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CONGRATULATIONS! Chief Sealth International High School senior Clarissa Perez’s national achievement, and triumph over adversity

By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

What some consider work, Chief Sealth International High School senior Clarissa Perez turned into a hobby – “scouring for opportunities.”

She has succeeded, in tough nationwide competition, securing some of those opportunities as she gets ready for the next stage in her life – including a prestigious scholarship.

She has accomplished all this while also dealing with depression and immense personal tragedy.

“When you have constant sadness, you don’t know what it’s like to be happy,” she said when we talked recently at CSIHS. “I can’t even imagine a year where I could get a break. Can you imagine how unstoppable I’d be?”

And yet, when you meet Clarissa, you see quickly that she seems rather unstoppable already.

Let’s start with what she calls her “first win of the year” – a Horatio Alger Scholarship, geared toward students who have overcome adversity, inspired by the author’s writings about doing exactly that.

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Hope Lutheran gathers ‘with laughter and tears’ in memory of Natalie Gulizia

Hundreds of friends and supporters from the Hope Lutheran church and school community gathered on Saturday afternoon to honor the memory of Natalie Gulizia, the 14-year-old former Hope student who passed away tragically last month.

The memorial service included stories and memories shared by teachers, friends, and family.

“This is a brutally hard day that should not be,” said Peter Mueller, pastor at Hope Lutheran, “but we are thankful to gather and celebrate Natalie’s life with laughter and tears.”

Those sharing memories at the service recalled Natalie as a “bright and shining light” and a “true hero,” and “extremely smart” with a passion for ballet, music, drama and theater, gymnastics, volunteering, and horseback riding.

Memorial gifts in Natalie’s memory may be given to The Service Board and March For Our Lives.

-Jason Grotelueschen for West Seattle Blog

“Doing better things for the peninsula” drives first meeting of new District 1 Community Network

Meeting facilitator Tamsen Spengler (of MOCA and SWDC) answers a question as Mat McBride (North Delridge) and Eric Iwamato (Westwood, Roxhill, Arbor Heights) examine meeting materials. 

Photo and story by Jason Grotelueschen
Reporting for West Seattle Blog

The first meeting of the District 1 Community Network, the new West Seattle/South Park supergroup that we wrote about on WSB last month, convened on Wednesday night at South Park Community Center.

Leaders from neighborhoods up and down the West Seattle peninsula were present — in fact, the tagline “Doing better things for the peninsula” was mentioned repeatedly during the meeting, as a sort of shared vision for focusing on issues that matter most to the collection of neighborhoods in West Seattle.

The group had agreed to meet on a regular basis with a new rotating facilitator for each meeting. At the helm for Wednesday’s meeting was Tamsen Spengler of MOCA and the SW District Council.

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Friday night fantasy: Dungeons & Dragons in Delridge

(D&D player Brannon Boren, left-front, reacts to a turn of events with other players at Uptown Espresso in Delridge on a recent Friday night)

Story and photos by Tony Lystra
Reporting for West Seattle Blog

Each Friday evening, a throng gathers at Uptown Espresso in Delridge to battle dragons, orcs, trolls, vampires, demon lords, and worse. They slide up to the coffee shop’s many broad, weathered tables and lay out their dice, “character sheets,” maps and figurines, then spend the evening in a fantasy.

They’re playing Dungeons & Dragons, the ’70s-created role-playing game, where players tell a story together, learning what happens next, deciding how they want to respond, and rolling dice to determine their success.

Game play at the Delridge shop (3845 Delridge Way SW) usually starts around 7 p.m. and wraps up just before midnight. The evenings can attract 50 people or more, organizers say. There’s even a custom gaming table in the store that opens up to reveal a pit where maps can be laid out and figurines maneuvered. (Uptown is under new management and has cleared its shelves of games it previously offered for sale, but the D&D nights are expected to continue.)

Dungeons & Dragons, once thought a bastion of the awkward and scorned by Christian evangelicals as occultist, has enjoyed a startling resurgence in recent years.

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SUNDAY: Longtime Tengu Fishing Club chair Mas Tahara @ ‘Southwest Stories’

(Mas Tahara – photo courtesy SWSHS)

Tomorrow (Sunday) at 2 pm, you’re invited to the Delridge Library to hear Mas Tahara talk about the Tengu Fishing Club, in the next Southwest Stories presentation from the Southwest Seattle Historical Society. Here’s the SWSHS announcemen:

The “Tengu Fishing Club” was founded by one of several Japanese-American tackle shops that had been established in downtown Seattle. One particular shop started a salmon fishing competition, later called the “Tengu Fishing Club,” around 1936 or 1937.

Fishing competitions like this were common at the time, but the Japanese-American population was not welcomed during the typical salmon fishing season during warmer weather (spring or summer). They began their own tradition, with the distinct difference of welcoming any participants, regardless of their ethnic background or gender. Held during the cold winter months of November through January, each weekend of the competition would document who had caught the largest fish, and the ultimate winner was chosen at the end of the 12-week period.

There was a notable interruption to the Derby’s history when, beginning on December 7, 1941, the national intolerance toward Japanese-Americans (and even naturalized American citizens of Japanese descent) was severely heightened, leading to the internment order from President Franklin D. Roosevelt on February 19, 1942.

The fishing derby resumed in November of 1946, one year after the war had ended, and has continued in Seattle (with periodic closures due to fishing moratoria) ever since. In the past most of the fishermen and women launched their crafts from a structure known as the Seacrest Boathouse, at the present location of Marination Ma Kai on Harbor Avenue in West Seattle, which, now rebuilt, is still known by the same name. Today many of the participants launch from the Don Armeni Park Boat Ramp.

What is a “Tengu”?
The “Tengu” are mythical folkloric creatures from all over Japan. They were thought to have the power to create the wind out of nowhere. Sometimes good and sometimes bad, these supernatural beings take a human form that can also change, sometimes depicted with dog-like characteristics and sometimes taking an avian form. Common features include a red face, golden eyes, and a prominent, protruding nose. The fishing club took this name partly because of the unpredictable nature of Tengu, and also because the enlarged nose is like a “boast” or “exaggeration” that can sometimes be associated with a “fish tale.”

About Mas Tahara
Masaru (Mas) Tahara is a longtime Seattle resident and former University of Washington microbiology researcher who was born in Japan in 1936. Mr. Tahara moved to Seattle in 1955, originally to attend school, and met his future wife while attending a vocational training school based on the G.I. Bill where they were both attending. This happy union changed his plans, and he ended up staying in the US and making his life here. Having chaired the Tengu Fishing Club for over 40 years, in 2015 Mas Tahara wrote and self-published a book on his experiences, “Tengu – Tales Told by Fishermen & Women of The Tengu Club of Seattle.”

Please come and hear Mr. Tahara as he is interviewed about his amazing fish-tales on Sunday, December 16, 2018 from 2 pm to 4 pm at the Delridge Library.

The library is at 5423 Delridge Way SW. Admission is free – first come, first served.

VIDEO: Ceremony at Vigor on Harbor Island honors two who saved a life

December 5, 2018 9:32 pm
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(WSB photos/video)

You’ve probably noticed that from the bridge – a white-wrapped structure, resembling a bird, rising from a drydock at Vigor Shipyard on Harbor Island. It’s the mast of the destroyer USS Sampson, which has been at Vigor for maintenance a few months and due to leave before Christmas. It factored into a ceremony we covered there this afternoon.

A Sampson crewmember, Petty Officer 2nd Class Nicholas Besheer, and Vigor safety manager Billy Ray Brittain (above left) were honored by Washington State Ferries with the Life Ring Award for saving the life of WSF assistant engineer Dave Bennett (above right). He suffered a heart attack at the shipyard on November 13th while at Vigor to work on a ferry. They used CPR and an on-site automated external defibrillator to revive Bennett before medics arrived.

Bennett was there to say “thank you.” WSF chief of staff Elizabeth Kosa presented certificates and other appreciation:

Also there: City and county emergency specialists to urge that everyone learn CPR. You’re most likely to find yourself having to use it on a family member, pointed out SFD’s Capt. Peter Ubaldi.

Vigor CEO Frank Foti was there to voice pride and congratulations.

Also speaking was Laura Miccile of King County Emergency Medical Services, who said they’re glad a publicly accessible AED helped save a life – if you know of a public place that does NOT already have one, go here to find out how to change that. WSF says its Life Ring Award is usually only given to employees who save a life, but this is the second time this year that someone from outside the organization has received it – earlier this year, the award was presented to a U.S. Navy nurse who saved a passenger on the ferry Spokane.

UPDATE: West Seattle Junction rally against anti-Semitism

12:21 PM: On all corners of Walk-All-Ways, people are standing against anti-Semitism and against hate in general. There’s even been dancing – a mini-flash mob of “Hava Nagila.”

Hate-Free Delridge organized the demonstration as a community response to the anti-Semitic vandalism in Sunrise Heights a week ago.

The woman whose home was vandalized was here thanking organizers. The rally is expected to continue until 1 pm.

1:37 PM: The sentiments expressed were many, but all springing from the heart:

Participants spanned the generations:

Longtime local advocates were there too:

Tonight happens to mark the start of Hanukkah, the eight-night Festival of Lights. West Seattle synagogue Kol HaNeshamah plans to be at Walk-All-Ways next Saturday night (December 8th) with a “pop-up” celebration to which all are invited.

REMINDER: West Seattle rally Sunday to say ‘No to Anti-Semitism’

December 1, 2018 7:49 pm
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(Sign shared by a WSB reader – printable PDF version is here)

Just a reminder in the midst of this busy weekend that, as announced earlier this week, you are invited to join Hate-Free Delridge and other community advocates in the heart of The Junction tomorrow to say “No to Anti-Semitism, in West Seattle and Everywhere.” Organizers wanted to do something to show that our community won’t stand for the hate shown in the anti-Semitic vandalism that someone painted outside homes in Sunrise Heights, as first reported here on Monday. The gathering is 11 am-1 pm Sunday at California/Alaska. Everyone is invited to participate; West Seattle synagogue Kol HaNeshamah says it will have members there too. The Jewish Festival of Lights, Hanukkah, starts just a few hours later, at sundown.

‘No to Anti-Semitism – in West Seattle and Everywhere’ demonstration planned Sunday

(WSB photo from Monday)

Many have asked what they can do to show support for the neighbors shaken by anti-Jewish vandalism in their Sunrise Heights neighborhood, first reported here on Monday. While the neighbors have reiterated that they are grateful for the expressions of support but don’t need anything donated, local advocates are planning a show of support by rallying in The Junction this Sunday, and you’re invited. The announcement from Hate-Free Delridge:

No to Anti-Semitism — in West Seattle and Everywhere

Recently in the middle of the night someone wrote anti-Semitic graffiti in the alley behind two West Seattle homes.

Join Hate-Free Delridge and Friends for a demonstration against anti-Semitism and in support of our Jewish neighbors this Sunday, December 2, 11:00 am to 1:00 pm, in the West Seattle Junction, at the corner of California Ave. and Alaska St.

Bring signs, for example:

No to Anti-Semitism – in West Seattle and Everywhere
We stand with our Jewish neighbors
Hate has no home here
Resist all attempts to divide us
Jews and Allies against Anti-Semitism
Oppose all targeting of minorities

We’ll also bring signs to share.

We hope you will join us,
Hate-Free Delridge

West Seattleite Joel Eggert’s final gift of life to be honored on Rose Parade float

1:59 PM: From LifeCenter Northwest, word of a special tribute to Joel Eggert, the West Seattle man killed in a Highland Park motorcycle crash in December 2016:

Joel Eggert had a lust for life. He was wildly creative, intelligent, and inquisitive. He could usually be found perched atop a Harley Davidson and was passionate about art and music playing multiple instruments including guitar, piano, and drums. Two years ago, Joel took his last ride. After sustaining injuries in a motorcycle accident, he passed away at Harborview Medical Center just before his 47th birthday. His legacy of generosity lives on in the recipients of his organs, corneas, and tissue. Joel will be honored with a floral portrait, called a floragraph, which will adorn The Donate Life Rose Parade® float on January 1, 2019.

LifeCenter Northwest is sponsoring Joel as an honoree on the float. His floragraph – made of seeds and natural materials – will be completed by his family and friends on Tuesday, November 27, 2-3 pm at Harborview Medical Center in the Research and Training Building Auditorium. The floragraph will then travel to Pasadena, CA where it will be placed on the Donate Life float in preparation for the Rose Parade. Joel’s family is also traveling to Pasadena, where they will have the opportunity to meet others touched by organ, eye, and tissue donation and attend the parade in Joel’s honor.

About Joel

Outgoing from a young age, Joel made friends easily and connected with people at an intimate level that built many lifelong relationships. A sharp dressed man, he could usually be found donning his characteristic bandanna and sunglasses, perched atop a Harley Davidson-his preferred mode of transportation. Art and creativity also played a continuous role throughout his life. Drawing and metal sculpting were among his favorite hobbies.

Joel was an extremely dedicated employee, and for the last 10 years he used his artistic ability to create beautiful metal work for a luxury yacht builder in Seattle. But in his free time, he wouldn’t turn down an invitation to rock n’ roll all night. He was deeply entrenched in the local music scene, frequently attending concerts and rubbing elbows with famous musicians.

“Music – mostly rock, coursed through his veins. Wherever he was, he was surrounded by music,” said his sister Stacey.

In addition to being an artist, musician, and loyal friend, Joel was a family man. He was a loving father to his son Zak, daughter Rhiannon, and granddaughter Hayley. He was also very close to his extended family in Minnesota and Washington.

On a rainy December night in 2016, Joel took his last ride. After sustaining injuries in a motorcycle accident, he passed away five days before his 47th birthday. The breadth of his life was felt immensely as his community filled his hospital room to say goodbye and share a few final songs. His legacy of generosity lives on in the recipients of his organs, corneas, and tissue.

“Giving his organs and life to others is just a continuation of the man he was, often giving to others, even if it left him with nothing,” said Stacey. “His final gift provides comfort to me and our family and friends.”

Just three months after his death, Joel’s family met Jennie, his heart recipient, who underwent transplant surgery at UW Medical Center. Through her, they are reminded that the warmth and love he gave to so many continues on, and he is still out there keeping the beat.

About The Donate Life Rose Parade® Float

Celebrating its 16th year, The Donate Life Rose Parade® float continues its mission to save and heal lives by sharing the gift of life and delivering the message of organ, eye, and tissue donation to the world. Living donors walk alongside while recipients ride atop the float and “floragraphs” or floral portraits of deceased donor honorees are incorporated into the float decoration. This year’s float is theme is The Gift of Time. For more information, go to www.donatelifefloat.org.

You can sign up to be an organ donor by going here.

ADDED LATE MONDAY NIGHT: We’ve since learned of a December 6th event in Mr. Eggert’s memory, a concert raising money for LifeCenter NW, hosted by the motorcycle club West Seattle Wrecking Crew that formed in his honor: Thursday, December 6th, at the Highway 99 Blues Club; doors at 6 pm, show at 7, featuring Bruiser Brody, Sirens Sister, Wyatt Olney and The Wreckage, Johndus Beckman, and Intisaar, tickets available online.

West Seattle Scout Grace Gunlogson off on journey for Gold Award project

A West Seattle Girl Scout is headed on a big journey today. Grace Gunlogson‘s story, and the photos, are shared by her Troop 40766 leader, Sheryl Guyon:

Grace is a life-long Girl Scout. As a senior at West Seattle High, she wanted to undertake a big project that would have a lasting impact. Earning the Girl Scout Gold Award is a big job that requires detailed planning and the determination to manage a big project.

The Friday after Thanksgiving, Grace will leave for Nepal to deliver lap-tops to remote schools in the Everest region. It’s a big undertaking, and not for the faint-of-heart. Grace will travel with her father, Mark Gunlogson, of Mountain Madness fame. Grace’s team includes accomplished hikers from Microsoft, who have generously donated laptops and technology as part of their Global Citizenship initiative.

This will be Grace’s second trek in the Himalayas. On her earlier trip, she saw firsthand the lack of resources in these remote villages. The Sherpas that serve Everest live in villages that are far removed from the cities. The laptops will go to the schools that serve Sherpa families, providing access to education and resources. An additional goal of Grace’s project is cultural preservation. Many children of the Sherpa’s leave their home villages for lack of opportunity. Access to technology will allow locals to create opportunities in their traditional villages.

We’re proud of Grace and her initiative to have a lasting impact halfway across the globe.

MISSING TEEN: Update – found

8:30 PM: We’ve confirmed with our original contact that the missing boy has been found safe.


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CONGRATULATIONS! Denny Award for Friends of Lincoln Park’s Sharon Baker

So many neighbors work tirelessly and often thanklessly to make this a better place. Today, one of them got some thanks, in the form of an award – Sharon Baker from Friends of Lincoln Park is among the recipients of the Denny Awards for Outstanding Volunteer Stewardship, announced today by Seattle Parks. From the announcement:

… The winners are a cross-section of Seattle’s most creative, dedicated and hard-working volunteers who donate precious time and energy to improving Seattle’s parks and recreation programs. …

In 2017, 36,198 people volunteered for Seattle Parks and Recreation, providing 196,448 hours of service, which is a donation valued by Independent Sector at $30.46 per hour or $5.9 million dollars.

(Full list here)

Healthy Environment: Sharon Baker, Lincoln Park

For the past 13 years, Sharon Baker, lead forest steward with Friends of Lincoln Park (FLiP), has led volunteers in creating healthy habitats in the park. Sharon has spent countless hours restoring beautiful Lincoln Park forest, benefitting the surrounding community, wildlife and ecosystems. Since she became a master forest steward in 2005, she has been committed to restoring and maintaining much of the park’s extensive forested areas. Sharon creates a warm and welcoming experience for anyone who wishes to join the efforts of FLiP. Sharon welcomes many youth groups and local school classes to experience the forested areas of Lincoln Park, and she knows exactly the right spots in the park that will spark their interest and imagination.

P.S. Want to join Sharon and the FLiP volunteers? Their next work party is this Sunday morning!

Already been through ‘bystander intervention’ training? Here’s your next step

October 27, 2018 3:46 pm
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What do you – what can you – do, if you’re there when hate happens?

Anti-Hate Alaska Junction has been offering an answer to that question via “bystander intervention” training. We first wrote about it almost a year and a half ago. Now, they’re following up. In case you don’t see this in the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

Anti-Hate Alaska Junction has held 9 Bystander Intervention Workshops, attended by more than 150 people in the last year.

Answering a number of requests, we are now providing sessions to practice these new skills and understandings. Scheduled for November 4, November 11, November 18, and December 2, these four sessions are designed for people who have attended one session. But these workshops are also open to the general public who have not yet attended a session. Email antihate3@gmail.com to register.

Each session is free, scheduled for 2-4 pm, at Admiral UCC (4320 SW Hill).

UPDATE: Missing man found

October 23, 2018 11:43 am
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2:43 PM: Chris’s family says he’s been found.

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REMINDER: Halftime tribute tonight for Nino Cantu at SWAC

In case you missed the mention in today’s highlight list – at halftime of tonight’s Chief Sealth-Roosevelt football game, a tribute is planned to longtime Southwest Athletic Complex groundskeeper Nino Cantu, who died suddenly a week ago. We’re told that family and friends will gather on the field, and the tribute will end with a request for a standing ovation rather than a moment of silence – as his longtime friend Doree Fazio-Young (who provided the photo) says, “Nino is not a moment of silence.” The game starts at 7 pm and is the final scheduled home game of the season for Sealth; SWAC is at 2801 SW Thistle, across from the school.

COMMUNITY GIVING: West Seattle Food Bank gets a boost from real-estate community golf tournament

October 17, 2018 10:32 pm
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(Michael Mallagh [Co-Director] and David Katt)

This fall sunshine has been a boon for outdoor activities – including a benefit golf tournament organized by members of the local real-estate community to raise money for the West Seattle Food Bank. Don Bereiter from Windermere has sent photos and a wrap-up on the event held at the WS Golf Course last Friday – all totaling a $7,000 donation to the WSFB, from $3,500 in sponsorships and donations matched by PepsiCo. All from a first-ever tournament that was pulled together in just two weeks! Don continues:

Michael Mallagh and Stephanie Quam (Berkshire Hathaway HS Real Estate) are the brains behind it. They wanted to do something for the Food Bank and get others involved in the Real Estate community. Agents, lenders, title companies, etc., all pitched in a very short time period to make this happen. Below are a list of sponsors and volunteers just to show how everyone came together for a good cause. This was the first annual, and with more time for planning for next year, the dollar amount raised will be significantly larger.

The picture below is the winning team (from left to right) Mike and Debbie Kerns, Jill and Jim Campbell, with a score of 10 under par:


Pepsi – Kenny Turner: Matching Donation Sponsor
JetClosing – Nate Eisele: Beverage Ticket Sponsor
Stewart Title – Cathy Steger & Mary Forrey: Check-in Sponsor
The Westy, Connelly Skis, & The Bridge: Prize Supporters
Ballad Pictures / Adam Bale & Kent Colony: Photos
Garrett Wheadon – Sign Pros
Kelli Strand – Chicago Title
Ron Ballman – American Home Shield
Chris Dutton – Guild Mortgage
Holmquist + Gardiner Attorneys at Law
Nick Perovich – HomeStreet Bank
Shari Kruse – Windermere
Napoleon Williams – Cornerstone Home Lending

(Cathy Steger, Mary Forrey, Jennifer Whip, Stephanie Quam (Tournament Co-Director), Jennifer Ruemping, Sally Hardwick, Kathy Sheldon)


Kathy Sheldon – Berkshire Hathaway
Jennifer Ruemping – Berkshire Hathaway
Sally Hardwick (and Emily!) – Windermere
Jennifer Whip – Windermere
Stephanie Quam – Berkshire Hathaway

The Winners!

1st Place with a 62 (-10): Jill Campbell / Jim Campbell / Debbie Kerns / Mike Kerns ($300)
1st Place (Mixed Division) with a 69 (-3): Stephanie Quam / Marian Padgett / Tonya Hamilton / Chris Dutton ($200)
2nd Place with a 63 (-9): Napoleon Williams / Tyler Martinez / Matthew Martinez / Carsten Olufsen ($100)
Closest to the Pin (Hole 11): Jeff Dabbs & Nancy Spiro ($50 Gift Card)
Long Drive (Hole 12): Tyler Martinez and TBD for the women (the long drive results went missing, so if you hit the fairway let me know ;) ($50 Gift Card)

Motivated to join them in donating to the WS Food Bank? Here’s how.

CONGRATULATIONS! Senior Center of West Seattle volunteer Jean Carroll honored doubly

Imagine getting a new award that is not only for your accomplishments but is also named in your honor for years ahead of honoring others! That just happened at the Senior Center of West Seattle, which shares the news:

The Senior Center of West Seattle held its yearly volunteer appreciation party to show our enormous love and gratitude to the more than 200 volunteers who donate their time, skill, and care that make it possible to do all that we do.

This year’s celebration was extra special in that we honored longtime volunteer Jean Carroll with the first annual Jean Carroll Extraordinary Volunteer Service Award. Jean has been a West Seattle resident for 86 years. Jean’s incredible dedication and commitment inspired us to create this award to recognize her 20+ years of volunteer service.

Not only are we honoring her this year, but this award will be given to a different volunteer each year who demonstrates these characteristics. Thank you, Jean, for the tens of thousands of hours of your time and expertise you have so generously given to the Center!

Jean was spotlighted in the center’s spring 2014 newsletter, which described her as helping with tasks from tracking hundreds of center memberships to leading prospective new members on tours to serving lunches in the center’s Junction Diner. Want to join her? Here’s how.

(Photo by Gail Ann Photography: Jean Carroll with the center’s executive director Lyle Evans)

West Seattle scene: Hiawatha hosts its first Coming Out Day celebration

Andrea Sisco is assistant coordinator at Hiawatha Community Center, and planner of a brand-new event tonight – a celebration for National Coming Out Day. NCOD isn’t new – today marked its 30th anniversary, in fact – but this was the first time Hiawatha has hosted a event. As Andrea explained in the announcement she sent us last month, “Whether it’s coming out as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ) or as an ally, we come together in celebration and advocacy of equality and living openly.” Activities and resources were there for everyone who dropped in. Among the latter – the Seattle Police “Safe Place” program, overseen by LGBTQ liaison Officer Jim Ritter:

To see what else is happening at Hiawatha (and other West Seattle city-run community centers) this fall, check out the brochure (PDF)!

An update from Click! Design That Fits, featuring Frances Smersh on West Seattle Art Walk night, 3 years into her Alzheimer’s journey

The cover image for the map/postcard promoting this quarter’s West Seattle Art Walk events – starting with tomorrow night’s WSAW – always has a backstory. This time around, there’s a lot to tell.

The image is a painting by Frances Smersh, the West Seattle artist who is co-proprietor of Junction shop Click! Design That Fits (WSB sponsor) with her husband John Smersh. She is also this month’s featured WSAW artist there, so you can visit Frances and her work there Thursday night (October 11th) 5-8 pm.

In conjunction with the showcase, Click! has an update for the community about the personal news they first shared three years ago – that Frances is living with younger-onset Alzheimer’s Disease.

Writing on the Click! blog this week, they explain that the disease has continued to progress. “This last year Frances has struggled with more challenges that the disease has presented, and found that art is an area that she can still thrive. … With painting as her primary focus for most of the last year, she’s produced an impressive body of work!”

You can see the show during tomorrow’s Art Walk. The update continues, “She has titled her show ‘With a Little Help from my Friends,’ an acknowledgement of the extra assistance she now needs.”

After details on how Frances is doing now, the update explain how that assistance is more vital than ever:

If you or someone you know would enjoy spending time or sharing a meal with (or providing a meal for) Frances, please reach out to John and let him know what you would be up for. She loves being with people and is pretty game for most activities. Friends have started a GoFundMe page in hopes of helping with some of the extra expenses they now face; donations of any amount are hugely appreciated.

Read the full update here. And go see Frances’s show at Click! on Thursday night, 4540 California SW, 5-8 pm.

Impact West Seattle: New giving group about to launch

(Photo courtesy Impact West Seattle. L-R, founding members Rachel Lazar, Robin Graham, Amy Huey, Rachel Hagenson, Kristen Corning Bedford)

Ever wonder what more you can do to help with community needs, beyond random occasional donations? Here’s a new option: A women’s giving group called Impact West Seattle is launching with an event one week from today. One of the group’s founding members, Rachel Lazar, tells WSB, “Our hope is that this group will bring together this community which has grown so much over the past few years, and to give women who want to engage and give back that opportunity.” Here’s how it works. The kickoff meeting is at 7 pm October 16th at South Park Hall (1253 S. Cloverdale), and its goal is explained here; if you aren’t able to be there, you can still join Impact West Seattle by going here. Questions? Here’s the FAQ.

MISSING: Have you seen Jonathan?

We’ve received this flyer from multiple people. No additional details, except that the missing man is a teacher at Madison Middle School. Call 911 with any info.

VIDEO: Remembering and celebrating Jackie Dupras

Memories, stories, and songs filled The Hall at Fauntleroy this afternoon, as family and friends gathered to celebrate the life of Jackie Dupras. Her longtime activism and advocacy included singing with the Seattle Labor Chorus; some of those who had sung with her led songs in her honor:

Jackie’s husband of almost four decades, Ed Dupras, offered a toast to his wife’s “spirit”:

The gathering was informal:

Microphones were available for anyone moved to get up and talk about Jackie; tributes included memories of her dedication to people as well as to causes. She was long active with the 34th District Democrats, who honored her with a Lifetime Achievement Award seven years ago. That group’s highest-profile members were there today too:

Along with County Executive Dow Constantine and County Councilmember Joe McDermott, other local leaders there to remember Jackie included School Board President Leslie Harris and City Councilmember Lisa Herbold. Jackie was 74.

ADDED MONDAY NIGHT: Steve Butts has written a detailed tribute to Jackie for the just-posted monthly 34th District Democrats’ newsletter. The agenda for the group’s monthly meeting Wednesday (7 pm October 11th, Hall at Fauntleroy) includes a time to share memories.