YOU CAN HELP! Admiral Neighborhood Association’s Adopt-a-Street cleanup Saturday

Early alert: If you’re not going out of the area for the Labor Day weekend, give a little volunteer labor to clean up our community! The Admiral Neighborhood Association‘s quarterly Adopt-a-Street cleanup is Saturday (September 3rd). From ANA president Larry Wymer:

WHERE: Metropolitan Market (2320 42nd SW) — Meet at the outdoor awning area across from the floral department

WHEN: Meet up between 8:45-9:00 am; clean up 9 am-noon

GOODIES FOR YOU: Coffee, doughnuts, brown-bag lunch (all provided by Metropolitan Market)

SUPPLIES FOR YOU: Garbage bags, gloves, grabber tools, safety vests, etc.

Even if you can’t stay for all three hours – a little help goes a long way.

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BIZNOTE: Back-to-school-&-sports shopping? Second Gear Sports remodels, adds delivery


Fall means back to school AND back to sports. West Seattle’s sports-consignment store, Second Gear Sports (WSB sponsor), has recently remodeled to add more retail space and new fixtures so that more of their items are easier to browse and discover. The new fixtures were obtained from three regional Sports Authority stores that shut down – it’s enabled SGS to get more merchandise up off the floor and higher up for visibility as well as accessibility.


Also, Second Gear Sports has launched pickup and delivery service for large items, via their new wrapped vehicle that you might have seen around town.


SGS is at 6529 California SW and will be celebrating its third anniversary this fall.

BACK TO SCHOOL: Tiny Trees Preschool opening @ Camp Long

(Photo courtesy Tiny Trees – classroom-building work party at a non-WS site)

We’ve already reported on two of the schools opening this fall in West Seattle – the new Arbor Heights and Genesee Hill elementaries – and here’s one that’s opening WITHOUT a new building, without any building at all, in fact: Tiny Trees Preschool.

Tiny Trees got big attention last year for announcing its plan to launch outdoor preschools in Seattle city parks, and the list of parks now includes West Seattle’s Camp Long, where the nonprofit plans two classes starting next month. Teacher Anne Churchill, a West Seattleite, tells WSB that teachers and other staff will partner with parents later this week to set up the outdoor “classroom” areas they’ll be using at Camp Long “to make a quality education in reading, math and science affordable for families and to give children a joyful, nature rich childhood – one full of play, exploration and wonder.” They’re expecting the two classes at Camp Long to serve up to 64 children.

South Seattle College’s big construction project: About the Integrated Education Center

If you went to South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) this past Saturday for the West Seattle Car Show, and hadn’t been there recently, you might have noticed the sizable construction project on campus, along 16th SW.

(WSB photo, taken last week)

The $32 million Integrated Education Center project is a major addition for the campus on Puget Ridge. We asked SSC spokesperson Ty Swenson for an overview; here’s the information he provided:

The new 57,550 square foot Integrated Education Center (IEC) will replace the existing Cascade Court Building (CAS) and provide for expanded growth in our health care programs and needs for basic skills training, which includes English as a Second Language (ESL), adult basic education and high school completion.

(Rendering by McGranahan Architects – looking east from 16th SW, showing pedestrian walkway and plaza improvements)

Three stories in total, the IEC’s first floor will have general purpose classrooms and computer labs. The second floor will be dedicated to health care programs and the third floor will house faculty and staff from various disciplines. There will be small collaborative spaces found throughout the building intended for small group meetings or projects, and there will be three outdoor spaces – one at the front entrance, a balcony on the west side of the first floor and a roof garden on the west side of the second floor.

The IEC will integrate classroom and lab space for the health care programs, adult basic education, and ESL programs as well as a supporting faculty suite. Co-location of these programs will increase the efficacy of vocational-focused ESL training, I-BEST (where we teach basic skills in reading, math and/or English while simultaneously providing job training) and nursing NAC-LPN-RN ladders to better serve ethnic minority students and students with emerging English skills.

This energy-efficient building will provide plenty of natural light and an atmosphere that is welcoming, conducive to learning in many modes and a great place for students, staff and faculty to engage in collaborative ways.

The IEC’s location offers an opportunity to improve the visibility and identity of South Seattle College along 16th Ave SW. The project was designed to provide a balance and transition between the scale of the campus and neighboring homes. With the removal of Cascade Court, pedestrian movement and outside gathering spots will be created and improved. An open pedestrian walkway from our main entrance above 16th Ave. SW will lead to an expanded Clock Tower Plaza, considered the campus’s core and main gathering spot for students.

Construction is expected to continue through next May, followed by college staff/programs moving out of Cascade Court, which will be demolished in summer/fall 2017.

P.S. You can check in on the progress via the official construction-site webcam.

What’s up for your West Seattle Tuesday

(Great Blue Heron, photographed by Mark Wangerin)

The calendar tends to quiet as Labor Day approaches, but we have a few things to highlight:

ONE MONTH TO APPLY! The deadline for artist/craft vendors to apply for the Fauntleroy Fine Art and Gift Show is now exactly one month away, September 30th. Details are in our calendar listing.

TUESDAY TAI CHI: 6 pm at Alki Beach Park – weather permitting – it’s the new Tuesday night edition of free Saturday Tai Chi with Lao-Shi Caylen Storm. (60th/Alki)

NEW ORLEANS ROADHOUSE & HONKY-TONK JAZZ: That’s the description of what Joe Ross and The Bird Watchers will be playing tonight at Parliament Tavern in The Admiral District, 8 pm, no cover. (4210 SW Admiral Way)

BABY KETTEN KARAOKE: 9 pm at The Skylark, it’s karaoke “with flattering sound systems, songs that you actually want to sing but can’t find anywhere, and magical song slips that self destruct if ‘Grease megamix’ is written on them.” (3803 Delridge Way SW)

SEE THE FUTURE … via our full WSB West Seattle Event Calendar (where you’ll also see how to send an event to be listed).

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Tuesday updates; W. Marginal Way crash

(SDOT MAP with travel times/video links; is the ‘low bridge’ closed? LOOK HERE)

(Click any view for a close-up; more cameras on the WSB Traffic page)

6:52 AM: Thanks for the text – a crash on West Marginal Way at Dakota (map) is affecting traffic. Here’s what SDOT tweeted:

No major injuries so far as we know – the crash drew a one-engine SFD response.

FURTHER SOUTH ON W. MARGINAL WAY: In case you missed the alert last night, paving work is scheduled for a stretch of Highland Park Way today and tomorrow, at W. Marginal.

7:37 AM: Update from SDOT: “Both NB lanes and one SB lane are now open at W Marginal Way SW & SW Dakota St.”

FAUNTLEROY/ENDOLYNE TRIANGLE WORK DONE: If you haven’t been through the Fauntleroy/Endolyne business area in a few days, we checked on Monday and the traffic-calming work that started last week is done:


Our photo shows the major change – the block of Brace Point Drive between 45th and Wildwood is now one way eastbound, with angle parking and painted “curb bulbs” (the biggest is just out of our shot, to the right).

7:47 AM: SDOT just tweeted that the West Marginal/Dakota crash scene is completely clear.

BACK TO SCHOOL: Reminder that it’s already back-to-school season … on the north end of The Junction, Seattle Lutheran High School and Holy Rosary School are already back in session; Hope Lutheran School (42nd/Oregon) starts tomorrow. Here’s our list of the “early” starters; the first day for Seattle Public Schools is one week from tomorrow – Wednesday, September 7th – and remember the schedule changes for many schools, as listed here on Monday.

8:57 AM: One more back-to-school reminder – school buses are out practicing their routes starting today.

CONGRATULATIONS! 11-year-old Miles Trius’s 5th half-marathon

Another achievement for young runner Miles Trius of West Seattle! From his family:

Miles completed his 5th half-marathon Sunday in Santa Rosa, California, beating his Seattle Half-Marathon time and coming in at 1:49:52.

This was his first race running without his dad, Navy Chief Ernesto Trius. Miles just turned 11 and will be entering 6th grade this week. Miles will be starting his training for his first marathon, The Santa Rosa Marathon next August. He will be raising money for his school and church, Our Lady of Guadalupe. He would like to give back to a community that has supported him through CYO Cross Country, Track, and Jog-athon. A special thank you to the Santa Rosa Marathon for supporting his running.

Miles’s family has kept us updated on his achievements for two years now – dating back to his Seattle Half-Marathon run at age 9.

ROAD WORK ALERT: Highland Park Way SW repaving tomorrow, Wednesday

Heads up if you use Highland Park Way SW in the W. Marginal Way SW vicinity – SDOT has announced repaving work for the area tomorrow and Wednesday:

From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, August 30 and Wednesday, August 31, travelers can expect the following:

SDOT will grind and repave Highland Park Way SW from W Marginal Way to SW Myrtle St.

The eastbound lanes will be closed. West and eastbound travel will be available on the north side of Highland Park Way SW.

Travelers may enter and exit driveways, but may have to wait up to 15 minutes for equipment to clear.

There will be no parking in the work zone.

Police officers will help with traffic control at the intersection Highland Park Way SW at W Marginal Way.

This project is part of SDOT’s 2016 Arterial Major Maintenance (AMM) program. The AMM program maintains our busiest streets by making strategic small scale investments at key locations on city streets.

Though the city alert describes this as “South Park,” it’s part of West Seattle.

West Seattle Crime Watch: Assault outside Alki home; twice-stolen car now twice found; seen this scooter?

5:17 PM: In West Seattle Crime Watch:

MAN ASSAULTED OUTSIDE ALKI HOME: This happened last Wednesday night, but we didn’t hear about it until today. An Alki Beach resident was seriously hurt in an attack outside his home. His family, who has asked not to be identified, says the victim had discovered someone trespassing in their yard and urinating on the house. After suggesting that the person clean up after himself, the family said, the victim was knocked down, kicked, and beaten by the trespasser and two accomplices. The attackers got away; the victim went to the hospital. No descriptions available so far.

STOLEN CAR RECOVERED: Robin, who reported last Friday that her Honda Civic had been stolen for the second time, says it’s been found, outside West Seattle:

In case neighborhood readers are interested in the likelihood of their stolen cars turning up, I’m happy to report that mine was recovered by SPD the next day on the 2600 block of King Street. The thief made a clean slice through my steering wheel with some kind of portable saw, I presume, and was able to remove the club and drive away. It doesn’t look like any other damage was inflicted and nothing was stolen, though it’s being checked out and repaired at my garage (hopefully they can find a steering column for a ’94 Honda!).

ANYONE MISSING THIS CAR? (Removed, as noted in comments)

6:52 PM: Just out of the WSB inbox – we’re adding this scooter-theft report:

Red Scooter, last seen Sunday night 8/28/16 on 30th and Cloverdale. If you see it please contact Terry at 206-355-2211. Seattle Police incident #16-313023.

UPDATE: Car burns under West Seattle Bridge

(Reader photo taken while car was burning)

2:31 PM: Seattle Fire is responding to a car-fire call listed as Delridge/West Marginal. We’re getting multiple reports that it’s generating a big column of smoke. We’re on the way to check it out.

2:45 PM: Almost at the scene. A reader photo just in shows this is under the high-level bridge, just east of where West Marginal turns into Spokane.

(WSB photo – what’s left of the car)

2:57 PM UPDATE: A BMW is what caught fire and burned. Both people inside got out OK. (Photo added above.) SFD says the occupants thought it might have been an electrical fire.

FOLLOWUP: Student diver rescued in West Seattle has died

(WSB photo from Sunday)

The diving student pulled from the water near Seacrest on Sunday afternoon did not survive. We’ve just learned that from the Seattle Police report on the incident; as we had noted in an update on the original coverage this morning, Harborview Medical Center said the woman’s family had exercised its right to ask the hospital not to release information, but the police report says the woman, in her early 20s but not yet publicly identified, was declared dead less than two hours after she was rescued. The report includes more information on what happened: Police spoke with the instructor, who, according to the report:

… relayed that he was leading a scuba class with three student divers. (He) told us that once he realized visibility under water was very poor, he made the decision to surface and bring all three student divers back up. (He) signaled and said that all three divers gave a thumbs-up, saying that they understood and would also be resurfacing. Upon reaching the surface, (the instructor) counted only two of the students but could not locate the third. The third student was (the victim). The instructor said that they made it back into shore and two of the other divers got new oxygen tanks to go locate (the victim … while someone) called 911.

The report says that after the rescue operation was under way, a civilian diver found the missing diver in 69 feet of water (yesterday’s information had said it was about 40). She was brought to the surface at about 1:05 pm and CPR began; as noted in our coverage, she was rushed to Harborview right about then in Seattle Fire Medic (Unit) 32. The report says she was declared dead at 2:37 pm.

Our archives show that this is the first diver death in the Seacrest area in four and a half years; the previous one also involved a diver who got into trouble during a class and on a Sunday, 29-year-old Tareq Saade. He was described in our coverage of that incident as having been part of an “advanced dive class.” In yesterday’s incident, according to the police report, another diver in the class told officers that it was their second day of instruction.

BACK TO SCHOOL: First day at Holy Rosary


Thanks to Holy Rosary School for sending photos from this morning’s start of the new school year. As reported over the weekend, and mentioned again in today’s traffic/transit watch, most parochial schools start before the public schools and secular independent schools. HRS sent the photos to share their excitement for the new school year, including, below “some parents seeing our newest Gators starting Kindergarten!”


Also an early reminder from HRS: “A beloved tradition at Holy Rosary that happens in the beginning of the school year is our upcoming festival, WestFest, September 16th & 17th, open to the community.”

BACK TO SCHOOL: Another reminder – Seattle Public Schools’ schedule changes

Even if you don’t have kid(s) in Seattle Public Schools, you need to remember that schedules are changing when classes start on September 7th. The schedule changes will bring changes in walking, riding, and driving patterns around local SPS campuses. (If you’re new and not sure where the schools are, here’s the districtwide map.)

As we reported back in November – with one big change made public in June – some of the changes are small. More of them are not.

The biggest changes are at the four area elementaries that have had the latest starts for the past four years:

*This year – 7:55-2:05
(previously 9:30-3:40)

*This year – 7:55-2:05
(previously 9:30-3:40)

*This year – 7:55-2:05
(previously 9:30-3:40)

*This year – 7:55-2:05
(previously 9:30-3:40)

The other elementaries will be starting earlier, too:

*This year – 7:55-2:05
(previously 8:40-2:50)

ARBOR HEIGHTS ELEMENTARY (in its new building at its original site)
*This year – 7:55-2:05
(previously 8:40-2:50)

*This year – 7:55-2:05
(previously 8:40-2:50)

*This year – 7:55-2:05
(previously 8:40-2:50)

GENESEE HILL ELEMENTARY (formerly at Schmitz Park)
*This year – 7:55-2:05
(previously 8:40-2:50)

*This year – 7:55-2:05
(previously 8:40-2:50)

*This year – 7:55-2:05
(previously 8:40-2:50)

For the paired middle/high schools, one pair moves to an almost-one-hour-later start time, one stays almost the same:

*This year – 8:45-3:15
(previously 7:50-2:20)

*This year – 8:45-3:15
(previously 7:50-2:20)

*This year – 7:55-2:25
(previously 7:50-2:20)

*This year – 8:45-3:15
(previously 8:40-3:10)

For the K-8 option schools, it’s also a five-minute change.

*This year – 9:35-4:05
(previously 9:30-3:40)

*This year – 8:45-3:15
(previously 8:40-3:10)

Again, the first day of classes for Seattle Public Schools is Wednesday, September 7th. As mentioned in this morning’s traffic/transit coverage, we’re told that SPS school-bus drivers will be out practicing their routes starting tomorrow.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Last Monday in August; see who’s going back to school

(SDOT MAP with travel times/video links; is the ‘low bridge’ closed? LOOK HERE)

(Click any view for a close-up; more cameras on the WSB Traffic page)

7:02 AM: Good morning – no incidents reported in/from West Seattle so far.

BACK TO SCHOOL: Holy Rosary (4142 42nd SW) starts today, and it’s the first full week for Seattle Lutheran High School (4100 SW Genesee), which started last Friday. Here’s our weekend report on this week’s other starts.

SCHOOL BUS DRIVER PREPS: Thanks to Al for the tip – starting tomorrow, bus drivers for Seattle Public Schools will be out practicing their routes.

ROAD WORK REMINDER: As previewed last night, the Spokane Street paving/safety project – mostly east of the low bridge – continues this week, and includes ongoing bicycle/pedestrian-path detours.

8:25 AM: Couple of Seattle Fire responses on arterials right now – might or might not affect your commute, but we’ll mention them anyway: There’s a medical response at Delridge/Thistle, and a “bark fire” response in the 6500 block of 35th SW, which would be south of Morgan. Each has just one engine assigned, so not major.

8:47 AM: Just got a text about a crash on the eastbound West Seattle Bridge near the 4th Avenue exit – but SDOT says via Twitter that it’s already cleared. No injuries, apparently, as SFD was not dispatched – no callout on the 911 log.

West Seattle Crime Watch: Package-theft evidence? Plus – bicycle found

Tonight’s West Seattle Crime Watch notes are from finders.
< strong>First – Steph found what seems to be package-theft evidence:

I found some opened packages from ebay and Amazon in a parking garage in the Jefferson Square building. Just in case above reported their stuff stolen.

Seems to be addressed to a Spencer (last name starts with S.) on Fauntleroy in an apartment. And a Janessa (different last name starting with S.) also on Fauntleroy in an apartment … And one to a Mike (last name starting with V), on Fauntleroy.

Unfortunately they’re all empty minus packing slips – which I picked up to try to find email/ phone numbers to these people and have a few.

Second – missing a bicycle? If it’s a Raleigh mountain bike, it might be the one found by a reader, “hidden in the bushes.” Send the description to ctcalderon (at) comcast (dot) net to see if it’s yours.

CONGRATULATIONS! Rachel Strauss wins West Seattle golf championship – for 18th time!

Congratulations to Rachel Strauss! The photo and report are from the West Seattle Women’s Golf Club:

Rachel Strauss is the 2016 Club Champion of the West Seattle Women’s Golf Club. In the annual two-day tournament at West Seattle Golf Course held August 22 and 23, Rachel posted a low gross score of 167 to take the title for the second year in a row.

In defending her title, this marks the 18th time in 24 years that Rachel has won the West Seattle Women’s Club championship. She first won the title in 1992 and had a 6-year run from 1992 to 1997 as well as a 7-year run from 1999 to 2005.

Rachel is also the 2016 winner of the Greater Seattle Women’s Public Golf Association City Championship tournament held earlier this month at Willows Run Golf Course.

Rachel is a long time resident of West Seattle.

VIDEO, PHOTOS: First-ever Festival CentroAmericano at Westcrest Park

(Video and photos by Leda Costa for WSB)

4:25 PM: You still have time to get to the first-ever Festival Centroamericano, scheduled until 7 pm at Westcrest Park in Highland Park! Photojournalist Leda Costa is covering it for WSB, starting with the video above, from Folklore Nicaragua‘s performance, so we’ll have photos later – but for now, go celebrate Central American culture in person, via music, dance, food, and more. The park’s at 9000 8th SW.

ADDED 11:20 PM: As promised, more photos:




While the dancing was popular, the food was an even-bigger draw, with long lines, and some vendors selling out. This is Lucero Teofilo, whose mother Rosia runs Franci’s Fresh Fruit:



Emceeing the event, Edgardo Armando Franco, known as “El General.” Also onstage were singers including Alfredo Chavez, who, before singing, offered a lesson in the art of the Panamanian Saloma, something like yodeling.



Below, holding the Guatamalan flag, that’s Kirby Fralick at right, posing with his friends from Chapines en Seattle, one of the vendor booths at the festival:


Another booth featured handmade Nicaraguan dolls by Inmaculada Cruz:


More festival scenes:



Mercedes Gonzalez, from Panama:


Organizers say this is not only our area’s first festival celebrating Central American culture, but the first one in our state, and they hope to do it again next year.

ROAD WORK ALERT: Bicycle/pedestrian detours continue this week in Spokane Street project zone

Tomorrow will be the start of the fourth week of work on SDOT’s lower Spokane Street project – happening mostly east of the “low bridge” – which the city says will “repave, reconstruct sidewalks and curb ramps, and make other improvements along SW Spokane Street from SW Klickitat Way to East Marginal Way S to improve safety for all users.” Below are key points from the overview of what’s planned this week, including continued detours for people on bikes and on foot:

SW Klickitat Way and Manning Street
– Forming and pouring new curb ramps and replacement portions of sidewalk.
– Roadway asphalt patching.

SW Spokane St and Manning St
– Reconstructing curb ramps and sidewalk on south side of Spokane St.
– Constructing a raised crosswalk in the West Seattle Bridge Trail across the driveway on the north side of Spokane St at Manning St

• Weekday work hours from 9 AM to 4 PM
• Single lane closures and/or lane width reductions during work hours
• Noise, dust and vibration typical of construction
• Access to the port and businesses will be maintained
• Temporary pedestrian/bike pathway around work zone at SW corner of Spokane St and 11th Ave SW
• Temporary pedestrian/bike pathway around work zone on north side of Spokane St at Manning Street

The project summary is on this SDOT webpage.

UPDATE: Diver pulled from water in Seattle Fire, Police, Coast Guard rescue response near Seacrest


12:32 PM: Thanks for the tips – a Seattle Fire “salt water rescue” response is arriving in the Seacrest vicinity. Via scanner, we’re hearing a report of a diver in distress. More to come.

12:40 PM: Divers have been called in to search for the person who is reported to be missing. An SFD fireboat is on the scene too.

12:49 PM: We’ve just arrived in the area – lots of SFD and SPD vehicles on Harbor between Seacrest and Salty’s, so please avoid the area.


A Coast Guard helicopter has just arrived, flying low, to help.


1 PM: Via scanner, there is a report the victim has been recovered. No word on her condition.


No word on her condition. She is being taken to Medic 32.


1:08 PM: A tweet from SFD describes her as in “critical condition.” We have a photographer on the shore who says that SFD’s public-information officer will be briefing media shortly.

1:22 PM: SFD spokesperson Capt. Shata Stephenson says the diver is in her 20s. She was part of a class when she became disoriented and was lost in about 40 feet of water. She had been missing for about half an hour before SFD divers found her and brought her up. Another diver who was apparently helping is being evaluated by medics.

3:15 PM: No new information since the diver was rushed to Harborview Medical Center by Medic 32. Here’s our video of what Capt. Stephenson said in the aforementioned short briefing onshore:

We’re also adding a few more photos from the search/rescue operation earlier.

MONDAY MORNING NOTE: We just checked with Harborview Medical Center’s media-relations department to see if there is any update on the diver’s condition. A hospital spokesperson says her family has chosen to keep that information private, so HMC cannot comment.

ADDED 11:48 AM: The SPD report on the incident says the diver did not survive. Separate update to come.

UPDATE: Death investigation in The Junction

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9:56 AM: Thanks for the tips. In addition to the regular closure of California between Alaska and Oregon for the weekly West Seattle Farmers’ Market, half a block of Alaska west of California is also closed – for a police investigation. It involves someone who died by the bus stop on the south side of Alaska; the Medical Examiner has just arrived for the body. Police will tell us only that the person who died was male. This started with a medical call about an hour ago. That’s all we know so far – more as we get it.


10:08 AM: One thing we can say – this is not a homicide investigation. While the official cause of death and ID will come from the Medical Examiner, they’re already here to remove the body – which wouldn’t happen this soon if it were a crime investigation. The tape has come down and SW Alaska has reopened.

VIDEO: 2016 Alki Beach 5K runners/walkers raising money for NW Hope and Healing

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(Photo by David Hutchinson)

9:16 AM: “Today, you changed a woman’s life.” That’s the message Northwest Hope and Healing executive director Kristina Dahl gave hundreds of runners and walkers as they got ready to head out on this year’s Alki Beach 5K, which started at 9 am.

(WSB video/photos from here, unless otherwise credited)

The nonprofit helps breast- and gynecologic-cancer patients deal with their daily lives as they embark on the fight of their lives. They’re on the course right now – which means Alki/Harbor Avenues are closed for a while – and we’ll be updating.

9:32 AM: Runners of all ages (a 9-year-old finisher was just announced!) continue crossing the line. First was Devon Grove of Kirkland, 20, in 16:15:

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(added, next 5 names/photos) Second finisher, Joseph Walker of Federal Way, 21, in 16:38:


Third finisher, John Serrano of Seattle, 17, in 16:54:


Now, the first three female finishers – 1st, Abigail Sargent of Seattle, 33, in 18:38:


2nd, Hailey Kettel of Edmonds, 20, in 19:22:


3rd, Alicia House of Seattle, 27, in 20:55:


10:37 AM: The Alki Beach 5K is officially over, and the waterfront road has just reopened.

ADDED SUNDAY EVENING: Our traditional “everyone leaving the starting line” video is now added near the top of the story. Here are a few more scenes from the Alki Beach 5K:


Robert Spears shared that view of the runners/walkers going in both directions along east Alki. Next – one of the youngest runners, if not THE youngest, who sported the handcrafted bib number “707 1/2”:


Another closer-to-the-ground runner even had a T-shirt:


It wouldn’t be a running event without Lori and Tim McConnell of West Seattle Runner (WSB sponsor):


And finally … Kristina Dahl from NWH&H wore her reasons for the run on her sleeve:


(Full results from today’s Alki Beach 5K can be found here.)

West Seattle Sunday: Alki Beach 5K, Festival Centroamericano, lighthouse tours, more

First on our list for today, including a traffic alert:

ALKI BEACH 5K: The route along Alki and Harbor Avenues, east of 63rd SW, will close at about 8 am, which is also when last-minute registration and check-in starts by the Alki Bathhouse. The run/walk benefits Northwest Hope and Healing, which helps breast- and gynecologic-cancer patients deal with everyday expenses that don’t stop because of diagnosis and treatment. (61st SW/Alki SW)

Here’s what else is happening:

GIVE THE GIFT OF LIFE: 10 am-4 pm at the Alki Masonic Center in The Junction, the Amethyst Chapter/Order of the Eastern Star is sponsoring a Bloodworks Northwest donation drive. Walk-in donors are welcome, but note that the drive will be closed for a break between noon and 1 pm. (40th SW/SW Edmunds)

WEST SEATTLE FARMERS’ MARKET: 10 am-2 pm in The Junction, local growers’ fresh produce, meat, cheese, baked goods, beverages, more. (California SW between SW Oregon and SW Alaska)

FESTIVAL CENTROAMERICANO: 11 am-7 pm at Westcrest Park in Highland Park, this is the first-ever Seattle festival dedicated to celebrating Central American culture – free! Details in our calendar listing. (9000 8th SW)

ALKI LIGHTHOUSE TOURS: 1-4 pm, today’s your fourth-to-last chance to visit West Seattle’s historic lighthouse during the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary‘s summer tours – after the 3-day Labor Day weekend, it’s closed to the public until next year. (Alki SW/Beach Drive SW)

STEVEN STACK: Singer/songwriter/pianist performs at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), 3-5 pm. (5612 California SW)

KOL HANESHAMAH’S ANNUAL PICNIC: 4-7 pm at Alki Beach Park, the West Seattle synagogue invites members and prospective members to its annual picnic: “KHN will provide veggie burgers and other grilled delights. You provide the salads and side dishes (vegetarian, kosher fish, no nuts).” (Alki SW/62nd SW)

MORE! See the full list – and what’s up for the days and nights ahead – on our complete calendar.

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