West Seattle Blog... » Holidays http://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Mon, 26 Jan 2015 17:46:56 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.2 West Seattle Monday: What you can do on MLK Day 2015 http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/west-seattle-monday-what-you-can-do-on-mlk-day-2015/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/west-seattle-monday-what-you-can-do-on-mlk-day-2015/#comments Mon, 19 Jan 2015 17:00:55 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=298575


(WSB photo taken this morning: Youngstown Cultural Arts Center mural, painted and dedicated last summer)
Make a difference in your own quiet way, this MLK Day. City park facilities and libraries are closed, but we do have suggestions/possibilities for today/tonight:

GROWING GARDENERS’ WORKSHOP: West Seattle Nursery offers a free activity for students on no-school days – today, planting! 1-2 pm, must be accompanied by an adult, but most importantly, call to see if there’s room. Details on the WSN calendar. (California/Brandon)

DONATE TO WEST SEATTLE FOOD BANK VIA SBG: Less than 2 weeks to go in the Straight Blast Gym (WSB sponsor) donation drive for the West Seattle Food Bank, and dropping off donations today is a simple way to honor the holiday with a bit of community service. We wrote about it last week, here. (5050 Delridge Way SW)

VISIT THE DUWAMISH LONGHOUSE CULTURAL CENTER: Ever been to the Duwamish Longhouse, which opened six years ago this month? Maybe today is the day. Free admission (goodwill donations accepted), free parking. Open Mondays-Saturdays, 10 am-5 pm. (4705 W. Marginal Way SW) (Our apologies: Commenters report it’s closed)

LEARN, VOLUNTEER, JOIN WITH SUSTAINABLE WEST SEATTLE: 6:30 pm at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), as previewed here last night, you can get involved with your community and the planet’s future by checking out Sustainable West Seattle‘s annual meeting. They’ll provide dessert and inspiration. (5612 California SW)

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West Seattle holiday-giving postscript: What you gave to Helpline via Dave Newman’s office & other participating businesses http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/west-seattle-holiday-giving-postscript-what-you-gave-to-helpline-via-dave-newmans-office-other-participating-businesses/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/west-seattle-holiday-giving-postscript-what-you-gave-to-helpline-via-dave-newmans-office-other-participating-businesses/#comments Wed, 07 Jan 2015 19:16:05 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=297355

(Car full of donations, unloaded upon delivery to Helpline)
Throughout the just-wrapped-up holiday season, countless West Seattle businesses, schools, organizations, and individuals gave generously to local nonprofits, in so many ways. Today, before the holidays are too far back in the rear-view mirror, we have a wrap-up of one drive that lasted beyond Christmas, all the way through New Year’s Eve, headquartered at the office of State Farm agent Dave Newman (WSB sponsor), who writes:

The annual coat and cold weather clothing collection for the West Seattle Helpline was a great success!

Special thanks to local businesses such as Berkshire Hathaway, Mirsepasy Law Office, Chelan Café, Alki Key and Lock, Wiseman’s Appliance, Admiral Starbucks, Swedish Automotive, Foreign Car Workshop, Auto Buff, and Les Schwab. With their help, and the help of other local supporters, we collected seven large barrels of cold-weather clothing for our less-fortunate friends and neighbors. A heartfelt thanks to fellow citizens who made it possible by their generosity and giving nature.

Let’s all hope for a pleasant 2015.

So what happens to all that clothing?

That photo is courtesy of WS Helpline, whose Anna Fern notes that the WSH clothing bank Clothesline “is open three days this week with 25 families scheduled to come to ‘shop’ for free clothing and coats! Over the last two months (November and December) we have given away over 162 coats! Clients have been very grateful! One commented, ‘What a great gift – the gift of warmth and comfort’.”

P.S. You can help Helpline any time of year, with clothing or money.

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Happening now: Drop off your Christmas tree with Rainbow Girls http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/happening-now-drop-off-your-christmas-tree-with-rainbow-girls/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/happening-now-drop-off-your-christmas-tree-with-rainbow-girls/#comments Sat, 03 Jan 2015 20:55:09 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=297042

Sure, you have multiple ways to recycle your Christmas tree. But the Rainbow Girls‘ annual benefit has a few one-of-a-kind aspects, including: Nonprofit fundraiser; only place in West Seattle to drop off your tree (if you don’t want it sitting out on the curb until your next pickup day); no need to cut the tree into pieces (but no flocking or tinsel, please). Just take your tree to the Alki Masonic Center parking lot in The Junction (40th/Edmunds, newly repaved and regraded) until 3 pm today; they’re accepting cash donations for the service. They’re also selling handmade Seahawks-theme scarves, we noted while there to photograph (above, L-R) Destiney, Darian, and Zoë.

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VIDEO: West Seattle New Year’s Day 2015 Polar Bear Swim! http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/video-west-seattle-new-years-day-2015-polar-bear-swim/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/video-west-seattle-new-years-day-2015-polar-bear-swim/#comments Thu, 01 Jan 2015 23:15:56 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=296907

(WSB video/photos, unless otherwise credited)
Though the New Year had arrived 10 hours earlier, for hundreds, it wasn’t 2015 until the annual Polar Bear Swim at Alki Beach. This year, the water was warmer than the air – ~50 degrees and 32 degrees respectively. Whatever the temperature or weather conditions, some wouldn’t miss it, like Kayleen Dunson and her fellow softball umpires (join them on the field this year!), with the morning’s most-patriotic photo op:

Water-testing was called for, too.

Of course, Seahawks fans were in view …

… after on-the-beach decorating:

Not as many costumed swimmers this year, but festive hats were in evidence:

(That photo and next by Russ Walker, whose Flickr gallery is here)

Big smiles too – this one’s from Frank Gross of Thunder Road Guitars (WSB sponsor):

Finally it was time for the countdown – here’s organizer Mark Ufkes with the megaphone:

And … they’re off!

(Photo by Craig Young)
Post-plunge, organizer Ufkes was of course among those emerging triumphantly:

Spectators caught it all:

Awaiting the newly soaked Polar Bears, chowder from Duke’s across the street, and info about the Southwest Seattle Historical Society‘s upcoming Totem Cruise:

(Photo courtesy SWSHS/Clay Eals)
That’s SWSHS volunteer Liz Day in the foreground; in the background, Duke’s GM Greg Green and server Autumn Kline with the chowder. Whether you swam, stayed on shore, or stayed home, a Happy 2015 to all!

Past years’ WSB coverage:
2014
2013
2012
2011
2010

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West Seattle New Year’s Day 2015: What’s up as the year begins http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/west-seattle-new-years-day-2015-whats-up-as-the-year-begins/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/west-seattle-new-years-day-2015-whats-up-as-the-year-begins/#comments Thu, 01 Jan 2015 14:30:27 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=296875

Happy 2015! Thanks to Gary Jones for the bald-eagle photos from Alki Point. Here’s what you need to know about today:

TRANSIT: Sunday schedule for Metro; no Water Taxi; Sound Transit‘s Route 560 is on a Sunday schedule; Washington State Ferries‘ Fauntleroy-Vashon-Southworth run is on a regular weekday schedule.

RESTAURANTS: Here’s our list of who told us, when we did research before Christmas, they’d be open New Year’s Day. Might be some missing if they didn’t answer our inquiries; might be someone who’s changed their plan since last we checked in; so please let us know of discrepancies – text or call 206-293-6302.

COFFEE FOR A CAUSE: Hotwire Online Coffeehouse (WSB sponsor) is continuing its New Year’s giving campaign by offering a special drink today – the “2015″ white chocolate and blackberry mocha – with $3 going to WestSide Baby. (4410 California SW)

NEW YEAR’S WALKS: 5- and 10-kilometer routes, noncompetitive, no fee, take off between 9 am and noon from St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church, which is sponsoring the walks along with Emerald City Wanderers. More info in our calendar listing. (3050 California SW)

POLAR BEAR SWIM: This is the big annual one. 10 am (get there early!) from the beach across from Duke’s. Details in our calendar listing. (58th/Alki)

HANGOVER BRUNCH AT MARINATION MA KAI: Open early – 10 am; see the Marination ma kai (WSB sponsor) “epic hangover brunch” details here. (1660 Harbor SW)

‘KILL YOUR HANGOVER’ AT FEEDBACK LOUNGE: 6th annual edition at Feedback Lounge (WSB sponsor) – drink specials, big-screen football, more. Open at 11:30. (6451 California SW)

CONTEMPLATIVE WORSHIP: What better time, than the first night of the year? 6:30 pm at Westside Unitarian Universalist. (7141 California SW)

LOOK INTO THE FUTURE … by browsing our calendar, any time!

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West Seattle New Year 2015 scenes: Needle’s fab fireworks http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/west-seattle-new-year-2015-scenes-needles-fab-fireworks/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/west-seattle-new-year-2015-scenes-needles-fab-fireworks/#comments Thu, 01 Jan 2015 10:07:02 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=296866

The colorful show from the Space Needle at midnight, more visible from West Seattle than last year (remember the fog?). Our first photos are from David Hutchinson.

This was the 30th annual “New Year’s at the Needle” fireworks show, by the way. If you missed the show or want to see it again, here’s the link to KING 5′s video.

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West Seattle New Year’s Eve scenes: 2014 making way for 2015 http://westseattleblog.com/2014/12/west-seattle-new-years-eve-scenes-2014-making-way-for-2015/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/12/west-seattle-new-years-eve-scenes-2014-making-way-for-2015/#comments Thu, 01 Jan 2015 07:38:52 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=296854

With less than half an hour to go in 2014, some scenes from tonight: Above, Long Bach Nguyen‘s aerial view of West Seattle after the last sunset of the year; below, Trileigh Tucker‘s sea-level view from Lowman Beach around the same time:

And one of the first New Year toasts in West Seattle tonight – at Peel and Press in Morgan Junction, proprietor Dan Austin offered a toast when 2015 arrived in the Eastern time zone at 9 pm, and shared the photo:

Any other New Year’s Eve scenes to share, now or later (impending Needle fireworks, for example)? editor@westseattleblog.com – thank you, and here’s to 2015!

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West Seattle New Year’s Eve: What’s up as 2014 closes out http://westseattleblog.com/2014/12/west-seattle-new-years-eve-whats-up-as-2014-closes-out/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/12/west-seattle-new-years-eve-whats-up-as-2014-closes-out/#comments Wed, 31 Dec 2014 19:41:18 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=296783

(Photo by John Hinkey)
This is it – goodbye to 2014! Before the New Year’s Eve highlights, two more Olympics views:

(Panorama by Chris Frankovich)
Now, on with what’s up in this year’s final hours:

NEW YEAR’S EVE FOOD DRIVE: At Hotwire Online Coffeehouse (WSB sponsor), open until 5 tonight, a food drive. As proprietor Lora Swift explains, “We’ll be offering free 8 oz lattes to anyone who brings in a non-perishable food item. It’s a way for everyone to end 2014 on a good note!” (4410 California SW)

RESTAURANTS OPEN TODAY/TONIGHT AND/OR TOMORROW: Here again is our holiday restaurant list, including which local restaurants told us they would be open tonight and/or tomorrow. (Please note, as always, plans might have changed since our research, so if you have an update to report, text/call us ASAP – 206-293-6302 – thank you!)

TAKE A NEW YEAR’S EVE WALK: Hosted by the Emerald City Wanderers and St John the Baptist Episcopal Church, and sanctioned by the American Volkssport Association: Noncompetitive 5- and 10-kilometer walks starting from the church, no fee – “And there’ll be hot soup to chase away any chills.” Start any time between 4 and 7 pm. (California/Hanford)

NEW YEAR’S EVE DINNER AT CASSIS (WSB sponsor): See the special prix-fixe menu here. (2820 Alki SW)

CORNER BAR AND NOT-SO-SILENT-NIGHT PARADE: 6 pm start for the annual New Year’s Eve celebration at and around Highland Park Improvement Club – first the Not So Silent Night Parade, then the Sage Comet, then the Corner Bar, as noted on the HPIC website. Be there! (12th/Holden)

BURNING BOWL CEREMONY: 7 pm at Westside Unitarian Universalist Congregation: “Ceremonies that involve fire as a cleansing ritual go back to ancient times. The service will include music, readings, prayers, singing, and the burning bowl ceremony.” (7141 California SW)

SACRED HOOP: A “more-ceremonial way” to welcome the New Year. 8 pm-1 am at the Duwamish Tribe Longhouse. Details here. (4705 W. Marginal Way SW)

NYE AT SKYLARK CAFE/CLUB: 9 pm, New Year’s Eve with Hibou, 9 pm. (3803 Delridge Way SW)

NYE AT YEN WOR VILLAGE: Guy will start karaoke at 9 pm, stop it down for about 10 minutes of countdowns to the New Year’s arrival at midnight, then continue karaoke until 2 pm. (California/College)

NYE AT FEEDBACK LOUNGE: New Year’s Eve party with Off The Hook Band, 9:30 pm, no cover, champagne at midnight. (6451 California SW)

P.S. – WEST SEATTLE LIGHTS FINALE: Last night this year to visit the music-synched West Seattle Lights/Helmstetler Family Spectacular. See the schedule here. Bring food to donate to the West Seattle Food Bank. (3908 SW Charlestown)

AND SPEAKING OF LIGHTS … if you’re new to West Seattle, yes, you can see the Space Needle fireworks (midnight) from north-facing north West Seattle. But don’t rush out at quarter till midnight and expect to find a great spot at the last minute. Trust us. (And if you notice that the Needle’s pink, no, it’s not for breast-cancer awareness; it’s a commercial sponsor.)

IN THE HOLIDAY GUIDE: At westseattleblog.com/westseattleholidays – even more of what’s up tonight – and, what’s up for New Year’s Day tomorrow!

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West Seattle holidays: Your local New Year’s Eve, Day options http://westseattleblog.com/2014/12/west-seattle-holidays-your-local-new-years-eve-day-options/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/12/west-seattle-holidays-your-local-new-years-eve-day-options/#comments Wed, 31 Dec 2014 02:12:49 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=296679

(WSB photo from New Year’s Eve 2012 at Highland Park Improvement Club)
One more mention – if you’re looking to stay close to home on New Year’s Eve/Day, you have options, and most of them are listed in the WSB West Seattle Holiday Guide, which we’ve been updating all season long as usual, starting in mid-November. (Each day, while adding updates, we also remove what’s already happened, so you don’t have to wade through expired info.) From the Not-So-Silent-Night Parade (all welcome!) to bar parties to special menus to Polar Bear Swims to scenic walks- and then some – check out the listings. And if your business/organization/etc. has special plans that AREN’T in our guide yet, it’s not too late for us to add them – please e-mail the information to editor@westseattleblog.com ASAP!

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New Year’s giving: Wednesday food drive, Thursday benefit drink @ Hotwire Online Coffeehouse in The Junction http://westseattleblog.com/2014/12/new-years-giving-wednesday-food-drive-thursday-benefit-drink-hotwire-online-coffeehouse-in-the-junction/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/12/new-years-giving-wednesday-food-drive-thursday-benefit-drink-hotwire-online-coffeehouse-in-the-junction/#comments Tue, 30 Dec 2014 05:59:51 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=296639 So much giving spirit in the weeks leading up to Christmas – businesses, schools, organizations, individuals – but it doesn’t stop there. We’re spotlighting New Year’s giving this week too. Hotwire Online Coffeehouse (WSB sponsor) has a two-part plan: Food drive for the West Seattle Food Bank on Wednesday, benefit drink raising money for WestSide Baby on Thursday:

Hotwire is at 4410 California SW.

P.S. If your business/organization/etc. has some sort of New Year’s giving going on too, and the community can participate, let us know so we can help get the word out! One other drive we know is still going on is this one – warm clothes for West Seattle Helpline, being collected through Wednesday at Dave Newman‘s State Farm Insurance office (WSB sponsor), 3435 California SW, regular hours 9 am-5 pm weekdays.

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West Seattle holidays: One more Christmas tree recycling option http://westseattleblog.com/2014/12/west-seattle-holidays-one-more-christmas-tree-recycling-option/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/12/west-seattle-holidays-one-more-christmas-tree-recycling-option/#comments Mon, 29 Dec 2014 20:01:16 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=296592 Adding to the WSB West Seattle Holiday Guide, another tree-cycling option: If the curbside and transfer-station options don’t work for you, maybe this will – the West Seattle Rainbow Assembly announces its annual tree-cycling dropoff event in the parking lot at Alki Masonic Center, 10 am-3 pm next Saturday (January 3rd), cash donations accepted, no flocked trees or tinsel. The center’s newly regraded/repaved parking lot is at 40th/Edmunds.

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West Seattle New Year’s Eve 2014-15: Party in Highland Park! http://westseattleblog.com/2014/12/west-seattle-new-years-eve-2014-15-party-in-highland-park/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/12/west-seattle-new-years-eve-2014-15-party-in-highland-park/#comments Sun, 28 Dec 2014 22:41:17 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=296547

The almost-legendary Not-So-Silent-Night Parade (2010 WSB video above) is just the start of this year’s full night of New Year’s Eve festivities at the Highland Park Improvement Club. As announced by HPIC:

Highland Park Improvement Club hosts its annual New Year’s Eve celebration from 6 PM until 2015. This is a kid- and adult-friendly event where everyone gets to have a little fun and toast all that was good in 2014 and all that will be good in 2015. Festivities will begin at 6 PM sharp with the Not So Silent Night parade. Bring your pots, bring your pans, and make some noise! After, we will gather outside the club for the Sage Comet to light up the night before we dance the year away. The Dance Extravaganza will be hosted by DJ Doctor Lehl, who will administer to our needs, assisted by DJ Evan and Scott Rainier on live bass. Dress up or dress in costume. Keepsake photos by RL Carroll. It’s going to be a good year.

HPIC is at 12th/Holden.

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West Seattle Polar Bear Swim 2015 on Alki Beach: Confirmed! http://westseattleblog.com/2014/12/west-seattle-polar-bear-swim-2015-on-alki-beach-confirmed/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/12/west-seattle-polar-bear-swim-2015-on-alki-beach-confirmed/#comments Sat, 27 Dec 2014 19:38:17 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=296485

(WSB video of the 2014 Polar Bear Swim on Alki)
More people than ever have asked in the past week-plus, “Is the Alki Polar Bear Swim on for New Year’s Day?” Longtime organizer Mark Ufkes has just confirmed, yes, indeed, it is. Can it break last year’s record (~500 swimmers)? Why not! Here’s Mark’s announcement:

West Seattle Polar Bear Swim is on!

2015, The year of the Sheep – a symbol pf peace, harmony, co-existence, and tranquility. A nurturing year, which the world can always use more of.

The annual West Seattle Polar Bear swim starts at 10 am sharp on January 1 each year. Arrive a few minutes early.

We line up all along the beach, have a count down, and at 10 am sharp, we hold hands and run into the water together. Each year, the swim gets bigger. Over 500 swimmers fanned out in a long line along the beach and joined us last year. It is a great way to wash away the complexities of the previous year, and celebrate the unlimited potential that awaits each of us in the new year. Year after year, Polar Bear swimmers declare that this ritual creates a sense of renewal, and helps make the new year be stronger and more positive.

Traditionally, Duke’s restaurant generously provides free clam chowder and local families bring hot chocolate for the crowd. Afterwards, Alki beach is full of hundreds of smiling swimmers and their families and friends. Come join the fun. Do the West Seattle Polar Bear swim. You will have a great time!

This starts from the sandy section of Alki, right across from Duke’s (58th/Alki). Adding to the WSB West Seattle Holiday Guide, which includes other New Year’s Eve/Day options, from walking to parading to dining to more swimming…

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Christmas tree recycling in West Seattle: Dates for this season http://westseattleblog.com/2014/12/christmas-tree-recycling-in-west-seattle-dates-for-this-season/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/12/christmas-tree-recycling-in-west-seattle-dates-for-this-season/#comments Fri, 26 Dec 2014 19:29:33 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=296402 Not that we’re suggesting you de-decorate your tree and rush it right out the door right this moment, but the practical-minded West Seattleite might be wondering about this year’s treecycling dates, at the very least. Here’s what Seattle Public Utilities has to say:

Seattle residents who subscribe to curbside food and yard waste collection can put their trees and greens out on their regular collection day at no extra charge from December 26, 2014 through January 11, 2015.

Multi-family buildings can put out one tree next to each food and yard waste cart per collection day at no extra charge during this time.

Trees should be cut into sections of six feet long or shorter, with branches trimmed to less than four feet to fit into the collection trucks. Sections should be bundled with string or non-plastic twine. Metal, plastic and ornaments in trees and wreaths must be removed.

Trees that are flocked and/or have tinsel or ornaments will be collected as extra garbage. Customers will need to cut the tree into three-foot pieces and each piece will be charged as extra garbage. Each unit of extra garbage costs $10.20. Plastic trees are not compostable.

Seattle residents can also drop off holiday trees and greens for free at Seattle Public Utilities’ South Transfer Station from December 26, 2014 through January 11, 2015. The tree sections must be cut to eight feet or less in length and the trunk must be four inches or smaller in diameter. The limit is three trees per vehicle. Only trees and wreaths without flocking or decoration may be composted free of charge. The station is open daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m, other than selected holidays.

If anyone is handling treecycling as a charity benefit this year, we haven’t heard about it yet (but we’re standing by for info as always – editor@westseattleblog.com). Meantime, we’re adding this and other post-holiday recycling info to the WSB West Seattle Holiday Guide, which stays up and running through New Year’s Day.

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West Seattle Christmas scene: A ‘tree’ on Alki Beach http://westseattleblog.com/2014/12/west-seattle-christmas-scene-a-tree-on-alki-beach/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/12/west-seattle-christmas-scene-a-tree-on-alki-beach/#comments Thu, 25 Dec 2014 23:19:27 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=296344

Thanks to Don Brubeck for sharing the photo of that Christmasy creation on Alki – and thanks to the artist (whoever you are) for creating it!

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