West Seattle, Washington
Highlights of what’s up today/tonight, mostly from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:
WEST SEATTLE FARMERS’ MARKET: Back in its usual spot in the street, 10 am-2 pm. (California SW between SW Oregon and SW Alaska)
WADING POOLS: Expected to be open today. Your West Seattle wading pools will be Lincoln Park (11 am-8 pm; 8011 Fauntleroy Way SW) and Delridge (noon-6:30 pm; Delridge/Genesee)
COLMAN POOL CLOSURES OVER: The outdoor saltwater pool at Lincoln Park reopens to the public noon-7 pm after two days of swim-meet closures. (8011 Fauntleroy Way SW)
WESTSIDE BABY ‘STUFF THE BUS’ BASH: Noon-3 pm, you and your family are invited to bring diapers to WestSide Baby‘s White Center HQ not just to “stuff the bus” but also to enjoy a fun party – details here! (10002 14th SW)
HOP AROUND WEST SEATTLE: Noon-5 pm shuttle tour of three West Seattle beer spots – Ounces (3809 Delridge Way SW), The Beer Junction (4511 California SW), Beveridge Place Pub (6413 California SW). Details in our calendar listing; tickets available online.
CHRISTMAS IN JULY: Fun benefit dinner and auction at the Masonic Center to help The Christmas People meet their goal of helping people in need next winter-holiday season. Doors open at 4 pm. Tickets only $15. Details here. (4736 40th SW)
These photos from Saturday’s West Seattle Grand Parade are a shoutout to some of the younger participants who we haven’t shown so far. Above, West Seattle Bengals football players were a crowd favorite. Below, another group of young athletes, the Southside Revolution roller-derby skaters, rolled down the route:
The Mexican-Folklorico youth group Joyas Mestizas joined the parade again this year:
Many scouts, too, including this group from the Baden-Powell Service Association:
And as mentioned earlier in our coverage, Boy Scout Troop 284 provided the honor guard to lead this year’s Grand Parade:
The parade is produced by the West Seattle Rotary Service Foundation. Still more to show! And if you enjoy parades in general – the Jubilee Days Parade is happening today in White Center, 11 am start from 16th SW/SW 112th, heading north on 16th SW to SW 100th.
It wasn’t all about the wheels for the Vancouver B.C. Police Motorcycle Drill Team‘s annual visit to ride in the West Seattle Grand Parade. In The Junction, where the riding ended for Vancouver and their Seattle Police counterparts, there was time to get up close and personal. Not just with the fans.
There were a lot of special things about Saturday.
VPD is celebrating its centennial. SPD, we’re told, has someone retiring.
Also seen on the route, though not with a motorcycle, Southwest Precinct commander Capt. Pierre Davis.
And the “other” two-wheeled SPD officers:
P.S. West Seattle’s parade is the only one outside Canada in which the Vancouver team participates.
About 100 people had already settled in outside the West Seattle YMCA (WSB sponsor) about an hour before sunset, and right about now are well into “Wonder Woman,” first West Seattle Outdoor Movies feature of the year. At the concession stand, we found someone costumed in the spirit of the movie:
The night’s concession options included popcorn, water, and gummies. Every West Seattle Outdoor Movies event spotlights a nonprofit, and tonight it’s the WS Helpline, with a table just past the screen and $3 raffle tickets for some cool prizes:
Those prizes included a Mountaineers family membership and two tickets to a Seahawks game. Next week’s nonprofit is WestSide Baby – bring diapers! – and the movie is “Secret Life of Pets,” at dusk July 28th. You’re invited to show up as early as 6:30 pm. The Y is at 3622 SW Snoqualmie in The Triangle.
Also effervescent, with an outsize smile, Orville Rummel Trophy for Outstanding Service to the Community recipient Velko Vitalich (backstory here):
Newly announced member of this year’s Seafair Scholarship Program for Women, former West Seattle Hi-Yu Senior Court Queen Kelly Crum (backstory here), rode atop the Seafair Commodores‘ landgoing yacht:
Announcing the parade for the first time, West Seattle-residing Seattle Channel journalist/host Brian Callanan (with wife Christa Callanan):
Still a few more parade roundups to come!
Our West Seattle Grand Parade coverage continues! Received from Barbara Edwards and the West Seattle Parade Judges Committee, the list of award winners in today’s parade:
Overall Grand Prize Winners.
1st Place: All-City Band
2nd Place: Dolls and Gents Drill Team and Drumline
3rd Place: Electronettes Drill Team and Drum Squad
1st Place: All City Marching Band (video above)
2nd Place: Kennedy High School Marching Band
1st Place: Little Gym of West Seattle
2nd Place: King County Metro Transit
3rd Place: College Hunks Hauling Junk
1st Place: Seafair Pirates
2nd Place: Seattle Seafair Clowns
3rd Place: West City Rope Ninjas and Rope Works
Cars and Motorcycles
1st Place: West Seattle Lions Club
2nd Place: 1942 American LaFrance Fire Truck
3rd Place: Senior Center of West Seattle
Drill Teams Sr.
1st Place: Dolls and Gents Drill Team and Drumline (video above)
2nd Place: Electronettes Drill Team and Drummer Squad (video above)
3rd Place: Washington Diamonds Drill Team and Drumline
Drill Teams Jr.
1st Place: Baby Dolls Drill Team
2nd Place: Butterfly Electronettes Drill Team
3rd Place: Washington Diamonds Drill Team Jr.
1st Place: West Seattle High School Cheer
2nd Place: Hope Lutheran Church
3rd Place: Cub/Boy Scouts of America Pack 282
Floats – Community
1st Place: Daffodil Festival
2nd Place: Fathoms of Fun Port Orchard
3rd Place: Marysville Strawberry Festival
Floats – Conveyed and Small Community
1st Place: West Seattle Lions Club
2nd Place: Holy Rosary School
Thanks to the parade team for sharing photos of some of the awards being accepted; otherwise, all photos/videos above are ours. In the hours ahead, we will add to this report with photos/video of more of the winners, and we’ll publish several other parade roundups, too.
About 80 people, with 60 dogs, showed up for the first ever PAWrade before today’s West Seattle Grand Parade – it was a new collaboration this year between the parade-presenting Rotary Club of West Seattle and the West Seattle Junction Association. Thanks to the WSJA for sharing these photos of the winners:
And yes, says WSJA executive director Lora Swift (grand marshal of today’s Grand Parade – much more GP coverage to come), there will be another PAWrade next year!
Thanks to Cami for the report from Sedro-Woolley: West Seattle Little League‘s state-tournament opener there was a big win, called at 15-0 in the middle of the third. WSLL plays again at noon tomorrow. More later!
10:49 AM: The 2018 West Seattle Grand Parade is on! The Seattle Police Motorcycle Drill Team has taken off, with the Vancouver B.C. PD motorcycles following – and then after a bit of a pause, the rest of the parade (with the PAWrade in The Junction in the meantime).
11:11 AM: And now that the motorcycle teams have made it far enough down the route, the rest of the parade has begun, with the Troop 284 honor guard:
Watch our Twitter feed for updates (you can access it via the Web – you don’t have to be a Twitter member); we’ll also update this report when the parade has concluded and California SW has reopened.
12:11 PM: After an hour, the parade has ended at the start line – the parade coordinators, judges, and chair are traveling down the street at the end. But it’ll be a while until the conclusion in The Junction (we have a crew there too).
1:10 PM: The parade is now over at the ending point (California/Edmunds), too. As always, lots more coverage to come in separate reports, with photos and video.
Not a good week for the Harbor Avenue 7-11. First the dumpster fire on Wednesday – now a crash. After a reader tip that someone had driven into the store’s doors, we went to the 7-11 and found this damage. Store workers didn’t want to comment and there were no police or fire personnel on scene (nor is there a SFD call logged to the scene any time since midnight), so apparently no injuries) so we’re not clear on exactly what happened or when, but they have some cleanup to do – from outside you can see some items tossed about inside too.
9:48 AM: Before the West Seattle Grand Parade – the preparations. Including clearing the route – those “NO PARKING” signs are serious business, and after two tow trucks headed southbound on California, one returned with that ReachNow car on the hook. Parking restrictions are in place on some side streets, too. Meantime, just north of the parade route …
The Seafair Pirates are making their pre-parade appearance at Brookdale Admiral Heights, which hosts visiting “royalty” for a special breakfast. They will of course “sail” the parade route in their trusty landlubbing vessel Moby Duck, currently parked outside Brookdale. Back on the parade route:
Michelle Edwards and Jim Edwards – who rides the route before, during, and after, coordinating communication with amateur-radio operators – of the parade-coordination team were conferring, steps from the tent bearing the logo of the Rotary Club of West Seattle, which presents the parade. Also present, SFD and SPD – Engine 29 from nearby Ferry Avenue SW is a parade entry.
We also saw Southwest Precinct Operations Lt. Steve Strand, who, while currently in his SPD uniform, will be changing pre-parade, he tells us, to ride as commander of the West Seattle VFW post.
Remember that California is now closed along the route, south of Admiral to north of Edmunds, and will be until the parade concludes around 1 pm. More updates to come!
10:20 AM: Motorcycles are here:
— West Seattle Blog (@westseattleblog) July 21, 2018
This is the only US appearance for the Vancouver B.C. PD drill team every year. They’ll follow the SPD team.
10:35 AM: The motorcycles haven’t left yet. We’ve seen another car towed, though! Still room to sit, even here at the head end of the route – even on the Hiawatha slope over the sidewalk.
We’ll post a separate story once the parade has begun, and we’ll also add a few more pre-parade photos to this one later.
Happy Saturday! We start today’s list with the biggest event of the day:
WEST SEATTLE GRAND PARADE: 11 am is the official start from California/Lander, headed southbound to California/Edmunds, but the police motorcycle drill teams get started first, as early as 10:30 am. Here’s our most-comprehensive preview.
WEST SEATTLE PAWrade: Used to be a kid parade before the Grand Parade. This year, a dog parade! If you didn’t preregister, no worries, you and your dog(s) can just show up at 4400 California SW before the 11 am start – the PAWrade (categories and prizes if you choose to be part of that, but it’s not required) will go from California/Genesee to California/Edmunds.
ROAD CLOSURES AND BUS REROUTES: California closes a few hours in advance and parking restrictions are in effect now, including side streets used for staging near the start of the parade route. Metro reroutes are linked here.
Also happening today/tonight:
DUWAMISH ROWING CLUB HOSTS REGATTA: 8 am-2 pm, from Duwamish Waterway Park, it’s the club’s third annual Dieter Hotz Regatta. Spectators welcome! (7900 10th Ave. S.)
TAI CHI AT THE BEACH: 9 am, near Alki Statue of Liberty Plaza, by donation. All welcome. (61st SW/Alki SW)
ALKI BEACH PRIDE: Fourth annual LGBTQI party at the beach, 11 am-6 pm! (59th SW/Alki SW)
WADING POOLS: Sunny and warm again today, so they’ll be open! In West Seattle, today’s wading pools are Lincoln Park (8011 Fauntleroy Way SW), until 8 pm, and Hiawatha (Walnut/Lander), noon-6:30 pm. Highland Park Spraypark (1100 SW Cloverdale) is also open, 11 am-8 pm.
COLMAN POOL CLOSURE: Again today, Colman Pool is closed to the public because of swim meets.
ICE CREAM SOCIAL FUNDRAISER: Noon-3 pm, presented by School of Rock, at West Seattle Christian Church, with ice cream from Full Tilt, to get instruments for students in need. (4400 42nd SW)
Details here. (6000 16th SW)
LATINO CULTURAL CELEBRATION: Free, at (updated time) 7 pm at Roxhill Park, “headlined by Paraguayan singer and dancer Deseo Carmin bringing her unique blend of Latin rhythms, modern Latin jazz and flamenco-influenced music and dance, accompanied by the amazing guitarist Stoma Andrei. Also featuring a performance piece Aqua, written and performed by Venezuelan Milivia Pacheco and directed by Fernando Luna, exploring the Afro-Latina experience and their connection to water.” (29th/Barton)
WEST SEATTLE OUTDOOR MOVIES: First of six Saturday nights for the free outdoor-movie series! Tonight at dusk – “Wonder Woman.” You’re welcome to bring your chair/blanket and stake out a spot as early as 6:30 pm outside the West Seattle YMCA (WSB sponsor), which offers kids’ activities and concessions. Tonight’s raffle will benefit the West Seattle Helpline. (3622 SW Snoqualmie)
‘THE THREE MUSKETEERS’: Swashbuckling outdoor theater presented by GreenStage, 7 pm at Camp Long. Free. (5200 35th SW)
ROO AND THE FEW: Performing covers and originals at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), 7-9 pm. (5612 California SW)
EVEN MORE … on our complete calendar!
9:53 PM: Police are converging on the vicinity of 16th and Cambridge, where someone is reported – per radio communication – to have been found stabbed to death. No one’s in custody so far.
10:02 PM: The Guardian One helicopter is joining the search, as is at least one Seattle Police K9 team.
10:11 PM: SFD at the scene confirms to our crew that the victim is dead and male.
10:25 PM: This is the third homicide case of the year in West Seattle, after the June stabbing of Jonathan Pecina on Alki Avenue SW and the May 8th shooting of Lorenzo Marr at West Seattle Stadium. No arrests reported in either of those cases.
10:44 PM: We’ve added photos from the scene. Still no one in custody. We asked police about the circumstances of the original call on this – they say it was phoned in to 911 as someone down in the street, and they arrived before SFD, to discover the person was dead.
SATURDAY MORNING, 9:23 AM: Just saw SW Precinct Operations Lt. Steve Strand in the staging zone for the Grand Parade and asked him if there had been an arrest overnight. Answer: No.
SATURDAY AFTERNOON: A summary is now on SPD Blotter but the only information not already reported here is that the victim was 34 years old. If you have information, you’re asked to call SPD’s tip line at 206-233-5000.
The ballots have been mailed and voting has begun for the August 7th primary election. The major local race in our area is for the 34th District State Senate seat. Last night at the DAV Hall in Delridge, five of the 11 candidates answered questions at a forum presented by the West Seattle Chamber of Commerce. Our video begins with introductions from the Chamber and DAV; if you want to jump ahead to the candidates, they start 4 minutes in:
The Chamber said it invited all 11 candidates, with repeated outreach to those who didn’t accept the invitation, and these are the ones who showed up: Joe Nguyen, Shannon Braddock, Sofia Aragon, Lois Schipper, and Lem Charleston. Among the highlights of the forum: State Senator Sharon Nelson, whose decision not to run for re-election set up this wide-open race, was invited to question her would-be successors.
P.S. You have at least one more chance to hear from candidates in this race – the White Center Chamber of Commerce has a forum scheduled for 6 pm next Tuesday (July 24) at Tommy Sound (9409 Delridge Way SW). They have not yet announced which candidates will participate. And remember to get your ballot in a mailbox – prepaid postage! – or dropbox by August 7th.
Another stolen car to watch for – from Rich: “Please keep an eye out for a dark green 1997 Nissan Maxima, Washington tag 902 XBT. The vehicle was stolen from SW 99th Street in Arbor Heights last night. The car was recently washed and it is in good condition. Bummer.” Call 911 if you see it
Around this time tomorrow night, the SW Snoqualmie festival street should be filling up for the first West Seattle Outdoor Movies presentation of the summer! “Wonder Woman” is the first of six free Saturday night movies you’ll see outside the West Seattle YMCA (WSB sponsor) at dusk tomorrow, July 28th, August 4th, August 11th, August 18th, and August 25th. You can come stake out your spot (bring your own chair/blanket) as early as 6:30 pm; the Y provides kid activities and will offer concessions, too, while you wait for the movie, which starts at dusk (time gets earlier as the weeks go on). If you bring a few bucks, you also can buy tickets for the nonprofit-fundraiser raffle – tomorrow night’s spotlighted nonprofit and beneficiary is the West Seattle Helpline. Series co-sponsors include WSB again this year. Here’s the full schedule of movies as announced back in May!
Just hours until this year’s West Seattle Grand Parade (motorcycles ~10:30, rest of the parade 11, starting at California/Lander)! A few night-before notes:
HONOR GUARD: This year, instead of a military honor guard, you’ll see a Boy Scout honor guard carrying the flags at the start of the parade – Troop 284.
GETTING READY: Longtime WSB sponsor Potter Construction is also a Grand Parade sponsor and entry, and sent the photo after decorating the truck that’ll roll down the route tomorrow morning.
PREPARING FOR THE PAWrade: Also in prep mode – Newman, official spokesdog of the first-ever West Seattle PAWrade:
Prizes! Glory! And/or, just plain fun. You and your dog(s) can just show up at the starting spot – 4400 California SW – after 10:15 but before 11 am tomorrow and be part of the PAWrade right before the Grand Parade. Here’s the latest info.
ROAD REMINDERS: California SW will be closed, from just south of Admiral Way to SW Edmunds, from mid-morning until all parade entries have cleared the route (usually just after 1 pm). Side streets will be used for staging, so if you’re seeing parking restrictions tonight, heed those too. Bus reroutes are all linked from the Metro alerts page.
Brien e-mailed to report: “My father’s 2002 VW Jetta TDI, WA plates AEE7595, was stolen from in front of our house last night/early this morning. It is dark blue with a black roof rack container on top. He had golf clubs and a power saw in the car.” This happened in the 3100 block of SW Genesee; call 911 if you see the car:
P.S. Brian, whose Camry – stolen on Alki – was mentioned here yesterday, says it was found today at 15th/Henderson.
WestSide Baby‘s biggest weekend of its summer Stuff the Bus diaper-donation drive is on!
Those are kids at Alki Beach Academy, where WS Baby picked up 11,083 donated diapers today!
The bus also stopped at Fauntleroy Children’s Center. You’ll see it tomorrow in the West Seattle Grand Parade, and on Sunday at WS Baby HQ in White Center, where you are invited to the Stuff the Bus bash, fun for everyone (bring diapers!) noon-3 pm, 10002 14th SW.
Today we welcome a new sponsor, The Hill Team at Keller Williams Realty, led by Zack & Jodi Hill. Together they bring more than 15 years of experience in buying and selling homes in West Seattle. As they say, “We live here. We work here. We invest in the community here.” Which is why they’ve hosted holiday food drives for the West Seattle Food Bank and been sponsors of both Hope Lutheran School and Lafayette Elementary. Zack and Jodi said that one the of the best parts of living in West Seattle over the years has been to have the opportunity to give back to the community.
Whether it’s your first time in the market or you’ve sold a home before, Zack and Jodi are ready to talk to you about the market value of your home or what’s available in West Seattle. Like this current listing:
Zack describes the home:
We currently have an extraordinary custom home listed in the Admiral neighborhood at 2715 37th Avenue SW. The home features stunning craftsmanship, breathtaking views, and environmentally friendly design.
The green features include solar panels, an electric-car charging station, high-efficiency LED lighting, and sustainably grown bamboo floors.
For more info on this home, or to book an appointment to sell or buy, you can contact Zack and Jodi – 206-412-0149 or email@example.com.
We thank Zack and Jodi Hill for sponsoring independent, community-collaborative neighborhood news via WSB; find our current sponsor team listed in directory format here, and find info on joining the team by going here.
By Randall Hauk
Reporting for West Seattle Blog
With Sub Pop Records’ 30th-anniversary party bringing thousands to Alki Beach three weeks from tomorrow, it was a primary topic at last night’s Alki Community Council meeting.
Sub Pop CEO Megan Jasper opened discussion by thanking community members for asking questions and offering feedback that have helped guide efforts to minimize impact on the neighborhood.
“You share your neighborhood with so many of us,” said Jasper, “and I want to be respectful of that.”
Following Jasper’s opening remarks, Sub Pop Operations Manager Gabe Carter introduced the topic of street closures, with a reminder that Alki Avenue will be completely closed to traffic between 56th SW and 63rd SW. There will also be a “soft closure” of 59th SW from Alki Avenue SW to SW Stevens Street.
Happy Friday! Highlights from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:
THRIFTWAY TENT SALE: First of three days for the West Seattle Thriftway (WSB sponsor) tent sale. (4201 SW Morgan)
WADING POOLS OPEN: In West Seattle, Friday wading pools are Lincoln Park (8011 Fauntleroy Way SW), until 8 pm; EC Hughes (2805 SW Holden), noon-7 pm; Hiawatha (Walnut/Lander), noon-6:30 pm.
WHITE CENTER JUBILEE DAYS: Festival continues with 11 am-11 pm carnival, 3 pm-11 pm block party – details and locations on the WCJD website.
COLMAN POOL CLOSED: Today and tomorrow, the outdoor saltwater pool at Lincoln Park is closed to the public because of swim meets.
FRIDAY AFTERNOON AT THE MOVIES: 1 pm at the Senior Center of West Seattle, Terry presents “The Greatest Movies You’ve Never Heard Of.” Today: “The Devil’s Backbone” (2001). $1 members, $2 nonmembers, free popcorn! (4217 SW Oregon)
SWAC COUGARS SIGNUPS: Registration continues for SWAC Cougars Youth Football and Cheer. You can also do it in person 5:30-7:30 pm at Southwest Athletic Complex. (2801 SW Thistle)
THE BREWS BROTHERS: This three-person guitar band performs live at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), 7-9 pm. (5612 California SW)
AT EASY STREET RECORDS: Sandrider, live, in-store, all ages! 7 pm. (California/Alaska)
AT KENYON HALL: Roy Zimmerman presents “ReZist,” 7:30 pm at Kenyon Hall. Details and ticket info in our calendar listing.
AT PARLIAMENT TAVERN: 9 pm, it’s Special Order, Goodtime Hustle, The Aion Frequency in “a night of funky psychedelic music featuring three of the Pacific Northwest’s finest genre-bending acts” at Parliament Tavern in The Admiral District. $7 cover. 21+. (4210 SW Admiral Way)
SEE THE FULL LINEUP … for today and beyond, via our complete calendar!
Jake Webster, one of two captains of the Chief Sealth International High School boys’ soccer teams, is inviting younger players to a camp coming up July 30th-August 2nd, 9 am-2 pm each day:
This soccer camp is for children going into 3rd-9th grade and is great for a player of any skill level. The camp focuses on skill development, teamwork and leadership, as well as life values and traits. The Chief Sealth soccer camp is led by past and present players of both the boys’ and girls’ programs at Sealth and is a great opportunity for students segueing into Sealth to meet and bond with players and coaching staff at the varsity level. For the four days, the cost per child is $100 and includes a T-Shirt at the end of the camp.