West Seattle Friday: Free Family Night @ the Y; Stephanie Guerra @ Words, Writers, West Seattle; reggae at HPIC; more!

October 2, 2015 at 9:13 am | In Fun stuff to do, West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | No Comments

(Photo taken in Westwood area this week by Michael Zaton)

Weekend’s almost here! First, a lot happening this Friday – from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

FREEBIES AT EX-WESTSIDE CAMPUS: 10 am-3 pm at the former Westside School (WSB sponsor) campus at EC Hughes in Sunrise Heights, it’s a giveaway of school furnishings they haven’t been able to donate already, as previewed here. First-come, first-served. (7740 34th SW)

DROP OFF YOUR ART FOR SOUTHWEST LIBRARY SHOW: The annual Southwest Library Community Art Showcase is about to begin, and today is the second of three days you can drop off your work (and/or upload your song/s!) to be part of it. The library’s open 10 am-8 pm. Details in our preview. (35th SW & SW Henderson)

WORDS, WRITERS, WEST SEATTLE: 5-7 pm, the Southwest Seattle Historical Society-presented literary series starts its third year, tonight featuring Stephanie Guerra:

Words, Writers & West Seattle presents … from Avenue Collection on Vimeo.

Meet and hear from her at Westwood Village Barnes & Noble. (2800 SW Barton)

CORNER BAR AT HPIC: Starting at 6 pm, the monthly night o’fun at Highland Park Improvement ClubDJ Evan at 6, Dub Lounge International with live reggae at 7:30. (12th SW & SW Holden)

FREE FAMILY NIGHT AT THE Y: 6-8:25 pm at the West Seattle YMCA (WSB sponsor) in The Triangle, EVERYONE is welcome:

Invite your friends and neighbors for a free evening of family fun! Play on the mats, swing on the rings, climb and slide on the inflatable obstacle course, run on the track and go swimming. Get your family moving together! FREE AND OPEN TO THE COMMUNITY. Non-members, please bring a donation for the West Seattle Food Bank.

6:00 – 8:00 pm – gym & running track
7:35 – 8:25 pm – open swim in the pool

(36th SW & SW Snoqualmie)

ART & MUSIC TRIVIA: 6:30-8 pm, it’s “Drink ‘n’ Think” art and music trivia at Admiral Bird. (California SW & SW Admiral Way)

FIVE BUCK BAND: 7-9 pm at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), pop ‘n’ rock, ’60s-’70s plus some of what’s new. (5612 California SW)

HIGH-SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Two games on the peninsula – West Seattle High School is home at Southwest Athletic Complex (2801 SW Thistle) tonight vs. Roosevelt, 7 pm, which is also when Eastside Catholic visits Seattle Prep at West Seattle Stadium.

BLUES & BOOGIE-WOOGIE: That’s what you’ll find at Kenyon Hall tonight, 7:30 pm, with Orville Johnson and Casey MacGill. (7904 35th SW)

HERE’S WHAT ELSE IS UP: See it all on our complete calendar.

YOU CAN HELP! Fight MS through music and dance with the West Seattle Big Band on Saturday

October 1, 2015 at 9:05 pm | In Fun stuff to do, How to help, West Seattle news | 2 Comments

(Photo courtesy West Seattle Big Band)

This Saturday, enjoy the music of the West Seattle Big Band – and dance if you want to – to make a difference in the fight against multiple sclerosis! Here’s the announcement:

You can make a difference, and enjoy live music from the West Seattle Big Band at the same time! The third annual Dance MS is being held at the West Seattle Senior Center (4217 SW Oregon) on Saturday, October 3rd, from 7-10 pm. Come ready to dance, or just to listen to some great music.

The event also includes a small live auction, and several silent auction items, ranging from coffee at C&P to vacation packages to drum lessons. All of the event proceeds will go toward the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, since event expenses are either covered through the band or donation.

You may know the West Seattle Big Band from our connection to the Seattle schools: while we perform for events such as weddings and concerts throughout the Seattle area, rather than taking pay, musicians in the band donate any income back to assist school band programs, primarily in the West Seattle area.

Dance MS strays from the band’s mission statement, but holds a special meaning for the group. In 2012, our piano player Brooke Yool was diagnosed with MS. She asked for the band’s support and arranged the first Dance MS in 2013, and the event was a huge success.

So, we ask for your support to make the third Dance MS even more successful than the first two. In order for this to happen, we ask you — the local community — to help us in the fight against MS.

Come down to the West Seattle Senior Center on Saturday, October 3rd. Doors open at 7, and we’ll be going strong until 10. Suggested donation is $15. Hors d’oeuvres and soft drinks are included. You may buy tickets online at dancems.org , or you can reserve your spot by email or phone at brooke@dancems.org or 206-659-9391. Tickets will also be available at the door.

PHOTOS/VIDEO: West Seattle Car Show test-drives South Seattle College

September 13, 2015 at 11:33 am | In Fun stuff to do, Puget Ridge, West Seattle news | 15 Comments

(UPDATED SUNDAY NIGHT with video/info from post-show awards – scroll down)

(WSB photos by Patrick Sand)
11:33 AM: That ’57 BMW Isetta is one of the more unusual cars you’ll see today at the eighth annual West Seattle Car Show, rebooted to a brand-new location in the north lot at South Seattle College (6000 16th SW; WSB sponsor). The cars span the decades – going back even further, here’s a 1947 Buick Super 8 convertible:

A 1972 Cadillac Eldorado:

Trophies will be announced and awarded at 3 pm – and if you come to the show by 2:30 pm, you can vote on the People’s Choice award:

Along with the cars, you’ll see trucks, bicycles, and this mini-hydroplane showing off a 1959 Mercury Mark motor:

The West Seattle-based Nibbles food truck is here with its “Southwest fusion” flavors:

(So far, the mini-donut truck is a no-show.) You’ll find beverages inside the Northwest Wine Academy – including some of their award-winning wines:

While the fog and clouds are starting to lift, it’s also a great day for hot beverages, and you’ll find coffee there too. Again this year, Swedish Automotive and West Seattle Autoworks (both WSB sponsors) organized the show. Come say hi – our booth is next to their table on the east side of the show, where you can buy a raffle ticket that will benefit the SSC Automotive Tech program as do proceeds from the registration fees. A DJ’s playing hits old and new, and the clouds are starting to lift – we see the sun starting to break through to the south. More to come!

1:02 PM: Yes, the sun did break through, and we’re seeing a couple spots of blue sky. A hula-hooping competition’s happening right now:

At 2 pm, a live band is going to play – the Disco Cowboys. More of the vehicles that are here:

That’s a 1967 bike with a 1960 sidecar. Here’s a 1963 Comet:

Don’t miss the interiors. This 1967 Pontiac GTO is particularly showy:

1:30 PM: One more hour to vote for the People’s Choice, an hour and a half until the awards – now that the Seahawks game is over, you have time to get here and see setups like this 1974 VW van and its accessories:

Someone who just stopped by the booth to say hi described the turnout as an “eclectic mix.”

That’s a 1957 Plymouth and its mini-counterpart. And we have the first full-on sunbreak of the day!

While you’re here wander over to the SSC Automotive areas on the southwest side of the lot – where you’ll see these trucks:

And you’ll find the occasional backstory like this one!

1:58 PM: Lots of spectators in Seahawks jerseys showing up now. Come on down – still time to see it all.

We’ll have coverage of the awards a bit later – but first, we have to do a little reconnoitering to get downtown for the Seattle Public Schools strike briefing at 3, but half the team will be back here at the show shortly.
ADDED: From the final hour, a bit of Disco Cowboys video:

They had an attentive fan up on his feet and dancing for just about the entire set:

Winners and a few more show scenes still to come.

ADDED SUNDAY NIGHT: First, the awards ceremony – the announcer was Todd Ainsworth from co-presenting West Seattle Autoworks (which is about to celebrate its 5th anniversary!), still in his outfit from the Disco Cowboys performance:

The list, transcribed from our video:

Best in Show and Best Muscle Car – 1971 Plymouth Road Runner Super Bird
People’s Choice – 1957 BMW Isetta (the little blue car shown at the top of this story)
Green Car/alternative fuel – Ford C-Max
Best Custom (5 or more modifications) – 1955 Chevy
Best Motorcycle (and the only motorcycle at the show) the 1971 Norton w/ sidecar
Best Import – 1955 MG
Best Modern Car (1990 or newer) – 2008 Corvette
Best Classic (1965-1989) 1968 Olds Cutlass
Best Pre-Antique (1964 or older) 1957 Caddy

A few more photos to come!

SUNDAY: West Seattle Car Show’s debut at its new community-suggested home

September 11, 2015 at 9:15 pm | In Fun stuff to do, Puget Ridge, West Seattle news | 2 Comments

One more reminder before we get to the weekend: It’s time for the eighth annual West Seattle Car Show this Sunday – but don’t look for it in the usual place; it has a brand-new home, on the campus of South Seattle College (WSB sponsor). When it was announced earlier this year that The Junction was no longer available, car-show fans weren’t willing to take “no show” for an answer, and some suggested SSC. Turned out to be a perfect fit because of not only room to roam but also, the campus is home to a well-regarded Automotive Technology program (which is the beneficiary from proceeds of the show, organized again this year by Swedish Automotive and West Seattle Autoworks [both also WSB sponsors]). You’ll be able to tour the program’s home on the north end of the campus during show hours 10 am-3 pm on Sunday, along with another one of SSC’s gems, the Northwest Wine Academy. Wine and beer also will be available for purchase, as will food from local trucks Nibbles and Mini The Dough-Nut. As for the cars (and motorcycles), you can still register on show day – load-in starts at 8 am, and the application is downloadable from the official West Seattle Car Show website. As one of the show co-sponsors, we hope to see you there on Sunday – look for the college’s north entrance, 6000 16th Avenue SW on Puget Ridge.

NEXT SUNDAY: 8th annual West Seattle Car Show, 1st one at SSC

September 6, 2015 at 7:38 pm | In Fun stuff to do, West Seattle news | Comments Off

Early look at the forecast suggests sunshine will grace the eighth annual West Seattle Car Show, now just one week away, next Sunday, September 13th. The show will be at South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) for the first time, as suggested by community members, and that means you’ll also get to see some of the school’s legendary programs showcased, including the Northwest Wine Academy (with wine and beer available for purchase) and Automotive Technology, both on the north side of the SSC campus at 6000 16th SW, as is the Seattle Chinese Garden, which is offering kids’ activities on show day. Food trucks will be on site, including Nibbles and Mini The Dough-Nut. The show runs 10 am-3 pm, and registration is still open – awards will be announced at 3 pm in these categories:

Hoffman Memorial – Best in Show [after show founder Michael Hoffman]
People’s Choice
Best Antique (pre-1965)
Best Classic (1965-1989)
Best Modern / Future Classic (1990 – present)
Best Muscle Car
Best Import
Best Motorcycle
Best Custom
(5 or more significant modifications)
Best Alternative Fuel – “Green Car”

Pre-registration is over but you can show up starting at 8 am on show day – print out the registration form and bring it!

4 ways to spend the rest of your West Seattle Friday

September 4, 2015 at 12:20 pm | In Fun stuff to do, West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | 2 Comments

Four highlights for your afternoon and evening, if you’re not leaving town for the holiday weekend:

HAPPY 13TH BIRTHDAY, HOTWIRE ONLINE COFFEEHOUSE! WSB’s flagship sponsor – hub of many community activities, including West Seattle Outdoor Movies – is celebrating “lucky #13″ today, and proprietor Lora Swift (WSB photo below) has decided that YOU get the gift(s)!

Details are on the HWC Facebook page. Hotwire’s open until 7 pm. (4410 California SW)

CORNER BAR, WITH RAT CITY BRASS: 6 pm at Highland Park Improvement Club, it’s the first-Friday pop-up Corner Bar, featuring Rat City Brass starting at 7:30 pm. Details in our calendar listing. (12th SW & SW Holden)

LIVE MUSIC AT C & P: Teresa Mae performs tonight at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), 7-9 pm. (5612 California SW)

LIVE IN-STORE WITH DANNY NEWCOMB & THE SUGARMAKERS: Longtime local musician, new band, new record – all combine for a free 8 pm all-ages in-store concert at Easy Street Records; info in our calendar listing. (California SW & SW Alaska)

COUNTDOWN: West Seattle Car Show less than 2 weeks away at its brand-new home

August 31, 2015 at 9:22 pm | In Fun stuff to do, Puget Ridge, West Seattle news | 2 Comments

13 days until the first time you can enjoy the West Seattle Car Show at its new home at South Seattle College – Sunday, September 13th, 10 am-3 pm. Still time to register your vehicle if you want to show off, and there’s still time to sign up as a sponsor of the show, we’re reminded by the organizers at Swedish Automotive and West Seattle Autoworks (which, like SSC, are both WSB sponsors). They wanted to shout out to the sponsors who are signed up already – Advance Auto Parts, O’Reilly’s Auto Parts, Tom’s Automotive, WebCami, George Butterfield of Berkshire Hathaway Northwest HomeServices Real Estate, West Seattle Health Club, and us here at WSB. To inquire about sponsoring the show, e-mail wscarshow@gmail.com – to register your vehicle or motorcycle, go here for the application. And if you just want to make plans to be there, mark your calendar … no tickets needed, because the West Seattle Car Show is free to see. You’ll get to explore some of SSC’s signature points of pride, too, including its strong>Northwest Wine Academy and Automotive Technology program, which is the show’s beneficiary. See you there!

SATURDAY: Big garage sale at Tibbetts United Methodist Church

August 28, 2015 at 9:36 pm | In Fun stuff to do, West Seattle news | Comments Off

Are you a quilter? Know one? Look what’s up for grabs on one of the tables at Tibbetts United Methodist Church‘s big indoor garage sale tomorrow, 9 am-5 pm. It’s a little different from the rummage sales you might remember in Tibbetts’ past, but one thing’s the same – a huge room full of stuff. Crystal, anyone?

We stopped by tonight while volunteers finished sorting and arranging the thousands of items ready for you to browse tomorrow. One day only! Tibbetts is on the northeast corner of 41st and Andover.

Going up? Celebrating climbing @ new Camp Long Mountain Fest

August 27, 2015 at 6:48 pm | In Fun stuff to do, West Seattle news, West Seattle parks | 3 Comments

(Schurman Rock photo courtesy Seattle Parks)

Long before climbing walls and other ways of heading up without going to the mountains, there was Schurman Rock. It’s just one big reason Camp Long is hosting the new Mountain Fest on September 13th. Here’s how Seattle Parks is announcing the event:

Rock climbing is fast becoming the sport of choice for many in search of an athletic activity with both grit and Zen. Climbing, it seems, is scaling into the mainstream. According to the Outdoor Industry Association, over 10 million people in the United States participate in rock climbing on some level, and Seattleites in particular have embraced this sport with a passion, with rock climbing gyms and venues, both indoor and outdoor­, growing exponentially all the time. To celebrate both this coming-of-age time for the sport of climbing and Seattle’s long-standing mountain and climbing history/community, Seattle Parks and Recreation will open up its historic Camp Long for a Mountain Festival on September 13th from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. — where anyone, from novices to hard-core enthusiasts, can get their hands on the rocks and feet off the ground.

Visitors to the Camp Long Mountain Fest will find an exhilarating mix of climbing, conviviality, and challenge.

Click to read the rest of Going up? Celebrating climbing @ new Camp Long Mountain Fest…

THURSDAY: Caspar Babypants closes out this year’s Summer Concerts at Hiawatha

August 25, 2015 at 7:43 pm | In Fun stuff to do, West Seattle news, WS culture/arts | Comments Off

(WSB photo, July 2014)

Usually, you can wander onto Hiawatha Community Center‘s east lawn relatively close to showtime and still get a spot for a Summer Concerts at Hiawatha show. This Thursday, though, if you’re planning to go see and hear Caspar Babypants, you’ll want to get there a little earlier than you would otherwise – the kiddie-rock star’s concerts are usually the most popular ones of the series. On July 31st last year (WSB coverage here), the series-presenting Admiral Neighborhood Association estimated well over a thousand attendees. (Of course, when the heart of the fan base can count their ages on one hand, that means 1,000+ people take up less room than other circumstances.) If you’re new around here and not familiar with Caspar Babypants – it’s the alter-ego of West Seattle-residing rocker Chris Ballew, who originally came to fame for his work with The Presidents of the United States of America. His show at 6:30 pm Thursday closes out this year’s series (with co-sponsors including WSB); no admission charge, so just bring a chair or blanket, picnic dinner if you want, and have a great time Thursday night!

SATURDAY NIGHT: ‘Rocky Horror Picture Show’ closes West Seattle Outdoor Movies’ 2015 season

August 21, 2015 at 7:54 pm | In Fun stuff to do, West Seattle news, West Seattle Outdoor Movies | 5 Comments

Time is … fleeting! In one month, it’ll be the 40th anniversary of the debut of “Rocky Horror Picture Show.” Don’t wait to celebrate – do it tomorrow night at the courtyard by Hotwire Online Coffeehouse (WSB sponsor), during this year’s West Seattle Outdoor Movies finale. (No rice, please – birdseed will be provided!) And bring your own chairs/blankets … and do show up early – gates open at 6:30 pm and you can start staking out your spot then. Movie (free!) is at dusk, which should be around 8:30 pm. Before then, live comedy and music, and concessions (provided by and benefiting the Southwest Seattle Historical Society) plus raffle benefiting Furry Faces Foundation and AARF. Hotwire’s at 4410 California SW, next to the Junction post office.

Potential cover dog in the house? CityDog Cover Model Search at West Seattle Thriftway this Sunday

August 19, 2015 at 9:49 pm | In Fun stuff to do, Pets, West Seattle news | Comments Off

It’s a tail-wagging prospect: Your dog, on the cover of CityDog Magazine (founded and edited by West Seattleite Brandie Ahlgren)! First step is this Sunday, when the annual CityDog Cover Dog Model Search returns to West Seattle Thriftway (WSB sponsor). From CityDog:

ALL dogs are welcome to enter for the chance to be on the cover of CityDog, and because all dogs are super models, each and every canine contestant will get their photo in the magazine! $10 per dog to benefit the Doney Memorial Animal Clinic.

Simply swing by West Seattle Thriftway between noon and 2 p.m. on Sunday, August 23, and CityDog Magazine will snap a photo of your pooch for the chance to be on the cover!

CityDog is 10 years old this year, by the way (human years, anyway).

Meeples Games: Welcoming a new West Seattle Blog sponsor

August 18, 2015 at 3:24 pm | In Fun stuff to do, West Seattle businesses, West Seattle news | 5 Comments

Today we’re welcoming Meeples Games as a new WSB sponsor! Here’s what Meeples‘ proprietors would like you to know about their business:

At Meeples Games, our goal is to bring people together through tabletop gaming by providing an amazing space; outstanding customer service; delicious local foods, coffee, and brews; and a massive selection of games to play and to buy.

Owners Laura Schneider and Brian Taylor opened Meeples in May 2014 on the second floor of Charlestown Center (California & Charlestown). We’re proud to have been chosen West Seattle’s Westside Emerging Business of the Year 2015. We and many of our co-workers live in West Seattle, and we are an integrated part of the community. We have been embraced by our amazing neighborhood and are thrilled to bring our passion for tabletop gaming to everyone. In this digital era it is important to us to bring people together via face-to-face gaming and at Meeples Games, it’s “all analog, all the time!”

We offer tabletop games for all ages, including board games, card games, role-playing games, miniatures, puzzles, Magic: the Gathering, Pokemon, classic games, and accessories. We have a large library of games to play and a comfortable play space. Our café features locally sourced sandwiches, salads, pastries, plates-to-share, snacks, espresso, nitro cold brew, and local beers and cider on tap. We strive to bring good, simple food to gamers in a fun and family-friendly environment. Daily gaming events are listed in-store and on our website – www.meeplesgames.com – and include Magic: the Gathering tournaments, Pokemon League, Netrunner League, Star Wars X-Wing, D&D, learn-to-play sessions, and much, much more. We even reserve tables and host birthday parties and other events! Here’s how to reach Meeples Games, online and by phone.

We thank Meeples Games for sponsoring independent, community-collaborative neighborhood news via WSB; find our current sponsor team listed in directory format here, and find info on joining the team by going here.

SATURDAY: West Seattle Bee Garden hosts first-ever Puget Sound Beekeepers Association Kids’ Day

August 18, 2015 at 2:32 pm | In Fun stuff to do, Gardening, High Point, West Seattle news | Comments Off

(Photo by Ann Anderson)

Where would we be without bees? Your favorite kid(s) can learn more about them at the West Seattle Bee Garden on Saturday, during the first-ever Kids Day presented by the Puget Sound Beekeepers Association! WSBG founder Lauren Englund shares the news:

Beekeepers from the Puget Sound Beekeepers Association are gearing up for the first PSBA Kids’ Day!

The day will begin with a story time hosted by the Seattle Public Library, followed by a variety of science activities. Kids will join a group and rotate through a live hive demonstration, scavenger hunt, and activity booths.

Booth themes will include Waggle Dance, Pollination Simulation, Bee and Flower Facts, Honey Tasting, Meet the Beekeepers, and Crafts.

Participation is free – we hope everyone can come join the fun! We recommend arriving a few minutes early to get assigned to your group before the Story Time begins. Registration/Sign-in will begin at 9:30 am. Parents/Chaperones, please plan to enjoy the event along with your attendees

Know if you can make it? Great! Please register here. Not sure? That’s ok. Walk-ins will be welcome too!

Registration helps them figure out how many kids to plan for, but again, it’s not mandatory. You can find out more about Kids’ Day on the WS Bee Garden’s website; if you’ve never been there before, here’s how/where to find it.

COUNTDOWN: 2015 West Seattle Car Show, one month away!

August 14, 2015 at 10:49 am | In Fun stuff to do, West Seattle news | 3 Comments

Actually, it’s one month minus one day until the 2015 West Seattle Car Show, and if you’re thinking of showing off your vehicle, now’s the time to register. If you’re just catching up: As announced here in June, the show will be at a new location this year, the expansive north parking lot at South Seattle College (6000 16th SW; WSB sponsor), on Sunday, September 13th, 10 am-3 pm. Swedish Automotive and West Seattle Autoworks (also both WSB sponsors) are presenting the West Seattle Car Show again this year. You can register a car, truck, or motorcycle (or more than one, for that matter!) – find the registration form here. Proceeds will benefit SSC’s Automotive Technology program, which will be featured during the show along with some of SSC’s other specialties, including its award-winning Northwest Wine Academy. The plan for September 13th also includes food trucks and even the Seahawks‘ road game (at St. Louis) on a big-screen TV. More details as it gets closer, but for starters, sign up to show off! And there’s still time to become a sponsor – e-mail wscarshow@gmail.com to find out how.

VIDEO: Modern Relics @ Summer Concerts at Hiawatha

August 13, 2015 at 7:06 pm | In Fun stuff to do, West Seattle news, WS culture/arts | 2 Comments

The Modern Relics are onstage in front of another hundreds-strong crowd on the east lawn of Hiawatha Community Center right now, and you still have another hour or so to stop by and catch the bright style the band describes as “country soul.”

Maybe even get up and dance with the dozen or so little ones who are bouncing in front of the stage as they always do.

It’s free to enjoy Summer Concerts at Hiawatha, courtesy of the Admiral Neighborhood Association – just bring a chair/blanket. If you miss tonight’s show, two more to go – Ayron Jones and The Way at 6:30 pm next Thursday (August 20th) and the grand finale with Caspar Babypants, on August 27th.

ADDED: Photos and video inline, above, from the Modern Relics’ show.

This week’s free outdoor entertainment: Modern Relics @ Hiawatha; Overton Berry @ The Mount; ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ @ WS Outdoor Movies

August 11, 2015 at 7:02 pm | In Fun stuff to do, West Seattle news | 4 Comments

Looking ahead to this week’s biggest free-outdoor-entertainment events:

MODERN RELICS AT HIAWATHA: 6:30 pm Thursday (August 13th), the Admiral Neighborhood Association-presented Summer Concerts at Hiawatha series brings the Modern Relics‘ “country soul” sound to the park on the community center’s east lawn (Lander/Walnut).

Free – bring your own chair/blanket, bring family/friends/dinner/etc. Fourth of six concerts this summer.

(corrected since original publication) OVERTON BERRY AT THE MOUNT: 6 pm Friday (August 14th), the Overton Berry Jazz Duo takes centerstage at Providence Mount St. Vincent.

This too is a free show – if you’re interested in buying dinner and/or beer/wine, all that goes on sale at 5:30 pm – see the menu here. (4831 35th SW)

‘GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY’ AT WEST SEATTLE OUTDOOR MOVIES: Gates open at 6:30 pm, movie at dusk (8:30-ish) on Saturday (August 15th) for the second-to-last West Seattle Outdoor Movies presentation of the year, the 2014 mega-hit “Guardians of the Galaxy.”

Get there early! No admission charge here either, but if you can, bring $ for the raffle tickets and concessions that benefit local nonprofits. It all happens at the courtyard by Hotwire Online Coffeehouse (4410 California SW; WSB sponsor).

VIDEO: Acoustic start, rockin’ finish for Star Anna at Summer Concerts @ Hiawatha

August 6, 2015 at 6:45 pm | In Fun stuff to do, West Seattle news, WS culture/arts | Comments Off

6:45 PM: If you’re not already at Hiawatha Community Center park – grab a folding chair and get over to the east lawn while blues/folk/rock artist Star Anna is onstage! Her show is the third of six in this year’s Summer Concerts at Hiawatha series (presented by the Admiral Neighborhood Association with co-sponsors including WSB), on until about 8 pm, along Walnut south of Lander.

7:03 PM: Added a quick Instagram clip (mouse over the image to find the “play” button); more photos/video later. She’s warming up, as she put it, with solo songs, and says her band will join in after the upcoming break – “then you can really start dancing,” she said, perhaps to the small children swarming in front of the stage.

Good crowd here as usual but still lots of room to pull up your own corner of the lawn and settle in for some good music.

7:49 PM: One more Instagram clip, from Star Anna’s rockin’ set with the band.

ADDED: A full song, above, and a few photos inline. Next week, Modern Relics (August 13th).

OUTDOOR MUSIC! 3 chances this week – @ Hiawatha, The Mount, Delridge Day

August 4, 2015 at 1:07 pm | In Fun stuff to do, West Seattle news, WS culture/arts | 1 Comment

Here in the heart of summer, extra chances to enjoy fresh air and fun times – this week, three outdoor-music opportunities in West Seattle:

THURSDAY – STAR ANNA @ HIAWATHA: This week’s Summer Concerts at Hiawatha headliner is alt-country sensation Star Anna, 6:30 pm Thursday on the east lawn at Hiawatha Community Center. Free – just bring your chair/blanket, picnic dinner (no concessions on site), family/friends/neighbors, and get ready for great music. Presented by the Admiral Neighborhood Association, with sponsors including WSB. (Walnut/Lander)

FRIDAY – 85TH ST. BIG BAND @ THE MOUNT: Providence Mount St. Vincent kicks off its four-Fridays summer concert series this week with the 85th Street Big Band on the patio on the south side of its campus, 6 pm – concert’s free, but you can buy dinner/beer/wine if interested – see the menu via a link in our series preview. (4831 35th SW)

SATURDAY – DELRIDGE DAY: VIEWS, which is presenting the Delridge Day festival 11 am-3 pm this Saturday at Delridge Community Center/Park/Skatepark, has shared the music schedule:

11:00 am – Quarter Past 8 – rock
12:00 noon – Ellis Brothers – jazz
1:00 pm – Yesod – psychedelic world music
2:00 pm – Oldies But Goodies – classic Rock/R&B

Delridge Day also is free to attend – see our previous preview here. (Delridge/Genesee)

Fun takes flight: Kite Festival at Seattle Chinese Garden

August 1, 2015 at 4:00 pm | In Fun stuff to do, Puget Ridge, West Seattle news | Comments Off

At this year’s Kite Festival, happening right now at the Seattle Chinese Garden on Puget Ridge, you can admire the kites … and/or fly one of your own:

Call it a human- and wind-powered celebration of flight:

The garden’s at the north end of South Seattle College (6000 16th SW; WSB sponsor). Admission is free for everyone up to age 17; $3 donation suggested for adults. The festival continues with demonstrations, entertainment, and more, as well as kite-flying (buy one if you don’t have one to bring!), until 6 pm.

Another outdoor-concert series ahead: The Mount’s 2015 lineup

July 31, 2015 at 9:31 am | In Fun stuff to do, West Seattle news | 1 Comment

(WSB file photo)
Been enjoying this summer’s outdoor music? One more concert series is about to start: Providence Mount St. Vincent (aka “The Mount”) has announced the lineup for its four annual Friday-night shows, starting one week from tonight:

Aug. 7th: The 85th Street Big Band
Featuring swing favorites from the 30s, 40s & 50s

Aug. 14th: Overton Berry Jazz Duo
Legendary Seattle jazz pianist

Aug. 21st: The Illusion of Elvis by Danny Vernon
The King is back by popular demand!

Aug. 28th: STRUM (Seattle’s Totally Relaxed Ukulele Musicians)
Wear your Hawaiian shirt and join us for a fun evening with ukulele musicians who play a variety of great music.

Shows are free, 6-7:30 pm, with free popcorn and snow cones; bring your own chair/blanket. If you’re interested in buying dinner, it’s available 5:30-7:30 pm, with a different featured entree every week or a hamburger/hot-dog option, all with sides and dessert – see this year’s menu here; wine and beer are available for purchase, too. The Mount is at 4831 35th SW (map) and the concerts are on the south side of the campus.

THURSDAY: Naomi Wachira @ Summer Concerts at Hiawatha

July 28, 2015 at 9:05 pm | In Fun stuff to do, West Seattle news, WS culture/arts | 2 Comments

Singer/songwriter Naomi Wachira will serenade you on what promises to be a warm, clear Thursday night, second Summer Concerts at Hiawatha show of 2015. Above is her official video for “African Girl,” published in 2013, the year she was labeled “best folk singer in Seattle”; find more of her videos, including live-performance clips, here. Music starts at 6:30 pm and usually goes until about 8 on the east lawn of Hiawatha Community Center (Lander/Walnut) – bring a chair, blanket, family, friends, dinner, and be ready to relax. (WSB is proud to be a series co-sponsor again this year.)

TOMORROW: Free lunch plus Field Day fun for West Seattle kids

July 28, 2015 at 9:33 am | In Fun stuff to do, West Seattle news | Comments Off

As the free-summer-meals program for local kids continues, tomorrow brings a bonus – Field Day activities at 15 sites around the county, including three in West Seattle – featured below in bold:

On July 29th from 12 pm-2 pm, United Way of King County is organizing a Summer Meals
Field Day! It will be taking place at 15 meal sites in King County. These sites are Northacres Playground, Judkins(lower) Playground, Cal Anderson Park, Beacon Hill Playground, Georgetown Playground, Othello Playground, E.C. Hughes Playground, Highland Park Elementary, Roxhill Playground, Maplewood Playground, Royal Hills Apartments, Angle Lake Park, Midway Park, and Parkside. Any child 18 and under is welcome to come and participate in the fun field day activities and enjoy a free lunch!

For more info about free summer meals, here’s the announcement we published two weeks ago.

SATURDAY: 3rd annual Kite Festival to soar over Seattle Chinese Garden on Puget Ridge

July 27, 2015 at 10:30 pm | In Fun stuff to do, Puget Ridge, West Seattle news | Comments Off

(WSB photo from 2014 Seattle Chinese Garden Kite Festival)

The Blue Angels and other Seafair Air Show participants won’t be alone in the sky this Saturday – as you might already have seen in the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar, it’s also the third annual Kite Festival at the Seattle Chinese Garden on Puget Ridge. More than 500 people visited the garden on the north end of the South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) campus for last year’s festival; it’s happening 2-6 pm Saturday (plenty of time to arrive AFTER the Blue Angels’ 1:40 pm-ish show if that’s already in your plans). Bring your own kite OR buy one at the festival; enjoy kite-flying demos, kite-painting for kids, courtyard entertainment, and refreshments. 17 and under get in free; $3 suggested donation for adults.

This summer’s Duwamish River kayak-tour series starts this week

July 27, 2015 at 1:14 pm | In Environment, Fun stuff to do, West Seattle news | Comments Off

(WSB file photo)
Get out on the water and experience Seattle’s “river for all” firsthand – this summer’s series of Duwamish River community kayak tours is about to start. First one is at 6 pm this Wednesday night (July 29th), focusing on the river’s birds, fish, and other wildlife. Here’s how to RSVP – when you do, you’ll get details including whether they’re launching from West Seattle or South Park.

VIDEO: Musicians on the march @ Band Jam 2015

July 24, 2015 at 7:13 pm | In Fun stuff to do, West Seattle news, WS culture/arts | 4 Comments

7:13 PM: The Junior All-City Band (above) is on the field right now at Southwest Athletic Complex as an hour and a half of marching-band music gets under way @ Band Jam 2015.

All welcome – free! See the WSB Instagram feed for video clips as it continues.

9:13 PM: The jamboree is over – another high-energy show! – and the bands are off to get ready for their next gigs, including tomorrow night’s Seafair Torchlight Parade, the lineup for which features two of tonight’s featured bands, the All-City Band and Sumner Spartans Marching Band (below):

We’ve added a few of our Instagram clips, while downloading photos and video to publish/substitute in this story later.

11:44 PM: More photos! A drill team joined the lineup this year, the Washington Diamonds:

You might have seen their award-winning performance in the West Seattle Grand Parade a week ago. Tonight, they performed alone and with the All-City Band.

The ACB, of course, is the host of Band Jam, and the stars of the show, for their moves as well as their music:

The ACB program is directed by Marcus Pimpleton, who also has long led other programs including Denny International Middle School and Chief Sealth International High School across the street from tonight’s venue:

The other sizable band in the show, Sumner:

Bands don’t have to be big in size to have a big sound. The Rainbow City Marching Band strode onto the field and proved that:

As announced, and as described online, this Seattle-based band is part of a community-based program promoting LGBTA inclusivity.

Smaller still, but also spirited, the Ten Man Brass Band:

They’re also Seattle-based and describe their style as “riot jazz”:

And then, raucous as ever, comes the Chaotic Noise Marching Corps:

The self-described “renegade marching band” rocked the stadium again this year:

All the acts drew vigorous applause from spectators – cheers and whoops too. Band Jam dates back to 2009 as a Torchlight Parade-eve tuneup opportunity; it moved to Memorial Stadium downtown for a few years but came back here last year.

VIDEO: Carrie Akre opens 2015 Summer Concerts at Hiawatha

July 23, 2015 at 7:02 pm | In Fun stuff to do, West Seattle news, WS culture/arts | 2 Comments

7:02 PM: As forecast, the clouds cleared and the sun shone in time for tonight’s first Summer Concerts at Hiawatha show. Hundreds are on hand to see and hear West Seattle-residing singer Carrie Akre:

You still have time to get to the park (east side of Hiawatha Community Center) to enjoy the show until 8 pm or so. If you can’t get there tonight, you have five more concerts to enjoy, over the next five Thursday nights – courtesy of the Admiral Neighborhood Association – see the schedule here.

10:20 PM: We recorded this song:

Akre returned to West Seattle last year, as noted in this WSB story from November.

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