West Seattle, Washington
(In 2012, the Sealth Band had a guest conductor! Photo courtesy Bruno)
Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, brings the downtown My Macy’s Holiday Parade as usual – and the participant list shows that both local high-school marching bands are in it this year, Chief Sealth International High School and West Seattle High School. You’ll also see the Salty’s (WSB sponsor) nutcrackers. The parade starts at 9 am Friday, and the route is fairly simple:
The parade steps off at 7th Avenue and Pine Street and travels west to 5th Avenue, south on 5th Avenue to University Street, west on University Street to 4th Avenue and north on 4th Avenue and ends at Macy’s.
Anyone else from West Seattle set to be in the parade? Let us know so we can watch for you too!
Every holiday season, you can find ways to ensure your dollars are spent for more than just giving a gift – they can also do a good deed. That’s what’s happening until 1 pm at the Our Lady of Guadalupe Ethical Fair Trade Sale. Some of what’s on sale inside OLG’s Walmesley Center on the northeast corner of 35th and Myrtle are items created overseas. Some are items benefiting causes close to home, like cards for Noel House, a women’s shelter.
And OLG students are selling baked goods to benefit WestSide Baby.
Another OLG student, 8th-grader Mark, is answering questions near the door, as an “ambassador” for the sale:
OLG has another big holiday event coming up – the annual “Light Up the Night” grounds-lighting and caroling celebration is set for Friday night, December 1st, 7 pm. (That event, like today’s sale and dozens of other seasonal events and FYIs, is in the WSB West Seattle Holiday Guide.)
(WSB file photo)
Two weeks from tonight – on Saturday, December 2nd – you’re invited to the biggest event of West Seattle Junction Hometown Holidays – the Tree Lighting at Junction Plaza Park (42nd/Alaska) and Night Market in the street on SW Alaska. This year, the Night Market will run 3-7 pm, with the Tree Lighting at 5 pm. You can preview the list of market vendors by going here; along with shopping, you’ll be able to take photos with Santa, and enjoy hot chocolate and cookies. Hosting the Tree Lighting this year are the jazzy duo Sundae + Mr. Goessl, who will be joined by the Endolyne Children’s Choir and the West Seattle High School Marching Band. You can see the rest of the Hometown Holidays lineup here, and in the WSB West Seattle Holiday Guide – we’re proud to be a co-sponsor again this year.
You can shop and snack at the Junction True Value (WSB sponsor) Holiday Open House, which is on until 2 pm. Besides the treats, you’ll find tunes – seasonal music performed by Jared Mitchell:
— West Seattle Blog (@westseattleblog) November 18, 2017
Right at the front door, you’ll be greeted by West Seattle Food Bank reps – bring nonperishable food to donate and/or cash – $15 will buy a turkey!
Also part of today’s fun, an ugly-sweater contest and if you have kids under 10, the chance to enter drawings for boys’ and girls’ bicycles:
Besides hardware, housewares, garden items, and more, Junction True Value has holiday decorations of all types, lights to floral:
Get there before 2 – 4747 44th SW.
P.S. If you are looking for an early tree this year, True Value tells us theirs are expected to be in Wednesday.
When we passed by Eastridge Church (39th SW and SW Oregon) around 7:40 this morning, people were already in line waiting for the annual turkeys-and-groceries giveaway to start at 9 am. But when we went over to photograph the volunteers around 9:30 am, the line was gone, so if you or someone you know needs Thanksgiving food – a turkey and a bag of groceries – there’s no wait.
They also are offering coats in adult and child sizes, and Bibles.
And it’s all running on volunteer power as usual, including Girl Scouts from West Seattle Troop 42553:
Eastridge also does this at its campus in Issaquah, and this year is offering 1,500 turkeys between the two sites.
(WSB file photo from past Eastridge turkey event)
Just a quick reminder as we move into Friday night, tomorrow’s the day each year that Eastridge Church offers free turkeys and bags of groceries to anyone who needs them. Starting at 9 am, volunteers will make them available to everyone in line outside their church (at 39th SW and SW Oregon) while supplies last, along with coats (adult and kid sizes) and Bibles. Between their West Seattle and Issaquah campuses, they expect to give out 1,500 turkeys, no questions asked, no proof of need required.
Now six days until Thanksgiving … so here’s a reminder of some ordering deadlines. First, our two grocery-store sponsors:
And we’ve received deadline reminders from two Junction spots known for desserts:
BAKERY NOUVEAU: Deadline for orders is Sunday (November 19), with pickup on Wednesday (November 22), when BN will be open until 7 pm (all locations).
A LA MODE PIES: Deadline for orders is midnight Monday night, with pickup on Wednesday (8 am-9 pm) or Thursday (yes, on Thanksgiving Day, 8 am-2 pm). Also – if you’re making your own pie – A La Mode is now offering “handmade frozen pie shells, available in both regular and hazelnut, along with perfectly portioned ready-to-roll dough balls (for top crusts or to roll out for your own pie pans).”
Two site notes tonight:
HOLIDAY GUIDE: Version 1.0 is live – with much more to be added as the season goes on – but with Thanksgiving a week away, it’s time to get this big wave of information out there. See it here, and check back often – we’ll be updating it at least once a day throughout the season.
TECH TROUBLE: Sorry if you’re having trouble tonight with our site in desktop/laptop browsers – since some glitching hit a few hours ago, we’ve brought most components back but we’re still working on restoring the rest. And thanks again to the first people to let us know about the problems – we work in an administrative interface and might not know immediately when something is wrong. (Tech trouble can be reported the same way news tips are – firstname.lastname@example.org or 206-293-6302 – thank you.)
With one week until Thanksgiving, it’s time to get Version 1.0 of the annual WSB West Seattle Holiday Guide out – but before it goes live, we’re sending out one more call for info on any holiday-related event, donation drive, open house, bazaar, concert, light show, services, etc., coming up in West Seattle – no posters/flyers needed, just tell us the what/when/where/who, and we’ll get it in the guide – e-mail email@example.com – thank you!
The day after Thanksgiving has a new title. Yes, it’s already known as Black Friday. But this year, you can get the day going via West Seattle Track Friday. Between 9 am and 11 am on Friday, November 24th, at Hiawatha Playfield/Track (2700 California SW), West Seattle Runner (WSB sponsor) and P3|Running welcome you to the West Seattle version of what they describe as …
… a community-based movement to mobilize people to support charitable giving. Participants run laps on a nearby track to raise awareness and funds for causes that they care about. Track Friday is held the day after Thanksgiving to encourage people to reunite with old and new friends, burn off some Thanksgiving Day calories, and put a little love and giving spirit back into a day that has become synonymous with commercialism.
P3 owner Michele Pettinger is raising money to fight Parkinson’s Disease, which her mom has, but you can choose your own charity too. You can just show up between 9 and 11 and walk/run whatever you choose to – and/or you can participate in fun events just added to the plan, a 400-meter dash for kids 11 and under at 9:30, an 800-meter dash for tweens/teens 12-17 at 10 am, and a 1-mile race for 18 and up at 10 am. All the details are in our calendar listing for Track Friday.
P.S. Do you have an event to add to our calendar and forthcoming West Seattle Holiday Guide, which covers pre-Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day? Let us know ASAP: firstname.lastname@example.org – thanks!
(WSB reader photo by Candace from Christmas Ship’s past visit)
As we continue assembling this year’s WSB West Seattle Holiday Guide – we’ve received this announcement of a brand-new West Seattle holiday event, a fun(draiser) for the Southwest Seattle Historical Society. Reservations required, and the announcement explains how:
If you have ever wanted to watch and listen to the Argosy Christmas Ship Cruise in comfort and hang out with some super-awesome people, please join with us for “Seasonal Sounds On The Sound” at Harbor Park Condominium complex, 1727 Harbor Avenue SW, on Saturday, December 9th, 2017!
This 21-and-older event is from 3 pm – 6:30 pm and includes live holiday music on site, beverages, and food, along with a FRONT ROW seat for the Argosy Christmas Ship stop along Harbor Avenue!
This hosted holiday fundraiser benefits the SW Seattle Historical Society.
You may know about the Log House Museum on Alki Beach, but there are many other things that our local historical society does to promote the heritage and history of this area. (Most recently, think “We ❤ The Junction” campaign which successfully landmarked both the Campbell and Hamm buildings at the Alaska Junction, “Words, Writers & West Seattle” on the first Friday of each month at Barnes & Noble, ongoing school assembly programs, and more.)
A suggested donation of $50 per person is appreciated and will be a wonderful opportunity for you & a date to ring in the holiday spirit and still leave time to enjoy other holiday activities that day!
Details below – and remember… all proceeds benefit the SWSHS! Space is limited so RSVP by emailing email@example.com right away!
While “Seasonal Sounds on the Sound”is a special one-time only event, December 9th is one of two days this season with Christmas Ship stops off the West Seattle shore – three stops that night, one stop on December 14th, all listed on our calendar and on the official Christmas Ship website.
“Thank you” was said in many ways tonight as American Legion Post 160 in The Triangle hosted its annual free drop-in dinner for veterans and others connected to the armed services, along with their families. In the photo above are Cameron Foisy, Malia Geraghty, and Ana Geraghty, students at Holy Rosary School, where thank-you cards were made, along with Gatewood Elementary.
Once the first wave of guests – who ranged in age from babies to seniors – got their spaghetti and garlic bread, Post 160 Commander Keith Hughes offered a few words. He began with gratitude that Veterans Day is a holiday about celebrating those who are still with us, and gratitude for their service:
He also paid tribute to the service that so many continue to provide, even after they leave the military – a tribute that rang true, at the dinner cooked and served by volunteers, most of whom had also spent part of the day placing and removing flags in the West Seattle Junction.
Dinner guests also heard from Chelsea Clayton, a West Seattleite who works for U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, who read a letter from the senator, who began it by describing herself as the daughter of a World War II veteran:
In the letter, Sen. Murray promised she would “never stop fighting for those who fought so bravely for us.”
Throughout dinner, special music this year – patriotic songs performed by Sandra Walker:
Hughes explained she was a late addition to the program – he spoke at another local Veterans Day event earlier in the day, heard her play, and invited her to be part of the Post 160 dinner. She accompanied Hughes as he sang “Battle Hymn of the Republic,” with guests invited to join in singing its chorus, before dinner resumed.
P.S. Post 160 – at 3618 SW Alaska – is also home to help for veterans year-round.
This is one of the few holiday bazaars where you’ll find a bar. Drinks and even lunch are available as the Highland Park Improvement Club‘s 2017 Holiday Bazaar continues until 3 pm. You can buy home-baked treats too, cookies, of course, and also Mike’s peach cobbler and sweet potato pie (available in individual sizes!):
(That’s Christie with Mike – she’s HPIC’s bazaar organizer, among other roles.) On behalf of Highland Park Elementary PTA, these guys will sell you cookies:
And so will a group of Girl Scouts:
Lots of non-food items, of course, including Lashanna‘s unique wares:
And if you like to celebrate your sense of place – stuff stocking with these switch plates and other items made with local maps:
HPIC is at 12th and Holden. Next holiday event is on Sunday, November 19th – wreathmaking (bring your own greens, tools, etc. and enjoy good company with your neighbors, 1-4 pm)!
The Fauntleroy Fine Art and Holiday Gift Show is on! Until 8 pm tonight, you can visit the Fauntleroy Church Fellowship Hall (9140 California SW) to browse and buy from what 17 artists (listed here) are offering. We stopped by late this afternoon for a quick preview – including garden art by Dee Miller:
Underwater images by Jen Vanderhoof:
And fiber art by Mary Anderson:
If you don’t get there tonight, the show continues 10 am-4 pm Saturday and 11 am-2 pm Sunday.
Just happened onto a group from the Disabled American Veterans‘ local Chapter 23 (headquartered at 4857 Delridge Way SW) with blue forget-me-nots at West Seattle Thriftway (WSB sponsor). They’re only there until 1 pm today but will be at the Chelan Café 8 am-1 pm tomorrow.
(WSB file photo)
If you haven’t already seen it in our calendar – Eastridge Church in The Junction is once again offering its annual turkey-and-groceries giveaway. Starting at 9 am Saturday, November 18th, outside its building at 39th SW/SW Oregon [map], hundreds of free turkeys and bags of groceries will be available, as well as coats, gloves, and Bibles. First-come first-served, no questions asked, no demonstration of need required. (If you know someone on the Eastside who could benefit, they’re also doing the same thing, as usual, at their Issaquah campus – more details on the Eastridge website.)
P.S. This will also be in our soon-to-be-published WSB West Seattle Holiday Guide, a comprehensive and frequently updated list that covers Thanksgiving through New Year’s. If you have anything we should include – donation drive, open house, bazaar, decorations displays, services, concerts, etc. – please e-mail the info to firstname.lastname@example.org – thank you! (And thanks to everyone who already has!)
Local veterans, active-duty personnel, guard and reserve members, and their families are all invited again this year to a free Italian dinner this Veterans Day at West Seattle’s American Legion Post 160. The post’s announcement explains, “This is but a small thank you for all who have served our nation in uniform, whether in our outside our borders.” It’s a drop-in dinner, so to be part of it, just come to Post 160 – 3618 SW Alaska – between 5:30 and 7:30 pm Saturday (November 11th)
Want to step up your cooking/serving game a bit as the holiday season nears? Highland Park Improvement Club tells us there’s still room in a unique “class” – it’s also a demo and a dinner – set for tomorrow (Sunday) night. Master Sommelier Reggie Daigneault and classically trained Chef Jennifer Asmundson will lead you through “a magnificent food and wine extravaganza” with the menu including pumpkin-spice brie, smoked-salmon crudite, pumpkin soup, roast turkey, and dessert, plus two wines paired with each course, bubbly on arrival, sherry at the end. HPIC’s info page, with a ticket link, is here.
Inside the cozy converted Craftsman house that holds C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), you have your first chance of the season to browse a holiday arts-and-crafts fair.
You’ll find vendors in both main rooms at C&P, so don’t just stop at the front room! The fair is on until 2 pm today, at 5612 California SW.
P.S. This is one of 14 arts/crafts fairs and bazaars on the seasonal list we published earlier this week – if yours isn’t there yet, please send us info as soon as you can, so we can also get it in the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar and forthcoming West Seattle Holiday Guide.
Three weeks until Thanksgiving but never too soon to plan – and that’s why West Seattle Thriftway (WSB sponsor) is hosting its annual Holiday Taste event right now. Above, the samples include lots of cheeses … below, locally crafted ice cream from Sweet Lo’s:
And of course, main-course samples:
About 50 vendors this year, Thriftway tells us! Stop in (4201 SW Morgan) before 7 pm to taste for yourself.
Along with shopping at fabulous independent West Seattle bricks-and-mortar businesses this holiday season, you have beaucoup bazaars/art-and-craft sales to visit, starting as soon as this Saturday! We have already received (updated) 14 announcements for the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar – and if you have something to sell, four are still accepting vendors, so we’ll start with those:
SALVATION ARMY CRAFT FAIR: 10 am-5 pm Saturday, November 11th, at the Salvation Army center in South Delridge. Booths can be purchased via this link or e-mail Capt. Lisa Barnes at email@example.com. (9050 16th SW)
ALKI MASONIC CENTER HOLIDAY BAZAAR: 9 am-4 pm Saturday, November 25th. Potential vendors can e-mail Sue at firstname.lastname@example.org or use this form. (4736 40th SW)
FAUNTLEROY SCHOOLHOUSE HOLIDAY MARKET: 4-8 pm Friday, December 1st, and 9 am-3 pm Saturday, December 2nd. Potential vendors can e-mail email@example.com. (9131 California SW)
THE KENNEY HOLIDAY BAZAAR: 10 am-3 pm Saturday, December 2nd, at The Kenney. Handmade items! Potential vendors can call Danette for more information and to reserve a space, 206-937-2800. (7125 Fauntleroy Way SW)
Other bazaars/fairs we have received notice of, so far:
FAUNTLEROY FINE ART & HOLIDAY GIFT SHOW: 5-8 pm Friday, November 10th; 10 am-4 pm Saturday, November 11th; 11 am-2 pm Sunday, November 12th, at Fauntleroy Church. (9140 California SW)
HIGHLAND PARK IMPROVEMENT CLUB HOLIDAY BAZAAR: 10 am-3 pm Saturday, November 11th, at Highland Park Improvement Club, with more than 20 vendors signed up. (1116 SW Holden)
SHOREWOOD HOLIDAY BAZAAR: 10 am-4 pm Saturday, November 11th, at Shorewood Elementary. 60+ vendors, and more – details in our calendar listing. (2725 SW 116th)
THE MOUNT’S BAZAAR AND BAKE SALE: 9 am-4 pm, Friday-Saturday, November 17-18, at Providence Mount St. Vincent – details in our calendar listing. (4831 35th SW)
TIBBETTS UMC HOLIDAY CRAFT BAZAAR: 10 am-2 pm Saturday, November 18th, at Tibbetts United Methodist Church (WSB sponsor). Bake sale as well as art, crafts, gift baskets, more. (3940 41st SW)
PEACE LUTHERAN HOLIDAY CRAFT BAZAAR: Arts and crafts, silent auction with themed baskets, fair trade/global gifts, bake sale at Peace Lutheran Church … 10 am-4 pm Saturday, November 18th, and noon-3 pm Sunday, November 19th. (39th SW/SW Thistle)
ARROWHEAD GARDENS HOLIDAY CRAFT BAZAAR: 10 am-4 pm Saturday, November 18th – details in our calendar listing. (9200 2nd SW)
Having a bazaar, art/craft fair, or other holiday-related sale this season, but haven’t sent us info yet? Please do that as soon as you can! Nothing fancy needed, no graphic/poster, no attachment, just write the basics in the body of your e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org – thank you!
Thanksgiving is three weeks from today and it’s time to start talking holidays. If you haven’t already seen the listing in the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar, this year will be the 19th for the free, open-to-all Thanksgiving dinner at The Hall at Fauntleroy. It’s a chance to give as well as receive, as explained in the announcement:
Expect a full sit-down meal, from salad to unlimited trips to the dessert bar. Hours will be noon to 3 pm, with seating whenever you arrive.
This meal is for all comers. If cooking is too much for you this year or your plans change at the last minute, come. Many guests arrange to meet friends or family members there.
A feature of this dinner in the Fauntleroy Schoolhouse (9131 California Ave. SW) is the giveaway table for guests in need. Donations of kids clothing are encouraged, with an emphasis this year on new socks (any size) and blankets. Pies, cookies, and other desserts are especially welcome.
Bring donations to The Hall at Fauntleroy on Thanksgiving 10 am – 1 pm or call 206-932-1059 to arrange your drop-off the afternoon before.
P.S. If you have a holiday-season event to announce, please send us the information as soon as you can (email@example.com – plain text in the body of your e-mail) so we can get it into the calendar and the forthcoming WSB West Seattle Holiday Guide – thank you!
It was suggested to me that I email you regarding a moment that happened tonight as we were trick or treating.
My son was going up to a house and these two young Muslim girls, maybe 14-16, went up at the same time.
They were so excited, but as they got up there the man at the door yelled at and shamed them for being too old and not wearing costumes.
It broke my heart, they left nearly running away, upset. I don’t understand the hostility, because I grew up doing this until about 17. Also, these kids are not allowed to dress up, from what I was told. I feel like it was completely uncalled for, and hateful.
I want to try to reach out to the community and see if we can somehow get these girls candy. I feel like a lot of the Somali Muslim population in High Point may be new to this country and maybe these girls hadn’t gotten to experience Halloween before, and this man totally ruined their experience.
People need to meet others with love and empathy, and it has bothered me all night that this took place.