West Seattle Halloween 2015: Admiral District trick-or-treating set for October 30th

October 3, 2015 at 10:26 am | In Holidays, West Seattle businesses, West Seattle news | 2 Comments

(WSB photos from 2014 Admiral District trick-or-treating)
Exactly four weeks until Halloween! The Admiral District will again welcome kids for trick-or-treating, this time, on the day before Halloween, Friday, October 30th, 3-6 pm. This year’s volunteer publicist is Admiral business owner Brent Amacher, who points out that this is a truly grass-roots event, as the business district has no official organization, doesn’t collect fees, just puts up a sign – this one, in fact, is what you’ll see:

Amacher observes, “It’s become one of the best-loved Halloween events in Seattle. I personally go through bags and bags and bags of candy every year.” Last year we photographed him on candy-handout duty, in fact:

He continues, “Kids and parents line up around the block in costumes getting their Halloween action on early … We live in such a great area, and traditions like this make West Seattle truly special. This event is part of our heritage. It makes me proud to see the tradition continue as West Seattle continues to grow.”

P.S. We’ll be launching our annual WSB Halloween page this week, so if you’re having a Halloween/seasonal event that’s open to the public, please send information ASAP – flyers/posters not necessary, just plain text in the body of your e-mail, with a webpage link if you have one – editor@westseattleblog.com – thanks!

ATTENTION, ARTISTS: Holiday/pre-holiday events looking for you (and the work you want to sell), ASAP

September 30, 2015 at 8:59 am | In Holidays, West Seattle news, WS culture/arts | No Comments

Last day of September, and the holidays are in view. Three events are inviting artists to apply, with deadlines coming up fast:

ART UNDER $100: Deadline is TOMORROW for South Park Arts‘ annual mega-event Art Under $100, happening again this year at the Seattle Design Center. While the event isn’t until December 12th (1-8 pm), the application deadline is October 1st, and you’ll find all the info on the application page – just go here.

FALL ART OPENING AT ‘THE BUILDING’: October 14th is the deadline to apply to be part of this event in Gatewood. The announcement:

Our Fall Art Opening is free and open to the public! We will be featuring local artists’ works, music, & food, just in time to kick-start the Holiday Season. We hope that you can join us for this amazing night!!

We are looking for artists doing work in different mediums at a variety of price points for the holiday season.

The Building’s 3rd Annual, Fall Art Opening!
Saturday, November 14th
5:00-10:00 pm
4316 SW Othello St.m West Seattle

E-mail Submission Deadline is October 14th, $25 participation fee once accepted. Please email samples of your work with a detailed description and prices to Brenda Scallon – brenda@acaravan.com – thank you in advance for your participation; we look forward to seeing your work!

HIGHLAND PARK IMPROVEMENT CLUB BAZAAR: Handmade arts and crafts are what organizers want to see from vendors at HPIC‘s annual bazaar, also set for November 14th (daytime – 10 am-3 pm). Find out more, including contact info, on the HPIC website.

With holidays on the horizon: The General Store Seattle creating first-ever Live Life Local Collective Convention

September 27, 2015 at 10:03 am | In Holidays, West Seattle businesses, West Seattle news | No Comments

No, we’re not going to put up a countdown clock ticking away your shopping days, etc. But some advance work IS required for holiday bazaars and other events – including one that’s brand new this year and all about one of our favorite words, “local”:

The General Store Seattle (3400 Harbor Ave. SW; WSB sponsor) is uniquely dedicated to All Things Local. And so proprietor Claire E. Jones is organizing and presenting the first-ever (and first-annual) Live Life Local Collective Convention, noon-6 pm Saturday, November 7th, at West Seattle’s own Youngstown Cultural Arts Center.

The event itself is just under six weeks away – but here’s what you can do right now:

*Go here to sign up online for your FREE ticket (it’ll be $3 at the door)
*Become a sponsor or donor
*Volunteer to work at the event and support local
*Apply for the paid position of assistant organizer, who, Claire says, will “help plan and run the event”

For #3 and #4 above, e-mail claire@thegeneralstoreseattle.com – she would also be happy to hear from anyone with ideas or suggestions for the Live Life Local Collective Convention.

DEADLINE: Want to show/sell at the Fauntleroy Fine Art & Holiday Gift Show? Apply by tomorrow!

September 14, 2015 at 12:14 pm | In Fauntleroy, Holidays, West Seattle news, WS culture/arts | No Comments

(Silkscreener Shino Mikami, right, was one of 15 West Seattle artists at last year’s Fauntleroy show)

The photo and final reminder are from Judy Pickens – please note, if you’re interested, that the deadline is TOMORROW:

September 15 is the deadline for West Seattle artists and creative crafters to apply for the eighth annual Fauntleroy Fine Art & Holiday Gift Show Nov. 6-8. Details and application form are at www.fauntleroyucc.org.

Any other shows/bazaars/etc. accepting vendor applications, please let us know so we can share your announcements too. We’re also already adding holiday-season events to the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar – follow that link to see not only listings but also guidelines for sending information about announcements year-round … bottom line is always, the sooner the better!

LABOR DAY 2015: What’s happening (and not) on the holiday

September 7, 2015 at 6:03 am | In Holidays, West Seattle news | 8 Comments

(Photo tweeted by Jim, who says it was taken from Duwamish Head with the help of binoculars)

For the holiday, we’re combining the what-you-need-to-know notes with what’s scheduled for today. First, the former:

No daily traffic/transit roundup, since most people are off. You can see area traffic cams and get info (including a link to the city map with travel times) on the WSB West Seattle Traffic page.

*Metro Transit is on a Sunday schedule
*West Seattle Water Taxi is on a Sunday schedule
*Sound Transit Route 560 is on a Sunday schedule
*Washington State Ferries‘ Fauntleroy-Vashon-Southworth route is on a Sunday schedule

‘PARKING HOLIDAY’: No pay stations on city streets in West Seattle, but if you’re outbound, no charge in the neighborhoods that do, because this is a “parking holiday.”

TRASH/RECYCLING PICKUP: If you are a Monday customer, it’s a normal pickup day.

SEATTLE PARKS: Here’s the citywide Parks lineup for what’s open/closed, including the last day of operation for outdoor aquatic facilities (wading pools are weather-dependent, keep in mind, so the one in Lincoln Park might not be open after all, but Colman Pool and Highland Park Spraypark *will be*).

LIBRARIES: All Seattle Public Library branches are closed today.

Now, a few event notes for today:

LABOR DAY PICNIC/FLAG RAISING: 11 am-3 pm at Alki Masonic Center, you’re invited to a potluck picnic (bring a dish to share) and flag-raising ceremony (noon) – details here. (40th SW & SW Edmunds)

LAST CHANCE TO TOUR THE ALKI POINT LIGHTHOUSE: 1-4 pm, the Coast Guard Auxiliary hosts one last day of tours at the historic lighthouse before the season ends. Last tour at 3:40 pm. (3201 Alki SW)

WEST SEATTLE HI-YU MEETING: 7 pm at Admiral Congregational Church, all members urged to attend to talk about logistics for the year ahead. (California SW & SW Hill)

Have a great holiday! And if you see/hear news … 206-293-6302 text/voice if it’s happening now, editor@westseattleblog.com if it’s not urgent.

TOMORROW: You’re invited to a Labor Day flag ceremony & picnic

September 6, 2015 at 11:02 am | In Holidays, West Seattle news | Comments Off

(WSB photo from 2012 flag ceremony at Masonic Center)

In case you haven’t seen it in our calendar yet – here’s an early alert for a community event you might want to attend tomorrow in honor of Labor Day. From the Alki Masonic Center:

We hope you’ll join us this Monday, September 7th, for our annual Labor Day Flag Ceremony and Potluck Picnic. We’ll be retiring our current flag; then unfolding and raising a new flag at 12:00 noon, following by a potluck picnic. All are welcome – we hope you’ll join us!

WHEN: Labor Day, Monday, September 7, 2015 11 am – 3:00 pm (Flag Ceremony Begins at Noon)
WHERE: Alki Masonic Center, 4736 40th Ave SW
BRING: A Lunch Dish to Share
WHO: All Are Welcome!

Oh, say, does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O’er the land of the free, and the home of the brave!
Francis Scott Key
September 14, 1814

West Seattle 4th of July aftermath: The mess left behind

July 5, 2015 at 7:06 pm | In Environment, Holidays, Safety, West Seattle news | 38 Comments

ORIGINAL REPORT, 7:06 PM SUNDAY: Still a few hours of light left … so if you haven’t been out patroling your neighborhood, and/or your nearest park, consider this:

Karen Allan made sent that, explaining:

When my kiddo was little, I used to say “In this town, what’s on the ground is swept into the Sound.” So if you see bits and pieces of the things that went bang, pop, and KABOOM on your block, please consider sweeping them up. Grab a bucket, broom and perhaps a neighbor and make a little outing out of it.

Here’s some of what Karen found near 29th and Othello:

She added, “Unfortunately, there is a lot more fireworks debris in the storm drains that I can’t
get to. It will all end up in the Sound with the next big rainfall.”

Some of the holiday-leftover trash and debris was already near the Sound in the first place: . We also heard from Chris Porter, who lives near Lincoln Park and spent time there this morning to help clean up. It wasn’t just fireworks debris he found:

The spectacular fireworks last night are only secondary to the enormous disaster of trash left behind the next day. I spent this morning picking up as much fireworks debris and trash as I could. I have forgotten about what happens to parks after summer holidays.

East to west, north to south, many other West Seattle neighbors were also out today, cleaning up the mess somebody else left behind. Travis Houston sent photos from Riverview Playfield:

We also stopped by Riverview before neighbors were done with their herculean cleanup:

Crossing the peninsula over to Alki, Kim sent the next photo, saying this was what just one small part of Bar-S Playfields looked like before she got to it with her broom:

Even in the unincorporated area where fireworks are legal on the 4th of July, the “legal” time period expired 18+ hours ago … but we’re still hearing dispatches on the scanner, including a fireworks call at Highland Park Elementary a short time ago and “brush fire” calls around the city (see photos in earlier reports here, here, and here).

ADDED MONDAY MORNING: Just sent by Chris:

I picked up a box full of spent fireworks debris on the playground at Gatewood Elementary this morning. The haul included one live mortar. Glad I found it and not some kids.

West Seattle 4th of July 2015: Night notes

July 4, 2015 at 11:23 pm | In Holidays, West Seattle news, WS breaking news | 74 Comments

(Video sent Saturday night by Bradi, with the sound of fireworks in Roxhill area)
11:23 PM: Throughout the day, we’ve published standalone reports on incidents including “brush fires” blamed on fireworks. For the rest of the night, barring a major incident, we’re going to do what we did last year – keep a rolling log of what we’re hearing on the scanner and/or from reader reports. Earlier links, for starters:

*Sylvan Way brush fire, blamed on fireworks thrown from car
*Gatewood tree burned, blamed on fireworks

And remember, if you find or lose a pet, the WSB Lost/Found Pets page is the place to check first – if there’s no match, e-mail us info (and a photo if available), editor@westseattleblog.com – it’s been a very busy night there already.

11:55 PM: Shortly after this comment about traffic on Admiral leaving Alki, we’re hearing police trying to catch a hit-run suspect described as driving erratically on eastbound Admiral (didn’t catch the cross-street).

12:14 AM: In the Alki area, police are checking out a report that someone was being yelled at about their fireworks by a neighbor, with an implied threat of a weapon.

12:54 AM: Just heard Engine 37 go by – the 911 log says it’s en route to a “dumpster fire” at Lincoln Park.

2:37 AM: Since last we wrote, another “brush fire” call – 4800 block of 45th SW at 1:30 am.

8:55 AM POSTSCRIPT: If you were one of the many caring neighbors out cleaning up debris this morning and took any photos, please consider sending: editor@westseattleblog.com – thanks.

1:16 PM: We’re still collecting debris photos for a followup later today. Meantime, we just received this photo of the aftermath from the aforementioned 1:30 am brush-fire call:

The photo was sent by the homeowner’s parent. “Hard to believe it wasn’t intentional as it was a large fountain-type device thrown into the bushes next to her van, and there were no other fireworks in the area.”

REPORT #2: See the 2015 West Seattle 4th of July Kids’ Parade, start to finish!

July 4, 2015 at 11:15 pm | In Holidays, West Seattle news | 3 Comments

(WSB video/photos unless otherwise credited)
Every year we record the West Seattle 4th of July Kids’ Parade, start to finish – and this year was the longest! The hotter-than-normal temperature didn’t dissuade hundreds of kids and their families from walking and rolling along the route – as you can see above. Before the half-mile stroll through North Admiral, paraders were treated to the national anthem as sung again this year by Leilani Nitkey:

At the end, that’s this year’s parade emcee Josh Sutton from the West Seattle YMCA and parade coordinator Jackie Clough from Alki Party Treasures (APT and the Y are both WSB sponsors). Hi-Yu royalty spoke briefly – mentioning upcoming events including the Concert in the Park at Hiawatha with the West Seattle Big Band (7 pm Tuesday, July 14th) – and then carried the banner as the parade began:

The goal for many: Be as red, white, and blue as you can!

This also was definitely an occasion for shades:

Even better, a parade in which it was cool to have your OWN shade:

Helmets were fashionable as well:

(Thanks to Marilyn for that photo)
For some, the parade was so relaxing, a nap was in order:

Others bravely marched along:

You could get a sense of the parade’s scale, looking along the final leg of the route leading to Hamilton Viewpoint Park:

A cooling view of Elliott Bay awaited:

(Thanks to Laura Frampton for that photo)
In the park, the classic sack races awaited:

Fun even for some of those who took a tumble:

Coordinator Jackie had guest emcees for the races – we showed you two in our first report. Another community leader who helped out, Merica Whitehall from Nature Consortium (WSB sponsor):

Seattle Fire‘s Engine 29 was there for mini-tours, after helping lead the parade:

And so were Seattle Police officers:

Concessions were provided by the Admiral Neighborhood Association, which did a booming business:

We’ll mention it one more time – this is a community-presented parade, and the costs for insurance, among other things, are considerable; if you can chip in to help cover the costs (including helping make sure the parade returns next year), you can do it online.

(And if your family had fun being part of the parade – you might consider joining in the West Seattle Rotary-presented Kiddie Parade before the West Seattle Grand Parade in two weeks; meet at California/Genesee at 11 am Saturday, July 18th.)

West Seattle 4th of July scene: Fireworks-viewing stakeout

July 4, 2015 at 2:50 pm | In Holidays, West Seattle news | Comments Off

If you’re planning to watch the Lake Union fireworks from Harbor Avenue and haven’t already staked out a spot, don’t wait too much longer – this creative setup was just one of dozens of viewing stations we noticed while driving from Alki along Duwamish Head and past Don Armeni and Seacrest a little earlier this afternoon, some along the street like this, others on the grass in the parks, with and without tents. As noted on our 4th of July info page, the Seafair-presented show at Lake Union is scheduled to start at 10:20 pm.

West Seattle 4th of July 2015: What you need to know

July 4, 2015 at 7:51 am | In Holidays, West Seattle news | Comments Off

(Photo by Yuri Levchenko, shared via the WSB Flickr group)
Again this year, we have your 4th of July info all in one place – the West Seattle 4th of July page. That includes the 10 am Kids’ Parade (bring diapers for WestSide Baby!) and noon Log House Museum picnic (including the 1 pm Homestead photo), plus today’s transit changes, and a few notes about watching fireworks tonight.

(Photo by Ann Anderson)
WEATHER & WATER: The National Weather Service still has a “heat advisory” in effect; Delridge, Hiawatha, and Lincoln Park wading pools are open today, as is Highland Park Spraypark – see the hours and addresses here. Also open: Outdoor Colman Pool on the shore at Lincoln Park – see the schedule here. (Indoor Southwest Pool is NOT open today.)

Three West Seattle 4th of July 2015 notes: Page; picnic; parade!

July 3, 2015 at 1:37 pm | In Fun stuff to do, Holidays, West Seattle news | Comments Off

Three notes as we look ahead to Independence Day:

PAGE: Check out the WSB West Seattle 4th of July page – your one-stop shop for what’s happening tomorrow. That includes not only fireworks info, activities, practical details like transit changes, but also restaurants/coffee shops that plan to be open, provided they’ve reached out to let us know – we just need a quick note, editor@westseattleblog.com – thanks!

PICNIC: If the Southwest Seattle Historical Society‘s membership/”friend-making” picnic wasn’t already on your list, here’s one reason to think about stopping by:

(2010 photo by Jean Sherrard)
On the 5th anniversary of that group photo taken in front of the Alki Homestead/Fir Lodge to underscore that “This Place Matters,” those in attendance at tomorrow’s picnic will walk over for a new group photo, another commemoration of the fact that restoration is finally under way. That’s happening at around 1 pm Saturday; the picnic starts at noon and continues until around 3 pm, with SWSHS providing fried chicken in honor of the Homestead (long known for that dish) and lemonade – just bring a side dish to share. The picnic’s at SWSHS headquarters, the Log House Museum, 61st/Stevens.

PARADE: Bought your diaper donation yet? The local families served by WestSide Baby will be thrilled with whatever you can bring to the West Seattle 4th of July Kids’ Parade to give. Full parade details here – if you’re planning to be part of it, show up at 44th/Sunset by 10 am tomorrow. (The diaper dropbox will be at the blue house by the start of the route; also look for the donation boxes where you can chip in to help cover parade costs – voluntary but appreciated!)

West Seattle Thursday: Low-low tide, wading pools, orchard…

July 2, 2015 at 9:58 am | In Holidays, West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | Comments Off

(Photo by JayDee, featuring the show Venus and Jupiter have been putting on)

With a “heat advisory” still in effect, it’s all about the water in today’s WSB West Seattle Event Calendar highlights:

WADING POOLS & SPRAYPARK: Open today – Highland Park Spraypark, 11 am-8 pm; Lincoln Park Wading Pool (8011 Fauntleroy Way SW), 11 am-8 pm; EC Hughes Wading Pool (2805 SW Holden), noon-7 pm; Hiawatha Wading Pool (Lander/Walnut), noon-6:30 pm.

LOW TIDE, WITH A GUIDE: It’s out to -2.6 feet at 11:46 this morning, one of the summer’s lowest low tides, so Seattle Aquarium volunteer beach naturalists are out again, 10 am-1:30 pm, at Constellation and Lincoln Parks, to answer your questions.

COMMUNITY ORCHARD OF WEST SEATTLE: 5-7 pm, visit the north end of the South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) campus to learn about the orchard and join the weekly work party. (6000 16th SW)

POKER AT THE FEEDBACK: 6 pm, free to play, at the air-conditioned Feedback Lounge. (6451 California SW)

MUSIC AND COFFEE: 7-9 pm, C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor) features Choro Tocando. (5612 California SW)

THE WEST SEATTLE 4TH OF JULY LIST … goes up soon. Something to add? editor@westseattleblog.com

West Seattle 4th of July Kids’ Parade 2015 countdown: 3 days!

July 1, 2015 at 2:13 pm | In Fun stuff to do, Holidays, West Seattle news | Comments Off

As reminded by our photo from last year, the West Seattle 4th of July Kids’ Parade isn’t “just” a parade – it’s also a fun family post-parade celebration with games on the green at Hamilton Viewpoint Park, all wrapped up in plenty of time for you to get your barbecue going, stake out your north-facing fireworks-watching spot, etc. Today, the key points:

WHEN/WHERE IT STARTS: 10 am Saturday, July 4th, at 44th & Sunset (map)
WHO’S IN IT: Whoever shows up! On foot, on bike, on scooter, on skateboard, in wagon, in stroller, etc.
WHO’S EMCEE’ING: Josh Sutton from the West Seattle YMCA (WSB sponsor)
WHO ELSE YOU’LL SEE: Guests include West Seattle Hi-Yu royalty
WHAT TO WEAR: Red, white, and blue if you can, NOT mandatory
WHAT TO BRING: Diapers for WestSide Baby
WHERE IT GOES: 44th to Atlantic to Palm, and remember traffic stops down a while as the parade crosses California
WHAT NOT TO DO: Please don’t park along the parade route

Also from parade coordinator Jackie Clough of Alki Party Treasures (WSB sponsor): The crowdfunding campaign to cover parade costs (especially insurance, which was picked up by a sponsor in previous years) continues – if you can drop a few dollars in the virtual kitty, please do it here. And if you can spare a little time that morning but aren’t planning to be IN the parade – more volunteer help would be awesome (e-mail jackie@alkipartytreasures.com). See you Saturday at the parade!

West Seattle 4th of July: What you need to know before you travel by state ferry

June 29, 2015 at 11:11 am | In Holidays, Transportation, West Seattle news | Comments Off

(Live camera for Fauntleroy ferry dock; find it any time on the WSB West Seattle Traffic page)
If state-ferry travel is part of your plan for the 4th of July weekend – Washington State Ferries has just put out a quick guide with reminders and changes. One of the latter affects the Fauntleroy-Vashon-Southworth route: On the 4th, an extra run will be added from Vashon to Fauntleroy at 11:25 pm. In general, the biggest crowds are expected westbound this Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, and then eastbound on Sunday. If you’re traveling through Colman Dock downtown, remember that waterfront construction continues to change the traffic patterns, so your route there or back might be different than last time you used the terminal. Whichever terminal(s) you’re using, you can check conditions via cameras and other info on the WSF site (here’s the full list of links to terminals), and bulletins go out on Twitter, too.

FOLLOWUP: Fireworks ban? No, say state officials – ‘not a current statewide fire emergency’

June 26, 2015 at 2:23 pm | In Holidays, Safety, West Seattle news | 44 Comments

Two days ago, we reported on a petition drive in which community advocates in two areas of urban unincorporated King County, including North Highline (White Center and vicinity), asked for an emergency ban on fireworks. County leaders said they don’t have the authority to do anything immediate, but the state does; we finally got a chance today to inquire with the State Fire Marshal’s Office. Deputy Fire Marshal Lysandra Davis replied, saying that only the governor has that authority, but that calling for one isn’t warranted right now. Here’s the entire reply:

Our office has received numerous inquiries on this matter, and we value and appreciate each and every one.

Because Washington is a Home Rule State, legislative authority to limit or prohibit the sale, purchase, possession, and/or use of consumer fireworks is only granted to city, municipal, and county governments. However, any ordinance adopted by a county or city has an effective date no sooner than one year after its adoption, per RCW 70.77.250 (4). Because State Fireworks Law does not provide the SFMO or any other local jurisdiction/agency the authority to temporarily ban
fireworks, even on an emergency basis, it is unlawful to do so.

The only person with the authority to issue a temporary ban on fireworks sales/usage is Governor Jay Inslee. This would be done through a State of Emergency Proclamation which normally prohibits activities that the Governor reasonably believes should be prohibited to help preserve and maintain life, health, property or public peace. In the past, when emergency proclamations have been issued during heavy wildland fires (usually occurring mid-July to August), fireworks usage and sales were already prohibited by State Fireworks Law.

The current burn ban that is in effect only applies to state forests, state parks and forestlands under Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) fire protection, including Department of Fish and Wildlife lands; it does not include cities, municipalities and/or counties. This ban prohibits outdoor burning and fireworks and incendiary devices (which are never legal on DNR-protected forestlands).

While these drought conditions we are facing may be unprecedented, there is not a current statewide fire emergency that would warrant the Governor to declare a State ban on fireworks.

What I can assure you of is that the State Fire Marshal’s Office is committed to promoting fire safety and injury prevention year round with our Celebrate Safely and Legally campaign — emphasizing “personal responsibility,” especially during these extremely dry weather conditions.

Fireworks are illegal in Seattle, but will be on sale, legally, in unincorporated King County starting this Sunday, where the law allows their use 9 am-midnight on July 4th.

West Seattle 4th of July 2015: City’s plans for field lighting

June 26, 2015 at 11:50 am | In Holidays, Safety, West Seattle news | 6 Comments

Just in from Seattle Parks (we’ve truncated the location list to show West Seattle fields only – see the full list here):

Seattle Parks and Recreation will turn on field lighting on ballfields throughout the city on the evenings of Friday, July 3, and Saturday, July 4, to protect the surfaces. The ballfield lights will be turned on at 8:45 p.m. and will be turned off at either 10 p.m. or 11 p.m., depending on the field.

The lights will be turned on to discourage the use of fireworks. Fireworks are illegal in the city of Seattle and will destroy the artificial turf on the fields or surrounding facilities. The approximate replacement cost for the synthetic surface based on per average full-size field (110,000 square feet) is $1.2 million. All the fields have been renovated in the past several years and benefit field users including players of soccer, football, baseball, Ultimate Frisbee and lacrosse.

The fields will be monitored by security from 9 p.m. to 4 a.m.

Lights at the following fields will be turned off at 11 p.m.:

· Delridge Playfield, 4458 Delridge Way SW

· Hiawatha Playfield, 2700 California Ave. SW

· Walt Hundley Playfield, 6920 34th Avenue SW

West Seattle 4th of July 2015: Parade prep time! Can you help?

June 23, 2015 at 11:51 pm | In Fun stuff to do, Holidays, How to help, West Seattle news | 1 Comment

The photos are from West Seattle 4th of July Kids’ Parade organizer Jackie Clough of Alki Party Treasures (WSB sponsor) – as of tonight, Walking on Logs alongside the Fauntleroy end of the West Seattle Bridge is decked out as a red, white, and blue reminder that the holiday is just a week and a half away.

As always, the parade starts at 10 am on the 4th (which is on a Saturday this year) at 44th and Sunset in North Admiral (map) – all welcome to participate – walking, biking, riding in a stroller or wagon. The route goes through the neighborhood and then over to Hamilton Viewpoint Park for post-parade games (sack races, etc.). Three ways to help:

1. Bring diapers for WestSide Baby
2. Volunteer to help with the post-parade games
3. Loan Jackie a bullhorn/microphone so they can bag the equipment that in the past has cut out on the national-anthem singer and announcements

E-mail her at jackie@alkipartytreasures.com if you can help with #2 and/or #3 – for #1, just bring them on the 4th!

West Seattle Flag Day: American Legion Post 160 decorates Junction with the Stars & Stripes

June 14, 2015 at 10:16 am | In Holidays, West Seattle news | 2 Comments

It’s Flag Day in the USA – and the flags you’re seeing in The Junction while visiting for the newly relocated West Seattle Farmers’ Market (and/or for brunch, shopping, etc.) are in place courtesy of American Legion Post 160, whose volunteers put the flags in place this morning.

As mentioned here on Saturday, Post 160 agreed to help with what was left as an orphaned task after the death of Don Smathers. Post leaders tell us they’ll also be helping on Veterans Day; Independence Day is still open for somebody else to step up.

Sunday in The Junction: New help for Flag Day; more updates on Farmers’ Market street move

June 13, 2015 at 9:40 am | In Holidays, West Seattle Farmers' Market, West Seattle news | 12 Comments

One more day until a momentous Sunday in The Junction:

(WSB photo from Flag Day 2013)
FLAG DAY HELP THANKS TO POST 160: The death of Don Smathers earlier this year not only brought memories and mourning, but also the question: Who would make sure flags are up in The Junction on key holidays, as Don had done for so many years? Susan Melrose of the West Seattle Junction Association tells WSB that American Legion Post 160 has offered to help, so when you see the flags on Flag Day tomorrow, that’s who to thank.

Of course we know you’ll be in The Junction tomorrow to check out the debut of the new West Seattle Farmers’ Market location:

WHAT YOU MIGHT NOT KNOW ABOUT THE FARMERS’ MARKET MOVE: WS Farmers’ Market management is out with a list of “10 cool things” about the market’s move into the street, starting tomorrow (California Avenue SW between Oregon and Alaska). If you don’t want to read the whole list, a few highlights:

*More room to shop – 28,000 square feet, up from 16,000 sf in the 44th/Alaska lot (which reverts to parking as of this Sunday, except for July 12th, when it will host the market again on West Seattle Summer Fest Sunday)

*9 new vendors, listed by WSFM as “including Mariposa Farm, Left Foot Farm, Nelli Farm, Yellow Belly Farm, Starvation Alley and Seola Bee, which sells honey from hives kept in West Seattle.”

*Prepared hot food will be for sale, for the first time, from vendors including Falafel Salam, Girls Gone BBQ, and Loki (longtime vendor which now gets to bring its sliders and hash). Look for sidewalk-café tables supplied by the Junction Association!

And market management points out that the move will bring shoppers closer than ever to The Junction’s year-round bricks-and-mortar restaurants (and retailers!) so you can visit them too while you’re there.

WSFM hours are the same, 10 am-2 pm; the market block will be a no-parking zone 7 am-4 pm.

West Seattle 4th of July Parade is on! 2 ways for you to help

May 27, 2015 at 7:21 pm | In Holidays, How to help, West Seattle news | 2 Comments

(WSB file photo from 2012 4th of July Parade)
West Seattle’s 4th of July Kids’ Parade – one of the few 4th of July parades in the region – is on. At least – the basics are locked in, and that’s no small feat; the most recent update from organizer Jackie Clough (proprietor of WSB sponsor Alki Party Treasures) is that “The event proof of insurance came through today so we are absolutely ready!” That means it’s on to the permit phase. Here’s where you come in: The insurance, which used to be picked up by a sponsor, now needs donated dollars, as do other costs such as the aforementioned permits, so a crowdfunding campaign has been launched – go here to chip in. And then there’s the volunteer power. Some aspects of the big day are already handled – the Admiral Neighborhood Association is selling concessions (Popsicles, baked treats) and Leilani Nitkey, who rocked the national anthem last year, will do it again this year. Here’s the list of volunteer needs:

*Volunteers needed day of:

—-9:00-9:30 am to help coordinate our start
—-10:30-noon at Hamilton Viewpoint Park for games and cleanup

*West Seattle businesses and organizations who are interested in having a craft table at the park, please contact Jackie at Jackie@alkipartytreasures.com

(That’s the same address at which you can contact Jackie to volunteer, too.) The parade will travel the same route as past years, starting at 10 am at 44th/Sunset – just show up and you’re part of it.

VIDEO: West Seattle Memorial Day ceremony commemorates ‘day of conflicting emotions’

May 25, 2015 at 4:32 pm | In Holidays, West Seattle news | 1 Comment

(WSB video of speeches, closing poem, and song)

By Tracy Record and Patrick Sand
West Seattle Blog co-publishers

“Let us never lose focus on what Memorial Day really means.”

So said John Phillips from American Legion Post 160 during this afternoon’s short, moving ceremony at Forest Lawn Cemetery (WSB sponsor) east of High Point.

Standing-room-only attendance looked to us to be the biggest we’d seen in years of covering this event, people of all ages there to honor the heroes who had fought for the USA – the heroes who, as Phillips also said, “are not just statistics, but real people.”

(Post 160 adjutant Kyle Geraghty, a Marine Corps veteran, presenting the colors)
The ceremony was co-presented by Post 160 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2713, whose commander Nate Hemphill, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and U.S. Coast Guard reservist, called the holiday “a day of conflicting emotions for each of us,” a day to “look hard at who we are … and aspire to be the best we can be.”

He exhorted everyone present to care for America’s veterans, rather than forgetting about them “when the last troops come home.” The country’s determination and resilience were also in his exhortation: “Our destiny as free people is entirely up to us.”

Phillips (above), a Marine Corps veteran and U.S. Army reservist who works as a veterans-transition specialist at South Seattle College (WSB sponsor), followed him, telling the story of two fallen heroes – U.S. Marine Corps Private Dale M. Hansen, whose actions in World War II led to a Medal of Honor, and U.S. Army intelligence officer Brittany Gordon, killed by a bomb in Afghanistan in 2012.

Also part of the ceremony, Pete Kirkman and Al Keith with echoing “Taps”:

Also, singer Ross Hauck with the national anthem and “God Bless America” (plus a reading of “In Flanders Fields“), and pre- and post-ceremony music from the Duwamish Jazz Band:

For the first time, the ceremony was followed by a reception at the West Seattle Veterans’ Center, co-housed with Post 160 in The Triangle. We went over with no idea of the presentation we would happen onto:

With Post 160′s Geraghty is Paul Chiarello, 92 years old, a paratrooper who landed
at Sainte-Mère-Église on D-Day. He came to present Post 160 with a photo from a memorial ceremony on the 55th anniversary of D-Day in 1999:

As Post 160′s Phillips had said earlier – “remembering once a year is not enough.”

West Seattle Memorial Day 2015: What you need to know

May 25, 2015 at 7:31 am | In Holidays, West Seattle news | 6 Comments

(WSB photo: Residential flag-flying along Alki Ave. SW on Duwamish Head)
Info you might find useful for Memorial Day 2015 in West Seattle:

TRANSPORTATION: Metro is on a Sunday schedule … The West Seattle Water Taxi too (no Vashon WT service) … Sound Transit Route 160 also is on a Sunday schedule … The Fauntleroy-Vashon-Southworth state-ferry route is on a regular weekday schedule.

SCHOOLS: Seattle Public Schools and Highline Public Schools are closed, as is South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) and most if not all independent schools.

LIBRARIES: Seattle branches are closed, as are King County branches.

FREE CITY-STREET PARKING: Going to a neighborhood with city-operated pay stations/meters? No charge to park today.

U.S. POSTAL SERVICE HOLIDAY … according to the official USPS list.


COLMAN POOL AND HIGHLAND PARK SPRAYPARK ARE OPEN! The outdoor pool on the Lincoln Park shore is open today at noon, as its first pre-season weekend concludes; the spraypark (1100 SW Cloverdale) continues daily operations, 11 am-8 pm.

MEMORIAL DAY CEREMONY AT FOREST LAWN: 2 pm, all are welcome at Forest Lawn Cemetery (WSB sponsor) east of High Point for the traditional Memorial Day event with American Legion Post 160 and VFW Post 2713. (6701 30th SW)

P.S. No traffic cams this morning for obvious reasons, but if you need to check them … find them here.

West Seattle weekend scene: Memorial Day poppies

May 23, 2015 at 2:56 pm | In Holidays, West Seattle news | 3 Comments

This weekend, be part of a Memorial Day tradition – get an American Legion poppy. West Seattle’s Auxiliary Unit 160 president Andrea Geraghty and Post 160 adjutant Kyle Geraghty (a Marine Corps veteran) were at West Seattle Thriftway (WSB sponsor) this morning with Tom Bucy (an Army veteran), assisted by their daughter Ana. Post 160 will be there until 4 today and again 8 am-4 pm on Sunday, offering the veteran-made poppies and accepting donations. Post 160 and VFW Post 2713 also will partner for Monday’s Memorial Day service/ceremony at Forest Lawn (WSB sponsor), where flags now adorn veterans’ graves:

Local Scouts place them each year and will also assist at Monday’s event, which starts at 2 pm and will be followed by a community reception at the Legion Hall (3618 SW Alaska) in The Triangle.

West Seattle Memorial Day: Where to find American Legion poppies this weekend; traditional Forest Lawn service on Monday

May 20, 2015 at 3:19 pm | In Holidays, West Seattle news | 3 Comments

Word of two Memorial Day traditions, from American Legion Post 160:

First, the post and Auxiliary Unit 160 will distribute Memorial Day poppies 8 am-4 pm both Saturday and Sunday at West Seattle Thriftway (WSB sponsor) at California/Fauntleroy/Morgan. The poppies “honor the dead and help the living,” reminds the Post 160 announcement, which adds that the poppies “are made by hospitalized veterans in V.A. hospitals or nursing homes … All money received during the distribution of these poppies is returned to the veterans through service programs of the American Legion and the American Legion Auxiliary. When you see someone offering a poppy, know that your donation helps veterans and wearing the poppy shows your support for those veterans.”

Then at 2 pm Monday, Post 160 presents the annual Memorial Day ceremony/service with, and at, Forest Lawn Cemetery & Funeral Home (WSB sponsor), which is in High Point at 6701 30th SW. All are welcome.

West Seattle Sunday: Easter; ‘encouragement march’; art…

April 5, 2015 at 5:17 am | In Holidays, West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | 2 Comments

(Mallards at Longfellow Creek, by Laura Goodrich, shared via the WSB Flickr group)

Good morning! It’s Easter Sunday and the second day of Passover.

EASTER SUNRISE SERVICES: 6:30 am at Forest Lawn (6730 30th SW; WSB sponsor) with the West Seattle Ministerial Association, and 6:30 am on Alki Beach (60th/Alki) with the local UCC churches. The forecast looks good.

MORE EASTER SERVICES/EVENTS: More than 20 churches’ schedules are linked from the WSB Easter & More page. Some are having brunches and/or Easter egg hunts too.

Also today:

WEST SEATTLE FARMERS’ MARKET: 10 am-2 pm as always. Special feature, facepainting by Blue Geisha Tattoo, an Easter Sunday tradition. (44th/Alaska)

AVALON GLASSWORKS: Blowing glass again this year on Easter Sunday 11 am-5 pm – info here. (2914 SW Avalon Way)

EASTER EGG PAINTING: 11 am-4 pm at Mind Unwind in The Admiral District, $7/group, which includes all painting supplies and a half dozen hard-boiled eggs. (2206 California SW)

ENCOURAGEMENT RALLY AND MARCH: As previewed here earlier in the week, a rally and march starting from Walk All Ways around 1 pm will head to Terminal 5. *Added* American Legion Post 160 on the north side of SW Alaska at 37th is offering a hydration station – fill your bottle, or, they’ll have recyclable cups. (California/Alaska)

NEW MUSIC BY ROBIN HOLCOMB & PEGGY LEE: 3 pm at the West Seattle (Admiral) Library – the city’s libraries ARE open today as usual. (2306 42nd SW)

Where to find this weekend’s West Seattle eggscitement

April 3, 2015 at 9:04 am | In Fun stuff to do, Holidays, West Seattle news | Comments Off

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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