West Seattle Friday: Halloweekend #1; Ye Olde Curiosity Shop @ Log House Museum; Fall Falcon Fest; Highland Park square dance…

October 24, 2014 at 10:39 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | 1 Comment

(Thanks to Bradi for the photo of Johnnie the cat admiring Thursday’s rainbow!)
From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar – first event, actually, was just announced last night and never even made it into the calendar:

YE OLDE CURIOSITY SHOP AT LOG HOUSE MUSEUM: With part of the downtown waterfront closed for seawall work, one of its iconic businesses, Ye Olde Curiosity Shop, is getting a special spotlight at the Log House Museum. That starts with an opening reception this afternoon, 2 pm, featuring members of its founding family – full details on the LHM website. (61st/Stevens)

Next, this is definitely Halloweekend #1; though October 31st is a week away, the biggest fun starts this afternoon/evening, and it’s in our West Seattle Halloween Guide, including:

RAINBOW BINGO: 6 pm, doors open for Halloween Rainbow Bingo at the Senior Center of West Seattle. Fun, food, cash prizes! Wear your costume! Must be 18 or older. Featuring Sylvia O’Stayformore and guest bingo callers. Follow the link to check ASAP if reservations are still available. (California/Oregon)

ALKI HALLOWEEN CARNIVAL: Carnival at Alki Community Center, 6:30-8:30 pm. $.25 per game or $7 per unlimited bracelet. (5817 SW Stevens)

HIAWATHA HALLOWEEN CARNIVAL: Carnival at Hiawatha Community Center, 6-8 pm. 25 cents a ticket. (2700 California SW)

SOUTHWEST POOL SPOOKY SWIM: Free Halloween Family Swim at Southwest Pool, 7-8 pm. “Bring your little ghosts and goblins to the pool and take a dip with the pumpkins! Join in with a penny dive, bobbing for apples and other activities. Anyone under 18 yrs old must be accompanied in the water by an adult or guardian.” (2801 SW Thistle)

‘GHOST GAME’: The Cabiri in ‘Ghost Game VIII: 13 Witches’ at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, 8 pm. Tickets and details here. (4408 Delridge Way SW)

Back to the regular calendar – some of tonight’s other highlights:

FALL FALCON FEST: 5-8 pm, the first festival at newly reopened Fairmount Park Elementary School – alumni are encouraged to come, too, and special tours are part of the plan. Details in our preview from earlier in the month. (38th/Findlay)

HIGHLAND PARK ELEMENTARY SQUARE DANCE: 6 pm, dinner (free!), 7-9 pm, square dancing with live music, and more – including free pumpkins to take home, while they last! – presented by the Highland Park Elementary PTA. (1012 SW Trenton)

PEACE ON THE BEACH: As part of Seattle Parks’ Week Without Violence, teens are invited to the Alki Bathhouse at 6 tonight for pizza, discussions, and s’more-making. (2701 Alki SW)

SWEET, SWEET MUSIC, FEATURING ALICE STUART: 7:30 pm at Fauntleroy Church, the high-energy blues artistry of Alice Stuart is spotlighted in the latest edition of Sweet, Sweet Music.

TOTAL EXPERIENCE GOSPEL CHOIR’S MICHAEL JACKSON TRIBUTE: 7:30 pm at Kenyon Hallread about it here! (7904 35th SW)

West Seattle Thursday: Haunted house; open house; ‘Dogfight’ debut; firefighter storytime …

October 23, 2014 at 10:30 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | No Comments

Five highlights today from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar and our WS Halloween Guide:

FIREFIGHTER STORY TIME: 11:30 am at High Point Branch Library, preschoolers learn a lesson about fire safety, and who better to teach it than Seattle Fire Department firefighters. (35th/Raymond)

SOLAR ECLIPSE VIEWING PARTY – OR ASTRONOMY PRESENTATION: 1:15-3 pm, Alice Enevoldsen of Alice’s Astro Info and Skies Over West Seattle fame will be at High Point Branch Library for a solar-eclipse-viewing party, just in case there’s a break in the weather; if the eclipse isn’t visible, she’ll give an astronomy presentation, so come to the library anyway! (35th/Raymond)

HAUNTED HOUSE AND FALL FESTIVAL: First big event from the WSB West Seattle Halloween Guide – 6 pm, fall festival and haunted house at High Point Community Center. (6920 34th SW)

SEATTLE LUTHERAN HIGH SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE: School-open-house season continues with tonight’s 7-8:30 pm open house inviting families to West Seattle’s only independent high school. Details in our calendar listing. (41st/Genesee)

OPENING NIGHT FOR ‘DOGFIGHT’: 7:30 pm at ArtsWest (WSB sponsor), it’s the first performance of 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)

West Seattle Wednesday: 35th SW kickoff; Oktoberfest; eclipse countdown; Highland Park Action Committee; Y expansion; more!

October 22, 2014 at 10:12 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | No Comments

(Ducks we photographed at Sunday’s Fauntleroy Fall Festival. This seems like their kind of day.)
From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

WORK AT HOME? TAKE A BREAK … and join the weekly Home Office/Co-working Meetup at West Seattle’s only co-working hub, WS Office Junction (WSB sponsor). Noon-1 pm. (6040 California SW)

ECLIPSE COUNTDOWN EVENT: One more library event with Alice Enevoldsen, looking ahead to tomorrow’s partial eclipse of the sun (hey, we just might get a sunbreak) – make a pinhole viewer, 4 pm, Delridge Branch Library. (5423 Delridge Way SW)

FREE OKTOBERFEST DINNER: 5 pm, Emeritus West Seattle invites you to a free event with dinner, music, pretzels, beer, and more – just RSVP; our calendar listing explains how. (4611 35th SW)

35TH SW SAFETY PROJECT KICKOFF: 6:30 pm at Neighborhood House’s High Point Center, it’s the long-awaited, announced-months-ago kickoff meeting for the 35th Avenue SW Road Safety Project. This is **not** a meeting at which you’ll be shown what the city has come up with and asked for comments; this is billed as a bonafide chance to tell SDOT what matters to you in designing a plan, so be there if you can:

Purpose: Review existing conditions and traffic data, discuss toolbox of potential engineering and enforcement strategies, and hear concerns and ideas from residents

This has been years in the making – here’s some backstory. (6400 Sylvan Way SW)

(added) WEST SEATTLE LAND USE COMMITTEE: 6:30 pm at the Senior Center of West Seattle, it’s the third meeting of this still-taking-shape group intended to look at “big picture” issues regarding development/land use on the peninsula. (Oregon/California)

(back to original report) HIGHLAND PARK ACTION COMMITTEE: 6:30 pm potluck followed by 7 pm meeting, featuring these topics:

The agenda includes an update on the Seattle Public Utilities’ natural drainage project (also called roadside raingardens or green stormwater infrastructure), planned along several blocks of 17th Avenue SW. The project is currently in design with construction anticipated for mid-2015. We will also be hosting a speaker from Communities in Schools at Highland Park Elementary, who will share with us some upcoming events for community involvement at the school.

HPAC meets at Highland Park Improvement Club. (12th/Holden)

QUESTIONS ABOUT THE WEST SEATTLE Y EXPANSION PLAN? Another community meeting is set for tonight at 7 pm at the YMCA (WSB sponsor)’s Studio 5 – details here. (4518 Fauntleroy Way SW)

POETRY AND STORYTELLING: Once a month, writers gather at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor) to share their work with each other and everyone else who’s interested. You’re invited! 7 pm. (5612 California SW)

AND MORE … these daily highlights lists only spotlight a few of the MANY events on our calendar – take a minute and browse the rest (for today, tomorrow, and days/weeks beyond) … thanks!

6 ways to maximize your West Seattle Tuesday night

October 21, 2014 at 9:54 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | 2 Comments

(The surfbirds are back! Photographed at Alki by Mark Wangerin)
From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

SKATE FOR PEACE: As part of the city’s “Week Without Violence” programs for 12-19-year-olds, teens are invited to “Skate for Peace” 5-7 pm today at Southgate Roller Rink in White Center; details in our calendar listing.

ALICE EXPLAINS THE ECLIPSE: Tonight, continuing her local library events leading up to Thursday’s partial eclipse of the sun, Alice Enevoldsen is speaking at West Seattle Branch Library in Admiral, 6 pm. (Unlike last night’s event, this one is intended for adults.) Free. (2306 42nd SW)

JUNCTION NEIGHBORHOOD ORGANIZATION: As mentioned here last night, setting up an Emergency Communication Hub – not time-consuming, you just have to be ready in case of something that hopefully will never happen – is on the agenda tonight; show up and find out more. JuNO also will hear from the Seattle Green Space Coalition as it works on figuring out how to keep old City Light properties as open space, and they’re adding the now-fenced-off ex-teriyaki-joint site at 35th/Fauntleroy/Avalon to the list. 6:30 pm, Senior Center of West Seattle. (Oregon/California)

WEST SEATTLE CRIME PREVENTION COUNCIL: Concern/question about crime/safety in your neighborhood? Tonight’s entire meeting is devoted to hearing from and talking with local police. 7 pm, Southwest Precinct; meeting room is right off the parking lot on the Webster side. (Delridge/Webster)

SING, PLAY, EXPRESS YOURSELF AT THE CASK … open-microphone night with Alan Sobel, who says: “The fun begins at 6:45 signup; go at 7 till ? I have some amazing singers and players ready to go. Always room for more, come on down. Great price on food, beer, and wine. Cheers!” The Cask (WSB sponsor) is in The Admiral District. (2350 California SW)

FROM BELLY DANCING TO THE BLUES, AND BEYOND … the rest of tonight’s nightlife lineup is lively too! See the individual listings on our calendar.

And another seasonal nudge:

WEST SEATTLE HALLOWEEN GUIDE! It’s the annual WSB page with the full list of Halloween (and alternative) fun, now to November 1st, all in one place. If you have a community event that’s NOT already in the guide, please send us info about it ASAP – editor@westseattleblog.com – thank you!

West Seattle Monday: Get a flu shot; make an eclipse viewer; WSHS-Sealth volleyball; more…

October 20, 2014 at 10:03 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | No Comments

(Eyes in the sky? Sunday clouds/fog photos by James Bratsanos)
Welcome to the brand-new week! From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

FLU SHOT CLINIC: 2:30 pm-7 pm, flu shots are available at West Seattle High School. Students won’t be turned away for lack of insurance; adults need insurance or $28 fee. Details here. (3000 California SW)

MAKE AN ECLIPSE VIEWER WITH ALICE: Partial solar eclipse on Thursday, and here’s hoping the weather will allow us to see it. You of course do NOT want to harm your eyes by looking directly at the sun, so you need a special viewer, and tonight at 6:30 pm at High Point Branch Library, your child/teen is invited to work with Alice Enevoldsen – your NASA Solar System Ambassador, also known for Alice’s Astro Info, and Skies Over West Seattle – to make one. (35th/Raymond)

WSHS-SEALTH VOLLEYBALL: Big match at 7 pm tonight at the West Seattle High School gym – the Wildcats celebrate their senior players while hosting Chief Sealth International High School, and it’s a special event to support cancer awareness, as previewed here last week. (3000 California SW)

NORTH HIGHLINE FIRE DISTRICT: If you live in White Center or elsewhere in the unincorporated area, you’re invited to a hearing about the voter-approved “benefit charge” to help fund the North Highline Fire District. The hearing will be part of tonight’s NHFD board meeting, 7 pm at the district’s HQ. (1243 SW 112th)

Plus a reminder:

WEST SEATTLE HALLOWEEN GUIDE! Check out the annual WSB page where we’ve scared up your full list of spooky fun, from now to November 1st, all in one place, launched over the weekend. If you have a community event that’s NOT in the guide already, please send us info about it ASAP – editor@westseattleblog.com – thank you!

West Seattle Sunday: Fauntleroy Fall Festival; Green Space Coalition; nature walk; wine, cheese, & opera; more…

October 19, 2014 at 7:02 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | No Comments

(Added: Lynn Hall‘s photo of this morning’s sunrise colors)
Again today, we start the daily highlight list with a traffic reminder:

(updated info, 8:59 am) VIADUCT/99 *NOT* CLOSING TODAY … from the West Seattle Bridge to the Battery Street Tunnel, after all. WSDOT confirms the inspection work they did on Saturday was all that needed to be done, so that part of today’s closure is canceled.

But the closure from the tunnel itself until Valley Street, planned until tomorrow morning, IS continuing. And the 520 Bridge remains closed until tomorrow morning, too.

(back to original report) All of that led to very slow going on Saturday (on the surface alternatives 1st and 4th too), so if you are going off-peninsula, unless you are biking or walking, plan extra time, just in case. Bus-reroute info is here.

*8:21 am note –

However, we suspect today will be quieter until early afternoon, because of the game at the heart of our next highlight:

BREAKFAST WITH THE SEAHAWKS: Well, sort of. Many local big-screen-equipped venues are opening early so you can have breakfast and watch the 10 am game (Seattle at St. Louis). And if you’re looking for an all-ages place to go, you can tailgate starting at 9 am at Highland Park Improvement Club at 12th/Holden. Go, Hawks!

WEST SEATTLE FARMERS’ MARKET: No big screens, just big flavors. Cranberries are back this week, for example. 10 am-2 pm. (44th/Alaska)

IN SEARCH OF FOREVER HOMES: Friends of the Animals Foundation‘s cat/kitten-adoption event continues 11:30 am-3:30 pm at Next to Nature in The Junction.

FAUNTLEROY FALL FESTIVAL: 2-5 pm at, in, and around the Fauntleroy Schoolhouse and Church grounds, it’s the annual autumn extravaganza, celebrating community, art, music, food, fun – from our Saturday preview, here again is the schedule:

Those three hours go by fast, so get there early and don’t miss a thing. Admission’s free; food/drink available for purchase. (9131 & 9140 California SW)

FOREST AND FISH OF THE DUWAMISH: 2-4 pm, free walk-and-talk, naturalist-guided program starting from the Duwamish Tribe Longhouse and heading across to the Duwamish River. Details here. (4705 W. Marginal Way SW)

SEATTLE GREEN SPACE COALITION: The group that started out with a focus on keeping West Seattle’s surplus substations as open space has now expanded to a citywide focus – but the WS work remains front and center, including a new addition to the list, as noted in the agenda for today’s meeting, to which you’re invited, 3 pm at High Point Branch Library. (35th/Raymond)

SINGING FOR SWYFS: As of early today, you’re not too late to RSVP for a one-of-a-kind benefit performance – a recital by the Opera Belles with a wine and cheese reception, in a beautiful house on the beach at Fauntleroy Cove, great views and acoustics, 4-6 pm. It’s a fundraiser for Southwest Youth and Family Services and its community work (from early education to violence prevention and more). $50 tax-deductible donation; sign up online here ASAP to reserve your space and receive location info.

NIGHTLIFE: Yes, even on Sunday! Karaoke, trivia, live music – see the listings on our calendar.

What’s up today and tonight on your West Seattle Saturday:

October 18, 2014 at 6:12 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | No Comments

Our daily preview starts with the weekend’s big traffic alert:

HIGHWAY 99 CLOSURE: It’s inspection weekend for Highway 99, which means it’s closed until 6 pm tonight and again 6 am-6 pm tomorrow between here and the Battery Street Tunnel. But that’s not all – from the Battery Street Tunnel north to Valley Street, it’s closed ALL weekend, until early Monday. It’s all explained here – and here’s where to find bus-reroute info. (P.S. The 520 Bridge across Lake Washington is closed all weekend too, so give yourself extra time for most off-peninsula trips.)

Around West Seattle today/tonight:

WESTSIDE SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE: 10 am-noon, it’s an all-school open house at Westside School (WSB sponsor), for families interested in any grade(s), pre-K through 8th. Come tour the school (and find out about the new campus opening next fall) and meet the staff. (7740 34th SW)

DUWAMISH ALIVE! 10 am-2 pm, 11 locations for the twice-yearly work parties to help the Duwamish River and its watershed. Signups were requested but we’re pretty sure you won’t be turned away if you show up at one of the sites – map and more in our preview from earlier this month.

BAZAAR: 10 am-4 pm at Alki Masonic Center, go browse Westgate Court #21‘s annual bazaar! (40th/Edmunds)

SKIPPYJON AT STORYTIME: 11 am, here’s what you’ll find at the regular Saturday morning storytime at Barnes & Noble/Westwood Village: “Just wanted to let everyone know that our favorite chihuahua wannabe, Skippyjon Jones, will be our special guest star at storytime Saturday. He’ll be hanging out with us and making friends with everybody before we read some of his fun stories.” (2600 SW Barton)

SEATTLE LUTHERAN HOMECOMING: 1:30 pm, West Seattle Stadium, it’s the Saints’ homecoming game, vs. Rainier Christian; barbecue at noon. (4432 35th SW)

FREE SELF-DEFENSE CLASS: 3 pm at SIMA Martial Arts in The Triangle, but pre-registration is required – so if you see this Saturday morning, check fast to see if there’s room! (4159 Fauntleroy Way SW)

WHITE CENTER FOOD BANK DINNER/AUCTION: Sold out, but we’re mentioning it as a reminder to ticketholders and/or anyone who wonders what’s up at Brockey Center on the South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) campus tonight – 5:30 pm, doors open for the auction; gala dinner follows. Didn’t buy a ticket in time? You can help the WCFB any time – here’s how. (6000 16th SW)

GRANT DERMODY AND THE LOW VOLUME HEAVY GROOVE DANCE BAND: 7:30 pm, that’s who’s at Kenyon Hall tonight, with “an evening of listenable, danceable blues and funk.” (7904 35th SW)

THE RETURN OF WEST SIDE GLORY: 9 pm, the popular queer variety show returns to The Skylark. (3803 Delridge Way SW)

LOTS MORE … on the calendar!

What’s ahead for your West Seattle Friday: Orchestras’ free concert; free movie; Huling Bowl; 5th anniversary for Not Dead Yet…

October 17, 2014 at 11:59 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | 1 Comment

(Spot of color seen this morning in The Triangle, looking north to Fairmount)
The full list is on the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar – but for a quick look ahead, here are five highlights for your West Seattle Friday afternoon/evening:

BEER/CIDER TASTING: 4-6 pm at Metropolitan Market-Admiral (WSB sponsor) – details in our calendar listing. (41st/42nd/Admiral Way)

FREE MOVIE: Movie Night at Highland Park Improvement Club – free admission; concessions available for purchase; BYO chair/blanket, or find a chair there. Doors open at 6:30, movie at 7 – it’s a “family” movie in more ways than one, as the plot hint here reveals. (12th/Holden)

SEE THE SEATTLE SYMPHONY FOR FREE! And the West Seattle Community Orchestras – all in one big community concert – as previewed here Thursday:

(Added: WSCO-provided photo of Friday afternoon rehearsal with the Symphony)
7 pm tonight in the auditorium at Chief Sealth International High School. (2600 SW Thistle)

HULING BOWL: That’s the official name of each year’s West Seattle HS vs. Chief Sealth IHS football game, with a trophy for the victors, and tonight’s the big game, 7 pm at Southwest Athletic Complex, as previewed here on Thursday. Come cheer for either or both! P.S. It’s a “pink-out” for breast-cancer awareness – so whomever you’re cheering for, wear some pink. (2601 SW Thistle)

NOT DEAD YET, 5 YEARS OLD: The popular West Seattle band marks its fifth anniversary with a show at Feedback Lounge (WSB sponsor), 9 pm.

West Seattle Thursday: Early Halloween event for teens; Genesee-Schmitz NC; Alki CC; quake drill; more

October 16, 2014 at 9:42 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | No Comments

(WSB photo: One of the many barges that come and go off West Seattle’s northeastern shore)
From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

EARTHQUAKE DRILL THIS MORNING: Want to practice what you know about what to do in an earthquake? 10:16 am today is the Great Washington Shakeout. For local-specific information – particularly, the location of your nearest Emergency Communication Hub – browse West Seattle Be Prepared.

PRESCHOOL STORY TIME: 11 am at Southwest Branch Library. (35th/Henderson)

TEEN HALLOWED HUNT AND COSTUME CONTEST: 6:30 pm at Alki Community Center, it’s this year’s first spotlighted Halloween event – just for teens. Details in our calendar listing. (5817 SW Stevens)

GENESEE-SCHMITZ NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCIL: 7 pm tonight, it’s a general meeting for GSNC at West Side Presbyterian Church, with topics including the P-Patch and City Fruit, as detailed in our calendar listing. (3601 California SW)

ALKI COMMUNITY COUNCIL: 7 pm tonight, the ACC board meets (members welcome) at Alki UCC - not in the parlor as usual (another event is happening there tonight), but on the third floor. Announced topics include “discussion of landslide and transit issues and plans for the November annual meeting.” (6112 SW Hinds)

UNPLUGGED! 7 pm at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), it’s the Seattle Classic Guitar Society‘s monthly open-microphone event for musicians and singers. (5612 California SW)

HYMN SING: You’re invited to add your voice at tonight’s 7 pm hymn sing hosted by West Seattle Christian Church. (4400 42nd SW)

MORE ON THE CALENDAR! Nightlife as usual, but also events throughout the day – you can easily browse beyond, too. Just start here.

West Seattle Wednesday: Morgan, Delridge meetings; school open houses; Memory Café; WordsWest, edition 2; and more…

October 15, 2014 at 10:21 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | 1 Comment

(Photo by Don Brubeck)
Murky morning – but looks to be lightening up a bit now. (Did you see last night’s rainbow/clouds?) Looking ahead to the rest of your West Seattle Wednesday, here’s just some of what’s on the calendar:

DONATED YET? Now that we’ve arrived at mid-month, we wanted to mention the local physical-therapy clinics’ West Seattle Food Bank donation competition again. Two more weeks to help your favorite clinic “win” (and any donation is a “winner” for WSFB and its clients) – details in our calendar listing.

MEMORY CAFE: The monthly event for people living with dementia/Alzheimer’s is today, 3-4:30 pm, at Angelina’s – details in our calendar listing. (2311 California SW)

TRANSITION HEALTH FAIR: 6:30-8:30 pm tonight at Chief Sealth International High School, it’s “a Transition Health Fair for students and families interested in meeting professionals in the Transition Services, College and Career planning, and Health Services. Our goal is to make the move from high school to career and college a smooth one. There will be more than 30 community partners and several pull out sessions for students with special needs.” In the Galleria. (2600 SW Thistle)

OPEN HOUSE #1: At Explorer West Middle School (WSB sponsor), 6:30-8 pm, come “try out” EWMS during “an interactive school tour including art and drama demonstrations.” (10015 28th SW)

OPEN HOUSE #2, WITH RSVP REQUESTED: 7 pm at Harbor School (WSB sponsor), West Seattle families are especially welcome to visit the school serving grades 4-8, for its open house on Vashon Island. Campus tours will be offered, with an “overview of the curriculum as well as highlights on the school’s Travel Study, Service Learning and Arts Integrated programs.” West Seattleites ferrying over from Fauntleroy can arrange for a shuttle ride if you RSVP ASAP – our calendar listing explains how. (15920 Vashon Highway SW)

FOUR GUESTS FOR DNDC: Southwest Precinct commander Capt. Steve Wilske is on the agenda for the Delridge Neighborhoods District Council meeting, 7 pm Wednesday at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center. He’s one of four guests; also scheduled are guests talking about the city budget, Neighborhood Matching Fund, and the SDOT Freight Master Plan. (4408 Delridge Way SW)

MORGAN COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION: The quarterly MoCA meeting is 7 pm tonight at The Kenney (WSB sponsor); big list of topics – see it on our calendar listing. (7125 Fauntleroy Way SW)

WORDSWEST, EVENT #2: The new West Seattle literary series features “politics and poetics” tonight with Rick Barot and Lena Khalaf Tuffaha, plus a “favorite poem” by Northwest Art and Frame, 7 pm at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor) – details in our calendar listing. (5612 California SW)

NIGHTLIFE: Comedy, trivia, karaoke, open microphone … see the listings/venues on our calendar!

SKIES OVER WEST SEATTLE: Last-quarter moon is here, if the clouds clear a spot forus to see it. Another reason to take another look at our monthly “what’s up there?” report from Alice Enevoldsen: Only eight days to the solar eclipse! Read all about it in SOWS, here.

West Seattle Tuesday: Pink & Blues; child safety; Sealth PTSA; Admiral, Fauntleroy councils; WS Transportation Coalition; more

October 14, 2014 at 11:24 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | No Comments

(October 7th photo by Ilona Berzups – see it full-size on Flickr)
The photo (Kim Archer on guitar, Polly O’Keary on bass) is from last week’s edition of tonight’s spotlight event – Blues to Do, Tuesday nights at Feedback Lounge (WSB sponsor), is spotlighting female blues musicians all month long during Breast-Cancer Awareness Month (therefore, the theme “Pink & Blues”). Tonight’s announced lineup: Kim Archer, Patti Mey, Kelli, Teri Anne Wilson, Erin Rubin-Tate, Marilyn Beebee, Sheryl Clark, and Antoinette Truzito, 8 pm. (6451 California SW)

Also ahead for today/tonight:

WEST SEATTLE COMMUNITY ORCHESTRAS: Second week of the season; new prospective members welcome. Rehearsals are at various times, starting at 5:30 pm, at Chief Sealth International High School – details in our calendar listing. (2600 SW Thistle)

FREE CHILD-SAFETY WORKSHOP: 6 pm tonight, “Savvy Parents/Safe Kids,” all invited, at Hope Lutheran School. Details in our calendar listing. (42nd/Oregon)

CRIME STATS, PRESCHOOL BALLOT MEASURES @ ANA: Southwest Precinct Community Police Team Officer Jon Flores is on the agenda for tonight’s Admiral Neighborhood Association meeting, as is a discussion of the two preschool-money measures on the November ballot (ANA president David Whiting elaborated on that in this comment). 7 pm, The Sanctuary at Admiral. (42nd/Lander)

WEST SEATTLE TRANSPORTATION COALITION: Will the West Seattle Transportation Coalition endorse Seattle Transportation Benefit District Proposition 1? That’s the big agenda item tonight, 6:30 pm at Neighborhood House’s High Point Center. (6400 Sylvan Way SW)

TUESDAY TUNEUP FUNDRAISER: Starting at 6:30 pm, enjoy live music at Salty’s on Alki (WSB sponsor) with a chance to donate to Cancer Lifeline in tonight’s Tuesday Tuneup. (1936 Harbor SW)

CHIEF SEALTH PTSA: 7 pm in the school library at Chief Sealth International High School, get to know this year’s “community partners”! Details on the PTSA website. (2600 SW Thistle)

FAUNTLEROY COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION: 7 pm tonight, the Fauntleroy Community Association has its regular board meeting (all welcome) at the Fauntleroy Schoolhouse. Long list of agenda topics including plans in the works for a community-wide meeting about traffic issues. (9131 California SW)

COLLAGE WORKSHOP: Also at Fauntleroy Schoolhouse, a collage workshop at 7 pm – sign-up info is in our calendar listing, so check ASAP to see if there’s still room. (9131 California SW)

NEED LEGAL ADVICE? Free community clinic @ Senior Center of West Seattle, appointments starting at 7 – our calendar listing includes info on how to get one. (Oregon/California)

MORE NIGHTLIFE: Bingo, karaoke, trivia, more music – and quilting! Lots of listings on our calendar.

West Seattle Monday: 8 9 local notes as the week begins

October 13, 2014 at 9:18 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | 2 Comments

(Fall flowers! Dahlias from Deborah‘s garden)
The new week begins. Here’s what we’re spotlighting from the WSB inbox and West Seattle Event Calendar:

NO MAIL/BANKS … for Columbus Day. Open/closed list via The Seattle Times (WSB partner).

COMMUNITY ART SHOWCASE: 10 am-8 pm, regular hours for the Southwest Branch Library, you’re invited to stop by and see the ongoing Community Artists’ Showcasedetails here. (35th/Henderson)

ALZHEIMER’S CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP: 1:30 pm at Providence Mount St. Vincent – details in our calendar listing. (4831 35th SW)

NORTH DELRIDGE POLICING PLAN: That’s what Southwest Precinct commander Capt. Steve Wilske will be talking with the North Delridge Neighborhood Council during the October NDNC meeting tonight, 6:30 pm, Youngstown Cultural Arts Center. (4408 Delridge Way SW)

(added) PIGEON POINT NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCIL: 7 pm at Pathfinder K-8 lunchroom. Agenda highlights here. (1901 SW Genesee)

(back to original list) DENNY INTERNATIONAL MIDDLE SCHOOL PTSA: Tonight’s 7 pm meeting will be at the South Park Community Center, focusing on Common Core state standards and standards-based grading. (8319 8th Ave. S.)

PACKAGING PARTY: Help the West Seattle Food Bank package bulk food made available via donations from PCC Natural Markets (WSB sponsor) shoppers. 7 pm, all welcome; details in our calendar listing. (35th/Morgan)

BUDDHIST MEDITATION CLASS: 7:30 pm drop-in class at Sound Yoga (WSB sponsor), no experience necessary – details here. (5639 California SW)

NIGHTLIFE! Trivia and karaoke – multiple venues – top tonight’s offerings; go directly to the calendar to see what’s happening where.

What’s up for the rest of your West Seattle Sunday

October 12, 2014 at 9:37 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | No Comments

(Tugboat reflection, shared via WSB Flickr group by Flickr member Hammerin’ Man)
Haven’t already gone through the calendar? Five happenings of note:

MILES FOR MIDWIVES: 10 am benefit run/walk along a 2.5-mile course in Lincoln Park.

BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS: Didn’t get your pet to either event last Sunday? Fauntleroy Church invites you to come by today, 2 pm, for a “brief, beautiful, fun service” – details here. (9140 California SW)

LADIES’ MUSICAL CLUB: Free concert featuring the music of Schubert, 3 pm at West Seattle (Admiral) Library. (2306 42nd SW)

ALAN EHRLICH: Live at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), 3-5 pm. (5612 California SW)

CD RELEASE PARTY: 7 pm, help The Course celebrate its new release “La La Liberation” at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center. (4408 Delridge Way SW)

2 ‘Parents Night Out’ events ahead in West Seattle

October 11, 2014 at 10:30 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | No Comments

If you’re making plans for special events coming up later this month – you might be interested in one or both of these two “Parents’ Night Out” events:

OCTOBER 24: The West Seattle High School junior class ASB is offering this 5:30-10 pm as a fundraiser:

This event is for kids ages 3 (potty trained) to 11. Cost is $25 per child or $20 with 2 or more cans of food that will be donated to the West Seattle Food Bank. This includes pizza, snacks, crafts, games and movie! Many of the sitters are CPR trained. Reserve your spot today! Call Gabby at 206 935-6517 or email wshspno@hotmail.com

NOVEMBER 1: At Straight Blast Gym (WSB sponsor) in North Delridge, they’re offering both an evening option, 6-9 pm, or overnight (as late as 10 am the next day). Contact and registration information is in our calendar listing.

West Seattle Saturday: Oktoberfest; ‘Meaningful Movie’; Junction walkshed tour; longhouse celebration; more!

October 11, 2014 at 6:30 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | No Comments

(Dogwood berries, photographed by WSB’s Katie Meyer)
Welcome to the weekend! If you’re not already all booked up, consider some of the highlights from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

DAKOTA PLACE PARK CLEANUP: 9 am-noon, bring your labeled tools and lend a hand during the fall volunteer party at Dakota Place Park – details in our calendar listing. (California/Dakota)

WSHS GREEN SCHOOLS DAY OF SERVICE: 9:30 am-12:30 pm, dozens of volunteers from Washington Green Schools will be hard at work on the southeast side of the West Seattle High School campus as part of their statewide day of service. Students and community members are invited to come help! Details in our calendar listing. (3000 block Walnut)

WEST SEATTLE JUNCTION ‘WALKSHED’ TOUR & TALK: 10 am, meet at Junction Plaza Park for a “community conversation” on foot about The Junction’s past, present, and future, with Seattle Planning Commission members who also happen to be your West Seattle neighbors. More info in this report from last weekend. (42nd/Alaska)

DUWAMISH INDIGENOUS PEOPLE’S DAY: 10 am-5 pm, free event at the Duwamish Tribe Longhouse in West Seattle:

Celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day with Chief Seattle’s Duwamish Tribe at the Duwamish Longhouse. Sing, dance & drum 1-3 pm with Duwamish heritage group “Singing Feet”- winner of a 2012 Seattle Mayor’s Arts Award. Chief Seattle’s Speech film at 11am. Princess Angeline film at 11:30 am. Exhibits/Art Gallery 10-5.

Here’s the Facebook event page. (4705 W. Marginal Way SW)

ANNIVERSARY: As noted here earlier this week, Second Gear Sports in Morgan Junction is celebrating its first anniversary today, starting at 10 am. (6529 California SW)

PLANT SALE: 11 am-3 pm, celebrate fall planting season by shopping the South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) Garden Center. North side of campus. (6000 16th SW)

‘PUMPKIN JUNCTION’ BEGINS: The Beer Junction‘s festival of pumpkin beers starts today – details on TBJ’s website. (4511 California SW)

ROCK GARDEN CEREMONY: As previewed here Friday, the South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) Arboretum‘s Coenosium Rock Garden will be celebrated today in a ceremony for its new status as an American Conifer Society Reference Garden. All are welcome at the event, ceremony at 1, refreshments and tour 2-3:30 pm, on the north side of the SSC campus on Puget Ridge. (6000 16th SW)

OKTOBERFEST: The Rotary Club of West Seattle presents its first-ever Oktoberfest tonight, 6-9 pm at the Masonic Center in The Junction. 21+. Fundraiser for projects such as the annual Children’s Holiday Shopping Spree. Details in our calendar listing. (40th/Edmunds)

‘THE LINESTRIDER CODEX‘: 6-9 pm at Twilight in The Junction, reception for Siolo Thompson‘s tarot-themed collection. (Alaska/California)

WEST SEATTLE MEANINGFUL MOVIES: 7 pm (doors open at 6:30), The Power of Forgiveness” is this month’s movie. Free (donations accepted); discussion follows the film. Neighborhood House’s High Point Center. (6400 Sylvan Way)

MORE SATURDAY NIGHTLIFE: See the listings on our calendar!

Skating, wine tasting, sports: Your West Seattle Friday

October 10, 2014 at 9:22 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | No Comments

(Thursday’s sunset; photo by Don Brubeck)
A semi-quiet day/night on the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

WEST SIDE MOPS …. as in, Mothers of Preschoolers. 9:30 am monthly meeting at West Side Presbyterian. New arrival? Want to know more? Contact info is in our calendar listing. (3601 California SW)

ROLLER SKATING! 6:30-8:30 pm at Alki Community Center, $3 per skater. (5817 SW Stevens)

HIGH-SCHOOL FOOTBALL: West Seattle High School is home tonight vs. Roosevelt, 7 pm at Southwest Athletic Complex (2601 SW Thistle); Chief Sealth International High School is on the road, 7 pm vs. Ingraham at Northwest Athletic Complex.

WINE TASTING: Vin du Lac Winery is coming from Lake Chelan to meet you at The Cask (WSB sponsor) tonight, 6-8 pm – event details in our calendar listing. (2350 California SW)

MUSIC AND MORE NIGHTLIFE: See individual listings on our calendar!

8 things you should know about your West Seattle Wednesday

October 8, 2014 at 9:00 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | 3 Comments

(West Seattle Water Taxi and wildlife, photographed by Mark Wangerin)
From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

WEST SEATTLE/SOUTH PARK LIBRARIES CLOSED: Today only, it’s an in-service day for the staffs of Admiral (West Seattle), Delridge, High Point, South Park, and Southwest branches of the Seattle Public Library, so those libraries are closed; they’ll reopen tomorrow.

HOME OFFICE AND CO-WORKING MEETUP: Noon-1:15 pm, get out of the home office and come join a meetup with other nontraditional workers/entrepreneurs at West Seattle’s only co-working hub, WS Office Junction (WSB sponsor). More info in our calendar listing. (6040 California SW)

EARLY DAYS: Noon-2 pm, weekly drop-in support group for expectant parents and those with babies up to 1 year old, now meeting at Limber Yoga in north Morgan Junction. Details in our calendar listing. (6019 California SW)

GET YOUR FLU SHOT: 4-7:30 pm, Chief Sealth International High School hosts a flu-shot clinic, but it’s NOT just for people with ties to the school – everyone is welcome, says Sealth nurse Alison Enochs. Adults must have proof of insurance (they’ll bill yours) or the $28 cost, but no student will be turned away for lack of insurance. Our original preview is here, including information on another one coming up at WSHS if you miss this one. (2600 SW Thistle)

FEEL LIKE SINGING? 5-6:30 pm, it’s your monthly chance to do exactly that at the Senior Center of West Seattle. All welcome, as explained in our calendar listing. (Oregon/California)

SCHOOL-BOUNDARY-CHANGE MEETING: 6:30 pm in the lunchroom at Fairmount Park Elementary, tonight’s your chance to ask questions about the boundary changes next school year for some Seattle Public Schools. The district says all affected families should have received direct notification, but if you didn’t see our original story on this last week, you might want to check the maps just in case. (38th/Findlay)

34TH DISTRICT DEMOCRATS: 7 pm at The Hall at Fauntleroy; the agenda includes an update from King County Executive Dow Constantine. (9131 California SW)

NIGHTLIFE, NIGHTLIFE, NIGHTLIFE! Lots of options tonight – see the individual listings on our calendar.

West Seattle Tuesday: Westwood-Roxhill-Arbor Heights, WS Bike Connections, WS Community Orchestras, health, and nature!

October 7, 2014 at 9:00 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | 3 Comments

(From Chris W, via the WSB Flickr group)
Take a closer look at what’s happening around you! Ways to explore and get involved are on the list for today/tonight from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

TOT TREK AT CAMP LONG: 10:30 am, explore autumn colors with your toddler(s) at Camp Long Environmental Learning Center. $4/person and pre-registration is required, so check ASAP to see if there’s room! (5200 35th SW)

AFTER-SCHOOL NATURE HIKES AT LINCOLN PARK: 3:30 pm, join naturalist Stewart Wechsler for his next Tuesday afternoon nature hike – meet by the kiosk in the northern Lincoln Park parking lot. Suggested-donation amounts and other info on Stewart’s website. (Fauntleroy/Rose)

GO PLAY (MUSIC)! Tonight at Chief Sealth International High School, varying times, it’s the first rehearsal night of the season for West Seattle Community Orchestras, which include groups for all ages and skill levels. Our preview from last month explains how to sign up and get involved. (2600 SW Thistle)

SEATTLE PUBLIC SCHOOLS ISSUES/CONCERNS? Bring them up with the School Board director elected to represent this area, Marty McLaren, at her next community-conversation meeting (drop-in format, so don’t worry if you can’t be there right at 6) at West Seattle (Admiral) Branch Library. (2306 42nd SW)

LIVE/WORK IN WESTWOOD, ROXHILL, OR ARBOR HEIGHTS? 6:15 pm tonight at Southwest Branch Library, meet your neighbors and get informed as the monthly WWRHAH community-council meetings get back to their “first Tuesday” schedule. Agenda highlights:

6:15-6:45: Introductions & Community News; New Business: Westwood / Highland Park Urban Village

6:45-7:00: Committee & Neighborhood Council Updates

7:00-7:40: Seattle Public Utilities/Parks Department, Cheryl Eastberg: Update on Roxhill Bog Rehydration Project; Q&A

7:40-7:45: Wrap Up: Break down the room; library locks up promptly at 8 pm.

The meeting has a Facebook event page, here. (35th/Henderson)

WEST SEATTLE BIKE CONNECTIONS: 6:30 pm, join WSBC for a presentation/discussion exploring on “Port Activity and Bicycle Commuting Between West Seattle and Downtown.” Details and location on the WSBC website.

(Monday sunset photo by JayDee)

PUBLIC HEALTH CAFE: 7 pm at Chaco Canyon Organic Café in The Triangle, come join the conversation about “The Quantified Self: Sharing your data for environmental-health research,” free, no registration required. The Public Health Café conversations are described as “a series of informal, interactive conversations intended to raise awareness about the fascinating and often overlooked science of public health.” Full details here. (38th/Alaska)

PINK & BLUES: 8 pm, the ongoing Tuesday night Blues To Do series at Feedback Lounge (WSB sponsor) takes a special direction this month, starting tonight:

Throught October we’re dedicating each Tuesday night to Breast Cancer Awareness, featuring all-women hosted jam sessions in a series called Pink & Blues. This will be blues represented in all its hybrid forms, including jazz, R&B, soul, funk, roots, Americana and folk.
We’ve invited special guest ational touring artists and legacy artists, further providing opportunities for mentoring as well as representing a powerful statement with this remarkable women’s musical collective.

More info on the Blues To Do page at the Feedback website. (6451 California SW)

MORE NIGHTLIFE! Including open-microphone night at The Cask (WSB sponsor), bingo at Outwest Bar, the Starlite singer/songwriter showcase at Shadowland, two karaoke locations … see all the listings on our calendar.

West Seattle Monday: What’s notable for today/tonight

October 6, 2014 at 9:09 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | No Comments

Thanks to Mark Wangerin (psst, bought his student-benefiting West Seattle Wildlife calendar yet?) for the photo of a young Cooper’s Hawk. We now fly on into Monday. Not too much on our calendar, but here are a few notes:

MICROHOUSING VOTE: During its 2 pm meeting, the City Council is expected to vote on the microhousing rules it’s been working on – read them in full here; toplines are in our report from two weeks ago. (City Hall/Seattle Channel)

SEAHAWKS ON MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL: 5:30 pm; places to watch with a big screen *and* food as well as beverages (it’s a dinnertime game, after all) include WSB sponsor Feedback Lounge (6451 California SW) in Morgan Junction and Skylark in North Delridge (3803 Delridge Way).

FAMILY STORY TIME: For kids of all ages (and the grownups accompanying them) – 6:30 pm at High Point Branch Library. (35th/Raymond)

LATER START TIMES FOR TEENS: Today’s the deadline if you’re interested in pursuing a position on the task force Seattle Public Schools is setting up to consider this.

West Seattle Sunday: From books to blessings, wine to walking…

October 5, 2014 at 6:34 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | 3 Comments

(At Alki Beach Harbor House, by Loren Beringer, shared via the WSB Flickr group)
Happy Sunday! From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

GET YOUR COPY OF ‘APRON STRINGS’ AT WEST SEATTLE FARMERS’ MARKET: 10 am-2 pm, during today’s Farmers’ Market, the Southwest Seattle Historical Society will sell its newly released recipes-and-stories book.

Added 11:04 am, a photo from SWSHS: Joan Stover (left), co-editor of “Apron Strings: Recipes and Recollections from the Duwamish Peninsula,” chatting with Gay Johansson of Roxhill at this morning’s market (44th/Alaska)

G0SPEL SUNDAY, WITH SINGALONG: 2 pm at Hope Lutheran Church, join this choir-hosted event featuring gospel and spiritual songs, including the opportunity to sing along! Details in our calendar listing. (42nd/Oregon)

BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS #1: First of two events today – 11:45 am at Peace Lutheran Church, on the Westside Patio; details in our preview. (39th/Thistle)

BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS #2: 1 pm in the West Seattle High School parking lot, St. John’s Episcopal Church offers blessings to your pet/companion animal(s); details in our preview. (3000 California SW)

CROP WALK TO FIGHT HUNGER: Registration at 12:30 pm, walk at 1 pm, from Alki UCC, again hosting this walk raising money to fight hunger. (62nd/Hinds)

COMMUNITY ARTISTS’ SHOWCASE: 2-3 pm, stop by the Southwest Branch Library for the reception that opens the 23rd annual Community Artists’ Showcase. The works being shown by your neighbors and friends will be up throughout the month. Stop by and meet the artists today, free, and enjoy coffee and dessert. (35th/Henderson)

WSB FORUM PICNIC: It’s a place to talk about everything from politics to schools to food, a place for raves and rants, a place to list jobs and yard sales, a place where you never know what might happen next. The WSB Forum has been up and running for seven years, and every so often, members organize a picnic. You don’t have to be a member to join them – they’d love to meet lurkers too! 3-5 pm at Lincoln Park Picnic Shelter 1 – see the forum for updates.

BENEFIT WINE TASTING: Bring a wine to contribute to this fun tasting event (and more!) benefiting Furry Faces Foundationread about it here. (2942 SW Avalon Way)

FINAL PERFORMANCE OF ‘THE MOUNTAINTOP’: 3 pm, the acclaimed ArtsWest (WSB sponsor) production of “The Mountaintop” is on stage one last time. (4711 California SW)

AS FOR WHAT’S UP TONIGHT … see the calendar!

So many possibilities for your West Seattle Saturday!

October 4, 2014 at 8:13 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | 1 Comment

(Harbor seal photographed by Robert Spears)
Leaping into the weekend … lots going on, so we’re going to be quick about everything and point you to the full-details links. From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar and coverage archives:

TLC FOR LINCOLN PARK: 9 am, meet Friends of Lincoln Park at the park’s Fauntleroy/Rose kiosk to help remove invasive plants to get ready for a planting session next month.

BAKE/LEMONADE SALE TO CROWDFUND A TEACHER: 10 am and for as long as they can keep going, Gatewood Elementary parents are planning “the biggest bake sale imaginable” (lemonade, face painting expected too) as they try to crowdfund to cover the salary of a teacher their school otherwise will lose – here’s our report from last night; original Thursday report here. (California/Myrtle)

last chance to drop off up to 3 items for the Southwest Branch Library Community Artist Showcase, which starts tomorrow. (35th/Henderson)

VOLUNTEER ORIENTATION AT LOG HOUSE MUSEUM: 11 am-1 pm, find out how to help the home of West Seattle’s history, as a volunteer for the Southwest Seattle Historical Society. History expertise NOT required. (61st/Stevens)

LEARN TO BE QUAKE-RESISTANT: 11 am, free city-presented workshop at West Seattle (Admiral) Branch Library on making your home earthquake-resistant – but as announced in August, registration is required, so check to see if there’s room, before you go. (2306 42nd SW)

BARTON P-PATCH FALL FESTIVAL: Noon-4 pm, celebrate fall, food, and community at the Barton Street P-Patch – including a chance to enjoy pizza from the on-site oven! Details in our preview. (34th/Barton)

WEST SEATTLE SOLAR TOUR: Noon-4 pm, self-guided tour to see West Seattle homes that might inspire you to check out solar power.

RAINWISE AT FAUNTLEROY SCHOOLHOUSE: The RainWise program (WSB sponsor) might be able to get you a raingarden with a rebate. Your next chance to find out about it is 2-4 pm at Fauntleroy Schoolhouse. Refreshments! (9131 California SW)

SPIDERS OF THE DUWAMISH: 2 pm, find out, with a talk at the Duwamish Longhouse and a walk at Herring House Park, why spiders are friends, not foes!

(Orb spider! Photo by Myrtle)
Details in our calendar listing. (4705 W. Marginal Way SW)

MANHATTAN SHORT-FILM FESTIVAL: 4 pm, 10 short films at the historic Admiral Theater – details in our calendar listing. (2343 California SW)

FLY-FISHING DEMO: 4-7 pm, free event focused on fly fishing on the water, from kayaks and stand-up paddleboards. Details in our calendar listing. (Seacrest, 1660 Harbor SW)

(Friday night sunset, by Chris Frankovich)
FAMILY FUN NIGHT: 5:30-8:30 pm, Dance! West Seattle at the Fauntleroy Schoolhouse (lower floor) presents this annual tradition on a Saturday, for the first time:

*Free Event with Live DJ Paul Thompson of Star 101.5!

*Hula Hoop contest, Specialty Dances, and more

*Bring your $$$ for Pizza, Pop, and Cookie, Silent Auction, Raffles, Cakewalks, Face Painting, all to help raise funds to keep our Concert Dancers performing free of charge in the community!

*Buy 10 raffle Tickets, get one free@ only $1 apiece!

*Any Donations to our Concert Dancers are tax deductible

(9131 California SW)

RAISING AWARENESS, $ TO FIGHT HUMAN TRAFFICKING: 5:30 pm at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, big slate of performers putting on “Red Light Revolution 2.0″ – details in our preview. (4408 Delridge Way SW)

FIGHT MS WITH THE WEST SEATTLE BIG BAND: 7 pm, dance with the West Seattle Big Band at the Senior Center of West Seattle, and raise money to fight MS – an event inspired by a band member living with MS, as explained in our preview. (Oregon/California)

LAST EVENING PERFORMANCE OF ‘THE MOUNTAINTOP’: 7:30 pm, second-to-last performance (final evening show) of the ArtsWest (WSB sponsor) production of “The Mountaintop.” (4711 California SW)

NIGHTLIFE! Lots of listings on the calendar.

ONE LAST NOTE: Earlier this week, King County announced it would start working on Saturdays to accelerate excavation for the Murray Combined-Sewer Overflow Control Project’s million-gallon tank. Change in plan – instead of starting today, the Saturday sessions will start NEXT weekend, on October 11th.

West Seattle Friday: Sealth homecoming; 10th anniversary party at Click!; HPIC’s Corner Bar; more…

October 3, 2014 at 11:25 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | 1 Comment

Before we get to today’s list – an unusual-wildlife sighting from David Hutchinson, who says that’s a juvenile White-fronted Goose seen hanging around the Alki Beach promenade since last weekend, unafraid of people and reportedly spotted even crossing Alki Avenue. Bonus closeup:

Now, from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

DROP OFF YOUR ART, DAY 2: Until 6 pm, it’s the second of three days you can drop off up to 3 pieces of art for the Southwest Branch Library‘s upcoming Community Artist Showcase. (35th/Henderson)

CLICK! TURNS TEN! Proprietors Frances and John Smersh (shown above during this year’s West Seattle Summer Fest) have been running Click! Design That Fits (longtime WSB sponsor) for a decade now. Go congratulate them, enjoy some treats, and take advantage of anniversary discounts, 5-9 pm tonight. (4540 California SW)

WORDS, WRITERS, & WEST SEATTLE: The literary series presented by the Southwest Seattle Historical Society at Barnes & Noble/Westwood Village is now in its second year! 5-7 pm tonight, go meet Susan Rich:

B & N is in on the south side of Westwood Village. (2800 SW Barton)

CORNER BAR AT HPIC: First Friday of the month means pop-up Corner Bar time at Highland Park Improvement Club. Music by the Drew Medak Trio. And more – see our calendar listing. (12th/Holden)

SEALTH HOMECOMING: 7 pm at Southwest Athletic Complex, the Seahawks host Franklin for Chief Sealth International High School‘s homecoming game. (2601 SW Thistle)

WSHS FOOTBALL: 7:45 pm at Memorial Stadium downtown, West Seattle High School plays Roosevelt.

NIGHTLIFE, NIGHTLIFE, NIGHTLIFE! Live music and more – see the calendar listings here.

And from the “not in West Seattle, but …” file:

GOING TO THE SEATTLE HOME SHOW? Look for West Seattle’s Potter Construction (WSB sponsor) in Booth 1225. The show’s on through Sunday (full exhibitor list here) at the CenturyLink Field Event Center.

Show off your art! And other suggestions for the rest of your West Seattle Thursday

October 2, 2014 at 10:56 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | 2 Comments

Instead of real birds, today, our featured photo shows papier-mache birds, courtesy of Southwest Branch Library, which invites you to register for a three-session art class starting this Saturday (2-4 pm) – contact the library to sign up. AND, whether you’re taking a class or not, you’re invited to bring work to the SW branch for its annual Community Artist Showcase, starting now! That leads off our calendar highlights:

DROP OFF YOUR ART! From Jane Gibson:

People can drop off up to 3 pieces of art for inclusion [in the Community Artist Showcase], Thursday, October 2nd from
10 am-8 pm, Friday, October 3rd, from 10 am-6 pm, and Saturday, October 4th, from 10 am-6 pm.

The library is at 35th/Henderson.

ENJOY A BEAUTIFUL EVENING … with the weekly work party/tour, 5-7 pm, at Community Orchard of West Seattle on the north side of the South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) campus. (6000 16th SW)

CURRICULUM NIGHT AT WSHS: West Seattle High School families get to find out more about what’ll be happening with their students this year. 6:30 pm. (3000 Caifornia SW)

DO YOU WANT TO UNDERSTAND? First Lutheran Church of West Seattle pastor Rev. Ron Marshall launches another of his four-week “Read the Koran in Four Weeks” sessions tonight, explained in our calendar listing, which has info on how to pre-register. Classes at 7 pm Thursdays. (4105 California SW)

FINAL DAYS OF ‘THE MOUNTAINTOP’: Just a few more chances to see “The Mountaintop,” the acclaimed play now onstage at ArtsWest (WSB sponsor). Curtaintime tonight: 7:30. (4711 California SW)

NIGHTLIFE … Listings include live music at Salty’s, The Cask, Feedback Lounge (WSB sponsors), and the Benbow Room, plus karaoke at OutWest and Yen Wor. See the listings here!

What’s up for the rest of your West Seattle Wednesday

October 1, 2014 at 11:57 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | Comments Off

(Photo credit correction: Photo by Jack Miller, *sent* by Cori Miller)

As we move toward the middle of the day, here’s a look ahead to the afternoon/evening, from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

FOOD DRIVE: For the third year, Sound Physical Therapy challenges other PT clinics to a food drive during the entire month of October. Even if you’re not a client, visit one and contribute! Details here. (3823 Delridge Way SW)

COSTUME SWAP: Kids’ costume(s) you don’t need, now that Halloween is just four weeks away? Bring to My Three Little Birds 1-5 pm today and swap! Details in our preview. (6959 California SW)

FALAFEL SALAM’S RETURN: The Middle Eastern-food truck is trying West Seattle again, starting 4-9 pm Wednesdays at the California/Charlestown 7/11.

‘MELT METHOD’ WORKSHOP: Injury prevention (and more) for runners, taught at West Seattle Runner (WSB sponsor), with workshop series starting 6 pm tonight. Details in our calendar listing. (California/Charlestown)

SOUTHWEST DISTRICT COUNCIL: 6:30 pm at the Senior Center of West Seattle, with City Councilmember Sally Clark, the West Seattle Green Space Coalition, and a discussion of the transit-funding Prop 1 on Seattle’s November 4th ballot. All welcome. (Oregon/California)

NIGHTLIFE: Music, theater, open microphone, trivia, karaoke – see the listings here.

One more note …

IF YOU’RE DOWNTOWN: The CityClub/Crosscut/Seattle Channel series of “Civic Cocktail” conversations starts a new season tonight, and your editor here will be on the journalist panel as the show is recorded at Palace Ballroom downtown, 6 pm. Other West Seattleites we know will be on hand include County Executive Dow Constantine, who will be interviewed by host Joni Balter, and former Deputy Mayor Tim Ceis, when the talk turns to “levy fatigue.” (We asked WSB Forum members for their thoughts, in preparation.) There is an admission charge – you can register here if interested. (And/or check out Seattle Channel in the days ahead, once the program is available online)

West Seattle Tuesday: A view from space, plus what’s up down here

September 30, 2014 at 10:43 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | 19 Comments

Thanks to Brigitte for pointing out that September 6th photo shared by NASA as “Picture of the Day” today – a September 6th view of West Seattle from space! (Click the photo for larger, zoomable view that also includes more of the Seattle area.) Back here on earth, here are a few calendar highlights for today:

QUILT SHOW AND LUNCH: Senior Center of West Seattle invites you to lunch at 11:45 am, quilt show at 12:30 pm, details in our calendar listing.

DROP-IN CHESS: For kids and teens. 4 pm at High Point Branch Library. (35th/Raymond)

MEDITATION: The new West Seattle Shambhala Meditation group meets at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, 6:20 pm, details here.

NIGHTLIFE: Seven listings on the calendar for tonight – bingo, karaoke, live music, trivia.

West Seattle Monday: SHA rent-change meeting, and more

September 29, 2014 at 9:22 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | 2 Comments

(Photo by Mark Wangerin: Double-crested cormorant snacking on a saddleback gunnel)
From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

COUNCIL TO HEAR ABOUT ‘CONSERVATION DISTRICTS’: As previewed here last night, it’s the second item on this morning’s City Council agenda, expected around 10 am; live on Seattle Channel if you’re not at City Hall.

‘BEING HUMAN’ OPENING RECEPTION: Meet guest curator Kathy Liao (of Seattle University) at today’s noon-2 pm opening reception for the new “Being Human” exhibit at South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) Art Gallery. (6000 16th SW)

HOUSING AUTHORITY RENT-PROPOSAL MEETING: The citywide controversy over the Seattle Housing Authority‘s “Stepping Forward” rent-increase proposal comes to High Point tonight, 6 pm, High Point Community Center. (6920 34th SW)

BENEFIT FOR ‘COLTON’S ARMY’: Live comedy and music at the Skylark tonight, 6:45 pm (doors open at 6), benefiting a fund set up for 14-year-old cancer patient Colton Matter and leukemia research. Tickets/details here. (3803 Delridge Way SW)

DUWAMISH OIL SPILL PLAN: Not in West Seattle, but it’s about the river that runs past us: A state Department of Ecology public workshop to talk about developing a geographic spill-response plan for the Duwamish and Green Rivers. 7-8 pm at Green River Community College‘s Glacier Room. (12401 SE 320th, Auburn)

SPEAKING OF THE DUWAMISH RIVER … today’s the deadline to get your initial idea (doesn’t have to be a fully developed proposal at this stage) in for Duwamish Revealedhere’s our original story explaining it. (10:48 am update: Thanks to commenter AIDM that this project has updated its website to extend the deadline to October 15th!)

9+ ways to spend part of your partly sunny West Seattle Sunday

September 28, 2014 at 9:45 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | Comments Off

(Photo tweeted by Christine Dorfer)
Quieter calendar today – but still some options to add to whatever you have planned for the first Sunday of fall:

FALL FRESHNESS: 10 am-2 pm, see what’s new at the West Seattle Farmers’ Market. (44th/Alaska)

BACKYARD RAINGARDEN! Or front yard. Or side yard. Or maybe a cistern. Through the RainWise program (WSB sponsor), you might be able to get a rebate covering all or most of the cost for one. But figuring out how might be a bit daunting – so here’s an easy way to get your questions answered – RainWise is at the “Raingarden Festival” this afternoon at West Seattle Nursery, 1-4 pm. (California/Brandon)

‘KEEP HIGH POINT GREEN’: 2-4 pm, community-organized event to plant shrubs/flowers by Neighborhood House’s High Point Center, and get to know your neighbors. (6400 Sylvan Way)

BENEFIT AUCTION: Vinyl records donated by Easy Street will be auctioned off at Feedback Lounge (WSB sponsor) starting at 2 pm, to benefit Animal Aid and Rescue Foundation. (6451 California SW)

BAND OF LOVERS: 3-5 pm at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), you’ll see/hear this indie folk/rock duo, live. (5612 California SW)

‘THE MOUNTAINTOP’ MATINEE: No football game today – perfect day for theater instead. 3 pm at ArtsWest (WSB sponsor), which promises “your heart will be touched and your soul stirred.” (4711 California SW)

FREE CHOCOLATE TASTING: 4 pm at X-Gym – stop by and try! (3213 Harbor SW)

ALL-AGES OPEN MICROPHONE: Starts at 4 pm (signups at 3), at the Skylark. (3803 Delridge Way SW)

GOING OUT TONIGHT? See some of your options here.

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