Apply Now: WA State Senate Page Program

What is a Page? Check out this video to find out!

Since 1891, young people from across the state have come to Olympia to serve as pages for the Washington State Legislature.

This is a great opportunity for students to take part in the legislative process and observe the Legislature and other branches of state government in action. You also get paid $35 per day for your hard work, not bad for a week away from school.

District 36 and 43 - NEW - 07 05 2016

In order to be considered, you must complete the application and return it to the senator who represents your legislative district.

The West Woodland neighborhood is SPLIT between TWO districts, 36 and 43.  If you don’t know your senator’s name and address, here’s how to find it:

Call the Legislative Information Center Hotline at 800-562-6000

Online at:

It is an honor to be selected as a Senate page. If you are selected, you can look forward to a fun and educational experience. During your stay in Olympia, you will meet people from all over the state and have an opportunity to make new and lasting friendships.

If you need assistance in the application process or need this document in an alternative format, please contact the
Senate Security Office
P.O. Box 40482
Olympia, WA 98504-0482
Telephone: (360) 786-7572.

For more information and to download the Page Application, please visit:

Must be at least 14 years of age and have not reached your 17th birthday.

Professional Holiday Portraits Offered By Erinn J. Hale


If you’re anything like me, your fancy camera is your smart phone. So the holiday season is the perfect time to commission a professional family portrait. Whether your picture ends up on your wall or on your holiday card – and why not both – sitting for a family photo should be fun and affordable.

For a limited time, West Woodland neighbor Erinn J. Hale is offering a mini holiday photo session that includes a 30 minute photo session and 10 digital images available for printing, for just $200. Perfect for gift giving and happy holiday card making.

Reserve your session here:

Learn more about Erinn J. Hale Photography here:

Salmon Bay Physical Therapy Donates Blankets To Local Non-Profit

Salmon Bay Physical Therapy, 6500 6th Ave NW,  held a blanket drive last week and announced today that 100 blankets were collected at their clinic.

From their SBPT, “Thank you everyone who brought in blankets. We dropped off about 100 blankets to the YWCA of downtown Seattle this morning. The director told us they were going to go to the local domestic violence center. They were in dire need of blankets this year.”

Great job SBPT and thank you to all the neighbors who participated in the Blanket Drive. Perhaps this will become an annual event and we can continue to provide a bit of warmth to those in need.


WeCount Sox Box: Neighbors Helping Neighbors

Need Socks? There’s a box for that! Applying a familiar concept to address clean clothing insecurity, WeCount Sock Box is a grassroots solution to provide immediate relief to those in need.

Whether someone has the need for clean warm socks, or a need to give, the sky blue WeCount Sock Box makes it easy for neighbor to help neighbor. Drop a pair of new or gently used socks into the box, and those in need have immediate access to clean, dry clothing.

The box pictured below is located in Old Ballard, right in front of C. Don Filer Insurance, 5451 Ballard Ave NW. This is another great way we can support each other and build community.

Learn more about WeCount:
Facebook: @WeCount
Sock Box map:


Beer + Yoga At Populuxe Brewing

Put on a costume and bring a mat for this evening yoga class that includes a post-workout pint of beer from Populuxe Brewing, voted BEST Family Friendly Business in the 2016 BEST Of West Woodland Neighborhood poll.

The fun begins with an hour long, all levels, yoga class. Come dressed in your most creative yoga appropriate costume – there will be a pretty sweet prize for the crowd favorite!

Immediately following the session, participants will move to the bar for a pint of your favorite Populuxe brew. Leave your worries at the door, get your body in motion, taste some of Seattle’s finest craft beers, and get to know your community.

Date:  Thursday, October 27, 2016
Time:  6:30 PM – 8:30 PM PDT
Location:  Populuxe Brewing, 826 “B” Northwest 49th Street
For more information and to register:


Abandoned Weapon Found Curbside On NW 52nd Street

Most neighbors use the grassy curb areas outside our homes as play-space.  We live in the city and our yards are small, so any flat green area automatically draws kids in.  Today we learned that a hand gun was discovered by a child playing in the parking strip outside their home.  The child alerted his mother, who then quickly called 911. The weapon appears to have been dumped recently, and while there is no visible clip, there could have been a bullet in the chamber.

It is fortunate that an adult was present when the gun was discovered. According to Seattle Children’s, “each year in Washington state, about 33 children are hospitalized and 19 die from gun injuries. Most of these shootings occur in or around the home.”  Kids are curious and when they see something new, they are likely to explore.  That might mean picking up a gun, looking into the barrel, or pointing at a friend – completely unaware of the danger.

Detective Mark Jamieson, SPD Public Affairs, shared that the neighbor who found the gun today did everything right.  The neighbor didn’t touch the weapon and called 911 right away.  “The neighbor did a good job.”

So what happens with the weapon now?  Det. Jamieson shared that the SPD will “run it”, checking the identification number or serial number for ownership.  They will determine if the weapon was stolen, or used in a crime.  A report will be written and then the gun will be placed into evidence.  If it is suspected that a crime was committed with the weapon, it could stay there indefinitely.  If it was stolen, SPD will make every effort to return the gun to the rightful owner.

Knowing that there is the potential for dangerous items to be discarded curbside, parents need to talk with kids about possible hazards. On their website, Seattle Children’s provides parents with guidance regarding firearm safety and talking with children about guns.  Click here to learn more about gun safety:


Gun found on NW 52nd Street today, 10/18/2016.  Photo posted with permission by neighbor.

Weekend Windstorm Does Damage, Not Apocalypse

While this weekend’s storm didn’t break any records, the heavy rains and modest wind speeds did cause damage in the neighborhood.  The West Woodland Weather Station clocked a top wind gust of 22 MPH on Saturday, October 15 which was 6 MPH slower than the previous day. For full historical data access weather station HERE.

The rain and wind that were spawned by Typhoon Songda did leave one downed tree – and power outage – at 9th Ave NW and NW 61st Street, as well as broken tree limbs scattered across the neighborhood.


Tree down at 920 NW 61st Street.  Photo courtesy Katie.

“Note that the Honey Bucket WAS occupied when the tree fell – and the guy had to squeeze out,” said neighbor Katie.

This was the only power outage in the West Woodland neighborhood according to the Seattle City Light outage site.  Below is another angle of the same downed tree.  Check out how close the massive limb came to falling on top of the Honey Bucket and occupant.


Closer view of fallen tree at 920 NW 61st Street.  Photo courtesy Katie.

Do you have photos of storm damage at your home or from your block?  Send them to us at