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Ways to spend your West Seattle Wednesday

(Mount Rainier at dusk, from behind Alki Point, photographed by Jim Borrow)

Just some of what’s up for your West Seattle Wednesday:

KID-FRIENDLY PARK WALK: First of two West Seattle events today/tonight with “Discovering Seattle Parks” author (and WS resident) Linnea Westerlind. 11 am, join her for a walk through Jack Block Park. (Meet at first parking lot near the restrooms. Harbor Ave. SW and SW Florida)

WADING POOLS AND SPRAYPARKS: 3 local wading pools are open today – Lincoln Park is open 11 am-8 pm; EC Hughes, noon-7 pm; Hiawatha, noon-6:30 pm. Highland Park Spraypark is open 11 am-8 pm. (Find addresses here)

BABY STORY TIME: 11:30 am at High Point Library, geared toward babies up to 1 year old. (35th SW/SW Raymond)

HIGH POINT MARKET GARDEN: Fresh produce, grown steps away, available for purchase 4-7 pm at the weekly High Point Market Garden Farm Stand. (32nd SW/SW Juneau)

STANDING FOR PEACE: Hate-Free Delridge invites anyone interested to join their demonstration on the pedestrian overpass between Youngstown Cultural Arts Center and Delridge Community Center, 4:30-6 pm today, as previewed here. (Delridge/Oregon)

RIBBONCUTTING: West Seattle’s first charter school Summit Atlas is celebrating the upcoming start of its first school year with a ribboncutting event 5-6:30 pm. (9601 35th SW)

YOUNG WRITERS’ PERFORMANCE: Southwest Youth and Family Services presents the Young Writers’ Workshop BOOT tonight, 6-7:30 pm at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, followed by a chance to meet the artists. (4408 Delridge Way SW)

BOOK TALK/SIGNING: Second event today/tonight for “Discovering Seattle Parks” author Linnea Westerlind, 6 pm at Kenyon Hall – free presentation. (7904 35th SW)

OPEN MIC AT SKYLARK: Sign up at 7:30 pm, perform at 8:30 pm, at the weekly all-ages-until-10 pm (21+ after that) open-microphone night at The Skylark. (3803 Delridge Way SW)

DEADGRASS: 8-11 pm at Parliament Tavern, Grateful Dead/Jerry Garcia tunes performed bluegrass-style. (4210 SW Admiral)

FERRY SUPERSTRUCTURE PASSING BY: As previewed on Tuesday, you might see the superstructure of the new state ferry Suquamish passing by West Seattle, headed from Tacoma to Harbor Island, tonight or early tomorrow.

SEE OUR COMPLETE CALENDAR … by going here.

West Seattle Tuesday: PTA Collaborative, plus bowling, planning, jamming…

(River otter – yes, the ones in Puget Sound are *river* otters, not sea otters! – photographed by Mark Wangerin)

Before the afternoon arrives, here are highlights for the rest of today/tonight, from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

WADING POOLS AND SPRAYPARK OPEN TODAY: Lincoln Park wading pool and Highland Park spraypark are both open 11 am-8 pm; Delridge wading pool is open noon-6:30 pm. (Find addresses here)

SUPPORT GROUP FOR PARENTS OF INFANTS: Newborn to 12-month-old in the family? 1-3 pm drop-in support group at Nurturing Expressions (WSB sponsor) – more info here. (4727 44th SW)

ONE-ON-ONE BUSINESS PLANNING: 2:30 pm-5:30 pm at Delridge Library – appointment required; here’s how to make one. (5423 Delridge Way SW)

WEST SEATTLE PTA COLLABORATIVE: As previewed here, this new collaboration of community members, including PTA members, is meant to lift up all local schools, and you can find out more at tonight’s 6:30 pm meet-and-greet at Southwest Library. (9010 35th SW)

UNPLUGGED – A MUSICAL GATHERING! Acoustic musicians and singers all invited to jam at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), 7-9 pm. (5612 California SW)

BOWLING BENEFIT: Bowl with the “Bowlies” at Roxbury Lanes, 7 pm, and help Mary’s Place – more info in our calendar listing. (2823 SW Roxbury)

West Seattle Monday: Eclipse story time, paddleboarding, wading pools, and more…

(Hummingbird photographed in Lincoln Park area by Blair Wyman)

From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

WADING POOLS AND SPRAYPARK: Seattle Parks says they’ll be open today – in West Seattle, that means Highland Park spraypark and Lincoln Park wading pool, 11 am-8 pm; also, Delridge wading pool, noon-6:30 pm – note that it’s the last week for Delridge, closed after next Sunday. (Find addresses here)

MONDAY NIGHT PADDLEBOARDING: Every Monday night, 6-8 pm, Alki Kayak Tours offers a special round of paddleboarding, including a lesson. Details in our calendar listing. (1660 Harbor SW)

ECLIPSE STORY TIME: 6:30 pm at High Point Library: “Bring children of all ages to enjoy stories and activities that will teach us about the upcoming total solar eclipse” – which is now just one week away. (35th SW/SW Raymond)

EVENING BOOK GROUP AT SOUTHWEST LIBRARY: 6:45 pm at Southwest Library. This month’s title is “The Widower’s Tale” by Julia Glass. (9010 35th SW)

EVENING BOOK GROUP AT ADMIRAL LIBRARY: 6:45 pm at West Seattle (Admiral) Library. “Redeployment” by Phil Klay is this month’s book. (2306 42nd SW)

MORE OPTIONS … on our complete calendar!

Options for your West Seattle Sunday

(Added: WSB photo @ Don Armeni, as this weekend’s salmon season continues)

It really did start raining overnight. So – welcome to a gray Sunday! Activity options from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar include:

WEST SEATTLE FARMERS’ MARKET: 10 am-2 pm in the street in The Junction. (California SW between SW Alaska and SW Oregon)

‘DISCOVERING SEATTLE PARKS’ BOOK SIGNING: While you’re in The Junction, go meet Linnea Westerlind, the West Seattle author who wrote THE guide to parks here and around the city, as featured on WSB back in June. She’s at Click! Design That Fits (WSB sponsor) 11 am-3 pm. (4540 California SW)

UPDATE – NO WADING POOLS TODAY: As of 9:34 am, Seattle Parks has updated its wading-pool hotline to say that the pools will NOT be open today because it’s cloudy and below 70 degrees.

NO ALKI LIGHTHOUSE TOURS TODAY … they’ll see you next weekend!

POP-UP BOUTIQUE BENEFIT: 2-4 pm, shop a LuLaRoe Pop-Up Boutique with a percentage of proceeds benefiting WestSide Baby, and a match for $100+ donations – details in our calendar listing. (3444 California SW)

BEETHOVEN SONATAS FESTIVAL: 3 pm, presented by Music Northwest at First Lutheran Church of West Seattle – details in our calendar listing. (4105 California SW)

‘SHREK, THE MUSICAL’: First matinee for Twelfth Night Productions‘ summer show, 3 pm at West Seattle High School. Find ticket info in our calendar listing. (3000 California SW)

FREE SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARK: GreenStage presents “Hamlet” at Delridge Playfield, 4:30 pm (we’re checking on rainout plans) – details here. (4458 Delridge Way SW)

YOUTH FASHION EXTRAVAGANZA: Free food and entertainment, all-ages, presented by Unified Outreach at West Seattle Christian Church Activity Center, 6 pm, doors open 5 pm. (4400 42nd SW)

P.S. – transit reminders:

WATER TAXI’S BACK IN SERVICE: After five days out of service for the downtown dock move (now it’s north of Colman Dock instead of south), the West Seattle Water Taxi returned to service on Saturday, and the Vashon WT will resume running tomorrow.

WSF TRIANGLE ROUTE ON 2-BOAT SCHEDULE: Washington State Ferries has two boats on the Fauntleroy-Vashon-Southworth route again today; here’s the schedule.

West Seattle Saturday: Delridge Day; sales, sales, sales; music; Pencil Me In For Kids donation drive; more!

(Killdeer at Constellation Park, photographed by Mark Wangerin)

Happy Saturday! First, a transportation note:

WEST SEATTLE WATER TAXI SERVICE RESUMES: As announced Friday afternoon, the West Seattle Water Taxi is back in service as of today. Note two things that are different: Its downtown dock is now north of the Washington State Ferries terminal, and its schedule has changed.

Next, it’s a day full of sales:

ARTS & CRAFTS FAIR: One-day event at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), 8 am-2 pm. (added) Thanks to Linda for sending the photo:

(5612 California SW)

TIBBETTS’ ANNUAL GARAGE SALE: 9 am-1 pm, the big annual garage sale at Tibbetts United Methodist Church (WSB sponsor) promising a “variety of clothing, furniture, baby items, tools, outdoor gear, jewelry, books, games, toys, household wares, and arts and crafting supplies.” (3940 41st SW)

HPIC ‘HUGE ANNUAL GROUP SALE’: 9 am-3 pm, see who’s selling what at Highland Park Improvement Club during this big once-a-year sale. (1116 SW Holden)

NATIVE ART MARKET AND JUMBLE DAYS: 10 am-4 pm, second day of “arts & crafts, estate, rummage sale, and food” at the Duwamish Tribe‘s Longhouse and Cultural Center. Free admission/parking for shoppers. (4705 W. Marginal Way SW)

UNIFIED BREWING GARAGE SALE: Noon-5 pm at the former Big Al Brewing/future Unified Brewing in White Center, a sale raising money for WestSide Baby – more on our partner site White Center Now. (9832 14th SW)

And now, the rest of the highlights!

URBAN FARM TOUR: Self-guided tour of urban farms in West Seattle, White Center, and Burien, 10 am-4 pm. Tickets required for adults – and that gets you the list of locations; if you haven’t bought yours online in advance, there are two places to go for day-of tickets: 5011 47th Ave SW, 10223 26th Ave SW.

DELRIDGE DAY: Annual festival at Delridge Community Center park, 11 am-3 pm, with vendors, organizations, skatepark events, police Picnic at the Precinct visitors and activities, and more. We’ll be reporting from the park, too. See you there! (4501 Delridge Way SW)

WADING POOLS AND SPRAYPARK OPEN TODAY: Lincoln Park wading pool and Highland Park spraypark are open 11 am-8 pm; Delridge and Hiawatha wading pools are open noon-6:30 pm. (Find addresses here)

PENCIL ME IN FOR KIDS DONATION DRIVE: Help kids get what they need to be successful in school – dropoff donation fundraising drive is happening today/tonight at the West Seattle YMCA (WSB sponsor) – these items are being collected by Value Village to raise money for PMIFK:

By donating gently-used clothing, shoes, accessories, book, linens, and small household items (no furniture), you can help provide the 13 West Seattle elementary schools with basic supplies such as black & white composition books, pencils, colored pencils, glue sticks, dry erase markers, pink erasers, washable markers, and pocket-file folders. We get paid for every pound of goods donated and we use the funds to buy each school’s requested items.

If you’re coming to tonight’s movie at the Y (see below), bring your items for dropoff then! (36th SW/SW Snoqualmie)

SATURDAY IN THE GARDEN: The Barton Street P-Patch welcomes you noon-3 pm for fresh-baked pizza from its outdoor oven, music, and mingling – details here. (34th SW/SW Barton)

ALKI LIGHTHOUSE TOURS: Today’s the only day the historic lighthouse is open this weekend, so don’t miss the free tours – 1 to 4 pm, get there by 3:40 pm to be in the last group. (3201 Alki SW)

ECLIPSE EDUCATION: Astronomy expert and author Dennis Schatz (“When the Sun Goes Dark,” geared toward kids) talks about the upcoming solar eclipse at the Admiral (West Seattle) Library, 3 pm – details here. Free but get there early for a seat. (2306 42nd SW)

SALSA ON ALKI: Dance at the beach! Lesson at 5, dancing 6-10, $15 cover – details here. (60th SW/Alki SW)

‘FINDING DORY’ AT WEST SEATTLE OUTDOOR MOVIES: Gates at 5:30 pm, free movie at dusk (8:45-ish) – tonight, it’s “Finding Dory“:

This edition of West Seattle Outdoor Movies includes food trucks Nibbles and Macho Burgers, raffles benefiting White Center Food Bank and Senior Center of West Seattle, and co-sponsors including WSB sponsors Dream Dinners and HomeStreet Bank. Kids’ activities presented by your co-host West Seattle YMCA (WSB sponsor) – you’ll find the movie in the “festival street” south of the Y. Bring your own chair/blanket. And bring your Pencil Me In For Kids donations – see above! (36th SW/SW Snoqualmie)

PB&J: Original acoustic music at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), 7-9 pm. (5612 California SW)

THE HOME RULERS: 7:30 pm at Kenyon Hall, hear this group “explore unique Celtic songs, tunes, and stories, wistful to wild.” (7904 35th SW)

‘SHREK, THE MUSICAL’: Second night for Twelfth Night Productions‘ summer show, 7:30 pm at West Seattle High School. Find ticket info in our calendar listing. (3000 California SW)

BLUES AND ROCK: At Parliament Tavern, 9 pm-midnight: Fast Nasties, Barring The Weather, The Mighty Dreadful: “Progressive blues, groovy rock and rockabilly bluegrass.” $5 cover. 21+. (4210 SW Admiral Way)

EVEN MORE … on our complete calendar!

What’s up for your West Seattle Friday

(Photo by Jim Borrow, who says “the neighborhood tree” has been hosting bald eagles this week instead of osprey)

Friday’s arrived and the weekend is in view. Here are highlights for the rest of today/tonight, from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar and inbox:

NATIVE MARKET AND JUMBLE DAYS: Until 4 pm today (and again 10 am-4 pm tomorrow), come shop this special event at the Duwamish Tribe Longhouse. (4705 W. Marginal Way SW)

WADING POOLS AND SPRAYPARK OPEN TODAY: Lincoln Park wading pool, 11 am-8 pm; Highland Park spraypark, 11 am-8 pm; Hiawatha wading pool, noon-6:30 pm; EC Hughes wading pool, noon-7 pm. (Find addresses here)

LEMON-AID: Lemonade stand 2-6 pm today to raise money to save endangered Sumatran rhinos. (38th SW/SW Hinds)

SUMMER CONCERTS AT THE MOUNT: Tonight at 6 pm on the south side of the Providence Mount St. Vincent campus, it’s Danny Vernon with The Illusion of Elvis. Concert’s free, as are popcorn and snow cones; dinner and beverages are available for purchase at 5:30 pm if you’re interested. Bring your own chair. (4831 35th SW)

PANEL DISCUSSION & ‘INCONVENIENT SEQUEL’: As previewed here earlier this week, tonight’s first showing of “An Inconvenient Sequel” at the Admiral Theater will start early, 6:30 pm, and be accompanied by a panel discussion. (2343 California SW)

FIVE BUCK BAND: Live at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), 7-9 pm. (5612 California SW)

34TH DISTRICT DEMOCRATS’ CARNIVAL: 7-10 pm annual fundraiser at Dakota Place Park, the “Resist and Persist Carnival” with dinner, live auction, games, music. (California SW/SW Dakota)

‘SHREK, THE MUSICAL’: Twelfth Night Productions‘ summer show, 7:30 pm at West Seattle High School. Ticket info in our calendar listing. (3000 California SW)

FREE TEEN SWIM: Youth ages 11 to 19 are welcome to swim for free at Southwest Pool tonight, 8-9:30 pm. (2801 SW Thistle)

OUTDOOR MOVIE: It’s the Delridge Day Eve outdoor movie at Delridge Community Center park! 8:30 pm, “Moana.” Bring a blanket/chair and enjoy the evening. (4501 Delridge Way SW)

CLAMOR – A MUSICAL INSURGENCY: Benefit concert tonight at The Skylark, with four acts including Salt Riot – here’s a video to get you ready:

Suggested donation $10. Doors at 8, music at 9. (3803 Delridge Way SW)

HOT LAVA & READY STEADY GO: 9 pm-midnight at the Parliament Tavern, “Seattle’s B-52s tribute band and your 1983 C-90 new wave/punk rock mixtape come to life in an ’80s dance party.” $8 cover. 21+. (4210 SW Admiral Way)

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

West Seattle Thursday: WS Art Walk, Adrian Xavier in concert @ Hiawatha, much more…

(Wednesday photo by Dave Sherwood)

Big day/night in and around West Seattle – and here are highlights:

DINE OUT FOR COMMUNITY SCHOOL OF WS: Until 9 tonight, dine at Zippy’s Giant Burgers in White Center and a percentage of the proceeds will be donated to the Community School of West Seattle. (9614 14th SW)

SUMMER AT SOUTH BARBECUE: Come to South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) and learn more about attending and paying for college during today’s barbecue, 11 am-1 pm. At the Arboretum on the north side of campus. (6000 16th SW)

ASL-FRIENDLY FIREFIGHTER STORY TIME: 11:30 am, firefighters read to kids at High Point Library, and an American Sign Language interpreter will be there. (35th SW/SW Raymond)

TRIANGLE TASK FORCE MEETING: 4:30-7 pm at Fauntleroy UCC, the task force working on Washington State Ferries’ “Triangle route” issues meets. Here’s the agenda (PDF). (9140 California SW)

WEST SEATTLE ART WALK: Here’s the venue list/map for tonight’s WSAW, “5 pm to late”:

Highlights include a Makers’ Market at Junction Plaza Park, Ladies’ Night at Menashe and Sons Jewelers (WSB sponsor), extended happy hours and specials at various food/drink venues – and while many venues are in The Junction, not all! To the north, for example, you can stop at Welcome Road Winery (3804 California SW; WSB sponsor). A long list of highlights, including some images to get you thinking about where you want to visit, can be found here.

VIADUCT DEMOLITION OPEN HOUSE: Questions about the Alaskan Way Viaduct’s demolition once the tunnel opens (expected to be in early 2019)? Drop into tonight’s downtown open house, 5-8 pm. (1400 Western Avenue)

FLIGHT PATH GRAND OPENING: Peel and Press (WSB sponsor) proprietor Dan Austin‘s new Flight Path bar opens tonight, 5 pm-1 am, in nearby Boulevard Park, and you’re invited. (1832 S. 120th)

SUMMER CONCERTS AT HIAWATHA, WEEK 4: 6:30 pm on the east lawn at Hiawatha Community Center, it’s this week’s free concert presented by the Admiral Neighborhood Association, featuring Adrian Xavier:

“Fun, engaging musical fusion” is what you’ll find. Bring your own chair/blanket/picnic. (Walnut/Lander)

OPEN MICROPHONE: 7 pm at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor) – more info here. (5612 California SW)

MUCH MORE GOING ON! See our complete calendar.

West Seattle Wednesday: Pools to politics

(Juvenile Cooper’s Hawk, photographed by Mark Ahlness, shared via the WSB Flickr group)

What’s ahead for your Wednesday, including highlights from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT COORDINATOR: Need help working with a city department, and/or have questions about interacting with the city? Until 2 pm, your Community Engagement Coordinator Yun Pitre has office hours at Southwest Neighborhood Service Center – drop by to talk with her! (2801 SW Thistle)

WADING POOLS AND SPRAYPARKS: Three local wading pools are open today – Lincoln Park is open 11 am-8 pm; EC Hughes, noon-7 pm; Hiawatha, noon-6:30 pm. Highland Park Spraypark is open 11 am-8 pm. (Find addresses here)

FREE LUNCH FOR KIDS/YOUTH: Again today, 12:30 pm-1:30 pm, Delridge (5423 Delridge Way SW) and High Point (35th SW/SW Raymond) Libraries offer free lunch to anyone 18 and under.

HIGH POINT MARKET GARDEN: Fresh produce, sold next to where it’s grown, 4-7 pm at the weekly High Point Market Garden Farm Stand. (32nd SW/SW Juneau)

TAP TAKEOVER: 6-9 pm at The Westy Sports and Spirits (WSB sponsor), the next Tap Takeover focuses on ciders. (7908 35th SW)

34TH DISTRICT DEMOCRATS: Our area’s largest political organization meets tonight at 7 pm, The Hall at Fauntleroysee the agenda here. (9131 California SW)

OPEN MIC AT SKYLARK: Sign up at 7:30 pm, perform at 8:30 pm, at the weekly all-ages-until-10 pm (21+ after that) open-microphone night at The Skylark. (3803 Delridge Way SW)

THE BILLY JOE SHOW: Live music at Parliament Tavern, 9 pm. No cover. 21+. (4210 SW Admiral Way)

SEE OUR COMPLETE CALENDAR … by going here.

What’s up for your West Seattle Tuesday

Thanks to David Hutchinson for the photo – “Beethoven” is the first seal pup to show up on West Seattle shores this season. Here’s a reminder about safely sharing the shores; and if you would like to be a Seal Sitters volunteer, Saturday’s your big chance. Now, on to today/tonight – from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar, here’s a look ahead to the rest of your Tuesday:

DROP-IN CRAFTING: 11 am-1 pm, you’re welcome at Highland Park Improvement Club – kids too. Details in our calendar listing. (1116 SW Holden)

WEST SEATTLE TOOL LIBRARY: Planning a project? Or thinking about one? 5-8 pm, the acclaimed nonprofit West Seattle Tool Library is open on the northeastern side of Youngstown Cultural Arts Center. (4408 Delridge Way SW)

CLEAN UP WITH THE CHAMBER: 4:30 pm, “join the West Seattle Chamber of Commerce as we clean the streets and give back to our community. We will meet at the 7-11 at 3801 California Ave SW at 4:30 pm to hand out supplies and form teams. Together we’ll pick up trash from SW Charlestown to SW Alaska.” Registration requested so they have gear for you.

FAMILY STORY TIME: 7 pm at Delridge Library – bring the kids for stories, songs, and rhymes. (5423 Delridge Way SW)

TUESDAY NIGHT ‘SUPPER’: Standup paddleboarding from Alki Kayak Tours, 7 pm Tuesday racing to Duwamish Head and back – details in our calendar listing. (1660 Harbor SW)

MORE MOON VIEWING? Here’s how last night’s full moon looked – thanks to those who shared photos; this one is by Monica Zaborac:

Tonight’s moonrise: 9:10 pm.

5 ways to spend your West Seattle Monday

(Young crow begging for food – photographed by David Hutchinson at Don Armeni)

As the quieter section of summer arrives, here are highlights for today/tonight:

WADING POOLS AND SPRAYPARK: Scheduled to be open today are Highland Park spraypark, 11 am-8 pm; Lincoln Park wading pool, 11 am-8 pm; Delridge wading pool, 12 pm-6:30 pm. (Addresses are here)

LAUNCHING A BUSINESS? Free workshop at Delridge Library can help you with the next steps once you have developed your plans and are ready to go:

Attend this free workshop to learn about how to operate your business:
*Choosing vendors, investors, stakeholders and advisors
*Credit and collections
*Hiring, firing, and employment law
*Timely tax reporting sales and B and O
*Correct registrations and licensing
*Distribution channels
*Banking relationships
*Preparing, reading and interpreting financial statements

6 pm. Registration recommended. (5423 Delridge Way SW)

FAMILY STORY TIME: 6:30 pm at High Point Library: “Bring your children of all ages to enjoy stories, rhymes, songs and fun with our children’s librarian.” (35th SW/SW Raymond)

PUGET RIDGE COMMUNITY COUNCIL: 7 pm at Puget Ridge Cohousing. If you’re driving, you’re asked to “please park on 18th and enter through the trail entrance by the resident parking lot (by the mailbox).” Look for signs directing you to the Common House. (7020 18th SW)

QUIZ NIGHT: All-ages Monday quiz, free, with prizes, at The Skylark. Details in our calendar listing. (3803 Delridge Way SW)

THERE’S MORE … on our complete-calendar page!

West Seattle Sunday: Blue Angels, Shakespeare, Dog Film Festival, music, more…

Thanks to Pete Commons for the photo from Saturday – the Blue Angels’ final Seafair performance of this year is part of what’s on the highlights list for today.

WEST SEATTLE FARMERS’ MARKET: Love salads? Lettuce is part of what’s at or near its peak. Market’s open 10 am-2 pm in the street in The Junction (California between Oregon and Alaska). Remember

TODAY’S WADING POOL/SPRAYPARK HOURS: Lincoln Park wading pool and Highland Park spraypark are both open 11 am-8 pm today; also open, Delridge wading pool, noon-6:30 pm. (Find addresses here)

BENEFIT CAR WASH: The Chief Sealth IHS Cheer Hawks are washing cars at Les Schwab in Burien, 11 am-3 pm, $5 donation. (13609 1st Ave. S.)

BLUE ANGELS FINALE: It’s the second and final day of the official Seafair airshow, with the U.S. Navy Blue Angels (and other participants) taking off from nearby Boeing Field. The Blue Angels go up between 1 and 1:30 pm, which means I-90 will be closed east of I-5 between 12:55 pm and 2:40 pm.

ALKI POINT LIGHTHOUSE TOURS: 1-4 pm, free lighthouse tours with the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary – be there by 3:40 pm to get into the final group to be admitted for the day. (3201 Alki SW)

ZEN MASTER VISITS: All are welcome at the Vietnamese Cultural Center in West Seattle this afternoon: “Visiting Zen Tibetan Lama Master Thich Vien Phap from California will teach and practice ‘How To Release The Depression In Your Life’.” 1:30 pm. (2234 SW Orchard)

NEW YORK DOG FILM FESTIVAL: Two screenings, 3 and 5 pm at Admiral Theater, with dogs welcome – as previewed here back in June. (2343 California SW)

FOX AND BONES: Live music at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), 3-5 pm. (5612 California SW)

SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARK: 3 pm at Lincoln Park, GreenStage presents “Richard II,” directed by Susannah Rose Woods. Free. (8011 Fauntleroy Way SW)

PREVIEW THE WEEK AHEAD … via our complete calendar!

Highlights for your West Seattle Saturday

A different wildlife view accompanies today’s highlights – that’s a 360-degree view of bunnies in “Diver Laura” James‘s West Seattle yard. Meantime, here’s some of what you can see and do in person today:

FAUNTLEROY TREE AMBASSADORS: Join them working at the Fauntleroy Way/Juneau triangle, 9 am-noon! Details here. (Fauntleroy/39th/Juneau)

RIVERSIDE TOUR: 10 am-noon, join the Southwest Seattle Historical Society‘s annual tour of historic Riverside. $5/person. (West Marginal Way SW and SW Marginal Place)

LINCOLN PARK FOOD TRUCK: Lil J’s Super Dawgs is back on the beach, 11:30 am-3:30 pm. (8011 Fauntleroy Way SW)

BLUE ANGELS TODAY: Today and tomorrow bring the official Seafair airshow, with the U.S. Navy Blue Angels taking off from nearby Boeing Field between 1 and 1:30 pm. That means I-90 will be closed east of I-5 between 12:55 pm and 2:40 pm today and tomorrow.

NO ALKI LIGHTHOUSE TOURS TODAY … but you can visit the lighthouse 1-4 pm on Sunday.

WADING POOLS AND SPRAYPARK OPEN TODAY: Lincoln Park wading pool and Highland Park spraypark are open 11 am-8 pm; Delridge and Hiawatha wading pools are open noon-6:30 pm. (Find addresses here)

WEST SEATTLE OUTDOOR MOVIES: You can show up as early as 6:30 pm; movie’s at dusk, with “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” on the big screen tonight in the festival street by the West Seattle YMCA (WSB sponsor). Here’s our preview with the rundown on food trucks, freebies, more. (36th SW/SW Snoqualmie)

IMPROVISATIONAL WORLD MUSIC/AMERICANA: That’s what you get with the Aloha Shredders at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), 7-9 pm. (5612 California SW)

SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARK: 7 pm at Lincoln Park, GreenStage presents “Comedy of Errors,” directed by David Gassner. Free! (8011 Fauntleroy Way SW)

MUSIC AT OUNCES: Aaron Gonzalez is live in the beer garden at Ounces in North Delridge, 7 pm. (3809 Delridge Way SW)

BLUEGRASS @ KENYON HALL: Ryegrass performs at 7:30 pm – check with Kenyon Hall to be sure you can still get a reservation. (7904 35th SW)

WILL WE SEE ANOTHER RED SUNSET? Jamie Kinney sent this view Friday night:

Tonight’s sunset will be just after 8:30 pm.

SOUTH SOUND TUG AND BARGE: Performing with Sphie at West Seattle Brewing, 9 pm. (4415 Fauntleroy Way SW)

AFROCOP WITH BILL HORIST: 9 pm at Parliament Tavern. $7 cover. 21+. (4210 SW Admiral Way)

MUCH, MUCH MORE … on the calendar for today/tonight – check it all out by going here.

West Seattle Friday: Blue Angels, book talk, first Mount concert, more…

(Osprey, photographed by Mark Wangerin)

Highlights for the rest of your Friday:

WADING POOLS AND SPRAYPARK OPEN TODAY: Lincoln Park wading pool, 11 am-8 pm; Highland Park spraypark, 11 am-8 pm; Hiawatha wading pool, noon-6:30 pm; EC Hughes wading pool, noon-7 pm. (Find addresses here)

(Blue Angels photographed by David Hutchinson as they flew over Elliott Bay during Monday arrival)

BLUE ANGELS: Their Friday “practice” show (which is usually the same as the “real” one on Saturday and Sunday) should start with Boeing Field/Museum of Flight takeoff between 1 and 1:30 pm; the I-90 bridge closure is scheduled for 12:55 pm-2:40 pm, today and both days this weekend.

WORDS, WRITERS, WEST SEATTLE: 5-7 pm at Barnes & Noble in Westwood Village, this month’s featured author is Jenny D. Williams:

The free author-talk series is presented by the Southwest Seattle Historical Society. (2600 SW Barton)

SUMMER CONCERTS AT THE MOUNT: Tonight’s the first of four free Friday night concerts on the south side of the Providence Mount St. Vincent campus. Dinner/drinks available for purchase at 5:30 pm, music at 6 pm with the Neil Diamond tribute band Cherry Cherry. Bring your own chair. Free popcorn/snow cones! (4831 35th SW)

CORNER BAR: First Friday of the month means it’s Corner Bar night at Highland Park Improvement Club, 6 pm! Come hang out with your neighbors. (1116 SW Holden)

SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARK: 7 pm at Lincoln Park, GreenStage presents Shakespeare’s “Richard II,” directed by Susannah Rose Woods. Free! (8011 Fauntleroy Way SW)

ABBAGRAPHS: 8:30 pm at Parliament Tavern, “West Seattle’s tribute to everyone’s favorite Swedish supergroup.” $8 cover. 21+. (4210 SW Admiral Way)

MUSIC X 3: 9 pm at The Skylark, Jordan Lowe, Young-Chhaylee, Caleb Yi. $8 cover. 21+. (3803 Delridge Way SW)

LOOK INTO THE FUTURE … including the weekend … via our complete calendar.

West Seattle Thursday: Blue Angels, bee stories, ‘Planet Earth Rocks,’ Hiawatha concert, Alki skating, Design Review, more…

Another red sunrise today – photographed this time by Ann Anderson. The visibility otherwise appears to have improved a bit – at least, looking to the west, where Vashon is more in view than it’s been for a while. But remember, the burn ban continues. Meantime, here’s what’s on the highlights list, from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar and inbox:

BLUE ANGELS PRACTICES: The Navy jets, visiting for Seafair, will be practicing together today during two windows that, as mentioned in our morning-traffic report, also include I-90 closures east of I-5 – now through 12:15 pm and 1 pm-2:40 pm. As usual, they take off from, and land at, Boeing Field, not far east of West Seattle.

BEE STORY TIME: 11 am, story time moves out to the West Seattle Bee Garden in High Point Commons Park! (Graham/Lanham)

WADING POOLS AND SPRAYPARK OPEN TODAY: Lincoln Park wading pool, 11 am-8 pm; Highland Park spraypark, 11 am-8 pm; Hiawatha wading pool, noon-6:30 pm; EC Hughes wading pool, noon-7 pm. (Find addresses here)

PLANET EARTH ROCKS! For ages 7 and up, 2:30 pm at Southwest Library: “Become a geologist and learn how rocks can tell us stories about everything from the formation of the planet, to fossils or asteroids and meteors from space with staff and exhibits from the Burke Museum!” Free, registration NOT required, just show up – more info here! (9010 35th SW)

JACK AND THE DRAGON: Oregon Shadow Theatre puppets and live music at West Seattle (Admiral) Library, 3:30 pm – details here. (2306 42nd SW)

FOOD TRUCK: One of the West Seattle spots with regular food-truck visits is Ounces beer garden/tap room (all ages) in North Delridge – you can check their calendar to see who’s coming on what night. Tonight, it’s scheduled to be Peasant Food, 5-9 pm. (3809 Delridge Way SW)

GO SKATE ALKI! You’re invited to “grab your skates and bring your friends and family for an Alki Beach skate night!” Meet up at Seacrest (by Alki Kayak Tours) 6 pm; post-skate gathering planned too. If you need skates, Alki Kayak Tours rents them. (1660 Harbor SW)

RIVERSIDE MEMORIAL CLEANUP: 6 pm, you can join the Southwest Seattle Historical Society in cleaning up the memorial area for this weekend’s tour. (3810 17th SW)

SUMMER CONCERTS AT HIAWATHA: As previewed here last night, The Adarna performs, free, 6:30 pm on the east lawn at Hiawatha Community Center: Bring a chair/blanket, picnic if you want to, all the friends and family and neighbors you can gather, and enjoy the third of this year’s six free Thursday night concerts presented by the Admiral Neighborhood Association. (Walnut south of Lander)

DESIGN REVIEW FOR 8854 DELRIDGE WAY SW: 6:30 pm at the Sisson Building/Senior Center, it’s the Southwest Design Review Board‘s first look at 8854 Delridge Way SW, a four-story building with 31 microstudio apartments and a commercial space, proposed for what’s currently the site of a closed-by-fire-damage ex-auto shop. The design-packet link and other info can be found in our preview from last week. The meeting includes a public-comment period. (4217 SW Oregon)

SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARK: 7 pm at Lincoln Park, GreenStage presents “Comedy of Errors.” Free! More info in our calendar listing. (8011 Fauntleroy Way SW)

West Seattle Wednesday: Seafair Parade of Ships; High Point Market Garden; daily wading pool/spraypark list; music; more …

Thanks to Wendy Pugh for the sunrise/skyline view from early today – flip side of last night’s reddened sunset, as the smoke from regional wildfires lingers in our area. Meanwhile, the heat warning is still in effect, and today’s expected to go into the 90s, so take good care of yourself and those you love. Now – here’s what else we can tell you about the day ahead:

FIREFIGHTER STORY TIME: 10:30 am at West Seattle (Admiral) Library – take preschoolers to meet firefighters and learn about fire safety. (2306 42nd SW)

WADING POOLS AND SPRAYPARKS: Three local wading pools are open today – Lincoln Park is open 11 am-8 pm; EC Hughes, noon-7 pm; Hiawatha, noon-6:30 pm. Highland Park Spraypark is open 11 am-8 pm. (Find addresses here)

HOT TOPICS FOR SENIORS – CLEARING SPACE: Noon at Southwest Library, current and future seniors are invited to talk about the power of downsizing. Details in our calendar listing. (9010 35th SW)

SEAFAIR PARADE OF SHIPS: Around 12:30 pm, look from north West Seattle shores (Alki, Duwamish Head) for the two U.S. Navy, one U.S. Coast Guard, and two Royal Canadian Navy ships headed for the 1 pm parade past the downtown waterfront.

FREE LUNCH FOR KIDS/YOUTH: Again today, 12:30 pm-1:30 pm, Delridge (5423 Delridge Way SW) and High Point (35th SW/SW Raymond) Libraries offer free lunch to anyone 18 and under.

TINKERLAB GADGETS AND GIZMOS: 1-3 pm at Delridge Library, free, all ages. (5423 Delridge Way SW)

HIGH POINT MARKET GARDEN: Fresh produce, sold right next to where it’s grown, 4-7 pm at the weekly High Point Market Garden Farm Stand. (32nd SW/SW Juneau)

JIM PAGE: Live at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), 7-9 pm. (5612 California SW)

OPEN MIC AT SKYLARK: Sign up at 7:30 pm, perform at 8:30 pm, at the weekly all-ages-until-10 pm (21+ after that) open-microphone night at The Skylark. (3803 Delridge Way SW)

DANCEABLE COUNTRY … with The Loose Heels and Smokey Detour at Parliament Tavern, 8-11 pm. No cover. 21+. (4210 SW Admiral Way)

AND THAT’S NOT ALL … see the full list of events for today, tonight, beyond, on our complete calendar.

West Seattle Monday: Blue Angels arrive; eclipse discussion @ library; more…

(In honor of the Blue Angels’ scheduled Seattle landing, here’s a Great Blue Heron landing, photographed by Mark Wangerin)

With Boeing Field just over the hill, the Blue Angels‘ scheduled arrival is part of our highlights list for today:

BLUE ANGELS ARRIVE: According to Seafair, they’re due at Boeing Field around 11 am, to get ready for practices and performances Thursday-Sunday. The Museum of Flight at Boeing Field is where the jets are parked while here.

WADING POOLS AND SPRAYPARK: Open today are Highland Park spraypark, 11 am-8 pm; Lincoln Park wading pool, 11 am-8 pm; Delridge wading pool, 12 pm-6:30 pm. (Addresses are here)

LAST DAY TO REGISTER FOR NIGHT OUT: If you’re having a block party for Night Out tomorrow night and want to close your (non-arterial) street, please register here before 5 pm today.

STORY HOOD GAME-BUILDING: 1-4 pm every afternoon this week, teens are invited to this game-building workshop presented by Delridge Library but ****held at Delridge Community Center****. Free but registration is required – our calendar listing explains how. (4501 Delridge Way SW)

‘ECLIPSE’: Author Bryan Brewer literally wrote the book about eclipses and tonight at Southwest Library he’ll discuss it – not only the history of eclipses, but also the solar eclipse coming up in a few weeks. 6 pm. Free. (9010 35th SW)

STAND-UP PADDLEBOARDING: 6-8 pm, Monday night is Ladies’ Night at Alki Kayak Tours. Details here. (1660 Harbor SW)

YES, THERE’S MORE for today/tonight/beyond – see our complete calendar!

What’s up for your West Seattle Sunday

Welcome to the last day of the last weekend in July – here are some highlights:

GWEN AND MURIEL’S BENEFIT BAKE SALE AND PET-DONATION DRIVE: It’s the fifth year for Madison Middle School 8th graders Muriel and Gwen, raising money for the Seattle Humane Society by selling cupcakes, cookies, brownies, and more. You also can bring wet and/or dry dog and/or cat food, animal toys, or new scratching posts to fill the barrel they’re sponsoring. Cash and check donations for the SHS are welcome too. 10 am-3 pm. (36th SW/SW Dakota)

(Piano that was at Steve Cox Memorial Park in White Center on Saturday – different one will be at Alki today)

PIANOS IN THE PARKS – AT ALKI: 10 am-6 pm today, a specially decorated piano will be at Alki Beach Park, available for you to play between guest performances and other scheduled events:

Piano design and painting by Angelina Villalobos

10:00 am — Yoga in the Park
11:15 am — Free Youth Piano Lessons with Yelena Balabanova
12:15 pm — Classical piano performance with Yelena Balabanova and guests
1:00 pm — KING FM presents Young Artist Award Finalists
2:30 pm — Random Acts of Art Song with Seattle Art Song Society
4:00 pm — Scarlet Parke
5:15 pm — Performance by ARC Dance Company

WEST SEATTLE FARMERS’ MARKET: 10 am-2 pm in the street in The Junction, see what’s fresh! (California between Oregon and Alaska)

WADING POOLS AND SPRAYPARK OPEN TODAY: Lincoln Park wading pool and Highland Park spraypark are open 11 am-8 pm; Delridge wading pool is open noon-6:30 pm. (Find addresses here)

GIANNONI’S PIZZA ANNIVERSARY: 11 am-9 pm today and Monday, Giannoni’s Pizza in Westwood Village continues celebrating its 10th anniversary! Here’s how. (2600 SW Barton)

SUNDAY FUNDAY: Log House Museum offers arts, crafts, and snacks for kids, 1-3 pm in the courtyard. The museum’s hours today are noon-4 pm. (61st SW/SW Stevens)

ALKI POINT LIGHTHOUSE TOURS: 1-4 pm, you are invited to tour Alki Point Lighthouse with the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary – 3:40 pm is the latest you can arrive for the day’s final tour. (3201 Alki SW)

GET ON STAGE/GET INVOLVED: Open-mic event presented by Mode Music Studios (WSB sponsor), next door at The Skylark. Sign up at 3 pm, music starts at 4. All ages. (3803 Delridge Way SW)

MONTY BANKS WITH THE DRIFTWOOD TRIO: 7-10 pm at Parliament Tavern. No cover. 21+. (4210 SW Admiral Way)

LOOK INTO THE FUTURE … on our full-calendar page.

West Seattle Saturday: Outrigger-canoe racing; outdoor movie; earthquake drill at 3 hubs; Shakespeare at Camp Long; more…

(Western Sandpiper, breeding plumage – photographed by Mark Wangerin)

Busy midsummer Saturday – for reasons including these:

SEAFAIR-RELATED TRAFFIC ALERTS: Two to note – first, you might encounter the annual Torchlight Parade float traffic jam between the Harbor Avenue gate to T-5 and the low bridge at some point this morning, if we’re reading the “no parking” signs properly. Seafair never answered our inquiry about a specific time. But we DO have an official alert about tonight’s Viaduct closure for the pre-parade Torchlight Run (which took last year off but is back this year) – northbound Highway 99 will be closed 5 pm to 7:45 pm; southbound will remain open.

Now, on to the spotlight events for today/tonight in West Seattle:

OUTRIGGER RACING OFF ALKI: Also back after taking a year off, the Seattle Outrigger Canoe Club‘s “Da Grind” races from Alki. First races start at 9:30 am – full schedule and details are here. (2600 Alki SW)

HUBS’ EARTHQUAKE DRILL: 9 am-noon, three of West Seattle’s Emergency Communication Hubs are part of a citywide drill simulating what might be happening as neighborhoods try to manage the aftermath of a big earthquake. You’re welcome to observe, or participate as a “citizen actor.” Details (including addresses) in our calendar listing.

DOG ICE-CREAM SOCIAL: Dutchboy Coffee in Highland Park invites you and your canine companion, 10 am-noon. Here’s what they’re offering. (16th SW/SW Holden)

FREE RAINGARDEN WORKSHOP: 10 am-noon, with local raingarden expert and landscape architect Paul Byron Crane, at the Duwamish Cohousing Common House. (6000 17th SW)

GIANNONI’S PIZZA ANNIVERSARY: 11 am-9 pm today, tomorrow, and/or Monday, stop by Giannoni’s Pizza in Westwood Village and wish them a happy 10th anniversary! Here’s how they’re celebrating. (2600 SW Barton)

CHIEF SEALTH CHEER CAR WASH: 11 am-2 pm, support your Chief Sealth International High School Cheer Hawks at their fundraising car wash at Les Schwab in Georgetown.

$5 donation. (6111 4th Ave. S.)

ALKI BEACH LGBTQ PRIDE EVENT: 11 am-7 pm, third annual LGBTQ Pride celebration at Alki Beach – details here. (59th SW/Alki SW)

WADING POOLS AND SPRAYPARK OPEN TODAY: Lincoln Park wading pool and Highland Park spraypark are open 11 am-8 pm; Delridge and Hiawatha wading pools are open noon-6:30 pm. (Find addresses here)

BBQ TO BENEFIT WEST SEATTLE FOOD BANK: Super Deli Mart‘s big annual barbecue, noon-5 pm, donations benefit West Seattle Food Bank. (35th SW/SW Barton)

ALKI POINT LIGHTHOUSE TOURS: 1-4 pm, tour Alki Point Lighthouse with the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary – be there by 3:40 pm for the day’s final tour. (3201 Alki SW)

SALSA ON ALKI: Dance lesson 5-5:45, dancing 6-10 pm. Info including price in our calendar listing. (61st SW/Alki SW)

‘LEGO BATMAN’ @ WEST SEATTLE OUTDOOR MOVIES: Gates open 6:30 pm, movie at dusk (9-ish) in the SW Snoqualmie Festival Street south of the West Seattle YMCA (WSB sponsor). See our preview for details. Bring your own chair/blanket; bring $ for nonprofit-benefiting raffles and concessions; movie is free. And tonight, bring diapers for WestSide Baby! (36th SW/SW Snoqualmie)

SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARK: GreenStage presents “Richard II,” directed by Susannah Rose Woods, at Camp Long, free, 7 pm. More info in our calendar listing. (5200 35th SW)

KEVIN KILLMON: “Soulful acoustic rock singer/songwriter” at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), 7-9 pm. (5612 California SW)

THREE BANDS: 9 pm-midnight, Parliament Tavern presents Power Skeleton, Himiko Cloud, Mind Beams. $7 cover. 21+. (4210 SW Admiral Way)

SEE MORE … on our complete-calendar page!

Starting Saturday, don’t omit the area code

You might already use area codes in all the phone calls you make. But if you don’t – you’d better start. It’s mandatory in our state as of tomorrow (Saturday, July 29th), with a fifth area code soon to be added. This has been in the works for more than a year – lots of background info here.

West Seattle Friday: Band Jam; Chief Sealth multi-class reunion; free teen swim; more…

(Photos @ Alki Point, by Gary Jones)

We’re perched on the edge of the weekend, ready to fly into fun … here are the highlights from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

WADING POOLS AND SPRAYPARK OPEN TODAY: Lincoln Park wading pool, 11 am-8 pm; Highland Park spraypark, 11 am-8 pm; Hiawatha wading pool, noon-6:30 pm; EC Hughes wading pool, noon-7 pm. (Find addresses here)

CHIEF SEALTH MULTI-CLASS REUNION: If you are a Chief Sealth graduate from the ’60s, ’70s or ’80s, you’re invited to tonight’s reunion! 5-8 pm at the Lincoln Park picnic shelters on the beach closest to the park’s south end. (8011 Fauntleroy Way SW)

HUNDREDS OF MUSICIANS, MARCHING: This is the most moving outdoor concert you’ll see all summer. That’s moving, as in forward, backward, sideways … marching bands all over the field at Southwest Athletic Complex for this year’s Band Jam! It’s mostly – but not entirely – a tune-up for Saturday night’s Seafair Torchlight Parade, as first hatched by Seattle Schools All-City Band director Marcus Pimpleton back in 2009. ACB hosts and dare we say stars in the showcase, with this year’s announced lineup also including Junior All-City Band, the Gents Drumline, the John F. Kennedy Catholic High School Marching Band, the Rainbow City Band, the Sumner High School Spartan Marching Band. Gates open 6 pm and fundraiser concessions go on sale; 6:30 pm preshow entertainment; 7 pm, Band Jam begins. (2801 SW Thistle)

DIRECT FROM TEXAS … it’s Unwed Fathers, live at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), 7-9 pm. (5612 California SW)

SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARK: Tonight at 7 at Camp Long, GreenStage presents “Comedy of Errors,” free. Details in our calendar listing. (5200 35th SW)

FREE TEEN SWIM AT SOUTHWEST POOL: 8-9:30 pm, youth 11-19 are invited to Southwest Pool for a free swim! (2801 SW Thistle)

MOVIE IN THE PARK: “Jungle Book” is tonight’s movie in the “park” next to West Seattle Church of the Nazarene, 9 pm. Free; refreshments provided. (42nd SW/SW Juneau)

THREE BANDS … live at Parliament Tavern, 9 pm-midnight; see the bill here. 21+. $5 cover. (4210 SW Admiral Way)

SEE EVERYTHING ON THE CALENDAR … by going here.

West Seattle Thursday: Nick Drummond @ Hiawatha; WS Transportation Coalition; ‘Chasing Ice’; more…

(Killdeer, photographed on the West Seattle shore by Mark Wangerin)

A gray start to our day, but it’s not expected to last. Here’s what’s happening for the rest of today/tonight, from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

MEET YOUR COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT COORDINATOR: Yun Pitre, our area’s Community Engagement Coordinator for the city Department of Neighborhoods, has drop-in “office hours” now through 2 pm at the Southwest Neighborhood Service Center. Got a city-related question/concern? Stop by and talk with her. (2801 SW Thistle)

MIKEY MIKE THE RAD SCIENTIST … talks about nature with kids 2-10 at High Point Library, 11:30 am. No preregistration required; free – details in our calendar listing. (35th SW/SW Raymond)

SUMMER CONCERTS AT HIAWATHA: Tonight’s the second of six free Thursday night concerts on the east lawn at Hiawatha Community Center, brought to you by the Admiral Neighborhood Association, with co-sponsors including WSB. As previewed here last night, Nick Drummond and Friends will take the stage tonight at 6:30 pm – bring a chair/blanket/picnic dinner and enjoy music until ~8 pm. This morning’s drizzly weather is forecast to clear up long before showtime. (2700 California SW, Walnut side)

WEST SEATTLE TRANSPORTATION COALITION: As previewed here last night, WSTC talks with the Northwest Seaport Alliance about Port of Seattle truck backups and related issues; the agenda also includes a discussion of last month’s light-rail-routing workshop. All welcome. 6:30 pm at Neighborhood House High Point. (6400 Sylvan Way SW)

‘CHASING ICE’: The West Seattle Democratic Women invite you to a screening of “Chasing Ice” during their 6 pm monthly meeting at the West Seattle Golf Course. Too late if you haven’t RSVP’d for dinner, but you can RSVP for dessert and coffee/tea to cover the per-attendee room charge – info is in our calendar listing. (4600 35th SW)

AND THERE’S MORE … on our complete-calendar page, which also explains how to send us YOUR event info!

West Seattle Wednesday: Crafts, produce, poetry, law-enforcement drill…

July 26, 2017 10:17 am
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(View of West Seattle, partly fogged in this morning, tweeted by @KANtext)

From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar for today/tonight:

TINKERLAB – GIZMOS AND GADGETS: 1-3 pm, drop by the Delridge Library for the latest session in the Tinkerlab STEM-based craft series, all ages welcome. (5423 Delridge Way SW)

HIGH POINT MARKET GARDEN: Fresh produce, sold steps from where it’s grown, 4-7 pm at the weekly High Point Market Garden Farm Stand. (32nd SW/SW Juneau)

(Tuesday night photo by Chris Frankovich)

DRILL IN ELLIOTT BAY: The announcement says this is mostly happening on the north side of the bay – between Pier 91 and Discovery Park – but just in case you notice unusual helicopter/vessel activity, it’s scheduled for 4 pm to midnight. From the King County Sheriff’s Office:

Drill participants will include the Seattle Police Department, Washington State Patrol, U.S. Coast Guard, King County Medic One, and the F.B.I.

This drill will test and solidify the capabilities of the Regional Maritime Tactical Action Group in response to an active shooter or hostage type event aboard a vessel in the Puget Sound. As the only agency in the Puget Sound with both air and water assets capable of delivering law enforcement to an underway ferry, cruise ship or pleasure craft, this training is critical for the King County Sheriffs Office to be prepared to protect our citizens.

Numerous law enforcement boats will be involved in the exercise, along with a King County Water Taxi boat. The main landing zone for the King County Sheriff’s helicopter will be Pier 91 at the cruise ship terminal.

POEMS AND STORIES AT C & P: Monthly Poetrybridge event is tonight, with featured readers James Bertolino and Dorothy Lemoult, at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), 7 pm. (5612 California SW)

OPEN MIC AT SKYLARK: Sign up at 7:30 pm, perform at 8:30 pm, at the weekly all-ages-until-10 pm (21+ after that) open-microphone night at The Skylark. (3803 Delridge Way SW)

LOOK INTO THE FUTURE … any time, via our complete-calendar page!

West Seattle Tuesday: Timothy Brock @ Admiral mural benefit; last look @ City Council candidates; more

July 25, 2017 9:35 am
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Thanks to Dan Ciske for the view of the waxing crescent moon in last night’s sunset. Along with sunset-watching, here’s what else you can do in the hours ahead:

WADING POOLS AND SPRAYPARK OPEN TODAY: Lincoln Park wading pool and Highland Park spraypark are both open 11 am-8 pm; Delridge wading pool is open noon-6:30 pm. (Find addresses here)

NEW CRAFTING GATHERING: Drop into Highland Park Improvement Club 11 am-1 pm for a new crafting group – described in our calendar listing. Free, open to all, children welcome. (1116 SW Holden)

LOW-LOW TIDE, WITH BEACH NATURALISTS: One more round of beach-exploration information at Constellation and Lincoln parks, 11:30 am-2:30 pm. Low-low tide is -2.1 feet at 12:55 pm.

DINE OUT FOR HIGHLAND PARK ELEMENTARY: The HPE playground project will benefit from part of the proceeds at Mioposto in Admiral, 4-10 pm, including takeout as well as dine-in. (2139 California SW)

LITTLE CRITTERS: Kids are welcome to a two-part event at Delridge Library, 6:30 pm, with puppets and real-life critters – explained in our calendar listing. (5423 Delridge Way SW)

TIMOTHY BROCK AND MUSIC OF THE SILENT GIANTS: 6:45 pm at The Admiral Theater, a night of entertainment and enlightenment, raising money to restore its 1942 murals, featuring Timothy Brock, who grew up in West Seattle and went on a one-of-a-kind career as a composer and conductor who specializes in scores for silent films. First, you’ll see and hear him talk with West Seattle’s Dave Beck, and as the Southwest Seattle Historical Society explains:

Interspersed will be stills and clips from silent films that Brock has scored. Following an intermission, Brock will introduce the screening of the Chaplin feature “Modern Times,” for which Brock has restored and re-recorded the original 1936 Chaplin score.

As a bonus, two Chaplin items donated and personally inscribed by Brock — his score to the short “A Night in the Show” and a BluRay/DVD of the feature-length “The Gold Rush” (1925) that includes a Brock featurette — will be auctioned.

Tickets are $20, and proceeds will go to the Historic Admiral Theater mural restoration led by our historical society. A VIP opportunity, to attend the presentation and visit one-on-one for an hour with Brock and Beck beforehand, will begin at 5:30 p.m. at the theater. VIP tickets are $100.

Buy yours in advance – don’t run the risk it’ll sell out before you get there – go here now. (2343 California SW)

CANDIDATES’ FORUM: 7 pm at Highland Park Improvement Club, hear from a dozen of the 15 candidates in the running for the citywide City Council positions (8 and 9), organized by the Delridge Neighborhoods District Council, as previewed here again last night. (1116 SW Holden)

METROPOLITAN MARKET CLOSING EARLY: Late-night shoppers take note, signage at the store -usually open 24/7 – says it’ll be closed 10 pm tonight to 5 am tomorrow for installation of new card/chip readers. (41st/Admiral)

LOTS MORE FOR TODAY/TONIGHT … on our complete-calendar page.

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