Going to West Seattle egg hunts? Here’s the Saturday schedule

April 15, 2014 at 4:32 pm | In Fun stuff to do, Holidays, West Seattle news | 5 Comments

(WSB photo from 2013 Thriftway egg hunt)
If you have one or more kids determined to have the most fun possible at the Easter Eve egg hunts in West Seattle and vicinity on Saturday – here’s where to go, and when:

9 am – West Seattle Thriftway (California/Fauntleroy/Morgan; WSB sponsor) egg hunt

10 am – Seattle Parks & Rec community center egg hunt of your choice:
*********Alki – 5817 SW Stevens – is billed as for ages 11 and under
*********Delridge – 4501 Delridge Way SW – for ages 3-11
*********Hiawatha – 2700 California SW – for 3-11
*********High Point – 6920 34th SW – for 3-11
*********South Park – 8319 8th Ave. S. – for ages 1-10

11 am – Eastridge Church egg hunt at Lincoln Park (8011 Fauntleroy Way SW) – bring donations for the diaper drive for WestSide Baby

We’re still adding other special weekend events to the calendar, so if you have something for Saturday/Sunday (including services), it’s not too late – editor@westseattleblog.com.

Keep missing ‘Messiah’ singalongs at Christmastime? Hallelujah! One’s coming up in West Seattle post-Easter

April 13, 2014 at 10:43 pm | In Holidays, West Seattle news, WS culture/arts | No Comments

Though Handel’s “Messiah” is a Christmastime staple, it was actually written for Easter season. In that spirit, West Side Presbyterian Church is hosting a singalong – and playalong! – Friday, May 2nd:

The entire oratorio will be performed under the direction of Carreen Smith, director of music at West Side. All singers and instrumentalists are invited to participate. Sing the entire oratorio, all choruses and solos! If you don’t sing or play, come listen! Bring a vocal score if you have one. Vocal scores and orchestra parts will be available for loan at the event. Refreshments will be available at the two intermissions. There is a suggested $10 donation. All proceeds go to Care Net of Puget Sound. West Side Presbyterian Church, 3601 California SW.

Doors open at 6 pm, the music begins at 7.

P.S. Speaking of Eastertime, the annual WSB Easter/Passover page will be up Monday, so if you have an event (religious or secular) to which the community is invited, and haven’t sent it yet, please do – editor@westseattleblog.com – ASAP, so we can include it!

St. Patrick’s Day 2014: West Seattle HS, Denny IMS bands in downtown parade

March 15, 2014 at 2:43 pm | In Holidays, West Seattle news | 2 Comments

We’ll confess we weren’t able to make it downtown for today’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade, but thanks to King County Councilmember Joe McDermott, we are able to show you a bit of the West Seattle High School Marching Band‘s performance as they marched along the parade route on 4th Avenue.

As noted here on Thursday, the Denny International Middle School Marching Band was scheduled to be in the parade too – any pics/video of them (and/or other participants from West Seattle), please consider sendingeditor@westseattleblog.com - so we can add!

5:43 PM UPDATE: Thanks to Denny International Middle School principal Jeff Clark for sharing photos of his school’s band in the parade:

As with WSHS, it was a repeat performance.

P.S. One week from tonight you can hear musicians from Denny and adjacent Chief Sealth International High School at their Big Band Dinner Dance fundraiser, also featuring the esteemed West Seattle Big Band – all the details are in our recently published preview.

P.P.S. Today’s parade included the Highland Park-based Seattle Police Mounted Patrol, who just published photos via Facebookincluding this one.

West Seattleites to look for in Saturday’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade

March 13, 2014 at 2:45 pm | In Holidays, West Seattle news | Comments Off

Going to the Irish Heritage Club-presented St. Patrick’s Day Parade downtown on Saturday afternoon? Once again this year, you can cheer for West Seattle participants – the parade-order list includes marching bands from West Seattle High School and Denny International Middle School, as well as the Comerford School of Irish Dance, plus the Highland Park-based Seattle Police Mounted Patrol. All were in last year’s parade (see our coverage here). Saturday’s parade starts at 4th and Jefferson at 12:30 pm, heading north to Seattle Center; see the route here.

Friday is Pi Day! West Seattle party at library in Admiral

March 12, 2014 at 2:46 pm | In Holidays, West Seattle news | 1 Comment

Friday is Pi Day – 3.14 – and one of the celebrations you’ll find in West Seattle is being hosted by librarian Nathalie Gelms at the Seattle Public Library branch in Admiral:

I will be hosting a program in celebration of National Pi Day this Friday March 14th at 3:14 pm at the West Seattle Branch of the Seattle Public Library. The program is meant for school-age kids, tweens, teens and even adults who are interested in math! Families are especially welcome as there will be stations that lend themselves to group effort. We will have these stations:

· Pretty as Pi: creating Pi designed key chains

· The Hunt for Pi: discovering what Pi is through measurement and calculation

· Cracking the Fibonacci code

AND…AND…WE WILL BE SERVING PIE FROM SHOOFLY PIE HERE IN WEST SEATTLE!!!!! *squee!*

The West Seattle Branch (informally known as Admiral) is at 2306 42nd SW. Any other Pi Day parties? Let us know – editor@westseattleblog.com – thank you!

Get your green on: West Seattle Lions’ St. Patrick’s Day dinner

March 9, 2014 at 5:37 pm | In Holidays, West Seattle news | Comments Off

West Seattle Lions president Jimie Martin says everybody’s invited – and that means you! One week from tomorrow, Monday, March 17th On March 15th, the Lions are hosting their annual St. Patrick’s Day Dinner at the Senior Center of West Seattle in The Junction: “Festivities start at 5:30, dinner served at 6.” $15/person for corned beef, cabbage, potatoes, salad, bread, desserts, music, fun, and, they promise, “surprises.” Get your green on and go.

Random act of Valentine-ness: What a child gave to strangers

February 14, 2014 at 9:00 pm | In Holidays, West Seattle news, West Seattle people | 7 Comments

Thanks to Tracey for sharing the heartwarming photo and report:

While my husband and I (and four others) were waiting for Circa to open its doors tonight, a young boy walked by with his mom and started handing out these valentines. It was such a sweet gesture and nice surprise! We don’t know his name, but wanted everyone in West Seattle to know how thoughtful he is and that his random act of kindness was appreciated. Oh, and our dinner was DELICIOUS! Happy Valentine’s Day!

Video: Lunar New Year celebration at Phở Aroma with Âu Lạc Vovinam Lion Dance Team

February 1, 2014 at 10:27 pm | In Holidays, West Seattle news, WS culture/arts | 3 Comments

With drums, dancing, and firecrackers, the Lunar New Year was celebrated this afternoon by the North Delridge Vietnamese restaurant Phở Aroma, which brought in the West Seattle-based Âu Lạc Vovinam Lion Dance Team – see and hear for yourself in our short video clip:

The Lion Dance is a tradition aimed at scaring away evil spirits:

Behind-the-scenes photos ahead:

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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2014: West Seattle notes

January 20, 2014 at 5:58 am | In Holidays, West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | Comments Off

Good morning! First, for those who aren’t off this holiday, the transportation info:

(Latest bridge and Viaduct views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
METRO BUSES: “Reduced weekday/no UW” schedule
WATER TAXIS: Not running
WASHINGTON STATE FERRIES: Regular schedule
SOUND TRANSIT: Regular schedule
PARKING ON CITY STREETS: No charge today in other neighborhoods’ pay station/meter spots

Other King Day notes: No school; government facilities closed, including city-run community centers/pools; libraries closed; Senior Center closed

From the calendar:

MLK DAY OF SERVICE – VOLUNTEER IN THE WEST DUWAMISH GREENBELT: While most MLK Day of Service projects required pre-registration, if you’re looking for something to help with today, the Nature Consortium has a volunteer work party in the West Duwamish Greenbelt, continuing to help restore the forest. Everything you need to help is provided; just show up. They’re working today in the Soundway section, gathering at Riverview Playfield, 10 am-2 pm. (7098 12th SW)

VETERANS’ FORUM: As previewed here Sunday night, the West Seattle Veteran Center will host a town-hall forum tonight, 7-9 pm, for veterans, family members, and caregivers, focused on VA claims issues. (3618 SW Alaska)

West Seattle post-holiday scene: Rainbow Girls’ tree-cycling

January 4, 2014 at 3:10 pm | In Environment, Holidays, West Seattle news | 1 Comment

With the second truckload of trees dropped off during their Christmas-tree-recycling fundraiser at the Alki Masonic Center in The Junction today are West Seattle Rainbow Girls (from left) Zoë, Kyla, Esther, Destiny, and Laurel. This is the sixth year of tree-cycling for the group, and we haven’t heard from any other West Seattle organizations doing it, so if you missed it, here’s how to work with the city to recycle yours, and some ideas on how to handle it in a home garden.

West Seattle holiday aftermath: Tossing the tree this weekend?

January 3, 2014 at 12:28 pm | In Environment, Holidays, West Seattle news | 1 Comment

Of course, by “tossing” your tree, we mean “recycling.” We published information about your options here right after Christmas, but you might have missed it, so here’s that link again. Short story even shorter: You have nine more days for free tree-cycling through the city (curbside or Transfer Station), or you can support the West Seattle Rainbow Girls via their annual tree-dropoff fundraiser tomorrow, 10 am-2 pm at 40th/Edmunds in The Junction.

West Seattle New Year’s Day 2014: Biggest Polar Bear Swim ever

January 1, 2014 at 12:21 pm | In Holidays, Seen at sea, West Seattle news | 9 Comments

(First two photos by Craig Young)
Looked to us like the biggest Alki Beach New Year’s Day Polar Bear Swim yet!

Organizer Mark Ufkes (below) thought that was a fair assessment.

(This and subsequent photos/video by WSB’s Patrick Sand unless otherwise credited)
Here’s our video as the hundreds of participants took the plunge from 42-degree air into 46-degree water:

12:42 PM: More photos added, ahead:

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West Seattle New Year’s Day 2014: The (brief) fireworks view

January 1, 2014 at 11:43 am | In Holidays, West Seattle news | 3 Comments

As mentioned earlier – in case you weren’t well aware – the New Year arrived wrapped in a thick blanket of fog. If you had hoped to watch the Space Needle fireworks from West Seattle, as many do each year, it was all but impossible. This morning, we did get this lone photo from Ryan O’Keven (thank you!), who took it in the early seconds, before the fog thickened even more.

West Seattle New Year’s Day 2014: Transit, coffee, restaurants, Polar Bear Swim…

January 1, 2014 at 6:12 am | In Holidays, West Seattle news | 3 Comments

(Pigeon Guillemots, photographed in West Seattle by Mark Wangerin)
A brand-new year has taken wing! Welcome to 2014; here’s our roundup of what’s up:

LOOKING FOR COFFEE? Here’s our list featuring some coffee shops that told us they would be open today. (Businesses do sometimes change their mind about holidays after we check – so please let us know if you find a discrepancy.)

LOOKING FOR RESTAURANTS? Here’s that list. Same caveat as above.

TRANSIT/TRANSPORTATION: Metro buses are on a Sunday schedule King County Water Taxis are NOT running today … The Fauntleroy/Vashon/Southworth state-ferry route is on a regular weekday scheduleSound Transit buses are on a Sunday schedule … In the areas of the city with pay-station on-street parking, it’s free today.

New Year’s Day events:

TAKE A WALK: Any time between 9 am and noon, you can head out on a mapped 5K or 10K walk planned by Emerald City Wanderers, departing from St. John the Baptist Church. Details here. (California/Hanford)

TAKE THE PLUNGE: 10 am sharp (you’re advised to get there early), on Alki Beach across from Duke’s, join the annual Polar Bear Plunge/Swim/run-in-and-run-out event – details here. (58th/Alki)

P.S. So foggy at midnight, we hear the customary Space Needle fireworks views from West Seattle weren’t so great. Here’s the KING 5 video – foggy *AT* the Needle too, but the colorful official-broadcast view was the best available.

Yes, there IS an Alki Beach Polar Bear Swim on New Year’s Day!

December 31, 2013 at 1:55 pm | In Holidays, Seen at sea, West Seattle news | 9 Comments

(New Year’s Day 2013 photo by Nick Adams)
Four people have asked about it in the past half-hour, so we’re thinking more than a few missed our first word on December 22nd that the Alki Beach Polar Bear Swim is definitely ON again tomorrow. So – here’s the reminder! 10 am New Year’s Day, gather on the beach across from Duke’s (map); better to be early than late, says organizer Mark Ufkes. As he observes, “This is a great way to wash away the complexities of 2013 and welcome the unlimited possibilities of 2014.”

West Seattle New Year’s Eve 2013: Parade, parties, lights…

December 31, 2013 at 11:56 am | In Holidays, West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | 2 Comments

(January 1, 2013, Space Needle fireworks, photographed by David Hutchinson)
Happy final day of 2013! Today’s highlights list focuses on some of your options for tonight, besides watching the fabled Space Needle fireworks, whether in person or on screen. You can get started before dark:

NEW YEAR’S EVE WALK: Any time between 4 and 7 pm, you can start a 5- or 10-kilometer West Seattle walk mapped out by the Emerald City Wanderers, starting at St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church. Details in our preview, which notes the New Year’s Day walking plan, too. (California/Hanford)

Once it’s dark, you can start your night with one last look at some of West Seattle’s brightest Christmas-lights shows:

WEST SEATTLE LIGHTS FINALE: Tonight is closing night for the music-and-movement West Seattle Lights/Helmstetler Family Spectacular show.

Creator Jim Winder says you can help them hit a charity milestone:

Last Show Of The 2013 Season Is New Year’s Eve – Also your last chance to be involved in a momentous last four years of giving by the West Seattle Community!!!

West Seattleites (and those visiting from out of town) have been in a giving spirit since Christmas Eve as YOU have donated over $900 and 300 lbs of foodstuffs for our two charities…the West Seattle Food Bank and The Northwest Parkinson Foundation. Soooo…we are that much closer to collecting $10,000 for our two charities since 2010!!
Only $89 to go!! Thank you, West Seattle!!!!

Jim says this year’s giving has already passed last year’s total – $2,777 so far. Tonight’s schedule is 4 pm-midnight; if you’re not going tonight but you want to donate (everything goes to the nonprofits – nothing for show operations), you can do that online. What? Haven’t been? Find WS Lights at 39th and Charlestown.

WEST SEATTLE YULETIDE: This new music-and-movement display now has a name, and a website! Ken Iverson says they’ve dubbed the show at 4120 38th SW “West Seattle Yuletide”:

You’ll find WSY online at westseattleyuletide.blogspot.com, and Ken says the show IS on tonight.

MENASHE FAMILY LIGHTS: The biggest and brightest display in West Seattle is still on too! (5605 Beach Drive SW)

Then:

HIGHLAND PARK’S NOT-SO-SILENT NIGHT PARADE, FIRE PERFORMANCE, CORNER BAR: Highland Park Improvement Club is a one-stop shop for a multifaceted New Year’s Eve. The night starts with the parade, all ages, everyone welcome, leaving from the HPIC parking lot around 6:30 pm. Bring lights and noisemakers to parade through nearby neighborhoods:

Then it’s back to the lot for the Sage Comet Fire Performance, and then inside for HPIC’s special New Year’s Eve edition of the Corner Bar. Details on all of the above are here, as well as on the HPIC website. (12th/Holden)

Last but not least – bar parties! No matter where you prefer to drink, we bet they have a party. Here are the venues we have heard from:

SKYLARK: New Year’s Eve Prom Party with Baby Ketten Karaoke, starting at 8 pm – Facebook invite here. (3803 Delridge Way SW)

BAMBOO BENEFIT: Bamboo Grill on Alki is having a dance party starting at 8:30 pm and collecting donations for the American Cancer Society. Here’s the Facebook invite. (2806 Alki SW)

FEEDBACK LOUNGE: Fifth annual New Year’s Eve Party at The Feedback (WSB sponsor) with the Disco Cowboys, starting at 9 pm. Details in our calendar listing. (6451 California SW)

NEW YEAR’S EVE AT OUTWEST BAR: The lineup from OutWest: “A ‘White Party’! We’ll have a Video DJ, White Winter Jello Shots, a hosted Champagne Toast at midnight and a special guest vocalist to sing Auld Lang Syne.” (5401 California SW)

THE BENBOW ROOM: Live music starts at 9:30 pm – details in our calendar listing. (4210 SW Admiral Way)

And if you’d rather just take a walk on the beach:

LOW-LOW TIDE: -2.9 feet just before 10 pm, according to our favorite tide chart.

As for the Space Needle fireworks – just one word of advice: If you’re heading down to the north/northeast-facing shore to watch them from here – or one of the official viewpoints – do NOT wait until the last minute; in our experience, things start getting crazy by 10 pm.

West Seattle scene: Looks like Santa didn’t go back to the North Pole immediately

December 28, 2013 at 3:43 pm | In Holidays, West Seattle news, WS & Sports | 3 Comments

You didn’t think Santa Claus went right back to the North Pole as soon as Christmas deliveries were done, did you? Al shares these scenes from the West Seattle Golf Course on Thursday – the day after Christmas.

Keep an eye out for the Easter Bunny next.

West Seattle New Year’s Eve: Highland Park Improvement Club finalizes Not-So-Silent-Night Parade, Corner Bar plan

December 27, 2013 at 10:05 pm | In Fun stuff to do, Holidays, West Seattle news | 2 Comments

Continuing our previews of ways you can celebrate New Year’s Eve without leaving West Seattle:

(December 31, 2012, WSB photo by Nick Adams)
Highland Park Improvement Club has finalized the schedule for its New Year’s Eve extravaganza. Once again this year, the Not-So-Silent-Night parade through the nearby neighborhood will kick it off – all ages welcome. Gather with noisemakers, flashlights, etc., in the HPIC parking lot at 12th and Holden starting at 6 pm. The parade – fifth annual, by our count – heads out at 6:30 or “when everyone’s ready.” After half an hour or so, it’s back to the HPIC parking lot for the don’t-miss Sage Comet fire performance around 7; then inside for the special New Year’s Eve edition of HPIC’s popular pop-up Corner Bar, otherwise a “first Friday” fixture. 8-10 pm, Choroloco plays Brazilian jazz; DJs Rich and Evan take over from 10 pm “until 2014.” You don’t have to be a Highland Park’er to join the party – they welcome one and all.

Not working (offpeninsula) today? Post Office ‘flash mob’ at noon!

December 27, 2013 at 9:45 am | In Holidays, How to help, West Seattle news | 4 Comments

Free at noon? In West Seattle or able to get back here? Liz Latham invites you to be part of this gesture of gratitude at the Junction post office:

Attention, West Seattleites!!!!

I have just organized a flash mob and you are all invited to the West Seattle Post office where at noon today we will thank our postal workers and give them pizza for all their hard work and efforts this holiday season. We are going to sing the song FOR YOU ARE JOLLY GOOD POSTAL WORKERS to the Tune of for He’s a Jolly Good Fellow. Here’s the lyrics:

NOTE: WE ARE GOING TO SING THIS TWO TIMES IN A ROW AT LEAST…

For You are jolly good postal workers,
for you are jolly good postal workers,
for you are jolly good postal workers
we thank you for all you have done,
we thank you for all you have done,
we thank you for all you have done,
for you are jolly good postal workers,
we thank you for all you have done!

Then we end it by shouting the words, “Thank you West Seattle Postal workers for all you have done!

LYRICS COURTESY OF LIZ LATHAM, SEATTLE CLEANING SERVICE and LizardProductions.com

PIZZA FROM LIZ LATHAM, FORMER SEATTLE MAYOR GREG NICKELS AND THE CITIZENS OF WEST SEATTLE

West Seattle holidays: Celebrate New Year’s Eve/Day on foot

December 26, 2013 at 9:49 pm | In Holidays, West Seattle news | Comments Off

With less than a week remaining in 2013, our holiday-info focus turns to New Year’s Eve and Day. We’ll be adding more info to that final section of the WSB Holiday Guide, but tonight, from a listing already there, we’re spotlighting the one activity that covers both days!From Emerald City Wanderers:

Walk with us to celebrate the end of 2013 and the start of 2014! It’s a fun and healthy way to enjoy New Year’s Eve and Day, walking with family, friends and other kindred spirits. We’ll have 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 to chase away any chills. Walks start on New Year’s Eve anytime between 4 and 7 PM, and on New Year’s Day between 9 AM and 12 noon, at St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church in West Seattle. 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 features beautiful views of the City. The 10-kilometer route heads down to Alki and features the lights on and around Puget Sound, Elliott Bay and downtown Seattle. Flashlights will be helpful.

On New Year’s Day, the 5- and 10-kilometer routes take walkers through the Alaska Junction. 5K walkers wander back to the start through quiet neighborhoods. 10K walkers walk along the Puget Sound shoreline, through a number of parks and shoreline features. This event is hosted by the Emerald City Wanderers and St John the Baptist Episcopal Church, and is sanctioned by the American Volkssport Association. Information about volkssports will be available.

St. John’s is just south of West Seattle High School, at California/Hanford.

P.S. New Year’s events to add to the guide? Please e-mail us – editor@westseattleblog.com – thank you!

West Seattle holidays: Dreaming of a green post-Christmas – tree recycling and more

December 26, 2013 at 9:42 am | In Environment, Holidays, West Seattle news | 5 Comments

TREE-CYCLING: We are the last people to suggest you should rush that tree right out the door now that Christmas is over (unless it’s so dry that it’s a fire hazard). But this IS the first official day of the city’s free post-holiday tree recycling, which continues through January 12th. Here’s the city rundown of info on how to put out your tree for curbside recycling OR how to take it to the nearby South Transfer Station, which is OK with trees/sections up to 8 feet long, while the curbside limit is 6 feet per tree/section.

P.S. You can also support a local youth group via tree-cycling; the West Seattle Rainbow Girls‘ sixth annual Christmas Tree Recycling Fundraiser is set for Saturday, January 4th, at the Alki Masonic Center, with tree dropoff 10 am-2 pm and a suggested donation of $5 per tree.

OTHER HOLIDAY RECYCLING INFO … from “packing peanuts” to batteries to old Christmas lights, recycling info is here, again courtesy of Seattle Public Utilities.

West Seattle Art Attack returns with Christmas 2013 surprises

December 25, 2013 at 11:56 pm | In Holidays, West Seattle news, WS culture/arts | 4 Comments

A surprise before we close the books on Christmas 2013 – a communique late tonight from West Seattle Art Attack, the local glass artist who, with accomplices, has “attacked” unsuspecting locals with creations over the past six years or so (we first heard from WSAA in 2007, and most recently in 2012). These photos were included with this note:

The West Seattle Art Attack team pulled off another Christmas assault hitting well-decorated houses from Alki to Fauntleroy. The team picked about a dozen houses at random that just felt like they deserved a little gift. Many more were selected, but there were too many people out and about, and the “attackers” were spooked. Happy holidays and Merry Christmas, West Seattle!

Maybe you were a recipient – take a close look when you go outside tomorrow!

West Seattle Christmas Day 2013: Coffee, restaurants, grocery stores, lights, transportation, more

December 25, 2013 at 5:40 am | In Holidays, West Seattle news | 10 Comments

December in Seattle.

(Photo by Danny McMillin, shared via the WSB Flickr group)
Merry Christmas! We start the day with our traditional attempt at holiday helpfulness:

WHO’S OPEN FOR COFFEE: Here’s our list. If a West Seattle coffee shop told us during our recent round of calls that they would be open today, that’s noted here. Not necessarily an all-inclusive list, though we try our best, so if you find that someone is open but not on the list, please let us know! Same goes for any other change.

WHICH RESTAURANTS ARE OPEN? Here’s the list. Similar caveats.

WHICH GROCERY STORES ARE OPEN? Here’s the list. Since it’s a short list, it also mentions who’s definitely closed.

CHRISTMAS LIGHTS MAP: Going out to look at lights tonight? See the map on the WSB Holiday Guide page.

TRANSPORTATION: Metro is on a Sunday schedule today. … The West Seattle and Vashon Water Taxis do NOT run today. … Washington State Ferries‘ Fauntleroy/Vashon/Southworth route is on a regular weekday schedule. … Sound Transit is on a Sunday schedule. … In Seattle neighborhoods with city pay stations/meters, parking is free today.

DINNER AND TOY GIVEAWAY FOR FAMILIES WITHOUT HOMES: The Skate Church is offering dinner and toys to homeless families 2-7 pm in their basement HQ at West Seattle Baptist Church. (4157 California SW)

West Seattle Christmas Eve 2013: Holiday card from the air

December 24, 2013 at 6:41 pm | In Holidays, West Seattle news | 4 Comments

Gatewood photographer/pilot Long B. Nguyen sent that view of West Seattle (and beyond) – photographed on Monday – for us to share with you as a “holiday card from the air.” In turn, we thank him for sharing so many images – most, but not all, from the sky – in recent years! (Click the photo for a larger view.)

West Seattle Christmas Eve 2013: Lights, churches, restaurants, grocery stores…

December 24, 2013 at 9:51 am | In Holidays, West Seattle news | 3 Comments

That’s the McKean home between Schmitz Park and Madison – just added to our map (see below), one of the lists we put together each year in hopes of being helpful during the holidays. For this Christmas Eve, our daily preview is all about the lists:

CHRISTMAS LIGHTS MAP: You can go directly to its page on Google Maps, or see it in the WSB Holiday Events/Info Guide. Click any icon for the address, and links to get directions and other information. (Note that the music-synched West Seattle Lights/Helmstetler Family Spectacular is on until midnight tonight, with free hot chocolate 6-8 pm – remember to bring your West Seattle Food Bank donation or donate online.) Thanks to everyone who has sent suggestions and/or photos this season – and thanks to everyone who has taken the time to decorate, brightening the season for passers-by!

RESTAURANTS OPEN CHRISTMAS EVE AND/OR DAY: Here’s the list – please note the caveats!

(added) TACO TRUCK FREEBIES: 11 am-3 pm today, Taqueria El Antojo, the truck in the Short Stop lot north of Morgan Junction Park, is giving away food for Customer Appreciation Day.

GROCERY STORE HOURS FOR CHRISTMAS EVE/DAY: Here’s the list, including when they’re closing tonight and who’s closed tomorrow.

CHRISTMAS EVE CHURCH SERVICES: See the WSB Holiday Guide for the churches that sent us their service times/info for tonight (thank you!).

(added) NEED SOMETHING WRAPPED? From the Holiday Guide – Furry Faces Foundation and AARF have one last “Wrap It Up” (by donation for their animal-advocacy work) event, 2-7 pm today at Beveridge Place Pub. (6413 California SW)

CHRISTMAS DAY COFFEE: This info is mostly helpful tomorrow, but in case you want to plan ahead, here’s the list. Caveats here too, and as with restaurants, if you as a customer discover last-minute changes, or if you as a proprietor make last-minute changes, please let us know, since we’re here 24/7/365 as always.

Local shopping hours today? We just didn’t have the bandwidth to canvass local stores too BUT you are welcome to comment on this story if you’re open for last-minute shoppers!

West Seattle Christmas Eve-Eve: More holiday-info lists

December 23, 2013 at 7:33 pm | In Holidays, West Seattle news | 1 Comment

If you’re planning ahead for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, we’ve added more lists. In addition to the restaurant list, we also now have published of where you’ll find coffee, and what hours grocery stores will be open. For Christmas Eve church services, see the WSB Holiday Guide, where New Year’s Eve/Day information can be found too.

West Seattle holiday scene: Illusions Hair Design’s open house

December 23, 2013 at 4:50 pm | In Holidays, West Seattle businesses, West Seattle news | 1 Comment

Here’s one place you can shop late tonight: Illusions Hair Design (WSB sponsor) is open until 8:30. And you don’t have to have a hair appointment to stop by – Illusions has purses, jewelry, and scarves, and they’re on sale. Treats too; Illusions is at 5619 California SW. This is, so far as we know, the last West Seattle business holiday open house of the season – we featured many others in the Holiday Guide and here on the news page over the past month or so.

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