West Seattle Monday: ‘School Your Parents’; pooches in the pool; Roxhill Elementary PTA; more…

September 15, 2014 at 10:26 am | In West Seattle news, WS culture/arts, WS miscellaneous | 5 Comments

(Pan of paella, photographed by Paul Brannan at Senior Center’s ‘Night in Spain last Thursday)
From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar, and our inbox, here are highlights for the rest of this late-summer Monday:

CLOSED TODAY: Elliott Bay Brewery in The Junction sends word that they’re closed today for some maintenance work. They expect to reopen tomorrow (Tuesday, September 16th).

‘DOG DAYS OF SUMMER’ POOCHES IN THE POOL: Today is the first of six days in which dogs are welcome to swim in the closed-to-humans-until-next-year Arbor Heights Swim and Tennis Club pool (one day added since we mentioned this on the main page). It’s a fundraiser for youth at the club; details here. Today’s session is 5-7 pm. (11003 31st SW)

‘SCHOOL YOUR PARENTS’! 5:30-7:30 pm, families are welcome at the Delridge Branch Library to find out how Seattle Public Library supports scholars – more in our calendar listing. (5423 Delridge Way)

ROXHILL ELEMENTARY PTA: 6 pm tonight at Roxhill Elementary, first PTA meeting of the year. (30th/Roxbury)

PERSONAL SAFETY NETS: Free presentation 7-9 pm at the Fauntleroy YMCA, to “teach you how to find the tools, knowledge & resources which will prepare and organize you for life’s upcoming challenges and changes.”

NIGHTLIFE! See the listings here.

Just in case you’re going to the store: Chase Bank trouble

September 14, 2014 at 9:47 pm | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | 32 Comments

ORIGINAL REPORT, 9:47 PM: We haven’t found anything official about this yet, but we know at least one person it’s happened to, and Twitter is abuzz with reportsChase Bank is apparently having some trouble that’s reported to be leading to card declines even for those whose accounts are in fine shape. We’re just mentioning this so that if you’re planning a late-night run to the store, you don’t just take that one particular card.

3:23 PM UPDATE: Since it’s early-early morning across the country, hard to tell yet if this is resolved. We did send an inquiry to Chase’s consumer-banking media-relations rep, asking for information on what happened, and will add anything we find out.

11:38 AM UPDATE: Mike Fusco from Chase just called, answering e-mail we sent early this morning to their media-relations division: “Last night, we experienced a small technical glitch that declined some transactions for a short period of time around (9 pm Pacific) … the issue was resolved … we apologize for the inconvenience.” He stressed that it was a “technical glitch,” not any sort of hacking, nor was it scheduled-but-unannounced maintenance.

West Seattle Sunday: WS Car Show; Camp Long Mountain Fest; Farmers’ Market zucchini races; Luna Park Street Market; more…

September 14, 2014 at 8:19 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | 2 Comments

The streets are closed in the heart of The Junction for the 7th annual West Seattle Car Show – that’s the live SDOT cam view looking north on California from Alaska. And that’s how we start today’s lineup:

WEST SEATTLE CAR SHOW: Officially opens at 10 am along California SW in The Junction. This year’s show is presented by Swedish Automotive and West Seattle Autoworks (both WSB sponsors), in memory of car-show founder Michael Hoffman; the Hell’s Belles club is hosting, with sponsors including Don Swanson Insurance, Les Schwab Tires, WebCami, Courtesy Tire, plus WSB sponsors Ventana Construction, and Tom’s Automotive. For the first time, the show is “open class” – all years/makes/models of cars/trucks/motorcycles. Here’s a 1993 vehicle spotted already!

Trophies will be awarded at 3 pm, so although the posted hours are until 4 pm, come before 3 to be sure you see them all! We’re the media sponsor again this year and we’ll be there all day covering it live. (California between Oregon and Edmunds)

PANCAKE BREAKFAST: 10 am-1 pm at the Alki Masonic Center, pancakes and more to raise money for the Westside Wildcats Junior Football and Cheer program. Details in our calendar listing. (40th/Edmunds)

WEST SEATTLE FARMERS’ MARKET: On as always, with a bonus today: The annual Zucchini Races! Kids get to make and race zucchini vehicles, 10 am-1 pm, and the market continues until 2 as usual. (44th/Alaska)

CAMP LONG MOUNTAIN FESTIVAL … including a celebration of Schurman Rock‘s 75th anniversary. Activities for all ages, and it’s not just about climbing – see the schedule of what’s up by going here. Among the highlights, mountaineering legend and West Seattle native Jim Whittaker speaks at 2 pm. Festival runs 11 am-5 pm. (5200 35th SW)

WEST SEATTLE ULTIMATE FAMILY FRISBEE: 11 am at Fairmount Playfield, and then starting next week, moving to Walt Hundley Playfield at High Point. Details in our calendar listing. (5400 Fauntleroy Way SW)

LUNA PARK STREET MARKET: Local vendors are back with fashion, fun, and more in the lot outside Ola Salon in the Luna Park business district, noon-3 pm. (2942 SW Avalon Way)

DIY BIKES: Free bicycle repairs with DIY Bikes at the West Seattle Tool Library, noon-4 pm. Northeast side of Youngstown Cultural Arts Center. (4408 Delridge Way SW)

YMCA EXPANSION Q/A MEETING: One week after the West Seattle YMCA (WSB sponsor) announced its expansion plan, the first of three Q/A meetings open to the community at large as well as members is 2-3 pm today, at the Y’s “Studio 5.” (4518 Fauntleroy Way SW)

‘DON GIOVANNI’ PREVIEW: 2 pm at West Seattle Branch Library in Admiral, get ready for the Seattle Opera production of “Don Giovanni” with a free preview lecture. (2306 42nd SW)

SHAUN PEACE BAND: Live music for your Sunday afternoon at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), 3-5 pm. (5612 California SW)

CHAT WITH CHAS: City Council candidate Chas Redmond is launching a series of open-format community conversations – all listed on his website – and will start it off by being at Caffé Fiore in The Admiral District 4-6 pm today. (2206 California SW)

NIGHTLIFE? Yes, even on Sunday! See the listings on our calendar.

More than a dozen ways to enjoy your West Seattle Saturday

September 13, 2014 at 6:21 am | In West Seattle news, WS culture/arts, WS miscellaneous | No Comments

(Friday’s sunset, by John Hinkey)

Happy weekend! Sunshine and options aplenty. From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

FREE LUNCH AND TREATS! ADMIRAL ADOPT-A-STREET: Grab the kids, the neighbor, everyone you can find, and go join the Admiral Neighborhood Association‘s quarterly cleanup. You get treats before hitting the street AND a sack lunch for afterward, courtesy of Metropolitan Market (WSB sponsor), which is where you’ll meet – look for ANA outside the store, 9 am. You don’t have to bring ANYTHING but yourself – tools, bags, etc., all provided. (42nd/41st/Admiral Way)

SECOND-TIME SALE: 9 am-3 pm, you just don’t know (until you get there) what treasures you’ll find at Fauntleroy Church‘s famous sale. Maybe something Christmasy:

Bake sale too! (9140 California SW)

FAMILY PICNIC: Freedom Church of Seattle invites everybody to come join in their Family Picnic, 10 am-3 pm, including a food-bag giveaway as well as hamburgers, hot dogs, and beverages for everyone, and lots of fun. Details in our calendar listing. (35th/Roxbury)

TREE WALK: Meet your neighbors and learn about the trees in North Delridge during this morning’s Tree Walk – meet at 10:30 am at the Greg Davis Park boulders; details here. Free! (26th/Brandon)

LOUIE FOXX SHOW: Fabulous Family Fun Saturdays return to High Point Community Center starting today, 10:30 am, with Louie Foxx‘s “One Man Sideshow filled with tons of magic, comedy, cowboy tricks, juggling and more audience interaction than you can shake a stick at!” $7/person, $30 max for families. (6920 34th SW)

BENEFIT BARBECUE AT THRIFTWAY: Still barbecue season! West Seattle Thriftway (WSB sponsor) is cooking lunch again today, 11 am-4 pm, this time to benefit the Kiwanis Club of West Seattle. Kiwanian Linda Cox reminds us of some of how the Kiwanis has been working in and for the community for 80+ years:

Key Clubs for high school students at West Seattle Hi, Chief Sealth, and
Seattle Lutheran

*Circle K clubs for college students at Seattle University
*Boy Scout Troop 284, Crew 284, Venture Crew 760, Cub Scout Pack 136
*South Seattle College scholarships
*Hi-Yu Scholarships
*Seasonal support of West Seattle Farmers Market
*Food Bank collections
*WestSide Baby
*Northwest Hope and Healing Fashion Show and Alki Beach 5K Run/Walk
*Annual community Pancake Breakfast the first Friday in December
*Plus many, many other projects

More info at kiwaniswestseattle.org. Or come buy your lunch and chat with a Kiwanis member at the barbecue tent outside Thriftway! (California/Fauntleroy/42nd)

CAR WASH: 11 am-4 pm, fundraising car wash at West Seattle Autoworks (WSB sponsor) by, and benefiting, West Seattle High School‘s music program. (35th/Webster)

HOMEOWNERSHIP WORKSHOP: Interested in buying a home, but not sure if you can afford it? Come to a free workshop – with lunch and child care provided – 11 am-3 pm today at Neighborhood House’s High Point Center. (6400 Sylvan Way SW)

FIESTAS PATRIAS PARADE/FESTIVAL IN SOUTH PARK: 11 am, come enjoy the Fiestas Patrias parade in South Park, followed by a festival until 6 pm at Sea-Mar. Here’s the parade route, according to SDOT:

Starts at 12th Avenue South and South Henderson Street, proceeds east on Henderson to 14th Avenue South, then north on 14th to South Cloverdale Street, then west on Cloverdale to Eighth Avenue South, and north on Eighth to South Rose Street. Seattle Police will escort the parade. There will be a rolling slowdown in traffic as the parade moves along the route.

VOLUNTEER APPRECIATION PARTY: Nature Consortium hosts a party at Pigeon Point Park by Pathfinder K-8, honoring the volunteers who help with so much of what NC does. 11 am-1 pm. (1901 SW Genesee)

GOLF TOURNAMENT: Even if you didn’t pre-register for the Chuck Diesel Invitational, benefiting youth golf, you can still show up at West Seattle Golf Course at noon – here’s our recent preview. (4457 35th SW)

WATCH THE HUSKIES AT THE CASK: Not going to the game? UW Football will be on at The Cask (WSB sponsor) in The Admiral District. Get your gameday in gear at noon; game vs. Illinois starts at 1 pm. (2350 California SW)

LAST DANCE: Salsa on Alki‘s season finale gets going at Alki Statue of Liberty Plaza at 5:30 pm with a lesson that’s included in your $10 cover to dance all night (until 10-ish).

(Last Saturday’s Salsa on Alki; photo by Jonathan Vogel)
Details in our calendar listing. (61st/Alki)

NIGHT 3 FOR ‘THE MOUNTAINTOP’: 7:30 pm is curtain time for the new production at ArtsWest (WSB sponsor), the Seattle premiere of “The Mountaintop,” directed by Valerie Curtis-Newton. Buy your ticket(s) online, here. (4711 California SW)

MUSIC, MUSIC, MUSIC – so much live music tonight, we just have to point you to our calendar to see the venues and times!

Weekend time! 6 highlights for the rest of your West Seattle Friday

September 12, 2014 at 1:26 pm | In West Seattle news, WS culture/arts, WS miscellaneous | 1 Comment

(From upper Lincoln Park, by Mark Ahlness, via the WSB Flickr group)
Before we get much further into the afternoon – a quick look at half a dozen highlights ahead through tonight, from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

HIGH-SCHOOL AEROSPACE-CAREER EXPO: New timespan for this event, 3-4:30 pm – otherwise, details are in our preview. Youngstown Cultural Arts Center. (4408 Delridge Way SW)

DELRIDGE GROCERY’S FRIDAY FARMSTAND: The fresh-produce stand just south of Delridge Library is open again, 4:30-7:30 pm, with farm-fresh fruit and vegetables. (5435 Delridge Way SW)

INSTAGRAM PICNIC ON ALKI: If you’re anywhere near Alki tonight, your chances of winding up in someone’s photo are greater than ever (or perhaps you’ll be taking the photos): Seattle Instagramers are invited to gather for a picnic near Statue of Liberty Plaza to celebrate the group’s 3rd anniversary, 6 pm. (61st/Alki)

‘KIWI MEETS THE SEA’ WINE, OYSTERS, MUSIC: That’s all in one event at Salty’s on Alki (WSB sponsor) tonight, with the wines of New Zealand’s much-honored Villa Maria and local Taylor Shellfish Farms oysters, 6:30-7:30 pm; plus music (6-9 pm) by The W Brothers, guitar and mandolin. (1936 Harbor SW)

HIGH-SCHOOL FOOTBALL: One game in town tonight – West Seattle High School hosts Washington at Southwest Athletic Complex (2601 SW Thistle), 7 pm. That’s also when Chief Sealth International High School visits Rainier Beach at Southeast Athletic Complex.

NIGHT 2 FOR ‘THE MOUNTAINTOP’: 7:30 pm is curtain time for the new production at ArtsWest (WSB sponsor), the Seattle premiere of “The Mountaintop,” directed by Valerie Curtis-Newton. Buy your ticket(s) online, here. (4711 California SW)

MORE TO SEE AND DO … just check our calendar.

West Seattle Thursday: WS Art Walk; ‘The Mountaintop’ opening night; Duwamish River kayak tour; more…

September 11, 2014 at 10:46 am | In West Seattle news, WS culture/arts, WS miscellaneous | No Comments

(WSB photo: Art we noticed while out walking – memorial bench along the Harbor Avenue shore)
Highlights for today/tonight, from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

TODDLER STORY TIME: 11:30 am at High Point Branch Library, free as always. (35th/Raymond)

‘NIGHT IN SPAIN’: Paella dinner, flamenco dancing, big night at the Senior Center of West Seattle, 5 pm – check to see if any reservations remain; info’s in our calendar listing. (Oregon/California)

‘SECOND THURSDAY OUT’: Also at the Senior Center tonight, LGBTQ community members and friends are invited to a no-host happy hour followed by a dinner gathering at Talarico’s. 6 pm – details in our calendar listing. (Oregon/California)

WEST SEATTLE ART WALK: Great reason to enjoy this late-summer sunshine – spend the evening stopping by some of the venues in this month’s West Seattle Art Walk. Here’s the venue list/map:

Almost all are open 6-9 pm, usually with a chance to meet the artist (and business owners are there at many venues too) and enjoy refreshments. Preview venues/artists via the official Art Walk website at wsartwalk.com. Among them, Click! Design That Fits (WSB sponsor), with two artists’ work this month:

That’s by Steve Lawler, who Click! says “will be on hand showcasing his plywood furniture, made entirely of remnants left over from cabinet shops.” They’re also featuring Shelli Markee‘s wire-sculpture birds. Click! is in The Junction, which has the major concentration of Art Walk participants, but check the map for other areas – just north of Morgan Junction, for example, West Seattle Cellars has two artists tonight, Tim Marsden and Rich Lehl. (Full-size venue map here)

FRIENDS OF SCHMITZ PRESERVE PARK NATURE WALK: Learn about the history and the ecology of West Seattle’s old-growth-forest treasure, 6 pm. Call to see if there’s still room – info’s in our calendar listing. (Admiral/Stevens)

TOUR THE DUWAMISH: Should be a great night to get out on the water somewhere. Why not the Duwamish River? If you see this before mid-afternoon or so, check to see if there’s still room on tonight’s community kayaking tour from Duwamish Waterway Park in South Park at 6 pm. Details are in this preview. (7900 10th Ave. S.)

K-5 STEM PTA MEETING: First meeting of the school year, 6:30 pm, school library. (5950 Delridge Way SW)

WINE TASTING AND MUSIC: Second Thursday is also wine tasting night – bring an appetizer, bring a friend – at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), with Brazilian music by Choro Tocando. Starts at 7 pm. (5612 California SW)

OPENING NIGHT FOR ‘THE MOUNTAINTOP’: 7:30 pm is curtain time for the official opening night of the new production at ArtsWest (WSB sponsor), the Seattle premiere of “The Mountaintop,” directed by Valerie Curtis-Newton. You can buy your ticket(s) online, here. (4711 California SW)

AS USUAL … there’s more on the calendar beyond the highlights above – go here to see for yourself!

West Seattle Wednesday: ‘Impact fees’ @ City Council; preschool ballot measures @ 34th Dems; WS Booster Club; more

September 10, 2014 at 9:13 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | 2 Comments

(Lincoln Park bluff bench, by Mark Ahlness, via the WSB Flickr group)
From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar and inbox, for today/tonight:

‘IMPACT FEES 101′: Lots of new housing, without lots of new infrastructure to support it. Are “impact fees” the answer? A noontime discussion is planned at City Hall today, as previewed here, and it includes time for public comment. If you can’t be there, watch live on Seattle Channel, online or cable.

HIGH POINT MARKET GARDEN: This is one of just a few remaining Wednesdays this summer/fall when you can stop by the High Point Market Garden Farm Stand 4-7 pm to buy organic produce grown by local gardeners next to the stand. (32nd/Juneau)

CHAIR MASSAGE TO BENEFIT ARTHRITIS FOUNDATION: As part of fundraising this month for the Arthritis Foundation, Massage Envy West Seattle (WSB sponsor) is offering $1-minute chair massages 5-7 pm – details in our calendar listing. (2513 SW Trenton, north side of Westwood Village)

WEST SEATTLE BOOSTER CLUB: 7 pm tonight, first meeting of the year:

The WS Booster Club would like to thank you for your support during our first year as a member-based organization. With your membership, company matching donations, fan wear sales, concession sales, and our Spirts for Sports fundraiser, we were able to help the Girls’ Soccer Team, Tennis Team, Girls’ Softball, Boys’ Basketball, Girls’ Basketball, the Athletic Director with the school weight room, and we were able to help facilitate a direct donation to the Boys’ Soccer Team for all new uniforms.

For this coming year the “Wish List” from coaches already includes equipment and balls for the football team, basketballs for both the boys and girls teams, track team warm-ups and bags, warm-ups and balls for the volleyball team, team polo shirts for the golf team, scoreboard and warm-ups for the girls’ basketball team, and more requests coming in!

Your support is vital to the success of the Booster Club and ultimately as to how much we can help West Seattle High School. Our goal is to assist all of athletic programs at the high school with uniforms, equipment, and needs the school budget cannot cover. The Pay to Play fee only covers a portion of transportation, so there is a huge need for our continued support. You can join online at westseattleboosterclub.org. 50% of your annual membership fee goes towards the sport of your choice, and all donations are welcome!

In addition to your monetary support, we would love a little of your time. We are a volunteer organization and the more support we can get the more we can do. If you are interested in helping with Concessions, Programs, Fundraising, Fan Wear, being a Team Rep, or anything else that may interest you, please contact us, westseattleboosterclub@gmail.com, or come to (the meeting).

It’s in the WSHS library. (3000 California SW)

34TH DISTRICT DEMOCRATS: 7 pm at The Hall at Fauntleroy. Chair Marcee Stone-Vekich summarized tonight’s agenda highlights via e-mail this morning:

At our meeting tonight we will be hearing from both ballot measures on the proposed Pre-K program. City Councilmember Tim Burgess will be presenting on Prop. 1B. We will then proceed to endorsement. Also, County Councilmember Joe McDermott will present on the new legislation just passed by the KC Council on ICE detainers.

See the full agenda here. (9131 California SW)

(added) SEATTLE APP ACADEMY OPEN HOUSE: This new volunteer-run tech-training program – read about it at seattleappacademy.com – is opening in the Jefferson Square office building and has an open house tonight – 7 pm. (4700 42nd SW, Suite 467, atop Bartell)

COULD FERGUSON HAPPEN HERE?‘: This discussion isn’t happening in West Seattle but is of interest here and around the region – a South King County-focused meeting asking that question is tonight at 7 pm at Tyee High School in SeaTac. Details are on our partner site White Center Now. (4424 S. 188th)

TONIGHT’S NIGHTLIFE! Music bingo, karaoke, trivia, open-microphone … lots of local venues with listings you can see by going directly to our calendar.

West Seattle Tuesday: New SDOT director @ WSTC; 47th/Admiral signal @ ANA; public/private ‘land swap’ meeting; more

September 9, 2014 at 10:08 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | 2 Comments

Fall = fungi! Nobody knows that better than West Seattle photographer Machel Spence, who shared the photo you see above. And speaking of the calendar … here’s some of what’s popping up from ours today:

MANDATORY FOOD-WASTE RECYCLING? As reported earlier this morning, the City Council’s Public Utilities and Neighborhoods Committee will take up the proposal this afternoon, 2 pm at City Hall downtown. Live on Seattle Channel, online and on cable, if you can’t be there in person.

http://clerk.seattle.gov/~public/meetingrecords/2014/spunc20140909_1a.pdf

TIMEBANK PICNIC: Members of the West Seattle Timebank and others in nearby communities will gather at Lincoln Park 5-9 pm – details in our calendar listing.

WEST SEATTLE TRANSPORTATION COALITION: Here’s the agenda for tonight’s WSTC meeting, 6:30 pm at Neighborhood House‘s High Point Center:

*6:30-6:40: *Welcome, Introductions, Community news, Updates, New Business from the membership.

*6:40-6:45:* Public Comment

*6:45-7:00:* Melanie Mayock, Field Director of Yes For Seattle Transit, will present to the WSTC about the upcoming November 2014 in-city ballot funding measure to save Metro service on the city level.

*7:00-8:00:* A discussion with new SDOT Director Scott Kubly about the state of West Seattle’s transportation situation.

*8:00-8:25:* A discussion with Thomas Linde about a proposed idea for utilizing the area around Terminal 5 of the Port of Seattle.

*8:25-8:30:* Last call for any new business.

Here’s our coverage of Kubly’s first West Seattle appearance at last week’s Southwest District Council meeting. (6700 Sylvan Way SW)

LAND SWAP NEAR PUGET PARK? Last month, the city announced a public meeting related to a proposed “land swap” involving parcels of Seattle Parks land near Puget Park, ultimately so that a nearby piece of private land would no longer have to have a driveway through public land. We researched the proposal beyond what was in the announcement and published this report. Tonight’s the meeting, 6:30 pm at Delridge Community Center, for anyone and everyone interested. (4501 Delridge Way SW)

ADMIRAL NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION: 7 pm meeting, The Sanctuary at Admiral. Agenda:

Seattle Department of Transportation will be on hand to present and answer questions about the final design of the pedestrian-safety improvements and new traffic signal for the intersection of 47th Avenue SW and SW Admiral Way. 

Construction is expected to begin before the end of this year and last about 12 weeks. During construction, there will be pedestrian and bicycle detours, and for motor vehicles, lane reductions or partial closures on 47th SW, SW Admiral, and SW Waite. We will also debrief our successful summer-concert series.

Here’s our August update on the signal plan. (42nd/Lander)

FAUNTLEROY COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION: 7 pm business meeting, all welcome, Fauntleroy Schoolhouse conference room. (9131 California SW)

LOTS MORE ON THE CALENDAR! See the full list here.

West Seattle Monday: Hi-Yu; North Delridge NC; Denny PTA; more

September 8, 2014 at 9:04 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | No Comments

(Young Steller’s Jay, photographed by Mark Wangerin)
Happy Monday! Here are highlights for today/tonight from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

ALZHEIMER’S CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP: Twice-monthly Alzheimer’s Association-organized support group meets today, 1:30 pm, at Providence Mount St. Vincent. No charge to participate. Details in our calendar listing. (4831 35th SW)

MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL AT THE FEEDBACK: On the big screen at Feedback Lounge (WSB sponsor), you’ll find Monday Night Football tonight. (6451 California SW)

MONSTER DASH TRAINING RUNS: Not a runner? No problem! These programs will get you ready for next month’s third annual West Seattle Monster Dash. First one starts 6:30 tonight at Lincoln Park – details in our calendar listing. (8011 Fauntleroy Way SW)

NORTH DELRIDGE NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCIL: 6:30 pm, back to the regular location, Youngstown Cultural Arts Center. Agenda includes discussion of North Delridge Policing Plan. (4408 Delridge Way SW)

EVENING BOOK GROUP AT WEST SEATTLE LIBRARY: The branch in Admiral hosts this month’s Evening Book Group, reading “The Bonesetter’s Daughter” by Amy Tan, 6:45 pm. (2306 42nd SW)

WEST SEATTLE HI-YU MEETING: 7 pm at St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church, with the agenda including:

*Election of the 2014-15 board members

*Plans for the upcoming year, including recruitment for the Junior Court

What to bring:
*a pen because we might have a ballot election
*your checkbook, so you can sign up for your 2014-15 membership
*a great attitude and your clever ideas for the new year.

If you love parades, people, community service and fun, come join and share your ideas. All are welcome – be part of long tradition in West Seattle.

(California/Hanford)

DENNY INTERNATIONAL MIDDLE SCHOOL PTA: 7 pm, first general meeting of the year at Denny International Middle School. (2601 SW Kenyon)

NIGHTLIFE: Trivia and karaoke at multiple venues – go directly to our calendar!

West Seattle Sunday: Seven ways to spend part of your day

September 7, 2014 at 9:29 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | 2 Comments

(Red-tailed hawk, photographed by Robert Spears, shared via the WSB Facebook page)
Sunday in the sunshine! Here are some of the possibilities on the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

BENEFIT CAR WASH: Highline Premier FC high school girls’ soccer teams are continuing their fundraising car wash from 10 am to 2 pm at Westwood 7-11, raising money to travel to a showcase in Las Vegas next February at which they can be seen by college coaches and recruiters. (35th/Barton)

FESTIVALS! Holy Family in White Center has a street fair continuing today 9 am-4 pm (20th/Roxbury); the San Gennaro Festival (presented by a West Seattle family in Georgetown) is in its final day, 10 am-6 pm. (S. Angelo St.)

WEST SEATTLE FARMERS’ MARKET: Though it’s September, summer vegetables and fruit are still available in abundance. 10 am-2 pm. (44th/Alaska)

GRAND OPENING: Emerald Water Anglers‘ new shop in The Junction – noted here back in June – has its “grand opening” celebration under way, with today’s events starting at 11 am; they’re featuring presentations and raffles – here’s the schedule. (Oregon/42nd)

COLMAN POOL’S FINAL 2014 DAY: Today’s the last day this year for swimming at West Seattle’s only city-owned outdoor pool. Swimming starts at noon – find the schedule here. (On the shore at Lincoln Park)

‘COMPLETE WORKS OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE – ABRIDGED’: Final performance of this student production, a senior project and nonprofit fundraiser, 2:30 pm in the Seattle Lutheran High School gym, details in our calendar listing. (41st/Genesee)

AFTERNOON MUSIC: Greg Spence Wolf and Steve Norris perform live at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), 3-5 pm. (5612 California SW)

EVEN MORE HAPPENING … for today, tonight, beyond; see it on our calendar!

West Seattle Saturday: Morning through midnight, here’s what’s up

September 6, 2014 at 8:59 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | 7 Comments

(Friday’s sunset, by John Hinkey)
It’s still summer! Some ways to maximize your Saturday:

BENEFIT CAR WASH: Highline Premier FC high school girls’ soccer teams are having a fundraising car wash from 10 am to 2 pm today and tomorrow at Westwood 7-11. Cheryl explains, “They are raising money to help with travel expenses to the Las Vegas Mayor’s Cup International Showcase in February 2015. This tournament gives the girls the opportunity to be seen by college coaches and recruiters from around the country.” (35th/Barton)

SHOP AND SNACK AT THE DUWAMISH LONGHOUSE: 10 am-4 pm, second of two days for the arts/crafts-and-more multiple-vendors sale (food, too!) at the Duwamish Tribe Longhouse in West Seattle; more info in our calendar listing. Free parking/admission. (4705 W. Marginal Way SW)

SAN GENNARO FESTIVAL: This is a West Seattle family‘s 2nd year staging this festival in nearby Georgetown. Today’s the second day, running 10 am-10 pm; more info here. (South Angelo St., north of Boeing Field)

VOLUNTEER WITH THE SOUTHWEST SEATTLE HISTORICAL SOCIETY! 11 am, be at the Log House Museum to find out how your talent(s) can be best put to work helping the home of West Seattle’s history. (61st/Stevens)

BARBECUE BENEFITING THE HUMANE SOCIETY: Final Dog Days of Summer” benefit barbecue at West Seattle Thriftway (WSB sponsor), 11 am-4 pm. (California/Morgan/42nd)

COLMAN POOL’S SECOND-TO-LAST 2014 DAY: Second-to-last day this year that you can enjoy West Seattle’s only city-owned outdoor pool. Swimming starts at noon – find the schedule here. (On the shore at Lincoln Park)

KENYON HALL ‘FLUSH FUND’ BENEFIT: Noon-8 pm, stop by historic Kenyon Hall and enjoy barbecue/entertainment to raise money to upgrade the restrooms. Here’s our preview. (7904 35th SW)

WINE-TASTING ROOM OPENS: It’s opening weekend for Viscon Cellars‘ new tasting room north of Morgan Junction, featured here a few months back. They’re open today 2-7 pm. (5910 California SW)

HIGH-SCHOOL FOOTBALL TODAY/TONIGHT: Two local teams play, both out of town – Seattle Lutheran is at Mary Knight in the Elma area, 1:30 pm, according to its website; West Seattle High School is at Juneau-Douglas High School in Alaska tonight, 7 pm local time, which is 8 pm Seattle time. (Scores appreciated if you’re traveling with either team – text 206-293-6302 – thanks!)

SKIHAWKS CHARITY AUCTION: Benefit at Our Lady of Guadalupe to raise money for the Skihawks Racing Team‘s special athletes. 6:30 pm – details here. (35th/Myrtle)

‘PRINCESS ANGELINE’: Come watch the story of Chief Sealth’s daughter Princess Angeline, presented by West Seattle Meaningful Movies and the SW Seattle Historical Society - details in our calendar listing. 7 pm at Neighborhood House‘s High Point Center. Filmmakers Sandy and Yasu Osawa will be in attendance. (6400 Sylvan Way)

LIVE MUSIC AT C & P: Philip Mariconda performs live at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), 7 pm. (5612 California SW)

LIVE MUSIC AT THE CASK: Gary Benson performs live at The Cask (WSB sponsor), 8:30 pm. (2350 California SW)

‘COMPLETE WORKS OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE – ABRIDGED’: Come applaud youth performers/producers (and donate to a local nonprofit they’re raising money for), 7:30 pm in the Seattle Lutheran High School gym, second of three performances, details in our calendar listing. (41st/Genesee)

LIVE MUSIC AT THE FEEDBACK: Special solo performance by Jefferson Angell at Feedback Lounge (WSB sponsor), 9 pm. (6451 California SW)

‘ROCKY HORROR’ AT THE ADMIRAL: At midnight! Details in our calendar listing. (2343 California SW)

YES, THERE’S MORE … on our calendar!

Seven ways to enjoy your sunny West Seattle Friday

September 5, 2014 at 9:18 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | No Comments

Crystal-clear morning, no snow on the Olympics in the view from Beach Drive. None likely any time soon. So consider this another summer weekend – from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar, here’s how it’s getting started:

DUWAMISH NATIVE MARKET & JUMBLE DAYS: 10 am-4 pm, first of two days for the arts/crafts-and-more multiple-vendors sale at the Duwamish Tribe Longhouse in West Seattle; more info in our calendar listing. Free parking/admission. (4705 W. Marginal Way SW)

DELRIDGE GROCERY’S FRIDAY FARMSTAND: The fresh-produce stand just south of Delridge Library is open again, 4:30-7:30 pm, with farm-fresh fruit and vegetables. (5435 Delridge Way SW)

WORDS, WRITERS, WEST SEATTLE: Molly Ringle is featured tonight at the monthly Southwest Seattle Historical Society-presented author reading/signing event at Barnes & Noble/Westwood Village, 5-7 pm. (2600 SW Barton)

HIGH-SCHOOL FOOTBALL: One local game tonight – Chief Sealth International High School starts its season at home at Southwest Athletic Complex across the street, 5 pm. (2601 SW Thistle)

HIGHLAND PARK ELEMENTARY BACK-TO-SCHOOL BARBECUE: As previewed here earlier this week, 5:30-7 pm. (1012 SW Trenton)

CORNER BAR & SQUARE DANCING: The Subversive Square Dance Society joins the Highland Park Improvement Club‘s monthly pop-up Corner Bar, starting at 6 pm – more in our calendar listing. (12th/Holden)

SAN GENNARO FESTIVAL: This is a West Seattle family‘s 2nd year staging this festival in nearby Georgetown. Opening night, 6-10 pm; more info here. (South Angelo St., north of Boeing Field)

NIGHTLIFE AND MORE … live music at multiple venues and other happenings beyond what’s highlighted above – find it all on our calendar.

West Seattle back-to-school: Learn how city libraries can help!

September 4, 2014 at 1:21 pm | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | 2 Comments

The Seattle Public Library offers a lot of help and resources that students and their families might not be fully aware of – so three area branches have special events coming up to fix that! From Nathalie at SPL:

The West Seattle branch libraries will be hosting “School Your Parents” nights, where families can learn about library resources that help children succeed in school. This includes in-person and online homework help, an introduction to our online research resources and a meet and greet with their neighborhood library staff. Children and teens who attend will receive refreshments and prizes. The event is free and everyone is welcome. Events will be held at the following locations:

High Point Branch
September 9th 4-6 pm
3411 SW Raymond St.
206-684-7454

South Park Branch
September 9th 5:30-7 pm
8604 Eighth Ave. S.
206-615-1688

Delridge Branch
September 15th 5:30-7 pm
5423 Delridge Way SW
206-733-9125

West Seattle Thursday: 12th Flag; Hotwire turns 12; Carmilia’s reopens; Design Review for clinic project…

September 4, 2014 at 10:53 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | 6 Comments

The biggest event on any calendar for miles around is tonight’s Seahawks game. And we have one big event for local fans, as well as other highlights from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

(Thanks to Sha’ari for the photo of the Metropolitan Market [WSB sponsor] booth at “12th Flag” celebration!)
THE 12TH FLAG: Party starts at 11 am outside West Seattle Corporate Center, and then the huge “12th Flag” – 1,500 square feet – goes up at 12:30 pm. Newest details are in this preview. (Delridge/Andover)

HOTWIRE’S 12TH ANNIVERSARY: Happy 12th anniversary to WSB’s inaugural sponsor, Hotwire Online Coffeehouse in The Junction! They’re offering a special drink for the occasion – mixing in 12th Man excitement – $1.20 for a 12-ounce white chocolate, blueberry, and mint mocha. (4410 California SW)

CARMILIA’S REOPENS: After a two-week closure for “freshening,” Carmilia’s in The Junction (which celebrates its 12th anniversary later this year!) reopens at 5 pm tonight. Proprietor Linda Sabee shared this photo of the new seating area in her shop:

She says Carmilia’s will be open until 9 tonight, 11-8 tomorrow, then resuming regular hours starting Saturday, with fall clothes and new brands in the store as well as the “freshened-up” decor. (4528 California SW)

DESIGN REVIEW FOR CLINIC PROJECT: 6:30 pm at the Senior Center of West Seattle, the Southwest Design Review Board takes a second “early design guidance” look at the eye clinic proposed for 7520 35th SW. The “packet” is linked in our most recent development roundup. (Oregon/California)

‘COMPLETE WORKS OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE – ABRIDGED’: Come cheer youth performers/producers (and donate to a local nonprofit they’re raising money for), 7:30 pm in the Seattle Lutheran High School gym, first of three performances, details in our calendar listing. (41st/Genesee)

4 reader reports: Stolen motorcycle; found bicycles; car prowl

September 4, 2014 at 10:06 am | In Crime, West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | 6 Comments

Four reader reports to share – we’re not calling them all Crime Watch because the bicycles might not be stolen, but often when found in circumstances like these, they are. First, have you seen Nyle‘s stolen motorcycle?

My motorcycle was stolen out of apartment parking garage on upper Avalon Way between midnight and 8am on 9/3/14. 1999 Red Honda CBR 600 F4. Plate #690065. Police called and report filed. Keep your eyes open!

FOUND BICYCLE #1: Christine and Jeff both sent photos and word of this bicycle that’s been up against a signpost in Morgan Junction for a few days:

Christine described it as “a pink and purple Magna Misty bike with a few iridescent streamers on the handlebars.”

FOUND BICYCLE #2: Dana found this one, described as a purple girl’s Specialized Hotrock:

We’ve advised the bicycles’ finders to report them to police, but do comment if you know whose they are.

CAR PROWL: From Sarah:

My car was broken into again some time between 11:30 pm 9/2 and when I went out again this afternoon 12:30 pm 9/3. Police report has been filed, but I want to warn neighbors. My car was locked up tight abd all doors were unlocked, including the hatch, which requires a key, so I think they may have one of the Subaru dummy keys. It was an older Subaru Legacy Wagon (1992) and the only thing I noticed missing besides the cell phone charger was some loose change. This happened on the 7700 block of 31st Ave SW.

West Seattle Wednesday: Back-to-school, and what else is up!

September 3, 2014 at 11:22 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | 1 Comment

(Belted kingfisher, photographed by Mark Wangerin)
From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

BACK-TO-SCHOOL NOTES: We took roll-call on the major changes in this morning’s Traffic Watch roundup – from start-time changes to school-zone changes. Good luck to all as the new year begins – scholars, staffers, families!

CHAIR MASSAGE TO BENEFIT ARTHRITIS FOUNDATION: Maybe that first day of school, however it relates to you, will leave you in need of a bit of pampering tonight. As part of fundraising this month for the Arthritis Foundation, Massage Envy West Seattle (WSB sponsor) is offering $1-minute chair massages 5-7 pm (and two more dates ahead) – details in our calendar listing. (2513 SW Trenton, north side of Westwood Village)

SDOT DIRECTOR IN WEST SEATTLE: Questions for new SDOT director Scott Kubly? As announced last week, he’s the spotlight guest at tonight’s Southwest District Council meeting, 6:30 pm at the Senior Center of West Seattle. (Oregon/California)

COFFEEHOUSE MUSIC: Jim Page and Grant Dermody live at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), 7 pm. (5612 California SW)

WEST SEATTLE SOUL: Rippin Chicken at Feedback Lounge (WSB sponsor), 8 pm – get your groove on! (6451 California SW)

OPEN MICROPHONE … tonight and every Wednesday night at Skylark, 8:30 pm (signups at 7:30 pm) – details here. (3803 Delridge Way SW)

LOTS MORE … on the calendar!

West Seattle Labor Day 2014: Here’s helpful holiday info

September 1, 2014 at 6:30 am | In Transportation, West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | 3 Comments

(Photo by ‘Hammerin’ Man,’ shared via the WSB Flickr group)
Happy Labor Day! Just a few notes about the holiday …

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT/TRANSPORTATION INFO
Since many people are off work today, we’re not publishing the usual daily traffic/transit roundup. You can see area traffic cams and get info (including a link to the city map with travel times) on the WSB West Seattle Traffic page.

*Metro Transit is on a Sunday schedule
*West Seattle Water Taxi is on a Sunday schedule
*Sound Transit buses are on a Sunday schedule
*Washington State Ferries‘ Fauntleroy-Vashon-Southworth route will be on a weekend schedule

TRASH/RECYCLING PICKUP: If you are a Monday customer, SPU says it’s a normal pickup day.

SEATTLE PARKS: Here’s the citywide Parks lineup for what’s open/closed. Including:

LAST DAY FOR WADING POOL/SPRAYPARK: It’s the final day of the season for the last wading pool in operation, Lincoln Park, and for Highland Park Spraypark. Both are scheduled to be open 11 am-8 pm today. (If you go to the spraypark, you can explore astronomy too!) **9:46 am update: It’s not wading-pool weather, so the pools won’t open, and are done for the season, the city says, but adds that the sprayparks WILL open today.**

THIRD-TO-LAST DAY FOR COLMAN POOL: West Seattle’s outdoor pool, on the shore in Lincoln Park, ends its daily operations after today, with just one encore, the post-season September 6-7 weekend. So if you’ve been meaning to get to Colman, here’s the schedule.

LIBRARIES: It’s a systemwide closure day for the Seattle Public Library.

‘PARKING HOLIDAY’: Though West Seattle has no pay stations/meters on city streets, in the neighborhoods that do, this is a “parking holiday” – no charge.

BUSINESSES OPEN TODAY: Though we didn’t put out a general call for info, several businesses did take the time to message us with word they’re open (thank you!):

*Hotwire Coffee (WSB sponsor) – Open 7 am-6 pm
*The Bridge – Open for brunch, 9 am-2 pm “with both of our patios open” (and then open with regular menu until usual close)
*Pizzeria 22 and Quadrato – Both open regular hours
*Avalon Glassworks – Open 10 am-6 pm

EVENT CALENDAR: Quiet for the holiday, but you’re welcome to take a minute and browse ahead.

West Seattle Sunday: Last lighthouse tours; trivia, music, more

August 31, 2014 at 7:15 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | No Comments

(Photo courtesy US Coast Guard Auxiliary: Summer visitors, with Auxiliarist Mike Brough)
Last day of August … and we’re spotlighting your last chance for something you can only do in the summertime:

FINAL DAY TO TOUR ALKI POINT LIGHTHOUSE: 1-3:45 pm today, and then that’s it until next summer. Here’s what happens when you visit (free!):

Coast Guard Auxiliary members escort you onto the site, show and tell about the history of the lighthouse and the advances in technology that have protected boaters for over a century. You can climb to the top of the tower if you are over age 6. For more information, visit www.cgauxseattle.org

(3201 Alki SW)

Also from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar for today:

WEST SEATTLE FARMERS’ MARKET: Year-round, 10 am-2 pm today and every Sunday. (44th/Alaska)

COOKIE COUNTER: Remember the West Seattleites who crowdfunded their vegan-ice-cream-sandwich van? They’ve been up and running for a while but today is, so far as we can tell, their first official West Seattle stop. They’re scheduled to be in the Greentree Animal Hospital lot in The Junction, 11 am-4 pm. (4440 California SW)

CAT/KITTEN ADOPTIONS: FAF adoption event at Next to Nature in The Junction, 11:30 am-3:30 pm. (4543 California SW)

‘NOT ONE MORE’ REMEMBRANCE/RECOVERY WALK: Noon at Alki Statue of Liberty Plaza, meet for a remembrance/recovery walk to raise awareness and “educate families about the hazards of heroin and other drug abuse.” Details in our calendar listing. (61st/Alki)

MID-AFTERNOON MUSIC: Nathan Grant plays live at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), 3-5 pm. (5612 California SW)

SUNDAY NIGHT TRIVIA: West Seattle Brewing in The Triangle partners with online radio station KJRW for Sunday Night Trivia, 7:30 pm. Free to play; prizes awarded. (4415 Fauntleroy Way SW)

MORE NIGHTLIFE! See it on our calendar.

Reader report roundup: Broken window; trespasser/prowler; at the door and then on the run…

August 31, 2014 at 2:39 am | In Door-to-door alert, West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | 9 Comments

Three reader reports of note:

Another broken business window on California SW. Unlike the one at the Discovery Shop earlier this week, the circumstances here aren’t clear, but we’re sharing it as an FYI. It happened at White Crane Wellness (3435 California SW) sometime Saturday, according to massage therapist MJ, who reports “stopp(ing) by to pick up something from work at 5:45 pm (Saturday) and saw that our window had been broken. It is double paned. Luckily only the outer pane was broken but there was still broken glass at the scene. Management has been contacted. Don’t know if it is related to the Discovery Store vandalism or a separate incidence.”

Ahead – trespasser or prowler? and a door-to-door report:

Click to read the rest of Reader report roundup: Broken window; trespasser/prowler; at the door and then on the run……

10+ ways to spend your West Seattle Saturday, morning to night

August 30, 2014 at 6:16 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | 4 Comments

Summer’s last big weekend is here. So’s our list of highlights, mostly from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

(Photo courtesy Caylen Storm)
TAI CHI ON THE BEACH: Haven’t done it yet? 9 am, join Caylen Storm at Alki, as detailed in our calendar listing. Free. (West of Alki Bathhouse)

NEED YOUR CAR WASHED? 10 am-1 pm at West Seattle Autoworks (WSB sponsor), it’s a Hope Lutheran School fundraiser for next spring’s trip to Washington, D.C. – you donate, they wash! (35th/Webster)

ASTRONOMY STORYTIME: 11 am at Barnes & Noble/Westwood Village, join West Seattle’s own Solar System Ambassador (and WSB contributor, and more) Alice Enevoldsen, for Astronomy Storytime – geared toward toddlers, but kids of all ages are welcome. Free! (2600 SW Barton)

ADOPTION EVENTS: 11:30-3:30, Friends of the Animals Foundation at Next to Nature in The Junction; noon-5 pm at Kitty Harbor, with details in this WSB Forums post.

TOUR ALKI LIGHTHOUSE: Second-to-last day this season to take a free tour of historic Alki Point Lighthouse with US Coast Guard Auxiliary volunteers, 1-4 pm. (3201 Alki SW)

SALSA ON ALKI: 5:30 pm lesson, then music for dancing until 10; it’s all included in $10 cover. Details in our calendar listing. Alki Statue of Liberty Plaza. (61st/Alki)

RUNWAY SHOW!Urban Hollywood Meets Seattle,” 6-9 pm at West Seattle Christian Activity Center. Here’s our calendar listing. (4400 42nd SW)

THE POSIES AT EASY STREET: Live in-store at 6 pm at Easy Street Records in The Junction. (California/Alaska)

WATCH THE HUSKIES AT THE CASK: 7:30 pm is gametime vs. Hawaii; The Cask (WSB sponsor) invites you to watch the game there. (2350 California SW)

MORE WEST SEATTLE NIGHTLIFE: Live music, karaoke, more … see the listings by going to our calendar!

Five notes for your West Seattle Friday afternoon/evening

August 29, 2014 at 1:14 pm | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | No Comments

Busy day so far, but we don’t want to wait any longer to nudge you about four possibilities for this afternoon/evening, primarily from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar, plus one heads-up:

FREE CANNING CLASS: West Seattle-based and nationally renowned food writer/educator Kim O’Donnel is leading a free canning demonstration with The Little Red Hen Project at 4 pm today, Delridge Community Center. Kim says, “We will cover the basics of water-bath canning & make some mixed-berry jam.” (4501 Delridge Way SW)

DELRIDGE GROCERY’S FRIDAY FARMSTAND: Delridge Grocery‘s weekly farmstand is happening again from 4:30-7:30 pm today – fresh-from-the-farms fruit and vegetables for sale. (5435 Delridge Way SW)

ALKI FUN FEST AND NEIGHBORHOOD-APPRECIATION BARBECUE: 5-7 pm at Alki Community Center, games for kids, food for all, more info in our calendar listing. (5817 SW Stevens)

AUSTRALIAN WINEMAKER AT THE CASK: Tonight at The Cask (WSB sponsor), 7-9 pm, acclaimed Australian winemaker Daniel Binet from Ballabourneen Winery is on hand for a “Meet the Winemaker” event. Ballabourneen says Binet is more than a winemaker – he’s also “entertainer, bon vivant and inspiration behind the wines, creativity and culture of the company.” (His bio is here.) The Cask is at 2350 California SW.

MUCH MUSIC! Double-digit listing lineup of venues/performers for tonight – see them all on our calendar.

And just in case you hear them from across the bay …

FIREWORKS … are on the Safeco Field schedule after tonight’s Mariners’ game (third and final time this season).

West Seattle Thursday: Final Summer Concerts at Hiawatha show; pre-back-to-school events; more!

August 28, 2014 at 9:00 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | 2 Comments


(Added: WSB photo tweeted during Fairmount Park visit early today – full story later!)
With less than a week until school starts for most local students, it’s prime time for pre-back-to-school events, and several are in our highlights for today/tonight, from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

K-5 STEM OPEN HOUSE FOR NEW STUDENTS: Two start times for an open house welcoming new students to K-5 STEM – 4 pm for 1st-5th graders who are new to the school, 5 pm for incoming kindergarteners. Details in our previously published announcement. (5950 Delridge Way SW)

PATHFINDER BACK-TO-SCHOOL BARBECUE: 5-7 pm, neighbors welcome as well as Pathfinder K-8 families; here’s the previously published announcement. (1901 SW Genesee)

GATEWOOD ELEMENTARY 3-IN-1 EVENT: This year’s Meet and Greet, Volunteer Fair, and Ice Cream Social for Gatewood Elementary are combined into one event tonight, with three staggered starting times by grade, starting at 5:30 pm – details in our previously published announcement. (4320 SW Myrtle)


(Photos tweeted by Denny assistant principal Patricia Rangel on Wednesday)
NEW-FAMILY ORIENTATION AT DENNY: **Updated time** 6:30-8 pm at Denny International Middle School. (2601 SW Kenyon)

ROXHILL BACK-TO-SCHOOL BARBECUE: As previewed here Wednesday, 6-8 pm, families are invited to Roxhill Elementary to get ready for the new school year. School supplies will be available to those who need them – but first come, first served, so don’t be late. (30th/Roxbury)

COMMUNITY KAYAK TOUR ON THE DUWAMISH: 6 pm, see anbd learn about the river with the Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition and Alki Kayak Tours, departing this time from Duwamish Waterway Park in South Park. See our calendar listing for details. (7900 10th Avenue S.)

LITTLE PILGRIM PARENT ORIENTATION: Starting at 7 pm, parents/guardians are welcome to Room 2 at Little Pilgrim School in Fauntleroy: “Current morning or afternoon openings are for children 3 or 4 years old. Come see the school spaces, meet the teachers, pick up enrollment materials, ask questions …” (9140 California SW)

SUMMER CONCERTS AT HIAWATHA’S 2014 FINALE: Funky 2 Death performs tonight at 6:30 pm on the lawn east of Hiawatha Community Center for the sixth and final of this summer’s six concerts presented by the Admiral Neighborhood Association. Free! (2700 block of Walnut)

JON AUER AT C & P COFFEE: 7 pm – see our calendar listing for RSVP details, so you can check if there’s still room. *10:49 am update: Still room – $21, cash only, at the door.* (5612 California SW)

MORE MUSIC/NIGHTLIFE … see the listings by going directly to our calendar!

P.S. Any school events for tonight that aren’t listed above? Please let us know ASAP! (Or for other days ahead, too, if you don’t see them on our calendar – thank you!)

West Seattle Wednesday: Land Use Committee launch, WSHS Freshman Family Night, ROVs at Seacrest, more

August 27, 2014 at 10:44 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | 1 Comment

(Band-tailed pigeon in Fauntleroy Park: “Washington’s native pigeon” per photographer Mark Wangerin)
From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

ROV’S AT SEACREST: “Diver Laura” James invites you to stop by Seacrest “late morning” today (not time-specific but if you see this shortly after we publish it, head on over!) as she and others “will be ‘flying’ some small Underwater Remote Operated Vehicles (ROV) OpenROV and Open Explorer … shooting some UW video of the OpenROV’s while we test the efficacy of surveying sea-star wasting disease and recruitment with OpenROV’s. You can get an up close and personal look at the ROV’s, ask questions, maybe even drive one! And just for giggles I may even have my iPhone microscope on hand so we can look at a few drops of seawater and try to identify some plankton. A maker-space extravaganza!!! This won’t be your only opportunity, my personal OpenROV build is almost complete … and will try to get it out with some regularity for Sea Star Wasting Syndrome surveys, and will try to post them on the calendar!” (1660 Harbor SW)

CHAIR MASSAGE TO BENEFIT ARTHRITIS FOUNDATION: As part of fundraising over the next month for the Arthritis Foundation, Massage Envy West Seattle (WSB sponsor) is offering $1-minute chair massages 5-7 pm (and two more dates ahead) – details in our calendar listing. (2513 SW Trenton, north side of Westwood Village)

WSHS FRESHMAN FAMILY NIGHT: Someone in your family starting at West Seattle High School next week? Tonight’s event is for you. 5:30-7:30 pm – details in our preview. (3000 California SW)

LAND-USE COMMITTEE LAUNCH: Anyone and everyone interested is welcome at the launch meeting of the West Seattle Land Use Committee, meant to be a community group focused on the “big picture” of local development/zoning issues beyond the project-specific way they are addressed now. Our preview from last week includes a document and link you can check out in preparation, as well as the agenda. 6:30 pm, Senior Center of West Seattle. (Oregon/California)

POETRY AND STORYTELLING: The monthly event, with featured readers and open-microphone time, starts at 7 pm tonight at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor). Details in our calendar listing. (5612 California SW)

MORE NIGHTLIFE! Lots of listings for tonight – just check our calendar.

West Seattle Tuesday: What’s ahead for today and tonight

August 26, 2014 at 10:17 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | 3 Comments

(Dall’s porpoises in West Seattle waters, photographed by Danny McMillin)
From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

SOUTHWEST POOL CLOSURE: A week-long maintenance closure starts today for the city’s only indoor pool in West Seattle. It’s scheduled to reopen the day after Labor Day (Tuesday, September 2nd).

KALEIDOSCOPE PLAY-AND-LEARN: 1:30 pm, parents/caregivers are invited to bring kids 2-5 to High Point Branch Library for fun activities promoting early learning; details in our calendar listing. (35th/Raymond)

LIVE MUSIC AT SALTY’S: Another warm, clear evening is forecast; spend it on the water at Salty’s (WSB sponsor), where Justin Kausal-Hayes performs starting at 5:30 pm, no cover. (1936 Harbor Ave. SW)

WHITE CENTER BIKE-CORRAL MEETING: Some business owners and community advocates are hoping for more bicycle parking to draw more business to downtown White Center, and a grant is close to being finalized for a “bike corral” to facilitate that. They’re asking for a show of support at a community meeting about it tonight, 6:30 pm, at the King County Sheriff’s Office storefront in White Center; details here. (9609 16th SW)

FREE LEGAL CLINIC: 7 pm at Senior Center of West Seattle – by appointment; our calendar listing includes info on how to get one. (Oregon/California)

BLUES TO DO: The Jelly Rollers, featuring Keith Lowe, perform tonight during Blues To Do at Feedback Lounge (WSB sponsor), 8 pm. More info in our calendar listing. (6451 California SW)

EVEN MORE NIGHTLIFE AND DAYTIME ACTIVITIES … on the calendar!

West Seattle Monday: Youngstown mural doc premiere, & more

August 25, 2014 at 9:13 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | Comments Off

(Seen at Alki Sunday morning. Photo by WSB’s Patrick Sand)
Last full week of summer vacation for most local schools tends to be a quiet week all around. But a few things are on the schedule, including:

CITY AQUATICS: This is the last full week of 2014 operations for Colman Pool, Lincoln Park wading pool, and Highland Park Spraypark, all of which close after Labor Day (Sept. 1st); also, today’s the last day for Southwest Pool until its weeklong closure. (Each facility’s name in that sentence is linked to a page with its schedule info.)

GAMING AND ‘HOUR OF CODE’: 3 pm at High Point Branch Library, details in our calendar listing, as the last full week of summer vacation begins. (35th/Raymond)

YOUNGSTOWN MURAL – THE MOVIE! The weeks of work that went into the new mural outside Youngstown Cultural Arts Center (here’s our report on the August 14th unveiling) were documented by the Rec-Tech crew, and their completed documentary will premiere there tonight, 6 pm, all welcome. (4408 Delridge Way SW)

KARAOKE AND TRIVIA … multiple venues, on the calendar. (Yours missing? Please e-mail us the info!)

West Seattle Sunday: Alki Beach 5K; lighthouse tours; ‘Charlie Brown’ finale; plus, Highway 99 still closed

August 24, 2014 at 7:59 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | Comments Off

Today, we start the daily preview with three traffic alerts/reminders:

VIADUCT CLOSED AGAIN TODAY: The Alaskan Way Viaduct and Highway 99 south to the West Seattle Bridge are closed again today, scheduled to reopen early Monday. From the Battery Street Tunnel north to Valley Street, 99 is scheduled to remain closed until early Wednesday. Above is the “live” camera from a stretch of 99 where concrete-repair work is continuing; WSDOT posted an update Saturday on how things are going so far (it also includes maps and specific traffic reminders).

FERRY NOTE: Washington State Ferries is expecting extra traffic on the Fauntleroy-Vashon run today, particularly motorcycles, because of events on the island.

ROAD CLOSURE FOR ALKI BEACH 5K: Alki Avenue SW will be closed along the usual 5K route until about 11 am today, with more than 1,000 runners and walkers expected to participate in the Alki Beach 5K, benefiting Northwest Hope and Healing, which helps breast-cancer patients.

Warrior Marathon Runner Carol Dellinger will be there for inspiration. Last-minute signups are open now by the Alki Bathhouse. Race starts around 9 am.

Also happening today:

WEST SEATTLE FARMERS’ MARKET: Fresh local food and beverages, as always, 10 am-2 pm. (44th/Alaska)

DIY BIKES: Noon-4 pm, free bicycle repairs at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center; also accepting donated bikes to be fixed up. More at diybikes.org. (4408 Delridge Way SW)

TOUR THE ALKI POINT LIGHTHOUSE: Second-to-last weekend this summer to enjoy a free tour of historic Alki Point Lighthouse with US Coast Guard Auxiliary volunteers, 1-4 pm. (3201 Alki SW)

‘YOU’RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN’ MATINEE: 3 pm today is the final performance of the ArtsWest youth-conservatory production of “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown“; tickets online here. (4711 California SW)

OPEN-MICROPHONE JAM: Every Sunday night in August at Feedback Lounge (WSB sponsor), hosted by Lynn Sorensen – just show up with your voice and/or instrument starting at 7:30 pm – details in our calendar listing. (6451 California SW)

MORE … for today/tonight – browse our calendar.

West Seattle Saturday: No Viaduct – but no reason to leave, really – here are the highlights

August 23, 2014 at 7:59 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | 2 Comments

We start today’s daily preview with a traffic alert/reminder:

VIADUCT CLOSED ALL WEEKEND: As detailed on the WSDOT website, the Alaskan Way Viaduct and Highway 99 south to the West Seattle Bridge are *closed for the weekend only* (reopening early Monday). From the Battery Street Tunnel north to Valley Street, 99 is closed for four days (reopening early Wednesday). Above, the “live” image from a stretch of 99 where concrete-repair work will be under way, among other things.

Now, all the reasons you don’t need to leave anyway:

GREAT CROSS-SOUND RACE: At 9 am, this rowing race presented by Sound Rowers starts just off the Alki Boardwalk, heads across toward Bainbridge, and comes back.

HUB AND SPOKE COURSE @ CAMP LONG: Two sessions today for adults and teens to try out Camp Long‘s challenge course, starting at 9:45 am – details in our calendar listing. (5200 35th SW)

‘HOLD ON TO YOUR BUTTS’: As previewed here earlier this week, the Surfrider Foundation will be out on Alki starting at 10 am to campaign against cigarette-butt litter, far more toxic than you might think.

ALKI BEACH 5K REGISTRATION/PACKET PICKUP: 10 am-2 pm at West Seattle Runner (WSB sponsor), you can pick up your packet for tomorrow’s Alki Beach 5K, or sign up if you haven’t already (online signup is now over) and want to beat the pre-race rush tomorrow morning. (California/Charlestown)

DUWAMISH RIVER FESTIVAL: Noon-4 pm, it’s a free festival with boat/kayak rides, entertainment, and more, at Duwamish Waterway Park on the river’s bank in South Park – here’s our preview with the music/dance (etc.) schedule. Co-sponsors include WSB and our partner site The South Park News. (7900 10th Avenue South)

ALKI POINT LIGHTHOUSE TOURS: Second-to-last weekend this summer to take a free tour of historic Alki Point Lighthouse with US Coast Guard Auxiliary volunteers, 1-4 pm. (3201 Alki SW)

MODE MUSIC STUDIOS GRAND OPENING: Join new WSB sponsor Mode Music Studios for the grand-opening party featuring music and more at Skylark next door as well as studio tours (with punch and cake!) at Mode’s new HQ, 3-6 pm. (3805 Delridge Way SW)

K-5 STEM BACK TO SCHOOL BASH: 4-7 pm at the north end of Lincoln Park, all K-5 STEM families welcome – details and directions on the PTA website. (8011 Fauntleroy Way SW)

SUNRISE HEIGHTS STREET DANCE: Starts at 5 pm – details in our calendar listing (30th SW)

TYRONE IN CONCERT/SCHOOL SUPPLIES DRIVE: 5-9 pm at West Seattle Christian Performance Hall in The Junction, concert by Tyrone “The Working Class Hero” and school-supplies drive (folders, binders, pens, pencils and backpacks for foster kids) presented by nearby Unified Outreach. Details in our calendar listing. (4400 42nd SW)

FINAL ‘WEST SEATTLE OUTDOOR MOVIES’ – BRING DIAPERS! The sixth and final West Seattle Outdoor Movies presentation of 2014 is “Frozen,” on the big screen in the courtyard by Hotwire Online Coffeehouse (WSB sponsor). Come early – while 6:30 pm is the official “gates open” time, there’s really no way to lock down the courtyard, so when it’s a hot movie, stakeouts might start sooner. Preshow entertainment will be courtesy of Seattle Balloon Arts – and there’s a free community barbecue too, courtesy of West Seattle Christian. Along with bringing your own chair/blanket, bring diapers! This week’s official community nonprofit beneficiary for concessions and raffle tickets is WestSide Baby. Every package of diapers you bring will get you three raffle tickets. Movie’s at dusk, around 8:30 pm. (4410 California SW)

TONIGHT’S LIVE MUSIC: Multiple venues – see the listings on our calendar.

‘YOU’RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN’ MATINEE: 7:30 pm is your second-to-last chance to applaud the young performers in the ArtsWest youth-conservatory production of “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown“; tickets online here. (4711 California SW)

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