West Seattle Blog... » Holidays http://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Wed, 27 May 2015 03:24:05 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.2 VIDEO: West Seattle Memorial Day ceremony commemorates ‘day of conflicting emotions’ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/video-west-seattle-memorial-day-ceremony-commemorates-day-of-conflicting-emotions/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/video-west-seattle-memorial-day-ceremony-commemorates-day-of-conflicting-emotions/#comments Mon, 25 May 2015 23:32:43 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=311414

(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,” 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.”

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West Seattle Memorial Day 2015: What you need to know http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/west-seattle-memorial-day-2015-what-you-need-to-know/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/west-seattle-memorial-day-2015-what-you-need-to-know/#comments Mon, 25 May 2015 14:31:26 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=311394

(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.

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West Seattle weekend scene: Memorial Day poppies http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/west-seattle-weekend-scene-memorial-day-poppies/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/west-seattle-weekend-scene-memorial-day-poppies/#comments Sat, 23 May 2015 21:56:16 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=311309

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.

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West Seattle Memorial Day: Where to find American Legion poppies this weekend; traditional Forest Lawn service on Monday http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/west-seattle-memorial-day-where-to-find-american-legion-poppies-this-weekend-traditional-forest-lawn-service-on-monday/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/west-seattle-memorial-day-where-to-find-american-legion-poppies-this-weekend-traditional-forest-lawn-service-on-monday/#comments Wed, 20 May 2015 22:19:17 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=310946 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.

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West Seattle Sunday: Easter; ‘encouragement march’; art… http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/west-seattle-sunday-easter-encouragement-march-art/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/west-seattle-sunday-easter-encouragement-march-art/#comments Sun, 05 Apr 2015 12:17:37 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=306130

(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)

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Where to find this weekend’s West Seattle eggscitement http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/where-to-find-this-weekends-west-seattle-eggscitement/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/where-to-find-this-weekends-west-seattle-eggscitement/#comments Fri, 03 Apr 2015 16:04:12 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=306037 From the WSB Easter & More page – one more reminder of what’s ahead this weekend:

(WSB photo: 2013 Thriftway egg hunt)
SATURDAY: Egg-hunt action starts at 9 am inside West Seattle Thriftway (WSB sponsor), continuing at 10 am at four city-run community centers; that’s just the start – see the page for the complete list.

SUNDAY: Several local churches promise egg hunts post-Easter service, including WSB sponsors Tibbetts United Methodist Church and All Souls. In the afternoon, Admiral UCC is having an Easter festival for families.

(More than 20 churches’ Easter/Holy Week schedules are linked, plus the Easter sunrise services at Forest Lawn [WSB sponsor] and on Alki Beach; last call to add anything we’re missing – editor@westseattleblog.com – thank you!)

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West Seattle egg hunts and more, just four days away http://westseattleblog.com/2015/03/west-seattle-egg-hunts-and-more-just-four-days-away/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/03/west-seattle-egg-hunts-and-more-just-four-days-away/#comments Tue, 31 Mar 2015 20:33:01 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=305707

(WSB photo from Hiawatha Community Center egg hunt, 2013)
Too soon to say how the weather will turn out for Saturday, but West Seattle kids can hunt for eggs indoors as well as outdoors, so you’re covered. With four days to go, we wanted to remind you that the egg-hunt list is on the WSB Easter & More page; the basic Saturday (April 4th) lineup starts at 9 am at West Seattle Thriftway (WSB sponsor; indoors), continues at 10 am participating city-run community centers (mostly outdoors), and then there’s more! Some churches have egg hunts after Easter Sunday services, too – check their schedules (which span all of Holy Week), which are also on our Easter & More page. And we’re still ready to update if anything/anyone’s missing. Please send info via e-mail – editor@westseattleblog.com – thanks!

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West Seattle Easter, Passover, & more: This year’s page up http://westseattleblog.com/2015/03/west-seattle-easter-passover-more-this-years-page-up/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/03/west-seattle-easter-passover-more-this-years-page-up/#comments Tue, 24 Mar 2015 16:35:11 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=304920 From egg hunts to religious services to brunch, the first draft of our annual page is live – you’ll see the link in our lineup of navigation tabs below the sunset header photo, or just go here. If you have any information to add – including restaurants for Easter brunch/dinner – please e-mail us so we can add it, editor@westseattleblog.com – thank you!

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West Seattle St. Patrick’s Day celebrations: Pipes and drums at Alki Elementary, and … http://westseattleblog.com/2015/03/west-seattle-st-patricks-day-celebrations-pipes-and-drums-at-alki-elementary-and/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/03/west-seattle-st-patricks-day-celebrations-pipes-and-drums-at-alki-elementary-and/#comments Tue, 17 Mar 2015 18:43:29 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=304175

11:43 PM: Thanks to Dave for sharing that video of the King County Firefighters Pipes and Drums outside Alki Elementary School this morning. What else is going on around West Seattle for St. Patrick’s Day? Tipsters told us the famous “green stripe” in Admiral has been refreshed, so we’re off to check that out. Anything else? Let us know and/or send a pic – thanks!

1:52 PM: The green stripe on 41st SW, looking north from the shamrock toward its end, at SW Hill:

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Happy St. Paddy’s Day! In case you missed the parade … http://westseattleblog.com/2015/03/happy-st-paddys-day-in-case-you-missed-the-parade/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/03/happy-st-paddys-day-in-case-you-missed-the-parade/#comments Tue, 17 Mar 2015 16:00:28 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=304158

9:00 AM: Seattle’s biggest St. Patrick’s Day celebration was actually back on Saturday – the downtown parade. Thanks to Denny International Middle School for photos of the Denny Marching Band in action that day: “Congratulations to the scholars in the Denny International Middle School Marching Band for doing a great job marching in the St. Patrick’s Day parade on Saturday. The music and marching was outstanding! Thank you, Mr. Pimpleton and volunteers, for all of your hard work and support! Go Dolphins!”

As previewed here on Saturday morning, the running order also included the West Seattle High School Band. (Sorry, no photo! We’ve been able to cover the parade in the past but this year, with a historic election ahead, we were covering the VIEWS-presented candidates’ forum.)

ADDED 10:42 AM: Thanks to Laura for the WSHS video from the parade:

If you’re a parade fan, mark your calendar for the Saturday before St. Patrick’s Day next year!

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West Seattle Monday: What you can do on MLK Day 2015 http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/west-seattle-monday-what-you-can-do-on-mlk-day-2015/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/west-seattle-monday-what-you-can-do-on-mlk-day-2015/#comments Mon, 19 Jan 2015 17:00:55 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=298575

(WSB photo taken this morning: Youngstown Cultural Arts Center mural, painted and dedicated last summer)
Make a difference in your own quiet way, this MLK Day. City park facilities and libraries are closed, but we do have suggestions/possibilities for today/tonight:

GROWING GARDENERS’ WORKSHOP: West Seattle Nursery offers a free activity for students on no-school days – today, planting! 1-2 pm, must be accompanied by an adult, but most importantly, call to see if there’s room. Details on the WSN calendar. (California/Brandon)

DONATE TO WEST SEATTLE FOOD BANK VIA SBG: Less than 2 weeks to go in the Straight Blast Gym (WSB sponsor) donation drive for the West Seattle Food Bank, and dropping off donations today is a simple way to honor the holiday with a bit of community service. We wrote about it last week, here. (5050 Delridge Way SW)

VISIT THE DUWAMISH LONGHOUSE CULTURAL CENTER: Ever been to the Duwamish Longhouse, which opened six years ago this month? Maybe today is the day. Free admission (goodwill donations accepted), free parking. Open Mondays-Saturdays, 10 am-5 pm. (4705 W. Marginal Way SW) (Our apologies: Commenters report it’s closed)

LEARN, VOLUNTEER, JOIN WITH SUSTAINABLE WEST SEATTLE: 6:30 pm at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), as previewed here last night, you can get involved with your community and the planet’s future by checking out Sustainable West Seattle‘s annual meeting. They’ll provide dessert and inspiration. (5612 California SW)

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West Seattle holiday-giving postscript: What you gave to Helpline via Dave Newman’s office & other participating businesses http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/west-seattle-holiday-giving-postscript-what-you-gave-to-helpline-via-dave-newmans-office-other-participating-businesses/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/west-seattle-holiday-giving-postscript-what-you-gave-to-helpline-via-dave-newmans-office-other-participating-businesses/#comments Wed, 07 Jan 2015 19:16:05 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=297355

(Car full of donations, unloaded upon delivery to Helpline)
Throughout the just-wrapped-up holiday season, countless West Seattle businesses, schools, organizations, and individuals gave generously to local nonprofits, in so many ways. Today, before the holidays are too far back in the rear-view mirror, we have a wrap-up of one drive that lasted beyond Christmas, all the way through New Year’s Eve, headquartered at the office of State Farm agent Dave Newman (WSB sponsor), who writes:

The annual coat and cold weather clothing collection for the West Seattle Helpline was a great success!

Special thanks to local businesses such as Berkshire Hathaway, Mirsepasy Law Office, Chelan Café, Alki Key and Lock, Wiseman’s Appliance, Admiral Starbucks, Swedish Automotive, Foreign Car Workshop, Auto Buff, and Les Schwab. With their help, and the help of other local supporters, we collected seven large barrels of cold-weather clothing for our less-fortunate friends and neighbors. A heartfelt thanks to fellow citizens who made it possible by their generosity and giving nature.

Let’s all hope for a pleasant 2015.

So what happens to all that clothing?

That photo is courtesy of WS Helpline, whose Anna Fern notes that the WSH clothing bank Clothesline “is open three days this week with 25 families scheduled to come to ‘shop’ for free clothing and coats! Over the last two months (November and December) we have given away over 162 coats! Clients have been very grateful! One commented, ‘What a great gift – the gift of warmth and comfort’.”

P.S. You can help Helpline any time of year, with clothing or money.

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Happening now: Drop off your Christmas tree with Rainbow Girls http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/happening-now-drop-off-your-christmas-tree-with-rainbow-girls/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/happening-now-drop-off-your-christmas-tree-with-rainbow-girls/#comments Sat, 03 Jan 2015 20:55:09 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=297042

Sure, you have multiple ways to recycle your Christmas tree. But the Rainbow Girls‘ annual benefit has a few one-of-a-kind aspects, including: Nonprofit fundraiser; only place in West Seattle to drop off your tree (if you don’t want it sitting out on the curb until your next pickup day); no need to cut the tree into pieces (but no flocking or tinsel, please). Just take your tree to the Alki Masonic Center parking lot in The Junction (40th/Edmunds, newly repaved and regraded) until 3 pm today; they’re accepting cash donations for the service. They’re also selling handmade Seahawks-theme scarves, we noted while there to photograph (above, L-R) Destiney, Darian, and Zoë.

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VIDEO: West Seattle New Year’s Day 2015 Polar Bear Swim! http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/video-west-seattle-new-years-day-2015-polar-bear-swim/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/video-west-seattle-new-years-day-2015-polar-bear-swim/#comments Thu, 01 Jan 2015 23:15:56 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=296907

(WSB video/photos, unless otherwise credited)
Though the New Year had arrived 10 hours earlier, for hundreds, it wasn’t 2015 until the annual Polar Bear Swim at Alki Beach. This year, the water was warmer than the air – ~50 degrees and 32 degrees respectively. Whatever the temperature or weather conditions, some wouldn’t miss it, like Kayleen Dunson and her fellow softball umpires (join them on the field this year!), with the morning’s most-patriotic photo op:

Water-testing was called for, too.

Of course, Seahawks fans were in view …

… after on-the-beach decorating:

Not as many costumed swimmers this year, but festive hats were in evidence:

(That photo and next by Russ Walker, whose Flickr gallery is here)

Big smiles too – this one’s from Frank Gross of Thunder Road Guitars (WSB sponsor):

Finally it was time for the countdown – here’s organizer Mark Ufkes with the megaphone:

And … they’re off!

(Photo by Craig Young)
Post-plunge, organizer Ufkes was of course among those emerging triumphantly:

Spectators caught it all:

Awaiting the newly soaked Polar Bears, chowder from Duke’s across the street, and info about the Southwest Seattle Historical Society‘s upcoming Totem Cruise:

(Photo courtesy SWSHS/Clay Eals)
That’s SWSHS volunteer Liz Day in the foreground; in the background, Duke’s GM Greg Green and server Autumn Kline with the chowder. Whether you swam, stayed on shore, or stayed home, a Happy 2015 to all!

Past years’ WSB coverage:

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West Seattle New Year’s Day 2015: What’s up as the year begins http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/west-seattle-new-years-day-2015-whats-up-as-the-year-begins/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/west-seattle-new-years-day-2015-whats-up-as-the-year-begins/#comments Thu, 01 Jan 2015 14:30:27 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=296875

Happy 2015! Thanks to Gary Jones for the bald-eagle photos from Alki Point. Here’s what you need to know about today:

TRANSIT: Sunday schedule for Metro; no Water Taxi; Sound Transit‘s Route 560 is on a Sunday schedule; Washington State Ferries‘ Fauntleroy-Vashon-Southworth run is on a regular weekday schedule.

RESTAURANTS: Here’s our list of who told us, when we did research before Christmas, they’d be open New Year’s Day. Might be some missing if they didn’t answer our inquiries; might be someone who’s changed their plan since last we checked in; so please let us know of discrepancies – text or call 206-293-6302.

COFFEE FOR A CAUSE: Hotwire Online Coffeehouse (WSB sponsor) is continuing its New Year’s giving campaign by offering a special drink today – the “2015″ white chocolate and blackberry mocha – with $3 going to WestSide Baby. (4410 California SW)

NEW YEAR’S WALKS: 5- and 10-kilometer routes, noncompetitive, no fee, take off between 9 am and noon from St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church, which is sponsoring the walks along with Emerald City Wanderers. More info in our calendar listing. (3050 California SW)

POLAR BEAR SWIM: This is the big annual one. 10 am (get there early!) from the beach across from Duke’s. Details in our calendar listing. (58th/Alki)

HANGOVER BRUNCH AT MARINATION MA KAI: Open early – 10 am; see the Marination ma kai (WSB sponsor) “epic hangover brunch” details here. (1660 Harbor SW)

‘KILL YOUR HANGOVER’ AT FEEDBACK LOUNGE: 6th annual edition at Feedback Lounge (WSB sponsor) – drink specials, big-screen football, more. Open at 11:30. (6451 California SW)

CONTEMPLATIVE WORSHIP: What better time, than the first night of the year? 6:30 pm at Westside Unitarian Universalist. (7141 California SW)

LOOK INTO THE FUTURE … by browsing our calendar, any time!

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