West Seattle, Washington
Forecast says the next four days will be warm – maybe even hot – and (mostly) sunny. Here are four outdoor events, all free, perfect for enjoying the warm nights that will follow:
SUMMER CONCERTS AT HIAWATHA ON THURSDAY: Second of this year’s six free concerts presented by the Admiral Neighborhood Association – 6:30 pm Thursday, The Banner Days (video above) perform on the east lawn at Hiawatha Community Center (2700 California SW, but this is on the Walnut side).
P.S. Got kid(s)? Come early – the wading pool should be open until 6:30 pm.
BAND JAM ON FRIDAY – We previewed this yesterday – at least seven marching bands performing on the field at Southwest Athletic Complex starting at 6:30 pm Friday. (2801 SW Thistle)
OUTDOOR MOVIE AT PARK WEST CARE CENTER ON SATURDAY: Park West Care Center (WSB sponsor) is opening its big patio in North Admiral to a family-friendly community movie night this Saturday, “Never-Ending Story,” 8:30 pm. Bring your own chair/blanket. (1703 California SW)
OUTDOOR MOVIE AT HOTWIRE COURTYARD ON SATURDAY: And West Seattle Outdoor Movies continues this year’s series on Saturday night too – “School of Rock” is this week’s movie; the band Those Guys is the pre-show entertainment. Movie at dusk (9 pm-ish) but stake out a spot in the Hotwire Online Coffeehouse (WSB sponsor) courtyard early. Bring $ for nonprofit-supporting concessions and raffles if you can! (4410 California SW)
The All-City Band won this year’s West Seattle Grand Parade – and you have the chance to see and hear them again in West Seattle this Friday night (July 29th) as they prep for the Seafair Torchlight Parade via Band Jam, a free, open-to-the-public event the night before. The official announcement:
Please join us on Friday, July 29th at the Southwest Athletic Complex (2801 SW Thistle) for Band Jam. This has become an annual event showcasing several bands that perform in the Seafair Torchlight Parade. Band Jam gives people the opportunity to see the bands perform in a concert setting on the football field.
Bands that are scheduled to perform this year include:
Seattle Schools Junior All-City Band
Pacific Northwest Drumline
Kennedy High School Marching Band
Sumner High School Marching Band
Rainbow City Band
(added) All-Star Drumline
Seattle Sounders FC Soundwave
Seattle Schools All-City Band
This is a non-competitive event sponsored by the Seattle Schools All-City Band.
Doors will open at 5:30 pm, with music starting at 6:30 pm. Admission is free. Come hungry! Concession stands will be open on site with the proceeds benefiting Seattle Schools All-City Band. We hope to see you there.
Wondering what Band Jam is like? Here’s our coverage from last year.
Thanks to Angie for the photos: Her North Admiral neighborhood has a “Play Street” set up for Sunday afternoons/evenings this summer, at 44th/Massachusetts. It’s been two years since the city launched the program, which allows residents to apply for permits to close up to a block of a non-arterial neighborhood street so people of all ages can get out and play. You need to set up road-closure signs, too; here’s one from 44th/Massachusetts:
The map on this city webpage shows four other “Play Streets” in West Seattle right now – three others in Admiral, one in Seaview. Angie says 44th/Massachusetts will be open for play 3-9 pm Sundays for the rest of the summer. Want to have one too? Here’s the application.
This summer, West Seattle has more free outdoor music than ever:
*The big West Seattle Summer Fest main-stage lineup this Friday-Saturday-Sunday
*GreenLife at Summer Fest includes music on the Garden Stage
*Music Under the Stars classical concerts at Delridge CC continue the next three Mondays
*West Seattle Big Band‘s Concert in the Park at Hiawatha on July 19th
*Six Thursday-night Summer Concerts at Hiawatha, presented by the Admiral Neighborhood Association, starting July 21st
*Live music at the Alki Art Fair, July 23-24 at the beach
And now, we’ve just received the lineup for Providence Mount St. Vincent‘s four-Friday series!
(WSB file photo, overlooking concert zone on south side of The Mount’s campus)
Bring your family and join in on the fun on The Mount’s south patio. Food and beverages available for purchase. Free popcorn and snow cones. Face painter available free of charge. Come early and get a good spot. Special Note: Please bring your own lawn chairs or blankets as there is a limited number of chairs available for guests.
Dinner: 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Live music: 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Cherry Cherry (Neil Diamond Tribute Band)
Featured Entrée: Grilled Salmon Caesar Salad with Toasted Focaccia
Special Dessert: Outrageous Cherry-Cherry Bars
The Haggis Brothers (“Celtic, country and other foot-stompin’ fun tunes”)
Featured Entrée: BBQ Pork on a Ciabatta Roll with Spicy Slaw
Special Dessert: Carmel Apple Bread Pudding
The 85th Street Big Band (“swing favorites from the ’30s, ’40s, & ’50s”)
Featured Entrée: Kalbi Ribs with Soba Salad
Special Dessert: Red Velvet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Icing
Danny Vernon as “The Illusion of Elvis”
Featured Entrée: Skirt Steak with Grape Tomatoes, Roasted Peppers, Crumbled Blue Cheese and Grilled Corn with an Herb Vinaigrette
Special Dessert: Mini Peach Pies with Streusel Topping
In addition, all dinners offer grilled hamburgers, veggie black bean burgers, hot dogs.
The Mount is at 4831 35th SW.
(Photo from 1st ‘STP’ ride in 2013, courtesy West Seattle Bike Connections)
Going to West Seattle Summer Fest on Sunday? Here’s a memorable way to get there: For the fourth year, West Seattle Bike Connections invites you to join its “Mini-STP” ride, which travels (mostly on) California Avenue SW from Seattle (Street, in North Admiral) to Portland (Street, in Gatewood) and then backtracks to the festival. In case you haven’t seen it yet in the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar, here’s the invite:
Have you ever wanted to do the Seattle to Portland bike ride? And never trained for it, or forgot to sign up? Here is your chance to do it in 2 hours and end up at a huge finish line party, without leaving West Seattle!
Sunday, July 10
9:15 am start
Hamilton Viewpoint Park
West Seattle Bike Connections will be riding again from SW Seattle Street to SW Portland St … and back north to Summer Fest at the West Seattle Junction, for a fabulous finish-line party. After an hour or two there, participants can ride home independently, or ride with a leader back to Hamilton Viewpoint.
Easy pace. Family friendly! For children riding their own bikes: parent or guardian please read and conform to Cascade‘s policy and call ride leader at least a day in advance.
Find even more info, including a route map, on WSBC’s website.
Independence Day is now only 12 days away, and Walking on Logs is decorated in honor of West Seattle’s only 4th of July parade, the Kids’ Parade in North Admiral. This is a parade through neighborhood streets, with participants walking, rolling, biking, riding in strollers and wagons – no floats, no motorized vehicles except the fire truck and old-time pickup that usually lead the way. Everyone’s welcome to show up at 44th and Sunset for the start of the parade at 10 am on the Fourth (which is a Monday this year), and new coordinator Emily Williams now tells us two guest speakers are expected at the parade kickoff, County Executive Dow Constantine (an Admiral-area resident) and Mayor Ed Murray. The parade travels to Hamilton Viewpoint Park, for a mini-festival of games (sack races, etc.) and treats (the Admiral Neighborhood Association sells popsicles and more). The permits for the parade and games do cost some $ so this year there’s a crowdfunding campaign to cover the costs – if you can contribute a few dollars to help reach the goal, go here.
P.S. Another way to help – as the banner says, the parade is collecting diapers for WestSide Baby again this year!
(WSB photo from 2015 Seattle Chinese Garden Kite Festival)
Saturday’s West Seattle summer slate isn’t just about pirates … it’s also about kites. The annual Kite Festival at the Seattle Chinese Garden on Puget Ridge is set for 2-6 pm Saturday (June 25th):
Come fly kites in the garden’s ridge-top field. Bring your own or buy one at the festival. This fun event for all ages includes kite flying demonstrations and displays, kite coloring for children (with prizes), entertainment, and refreshments. Free for children from tots through teens; suggested adult donation is $3. More information at seattlechinesegarden.org, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can get to the SCG via the north entrance of the South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) campus at 6000 16th SW.
3:49 PM: The orca baby boom of the past year and a half is getting a proper celebration right now at Alki Bathhouse – with birthday cakes! Ella’s Cakes has just been announced as first-place winner, followed by Hot Cakes and BAKED. The Baby Orca Birthday Bash is on until 5 – get down here for more fun including Orca Bingo with The Whale Trail! June is Orca Awareness Month, so you can keep celebrating beyond today – and learning, too, which is a big part of what this event is about:
That’s just one educational point – without salmon, the Southern Resident Killer Whales won’t survive.
9:45 PM: A few more photos – first, our West Seattle-based orca advocates, Donna Sandstrom from The Whale Trail:
And Jeff Hogan from Killer Whale Tales:
Outside the bathhouse, Mike the inflatable orca, aka J29:
For more on Orca Awareness Month – go here.
A free, first-of-its-kind event is one week away, and you’re invited: The Baby Orca Birthday Bash, next Sunday (June 5th) at the Alki Bathhouse, 2-5 pm. It’s the kickoff to Orca Month as well as a celebration of all the orca calves born to Puget Sound’s Southern Resident Killer Whales in the past year and a half. The plans include:
*Orca storytelling by West Seattle-based Killer Whale Tales
*Orca bingo with prizes by West Seattle-based The Whale Trail
*Orca birthday cakes that you get to judge, with cakes donated by bakers including West Seattle’s Stuffed Cakes and BAKED
*Orca hat and fin making
*Sammy the Salmon and Mike the Inflatable Orca
*Free tote bags for the first 100 people to arrive
This promises to be both fun and educational, presented by the Orca Salmon Alliance, which highlights the fact that not only are our local orcas endangered, so are the fish they need to survive – and the more we learn about how to help them, the better their chances of survival.
(2011 aerial of Alki Point Lighthouse and its grounds, by Long Bach Nguyen)
A West Seattle icon is about to reopen for weekend tours. The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary sends word that its members will resume leading free tours of Alki Point Lighthouse on Memorial Day weekend – Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, but most of the rest of the summer, it’ll be Saturdays and Sundays (plus two Monday holidays, Independence Day and Labor Day, which will be the last tour day of the season). Hours are 1 pm-4 pm, with the last group entering the site at 3:40 pm; all ages are welcome, but visitors have to be at least 6 years old to go up to the very top of the lighthouse tower. You’ll find the lighthouse where Alki Avenue SW meets Beach Drive SW; here’s a map. (Questions? email@example.com)
Alki resident Guy Olson says this is his way of extending the spirit of the city “car-free day” celebration that used to follow the West Seattle 5K – he organized a weekend of events dubbed “Alki Daze,” including the costumed bike parade that rolled eastbound down the beach this afternoon, open to all. You’ll see all the riders in our video, above; below, the pre-parade staging revealed bikes of all sizes, including some classics:
Eventually it was time to hop on and ride off:
Host Guy rode in a robe:
Two notable bicycle events in the next three days:
‘BIKE EVERYWHERE DAY’ FRIDAY: We’ve been mentioning this in the morning traffic watch – what used to be “Bike to Work Day” is now “Bike Everywhere Day” and it’s happening tomorrow. West Seattle Bike Connections will present a commute station along the trail to the low bridge, 6-9 am, with treats, plus bike checks/simple repairs courtesy of Alki Bike and Board – more info here.
‘ALKI DAZE’ COSTUMED BIKE PARADE SUNDAY: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, Alki resident Guy Olson and friends have organized a slate of “Alki Daze” activities, and you’re invited to join in, especially Sunday’s Costumed Bicycle Parade. Gather at 63rd/Alki at 1:30, ride at 2 pm, and afterward, “live music and bicycle parking in the 2600 block of Alki SW.) While this is the second year that Sunday morning’s West Seattle 5K is NOT being followed by a “car-free day” city-sanctioned street party (it’s set for September 25th instead), Guy says the bike parade is meant to carry on its spirit. Here’s our video from the start of last year’s parade, which had about 150 participants.
Get ready for summer reading season this Wednesday night with a special early start for the monthly WordsWest Literary Series event – this time around, it’s Kids’ Night! Here’s the official announcement, if you haven’t already seen it in the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:
On May 18, 2016, WordsWest will have a special, early 6 pm start and feature Kelly Jones, author of “Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer,” and Dana Simpson, author of the “Phoebe and Her Unicorn” comic series and collections, winner of the Washington State Book Award and the PNBA Award. Not only that, Jenny Cole of Burien’s Page 2 Books will share a Favorite Poem and host a Summer Reading Table. Yummy treats will be served! This evening is partially funded by Seattle Office of Arts & Culture.
Kelly Jones is a former librarian and bookseller who has worked with writers of all ages. She keeps much-loved, but fair…ly ordinary chickens at her home in Shoreline, Washington. Her debut novel “Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer,” about 12-year-old Sophie and her magical chickens, was illustrated by Katie Kath and published by Knopf Books for Young Readers. Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer was named an ALSC Children’s Notable Book for 2016, a 2016 Mathical Honor Book, a 2016-2017 Texas Bluebonnet Master List nominee, and a 2016-2017 Georgia Children’s Book Award Finalist; Kelly was named a 2016 Children’s Choice Debut Author finalist by the Children’s Choice Book Awards.
Dana Claire Simpson grew up in Gig Harbor, drawing the entire time. She eventually graduated from the Evergreen State College, despite having spent all her time drawing, and not always for credit. Attempts at doing real work along the way are hardly worth mentioning; the relevant fact is that, from 1998 to 2008, she drew the internet comic strip “Ozy and Millie.” After winning the Comic Strip Superstar contest in 2009, she developed the comic strip “Phoebe and Her Unicorn” (originally known online as “Heavenly Nostrils”), currently syndicated in nearly 200 newspapers. There have been three “Phoebe and Her Unicorn” book collections, to date. The first, Phoebe and Her Unicorn, won a 2015 Washington State Book Award. The second, Unicorn on a Roll, won a 2016 Pacific Northwest Book Award. A third book, Unicorn vs. Goblins, was released in February 2016.
Every third Wednesday at C & P Coffee Company, WordsWest hosts literary events that range from readings by published local and national authors, to guided writing explorations. Each month we also host a community member to share his or her favorite poem as part of the Favorite Poem Project. WordsWest is curated by West Seattle writers Katy E. Ellis, Susan Rich, and Harold Taw.
C & P (a WSB sponsor) is at 5612 California SW.
That’s just one of the eye-catching cars shown off at last year’s West Seattle Car Show, first one in the big north lot at South Seattle College, sponsored by Swedish Automotive and West Seattle Autoworks, which want you to know that registration for this year is OPEN! Here’s what you need to know:
*The show will be on Saturday, August 27th from 10:00 – 4:00
*Car entry starts at 8:00 and judging is at 3:00, show wraps up at 4:00.
*It is a community event that supports the auto technology program at South Seattle College.
*Entry is free for spectators; costs for car entry are on the website
*More (20) trophy categories
*Dash plaques for first 200 entries
See you at SSC! (a WSB sponsor, as are Swedish & WS Autoworks)
9:43 AM: Before we get to today’s preview – in case you hadn’t already caught this in our calendar, tomorrow brings a once-a-year series of walking tours, and it includes one in West Seattle. From Feet First:
Jane’s Walk is an annual weekend-long festival of 20+ free volunteer-led neighborhood walking tours across the Puget Sound area. In the spirit of the great urban activist Jane Jacobs, walking tours are led and attended by anyone who has an interest in the neighborhoods where they live, work or hang out. Since its inception in 2007, Jane’s Walk has happened in cities across North America and around the world. Feet First the nonprofit promoting walkable communities is the proud local organizer of Jane’s Walk in the Puget Sound region. This year, as we gear up for what would have been Jane Jacobs’ 100th birthday, we’re aiming for the biggest and best Jane’s Walk yet.
In our area, Timothy Lowry will lead a walk titled “West Seattle Junction: Changing Landscape and New Opportunities.” Meet at 9 am Saturday at Hotwire Online Coffeehouse (4410 California SW; WSB sponsor).
ADDED 10:46 AM: Local historian/author Judy Bentley just e-mailed to say she’s leading a Jane’s Walk in West Seattle tomorrow too – this one’s in the historic Riverside community by the Duwamish River. Meet at 10 am at West Marginal Place and 17th Avenue SW.
Big changes this year for the Highland Park Improvement Club‘s annual wine-tasting fundraiser, Highland Park Uncorked, coming up Saturday, May 21st:
Registration is now open for our 8th Annual Highland Park Uncorked! We are so excited to be planning this event, with a few changes that will be sure to impress you!
Register now, as we’re sure to sell out.
A few noteworthy changes & new events:
*We now provide the wine for you! We’re working with 8 local wineries to bring you some amazing wines to try! So leave your bottles at home, the wine is on us…
*Everyone gets a commemorative glass to take home! Because you are our valued guest and supporting our community, we think you all deserve one.
*Silent art auction! With so many amazing talented artists in our very own neighborhood, we will be highlighting them with a new silent auction, in addition to our regular raffle. Our club is deeply rooted in this community, and it’s a perfect opportunity for us to share some of our local talents with you all.
*Wine Roulette! Test your luck by spinning our wheel and pulling a wrapped wine bottle from our ‘wine cellar,’ ranging from high-end bottles, worthy of sharing with the boss, to barely guest-worthy, but still drinkable. No matter what, you walk away with a bottle, the club gets a donation, and it’s a great opportunity to win a top-quality bottle of wine for a cheap price.
So register now! As a reminder, we book out in tables of 10. So book an entire table, or we’ll put smaller groups together so you can cozy up to some new friends.
(WSB is among the co-sponsors of HP Uncorked again this year.)
Healthy Kids Day is on, until 1 pm at the West Seattle YMCA (WSB sponsor) in The Triangle (4515 36th SW). Our photo above shows the inflatable obstacle course out front – you’ll also find a climbing wall, dunk tank (photo below), face-painting, arts and crafts, bubbles, family races, photo booth, scavenger hunt, and a long list of other ongoing activities.
Some of the time-specific events coming up:
11 am, east gym: Chief Sealth IHS Latin Dance Team
11:30 am, east gym: Family Zumba class
Noon, east gym: YMCA Karate class
1-3 pm, open swim @ pool
So get to the Y before 1 pm – you don’t have to be a member, but you can find out more about membership, as well as about Y programs such as preschool. Also, find out about other local organizations/businesses:
That’s Phil from the School of Rock. Also at HKD – find out about a time-saving way to feed your family via Dream Dinners (WSB sponsor), try smoothies from nearby Chaco Canyon Organic Café … the list goes on. This event is also a chance to find out about the Y’s upcoming expansion project, with work starting in early May and official groundbreaking June 2nd.
Though it’s truly a gem of a show, not everything at the West Seattle Rock Club‘s 50th annual show is sparkly:
That display near the entrance to the show at the Alki Masonic Center honors the 1975 designation of petrified wood as our state’s official gem. It’s one of many display cases showing a variety of treasures from the earth:
The displays are from collectors and enthusiasts of all ages. And the show is for everyone – admission is free, though you have the opportunity to spend a little or a lot, with vendors around the room as well as silent auctions toward the back – one geared for adults, one aimed at kids:
Participants are also ready to show and explain how they work with rocks and gems. Admission and parking are free; the show continues 10 am-5 pm Sunday at 4736 40th SW.
That video will fill you in on the Major Taylor Project, beneficiary of a big bike ride that starts in West Seattle this Saturday. You’re invited to be part of it, per this announcement we just received:
Cascade’s Ride for Major Taylor is fast approaching this Saturday, April 16. Now in its second year, the 25-mile pledge ride will take hundreds of riders through the culturally rich communities of West Seattle, Delridge, Burien, SeaTac, Tukwila, and White Center before returning to the finish line celebration at Big Al Brewing in White Center.
Registration remains open until Wednesday (today), April 13 at 11:59 p.m. Day-of registration will be available for an additional fee from 9-10 a.m. at the start line at Chief Sealth International High School.
The Ride for Major Taylor is a pledge ride in which students, families and community members are encouraged to raise support for Cascade’s Major Taylor Project. Registration fees and all pledged support helps provide bikes, cycling gear, tools, snacks and much more for participating students across 14 Puget Sound area schools throughout the year.
Full route and additional information available at cascade.org/rideformajortaylor.
Named after Marshall Walter “Major” Taylor, the first African American cyclist to achieve world champion status, the Major Taylor Project is a year-round youth development cycling program for middle and high school students. The Major Taylor Project uses afterschool cycling clubs as a forum for helping students develop confidence, goal setting abilities, bicycle maintenance and handling skills, and deep connections with their peers and communities. The program serves more than 300 students in King and Pierce Counties annually.
“This is a really special day for the Major Taylor Project and the students,” said Major Taylor Project Director Ed Ewing. “Like all the event rides that they work so hard to complete, this ride is their chance to show support for each other and share with their communities how much cycling has helped them grow as young people.”
Sealth and adjacent Denny International Middle School are the two West Seattle schools participating in the project.
Our photographer says today’s West Seattle Thriftway (WSB sponsor) egg hunt brought the biggest turnout he’d seen in going on a decade of covering the annual event. The Easter Bunny, of course, made an appearance:
This time, the store promised 30,000 surprise-filled eggs for the taking:
Even the littlest participants gave it their all:
This year, the store’s celebrating its 28th anniversary.
10:18 AM: Huge morning for egg hunts. The community centers’ 10 am hunts are over in minutes, and we were at Hiawatha to catch what’s usually West Seattle’s biggest crowd. Our Instagram video above (mouse over the image to bring up the “play” button) shows you just part of it. More photos to come (plus separate coverage of the huge Thriftway event) – and if you were at a community-center hunt, we’d love to use your photo – firstname.lastname@example.org – thanks!
7:21 PM: Our photos from Hiawatha – where the kids are split into age groups, and then led off to different parts of the grounds, from the tennis courts to, in this case, the east lawn and wading pool areas:
Then, they line up until it’s time to dash for the eggs:
And they’re off!
Collection boxes were out in hopes of recycling as many of the plastic eggs as possible, once they were emptied:
With hundreds of people caucusing at West Seattle High School next door, and Lafayette Elementary nearby, the area was more congested than usual today – won’t be the case next year, of course.
Before we get to our list of what’s happening today, one more mention, in case you haven’t seen it, that we again this year have a special one-page guide to egg hunts, Easter and Holy Week services, updated daily so you can check it without wading through outdated listings. Tomorrow is the big day for egg hunts – the 30,000-egg-stravaganza at West Seattle Thriftway (California/Fauntleroy; WSB sponsor) at 9 am, followed by the city-run community centers’ 10 am hunts, and more. Sunday’s Easter listings include West Seattle’s traditional sunrise services, both at 6:30 am – one at Forest Lawn (WSB sponsor) and one on Alki Beach with the local UCC churches. Whatever your plans, have a great weekend!