West Seattle, Washington
Soft light, refreshments, low-key holiday shopping … it’s like the anti-mall right now in the basement of First Lutheran Church of West Seattle during the 9th annual St. Nicholas Faire, continuing until 7 pm. The shopping is actually bidding – for dozens of unique gift baskets, gift items, and gift cards, all donated so the money that’s raised can go to the West Seattle Food Bank and West Seattle Helpline. Item themes range from sports to cooking to reading to gardening to relaxing to snacking …
Art, too – this Alki painting is by Paul Smith:
There’s an admission charge (as detailed in our calendar listing) to raise money for those nonprofits too, discounted if you bring nonperishable food for the WSFB. And for an extra $5, you can do some wine tasting – every year Rich Marshall from award-winning Maryhill Winery is there; he also happens to be brother of FLCWS pastor Rev. Ron Marshall. Parking lot’s behind the church (4105 California SW), entrance is in front; go have a good time while doing good. (More photos shortly.)
Got some spare time this weekend (maybe between cheering for the Sounders today and cheering for the Seahawks tomorrow)? Consider planning a gingerbread house to enter in this first-ever community contest announced by the Southwest Seattle Historical Society:
Come join with us in celebrating the warmth and sweetness of the season!
The Log House Museum, Husky Deli, and Northwest Art & Frame are so excited to bring you a holiday gingerbread house contest! Fill your senses with the smells of spice and gingerbread; spend quality time with family & friends and celebrate the spirit of creativity and imagination with the community.
Completed houses can be dropped off at Husky Deli between December 15th through December 29th. Judging will be held January 6th. There are three categories, each with lovely prizes! No kits please.
The 2017 Theme: “Our Wonderful West Seattle Community”
Go to loghousemuseum.info for online forms and information, or stop by Husky Deli at 4721 California Avenue SW.
P.S. Don’t worry, you’re not expected to build a gingerbread mansion! The rules, including size parameters, are all here.
(WSB file photo)
Two weeks from tonight – on Saturday, December 2nd – you’re invited to the biggest event of West Seattle Junction Hometown Holidays – the Tree Lighting at Junction Plaza Park (42nd/Alaska) and Night Market in the street on SW Alaska. This year, the Night Market will run 3-7 pm, with the Tree Lighting at 5 pm. You can preview the list of market vendors by going here; along with shopping, you’ll be able to take photos with Santa, and enjoy hot chocolate and cookies. Hosting the Tree Lighting this year are the jazzy duo Sundae + Mr. Goessl, who will be joined by the Endolyne Children’s Choir and the West Seattle High School Marching Band. You can see the rest of the Hometown Holidays lineup here, and in the WSB West Seattle Holiday Guide – we’re proud to be a co-sponsor again this year.
(Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, WSB file photo)
Two and a half weeks until our area’s next centennial celebration – “Youngstown 100,” in honor of historic Cooper School, now known as Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, opened in 2017. It’s been in our calendar a while and now, with 2 1/2 weeks to go, the Delridge Neighborhoods Development Association has sent this reminder:
Built in 1917, the Frank B. Cooper School on Delridge Way has a long and storied history of providing education to youth throughout the years, and more recently is known as the home of local nonprofits and artists alike. The historic building remains a vibrant and thriving place for youth to create, engage and participate in community activities, education, arts and culture. This year, Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, as it’s now known, celebrates its centennial on Sunday, December 3rd, 2-5 pm, 4408 Delridge Way SW.
The free, family-friendly event will feature an open house of the school, art sales from resident artists, performances from local faves including Seattle’s own Kore Ionz, interactive art for the kids, a 3D time capsule and more.
“This amazing building turns 100 years old this year,” said David Bestock, Executive Director of Delridge Neighborhoods Development Association (DNDA), the nonprofit organization that owns and operates Youngstown. “It is a center of community, a hub of arts and culture, a safe space for youth of color, queer youth, anyone, everyone.”
As part of the event’s mission to raise 100 donations of $100, people are asked to “buy a brick” in support of the next 100 years of the celebrated building. Those who attend the party will have the chance to decorate their “brick” and add it to the featured time capsule.
Tickets for the event are free, but registration is encouraged. Those who can’t attend are encouraged to donate to support the next 100 years of Youngstown.
If you are interested in donating – with or without going to the party – you can do that here.
P.S. Cooper School is historic not just because of the building, but because of some of what happened there – including the first African-American teacher to work in the Seattle school district, Thelma Dewitty, hired in 1947; Youngstown’s theater is named for her now.
The day after Thanksgiving has a new title. Yes, it’s already known as Black Friday. But this year, you can get the day going via West Seattle Track Friday. Between 9 am and 11 am on Friday, November 24th, at Hiawatha Playfield/Track (2700 California SW), West Seattle Runner (WSB sponsor) and P3|Running welcome you to the West Seattle version of what they describe as …
… a community-based movement to mobilize people to support charitable giving. Participants run laps on a nearby track to raise awareness and funds for causes that they care about. Track Friday is held the day after Thanksgiving to encourage people to reunite with old and new friends, burn off some Thanksgiving Day calories, and put a little love and giving spirit back into a day that has become synonymous with commercialism.
P3 owner Michele Pettinger is raising money to fight Parkinson’s Disease, which her mom has, but you can choose your own charity too. You can just show up between 9 and 11 and walk/run whatever you choose to – and/or you can participate in fun events just added to the plan, a 400-meter dash for kids 11 and under at 9:30, an 800-meter dash for tweens/teens 12-17 at 10 am, and a 1-mile race for 18 and up at 10 am. All the details are in our calendar listing for Track Friday.
P.S. Do you have an event to add to our calendar and forthcoming West Seattle Holiday Guide, which covers pre-Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day? Let us know ASAP: firstname.lastname@example.org – thanks!
Some came in costume … some just came dressed as, well, runners and walkers. Our video shows the start of this morning’s sixth annual West Seattle Monster Dash at Lincoln Park, with hundreds joining the fun to raise money for West Seattle Cooperative Preschools. It’s an all-ages event:
Costume creativity abounded – here’s a hummingbird:
And a witch:
This guy said he wasn’t entirely sure what he was supposed to be:
The Monster Dash also provided an opportunity for family photos – posing here are the Preedys:
(WSB file photo: Halloween Rainbow Bingo @ Senior Center of West Seattle)
Though this Friday’s Halloween Rainbow Bingo at the Senior Center of West Seattle is listed in our Halloween Etc. Guide – it’s sold out. Except for a sudden opening, as Mary Beth Ingersoll messaged us to say:
Our most popular Rainbow Bingo of the year is our Halloween Theme in October, tomorrow night, Friday, Oct. 27th. It has been sold out since September 30th, but we have some tickets! (This will be our 35th sold-out date in a row!)
I just got word that a table for 6 won’t be able to make it and we’d sure like to fill it. The first person to call me – 206.932.4044 extension 4 – with payment of for the 6 seats of $18/ea= $108.00 can have it.
And if you already have tickets:
Additionally, there will be a costume contest for those that decide to dress up with 1st place winner with a prize of 4 free VIP tickets and a party package for 8 people!
New ’round here? The Senior Center is in The Junction at 4217 SW Oregon.
(WSB file photo from Admiral District trick-or-treating)
Less than a week until Halloween – and only two days until trick-or-treat events begin! From the WSB West Seattle Halloween Etc. Guide:
PRESCHOOLER TRICK-OR-TREATING: All kids 5 and under are invited to Holy Rosary School 10 am-11:30 am on Friday, October 27th, to trick or treat in the school classrooms, with “a mix of candy and non-candy items.” (42nd SW/SW Genesee)
JUNCTION TRICK-OR-TREATING: Noon-2 pm Sunday, October 29th, during the second half of the West Seattle Junction Harvest Festival
ADMIRAL DISTRICT TRICK-OR-TREATING: 3-6 pm on Halloween (Tuesday, October 31st) – look for the sign featured in our preview
WESTWOOD VILLAGE TRICK-OR-TREATING: 4-6 pm on Halloween
Any Halloween/harvest/fall events missing in our guide? Not too late to let us know – email@example.com – thanks!
The Highland Park Elementary School PTA invites you to have fun with them on Friday night – free! It’s the fourth annual Square Dance, 6-9 pm at the school (1012 SW Trenton), starting with dinner until 7, then dancing with a live string band. “All ages and abilities welcome (and) every kid goes home with a pumpkin.” No admission charge at all – dinner and dancing are free, as are the pumpkins – if you are able to donate, it’s a fundraiser for the PTA, but if not, they’ll still be thrilled to see you.
Two weeks until Halloween, and the first version of our West Seattle Halloween (Etc.) Guide is live … we say “first” because we know there are more Halloween/Harvest/Dia de Los Muertos events out there that you’ll be sending us – firstname.lastname@example.org, nothing fancy needed, just the basic what/when/where/who. Meantime, go here to see what’s in the guide now!
P.S. The photo at right was reader-contributed in October 2007 – and we’d love to see your custom jack o’lanterns this October too – same e-mail address, once you commence carving!
New plan this year for trick-or-treating in The Admiral District – merchants will welcome trick-or-treaters on Halloween – Tuesday, October 31st:
Admiral District merchants of West Seattle are proud to announce the return of the annual “Trick-or-Treating” event for 2017. This year the Admiral District “Trick or Treating” event will occur on Halloween, giving families the opportunity to trick or treat in a safe environment on the holiday itself. This long-standing Admiral neighborhood tradition has grown in popularity each year, and continues to be a West Seattle family favorite.
Trick or treating in the Admiral District is 100% volunteer-supported by the businesses operating near the intersection of Admiral and California Ave SW. Each year, local businesses give back to the community by providing a safe place for trick-or-treating. Find your favorite costume, grab the kids, and come out on Tuesday October 31st to join in on this popular West Seattle event!
Participating merchants will display the sign you see atop this story.
P.S. The annual WSB Halloween guide – not just Halloween itself, but also the special events leading up to it – will go live this weekend; if your organization/business/etc. has a public Halloween/harvest/fall-festival-type event, please send us the information ASAP if you haven’t already – email@example.com – thank you!
Fighting hunger is serious business – but that can be facilitated by fun, like the West Seattle Food Bank‘s games-drinks-and-auction fundraising party “A Grand Affair” in SODO Friday night. The folks who make the Food Bank run were among those mingling (and wrangling) at Westland Distillery – during our stop, we spotted WSFB executive director Fran Yeatts:
Development director Judi Yazzolino (below right) paused for the briefest of instants for a photo with Lora Swift, who by day is West Seattle Junction Association executive director but at “A Grand Affair” was volunteering:
If you haven’t figured it out already, the party was Roaring ’20s-themed, including a “speakeasy”-type entry at the door – below are WSFB’s operations manager Lester Yuh, operations/development assistant Karla Marifjeren, and operations director Steven Curry:
We also found WSFB board president Ben Viscon (who you likely know as winemaker for Viscon Cellars [WSB sponsor]):
Casino-style games enhanced the fun, with Vegas-style winning shrieks around the tables:
Those who preferred cards might have found themselves with a celebrity dealer, radio personality Jodi Brothers from 95.7 The Jet:
Others you might have recognized included Peel and Press (WSB sponsor) proprietor Dan Austin, pouring special cocktails:
Husky Deli‘s Jack Miller was there too, creating floats with his famous ice cream. And all around the venue, easels carried reminders of how and who the WSFB helps.
It’s not just about food – the Food Bank provides clients of all ages with more than 14,000 books a year, for example. So events like the second annual “Grand Affair” help WSFB nourish minds as well as bodies. Within a few days, we’ll know how much tonight’s event raised and we’ll update this story.
At left, that’s Lillian Gray, who created the card game “Goatfish“ with her dad Chad Gray and is at Meeples Games right now with him and others, ready to show it to, and play it with, you. We brought you their story last Sunday night. Since then, the Goatfish Kickstarter crowdfunding page has launched and already surpassed its initial goal, though they are now going for a “stretch” beyond that. Here’s a look at some of the cards:
You are welcome to stop by Meeples (3727 California SW) before 9 pm tonight to test out “Goatfish” and meet its creators.
(Photo courtesy West Seattle Food Bank)
TIckets are available online through Thursday night – just go here. Or, if you can’t commit until the last minute, they’ll be available at the door, too. The party’s at Westland Distillery in SODO (2931 1st Ave. S.). Your $75 ticket gets you hosted wine and beer and “heavy hors d’oeuvres,” and casino-style gaming with prizes; you’ll also find a photo booth, whiskey tasting, themed cocktails, and a live auction (preview the items here and decide what you might bid on!). It all starts at 6 pm Friday (September 29th) – a cool way to begin your weekend.
Enjoy playing cards? Make plans to be at Meeples Games (3727 California SW) on Thursday night to play a new card game with the local dad and daughter who created it. Their announcement:
West Seattle father and daughter team, Chad and Lillian Gray, invite you to come and play their new card game, Goatfish, at Meeples Games on Thursday, September 28, starting at 6:30 PM.
A love of playing tabletop games with friends and family evolved into a project to create their own game to share. They set out with three important goals: provide simple rules for players of all skill levels, have enough strategy to appeal to more serious gamers, and encourage people to laugh and have fun. Together, they created Goatfish, a silly, goat-themed card game that blends ideas from classic games like Go Fish and Uno with added strategy and humor.
They are launching their game on Kickstarter, September 26th, and in celebration are hosting a family game night at Meeples Games. There will be tables to play Goatfish with the creators and drawings for board-game giveaways selected from the extensive inventory at Meeples Games.
Thursday night’s event will run until 9 pm.
More about the game is here – you’ll see they’ve been testing it at local game-related gatherings including the recent PAX West.
It’s an Arbor Heights Swim and Tennis Club tradition – after the pool is closed to people at season’s end, invite the community to bring their dogs to swim, as a fundraiser for AHSTC swim teams. Today was the fifth and final session, and Jamie Kinney shared photos:
Whether the dogs dove from the board, or jumped from the deck, Jamie reports a great time was had by all:
You can see many more of Jamie’s photos from today by going here.
11:00 A.M. – Event Begins! Activities continue until 5:00 P.M. unless otherwise
• Rock Climbing on Schurman Rock*
• Rappelling on the Glacier*
• Scavenger Hunt at Friends of Camp Long Table (Prizes!)
• The Falconer – Live Birds of Prey Presentation at West Shelter Area
• S’Mores at the Fire Circle
• Nature Programs
• And More!
Noon – High-Ropes Challenge Course Opens (runs until 5:00 P.M.)*†
1:00 P.M. – Bouldering Competition on Schurman Rock (runs until 3:00 P.M.)*
2:30 P.M. – Oswaldo “Ossy” Freire – Mount Everest Presentation in the Lodge
5:00 P.M. – Event Ends
*These events require signed waiver; parent waiver if under 18. Size/weight limits may apply due to
safety equipment availability.
Start time may be later than 11 A.M. While supplies last!
†Challenge Course for ages 14 and up only; limited spaces so arrive early; size/weight limits may apply
due to safety equipment availability; last group starts at 4 P.M.
Limited to 20 participants; experienced climbers only; event will involve difficult unroped climbing;
minors may participate with direct parent supervision and participation as spotter; participants must
supply their own crash pads and other gear.
Mountain Fest is free! Camp Long is at 5200 35th SW.
With the weekend in view, it’s time for some previews of big events – starting with the 2nd-Time Sale, both days this weekend. The photos and preview are from Judy Pickens:
One of the largest sales in the 23-year history of the 2nd Time Sale is shaping up at Fauntleroy Church (9140 California Ave. SW). Bargains on nearly everything imaginable will overflow Fellowship Hall on Saturday, Sept. 16, 9 am – 4 pm, and again on Sunday, Sept. 17, 11:30 am – 2 pm. Cash or checks only at this “clean, culled, and organized” fundraiser for the church. Special items include this new ready-to-party diner jukebox with CD, FM, and MP3 capabilities:
Several pieces of Melissa and Doug play equipment await new homes in the toy section:
P.S. Next weekend, the church hosts a different kind of recycling event – the one where you bring stuff instead of buying it – the Recycle Roundup is a week from Sunday.
It’s the news that dog people await every fall – the chance for their pups to go swimming at Arbor Heights Swim and Tennis Club! The photo and announcement are from Cori Roed:
Dog Days at the Arb!
It’s time to bring your dog for a swim …
11003 31st Ave SW
Thank you for driving slowly on 31st!
Tuesday, Sept 19th through Friday, Sept 22nd, 5-7 pm
Saturday, Sept 23rd 11 am-1 pm
Dogs in the pool
Owners must remain at the pool and maintain some semblance of control
Dogs must be healthy, up to date on shots, and well socialized to people and other dogs
NO PEOPLE IN THE POOL! ~ NO LIFEGUARD ON DUTY
Please come prepared to scoop your dog’s poop!
Running on the pool deck is encouraged : )
$10 donation per dog for the day or $25 per dog for an all-access pass is very much appreciated!
Your donations allow our self-funded teams to purchase equipment while keeping team fees affordable.
Thank you for supporting Otter athletes!
*****NOTE that this event is AFTER the facilities are closed for the season*****
10:46 AM: Not a cloud in the sky this year as the 10th annual West Seattle Car Show cruises through its first hour on the north side of the South Seattle College campus (6000 16th SW). Reasons to visit:
-Cars of every color and size, spanning decades
-If you drive yours here, free leak and light checks – ask as you enter the campus
-Music – DJ with the classics right now, The Disco Cowboys performing live at 1 pm
–Double Up food-truck tent serving “vegetarian Trinidad street food,” next to the …
–Northwest Wine Academy, with award-winning beverages
–Seattle Chinese Garden, free admission for its open house starting at 11 am
-50/50 raffle – tickets at the info booth on the northeast side of the show (look for the bright blue canopy)
-Free raffle for a drone – get a “bingo card” and have the vendor booths check off the boxes for you
-Motorcycles on display too
-Applaud the winners at the awards ceremony (~2:30 pm, with the show wrapping by 3 pm)
The show is presented again this year by West Seattle Autoworks and Swedish Automotive (which, like SSC, are WSB sponsors – and we are one of the show’s co-sponsors). No admission charge – just come wander!
11:15 AM: Here’s a special group of cars at today’s show – Sunbeams!
And if you like pickles and jams, look for Broken Spoke Cannery from Beacon Hill, next to the orange VW camper. We asked what’s popular – it’s the hot dills:
Along with the raffle tickets at the info booth, also be sure to ask how to vote for your favorite show participant in the People’s Choice Award. Meantime, we just checked out what’s happening inside the Wine Academy building on the north side of the show grounds:
Wine, soda, coffee, snacks, and (not in our pic) an activity table for the kids. Back to the cars:
12:18 PM: Tours of the SSC Automotive Technology program – which car-show proceeds are supporting – are set for 12:30 pm and 1:30 pm. Meantime, the stream of spectators continues, gawking at classics like this one:
1:06 PM: Our portable hotspot is a little glitchy up here at the show, so we’ll add many more photos from HQ later, including the winners, now about an hour and a half away from being announced. And The Disco Cowboys are about to start playing!
Disco Cowboys mashup of Funkytown and Brick House @ West Seattle Car Show pic.twitter.com/5gmJTep8Mh
— West Seattle Blog (@westseattleblog) August 26, 2017
1:35 PM: And there they are, in our video clip above, with a mashup of “Funkytown” and “Brick House.” If you’re more an Abba fan, part of their “Waterloo” cover is on our Instagram feed.
2:35 PM: They’re getting ready to hand out the awards – depending on how things go, we’ll either add the list and photos here, or publish a separate story (and we’d link to it here).
8:27 PM: We don’t have a simple list matching trophies to cars, so adding to this will take some time. But first – this 1960 Chrysler Imperial was a double winner – including the “people’s choice” trophy honoring the car show’s late founder Michael Hoffman:
This Nissan Figaro won “best Asian car”:
This 1973 F-100 won “best truck”:
Still adding more winning vehicles. And here’s a group shot of the winners after the trophy ceremony:
This was the biggest show yet since the move to SSC, where, it was announced, next year’s show is already set for Saturday, August 25, 2018.
With a VERY big weekend ahead, we’re planning previews throughout the day today, starting with one more reminder about the 10th annual West Seattle Car Show, presented by West Seattle Autoworks and Swedish Automotive (WSB sponsors)! 10 am-3 pm tomorrow (Saturday, August 26th).
If you have a vehicle to show off – you can enter same-day – find the form (and fee info) here – load-in starts at 8 am on the north side of the Puget Ridge campus of South Seattle College (6000 16th SW; WSB sponsor). Show proceeds support SSC’s Automotive Technology program.
If you’re planning on being a spectator, entry is free, and the show is more than just a chance to look at cars – there’s music – the Disco Cowboys, live! as well as a DJ – kids activities, vendors, the Double Up food truck (Caribbean cuisine), other adjacent attractions including SSC’s acclaimed Northwest Wine Academy and the Seattle Chinese Garden (which is having an 11 am-4 pm open house), and a chance to get your own car checked out for oil leaks and bulb safety (just mention it to the parking volunteers when you arrive).
We’re proud to be a co-sponsor again this year and look forward to seeing you there!
7:02 PM: Until 8 pm, Caspar Babypants is onstage – with and without photobombing fans like the one above! – on the east lawn at Hiawatha Community Center. Again this year, his bouncy kindie-rock is closing out the Admiral Neighborhood Association-presented Summer Concerts at Hiawatha series – this is the sixth of this year’s six free Thursday night concerts.
ADDED 10:26 PM: More of the fun – first, video. “Pushy the Tug” is a West Seattle song if we ever heard one:
Before the show, the concert series’ new organizers Stephanie Jordan and Josephine Davis (wrapping up their first season) conferred with Mr. Babypants:
Leslie and Christi from Dream Dinners-West Seattle, a series co-sponsor as well as longtime WSB sponsor, were there to let the many families in attendance know about their service:
Hey, look! Towering over the crowd, it’s CB:
At his feet, many young fans:
No moshing, though:
That’s it for this year’s series, but we cover the Admiral Neighborhood Association – which has presented the annual concert series every summer since 2009 – throughout the year, so watch our reports for updates on planning for next year.
That was the view across a sea of showgoers during last August’s Summer Concerts at Hiawatha finale, starring the same performer who’s closing out this year’s series too – Caspar Babypants. Showtime is 6:30 pm this Thursday (August 24th), on the east lawn at Hiawatha Community Center (2700 California SW, but the lawn is along Walnut SW, south of SW Lander). New here? Caspar Babypants is the yellow-T-shirted kindie-rock alter-ego of Seattle rock star Chris Ballew, and his songs not only charm the littlest music fans, they will also likely leave you with an earworm or two, too.
The Admiral Neighborhood Association brings you Summer Concerts at Hiawatha, with the support of community businesses who sponsor the series (including WSB – this is the ninth season, and we’re proud to have been a co-sponsor since the start). The show’s free … just bring your own chair/blanket, a picnic dinner if you feel like it, and come have a great time.