West Seattle Saturday: What’s up as Hallo-weekend continues

(Photo by Christopher Boffoli)
From the WSB Halloween 2012 page and our year-round West Seattle Events Calendar:

PANCAKE BREAKFAST FOR CLEAN WATER: Pancakes, bacon, fruit, orange juice, and coffee for $4/person – and the money goes to a good cause, clean drinking water in Kenya. You can be part of it by going to breakfast 8:30 am-11:30 am at West Side Presbyterian Church (3601 California SW).

WEST SEATTLE BIKE CONNECTIONS: Ride a bike? Help advocate for West Seattle improvements! Following up on the Thursday meet-and-greet (WSB coverage here), the first WSBC meeting is at 8:30 am at C & P Coffee (WSB sponsor), 5612 California SW.

WEST SEATTLE MONSTER DASH: The first-ever run/walk fundraiser for West Seattle’s Cooperative Preschools starts at 9 am, using the upper trails of Lincoln Park, with a kids’ dash following at 10 am. You can sign up at the park if you’re not registered there. Latest details here.

CULINARY ARTS OPEN HOUSE: South Seattle Community College (WSB sponsor) invites you to come learn about its acclaimed program – 9:30 am; details here.

LEARN ABOUT LANDSLIDES: The season of highest risk starts in October, and that’s why the city is presenting free landslide-awareness-and-prevention sessions – starting with one at 10 am today at SSCC; more info here.

UNDERWATER PUMPKIN CARVING: Scheduled for Alki, 10 am – participants from local dive clubs have an hour to carve, with public judging at 11 am. Here’s our recent preview.

GRETCHEN’S GRAINS DEMO – DON’T FORGET THE COUPON! West Seattleite Gretchen Williamson-Evans will demonstrate recipes with her Gretchen’s Grains 11 am-3 pm at PCC Natural Markets-West Seattle (California/Stevens; WSB sponsor), and you still have a few more days to use the WSB coupon for GG – get it here.

WEST SEATTLE THRIFTWAY HALLOWEEN PARTY: 11 am-1 pm, kids 2-10 are invited to come decorate a mini-pumpkin and get a goodie bag – costumes encouraged. (California/Fauntleroy)

HALLOWEEN STORYTELLING: Storytime at Barnes & Noble at Westwood Village is going ghostly and ghoulish! In honor of the holiday, they’ll be doing Halloween stories at 11 am. Costumes welcome.

HALLOWEEN DOG PHOTOS: Halloween photos of the dog(s) in your life, at The Wash Dog (WSB sponsor). Since almost everyone has a camera, this year YOU are the photographer. We have the set-up: Hay bales, pumpkins, dog costumes to borrow (or bring your own) and of course, treats. Free!

LEGENDS OF LINCOLN PARK WALKING TOUR: Starts at 1 pm from the Lincoln Park parking lot across from Fauntleroy/Rose, rain or shine, with Peder Nelson as your guide, presented by the Log House Museum.

FULL TILT PUMPKIN FEST: 4 pm, pumpkin beers paired with floats and milk shakes, plus live music, at Full Tilt Ice Cream in White Center – more info here.

OKTOBERFEST DINNER: With the West Seattle Lions Club, 5:30 pm at the Senior Center of West Seattle (California/Oregon).

LONGHOUSE HALLOWEEN PARTY: Kids of all ages are invited to the Duwamish Longhouse Halloween Party, 6-8 pm; details and map here.

‘COME AS YOU AREN’T’ HALLOWEEN BATTLE OF THE BANDS: It’s the biggest party of the year at Skylark Café and Club (3803 Delridge Way SW) – bands masquerading as other bands. Starts at 7 pm – no cover.

REILLY & MALONEY: The fabled folk duo, who you might have seen at Summer Concerts at Hiawatha just a few months ago, is at Kenyon Hall tonight, 8 pm (ticket info here).

MORE PARTIES/MUSIC/NIGHTLIFE: See the WSB Halloween page for details on parties at Feedback Lounge (WSB sponsor), A Terrible Beauty, OutWest Bar, plus live music at even more venues, plus more of what’s up today/tonight!

8 Replies to "West Seattle Saturday: What's up as Hallo-weekend continues"

  • miws October 27, 2012 (8:32 am)

    That crew must be working a lot of overtime this time of year.



  • zephyr October 27, 2012 (9:33 am)

    We have yet again another race in Lincoln Park.
    The website says the course will be well-marked. I hope this does not mean the trees will be tagged with racing graffiti again. Two weeks ago two big trees near the north end were painted with huge orange arrows. This is an annual problem that doesn’t seem to matter to the organizers or the park staff. I dread going down there this evening to see more ugly paint this weekend. ~z

    • WSB October 27, 2012 (10:07 am)

      If it’s an annual problem, it might be more the problem of whomever gives out guidelines than the actual event organizers – between last weekend and today, at least two of the three events (not sure about the third) have never been held in the park before, and they’re really low-key volunteer affairs: Miles for Midwives and the first-ever Monster Dash (that’s the one happening today). Wonder if Friends of Lincoln Park might help be a liaison to prevent it – they are now reachable online: http://friendsoflincolnpark.blogspot.com

  • Salinger October 27, 2012 (10:13 am)

    No tree markings that I saw. They had staff directing people at key turning points. A few small signs in the ground too. Very friendly to the park environment. I’m assuming the last race was run by a different group.

  • zephyr October 27, 2012 (1:05 pm)

    Thanks, Salinger. That’s great to hear. Yes, WSB, it’s an annual fallout from the various races in the park. I have approached park staff about it and even sent in photos of the damage. There has been some improvement. This year, most of the paint was on the ground/grass. But they were particularly exuberant about painting the tree roots bright orange. I mean really, if you are running a race in an urban forest, there will be roots to pay attention to.
    But the two trees at the north end got big orange arrows about chest high. :( That is unacceptable. There just seems to be no oversight. The organizers turn people loose with spray cans and the parks staff looks the other way–it seems. I would think that there would be a damage deposit and an inspection following the race. ~z

  • Morgan Junction Mom October 27, 2012 (1:31 pm)

    Zephyr – we were really careful to be as low impact as possible on our beautiful Lincoln Park race route. We stuck with signs, flags, and volunteers to make sure all of our racers made it through the route. It might be worth while to talk to the Parks Dept permits/special events office – that’s who we went through for permitting. Maybe they could make an addendum to the permit regarding course marking and cleanup.

  • zephyr October 27, 2012 (2:14 pm)

    Thank-you, Morgan Junction Mom for that bit of news. That’s exactly how such usage should be approached–low impact and Leave No Trace. I have often thought that if only the race organizers were required to use those little colored flags or even colored tape that can be easily retrieved. It’s the heavy-handed users who spray everything in sight and then leave the mess for other park users to experience after their short-lived event that I am really unhappy with. ~z

  • Denise October 28, 2012 (4:14 pm)

    I took a photo of the tree – it’s on my Facebook Page if anyone wants to see:

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