West Seattle Blog... » Holidays http://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Thu, 26 Nov 2015 14:03:01 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.2 West Seattle Thanksgiving 2015: What you need to know http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/west-seattle-thanksgiving-2015-what-you-need-to-know/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/west-seattle-thanksgiving-2015-what-you-need-to-know/#comments Thu, 26 Nov 2015 14:03:01 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=330261

(One more view from Tuesday’s king tide/north wind – photo by Monica Zaborac)

Happy Thanksgiving! Again this year, we are thankful for YOU and this beautiful neighborhood we share. Here’s info you might find useful:


WHO’S OPEN FOR COFFEE: We heard from 7 coffee shops ready to serve you for at least part of today! See the Thanksgiving section atop our West Seattle Holiday Guide.

PRE-TURKEY WORKOUTS : Also in the first section of the Holiday Guide.

The Hall at Fauntleroy
, noon-3 pm (9131 California SW)
West Seattle Eagles, 2-5 pm (4426 California SW)
South Park Senior Center, 11 am-2 pm (8201 10th Ave. S.)
—-More in our preview and our Holiday Guide. And if you are looking for a way to be helpful today – dessert donations are accepted at The Hall starting at 10 am.

WHICH RESTAURANTS (AND BARS WITH FOOD) ARE OPEN TODAY AND/OR TONIGHT: Here’s the list (please note, it is a list only of who told us, when we called, that they planned to be open – always subject to last-minute change without notice to us, so please alert us if you find any discrepancies).

THANKSGIVING CHURCH SERVICES: 2 are listed in the Holiday Guide.

The Admiral Theater is open this afternoon/evening – see the movies/times here (2343 California SW) … The West Seattle Lights/Helmstetler Family Christmas Spectacular music-synched light show starts tonight, lights on at 7 pm – bring food for the West Seattle Food Bank! (3908 SW Charlestown)

*Metro is on a Sunday schedule
*The Water Taxi is NOT running today or tomorrow
Sound Transit Route 560 is on a weekend schedule
Washington State Ferries‘ Fauntleroy-Vashon-Southworth run is on a normal schedule.

OTHER NOTES: No solid-waste pickup today … government offices, libraries, Parks-operated facilities are closed (except for golf courses including WS, closing “around 2 pm” per the city).

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West Seattle holidays: Menashe Family Lights going up http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/west-seattle-holidays-menashe-family-lights-going-up/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/west-seattle-holidays-menashe-family-lights-going-up/#comments Thu, 26 Nov 2015 02:19:37 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=330233

The season of light is about to begin, and nowhere in West Seattle does it shine more brightly than in the 5600 block of Beach Drive SW, where the famous Menashe Family Christmas Lights display is going up.

After seeing the work in progress, we stopped briefly late this afternoon to find out when the lights officially go on. Josh Menashe told us this Sunday (November 29th) is the night.

The box where you can drop off letters to Santa, as you can see, is back – and you’ll find Santa himself visiting on Saturday night, December 12th, 6-10 pm – bring a nonperishable food donation for the West Seattle Food Bank.

P.S. This is featured in our West Seattle Holiday Guide along with our area’s two synched-to-music light shows.

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Short on cash and/or companionship? 3 places welcoming you tomorrow for a free community Thanksgiving meal http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/short-on-cash-andor-companionship-3-places-welcoming-you-tomorrow-for-a-free-community-thanksgiving-meal/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/short-on-cash-andor-companionship-3-places-welcoming-you-tomorrow-for-a-free-community-thanksgiving-meal/#comments Wed, 25 Nov 2015 23:01:33 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=330209 This year in the WSB West Seattle Holiday Guide, we have three listings for a free community Thanksgiving meal. Organizers for all three stress that everyone is welcome – no prerequisites.

(WSB photo: T&TS crew preparing 2014 Thanksgiving dinner)
HALL OF FAUNTLEROY’S FREE DINNER: Again this year, Tuxedos and Tennis Shoes Catering will host a free, elegant Thanksgiving dinner for the community, noon-3 pm. Plenty of volunteers already are lined up but dessert donations are welcome, as noted in our preview – drop them off starting at 10 am on Thanksgiving. The Hall is on the south end of the Fauntleroy Schoolhouse. (9131 California SW)

WEST SEATTLE EAGLES’ FREE DINNER: Once again, the Eagles plan a free community Thanksgiving dinner on the holiday – follow the link for menu details. 2-5 pm. (4426 California SW)

FREE THANKSGIVING MEAL IN SOUTH PARK: The South Park Senior Center sent word that it is hosting a free Thanksgiving meal for anyone who would like to attend. It’s at the South Park Neighborhood Center, 11 am-2 pm. (8201 10th Ave S.)

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West Seattle Wednesday: It’s all about the giving http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/west-seattle-wednesday-its-all-about-the-giving/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/west-seattle-wednesday-its-all-about-the-giving/#comments Wed, 25 Nov 2015 19:09:57 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=330190

(West Seattle Montessori & Academy [WSB sponsor] photo: What their students are thankful for)

On this day before Thanksgiving, you can give others a reason to be thankful too. From the WSB West Seattle Holiday Guide, two Thanksgiving Eve-specific reminders:

TURKEYS FOR WCFB: The White Center Food Bank (which also serves part of WS) needs more turkeys, and welcomes dropoffs until 7 pm tonight. (They’re OK on volunteer help, and grateful to everyone who responded to that part of the most-recent request.) Just take them over to the food bank at 10829 8th SW.

‘LUNCHES WITH LOVE’: This annual community-powered effort to feed hungry people could use your help in several ways – drop off lunch supplies, make some sack lunches and take them over, help make sack lunches at LWL’s home-based HQ, help take the lunches around the area tonight to people who need them. Details are in our preview from Monday.


We’re spotlighting other giving opportunities throughout the holiday season – you’ll find them in our guide, which also has holiday-specific information you might find useful tomorrow, including:

-Grocery-store hours
-Where to get coffee
-Restaurants that plan to be open

… and what happens AFTER Thanksgiving, too, from light shows to Santa visits to parties, concerts, special shopping events, and beyond. (We continue to update daily, so please keep sending info on your holiday events – editor@westseattleblog.com – thanks!)

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Looking for West Seattle Thanksgiving info? Check the Holiday Guide http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/looking-for-west-seattle-thanksgiving-info-check-the-holiday-guide/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/looking-for-west-seattle-thanksgiving-info-check-the-holiday-guide/#comments Mon, 23 Nov 2015 17:13:03 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=330013 Three days to get ready for Thanksgiving! If you are looking for information including:

*Free community meals
*Restaurants/coffee shops/grocery stores open on Thanksgiving
*Thanksgiving Eve/Day services
*Ways to put the “giving” in Thanksgiving (and the entire holiday season)

… please take a few minutes and check the WSB West Seattle Holiday Guide (Thanksgiving is right at the top!). It’s updated daily (if not more often) all season long, so if you have information to add, for Thanksgiving or beyond, please send it as soon as you can! editor@westseattleblog.com is the best way to get us info for the guide and/or our regular year-round calendar (plain text in the body of the e-mail, please, not as an attachment or image) – thank you!

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West Seattle pre-holiday scenes from Sunday open houses/bazaars http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/west-seattle-pre-holiday-scenes-from-sunday-open-housesbazaars/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/west-seattle-pre-holiday-scenes-from-sunday-open-housesbazaars/#comments Sun, 22 Nov 2015 21:10:54 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=329923 Just back from two of the events in today’s WSB West Seattle Holiday Guide listings:

JF HENRY OPEN HOUSE: Some holiday open houses at local businesses are one-day-only events; at JF Henry in The Junction, they’re continuing until 5 pm today, and in addition to shopping for kitchen/dining ware, you can check out the retro aluminum tree with which proprietor Tom Henry is posing, above, and the little train circling the trees in the front window, as seen in our Instagram clip below:

JF Henry is at 4445 California SW on the north edge of The Junction. Treats and giveaways, too.

PEACE LUTHERAN BAZAAR: Two more hours to bazaar-shop if you can get to Gatewood:

It’s been a successful sale so far, the folks at Peace Lutheran Church (39th SW & SW Thistle) tell us, but items decorative and celebratory still await you in the sun-dappled downstairs room (doors are on 39th) until 3 pm.

Something to add to our Holiday Guide? E-mail us at editor@westseattleblog.com ASAP – we’re updating daily!

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HAPPENING NOW: Holiday season starts with open houses, bazaars… http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/happening-now-holiday-season-starts-with-open-houses-bazaars/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/happening-now-holiday-season-starts-with-open-houses-bazaars/#comments Sat, 21 Nov 2015 20:42:57 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=329834 From our West Seattle Holiday Guide, two of the many West Seattle events happening now:

At the Junction True Value (WSB sponsor) Holiday Open House – on until 2 pm at 4747 44th SW – helping the West Seattle Food Bank is a highlight. You can buy one of the raffle tickets that Sara (above) is selling, and/or bring a nonperishable food donation – the barrel’s right out front. New guest at the open house this year – an early visit from Santa Claus:

You’ll find him by the front door, steps away from the table of treats that also await you:

JTV is also your holiday-decorations headquarters – from lights to wreaths to tree and yard ornaments, and beyond.

Our West Seattle Saturday preview lists other open houses happening today and also a lineup of bazaars, including the one at Tibbetts United Methodist Church (WSB sponsor), also until 2 pm. Volunteers there include Betsy, ready to cheer for the Cougars tonight:

The Tibbetts bazaar (3940 41st SW) is highlighted by handmade items – hurry over to see for yourself if you haven’t already.

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West Seattle Junction Hometown Holidays: New for this year’s tree lighting – street closure! http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/west-seattle-junction-hometown-holidays-new-for-this-years-tree-lighting-street-closure/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/west-seattle-junction-hometown-holidays-new-for-this-years-tree-lighting-street-closure/#comments Thu, 19 Nov 2015 22:35:24 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=329664

The updated-daily WSB West Seattle Holiday Guide includes a full list of what’s happening for WS Junction Hometown Holidays this year (we’re again among the co-sponsors), and there’s something new: On tree-lighting night – Saturday, December 5th – SW Alaska will be closed in front of Junction Plaza Park, so you’ll have more room to gather around the tree and park to enjoy the ceremony! It’s been elbow-to-elbow for years now, and the park itself is fairly small, so this is a big move to make room for more people to join the fun. Music, caroling, and more – full schedule TBA – 5 pm on the 5th. Also this year, that same night will bring a rolling Holiday Party at Junction stores, 4 pm-8 pm, with sips and snacks and specials all around, so come prepared for shopping and fun before and after the tree lighting.

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SATURDAY: Turkey/groceries giveaway at Eastridge Church http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/saturday-turkeygroceries-giveaway-at-eastridge-church/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/saturday-turkeygroceries-giveaway-at-eastridge-church/#comments Thu, 19 Nov 2015 17:42:50 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=329634 One more quick reminder so word can circulate to those in need: Once again this year, the Saturday before Thanksgiving will bring the annual Eastridge Church giveaway of turkeys and bags of groceries. You don’t have to sign up or show anything – it’s available to all comers while supplies last. The line forms outside Eastridge, which is on the southeast corner of 39th SW and SW Oregon, and the giveaway starts at 9 am Saturday (November 21st). Read more about it on the church website.

P.S. This is part of a long list of Thanksgiving-related events/info in the WSB West Seattle Holiday Guide.

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Keep your neighbors warm, by donating clothes, coats, and shoes for West Seattle Helpline via Dave Newman State Farm Insurance http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/keep-your-neighbors-warm-by-donating-clothes-coats-and-shoes-for-west-seattle-helpline-via-dave-newman-state-farm-insurance/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/keep-your-neighbors-warm-by-donating-clothes-coats-and-shoes-for-west-seattle-helpline-via-dave-newman-state-farm-insurance/#comments Mon, 16 Nov 2015 23:11:08 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=329341

(Photo from last holiday season: Car full of donations, unloaded upon delivery to WS Helpline)

That photo shows some of what West Seattleites donated to the West Seattle Helpline last holiday season to help keep neighbors warm, in large part thanks to a donation drive at Dave Newman State Farm Insurance (WSB sponsor). We’ve just received word that they’re doing it again: You can drop off donations of clean clothes, coats, and shoes at Dave Newman’s office (3435 California SW) from now until the end of December. If you want to donate, but can’t get the item(s) to the donation location, pickup might be available – call 206-932-1878 to inquire.

P.S. We’ve just added this to the newly launched WSB West Seattle Holiday Guide, which, along with all kinds of other holiday information, includes a specific list of donation drives and other opportunities to give – some, like this one, all season long, others just for a specific day or event. Something to add? E-mail us at editor@westseattleblog.com – thank you!

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HAPPENING NOW: ‘Sip & Shop’ holiday bazaar until 5 pm http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/happening-now-sip-shop-holiday-bazaar-until-5-pm/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/happening-now-sip-shop-holiday-bazaar-until-5-pm/#comments Sun, 15 Nov 2015 23:31:32 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=329204

Looking for something to do before The Game? Head over to the second annual “Sip & Shop” holiday bazaar at St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church in Admiral. It’s on until 5 pm. In the photo are Brooke Vaughey and Emily Paulson, who shared the photo shortly after Sip (wine!) & Shop got under way. All ages welcome; no admission charge; 3050 California SW. (This was featured in our newly launched West Seattle Holiday Guide – send us your event ASAP – editor@westseattleblog.com – thanks!)

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This year’s WSB West Seattle Holiday Guide is ready for you! http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/this-years-wsb-west-seattle-holiday-guide-is-ready-for-you/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/this-years-wsb-west-seattle-holiday-guide-is-ready-for-you/#comments Sat, 14 Nov 2015 21:47:48 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=329130

(File photo of the Christmas Ship, whose 2015 West Seattle stops are part of what you’ll find in the guide)
Just published – the first version of this year’s WSB West Seattle Holiday Guide. Thanks to the many people who answered our call to send holiday info as early as possible, it already has dozens of listings for the season, pre-Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day. We’ll be updating it frequently as usual, removing what’s already happened, adding new events and updates that come in. So browse the guide when you get a chance! (Many of the standalone events also appear in our regular year-round calendar, if you prefer that, and we also continue with daily highlight roundups here in the news section, so you’ll see reminders, but if you find it helpful to make note of dates early in the season, here you go.)

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West Seattle Thanksgiving: Eastridge Church turkey giveaway set for November 21 http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/west-seattle-thanksgiving-eastridge-church-turkey-giveaway-set-for-november-21/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/west-seattle-thanksgiving-eastridge-church-turkey-giveaway-set-for-november-21/#comments Sun, 08 Nov 2015 23:33:30 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=328571

(WSB photo, November 2014)
Early word so the news gets around: Eastridge Church is again giving away turkeys and bags of groceries on the Saturday before Thanksgiving – this year, that’s November 21st – no proof of need required. It starts at 9 am outside the church, which is on the southeast corner of 39th SW and SW Oregon, and continues while supplies last – more information here.

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West Seattle holidays: Free Thanksgiving dinner at The Hall at Fauntleroy again this year http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/west-seattle-holidays-free-thanksgiving-dinner-at-the-hall-at-fauntleroy-again-this-year/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/west-seattle-holidays-free-thanksgiving-dinner-at-the-hall-at-fauntleroy-again-this-year/#comments Fri, 06 Nov 2015 22:34:14 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=328373

(WSB photo from 2013)
It’s a West Seattle tradition, and it’s back for another year, confirms Carol Madaio from Tuxedos and Tennis Shoes Catering:

The Free Community Thanksgiving Meal at the Hall at Fauntleroy is (again) on Thanksgiving Day – November 26th from noon until 3 PM. It’s our 17th year and is open to anyone who needs a hot meal or just a warm and friendly place to go on the holiday. We are fortunate to have plenty of volunteers this year but encourage people to come and eat and mingle. That is a big part of what makes the event so wonderful!

We do accept desserts. They can be dropped off at the Hall at Fauntleroy on Thanksgiving Day from 10 AM on. This year we are also holding a sock and blanket drive. We are trying to fill our cargo van! We will be distributing them on Thanksgiving and also to a shelter.

People can drop off new socks and blankets to our office in Sodo at 4101 Airport Way S or there is a collection bin at the Fauntleroy Schoolhouse at 9131 Fauntleroy Way SW. People can call me at 206-932-1059 if they have any questions.

The Hall at Fauntleroy is on the south end of the historic schoolhouse, same address.

P.S. Thanks to everyone who answered our call earlier this week to send event listings and information for another tradition, the WSB West Seattle Holiday Guide. If you haven’t sent us your info – events (plus donation drives, restaurant/bar holiday hours, all the things we usually publish) – editor@westseattleblog.com, soon as you can!

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HAPPENING NOW: Holiday season starts sizzling with ‘Taste’ event at West Seattle Thriftway http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/happening-now-holiday-season-starts-with-taste-at-west-seattle-thriftway/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/happening-now-holiday-season-starts-with-taste-at-west-seattle-thriftway/#comments Fri, 06 Nov 2015 01:28:22 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=328274

Three weeks until Thanksgiving! If you’re thinking about having West Seattle Thriftway (WSB sponsor) put together the holiday feast for you – get to tonight’s Holiday Taste event before 7 pm and try some of what’s on the menu!

Vendors are there too, including, below, what you might call the “pie a la mode” team:

That’s Alex from Lopez Island Creamery and Joe from Whidbey Pie Company. Among this year’s new participants, The Waffle Lady, with pancake/waffle mix and several types of syrup:

Lots more to try. And a bonus – spend at least $20 at Thriftway tonight and get 10 percent off. If you’ve never been to Thriftway, it’s in Morgan Junction, where California and Fauntleroy meet Morgan.

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