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Five West Seattle places to eat/drink Tuesday while supporting local students

Advance alert if you haven’t already seen them on the calendar – three dine-out benefits are happening tomorrow (Tuesday, May 17th), involving five food/drink establishments:

AMPERSAND CAFE: 6 am-3 pm, you can enjoy the view (2536 Alki Avenue SW) and coffee, baked goods, and/or sandwiches, with part of the proceeds benefiting Alki Co-op Preschool.

BEBOP WAFFLE SHOP, CIRCA, MISSION CANTINA: These three Admiral District establishments are supporting the West Seattle High School Class of 2024 “Dine-Out Day” fundraiser tomorrow. Bebop is at 2600 California SW and open 7 am-3 pm; Circa is at 2605 California SW and open 9 am-10 pm; Mission Cantina is at 2325 California and open 4-10 pm.

MIOPOSTO: Dine in or take out on Tuesday – 2139 California SW, 4 pm-9 pm – and support Madison Middle School Music.

WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: 3 weekend incidents

Three incidents from the weekend – starting with two from police summaries:

CONFIRMED GUNFIRE: Just before 1 am Sunday, officers checked out a report of suspected gunfire heard near 27th/Roxbury. Witnesses reported seeing people firing handguns “into the air” from two or three vehicles subsequently “seen leaving the area at a high rate of speed.” Police found shell casings “spanning the length of the block,” but no injuries or property damage. If you have any information, this incident is # 22-121619.

EARLY-MORNING ASSAULT: Also early Sunday, just after 2 am, police responded to a reported assault in the 9000 block of Delridge Way SW. The victim told them he was taking out his trash when a man approached him, accused him of theft, and then “brandished a firearm.” The attacker subsequently hit the victim several times, and a female accomplice approached from behind to hit him in the head with a shoe. No descriptions in the summary, but the incident is # 22-121685.

READER REPORT: Jessica says someone vandalized her car late Friday or early Saturday and wonders if anyone saw anything:

My Mazda CX-5 was keyed from driver’s side door all the way to the gas tank. It happened either Friday (May 13th) night or early Saturday. It happened behind Spiro’s on 44th (intersection with SW Hinds).

We don’t have the incident number on this one, but if you have any information, we can connect you.

P.S. In case you’re wondering, SPD says no arrests so far in last week’s major West Seattle incidents, the Thursday carjacking and Friday shooting; we’re working on a separate followup regarding the latter.

FOLLOWUP: West Seattle ultra-runner Riley Nachtrieb conquers Olympic Discovery Trail

(Photos courtesy Riley Nachtrieb)

On Friday, we previewed 20-year-old West Seattle-based ultra-runner Riley Nachtrieb‘s plan to run the Olympic Discovery Trail, which she last attempted in 2019, forced to stop two-thirds of the way along the 132-mile trail because of an injury. She started early Saturday morning and this time, made it all the way – 41 hours, according to her Instagram updates. Supporters dropped in from checkpoints along the way:

The Olympic Discovery Trail runs from Port Townsend to LaPush – you can see maps here.

FOLLOWUP: Seattle Public Schools cancels plan to go to three-tier schedule

Just in from Seattle Public Schools – the much-decried plan to change to a three-tier start schedule, which would have had some schools starting as early as 7:30 am and some as late as 9:30 am, has been scrapped, for now. Just published on the district website:

We have heard from many families who are concerned about the proposal to change school start times.

Superintendent Jones has determined Seattle Public Schools will continue the two-tier transportation system for the 2022-23 school year. This means elementary, K-8, and middle schools will not change their start and end times in September. Some high schools may see a 10-minute change in start time.

This determination will allow us to keep the current structure as we continue to find ways to improve transportation services.

The national bus driver shortage continues to affect our ability to provide full service to all students who are eligible for transportation.

It is likely we will begin the 2022-23 school year with the same reduced bus service that has been in place since last fall. We will continue to explore whether we can restore the routes that have been suspended. Consistent with our strategic plan, SPS prioritizes systems to serve students of color and those furthest from educational justice.

In the coming months, there will be more opportunities to share your feedback and input as we continue to study available options for reliable transportation services. We are committed to ensuring that students arrive at school on time and ready to learn.

Thank you to everyone who sent feedback. If you have questions or comments, please share them with us on our Let’s Talk feedback form.

The three-tier proposal had emerged suddenly, after enrollment decisions for next year – in the district and elsewhere – were made; the district claimed it was necessary because of a shortage of school bus drivers. It was on a rush schedule for School Board votes this month until the superintendent pulled it from the May 4th agenda, acknowledging the need to “slow” the process.

WEST SEATTLE BEACHES: Low-low tides this week

If you enjoy exploring the beach at low tide, this is your week. The chart shows low-low tides through Friday. Today at 11:44 am, it’ll be out to -2.9 feet; Tuesday at 12:27 pm, -3.5 feet; Wednesday at 1:13 pm, -3.7 feet; Thursday at 2:03 pm, -3.4 feet; and Friday at 2:56 pm, -2.6 feet. The Seattle Aquarium‘s volunteer beach naturalists don’t start their seasonal schedule for a few more weeks, so you’ll have to explore on your own, but please remember to tread lightly, as the low-low tides expose animals and plants that spend most of the year underwater. You can also appreciate the revealed shoreline by observing from overlooks/sidewalks/trails including Duwamish Head, Constellation Park, Emma Schmitz Memorial Overlook, and Lincoln Park. If you can’t get out this week (or if the weather gets in the way, which it might on Wednesday), next month will bring even-lower low tides – three days at or below -4.0, starting June 14th.

COUNTDOWN: Get in on 2022 Loop the ‘Lupe

Sun’s out, sky’s clearing, yes, summer really is approaching. So it’s a great day to jump into the 5K obstacle-course-and-more Loop the ‘Lupe:

IT’S TIME TO GET IN THE LOOP: Race Director Brian Callanan has a friendly reminder about signing up for Loop the ‘Lupe, Our Lady of Guadalupe’s annual obstacle-course 5K, which is happening June 4th at Walt Hundley Playfield. You can register right up through race day, but with the order for t-shirts going TODAY, participants are invited to sign up as soon as possible!

The Loop, now in its sixth year, will feature its traditional four events: the 5K obstacle course, the 5K run/walk, the Youth Dash (1K, kids 8 and younger with parental supervision) and the Senior Saunter (a flat, 20-minute timed walk). There are prizes from Avalon Glassworks, City Sweats, RowHouse, Peel & Press, and more for top finishers and Best Costume/Team Name. New this year: all entrants will receive a participation medal (see it at right) along with their tech race t-shirts.

The first event for the Loop kicks off at 11 a.m. on 6/4, and participants are invited to stick around for live music from West Seattle School of Rock, a BBQ, and a beer garden (21+) sponsored by Georgetown Brewing. Go here to register!

(WSB is media sponsor for Loop the ‘Lupe.)

TRAFFIC, TRANSIT, WEATHER: Monday begins

6 AM: Good morning and welcome to Monday, May 16th.

WEATHER

The National Weather Service predicts a partly sunny day, high near 60.

BUSES, WATER TAXI, FERRIES

Metro is on its regular weekday schedule, but watch @kcmetroalerts (new account) for word of reroutes/trip cancellations.

No midday West Seattle Water Taxi service – possibly through Thursday, as announced.

Ferries: WSF continues using the two-boat schedule for Fauntleroy-Vashon-Southworth. Check here for alerts/updates.

BRIDGES AND DETOUR ROUTES

784th morning without the West Seattle Bridge.

Low Bridge: Automated enforcement cameras remain in use; restrictions are in effect 5 am-9 pm daily – except weekends; the bridge is open to all until 8 am Saturday and Sunday mornings. (Access applications are available here for some categories of drivers.)

1st Avenue South Bridge:

South Park Bridge:

West Marginal Way at Highland Park Way:

Highland Park Way/Holden:

The 5-way intersection (Spokane/West Marginal/Delridge/Chelan):

Are movable city bridges opening for vessels? Check the @SDOTBridges Twitter feed; 1st Ave. S. Bridge openings are tweeted by @wsdot_traffic.

All city traffic cams can be seen here; West Seattle and vicinity-relevant cameras are also on this WSB page

Trouble on the roads/paths/water? Text or call us (when you can do so safely) – 206-293-6302.

‘You’re the superhero’: Surprise presentation at West Seattle Food Bank’s hybrid gala

By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

The conventional way to accept an award is to offer gracious words of gratitude.

The honorees at this year’s West Seattle Food Bank “Instruments of Change” gala turned the tables – accepting their award by presenting one to the WSFB itself, even creating a trophy for the occasion.

The gala was a hybrid event Saturday night, both online and in person at the Seattle Design Center in SODO. The online components were more than just a livestream; auctioneer Ian Lindsay did his work virtually, and even those attending in-person placed live-auction bids via their phones. Before the auction has ended, bidding had helped push the night’s proceeds past the $125,000 goal set to support the WSFB’s work fighting food and housing insecurity.

The Instruments of Change Award honorees were North Delridge residents Jillian Moore and Jeremy Vrablik, spouses who own Cascadia Produce. We introduced you to them back in February, reporting on the emergency food boxes they prepared for distribution each week, and a plan to support local Girl Scout troops by buying hundreds of boxes of cookies to add to what they were supplying. That was something extra for emergency-food recipients – and last night’s turnabout award was something extra for the food bank.

The presentation started conventionally enough. WSFB executive director Fran Yeatts hailed Moore and Vrablik as “superheroes” for helping the food bank meet community needs. They accepted their award exuberantly and then: “You’re the superhero,” countered the recipients-turned-presenters. “Here’s YOUR award” – and they gave Yeatts this trophy:

It was a room full of heroes, in person and online. WSFB board president David Weld reminded attendees that needing help “is not a choice” – instead, “the choice lies with society as to whether to help these people.” He noted that the largest source of funding for WSFB is “individual cash donations.” Needs rose dramatically during the pandemic, and “we choose … to address those needs.” Beyond the basic food and financial support provided by WSFB, it also administers companion programs including the Clothesline clothing bank and the Backpack Program that sends food home with kids so they don’t go hungry on non-school days – almost 17,000 bags of food a year.

Weld also presented a tribute to “one of the greatest supporters of the West Seattle Food Bank,” the late Rev. Ron Marshall, the First Lutheran Church of West Seattle pastor who died last November at 73. Weld recalled Rev. Marshall’s pride in helping shepherd the WSFB merger with the West Seattle Helpline, completed right before the pandemic.

The night’s theme, repeated throughout the program, was “Neighbors Helping Neighbors,” and that was embodied not only by the attendees and bidders, but by the many local businesses who donated auction items and/or otherwise sponsored the event. (WSB was media sponsor.) As Yeatts reminded them all, contributions not only feed the hungry but also “keep the heat on .. keep the water running … keep clothes on (clients’) backs.” You can support this work throughout the year by donating food and/or money.

VIDEO: What West Seattle light-rail advisory group members said at final meeting

(Sound Transit rendering, possible routing at Genesee looking east toward Avalon)

The Community Advisory Group convened by Sound Transit for the most-recent planning phase of West Seattle light rail has met for the final time. The meeting this past week was for feedback from the group members, on their preferred routing and station locations as well as on the possible cost-saving ideas ST proposed at their previous meeting. Here’s the recording:

Since the meeting was about feedback, not presentation of proposals, there wasn’t much to the slide deck, but you can see that here. In general, regarding routing and station locations, most participants spoke in favor of as much tunneling as possible, particularly into The Junction. For the Delridge station location, feedback was more mixed, including a few calls for reviving the previously discarded option nicknamed the “purple line” (which would tunnel through Pigeon Point).

Regarding the cost-saving ideas – the idea of saving money by moving the Fauntleroy elevated station option east, avoiding the newly built 4754 Fauntleroy Way SW complex, did not get much traction, mostly because many group members didn’t like the elevated Fauntleroy option regardless of where it would be built. The other big cost-saving idea was potentially dropping the Avalon station. Several reiterated that removing a station should only be an option if West Seattle had something to gain from doing it – like “smart design,” one group member suggested.

WHAT’S NEXT: The ST board members who comprise the System Expansion Committee have a workshop focused on the West Seattle/Ballard extensions 1-3:30 pm Friday (May 20th). Then in July, they and the full board meet about confirming or modifying a “preferred alternative” before going into the final environmental-impact process – the committee on July 14th, the full board on July 28th. The board’s final decision on routing and station locations is expected in what ST now describes as “late 2023.”

CORONAVIRUS: Here’s what’s up and what’s down in West Seattle, King County this week

Every Sunday, we checke countywide and West Seattle COVID stats from the past week. This time, we’ve found that cases are up countywide for an eighth week, again at a slower rate than the previous week; hospitalizations are down; deaths are up. Here are the specifics, from the Public Health – Seattle/King County dashboard:

*9 percent more cases countywide in the past week than the week before
*Currently averaging 1,042 new daily cases countywide (up from 946 when we checked a week ago)

*13 percent fewer hospitalizations countywide in the past week than the week before
*Currently averaging 10 new hospitalizations daily (down from 11 a week ago)

*133 percent more deaths countywide in the past two weeks than the two weeks before (the dashboard doesn’t offer a one-week increment)
*Currently averaging 2 deaths daily (doubling the two-week average from last week)

For West Seattle, we have two-week comparisons (these are the combined totals from two “health reporting areas,” labeled West Seattle and Delridge):
*817 cases between 4/25 and 5/09, up from 514 between 4/10 and 4/24
*8 hospitalizations between 4/25 and 5/09, up from 6 between 4/10 and 4/24
*No deaths between 4/25 and 5/09, same as between 4/10 and 4/24

And checking vaccination rates:
*81 percent of all King County residents have completed the initial series (up .1% from a week ago)
*85.8 percent of all King County residents ages 5 and up have completed the initial series (up .1% from a week ago)
*49 percent of all King County residents have had the initial series plus a booster (up .2% from a week ago)

*In West Seattle, here are the zip-code vaccination rates for ages 5 and up (reminder, 98106 and 98146 are not entirely within WS):
98106 – 88.1% completed initial series (up .1% from a week earlier), 53.1% have had a booster
98116 – 92.9% completed initial series (up .1% from a week earlier), 64.8% have had a booster
98126 – 83.6% completed initial series (up .1% from a week earlier), 54.8% have had a booster
98136 – 93.8% completed initial series (up .1% from a week earlier), 67.9% have had a booster
98146 – 83.1% completed initial series (unchanged from a week earlier), 48% have had a booster

VACCINATION AND TESTING, UPDATED HOURS: The Senior Center of West Seattle is hosting a pop-up clinic noon-5 pm Friday (May 20th) – walk-ins welcome … Look for other vaccination locations via this statewide lookup. If you want to get tested and don’t have a kit at home, public testing sites include the city-supported site at Nino Cantu Southwest Athletic Complex (2801 SW Thistle, 9 am-5:30 pm Mondays-Saturdays) and the Curative kiosk at Don Armeni Boat Ramp (1220 Harbor SW, 9 am-3 pm Monday-Friday). The Curative van at Summit Atlas (35th/Roxbury) does not show any availability this coming week; we’ll be checking on whether it’s on hiatus or discontinued. … If you need to report self-test results, that’s explained on this page.

WEST SEATTLE BIRDS: More of your feathered neighbors

Big thanks to the photographers who have shared more views of our feathered neighbors, Above, James Tilley photographed a juvenile Bald Eagle and Caspian Tern flyby; below, Matthew Olson found a Marbled Murrelet:

Gene Pavola caught this bird (ID, anyone?) watching the water from a pole perch:

Jim Clark shares another golden view of a duck family at Seola Pond:

This Canada Goose family was on its way to Elliott Bay when photographed by Jerry Simmons:

Away from the water, Jerry also got this pic of a Black-headed Grosbeak:

This photo of a Brown-headed Cowbird is from Gary Jones:

We also feature bird photos some mornings in our daily event lists, so don’t skip those if you enjoyed these. From birds to breaking news, we appreciate pics at westseattleblog@gmail.com or (if urgent) 206-293-6302 any time!

CAN YOU HELP? West Seattleite crowdfunding at start of journey to be ‘one in a million’

You might know Anthony Nelson. He describes himself as “father, son, brother, friend, artist, bartender [at Maharaja], storyteller, and one of the many faces of cancer …” a disease he rues “is doing all it can to take me away from all of that.” But, Anthony adds, “I recently read that each year in America more than 1.6 million people are diagnosed with cancer, and nearly 600,000 will die from it. For once in my life, I am happy to think of myself as one in a million. I choose to be one of the people who live through and get to tell the past tense story about how I beat cancer.” In hopes of helping with that, his friend Morgan pointed us to Anthony‘s crowdfunding page, where he explains:

My worst fear is to be a burden on my community and especially to those I love. Although I have a remarkable support system of people, the realities of cancer (the loss of revenue due to incapacitation and the astronomical expenses associated with the years of anticipated treatment), and the fact we are not made of money, I am faced with either not being able to follow through on what I need to survive or not being able to meet the financial challenges I will accrue. This is why I need your help.

Anthony’s radiation treatments for throat cancer just began Friday, and his GoFundMe page includes an update.

WHALES: Orcas in the area

1:35 PM: Thanks to Kersti Muul for the tip. Just as the rain starts to lift, orcas are in the area, northbound past west-facing West Seattle.

1:44 PM: Kersti says in comments that another group is “about 20 minutes behind” this one, including the hard-to-miss “Chainsaw”!

ADDED SUNDAY EVENING: Thanks to Robin Sinner for the photo!

WEST SEATTLE SUNDAY: 14 notes

(Photo by James Bratsanos during Saturday’s low tide. Today it’s out to -1.8 feet at 11:04 am)

Now on to the second half of the weekend!

.DONATION-ONLY YOGA CLASS: 9 am at Jet City Labs (4546 California SW, upstairs) – details in our calendar listing.

CHURCHES WITH ONLINE SERVICES: We’re still listing these – see today’s list here.

WEST SEATTLE FARMERS’ MARKET: 10 am-2 pm, find fresh food – produce, meat, fish, cheese, beverages, baked goods, and prepared food – at the weekly WSFM. (California SW between SW Oregon and SW Alaska)

YARN & CAKE: Last day of Puget Sound Local Yarn Tour at Seattle Yarn (5633 California SW), open 10 am-6 pm today, with pop-up by Lovely & Dapper Desserts, 10 am-3 pm.

LOG HOUSE MUSEUM: The Southwest Seattle Historical Society has reopened its museum on Alki, and you can visit noon-4 pm, (61st/Stevens)

SEATTLE BEER WEEK AT OUNCES: Open noon-8 pm today, with beer plus … a mobile spa! (3809 Delridge Way SW)

DRAW A NEW DISTRICT 1: The City Council redistricting process continues with a public forum today for District 1 (West Seattle/South Park), which needs to expand in this process – 1-3 pm at Seattle City Hall or online.

BIRDS, BEATS, BREWS: 1-4 pm Seattle Beer Week event at Beveridge Place Pub (6413 California SW)

‘ALMA’ AT ARTSWEST: First time Benjamin Benne‘s play is being performed in Seattle! 3 pm curtain at ArtsWest Playhouse (4711 California SW; WSB sponsor). Get your ticket(s) here.

NEED FOOD? White Center Community Dinner Church serves a free meal (take-away available) at 5 pm Sundays at the Salvation Army Center in South Delridge (9050 16th SW).

KUNDALINI YOGA & MEDITATION: 7 pm at Inner Alchemy Studio (7356 35th SW) – details here.

SUNDAY NIGHT JAZZ: Triangular Jazztet at The Alley (4509 California SW), 8 pm and 9 pm sets.

SUNDAY NIGHT KARAOKE: 9 pm to 1:30 am at Admiral Pub (2306 California SW).

LUNAR ECLIPSE: Weather permitting, the lunar eclipse could be visible from here. Skywatching expert Alice Enevoldsen says 9:11 pm would be the peak.

Have an event to list on our calendar? We’re adding more daily – email westseattleblog@gmail.com – thank you!

CONGRATULATIONS! West Seattle HS wins Metro League baseball championship

SATURDAY NIGHT REPORT: Their record led the league, and now their final tournament win cements the championship. Tonight at Steve Cox Memorial Park in White Center, the West Seattle High School baseball team beat Eastside Catholic, 3-1, for the Metro League title. Mike Jensen tweeted video of the on-field celebration:

Miles Gosztola got the win for the Wildcats, striking out 10 while allowing only one run and one hit. West Seattle’s Jaxton Helmstetler was the hitting leader, going two for three, and teammate Jake Lockwood got a home run. Now WSHS moves on to the next level of postseason play; we’re awaiting word on where, when, and who they play next.

SUNDAY NIGHT UPDATE: The Wildcats will play next Saturday (May 21st), at Bannerwood Park in Bellevue, time TBD, vs. the winner of a Tuesday game between Stanwood and Kelso.

HELPING: Volunteer support for Stamp Out Hunger food drive

It wasn’t just U.S. Postal Service trucks pulling into post offices today – trucks like this one from South Park-headquartered Food Lifeline were at post offices nationwide to pick up donations from the Stamp Out Hunger food drive. Along with the carriers who spent the day picking up donations left by mailboxes, volunteers descended on post offices to help with the transfer:

The photos are from Ian, one of today’s volunteers at the Westwood post office. This was the first Stamp Out Hunger drive since pre-pandemic, and the 30th anniversary of what’s called the nation’s “biggest one-day food drive.” No word on totals yet.

TRAFFIC ALERT: Crash beneath west end of bridge

Thanks for the tip – we’re hearing the dispatch on this too: A crash is backing up traffic on the ramp/turn from southbound Admiral to eastbound Spokane Street under the bridge. No word yet if anyone’s hurt. The crash is described as involving at least three vehicles.

GARAGE SALE DAY 2022: Post-WSCGSD notes

It’s past 3 pm, so for most sales, the curtain has fallen. Thanks to everyone who’s been selling or shopping, enabling a decade-and-a-half-plus tradition to return. A few notes:

DONATION TRUCK FULL: If you missed the mentions in our as-it-happened coverage and on the map/list page, the Lafayette PTA Goodwill truck filled within minutes, so do NOT take anything there. Two other organizations have expressed an interest in donations, as noted here.

LEFT BEHIND: We’ve received two notes about items left behind – in one case, a purchased item whose buyers did not take everything they were entitled to. John says they bought “a Ryobi 40V battery pole hedge trimmer from me but did not take the batteries and charger with them. I’d love to get the batteries to them. Especially since it won’t work without them.” If that trimmer buyer is you, let us know so we can connect you.

Also – did you buy this at one sale and accidentally leave it at another?

Marianne reports, “This was left at our garage sale: 3433 39th Ave. SW.”

WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Stolen black Civic (update: found)

2:28 PM: Another stolen car to watch out for. Reported by Peter: “Car may have been taken last night or the night before. Black 2000 Honda Civic Coupe. CBGB sticker on the back. License Plate # ARX5225, near SW Henderson and 25th Ave SW. Call 911 if you see it.” Incident # is 22-121080.

SUNDAY AFTERNOON: Update from Peter – “Found as of this morning a few blocks from where I live and the theft, but pretty much inoperable due to a damaged ignition.”

AS-IT-HAPPENED COVERAGE: West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day 2022

(FIND THE WSCGSD MAP/LIST AND UPDATES HERE … INSTAGRAM STORIES COVERAGE AT @WESTSEATTLEBLOG … LIST OF BENEFIT SALES HERE)

(From Haley at Sale #54, 4222 SW Hill)

As if on cue, the sun broke through just a few minutes before the official start of West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day at 9 am. Forecasters – and radar – say the morning showers have mostly passed. Some sellers are under cover anyway, like Elise at Sale #305, 5643 47th Ave SW:

This is meant to help Elise’s parents downsize: “Please please please, come buy their … stuff.” We’re adding more pics (westseattleblog@gmail.com) and we also have a team visiting some sales for Instagram Stories you’ll find at @westseattleblog.

9:23 AM: First sale we tried stopping at was just getting set up – understandable since the weather took its time about drying out. (Which @WestSeaWX says is indeed what’s happening.) But most are up and running – here’s a pic Christine sent from Sale #30 at 2311 SW Myrtle:

Their sale promises a wide variety of apparel and accessories as well as an electric chainsaw.

10 AM: The annual bonanza of antiques and collectibles at California/Genesee is Sale #75 this year:

Ringleader here is local entrepreneur John Bennett:

Melissa at Sale #262, 9327 45th SW, has an eclectic array too, from original framed artwork to home décor including rugs:

10:44 AM: More sunshine! And a sale pic, this time from Colleen at Sale #65, 4403 45th SW, with items including antique furniture:

We stopped by the arts/crafts sale at C & P Coffee Company (5612 California SW; WSB sponsor), Sale #252 on the WSCGSD map – on until 2 pm. Check out the woodcrafted items:

(added) Also selling art there, multi-media artist Kristi Scocco:

11:17 AM: Sale #255 (alley corner of Juneau and 41st) is one of today’s benefits, with proceeds to the Kitsap Humane Society – go say hi to Jessica and Vern:

Another fundraising sale – the plant sale at Solstice Park P-Patch (7500 Fauntleroy Way SW) is Sale #303 on the map. Brandy sent the pic and says, “Large crowd and great variety at the sale this morning. Abundant wonderful gardener advice as well. So great to see our neighbors again.”

11:47 AM: Another of today’s business locations, Thunder Road Guitars/The Bass Shop, #253 on the map, at 6400 California (WSB sponsors), are hosting the annual Garage Sale Day sale:

One of the benefit stops on the map – Sale #221 at 7350 31st SW has tween-made DIY bamboo art kits, all proceeds going to educate girls in Honduras:

They’re created by Chava, in our photo with mom Shoshanna and brother Lev:

Chava tutors some of the girls online and is raising scholarship money for them via Esperanzas Unidas.

Further north on 31st, Regina‘s Sale #231 at 5623 31st SW has lots of “gently used” cookware, creatively displayed:

And while we’re on 31st, yet another photo that’s come in, from Lindsay at Sale #184, 7135 31st SW – kids’ stuff, bookshelves, some tools. Lindsay reports, “We have had some good traffic so far!”

12:30 PM: Yet more sun! In The Junction, you’ll find a WSCGSD sale at longtime WSB sponsor Click! Design That Fits (4540 California SW, #108 on the map), a loft sale continuing until 6 pm:

12:45 PM: We just visited the Heartbeet Café/Youngstown Coffee site, Sale #291 at 6030 California SW – eclectic offerings, including restaurant equipment, and then this collectible item from half-a-century-plus ago:

Next pic is from Eden at Sale #287 (5212 44th SW), who notes “kids’ stilts” and a drone!

Looking for furniture? Go see Deirdre at Sale #163 (1706 California SW):

1:12 PM: From Charles at Sale #6 (5432 21st SW), books!

At Sale #261 (4300 SW Willow), the “Morgan Block Pop-Up Shop,” Megan reported “things are hoppin'”:

2 PM: Final hour (except for the sales adding an extra hour or two). Sale #92, at 4845 48th SW, just sent this photo – Julie reports, “Star Wars and Fortnite toys went first but we keep finding things to sell!”

Julie also has young assistants, as does Chris in Arbor Heights, Sale #316 at 10206 37th PL SW (video). … Lori sends this photo from Sale #242, 5627 37th Ave. SW:

Reports Lori, “American Girl 70s-style egg chair, bathtub. spa chair and bed: $2 to $10! We’ve also got Hanna, Gap and Abercrombie clothes for girls, size 10 to 13.”

Again, the clickable and printable versions of the list/map are here.

P.S. We’ll have a separate update on this, but as noted in comments as well as email we just received, the Lafayette PTA‘s Goodwill truck filled almost immediately after opening at 2 pm, so don’t take anything there.

WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Stolen white Accord

WSB readers have found many recently stolen cars. NH hopes you might spot this one too:

My Honda Accord was stolen yesterday Friday in West Seattle near California Ave. The left-side mirror is taped & the right side mirror is black. License # BOV5726. If found, please call me at 206-330-9892 or the police with the case number 2022-120067.

Community Garage Sale Day & other notes for your West Seattle Saturday

Welcome to the weekend! Here’s what you should know as we get Saturday started:

ROAD-WORK NOTE: Today SDOT will “be replacing three traffic signs on SW Spokane St in the eastbound direction near 26th Ave SW. We anticipate this work to begin as early as 7 AM and conclude by 5 PM. We’ll need to reduce the two travel lanes to a single lane and there may be delays for people driving.”

WEST SEATTLE COMMUNITY GARAGE SALE DAY: Today’s the day! 9 am-3 pm, ~300 sales all around the peninsula, with some starting earlier and some ending later. You can browse them all on the WSCGSD map page here, which has clickable and printable versions of the map and listings (plus last-minute updates and changes). One sale (#272) even includes a car:

Benefit sales, business sales, plant sales, block sales, unusual items – those lists are all linked on the map page. This is the first WSCGSD since 2019; we’ll be covering it as it happens here on WSB – you’re also invited to keep an eye on our Instagram feed for “Stories” from some of the sales, and we’ll be tweeting too.

STAMP OUT HUNGER: Also returning this year, the door-to-door food drive, with your USPS carrier picking up a bag of nonperishable food you leave by your mailbox today.

ARTS, CRAFTS, AND CAKE: While you’re at C & P Coffee (5612 California SW; WSB sponsor) for the arts/crafts sale that’s #252 on the Garage Sale Day map, enjoy the Lovely and Dapper Desserts pop-up, with personal-size cakes, 9 am-2 pm.

SOUTH DELRIDGE FARMERS’ MARKET: 10 am-2 pm, it’s the return of this market to the grounds of Hope Academy (9421 18th SW).

PUGET RIDGE WALKING TOUR: Meet at 10 am at the north entrance to South Seattle College (6000 16th SW; WSB sponsor) for this free, all-ages, guided 2.75-mile walk.

PUGET SOUND LOCAL YARN TOUR: Another epic day at Seattle Yarn (5633 California SW), open 10 am-6 pm today for the second-to-last day of the tour.

LIVE MORNING MUSIC AT C & P COFFEE: Arts, crafts, cake, AND music! 10:30 am-noon, Marco de Carvalho and Friends perform at C & P Coffee Company (5612 California SW; WSB sponsor). No cover.

NATIVE PLANT PALOOZA: 11 am-1 pm activity for kids and families at the Log House Museum (61st/Stevens).

SEATTLE BEER WEEK AT BEVERIDGE PLACE PUB: Play “Barleywood Squares” noon-3 pm! (6413 California SW)

VIETNAMESE CULTURAL CENTER: Open to visitors noon-3 pm, as noted here. (2234 SW Orchard)

BIKE AND BREW RIDE: Join West Seattle Bike Connections for this ride – meet at 1 pm at Delridge Community Center (4501 Delridge Way SW).

WINE TIME: Ready to relax post-garage sale(s)? The Viscon Cellars (5910 California SW; WSB sponsor) tasting room is open 1-6 pm, for tasting or by-the-glass/by-the-bottle wine.

FILL THE GOODWILL TRUCK: 2-5 pm at Lafayette Elementary (2645 California SW), ready for Garage Sale Day leftovers and your donations, to benefit the Lafayette PTA. (For other donation opportunities, go here.)

SEATTLE BEER WEEK AT OUNCES: Open 2-10 pm today, with beer plus … a mobile spa! (3809 Delridge Way SW)

OPEN MIC: You can perform at The Spot West Seattle (2920 SW Avalon Way), 6 pm!

BASEBALL: West Seattle High School plays Eastside Catholic for the Metro League championship, 7 pm at Steve Cox Memorial Park (1321 SW 102nd).

EVENING MUSIC @ C & P COFFEE: Roo Forrest & Friends at C & P Coffee Company (5612 California SW; WSB sponsor), 7 pm, no cover.

THREE BANDS AT THE SKYLARK: Doors at 7, rock out at 8 with Triacs, Alt Vault, Bennycamps and the Bastards at The Skylark (3803 Delridge Way SW). 21+. $10.

INSTRUMENTS OF CHANGE: No more tickets for the in-person event, but you can be part of the online program/auction tonight, 7:15 pm, benefiting the West Seattle Food Bank‘s work fighting hunger and homelessness. Go here.

‘ALMA’ AT ARTSWEST: Seattle premiere run for Benjamin Benne‘s play! 7:30 pm curtain at ArtsWest Playhouse (4711 California SW; WSB sponsor). Get your ticket(s) here.

DRAG SHOW AT ADMIRAL PUB: Saturday’s the night for Dolly Madison‘s show at Admiral Pub (2306 California SW), 9 pm.

Something to add, for today/tonight or beyond? Email westseattleblog@gmail.com – thank you!

SPORTS: Chief Sealth, West Seattle softball-playoff updates

The Chief Sealth IHS and West Seattle HS softball teams played two games apiece again Friday at Nino Cantu Southwest Athletic Complex in the Metro League playoffs. The Seahawks won both their games, 23-18 over Eastside Catholic and 18-3 over Garfield; the Wildcats lost to Garfield 8-5 and then beat Eastside Catholic 11-7. If we’re reading the district-tournament bracket correctly, looks like the crosstown competitors play each other on Tuesday (May 17th), again at NCSWAC, 3;30 pm.