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WEEKEND SCENE: 31 food/drink options at Taste of White Center

The booth on the northwest corner of 16th/98th is one of three places you can buy $5 tickets for the Taste of White Center, benefiting the White Center Food Bank – each ticket gets you one of the special menu items that 31 establishments are offering – here’s the list:

The participants are all flying red balloons:

The Taste of White Center (which includes 4 South Delridge participants) is on until 4 pm, but take note that some venues are starting late – for example, Tomo, at left above, has a sign saying it’ll open at 2 pm (it’s offering smoked sable fish congee), and Good Day Donuts is participating until 2 (their menu item is listed as simply “surprise”). The other two ticket booths are outside Mac’s Triangle Pub at 16th/Delridge/Roxbury and outside Patrick’s Café and Bakery at 15th/100th. Along with the $5 taste tickets, you also can buy tickets for a drawing that’s also benefiting WCFB – two round-trip Alaska Airlines tickets.

CAN YOU HELP? Be a life-saver – donate blood in West Seattle!

If you can donate blood, Bloodworks Northwest hopes you’ll do it during their upcoming West Seattle pop-ups. Here’s the announcement:

Summer activities like travel, visiting guests, and fun in the sun sometimes prevent would-be donors from donating blood, and blood inventory struggles throughout the season. Our community’s need for blood is constant, no matter the weather.

That gift of blood takes just an hour of your time to give. Our next West Seattle blood donation opportunity is at the Pop-up @ Our Lady of Guadalupe (7000 35th Ave SW) on June 27, 28, 29, 30, and July 6, 7, 8, 14, & 15 in the air-conditioned gym!

We have LOTS of OPEN appointment slots. Please try and help fill one! A local patient will be forever glad you did! Please use this link to sign up.

Masks and appointments are required. For more about the safety of donating blood during the pandemic, eligibility, help booking your appointment and other info, please visit bloodworksnw.org

YOU CAN HELP: Alki planting party Friday

In case you missed the mention in our coverage of last week’s Alki Community Council meeting, we’re only two days away from a volunteer-assisted planting party on Alki. Jessica, who’s been leading monthly community cleanups at the beach, sent a reminder to be sure you know, if you have time to spare on Friday afternoon. The newly hired Seattle Parks gardeners have been working to prepare the beds where hundreds of annual flower plants are waiting to go in, and would love lots of help noon-4 pm Friday (June 24th). No RSVP needed – just show up on the east side of Alki Bathhouse (60th/Alki), and give whatever time you can spare.

HELPING: ‘Fundshifting’ focus is just the beginning for West Seattle Public School Equity Fund

You can’t change the past. But you can certainly try to right its wrongs, to work for a better future.

That’s the idea behind the West Seattle Public School Equity Fund, founded by (L-R above) Andrea Dimond, Kristen Corning Bedford, and Shannon Woodard. We talked with them last night at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, during a celebration of the WSPSEF’s first year.

For starters, it’s about “fundshifting” – equitably distributing community contributions so that the richer schools don’t keep getting richer while the not-so-well-off schools keep scraping.

Where the past comes in is what the founders discovered when they examined the area’s “redlining” map from the 1930s (see it here) – what are now Title I schools, with the highest percentage of students from low-income families, are in the “redlined” areas. So the historical inequities continue self-perpetuating. The WSPSEF founders hope to disrupt that, in the interest of weaving together all of West Seattle’s neighborhoods and school communities, to support the entire peninsula as one community.

During this school year – with classes ending today – they’ve already raised $20,000, and will be “fundshifting” that to five elementary schools – Concord International, Highland Park, Roxhill, Sanislo, and West Seattle.

For year two and beyond, they hope to get more participation, and also to broaden the scope beyond money. The initial collaborations, they say, have already started to break down the silos of individual schools’ support communities, to discover synergies and shared challenges. In all, they want to “advocate for all students” in West Seattle.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED: If you’re a member of a West Seattle elementary or K-8 school community that’s not already involved with the WSPSEF, email hello@wspsef.org, or talk with your school PTA/PTSA. If you would simply like to donate, you can send a check to the West Seattle Public School Equity Fund via its fiscal sponsor, DNDA (4408 Delridge Way SW, Seattle 98106).

BASEBALL BENEFIT: See the Fish Sticks, help local youth!

This is the second weekend of the short summer season for the DubSea Fish Sticks, playing at Steve Cox Memorial Park in White Center. If you’re up for going to tomorrow night’s game, you can buy tickets through a special link and do some good for the youth players of West Seattle Baseball! The Fish Sticks face the Redmond Dudes at 6:05 pm Saturday (June 11th) and you can get those special tickets right now by going here.

YOU CAN HELP: Donut fundraiser Friday at Madison Middle School

(Photo courtesy Madison MS PTSA)

Outside Madison Middle School, it’ll be a temporary donut shop for a while tomorrow – the Madison PTSA is again selling Krispy Kreme donuts as a fundraiser. They’ll be sold by the dozen between 8:15 am and 9 am, and again 3:45 pm-4:30 pm on Friday (June 10th), $15/dozen, cash preferred. The school is at 3429 45th SW.

BIZNOTE: Pot Pie Factory closing; West Seattle Chamber of Commerce crowdfunding to buy one leftover ingredient

The Pot Pie Factory is closing after five years – here’s the announcement – and the West Seattle Chamber of Commerce is raising money to keep one particular ingredient from going to waste. Sent by WSCC executive director Whitney Moore:

The West Seattle Chamber is raising $2,300 to purchase Pot Pie Factory’s remaining frozen, pre-diced halal chicken breast in order to donate it to the West Seattle Food Bank and White Center Food Bank. Please donate what you can today to help a local business plus our two local food banks.

Pot Pie Factory will continue to service the Proctor Farmer’s Market in Tacoma for the remainder of June’s Saturdays (6/11, 6/18, 6/25). They’ll have stock control turned on and will update inventory on the site as we get closer to June 26th, our last day for sales. We may even have a goodbye event at our production facility in West Seattle on June 26th.

New Day Cooperative, Cafe Racer Seattle, Highland Park Corner Store, Old 5th Avenue Tavern, and The Rusty Goat Cafe in Tacoma all have pies available for sale. They recommend you call in advance to make sure they have what you want in stock before visiting.

P.S. If you can’t/don’t use QR codes, you can donate via the West Seattle Chamber’s PayPal account here or Venmo account here.

HELPING: Registration open for third annual youth-organized Nguyen Junior Amateur Golf Tournament

Registration is open for a benefit golf tournament this month whose organizers have local ties. Here’s the announcement:

The Duc Foundation has launched the 3rd annual Nguyen Junior Amateur Golf Tournament, presented by Starbucks. The tournament, organized entirely by Seattle-area youths, will take place on Sunday, June 26, with proceeds from the event benefiting the Duc Foundation Scholarship Fund, CJK Community Homes, and First Tee of Greater Seattle.

The tournament was founded in 2020 by Lauryn Nguyen, Maya Nguyen, Kylie Nguyen, Brianna Nguyen, Sofia Nguyen, and Lily Nguyen, who collectively call themselves the Nguyen Sisterhood
. The inaugural Nguyen Junior Amateur Golf Tournament raised over $24,415 for the Washington Junior Golf Association. The 2021 event raised a collective $16,000 for The First Tee of Greater Seattle and Washington Junior Golf Association.

“I am honored to be leading this event into its third year as we grow to include sponsorships from Starbucks and Amazon,” said Alex Nguyen, Tournament Director. “We are excited about the opportunity to come together for a community-building round of golf, all while benefiting these amazing organizations.”

Lauryn Nguyen, West Seattle HS Class of 2020, was recently named 2022 Big 10 Freshman Golfer of the Year as she wrapped up her first year at Northwestern University. “It’s a privilege to be able to play competitive golf,” said Lauryn. “It takes a lot of time, resources, and support. For me to be able to pursue this game for over a decade, to make it to some of junior golf’s most elite tournaments, speaks to a level of privilege that I’m not sure I will ever be able to pay back.” To that end, the Nguyen families continue to team up to host the annual Nguyen Junior Am Charity Golf Tournament.

The Nguyen Junior Amateur Golf Tournament is open for registration until June 12. The tournament will take place on Sunday, June 26, at the North Shore Golf Course in Tacoma, Washington. Information and to sign up for the event is available at DucFoundation.org.

Duc Foundation works to empower our youth through the development of leadership and life skills by providing our youth with a platform for community engagement opportunities. The Foundation is led by Alex Phong, Kylie Vy, and Lauryn Thuy-Duyen and named in honor of Alex and Lauryn’s grandfather, Duc Nguyen, who immigrated to Seattle in 1975. He was a tireless advocate for the Vietnamese American community of the area before a tragic accident left him quadriplegic in 1994. The Foundation seeks to continue his legacy of civic engagement and generational community-building.

TUESDAY: Tasty way to help the Fauntleroy Fall Festival

June 4, 2022 7:15 pm
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Another returning tradition – a dine-out day/night at Endolyne Joe’s (9261 45th SW) to cook up some cash for the Fauntleroy Fall Festival! This Tuesday (June 7th) is the date; Endolyne Joe’s is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner (here’s the menu), 8 am-9 pm, and all you have to do is show up and dine. If you’re there in the evening, FFF-benefiting raffle tickets will be sold starting at 5 pm, with the drawing after 7:30 pm (you don’t have to be present to win). The festival is entirely community-powered – both in volunteers and in funding – so this is one way to help ensure it goes on to bring good times to one and all.

WEST SEATTLE SCENE: Laps With Lou 2022


At Pathfinder K-8 on Pigeon Point, Laps With Lou 2022 is on! For almost two decades, now-retired PE teacher Lou Cutler has raised money for Make-A-Wish by doing a lap for every year of the age he’ll be when his birthday arrives later in June. Students join him throughout the day. This morning, before taking to the field, Lou spoke to the school via the PA system:

This year he’ll be turning 71, so he plans that many laps – plus one for a bonus, to bring the total distance to 12 miles. Students have been going out to the field in groups, starting with photos.

Lou’s been a Make-A-Wish volunteer even longer than he’s been leading this annual fundraiser – for more than a quarter-century!. You can support his quest to grant more wishes by donating here.

ADDED FRIDAY NIGHT: He did it again! Thanks to the Pathfinder parent who sent photos from the end of today’s laps:

2 DAYS AWAY! Last-minute notes for 2022 Loop the ‘Lupe

June 2, 2022 6:17 pm
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(WSB photo from 2019 Loop the ‘Lupe)

Even if you’re not registered yet, it’s not too late to get in on this year’s Loop the ‘Lupe, four events this Saturday (June 4th) at Walt Hundley Playfield (34th/Myrtle). For one, you can still register online – price goes up tonight at midnight. You can get a discount if you sign up for Loop the ‘Lupe AND July 23rd’s Float Dodger 5K (look for the bundling option here). Packet pickup is tomorrow, 4-6 pm at West Seattle Runner (2743 California SW; WSB sponsor) for those who have registered by then – and your bib number will be good for a discount on shoes and running gear while you’re at WSR. You can also wait to get your packet on race day, and if you decide to wait until then to sign up, on-site registration starts at 10 am. (Event schedule: 11 am obstacle-course start, 11:45 am 5K, noon Senior Saunter, 1 pm Youth Dash.) One more thing – even if you’re not running/walking/etc., you are invited to the barbecue and beer garden – $4 burgers/hot dogs and $5 Georgetown beer), with live music from West Seattle School of Rock. You can also donate on-site to the Loop the ‘Lupe beneficiary, Our Lady of Guadalupe‘s community programs (explained here).

RETURNING: Laps With Lou for Make-A-Wish this Friday

(WSB photo from 2018)

For almost two decades, Lou Cutler has raised money to help grant kids’ wishes via a unique birthday-celebration run at Pathfinder K-8, where he taught PE before retiring. Most years, it was a giant group run throughout the day, with students joining Lou as he took one lap around the school field for every year he was celebrating. Then came the pandemic; in 2020, schools were closed, so Lou did a “lap” around the peninsula instead; last year, students joined him in small groups over two days. This year, when Lou takes to the Pathfinder field on Friday (June 3rd) in celebration of his upcoming 71st birthday, it’ll be a little more like the events of years past. He explained to us via email:

This year, rather having me communicating with everyone with a megaphone on the field, I will address the school from the office at 9:00 and then grade bands will come out in staggered time frames every 15 minute or so and I will take pictures with each class before they go on the field. All classes will stay out until the entire school is on the field at the same time and I believe everyone will stay on the field for 15 minutes or so and from that point some classes may go in while those who want to see how many laps they can run, will stay out and run to their heart’s content.

Make-A-Wish alumni are invited to join in the festivities, as are MAW staff and volunteers and Pathfinder parents, so I hope we have a tremendous turnout for the day.

As for me, I will be 71 on June 25th, so this year I will walk and run, though mostly walk, 71 laps, 11.8 miles, and add on a bonus lap to make it a full 12 miles because I love round numbers.

Over the previous 18 years we have raised $86,000 for MAW and as always, my hope is that we can raise as much money as possible, as I have seen the power of a wish in the boosting of spirits and hopes for wish kids and families over my 26+ years as a MAW volunteer!

You can support Lou’s Make-A-Wish quest by donating here.

HOLIDAY HELPING: Volunteers line The Junction with Stars & Stripes for Memorial Day

May 30, 2022 11:30 am
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(WSB photos)

American flags line the heart of the West Seattle Junction again this Memorial Day, placed this morning by volunteers of all ages:

In the photo above is the Blunk family, who not only volunteered to help with the flags, but also are among the donors who covered the cost of a flag in the Junction Association‘s flag-funding drive.

Volunteers will gather again at 4 pm to start removing them – if you can help with that, the meeting spot is on the northeast corner of California/Alaska, outside the historic Campbell Building.

CONTINUING MONDAY: Poppies at West Seattle’s American Legion Post 160

May 29, 2022 11:29 am
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Another veterans’ organization is offering Memorial Day poppies as a fundraiser. Here’s the announcement we received this morning from Keith Hughes, American Legion Post 160 commander:

The American Legion will have Poppies at the American Legion Hall at 3618 SW Alaska St on Sunday and Monday, 10 am to 4 pm. Drive up at the curb or drive in. Donations all go to direct support of Vets and their families for emergency financial support during these hard times.

Look for the canopy right out front on the westbound side of SW Alaska just east of 37th SW.

YOU CAN HELP: WestSide Baby working to get ‘Beyond the Basics’ for local families

May 28, 2022 1:35 pm
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West Seattleite-founded, White Center-headquartered WestSide Baby is helping many local families, with many more waiting, and hopes you can assist! Here’s their announcement:

WestSide Baby is in the final days of Beyond the Basics, our annual spring fundraising, and needs your support to fully resource our vital programs so that babies and children have equitable access to basic need items! We just had the exciting opportunity to bring on 10 new agency partners, but we have a waitlist of at least 20 more agencies who are anxious to receive crucial items for the children and families they serve.

These are organizations serving homeless babies and mothers, domestic-violence victims, refugees and immigrants, and so many more deserving members of our community. The diapers, car seats, formula, and clothing they receive from WestSide Baby offer stability and care in the midst of chaos and loss.

Today, we need your continued support to help meet the growing needs of our community. All gifts of $250 or more are being matched by a generous donor – doubling your donation and its impact on deserving families and children in King County.

*Donate Online at bit.ly/beyondthebasics2022
*Donate by check: Mail to WestSide Baby, 10002 14th Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98146
*Donate by Charitable Fund or Stock: Please email Giving@westsidebaby.org

We need your support as we expand our programs to serve more children and families! Going beyond survival mode, Beyond the Basics, is a human right that every family deserves, and your donation will help to make that possible.

WestSide Baby’s Beyond the Basics fundraiser is generously sponsored by local community businesses including Nucor Steel – Harris Rebar, Ventana Construction, West Seattle Food Bank, and Amazon.

West Seattle naturalist/photographer suddenly cameraless

(Photos by Kersti Muul)

We describe WSB as a “community-collaborative news source” because of the thousands of ways community members have contributed over our 15 years – from someone who texted us once about a traffic jam, to those who send calendar listings, to those who attend/support those events, to people who share photos of our area’s natural beauty – from neighborhood flowers to breathtaking wildlife. Among those contributing in that last category, and then some, is Kersti Muul, whose name you see here most often when whales are in the area. Kersti’s dealing with a tough break right now – literally – and could use some support. She explains:

I have been having bad vertigo and vision issues off and on for the last three months. While coming out of an episode; still slightly unbalanced, I took a hard fall at Alki on the concrete, while watching “T-63 Chainsaw” the famous orca, pass by in Elliott Bay. My camera unfortunately was broken in the fall. Nikon has just deemed the camera damage ‘beyond repair’.

For those not familiar with me, I am a scientific educator, urban conservation specialist, community naturalist, award-winning photographer, and wildlife rescuer.

I am extremely active in the West Seattle community, donating my time, expertise, and photography at no cost. The loss of my camera is devastating to me as it is my vehicle for community education, research, outreach, and it’s how I decompress from the extremely stressful work that I do.

I’m reaching out to the community to help me, so I can continue to help you!

On her crowdfunding page, Kersti elaborates: “Helping others see the world through my lens and spurring them into action has been the biggest loss so far.”

YOU CAN HELP: Music fundraiser for Denny IMS and Chief Sealth IHS students

Throughout the year, community members have generously supported fundraisers to help local students, from benefit sales and auctions, to dine-out events. As the school year winds down, we have news of another one – from Denny-Sealth Performing Arts president Dawn Pomeroy:

Denny Sealth Performing Arts parent booster organization is currently holding our 3rd annual online fundraiser through Snap Raise. This is our largest fundraiser of the year and the money raised goes to ensure that our students have access to working instruments, new music, uniforms and concert attire, and the ability to participate in music festivals. Please consider donating through either the Denny link or Chief Sealth link. Thank you!

FOLLOWUP: Arbor Heights house-fire victim dies; neighbors organizing help

(WSB photo, Sunday evening)

2:55 PM: When an Arbor Heights house caught fire Sunday evening, neighbors rushed over with fire extinguishers to try to help while firefighters were on the way. Now, neighbors are assisting in another way – they’ve organized crowdfunding for the family coping with the aftermath of what SFD ruled was an accidental fire. The most seriously injured victim is still in the hospital in critical condition with burns, neighbor Steve tells WSB. So neighbors are doing what they can to help, and for all the times readers ask if they can help in the wake of emergencies, they wanted to let you know too. They explain on the crowdfunding page that the victim and his wife “are wonderful neighbors who have lived on our block for many years.”

4 PM: Since we published this, as noted in comments, the crowdfunding page has been updated with the news that the critically injured man, Angelo, has died.

CONGRATULATIONS! Girls’ soccer team wins surprise state championship, heads to regionals – with community help

Congratulations to the HSA Select G07 soccer team, the Washington State U15 Division 1 President’s Cup champions this year, which means they’re heading to Arizona to compete in regionals – with community assistance. The photo and information are from parent Krista McInerney, who explains:

This is kind of a rare occurrence, as they were competing against premier-level teams in a division they’d never experienced before. Click through to their GoFundMe page to read more about their road to the 6/15-6/19 Far West Regionals. The team is made up of players who live in West Seattle, White Center, Burien, and Normandy Park. Players on this team attend Madison MS, West Seattle High School, Chief Sealth International High School, Summit Atlas, Vashon High School, and Highline schools. We would love to put the call out for community support.

Champions at the Arizona tournament move on to national competition in North Carolina in July.

LAST CALL: One more day to register for Bridging Our Communities Together!

May 22, 2022 1:20 pm
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Help buy a new roof for the Log House Museum! That’s part of what the Southwest Seattle Historical Society is raising money for by presenting its Bridging Our Communities Together celebration on June 3rd. Tomorrow (Monday, May 23rd) is the deadline to register, according to this update from the SWSHS:

We look forward to seeing you on June 3rd for Bridging Our Communities Together: Celebrating 25 Years of the Log House Museum. We’ll host an evening reception, silent auction, and hear from a panel of some of our founders as we raise a toast to our past and craft a vision of our future together. Registration closes on May 23rd, so purchase tickets now if you have not already!

Your ticket will help put a new roof on the beloved Log House Museum, fuel a brand-new lecture series, and support our work preserving the stories of the Duwamish Peninsula.

Bidding on auction items opens on May 30 and closes on June 3. More of our 20+ auction items are posted every week!

Register HERE today and be sure to follow the instructions below:

*If you registered for last year’s auction you can utilize the same login information to register for the event.

*Remember to register for the auction after purchasing your ticket.

*If you are registering for the first time, click on “Create Account” at the top of the page to register for your Personal Link which will allow you to bid on auction items. You will need to set up a login which you can use to access the auction items.

The June 3rd event is happening at Salty’s on Alki (1936 Harbor SW; WSB sponsor).

GARDENING? Friends of Roxhill Elementary fundraiser extended

May 19, 2022 8:59 am
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If the weather’s kept you out of the garden, no worries, it’s not too late to get set up for a productive summer! Friends of Roxhill Elementary has extended its fundraiser until May 24th – five more days to order. In case you missed the original announcement in March:

We are partnering again with Flower Power Fundraising to sell flower bulbs, kitchen garden herbs, sprouts, seeds and more to bring some joy to your home garden or window sill this spring.” Go here to shop. You can support a specific Roxhill student by writing their name in “Give Credit for This Sale to” at checkout. Friends of Roxhill Elementary gets 50% of the profits from every order. Questions? friendsofroxhill@gmail.com

‘THE GREAT RETURN’: Pathfinder K-8’s free outdoor community celebration

May 18, 2022 10:17 am
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Instead of a sit-down indoor gala, the Pathfinder K-8 PTSA is inviting the community to a free outdoor celebration this Saturday, and asked us to share the invitation with you:

Pathfinder K-8 Welcomes Everybody to the Great Return community event on May 21st from 3-8 pm at Pathfinder K-8!

When: 5/21 3-8 pm
Where: Pathfinder K-8, 1901 SW Genesee
What: Free fun! Silent auction, music, games, food & open play
Who: Open to all! Pathfinder & West Seattle community

Goal is to raise $45K through a Direct Give Ask approach with complimentary fun! Live music, entertainment, excellent auction gifts, games & fun!

Donation not required, but if you choose to, you can do it online any time between now and Saturday, even funding specific programs.

DESTINATION DELRIDGE: One big night of food and fun ‘in support of art, nature, and neighborhood’

You can dine, dance, learn, and enjoy entertainment this Saturday night (May 21st) while giving a boost to the many programs under the wings of DNDA. Here’s the reminder we just received:

Join DNDA to awaken new possibilities in support of art, nature, and neighborhood, as community members come together to raise funds and support DNDA’s programs in SW Seattle. Destination Delridge: Awaken is this Saturday, May 21st at DNDA’s Youngstown Cultural Arts Center. The event will generate proceeds to sustain DNDA’s low-income housing facilities, youth arts and educational programs, and environmental restoration efforts in Southwest Seattle.

Destination Delridge: Awaken
Saturday, May 21
6 pm Doors | 7 pm Dinner | 8 pm Dancing
Youngstown Cultural Arts Center
4408 Delridge Way SW
Tickets available here

Delicious food and drink will be provided by Chef Mulu Abate of Phresh Eats, and entertainment includes live music from Goody Bagg and Sabyu, live painting by Cleopatra Cutler, poetry from Jamaar Smiley, an intergenerational dance performance from Northwest Tap, an aerial performance by Gabby Leiva, and a dance party with KEXP’s DJ Toya B.

“Not only is Destination Delridge a great party featuring stellar performances,” said DNDA Executive Director David Bestock, “it’s rooted in our community and is an important event to sustain all of our innovative art, nature, and neighborhood programming.”

Destination Delridge attendees will mix, minglem, and learn about DNDA’s exciting programs, such as the Restorative Justice program for students at Interagency Academy, Seattle Public School’s alternative high school. Testimonials from DNDA’s other programs, such as the Summer Youth Program and Urban Forest Restoration Program, will be interweaved throughout the event as well.

Guests will engage in interactive art, a raffle, wine ring toss, a raise-the-paddle, and an online silent auction, with all proceeds benefitting DNDA’s programs and the Youngstown Cultural Arts Center.

Tickets for the event can be purchased through the organization’s website. For more information, call the DNDA office at 206-935-2999 or email destinationdelridge@dnda.org.