Happening now: 9th annual Duwamish River Festival

August 23, 2014 at 2:34 pm | In Fun stuff to do, South Park, West Seattle news | No Comments

Big turnout for the Duwamish River Festival, on until 4 pm at Duwamish Waterway Park in South Park! It’s a chance to learn about what’s happening on, in, and near the river …

… and to experience the river!

(Kayaks courtesy of West Seattle’s own Alki Kayak Tours/Mountain to Sound Outfitters.) There’s live entertainment too (see the schedule here) – during our visit, the Sounders FC band Sound Wave was performing:

The Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition organizes the festival; many organizations and businesses sponsor it (including WSB and partner site The South Park News). Check it out until 4 pm at 7900 10th Avenue South.

Duwamish River Festival: Who you’ll see onstage and when

August 22, 2014 at 1:59 pm | In Fun stuff to do, South Park, West Seattle news | No Comments

The entertainment schedule is out for tomorrow afternoon’s 9th annual Duwamish River Festival in nearby South Park (with co-sponsors including WSB). For all four hours of the festival, 12-4 pm at Duwamish Waterway Park, you can check out kayaking/boating on the river as well as booths featuring community groups/organizations. If you want to time your visit depending on who’s onstage, here’s the info:

12:20 pm – 12:40 pm Âu Lạc Vovinam Lion Dance Team performance

12:45 pm – 1:05 pm Trio Dulces- Afro Latin Band

1:30 pm – 1:50 pm Seattle Sounders FC Band: Sound Wave

1:55 pm – 2:10 pm Tlaloktekuhtli – Aztec Dance

2:15 pm – 2:35 pm Zumba – Fitness class

3:00 pm – 3:50 pm Orquesta Cambalache

The park is alongside the river at 7900 10th Avenue South (map).

Busy Thursday! Four big West Seattle events tomorrow, from Admiral to Luna Park to Puget Ridge …

August 20, 2014 at 9:13 pm | In Fun stuff to do, West Seattle news | No Comments

Early calendar preview for tomorrow, with four big events happening Thursday pm:

SUMMER CONCERTS AT HIAWATHA: The video above previews Jessica Lynne‘s “contemporary country” sound, which will fill the park east of Hiawatha Community Center for the fifth of this summer’s six concerts presented by the Admiral Neighborhood Association. 6:30 pm. Free!

HAPPY 25TH, LUNA PARK CAFE: 4-10 pm tomorrow, the famous café by the bridge marks a quarter-century, with one big party:

What? Never been there? LPC is at 2918 SW Avalon Way.

SUSTAINABLE WEST SEATTLE: The annual SWS picnic is Thursday night, and you’re invited. After a few years at the beach, this time it’s in the trees:

This year we’re celebrating at the Community Orchard of West Seattle from 6-9 PM. SWS will have music and food, tours of the orchard and garden, cider pressing with apples grown on site, demonstrations of electric bikes in the parking lot, and you can make a smoothie in our bike-powered blender. Feel free to bring a dish to share and or something to throw on the grill. We will provide charcoal grills, tables, drinks, musical entertainment.

The orchard is on the north end of the South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) campus at 6000 16th SW.

COMMUNITY BARBECUE IN SOUTH ADMIRAL: 5-8 pm, you’re invited to a community barbecue outside Equilibrium Fitness (WSB sponsor) and its neighbor businesses at 3270 California SW:

Free burgers (beef AND black bean) and hot dogs on the grill, music, cool people, at California/Hinds.

Summer Concerts at Hiawatha update: Tonight’s show = in the gym

August 14, 2014 at 4:36 pm | In Fun stuff to do, West Seattle news | No Comments

Just got the word from Tiffani at Hiawatha Community Center – with the possibility of showers, tonight’s Summer Concerts at Hiawatha show is in the gym! 6:30 pm, Radio Raheem‘s onstage, after an opening performance by The Little Gym of West Seattle - see you there. (P.S. Tiffani says there are about 60 chairs in the gym – so as is the case when the show’s outside, bring your own chair/blanket if you can!)

West Seattle Car Show update: 30 cars ready to roll, room for more – signing up sponsors, too!

August 13, 2014 at 2:28 pm | In Fun stuff to do, West Seattle news | 2 Comments

One week into registration for this year’s West Seattle Car Show – one month from tomorrow, on Sunday, September 14th, 10 am-4 pm, in the heart of The Junction. 30 cars have signed up already, according to the new organizers at Swedish Automotive and West Seattle Autoworks (both WSB sponsors). If you missed the news last week, the show is now “open class,” a big change from previous years, so it’s not just for old cars – if you have any other reason to want to show off your vehicle, sign up! (That includes creatively decorated vehicles – anyone want to bring an “art car,” for example?) If you’re interested, go here to sign up now! First come, first served. If you don’t want to register online, you can get a form by e-mailing wscarshow@gmail.com or calling 206.938.8685. That’s also how to sign up as a sponsor if your business/organization didn’t already get a form; three sponsors are on board so far (including us here at WSB) and more are welcome.

Happening now: Seattle Chinese Garden Kite Festival is aloft

August 9, 2014 at 4:00 pm | In Fun stuff to do, Puget Ridge, West Seattle news | No Comments

Here’s a reason for you to come visit one of West Seattle’s semi-hidden treasures – the Seattle Chinese Garden Kite Festival continues until 6 pm.

We just left the garden; it’s breezy and beautiful. It’s just past the horticulture zone on the northernmost end of South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) on Puget Ridge.

Admission is free; bring your own kite or buy one at the garden – also, as noted on the SCG home page, you can enjoy “kite flying demonstrations, displays, and kite painting.”

Up next at West Seattle Outdoor Movies: ‘Blues Brothers’

August 8, 2014 at 2:58 pm | In Fun stuff to do, West Seattle news, West Seattle Outdoor Movies | 2 Comments

(Photo taken before last Saturday’s WSOM, shared by Hotwire’s Lora Swift)
Before Friday is too far gone – we wanted to make note of a few Saturday highlights – starting with the next edition of West Seattle Outdoor Movies. Tomorrow night (August 9th) on the courtyard screen next to Hotwire Online Coffeehouse (4410 California SW; WSB sponsor), it’s the original “Blues Brothers” movie from 1980. Preshow music by Those Guys with Wrecking Yard. Bring your own chair/blanket. Free as always, but come with a few bucks if you can for nonprofit-benefiting raffles and concessions – tomorrow night’s featured beneficiary is the West Seattle Helpline. Gates open at 6:30, movie at dusk – 9-ish, but don’t try to arrive at the last minute, since the courtyard fills up fast.

Eyes on the sky again next Saturday: Kite Festival in West Seattle

August 3, 2014 at 2:19 pm | In Fun stuff to do, Puget Ridge, West Seattle news | Comments Off

This weekend, planes and helicopters hold the spotlight. Next Saturday, a simpler, nature-powered form of flight will be celebrated here in West Seattle, during the Seattle Chinese Garden Kite Festival. In case you haven’t seen it in the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar yet, here’s the invitation:

Come fly a kite at the Garden’s ridge-top site! Bring your own or buy one at the festival for a fun afternoon with family or friends. Activities for all ages include kite flying demonstrations, displays, and kite painting. Put your own creative stamp on one you paint yourself — materials provided. The festival also includes music and dance performances, Chinese painting demonstrations — and a dim sum booth by Hong Kong Café.

Admission is free. The Chinese Garden is on the north edge of the South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) campus, on Puget Ridge at 6000 16th SW.

Summer Concerts at Hiawatha this Thursday: Caspar Babypants

July 28, 2014 at 9:57 pm | In Fun stuff to do, West Seattle news, WS culture/arts | 5 Comments

(WSB photo from 2011 Hiawatha show)
The most popular performer ever at Summer Concerts at Hiawatha returns to the Admiral Neighborhood Association-sponsored series this week – Caspar Babypants, the West Seattle-based kiddie-rock star, takes the stage at 6:30 pm Thursday (July 31st). Via his website, he’s promising “a 90-minute show full of every hit you can sing!” as well as a chance to buy advance copies of the new CB album “Rise and Shine!” The concert itself is free – come early, bring your own chair/blanket, picnic dinner if you feel like it, and get ready to have a great time.

Summer Concerts at Hiawatha 2014 start this Thursday night

July 20, 2014 at 5:26 pm | In Fun stuff to do, West Seattle news | 1 Comment

Next big event in your West Seattle summer: The Admiral Neighborhood Association‘s Summer Concerts at Hiawatha series (with WSB among the co-sponsors) gets going this Thursday night, July 24th. Above, the video for “Cool” by Eclectic Approach, the first band in this year’s series. Bring friends, family, a blanket and/or chair(s), picnic dinner, and enjoy free live music at 6:30 pm this Thursday and each of the five that follow.

West Seattle summer: Your guide to the mega-weekend ahead

July 16, 2014 at 3:59 pm | In Fun stuff to do, West Seattle news | Comments Off

(WSB file photo: Mediterranean Fantasy Festival dancers at Hiawatha)
Before moving on to more of today’s news, we just wanted to take a few minutes to be sure this weekend’s major events are on your radar. Yes, we know these are not the ONLY events (you’ll find many other activities/events on our calendar), but they’re the big annual ones. Event names link to the official websites (or, if no official link, to our calendar listings):

Hiawatha Kids’ Fun Fest: Noon-3 pm, with carnival games, bouncy toys, more at/outside Hiawatha Community Center
White Center Jubilee Days: Noon-”late,” carnival at Steve Cox Memorial Park

*Float Dodger 5K – 9:30 am from California/Charlestown (online registration ends Thursday afternoon; same-day signups at 8 am
*West Seattle Grand Parade: California/Lander southward to California/Edmunds, motorcycle drill teams start ~10:30, full parade 11, Kiddie Parade from California/Genesee at 11
*Alki Art Fair – 10 am-6 pm (booths), music (schedule not out yet) and food continuing to 9 pm
*Mediterranean Fantasy Festival – 11 am-7 pm; dancer schedule here; vendor map/list here
*West Seattle Outdoor Movies; Movie at dusk but stake out your spot early, showing “Gravity” this week, Hotwire Coffee (WSB sponsor) courtyard
*White Center Jubilee Days: 11 am-4 pm car show; 2:30 pm parade northbound on 16th SW from SW 112th-100th; street fair info here

*West Seattle Garden Tour: 9 residential gardens, self-guided tour 9 am-5 pm plus noon guest lecture with Susie Egan at The Kenney (WSB sponsor), ticket info here
*WestSide Baby Stuff the Bus: 10 am-2 pm, drop off diapers at HomeStreet Bank (WSB sponsor) – most needed: newborn, 5, 6, pull-ups, sizes 3T-4T and 4T-5T, hygiene items such as diaper cream
*Alki Art Fair – 10 am-6 pm (booths), music (schedule not out yet) and food continuing to 8 pm
*Mediterranean Fantasy Festival – 11 am-5 pm; dancer schedule here; vendor map/list here
*White Center Jubilee Days: Street fair info here

New website up for West Seattle Car Show, set for September 14

July 15, 2014 at 3:14 pm | In Fun stuff to do, West Seattle news | 6 Comments

(WSB file photo)
Yes, the West Seattle Car Show is definitely a go for September 14th, and its new website has just gone live, announces Oliver Little, producing the show again this year, with new co-presenters Swedish Automotive and West Seattle Autoworks (both WSB sponsors), who stepped up to continue the legacy of car-show founder Michael Hoffman, who died in March, just 47 years old.

As always, you’ll be able to wander the streets of The Junction admiring hundreds of vehicles; admission will be free as usual, with optional raffles/drawings that will raise money for Pencil Me In For Kids, which provides school supplies to children in need. So mark your calendar – 10 am-4 pm Sunday, September 14th – and stand by for news of applications, plus sponsorship info, soon.

Happening now: West Seattle Summer Fest Eve, July Art Walk

July 10, 2014 at 7:33 pm | In Fun stuff to do, West Seattle Art Walk, West Seattle news | 3 Comments

The streets are closed in the heart of The Junction and the party’s on – West Seattle Summer Fest eve, setup going on while, as the night began, Bubbleman made his traditional appearance outside Elliott Bay Brewery:

And as he performed, the setup continued (vendors don’t arrive until tomorrow morning, but the booths, stage, and other components need to go up tonight):

Some merchants got going on the Summer Fest sidewalk sale early – like Tom Henry of JF Henry (WSB sponsor):

There’s music in the street – some of it hasn’t even started yet (West 5 proprietor Dave Montoure told us things would get going around 8 pm outside his venue) – and WS Art Walk until 9.

As part of Art Walk, S. Tudyk is at Click! Design That Fits (WSB sponsor), where the Summer Fest pre-party also features Click! co-proprietor Frances Smersh introducing new jewelry. At Hotwire Online Coffeehouse (WSB sponsor), Clay Eals from the Southwest Seattle Historical Society was there for the ongoing show of photos celebrating the 30th anniversary of the high-level bridge:

The two photos with him are before – the old bridge – and after (aerial photo by Long B. Nguyen, whose work is often seen here on WSB). More to come.

More West Seattle summer music: The Mount’s concert lineup

July 7, 2014 at 12:01 pm | In Fun stuff to do, West Seattle news, WS culture/arts | Comments Off

(2012 WSB photo: Danny Vernon at The Mount)
West Seattle’s summer outdoor-music scene gets into high gear with Summer Fest this Friday-Saturday-Sunday (lineup here), presented by the West Seattle Junction Association (co-sponsored by WSB), but that’s just the start. The Summer Concerts at Hiawatha series, presented by the Admiral Neighborhood Association (co-sponsored by WSB), starts July 24th (lineup here). And today, we have word of this year’s Providence Mount St. Vincent outdoor-concert schedule, starting August 1st:

Bring a blanket or lawn chairs. Free popcorn and snow cones. Great food, beer, and wine available for purchase. Special activities just for kids, such as face painting. And wonderful music to get your weekend started on the right note! Be sure to wear your dancing shoes!

Dinner: 5:30 to 7:00 pm
Live music: 6 to 7:30 pm

*August 1st — Danny Vernon, The Illusion of Elvis
He’s back by popular demand! Internationally known for his tribute to the King.

*August 8th — Alma y Azucar
Saucy music ensemble providing a wide range of exquisite and passionate selections of Latin styles and flavors.

*August 15th — The Spyrographs
Playing the best of spy, pop, surf, and Bossa Nova hits of the 1960s.

*August 22nd — The 85th Street Big Band
Lively 20-piece big band featuring swing favorites from the 1930s, 40s, and 50s including classic songs by Glenn Miller, Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman and Nat King Cole.

The Mount is at 4831 35th SW; the concerts are on the building’s south side.

West Seattle Garden Tour 2014: 2 weeks until your chance to tour 10 memorable local gardens

July 6, 2014 at 11:57 am | In Fun stuff to do, Gardening, West Seattle news | Comments Off

It’s a big year for anniversaries and the West Seattle Garden Tour is part of it – celebrating its 20th anniversary! We are now exactly two weeks away from the WSGT, which is a self-guided tour, 9 am-5 pm Sunday, July 20th. Ticket books are on sale, including the addresses of the nine residential gardens that are featured – along with the West Seattle Bee Garden in High Point – and the WSGT notes that among the nine is the garden of world-famous nature/culture photographer Art Wolfe, who will be there to talk with visitors and sign books. Your WSGT admission includes the guest lunchtime lecturer, Susie Egan, speaking at noon on tour day at The Kenney (WSB sponsor); she owns the private two-acre botanical garden/nursery Cottage Lake Gardens near Woodinville. WSGT is a nonprofit and its net proceeds in turn benefit other local nonprofits – see this year’s beneficiaries here. You have seven places/ways to buy your ticket book right now – here’s that list.

West Seattle 4th of July Kids’ Parade: Final reminder – hours away!

July 3, 2014 at 8:20 pm | In Fun stuff to do, Holidays, West Seattle news | Comments Off

One more quick reminder … we’re hours away from the 20th annual West Seattle 4th of July Kids’ Parade, 10 am tomorrow from 44th/Sunset as always, proceeding to Hamilton Viewpoint Park for post-parade games – that’s all free, but bring some $ for the concessions sold by the Admiral Neighborhood Association. If you’ve never seen/been in this parade before, it’s casual and fun (here’s our video from last year) … just hundreds of people young and not-as-young walking through North Admiral streets – red/white/blue decorations are encouraged but not mandatory – after a bit of ceremony (including 6th-grader Leilani Nitkey singing the national anthem) at the beginning. No floats. Usually a pace pickup and banner. A couple notes tonight from co-coordinator Jackie Clough – if you are driving to the parade, please don’t park along the route (the streets to the west and south, basically, but especially not on Atlantic, both sides of California) and remember there’s no parking at Hamilton Viewpoint for the duration of the event. Also – there’s some road work on Palm, the last bit of the way to the park after the parade crosses California (police stop traffic for the crossing), so that means one slight change for the last half-block or so into the park. See you in the morning!

Also Saturday: Play and learn @ Youth Resource Fair at Hiawatha

June 27, 2014 at 9:39 pm | In Fun stuff to do, West Seattle news | Comments Off

Another big event tomorrow:

West Seattle Wildcats Jr. Football and Cheer will be hosting a Youth Resource Fair on Saturday, June 28th at Hiawatha (2900 California SW). Come for some fun, entertainment, food, games, activities, arts, crafts, prizes, raffles, education, demonstrations, music, speakers, and more. Jump on the opportunity to dunk Coach Carter, win photos of Seahawk players, and punt pass and kick your way to $500. Appearances by some of Seattle Hottest DJ’s! DJ Funk Daddy, DJ Lovesick Larry, and DJ Custom Cuts.

You’ll find the fun outdoors at Hiawatha (2700 California SW) 10:30 am-3:30 pm tomorrow.

Still seeking summer camp? Three options with openings

June 24, 2014 at 12:25 pm | In Fun stuff to do, West Seattle news | 3 Comments

It’s the first full week of summer and some camp programs still have space. So if you are still planning your family’s summer, here are three possibilities:


Hiawatha Community Center Preschool Summer Camp is provided by the Associated Recreation Council in partnership with the Seattle Parks and Recreation. Come and explore discover and create this summer with hands-on, fun, and engaging activities. Preschoolers will have a variety of structured planned activities, free play, and outside time daily. Weekly Summer Camps are available to children ages 3-5 years of age, 9:30 am-1 pm Monday-Friday, $114/week. Contact the preschool director at 206-321-3187 or wendy.westover@seattle.gov. Weekly themes:

July 7th-11 – Commotion in the Ocean
July 14th-18th – Creepy Crawlies
July 21st-25th – Travel and Vacations
July 28th-Aug. 1st – Down on the Farm
August 4th-8th – Dino Mite

CHIEF SEALTH SOCCER CAMP: July 21-25, Chief Sealth International High School‘s head soccer coach Ron Johnson leads a camp presented by Friends of Sealth, for girls/boys entering grades 3-9 this fall. For more information/registration, here’s the brochure/application.

VIDEO CAMP AT MIND UNWIND: Kids 10 and up can spend two weeks learning to make a video documentary at Mind Unwind in The Admiral District. First day is July 21st. Full details are on the MU website.

3 big events next weekend: Relay for Life, Seafair Pirates’ Landing, South Park Bridge party

June 23, 2014 at 1:30 am | In Fun stuff to do, West Seattle news | Comments Off

If you haven’t browsed the calendar lately and have missed earlier previews – here’s a quick look at three major local events NEXT weekend:

FRIDAY NIGHT INTO SATURDAY MORNING – WEST SEATTLE RELAY FOR LIFE: You are welcome to drop by West Seattle Stadium to experience the ceremonies and cheer the West Seattle Relay for Life walkers, raising money for the American Cancer Society.

(WSB photo from June 2013 Relay for Life)
They start at 7 pm Friday and go all night and into the morning. Highlights include the survivors’ lap at 7:30 pm (right after the opening ceremony), the luminaria ceremony (honoring those who are fighting cancer and those who have in the past) at 10 pm, and the closing ceremonies at 11:30 am. The stadium’s off 35th just about a block south of Avalon.

SATURDAY MORNING/AFTERNOON – SEAFAIR PIRATES’ LANDING: Somewhere around or after 11:30 am Saturday, the Seafair Pirates will get the summer party started on Alki by appearing offshore and storming ashore.

(2012 WSB photo by Nick Adams)
The actual landing is just part of the festival-like atmosphere set up at the beach, both sides of the boardwalk, usually including bouncy rides and vendor booths, and the popular West Seattle Kiwanis-provided pirate hats for the first wee ones to arrive. Soon as we can dig more details out of the treasure chest, we’ll share them.

SUNDAY AFTERNOON/EVENING – SOUTH PARK BRIDGE PARTY: Exactly four years after the old South Park Bridge closed (June 30, 2010) with a feisty sort-of wake, the brand-new one opens Monday (June 30, 2014), the day after a major party. The celebration starts at noon Sunday (June 29), with a dedication ceremony at 3 pm, a parade across the bridge at 4:30 pm, and Lucha Libre (Mexican-style masked wrestling) in the street at 6 pm – more info here. The partying will be mostly north of the central SP intersection of 14th Avenue S./S. Cloverdale – here’s a map.

Seattle Public Library’s summer youth program starts tomorrow at West Seattle’s 4 branches and citywide

June 22, 2014 at 7:40 pm | In Fun stuff to do, West Seattle news | Comments Off

Here it comes – first full week of summer, first full week of summer vacation for all the Seattle kids whose school year wrapped up last week. The Seattle Public Library summer reading program starts tomorrow:

Children who sign up will receive a free book (one per child, while supplies last). Participants will receive stickers on their activity logs for completing activities such as learning a magic trick, searching the Library’s website for science experiment ideas, or creating a musical instrument out of everyday items.

In addition to encouraging reading, this year’s program also includes activities around science, technology, engineering, arts and math – areas especially important to the future success of students.

“Thanks to a partnership with the Pacific Science Center, our librarians received training that will help them present engaging science activities on an ongoing basis in the branches and out in the community,” said City Librarian Marcellus Turner.

The Library’s Summer of Learning website also will have ideas for fun, hands-on science activities that can be done at home or with friends.

Children who complete and log 10 activities will receive a free day pass to the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture. Those who complete their activity log by Monday, Aug. 4 will be entered into a drawing for the city librarian’s popular Breakfast of Champions event. All programs are free and open to the public.

The programs will be listed at the above-linked website starting tomorrow, promises SPL. We often feature local library programs in our daily calendar-highlights list, too. Not sure where to find your nearest library branch (West Seattle has four)? Check the citywide map.

Greet summer tomorrow with Alice Enevoldsen’s solstice-sunset watch

June 20, 2014 at 9:40 am | In Fun stuff to do, West Seattle news | Comments Off

Before we get to what’s up for the rest of today/tonight – a note about the Summer Solstice, arriving tomorrow at 3:51 am. As always, you’re invited to watch the first post-solstice sunset Saturday night with West Seattle’s own NASA Solar System Ambassador Alice Enevoldsen at Solstice Park. Alice suggests arriving by 8:45; more details on her website Alice’s Astro Info. (Alice also writes the periodic “Skies Over West Seattle” feature for WSB – past editions are archived here.)

West Seattle Saturday: Graduation time; Westwood festival; WS Cup; low-low-low tide; Admiral and Alki cleanups; more!

June 14, 2014 at 8:55 am | In Fun stuff to do, West Seattle news | 3 Comments

(Photo by John Westrock, shared via the WSB Flickr group)
Today’s list of highlights from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

FAMILY-FRIENDLY TENNIS! Starting today, the United States Tennis Association offers lessons for kids and families to learn together at the Solstice Park courts near Lincoln Park, and is sponsoring WSB to get the word out. 9 am Saturdays, 6 pm Thursdays, details here. (7400 Fauntleroy Way SW)

WEST SEATTLE CUP: 8:45 am-6:15 pm both days this weekend, you can go to Walt Hundley Playfield in High Point and cheer for the local families participating in this celebration of community and soccer, held concurrent with the first weekend of the World Cup. Here’s our preview from earlier this week. (34th/Myrtle)

CLEAN UP ADMIRAL: 9 am, Admiral Neighborhood Association‘s quarterly Adopt-A-Street cleanup starts from Metropolitan Market (WSB sponsor) – late arrivals welcome. (41st/Admiral)

CLEAN UP THE BEACH! Starting at 9:30 am, local wildlife advocates including Seal Sitters lead a cleanup at Alki Beach – details here. Meet at Alki Statue of Liberty Plaza. (61st/Alki)

WESTWOOD VILLAGE STREET FAIR: 10 am-6 pm, with rides, live music, vendor booths, more – here’s the schedule of stage entertainment, including this afternoon’s band lineup. (2600 SW Barton)

PENCIL ME IN FOR KIDS BENEFIT BBQ: 11 am-4 pm at West Seattle Thriftway (WSB sponsor), today’s benefit barbecue raises money for Pencil Me In For Kids, which provides school supplies to kids in need. The menu for a suggested $7 donation: Pulled pork sandwiches & coleslaw. (California/Fauntleroy/Morgan)

BENEFIT CAR WASH: Seattle Lutheran High School student actors are washing cars at Fauntleroy Chiropractic (WSB sponsor), 11 am-3 pm, to support their trip to the legendary Ashland Shakespeare Festival.

FLAG DAY CEREMONY: As previewed here last night, American Legion Post 160 invites you to its Flag Day ceremony at noon, and you also are welcome to bring old flags in need of proper retirement. (3618 SW Alaska)

KITTY HARBOR OPENS: The cat/kitten adoption/shelter facility by the West Seattle Bridge opens for its summer season, with adoptable felines awaiting you. Noon-5 pm. (3422 Harbor Ave. SW)

LOWEST TIDE OF THE SUMMER: Today’s the day! -3.3 at 12:25 pm. And the volunteer beach naturalists are of course out again at Constellation Park (south of Alki Point) and Lincoln Park (near Colman Pool). Speaking of which …

COLMAN POOL STARTS 7-DAY-A-WEEK SCHEDULE: Today is the first official day of 7-day-a-week operation for the outdoor pool on the beach at Lincoln Park (starting at noon), through Labor Day. Here’s the schedule.

TWO GRADUATION CEREMONIES: Both at Southwest Athletic Complex – congratulations to the Class of 2014! West Seattle High School graduates at 2 pm, Chief Sealth International High School at 7 pm. (2801 SW Thistle)

WHITE CENTER BLOCK PARTY: Downtown White Center welcomes you from 3 pm till dusk for fun including the famous $2 food walk. Here’s our preview on partner site White Center Now. (16th SW south of Roxbury)

JOHN PERKINS AT ‘DO YOU SHIFT?’ BENEFIT: 6 pm tonight at the Duwamish Longhouse, author John Perkins headlines the benefit for the “shapeshifting” documentary that local filmmakers are working on – details here. (4705 W. Marginal Way SW)

BENBOW ROOM’S GRAND OPENING: Live music and more starting at 8 pm; come help its new local owners celebrate. (4210 SW Admiral Way)

THE RETURN OF KIRK DUBB: Last seen at the late, lamented Rocksport, Kirk Dubb is back, new EP and all, and performing tonight at Feedback Lounge (WSB sponsor), 9 pm. (6451 California SW)

LOTS MORE … on the calendar!

Line dancing, swing dancing, beach roaming … West Seattle Friday!

June 13, 2014 at 9:09 am | In Fun stuff to do, West Seattle news | 2 Comments

Happy Friday! Thanks to Michael Brophy for the sun-dappled West Seattle aerial view, photographed toward the end of his flight home on Thursday evening. Not sure if we’ll get any sunshine today, but some big fun is on the calendar anyway, indoors AND outdoors:

LOW TIDE GETS EVEN LOWER: At 11:40 am, it’s down to -3.1, and that’s *very* low. Volunteer beach naturalists are out again today at Constellation and Lincoln Parks, 9:30 am-1:30 pm.

NORTHWEST WINE ACADEMY ANNIVERSARY CONTINUES: In honor of the 10th anniversary of the Northwest Wine Academy on the north end of the South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) campus, you can check out their newest wines during 2-7 pm events again today and Saturday. Details in our calendar listing. (6000 16th SW)

HOE-DOWN DANCE AND BBQ DINNER: Starts with line-dancing lessons at 5:30 pm, baby-back-rib dinner served around 6, and dancing to Country Dave and the Pickin’ Crew; call ASAP for reservations if you don’t have them already – all the info’s here. At the Senior Center of West Seattle. (California/Oregon)

SWING DANCE: 6:30 pm, lessons with an instructor, 7 pm, swing dancing with the West Seattle Big Band – it’s “Swing Into Summer” at The Hall at Fauntleroy; more info in our preview from earlier this week. (9131 California SW)

BIG WEEKEND FOR YOUTH BASEBALL: From West Seattle Baseball via Facebook:

It’s a big weekend at the West Seattle Pee Wee Fields. Nineteen of the Northwest’s best 8U teams are playing in the West Seattle 8U Hardball Classic. Games start at 6:00 tonight and then again at 9:00 on Saturday and Sunday. This is really a great event to watch. Come support your local youth baseball.

(12th SW & Myrtle)

LIVE MUSIC AT SALTY’S, C & P, KENYON HALL, CASK, SKYLARK, FEEDBACK … you’ll find the listings on the calendar.

Happening now: Happy 10th birthday, High Point Library!

June 8, 2014 at 2:20 pm | In Fun stuff to do, High Point, West Seattle news | 1 Comment

The sun’s appearance in time for this afternoon’s 10th-anniversary celebration at the High Point Branch Library is appropriate, since it graced the Miller Hayashi Architects-designed library’s dedication in June 2004 too, according to the Seattle Times (WSB partner) archives. On that day, this became the third location in 62 years to hold High Point’s public library.

Even if you aren’t interested in borrowing library materials, you can check out the branch for events such as story times (our top photo, in fact, shows a story time of sorts – when we stopped by a few minutes ago, library staff and patrons were sharing memories); they’re usually on the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar as well as the library’s online calendar of events. This afternoon’s celebration, meantime, continues at the branch (35th/Raymond) until 3:30 pm. (And when you visit, don’t miss the art!)

West Seattle Fourth of July Kids’ Parade is on for 2014!

June 7, 2014 at 11:07 am | In Fun stuff to do, Holidays, West Seattle news | Comments Off

(WSB photo from 2012 parade)
Just under four weeks until the Fourth of July; if you were wondering – a few have asked – yes, the Kids’ Parade in Admiral is on! That’s the word from Jackie Clough, who took over parade coordination last year along with Allyson Schreck. They’re organizing it again this year and will have more details soon. It’s also on the agenda for next Tuesday night’s monthly meeting of the Admiral Neighborhood Association (7 pm June 10th at The Sanctuary), whose parade support each year including selling treats during the post-parade games at Hamilton Viewpoint Park. If you’re new to the area, this is West Seattle’s only 4th of July parade, and it’s a low-key, no-floats stroll through North Admiral neighborhoods, with kids, pets, bikes, scooters, strollers, wagons, decorations, costumes – here’s our coverage from last year (including video). So again, whether you want to be a participant or spectator, go ahead and mark your calendar for Friday, July 4th, 10 am start, 44th/Sunset.

Friday evening, bring your family to have fun while helping local kids reach out to help others

June 5, 2014 at 10:36 pm | In Fun stuff to do, How to help, West Seattle news | 2 Comments

If you want to close out the night on a hopeful note – and/or to hear about an easy way to do some good in the world – listen to this: 5-7 pm tomorrow, in White Center, you can help hundreds of schoolchildren reach out across the miles to help other kids. The helpers are not necessarily so well-off themselves, but one of their teachers explains that when they learned how much better they have it than some others, they had to do something. The event has been in our calendar a while but we didn’t have all the details Shoshanna Cohen shares:

I’m a 2nd grade teacher at Mount View Elementary, next to White Center, and I’m planning our school’s carnival this year. … It is not any regular carnival. Our school has a 87% free and reduced population, yet my 6th-grade carnival leadership team has learned about children in Honduras who are not as fortunate as us. For instance, education is only free until 6th grade in Honduras. From 7th grade on, you have to pay $500 tuition to attend school. The vast majority of the rural Honduran population does not have that kind of money. As part of our WE Day participation, we are raising $1000 to send to the non-profit Light of Esperanza, to help two deserving students in Vega Redonda, Honduras, attend 7th grade. The rest of the money raised will go to our PTA so that the school can afford field trips, special events, and sports for the 2014-2015 school year.

Again, this is happening 5-7 pm tomorrow (Friday, June 6th) at Mount View Elementary, 10811 12th Ave SW (map). The official invitation: “Come and celebrate the end of the school year with us with food, fun, bouncy houses, games, and GREAT prizes! Learn about our sister school in Vega Redonda, Honduras and how we are helping other children around the world! There will be free face painting and art projects too! This event is free to get in.”

Do it for Raindrops the rescued cat! Kitty Harbor benefit @ Skylark

May 27, 2014 at 7:02 pm | In Fun stuff to do, How to help, Pets, West Seattle news | 5 Comments

At left, that’s Raindrops the cat. She is the inspiration for a benefit show at Skylark Café and Club this Friday night – the return of the West Side Glory variety show, which in turn was an evening spinoff from Seattle’s original drag brunch. West Seattleite Jeffrey Robert is hosting and producing, and proceeds benefit West Seattle’s Kitty Harbor cat/kitten shelter, which saved Raindrops after Jeffrey rescued her from a local road. So here’s how the story goes:

Back in December, Raindrops made an appearance on the WSB Lost/Found Pets Page, described as having been found on the bridge, though that wasn’t quite right, it turns out – Jeffrey says she was on the top of the overpass bridge connecting the West Seattle Bridge and Highway 99.

She was badly hurt, too – including a broken leg. Jeffrey (photo at right) says she didn’t look like she was going to survive. He contacted Kitty Harbor, who arranged for surgery, and eventually she found a forever home. He plans to tell the entire story during West Side Glory on Friday night. They still don’t know how Raindrops ended up on that busy road – whether she was dumped, or maybe fell from a car she climbed into. But there she was.

Even if you’re not interested in a tale about a kitty – you might want to see the all-star lineup taking the stage starting at 9 pm Friday, including West Seattle’s rising-star comic Mona Concepcion and local burlesque performer Sibyl Darling. Along with the aforementioned performers, the lineup includes David Johnson, Emmett Montgomery, Beka Barry, Olivia LaGarce, Cherry Tart, Cherry Sur Bête, Honey Bucket, Abbey Drake, Deb Seymour, Peggy Platt, Sylvia O’Stayformore, Bella Luna & Michelle Pannell, SuperNova-Majesty, Matt Clear, “and more TBA” – plus a prize raffle.

It’s 21+ – Jeffrey allows, “We get a little bit naughty” – suggested donation $15. If you need a reminder, here’s the Facebook event page. Skylark is at 3803 Delridge Way SW.

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