 4:30 pm-9:30 pm. Wristbands sold on site.

LIVE AT EASY STREET RECORDS: 7 pm, free live, all-ages in-store show by The Zack Static Sect, celebrating their record release. (4559 California SW)

LIVE AT C & P COFFEE: 7 pm-9 pm, Guitar Gil performs at C & P Coffee (5612 California SW; WSB sponsor). No cover, all ages.

Planning a show, sale, event, meeting, seminar, reading, field trip, fundraiser, class, game, or ? Get it on our calendar! Please email info to – thank you!