West Seattle scene: Why people are in line outside Easy Street

November 26, 2014 at 1:27 pm | In West Seattle news, WS culture/arts | 15 Comments

The line outside Easy Street Records in The Junction right now – wrapping around the building and up the alley – isn’t in advance of a Black Friday deal. But it DOES involve the day after Thanksgiving. At 3 pm, as explained on the Easy Street website, tickets go on sale for a just-announced performance by Foo Fighters, Friday at the Showbox downtown. The show also includes a screening of “Sonic Highways,” the HBO series in which the band travels to cities around the U.S. while recording its new album.

Foo Fighters have been performing “surprise” shows in connection with the show’s episodes, and the Showbox plan fits right in with that.

Eat, drink, and jam! Support student musicians @ West Seattle Community Orchestras’ gala

November 18, 2014 at 9:31 am | In How to help, West Seattle news, WS culture/arts | No Comments

Saturday night at Highland Park Improvement Club, you can enjoy food, beverages, and music while supporting student music programs via the West Seattle Community Orchestras‘ fifth annual “Fall for Music” fundraiser. Tickets are on sale online, and WSCO has sent an update:

The weather may be getting colder, but our planning committee has designed a fun and family-friendly evening to bring out the warmth of the season. Doors open at 6 pm

Guests will walk in to a fall-themed scenery infusing the gathering, to celebrate and harvest the music education for our student musicians. The soiree will also include a silent and live auction, along with a 50/50 Raffle; new this year, our Wine Cellar Raffle.

Our attendees will enjoy a wide variety of scrumptious and flavorful fare such as Indian samosas with cilantro chutney, Thai chicken skewers, grilled veggie platter, pesto pasta salad, assorted local cheeses with grapes & crackers, olive oil poached shrimp cocktail platter, and much more. A dessert buffet with chocolate truffles, pies, cake, and cookies will also be offered.

Our bar will present delicious beverage concoctions like Veuve Clicquot champagne, and top liquor like Grey Goose Vodka, Makers Mark Bourbon, and local microbrew selection, just to name a few. Children are welcome to attend the event and we will supply non-alcoholic beverages.

Several WSCO musicians will showcase their love of music through small ensembles, featuring a flute ensemble and a performance led by student violinist playing fiddle tunes. After the auction, there will be an open jam session performing jazz standards. We invite all levels of musicians to bring their instruments and participate and have fun!

The West Seattle Community Orchestra continues to fill a much-needed role in the community for all ages. New this season WSCO has opened two music programs: Wind Symphony for musicians with experience of 6 years and a Student Beginning Strings Class. The goal is to provide more opportunities to explore their music abilities and become more familiar with classic repertoire.

Advance tickets are on sale now!! Adults $25/each; Students (K-12) $10/each; Seniors (65 & over) $10/each, 5 and under FREE. Purchase your ticket at www.WSCOrchestras.org. For more information about The West Seattle Community Orchestras, please email info@WSCOrchestras.org

HPIC is at 12th/Holden.

Followup: Seattle Farm School’s first class, crocheting

November 17, 2014 at 7:57 pm | In West Seattle news, WS culture/arts | 7 Comments

Just a month after Seattle Farm School founder Katie Stemp went public with a request for community members to teach classes in the “home arts,” it’s officially launched with its first class tonight. Katie sent photos and

I’m so excited to share these pictures with you of our very first class with Seattle Farm School that is taking place at C&P Coffee right now!!

In a little over 2 months we have gone from concept to live classes right here in West Seattle! We are thrilled to teach sustainable living skills to our community! This is a sold-out Beginning Crochet Class with Kelli Thomas.

Katie says two Beginning Sewing classes are ahead this week (“Comfy Lounge Pants” and “Pillowcases”) as well as a class in soapmaking. More info at seattlefarmschool.com.

Six options for your sunny West Seattle Sunday

November 16, 2014 at 9:24 am | In West Seattle news, WS culture/arts, WS miscellaneous | No Comments

(Alki Beach promenade’s west end, by Laura Goodrich, shared via WSB Flickr group)
Happy Sunday! Some of what’s on the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar for today:

WEST SEATTLE FARMERS’ MARKET: 10 am-2 pm, every Sunday of the year. (44th/Alaska)

FAUNTLEROY FINE ART AND GIFT FAIR: 11 am-2 pm, final chance to shop this elegant sale at Fauntleroy Church. (9140 California SW)

WEST SEATTLE SIP & SHOP: 2-5 pm at St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church – details and vendors in our calendar listing. (California/Hanford)

‘CURIOUS SAVAGE’ AT SLHS: 2:30 pm, the final performance of the Seattle Lutheran High School Drama Club presentation of “The Curious Savage,” in the school gym – details in our calendar listing. (4100 SW Genesee)

FAMILY MUSIC CONCERT WITH CHARLIE HOPE: 4 pm at Westside Unitarian Universalist Church in Gatewood – find out more about Charlie here; suggested donation and other details in our calendar listing. (California/Othello)

SEATTLE GREEN SPACES COALITION: Can’t make all those evening community meetings? Here’s one in the heart of Sunday afternoon. Come find out the latest about the campaign to keep city-owned properties (such as former West Seattle substations) as open space. 2:45 pm, High Point Branch Library. (35th/Raymond)

AND OF COURSE THERE’S MORE … if you take a minute to browse the full calendar page for today.

Speaking of West Seattle art: Spotted in Lincoln Park

November 13, 2014 at 9:40 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle parks, WS culture/arts | 4 Comments

This wasn’t a stop on tonight’s West Seattle Art Walk but perhaps should have been – temporary art spotted in the south end of Lincoln Park.

Patti McCall sent the photos, and tonight Karen sent a tip about it too, saying one side showed up yesterday, the other today. (Thank you both!) Backstory, anyone?

Scenes from November 2014 West Seattle Art Walk!

November 13, 2014 at 7:17 pm | In West Seattle Art Walk, West Seattle news, WS culture/arts | No Comments


Until 9 pm, it’s West Seattle Art Walk night around the peninsula! Above, artists and spouses Kate Endle and Chris Ballew are at CAPERS, as previewed in our daily highlights list earlier today. South to Morgan Junction:



Office Junction (WSB sponsor) is at 6040 California SW. And back in The Junction, wearable art is part of the new group show at Twilight Gallery:


Adding more when our crew gets back!

10:17 PM: Click ahead for three more views from our two stops:

Click to read the rest of Scenes from November 2014 West Seattle Art Walk!…

West Seattle art: Local artist Kelda Martensen beautifying Junction signal boxes

November 11, 2014 at 1:07 pm | In West Seattle news, WS culture/arts | 10 Comments

(WSB photos by Patrick Sand)
On this chilly, breezy, sunny day, outdoor art is happening in The Junction. It’s the beautification project noted here when artist recruitment was under way last spring. West Seattle artist Kelda Martensen (below) was chosen, and today she and assistants are out installing her vinyl-wrap creations on five signal boxes in The Junction:

They started at California/Oregon (top photo). We then caught up with them again at California/Edmunds (where we photographed Martensen). The other three are going up at California/Alaska, 42nd/Alaska, and 39th/Alaska. You can see all five designs here.

Video: Skeleton Theatre goes ‘Beyond the Pale’ for 2014

October 31, 2014 at 9:59 pm | In West Seattle news, WS culture/arts | Comments Off

That’s our on-the-fly video with the first few minutes of this year’s animatronics-and-more Skeleton Theatre show, “Beyond the Pale,” which debuted tonight on the lawn at 36th SW/SW Hanford and will continue tomorrow (Saturday) night. As previewed earlier, it’s the tale of a skeleton super-spy. The ST team proclaims it “by far the biggest show we’ve ever produced”:

Great night for outdoor animatronics, and as usual, it drew a crowd:

Check out the backstory, and previous years’ highlights, on the Skeleton Theatre website, where you can also meet the people behind the skeletons. This is the 9th year they’ve put on an elaborate animatronic/video Halloween extravaganza; it’s free of charge, but if you feel like donating to help them with the costs, show appreciation, etc., you can donate online (scroll down the home page).

Meantime, again, Skeleton Theatre also has shows tomorrow (Saturday, November 1st) night, running almost continuously between 6 and 9 pm.

West Seattle scene: ‘I Am Eleven’ filmmaker at The Admiral

October 28, 2014 at 11:56 pm | In Admiral Theater, West Seattle news, WS culture/arts | 2 Comments

I AM ELEVEN – Official trailer 2014 from I Am Eleven on Vimeo.

At Admiral Theater tonight, a sold-out house – about 300 people – got a bonus after watching the documentary “I Am Eleven” – they got to talk with its filmmaker, Genevieve Bailey, and her co-producer Henrik Nordstrom:

We caught up with Bailey, who is from Australia, and Nordstrom in the Admiral lobby, just before the post-film discussion with the audience. She said they had been in Atlanta previously and just decided to come – a modest jaunt for Bailey, who made her film by spending six years traveling the world filming the lives of 11-year-olds. Tonight’s screening was arranged by West Seattleites Susanna Moore and Anita Lavine through the on-demand service Gathr.

ADDED: Nordstrom shared this photo of the 11-year-olds in the audience, invited up to the stage (as mentioned in comments):

West Seattle development: Equity Residential announces art-commission program, other details for Junction 47 project

October 28, 2014 at 3:33 pm | In Development, West Seattle news, WS culture/arts | 22 Comments

By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

The two-building Equity Residential project in the heart of The Junction, at California/Alaska/42nd, is “on schedule,” according to an ER executive, and expecting its first tenants to move in next summer.

Today, ER has just announced a plan to commission local artists for work inside and outside the project. This, though the company’s first vice president of development, Bradley Karvasek, says the original mandate for an art project no longer exists – the project has “abandoned” the underground alley vacation that was approved for the original development after a community agreement contingent on public benefits including art.

Karvasek talked with WSB today for the first official update on the project in almost two years; it’s now been under construction for one year, since demolition began in October 2013.

Click to read the rest of West Seattle development: Equity Residential announces art-commission program, other details for Junction 47 project…

West Seattle park art: ‘Flyers’ now installed at expanded Westcrest

October 28, 2014 at 11:52 am | In Highland Park, West Seattle news, WS culture/arts | 2 Comments

(Added: City of Seattle photo by Jason Huff, republished with permission)
Thanks to Lola for pointing out the announcement on the city Arts and Culture Department‘s website – the kinetic artwork “Flyers” is now in place at the Westcrest Park expansion in Highland Park. More than four years have passed since artist David Boyer announced the concept (here’s our coverage from June 2010).

2:16 PM NOTE: The city seems to be having a bit of website trouble; the story’s 404ing but here’s the cached version.

WEDNESDAY NOTE: The original link is working again.

West Seattle Saturday: See what’s up today and tonight

October 25, 2014 at 7:14 am | In West Seattle news, WS culture/arts, WS miscellaneous | 2 Comments

(Osprey, photographed by Mark Wangerin)
From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar and Halloween Guide:

WEST SEATTLE MONSTER DASH: 9 am in south Lincoln Park, near the zipline, it’s the annual 5K – costumes encouraged (but not mandatory) – benefiting Co-Op Preschools. Followed by the Little Monster dashes at 10 am, preceded by last-minute signups ($40) at 8:30 am, full race-day schedule here. (Fauntleroy/Cloverdale)

DECORATE A PUMPKIN: Kids’ pumpkin-decorating at PCC Natural Markets-West Seattle (WSB sponsor), 9-noon. “Come decorate your very own pumpkin to take home. PCC will supply free pumpkins and decorating supplies. There also will be healthy snacks to stir those scary, creative juices. Free for kids 12 and younger.” (California/Stevens)

BEAUTIFY NORTH DELRIDGE: 10 am-noon, just two hours of your time can make a major difference. Join North Delridge Neighborhood Council‘s beautification chair Lisa Taylor Whitley and neighborhood volunteers, starting at Delridge Community Center and fanning out to pick up trash and clear storm drains along Delridge Way SW. Bags/pickers provided! (4501 Delridge Way SW)

GEAR SWAP: 10 am-6 pm, it’s the annual Mountain to Sound Outfitters-presented gear swap at VFW Hall across the street. Details in our calendar listing. (3601 SW Alaska)

THRIFTWAY HALLOWEEN PARTY: Annual kids’ Halloween party at West Seattle Thriftway (WSB sponsor), 11 am-1 pm. (Fauntleroy/Morgan/California)

DUWAMISH LONGHOUSE HALLOWEEN PARTY: 1-3 pm, with games, prizes, refreshments. Details in our calendar listing. (4705 W. Marginal Way SW)

HIGH-SCHOOL FOOTBALL: 1 pm, Chief Sealth International High School plays Cleveland HS at Memorial Stadium downtown.

DIA DE LOS MUERTOS @ THE LIBRARY: Dia de los Muertos event for ages 5-up at Southwest Branch Library, 2-3:30 pm. Details here. (35th/Henderson)

ORGAN BENEFIT: 3 pm at Admiral Church, an all-star musical lineup to help raise money to renovate the church’s 52-year-old pipe organ – read about it here. (California/Hill)

HALLOWEEN CARNIVAL: 4-8 pm, Halloween Carnival at Our Lady of Guadalupe School. Details on the school website. (34th/Myrtle)

OKTOBERFEST: The West Seattle Lions Club‘s Oktoberfest celebration starts at 5:30 pm, Senior Center of West Seattle – details in our calendar listing. (Oregon/California)

‘DOGFIGHT’: 7:30 pm at ArtsWest (WSB sponsor), it’s your next chance to see the musical “Dogfight,” described as “the romantic and heartbreaking story of three young marines in 1963 on the eve of the deployment to the small but growing conflict in Vietnam.” Directed by AW’s new artistic director Mathew Wright. (4711 California SW)

LOTS OF NIGHTLIFE: Live music and more – see the venues/listings on the calendar.

Video: Opera for a cause! Singing for SWYFS in Fauntleroy

October 20, 2014 at 6:15 pm | In How to help, West Seattle news, WS culture/arts | 1 Comment

Lyric soprano Vicky Oxley and mezzo-soprano Linda Rough are the Opera Belles, and their 10-song “Parade of Operatic Hits” was the perfect note to end a sunny Sunday in Fauntleroy. With accompanist Hartwig Eichberg, they sang the music of nine composers in a house-recital benefit for Southwest Youth and Family Services, whose director Steve Daschle was their opening act, explaining Delridge-based SWYFS’s community work to help thousands of people every year, in multiple ways:

Susan Lantz-Dey from the SWYFS Board hosted the recital and a wine/cheese reception preceding it.

P.S. The song in our clip is an original Opera Belles arrangement of “Voi Che Sapete” from Mozart‘s “Marriage of Figaro.”

West Seattle Halloween 2014: New show for Skeleton Theatre

October 17, 2014 at 12:19 pm | In West Seattle news, WS culture/arts | 2 Comments

Halloween is exactly two weeks away – and yes, West Seattle’s own Skeleton Theatre is back, according to ST’s Maia Low, who tells WSB, “It’s a brand-new show called ‘Beyond the Pale.’ It’s the story of a skeleton super-spy, Mason Tanner.” The ~20-minute show will run multiple times between 6 pm and 9 pm on Halloween (Friday, October 31) and the night after, Saturday, November 1st, at 36th/Hanford (map). Visit the ST website for behind-the-scenes info, cast details, more (including backstory if this is the first time you’ve heard of Skeleton Theatre!).

P.S. The WSB Halloween page – with this event and lots more over the next 2 weeks – should be up tonight; if you still haven’t sent us your listing (including bar parties), editor@westseattleblog.com ASAP – thanks!

Seattle Symphony, here, free! Friday concert also features WS Community Orchestra

October 16, 2014 at 3:46 pm | In West Seattle news, WS culture/arts | 1 Comment

In case you missed the mention when the West Seattle Community Orchestras‘ new season started – tomorrow night at Chief Sealth International High School, some of their musicians will be featured in the first Seattle Symphony community performance this fall – free admission! Here’s the lineup and program for the 7 pm concert:

Click to read the rest of Seattle Symphony, here, free! Friday concert also features WS Community Orchestra…

Young writer in the house? Enter the VFW essay competition!

October 9, 2014 at 9:40 am | In West Seattle news, WS culture/arts | Comments Off

Young writer in the house? Here’s a chance to win money and recognition! From Kyle Geraghty at the West Seattle VFW:

The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2713 of West Seattle is holding its annual youth competitions. All students in public, private, and home school are invited to compete. First, second, and third place prizes will be awarded for each grade and are invited, with their families, to the VFW holiday party later this year to receive their prizes. First place winners from all contests will advance to higher levels and greater prizes. The competitions are:

Youth Essay – Grades 3rd-5th
Topic “What can I do to make our country better”
Prizes: 1st $50, 2nd $25, 3rd $15
Rules and entry forms here

Patriot’s Pen – Grades 6th, 7th, 8th
Topic “Why I appreciate America’s Veterans”
Prizes: 1st $50, 2nd, $25, 3rd $15
Rules and entry forms here

Voice of Democracy – Grades 9, 10, 11, 12.
Topic “Why Veterans are Important to our Nation’s History and Future”
Prizes: 1st $100, 2nd $50, 3rd, $25
Rules and entry forms here

The VFW says all submissions must be turned in by November 1st to the West Seattle VFW at
3601 SW Alaska St. Seattle, WA 98126.

Couch Fest Films invites you to be a film-fest host – at home, or…

October 1, 2014 at 9:34 pm | In West Seattle news, WS culture/arts | Comments Off

Couch Fest Films is recruiting for hosts! Organizers of this self-described “scrappy film festival” are hoping some West Seattleites will want to be part of it – the festival isn’t until December 6th, but they are only taking signups until next Tuesday, October 7th.

Erin Knobler, a community organizer for Couch Fest Films and resident of High Point, asked us to share the invite. She says Couch Fest started in Seattle in 2008 and “is a cozy shorts film fest hosted in people’s houses and community spaces all over the world, all on the same day. The shorts come from some of the top festivals around the world, and we even highlight local artists as well as some virtually unknowns. … We typically have themed houses, such as ‘Comedy,’ ‘Animation,’ ‘Documentary,’ ‘Inappropriately Awesome’ and more!” You don’t even have to have a couch: “You can host at home, at work, with a community org, at school, on a pirate boat, in a tree house, at your local theater, in a cave, or wherever!” Curiosity piqued? Here’s how to apply.

‘Red Light Revolution 2.0′: Benefit Saturday @ Youngstown

October 1, 2014 at 2:45 pm | In How to help, West Seattle news, WS culture/arts | 1 Comment

Just found out about this benefit Saturday at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, for the fight against sex trafficking:

“The Seattle-Tacoma sex industry’s growth is notable… because it more than doubled in four years (March 2014).” -The Seattle Times

After two years, we present to you…. RED LIGHT REVOLUTION 2.0., a benefit show showcasing local hip hop dance teams, singers, spoken word, & rap artists coming together to:

EXPRESS freedom in arts, and INSPIRE others to join the movement to advocate for victims of sex trafficking. MAKE NOISE & let it be known through the arts and our voices that OUR CITY is anti-trafficking.

RLR in partnership with local non-profits and groups: REST, Seattle Against Slavery, World Concern, Youthcare, New Horizons, Friday Night Hip Hop, and Youngstown Cultural Center.

Mark your calendars for October 4, 2014. Red Light Revolution 2.0 hosting the best Northwest hip-hop crews, singers & spoken word artists in the Northwest! A great cause by a great group @withliving. Come help unite the community around the tragic effects of human trafficking in the Seattle area. Only $8 online and $12 at the door. Limited seating so buy early!

Doors open 5 pm Saturday, show at 5:30 pm. Here’s the Facebook event page.

Happening now: Chinese-culture celebration at Confucius Institute Day

September 27, 2014 at 3:01 pm | In West Seattle news, WS culture/arts | Comments Off

You still have time to get to Chief Sealth International High School for the culmination of Confucius Institute Day – performances including the Seattle Chinese Community Girls’ Drill Team, whose members were there early, checking out other activities including language and writing instruction. The schedule, as featured in our preview earlier this week, also includes lion dancing:

Another highlight – a demonstration of Peking Opera. Costumes and props were shown off earlier in the afternoon:

It’s a free festival, open to all:

Sealth and adjoining Denny International Middle School are home to a branch of the Confucius Institute, a “nongovernmental and nonprofit organization affiliated with the Ministry of Education of China,” focused on cultural education and understanding, with 400 branches in 130 countries. This festival and others are part of Global Confucius Institute Day, marking the program’s 10th worldwide anniversary.

Celebrate Chinese culture at Confucius Institute Day on Saturday

September 24, 2014 at 3:27 pm | In West Seattle news, WS culture/arts | Comments Off

“Experience China without leaving Seattle!” Organizers say you can do that this Saturday afternoon at Chief Sealth International High School, during Confucius Institute Day, a mini-festival with free Chinese language/culture activities for all ages. Here’s the flyer with details:

The Confucius Institute has a center at the Sealth/Denny campus – you might recall the celebration back in 2010. This Saturday’s activities are set for 1-4 pm; the schedule is here, where you also can RSVP to let organizers know how many people to plan for.

West Seattle scene: Marijuana message materializes at ‘Walking on Logs’

September 22, 2014 at 12:41 pm | In West Seattle news, WS culture/arts | 46 Comments

The so-called “dancing children” who comprise the Walking on Logs sculpture along the Fauntleroy Way end of the West Seattle Bridge sometimes are decorated with T-shirts. Today, they’re wearing black T-shirts bearing the message “Marijuana is safer than alcohol.”

After getting the tip from Jake, we went over to see if the T-shirts listed a sponsoring organization, maybe fine print, or on the back. Nope. No banner or signage nearby either (aside from campaign messages for a couple of people running for judge). The West Seattle Chamber of Commerce has long kept the list of authorized “Walking on Logs” decorators, so we’re checking to see if someone signed up to promote this message – the first pro-cannabis display we recall seeing there – but CEO Lynn Dennis is out of the office today. Looking around online, we did find a Federal Way group that offers T-shirts like these.

P.S. Authorized or not, it’s not the only marijuana message on the bridge right now; on the westbound leg of our bridge trip to check this out, we took note of the Dama Cannabis billboard alongside the Spokane Street Viaduct just before the 99 overpass.

ADDED TUESDAY AFTERNOON: Chamber CEO Dennis says they don’t know who’s responsible for the pro-pot shirts, but the sculptures were supposed to be in use this week by Run of Hope supporters, who were expected to put their group’s shirts on “Walking on Logs” sometime today.

If you wondered what was going on in Schmitz Park tonight …

September 21, 2014 at 9:17 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle parks, WS culture/arts | 12 Comments

After several texts and e-mails asking what was going on in Schmitz Park – crowd sounds and music, carrying for a distance – we went over just in time to see everybody leaving, with someone explaining it was a “one-time theater performance” for which the producers had a permit until 9 pm. Just got back and now a web search turns up more details. “Din V: A Convergence” was a joint production of Washington Ensemble Theatre and the band Kithkin, free but with only 100 tickets available, given out at a Capitol Hill coffee shop earlier this month. Full description on this Facebook event page.

Looking for someone to sing with? Seattle Metropolitan Glee Club might be looking for you.

September 21, 2014 at 10:47 am | In West Seattle news, WS culture/arts | 1 Comment

Next Tuesday is just the second week of the season, so this citywide group rehearsing in West Seattle is still recruiting:

Ladies, are you interested in singing with an amazing group of women, but don’t know where to go? The Seattle Metropolitan Glee Club, a non-profit women’s singing group, is looking for new members this fall. Rehearsals are on Tuesdays from 7:15 – 9:15 p.m. at the ActivSpace building on Harbor Avenue SW in West Seattle. … After a casual audition, we hope that you will be able to join us. Please send an email to The_Met@seattlegleeclubs.org, or check out our website at seattlegleeclubs.org for more information.

West Seattle Community Orchestras want you! (Almost) any age, any skill level – it’s signup time

September 17, 2014 at 9:40 am | In West Seattle news, WS culture/arts | Comments Off

Make music! The West Seattle Community Orchestras are almost ready for this year’s season – just a few weeks away – and are sharing this announcement to let you know what’s new this year, as well as what’s continuing, so you (or another musician in your household!) can sign up:

Develop your musical skills as West Seattle Community Orchestras expands your opportunities for the fall session. There is a group for just about everyone!

► NEW! Wind Symphony (concert band) for students and adults, 6+ years’ experience on woodwinds, brass, and percussion. Particularly in demand for this new group are trumpets, baritones, trombones, tubas, and saxophones. The group will be playing classic wind band/concert band favorites including Liberty Bell March, Flourish for Wind Band, and Overture for Winds.

► NEW! Student Beginning Strings Ensemble for students (3rd -12th) in first year of school participation or private lessons. This ensemble will enhance the learning students are already receiving in a fun, encouraging atmosphere.

And there’s more: Click to read the rest of West Seattle Community Orchestras want you! (Almost) any age, any skill level – it’s signup time…

First chapter in West Seattle’s newest literary series: WordsWest debuts tomorrow

September 16, 2014 at 2:44 pm | In West Seattle books, West Seattle news, WS culture/arts | 1 Comment

Tomorrow opens the book on the first chapter of West Seattle’s newest literary series – WordsWest.

7 pm Wednesday (September 17th) at C & P Coffee Company (5612 California SW; WSB sponsor), you’re invited to “An Evening with Karen Finneyfrock and Elissa Washuta.” The WordsWest curators – West Seattle writers Katy E. Ellis, Susan Rich, and Harold Taw – describe the series as “a monthly invitation to hear world-class writers from near and far, and to join and nurture the West Seattle literary community.” They plan to present events every third Wednesday “that range from readings by published local and national authors, to craft discussions and guided writing explorations for every experience level.” The events will include a local-business rep reading a favorite poem – starting with Pegasus Book Exchange. Read about Wednesday’s featured writers on the WordsWest website.

West Seattle Monday: ‘School Your Parents’; pooches in the pool; Roxhill Elementary PTA; more…

September 15, 2014 at 10:26 am | In West Seattle news, WS culture/arts, WS miscellaneous | 5 Comments

(Pan of paella, photographed by Paul Brannan at Senior Center’s ‘Night in Spain last Thursday)
From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar, and our inbox, here are highlights for the rest of this late-summer Monday:

CLOSED TODAY: Elliott Bay Brewery in The Junction sends word that they’re closed today for some maintenance work. They expect to reopen tomorrow (Tuesday, September 16th).

‘DOG DAYS OF SUMMER’ POOCHES IN THE POOL: Today is the first of six days in which dogs are welcome to swim in the closed-to-humans-until-next-year Arbor Heights Swim and Tennis Club pool (one day added since we mentioned this on the main page). It’s a fundraiser for youth at the club; details here. Today’s session is 5-7 pm. (11003 31st SW)

‘SCHOOL YOUR PARENTS’! 5:30-7:30 pm, families are welcome at the Delridge Branch Library to find out how Seattle Public Library supports scholars – more in our calendar listing. (5423 Delridge Way)

ROXHILL ELEMENTARY PTA: 6 pm tonight at Roxhill Elementary, first PTA meeting of the year. (30th/Roxbury)

PERSONAL SAFETY NETS: Free presentation 7-9 pm at the Fauntleroy YMCA, to “teach you how to find the tools, knowledge & resources which will prepare and organize you for life’s upcoming challenges and changes.”

NIGHTLIFE! See the listings here.

More than a dozen ways to enjoy your West Seattle Saturday

September 13, 2014 at 6:21 am | In West Seattle news, WS culture/arts, WS miscellaneous | Comments Off

(Friday’s sunset, by John Hinkey)

Happy weekend! Sunshine and options aplenty. From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

FREE LUNCH AND TREATS! ADMIRAL ADOPT-A-STREET: Grab the kids, the neighbor, everyone you can find, and go join the Admiral Neighborhood Association‘s quarterly cleanup. You get treats before hitting the street AND a sack lunch for afterward, courtesy of Metropolitan Market (WSB sponsor), which is where you’ll meet – look for ANA outside the store, 9 am. You don’t have to bring ANYTHING but yourself – tools, bags, etc., all provided. (42nd/41st/Admiral Way)

SECOND-TIME SALE: 9 am-3 pm, you just don’t know (until you get there) what treasures you’ll find at Fauntleroy Church‘s famous sale. Maybe something Christmasy:

Bake sale too! (9140 California SW)

FAMILY PICNIC: Freedom Church of Seattle invites everybody to come join in their Family Picnic, 10 am-3 pm, including a food-bag giveaway as well as hamburgers, hot dogs, and beverages for everyone, and lots of fun. Details in our calendar listing. (35th/Roxbury)

TREE WALK: Meet your neighbors and learn about the trees in North Delridge during this morning’s Tree Walk – meet at 10:30 am at the Greg Davis Park boulders; details here. Free! (26th/Brandon)

LOUIE FOXX SHOW: Fabulous Family Fun Saturdays return to High Point Community Center starting today, 10:30 am, with Louie Foxx‘s “One Man Sideshow filled with tons of magic, comedy, cowboy tricks, juggling and more audience interaction than you can shake a stick at!” $7/person, $30 max for families. (6920 34th SW)

BENEFIT BARBECUE AT THRIFTWAY: Still barbecue season! West Seattle Thriftway (WSB sponsor) is cooking lunch again today, 11 am-4 pm, this time to benefit the Kiwanis Club of West Seattle. Kiwanian Linda Cox reminds us of some of how the Kiwanis has been working in and for the community for 80+ years:

Key Clubs for high school students at West Seattle Hi, Chief Sealth, and
Seattle Lutheran

*Circle K clubs for college students at Seattle University
*Boy Scout Troop 284, Crew 284, Venture Crew 760, Cub Scout Pack 136
*South Seattle College scholarships
*Hi-Yu Scholarships
*Seasonal support of West Seattle Farmers Market
*Food Bank collections
*WestSide Baby
*Northwest Hope and Healing Fashion Show and Alki Beach 5K Run/Walk
*Annual community Pancake Breakfast the first Friday in December
*Plus many, many other projects

More info at kiwaniswestseattle.org. Or come buy your lunch and chat with a Kiwanis member at the barbecue tent outside Thriftway! (California/Fauntleroy/42nd)

CAR WASH: 11 am-4 pm, fundraising car wash at West Seattle Autoworks (WSB sponsor) by, and benefiting, West Seattle High School‘s music program. (35th/Webster)

HOMEOWNERSHIP WORKSHOP: Interested in buying a home, but not sure if you can afford it? Come to a free workshop – with lunch and child care provided – 11 am-3 pm today at Neighborhood House’s High Point Center. (6400 Sylvan Way SW)

FIESTAS PATRIAS PARADE/FESTIVAL IN SOUTH PARK: 11 am, come enjoy the Fiestas Patrias parade in South Park, followed by a festival until 6 pm at Sea-Mar. Here’s the parade route, according to SDOT:

Starts at 12th Avenue South and South Henderson Street, proceeds east on Henderson to 14th Avenue South, then north on 14th to South Cloverdale Street, then west on Cloverdale to Eighth Avenue South, and north on Eighth to South Rose Street. Seattle Police will escort the parade. There will be a rolling slowdown in traffic as the parade moves along the route.

VOLUNTEER APPRECIATION PARTY: Nature Consortium hosts a party at Pigeon Point Park by Pathfinder K-8, honoring the volunteers who help with so much of what NC does. 11 am-1 pm. (1901 SW Genesee)

GOLF TOURNAMENT: Even if you didn’t pre-register for the Chuck Diesel Invitational, benefiting youth golf, you can still show up at West Seattle Golf Course at noon – here’s our recent preview. (4457 35th SW)

WATCH THE HUSKIES AT THE CASK: Not going to the game? UW Football will be on at The Cask (WSB sponsor) in The Admiral District. Get your gameday in gear at noon; game vs. Illinois starts at 1 pm. (2350 California SW)

LAST DANCE: Salsa on Alki‘s season finale gets going at Alki Statue of Liberty Plaza at 5:30 pm with a lesson that’s included in your $10 cover to dance all night (until 10-ish).

(Last Saturday’s Salsa on Alki; photo by Jonathan Vogel)
Details in our calendar listing. (61st/Alki)

NIGHT 3 FOR ‘THE MOUNTAINTOP’: 7:30 pm is curtain time for the new production at ArtsWest (WSB sponsor), the Seattle premiere of “The Mountaintop,” directed by Valerie Curtis-Newton. Buy your ticket(s) online, here. (4711 California SW)

MUSIC, MUSIC, MUSIC – so much live music tonight, we just have to point you to our calendar to see the venues and times!

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