West Seattle Tuesday: A view from space, plus what’s up down here

September 30, 2014 at 10:43 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | 19 Comments


Thanks to Brigitte for pointing out that September 6th photo shared by NASA as “Picture of the Day” today – a September 6th view of West Seattle from space! (Click the photo for larger, zoomable view that also includes more of the Seattle area.) Back here on earth, here are a few calendar highlights for today:

QUILT SHOW AND LUNCH: Senior Center of West Seattle invites you to lunch at 11:45 am, quilt show at 12:30 pm, details in our calendar listing.

DROP-IN CHESS: For kids and teens. 4 pm at High Point Branch Library. (35th/Raymond)

MEDITATION: The new West Seattle Shambhala Meditation group meets at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, 6:20 pm, details here.

NIGHTLIFE: Seven listings on the calendar for tonight – bingo, karaoke, live music, trivia.

West Seattle Monday: SHA rent-change meeting, and more

September 29, 2014 at 9:22 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | 2 Comments

(Photo by Mark Wangerin: Double-crested cormorant snacking on a saddleback gunnel)
From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

COUNCIL TO HEAR ABOUT ‘CONSERVATION DISTRICTS’: As previewed here last night, it’s the second item on this morning’s City Council agenda, expected around 10 am; live on Seattle Channel if you’re not at City Hall.

‘BEING HUMAN’ OPENING RECEPTION: Meet guest curator Kathy Liao (of Seattle University) at today’s noon-2 pm opening reception for the new “Being Human” exhibit at South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) Art Gallery. (6000 16th SW)

HOUSING AUTHORITY RENT-PROPOSAL MEETING: The citywide controversy over the Seattle Housing Authority‘s “Stepping Forward” rent-increase proposal comes to High Point tonight, 6 pm, High Point Community Center. (6920 34th SW)

BENEFIT FOR ‘COLTON’S ARMY’: Live comedy and music at the Skylark tonight, 6:45 pm (doors open at 6), benefiting a fund set up for 14-year-old cancer patient Colton Matter and leukemia research. Tickets/details here. (3803 Delridge Way SW)

DUWAMISH OIL SPILL PLAN: Not in West Seattle, but it’s about the river that runs past us: A state Department of Ecology public workshop to talk about developing a geographic spill-response plan for the Duwamish and Green Rivers. 7-8 pm at Green River Community College‘s Glacier Room. (12401 SE 320th, Auburn)

SPEAKING OF THE DUWAMISH RIVER … today’s the deadline to get your initial idea (doesn’t have to be a fully developed proposal at this stage) in for Duwamish Revealedhere’s our original story explaining it. (10:48 am update: Thanks to commenter AIDM that this project has updated its website to extend the deadline to October 15th!)

9+ ways to spend part of your partly sunny West Seattle Sunday

September 28, 2014 at 9:45 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | No Comments

(Photo tweeted by Christine Dorfer)
Quieter calendar today – but still some options to add to whatever you have planned for the first Sunday of fall:

FALL FRESHNESS: 10 am-2 pm, see what’s new at the West Seattle Farmers’ Market. (44th/Alaska)

BACKYARD RAINGARDEN! Or front yard. Or side yard. Or maybe a cistern. Through the RainWise program (WSB sponsor), you might be able to get a rebate covering all or most of the cost for one. But figuring out how might be a bit daunting – so here’s an easy way to get your questions answered – RainWise is at the “Raingarden Festival” this afternoon at West Seattle Nursery, 1-4 pm. (California/Brandon)

‘KEEP HIGH POINT GREEN’: 2-4 pm, community-organized event to plant shrubs/flowers by Neighborhood House’s High Point Center, and get to know your neighbors. (6400 Sylvan Way)

BENEFIT AUCTION: Vinyl records donated by Easy Street will be auctioned off at Feedback Lounge (WSB sponsor) starting at 2 pm, to benefit Animal Aid and Rescue Foundation. (6451 California SW)

BAND OF LOVERS: 3-5 pm at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), you’ll see/hear this indie folk/rock duo, live. (5612 California SW)

‘THE MOUNTAINTOP’ MATINEE: No football game today – perfect day for theater instead. 3 pm at ArtsWest (WSB sponsor), which promises “your heart will be touched and your soul stirred.” (4711 California SW)

FREE CHOCOLATE TASTING: 4 pm at X-Gym – stop by and try! (3213 Harbor SW)

ALL-AGES OPEN MICROPHONE: Starts at 4 pm (signups at 3), at the Skylark. (3803 Delridge Way SW)

GOING OUT TONIGHT? See some of your options here.

West Seattle Saturday: 10 highlights for today/tonight

September 27, 2014 at 6:30 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | 6 Comments

(Great blue heron, photographed by Mark Wangerin)
Happy Saturday! While the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar has today’s full list, here are some highlights of what’s ahead:

LONGFELLOW CREEK TRAIL BILINGUAL BIKE RIDE: 9 am, come to the baseball fields by Roxhill Elementary to join this English/Spanish tour led by two teachers from Denny International Middle School – our preview has more info, here. (30th/Roxbury)

WALK ‘N’ ROLL: The annual event in honor of National Ataxia Awareness Day starts from the Alki Beach Promenade – registration 9 am, walk/roll at 10 am, registration is by donation – and heads to Luna/Anchor Park and back (or smaller loops if you prefer). More info here. (61st/Alki)

MONSTER DASH REGISTRATION PARTY! 10 am-2 pm, go to West Seattle Runner (WSB sponsor) and sign up for the October 25th West Seattle Monster Dash at a discount off the online fee – plus, get a 10 percent discount on WSR in-store purchases while you’re there. Even more info here. (California/Charlestown)

DRUG TAKE-BACK DAY: 10 am-2 pm, take your unwanted/unneeded/expired prescription drugs to the Southwest Precinct during the twice-yearly Drug Take-Back Day. They’ll be disposed of safely, no questions asked. (Delridge/Webster)

FOOD BANK DAY OF CONCERN: 11 am-5 pm, donate to the West Seattle Food Bank during the “Mayor’s Day of Concern for the Hungry” food drive today. You’ll find WSFB reps at Metropolitan Market (WSB sponsor), along with info on what they need most. (42nd/Admiral)

NATURE CONSORTIUM COMMUNITY PICNIC: 11 am-2 pm, you bring the picnic, the Nature Consortium has the fun, and games, and hikes, all in West Seattle’s own West Duwamish Greenbelt. Details here. (Entrance from SSC parking lot at 6000 16th SW)

CONFUCIUS INSTITUTE CULTURAL CELEBRATION: 1-4 pm at Chief Sealth International High School, a free, fun celebration of Chinese culture. Our preview includes the schedule. (2600 SW Thistle)

WRITING WORKSHOP: 2-4 pm, writer Kim Baker will lead you through a workshop on writing humor for kids – but you have to register, so call ASAP to see if there’s room! West Seattle (Admiral) Branch Library. (2306 42nd SW)

SOUTHWEST YOUTH AND FAMILY SERVICES GALA: 5:30-8:30 pm at The Hall at Fauntleroy, help SWYFS raise money to continue helping local youth and families. Dinner, auction, more. (9140 California SW)

NIGHTLIFE! Live music, theater, karaoke … see the listings here.

West Seattle Friday: WSHS homecoming; gardening; bowling; book signing; Rainbow Bingo; more…

September 26, 2014 at 9:40 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | No Comments


(Thanks to Jana for sharing a photo of the “scarecrow garden” in Admiral – click image for larger view)
The weekend is in view! Drier weather, too. Highlights from our updated-multiple-times-daily calendar:

PULCHRITUDINOUS RHODODENDRONS: That’s the theme of the afternoon presentation (1 pm) during the West Seattle Garden Club meeting that begins at 10 am at Daystar Retirement Village (WSB sponsor) – full agenda in our calendar listing. (2615 SW Barton)

BOWLING BENEFIT: 4-6 pm, Hope Lutheran School‘s Family Bowl-a-Rama takes over West Seattle Bowl in a fundraiser for middle-school enrichment. Details in our calendar listing – you can sign up in advance or just show up. (39th/Oregon)

‘FRESH PANTRY’: That’s the title of Amy Pennington‘s new recipes-and-more book, which she’s signing 4-6 pm at Metropolitan Market (WSB sponsor) in Admiral.

WEST SEATTLE HIGH SCHOOL HOMECOMING: As previewed here earlier this week, the night starts with the 7 pm game at Southwest Athletic Complex vs. Rainier Beach, including a band performance at halftime. After the game, the West Seattle Booster Club invites adult supporters to a “5th Quarter Rally” at Pecado Bueno in The Junction. (Game’s at 2601 SW Thistle)

‘LAS VEGAS’ RAINBOW BINGO: 7 pm at the Senior Center of West Seattle, it’s this month’s edition of Rainbow Bingo, with a “Las Vegas” theme. Doors open at 6 pm. Call ASAP to see if reservations are still available. (Oregon/California)

WATCH, THEN TALK: After tonight’s 7:30 pm performance of The Mountaintop” at ArtsWest (WSB sponsor), stay for a special event – a conversation about the production, with key players. (4711 California SW)

NIGHTLIFE X 8: That’s how many listings you’ll find on our calendar for tonight – live music from Alki to Admiral to Morgan Junction, and more.

West Seattle Thursday: WS High School PTSA; Transitional Resources celebration; Log House Museum ‘After Hours’; more

September 25, 2014 at 9:42 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | No Comments

In case you didn’t see it on WSB social-media channels last night (or if you did – an encore!), we wanted to share that here too – a photo texted to us, dubbed “Cloudzilla.” The clouds and accompanying rain have certainly been a factor again this morning, with road trouble. But as we move on with the day/night, here’s some of what’s ahead:

TODDLER STORY TIME: Don’t let the rainy-day blues get you and the little one(s) in your care – check out Toddler Story Time at High Point Branch Library, 11:30 am. (35th/Raymond)

CHAMBER AFTER-HOURS AT LOG HOUSE MUSEUM: 5:30-7:30 pm, the Southwest Seattle Historical Society hosts tonight’s West Seattle Chamber of Commerce After-Hours event at its Log House Museum. Our calendar listing has details on how to RSVP. (61st/Stevens)

(Wednesday sunset photo by JayDee)
TRANSITIONAL RESOURCES CELEBRATION: 6 pm at Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish Life Center, it’s a fun(draiser) for the West Seattle-based nonprofit that helps people living with mental-health challenges. Details in our calendar listing; if you don’t have your ticket yet, check to see if there’s still room. (35th/Myrtle)

LAST CHANCE* TO KAYAK THE DUWAMISH … with the Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition (*for this year’s Community Kayak Tour series). 6 pm, Duwamish Waterway Park in South Park. Reserve your spot through West Seattle’s own Alki Kayak Tours. Details here. (7900 10th Ave. S.)

WEST SEATTLE HIGH SCHOOL PTSA: Whatever your level of involvement with the school, be there! Here’s the announcement:

West Seattle High School’s first PTSA meeting for 2014 school year will be held at 7 pm in the WSHS School Library. We will have a student representative from Link Crew sharing about the program and how it helps transition new students to West Seattle HS. Meet our new assistant principal Garth Reeves, and hear from Principal Ruth Medsker regarding how the new school year is going, and what is in store for our school during the year. Trevor Leopold, the Athletic Director, will also attend to share how the fall sports programs are going. We hope to see all of you there.

Keep up with all the WSHS PTSA activities here. (3000 California SW)

NIGHTLIFE TONIGHT: Theater, music, karaoke – see our calendar for the listings.

West Seattle Wednesday: 2 community councils talk with SPD; final High Point farm stand; WS Land Use Committee; more

September 24, 2014 at 11:15 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | 4 Comments

(On the beach at Lincoln Park, photographed by Mark Ahlness, shared via WSB Flickr group)
From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar for today/tonight:

CO-WORKING MEETUP: Working at home today? In a coffee shop? Meet your fellow non-traditional workers at the West Seattle Office Junction (WSB sponsor) weekly co-working meetup, noon-1:15 pm. (6040 California SW)

FINAL FARM STAND FOR HIGH POINT MARKET GARDEN: 4-7 pm, this season’s last scheduled farm-stand sales day for the organic produce grown in the High Point Market Garden. (32nd/Juneau)

WEST SEATTLE TIMEBANK: 6-7 pm at Southwest Branch Library, new/prospective Timebank members are welcome to this month’s orientation event. (35th/Henderson)

WEST SEATTLE LAND USE COMMITTEE: 2nd meeting of the new group focused on peninsula-specific land-use/zoning/development issues. West Seattle Senior Center, 6:30 pm. Here’s our coverage of its first meeting. (Oregon/California)

LIVE/WORK IN SOUTH/SOUTHEAST WEST SEATTLE? CRIME/SAFETY CONCERNS? 7 pm tonight is your chance to bring them up directly with Seattle Police, at a special joint meeting of two West Seattle community councils representing much of the peninsula’s south/southeast areas, Highland Park Action Committee and Westwood-Roxhill-Arbor Heights CC. 6:30 pm potluck before the meeting, all welcome to that too! Highland Park Improvement Club. (12th/Holden)

LOTS MORE, INCLUDING NIGHTLIFE: Please browse the WSB calendar (updated multiple times daily/nightly) for the full list of what’s up today/tonight/beyond.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Watch out – wet Wednesday

September 24, 2014 at 6:12 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | 14 Comments

(WS bridge and Highway 99 views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
Good morning! With major rain for much of the night, that’ll be the big news for the morning commute. Other notes:

SCHOOL’S OUT EARLY: For Seattle Public Schools, it’s two-hour-early dismissal today.

TRANSPORTATION NEWS: Bus didn’t come? This might be why … Miss the Fauntleroy Boulevard open house? Here’s what you missedSDOT declares road-work season mostly over.

9:49 AM: As commenters are pointing out, traffic is, overall, terrible – and the rain has just hit downpour level again.

West Seattle Tuesday: Fauntleroy Boulevard ‘open house’; WSBWCN hears about ‘repeat offenders’; more

September 23, 2014 at 11:37 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | 12 Comments

(“Yarnbombed” bike corral in The Junction, photographed by Don Brubeck)
Two major meetings are part of our highlights from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

2-DAY CLOSURE FOR HARRY’S CHICKEN JOINT: The folks at Harry’s Chicken Joint (WSB sponsor) asked us to let you know that they are taking a two-day break, so they’ll be closed tonight/Wednesday night, back on Thursday, 4-8 pm (and remember, they’re open Sundays now, too).

(Added photo: First sunrise of fall, by Lise Thivierge)
LUAU/HAWAI’I-THEMED PARTY: Special event with a special menu and island music tonight at Salty’s on Alki (WSB sponsor) – details in our calendar listing; reservations required, so check to see if there’s still room. (1936 Harbor Ave. SW)

FAUNTLEROY BOULEVARD OPEN HOUSE: Years in the making, now in the design phase, the “Fauntleroy Boulevard” plan would bring major changes to Fauntleroy Way in The Triangle, from 35th SW to SW Alaska. At an open-house-format meeting tonight – 5 to 7 pm, drop in at any time, Senior Center of West Seattle – you can take a closer look at what’s planned so far and tell city reps what you think. (Oregon/California, enter on the north side and head upstairs)

REPEAT OFFENDERS – WHAT (IF ANYTHING) CAN BE DONE TO STOP THEM? We’ve reported on some of them – property-crime repeat offenders with countless victims. They get arrested, spend some time in prison, get out, and in many cases, start all over again. Now authorities say they have a new plan. Come hear about it directly from prosecutors at tonight’s West Seattle Block Watch Captains Network meeting, 6:30 pm at the Southwest Precinct. (Delridge/Webster)

NIGHTLIFE: Multiple listings on our calendar every night of the week – tonight, for example, you’ll find eight listings, including live music, open mike, bingo, karaoke, and trivia. See them all here.

P.S. – DOWNTOWN EVENT FEATURING YOUNG WEST SEATTLE WRITERS: If you are, or could be, downtown tonight, you have the chance to cheer for young writers from West Seattle and beyond. Here’s the announcement:

On Tuesday, September 23, the West Seattle community is invited to the Seattle Arts & Lectures’ Writers in the Schools Anthology Reading & Celebration. The Writers in the Schools Program (WITS) places professional local writers in public schools to develop writing skills and spark inspiration. Since 1994, the WITS program in the Seattle area has been helping students discover their own authentic voices. Featuring creative writing by students in last year’s program, this reading by 50 young authors will move the audience to tears, laughter, awe and wild applause.

This year’s anthology includes writing by Chief Sealth High School students Adam Krzeszowski, Shayla Pilarski, Isabella Renz and Harrison Robel; West Seattle High School students Abigail A. Alishio, Lucas Lavoie, Jackson Oehling and Michael Smith; and Lafayette Elementary School students Kenji Brown, Liam Bunting, Parker Campbell, Savannah Joy Faber, Elanor Gunlogson and Gavin Mountry. A number of these students will be among the featured readers.

The readings will take place in the Nordstrom Recital Hall at Benaroya Hall, beginning at 7 PM on September 23. The events are free and open to the public. The young authors will sign copies of the anthology, and a reception will follow, with sweets donated by Cupcake Royale.

West Seattle Monday: Fall equinox sunset watch; Highland Park Elementary PTA; ‘Monster Dash’ training run; more…

September 22, 2014 at 10:30 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | 2 Comments

(Great blue heron at Constellation Park – photos above and below are both by Gary Jones)
Highlights from the listings for today/tonight on the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

REMINDER – BOEING FIELD EMERGENCY DRILLS: All week long, as noted here last night.

BUDGET SPEECHES: Both King County Executive Dow Constantine and Mayor Ed Murray are formally presenting their budget proposals today, 11 am and 2 pm respectively. We’ll be reading the fine print looking for proposals of particular local interest.

‘BEING HUMAN’: As the new academic year begins at South Seattle College (WSB sponsor), a new exhibit, curated by Kathy Liao, opens in the SSC Art Gallery. Exhibit info is in our calendar listing. Gallery admission’s free, and the gallery is open 10 am-4 pm. (6000 16th SW)

‘CHAT WITH CHAS’: The next coffee chat with Chas Redmond, the only candidate actively campaigning so far for the West Seattle/South Park district City Council seat on next year’s ballot (David Ishii also has filed), 5-7 pm at Uptown Espresso in The Junction – informal drop-in. (California/Edmunds/Erskine)

DINE WITH HIGHLAND PARK ELEMENTARY PTA: From Holly:

Highland Park Elementary School is having the first PTA meeting of the school year from 5:30 – 7:30. The meeting will be held in the school cafeteria. A light dinner will be served starting at 5:30, with the meeting beginning a 6:00. Come share your thoughts about HPE: what you like about our school, as well as your hopes and dreams for our future. All are welcome!

(1012 SW Trenton)

WELCOME FALL @ ALICE’S EQUINOX SUNSET WATCH: Even if you’ve been to one of Alice Enevoldsen‘s equinox/solstice sunset watches before, you’ll notice three special features tonight – explained in her preview. Get to Solstice Park around 6:30; the actual sunset’s around 7 pm, and as a bonus, you could even hang around for the fall equinox to arrive at 7:29 pm. Solstice Park is on the slope behind the tennis courts across from north Lincoln Park. (7400 Fauntleroy Way SW)

TRAIN FOR THE ‘MONSTER DASH’: In advance of next month’s West Seattle Monster Dash, you’re invited to join training runs starting tonight at 6:30; meet in the south lot at Lincoln Park. (Fauntleroy/Cloverdale)

AND OF COURSE THERE’S MORE … for today, tonight, and beyond, on our calendar!

West Seattle Sunday: Options for your final day of summer

September 21, 2014 at 6:21 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | 3 Comments

(Sunrise glow photographed by John Westrock, shared via the WSB Flickr group)
With the fall equinox on Monday night (you’ll be at Alice‘s sunset watch, right?), today is the final full day of summer, and the weather is cooperating with the concept. As for what’s on the calendar:

FERRY SCHEDULE CHANGE: Washington State Ferries switches to its fall sailing schedule today. See it in PDF here.

RECYCLE ROUNDUP: 9 am-3 pm, if it’s on this list, you can bring it to Fauntleroy Church and drop it off with 1 Green Planet, during the year’s second and final Recycle Roundup, free! (9140 California SW)

LINCOLN PARK NEEDS YOU: Friends of Lincoln Park welcome your help with today’s work party, 9 am-noon. It’s a big, beautiful park with much to be done. Details in our calendar listing. (Fauntleroy/Rose)

WEST SEATTLE FARMERS’ MARKET: Year-round! See what’s new from the farms, the fields, the orchards (and the kitchens). 10 am-2 pm. (44th/Alaska)

TAILGATE IN HIGHLAND PARK: Before the Seahawks-Broncos rematch, tailgate at Highland Park Improvement Club – doors open 11 am, barbecuing 11:30 am, details on the HPIC website, go Hawks! (12th/Holden)

FREE TOMATO TASTING/TESTING: At Junction TrueValue, noon-3 pm, explained here. (44th/Edmunds)

COMMUNITY FESTIVAL: Noon-3 pm at High Point Community Center and adjoining Walt Hundley Playfield, Bethany Community Church is presenting a free (bring a nonperishable food donation) family festival with bouncy toys and more. Details in our calendar listing. (34th/Myrtle)

PET OWNERS’ DISASTER PREP: Got pet(s)? Make sure your disaster-preparedness plan takes them into account. Learn how at a free workshop, 1:30 pm at Southwest Branch Library; details in our calendar listing. (35th/Henderson)

STEVE GRIGGS ENSEMBLE PRESENTS A CUP OF JOE BRAZIL: 2 pm at West Seattle (Admiral) Library, a narration and music program about jazz saxophonist Joe Brazildetails here. (2306 42nd SW)

‘THE MOUNTAINTOP’ MATINEE: 3 pm at ArtsWest (WSB sponsor); tickets available online. (4711 California SW)

‘THE RUSSIANS’: Presented by Music Northwest, 3 pm at Olympic Recital Hall on the campus of South Seattle College (WSB sponsor), details here. (6000 16th SW)

TRIVIA NIGHT: Sunday night trivia with KJRW at West Seattle Brewing Company, 7:30 pm. (4415 Fauntleroy Way)

AND THERE’S EVEN MORE … for today, tonight, and beyond – on our calendar!

West Seattle Saturday: Parking-lot party for school safety; Mounted Patrol open house; WestFest; Lincoln Park mega-meet; more!

September 20, 2014 at 6:25 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | 3 Comments

(Flowers outside the White Center Food Bank, photographed on Friday)

Sunny, warm forecast for the first day of the last weekend of summer! Good thing, considering everything that’s on our calendar for West Seattle today/tonight, including these highlights:

MEGA-MEET AT LINCOLN PARK: The annual Sundodger Invitational cross-country meet for high-school and college runners is happening in Lincoln Park today, starting with packet pickup for athletes at 7:30 am and racing at 9 am – the expected schedule is in this doc, with the courses mapped here. This is a BIG event, so if you’re in the park area or thinking of heading there, keep this in mind. Also note, that doc says buses will be parking in the Chief Sealth IHS vicinity after dropping off racers. (8011 Fauntleroy Way SW)

HELP 2 SCHOOLS GET SAFER, WITH 1 ‘PARKING LOT PARTY’: People-power is needed to help with safety features and cleanup in the parking lot serving the Boren Building, home to K-5 STEM and Arbor Heights, so even if you can only drop in for a little bit, that can make a big difference. 8 am-noon; details here. (5950 Delridge Way SW)

SHOP SEAVIEW’S RUMMAGE SALE! 8 am-4:30 pm, Seaview United Methodist Church invites you to shop its big rummage sale – details in our calendar listing. (4620 SW Graham)

OFF THE BEACH AND INTO YOUR BUCKET: Bring a bucket and join Puget SoundKeeper Alliance for the International Coastal Cleanup Day event at Alki Beach, 9 am-noon. Check in at Statue of Liberty Plaza. (61st/Alki)

DRIKUNG SEATTLE OPEN HOUSE: This Tibetan Buddhist community invites you to visit on the first day of its new location for Saturday meetings, the Senior Center of West Seattle. 9:15 am-noon; more in our calendar listing. (Oregon/California)

WESTFEST AT HOLY ROSARY: 10 am-10 pm, it’s the second, final, and biggest day of the WestFest community festival at Holy Rosary School. Today starts with special Toddler Time events/features; you’ll find details, and today’s entire entertainment schedule, here, including a talent show, a chance to show off your pet, and more. (Various locations on campus at 42nd/Genesee)

LAST ‘DOG DAYS OF SUMMER’ SWIM SESSION: Last chance for your dog(s) to swim in the closed-to-humans-until-next-year Arbor Heights Swim and Tennis Club pool. Proceeds benefit youth at the club. Today’s session is 10 am-1 pm. Details are on the club website. (11003 31st SW)

FREE ‘LITTLE WING’: 11:30 am at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, the 4-to-6-year-old program at the new School of Rock is offering a free session, instruments provided – call to see if there’s still room. (4408 Delridge Way SW)

MEET THE MOUNTED PATROL UNIT: Horses and humans at the headquarters of the Seattle Police Mounted Patrol Unit, opening their doors for the second annual Open House, with the help of the Seattle Police Foundation. Noon-5 pm, with riding demonstrations planned at 1 and 4 pm, and free hot dogs promised; look for more details here. Alongside Westcrest Park. (9000 8th SW)

WHO’S AFRAID OF BLACK CATS? Not the folks at Kitty Harbor, which are featuring them in a special adoption event noon-5 pm; details here. (3400 Harbor SW)

‘MEN IN SONG’ RECITAL: Voice and piano, 7 pm at Westside Unitarian Universalist Congregation; details in our calendar listing. (7100 California SW)

GARY BENSON: Solo musician performing live at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor) – see our calendar listing. 7-9 pm. (5612 California SW)

‘AN EVENING WITH JAMES LEE STANLEY’: Tonight at Kenyon Hall, 7:30 pm. (7904 35th SW)

MLK’S LAST NIGHT, REIMAGINED … is how “The Mountaintop,” the current production at ArtsWest (WSB sponsor), is described. Curtain time tonight is 7:30 pm – see for yourself. (4711 California SW)

BURLESQUE & SIDESHOW … is some of what you’ll find in “Burly Broads & Beardo’s” at the Benbow Room, 8 pm; details in this Facebook event listing. (4210 SW Admiral Way)

MY SISTER’S MACHINE: Return of the 1989-1994 rockstars, in a show also featuring West Seattle’s own Bent Richard, 9 pm at Feedback Lounge (WSB sponsor) in Morgan Junction. (6451 California SW)

JUDE: Performing live at The Cask (WSB sponsor) in The Admiral District, 9 pm. (2350 California SW)

West Seattle Friday: Parklets; playdate; politics; final Farmstand; football; WestFest; much more…

September 19, 2014 at 9:54 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | 1 Comment

(West Seattle Bike Connections‘ PARKing Day parklet in The Junction, photo by Michael Oxman, who donated the trees)
From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar, for your Friday morning/afternoon/evening:

PARKing DAY: Two parklets in West Seattle, until 3 pm – The Junction (top photo) and Westwood Village – detailed in our preview. We’ll be visiting them later this morning. and two of the 50 temporary in-the-street mini-parks in the city will be in West Seattle, one in front of Husky Deli and Mashiko in The Junction, one in front of Wyatt’s Jewelers (WSB sponsor) in Westwood Village, both 9 am-3 pm. See the citywide map here.

MOPS REGISTRATION PLAYDATE: Returning member of MOPS (Mothers Of Pre-Schoolers) or interested in joining? 10:30 am registration playdate today at Ercolini Park – details in our calendar listing. (48th/Alaska)

CHAT WITH CHAS: Another coffee chat with Chas Redmond, the only candidate actively campaigning so far for the West Seattle/South Park district City Council seat on next year’s ballot (David Ishii also has filed), 11 am-1 pm at Pearls Tea and Coffee in North Delridge – informal drop-in. (4800 Delridge Way SW)

FILL THE BOOT: 1-6 pm, be on the lookout again for local firefighters helping collect donations for MDA’s fight against muscle disease, various locations.

FINAL FRIDAY FARMSTAND: 4:30-7:30 pm, one last time to buy farm-fresh produce on Delridge in a stand set up by volunteers working with the future Delridge Grocery co-op. (5435 Delridge Way SW)

‘DOG DAYS OF SUMMER’ CONTINUE: Fifth of six chances for your dog(s) to swim in the closed-to-humans-until-next-year Arbor Heights Swim and Tennis Club pool. It’s a fundraiser for youth at the club; details here. Today’s session is 5-7 pm. (11003 31st SW)

WESTFEST, NIGHT 1: Holy Rosary School‘s annual festival begins, 6-10 pm at the campus in The Junction. Details and entertainment schedule, in our preview. (42nd/Genesee)

STORIES FROM THE UKRAINIAN COMMUNITY: Trusted Advocates’ cultural-storytelling event features stories of Ukraine with Oleg Pynda. 6:30 pm at Seola Gardens. (11215 5th SW)

FREE MOVIE NIGHT AT HPIC: Doors at 6:30, movie at 7 at Highland Park Improvement Club – see our calendar listing for the movie hint and other details. (12th/Holden)

‘THE MOUNTAINTOP’: 7:30 pm at ArtsWest (WSB sponsor), the Northwest premiere of “The Mountaintop” continues, directed by Valerie Curtis-Newton. Buy your ticket(s) online, here. (4711 California SW)

‘BREAK OF NOON’ AT YOUNGSTOWN: ReAct Theatre presents the recent Broadway hit at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, 8 pm – details in our calendar listing. (4408 Delridge Way SW)

HIGH-SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Chief Sealth International High School is home tonight, at SW Athletic Complex, 7 pm, hosting Nathan Hale; West Seattle High School is on the road vs. Garfield at Memorial Stadium downtown, 5 pm.

NIGHTLIFE: Lots of live music, karaoke, and more – browse the listings on our calendar page!

Getting your postal mail in the evening in West Seattle lately? Here’s why

September 18, 2014 at 11:56 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | 57 Comments

(WSB photo: Westwood Village post office)
By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

Last night, our U.S. Postal Service mail arrived at 6:30 pm. A few nights earlier, it arrived after 8 pm. Several WSB readers have e-mailed mentioning the same thing, and wondering why they’re getting deliveries so much later than before. Today, we have the answer. Our inquiry to the regional media-relations rep was referred to a USPS supervisor who’s been working out of the Junction Post Office branch, Janet Doyle, who had all the answers, plus a few datapoints we hadn’t heard before:

Click to read the rest of Getting your postal mail in the evening in West Seattle lately? Here’s why…

Six possibilities for the rest of your West Seattle Thursday

September 18, 2014 at 10:33 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | No Comments

(River otter near Jack Block Park – yes, ours are ‘river’ otters, even in salt water! Photo by Mark Wangerin)
We’re diving right into Thursday! First, please remember, what we spotlight on these daily lineups is only part of what’s on the calendar for any given day/night, and you can always browse ahead at westseattleblog.com/events (or click the CALENDAR tab on any WSB page):

FIREFIGHTERS ASK YOU TO HELP ‘FILL THE BOOT’: 1-6 pm today and tomorrow, West Seattle firefighters will be part of the annual fundraiser for MDA. Our preview includes the locations where you’re likely to see them.

‘HEALTH AND HARVEST’ AT THE COMMUNITY ORCHARD: This weekly session at the Community Orchard of West Seattle – ever been there? – is part work party, part tour, part Q/A; details are in our calendar listing. 5-7 pm, north end of the SSC campus on Puget Ridge. (6000 16th SW)

ARBOR HEIGHTS PTA MEETING/BACK-TO-SCHOOL BARBECUE: 6 pm, back-to-school barbecue, followed by the first PTA meeting of the year at 7 pm, all at Arbor Heights Elementary‘s interim location at the Boren Building. (5950 Delridge Way SW)

ALKI COMMUNITY COUNCIL: 7 pm at Alki UCC, with topics including potential development in the purview of the city’s Shoreline Master Plan and feedback on the Southwest Precinct’s proposed neighborhood-policing plan for the Alki area. (62nd/Hinds)

UNPLUGGED! Musicians and singers welcome for the monthly non-amplified open-microphone session hosted by the Seattle Classic Guitar Society at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), 7 pm. (5612 California SW)

‘THE MOUNTAINTOP’: Second week of performances at ArtsWest (WSB sponsor) for the Northwest premiere of award-winning “The Mountaintop,” which re-imagines the last night in the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (4711 California SW)

EVERYTHING ELSE … is on the calendar!

Six highlights for the rest of your West Seattle Wednesday

September 17, 2014 at 1:55 pm | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | 5 Comments

Six things to mention before the day gets much further along:

ARTHRITIS FUNDRAISER @ MASSAGE ENVY: Today’s the biggest day of Massage Envy (WSB sponsor) multi-week fundraiser for the Arthritis Foundation – $10 from any hour-long massage or facial goes to the AF. Details in our calendar listing. (2513 SW Trenton)

DOGS-IN-THE-POOL WEEK CONTINUES: Just ask Willis (whose person texted us the photo below). It’s fun!

5-7 pm at Arbor Heights Swim and Tennis Club, the third of six sessions for dogs only/no people, except, you do have to stay at the pool while your pup’s in it. Fundraiser for the club’s teams. Details in our calendar listing. (11003 31st SW)

NUTRITION NIGHT GROUP RUN: Nutrition info & Power Bar samples before a group run from West Seattle Runner (WSB sponsor), 6:30 pm. (California/Charlestown)

DELRIDGE DISTRICT COUNCIL HOSTS PORT, CITY COUNCIL, SDOT: Port Commissioner Courtney Gregoire, City Councilmember Tom Rasmussen, and newly confirmed SDOT director Scott Kubly are the guests – in that order, per the agenda – at tonight’s Delridge Neighborhoods District Council, 7 pm at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center. Got a question? Bring it! (4408 Delridge Way SW)

WORDSWEST LITERARY SERIES DEBUTS: 7 pm at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), a new writer-organized, writer-spotlighting series debuts, WordsWest (as previewed here) – more info in our calendar listing. (5612 California SW)

NIGHTLIFE: Theater, comedy, bingo, karaoke, trivia, open microphone, all in tonight’s listings!

West Seattle Tuesday: ‘Fauntleroy Boulevard’ briefing at JuNO; Gatewood PTA; nightlife; more…

September 16, 2014 at 9:00 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | 2 Comments

(Monday sunset photo by James Bratsanos)
With the clouds returning, we might not see much of a sunset tonight – so we’re sharing photos received after last night’s show! They’re interspersed with today/tonight highlights ahead from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

TODDLER STORY TIME: 10:30 am at West Seattle (Admiral) Branch Library, bring the 2- and 3-year-olds for stories, songs, and rhymes. Free. (2306 42nd SW)

(Monday sunset photo by Jeff Johnson)
‘DOG DAYS OF SUMMER’: Second of six days in which dogs are welcome to swim in the closed-to-humans-until-next-year Arbor Heights Swim and Tennis Club pool. It’s a fundraiser for youth at the club; details here. 5-7 pm today. (11003 31st SW)

CHAT WITH CHAS: The first City Council candidate actively campaigning for the new West Seattle/South Park district-elected seat, Chas Redmond, continues his open-format community conversations – all listed on his website – 5-7 pm at Westwood Village Starbucks. (9023 25th SW)

YMCA EXPANSION Q/A MEETING: Another chance to meet with reps from the West Seattle YMCA (WSB sponsor) to talk about announced its recently announced expansion plan – second of three Q/A meetings open to the community at large as well as members, 6-7 pm, at the Y’s “Studio 5.” (4518 Fauntleroy Way SW)

GATEWOOD ELEMENTARY PTA: 6:30 pm tonight in the Gatewood Elementary lunchroom, first PTA meeting of the year, including officer elections. (4320 SW Myrtle)

(Monday sunset photo by Lynn Hall)
FAUNTLEROY BOULEVARD, MORE @ JUNO: Junction Neighborhood Organization meets tonight, 6:30 pm at the Senior Center of West Seattle. Key agenda items from director René Commons:

We are excited to announce project leaders from the Fauntleroy Way SW Boulevard Project Team will be presenting the first half of the meeting. The second half of the meeting, we will have two Commissioners from the Seattle Design Commission informing us on walkshed technology and opportunities to improve our community.

Commissioners Luis Borrero and Jeanne Krikawa, Seattle Planning Commission – walkshed technology and applications in the Alaska Junction

Design Team Members Therese Casper and Mike Hendrix, Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) – brief of early design work for the Fauntleroy Way SW Boulevard Project, an improvement project along Fauntleroy Way SW between SW Alaska St. and 35th Ave. SW.

All welcome. (Oregon/California)

ALAUDA’S 5TH ANNIVERSARY SHOW: Five years of bellydancing, celebrated at this month’s showcase, 7 pm at Skylark. (3803 Delridge Way SW)

MORE NIGHTLIFE OPTIONS: Music, trivia, bingo, karaoke – see the listings on our calendar!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

NIGHTLIFE! See the listings here.

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

September 14, 2014 at 9:47 pm | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | 33 Comments

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

More than a dozen ways to enjoy your West Seattle Saturday

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

(Friday’s sunset, by John Hinkey)

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

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

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

Bake sale too! (9140 California SW)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

MORE TO SEE AND DO … just check our calendar.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

See the full agenda here. (9131 California SW)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

September 8, 2014 at 9:04 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | Comments Off

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

*Election of the 2014-15 board members

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

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

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

(California/Hanford)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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