June 2013

UPDATE: Bar Chords concerts at the Feedback Lounge will benefit Saving Great Animals

Star Anna headlning show tonight

West Seattle music luminary, Star Anna is the headliner tonight at the Feedback Lounge as part of the Bar Chords acoustic concert series. The Feedback and Saving Great Animals have teamed up for the benefit series to raise money for the all volunteer organization. Also on the bill for the evening are Nick Pollock of My Sister's Machine & Tanks of Zen and Tom Gunn from Gunn and the Damage Done. The video is from her 2011 Concerts at Hiawatha appearance.
You can follow her on Facebook here.

Original Post June 30
Feedback Lounge in the Morgan Street Junction at 6451 California Ave. SW is teaming up with animal rescue organization Saving Great Animals for a series of unique acoustic concerts every Sunday evening through July 28.

Saving Great Animals is a match-making rescue and not a shelter.

They are volunteer-based and are an 8 year old no-kill, foster-based rescue organization. They work to save pets from euthanasia and find them homes.


Maggie's Field Notes

Advice and counseling from Maggie

Maggie is our advice columnist and is happy to offer you advice and guidance in many areas of your life. Ask Maggie completely anonymously for any advice, at maggiesfieldnotes@gmail.com.

Dear Maggie:

I feel like this past year has completely changed me. There are things about myself that I don't like now. I feel like a different person. Will I ever change back? How do I get back to who I was?

-Unknown, West Seattle

Dear Unknown:

You will not change back. Our movement, as living creatures, is forward. There is no way to erase what has changed us. That doesn't mean the good parts of yourself that you once admired are gone forever. They are all still within you.


Motorcyclist seriously injured in crash with truck in Greenwood

From Seattle Police Department

A motorcyclist was seriously injured after a collision with a pickup truck in North Seattle early this morning.

At approximately 7:31 a.m. an officer on patrol in a fully-marked police car observed a motorcyclist traveling at a high rate of speed turn onto northbound Greenwood Avenue North from Holman Road Northwest. The officer engaged his emergency lights and siren while attempting to catch up to the motorcyclist, who was several blocks ahead of the officer. The motorcyclist failed to stop.

The motorcyclist turned onto eastbound North 125th Street and the officer lost sight of the him. The officer regained sight of the motorcyclist in the area of the 12200 block of southbound Phinney Avenue North. When the motorcyclist turned onto westbound North 122nd Street the officer again lost sight of the him. The motorcyclist appears to have attempted to turn onto southbound Greenwood Avenue North from North 122nd Street when he collided with a pickup truck that was traveling northbound on Greenwood Avenue North.


Tony Miner, KIRO RADIO news anchor, has fond memories of White Center

Editor's note: On our morning and evening commute, we listen to KIRO Radio 97.3 FM. We have gotten to know some of the personalities there through their voices. When we heard News Anchor Tony Miner mention he was from "Rat City", we just had to meet him in person.

In New York City, standing on the podium next to Katie Couric and other luminaries of the broadcast world, Tony Miner was about to receive an award. It was 2008 and Tony was honored for Best Newscast In America for his Big Show at Six program on KIRO Radio.

"I have never forgotten where I came from. And I said to myself, 'You've come a long way.'"

His journey began in White Center on 14th Avenue Southwest in the town he lovingly calls Rat City. Along the way, Tony, now 60, has earned two Best Newscast awards as well as seven Edward R. Murrow awards for broadcast excellence.

Since 2000, Tony Miner has been the familiar voice to many as KIRO Radio's News Anchor and Reporter and lately, afternoon co-host on the Ron and Don Show.


Free White Center Garden Tour will feature inspiration and education July 20

A free tour of White Center Gardens developed by Village Green Perennial Nursery will feature a series of unique community gardens July 20. The gardens chosen will highlight Rain Gardens, Beekeeping, Urban Farming and Permaculture.

The event will run from 10am to 4pm and while it's free you will need tickets. They are available at http://vgtg.eventbrite.com and for more information check www.villagegreenpn.com .

The tour is sponsored by:

  • Village Green Perennial Nursery
  • Liberty Bell Printing
  • Zippys Giant Burgers
  • Mariposa Naturescapes
  • Stone Soup Gardens
  • White Center Food Bank
  • hendrikus organics
  • Bird on a Wire espresso
  • Caffe' Delia
  • West Seattle Landscape and Stone Supply
  • The Community School of West Seattle


Twelfth Night Productions will be “Rockin’ the Boat” this summer with Guys and Dolls

By Anna Cronin
Twelfth Night Productions is excited to present everyone’s favorite musical, Guys and Dolls. Set in Damon Runyon’s mythical New York City, this oddball romantic comedy – considered by many to be the perfect musical comedy – soars with the spirit of Broadway as it introduces us to a cast of vivid characters who have become legends in the canon: Sarah Brown, the upright but uptight “mission doll,” out to reform the evildoers of Time Square; Sky Masterson, the slick, high-rolling gambler who woos her on a bet and ends up falling in love; Adelaide, the chronically ill nightclub performer whose condition is brought on by the fact she’s been engaged to the same man for 14 years; and Nathan Detroit, her devoted fiancé, desperate as always to find a spot for his infamous floating crap game.

TNP’s talented cast of performers and musicians will bring the fast-paced book and Frank Loesser‘s bright, brassy, immortal score to life, taking audience members  from the heart of Times Square to the cafes of Havana, Cuba, and the sewers of New York City.


"Phase 4" of Delridge Way construction starts July 8

Phase 3 detour remains until July 11

Information from Seattle's Department of Transportation

Work on Delridge Way S.W. Paving Phase 4, between S.W. Holden and S.W. Orchard streets, begins July 8. This segment of work will not require a detour as the roadway is wide enough to maintain one lane of traffic each way. Meanwhile, as weather permits, crews will stripe the roadway between S.W. Thistle and S.W. Holden streets the week of July 8.

Southbound traffic will remain detoured as follows for up to 4 days.
West on S.W. Holden Street
South on 35th Avenue S.W.
East on S.W. Thistle Street
South on Delridge Way S.W.

As Phase 4 construction progresses and moves from one side of Delridge Way to the other, drivers will encounter traffic lane shifts. Local access to businesses and residences will be maintained.

This is a five-phase project. Upon completion of Phase 4 work, construction activity will move south between S.W. Roxbury and S.W. Henderson streets.

The Delridge Way S.W. Paving Project is funded by the “Bridging the Gap” transportation levy approved by Seattle voters in November 2006.


Faith collaboration provides a moment of respite for West Seattle’s homeless

Every Friday at high noon, the Skate Church of West Seattle (located in the basement of the Baptist Church at 4157 California Ave. S.W.) opens their doors to the homeless of West Seattle in what has become an ever-expanding experiment of churches and non-profits working together to provide those in need with a number of services.

In what started as a simple collaboration between Skate Church and the West Seattle Food Bank to provide a pick-up point for donated food, nowadays the Friday event includes a free hot meal, a free thrift store and connection to free laundry and shower services. It is ran by a volunteers from several area churches that have taken to recently calling themselves the Westside Interfaith Network.


Len R. Burton-Hardin installed as new West Seattle Rotary Club President

The West Seattle Rotary Club has elected a new president Len R. Burton-Hardin for the year 2013-2014 and released a statement following his installation:

"It is my distinct honor and privilege to serve my fellow Rotarian’s as club president. I’ve chosen the theme for my year, “Celebrating US”. As Rotarian’s, we often work silently in our community doing service projects; one example is our annual Children's Shopping Spree at Christmas. Children benefit by receiving a warm coat, gloves, socks, a new wardrobe and even an early visit from Santa Claus. I want to honor and thank each of you for your dedication and hard work in our community with projects such as these.

Our club is celebrating it's 67th anniversary this year (chartered October 1946) as a Rotary Club in District 5030.

Leading our district this year is District Governor Ezra M. Teshome (University District Club) with his theme of “Celebrating You”, from which my inspiration came. DG Ezra is assisted by Assistant Governor Alfred “Al” G. Issac (Des Moines Club). These gentleman exemplify Rotary are providing great leadership for our District.