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UPDATE: Little boy found alone at 35th/Avalon

11:18 PM: We just got a call from Southwest Precinct police about a sad case they are handling tonight, and they asked if we could help them solve it: People called 911 around 8:30 tonight to report a little boy crossing the street alone at 35th/Avalon. Nobody had reported a missing child, and police checked apartment buildings in the area but so far haven’t figured out whose child he is. They say CPS is on the way, to arrive after midnight, but maybe you know of someone looking for their child who hasn’t yet called police. They describe him as Black, maybe 5 years old or so but not very communicative, at least 3 feet tall, wearing pajamas with a blue top and multicolor bottom, maroon and tan Crocs shoes and black socks. If you have any information that might connect him with his family, call 911. The SPD incident number is 24-114442.

SUNDAY, 6:55 PM: We just talked with a Southwest Precinct lieutenant who confirms that the child’s family has been found. He didn’t have full details but says it was some sort of issue involving the child’s care provider while the child’s parent(s) were at work overnight.

CRIME WATCH FOLLOWUP: Vigil for hit-run victim Tommy Joe Garrett

Thomas J. Garrett, known to those who loved him as “Tommy Joe,” was the 81-year-old man killed by a hit-run driver this past Monday night at 15th/Roxbury. Family members gathered there for a vigil this afternoon.

His daughter told us Mr. Garrett lived on Capitol Hill much of his life and went to Garfield High School with Jimi Hendrix. He himself was a musician and his career included many achievements including work as a TV-news photographer. His nephew talked more about Mr. Garrett’s life as traffic roared by on Roxbury:

His family says they don’t know why Mr. Garrett was in the area Monday night. They do know King County Sheriff’s Office deputies have yet to find his killer and are still seeking information on this vehicle (as reported here Thursday):

Call 800-222-TIPS if you have any information. Meantime, they are planning a memorial for him at a Buddhist temple in the Central District. And they want to ensure no one forgets him, or what happened here.

BIZNOTE: Sound Credit Union to close West Seattle Junction branch

(WSB photo from 2022)

Thanks for the tips. Customers of Sound Credit Union have received the company’s announcement that it plans to close its West Seattle Junction branch at the end of June. Here’s the announcement in its entirety:

As a member-owned financial cooperative, we continually analyze our branch locations to best serve you, our valued members. We have made the difficult decision to permanently close our West Seattle Branch, located at 4730 California Ave (SW), on Friday, June 28, 2024.

That’ll be this year’s second financial-institution closure in West Seattle, following the March closure of Wells Fargo‘s Admiral branch. It’ll be at least the second branch closure for Sound Credit Union, after its First Hill shutdown (corrected date) in March 2023. Sound Credit Union opened in the 4730 California mixed-use building as the first-ever tenant in that space, more than eight years ago. Last year, the branch was robbed three times.

CONTINUING SUNDAY: West Seattle Rock and Gem Show

Looking for something to do indoors now that the weather’s turned drippy? From our very long Saturday highlight list, this is the first day of this weekend’s West Seattle Rock and Gem Show. Every year, members of the West Seattle Rock Club spend the weekend at the Masonic Hall (40th/Edmunds, enter off the parking lot) showing and selling treasures from the Earth:

Admission is free.

The show continues until 5 pm today and again 10 am-5 pm on Sunday!

WEST SEATTLE WEEKEND SCENE: ‘Give and take’ rummage sale at Highland Park Elementary

April 27, 2024 11:55 am
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(WSB photos)

Continuing with today’s recycling theme – a different take on recycle/reuse, the classic rummage/yard/garage sale. The PTA/PTSAs of Highland Park Elementary and Pathfinder K-8 are teaming up on this “give and take” sale today – taking donations, with the motto “Give what you can, take what you need.”

Among those making this happen at the HPE campus (1012 SW Trenton) are Gretchen, Haley, Sher, and Ellen:

The sale’s on until 3 pm!

WEST SEATTLE WEEKEND SCENE: 2024’s first Recycle Roundup at Fauntleroy Church

(WSB photos)

Big demand for free dropoff recycling of what you can’t put out at the curb! The spring Recycle Roundup is happening in the Fauntleroy Church lot (9140 California SW) until 3 pm, and organizers tell us the drive-up line was more than a block long before it began. This one catches up quickly, and DTG Recycle – new parent company of longtime partner 1 Green Planet – has multiple trucks on site.

Here is the list of what they will and won’t take this time. You have until 3 pm to get there, but organizers remind you, please don’t wait until the last minute, so they can close on time without people still waiting. If you can’t get to today’s event, the church usually does it again in fall; also, Seattle Public Utilities‘ “Where Does It Go?” page can help with recycling/disposal options.

WEST SEATTLE SATURDAY: 35+ things to know for today/tonight

(Caution, ducks crossing! Erskine Way, texted photo)

Welcome to April’s final weekend! Lots of highlights and other info for today/tonight, mostly from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

LOW-BRIDGE CLOSURE: The West Seattle low bridge is in the 8th day of its closure to road/path traffic for upgrades and should reopen by early Monday morning. More closure details from SDOT here (including how to get free rides on the Water Taxi or Metro buses).

LIBRARY CLOSURE: The Southwest Library is closed Saturdays through June 4.

WATER TAXI’S LATER-EVENING RUNS: Second weekend of spring/summer season the West Seattle Water Taxi, which means later-evening runs tonight.

WEST SEATTLE RUNNER GROUP RUN: The store‘s where to meet for the weekly free group run at 8 am. (2743 California SW)

FREE! HEAVILY MEDITATED: Arrive by 8:50 am for community meditation at Move2Center (3618 SW Alaska). Free event every Saturday but please register.

FAUNTLEROY CHURCH RECYCLE ROUNDUP: 9 am-3 pm, bring your recyclables to the church parking lot (9140 California SW) for free drop-off recycling – but check this list first to see what they will and will not take.

WHITE CENTER SPRING CLEAN, SECOND ROUND: Help clean up the south end of downtown White Center – meet your fellow volunteers at 9 am in the Saar’s parking lot (16th/107th).

ALL-WHEEL AREA COMMUNITY MEETING: 10 am-noon at By & By Skate Shop (4502 California SW), come hear and talk about the plan for an “all-wheel area” at Morgan Junction Park.

SHELTER VOLUNTEERING: As explained in our preview, outdoor help is needed today at 10 am at Westside Neighbors Shelter (3618 SW Alaska).

NANTES PARK VOLUNTEERING: 10 am-1 pm, come help weed and mulch at this little park! (5062 SW Admiral Way)

DRUG TAKE-BACK DAY, WITH SHREDDING: Bring your no-longer-needed prescription medication – and your shreddable items, plus food-drive donations – to the Southwest Precinct (2300 SW Webster) lot, 10 am-2 pm – more info here.

ROCK AND GEM SHOW: 10 am-5 pm today and Sunday at Alki Masonic Center (40th/Edmunds) – free admission – displays and activities for all ages.


It’s time for the Spring Rummage Sale at Highland Park Elementary: April 27th from 10:00 am-3:00 pm! This year, Pathfinder K-8 PTSA and Highland Park Elementary PTSA are joining forces to bring this event to our West Seattle community – come show up for your schools and neighbors!

This is a give and take event. Give what you can, take what you need. Kids grow fast; let’s move some resources around our community! Books, puzzles, games, youth/infant/adult clothing, shoes, kitchen items, sporting goods, garden tools, toys, linens, etc.

(1012 SW Trenton)

TOOL LIBRARY SALE: Big sale at the West Seattle Tool Library (4408 Delridge Way SW), 10 am-3 pm.

SPRING NATIVE ART MARKET: Today and Sunday, 10 am-5 pm at the Duwamish Tribe Longhouse (4705 W. Marginal Way SW)

ARK PRESCHOOL OPEN HOUSE: 10 am-noon, you’re invited to visit. (4113 SW 102nd)

SSC GARDEN CENTER: Plants await you at the north end of the South Seattle College (6000 16th SW; WSB sponsor) campus, 10 am-3 pm.

MORNING MUSIC: 10:30 am-noon at C & P Coffee (5612 California SW; WSB sponsor), Marco de Carvalho and Friends perform. Info about Marco’s music is here.

FAMILY STORY TIME: 10:30 am-11 am at High Point Library (3411 SW Raymond).

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).

WHITE CENTER LIBRARY GUILD SALE: Rummage-sale items and vegetable starts, 11 am-3 pm. (1409 SW 107th)

FLASH TATTOO OPEN HOUSE: Kingtide Ink welcomes you in for a flash tattoo, 11 am-8 pm (4222 SW Walker).

LOG HOUSE MUSEUM OPEN: The home of West Seattle history is open for your visit, noon-4 pm. (61st/Stevens)

VIETNAMESE CULTURAL CENTER: The center is open to visitors noon-3 pm, as explained here. (2236 SW Orchard)

VISCON CELLARS: Tasting room open – wine by the glass or bottle – 1-6 pm at Viscon Cellars (5910 California SW; WSB sponsor).

NORTHWEST WINE ACADEMY: Open 1-6 pm at the north end of the South Seattle College (6000 16th SW; WSB sponsor) campus.

READY FREDDY PREP PARTY: Free 45-minute event with disaster-preparedness coach Alice Kuder of Just In Case (WSB sponsor), 2 pm at West Seattle Coworking (9030 35th SW) – email to be sure there’s room.

(added) VIGIL: 3 pm vigil in memory of Thomas J. Garrett, the 81-year-old man killed by a hit-run driver, at 15th/Roxbury.

NEPENTHE’S WALK-IN MASSAGE CLINIC: 3-5 pm, show up at Nepenthe (9447 35th SW) with a specific problem to be addressed by massage, and you’ll get a free (gratuities appreciated) trial of their work.

LIVE AT EASY STREET RECORDS: (Update, sorry for original error, The Hellflowers’ show is SUNDAY, not today)

(added) DINNER AT THE EAGLES: 5:30 pm, dinner and music:

Saturday the 27th.. Anne Weglin and her crew are taking over the kitchen again and making an outstanding meal. Starting @ 5:30 pm for $15 they’ll have “Chicken Marbella with Saffron rice, Salad and Lemon bars for dessert.” The proceeds of this meal will be going to Fogerson Athletics who provides athletic equipment and scholarships for local families in need! We will also have a band playing from 7-10. Join us in jamming out to the Soulful 88’s –
West Seattle Eagles this Saturday the 27th until we sell out, cash only

(4426 California SW)

INSTRUMENTS OF CHANGE: If you have tickets, tonight’s the West Seattle Food Bank‘s benefit gala dinner/auction,, 6-9 pm at The Hall at Fauntleroy (9131 California SW).

LIVE AT C & P COFFEE: Singer-songwriter Paul Gerard at C & P Coffee (5612 California SW; WSB sponsor), 7-9 pm, all ages, no cover.

ALL-AGES OPEN MIC: 7-10 pm at The Spot West Seattle (2920 SW Avalon Way)

THE BYRD ENSEMBLE: As previewed here, the acclaimed chamber-vocal ensemble is singing a program featuring Allegri‘s “Miserere” at 7:30 pm tonight at Holy Rosary Catholic Church (42nd/Genesee), and you can get 30 percent off general, senior, and/or student tickets by buying online with the code WSBLOG30.

AT KENYON HALL: Tonight’s originally schedule flamenco performance is canceled, according to the KH website.

FINAL WEEKEND FOR ‘ENGLISH’: The play by Sanaz Toossi, directed by Naghmeh Samini, continues at ArtsWest (4711 California SW; WSB sponsor), 7:30 pm. Ticket link and more info are in our calendar listing; online tickets are sold out but you can check with the box office.

DRAG AT THE SKYLARK: Tonight’s the night for the monthly West Seattle drag extravaganza West End Girls, hosted by Cookie Couture at The Skylark (3803 Delridge Way SW) – doors at 7 pm, show at 8 pm, all ages, tickets online or at the door.

BEATS: Saturday night DJs at Revelry Room – 9 pm. Tonight, DJ Robin Burrowes debuts in the Room. (4547 California SW, alley side)

KARAOKE: Saturday night, sing at Talarico’s Pizzeria (4718 California SW), starting at 10 pm.

Planning a happening? If the community’s welcome, your event belongs on our calendar! Please email info to – thank you!

WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Gunfire east of Schmitz Park

ORIGINAL REPORT, 1:46 AM SATURDAY: What started as a report about a fight east of Schmitz Park has turned into a gunfire investigation. Police have told dispatch they’ve found at least one casing in the 3000 block of Garlough SW (vicinity map). No reports of injuries but officers have told dispatch this might be related to an attempted auto theft. No other details so far.

ADDED TUESDAY: Here’s the police-report summary:

At approximately 0130 hours, multiple callers reported that six people were in a physical altercation in the area of Garlough Av SW and SW Hanford St, when one of the parties involved fired a gun. All participants were said to have then fled in a vehicle, traveling northbound. Officers arrived and canvassed the area for evidence, finding a spent shell casing. There was no indication that anyone was shot and an area check for possible suspects met with negative results.