West Seattle, Washington
Another look ahead to one of this weekend’s big events: Healthy Kids Day at the West Seattle YMCA (WSB sponsor) on Saturday. All welcome, membership not required, and it is an action-packed three hours, 10 am-1 pm, with so much to do. Here’s some of what, and who, you’ll find:
11:30 Y Staff Cha Cha Slide
12:30 WS Performing Arts
Make and Take Arts and Crafts
Make and Take Snack
Passport Prize Pickup
My ID Club
Outside Play Ground
Y Summer Camp Booth
Bead Bracelets (Preschool)
Second Gear Sports
School of Rock
Lil’ Bug Studio
Seattle Public Library
Seattle Public Schools
The West Seattle/Fauntleroy Y’s new executive director Shalimar Gonzales advises getting there early – free T-shirts and helmets are while supplies last (they have 100 of each). But everything else is free too, 10 am-1 pm Saturday, first one since the Y’s expansion was completed – 36th SW/SW Snoqualmie in The Triangle.
This pre-Easter morning full of egg hunts began with the biggest one of all – the only one in our area with aisles of smiles – the West Seattle Thriftway (WSB sponsor) egg hunt, with hundreds of hunters finding many ways to cruise around the store:
The Easter Bunny was there as always to offer a paw for a high-five:
The hunting continued, past the freezer cases …
And if you looked closely at the cracker boxes …
Eventually it was time for a break to see what was inside those eggs:
This morning also brought the annual egg hunt at Lincoln Park‘s south meadow, presented by Eastridge Church, which has branches in The Junction and on the Eastside, each one presenting a hunt with 40,000 treat-filled eggs promised between the two. Sometimes, just a few are enough to make a little one stop and consider:
The Eastridge event also offered other activities for kids, including face-painting.
After our drippy winter and early spring – the sun was out in full force for this morning’s egg hunts. We photographed some of the younger egg-hunters at High Point Community Center – as they looked around the play equipment, and on the tennis court:
Egg-hunting equipment has gone far beyond Easter baskets – this young participant had a unique tote:
More egg-hunt coverage to come.
It’s been a big morning full of egg hunts around West Seattle and we’re still out covering them. But first – a unique view of the Alki Community Center egg hunt, shared by Don Brubeck – first, above, the eggs are all out on the playfield … and then, kids get the go-ahead to go get them:
Alki is one of four city-run centers that had egg hunts this morning – we’ll have photos from High Point later (as well as two non-CC hunts), and we covered Hiawatha’s week-early hunt last Saturday. If you couldn’t get to any today, there are some tomorrow too, as listed on our Easter & More page.
In case you haven’t already seen it on the calendar already – tomorrow (Saturday) morning brings the annual fun, free, potentially life-saving April Pools Day event at Southwest Pool (2801 SW Thistle), which invites kids and their families into the water to learn about:
Preventing open-water drowning
Life-jacket use and promotion
Basic water rescue for children
No pre-registration necessary – just show up at SW Pool, 10:30 am-noon. (It’s one of seven Seattle city-run pools participating.) That’s conveniently right after the 10 am egg hunt at adjacent Southwest Teen Life Center!
Are you dealing with memory loss – or related to/friends with someone who is? You’ll want to plan to be at this social gathering in West Seattle later this month:
People with memory loss, their family and friends, and all who support a dementia-friendly community are invited to attend a fun social gathering called “Rock the House.” Organized by local business owners, organizations, and neighbors, the event takes place from 3 – 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 27, at Shadowland in the West Seattle Junction.
Along with a chance to enjoy food, drinks, and good company, the event features MC Brent Amaker (of Brent Amaker and The Rodeo) and live music by Jay Cates (of The Bend). Happy-hour menu will be available. Event is free other than the cost of menu items ordered.
“I’m excited about this because I love to get people together, especially people in different situations,” says Frances Smersh [WSB photo at right], who helped plan the event. “It’s a wonderful opportunity to engage people and have a great time. And music is always good for the heart and the soul!”
Frances was diagnosed with dementia in 2015 at the age of 48. Since then, she and her husband John, the owners of Click! Design That Fits, have openly shared her diagnosis with the West Seattle community.
“It was important for me to share the news about my diagnosis,” says Frances, “because I knew I couldn’t hide from it, and I don’t think it does anyone any good to try to hide. Remaining engaged in the community is important to me personally, and it seems to be one of the best things for people dealing with memory loss.”
With over 100,000 Washingtonians, and over 5 million Americans, living with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias, Frances is certainly not alone. However, it can be easy for people with dementia to feel socially isolated. Although they remain vital members of the community, social stigma and other barriers can prevent them from staying involved and engaged.
In this context, a local movement called Momentia is empowering people with memory loss and their loved ones to stay connected and active in their communities. People and organizations are coming together to produce “dementia-friendly” opportunities in popular public spaces – like walking groups at Woodland Park Zoo, art gallery tours at the Frye Art Museum, and service projects at the Cherry Street Food Bank. (Learn more at momentiaseattle.org)
“For too long, a dementia diagnosis has meant fear, shame and isolation,” states Marigrace Becker, Program Manager for Community Education and Impact at the UW Medicine Memory & Brain Wellness Center. “People with memory loss and their loved ones deserve to stay engaged in their communities – and by working together, we can make that happen.”
Here in West Seattle, Momentia is taking off. In the fall, a group of organizations and neighbors involved in the Momentia movement hosted a community meeting for people with memory loss and their loved ones to develop their own dementia-friendly programs, making use of favorite West Seattle venues.
As a result, several new programs are in the works. In the new year, Providence Mount St. Vincent began opening up their drum circle to others living with dementia in the wider West Seattle community. Seattle Parks and Recreation, the Senior Center of West Seattle, and others are offering a 4-week creative arts and storytelling workshop for people with dementia and their loved ones.
And now, the Momentia group of West Seattle is proud to announce “Rock the House.” Whether you have dementia, love someone with dementia, or want to meet others who support a dementia-friendly community, you are invited to attend.
The event is offered in partnership by Shadowland, Click! Design That Fits, the Senior Center of West Seattle, Full Life Care, Seattle Parks and Recreation, and Providence Mount St. Vincent.
Most years, the Seattle Parks community-center egg hunts are held simultaneously, day before Easter. This year, the Hiawatha hunt was scheduled a week early, and brought hundreds of kids out this morning.
Just one day after major wind and rain, the weather wasn’t too bad for this morning’s event, and participants were able to follow up their hunting with checking to see what they’d found.
The other local centers’ egg hunts are set for next Saturday morning, as is the legendary West Seattle Thriftway (WSB sponsor) hunt and more – see the full list for the next 8 days, including local Holy Week/Passover services/events, by going here.
(WSB file photo)
With some spring activities happening this weekend, and Passover and Holy Week just days away, it’s time for our annual one-stop-shop list for egg hunts, services, and more, and it’s up now – see it here. Happy to add whatever your organization/center/church/synagogue/etc. is up to, so please send us the info ASAP and we’ll continue to update – firstname.lastname@example.org – thank you!
The next two weekends are full of egg hunts around the area – but only one like this:
The West Seattle Lions – part of a century-old organization – are proud to be presenting their first egg hunt for blind and visually impaired kids next Saturday (April 8th), 11 am at Seattle Lutheran High School‘s Menashe Family Gym (4100 SW Genesee). As the flyer says, it’s free, but they request pre-registration so they know how many people to expect – call 206-619-1029 or use this online form.
Just a week and a half until West Seattleite-founded-and-led Northwest Hope and Healing stages its annual fun fashion show to raise money to help cancer patients! NWHH executive director Kristina Dahl explains STYLE ’17, coming up April 6th:
NW Hope and Healing was founded by a West Seattle resident, Christine Smith, after she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2000 and learned that many low-income women in treatment go without meeting their basic needs during treatment, and she decided to start NW Hope & Healing to help out. We give grants of up to $500 per patient to women currently in treatment for breast or gynecologic cancer at Swedish Cancer Institute. The need for our grants rises every year, and we strive to help more women in 2017 than ever before. The most frequently requested grant is for utilities payments: all too often, women need to make horrific decisions about whether to pay their utilities or purchase medicine for treatment, and NWHH is here to help.
The fashion show is our biggest fundraiser of the year, and we count on it to raise the funds to help the women that we serve. The show is high-energy and a great night out, and this year we’re excited to announce that we have a beautiful new Belltown venue, Block41. This year for the first time we’re also hosting a VIP reception for our VIP ticket holders, with food, drink, and entertainment – it’s a can’t-miss party! The show itself is beautiful and inspirational: all of our models are breast or gynecologic cancer survivors, some of whom are still in treatment. The fashions are provided by local boutiques, including West Seattle’s own Carmilia’s and Coastal.
STYLE regularly sells out, so buy your ticket(s) now – just go here.
Why do you love West Seattle? You can write your answer on a little paper T-shirt like that one during the open house under way right now, until 3 pm, at the West Seattle Helpline‘s new Clothesline headquarters (southwest corner of 42nd SW/SW Genesee) – three times the space, enthuses Helpline executive director Chris Langeler:
That’s the room where female clients can shop, free, for donated apparel – and it’s the model that Helpline is raising money to emulate with the other rooms (including men’s and kids’). The Clothesline is open to anyone who needs it, from around Seattle, and now that there’s more room, there’s also more work for volunteers including those sorting even as today’s celebration continues:
Clothesline’s new digs are in a former school and art-studio building owned by West Seattle Christian Church, the across-the-street neighbors whose board is putting on this free barbecue during today’s event:
While you’re visiting the new Clothesline, you can also learn fun facts such as: This is its fourth location since it opened in 1995. Helpline hopes to triple the number of clients it serves – 160 a month last year – within two years. In order to get the new facility up to speed, it’s continuing to crowdfund – you can chip in by going here. And starting April 4th, you’ll be able to drop off clothing donations (new/gently used) 11 am-1 pm Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays – here’s what they have the most demand for:
School-aged (ages 7-13) children’s clothing
Men’s and children’s shoes
Undergarments adn socks (new or VERY lightly used)
Plus-size items (XXL+ for both men and women)
Again, today’s open house/barbecue is on until 3 pm. We’ll add a few more photos when back at HQ later!
Continuing to count down to big springtime events … the ninth annual West Seattle 5K is now two months away, on Sunday, May 21st (9:20 am start). And if you think you’ll be walking/running in it … you really want to sign up right now, because the early-bird discount rate is available for just ten more days, through March 31st. You’ll be going “to the anchor and back” (Anchor/Luna Park, from and back to 61st/Alki) on behalf of educational programs at West Seattle High School. Youth and adult participants get a T-shirt – new logo this year (by Erik Bell) – and a reusable tote bag full of sponsor swag. Kids 6 and under run/walk for free. Sign up here, now.
That’s our video from the “grand entrance” during last year’s Niksokowaaks Community Pow-Wow at Highland Park Elementary. Organizers of this year’s Pow-Wow are inviting you, your neighbors, and everyone in the community to join them this year: “There will be incredible dancing, beautiful arts and crafts from vendors all over the United States, delicious food, and drumming.” It’s happening 6-10 pm Friday inside HPE, 1012 SW Trenton. Its main goal, organizers add, is to “help support the Native youth” in the community, especially in deepening their connection with Native culture, and to bring everyone together “to share in this celebration.” Here’s the flyer with more info.
Since St. Patrick’s Day is on Friday this year – one week from tomorrow – many celebrations are a bit early, happening this weekend, like these three:
LOCAL STUDENTS IN ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE DOWNTOWN: Saturday (March 11th) at 12:30 pm, three schools have bands in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade downtown. First, the parade overview:
At 12:20 pm, the Irish flag is raised in front of the King County Administration Building, followed by trumpeters playing the Irish and US National Anthems. Then at 12:30 pm, the St. Patrick’s Day Parade Grand Marshals and the Honorary Parade Grand Marshal lead Seattle’s 46th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade up 4th Avenue, traveling north from James St to the reviewing stand at Westlake Park. From there participants are invited to travel for free via the Monorail to the Seattle Center for closing ceremonies at the Irish Festival in the Armory at 2:30 pm.
According to the parade running order, the marching bands from Chief Sealth International High School, West Seattle High School, and Denny International Middle School are participating. (Any other West Seattleites in the parade? Please let us know so we can mention you too!)
LIONS CLUB ST. PATRICK’S DAY DINNER: Keep wearing the green into Saturday night, when the West Seattle Lions Club invites you to its annual “dinner and karaoke extravaganza” at the Senior Center/Sisson Building (4217 SW Oregon). $20 for adults, $15 for seniors, $10 for children under 12. “Dinner includes traditional St. Patrick’s Day fare. Adult beverages available at cost.” RSVP requested – call Cheryl, 206-909-6427.
TIBBETTS UMC ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARTY: Then on Sunday, 11:30 am-1 pm, Tibbetts United Methodist Church (WSB sponsor) invites you to a St. Patrick’s Day party/lunch in the Fellowship Hall (3940 41st SW): “We welcome all to this free and fun gathering that includes a warm meal and crafts. We will be serving homemade potato chowder. We’ll have crafting supplies on hand for all ages to inspire creativity.”
And other St. Patrick’s Day festivities are set for next week – see the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar.
Youth Outdoor Adventure Day will be a free day of fun activities open to the public, for boys and girls aged 10-20. Planned activities include: archery, high-wire challenge course, rock climbing, rifle shooting, dutch oven cooking, orienteering, fire building, tomahawk throwing, geocaching, robotics, and s’more!
Boy Scout and Girl Scout Troops will host fun activities designed to excite youth who are not already involved in Scouting, and give them a taste of what Scouting is all about. Existing Scouts can bring their friends and participate in all of the activities, or people can come on their own to meet local Troops and Scouts and enjoy the day on their own.
This is a friendly reminder in case you missed it in the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar. Camp Long is at 5200 35th SW – if you’re not walking, biking, or taking the bus, consider a shuttle up the hill from West Seattle Stadium to the north.
Love chili? Here’s where you’ll want to be on Saturday night:
(Video courtesy Klem Daniels Productions)
Thanks to Judy Pickens for the reminder:
The sixth annual Fauntleroy Chili Cook-Off gets under way Saturday evening at 6:00 in the Fellowship Hall at Fauntleroy Church (9140 California Ave. SW). Chili lovers of all ages will be out in force to sample the favorite meat and vegetarian recipes of competitors. $10/person or $25/family at the door will get you sampling and voting, cornbread, condiments, beverage, and a root beer float to settle your stomach.
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.
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.
(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 email@example.com) for all the details.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.