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“Spring Into Action” Friday 6/5 at Highland Park Elementary

Announced this week:

Highland Park’s

Springing Into Action
June 5th @ 6 PM
Free dinner & Giveaways
learn Native American art
info about new recycling guides by ECOSS
learn the benefits and care of WORM BINS
with West Seattle’s own

This is happening at Highland Park Elementary School.

Next Koran class at First Lutheran Church of West Seattle starts July 9

June 5, 2009 1:16 am
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From Pastor Ron Marshall at First Lutheran Church of West Seattle:

JULY 9, 16, 23, 30: READ THE KORAN IN FOUR WEEKS, First Lutheran Church of West Seattle, 935-6530, – Have you wanted to know for yourself what the Koran says in a world where Islam is mentioned nearly every day in the news? Then make plans now to join this four-week guided reading led by Pastor Ron Marshall — who’s been teaching this class four times a year since 2003. The $50 registration fee includes an authorized translation of the Koran for your keeping. Worksheets and other background handouts from Islamic scholars will be provided for each class session the week before. Call now to register or make inquiries. Enrollment is limited.

We interviewed Pastor Marshall about his unique class last year; see the story here.

Neighborhood House High Point project hits $ goal

June 4, 2009 4:38 pm
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Just in (this is the project we toured recently):

Contributions of $250,000 from the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation and
$150,000 from Safeco capped a two-year $13 million campaign by Neighborhood
House to build a LEED Gold-certified neighborhood center in West Seattle’s
High Point community. The closing major gifts that brought the campaign to
its goal were announced today at a fundraising event for the nonprofit

The High Point Neighborhood Center will be an environmental learning center
in addition to housing social services and programs for low-income
individuals and families. Among its green features are 256 solar panels that
will cover 6,000 square feet of the building’s roof – the largest array of
solar panels in the state. The solar panels will light up Head Start and
English-language classrooms, heat a Family and Teen Center, fuel a community
kitchen, and save thousands of dollars a year – freeing up critical funds
that will go to services and programs instead of electrical bills.

“The biggest solar array in the state is not on a rich person’s house, but
on a community center for the people – everyday people,” Van Jones, White
House Council on Environmental Quality, told Neighborhood House supporters
last year. “This is an extraordinary, bold, breakout move that changes the
agenda for the country.”

The campaign’s final fundraising push will seek to raise an additional
$100,000 to purchase a second solar panel array that will then be expected
to power 100 percent of the building’s energy needs, making it one of the
very few energy-neutral structures in the state.

Neighborhood House officially kicks off the final solar panel fundraising
effort on the longest day of the year – the summer solstice on June 21.

Seattle Public Library formalizes Aug. 31-Sept. 6 budget closure

June 3, 2009 11:19 am
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The official news release (and note that Sept. 7 is Labor Day holiday, so the libraries won’t reopen till Sept. 8):



The Seattle Public Library system will close Monday, Aug. 31 through Sunday, Sept. 6 due to citywide budget cuts. Please note Monday, Sept. 7 is the Labor Day holiday and all libraries will be closed. Regular Library operations will resume Tuesday, Sept. 8.

All city departments identified reductions to address a $43 million gap in the 2009 city budget. The Library is funded from the city general fund.

The systemwide closure, along with other cuts, will help the Library meet a 2 percent budget reduction – about $1 million. The closure will save approximately $655,000.

The closure will mean salary reductions for about 700 employees who will not be paid, or accrue vacation or retirement benefits during those weeks. An additional $350,000 in cuts – which include management and administration layoffs, extending the staff computer replacement schedule and reducing the training budget, are also being implemented.

No Library services will be available during the one-week closure and will have the following impacts:

· No materials will be due and no fines will be accrued.

* The last day to check out Library items before the closure is Sunday, Aug. 30. Visit, or call 206-386-4636 for more information on which Library locations are open on Sunday and their hours of operation.

* No book drops will be open. Customers should keep books and materials at home until the Library system reopens. No fines will be charged during the closure week. Customers will be responsible for theft, loss or damage to Library materials left outside buildings.

* No access to the online catalog. You will not be able to search the catalog or databases, place holds on materials, or check your Library record.

* No access to the Web site ( No staff members will be working to maintain and troubleshoot problems. This means online computer sign-ups, the online reference service and other features will not be available.

* No Library computers will be available. You will not be able to reserve a computer for the week the Library system is closed.

* No programs or events in Library meeting rooms.

* No Telecirc, the Library’s automated telephone service.

* No Quick Information telephone service.

* No mail will be received during the closure. The Library will have the U.S. Post Office hold all mail until the Library reopens. There will not be staff available to accept deliveries.

· No book club books will be sent, received or returned during the one-week closure. Book club books will be sent to libraries as usual on the last Wednesday of the month, Aug. 26. Books not available then will be sent as soon as possible after Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 7. Contact your library, or the Washington Center for the Book at or 206-615-1747 if you are part of a book group and have questions.

* No Mobile Services.

* No book donations will be collected at Library facilities during the closure. If you have book donations to make during the one-week closure, please contact the Friends Book Sale office at (206) 523-4053 or e-mail


* The underground, independently operated parking garage at the Central Library will remain open, as well Neighborhood Services Centers co-located with branch libraries with separate entrances. Service Centers located within branches will continue to provide assistance by appointment only.

Aug. 31 through Sept. 6 was the week was selected for the closure because general Library use at that time is not as high as other times during the year, school is not in session and there are fewer Library programs scheduled.

Other options, such as a rotating schedule of closures so that some Library service was available were examined, but did not produce the magnitude of savings necessary. Closing all branch libraries on Fridays for the second half of 2009 would have produced the same savings as a one-week closure, but service hours would have been reduced by 5,408, in comparison to the 1,437 hours lost by closing all operations for a one week. Also, a Friday closure of all branches would have resulted in an estimated 22 staff layoffs.

“While there were no good options, temporarily closing will have the least impact on public service for the long term,” said City Librarian Susan Hildreth.

The Library’s $50 million operating budget is mainly allocated for personnel who run the libraries and provide direct public service, books and materials, and fixed costs, such as telecommunication and Internet services and utilities.

Volleyball camp in July at West Seattle High School

June 3, 2009 10:02 am
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Thanks to West Seattle High School assistant volleyball coach Jim Hardy for sharing this info:

Westside Volleyball Camp with Idaho Vandals Coach Steve Whitaker @ West Seattle HS

The West Seattle HS Volleyball team is sponsoring a Volleyball Camp for HS and Middle School age players. The camp will run Monday – Thursday July 6th-9th, 1:00-5:30 at West Seattle High School. The camp features Coach Whitaker and the WS Volleyball coaches in four days of skills instruction, games and fun! The fee for the Camp is $120. (Scholarships and waivers are available.) Contact Head Coach Gail Mowrer to register. Phone 206.935.3231 or 206.293.5063 Email: A Registration form and Flyer are on the WSHS Volleyball Web Site:

Family Skating Party at Alki Community Center on June 12th

June 3, 2009 9:52 am
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Here’s the announcement we received:

School’s Out Family Skating Party: Alki Community Center

Celebrate the end of school year by skating with family and neighborhood friends. Enjoy all you can eat hot dogs, listen to gentle music, enjoy skating games and watch your children play on jump toys.

Friday, June 12, 2009
6:45 – 8:45pm.

Free Event

Call 684 – 7430 for more information

Potter Construction’s Rampathon report

June 3, 2009 9:46 am
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Received from West Seattle’s Potter Construction:

Potter Construction participates in the MBA’s 16th Annual Rampathon event Saturday, May 16, 2009.

The Master Builders Association’s 16th Annual Rampathon was held Saturday, May 16, 2008 throughout King and Snohomish Counties. Sponsored by the Master Builder’s Association (MBA) Care Foundation, this annual event provides free wheelchair access ramps for low-income disabled homeowners in King and Snohomish counties. This year, ramps were installed at homes in Federal Way, Burien, Snohomish, Enumclaw, Redmond, Kent, Mill Creek, Sea-Tac, Shoreline, Lynnwood, Issaquah, Seattle, Monroe, Brier and Kirkland.

This was the 8th year Potter Construction donated supplies and staff volunteered their time and expertise to design and construct a ramp for a homeowner in need. The Potter Construction team ~ comprised of John Nass, who coordinated the efforts, Roshele Allison who designed the ramp, and Karl Coy, Keith Haas, Harry Howell and Gavin Layton ~ built a platform and ramp for Gloria Southerland who is confined to a wheelchair.

“She loves it. It has given her a new lease on life. She can’t walk, so leaving the house had become treacherous and such effort she never wanted to go out. She now has that ability.” Kim Nelson, daughter of Gloria

Pre-registration June 13 for SWAC Football and Cheer

June 2, 2009 4:15 pm
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The latest information from the SWAC Cougars:

One more pre-registration date for SWAC Football and Cheer – June 13, 11 am-2 pm, at Westwood Village Big 5. Registration fee for football is $150 and $100 for cheer. Practices start August 3rd, at Southwest Athletic Complex (east of Southwest Community Center). More info online:

Sustainable West Seattle presents “Mad City Chickens,” June 15

June 2, 2009 3:46 pm
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Sustainable West Seattle‘s got a movie coming up – here’s the announcement:

Mad City Chickens
a documentary film

Monday, June 15
Doors open @ 6:30 pm (Q&A)
Movie starts @ 7:00 pm

Youngstown Arts Center
4408 Delridge Way SW

Cost: $3 donation requested

Mad City Chickens is a sometimes serious, sometimes whimsical look at the people who keep urban chickens in their backyards.

From chicken experts and authors to a rescued landfill hen or an inexperienced family that decides to take the poultry plunge—and even a mad scientist and giant hen taking to the streets—it’s a humorous and heartfelt trip through the world of backyard chickendom.


* Mother Earth News Editor-in-Chief, Cheryl Long
* Leading bird flu expert, Dr. Michael Greger
* Rare behind-the-scenes at Murray McMurray Hatchery
* Backyard Poultry editor, Elaine Belanger
* Society for the Preservation of Poultry Antiquities, Christine Heinrichs
* Stunning results from nutritional study on pastured eggs
* Follow an urban family for an entire year as they take the poultry plunge
* A factory farm hen that refused to die even after being gassed and dumped at a landfill

PLUS…coops, birds, eggs, art, images from Seattle Tilth, founding members of the Mad City Chickens group, a California musical hen, a Texas life-saving flock…and yes…even a mad professor and a giant chicken find their way into the mix.

Formal city announcement of Morgan Junction Park opening

June 2, 2009 10:07 am
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We’ve reported this repeatedly but wanted to share the city’s announcement as well:


Seattle Parks and Recreation, the Morgan Community Association (MOCA),
and neighbors invite the community to the official grand opening and
ribbon cutting of the new Morgan Junction Park at 10 a.m. on Saturday,
June 13, 2009.

This park opening kicks-off the 4th Annual Morgan Junction Community
Festival (from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.), which includes music, children’s
activities and,new this year:the “Bite of Morgan.” The new park is
located at 6401 California Ave. SW in West Seattle and is designed with
both plaza and green space elements, andfeatures an interactive sidewalk
chalk gallery with low profile gallery style frames stamped into the
concrete. A chalk art contest for all ages begins at 11:30 a.m.

The creation of this park was a collaboration among Seattle Parks and
Recreation, Seattle Department of Transportation, the Mayor’s Office of
Arts & Cultural Affairs, MOCA, and the West Seattle neighborhood.

“This beautiful new park, originally planned in the Morgan Junction
Neighborhood Plan, provides a gathering space for all ages, and is a
showpiece for the heart of our community,” said Steve Sindiong, former
president of MOCA.

The Pro Parks Levy and a matching grant from the King County
Conservation Futures Tax provided $747,000 for acquisition of this
.2-acre property. Additionally, the Levy provided $480,000 for
planning, design and construction for the development of this new
neighborhood gathering space.

Approved by Seattle voters in 2000, the $198.2 million Pro Parks Levy
funded more than 100 projects throughout the city over the past eight
years. Projects include improvements to athletic fields, playgrounds,
trails and community centers and parks. Funding also increased green
spaces, supported Zoo programs and enhanced park maintenance.

For more information please visit:

David Miller officially files to run for Seattle City Council

June 2, 2009 3:04 am
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The official news release from the campaign:

David Miller, who began his campaign for Seattle City Council in November
2008, officially filed for Council Position 8 this morning. “I’m excited by all the
support I’ve received. In early March, I said I was running for Position 8 and today
made that official,” said Miller.

A 15+ year local business executive, environmental advocate, and neighborhood
representative, Miller entered the City Council race to bring balance to these
varying interests and a deliberate and thoughtful perspective to decisions affecting
the citizens of Seattle.

“Seattle’s needs are complex and we can’t afford to hire single-issue candidates for
the job,” stated Miller. “Every week, every meeting, every event on the campaign
trail reinforces my goal of creating a diverse coalition of businesses,
environmentalists, and neighborhood leaders is the right approach to this campaign.
It doesn’t always translate easily to a sound bite, but Seattleites appreciate a
candidate who knows voters are smart enough to understand specific answers to
complex questions.”

Miller has gathered strong endorsements during the campaign. Earth Day founder Denis
Hayes, habitat preservation leader Matt Mega, pedestrian advocate Lisa Quinn, green
economy guru Stacy Noland, tree advocates Cheryl Trivison and Rich Haag, and open
space advocate John Barber are among those in the environmental community endorsing

Biotech leader Bruce Montgomery; former head of the National Cancer Institute,
biotech venture capitalist, and Obama Administration advisor Dr. Richard Klausner;
green developers Bruce Blume and Linda Pruitt; business leader Anne Levinson; and
Seattle business icon Bill Grinstein are among Miller’s many supporters in the
business community.

Georgetown community leader Kathy Nyland, Delridge leader Pete Spaulding, West
Seattle leader Ivan Weiss, Beacon/Jefferson leader Judith Edwards, community leaders
Bruce Bentley and Kiku Hayashi, low income housing executive Sharon H. Lee, and many
others from all parts of the city are among Miller’s community-based supporters.

Miller is also endorsed by State Representative Scott White, King County
Councilmember Bob Ferguson, and former Seattle City Councilmember Peter Steinbrueck.

Council Position 8 is currently held by Councilmember Richard McIver, who has stated
his intention to retire. “In my work with City Council on various issues, I’ve come
to respect Councilmember McIver’s tough and direct questions and pledge to carry on
that tradition,” Miller said. “Seattle owes a large debt to Councilmember McIver,”
noted Miller, “and I’d like to take this opportunity to thank him publicly. Seattle
is a better place for his service.”

Based upon input from hundreds of Seattle residents, David Miller’s campaign is
focused on four priorities: Grow Responsibly, Strengthen Neighborhoods, Prioritize
People, and Return to Basics. More detail on these themes and the campaign is
available on

Miller filed to run for City Council on November 18, 2008, the third non-incumbent
to file for the race. On March 9, 2009 he became the second candidate to announce an
intention to run for Position 8. Shortly after 9:00am today, Miller made his
official filing for Position 8 with King County Elections.

David Miller lives with his wife in the Maple Leaf neighborhood of north Seattle
where he was president of the Community Council, works to preserve existing green
space, and advocates for responsible urban growth and density in our urban core
areas. David is founder and CEO of Biotech Stock Research and volunteers for the
UW-Bothell Center for Student Entrepreneurship where he helps aspiring business
owners launch their companies. A Council-appointed representative to the Parks and
Green Spaces Citizen’s Advisory Committee, David helped create the package for the
2008 Parks for All Levy and advocated for its successful passage. He is currently an
alternate serving on Seattle’s Neighborhood Planning Advisory Committee.

2009 Elections: Charlie Mas files for Seattle School Board

June 2, 2009 2:26 am
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His official announcement:

Charlie Mas files for School Board Race
Charlie Mas, longtime Seattle school district activist, filed as a candidate for
Seattle Public Schools Board Director from southeast Seattle on Monday, June 1. The
Board seat is now held by Cheryl Chow, who has announced that she will not be
running for re-election.

“I’m running for the Board because I want to do the work,” said Mr. Mas. “The
Board’s duties of making policy, overseeing the management of the District,
providing accountability and representing the public aren’t getting done. If the
voters let me, I’ll do the job.”

A candidate for this position in 2001, Mr. Mas has remained active and involved. He
is a member of the Superintendent’s School-Family Partnerships Advisory Committee
and a Golden Acorn award winner. He is also an active contributor to the Seattle
Public Schools Community Blog. He is well-respected for his knowledge and analysis
of District issues and has, at times, been an outspoken critic of District

“I want the District to walk the talk. Standing up for accountability and community
engagement are positive and supportive of the direction the District is trying to
take” he said.

Mr. Mas is father of two students in Seattle Public Schools. Married since 1982,
Charlie and Levecke Mas have lived in southeast Seattle on Beacon Hill for seventeen
years. Charlie works as an investment advisor.

Gillian Gaar “Rough Guide to Nirvana” book signing at Feedback Lounge on June 25

May 31, 2009 12:01 pm
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From the Feedback Lounge newsletter that just arrived in our inbox this morning:

Thursday, June 25, 7PM – 9PM
We’re excitedly freaked out to host a book signing party for our friend and famous author Gillian Gaar as her new book, The Rough Guide To Nirvana, is released this month!

Gillian covers the world famous Seattle grunge band’s history through comprehensive biographies, discographies and more. Her previous books include She’s A Rebel: The History of Women in Rock & Roll (Seal Press), Green Day: Rebels With A Cause (Omnibus), In Utero (Continuum) and has contributed to anothologies including Trouble Girls: The Rolling Stone Book of Women in Rock, The Nirvana Companion: Two Decades of Commentary, Goldmine: The Beatles Digest and Music: The Little Black Book.

A lifelong rock journalist, Gillian has also written liner notes for releases by Nirvana, Laurie Anderson, Judy Collins and Heart and has written for Rolling Stone magazine, Mojo, Goldmine and is a former senior editor for Seattle’s legendary Rocket magazine. A Rough Guide To Nirvana will be available to purchase at the Feedback Lounge, so come out and meet Gillian, buy her new book, get an autograph and listen a whole lot of Nirvana music!

Tour and volunteer cleanup ahead for Seattle Chinese Garden

May 30, 2009 1:15 am
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The folks behind the Seattle Chinese Garden in West Seattle have announced two events for next month:

The Seattle Chinese Garden
Offers Monthly Tours

Seattle, WA-The Seattle Chinese Garden at South Seattle Community College will offer free, guided tours the second Saturday of every month, March-October; the next tour will be on Saturday, June 13, 2009.

Tours begin at 10:00 a.m. at the Chan Education Center at South Seattle Community College (6000 16th Avenue SW, north parking lot entrance) with a slide presentation and discussion of the significance of gardens in Chinese culture. The tour then moves outside to the garden site where construction is under way for Knowing the Spring Courtyard and to Song Mei Pavilion, where tour guides discuss the construction of the pavilion and demonstration garden, describe the plans for the six-acre garden and point out the wide variety of plants on display.

These public tours last approximately 1½ hours, and no reservation is necessary. Groups of ten or more can arrange a private tour with two weeks advance notice. For membership, special event and guided tour information, call (206) 282-8040 or visit


Seattle Chinese Garden
Volunteer Garden Work Party

The Seattle Chinese Garden Society is hosting a volunteer garden clean-up party on Saturday, June 6th from 10 AM – 2 PM! Grab a friend, roll up your sleeves and help us prepare the garden for summer. Lunch and refreshments will be provided. Activities include: cleanup, landscaping, planting, pruning, and weeding.

For more information or to RSVP, please contact us at or (206) 282-8040.

We hope to see you there!

Early-registration discount for basketball camp at West Seattle High School

May 30, 2009 1:11 am
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Here’s the official announcement:

1st Annual PRIDE Hoop Camp-
Kick off the summer with a fun-filled week of hoops, June 22-26, 2009, with local professional player, Husky standout and West Seattle Boys Basketball Head Coach, Donald Watts, his coaching staff and players. For Boys and Girls, Grades 3-8 at West Seattle High School, 9 am-4 pm. $210.00. Register NOW for only $185.00!

Register online @ “Watts Happening” section.
All proceeds benefit the WSHS Basketball Program

Food drive starts June 1 at all Bartell Drugs locations

May 29, 2009 7:17 pm
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Next time you go to a Bartell Drugs store – starting Monday – take along a nonperishable food donation to help with the hunger crisis – we received this announcement from Bartell:

“Stock the Pantry” Food Drive June 1-14: helping to
feed out-of-school children and their families during
summer months

WHAT: Bartell Drugs launches the “Stock the Pantry”
food drive with Northwest Harvest by accepting
nonperishable food donations at all 55 Bartell Drug
locations from June 1 to June 14.

The drive builds on a long-time relationship
between Bartell’s and Northwest Harvest to support
in-need families in the communities we serve.

THE NEED: This two-week food drive is especially
important to help Northwest Harvest replenish food
stocks during summer months–when families that
normally depend on free or reduced-price school meals
may struggle to provide those meals at home.

Some “kid-friendly” food item
suggestions include tuna, instant oatmeal, macaroni and
cheese, peanut butter, cheese crackers, applesauce and
canned fruit in individual serving sizes.

WHEN: June 1 – June 14, 2009

WHERE: All 55 Bartell Drugs Locations in King, Pierce
and Snohomish Counties
For more information on Bartell Drugs
locations, visit

* Only 2 out of 5 low-income children who receive
a school lunch also receive a lunch in the summer
months. – Western Region Anti-Hunger Consortium

* 16% (approximately 226,000) of Washington’s
children under 18 live below the federal poverty level.
– American Community Survey, 2006 and Washington Kids
Count, 2009

* Washington children live in families and
communities that are facing harsh cuts in health care
and other services.

* Over the next year in Washington, an estimated
40,000 new kids will drop into poverty, driving up the
need for programs that help children and families. –
Children’s Alliance, May 2009

* Children suffer when their parents lose jobs
and health insurance and can’t make ends meet.

* Demand for safety net programs will grow as
unemployment rises, further straining a system that
isn’t able to meet the need we have now.

State Sen. Joe McDermott joins Facebook

May 29, 2009 10:34 am
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Yes, an actual news release announcing this has actually been sent out:

OLYMPIA — Mere months after declaring he was “too hip” for Facebook in The Seattle Times, Sen. Joe McDermott, D-West Seattle, has joined the social networking site.

“When the Senate approved both the expansion of our Domestic Partnership law and a measure that added ‘transgendered’ to our hate crimes statute, I sent an email out to my friends, constituents and family praising the actions. A friend replied, encouraging me to join Facebook so I could easily keep everyone informed,” McDermott said. “I knew then that I had to join.”

Facebook is a social networking web site that allows users to add friends and send them messages while updating their personal profiles to inform friends about themselves.

“While I still appreciate face-to-face conversations, I realized that utilizing social networking sites like Facebook would allow me to reach out to even more of my constituents — even if it makes me tragically unhip,” McDermott said.

To friend McDermott, visit

On Facebook, we have a West Seattle Blog group and you can friend us at WS Blog.

Rat City Rollergirls’ championship bout this Saturday

As announced by the Rat City Rollergirls:

Rat City Rollergirls to Play Championship Bout; All-Star Team Heads to New ShoWare Center

Women’s flat-track roller derby league wraps up successful season; All-Stars to compete for national ranking

The Rat City Rollergirls will finish their fifth regular
season with their championship bout on May 30 at KeyArena. But fans need not fret;
there will still be plenty of roller derby action all summer long, starting with the
league’s All-Stars taking on Detroit a week later at the new ShoWare Center in Kent,

The May 30, championship bout will include all four teams with Derby Liberation
Front vs. Sockit Wenches for the championship title and a grudge match between Grave
Danger and Throttle Rockets.

This has been a season of significant growth for the Rat City Rollergirls, with an
average of 4,000 fans showing up for their bouts at KeyArena. During previous
seasons, when bouts were held at a hangar in Magnuson Park, the venue could only
hold about 1,500 fans, and the events routinely sold out.

“We have amazing fans and couldn’t do what we do without their continued enthusiasm
and support. We look forward to another season at KeyArena next year and to bringing
roller derby to ShoWare Center this summer with our All-Stars,” said Maeleeke Lavan
of the Rat City Rollergirls’ Derby Liberation Front team.

The All-Star team consists of players from Derby Liberation Front, Sockit Wenches,
Throttle Rockets and Grave Danger. Rat City Rollergirls All-Stars are ranked number
five in the West and number five in the nation according to Women’s Flat Track Derby
Association (WFTDA). Large crowds are expected for the June 6 All-Star game, the
team’s first local bout of the year. The number two ranked Detroit Derby Girls will
join the Rat City Rollergirls at the ShoWare Center, the first Leadership in Energy
and Environmental Design (LEED(r)) certified sports and entertainment venue in the

For the second game of that evening, Rat City’s Rain of Terror, another select team
which includes members for all four Rat City Rollergirls teams, will compete against
the Jet City Bombers, the All-Star team from Snohomish County’s Jet City

“The Rat City Rollergirls continue to prove themselves as a strong force in Seattle
sports with their ever expanding fan base,” said Tim Higgins, General Manager,
SMG/ShoWare Center. “We’re excited to bring them to a new legion of fans here in the
south end and look forward to welcoming existing fans.”

General admission ticket price for bouts at KeyArena and ShoWare Center is $19.00
for adults and $12.00 for children. Tickets for KeyArena are available at all
Ticketmaster locations or at For June 6, July 18 and August
15, tickets are available at ShoWare Center’s Box Office in Kent, or online at, or by calling 253-856-6999.

West Seattle Neighbors for Peace and Justice, next meeting

May 29, 2009 2:32 am
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From the WSB inbox:

*West Seattle Neighbors for Peace and Justice Monthly Meeting/Potluck

*Alki Congregational Church
6115 S.W. Hinds

On *Sunday, June 7, 2009 – 6 p.m. *meeting with open dialogue on
action items, *7 p.m. *potluck. Public is invited. Come join us at
our weekly vigils and show your opposition to the war/occupation in Iraq
and Afghanistan at the Alaska/California Junction, every Sunday from
noon to 1 p.m. and White Center at Roxbury and 15th Southwest on
Wednesdays, 3 to 4 p.m.
or contact John Repp at

Port of Seattle candidates’ forum in South Park June 3rd

May 27, 2009 1:28 pm
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Just out of the WSB inbox:

Port of Seattle Commission Candidate Forum
Wednesday, June 3rd, 7-9pm
South Park Community Center
8319 8th Ave South
Facebook page
Moderated by: Kristen Young, former Seattle PI reporter

Q: What do Burien’s jet ghettos, Duwamish River PCBs, cruise ship dumping in Puget
Sound, Georgetown’s diesel truck pollution, development of Ballard’s Fisherman’s
Terminal, and audit investigations in Olympia have in common?
A: Your elected commissioners at the Port of Seattle.

Q: What do rental car parking garages, SODO’s industrial lands development, Lora
Lake apartments, religious profiling, truck traffic on Marginal Way, and the people
serving lunch at the airport have in common?
A: Your elected commissioners at the Port of Seattle.

Q: Who will you vote for Port Commissioner on August 18th?
A: Inform your decision by attending the biggest port candidate forum of the year,
as two dozen community, environmental, and labor organizations combine efforts to
educate voters about port issues and the candidates.

Sponsored by: ACORN of King County * Citizens Against Sea-Tac Expansion * Council on
American-Islamic Relations-WA * Coalition for Clean and Safe Ports * Community
Coalition for Environmental Justice * Equal Rights Washington * Friends of the Earth
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County Executive candidates’ forum on public safety

May 26, 2009 7:05 pm
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Just announced by the King County Police Chiefs Association:



Police Chief Organization Hosts Exec Candidate’s Forum

The King County Police Chief’s Association is hosting a County Executive Candidate’s Forum on Thursday, June 11th. The candidates running for King County Executive are invited to the forum, which is open to the public and press.

The Police Chief’s Association is comprised of the 34 King County police chiefs, the Sheriff, corrections professionals, as well as state and federal criminal justice partners.

The goal of the candidate’s forum is for each candidate to present their vision for public safety and the criminal justice system in King County. Questions from the chiefs will be asked of the candidates.

WHEN: Thursday, June 11, 2009
10:00 AM to 11:30 AM

WHERE; Criminal Justice Training Center’
19010 – 1st Avenue South
Burien, WA

June 13 concert Total Immersion concert at Youngstown

May 26, 2009 11:19 am
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Just out of the inbox:

EMC is proud to announce Total Immersion 2 on Saturday June 13th 2009, a
surround sound concert showcasing members of the Electronic Music Collective
LIVE with a unique performance by StringStation.

Total Immersion 2 is an adventure into the new world of downtempo
electronic and electro acoustic music by cutting edge Seattle artists
performing live surround-sound music to striking triple-screen visuals.

Special guest StringStation presents a futuristic new instrument that
involves 40 strings, digital sound modeling technology and adventursome
performance techniques . Played by its inventor, Jim Bartz, the
StringStation is sure to open eyes and ears to new music possibilities – an
amazing addition to the sound and melodic depth of this event.

EMC aims to support and work alongside the local community by providing
a very unique surround-sound experience. Part of the proceeds of this event
will be donated to MusiCares who provides a safety net of critical
assistance for music people in times of need. EMC is also working in
affiliation with ‘The Body Bar Day Spa’ who will be providing chair massage
during the performance and will be handing out $25 gift certificates to the
first 20 people through the door.

It is also part of EMC’s goal to educate the general public to the tools
and techniques involved in the creation of such an event. Artists will
therefore be introducing you to some of the behind-the-scenes technologies
that go into creating, experiencing and understanding surround-sound and
their individual crafts.

The EMC Artists performing at this event:

David Miles Huber (DMH) is a professional musician in the downtempo
dance genre, who has produced CDs that have sold over the million mark. His
latest music and latest collaborations can be heard on the 51bpm label and
his myspace page. He has authored numerous books on the subjects of
recording and electronic music. His most prominent book Modern Recording
Techniques is the standard recording industry text worldwide.

Henta is a singer/songwriter and recording artist, originally from the
UK, who works with a wide range of producers and writers. She released her
latest dream-pop/electronic album ‘Daisy Dancing’ in March 2008 which
recently became ‘Grammy Eligible’ and she is about to release her third
album focusing on relaxation/meditation and chakra activation.

Marcell Marias is a Hungarian-born musician, sound designer and producer
living in Seattle. His style could be described as visual electronic music
and includes ambient, downtempo, house, breaks, IDM, and drum & bass.
Several film and video productions feature music and sound design by Marias.
For his live performances, Marias uses several controllers hooked up to
Live, usually performing in surround with visuals.

Ludington GT a Seattle based DJ, Producer, Composer and Electronic
Artist who has been focusing in recent years on the production and
performance of his own original house music. Ludington GT is a regular
fixture on the west coast regional Burningman performance circuit where he
DJs and performs live PAs of his original music on laptop, keys, effects,
and vocals.

Concert details: Total Immersion 2 will be held on Saturday, June 13,
7-10 pm (with intermission) at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center 4408 Delridge
Way SW, West Seattle.

Event Tickets : $10 donation (includes a “free” EMC compilation disc).
‘The Body Bar Day Spa’ will also be handing out a $25 gift certificate to
the first 20 people through the door on the night. Advanced Tickets are
available through Brown Paper Tickets – Limited seating available so please
book early!

Film at Duwamish Longhouse: “Maria Tallchief”

May 24, 2009 1:13 am
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Received from the Duwamish Tribe:

Native Film: ‘Maria Tallchief’
Duwamish Longhouse and Cultural Center
4705 W. Marginal Way SW

The ballet world that was dominated by the Russians, French, and English changed dramatically in 1948 when Maria Tallchief took center stage to the most thunderous ovation ever heard in the history of New York City theater and dance. Come watch this beautiful documentary on the life of Maria Tallchief, America’s first prima ballerina. Journey with her as she leaps from her home in the Osage Indian Territory in Oklahoma to the center stages of the world.

May 28, 2009 @ 7:00 pm
2 hours
(206) 431-1582