West Seattle, Washington
Scenes from both ends of West Seattle on Easter Sunday morning:
SUNRISE SERVICE AT THE BEACH: Thanks to Lynn Hall for the photo of this morning’s gathering at Alki Beach, where Admiral UCC, Alki UCC, and Fauntleroy UCC churches hold a joint sunrise service every Easter, rain or shine.
INDOOR EGG HUNT: And in South Delridge this morning, one of the last egg hunts of the year:
The Salvation Army invited kids into their gym for an egg hunt, followed by breakfast.
Our area’s one and only supermarket egg hunt, at West Seattle Thriftway (WSB sponsor), draws many styles of hunters – some striding coolly and confidently down the aisles, as shown above, and some wandering every which way at once.
This morning brought a crowd as always. Fun part is, you never know where you’re going to find an egg – maybe even among the baked goods:
And of course they’re usually lining the aisles:
Some eggs are redeemable for special prizes – Matthew found one of them and showed us what he got:
And of course the Easter Bunny made a guest appearance, posing below with Thriftway’s Michele Grasso:
This is an especially festive year at West Seattle Thriftway, since, as mentioned here again last night, the store’s celebrating its 30th anniversary!
P.S. If you missed today’s egg hunts – check our Easter Etc. Guide for the local churches that are having them before or after services tomorrow.
11:41 AM: A hectic and happy morning at Seattle Parks community centers all over the city – including five in West Seattle – that hosted egg hunts. Our first photos are from Southwest TLC, which held its hunt on the big field to the west where Denny International Middle School used to be. Hunters were separated by age group, and each area had one special egg that could be redeemed for a prize basket. Here’s our video looking eastward over the field at the peak of the hunt:
— West Seattle Blog (@westseattleblog) March 31, 2018
Anybody who had a question didn’t have to wonder who to ask – just look for the bunny ears!
Meantime, on the north end of the peninsula, we also had a photographer at Hiawatha Community Center. Egg-hunters of all ages there too:
High fives for the bunny:
Easter-time is known for hats – these egg-hunters made creative choices:
If you have a photo from any of the other community centers that had hunts this morning – Alki, Delridge, High Point – we would love to add a few! firstname.lastname@example.org – thank you!
ADDED 2:11 PM: Thanks to Crystal for a photo from the High Point hunt:
She explains, “This is Gaby. She got an Easter basket when she found a golden ticket in one of the eggs :)”
So many eggs, so little time! Lots of kids showed up for the season’s first West Seattle egg hunt today at Forest Lawn Cemetery (WSB sponsor) in High Point. So many, in fact, they told us they had a bonus early hunt after starting their mini-festival at 10 am, in addition to the scheduled one at noon.
The rest of the local egg hunts are next Saturday and Sunday, as listed on our Easter Etc. page.
Forest Lawn, meantime, hosts its annual nondenominational Easter Sunday sunrise service a week from tomorrow, at 6:30 am.
Our Easter, Passover, and More seasonal list went live over the weekend, and as always, we will be continuing to update it daily through the end of spring-holiday season in early April. The event list starts with an “early” egg hunt and spring celebration next Saturday (March 24th) at Forest Lawn (6701 30th SW; WSB sponsor). The list also includes church services for Holy Week (starting with Palm Sunday on March 25th), and we’ve heard from six churches already. As with our year-round calendar, it’s free to have your event(s)/service(s)/brunch/etc. on the list – just e-mail the info ASAP to email@example.com – no need for a fancy “press release” or flyer, just tell us the basic what/when/where/etc. – thank you!
Just one week until the first egg hunt of the season (longtime WSB sponsor Forest Lawn is having one next Saturday, while the rest are on Easter weekend March 31st and April 1st) – and the first take of our seasonal list is up: See it here. If you have a seasonal event, service, brunch, etc. to add, please send us the info ASAP so we can add it! Graphics, flyers, press releases not required – just some info in plain text in the body of your e-mail – firstname.lastname@example.org – thank you!
Seen in West Seattle on St. Patrick’s Day 2018:
We of course had to go see if the legendary green stripe on 41st SW north of Admiral Way had been refreshed for another year. The pictorial proof is above. (We’ve featured it many past years – including 2017, 2016, 2015, 2011, 2010 – and it remains a mystery.) The next photo is from Suky:
Suky explains, “No shamrocks at Lincoln Park this morning – Just clamrocks!”
Two ways to go green this St. Patrick’s Day (next Saturday, March 17th) without leaving the peninsula:
BEACH CLEANUP: The photo is from Puget Soundkeeper, which invites you to help clean up Alki, for the benefit of life offshore as well as onshore:
Marine debris includes human-made trash, litter, discarded equipment, and other solid material that enters our waterways and oceans and ends up floating out to sea or fouling our beaches and shorelines. Ninety percent of marine debris is plastic, which breaks down into smaller and smaller pieces, accumulates pollutants, and ends up in wildlife and in the food we eat. Through ingestion, strangulation, entrapment and injury, marine debris kills and injures thousands of animals every year. Due to the long life of these products, litter and debris will continue to harm the environment until someone comes along to clean up the mess.
Soundkeeper holds cleanups around the Puget Sound region to get trash off our shorelines and out of our waterways, and works to support policies that can move us towards more responsible consumption habits and waste management infrastructure. Cleanups are open to everyone and only require a willingness to get dirty! Soundkeeper will provide trash bags, grabbers, and gloves and will help properly dispose of trash when finished.
Time: 10 am – 12 pm. Location: Alki Beach (1702 Alki Ave SW) The 37 bus runs adjacent to the beach. Free street parking is available along Alki Ave SW. Volunteers will meet up at the Statue of Liberty Plaza near the beach.
What to bring: Please dress for the weather and wear comfortable shoes. Wear athletic clothing that can get wet and/or muddy, and bring an extra set of clothes if you wish to change afterwards. Old tennis shoes are a good option if you don’t have water shoes. If it is sunny, consider wearing a hat and sunscreen and bring plenty of water. All cleanup equipment is provided.
Waivers: Everyone will need to sign a Puget Soundkeeper waiver. Participants under 18 will need a guardian to sign the waiver on their behalf. To RSVP: Call 206-297-7002 or email Hillary (email@example.com)
GO GREEN WITH SWS @ C & P: Then on Saturday night, as announced by Stu Hennessey of Sustainable West Seattle:
Sustainable West Seattle is celebrating St. Patrick’s Day and the saving of a West Seattle green space and public gathering area, C & P Coffee.
Celebrate the GREEN and the victory of C & P Coffee keeping their very public, open Green Space and valuable community small business. This is a victory for all of us! There will be music and the usual menu from C&P available for purchase. We will be glad to talk to you about being GREEN in West Seattle.
Saturday, March 17th, from 6:30 to 9 pm at C & P Coffee, 5612 California SW.
Easter (April 1st) and Passover (starting March 30th) are now less than three weeks away, so we’re working today/tonight on the next in the annual series of WSB holiday one-stop-for-everything infolists. If you have anything to include for this one – egg hunts or other seasonal events, religious services, special brunches – please send us the info as soon as possible (thanks to those who have e-mailed us already)! Our requested format is simple, same as our regular calendar listings: Plain text in the body of your e-mail, not in an attachment, no image/graphic/flyer needed, but please DO include website link(s) – send to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!
Our regular morning transit/traffic coverage has the info about changes in getting around today – so here’s what else you might need to know:
CITY-RUN PARKS FACILITIES: Here’s the list of what’s closed and what’s open.
POSTAL HOLIDAY: USPS facilities are closed; no delivery.
PARKING HOLIDAY … if you’re going to a neighborhood that has street parking with city pay stations, there’s no charge today.
7:24 AM: Good morning! Here are the transportation changes for today’s Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Day holiday:
METRO – Reduced weekday service
WATER TAXI – No service
SOUND TRANSIT – Regular weekday service for Route 560; light rail, Saturday schedule
CITY STREET PARKING – No charge at city-run pay stations/meters
SCHOOL BUSES – No school, so no buses
Remember that Metro plans to stop most buses for a “moment of remembrance” at 4:04 pm today.
Also: As announced last night, Washington State Ferries’ Fauntleroy-Vashon-Southworth route is down to 2 boats.
Just announced by Metro:
King County Metro will briefly pause all bus service at 4:04 p.m. Monday, Jan. 15, for a moment of reflection and remembrance to honor the birthday of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and to mark the 50th anniversary of his assassination.
About 975 commute time Metro and Metro-operated Sound Transit buses will be in service at that time, and the majority will pull over and stop for a brief moment of reflection in honor of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., whose legacy of justice, inclusion and diversity serves to drive King County to better serve people. King was assassinated April 4, 1968, and King County is named in his honor.
“Dr. King devoted his life to fighting for equality and human rights for all, and we dedicate this moment to equity and social justice for all that Dr. King lived and died for,” said King County Metro General Manager Rob Gannon. “Metro believes that mobility is one of those rights. We are proud to provide public transportation services that enable all people to access the opportunities needed to thrive in King County.
“As we briefly pull our buses to the curb for a moment of reflection, we invite you to join us.”
Metro and Metro-operated Sound Transit buses in King County will pull over and stop only where and when it is safe to do so. Buses will not pause service if they are traveling on highways, in the Downtown Seattle Transit Tunnel or on roadways where there is no place to safely pull over.
Metro will notify riders via transit alerts and on-board announcements in the days leading up to the moment of reflection. We appreciate and share our thanks to riders in advance for respecting and supporting our pause in service, and give our assurance that transit service will quickly restart at the conclusion of the moment of remembrance.
The collage is from the organizers of the first-ever West Seattle Gingerbread House Contest, who want to show you how it turned out:
We’d like to say a huge thank you to the makers of these incredibly charming gingerbread houses, each showing so much imagination, craftsmanship, and honoring the West Seattle places and experiences that they love. Our makers are:
Brownie Troop 41169 (7 and 8 year olds)
Troop Leaders: Noirin Lynch and Angela Gilbert,
“Outdoor Fun and S’mores at Camp Long”
Devon Porter and Anabelle Watt,
“A Wildcat Winter” — West Seattle High School
“Our Wonderful West Seattle Community at CrossFit Loft”
There is still time to see these sweet and clever creations. Husky Deli will have them in the window until January 13th.
Thank you for making this a very successful first year!
Warmly, The Log House Museum, Husky Deli, and NW Art and Frame
It’s an unofficial holiday-season-ending ritual at Alki Beach – rounding up dozens of Christmas trees for a big bonfire. It happened last night, and David Christensen was rollerblading past when he stopped for the photo. Another part of the tradition – somebody usually calls 911, since this is beyond what the rules allow for the fire rings. So Seattle Fire and Police were dispatched; we don’t know what happened from there, but the online incident log shows SFD was there for all of six minutes.
Christmas tree still up, and drying out? Curbside pickup or transfer-station dropoff options not quite working for you? Tomorrow brings another option – the West Seattle Rainbow Girls’ annual dropoff event in The Junction. They’ll be at the Masonic Center parking lot (4736 40th SW) between 9 am and 1 pm Saturday (January 6th) to accept your tree. It’s a fundraiser, so the fee is whatever you want to donate for the service.
The air was 38 degrees, the water was 46 degrees, and the politics were intermittent at this year’s Alki Beach Polar Bear Plunge.
This was just the west end of the swim. Stretched for blocks! pic.twitter.com/uBY89zwpzD
— West Seattle Blog (@westseattleblog) January 1, 2018
We mention politics because in case you missed the original announcement, which almost made it onto the WSB Most-Commented-On Stories of 2017 list, longtime organizer Mark Ufkes included a statement that he planned to wear pink into the water in support of, among other things, electing women.
In the ensuing triple-digit comment thread, Mark also made the point that the swim was of course open to all, as always, whatever your politics. But at this morning’s swim, no speeches – just the traditional countdown, followed by a quick en-masse, shrieking run into the water and, for most, a quick run out. Swimmers wore a variety of outfits, from pink, to red-white-and-blue, to sports-fan gear, and more – here’s a sample:
Side note – Organizer Mark also brought corkscrews, free to anybody who wanted one – he explained that he had bid on a batch of unclaimed corkscrews confiscated by the TSA – he thought he was getting 100 but instead received 1,000. (He also bid on Swiss Army-type knives that he obtained and gave to Boy Scouts – he’s a longtime Scoutmaster and parent of Eagle Scouts.) Here’s his pre-swim photo of the corkscrews:
Other sightings at the Polar Bear Swim – offshore spectators:
And just as we got ready to publish this report – two photos from Bob Spears (the second, showing someone who really did plunge rather than run):
(Added) From Bailey – The spirit of Christmas (and more) lingered into New Year’s for this trio:
(Added) Turns out that Alki open-water swimmer Andrew Malinak was in the boat shown a few photos up. We thought we heard sea-lion barking when we arrived at the beach, and one of his photos caught two of the five sea lions he reports counting:
Here are two of his photos from just before, and during, the plunge:
ADDED TUESDAY: From Erik Bell:
Any favorite photos/video to share? email@example.com – thanks!
(Yellow-rumped Warbler, photographed by Mark Wangerin)
Happy 2018! Here’s information you might find helpful on this New Year’s Day:
NEW YEAR’S DAY COFFEE: We don’t usually have a list on this final holiday but if you’re looking for a guaranteed-to-be-open coffee shop, official WSB coffee sponsor C & P Coffee Company (5612 California SW) will be open 8 am-1 pm.
NEW YEAR’S DAY WALKS: Emerald City Wanderers is hosting 5- and 10-kilometer walks today, sanctioned by the American Volkssport Association, different routes from last night, non-competitive and no fee, again with “hot soup and snacks to chase away the chills.” Start any time between 9 am and noon from St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church. (3050 California SW)
NEW YEAR’S DAY ALKI POLAR BEAR PLUNGE: 10 am sharp on the beach across from Duke’s, as announced in mid-December. (57th SW/Alki SW)
NEW YEAR’S DAY NIA CLASS: From the new Move2Center Studio:
A group of Nia teachers from what was formerly known as The Center for Movement & Healing are hosting a New Year’s Day class in our new space, Move2Center Studio, located at 3618 SW Alaska St in the lower level of the West Seattle Veterans building. That’s the red building with the cannon out front on Alaska Street. The entrance to the studio is on 37th Ave. SW. Our celebration begins at 10 am and offers a terrific way to dance in the New Year with plenty of positive energy.
Drop-in fee $10 plus tax.
RESTAURANTS THAT TOLD US THEY WOULD BE OPEN TODAY: Here’s our list – with the annual caveat that some establishments may have changed their plan since we did the research, so if you notice a discrepancy, please let us know – thank you!
TRANSIT/TRANSPORTATION: Sunday schedule for Metro … Water Taxi is not in service … Sound Transit Route 560 is also not in service … Washington State Ferries‘ Fauntleroy-Vashon-Southworth run is on a regular weekday schedule … Street parking is free in neighborhoods where the city has pay stations/
TRASH/RECYCLING: No pickup today, and everyone’s schedule slides a day again this week, like last week.
SEATTLE PARKS FACILITIES: Here’s the what’s-closed-what’s-open list.
HOLIDAY LIGHTS AND OTHER INFO FOR TODAY/TONIGHT … find it in the WSB West Seattle Holiday Guide.
1:01 AM: Welcome, 2018! And big thanks to David Hutchinson for the first photo of the Space Needle fireworks as seen from West Seattle – Alki, to be specific.
7:42 AM: And thanks to Robert Spears for sharing two views in the WSB Flickr group.
Highland Park is the only neighborhood in West Seattle where you can start your New Year’s Eve with a parade – and tonight’s 9th annual Not-So-Silent-Night Parade through the streets near Highland Park Improvement Club was huge, with more than 100 participating, all ages as always:
The light of the almost-full moon shone on the parade, with participants invited to bring drums, noisemakers, musical instruments, lights, whatever adds to the cheery stroll along the sidewalks – here’s what it sounded like near the start:
— West Seattle Blog (@westseattleblog) January 1, 2018
The weather was about as good as it gets – dry and not too cold (it’s a no-matter-what-the-weather parade, and we even recall icy 2010). Things warmed up considerably once everyone was back in the HPIC lot, as the Sage Comet Performance returned after skipping NYE 2016:
Then everyone moved into the historic HPIC building to join the Corner Bar party, usually on first Fridays except for New Year’s Eve:
For the holiday, there was the extra element of a masquerade party – those in costume include DJs Dr. Lehl and Evan:
The DJs and musician McTuff are providing the HPIC sounds for as long as the party goes on – 1 am or so. And we suspect it’s the only West Seattle NYE party with a hot-dog stand in the courtyard:
You’re invited, 1116 SW Holden.
WEST SEATTLE FARMERS’ MARKET: Yes, it’s open today! 10 am-2 pm in the street in The Junction, as always. (California SW between SW Oregon and SW Alaska)
NEW YEAR’S EVE SERVICES: Featured in the Holiday Guide, from churches that sent us their winter-holiday schedules.
GO TO THE LIBRARY: Your local Seattle Public Library branches are open regular Sunday hours today, but closed tomorrow.
NEW YEAR’S EVE WALKS: Emerald City Wanderers are hosting 5- and 10-kilometer walks on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, “different routes each day. And there’ll be hot soup and snacks to chase away the chills. Walks start on New Year’s Eve, anytime between 4 and 7 PM, at St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church (3050 California SW). No fee for the walks, which are noncompetitive. The New Year’s Eve 5-kilometer route winds through the holiday lights in the Admiral neighborhood and Junction. The 10-kilometer route also enjoys neighborhood holiday lights, heads down to Alki and features the lights on and around Puget Sound, Elliott Bay, and downtown Seattle. Flashlights will be helpful.” Sanctioned by the American Volkssport Association. Information about volkssports will be available.
LAST NIGHT FOR WEST SEATTLE LIGHTS: The lights-and-music show across from the SW Charlestown water tank runs 5 pm-midnight tonight to conclude its 2017 run. Show your appreciation by bringing nonperishable food for the West Seattle Food Bank – the bin’s out front – and/or donating money to WSL’s chosen causes, including WSFB, online. (3908 SW Charlestown)
NOT-SO-SILENT-NIGHT PARADE AND CORNER BAR: Highland Park Improvement Club‘s all-ages celebration starts at 6 pm, when you can assemble outside HPIC for the Not-So-Silent-Night Parade – bring drums, noisemakers, musical instruments, bells, etc., for the walk through surrounding neighborhoods, and then back at HPIC it’s the New Year’s Eve edition of the monthly pop-up bar, with DJ Dr. Lehl & DJ Evan, the HPIC Hot Dog Stand in the courtyard, and starting around 9, music by
McTuff. RL Carroll will be there again for keepsake photos! (1116 SW Holden)
KID PARTY @ SOUTH PARK HALL: 7-9 pm, the proprietors of Admiral Bird have a big new venue for this year’s New Year’s Eve party tailored to kids (and their families) – their newly renovated and historic South Park Hall. Details in our preview. (1253 S. Cloverdale)
OTHER VENUES WITH NEW YEAR’S EVE SHOWS AND/OR MEALS … are listed in the Holiday Guide.
WATCH THE FIREWORKS: Yes, even with the remodeling project, the Space Needle will have a midnight fireworks show tonight, and many north-facing West Seattle spots will have a good view. Don’t wait until the last minute to go look for a spot because roads to the viewpoints tend to get jammed with everybody else who had the same idea!
Thanks for another awesome year of community collaboration! Got a calendar event for 2018? E-mail us the info – the earlier the better – firstname.lastname@example.org – thank you.
You can make it a neighborhood New Year’s Eve again this year by celebrating with Highland Park Improvement Club – starting with the all-ages Not-So-Silent-Night Parade along nearby streets. As also featured in the WSB West Seattle Holiday Guide, here’s the full night’s lineup for Sunday at HPIC:
Join us in our annual celebration of the New Year. We’ll be hosting a Masquerade Party, so come donning your best masks, disguises, or alter egos.
Not So Silent Night Parade – Assemble at 6 pm. We will head out into the neighborhood when everyone is ready. Bring your noisemakers, lights, umbrellas – whatever is necessary!
DJ Dr. Lehl & DJ Evan will provide us the tunes that take us to the main event.
The HPIC Hot Dog Stand will be open in the Courtyard, courtesy of Nickie Jostol!
McTuff will provide us with the life-sustaining music that will power us to and through the New Year from 9ish until late (1-130?)
RL Carroll will be here again for all your keepsake photos!
Beverages – Draft beer, wine, special cocktail and champagne! As always, we offer a wide assortment of non-alcoholic beverages as well. Please remember that no outside alcohol is allowed.
HPIC is on the northeast corner of 12th SW/SW Holden. (If you’ve never seen, or been part of, the parade, check out our coverage from last year.)
Got a New Year’s Eve/Day event in West Seattle that’s not already in our Holiday Guide? Please e-mail us the info ASAP so we can add it – email@example.com – thank you!
(Photos courtesy publisher of Here Comes Noodle)
A message of gratitude today from The Christmas People – who, as previewed here, served a free Christmas dinner in West Seattle as well as distributing hundreds of meals to people in need elsewhere in the city, made possible by many donations:
More than 100 families from the West Seattle Community made merry the hearts of hundreds of homeless people during the Christmas holiday by donating a total of 7600 cookies, making financial donations, and giving 360 hours of combined labor in the kitchen, serving, sitting with those who were alone, sorting cookies, delivering meals to shut-ins, and delivering meals to the shelters in Seattle we serve at Christmas. In addition to the cookies, we served 150 meals in the Alki Masonic Center Dining Room, and we also delivered 1600 cookies on Tuesday to three shelters: Mary’s Place, Compass Center and Union Gospel Mission.
The Christmas People, in conjunction with Alki Masonic Center, are planning next year’s event in 2018 beginning Saturday, December 22, to Tuesday, December 25, with a complimentary meal for homeless, seniors, and others who need a meal on Tuesday, December 25 from noon to four.
A special thank you to members of the West Seattle Community for their outpouring of support and to the West Seattle Blog for outstanding support.
Fred Hutchinson and Ruth Bishop, Co-Founders
Again this year, Seattle Public Utilities is giving you more than a month to get your Christmas tree turned into compost – either via curbside pickup, or Transfer Station dropoff. Today’s announcement:
From Dec. 26, 2017, to Jan. 31, 2018, Seattle residents can compost holiday greens, including wreaths and trees, for free curbside or at a Seattle Public Utilities transfer station.
At the Curb
Place your holiday greens on the curb next to your food and yard waste cart on your collection day. Please keep in mind the following:
Remove all decorations and lights, tinsel, metal clips, ornaments and bows.
Trees must be cut into lengths to 4-feet or shorter.
Bundle each section with sisal string or twine (not plastic).
Flocked and plastic trees or wreaths will be charged as extra garbage.
At apartments, one tree may be placed next to each food and yard waste cart at no extra charge each collection day.
At the Transfer Station
Bring Christmas trees and other holiday greens to a city transfer station. Starting Feb. 1, 2018 regular fees will apply.
Trees should not exceed 8-feet in length and must be free of decoration.
Trunks should not exceed 4-inches in diameter.
The stations will accept up to 3 trees per vehicle.
The South Transfer Station is just east of West Seattle, 130 S. Kenyon (here’s how to get there).
P.S. And remember that for the next two weeks, curbside pickup day for everything is one day later than your usual day, because of the Monday holidays.