West Seattle, Washington
Look closely at Don Brubeck‘s photo and you’ll see seven Great Blue Herons fishing on the Duwamish River. Getting ready for some fishing yourself? Or other holiday activities? Before we get to the Memorial Day weekend, here are highlights from the calendar for today/tonight:
FREE KINDERMUSIK: 1 pm at My Three Little Birds (WSB sponsor) in south Morgan Junction, bring the little one(s) for free Kindermusik today! (6959 California SW)
SOUND TRANSIT 3: 1:30 pm at the Sound Transit board room downtown, the ST board will talk about possible changes to the draft ST3 plan, which currently calls for light rail to West Seattle in 2033, before voting on the final ballot measure next week. Here’s the agenda; we plan to be there and will bring you as-it-happens updates on whether any changes are proposed for the West Seattle part of the 25-year plan. (401 S. Jackson)
COMMUNITY CANNABIS CONVERSATION: 2-4 pm, a chat about cannabis, geared toward seniors with questions, as explained in our calendar listing, at the Senior Center of West Seattle. (SW Oregon/California SW)
BETWEEN 11 AND 25? Vote ASAP in the Youth Voice, Youth Choice “participatory budgeting” that the city’s trying out this year! One easy way to do it – go see volunteer Nancy Folsom at Delridge Skatepark, 3:30 pm-5 pm. Details in our report from earlier this week, which has the online-voting link too. (Delridge Way SW/SW Genesee)
TASTE OF WEST SEATTLE: The 11th annual eat-and-drink benefit for West Seattle Helpline tonight is sold out – so this is just a reminder, if you’re among the ticketholders, or if you pass by The Hall at Fauntleroy and wonder what the big crowd is about. It starts with VIP admission at 6 pm, general admission at 6:30 pm. (9131 California SW)
T-5 DRAFT EIS @ TRANSPORTATION COALITION: 6:30 pm, the West Seattle Transportation Coalition meets at Neighborhood House’s High Point Center, with two major agenda items: NW Seaport Alliance deputy CEO Kurt Beckett talks about the Terminal 5 Draft Environmental Impact Statement that’s now awaiting your comments, plus, WSTC board elections – four spots with one candidate each, two spots with no candidates, so they’re looking for people to serve. (6400 Sylvan Way SW)
THAT’S JUST THE START … find many more listings for today, tonight, and beyond, on our complete calendar.
Today’s spotlight photo is courtesy of Don Brubeck, who explains, “Bike riders were detouring around some heavy traffic at Terminal 18 (Tuesday) afternoon. Did not hear any honking.” Whether you’re going by bike, bus, car, feet … or wings! … here are half a dozen highlights for the rest of today/tonight, from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:
ENTREPRENEUR MEETUP: Got your own business, or working on an idea for one? Join today’s Entrepreneur Meetup, noon-1:15 pm, at West Seattle Office Junction (WSB sponsor). Just drop in, and bring your lunch if you want to. (6040 California SW)
VIETNAMESE COMMUNITY TEA TIME: 1-3 pm at Greenbridge Community Center. Host Tram Chung says, “Please come to meet with friends, exchange information, storytelling, entertainment, singing, and planning for the future meetings. We can help with language support (translation/interpreter) or settle the bills such as electricity, water, cable TV, internet.” (9800 8th SW)
COMMUNITY WELLNESS AND PREVENTION INITIATIVE COALITION: 7 pm at Neighborhood House’s High Point Center, be part of the first meeting of this new coalition meant to help prevent youth substance abuse, as explained in our calendar listing. (6400 Sylvan Way SW)
HIGHLAND PARK ACTION COMMITTEE: 7 pm at Highland Park Improvement Club, with the agenda including a discussion of what’s next in the process of determining the Myers Way Parcels’ future (recent WSB coverage here and here), and info on what the Department of Neighborhoods is all about. (12th SW/SW Holden)
POEMS AND STORIES: 7 pm at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), the monthly Poetrybridge event features readings by Georgie Bright Kunkel and Cheryl Latif, as well as a community microphone. (5612 California SW)
Today’s photo is from Trileigh Tucker, who notes, “The Anna’s Hummingbird (top) is a year-around denizen of Seattle, so when the Rufous Hummingbird (bottom) shows up for summer residency, there’s much debate around territory!” As for what’s going on in your territory around the peninsula today/tonight – from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar and inbox:
LOW TIDE, WITH BEACH NATURALISTS: Today’s low tide – -1.5 feet at 1:15 pm – is a little lower than Monday, and Seattle Aquarium volunteer beach naturalists will again be out at Constellation Park and Lincoln Park, 10:30 am-1:30 pm.
BALLOT DROPOFF VANS: As reported here last night, tonight is the deadline to get your ballot in for the state’s presidential primary, and you can do that without a stamp by using a King County Elections dropoff van, 10 am-8 pm, West Seattle Stadium (4432 35th SW) or Greenbridge (9720 8th SW).
YOUTH VOICE, YOUTH CHOICE: As reported here on Monday, the city’s “participatory budgeting” experiment offers 11- to 25-year-olds the chance this week to vote on which projects they think should get a share of $700,000 in the next city budget. Today’s voting locations include Delridge Skatepark, where you’ll find community volunteer Nancy Folsom with ballots from about 3:30-5 pm. (Delridge/Genesee)
8923 FAUNTLEROY WAY’S FUTURE: 6:30 pm at The Hall at Fauntleroy, come hear about, and comment on, the proposal for a sort of swap involving a house and 35 feet of beachfront property north of Cove Park by the Fauntleroy Ferry Terminal. Neighbors say they’ve been told the proposal has changed regarding which city department might own it if the “swap” is made. Our previous reports are here, here, here, and here. (9131 California SW)
WEST SEATTLE BLOCK WATCH CAPTAINS NETWORK: WSBWCN meets at 6:30 pm at the Southwest Precinct:
What are your top-of-mind, Block Watch-related issues? Bring them to our meeting! It’s been a while since we’ve had open discussion as opposed to a full agenda at our monthly meeting. So this is your chance to discuss what happening in your neighborhood, ask for advice, share your advice, and get to know your fellow BW captains. Let’s take advantage of this! Two topics that have been raised so far both involve youth: One is how to engage youth to be involved in your Block Watch? And two, how to build awareness of summer safety issues without alarming them?
(2300 SW Webster)
FAMILY STORY TIME: 7 pm at Delridge Library. (5423 Delridge Way SW)
UNINCORPORATED AREA OPEN HOUSE: If you live in White Center or elsewhere in unincorporated North Highline, you’re invited to King County’s annual open house, 7-9 pm at Seola Gardens’ Providence Building – here’s the flyer. (11215 5th SW)
NIGHTLIFE! Music and karaoke are some of what you’ll find in these listings, on our complete calendar.
Our featured photo today is a Spotted Sandpiper, yet another beautiful bird photographed by Mark Wangerin, who explained: “Yesterday morning I went in search of a Kingfisher burrow along the banks of the Duwamish. After a while a pair of Spotted Sandpipers flew by. I made a ‘nest’ for myself in the bushes and waited, all told, for about 2 hours. Pairs came in “waves,” and freely fed right in front of me. What fun!” Speaking of fun, here’s YOUR chance to get out on the shore, first of our three highlighted calendar listings for today/tonight:
LOW TIDE, WITH BEACH NATURALISTS: Right now, it’s the first day of the year that Seattle Aquarium volunteer beach naturalists are out to help you learn about our shores during low tides. Today it’s out to -1.4 feet at 12:38 pm, so you’ll find the naturalists at Constellation Park (south of Alki Point) and Lincoln Park (near Colman Pool) from now until 1:30 pm – details in our calendar listing.
TINKERLAB COMMONS 6-7:30 pm at Delridge Library, drop in to check out “a weekly all-ages program that introduces science, technology, engineering and math concepts through play, experimentation, and discovery.” Tonight, stop-motion animation is the focus. Free, of course. (5423 Delridge Way SW)
TWILIGHT ZONE-A-THON: “Movie Monday” at Parliament Tavern in The Admiral District tonight features episodes of “The Twilight Zone” plus the movie. No cover. 7-11 pm. (4210 SW Admiral Way)
MUCH MORE … for today/tonight/beyond, on our complete calendar.
Good morning! What you need to know for your West Seattle Sunday:
TRAFFIC ALERTS: We have two today:
—West Seattle 5K (more on the run/walk below) closes Alki Avenue SW to motor-vehicle traffic for about three hours, approximately 8 am-11 am. Parking restrictions, too.
—Fauntleroy Expressway project resumes tonight, with another 9 pm-5 am closure of the west end of the West Seattle Bridge. We asked SDOT at the end of the week about a change in the announced detour pattern last week, and they confirm it will continue tonight: They are also re-replacing the seismic-cushion pads on an onramp, so the Avalon onramp to the eastbound bridge will be closed and they’ll be detouring traffic under the bridge to the onramp by Fire Station 36. Westbound, you’ll still have to exit by Delridge.
Now, on to what’s happening, from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:
WEST SEATTLE 5K: Not registered? It’s not too late! Last-minute signups for this run/walk benefiting West Seattle High School, with co-sponsors including WSB, start at 8 am near the start/finish line at 61st SW/Alki SW. Course goes to Anchor/Luna Park and back, in the street, which as mentioned above is closed for the occasion but will reopen once the course is cleared.
WEST SEATTLE FARMERS’ MARKET: 10 am-2 pm in The Junction. Last week, we noticed strawberries and lettuce had arrived. (California SW between Oregon and Alaska)
MEET ‘SEATTLE READS’ AUTHOR: Noon-1:30 pm at West Seattle (Admiral) Library, “come meet Karen Joy Fowler and join in a discussion with the writer and other readers about Fowler’s novel, ‘We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves’.” Free, but come early to get a space; meeting room will open at 11:30 am. (2306 42nd SW)
MOTHER/DAUGHTER TEA: 1-3 pm at Fauntleroy YMCA. (9140 California SW)
‘ALKI DAZE’ COSTUMED BIKE PARADE: Meet at 1:30 at 63rd/Alki, ride at 2, all welcome. Live music and bicycle parking in the 2600 block of Alki SW after the parade.
ELITE BRAZILIAN JIU-JITSU ‘GRAND (RE)OPENING’: 1-4 pm at what’s now Elite Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (WSB sponsor), celebrate its grand reopening with free clinics, eats, specials, and more, as previewed here. (5050 Delridge Way SW)
’42’ SCREENING: 2 pm at High Point Library, come see “42” as “part of the Library’s African American Film Series celebrating black actors, directors and films depicting the African American experience.” Free. (35th SW/SW Raymond)
WEST SEATTLE HI-YU TEA: 2-4:30 pm at The Hall at Fauntleroy, join Hi-Yu royalty for an afternoon tea that “features sweet and savory treats, a silent auction, and, of course, tea.” It’s a major fundraiser for Hi-Yu, raising money for scholarships and for the city’s last neighborhood-powered traveling parade float. $25/person. (9131 California SW)
INDIE/FOLK MUSIC: 6-9 pm, all-ages show at The Skylark – details here. (3803 Delridge Way SW)
WHAT ELSE IS UP? You’ll find even more listings on our complete calendar.
Rain or shine, here are the highlights of our West Seattle weekend, day 1. First, a few notes:
TRAFFIC ALERTS: **No** bridge closure tonight – next one is Sunday night. If you’re going to/through SODO, note that Sounders FC hosts Colorado tonight at CenturyLink Field, 7 pm. And if you’ll be on Alki late tonight, remember the Sunday morning parking restrictions/road closures for the West Seattle 5K.
Now, as for what’s happening in West Seattle and vicinity …
TAI CHI AT THE BEACH: 9 am-10 am by Alki Bathhouse, with Lao-Shi Caylen Storm. (61st SW/Alki SW)
WHITE CENTER LIBRARY DEDICATION: White Center’s brand-new King County Library System branch is finished and ready to open. Party starts at 9:30 am today. When you visit, look for WSB contributing photojournalist Christopher Boffoli’s image “Octopus Survey” in a conference room – it was still wrapped up and awaiting installation when he photographed it on Friday:
(1409 SW 107th)
WEST SEATTLE BEE FESTIVAL: 10 am festival, 11 am parade, and much more! See our Friday night preview. Come visit us at the Vendor/Info Fair! High Point Commons Park (including the West Seattle Bee Garden) and Neighborhood House’s High Point Center. (6400 Sylvan Way SW)
(update – rained out)
BARBECUE BENEFIT: Another benefit barbecue lunch at West Seattle Thriftway (WSB sponsor), 11 am-4 pm. Today, it’s burgers and hot dogs, benefiting Northwest Harvest. (California/Fauntleroy/Morgan)
FRIENDSHOP POP-UP: Friends of the Seattle Public Library will have a pop-up shop on the front steps of the West Seattle (Admiral) Library today, 11:30 am-3:30 pm – here’s what it’s all about. (2306 42nd SW)
PACKET PICKUP AND REGISTRATION FOR WEST SEATTLE 5K: Noon-6 pm at West Seattle Runner (WSB sponsor), you can pick up your packet for Sunday morning’s West Seattle 5K if you’re already registered, or register if you’re not! (2743 California SW)
CATIO TOUR: Two West Seattle “catios” are on the map for today’s noon-4 pm self-guided tour – details in our calendar listing.
WRITE YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD! With Seattle’s Civic Poet (and West Seattle resident) Claudia Castro Luna, 1-3 pm at High Point Library, a “fun and interactive afternoon reading and writing poetry.” Free but first-come, first-served. (35th SW/SW Raymond)
HIGHLAND PARK UNCORKED: Sold out, so this is just a reminder if you’ve signed up – the Highland Park Improvement Club‘s annual wine-tasting benefit is tonight, 5:30 pm doors open, 7 pm tasting begins! Co-sponsors include WSB. (12th SW/SW Holden)
LAFAYETTE’S ‘THE LION KING’: All are welcome to enjoy Lafayette Elementary‘s “The Lion King” tonight, 7 pm, at West Seattle High School. Performances are by kids in grades 3rd through 5th who attend Lafayette. Free admission; concessions on sale. (3000 California SW)
ROO FORREST AND FRIENDS: Originals and covers at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), 7-9 pm. (5612 California SW)
MADELINE BERSAMINA & FRIENDS: 7:30 pm at Kenyon Hall, “soprano Madeline Bersamina (has) put together a program of American and British songs with mezzo soprano Erin Calata, flutist Brian Fairbanks, and pianist John Stuntebeck.” Ticket info and other details in our calendar listing. (7904 35th SW)
SEE THE CALENDAR … for even more.
(Female Purple Martin, photographed along the Duwamish River by Mark Wangerin)
The weekend is within view! Today/tonight highlights from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:
COUNCILMEMBER’S DISTRICT OFFICE HOURS: Noon-7 pm, it’s your next chance to talk “in the district” with your City Councilmember, Lisa Herbold. She’ll be at the Southwest Neighborhood Service Center, same building as SW Pool and SW Teen Life Center. (2801 SW Thistle)
SOFTBALL: West Seattle High School plays for third place in the Sea-King District vs. Eastside Catholic at 5 pm, SW Athletic Complex. (2801 SW Thistle)
ART SHOW AT NEPENTHE: 6-9 pm, Haley Hills‘ art show and more at Nepenthe Massage and Boutique – details in our calendar listing. (9447 35th SW)
ALKI DAZE, NIGHT 1: Informal community-organized weekend celebration – bicycle riders, meet and greet 6-8 pm at Alki Bike and Board, then ride to Alki for a bonfire at 8 pm. (
‘THE LION KING’: All are welcome to come applaud the 3rd-through-5th-grade performers of Lafayette Elementary in “The Lion King,” 7 pm, second of three performances in the West Seattle High School Theater, directed by Lafayette parent Joel Oltyan. Free but bring $ for fundraising concessions! (3000 California SW)
WEST SEATTLE COMMUNITY ORCHESTRAS, PLUS SINGERS! 7:30 pm at Chief Sealth International High School, the West Seattle Community Orchestras‘ Symphony Orchestra is joined by Wellspring Ensemble for a “family-friendly evening of soulful and exciting orchestral and vocal music.” Admission free, donations appreciated. (2600 SW Thistle)
MORE FOR TODAY, TONIGHT, THE WEEKEND, BEYOND … on our complete calendar!
Today’s bird photo is courtesy of “SeamusSays,” who writes, “We are so fortunate to live in an area that supports such diverse wildlife – coyotes and all. Heard the enchanting calls of this guy/gal … and was happy to find her perched at the bottom of our backyard in a group of decaying Alder on Genesee Hill. Despite a constant protest from a group of the Steller’s Jays and crows, she managed a restful 10+ hours. Hope to see her again and just wanted to share.” Thanks to everyone who shares what they see … birds, breaking news, or … firstname.lastname@example.org or text to 206-293-6302. Now, on to today’s calendar highlights:
FREE KINDERMUSIK CLASS: 1 pm at My Three Little Birds (WSB sponsor) in south Morgan Junction. (6959 California SW)
SOFTBALL: West Seattle High School‘s next game in the district tournament is at 6 pm at Southwest Athletic Complex, vs. Lake Washington. (2801 SW Thistle, but the fields are on the SW Trenton side of SWAC)
SUMMER PARKWAYS EVENT PLANNING MEETING: 6-6:45 pm at Alki UCC, all are welcome to join the next planning meeting for the September 25th “Summer Parkways” car-free-day event. Here’s the event flyer. (6115 SW Hinds)
The topic carries on into this next meeting …
ALKI COMMUNITY COUNCIL: 7 pm at Alki UCC, with agenda also including Seattle Police (updates plus the micro-community policing plan) and speed limits. (6115 SW Hinds)
‘THE LION KING’: Parent volunteer Emily sent the invitation and photo:
All are welcome to come and see Lafayette Elementary‘s ‘The Lion King’ being performed tonight, 5/19 (6 pm), tomorrow, 5/20 (7 pm), and Saturday, 5/21 (7 pm), at West Seattle High School. Performances are by kids in grades 3rd through 5th who attend Lafayette. Costumes are amazing! It’s our once-a-year production, directed by Lafayette parent Joel Oltyan. Free admission but we are selling concessions so please come support Lafayette!
(3000 California SW)
BELLY DANCING: Monthly free Alauda showcase at The Skylark, 7:30 pm, all ages. (3803 Delridge Way SW)
SUMMER SWIM LESSON REGISTRATION: It’s now open at the West Seattle YMCA (WSB sponsor):
Jump in this summer! Y swim instructors emphasize personal safety, swimming skills, endurance and social skills while guiding students with praise and encouragement. A variety of sessions are offered throughout summer. Register online here or in person at either branch. Parent Child swim lessons for ages 6 to 35 months are FREE with family memberships at the West Seattle & Fauntleroy YMCA.
(4515 36th SW)
WHAT ELSE IS UP TODAY/TONIGHT? See our complete calendar, here.
(Photo by Laura Goodrich, from the WSB Flickr group)
Six of the many options for the rest of your West Seattle Wednesday, from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:
NETWORKING MEETUP: Noon-1:15 pm at West Seattle Office Junction (WSB sponsor), network with local entrepreneurs, coworkers, freelancers, whoever shows up! Bring your lunch and spend some time networking. (6040 California SW)
KIDS’ NIGHT AT WORDSWEST: As previewed here last weekend, there’s a special 6 pm start time for this month’s WordsWest Literary Series presentation, which is geared for young readers as summer-reading season approaches – bring the family to C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor) and enjoy the free event! (5612 California SW)
MADISON PTSA + ‘SCREENAGERS’: The final Madison Middle School PTSA meeting of the year at 6:30 pm precedes a screening of “Screenagers,” the documentary about today’s youth and their lives online, at 7 pm. All welcome for both, in the Madison Commons – it’s a dessert potluck, too! (45th SW/SW Spokane)
34th DISTRICT REPUBLICANS: 7 pm at American Legion Post 160, it’s this month’s meeting of the 34th District Republicans, with an agenda featuring Lieutenant Governor candidate Marty McClendon and an update on Bill Bryant‘s campaign for governor. (3618 SW Alaska)
DELRIDGE NEIGHBORHOODS DISTRICT COUNCIL: 7 pm at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center. This month’s meeting features community members’ presentations for proposed Neighborhood Street Fund projects. The proposals’ titles:
*Highland Park Way SW Access from Dumar Way SW
*New Sidewalks on 17th Avenue SW
*Operation Sidewalk 18th Avenue SW
*Project Fix Delridge Way SW
*Complete SW Barton Street
*Roundabout for Highland Park Way/SW Holden St
*14th Avenue SW Sidewalk Completion (Phase 1 – North of Trenton)
*Safety Improvements to 26th Ave SW and/or 25th Avenue SW (Connecting Chief Sealth HS and the Westwood Village Bus Hub)
*Modernize the Intersection of 16th Ave SW & SW Holden Street (Highland Park)
*16th Avenue SW & SW Trenton St (Safe Route for Schools)
*Brandon St Sidewalks (Delridge to High Point)
*16th Ave & SW Holden Left Turn Signal
*South Delridge Alleyway Improvement
*(Highland Park) SW Henderson Accessibility Improvements
*9000 – 17th Avenue SW Natural Drainage
DNDC members (representing organizations from around eastern West Seattle) will then have to decide which five they support advancing to the city for further review. All welcome. (4408 Delridge Way SW)
MUCH MORE … on our calendar – please take a moment to browse it here.
(Male Calliope Hummingbird, photographed by Mark Wangerin, who says they’re not often seen in Seattle)
Lots happening today/tonight – here are some highlights:
EAT AT JOE’S, HELP THE FESTIVAL: The Endolyne Joe’s (WSB sponsor) dine-out fundraiser for the Fauntleroy Fall Festival today has expanded to the entire day/night; there’s also a silent auction during the dinner hours. (9261 45th SW)
CITY COUNCIL TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE: 2 pm at City Hall, with agenda items including a proposed resolution with the council’s feedback for Sound Transit 3 (as reported here Monday) and the Bicycle Master Plan implementation update (which includes the SW Admiral Way Safety Project). If you can’t be there, you can watch live on Seattle Channel. (4th/5th/Cherry/James)
POWER-FUL MEETING: Interested in info about your electricity service? This was announced by City Councilmember Lisa Herbold:
Join me and Seattle City Light (tonight) from 6 – 7 at Hiawatha Community Center. City Light will have a short presentation on the utility’s strategic investments, budget and rate proposal for 2017-2018. In addition to Q&A with City Light staff, applications will be available for the Utility Discount Program and information about the solar and conservation programs and customer rebates.
(2700 California SW)
SOFTBALL: Not in WS, but in case you want to go cheer them on, the Metro League champion West Seattle High School softball team opens district-tournament play tonight at 6 pm vs. Bainbridge at Southeast Athletic Complex. (8815 Seward Park Ave. S.)
EVENING BOOK GROUP: 6:30 pm at High Point Library: “Join us for a discussion of the 2016 Seattle Reads featured work, ‘We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves‘ by Karen Joy Fowler.” (35th SW/SW Raymond)
TUESDAY TUNE-UP: Support SASG at Salty’s on Alki (WSB sponsor), featuring “live tunes by Piano-man and Emcee Victor Janusz with Medearis ‘MD’ Dixson on saxophone and Conor Apperson on drums.” Full details in our calendar listing! (1936 Harbor SW)
WEST SEATTLE CRIME PREVENTION COUNCIL: 7 pm at the Southwest Precinct, it’s your monthly chance to bring neighborhood concerns to local police, and to hear what they’re focused on. Also, WSCPC president Richard Miller has booked a guest from the city’s “code compliance” division – here’s what they enforce. All welcome. (2300 SW Webster)
LOTS MORE … on our complete calendar, for today/tonight/beyond.
(Barn swallow, photographed by Mark Wangerin)
Before we get to today’s highlights – if you’re here mostly for the bird photos, you might love a Saturday event just announced by the Duwamish Longhouse – a presentation on “Birds of the Duwamish Valley.” It’ll be in our calendar shortly; here’s their announcement.
Now, to today/tonight! – highlights from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:
EARLY DAYS: Drop-in support group for new parents, 10:30-noon. Suggested donation $10, but no one will be turned away. Info in our calendar listing. Meets at Nurturing Expressions (WSB sponsor) in The Junction. (4746 44th SW, Suite #201)
AFTERNOON BOOK GROUP: All welcome, 2 pm at Southwest Library. This month’s title is “Animal Dreams” by Barbara Kingsolver. (35th SW/SW Henderson)
TINKERLAB DROP-IN: 6-7:30 pm, fun STEM-based crafts for all ages, free, at Delridge Library.
(5423 Delridge Way SW)
HIGHLAND PARK ELEMENTARY PTA: The end of the school year is already in view, but that’s no time to disengage – if you’re in Highland Park, the HP Elementary PTA would love to see you at tonight’s meeting. From president Holly Briscoe:
Come out to help finalize the PTA’s Vision, Mission, and Core Values that we have been crafting this year, join in on the conversation about school accessibility, and take a walk around the school to help brainstorm projects for upcoming community service events. Have you considered being on the PTA Board, or would you like to nominate someone for next year? Now is the time! PTA meeting at 6:00. Snacks will be provided. Spanish interpreters will be available. Child care provided by City Year. All are welcome!
(1012 SW Trenton)
OLD-TIMEY COUNTRY MUSIC … with Collapsible Rodeo at Parliament Tavern, 8 pm, no cover. (4210 SW Admiral Way)
MORE … on our complete calendar!
Happy Sunday! From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar, here are highlights for the hours ahead:
ALKI ELEMENTARY DONATION DRIVE CONTINUES: WSCGSD leftovers? Or just some general spring cleaning? The “Clothing for the Cause” textile-donation drive benefiting Alki Elementary continues – just take your items to the trailer on the south side of the school. They’re not only accepting clothes, but also other textile items – sheets, towels, etc. (3010 59th SW)
WEST SEATTLE FARMERS’ MARKET: 10 am-2 pm in The Junction. (California SW between Oregon and Alaska)
JAMTIME: Bluegrass and old-time music, live at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), with Jamtime, 1-4 pm. (5612 California SW)
BOOGIE-WOOGIE: 7:30 pm at Kenyon Hall, Arthur Migliazza performs, described as “the hottest young Blues and Boogie-Woogie pianist around.” More in our calendar listing, including how to make your reservation. (7904 35th SW)
STAMP OUT HUNGER: Get your bag of nonperishable food out to your mailbox, set it next to your door, wherever your letter carrier picks up and delivers – today’s the one-day, door-to-door food drive held on the second Saturday every year by the National Association of Letter Carriers.
WEST SEATTLE COMMUNITY GARAGE SALE DAY: The second Saturday is also WSCGSD – 12th year! And WSB’s ninth year coordinating it. If you’ve missed our many previews, you can scroll through them here, and/or browse the official website, but all you really need to do is go browse the map and descriptions – in two formats you’ll find here. 9 am-3 pm is the official sale time, with 320+ participants this year, all over the peninsula!
TONY’S MARKET OPENS: The popular produce-and-more stand opens for 2016 at 9 am today, as reported here (with two other biznotes) on Friday. (35th SW/SW Barton)
MADISON PERFORMS ‘THE WIZARD OF OZ’: Madison Middle School Drama presents “The Wizard of Oz,” and the community is invited! 10 am at the West Seattle High School Theater. Tickets at the door, $10 students/$15 adults. (3000 California SW)
TIBBETTS BOOK SALE: 10 am-2 pm, $1 hard cover and $.50 paperback at Tibbetts United Methodist Church (WSB sponsor), books for all ages. (3940 41st SW)
GARDEN BEDS WORK PARTY: Join Little Red Hen Project building garden beds at Delridge Community Center, 11 am-3 pm. (4501 Delridge Way SW)
THUNDER ROAD GUITARS CLOSED THIS WEEKEND: As noted here on Friday, Thunder Road Guitars (WSB sponsor) in The Junction is closed this weekend because of the Tacoma Guitar Festival. (4736 California SW)
WHATEVERLY BROTHERS: At C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), 7-9 pm. (5612 California SW)
SOME OTHER GUYS: Vintage rock at Parliament Tavern, 9 pm. (4210 SW Admiral Way)
Since we feature bird photos most days – today’s featured photo is the West Seattle Turkey, now in its second week of sightings (thanks to everyone who’s been sending word of where it’s been seen). On Wednesday, Tonya shared that photo by her daughter Araya, when the turkey turned up near the Alki promenade. That’ll be a busy spot today, turkey or no turkey, with temperatures headed into the 80s. Our official calendar highlights for tonight, meantime, are elsewhere on the peninsula:
WEST SEATTLE COMMUNITY ORCHESTRAS: “Flights of Fire” is the theme for tonight’s 6:30 pm concert by WSCO’s Intermediate Orchestra and Wind Symphony, at the Chief Sealth International High School Auditorium. Admission free; donations appreciated. (2600 SW Thistle)
MADISON PERFORMS ‘THE WIZARD OF OZ’: Madison Middle School Drama presents two performances of “The Wizard of Oz,” and the community is invited! Tonight at 7 pm and Saturday morning at 10 am, both at the West Seattle High School Theater. Tickets are $10 in advance, or at the door, $10 students/$15 adults; e-mail email@example.com for reservations. (3000 California SW)
METRO LEAGUE SOFTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP: It’s West Seattle High School vs. Ballard HS at 7 pm tonight, Southwest Athletic Complex, for the league title! (2801 SW Thistle)
GARY BENSON, LIVE: Performing at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), 7-9 pm. (5612 California SW)
‘PARTY ROCK’ … with Box Punch, 9 pm tonight at Parliament Tavern. (4210 SW Admiral Way)
Here’s what’s ahead for your West Seattle Thursday, from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:
DENNY’S FIRST MOVE-A-THON: 2:30 pm-4 pm at Denny International Middle School: “Scholars are invited to walk or run laps, speed jump, dance, play volleyball, toss bean bags with friends, shoot hoops, be the quarterback, play Frisbee and have snacks. There will be gift cards for activity participants to compete for, and a Kindle for the scholar with the most sponsor donations.” (2601 SW Kenyon)
TINKERLAB COMMONS: 4-6 pm at High Point Library, drop in and “create your own stop-motion animations using toys, props, our iPads, and your imaginations!” All ages; free; more info here. (35th SW/SW Raymond)
WEST SEATTLE ART WALK, MAY EDITION: 6-9 tonight, at more than a dozen locations around the peninsula, you’ll find art (and in many cases, artists) duringedition the West Seattle Art Walk! Here’s the map/venue list – this quqrter, stretching from Arbor Heights to Admiral to Puget Ridge and beyond:
Check the official Art Walk site at wsartwalk.com for venue links and highlights.
Here’s your highlight slate for what’s ahead today/tonight, from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:
TODDLER STORY TIME: 10:30-11 am at Southwest Library. (35th SW/SW Henderson)
PRESCHOOL STORY TIME: 10:30-11 am at West Seattle (Admiral) Library. (2306 42nd SW)
BABY STORY TIME: 11:30-noon at High Point Library. (35th SW/SW Raymond)
LOCAL BUSINESS MEETUP: Take a break at noon and go meet your fellow local entrepreneurs at West Seattle Office Junction (WSB sponsor)! Bring your own lunch and see who else shows up. (6040 California SW)
SOMALI STORY TIME: 5-5:30 pm at High Point Library. (35th SW/SW Raymond)
WSHS DIVERSITY DINNER: West Seattle High School‘s Diversity Club invites everyone in the community to tonight’s Diversity Dinner, 6-8 pm. It’s a potluck, so bring something if you can. Most important, though, to bring yourself – and family, friends, neighbors … (3000 California SW)
34TH DISTRICT DEMOCRATS’ ENDORSEMENT MEETING: 7 pm at The Hall at Fauntleroywww, our area’s largest political organization considers endorsements for more of this year’s races – see the agenda here. (9131 California SW)
SEE WHAT ELSE IS UP … on our complete calendar.
(Bubbling at the beach! Photo from the WSB Flickr group, by Flickr member Bill Blue)
Busy night ahead! Highlights from our calendar:
WEST SEATTLE MONTESSORI PRESCHOOL PREVIEW: 6 pm tonight, prospective preschool families are invited to West Seattle Montessori School (WSB sponsor), which is celebrating its 30th anniversary. (11215 15th SW)
WEST SEATTLE MOTORCYCLE CLUB RIDE-IN: 6 pm, Pizzeria 22, new club forming and invited to ride in. The restaurant will be hosting, every second Tuesday. (4213 SW College)
SOFTBALL PLAYOFFS: West Seattle High School plays Holy Names Academy at 6 pm, Southwest Athletic Complex. (2801 SW Thistle)
CHIEF SEALTH IHS PTSA: Final general meeting of the year, 7 pm in the Confucius Center on campus:
This is an important one. We’ll be adopting the 2016-17 PTSA budget, New Standing Rules for our organization, holding elections for Co-President or Vice President, Treasure, Secretary and amazing presentation on Restorative Justice.
(2600 SW Thistle)
FAMILY STORY TIME: For families with kids 1-5, 7 pm at Delridge Library. (5423 Delridge Way SW)
FAUNTLEROY COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION: The FCA board meets at 7 pm in the board room at Fauntleroy Schoolhouse. The agenda includes:
*Fall Festival Fundraiser at Endolyne Joe’s [coming up May 17]
*Endolyne Triangle revisions [as discussed in February]
*Fauntleroy Community Parking Subcommittee
*Southwest District Council update
*Disposition of property at 8923 Fauntleroy Way SW [as discussed last month; community meeting set May 24]
All are welcome at board meetings. (9131 California SW)
SOUTH PARK NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION: Live/work in South Park? Your neighborhood association meets tonight too. 7 pm. (8201 10th Ave. S.)
BILLY JOE & THE RC’S: Live music, 8 pm, Parliament Tavern. (4210 SW Admiral Way)
AND OF COURSE THERE’S MORE … just check our complete calendar.
(Black-Headed Grosbeak males are “back from Mexico … and singing!” reports photographer Mark Wangerin)
Half a dozen highlights from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:
ALZHEIMER’S ASSOCIATION WEST SEATTLE CAREGIVER GROUP: 1:30-3 pm at Providence Mount St. Vincent, the twice-monthly support group meets – details here. (4831 35th SW)
HANG OUT/HELP OUT IN THE ORCHARD: 5-7 pm, the weekly meetup/work party (service-hours opportunity for teens, too) at the Community Orchard of West Seattle. on the north end of the South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) campus. (6000 16th SW)
PHYSICAL THERAPY NIGHT: 5:30-7 pm, stop by West Seattle Runner (WSB sponsor) for a free individual injury assessment with Biojunction Sports Therapy. (2743 California SW)
TINKERLAB DROP-IN: 6 pm at Delridge Library, “work on a fun STEM-based craft or challenge and tinker around with construction and builder kits. There will be something for everyone ages 6 months to 1506 months! Tinkerlab is a weekly all-ages program that introduces science, technology, engineering and math concepts through play, experimentation and discovery.” (5423 Delridge Way SW)
NORTH DELRIDGE NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCIL: 6:30 pm at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, everyone who lives, works, plays, dines, shops, etc. in North Delridge has a chance to get more involved with the community. Tonight’s agenda includes discussion of the area’s 17 proposed Neighborhood Street Fund grant applications. (4408 Delridge Way SW)
‘SEATTLE READS’: 6:45 pm at Southwest Library, you’re invited to join in “a discussion of the 2016 Seattle Reads featured work, ‘We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves‘ by Karen Joy Fowler.” (35th SW/SW Henderson)
(Great blue heron with fish, photographed by DLBJ)
Good morning! From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar on this Mother’s Day, and night:
WEST SEATTLE FARMERS’ MARKET: 10 am-2 pm in The Junction, with free plant starts for the first 10 moms! (California between Oregon and Alaska)
TIDEWALKING: 12:45 pm, it’s a low low tide, -2.8 feet – go check out your favorite beach! (Carefully.)
POSSIBLE AURORA: Tonight’s forecast looks a lot like last night’s forecast, says expert skywatcher Alice Enevoldsen – potential viewing, of course, depends on whether the weather clears. Her dad Keith Enevoldsen caught some of the color from Myrtle Reservoir early today:
And looking a few hours beyond that, another skywatching event:
EARLY TOMORROW – MERCURY’S TRANSIT ACROSS THE SUN: You need a special viewer for this, and Seattle Astronomy plans to be at Seacrest with exactly that, once (providing) the sun is in view around 5:45 am.
BIKE TRAIL CLEANUP: Join Swedish Automotive (WSB sponsor) cleaning up the trail along westbound lower Spokane, 9 am-noon, details here. (26th/Spokane)
POLLINATOR GARDEN WORK PARTY: Help out at Louisa Boren K-8 STEM, 9 am-1 pm: “Tools, donuts and coffee will be provided! Bring water and a snack. Everyone is welcome! We are hoping to bring in folks from the community in addition to school families!” (5950 Delridge Way SW)
KENTUCKY DERBY/CHEER SEATTLE FUNDRAISER: Party at Outwest Bar noon-5 pm to enjoy Kentucky Derby day and help CHEER Seattle‘s community work; hat contest, beverage specials, silent auction, more. Details in our calendar listing. (California SW/SW Brandon)
JANE’S WALK IN THE JUNCTION: 9 am, meet at Hotwire Online Coffeehouse (WSB sponsor), and join Timothy Lowry for a walk to explore The Junction’s changes and opportunities, as part of Jane’s Walk. Free! (4410 California SW)
JANE’S WALK IN RIVERSIDE: 10 am, meet at Riverside Memorial Park and join Judy Bentley to explore historic Riverside by the Duwamish River, as part of Jane’s Walk. Free! (17th SW and W. Marginal Way SW)
SSC PLANT SALE: Landscape Horticulture program’s plant sale, 11 am-3 pm on the north end of the South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) campus. (6000 16th SW)
BASEBALL PLAYOFFS: West Seattle High School vs. Eastside Catholic, noon, at Steve Cox Memorial Park in White Center. (15th/102nd)
TEA AT TIBBETTS: Classic way to celebrate Mother’s Day weekend with friends and relatives – 2-4 pm, it’s a tea and treats at Tibbetts United Methodist Church (WSB sponsor), details in our calendar listing. If you didn’t make a reservation in advance, it’s $9/person at the door. (3940 41st SW)
SOFTBALL PLAYOFFS: Chief Sealth International High School vs. Garfield, 3 pm at SWAC. (2801 SW Thistle)
COMMUNITY CONVERSATION WITH YOUR SCHOOL BOARD DIRECTOR: 3-4:30 pm at Southwest Library, drop in to talk with and hear from your West Seattle/South Park rep on the Seattle Public Schools Board, Leslie Harris. (35th SW/SW Henderson)
UKULELE MUSIC @ C & P: 7-9 pm, Arden Fujiwara performs live at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), “jazz, rock, and lounge with a hint of Hawaiian and reggae.” (5612 California SW)
EVENING TRAFFIC ALERT: In case you’re not already all over this because you’re going to the game – big event in SODO tonight, Sounders FC vs. San Jose @ CenturyLink Field, 7 pm.
MORE! on our complete calendar.
The West Seattle Turkey – or is it a turkey? – is still on the loose. That’s one of the most recent photos we’ve received – thanks to Solie in North Admiral. It also seems to have been everywhere from Pigeon Point (Turkey Point?) to Duwamish Head. Anyway, whatever it is, it is our featured photo. Now – before we get any closer to the still-Viaductless return trip home … five reasons to get back here as soon as you can:
JUDY BENTLEY @ WORDS, WRITERS, WEST SEATTLE: Judy is a West Seattle historian and author of books including “Walking Washington’s History: Ten Cities.” Come meet her 5-7 pm during the Southwest Seattle Historical Society‘s monthly “Words, Writers, & West Seattle” event at Barnes & Noble/Westwood Village – details in our calendar listing. (2800 SW Barton)
FAMILY NIGHT @ WEST SEATTLE YMCA: 6 pm, a night of fun with family and friends, free! (If you’re not a member, please bring a donation for the West Seattle Food Bank.) Including swimming! Details here. Also, MyIDClub will be at the Y, 6-7:30 pm, to offer FREE photograph/fingerprint ID cards for children under 16. (4515 36th SW)
‘WEIRDO SIMPATICO’ @ TREEHOUSE LOUNGE: Seattle author and jazz vocalist Katy Bourne reads from “Weirdo Simpatico: Stories for Short Attention Spans” as bassist Paul Gabrielson improvises a live musical backdrop. At Treehouse Lounge, 7-7:30 pm. (2206 California SW)
FIVE BUCK BAND: 7-9 pm at award-winning C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), music of the ’60s and ’70s and more. (5612 California SW)
PREVIEW YOUR WEEKEND on our calendar!
(Anna’s Hummingbird, photographed “in her lichen-covered nest” by Mark Dale in Gatewood)
TINKERLAB AT HIGH POINT LIBRARY: 4-6 pm drop-in fun with STEM-based activities/crafts at High Point Library. Free! (35th SW/SW Raymond)
CINCO DE MAYO AT CYCLE U: 6-8 pm, you’re invited to a Cinco De Mayo party at Cycle U/West Seattle – details in our calendar listing. (3418 Harbor SW)
9030 35th SW @ DESIGN REVIEW: 6:30 pm, one project on the Southwest Design Review Board‘s schedule tonight, a 5-story, 40-unit, 32-offstreet-parking-space project at 9030 35th SW. As always, the meeting will include a chance to comment; it’s upstairs at the Sisson Building/Senior Center. (California SW/SW Oregon)
NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER: Annual West Seattle gathering, 6:30 pm at Alki Statue of Liberty Plaza – info in our calendar listing. (61st SW/Alki SW)
COMMUNITIES OF THE DUWAMISH & THE RIVER THAT RUNS THROUGH THEM: 7-8:30 pm (doors open 6:30) at the Duwamish Tribe Longhouse: “Learn how the Duwamish River is being restored and how community involvement is changing the future of Seattle’s only river. Free League of Women Voters Public Forum. Guest Panel: James Rasmussen, Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition/Technical Advisory Group; Paulina Lopez, DRCC/TAG Community Engagement and Outreach; Josh Baldi, WA State Department of Ecology; Ellie Hale, US Environmental Protection Agency. (4705 W. Marginal Way SW)
NORTH HIGHLINE UNINCORPORATED AREA COUNCIL: Do you live work just south of the city limits – White Center, Top Hat, Shorewood, etc.? Your community council meets tonight, 7 pm, North Highline Fire District HQ. Agenda’s here. (1243 SW 112th)
‘DEATH OF A SALESMAN’: ArtsWest continues its production of the classic drama, 7:30 pm curtain time tonight. (4711 California SW)