West Seattle, Washington
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 – email@example.com – 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 – firstname.lastname@example.org – 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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org – 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 (email@example.com, 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.
(WSB photo from 2015 Float Dodger 5K)
July 23rd might sound like a long way away. But it’s less than half a year – and today there’s reason to look forward to the Float Dodger 5K walk/run that precedes the West Seattle Grand Parade. Lori McConnell from Float Dodger-presenting West Seattle Runner (WSB sponsor) explains:
Today our race went LIVE! Special discount registration price of $17!! floatdodger5k.com
This year it is benefitting the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society as always. BUT we are ADDING the West Seattle Food Bank as the other beneficiary. We are excited to announce this new partnership/collaboration.
Tonight at 7 pm at the store, we we will host an info night about Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Team in Training program so folks can learn more. Complete with wine and snacks!
WSR is at 2743 California SW in The Admiral District.
Saturday is Neighbor Appreciation Day in Seattle, and the city has some celebrations planned. We’ve already mentioned the open house at Fire Station 37 (11 am-1 pm, 35th SW/SW Holden). Here’s what else in West Seattle is on the list made public today:
Celebrate Neighbor Appreciation Day with The Nature Consortium
Join the Nature Consortium and Seattle City Councilmember Lisa Herbold in celebrating Neighbor Appreciation Day! We will be restoring important forest habitat in Seattle’s largest remaining green space, the West Duwamish Greenbelt. Visit naturec.org/volunteer to register. 10 am-2 pm. Pigeon Point Park @ Pathfinder K-8, 1901 SW Genesee.
West Seattle Timebank Neighbor Appreciation Day
Meet your neighbors and learn about the West Seattle Timebank. There will be refreshments and activities for kids. Noon-2 pm, High Point Library, 3411 SW Raymond.
Southwest Pool Neighbor Appreciation Day Swim
Join us for a free swim and refreshments to celebrate Neighbor Appreciation Day! 1-2 pm, Southwest Teen Life Center, 2801 SW Thistle
Here’s the full list of what’s happening for Neighbor Appreciation Day around the city.
That’s one of the 10 takers the Washington Technology Industry Association had for its version of a post-New Year “Polar Plunge” this morning at Alki Beach. Frosty fog had just lifted at the beach, but was still visible around Duwamish Head:
The water – 50ish – was warmer than the air – 40ish.
This was just one event on a very busy calendar for WTIA – see it here.
Just received an announcement about this – a second organized “Polar Plunge” at Alki Beach this year, this time presented by the Washington Technology Industry Association. They’re planning to take the plunge on Saturday (January 9th) at 9:30 am. They’re inviting “WTIA members, non-members, friends, and family 18 and up.” We’re checking to see where on Alki they’re planning to gather, since the announcement just mentions the beach’s general official address. In the meantime, if you’re interested, RSVP via the link toward the bottom of this page.
Don’t just play games – make them! That’s the invitation Delridge Library has for students 9-13, during an upcoming multi-day special event, December 14-17, involving designing games with the system you see in the demonstration video above:
This 4-day workshop will be taught by the creator of BlockStudio, a new system that lets novices create games and animations rapidly, without using code. Students will learn how to turn their creative ideas into interactive software, and tackle progressively harder challenges each day. The final day will consist of a show-and-tell session, where students will show off their creations to each other. All games and animations created during this workshop will be playable after the workshop is over. For ages 9 – 13.
The library calendar shows the workshop happening 4-5:30 pm each of those four days. It’s free, but registration is required, so call the branch (5423 Delridge Way SW) to find out how – 206-733-9125 it’s open 11 am-6 pm today.
From our West Seattle Holiday Guide, two of the many West Seattle events happening now:
At the Junction True Value (WSB sponsor) Holiday Open House – on until 2 pm at 4747 44th SW – helping the West Seattle Food Bank is a highlight. You can buy one of the raffle tickets that Sara (above) is selling, and/or bring a nonperishable food donation – the barrel’s right out front. New guest at the open house this year – an early visit from Santa Claus:
You’ll find him by the front door, steps away from the table of treats that also await you:
JTV is also your holiday-decorations headquarters – from lights to wreaths to tree and yard ornaments, and beyond.
Our West Seattle Saturday preview lists other open houses happening today and also a lineup of bazaars, including the one at Tibbetts United Methodist Church (WSB sponsor), also until 2 pm. Volunteers there include Betsy, ready to cheer for the Cougars tonight:
The Tibbetts bazaar (3940 41st SW) is highlighted by handmade items – hurry over to see for yourself if you haven’t already.
Boo! That’s an undersea Halloween scene, courtesy of Jim Bodoia, who found the “grinning Wolf Eel out just past the Alki Statue of Liberty.” Here’s a sampling of what was happening on the surface:
Neither the rain nor the wind – both at a tolerable level when we stopped by – got in the way of Skeleton Theatre at 36th SW & SW Hanford. After years of brewing up an all-new, all-out show each Halloween, this year the crew offered what they dubbed “Plan B” – a retrospective with skeleton stars from past years.
Rock ‘n’ roll, big belting ballads, you’ll hear it all if you go for encore night tomorrow (Sunday), 6-9 pm, 10-minute shows continuously with a few minutes of resetting inbetween.
Indoors, we found a full house at Meeples Games (WSB sponsor):
Meeples invited folks in to play “Werewolf“ on Halloween night. Storyteller Hank had all in thrall when we walked in:
Meeples (upstairs at 3727 California SW) is a happening place – just browse their calendar for proof.
Earlier in the evening, one last round of business trick-or-treating happened at Westwood Village:
That photo is courtesy of the folks at Wyatt’s Jewelers (WSB sponsor), whose namesake Wyatt – son of proprietors Kirk and Joni Keppler – was handing out the candy.
Last but by no means least: Every year, neighborhood decorations seem to get bolder and brighter. Doug B sent a photo of his spooky yard in Seaview:
Thanks to everyone who’s shared photos and event info over the extended Halloween season (firstname.lastname@example.org) – now we move on to winter holidays, with bazaars and art shows starting as soon as NEXT weekend!