West Seattle Tuesday: Last chance to vote; Election Night parties; Night Out block parties; more!

August 4, 2015 at 11:15 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | 1 Comment

Tonight brings two major events – the end of primary-election voting and start of vote-counting, aka Election Night, plus the annual community-building Night Out.

VOTE BY 8 PM! 51,000 of the 60,000 West Seattle/South Park ballots still had NOT been turned in as of last night. Here’s how you can still get your primary-election ballot in by the deadline:

-Get it to a US Postal Service box/post office/letter carrier by evening pickup so it’ll be postmarked today (remember, this requires a stamp, NOT the case for the KC Elections options below)

-Get it to a King County Elections ballot-dropoff van – there’s one at West Seattle Stadium (where we photographed the crew, above, on Monday afternoon, when they’d already received 200 ballots for the day) and one outside Greenbridge Library in White Center, both there until the 8 pm deadline

-Get it into a King County Elections dropbox – here’s the list of locations (also a deadline of 8 pm tonight.)

-Vote at a King County accessible-voting center (Seattle, Renton, or Bellevue) by 8 pm

ONE LAST MENTION OF OUR ‘LAST LOOK’: If you haven’t voted because you haven’t decided, our “Last Look” mini-guide might help. (We don’t do endorsements, but try to present as much information as possible, including, for that final report, video conversations with each of the 9 District 1 City Council candidates.)

ELECTION-NIGHT PARTIES: Starting around 7 pm, West Seattle/South Park will be full of them. Alphabetically by first name, the candidates whose parties we’ve heard about – including two at-large council candidates who happen to be West Seattleites:

Alon Bassok (Position 9) – Skylark
Brianna Thomas (District 1) – Loretta’s (South Park)
Chas Redmond (District 1) – Beveridge Place Pub
Lisa Herbold (District 1) – Feedback Lounge
Lorena Gonzalez (Position 9) – Talarico’s
Phillip Tavel (District 1) – The Bridge
Shannon Braddock (District 1) – Mission

(Any other candidates with a West Seattle or South Park election-night party? Please tell us in the comment section!)

WHEN WILL YOU SEE THE FIRST ELECTION RESULTS? King County publishes one set on Election Night, usually around 8:15 pm. We’ll of course have the highlights, and reaction, here.

Also happening today/tonight:

BIKEMOBILE BIKE REPAIRS: “Need a tuneup?? The BikeMobile is Bike Works’ new mobile repair truck, staffed by youth interns … Its purpose is to deliver bike repair service on a sliding scale to communities without bike shops and provide a platform for community engagement through bike repair.” 1:30-4 pm behind Neighborhood House’s High Point Center. (6400 Sylvan Way)

NIGHT OUT: Block parties all over West Seattle, generally 6-9 pm – if you’re not going to one, be aware that many side streets will be blocked off for the occasion! We’ll be stopping at a few (thanks for the invites); if we don’t get to yours, please consider sending us a photo for inclusion in WSB as-it-happens coverage – editor@westseattleblog.com or tweet it to @westseattleblog or share it via the WSB Facebook page (we’ll republish on WSB) OR tag us on Instagram – thank you, and have a great party!

35TH SW QUESTIONS? After two meetings last month to unveil the first phase of safety changes for 35th SW, SDOT plans to be at tonight’s High Point Night Out event for anyone with questions, 6-8 pm at High Point Commons. (Morgan/Lanham)

FAMILY STORY TIME: 7 pm at Delridge Library – for kids of all ages. (5423 Delridge Way SW)

LOOKING FOR SOMETHING ELSE? Maybe you’ll find it in the full list of today’s events, on our calendar.

West Seattle Monday: How to vote without a stamp, and other highlights

August 3, 2015 at 10:44 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | No Comments

(David & Jeffrey at the King County Elections ballot-dropoff van in Greenbridge on Saturday)

Happy Monday! Your second-to-last day to vote in a historic election – but first, here’s what else is on the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

OPENING DAY FOR GOODMED: The new membership-model health-care clinic in Morgan Junction, mentioned here last month, opens today. (6553 California SW)

FAMILY STORY TIME: 6:30 pm at High Point Library, songs, stories, and rhymes for kids of all ages (and the grownup/s who accompany them). Free! (35th/Raymond)

CABARET @ ARTSWEST: This week’s “leading lady” for ArtsWest‘s “After Hours with Mathew Wright” is Cayman Ilika. Songs and stories, 7:30 pm – details here. (4711 California SW)

PUB QUIZ @ SHADOWLAND: They have questions, you have answers, go play! 8-10 pm at Shadowland. (California/Oregon)

And our second-to-last day to remind you:

VOTE! Tomorrow night is the deadline to vote – if you’re mailing your ballot, it needs a stamp; if you take it to a King County ballot-dropoff van or dropbox, it doesn’t. Today until 5 pm, and tomorrow (Tuesday) 10 am-8 pm, the vans are back, on the West Seattle Stadium driveway and outside the Greenbridge Libraryaddresses/maps here. This election is historic, with your first chance to vote in the Seattle City Council District 1 (West Seattle/South Park) race; find our archived election coverage here, including our “Last Look” series of reports (including recent video conversations), one for each D-1 candidate:

Arturo Robles
Brianna Thomas
Chas Redmond
Jody Rushmer
Karl Wirsing
Lisa Herbold
Pavel Goberman
Phillip Tavel
Shannon Braddock

The two with the most votes will advance to the November 3rd general election. First-night results are due around 8:15 Tuesday, followed by (usually) one daily update until results are certified in late August.

West Seattle Sunday: Farmers’ Market, Blue Angels, music, beach naturalists’ final appearance, more…

August 2, 2015 at 6:30 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | 2 Comments

(Black-capped chickadee keeping cool; photo by Trileigh Tucker)

Good morning! Highlights ahead for your West Seattle Sunday:

WEST SEATTLE FARMERS’ MARKET: 10 am-2 pm in the middle of California SW between Oregon and Alaska. (Remember that the street is closed 7 am-4 pm and that has to be strictly enforced – if you’re parked there when they have to start setting up, you’ll be a candidate for towing.) Special feature today, per WSFM: “Live music by Les Chattes Creole, authentic Cajun/Creole dance music.”

THINK YOU KNOW EVERYTHING ABOUT WEST SEATTLE? Noon-4 pm, check that assumption by visiting the Southwest Seattle Historical Society‘s Log House Museum. (61st/Stevens)

WADING POOLS & SPRAYPARK OPEN TODAY: Lincoln Park (11 am-8 pm) and Delridge (12-6:30 pm) wading pools are open, as is Highland Park Spraypark (11 am-8 pm) – addresses and full citywide schedule here.

LOW-LOW TIDE, WITH THIS SUMMER’S LAST APPEARANCE BY BEACH NATURALISTS: Low-low tide is out to -1.6 feet at 12:54 pm; Seattle Aquarium volunteer beach naturalists are out to answer questions (for the last time this summer!) at Constellation and Lincoln Parks, 11:45 am-2:15 pm.


(Photo by Jamie Kinney)
While the Blue Angels officially are flying “over Lake Washington” for the Seafair air show, with Boeing Field‘s proximity, you’ll see/hear them to some degree here (and/or be affected by the related bridge closure), so we are again providing this info:

*I-90 bridge closure, 11:50 am-2:40 pm
*Loudest part of the air show starts at 12:40 pm, including the Air Force’s F-22 Raptor and the Navy’s Blue Angels (who went up at 1:35 pm on Saturday, landing at 2:25 pm)
*This also is the last day for free Seafair Fleet tours at Piers 66, 69, and 90, 12:30-3:30 pm – info here

NO ALKI POINT LIGHTHOUSE TOURS AGAIN TODAY: The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary is still busy with Seafair duties – but tours are expected to resume next weekend.

BURGUNDY PEARL AT C & P: 3-5 pm, live music at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor) with acoustic duo Burgundy Pearl. (5612 California SW)

BOOGIE-WOOGIE AT KENYON HALL! Finish out your weekend on a high note – more than one, in fact – with Arthur Migliazza‘s last West Seattle performance (he’s moving to New York), joined by Daryl Davis, on the Kenyon Hall Chickering grand piano. More info in our calendar listing. 7:30 pm. **UPDATE: Kenyon Hall says this show is sold out.** (7904 35th SW)


West Seattle Friday: From the beach to the Blue Angels to ‘Elvis’…

July 31, 2015 at 10:32 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | 1 Comment

One more look at the “blue moon” as it set around dawn – thanks to Chris Frankovich. It brings a low-low tide which starts our highlight list for your Friday:

LOW-LOW TIDE, WITH EXPERT GUIDES: 11:25 am is today’s low-low tide, -2.5 feet; volunteer beach naturalists are out now, until 1:15 pm, at Constellation and Lincoln Parks.

BLUE ANGELS TODAY: Practice show over Lake Washington (though some flybys will certainly be visible from West Seattle), with Boeing Field takeoff sometime between 1-1:30 pm. I-90 bridge closes 11:50 am-2:40 pm.

‘ELVIS’ AT THE SENIOR CENTER: Check ASAP to see if tickets are left for Bret Wiggins as Elvis, plus a fried chicken dinner, at the Senior Center of West Seattle. Fundraiser starts with free photos with “Elvis,” 5:30 pm, dinner at 6. (Oregon/California)

FAMILY CONNECT FRIENDSHIP FIRE: West Seattle YMCA (WSB sponsor) invites the community to Alki Beach, 6:30 pm-8 pm, they’ll provide the s’mores supplies and fire, you come mingle with neighbors and have fun – details here. (Alki/59th)

SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARK: Greenstage presents “Much Ado About Nothing,” 7 pm, free, at Camp Long. (5200 35th SW)

NOT DEAD YET: 9 pm, last time you’ll get to see local faves Not Dead Yet at the closing-next-weekend Feedback Lounge. (6451 California SW)

LOTS MORE – but you don’t have to take our word for it – see for yourself!

West Seattle Thursday: On the beach; onstage; on sale; in the sky…

July 30, 2015 at 9:22 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | 3 Comments

With a hot day ahead … we start today’s calendar preview with something cool – an undersea video by “Diver Laura” James. Now, plunging into what’s up for the rest of the day/night (besides the temperature):

LOW TIDE, WITH BEACH NATURALISTS: With the full moon approaching, today’s low tide is at 10:42 am – out to -2.0 feet – and Seattle Aquarium volunteer beach naturalists will be awaiting you, 9:45 am-12:15 pm, on the shores of Constellation Park and Lincoln Park.

BLUE ANGELS & BRIDGE CLOSURES: Not West Seattle but visible/audible from here, so we track them again this year. From Seafair, for today:

The U.S. Navy Blue Angels #s 1-4 will take off at 9:35 a.m. on Thurs., July 30 from Boeing Field near the Museum of Flight for circle and arrival maneuvers in preparation for the Boeing Air Show. They will be in the air over the city getting familiar with the area. First, #s 1-4 and #8 will take off for a look at the South Lake Washington event site at approx.. 10 a.m.. At 10:35 a.m. #s 5-6 will walk down. The I-90 Bridge will be closed between 9:45 a.m. and noon.

(Wednesday photo by Monica Zaborac)
All Blue Angels jets will return to Boeing Field and be on the ground for a short time. Following that, numbers 1-6 will take to the air for a practice performance over Lake Washington at approx. 1:15 p.m.. Again, the I-90 Bridge will be closed between 1:15 p.m. and 2:40 p.m. for this practice.

DELRIDGE FARMSTAND: 4-7 pm, buy fresh local produce at the Delridge Grocery Coop/Little Red Hen Project farmstand in the Super 24 parking lot – details here. (5455 Delridge Way SW)

CRIME/SAFETY/POLICING FOCUS GROUP: 6:30-7:30 pm, the next “focus group” invited to talk with Southwest Precinct research assistant Jennifer Burbridge about neighborhood policing plans and crime/safety concerns is tonight, and if you live in Westwood/Roxhill/Arbor Heights, you’re invited. (2300 SW Webster)

NAOMI WACHIRA IN CONCERT: As previewed here earlier this week, tonight’s Summer Concerts at Hiawatha performer is Naomi Wachira, and it’ll be a beautiful night to be on the shady east lawn at Hiawatha Community Center to see and hear her – 6:30 pm, free, bring your own chair/blanket to sit on. (Walnut/Lander)

PUN SLAM: 7:30 pm signup, 8:30 pm show at The Skylark – the punnier you are, the better! Details here. (3803 Delridge Way SW)

WHAT ELSE IS GOING ON? See for yourself via our calendar.

West Seattle Wednesday: Seafair Parade of Ships; Blue Angels flyby; Duwamish kayak tour; comedy meets rollerskates; more

July 29, 2015 at 9:18 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | 3 Comments

(Photo by Long Bach Nguyen: Over Duwamish Head during low-low tide earlier this month)

Highlights from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

LOW-LOW TIDE: With the full moon approaching, low tides are low enough for excellent beachwalking. Today at 9:58 am, it’ll be out to -1.5 feet.

BLUE ANGELS FLYBY: Seafair announced late last night that in addition to the solo Blue Angels jet making flights today with “key influencers” (including soccer star Megan Rapinoe at 9:30 am), the team will fly over Safeco Field toward the start of today’s Mariners game, around 12:30 pm. No road closures since it’s not a practice show – those start tomorrow. They’re subsequently heading over Whidbey Island, and of course you’ll likely see/hear them on the return to Boeing Field, too.

SEAFAIR PARADE OF SHIPS: You’ll likely see some other military aircraft, including a Coast Guard helicopter, while this is under way, starting off West Seattle shores at 1 pm or so (time may vary, as the only “official” time is 1:45 pm along the downtown waterfront, but the Seafair fleet usually stages to the west, off Alki Point, and heads eastward along shore. Three U.S. Navy ships, three Canadian Navy ships, and one U.S. Coast Guard cutter, as detailed in our original preview; Duwamish Head and points east are ideal for viewing, but you’ll see them from Alki too.

HIGH POINT MARKET GARDEN FARMSTAND: 4-7 pm, fresh produce on sale at the High Point Market Garden Farmstand and the visiting ROAR Mobile Farmstand. Remember that HP SHA residents are eligible for vouchers, available at the farmstand as well as at Neighborhood House’s HP center, with half off all produce up to $10. (32nd/Juneau)

DUWAMISH RIVER KAYAK TOUR: This summer’s community-tour series starts, 6 pm, RSVP required – info in our preview published earlier this week. (Launch location provided in RSVP response)

34TH DISTRICT DEMOCRATS’ PICNIC: 6-8 pm at Shelter 4 on Lincoln Park beach. Potluck, with hamburgers/hot dogs provided. (8011 Fauntleroy Way SW)

LIVE MUSIC AT THE BEACH: 6 pm concert at Alki Bathhouse, per the summer Seattle Parks brochure – (update) bluegrass with The Weavils. (60th/Alki)

SOLAR WORKSHOP: 6:30 pm, free SolarWISE workshop from Seattle City Light and Northwest SEED at High Point Community Center with “the latest on solar pricing, technology, financing options, and steps to go solar.” (6920 34th SW)

BERNIE SANDERS GATHERINGS: Nationwide “house party” night for supporters and prospective supporters of presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders – times vary – West Seattle listings (and contact info) here.

COMEDY FUNDRAISER: Comedy at Feedback Lounge tonight, hosted by Lisa Curtis, headlined by Mona Concepcion – seating 7 pm, show at 8, fundraiser for Tilted Thunder Rail Birds roller derby. (6451 California SW)

MORE! on our calendar.

West Seattle Tuesday: Spoke & Food; swim-team evaluations; free run; ‘focus group’ for Block Watch’ers; more…

July 28, 2015 at 10:25 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | 8 Comments

“When all gets orange, summer is over,” is how Flickr member alextutu1821 captioned that photo, sharing it via the WSB Flickr group. Not over yet, but late July means it’s time to savor every day! Warm sunshine is forecast for the rest of the week, including the rest of today/tonight – here are highlights from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

KALEIDOSCOPE PLAY-AND-LEARN: Kids 3-5 and their caregivers are welcome to this free weekly play-and-learn group, 1:30-3 pm at High Point Library – details here. (35th/Raymond)

CENTRAL AREA AQUATIC TEAM EXPANDING TO WEST SEATTLE, EVALUATIONS TONIGHT: This year-round swim club for ages 6-18 years is expanding to West Seattle and inviting interested families to team evaluations tonight and Thursday, 5 pm, at WS Health Club. You don’t have to be a member, and CAAT stresses, “This isn’t a tryout; there is a place on the team for all swimmers.” More info here. (2629 SW Andover)

SPOKE & FOOD BIKE-TO-DINNER BENEFIT: 5-10 pm tonight, 20 percent of the proceeds at participating restaurants – in our area, that’s The Westy (21+) and Proletariat Pizza (all ages) – goes to Seattle Neighborhood Greenways. Bicycling to dinner is encouraged! More info here.

TUESDAY NIGHT DEMO AND PADDLE RACES: 6-8 pm at Alki Kayak Tours – no pre-registration required, just show up! Details here. (1660 Harbor SW)

FREE TRACK RUN: 6:15 pm, meet at West Seattle Runner (WSB sponsor) for a free group run! (2743 California SW)

BLOCK WATCH CAPTAINS’ FOCUS GROUP: 6:30-7:30 pm, the next “focus group” invited to talk with Southwest Precinct research assistant Jennifer Burbridge about neighborhood policing plans and crime/safety concerns is the West Seattle Block Watch Captains Network. If you’re involved with a block watch, you’re invited to be there – more info on the WSBWCN website. (2300 SW Webster)

THAT’S NOT ALL … see more of what’s up today/tonight by going to our calendar.

Calendar highlights for the rest of your West Seattle Monday

July 27, 2015 at 9:31 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | No Comments

(Young male Anna’s Hummingbird, photographed over the weekend by Mark Wangerin)

Happy Monday! Highlights from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

ROUSTABOUT CIRCUS: 10:30-11:30 am performance at West Seattle (Admiral) Library “featuring juggling, clowning, acrobatics, music and magic. Audience participation encouraged! Ages 5 and up.” Free, as is always the case for library programs. (2306 42nd SW)

FAMILY STORYTIME: 6:30 tonight at High Point Library, bring kids of all ages. (35th/Raymond)

PRAYER FOR THE DUWAMISH TRIBE: In the wake of the federal-recognition denial, a series of prayer events continues. Tonight, 6-7:30 pm at the Duwamish Tribe Longhouse, the community is invited to a gathering featuring Zenpeacemakers. (4705 W. Marginal Way SW)

SUMMER CABARET AT ARTSWEST: Monday nights this summer, join ArtsWest artistic director Mathew Wright for one-night-only performances featuring some of Seattle’s leading ladies. Tonight, 7:30 pm, Jessica Skerritt performs. Check here to see if tickets are still available. (4711 California SW)

MORE … on our calendar!

West Seattle Sunday: Alki Art Fair; WS Farmers’ Market; more…

July 26, 2015 at 9:31 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | No Comments

(Red-breasted Nuthatch, photographed by Mark Ahlness, shared via the WSB Flickr group)

Good morning! From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

FINAL DAY FOR EATS MARKET CAFE: As we first reported earlier this month, the long-running restaurant at Westwood Village is closing. Proprietor Toby Matasar reminds WSB that today is the final day, open until 4 pm. (2600 SW Barton)

ALKI ART FAIR, DAY 2: Second of two days for the fair on the boardwalk at Alki Beach. Vendors 10 am-6 pm today, music continuing until 8 pm (see the schedule here), free shuttle. Here’s our full preview. (59th-64th/Alki)

WEST SEATTLE FARMERS’ MARKET: 10 am-2 pm, in the street in the heart of The Junction. Special features today: Learn to make kombucha, 10:30 am. (California SW between Oregon and Alaska)

DUWAMISH NATIVE FOODS, NOW AND THEN: Noon-4 pm, free program at the Duwamish Tribe Longhouse, “Teachings of the First People” with storyteller Roger Fernandes at 1 pm and a shared meal at 3 pm – details here. (4705 W. Marginal Way SW)

LOG HOUSE MUSEUM: While you’re at the beach for the Alki Art Fair, visit the home of West Seattle’s history, noon-4 pm. (61st/Stevens)

ALKI POINT LIGHTHOUSE TOURS: 1-4 pm, with last tour leaving at 3:40 pm. Free. More info here. (3201 Alki SW)

PRAYER FOR THE DUWAMISH TRIBE: 3 pm at the Duwamish Longhouse, as explained here – today is a Native gathering. (4705 W. Marginal Way SW)

KNIT AT THE COFFEE HOUSE: Bring your knitting to C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), 5:30 pm. (5612 California SW)

BLUE ANGELS’ ARRIVAL: As mentioned on Saturday, Seafair says jets 1-6 are expected to arrive at Boeing Field around 7:30 pm, getting ready for next weekend’s airshow. They’re expected to approach from the north along the west side of the city; you can also watch from any public spot you find along the airfield (access changes year to year and we haven’t scouted yet, but the Museum of Flight is usually a good bet as that’s where they are based for the week).

ARE YOU VOTING BEFORE THE WEEKEND’S OUT? Don’t miss our “Last Look” at the nine City Council District 1 candidates, published on Friday – video conversations and more – start here.

West Seattle Saturday: Alki Art Fair; Westcrest celebration; Recess Monkey; Valor Run; WS Outdoor Movies; evening Viaduct closure…

July 25, 2015 at 8:50 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | 2 Comments

Good morning! Saturday highlights from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar – so far we haven’t heard of any changes in outdoor events because of the weather (“chance of showers”), but we’ll update here if we do:

(Added: Alki Art Fair setup, 9:25 am)

ALKI ART FAIR: First of two days for the fair on the boardwalk at Alki Beach. Vendors 10 am-6 pm today, music continuing until 9 pm, free shuttle. Here’s our full preview. (59th-64th/Alki)

WESTCREST PARK EXPANSION DEDICATION: 11 am-1 pm, with ribboncutting at 11:15 am. Music (Correo Aereo), family activities, food vendors (What Up Dog and Full Tilt Ice Cream) – details here. (Northwest end of park, 9000 8th SW)

RECESS MONKEY: 11:30 am-12:30 pm “Tambourine Submarine” concert by Recess Monkey at Southwest Library – free! (35th/Henderson)

WSHS ALUMNI BASKETBALL GAME: Doors open 11:30, game at noon at West Seattle High School – details in our calendar listing. (3000 California SW)

VALOR RUN: As previewed here earlier this week, retired U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Bridget Guerrero is on a four-day, 160-mile Valor Run around Puget Sound to honor the 160 military women killed in the Middle East since 9/11. An “honor station” is planned at Westwood Village (near Carter’s) 12:30 pm-3 pm, the window during which Maj. Guerrero is expected to pass through the area. (2600 SW Barton)

LEGO ROBOTICS CHALLENGE: 1-4 pm at High Point Librarydetails here; call quick to see if there’s still room. (35th/Raymond)

‘SINGLES’ AT WEST SEATTLE OUTDOOR MOVIES: Gates open at 6:30 pm, movie at dusk in the courtyard by Hotwire Online Coffeehouse (WSB sponsor) – 1992′s Seattle-set “Singles,” co-sponsored by WSB. Tonight’s raffle beneficiary is Northwest Center; see our preview from last night for info on some of what we’re raffling. Concessions by and benefiting the Southwest Seattle Historical Society. (4410 California SW)

KOTO JAZZ BY CHRIS KENJI: At C & P Coffee Company, 7 pm tonight. (5612 California SW)

SEAFAIR PIRATE RUN & TORCHLIGHT PARADE DOWNTOWN, WITH VIADUCT CLOSURE: The northbound Alaskan Way Viaduct will be closed approximately 5:30-7:45 pm for the Seafair Pirate Run, southbound NOT affected, and multiple road closures are planned downtown for the big parade following the race. Here’s the parade lineup – West Seattleites/WS entries to watch for include the West Seattle Hi-Yu float, WestSide Baby “Stuff the Bus,” and King County Executive Dow Constantine.

GREGG CURRY & THE RAGGED GLORY: 9 pm tonight, live at the Feedback Lounge. (6451 California SW)

MORE ON THE CALENDAR … which you can browse any time, here.

West Seattle Friday: Band Jam! Plus music, movies, Shakespeare, bowling benefit to fight cancer …

July 24, 2015 at 10:57 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | 2 Comments

That’s Chaotic Noise Marching Corps at last year’s Band Jam – they’re back tonight, with seven other bands! Info below, along with other highlights for the approaching-fast Friday night in West Seattle:

DAVE HOLO TRIO AT SALTY’S: Start your weekend at 5 pm on the water at Salty’s on Alki (WSB sponsor) with the New Orleans-style jazz sounds of the Dave Holo Trio. (1936 Harbor SW)

DAVID JOHNSON @ ADMIRAL BIRD: 6:30 pm, “folk-driven alternative pop” guitar/songs by David Johnson. (California/Admiral)

BAND JAM: As previewed here earlier this week – 7 pm at Southwest Athletic Complex, it’s the annual “tune-up” event featuring bands getting ready for tomorrow night’s Seafair Torchlight Parade, hosted by the parade-fave All-City Band, directed by West Seattle’s own Marcus Pimpleton. He shared the scheduled lineup, which also this year includes a drill team:

7:00 – Junior All-City Band
7:10 – Washington Diamonds Drill Team
7:20 – Ten Man Brass Band
7:40 – Chaotic Noise Marching Corps
8:00 – Sumner High School Marching Band
8:20 – Rainbow City Band
8:40 – Seattle All-City Band

Admission’s free. (2801 SW Thistle)

BOWLING FOR BOOBS: Jennifer Suemnicht invites you to join in her bowling fundraiser to raise money to fight breast cancer, 7-10 pm at West Seattle Bowl – details here. Raffle, auction, fun – wear pink if you feel like it! (39th/Oregon)

SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARK: A weekend of free Shakespeare in the park, courtesy of Greenstage, begins tonight with “Much Ado About Nothing,” 7 pm at Lincoln Park. Follow the signs from the central parking lot. (8011 Fauntleroy Way SW)

‘DUWAMISH REVEALED’ MOVIE NIGHT: 8 pm at The Estuary (east side of the river), the next public event in the ongoing summerlong art installation/celebration Duwamish Revealed is Movie Night with a screening of “Princess Angeline” – details in our calendar listing. (4651 Diagonal Ave. S.)

TRIBUTE TO THE CARPENTERS: “Rainy Days and Mondays” with special guest TV Dinner, 9 pm at Feedback Lounge. (6451 California SW)

MOVIES IN THE PARK: Next up in “the park” south of (and presented by) the West Seattle Church of the Nazarene, “How to Train Your Dragon 2.” 9 pm, free, with complimentary hot dogs, popcorn, soda. More here. BYO chair/blanket. (42nd/Juneau)

WHAT ELSE? See for yourself (including a sneak peek as far ahead as you want to look) on our calendar.

West Seattle Thursday: Summer Concerts @ Hiawatha; port @ WS Transportation Coalition; Design Review x 2; Shakespeare…

July 23, 2015 at 10:26 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | No Comments

(Photo by Erik Walum)

The next big summer series starts tonight! Though the weather looked a little suspicious earlier, it’s improving! So first, our spotlight event:

SUMMER CONCERTS AT HIAWATHA – SERIES BEGINS: 6:30 pm on the east lawn at Hiawatha Community Center, come see/hear local singer Carrie Akre as the Admiral Neighborhood Association‘s Summer Concerts at Hiawatha series (co-sponsored by WSB) opens – first of six Thursday nights. Free! (Walnut/Lander)

Also from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar for today/tonight:

SHOW YOUR STRIPES – TIGER ART VISITS! 1-3 pm at High Point Library, a traveling show of tiger art visits, on behalf of the Woodland Park Zoo‘s newest exhibit. Details in our calendar listing. (35th/Raymond)

DELRIDGE GROCERY FARMSTAND: 4-7 pm, it’s the second week for the fresh-produce farmstand presented by the Delridge Grocery Coop and friends, in the Super 24 lot. (5455 Delridge Way SW)

GET FIT, WEST SEATTLE! INFO NIGHT: Come to West Seattle Runner (WSB sponsor) at 6:30 pm tonight to learn about the free couch-to-half-marathon training program. (2743 California SW)

DESIGN REVIEW DOUBLEHEADER: From our reminder earlier this week, tonight’s Southwest Design Review Board meetings at the Senior Center of West Seattle are:

6:30 PM – 4801 Fauntleroy Way SW. 21 apartments, 7 live/work units, 950 sf of retail space across from the south side of The Whittaker. Previous WSB coverage here.

8 PM – 4700 SW Admiral Way, the Aegis Living proposal for an 80-unit assisted-living center on the site of the former Life Care Center. Previous WSB coverage here.

That’s what’s on the SWDRB online schedule, anyway (last week the scheduled hearings were flipped at the last moment without notice – we’re checking to verify tonight’s order). The Senior Center is at Oregon/California.

PORT OF SEATTLE @ WEST SEATTLE TRANSPORTATION COALITION: 6:30 pm-8:30 pm at Neighborhood House’s High Point Center. At the heart of the agenda, as provided by WSTC leadership:

6:45-8:00: Port of Seattle, Bari Bookout, Director of Seaport Commercial Strategy and George Blomberg (Sr. Enviro. Program Mgr.: Discuss future plans for T5 and transportation issues as they relate to West Seattle.

· Which stakeholder groups have you involved in the conversation about improving the WS Bridge Transportation Corridor — between the WS hill and I-5?

· To help alleviate pressure off the low bridge, and reduce freight-blocking congestion on the high bridge, would the Port be willing to move some budget money toward commuter infrastructure improvements?

· Have you explored Seattle impact fees, and other supplementary funding options with the city, county, state and federal governments to help pay for transportation infrastructure improvements?

· Train horns are intended to be noisy, typically between 85 dBA and 115 dBA at 100 ft compared to a jet airplane at 600 ft altitude causing 120 dBA. Will the port install quiet zones at public street train crossings to mitigate train horn noise?

· Regarding T5 expansion traffic impacts: Please walk us through your justification that a $230M expansion project, that appears to significantly increase multimodal congestion in an already heavily congested area, didn’t require an EIS? In other words, how do you know that this will work for you as well as residents and other businesses in WS without due diligence?

(6400 Sylvan Way SW)

LIVE/WORK IN ADMIRAL? THIS IS FOR YOU: The next “focus group” about crime/safety/policing in a local neighborhood is at 6:30 pm tonight at the Southwest Precinct – this time, focusing on the Admiral area. Backstory here. (2300 SW Webster)

SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARK: Greenstage presents “The Two Noble Kinsmen at 7 pm in Lincoln Park. Free! Follow the signs from the main parking lot. (8011 Fauntleroy Way SW)

WHAT, THAT’S NOT ENOUGH? Check our calendar for more!

Your West Seattle Wednesday: Shop; talk; network; tell stories …

July 22, 2015 at 10:40 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | No Comments

(West Seattle and Mount Rainier, seen from the Bainbridge ferry route; photo by Elizabeth Bourne)

Highlights for the rest of today/tonight, from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

SCIENCE FUN AT DELRIDGE LIBRARY: 11:30 am-12:30 pm for ages 5-12, “Professor Ficklestein’s Physics Phactory.” Details in our calendar listing. (5423 Delridge Way SW)

NETWORK! Noon at West Seattle Office Junction (WSB sponsor), our area’s only coworking center. Even if you love whatever form of nontraditional work you’re doing, take a break from the home office and go meet others to share ideas and inspiration. (6040 California SW

HIGH POINT MARKET GARDEN FARMSTAND, WITH ROAR: Remember it’s a double freshness feature at the High Point Market Garden Farmstand this summer, 4-7 pm Wednesdays – not only can you buy the fresh organic produce grown right there on site, but the ROAR Mobile Farmstand is visiting too as shown in our coverage from opening day last month. Elliott from ROAR wants to make sure you know this:

ROAR market provides Puget Sound Coop-sourced local veggies to complement the P-Patch gardeners’ offerings. … Specifically, we’d like to raise awareness around the fact that residents of the Seattle Housing Authority in the High Point Neighborhood are eligible for vouchers that subsidize the cost of our produce. Vouchers are to be distributed in the August edition of The Voice; they are available at the Neighborhood House in High Point; and residents of Housing Authority in High Point can access vouchers at the market, too. The voucher offers half-off all produce up to $10.

Find the High Point Market Garden and ROAR produce today at 32nd/Juneau.

CRIME/SAFETY CONCERNS IN THE ALKI AREA? Tonight is YOUR “focus group” with a research assistant who’s working on behalf of the Southwest Precinct – come talk about your concerns regarding crime, safety, police presence and/or lack of it. 6-7 pm at the precinct. (2300 SW Webster)

POEMS AND STORIES AT C & P: Rayn Roberts is the featured reader for Poetrybridge‘s monthly event tonight at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor) – plus, the community microphone! 7 pm. (5612 California SW)

MORE ON THE CALENDAR, AS USUALsee for yourself here.

West Seattle Tuesday: Something to say about the proposed charter school? Say it tonight! Plus 6 more events

July 21, 2015 at 9:45 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | No Comments

Never got a chance Sunday night to share one of Lynn Hall‘s lovely images of the sunset painting the then-approaching clouds after that 95-degree day, so … better late than never. And now, we look ahead to what’s up today/tonight, from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

BABY STORY TIME: 10:30 am at Southwest Library, bring your baby up to 1 year of age and enjoy stories, songs, and rhymes, free as always. (35th/Henderson)

STOP ‘N’ SHOP OPEN HOUSE: 3-5 pm, the thrift shop at street level in the Sisson Building, also home to the Senior Center of West Seattle, invites you to come have treats and see the newly air conditioned shop. Details in our calendar listing. (4504 California SW)

CHARTER SCHOOL HEARING: Six months after we first reported on the plan for what would be West Seattle’s first charter school – a middle/high school hoping to open for 2016-2017 – members of the state Charter School Commission will be at the proposed location tonight, 6 pm, for a forum/hearing including community comments as well as a presentation about the school; the commission will decide next month whether to approve the charter. Dinner and child care available. Official announcement here; our most-recent coverage of the proposal is here. (9601 35th SW)

FREE TRACK RUN: 6:15 pm, meet at West Seattle Runner (WSB sponsor) for a free group run! (2743 California SW)

I THINK THAT I SHALL NEVER SEE … (something) as lovely as a tree … workshop, for free. 6:30 pm at High Point Community Center. Find out how to choose the right tree for the right spot. Details in our calendar listing. (6920 34th SW)

WEST SEATTLE QUILTERS: 7 pm at the Senior Center of West Seattle, all welcome – details in our calendar listing. (Oregon/California)

FAMILY STORY TIME: 7 pm, bring the toddlers and preschoolers along for stories, songs, more at Delridge Library. (5423 Delridge Way SW)

NIGHTLIFE AND MORE … our daily highlights are just a sampling of what you’ll find on the complete calendar.

West Seattle Sunday: ‘Stuff the Bus’ diaper drive; WS Garden Tour; Farmers’ Market back in the street; MedFest; more…

July 19, 2015 at 7:38 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | No Comments

Didn’t have enough fun on Saturday? Welcome to Sunday! Your options include:

PANCAKES! The White Center Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast at Holy Family School is just getting under way, and continues until 1 pm (so you can even have “pancake lunch”). $7 at the door; kids 5 and under eat free. You’ll be able to buy drawing tickets for baskets benefiting local nonprofits. (20th/Roxbury)

WEST SEATTLE GARDEN TOUR: You can start touring today at 9 am and your ticket book gets you admission to nine great local gardens until 5 pm today, plus the noontime guest expert lecture at The Kenney (WSB sponsor). Don’t have your ticket book (which includes a map to the gardens) yet? Buy it 8:30 am-11:30 am at Metropolitan Market (also a WSB sponsor; 41st/Admiral).

(WestSide Baby bus in Saturday’s WS Grand Parade – look for it at 41st/Alaska today)

STUFF THE BUS FOR WESTSIDE BABY: This is the big kickoff day for WestSide Baby‘s big diaper drive – headquartered today at HomeStreet Bank (WSB sponsor) in The Junction, 10 am-2 pm, but you also can drop off diapers at other spots including local Safeways. If you haven’t already, go buy some diapers and have the fun of bringing them in and helping “stuff the bus.” Or donate diaper-buying $ via text or Web! (41st/Alaska)

WEST SEATTLE FARMERS’ MARKET BACK IN THE STREET: After a brief return to its old lot during West Seattle Summer Fest, the WS Farmers’ Market is back in the middle of California SW today between Oregon and California. Same hours as always – 10 am-2 pm.

JUBILEE DAYS CONTINUES WITH PARADE: In White Center, the Jubilee Days festival continues its street fair today on 17th SW between Roxbury and SW 100th and features the annual parade, 11 am-noon on 16th SW, heading north from SW 112th to SW 100th.

MEDITERRANEAN FANTASY FESTIVAL: This longrunning annual festival offers nonstop belly-dancing performances on outdoor and indoor stages at Hiawatha Community Center, 11 am-5 pm, plus vendors. No admission charge. Here’s our Saturday coverage, which includes the schedule link. (2700 California SW)

ALKI LIGHTHOUSE TOURS: 1-4 pm, something you can only do on certain summer dates – like today! – visit the historic Alki Point Lighthouse and take a tour with U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary volunteers. Last tour departs at 3:40 pm. (3201 Alki SW)

BURGER-EATING CONTEST: The White Center flagship location of Zippy’s Giant Burgers is having one at 2 pm – show up to sign up at 1 pm; details on our partner site White Center Now. (9640 14th SW)

WAIT, THERE’S MORE: As usual, that’s not everything – you’ll see even more on the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar.

West Seattle Saturday: Grand Parade; Float Dodger 5K; MedFest; Cove Park; Fire Station 11; WS Outdoor Movies; and more!

July 18, 2015 at 6:57 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | No Comments

While West Seattle Summer Fest last weekend was the single biggest event of the summer here, today is the single biggest day of multiple major events. So hang on as we race through the highlights from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar – and remember that buses are rerouted off California SW between Lander and Edmunds because of three of the events below, and the street will close to other traffic by 8 or so:

(Added: Parking-enforcement officers gathered at Hiawatha)

CSWS YARD SALE FUNDRAISER: 8 am-8 pm, the annual Community School of West Seattle yard sale and bake sale. (9450 22nd SW)

BLOOD DRIVE TO HELP A STUDENT: 9 am-3 pm at Southwest Community Center, donate blood to help the Shalise Bosworth Scholarship Drive – walk-ups welcome; no donating during 11 am-noon break. (2801 SW Thistle)

FLOAT DODGER 5K: 9:30 am, the annual pre-parade 5K starts from in front of West Seattle Runner (WSB sponsor), heading down California SW and back. Wear a costume and have a great time on the parade route – then watch the parade from the beer garden inside WSR! (2743 California SW)

WSHS VOLLEYBALL CAR WASH: 10 am-3 pm, get your car washed in the Les Schwab lot for a donation to the West Seattle High School Volleyball program. (Fauntleroy/Alaska)

WESTCREST PARK DOG PARTY: 10 am-2 pm, people and pets are invited to celebrate West Seattle’s only off-leash area! Contests and drawings – details here. (9000 8th SW)

KIDDIE PARADE: Back to the parade-related activities! Kids and their families are invited to be part of this mini-parade preceding the West Seattle Grand Parade. It heads south from California/Genesee at 11 am.

WEST SEATTLE GRAND PARADE: 11 am is the official start time for the big annual parade, but if you’re watching from the start of the parade route at California/Lander, you’ll want to be in place by 10:30 or so, as the motorcycle drill teams usually get going a bit earlier. More than 90 entries from floats and marching bands and drill teams, to school, business, community groups; the parade is presented by West Seattle Rotary and continues southbound along California to Edmunds in The Junction.

MEDITERRANEAN FANTASY FESTIVAL: 11 am-7 pm, the first of two days full of belly dancers and vendors on the east lawn at Hiawatha Community Center and in the gym, as previewed here. (2700 California SW)

FIRE STATION 11 OPEN HOUSE: As previewed here yesterday, FS 11 in Highland Park is open 11 am-1 pm today for an open house showing off its seismic and safety upgrades. (16th/Holden)

KIDS’ STORY TIME: 11:30 am, story time at Chaco Canyon Organic Café (WSB sponsor) in The Triangle with children’s-book author Alexis St. John. (3770 SW Alaska)

WSHS CLASS OF 1970 REUNION: Noon-4 pm, 45-year-reunion picnic at Shelter #1 on Alki Beach – details in our original preview. (62nd/Alki)

COVE PARK AND BARTON PUMP STATION: 2-4 pm, celebrate the reopening of Cove Park and the completion of the Barton Pump Station Upgrade after three years. Just north of the Fauntleroy ferry terminal, with a ribbon-cutting celebration and tours of the pump station – closed-toe shoes are required if you want to take a tour. More info here. (9005 Fauntleroy Way)

WEST SEATTLE OUTDOOR MOVIES: 6:30 pm, gates open at the courtyard next to Hotwire Online Coffeehouse (WSB sponsor) for this year’s first movie, “Zoolander.” The movie starts at dusk. It’s free – bring money for concessions presented by and benefiting the Southwest Seattle Historical Society, and bring your own chairs/blankets. (4410 California SW)

With all that happening today – we also have two notes about what’s **NOT** happening today:

COLMAN POOL CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC: Second day of a 2-day swim-meet closure at the outdoor pool on the shore at Lincoln Park. Back open to the public on Sunday.

NO ALKI POINT LIGHTHOUSE TOURS TODAY: But they too will resume tomorrow.

And a non-WS note:

WHITE CENTER JUBILEE DAYS: All weekend long, it’s the Jubilee Days street fair, so 17th SW is closed south of Roxbury. For the entertainment schedules and other info, go here.

West Seattle Friday: Movie, music, games, Shakespeare … free!

July 17, 2015 at 9:58 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | No Comments

(Bewick’s Wren – photo courtesy Arlene Rubin Photography)

With a huge weekend of summer fun on the way – Friday is off and running in lower-key, but still fun, style. Here’s a sampling:

HANDS-ON WILD SCIENCE IN HIGHLAND PARK: 10:30 am, Highland Park Improvement Club, for kids 5-12 – details here. (12th/Holden)

LAST-MINUTE SIGNUPS & PACKET PICKUP FOR FLOAT DODGER 5K: Not registered yet for tomorrow’s fun (costumes encouraged!) Float Dodger 5K before the West Seattle Grand Parade? Do it at West Seattle Runner (WSB sponsor) during this afternoon’s registration/packet-pickup event, 3-7 pm. (2743 California SW)

ALMA Y AZUCAR @ SALTY’S: Live music tonight with a spectacular view as the weekend gets going at Salty’s on Alki (WSB sponsor), Latin and Jazz favorites with Alma Villegas (Alma y Azucar), 6-8 pm. (1936 Harbor SW)

MOVIE NIGHT AT HPIC: Doors at 6 pm, movie at 7 pm, bring your family/friends/neighbors to Highland Park Improvement Club; free (but bring $ for concessions) – info here. (12th/Holden)

SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARK: Greenstage presents “Macbeth” at High Point Commons Park, 7 pm. Free! (Lanham & Graham)

GERI’S ALL-AGES GAME NIGHT: 7:30 pm, go play – free! At Kenyon Hall; details here. (7904 35th SW)

SO MUCH MORE! Just take a hop over to our calendar.

Second 35th SW meeting, Design Review doubleheader, Alki development briefing, Delridge Grocery farmstand return, more ahead on your West Seattle Thursday!

July 16, 2015 at 12:03 pm | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | 2 Comments

(Bushtits taking a bath; photo by Mark Ahlness, shared via the WSB Flickr group)

Lots going on later today/tonight! Here’s your preview, from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

DELRIDGE FARMSTAND: 4-7 pm, buy fresh-from-the-farm produce and enjoy live local music, all to support the Delridge Grocery Coop as it gets closer to opening a store. In the Super 24 parking lot. See our preview for more info. (5455 Delridge Way SW)

35TH SW PLAN, ENCORE MEETING: 6 pm at Southwest Library – if you couldn’t make it to last night’s presentation of the 2-phase plan for 35th SW (WSB coverage, with video, here), starting with rechannelization and speed-limit reduction between Roxbury and Willow, go tonight and get your questions answered. (35th/Henderson)

MOVIE NIGHT: 6 pm, Sponge Bob: Sponge Out of Water” screens at Delridge Community Center. (4501 Delridge Way SW)

DESIGN REVIEW x 2: 6:30 pm at Senior Center of West Seattle, two project reviews – first up, 5415 Delridge Way SW (see the “packet” and more info here), a small mixed-use proposal. Then at 8 pm, the new plan for long-stalled 4532 42nd SW (see the “packet” and more info here), a larger mixed-use proposal. The board will hear public comment on both projects, as per SOP. (Oregon/California)

‘PERCH’ DEVELOPMENT PROPOSAL @ ALKI COMMUNITY COUNCIL: 7 pm at Alki UCC, with an agenda including a briefing on the 1250 Alki SW “Perch” development proposal reported here back in May, plus announcements of the Keep Alki Safe” petition drive regarding SDOT’s SW Admiral Way Safety Project and a reminder that comments on Terminal 5 expansion are due soon. (6115 SW Hinds)

UNPLUGGED! Open-microphone event at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), 7-9 pm – details in our calendar listing. (5612 California SW)

BELLY-DANCING SHOWCASE: 7:30 pm at The Skylark, it’s the monthly Alauda belly-dancing showcase. Free, freeform, all ages. (3803 Delridge SW)

WHAT ELSE? See everything, and then some, on the full calendar.

Free food for kids this summer! Here’s where/how to find it

July 15, 2015 at 1:30 pm | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | 1 Comment

Maybe somebody in your family – or your neighborhood – could use this service this summer:

This summer, hundreds of sites across Washington State are providing free meals for kids and teens! Places like local high schools, elementary schools, community centers, parks and apartment complexes, will serve breakfast, lunch and snacks for kids under the age of 18. It is open to everyone!

There is no enrollment or registration is necessary. Meal times, and days of the week will vary among sites, along with the actual meals served. To find a Summer Meals site near you: Call 1-888-4FOOD-WA, visit parenthelp123.org or Text MEALS to 96859.

Listed below are some Summer Meals sites in the West Seattle neighborhood:

West Seattle Elementary
Through 7/31/15
M, T, W, TH, F
Breakfast: 8:30AM-8:55AM
Lunch: 12:00PM-12:25PM

High Point Community Center
Through 8/22/15
M, T, W, TH, F
Breakfast: 8:30AM-9:30AM
Lunch: 12:00PM-1:00PM

Sanislo Elementary
M, T, W, TH, F
Breakfast: 8:30AM – 8:50AM
Lunch: 11:45AM – 12:15PM

E.C. Hughes Playground
Through 8/21/15
M, T, W, TH, F
Lunch: 12:00PM- 1:00PM
Snack: 3:00PM-3:30PM

West Seattle Wednesday: 35th SW plan goes public; candidates; college prep; run; laugh; plus – fireworks

July 15, 2015 at 9:58 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | 1 Comment

(American Goldfinch – the Washington state bird! – photographed at Fauntleroy Park by Mark Wangerin)

Happy Wednesday! From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

LOW TIDE: Today’s low-low tide is again out to -1.8 feet, at 11:06 am, and you’ll find Seattle Aquarium volunteer beach naturalists at Constellation and Lincoln Parks 10 am-12:45 pm.

JAMTOWN HOWDY BAND: Your 3- to 8-year-old can be in the band – just show up at Delridge Library, 11:15 am-12:15 pm, as explained here. (5423 Delridge Way SW)

COWORKING MEETUP: Noon at West Seattle Office Junction (WSB sponsor), our area’s only coworking center. Even if you love solopreneurial work, telecommuting work, whatever form of nontraditional work you’re doing, get on out for a bit and swap ideas, inspiration, and stories. (6040 California SW)

COLLEGE PREP WORKSHOP: 4-5 pm at High Point Community Center, free workshop for youth looking ahead to the college-application process, as explained here. (6920 34th SW)

HIGH POINT MARKET GARDEN FARMSTAND: Also in HP, 4-7 pm, the weekly chance to buy organic produce within view of where it was grown! (32nd/Juneau)

CANDIDATES’ FORUM: 5:30 pm at South Seattle College (WSB sponsor)’s Brockey Center, your last chance for side-by-side comparisons of the District 1 City Council candidates before ballots start arriving, co-presented with the West Seattle Chamber of Commerce, focusing on questions about business, jobs, and education. (6000 16th SW)

RUN WITH WEST SEATTLE RUNNER: 6:15 pm, meet at West Seattle Runner (WSB sponsor) for a 3- or 6-mile run – details here. Free! (2743 California SW)

35TH SW PLAN: 7 pm at Neighborhood House’s High Point Center, be among the first to find out what SDOT is proposing to improve safety on 35th Avenue SW. (6400 Sylvan Way)

MORGAN COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION: 7 pm at The Kenney (WSB sponsor), be there for another infopacked quarterly MoCA meeting – here’s our preview with the agenda. (7125 Fauntleroy Way SW)

DELRIDGE GROCERY COOPERATIVE: Got ideas to get the word out about the “Delridge food revolution”? Come to Delridge Grocery Coop‘s public forum tonight, 6:30 pm, at Southwest Youth and Family Services. (4555 Delridge Way SW)

COMEDY NIGHT: Laugh It Off! with a big slate of comics at Feedback Lounge, 8 pm. (6451 California SW)

JUBILEE DAYS FIREWORKS: At dusk, a big professional fireworks show from Steve Cox Memorial Park kicks off the White Center Jubilee Days festival. Even if you’re not going, you might hear it from here. (14th SW/SW 102nd)

From beach to signal to space: Your West Seattle Tuesday options

July 14, 2015 at 10:14 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | 1 Comment

Check out the sea lion hitching a ride on a southbound ship between West Seattle and Blake Island on Monday! The photo, just texted to us, was taken from a tugboat escorting the ship; the texter says the ship was traveling very slowly and that the sea lion eventually jumped back into Puget Sound, no harm done. Thanks for the photo – editor@westseattleblog.com or 206-293-6302 any time.

Jumping into Tuesday, (mostly) on land:

LOW-LOW TIDE, WITH BEACH NATURALISTS: Today’s low tide is -1.8 feet at 10:26 am, and Seattle Aquarium volunteer beach naturalists are out until noon at Constellation and Lincoln Parks.

OPENING RECEPTION AT SSC:Sightseeing through the Eyes of Northwest Landscape Artists” is the new exhibit at the South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) gallery; its opening reception is noon-2 pm today – more info in our calendar listing. (6000 16th SW)

PORT COMMISSION: At the commission’s public meeting at 1 pm today at Pier 69 on the downtown waterfront, the agenda includes an item related to the modernization project for Terminal 5 in West Seattle, authorizing the Port’s CEO to spend $5 million more “test piles.” Details are linked from the agenda. (2711 Alaskan Way)

KALEIDOSCOPE PLAY-AND-LEARN: 1:30-3 pm at High Point Library, for kids 3-5 – explained here. (35th/Raymond)

PLUTOPALOOZA PHONE HOME! Also at High Point Library, today’s the day – the New Horizons spacecraft will “phone home” after its historic Pluto flyby, and that’s expected around 6 pm – this event with West Seattle’s own NASA Solar System Ambassador Alice Enevoldsen includes activities for kids (added: she’s prepping them now!) …

… as well as information for all ages while the “phone home” moment is awaited. (35th/Raymond)

TRAFFIC SIGNAL COMPLETION CELEBRATION: As previewed last week, the Admiral Neighborhood Association and SDOT are hosting a 6:30 pm event to commemorate the completion of the 47th/Admiral/Waite traffic signal/crosswalks project. (SW corner of 47th/Admiral)

JUNCTION NEIGHBORHOOD ORGANIZATION: 6:30 pm at the Senior Center of West Seattle – see the agenda in our earlier preview. (Oregon/California)

CONCERT IN THE PARK: 7 pm on the east lawn at Hiawatha Community Center, enjoy the West Seattle Big Band‘s annual Hi-Yu Concert in the Park – free; BYO chair/blanket – and come cheer as WSBB’s longtime director Donn Weaver receives the Orville Rummel Trophy for Outstanding Community Service in advance of this Saturday’s West Seattle Grand Parade. (2700 California SW)

ADMIRAL NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION: Because of the traffic-signal event mentioned above, ANA’s regular 7 pm meeting will be at a different location, Alki Mail and Dispatch. (47th/Admiral)

FAUNTLEROY COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION: 7 pm FCA board business meeting – all welcome – at the Fauntleroy Schoolhouse board room. (9131 California SW)

EVEN MORE HAPPENING TODAY/TONIGHT … see for yourself on our calendar!

Four options for your West Seattle Monday, morning to night

July 13, 2015 at 10:30 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | Comments Off

(Photo by Flickr member alextutu1821, shared via the WSB Flickr group)

Highlights from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar for today/tonight:

OPEN-HIVE DEMONSTRATION: 11 am at the West Seattle Bee Garden on the north side of High Point Commons Park – details in our calendar listing. If you didn’t see this in time, or couldn’t make it today, the listing has other upcoming dates for this demo! (31st/Graham)

MEMORY-LOSS CAREGIVERS/FRIENDS/FAMILY SUPPORT GROUP: 1:30-3 pm, it’s this group’s twice-monthly meeting at Providence Mount St. Vincent. (4831 35th SW)

PLANT-ID HIKE WITH NATURE CONSORTIUM: 6:30 pm tonight, it’s your chance to learn about “Plant Identification in Urban Forests.” Free, but please register ASAP to RSVP – details are in our calendar listing. The hike starts from Pigeon Point Park. (1901 SW Genesee)

EVENING BOOK GROUPS: 6:45 pm at both Southwest (35th/Henderson) and West Seattle (Admiral) (2306 42nd SW) Libraries. Southwest is reading “The Orchardist” by Amanda Coplin this month; at Admiral, the July book is “The Art of Fielding” by Chad Harbach.

West Seattle Sunday: Summer Fest day 3; semi-retro Farmers’ Market; museum; lighthouse; more

July 12, 2015 at 7:56 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | Comments Off

Good morning and happy Sunday!

This is it for West Seattle Summer Fest – the third of three days for the street festival in the heart of The Junction. The basics:

11 am-5 pm for vendors
11 am-5 pm for kids’ rides (ticket purchase required)
11 am-5 pm for free kids’ activities
11 am-5 pm, events on the GreenLife stage, starting with info about organics, then a cooking demo at noon and a full afternoon slate including The Whale Trail at 3
1 pm, first band (The Solvents); 4 pm, last band (Sick Sad World) – see the full schedule here

Also happening in West Seattle today:

MINI “STP” BIKE RIDE: 9:30 am, as previewed here, meet at Hamilton Viewpoint Park to join in the third annual “Mini STP” – concurrent with the “big” Seattle To Portland ride – this one travels between SW Seattle St. in North Admiral and SW Portland St. in Gatewood, and on to Summer Fest. All ages welcome.

WEST SEATTLE FARMERS’ MARKET: 10 am-2 pm today, you’ll find it where it was before its mid-June move into the street – in the lot on the southeast corner of 44th/Alaska – just this one “retro” time, because of Summer Fest, and then next weekend it’s back in the street.

LOG HOUSE MUSEUM REOPENS: Regular hours today at the home of West Seattle’s history, noon-4 pm. (61st/Stevens)

ALKI LIGHTHOUSE TOURS: The summer tour dates go by fast – snag the chance to visit the historic lighthouse on Alki Point 1-4 pm (last tour starts at 3:40 pm) – details in our calendar listing. (3201 Alki SW)

SEATTLE GREEN SPACES COALITION: 3 pm meeting at Delridge Library. (5423 Delridge Way SW)

West Seattle Saturday: Summer Fest day 2; urban-farm tour; more!

July 11, 2015 at 7:50 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | Comments Off

West Seattle Summer Fest is the star of the show again today – this is the second of three days for the street festival in the heart of The Junction:

10 am-6 pm for vendors (some might choose to stay open longer, especially food)
10 am-8 pm for kids’ rides (ticket purchase required; free kids’ activities end earlier)
11 am, first band (Sisters); 9:30 pm, last band (The Cave Singers) – full schedule here
11 am-9 pm events on the GreenLife stage (including 2 pm City Council District 1 forum)

Bus-reroute info here
Road closures – California from Oregon to Edmunds, plus south half of the block between Genesee and Oregon (which remains open west-east); Alaska between 44th and 42nd
Parking – Look for The Junction’s three free lots, plus the Seattle Lutheran lot at 41st/Genesee
More info on the festival website’s “Getting Here” page

Also happening today/tonight in West Seattle:

URBAN FARM AND CHICKEN COOP TOUR: Four West Seattle sites are part of this citywide tour, and one of them is an award-winner, as previewed here Thursday. It’s a self-guided tour, presented by Seattle Tilth, with the sites open 10 am-4 pm; buy tickets online and you’ll get a digital version of the map.

iPAD READING SUGGESTIONS: Stop by Southwest Library 10:30-11:30 for this class about using your iPad to read – details here. (35th/Henderson)

PLANT SALE: At the South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) Garden Center, 11 am-3 pm, 50 percent off! North side of campus. (6000 16th SW)

FOOD AND WINE SUMMER SOCIAL: Join the Nature Consortium at the Northwest Wine Academy on the north side of the South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) campus, 1-3 pm – with Blue Willow Catering (WSB sponsor) providing appetizers and treats! – details here, including how to RSVP. (6000 16th SW)

ALKI LIGHTHOUSE TOURS: Visit the historic lighthouse on Alki Point 1-4 pm (last tour starts at 3:40 pm) – details in our calendar listing. (3201 Alki SW)

IN ALL HONESTY: Live music @ C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor) 7-9 pm. (5612 California SW)

BAD NEWS BOTANISTS: 9 pm, live music @ Feedback Lounge. (6451 California SW)

Two closures of note today:

LOG HOUSE MUSEUM: Closed today because Southwest Seattle Historical Society volunteers are at West Seattle Summer Fest instead. Come see them in the Info Booth with us; take a survey, bring your kid(s) to guess the number of Lincoln Logs in their jar.

COLMAN POOL: Final day of this summer’s first swim-meet closure; the pool on the shore at Lincoln Park will reopen to the public tomorrow. (One more closure is planned next Friday/Saturday, July 17-18.)

West Seattle Friday: Summer Fest Day 1; Shakespeare; more!

July 10, 2015 at 9:04 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | Comments Off

(SDOT camera looking south on California from Alaska)

Day 1 of West Seattle Summer Fest starts in The Junction at 10 am. Quick links:

SUMMER FEST MUSIC (first band, Gibraltar, at 3 pm)
SUMMER FEST VENDOR MAP (cross-reference the numbers from the list)

We’ll be reporting live throughout the day and into the evening – and covering other major news too – but first, a quick look at what else is on the calendar:

COLMAN POOL CLOSED AGAIN TODAY: Second day of the three-day swim-meet closure for the city-run outdoor pool at Lincoln Park.

FREE CLASS FOR EXPECTANT PARENTS: 1-2 pm, “Choosing the Best Place to Give Birth.” Hosted by My Three Little Birds in Morgan Junction. (6959 California SW)

(added) WORDS, WRITERS, WEST SEATTLE: 5-7 pm at Barnes & Noble/Westwood Village, Joe Gustav talks about his book “In Deep: The History of Global Diving and Salvage”:

WWWS is presented as always by the Southwest Seattle Historical Society. (2800 SW Barton)

FREE SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARK: 7 pm at High Point Commons Park, Greenstage presents “Two Gentlemen of Verona.” Details here.

DREW MARTIN @ C & P: Live music at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), 7-9 pm. (5612 California SW)

MOVIES IN THE PARK: West Seattle Church of the Nazarene invites the community to outdoor-movie screenings in its “park” south of the church. Tonight: “McFarland, USA.” Hot dogs, popcorn, soda provided; BYO chair/blanket. Movie starts at sundown. Details in our calendar listing. (42nd/Juneau)

West Seattle Wednesday: Park; puppets; pop-up art; politics…

July 8, 2015 at 9:41 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | Comments Off

From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

(Tuesday WSB photo: Part of “Flyers” at Westcrest Park; play equipment in the background)

WESTCREST PARK EXPANSION OFFICIALLY OPENS: As previewed here yesterday. Have fun!

OFFICE JUNCTION MEETUP: Noon-1 pm, visit West Seattle Office Junction (WSB sponsor) to meet your fellow home-office, coffee-shop, laptop-at-the-beach workers for an hour at West Seattle’s only coworking center. (6040 California SW)

LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD: 2 pm at Delridge Community Center, Thistle Theatre “transforms a classic tale into a funny musical puppet show.” (4501 Delridge Way SW)

HIGH POINT MARKET GARDEN FARM STAND: Week 3 – buy organic vegetables grown steps from where they’re sold! 4-7 pm; more info in our calendar listing. (32nd/Juneau)

POP-UP ART ACTIVITIES: Kids up to 12 years of age are invited (must be accompanied by an adult), 4:30-6:30 pm at High Point Commons Park – details in our calendar listing. (6400 Sylvan Way)

34TH DISTRICT DEMOCRATS: Meeting at the Hall at Fauntleroy starts with PCO training at 6:30 pm. The 7 pm agenda, including a legislative update from Sen. Sharon Nelson and Reps. Eileen Cody and Joe Fitzgibbon, is on this page of the 34th DDs’ website. (9131 California SW)

FILM & BEER NIGHT: 8 pm at Admiral Bird, partnering with New Belgium Brewerydetails here. (California/Admiral)

MORE! on our calendar, as always.

West Seattle Tuesday: From the walls to the wheels to the water…

July 7, 2015 at 9:00 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | 2 Comments

(Mom Northern Flicker feeds son – photo by Mark Wangerin)

Happy Tuesday! From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

ART EXHIBIT OPENS AT SSC: “Sightseeing through the Eyes of Northwest Artists” is the new exhibit at South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) Gallery, opening today (gallery hours until 3 pm), with a reception next Tuesday. Details in our calendar listing. (6000 16th SW)

BIKEMOBILE BIKE REPAIRS: The Bike Works truck is back in the lot behind Neighborhood House’s High Point Center 1:30-4 pm, where it’s scheduled to be every Tuesday until September – read here about its mission. (6400 Sylvan Way)

WEEKLY DEMO & PADDLE RACE: Paddleboarding and kayaking @ Alki Kayak Tours, 6-8 pm demos, 7 pm races, no preregistration required. (1660 Harbor SW)

‘DRINKING LIBERALLY’: Talk politics with this group at Pizzeria 22 during the monthly meetup, 6-7:30 pm – details in our calendar listing. (4213 SW College)

SEE IT ALL! Browse all the listings for today and beyond on our calendar.

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