West Seattle Blog... » Fun stuff to do http://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Sat, 25 Oct 2014 07:06:34 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.2 West Seattle Halloween scene: Swimming with pumpkins http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/west-seattle-halloween-scene-swimming-with-pumpkins/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/west-seattle-halloween-scene-swimming-with-pumpkins/#comments Sat, 25 Oct 2014 04:48:46 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=289801

With Halloween/harvest events aplenty in West Seattle for the next week-plus, tonight was the big night for local Seattle Parks facilities, including Southwest Pool, scene of an annual free family swim. Lifeguards were in costume, lights and decorations added to the atmosphere, and swimmers could play with floating pumpkins as well as the usual pool toys.

P.S. This was featured in our Halloween Guide, where you’ll find dozens more events from tomorrow through early November – and we’re adding more tonight (thanks to everyone sending theirs in).

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Highland Park hoedown! School hosting square dance http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/highland-park-hoedown-school-hosting-square-dance/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/highland-park-hoedown-school-hosting-square-dance/#comments Sun, 19 Oct 2014 20:21:22 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=289185 It’s a pre-Halloween hoedown in Highland Park next Friday! From Holly with the HP Elementary PTA:

Highland Park Elementary is hosting a square dance on Friday, October 24th. This is a free event and open to the public. Dinner will be served from 6-7 and the dance will be from 7 – 9. Free pumpkins to take home, while supplies last! Donations will be accepted as a PTA fundraiser.

Highland Park Elementary is at 1012 SW Trenton.

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West Seattle Halloween 2014: This year’s list is live! http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/west-seattle-halloween-2014-this-years-list-is-live/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/west-seattle-halloween-2014-this-years-list-is-live/#comments Sun, 19 Oct 2014 17:31:47 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=289197 Again this year, we’ve collected all the info we have about Halloween-related (and alternative) West Seattle events, and turned it into a one-page, by-category list of what’s happening over the next two weeks. Almost everything on it was already on the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar, but you might find this a more convenient way to find out what’s up. See it here. It’s linked from the WSB navigation tabs, too. If your business/ school/organization/neighborhood/etc. has a community Halloween happening that’s NOT on our list, please let us know so we can add it ASAP – editor@westseattleblog.com – we’ll be updating the page as the spooky season continues. Thanks!

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Signup time for West Seattle High School Cheerleaders’ next Mini Cheer Camp http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/signup-time-for-west-seattle-high-school-cheerleaders-next-mini-cheer-camp/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/signup-time-for-west-seattle-high-school-cheerleaders-next-mini-cheer-camp/#comments Sun, 19 Oct 2014 05:32:02 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=289149

In just a few years, that little one we photographed last week with West Seattle High School cheerleaders will be old enough for their periodic Mini Cheer Camps. Next one, as announced by Melinda Fredricks, is coming up next month:

The WSHS Cheerleaders will be holding a Mini Cheer Camp Tuesday, November 11 in the West Seattle High School Gym from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm.

K-5th grade kids will have a great time learning fun cheers and making crafts with the Westside cheerleaders. Campers will receive a tee shirt, pom poms, official team hairbow, picture of themselves with the cheerleaders AND perform as an honorary West Seattle Cheerleader at an upcoming home basketball game!

The cost of this camp is $55. Registration paperwork and payment are due by November 3, 2014. Space is limited, so register early to ensure your spot.

Contact Melinda Fredricks at 206.940.6033 or melindafredricks@comcast.net if you have any questions.

Here’s the flyer with a few more details; here’s the registration form.

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West Seattle Halloween 2014: Trick-or-treat dates set http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/west-seattle-halloween-2014-trick-or-treat-dates-set/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/west-seattle-halloween-2014-trick-or-treat-dates-set/#comments Wed, 15 Oct 2014 19:30:43 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=288771 This year’s edition of the WSB Halloween (and related) event page is in the works, with numerous events/activities already in our calendar (sent your announcement yet? Hurry! editor@westseattleblog.com). In the short run, three business-district trick-or-treat events are set in West Seattle, so here’s one handy list:

THE JUNCTION: During the Harvest Festival on October 26th – business trick-or-treating starts at noon, following the 11:30 am costume parade.

THE ADMIRAL DISTRICT: 3-6 pm on Halloween (Friday, October 31st).

WESTWOOD VILLAGE: 5-7 pm on Halloween.

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West Seattle weekend scene: Getting ready for Oktoberfest http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/west-seattle-weekend-scene-getting-ready-for-oktoberfest/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/west-seattle-weekend-scene-getting-ready-for-oktoberfest/#comments Sat, 11 Oct 2014 20:03:43 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=288440

While covering the “walkshed” tour in The Junction/Triangle this morning (story to come), we stopped by the Masonic Center to peek at preps for the Rotary Club of West Seattle‘s first-ever Oktoberfest, one of the events in our preview for today/tonight. Above, Rotarians Len Burton-Hardin of Howden-Kennedy and Dotty Hughes of Washington Federal were working inside; the crew decorating outside included Gary Potter of Potter Construction (WSB sponsor):

The German food and beer, oompah music, etc. are all set to start around 6 tonight. Proceeds benefit the Rotary’s community work including the annual – not too far off! Children’s Holiday Shopping Spree and the school-supplies-collecting Pencil Me In For Kids. Ticket info for tonight’s event is here.

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Help fight MS! Dance with the West Seattle Big Band on Saturday http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/help-fight-ms-dance-with-the-west-seattle-big-band-on-saturday/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/help-fight-ms-dance-with-the-west-seattle-big-band-on-saturday/#comments Mon, 29 Sep 2014 21:12:10 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=287231

(West Seattle Big Band – WSB photo from July 2014 Hi-Yu Concert in the Park)
Next weekend is closer than you think. So we want to make sure this is on your radar. From Jim Edwards with the West Seattle Big Band:

The West Seattle Big Band has been supporting music programs in the West Seattle public schools for 18 years now. We are not a non-profit organization. We are a working band. We do not seek grants or donations with which to operate. We go out and perform at weddings, dances and concerts throughout the Seattle area.

Our (the band members) income is where our donations to these school band programs come from. Our income is what makes it possible for us to do our collaboration concerts with West Seattle, Madison, and Sealth/Denny programs. In addition to these concerts, in the past two years, our band has donated a combined $5000 to these three programs. A large majority of the money we donate to our West Seattle school music programs comes from outside our West Seattle Community, simply because we perform throughout the region.

But this week we are asking for your support. Last year we had a first-time event that was unrelated to our work with school music programs. Our piano player Brooke Yool was diagnosed with MS. She asked us to help her support the MS Society, and we put together our first MS Dance. The event was a tremendous success.

So we thought we would try it again. We have expanded it to include a small live auction, and several silent auction items. But for it to be a success once again, we have to rely on you, our West Seattle Community. We are asking you to help us in the fight against MS. The band will cover all expenses related to the production of the event. So 100% of the proceeds of this event will go to the Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Please join us Saturday, October 4th, from 7:00 to 10:00 PM, at the West Seattle Senior Center. The suggested donation is $15. Hors d’oeuvres and soft drinks included. You can RSVP at event@dancems.org

The West Seattle Senior Center is located at 4217 SW Oregon St.

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Fun(draising) parties: WestSide Baby on Friday, Southwest Youth and Family Services on Saturday http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/fundraising-parties-westside-baby-on-friday-southwest-youth-and-family-services-on-saturday/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/fundraising-parties-westside-baby-on-friday-southwest-youth-and-family-services-on-saturday/#comments Wed, 24 Sep 2014 17:24:04 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=286749 Fall is fundraising season – and two local organizations that help local families have events this weekend:

WESTSIDE BABY: The “Shake, Rattle & Fly” cocktail benefit is 7-10 pm Friday at Emerald City Trapeze (2702 6th Ave. S.), “an evening of music, dancing, aerial performances, an auction, complimentary valet parking, and of course, delicious food and drink.” Auction items include “a yearlong VIP concert package to the Showbox and a vacation to Crystal Mountain” plus a cruise/air package. Three bars are in the event’s “signature cocktail competition,” including West Seattle’s Feedback Lounge (WSB sponsor) and West 5. Online registration is here.

SOUTHWEST YOUTH AND FAMILY SERVICES: The annual gala for Delridge-based SWYFS is 5:30-8:30 pm Saturday at The Hall at Fauntleroy. You’re invited for “dinner, a wine grab, dessert dash, music, student poetry, networking, and a chance to win 2 roundtrip Alaska Airlines tickets or dinner for 4 at Canlis!” Former mayor Greg Nickels is the emcee. Online registration is here.

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Happening now: ‘Carnival of Community’ @ Holy Rosary School WestFest http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/happening-now-carnival-of-community-holy-rosary-school-westfest/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/happening-now-carnival-of-community-holy-rosary-school-westfest/#comments Sat, 20 Sep 2014 18:48:58 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=286361

The big day of fun is well under way at Holy Rosary School on the north side of The Junction – as noted again in today’s West Seattle Saturday preview, the WestFest “Carnival of Community” is on until 10 pm. Rides, games, a food court with tables that we’re sure have filled since our photo was taken earlier:

That festive table card with the onstage-entertainment lineup can also be seen here – looks like Raymond the Magician is up next at noon, followed by the Sundancers at 1, and more.

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West Seattle Car Show tomorrow! Ready to show yours off? http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/west-seattle-car-show-tomorrow-ready-to-show-yours-off/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/west-seattle-car-show-tomorrow-ready-to-show-yours-off/#comments Sat, 13 Sep 2014 21:46:41 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=285545

Last we heard, there’s still room for you to be part of the first-ever “open class” edition of the West Seattle Car Show, which starts at 10 am tomorrow in The Junction. One of the vehicles already signed up is the antique Waste Management truck shown above, which we photographed at today’s Fiestas Patrias Parade in South Park (whole lot of amazing cars and motorcycles in it; maybe we will see some of them here on Sunday). The online registration form is still up, or you can make up your mind at the last minute and show up on southbound 42nd north of Alaska for a same-day sign up (bring $20 cash) – cars, trucks, motorcycles, any year, and yes, as shown here previously, there will be trophies! (The award ceremony is set to start at 3.) Though California will be closed in the heart of The Junction, the West Seattle Farmers’ Market is on at 44th/Alaska as always – including the annual Zucchini Races, 10 am-1 pm – and shops/restaurants/bars are open for breakfast, brunch, lunch, shopping, etc.

P.S. Since the Seahawks game isn’t on until 1 pm, you have plenty of time to come wander through the Car Show *before* then.

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West Seattle Car Show 2014: Updates in the countdown to Sunday! http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/west-seattle-car-show-2014-updates-in-the-countdown-to-sunday/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/west-seattle-car-show-2014-updates-in-the-countdown-to-sunday/#comments Thu, 11 Sep 2014 03:42:20 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=285207

Continuing our countdown to the seventh annual West Seattle Car Show, this Sunday in The Junction, some new information:

*More than 100 vehicles are pre-registered so far, oldest one a 1927 Studebaker, newest one a 2014 Tesla. Remember, this is the first year it’s “open class,” cars/trucks/motorcycles of any year welcome, with ten trophies to be awarded in a variety of categories (including a Best in Show trophy in honor of the show’s founder Michael Hoffman, who died this year at age 47). The middle would be 1970 – nothing from ’70 yet, but vehicles from 1969 and 1971 are among the entries (including a ’69 Mercury Cougar and ’71 Buick Centurion). Lots of makes and models are represented – domestic, foreign, classic, not-classic-yet.

*...and room for more! You can still pre-register online, or you can even make up your mind on Sunday morning (you’ll have to bring the $20 registration fee in cash if you do that). On Sunday morning, participating cars will enter from southbound 42nd north of SW Alaska, turning westbound onto Alaska, where you’ll be pointed to your assigned space.

*Show time – an important point for participants and spectators: Though the official end time is 4 pm (start time 10 am), we learned today that awards will be announced at 3 pm, and departures will begin shortly after that, so if you want to see the cars (etc.), arrive by 3! If you’re not bringing your car as a participant, it’s free to wander California SW between Oregon and Edmunds as a spectator and see the cars (make a day of it – breakfast, brunch, lunch, Farmers’ Market, etc.).

*Sponsors and presenters – the final list is now online.

More tomorrow – meantime, we’ll see you on the forecast-to-be-sunny Sunday in The Junction!

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West Seattle Car Show countdown: Sunday’s looking sunny http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/west-seattle-car-show-countdown-sundays-looking-sunny/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/west-seattle-car-show-countdown-sundays-looking-sunny/#comments Tue, 09 Sep 2014 04:31:30 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=284978

Got a set of wheels (two or four, maybe even five) that’s your pride and joy? Are you signed up for Sunday’s seventh annual West Seattle Car Show yet? In our previous preview, we invited prospective participants to share photos – editor@westseattleblog.com – and this is the first one in – Abby shared the photo of her husband’s 1973 Jeep CJ-5. The weather is still looking great for Sunday, when show entries will line the temporarily-closed-to-traffic streets in the heart of The Junction, 10 am-4 pm. Come down, have breakfast/brunch/lunch/coffee, shop, admire the cars (and trucks, and motorcycles, all models/years welcome). And/or be part of it – here’s where to sign up online right now – check out the cool locally designed/made trophies. See you in The Junction on Sunday!

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Will you come home from next Sunday’s West Seattle Car Show with one of these? http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/will-you-come-home-from-next-sundays-west-seattle-car-show-with-one-of-these/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/will-you-come-home-from-next-sundays-west-seattle-car-show-with-one-of-these/#comments Sun, 07 Sep 2014 20:56:15 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=284879

One week until the seventh annual West Seattle Car Show – an “open-class” show for the first time – and we have a sneak peek at some of the trophies! Local artist Mindi Katzman (below left) designed them, Brian Walker (below right) fabricated them, and Mindi shared a few photos:

The show will again be in the heart of The Junction, 10 am-4 pm on September 14th, with California SW closed to traffic between Oregon and Edmunds. Organizers had almost 100 cars signed up when we checked a few days ago, and there’s room for more – any year of car, truck, or motorcycle – ten trophies are up for grabs!

You can sign up online right now – if you don’t make your decision until the last minute, there will probably be room if you show up first thing next Sunday morning, but why risk it? Register in advance . If you’re planning to be a spectator, admission is free as always, thanks to the support of community businesses/organizations, including presenters West Seattle Autoworks and Swedish Automotive (both WSB sponsors) and sponsors (including WSB, proud to have been part of this every year since its launch in 2008). See you in The Junction next Sunday!

P.S. Are YOU participating in the show? If so, consider sending us a pic of your entry so we can include it in one of our previews in the days ahead – editor@westseattleblog.com – thanks!

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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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