West Seattle, Washington
On the right side of our top photo is the newly installed Peace Pole outside American Legion Post 160 in The Triangle, installed and dedicated during a Veterans Day commemoration this afternoon. It’s the eighth one installed around this area by the Rotary Club of West Seattle – and Post 160 Commander Keith Hughes says it’s the first of three that will help transform the Post’s front lawn into a Peace Park. The Rotary’s Kjersti Stroup said it’s one of more than 300,000 installed worldwide as a “symbol of the continuing quest for lasting peace.”
A short song expressed the sentiment embodied by the pole, which is decorated with messages of peace in eight languages: -:
Before the pole was dedicated and placed, those gathered inside Post 160 – which also serves as the West Seattle Veteran Center and Westside Neighbors Shelter – paid tribute to veterans, Scouts from Troop/Pack 282 presented the colors:
Commander Hughes gave a short speech he credited to Legion headquarters, telling the story of Korean War veteran and former POW Hiroshi Miyamura, who died last year.
His voice broke as he recounted the story of Miyamura rescuing a fallen fellow soldier. He reminded everyone that veterans’ service to the country deserves respect and gratitude every day of the year, not just this one holiday. The American Legion exists, he noted, because “warriors need advocates.”
That’s the West Seattle High School volleyball team, photographed today in the gym at Lake Washington High School, where they finished district-tournament play, starting with a 3-0 loss to the host team in the semifinals this morning, coming back with a 3-0 victory over Renton’s Liberty High School this afternoon. That won them third place in the district, following their second-place Metro League finish, and next they’re off to the state tournament. That’s happening in Yakima next Friday and Saturday. The Wildcats, under head coach Scott Behrbaum, are 16-6 on the year so far.
That festive corner is dropoff spot for a donation drive for Treehouse foster youth at Alki Bike & Board (2606 California SW; WSB sponsor) this holiday season. You can go here to see what they’re collecting. Donation dropoffs are during store hours – 10 am-6 pm Fridays and Saturdays, noon-5 pm Sundays, noon-6 pm Tuesdays-Thursdays. The drive continues through December 15th, and there’s one request; “Please make sure all items are NEW or in GREAT used condition.”
P.S. If your business, organization, school, etc., has a holiday-season donation drive, email us info – email@example.com – we’ll have a dedicated ongoing list as usual in our forthcoming West Seattle Holiday Guide.
The Westside HEY Coalition has a few questions for you, if you haven’t already answered the survey they launched in late summer:
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The sunbreak might be a great time to do this if you can – thanks to Kevin Freitas for the photos and reminder:
A reminder for folks able, please consider clearing a storm drain or two near you, especially in places where people need to walk, roll, or take transit.
I cleared the bus lane near 35th/Avalon as it was a lake and a few other nearby spots.
And remember that it’s still “extra yard waste at no extra charge” month.
Two West Seattle Crime Watch reader reports this morning:
STOLEN CAR: Jennifer sent word of her stolen car: “2017 silver Hyundai Veloster, license BOT1064, stolen off 34 Ave SW across from West Seattle Elementary School. Police report # 23-326342.”
STOLEN PACKAGE: Annie says this happened this morning on Barton between 30th and 31st:
We were sitting at our dining room table directly in front of our front door. A forest green (with gray bottom) 2000 Dodge truck with a lot of large items in the back (looked like a lawn mower and random appliances) pulled up; a white man, shaved head, over 6’2″, in a faded black T-shirt, jogged up, grabbed a package off our porch and ran to the truck.
The driver pulled away as he was getting in.
10:26 AM: After a blustery night, 134 West Seattle homes are dealing with a power outage. The power went out just after 5:30 am in the area shown in the Seattle City Light outage-map screengrab above, parts of Brace Point and Arbor Heights. SCL blames the outage on a tree.
3:28 PM: Just checked the map for the first time in a few hours; the outage is down to 21 customers.
7:47 PM: Since that last look, everyone’s been reconnected, per the map.
Here’s how the weekend is beginning, mostly from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:
FREE GROUP RUN: Get your weekend going with this weekly West Seattle Runner (2743 California SW) group run, All levels welcome. Meet at the shop by 8 am.
VOLLEYBALL: West Seattle High School plays Lake Washington HS at 9 am in a district volleyball tournament semifinal; match is at LWHS (in Kirkland). If WSHS wins, the Wildcats play for the district title at 3 pm.
DONUTS & DONATIONS: Bring warm clothes to 5446 California SW, 10 am-1 pm, and get a free donut!
SSC GARDEN CENTER: Fall is planting season, and you can shop for student-raised plants at the South Seattle College (6000 16th SW; WSB sponsor) Garden Center, open 10 am-2 pm on the north end of campus.
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).
(added) BUSINESS OPEN HOUSES: Several West Seattle Junction businesses are having holiday open houses today. Here’s one announcement, from Fleurt, which is open 11 am-4 pm:
Fleurt has a Holiday Open House today along with several of our Junction neighbors.
Come kick off the holiday season at Fleurt with gifts for everyone (and some for you too) plus new arrivals in our fashion department you don’t want to miss.
Other businesses participating 1-5 pm: CAPERS Home, Carmilia’s, The Brocante Beach House, Swan Dive, Pegasus Book Exchange, My Three Little Birds, Menashe & Sons, Funky Jane’s Consignment.
SANTA PET PHOTOS: Take your furbaby to West Seattle Wonder Dogs (6040 California SW) 1-4 pm for a photo with Santa for a donation benefitting Forgotten Dogs Rescue!
JEWELRY POP-UP: CAPERS Home continues its local-maker series with Phyllis Warman, 1-6 pm. (4525 California SW)
OUNCES CELEBRATES 7 YEARS: Be there 2 pm-9 pm for the anniversary party, with the Dick’s Drive-In burger truck, plus music, magic, and giveaways. (3809 Delridge Way SW)
ALLISON RUSSELL AT EASY STREET: 2 pm meet-and-greet at Easy Street Records (4559 California SW).
BOOK LAUNCH PARTY: West Seattle writer Sharon Podobnik‘s first book “It’s Not (All) Your Fault” is out, and you’re invited to help her celebrate at C & P Coffee (5612 California SW; WSB sponsor), 4-6 pm.
VETERANS DAY & PEACE POLE DEDICATION: The Rotary Club of West Seattle will present a peace pole to American Legion Post 160 in honor of veterans and their families. All welcome. 4 pm. (3618 SW Alaska)
BURGERS & BEATS: Saturday night food and music at Revelry Room – burgers start at 6, DJs at 9. (4547 California SW, alley side)
ALL-AGES OPEN MIC: 7-10 pm at The Spot West Seattle (2920 SW Avalon Way)
COFFEEHOUSE MUSIC: Home Cookin’ performs at C & P Coffee (5612 California SW; WSB sponsor), 7-9 pm, no cover.
‘THE LARAMIE PROJECT’: West Seattle High School‘s new student production continues tonight, 7:30 pm – ticket info and more in our calendar listing.
‘THOSE WHO FEED US’: 7:30 pm at ArtsWest (4711 California SW; WSB sponsor):
ArtsWest will be hosting the inaugural reading of Those Who Feed Us, an original devised theatrical-event celebrating food solidarity and awareness of the (un)seen hands that put food on our plates. Produced by volunteer mutual aid group WashMasks, the event is a community gathering of shared memories, dramatic readings, and facilitated public conversations that connect the food we eat to the people that made this happen.
Admission is free, with donations from this pay-what-you-can event going toward WashMasks’ yearly Heart of Washington campaign, serving several farmworker communities across Washington state.
‘GREAT NIGHT’: Saturday night program for young adults 18+ to hang out 7 pm-midnight, at Southwest Teen Life Center (2801 SW Thistle).
Planning a concert, open house, show, sale, event, meeting, seminar, reading, field trip, fundraiser, class, game, Halloween or holiday-season happening, or ? If the community’s invited, get your event on our calendar! Please email info to email@example.com – thank you!