West Seattle Blog… https://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Sun, 14 Aug 2022 05:28:25 +0000 en-US hourly 1 FOLLOWUP: Repairs yet to begin on ferry, pilings damaged in Fauntleroy crash https://westseattleblog.com/2022/08/followup-repairs-yet-to-begin-on-ferry-pilings-damaged-in-fauntleroy-crash/ https://westseattleblog.com/2022/08/followup-repairs-yet-to-begin-on-ferry-pilings-damaged-in-fauntleroy-crash/#respond Sun, 14 Aug 2022 05:28:25 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=1042116 (USCG photo, July 28)

More than two weeks after the state ferry M/V Cathlamet crashed into the pilings-centered structure known as a “dolphin” off the Fauntleroy dock, repairs have yet to begin on the damaged boat and dolphin. That’s according to Washington State Ferries, with whom we checked at week’s end regarding the status of repairs. Spokesperson Dana Warr told us, “Work with contractors to determine timelines are happening and fully understanding the total cost of repairs on both the vessel and terminal is still too early. The vessel remains in Eagle Harbor and logistics to repair the terminal are not finalized; however, work is expected to begin in the coming weeks.” Eagle Harbor is the WSF maintenance facility just south of its Bainbridge Island terminal. The Cathlamet was arriving from Fauntleroy shortly after 8 am on Thursday, July 28th, when it crashed into the dolphin. No one was seriously hurt. The to-date-unidentified captain who was on duty at the time, a 36-year WSF employee, resigned days later. The U.S. Coast Guard is leading the investigation into the incident.

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BIZNOTE: More West Best Seattle merch https://westseattleblog.com/2022/08/biznote-more-west-best-seattle-merch/ https://westseattleblog.com/2022/08/biznote-more-west-best-seattle-merch/#respond Sun, 14 Aug 2022 03:36:09 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=1042113 One month ago, we told you the West Best Seattle T-shirts had arrived.

Alair Gift Shop (3270 California SW) and Click! Design That Fits (4540 California SW; WSB sponsor) are selling them as a fundraiser for the Alzheimer’s Association, in honor of Click! co-founder Frances Smersh. Separate from that – but with the same logo – Alair proprietor Shandon Armstrong sends word that more of the West Best Seattle-branded merch has arrived at her store – a tote bag, keychains, and a baseball-style T-shirt. If you feel like shopping tomorrow, Click! will be open 10 am-4 pm, Alair 11 am-4 pm.

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UPDATE: Power outage in south Highland Park https://westseattleblog.com/2022/08/power-outage-in-south-highland-park/ https://westseattleblog.com/2022/08/power-outage-in-south-highland-park/#comments Sat, 13 Aug 2022 22:57:37 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=1042100 3:57 PM: Thanks for the tip. Power’s out as of a few minutes ago for more than 110 customers in south Highland Park. Texter says it followed a “huge bang.”

4:02 PM: The map now shows the outage affecting more than 200 customers.

6:12 PM: Map says the power’s back on; commenter JL says it was restored at 5:32 pm.

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WEST SEATTLE WEEKEND SCENE: Alki Beach Pride, day 1 https://westseattleblog.com/2022/08/happening-now-alki-beach-pride-day-1/ https://westseattleblog.com/2022/08/happening-now-alki-beach-pride-day-1/#respond Sat, 13 Aug 2022 22:30:44 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=1042084

That big boom box at 57th/Alki is at the heart of the first day of this year’s Alki Beach Pride celebration, outside Blue Moon Burgers. Here’s the view from the side facing away from the beach:

Music with performers and DJs continues there until 7 pm. There’s also a mini-street fair on 57th, which is closed to cars on the block south of Alki Avenue:

The rainbow arch is a perfect setting for photos:

Tomorrow the music heads east to Seacrest, outside Marination Ma Kai, noon-5 pm Sunday. Other Sunday events include 11 am-3 pm drag brunch at Arthur’s in The Admiral District, 1 pm roll-out parade – rollerskates, bicycles, etc. – from Alki Statue of Liberty Plaza (61st/Alki) and outdoor movie “The Birdcage” at Alki Playground at 7 pm Sunday. This is the ninth year for Alki Beach Pride, which was reduced in scope a bit during the pandemic.

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WEST SEATTLE WEEKEND SCENE: Free ‘bounce house’ at Ounces https://westseattleblog.com/2022/08/happening-now-free-bounce-house-at-ounces/ https://westseattleblog.com/2022/08/happening-now-free-bounce-house-at-ounces/#respond Sat, 13 Aug 2022 22:12:47 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=1042085

Just got word of this, so it wasn’t in the daily list. Laurel Trujillo at Ounces in North Delridge sent the invitation – between now and 6 pm, kids 10 and under are invited to come jump for free in the “bounce house” they’ve set up. Parents must be there to watch, of course. Ounces is at 3809 Delridge Way SW.

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WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: 2 thefts – dark-blue 4Runner, porch package https://westseattleblog.com/2022/08/west-seattle-crime-watch-2-thefts-dark-blue-4runner-porch-package/ https://westseattleblog.com/2022/08/west-seattle-crime-watch-2-thefts-dark-blue-4runner-porch-package/#respond Sat, 13 Aug 2022 19:39:34 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=1042080 Two reader reports in West Seattle Crime Watch:

STOLEN 4RUNNER: From Erica:

Our car was stolen sometime last night. The car is a dark blue 2016 Toyota 4Runner with a sticker of a whale in the rear driver-side window. License plate is BPA4310. Stolen from off the street in front of our home last night on the 4100 block of 44th Ave SW.

PACKAGE TAKEN:From Hilary:

This happened today in the 3800 block of 45th Ave SW, between Andover and Charlestown. The video is pretty clear, and although the woman is obviously trying to hide her face with the hat, someone might see her.

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WADING POOLS: 3 more days this season for 3 of our area’s 4 https://westseattleblog.com/2022/08/wading-pools-3-more-days-this-season-for-3-of-our-areas-4/ https://westseattleblog.com/2022/08/wading-pools-3-more-days-this-season-for-3-of-our-areas-4/#comments Sat, 13 Aug 2022 18:11:24 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=1042075

(WSB file photo, E.C. Hughes wading pool)

The short season for most city-run wading pools is close to ending. The Delridge (4501 Delridge Way SW), E.C. Hughes (2805 SW Holden), and South Park wading pools have three more days to go – or put another way, one week, as each of those pools operates three days a week.

South Park – open Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday, last day August 17th
Delridge – open noon-5:30 pm Wednesday/Thursday/Friday, last day August 19th
E.C. Hughes – open noon-7 pm Monday/Tuesday/Sunday, last day August 21st

The Lincoln Park (8011 Fauntleroy Way SW) wading pool will continue daily operations through Labor Day (noon-7 pm), as will the Highland Park (1100 SW Cloverdale) spraypark (11 am-8 pm). If you’re new in the area and wondering why the wading-pool schedule is so constrained, it dates back to city budget cuts more than a decade ago (they even solicited sponsors for adding days at one point, and got some for a while).

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From Alki Beach Pride to South Delridge Farmers Market, 18 events around West Seattle and vicinity for your Saturday https://westseattleblog.com/2022/08/from-alki-beach-pride-to-south-delridge-farmers-market-18-events-around-west-seattle-and-vicinity-for-your-saturday/ https://westseattleblog.com/2022/08/from-alki-beach-pride-to-south-delridge-farmers-market-18-events-around-west-seattle-and-vicinity-for-your-saturday/#comments Sat, 13 Aug 2022 13:25:37 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=1042054 (Great Blue Heron, photographed at Lincoln Park by David Dimmit)

Mostly from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar, here’s what’s happening on this mid-August Saturday:

TRAFFIC ALERTS: Here’s what SDOT has announced for today:

We will be working in South Delridge at 16th Ave SW and SW Cambridge St to update curb bulbs and curb ramps. Work will begin as early as 8 am and conclude by 5 pm. We’ll maintain one lane of traffic in each direction.

Between 7 am and 5 pm, we’re paving 8th Ave S from S Kenyon St to S Portland St in South Park. We will restrict parking and maintain one lane of traffic in each direction. People driving should expect delays while the lanes are closed.

SOUTH DELRIDGE FARMERS’ MARKET: 10 am-2 pm, local vendors sell fresh-grown and prepared food at this (corrected) twice-monthly market; details in our calendar listing, (9421 18th SW)

WEST DUWAMISH GREENBELT HIKE: Explore tribal use of native plants during this hike starting at 10 am at The Heron’s Nest (4818 15th SW).

ZEN 101: 10 am at Fauntleroy Church (9140 California SW), explore what happens if you start a meditation practice. Info’s in our calendar listing.

FREE WRITERS’ GROUP: Held in West Seattle, 10:30 am. Our calendar listing has details, including how to register.

ALKI BEACH PRIDE, DAY 1: 11 am Sip ‘n’ Paint starts the day, which is centered on a noon-7 pm celebration headquartered at Blue Moon Burgers (2504 Alki SW), with DJs, live music, more. That’s also where to get your wristband for discounts at participating businesses.

LOW-LOW TIDE: 11 am-1:30 pm, Seattle Aquarium volunteer beach naturalists are at Lincoln Park (8011 Fauntleroy Way SW) and Constellation Park (60th/Beach) beaches for the last time this season; low tide is at 12:27 pm, out to -2.3 feet.

WADING POOL/SPRAYPARK: With sunny, warm weather expected, the city will open the wading pools, so the pool in central upper Lincoln Park (8011 Fauntleroy Way SW) will be open noon-7 pm. Also, Highland Park Spraypark (1100 SW Cloverdale) will be open 11 am-8 pm.

COLMAN POOL: You can swim at the outdoor pool on the Lincoln Park shore today, noon-7 pm.

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

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

WINE TIME: The Viscon Cellars (WSB sponsor) tasting room – selling wine by the glass or bottle – is open 1-6 pm. (5910 California SW)

WHITE CENTER COMMUNITY MARKET: 3-6 pm, the White Center Community Development Association presents an array of local vendors in the parking lot on the east side of 16th SW just south of SW 98th.

FIELD DAY & FOOD DRIVE: Highline Premier FC invites both youth and adults to participate in Field Day events 4-6 pm at Walt Hundley Playfield (34th and Myrtle), with a “Fill the Goal” food drive – spectators can bring food to contribute to that, too. Details in our calendar listing.

MUSIC AT C & P: The trio Citizens of Earth will play 7 pm-9 pm at C & P Coffee Company (5612 California SW; WSB sponsor). No cover.

MUSIC AT THE SKYLARK: Catch Rabbit, Sprig, David Plell perform tonight, doors at 7 pm, music at 8. (3803 Delridge Way SW)

‘LET THERE BE DRAGONS’: Final weekend for this one-person musical, written and performed by Felicia Loud, at ArtsWest (4711 California SW; WSB sponsor), 7:30 pm curtain – info and ticket link in our calendar listing.

WEST SEATTLE OUTDOOR MOVIES: Fourth of this summer’s five free screenings is at Hotwire Coffee (4410 California SW), gates open at 7:30 pm, tonight’s movie – “Coco.

DRAG SHOW AT ADMIRAL PUB: 9 pm, with with Queen Andrew and VJ Lacefront at Admiral Pub (2306 California SW).

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

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WEST SEATTLE SCENE: Small ceremony for a big tree https://westseattleblog.com/2022/08/west-seattle-scene-small-ceremony-for-a-big-tree/ https://westseattleblog.com/2022/08/west-seattle-scene-small-ceremony-for-a-big-tree/#comments Sat, 13 Aug 2022 05:22:13 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=1042057 (WSB photos)

To the untrained eye, this tree might look like just another one of the many towering evergreens in Lincoln Park. It’s not.

It’s a Giant Sequoia (redwood), officially declared a Seattle Heritage Tree, thanks to the efforts of Al Rouyer:

Rouyer is a retired college educator. He specialized in political science, particularly Middle Eastern affairs – and took an interest in trees after retiring. Studying the trees in Lincoln Park is what led him to seek the designation for this one, estimated at 100 years old and more than 150 feet tall. He said most people walk through the park and have no idea that there’s so many kinds of trees and that some are worthy of special recognition, like this one in the north end of the park. Instead of getting a big fancy plaque, he opted for this simple tag:

Friends joined him today for a small gathering to commemorate the designation and celebrate the tree:

As explained by Plant Amnesty, the Heritage Tree designation does not confer any legal protection – but the organization hopes it will encourage tree preservation (which happens to be back in the news this week – we hope to write more about that this weekend).

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WEST SEATTLE WILDLIFE: Today’s low-low-tide sights, and what’s ahead Saturday https://westseattleblog.com/2022/08/west-seattle-wildlife-todays-low-low-tide-sights/ https://westseattleblog.com/2022/08/west-seattle-wildlife-todays-low-low-tide-sights/#comments Sat, 13 Aug 2022 03:02:45 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=1042046

Thanks to Rosalie Miller for sharing three sights from today’s low-low-tide – above, the siphon of a Piddock Clam; below, a Moon Snail:

And an Anemone:

Tomorrow the tide will bottom out at -2.3 feet at 12:27 pm. The Seattle Aquarium volunteer beach naturalists are scheduled to be at Lincoln Park (8011 Fauntleroy Way SW) and Constellation Park (60th SW/Beach Drive SW) for the last time this season, 11 am-1:30 pm.

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BIZNOTES: Fogue Gallery, Indulge Desserts, Reiki Reflect https://westseattleblog.com/2022/08/biznotes-fogue-gallery-indulge-desserts-reiki-reflect/ https://westseattleblog.com/2022/08/biznotes-fogue-gallery-indulge-desserts-reiki-reflect/#comments Sat, 13 Aug 2022 00:08:26 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=1042040 After we reported Thursday on Bin 41‘s impending closure, we heard from readers about several other closures. This collection of biznotes starts with two:

FOGUE GALLERY: Some were sad to find out during last night’s West Seattle Art Walk that Fogue Gallery was not hosting one of the receptions that had become Art Walk staples – proprietor Patti Curtis has closed her brick-and-mortar gallery, but she’ll continue online and in pop-ups:

“The overhead for a brick and mortar couldn’t be supported by the amount of sales. I had a lot of love from the community, and I know people enjoyed having art in the neighborhood but there were many days of no one even coming in the door.

I will continue with the website foguegallery.com and will continue with pop-up art shows around town with the wonderful artists I represent. Please follow us on Instagram @SeattlePopUp and coming soon SeattlePopUp.com

A deep hearted thank you to the West Seattle Blog and the West Seattle community for their warm hospitality and support.

Fogue specializes in fiercely supporting and promoting work by artists over 50.

INDULGE DESSERTS: Thanks to Skip for the tip. The note on the door and online says this treat shop at 35th/Henderson closed late last month, but proprietor Michele Auld urged fans to continue buying her candy products Seattle Seafoam and Joe Chocolates at local stores including West Seattle Thriftway (WSB sponsor), Wildwood Market, and Bartell Drugs. Indulge had been there for almost four years, following the closure of Stuffed Cakes.

And one new business:

REIKI REFLECT: Angie sent word she has opened Reiki Reflect in the Beauty Therapy Collective building at 42nd/Oregon in The Junction, offering a variety of healing and spiritual services.

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BACK TO SCHOOL: Chief Sealth IHS sports open house Monday https://westseattleblog.com/2022/08/back-to-school-chief-sealth-ihs-sports-open-house-monday/ https://westseattleblog.com/2022/08/back-to-school-chief-sealth-ihs-sports-open-house-monday/#respond Fri, 12 Aug 2022 21:56:14 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=1042036 With less than four weeks of summer break remaining, some back-to-school planning is ramping up. At Chief Sealth International High School, it’s time to look ahead to sports. All prospective 2022-2023 sports participants are invited to an open-house event at the school (2600 SW Thistle) on Monday night (August 15th), 6:30-7:30 pm. It’ll be held in the galleria. If you’re new to CSIHS, you can find more info about the athletics program here.

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Here’s how much West Seattle residential-property values have risen, according to the King County Assessor’s Office https://westseattleblog.com/2022/08/heres-how-much-west-seattle-residential-property-values-have-risen-according-to-the-king-county-assessors-office/ https://westseattleblog.com/2022/08/heres-how-much-west-seattle-residential-property-values-have-risen-according-to-the-king-county-assessors-office/#comments Fri, 12 Aug 2022 19:59:40 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=1042027 The King County Assessor’s Office has announced that “the annual process of mailing property valuation notices to taxpayers” has begun, and West Seattle property owners will get theirs soon. According to the announcement: “Median residential property values rose by 18.3% in West Seattle, and by 11.4% in North Central West Seattle.” (The median is “half more, half less,” NOT the average.) For the latter, that’s a higher increase than the 8% a year earlier. As decreed by state law, these valuations were set at the start of this year for taxes that will be due next year – these notices are not a bill. The KCAO says a major factor in the rising property values was the continued low inventory of housing for sale, coupled with high demand.

P.S. You don’t have to wait for the postcard to arrive by mail – if your new valuation has been finalized, it’ll show up online; one way to look it up is to use the King County Parcel Viewer to check – once you’ve gotten to the page for your address, click through to the “property detail” page. One more note: If you disagree with your valuation, you can appeal it – here’s how.

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REPAVING: What’s ahead for north stretch of California SW https://westseattleblog.com/2022/08/repaving-whats-ahead-for-north-stretch-of-california-sw/ https://westseattleblog.com/2022/08/repaving-whats-ahead-for-north-stretch-of-california-sw/#comments Fri, 12 Aug 2022 18:58:33 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=1042022

Thanks to Chris for the tip (via this comment). SDOT has spot-repaving plans for California SW north of Admiral Way. No-parking signs are already up for the blocks just south of Hamilton Viewpoint Park. Here’s how SDOT spokesperson Mariam Ali summarizes the plan: “Crews will be performing spot mill and overlays on California Ave SW/California Way SW between SW Admiral Way and Ferry Ave SW for the next 4-8 weeks. We will not be resurfacing the entire stretch, but will be addressing portions of several blocks. The first project is tentatively scheduled to start next week. There will be lane closures and traffic shifts.” (Here’s what “milling” a road refers to.)

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Here’s what’s up for your West Seattle Friday https://westseattleblog.com/2022/08/heres-whats-up-for-your-west-seattle-friday/ https://westseattleblog.com/2022/08/heres-whats-up-for-your-west-seattle-friday/#respond Fri, 12 Aug 2022 17:14:16 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=1042006 (Last night’s moonrise, photographed by Theresa Arbow-O’Connor)

Here’s what’s happening for the rest of today/tonight, from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

BLOCK DROP: Today’s spot for picking up DIY cleanup equipment and dropping off your results until 6 pm is Gatewood Elementary (4320 SW Hill).

LOW-LOW TIDE: As noted last night, the tide is out to -3.0 feet at 11:41 am, and Seattle Aquarium volunteer beach naturalists will be at Constellation and Lincoln Parks 10:15 am-1:15 pm.

LOG HOUSE MUSEUM CLOSED: Starting this week, the Southwest Seattle Historical Society‘s museum at 61st/Stevens is only open Saturdays and Sundays, noon-4 pm, no more Fridays.

WADING POOLS OPEN: The pools that are scheduled for Friday operations in West Seattle are Delridge (4501 Delridge Way SW), noon-5:30 pm, and Lincoln Park (8011 Fauntleroy Way SW), noon-7 pm. Highland Park Spraypark at 1100 SW Cloverdale is open 11 am-8 pm, too.

COLMAN POOL: The outdoor pool at Lincoln Park is open to the public today, noon-7 pm.

(add) TAILGATING A DAY EARLY: Join Chef Gino for food and music outside Patrick’s Café and Bakery (100th/15th) in White Center, 5-10 pm, looking ahead to the Seahawks’ preseason opener tomorrow – this will be a regular “Blue Friday” feature.

.SANDLOT FUN DAYS: Tonight’s West Seattle Little League pickup game is for all 9-12-year-olds interested in baseball – details in our calendar listing. At Bar-S Playfield (64th/Admiral).

MUSIC AT THE COFFEEHOUSE: Monthly songwriters’ showcase at C & P Coffee (5612 California SW; WSB sponsor), 7 pm.

MUSIC AND ART AT THE SKYLARK: 8 pm-midnight, a benefit titledSafe Atlas:

Ollieoverart.com and the Ollie Over Art [Collective], a nonprofit art collective dedicated to constructing social justice presents Safe Atlas, a visual, literary, and musical artist showcase. In association with Skylark Cafe and in benefit of Seattle Children’s Hospital, Oliver Amatist, Wesley of the Wolves and Shawn Rose present a night of healing and inspiration. Five dollars from each ($15) ticket and painting sold benefits Seattle Children’s Hospital, along with other ways to donate.

(3803 Delridge Way SW)

‘HERE THERE BE DRAGONS’: 7:30 pm performance of ArtsWest‘s new play. (4711 California SW)

Have something to add to our calendar? Email info to westseattleblog@gmail.com – thank you!

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