West Seattle, Washington
Thanks to Kersti Muul for photographing the crowd at Seacrest Pier tonight – squid fishers undaunted by the chilly rain, though as also shown, the squid are putting up their inky protest. Fishing for squid has relatively simple rules, according to the state Department of Fish and Wildlife website. The season is year-round, though fall/winter is the peak time. If you’re not already a squid expert, find out more about them here.
Chief Sealth International High School hosted seven visiting schools today for its 17th annual boys-basketball Jamboree, three days before their season begins.
We stopped in for the final 10-minute mini-game of the afternoon, in which Sealth (in gray) beat Sultan, 18-9. The Seahawks are led again this year by head coach Colin Slingsby:
The other six schools in today’s Jamboree were Auburn Riverside, Eastside Catholic, Issaquah, Nathan Hale, Roosevelt, and Vashon. JV teams played in the Denny International Middle School gym next door. The Sealth varsity boys play their first game of the year Tuesday night at Mount Rainier HS in Des Moines, and their first home game is Wednesday, 7 pm, vs. a traveling team from Australia; see the full schedule here.
ALSO NEXT WEEK: Other local varsity teams’ home openers:
–Chief Sealth IHS girls, 7:30 pm Tuesday, hosting Kennedy Catholic HS
–West Seattle HS girls, 7:30 pm Wednesday, hosting Bothell HS
–West Seattle HS boys, 8:30 pm Friday, hosting Nathan Hale HS
Usually we point people with lost/found keys to the WSB Forums’ Lost/Found (Non-Pets) section. But Stephanie‘s discovery seems to warrant a wider mention:
I just found a big stash of what I assume to be stolen keys. I found them in a pile near Pelly Place along Murray Avenue SW. I will be turning them into the Southwest Precinct tomorrow morning, but thought I would send a photo of them to the blog to post in case anyone recognizes any of them. I can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
So many places to go on this “Small Business Saturday” (as noted in our daily preview) – we’ve made some stops so far:
In The Junction:
THUNDER ROAD GUITARS: Speaking of anniversaries, it’s been six years since Frank Gross launched his business, so today’s sale is about that as well as about Small Business Saturday – 15 percent off select guitars, amps, and pedals, open until 6 pm at 4736 California SW.
KID-FRIENDLY FOOTWEAR @ AGAIN & AGAIN: In our photo above, Sarah is next to some of the shop’s selection of boots, part of this weekend’s deals – “many in-store new kids’ shoe and boot discounts 10 to 50 percent off,” plus 25 to 50 percent off new infant and toddler carriers, and 25 percent off some toddler winter coats and baby buntings. Open until 7 pm at 4832 California SW.
MY THREE LITTLE BIRDS: You get a cool “swag bag” at the south Morgan Junction shop with your purchase today! Jennifer Young‘s shop has all sorts of clothing, shoes, and gear for the younger member(s) of your family, ages newborn through 12. Open until 5 pm at 6959 California SW.
(Our standard disclosure: Three of the businesses mentioned above – Thunder Road Guitars, My Three Little Birds, and Kid-Friendly Footwear/Again & Again – are WSB sponsors. And we’ll say it again – please make EVERY day “Shop Small” day!)
While you’re out “shopping small” today (more on that soon), here’s one stop where you will find lots of micro-vendors in one big room – the Masonic Hall holiday bazaar, on until 4 pm. Quilts, towels, treats, jewelry, wooden bowls, figurines, baked goods, baskets, more, from local artists, crafters, even youth vendors from the Rainbow Girls and Girl Scouts organizations.
If you’re driving or riding, there’s parking right by the doors to the hall, which is at 40th/Edmunds.
P.S. At the back of the room is a small giving tree (above) encouraging donations to Mary’s Place, which shelters homeless families.
Three reader reports:
MORE TIRE SLASHINGS: A caller this morning reported that at least half a dozen cars had tires slashed overnight in the 4900 block of SW Dawson, southwest of The Junction. (We had one report earlier this week from Admiral.)
PROPANE TANK STOLEN: The video and report are from Julia:
Woke up (Friday) morning to our security camera showing us that someone stole the propane tank out of our BBQ this morning around 2 am. He entered through our front yard and exited out our backyard into the alley on foot. Doesn’t appear he tried to break in. We live on 63rd, between Admiral and Alki Ave.
FOUND BICYCLE: The photo and report are from Steve:
We found this bike thrown in the bushes near 14th SW and SW Trenton Friday.
It is a black Specialized Cirrus Comp. I have the serial number if anyone wants to claim it, we’d need to confirm the number or description with them.
Yours? Let us know. Meantime, Steve’s also trying to turn the bicycle over to police so they can check if there’s already a theft report on record.
(UPDATED 9:27 AM)
(Anna’s Hummingbird with a fall-foliage backdrop, photographed by Mark Wangerin)
Happy Saturday! Here are highlights of what’s happening – first, from the WSB West Seattle Holiday Guide:
‘SHOP SMALL’ SATURDAY! This is the day to get out and support local independent businesses – as every day should be, but this day brings an extra spotlight. You’ll find places to “shop small” in a BIG way all over West Seattle, but in The Junction alone, more than 20 businesses have something special for you today – see the list here, and here’s a printable version. Outside The Junction and doing something special too? Comment below! We’ll be out covering this big day as it happens.
BAZAAR: Alki Masonic Hall Holiday Bazaar, sponsored by Alki Court 21, 9 am-4 pm. (40th SW/SW Edmunds)
GIFT FAIR: Duwamish Native Holiday Gift Fair continues 10 am-5 pm today, second of three days, at the Duwamish Tribe Longhouse in West Seattle. Details in our calendar listing; here’s our coverage from the first day. (4705 W. Marginal Way SW)
ANNIVERSARY SALE: 6th anniversary sale continues at Thunder Road Guitars (WSB sponsor), with “15% off most guitars, amplifiers, and pedals.” Open 10 am-6 pm today. (4736 California SW)
(added) SMALL BIZ SATURDAY AT ALAIR: Everything is 20 percent off at gift shop Alair, proprietor Shandon Graybeal tells us. (3280 California SW)
SEATTLE CIVIC DANCE THEATRE HOLIDAY BREAKFAST: 11 am at Fauntleroy Church:
There will be a dance concert, pancakes, raffle baskets, and a special visit from Santa! All proceeds go to support our scholarship program. Doors open at 10:30, breakfast served at 11. Tickets online at scdt.yapsody.com or at the door.
All welcome! (9140 California SW)
FOR THE LITTLE ONES: At Kid-Friendly Footwear @ Again and Again (WSB sponsor): “Customers enjoy 25-50% off all brand-new infant and toddler carriers including Ergo, Beco, Lilllebaby, Moby Wraps and more! 25% off iPlay waterproof cozy toddler winter coats & baby buntings. Many in-store new kids shoe & boot discounts 10 – 50% off Bogs, Keen, Hanna Andersson and more!” (4832 California SW)
WEST SEATTLE LIGHTS: Night 3 for for West Seattle Lights, light shows synched to music. 5-10 pm tonight; see the nightly schedule by going here. Bring nonperishable food for the West Seattle Food Bank bin out front. Here’s our coverage from Friday night.
(3908 SW Charlestown)
GARY BENSON’S CHRISTMAS SHOW: At C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), 7-9 pm. (5612 California SW)
And from the year-round WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:
WS LINUX USERS’ GROUP, LOCATION CHANGE: Today’s meeting of the West Seattle Linux Users’ Group is at a different location – 9 am at Be’s Restaurant in The Junction. (4509 California SW)
GIVE THE GIFT OF LIFE: If you can donate blood, consider helping with the holiday-season shortage by donating at today’s drive on the south side of Westwood Village – look for the Bloodmobile, 9:30 am-3:30 pm, closed 12:30-1:30 pm. (2600 SW Barton)
(added) CHIEF SEALTH BASKETBALL JAMBOREE: High-school basketball season begins with the annual boys-basketball jamboree at Chief Sealth International High School and adjacent Denny International Middle School – 8 teams are participating. JV plays starting at 11 am in the Denny gym (schedule here; 2601 SW Kenyon) and varsity plays starting at noon in the Sealth gym (schedule here; 2600 SW Thistle).
(added) HEALING TREE OPEN HOUSE: “Open house at Healing Tree today. 10 therapists giving away free massage and free Reiki. BOGO on gift certificates. Caroling sing-along at 11:30 am. Champagne, hot cocoa, appetizers. Pathfinder wreaths will be for sale.” (3225 California SW)
WAR PUPPY & DYNAMITE NUGGET: 9 pm at Parliament Tavern. $5 cover. 21+. (4210 SW Admiral Way)