West Seattle Blog... » Fun stuff to do http://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Thu, 28 Aug 2014 03:06:06 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.2 Happening now: 9th annual Duwamish River Festival http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/happening-now-9th-annual-duwamish-river-festival/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/happening-now-9th-annual-duwamish-river-festival/#comments Sat, 23 Aug 2014 21:34:29 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=283405

Big turnout for the Duwamish River Festival, on until 4 pm at Duwamish Waterway Park in South Park! It’s a chance to learn about what’s happening on, in, and near the river …

… and to experience the river!

(Kayaks courtesy of West Seattle’s own Alki Kayak Tours/Mountain to Sound Outfitters.) There’s live entertainment too (see the schedule here) – during our visit, the Sounders FC band Sound Wave was performing:

The Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition organizes the festival; many organizations and businesses sponsor it (including WSB and partner site The South Park News). Check it out until 4 pm at 7900 10th Avenue South.

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Duwamish River Festival: Who you’ll see onstage and when http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/duwamish-river-festival-who-youll-see-onstage-and-when/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/duwamish-river-festival-who-youll-see-onstage-and-when/#comments Fri, 22 Aug 2014 20:59:15 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=283276 The entertainment schedule is out for tomorrow afternoon’s 9th annual Duwamish River Festival in nearby South Park (with co-sponsors including WSB). For all four hours of the festival, 12-4 pm at Duwamish Waterway Park, you can check out kayaking/boating on the river as well as booths featuring community groups/organizations. If you want to time your visit depending on who’s onstage, here’s the info:

12:20 pm – 12:40 pm Âu Lạc Vovinam Lion Dance Team performance

12:45 pm – 1:05 pm Trio Dulces- Afro Latin Band

1:30 pm – 1:50 pm Seattle Sounders FC Band: Sound Wave

1:55 pm – 2:10 pm Tlaloktekuhtli – Aztec Dance

2:15 pm – 2:35 pm Zumba – Fitness class

3:00 pm – 3:50 pm Orquesta Cambalache

The park is alongside the river at 7900 10th Avenue South (map).

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Busy Thursday! Four big West Seattle events tomorrow, from Admiral to Luna Park to Puget Ridge … http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/busy-thursday-four-big-west-seattle-events-tomorrow-from-admiral-to-luna-park-to-puget-ridge/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/busy-thursday-four-big-west-seattle-events-tomorrow-from-admiral-to-luna-park-to-puget-ridge/#comments Thu, 21 Aug 2014 04:13:12 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=283103 Early calendar preview for tomorrow, with four big events happening Thursday pm:

SUMMER CONCERTS AT HIAWATHA: The video above previews Jessica Lynne‘s “contemporary country” sound, which will fill the park east of Hiawatha Community Center for the fifth of this summer’s six concerts presented by the Admiral Neighborhood Association. 6:30 pm. Free!

HAPPY 25TH, LUNA PARK CAFE: 4-10 pm tomorrow, the famous café by the bridge marks a quarter-century, with one big party:

What? Never been there? LPC is at 2918 SW Avalon Way.

SUSTAINABLE WEST SEATTLE: The annual SWS picnic is Thursday night, and you’re invited. After a few years at the beach, this time it’s in the trees:

This year we’re celebrating at the Community Orchard of West Seattle from 6-9 PM. SWS will have music and food, tours of the orchard and garden, cider pressing with apples grown on site, demonstrations of electric bikes in the parking lot, and you can make a smoothie in our bike-powered blender. Feel free to bring a dish to share and or something to throw on the grill. We will provide charcoal grills, tables, drinks, musical entertainment.

The orchard is on the north end of the South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) campus at 6000 16th SW.

COMMUNITY BARBECUE IN SOUTH ADMIRAL: 5-8 pm, you’re invited to a community barbecue outside Equilibrium Fitness (WSB sponsor) and its neighbor businesses at 3270 California SW:

Free burgers (beef AND black bean) and hot dogs on the grill, music, cool people, at California/Hinds.

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Summer Concerts at Hiawatha update: Tonight’s show = in the gym http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/summer-concerts-at-hiawatha-update-tonights-show-in-the-gym/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/summer-concerts-at-hiawatha-update-tonights-show-in-the-gym/#comments Thu, 14 Aug 2014 23:36:07 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=282563 Just got the word from Tiffani at Hiawatha Community Center – with the possibility of showers, tonight’s Summer Concerts at Hiawatha show is in the gym! 6:30 pm, Radio Raheem‘s onstage, after an opening performance by The Little Gym of West Seattle - see you there. (P.S. Tiffani says there are about 60 chairs in the gym – so as is the case when the show’s outside, bring your own chair/blanket if you can!)

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West Seattle Car Show update: 30 cars ready to roll, room for more – signing up sponsors, too! http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/west-seattle-car-show-update-30-cars-ready-to-roll-room-for-more-signing-up-sponsors-too/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/west-seattle-car-show-update-30-cars-ready-to-roll-room-for-more-signing-up-sponsors-too/#comments Wed, 13 Aug 2014 21:28:25 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=282423

One week into registration for this year’s West Seattle Car Show – one month from tomorrow, on Sunday, September 14th, 10 am-4 pm, in the heart of The Junction. 30 cars have signed up already, according to the new organizers at Swedish Automotive and West Seattle Autoworks (both WSB sponsors). If you missed the news last week, the show is now “open class,” a big change from previous years, so it’s not just for old cars – if you have any other reason to want to show off your vehicle, sign up! (That includes creatively decorated vehicles – anyone want to bring an “art car,” for example?) If you’re interested, go here to sign up now! First come, first served. If you don’t want to register online, you can get a form by e-mailing wscarshow@gmail.com or calling 206.938.8685. That’s also how to sign up as a sponsor if your business/organization didn’t already get a form; three sponsors are on board so far (including us here at WSB) and more are welcome.

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Happening now: Seattle Chinese Garden Kite Festival is aloft http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/happening-now-kite-festival-at-seattle-chinese-garden-on-puget-ridge/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/happening-now-kite-festival-at-seattle-chinese-garden-on-puget-ridge/#comments Sat, 09 Aug 2014 23:00:30 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=282080

Here’s a reason for you to come visit one of West Seattle’s semi-hidden treasures – the Seattle Chinese Garden Kite Festival continues until 6 pm.

We just left the garden; it’s breezy and beautiful. It’s just past the horticulture zone on the northernmost end of South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) on Puget Ridge.

Admission is free; bring your own kite or buy one at the garden – also, as noted on the SCG home page, you can enjoy “kite flying demonstrations, displays, and kite painting.”

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Up next at West Seattle Outdoor Movies: ‘Blues Brothers’ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/up-next-at-west-seattle-outdoor-movies-blues-brothers/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/up-next-at-west-seattle-outdoor-movies-blues-brothers/#comments Fri, 08 Aug 2014 21:58:09 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=281939

(Photo taken before last Saturday’s WSOM, shared by Hotwire’s Lora Swift)
Before Friday is too far gone – we wanted to make note of a few Saturday highlights – starting with the next edition of West Seattle Outdoor Movies. Tomorrow night (August 9th) on the courtyard screen next to Hotwire Online Coffeehouse (4410 California SW; WSB sponsor), it’s the original “Blues Brothers” movie from 1980. Preshow music by Those Guys with Wrecking Yard. Bring your own chair/blanket. Free as always, but come with a few bucks if you can for nonprofit-benefiting raffles and concessions – tomorrow night’s featured beneficiary is the West Seattle Helpline. Gates open at 6:30, movie at dusk – 9-ish, but don’t try to arrive at the last minute, since the courtyard fills up fast.

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Eyes on the sky again next Saturday: Kite Festival in West Seattle http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/eyes-on-the-skies-again-next-saturday-kite-festival-in-west-seattle/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/eyes-on-the-skies-again-next-saturday-kite-festival-in-west-seattle/#comments Sun, 03 Aug 2014 21:19:07 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=281442

This weekend, planes and helicopters hold the spotlight. Next Saturday, a simpler, nature-powered form of flight will be celebrated here in West Seattle, during the Seattle Chinese Garden Kite Festival. In case you haven’t seen it in the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar yet, here’s the invitation:

Come fly a kite at the Garden’s ridge-top site! Bring your own or buy one at the festival for a fun afternoon with family or friends. Activities for all ages include kite flying demonstrations, displays, and kite painting. Put your own creative stamp on one you paint yourself — materials provided. The festival also includes music and dance performances, Chinese painting demonstrations — and a dim sum booth by Hong Kong Café.

Admission is free. The Chinese Garden is on the north edge of the South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) campus, on Puget Ridge at 6000 16th SW.

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Summer Concerts at Hiawatha this Thursday: Caspar Babypants http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/summer-concerts-at-hiawatha-this-thursday-caspar-babypants/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/summer-concerts-at-hiawatha-this-thursday-caspar-babypants/#comments Tue, 29 Jul 2014 04:57:11 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=280802

(WSB photo from 2011 Hiawatha show)
The most popular performer ever at Summer Concerts at Hiawatha returns to the Admiral Neighborhood Association-sponsored series this week – Caspar Babypants, the West Seattle-based kiddie-rock star, takes the stage at 6:30 pm Thursday (July 31st). Via his website, he’s promising “a 90-minute show full of every hit you can sing!” as well as a chance to buy advance copies of the new CB album “Rise and Shine!” The concert itself is free – come early, bring your own chair/blanket, picnic dinner if you feel like it, and get ready to have a great time.

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Summer Concerts at Hiawatha 2014 start this Thursday night http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/summer-concerts-at-hiawatha-2014-start-this-thursday-night/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/summer-concerts-at-hiawatha-2014-start-this-thursday-night/#comments Mon, 21 Jul 2014 00:26:40 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=280042

Next big event in your West Seattle summer: The Admiral Neighborhood Association‘s Summer Concerts at Hiawatha series (with WSB among the co-sponsors) gets going this Thursday night, July 24th. Above, the video for “Cool” by Eclectic Approach, the first band in this year’s series. Bring friends, family, a blanket and/or chair(s), picnic dinner, and enjoy free live music at 6:30 pm this Thursday and each of the five that follow.

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West Seattle summer: Your guide to the mega-weekend ahead http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/west-seattle-summer-your-guide-to-the-mega-weekend-ahead/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/west-seattle-summer-your-guide-to-the-mega-weekend-ahead/#comments Wed, 16 Jul 2014 22:59:10 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=279565

(WSB file photo: Mediterranean Fantasy Festival dancers at Hiawatha)
Before moving on to more of today’s news, we just wanted to take a few minutes to be sure this weekend’s major events are on your radar. Yes, we know these are not the ONLY events (you’ll find many other activities/events on our calendar), but they’re the big annual ones. Event names link to the official websites (or, if no official link, to our calendar listings):

FRIDAY
Hiawatha Kids’ Fun Fest: Noon-3 pm, with carnival games, bouncy toys, more at/outside Hiawatha Community Center
White Center Jubilee Days: Noon-”late,” carnival at Steve Cox Memorial Park

SATURDAY
*Float Dodger 5K – 9:30 am from California/Charlestown (online registration ends Thursday afternoon; same-day signups at 8 am
*West Seattle Grand Parade: California/Lander southward to California/Edmunds, motorcycle drill teams start ~10:30, full parade 11, Kiddie Parade from California/Genesee at 11
*Alki Art Fair – 10 am-6 pm (booths), music (schedule not out yet) and food continuing to 9 pm
*Mediterranean Fantasy Festival – 11 am-7 pm; dancer schedule here; vendor map/list here
*West Seattle Outdoor Movies; Movie at dusk but stake out your spot early, showing “Gravity” this week, Hotwire Coffee (WSB sponsor) courtyard
*White Center Jubilee Days: 11 am-4 pm car show; 2:30 pm parade northbound on 16th SW from SW 112th-100th; street fair info here

SUNDAY
*West Seattle Garden Tour: 9 residential gardens, self-guided tour 9 am-5 pm plus noon guest lecture with Susie Egan at The Kenney (WSB sponsor), ticket info here
*WestSide Baby Stuff the Bus: 10 am-2 pm, drop off diapers at HomeStreet Bank (WSB sponsor) – most needed: newborn, 5, 6, pull-ups, sizes 3T-4T and 4T-5T, hygiene items such as diaper cream
*Alki Art Fair – 10 am-6 pm (booths), music (schedule not out yet) and food continuing to 8 pm
*Mediterranean Fantasy Festival – 11 am-5 pm; dancer schedule here; vendor map/list here
*White Center Jubilee Days: Street fair info here

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New website up for West Seattle Car Show, set for September 14 http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/new-website-up-for-west-seattle-car-show-set-for-september-14/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/new-website-up-for-west-seattle-car-show-set-for-september-14/#comments Tue, 15 Jul 2014 22:14:48 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=279475

(WSB file photo)
Yes, the West Seattle Car Show is definitely a go for September 14th, and its new website has just gone live, announces Oliver Little, producing the show again this year, with new co-presenters Swedish Automotive and West Seattle Autoworks (both WSB sponsors), who stepped up to continue the legacy of car-show founder Michael Hoffman, who died in March, just 47 years old.

As always, you’ll be able to wander the streets of The Junction admiring hundreds of vehicles; admission will be free as usual, with optional raffles/drawings that will raise money for Pencil Me In For Kids, which provides school supplies to children in need. So mark your calendar – 10 am-4 pm Sunday, September 14th – and stand by for news of applications, plus sponsorship info, soon.

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Happening now: West Seattle Summer Fest Eve, July Art Walk http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/happening-now-west-seattle-summer-fest-eve-art-walk/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/happening-now-west-seattle-summer-fest-eve-art-walk/#comments Fri, 11 Jul 2014 02:33:42 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=278902

The streets are closed in the heart of The Junction and the party’s on – West Seattle Summer Fest eve, setup going on while, as the night began, Bubbleman made his traditional appearance outside Elliott Bay Brewery:

And as he performed, the setup continued (vendors don’t arrive until tomorrow morning, but the booths, stage, and other components need to go up tonight):

Some merchants got going on the Summer Fest sidewalk sale early – like Tom Henry of JF Henry (WSB sponsor):

There’s music in the street – some of it hasn’t even started yet (West 5 proprietor Dave Montoure told us things would get going around 8 pm outside his venue) – and WS Art Walk until 9.

As part of Art Walk, S. Tudyk is at Click! Design That Fits (WSB sponsor), where the Summer Fest pre-party also features Click! co-proprietor Frances Smersh introducing new jewelry. At Hotwire Online Coffeehouse (WSB sponsor), Clay Eals from the Southwest Seattle Historical Society was there for the ongoing show of photos celebrating the 30th anniversary of the high-level bridge:

The two photos with him are before – the old bridge – and after (aerial photo by Long B. Nguyen, whose work is often seen here on WSB). More to come.

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More West Seattle summer music: The Mount’s concert lineup http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/more-west-seattle-summer-music-the-mounts-outdoor-concert-lineup/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/more-west-seattle-summer-music-the-mounts-outdoor-concert-lineup/#comments Mon, 07 Jul 2014 19:01:15 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=278582

(2012 WSB photo: Danny Vernon at The Mount)
West Seattle’s summer outdoor-music scene gets into high gear with Summer Fest this Friday-Saturday-Sunday (lineup here), presented by the West Seattle Junction Association (co-sponsored by WSB), but that’s just the start. The Summer Concerts at Hiawatha series, presented by the Admiral Neighborhood Association (co-sponsored by WSB), starts July 24th (lineup here). And today, we have word of this year’s Providence Mount St. Vincent outdoor-concert schedule, starting August 1st:

Bring a blanket or lawn chairs. Free popcorn and snow cones. Great food, beer, and wine available for purchase. Special activities just for kids, such as face painting. And wonderful music to get your weekend started on the right note! Be sure to wear your dancing shoes!

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

*August 1st — Danny Vernon, The Illusion of Elvis
He’s back by popular demand! Internationally known for his tribute to the King.

*August 8th — Alma y Azucar
Saucy music ensemble providing a wide range of exquisite and passionate selections of Latin styles and flavors.

*August 15th — The Spyrographs
Playing the best of spy, pop, surf, and Bossa Nova hits of the 1960s.

*August 22nd — The 85th Street Big Band
Lively 20-piece big band featuring swing favorites from the 1930s, 40s, and 50s including classic songs by Glenn Miller, Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman and Nat King Cole.

The Mount is at 4831 35th SW; the concerts are on the building’s south side.

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West Seattle Garden Tour 2014: 2 weeks until your chance to tour 10 memorable local gardens http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/west-seattle-garden-tour-2014-2-weeks-until-your-chance-to-tour-10-memorable-local-gardens/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/west-seattle-garden-tour-2014-2-weeks-until-your-chance-to-tour-10-memorable-local-gardens/#comments Sun, 06 Jul 2014 18:57:27 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=278509 It’s a big year for anniversaries and the West Seattle Garden Tour is part of it – celebrating its 20th anniversary! We are now exactly two weeks away from the WSGT, which is a self-guided tour, 9 am-5 pm Sunday, July 20th. Ticket books are on sale, including the addresses of the nine residential gardens that are featured – along with the West Seattle Bee Garden in High Point – and the WSGT notes that among the nine is the garden of world-famous nature/culture photographer Art Wolfe, who will be there to talk with visitors and sign books. Your WSGT admission includes the guest lunchtime lecturer, Susie Egan, speaking at noon on tour day at The Kenney (WSB sponsor); she owns the private two-acre botanical garden/nursery Cottage Lake Gardens near Woodinville. WSGT is a nonprofit and its net proceeds in turn benefit other local nonprofits – see this year’s beneficiaries here. You have seven places/ways to buy your ticket book right now – here’s that list.

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