Holidays – West Seattle Blog… http://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Sun, 24 Jun 2018 13:34:54 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.6 COUNTDOWN: 2 weeks to 2018 West Seattle 4th of July Kids’ Parade! http://westseattleblog.com/2018/06/countdown-2-weeks-to-2018-west-seattle-4th-of-july-kids-parade/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/06/countdown-2-weeks-to-2018-west-seattle-4th-of-july-kids-parade/#respond Wed, 20 Jun 2018 20:56:24 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=920145 (WSB photo from 2017 parade)

We are now exactly two weeks away from the 4th of July, and so we’re reminding you about West Seattle’s one-and-only Independence Day parade – the 4th of July Kids’ Parade. It’s been happening in North Admiral for almost a quarter-century but it draws families from all over the peninsula. No registration needed – just show up! The parade starts at 44th and Sunset at 10 am on Wednesday, July 4th, and winds a few blocks through surrounding neighborhoods before crossing California SW and heading to Hamilton Viewpoint Park for games and concessions. While local businesses sponsor activities and help with some of the costs, this community-organized event needs a little extra help to cover expenses such as permits – so if you can help, consider chipping in a bit here. Meantime, organizers want to thank sponsors including:

School of Rock (*)
SSCC Co-op Preschools (*)
A Kid’s Place Too (*)
Limber Yoga (*)
T-Mobile (*)
Lil Bug (*)
WestSide Baby (*)
FIT4MOM West Seattle (*)
Dream Dinners (*)
Dave Weitzel Construction
Barre3
Ounces
Admiral Theater
(*) Businesses with an asterisk plan to host a kid craft/activity at Hamilton Viewpoint Park.

Whether you’re planning to participate or just be a spectator, we’ll see you at the parade!

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Flag Day 2018: Stars and Stripes in place in The Junction http://westseattleblog.com/2018/06/flag-day-2018-stars-and-stripes-in-place-in-the-junction/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/06/flag-day-2018-stars-and-stripes-in-place-in-the-junction/#comments Thu, 14 Jun 2018 16:40:24 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=919510 (WSB photo)

American Legion Post 160 members have just placed the West Seattle Junction flags in honor of Flag Day. This commemorates the date in 1777 when the Second Continental Congress adopted the Stars and Stripes as the flag of the United States of America. The Junction flags will be up until about 4 pm today. Also, in case this is a service you can use: “American Legion Post 160 is also accepting natural material worn United States flags that are in need of proper disposal. Feel free to drop them off at our post home at 3618 SW Alaska St.”

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VIDEO: Paying tribute to heroes, in West Seattle’s annual Memorial Day service at Forest Lawn http://westseattleblog.com/2018/05/video-paying-tribute-to-heroes-in-west-seattles-annual-memorial-day-service-at-forest-lawn/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/05/video-paying-tribute-to-heroes-in-west-seattles-annual-memorial-day-service-at-forest-lawn/#comments Tue, 29 May 2018 01:15:47 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=917975 (WSB photos by Patrick Sand)

“The duty and honor of our veterans, past and present, is the backbone of the nation.”

So declared David Bailey toward the conclusion of the annual Memorial Day service at Forest Lawn Cemetery and Funeral Home (WSB sponsor) in High Point. He also led attendees in song, before and after short speeches by two U.S. Army veterans – Steve Strand, representing VFW Post 2713, and Keith Hughes, representing American Legion Post 160, both headquartered in The Triangle.

This was a different, shorter service than recent years. We of course recorded it all – here are our 17 minutes of video:

No Taps this year, but a wreath was placed at a replica of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

It was Scott Weaver‘s Eagle Scout project and took almost a year – he’s at left, below, with Sean Dunbar and troop leader Brian Hutchison:

This is the 150th anniversary of Memorial Day. Both veterans included looks back to the time when it originated. From Strand’s speech:

America’s heroes come from every background. They are made up of every race, religion, color, and creed. They have fought in the air, sea, and land, at home and abroad. Despite all their differences they were united in their fight for a better world, and they paid with their lives. They leave behind families, friends, and colleagues. We come today to mourn their passing and to keep their memory alive.

I pray that God comforts each of you that are grieving a loss and I would like to leave you with the words from President Abraham Lincoln’s second inaugural address, “To do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations.”

Hughes also quoted President Lincoln, from his Gettysburg Address, including, “The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did … we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain.” And he noted that the U.S. number of war dead, since the Civil War, has now passed one million. After also quoting from the famous poem “In Flanders Fields,” Hughes offered this wish: “I pray that you will all rededicate yourselves to the cause of peace and freedom.”

The event included joy as well as solemn contemplation:

It was bookended, as usual, by the Duwamish Dixieland Jazz Band, with lively renditions of patriotic classics.

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West Seattle Memorial Day: Junction flags in place, with volunteers’ help http://westseattleblog.com/2018/05/west-seattle-memorial-day-junction-flags-in-place-with-volunteers-help/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/05/west-seattle-memorial-day-junction-flags-in-place-with-volunteers-help/#comments Mon, 28 May 2018 17:34:59 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=917959 (WSB photos by Patrick Sand)

Volunteers of all ages joined in a holiday tradition, helping American Legion Post 160 deck the West Seattle Junction with flags. They included Scouts from Troop 282 and firefighters from Station 32:

The volunteers gathered at the northeast corner of California/Alaska, and that’s also where you are welcome to meet up at 5 pm to help take them down.

In the meantime, the Stars and Stripes are lining the heart of “downtown West Seattle”:

It is a busy day for Post 160, with the 2 pm Memorial Day service at Forest Lawn (6701 30th SW; WSB sponsor) and a community cookout afterward, starting at 3:15 pm (3618 SW Alaska) – you are welcome at both!

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West Seattle Memorial Day 2018: Holiday info http://westseattleblog.com/2018/05/west-seattle-memorial-day-2018-holiday-info/ Mon, 28 May 2018 13:03:58 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=917933 (Flags across from Don Armeni, photographed Sunday night)

Good morning! It’s Memorial Day, and we start with some info you might find helpful:

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT: No traffic report today because of the holiday, but you can see local cameras here. … Metro buses are on a Sunday schedule … So are the West Seattle Water Taxi and its shuttle buses … Sound Transit Route 560 is not running today … And the Washington State Ferries Fauntleroy-Vashon-Southworth run is on the regular weekday schedule.

OTHER MEMORIAL DAY NOTES: Seattle Parks community centers, teen centers, Environmental Learning Centers, and indoor pools are closed … Schools are closed … Seattle Public Library branches are closed … Today is a U.S. Postal Service holiday … If you’re going to a Seattle neighborhood with on-street pay stations/metered parking, you won’t have to pay, because it’s a city “free parking” day.

What’s happening today:

HELP PUT UP/TAKE DOWN JUNCTION FLAGS: American Legion Post 160 appreciates community volunteers to help put up and take down the flags in the West Seattle Junction. Meet on the northeast corner of California/Alaska at 9 am for the morning help and 5 pm for the evening removal.

SPRAYPARK OPEN: Third day of the 7-day-a-week season for Highland Park Spraypark, 11 am-8 pm. (1100 SW Cloverdale)

COLMAN POOL, LAST DAY OF FIRST PRE-SEASON WEEKEND: Three swim sessions, noon-7 pm, at the city-run outdoor saltwater pool at Lincoln Park. See the schedule here. (8011 Fauntleroy Way SW)

MARINERS FLYOVER: If you see a Boeing C-17 Globemaster flying in the area around 1 pm, it’s a Mariners‘ game flyover.

MEMORIAL DAY SERVICE: The traditional service presented by American Legion Post 160 and community partners is at 2 pm this afternoon at Forest Lawn (WSB sponsor), all welcome. (6701 30th SW)

… FOLLOWED BY A COOKOUT: Again this year, after the Forest Lawn event, Post 160 invites you to a community cookout at its headquarters in The Triangle, 3:15-5 pm. (3618 SW Alaska)

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HAPPENING NOW: American Legion Post 160 offering Memorial Day poppies http://westseattleblog.com/2018/05/happening-now-american-legion-post-160-offering-memorial-day-poppies/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/05/happening-now-american-legion-post-160-offering-memorial-day-poppies/#comments Sat, 26 May 2018 19:25:03 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=917811

It’s a Memorial Day tradition that’s almost a century old – American Legion red-crepe-paper poppies, made by, and benefiting, veterans. You can get yours today until ~5 pm and again tomorrow, 8 am-5 pm, at West Seattle Thriftway (4201 SW Morgan; WSB sponsor). This morning’s poppy distributors were American Legion Post 160’s Walt DeLong, a U.S. Navy veteran, and Keith Hughes, a U.S. Army veteran:

Post 160 also welcomes your help taking down and/or putting up the West Seattle Junction flags on Monday – meet at the northeast corner of California/Alaska at 9 am and/or 5 pm. And inbetween those times, you’re invited to the 2 pm Memorial Day service at Forest Lawn (6701 30th SW; WSB sponsor) and 3:15 pm community cookout at Post 160 HQ (3618 SW Alaska).

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West Seattle Memorial Day 2018: Can you help with flags in The Junction? http://westseattleblog.com/2018/05/west-seattle-memorial-day-2018-can-you-help-with-flags-in-the-junction/ Fri, 25 May 2018 00:02:11 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=917601

(WSB file photo, Post 160 volunteers placing flags in The Junction)

Can you help with The Junction’s flags on Monday? From the WSB inbox:

American Legion Post 160 of West Seattle would like to invite volunteers of all ages to help, put and take down, American Flags in the Alaska Junction in observance of Memorial Day.

We will meet our community volunteers at the northeast corner of California & Alaska at 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM.

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West Seattle Memorial Day: Two ways to observe the holiday http://westseattleblog.com/2018/05/west-seattle-memorial-day-two-ways-to-observe-the-holiday/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/05/west-seattle-memorial-day-two-ways-to-observe-the-holiday/#comments Thu, 24 May 2018 19:21:21 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=917570 This year, we have word of two commemorative Memorial Day services in West Seattle:

FOREST LAWN: At 2 pm Monday, the annual service at Forest Lawn (WSB sponsor) traditionally includes local veterans’ groups and honors those who made the ultimate sacrifice. All are welcome; the nondenominational service, which includes music, is held near the flagpole toward the south edge of the cemetery. (6701 30th SW)

P.S. American Legion Post 160 is again part of the ceremony and will again follow it with a community cookout at its HQ in The Triangle, 3618 SW Alaska, starting at 3:15 pm.

2 CHURCHES’ NEW SERVICE: Here’s the announcement for this Sunday night service:

1st annual Sacred Service for War Dead led by West Seattle Contemplative Church and West Seattle Baptist Church on Sunday, May 27th, 2018 at 5:30 pm. The church is located at 4157 California Ave SW. Street parking available. This religious service recognizes those who have died, acknowledges the life given, and commits them to God. It is also an honoring of those for whom the traditional rites of memorial and burial may not have happened. Pastor Kelly (Presbyterian) and Pastor Gil (Baptist) are both ordained clergy and military veterans. More info here.

They’re also inviting contributions of names of the deceased to include in the service – email Pastor Kelly at kelly@wscontemplativechurch.org. (4157 California SW)

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THINK SUMMER! 24th annual West Seattle 4th of July Kids’ Parade countdown launches http://westseattleblog.com/2018/05/think-summer-24th-annual-west-seattle-4th-of-july-kids-parade-countdown-launches/ Mon, 07 May 2018 22:45:34 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=915955

(WSB file photo)

Our area’s only 4th of July parade is now less than two months away, and that means the countdown is on, as is the fundraising to cover costs. West Seattle 4th of July Kids’ Parade coordinator Emily Williams (who you might know from Fit4Mom West Seattle) has the announcement:

The 24th annual 4th of July Children’s Parade in West Seattle is right around the corner!

This isn’t your typical parade, the kids ARE the show! Riding on bikes, wagons or in their strollers together with their families, they entertain onlookers by waving flags and showing off their festive attire and decorations. The parade weaves roughly a mile, through the neighborhood of Admiral, down to Hamilton Viewpoint Park; it’s the cutest family-friendly event of the summer!

After the parade, children enjoy old-fashioned gunny-sack races, arts and crafts, and various activities presented by local businesses as well as popsicles sold by the Admiral Neighborhood Association and eats from several local food trucks.

Many community members and local businesses come together year after year to keep this longstanding West Seattle tradition alive. Now in its 24th year, the Children’s Parade is truly an event for and by the families of West Seattle.

Nicole Lutomski, Megan Erb and Emily Williams are facilitating the event this year NEED YOUR HELP to COVER ALL THE COSTS!!

There is opportunity for both individual contributions through the Crowdfunding Page or the established PayPal Account as well as several business sponsorship levels. If your business would like to host a kid craft table or simply donate to the event, please email nicolelutomski@fit4mom.com to discuss details.

The parade starts at 10 am on July 4th (a Wednesday this year) from 44th/Sunset in North Admiral (map), and if you’re new – no preregistration required, just show up to be in (or watch) the parade! Post-parade activities start at Hamilton Viewpoint Park at 10:45 am, and diapers will be collected for WestSide Baby.

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WEST SEATTLE EASTER SCENES: Outdoor service; indoor egg hunt http://westseattleblog.com/2018/04/west-seattle-easter-scenes-outdoor-service-indoor-egg-hunt/ 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/ 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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