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SUNDAY: Puget Park trails need you!

(File photo – trail in Puget Park)

Sunny and warm-ish weather is forecast for tomorrow. Here’s a great way to start your Sunday! The announcement was sent by Colin:

Come join us to improve the Puget Park trail, this Sunday, March 17th from 9-noon.

Community support is needed to continue Puget Park trail improvements. Several neighbors have come together to lead this Puget Ridge family-friendly community event. Please stop by and give whatever time you have, every little bits helps, even just swing by to say “thank you”. Our presence and participation at this event demonstrates to Seattle Parks that we care and appreciate improvements they are making to the parks in our neighborhood.

We plan to have a series of trails project throughout the spring and summer. Below is our work party calendar.

March 17th Spring kickoff
April 7th Volunteer days
May 5th Join hands day
June 1st National trail day This one is on Saturday
June 23rd Seattle work day
August 18th
September 15th
October 6th Fall Planting Party

Meet the group at the park entrance, 19th/Dawson.

1 WEEK AWAY: Help design Delridge Triangle’s future

A reminder today from the Friends of Delridge Triangle:

Please join us for our community design meeting on Saturday, March 23, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Highland Park Improvement Club (1116 SW Holden). toshare your ideas about how to redesign the Delridge Triangle at 9200 Delridge & SW Barton.

Doors will open at 9:45 a.m. Snacks, professional child care with guided activities, as well as interpreters will be provided.

Survey Time! Please take a few moments to take a survey about the Triangle here.

2 Saturday school benefits: Morning movie, evening party

The season of school fundraisers continues, and we have two Saturday events to note:

SATURDAY MORNING MOVIE FOR CO-OP PRESCHOOLS: You can start the day at the Admiral Theater, 9:30 am:

South Seattle College Cooperative Preschools will be hosting a screening of “My Neighbor Totoro” at the Admiral Theater (to whom we are incredibly grateful for hosting the
event!). “My Neighbor Totoro” (directed by Hayao Miyazaki) is a beautiful family-friendly animated film about two young sisters and their adventures with friendly forest spirits in rural Japan.

Tickets will be available at the door for a suggested donation of $7 each or $25 for a family. Children under 1 are free. We are only able to accept cash or check at the door.

All proceeds go to support the Mary E. Phillips Scholarship Fund, making SSC Cooperative preschool affordable to all. SSC Co-op Preschools have locations throughout West Seattle (Alki, North Admiral, Lincoln Park, White Center, and SSC Campus) and we will have information about our preschools available at the event.


The 32nd annual dinner auction on Saturday, March 16, to benefit the Fauntleroy Children’s Center is a three-generation affair for the Nickels family.

Sharon Nickels (left) will be there with husband and former Seattle mayor Greg as he runs the live auction. Their daughter, Carey Nickels, is chairing the auction committee and grandchildren Rowan and Ciaran O’Brien attend the center.

“Moonlight Masquerade” will get under way at 5:30 pm in the Hall @ Fauntleroy. Find details and reserve your seat at

Scouting for Food: 2 more announcements

Last weekend, we published Cub Scout Pack 284‘s announcement that Scouts would be distributing doorhangers last weekend and picking up food this Saturday as part of the annual Scouting for Food door-to-door drive. Other troops and packs are participating too, and we’ve since received two more announcements.

That’s a 2018 photo from Pack 799, which will be distributing notices in this area of Arbor Heights and then collecting food on March 23rd. They’re grateful for, and again hoping or, “amazing support … from our neighbors, resulting in a lot of fun for Scouts while performing an important community service.”

And from Troop 282:

BSA Scouts Troop 282 is participating in Scouting for Food for the next two weekends as well. Our target area is from Genesee to Charlestown, 44th Ave SW to 55th Ave SW. We’ll be canvassing with door hangers Saturday morning on the 16th and collecting food for the West Seattle Food Bank early on the morning of the 23rd. Just leave the food on your doorstep and we’ll pick it up before 9.

11,000 people in our community rely on the food bank and the food bank’s stocks typically get low at this time of the year. Thanks, everybody!

Anybody else? Let us know – thank you!

SURVEY: A few questions from Friends of Lincoln Park

From Friends of Lincoln Park:

Friends of Lincoln Park (FliP) are asking that our community participate in a short survey on the use and existence of social trails in public, forested areas. Social trails are pathways of erosion caused by people and cyclists going ‘off-trail,’ typically serving as a shortcut through parks or forests.

The survey was created by FLiP’s intern Liz Watt (UW Capstone student) and she will be conducting helpful research that includes an assessment of social trails throughout our urban forest landscape and the development of methods to mitigate the effects of this common issue. In addition to the survey, Liz is bringing over 1,000 square feet of Lincoln Park’s forest into restoration (removing invasive plant and tree species and replacing with natives). FLiP is extremely lucky to have Liz on our team!

The survey should take 5 minutes or less to complete – thanks for participating!

Survey link:

DEAL! Early-bird registration open for 2019 West Seattle 5K

(2018 West Seattle 5K photo by David Hutchinson)

Ten weeks from today, runners and walkers will fill Alki Avenue for a few hours during the 2019 West Seattle 5K. If you’re planning to be among them, you can register now and get the early-bird discount. The WS5K (with community sponsors including WSB) starts just after 9 am on Sunday, May 19th, at 61st/Alki, and raises money for West Seattle High School students via the PTSA. You can register online right now by going here; don’t procrastinate, as the early-bird rate is this month only!

FOLLOWUP: Survey, and workshop time, for Delridge Triangle’s future

As reported here last month, you’re invited to help plan the Delridge Triangle’s future at a community workshop on March 23rd. The time is now finalized – plus, whether you can be there or not, the community volunteers working on it have a survey for you. Here’s the announcement of both:

The Friends of the Delridge Triangle — an all-volunteer, grassroots gathering of neighbors — has selected Seattle-based MAKERS Architecture and Urban Design to lead a community design process for a reimagining of the Delridge Triangle right-of-way property at 9200 Delridge Way SW.

All community members are invited to a community design meeting on Saturday, March 23, from 10 a.m. to noon at Highland Park Improvement Club (1116 SW Holden). Doors will open at 9:45 a.m. Snacks, professional child care with guided activities, as well as interpreters will be provided.

This is an opportunity for our community to come together and imagine a public space for us all.

We Need Your Input! To help us tailor these efforts to improve the Triangle, please take a few moments to take our short baseline survey here.

YOU CAN HELP! YMCA adding cabins to Camp Colman, with West Seattleites among the honorees

(Photo from

Though it’s more than 60 miles from here, Camp Colman – operated by the Greater Seattle YMCA (WSB sponsor) – has multiple ties to West Seattle. Many local kids go there for their first overnight camping experience. And now the Y is raising money to add four cabins to the camp – with some of the namesakes locally linked, too. First, here’s the Y’s announcement:

Four new proposed cabins at the YMCA’s Camp Colman means 2,000 more youth and families will have the opportunity to experience the fun and growth that only happens at camp. The Y will name one cabin in honor of former Camp Director, George Nichols. Only through community support can the Y reach their $150,000 per cabin goal. You can give to Camp Colman at

Camp Colman sits in the southern Puget Sound’s Case Inlet. Each year thousands of campers make new friends, learn responsibility skills, try new things, unplug from screens, enjoy swimming and boating in the lagoon, and skits around the campfire. The four new proposed cabins will allow thousands of more campers to get off waitlists and into the outdoors.

One cabin will be named after former Camp Director George Nichols. For many campers and leaders, the Nichols family is synonymous with Camp Colman. Nichols has been a key mentor, role model, and camp director for generations of campers. He served as the Program Director, Physical Director, Camp Colman Director, and Camping Services Executive Director for more than thirty years.

“George Nichols has left an indelible mark on Camp Colman campers,” recalled community member Anne Bentrott-Wise. “All my children and grandchildren went to Camp Colman in part because of his leadership. The time has come to honor George and his family with the building of the Nichols Cabin, and we are excited to offer our support.”

Two other new cabins are named Cruzen and Bosco (Bostrom & Code). Construction is planned to start this spring and reach completion in the fall. In addition to the four new cabins, the Y is raising money for a new marine education center, and purchase of 20 additional acres adjacent to Camp Colman. You can learn more about other Y camp improvements as part of the Opportunities for All campaign at Join the Camp Colman fundraising victory event at Fauntleroy Church on March 30 at 9:30 a.m. RSVP by emailing by March 20.

Camp Colman is dedicated to strengthening community by nurturing the potential of youth, promoting healthy living and fostering social responsibility. If you have questions, please contact Director of Philanthropy, Magill Dickerson-Lange,

The Fauntleroy Community Association‘s newest quarterly edition of Neighbors has further explanation of the cabin namesakes’ local links:

Dating from 1912 when the Colman family began inviting Fauntleroy youth to their summer home on Horsehead Bay, the camp moved to its present site in the mid-60s. George’s YMCA tenure was from 1963 to 2002. … Construction will start this spring and include two other cabins funded to honor long-time Fauntleroy families. “Cruzen” is made possible by a generous gift from Adah Cruzen honoring Earl and the Cruzen family. The other, dubbed the “Bosco” cabin, will honor the Al and Pearl Bostrom family and Alki’s Bob and Mary Code family. Al was youth director at the downtown YMCA and Bob currently serves on the Y’s Camping & Outdoor Leadership Board.

YOU CAN HELP! Scouting for Food door-to-door donation-drive time

It’s time for the door-to-door food drive known as Scouting for Food – many local homes will get doorhangers this weekend with word that Scouts will pick up bags of food left for the drive next weekend (or soon – sometimes the dates very). First to send us an announcement, Pack 284:

On Saturday, March 16th, 10 am to 12 pm, Cub Scout Pack 284 will be collecting donations for the West Seattle Food Bank, in the neighborhood west of 35th Ave, between Othello and Morgan. Scouts will be distributing door hangers the week prior (March 9) to help spread the word.

Anyone in this neighborhood who wishes to donate can simply leave donations by front door by 9:30 am on March 16th, and Scouts from our pack will pick it up!

The most needed items are:
– Low-Sodium Canned Meats
– Canned Fruits (in water)
– Low-Sodium Canned Vegetables
– Low-Sodium Beans
– Peanut Butter
– Canned Tuna/Chicken/Turkey/Salmon
– Rice/Pasta/Noodles
– Low Sodium Soup/Stew/Chili/Tomatoes
– Ensure
– Toiletries (Toothpaste, Soap, Deodorant Shampoo/Conditioner – Sample sizes)
– Pet Food
– Baby Food & Formula
– Diapers (all sizes, but especially 4, 5, and 6)

This annual drive has been a great experience for the Scouts, and wonderful way to help folks in need.

Thank you to everyone who can pitch in to this worthy cause!

– The Parents, Leaders, and Scouts of Cub Scout Pack 284 (West Seattle)

Any other packs/troops? Let us know!

HAPPENING NOW: Post-puppets, preschool’s pizza and ice-cream fundraiser

The photo is from Ellen, who says this morning’s Puppets Please marionette shows at Fauntleroy Church, benefiting Lincoln Park Cooperative Preschool (as showcased in our West Seattle Saturday highlights), drew showgoers from 8 weeks old to 94 years young! There are two ways you can still support LPCP before the night’s out: “We still have Proletariat Pizza supporting Co-op today! Dine in, carry out and delivery! Then head over to Full Tilt to have an ice cream. Just mention Co-op at both places to support Lincoln Park Co-op Preschool.” Both are in downtown White Center, across the street from each other – Proletariat at 9622 16th SW (open until 11 pm) and Full Tilt at 9629 16th SW (open until 10 pm).

YOU CAN HELP! Volunteer drivers sought, because ‘rides change lives’

Joyce and Rick have been doing this for a decade and asked if we could help get the word out:

Volunteer drivers are needed for Sound Generations Volunteer Transportation program. Using their own vehicles, volunteer drivers help older adults maintain their independence by taking them to necessary medical appointments. Clients appreciate their improved access to medical care, meaningful interactions with caring volunteers, and increased peace of mind.

Unfortunately, the program does not have enough drivers to meet the demand for transportation from vulnerable seniors. If you have the “drive” to help others, a clean driving record, and some daytime availability, call (206) 748-7588, email Diana at, or visit to find out more. Discover why rides change lives!

Sound Generations is a nonprofit that serves seniors in a variety of ways and places around King County, including at the Senior Center of West Seattle.

FOLLOWUP: How to help Chief Sealth IHS’s Ethics Bowl team keep making history

(February photo: L-R, team members Khaim Vasser-Fontenot, Clarissa Perez, Nassir Sayda, Logan Webster; coach Matt Baudhuin)

One month ago, we reported on the Chief Sealth International High School Ethics Bowl team’s historic state championship – not just the first time CSIHS had won, but the first time a public high school had won. They’re hoping to travel to North Carolina for the national competition next month, and it will take community contributions to make that happen. So a crowdfunding campaign is under way and is halfway to the goal – if you can help send them to state, just go here.

HAPPENING NOW: Girl Scout Cookies on sale in West Seattle and beyond

12:34 PM: Thanks to Marco for tweeting the photo – that Girl Scout troop is outside West Seattle Trader Joe’s until 2 pm, one of multiple locations and times you’ll find Girl Scout Cookies over the next two weeks. Just use the finder on the Girl Scouts of Western Washington website. Here are the cookies they’re offering this year. (Is your troop out selling too? Send us a pic!)

ADDED 1:18 PM: This troop’s at Admiral Safeway until 2:

Thanks to Patrick for tweeting that photo.

VIDEO: Ticket time for 2019 Taste of West Seattle!

West Seattle Helpline shares that video invitation as tickets go on sale for the most delicious fundraiser of the year.

(WSB photo from 2018 Taste of West Seattle)

Here’s the announcement:

We are excited to announce tickets to the 14th annual Taste of West Seattle are now on sale!

This local, community-based food fair 6-9 pm May 23rd at The Hall at Fauntleroy is the largest event of its kind in West Seattle. We will feature food and drink from over 40 different restaurants, breweries, wineries, coffee shops, bakeries, chocolatiers, specialty food stores, and more!

The Taste of West Seattle has drawn a sell-out crowd of more than 500 people from West Seattle and throughout King County for the past five years in a row. All proceeds from the event support the West Seattle Helpline’s homelessness-prevention emergency assistance programs for low-income individuals and families in West Seattle and White Center who are recovering from an unexpected hardship.

You can find out more information, and buy tickets at

Here’s our coverage of last year’s Taste of West Seattle.

YOU CAN HELP! Celebrate spring with a ‘Tropical Night’

Now that it’s March, spring is in sight. On one of the first nights of the new season, you’re invited to a tropical-themed celebration on behalf of Concord International Elementary – here’s the announcement:

Join us March 22nd for our annual dinner party and auction—an evening of great food, drinks, live music, and live and silent auctions supporting the Concord International Elementary PTA in one of the coolest neighborhoods in Seattle — South Park!

All proceeds go toward the support of educational programs for children at Concord Elementary, a high-poverty school in our neighborhood.

Treat yourself to an evening of fun while helping to provide high-quality educational opportunities to children in South Park. See you there!

The event starts at 7 pm at South Park Hall (1253 S. Cloverdale). Your ticket is available here.

YOU CAN HELP! One more day to get your ticket to Pathfinder K-8 auction

Another local school is hoping for your support – and offering you a fun way to do it. The annual auction for Pathfinder K-8 is Saturday, March 9th, 5 pm at The Hall at Fauntleroy. Here’s the announcement from the PTA:

Pathfinder’s annual auction is just over a week away on Saturday, March 9th. Tomorrow — Friday, March 1 — is the final day to purchase auction tickets.

Don’t miss the fun and festivities of Pathfinder’s biggest party of the year. Some special highlights:

*Super cool silent auction items, ranging from sports activities to spas to theater tickets and more.
*Kid made Classroom art
*Games, including a wall of wine and a chance to win ten times your bid.
*Sweet vacation homes, including a few new ones.
*An after-party, with dancing, if you choose to stay late.
*And, of course, all of this goes to a great cause — our kids!

Buy your ticket by going here.

Start the weekend – and the new month! – in style @ West Seattle High School Big Band Dinner Dance

Friday is just two days away and West Seattle High School music students and supporters want to renew their invitation to the 7th annual Big Band Dinner Dance – happening at the school Friday night:

This is a fun evening of music, dancing, raffles, dinner, and appetizers. Music is provided by the WSHS Jazz Ensembles 1 and 2, the WSHS Orchestra, and the West Seattle Big Band. All food is prepared by the WSHS Culinary Arts Program. All proceeds benefit the music program and help us to provide travel scholarships, music coaching, and support the growth of our growing music program. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door.

You can buy your ticket right now by going here. WSHS is at 3000 California SW.

FOLLOWUP: The giving that enabled a homecoming

Back on Saturday, we showed you volunteers from Tibbetts United Methodist Church (WSB sponsor) getting ready to take a truckload of donated furnishings and other items to a family exiting homelessness to permanent housing South King County. The organization that Tibbetts worked with, Mary’s Place, shared photos of what happened next. Above and below, the volunteers arrived at the location and got everything unloaded.

Later, the delighted family was there – including this little girl:

They had this message for the volunteers/donors:

If you’re interested, here’s more about the Mary’s Place program through which Tibbetts helped this family:

When a family experiencing homelessness enters a Mary’s Place shelter, they often have only a few possessions with them. Many of their belongings, including dishes, knickknacks, lamps, even treasured family photos, are left behind.

Families don’t always get to choose where they live, and while moving into a new house is an exciting step forward, ensuring that families feel supported by the community, and helping to make their new house feel like a home is integral to long-term success. By providing basic furniture items for a family in their new apartment, groups can stand beside these families and welcome them home!

Groups are asked to provide a minimum of a sofa, beds, and a dining room table and chairs. Other items, like lamps, coffee table, kitchen essentials, sheets/blankets, television, art/decorations, toys, etc. are always appreciated!

Mary’s Place can provide the family connection, the group collects, stores, and delivers the items to the family. For more info, contact Irina Pastushok at 458-202-9686 or

West Seattle Food Bank’s Backpack Program gets a boost from local entrepreneur

At right is On Safari Foods proprietor Teresa Carew, with Judi Yazzolino of the West Seattle Food Bank, who reports that On Safari just gave WSFB’s Backpack Program a big boost, by raising $10,000 to support it. The fundraiser was part of On Safari’s annual Open House this past Thursday night in SODO (where the catering company moved eight years ago after outgrowing its West Seattle HQ). Judi says WSFB is grateful to Teresa, her crew, and “very generous guests” for their support. According to On Safari, the money was raised through a combination of cash donations at the door, a raffle, and a silent auction. The company already supports the Food Bank by donating leftover food. Now it’s given a big assist to the Backpack Program, which sends six “kid-friendly, nutritious, non-perishable, easy to prepare and eat” meals home every weekend with students in need.

P.S. You can support the Food Bank by attending another big event coming up in SODO – its annual Instruments of Change dinner/auction on May 11th.

SATURDAY: The Big Plunge at Alki – new date, less ‘polar’

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(February 9th photo)

As Christopher Gilliam wrote when emailing us that photo on February 9th – it was “ironic” that the polar-bear-swim Big Plunge at Alki had to be postponed that day because the weather was just TOO “polar.” Now the new date is just three days away – this Saturday (February 23rd) – so we’re reminding you about the Special Olympics of Washington fundraiser. Even if you aren’t plunging (they’re hoping for enough participants to set a world record), you might want to check out the festivities anyway: Food trucks, beer, music – details are here (just keep scrolling down that page) as well as the schedule (before and after the 1 pm “plunge”). If you do want to plunge, here’s where to sign up.

SNOW AFTERMATH: Extra time to prioritize projects you think should get Neighborhood Street Fund money

The recent snow hit right in the middle of the prioritizing process for what those map markers represent – proposed Neighborhood Street Fund projects, first mentioned here three weeks ago. So today, there’s word the city has extended the deadline, and also rescheduled a snow-canceled meeting in our area. You now have until Friday, March 1st, to rank the 20+ projects in West Seattle/South Park that are up for a share of the grant money – just go here. And/or – if you want to help do that ranking in person, you can go to South Park Hall at 6:30 pm next Monday (February 25th).

YOU CAN HELP! Become an Urban Nature Guide

(Recent Lincoln Park sunset scene photographed by Jonathan Shipley)

So much natural beauty in West Seattle – particularly in our parks. Want to help others learn about and enjoy it? This opportunity is for you!

Seattle Parks and Recreation is accepting applications for our Seattle Urban Nature Guide program. Up to 50 applicants will be accepted into this unique program that includes training on how to be a naturalist and interpret the natural environment of the Pacific Northwest.

The program is entirely free, and those accepted into the program make a one-year commitment Training, includes 5 weeks of classes and outdoor instruction in which new volunteers learn naturalist programming and the natural and cultural history of the Puget Sound area. Higher priority will be given to volunteers interested in guiding school programs in West Seattle.

Volunteers will have access to an excellent natural-history library, develop and hone communication, public speaking and group management techniques; and promote conservation and stewardship of natural resources.

“The people who enter this program have a chance to share fun, fellowship and community with others who enjoy nature and appreciate parks,” said professional Seattle Parks and Recreation Naturalist Penny Rose, who oversees the program.

Volunteers who complete the training are then asked to commit to at least one year of volunteering, including guiding 8 programs for school groups or public programs. Continuing education is offered throughout each year.

Successful applicants will enjoy working with children and the public, have the physical ability to lead group walks over rough terrain, feel comfortable working outdoors and would enjoy volunteering in West Seattle at Camp Long, Longfellow Creek or other parklands.

Applications for the volunteer program are due on Thursday, March 21st. Training begins at the end of March and continues through April.

For more information, and for a complete application packet, please visit our website, or contact Penny Rose at

COUNTDOWN! Highland Park Elementary PTA invites you to celebrate

Just two weeks until the Highland Park Elementary School PTA hopes to see you at its 2nd annual auction – a good deal for a good cause, $40 gets you food (including dessert) on Saturday, March 2nd, with an “Alice in Wonderland” theme:

Your grin will rival the Cheshire Cat’s after scrumptious nibbles and games that may make you lose your head! Don’t be afraid to go a little mad bidding for items to raise vital funds so students can continue to get curiouser and curiouser!

Buy your ticket(s) here. The even is set for 6-9 pm at Highland Park Improvement Club (1116 SW Holden).