(Male Anna’s hummingbird, photographed by Mark Wangerin)
Happy Saturday! Notes and events:
TRAFFIC ALERT: I-5 expansion-joint work continues; tonight until Monday morning, WSDOT is closing up to 3 northbound collector-distributor lanes downtown. The main lanes remain open, as do exits (follow the link to see a map), but this could still lead to some backups.
DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME STARTS TONIGHT: OK, technically tomorrow (Sunday) morning, 2 am.
ADMIRAL ADOPT-A-STREET CLEANUP: 9 am, join the Admiral Neighborhood Association outside Metropolitan Market (WSB sponsor) and spend a few hours helping beautify your community. Perks, too, as noted in our preview. Young helpers welcome too. (41st/Admiral Way)
INTERNET BASICS, 1 & 2: Know someone who isn’t quite Web-savvy? This class might be just what they need. 11 am-12:30 pm at the High Point Branch Library. Call quick to see if there’s still room – registration is required. Details in our calendar listing. (35th/Raymond)
DUWAMISH RIVER, THE FIRST 15,000 YEARS: 1-3 pm presentation by geologist Devin O’Reilly, sharing how glaciers, volcanoes, earthquakes & humans have shaped the river. Free; more information here. Duwamish Longhouse. (4705 W. Marginal Way SW)
(New state ferry Tokitae under construction at Vigor Shipyard; photo by Carolyn Newman)
Fun stuff from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar, for the hours ahead, starting now!
SHARON BEST’S RETIREMENT PARTY: Now until 7 pm, at The White House, lawyer Sharon Best‘s retirement party, combined with an open house for Best Escrow LLC, as previewed here. (3909 California SW)
CONRAD WESSELHOEFT AT ‘WORDS, WRITERS, WEST SEATTLE’: 4-6 pm, the West Seattle author is the next to read/sign in this series celebrating local writers. Meet him at Barnes & Noble/Westwood Village. (2800 SW Barton)
PACO DIEZ AT NORTHWEST WINE ACADEMY: Tapas, wine, and music with Paco Diez tonight at Northwest Wine Academy on the South Seattle Community College (WSB sponsor) campus, 5-9 pm, with Diez performing 5:30-7. (6000 16th SW)
(Great Blue Heron photographed at Seacrest by David Hutchinson)
A half-dozen highlights from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:
FIRST THURSDAY DEMOCRATS: 11:30 am, it’s the monthly lunch meeting at Daystar. (2615 SW Barton)
LADIES NIGHT AT WEST SEATTLE THRIFTWAY: 6-8 pm, West Seattle Thriftway (WSB sponsor) plans an event with fun and giveaways – with a “swag bag” for the first 125 to arrive. (California/Fauntleroy/Morgan)
DESIGN-REVIEW DOUBLEHEADER: Two projects go before the Southwest Design Review Board for the first time tonight, with time for public comment: (updated) At 6:30 pm, 1606 California SW, and at 8 pm, 3257/3303 Harbor SW. Details on both, along with links to their “packets” so you can preview what will be presented, can be found in this story we published last week. Both reviews are at the Senior Center of West Seattle. (California/Oregon)
HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN COMIC BOOK: Next session of this weekly class for 6-to-12-year-olds starts tonight at Delridge Community Center. (4501 Delridge Way SW)
‘THIRD’: Second night for ArtsWest‘s new production “Third,” written by Wendy Wasserstein. 7:30 pm performance. (4711 California SW)
LOTS MORE … check out our calendar!
(Barrow’s goldeneyes, photographed by Flickr member “old desolate,” shared via WSB Flickr group)
With an inch of rain reported overnight, it’s excellent weather for waterfowl. All of the following, meantime, happens indoors, so you don’t need feathers, webbing, or even an umbrella. From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:
‘FAMILY LOVE LETTERS’: A free workshop described as “estate planning with a heart,” 11 am at Alki Community Center. (5817 SW Stevens)
DRAZE AT WEST SEATTLE HIGH SCHOOL: Not a public event, but worth noting in advance – WSHS students will be hearing today from a local musician whose newest song/video addresses a topic relevant to our area and others around the city (and beyond) – neighborhood changes. Announced by teacher Rebecka McKinney:
Seattle rapper, Draze, will be at West Seattle High School to talk about racism and gentrification to hundreds of WSHS students as a follow up to their recent units on racism through the plays Fences (12th grade) and A Raisin in the Sun (9th grade). Draze will also perform his recently released song, “The Hood Ain’t the Same.”
In a time when gentrification is receiving national and local attention, this is a great opportunity for WSHS students to think critically about the issue and how racism continues to impact equity.
(3000 California SW)
SOMALI STORY TIME: All are invited to the High Point Library for stories, rhymes, and fun entirely in the Somali language, 5 pm. (35th and Raymond)
MINIMUM WAGE HEARING: The City Council’s Select Committee on Minimum Wage and Income Inequality officially kicks off its work at 6 pm tonight with a public hearing at Town Hall downtown. Full details here. (1119 Eighth Avenue)
SOUTHWEST DISTRICT COUNCIL: This group of reps from community councils and other organizations around western West Seattle has its monthly meeting at 6:30 pm, Senior Center of West Seattle in The Junction. All welcome. (California/Oregon)
‘THIRD’: Opening night for ArtsWest‘s new production “Third,” written by Wendy Wasserstein. 7:30 pm curtain. (4711 California SW)
Somewhere under the rainbow – a home in Gatewood, photographed Monday afternoon by Dawn (thanks for sharing!). Don’t know if this afternoon will bring another break in the rain, but we’re marching on with the preview for today/tonight just the same:
COLLEGE NIGHT AT SSCC: 5:30-7:30 pm, South Seattle Community College (WSB sponsor) hosts a big open house for everyone from current students to potential future students to community members. Details here; it’s happening in the Brockey Center on the south side of campus. (6000 16th SW)
FAIRMOUNT PARK ELEMENTARY INFO NIGHT: 6-8 pm at Alki Elementary, another chance for prospective FP parents to meet planning principal Julie Breidenbach and find out more about the expanding/reopening school – details in our listing. (3010 59th SW)
WESTWOOD-ROXHILL-ARBOR HEIGHTS COMMUNITY COUNCIL: Agenda for tonight’s WWRHAH meeting, 6:15 pm at the Southwest Branch Library:
6:15-6:20: Introductions & Community News
6:25-6:35: State of the Council; Amanda Kay Helmick
6:35-6:40: Upcoming Elections – Who is Running?
6:40-7:10: SDOT; Jim Curtin- SDOT Update: Feedback on the SW Roxbury safety project; Update on the 35th Ave SW Safety project; Road Vibrations from buses on SW Roxbury and 26th Ave SW; 30th Ave SW Sidewalks; Q&A
7:10-7:40: Committee & Neighborhood Council Updates; What else should we work on this year?
Metro Committee: Amanda Kay Helmick; Transit Hub
Roxhill Bog Committee: Rory Donovan; Process Update
Roxhill Park Committee: Amanda Kay Helmick & Eric Iwamoto; Grant update
SWDC: Rory or Eric
7:40-7:45: Wrap Up: Breakdown the room; library locks up promptly at 8 pm.
WEST SEATTLE BOOSTER CLUB: The WS Booster Club is gearing up to help more WSHS sports than ever – but they can’t do it without you. Here’s our story from last weekend. Meeting’s at 7 pm at the West Seattle High School library. (3000 California SW)
FAT TUESDAY! MARDI GRAS EDITION OF ‘BLUES TO DO’: Weekly “Blues to Do” at Feedback Lounge (WSB sponsor) celebrates Mardi Gras with Snake Oil featuring Rod Cook and Mark Riley, plus “a short set of original boogie-woogie piano from award winning songwriter and piano man” Eric “Two Scoops” Moore. 8 pm.(6451 California SW)
(Thanks to Hedi for the photo of Harbor Avenue’s Canada goose family out exploring)
Relatively quiet day/night, as we check highlights on the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:
SEATTLE PUBLIC SCHOOLS OPEN ENROLLMENT, WEEK 2: The second and final week of the Seattle Public Schools open-enrollment period – for those who “want to request a different school or program assignment for the 2014-15 school year” or haven’t yet registered their incoming kindergartener or otherwise new student – ends at 4 pm Friday, March 7th. If your student(s) already are assigned for next year, you should have received a confirmation letter, and you do NOT need to take any action now. If you DO need to apply – all the info’s here.
TODDLER INDOOR GYM: New times for the indoor gyms at West Seattle community centers; 1 pm is the Monday start for drop-in Delridge Community Center sessions. (4501 Delridge Way SW)
LEARN OIL PAINTING: A new six-week series of classes starts tonight at Alki Bathhouse, 6 pm. (60th/Alki)
WEST SEATTLE HI-YU MEETING: Come help the volunteers working to make this year’s West Seattle Hi-Yu community events and parade float happen! 7 pm at St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church. (California/Hanford)
Thanks to John Hinkey for the photo of beautiful mountains, sea, and boat taken in last Friday’s sunshine. How will today unfold? Here’s some of what’s on the calendar!
REMINDER – NO VIADUCT CLOSURE TODAY AFTER ALL … as reported here last night, the inspection is done and so there’s NO second all-day closure between the West Seattle Bridge and Battery Street Tunnel. But 99 is still closed from the BST north to Woodland Park Zoo through late morning for the Hot Chocolate 15/5K.
WEST SEATTLE SUNDAY SOCCER: 7:30 am at Delridge Playfield, join the weekly pickup games – explained on the WSSS Facebook page. (Delridge/Alaska)
TWEED RIDE TO BIKE EXPO: 10 am, join West Seattle Bike Connections on a ride to the Seattle Bike Expo. (Don’t miss the artistic-cycling champs while you’re there!) Details on the WSBC site. (Meet under the WS Bridge)
WEST SEATTLE FARMERS’ MARKET: 10 am-2 pm, with vendors including the recently debuted, West Seattle-based Sod House Bakery. (44th/Alaska)
GIRL SCOUT COOKIE SALES CONTINUE: Another local troop shares their cookie-selling photo today (send us yours!), the third day of this year’s cookie sale:
We are Daisy Girl Scout Troop #45172 out of Gatewood Elementary. We will be selling cookies at Westwood QFC 12-2 and WS Thriftway 4-6 Sunday. This is our first year selling cookies. We are taking donated cookies to some of the local nursing homes and also collecting cookie donations for Operation Cookie Drop to send to the troops. Come by, say hi, and buy some cookies to help support the Girl Scouts.
The online lookup to find all of West Seattle’s cookie-selling troops, and their times/locations, is here.
OSCARS VIEWING PARTY: The silver-screen awards are on the big screen at Feedback Lounge (WSB sponsor), 4 pm red carpet, 5 pm awards. (6451 California SW)
SEATTLE PRIDE ‘LAST CHANCE’ TRYOUTS: 15-17-year-old girls and boys have one last chance this evening to try out for the Seattle Pride basketball league. See our previous story for times and other info. Tryouts are at Seattle Lutheran High School. (40th/Genesee)
‘ROOTS MUSIC VARIETY SHOW’: That’s how tonight’s lineup at Kenyon Hall, “From West Seattle to the Bering Sea,” is described. 7:30 pm. (7904 35th SW)
SEE MORE for today, tonight, next week, and beyond, browsable here.
9:33 AM: Thanks to commenter Young for mentioning having received a postcard about this – otherwise, it was unannounced, so we didn’t know until now: There are design open houses today for the upcoming projects at Fire Station 32 (rebuild) at 38th/Alaska in The Junction and Fire Station 29 (upgrade) at 2139 Ferry SW in North Admiral. The Station 32 open house is 10 am-noon, Station 29 is 1-3 pm. Assuming these are the same format as open houses at other stations, you’ll be able to stop by, take a look at design renderings, and ask questions.
11:24 AM: Added above, one of the renderings from the Fire Station 32 open house. We stopped by for photos and info and will have a followup later. The same team will be presiding at the Station 29 open house at 1, so if you have questions about 32 but didn’t get there in time, you can ask them there.
(Photographed this week in North Admiral by Michael Oxman)
The snow chance has vanished from the forecast again, so you aren’t likely to have to worry about weather woes this weekend – get out and enjoy what your community and neighbors are offering, all this and more:
HIGHWAY 99 CLOSURE REMINDER: This is the complicated one we’ve been discussing for a while – details here.
‘CLIMATE AMBASSADOR’ TRAINING FOR KIDS: 9 am-5:30 pm, Plant For The Planet is helping 18 children learn “how to become climate justice ambassadors” – and, says Michael Foster, they’ll be learning from their peers. Neighborhood House’s High Point Center. (6400 Sylvan Way SW)
(added) FIRE STATION PROJECT DESIGN OPEN HOUSES: Sorry to have not known about this until commenter Young mentioned memories of a postal-mail card – turns out that Station 32, which will be a total rebuild, has a design open house 10 am-noon, and Station 29, up for upgrades, has a design open house 1-3 pm. In both cases, you should be able to stop by, see renderings, ask questions. (More here.)
WHITE CENTER COMMUNITY SUMMIT: 10 am-2 pm, workshops, a resource fair, and a chance to meet WC neighbors. More details on our partner site White Center Now.
FAMILY NATURE WALK: Join naturalist Stewart Wechsler on a walk exploring nature at Camp Long, 10:30 am; more info here. (5200 35th SW)
LOG HOUSE MUSEUM VOLUNTEERING INFO SESSION: Volunteer power runs the home of local history, and you can be part of it starting now. 11 am-1 pm, it’s the next volunteering-info session at the museum. (61st/Stevens)
wHAT THE CROWS TALK ABOUT: Noon-4 pm, see artist/author/photographer Judy Lane‘s pop-up art show at the Duwamish Longhouse, including a talk 1-2 pm – free! (4705 W. Marginal Way SW)
HELP WEST SEATTLE ARTIST DESIGN SEATTLE CENTER PLAYGROUND: Help West Seattle artist Judith Caldwell and the rest of the team designing a new playground for all of Seattle’s kids, 1-4 pm at Seattle Center – details in our recent story. (305 Harrison)
CHORAL FESTIVAL FUNDRAISER: The annual Puget Sound Unitarian Universalist Choirs Festival fills the Westside Unitarian Universalist Congregation headquarters with choral music starting at 3 pm; free, with donations accepted for Lifelong AIDS Alliance. (7141 California SW)
YOUNGSTOWN ‘THRIVE’ PARTY: Celebrate the 8th anniversary of the transformation of the historic Cooper School into the Youngstown Cultural Arts Center. Party details are in our preview story from last month. All ages 6-9 pm, then a 21+ dance party until 1 am. (4408 Delridge Way SW)
WEST SEATTLE MEANINGFUL MOVIES: Tonight, the next West Seattle Meaningful Movies screening features “Cracking the Codes: The System of Racial Inequity,” 7 pm. Free, though donations are gratefully accepted. Discussion as well as film viewing. Neighborhood House’s High Point Center. (6400 Sylvan Way SW)
RADIO SHARK: The band’s style is described as “aggressive rock” – see for yourself (no cover!) at WSB sponsor Feedback Lounge, 9:30 pm. (6451 California SW)
‘ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW’: The monthly midnight movie rolls on, at the historic Admiral Theater. (2343 California SW)
THAT’S NOT ALL! Much more happening today, tonight, tomorrow, beyond – give our frequently updated calendar a quick browse to see.
Thanks to Gary Jones for another close-up look at eagles on Alki Point – just as we get ready to fly into the weekend! Ahead, just part of what you’ll find on the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:
GIRL SCOUT COOKIES: Starting today, you’ll see Girl Scouts around West Seattle (and other parts of the metro area) starting their annual fundraising cookie sale. No new flavors this year – just six tried-and-true types, Thin Mints, Samoas, Tagalongs, Do-Si-Dos, Trefoils, Savannah Smiles. You can find cookie-selling venues by using this online locator. Sales continue through March 16th.
OPEN HOUSE: IT Headquarters/PC Mobile Help recently moved and is having an all-day open house, until 6 pm, at its new location; details in our listing. Free computer recycling, among other things. (5631 California SW, Suite B)
WEST SEATTLE GARDEN CLUB: Drop by for some or all of the monthly meeting, 10 am-2 pm at Daystar Retirement Village – details in our calendar listing. (2615 SW Barton)
BIG BAND DINNER DANCE: If you don’t have your tickets to tonight’s West Seattle High School Big Band Dinner Dance, featuring WSHS student musicians as well as the West Seattle Big Band, you can buy them at the door. Here’s a video invitation shared by parent volunteers:
For $17, you get dinner 6-7 and big band music/dancing 7-9 pm (plus dance instruction, dessert, beverages, and a chance at door prizes). A special $8 music/dancing-only tickets for students is available. It’s happening at WSHS, and benefiting WSHS band, orchestra, jazz-band members raising money for this spring’s performance and competition trips. (3000 California SW)
MARDI GRAS RAINBOW BINGO: Fat Tuesday is days away, and you can start the revelry tonight at the Mardi Gras edition of Rainbow Bingo at the Senior Center of West Seattle (WSB sponsor). Call fast to see if reservations remain. Food at 6, entertainment at 6:30, bingo at 7. (California/Oregon)
WEST SEATTLE, FAUNTLEROY Y ZUMBATHONS: 6:30 tonight, the West Seattle and Fauntleroy YMCA (WSB sponsor) raise money for its annual campaign with an “all-star lineup” of Zumba instructors leading a Disco Party. It’s at the WS branch; details here. (4515 36th SW)
WEST SEATTLE DEMOCRATIC WOMEN: Today’s meeting looks at Initiative 1329 and more – details in our listing. 11:30 am, West Seattle Golf Course. You would have had to RSVP for lunch (watch our calendar and the WSDW website for advance notice of future meetings), but you’re still welcome to sit in. (4470 35th SW)
BLUE ANGEL VISITING: Yes, the Blue Angels really are returning to Seafair this year. Latest proof: The #7 jet visits Seattle today for Seafair’s winter meetings. It’s scheduled to arrive at Boeing Field between 1 and 1:30 pm. This year’s air show, Seafair reminds us, is scheduled for August 1st-3rd.
RETURN OF THE WIENERMOBILE: 2-5 pm, the iconic Oscar Mayer Wienermobile is back at Roxbury Safeway, where it was last seen back in December. Photo op!!!! (28th/Roxbury)
THE FRATELLIS, RESCHEDULED: 6 pm at Easy Street Records, The Fratellis perform the show that was rescheduled from last November. Free, all ages; details here. (California/Alaska)
THE WHALE TRAIL: Saving salmon is key to saving the orcas. Find out how salmon are doing, at tonight’s talk presented by The Whale Trail, C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), 7 pm. (5612 California SW)
PARENTING SEMINAR #1 – PARENTING WITH PAUSE, LETTING GO: Free parenting seminar presented by Renée Metty at The Cove School, 6:30 pm. Free child care if you RSVP – use this form, ASAP. (3430 California SW)
PARENTING SEMINAR #2 – GOODBYE, DIAPERS! Free parenting seminar for parents of kids who are making, or about to make, the big transition. Tibbetts United Methodist Church (WSB sponsor), 7 pm – details in our listing. (3940 41st SW)
DELRIDGE GROCERY BENEFIT AT SKYLARK: Every Thursday, Skylark Café and Club has a benefit for a local nonprofit, and from here on out, the fourth Thursday will benefit the Delridge Grocery cooperative – details here. 7-11 pm, with music starting at 8. (3803 Delridge Way SW)
This morning, we are grateful to be able to showcase TWO beautiful photos – a Tuesday view of the Olympics peeking from the clouds, from James Bratsanos, above; and below, this morning’s sunrise sky from Debbie Bukoski:
Now, on with the highlights, mostly directly from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar, where you can always look ahead to tomorrow, next week, next month …
FREE COMPOSTING BIN: Today’s the day! 11 am-3 pm, go to the Southwest Neighborhood Service Center and get your free “collector’s edition” Felix Hernandez-branded kitchen-scraps bin, explained in our preview. (2801 SW Thistle)
FAIRMOUNT PARK ELEMENTARY INFO NIGHT: Another one tonight, 6-8 pm at Alki Elementary; meet planning principal Julie Breidenbach and find out more about the expanding/reopening Fairmount Park Elementary – details in our listing. (3010 59th SW)
HIGHLAND PARK ACTION COMMITTEE: After a 6:30 pm potluck, HPAC meets tonight at 7 pm at Highland Park Improvement Club:
So far, the agenda includes:
*Official announcement of the formation of HPAC’s very own Greening Committee: HPAC member Craig Rankin has taken the lead on this and already has a very cool kick off event in the works. Come learn about what’s going on and how to get involved in making our neighborhood more beautiful.
*Aly Pennucci from DPD is joining us to discuss a Pedestrian Zone Mapping Project.
*We have some updates on the Seattle City Light Surplus Properties, several park projects going on in the neighborhood, and all kinds of announcements of cool stuff happening.
*We will be presenting HPIC’s landscape plan for community input and review- come check it out and see how you can help transform part of HPIC’s parking lot into a beautiful courtyard for the community- it’s happening fast!
WEST SEATTLE TIMEBANK: Whether you have already joined the Timebank, or are interested in becoming a new member, tonight’s meeting is for you, 7 pm, Senior Center of West Seattle, details in our listing. (California/Oregon)
TRIVIA BENEFIT FOR THE Y: Tonight’s 8:30 pm trivia at Talarico’s Pizza in The Junction is a special fundraiser:
The West Seattle and Fauntleroy YMCA are partnering with Talarico’s Pizzeria for trivia tonight, and 100% of the “pay to play” money will go directly to support the YMCA’s Annual Campaign. The Annual Campaign raises funds to support youth in the West Seattle community by providing scholarships for summer camps, tutoring services, swim lessons, youth sports, and so much more!
(4718 California SW)
LOTS MORE … on the calendar, for today, tonight, and beyond.
DREAM DINNERS SALE: Longtime WSB sponsor Dream Dinners-West Seattle invites you to stop by and get great buys today on three- and six-serving dinners, sides, and desserts, 11:30 am-1 pm and 5:30-7 pm, no minimum purchase, first-come, first-served. “Lots of 30-minutes-or-less dinners and meals perfect for the crockpot,” says DD’s Leslie Thomson. Call 206-938-5999 with questions. (4701 41st SW, outer Jefferson Square, corner of 41st/Alaska)
‘THROWIN’ SAMOAN’ JACK THOMPSON @ SSCC: Free this afternoon? Come to South Seattle Community College (WSB sponsor) to hear former WSU and NFL quarterback Jack “The Throwin’ Samoan” Thompson talk about “his football career, life after football and his roots in White Center,” as announced by SSCC; the event is sponsored by the school’s Asian American-Native American-Pacific Islander program. 1 pm in Olympic Hall on the south end of campus. (6000 16th SW)
WHY THE EVERY-OTHER-WEEK TRASH-PICKUP IDEA WAS SCRAPPED: 2 pm today is the City Council Public Utilities and Neighborhoods Committee discussion that was scheduled before the mayor’s “we’re not doing it” announcement. (City Hall)
IMPROVING INTERSECTION SAFETY: City Councilmember Tom Rasmussen sends word of a 4:30-5:30 pm SDOT tour of the five-way intersection at Chelan, Delridge, Spokane, and West Marginal, as safety improvements are discussed. Meet at the Chelan Café. (3527 Chelan SW)
FAIRMOUNT PARK ELEMENTARY INFO NIGHT: 6-8 pm at Alki Elementary, come meet planning principal Julie Breidenbach and find out more about the expanding/reopening Fairmount Park Elementary – details in our listing. (3010 59th SW)
WEST SEATTLE BLOCK WATCH CAPTAINS NETWORK: Tonight’s monthly meeting brings a chance to talk with new precinct commander Capt. Steve Wilske, 6:30 pm, Southwest Precinct. (Delridge/Webster)
WEST SEATTLE SEE DOGS: 6:30 pm at The Kenney (WSB sponsor), the guide-puppy-raising group invites you to come see what’s involved with raising a future guide dog, as previewed here. (7125 Fauntleroy Way SW)
TOWNHOME-REZONE MEETING: 7 pm tonight, West Seattle Church of the Nazarene hosts a community meeting about the six townhomes proposed on part of its “park” site south of the church. Here’s our preview, which links to our previous reports about the project. (42nd/Juneau)
LOTS MORE! on the calendar.
(Seal pup watched this weekend by Seal Sitters near Jack Block Park; thanks to Cormac for the photo!)
As a brand-new week begins, here are highlights for today and tonight from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar, as well as previews published recently:
SEATTLE PUBLIC SCHOOLS OPEN ENROLLMENT: If you “want to request a different school or program assignment for the 2014-15 school year,” as the district describes it, or if you didn’t register your incoming kindergartener or otherwise new student, the two-week Open Enrollment period starting today is for you, and you should submit a “choice application” by 4 pm March 7th. If you already have an assignment for next year, you should have received a letter confirming it, and you do NOT need to take any action now. If you DO need to apply – all the info’s here.
KIERKEGAARD BOOK CONFERENCE: 9 am-1 pm at First Lutheran Church of West Seattle, all are welcome at a conference discussing Rev. Ron Marshall‘s new book “Kierkegaard for the Church” – backstory in our video-anchored preview over the weekend. (4105 California SW)
TRANSPORTATION BENEFIT DISTRICT: Will the King County Council, sitting as the board of the newly created Transportation Benefit District, vote today to put the Metro/roads money proposal on the ballot for an April vote? The meeting’s at 3 pm, council chambers in the downtown courthouse, background details here. (3rd/James)
FAMILY STORY TIME: 6:30 pm, free as always, High Point Branch Library. (35th/Raymond)
FREE MODERN-DANCE CLASS: Adults are invited to a free modern-dance class for beginners, taught by Adrienne Krieger, 7 pm at Gildenfire Dance in White Center. Details in our listing. (10011 13th SW)
YMCA CAMPAIGN TRIVIA NIGHT: 7 pm, it’s trivia at The Bridge benefiting the annual fundraising campaign for the Y (WSB sponsor) – details in our listing, including how to register in advance. (California/Graham)
LIVE MUSIC: Singer/songwriter/guitarist Carl Tosten performs 7:30-10 pm at Locöl Barley & Vine. (7902 35th SW)
(Beach volleyball in winter! February 2014 photo by “Alki Pete,” from the WSB Flickr group)
FARMERS’ MARKET: Even here in the season before the spring and summer produce is ready to harvest, you’ll find a variety of food and drink to check out, from cheese to cider to soup to nuts to meat. 10 am-2 pm. (44th/Alaska)
POTTER CONSTRUCTION AT HOME SHOW: If you’re going to the Seattle Home Show today (its final day) downtown, look for West Seattle’s Potter Construction (WSB sponsor) in booth 1341:
It’s open 10 am-6 pm at the CenturyLink Field Event Center (lots more info here).
LAST CHANCE AT LOG HOUSE MUSEUM FOR A WHILE: After today, the Southwest Seattle Historical Society’s Log House Museum will close for three weeks to get a new exhibit up and running, so this is the perfect day to visit. Noon-4 pm. (61st/Stevens)
SEATTLE PRIDE TRYOUTS CONTINUE: More tryouts this afternoon/evening for Seattle Pride Basketball – see the groups and times here, all happening at Seattle Lutheran High School. (40th/Genesee)
BURGUNDY PEARL AT C & P COFFEE: Described on the C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor) calendar as “Peggy Sullivan and Ron Dalton perform a mix of mongrel Americana music as an acoustic duo.” 3-5 pm. (5612 California SW)
GET CRABBY AT THE MASONIC HALL: As previewed here on Friday, the annual crab feast raising money for student programs is 4-7 pm today at the Masonic Hall. Follow the preview link for details on food and tickets (kids free!). All welcome. (40th/Edmunds)
ALL AGES OPEN MIKE @ SKYLARK: Signups at 4, music at 5, during Skylark Café and Club‘s famous all-ages Sunday open-microphone session. (3803 Delridge Way SW)
MUSIC AND DINNER AT COMPANY: Make a night of it at Company in White Center as the Casey Macgill Trio plays (no cover) at 7 pm. Details here. (9608 16th SW)
P.S. – No snow.
Thanks to Mark Wangerin for sharing his recent photo of a raccoon spiffed up for what is the wild kingdom’s romantic season as well as ours. Here’s a look ahead to the day, mostly from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar, but starting with traffic alerts:
HIGHWAY 99, 1ST AVENUE SOUTH: In the stadium zone, some lane/ramp closures you might want to know about this weekend. From WSDOT:
*The South Royal Brougham Way on-ramp to northbound SR 99 will be closed from 7 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, to 5 a.m. Monday, Feb. 24.
*The right lane of northbound SR 99 will be closed at South Royal Brougham Way from 7 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, to 5 a.m. Monday, Feb. 24.
*The right lane of southbound First Avenue South will be closed from Railroad Way South to just north of South Royal Brougham Way from 7 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, to 5 a.m. Monday, Feb. 24.
This is all part of work to reconfigure Highway 99 lanes that are south of the elevated viaduct.
SOUTHBOUND I-5 LANE CLOSURES: This weekend, the expansion-joint work on I-5 south of the heart of downtown is happening on the southbound “collector-distributor lanes.” They’re down to one lane, so steer clear.
****But you can have a great weekend WITHOUT needing to leave West Seattle to travel those highways. Highlights:
SOLAR SEMINAR: 9:30 am at the Senior Center, WSB sponsor Sunergize West Seattle is presenting a seminar to explain going solar and its benefits – full details in our calendar listing. (SE corner of California/Oregon)
GRIEF-SUPPORT GROUP: First session 10 am-noon at Grace Church – as explained here. (10323 28th SW)
REMODELING/CUSTOM-HOME-BUILDING WORKSHOP: 2 pm at Ventana Construction (WSB sponsor), come learn about remodeling and custom-home-building at a free workshop. Call ASAP to make sure there’s still room! Details including phone number are in our listing. (NE corner of California/Findlay)
VETERAN CENTER OPEN HOUSE: The West Seattle Veteran Center, in the historic American Legion Post 160 building, invites you to an evening open house at 7 pm, with music by Henry at War starting at 8 pm. All ages, free, $5 donation appreciated to help the WSVC work toward its goals; details in our calendar listing. (3618 SW Alaska)
HELP THE HORSES! Tonight, 5-7 pm, is the benefit at Beveridge Place Pub and neighboring Morgan Junction Park (where you’ll find horses!) for the Seattle Police Mounted Patrol. Details in our preview published Thursday. (6413 California SW)
STATE COMPETITION FOR SWIMMERS: As noted here last weekend, swimmers from Chief Sealth International High School are among the student athletes in the state championships starting at 6:15 pm tonight at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way.
‘PRIVATE EYES’: Second and final weekend for the “comedy of suspense and intrigue” by Twelfth Night Productions.
(Production photo by Ron Dugdale)
7:30 pm curtain time at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center. (4408 Delridge Way SW)
STATE COMPETITION FOR WRESTLERS: Also noted here last weekend, two Sealth wrestlers are in state competition starting tonight at the Tacoma Dome.
BASKETBALL PLAYOFFS: 8:15 pm at Bellevue College, the West Seattle High School girls-varsity basketball team faces Liberty for the chance to advance in the postseason.
TOT TREK AT CAMP LONG: Frogs and salamanders are the focus of this 10:30 am event at Camp Long Environmental Learning Center for 2- and 3-year-olds accompanied by adults. Call ASAP to see if there’s room! Details in our calendar listing. (5200 35th SW)
FAST-FOOD BOYCOTT CALL: Supporters of the $15 minimum-wage campaign are calling for three fast-food chains to be boycotted in Seattle today and say they will have demonstrations outside. The only one with outlets in West Seattle is McDonald’s.
FILM SCREENING: 11 am at Brockey Center Room A on the campus of South Seattle Community College (WSB sponsor), filmmaker Frank Abe shows his film “Conscience and the Constitution” and speaks about the Japanese American Day of Remembrance. More info in our calendar listing. (6000 16th SW)
MORGAN JUNCTION MURDER TRIAL: As we finish writing this highlight list, we are back at the King County Courthouse for the second day of presentations to the jury in the trial of Lovett Chambers for the 2012 shooting death of Travis Hood – here’s our detailed report, published late last night, about the first day, which included both sides’ opening statements. Proceedings were scheduled to start at 9, but a witness is running late.
PIANO BAR/CAFE SOCIAL FOR 50+ LGBT: 6-8 pm, the Senior Center of West Seattle hosts a piano bar/café social for LGBT 50+. Free hors d’oeuvres, no-host beer/wine, “Broadway Baby” singalong. (California/Oregon)
DESIGN REVIEW FOR 2626 ALKI AVE. SW: First time in a while that the Southwest Design Review Board has had only one project on its schedule, and it’s also the first mixed-use Alki project in a long time: 2626 Alki SW, which would replace three commercial buildings at Alki and 59th. It’s proposed for 14 residential units, 5 live-work, 3,250 sf of retail, and 28 parking spaces; the first public presentation about the plan was at last June’s Alki Community Council meeting. The Design Review packet has yet to be linked from the page where it’s supposed to be publicly available with at least a week to go; one did turn up elsewhere on the DPD site (not directly linkable) in December, but we’re checking to see if that’s still the newest one. The meeting’s at 6:30 pm, Senior Center of West Seattle. (California/Oregon) **10:34 AM UPDATE – We pinged DPD and they have now uploaded the packet – see it here.**
(added) ALKI COMMUNITY COUNCIL: 7 pm at Alki UCC – agenda just announced:
1) Alki Cottage Project 3015 60th Ave SW Permit: #3016265 – Jerome Diepenbrock / Marc Rudd
2) Upcoming Events:
Salmon Recovery in Puget Sound – Jeannette Dorner PSP Thurs 27 Feb
Potential Pedestrian Zone on Harbor Ave SW
March ACC? Citywide HUB Exercise (Emergency Preparedness) 17 May 9-noon
SDOT Summer Streets @ Alki 18 May 11-5pm http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/summer_alki.htm
Alki Art Fair 19-20 Jul
(6115 SW Hinds)
NIGHTLIFE: Music, open mike, pub quiz, multiple listings if you’re looking for something fun to do tonight – see it all on the calendar.
Thanks to Eric Bell for the photo of a hard-working bird he describes as “one of the sparrows that bus the floor of the Metropolitan Market outdoor seating area — free of charge.” Before we get too much further into this hard-working Tuesday, six things you might want to know about, from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar.
METRO FARE HEARING: Just in case you don’t usually read our regular morning traffic-watch reports (where we include transportation-related news as well as traffic alerts and ongoing commute notes), details on today’s 1:30 pm Metro-fare-proposals hearing downtown – and how to comment online if you aren’t going – are in today’s edition.
TUESDAY TUNE-UP BENEFITS MARY’S PLACE: Salty’s on Alki (WSB sponsor) invites you to come listen to pianist Victor Janusz and accordionist Robertson Witmer tonight, 6:30-8:30 pm, and raise money for Mary’s Place – details in our listing. (1936 Harbor SW)
ARBOR HEIGHTS ZONING-EXCEPTION MEETING: 6:30 pm at the Arbor Heights Elementary library, it’s the first meeting of an advisory committee considering whether to recommend approval of zoning exceptions needed for the new AHES – explained in our calendar listing. (37th/104th)
MEET NEW PRECINCT COMMANDER: 7 pm tonight at the Southwest Precinct, the West Seattle Crime Prevention Council‘s monthly meeting will start with an introduction and crime-trends update from Capt. Steve Wilske, the precinct’s new commander (here’s our recent interview with him). All welcome; the agenda also includes a primer on Seattle’s unique Mental Health Court. (Delridge/Webster)
‘BLUES TO DO’ AT THE FEEDBACK: The Blues To Do Tuesday night series continues at Feedback Lounge (WSB sponsor) at 8 tonight, with Steve Bailey and the Blue Flames. (6451 California SW)
Stormy as it has been lately, we’ve seen beautiful morning moonsets; thanks to Don Brubeck for the weekend photo. Now the weather has calmed for a mostly, but not entirely, quiet Presidents Day. A few calendar notes:
OPEN AND CLOSED: Most government facilities are closed today, libraries included. No banks, no USPS mail. In the non-WS areas with paid street parking, it’s a free-parking day. Seattle Public Schools are closed all week; most if not all independent schools are closed today too.
16 CATS NEED HOMES: Holdover from this weekend’s adoptathon, 8 cats and 8 kittens are hoping to meet their new humans today at Kitty Harbor, 10 am-2 pm. (Harbor Ave. just north of the bridge)
PACK A.D. AT EASY STREET: Live, free in-store performance by Pack A.D., described by Easy Street as “two gals from Vancouver BC who never fail to tear it up with their bluesy garage rock explosions!” 7 pm at Easy Street Records in The Junction. (California/Alaska)
SNAKETOPUS AT SKYLARK: Free live music at Skylark Café and Club with Snaketopus, 9:30 pm. (3803 Delridge Way SW)
Thanks to Craig Towle for sharing Saturday morning’s sunrise, photographed from Don Armeni Boat Ramp. Not far from there, in the Jack Block Park vicinity, Karen Richter spotted what might be the season’s first Canada goslings:
Now, before today’s calendar highlights – traffic reminders:
CALIFORNIA/FAUNTLEROY INTERSECTION WORK: The major traffic-signal project we reported here on Saturday is scheduled to continue today, so if you’re headed that way, we’d advise side routes.
I-5 LANE CLOSURES: Once again, a reminder about lane closures on southbound I-5 all weekend long, just north of I-90. The view:
A few non-traffic notes:
WEST SEATTLE FARMERS’ MARKET: Year-round – 10 am-2 pm today. (44th/Alaska)
JAMTIME, LIVE: Music at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), 1-4 pm. (5612 California SW)
ALL-AGES LIVE MUSIC: Pouch, Canals of Venice, and Hoax Foot perform at 7 pm at Skylark Café and Club, all ages. (3803 Delridge Way SW)
West Seattle Saturday: Traffic reminder; City of Joy donations; shred/sweat for a cause; basketball; theater; music; moreFebruary 15, 2014 at 8:58 am | In How to help, West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | Comments Off
(Thanks to James Bratsanos for this morning’s misty view across the Sound)
You can get the jump on what’s up today, tomorrow, next week, by checking the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar any time. Most days, we also publish a list of highlights, like this – but first, two traffic/transit notes (which, if a weekday, would be handled in our separate daily traffic watch):
I-5 SOUTHBOUND REMINDER: Until Tuesday morning, if you’re taking I-5 this way through downtown, be ready for delays north of I-90, because of lane closures for expansion-joint (earthquake safety) work. Here’s the latest “live” view from the area:
METRO SERVICE CHANGE TODAY: Just a few changes for West Seattle routes, including one added trip each way on the C Line. System-wide details are here.
Now, to what’s up today/tonight:
CITY OF JOY DONATION DRIVE: 10 am-2 pm, bring your donated items to help West Seattleites stuff a truck for City of Joy, a unique project helping women on the other side of the globe. What’s needed, and why, is in our original report. The truck’s at 44th/Alaska (aka the Farmers’ Market lot).
SHREDDING, AND EXERCISING, FOR A CAUSE: 2-component fundraiser for a team participating in the Leukemia-Lymphoma Society‘s The Big Climb next month, with shredding 10 am-2 pm and a workout at 12:30 pm, in the West Seattle High School parking lot; details in our calendar listing. (3000 California SW)
MASS WITH THE ARCHBISHOP: World Day of the Sick is marked with a visit from Archbishop J. Peter Sartain at Providence Mount St. Vincent. Public welcome at Mass, 10:30 am, with reception following. (4831 35th SW)
KITTY HARBOR ADOPTION EVENT: The cat-adoption center just north of the West Seattle Bridge will be open this weekend for an offseason adoption event, noon-6 today (and tomorrow), per this WSB Forums post.
JURIED PHOTOGRAPHY SHOW, OPENING CELEBRATION: At the Seattle Chinese Garden on the north side of the South Seattle Community College (WSB sponsor) campus, 7 pm, celebrate the opening of a juried show of photos taken at the garden – then at 8 pm, weather permitting, a procession. Details in our calendar listing. (6000 16th SW)
MOONGIRL IN CONCERT: Tonight at Hiawatha Community Center, 7 pm.
HIGH-SCHOOL BASKETBALL: 7 pm tonight at West Seattle High School, the WSHS girls-varsity team plays its next postseason game, vs. Eastside Catholic. Come out and cheer! (3000 California SW)
‘PRIVATE EYES’: Twelfth Night Productions‘ “comedy of suspicion and intrigue” continues at 7:30 pm at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center – find out more (including ticket info/purchase) here. (4408 Delridge Way SW)
‘THE LITTLE DOG LAUGHED‘: The newest production at ArtsWest continues tonight, 7:30 pm. (4711 California SW)
West Seattle Thursday: Art Walk; making Roxbury safer; Genesee-Schmitz; ‘Having The Conversation’; talk to SPU; moreFebruary 13, 2014 at 9:09 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | Comments Off
Topping the highlights list: The pre-Valentine edition of West Seattle Art Walk is tonight, 6-9 pm at 18 venues from Admiral to North Delridge to Morgan Junction, and beyond. Here’s the map/list:
Click for a full-size view. And browse wsartwalk.com to preview places you might want to stop – many of which are selling art as well as showing it, plus other potential gifts (for yourself, if not your Valentine!). Highlights shared with us via separate announcements include:
ART WALK AT OFFICE JUNCTION: West Seattle Office Junction (WSB sponsor) invites you to: “Enjoy art by Andrew Millers paired with fabulous live music from 7 to 8 pm by Max Perry, formerly the bass player for the now defunct Willis/Actual Tigers, was touring the US with bands such as Sparklehorse and Counting Crows.” (5230-B California SW)
WEST SEATTLE CYCLERY: At the bike shop in The Junction – “We are happy to have Carmel Schimmel at West Seattle Cyclery for the February Art Walk this Thursday from 6 pm to 9 pm. Carmel crafts her jewelry from “up-cycled” bike parts. She is a coach and lifelong cyclist who wants to create beautiful and functional art. You can find more of her work at unchainedseattle.com.” (4508 California SW)
WINE AND CHOCOLATE AT BIN 41: 6-8 pm, “featuring a wine and chocolate pairing tasting in partnership with Theo’s. We did the tour during our staycation and discovered some super-delicious new flavors. We’ll be featuring these brand-new bars during the tasting. An associate from Theo’s will be on hand during the tasting to mingle with you and answer all of your chocolate questions.” (4707 California SW)
WINE CLUB AT C & P COFFEE: While not an official Art Walk stop, it’s a second-Thursday staple, 7-9 pm at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor): “Meet this month’s artist Linda McClamrock and watch her give a demo of her amazing collages! There will be special drink prices, appetizers and live music by Choro Tocando.” (5612 California SW)
SCHOOL TOURS/OPEN HOUSE: Here’s what’s on our calendar – Pathfinder tours until 10 this morning, 1901 SW Genesee; tours until 10 am at Arbor Heights Elementary (37th/104th); 1-2 pm tours at STEM at Boren (parents/guardians only), 5950 Delridge Way SW; Village Coop info night/open house, 6:30-8:30 pm, SSCC room RAH 201 (6000 16th SW).
CHAMBER TALKS MINIMUM WAGE: As previewed here earlier this week, the West Seattle Chamber of Commerce‘s lunch meeting features a panel discussion on the campaign for a higher minimum wage. Lower-level meeting room at The Kenney (WSB sponsor), 11:30 am. (7125 Fauntleroy Way SW)
EVERY OTHER WEEK TRASH? FUTURE RATE HIKES? TELL SPU WHAT YOU THINK: Tonight Seattle Public Utilities comes to West Seattle for a meeting about its “strategic business plan.” That might sound bureaucratically boring until you consider its business involves a variety of services you use every day – water, sewer, trash. And in the latter category, for example, the possibility of cutting pickups in half is looming, so if you feel strongly either way, that’s one reason to stop by and offer your thoughts. They’re interested in your thoughts on what they charge, too. 6 pm, High Point Community Center. (6920 34th SW)
‘HAVING THE CONVERSATION’ WITH YOUR ELDERS: Is it time for a difficult conversation with your parent(s) or grandparent(s) – maybe you’re wondering if it’s safe for them to keep driving, or if they need help with day-to-day life. An expert in helping people have these conversations, Moraine Byrne, leads a free seminar tonight at The Kenney, 6 pm. Here’s our preview; it includes links for RSVP’ing, although you’re also welcome to just show up. (7125 Fauntleroy Way SW)
SPEAK UP TONIGHT – HOW TO MAKE SW ROXBURY SAFER? What should be done to make SW Roxbury safer? Be at Wiley Community Center in Greenbridge tonight at 6:30 pm. The reminder from Joe Szilagyi of the Westwood-Roxhill-Arbor Heights Community Council:
The more of you that come out tonight the better–let SDOT know what is wrong with Roxbury.
Six months ago, the Westwood-Roxhill-Arbor Heights Community Council together with the Highland Park Action Committee and the North Highline Unincorporated Area Council called on the Seattle Department of Transportation and their King County DOT counterparts to perform a safety study on SW Roxbury Street. Everyone in our area knows how bad the speeding issues are. There are sections of sidewalk missing. We have a large number of accidents.
We asked on July 21, 2013, six months ago. Now, all the safety studies and research are done. SDOT is now in charge of the project, and are going to perform outreach for your feedback in implementing the solutions they’ve come up to the problems they’ve found.
(9800 8th SW)
GENESEE-SCHMITZ NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCIL: 7 pm tonight, busy meeting for GSNC, including elections, the Dakota ex-substation, the 48th/Charlestown property the city is buying, more. West Side Presbyterian Church. (3601 California SW)
MORE … on our calendar!
MADISON MIDDLE SCHOOL TOURS: Now until 10 am, if you have a prospective/potential Madison student, you’re welcome to visit. (45th/Spokane)
PATHFINDER SCHOOL TOUR TODAY, OPEN HOUSE TONIGHT : Now until 9:45 am, it’s tour time for those with a prospective/potential Pathfinder student. Then tonight 6:30-7:45 pm, it’s a tour geared toward prospective elementary families. (1901 SW Genesee)
STEM AT BOREN TOURS: 10-11 am, visit Seattle Public Schools‘ first STEM-focused option school. (5950 Delridge Way SW)
ARBOR HEIGHTS AT BOREN TOURS: Two tours are scheduled today at Boren regarding Arbor Heights Elementary‘s upcoming two-year stay there, as detailed in our calendar listing – 12:30-1:30 pm, current and prospective parents; 4:30-5:30 pm, current and prospective parents and staff. (5950 Delridge Way SW)
HIGH POINT NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION: 6 pm at Neighborhood House’s High Point Center. (6400 Sylvan Way SW)
ADMIRAL NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION: If you haven’t yet seen one of the presentations about the city’s pedestrian/retail zoning project, here’s your next chance, 7 pm, lower-level meeting room at Admiral Congregational Church. The agenda includes an update on the 47th/Admiral signal plans and the architect for the 30-townhouse/live-work-unit project proposed at the former Charlestown Café site, which debuted last week at Design Review. (California/Hill)
FAUNTLEROY COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION: Board meeting tonight, and the public’s always welcome. 7 pm at Fauntleroy Schoolhouse. (9131 California SW)
MADISON PTSA TALKS ABOUT KIDS/GUNS: 7:15 pm, as previewed here, the Madison Middle School PTSA invites you to come hear about the ASK campaign (Asking Saves Kids) to help embolden parents/guardians to find out if their kids are visiting/playing in gun-safe homes. (45th/Spokane)
LOTS MORE, including additional nightlife happenings, on the calendar – here.
ADDED 7:32 AM: Doublechecking archives, we find the 30th/Roxbury road-work alert starts today.
West Seattle Monday: Ballot measure; bus cuts; book group; North Delridge Neighborhood Council; moreFebruary 10, 2014 at 9:54 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | 5 Comments
Mostly gone but not forgotten, our weekend snowfall yielded so many great photos. Thanks to Jeff Abel Photography for the Lincoln Park scene above. We’re compiling one more gallery; scroll through our West Seattle Weather archives for the ones already published as well as the as-it-happened weekend news coverage. Now, on to today! From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:
STATE OF THE COUNTY: King County Executive Dow Constantine is about to deliver his State of the County address to the County Council in a special location, White Center Heights Elementary, as announced last week. You can follow along on Twitter starting at 10 am. (10015 6th SW)
VILLAGE COOP SCHOOL TOURS: 1:30 pm, prospective families and students are invited to tour this cooperative K-2 school at South Seattle Community College. RSVPs requested – info’s in our calendar listing. (6000 16th SW)
BALLOT MEASURE FOR BUSES/ROADS? This afternoon, back in their downtown chambers at 1:30 pm, the County Council will consider voting to put the proposed car-tab fee/sales-tax increase measure for Metro and roads on the April ballot. The agenda also includes the June service cuts that will take effect unless that passes or some other funding is found. (King County Courthouse, 4th/James)
AFTERNOON BOOK GROUP: “A Death in the Family” by James Agee is the featured book this month for the group open to everyone and meeting at 2 pm today at Southwest Branch Library. (35th/Henderson)
NORTH DELRIDGE NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCIL: 6:30 pm, NDNC meets at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center. The agenda announcement: “We’ll be hearing from a High Point neighbor about efforts to improve pedestrian crossings near Boren school, hearing from a city representative about pedestrian improvements planned near Delridge and Brandon, and have a time to discuss public-safety concerns in the Brandon Node.” (4408 Delridge Way SW)
NIGHTLIFE: See the listings on our calendar page, and if there’s something we’re missing, e-mail the info so we can add it!
As the big meltdown continues … here’s more of what’s happening later today (besides what’s already been mentioned in our morning post-snow coverage):
Those are some of the trees at the former Dakota Substation on Genesee Hill, decorated last weekend as a show of support for the West Seattle Green Space Coalition‘s campaign to get Seattle City Light to save the site greenery while figuring out the site’s future (along with eight other ex-substations, mostly in WS). The next WSGSC meeting is this afternoon, Mary Fleck reports:
Snow adorns ribbons on trees at the former substation at 50th & Dakota St. Neighbors put ribbons on the trees last weekend to save them from cutting by Seattle City Light. West Seattle Green Space Coalition is meeting today, Sun. Feb 9 at Delridge Library at 3:00. The public is invited to join in planning ways to find the best future uses for the old substations.
The library is at 5423 Delridge Way SW.
Also ahead today, with links to their listings in the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:
*FREE CLASSICAL CONCERT with the Ladies’ Musical Club, 3 pm at West Seattle (Admiral) Library, 2306 42nd SW
*ROLLATHON FUNDRAISER for Arts Corps, 5 pm at Southgate Roller Rink on 17th just south of SW Roxbury
*BINGO BENEFIT for Free2Luv‘s anti-bullying efforts: Booze, Balls, & Bingo at 5:30 pm, Feedback Lounge (WSB sponsor), 6451 California SW
*SUE QUIGLEY at Locol, no cover, 7-9 pm, 7902 35th SW
…and more on the calendar. Stay safe as the snow turns to slush!
(Near the beaver dam at Longfellow Creek; by Flickr member “old desolate,” via WSB Flickr group)
Happy Neighbor Appreciation Day! Here are some ways you can get out into your neighborhood today, from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:
‘HAVE A HEART DAY’ AT ILLUSIONS: The annual haircut-fundraiser day at Illusions Hair Design (WSB sponsor) raises money this year for Pencil Me in For Kids and ArtsWest. 10 am-2 pm; all to see if they have any appointments left – ALL proceeds go to the nonprofits today! 206-938-3675. (5619 California SW)
WEST SEATTLE CHESS TOURNAMENT: Hundreds of kids will be playing chess today at Schmitz Park Elementary, from all over West Seattle, starting at 10 am, in this second annual peninsula-wide tournament. (50th/Spokane)
COMMUNITY SCHOOL OF WEST SEATTLE OPEN HOUSE: For parents only this time, 10 am-2 pm. (9450 22nd SW)
FIRE STATION OPEN HOUSES IN HONOR OF NEIGHBOR APPRECIATION DAY: As noted here last night, you are invited to visit Fire Stations 11, 32, and 37 in West Seattle as part of the city’s Neighbor Appreciation Day, 11 am-1 pm. (16th/Holden, 38th/Alaska, 35th/Holden)
VOTING-RIGHTS DEMONSTRATION: Noon-2 pm in The Junction, a local demonstration is planned as part of a national show of support for a march happening today in Raleigh, North Carolina, protesting voting restrictions that are now on the books in almost half of the USA’s states. (California/Alaska)
ARTIST RECEPTION AT THE LONGHOUSE: Meet artist Earl Livermore at the Duwamish Longhouse opening reception for his exhibition, 1-3 pm. (4705 W. Marginal Way SW)
ALKI ELEMENTARY PRESENTS ‘DISNEY’S ALADDIN JR.’: Students perform again today at 2 pm in the West Seattle High School Theater – details in our calendar listing, including how to check on whether tickets are still available. (3000 California SW)
‘SOUL JAMBALAYA’: The annual musical celebration tonight in the auditorium at Chief Sealth International High School includes gospel, blues, jazz, and funk with the world-famous Total Experience Gospel Choir, Westside Blues, Figgins and Halbert Jazz, and Denny International Middle School Jazz. Free; donations support the Denny/Sealth music programs. 7 pm. (2600 SW Thistle)
LIVE FOLK MUSIC: Singer/songwriter Bill Davie plays at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), 7-9 pm. (5612 California SW)
FIRST TIME AT THE FEEDBACK: Tonight West Seattle’s Roo and the Few play the Feedback Lounge (WSB sponsor) for the first time – details on the FL website. 9:30 pm. (6451 California SW)
…more on the calendar!
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