West Seattle Saturday: 15 notes and highlights!

(Male red crossbill photographed recently @ Fauntleroy Park by Mark Wangerin)
Despite dire predictions, there’s blue sky out there now as Saturday gets into high gear. Here are some of the highlights for today/tonight:

TRAFFIC REMINDER: Lane closures on I-5 northbound, just south of West Seattle, all weekend – WSDOT‘s infopage is here.

HELP OUT IN LINCOLN PARK: Friends of Lincoln Park, as previewed last night, is working 9 to noon (and you can join late), removing invasive plants.

KIWANIS FOOD DRIVE: 9 am-3 pm, the Kiwanis Club of West Seattle will have members and Key Club students outside four local grocery stores, collecting food and money for the West Seattle Food Bank. Find them at WSB sponsors Metropolitan Market (42nd/Admiral), PCC Natural Markets (California/Stevens), and West Seattle Thriftway (California/Fauntleroy) and at QFC (42nd/Alaska).

HELP OUT IN NORTH DELRIDGE: Also previewed last night – the ND Neighborhood Council‘s Beautification Committee takes on the 23rd/Juneau staircase 10 am-noon – details, map here.

NOT WEST SEATTLE BUT – IT’S YOUR CITY HALL TOO! It’s the annual open house at Seattle City Hall downtown, 10 am-2 pm. Here’s the lineup of events – with West Seattle involvement including demonstrations by South Seattle Community College (WSB sponsor) culinary students.

WEST SEATTLE BEE GARDEN WORK PARTY: Lots of community help is needed with the final preparations/construction for this unique new West Seattle feature (here’s our recent story about it). 10 am-2 pm, prep work is planned today – find out more here (including a link for participation in future work parties if you can’t do it today; also, if you can contribute $, here’s how).

FIND OUT ABOUT VOLUNTEERING TO HELP WITH HISTORY: 11 am-1 pm at the Log House Museum, it’s this month’s introductory session for would-be Southwest Seattle Historical Society volunteers. Our preview has details. (61st/Stevens)

WEST SEATTLE RUNNER ANNIVERSARY SALE / WEST SEATTLE 5K SIGNUP EVENT: The West Seattle Runner (WSB sponsor) third-anniversary sale continues today and tomorrow – and today from noon-4 pm there’s a special incentive to drop by: Sign up for this year’s West Seattle 5K (co-sponsored by WSB), and get the early-registration discount, which is no longer available online.

CAMP LONG CHALLENGE COURSE: 1-5 pm today, visit West Seattle’s own Camp Long Environmental Learning Center and be among the first to check out the new Hub and Spoke high (ropes) course, as well as getting a closer look at the low course, and joining the 3 pm ribbon-cutting celebration. Here’s our preview from earlier this week. (5200 35th SW)

WOMEN-ONLY SWIMS/LESSONS START AT SW POOL: When Mayor McGinn visited West Seattle recently, his second stop, after the much-covered Admiral District tour, was Southwest Pool, to join in a celebration of the expanded women-only swimming/lessons program (here’s our coverage of the event). Today’s the official start of the program – see the 2:30-4:30 pm schedule here. (2801 SW Thistle)

CHIEF SEALTH BASEBALL DINNER/AUCTION: 5-7 pm in the Sealth Galleria, spaghetti dinner and silent auction to raise money for the baseball program – tickets available (cash/checks) at the Galleria door. (2600 SW Thistle)

**Saturday night note: canceled for rain; will be rescheduled** OWLING IN SCHMITZ PARK: Head out on an adventure with West Seattle naturalist Stewart Wechsler, 7-9 pm – details here.

WSHS MUSICAL: Another chance at 7:30 pm to catch the West Seattle High School Drama Club‘s spring musical “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” in the WSHS Theater. (3000 California SW)

‘NEXT FALL’ FINALE: 7:30 pm, it’s your last chance to see ArtsWest‘s current production. (4711 California SW)

LIVE MUSIC! See the calendar listings here – from alt-pop at C & P Coffee, jazz at La Romanza Bistro, and 2 bands at Feedback Lounge (all WSB sponsors) to the second night of the Mighty Wurlitzer Spectacular at Kenyon Hall, the monthly midnight “Rocky Horror” show @ The Admiral, and more.

2 Replies to "West Seattle Saturday: 15 notes and highlights!"

  • Trileigh April 6, 2013 (10:26 am)

    What a gorgeous photo, Mark! There have been so many crossbills around all winter this year; I don’t ever remember seeing so many for so long. Just yesterday there was a huge group at the top of a neighbor’s tree. Yours is the best closeup photo I’ve seen of one in a long time – you can really see how weird their bills are!

  • Kate April 7, 2013 (8:18 pm)

    Honestly, this is a fantastic photo! I’ve only ever seen them from a blurry distance.

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