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UNSUNG HEROES: West Seattle Amateur Radio Club’s Harvest Parade communication

November 6, 2016 11:53 am
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Were you at the West Seattle Junction Harvest Festival last Sunday? Maybe part of its bigger-than-ever Costume Parade (WSB video above) – or one of the spectators? Again this year, the parade’s unsung heroes were members of the West Seattle Amateur Radio Club. David Hillier shared the photos and report:

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Members of the West Seattle Amateur Radio Club provided radio communications during the festival’s costume parade, with radio operators at strategic positions in the parade. Jim Edwards WS7JIM, led the parade on his motorcycle with installed radio gear. Ken AB7X and Adeline (16) AA7HH followed in the middle of the parade, while Dave AA7XX and Meredith (12) KG7EUM followed at the rear of the parade. Cora W7COR communicated with the members in the parade from home through the club’s repeater, helping with coordination. Radio communication helps Jim know how to pace the parade and provides an added element of safety.

We in HAM radio love these events. It is a nice way to help out – and to be part of a fun event! Look us up online or go to the ARRL website if you think you might be interested in HAM radio.

P.S. As you can see in the photos of the parade volunteers, amateur radio is for all ages!

WEST SEATTLE HARVEST FESTIVAL FOLLOWUP: Big fun, big benefit, and … more photos!

Photos by Leda Costa for West Seattle Blog

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This year’s West Seattle Harvest Festival in The Junction was the biggest ever, and might have been even bigger if it hadn’t started to rain in the last hour.

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Rain and all, it was a success, and we have one more round of photos to share – as well as an update from the Chili Cookoff that raised money for the West Seattle Food Bank:

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As we reported in yesterday’s as-it-happened coverage, The Westy won – that’s JP Vidican at right, getting congratulated by past winner Jack Miller of Husky Deli. Judi Yazzolino from the Food Bank tells us the cookoff brought in almost $2,000 to help fight hunger.

Meantime, click ahead to see a new Harvest Festival gallery – the costumes, the activities, the pets, and more, as photographed by WSB’s Leda Costa: Read More

AS-IT-HAPPENED COVERAGE: West Seattle Harvest Festival 2016!

October 30, 2016 10:00 am
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10 AM: It’s on! Joining the Farmers’ Market for the next four hours, it’s the 2016 West Seattle Junction Harvest Festival. Starting right now, on Alaska between 44th and 42nd, and on California south of the market, Alaska to Edmunds, local businesses, schools, and organizations are offering fun activities. Everything’s free except the Chili Cookoff starting at 11 am – a $10 donation gets you a taste of each of the eight competing chilis, plus a vote, and the money goes to the West Seattle Food Bank. Then at 11:30, it’s the costume parade from Junction Plaza Park (42nd/Alaska) around the festival/market zone, and at noon, business trick-or-treating begins. Explore the side-street businesses too – ReMAX, for example, has a noon-2 pm Haunted House on the NW corner of 44th/Alaska (that was canceled).

10:14 AM: Our first activity feature – “melting pumpkins” at the West Seattle Timebank booth. Here’s volunteer Cupcake, showing one off:

Thanks to Timebank leader Tamsen Spengler for the photo. The Timebank booth is on SW Alaska across from Twilight, which is just west of Easy Street. Go visit! We, meantime, are right in the heart of California/Alaska, and immediately west of us you’ll find free facepainting:

The costumes just might be the most-fun part of the festival every year. Even with more than an hour to go until the parade, many costumed people of all sizes are wandering. We’ve even seen Darth Vader (and survived the encounter):

This festivalgoer is costumed as cotton candy:

By the way, there’s free cotton candy (while it lasts) on SW Alaska by Easy Street.

11:07 AM: Chili time! That’s the number one question we’re being asked right now – where’s the chili? Answer: Look for the West Seattle Food Bank canopy right in front of KeyBank on the SW corner of California/Alaska. Here are the competitors:

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Number two most popular question – where does the Costume Parade start? Junction Plaza Park is on the NW corner of 42nd/Alaska, and the parade will head west from there, starting at 11:30. Many awesome costumes this year. Check out Sharknado and friend:

11:44 AM: The parade is making its way through the festival. And this year it’s MASSIVE! Hundreds of people. Led by the West Seattle High School Band:

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Here’s video from the start (looks like we’ll have to wait until we’re back at HQ for the full 6 1/2 minute clip):


Next up: Business trick-or-treating at noon. We’ve been asked how that works – look for merchants with candy OUTSIDE their businesses throughout The Junction.

12:15 PM: Trick-or-treating is now on! And activities continue. Westside School (WSB sponsor) is one of your stops on California between Alaska and Edmunds – there, you can play Plinko:

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Coworking center West Seattle Office Junction (also a WSB sponsor) is nearby and has a “critter pit”:

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Meanwhile, the Farmers Market continues until 2 pm as usual. Many vendors are in the spirit!

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We have some music here at California/Alaska, too – WSHS Band members, post-parade, are busking, as they’ve been doing to raise money for new instruments. And all the while, more cool costumes:

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12:58 PM: Final hour. The crowd has thinned a bit but still really festive – we are talking with organizers and participants about how big the festival is this year, so many people here in The Junction, it reminds us of Summer Fest. Thanks to everyone who’s stopped by to say hi – from our booth in the heart of Walk-All-Ways, we’ve had a front-row seat for it all.

1:19 PM: The crowd’s thinned further because the rain has returned. Next big thing: Vote-counting for the chili cookoff. Here’s a tweet with a look at the contenders’ offerings:


Still some good stuff at this week’s market, too.

1:30 PM: And the chili winners are:

#1 – The Westy
#2 – Brookdale Admiral Heights
#3 – Shadowland

Congratulations!

2 PM: The rain hasn’t stopped but the festival’s wrapping up.

P.S. We will have a separate photo gallery plus some other festival followups at midday Monday.

COUNTDOWN: West Seattle Harvest Festival 2016 almost here!

October 28, 2016 5:45 pm
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(WSB file photo from past Harvest Festival)

Just a little over a day and a half until this year’s West Seattle Harvest Festival in The Junction, which runs concurrent with the Farmers’ Market, 10 am-2 pm on Sunday.

The market remains in the street on California between Alaska and Oregon. Festival activities will also be found on California between Alaska and Edmunds, and on Alaska between 42nd and 44th.

*Activities (games, art, crafts, more – more than two dozen providers – all free!) 10 am-2 pm

*Chili competition on the southwest corner of California/Alaska starting at 11 am – buy a flight (nine competitors), vote for your favorite, and your $ goes to the West Seattle Food Bank

*Costume parade 11:30 am from Junction Plaza Park (gather there starting at 11:15 am at 42nd/Alaska), led by the West Seattle High School Marching Band

*Trick-or-treating at Junction businesses starting at noon

We’ll be there throughout the festival, covering it “live” from the heart of The Junction. See you there on Sunday (forecast so far looks like we’ll see some sunshine)!

PHOTOS, VIDEO: Fauntleroy Fall Festival fun, 2016 edition

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2:50 PM: The Fauntleroy Fall Festival might be the only place you’ll hear a Prince cover with ukuleles:


The Back Porch Apostles are playing in the Fauntleroy Church/Y parking lot right now, which is one of the centers of activity during the festival, continuing until 5 pm. Lots of kid activities in the lot, including an annual favorite – making salmon hats, in honor of nearby Fauntleroy Creek:

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On the north side of the lot, Seattle Fire Engine 37 from Sunrise Heights was visiting, along with the local Seattle Police Mobile Precinct:

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Another center is The Hall at Fauntleroy on the other side of the 9100 block of California SW. Inside – more music plus the cake-decorating contest, to be followed by the cakewalk. We were totally surprised to see the cake on the left:

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(3:40 pm note – the truck cake on the right won the “advanced” division!) More festival updates to come – here’s the schedule of what’s happening, where, and when, and here’s the list of food/drink available for purchase (everything else here is free).

3:30 PM UPDATE: Some of the festival activities are hidden gems – you have to wander into the church lobby to find the West Seattle Community Orchestras‘ “instrument petting zoo”:

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In the Vashon Room of The Hall at Fauntleroy, meantime, it’s cakewalk time!

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And on the east side of The Hall, the West Seattle Big Band will be playing at 3:45 – lots of room to dance!

4:09 PM UPDATE: Evidence of that last statement:


The WSBB plays until 5 pm, when the festival wraps up. It’s always musically abundant – in addition to offering the instrument “zoo” mentioned above, the WSCO had a Brass Sextet (plus percussionist) performing in the church’s fellowship hall:

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Thanks to Toni Reineke (third from the left) for sharing that photo. One more festival center we haven’t mentioned yet – outside Fauntleroy Schoolhouse, to the west, pony rides, music, a playground, and a petting zoo with goats among other fuzzy friends:

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The festival is a collaboration between community groups, institutions, organizations, and businesses, running on volunteer power and donations. If you would like to donate and missed the chance at the festival, just go here.

P.S. Some of the festival faces – first, Fauntleroy Creek watershed steward Judy Pickens, who’s a legend with the salmon hat-making:

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Festival partner Fauntleroy Community Association:

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The D Squared/Tuxedos and Tennis Shoes/Hall at Fauntleroy team:

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And Lonjina Verdugo from Wildwood Market, soon to open in Fauntleroy:

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Next event in Fauntleroy – gather to drum and sing the coho home to the creek, 5 pm next Sunday (October 30th) at the fish-ladder overlook across from the ferry terminal.

SUNDAY! Fauntleroy Fall Festival schedule & food list

October 22, 2016 8:20 pm
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Just hours to go until this year’s Fauntleroy Fall Festival – tomorrow (Sunday, October 23rd), 2-5 pm, at venues on both sides of the 9100 block of California SW (Fauntleroy Church/YMCA/Schoolhouse; here’s a map). Tonight, we have two things you might be wondering about in advance – the activity schedule, and the food!

Here’s the schedule:

Activities are free. The only things you need to bring money for – entirely optional – are the food and drink offerings. See the list here (PDF) – vendors this year are Endolyne Joe’s (WSB sponsor), Tuxedoes and Tennis Shoes Catering, Stuffed Cakes, Bird on a Wire Espresso, and The Tamale Guy. Plus, the Fauntleroy Church Youth Club will be having a bake sale.

HAPPENING NOW: Autumn abundance awaits you @ Solstice P-Patch Fall Festival

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Perfect pumpkin-carving weather as the Solstice Park P-Patch gardeners host this year’s Fall Festival, until 5 pm. They’re also selling everything from dried herbs to plants to treats – this is just one of the tables:

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And if you wander uphill into the P-Patch itself, you can admire fall flowers like these:

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Like all P-Patches, this one is managed by its own (volunteer) gardeners, but not all have special events like this one. The plants, by the way, include starts for your own garden as well as perennials – go see for yourself next to the tennis courts at 7400 Fauntleroy Way SW before the afternoon ends!

SATURDAY: Solstice Park P-Patch Fall Festival!

October 21, 2016 10:06 pm
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This will of course be on our Saturday highlights list but in case you’re up tonight looking ahead to tomorrow … the Solstice Park P-Patch gardeners rescheduled their Fall Festival because of last weekend’s weather worries and are hoping to see you, 2-5 pm Saturday. Everybody’s welcome! Karen from the P-Patch says, “We’ve worked really hard on making it great this year. We have wonderful plants and fall garden starts. Also, really unique organic produce and herbs for cooks, that can’t be found in the markets.” The hillside garden itself, across from the north end of Lincoln Park, is a sight to see, too.

COUNTDOWN: Fauntleroy Fall Festival this Sunday!

If it’s not already in your weekend plan … we need to talk about the Fauntleroy Fall Festival. Again this year, it’s three busy hours of all-ages fun in the heart of Fauntleroy – in and around the historic Fauntleroy Schoolhouse, in and around the Fauntleroy YMCA (WSB sponsor) and Fauntleroy Church across the street, this Sunday (October 23rd), 2-5 pm. Here’s just part of what you’ll find:

*Pumpkin decorating
*Other crafts
*Birdhouse building
*Climbing wall
*Pony rides
*Music (including West Seattle Big Band in The Hall at Fauntleroy at 3:30 pm)
*Cake contest and cakewalk

About that last one – you can enter! Here’s how:

The decorating contest has three categories: Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced. Cakes can be any shape or size but should have either a Fall, Halloween, or West Seattle theme. They can be very simple to very elaborate, baked and decorated by an individual, or a parent and child, a family, or a group of friends.

Cakes should be brought to the Vashon Room on the day of the festival, between 12 noon and 1 pm. Voting will begin at 1:30 and continue until about 3 p.m. Once the votes have been tallied, prizes will be awarded for each category. (Who votes? You do, along with other Fall Festival guests.) And then the Cake Walk begins! The Cake Walk continues until all the cakes have been given away. If you do not want to enter the Cake Decorating Contest, you can bake and donate a cake for the Cake Walk.

The Vashon Room is at The Hall at Fauntleroy (9131 California SW). Everything’s free except the food items you’ll find available for purchase.

P.S. One great way to get there is RapidRide C Line, which drops you off in the middle of the festival.

Chili! Candy! Costumes! Countdown to West Seattle Junction Harvest Festival 2016

(WSB photo from last year’s Harvest Festival)

Now just three more weeks of waiting until this year’s West Seattle Junction Harvest Festival … four hours of big fall fun on Sunday, October 30th, 10 am-2 pm. The newest update: The lineup is set for the Chili Cookoff, nine local businesses donating chili to compete for the title, via your votes – you buy a flight of chili tastes starting at 11 am, you vote, the West Seattle Food Bank gets the proceeds to help fight hunger. Here’s who’s in:

Easy Street Café
Elliott Bay Brewing Co.
Husky Deli
The Westy
Shelby’s Bistro and Ice Creamery
Shadowland
Freshy’s
Grilling Greek Catering Company
Brookdale Senior Living

Here’s the festival schedule:

10 am: Activity booths open
10 am: Farmers Market opens
11 am: Chili Cookoff begins
11:30 am: Costume parade (start gathering at Junction Plaza Park, 42nd/Alaska, 11:15 am)
Noon: Trick-or-treating starts

It all happens in the street, in the heart of The Junction. WSB is media sponsor again this year, and we’ll be reporting “live” on-site … see you there!

SUNDAY: The latest list of what you’ll find during Seattle Summer Parkways on Alki

September 24, 2016 10:49 pm
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One last reminder … from Don Armeni Boat Ramp to 63rd/Alki, Seattle Summer Parkways will stretch along two miles of Alki and Harbor Avenues tomorrow (Sunday, September 25th), with the Orca Half (marathon) starting it all at 9:30 am, and then the main activity schedule 11 am-4 pm. See the map above for traffic/parking changes, and the updated schedule/activity/partner list below (with additions beyond what’s on the SSP website). One major difference from past years’ events is the addition of an activity hub at Don Armeni, as well as the central activity areas in the heart of Alki Beach. Meantime, the forecast still looks great!

SCHEDULE

9:30 AM Orca Half Marathon begins at Don Armeni Boat Ramp.
11 AM Kick off Summer Parkways with bike decorating & Kids Bike Parade from FamilyBike Seattle
11 AM-4 PM Disaster Relief Trials
12-3 PM West Seattle Summer Walking Tour with Feet First. Meet at Don Armeni Boat Ramp.
1-2 PM Behind the scenes bicycle tour of Summer Parkways with the event organizers. Meet at Don Armeni Boat Ramp, where free Pronto bike rentals will be available.
1-3 PM Free Ice Cream at CityScoop near 61st SW & Alki Ave SW.
Live music all day on our main stage at 61st SW and Alki Ave SW.

MAIN STAGE SCHEDULE (61st Ave SW and Alki Ave SW)

11:00AM – Disaster Relief Trials Launch
11:15AM – Scott Kubly and Others Open the Event
12:00PM – Zumba Kids with Jeannette
1:00PM – Ephrata Takes the Stage to Play Dreamy Shoegaze
2:00PM – Barellhouse Jive Cats

ACTIVITIES

*The Orca Half Marathon

*Visit Mike, NOAA’s life-size inflatable orca whale (modeled after J-26) at Don Armeni Park. Learn more about orcas, shore-based whalewatching at educational signs along the route, courtesy of The Whale Trail.

*Relax under the City’s big tent, eat free ice cream and talk to folks from various City Departments at CityScoop from 1pm – 3 pm near 61st Ave SW

*Kick off the event with bike decorating & Kids Bike Parade with FamilyBike Seattle

*Education and Creative Art Projects with the Seal Sitters

*Make it your way with topping bar at Anchor End Pretzel Sandwiches

*Food for the Soul from Neema’s Southern Comfort Foods

*Let its show, you love the dough! with Mini The Doughnut

*Children’s games and gutter protection exhibitions from Harry Helmet

*Bike Bingo from Cascade Bicycle Club

*Books on Bikes from Seattle Public Library

*Bike decorating and Kidical Mass kids bike parade with Family Bike Expo

*Live music from Ephrata

*Adaptive Bike Exhibition & games with Outdoors For All

*Bike Rodeo for kids with West Seattle Bike Connections

*Adopt a new best friend from the Seattle Humane Society MaxMobile on site!

*Bubbles & Balloons at The Seattle Barkery handcrafted dog treats & coffee for humans

*Seattle Department of Transportation Public Space Management

*Learn about HALA from the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods

*Free bike rentals from Pronto Cycle Share, located at the water taxi dock and at 62nd Ave SW and Alki Ave SW

*Plan your next adventure and learn about the tiny lifestyle with Homegrown Trailers

*Dance, move and have fun at Zumba Kids with Jeannette

*Lotion and body butter demonstrations from NALI Natural Body Care Products

*Connecting students to local and global community programs: FIUTS

*Delicious food from Off The Rez food truck

*Learn more about Seattle Annual Music and Jazz Cruise

*Rent a custom bike for the day and cruise with Pedal Anywhere

*Speak with experts about finances for free with Voya Financial Advisors

*Find a cool T-shirt at Northington T-shirts

*Explore and book your next travel destination with Destinations Unleashed Paycation Travel!

*Check out a Seattle Bike Polo match

*Break off a piece of all natural KRAVE Jerky

*Food and drink specials all day, plus a killer happy hour at El Chupacabra!

*Bike repair, giveaways, demos and music from Westside Bicycle at Don Armeni Park

*Drop in for a 15 minute POP Pilates classes every hour on the hour starting at 12p.m. from FitGirls NW

*Taco-eating contest

*Killer Bike Show!

*Learn about how you can get involved in supporting Seattle’s homeless population with Shorewood Foursquare Church’s Northwest Light Under the Bridge Ministry

*Pick up your Alki beachwear at Coastal Surf Boutique’s sidewalk sale

*Get some free bubbles and learn about how neighbors share time and talents with West Seattle Timebank

*Seattle Parks & Recreation will offer Karate Demos, a Bouncy Obstacle Course, Free Face Painting and Hula Demos

*The Alki Art Fair will have an art show in the Alki Bathhouse

*Behind the Scenes Bicycle Tour of West Seattle Summer Parkways with the event organizers 1-2PM beginning at Don Armeni Park.

We’re planning as-it-happens coverage; this will be the city’s first “car-free day” event on Alki since May 2014.

COUNTDOWN: What you need to know about Seattle Summer Parkways on Alki this Sunday

September 20, 2016 9:06 pm
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More details tonight as we look ahead to Sunday’s Seattle Summer Parkways – the latest incarnation of “car-free day,” though it’s not really “car-free” – on Alki . Official event time is 11 am-4 pm, but things get started earlier with hundreds of Orca Half (Marathon) runners leaving Don Armeni Boat Ramp, heading westbound, at 9:30 am.

First, here are the specific times and locations for parking and other vehicle restrictions on Sunday. As the map shows, the heart of Alki will be entirely closed to motorized-vehicle traffic, while from 56th to Don Armeni, one lane will be closed, one open:

-There will be no waterside parking along Alki Ave SW from 63rd Ave SW to Don Armeni Boat Ramp from 8 am to 5 pm on 09/25

-Parking will be allowed on the residential side of the street from 55th Ave SW to Don Armeni boat ramp

-Local access to vehicles will be maintained from 56th Ave SW to Don Armeni boat ramp via one lane

(ADDED WEDNESDAY) The Metro Route 50 reroute will be:

L 60 Av SW
R SW Hinds
R 63 Av SW
R SW Admiral Wy
S SW Admiral and 61 Av SW (temp terminal)

We’re still awaiting word on the Water Taxi shuttle route(s).

(BACK TO ORIGINAL REPORT) In addition to the long list of “partners” that’ll be providing activities/information/etc., mentioned on the SSP West Seattle page, the time-specific event schedules are now available, too:

EVENT SCHEDULE

9:30 AM – Orca Half Marathon begins at Don Armeni Boat Ramp.
11 AM – Kick off Summer Parkways with bike decorating & Kids’ Bike Parade from FamilyBike Seattle
11 AM-4 PM – Disaster Relief Trials begin at the Alki Bathhouse
12-3 PM – West Seattle Summer Walking Tour with Feet First. Meet at Don Armeni Boat Ramp. RSVP on Meetup.
1-2 PM – Behind the scenes bicycle tour of Summer Parkways with the event organizers. Meet at Don Armeni Boat Ramp, where free Pronto bike rentals will be available.
1-3 PM – Free ice cream at CityScoop near 61st SW & Alki Ave SW.

MAIN STAGE SCHEDULE (61st Ave SW and Alki Ave SW)

11:00 AM – Disaster Relief Bike Trials launch
11:15 AM – Mayor Murray, Scott Kubly, and others open the event
12:00 PM – Zumba Kids with Jeannette
1:00 PM – Ephrata takes the stage to play Dreamy Shoegaze
2:00 PM – Groove Powers provides music to dance for all

The Disaster Relief Bike Trials are still open for participation, and the folks at West Seattle Be Prepared tell us that four local “hubs” will be activated so this really serves as a preparedness exercise as well as a fun activity – read about it on their website here. And if you have any questions/points of confusion about Seattle Summer Parkways, please comment or otherwise let us know, as we’ll be publishing more updates before Sunday and will be happy to ask organizers more questions.

COUNTDOWN: ‘Summer Parkways’ at Alki next Sunday

Six months after we brought you first word that the city would revive the “car-free day” concept this year and move it back to September, we’re one week away from the Alki edition of “Seattle Summer Parkways.” The map above shows the route along which the westbound – water-side – lane will be closed to motorized vehicles all day, between 63rd SW and Don Armeni Boat Ramp, which is where the Orca Half (Marathon) will start around 9:30 am; the day’s other activities are set to officially run from 11 am to 4 pm. A long list of activity presenters is online here, and we’re expecting even more info before next Sunday arrives, so we’ll continue counting down.

West Seattle Harvest Festival 2016 set & welcoming activity presenters, sponsors, chili competitors…

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ORIGINAL REPORT, 12:46 PM: The 2016 West Seattle Harvest Festival has just been announced for Sunday, October 30th, 10 am-2 pm in The Junction. If you’re new here – the Harvest Festival is the annual street-fair combination of family activities, business trick-or-treating (that part starts at noon), and WS Farmers’ Market. The West Seattle Junction Association presents it, and director Lora Swift says they’re currently inviting prospective sponsors (WSB is already on board) and activity presenters. Go here ASAP if you’re a business interested in being a sponsor, and/or a business, nonprofit, or school interested in presenting an activity. (And yes, there will be a chili cookoff again this year, with the fee for tasting/judging benefiting the West Seattle Food Bank – more to come on that.)

3:19 PM UPDATE: Here’s the scoop on how to enter the chili competition:

Participants must:

§ Be a West Seattle business.

§ Bring two gallons of hot chili made in commercial kitchen and an electric warmer. Maintain chili’s temperature to meet health standards.

§ Provide a chili server who has a current Food Handlers Card.

§ Be ready to serve at 11 am! With 2 gallons of chili, we’ll be able to serve about 100 flights and the competition will probably be done by 1 pm.

§ Space is limited to 8 competitors, and a minimum of 4 competitors are needed.

We’ll provide everything else. To register – admin@wsjunction.org with your business name, contact person, and agreement that rules will be followed.

The festival also includes a costume parade at 11:30 am, led by the West Seattle High School Marching Band.

West Seattle weekend scene: Children’s Moonlight Festival at Vietnamese Cultural Center

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Late-in-the-day sun shone on the Children’s Moonlight Festival at the Vietnamese Cultural Center on Sunday afternoon. The Center invited community members to celebrate the traditional “mid-autumn festival,” featuring handmade lanterns:

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Dancers and singers performed:

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And the center’s flags were at half-staff in observance of the 9/11 anniversary.

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(added) Video of the Lion Dance, by the GDPT Van Hanh Lion Dance Team, courtesy of Lynda, via Instagram (mouse over image to reveal clickable “play” button):


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While the center hosts several public events each year, you are also welcome to visit on Saturdays, noon-3 pm. Its address is 2236 SW Orchard, just north of Home Depot.

COUNTDOWN: WestFest ‘Carnival of Community’ set for September 16-17

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Summer-ish fun isn’t all over yet – some big events are yet to come, and today brings the official announcement of one of them: WestFest, 6-10 pm Friday, September 16th, and 10 am-10 pm Saturday, September 17th:

Please be a part of West Seattle’s ‘Carnival of Community’, brought to you by Holy Rosary School! Come experience great local music, eat delicious food, race up, around, or down the inatable rides, climb the rock wall, or spin until you’re dizzy! There is so much to do and see, including bingo, a cake walk with scrumptious prizes, a kids’ talent show and carnival-style games galore. There’s a beer garden for adults too — there is truly something for everyone at WestFest!

BLOW-OUT FUN WRISTBANDS

Take unlimited turns on our wide selection of rollicking rides on Friday (9/16) and Saturday (9/17) with an activity wristband. 

Back by demand… Toddler Time from 10 am-12 pm on Saturday (9/17), where kids 4 and under get exclusive access to 3 rides for a reduced price, when purchasing a wristband.

Discount-priced wristbands will be available in advance at Holy Rosary’s Pancake Breakfast starting at 8 am on Sunday, September 11th. The prices (advance and day-of) are on the festival flyer. The festival is held on the school grounds, on 42nd SW north of SW Genesee.

VIDEO, PHOTOS: First-ever Festival CentroAmericano at Westcrest Park


(Video and photos by Leda Costa for WSB)

4:25 PM: You still have time to get to the first-ever Festival Centroamericano, scheduled until 7 pm at Westcrest Park in Highland Park! Photojournalist Leda Costa is covering it for WSB, starting with the video above, from Folklore Nicaragua‘s performance, so we’ll have photos later – but for now, go celebrate Central American culture in person, via music, dance, food, and more. The park’s at 9000 8th SW.

ADDED 11:20 PM: As promised, more photos:

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While the dancing was popular, the food was an even-bigger draw, with long lines, and some vendors selling out. This is Lucero Teofilo, whose mother Rosia runs Franci’s Fresh Fruit:

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Emceeing the event, Edgardo Armando Franco, known as “El General.” Also onstage were singers including Alfredo Chavez, who, before singing, offered a lesson in the art of the Panamanian Saloma, something like yodeling.

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Below, holding the Guatamalan flag, that’s Kirby Fralick at right, posing with his friends from Chapines en Seattle, one of the vendor booths at the festival:

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Another booth featured handmade Nicaraguan dolls by Inmaculada Cruz:

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More festival scenes:

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Mercedes Gonzalez, from Panama:

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Organizers say this is not only our area’s first festival celebrating Central American culture, but the first one in our state, and they hope to do it again next year.

SUNDAY: First-ever Central American festival coming to Westcrest Park

A first-of-its-kind festival is happening in West Seattle this Sunday! Here’s the announcement we received for Festival Centroamericano, coming to Westcrest Park:

The first festival in Seattle that is dedicated to learning and sharing the cultural expressions from Central America, the Festival Centroamericano, will bring together members of the various Seattle Neighborhoods that are from Central America or have family from the seven Central American countries (Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Panama).

Embracing our Central American heritage and culture to a community that is not well exposed to it can also offer a great opportunity to learn something new especially with the different ethnic groups (Indigenous, African, Mestizo, Latino) that are involved in the festival. The organization will unite the different ethnic groups from each of the Central American countries to exchange cultures and learn from one another.

The Festival Centroamericano will be a family-oriented and free-for-the-public event, therefore, everyone is welcome to experience a Central American community at Westcrest Park, 9000 8th Ave SW on August 28 from 11AM to 7PM. The festival will have live performances and vendors providing food, art, information, other great services, and more!

CONTINUING SUNDAY: Arts In Nature Festival 2016 @ Camp Long

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Want to be outdoors – and be cool? The meadow at Camp Long is the perfect place right now. We just arrived at the Arts In Nature Festival, presented by Nature Consortium, which is sponsoring WSB right now to promote the annual festival. It’s on until 9 tonight, and again 11 am-6 pm Sunday – you still have lots of time to get here to see this evening’s headliners in the meadow at 7 pm, Big World Breaks, playing on the Nancy Stage [named for NC founder Nancy Whitlock, who’s here right now, as is former NC leader Merica Whitehall and David Bestock of DNDA, with which NC is merging – photo below].

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Big World Breaks is in fact doing a sound check right now, before Etienne Cakpo (video added below) takes the stage around 6 pm.


And this is just the main stage – one of four major spots around the park that you’ll find music, dance/performance, or activities. Most of the latter two are done for the day, but music continues until 9, as does the Beer Garden (top photo), where you can also buy and drink Ethiopian coffee:

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Camp Long’s famous cabins have artists in residence throughout the weekend, with “installations that mix sound, auditory arts, music, and visual arts.” (Added) That includes poetry, and you can write your own:

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Lots more to explore:

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On the south end of the meadow, YAMS (Yesler Art Mobile Studio) is here with all-ages activities.

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Festival ticket info is here; the park is at 5200 35th SW, with the main entrance off northbound 35th at Dawson.

P.S. One more addition from Saturday evening – the installation inside the Camp Long Lodge that managed to make its subject (“Dust Motes”) seem magical:


(Mouse over the image to reveal the “play” button so you can click it.)

VIDEO & PHOTOS: Delridge Day 2016!

August 13, 2016 11:34 am
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(Los Mixtecos on the Delridge Day cultural stage – schedule here)

11:34 AM: We’re in the park outside Delridge Community Center in the first hour of this year’s Delridge Day festival, presented by VIEWS, happening until 11 am, with music, cultural performances, giveaways, treats, skateboarding demonstrations and contests, more. Local groups and businesses are here, as are Seattle Police, since the annual “Picnic at the Precinct” is melded into this again this year (police horses and K-9s will be presenting demonstrations).

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West Seattle’s own Ellis Brothers (below) are the first musical act – at noon, it’s Widowed Cactus; 1 pm, The Slags; 2 pm, Valerie Cavell.

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Get down to Delridge/Genesee and enjoy yourself – the festival runs until 3 pm – more updates to come.

11:50 AM: Be sure to roam around and check out all the giveaways while you’re here. Free water and ice cream (courtesy of the Seattle Police Foundation) in the SPD area on the west side of the festival zone; free backpacks with school supplies inside the community center:

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Many of the groups here have tchotchkes – we’ve brought a few leftover WSB-branded ice scrapers from festivals past; you never know when actual wintry weather might return, and it’s a cooling thought here on another summer day going into the 80s. Cool things for sale, too – in the Delridge Day info booth, right next to us, you can buy Delridge Day T-shirts, $10 kids, $20 adults. And don’t miss Davin the emcee at the Cultural Stage!

12:29 PM: So much going on. In the clip above, that’s MC Davin with SPD Officer San Miguel and Pele the K-9 in training.

(The officer informed the emcee, not like Pele the soccer player, but rather, Pele, the Hawaiian goddess of fire.)

In the shade under a big tree, martial-arts demonstrations with Coach Sonia Sillan and others from Elite Brazilian Jiu-jitsu of Seattle (WSB sponsor), headquartered here in Delridge, just blocks away.

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In the field in the center of the festival zone, sack racing for anybody who shows up:


On the music stage, Widowed Cactus is performing:


Chas Redmond from VIEWS, the music coordinator (for this and so many local festivals!), points out that many of the performers are local youth. Meantime, over at the skatepark, mini-contests are getting going. And on the Cultural Stage, the Arabaka Trio is performing:

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The wading pool’s open too, if you’re coming with little ones who would like to splash around (stick your toes in too).

1:03 PM: Midway through the festival … if you’re hungry, note that Yummy Box, which bills itself as “Seattle’s #1 Asian fusion food truck,” is here.

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So are a tamale vendor and a shave-ice stand. And as we mentioned, you’ll find free ice-cream treats over in the SPD zone. Meantime, on the music stage, The Slags have just started to play.


And come say hi to all the volunteers and organization/agency reps who are here – cool people we know from so many meetings and events – they do a lot for the community, and that includes the festival-coordinating VIEWS folks – consider buying a T-shirt (info above) and/or poster to support the festival.

1:26 PM: Here’s a walk-around of some of the booths here:


On the Cultural Stage right now – Van Lang Vietnamese Cultural School.


1:56 PM: The Cultural Stage also is featuring announcements from time to time, including information from some of the organizations who are here – right now, the Delridge Grocery Coop is talking about its ongoing effort to get to the point where it can open a grocery store; in the meantime, you can catch up with them every Thursday, 4-7 pm, at their farmstand next to the Delridge P-Patch. The West Seattle Democratic Women had the microphone for a while too, talking about their new focus, climate change. Emcee Davin Stedman asked them for recommendations of where to get accurate information online and they said they’ve been adding links to their website.

2:12 PM: We’re into the last hour – it’s warm but there’s lots of shade, in tents and other trees, if you haven’t been here yet. … We’re hearing that Mayor Ed Murray is expected to stop by around 2:30 pm. He visited the festival last year too.

Last act on the Cultural Stage is Dance Brazil:


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2:39 PM: The mayor is here now and Pete Spalding of VIEWS, and the Delridge Neighborhood District Council – one of the groups the mayor recently decided to cut off from city support – is asking him to rethink the decision, pointing out that this event is coordinated by people from DNDC and community councils, “the lifeblood of the neighborhood.”

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“We’ll work with you, we’ll work with you,” Murray was heard to tell Spalding.

Murray was subsequently seen at the West Seattle Food Bank booth (an organization Spalding long served as a board member), buying a fundraising raffle ticket, according to WSFB’s Judi Yazzolino, who sent the photo below:

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2:46 PM: The mayor just offered a few words onstage, where MC Davin urged him to drop the mic, as he had done with SW Precinct Operations Lt. Ron Smith earlier (Lt. Smith really did literally drop the mic). And now the mayor’s back over at the festival info booth, buying a Delridge Day T-shirt.

3 PM: Festival’s over! Thanks to everyone who came to Delridge Day, and a special shoutout to the nice folks who stopped by our table to say hi.

P.S. West Seattle’s next summer festival is Nature Consortium‘s Arts in Nature Festival next weekend at Camp Long.

DELRIDGE DAY ON SATURDAY! One last festival preview

August 12, 2016 7:17 pm
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Eastern West Seattle’s biggest festival of the summer is just hours away. The community volunteers of VIEWS (Visualizing Increased Engagement in West Seattle) are ready to bring you Delridge Day 2016, 11 am-3 pm at Delridge Community Center Park. Among the highlights:

*Music, performances, demonstrations on two stages (previewed here)

*Grand opening of new Fitness Zone exercise area by the playground

*Skatepark activities for skaters 12 and under, presented by Alki Bike & Board and Skate Like a Girl (as previewed here – clinics 10 am-noon, mini-contests noon-2 pm)

*Kids’ games/activities (including sack races), with prizes, presented by Trader Joe’s

*Free massages by Massage Envy

*Dozens of booths with organizations and businesses (and festival co-sponsors including WSB)

*2 food trucks and a tamale tent; shave ice from Have An Ice Day

*Neighborhood Tent – not too late to have your neighborhood council or organization featured there, VIEWS tells us

Before the festival, you can help raise money for programs at Delridge CC by running in the Run for Recreation ($25 entry) at 10 am. Big day ahead – see you there!

Delridge Day 2016, one week from today!

West Seattle’s next festival is one week away: Delridge Day 2016 (presented by VIEWS, with co-sponsors including WSB), 11 am-3 pm Saturday, August 13th, in the park by Delridge Community Center. First, this is a two-stage festival, and the lineup for the stage toward the west side of the festival ground has been shared. The SPD events are part of the “Picnic at the Precinct” component that has been blended with Delridge Day the last few years; other performers on this stage are part of the Delridge Neighborhoods Development Association Cultural Events Series that’s also been blended into this year’s festival:

11:10 – 11:40: Los Mixtecos
11:40 – 11:50: SPD Canine demonstration
11:50 – 12:00: SPD Announcements and drawings
12:00 – 1:00: The Arabaka Trio
1:00 – 1:10: SPD Mounted Patrol demonstration
1:10 – 1:20: SPD Announcements and drawings
1:20 – 2:00: Van Lang Vietnamese Cultural School
2:00 – 2:15: SPD Arson/Bomb Squad Demonstration
2:15 – 2:45: Dora Oliveira and Dance Brazil

The music stage, on the south side of the festival zone, will feature Wild Within, the Ellis Brothers, The Slags, and Valerie Cavell.

Also part of the festival again this year – a skating competition at Delridge Skatepark! Alki Bike and Board and Skate Like a Girl are the sponsors, and the tentative plan is:

Twelve and under, NO ENTRY FEE skate competition

10-12 pm: clinics

12-2 pm: mini contests
Time trial around park 12-1

Awards for
Best times
Best style
Best attitude
Best helmet
Best cheers

Best Trick “jams” on different obstacles

Awards for
Best Trick
Most Creative
Best attitude
Best Style
Best tumble

All of the above, plus games, food, booths featuring vendors and local organizations (we’ll be there!) – 11 am-3 pm next Saturday, 4501 Delridge Way SW. Watch here for more Delridge Day previews as the week goes on – including details on bonus pre-festival events, a Friday night outdoor movie and a Saturday morning fundraising run!

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