West Seattle Thursday: Art Walk; school open houses; wine!

(Flowers on SW Barton – by “Old Desolate” from the WSB Flickr group pool)
From the WSB West Seattle Events calendar:

BRIDGE CLOSURES AGAIN TONIGHT: 9 pm-5 am, closures of both the eastbound Spokane Street Viaduct (for the SSV Widening Project), east of the 1st Avenue South exit, and the Fauntleroy Expressway (for its seismic-retrofit work), west of the Delridge Way exit. Details are here.

WSHS TOUR THIS MORNING: Tour time at West Seattle High School, 8:30-10 am.

SSCC VALENTINE WINE RELEASE AND SALE: At the Northwest Wine Academy on the South Seattle Community College campus, 1-5 pm today and tomorrow, featuring the pouring and releasing of “a limited edition 2009 Syrah Clone 4 pack.” Also, chocolates made by the SSCC pastry department.

(added) ‘HAPPY HOUR’ FOR WEST SEATTLE PHOTOGRAPHER’S EXHIBITION: We’ve told you before about longtime WSB contributor Christopher Boffoli‘s photography exhibition at Winston Wachter (203 Dexter Avenue North) – and tonight, you’re invited to a “happy hour” event at the gallery for which he’ll be in attendance, 5-7 pm.

CHIEF SEALTH OPEN HOUSE TONIGHT: Rescheduled open house at Chief Sealth International High School – 5:45 to 8 pm tonight, details here.

WEST SEATTLE ART WALK NIGHT: West Seattle Art Walk, all over the peninsula – paintings, photos, music, more, all free to see and enjoy, 6-9 pm. One highlight, for wildlife fans: Robin Lindsey (of Seal Sitters fame) is displaying photos at Windermere in The Junction. Here’s the venue list/map for tonight.

BRAZILIAN CHORO MUSIC AT C & P: Art Walk night is also Wine Tasting night at C & P Coffee (WSB sponsor), and tonight Choro Tocando – a flute/guitar/percussion group – is performing.

‘ASK THE EXPERT’ AT WEST SEATTLE TOOL LIBRARY: This is also a 2nd-Thursday fixture – get some hints on your projects, browse the tool library’s inventory, and enjoy a “DIY Social.” Details in this Facebook event listing.

ART AT MIND UNWIND: It’s a new business so it’s not on the WSAW map yet, but Mind Unwind in The Admiral District (2206A California SW) will also be open 6-9 tonight, featuring the paintings of Cathy Woo.

OPEN HOUSE AT THE CENTER SCHOOL: Not in West Seattle but it’s a Seattle Public Schools option high school popular with WS families, and it’s having an open house tonight too, 6-8 pm, upstairs in the Center House at Seattle Center.

(added) OPEN HOUSE AT NOVA: And we’ve heard from the West Seattle contingent at Seattle Public Schools’ other option high schol, Nova on Capitol Hill, which also has an open house/tour event, 6 pm.

KINDERGARTEN FILM FESTIVAL: Alki Elementary Kindergarten Film Festival at Admiral Theater, doors open 6, showtime 6:15 pm. From school website: “Featuring stories written independently by all Alki Kindergarten students, adapted for the big screen as short films. All families and friends are invited to join in this special celebration of our hard work in Writer’s Workshop. Theater capacity is 345! The bigger and more supportive the audience, the more we will motivate these young authors. Spread the word! The event is free. Admiral Theater will be offering a special deal – one small popcorn and one small drink for $4, cash only.”

(added) GATEWOOD ELEMENTARY OPEN HOUSE: And tours – 6:30 pm, more info here.

DENNY OPEN HOUSE TONIGHT: At Denny International Middle School, tonight’s the Evening Open House for prospective new families, 6:30 pm.

LAFAYETTE PTA MEETING: The school community’s invited to the Lafayette Elementary PTA meeting, 7 pm.

PUBLIC SAFETY MEETING: If you live in south West Seattle – or have a general interest in regional public-safety issues, particularly gangs – you might want to check out the North Highline Unincorporated Area Council‘s Public Safety Forum tonight, featuring a presentation on regional gang activity from a King County Sheriff’s Office expert, as well as updates from KCSO and Metro Transit Police leadership. 7 pm, North Highline Fire District HQ, 1243 SW 112th.

COMMUNICATING WITH COMPASSION: From the announcement: “Angry? Sad? Scared? Confused? Come learn Nonviolent (Compassionate) Communication (NVC). We’ll listen with our heart, and practice compassion with our own and others’ feelings and needs.” The workshop will be 7-9 pm, by donation, 5646 42nd SW. Call Moreah Vestan (206) 938-8385 with any questions and to say you’re coming.

NIGHTLIFE: At The Bridge: Free Poker on Thursdays.

HIGHLAND PARK IMPROVEMENT CLUB: Dance and yoga today/tonight! Check out their class and event listings (and food trucks some days of the week, too) on the right sidebar at hpic1919.org.

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