West Seattle Blog... » Holidays http://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Thu, 27 Nov 2014 04:47:21 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.2 West Seattle restaurants open Thanksgiving Day – and one unplanned closure tonight http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/west-seattle-restaurants-open-thanksgiving-day-and-one-unplanned-closure-tonight/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/west-seattle-restaurants-open-thanksgiving-day-and-one-unplanned-closure-tonight/#comments Thu, 27 Nov 2014 00:15:11 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=293361 Just one more reminder before we get to Thanksgiving Day itself: If you are NOT cooking tomorrow, some West Seattle restaurants do plan to be open at least part of the day. As we do every year, we have compiled a list, and you can see that list here. (Keep in mind that proprietors do reserve the right to change their plans at the last minute, so if you find someplace closed that we had listed as planning to be open, or if you find someplace open that’s not on the list, please let us know – text/call 206-293-6302 or e-mail editor@westseattleblog.com; we’ll be updating as needed.) Other holiday info (coffee shops, grocery stores, free dinners, church services, more) is atop our Holiday Guide.

One unplanned restaurant closure *tonight* – Zippy’s Giant Burgers has been having big trouble getting something fixed for the past couple days and, according to a Facebook update, won’t be able to reopen until after the holiday.

P.S. One *new* place IS open – this is grand-opening night at The Westy, as recently announced/previewed here.

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West Seattle holidays: Admiral’s brand-new Holly Jolly Holiday Fest, and why you’re invited to bring a gingerbread house http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/west-seattle-holidays-admirals-brand-new-holly-jolly-holiday-fest-and-why-youre-invited-to-bring-a-gingerbread-house/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/west-seattle-holidays-admirals-brand-new-holly-jolly-holiday-fest-and-why-youre-invited-to-bring-a-gingerbread-house/#comments Wed, 26 Nov 2014 23:15:02 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=293332 Some of what you’ll find in the WSB West Seattle Holiday Guide are traditional annual events – and some are brand new. Like this:

The Admiral Neighborhood Association - which brings you Summer Concerts at Hiawatha, as well as its year-round role as a community council – is presenting the first-ever Holly Jolly Holiday Fest, noon-4 pm Sunday, December 7th, at The Sanctuary at Admiral (42nd/Lander).

One big component: A gingerbread-house contest! NOT on-site building – build yours before the event and bring it to The Sanctuary that morning, as explained in the official rules, which also explain the prizes, and the youth/adult divisions (age 16 is the dividing line).

But that’s just part of the fun, which also includes, as announced, “live holiday music, a craft bazaar, and a food drive for the West Seattle Food Bank” as well as … Santa Claus! “A photographer will be available to take portraits with Santa for a small donation, or you can bring your own camera.” See you there on Sunday, December 7th, noon-4 pm!

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West Seattle Thanksgiving 2014: Serving up holiday info http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/west-seattle-thanksgiving-2014-serving-up-holiday-info/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/west-seattle-thanksgiving-2014-serving-up-holiday-info/#comments Tue, 25 Nov 2014 20:33:52 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=293264 Just in case you are wondering:

*Where you can work out before stuffing (yourself)
*Where you can find a free holiday meal
*Which West Seattle grocery stores are open on Thanksgiving and when
*Which West Seattle restaurants/coffee shops are open on Thanksgiving and when

That’s all in the Thanksgiving section atop the WSB West Seattle Holiday Guide (which also continues with dozens more events continuing on to Christmas, Hanukkah, New Year’s) … so we thought we’d nudge you now.

P.S. If you have information to add to the guide, or see something that has changed – please let us know – editor@westseattleblog.com – thank you!

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West Seattle holidays: Menashe Family Lights start Sunday http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/west-seattle-holidays-menashe-family-lights-start-sunday/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/west-seattle-holidays-menashe-family-lights-start-sunday/#comments Tue, 25 Nov 2014 01:36:34 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=293145

We also checked tonight on the Menashe Family Christmas Lights, the brightest lights in West Seattle year after year, and found the crew working hard on the display even as night fell and rain moved back in. Josh Menashe tells us that this Sunday will be the first official night of this year’s display, starting around 6 pm. Here’s something brand-new this year:

Kids will be able to drop off letters to Santa Claus in that brand-new box you’ll find outside the house at 5605 Beach Drive SW. (As Josh put it, Santa knows exactly where their house is.)

P.S. The Menashe home is of course also featured in the WSB West Seattle Holiday Guide – which also includes everything from Thanksgiving info (workouts, free dinners, coffee-shop/restaurant/grocery-store hours) to New Year’s, and we’re updating it daily.

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Holiday countdown: West Seattle Lights/Helmstetler Family Christmas Spectacular starts on Thanksgiving night http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/holiday-countdown-west-seattle-lightshelmstetler-family-christmas-spectacular-starts-on-thanksgiving-night/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/holiday-countdown-west-seattle-lightshelmstetler-family-christmas-spectacular-starts-on-thanksgiving-night/#comments Tue, 25 Nov 2014 01:10:30 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=293137

(WSB photos by Patrick Sand)
Blustery weather or not, the show must go on, so Jim Winder was back up on the roof today at 3908 SW Charlestown, home of his friends the Helmstetler Family, who have hosted his music-synched dancing-lights Christmas Spectacular since 2009.

When the show debuts on Thursday night, you’ll hear new music (added – including Meghan Trainor‘s “All About That Bass,” Taylor Swift‘s “Shake It Off,” Pharrell Williams‘ “Happy,” and Rock Sugar with “Don’t Stop the Santa”). “Surprises in early December,” too, Jim promises.

Jim says he’s not planning a big ceremony this year – the light shows will simply start on Thanksgiving night, with the website schedule updated by then, and you’ll be welcome to stop by any night through New Year’s Eve. A few hours after stopping by to see him, we passed the house again just before dark tonight, and noticed the baseline lights aglow, in Seahawks/Sounders blue and green:

The light show starts at 7 pm Thursday night – remember to bring a donation for the West Seattle Food Bank (there’s a bin out front). You can hear the synchronized music in your car at 101.9 FM.

P.S. This is one of three light shows that are part of the WSB West Seattle Holiday Guide – we’re updating another show next – and please let us know when you see great lights, animated or not, throughout the season … here’s how.

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West Seattle giving: Beer Church’s 16th annual Turkey Bowl rolls up big win for WS Food Bank http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/west-seattle-giving-beer-churchs-16th-annual-turkey-bowl-rolls-up-big-win-for-ws-food-bank/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/west-seattle-giving-beer-churchs-16th-annual-turkey-bowl-rolls-up-big-win-for-ws-food-bank/#comments Mon, 24 Nov 2014 04:15:14 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=293031

(Photo credits: 1st two, WSB; third, courtesy Beer Church)
For the 16th year, the Beer Church Turkey Bowl has scored big for the West Seattle Food Bank. The big night of bowling and donating at West Seattle Bowl was last night, and Kendall Jones (below, with co-conspirator Kim Sharpe Jones) says Turkey Bowl-ers brought in “A truckload of food and $5,204. A good night.”

Here’s the truck in question – with West Seattle Food Bank team members:

Kendall and Kim also bring you the Washington Beer Blog.

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Happening now: JF Henry Cooking & Dining open house http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/happening-now-jf-henry-cooking-dining-open-house/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/happening-now-jf-henry-cooking-dining-open-house/#comments Sun, 23 Nov 2014 20:42:49 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=292988

How about a miniature Alki Point Lighthouse or Space Needle for an ornament and/or wine-bottle tag, cut from remnant slate/soapstone? They’re custom-made for JF Henry Cooking and Dining (WSB sponsor) in The Junction, and among the items you can browse/buy while visiting the Holiday Open House, continuing until 5 pm today. The Christmas-tree train is in the window again this year:

More ornaments nearby, including one that reminded us of an ongoing topic of local coverage:

Upstairs in the store (4445 California SW), don’t miss the complimentary Open House cookie bar:

And if you’re not ready to buy gifts yet … maybe something extra-festive for your Thanksgiving cooking:

We asked proprietor Tom Henry what else is hot this year – he mentioned Kyocera’s new non-toxic (ceramic) non-stick cooking line, among other things. More open-house info here (including the fermentation demo coming up at 3 pm).

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West Seattle holiday scene: Eastridge Church’s turkey tradition http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/west-seattle-holiday-scene-eastridge-churchs-turkey-tradition/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/west-seattle-holiday-scene-eastridge-churchs-turkey-tradition/#comments Sat, 22 Nov 2014 18:25:39 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=292865

Those are a few of the people who served the hundreds lining up along 39th SW this morning, giving the gifts Eastridge Church offers before Thanksgiving every year – turkeys and bags of groceries for holiday meals. This year, between their West Seattle and Issaquah campuses, Eastridge planned to give out 1,500 turkeys – that’s quite the logistical undertaking.

But it goes faster if you keep smiling.

It’s the 12th year Eastridge has given the pre-Thanksgiving gifts – no questions asked, no proof of need required.

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West Seattle holiday giving: ‘Soap for Hope’ drive http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/west-seattle-holiday-giving-soap-for-hope-drive/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/west-seattle-holiday-giving-soap-for-hope-drive/#comments Mon, 17 Nov 2014 23:57:25 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=292386 We’re continuing to collect holiday-giving opportunity information for both our ongoing calendar and the forthcoming WSB West Seattle Holiday Guide – some drives are already under way, and hoping for your help, like “Soap for Hope” at AAA West Seattle (WSB sponsor):

Want to be a part of something BIG? AAA Washington is kicking off the 7th annual Soap for Hope toiletries-donation drive, and we need your help!

The annual campaign provides basic necessities and personal care items for those in need, reaching more than 27 local charities throughout Washington and northern Idaho. By partnering with our members, the community and local organizations, AAA Washington has collected nearly 500,000 toiletry items for local charities the past six years, and distributed more than 8,700 pounds of donations last year alone.

While donations are accepted at our store all year, we invite you to participate in our holiday campaign by donating through December 31 to help those in need this winter. All donations will remain in our local community, benefitting Sojourner Place in Seattle. We will be collecting sample, or regular-size items including deodorant, toothpaste, shaving cream, lotions, shampoos, conditioners, soaps and other new and unopened toiletry items.

Items can be dropped off at our office in Jefferson Square at 4734 42nd Ave SW, or you may contact us to arrange a pickup of your donation. For more information about Soap for Hope, please visit our website at www.aaa.com/SoapforHope.

Thank you in advance for considering this opportunity and know that your contribution is more than just a bar of soap, it’s about providing an opportunity for those in need to have a fresh start to their day and maybe even a personal boost to their self-image.

Ongoing holiday donation/collection drive that could use community help? Send us info as soon as you can – editor@westseattleblog.com – thank you!

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Happening now: Local gift ideas @ West Seattle Sip & Shop http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/happening-now-west-seattle-sip-and-shop/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/happening-now-west-seattle-sip-and-shop/#comments Sun, 16 Nov 2014 22:29:40 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=292327

Your next chance to shop multiple vendors in one spot, as holiday-gift season approaches, is happening right now, until 5 pm, at West Seattle Sip and Shop. You’ll find the bazaar at St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church (California/Hanford), as previewed in our daily calendar-highlights list. Thanks to Emily for sharing the photo (she mentions you’ll find nearly 30 vendors there, plus wine and cookies)!

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West Seattle Junction Hometown Holidays 2014: Here’s what’s happening – traditional favorites, and something new http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/west-seattle-junction-hometown-holidays-2014-heres-whats-happening-traditional-favorites-and-something-new/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/west-seattle-junction-hometown-holidays-2014-heres-whats-happening-traditional-favorites-and-something-new/#comments Sun, 16 Nov 2014 19:40:33 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=292293

(WSB file photo: Junction Tree Lighting, part of an expanded celebration this year, December 6th)
Shop local, celebrate local! The schedule is out for West Seattle Junction Hometown Holidays (co-sponsored again this year by WSB), with events that have become annual traditions over the years, plus something new:

SMALL-BUSINESS SATURDAY: Never mind “Black Friday.” The Saturday after Thanksgiving, November 29th, is a day that local independent merchants will be especially thrilled to see you.

‘SHOP LATE’ THURSDAYS: Many Junction retailers will stay open until 9 pm on December 4th, 11th (which is also the holiday edition of the West Seattle Art Walk), and 18th.

NEW – JUNCTION HOLIDAY PARTY ON TREE-LIGHTING NIGHT: In addition to the 5 pm tree-lighting event on Saturday, December 6th, there will be a “progressive party” at Junction retailers, 4-8 pm, so you can shop and revel before and after the ceremony. Promises the WSJA website, “You’ll find nibbles, drinks, games, and deals all wrapped up with holiday flair.” More details as it gets closer.

SANTA MEET-AND-GREET: BYO camera for two special Sundays – 10 am-2 pm on both – December 7th at City Mouse (4218 SW Alaska) and December 21st on the southwest corner of California/Alaska.

CARRIAGE RIDES: The Belgian Draft Mules return for two Sundays – 10 am on both – December 7th and 14th.

Full Hometown Holidays details are here; we’ll see you there!

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Happening now: 2 more holiday sales, both in Fauntleroy http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/happening-now-2-more-holiday-sales-both-in-fauntleroy/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/happening-now-2-more-holiday-sales-both-in-fauntleroy/#comments Sat, 15 Nov 2014 22:06:05 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=292234

In Fauntleroy, two holiday sale/bazaar events happening now are right across the street from each other. First – it’s the second of three days for the Fauntleroy Fine Art and Holiday Gift Fair at Fauntleroy Church. Visitors were serenaded by the church’s music director Bron Edwards:

Artists whose work is being shown and sold include Bill Reiswig, who created this:

The art/gift fair at the church (9140 California SW) continues until 4 pm today, and is open again 11 am-2 pm tomorrow (Sunday). Across the street, today’s your only chance to visit the Fauntleroy Schoolhouse‘s second annual holiday/winter bazaar, with baked treats for sale right inside the front door:

The historic schoolhouse’s beautiful hall is where you’ll find most of the vendors and artists.

This event also continues until 4 pm. And while you’re there, admire the raingarden and its metal art outside, as well as the renovation work the schoolhouse (9131 California SW) has been under going.

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Shop local, gift local! Highland Park Improvement Club bazaar http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/shop-local-gift-local-highland-park-improvement-club-bazaar/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/shop-local-gift-local-highland-park-improvement-club-bazaar/#comments Sat, 15 Nov 2014 20:41:41 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=292215

Cool stocking-stuffer (or other mini-gift) ideas at the Highland Park Improvement Club holiday bazaar, happening right now inside HPIC at 12th/Holden. The map switchplates feature West Seattle neighborhoods as well as other towns/cities (not just the NW – we found one for Fairfield/Vacaville, Calif., whose radio station employed your editor here, long ago). Another table features buttons, mugs, and other local-logo creations:

Lots of other handmade items – including caramels!

Treat-wise, you’ll also find a bake sale. Then there’s jewelry, body-care and fragrance products, wearables … This is a one-day-only bazaar, so get there before 3 pm.

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West Seattle Thanksgiving: Eastridge turkey giveaway set http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/west-seattle-thanksgiving-eastridge-turkey-giveaway-set/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/west-seattle-thanksgiving-eastridge-turkey-giveaway-set/#comments Wed, 12 Nov 2014 05:31:31 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=291847 Advance alert in case you or someone you know is interested: Once again this Thanksgiving season, Eastridge Church will give away 1,500 turkey-and-groceries packages at its West Seattle and Issaquah campuses. This year’s date is Saturday, November 22nd, starting at 9 am, and continuing as long as the supply lasts; they don’t ask for proof of need – anyone who shows up is eligible. In West Seattle, Eastridge is at 39th/Oregon (map) in the Junction/Triangle area. (WSB photo from 2012)

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WSB West Seattle Holiday Guide launching soon – share your event(s)/info with everyone! http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/wsb-west-seattle-holiday-guide-launching-soon-share-your-eventsinfo-with-everyone/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/wsb-west-seattle-holiday-guide-launching-soon-share-your-eventsinfo-with-everyone/#comments Mon, 10 Nov 2014 23:33:45 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=291628 We’re working on the WSB West Seattle Holiday Guide right now – our traditional one-stop page for EVERYTHING holiday-ish that’s happening in this area between mid-November and early January – and want to nudge you to send info about anything that might fit! Including but not limited to:

*Restaurant/bar hours (or closure plans) for Thanksgiving/Christmas/New Year’s
*Holiday open houses at local businesses
*Holiday-season donation drives
*Tree lightings
*Tree lots/wreath sales
*Concerts/singalongs
*Theater performances
*Holiday church/synagogue services
*Holiday light/decorations displays
*Bazaars/art sales/trunk shows
*Other holiday celebrations to which the community’s invited

As with other event announcements, we request that you send the info:

*Via e-mail – editor@westseattleblog.com
*At least a week in advance (but the sooner, the better, even weeks/months ahead)
*Text only, PLEASE – we cannot easily pull details off a flyer/poster. You can attach those *too* if desired, but please put the info in the body of your e-mail.
*Weblinks are very much welcome. Facebook links are OK but a link to your website, which means the widest possible accessibility/readership, is better.

Thank you! (We do update the guide daily throughout the season, but the more info we have even BEFORE we launch version 1.0, the better.)

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