West Seattle Blog... » Holidays http://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Fri, 27 Nov 2015 07:00:54 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.2 ‘Black Friday,’ West Seattle style: No need to stand in lines or dash down aisles http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/black-friday-west-seattle-style-no-need-to-stand-in-lines-or-dash-down-aisles/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/black-friday-west-seattle-style-no-need-to-stand-in-lines-or-dash-down-aisles/#comments Fri, 27 Nov 2015 07:00:54 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=330373 The post-Thanksgiving calm is starting to settle … except for the corners of the holiday-shopping world where people are lining up for the start of “Black Friday.” Instead of mall-mania, West Seattle’s local independent retailers invite you to sleep in and see what they have to offer – tomorrow, Saturday, Sunday, and beyond. You don’t even have to wait for “Shop Small Saturday” – make it “Shop Small Every Day.” The WSB West Seattle Holiday Guide has some previews of local shopping highlights if you scroll down the page; also new this year, the West Seattle Junction Association is offering some ideas in a three-part Gift Guide (here’s where to start). Another stop for your list tomorrow – it’s the first of three days for the annual Native Holiday Gift Fair at the Duwamish Tribe Longhouse – hand-crafted creations you won’t find anywhere else. (WSB photo: Garland-decked Easy Street Records, one of the local indie businesses where you’ll find deals Friday)

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TOMORROW: Sealth, WSHS marching bands in downtown parade http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/tomorrow-sealth-wshs-marching-bands-in-downtown-parade/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/tomorrow-sealth-wshs-marching-bands-in-downtown-parade/#comments Fri, 27 Nov 2015 01:08:27 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=330356 IF you’re going downtown to see tomorrow morning’s Macy’s Holiday Parade – you’ll have locals to cheer for: The Chief Sealth International High School and West Seattle High School marching bands are both on the lineup, per their online schedules. The parade starts at 9 am and ends when Santa Claus goes by – the route is described in SDOT’s holiday-weekend alert. You can’t take the Water Taxi over since it’s not running on Friday, but you can take Metro, which will be on a “reduced weekday” schedule. (Anybody else from WS in the parade? Please comment, or message us, so we’ll all know to look for you!)

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HAPPENING NOW: West Seattle Eagles’ 7th annual ‘Thanksgiving to Remember’ community dinner http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/happening-now-west-seattle-eagles-7th-annual-thanksgiving-to-remember-community-dinner/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/happening-now-west-seattle-eagles-7th-annual-thanksgiving-to-remember-community-dinner/#comments Thu, 26 Nov 2015 23:28:29 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=330362

Another group of West Seattleites putting the “giving” in Thanksgiving today – the West Seattle Eagles, serving their 7th annual “Thanksgiving to Remember” feast, free to all, until 5 pm. The first hour saw more than 60 people, they told us when we stopped by:

Among the Eagles and volunteers making everyone welcome are Armando Juarez, Christine Juarez, and Gatewood Elementary students Maddy and Ty:

The Eagles’ aerie is just south of the Junction post office, 4426 California SW.

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PHOTOS: Thanksgiving dinner @ The Hall at Fauntleroy, year 17 http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/happening-now-thanksgiving-dinner-the-hall-at-fauntleroy-year-17/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/happening-now-thanksgiving-dinner-the-hall-at-fauntleroy-year-17/#comments Thu, 26 Nov 2015 21:30:18 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=330347

For the 17th year, Tuxedos and Tennis Shoes Catering is serving its legendary complimentary community Thanksgiving dinner right now at The Hall at Fauntleroy, all welcome, until 3 pm. We dropped in to photograph some of the smiling faces of the people who are spending part of their holiday making it happen:

T&TSC proprietor David Haggerty (3rd from right, above) told us that within the first 35 minutes or so, they had already served 100 diners. (What does it take for this large-scale feast to happen? See our behind-the-scenes story from 2012.) As is also a tradition, a table in the hallway also was laden with warm clothing available to anyone who needed to take some home.

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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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