West Seattle, Washington
(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!
Along with a general reminder about our special page listing this week’s spring holiday/celebration activities/services, this morning we’re calling your attention to an egg hunt just added: The list of city locations with 10 am egg hunts on Saturday now includes Southwest Teen Life Center/Pool (2801 SW Thistle). This was NOT in the city’s spring community-center brochure nor on other lists circulated by the city, so it wasn’t on our page until a center rep told us it IS on, for up to age 9, at “10 am sharp” (arrive at 9:45) on Saturday, same time as the city-sponsored egg hunts elsewhere.
P.S. Anything else we’re missing? Not too late for us to add info – email@example.com – thanks!
(2014 WSB photo)
After a year off, a “car-free day” street party is in the works for West Seattle again this year.
SDOT now calls the program “Seattle Summer Parkways,” a change from “Seattle Summer Streets.” For six years, they scheduled the local event to start right after the West Seattle 5K, which is actually in spring (May 22nd this year), and the weather tended to be less than summery. This year, SDOT says, they’re steering in the other direction, and they’re working on a “Summer Parkways” event for Alki that’s likely to be in early fall.
The Summer Parkways website has dates set for two other events around the city already – August 13th in Rainier Valley and August 27th in Ballard – and according to this exchange is looking at a possible date of September 25th for Alki. September was the month that warm sunshine graced the very first “car-free day,” back in 2008 (WSB coverage here). Again, nothing’s finalized yet, but we thought you might want to know it’s in the works.
It’s been said that it’s far more important to have the right questions, than to have the right answers.
Tomorrow, you have a chance to do something unique with your question(s):
In honor of Albert Einstein‘s upcoming birthday, this will be Question Week, and local organizers have announced:
To launch Question Week locally, Red Cup Espresso, 4451 California Ave SW, is allowing use of their deck on Sunday, March 13th from 10 AM – 2 PM, where everyone can come to have their photos professionally taken by West Seattle’s own Filmateria when they share their questions. We will have some starter exercises to align with the Sunday West Seattle Farmers Market, and there will be the option to participate via social media.
For more about Question Week, read on:
Another big springtime benefit to announce, with tickets available: West Seattleite-founded-and-led Northwest Hope & Healing is getting ready for its 14th annual fashion-show benefit, “Style ’16.” It’s at Showbox SODO this year, on Thursday, April 21st, VIP doors at 6:30, general admission at 7. From Amy Daly-Donovan:
Fashion. Fun. Fundraising. Firefighters!*
NW Hope & Healing supports local women as they undergo breast and gynecologic cancer treatment at Swedish Cancer Institute. Please join us for a great night out, and make a direct impact in local cancer patients’ lives. We are expecting 400 guests to enjoy a fantastic evening! Northwest Hope & Healing’s Patient Assistance Fund provides financial grants to women undergoing treatment who are struggling with expenses for essentials such as rent, transportation, prescriptions, groceries, and utility bills. In 2015, NWHH provided 388 grants and we want to be able to do more in 2016 and beyond. The fashion show is our biggest fundraiser of the year!
Tickets are on sale now at www.nwhopeandhealing.org. Choose from General Admission ($50), VIP ($125) or Runway VIP ($250) – more information on the levels is on our site. Single tickets and tables are available for purchase.
We are still looking for financial or in-kind sponsors as well as volunteers. Please contact Kristina Dahl, Executive Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
The show will feature local boutiques (representing West Seattle: Carmilia’s, Coastal, West Seattle Runner), hair & makeup support from West Seattle’s Ola Salon, and models who are all breast and gynecologic cancer survivors or currently in treatment, many from West Seattle as well as Seattle and the Eastside.
*A special treat this year – we are pleased to announce that a bevy of Bellevue Firefighters will serve as our male models, participating in support of their colleague who is a breast cancer survivor and also modeling in the show!
… to rocket-launching, rock climbing and more, the Outdoor Adventure Day activities are on at Camp Long Environmental Learning Center (a sprawling city park at 5200 35th SW)!
(added) Thanks to F. Smith for this photo from the archery area:
(back to original report) Free and fun, until 3 pm. Full details in our preview – note that you can park at West Seattle Stadium (a few blocks north off 35th) and take a free shuttle to CL (which is celebrating its 75th anniversary, and you can expect more special events ahead, CL’s Sheila Brown told us during our visit this morning).
It’s a WSB tradition – a page listing Easter (etc.) events including egg hunts, church services, brunches … we include them in our year-round West Seattle Event Calendar, too, but for convenient reference, we create a separate page. So if your business, organization, church, etc., has plans this year but hasn’t sent us the info yet, please do, as soon as you can! No need for flyers/posters or anything else special – just plain text in the body of your e-mail, sent to email@example.com – thank you!
Big outdoor-adventure fun tomorrow in West Seattle: In honor of Camp Long‘s 75th birthday, it’s a free day of activities, geared toward ages 10 to 20. Included are archery, a high-wire challenge course, rock climbing, rifle shooting, Dutch Oven cooking, orienteering, firebuilding, tomahawk throwing, geocaching, robotics, S’mores-making.
The Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and Seattle Parks are among the organizers, and you’ll also find SPD and SFD there, with a police cruiser and fire engine available for tours, as well as the Highland Park-based SPD Mounted Patrol visiting (after noon). The event runs 10 am to 3 pm tomorrow (Saturday, March 5th), and coordinator Michael Grueter says the activities will be running continuously, so just stop by and find your fun. He adds that the weather should be best in the morning, so get there early! The entrance to Camp Long is at 5200 35th SW.
P.S. If you’re getting there by car, park at West Seattle Stadium a short distance north – shuttle buses will take you to and from Camp Long – that’s explained here, along with lots more info about what’s happening, what to bring, etc.
Just out of the WSB inbox, the most attention-grabbing calendar-event title we’ve seen all day: Nerdy 30s and 40s of West Seattle: Inaugural Drinks. Kati says this 7 pm event on March 11th, at The Bridge (California/Graham), is to: “Meet new friends and have fun in West Seattle! We are a group of sociable nerds in our 30s and 40s interested in meeting other sociable nerds for fun times on the peninsula.” You can RSVP and join the Meetup group by going here. And it’ll be in the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar soon – thanks again to EVERYONE who sends info to share there (firstname.lastname@example.org, at least a week in advance).
While city-run community centers, pools, libraries, and other facilities are closed for the holiday, the West Seattle YMCA (WSB sponsor) is open regular hours today. Here are four current/upcoming events/programs they’re spotlighting:
YOUTH INDOOR SOCCER SIGNUPS: For ages 3 to 8, registration is under way for both members and community participants for this year’s youth indoor soccer season, which starts with practices the week of February 29th, games the week of March 19th, last day of the season April 23rd. You can sign up in person or online.
KIDS’ NIGHT IN: For ages 4-10, a “splendid slumber party” at the Y, 6:30 pm Saturday (February 20th) to 8 am Sunday. Games, tumbling, dancing, scavenger hunt, movie, snacks, light breakfast … for members and community participants. Sign up online.
CLOTHES FOR THE CAUSE: The Y’s Tween Thursday program is teaming with C4TC on a clothing and textile drive that’s under way now. Surplus clothing/household linens? Drop them off at the West Seattle or Fauntleroy YMCA through February 28th (when the drive ends with the Clothes for the Cause truck on site 1-3 pm). More info, and a list of what they can and can’t accept, is here.
FREE PARENT CHILD SWIM LESSONS are now included in family memberships, starting at 6 months old, continuing through 35 months. Registration opens tomorrow (Tuesday, February 16th) for members, for the next session, March 1st-April 23rd. Online signups will be here.