West Seattle, Washington
The next two Saturdays, Scouts will be out all around West Seattle placing door hangers for the annual Scouting for Food door-to-door drive. Here’s the explanation:
Since 1985, Scouts have worked together with community food banks to collect food for the hungry during the annual Scouting for Food drive. Over that time, one million cans of food have been collected for local community food banks. The BSA teaches the value of community service in all of its programs and the importance of helping others. Doing a Good Turn Daily is a cornerstone of the Scouting program.
Scouts from West Seattle will walk our neighborhoods delivering door hangers on Saturday, March 18. The following Saturday, March 25, Scouts will return to collect non-perishable food item donations and deliver them to the West Seattle Food Bank. Emphasis is on food most needed for nutrition, such as peanut butter, baby formula, packaged meals, and canned goods, especially tuna, soups, stews, meats, fruits and vegetables.
Please help support the hungry in our community. Watch for a door hanger on your door and get your donations out early on March 25, so you can join our Scouts in “Doing a Good Turn Daily.”
If you don’t get a door hanger, you can still help the WSFB any time – here’s how.
Spring means youth sports, and West Seattle Little League is hoping for more volunteer help, of all ages:
West Seattle Little League Needs YOU!
Our Junior Volunteers keep Bar-S hopping all season long. Cook and sell food in the Snack Shack, prep the fields for games, serve as a Junior Umpire – or do all three! This is a fun opportunity for community members aged 13-18 to gain service skills and volunteer hours. Benefits include tips and free food/beverage each shift. Junior Volunteer applications will be accepted through Monday, March 20th.
Click here to apply to be a Junior Volunteer.
Or contact Jacque at email@example.com to learn more.
SNACK SHACK VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
We’re looking for adult volunteers passionate about customer service and youth mentorship. Be an integral part of that Bar-S magic! Experience in food service is ideal but not necessary. Training provided. Responsibilities include:
-Lead the Snack Shack Junior Volunteers throughout the season, taking weeknight evening shifts from 5-9 pm, as available.
-Lead the Snack Shack team on Saturdays, with shifts from 7:15-10:30 am, 10:15-2:15 pm, 2:00-5:30 pm, or 5:15-9 pm, as available.
Supervise and support our Junior Volunteers (ages 13-16) in food prep, cleanliness, and cash handling. Help them develop leadership and teamwork skills.
Prepare hot dogs for sale at the Snack Shack and assist with other hot food preparation.
Assist the Concessions Director with managing systems and inventory.
Food handlers permit required (available online), and WSLL will pay the permit fee.
Don’t hesitate to get in touch with Jacque by March 20th to learn more: firstname.lastname@example.org
School fundraiser season continues! Tonight we heard about the Fauntleroy Children’s Center annual auction – through Saturday at 6:30 pm, so less than 48 hours to bid! Here’s the announcement:
The annual auction to support the Fauntleroy Children’s Center is a staple of the West Seattle community. This year marks the 36th time we are holding this event, an online auction open to FCC families, grandparents, alumni, and community members in West Seattle. The online auction runs through Saturday, March 18, at 6:30 pm.
The funds raised by the auction support the center’s 120 students as well as the 33 staff members who work at FCC. Funds will go toward updating decades-old outdoor play structures, funding scholarships for families in need, and supporting continuing education for our teachers.
FCC is in the historic Fauntleroy Schoolhouse. You can see the dozens of auction items (gift cards for local businesses and much more) – and sign up to bid – by going here. Questions? email@example.com
Friends of Roxhill Elementary can help you grow flowers and other plants this spring/summer, while you help them. Here’s the announcement. of this year’s Flower Power fundraiser:
We are partnering 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.
Check out our fundraising website:
They have a variety of plants for every climate. If you know a Roxhill student, enter their name in the field “Give Credit For This Sale To” when you check out. The student with the most sales will get to pick any item from the Roxhill School Spirit Store.
How does it work?
Use the link above to choose from 50+ types of flower bulbs, seeds and accessories for your garden. Friends of Roxhill receives 50% of the profits from every order. Orders are shipped directly to the person placing the order starting April 1 (there is a $6.99 shipping fee).
100% Grow Guarantee
● You can shop with confidence when selecting bulbs with a 100% grow guarantee. If you are dissatisfied with your purchase, Flower Power Fundraising will send a replacement.
● All of the flower bulbs offered are for planting in the spring season for summer blooms.
● Zones 7-10 are encouraged to place orders Mid-March to Early April for delivery and planting early-Mid April as soon as orders arrive.
● Seattle is in Zone 8. See website zone map for other locations.
● No shipping to Hawaii or Alaska.
Order deadline is May 15, 2023. Thank you again for your continued support of Roxhill Elementary.
Bloodworks Northwest has a long list of springtime pop-up donation dates in West Seattle – and says there is a special reason those donations will matter more than ever: The blood bank is part of BERC (Blood Emergency Readiness Corps), 30 blood centers representing 37 states. BNW explaind. “BERC was formed to better prepare for mass transfusion needs when mass-injury emergencies strike. As part of the BERC partnership, Bloodworks commits to collecting extra units on a rotating ‘on call’ schedule to create an available supply for nationwide emergency needs.” It just wrapped up a week “on call” and is up again March 27 through April 2. Your donation “could be used to help patients locally or be sent anywhere in the US if there is a catastrophe in another part of our country.” So if you can donate blood, pick a date, time, and location by going here.
If you’re thinking about being part of this year’s Loop the ‘Lupe – our area’s only obstacle-course 5K – this is the week to sign up. Prices go up Friday for three of the five levels at which you can participate this year – the Family Wave Obstacle Course 5K, the new Elite Wave Obstacle Course 5K, or Fun Run 5K. You can get in on the early prices by going here to sign up. Loop the ‘Lupe happens June 3rd at Walt Hundley Playfield (34th/Myrtle), next to Our Lady of Guadalupe, whose community social work is supported by the event. (Loop the ‘Lupe also includes Senior Saunter and Youth 1K options, but those prices don’t change until just a couple days before LTL.) Set your calendar for June 3rd even if you don’t want to run/walk/dodge – music, food, and a beer garden will be set up on the sidelines for everyone to celebrate a day in the park. (WSB is a Loop the ‘Lupe community sponsor.)
Thursday morning, we shared the invitation from Louisa Boren STEM K-8 for you to visit during “Community Week.” One more note from the school this morning- they’re planting more trees in a nearby wetland and raising money for 5th and 8th graders to go to camp, through tree sponsorships!
(WSB photo: STEM students at Delridge Wetland in 2018, celebrating steward Willard Brown)
Throughout their years at Louisa Boren K-8, students have been active stewards of the Longfellow Creek Watershed. With support from the DNDA and Seattle Parks, students have been the primary stewards of the Delridge Wetland Project, and have planted hundreds of native plants and trees along Longfellow Creek, and within the Delridge and Myrtle Greenspace. They have consistently raised salmon within the Salmon in Schools program and created habitat within the schools own Native Plant and Pollinator gardens. For over a decade Boren students have made their mark improving natural areas surrounding the school.
This week 5th graders are adding more trees to the watershed and are looking for your help in the form of tree sponsorship. Funds raised from this event will cover a portion of outdoor education camp tuition with any remaining funds going directly into purchasing more native trees and plants for the watershed. Please use this link for donations. Thanks for supporting student learning and stewardship.
(2018 West Seattle 5K photo by David Hutchinson)
As we first told you last month, the West Seattle 5K is returning this year for the first time since 2019. Today, we have details on what’s new, as well as how to register – which you can do right now. The WS5K is presented by the West Seattle High School PTSA, with co-sponsors including WSB. Here’s the update:
After a three-year break for COVID, West Seattle High School and the PTSA are excited to announce the 12th running of the West Seattle 5K on Sunday morning, May 21, 2023. All profits raised from the West Seattle 5K will provide funding for West Seattle High School to provide classroom tools, books, supplies, and much more to its students and teachers.
Thousands of runners and spectators from all corners of the Puget Sound area and beyond have participated in this 5K over the previous 11 years. Participants are drawn to the event by the family fun, the gorgeous scenery, a flat and fast course starting and finishing at Alki Bathhouse, and all the amenities that Alki Beach has to offer. Prizes will be awarded to the top three adult and student male and female finishers.
New this year is a grade-level competition among West Seattle High School students. The goal is to create a friendly competition to see which grade gets the most classmates to register. The winning grade gets out of Homeroom early for a special treat and cash ($250) to their grade-level ASB. “We have heard from event runners that they didn’t know this event benefitted the high school so we want to make sure to raise that awareness as well as get as many high schoolers involved as possible,” says Kelley O’Connor, event co-chair.
Other new 5k features include a “Sleep In” and “sponsor a student runner” options. There are buttons on the registration page to donate to the 5K if you’d rather sleep in that morning or don’t wish to run/walk. This is the community’s High School and we hope residents will feel generous in supporting the school and local students. This is a fun way to give back.
“This is a really important year for the 5K to be back,” says Brian Vance, West Seattle High School principal. “We had a levy expire in 2020-21 school year for WSHS. We are facing the loss of intervention dollars to run after-school supports, tutoring center and Saturday school. Events like the 5K make up for those lost funds.”
Registration is live now. Adults are $35. Late registration for adults starts 5/1 at $40. Kids under 6 are free. Youth 19 and under are $20. Late registration starts 5/15 at $30. West Seattle High School staff members get to register at same rate as students. We brought student/staff rate down to $20 (was $30 in previous years). Students and staff go up to $30 during late registration starting 5/15.
We have amazing sponsors to thank: Portage Bay Cafe, School of Rock, Sea Pines Physical Therapy, West Seattle Blog, Dragonfly Yoga Pilates Dance, and West Seattle Realty and so many more. Please go to westseattle5k.com to see all sponsors!
That is also where to go to sign up.
Everyone’s invited to an open house at the Southwest Seattle Historical Society‘s Log House Museum – in particular, people interested in volunteering! Here’s the announcement, along with word of a new staff member:
The Log House Museum, just one block from Alki Point, is looking for community volunteers to greet visitors, lead tour groups, help with community events, and even assist with collections care and research or care for the Native Plant Garden.
The museum will host a Volunteer Open House on Saturday, March 18 from 2-4 pm. The event is open to the public – including those who are interested in volunteering and those who are just curious about the organization and its opportunities.
The Southwest Seattle Historical Society, which owns and operates the Log House Museum, was founded in 1985 by community members, many of whom are still involved with the organization today.
“The story of the Log House Museum begins with volunteers,” says Elizabeth Rudrud, the organization’s recently hired Programs and Community Outreach Director. “If it weren’t for volunteers who saw a need to both preserve and investigate the history of the peninsula, there wouldn’t be a museum today.” She continues, “Volunteers from contribute to all aspects of the museum, from interacting with visitors, to behind-the-scenes work, to leading the organization as a member of an advisory committee.”
Rudrud was hired by the Historical Society last month to develop unique programs and foster community involvement. She has worked with numerous heritage organizations and museums in the Puget Sound and Pacific Northwest over the past 15 years and holds degrees in American History (Western Washington University), Museology, and Nonprofit Management (University of Washington).
Last year, Rudrud accepted a prestigious Leadership in History award from the American Association for State and Local History, for her work with the Puget Sound Treaty War Panel Series from Fort Nisqually Living History Museum. Rudrud developed and led this program, and the subsequent Indigenous Voices Podcast, in partnership with the Nisqually, Muckleshoot, Puyallup, Steilacoom and Squaxin Island Tribes and HistoryLink.org.
Rudrud is a resident of West Seattle and has served on the Board of Trustees for the Southwest Seattle Historical Society from 2019 to 2023.
Learn more at loghousemuseum.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The museum is at 61st/Stevens.
(2017 Alki Art Fair from above, photographed by Long Bach Nguyen)
Another major West Seattle summer event has announced the dates for this year – and is accepting applications now for participants, volunteers, and an assistant director. Here’s the announcement sent to us:
The Alki Art Fair has been set for July 21 – 23rd this summer. Applications are currently open so make sure to apply before the end of the month!
As with all big events, planning has to start months in advance, so the Alki Art Fair is sending out the call for help now!
Alki Art Fair brings people of all ages, cultures, and backgrounds together to celebrate local art and music on beautiful Alki Beach. Our goal is to promote art appreciation by creating opportunities for community involvement and cultural diversity through the arts.
Seeking Volunteers, Board Members and an Assistant Director
As spring is here and planning has begun, we are looking for volunteers to join the Board; a new president, and fundraising specialists as well as volunteers to help with planning the music and the kids area for the fair.
If you would like to get involved with the planning of the fair please email email@example.com or visit alkiartfair.org/volunteer and fill out the volunteer contact form.
Alki Art Fair is also hiring a stipend volunteer position – Assistant Director.
For more information on the Assistant Director position, please contact Giovannina Souers at firstname.lastname@example.org
Spring is almost here and summer’s just a few months beyond that. Time for many teens to think about summer jobs/internships. Here’s an invitation from local businesses that’ll be offering those opportunities, from West Seattle High School Career Connected Learning Coordinator Brian Fitzgerald:
Are you hiring teens for part-time employment? Or do you have internships available for high school students? West Seattle High School would love to have you showcase your opportunities to students during our Job and Internship Fair on April 5th from 12 pm – 3 pm!
Click this link to fill out our MSForm so we can get in contact with you!
From West Seattle High School Key Club president Angelina Ly:
West Seattle High School Key Club is partnering with the African Library Project to help sustain libraries in Africa. We are hosting a book drive to collect books of 4th- to 8th-grade reading levels to donate to Mhlafuta Community Day Secondary School in Malawi, Africa. Our goal is to raise 1,000 books to donate, and we need your help to do so! We currently have a couple of drop off locations including New Leaf Bistro (2342 California SW), Paper Boat Booksellers (6040 California SW), and the library at West Seattle High School (3000 California SW).
Books You Should Try to Donate
-Mix of children’s fiction or universal themes (friendship, animals, love)
-Children’s nonfiction – Scientific books for students, reference materials like dictionaries
-Children’s books teaching life skills about topics such as health, hygiene, adolescents and careers
-Books about Africa or African-Americans
-Children’s books with diverse characters
Books You Should NOT Donate
-Books with small, dense print
-Books with lots of slang
-Books referencing electronics (unless scientific)
-Books not in English
-Adult romance novels
-Books focused on U.S. or Canadian history/government
-Books about North American or religious holidays (Easter, Halloween, Christmas, 4th of July, etc.)
-Anything that evangelizes or promotes a particular religion
If you have any questions, feel free to email email@example.com.
Among the first West Seattle Girl Scouts selling cookies in person this year is Annabelle from Troop 41886, who we found with mom Sarah outside West Seattle Thriftway (4201 SW Morgan; WSB sponsor) a little while ago. As mentioned here earlier this week, in-person cookie sales are happening today through Sunday, March 19th, at many locations – go here, enter your zip code, and the times/locations will pop up. (We’ll also be adding dates/times/places in our calendar listing for troops we hear from directly – firstname.lastname@example.org) You also can order online through March 13th, with home delivery or USPS mail options.
A multi-location food drive to benefit the White Center Food Bank – which also serves south West Seattle – has just days to go, and organizers at White Center Pride hope you’ll donate – or donate again! Dropoff locations are in south West Seattle and White Center. Here’s the reminder we received today:
We are just a little over a week away from wrapping up our winter food drive for the White Center Food Bank. As of mid-February we had collected over 600 lbs. of shelf-stable food. We are hoping to push that number up to 1000 lbs by the time we finish the drive.
Here’s the direct link to the needs-list info mentioned at the bottom of the graphic.
Here’s an easy way to help students at a local school – bid in an online auction! Bidding in the Fairmount Park Elementary PTA auction is open today and tomorrow. Here’s the announcement:
Fairmount Park PTA is hosting the Annual Virtual Auction. Bidding closes Friday, March 3rd, at 7 pm. Fairmount Park Elementary School serves a diverse community of 450 students and their families. The PTA works to promote the social, emotion and academic well-being of all students. The auction raises money to fund school supplies, teacher grants, meals and backpacks for families in need, grants to support the art and music programs and various other programs throughout the school year.
Auction items include tickets to Seattle sports games, gift certificates to local businesses and restaurants, tickets to Seattle experiences and Gift Baskets from Seattle businesses. We hope you have a fun time bidding to support the Fairmount Park Elementary School PTA.
Please click the link to access the virtual silent auction:
We promised to follow up on the West Seattle Food Bank‘s spotlight at Bruce Springsteen‘s Climate Pledge Arena concert night before last. They not only had a spot at the arena but also got a shoutout from The Boss himself, and concertgoers responded – today the WSFB sent that photo of its contingent at the arena, plus this: “We raised $19,632.57 to help our neighbors in West Seattle.”
Readers at tonight’s Bruce Springsteen concert at Climate Pledge Arena report The Boss showed some love to the West Seattle Food Bank again, as he did six years ago. A texter says the WSFB got a shoutout from the stage at the end and a pitch to donate – if you weren’t there but want to help anyway, here’s how! We’ll check in with WSFB in the morning to find out more.
12:13 PM: Jumping into Elliott Bay – where the mid-40s water temperature is 10 degrees warmer than the mid-30s air temperature – is the main event at the Polar Plunge benefiting Special Olympics Washington, but it’s just part of the fun. Fundraising plunges start at about 1 pm but food trucks and a beer garden are already here and open until late afternoon.
More photos to come!
ADDED 3 PM: More than 300 people registered for today’s Polar Plunge. Many came in costume – above, the Funny Farm won the group award in the pre-plunge costume contest, by onlooker acclaim. Other contenders included The Avocados:
Produce was a popular theme. “The Strawberry” got honorable mention in the individual costume competition.
Shortly afterward, the crowd moved to the beach for the main event – Polar Plunging. First in, Special Olympics athletes, who are the people the event is about – raising money to ensure costs are covered for all SO athletes:
Next in, the top team fundraiser, the Nearly Nekkid Norwegians:
The participants continued plunging in waves throughout the afternoon.
The event, including the food trucks and beer garden, is expected to wrap up by 4:30 pm. Preliminary fundraising total: More than $115,000; you can donate to Special Olympics any time by going here. The next competition is the Winter Games in Leavenworth, Wenatchee, and Mission Ridge next weekend.
That’s an example of what our colder-than-usual weather is doing to outdoors water sources – not just drinking fountains, but also bird baths, so West Seattle naturalist Ann Anderson sent this reminder about something helpful you might be able to do before the sun goes down and the mercury heads for the 20s again (and to repeat tomorrow morning):
If you are able, please provide water for wild birds and other wildlife after an overnight freeze. This is especially important if you normally offer up a bird bath or water source that they are used to frequenting. They are depending on your consistency during these uncommon cold snaps!
Birds are particularly in need of hydration first thing in the morning when their water supply is most likely to be frozen. Few birds can peck through even a thin layer of ice, and going out to search for new, unknown resources saps valuable energy acutely needed to keep warm, When humidity takes a dive in cold weather, wildlife (like us) become somewhat parched, and once dehydrated, they are very vulnerable to cold, illness, and disease.
TO HELP: Simply pour hot water into your frozen bird bath. This quickly loosens the ice, making it easy to pop right out. Then refill it with warm water. It’s that easy, and will make a huge difference to cold, thirsty wildlife.
The forecast suggests we have at least two more below-freezing nights ahead.
(WSB photo, 2020 Polar Plunge)
Just two days until this winter’s next big West Seattle event – the Polar Plunge “winter beach party” benefiting Special Olympics Washington at Alki Beach on Saturday (February 25th). Today, we have two updates – first, a last-minute call for volunteer help:
Special Olympics Washington is hosting its annual Polar Plunge fundraiser this Saturday at Alki Beach and Bathhouse and they are still looking for a few more volunteers. Roles include Set-up, Registration, Guest Control, Beer Garden Support (must be 21+), and Clean-up. Teens at least 14 years old can volunteer with set-up and clean-up but adults are needed for all other roles. Pre-registration is requested at 2023polarplungevols.my-trs.com. You can also visit that link for more information on specific shift times and role descriptions.
Second, if you’re not planning on “plunging” but interested in dropping by to cheer the plungers and/or enjoy the rest of the party, including food trucks, beer garden, and music, we asked for specifics on what people will find – here’s the information we got in reply:
FOOD: There will be seven food trucks: The Cheese Pit, Alaska Scallops, Whateke, Seoul Bowl, Theo’s Gyros, Off the Rez, and Kathmandu MoMoCha.
BEER: The breweries in the beer garden will include Big Time Brewing Company, Georgetown Brewing Co., Old Stove Brewing Co., Ravenna Brewing Co., Seattle Cider, Two Beers Brewing, White Claw, and Matchless Brewing.
MUSIC: DJ Shane, who is a former Special Olympics Athlete, will be the main DJ. DJ Harmony Soleiol, the DJ and Music Director/Assistant Program Director/on-air host with C89.5, will also be doing a set.
And it’s not time to register to plunge – you can go here for that. The event starts at 8 am and the plunging is set to start around 1 pm, after a 12:10 pm costume contest (if you’re there in the crowd, you get to help “judge”).
Maybe you can help a student who’s been spending time improving one of our area’s most-cherished parks. The request arrived via Lisa McGinty, forest steward with Friends of Lincoln Park:
We are once again hosting a couple of wonderful UW students who are working on their capstone internship at Lincoln Park. They’ve been hard at work, restoring a 2000-sq-ft natural area while also working on their research projects.
One of the interns, Sylas Kasten, has created a survey as part of their research on using Geocaching as a tool for education and accessibility in natural areas, including our parks.
WSB readers have helped with FLiP interns’ surveys before, and, Lisa says, that’s really helped – so if you can spare a few minutes now, here’s a flyer about Sylas’s survey, which you can answer by going here.
P.S. Lisa says volunteer opportunities at the park have been limited for a while because their toolbox was stolen in November, but they’re expecting a replacement soon so will be opening signups for more restoration events – watch here, “or contact me directly with larger group requests: email@example.com.”
As mentioned here last Friday, local business organizations organized a fundraiser for Turkey/Syria earthquake victims – you shop/dine/drink at participating businesses this Friday-Sunday (February 24-26), and they in turn will donate part of the proceeds to one or both of these relief groups: AHBAP and White Helmets. The West Seattle Junction Association sent this graphic with this list of who’s in:
The region has been shaken by another deadly quake this week, two weeks after the one that is blamed for more than 40,000 deaths.
That’s the West Seattle Big Band in an outdoor performance last summer. But you don’t have to wait until warmer weather to enjoy their music – they’re guest stars at a benefit for the West Seattle High School music program in just a week and a half, with excellent student musicians featured too! Here’s the announcement sent to us:
West Seattle High School Big Band Dinner Dance
Friday, March 3, 2023 from 6-9 pm
West Seattle High School Commons
The community is invited to our Annual Dinner Dance and Benefit, in support of our High School Music Program. Tickets are available at this link, either with dinner provided by the West Seattle High School Culinary Department or Dance only.
Performance by our Special Guest – the West Seattle Big Band, under the direction of Jim Edwards. Earlier performances by all our music groups – Jazz I & II, Band, Choir, Orchestra and Percussion – under the direction of our music teachers, Ethan Thomas and Taylor Fritts.
Thank you to our wonderful sponsor, West Side Music Academy! Auction items will be available to bid on, and all donations will be gratefully accepted.
Visit our webpage to purchase tickets and find more information, as we update it regularly. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
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