West Seattle Thursday: Otto the otter update! Plus Design Review, theater x 2, adventurer Erden Eruç, much more…

March 5, 2015 at 9:45 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | 12 Comments

Before the calendar highlights for today/tonight – an Otto update! David Hutchinson shares that new photo of the Duwamish Head-frequenting otter, with this update:

Otto the river otter is continuing to entertain folks walking along the Alki Trail past Duwamish Head. He’s visited his favorite spot 7 of the last 9 days, usually hanging out from about 11 AM – 5 PM. His behavioral pattern is to bring in his favorite food (a flounder) to eat on the rocks nearby, and then make a stop on the sand to dry off his fur, do some grooming, and take a short nap. Then it’s back out for some more fishing. There’s no guarantee that this will continue, as river otters circulate around to different sites in their territory.

Even though river otters are not marine mammals, Seal Sitters has had volunteers around most days to answer questions and is always looking for new members. The next training is on Sunday afternoon, March 22nd, at the Alki Bathhouse. Go to www.blubberblog.org for additional details and to find where to RSVP if you would like to attend.

Now, from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

FREE CAR-SEAT SAFETY CHECKS: Wonder whether your baby/toddler/child seat is correctly installed/fastened? Swedish Automotive (WSB sponsor) is offering free checks 11 am-2 pm today and tomorrow, any vehicle make/model, not just the ones in which they specialize. (35th/Kenyon)

FAREWELL RECEPTION: As previewed here earlier this week, the Log House Museum is saying goodbye to manager Sarah Baylinson (headed to Oregon!), and you’re invited to stop by for her farewell reception 3-4 pm today. (61st/Stevens)

COMMUNITY ORCHARD OF WEST SEATTLE: First of the season’s weekly work parties, 4-6 pm – all welcome – details here. (6000 16th SW)

‘OLD SCHOOLHOUSE’ TASTING NIGHT: 5-8 pm at The Beer Junction – details in our calendar listing. (4511 California SW)

DESIGN REVIEW FOR 4515 41ST SW: 6:30 pm at the Senior Center of West Seattle, the Southwest Design Review Board takes another look at the 4-story, 66-bed memory-care center proposed for 4515 41st SW in The Junction. Preview the “packet” here. Public comment welcome. (Oregon/California)

MEET HISTORY-MAKING ADVENTURER: 7 pm at Emerald Water Anglers (WSB sponsor), meet West Seattleite Erden Eruç, who’s in the records as the first to circumnavigate the globe on his own. And that’s far from all he’s accomplished! Hear his stories and see his photos – as previewed here. (42nd/Oregon)

HOLY ROSARY SCHOOL PLAY: 7 pm, second of two performances of ‘Fairy Tale Network‘ – read about it in our calendar listing, then go applaud the young performers! Free but “donations warmly accepted at the door.” (42nd/Genesee)

‘CHINGLISH’ OPENS AT ARTSWEST: First performance, 7:30 pm, for the new production at ArtsWest Playhouse (WSB sponsor). It’s described as a “laugh-out-loud comedy.” Tickets available online, here. (4711 California SW)

MUCH MORE! on our calendar.

Five ways to spend part of your West Seattle Wednesday night

March 4, 2015 at 10:44 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | No Comments

From the WSB Flickr pool (thanks!), Patrick O’Brien‘s sunset photo captures not just the colors and the water, but also a neighborhood … one of the million reasons to love living here. So now we look ahead to what’s happening (besides, maybe, another beautiful sunset) tonight – highlights from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

BECOME A MASTER COMPOSTER! INFO SESSION: 6 pm at Chaco Canyon Organic Café in The Triangle, join Seattle Tilth for an informational session about its upcoming “master composter” training – details in our calendar listing. (38th/Alaska)

Y UPDATE, COUNCILMEMBER @ SW DISTRICT COUNCIL: 6:30 pm, it’s the monthly meeting of reps from community councils and other organizations/groups in western West Seattle, comprising the Southwest District Council. On the agenda: An update on the West Seattle YMCA (WSB sponsor) expansion project and Q/A with City Councilmember Sally Clark (one of three, so far, who have announced they’re not running for re-election). Upstairs at the Senior Center of West Seattle. (Oregon/California)

KIWANIS CLUB OF WEST SEATTLE: Thinking about joining a local service club? The Kiwanis Club meets in the evening now, 6:30 pm Wednesdays, and you’re welcome to join them tonight at their regular meeting spot, Senior Center of West Seattle. (Oregon/California)

HOLY ROSARY SCHOOL PLAY: 7 pm, first of two performances of ‘Fairy Tale Network‘ – read about it in our calendar listing, then go cheer the young performers tonight. Free but “donations warmly accepted at the door.” (42nd/Genesee)

OPEN MICROPHONE @ SKYLARK: Signups at 7:30, performances start at 8:30 pm, free and fully backlined, open to 21+, every Wednesday night at Skylark Café and Club – details in our listing. (3803 Delridge Way SW)

West Seattle Tuesday highlights, with 3 ways to jump into community action

March 3, 2015 at 10:03 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | No Comments

From our calendar, where you’ll find lots more beyond these five quick notes:

COFFEE GATHERING FOR VETERANS: First Tuesdays at 11 am at the Senior Center of West Seattle. (Oregon/California)

ENCAMPMENT PROPOSAL: Not just about West Seattle, but of interest in our ongoing coverage: The City Council’s Planning, Land Use, and Sustainability Committee might vote at its 2 pm meeting today at City Hall downtown. Agenda here; live on Seattle Channel. (5th/Cherry)

WESTWOOD-ROXHILL-ARBOR HEIGHTS COMMUNITY COUNCIL: 6:15 pm at Southwest Branch Library, with the Westwood/Roxhill Park transit center at the heart of the agenda, as previewed here Monday. Come hear from and talk with Metro and Westwood Village reps, and find out what else is going on in the communities WWRHAH represents. (35th/Henderson)

HIGHLAND PARK PLAY AREA: Third and final design meeting for the community-powered improvements at the 11th/Cloverdale park in Highland Park – last chance to speak up before the design moves on to become reality! 6:30 pm at Highland Park Elementary. (1012 SW Trenton)

WEST SEATTLE BIKE CONNECTIONS: Lots to talk about! See the agenda highlights here. 6:30 pm at HomeStreet Bank (WSB sponsor) in The Junction. (41st/Alaska)

West Seattle Monday: School-tech ‘town hall’; Hi-Yu help; more…

March 2, 2015 at 9:00 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | 1 Comment

(Varied thrush, photographed recently in Fauntleroy Park by Mark Wangerin)

Welcome to the first full week of March! Notes for today/tonight:

LUNA PARK CAFE CLOSED: It’s closed all day today for spring cleaning and equipment updates, expected to reopen tomorrow.

SEATTLE PUBLIC SCHOOLS’ ‘TECH TOWN HALL’: As a followup to the school district’s Tech Summit, SPS is holding “Tech Town Halls” around the city, and tonight in the West Seattle High School cafeteria, it’s the one for our area. Doors at 5:30 pm to preview info from the summit, “town hall” starts at 6. (3000 California SW)

FREE ESL CLASSES: All levels of English-language learners are welcome to come work on their skills at the weekly free classes, 6:30 pm at Neighborhood House’s High Point Center. (6400 Sylvan Way)

WEST SEATTLE HI-YU MEETING: 7 pm at Admiral Congregational Church. Float help needed, and all volunteer help appreciated. Plus, the application deadline is nearing for the Hi-Yu Senior Court – details on the Hi-Yu website – scholarship money for the winners. (California/Hill)

MEDITATION CLASSES: Start your week with an extra helping of serenity! 7:30 pm, all welcome for a nonprofit-presented Buddhist meditation class at Sound Yoga (WSB sponsor) – details in our calendar listing. (5639 California SW)

NIGHTLIFE: Trivia, pub quiz, karaoke … see the listings/venues on our calendar.

11 ways to spend part of your West Seattle Saturday

February 28, 2015 at 7:20 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | No Comments

(WSB photo of Troop 45165 cookie-sellers Primavera, Maddy, and Shea at West Seattle Thriftway [WSB sponsor] on Friday)
Buying Girl Scout Cookies is one of many things you can do in West Seattle today – use the online cookie-finder lookup to see where and when. Here’s what else is going on:

RESTORE THE FOREST: Join South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) students in the West Duwamish Greenbelt, 9:30 am-2 pm, as previewed here, including information on meet-up location on the north side of the SSC campus. (6000 16th SW)

CHILDREN’S ACADEMY OF SEATTLE OPEN HOUSE: 10 am-1 pm, you’re welcome to tour the Spanish-immersion preschool Children’s Academy of Seattle (WSB sponsor) during its open house. (2401 SW Juneau)

PINE LAKE CELLARS WINE TASTING: New WSB sponsor Pine Lake Cellars invites you to its tasting room, noon-5 pm today. (3400 Harbor SW)

HIGH-SCHOOL BASKETBALL PLAYOFFS: Both local high-school basketball teams that are still going in the postseason have games today/tonight, as first reported here last weekend: The Seattle Lutheran HS boys play Yakama Nation Tribal School at Bellevue College (map/address) at 2 pm; the West Seattle HS girls play Sumner HS at Renton High School (map/address) at 8 pm.

(added) LOVE SEAFOOD? 4-7 pm at Alki Masonic Center, fundraiser for WSHS/Sealth student-awards program – crab, clams, mussels, chowder, fixins for $30. (40th/Edmunds)

(back to original) COMMUNITY MOVIE NIGHT IN ARBOR HEIGHTS: Go watch “Wreck It Ralph” at Arbor Heights Community Church, 6 pm, only price of admission is three cans of food for the White Center Food Bank. Full details here. (10213 41st SW)

SECOND AND FINAL WEEKEND FOR ‘GODSPELL’: Twelfth Night Productions presents the Bible-story-based musical at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, 7:30 pm. (4408 Delridge Way SW)

RONNY COX AND FRIENDS: He gained fame as an actor but now spends most of his time making music, and will be onstage at Kenyon Hall, 7:30 pm tonight with keyboard and fiddle friends – details here. (7904 35th SW)

TOM PRICE DESERT CLASSIC: Heading up a three-band slate, 9 pm, $5 cover, at the Benbow Room. (4210 SW Admiral Way)

KIRK DUBB AT THE FEEDBACK: 10 pm, live at Feedback Lounge (WSB sponsor), no cover. (6451 California SW)

West Seattle Friday: Dance, play, watch, listen, and … garden!

February 27, 2015 at 9:00 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | No Comments

(American Wigeon, photographed by Mark Wangerin, who says your best bet of seeing one locally is the High Point retention pond)
The weekend is within reach! Here are the highlights for today/tonight, as we edge ever closer:

WEST SEATTLE GARDEN CLUB: 10 am-2 pm, it’s the monthly meeting at Daystar Retirement Village, with the day’s schedule described in our calendar listing, including a morning presentation on becoming a Master Gardener and an afternoon presentation on roses. (2615 SW Barton)

GIRL SCOUT COOKIES: As previewed here earlier this week, this afternoon marks the start of the official cookie-selling season – you’ll find Girl Scouts outside more than a few local businesses as early as 2 pm today (our preview link includes the search tool you can use to find cookie sales near you).

LIVE AT SALTY’S: Start your weekend before the sun sets! The True Romans, 5-8 pm at Salty’s on Alki (WSB sponsor), no cover. (1936 Harbor SW)

BOTTLE RELEASE PARTY: Crux Fermentation Project brings Freakcake to The Beer Junction, 5-8 pm. (4511 California SW)

JUMPIN’ JIVE SWING DANCE: 6 pm tonight, it’s the Madison Middle School benefit that’ll get you up and dancing – details in our recent preview. Featuring student musicians AND the West Seattle Big Band; in the Commons. (45th/Spokane)

MOVIE ON THE WALL: 6 pm, free movie for families at the Salvation Army Community Center, “Dolphin Tale 2,” in the small gym. (9050 16th SW)

RAINBOW BINGO, MARDI GRAS EDITION: Doors open at the Senior Center of West Seattle and treats are available at 6, entertainment at 6:30, bingo at 7. Check to see if any reservations are left! Details in our calendar listing. (Oregon/California)

SWEET, SWEET MUSIC: 7:30 pm at Fauntleroy Church – details here. (9140 California SW)

SECOND AND FINAL WEEKEND FOR ‘GODSPELL’: West Seattle-based Twelfth Night Productions is back with this timeless musical

(Photo courtesy Twelfth Night Productions)
Curtain time is 7:30 pm at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center. (4408 Delridge Way SW)

ALBUM RELEASE SHOW … for the Rafael Tranquilino Band, 9 pm at Feedback Lounge (WSB sponsor), no cover. (6451 California SW)

AND THERE’S MORE … for today, tonight, and days/weeks/months beyond, on our calendar.

Five possibilities for your West Seattle Thursday night

February 26, 2015 at 3:10 pm | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | No Comments

We missed our customary morning chance to look ahead to what’s on the calendar – but it’s not too late to mention five events of potential interest:

DINE AND DANCE: Dance for Joy is presenting a dinner, lessons, and dancing event tonight at Salty’s on Alki (WSB sponsor). Salmon dinner at 6, lessons at 7, dancing at 8. Reservations required – info’s on the Salty’s website. (1936 Harbor SW)

HIGHLAND PARK KINDERGARTEN NIGHT: 6:30 pm, prospective Highland Park Elementary kindergarten families are invited to dinner and a tour tonight at the school. (1012 SW Trenton)

WEST SEATTLE TRANSPORTATION COALITION: 6:30 pm at Neighborhood House’s High Point Center. Agenda’s centerpiece:

Special guest Paulo Nunes-Ueno, the newly hired leader of our city’s new Transit Division within SDOT. We will discuss a variety of topics with him, including:

1. How the new money from the city Proposition 1 will impact West Seattle and South Park.

2. Plans that SDOT’s Transit Division has in mind and in the works to benefit our area.

3. Ideas that can be implemented to increase our local bus performance, including the idea for a dedicated bus-only lane all the way from the Junction to the West Seattle Bridge.

4. What will be the role of City District 1 in having a seat on the Proposition oversight commission, which was required by law in the Proposition 1 measure we passed.

All welcome. (6400 Sylvan Way)

CHARTER SCHOOL INFORMATION: Curious about the plan for West Seattle’s first charter school, first reported here in early January and updated in mid-January? 6:30 pm at Southwest Branch Library, its prospective operators, Summit Public Schools, have a public info session, as reported here. (35th/Henderson)

FREE BACKCOUNTRY & A/T CLINIC: 7 pm at Mountain to Sound Outfitters. RSVP requested – info’s in our listing. (3602 SW Alaska)

What’s up for your West Seattle Wednesday, morning through night

February 25, 2015 at 10:03 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | 18 Comments

Thanks to David Hutchinson for the head-on view of a male Anna’s Hummingbird, photographed at Jack Block Park, brightening up a back-to-gray day. Highlights from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

STORYTIMES: Busy morning for storytimes. 10:30 am preschool storytime at West Seattle (Admiral) Library; 10:30 am toddler storytime at Southwest Library; 11:15 am Spanish storytime at My Three Little Birds; 11:30 am baby storytime at High Point Library. (Click any of the preceding links for a full listing, including map.)

NETWORKING SOCIAL! Solopreneur? Home-office worker? Freelancer? Noon at West Seattle Office Junction (WSB sponsor), it’s the weekly networking social – no charge, just drop in! You’re welcome to bring your lunch, too. (6040 California SW)

PATHFINDER K-8 BENEFIT AT MARINATION MA KAI: 4-8 pm, dine at Marination ma kai at Seacrest, and 20 percent of the food proceeds go to the Pathfinder K-8 Playground project! (1660 Harbor SW)

NEED HELP LOOKING AHEAD TO COLLEGE? 4 pm, free workshop at High Point Community Center – details here. (6920 34th SW)

WEST SEATTLE MONTESSORI OPEN HOUSE: 6-7:30 pm, drop in and tour West Seattle Montessori (WSB sponsor). Kids welcome too. (11215 15th SW)

WEST SEATTLE LAND USE COMMITTEE: 6 pm in the lower-level meeting room at West Seattle (Admiral) Library, with an agenda including Ethan Phelps from Seattle In Progress (the new app that shows development proposals/projects) and a discussion of Peter Steinbrueck‘s recent urban-village review (which pre-empted last month’s WSLUC meeting). All welcome. (2306 42nd SW)

HIGHLAND PARK ACTION COMMITTEE: 6:30 pm potluck, 7 pm meeting at Highland Park Improvement Club. HPAC’s agenda includes a discussion of LEAD (Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion) and whether it could work in HP; also, informal Q/A with District 1 City Council candidate Amanda Kay Helmick. (12th/Holden)

POEMS AND STORIES: 7 pm, monthly poetry/storytelling event at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor) – details here – tonight’s featured readers are Kerry Cox and Tito Titus. (5612 California SW)

LOTS MORE NIGHTLIFE … on the calendar!

West Seattle Tuesday: Crime prevention; math help; cooking coaches; WSHS PTSA; more…

February 24, 2015 at 10:12 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | No Comments

(Monday photo by Don Brubeck)

Highlights of what’s up today/tonight, from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

MATH BUDDIES: 4 pm at West Seattle (Admiral) Library, K-5 students are invited to this drop-in, first-come-first-served program matching them with high-school-student volunteers to work on math – details here. (2306 42nd SW)

TEEN GRUB CLUB: 4 pm at High Point Community Center, teens cook for teens, exploring “healthy eating and cooking habits” – details here. (6920 34th SW)

WEST SEATTLE BLOCK WATCH CAPTAINS’ NETWORK: 6:30 pm at the Southwest Precinct, WSBWCN plans updates from SPD and a briefing on preventing/deterring property crime. All welcome – you don’t have to be part of a Block Watch to be there. (Webster/Delridge)

COUNCIL CAMPAIGN KICKOFF: One week after announcing he’s running for the District 1 (West Seattle/South Park) City Council seat, Dave Montoure is having a public campaign-kickoff event tonight, 6:30 pm at Easy Street Records in The Junction. (California/Alaska)

WEST SEATTLE HIGH SCHOOL PTA: 7 pm at the school library, it’s the next general meeting of the WSHS PTSA, with agenda highlights previewed in the school’s online newsletter. (3000 California SW)

FAMILY STORYTIME: 7 pm, the whole family’s invited to Delridge Library – get there early because space is limited. (5423 Delridge Way SW)

FREE COMMUNITY/NEIGHBORHOOD LEGAL CLINIC: For this clinic sponsored by the King County Bar Association at the Senior Center of West Seattle, appointments start at 7 pm – you have to call in advance for one; details are in our calendar listing. (Oregon/California)

BLUES, BINGO, TRIVIA, KARAOKE, SONGWRITER SHOWCASE … all part of the nightlife lineup – check out the venues and details on our full calendar.

High-school basketball postseason: Who/where West Seattle HS girls, Seattle Lutheran HS boys play next

February 22, 2015 at 8:28 pm | In West Seattle news, WS & Sports, WS miscellaneous | No Comments

The brackets are set tonight for next weekend’s regional high-school basketball playoffs, and that means we have official details of the next games for both local teams still in the fray, the West Seattle High School girls (Saturday game report here) and Seattle Lutheran High School boys (Saturday game report here). Both teams play next Saturday (February 28th) – SLHS will play Yakima Tribal, 2 pm, at Bellevue College (map/address); WSHS will play Sumner, 8 pm at Renton High School (map/address).

West Seattle Sunday: Oscar-watching; kids’ garden launch; bees; quilting; not-so-silent movies; Duwamish superfoods; more!

February 22, 2015 at 7:02 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | No Comments

(Photo by JayDee - Saturday morning view from Upper Alki)

If you’re looking for something to do – this list shouldn’t disappoint:

WEST SEATTLE FARMERS’ MARKET: Just 4 weeks until spring, and something new at the market every week. 10 am-2 pm. (44th/Alaska)

GOING TO THE SEATTLE HOME SHOW? Last day today at CenturyLink Field Event Center, 10 am-6 pm. Look for Potter Construction (WSB sponsor) if you’re going! (800 Occidental S.)

CHILDREN’S LEARNING GARDEN: As previewed here, today at noon, kids and their grownups are invited to the kickoff for this new project at St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church. (California/Hanford)

DUWAMISH SUPERFOODS: Two of today’s so-called superfoods, salmon and berries, were staples of Chief Sealth’s people, the Duwamish Tribe. Visit the Duwamish Longhouse for a free afternoon of cultural education and a shared meal, with salmon soup and berry cobbler. Doors at noon, cultural program 1-3 pm, shared meal at 3, all welcome. Details in our calendar listing. (4705 W. Marginal Way SW)

BOOK SALE FINALE: Noon-2 pm, grand finale of the Westside Unitarian Universalists‘ book sale – details here, open to all. (7141 California SW)

HOLY FAMILY SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE: 1-3 pm, come tour Holy Family Bilingual Catholic School – details in our listing. (20th/Roxbury)

FREE BEE CLASS: 1 pm at West Seattle Nursery, free class, “mason bees for your backyard orchard.” (California/Brandon)

MEET A MASTER QUILTER: 2-4 pm, Larry Warrick – who’s hand-quilted more than 200 quilts in half a century of quilting – will be at Admiral Congregational Church, with some of his work. Details in our listing. (California/Hill)

SEATTLE GREEN SPACES COALITION: 2:45 pm meeting of the group working to advocate for saving green spaces around West Seattle and the rest of the city before they are sold off/paved over. Delridge Library. (5423 Delridge Way SW)

‘GODSPELL’ MATINEE: 3 pm at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, go see Twelfth Night Productions‘ version of the acclaimed musical.

OSCAR PARTY AT OUTWEST: 4 pm start for the annual Oscar-watching festivities at OutWest Bar, red carpet and all! (California/Brandon)

OSCAR PARTY AT FEEDBACK: 4 pm, watch the red-carpet arrivals; 5 pm, watch the awards; “Hollywood’s biggest night on (Feedback Lounge‘s) biggest screens.” (6451 California SW)

ALL-AGES OPEN MICROPHONE: 4-7 pm on the last Sunday of the month means open microphone for all ages at The Skylark. (3803 Delridge Way SW)

And then …

TRIBUTE TO PEARL JAM’S ‘TEN’: Another live performance of a classic album at Skylark – this time, Pearl Jam’s “Ten.” All ages. Doors at 7, show at 8. More info here. (3803 Delridge Way SW)

SILENT MOVIE SUNDAY: 7:30 pm at Kenyon Hall, live accompaniment for silent short comedy films – details here. (7904 35th SW)

SUNDAY NIGHT TRIVIA: 7:30 pm at West Seattle Brewing Company. (4415 Fauntleroy Way SW)

OF COURSE, THERE’S MORE … take a quick look at the full calendar.

West Seattle Saturday: Play, shop, listen, learn, cheer, more…

February 21, 2015 at 6:52 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | 5 Comments

(Backyard black-capped chickadee photographed by Danny McMillin; shared via WSB Flickr group)
Welcome to the weekend! Lots of ways to enjoy/explore your community today/tonight, from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar (where you’ll find even more!):

PICKUP SOCCER: West Seattle Sunday Soccer plays on Saturdays too, 8 am at Delridge Playfield. (4458 Delridge Way SW)

WEST SEATTLE RUNNER’S NEW LOCATION ‘GRAND OPENING’: 10 am-6 pm, it’s the first of two big days for the grand opening of the new West Seattle Runner (WSB sponsor) location. Vendors, raffles, more, all previewed here earlier this week. (2743 California SW)

WSUU BOOK SALE: Second day of the Westside Unitarian Universalists‘ three-day sale is on 10 am-4 pm today. (7141 California SW)

WORKING THROUGH GRIEF? 10 am-noon, first of 13 meetings of the GriefShare support group at Grace Church – find out more in our listing. (10323 28th SW)

LAST CALL FOR SOUTHWEST LITTLE LEAGUE: 11 am-2 pm, it’s the last chance to sign up for Southwest Little League, whose announcement notes, “All boys and girls between the ages of 4 and 16 are welcome. If your child lives or attends school between SW Juneau St. and 128th St. SW you are probably within the Southwest Little League boundary. More information about signing up for Southwest Little League is available at our website.” Signups are at Steve Cox Memorial Park. (1321 SW 102nd)

GREAT START PRESCHOOL OPEN HOUSE: 11 am-1 pm, you’re welcome to visit! (4620 SW Graham)

VIETNAMESE STORYTIME: 11:30 am at Delridge Branch Library, bring your family for storytime in Vietnamese. As is always the case for library activities/events, it’s free. (4501 Delridge Way SW)

ROOM IN YOUR HOME/HEART FOR FELINE FRIEND(S)? Dozens of adoptable cats/kittens mean another offseason opening for Kitty Harbor, noon-3 pm only, explained here. (3422 Harbor SW)

LOG HOUSE MUSEUM CLOSED TODAY: The Southwest Seattle Historical Society‘s Alki museum is usually open on Saturdays but won’t be today. They’ll be happy to see you on Sunday, noon-4 pm, though!

BASKETBALL PLAYOFF GAMES: Two district-tournament games involving local teams (though both games are out of the area): 1:15 pm at Bellevue College, the West Seattle High School girls play Cleveland; 4:15 pm at Mount Vernon Christian, the Seattle Lutheran HS boys play Shorewood Christian.

FREE WORKSHOP ON REMODELING/CUSTOM BUILDING: 2 pm at Ventana Construction (WSB sponsor), come learn from and talk with the pros. A few seats available last we heard, so call 206-932-3009 to RSVP, ASAP. More info here. (California/Findlay)

SEATTLE PRIDE AAU BASKETBALL TRYOUTS: It’s the first session of spring/summer tryouts for Seattle Pride AAU basketball – all at the Seattle Lutheran High School gym; here’s the full schedule:

Grades 4th-6th -

Saturday Feb. 21st – 5-6:30 pm
Sunday Feb. 22nd – 3-5 pm
Grades 6th-8th -
Saturday Feb. 28th – 5-7 pm
Sunday March 1st – 3-5 pm

Grades 9th-12th -
Sunday March 1st – 5-7 pm
Sunday March 8th – 5-7 pm
LAST CHANCE TRYOUT – Monday March 9th – 7-9 pm

Grades 6th-8th –

Sunday Feb. 22nd – 5-7 pm
Saturday Feb. 28th – 3-5 pm

Grades 9th-12th –
Sunday March 1st – 7-8:30 pm
Sunday March 8th – 3-5 pm
LAST CHANCE TRYOUT – Monday March 9th – 5-7pm

You can pre-register online. (4100 SW Genesee)

BOY SCOUT TROOP 284 CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION: 5:30 pm at South Seattle College‘s Brockey Center, Troop 284 celebrates its centennial with a reunion/celebration. Full details in our preview, including ticket info if you don’t have yours already. (6000 16th SW)

NIGHT 2 FOR ‘GODSPELL’: 7:30 pm, see the Twelfth Night Productions performance of the classic musical at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center. (4408 Delridge Way SW)

KATHERINE TERRIEN IN CONCERT: New music-venue startup The Amplify Project at The Junction Church presents this all-ages concert headlined by Katherine Terrien, 7:30 pm (doors at 7), to raise money for families in need. More details in our calendar listing. (4157 California SW)

‘NEVERMIND’ LIVE AT SKYLARK: 9 pm (doors at 8), Nirvana‘s legendary “Nevermind” album songs will be performed live at the Skylark, in order, by Star Anna, The Valley, Dirty Dirty, Stereo Creeps, Maklak, and Patrick Galacticdetails here. (3803 Delridge Way SW)

MORE LIVE MUSIC … see the listings on our full-size calendar.

West Seattle Friday: ‘Godspell’ opens; HPIC movie night; WSUU book sale; music; more…

February 20, 2015 at 9:27 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | 1 Comment

(Monday’s sunrise, by John Westrock, shared via the WSB Flickr group)
Lots to do tonight! This is just some of what’s on the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

OSCAR-NOMINATED SHORTS: Heading into Oscars weekend, get a look at the short films that are up for Academy Awards, 5 pm tonight (and the next two nights) onscreen at the Admiral Theater. (2343 California SW)

IF THERE’S A POST-SUNSET CLEARING … tonight brings a don’t-miss conjunction, according to the latest “Skies Over West Seattle.” Per the WSB Weather page, sunset’s around 5:40 pm.

MOVIE NIGHT AT HPIC: Doors at Highland Park Improvement Club open at 6, children’s short at 6:15 pm, main feature at 7. Hints here. Admission free; concessions available for purchase; BYO chair/blanket or sit in one of HPIC’s chairs. (12th/Holden)

MARDI GRAS AT SW TEEN LIFE CENTER: 13-19-year-olds are invited, 7-10 pm event at Southwest Teen Life Center to celebrate that “Mardi Gras is more than just beads.” Details in our calendar listing. (2801 SW Thistle)

WSUU BOOK SALE: The Westside Unitarian Universalists‘ three-day sale starts with a 7-9 pm event tonight, $5 to browse the books while enjoying music and light appetizers; also a no-host bar. (7141 California SW)

OPENING NIGHT FOR ‘GODSPELL’: 7:30 pm, Twelfth Night Productions presents the classic musical:

(Photo courtesy Twelfth Night Productions)
This is the first night of its run at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center. (4408 Delridge Way SW)

BLUEGRASS AT KENYON HALL: 7:30 pm, North Carolina-based Nu-Blu takes the stage at Kenyon Hall. (7904 35th SW)

LIVE MUSIC: Salty’s, Skylark, Feedback, and Benbow listings are on the calendar for tonight.

West Seattle Thursday: See what’s up today/tonight

February 19, 2015 at 9:09 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | No Comments

(Downtown, from West Seattle Elementary; photo by Joe Wolf, shared via WSB Flickr group)
Good morning! Some of what’s up today/tonight, from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar (where you can browse ahead days/weeks any time):

NEW LAFAYETTE FAMILIES’ TOUR: 10 am at Lafayette Elementary, next year’s incoming families are invited to come take a tour. (California/Lander)

DOCUMENTARY PREMIERE: Not in West Seattle, but with West Seattleite involvement – Irene Stewart developed the script; Edgar Riebe of Captive Eye Media produced it: “Our Elders, Our Selves: Visiting the Past, Planning for Our Future,” described as “a 45-minute documentary about the evolution of aging programs and services in Seattle-King County.” Free premiere showing 10 am-noon today at City Hall downtown – details here. (5th/Cherry)

(added) ALKI ELEMENTARY BENEFIT AT MARINATION MA KAI: 4-8 pm, a portion of food proceeds at Marination ma kai will be donated to the Alki Elementary PTA. (1660 Harbor SW)

KINDERGARTEN ENROLLMENT EVENT: Incoming kindergartener for Seattle Public Schools? 5:30-7 pm at West Seattle Elementary, you can get help in signing her/him up now (the sooner, the better, for schools’ planning purposes among other reasons). Details here. (6760 34th SW)

WSHS GIRLS’ BASKETBALL PLAYOFF GAME: 6:30 pm, the West Seattle High School girls play Juanita at Bellevue College. (3000 Landerholm Circle SE, Bellevue)

WEST SEATTLE TIMEBANK: 6:30 pm potluck, 7 pm meeting – even if you’re not involved with the Timebank already, come find out how it works – details here. (Oregon/California)

ALKI COMMUNITY COUNCIL: 7 pm at Alki UCC, the ACC talks about topics including the early arrival of visitor-noise season “on recent warm weekends.” (62nd/Hinds)

BELLYDANCE SHOWCASE: 7:30 pm, free and all-ages at Skylark, the monthly Alauda bellydance showcase shakes things up. (3803 Delridge Way SW)

SLHS BOYS’ BASKETBALL PLAYOFF GAME: 8:15 pm, the Seattle Lutheran High School boys play Lummi Nation at Mount Vernon Christian – as you’ll see on the SLHS website, you can call to ask about being on the fan bus leaving at 5:30. (820 W. Blackburn Road, Mount Vernon)

NIGHTLIFE … the music starts at 5 and continues into the night. Venues and listings are on the calendar.

West Seattle Wednesday: Delridge District Council; literature; comedy; co-working; storytimes; more…

February 18, 2015 at 9:31 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | No Comments

(Longfellow Creek, photographed by Laura Goodrich, shared via the WSB Flickr group)

What’s up, you ask?

HOME WITH ONE OR MORE LITTLE ONES? See the calendar for multiple events today – from storytimes, to play-and-learn, to support groups.

GET OUT OF THE (HOME) OFFICE … bring your lunch to the weekly co-working/home-office meetup at West Seattle Office Junction (WSB sponsor) – explained here.

WEST SEATTLE KIWANIS: Thinking about getting involved with local service clubs? The Kiwanis Club of West Seattle meets at 6:30 pm Wednesdays at the Senior Center of West Seattle and you’re welcome to drop in. (Oregon/California)

DELRIDGE DISTRICT COUNCIL: 7 pm at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center. This month’s agenda includes an SDOT briefing on the Delridge/Andover/northward safety project as well as Port of Seattle reps on the free April boat tour for West Seattleites (see our coverage of the SW District Council earlier this month) and an update on the Seattle City Light “surplus” properties. All welcome. (4408 Delridge Way SW)

WORDSWEST LITERARY SERIES: 7 pm at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), Sarah Steinke and Jennifer D. Munro are featured this month, on “Humor & the Body” – details in our calendar listing. (5612 California SW)

SPEAKING OF HUMOR … COMEDY NIGHT! 8 pm at Feedback Lounge (WSB sponsor), this month’s comedy showcase takes the stage, hosted by West Seattle’s own Mona Concepcion, with featured performers including Cris Rodriguez - details here. (6451 California SW)

NIGHTLIFE APLENTY: Karaoke, trivia, open microphone, live music … see where and when, by browsing our full calendar.

West Seattle Tuesday: Crime Prevention Council; basketball; more!

February 17, 2015 at 9:00 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | 4 Comments

(Monday sunrise by Robert Spears – shared via WSB Flickr group; see full-size version there)

LIBRARY STORYTIMES: Four on our calendar, for today and tonight – find the listings here.

CHINESE NEW YEAR LUNCHEON: 11:45 am at Senior Center of West Seattle – details here, including how to call to see if there’s still space. (Oregon/California)

WSHS GIRLS’ BASKETBALL PLAYOFF GAME: 6:30 pm at Chief Sealth International High School, the West Seattle High School girls – Metro League champs as of last Friday (WSB coverage here) – play Bishop Blanchet in the district tournament. (2600 SW Thistle)

(added) JUNCTION NEIGHBORHOOD ORGANIZATION: 6:30 pm at the Senior Center of West Seattle, with agenda including briefing on West Seattle YMCA (WSB sponsor) expansion. (Oregon/California)

QUESTIONS/CONCERNS TO BRING TO LOCAL POLICE? 7 pm at the Southwest Precinct, the monthly West Seattle Crime Prevention Council meeting is the place to bring them, and to hear updates on local cases/trends. (Webster/Delridge)

SLHS BOYS’ BASKETBALL PLAYOFF GAME: 7:30 pm at Seattle Lutheran High School, the boys’ basketball team plays a district-tournament game against Providence Classical Christian. More info here. (4100 SW Genesee)

LORI HARDMAN BAND @ BLUES TO DO: Podcast at 6 pm and the Lori Hardman Band‘s show at 8 pm, it’s the weekly celebration of the blues @ Feedback Lounge, presented by Thunder Road Guitars (both WSB sponsors), more info on the Feedblog. (6451 California SW)

MORE NIGHTLIFE and other happenings … please take a look at the full calendar.

What’s up for your pre-Presidents Day West Seattle Sunday

February 15, 2015 at 9:34 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | 1 Comment

(Odd shape to the rising sun today – cloud? – photographed by Coleman Smith)

Caught between Valentine’s Day and the Presidents Day holiday, today is relatively quiet – but we still have some options, from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

WEST SEATTLE FARMERS’ MARKET: 10 am-2 pm – local produce, beverages, cheese, meat, more. (44th/Alaska)

LOG HOUSE MUSEUM: Been to the home of West Seattle history lately? Open noon-4 pm. (61st/Stevens)

AFTERNOON MUSIC: Bluegrass and old-time music with Jamtime at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), 1-4 pm. (5612 California SW)

AGING PARENTS? 2 pm at West Seattle (Admiral) Branch Library, you might be interested to hear about “The Impact of Long-Term Care,” beyond its cost. Details here. (2306 42nd SW)

LAST CHANCE TO SEE “4000 MILES”: 3 pm, final performance of “4000 Miles” at ArtsWest Playhouse & Gallery (WSB sponsor). Ticket info here. (4711 California SW)

MILO GREENE @ EASY STREET: 6 pm, free, live, in-store concert by four-piece Milo Greene – who describe their music as “cinematic pop” – at Easy Street Records. (Alaska/California)

MORE MUSIC … among other things, in the rest of the listings on our calendar.

West Seattle Saturday: Valentine’s Day (and night); Neighbor Appreciation Day; more!

February 14, 2015 at 8:23 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | No Comments

(Northern Flicker, photographed by Mark Wangerin)
Whole lotta love out there … in honor of Valentine’s Day and the city-coordinated Neighbor Appreciation Day … part of our calendar highlights:

VALENTINE’S PIC WITH YOUR PET: At Hotwire Online Coffeehouse (WSB sponsor), pet-and-people selfies are on the menu all day long, 8 am-5 pm on the covered patio, with a giant heart!

**Photo of Marty and Brit-Simone added Saturday afternoon – you don’t HAVE to bring a pet to get a pic!** (4410 California SW)

HAVE PANCAKES FOR BREAKFAST: 9 am-noon, it’s a Neighbor Appreciation Day pancake breakfast at Delridge Community Center – free for 2/under but otherwise, $6/person for 13-64, $10/couple, $4/3-12 and 65+. (4501 Delridge Way SW)

VISIT A FIRE STATION: 11 am-1 pm, Fire Station 37 is having an open house as part of Neighbor Appreciation Day – only fire station this year, because of the construction/renovation projects at the others. (7700 35th SW)

VALENTINE’S WINE: Noon-5 pm at Northwest Wine Academy on the South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) campus, a special tasting-and-more event including a treat for those 62+, while it lasts – get there early! (6000 16th SW)

SWIM FOR FREE: Also part of Neighbor Appreciation Day, Southwest Pool invites you to a free public swim, 1-2 pm. (2801 SW Thistle)

LOVE AND LITERACY … with Reading Partners, free event 1-3 pm at Westwood Village Barnes & Noble. Including a ventriloquist performance! More info here. (2800 SW Barton)

‘CAUSE THE WAVE: HEAL EB’: Special fundraiser with kid-friendly programming, starting at 1:30 pm at Fauntleroy Church. Songs, stories, bake sale, raffle, more, raising money for research into and awareness of Epidermolysis Bullosa. Details here. (9140 California SW)

CHEER FOR THE SLHS GIRLS: Postseason basketball – the Seattle Lutheran High School girls play at Shoreline Christian, 3 pm, more info here. (2400 NE 147th)

OLA’S 10TH ANNIVERSARY PARTY: 6 pm, celebrate Rachel Karlin‘s 10 years of owning Ola, and raise money for its neighbor Transitional Resources. “Magical night of beauty and style,” plus DJ and appetizers. Details here. (2942 SW Avalon Way)

(added) PAL-ENTINE’S NIGHT AT THE BRIDGE: Jenny at The Bridge sends word of an event starting at 6 pm, “spearheaded by local sweetheart celebrity Tracy Dart: Spend Valentines Day with your Pals…open to singles, couples, friends, and LGBTQ. We are a party for ALL!!! Is your significant other working? Deployed? Are you just not a huge fan of Valentine’s Day? Come join us for some love and fun amongst friends new and old. We will be taking donations for the American Heart Association and SFD Medic One. So bring a couple extra bucks to throw in the jar. Wear red and get festive. Eat, drink, be merry with your PALS!!!” (California/Graham)

GET ADVENTUROUS ON VALENTINE’S NIGHT: The “urban adventure race” Cupid 5K is back in West Seattle this year, and again it’s two races in one, one for Valentine lovers, one for Valentine haters. Last-minute signups at 6, the 5K starts at 7, taking off from Alki Beach. (61st/Alki)

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

TRIBUTE TO BILLIE HOLIDAY: 7:30 pm at Kenyon Hall, Stacie Calkins sings, David Duvall accompanies – details in our listing. (7904 35th SW)

CHEER FOR THE WSHS BOYS: 8 pm, the West Seattle High School boys’ next playoff game is at and against Eastside Catholic in Sammamish. (232 228th Ave. SE)

VALENTINE’S NIGHT MUSIC: 9 pm at Feedback Lounge (WSB sponsor), TüN is playing live, no cover. Blues, rock, funk. (6451 California SW)

VALENTINE’S KARAOKE CONTEST: Signups at 8, singing at 10, at Yen Wor Village in The Admiral District – details in our listing. Prizes! (California/College)

YES, THERE’S MORE … browse the calendar right now or any time.

West Seattle Friday: Half-dozen highlights, including a barn dance!

February 13, 2015 at 9:36 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | No Comments

(Photo by Long Bach Nguyen, over High Point – click image for larger view)
Going into the three-day weekend (four-day weekend for many schools), here’s some of what’s up today/tonight, from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

LUNAR NEW YEAR CELEBRATION FOR TEENS: Ages 12-19 invited, 2:30 pm-4:30 pm at Hiawatha Community Center. (2700 California SW)

VALENTINE’S WINE TASTING: Including tastes of steak, cheese, and chocolate-covered strawberries. 4-6 pm at Metropolitan Market (WSB sponsor) in Admiral. (42nd/Admiral)

HEALTH CARNIVAL: West Seattle Elementary families are invited to a health carnival at the school tonight, 5-8 pm – details here. (6760 34th SW)

BASKETBALL PLAYOFFS: The West Seattle High School girls play Cleveland for the Metro League title tonight at 5:45 pm at Seattle Pacific University. (3414 Third Ave. W.)

BARN DANCE! You’re invited to this dance with live music by Sassafras Stomp and caller Suzanne Girardot, starting at 7:30 pm at Puget Ridge Cohousing‘s Common House. “All ages, all abilities, instruction provided” – more details in our listing. (7020 18th SW)

TONIGHT’S LIVE MUSIC … starts with Alex Guilbert Trio at Salty’s on Alki (WSB sponsor), 5 pm, continues with Koto Jazz at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor) at 7 pm (rescheduled to July 25), and more – see the calendar!

West Seattle Thursday: Art Walk; STEM, Denny open houses; kindergarten-enrollment night; more!

February 12, 2015 at 10:21 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | Comments Off

(Barrow’s Goldeneyes in flight – photo by Mark Wangerin)
Thursday has taken off, and we’re headed into this list of highlights from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

DAY OF REMEMBRANCE: Author/poet Lawrence (Larry) Matsuda is speaking this morning at South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) to commemorate the Japanese American Day of Remembrance. All welcome; his first session, as previewed here earlier this week, is already under way, but he has another one coming up at 11 am in Olympic Hall on the south end of campus. (6000 16th SW)

TODDLER STORYTIME: 11:30 am at High Point Branch Library, stories, rhymes, and songs with the children’s librarian. (35th/Raymond)

KINDERGARTEN ENROLLMENT NIGHT: If you are enrolling a kindergartener in Seattle Public Schools this fall, get it done as soon as you can! Tonight’s a great opportunity with special assistance available 5:30-7 pm at Roxhill Elementary (for families interested in any and all SPS elementaries, not just Roxhill) – details here. (30th/Roxbury)

BASKETBALL PLAYOFFS: Seattle Lutheran High School‘s girls team plays Muckleshoot at Evergreen Lutheran in Tacoma this afternoon at 1:30. Then tonight, the West Seattle High School boys have it all on the line in a winner-to-districts, loser-out game vs. Bainbridge at Garfield HS, 5:45 pm.

WEST SEATTLE ART WALK: 6-9 pm, go see who’s showing what! Here’s the venue list/map for the winter quarter:

Preview the venues and artists on the official Art Walk website.

WINE, ART, AND FOOD PARTY: Art Walk night always brings this event with wine tasting, appetizers, plus live music from Choro Tocando at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), 6-8 pm. (5612 California SW)

SECOND THURSDAY OUT: 6 pm at the Senior Center of West Seattle, the LGBTQ community, neighbors, and friends are invited for a soup supper and more during “Second Thursday OUT” – details in our calendar listing. (Oregon/California)

QUESTIONS/CONCERNS ABOUT SEATTLE PUBLIC SCHOOLS? West Seattle’s school-board rep Marty McLaren hosts a community conversation, 6-7:45 pm (drop in when you can) at West Seattle (Admiral) Branch Library. (2306 42nd SW)

STEM OPEN HOUSE: Making your school decision for next year? 6:30-7:30 pm, K-5 open house at STEM; 7-8 pm, middle school open house, as the school starts the process of transitioning from K-5 STEM to K-8 STEM. (5950 Delridge Way SW)

DENNY IMS OPEN HOUSE FOR PROSPECTIVE FAMILIES: 6:30-8 pm, families of prospective Denny International Middle School students are invited to an open house – details here. (2601 SW Kenyon)

NIGHTLIFE: Live music, karaoke, more, on our calendar.

West Seattle Wednesday: 34th Dems talk housing; ‘Have a Heart’ bake sale; basketball; theater; more

February 11, 2015 at 10:12 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | 2 Comments

(Lincoln Park forest in the fog – photo by Mark Erskine)
Highlights for today/tonight from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

‘HAVE A HEART’ BAKE SALE: During regular business hours today (until 8:30 pm) at Illusions Hair Design (WSB sponsor), it’s the second and final day of the “Have a Heart” bake sale benefiting Pencil Me In For Kids. Details here; come in and see, whether you have a hair appointment or not! (5619 California SW)

34TH DISTRICT DEMOCRATS: 7 pm at The Hall at Fauntleroy. Tonight’s meeting of our area’s largest political organization includes a panel described on the agenda as focusing “on housing crises including tenants’ rights, micro-housing and homelessness.” (9131 California SW)

’4000 MILES,’ FINAL WEEK: 7:30 pm at ArtsWest (WSB sponsor) – you have just a few more chances to catch “4000 Miles,” which closes Sunday. (4711 California SW)

BASKETBALL PLAYOFFS: We usually only list home games but stakes are high in the high-school postseason and if you can hit the road to root for a team, they’d appreciate the support. Tonight both WSHS varsity teams have games – the boys at Garfield (400 23rd Ave.) vs. Lakeside, **updated time** 5:45 pm; the girls at Nathan Hale (10750 30th SE) vs. Holy Names, 7:30 pm.

LOW-FI ALL-STARS AT THE BENBOW: “Intimate weekly concert series,” as described in our listing. 8 pm, no cover, at The Benbow Room. (4210 SW Admiral Way)

AS ALWAYS, THERE’S MORE … just check the full calendar!

West Seattle Tuesday: Chief Sealth IHS open house; basketball playoffs; Admiral & Fauntleroy neighborhood meetings; more…

February 10, 2015 at 10:03 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | Comments Off

(Sunday on the shore – photo by Lynn Hall)

Welcome to Tuesday! Some of what’s happening today/tonight, from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

PRESCHOOL TOUR: 1-2:15 pm, you’re invited to stop by Alki Community Center and tour its Adventures in Learning Preschool – details in our calendar listing. (5817 SW Stevens)

DUKE’S ’13TH MAN’ FLAG: 1 pm at Duke’s Chowder House on Alki, proprietor Duke Moscrip plans to raise a “13th Man Flag.” He says he hatched the idea of the 13th Man as support for the players explained in this video. You’re welcome to come cheer him – and them – on. (2516 Alki SW)

CHIEF SEALTH IHS TOUR FOR PROSPECTIVE STUDENTS/FAMILIES: 6 pm, come find out all about Chief Sealth International High School – details here. (2600 SW Thistle)

CAMP VICTORY FUNDRAISER: 6:30-8:30 pm, help support Camp Victory during the Tuesday Tuneup at Salty’s on Alki (WSB sponsor). Live music with VJ Duo, pianist Victor Janusz, and Robertson Witmer on accordion and clarinet. Benefit raffle, too. (1936 Harbor SW)

COUCH-TO-5K CLASSES BEGIN: 6:30 pm, four-week series of classes with Coach Beth starts at West Seattle Runner (WSB sponsor) tonight. (California/Charlestown)

ADMIRAL NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION: 7 pm at The Sanctuary at Admiral, come talk about crime and safety with Community Police Team Officer Jon Flores, as part of the February meeting of the Admiral Neighborhood Association (as previewed here last weekend) – all welcome. (42nd/Lander)

FAUNTLEROY COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION: 7 pm at the Fauntleroy Schoolhouse, the FCA board meets; all welcome. (9131 California SW)

HIGH-SCHOOL BASKETBALL: Postseason games tonight include West Seattle HS boys at home vs. O’Dea, 7 pm; Chief Sealth IHS boys at Lakeside.

BLUES TO DO: Heather Jones and The Groove Masters headline tonight at 8 at Feedback Lounge (WSB sponsor) in the weekly Blues To Do showcase. (6451 California SW)

WHAT ELSE IS UP? Check the calendar here.

West Seattle Monday: North Delridge & Pigeon Point Neighborhood Councils, more…

February 9, 2015 at 11:02 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | 1 Comment

(Photo by Ryan O’Keven)
Brand-new week! Some of what’s up today/tonight:

HIGHWAY 99 TUNNEL BRIEFING: The City Council is about to get briefed on the tunnel project (scheduled to start 10:50 am but the current meeting’s running late). Watch live at seattlechannel.org.

ALZHEIMER’S CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP: Are you caring for someone with Alzheimer’s/dementia? Support group meets 1:30 pm today, Providence Mount St. Vincent – details here. (4531 35th SW)

NORTH DELRIDGE NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCIL: Live in North Delridge? 6:30 pm, you’re invited to come to this month’s North Delridge Neighborhood Council meeting and help make a difference in your neighborhood. Bring your ideas, concerns, etc. Youngstown Cultural Arts Center. (4408 Delridge Way SW)

FREE COMMUNITY ESL CLASSES: Need to work on your skills? Or, know someone who does? This free class happens 6:30-8 pm at Neighborhood House’s High Point Center – details here. (6400 Sylvan Way)

PIGEON POINT NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCIL: 7 pm in the Pathfinder K-8 School cafeteria, it’s the next Pigeon Point Neighborhood Council meeting. (1901 SW Genesee)

DENNY INTERNATIONAL MIDDLE SCHOOL PTSA: 7 pm meeting tonight, all welcome! Special location: Neighborhood House’s High Point Center. (6400 Sylvan Way)

10 options for your West Seattle Sunday, starting with pancakes!

February 8, 2015 at 7:21 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | 5 Comments

(Photo by Long Bach Nguyen – click image to see larger version)

Happy Sunday! From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

HIAWATHA PANCAKE BREAKFAST: Let somebody else do the cooking this morning – and help support community-center activities for all. 8 am-noon, it’s pancake-breakfast day at Hiawatha Community Center, with pancakes, sausages, bagels, and fruit – more info, including prices, in our calendar listing. (2700 California SW)

WEST SEATTLE FARMERS’ MARKET: 10 am-2 pm – something new every week as we get closer to spring. (44th/Alaska)

LITTLE PILGRIMS’ PRESCHOOL OPEN HOUSE: 11 am-1:30 pm, come visit the preschool that’s based at Fauntleroy Church – details here. (9140 California SW)

ALL-WALK ENCOURAGEMENT RALLY: You’re invited to join other West Seattleites encouraging everyone to take personal action on climate change, and you’re welcome to bring signs. Stu Hennessey says this will happen on the first Sunday of the month, joining West Seattle Neighbors for Peace and Justice “during the all-walk interval in the Junction intersection.” Noon-1 pm. (California/Alaska)

DUWAMISH TRIBE FOOD TRADITIONS: Learn about the cultural and food traditions of the Duwamish Tribe, 1-3 pm followed by a shared meal, free. Details here. At the Duwamish Longhouse. (4705 W. Marginal Way SW)

THE JOY OF HELLEBORES: 1 pm, free class at West Seattle Nursery. (California/Brandon)

SEATTLE GREEN SPACES COALITION: The group working to save more greenspaces in West Seattle and the rest of the city meets at 2:45 pm, Southwest Library, all welcome. (35th/Henderson)

CELLO X: Live at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor) 3-5 pm. (5612 California SW)

LADIES’ MUSICAL CLUB: Free concert at 3 pm, featuring music by Haydn, Scriabin, Debussy, Gershwin, Mozart, and Ponchielli, at the West Seattle (Admiral) Library. (2306 42nd SW)

GRAMMY AWARDS ON THE BIG SCREEN: Feedback Lounge (WSB sponsor) will have the big show on the big screen starting at 8. (6451 California SW)

MORE … on our calendar!

West Seattle Saturday: Soul Jambalaya; ‘Meaningful Movie’; more…

February 7, 2015 at 7:56 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | Comments Off

(Young male Anna’s Hummingbird photographed by Danny McMillin, shared via the WSB Flickr group)

No reason for rainy-day boredom. Here’s some of what’s on the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

CAMP FIRE CANDY SALES: 9 am-4 pm today and tomorrow, Camp Fire’s annual candy fundraiser will be happening at the Fauntleroy ferry dock (among other places), per the organization’s lineup. (4829 SW Barton)

RESTAURANT NOTES: 8 am-8 pm, Endolyne Joe’s (WSB sponsor) has bacon giveaways celebrating the return of Danny the Pig (9261 45th SW); 10 am-2 am, Mission marks its 10th anniversary (2325 California SW) – details on both are in last night’s roundup of restaurant notes.

GIVE A LIFE-SAVING GIFT: If you can donate blood, look for the mobile van from Bloodworks NW (new name for what was Puget Sound Blood Center) in The Junction. Walkup donors welcome. 9-11 am and noon-3 pm. (42nd/Alaska)

STAIRWAY WALKS DAY: 10 am at three spots in West Seattle (and others around the city) – advance registration was required, so this is just a reminder for those who signed up.

COMMUNITY SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE: 10 am-2 pm, adults only; details in our listing. (20th/Roxbury)

GREAT START PRESCHOOL OPEN HOUSE: 11 am-1 pm, you’re welcome to come find out more. (4620 SW Graham)

GAMES, GAMES, GAMES: 2-5 pm, drop by Admiral Congregational Church for games and snacks. (California/Hill)

‘SOUL JAMBALAYA’ CONCERT: 7 pm, celebrate music traditions from blues to jazz to gospel to funk with student musicians and acclaimed guest performers, as previewed here. Free; donations accepted, to support Denny/Sealth music programs. Chief Sealth International High School auditorium. (2600 SW Thistle)

WEST SEATTLE MEANINGFUL MOVIES: 7 pm (doors at 6:30), “Urban Gardeners and Social Justice Heroes” – read about this month’s program here. Free; donations accepted. Neighborhood House’s High Point Center. (6400 Sylvan Way)

‘KING OF BOOGIE WOOGIE PIANO’: 7:30 pm, Arthur Migliazzia brings boogie-woogie to historic Kenyon Hall, as explained in our calendar listing. (7904 35th SW)

NOT DEAD YET: Catch them at Feedback Lounge (WSB sponsor), 9 pm. (6451 California SW)

WHAT ELSE IS UP? Check our calendar.

Five possibilities for your West Seattle Friday night

February 6, 2015 at 9:31 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | Comments Off

(Bald eagles on a Beach Drive rooftop – photo by Brian Baum)

Happy Friday! From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

WORDS, WRITERS, WEST SEATTLE: 5-7 pm at Barnes & Noble/Westwood Village, the monthly Southwest Seattle Historical Society-presented literary event features author Theresa McCormick and her book “A Far Cry from Here: Growing Up and Out of Fundamentalism” – here’s a preview:

Words, Writers & West Seattle presents … from Avenue Collection on Vimeo.

No admission charge. (2800 SW Barton)

CORNER BAR: 6 pm, it’s Highland Park Improvement Club‘s popular monthly neighborhood drop-in party, featuring the Yada Yada Blues Band live at 9. More here. (12th/Holden)

HIGH-SCHOOL BASKETBALL: Final Friday night of the regular season, with a full slate of home games – girls’ and boys’ varsity, for both West Seattle High School (3000 California SW) and Chief Sealth International High School (2600 SW Thistle). WSHS hosts Franklin; CSIHS hosts Eastside Catholic. At both gyms, it’s girls’ varsity at 6:30, boys’ varsity at 8.

’4000 MILES’: 7:30 pm, the Pulitzer-nominated dramatic comedy directed by Mathew Wright is onstage at ArtsWest (WSB sponsor) – tickets available here. (4711 California SW)

MEMPHIS RADIO KINGS: Live at Feedback Lounge (WSB sponsor), 9:30 pm, no cover. (6451 California SW)

AGAIN TODAY/TONIGHT, THERE’S MORE … so we invite you to browse the full calendar, for today/tonight and beyond.

For your West Seattle Thursday night: ‘First Look’ at City Council hopefuls; Design Review Board looks at 2 projects…

February 5, 2015 at 11:16 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | 3 Comments

(Tree silhouetted against the fog, photographed by Long Bach Nguyen near High Point Library last weekend)
Two months in the making – with the candidate lineup changing up to the last minute – tonight’s the night for the first District 1 City Council forum. That starts our look ahead to tonight, from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar!

DISTRICT 1: FIRST LOOK: 6:30 pm doors, 7-8:30 pm forum at Highland Park Improvement Club – WSB is presenting the first candidates’ forum of the history-making first-ever District 1 City Council race. Voters approved a monumental change, 7 district-elected councilmembers and 2 at-large as of this year, instead of all 9 at-large, and now we see how that changes city leadership. As of right now, four candidates are vying for the West Seattle/South Park spot – in order of declaration, Chas Redmond, Amanda Kay Helmick, George Capestany, Phillip Tavel – and this is your first chance to see and hear them on a shared stage. (12th/Holden, with overflow parking suggested at Riverview Playfield a block north)

DESIGN REVIEW X 2: Two developments are on the Southwest Design Review Board agenda tonight: 6:30 pm, the fourth review for 4505 42nd SW; 8 pm, the second review – six years after the first one – for 4106 Delridge Way SW. Both are mixed-use projects; click either aforementioned address for a direct link to the “packet” showing you project graphics and information. Both reviews are upstairs at the Senior Center of West Seattle. (Oregon/California)

’4,000 MILES’ AT ARTSWEST: 7:30 pm curtain for this Pulitzer-nominated dramatic comedy at ArtsWest Playhouse & Gallery (WSB sponsor), whose artistic director Mathew Wright is directing. (4711 California SW)

COUNTRY AT THE BENBOW: 9 pm, the Benbow Room bill includes Darci Carlson and Burley Mountain. (4210 SW Admiral Way)

THE REST OF THE CALENDAR … for today, tonight, and beyond is here.

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