West Seattle, Washington
(Male House Finch, photographed by Mark Wangerin)
Quiet day/night on the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar. But there’s always something going on, and we start with a reminder:
ONE WEEK UNTIL ELECTION DAY: Vote! The voting ends and vote-counting begins one week from tonight (Augst 2nd) While it’s technically the “primary,” so your vote will shrink the field in various races, it’s also the final decision for two Seattle measures – the Housing Levy and the “elevated downtown waterfront park” initiative. Lots of info here. And if you want to vote without buying postage, the new permanent ballot dropbox is in place along SW Raymond east of 35th SW, by High Point Library.
DROP-IN CHESS: Kids and teens are invited to play chess @ High Point Library, 4:30-5:30 pm. (35th SW/SW Raymond)
(added) SPOKE & FOOD: The annual Spoke & Food bicycle-to-dinner benefit is tonight – and Coastline in West Seattle is participating. 5-9 pm, participants around the region are donating 20 percent of their proceeds; this year, the beneficiary is the Hunger Intervention Project. The first 20 bike riders at each Spoke & Food location get backpacks! (4444 California SW)
‘GRACIOUS SPACE’ WORKSHOP: Come to Highland Park Improvement Club 6-9 pm and “explore how we can collaborate to bring all our neighbors together to build a stronger community.” (12th SW/SW Holden)
LOOK INTO THE FUTURE … via our complete calendar. And let us know if you have something happening in West Seattle to add – see the guidelines atop the calendar page. Thank you!
Welcome to the last week of July! It starts like this …
KIZUKI RAMEN & IZAKAYA OPENING DAY: We brought you first word of the soft-open last week; today is the official opening day for this new Japanese restaurant in The Junction, 11 am. (4203 SW Alaska)
BLOOD DRIVE: Supplies are low, need can be high – if you can donate, 1-7 pm at Our Lady of Guadalupe‘s Walmesley Center is your chance today (closed for break 3-4 pm). Details in our calendar listing. (35th SW/SW Myrtle)
FINAL FREE CHAMBER CONCERT: Have you been intending to get to Music Under the Stars in Delridge Community Center Park? Tonight is the LAST of the four free concerts presented by the Seattle Chamber Music Society, 7:15 pm, on the west side of the park. An ensemble performs live until 8 pm, and then the sound system switches over to a live stream of a concert at Benaroya Hall. Bring a chair/blanket, picnic dinner if you want, and relax. (4501 Delridge Way SW)
CREATE AN OPTICAL SPHERE: 2 pm at Delridge Library, kids in grades 4-6 will get to work with local artist Amaranta Sandys. Note that registration is required, so check our listing for how to do that. (5423 Delridge Way SW)
FIND IT, FIX IT WALK WITH THE MAYOR IN WESTWOOD/ROXHILL: 6 pm refreshments, 6:30 pm start at Longfellow Creek P-Patch for the city’s second West Seattle Find It, Fix It Community Walk. It will spotlight the Westwood and Roxhill areas, along a 1-mile route that ends at Roxhill Park. You’re encouraged to be part of it; see the map and other details in our preview. (SW Thistle/25th SW)
CELEBRATE RECOVERY DINNER/SPEAKER MEETING: Starts with a 6 pm barbecue dinner at Hope Lutheran Church, speaker Roger Stanton at 7 – see the evening’s full lineup here; more about Celebrate Recovery here. Child care provided. (42nd SW/SW Oregon)
MUCH MORE ON THE CALENDAR … see it all here.
Ways to do a good deed and have a good time, from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:
BE THE MATCH: Donor-registration drive 9 am-2 pm on the patio at Fresh Flours Bakery in South Delridge – explained in our calendar listing and preview story. Volunteer to be someone who might save a life. (9410 Delridge Way SW)
STUFF THE BUS: It’s the highlight of WestSide Baby‘s biggest annual diaper drive, 10 am-2 pm in the lot outside HomeStreet Bank (WSB sponsor) in The Junction – bring diapers and Stuff The Bus – yes, you (or your kid/s) can honk the horn when you donate. (41st SW/SW Alaska)
ALKI ART FAIR: 10 am-6 pm with music until 8 (schedule here), art, music, kids’ activities, food, and a silent auction, all part of the Alki Art Fair along the Alki Beach promenade. Catch the free school-bus-style shuttle from the Admiral District at the Metro stop on the northwest corner of California/Admiral. (60th/Alki)
LEARN HOW TO MAKE KOMBUCHA: Demonstration at West Seattle Farmers’ Market today, 10:30 am-noon. (California SW between Oregon and Alaska)
TENT SALE: Last day of the “Local Taste” tent sale at West Seattle Thriftway (WSB sponsor) with 60+ sponsors. (California/Fauntleroy/Morgan)
WSHS CLASS OF ’96: The 20-year-reunion weekend continues with a family-friendly picnic at noon on the field at Hiawatha. (2700 California SW)
LOG HOUSE MUSEUM: You’ve seen the Southwest Seattle Historical Society at festivals and parades – now see their museum, a great side trip if you’re going to Alki for the Art Fair (you’ll see SWSHS there too). Noon-4 pm. (61st SW/SW Stevens)
HANDBELLS! 7 pm at Tibbetts United Methodist Church (WSB sponsor), a melodic way to end your weekend:
Tintabulations, a handbell group from Reno, Nevada, will be doing a concert at Tibbetts UMC on Sunday, July 24 at 7 PM. Donations collected at the door will be used to cover their touring expenses. They will be joined by local handbell group Bells of the Sound on two pieces, which both groups will be performing at the International Handbell Symposium in Vancouver, BC later this week as they represent the Handbell Musicians of America in the International Concert at this event.
(3940 41st SW)
Welcome to a huge summer Saturday. Here’s a quick roundup of what’s up today/tonight – and please remember that parking restrictions and road closures related to the parade and 5K (California SW, from south of Admiral to south end of The Junction, plus some of the side streets – look closely for signage!) started kicking in at 7 am – bus reroutes too:
FLOAT DODGER 5K: 9:30 am start from Hiawatha Playfield, going down the parade route and back. Also a beer garden at 5K-presenting West Seattle Runner (WSB sponsor), where you’ll find last-minute registration starting at 8 am. Costumes encouraged. (2700 California SW)
WEST SEATTLE GRAND PARADE: The parade is presented by the West Seattle Rotary Club Foundation. The two motorcycle drill teams start from California/Lander at 10:30 am; the rest of the parade, with more than 70 groups, individuals, floats, vehicles, bands, etc., at 11 am. This year’s Grand Marshals are The Schmitz Family; the Orville Rummel Community Service Trophy honoree is Clay Eals of the Southwest Seattle Historical Society. The route goes southbound down California, to Edmunds at the south end of the heart of the Junction business district.
KIDDIE PARADE: All kids welcome to be part of this shorter parade right before the main Grand Parade gets to The Junction. Starts at 11 – once the motorcycles have cleared – at California/Genesee; but get to the starting line before that. Parade proceeds to California/Edmunds, and then everybody can get back to their seats for the Grand Parade.
Outside The Junction:
ALKI ART FAIR: First of two days with more than 90 vendors plus two stages of music, and more, 10 am-6 pm, with music continuing until 9 pm. On the Alki promenade by and west of the Bathhouse (60th/Alki); see the AAF home page for details of the free shuttle from The Admiral District.
FUNDRAISING CAR WASHES: Two are planned at Les Schwab in The Triangle today, according to announcements we’ve received – 10 am-2 pm, Chief Sealth International High School Cheer Team; 10 am-4 pm, West Seattle High School Volleyball Team. (Fauntleroy/Alaska)
ALKI LIGHTHOUSE TOURS: Don’t let summer go by without visiting the historic lighthouse! 1-4 pm, last tour starts at 3:40 pm; more info here. (Alki SW/Beach Drive SW)
LUCHA LIBRE: Duwamish Waterway Park in South Park hosts a celebration of the “art and culture” of Lucha Libre, masked Mexican-style wrestling, with Lucha Libre Volcanica and community organizations. Festival starts at noon with family-friendly activities, wrestling 2-4 pm. Free. (7900 10th Ave. S.)
WEST SEATTLE HS CLASS OF ’96: 20th-reunion weekend begins with tonight’s gathering at 6 pm at Dakota Place Park. (California/Dakota)
WEST SEATTLE OUTDOOR MOVIES: Week 2 tonight at the courtyard by Hotwire Online Coffeehouse (WSB sponsor) – officially, gates open at 6:30 pm, but some took up spots as early as 6 pm last week. “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” is this week’s movie, starting at dusk. Free; bring money for raffles and concessions that raise funds for local nonprofits. (4410 California SW)
FREE SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARK: Greenstage presents “Merry Wives of Windsor,” 7 pm at Lincoln Park – our calendar listing includes details on exact location. (8011 Fauntleroy Way SW)
YES, THERE’S MORE … just take a quick look at our complete calendar if you’re not fully booked!
We never tire of the aerial view, showing the water and greenspaces we’re so lucky to be surrounded by – great places to enjoy on the weekend, which is not quite here yet, but we do have events of note for the rest of today/tonight. From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:
‘LOCAL TASTE’ TENT SALE: Today through Sunday at West Seattle Thriftway (WSB sponsor):
More than 60 local vendors. (Fauntleroy/California/Morgan)
BARTELL DRUGS CARE CLINIC GRAND OPENING: Stop by Bartell Drugs (WSB sponsor) in Jefferson Square 1-4 pm today to celebrate the official grand opening of its new Care Clinic, a place for immediate no-appointment-needed health care for everyone 2 and up. Free ice-cream samples during today’s event! (4706 42nd SW)
FLOAT DODGER 5K PACKET PICKUP/SIGNUPS: 3-7 pm at West Seattle Runner (WSB sponsor), pick up your packet for tomorrow’s Float Dodger 5K or, if you’re not yet registered, sign up! (2743 California SW)
ALL-CITY BAND BENEFIT: Tomorrow, you’ll see the All-City Band in the West Seattle Grand Parade – tonight, supporters are gathering in the Brockey Center at South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) for a dinner/auction benefit, 6 pm – check to see if tickets are left! (6000 16th SW)
SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARK: Also in Lincoln Park, Greenstage presents “Cymbeline,” 7 pm, free! Our calendar listing explains where to find them, along with other information about the play. (8011 Fauntleroy Way SW)
(Spotted towhee, photographed by Mark Wangerin)
Our calendar has A LOT going on today/tonight, so please check it out in addition to considering these five highlights:
SUMMER CONCERTS AT HIAWATHA: First show of the season! 6:30 pm on the east lawn at Hiawatha Community Center, a free concert with Smokey Brights. Bring your own blanket/chair, everyone welcome. Here’s our report with the full season lineup. (Walnut/Lander)
DESIGN REVIEW DOUBLEHEADER: Two projects will be reviewed by the Southwest Design Review Board at the Sisson Building/Senior Center tonight, meeting for the first time in a while – 6:30 pm, 9021 17th SW apartments (design packet here); 8 pm, 2749 California SW, the new mixed-use proposal (design packet here) for the PCC Natural Markets-West Seattle (WSB sponsor) site. Both reviews will include time for public comments. (California SW/SW Oregon)
SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARK: Greenstage presents “The Merry Wives of Windsor,” 7 pm in Lincoln Park, free. Our calendar listing includes information on the exact location in the park. (8011 Fauntleroy Way SW)
Here’s some of what’s up for your West Seattle Wednesday, from our event calendar (where you can look into the future any time – days, weeks, months):
FIREFIGHTER STORY TIME: 10:30 am, guest readers from the Seattle Fire Department teach preschoolers about fire safety at Southwest Library. (35th SW/SW Henderson)
HIGH POINT MARKET GARDEN FARM STAND: Fresh produce, grown steps from where it’s sold, 4-7 pm. (32nd SW/SW Juneau)
THOSE NEIGHBORHOOD VOLUNTEERS THE MAYOR WANTS TO CUT OFF … are meeting tonight at Highland Park Improvement Club. As we’ve reported here and here, what was to be the monthly meeting of the Delridge Neighborhoods District Council has expanded to a gathering of neighborhood-district-council participants, supporters, and anyone else interested, from all over the city, not to decry Mayor Murray‘s plan to cut off city support, they say, but to talk about what they’ve accomplished and could accomplish with more support instead of less. All welcome. 7 pm. (12th SW/SW Holden)
POETRY AT C & P: 7 pm at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), “join City Artist grant recipient Katy Ellis and four talented young writing students from the public and home school community for an evening of poetry that explores familial relationships as they relate to animal instinct, animal affection and a sense of where and how we belong to one another.” (5612 California SW)
NIGHTLIFE X 5: See the listings on our complete calendar.
(Duwamish Head/Alki view of the July 4th low-low tide – photo by Long Bach Nguyen)
Explore the shore! That’s just one of the options for the rest of today/tonight. From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:
BEACH NATURALISTS BACK FOR LOW TIDE: Not as low as it got during the new moon (when the photo above was taken), but the full moon has brought tides low enough for good beach exploring – today, -1.6 feet at 11:15 am – and you’ll find Seattle Aquarium beach-naturalist volunteers at Constellation and Lincoln Parks from now until 1:30 pm today.
LUNCH AT THE LIBRARY: Kids/teens up to 18 can get a free lunch at Delridge Library Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, 12:30-1:30 pm. (5423 Delridge Way SW)
‘RENT SMART’: Bilingual (English/Spanish) affordable-housing help 6-7:30 pm – just drop in – at South Park Library. (8604 8th Ave. S.)
WEST SEATTLE BIG BAND CONCERT IN THE PARK: 7 pm at Hiawatha Community Center, the West Seattle Big Band‘s annual free concert presented in conjunction with West Seattle Hi-Yu. Come listen – or even dance! – bring a chair/blanket and enjoy the WSBB’s big sound on the east lawn. (2700 California SW)
TRIVIA FUNDRAISER: Senior Center of West Seattle fundraising trivia hosted by Phil Tavel from the longrunning weekly Talarico’s trivia night. Doors open at 7, trivia at 7:30. Check to see if reservations are still available! (California SW/SW Oregon)
SOUTH SOUND TUG AND BARGE: “Ameripunkcana” music at Parliament Tavern, 9 pm. No cover. (4210 SW Admiral Way)
SO MUCH MORE ... for today and tonight; you’ll find it on our complete calendar page.
Before we get too much further into Monday, a few notes about what’s happening now and in the hours ahead:
JUNCTION NEIGHBORHOOD ORGANIZATION: If you live, work, shop, visit The Junction, you’re invited to tonight’s informal JuNO planning meeting, 6:30-7:30 pm at the Sisson Building/Senior Center. Here’s just some of what’s on the agenda, as announced by René Commons of JuNO:
We will be making a presentation on what JuNO has accomplished in the last year, present and future events. All are welcome – we are looking for people to help us to grow our dynamic and caring community. JuNO is a non-profit neighborhood association. Established in 2007 by caring neighbors, co-founder organization of Junction Plaza Park by QFC, and also the artwork installations on (Junction 47).
– JuNO booth at Junction Plaza Park in Farmers Market — to promote the HUB
– JuNO event for art installation at Junction Plaza Park
– August art walk event at Junction Plaza Park
– JuNO & emergency HUB tee shirt
– Junction Plaza Park clean up
– August JuNO fundraiser for West Seattle Food Bank on Puget sound
– New 40th Street SW Park Site opportunity
– Fall concert series opportunity …
Please join us to learn more about how you can participate – meetings are casual and relaxed.
(California SW/SW Oregon)
WEST SEATTLE QUILTERS: All quilters welcome! 7 pm, Sisson Building/Senior Center. (California SW/SW Oregon)
CRIME/SAFETY/POLICING FOCUS GROUP: If you live/work in North Admiral, Southwest Precinct researcher Jennifer Burbridge invites you to a “focus group” tonight to talk about crime, safety, and policing issues. 7 pm at the Southwest Precinct. (2300 SW Webster)
‘MUSIC UNDER THE STARS’: It’s too early for stars, but we’ve enjoyed some early-evening sunshine during the Seattle Chamber Music Society‘s first two “Music Under the Stars” mini-concerts outside Delridge Community Center these past two Monday nights. This is the third of four – if you haven’t been yet, grab a blanket/chairs and come tonight! 7:15 pm live chamber music, 8 pm live stream from Benaroya Hall. (4501 Delridge Way SW)
WAX & OIL: 8 pm at Parliament Tavern, “live oil painting featuring artists Curtis Dee Stairs and Jose Rodriguez III. DJ Audrey Horne plays a lounge-y mix of classics and rootsy vibes. No cover.” (4210 SW Admiral Way)
YES, THERE’S MORE … on our complete calendar.
Here are some of the ways you can enjoy this summer Sunday – from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:
WEST SEATTLE GARDEN TOUR: 9 am-5 pm, ticket-book buyers can tour 10 inspiring West Seattle gardens at their own pace. You need a ticket book for admission (including the 12:30 pm lecture) and locations – check West Seattle Nursery or Junction True Value all day, or, between 8:30 and 11 am only, Metropolitan Market-Admiral (WSB sponsor). Proceeds benefit local nonprofits; children under 12 are free.
PIANO IN THE PARK, IN WEST SEATTLE 10 am-7 pm, find a special piano at Alki Beach Park, one day only! You’re welcome to play it – and/or, come watch a performance by Nader Kabbani, noon-12:30 pm. (60th SW/Alki SW)
WEST SEATTLE FARMERS’ MARKET: 10 am-2 pm, peak summer produce, and more. Back in the street this weekend. (California SW between SW Oregon and SW Alaska)
MEDITERRANEAN FANTASY FESTIVAL, DAY TWO: 11 am-5 pm, nonstop bellydancing in and outside Hiawatha Community Center (free admission), plus vendor and food booths. 29th year! No admission charge. (2700 California SW)
SUNDAY FUNDAY: 1-3 pm at the Log House Museum, special family activities and refreshments. (61st SW/SW Stevens)
JAMTIME: 1-4 pm old-time music at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor) with Jamtime. (5612 California SW)
BOEING’S WEST SEATTLE ROOTS: Peder Nelson from the Southwest Seattle Historical Society presents a look at Boeing’s origins on this side of the Duwamish, as previewed here. 2 pm at South Park Library. (8604 8th Ave. S.)
AND IN WHITE CENTER … the Jubilee Days festival continues, with the street fair keeping 17th SW closed between Roxbury and 100th all day, and the parade on 16th SW between 100th and 116th, 10 am-1 pm.
Good morning and welcome to the weekend! Here’s some of what you can do in West Seattle today/tonight – from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:
MAKE ‘LUNCHES WITH LOVE’: 10 am-noon at West Seattle Art Nest, your helping hands – and/or ingredient donations – are appreciated, as volunteers make and distribute “Lunches with Love.” Details are in our preview. (4138 California SW)
URBAN FARM AND CHICKEN-COOP TOUR: Seattle Tilth tells us five West Seattle locations are part of today’s tour. Buy your ticket online and you’ll get the map for this self-guided tour. More info, and ticket link, here.
MEDITERRANEAN FANTASY FESTIVAL: 11 am-7 pm, the first of two days of belly-dancing performances and related vendors, happening inside and outside Hiawatha Community Center. The schedule and other info is linked in our preview. (2700 California SW)
COLMAN POOL CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC: Today is the final day of the swim-meet closures; the outdoor pool in Lincoln Park reopens to the public tomorrow.
KITTY HARBOR ADOPTIONS: 30 kittens and 12 adult cats await their new forever homes this weekend at Kitty Harbor in the Luna Park area. Just a few:
Open noon-4 pm. (3422 Harbor SW)
TALK WITH YOUR SCHOOL BOARD REP: Questions, concerns, or anything else you want to discuss about Seattle Public Schools? Your elected School Board member Leslie Harris has her next community-conversation meeting at 3 pm today at Southwest Library. (35th SW/SW Henderson).
WEST SEATTLE OUTDOOR MOVIES: 6:30 pm, the gates at the courtyard next to Hotwire Online Coffeehouse (WSB sponsor) open for this year’s first West Seattle Outdoor Movies presentation: “Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens.” Movie’s at dusk (after 9 pm) but don’t be late – seats fill up fast AND you won’t want to miss SW trivia, with prizes! Free; bring $ for concessions and raffle, all raising $ for local nonprofits. Hotwire is open pre-movie for your beverage pleasure, too. WSB is proud to be a WSOM sponsor again this year, along with many fab local businesses and organizations – show them some love for making this happen. (4410 California SW)
ROO FORREST AND FRIENDS: 7 pm at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor) – “an eclectic mix of originals and covers.” (5612 California SW)
COLLAPSIBLE RODEO: 9 pm at Parliament Tavern, “old-timey music.” No cover. (4210 SW Admiral Way)
AND IN WHITE CENTER … remember that the Jubilee Days street fair is happening all weekend, which means 17th SW is closed between Roxbury and 100th.
THERE’S MORE … on our complete-calendar page!
Thanks to Paul Weatherman for sharing that aerial view from earlier this week! Before we get too much further into Friday, here are four things you should know about what’s happening on the ground in West Seattle today/tonight:
COLMAN POOL CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC FOR SWIM MEET: A texter asked a little while ago why so many parking spaces are full at Lincoln Park already this morning. Answer: Swim meet at Colman Pool. Today and tomorrow, the pool is closed to the public as a result, back open Sunday.
BLOOD DRIVE AT PCC: BloodWorks Northwest has put out a call for donations, and they just happen to have a mobile drive at PCC Natural Markets (WSB sponsor) in West Seattle today until 4 pm, with a break from noon-1 pm. (California SW/SW Stevens)
(Click any view for a close-up; more cameras on the WSB Traffic page)
6:57 AM: No incidents in/from West Seattle so far this Friday morning. Looking ahead:
WEEKEND ALERTS: Thanks to the texter who pointed us to the City of Tukwila’s alert about something mentioned here previously without an official link – this weekend’s closure of a section of East Marginal Way near the Museum of Flight for the Boeing Centennial celebration – here it is. … If you’re heading south, note the southbound I-5 closures in South King County all weekend, detailed by WSDOT here … The White Center Jubilee Days street fair closes 17th SW between Roxbury and SW 100th all weekend, and 16th will be closed between 100th and 116th 10 am-1 pm Sunday for the Jubilee Days parade.
(Cooper’s Hawk, photographed by Mark Wangerin)
From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:
BALLOTS START ARRIVING: Watch your postal mail – ballots for the August 2nd “primary” election should start arriving today. We say “primary” because some things will be decided in this vote, including two ballot measures to be considered by Seattle voters: The Housing Levy (Seattle Prop 1) and the citizen initiative for an elevated park on the downtown waterfront. And remember that West Seattle now has a permanent ballot dropbox, on SW Raymond east of 35th SW alongside the High Point Library.
LIGHT RAIL @ WEST SEATTLE C OF C: 11:30 am at The Kenney, this month’s West Seattle Chamber of Commerce lunch features County Executive and Sound Transit board chair Dow Constantine talking about West Seattle light rail and what else is in the ST3 November ballot measure for this area. Call the Chamber office ASAP to see if there’s still room, if you’re not already registered. (7125 Fauntleroy Way SW)
DELRIDGE GROCERY FARMSTAND: 4-7 pm, fresh produce next to the Delridge P-Patch, presented farmstand-style by Delridge Grocery Co-op volunteers. (Delridge Way/Puget Boulevard)
POP-UP ART MARKET: 5-8 pm in the Luna Park business district. Since there’s no West Seattle Art Walk tonight (it was a week early for Summer Fest Eve), check this out instead! Details here. (2940 SW Avalon Way)
RIPPIN CHICKEN: Get funky at Parliament Tavern with Rippin Chicken live, starting at 9 pm. No cover. (4210 SW Admiral Way)
West Seattle pilot/photographer Long Bach Nguyen stopped by our table in the Info Tent at Summer Fest over the weekend and mentioned that view, subsequently sending the photo so we could share it with you. It’s from the 4th of July, during the lowest tide of the month (-2.9 feet); the full moon next Tuesday (July 19) will bring a few more days of low tides, but not THAT low.
Now, on with what’s up for the rest of today/tonight:
BABY STORY TIME: 11:30 am-noon at High Point Library – bring your 4-month- to 12-month-old baby for stories, songs, and rhymes. (35th SW/SW Raymond)
OFFICE JUNCTION MEETUP: Local entrepreneur? Past/present/future coworker? Come to the meetup at West Seattle Office Junction (WSB sponsor) noon-1 pm today – here’s how last week’s meetup went. (6040 California SW)
LUNCH AT THE LIBRARY: 12:30 pm Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, everyone under 18 is invited to lunch at Delridge Library – as explained here. (5423 Delridge Way SW)
MAYOR TO ANNOUNCE NEW COMMUNITY-INVOLVEMENT PLAN: As first noted here on Tuesday afternoon, Mayor Ed Murray plans an announcement at City Hall this afternoon that will mean major changes for some aspects of how community members interact with the city. It’s scheduled for 2:30 pm, and we plan to cover it live. (11:07 am update – Seattle Channel has it listed for a live online stream, too.)
HIGH POINT MARKET GARDEN FARM STAND: Week 3 for your chance to buy fresh produce, steps from where it was grown and harvested by local residents. 4-7 pm. (32nd SW/SW Juneau)
COED ULTIMATE FRISBEE: 6 pm game for all interested, Fairmount Park Playfield. (Fauntleroy Way SW/SW Brandon)
CRIME/SAFETY FOCUS GROUP FOR HIGH POINT: If you live and/or work in High Point, you’re invited to researcher Jennifer Burbridge’s focus group tonight about crime, safety, and police. 7 pm at Neighborhood House’s High Point Center. (6400 Sylvan Way SW)
MAYOR AT 34TH DISTRICT DEMOCRATS: Got a question for Mayor Murray – about what he’s announcing today (see above) or something else? He’s scheduled for a speech and Q&A at tonight’s 34th District Democrats meeting at The Hall at Fauntleroy. Meeting starts at 7; most-recent update says the mayor’s part of the agenda is expected around 8. (9131 California SW)
JUBILEE DAYS FIREWORKS: We mentioned it separately earlier just so you know. At dusk, the first night of White Center Jubilee Days will be celebrated with a big fireworks display from Steve Cox Memorial Park, usually audible in south West Seattle. (1321 SW 102th)
NIGHTLIFE: Five opportunities tonight – see our complete calendar for the listings!
We’ve received several reports/questions about overnight explosion-type noise west of The Junction that seems to be a mystery in need of solving – maybe you can help. One report today is from Lisa, who says it’s been going on for a few weeks, in the very early morning hours, and seems too loud to be any kind of fireworks. Other reports are from north of The Junction, including “huge booms” heard around 2:30 am near California/Andover. Lisa, meantime, summarizes: “I would like to figure out how to get this out and report it effectively to make it stop; if illegal, to have more done.” We know from scanner traffic that 911 did get some calls, but nothing conclusive appears to have resulted, so far.
With the 4th of July and three-day West Seattle Summer Fest all in the span of the past week (among other things!) … it’s time to take a few deep breaths and catch up. Or is it? Here are highlights of what’s happening today/tonight, from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar – including three events at one venue:
EID MUBARAK! As part of the Delridge Neighborhoods Development Association‘s “Cultural Events Series,” you’re invited to “Eid Mubarak: An Eid al-Fitr Celebration,” marking the recent end of Ramadan, 4-8 pm at Delridge Community Center. Details in our calendar listing. (4523 Delridge Way SW)
HANDS-ON CANDY WORKSHOPS: Free fun for kids in grades K-5, 6:30 pm at High Point Library, demonstrating “basic chemistry, physics, and nutrition concepts using bubbling Warheads, giant gummy worms, bobbing conversation hearts, and sinking marshmallows.” (35th SW/SW Raymond)
NORTH DELRIDGE NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCIL: This month’s meeting is a 6:30 pm barbecue in the Delridge Community Center park:
We’ll have omnivore, vegetarian, kosher, and halal fare! Bring a side or dessert to share, or BYOBBQ, and we will grill it for you. (Supplies while they last.) Eat and meet (or not!) supporters talking about the 2016 Seattle Housing Levy, which will be on the August primary ballot. What does it mean, and how will it affect people?
Ballots go out this Wednesday, so it’s prime time to learn more about what you’ll be voting on. If you live and/or work and/or play in North Delridge, go meet your neighbors!
Then after the meeting, stay for…
MUSIC UNDER THE STARS, #2: 7:15 tonight in the park north of Delridge Community Center, it’s the second of four free mini-concerts brought to you by the Seattle Chamber Music Society, and then stay for the live stream of the group’s big concert at Benaroya Hall. Trio Camellia performs tonight. Here’s our coverage of the first event last week. (4501 Delridge Way SW)
CRIME/SAFETY/POLICE FOCUS GROUP: 7 pm at the Southwest Precinct, researcher Jennifer Burbridge’s community focus groups resume, with tonight’s invitation extended to the Pigeon Point community. Details in our calendar listing. (2300 SW Webster)
JAZZ/ROCK/FUNK … with Special Forces, 8:30 pm at Parliament Tavern. No cover. (4210 SW Admiral Way)
MORE FOR TODAY/TONIGHT/BEYOND … on our complete calendar.
Welcome to Saturday – day 2 of West Seattle Summer Fest in The Junction, and more! First, what you need to know about the festival today:
(‘Live’ SDOT cameras from the festival zone)
The festival, presented by the West Seattle Junction Association (with co-sponsors including WSB), opens at 10 am today.
Music lineup (main stage at north end of festival zone, California south of Genesee, first band The Hollers @ noon, last band Grace Love and The True Loves @ 10:30 pm)
Kids’ area (free AND fee activities – rides are 1-5 tickets at $1.25/ticket or $20/day pass)
GreenLife (south end of festival zone, California/Edmunds)
Southwest Seattle Historical Society group photos (starting at noon) and walking tours (starting at 12:15 pm) schedule
Vendor booths are open until at least 6 pm; rides run until 8 pm; music until about 11:30 pm. If you have questions, come see us and community-group volunteers in the Information Tent at California/Alaska, where you’ll also find local nonprofits participating in the Community Tent.
STREETS CLOSED: The closure zone is on California Avenue SW between SW Edmunds and SW Genesee (with SW Oregon remaining open to east/west traffic), and SW Alaska between 42nd and 44th.
BUS REROUTES: From the Metro “alerts and updates” page, which will be in effect until late Sunday night (the festival ends at 5 pm Sunday but breakdown and cleanup last for several hours):
ROWING REGATTA: The Duwamish Rowing Club’s first regatta, with races against two other clubs, is set for 8 am-noon on the Duwamish River, with spectators invited to watch from spots including Duwamish Waterway Park in South Park. Full details in our preview. (7900 10th Ave. S.)
LUNA PARK COMMUNITY CLEANUP: 9 am-noon, join the first in a series of community cleanups in the area just north of the Luna Park district – details are in our preview.
WSUU RUMMAGE SALE: 9 am-5 pm today, it’s Day 1 of the West Seattle Unitarian Universalists’ “legendary rummage sale” – details here. (7141 California SW)
DEMONSTRATION: Noon-1 pm, a demonstration titled “Black Lives Matter: Silent march for youths and friends“ is planned in The Junction starting from the northwest corner of California/Alaska.
COLMAN POOL CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC: Swim-meet closure again today at the outdoor pool in Lincoln Park.
ALKI LIGHTHOUSE TOURS: 1-4 pm (be there by 3:40 pm), you’re invited to tour historic Alki Point Lighthouse with the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary. Free. (Alki SW/Beach Drive SW)
SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARK: Greenstage presents “Pericles“ at the amphitheater in High Point Commons Park, free, 7 pm. (6400 Sylvan Way SW)
LOTS MORE GOING ON – see the listings on our complete calendar.
Yes, rain’s possible on this VERY busy West Seattle Thursday, but you’re local – you know not to let that get in the way of a good time.
SUMMER FEST EVE: The streets in The Junction close at 6 pm for West Seattle Summer Fest setup, rain or shine, and that means the Summer Fest Eve fun begins. It’s also West Seattle Art Walk night, usually on the second Thursday, but on the first one this month to coincide with Summer Fest Eve. Entertainment is planned at West 5 – the big band and jazz quartet from Jazz Night School – and at Elliott Bay Brewing (planning a band and kids’ entertainment, plus a benefit beer release). We’re checking on “what if it really does rain?” backup plans and will update, so check back here later. (UPDATE – The venues have tents on standby!)
Among the participating businesses are four WSB sponsors:
*CAPERS Home (4525 California SW), featuring florals by Genna Draper, ceramics by Beth Farrow, and harp music by White M.O.T.H.
MURAL TOURS, TOO: Also during tonight’s Art Walk, meet at Hotwire Online Coffeehouse (4410 California SW; WSB sponsor) at 6 and 7:30 pm for tours of The Junction’s historic murals.
Also happening today/tonight:
LUNCH AT THE LIBRARY: It’s the Kids’ Café! No need to bring proof of income or other documentation – kids and teens can get free lunch 12:30-1:30 pm today (and Tuesdays-Wednesdays-Thursdays through Sept. 1) at Delridge Library. (5423 Delridge Way SW)
DELRIDGE GROCERY CO-OP FARMSTAND: 4-7 pm next to the Delridge P-Patch, fresh produce for sale (also look for Delridge Grocery volunteers with a “mini-farmstand” at West Seattle Summer Fest on Friday and Saturday). Today’s fresh list includes apricots, peaches, blackberries, black raspberries, blueberries, sugar snap peas, kale, lettuce, basil, zucchini, baby beets, Walla Walla onions, scallions, green cabbage, purple potatoes. (Delridge Way/Puget Boulevard)
(added, per comment reminder) FIND IT, FIX IT WALK PLANNING: If you live, work, and/or otherwise have an interest in the Roxhill-Westwood area, you’re invited to help plan the Find It, Fix It Community Walk that’s set for July 25th. First planning meeting is tonight – just show up! 6:30 pm, Southwest Library. (35th SW/SW Henderson)
LIVE, LATE NIGHT: 9 pm, DLO3 is live with “vintage soul” at Parliament Tavern in The Admiral District. No cover. (4210 SW Admiral Way)
From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:
LOW-LOW TIDE, WITH A GUIDE: 10:30 am-2:15 pm, Seattle Aquarium’s volunteer beach naturalists are at Constellation and Lincoln Parks again to answer your questions about what you’re seeing and how to explore the shore with care, during another low-low tide – which hits its lowest point, -2.7 feet, at 12:07 pm.
FREE OUTDOOR CONCERT: The new “Music Under the Stars” series in the park outside Delridge Community Center begins tonight. At 7:15 pm, a chamber ensemble will perform live; then at 8, the Seattle Chamber Music Society‘s Benaroya Hall concert will be streamed live. The series continues for the next three Mondays. Free and family-friendly! (4501 Delridge Way SW)
We’re right in the middle of the three-day holiday weekend. Here are highlights from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:
LOW-LOW TIDE WITH SIGN-LANGUAGE INTERPRETATION: Beach walk! Seattle Aquarium volunteer beach naturalists will be out from 10 am-1:30 pm today at Constellation (63rd SW/Alki SW) and Lincoln Park (by Colman Pool) beaches, and at Constellation – south of Alki Point – sign-language interpretation will be available 10 am-1 pm. The moment of lowest tide is 10:38 am, -2.7 feet.
WEST SEATTLE FARMERS’ MARKET: Vegetables, flowers, fruit, cheese, wine, meat … summer’s abundance is at the market in The Junction, 10 am-2 pm. (California SW between SW Oregon and SW Alaska)
TOUR THE ALKI LIGHTHOUSE: 1-4 pm, free tours with the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary at Alki Point Lighthouse – be there no later than 3:40 pm. (Alki SW/Beach Drive SW)
ZACH POHL @ C & P: Live music with singer-songwriter Zach Pohl at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), 3-5 pm. (5612 California SW)
SOUTH PARK SOUND IN ADMIRAL: Gnarlene and the Frisky Pigs and Wild Wild Mexico perform at Parliament Tavern, 9 pm, no cover. (4210 SW Admiral Way)
Staycationing this holiday weekend? Enjoy what’s happening right here on the peninsula! Highlights from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:
COLMAN POOL: Noon-7 pm, you can swim at West Seattle’s only city-run outdoor pool – here’s the schedule. (8011 Fauntleroy Way SW)
LOG HOUSE MUSEUM: Noon-4 pm, learn about West Seattle and vicinity at our only local museum, run by the Southwest Seattle Historical Society. (61st SW/SW Stevens)
TOUR THE LIGHTHOUSE: The Alki Point Lighthouse is open for free tours courtesy of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, 1-4 pm, arrive no later than 3:40 pm. (Alki SW/Beach Drive SW)
WINE RELEASE, DAY 2: Viscon Cellars (WSB sponsor) is celebrating the release of these three new wines – a 2015 Viognier, a 2015 Rosé, and the new 2012 Red Wine Blend:
The Viscon Cellars tasting room is open 2-7 pm today. (5910 California SW)
SKATING POLLY @ EASY STREET: 7 pm at Easy Street Records, live, free, all-ages in-store show by Oklahoma sister duo Skating Polly. (California SW/SW Alaska)
4 ACTS AT PARLIAMENT TAVERN: 9 pm, live music at Parliament Tavern – details in our listing. No cover, 21+. (4210 SW Admiral Way)
If you’re still planning your 4th of July … remember the special WSB one-page guide!