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LAST CALL! Destination Delridge this Friday

Four nights until a chance to celebrate and support the Delridge Neighborhoods Development Association‘s achievements – including the Nature Consortium affiliation, stewardship of North Delridge wetlands, the Cultural Event Series, affordable housing, and more – at the second annual Destination Delridge party. The Friday night bash is at Metropolist, where and DNDA says you’re in for “performances by outstanding youth from the Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, a delicious dinner, dessert dash, interactive art and games, and a kickin’ dance party to follow!” The final remaining tickets are on sale here right now.

SAVE THE DATE: Taste of West Seattle 2017 set for May 25th

(WSB photo from 2016 Taste of West Seattle)

Tickets are not on sale yet BUT the West Seattle Helpline has announced this year’s date for one of our area’s most-popular annual benefit events – the Taste of West Seattle food-and-beverage fest. Set your calendar for the evening of Thursday, May 25th. According to the Helpline announcement, tickets will go on sale March 1st. The Taste of West Seattle features more than 50 local food and beverage purveyors set up in and around The Hall at Fauntleroy – a great way to not only support the Helpline’s work but also to sample the offerings of places you haven’t tried yet. Watch the official website for more info.

CHILI COOKOFF: You’re invited to compete in Fauntleroy

(Photo by Ben Ackers, from 2015 cookoff)

Do you make chili that draws raves from family and/or friends? You’re invited to enter the sixth annual Fauntleroy Chili Cook-Off. It’s coming up on Saturday, March 4th, and both vegetarian and meat recipes are welcome. Prospective entrants can contact the Fauntleroy Church office (206-932-5600 or for all the details.

YOU CAN HELP: Get your Destination Delridge tickets!

Just a little more than two weeks to this year’s Destination Delridge benefit – and tickets are still available!

Celebrate the arts, nature, and community that make the Delridge neighborhoods of West Seattle a vibrant and thriving place to live, work and play. The annual Destination Delridge fundraiser, February 24, 2017, supports low-income housing, educational programs for at-risk youth, arts, culture and environmental restoration efforts of the Delridge Neighborhood Development Association (DNDA).

Doors and Reception 6 pm | Dinner 7 pm | Dance Party 9 pm

Metropolist, 2931 1st Ave South

“This year we celebrate the success of our Cultural Events Series, our Wetlands Restoration and Stewardship project, and the range of programming at DNDA’s Youngstown Cultural Arts Center that attracts over 45,000 people annually. We provided affordable housing for 300+ residents at our 7 properties, and with the help of over 3,000 volunteers we planted 1,300 native trees and led restoration of 58+ acres of park land, as part of our merger with our nonprofit partner, Nature Consortium,” said David Bestock, Executive Director of DNDA. “It’s been an incredible year of integrating programs, growing our staff and expanding our reach into our community.”

The event includes dinner, performances by AU Collective dancers, poet Carlynn Newhouse, musician Monica Elenes, and a dance party with DJ Jyun Jyun.

Tickets for the event can be purchased through DNDA’s website. For more information on the event, call the DNDA office at 206-935-2999 or email

SATURDAY: Pancakes at Delridge Community Center!

By Saturday, the leftover snow is likely to be just a memory, and you’ll want to get out and enjoy the start of the weekend. Saturday happens to be Neighbor Day, with a lot going on – and you can start the day by letting somebody else make a pancake breakfast for you and your family at Delridge Community Center. 10 am-noon, $6/person, $10/couple, $20/max per family, and it all goes to help make sure more people can enjoy the programs at DCC, which is at 4501 Delridge Way SW.

HAPPENING NOW: Smile and say ‘Be My Junction Valentine’


11:02 AM: Look for these friendly volunteers – the Southwest Seattle Historical Society‘s We Love The Junction” Task Force – at the south end of the West Seattle Farmers’ Market (California/Alaska) until 2 pm, to get your free Junction Valentine photo. Currently, the rain is light, the expected snow is still hours away. And the pic is quick – photography courtesy of someone whose work you’ve seen here on WSB, Leda Costa:


Your photo will be sent to you in a digital Valentine “frame” in time for the holiday of hearts. It’s also a friendly reminder, as noted in the announcement last week, that the Campbell Building – the photo backdrop – has its landmark-nomination hearing the day after Valentine’s Day, same Landmark Preservation Board meeting when there’ll be a vote on landmark status for the Hamm Building across the street.

ADDED SUNDAY NIGHT: SWSHS says 70 couples, families, and individuals were photographed during their four hours in The Junction.

RSVP ASAP: West Seattle Big Band & more @ Friday benefit

Next Friday night (February 10th), you can get a swinging start to your Valentine weekend. 6:30-8 pm at Brookdale West Seattle (4611 35th SW), and tomorrow’s the deadline to RSVP:

The “Sweetheart Swing” will be raising money for Alzheimer’s; both Brookdale Admiral Heights and Brookdale West Seattle have joined forces to fight Alzheimer’s! Even a drop-in on the way home will help the cause. We will be serving heavy appetizers, libations, and you can get your picture taken in our FREE photo booth. The West Seattle Big Band will be performing during the event.

Call 206-932-5480 to RSVP. It’s $15 per person, and that gets you everything – appetizers, beverages, the swing-era-themed photo booth, and the WSBB’s great music.

Make Valentine history in The Junction this Sunday

2017 02-01 Junction valentine Whittaker Bennett
(West Seattleites Bobby Whittaker and Aurora Bennett, photographed by Leda Costa)

You can get a fun, free Valentine photo – like the one above – this Sunday, courtesy of the Southwest Seattle Historical Society. With the Campbell Building’s landmark nomination getting its first hearing before the Landmarks Preservation Board this month, SWSHS’s We Love The Junction” campaign is using it as a backdrop for photos this Sunday during the West Seattle Farmers’ Market. Here’s the official announcement:

The “We Love The Junction” Task Force of the Southwest Seattle Historical Society has a fun and unique way for you to obtain a free digital valentine with your sweetie and show your love for the Junction at the same time.

It’s called “Be My Junction Valentine.” Here’s how it will work:

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. this Sunday, February 5, 2017, the task force will be at West Seattle Farmers Market taking FREE valentine photos at the northeast corner of the Junction in front of the Campbell Building, 4554 California Ave. SW. (main tenant: Cupcake Royale).

You – with a companion, with your family or even by yourself – will be able to pose for a valentine photo while holding a sign with the “We Love The Junction” logo.

The photo will be digitally placed into a heart-shaped template and e-mailed to you in time for you to circulate it – and post it on social media – on Valentine’s Day, Tuesday, Feb. 14, as your 2017 valentine greeting. The “We Love The Junction” Task Force also will post the photos on Facebook.

The first 25 people to have their “Be My Junction Valentine” photos taken will receive a free Cupcake Royale “Babycakes” cupcake – one cupcake per photo.

Those getting their “Be My Junction Valentine” photos taken also will come away with a flier describing how they can write to the Seattle Landmarks Preservation Board about their support for landmark status for the Campbell Building and Hamm Building.

The flier also will include logistical information on showing support by attending the Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017, meeting of the landmarks board at City Hall downtown.

The landmarks board’s Feb. 15 meeting starts at 3:30 p.m., but hearings on designation of the Hamm Building (built in 1926) and nomination of the Campbell Building (built in 1911/1920) likely will take place later in the afternoon and early evening. More precise times for the hearings will be known when the agenda is released the week prior to the meeting.

Here’s our recent preview of that meeting. For more on this Sunday’s photo event – which will happen rain or shine! – go here.

VIDEO: West Seattle Polar Bear Swim 2017 leaves hundreds soaked in New Year spirit

(Pre-swim photo by Jacob Nieman – note the crowd size!)

Thanks to everyone who shared photos and video from this morning’s 2017 West Seattle Polar Bear Swim at Alki Beach!

(Photo by Robert Spears)

A good, if frosty, time was had by all, so far as we could tell – 33-degree air, 50-degree water, exactly the same as last year. Here’s our video of this morning’s countdown and run in:

(WSB video by Patrick Sand)

At the start of our clip, the countdown is being led by Mark Ufkes, who organizes this every year – he’s in the next photo with the megaphone:

(Photo by Russ Walker)

Here’s a wider view of the big splash:

(Video by Kendall Browne)

For some, the Polar Bear Swim is a spectator sport – this guy told us he was there to cheer on his 15-year-old daughter, participating for the first time:

(This photo and next 5 are by WSB’s Patrick Sand)

Some of the other sights – maybe the most-formal swimmer (or maybe just hadn’t been home since the NYE party):


Think we saw this dinosaur back on Halloween:


We noted the lampshade in a pre-swim tweet – and spotted it on the beach under someone else’s care:


Another standout hat:


Die-hard Cougar fan:


Maybe a tropical print helped make up for the almost-freezing air:

(Photo by Russ Walker)

Whatever you were or weren’t wearing, there was post-swim chowder, courtesy of nearby Duke’s:

(WSB photo)

And memories that will linger until next New Year’s Day:

(Photo by Robert Spears)

(WSB photo)

(added 7:30 pm) One more video of the big swim – this one is by Anthony Decena:

P.S. Here’s our coverage from previous years:

Libraries open today. And tomorrow: Lego Space Wars @ Southwest Branch!

December 26, 2016 11:38 am
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Though many government offices/facilities are closed today, Seattle Public Library branches are open! In West Seattle, the Southwest and WS (Admiral) branches are open now, closing at 8 pm; the Delridge branch is open 1-8 pm; the High Point branch remains closed for renovations (reopening January 9th).

No special events at the branches today, but tomorrow, if you have kid(s) home from school for winter break, check this out: Southwest Library (35th SW/SW Henderson) has an event that children’s librarian Dave Eicke wants to make sure you know about – Lego Space Wars, 2-4 pm Tuesday. As Eicke points out, “Play and use of Legos have been shown to show real benefits in STEM education. The planning and building helps with communicating ideas with physical objects.” Free, no registration required, just show up!

PHOTOS & VIDEO: West Seattle Halloween scenes

7:20 PM: Yes, it’s raining, but so far, that’s not keeping trick-or-treaters home, and it’s not stopping the spooky shows:


That’s a photo texted (thank you!) from what we’re told is a great front-yard display at 2747 44th SW. Next, we’re stopping at Skeleton Theatre, 36th/Hanford…


7:51 PM: The skeleton crew is in fine form, reprising “The Death of Rock,” telling the tale of the rise and fall of rock superstars Bonaparte.

The 20-minute show is continuous until 9 pm, then 6-9 again tomorrow. Our next stop, Nightmare on 44th (as in 44th SW, between Charlestown and Andover)…


8:10 PM:The rain has lightened considerably (though you can hear it in our clip)!

Nightmare on 44th is on until 9 pm, and this is prime time to go look and listen. New additions this year. We’re heading out for one more stop …the Halloween light show on 38th SW between Genesee and Dakota, running until 10 (maybe a bit later) …

8:59 PM: Above, a bit of video from the 38th SW light show – we met creator Ken out front, along with visitors delighting in the lights and music. The Wicked Witch of the West from “The Wizard of Oz” appears, too.


For now, that’s the end of our tour; we’ve just seen some late trick-or-treaters, though, so please remain extra watchful as the night goes on.

10:06 PM: Thanks to Lisa for e-mailing this photo:


Lisa explains, “Our neighborhood SOGEN (South of Genesee) donned traffic-cone costumes with Werner. Great fun and it was easy to keep track of our kids. Fun was had by all!”

WEST SEATTLE HALLOWEEKEND: ‘Werewolf’ night at Meeples

Halloweekend continues, with more big events tomorrow (Harvest Festival!) but in the meantime, tonight …


As the slogan goes, every night is Game Night at Meeples Games (WSB sponsor) at California/Charlestown. But this is not just any night … dozens of players are gathered right now for the Halloween edition of “Werewolf,” led by legendary moderator Hank (top photo).

Not familiar with this role-playing game? Here’s how it works. The game began with a costume contest. The winners:


From left, #3 is Greg from “Over the Garden Wall”; #2, the Black Canary; #1, Lucius Malfoy from “Harry Potter.”

WSB West Seattle Halloween (etc.) Guide – is your event in it?

October 23, 2016 5:30 pm
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Now that this weekend’s big events have wrapped up, we’re looking ahead to Hallo-week, and we’re continuing to update the WSB West Seattle Halloween (etc.) Guide. Additions this weekend include the confirmation that the popular animatronic show Skeleton Theatre will be back (October 31-November 1st) and the Duwamish Longhouse Halloween Party next Sunday night. Plus you’ll find info on myriad other events including the Junction Harvest Festival, also one week from today. If you’re having a Halloween/harvest/fall/Dia de Los Muertos event open to the public between now and November 1st and it’s not already listed, please send us info ASAP – – thank you!

West Seattle Halloween Guide 2016 now up!

October 17, 2016 9:27 am
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Two weeks until Halloween, and dozens of special events are on the way. As of early today, our annual West Seattle Halloween (etc.) Guide is up, so you can find them all in one place: Not just trick-or-treat events, but fall festivals, haunted houses, costume contests, pumpkin carving, bar parties, Dia de Los Muertos events, nd more. The guide is at The guide will continue to evolve between now and November 1st – adding events as we hear about them, and removing the ones that have already happened – so keep checking in. And if we’re missing YOUR public seasonal event – please send info as soon as you can – – so we can add it; thank you! (Photo: Reader-contributed jack-o-lantern pic from past Halloween)

West Seattle Halloween: Admiral District Trick-or-Treating set for October 28th

Just this morning, we were asked via e-mail if The Admiral District would have its customary merchant trick-or-treating this year. The answer: Yes!


We checked in with Parris Sadow at Atomic Boys and she just happened to have the flyer (which is the official “we’re participating” sign for Admiral businesses) ready to send out. As you can see, trick-or-treating is set for 3-6 pm on the Friday before Halloween, October 28th. So we’ve just added it to the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar. There, it joins the West Seattle Junction Harvest Festival (co-sponsored by WSB), which includes trick-or-treating, already announced for 10 am-2 pm Sunday, October 30th.

If you also have a public Halloween/harvest/autumn/etc. event to announce, please send us info ASAP so it can be in our calendar and on our special seasonal page – – thanks!

Seattle Summer Parkways on Alki, report #2: Street scenes

Photos by Leda Costa for West Seattle Blog


We showed you what was happening at Seattle Summer Parkways on Alki as it happened along two waterfront miles on Sunday. Now, through the photos of WSB contributing photographer Leda Costa, a closer look at who was there having fun. Above, the bouncy obstacle course brought in by Seattle Parks; below, the Pan family, jumping rope:

The Pan family playing with the jump ropes.

Ahead, 12 more scenes from what really was a summery afternoon, despite it having been the third full day of fall: Read More

HAPPENING NOW: Playing in the street (and preparing for disaster) during Seattle Summer Parkways on Alki


12:51 PM: So far during Seattle Summer Parkways on Alki, which continues until 4 pm, we’ve seen a shark and a whale …


The rendering of the 39-foot humpback whale that stranded and died in Fauntleroy two months ago is part of the marine-mammal chalk art outside the Seal Sitters Marine Mammal Stranding Network‘s booth in the 61st/Alki activity zone; the shark was a decoration on one of the cargo/family bicycles that headed out at 11 am for the Seattle Disaster Relief Trials, a fun combination of preparedness exercise and bicycle ride.


Participants are practicing skills that might be needed in case of catastrophe – earthquake, for example. “Cars can’t get through, we can,” was the scenario offered by organizer Morgan as she took the stage to launch the ride. Participants headed off to spots as far away as White Center, visiting up to four of West Seattle’s Emergency Communication Hubs along the way. Thanks to Jon for this photo from the Ercolini Park hub west of The Junction, where the “shark” bike was checking in:


Toting items (even containers of water) was part of the exercise. (added) And via Twitter, here’s another hub stop for that distinctive bike and rider:

Meantime, back at the beach, City Councilmember Lisa Herbold and SDOT director Scott Kubly were there to help launch today’s event (the mayor canceled a few days ago) but decided against speeches since, as she put it, things were proceeding relatively casually:


Also at the 61st/Alki hub, Seattle Public Library‘s two-wheeled branch:


Not pictured – a mini-tent where little ones can sit and read. Meantime, a short distance east on Alki, the Seattle Humane MaxMobile arrived with adoptable pets including kittens (who did NOT want to pose, so we have the wide view of the van):


That’s about as far as we got before having to leave Alki for a bit – but we’re headed back now to explore the rest of the route. Again, if you’ve missed all the advance alerts, Alki SW is open to walking/biking and other non-motorized transportation, both ways between 56th and 63rd, and east of 56th to Don Armeni, the inland lane is open to cars (etc.) one way westbound, while the water-side lane is for other forms of transportation, until 4 pm.

ADDED 1:38 PM: Just stopped by Don Armeni for another marine-mammal sighting – Mike the inflatable Southern Resident Killer Whale, is now ready for visitors. He’s with The Whale Trail team.


ADDED 2:19 PM: If you’re here and you haven’t stopped by City Scoop yet, to answer some questions and get free ice cream, you have until 3 pm. The tents are right by Alki Bathhouse – here’s the view from the second floor at Spud across the street:


Or maybe you are torn between hanging out in the sunshine and watching the Seahawks/49ers game on TV. Guess what – you can do both!


Alki resident Guy Olson set up the “living room in the street” – TV and all – between Marine and 59th. Meantime, at 58th SW, Seattle Parks has a play zone for kids including a bouncy obstacle course:


Also, face painting and chalk art! And that’s near Coastal, the Alki boutique, which has a lemonade stand out front, raising money for Camp Korey.

2:45 PM: Music at Summer Parkways – the Barrelhouse Jive Band onstage at 61st/Alki:

The clip is from WSB contributing photographer Leda Costa – our second report on Summer Parkways will include her views from today. Again, this is on until 4 pm … most activities between 56th and 63rd on Alki, but an “activity hub” remains at Don Armeni, too.

3:40 PM: Twenty more minutes to get out and play in the street along Alki. You can of course ride your bike at the beach any time, but today has been extra fun with cool people like these:

As mentioned above, we’ll have a second report with scenes of the day, later on. And we’ll update here when we get word Alki/Harbor Aves. are back to all traffic both ways – the official posted closure is until 5 pm, so there’s time for breakdown and cleanup.

COUNTDOWN: 2 days to Seattle Summer Parkways on Alki


The “no parking” signs are up and that’s the most visible reminder that the city’s “car-free day” Seattle Summer Parkways is happening along parts of Alki and Harbor Avenues on Sunday. While today – first full day of fall – feels anything but summery, the newest forecast predicts sunshine and afternoon temperatures in the 70s during the event.

What you need to know, one more time:

PARKING: “No water-side parking along Alki Ave SW from 63rd Ave SW to Don Armeni Boat Ramp from 8 am to 5 pm; parking will be allowed on the residential side of the street from 55th Ave SW to Don Armeni Boat Ramp,” per organizers.

DRIVING/RIDING/WALKING/RUNNING: Alki Avenue SW will be open for non-motorized vehicles only between 56th SW and 63rd SW, all lanes. Then from 56th east to Don Armeni Boat Ramp, the inland lane will remain open to motorized vehicles, while the water-side lane will be open to bicycling, walking, running, etc., only.

METRO: As of the moment we’re publishing this (2:43 pm), reroute information for Route 50 and the Water Taxi shuttle still has not been published on Metro‘s reroutes/alerts page. Kathy from West Seattle Bike Connections (an SSP participant) forwarded some partial information that SSP organizers obtained from Metro earlier in the week – noting a “temporary terminal” at 61st/Admiral – but we’re following up to see when the info will officially be posted.

ACTIVITIES/EVENTS: Orca Half (Marathon) leaves from Don Armeni Boat Ramp at 9:30 am. (If you’re already registered, you can pick up your packet at West Seattle Runner [2743 California SW; WSB sponsor)] until 6 pm today.) … The Disaster Relief Cargo Bike Trials leave from 61st and Alki at 11 am … CityScoop offers you free ice cream 1-3 pm near 61st and Alki, courtesy of the Department of Neighborhoods, which will have a few questions for you while you’re there … See the rest of the list here.

BACKSTORY: The city’s first “car-free day” event on Alki, in 2008, was in September, and followed a similar route. Sunny weather that day! Starting the next year, it was moved to late May, immediately after the West Seattle 5K, often partly cloudy and chilly. After six years, there was no event in 2015; then this year, the city confirmed in March that it was rebranding the event as Seattle Summer Parkways – the last of three SSP events this year – and moving it to late September.

West Seattle YMCA expansion: New ‘Kids Zone’ opens Friday

September 15, 2016 4:32 pm
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As expansion/renovation work continues at the West Seattle YMCA (WSB sponsor) headquarters in The Triangle, staffers are getting ready today for a celebration tomorrow – the grand opening of the new Kids Zone, 4-8 pm Friday. We got a sneak peek with the Y’s Joleen Post on Wednesday afternoon. Above, the big indoor play structure is in the “Adventure Zone” for 3- to 5-year-olds; the “Tween Zone” for ages 9 to 13 includes a ping-pong table:


Lots of work going on when we stopped by, but tomorrow, it’ll all be done in time for the celebration. There are also specific programs for babies, toddlers, and 4- to 9-year-olds, with three separate indoor areas – adjacent to the Y’s gym – including new restrooms and a new outdoor play structure that’s being installed soon. These are all drop-in child-care areas included in Y family memberships. But you don’t have to be a member to enjoy tomorrow’s celebration – come in, look around, try things out. (If you decide to join, the Y has a “no joining fee” special through mid-October. And if you’ve never been there – the temporary entrance is along SW Snoqualmie, between 36th SW and 37th SW.)

West Seattle weekend scene: Paella at C & P, to help Helpline

September 11, 2016 5:26 pm
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Thanks to Irene Stewart for photos from a sold-out benefit event happening right now at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), the paella party raising money for West Seattle Helpline (as announced here last month). Top photo shows one of Chef Joey Serquenia’s two “ginormous” (as Irene put it) pans of paella; below, some of the friends and supporters enjoying the late-summer sunshine along with their paella:


Didn’t get a ticket to tonight’s event? Here’s how else to help Helpline, which provides emergency assistance to thousands of people every year.

Emergency preparedness can be fun! 3 weeks to Disaster Relief Trials in West Seattle

September 4, 2016 8:59 pm
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September is Preparedness Month. This year brings more than the standard – and important! – reminders about disaster kits – it also brings the 2016 Seattle Disaster Relief Trials, starting from Alki Beach during the Seattle Summer Parkways event three weeks from today. Here’s the official announcement about what organizers describe as “a disaster drill in the form of a cargo-bike ride, simulating a Day 3 supply run”:

Seattle’s Disaster Relief Trials (DRT) will take place Sunday, September 25th, 2016 and will run from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM, starting from 61st Ave SW and Alki Ave SW in West Seattle. This year, the Seattle DRT will be held in partnership with Seattle Summer Parkways, Seattle Emergency Hubs, and the Seattle Auxiliary Communication Service (ACS).

Imagine the impact a nearby 8.5 magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami would have on Seattle. Buildings collapsed, roads in shambles, people displaced, services disconnected. Without roads that are passable to vehicles, how do we provide essential services to injured and scared residents?

The DRT is a fun emergency-preparedness event that mobilizes bicyclists to carry cargo representing emergency supplies to and from six checkpoints, Community and Communication Hubs and other significant community gathering locations throughout West Seattle and White Center.

Each of the six hubs will include a cargo activity for the Responder class, and an emergency response mini-workshop for the Resilient, Family, and Citizen classes, as well as for the public. The emergency response activities will be provided by partnering organizations.

The goal is to provide a realistic practice of how bicyclists can be a vital link in providing supplies to citizens, in cases where the roads are impassable to larger vehicles, within the context of educating the public and having a great time!

Tickets are now available. We are offering different ticket types indicating your level of participation (Responder, Resilient, Family, Citizen, etc.). Tickets range from $0 – $20. Most tickets include a free stylish 2016 DRT shirt you can wear year round!

Want to help out with the event? We are seeking volunteers to help with registration, setup, running checkpoints, and teardown. Volunteers will receive free snacks and water and a stylish 2016 DRT shirt, and will have the opportunity to learn valuable preparedness skills!

If you would like more information about this topic, please email us at If you’d like to volunteer to help with this event, please email us at

PHOTOS: West Seattle Car Show 2016

(UPDATED EARLY SUNDAY with winners added to our earlier as-it-happened coverage – scroll down)


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:

… 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.

ADDED EARLY SUNDAY: The winner list, and photos. In the order announced, as announced, with some photos (sorry we didn’t get them all!):

1954 and older: 1939 Pontiac


1955-1959 domestic: Packard

1960-1964 domestic: ’64 Pontiac

1965-1969: ’65 Ford Falcon (also featured in our top photo)


1970-1974: VW Camper


1975-1989: 1976 Buick Wagon


1990-present: 2007 Corvette

Best Truck: 1974 Chevy


Best European: 1958 MG


Best Asian Import: Isuzu Impulse

Alternate Fuel or Electric Vehicle: 1966 Buick Skylark

Best Motorcycle: 1967 Norton


Best Woman-Owned Vehicle: 1969 Dodge Dart

Best Junior-Owned (Under 21): VW GTI


Best ‘Survivor’: 1957 Pontiac Station Wagon

Judges’ Choice, Best Stock Vehicle: 1998 Ferrari

Judges’ Choice, Modified: ’67 Camaro

People’s Choice Award, in honor of show founder Michael Hoffman: 1938 Auburn


O’Reilly’s Trophy: 1967 Chevelle


South Seattle College-presented Best Student Car: 1995 Toyota Pickup

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The awards were announced by West Seattle Hi-Yu youth, with the assistance of West Seattle Autoworks’ Todd Ainsworth, still in his Disco Cowboys singing gear:


This was the third year that WS Autoworks and Swedish Automotive coordinated the West Seattle Car Show, and the ninth year for the show overall.

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