Fun stuff to do – West Seattle Blog… http://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Sun, 27 May 2018 04:02:51 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.6 West Seattle weekend scene: Colman Pool’s first day of 2018 http://westseattleblog.com/2018/05/west-seattle-weekend-scene-colman-pools-first-day-of-2018/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/05/west-seattle-weekend-scene-colman-pools-first-day-of-2018/#respond Sun, 27 May 2018 01:17:48 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=917830

Walking along the Lincoln Park shore this afternoon, we stopped for a few photos between the second and third swim sessions of Colman Pool‘s first 2018 day. The pool is open again tomorrow and Monday, starting at noon each day, the first of four “pre-season weekends” before its short 7-day-a-week season starts on June 18th. The full schedule brochure is here (PDF); the brochure includes the list of fees, including the extra-but-optional slide charge that this poolside sign notes:

You’ll want to remember that Colman Pool closes on five days in July for swim meets – this year those dates are July 12, 13, 14, 20, and 21. Never been? Easiest access is to walk/run/bike on the waterside trail, via the Lowman Beach end of Beach Drive, or the Lincoln Park south parking lot access.

P.S. The historic pool celebrated its 75th anniversary just two years ago.

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West Seattle Outdoor Movies 2018: Here’s the lineup! http://westseattleblog.com/2018/05/west-seattle-outdoor-movies-2018-heres-the-lineup/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/05/west-seattle-outdoor-movies-2018-heres-the-lineup/#comments Thu, 24 May 2018 21:43:07 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=917590

It’s official! The lineup is set for this summer’s slate of six free Saturday night West Seattle Outdoor Movies presented at the West Seattle YMCA (WSB sponsor) in The Triangle:

July 21 – Wonder Woman
July 28 – The Secret Life of Pets
August 4 – Star Wars: The Last Jedi
August 11 – A Wrinkle in Time
August 18 – Coco
August 25 – Black Panther

Gates open at 6:30 – bring your own chair/blanket(s) to sit on. The movies start at dusk, and of course that time gets earlier as the summer rolls on. Preshow fun includes kids’ activities at the Y (which supports the series, as does the West Seattle Junction Association, with co-sponsors including WSB); food trucks, concessions, and the always-popular nonprofit-benefiting concessions are in the plan for this year too. See you at the movies!

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2 EVENTS FOR 2-WHEELERS: Bike Everywhere Day tomorrow; Alki bike parade Sunday http://westseattleblog.com/2018/05/2-events-for-2-wheelers-bike-everywhere-day-tomorrow-alki-bike-parade-sunday/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/05/2-events-for-2-wheelers-bike-everywhere-day-tomorrow-alki-bike-parade-sunday/#respond Thu, 17 May 2018 20:10:12 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=916958 Two West Seattle events of note for bicyclists in the next two days:

(Reader photo from last year’s Bike Everywhere Day station)

FRIDAY: Tomorrow is Bike Everywhere Day,” and once again, a “celebration station” is planned beneath the West Seattle Bridge during the morning commute, 6-9 am. The announcement:

West Seattle Bike Connections again hosts a Bike Everywhere Day cycling station at the west end of the Spokane Low Bridge on Friday, May 18, from 6 to 9 AM. Alki Bike & Board will provide simple, on-the-spot bike repairs. Homemade baked goods, beverages and information on bicycling routes and planned improvements will be available, and local biking enthusiasts will be on hand to answer questions about bike commuting, recreational cycling and other biking issues. Please stop on your way out of West Seattle!

(WSB file photo from Alki bicycle parade)

SUNDAY: It’s the 6th annual Costumed Bike Parade on Alki Avenue SW, a fun tradition that local resident and rider Guy Olson has continued to organize even though the city stopped its “car-free day”/Summer Streets events years ago. Just bring your bike and costume to 63rd and Alki in time for the 2 pm parade on Sunday, and get ready to ride eastbound along the beach. (Here’s the rest of the lineup for Guy’s “Alki Daze” festivities, which start Friday night.)

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Remember HONK! Fest West in WS? It’s coming to WC next month http://westseattleblog.com/2018/05/remember-honk-fest-west-in-ws-its-coming-to-wc-next-month/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/05/remember-honk-fest-west-in-ws-its-coming-to-wc-next-month/#comments Tue, 15 May 2018 23:09:18 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=916788

(Reader photo from April 2010 HONK! Fest West in West Seattle)

Back in April 2010, there was a glorious day of dancing and music in the streets, with an eccentric edge, as HONK! Fest West came to West Seattle. In the ensuing years, the street festival of wild-and-often-wacky marching musicians has visited other neighborhoods in the city but hasn’t been back here. Next month, though, it’ll be close – HONK! Fest West bands (the list is now online) will spend the festival’s second day on the streets of White Center, 1-6 pm Saturday, June 2nd. It’s free, it’s unpredictable, and you’re invited to drop by for part of it or all of it. (We have a bit more background in our recent White Center Now coverage of a festival briefing for the North Highline Unincorporated Area Council.)

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COUNTDOWN: West Seattle 5K on Sunday! http://westseattleblog.com/2018/05/countdown-west-seattle-5k-on-sunday/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/05/countdown-west-seattle-5k-on-sunday/#respond Mon, 14 May 2018 16:04:43 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=916680 (2017 West Seattle 5K photo by Leda Costa for WSB)

It’s a run/walk for the whole family – and it’s now less than one week away. Sunday (May 20th) brings the first big 5K of the season to our area, the West Seattle 5K, raising money for the West Seattle High School PTSA. Even if you’re not participating, you need to know that the WS5K takes over the waterfront road for a few hours on Sunday morning, so heed those no-parking signs! So you might as well join in. The run/walk starts just after 9 am, leaving from and returning to 61st/Alki, just west of the Bathhouse. If you’re not already signed up, you can still register online – go here. Strollers and leashed dogs welcome! (WSB is a co-sponsor again this year, as we’ve been every year since the WS5K launched in 2009.)

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SUMMER CAMP! What Hiawatha’s offering tweens this year http://westseattleblog.com/2018/05/summer-camp-what-hiawathas-offering-tweens-this-year/ Sat, 05 May 2018 06:04:09 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=915717 (Photo from seattle.gov)

Continuing our mentions of camp opportunities as summer gets ever close: New Hiawatha Community Center assistant coordinator Andrea Sisco wants families to know about their Tween Camp for kids 11-14:

This is a day camp that runs from 7:00 a.m – 6:00 p.m. where kids get a mix of structured and unstructured recreation time, field trips, and a ton of projects and activities. Each week has a theme like “World Travelers” and “PNW Stomping Grounds.” We offer 10 weeks of camp beginning the week of June 25th and you can register through Hiawatha Community Center for one week, two weeks, all ten weeks – whatever fits your schedule.

You can register online for this and/or other Hiawatha summer-camp opportunities by going here.

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HAPPENING NOW: West Seattle Rock Club show, day 2 http://westseattleblog.com/2018/04/happening-now-west-seattle-rock-club-show-day-2/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/04/happening-now-west-seattle-rock-club-show-day-2/#comments Sun, 29 Apr 2018 19:19:08 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=915271

It rocks … it sparkles … it entertains … it educates! All of the above can be said about the West Seattle Rock Club‘s annual show, and if you haven’t been yet, you still have time to get there.

Of course, you’ll see rocks and gems. You’ll also learn about some of them, courtesy of enthusiasts including local kids:

You can find out where the items on display are from:

And you can find out how they were obtained:

The show’s free … some items are on sale if you’re interested in shopping … otherwise, just wander! It’s inside the Masonic Center at 4736 40th SW until 5 pm.

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HAPPENING NOW: Outdoor/indoor fun at West Seattle YMCA for Healthy Kids Day http://westseattleblog.com/2018/04/happening-now-outdoor-indoor-fun-at-west-seattle-ymca-for-healthy-kids-day/ Sat, 21 Apr 2018 18:24:06 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=914560

Inside and out, it’s a big day at the West Seattle YMCA (36th/Snoqualmie; WSB sponsor) – free fun for Healthy Kids Day, until 1 pm!

The Seattle Police Mounted Patrol – based in Highland Park – was visiting while we were there:

Along with activities to keep kids on the move, you can also learn about healthy eating. And the Y staff is ready to help you with everything from summer camp signups to memberships:

Demonstrations too – see the updated list on the Y’s Instagram feed! Today’s fun is all free.

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SATURDAY: Healthy Kids Day 2018 at West Seattle YMCA! http://westseattleblog.com/2018/04/saturday-healthy-kids-day-2018-at-west-seattle-ymca/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/04/saturday-healthy-kids-day-2018-at-west-seattle-ymca/#comments Sat, 21 Apr 2018 03:14:09 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=914495 (WSB photo from Healthy Kids Day 2017)

Lots happening tomorrow, as you know if you’ve browsed the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar, including one of the year’s biggest family events, Healthy Kids Day at the West Seattle YMCA (WSB sponsor). This free event packs tons of fun into three hours, 10 am-1 pm on Saturday, and it’s open to everyone, regardless of whether you’re a Y member. Activities include healthy cooking demonstrations, arts and crafts, fun games, free cycle helmet with fittings (for the first 100 kids), and program demonstration to motivate and teach families how to develop and maintain healthy routines at home throughout the summer months. Performances too! Here’s the schedule:

10:15 Halau Hula ‘o Lono

11:30 Y Staff Dance Team

12:00 Y Karate Demo

12:30 Zumba Dance-a-Long

The Y is at 36th SW/SW Snoqualmie (map) in the West Seattle Triangle. And if you decide to become a member during HKD – no joining fee.

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HAPPENING NOW: West Side Presbyterian’s 2018 ‘garage sale,’ final hours http://westseattleblog.com/2018/03/happening-now-west-side-presbyterians-2018-garage-sale-final-hours/ Sat, 10 Mar 2018 19:47:30 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=911016

Searching for a spinning wheel? We spotted that one a short time ago at the West Side Presbyterian Church Gigantic Garage Sale, in its second and final day until 3 pm. Or maybe you need a vase for the spring flowers that are starting to bloom?

Whatever you’re looking for, it just might await you. WSPC is at 3601 California SW.

P.S. Just nine weeks to go until West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day 2018 (Saturday, May 12th), coordinated by us here at WSB – if you’re planning to have a sale this year, watch for registration to start in early April as usual!

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AT THE LIBRARY: Putting the tech in textile http://westseattleblog.com/2018/02/at-the-library-putting-the-tech-in-textile/ Wed, 28 Feb 2018 04:58:28 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=910006 (WSB photos)

Almost every day, our calendar listings feature cool free programs you can enjoy at local Seattle Public Library branches. This past Sunday, we were invited to stop by the High Point Library to photograph one of them – a workshop about “E-Textiles.”

Participants learned how to use sewing machines – and how to add electronic components to their projects:

The result could be, for example, a T-shirt with embedded lights. Checking the library system’s Calendar of Events, we note that a shorter, kid-geared “e-textiles” session is planned as part of Tinkerlab, at the West Seattle (Admiral) Library, 2:30-4 pm March 21st.

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GOOD TIME, GOOD CAUSE: ‘Fund the Future’ in Highland Park http://westseattleblog.com/2018/01/good-time-good-cause-fund-the-future-in-highland-park/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/01/good-time-good-cause-fund-the-future-in-highland-park/#comments Tue, 30 Jan 2018 02:30:08 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=907523

Saturday night, you’re invited to have a good time for a good cause – a big party with food, drink, and one of the coolest “photo booth” settings ever, all for the Highland Park Elementary PTA, which shares this announcement:

The Highland Park Elementary PTA is putting on our first-ever auction, and we need your help! Our event is less than a week away, February 3rd, and we’ve sold only 61 out of 150 tickets.

An energetic and resourceful group of parents got together to organize our ‘Fund the Future’ auction – featuring delicious food from Joanie’s Catering, tasty cocktails, a ton of items up for bid, games, and a DeLorean. Yes, a DeLorean! Dressing up in costume from your favorite era is encouraged (bonus points for working in the ‘Back to the Future’ theme). Need childcare? Lil’ Bug Studio is showing their support by offering a Parents’ Night Out during the event so your school-aged children can have a fun night out too.

Fundraising is an essential job of any PTA, but a significant challenge at a school where over three quarters of our students come from low-income families. While the Highland Park PTA’s budgetary needs are just a fraction of more affluent schools, we still need to raise funds so we can provide enrichment opportunities for our amazing students, support our hardworking staff, and bring all of our families into the school through events.

We just brought the Science On Wheels program to our school and every student spent a memorable day exploring astronomy. We are beginning construction on a 4-year-old project to build a playground and in two months students will have play structures for the first time. We are trying to make sure our 5th graders have the opportunity for a transformational outdoor experience at IslandWood.

Help us continue this impactful work by going to our party! You can find out more about ‘Fund the Future’ at our blog, and tickets are available for purchase at Brown Paper Tickets. If you can’t make the event, please consider helping our 5th graders get to IslandWood.

Be the lightning that powers our school family into the future!

Get your ticket(s) here.

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SAVE THE DATE! Sub Pop’s 30th anniversary party set for Alki Beach on August 11th http://westseattleblog.com/2018/01/save-the-date-sub-pops-30th-anniversary-party-set-for-alki-beach-on-august-11th/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/01/save-the-date-sub-pops-30th-anniversary-party-set-for-alki-beach-on-august-11th/#comments Fri, 12 Jan 2018 17:00:11 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=906116

One BIG beach party is in the works for Alki this summer … seven months away, but that’s not too far off for you to save the date. Legendary Sub Pop Records just shared the news with us so we could share it with you:

To celebrate 30 years of releasing somewhat well-regarded records, CDs, and tapes, Sub Pop Records is hosting an entirely FREE event we’ve taken to calling SPF30. Sub Pop’s 30th Anniversary Party (with entertainment) will be held Saturday, August 11th, 2018, along incredibly scenic Alki Ave. in the Alki Beach neighborhood of West Seattle. …

SPF30 is altogether FREE and will have… Bands! A record fair-type event! A host of local nonprofit organizations! Food! Booze! (The food and beer and wine and soda or whatever, you will have to pay for! These parts are not free!) Good times and opportunities to embarrass yourself and those who’d always hoped for better for you! Plus, bands!

SPF30:
Sub Pop’s 30th Anniversary Party (with entertainment) at Alki Beach
Saturday, August 11th, 2018
Noon – 10 pm
West Seattle

For FREE / For YOU

Which bands? Of course you’d ask that. Too soon to say, Sub Pop tells us. But they want you to save the date and be ready to celebrate with them on (have you memorized the date yet?) August 11th. We’ll have updates in the months ahead.

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Shopping, snacking, sipping to help West Seattle nonprofits @ St. Nicholas Faire 2017 http://westseattleblog.com/2017/12/happening-now-shop-to-help-local-nonprofits-st-nicholas-faire-2017/ Mon, 11 Dec 2017 01:23:11 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=903371

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.)

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BE A BUILDER! First-ever West Seattle Gingerbread House Contest http://westseattleblog.com/2017/12/be-a-builder-first-ever-west-seattle-gingerbread-house-contest/ http://westseattleblog.com/2017/12/be-a-builder-first-ever-west-seattle-gingerbread-house-contest/#comments Sat, 09 Dec 2017 19:47:13 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=903260 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.

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