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The Heron’s Nest Project: A dream with the chance for you to be the wind beneath its wings

(WSB photos. Above, Amanda Lee at The Heron’s Nest)

By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

Off Puget Way – one of the few streets that connect to busier-than-ever West Marginal Way – a parcel of land is in the process of healing from decades of serving as a dumping ground.

A group of passionate volunteers are working not only to heal the land, but to use it to help heal injustices done to the area’s First People.

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COUNTDOWN: Here’s who’s in for Taste of West Seattle next week!

We’re now less than a week away from the Taste of West Seattle, which again this year is happening as a weeklong dine-out benefit for the West Seattle Food Bank‘s work in fighting hunger and preventing homelessness. Here’s the list, so far, of local food/drink businesses planning to be part of it:

Bakery Nouveau
Best of Hands Barrelhouse
Box Bar
Coastline Burgers
Copper Coin
Harry’s Beach House
Itto’s Tapas
Lady Jaye
Locust Cider
No Name Diner Alki
Nos Nos Coffee House
Pecos Pit Bar-B-Que
Pot Pie Factory, Inc.
Talarico’s Pizzeria
The Bridge
The Good Society Brewery & Public House
The Westy
West 5
West Seattle Cellars
West Seattle Grounds

During the Taste of West Seattle week – Monday, September 20th through Sunday, September 26th – participating establishments will either “donate a percent of sales from a special ‘Taste Menu’ created by the restaurant, or a percentage of sales.” More venue-by-venue info as we get closer! Also, the WSFB notes:

Stamp card: All participating restaurants will be listed on a restaurant “passport”. The more stamps/ signatures someone gets on their card by ordering from participating restaurants, the more times they are entered into the drawing. Each stamp = 1 drawing entry.

We will select 3 winners for a $100 gift card to a West Seattle Restaurant.

Customers will need to mail/drop off their passport to the WSFB by October 1st to be entered into the drawing.

Pick up your “Taste Passport” at a participating restaurant, at the West Seattle Food Bank, or email your address to breanna.bushaw@westseattlefoodbank.org to have one mailed to you.

Again, this all starts next Monday. (WSB is a Taste of West Seattle community co-sponsor.)

YOU CAN HELP! Forest restoration with Friends of Lincoln Park

On Sunday (September 19th), Friends of Lincoln Park would be happy to have your help. From forest steward Lisa McGinty:

Urban forest restoration volunteer opportunity at Lincoln Park! Registration and event details can be found here. .

When: September 19, 2021, 9 am-11 am

Please be sure ALL volunteers are pre-registered (including youth). If event is full, you can find other event dates here: greenseattle.org/get-involved/volunteer. Search for Lincoln Park or any of your favorite Seattle green spaces! Large group or other questions? Please reach out to flip98136@gmail.com.

Play dodgeball, save lives!

On September 25th at Riverview Playfield, you’re invited to play dodgeball for a cause – saving children’s lives. The organizer is Dennis Williams Jr., who explains:

The inspiration for this fundraiser is our 5-year-old son Isaac. He was diagnosed with stage 4 high-risk Neuroblastoma at 18 months old. He spent the next 15 months being treated by Seattle Children’s Hospital for a disease that had a 50% mortality rate. Without the innovation and improvements in treatment protocols, especially with immunotherapy, who knows what the outcome would have been. We are eternally indebted to Seattle Children’s and every child who comes behind Isaac. Only 4% of government funding goes to pediatric cancer research, so we have to do more to increase the odds of success for our kids. They are the most important thing on earth.

Teams are still being recruited for the tournament – this flyer has information, and the tournament’s fundraising page explains how to set up a team. You can simply donate at that same link. Spectators will be welcome on the day of the tournament too – 11 am to 3 pm September 25th, with vendors, food trucks, and a DJ, lower fields at Riverview (7226 12th SW).

YOU CAN HELP: Get North Shorewood Park ready for fall/winter

(May photo by Gill Loring)

Just south of West Seattle, and west of White Center, you’ll find little North Shorewood Park. This Saturday, you can help get the park ready for the change of seasons. Here’s the announcement:

Restoration and Stewardship at North Shorewood Park
10044 24th Ave SW

Saturday, September 11, 2021
9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Space is limited; register here.

LABOR DAY: You’re invited to a benefit barbecue cookoff in Highland Park

Happening tomorrow! Just received the announcement from Samuel:

He says they’re planning to “have four grills going”! Here’s a map.

MONDAY UPDATE: Setup photos just in from Samuel – here’s the raffle table:

And those grills:

TASTE OF WEST SEATTLE 2021: 1 whole week of delicious ways to help

Again this year, the Taste of West Seattle – benefiting the West Seattle Food Bank‘s work fighting hunger and preventing homelessness – will last an entire week. Here’s the announcement:

Take a Taste Tour of West Seattle’s Restaurants, Cafés, Breweries, and Wineries! September 20-26

The Taste has always been about bringing neighbors together over delicious food, promoting our local restaurants, and ultimately supporting and strengthening our community. While the event format has to change again this year, these values remain. Now, more than ever, we see the importance of coming together to support our local restaurants and helping our community. In order to ensure the health and safety of our neighbors, we are adapting the Taste of West Seattle from a 500-person event gathering, to a “restaurant week”-style event for the second year. We hope to return to our in-person event format in 2022.

From Monday, September 20th to Sunday, September 26th, neighbors can dine in or get take-out and enjoy delicious meals and drinks from participating West Seattle restaurants, all while knowing their money is supporting both restaurants and the West Seattle Food Bank’s mission to end hunger and homelessness. When you support local restaurants, they will donate a percentage of proceeds to West Seattle Food Bank.

All participating restaurants will be listed on a restaurant “passport”. The more stamps participants receive on their West Seattle restaurant tour; the more times they are entered into the drawing. Each stamp = 1 drawing entry. We will select 3 winners for a $100 gift card to a West Seattle Restaurant and 2 winners for a $100 Whole Foods Gift Card.

The event website will be updated soon with a list of participating restaurants – for now, save the dates! (Community co-sponsors for The Taste include WSB.)

YOU CAN HELP: 3 chances to volunteer in West Seattle this weekend

Here are three ways to join neighbors in making West Seattle more beautiful this weekend:

ALKI CLEANUP, SATURDAY: Jessica leads this on first Saturdays:

Alki Beach, Parks and sidewalks Cleanup September 4th

Where: Meet outside at 2452 Alki Ave SW
Time: From 10 AM to 1 PM

Bring your own pick sticks, gardening gloves and a bucket (works better than bags, especially if windy). I have a limited number of pick sticks and buckets. Recommend that you bundle up if cold and if warm, best to wear closed-end shoes.

Kids welcome if supervised by adult. Text Jessica to RSVP, 206-769-6330.

FRIENDS OF LINCOLN PARK, SATURDAY: This longtime group has a couple spots for more help

September 4 9 am – 12 pm

Ivy, blackberry and holly, oh my! Join FLiP (Friends of Lincoln Park) as we work to restore our beautiful natural spaces. The Park includes 80 acres of forested areas, with a huge diversity of native trees and plants. But our urban forests are threatened by nonnative, invasive plant species and need our help to thrive and remain healthy. This is where YOU come in! We promise you a good workout and lots of eco-karma. Good for the environment and good for your health!

Sign up by going here.

SCHMITZ PARK, SUNDAY: Still some room left for help at this event too.

September 5, 1 pm – 3:30 pm

There is something for everyone! We will be pulling ivy in a shady valley, watering native plants to help them survive this hot, dry summer, and hauling wood chips to prepare for the plants arriving this fall.

Sign up by going here.

PHOTOS: White Center Block Party to fund fire recovery

1:12 PM: That’s the scene on 16th SW south of Roxbury, closed for a block party until 5 pm to raise money for the half-dozen-plus businesses affected by last month’s arson, as mentioned on today’s preview list. Eat, drink, shop, wander – we’ll be updating.

1:42 PM: Just back from a quick tour of the block party – we’ll be adding photos shortly. First, some info: To get in on the raffle/silent auction, go to the breezeway by The Plant Store, midblock – that’s where we found DJ Bugzy Beatdown.

The entertainment schedule for the rest of the afternoon:

Now until 2:10 – selfdoubt
2:30-3:15: Junior on the Prowl
3:30-4:30 DJ DeVonne
5:00 DJ Bugzy Beatdown returns

That’s all midblock. You can also check out B.O.C. Music (3:30-4:30) and Monty Banks (5 pm) at Drunky Two Shoes and then at Southgate Roller Rink, DJ Dan Steely at 5 pm and Kids on Fire at 6 pm.

Another big attraction besides street-fair-style shopping, food.

There’s a seating area in the middle of 16th where Chef Brady Ishiwata Williams, who’s about to open Tomo, is grilling.

You can also dine outside Buho and Bizzarro Italian Café.

At the south end of the block, the Home Skillit is offering street food including Louisiana hot links and Seattle Dogs.

This is all community-organized; we talked to White Center Pride about what people can do to support the businesses that are still working to get back on their feet.

Come down today, wander around, find out about the new locations some have found, they said. (Their booth is on the east side of the block – look for the rainbows.) Some of those new locations are already open – La Tipica Oaxaqueña moved to the southwest corner of 16th/Roxbury – and some hope to be open soon, like John’s Hair and Nails, moving to 10261 16th SW.

WEST SEATTLE WEEKEND SCENE: Boy Scouts’ big benefit sale, with last-hours deal

From skis to toys, camping gear to housewares, the Boy Scout Troop 284 megasale at West Seattle American Legion Post 160 (3618 SW Alaska) still has “lots of great stuff left,” reports Karen, with three hours to go. Even a cedar chest:

And for the final two hours, at 2 pm, you can “fill a grocery sack for $5!” As noted in our daily preview, the sale is to raise money for the troop’s activities. The Scouts are active in community service, too, as we’ve reported in the past (examples here and here).

HELPING: Volunteer cleanup brightens part of Highland Park/South Delridge, and you can help make another one happen

Want to feel as good as those volunteers felt after a community cleanup in Highland Park/South Delridge? You can help neighbor Vivian McPeak – who sent the report and photos – organize another one:

Last weekend Seattle Hempfest teamed up with The Full Spectrum (America’s only LGTBQIA+ cannabis advocacy group) to send our volunteers out into multiple Pac NW communities to pick up trash and discarded plastics. We called the project The Great Community GreenSweep.

We hit neighborhoods in Lake City, Capitol Hill, Mukilteo, Tacoma, and West Seattle, to name a few. In West Seattle, we focused on the area of Highland Park at Delridge north of Roxbury all the way to Henderson … up and down Henderson to Barton, and up to 16th Ave SW, cleaning areas that were seriously strewn with litter and trash on both sides of the street and sidewalks. Those areas are now nearly pristine and looked as if they had not been cleaned for some time.

TommySound on Delridge hosted our safety training and served as a meeting space.

There is still a lot of trash on Henderson (especially around the bus stop near Barton) and surrounding streets. I personally live near 16th and Henderson. I am wondering if there are others in my neighborhood who would be willing to join me on some coming weekend to finish the job? Anyone interested can contact me at director@hempfest.org

McPeak is “especially concerned about discarded single-use plastics that break down into microplastics and end up washed into drains bound for Puget Sound, where they pose a potential threat to wildlife and the biosphere.”

YOU CAN HELP: Donate diapers at Dream Dinners West Seattle

Last week for the diaper drive at Dream Dinners West Seattle (WSB sponsor), benefiting WestSide Baby! Through Saturday, they’re collecting diapers and pull-ups that you can drop off at the store, until 11 am today, 9 am-11 am Tuesday, 9 am-noon and 4-8 pm Wednesday and Thursday, 9 am-noon Friday, and 9 am-11 am Saturday. Dream Dinners West Seattle is at 4701 41st SW (outer east side of Jefferson Square). Though WS Baby welcomes all sizes, 5 and 6 are at the top of their list right now.

WEST SEATTLE WEEKEND SCENE: Girl Scouts’ fundraising yard/bake sale

As spotlighted in today’s event list – two more hours to help Girl Scout Troop 41169 get to Savannah, Georgia, the birthplace of Girl Scouting. Their yard/bake sale continues until 3 pm at 3711 42nd SW. Angela sent the photo and says, “20+ families have contributed to this incredible sale! Quality housewares, furniture, tools, bikes, great clothes, amazing toys and games, classroom materials, and more! Plus our West Seattle famous lemonade and bake sale treats!! Come say hi and support these awesome girls!”

YOU CAN HELP: Regional relief effort for Tukwila apartment fire survivors

(Tuesday photo from @ZONE3PIOs)

You’ve probably heard about that deadly fire Tuesday at a Tukwila apartment complex. Three people, including a small chlld, were killed, and dozens more lost their homes and belongings. West Seattleites are among those helping with relief efforts, and Maggie forwarded us this announcement from the church coordinating it all, in case you want to help too:

Riverton Park United Methodist Church today announced it is expanding its relief efforts in response to the tremendous needs of the 31 families displaced in this week’s Maple Crest Apartments fire. The majority of families were forced to flee the 5:00am fire, which claimed three lives, with only the clothes on their backs and the entirety of their belongings were a total loss. RPUMC

volunteers continue to gather donations from the community daily from 9:00 am-6:00 pm, including Saturdays at the church, 3118 S. 140th St., in Tukwila [map]. The majority of families are now living in hotels and have identified the following items as high-priority needs:

• Gift cards for restaurants, gas, groceries and general retails stores.
• New or gently used laptops, cell phones and cell phone chargers.
• Gently used or new luggage with wheels.
• New linens or “Bed in a Bag” kits (inclusive of sheets, comforters, etc.).
• Small kitchen appliances including rice cookers, hot pads, microwaves.
• Sets of boxed drinking glasses.
• Shelf-stable, nutritious foods that can be microwaved or eaten cold, including vegetarian options. These include soups, pasta, peanut butter, tuna, coffee, etc.
• Coats for men, women and children. No other clothes needed at this time.
• New or gently used shoes for men, women and children.

Donations of cash for fire victims are being accepted at all BECU locations.

RPUMCC Tent Village Members and Community Organizations Partner in Relief Effort

This relief effort is largely run by community volunteers, including members of the RPUMC Tent Village. These individuals are taking an active role in supporting key aspects of the relief operation including receiving and sorting donations with other members of the community. They also play a similar role in supporting RPUMC’s weekly food bank, which continues to serve local families.

RPUMC would like to give a special thank you to Pine Lake Middle School Leadership Class and to Rotary Clubs across the region who have been generous partners in this relief effort.

COUNTDOWN: Loop the ‘Lupe in 9 days!

August 20, 2021 5:20 pm
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The return of Loop the ‘Lupe is now only nine days away. You can sign up tonight and get a $5 discount using the code SUMMER5. Loop the ‘Lupe, on Sunday, August 29th at Walt Hundley Playfield, offers four events: Seattle’s only obstacle-course event, a 5K fun run, a Senior Saunter, and a Kids’ Dash. It’s a fun way to celebrate the almost-end of summer and support what coordinator Brian Callanan describes as “the social outreach work at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, which operates a safe parking lot for homeless neighbors, coordinates voter registration and racial justice education, holds an annual Day of Service benefitting various organizations in the region, and much more.” Along with the aforementioned four events, Loop the ‘Lupe will feature live music, food, drinks, and a beer garden. To register, go here – and remember the SUMMER5 code if you sign up tonight! (WSB is a Loop the ‘Lupe community co-sponsor.)

THURSDAY: Benefit concert for Community School of West Seattle

August 18, 2021 1:15 pm
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In case you haven’t seen this in the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar – tomorrow night you have the chance to help a local nonprofit school while enjoying an outdoor family-music concert. Dani & the Bee are performing as a fundraiser Thursday night (August 19th) for the Community School of West Seattle. The concert is at 6 pm in White Center Heights Park (7th SW and SW 102nd). It’s free to attend but “donations are greatly appreciated,” says CSWS board president Whitney Young. You can donate/RSVP by going here..

YOU CAN HELP: Buy a bouquet to benefit United Communities of Laos cultural-center plan

The United Communities of Laos are continuing to work toward building a cultural center, and this week you can order flower bouquets with a pickup spot in West Seattle. The group explains, “Our goal is to raise $25k so we can complete our feasibility study with our consultant. This will bring us one step closer to starting a capital campaign and building a cultural center that supports our Hmong, Khmu, and Lao ethnic communities and preserve our unique cultures.” The mixed bouquets are $25. They’re also selling vegetable boxes for $18 but the pickup locations for those are only on the Eastside. Here’s the flyer about both; the local bouquet pickups will be 9:30 am-noon this Saturday (August 21st) at the West Seattle YMCA (36th SW and SW Snoqualmie; WSB sponsor). You can order bouquets – and learn more about the communities and the plan – by going here. (If you don’t want to buy flowers but do want to donate, you can do that at the same link.)

WEST SEATTLE WEEKEND SCENE: Highline Premier FC’s ‘Fill the Goal’ food drive

August 14, 2021 5:13 pm
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Still time to get over to Walt Hundley Playfield and add food donations to help Highline Premier FC “Fill the Goal”! It’s the soccer organization’s annual food drive and field day, with drills and games for kids:

The playfield is in High Point at 34th/Myrtle, and the event is on until 6.

YOU CAN HELP: 3 donation drives in West Seattle this weekend

August 13, 2021 9:04 am
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If you haven’t already seen these in the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar – you have three opportunities to make a difference by donating food and other items this weekend:

SATURDAY – ADMIRAL CHURCH: 11 am-3 pm Saturday, the church at 4320 SW Hill is hosting another dropoff food drive. Pet food will be accepted too.

SATURDAY – SOCCER FIELD DAY + FOOD DRIVE: 4-6 pm Saturday at Walt Hundley Playfield (34th SW and SW Myrtle), Highline Premier FC is hosting a field day and food drive. Even if you’re not participating in the field-day activities, you’re invited to bring food and/or cash donations to benefit the West Seattle Food Bank.

SUNDAY – KIDS’ CLOTHING AND FOOD DRIVE: The Westside Interfaith Network is supporting 13 recently arrived families from Nicaragua and needs children’s clothing, so that’s being collected as well as food at this Sunday’s Alki UCC donation drive. Men’s casual work clothing and hygiene items always welcome too. 11 am-3 pm outside 6115 SW Hinds.

YOU CAN HELP: Lafayette Elementary’s late-summer/fall fundraiser plans

August 8, 2021 3:44 pm
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With the start of school just weeks away, school-related groups are revving up. That includes PTAs and PTSAs, and other support groups. We have long featured school-related fundraisers, and one PTA – for Lafayette Elementary – has already sent its fall plan:

Lafayette PTA is excited to welcome students back to school on September 1st! We have many opportunities for you to support the Lafayette Elementary School students, staff, and families. Our goal this year is to rebuild our community and provide extra support to help students who have fallen behind academically. Questions? Please email lafayette.fundraising@gmail.com.

Shoe Drive Fundraiser: Now until mid-November 2021: The PTA has partnered with Funds2Orgs to raise money for the PTA and repurpose shoes by sending them to developing countries around the world. Please drop off your gently used shoes at West Seattle Runner at 2743 California Ave SW. Our goal is to collect at least 2500 pairs of shoes.

Dine-Outs:
8/31/2021 – 3:00 pm to 10:00 pm – Good Society, 2701 California Ave SW (please mention Lafayette to your server)
9/26/2021 – 10:00 am to 10:00 pm – Mission Cantina, 2325 California Ave SW (please mention Lafayette to your server; dine-in or take-out)
10/17/2021 – 10:30 am to 10:00 pm – MOD Pizza, 4755 Fauntleroy SW, Ste 150 (please mention Lafayette to the cashier or use promo code “GR191082L” when placing order online for pickup in store)

Boon Supply Online Fundraiser, 9/1/2021-12/31/2021: Lafayette PTA earns 40% of sales when you use this unique link to shop.

If your school group (or other nonprofit) has a fundraiser this year in which the community can participate, please send us the info so we can share the news all around the peninsula – westseattleblog@gmail.com – thank you!

YOU CAN HELP: Two West Seattle community cleanups

August 4, 2021 9:24 am
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In case you haven’t seen these in our West Seattle Event Calendar, two community cleanups are coming up, organized by your neighbors:

SATURDAY AT ALKI: Join Jessica‘s monthly cleanup at the beach, 10 am-1 pm Saturday (August 7th), whatever time you can give. Meetup location and RSVP info are in our calendar listing.

WEST SEATTLE BRIDGE BIKE TRAIL: One week later, on Saturday, August 14th, join Conrad and neighbors cleaning along the bike/pedestrian trail under the West Seattle Bridge, 11 am-1 pm. More details in our calendar listing; you can RSVP online here.

LAST CALL! One more day to ‘Stuff the Bus’ for WestSide Baby

July 30, 2021 11:56 pm
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Saturday’s the final day for WestSide Baby‘s annual “Stuff the Bus” diaper drive. You can get them to their goal in multiple ways – best way is a monthly monetary donation, because WS Baby can make your dollars go further by buying diapers at a discount rate. Other ways to help are listed here. WestSide Baby works with thousands of families every year – so whatever you can give makes a big difference for little kids. P.S. A reminder of another way to support WS Baby:

Dream Dinners – Supporting WestSide Baby this August!

Order dinner for your family through Dream Dinners West Seattle – pick up August 19, 20, or 21, benefitting WestSide Baby!

Order online using the links below, choose a pick-up time and select three medium size meals for your family to enjoy for just $50 (each meal serves three people). We will donate $10 from each order back to WESTSIDE BABY.

Enjoy your meals at home with your family! Place a full-size order within two weeks of your pickup & we will DONATE an EXTRA $20!! to Westside Baby !!

Thursday, August 19th, 6:30 pm-7:30 pm https://dreamdinners.com/session/892144

Friday, August 20th, 12 pm-1 pm dreamdinners.com/session/892154

Saturday, August 21st, 10:30-11:30 am – dreamdinners.com/session/892145

About Dream Dinners: “We are a local meal prep business that takes care of the menu planning, grocery shopping, prep, and clean up, so you can enjoy stress-free dinners with your family. Stock your freezer from a menu of 20 chef-crafted meals each month and you’ll spend less time worrying about what to make for dinner and more time doing what you love.”

(Dream Dinners is also a longtime WSB sponsor.)

YOU CAN HELP: Donate food this Saturday!

If you can donate food, Admiral Church hopes you’ll stop by on Saturday. The announcement:

Summer Food Drive Saturday, July 31st, from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. Time to clean your pantry and help less-fortunate people in our community. Drop off non-perishable food, canned fruit & vegetables, spices, soy sauce, rice, pasta, peanut butter, etc. Attendants will be available to help unload your vehicle in the parking lot at Admiral Church, 4320 SW Hill Street in the North Admiral community. Thank you for supporting this community endeavor to feed the hungry.