Summer Fest GreenLife – Sustainability for West Seattle and Beyond

 

The West Seattle Junction is pleased to announce the 6th year of partnerships between Summer Fest and Sustainable West Seattle. Sustainable West Seattle volunteer their time to program GreenLife, a community stage and area full of interesting sustainability demos, debates, and world music. As you may not know much about Sustainable West Seattle, this article I thought I would give you some background about the organization’s President and why they were chosen as one of our community partners.

The mission and vision of Sustainable West Seattle is to educate, create and be advocates for urban sustainability in their local community. Their vision is a West Seattle community of empowered citizens who actively lead us toward greater self-reliance, local democracy, social justice, and existence in harmony with life on earth.

President Stu Henessey, a longtime West Seattle neighbor and lifetime Seattle resident, grew up surrounded by trees, mountains and seas the instinctive feeling of being one with nature. He’s a part of the core group that develops several Sustainable West Seattle endeavors. His interests are carbon free transportation associated with West Seattle Spokespeople and DIY Bikes as well as growing food locally at COWS (Community Orchard of West Seattle).

You may know him as the owner of Alki Bike and Board in the Admiral District. Typical of a gardener/farmer, he likes to plant seeds of change in his community and watch them grow.

It was important Summer Fest programming also included an element of green sustainable outreach, something that truly understood the roots of community giving. The team at Sustainable West Seattle was everything the Junction was looking for in a nonprofit partner.

The GreenLife features 3 days of sustainability demonstrations, music and hand-on experiences. In years past, topics have included:  building with reclaimed materials; backyard beer making; and home canning and preservation.  GreenLife also excited to program a wide variety of music, ranging from world beats, to local Seattle homespun bands.

GreenLife runs from Friday, July 14th through Sunday, July 16th. Make sure you check out everything GreenLife has to offer this year.


Volunteer at the Junction Spring Clean

Spring Clean West Seattle Junction

Believe it or not, spring is here! And with it comes Spring Clean, a community cleanup program supported by Seattle Public Utilities.

Spring Clean, now in its 31st year, runs from April 1 through May 31. During this time, Seattle residents—neighbors, volunteer groups, community organizations—come together to clean up Seattle’s neighborhoods. Activities include picking up litter, stenciling storm drains to prevent water pollution, painting out graffiti, removing invasive plants, and more. Seattle Public Utilities and the Junction Association supports volunteers by providing free tools like garbage bags, gloves, garbage grabbers, safety vests, and paint supplies.

Show your community involvement!

The Junction Spring Clean is set for Saturday, May 20th 9am – 12 Noon

We’ll have coffee, breakfast, tools, and a nifty limited-edition tote

We’ll meet at Junction Plaza Park (42nd and Alaska St) – look for the white tents with supplies! You can join the Facebook invite here to spread the word with family and friends.

Interested in participating? Gather your friends, family, coworkers, and neighbors—there’s no minimum or maximum group size. Register online here through the Junction Spring Clean application.

Spring Clean is a partnership between Seattle residents and Seattle Public Utilities, Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, and Seattle Department of Transportation.


Rock the House That Stays Close to Junction Ties

People with memory loss, their family and friends, and all who support a dementia-friendly community are invited to attend a fun social gathering called “Rock the House.” Organized by local business owners, organizations and neighbors, the event takes place from 3 – 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 27 at Shadowland in the West Seattle Junction.

Along with a chance to enjoy food, drinks and good company, the event features MC Brent Amaker (of Brent Amaker and The Rodeo) and live music by Jay Cates (of The Bend). Happy hour menu will be available. Event is free other than the cost of menu items ordered.

“I’m excited about this because I love to get people together, especially people in different situations,” states Frances Smersh, who helped plan the event. “It’s a wonderful opportunity to engage people and have a great time. And music is always good for the heart and the soul!”

Frances was diagnosed with dementia in 2015 at the age of 48. Since then, she and her husband John, the owners of Click! Design That Fits, have openly shared her diagnosis with the West Seattle community.

“It was important for me to share the news about my diagnosis,” states Frances, “because I knew I couldn’t hide from it, and I don’t think it does anyone any good to try to hide. Remaining engaged in the community is important to me personally, and it seems to be one of the best things for people dealing with memory loss.”

With over 100,000 Washingtonians, and over 5 million Americans, living with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias, Frances is certainly not alone. However, it can be easy for people with dementia to feel socially isolated. Although they remain vital members of the community, social stigma and other barriers can prevent them from staying involved and engaged.

In this context, a local movement called Momentia is empowering people with memory loss and their loved ones to stay connected and active in their communities. People and organizations are coming together to produce “dementia-friendly” opportunities in popular public spaces – like walking groups at Woodland Park Zoo, art gallery tours at the Frye Art Museum, and service projects at the Cherry Street Food Bank. (Learn more at www.momentiaseattle.org)

“For too long, a dementia diagnosis has meant fear, shame and isolation,” states Marigrace Becker, Program Manager for Community Education and Impact at the UW Medicine Memory & Brain Wellness Center. “People with memory loss and their loved ones deserve to stay engaged in their communities – and by working together, we can make that happen.”

Here in West Seattle, Momentia is taking off. In the Fall, a group of organizations and neighbors involved in the Momentia movement hosted a community meeting for people with memory loss and their loved ones to develop their own dementia-friendly programs, making use of favorite West Seattle venues.

As a result, several new programs are in the works. In the new year, Providence Mt St Vincent began opening up their drum circle to others living with dementia in the wider West Seattle community. In March and April, Seattle Parks and Recreation, the Senior Center of West Seattle, and others are offering a 4-week creative arts and storytelling workshop for people with dementia and their loved ones.

And now, the Momentia group of West Seattle is proud to announce “Rock the House.” Whether you have dementia, love someone with dementia, or want to meet others who support a dementia-friendly community, you are invited to attend.

The event is offered in partnership by Shadowland, Click! Design That Fits, the Senior Center of West Seattle, Full Life Care, Seattle Parks and Recreation, and Providence Mt St Vincent.


10 Year Anniversary of Record Store Day

Easy Street Records

Saturday, April 22nd

7am SHARP Opening

This year marks the 10-year anniversary of Record Store Day, and the RSD17 list of releases is bigger and better than ever! Record Store Day lands on April 22nd this year, and as usual, Easy Street Records will be open bright & early at 7am, so you can get the jump on the goods! And yes, bacon and Caffe Vita coffee will once again be provided to those early birds in line!

This week, the folks behind Record Store Day unveiled the official list of releases, and it’s a doozy! A small sampling: Alice In Chains 7″, Pearl Jam 7″, two new Bowie LPs, 4-LP live Springsteen set, Cheap Trick box, two Cure picture discs, Doors live album, Jason Isbell covers EP, Iggy Pop w/Josh Homme live album, Stevie Ray Vaughan Live At Carnegie Hall, a Ramones singles box, Lou Reed live album, Sunny Day Real Estate double LP, a Wipers 7″, Neil Young’s triple greatest hits LP, Decade, Black Lips cassette box set, a new song by The War On Drugs on 7″, a reissue of the Space Jam soundtrack (!!!), and so much more. There’s everything from MDC to Bert Jansch, from Johnny Cash’s children’s album to Wes Montgomery Live In Seattle, from The Meters’ triple LP to the 1st studio recordings ever from Pink Floyd (on picture disc!), and from Andre 3000 covering the Beatles to a 7″ with unreleased Smiths songs.

But don’t take our word for it…check out the entire remarkable list of RSD17 releases here!


Day of Giving Fueled by Junction Businesses

Junction's Day of GivingOn April 29th, Junction businesses will donate 10% of their sales to nonprofits.

We are pleased to announce the second annual Junction Day of Giving Saturday, April 29th, starting at 10am! During this fundraising event, local Junction businesses will team up with their favorite nonprofits for a fun day of shopping and eating to benefit a variety of important causes. You can stop by your favorite Junction retailers and restaurants to lend your support by making purchases, and making a difference.

This event came about in response to the desire of our local businesses to have a day to celebrate the spirit of “neighbors helping neighbors” that is so prevalent in West Seattle. Within The Junction business community, there is a profound sense that giving back is the right thing to do. Many Junction businesses already actively contribute to local nonprofits and community initiatives throughout the year – both financially and through volunteer hours.

Many Junction business owners and their employees feel that by supporting local nonprofits, they can bring greater attention to this important work and help the West Seattle neighborhood to thrive. “We are continually surprised and humbled by the support our community extends to us, and want to give back in whatever way we can to say thanks and support others,” said owner John Smersh of Click! Design That Fits.

Junction's Day of Giving

Many participating nonprofits are equally excited to partner with the businesses on this new event. “I hope that people across West Seattle see the treasure of local merchants we have in the Junction, and how committed this business community is to helping our whole community,” said Josh Sutton, Executive Director of the West Seattle and Fauntleroy YMCAs. “The Y will be communicating news about the Day of Giving to our members and participants, with the hopes that many people will turn out and support these businesses who are making a difference,” he said.

For many of the nonprofits, The Day of Giving will allow them the opportunity to connect with a wider audience and share their mission and goals more broadly.

The Junction’s Day of Giving

Saturday, April 29th / West Seattle Junction/10am – 6pm


West Seattle Clothesline Needs Your Help

Join us in supporting a new member of the Junction Association by donating to the West Seattle Helpline’s new Clothesline fundraiser. 
In the past 15 years, The Clothesline, a free clothing store, has provided clothing to over 10,000 children and adults recovering from crisis or hardship.  The success of this program has caused them to outgrow their current space, tucked away in a basement across the street from Hiawatha Park.
They will be moving into the first floor of a building just behind Hotwire Coffee in the Junction, formerly the location of the WS Christian Church Preschool. The new location is three times as large and will allow them to significantly increase the number of people they can help get comfortable clothing for school, work, or everyday life!
They need your help!  The West Seattle Helpline needs to raise $17,000 by March 31st, 2017 for renovation, moving costs, and furnishings to make the new Clothesline a safe and welcoming space.  Donations of any amount help!
$50 buys toys and puzzles for the children’s play area

$100 buys two clothing racks for professional attire

$150 pays for a moving truck for a day

$250 covers a month of volunteer supplies and snacks

$500 provides a new coat of paint and carpet for a whole shopping section

$1000 keeps the Clothesline running for 2 weeks, enough to get clothing to 120 families!

This new building is an amazing opportunity to help our neighbors when they need us most.  With your support, we can make the new Clothesline better than ever without taking any funding away from the West Seattle Helpline’s other emergency services.
From all of us at the West Seattle Helpline, THANK YOU for being part of our generous and caring community!

If you can help, go here to donate.


Be My Junction Valentine

We heart the Junction

With Valentine’s Day less than two weeks away, our “We Love The Junction” Task Force has a unique way for you to obtain a FREE digital valentine with your sweetie and show your love for the Junction at the same time. It’s called “Be My Junction Valentine.” Here’s how it will work:

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. this Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017, the task force will be at West Seattle Farrmers Market taking FREE valentine photos at the northeast corner of the Junction in front of the Campbell Building, 4554 California Ave. S.W. (main tenant: Cupcake Royale).

YOU – with a companion, with your family or even by yourself – will be able to pose for a valentine photo while holding a “We Love The Junction” sign.

The first 25 people to have their “Be My Junction Valentine” photos taken will receive a free Cupcake Royale “Babycakes” cupcake – one cupcake per photo.
From the Southwest Seattle Historical Society


Art Walk Council Call for Art

It’s your time to shine! 1,000 walking maps and posters distributed all over West Seattle. April/May/June 2017.

Fill out my online form.

West 5 Joins Area Restaurants to Help Britt Russell

West Seattle Junction Britt Russell

On Wednesday, January 25th the Junction’s own West 5 will be joining in a fundraising effort to support Britt Russell, a local West Seattleite who was struck by a vehicle.

From Mission owner, Peter Morse:

Our employee and friend Britt Russell was struck by a car a month ago in the Admiral Junction. She was on her way into Mission to work her shift at 4:50 pm. As she walked across California Avenue, she was hit by a vehicle traveling about 30 miles per hour. She was severely injured and was at Harborview up until this week. She has a shattered pelvis, cracked neck vertebrate, broken leg, and traumatic brain injury.

Mission is holding a fundraiser on Wednesday, January 25th. We would greatly appreciate any donations to this cause. Mission will be donating 20% of all sales that evening. All the proceeds will go directly to Britt. Georgetown Brewery has donated a keg to help with the fundraiser. All the proceeds from the sales of Manny’s Pale Ale that evening will go to Britt and her family.

Although she is improving greatly every day, she has a long recovery road ahead of her. She has been recently discharged and needs to begin paying rent at a new apartment that is wheelchair accessible. Not to mention the medical bills that have been piling up. Britt is from Australia and her mother has now moved to Seattle to take care of her. She is an amazing person, employee, and friend. Britt is an extremely hard worker. She was working three jobs at once and now has no form of income. She could really use the help.

On behalf of Britt’s employers, coworkers, friends, and family I would like to thank any and all donations. Hope to see you Wednesday, January 25th!

Peter Morse
Shawn Padilla
Tina Padilla


Windermere Shredding Event Returns

Winderemere Shredding

Save the date for the annual Windermere and Junction Shredding + E-Cycle event. This FREE shredding party returns on April 29th 10am-1pm in the Junction parking lot located on 42nd Ave SW. Bring old statements or other documents to be professionally shredded on-site.