West Seattle, Washington
Loop the ‘Lupe – four events in one, including an obstacle course – is coming back on June 4th, and you can register for a discount through Friday. Go here to sign up for – and find out more about – the 5K obstacle course, 5K fun run, Senior Saunter, or Youth Dash, all of which will have staggered starts between 11 am and 1 pm on Saturday, June 4th at Walt Hundley Playfield. Proceeds from Loop the ‘Lupe support Our Lady of Guadalupe’s social-service work, including, as explained here, “social outreach programs, including a safe parking area for our homeless neighbors (with support from the Urban League), assistance to immigrant families, visits to elderly shut-ins, rent and utility assistance, and more.” Discount registration continues until just before midnight Friday night, and then the prices go up. (WSB is media sponsor for Loop the ‘Lupe again this year.)
The date has changed for Brent Amaker & The Rodeo‘s “Save the Yen Wor” concert. Here’s the new plan:
The “Save the Yen Wor” benefit show, originally scheduled for Wednesday April 13th, has been postponed due to Covid-19. A member of the band contracted Covid-19 this past weekend and will be unable to perform due to CDC isolation guidelines. The show has been rescheduled for Tuesday, May 17th. For those who were planning to attend the Yen Wor this coming Wednesday, Brent will be on hand to MC and host charity Karaoke with Loretta. Also look out for the possibility of additional special guests!
All proceeds from both events will be donated to assist the Yen Wor during a period of family illness and transition. Learn more about the community effort to save the Yen Wor at their Go Fund Me page. Feel free to donate prior to the event if you would like to help.
Please update your calendars now, and support this important West Seattle institution in any way that you can.
Less than a month until Mother’s Day, here’s a school fundraiser that might help with your gift-giving:
H.U.G.S. for Mothers & Special Others
Seattle Lutheran High School – Parent Association Fundraiser
Hope. Unity. Gratitude. Saints.
Brighten someone’s day with a tasty treat and a bouquet!
Funds raised go toward classroom grants, student scholarships and educational speakers.
ORDER HERE by Wednesday, April 20th
Contactless curbside pickup or local delivery to limited zip codes on Saturday, May 6th.
See the school website here for more information.
WHITE CENTER CO-OP PRESCHOOL @ WESTWOOD MOD: 10:30 am-10 pm tomorrow (Wednesday, April 6th) you can support White Center Co-op Preschool by dining at MOD Pizza in Westwood Village:
You can participate in this fundraiser by:
MOD Pizza will accept your order online or at the Westwood Village restaurant:
Restaurant Website – Use code: MODF4677
Storefront Walk-in – Visit the location at 2800 SW Barton St. Mention that you are with White Center Cooperative Preschool before placing your order. (No 3rd-party orders, please)
WSHS JUNIOR ASB @ LADY JAYE – PLUS PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT: The junior class of West Seattle High School is offering this two-part fundraiser:
Come support the students of WSHS on Saturday, April 23rd, at Lady Jaye!
A percentage of the profits from the butcher shop and from the restaurant will be going to the WSHS ASB. The butcher shop opens at 10 am and the restaurant opens at 4 pm, and any purchases made at any time during the day or evening on the 23rd will be counted toward the fundraiser. Make reservations here: bit.ly/38b6cC0 and order takeout here: bit.ly/3wU7D1Z!
Optional: Parents, drop your (potty-trained, ages 4 -11) kids off at the parents’ night out from 5:30 – 10:30. Pizza, games, crafts, and a movie will be provided.
Here’s the flyer with details on the “parents’ night out” – including how to sign up.
Next week, West Seattle’s psychedelic-country rocker Brent Amaker and his band The Rodeo perform a special hometown show to help the venue where it’s happening.
They’ll play at Yen Wor Village (2300 California SW) to help the family-owned restaurant/bar get through tough times. Not just COVID-restriction-related – this goes beyond that. There’s a crowdfunding campaign too, and as explained on that page, proprietors Gary and Wendy Wong have battled serious medical problems – for Gary, a life-threatening bout with COVID, followed by a stroke; for Wendy, a fall that led to broken bones and surgery. Both had pre-existing chronic illnesses, too. Now their sons are running the Yen Wor, and the business has needs too, from renovation to back rent. It’s been a West Seattle staple for more than 30 years and they hope to keep it going another 30, with help. On April 13th, the doors open at 6 pm – go sing karaoke! – and Brent Amaker and The Rodeo take the stage at 10. Donations will be accepted at the door.
Also returning this year: The large-scale volunteer-work day all along the Duwamish River and its watershed, to help restore the health of Seattle’s only river. The spring 2022 Duwamish Alive! event is planned for Saturday, April 16th. Even before announcing it to the community at large, some groups have filled up the volunteer openings at various sites, but some openings remain: “Group B” for kayak cleanup (kayaks provided!) and habitat restoration – find the signup info here – and The Heron’s Nest, which is also open to groups and offering children’s activities – email email@example.com to sign up for that site.
That’s just part of what community volunteers picked up along West Marginal last weekend. Organizer Erik Bell sends word that four community cleanups are planned around West Seattle this weekend – including a return to West Marginal – and you’re invited to pitch in:
7-8 am Alki Cleanup (Statue of Liberty start)
10 am-12 pm Alki First Saturday Clean (2452 Alki Ave SW start)
10 am-12 pm Pop-Up Clean / SW Holden (24th & Holden start, family-friendly)
10 am-12 pm Marginal Way / Missing Link (Həʔapus Park start)
Equipment (and bags) provided, but if you have your own pickup stick/bucket, bring it!
Seal Sitters Marine Mammal Stranding Network and SR3 are planning a major beach cleanup for Friday, April 15th – open to everyone, since it’s spring-break week for many students. Here’s the announcement:
Volunteers needed! SR3 (Seattle Response + Rehab + Research) and Seal Sitters are hosting a cleanup of Alki Beach at 10:00 am on Friday, April 15, in honor of Earth Day and to celebrate the first anniversary of the SR3 Marine Wildlife Hospital, the SeaLife Rescue Center. Show your love for all of the creatures that depend upon our beaches & learn about the important work being done by SR3 & Seal Sitters.
Please dress for Seattle spring weather and bring appropriate footwear (waterproof is recommended.) In consideration of the environmental impact of single-use bottles, water will not be provided, so please bring whatever water and refreshments you’ll need.
Equipment (gloves, hand sanitizer, bags, buckets, grabbers) will be available, but please bring your own if you have them! Please RSVP here. Meet at Statue of Liberty Plaza, Alki Ave SW at 61st Ave SW.
All ages welcome!
Can you follow in their footsteps? Those cleanup volunteers tackled a stretch of West Marginal Way SW last weekend – and tomorrow, volunteers are invited to a followup cleanup, 10 am-noon Sunday (March 27th). Organizer Erik Bell sent the invitation:
This is the finishing touch to last week’s extraordinary cleanup along W. Marginal Way SW. Although highly successful, we didn’t quite make it to the S-curve between the south end of Həʔapus Village Park and CalPortland cement plant. This stretch still has quite a bit of debris to get through but I believe we can knock it out tomorrow.
Our work will make the Duwamish Trail safer for bicyclists and pedestrians, prevent litter from further polluting adjacent waterways, and make this stretch of road more aesthetically pleasing.
This is a grittier-style roadway clean (adults only.) Vests, gloves, buckets and pickup sticks will be provided. Dress in layers for the weather; the environment includes blackberry bushes and lots of debris from car wrecks and dumped materials. This week’s weather may make some areas very muddy so wear footwear and clothes that you don’t mind getting wet and dirty.
Parking: We’ll meet in the parking lot for Həʔapus Village Park (4500 Duwamish Trail). From there we’ll head south along West Marginal and clean towards CalPortland cement plant, just under 1 mile. We’ll work in groups and will be practicing safety first and foremost — especially those cleaning on the west side of West Marginal, which has no sidewalk or shoulder in most places. The east side has a bike path / sidewalk for more buffer from the road. Come for as little or as much as you’d like…bring a friend.
Please reach out with any questions, concerns or carpooling opportunities. I can be reached at 206-852-9552 or on Messenger.
The annual scholarship fundraising event for West Seattle’s co-op preschools is a virtual event this year, and everyone’s invited! It’s happening online at 7:30 pm next Thursday – here’s the announcement:
Cynthia Lair on “Feeding the Whole Family” (virtual event) – Thursday, March 31st, 7:30-8:30 pm
What should you feed those you love? And how can you get them to eat what’s best for them? In this uplifting and practical class learn to set sturdy yet flexible boundaries that can help make mealtimes successful for everyone. Based on her book, Feeding the Whole Family, Cynthia will cover topics such as which foods are worth eating, how to make vegetables enticing, just how much sugar is okay, and the value of sharing home-cooked meals.
Proceeds support tuition scholarships, community outreach and DEI conversations and exploration for South Seattle College Cooperative Preschool (SSCCP) students, families and the WS Community.
To purchase tickets, go here.
In the spirit of Little Free Pantries, Libraries, etc., is Maslow’s Closet at Lafayette Elementary School in Admiral – and you can help it continue providing basics like food, clothes, and hygiene items to community members in need. Organizer and teacher Chelsea Gabzdyl, who created Maslow’s Closet while teaching at Concord International in South Park, says they’re accepting donated items as well as raising money with event tomorrow (Thursday, March 24th), 6-9 pm, at Admiral Pub (2306 California SW).
As the flyer notes, a percentage of proceeds from a special cocktail will go toward the project. If you can’t make it to the event, the flyer (see it here in PDF) has three other options for donating, including through Donors Choose and through the Lafayette PTA.
Here are our ways your dollars can go further by helping local schools:
BOOK FAIR FOR BOREN STEM K-8: Today through Sunday, shop at Paper Boat Booksellers (6040 California SW) and mention Louisa Boren STEM K-8 at checkout – part of the proceeds will benefit the school. Organizers note, “Paper Boat has a great selection to choose from in stock, and any special orders you make for out-of-stock items can also benefit the school if they are pre-paid during this week.” Store hours are 10 am-6 pm Tuesdays-Saturdays, 11 am-5 pm Sunday.
FLOWERS & MORE FOR ROXHILL ELEMENTARY: This one’s for gardeners:
Friends of Roxhill Elementary says, “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; deadline is May 15th. Questions? firstname.lastname@example.org
MISSION CANTINA DINE-OUT FOR MADISON MS: This Wednesday (March 23rd), dine in at, get take-out from, or buy a gift card for Mission Cantina (2325 California SW) and part of the proceeds will benefit Madison Middle School – details and links here. Mission Cantina will be open 4 pm-10 pm that day.
MARINATION MA KAI DINE-OUT FOR ALKI CO-OP PRESCHOOL: Here are the details on this benefit:
The wonderful folks at Marination ma kai are hosting a Dine Out to support Alki Co-Op Preschool on Tuesday, March 29th! Come say aloha and enjoy some delicious tacos or kimchi fried rice for lunch and/or dinner (11 am – 8 pm) and Marination will donate a percentage of the day’s total sales to the school. There are food options for the kiddos too. Gift cards and take-away orders also count, but let’s hope for some sun to enjoy a cocktail on the big outdoor patio. Marination ma kai is located at 1660 Harbor Avenue SW.
Got a school or nonprofit fundraiser to share with the community? Let us know – thanks!
Throughout the pandemic, Alki UCC has continued collecting donations for neighbors in need. Its next drive is tomorrow (Sunday, March 20th) – here’s what they’re looking for:
Alki UCC Food/Men’s Casual Clothing/Winter Gear Donations Drive
Sunday, March 20
11:00 am to 3:00 pm
6115 SW Hinds
As always, we welcome non-perishable food and hygiene items to be distributed through the White Center Food Bank.
The WSFB reprises its recent urgent call for Similac baby formula to replace stock lost due to a recall.
Other priority donations include: rice (white rice, basmati, jasmine, Thai sticky rice, etc.); sugars (white or brown); and oil — ideally containers that are 5 pounds or less (not bulk).
The Westside Interfaith Network (WIN), our other donations-drive partner, is especially low on blankets, backpacks, and sleeping bags to help keep our unsheltered neighbors warm and dry. We also welcome donations of clean men’s casual/work clothing and new men’s socks.
Many thanks to our generous community for supporting our neighbors in need.
Three ways to help local schools this week:
THE BRIDGE SCHOOL: This cooperative elementary school (a WSB sponsor) is not only taking bids in an online auction all week, it’s inviting you to a live online auction at 6 pm Saturday, with a costume contest (prizes!) as well as bidding. The Bridge School promises, “Our auction includes a wonderful mix of items and experiences. You can bid on: gift certificates, homemade items, themed baskets, unique experiences, fantastic getaways, and more!” Get going right now by starting here.
FAUNTLEROY CHILDREN’S CENTER: Through Sunday, another online auction is supporting Fauntleroy Children’s Center. More than 160 items are up for bidding, thanks to FCC families and community. businesses. It’s the 35th annual auction for FCC and you can go here right now to be part of it.
KRISPY KREMES FOR MADISON MS: The Madison Middle School PTSA is raising money by selling Krispy Kreme donuts. Two ways to get in on it:
1. Pre-order a dozen freshly-baked, glazed doughnuts for $13, to be picked up in front of Madison Middle School on Friday, March 25, between 8:15-9:00 am and 3:45-4:30 pm.
2. Buy a “Digital Dozen” for $13. Digital gift cards will be delivered via email after the fundraiser ends to be redeemed ANY time at ANY Krispy Kreme location.
They’re taking orders through next Tuesday (March 22nd) – go here.
Three weeks into the Russian invasion, the Ukrainian people continue to fight. A West Seattle woman and her sister, who made it out just as the fighting began, are hoping you can help their homeland.
Kateryna Bakay is proprietor of Bend & Stretch Physical Therapy. She came to the U.S. as an exchange student in 2000 and has been in Seattle since 2010, West Seattle since 2015. Her sister Daria lived in Kyiv, the besieged Ukrainian capital, but has been here since March 1st. Katerina explains that her sister arrived “after 6 days of driving through bombings and artillery shootings. She crossed the Hungarian border by foot (could not take her car) and then her friends drove her to Poland, from where she flew to Seattle.”
They are staying in close touch with family and friends in Kyiv, as circumstances there became increasingly desperate, with food and supply shortages: “Some homes have lost heat so people are bundled up with blankets as it’s cold in Ukraine right now. Children are crying as they don’t understand what’s happening and parents are trying to normalize the situation by taking kids outside during non-curfew hours.”
They are raising money to get help to people back home: “The money we are raising will be used to sponsor local volunteer organizations that are on the ground in major cities in Ukraine, including Kyiv, Kharkiv, Kherson, where people are distributing food and water to old folks who are not able to leave their houses. Another organization is helping local military personnel with basic medical supplies, such as tourniquets and bulletproof vests.” If you can donate, they have a crowdfunding page here.
Last month, we told you about West Seattleite-owned Cascadia Produce deciding to buy Girl Scout Cookies to include in the emergency food boxes they distribute with public funding. That was good news both for the Scouts and for people experiencing food insecurity. Today, we have an update on the effort, from one of the participating troops, 40171, via Holly Rikhof:
Way back in February – the beginning of Girl Scout cookie season – there was no doubt that we would be able to fulfill Cascadia Produce’s generous order of 2,000 boxes from all over Washington to be distributed via their Emergency Food Boxes.
Our troop (40171) was responsible for delivering 400 boxes of the 2,000 box order.
Of course, now we are feeling the crunch of the supply-chain shortages and shipping irregularities. Through perseverance and creative problem solving by the council product team and our local service unit, we were able to scrounge together the inventory necessary to fulfill the order. Despite the challenges, the final delivery happened Friday!
I’m attaching some pictures of our troop’s contribution, as well as the whole mountain of cookies Cascadia Produce purchased to support Girl Scouts while offering a sweet treat to clients.
Cookies are arriving in West Seattle (Samoas not until next week), and booths are open around West Seattle this weekend. Please support these kids that are working hard to reach their fundraising goals! Ask me what a cookie can do!
As we’ve been reminding you in our daily “what’s happening today” lists, you can find the locations and times of cookie booths by using this lookup. Sales are scheduled to continue through next weekend.
In three months, the Chief Sealth International High School Class of 2022 will graduate, as will their counterparts elsewhere, after spending more than half their time in high school living through a pandemic. The CSIHS senior class will be allowed to have a Senior Prom but needs some assistance because the pandemic has constrained their fundraising opportunities. Joselyn Panganiban, a CSIHS Senior Class ASB officer, emailed us to ask for community support. The seniors have worked hard to trim costs – for example, while Seattle Center is offering schools a reduced rate for prom space, she says, that’s still $2,000 – half their budget – so they’re cutting venue costs for starters:
Due to our current circumstances concerning finances, we at Chief Sealth High School have decided to hold prom on school grounds. While we no longer have to pay the $2,000+ fee or other costs that a venue would have required, there are still many obstacles that we are currently trying to overcome in planning a prom during a pandemic. Our ASB officers have been trying to find various ways to fundraise from selling merchandise, seasonal gift packages, creating direct donation links. and more. While we are beyond grateful for the opportunity to even have a Prom, this does not change the fact that we have lost years worth of fundraising to have the Prom that we at Chief Sealth had imagined.
The prom is set for June 4th. They also plan to welcome Sealth alumni from the Classes of 2020 and 2021 who want to attend since they didn’t get to have proms. If you’d like to contribute, here’s how.
10:57 AM: In the mood for cookies? We just received this from Ryan:
You may have already seen them around. Girl Scout cookie sales have begun. This year the girls are allowed to do booth sales again. This Gatewood/Seaview-based little Daisys are selling at Thriftway today until Noon.
Although booth sales have returned, it’s been a really difficult year for the girls to sell cookies. They are getting to learn all about the global supply chain distribution.
Sales for local delivery via the Digital Cookie sites have already been shut down because we can get the supply. We also lost a bunch of cookies in our first delivery was a truck overturned and the cookies were destroyed.
12:19 PM: Another troop selling right now:
Our girls are selling cookies at the Highland Park Corner Store with some creative advertising! Here until 1 pm!
Angela – Troop 41169
The store’s at 7789 Highland Park Way.
P.S. If you missed the lookup link above, here it is again – use it to see where else Girl Scouts planned to be out this afternoon.
That’s the view from Schurman Rock at Camp Long. After a long period of pandemic closure, the 68-acre park at 5200 35th SW has “soft-reopened,” and that opens opportunities not only for visiting, but also for helping guide its future. First, here’s what we’ve learned from Camp Long supervisor Matt Kostle:
Camp Long Park is open, hours as follows:
Tuesday through Sunday – Gates are open from 10 am-6 pm
(Comfort Stations may close slightly earlier to allow staff time to close the whole facility)
We are now accepting rentals at full capacity for the following:
-Main Lodge rooms (upstairs room, basement, kitchen)
-Outside large fire ring
We are planning to open rentals to our cabins soon
Our Challenge Course and Rock Wall are also available for groups to register for programming!
For rental and general park information, contact Nancy Mitchell 206-684-7434 email@example.com
For Educational Challenge Course Programs, contact: Maggie Riederer firstname.lastname@example.org
Kostle adds, “We are transitioning to these new hours and rentals and with limited staff on hand so we may not have as much availability for rentals and park opening and closure may not be at exact times published but we are making every effort to move to these times and availabilities to keep the park open and rentals available to use.”
He also told us, “During the pandemic we have also been able to make some major upgrades to the facilities, the biggest of which is the addition of WIFI now available at the main lodge in addition to some large Smart TVs so folks can host meetings, conferences, presentations, etc. here and still reach a wider digital audience!”
Now, here’s where you come in. Camp Long is revitalizing its Advisory Council and would love to hear from prospective members. Here’s that announcement:
Help Make Camp Long an Epic Destination – Become an Advisory Council Member:
Represent and engage the community
Advocate on behalf of the community
Advise on programs and activities that meet community needs
Assist with fundraising and promotions
Event planning and volunteer participation
RSVP today to join us for a virtual information and interest session on Tuesday, March 15th at 6:30 pm
Or contact email@example.com – 206-265-1378
Just in from the White Center Food Bank, which also serves part of West Seattle:
CALL FOR BABY FORMULA DONATIONS!
There was a recall of formula, and White Center Food Bank is running extremely low on supplies for our baby pantry.
We could use our community’s help to restock the shelves!
Here are the recall guidelines so you can check before you buy.
Donation hours at the food bank are 8-3:30 Mondays-Fridays (10829 8th Ave SW)
If those hours or location are not convenient, we have donation barrels located at:
– BECU in Roxbury Safeway
– Burien Press
– Moonshot Coffee
– Good Day Donuts
– Future Primitive Beer
– White Center and Fauntleroy Starbucks locations
You can also donate online at: whitecenterfoodbank.networkforgood.com
Another local school invites you to support them via a dine-out fundraiser. This Thursday (March 3), between 4 pm and 9 pm, part of the proceeds at Proletariat Pizza (9622 16th SW, White Center) will support Friends of Roxhill Elementary, if you mention that you’re supporting the school. You can dine in or get take-out or delivery. You can even order online, or by phone (206-432-9765). The Proletariat menu included vegan and gluten-free options too.
By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor
Pandemic-related shutdowns had a bit of a silver lining for some businesses and institutions who were able to use the time to step back and reinvent.
Among them, the culinary program at South Seattle College (WSB sponsor), which has remodeled and reopened its coffee-and-more Alki Café (no relation to the restaurant at the beach), and is cooking up plans for more changes and improvements.
West Seattle resident Christi came up with an idea for a community-wide cleanup beyond the usual site-specific group gatherings. She’s circulated the idea on social media but wanted to be sure WSB readers knew about it too:
Let’s clean up YOUR neighborhood! Do what you can, with what you have, where you are~
What: Neighborhood Litter pickup
When: Saturday, Feb. 26, 9-11 [or a time of your choosing]
Where: YOU CHOOSE!
This is a community litter pickup event. Everyone that wants to participate is encouraged to spend two hours on Saturday, Feb. 26 picking up litter in your neighborhood, a block up, a block over, or wherever you feel the need.
No time, but want to participate? Just clean up in front of your house and against the sidewalk. Maybe extend it to the older neighbor next door. Your neighborhood is already clean, but you want to participate? Select your favorite restaurant or shopping area, go to their parking lot and pick up litter there. I am sure the business owners and employees would be thrilled! Your street is good (not two hours worth of picking), but your route to work always breaks your heart? Pick there! Everyone wants to live in a clean community.
I do firmly suggest you only go to sidewalk neighborhoods. It’s pretty dangerous otherwise. Meeting a friend for coffee then? Great! Enjoy your coffee and then stroll and pick up litter in that area. Kids have events at that time? Pick up the ball field – I bet others would join you as you set an example of responsibility; especially younger siblings of those playing. Dog needs a walk? They will enjoy a stroll and a sniff here and there while you pick up litter.
WARNING: You will feel good and will feel so happy when you next drive through that area! You may even want to pick up litter again!
If you decide to do this, consider sending us a pic so we can celebrate your efforts – thanks!