April 2014

Hi Yu Community Breakfast will feature talent show May 3

The annual West Seattle Hi-Yu Community Breakfast where you will meet the candidates for Hi-Yu royalty and get a chance to see their creative expression and talent (at 9:30am) will serve up a full breakfast from 8am to 11am Saturday, May 3.

The event will be held at the Alki Masonic Center 4736 40th SW and a donation is requested. Adults $6, Kids to 12 $3 with the funds going to the Hi-Yu Scholarship Program and Parade Float hosted by the Masons.

Also new this year is a crowdsourcing webpage on YouCaring.com to raise money specifically for float repairs and a trailer to put the float in. The page is here: http://bit.ly/1o4RhaA

Full Breakfast Buffet Menu Includes:
Scrambled Eggs, hash browns,
Sausage, bacon
Fruit, yogurt


The Good Old Days

By Georgie Bright Kunkel

In an age of texting and roaring excitement at the Kingdome there is still a venue that brings back the old days of vaudeville and the silent movies. My fellow invited me to return to those days by going to our local entertainment venue at Kenyon Hall in West Seattle. The mixed crowd from tots to oldies were enthralled by the Wurlitzer organ player accompanying a twenties style singer who really looked the part as she sweetly sang songs reminiscent of the days of Theda Bara and Charlie Chaplin. Since silent film actors could not be heard and their words were only printed on the screen their expressions had to say it all.


NW Hope and Healing 'Style 14' fashion show will celebrate breast cancer survivors May 1

information from NW Hope and Healing

On May 1, 30 breast cancer survivors will show their strength as they model the newest spring trends during Style ’14, Northwest Hope & Healing’s 12th Annual Fashion Show Benefit. The women will be accompanied by male models, men who have a close tie to the cause and have been touched in some way by breast cancer. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Northwest Hope & Healing (NWHH) Patient Assistance Fund in an effort to offer financial assistance to women battling breast cancer in the Puget Sound area. Over the last 14 years, the Northwest Hope & Healing Patient Assistance fund has awarded grants to more than 2,000 women to help them get through breast cancer, and the annual fashion show has raised over $850,000 over the past eleven years, with a 2014 fundraising goal of $130,000. Doors open for the show at 7 p.m. and will be held at the Showbox SODO, 1700 1st Ave S, Seattle WA 98134.


At Large in Ballard: Far from Meeker

By Peggy Sturdivant

There will be many amazing auction items at the Nordic Heritage Museum’s “Northern Lights Auktion” on Saturday, May 10th but with a celebration of mothers theme one item will be incomparable. The catalog listing is Norwegian Heritage Package, donated by Elvira Kenney, 102 years old: that doesn’t begin to describe the backstory of the mothers and daughters behind this donation.

In 1886 a young woman named Maren traveled with her infant daughter Gunhild from Tarmen, Norway to join her husband Stengrim in America. She made her way to Litchfield, Minnesota but died in childbirth when Gunhild was eleven. As a wife and mother Gunhild in turn bore children but also died in childbirth, leaving behind her children, including Elvira, always known as Dolly.


Join the Memorial Day Celebration May 26

Beginning May 16 you will notice veterans, their families and supporters handing out little red poppies and providing an opportunity for a donation. Why a red poppy?

Canadian physician Lt. Col. John McCrae officiated at the funeral of a fellow soldier and friend on May 13, 1915. He was in what was to become an American Cemetery in Waregem, Belgium honoring WWI patriots.

Later that day he stood sadly looking over the Flanders Fields cemetery for WWI dead. Then join us, the American Legion and the Des Moines Memorial Drive Preservation Association (DMMDPA), on May 26th at 8:00 AM in a ceremony to honor those who purchased our liberty with their lives. The annual ceremony will be held at Sunnydale Elementary School, 156th S and Des Moines Memorial Drive, by the World War I granite memorial. We hope to see you there.

American Legion Commander Chris Plyman
DMMDPA President Rose Clark


By Lt. Col. John McCrae
May 13, 1915

In Flanders Fields the poppies grow
Between crosses, row on row,
That marks our place: and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly


Scott Anthony: Rats!

By Scott Anthony

Springtime has arrived here at the Anthony Organic Dog Ranch with the fanfare of increased animal activity. I made my way to the garden shed below the deck. It’s a concrete bunker that adjoins the foundation with a fiberglass roof and a wooden door. I popped open the door and peered into the dark at my collection of lawn tools, mower and edger, weedwacker, clippers, bags of grass seed and fertilizers until I noticed that everything was in worse disarray than usual. A grass seed bag had been knocked from the shelf and had spilled all over the lawn mower and the room smelled of gasoline.


Yacht club launches Toys Ahoy

Boating opener

In keeping with the Seattle Yacht Club’s Opening Day theme “Toys Ahoy,” the membership is supporting Childhaven’s Brighter Birthday Program. Childhaven, a therapeutic child-care center in King County, is providing birthday gift packages for their children with emphasis on toys, books and shoes. Donation boxes can be found at SYC through the Opening Day weekend festivities to May 4, 2014.

Founded in 1909, Childhaven serves babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers who have been abused or neglected, or are at risk. Their mission is to break the cycle of child abuse and neglect by healing its youngest victims with scientifically proven therapeutic care.


Seattle Subversive Theatre presents David E. Freeman's Creeps

Creeps runs Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 pm.
Opening May 9th 2014 and closing May 31, 2014.
General Admission $25.00 - http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/537303
Due to mature content - Adults only.
Venue: SeaSub Micro Black Box - 2220 NW Market Street Seattle, WA. 98107
Event Website: http://www.seattlesubversivetheatre.org/

Creeps is an autobiographical play by Canadian writer David E. Freeman about a group of physically disabled men in a "sheltered workshop" (i.e., a place to keep them out of sight). Since making its debut in 1972, the play has had several successful productions. Because it portrays men with severe physical disabilities, it brings to mind "The Elephant Man" However, while the stage life of John Merrick was merely an event with which the audience could safely empathize, Creeps comes alive with characters whose bodies and voices happen to be terribly bent out of their expected shape. We don’t know what to make of them.

SLIDESHOW: Sports Roundup for 4-28-14

Sports Roundup

Saturday, April 26
Mt. Rainier 11, Kent-Meridian 0
Mount Rainier rallied for a lopsided victory over Kent-Meridian on Saturday.
Hazen 1, Tyee 0
Hazen's Highlanders topped the Totems in a pitcher's duel this past Saturday.

Friday, April 25
SCS 6, Eatonville 1
Karl Stahlfield threw a seven-inning no-hitter for the Warriors in Friday's win, striking out 10 and walking only four, while also hitting 1-for-3 with one RBI.
Kyle Bannister hit 2-for-4 with a triple and two RBI and Ryan Gifford hit 2-for-4 with two doubles and two RBI.
Highline 22, Renton 2
Highline routed Renton by 20 runs Friday.
Lindbergh 6, Tyee 5
The Totems were edged by the Eagles on Friday.
Tahoma 5, Mt. Rainier 1
Mount Rainier was dealt a defeat by the Bears this past Friday.
Boys soccer
Foster 1, Tyee 0
Jalal Haji scored unassisted in the first minute of play for the Bulldogs -- and that was all they needed for Friday's victory.
Ramil Amarov recorded the shutout on goal.
Evergreen 2, Renton 1
Evergreen topped Renton, 2-1, in the first game of Friday's twin bill at Highline Memorial Stadium.
Hazen 1, Highline 0


SLIDESHOW: SCS softball stops Cruisers

By Gerardo Bolong

Clear skies appeared in the SeaTac sky on Fri., April 25, as the Seattle Christian Warrior fastpitch softball team closed out Eatonville, 13-3, in a five-inning Nisqually 1A League game.

Eatonville took the lead in the first inning without hitting any balls out of the infield. Three consecutive infield singles to open the game loaded the bases. One strikeout later, a line drive glanced off the pitcher's mitt for an RBI single. The Cruisers later scored another run but SCS center fielder Makenzie May alertly threw to second base to force out a runner coming from second base to end the rally.

Seattle Christian quickly fought back in the home half of the inning, with Kelli Ronish getting hit by a pitch with one out. Lisa Kumasaka hit a right center field gap hit to triple home a run. Carlee Ronish eventually struck an infield ground out to tie the game.

As Warrior pitcher Kumasaka revved up her fastball enough to surprise batters with change-ups at selected spots, Seattle Christian began to draw away.