West Seattle Blog... » Holidays http://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Mon, 24 Nov 2014 21:51:02 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.2 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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West Seattle holidays: Free community Thanksgiving dinner again this year @ Hall at Fauntleroy http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/west-seattle-holidays-free-community-thanksgiving-dinner-again-this-year-hall-at-fauntleroy/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/west-seattle-holidays-free-community-thanksgiving-dinner-again-this-year-hall-at-fauntleroy/#comments Thu, 06 Nov 2014 05:10:09 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=291202

(WSB photo from Thanksgiving 2013)
Only three weeks from Thanksgiving, and holiday-related event announcements are coming in, including this one, announced by Tuxedos and Tennis Shoes, which caters this gift to the community every year:

16th annual Free Community Thanksgiving Meal
at The Hall at Fauntleroy
9131 California Ave SW
Thursday, November 27 from 12 Noon to 3 PM
All are welcome
Questions – 206-932-1059

We are again accepting donation of desserts and also warm blankets, throws, hats, scarves, and gloves – new or very gently used (clean) please.

T&T always stresses, this isn’t just for people in need – anyone and everyone is welcome to come enjoy the holiday meal together.

P.S.: If your business, organization, school, etc., has one or more winter-holiday-season events planned, open to the community, and you HAVEN’T already sent us the announcement – please do, as soon as you can! Don’t worry about including posters, flyers, logos, “press releases”; just a few simple lines of information, and a website link IF you have one, will do. We’re adding them to the calendar as they arrive – editor@westseattleblog.com – thanks!

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West Seattle veterans: Denny Int’l Middle School invites you http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/west-seattle-veterans-denny-intl-middle-school-invites-you/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/west-seattle-veterans-denny-intl-middle-school-invites-you/#comments Wed, 29 Oct 2014 15:59:48 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=290287

From Denny International Middle School teacher Luther J. Carr III:

West Seattle Veterans!!! Denny International Middle School is looking for YOU to join us and be recognized & honored for your service to America at our annual Veterans Day Assembly, November 10, 2014 at 1:15PM. This invitation is open to the first 10 Veterans (limited seating) who respond to this invitation.

At our assembly you will be given priority seating, enjoy music, guest speakers, and inspirational videos along with our Denny scholars and staff.

If interested, which we hope that you are, please contact me at ljcarr@seattleschools.org

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West Seattle Halloween 2014: Trick-or-treat dates set http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/west-seattle-halloween-2014-trick-or-treat-dates-set/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/west-seattle-halloween-2014-trick-or-treat-dates-set/#comments Wed, 15 Oct 2014 19:30:43 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=288771 This year’s edition of the WSB Halloween (and related) event page is in the works, with numerous events/activities already in our calendar (sent your announcement yet? Hurry! editor@westseattleblog.com). In the short run, three business-district trick-or-treat events are set in West Seattle, so here’s one handy list:

THE JUNCTION: During the Harvest Festival on October 26th – business trick-or-treating starts at noon, following the 11:30 am costume parade.

THE ADMIRAL DISTRICT: 3-6 pm on Halloween (Friday, October 31st).

WESTWOOD VILLAGE: 5-7 pm on Halloween.

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West Seattle Halloween 2014: Admiral District trick-or-treating http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/west-seattle-halloween-2014-admiral-district-trick-or-treating/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/west-seattle-halloween-2014-admiral-district-trick-or-treating/#comments Tue, 30 Sep 2014 18:49:26 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=287314

(WSB photo from 2013 Admiral District trick-or-treating)
The Junction already has announced its Harvest Festival, which includes the annual business-district trick-or-treating (and other components – watch for more news shortly). This morning, we are sharing The Admiral District’s trick-or-treat event announcement, just so you can mark your calendars: Participating businesses there will have the candy out 3-6 pm on Halloween (October 31st), which is a Friday this year.

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West Seattle 4th of July 2014: Night notes, including fireworks, stabbing, crash http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/west-seattle-4th-of-july-2014-notes-as-the-night-proceeds/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/west-seattle-4th-of-july-2014-notes-as-the-night-proceeds/#comments Sat, 05 Jul 2014 03:37:50 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=278356 8:37 PM: As night falls, we’re starting a sort of live chronicle/open thread going here – anything of note that we hear about via scanner, text (206-293-6302), e-mail, etc. We start with another reminder that if you lose or find a pet tonight, once you’ve checked around the neighborhood, please send a note – pic if you have one, but not mandatory – to editor@westseattleblog.com, and we’ll put a listing on the WSB Lost/Found Pets page, which is already busier than other days of the year. Hoping for a safe night for all.

9:04 PM: Police are checking out a reported strong-arm robbery at the bus stop on Barton by Roxhill Park, per the scanner. The victim is reported to have said a group of 8 or so robbers “stole his fireworks” and then got on a RapidRide bus. By the way, police *are* being dispatched to some fireworks calls. We’ve heard addresses from Westwood to Alki.

9:27 PM: A dispatch to the 2700 block of Alki right now, with a report of someone putting fireworks in front of cars and on fences. Meantime, LS in Highland Park just sent this report about something earlier tonight:

Around 8 pm, I saw someone driving away very fast in a very loud white pickup, and looking back toward my mailbox seconds before it exploded. Police arrived about half an hour after I reported it, and are submitting it to the bomb squad. It was a sizeable bomb. Apparently the same person (same pickup) was seen after exploding something else in W Seattle (according to the officers). Hopefully someone will see the license plate and report this jerk.

9:54 PM: The fireworks dispatches/callouts on the scanner continue – addresses all over West Seattle. Also a few minutes ago, four people reported to be brawling near 61st/Stevens in Alki. Meantime, the fireworks on Lake Union are now less than half an hour away.

10:26 PM: “Chinese lanterns, falling into people’s yards” in the 2400 block of Alki. (Likely the popular “sky lanterns.) And now another strong-arm-robbery report, not far from the first one – someone saying they were knocked down by QFC at Westwood Village, and had their wallet stolen. Police got there quickly and now report “one in custody.” (Again, this is all preliminary information – we won’t be able to see the final reports before Monday.) Over on Lake Union, the big Seafair-produced fireworks show has begun. (**a few minutes later**) Brush-fire call at the former Genesee Hill Elementary.

10:45 PM: Fireworks on Lake Union are over. East Alki will be emptying out. But the unofficial shows continue. Someone just texted about “huge” fireworks visible somewhere near California/College in Admiral.

11 PM: Police are going to start “sweeping the beach” to tell people Alki Beach Park is closed (as of 11) and that it’s time to clear out.

12:52 AM: Much quieter out there; so far, no major incidents in West Seattle, though police and fire have been plenty busy.

2:08 AM: Missed the initial dispatch for the “assault with weapons” call at 64th/Admiral. A private ambulance was called, suggesting non-life-threatening injuries, and the call closed after about half an hour, so, pending further info, it seems to have not been major; will update when we find out more.

2:47 AM: We’ve received a phone call from someone who says he was a witness. He says a stranger barged into a neighborhood party and stabbed one of the guests, then ran out. The caller alleges police were slow to show, and that the suspect – who he described as white, mid-30s, bearded, blondish-brownish hair, wearing a white shirt – was long gone. He didn’t have an update on the victim’s condition but did affirm the injury didn’t seem to be life-threatening. (added) Southwest Precinct Lt. Paul Leung did respond to our original inquiry and also said it was a private party, at which, he says, an “unknown person showed up and somehow got into an altercation with one of the guests. The guest was cut in the hand with a knife and the suspect left in an unknown direction. The injuries were minor. Everyone was intoxicated.”

4:06 AM: Reader report from Kristen:

Just want to report that there was a car crash here on Marine View and about a block south of 106th at about 2:44 AM – one that sent a Jeep off the road into a downhill bank. My household and I heard the screeching of tires and then a loud crash. We found a Jeep off the main road crashed in-between trees… but no one there. Apparently the driver and anyone else in the car split… we called the police and two officers arrived immediately. They’re towing the car and I suspect the driver will be notified accordingly (which makes it all the more silly that they would think running would be smart)…

Tonight is an especially perilous night because of the holiday, but people almost always come around the curve on MVD too fast, going north and south. This is not the first time we’ve known someone to take it too fast and go careening off the main road (we live on the part of MVD that dips below the main road), sober or drunk. I wish that drivers would be more cautious on the main road. Tonight was certainly a scary reminder that people need to be more aware that there is potential to careen off the road if they’re going too fast!

We’ll be checking with police to see if the car by any chance was stolen – which is sometimes the case when a crashed car is abandoned.

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