14 ways to spend your West Seattle Saturday, morning to night

January 24, 2015 at 8:28 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | 3 Comments

Good morning and happy weekend! Some of what’s up today/tonight:

LIONS CLUB PANCAKE BREAKFAST: Until 11 am, the West Seattle Lions invite you to their pancake breakfast at the Senior Center of West Seattle – just $6. (Oregon/California)

‘HEADBANGER’S BALL – MEET THE WOODPECKERS’: Get to Camp Long Environmental Learning Center by 9 am (early events are a good reason to browse our calendar well in advance!) for this free event – details in our calendar listing. (5200 35th SW)

THEN STAY AT CAMP LONG FOR … a 10 am-2 pm forest-restoration work party. Details here. (5200 35th SW)

RAINGARDEN PARTY: 10 am-noon, go to Southwest Branch Library to learn more about raingardens, cisterns, and other ways your garden can help keep Puget Sound clean. Treats too. Details in our calendar listing. (35th/Henderson)

LINCOLN PARK BIRDWATCHING: Another Seattle Parks environmental-learning program. 10:30 am, ages 8 and up. Bring your binoculars; meet the naturalist at the park’s south parking lot. (8011 Fauntleroy Way SW)

DUWAMISH LONGHOUSE ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION: See our calendar listing for the full schedule of events as the Duwamish Tribe Longhouse celebrates its 6th anniversary, starting at 10 am. (4705 W. Marginal Way SW)

EQ FITNESS OPEN HOUSE: 1-3 pm, visit EQ Fitness (WSB sponsor) for “an open house with food, drinks and demos of TRX, aerial yoga, and the new booty barre.” (3270 California SW)

WEST SEATTLE MONTESSORI OPEN HOUSE: 1-3 pm, West Seattle Montessori (WSB sponsor) invites you to come tour the school and meet the staff. (11215 15th SW)

HEALTH-CARE ENROLLMENT HELP: As previewed here last night, you can get help enrolling for health insurance, as well as other resources, at a free regional, multilingual event 2-6 pm at the South Park Neighborhood Center. (8201 10th Ave. S.)

LIVE MUSIC: Dave Holo Trio at Salty’s on Alki (WSB sponsor; no cover), 5 pm; Gary Benson at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor; no cover), 7 pm; Groove Surfers at Feedback Lounge (WSB sponsor; no cover), 9 pm; Mott the Hoopla & more at the Benbow Room (cover), 9 pm.

WEST SIDE GLORY: “West Seattle’s Somewhat Queer Variety Show” returns to the Skylark, 9 pm – details in our calendar listing. (3803 Delridge Way SW)

AND OF COURSE, THERE’S MORE … on our calendar.

(added) P.S. If you’ve noticed sailboats off western West Seattle shores, it’s the Three Tree Point Yacht Club‘s Blake Island Race.

West Seattle Friday: Basketball, music, rollerskating, more…

January 23, 2015 at 9:18 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | No Comments

(Barrow’s goldeneyes, photographed by Laura Goodrich, shared via the WSB Flickr group)
From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

FRIDAY AFTERNOON AT THE MOVIES: 1 pm screening at the Senior Center of West Seattle; today’s feature is “Stalag 17” (1953) – details in our calendar listing. (Oregon/California)

TEEN ART PROGRAM: 5-7 pm at High Point Community Center, teens are invited to a free arts/crafts class. (6920 34th SW)

FRIDAY NIGHT SKATING: 6:30-8:30 pm, Alki Community Center hosts Friday night skating – details in our calendar listing. (5817 SW Stevens)

HIGH-SCHOOL BASKETBALL HOME GAMES: Big slate of home games tonight – girls’ and boys’ varsity, for both West Seattle High School and Chief Sealth International High School. WSHS hosts Ballard; CSIHS hosts Lakeside. At both gyms, the schedule’s the same – girls’ junior varsity at 3:30, boys’ JV at 5, girls’ varsity at 6:30, boys’ varsity at 8.

’4000 MILES’: Second night for the new production at ArtsWest (WSB sponsor), curtain time 7:30 pm. (4711 California SW)

LIVE MUSIC: Our calendar features listings for Salty’s on Alki (WSB sponsor) starting at 5 pm; The Charlatones at Feedback Lounge (WSB sponsor) starting at 9 pm; Sin Circus, Fallen Kings, and guests at the Benbow Room starting at 9 pm (cover); Bozo Moto and Megasapien at the Skylark, also starting at 9 pm.

EVEN MORE ON THE CALENDAR … check it all out here.

West Seattle Wednesday: Delridge District Council; Morgan Community Association; story times; comedy; literature; more

January 21, 2015 at 9:49 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | No Comments

(Today’s sunrise at Seacrest – photo by Lise Thivierge)
Thanks to our community contributors for views of this morning’s sunrise! Scroll all the way through to see all three views. And, of course, to see the highlights of what’s up today/tonight – maybe your first community meeting of the new year? From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

STORY TIMES: Four library story times on the calendar today – preschoolers at West Seattle and toddlers at Southwest, both at 10:30 am; babies at High Point, 11:30 am; Somali story time at High Point, 5 pm. Each has its own listing, with more info and even a map, on our calendar.

DUWAMISH RIVER CLEANUP PLAN: 5:30-7:30 pm tonight in South Park, the Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition offers your next chance to find out more about the plan, in three languages:

Tonight at Concord International School is your opportunity to learn about EPA’s “Record of Decision,” its final cleanup plan for the Duwamish River. It is a step in the right direction – but there is still more to do! To keep working for an even healthier cleanup, we need YOU! Join DRCC/TAG and your neighbors tonight as EPA and South Park community members provide some highlights from the plan and talk about what is next. Presentations will be available in English, Spanish, and Vietnamese. Light dinner and child care will be available!

(723 S. Concord)

NEIGHBORHOOD GREEN MEETING: Talk about climate change with the Green Party of Seattle and Sustainable West Seattle. 6:30 pm at Admiral Bird. (2600 California SW)

(Today’s sunrise, Olympics view – photo by James Bratsanos)

DELRIDGE NEIGHBORHOODS DISTRICT COUNCIL: 7 pm at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center. Agenda toplines:

7:10 p.m. Friends of Art on Pier 86, the Silos & Grain Elevator – David Levinson
7:17 p.m. UWKC Free Tax Campaign – Thomas Gardner
7:25 p.m. Multimodal Corridor Program, Delridge Way Project – Sara Zora (SDOT)
7:45 p.m. Update from CM Rasmussen – Tom Rasmussen
8:15 p.m. DNDC Business/Events/Discussions – All
-District 1 Candidates Forum
-2015 Grant Opportunities
-Joint DC Meeting with SWDC
-Annual DNDC Membership Meeting/Elections
-West Seattle Working Waterfront Tour
8:35 p.m. Neighborhood/Community Announcements – All

This time, DNDC meets in the Youngstown theater. (4408 Delridge Way SW)

MORGAN COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION: 7 pm at The Kenney (WSB sponsor), it’s MoCA’s quarterly meeting. Agenda toplines:

* Special Guest – James Bush, Department of Neighborhoods
* Murray CSO
* Morgan SDOT update
* Morgan Park Little Library update
* Donation to Morgan Neighbors
* New Bike Racks for Morgan Junction
* 2015 Neighborhood Streets and Parks Funds – Morgan applications
* 2015 Morgan Festival
* Election of Officers, slate presentation for April meeting and vote

Find MoCA in The Kenney’s lower-level meeting rooms. (7125 Fauntleroy Way SW)

WORDSWEST LITERARY SERIES: As previewed here Monday night, WordsWest takes on New Year’s resolutions in the 7 pm writers’ showcase at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), featuring Jennie Shortridge and Frances McCue. (5612 California SW)

COMEDY! 8 pm at Feedback Lounge (WSB sponsor), hosted by Mona Concepcion, it’s the next “Just Laugh It Off” showcase – check the lineup here. (6451 California SW)

MORE COMEDY: Tonight’s also the night West Seattle native Adam Cozens, visiting from L.A., stars at Comedy Underground in Pioneer Square, 8 pm, as mentioned in our recent followup story on how his showbiz career is going. (109 S. Washington)

(More of the Olympics, from Alki – photo by Don Brubeck)

EVEN MORE … daytime activities AND nightlife, on our calendar!

West Seattle Tuesday: Q/A with police at WS Crime Prevention Council, and more from our calendar…

January 20, 2015 at 10:21 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | No Comments

(Photo by Jim Clark, taken Monday at Lincoln Park)
Some of what’s up today/tonight, from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

FIVE STEPS TO YOUR RIGHT LIVELIHOOD: 2:30-4 pm, free workshop at High Point Branch Library – details in our calendar listing. (35th/Raymond)

STUDENT AID: West Seattle High School seniors and parents/guardians are invited to an event to help them finish the FAFSA (the standard application for financial aid for college), 6:30-8:30 pm, drop in – open labs with volunteers ready to help. (3000 California SW)

MASTER MIXOLOGY: 6:30 pm, cocktail class tonight at Salty’s on Alki (WSB sponsor) – but call ASAP to see if there’s room. Details in our calendar listing. (1936 Harbor SW)

WEST SEATTLE CRIME PREVENTION COUNCIL: 7 pm, Southwest Precinct meeting room right by the entrance from the parking lot. Questions/concerns to bring up to West Seattle police leadership? This is the time and place. Tonight’s meeting has no other guests – you, SPD, WSCPC – and you’ll hear about the latest crime trends as well as plenty of time for Q/A. (Webster/Delridge)

LIVE MUSIC TONIGHT: Blues to Do at Feedback Lounge (WSB sponsor), 8 pm … Weekly singer/songwriter showcase at Shadowland, 9 pm … More nightlife on our calendar!

West Seattle Monday: What you can do on MLK Day 2015

January 19, 2015 at 9:00 am | In Holidays, West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | 5 Comments


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

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

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

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

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

West Seattle Sunday: Game day! Who’s open early, where to watch the game, what else is up

January 18, 2015 at 8:30 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | 2 Comments

(NOON NOTE: Just “unpinned” the all-night/all-morning storm coverage, which is now below this)


In addition to our ongoing storm coverage, here’s what’s happening today – before, during, and after The Game:

HARRY’S CHICKEN JOINT OPENS EARLY: Get chicken for The Game at Harry’s Chicken Joint (WSB sponsor), open 9 am-11:30 am. By game time, Harry’s will be closed, with everyone either watching the game at home or at the Clink. (6032 California SW)

FARMERS’ MARKET OPENS EARLY: West Seattle Farmers’ Market management says many vendors will open early, 9:30 am. (44th/Alaska)

WEST SEATTLE ULTIMATE FAMILY FRISBEE STARTS EARLY: 10 am today, instead of the usual 11. And they’re planning on two fields, one for youth players. Walt Hundley Playfield. (34th/Myrtle)

(Added: On a table at HPIC during tailgate party)
TAILGATING AT HIGHLAND PARK IMPROVEMENT CLUB: Doors open at 11:30 am. HPIC says everyone’s welcome, all ages, and no matter who you’re rooting for. More info here. (12th/Holden)

WHERE ELSE TO WATCH THE GAME: In case you lost power and don’t get it back in time so are looking for somewhere to watch, other venues include what one reader once described as “just about anywhere with a TV” but in particular:

*Feedback Lounge (WSB sponsor), 6451 California SW
*The Bridge, California/Graham
*The Westy, 7908 35th SW
*Beveridge Place Pub, 6413 California SW
*West Side Public House, California/Edmunds
*Angelina’s, 2311 California SW (all ages)
*Talarico’s Pizza, 4718 California SW (all ages)

Some of the above are via recommendations we requested on Twitter while writing this. Anywhere else to recommend? Please comment, or e-mail us, so we can add. Thanks!

NAVY AIRCRAFT TO BUZZ THE CLINK: Depending on the weather, pre-game flyovers are planned. We don’t know the route but if you see/hear them over West Seattle, now you know it’s game-related. *NOON NOTE: Just heard it over our HQ!*

Also on the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar for today:

GREYHOUND MEET-AND-GREET: 11 am-1 pm, come meet greyhounds at Mud Bay in The Admiral District. (2611 California SW)

KITTY HARBOR ADOPTION EVENT, DAY 2: Again today, noon-5 pm, Kitty Harbor reopens with more than 30 cats/kittens still in need of forever homes. (3422 Harbor SW)

AFTERNOON MUSIC: 1-3 pm, bluegrass and old-time music at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), with Jamtime. (5612 California SW)

SOME EVENING OFFERINGS TOO … see the calendar!

West Seattle Saturday: March for Lolita the orca; clean up the beach; tour a school; see metal music meet bellydancing; more

January 17, 2015 at 7:47 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | No Comments

(Anna’s Hummingbird at Jack Block Park, photographed by Mark Wangerin)
Happy Saturday! Calendar highlights, right after an advisory:

MURRAY CSO PROJECT WORK TODAY: We start with an FYI from King County – crews will be working at the Murray Combined Sewer Overflow Control Project across from Lowman Beach today, starting at 9 am: “A small crew will be inside the excavation pit to maintain the secant piles. Nearly all work will be completed with hand tools.”

PRESCHOOL OPEN HOUSES: Two this morning, 9:30 am at The Cove School and 10 am at Cometa Playschool. Follow either of those links for info via our calendar listings.

INTERIM FIRE STATION 29 MEETING: 9 am at Fire Station 29, city reps will meet with neighbors who have been voicing safety concerns since last-minute notification that the station’s interim site will be on a relatively small triangle of city land across from Admiral Congregational Church. (2139 Ferry SW)

STUDENT CLEANUP AT LINCOLN PARK: As previewed here earlier this week, a group of Chief Sealth International High School students plans a beach cleanup this afternoon, noon-4 pm, and would welcome community help. (8011 Fauntleroy Way SW)

KITTY HARBOR SPECIAL ADOPTION EVENT: Noon-5 pm, Kitty Harbor reopens with 60 cats/kittens who need forever homes. (3422 Harbor SW)

MARCH AND PADDLE FOR LOLITA’S FREEDOM: From coast to coast, rallies are planned today in support of freedom for the last surviving orca captured from Puget Sound decades ago, who lives in an amusement-park tank in Florida. 1 pm one-mile march leaves from Alki Statue of Liberty Plaza (61st/Alki), with a group of paddlers following along, heading out from Don Armeni Boat Ramp at noon. Details in our preview.

LINCOLN PARK AT DARK WITH STEWART: 6:30 pm, naturalist Stewart Wechsler takes you looking for owls and others in Lincoln Park – details including suggested donation and RSVP info are in the listing on his website. (Fauntleroy/Rose)

PREGAME BONFIRE RALLY: 7-11 pm, Alki neighbors/Seahawks fans plan a beach-bonfire rally on NFC Championship Game Eve. Details in our calendar listing.

‘IRON VALKYRIES: A METAL BELLY DANCING SHOW’: What happens when metal meets bellydancing? 9 pm at Feedback Lounge (WSB sponsor), you’ll find out, courtesy of the Rebel Belly Dancing Troupe. (6451 California SW)

THAT’S NOT ALLour calendar always has more.

West Seattle Thursday: Cards; art; theater; Alki CC; WSHS PTSA…

January 15, 2015 at 10:03 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | 3 Comments

(Yellow-rumped Warbler, photographed at Fauntleroy Park by Mark Wangerin)
Halfway through the first month of the new year, and the calendar‘s starting to fill up again. Tonight, your options include:

PLAY POKER AT THE FEEDBACK: Starting tonight, Feedback Lounge (WSB sponsor) is the home of private events for Seattle Poker Open members, 6 pm Thursdays – membership and event info here. (6451 California SW)

ART OPENING: 6:30 pm at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, it’s the opening reception for the exhibit MELT, curated by Hami Bahadori. (4408 Delridge Way SW)

ALKI COMMUNITY COUNCIL: 7 pm at Alki UCC Church‘s parlor, with the agenda including a briefing on the application process for park events. (62nd/Hinds)

WEST SEATTLE HIGH SCHOOL PTSA: 7 pm in the school library, with scheduled updates including fundraising and athletics. (3000 California SW)

MONEY MANAGEMENT: 7 pm at Hope Lutheran Church, free informational session about Financial Peace University, which starts next week. (42nd/Oregon)

OPEN MICROPHONE AT C & P: 7 pm, you’re invited to the “Unplugged!” open-microphone event at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor) – info here. (5612 California SW)

WOMEN’S BUSINESS MEETUP: 7 pm at West Seattle Office Junction (WSB sponsor), bring cards! Details here. (6040 California SW)

‘BUS STOP’: West Seattle High School Drama Club presents “Bus Stop,” student-directed by Kaya Hubbard, at 7:30 pm tonight and tomorrow in the school theater. Details on the WSHS home page. (3000 California SW)

MORE! on our calendar.

West Seattle Wednesday: 7 possibilities for today/tonight

January 14, 2015 at 10:30 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | No Comments

(Tuesday morning photo by Chris Frankovich)
From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar for today/tonight:

PLAY AND LEARN FOR TODDLERS/PRESCHOOLERS: 11 am-12:30 pm every Wednesday, drop in at Neighborhood House’s High Point Center! (6400 Sylvan Way)

BABY STORY TIME: 11:30 am at High Point Branch Library, for babies 4 months to one year. (35th/Raymond)

SERVED? SERVING? American Legion Post 160‘s monthly meetings are open to those who have served or are serving in the armed forces. 6 pm; details in our calendar listing. (3618 SW Alaska)

LAFAYETTE KINDERGARTEN PARENT ORIENTATION: Parent of a future kindergartener at Lafayette Elementary? At 6:30 pm, you’re invited to an orientation meeting tonight. (California/Lander)

WEST SEATTLE HACK NIGHT #2: 6:30-9 pm, West Seattle Office Junction (WSB sponsor) hosts another free “hack night” – as previewed here, which is where to find the RSVP link too. (6040 California SW)

34TH DISTRICT DEMOCRATS’ REORGANIZATION MEETING: That means it’s time to elect leadership; here’s who’s running and will be voted on during tonight’s 7 pm meeting of the 34th District Democrats at The Hall at Fauntleroy. (9131 California SW)

HIGH-SCHOOL BASKETBALL: 7:30 pm for both of these games: Chief Sealth IHS varsity girls host Franklin (2600 SW Thistle); West Seattle HS varsity girls host Cleveland (3000 California SW)

CHECK THE CALENDAR TOO … for even more of what’s happening today/tonight (and beyond) in West Seattle.

6 possibilities for part of your West Seattle Tuesday night

January 13, 2015 at 12:06 pm | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | No Comments

Our photo below stars an overwintering Black Turnstone, photographed on Alki by Bill Bacon. Now, six notes for tonight:

HIGHLAND PARK PLAYGROUND/PARK PROJECT: Second community meeting about the project, 6:30 pm at Highland Park Elementary. More info on the project, and notes from the first meeting, are here. (1012 SW Trenton)

JUNCTION NEIGHBORHOOD ORGANIZATION: 6:30 pm, Senior Center of West Seattle, wide-ranging agenda from Emergency Communication Hubs to Junction project updates and more. (Oregon/California)

CHIEF SEALTH PTSA: 7 pm at the Confucius Center on campus, with the agenda including concerns about the blended honors and International Baccalaureate programs, as detailed in the meeting preview on the PTSA’s website. (2600 SW Thistle)

ADMIRAL NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION: First meeting of the new year for ANA, 7 pm, The Sanctuary at Admiral. (42nd/Lander)

FAUNTLEROY COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION: 7 pm at Fauntleroy Schoolhouse‘s board room. Tonight’s FCA agenda “includes discussion of a Fauntleroy School building handrail, a neighborhood survey, a walk-around with City of Seattle officials, an update on business memberships, discuss with City Light representative about the neighborhood substation, a Cove Park update, a Fauntleroy Center makeover, new neighbor bags, board recruitment, committee reports, and more.” (9131 California SW)

HIGH-SCHOOL BASKETBALL: Chief Sealth IHS and West Seattle HS both have boys-varsity home games tonight, both at 7:30 pm: Sealth vs. Franklin (2600 SW Thistle); WSHS vs. Cleveland (3000 California SW)

AND THERE’S MORE ON OUR CALENDARbrowse it here!

West Seattle Sunday: What’s on the calendar for today/tonight

January 11, 2015 at 6:52 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | 3 Comments

(Shell art on Alki, photographed by Lisa Ruiz)

Quiet Sunday – just what you need to recover from The Game, right? Here’s what we do have on the calendar:

LAST DAY FOR FREE TREECYCLING: If you still haven’t taken down the Christmas tree, maybe this will be incentive: This is the last day Seattle Public Utilities is accepting trees for free. (Until next year, and you really don’t want to keep it around THAT long …) You can take yours to the South Transfer Station, which is open 8 am-8 pm. (130 S. Kenyon)

WEST SEATTLE FARMERS’ MARKET: 10 am-2 pm, with five more vendors expected to be returning today. (44th/Alaska)

WEST SEATTLE ULTIMATE FAMILY FRISBEE: According to the WSUFF Facebook page, they’re experimenting with adding a second field today, for kids and beginners. 11 am, Walt Hundley Playfield. (34th/Myrtle)

TJ GRANT: 3-5 pm acoustic set at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor) – “smart, emotional lyrics and powerful delivery.” (5612 California SW)

LADIES’ MUSICAL CLUB: 3 pm, free concert of music for oboe, mezzo-soprano, and piano at West Seattle (Admiral) Branch Library. (2306 42nd SW)

CARL TOSTEN: 6:30-8:30 pm, the singer/songwriter/guitarist is live at Locöl. (7902 35th SW)

OF COURSE THERE’S MORE … on our calendar!

West Seattle Saturday: Tailgating; Tilden School open house; Early Days’ new day; live bands; more

January 10, 2015 at 7:56 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | No Comments

(Photo by Don Brubeck)
Tonight’s the night … Seahawks vs Panthers, 5:15 pm. 12s are on the skyline, on the flagpoles, in the windows, everywhere. And in our calendar highlights for today/tonight, you’ll find these two:

TAILGATE IN HIGHLAND PARK! Highland Park Improvement Club hosts a neighborhood tailgate party on game days and tonight, the doors open at 5 pm. All welcome. Details in our calendar listing. (12th/Holden)

CHEER AT FEEDBACK LOUNGE: The game’ll be on the big screen at the Feedback Lounge (WSB sponsor), which opens at 11:30 am, and Happy Hour will be under way, starting at 3 pm. (6451 California SW)

Also today/tonight:

DELRIDGE COMMUNITY CENTER HAIRCUT FUNDRAISER: Second of five Saturdays, 8:30 am-3:30 pm, when you can donate to Delridge CC while getting a free haircut from Rudy’s Barbershop stylists in the Airstream on the southeast side of the center. (4501 Delridge Way SW)

TILDEN SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE: School-shopping for K-5? Interested parents are invited to come tour Tilden School (WSB sponsor) and meet its teachers and specialists, 10 am-noon. (4105 California SW)

NW MONTESSORI OPEN HOUSE: 10 am-noon open house for parents interested in Northwest Montessori. (7344 35th SW)

BABY IN THE HOUSE? ON THE WAY? ‘EARLY DAYS’ NOW ON SATURDAYS TOO! 10:30 am-12:30 pm at Nurturing Expressions (WSB sponsor), the new second weekly session of the drop-in support group Early Days for parents of babies up to 1 year, and expectant parents too. (4746 44th SW)

THE BURNZ: Live in-store show at Easy Street Records, 7 pm. (California/Alaska)

SUNDODGER, DEAD LANGUAGE, VESTERlive at 9 pm at The Benbow. (4210 SW Admiral Way)

VANOWEN ALBUM-RELEASE SHOW: Stay at The Feedback after the game, and see/hear Vanowen perform their new album “Beautiful” live, 9:30 pm. (6451 California SW)

THAT’S JUST THE START … see more for today/tonight, by going directly to our calendar.

West Seattle Wednesday: Dept. of Neighborhoods director at SW District Council; ‘Green Meeting’; story time; sports; music; more

January 7, 2015 at 10:08 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | 1 Comment

(Tuesday sunset photo by Long Bach Nguyen)
Here in the middle of the day, the fog just looks gray – but toward sunset last night, it brought beauty, and we have two more views to share, along with the Wednesday calendar highlights:

IF YOU SEE AN AIRCRAFT CARRIER … it’s the USS Nimitz, whose impending move from Everett to Bremerton – possibly as soon as today – was noted here on Tuesday.

GET OUT OF THE HOME OFFICE! First co-working/home-office meetup of the year at West Seattle Office Junction (WSB sponsor), noon. Bring your lunch, meet others who work in unconventional settings, share ideas and support! (6040 California SW)

SOMALI STORYTIME: 5 pm at High Point Branch Library, all welcome! (35th/Raymond)

(Tuesday sunset photo by David Hutchinson)
NEIGHBORHOOD GREEN MEETING: 6:30 pm at Admiral Bird, first and third Wednesdays of the month, you’re invited to “Neighborhood Green Meetings” co-hosted by Sustainable West Seattle and Green Party of Seattle. Major topic: Climate change and what can be done about it. (2600 California SW)

SOUTHWEST DISTRICT COUNCIL: 6:30 pm at the Senior Center of West Seattle, featuring a visit from Department of Neighborhoods director Bernie Matsuno. All welcome; if you’re interested in background, here’s our report on December’s SWDC meeting. (Oregon/California)

MUSIC AT C & P: Cozy coffeehouse concerts continue in this still-new year at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), with singer/songwriter Jim Page scheduled tonight, 7-9 pm. (5612 California SW)

HIGH-SCHOOL BASKETBALL: Tonight’s home games feature the girls-varsity teams: 7:30 pm, the West Seattle High School girls take on Holy Names (3000 California SW); also at 7:30 pm, the Chief Sealth International High School girls get a visit from Garfield. (2600 SW Thistle)

MORE NIGHTLIFE: Open microphone, trivia, karaoke, and yet more live music – see the times, venues, etc., by going directly to our calendar!

West Seattle Tuesday: From blues to bicycles to basketball…

January 6, 2015 at 8:59 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | 1 Comment

(M/V Tillikum on the Fauntleroy-Vashon-Southworth route. Photo by LB Bryce, shared via the WSB Flickr pool)

From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

BABY STORY TIME, TIMES TWO! 10:30 this morning, it’s Baby Story Time at two local Seattle Public Library branches – Southwest (35th/Raymond) and West Seattle (2306 42nd SW) – you’re welcome to bring one or more 4- to 12-month-olds to either.

WEST SEATTLE BIKE CONNECTIONS: At its first 2015 meeting tonight, you’re invited to come talk about what you would like WSBC to take on in this brand-new year. HomeStreet Bank (WSB sponsor) in The Junction, 6:30 pm. (41st/Alaska)

WEST SEATTLE SHAMBHALA MEDITATION: The weekly group is in session at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center starting at 6:30 pm, as explained here. No experience required. (4408 Delridge Way SW)

HIGH-SCHOOL BASKETBALL: Two home varsity games on the peninsula tonight – 7:30 pm, the West Seattle High School boys-varsity team hosts O’Dea (3000 California SW); also at 7:30 pm, the Chief Sealth International High School boys-varsity team hosts Garfield. (2600 SW Thistle)

BLUES TO DO LIVE, 1ST ANNIVERSARY: 8 pm at Feedback Lounge, the Tuesday blues showcase celebrates its first year, featuring Lucy Hammond and Ben Rice, presented by Thunder Road Guitars (which will show off a classic guitar!). FL and TRG are both WSB sponsors, BTW. And if you’d like to look ahead – here’s who’ll be singing (and playing) the blues in the weeks ahead. (6451 California SW)

MORE NIGHTLIFE: Bingo, karaoke, trivia … see the listings/venues here.

West Seattle Monday: Warm up to what’s up today/tonight

January 5, 2015 at 9:00 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | 3 Comments

(Peregrine falcon, photographed by Gary Jones)
Highlights for today/tonight, from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

OUT WITH THE TREE: Through next Sunday (January 11th), Christmas-tree recycling (composting) is still free – here are the city rules.

STATION 32 ON COUNCIL AGENDA: This afternoon’s 2 pm City Council meeting includes a final vote on approvals/exceptions required before the new Station 32 can be built (at the site of the current one) in The Junction. Here’s the agenda. (City Hall downtown)

MARTY McLAREN’S COMMUNITY CONVERSATION: School’s back in session and it’s also your first chance in 2015 to talk with and hear from the West Seattle/South Park rep on the Seattle Public Schools Board of Directors, Marty McLaren. 6 pm, Delridge Library – more in our calendar listing. (5423 Delridge Way SW)

FAMILY STORY TIME: 6:30 pm at High Point Branch Library – get there early! (35th/Raymond)

WEST SEATTLE HI-YU: 7 pm tonight at Admiral Congregational Church, you can help the all-volunteer West Seattle Hi-Yu organization get on the road to summer fun, choosing this year’s theme and more – as noted in our preview. (4320 SW Hill)

MONDAY NIGHTLIFE: Exercise your mind (trivia/quiz) and/or your voice (karaoke!) – see where and when in our regular listings.

West Seattle Sunday: What’s up as the weekend winds down

January 4, 2015 at 6:52 am | In Fun stuff to do, West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | 3 Comments

(Delridge Skatepark after the rain, December photo by Laura Goodrich, shared via WSB Flickr group)
Good morning! From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

WEST SEATTLE SUNDAY SOCCER: Rain, shine, frost, fog, whatever the conditions, this pickup game hits the field, 7:30 am at Delridge Playfield. Check the FB page for updates. (Delridge/Alaska)

WEST SEATTLE FARMERS’ MARKET: First Sunday of the year, last Sunday of the year, and all the Sundays inbetween, you’ll find the market open 10 am-2 pm. WSFM says today’s new items will include another egg vendor, spot prawns, and sauerkraut. (44th/Alaska)

WEST SEATTLE ULTIMATE FAMILY FRISBEE: 11 am is the scheduled weekly game at Walt Hundley Playfield – check here in case of changes. (34th/Myrtle)

SEATTLE GREEN SPACES COALITION: 3 pm at High Point Branch Library, you’re invited to find out what’s going on – maybe even help, if you are so moved – with the grassroots campaign to preserve greenspaces around the city, particularly surplus substations. Details in our preview. (35th/Raymond)

WEST SEATTLE YULETIDE FINALE: Tonight is the last scheduled night for the synched-to-music West Seattle Yuletide holiday-lights show, ~5-10 pm. (38th SW between Genesee and Dakota)

NIGHTLIFE: Trivia, live music, karaoke – see who and where, here.

West Seattle Saturday: Post-holiday giving, learning, exploring…

January 3, 2015 at 9:31 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | 2 Comments

(One of the ‘around town’ photos shared by Loren Beringer via the WSB Flickr group – thanks!)
Happy first weekend of 2015! Things are getting busy again. From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:


HAIRCUT FUNDRAISER: Underway now and continuing until 3:30 pm today, as previewed here Friday night, you can get a free haircut at Delridge Community Center (look for the Airstream trailer) and make a donation to benefit DCC’s programs. *Added above – Alyssa, Alycen, Cat from Rudy’s, photographed this morning* (4501 Delridge Way SW)

DROPOFF CHRISTMAS TREE RECYCLING: 10 am-3 pm, the Rainbow Girls‘ annual fundraiser is under way at the newly renovated Alki Masonic Center parking lot. Drop your tree off (no flocking/tinsel) for recycling; cash donations accepted. (40th/Edmunds)

‘GAINS FOR GOOD’: 10 am-4 pm at CrossFit LOFT in The Junction, it’s a fitness fundraiser and silent auction to benefit the medical expenses of a gym coach/local firefighter’s badly injured dad – details in the preview published here last week. (4142 California SW)

HIGH-SCHOOL BASKETBALL: Seattle Lutheran hosts Shoreline Christian, 2:30 pm girls’ game, 4 pm boys’ game, Menashe Gym on campus. (4100 SW Genesee)

NIGHTTIME HIKE: 6:30 pm at Lincoln Park, rescheduled from a December rainout, owls, old-growth trees, and more with naturalist Stewart Wechsler. Details here including how to RSVP & suggested donation. (8265 Fauntleroy Way SW)

WEST SEATTLE MEANINGFUL MOVIES: The WSMM series launches 2015 at 7 tonight, Neighborhood House’s High Point Center, with “Disruption,” focusing on climate change, including last fall’s megamarch in New York City; the discussion afterward will include a participant. Details in our calendar listing. (6400 Sylvan Way SW)

TIDEPOOL EXPLORING BY FLASHLIGHT: 9-10:30 pm, join Seattle Aquarium beach naturalists at Constellation Park to look (carefully!) at what and who emerges during a nighttime low tide (-1.3 at 9:47 pm). Details in our calendar listing. (Beach Drive/63rd SW)

NIGHTLIFE TONIGHT! Live-music listings, on our calendar.

West Seattle Tuesday: Give; read; skate; play; more…

December 30, 2014 at 9:04 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | 1 Comment

Just can’t get enough of the frosted Olympics. Thanks to Danny McMillin for the Monday photo of 7,743-foot Mount Constance, which we hadn’t previously known has a West Seattle link beyond the fact we can see it from here: Lt. George Davidson, who gave Fauntleroy its current name (the surname of his fiancée Ellinor Fauntleroy), also named Olympic peaks after members of her family, including sister Constance. But enough about the past – let’s look into the immediate future:

GIFT OF LIFE: Last mobile blood drive in West Seattle this year, 9:30 am-3:30 pm at Westwood Village – details in our calendar listing. (2800 SW Barton)

TODDLER STORY TIME: 10:30 am at the West Seattle (Admiral) Branch Library, bring the toddler(s) and listen up! (2306 42nd SW)

GO SKATING! 1-4:30 pm, it’s a special winter-break skating session at Southgate Roller Rink. (9646 17th SW)

DROP-IN CHESS: 4-5:30 pm at High Point Branch Library, kids and teens are invited to drop in and play. (35th/Raymond)

LADIES SING THE BLUES: Last Tuesday of the month means that Blues To Do at Feedback Lounge (WSB sponsor) spotlights female artists, and also happens to be a pajama-party event – 8:30 pm, be there! (6451 California SW)

West Seattle Monday: Coastline ‘soft opening’ tonight; ‘Get Fit, West Seattle’ info night; more

December 29, 2014 at 10:39 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | 6 Comments

(Photo by Lynn Hall)
Clear weather is forecast all the way to New Year’s Day, and the Olympic Mountains are making an all-out appearance for the first time in a while. Along with gawking at our gorgeous surroundings, here are a few other options for the day/night ahead:

DROP-IN FAMILY GAMES: Week 2 of winter break. Home with the kid(s)? Looking for something new to do? 2:30-4 pm, you’re welcome to play games at the Southwest Branch Library, as explained here. (35th/Henderson)

COASTLINE ‘SOFT OPENING’: As noted in our most-recent update, the new burger joint in The Junction was hoping to be open by month’s end. Looks like it will achieve that goal – tonight’s the night, according to this announcement we received:

We are very excited to announce the official opening of Coastline! Coastline will serve organic, grass-fed burgers on buns that are freshly baked in our house oven. Come enjoy real food made entirely from scratch with the freshest ingredients, and pair it with a delicious locally brewed draft beer. We would like to extend an invite to our community to join family and friends for our “soft opening” practice run on Monday, December 29 at 5 pm. (Some menu items may be limited.) We will open again at 5 pm on the 30th and 31st, and celebrate our Grand Opening at 11 am on January 1st with full menu availability.

Coastline is in the ex-Shoofly space (4444 California SW).

‘GET FIT, WEST SEATTLE’ INFO NIGHT: As previewed here on Sunday, West Seattle Runner (WSB sponsor) is presenting another edition of its free “couch-to-half-marathon” training program, and tonight’s the night for anyone and everyone potentially interested to come find out more. 6:30 pm. (3727 California SW)

WORKOUT FOR YOUR MIND: Trivia/pub quiz night at three local venues – all listed on the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar.

West Seattle Sunday: Last day of the last weekend of 2014

December 28, 2014 at 8:50 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | 1 Comment

(Passing under the bridge on Friday; photo by Don Brubeck, via the WSB Flickr group)
Good morning! From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

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

WEST SEATTLE ULTIMATE FAMILY FRISBEE: 11 am, Walt Hundley Playfield, all welcome. Check the WSUFF Facebook page in case of any last-minute changes. (6920 34th SW)

GO SWIM! Been to city-run Southwest Pool lately? Here’s the schedule. (2801 SW Thistle)

TAILGATE IN HIGHLAND PARK: 12:30 pm, doors open at Highland Park Improvement Club for the last regular-season tailgate party. Details in our calendar listing. (12th/Holden)

HOLIDAY SINGALONG: 8:30 pm, The Benbow presents “Jay Cates’ Holiday Extravaganza Sing-A-Long Time.” (4210 SW Admiral Way)

LOOK AHEAD TO NEW YEAR’S EVE/DAY … via the WSB West Seattle Holiday Guide.

West Seattle Saturday: Lights! Music! Square dancing! And…

December 27, 2014 at 7:06 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | 2 Comments

(Bewick’s wren, photographed by Danny McMillin, shared via WSB Flickr group)

Last weekend of the year, and a quiet one, as is customary. But you do have some options if you want to get out for a while:

FINAL DAY OF DECEMBER KING TIDES: Nothing extreme is expected but as shown in our Friday photos, the “king tide” is still a sight to see, and today the final 13-foot high tide of December is at 9:06 am. Sightseeing spots include Seacrest, where the floating Water Taxi dock will be almost at the level of the non-floating fishing pier, and Alki, where the water will be close to the top of the seawall.

BEEN TO THE MUSEUM LATELY? On this quiet between-holidays, low-on-events Saturday, the Log House Museum is open noon-4 pm and awaiting your visit to explore West Seattle-and-vicinity history. (61st/Stevens)

LEGEND HEART AT C & P: 7-9 pm, Legend Heart plays an acoustic show at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor) – details here. (5612 California SW)

‘BREAKIN’ UP CHRISTMAS’ CONCERT AND SQUARE DANCE: 7:30 pm at Kenyon Hall, enjoy an Appalachian tradition – music, dancing, revelry during the time between Christmas and New Year’s. Two visiting old-style musicians are performing before the dance, then helping accompany the dance, with local support, as explained in our calendar listing. (7904 35th SW)

DARCI CARLSON AT THE FEEDBACK: 9:30 pm, it’s “probably the most-requested artist here,” as the Feedback Lounge (WSB sponsor) describes Darci Carlson. See/hear for yourself. (6451 California SW)

LIGHT SHOWS CONTINUE: Catching up on, or revisiting, local Christmas lights? See the WSB West Seattle Holiday Guide for the highlights. (P.S. The guide is also where we’re looking ahead to New Year’s Eve/Day happenings.)

West Seattle Friday: What’s on the calendar, post-Christmas

December 26, 2014 at 11:08 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | 1 Comment

(Photo by Matt Olson: Sanderling at Constellation Park in the Christmas Day sunshine)
A few notes from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

GIFT OF LIFE: Another mobile blood drive – this time, on the south side of Westwood Village until 3:30 pm (closed for break 11:30 am-12:30 pm); details in our calendar listing. (2800 SW Barton)

SEATTLE LUTHERAN ALUMNI BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT: Enjoy some post-holiday hoops at Seattle Lutheran High School – the Saints’ Alumni Basketball Tournament starts at 4 pm in the Menashe Gym on campus; details on the school website. (41st/Genesee)

LIVE MUSIC: The True Romans at Salty’s on Alki (WSB sponsor), 5:30 pm … Dylan Jakobsen and special guests with a country-rock show at Skylark Café, 7 pm (all ages, $12) … Red House at Feedback Lounge (WSB sponsor), 9 pm …

‘JUDY’S SCARY LITTLE CHRISTMAS’ FYI: The remaining three performances of ArtsWest‘s holiday musical (7:30 pm tonight and tomorrow, 3 pm Sunday) are almost entirely sold out, according to the AW website, so call the box office to see if anything’s left. (4711 California SW)

West Seattle Tuesday: Lunch with Santa; Christmas blues; more…

December 23, 2014 at 9:13 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | Comments Off

(Seen off Seacrest Tuesday! Photo by Laura James – no relation to “Diver Laura”)
From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar and our ongoing-through-New-Year’s WS Holiday Guide:

GIVE THE GIFT OF LIFE: If you can donate blood, consider visiting the Bloodmobile in The Junction until 3 pm today (except for the 11:30-12:30 break). Details in our calendar listing. (42nd/Alaska)

HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE AT ILLUSIONS: 11 am-8 pm, you’re invited to stop by Illusions Hair Design (WSB sponsor), no appointment needed, just drop in for treats and good cheer! (5619 California SW)

LUNCH WITH SANTA: We spotted him at Endolyne Joe’s (WSB sponsor) right after Thanksgiving, and he’s back today for lunch:

Starting at noon. (9261 45th SW)

NEED TO GO TO THE LIBRARY? Seattle Public Libraries are closed Christmas Eve as well as Christmas Day, so get there today!

HAPPY HANUKKAH! At sundown, 8th and final night of the Festival of Lights.

‘BLUES TO DO’ CHRISTMAS PARTY: 8 pm at Feedback Lounge (WSB sponsor), this week’s “Blues to Do” is the Christmas Party edition, with special guest Seth Freeman. (6451 California SW)

LOOKING AHEAD TO CHRISTMAS EVE/DAY? Find the info we’ve compiled about restaurants, grocery stores, and church services in the WSB West Seattle Holiday Guide!

West Seattle Monday: Highlights for today/tonight

December 22, 2014 at 9:13 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | Comments Off

(Light-green lichen on trees at Lincoln Park; photo by Mark Ahlness, shared via WSB Flickr group)
From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar and Holiday Guide:

BLOOD DRIVE IN GATEWOOD: If you can donate blood, consider stopping by Peace Lutheran Church in Gatewood sometime between 1 and 7 pm (except for the 3-4 pm break time) to donate during today’s drive. Details here. (39th/Thistle)

ART EXTRAVAGANZA FOR TEENS: First day of no school & looking for a teen-friendly activity? 2-4 pm at Delridge Branch Library, jump into an arts/crafts project during today’s Teen Space. *Note that city libraries are closed Christmas Eve & Day. (5423 Delridge Way SW)

SANTA CLAUS: Find him today at West Seattle Thriftway (WSB sponsor), 3 pm-7 pm. (California/Fauntleroy/Morgan)

SHOP LOCAL! Even if your favorite local store isn’t usually open Mondays, today it just might be. Example: Thunder Road Guitars at 3916 California SW, open 11 am-5 pm. Some stores might be open later than you think – Click! Design That Fits (4540 California SW) is open 10 am-8 pm. Curious Kidstuff at 4740 California SW is open 9:30 am-7 pm on Monday. (All 3 are WSB sponsors and just a sampling of many stores we think you’ll find open today!) We have other local-shopping notes in the WSB West Seattle Holiday Guide, where you’ll also find links to our Christmas Eve/Day restaurant and grocery info. (Anyone with local-shopping info to add for tonight/tomorrow/Wednesday? Please e-mail us ASAP – editor@westseattleblog.com - thanks!).

West Seattle Sunday: Solstice sunset watch; Christmas Light Run; ‘Santa’s House in The Junction; services; shopping; more

December 21, 2014 at 8:50 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | 1 Comment

(Pre-winter solstice sunrise at Seacrest, tweeted by @scruffydiver)
Winter officially arrives this afternoon … and, from the WSB West Seattle Holiday Guide and our regular calendar, here are some ways to spend part of this short but festive day:

EXTRA SHOPPING HOURS: Many of your favorite local businesses will be open extra hours today and in the next few days as Christmas approaches. Three we know of today: Thunder Road Guitars (3916 California SW; WSB sponsor), noon-5 pm; Wyatt’s Jewelers (Westwood Village; WSB sponsor), noon-4 pm; Atomic Boys, 11 am-5 pm.

NONPROFIT GIFT-SHOP SHOPPING: Two places you can shop while supporting a local nonprofit directly – the Duwamish Tribe Longhouse and Cultural Center gift shop (4705 W. Marginal Way SW), 10 am-5 pm, and the Log House Museum gift shop (61st/Stevens), noon-4 pm.

WEST SEATTLE FARMERS’ MARKET: Not just fresh produce – packaged/preserved items you might consider for gifts, too. 10 am-2 pm. (44th/Alaska)

‘SANTA’S HOUSE’ IN THE JUNCTION: DIY Santa photos (bring your camera!) at “Santa’s House” in The Junction as part of West Seattle Junction Hometown Holidays, 10 am-2 pm. (SW corner California/Alaska)

ALL SOULS CHRISTMAS SERVICE: From the holiday-season-services list in the WSB Holiday Guide – 10 am at Madison Middle School, All Souls (WSB sponsor) invites you to its Christmas Lessons + Carols Service. (45th/Spokane)

SANTA AT THRIFTWAY: Santa at West Seattle Thriftway (WSB sponsor) – 11 am-3 pm. P.S. In-store holiday music with guitarist Gary Benson today too, 1:30-4:30 pm. (California/Fauntleroy/Morgan)

KITTY HARBOR’S LAST ADOPTION DAY UNTIL SPRING: Last scheduled adoption day until May at Kitty Harbor, noon-5 pm. (3422 Harbor SW)

SANTA AT CAPERS: Last chance for DIY Santa Photos at CAPERS in The Junction, with “ex-Westwood Santa.” Bring cameras/phones, kids/friends, and a donation for the West Seattle Food Bank. Noon-3 pm. (4525 California SW)

SOLSTICE SUNSET WATCH WITH ALICE: 3:03 pm, winter arrives. Less than an hour later, gather at Solstice Park (uphill behind the tennis courts) with Alice Enevoldsen to celebrate and learn about the solstice – as explained on her Alice’s Astro Info website. (7400 Fauntleroy Way SW)

TAILGATE AT HPIC: Second-to-last tailgate party of the regular season at Highland Park Improvement Club, doors open at 4:30 pm (one hour before gametime) – details in our calendar listing. (12th/Holden)

CHRISTMAS LIGHT RUN: 5:30 pm, join West Seattle Runner (WSB sponsor) for the 5th annual Christmas Light Run, as announced: “Get decked out in your antlers and Santa hats, bring your elves and do a leisurely 2-3 mile run/walk to view the Christmas lights of West Seattle. As always we will end at the Helmstetler Hacienda for the big extravaganza! Feel free to bring a canned-food item for donation. We will serve Christmas cookies (probably not homemade) and hot chocolate and cider afterward. Remember to wear lights to see the sidewalks and reflective gear so that cars can see you. We think battery-operated Christmas light strands do quite nicely for this purpose.” (California/Charlestown)

TIBBETTS ‘LONGEST NIGHT’ SERVICE: From the holiday-season-services list in the WSB Holiday Guide – 7 pm at Tibbetts United Methodist Church (WSB sponsor), for those for whom the holidays are hard for whatever reason. (3940 41st SW)

AND MORE … including Sunday-night nightlife … on our calendar!

West Seattle Saturday: Santa, Santa, Santa! And more…

December 20, 2014 at 9:04 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | 10 Comments

(Photo by alextutu1821 via Flickr, Menashe Family Lights, where ‘Santa Al’ visits tonight – see below)
Happy Saturday! From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar and Holiday Guide, some of the highlights ahead for today/tonight, featuring more than a few Santa sightings (last weekend for photo ops!):

SOCCER CHAMPIONSHIPS: Thanks to Jason for the tip that four West Seattle teams play championship games in the Seattle Youth Soccer Association today – all listed here; the games are at 10, noon, and 2 pm, at Ingraham and Shoreline. Good luck to the Strikers, Donuts, Crush, and Inferno!

SANTA AT TRAM’S: Santa Al will be at Tram’s Salon, 10 am-1 pm. (4110 California SW)

WRAP IT UP: Furry Faces Foundation‘s next gift-wrapping-for-donations event is today, 2-6 pm at Beer Junction. Details are in this post in the WSB Forum. (4511 California SW)

SANTA AT EMERALD WATER ANGLERS: DIY photos with Santa Claus at Emerald Water Anglers (WSB sponsor) in The Junction from 11 am-2 pm; donations are going to Wild Steelhead Coalition. (42nd/Oregon)

SANTA AT CAPERS: DIY Santa Photos at CAPERS in The Junction, with “ex-Westwood Santa.” Bring cameras/phones, kids/friends, and a donation for the West Seattle Food Bank. Saturdays and Sundays, noon-3 pm. (4525 California SW)

MEDICINE SONGS FROM THE TIME OF CHIEF SEATTLE: 2-3 pm at the Duwamish Tribe Longhouse. “All are invited to share in a deeper understanding of the language and culture of the First People of Seattle, Chief Seattle’s Duwamish Tribe through traditional local songs and stories,” with awardwinning Northwest Native Storyteller Johnny Moses. Longhouse/Cultural Center opens at 10 am – come early to view exhibits and shop! (4705 W. Marginal Way SW)

COCOA CRIS CRINGLE AT EASY STREET: Easy Street Records in The Junction hosts the annual visit of Cocoa Cris Cringle for photos, 4-8 pm, benefiting the West Seattle Food Bank, $20 or $15 with one nonperishable food item. (California/Alaska)

SANTA PUB CRAWL: Put on your Santa suit and join in – starts 5 pm at Coastline (4444 California SW), on to Shadowland (California/Oregon) at 6, and more stops beyond. Full details on this Facebook event page.

OFFICER INSTALLATION AT MASONIC LODGE: 5 pm, and you are invited:

Alki Masonic Lodge #152 announces its 109th installation of officers to be held at 5:00 pm (tonight) at the Alki Masonic Center near Alaska/Fauntleroy Junction at 4736 40th Ave SW. Elected officers to be installed are Martin Monk, Worshipful Master; Bill Van Cleave, Senior Warden; Michael Sawyer, Junior Warden; Richard Syson, Secretary; and Gary Langenbach, Treasurer. This installation is open to the public and all are invited to attend.

Alki Masonic Lodge is a West Seattle landmark, serving the community for over a century. West Seattleites may recognize Alki Lodge for its many philanthropic and community-based activities. Each year Alki Lodge gives several monetary awards for local high school scholars, and supports other local organizations like the Hi-Yu. Additionally, the Masonic Center is rented for many public and private events.

The full list of officers includes: Senior Deacon, Jeffrey Tosh; Junior Deacon, Steven Slaughter; Senior Steward, Brian Winchester; Junior Steward, Larry West; Chaplain, Alan Sawyer; Marshal, Dan Winchester; Musician, Richard Moulden; and Tyler, Kent Evans.

SANTA AT THE MENASHE LIGHTS: Santa Al is at the Menashe Family Lights 6-10 pm, bring a can for the West Seattle Food Bank. (5605 Beach Drive SW)

NIGHTTIME TOUR OF LINCOLN PARK: 6:30 pm with naturalist Stewart Wechsler. RSVP and suggested-donation info on his website, along with tour details. (8265 Fauntleroy Way SW)

SOUTHWEST TEEN LIFE CENTER WINTER FESTIVAL: 7-10 pm, starting with dinner, continuing with skating, crafts, more. Details in our calendar listing. (2801 SW Thistle)

NIGHTLIFE! Live music, karaoke, more … on the calendar.

West Seattle Friday: Hanukkah celebrations; Charlie Brown; FRED; Bobcat Bob; ‘Blue Holiday service; more…

December 19, 2014 at 10:51 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | Comments Off

You probably recognize that as the opening sequence from “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” which happens to be our favorite holiday-related show of all time. Yes, we know, it was on TV earlier this month, and you can find it online any time – but tonight, you can watch it in the company of friends in West Seattle. That’s just part of what’s on the highlights list, from the WSB West Seattle Holiday Guide and Event Calendar:

JEWELRY SHOW: 11 am-6 pm today, the designs of Mary Powers are featured at HomeStreet Bank (WSB sponsor), and part of the proceeds benefit charity. Details in our calendar listing. (41st/Alaska)

HOLIDAY MOVIE NIGHT: Doors open 6 pm at Highland Park Improvement Club: “Children’s short at 6:15 and the main movie at 7. Free admission. Volunteers will be selling popcorn, candy, and other movie fare. Bring blankets and pillows or sit in our chairs. This is an all-ages event. Bring your friends, family and neighbors. Double feature!” “Charlie Brown Christmas” opens, and the second feature hint is as follows: “In this 2011 PG (97 minutes) feature, Santa’s clumsy son Arthur gets put on a mission with St. Nick’s father to give out a present they misplaced to a young girl in less than 2 hours.” (12th/Holden)

WEST SEATTLE TLC’S HANUKKAH PARTY: 6 pm; e-mail the WS Torah Learning Center for party location and details – westseattletlc@gmail.com

KOL HANESHAMAH’S HANUKKAH DINNER/PARTY: Local progressive synagogue Kol HaNeshamah plans a Hanukkah party and dinner, 6:30 pm: Community dinner, blessings, and sing-along. (6115 SW Hinds)

BOBCAT BOB: 7-9 pm at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), Bob “Bobcat Bob” Rice will entertain you, live. (5612 California SW)

‘FESTIVAL OF LESSONS AND CAROLS’: Northwest Boychoir‘s traditional holiday favorite at Holy Rosary Church, 7:30 pm, “showcasing the 90-member combined chorus of the Northwest Boychoir and Vocalpoint! Seattle.” Reserved seating; call 206-524-3234 to see what’s available for the performance. (42nd/Genesee)

BLUE HOLIDAY: “A service of comfort and remembrance” at 7:30 pm, for those finding the holiday season “a painful time,” Westside Unitarian Universalist Congregation. (7141 California SW)

MORE HOLIDAY SERVICES FOR THIS WEEKEND AND NEXT WEEK … are listed in the WSB West Seattle Holiday Guide. (Still time to add more if yours is missing -please e-mail info ASAP to editor@westseattleblog.com)

‘JUDY’S SCARY LITTLE CHRISTMAS’: This retro holiday production continues tonight at ArtsWest (WSB sponsor) in The Junction. 7:30 pm. Buy tickets online here. (4711 California SW)

FRED TALKS, ROUND 2: Tonight it’s the second edition of FRED Talks at Kol HaNeshamah, 8-10 pm: “Join us for ‘Gelty Pleasures,’ an evening of specialty chocolate, cocktails/mocktails, and stories of miracles profound and humorous. While last month’s talk was more formal, this month’s evening event promises to be more intimate. Mixologist and 1996 Bartender of the Year Mike Hecklinger will mix up sumptuous samples of cocktails and mocktails; Amateur chocolatier Jerry Hoffmeister will share his trials and tribulations in creating truffles; Rabbi Anson Laytner will warm up the crowd with a Hanukkah story; then FRED attendees will have an opportunity to share their own ‘miracle’ stories. Suggested donation is $18 for adults, $12 for seniors and students.” (6115 SW Hinds)

FRIDAY NIGHTLIFEmore listings on our calendar!

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