West Seattle Friday: Last ‘Laps With Lou’; KEXP & KUOW visit; WS Community Orchestras’ season finale; more…May 29, 2015 at 8:32 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | 1 Comment
(WSB photo: New message spotted this morning)
Yes, we do! Today is proof of that, and it starts early:
LAST ‘LAPS WITH LOU’: If you’re not already planning to be on the field at Pathfinder K-8 on Pigeon Point for PE teacher Lou Cutler‘s last pre-retirement birthday run to help Make-A-Wish – stop by if you can to cheer for him (and his students), or at least consider making a donation (Make-A-Wish helps dreams come true for kids facing life-threatening illnesses) – here’s his page. This will be the 12th year that Lou has run a lap for each year he’s celebrating on his birthday – so that means a 64-lap goal. (1901 SW Genesee)
WSHS SOFTBALL TEAM @ STATE: 9 am is the first game today in Lacey (Thurston County) for the West Seattle High School fastpitch softball team, only the second WSHS team to make it to the state tournament. Their first opponent: North Central High School from Spokane. No matter what happens in that game, they’ll play another opponent this afternoon.
KUOW ‘WEEK IN REVIEW’ HERE, LIVE: 9 am, doors open, no ticket necessary to be in the live audience as KUOW’s “Week in Review“ starts its summer tour of the seven new Seattle City Council districts. The 10 am-11 am broadcast is live from Youngstown Cultural Arts Center. The West Seattle guests we’ve heard of so far are former mayor Greg Nickels and community advocate/former City Council candidate Amanda Kay Helmick. (4408 Delridge Way SW)
KEXP ‘HOOD-TO-HOOD’ VICTORY PARTY: California SW between Alaska and Oregon is already off-limits to vehicles as preps are under way for the street party that kicks off the celebration. This is a party thrown by KEXP radio in honor of West Seattleites donating more $ during a fundraising drive last year than residents of other neighborhoods. The station will broadcast live from The Junction noon-6 pm, including live performances listed on the KEXP website; then in the evening, KEXP DJs will be at nine local venues 6-9 pm, and the event wraps with music showcases at two venues starting at 9.
BIKE RODEO AT HOOD-TO-HOOD: At the north end of the block, you’ll find West Seattle Bike Connections, noon-4 pm:
Noon-4 pm, West Seattle Bike Connections will put on a bike rodeo for young riders to have fun learning skills and road safety, during the KEXP Block Party at the West Seattle Junction. Kids, bring your bike! Fun and prizes. Helmet-fitting. Bike checks by West Seattle Cyclery. Support from Cascade Bicycle Club. On California Ave SW at SW Oregon St.
SEASON FINALE WSCO CONCERT: West Seattle Community Orchestras present their season-finale concert at the Chief Sealth International High School Auditorium, doors open 7 pm, music at 7:30, details in our calendar listing. (2600 SW Thistle)
‘ANGRY HOUSEWIVES’: Haven’t seen the hit ArtsWest (WSB sponsor) musical yet? Again tonight – as of our last check – seats are available! Buy yours online here. 7:30 pm curtain; extended run ends Sunday. (4711 California SW)
YES, THERE’S MORE … on our calendar!
(Photo tweeted Wednesday evening by Michele Smith)
Between now and what’s likely to be another stunning sunset … here are highlights from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:
FUN & GAMES FOR TEENS: 4-6 pm at High Point Community Center – here’s a sample of what they’re playing. (6920 34th SW)
WEST SEATTLE TRANSPORTATION COALITION: 6:30 pm at Neighborhood House’s High Point Center, with the agenda including board elections, Seattle 2035, and two at-large City Council candidates’ proposal for “neighborhood rail.” (6400 Sylvan Way)
Bonus photo – from Don Brubeck, fog-shrouded West Seattle, seen from downtown around 8 this morning:
THE FORECAST … highs in the 70s every day through Sunday!
(Lincoln’s sparrow, photographed by Mark Wangerin)
From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:
TAKE A LUNCH BREAK … from the home/coffee-shop office, and meet others working nontraditionally in West Seattle, noon-1 pm, during the free weekly meetup at West Seattle Office Junction (WSB sponsor), our area’s only coworking center. (6040 California SW)
CITY COUNCIL DISTRICT 1 CANDIDATES’ FORUM: This is the first one in South Park, and will feature 7 candidates, according to organizer Jeff Hayes: In first-name alphabetical order, those expected to participate are Brianna Thomas, Chas Redmond, Jody Rushmer, Karl Wirsing, Lisa Herbold, Phillip Tavel, Shannon Braddock. Also: Free food and kids’ activities. 7 pm, South Park Neighborhood Center. (8201 10th Ave. S.)
HIGHLAND PARK ACTION COMMITTEE: 6:30 pm potluck, 7 pm meeting with an unusual format, for HPAC‘s last meeting before September:
Seattle University graduate research assistants will be holding a focus group for tonight’s meeting. This focus group will be centered around Highland Park’s crime concerns, our perceptions of our Micro-Community Policing Plan developed by the SW precinct of the Seattle Police Department and our perceptions of how the police are doing at addressing our specific crime concerns. This will be a time to be honest and have a great discussion about Highland Park’s Micro-Community Policing Plan including its development, progress, and evolution. Your attendance, concerns and feelings would be much appreciated- while this is being run by Seattle University and not the Seattle Police, the results/concerns can be shared with the police if the community wants that to happen – please join the discussion! It should only last about an hour.
Meeting’s at Highland Park Improvement Club. (12th/Holden)
(From the WSB semi-vintage radio collection; we know, KEXP is actually 90.3 FM and KUOW is 94.9 FM)
Thanks to Liesbet for the tip on this: Not only is KEXP broadcasting live from West Seattle on Friday, so is KUOW. In KEXP’s case, the Hood-To-Hood Day event will last most of the day and into the night, while KUOW’s just visiting for an hour, but it’s still a live broadcast, so in case you’re interested: The station is touring all seven of the new City Council districts, and the first stop is District 1. 10-11 am Friday, KUOW’s “Week in Review” will broadcast live from Youngstown Cultural Arts Center. The lone announced West Seattle guest: Former Mayor Greg Nickels. (The show is hosted by Bill Radke, with panelists Joni Balter and C.R. Douglas.)
(WSB photo: ‘Retired’ but not off the job yet, the M/V Evergreen State @ Fauntleroy dock)
Happy Tuesday! From the calendar:
HIGHLAND PARK SPRAYPARK: In case you’ve been gone all weekend … the season started Saturday and West Seattle’s only spraypark is open daily, whatever the weather, 11 am-8 pm. (1100 SW Cloverdale)
DROP-IN CHESS: 4-5:30 pm at the High Point Library, kids/teens are invited to stop in for informal chess play. (35th SW & SW Raymond)
BLOCK WATCH CAPTAINS’ NETWORK: 6:30 pm at the Southwest Precinct, it’s an “open discussion” edition of the monthly WSBWCN meeting. Come share your stories/concerns/ideas/questions about neighborhood safety and crime prevention! (Webster/Delridge)
FAMILY STORY TIME: 7 pm, bring the family for stories, songs, and rhymes with Miss Bea at the Delridge Library. (5423 Delridge Way SW)
BABY KETTEN KARAOKE: 9 pm, 21+, no cover, at The Skylark. (3803 Delridge Way SW)
Day 2 of the long holiday weekend – here’s what’s up:
INFO MEETING FOR RUNNING PROGRAM: 8 am at West Seattle Runner (WSB sponsor), find out more about the West Seattle Runner Distance Training Program Coached by P3 Running, with Michele from P3 and Lori from WSR. More info in our calendar listing. (2743 California SW)
GET YOUR MEMORIAL DAY POPPY: 8 am-4 pm, American Legion Post 160 and Auxiliary Unit 160 again will be distributing poppies, made by veterans to raise money to help veterans, at West Seattle Thriftway (WSB sponsor) in Morgan Junction. (California/Fauntleroy/Morgan)
WEST SEATTLE FARMERS’ MARKET: 10 am-2 pm – see this week’s highlights here. (44th/Alaska)
SPRAYPARK AND COLMAN POOL, DAY TWO: Whether or not we see the sun today, it’s Day 2 for these Seattle Parks outdoor water facilities – Highland Park Spraypark (1100 SW Cloverdale), open 11 am-8 pm, and Colman Pool at Lincoln Park, with its preseason-weekend schedule starting at noon.
VISIT THE LOG HOUSE MUSEUM: Noon-4 pm, the home of West Seattle’s history is open and awaiting your visit. (61st/Stevens)
TOUR THE ALKI POINT LIGHTHOUSE: As previewed on Saturday, it’s the first weekend of the season for free tours of this West Seattle icon – first tour at 1 pm, last at 3:40 pm. (3201 Alki SW)
SEE ‘ANGRY HOUSEWIVES’: 3 pm matinee at ArtsWest Playhouse (WSB sponsor) – a few seats left as of early this morning, and remember the run’s been extended through next week, so shop for those tickets now too. (4711 California SW)
HELP NEPAL EARTHQUAKE SURVIVORS: 3-7 pm, a silent auction and more, to raise money for Nepal earthquake survivors, as previewed here. (5612 California SW)
(WSB photo from a recent misty morning)
Happy Saturday! From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:
AMERICAN LEGION MEMORIAL DAY POPPIES: 8 am-4 pm today and tomorrow, American Legion Post 160 and Auxiliary Unit 160 will distribute traditional Memorial Day poppies at West Seattle Thriftway (WSB sponsor), as previewed here. (California/Fauntleroy/Morgan)
TAI CHI AT ALKI: 9 am, free, with Lao-Shi Caylen Storm. Details here.
DENNY-LINCOLN BIKE RIDE: 10 am, an all-ages group from the Denny International Middle School community takes off on the annual ride, which ends with a barbecue at Lincoln Park. Cheer ‘em if you see ‘em.
EVERYBODY IN THE WATER! Highland Park Spraypark and Colman Pool both open for the first time this season. The spraypark (1100 SW Cloverdale) is open 11 am-8 pm daily starting today; Colman Pool (on the Lincoln Park shore) is open at noon for the first day of its first pre-season weekend; details and schedule links here.
COMEDY AT THE LONGHOUSE: 7 pm at the Duwamish Tribe Longhouse, comedian Chad Charlie, with humor, poetry, and surprise guests. $8 suggested donation; details in our calendar listing. (4705 W. Marginal Way SW)
LIVE MUSIC TONIGHT: Listings for C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), the West Seattle Eagles, and The Skylark – all on our calendar. Plus one more listing that came in via e-mail from the singer in the band:
Seattle’s Original Cheap Trick Tribute Band, In Color, is doing its first public appearance in 10 years! Live, for one night only!! We’re still the same four wild ‘n’ crazy guys and promise you a fun + exciting evening of rock ‘n’ roll surprises + musical hijinks.
The Feedback Lounge in Wayout West Seattle is hosting the party … please join us!!
!! NO COVER !!
That’s tonight at 9 pm. (6451 California SW)
PHOTO SESSIONS TO BENEFIT FIRE VICTIMS: Happening today and Monday, as a benefit for victims of the recent Pelly Place multi-house fire:
What: 15-20 minute photography mini-session with your family or loved one to raise money for the West Seattle fire victims: A few amazing professional images of your loved ones delivered via an online gallery.
Where: Lincoln Park near the south parking lot, closest to the ferries.
Price: This is donation-based and 100% of the proceeds will be donated to the fire victims to help sustain during this difficult time while insurance claims are hashed out. My mini sessions are valued at 200.00 each and with a donation of 50.00 or more, you get some gorgeous images and can feel good that your donation will be used to help rebuild the lives of those struck with tragedy in our backyard.
E-mail photographer Katie DeLorme at firstname.lastname@example.org directly for questions/scheduling
(Male black-headed grosbeak, photographed by Mark Wangerin)
The holiday weekend is about to start! If you’re headed out, be safe and have a great time; we’ll be here covering what’s going on in West Seattle, as usual, including daily advance word of calendar highlights, like these:
WEST SEATTLE GARDEN CLUB: This month’s meeting starts with 10 am registration and continues until 2 pm, at Daystar Retirement Village. Bring your own lunch; beverage and dessert are included in the $5 registration fee. (2615 SW Barton)
SOFTBALL PLAYOFFS: 5 pm, it’s West Seattle High School‘s next game in the district playoffs, vs. Ballard HS at Southwest Athletic Complex. (2801 SW Thistle – ballfields are on the SW Trenton side)
‘DINGO’ FUNDRAISER: Dessert plus bingo at and for West Seattle High School, with a portion of the proceeds going to the Children’s Miracle Network, 6:30 pm “but it’s OK if you’re late,” organizers say. Details here. (3000 California SW)
LIVE MUSIC: Our calendar has listings for 5 pm at Salty’s (WSB sponsor), 7 pm at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), and 9 pm at The Skylark. (Missing anyone? Please let us know at email@example.com – thanks!)
(Photo by Gary Jones: ‘Sea hawk’ [osprey] and prey, in Constellation Park area)
Quick look at the calendar for the rest of today/tonight:
ALKI ELEMENTARY FUNDRAISERS: First, the annual Alki-A-Thon fundraiser is on until 2 pm at Alki Elementary. (3010 59th SW) Then, 4-8 pm, “Dine Out for Alki“ at Mission Latin Restaurant and Lounge (2325 California SW), where 20 percent of the net proceeds from food sales will be donated to the Alki PTA.
(added) SOFTBALL PLAYOFFS: West Seattle High School‘s next game in the district softball tournament is at 5 pm at Southwest Athletic Conference, vs. Lake Washington HS. Go cheer the Wildcats! (2801 SW Thistle)
TASTE OF WEST SEATTLE – SOLD OUT! Tonight’s West Seattle Helpline fundraiser at The Hall at Fauntleroy (6 pm VIP, 6:30 pm general) is sold out, just in case you were wondering. So even if you do have tickets, don’t be late! (9131 California SW)
ADMIRAL WAY SAFETY PROJECT: 6 pm at Alki Elementary, an “open house”-style meeting about SDOT’s proposal for changes on Admiral Way west of California SW – presentation at 6:30 pm. (3010 59th SW)
ALKI COMMUNITY COUNCIL: 7 pm at Alki UCC. The ACC is encouraging attendance at the aforementioned Admiral Way Safety Project event first, then make your way over to the church for topics also including the Don Armeni Boat Ramp parking enforcement and speeding problems on Beach Drive and 63rd SW. (6115 SW Hinds)
OPEN MICROPHONE – ‘UNPLUGGED’: It’s an open-microphone-style event for musicians who don’t need/want microphones and other electronics – come perform “unplugged” starting at 7 at C & P Coffee Company. (WSB sponsor; 5612 California SW)
BELLY DANCING: The monthly Alauda belly-dancing showcase is at 7:30 pm at The Skylark. No cover, all ages. (3803 Delridge Way SW)
West Seattle Wednesday: SW Roxbury walk; Delridge District Council; 34th Democrats; 34th Republicans; port town hall; more …May 20, 2015 at 10:26 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | 6 Comments
Thanks to John Hinkey for that image of the post-sunset moonset last night. (You can find sunset, sunrise, moonset, and moonrise times any time on the WSB West Seattle Weather page, by the way.) MUCH happening between now and tonight’s sunset:
CO-WORKING MEETUP: Noon-1 pm at West Seattle’s only co-working center, WS Office Junction (WSB sponsor) – get out of your home/coffee-shop office, even just for an hour! (6040 California SW)
LOW TIDE: 1:06 pm today, -2.2 feet.
GET HELP GETTING READY FOR COLLEGE: Need application help/advice, or … ? Get it via a workshop today at 4 pm at High Point Community Center. (6920 34th SW)
SW ROXBURY WALKING TOUR: Questions/concerns/comments about the SDOT plan for SW Roxbury, unveiled last month? Join a walking tour tonight, for as long as you like – a few minutes, a few blocks, the entire length, or … 5:30-7:45 pm, with these times/places listed by SDOT:
5:30 pm – 4th/Roxbury
5:50 pm – 8th/Roxbury
6:15 pm – Delridge/16th/Roxbury
6:45 pm – 26th/Roxbury
7:15 pm – 30th/Roxbury
7:45 pm – 35th/Roxbury
CHIEF SEALTH IHS PTSA: Last meeting of the year for the PTSA at Chief Sealth International High School, 7 pm: “We will be electing new officers and voting on our budget for next year, as well as hearing reports from Principal Fraser-Hammer and the new IB Coordinator Teresa Cairns.” (2600 SW Thistle)
WORDSWEST: As previewed here earlier this week, best-selling West Seattle author Lyanda Lynn Haupt is the headliner for this month’s edition of the WordsWest Literary Series at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor). Her specialty: Urban wildlife. (5612 California SW)
DELRIDGE NEIGHBORHOODS DISTRICT COUNCIL: 7 pm at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, with the agenda including an update from Southwest Precinct commander Capt. Pierre Davis and tree-trimming information from city reps, as well as planning for the upcoming candidates’ forum. (4408 Delridge Way SW)
34TH DISTRICT DEMOCRATS’ ENDORSEMENT MEETING: Our area’s largest political group meets tonight to make its endorsements in various races/ballot measures. 7 pm, The Hall at Fauntleroy; more info here. (9131 California SW)
34TH DISTRICT REPUBLICANS’ MEETING: The group’s meeting in West Seattle this time, 7 pm at American Legion Post 160 HQ, with King County Assessor candidate John Wilson on the agenda. (3618 SW Alaska)
PORT ALLIANCE TOWN HALL: The Port of Seattle presents a town-hall meeting about its new alliance with the Port of Tacoma, 7 pm at the Georgetown campus of South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) – more info here. (6737 Corson Ave. S.)
EVEN WITH ALL THIS, THERE’S MORE for today, tonight, and beyond, on our calendar!
We often feature bird photos atop the daily calendar preview – and this time, it’s what now appears to have become a trio of white geese at Lincoln Park, where parkgoers long have noted two. Thanks to the person who texted us the photo!
Speaking of the beach – that’s where we start our short list of calendar highlights:
LOW TIDE AT 12:23 PM: The daytime low tides of summer are here! Today, tide is out to -2.5 feet at 12:23 pm. It’s season-debut day for Seattle Aquarium beach naturalists, who you’ll find at Constellation Park and Lincoln Park (near Colman Pool) until 1:30 pm.
SOFTBALL PLAYOFFS: District tournament play tonight for West Seattle High School, which took 2nd in the Metro League tournament – 5 pm game against Bellevue HS at SW Athletic Complex. (2801 SW Thistle)
WEST SEATTLE CRIME PREVENTION COUNCIL: 7 pm at the Southwest Precinct; bring your neighborhood concerns/questions, hear about crime trends/stats, plus – wonder what the truth is about gangs? Tonight’s featured guests are billed as a panel of former gang members. (Webster/Delridge)
DINE OUT FOR HIGHLAND PARK ELEMENTARY: Until 9 pm, dine at Zippy’s Giant Burgers in White Center and a percentage of the proceeds benefits the Highland Park Elementary PTA. (9614 14th SW)
Today starts with a big event that might affect you even if you’re not participating:
WEST SEATTLE 5K: Alki Avenue will be closed from 63rd eastward to Duwamish Head from about 8 am to 11 am for the annual West Seattle 5K Run/Walk, presented by the West Seattle High School PTSA as a fundraiser for student needs (with co-sponsors including WSB). Even if you’re not registered yet, just come down to the Alki Bathhouse and sign up pre-race, starting around 8. The runners/walkers take off shortly after 9 am. (61st/Alki)
As mentioned here previously, NO “Summer Streets” (Car-Free Day) festival afterward – the city scrapped it – but community members have organized fun stuff for:
ALKI DAZE: From the Facebook event page – 1 pm costumed bike parade – meet at 63rd/Alki; 2 pm patio party in the 2600 block of Alki SW (live music with Slow Dance, Darci Carlson, Project Wonder Bread); 3 pm, same area, “bicycle drag race.”
Also happening today:
WEST SEATTLE AMATEUR RADIO CLUB: Interested in joining? The monthly breakfast meeting today, 9:30 am at Young’s Restaurant in South Delridge, is a great place to check out the WSARC. Details here – and did you read this story? (9413 16th SW)
WEST SEATTLE FARMERS’ MARKET: 10 am-2 pm in The Junction. 4th-to-last time you’ll find the market in its current location, since June 14th is when it moves into the street! (44th/Alaska)
(Western Tanager, photographed by Trileigh Tucker near Lincoln Park)
Busy, busy Saturday ahead. From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:
WEST SEATTLE HI-YU COMMUNITY BREAKFAST: It’s a busy Saturday. Whatever you’re doing, start it at the VFW Hall, 8 am-11 am, for breakfast and the talent exhibition that’s being judged as part of choosing the new Hi-Yu Senior Court Queen. (3601 SW Alaska)
35TH SW SAFETY PROJECT WALKING TOUR: Questions/concerns/comments about what the city is proposing for 35th SW? Talk with SDOT during all or part of this morning’s walking tour, which starts at 9 am at 35th/Avalon and offers other meetup points all the way to noon at 35th/Roxbury- see our Friday preview.
HELP SAVE SEATTLE’S APPLES: 10 am-1 pm, CityFruit, and local fruit trees, need you – as explained here. (8845 34th SW)
‘FESTIVAL OF RESISTANCE’: 10 am-4:30 pm activities at and off Seacrest and Jack Block Parks, organized by opponents of Arctic offshore drilling in relation to Shell vessels using Terminal 5. Details in our Friday update. (P.S. The barge just off the area with a trailer and solar panels is part of it, with “projections” expected by dusk on what organizers are calling The People’s Platform.)
TAKE A WALK TO SHAPE A TOUR: 10:30 am-noon, second of three Alki-area walks to help shape a future all-encompassing walking tour – your input will help make that tour terrific. Meet at the SW Seattle Historical Society’s Log House Museum. (61st/Stevens)
BENEFIT BARBECUE AT THRIFTWAY: 11 am-4 pm, today’s West Seattle Thriftway (WSB sponsor) benefit barbecue lunch – only $5 – raises money for Northwest Harvest. Bratwurst with grilled peppers and onions, drink, and chips included. Look for the grill tent outside the store. (4201 SW Morgan)
FIRE IT UP … at the Barton St. P-Patch in Westwood, 11 am-3 pm, help get the garden ready for spring and enjoy fresh treats from the P-Patch’s oven. Details here. (34th/Barton)
FRIENDSHOP POP-UP: 11:30 am-3:30 pm – here’s what it’s all about. West Seattle (Admiral) Library steps. (2306 42nd SW)
WEST SEATTLE 5K REGISTRATION/PACKET PICKUP: Noon-6 pm today, register for tomorrow’s West Seattle 5K or, if you’re already signed up, pick up your packet, at West Seattle Runner (WSB sponsor) – beat the last-minute pre-race rush! (2743 California SW)
ONE-DAY NATIVE ART SHOW: 1-4 pm at the Duwamish Tribe Longhouse in West Seattle, “Contemporary and Traditional Native Fine Arts of the Future” with John Romero. (4705 W. Marginal Way SW)
ALKI DAZE: The community-organized celebration starts tonight with a meet-and-greet at Alki Huddle, 6 pm, followed by a beach bonfire at 8 pm – here’s our preview.
ROO FORREST AND FRIENDS: 7-9 pm at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor) – live music. (5612 California SW)
MORE on the calendar (and note that Highland Park Uncorked and tonight’s performance of “Angry Housewives” are sold out!) … here.
Topping the list of what else is going on today/tonight – it’s the May edition of West Seattle Art Walk, 6-9 pm. Here’s the map/venue list:
Plan your evening by browsing the artist/venue previews on the official WS Art Walk website.
Four more highlights from the calendar (just a few of MANY things, so please follow that link to browse the full list):
CANDIDATES’ FORUM: Though it’s not IN West Seattle, it’s co-presented by the 34th District Democrats – a candidates’ forum for the two at-large City Council positions (8 and 9) and the local School Board seat (6). Doors at 6:30, forum at 7, on the South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) Georgetown campus. (6737 Corson Ave. S.)
ALKI ELEMENTARY PTA MEETING: 6:30 pm tonight at Alki Elementary – be there for the budget presentation. (3010 59th SW)
FRANK FEST: The seventh annual celebration of Frank Sinatra, 7 pm at Feedback Lounge. (6451 California SW)
ANGRY HOUSEWIVES: A few tickets remain for tonight’s 7:30 pm performance at ArtsWest (WSB sponsor) – did you hear it’s been extended one more week, to the end of the month, too? (4711 California SW)
(Our favorite bird! Steller’s Jay photographed in Fauntleroy Park in April by Mark Wangerin)
From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar for today/tonight:
SENIOR CENTER OF WEST SEATTLE BOARD MEETING: 5:30 pm at the Senior Center of West Seattle, it’s the monthly board meeting – public welcome. (Oregon/California)
THOSE ARE JUST 4 – SEE MANY MORE on our calendar!
West Seattle Tuesday: Should schools’ bell times change? Plus: WSCO concert; JuNO, Fauntleroy, Admiral meetings; more!May 12, 2015 at 9:49 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | No Comments
(Photo by Ed Swan, who identifies it as a Red Admiral butterfly, photographed in the Admiral area)
Wide-ranging lineup of highlights tonight:
HIGH-SCHOOL INFORMATION FAIR AT WESTSIDE SCHOOL: Happening tonight:
Westside School will be holding a high-school information fair on Tuesday May 12 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. The fair will host approximately 15 Admission Directors from the Seattle area, along with two boarding schools. We would like to invite students and parents to the fair, with the purpose of providing an opportunity to learn more about these great schools and the admission process. Some of the schools that will be in attendance are Bishop Blanchet, Seattle Prep, Kennedy, Seattle Lutheran, Annie Wright, St. Michaels University School (BC), Aviation High School, Academy Schools, and Holy Names Academy
Westside is in Sunrise Heights. (7740 34th SW)
WEST SEATTLE COMMUNITY ORCHESTRAS: 6:30 pm at Chief Sealth International High School Auditorium, program including works by Haydn and Beethoven, and a premiere work by West Seattle composer Robert Duisberg – details in our calendar listing. (2600 SW Thistle)
JUNCTION NEIGHBORHOOD ORGANIZATION: 6:30 pm at the Senior Center of West Seattle, JuNO meets with agenda highlights listed by director René Commons:
Our Guest Speaker is: Lynn Best, Director, Environmental Affairs, Seattle City Light. Lynn will advise our community on the current and future status of the Avalon Substation and adjoining restaurant property. Seattle City Light owns both properties (location is 35th ave and SW Genesee st at NE bridge entrance); the large concrete substation is cleared and fenced off – looks like a bunker, and the restaurant site – former terriyaki- was recently leased by them to Pecos Pit BBQ. We have asked Lynn to share with our community an an overview on the process of how sub station properties can convert to public green spaces. Are the sites marketed only to private investors; can there be a more rigorous evaluation process of converting sites as green spaces to benefit our dense urban community?
J u N O meetings are open to the public and all are welcome. … Working together to make our West Seattle Junction and Triangle Neighborhoods a better place to work, live and play!!! … (Also) We will discuss dates for Junction Plaza Park cleanup and future artwork concepts for this small but integral neighborhood park.
Emergency Hub – update on Saturdays event at Hiawatha
Fauntleroy Boulevard Improvement – discussion with updates
Juno Events – martini walk or pub crawl organizers needed
Juno Booth at WS Street Fair – ideas and volunteers needed
SEATTLE PUBLIC SCHOOLS BELL TIMES: Should they change? The district is taking a closer look at three options for scheduling and would like to hear from you – whether you are a parent, staffer, neighbor, or anyone else with an opinion. The comment period is running out but you’re welcome at a meeting at 7 pm tonight at Chief Sealth International High School. Our calendar listing includes other ways to have a say, as long as you do it quickly. (2600 SW Thistle)
ADMIRAL NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION: 7 pm at The Sanctuary at Admiral – learn about land use, how to find out what’s happening and how to have a say in it. All welcome. (42nd/Lander)
PUBLIC HEALTH CAFE ON CHILDHOOD ASTHMA: Is it linked to the environment? Hear from and talk with Dr. Catherine Karr, Pediatrician, UW research scientist, & Director of the NW Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit. 7 pm at Chaco Canyon Organic Café in The Triangle. Free, all welcome. (3770 SW Alaska)
MORE … today/tonight/beyond – just check out our calendar.
PLANT-IDENTIFICATION WALK: Been to “Soundway Park“? That’s the site of tonight’s free 6:30 pm plant-identification walk with the Nature Consortium. Check to see if there’s room (if there isn’t sign up for a future hike!). Meet at the trailhead. (14th/Holly)
The West Seattle Amateur Radio Club (WSARC) weekly net @ W7AW Repeater, 441.800, input +5, tone 141.3. Echolink and IRLP are also available -see westseattlearc.org for more info. The repeater is located at High Point.
EVENING BOOK GROUPS: Both meet at 6:45 pm, all welcome. At Southwest Library, they’re reading “Zeitoun” by Dave Eggers; at West Seattle (Admiral) Library, they’re reading the 2015 Seattle Reads book, .
DENNY PTSA MEETING: 7 pm, the Denny International Middle School PTSA meets in the school library. (2601 SW Kenyon)
Beach-ing or boating today? We start with two views from our summery Saturday – above, Rebecca shared the view from Argosy’s Goodtime II passing Alki en route back from Blake Island and below, from Upper Alki, JayDee caught a view of the Seattle Yacht Club‘s regatta before, according to its website, it was abandoned due to “light air”:
(Click either image for a larger view.) Now, on to our calendar highlights for the day ahead – whether you’re celebrating Mother’s Day or just the second day of the weekend:
POST-GARAGE SALE DAY DONATIONS: Until 11 am, Clothes for the Cause collection continues at Alki Elementary (3010 59th SW); 10 am-3 pm, Stop n Shop at the Senior Center of West Seattle is taking dropoffs on the alley in back (SW Oregon just east of California SW); for details and other ongoing donation sites, see our big list.
WEST SEATTLE FARMERS’ MARKET: Flowers, treats, all manner of freshness. 10 am-2 pm in The Junction. (44th/Alaska)
FLASH MOTHER’S DAY SALE: Shop local with/for Mom! 40 percent off at The General Store Seattle (WSB sponsor), in person or online. Open 10-7 today. (3400 Harbor SW)
TAKE MOM TO THE MUSEUM: Noon-4 pm, regular hours at the home of West Seattle’s history, the Log House Museum. (61st/Stevens)
LADIES MUSICAL CLUB: 3 pm at West Seattle (Admiral) Library – “Join us for a Mother’s Day concert featuring music by Schumann, Granados, Bernstein and a U.S. premiere of Alfred Tokayer.” Free. (2306 42nd SW)
(Photo from ready-in-advance Sale #28 – “plants, plants, plants” – sale pics: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Happy West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day 2015! The key links, again, before we also list what else is happening:
–More than 340 sales, of all sizes, all over West Seattle, 9 am-3 pm!
–Clickable, searchable online map here
–Downloadable/printable list/guide/map here
–Donation drives listed here (not just for sale aftermath – some are collecting through the day, in case you want to buy and donate, or aren’t having a sale but have stuff to unload, and some are collecting after today, too)
–As-it-happens coverage to come (and a few more key links)! But first, a look at what else is up today/tonight:
STAMP OUT HUNGER: Whatever you’re doing today, before you head out, fill a bag with food for the National Association of Letter Carriers‘ annual collection, and put it by your mailbox, mailslot, wherever your letter carrier delivers/picks up.
NEPAL SEEDS BENEFIT LEMONADE/TREAT STAND: 9 am-noon, lemonade/bake sale, as previewed here. (7800 block California SW)
MEET ‘RAINWISE’ CONTRACTORS: 10 am-noon at Highland Park Improvement Club (which has been honored for its sustainability innovations!), find out more about RainWise and meet contractors who install raingardens and/or cisterns, for which you might be eligible for a rebate. (12th/Holden)
MY THREE LITTLE BIRDS’ FIRST ANNIVERSARY: 10 am-5 pm, the upscale-kid-stuff-resale shop in south Morgan Junction celebrates its first birthday by throwing you a party – details in our calendar listing. (6959 California SW)
ALKI WALK TO HELP SHAPE FUTURE TOUR: 10:30 am, meet up at the Log House Museum to join a walk that’s billed as a “scouting expedition” as the museum creates the definitive Alki walking tour, with your input – as explained here. (61st/Stevens)
VIETNAMESE STORY TIME: 11:30 am at Delridge Branch Library. (5423 Delridge Way SW)
EMERGENCY COMMUNICATION HUBS DRILL: 5-10 pm, the Emergency Communication Hubs around the city are participating in a quake-scenario drill, including two in West Seattle (Hiawatha and Ercolini). Details in our preview.
GARY BENSON, LIVE: At C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), 7-9 pm. (5612 California SW)
MUSIC OF WEEZER, U2, GUNS & ROSES: 9 pm, all-ages show at The Skylark. (3803 Delridge Way SW)
REALLY, THERE’S MORE … see it here.
Good morning! Summer-ish weather today (and tomorrow too), and a great day to be on the water – that’s the carrier John C. Stennis (CVN 74) with the Bremerton ferry, photographed by Greg Snyder, back today from at-sea training. Somewhat quiet schedule for today/tonight, as we head toward a big weekend (Mother’s Day on Sunday, West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day tomorrow):
FREE BAKING CLASS FOR TEENS: 3 pm at Delridge Community Center – learn how to bake, free! (4501 Delridge Way SW)
METRO LEAGUE HIGH-SCHOOL BASEBALL TOURNAMENT: Games tonight at Southwest Athletic Complex in West Seattle and Steve Cox Memorial Field in White Center.
RUDY’S WEST SEATTLE GRAND OPENING PARTY: 6-10 pm, music, food, beer, freebies to celebrate the grand opening of Rudy’s Barbershop (WSB sponsor) in West Seattle, as previewed here on Thursday. (4480 Fauntleroy Way SW)
FRIDAY NIGHT SKATING: 6:30-8:30 pm, roll the night away at Alki Community Center. (5817 SW Stevens)
LIVE AT KENYON HALL: 7:30 pm, The Syncopaths take the stage. (7904 35th SW)
MORE! on the calendar.
West Seattle Thursday: Genesee-Schmitz Neighborhood Council meeting; praying & rallying on Alki; ‘Barnyard Musical Mystery’May 7, 2015 at 11:02 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | Comments Off
(Downy woodpecker, photographed by Mark Wangerin in Fauntleroy Park)
For tonight, from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:
COMMUNITY ORCHARD OF WEST SEATTLE: 5-7 pm on the north end of the South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) campus, drop by, pitch in; it’ll be a perfect evening to work and learn outdoors. BYO gloves/water. (6000 16th SW)
NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER: 6:30 pm, it’s the annual gathering at Alki Beach, sponsored by the West Seattle Ministerial Association. (61st/Alki)
GENESEE-SCHMITZ NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCIL: 7 pm, general meeting at West Side Presbyterian Church (WSB sponsor), with agenda including the new school under construction on Genesee Hill and Seattle Green Spaces Coalition. (3601 California SW)
CELL-ANTENNA OPPONENTS’ RALLY: 7 pm at the Alki Beach fire pits, the group opposed to 12 cell-phone antennas proposed atop an Alki apartment building plan a rally, as previewed here. (59th/Alki)
WHAT ELSE IS UP, YOU ASK? Just go here to see.
West Seattle Wednesday: Admiral Way project @ Southwest District Council; belly-dancing classes; bike-commuting clinic; moreMay 6, 2015 at 10:37 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | Comments Off
(WSB photo: Bainbridge ferries and fog in the distance, seen from Duwamish Head this morning)
Looking ahead to what’s up for the rest of today/tonight:
HOW ABOUT A WALK ON THE BEACH? 1:09 pm, low tide is out to -1.5 feet today.
ADMIRAL WAY PROJECT @ SOUTHWEST DISTRICT COUNCIL: 6:30 pm at the Senior Center of West Seattle, the Southwest District Council is scheduled to hear about the Admiral Way Safety Project, proposing road changes along Admiral west of California, as presented to the Admiral Neighborhood Association last month. Also on the agenda, an update on the status of “Walking on Logs.” Public welcome. (Oregon/California)
NEW TIME FOR FRISBEE PICKUP GAME: West Seattle Ultimate Family Frisbee is now playing at Fairmount Playfield at 6:30 pm, half an hour later than before. (Fauntleroy/Brandon)
AS ALWAYS, YOU’LL SEE EVEN MORE if you take a moment to browse our calendar.
West Seattle Tuesday: GiveBIG continues; Gelarto ‘soft open’; benefit for fire victims; WWRHAH; knee-pain help …May 5, 2015 at 11:18 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | 3 Comments
(Pam Mandel from Nerd’s Eye View photographed this great blue heron @ Constellation Park)
Here’s what’s up for the rest of today/tonight, mostly from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar (where you’ll always find even more listings than what we get to spotlight here):
GIVEBIG, UNTIL 11:59 PM! The annual donate-a-thon is under way – here’s our list of West Seattle, White Center, South Park nonprofits to which you can donate, making them eligible for extra “stretch” money. (Also note “Dine Out for Hunger” participants in White Center.)
GELARTO SOFT OPEN: The gelato-and-coffee shop on Alki Beach that we first told you about in March says it’s “soft-opening” at noon today. They’re still working on an organic-dairy provider, so no dairy-inclusive coffee drinks just yet. (59th/Alki)
HELP FIRE FAMILIES: 4 Morgan Junction establishments are donating part of their proceeds tonight to help the three families who lost homes in the big Pelly Place fire last Thursday. Details in our preview.
HIGH-SCHOOL SOFTBALL: West Seattle High School varsity team hosts Eastside Catholic at Southwest Athletic Complex, 3:30 pm. (2801 SW Thistle)
CINCO DE MAYO CELEBRATION: 6 pm, music, food, and dance at Delridge Community Center. (4501 Delridge Way SW)
CINCO DE MAYO ‘TACO TUESDAY’: 6 pm event at Alki Bathhouse – details in our calendar listing. (60th/Alki)
WESTWOOD-ROXHILL-ARBOR HEIGHTS COMMUNITY COUNCIL: 6:15 pm at Southwest Branch Library, with agenda including:
6:20-6:45: Delridge Basin Sewer System Improvement with Tara Wong Esteban, SPU, & Kelly Pajek from the Arts Department: This is the project currently underway at 22nd Ave SW and Henderson/Barton Pl.
6:45-7:10: Arbor Heights Micro-Surfacing Project Update with Art Brochet: Did your street get missed? This is an opportunity to hear from SDOT what streets will be completed this time.
7:15-7:30: Committee & Neighborhood Council Updates
7:30-7:40: WWRHAH Elections!
In the library’s upstairs meeting room. (35th/Henderson)
ABOUT YOUR ACHING KNEES … 6:30 pm at West Seattle Runner (WSB sponsor), Elite Sports and Spine “will be presenting on knee pain,” according to WSR’s announcement: “This topic will include patellofemoral syndrome and ITB syndrome. They will cover causes, signs and symptoms as well as treatment strategies: including strengthening and stretching. West Seattle Runner will be offering 10% off all injury prevention merchandise, including inserts.” (2743 California SW)
DEAD MEN WALKING: Live in-store, free, all ages, 7 pm at Easy Street Records. (California/Alaska)
Thanks to Elaina Alonzo for that photo of bubble-blowing on Alki during Sunday’s sunset (first published on the WSB Facebook page). Looks like it’ll be another beautiful night at the beach (and elsewhere) – but in the meantime, here are highlights for today/tonight:
HIGHLAND PARK PTA: As previewed here last night, Highland Park Elementary‘s PTA is having its final meeting of the school year, starting with a 5:30 pm potluck before the 6 pm meeting. (1012 SW Trenton)
SCHOOL BOARD DIRECTOR’S COMMUNITY MEETING: West Seattle/South Park’s rep on the Seattle Public Schools board, Marty McLaren, hosts one of her periodic community-conversation meetings, 6-7:45 pm at (UPDATED LOCATION) Southwest Branch Library. (35th SW/SW Henderson)
WEST SEATTLE AMATEUR RADIO CLUB: Every Monday night at 6:30 pm, weekly on-air “meeting”:
The West Seattle Amateur Radio Club (WSARC) weekly net @ W7AW Repeater, 441.800, input +5, tone 141.3. Echolink and IRLP are also available -see westseattlearc.org for more info. The repeater is located at High Point.
HI-YU MEETING: During tonight’s 7 pm West Seattle Hi-Yu meeting at Admiral Congregational Church, the candidates for Senior Court Queen will present judged essay readings, as part of the process leading up to the coronation later this month. More meeting details here. (California/Hill)
YOU’LL FIND MORE TO DO … if you check out the full list of events for today/tonight (and beyond).
Photo by Bill Bacon)
Happy Sunday! From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:
PROFESSOR @ PEACE LUTHERAN: Starting at 9:15 am, a guest presenter today at Peace Lutheran Church in Gatewood:
Professor Patrick Henry, Emeritus Professor of Philosophy and Literature at Whitman College, will be a guest presenter at Peace Lutheran Church (39th and SW Thistle). Dr. Henry will give a special presentation on the community of Le Chambon-sur-Lignon, France, who, along with neighboring villages, offered safe haven to Jewish refugees during WW2, saving thousands of lives.
The schedule for his presentations – all of which are open to the community – is in our calendar listing. (39th/Thistle)
NORTH DELRIDGE TREE WALK: 10 am, meet Tree Ambassador Patrick at Greg Davis Park to tour neighborhood green spaces and learn some Cottage Grove history. Free, all welcome. (26th/Brandon)
WEST SEATTLE FARMERS’ MARKET: 10 am-2 pm, with plants, new produce, more. (44th/Alaska)
(added) BASEBALL GEAR DONATION DRIVE: A local father and son are collecting bats and gloves in good condition to take to Nicaragua this summer, 11 am-3:30 pm at Hiawatha Playfield. (2700 California SW)
FREE CUPCAKE & CENTURYLINK 1-GIG INFO: 11 am-3 pm at Cupcake Royale in The Junction, CenturyLink has a drop-in info session about its 1 Gig service, with a free cupcake for everyone who stops by, while they last.
(WSB photo, added after event began)
Note: CL is sponsoring WSB to promote this event. (California/Alaska)
FRED LAUGHS: This time around, the Kol HaNeshamah “FRED Talks” series presents “fun, frolicking, female-focused comedy,” with Connie Burke and Jake Fawcett. 3 pm – more info in our listing. (6115 SW Hinds)
LIVE MUSIC AT C & P: Max García Conover & The Ghost of Paul Revere perform at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), 3-5 pm. (5612 California SW)
YOU’LL FIND EVEN MORE … on our calendar.
Highlights of what’s happening today/tonight, starting with two sea-related sights:
(Added: WSB photo, Water Taxi making its way past shrimpers late Saturday morning)
SPOT SHRIMP SEASON: In case you missed our mention, that’s what all the fishing boats are out on the bay for – until 3 pm, and then one more day this year, May 13th, 7 am-3 pm. Take note that this means big traffic at Don Armeni Boat Ramp once the boats start coming back in – Gretchen shared this photo of the outbound lineup this morning:
(1222 Harbor SW)
ALSO ON THE WATER: First cruise ship of the year arrived before 6 am – Lynn Hall shared this photo of Westerdam headed for Pier 91 as a state ferry passed:
Westerdam will head back out around 4 pm. You can see this year’s cruise-ship schedule here.
Now, what’s happening on shore:
BOY SCOUTS’ BIG SALE: Until 4 pm at American Legion Post 160 in The Triangle, Troop 284‘s multi-family sale (added – photo sent by Karen):
Credit cards accepted. (3602 SW Alaska)
FRIENDS OF LINCOLN PARK: 9 am-noon, join them to show the park some TLC, as explained here. (Fauntleroy/Rose)
ST. JOHN’S RUMMAGE SALE: 9 am-3 pm, second day of the “Fabulous & Famous” sale at St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church in Admiral. (3050 California SW)
THRIFTWAY BARBECUE: Benefit barbecue season begins at West Seattle Thriftway (WSB sponsor) – starting at 11 am (until 4 or as long as supplies last), look for the tent by the south entrance. (added) Today’s menu: “Slow-cooked pork tacos with fresh salsa, sour cream and homemade cabbage topping, with water for a $6 donation.” (California/Fauntleroy/Morgan)
VOLUNTEER WITH SWSHS: You don’t have to be a historian to help the Southwest Seattle Historical Society as a volunteer! All kinds of things you can do. Find out by showing up for the next orientation session at 11 am today at the Log House Museum. (61st/Stevens)
‘LOVE BUZZ’: This year’s St. Baldrick’s event organized by Emily Austin to raise money to fight childhood cancer is happening 4-7 pm at Metropolist in SODO, with lots of West Seattle participation – go get buzzed and/or cheer on others who choose to. (2931 1st Ave. S., Suite A)
‘ANGRY HOUSEWIVES’: The musical at ArtsWest Playhouse & Gallery (WSB sponsor) is a hot ticket – only a few left for tonight as of early this morning. 7:30 pm curtain time – if you can’t get in tonight, buy in advance for another night/day! (4711 California SW)
Have a great Saturday!
(Pine siskin, photographed by Mark Wangerin)
Quick look at highlights for today/tonight from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:
ST. JOHN’S RUMMAGE SALE: Day 1 of the big sale at St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church – on now until 7 pm. (3050 California SW)
THRIFTWAY TENT SALE: First day of West Seattle Thriftway (WSB sponsor)’s three-day tent sale. (California/Fauntleroy/Morgan)
TONY’S OPENING: Speaking of tents – today’s the day Tony’s Market in Westwood told us they plan to open for the season. (35th/Barton)
FAIRMOUNT PARK POETRY: Celebration of student poets at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), 1 pm. (5612 California SW)
MARY McGOUGH’S CLOSING RECEPTION: Also at C & P, 4 pm today – details here.
WORDS, WRITERS, WEST SEATTLE: 5-7 pm at Barnes & Noble/Westwood Village, it’s the next installment of the Southwest Seattle Historical Society-presented author series, this time featuring Jan Koutsky:
FOOD BANK ‘INSTRUMENTS OF CHANGE’: Ticket sales are over but if you have yours, here’s your reminder that the West Seattle Food Bank‘s big annual benefit (with co-sponsors including WSB) is tonight at the Seattle Design Center.
MORE! on our calendar – check it any time.
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