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

Photos by Leda Costa for West Seattle Blog

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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

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

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

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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.

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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:

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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:

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

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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):

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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.

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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:

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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!

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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:

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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

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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

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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:

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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

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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:

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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 info@SeattleDRT.org. If you’d like to volunteer to help with this event, please email us at volunteerDRT@gmail.com.

PHOTOS: West Seattle Car Show 2016

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

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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:

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Not a big car fan? How about hydros?

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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:

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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).

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And the sun has JUST broken through!

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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:

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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

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1955-1959 domestic: Packard

1960-1964 domestic: ’64 Pontiac

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

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1970-1974: VW Camper

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1975-1989: 1976 Buick Wagon

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1990-present: 2007 Corvette

Best Truck: 1974 Chevy

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Best European: 1958 MG

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Best Asian Import: Isuzu Impulse

Alternate Fuel or Electric Vehicle: 1966 Buick Skylark

Best Motorcycle: 1967 Norton

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Best Woman-Owned Vehicle: 1969 Dodge Dart

Best Junior-Owned (Under 21): VW GTI

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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

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O’Reilly’s Trophy: 1967 Chevelle

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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:

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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.

‘From our house to yours’: Tibbetts UMC garage sale tomorrow

Thanks to Betsy at Tibbetts United Methodist Church (WSB sponsor) for sending the photo: The fabric and yarn – could be a quilter, knitter, crocheter’s dream come true – is just part of what’s waiting for you at the church’s second annual garage sale tomorrow, 9 am-1 pm Saturday. Bake sale too! Tibbetts volunteers are working this evening to get everything ready; tomorrow at sale time, you’ll find them in the church hall at 3940 41st SW.

WEST SEATTLE CAR SHOW: What you can see and do Saturday, and when

You are invited to spend at least part of your Saturday (tomorrow, August 27th) on the north side of the South Seattle College campus, where this year’s West Seattle Car Show will offer much more than a chance to check out cool cars. Here’s the schedule for the day:

8 am-10 am: Cars load in. There WILL be same-day registration – info’s on the website, including the 20 trophy categories

10 am: Show opens to spectators. Admission free! BINGO cards available (you get stamped for visiting vendors, touring SSC programs, etc., while at the show), 50/50 raffle tickets on sale:

10 am: Northwest Wine Academy open and selling wine, beer, snacks

10 am: Registration table selling cold water, ice cream, T-shirts, more

10 am: Food trucks open (Nibbles and Kebab Brothers)

10 am: Kids’ activities begin

10 am: Music starts – DJ Larry Lomax and live band Disco Cowboys to be featured

10 am: Seattle Chinese Garden open

10 am: Tours of SSC Automotive Tech and Aviation Maintenance programs

Noon-2 pm: Judging

2:30 pm: 50/50 raffle drawing, followed by drawing for other prizes (NAPA Auto Parts racing bag with goodies, Rock Auto $25 gift certificate, 4 full meals at Zippy’s)

3 pm: Car awards announced and presented; BINGO cards must be turned in

After car trophies: BINGO drawing for drone (must be present to win)

4 pm: Show ends

Extra-good news: Weather in the 70s! SSC is at 6000 16th SW.

P.S. The West Seattle Car Show is coordinated/presented again this year by Swedish Automotive and West Seattle Autoworks. WSB is proud to be a co-sponsor again this year, along with these other fine businesses/organizations: Tom’s Automotive, O’Reilly Auto Parts, WebCami, Radwick & Lightle Insurance Agency, Courtesy Tire, Transmission Remanufacturing Co. (TRC), NAPA, O’Neill Plumbing, Convertibles Only, Hans VW Repair, Zippy’s Giant Burgers, LKQ Auto Parts, Elliott Bay Brewing Company, Advance Auto Parts, SSC Foundation, Hagerty Classic Car Insurance

(West Seattle Autoworks, Swedish Auto, South Seattle College, O’Neill Plumbing are all WSB sponsors)

VIDEO: Duwamish River Festival 2016

August 20, 2016 1:41 pm
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Looking for a waterside spot to stay cool today? The Duwamish River Festival is on until 6 pm at South Park’s waterside Duwamish Waterway Park. Full slate of performances, as mentioned in our list of highlights for today/tonight – above, Folklore Guatemala; below, a Somali youth group that was a late addition to the schedule:


They were followed by this Khmer group:

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Performances continue through the lively Banda Vagos (we’ve seen them in West Seattle before) at 5 pm. You can browse a variety of booths representing nonprofits as well as government agencies. At the RainWise booth, you can meet up for a 3 pm tour of local raingardens:

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At the King County Wastewater Treatment booth, find out about the big project in Georgetown, near the entrance to the 1st Avenue South Bridge – meant to help the Duwamish River be cleaner. Not far away, Metro is ready to answer your questions:

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Kids’ activities are folded into informational booths:

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And free boat and kayak tours are promised on the Duwamish River itself, in part thanks to West Seattle-based Alki Kayak Tours – none in sight during our stop, but the view of the river is cooling:

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To talk about the Duwamish River itself, you can check in with Duwamish Alive! among others – and we even saw the West Seattle-based The Whale Trail. Duwamish Waterway Park is just over the hill from West Seattle, 7900 10th Avenue S.

PHOTOS: Kids’ Day with Puget Sound Beekeepers @ West Seattle Bee Garden

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11:30 AM: While the West Seattle Bee Garden is here to see at High Point Commons Park any time, it’s only once a year that you can enjoy it with the Puget Sound Beekeepers Association offering a variety of activities and demonstrations – and that’s happening right now: PSBA Kids’ Day at the WSBG. If you’re worried about the weather – there’s shade, as well as canopied booths with activities, crafts, and coloring, plus a garden full of gorgeous flowers.

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This is all free and all happening at 31st SW/SW Graham until 1 pm.

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Above, Bee Garden founder Lauren Englund in her “bee suit” for a hive demonstration; next one, by the way, is 12:15 pm, so you have time to get here!

12:20 PM: Back at HQ, we’ve added a few more photos, including Chris Porter (below) with pollination information:

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Christine Deppe and Marco Deppe had a coloring quiz for older kids – whether you can identify parts of a bee’s anatomy:

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The PS Beekeepers, by the way, are the people with whom you check if you discover a honey-bee swarm and don’t happen to be a hive-keeper – information about that is here.

COUNTDOWN: 9 days to West Seattle Car Show 2016

August 18, 2016 8:10 pm
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(WSB photo from 2015 West Seattle Car Show)

We’re reminding you again tonight that the annual West Seattle Car Show has moved up into August this year and it is just nine days away – Saturday, August 27th, 10 am-3 pm on the north end of the South Seattle College campus! If you have a vehicle to show off, you’ll probably find just the right category here; pre-registration forms are due ASAP – otherwise, you can register on show day. Find all the registration info here.

The show is presented again this year by Swedish Automotive and West Seattle Autoworks, and we checked back with organizers for the toplines of what you’ll find besides cool vehicles:

*The South Seattle College will be giving tours of the Automotive Tech and Aviation Maintenance programs.

*We will have kids’ activities, including a wooden race track our people are building with wooden cars for the kids to keep.

*The Northwest Wine Academy will be be open and serving coffee and beer, as a convenience to patrons, and wine, which is their specialty. They will also have light snacks.

*There will be at least 2 food trucks: Nibbles (specializing in northwest and southwest food) and Kebab Brothers (specializing in kebabs and hot dogs).

*The Seattle Chinese Garden will be open for viewing.

*We will be selling T-shirts, dash plaques, water, and ice cream.

*Larry Lomax will be DJ-ing again.

*The Disco Cowboys band will be playing again.

The day’s full schedule will be online next week. In the meantime, whether you’re planning to be in the show or just planning to come have fun, 6000 16th SW on Puget Ridge [map] is where you’ll want to be on August 27th.

West Seattle Autoworks, Swedish Automotive, and South Seattle College are WSB sponsors.

VIDEO: Duke Evers @ Summer Concerts at Hiawatha

August 18, 2016 6:58 pm
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Looking for shade? We found it on the east lawn at Hiawatha Community Center (Walnut/Lander), where Duke Evers is performing this season’s second-to-last show for Summer Concerts at Hiawatha, the annual series of free music presented by the Admiral Neighborhood Association. Our short video above includes part of what they described as a new song from an album coming out in November. We’ll add a few photos when we’re back at HQ, but just wanted to make sure you knew this is happening now, until about 8 pm, and there’s room on the lawn – bring your own chair or blanket.

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(added) We didn’t stay for the whole show, but did see/hear a memorable moment – after the first few songs, a car alarm went off somewhere in the vicinity. The band, unfazed, riffed off it for a moment and declared they’d just created “The Car Alarm Song.” Soon as it was over, the alarm was too. “We played it out,” a band member joked.

P.S. Next week, summer’s last Hiawatha show, is the big one, at least for kindie-rock fans and the people who love them – Caspar Babypants, who tends to get the lawn as close to standing-room-only as a lawn can get, replete with a near-mosh-pit of wee ones up by the stage (6:30 pm Thursday, August 25th)!

THIS WEEK’S OUTDOOR MUSIC: What’s ahead @ Hiawatha, The Mount, Arts in Nature Festival

August 16, 2016 8:05 pm
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Three notes about outdoor music ahead this week:

DUKE EVERS @ HIAWATHA: Thursday night brings this year’s second-to-last Summer Concerts at Hiawatha show on the east lawn at Hiawatha Community Center (Walnut/Lander). This week’s performer is the Duke Evers Band (video above). Show’s at 6:30, free; bring your own chair/blanket, and you’re welcome to bring a picnic dinner or other refreshments if you feel like it (or walk over to nearby Metropolitan Market, PCC Natural Markets-West Seattle [WSB sponsors] or Safeway, all of which have delis with hot and cold food). The series is presented by the Admiral Neighborhood Association, with local business sponsors including WSB.

85TH STREET BIG BAND @ THE MOUNT: Friday night, swing to the classics with the 85th Street Big Band for the second-to-last summer concert of the year on the south side of the Providence Mount St. Vincent campus (4831 35th SW). The music starts at 6, and it’s free; dinner and drinks are available for purchase starting at 5:30 pm (see our calendar listing for this week’s menu).

MUSIC @ ARTS IN NATURE FESTIVAL: Saturday and Sunday, music is a big part of the Nature Consortium (WSB sponsor)-presented Arts in Nature Festival at Camp Long (5200 SW Dawson). See the full performance schedule here, including the 7 pm Saturday (August 20th) performance by headliner Big World Breaks:

Ticket info is here (you can buy yours online too, including a full-weekend pass); festival hours are 11 am-9 pm Saturday, 11 am-6 pm Sunday.

SATURDAY: Kids’ Day with Puget Sound Beekeepers – ‘bee’ there!

August 15, 2016 8:47 pm
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(Photo from 2015 PSBA Kids’ Day at West Seattle Bee Garden)

Remember the West Seattle Bee Festival back in May, a fun but damp day? If you’ve been looking for a reason to make a return trip to the West Seattle Bee Garden in High Point – this Saturday (with sunny, very warm weather expected) brings it! The Puget Sound Beekeepers Association is presenting Kids’ Day at the Bee Garden 10 am-1 pm on Saturday (August 20th), with hive demonstrations, honey tasting, scavenger hunt, pollination simulation, crafts, even the “waggle dance.” And the kids will learn along the way how important bees are to our everyday lives. It’s all free, courtesy of “your friendly local beekeepers,” who work hard to protect and nurture these amazing (and sometimes misunderstood) insects. The Bee Garden is on the north side of Commons Park, 31st SW and SW Graham.

COUNTDOWN: 2 weeks until West Seattle Car Show

August 13, 2016 4:15 pm
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A reminder if you haven’t signed up yet … the 2016 West Seattle Car Show is open to a wide variety of vehicle types, and it’s exactly two weeks away: 10 am-4 pm Saturday, August 27th, on the north side of the South Seattle College (6000 16th SW; WSB sponsor).

Here’s how to sign up. It’s presented again this year by West Seattle Autoworks and Swedish Automotive (WSB sponsors), who moved it up into August for this year’s show, which benefits the SSC Automotive Technology program. If you plan to show off your vehicle but haven’t registered yet, please send in the form ASAP! If you’re planning to go as a spectator – see this preview for the rundown on all the activities planned in addition to car-viewing.

YOU CAN HELP: Barbecue, music, dancing @ ‘Moonshine Shimmy’ to benefit Senior Center

Last night, The Haggis Brothers were at The Mount … this Thursday, they are headlining a one-of-a-kind benefit for the Senior Center of West Seattle.

Here’s the story: Remember the $60,000 in United Way funding the center is NOT getting this year? The residents of Brookdale West Seattle heard about it and wanted to do something. So they organized a fundraiser, and you’re invited. It’s happening at Brookdale WS (4611 35th SW) this Thursday (August 18th) – “Moonshine Shimmy,” a big barbecue buffet, “moonshine,” and live entertainment with, as mentioned above, the ever-popular Haggis Brothers. Dancing too (that’s where the shimmying comes in).

It’s happening 5-7:30 pm on Thursday – here’s the official flyer with more details. Important – while it says last Thursday was the reservation deadline, we’ve checked and there’s still room, so go ahead and do it now – there’ll probably even be tickets available at the door. $15 includes one mug of moonshine. Free shuttle available from the Senior Center – ask about it when you make your reservation.

WEST SEATTLE SUMMER: Next 4 days/nights of fun

August 11, 2016 1:03 am
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[Wednesday night photo at Alki, by Don Brubeck]

4 big days/nights coming up, with excellent weather forecast – the West Seattle highlights include:

THURSDAY – SUMMER CONCERTS @ HIAWATHA: 6:30 pm Thursday on the east lawn at Hiawatha Community Center, the mighty sound of the Total Experience Gospel Choir will fill the park. Free, presented by the Admiral Neighborhood Association, with sponsors including WSB. (Walnut/Lander)

THURSDAY – WEST SEATTLE ART WALK: 6-9 pm at venues all around West Seattle – listed and mapped here.

FRIDAY – MUSIC AT THE MOUNT: 6 pm at Providence Mount St. Vincent, The Haggis Brothers, live and free, with dinner and drinks available for purchase at 5:30 pm. (4831 35th SW)

FRIDAY – OUTDOOR MOVIE @ DELRIDGE CC: “The Peanuts Movie” screens in Delridge Community Center Park on Delridge Day eve, free, 8:30 pm. (4501 Delridge Way SW)

SATURDAY – DELRIDGE CC FUNDRAISING RUN: “Race for Recreation” is set for 10 am at Delridge Playfield, a perfect pre-funk to Delridge Day. $25 to enter. (4458 Delridge Way SW)

SATURDAY – DELRIDGE DAY: 11 am-3 pm with two stages – music, cultural performances, vendors, community organizations, food, law-enforcement demonstrations (including K-9s and horses), more, in the park by Delridge CC, and skating competition at Delridge Skatepark. Here’s our most recent preview with schedule updates. The festival is presented by VIEWS, with sponsors including WSB – see you there! (Delridge/Genesee)

SATURDAY – LAST OUTDOOR MOVIE @ HOTWIRE COURTYARD: This is the grand finale at the original home of West Seattle Outdoor Movies, which as of August 20th, and the 2017 season, is moving to the West Seattle YMCA (WSB sponsor) Festival Street. At dusk – 9 pm-ish – it’s “The Lego Movie.” Free; bring $ for nonprofit-benefiting raffles and concessions. (4410 California SW)

SATURDAY & SUNDAY NIGHTS – ‘BLOOD WEDDING’ @ ROXHILL PARK: As previewed earlier this week, a first-of-its-kind drama/dance/music performance at 6 pm at Roxhill Park. (28th/Barton)

This is not AT ALL a comprehensive list of what’s going on – just a few highlights as we head into summer’s last few weekends – see our calendar for more.

4 ways to enjoy the warm West Seattle summer nights ahead

July 26, 2016 4:18 pm
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Forecast says the next four days will be warm – maybe even hot – and (mostly) sunny. Here are four outdoor events, all free, perfect for enjoying the warm nights that will follow:

SUMMER CONCERTS AT HIAWATHA ON THURSDAY: Second of this year’s six free concerts presented by the Admiral Neighborhood Association – 6:30 pm Thursday, The Banner Days (video above) perform on the east lawn at Hiawatha Community Center (2700 California SW, but this is on the Walnut side).

P.S. Got kid(s)? Come early – the wading pool should be open until 6:30 pm.

BAND JAM ON FRIDAY – We previewed this yesterday – at least seven marching bands performing on the field at Southwest Athletic Complex starting at 6:30 pm Friday. (2801 SW Thistle)

OUTDOOR MOVIE AT PARK WEST CARE CENTER ON SATURDAY: Park West Care Center (WSB sponsor) is opening its big patio in North Admiral to a family-friendly community movie night this Saturday, “Never-Ending Story,” 8:30 pm. Bring your own chair/blanket. (1703 California SW)

OUTDOOR MOVIE AT HOTWIRE COURTYARD ON SATURDAY: And West Seattle Outdoor Movies continues this year’s series on Saturday night too – “School of Rock” is this week’s movie; the band Those Guys is the pre-show entertainment. Movie at dusk (9 pm-ish) but stake out a spot in the Hotwire Online Coffeehouse (WSB sponsor) courtyard early. Bring $ for nonprofit-supporting concessions and raffles if you can! (4410 California SW)

FRIDAY NIGHT: Who you’ll see at this year’s Band Jam

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(WSB photo: All-City Band members in Saturday’s West Seattle Grand Parade)

The All-City Band won this year’s West Seattle Grand Parade – and you have the chance to see and hear them again in West Seattle this Friday night (July 29th) as they prep for the Seafair Torchlight Parade via Band Jam, a free, open-to-the-public event the night before. The official announcement:

Please join us on Friday, July 29th at the Southwest Athletic Complex (2801 SW Thistle) for Band Jam. This has become an annual event showcasing several bands that perform in the Seafair Torchlight Parade. Band Jam gives people the opportunity to see the bands perform in a concert setting on the football field.

Bands that are scheduled to perform this year include:

Seattle Schools Junior All-City Band
Pacific Northwest Drumline
Kennedy High School Marching Band
Sumner High School Marching Band
Rainbow City Band
(added) All-Star Drumline
Seattle Sounders FC Soundwave
Seattle Schools All-City Band

This is a non-competitive event sponsored by the Seattle Schools All-City Band.

Doors will open at 5:30 pm, with music starting at 6:30 pm. Admission is free. Come hungry! Concession stands will be open on site with the proceeds benefiting Seattle Schools All-City Band. We hope to see you there.

Wondering what Band Jam is like? Here’s our coverage from last year.

West Seattle weekend scene: ‘Play Street’ in North Admiral

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Thanks to Angie for the photos: Her North Admiral neighborhood has a “Play Street” set up for Sunday afternoons/evenings this summer, at 44th/Massachusetts. It’s been two years since the city launched the program, which allows residents to apply for permits to close up to a block of a non-arterial neighborhood street so people of all ages can get out and play. You need to set up road-closure signs, too; here’s one from 44th/Massachusetts:

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The map on this city webpage shows four other “Play Streets” in West Seattle right now – three others in Admiral, one in Seaview. Angie says 44th/Massachusetts will be open for play 3-9 pm Sundays for the rest of the summer. Want to have one too? Here’s the application.

More summer outdoor music: The Mount announces 2016 concert lineup

July 7, 2016 5:11 pm
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This summer, West Seattle has more free outdoor music than ever:

*The big West Seattle Summer Fest main-stage lineup this Friday-Saturday-Sunday
*GreenLife at Summer Fest includes music on the Garden Stage
*Music Under the Stars classical concerts at Delridge CC continue the next three Mondays
*West Seattle Big Band‘s Concert in the Park at Hiawatha on July 19th
*Six Thursday-night Summer Concerts at Hiawatha, presented by the Admiral Neighborhood Association, starting July 21st
*Live music at the Alki Art Fair, July 23-24 at the beach

And now, we’ve just received the lineup for Providence Mount St. Vincent‘s four-Friday series!

(WSB file photo, overlooking concert zone on south side of The Mount’s campus)

Bring your family and join in on the fun on The Mount’s south patio. Food and beverages available for purchase. Free popcorn and snow cones. Face painter available free of charge. Come early and get a good spot. Special Note: Please bring your own lawn chairs or blankets as there is a limited number of chairs available for guests.

Dinner: 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Live music: 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

August 5
Cherry Cherry
(Neil Diamond Tribute Band)
Featured Entrée: Grilled Salmon Caesar Salad with Toasted Focaccia
Special Dessert: Outrageous Cherry-Cherry Bars

August 12
The Haggis Brothers
(“Celtic, country and other foot-stompin’ fun tunes”)
Featured Entrée: BBQ Pork on a Ciabatta Roll with Spicy Slaw
Special Dessert: Carmel Apple Bread Pudding

August 19
The 85th Street Big Band
(“swing favorites from the ’30s, ’40s, & ’50s”)
Featured Entrée: Kalbi Ribs with Soba Salad
Special Dessert: Red Velvet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Icing

August 26
Danny Vernon as “The Illusion of Elvis”

Featured Entrée: Skirt Steak with Grape Tomatoes, Roasted Peppers, Crumbled Blue Cheese and Grilled Corn with an Herb Vinaigrette
Special Dessert: Mini Peach Pies with Streusel Topping

In addition, all dinners offer grilled hamburgers, veggie black bean burgers, hot dogs.

The Mount is at 4831 35th SW.

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