West Seattle, Washington
(Juvenile Cooper’s Hawk, photographed at Lincoln Park by Mark Ahlness, shared via WSB’s Flickr group)
Lots going on this Thursday, from community-involvement opportunities to entertainment, and more. Here are highlights from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:
INAUGURATION MEDITATION: The labyrinth at Tibbetts United Methodist Church (WSB sponsor) is open again today for contemplative walking – 9 am to 2 pm and 6 pm to 8 pm. Details in our calendar listing. (3940 41st SW)
COLLEGE FINANCIAL HELP: Need help applying for college financial aid? College Goal Washington has another drop-in help session 2-7 pm today at South Seattle College (WSB sponsor), in the library – details in our calendar listing. Open to all, whether SSC is your target school or not. (6000 16th SW)
CANCELED – SEE COMMENTS:
LAFAYETTE ELEMENTARY KINDERGARTEN TOURS: Future kindergartener in your family? Lafayette is offering tours 3-5 pm today. (California SW/SW Lander)
ADDED! WEST SEATTLE TIMEBANK: 6 pm new-member orientation, 6:30 pm potluck and meeting, at the Senior Center/Sisson Building:
West Seattle Timebank Gathering – bring a dish -it’s a potluck.
Guest speaker: Grace Stiller, Burien Arts Association
New member orientation: 6:00 pm-6:30 pm
Potluck: 6:30 pm- 7:00 pm
Speaker: 7:00 pm-7:20 pm
Members & guest sharing: 7:30 pm-8:00 pm
(4217 SW Oregon)
HALA REZONING MEETING PREP @ JuNO LAND USE COMMITTEE: Tonight brings the second of two Junction Neighborhood Organization meetings this week to get ready for the city’s upcoming West Seattle Junction Urban Village Community Design Workshop meeting about the HALA Mandatory Housing Affordability rezoning proposals. 6:30 pm at the Senior Center/Sisson Building. (4217 SW Oregon)
THE GHOSTLIGHT PROJECT: All are invited to this brief gathering outside ArtsWest Playhouse, 6:45-7 pm tonight, as previewed here – “to reaffirm a commitment to values of inclusion, participation, and compassion for everyone.” (4711 California SW)
ALKI COMMUNITY COUNCIL: 7 pm at Alki UCC, with this announced agenda:
1. Review of 2016 HALA and Urban Village activities
4. City Neighborhood Council (CNC) possible Parks & Street Funding Opportunities 2017
(6115 SW Hinds)
LOTS MORE, INCLUDING NIGHTLIFE! See our complete calendar.
(Common Goldeneye, photographed by Mark Wangerin)
Quick look at four calendar highlights for the rest of your West Seattle Wednesday:
LABYRINTH WALK: This is the first of four days that Tibbetts United Methodist Church (WSB sponsor) is opening its labyrinth for contemplation during Inauguration Week – details are in our calendar listing. It’s open until 2 pm and then again 6-8 pm. (3940 41st SW)
MORGAN COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION: 3:13 PM UPDATE – The meeting starts at 7 at The Kenney, the REGULAR time. The website info we linked to earlier was inaccurate. Here’s the updated agenda:
7:00 Welcome and Introductions
7:02 Board Elections
Slate of Officers
President – Deb Barker
Vice President – Phillip Tavel
Treasurer – Eldon Olson
Secretary – Natalie Williams
Community Information – Cindi Barker
SW District Council Representative – Tamsen Spengler
7:05 Morgan Minute Updates
· Morgan Junction Mural status
· Morgan Park Expansion Planning Committee Upcoming Meeting on Feb. 20
· High Point Library Upgrades-Community Celebration for reopen: Sun. Jan 29 1- 3
· Lowman Beach Park status
7:10 Old Business
· SW District Council News
· Murray CSO Update
· SW Precinct Advisory Group
· Morgan Junction Festival – June 17, 2017
8:00 Special Presentation Councilmember Herbold’s Office – Update on Homeless Issue
8:30 New Business
· 2035 Comp Plan/MJ Urban Village Housing Targets
· MHA and HALA Next Steps
· New Morgan Development and how to comment
(7125 Fauntleroy Way SW)
DELRIDGE NEIGHBORHOODS DISTRICT COUNCIL: As with the Southwest District Council, eastern West Seattle’s neighborhood district council is continuing despite the cutoff of city support. You’re invited to be part of it at 7 pm tonight, NEW LOCATION for next three months – Highland Park Improvement Club. (12th SW/SW Holden)
WORDSWEST LITERARY SERIES: 7 pm at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), this month’s edition of WordsWest:
Langston Hughes famously asked America, “What happens to a dream deferred?” Tonight, on the Wednesday between Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and Inauguration Day, journalist/memoirist Claudia Rowe and writer/poet/performance artist Anastacia Tolbert join WordsWest to examine the causes and consequences of “Dreams Deferred.”
You may know Claudia from her investigative journalism about education in The Seattle Times, including a recent piece on the Garfield High School principal. Her book The Spider and the Fly, which will be released at the end of this month, examines her complex relationship with a serial killer who killed 8 young women in upstate New York. You may know Anastacia, a super-shero of color, through her poetry, prose, performances of her one-woman show, or her documentary, “Got Breast?”
(5612 California SW)
LOTS MORE … on our complete calendar page.
Before too much more of the day gets away from us … five things for the rest of today/tonight, from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:
‘TRY IT TUESDAY’ AT THE Y: As the West Seattle YMCA (WSB sponsor) expansion/reopening celebration continues, nonmembers are invited to stop in and try the Y on Tuesdays – open until 10 pm. (36th SW/SW Snoqualmie)
EARLY DAYS: The Early Days drop-in support groups have two days/locations in 2017. Today – and every Tuesday – 1-3 pm, you’ll find Early Days at Nurturing Expressions (WSB sponsor) in The Junction – details in our calendar listing. (4746 44th SW)
JUNCTION NEIGHBORHOOD ORGANIZATION: As previewed here last night, this is one of two JuNO meetings to get ready for the city’s upcoming workshop on proposed rezoning as part of the Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda. 6:30 pm @ the Senior Center/Sisson Building. (4217 SW Oregon)
WEST SEATTLE CRIME PREVENTION COUNCIL: As previewed here over the weekend, tonight’s special guest is an SPD expert on “active shooter” situations. The meeting also brings you an update on local crime trends and a chance to ask police about your crime/safety concerns. 7 pm at the Southwest Precinct. (2300 SW Webster)
SOUTH SOUND NIGHT OF STARS: Live music at Parliament Tavern, 8 pm – details here. 21+. (4210 SW Admiral Way)
EVEN MORE … on our complete calendar page.
(Click any view for a close-up; more cameras on the WSB Traffic page)
7:02 AM: Good morning! With the temperature in the low 40s, it’s almost a heat wave out there. As for traffic – SDOT reported a crash at 31st SW/SW Cloverdale a short time ago, but SFD has already closed out of the call.
7:20 AM: Sound Transit says its express buses, including West Seattle-serving Route 560, are all running about 20 minutes behind due to “heavy traffic.”
7:51 AM: Charlie reports, “I’m on a rt 57 right now. Firefighters blocking the bus lane on 99. Helping someone in a stopped vehicle. Just north of the Starbucks building.”
8:14 AM SDOT says the 99 situation has cleared.
(Sanderlings, photographed by Mark Wangerin)
Options for your Sunday, from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:
WEST SEATTLE ULTIMATE FAMILY FRISBEE: Bring your disc and play! 10 am at Walt Hundley Playfield in High Point. (34th SW/SW Myrtle)
WEST SEATTLE FARMERS’ MARKET: 10 am-2 pm, fresh food and beverages in the street in The Junction. (California SW between Oregon and Alaska)
SOUTHWEST STORIES: As previewed here on Saturday, this month’s Southwest Seattle Historical Society/Seattle Public Library presentation will show you how to uncover the history of your house – or any other house that interests you – with King County archivist Greg Lange. As always, it’s free! 2 pm at Southwest Library. (35th SW/SW Henderson)
TRIPLE BILL: Pete + the Stray Dogs, Welcome Stranger, Emily McVicker at Parliament Tavern, 8-11 pm. No cover. 21+. (4210 SW Admiral Way)
Here’s what’s up today/tonight, from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:
GIVE IF YOU CAN: 9 am-3 pm (closed 11 am-noon for break), a mobile blood drive in The Junction is your next chance to give the gift of life – much-needed right now, according to our regional blood bank. Details in our calendar listing. (4754 42nd SW)
COMMUNITY SCHOOL OF WEST SEATTLE OPEN HOUSE: Adult-only drop-in event “where you can see the space, talk to teachers, and learn about Community School’s approach to learning.” 10 am-2 pm. (9450 22nd SW)
SEATTLE MADE POP-UP: 10 am-3 pm at Sound & Fog, it’s a pop-up shop with local makers – body care, fragrances, jewelry, sweets, underwear. (4735 40th SW)
‘WE HAVE A DREAM’: Community workshop focused on “Strengthening Community and the Futures of Our Youth Through Storytelling,” presented by the Delridge Neighborhoods Development Association and United Way-King County, 1-4 pm at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center. All welcome; details in our calendar listing. (4408 Delridge Way SW)
JUNIOR ROLLER DERBY TRIPLEHEADER: At Southgate Roller Rink in White Center, doors open 5:15 pm for Southside Revolution Junior Roller Derby‘s second-annual Harry Potter-themed bout, a tripleheader with a costume contest at halftime! Details in our calendar listing. (9646 17th SW)
DIFFERENT DRUMMER: At Kenyon Hall, 7:30 pm, you’ll see this “multi-genre chamber ensemble comprised of violin, double bass, and percussive tap dancing.” Ticket and other info in our calendar listing. (7904 35th SW)
JUDI JENSEN BAND: Live music at 9 pm, no cover, at Poggie Tavern. 21+. (4717 California SW)
3 BANDS @ PARLIAMENT: At Parliament Tavern, it’s live music tonight with Sir Coyler & His Asthmatic Band, The DT’s, Second Hand Suits, starting at 9 pm. $5 cover. 21+. (4210 SW Admiral Way)
3 BANDS @ SKYLARK: The Skylark has a live-music triple bill too with Juliet Tango, Obol, Fain, 9 pm. $7 cover. 21+. (3803 Delridge Way SW)
EVEN MORE for today, tonight, beyond … just check our complete calendar.
The full “wolf moon” put on a show this morning (above) and last night (below). Looking ahead to tonight here are highlights from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar, starting with this month’s West Seattle Art Walk:
JANUARY ART WALK: 6-9 pm at venues around West Seattle. Here’s the venue list/map for this quarter:
We’ve heard directly from four venues:
–Viscon Cellars (5910 California SW; WSB sponsor) is featuring painter Lindsay Peyton
–ReMAX in The Junction (4400 SW Alaska) is featuring Judith Allison (until 8 pm)
–Wild Rose in The Junction (4529 California SW) is featuring photographer Jacob Smithers
–The Building in Gatewood (7150 44th SW) has several open studios tonight
Any others? firstname.lastname@example.org! Also please note that Click! Design That Fits (WSB sponsor) is not participating this month because it’s closed for its winter break until January 28th – but go see them during the February and March WSAWs!
3038 39TH SW APPEAL HEARING: Under way at the city Hearing Examiner‘s chambers on the 40th floor of the Municipal Tower downtown – public is welcome to observe (we’re here and the gallery is almost full – this is continuing until at least noon). Here’s our preview, published Wednesday. (700 5th Avenue)
CHIEF SEALTH IHS SHOWCASE/RESOURCE FAIR: Future high-school student in your family? 5:30-7:30 pm, you’re invited to come find out more about Chief Sealth International High School. A Family Engagement Resource Fair is also happening, and current students’ families are welcome too. Free dinner for all! Full details in our calendar listing. (2600 SW Thistle)
AFTER HOURS AT THE Y: The West Seattle Chamber of Commerce‘s After Hours event is at the newly expanded West Seattle YMCA (WSB sponsor), 5:30-7:30 pm. $10 nonmembers, free for members. (36th SW/SW Snoqualmie)
PECOS PIT PARKING MEETING: 6:30 pm at the Sisson Building/Senior Center, tonight is the meeting for community comments on whether to extend the Pecos Pit Barbecue (WSB sponsor) use of the ex-substation site to the east. (4217 SW Oregon)
PARK BOARD CONSIDERS DOG PLAN: 6:30 pm at Seattle Parks HQ downtown, the “strategic plan” for future offleash and more will be considered by the Board of Parks Commissioners, as previewed here. (100 Dexter Ave. N.)
LOTS MORE … on our complete calendar!
(Surfbird, photographed by Mark Wangerin)
We’ve made it to midweek! Here are the highlights for today/tonight, from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:
FAMILY STORY TIME: Perfect for 1-to-5-year-olds and their grownups. 10:30 am at Southwest Library. (35th SW/SW Henderson)
PRESCHOOL STORY TIME: This one is best for 3-to-5-year-olds and their grownups. 10:30 am at West Seattle (Admiral) Library. (2306 42nd SW)
HEY, WEST SEATTLE BIZPEOPLE! Noon-1:15 pm, it’s your meetup day at West Seattle Office Junction (WSB sponsor), our area’s only coworking center. Bring your lunch and come network. (6040 California SW)
34TH DISTRICT DEMOCRATS’ REORGANIZATION MEETING: Every two years, West Seattle’s biggest political group elects new leadership, and that’s what happens at tonight’s meeting, 7 pm at The Hall at Fauntleroy. Here’s the agenda; the list of declared candidates is here. (9131 California SW)
BILLY JOE HUELS & THE RCs: 8 pm at Parliament Tavern. 21+. (4210 SW Admiral Way)
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(Barred owl, photographed in Fauntleroy Park by John Traweek)
From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:
‘TRY IT TUESDAY’: Everyone is welcome at the West Seattle YMCA (WSB sponsor) today as its grand-opening celebration continues – come try the Y for free, all day and until 10 pm! Details here. (36th SW/SW Snoqualmie)
DREAM DINNERS FOR BEGINNERS: 5:30 and 7 pm tonight at Dream Dinners West Seattle (WSB sponsor), first-time guests can find out how DD works and then make three dinners at a special price. Our calendar listing explains how to sign up. (4701 41st SW)
WESTSIDE SCHOOL LOWER SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE: 6-7:30 pm, “meet our teachers, administrators, current parents, and students” at Westside School (WSB sponsor). (10404 34th SW)
FAUNTLEROY COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION: 7 pm at the Fauntleroy Schoolhouse, with the agenda including “the Schoolhouse Centennial Celebration, the Fauntleroy Community Parking Subcommittee, an update from the West Seattle Police Precinct, and updates on the Endolyne Triangle, City Light substation, ferry system, and SW District Council.” (9131 California SW)
ADMIRAL NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION: 7 pm at The Sanctuary at Admiral, with an agenda including – as previewed here and here – a discussion of the proposed HALA rezoning and an introduction to the proprietors of in-the-works restaurant Arthur’s. (42nd SW/SW Lander)
HIGH-SCHOOL BASKETBALL HOME GAMES: The West Seattle High School boys host Bainbridge, varsity game at 7:30 pm (3000 California SW); the Chief Sealth International High School boys host Garfield, varsity game at 7:30 pm (2600 SW Thistle).
THERE’S MORE! See our complete calendar page to find out what else is up today, tonight, tomorrow, beyond.
(Killdeer, photographed by Mark Wangerin)
Welcome to a new week! From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar, highlights of what’s happening today/tonight:
HIGH POINT LIBRARY REOPENS: After a five-week closure, at 1 pm, the doors (and book drop) will be open again at renovated High Point Library, as previewed here again last night. (35th SW/SW Raymond)
2 EVENING BOOK GROUPS: Two local library branches have their monthly book groups tonight, both at 6:45 pm. At Southwest (35th/Henderson), “Boys in the Boat” by Daniel Brown is this month’s book; at West Seattle (2306 42nd SW), “The Other Language” by Francesca Marciano is this month’s book.
WEST SEATTLE BOOSTER CLUB: At West Seattle High School tonight, this group supporting the school’s athletic programs and students has its next meeting, 7 pm. (3000 California SW)
EVEN MORE for today/tonight … on our complete-calendar page.
Good morning! Highlights from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:
RETURN OF THE FARMERS’ MARKET: After holiday closures, the West Seattle Farmers’ Market is open today for the first time since December 18th. 10 am-2 pm in the street, in The Junction. New vendor this week – Glendale Shepherd, with sheep’s-milk cheese.
PLAY FRISBEE: 10 am at Walt Hundley Playfield, all welcome to drop by as West Seattle Ultimate Family Frisbee gets back to the regular day/time. (34th SW/SW Myrtle)
‘LEARN THE ART AND PRACTICE OF HEALING MOTHER NATURE HERSELF’ … with local naturalist Stewart Wechsler, as explained on his website, 11 am-1:30 pm at Lincoln Park. (8011 Fauntleroy Way SW)
FREE CLASSICAL CONCERT: Oboe and piano are in the spotlight at the Ladies Musical Club concert at West Seattle (Admiral) Library, 3 pm – details in our calendar listing. No admission charge. (2306 42nd SW)
MORE OF WHAT’S UP TODAY/TONIGHT/BEYOND … on our complete-calendar page.
Thanks to Robert Spears for the photos of the Russell Investments building displaying its 12, as seen from West Seattle.
That of course is for tonight’s playoff game at the CLink, with the Seahawks vs. the Lions at 5:15 pm. Here on the peninsula, here’s what’s happening:
CHRISTMAS TREE RECYCLING: The Rainbow Girls‘ annual fundraising Christmas tree recycling dropoff event is 9 am-1 pm in the parking lot at the Masonic Center in The Junction. By donation. (40th SW/SW Edmunds)
WEST SEATTLE MEANINGFUL MOVIE: See and talk about “Promised Land,” a new documentary about the Duwamish and Chinook Tribes’ quests for restoration of treaty rights.
Doors open at 6:30, film at 7, optional facilitated discussion afterward. At Neighborhood House’s High Point Center. Free; donations accepted. (6400 Sylvan Way)
GIBBOUS MOON WALK WITH THE STARS, OWLS, AND OTHERS: 7 pm at Lincoln Park, nature walk with naturalist Stewart Wechsler. Details on his website. (8011 Fauntleroy Way SW)
THE ESOTERICS IN CONCERT: 8 pm at Holy Rosary Church. “For the first concert of its 24th season, The Esoterics will celebrate the centennial of African-American composer, conductor, and professor, Ulysses Kay.” Advance tickets available online. (42nd SW/SW Genesee)
SOULFUL SONGWRITING … is the theme for tonight’s 8:30 pm bill at Parliament Tavern. $5 cover. 21+. (4210 SW Admiral Way)
WEST SIDE GLORY: 9 pm at The Skylark, “West Seattle’s Quarterly Somewhat Queer Variety Show returns in 2017 with a THEME show – and that theme will be the late, great David Bowie!” More info in our calendar listing. 21+. (3803 Delridge Way SW)
AND EVEN MORE … for tonight, tomorrow, and beyond, on our complete calendar page!
First full weekend of 2017 is almost here. We start with a road-closure reminder:
NORTHBOUND 99 CLOSURE TONIGHT: From 8 pm tonight until 8 am Saturday, WSDOT crews will close northbound Highway 99 between the West Seattle Bridge and the stadium zone to repair damaged pavement. They’re scheduled to do it again 10:30 pm Saturday through 8 am Sunday.
Now, highlights from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:
GIVE THE GIFT OF LIFE: If you can donate blood, consider participating in today’s donation drive – look for it at Admiral Safeway, 1 pm-7 pm, closed 3-4 pm for a break. (2622 California SW)
WORDS, WRITERS, WEST SEATTLE: The monthly Southwest Seattle Historical Society-presented author series at Barnes & Noble/Westwood Village is 5-7 pm tonight, this time featuring photographer/writer David Barnes and his book “Seattle Illuminated” – here’s his video invitation, courtesy of SWSHS:
(2600 SW Barton)
WEST SEATTLE YMCA EXPANSION CELEBRATION – FREE ‘FAMILY NIGHT’: 6:30 pm at the newly reopened/expanded West Seattle YMCA (WSB sponsor) in The Triangle, nonmembers and members alike are welcome for free fun including Family Zumba, Family Swim, and an obstacle course. (36th SW/SW Snoqualmie)
HIGH-SCHOOL BASKETBALL: All three local high schools play home games tonight – West Seattle High School girls vs. Garfield, 7 pm, and boys vs. Garfield, 8:30 pm (3000 California SW) … Chief Sealth International High School girls vs. Bishop Blanchet, 7 pm, and boys vs. Blanchet, 8:30 pm (2600 SW Thistle) … Seattle Lutheran High School girls (6 pm) and boys (7:30 pm) vs. Crosspoint (4100 SW Genesee).
TX TRUMBO: Performing at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), 7-9 pm. (5612 California SW)
MORE LIVE MUSIC: See tonight’s other listings on our complete calendar!
From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:
FAMILY STORY TIME: 10:30 am at Southwest Library, optimal for ages 1-5. Free as always. (35th SW/SW Henderson)
DESIGN REVIEW DOUBLEHEADER: Two projects go before the Southwest Design Review Board tonight at the Senior Center/Sisson Building – at 6:30 pm, the first look at the nine live-work units proposed at 4220 SW 100th in Arbor Heights (the design packet is here), and at 8 pm, the second look at an apartment building proposed for 3039 SW Avalon Way (the design packet is here). Both will include chances for public comment. (4217 SW Oregon)
NORTH HIGHLINE UNINCORPORATED AREA COUNCIL: If you live/work in White Center or other parts of the unincorporated area just south/east of West Seattle, this is your community council, and you’re invited to tonight’s 7 pm meeting at the North Highline Fire District’s HQ. Here’s what’s on the agenda. (1243 SW 112th)
READ THE KORAN IN 4 WEEKS: The next 4-week session of First Lutheran Church of West Seattle Pastor Ron Marshall‘s long-running class starts tonight, 7 pm; details are in our calendar listing, including how to check if there’s still room. (4105 California SW)
SEE OUR FULL CALENDAR for more of what’s up tonight, tomorrow, this weekend, and beyond!
Thanks to Randy Stratton for the photo of “curly icicles” seen along the Genesee Hill Elementary parking-lot stairway on Tuesday – since it’s still in the 20s as we write, we’d bet they’re still there. Meanwhile, here are calendar highlights for our clear-and-cold West Seattle Wednesday:
LANDMARK OR NOT? As previewed here again last week, the West Seattle Junction’s Hamm Building – home to businesses including Easy Street Records – is nominated for city-landmark designation, and the Landmarks Preservation Board will consider the nomination – first of at least two required hearings – when it meets this afternoon in the Boards and Commissions Room at City Hall. The meeting starts at 3:30 pm but other items on the agenda are expected to take at least the first hour. There will be a public-comment period. (600 4th Ave.)
SEATTLE SCHOOL BOARD: 4:15 pm meeting at district HQ, with some items of local interest, as previewed here. (3rd Ave. S./S. Lander)
SOUTHWEST DISTRICT COUNCIL: It’s a brand-new year and a new world for local neighborhood-district councils, no longer officially tied to the city but charging forward just the same, including the Southwest District Council, which meets at the Senior Center/Sisson Building, 6:30-7:30 pm, with this agenda:
6:30 P.M. Welcome and Introductions
• Review and approval of previous meetings minutes and summary
• Brief Announcements
• Amendments and overview of the Meeting Agenda
6:45 P.M. Neighborhood Parks & Street Fund 2017 Timeline
6:50 P.M. Discussion on changes to SWDC By-laws
• By-law Review Committee work to date
• By-laws of other district councils
• Consideration for incorporating, and at-large membership
7:20 P.M. Southwest District Council Business
• CNC Update
• Other business
(4217 SW Oregon)
JIM PAGE, LIVE: See and hear the singer-songwriter at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), 7-9 pm. (5612 California SW)
MORE FOR TONIGHT, TOMORROW, BEYOND … on our full calendar!
The early bird gets the … grass. Sea-growing grasses are the preferred food of brant, the shy migratory geese seen along West Seattle shores this time of year. Thanks to Mark Wangerin for the photo! Now, on to our daily preview for the first non-holiday weekday of 2017:
BABY STORY TIMES: 10:30 am brings these free story times to two local libraries: Southwest Library (35th SW/SW Henderson) and West Seattle Library (2306 42nd SW). Recommended for babies up to one year old.
EARLY DAYS: Speaking of babies … the Early Days drop-in support groups have two days/locations in 2017. Today – and every Tuesday – 1-3 pm, you’ll find Early Days at Nurturing Expressions (WSB sponsor) in The Junction – details in our calendar listing. (4746 44th SW)
SEATTLE PUBLIC SCHOOLS BUDGET GAP: Not in West Seattle, but not far, and the subject could affect every SPS-involved family in the district. 6:30 pm at Franklin High School, the third of three Seattle Council PTSA-sponsored community conversations about the district’s potential $74 million budget gap. What are YOUR priorities for the SPS budget, if cuts have to be made? Come hear and talk about it. (3013 S. Mt Baker Blvd.)
AND THERE’S MORE for today, tonight, and beyond, on our full calendar! (Something to add? Please send it as early as possible – at least a week before the event – with info in the body of your e-mail, not as an attachment – firstname.lastname@example.org – thank you!)
(American Robin, photographed by Mark Wangerin)
From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar, what’s happening for the rest of the final Friday of 2016:
GIVE THE GIFT OF LIFE: Blood supplies tend to dwindle during the holiday season. If you can donate, consider doing it at Peace Lutheran Church in Gatewood today, where a mobile blood drive is scheduled 1 pm-7 pm, with a 3-4 pm break. (39th SW/SW Thistle)
FRIDAY AFTERNOON AT THE MOVIES: “Some Like It Hot” (1959) is the 1 pm feature at the Senior Center of West Seattle today. (4217 SW Oregon)
STAR WARS @ MEEPLES: New “Star Wars” RPG campaign, open to new players, starting at Meeples Games (WSB sponsor) at 6:30 pm – here’s the Meetup page; see other Meeples events on the store’s calendar here. (3727 California SW)
3 BANDS @ SKYLARK: Magic Thread, Ol’ No. 7, The Johnstown Flood perform starting at 9 pm at The Skylark, $7 cover, 21+. (3803 Delridge Way SW)
To look ahead to New Year’s Eve & Day, see the WSB West Seattle Holiday Guide!
From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar, four ways to spend your between-holidays Thursday:
LOG HOUSE MUSEUM: Noon-4 pm, visit the home of West Seattle’s history, headquarters of the Southwest Seattle Historical Society. (61st SW/SW Stevens)
‘STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS,’ FREE: 3 pm at West Seattle (Admiral) Library, all are welcome to the branch’s “family movie” screening of Episode VII. (2306 42nd SW)
HORSE AND TIGER: “A night of funky improv” at Parliament Tavern, 8 pm, 21+, no cover. (4210 SW Admiral Way)
THE W LOVERS: Live at Whisky West, 8 pm, 21+. (6451 California SW)
LOOKING AHEAD TO NEW YEAR’S EVE/DAY? Check the WSB West Seattle Holiday Guide. And please let us know if you have something to add!
If you’re off today, take some time to enjoy our area’s beauty – the snowcapped Olympics made an appearance this morning, and while it looks like clouds are creeping back over the peaks, at least we have James Bratsanos‘s photos capturing the view!
Meantime – highlights from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:
LEGO SPACE WARS @ THE LIBRARY: 2-4 pm, as previewed here yesterday, kids are invited to Southwest Library to build spaceships (and more) with Legos! Free; no registration required. (35th SW/SW Henderson)
CANDLELIGHT VIGIL FOR THE ORCAS: 4:45 pm, meet at Alki Statue of Liberty Plaza to remember and honor the Southern Resident Killer Whales lost this year. (61st SW/Alki Avenue SW)
WEST SEATTLE TOOL LIBRARY: Get ready for a project you’re planning in the New Year! Visit the Tool Library tonight, 5-8 pm on the northeast side of Youngstown Cultural Arts Center. (4408 Delridge Way SW)
GET FIT, WEST SEATTLE! INFO NIGHT: 6:30 pm at West Seattle Runner (WSB sponsor), come find out about the couch-to-half-marathon training program for beginners, with its next session starting early in the New Year. (2743 California SW)
Nothing from the WSB West Seattle Holiday Guide for today/tonight, but it has a growing section of New Year’s Eve/Day events – if yours isn’t there, let us know ASAP via email@example.com so we can add it – thanks!
(Photo by Paul Nicholson – three state ferries on Elliott Bay last Sunday)
SOLSTICE WATCH WITH ALICE: First sunset since winter’s arrival means that NASA Solar System Ambassador Alice Enevoldsen will be at Solstice Park for her 31st quarterly sunset watch – fun, informative, free, for all ages. Full details on her website, including directions. (7400 Fauntleroy Way SW)
‘LONGEST NIGHT’ SERVICE @ TIBBETTS: 7 pm at Tibbetts United Methodist Church (WSB sponsor):
For some people Christmas is not “the most wonderful time of the year.” It might stir up feelings of sadness and depression, whether it will be the first Christmas without a loved one, or the person lost someone around the Christmas season and this is a painful reminder each year. It might be because of other kinds of loss – loss of a job, a divorce or break-up, a feeling of grief and despair over the future of our country and the world, or even the loss of faith. There is a need for a space to not be forced to be jolly but to acknowledge our grief and pain and depression. The Longest Night Service is that place. It is a service of music, readings and prayers and candle lighting. It is open to everyone no matter the circumstance. If this would be of help to you this Christmas season or if you know someone who could benefit from being with us that night, please invite them and come along with them.
(3940 41st SW)
‘LONGEST NIGHT’ SERVICE AT ADMIRAL UCC: 6 pm at Admiral Congregational Church: “This alternative service will be a time for reflection on what gives us strength when the holidays feel more complicated than the culture allows.” (4320 SW Hill)
If your holiday services – now through New Year’s – aren’t listed in our holiday guide yet, it’s not too late – just send us the info ASAP – firstname.lastname@example.org – thanks!
Also happening today and tonight:
PRESCHOOL STORY TIME: 10:30 am at West Seattle (Admiral) Library, geared for 3- to 5-year-olds. Free! (2306 42nd SW)
LAST OFFICE JUNCTION MEETUP OF THE YEAR: Entrepreneur? Telecommuter? Coworker? Experimenting? At noon, stop by West Seattle’s only coworking center, Office Junction (WSB sponsor), for this week’s free community meetup, and see who else shows up! (6040 California SW)
SANTA AT THRIFTWAY: Still have something to say to the Jolly Old Soul? He’s due at West Seattle Thriftway (WSB sponsor) 1-4 pm today. (Fauntleroy/California/Morgan)
‘SO THIS IS CHRISTMAS’: 8 pm at Parliament Tavern, “A one-of-a-kind night filled with surprise guest stars, Christmas songs and holiday hijinks. No cover.” (4210 SW Admiral Way)
HOLIDAY SHOPPING: Special hours this week at your shop? Let us know ASAP so we can mention! Here are some places we know you can shop today/tonight:
My Three Little Birds (WSB sponsor) in south Morgan Junction is open today, until 5 pm. (6959 California SW)
Thunder Road Guitars (WSB sponsor) in The Junction is open today, until 6 pm. (4736 California SW)
Second Gear Sports (WSB sponsor) in Morgan Junction is open until 6 pm. (6529 California SW)
Wyatt’s Jewelers (WSB sponsor) in Westwood Village is open today, until 6 pm. (2600 SW Barton)
Atomic Boys in Admiral is open today, until 6 pm. (4311 SW Admiral Way)
Click! Design That Fits (WSB sponsor) in The Junction is open until 8 tonight. (4540 California SW)
Meeples Games (WSB sponsor) is open today, 11:30 am-10 pm. (3727 California SW)
AFTERNOON BOOK GROUP: 2 pm at Southwest Library, all welcome. “Let the Great World Spin” by Colum McCann is this month’s book. (35th SW/SW Henderson)
HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE: The regional Camp Fire Headquarters is in West Seattle and inviting you over this afternoon/evening: “Join us for an evening of cookie decorating, gingerbread house making and snowflake cutting! Come take a photo in one of our many holiday photo booths! This is also a great opportunity to come tour Camp Fire headquarters and meet the staff!” 3-6 pm. Bring a donation for foster kids via Treehouse – here’s the wish list. (2414 SW Andover, Suite D-105)
SANTA AT THRIFTWAY Another chance to see St. Nick – West Seattle Thriftway (WSB sponsor) will get four visits this week, starting with 5:30-8:30 pm tonight. (Fauntleroy/California/Morgan)
COOKIE CLASS: Holiday Cookie Decorating Class for the whole family at Salty’s on Alki (WSB sponsor), 6 pm. Reservations required – get all the info here – and call ASAP to see if they still have room! (1936 Harbor SW)
WEST SEATTLE QUILTERS: 7 pm at the Senior Center of West Seattle. (4217 SW Oregon)
MONDAY QUIZ: All ages, 7:30 pm at The Skylark. (3803 California SW)
Good morning! So many special events ahead on your West Seattle Saturday, starting with events from our Holiday Guide:
SANTA AT CAPERS: 9 am-noon, it’s another early day to get your photo with CAPERS in The Junction, 9 am-noon, bring your own camera. Free, but a monetary donation to the West Seattle Food Bank is suggested. (4525 California SW)
SEATTLE-MADE POP-UP Meet the vendors and shop at Sound & Fog from 10 am-3 pm:
Erika Laureano Designs (silver and bronze jewelry)
Chef Ariella’s Vegan Donuts
Radley Raven (mens ties and pocket squares)
Up Hill Designs (canvas and leather bags)
(4735 40th SW)
SANTA AT TRAM’S: “Santa Al” is at Tram’s Hair Salon, 10 am-1 pm. Bring your own camera! (4110 California SW)
FAMILY HOLIDAY CRAFT ACTIVITY: 1-5 pm at Tap Station, 1-5 pm. “We’ll be doing guided craft activities (ornaments, decorations, cards, etc) for kids, offering hot chocolate and soda for the youngsters and as always there will be beer, wine, and cider for grownups. We’ll be playing holiday movies all day long might even be doing some sing-along music favorites. This is also a clothing and food drive for WestSide Baby and the West Seattle Food Bank. We’ll have boxes set up to accept warm children’s clothes, non-perishable food and other holiday donations.” (7900 35th SW)
Ben Viscon says the wine release includes a 2014 Chardonnay called ‘The Betrayal’ and a 2013 Merlot called ‘Heart Box Red.’ and that “past vintages of these same wines have won several awards.” 2-7 pm. (5910 California SW)
CARTOONING SANTA: Today’s the day at Luna Park Café, 4-7 pm: “Cartooning Santa will be there to draw free cartoons for the kids. Drink Specials of Eggnog and Candy Cane lattes or shakes and Caramel Hot Apple Cider. And for the big kids (over 21), seasonal beers and hard ciders. (2918 SW Avalon Way)
WHITE CENTER CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING: 6 pm at the plaza next to Mac’s Triangle Pub. Details on our partner site White Center Now. (North side of 16th/Roxbury/Delridge)
SANTA AT MENASHE FAMILY LIGHTS: 6-10 pm, take a photo with “Santa Al” at West Seattle’s biggest and brightest holiday light display. Bring a nonperishable-food donation for the West Seattle Food Bank. (5605 Beach Drive SW)
CHRISTMAS LIGHT RUN: 6:30 pm, you’re invited to join West Seattle Runner‘s annual Christmas Light Run:
Come and join us for our favorite annual tradition: running and Christmas Light viewing!! We will have a leisurely 2-3 mile run (or walk) to view the beautiful lights. Meet at West Seattle Runner and you will get the route. This fun group run is anything but competitive, so please, leave your racing heart at home. We hope you will wear your Santa hat, elf ears, and such, but insist you have on some reflective and lights so you can see and be seen. Kids, dogs, and cats are welcome. We will gather at the shop afterward for cookies and cocoa and cider. Of course we will be stopping at the famous Helmstetler Light Show, so if you care to bring food donations for them, we will collect at the shop or you can leave a donation at their house or online: westseattlelights.com
(2743 California SW)
CHORAL CONCERT: Free Christmas Concert at Fauntleroy Church, 7:30 pm. Peace Lutheran and Fauntleroy Church choirs will perform new arrangements of familiar Christmas songs with hand bells, percussion, violin, flute, and guitar:
That’s video from one of the rehearsals. (9140 California SW)
‘MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET’: Join Twelfth Night Productions this holiday season for “Miracle on 34th Street: A Live Radio Play.” Tonight at 7:30 pm at Kenyon Hall. Buy your ticket(s) online at this Brown Paper Tickets link or before the show at the venue box office. (7904 35th SW)
And from the year-round WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:
PRESERVING THE DUWAMISH CULTURAL LANDSCAPE: 10 am-3 pm at the Duwamish Tribe Longhouse in West Seattle, “fun day exploring the relationship between Duwamish culture and native habitat restoration” – full details here. (4705 W. Marginal Way SW)
COMMUNITY CONVERSATION WITH YOUR SCHOOL-BOARD REP: 1-3 pm at Delridge Library, drop in and talk with/hear from West Seattle/South Park school-board rep Leslie Harris, the board’s newly elected vice president. (5423 Delridge Way SW)
JUNIOR ROLLER DERBY: 5:15 pm, doors open at Southgate Roller Rink for Southside Revolution‘s bout – details in our calendar listing. (9646 17th SW)
(added) HIGH-SCHOOL BASKETBALL: Another home game tonight for the West Seattle High School men – varsity hosting Rainier Beach at 7 pm. (3000 California SW)
ROO FORREST AND FRIENDS: At C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), 7-9 pm. (5612 California SW)
A VERY JERRY CHRISTMAS: Spotlighting the music of Jerry Garcia and The Grateful Dead, 9 pm at Parliament Tavern in The Admiral District. (4210 SW Admiral Way)
RAFAEL TRANQUILINO BAND: 9 pm at Whisky West in Morgan Junction. 21+. No cover. (6451 California SW)