West Seattle Blog... » Fun stuff to do http://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Sun, 26 Apr 2015 10:54:22 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.2 HAPPENING NOW: West Seattle Rock and Gem Show http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/happening-now-west-seattle-rock-and-gem-show/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/happening-now-west-seattle-rock-and-gem-show/#comments Sat, 25 Apr 2015 21:11:46 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=308257

We can just about guarantee that the West Seattle Rock and Gem Show is the only place in town you’ll find working clothespins made from rocks. Another unique feature: If you’ve already checked out some of the earlier events and are looking for something continuing into the late afternoon, here you go, free and fun until 5 pm (and again tomorrow, 10 till 5). Along with displays, you’ll find demonstrations, and people happy to explain what they do:

Lots of parking, too, if you’re driving – the West Seattle Rock Club (WSB sponsor) is presenting the show at the Alki Masonic Center at 40th and Edmunds.

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HAPPENING NOW: Healthy Kids Day @ West Seattle YMCA http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/happening-now-healthy-kids-day-west-seattle-ymca/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/happening-now-healthy-kids-day-west-seattle-ymca/#comments Sat, 25 Apr 2015 19:01:53 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=308243

The West Seattle YMCA (WSB sponsor) is looking to its future, with the upcoming expansion, so it’s no surprise we found an “astronaut” there as Healthy Kids Day got going this morning. Even the dunk tank has gone high tech:

That’s Josh Sutton from the Y, who’s wearing a GoPro camera to capture the dunk-tank action this time around. Healthy Kids Day is on for another hour, until 1 pm, and along with a long list of free, fun activities, you can meet some local business folks like the West Seattle School of Rock (also a WSB sponsor):

The Y’s at 36th SW and SW Snoqualmie in The Triangle.

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West Seattle weekend scenes: Outdoor egg hunters at Hiawatha, Lincoln Park http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/west-seattle-weekend-scenes-outdoor-egg-hunters-at-hiawatha-lincoln-park/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/west-seattle-weekend-scenes-outdoor-egg-hunters-at-hiawatha-lincoln-park/#comments Sat, 04 Apr 2015 21:11:19 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=306164 Scenes from two of this morning’s outdoor egg hunts in West Seattle – first, at Hiawatha:

(WSB photos unless otherwise credited)
This was one of four local city-run community centers with egg hunts this morning. The littlest hunters, and their grownup chaperones, got to throng the tennis courts:

The east side of the park was where eggs were scattered for one of the older groups:

(Photo courtesy Jason Grotelueschen)
Another park that drew hundreds of hunters – Lincoln Park, where Eastridge Church brought thousands of eggs for its annual community celebration:

Eastridge also set up bouncy houses and other kids’ activities, but egg-hunting was at centerstage:

Several other local churches are having egg hunts in conjunction with Easter Sunday services – you can check the schedules for more than 20 local churches, plus two outdoor services, from our WSB Easter & More page.

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VIDEO: Easter Bunny & friends host hundreds at West Seattle Thriftway’s 2015 egg hunt http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/video-easter-bunny-friends-host-hundreds-at-west-seattle-thriftways-2015-egg-hunt/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/video-easter-bunny-friends-host-hundreds-at-west-seattle-thriftways-2015-egg-hunt/#comments Sat, 04 Apr 2015 18:36:01 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=306141

(WSB photos/video by Patrick Sand)
A big weekend of fun has begun, starting with the Easter Bunny and friends presiding at West Seattle Thriftway (WSB sponsor), home of our area’s biggest indoor egg hunt:

As our one-minute video shows, families brought the littlest ones in first:

Waiting is tough – but the bunny’s helpers offered a distraction: Bacon samples!

West Seattle Thriftway has photos on its Facebook page, too.

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Where to find this weekend’s West Seattle eggscitement http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/where-to-find-this-weekends-west-seattle-eggscitement/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/where-to-find-this-weekends-west-seattle-eggscitement/#comments Fri, 03 Apr 2015 16:04:12 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=306037 From the WSB Easter & More page – one more reminder of what’s ahead this weekend:

(WSB photo: 2013 Thriftway egg hunt)
SATURDAY: Egg-hunt action starts at 9 am inside West Seattle Thriftway (WSB sponsor), continuing at 10 am at four city-run community centers; that’s just the start – see the page for the complete list.

SUNDAY: Several local churches promise egg hunts post-Easter service, including WSB sponsors Tibbetts United Methodist Church and All Souls. In the afternoon, Admiral UCC is having an Easter festival for families.

(More than 20 churches’ Easter/Holy Week schedules are linked, plus the Easter sunrise services at Forest Lawn [WSB sponsor] and on Alki Beach; last call to add anything we’re missing – editor@westseattleblog.com – thank you!)

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West Seattle egg hunts and more, just four days away http://westseattleblog.com/2015/03/west-seattle-egg-hunts-and-more-just-four-days-away/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/03/west-seattle-egg-hunts-and-more-just-four-days-away/#comments Tue, 31 Mar 2015 20:33:01 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=305707

(WSB photo from Hiawatha Community Center egg hunt, 2013)
Too soon to say how the weather will turn out for Saturday, but West Seattle kids can hunt for eggs indoors as well as outdoors, so you’re covered. With four days to go, we wanted to remind you that the egg-hunt list is on the WSB Easter & More page; the basic Saturday (April 4th) lineup starts at 9 am at West Seattle Thriftway (WSB sponsor; indoors), continues at 10 am participating city-run community centers (mostly outdoors), and then there’s more! Some churches have egg hunts after Easter Sunday services, too – check their schedules (which span all of Holy Week), which are also on our Easter & More page. And we’re still ready to update if anything/anyone’s missing. Please send info via e-mail – editor@westseattleblog.com – thanks!

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New this spring: West Seattle Mermaid Parade on Alki Beach http://westseattleblog.com/2015/03/new-this-spring-west-seattle-mermaid-parade-on-alki-beach/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/03/new-this-spring-west-seattle-mermaid-parade-on-alki-beach/#comments Sun, 29 Mar 2015 17:11:58 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=305480

Get your inner mermaid out into the open and join this new West Seattle event – Leslie Rosen just sent word, with plenty of time for you to plan:

Calling all mermaids for the first West Seattle Mermaid Parade! Come join us (in costumes!) on Sat May 30, 2015. Meet at the Alki Bathhouse at 11 am for a water-themed veil dance by the Sirens of Serpentine to live harp music by Monica Schley. After, we will walk the Alki Beach Trail. Mermaids are not afraid of water, so this parade happens rain or shine. – Free, all ages and open to everyone.

The mermaid parade is the proud recipient of an art grant from Ignition Northwest (501c) for NEW interactive, community-driven, collaborative works that are accessible to the public and participatory in scope. Fueling community through participatory arts, events and education.

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VIDEO: Time to ‘Thrive’ at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center http://westseattleblog.com/2015/03/happening-now-time-to-thrive-at-youngstown/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/03/happening-now-time-to-thrive-at-youngstown/#comments Sun, 29 Mar 2015 03:52:59 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=305426

7:52 PM: Youngstown Cultural Arts Center is celebrating its ninth birthday tonight with the “Thrive 9″ party, on until 9 pm. We visited in the early going, and watched a Seattle Balloon Arts creation in progress. Next door, Eli Rosenblatt was singing:

(ADDED: Video, with audience participation:)

Other scheduled performers: Eduardo Mendonca and the Dogg Pound dance crew (born from the Vicious Puppies, featured here on Delridge Day 2009).

ADDED SUNDAY MORNING: Thanks to Megan Snow from Flourish Dance Project for a quick clip from the Dogg Pound Crew’s performance:

Youngstown’s calendar is full of regular classes, youth programs, and special events; but it’s worth just stopping by during the day for a look – you’ll find the hallway full of art displays as well as interpretive information and photos explaining the history of the building (the original Frank B. Cooper School) and the surrounding area.

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Taste of West Seattle celebrates its 10th anniversary this year! http://westseattleblog.com/2015/03/taste-of-west-seattle-celebrates-its-10th-anniversary-this-year/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/03/taste-of-west-seattle-celebrates-its-10th-anniversary-this-year/#comments Sat, 28 Mar 2015 04:49:08 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=305319

It’s a celebration of West Seattle food and drink, a vital lifeline for the West Seattle Helpline, and something people line up for, as our 2013 photo above shows. This year, the Taste of West Seattle celebrates its 10th anniversary, and your ticket gets you a delicious evening that’ll leave you with the afterglow of having done a good deed.

Once again this year, the Taste of West Seattle opens in two stages – a VIP head start at 6 pm, and then doors open for all at 6:30 p.m. It’s happening on Thursday, May 21st at The Hall at Fauntleroy, on the south end of historic Fauntleroy Schoolhouse.

Not sure what West Seattle Helpline is, or does? It’s a low-overhead nonprofit – one staff person! – that helps West Seattleites facing one-time financial emergencies. Help from Helpine can help someone keep their gas, electricity, water from being cut off, can help keep a roof over their head, a way for them to get around, can literally keep a shirt on their back.

The first two Taste of West Seattle events were hosted by Metropolitan Market (WSB sponsor), which closed its doors so this could be a private function. Metropolitan Market remained a supporter, but in 2007, the Taste moved its location to The Hall at Fauntleroy so there would be room for more to attend.

The number of attendees (above, part of last year’s crowd) has multiplied in a big way – from 50 to 600; the number of vendors has grown to 40+, from fewer than 10. And all this has equaled a bigger haul for the Helpline, to help cover the costs of its programs – from $1,000 at the start, to $28,500 last year. Its success comes from the generosity of community business sponsors as well as that of the participating food/beverage purveyors and of course, that of the ticket buyers.

Never been? Here’s what you should know: You have to be at least 21 to attend. To add to the fun, you get to vote on your favorite tastes, giving participating food/beverage establishments bragging rights when the votes are all tallied. It’s sold out in past years, so buying early is a wise strategy. You can get your ticket(s) right here, right now.

The food/beverage-provider lineup isn’t finalized yet, but you know it’ll be good – see for yourself in our stories from each of the last five Taste of West Seattle events:

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2013
2012
2011
2010

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West Seattle Thriftway anniversary party revs up with Ladies Night http://westseattleblog.com/2015/03/west-seattle-thriftways-anniversary-party-revs-up-with-ladies-night/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/03/west-seattle-thriftways-anniversary-party-revs-up-with-ladies-night/#comments Fri, 20 Mar 2015 09:57:05 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=304461

As West Seattle Thriftway kicked off its 27th anniversary celebration this week, it brought back an event that was a huge hit last year – Ladies Night. Above, Thriftway’s Kolleen, Michele, and Gina played host for the throng who came to shop, sip, taste, and otherwise have fun:

Other local businesses and organizations were part of the party – below, Heather and Nancy from Illusions Hair Design:

Chris and Shelly from Sound Yoga:

Sandy and Danielle from ArtsWest:

The big basket of eggs was a reminder that Easter is just two weeks away – preceded as always by the big egg hunt at Thriftway:

This year, that’ll be Saturday, April 4th. Meantime, Thriftway’s anniversary sale continues through the end of March.

*West Seattle Thriftway, Illusions Hair Design, Sound Yoga, and ArtsWest are all current WSB sponsors.

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You’re invited: 2nd annual Traditional Mini Pow Wow this Friday @ Highland Park Elementary http://westseattleblog.com/2015/03/youre-invited-2nd-annual-traditional-mini-pow-wow-this-friday-highland-park-elementary/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/03/youre-invited-2nd-annual-traditional-mini-pow-wow-this-friday-highland-park-elementary/#comments Thu, 19 Mar 2015 00:16:18 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=304325 Making your weekend plan? One-of-a-kind event this Friday (March 20th), 6-10 pm at Highland Park Elementary School:

The Traditional Mini Pow Wow is brought to you by The Niksokowaak; Community Pow Wow Association at Highland Park. Grand entry will be at 6 PM. Our event will feature Highland Park Elementary students as Head Young Lady & Head Young Man. Come enjoy traditional dance performances, Native art & delicious food from local vendors. We are sponsored by Highland Park Elementary, Roxhill Elementary, Blackfeet Tribe, Seattle Indian Health Board, Clear Sky & Community in Schools. For vendor & volunteer opportunities please contact us at niksokowaak@gmail.com.

See the official event flyer here. Highland Park Elementary is at 1016 SW Trenton.

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Robotics fan in the house? Sign up now for library event tomorrow! http://westseattleblog.com/2015/02/robotics-fan-in-the-house-sign-up-now-for-library-event-tomorrow/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/02/robotics-fan-in-the-house-sign-up-now-for-library-event-tomorrow/#comments Thu, 26 Feb 2015 05:22:51 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=302130 Kids 8 and up who are (or might be) interested in robotics are invited to an event 4-5 pm tomorrow afternoon at the West Seattle (Admiral) Branch Library (2306 42nd SW). They still have room, and it’s free, but advance signups are required, so they’re getting the word out one last time tonight. Participants get to program a robot to compete on an obstacle course! The official infopage has the number you can call for registration tomorrow – OR use this e-mail form right now.

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Bowling for Equality: Human Rights Campaign fundraiser at West Seattle Bowl http://westseattleblog.com/2015/02/bowling-for-equality-human-rights-campaign-fundraiser-at-west-seattle-bowl/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/02/bowling-for-equality-human-rights-campaign-fundraiser-at-west-seattle-bowl/#comments Thu, 26 Feb 2015 03:50:27 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=302123

You’re invited to go “Bowling for Equality” at West Seattle Bowl on Sunday, March 15th, to help raise money for the Human Rights Campaign. The invitation comes from West Seattle resident Al Griggs, who’s on the steering committee of the Seattle chapter of HRC, which he describes as “the nation’s largest Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender advocacy group.” The fundraiser is stretched out over three sessions that day, 1-3 pm, 4-6 pm, 7-9 pm. For $40 adult/$20 child, you get two hours of bowling, shoe rental, appetizers, and a yearlong HRC membership. Tickets are available now at hrc.org/seattlebowling = see the official flyer above for more info (including an afterparty for 21+ bowlers).

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You can help! ‘Second-Chance Prom’ in West Seattle on March 14th http://westseattleblog.com/2015/02/you-can-help-second-chance-prom-in-west-seattle-on-march-14th/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/02/you-can-help-second-chance-prom-in-west-seattle-on-march-14th/#comments Mon, 23 Feb 2015 00:51:09 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=301816

Miss your high-school prom? Or, even though you went, you wish you could have a second chance? Here it is – a good time for a good cause, coming up in West Seattle in three weeks:

In March, Seattleites will have a second chance at prom to benefit The Ruby Room, a local non-profit organization that provides formal attire to teens in financial need from all over Washington State. The second-chance prom is open to ages 21 and up; and will be held on Saturday, March 14th at West Seattle Golf Course kicking off at 7 PM. Tickets are $25 per person to attend. The event is Casino Royale themed, a 007 inspired event, and attendees are encouraged to dress in iconic James Bond fashion, or their version of prom attire. The prom will have a live DJ and dance floor, a fun prom-style photo booth, cocktails and more.

Tickets are limited and are expected to sell out. Reserve your tickets here.

The fundraising event is being hosted by Michelle Weiss and Francie Warnekros, graduates of Bishop Blanchet High School (2004). These ladies were inspired to create this event to be able to make a difference with the Ruby Room, along with providing an exciting and social outing for adults. This first annual event promises an evening of entertainment, in which attendees have a second chance to experience prom night for the first time with your current sweetheart, or as a fun evening with friends.

For more information, visit www.007prom.wix.com/seattle or the Facebook event page.

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