West Seattle, Washington
11:42 AM: In the north lot at South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) on Puget Ridge, we’re in the second hour of this year’s West Seattle Car Show. It’s all about the details – the door locks in our top photo are on the 1965 Ford Falcon next to our booth in the heart of the show. Wide variety of cars, including a 1992 Ferrari:
Not a big car fan? How about hydros?
Adjacent attractions that are welcoming Car Show-goers include the Northwest Wine Academy and Seattle Chinese Garden, both right here along the north side of the campus. Wondering about the weather? It’s been cloudy and breezy so far this morning, but no rain, and none expected, so no need to worry about that. It’s even looking like the sun WILL appear, as forecast, before too long. Best viewing time is before 3 pm, when the trophies will be handed out – they’re ready and waiting:
We’re off to check out the kids’ activities – more coverage to come. See the show schedule here!
12:25 PM: This is also a good place to be for lunch. Nibbles and Kebab Brothers are here, just north of the Wine Academy building. Inside that building on the east side of the Car Show zone is where you’ll find ongoing kids’ crafts, a race track, and $1 hot coffee as well as $5 wine/beer, plus snacks (including $1 popcorn).
And the sun has JUST broken through!
From right before the sun showed up, a quick Instagram-video spin around a section of the show:
The Disco Cowboys are onstage after 1:30 pm.
1:18 PM: More reasons to take a close look at the cars – the ’60 Cadillac (fins and all) on the other side of our booth sports this detail:
If you’re here at the show, be sure to get a BINGO slip to take around to the booths (including ours) to get the squares marked off – this will be your FREE entry into the drone drawing. Also, 50/50 Raffle tickets – fundraising for nonprofits (the White Center Food Bank is here!) – are on sale at the info booth, which is under a blue canopy on the northeast side of the show zone here in the SSC north lot. Prime time to come see the cars, the hydros, the people is until 3 pm, when the trophy winners will be announced.
2:32 PM: The Disco Cowboys are onstage now and if you haven’t heard them before, they’re exactly what the name says:
This one's from the peak of 'disco' – "I Love the Nightlife" pic.twitter.com/2QAmhhuV8G
— West Seattle Blog (@westseattleblog) August 27, 2016
… disco music, done cowboy style.
2:57 PM: And the show finale … drawing and trophy time. This year, something new – the trophy-winning cars got a bit of advance notice and have been moved over near the stage for the presentation, so everyone can get one more look at the winners, rather than hearing the winners listed and trying to remember which was which. (We’ll add the winner list when back at HQ.)
Thanks to Betsy at Tibbetts United Methodist Church (WSB sponsor) for sending the photo: The fabric and yarn – could be a quilter, knitter, crocheter’s dream come true – is just part of what’s waiting for you at the church’s second annual garage sale tomorrow, 9 am-1 pm Saturday. Bake sale too! Tibbetts volunteers are working this evening to get everything ready; tomorrow at sale time, you’ll find them in the church hall at 3940 41st SW.
You are invited to spend at least part of your Saturday (tomorrow, August 27th) on the north side of the South Seattle College campus, where this year’s West Seattle Car Show will offer much more than a chance to check out cool cars. Here’s the schedule for the day:
8 am-10 am: Cars load in. There WILL be same-day registration – info’s on the website, including the 20 trophy categories
10 am: Show opens to spectators. Admission free! BINGO cards available (you get stamped for visiting vendors, touring SSC programs, etc., while at the show), 50/50 raffle tickets on sale:
10 am: Northwest Wine Academy open and selling wine, beer, snacks
10 am: Registration table selling cold water, ice cream, T-shirts, more
10 am: Kids’ activities begin
10 am: Music starts – DJ Larry Lomax and live band Disco Cowboys to be featured
10 am: Seattle Chinese Garden open
Noon-2 pm: Judging
2:30 pm: 50/50 raffle drawing, followed by drawing for other prizes (NAPA Auto Parts racing bag with goodies, Rock Auto $25 gift certificate, 4 full meals at Zippy’s)
3 pm: Car awards announced and presented; BINGO cards must be turned in
After car trophies: BINGO drawing for drone (must be present to win)
4 pm: Show ends
Extra-good news: Weather in the 70s! SSC is at 6000 16th SW.
P.S. The West Seattle Car Show is coordinated/presented again this year by Swedish Automotive and West Seattle Autoworks. WSB is proud to be a co-sponsor again this year, along with these other fine businesses/organizations: Tom’s Automotive, O’Reilly Auto Parts, WebCami, Radwick & Lightle Insurance Agency, Courtesy Tire, Transmission Remanufacturing Co. (TRC), NAPA, O’Neill Plumbing, Convertibles Only, Hans VW Repair, Zippy’s Giant Burgers, LKQ Auto Parts, Elliott Bay Brewing Company, Advance Auto Parts, SSC Foundation, Hagerty Classic Car Insurance
(West Seattle Autoworks, Swedish Auto, South Seattle College, O’Neill Plumbing are all WSB sponsors)
Folklore Guatemala at Duwamish River Festival. Performances, boat rides, info booths, until 6 – Duwamish Wtwy Park pic.twitter.com/4AuY4nitV7
— West Seattle Blog (@westseattleblog) August 20, 2016
Looking for a waterside spot to stay cool today? The Duwamish River Festival is on until 6 pm at South Park’s waterside Duwamish Waterway Park. Full slate of performances, as mentioned in our list of highlights for today/tonight – above, Folklore Guatemala; below, a Somali youth group that was a late addition to the schedule:
Also at Duwamish River Festival – Somali youth group performance: pic.twitter.com/0o06EZDmJC
— West Seattle Blog (@westseattleblog) August 20, 2016
They were followed by this Khmer group:
Performances continue through the lively Banda Vagos (we’ve seen them in West Seattle before) at 5 pm. You can browse a variety of booths representing nonprofits as well as government agencies. At the RainWise booth, you can meet up for a 3 pm tour of local raingardens:
At the King County Wastewater Treatment booth, find out about the big project in Georgetown, near the entrance to the 1st Avenue South Bridge – meant to help the Duwamish River be cleaner. Not far away, Metro is ready to answer your questions:
Kids’ activities are folded into informational booths:
And free boat and kayak tours are promised on the Duwamish River itself, in part thanks to West Seattle-based Alki Kayak Tours – none in sight during our stop, but the view of the river is cooling:
To talk about the Duwamish River itself, you can check in with Duwamish Alive! among others – and we even saw the West Seattle-based The Whale Trail. Duwamish Waterway Park is just over the hill from West Seattle, 7900 10th Avenue S.
11:30 AM: While the West Seattle Bee Garden is here to see at High Point Commons Park any time, it’s only once a year that you can enjoy it with the Puget Sound Beekeepers Association offering a variety of activities and demonstrations – and that’s happening right now: PSBA Kids’ Day at the WSBG. If you’re worried about the weather – there’s shade, as well as canopied booths with activities, crafts, and coloring, plus a garden full of gorgeous flowers.
This is all free and all happening at 31st SW/SW Graham until 1 pm.
Above, Bee Garden founder Lauren Englund in her “bee suit” for a hive demonstration; next one, by the way, is 12:15 pm, so you have time to get here!
12:20 PM: Back at HQ, we’ve added a few more photos, including Chris Porter (below) with pollination information:
Christine Deppe and Marco Deppe had a coloring quiz for older kids – whether you can identify parts of a bee’s anatomy:
The PS Beekeepers, by the way, are the people with whom you check if you discover a honey-bee swarm and don’t happen to be a hive-keeper – information about that is here.
(WSB photo from 2015 West Seattle Car Show)
We’re reminding you again tonight that the annual West Seattle Car Show has moved up into August this year and it is just nine days away – Saturday, August 27th, 10 am-3 pm on the north end of the South Seattle College campus! If you have a vehicle to show off, you’ll probably find just the right category here; pre-registration forms are due ASAP – otherwise, you can register on show day. Find all the registration info here.
*The South Seattle College will be giving tours of the Automotive Tech and Aviation Maintenance programs.
*We will have kids’ activities, including a wooden race track our people are building with wooden cars for the kids to keep.
*The Northwest Wine Academy will be be open and serving coffee and beer, as a convenience to patrons, and wine, which is their specialty. They will also have light snacks.
*There will be at least 2 food trucks: Nibbles (specializing in northwest and southwest food) and Kebab Brothers (specializing in kebabs and hot dogs).
*The Seattle Chinese Garden will be open for viewing.
*We will be selling T-shirts, dash plaques, water, and ice cream.
*Larry Lomax will be DJ-ing again.
*The Disco Cowboys band will be playing again.
The day’s full schedule will be online next week. In the meantime, whether you’re planning to be in the show or just planning to come have fun, 6000 16th SW on Puget Ridge [map] is where you’ll want to be on August 27th.
West Seattle Autoworks, Swedish Automotive, and South Seattle College are WSB sponsors.
— West Seattle Blog (@westseattleblog) August 19, 2016
Looking for shade? We found it on the east lawn at Hiawatha Community Center (Walnut/Lander), where Duke Evers is performing this season’s second-to-last show for Summer Concerts at Hiawatha, the annual series of free music presented by the Admiral Neighborhood Association. Our short video above includes part of what they described as a new song from an album coming out in November. We’ll add a few photos when we’re back at HQ, but just wanted to make sure you knew this is happening now, until about 8 pm, and there’s room on the lawn – bring your own chair or blanket.
(added) We didn’t stay for the whole show, but did see/hear a memorable moment – after the first few songs, a car alarm went off somewhere in the vicinity. The band, unfazed, riffed off it for a moment and declared they’d just created “The Car Alarm Song.” Soon as it was over, the alarm was too. “We played it out,” a band member joked.
P.S. Next week, summer’s last Hiawatha show, is the big one, at least for kindie-rock fans and the people who love them – Caspar Babypants, who tends to get the lawn as close to standing-room-only as a lawn can get, replete with a near-mosh-pit of wee ones up by the stage (6:30 pm Thursday, August 25th)!
Three notes about outdoor music ahead this week:
DUKE EVERS @ HIAWATHA: Thursday night brings this year’s second-to-last Summer Concerts at Hiawatha show on the east lawn at Hiawatha Community Center (Walnut/Lander). This week’s performer is the Duke Evers Band (video above). Show’s at 6:30, free; bring your own chair/blanket, and you’re welcome to bring a picnic dinner or other refreshments if you feel like it (or walk over to nearby Metropolitan Market, PCC Natural Markets-West Seattle [WSB sponsors] or Safeway, all of which have delis with hot and cold food). The series is presented by the Admiral Neighborhood Association, with local business sponsors including WSB.
85TH STREET BIG BAND @ THE MOUNT: Friday night, swing to the classics with the 85th Street Big Band for the second-to-last summer concert of the year on the south side of the Providence Mount St. Vincent campus (4831 35th SW). The music starts at 6, and it’s free; dinner and drinks are available for purchase starting at 5:30 pm (see our calendar listing for this week’s menu).
MUSIC @ ARTS IN NATURE FESTIVAL: Saturday and Sunday, music is a big part of the Nature Consortium (WSB sponsor)-presented Arts in Nature Festival at Camp Long (5200 SW Dawson). See the full performance schedule here, including the 7 pm Saturday (August 20th) performance by headliner Big World Breaks:
Ticket info is here (you can buy yours online too, including a full-weekend pass); festival hours are 11 am-9 pm Saturday, 11 am-6 pm Sunday.
(Photo from 2015 PSBA Kids’ Day at West Seattle Bee Garden)
Remember the West Seattle Bee Festival back in May, a fun but damp day? If you’ve been looking for a reason to make a return trip to the West Seattle Bee Garden in High Point – this Saturday (with sunny, very warm weather expected) brings it! The Puget Sound Beekeepers Association is presenting Kids’ Day at the Bee Garden 10 am-1 pm on Saturday (August 20th), with hive demonstrations, honey tasting, scavenger hunt, pollination simulation, crafts, even the “waggle dance.” And the kids will learn along the way how important bees are to our everyday lives. It’s all free, courtesy of “your friendly local beekeepers,” who work hard to protect and nurture these amazing (and sometimes misunderstood) insects. The Bee Garden is on the north side of Commons Park, 31st SW and SW Graham.
A reminder if you haven’t signed up yet … the 2016 West Seattle Car Show is open to a wide variety of vehicle types, and it’s exactly two weeks away: 10 am-4 pm Saturday, August 27th, on the north side of the South Seattle College (6000 16th SW; WSB sponsor).
Here’s how to sign up. It’s presented again this year by West Seattle Autoworks and Swedish Automotive (WSB sponsors), who moved it up into August for this year’s show, which benefits the SSC Automotive Technology program. If you plan to show off your vehicle but haven’t registered yet, please send in the form ASAP! If you’re planning to go as a spectator – see this preview for the rundown on all the activities planned in addition to car-viewing.
Last night, The Haggis Brothers were at The Mount … this Thursday, they are headlining a one-of-a-kind benefit for the Senior Center of West Seattle.
Here’s the story: Remember the $60,000 in United Way funding the center is NOT getting this year? The residents of Brookdale West Seattle heard about it and wanted to do something. So they organized a fundraiser, and you’re invited. It’s happening at Brookdale WS (4611 35th SW) this Thursday (August 18th) – “Moonshine Shimmy,” a big barbecue buffet, “moonshine,” and live entertainment with, as mentioned above, the ever-popular Haggis Brothers. Dancing too (that’s where the shimmying comes in).
It’s happening 5-7:30 pm on Thursday – here’s the official flyer with more details. Important – while it says last Thursday was the reservation deadline, we’ve checked and there’s still room, so go ahead and do it now – there’ll probably even be tickets available at the door. $15 includes one mug of moonshine. Free shuttle available from the Senior Center – ask about it when you make your reservation.
4 big days/nights coming up, with excellent weather forecast – the West Seattle highlights include:
THURSDAY – SUMMER CONCERTS @ HIAWATHA: 6:30 pm Thursday on the east lawn at Hiawatha Community Center, the mighty sound of the Total Experience Gospel Choir will fill the park. Free, presented by the Admiral Neighborhood Association, with sponsors including WSB. (Walnut/Lander)
THURSDAY – WEST SEATTLE ART WALK: 6-9 pm at venues all around West Seattle – listed and mapped here.
FRIDAY – MUSIC AT THE MOUNT: 6 pm at Providence Mount St. Vincent, The Haggis Brothers, live and free, with dinner and drinks available for purchase at 5:30 pm. (4831 35th SW)
FRIDAY – OUTDOOR MOVIE @ DELRIDGE CC: “The Peanuts Movie” screens in Delridge Community Center Park on Delridge Day eve, free, 8:30 pm. (4501 Delridge Way SW)
SATURDAY – DELRIDGE CC FUNDRAISING RUN: “Race for Recreation” is set for 10 am at Delridge Playfield, a perfect pre-funk to Delridge Day. $25 to enter. (4458 Delridge Way SW)
SATURDAY – DELRIDGE DAY: 11 am-3 pm with two stages – music, cultural performances, vendors, community organizations, food, law-enforcement demonstrations (including K-9s and horses), more, in the park by Delridge CC, and skating competition at Delridge Skatepark. Here’s our most recent preview with schedule updates. The festival is presented by VIEWS, with sponsors including WSB – see you there! (Delridge/Genesee)
SATURDAY – LAST OUTDOOR MOVIE @ HOTWIRE COURTYARD: This is the grand finale at the original home of West Seattle Outdoor Movies, which as of August 20th, and the 2017 season, is moving to the West Seattle YMCA (WSB sponsor) Festival Street. At dusk – 9 pm-ish – it’s “The Lego Movie.” Free; bring $ for nonprofit-benefiting raffles and concessions. (4410 California SW)
This is not AT ALL a comprehensive list of what’s going on – just a few highlights as we head into summer’s last few weekends – see our calendar for more.
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 email@example.com.
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? firstname.lastname@example.org)