Holidays – West Seattle Blog… http://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Fri, 20 Apr 2018 17:41:31 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.5 WEST SEATTLE EASTER SCENES: Outdoor service; indoor egg hunt http://westseattleblog.com/2018/04/west-seattle-easter-scenes-outdoor-service-indoor-egg-hunt/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/04/west-seattle-easter-scenes-outdoor-service-indoor-egg-hunt/#respond Mon, 02 Apr 2018 02:39:13 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=912915 Scenes from both ends of West Seattle on Easter Sunday morning:

SUNRISE SERVICE AT THE BEACH: Thanks to Lynn Hall for the photo of this morning’s gathering at Alki Beach, where Admiral UCC, Alki UCC, and Fauntleroy UCC churches hold a joint sunrise service every Easter, rain or shine.

INDOOR EGG HUNT: And in South Delridge this morning, one of the last egg hunts of the year:

(WSB photos)

The Salvation Army invited kids into their gym for an egg hunt, followed by breakfast.

You can see our coverage of Saturday’s egg hunts here and here.

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Scenes from West Seattle Thriftway’s 2018 egg-hunt excitement http://westseattleblog.com/2018/03/scenes-from-west-seattle-thriftways-2018-egg-hunt-excitement/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/03/scenes-from-west-seattle-thriftways-2018-egg-hunt-excitement/#comments Sat, 31 Mar 2018 22:07:57 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=912814

Our area’s one and only supermarket egg hunt, at West Seattle Thriftway (WSB sponsor), draws many styles of hunters – some striding coolly and confidently down the aisles, as shown above, and some wandering every which way at once.

This morning brought a crowd as always. Fun part is, you never know where you’re going to find an egg – maybe even among the baked goods:

And of course they’re usually lining the aisles:

Some eggs are redeemable for special prizes – Matthew found one of them and showed us what he got:

And of course the Easter Bunny made a guest appearance, posing below with Thriftway’s Michele Grasso:

This is an especially festive year at West Seattle Thriftway, since, as mentioned here again last night, the store’s celebrating its 30th anniversary!

P.S. If you missed today’s egg hunts – check our Easter Etc. Guide for the local churches that are having them before or after services tomorrow.

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VIDEO: Busy bunnies and egg-hunters at Seattle Parks’ West Seattle community centers http://westseattleblog.com/2018/03/video-busy-bunnies-and-egg-hunters-at-seattle-parks-west-seattle-community-centers/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/03/video-busy-bunnies-and-egg-hunters-at-seattle-parks-west-seattle-community-centers/#respond Sat, 31 Mar 2018 18:41:13 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=912792

11:41 AM: A hectic and happy morning at Seattle Parks community centers all over the city – including five in West Seattle – that hosted egg hunts. Our first photos are from Southwest TLC, which held its hunt on the big field to the west where Denny International Middle School used to be. Hunters were separated by age group, and each area had one special egg that could be redeemed for a prize basket. Here’s our video looking eastward over the field at the peak of the hunt:

Anybody who had a question didn’t have to wonder who to ask – just look for the bunny ears!

Meantime, on the north end of the peninsula, we also had a photographer at Hiawatha Community Center. Egg-hunters of all ages there too:

High fives for the bunny:

Easter-time is known for hats – these egg-hunters made creative choices:

If you have a photo from any of the other community centers that had hunts this morning – Alki, Delridge, High Point – we would love to add a few! editor@westseattleblog.com – thank you!

ADDED 2:11 PM: Thanks to Crystal for a photo from the High Point hunt:

She explains, “This is Gaby. She got an Easter basket when she found a golden ticket in one of the eggs :)”

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PHOTOS: Forest Lawn hosts West Seattle’s first egg hunt of 2018 http://westseattleblog.com/2018/03/photos-forest-lawn-hosts-west-seattles-first-egg-hunt-of-2018/ Sat, 24 Mar 2018 20:26:45 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=912239

So many eggs, so little time! Lots of kids showed up for the season’s first West Seattle egg hunt today at Forest Lawn Cemetery (WSB sponsor) in High Point. So many, in fact, they told us they had a bonus early hunt after starting their mini-festival at 10 am, in addition to the scheduled one at noon.

The rest of the local egg hunts are next Saturday and Sunday, as listed on our Easter Etc. page.

Forest Lawn, meantime, hosts its annual nondenominational Easter Sunday sunrise service a week from tomorrow, at 6:30 am.

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COUNTDOWN: 5 days to Egg Hunt #1, and what else is on our newly launched list http://westseattleblog.com/2018/03/countdown-5-days-to-egg-hunt-1-and-what-else-is-on-our-newly-launched-list/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/03/countdown-5-days-to-egg-hunt-1-and-what-else-is-on-our-newly-launched-list/#comments Mon, 19 Mar 2018 17:03:23 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=911768 Our Easter, Passover, and More seasonal list went live over the weekend, and as always, we will be continuing to update it daily through the end of spring-holiday season in early April. The event list starts with an “early” egg hunt and spring celebration next Saturday (March 24th) at Forest Lawn (6701 30th SW; WSB sponsor). The list also includes church services for Holy Week (starting with Palm Sunday on March 25th), and we’ve heard from six churches already. As with our year-round calendar, it’s free to have your event(s)/service(s)/brunch/etc. on the list – just e-mail the info ASAP to editor@westseattleblog.com – no need for a fancy “press release” or flyer, just tell us the basic what/when/where/etc. – thank you!

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EGG HUNTS, ETC.: This year’s West Seattle Easter & More list launches http://westseattleblog.com/2018/03/egg-hunts-etc-this-years-west-seattle-easter-more-list-launches/ Sat, 17 Mar 2018 22:02:52 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=911647 Just one week until the first egg hunt of the season (longtime WSB sponsor Forest Lawn is having one next Saturday, while the rest are on Easter weekend March 31st and April 1st) – and the first take of our seasonal list is up: See it here. If you have a seasonal event, service, brunch, etc. to add, please send us the info ASAP so we can add it! Graphics, flyers, press releases not required – just some info in plain text in the body of your e-mail – editor@westseattleblog.com – thank you!

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West Seattle St. Patrick’s Day sightings: Green stripe; ‘clamrocks’ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/03/west-seattle-st-patricks-day-sightings-green-stripe-clamrocks/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/03/west-seattle-st-patricks-day-sightings-green-stripe-clamrocks/#comments Sat, 17 Mar 2018 19:39:49 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=911639 Seen in West Seattle on St. Patrick’s Day 2018:

We of course had to go see if the legendary green stripe on 41st SW north of Admiral Way had been refreshed for another year. The pictorial proof is above. (We’ve featured it many past years – including 2017, 2016, 2015, 2011, 2010 – and it remains a mystery.) The next photo is from Suky:

Suky explains, “No shamrocks at Lincoln Park this morning – Just clamrocks!”

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2 West Seattle ways to green up on St. Patrick’s Day http://westseattleblog.com/2018/03/2-west-seattle-ways-to-green-up-on-st-patricks-day/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/03/2-west-seattle-ways-to-green-up-on-st-patricks-day/#comments Tue, 13 Mar 2018 20:03:53 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=911238 Two ways to go green this St. Patrick’s Day (next Saturday, March 17th) without leaving the peninsula:

BEACH CLEANUP: The photo is from Puget Soundkeeper, which invites you to help clean up Alki, for the benefit of life offshore as well as onshore:

Marine debris includes human-made trash, litter, discarded equipment, and other solid material that enters our waterways and oceans and ends up floating out to sea or fouling our beaches and shorelines. Ninety percent of marine debris is plastic, which breaks down into smaller and smaller pieces, accumulates pollutants, and ends up in wildlife and in the food we eat. Through ingestion, strangulation, entrapment and injury, marine debris kills and injures thousands of animals every year. Due to the long life of these products, litter and debris will continue to harm the environment until someone comes along to clean up the mess.

Soundkeeper holds cleanups around the Puget Sound region to get trash off our shorelines and out of our waterways, and works to support policies that can move us towards more responsible consumption habits and waste management infrastructure. Cleanups are open to everyone and only require a willingness to get dirty! Soundkeeper will provide trash bags, grabbers, and gloves and will help properly dispose of trash when finished.

Time: 10 am – 12 pm. Location: Alki Beach (1702 Alki Ave SW) The 37 bus runs adjacent to the beach. Free street parking is available along Alki Ave SW. Volunteers will meet up at the Statue of Liberty Plaza near the beach.

What to bring: Please dress for the weather and wear comfortable shoes. Wear athletic clothing that can get wet and/or muddy, and bring an extra set of clothes if you wish to change afterwards. Old tennis shoes are a good option if you don’t have water shoes. If it is sunny, consider wearing a hat and sunscreen and bring plenty of water. All cleanup equipment is provided.

Waivers: Everyone will need to sign a Puget Soundkeeper waiver. Participants under 18 will need a guardian to sign the waiver on their behalf. To RSVP: Call 206-297-7002 or email Hillary (hillary@pugetsoundkeeper.org)

GO GREEN WITH SWS @ C & P: Then on Saturday night, as announced by Stu Hennessey of Sustainable West Seattle:

Sustainable West Seattle is celebrating St. Patrick’s Day and the saving of a West Seattle green space and public gathering area, C & P Coffee.

Celebrate the GREEN and the victory of C & P Coffee keeping their very public, open Green Space and valuable community small business. This is a victory for all of us! There will be music and the usual menu from C&P available for purchase. We will be glad to talk to you about being GREEN in West Seattle.

Saturday, March 17th, from 6:30 to 9 pm at C & P Coffee, 5612 California SW.

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LIST TIME! Got anything for the WSB Easter/Passover/etc. list? http://westseattleblog.com/2018/03/list-time-got-anything-for-the-wsb-easter-passover-etc-list/ Mon, 12 Mar 2018 18:16:02 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=911159 (WSB photo, April 2017 egg hunt)

Easter (April 1st) and Passover (starting March 30th) are now less than three weeks away, so we’re working today/tonight on the next in the annual series of WSB holiday one-stop-for-everything infolists. If you have anything to include for this one – egg hunts or other seasonal events, religious services, special brunches – please send us the info as soon as possible (thanks to those who have e-mailed us already)! Our requested format is simple, same as our regular calendar listings: Plain text in the body of your e-mail, not in an attachment, no image/graphic/flyer needed, but please DO include website link(s) – send to editor@westseattleblog.com. Thank you!

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PRESIDENTS DAY: Info for the rest of your holiday Monday http://westseattleblog.com/2018/02/presidents-day-info-for-the-rest-of-your-holiday-monday/ Mon, 19 Feb 2018 18:31:48 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=909433 Our regular morning transit/traffic coverage has the info about changes in getting around today – so here’s what else you might need to know:

LIBRARIES CLOSED: Both Seattle and King County.

CITY-RUN PARKS FACILITIES: Here’s the list of what’s closed and what’s open.

POSTAL HOLIDAY: USPS facilities are closed; no delivery.

PARKING HOLIDAY … if you’re going to a neighborhood that has street parking with city pay stations, there’s no charge today.

WEST SEATTLE YMCA IS OPEN, AND … as listed on the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar, you can check out today’s 4 pm Meatless Monday cooking demo at the Y (3622 SW Snoqualmie; WSB sponsor).

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TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Transportation info for MLK Day 2018 http://westseattleblog.com/2018/01/traffic-transit-today-transportation-info-for-mlk-day-2018/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/01/traffic-transit-today-transportation-info-for-mlk-day-2018/#comments Mon, 15 Jan 2018 15:24:01 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=906311

(SDOT MAP with travel times/video links; is the ‘low bridge’ closed? LOOK HERE)

7:24 AM: Good morning! Here are the transportation changes for today’s Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Day holiday:

METROReduced weekday service
WATER TAXINo service
SOUND TRANSITRegular weekday service for Route 560; light rail, Saturday schedule
CITY STREET PARKINGNo charge at city-run pay stations/meters
SCHOOL BUSES – No school, so no buses

Remember that Metro plans to stop most buses for a “moment of remembrance” at 4:04 pm today.

Also: As announced last night, Washington State Ferries’ Fauntleroy-Vashon-Southworth route is down to 2 boats.

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Metro plans to stop buses for ‘moment of remembrance’ on MLK Day http://westseattleblog.com/2018/01/metro-plans-to-stop-buses-for-moment-of-remembrance-on-mlk-day/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/01/metro-plans-to-stop-buses-for-moment-of-remembrance-on-mlk-day/#comments Wed, 10 Jan 2018 21:07:53 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=905991

Just announced by Metro:

King County Metro will briefly pause all bus service at 4:04 p.m. Monday, Jan. 15, for a moment of reflection and remembrance to honor the birthday of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and to mark the 50th anniversary of his assassination.

About 975 commute time Metro and Metro-operated Sound Transit buses will be in service at that time, and the majority will pull over and stop for a brief moment of reflection in honor of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., whose legacy of justice, inclusion and diversity serves to drive King County to better serve people. King was assassinated April 4, 1968, and King County is named in his honor.

“Dr. King devoted his life to fighting for equality and human rights for all, and we dedicate this moment to equity and social justice for all that Dr. King lived and died for,” said King County Metro General Manager Rob Gannon. “Metro believes that mobility is one of those rights. We are proud to provide public transportation services that enable all people to access the opportunities needed to thrive in King County.

“As we briefly pull our buses to the curb for a moment of reflection, we invite you to join us.”

Metro and Metro-operated Sound Transit buses in King County will pull over and stop only where and when it is safe to do so. Buses will not pause service if they are traveling on highways, in the Downtown Seattle Transit Tunnel or on roadways where there is no place to safely pull over.

Metro will notify riders via transit alerts and on-board announcements in the days leading up to the moment of reflection. We appreciate and share our thanks to riders in advance for respecting and supporting our pause in service, and give our assurance that transit service will quickly restart at the conclusion of the moment of remembrance.

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HOLIDAY POSTSCRIPT: How the first-ever West Seattle Gingerbread House Contest went http://westseattleblog.com/2018/01/holiday-postscript-how-the-first-ever-west-seattle-gingerbread-house-contest-went/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/01/holiday-postscript-how-the-first-ever-west-seattle-gingerbread-house-contest-went/#comments Tue, 09 Jan 2018 18:16:57 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=905903

The collage is from the organizers of the first-ever West Seattle Gingerbread House Contest, who want to show you how it turned out:

We’d like to say a huge thank you to the makers of these incredibly charming gingerbread houses, each showing so much imagination, craftsmanship, and honoring the West Seattle places and experiences that they love. Our makers are:

Brownie Troop 41169 (7 and 8 year olds)
Troop Leaders: Noirin Lynch and Angela Gilbert,
“Outdoor Fun and S’mores at Camp Long”

Devon Porter and Anabelle Watt,
“A Wildcat Winter” — West Seattle High School

Lillian Szugyi,
“Our Wonderful West Seattle Community at CrossFit Loft”

There is still time to see these sweet and clever creations. Husky Deli will have them in the window until January 13th.

Thank you for making this a very successful first year!

Warmly, The Log House Museum, Husky Deli, and NW Art and Frame

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West Seattle weekend scene: Burning Christmas trees at Alki Beach http://westseattleblog.com/2018/01/west-seattle-weekend-scene-burning-christmas-trees-at-alki-beach/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/01/west-seattle-weekend-scene-burning-christmas-trees-at-alki-beach/#comments Sun, 07 Jan 2018 10:11:16 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=905737

It’s an unofficial holiday-season-ending ritual at Alki Beach – rounding up dozens of Christmas trees for a big bonfire. It happened last night, and David Christensen was rollerblading past when he stopped for the photo. Another part of the tradition – somebody usually calls 911, since this is beyond what the rules allow for the fire rings. So Seattle Fire and Police were dispatched; we don’t know what happened from there, but the online incident log shows SFD was there for all of six minutes.

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TREE TAKEDOWN TIME: Rainbow Girls’ dropoff event Saturday http://westseattleblog.com/2018/01/tree-takedown-time-rainbow-girls-dropoff-event-saturday/ Fri, 05 Jan 2018 17:00:52 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=905548 Christmas tree still up, and drying out? Curbside pickup or transfer-station dropoff options not quite working for you? Tomorrow brings another option – the West Seattle Rainbow Girls’ annual dropoff event in The Junction. They’ll be at the Masonic Center parking lot (4736 40th SW) between 9 am and 1 pm Saturday (January 6th) to accept your tree. It’s a fundraiser, so the fee is whatever you want to donate for the service.

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