West Seattle Blog... » Fun stuff to do http://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Thu, 28 May 2015 18:54:18 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.2 PHOTOS: Scenes from sold-out Taste of West Seattle, raising $53,000 for WS Helpline http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/photos-scenes-from-sold-out-taste-of-west-seattle-helping-ws-helpline/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/photos-scenes-from-sold-out-taste-of-west-seattle-helping-ws-helpline/#comments Fri, 22 May 2015 05:07:39 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=311179 (UPDATED Friday afternoon with fundraising total and more)

ORIGINAL REPORT, 10:07 PM THURSDAY: When you see the advance warning every spring that the Taste of West Seattle will probably sell out, so you’ll want to get your tickets early – it’s not just a sales pitch. Tonight’s benefit for the West Seattle Helpline sold out days in advance and the line above was just for ticketholders waiting to get into The Hall at Fauntleroy! Once inside, you had the chance to sample the tastes and sips brought by dozens of local food and beverage purveyors. From north to south, here’s who we photographed:

Up from Alki were Nadia and Inaam Khazaal from Phoenecia (WSB sponsor) – where giving back isn’t just something they do for occasions like this, but also on Give Back Tuesdays (which raised money for Helpline in March). From East Alki, Chef Paolo Carey-DiGregorio and Corporate Pastry Chef Douglas Taylor from Salty’s (WSB sponsor):

From North Admiral, Cary Kemp from Pizzeria 22:

Also from Admiral, Jude and Megan from Metropolitan Market (WSB sponsor):

From the north end of The Junction, Hotwire Online Coffeehouse (WSB sponsor) proprietor Lora Swift (below right) with Janie and Dan Jacobs:

From the east side of The Junction, at outer Jefferson Square, Dream Dinners (WSB sponsor) proprietor Leslie Thomson and assistant Amanda, with Brooks Riendl from the Helpline board:

Heading south to just north of Morgan Junction, members of the Harry’s Chicken Joint team:

Tom DiStefano from nearby West Seattle Cellars, which raised more than $1,300 for Helpline in honor of their recent 20th anniversary:

More than 40 participants in all – and about 500 people there to be delighted by what they ate and drank. We’re waiting to hear the final tallies on tonight’s Helpline-helping success and will update when we have the info.

ADDED EARLY FRIDAY: A popular feature of The Taste is voting to choose best bite and best sweet – Tuxedos and Tennis Shoes, which operates The Hall, won the former, while Stuffed Cakes for the third consecutive year won the latter.

ADDED FRIDAY AFTERNOON: The fundraising total is in from new Helpline executive director Chris Langeler, $53,000, the most for a “Taste of West Seattle” so far. That includes a $10,000 day-of donation from Metropolitan Market.

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VIDEO: Costumed Bicycle Parade rolls on, thanks to Alki Daze http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/video-costumed-bicycle-parade-rolls-on-thanks-to-alki-daze/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/video-costumed-bicycle-parade-rolls-on-thanks-to-alki-daze/#comments Sun, 17 May 2015 23:31:14 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=310691

The show must go on. Well, in this case, the parade must go on. The video above shows the start of today’s Costumed Bicycle Parade. It’s happened the past two years during the Summer Streets – aka “Car-Free Day” – festival that the city’s organized after the West Seattle 5K. But this year, as we first reported last month – the city scrapped Summer Streets. Partly in its place – without closing the streets – local neighbors organized Alki Daze, including what became the third annual Costumed Bicycle Parade. Among the ringleaders – Guy Olson:

In addition to the parade, Alki Daze also included other events last night and this afternoon. But the parade, which we counted at 150 strong by the time it got a few blocks down Alki, was the big event:

Participants brought a wide range of bikes *and* a wide range of outfits:

Also there, Kathy from West Seattle Bike Connections, advocating for Bicycle Sundays on Alki, and Stu from Alki Bike and Board and DIY Bikes, helping with bike safety checks.

The city has said it’s reworking the Summer Streets concept – but no announcement was yet. Meantime, grass-roots events like this bike parade roll on.

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FOLLOWUP: Who’s playing KEXP’s West Seattle ‘Hood-To-Hood Challenge’ victory party May 29th http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/followup-whos-playing-kexps-west-seattle-hood-to-hood-challenge-victory-party-may-29th/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/followup-whos-playing-kexps-west-seattle-hood-to-hood-challenge-victory-party-may-29th/#comments Fri, 15 May 2015 04:41:21 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=310379

(Telekinesis, one of the bands playing Hood-To-Hood Day in West Seattle)
One week ago, we reported the date, and a few details, for the Hood-To-Hood Challenge victory party that KEXP is throwing in West Seattle – because people here gave more money to the station during that specific donation drive last year than residents of any other local neighborhood. Today, KEXP revealed more about who’s playing and what’s happening:

After winning KEXP’s annual Hood-to-Hood Challenge by a razor-thin margin of $100 in 2014, West Seattle will host KEXP’s Hood-to-Hood Day on Friday, May 29.

KEXP welcomes music lovers from all neighborhoods to join us from noon to 6:00 p.m. for a free live broadcast of The Midday Show with Cheryl Waters and The Afternoon Show with Kevin Cole, featuring live performances by John Darnielle of the Mountain Goats, Australian band Miami Horror, Hop Along, and Telekinesis, plus a free street festival with bands, booths, and a beer garden.

After 6:00 p.m., KEXP DJs will take over bars and restaurants throughout West Seattle, spinning diverse, upbeat sets until the night concludes with a showcase at the Skylark Lounge featuring SISTERS, Fauna Shade, and Bod, as well as the Feedback Lounge with artists TBA.

The street festival will be in The Junction, with California closed to vehicles between Oregon and Alaska for the occasion. Last year was the first time in five years that West Seattle won the Hood-To-Hood Challenge.

ADDED 11:14 PM: A few more details are on KEXP’s website, including the band schedule for the live broadcasts during the day.

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HAPPENING NOW: Party in The Triangle for Rudy’s grand opening http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/happening-now-party-in-the-triangle-for-rudys-grand-opening/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/happening-now-party-in-the-triangle-for-rudys-grand-opening/#comments Sat, 09 May 2015 02:29:03 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=309653

It’s an indoor-outdoor party at Rudy’s Barbershop (WSB sponsor) in The Triangle right now – above, DJ King Midas is spinning at the grand-opening party; below, the Tasty Vibes food truck is out front with eats:

Even indoors, the garage doors are up as the stylists do their thing:

More details in the party preview published yesterday – it’s on until 10 tonight, at 4480 Fauntleroy Way SW, with The Wimps due to start playing around 8.

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West Seattle’s KEXP Hood-To-Hood victory party set for May 29th http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/west-seattles-kexp-hood-to-hood-victory-party-set-for-may-29th/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/west-seattles-kexp-hood-to-hood-victory-party-set-for-may-29th/#comments Thu, 07 May 2015 23:32:55 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=309533

(WSB photo from 2010 Hood-To-Hood Challenge party in West Seattle)
The full announcement isn’t until next Tuesday, but KEXP is offering a sneak peek of the details locked in for the West Seattle’s Hood-To-Hood Challenge victory party – first one here since 2010. Every year, fundraising drive, KEXP offers the party as a prize to the neighborhood that yields the most money during its summer fundraising drive, and last time West Seattle came out on top – a narrow victory, 100 dollars or so, but a win it was, so KEXP is planning the big bash here for Friday, May 29th.

KEXP’s Jeff Vetting tells WSB that one block of California SW will be closed to motorized vehicles that day, between Alaska and Oregon. The fun will include KEXP DJs broadcasting live, including West Seattleite Kevin Cole in the afternoon. Live music is planned on a stage that’ll be set up at SW Alaska – the full lineup isn’t public yet, except for Australia’s Miami Horror, which will be here as part of its U.S. tour. Then 6-9 pm, more KEXP DJ action at venues around West Seattle, followed by band showcases around town starting at 9 pm. Full announcement during Kevin’s show on KEXP next Tuesday (2-6 pm) – the bands, the venues, the extras.

(Wondering what Hood-to-Hood Day was like last time around? See our updates from 2010 here, here, and here.)

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Two weeks until big fun at the beach: West Seattle 5K walk/run; community-organized Alki Daze http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/two-weeks-until-big-fun-at-the-beach-west-seattle-5k-walkrun-community-organized-alki-daze/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/two-weeks-until-big-fun-at-the-beach-west-seattle-5k-walkrun-community-organized-alki-daze/#comments Sun, 03 May 2015 18:48:57 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=309057 Two weeks until a big day at Alki Beach, May 17th:

(Photo from WSB archives)
WEST SEATTLE 5K WALK/RUN: Are you signed up yet? Easiest way to do it is online, rather than standing in line the day it happens (and the fee is lower, too). This is the 7th year for the biggest 5K at the beach every year, raising money for West Seattle High School students via the WSHS PTSA. As usual, the WS5K will start at 61st/Alki around 9 am, first heading eastbound on a round-trip route to and from Anchor (Luna) Park, finishing at the same spot where it started. WSB is again among the sponsors and we look forward to seeing you there. Here’s where to sign up online.

REMINDER, NO ‘SUMMER STREETS’ – BUT ‘ALKI DAZE’ IS ON: The road will close to motorized vehicles during the 5K as always, but then it’ll reopen rather than staying partly closed for the rest of the day, because, as first reported here a month ago, after seven years, SDOT is NOT presenting a “Summer Streets” (originally “Car-Free Day”) event. But, as we told you on April 15th, a group of Alki residents decided to step up to organize a celebration:

The events, which organizers say will be held without closing the street, are listed on the poster, including gatherings on Saturday night as well as live music, a bike parade (1 pm) and bicycle “drag race” (3 pm) on Sunday afternoon (again, this is also May 17th). You’ll also find a Facebook event invite here, to keep up with updates.

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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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