What’s happening (& not happening) for your West Seattle Wednesday night

August 20, 2014 at 3:33 pm | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | No Comments

Patricia shared that beautiful view of last night’s sunset (thank you!). As evening approaches, we wanted to note a few things that are, and are not, happening (there’s more on our calendar, as always):

HAPPENING

*High Point Healthy Families Celebration at Neighborhood House’s HP Center, 5 pm
*Science on Wheels at West Seattle YMCA (WSB sponsor) with Pacific Science Center, 6 pm
*Backpack giveaway at Westwood Christian Community, 6:30 pm
*Comedy night at Feedback Lounge (WSB sponsor), hosted by Mona Concepcion, 8 pm

NOT HAPPENING

*In a recent comment discussion, it was mentioned that new SDOT director Scott Kubly had accepted an invitation to the next Delridge Neighborhoods District Council meeting. Turns out DNDC is NOT meeting tonight but you can mark your calendar for Kubly, Councilmember Tom Rasmussen, and other transportation-related guests at the September meeting – 7 pm September 17th at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, per DNDC chair Mat McBride, who says they’ll move that meeting into the theater so there’s more room.

West Seattle Tuesday: Kurdistan benefit at Pegasus; City of Hope benefit at Salty’s; camp-fundraiser movie at Schmitz Park; more …

August 19, 2014 at 10:12 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | No Comments

(Steller’s Jay silhouetted against the early-morning sun outside WSB HQ this morning)
Do a good deed while having a good time! Three of our calendar highlights for today/tonight fit that description and are on the list:

PEGASUS BENEFIT FOR KURDISTAN RELIEF: 4-9 pm at Pegasus Pizza on Alki, specials and raffle tickets benefit relief for children and families in Kurdistan – details in our calendar listing. (2770 Alki SW)

LAST CALL FOR FAMILY-FRIENDLY TENNIS LESSONS: 6 pm tonight, it’s the final session for USTA Family-Friendly Tennis at Solstice Park – you’re welcome even if you haven’t been to any previous sessions, and regardless of your skill level; details in our calendar listing. (7400 Fauntleroy Way SW)

SALTY’S BENEFIT FOR CITY OF HOPE: Tonight’s Tuesday Tuneup at Salty’s on Alki (WSB sponsor), 6:30-8:30 pm, emceed and entertained by pianist Victor Janusz, is a fundraiser for City of Hope – no cover charge, donations accepted. (1936 Harbor SW)

SCHMITZ PARK ELEMENTARY OUTDOOR MOVIE: Rescheduled from last week (the weather’s much better now!), “Rio 2” outdoors at Schmitz Park Elementary, raising money for the 4th-grade Islandwood trip. “Doors open” at 6:30, movie around 8:15 pm, more in our calendar listing and on the SPE PTA website. (5000 SW Spokane)

BOBBY BARE JR., LIVE: Live in-store at Easy Street Records in The Junction tonight at 7 pm, it’s Bobby Bare Jr.details on the ESR website. Free. (California/Alaska)

BELLY DANCING: Time for the monthly Alauda freeform-bellydancing showcase at Skylark Café and Club (no cover charge), 7:30 pm. (3803 Delridge Way SW)

BRIAN LEE & THE ORBITERS @ THE FEEDBACK: The weekly “Blues To Do” show features Brian Lee and The Orbiters tonight at Feedback Lounge (WSB sponsor), 8 pm. (6451 California SW)

MORE! … just go check out our calendar.

West Seattle Monday: Wading, reading, learning…

August 18, 2014 at 9:00 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | 3 Comments

(WSB photo: M/V Issaquah heading out from Fauntleroy this morning – the run is back to 3 boats today)
Getting down to the quieter weeks of summer – but not *entirely* quiet:

ONE WADING POOL, ONE SPRAYPARK: Most city wading pools’ seasons ended over the past few days, but Lincoln Park‘s wading pool remains open daily (weather permitting), 11 am-8 pm, through Labor Day – so that’s two more weeks. Same for Highland Park Spraypark, 11 am-8 pm through Labor Day. Addresses and other info here.

AFTERNOON BOOK GROUP: 2 pm at Southwest Branch Library; this month’s book is “Snow Flower and the Secret Fan” by Lisa See. No registration or previous participation required – just show up. (35th/Henderson)

WHAT MAKES A BOAT FLOAT? Kids 4-8 will find out tonight at 6 pm at High Point Branch Library. Free but registration is required – info and the phone number, all here.

P.S. for politics-watchers:

NO CITY COUNCIL MEETINGS FOR TWO WEEKS: If you keep watch on what the council and its committees are up to, you get a two-week break starting today – it’s the annual hiatus.

West Seattle Sunday: Where to do a good deed; have a good time…

August 17, 2014 at 8:50 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | No Comments

(Delridge sunflowers, by Laura Goodrich, shared via the WSB Flickr group)
Notes from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar – after a transportation alert:

FERRY ALERT: The Fauntleroy-Vashon-Southworth run is still on a 2-boat schedule, and fog is complicating it further this morning. Keep an eye on which boat is where, “live,” via WSF VesselWatch.

WSHS MUSIC CAR WASH: 10 am-4 pm, get your car washed on a donation basis as a benefit for West Seattle High School‘s music program, raising money “for an upcoming trip to Disneyland next spring to march in the Disneyland parade and other music events.” West Seattle Autoworks (WSB sponsor). (35th/Webster)

SCHOOL SUPPLY DRIVE’S LAST DAY: Local Girl Scouts are collecting school supplies through today, with a dropoff box at Mind Unwind in The Admiral District – details in our original report. (2206 California SW)

LAST DAY FOR SHOOFLY, DIVA: This is the last day for two local businesses: Shoofly Pie Company in The Junction (as announced last month; per Facebook, they’re opening at 10 am today and going until they sell out) and Diva Espresso in The Triangle (our previous report is here, explaining why they’re out and who’s in).

LUNA PARK BLOCK PARTY: Noon-3 pm with music, fashion, accessories, and more; details in our calendar listing. (2942 Avalon Way SW)

CITYDOG MAGAZINE COVER-DOG SEARCH: Does your dog have star power? S/he might be CityDog Magazine cover material. Photo sessions at West Seattle Thriftway (WSB sponsor) noon-2 pm today by donation – details in our calendar listing. (California/Morgan/Fauntleroy)

WHILE YOU’RE THERE … The Dog Days of Summer adoption drive also continues at WS Thriftway today, noon-3 pm – details here.

WADING POOL’S LAST DAY: Delridge Community Center wading pool’s last day of the season, 12-6:45 pm – see the citywide schedule here. (Delridge/Genesee)

BEERFEST AND PET-ADOPTION EVENT: 1-4 pm at West Seattle Nursery, come have beer, a hot dog, and a chance to add a new companion to your household. Four animal-advocacy/rescue groups are participating; live music too – details here. (California/Brandon)

GOLDEN HERON GAMELAN IN CONCERT: Traditional music of Indonesia at Village Green Perennial Nursery, 1 pm – details in our calendar listing. (10223 26th SW)

ALKI LIGHTHOUSE TOUR: Five chances left this summer to take a free tour of historic Alki Point Lighthouse with US Coast Guard Auxiliary volunteers – today (and the next two Saturdays/Sundays), 1-4 pm. (3201 Alki SW)

MUSICAL THEATER X 2: Again today, two local productions onstage, and both have 3 pm matinees – Hello, Dolly! presented by Twelfth Night Productions, and You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown,” presented by the ArtsWest youth – click on either production’s name for details.

SUPPORT GROUP: New West Seattle miscarriage support group meets today, 3 pm – location information via RSVP; details in our calendar listing.

MUSIC THIS AFTERNOON AND TONIGHT … see the calendar!

West Seattle Saturday: Ferry/traffic alerts plus 17 possibilities for the first half of your weekend

August 16, 2014 at 8:50 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | 4 Comments

Thanks to Bob Venezia for the photo of Lincoln Park’s famous birds (that’s sort of how we felt this morning, too). Before we get to the highlights for today/tonight from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar, the ferry in the background is a cue for one of today’s traffic notes:

BIG VASHON ISLAND EVENT: The Washington State Ferries notes weekend traffic between Fauntleroy and Vashon is likely to be heavy because of the Raft Up kayak/canoe/music event expected to draw thousands.

JUNCTION CRANE COMING DOWN: We will be checking on this for an update shortly, but the block of California between Alaska and Edmunds was scheduled to be a little busier than usual this morning, through mid-afternoon, as the 4730 California project’s tower crane comes down.

CITYWIDE ALERTS FOR THIS WEEKEND … If you’re heading off-peninsula, check this SDOT-published roundup first.

Now, ways to spend at least part of your Saturday here at home:

MOBILE BLOOD DRIVES: Two of them today – follow each link for details: 9 am-3 pm at 42nd/Alaska in The Junction; 9:30 am-3:30 pm at Westwood Village.

RIVERSIDE WALKING TOUR: Join the Southwest Seattle Historical Society on a walk through a neighborhood full of stories to tell and sights to see, 10 am, details (and a map) in our calendar listing. (W. Marginal Way/Marginal Place SW)

POCKET PARK MEETING: Remember our story earlier this summer about the Gatewood home donated to Seattle Parks by a local family? 10 am this morning, at the house, neighbors are invited to the informational meeting about plans for demolition and restoration at the site. (3823 SW Willow)

ADOPT A SHELTER PET! Noon-3 pm at West Seattle Thriftway (WSB sponsor) as part of its ongoing Dog Days of Summer. (California/Fauntleroy/Morgan)

ARBOR HEIGHTS BLOCK PARTY: Noon-4 pm at ARK Park, Arbor Heights Community Church throws its annual summertime party for neighbors! (4113 SW 102nd)

GET SCHOOL SUPPLIES! 2-5 pm at Delridge Skatepark, school-supplies giveaway plus food and fun, courtesy of The Way Church of God; details in our calendar listing. (Genesee/Delridge)

CHIEF SEALTH CLASS OF 1984 REUNION EVENTS … continue with dinner at Talarico’s in The Junction tonight, 6 pm, info here. (4718 California SW)

‘GOONIES’ AT WS OUTDOOR MOVIES: Every year, West Seattle Outdoor Movies asks for suggestions, and this year brought double-digit requests for “The Goonies,” so if you’re a fan, come see it TONIGHT on the big screen in the courtyard by Hotwire Online Coffeehouse (WSB sponsor) tonight! Movie’s at dusk (8:30-ish, depending on how clear/cloudy it is by sunset), but gates open at 6:30 pm and you’ll want to come stake out your space early – bring your own chair/blanket. Free but bring $ for nonprofit-benefiting raffle/concessions if you can! (4410 California SW)

MUSICAL THEATER X 2: Hello, Dolly! presented by Twelfth Night Productions; also at 7:30 pm, You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown,” presented by the ArtsWest youth – click on either production’s name for details.

LIVE MUSIC X 6: Five Buck Band at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), 7 pm; Tom Kell & Emiko Woods at Kenyon Hall, 7:30 pm; Travis Hart Trio at The Cask (WSB sponsor), 9 pm; Red House at Feedback Lounge (WSB sponsor), 9 pm; hip-hop slate at Skylark, 9 pm; Tom Price Desert Classic (and more) at Benbow Room, 9 pm.

4 for Saturday: Crane removal; Riverside walking tour; school-supplies giveaway; ‘Goonies’ at West Seattle Outdoor Movies

August 15, 2014 at 10:03 pm | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | 4 Comments

Busy Saturday – you can get a sneak peek on the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar, and there are three things we wanted to mention quickly in advance:

CRANE-REMOVAL REMINDER: The tower crane for 4730 California, the midblock project between Alaska and Edmunds, is scheduled to come down, as noted here earlier this month, which means parking/traffic restrictions as the removal work continues through mid-afternoon.

RIVERSIDE WALKING TOUR: Right by the bridge, off West Marginal Way SW, a little neighborhood with a big history is the subject of a 10 am walking tour presented by the Southwest Seattle Historical Society.

Leaders include longtime local Frank Zuvela (above, WSB photo from January 2012 Riverside plaza dedication); details on its website.

NEED SCHOOL SUPPLIES? 2-5 pm at Delridge Skatepark (Delridge/Genesee), The Way Church of God is giving away school supplies during a special event which also promises food and fun – details in our calendar listing.

‘GOONIES’ AT WEST SEATTLE OUTDOOR MOVIES: Just in case you haven’t been counting the days since the much-requested classic “The Goonies” hits the West Seattle Outdoor Movies (co-sponsored by WSB) screen in the courtyard next to Hotwire Online Coffeehouse (WSB sponsor), tomorrow’s the night, gates open at 6:30 pm, movie at dusk, more details in our preview.

West Seattle Friday: Please see the calendar for today/tonight

August 15, 2014 at 11:20 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | No Comments

Because of breaking/developing stories, we won’t be publishing a separate “West Seattle Friday” calendar preview today, but there are cool happenings today/tonight as usual, so please take a moment to visit the WSB calendar page directly – every line is clickable and will show you more information on the specific event in question. Thanks!

West Seattle Thursday: Mural ribbon-cutting; Summer Concerts at Hiawatha; WS Art Walk; more!

August 14, 2014 at 10:53 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | 3 Comments

Thanks to Lise Thivierge for the view from Seacrest this morning. Don’t let the clouds keep you home today/tonight – look at what’s on the calendar!

MURAL RIBBON-CUTTING: Come applaud the young artists in person if you can, when Youngstown Cultural Arts Center‘s new streetside mural is celebrated at 2 pm. Our most recent preview (with links to previous coverage) was just last night. Reception follows today’s ribbon-cutting. (4408 Delridge Way SW)

WEST SEATTLE ART WALK NIGHT! Second Thursday means it’s your chance to visit local businesses hosting local artists! Here’s the venue list/map:

As always, the Art Walk runs 6-9 pm. You can preview some of the spotlighted venues/artists on the official WSAW website,

KAYAK THE DUWAMISH … with the Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition, 6 pm, leaving from T-107 Park in West Seattle, details on the DRCC website. (4700 W. Marginal Way SW)

SINGALONG: Just feel like singing? Do it with friends and neighbors at the Senior Center of West Seattle, 6 pm, details in our calendar listing. (Oregon/California)

SUMMER CONCERTS AT HIAWATHA: 6:30 tonight, Radio Raheem, with peppy, funky, ’80s-inspired pop, as previewed here. Free – bring your own chair/blanket to the east lawn at Hiawatha Community Center for this week’s show in the Admiral Neighborhood Association-presented concert series. (2700 block of Walnut)

WINE CLUB: Wine and music every second Thursday at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor) – details in our calendar listing. (5612 California SW)

‘YOU’RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN’: Support youth performers by checking out this production at ArtsWest in The Junction, 7:30 pm – details in our calendar listing. (4711 California SW)

LOTS MORE GOING ON … just browse our calendar to see!

Four options for the rest of your West Seattle Wednesday

August 13, 2014 at 10:30 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | No Comments

(Tidepool photo by Laura Goodrich, shared via the WSB Flickr group)
From puppets to produce, and beyond, four calendar highlights for today/tonight:

PUPPET SHOW: “Jack Chapeau Meets the Gill Man,” presented by Oregon Shadow Theatre, 2 pm at Southwest Library, free! Details in our calendar listing. (35th/Henderson)

HIGH POINT MARKET GARDEN: Sixth of 12 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, steps away. (32nd/Juneau)

KARAOKE FOR THE CAUSE: Emeritus-Admiral Heights invites seniors from all around the West Seattle community to help it raise money for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s. First event is at 5 pm tonight – Karaoke for the Cause. Details in our calendar listing. (2326 California SW)

MUSIC BINGO AT THE CASK: 7 pm at The Cask (WSB sponsor), guess the songs, play the game! Details here. (2350 California SW)

Three events ahead for your West Seattle Tuesday night

August 12, 2014 at 11:52 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | 4 Comments

We might not see a rerun of last night’s sunset (thanks to Barry White for the photo), but here’s what IS on the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

‘WALK-AND-TALK’ IN FUTURE RAINGARDEN ZONE: 6 pm, residents in the South Delridge “natural drainage” project zone are invited to meet with city reps for a walk-and-talk discussion about where it stands and what happens next. Details in our calendar listing (Starts at 17th/Elmgrove)

HIGHLAND PARK ELEMENTARY MEETING: The Highland Park Elementary School PTA and HP Action Committee are co-hosting a meeting at HP Improvement Clubto talk about how the community can support the struggling school, 7 pm. (12th/Holden)

SCHMITZ PARK ELEMENTARY OUTDOOR MOVIE: We’ll update if there’s a change because of the weather; “Rio 2″ is to be shown tonight at SPES as a fundraiser for the fourth-grade trip to Islandwood. Doors open 6:30; movie at 8:30; cost $3/person (kids under 3 free); concessions to include pizza, popcorn, candy, drinks. (5000 SW Spokane) Thanks to commenter “Mighty Moh” for word this is pushed back a week.

West Seattle Monday: Weather alert; plus, what’s up today/tonight

August 11, 2014 at 8:55 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | 1 Comment

(Sunday’s low tide on Alki, by Danny McMillin)
This will be a great day to get out on the beach (if you’re not stuck in an office) – but take note of the weather alert for tonight/tomorrow, before we get to highlights from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

WEATHER ALERT: “Scattered to abundant lightning” is forecast for much of Western Washington, possibly even here in the metro area, tonight through tomorrow, and the National Weather Service has a wide area under a “red flag warning.” And before we get to that, it’s going to be even hotter today – possibly into the 90s.

Now, from the calendar:

APPEAL HEARING: The second appeal filed in relation to the project to rebuild Arbor Heights Elementary School is being heard today by the city Hearing Examiner, starting at 9 am; here’s our earlier report. (Municipal Tower downtown, 40th floor)

LAST DAY FOR BEACH NATURALISTS: With a low-low tide of -2.0 feet at 11:50 am, it’s the final day of this summer’s Seattle Aquarium volunteer-beach-naturalist program. On the shore at Constellation Park south of Alki and at Lincoln Park (toward the south end), look for the naturalists in red hats, 10:30 am-1:30 pm.

SCIENCE MAGIC! See how to use science for magic tricks – this is a library presentation for ages 5 and up – free! – but it’s at Delridge Community Center, 2:30 pm. (4501 Delridge Way SW)

…AND MORE SCIENCE! Celebrating science is the theme of tonight’s Family Story Time at High Point Branch Library, 6:30 pm, free as always. (35th/Raymond)

NORTH DELRIDGE NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCIL: No formal agenda for tonight’s monthly NDNC meeting, so if you have a community concern/question, bring it! Tonight will be another outdoor meeting, 6:30 pm in Delridge Community Center Park. (Delridge Way SW/SW Genesee)

WONDERING HOW TO SHARE AN EVENT ANNOUNCEMENT? The basics are on the WSB Contact page. Thanks!

West Seattle Sunday: From deals to diapers, music to moonrise …

August 10, 2014 at 7:02 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | 8 Comments

(Thanks to Mark Wangerin for sharing his photo of a juvenile Black-Headed Grosbeak)
First, enjoy a very warm summer Sunday; then watch for the supermoonrise tonight. From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar, some options for what you could do along the way:

HIGHLAND PARK RUMMAGE SALE: Second and final day of the summertime edition of the Highland Park Improvement Club megasale, 9 am-2 pm. (12th/Holden)

LOW-LOW TIDE: This month’s lowest low tide, -2.3, happens at 11:03 am; at Constellation and Lincoln Parks from 10:30 am-1:30 pm, it’s your second-to-last chance this summer to confer with volunteer beach naturalists as you explore the shore.

WEST SEATTLE FARMERS’ MARKET: 10 am-2 pm as always! (44th/Alaska)

(added) CAR WASH: Thanks to a tipster for letting us know about a car wash under way until 3 pm at the Filipino-American SDA Church across from Denny International Middle School. They shared a photo:

(2620 SW Kenyon)

(back to original list) TOUR THE ALKI POINT LIGHTHOUSE: Just a few more chances this summer for free tours with the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary at Alki Point Lighthouse, 1-4 pm. (3200 Point Place)

SOPRANOS! Vocal recital presented by Music Northwest at First Lutheran Church of West Seattle, 3 pm. (4105 California SW)

‘HELLO, DOLLY!’ MATINEE: Twelfth Night Productions presents “Hello, Dolly!” in a matinee performance at West Seattle High School Theater, 3 pm. Don’t forget the diaper/clothing drive for WestSide Baby – get $3 off the price of an adult ticket if you bring a diaper/kids-clothing donation. (3000 California SW)

GOING TO TONIGHT’S SOUNDERS FC MATCH? Bring diapers for WestSide Baby! P.S. 7:30 pm game means extended Water Taxi service.

SUPERMOON: Watch the eastern sky around quarter past eight, right before sunset. (Moon/sun rising/setting times can always be found on the WSB West Seattle Weather page.)

OPEN-MICROPHONE JAM: Every Sunday night in August at Feedback Lounge (WSB sponsor), hosted by Lynn Sorensen – just show up with your voice and/or instrument starting at 7:30 pm – details in our calendar listing. (6451 California SW)

YES, THERE’S MORE! … on our calendar.

West Seattle Saturday: Delridge Day festival; ‘Blues Brothers’ at WSOM; soccer-shoe sale; low-low tide; much more

August 9, 2014 at 9:31 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | 5 Comments

(Moonrise over Brace Point, by Laura James; sun/moon times are always on the WSB Weather page)
If you haven’t already browsed the full Saturday lineup on our calendar – here’s a quick list of highlights:

HPIC RUMMAGE SALE: It’s big, it’s quirky, it’s happening now through 3 pm (and again 9-2 Sunday if you can’t get there today), it’s the Highland Park Improvement Club rummage sale. Also go admire how the HPIC parking lot has evolved into a courtyard/raingarden since last time. (12th/Holden)

ARTS AND CRAFTS FAIR: Now through 3 pm, unique creations are on sale at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor) – go browse and meet the artists! Like Machel Spence, who sent the photo of her shell-box display:

(5612 California SW)

LOW-LOW TIDE: 10:16 am, tide’s out to -2.2 feet, and that’s excellent for exploring. Do it with expert advice from volunteer beach naturalists at Constellation and Lincoln Parks, now until 12:30 pm, details here.

SOCCER SHOE SALE: Big event with small prices – new soccer shoes/cleats for as little as $10/pair – and all for a good cause – the West Seattle Soccer Club wants you to know about this sale 10 am-4 pm at Grace Church – full details are on the WSSC home page – just scroll down a bit. (10323 28th SW)

INCOMING GATEWOOD ELEMENTARY KINDERGARTENER? Come to today’s playdate with your child’s future classmates (and your fellow future Gatewood families), 10:30 am-12:30 pm. The playground’s on the north side of campus.

DELRIDGE DAY: 11 am-3 pm in Delridge Community Center Park, with live music, activities, community info/vendor booths, plus SPD’s “Picnic at the Precinct” activities – see last night’s preview for the schedule. (Delridge/Genesee)

BENEFIT BARBECUE: 11 am-4 pm at West Seattle Thriftway (WSB sponsor), today’s benefit barbecue is part of the Dog Days of Summer – details in our calendar listing. (California/Morgan/Fauntleroy)

KITE FESTIVAL: 2-6 pm, the Seattle Chinese Garden on the north edge of the South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) campus welcomes you to come celebrate these wind-powered wonders. Details in our preview. (6000 16th SW)

‘BLUES BROTHERS’ AT WS OUTDOOR MOVIES: Gates open at 6:30 pm, movie at dusk, with the 1980 classic “The Blues Brothers” as tonight’s West Seattle Outdoor Movies feature presentation on the big screen in the courtyard at Hotwire Online Coffeehouse (WSB sponsor). Free; preshow entertainment, too. Details in our preview. (4410 California SW)

NIGHT 2 FOR ‘HELLO, DOLLY!’: Twelfth Night Productions presents “Hello, Dolly!” again tonight at West Seattle High School Theater, 7:30 pm. In addition, they’re having a diaper/clothing drive for WestSide Baby – get $3 off the price of an adult ticket if you bring a diaper/kids-clothing donation. (3000 California SW)

MORE NIGHTLIFE! Music all over town – see individual venue/event listings for tonight (and beyond) by going directly to our calendar!

West Seattle Friday: Music; movie; USS Constellation; ‘Hello, Dolly!’ opening night; scooter rally; more…

August 8, 2014 at 10:12 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | 8 Comments

(Photo courtesy Twelfth Night Productions)
Opening night for “Hello, Dolly!” is one of our featured highlights from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar – see details below, along with some of what else is going on, but be sure to follow that link to the calendar for the full list! We start in the early afternoon …

USS CONSTELLATION’S LAST VOYAGE: Foss estimates it will start towing the scrapyard-bound aircraft carrier USS Constellation out of Bremerton around 1 pm today. We’ll be watching for it to become visible from West Seattle; look for an update here and on our social-media channels (click linked Facebook/Twitter icons under “WSB Everywhere” atop the sidebar). Likely to be closer to the Bainbridge/Kitsap side, so you might want to bring binoculars. UPDATE: As of noon-ish, the Navy says departure is now expected around 3 pm – clearing Rich Passage 5-ish.

WEIRD SCIENCE: Hands-on at Southwest Branch Library, 2-3 pm. (35th/Henderson)

DELRIDGE GROCERY’S FRIDAY FARMSTAND: Delridge Grocery‘s fourth weekly farmstand is happening 4:30-7:30 pm today (here’s our coverage of the launch last month) – fresh fruit and vegetables for sale. (5435 Delridge Way SW)

SCOOTER RALLY: The Westenders start their annual Tour di Mari rally with a barbecue at Jack Block Park at 5:30 pm – details of the weekendlong rally are here. (2130 Harbor SW)

OUTDOOR CONCERT AT THE MOUNT: Second of four Friday night concerts at Providence Mount St. Vincent, outdoors and free, with dinner/drinks available for purchase starting at 5:30 pm, show at 6. Tonight, it’s Alma y Azucar on the east side of The Mount’s campus. (4831 35th SW)

OPENING NIGHT FOR ‘HELLO, DOLLY!’ – INCLUDING DIAPER DRIVE: Twelfth Night Productions presents “Hello, Dolly!” starting tonight at West Seattle High School Theater, 7:30 pm. In addition: “We are having a diaper/clothing drive for WestSide Baby and attendees who contribute to that drive receive $3 off the price of an adult ticket. A portion of our proceeds will also benefit WestSide Baby.” (3000 California SW)

DELRIDGE DAY EVE – FREE OUTDOOR MOVIE: 9 pm in Delridge Community Center Park, night before the Delridge Day festival, it’s a free outdoor showing of “The Lego Movie” – here’s the trailer:

More details in our preview. (Delridge/Genesee)

FIRE RELIEF FUNDRAISER: 9 pm at the Celtic Swell, help CS employee Ron Ackerson‘s family recover from the fire that destroyed their home three weeks ago – details in our calendar listing. (Alki Ave. SW just east of 61st)

MORE NIGHTLIFE! Find individual venue/event listings for tonight (and beyond) by going directly to our calendar!

Election Day, Night Out, and what else is up on your West Seattle Tuesday

August 5, 2014 at 11:22 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | 12 Comments

It’s Election Day, Night Out, and more – from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

(WSB photo added at noon: Tisha, Liora, and Benjamin @ West Seattle Stadium ballot van, which had received 100 ballots by 11:30)
ELECTION DAY! Your ballot needs to be in the mail by tonight, postmarked with today’s date, OR turned in at a King County Elections dropbox or ballot-dropoff van by 8 pm. Here’s the list of the latter two options (which do NOT require paying postage, while mailing your ballot DOES) – you’ll find the vans at West Seattle Stadium (off 35th south of Avalon) and Greenbridge (on 8th SW south of Roxbury). If you still need a reason to vote – here’s one – deciding Seattle Proposition 1, a change in the way extra tax money is raised for city parks. That link includes the “ballot title” and basic pro/con statements; the full text of the measure is here. If you’re in White Center or nearby unincorporated North Highline, you have a big ballot measure too, regarding fire district funding. P.S. If your ballot envelope is already “stuck” (ours were), here’s what to do. Tonight’s first and only vote count should be out by 8:15 or so, and we’ll of course report it – the Parks vote here on WSB, the North Highline Fire District vote on partner site White Center Now.

NIGHT OUT! 6-9 pm, it’s block party time, for fun with a purpose – community-building, neighborhood-strengthening, to enhance safety. Preparedness is on many neighborhoods’ agendas, too, as well as crime prevention. Not sure if there’s a party near you? Here are a few notes:

*As previewed here Monday, the Junction Neighborhood Organization invites nearby residents to Junction Plaza Park
*Some local neighborhoods’ events are (voluntarily) map on the Seattle Police website
*For official permission to close your street, you had to have registered with the city before today, BUT if you didn’t, hey, invite the neighbors over to your yard, courtyard, driveway, sidewalk … We’ll be out with live coverage as usual.

Also happening today/tonight:

KALEIDOSCOPE PLAY AND LEARN: Free weekly sessions at High Point Library this month for toddlers/preschoolers 2-5 years old, 1:30-3 pm, details in our calendar listing. (35th/Raymond)

WINE-TASTING CLASS BEGINS: 6 pm at South Seattle College (WSB sponsor); details in our calendar listing. (6000 16th SW)

CANNING-CLASS SERIES BEGINS: 6:30 pm at the West Seattle Tool Library – details in our calendar listing. (4408 Delridge Way SW)

LOTS OF LIVE MUSIC! See the individual venues’ listings on our calendar.

Calendar highlights for your West Seattle Monday

August 4, 2014 at 10:39 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | 1 Comment

(Echinacea at Delridge P-Patch, by Laura Goodrich, shared via WSB Flickr group)
From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

BALLOT-DROPOFF VANS: Voted yet? Tomorrow is Election Night, so time’s running out; if you send your ballot back by mail, you need a stamp, but if you use a King County dropbox or van, you don’t. Two vans are in our area 10 am-5 pm today and 10 am-8 pm tomorrow – the West Seattle Stadium driveway (enter from northbound 35th just south of Avalon) and the 8th SW business area just south of Roxbury (parked on northbound 8th).

SW ROXBURY MEETING: 6 pm, it’s the second of two meetings for SDOT to outline its proposals for the SW Roxbury Safety Project. As reported here last Thursday night, the west end of the corridor – 17th to 35th – is proposed for “rechannelization,” but that’s just part of a package of plans for the crash-plagued street, all the way eastward to Olson/4th. Tonight’s meeting is at the Greenbridge YWCA. (9720 8th SW)

WEST SEATTLE HI-YU MEETING: As announced by the volunteers who make West Seattle Hi-Yu‘s events and parade float happen:

We look forward to seeing everyone at our next General Meeting, Monday, August 4th. St. John the Baptist Church Hall, corner of 42nd and Hanford, 7 pm. The last month has been a fun and busy one since our Grand Parade including Greenwood, Torchlight and Lake City. In August we will spend some time doing some fundraising and taking applications for the 2015 junior court before our next scheduled parade in September.

All welcome.

AND THERE’S MORE … on our calendar.

What’s up for the rest of your West Seattle Sunday

August 3, 2014 at 10:03 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | 3 Comments

(Barred owl, photographed by Mary Metz at Camp Long on Saturday night)
From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar and beyond:

BLUE ANGELS AND SEAFAIR: Please see our preview published overnight. If you’re going to watch the hydros, note that one of the first round of winners spent time in West Seattle recently:

Listening to Channel 7 coverage this morning with awards from Saturday racing, we heard that a heat was won by the Les Schwab Tires/Red Dot hydro on display in The Triangle this week – at which time Stephanie Halcomb brought over her charges from Bright Horizons for the photo above. (And don’t forget, I-90 across the lake is closed one more time, 12:15-2:40 pm.)

BENEFIT BAKE SALE: Two local students are raising money for the Humane Society and the animals it cares for; read about them here. 10 am-3 pm. (36th/Dakota)

WEST SEATTLE FARMERS’ MARKET: 10 am-2 pm as always, and market management says via Facebook that some vendors are having “sales” today. (44th/Alaska)

LIVE MUSIC IN THE AFTERNOON: 3-5 pm at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), Keith Cook plays. (5612 California SW)

FIRST-QUARTER MOON: At and before dusk, that’s tonight’s skygazing highlight, from the latest edition of Skies Over West Seattle.

OPEN-MICROPHONE JAM: Every Sunday night in August at Feedback Lounge (WSB sponsor), hosted by Lynn Sorensen – just show up with your voice and/or instrument – details in our calendar listing.

West Seattle Saturday: WS Outdoor Movies get ‘Sleepless’; outdoor Shakespeare; indoor music; Seafair airshow with Blue Angels…

August 2, 2014 at 9:13 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | 4 Comments

(Photo by Tiffani Rivera, taken from the Water Taxi on Friday)
After a startling start to the morning, with what you could call “sun-dershowers,” the weather is supposed to make way eventually for a sunny, warm afternoon. First, the Seafair info:

SEAFAIR, INCLUDING BLUE ANGELS AND SHIP TOURS: The Blue Angels are expected to fly around 1:30 pm (could be earlier, though, the airshow times are approximate), with the I-90 closure scheduled for 12:15 pm-2:40 pm. If you are planning to watch their takeoff/landing from the Museum of Flight at Boeing Field, which has other special activities scheduled too as part of its Need for Speed” festival, note that its adjacent parking lot is closed today and tomorrow – this page on the MoF site has parking info. Interested in touring the ships seen in the “parade” back on Wednesday? Here’s that info.

Also from the calendar:

RIPS BREWERS YOUTH BASEBALL RECRUITING SHOWCASES: All day today and tomorrow, and again next weekend, at Southwest Athletic Complexsee the flyer for age breakout; open to players 10u through 18u. (2801 SW Thistle)

BALLOT DROPOFF VAN: Voted yet? It’s not just a sleepy primary – Proposition 1, asking if you want to create a permanent Park District for extra Seattle Parks funding, is a major issue. Tuesday is the deadline to get your ballots in; there are dropoff vans at West Seattle Stadium and in Greenbridge 10 am-5 pm today, as well as 24-hour dropboxes elsewhere in the county – see the list here.

VOLUNTEER ORIENTATION: 11 am-1 pm at the Log House Museum, it’s your next chance to find out about volunteering with the Southwest Seattle Historical Society, which appreciates help in a wide variety of specialties – read about it here. (61st/Stevens)

WEST SEATTLE OUTDOOR MOVIES: The SW Seattle Historical Society is involved with this too! They’re tonight’s spotlight sponsor for “Sleepless in Seattle.” Movie’s free. We hear Quadrato is bringing pizza. Gates open 6:30 pm – bring your own chair/blanket to stake out early (there’s preshow music, too) and money for nonprofit-benefiting raffles/concessions – also for West Seattle Bridge 30th anniversary T-shirts and commemorative coffee, as SWSHS’s bridge-i-versary celebration concludes. Show starts at dusk, 9-ish depending on how clear the sky is by then. Hotwire Online Coffeehouse (WSB sponsor) courtyard. (4410 California SW)

LIVE MUSIC AT C & P: Alan Ehrlich performs, 7 pm. (5612 California SW)

SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARK: “Othello,” presented by GreenStage, free! At Camp Long, 7 pm. (5200 35th SW)

WEST SEATTLE MEANINGFUL MOVIES: “The Economics of Happiness” screens at 7 pm at Neighborhood House‘s High Point Centerdetails here. (6400 Sylvan Way SW)

LIVE MUSIC AT THE CASK: Jude performs, 9 pm. (2350 California SW)

LIVE MUSIC AT POGGIE TAVERN: Pick a song from the hat as Mad Hatterz perform, 9 pm. (4717 California SW)

AND MORE … on our calendar.

West Seattle Friday: Music, Shakespeare, books, produce, more … and Seafair!

August 1, 2014 at 9:49 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | 4 Comments

Denise Bradshaw shared that sunrise photo, as seen earlier this week from Seacrest, where the sun was right behind Seattle’s tallest building. Now, from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar, what’s up for the rest of the day/night:

SEAFAIR NOTES: The ships that sailed by on Wednesday are open for tours again today – see the schedule here. Then, of course, as mentioned again in today’s traffic watch, the Blue Angels go up for their “practice” performance, closing the I-90 bridge 12:15-2:40 pm.

(Blue Angels at Boeing Field – photo by Frank Smith)
As mentioned here more than once over the years, you can watch their takeoff from Boeing Field following the ceremonial “walkdown” just south of the Museum of Flight.

And here on the peninsula:

PENCIL ME IN FOR KIDS DONATION DRIVE: Rotary Club of West Seattle volunteers are back at QFC in The Junction today, 3-6 pm, collecting school supplies for kids whose families can’t afford them – details in our calendar listing. (42nd/Alaska)

FRIDAY FARMSTAND: Delridge Grocery‘s third weekly farmstand is happening 4:30-7:30 pm today (here’s our coverage of the launch two weeks ago). (5435 Delridge Way SW)

WORDS, WRITERS, WEST SEATTLE: Dan Raley is the featured author at tonight’s edition of the Southwest Seattle Historical Society-presented first-Friday series at Barnes and Noble/Westwood Village. He’ll talk about his books ‘The Brandon Roy Story,’ ‘Pitchers of Beer,’ and ‘Tideflats to Tomorrow.’ 5-7 pm. (2600 SW Barton)

OUTDOOR CONCERT SERIES AT THE MOUNT: First of four Friday night concerts at Providence Mount St. Vincent, outdoors and free, with dinner/drinks available for purchase starting at 5:30 pm, show at 6. Tonight, it’s Danny Vernon‘s acclaimed tribute to Elvis Presley. (4831 35th SW)

TANGO DANCING ON ALKI: 5:30 pm lessons, floor open starting at 6:15, wristband required, as explained in the calendar listing.

CORNER BAR: The pop-up monthly bar/lounge/entertainment event at Highland Park Improvement Club is tonight, doors open at 6, music with The Backporch Apostles at 7, details in our calendar listing. (12th/Holden)

‘LOVE’S LABOUR’S LOST’: Free outdoor Shakespeare in West Seattle again tonight, 7 pm at Camp Long, courtesy of GreenStage. (5200 35th SW)

‘CHASING ICE’: Documentary about the vanishing ice sheet, screened at Admiral Congregational Church at 7 pm, plus discussion – details in our calendar listing. (California/Hill)

‘FROZEN’ FRIDAY AT B&N: 7 pm, a celebration of the movie “Frozen,” with, according to Barnes & Noble/Westwood Village, “a singalong, reading stories, and doing some super fun (and edible!) crafts. C’mon in, dress up (if you want to), and sing ‘Let It Go’ as loud as you can!” (2600 SW Barton)

EVEN MORE LIVE MUSIC: Dave Holo Trio at Salty’s (5 pm), “Bobcat Bob” at C & P Coffee (7 pm), Scott MK Turner at The Cask (9 pm), The Take Downs (formerly the Flat 5, 9:30 pm) at Feedback Lounge – all four of those venues, WSB sponsors – plus The Benbow Room and Skylark Café and Club – you’ll find all those listings by going to our calendar.

AND THAT’S STILL NOT ALL … see other listings on the WSB calendar.

West Seattle Thursday: Caspar Babypants at Hiawatha; SW Roxbury Safety Project; Duwamish kayaking; more

July 31, 2014 at 9:58 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | 1 Comment

Another beautiful crescent-moon dusk last night – this time, the photo is courtesy of JayDee. Our calendar highlights include several ways you can enjoy what’s forecast as another perfect evening tonight:

DINNER WITH ‘ELVIS’: Acclaimed Elvis Presley tribute performer Bret Wiggins headlines a benefit dinner tonight at the Senior Center of West Seattle – happy hour at 5:30, dinner at 6, show at 6:30, details (including reservation information) here. (Oregon/California)

SW ROXBURY SAFETY PROJECT MEETING: 6 pm at Southwest Branch Library (upstairs meeting room), be one of the first to see what the city is proposing to help make SW Roxbury safer. Here’s our original preview. (35th/Henderson)

DUWAMISH RIVER KAYAK TOUR: 6 pm, the first of this year’s community kayak tours with the Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition. No kayaking experience required! Tour departs from T-107 Park in West Seattle. RSVP details and other info here. (4700 W. Marginal Way)

CASPAR BABYPANTS AT HIAWATHA: West Seattle’s own kid-rock star is onstage tonight for the second of six Summer Concerts at Hiawatha, presented by the Admiral Neighborhood Association (with co-sponsors including WSB). 6:30 pm, bring your own blanket/chair to the sprawling lawn on the east side of Hiawatha Community Center – admission is free. (2700 California SW)

SHABAZZ PALACES: Another free concert, this one in-store at Easy Street Records in The Junction, which declares, “Absolutely no one like them on the planet….new album on Sub Pop out this week is called ‘Lese Majesty’.” 9 pm; Facebook event page here. (California/Alaska)

DAUGHTERS OF THE DEAD SEA: Local rockers onstage tonight at the Benbow Room in The Admiral District, 9 pm. (4210 SW Admiral Way)

SOMETHING FOR THE CALENDAR? If it’s a West Seattle/White Center/South Park event, please send us info in plain-text e-mail (NOT in an attachment – thanks!) at least a week in advance for calendar consideration – editor@westseattleblog.com – thanks!

P.S. – WHAT’S *NOT* HAPPENING: We previously mentioned that the USS Constellation was expected to pass West Seattle today, under tow to be broken up in Texas. Not happening today, per the Kitsap Sun.

Seafair Parade of Ships/Flight this afternoon, and what else is up for your West Seattle Wednesday

July 30, 2014 at 10:44 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | Comments Off

Before we get to the events … first, the sights:

(Tuesday evening photo by Christopher Frankovich)
Just in case the crescent moon looks like that again tonight, go see the sunset. But even here in the daytime, the morning fog has made things pretty spectacular:

(Wednesday morning photo by John Skerratt)
And so much yet to see today! (And to hear – as a loud flyover reminded us, while we typed those very words …)

SEAFAIR PARADE OF SHIPS/FLIGHT: We’d recommend watching (from Alki Point eastward) starting around 1 pm from here, though 1:45 pm is the official downtown time. Here’s the guide we published last night. As noted there too, we’ll update in all our channels, here as well as social media (the icons atop the right sidebar are linked), when we see it begin. (P.S. As that same story notes, one Blue Angels jet is out on VIP flights today, too, between 11 and 5. *Added – the Museum of Flight‘s Instagram clip from the first takeoff*)

(Also added – thanks to Gary Jones for sharing the view as the Parade of Ships fleet heads out of the bay:)

From the rest of the calendar:

CLASSIC MOVIE AT THE SENIOR CENTER: Today it’s 1934′s “The Purchase Price,” 1 pm, Nucor Room at the Senior Center of West Seattle – details in our calendar listing. (Oregon/California)

HIGH POINT MARKET GARDEN: Fourth of 12 Wednesdays this summer/fall when you can visit the High Point Market Garden Farm Stand 4-7 pm to buy organic produce grown by local gardeners, just steps away. (32nd/Juneau)

34TH DISTRICT DEMOCRATS’ PICNIC: From 34th Dems chair Marcee Stone-Vekich:

Please join us for a beautiful Wednesday evening at 6:00 p.m. at our annual picnic. We’ll be in Lincoln Park at Beach Shelter No. 3 near the Fauntleroy ferry dock. We will provide the barbecued burgers, hot dogs, and veggie options with all the trimmings (including non-alcoholic beverages). Please bring a dessert or side dish. Enjoy your fellow democrats and elected officials and candidates.

FOR MORE … today, tonight, and beyond … see our calendar.

What’s ahead for the rest of your West Seattle Tuesday

July 29, 2014 at 11:20 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | Comments Off

(Photo by Laura Goodrich, shared via Flickr)
From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

SPOKE AND FOOD: Bicycle to dinner tonight! More than a dozen venues around the city are donating part of tonight’s proceeds to the Outdoors For All Foundation as part of the annual Spoke and Food fundraiser – dinner, 5-10 pm. West Seattle’s participating venue is Marination ma kai (WSB sponsor) at Seacrest; White Center has Proletariat Pizza.

JUNCTION NEIGHBORHOOD ORGANIZATION: Unlike many neighborhood councils, JuNO *is* meeting this month, and you’re invited, 6:30 pm at the Senior Center of West Seattle. JuNO director René Commons says, “We will be discussing plans for the Neighborhood Night Out August 5th at Junction Plaza Park & our agenda for the fall. Hope to see you there!” (Oregon/California)

PUNK ROCK AEROBICS: New session starts tonight at Alki Community Center, 6:45 pm – all sizes, fitness levels encouraged. Details in our calendar listing. (5817 SW Stevens)

LOTS OF NIGHTLIFE: Music, trivia, karaoke, bingo … see the individual listings on the calendar!

TWO MONTHS FROM TODAY … is the September 29th deadline to apply to be part of this November’s Fauntleroy Fine Art and Holiday Gift Show. Interested? Info’s in our listing.

4 notes for the rest of your West Seattle Monday: Blue Angels; blood drive; caregivers’ group; Pencil Me In For Kids

July 28, 2014 at 11:10 am | In Blue Angels, West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | Comments Off

(Kimberly Pena photographed these fire dancers on Alki last night)
Four quick notes for the hours ahead:

BLUE ANGELS REMINDER: Two years after their last Seattle appearance, they’re back, and you’ll likely hear/see their arrival in the 12:30-1 pm vicinity. Here again is our preview published last night, with lots of information (including Wednesday’s parade of Navy/Coast Guard/Canadian ships – and OTHER planes).

BLOOD DRIVE IN GATEWOOD: If you can donate this afternoon/evening, Peace Lutheran Church would love to see you. The mobile blood drive is set for 1-7 pm, and you can just walk up. (39th/Thistle)

SUPPORT GROUP FOR ALZHEIMER’S CAREGIVERS: If you are taking care of someone with Alzheimer’s/dementia, this free support group is for you. 1:30 pm at Providence Mount St. Vincent. (4831 35th SW)

PENCIL ME IN FOR KIDS DONATION DRIVE: PMIFK collects and buys school supplies to help kids in need, and they need your help NOW to make sure no scholars are supply-less in the next school year. Again from 3-6 pm today, you can donate supplies and/or cash to Rotary Club of West Seattle volunteers at QFC in The Junction; details in our calendar listing. (42nd/Alaska)

Six possibilities for the rest of your West Seattle Sunday

July 27, 2014 at 10:30 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | 3 Comments

If you haven’t already checked the calendar:

(Added: WSB photo of Katherine Pryor at WSFM just as her hour was concluding)
AUTHORS AT WEST SEATTLE FARMERS’ MARKET: “Readers to Eaters” presents two local authors at the WSFM today – until 11 am, it’s West Seattleite Kim O’Donnel with her “Meat Lovers’ Meatless Cookbook“; 11:30-12:30, it’s Katherine Pryor (from Magnolia) with the kid-geared “Sylvia’s Spinach.” The market itself is on until 2 pm as always. (44th/Alaska)

EXPLORE THE BEACH: The tide is low enough for exploring today (-0.6 at 11:53 am), so volunteer beach naturalists are back at Constellation Park and Lincoln Park, 11 am-1:30 pm.

ALKI POINT LIGHTHOUSE TOURS: Perfect weather to tour Alki Point Lighthouse – note that there are no tours next weekend because of Seafair, so after the 1-4 pm tour window today, only half a dozen chances remain, later in August. (Alki SW/Beach Dr. SW)

(Thanks to Karen for the photo from Saturday night’s GreenStage production at Lincoln Park)
FREE OUTDOOR SHAKESPEARE: GreenStage presents “Othello,” 3 pm at Lincoln Park; details in our calendar listing. (8011 Fauntleroy Way SW)

WEST SEATTLE GREEN SPACES COALITION: The group continuing to work on the future of the “surplus substations” in this area meets at 3 pm, Southwest Branch Library; details in our calendar listing. (35th/Henderson)

PIANO-MANIA AT KENYON HALL: That’s how the historic concert venue bills Radoslav Lorkovic‘s performance at 7:30 tonight:

Radoslav first came to our attention as the coy keyboardist for Ronny Cox. A few months ago he wowed the audience at Kenyon with his remarkable talent as composer and singer, and we invited him to come back whenever he can. Luckily for us, he’s on the west coast again this month, and has agreed to return to the hall.

E-mail kenyonhall@earthlink.net for your reservation. (7904 35th SW)

West Seattle (& beyond) Saturday: WS Outdoor Movies get ‘Spice’y; Torchlight night; WSHS Alumni basketball game; more…

July 26, 2014 at 6:34 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | 2 Comments

(Mid-July low-tide photo by Trileigh Tucker)
Last weekend, it was wall-to-wall events around West Seattle. This weekend, not so much, but Seafair’s big Torchlight Night has West Seattle ramifications too. So we’ll start there:

TORCHLIGHT TRAFFIC ALERT – VIADUCT CLOSURE TONIGHT: We’ve been reminding you for a week; now it’s here – the northbound Alaskan Way Viaduct closes 5:30-7:45 pm (times approximate, and we know the SDOT readerboards say until 8 pm) for the Torchlight Run. If you’re going downtown, remember 4th Avenue closes tonight for the parade itself – all the traffic effects are detailed in this citywide roundup.

TORCHLIGHT FANFEST: Starting at noon, you can go to Seattle Center and get an early look at the floats (participants include the award-winning West Seattle Hi-Yu Festival float, of course) starting at noon – details here.

TORCHLIGHT PARADE: Starts near Seattle Center at 7:30 pm and heads south on 4th Avenue (till almost the end) – the lineup and map are here. Scheduled West Seattle participants include the aforementioned Hi-Yu float (toward the end of the order) and County Executive Dow Constantine. (Are you in the parade too? Please let us know so we can watch for you – editor@westseattleblog.com)

Now, as for what’s happening in West Seattle today/tonight:

BENEFIT CAR WASH: West Seattle High School‘s 2014-2015 Cheer Squad is washing cars again today at West Seattle Autoworks (WSB sponsor) 10 am-3 pm to help pay for uniforms and camp. (35th/Webster)

LOW TIDE WITH BEACH NATURALISTS: Though the tide is not THAT low today, it’s still low enough for exploration – -0.8 at 11:19 – and you’ll find volunteer beach naturalists at Constellation Park and Lincoln Park beaches 10:30 am-1 pm.

CATS ARE LOOKING FOR YOU … at the Friends of the Animals Foundation cat/kitten adoption event, 11:30 am-3:30 pm at Next to Nature in The Junction. (4543 California SW)

WSHS ALUMNI BASKETBALL GAME: The first-ever West Seattle High School alumni basketball game and showcase starts at noon and runs through 5 pm – details in our Friday preview. (3000 California SW)

ALKI POINT LIGHTHOUSE TOURS: Just a few more chances this summer to tour Alki Point Lighthouse – no tours next weekend because of Seafair, so it’s this weekend 1-4 pm both days, and then a scant few weekends in August. (Alki SW/Beach Dr. SW)

SALSA ON ALKI: 5:30 pm lesson, 6:30 pm dance, by Statue of Liberty Plaza; details in the calendar listing. (61st/Alki SW)

WEST SEATTLE OUTDOOR MOVIES, WEEK 2: Spice up your Saturday night with “Spice World” – yes, the Spice Girls‘ mid-’90s movie is feature #2 in this year’s West Seattle Outdoor Movies series! Gates open at 6:30 pm at the Hotwire Online Coffeehouse (WSB sponsor) courtyard; preshow fun long before the movie splashes onto the screen at dusk (still 9-ish). Free, but bring a few $ for charity-benefiting raffle and concession if you can. WSB is media sponsor for the series and we’ll see you there! (4410 California SW)

SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARK: Tonight, Greenstage presents “Love’s Labour’s Lost” in Lincoln Park, 7 pm. Free! (8011 Fauntleroy Way SW, look for the signs)

MORE! Just check the calendar directly.

West Seattle Friday: Band Jam, Delridge farmstand, Pencil Me In For Kids, Shakespeare in the Park, more …

July 25, 2014 at 10:57 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | 1 Comment

From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar for today/tonight:

VOTE UNTIL 1 PM: The Major League Soccer Community MVP voting continues until 1 our time today, and West Seattle Cup organizer Terry Kegel remains in the running. Our previous story includes the link.

PENCIL ME IN FOR KIDS DONATION DRIVE: PMIFK collects and buys school supplies to help kids in need, and even though it’s the middle of summer, donations are needed now to make sure everyone’s set for next school year. 3-6 pm today, you can donate supplies and/or cash to Rotary Club of West Seattle volunteers who will be at QFC in The Junction; details in our calendar listing. (42nd/Alaska)

FRIDAY FARMSTAND: Delridge Grocery‘s second weekly farmstand is set for 4:30-7:30 pm today (here’s our coverage of last week’s launch). Here’s what DG’s update says will be available:

Strawberries
Peaches
Nectarines
Raspberries
Blueberries
Cherries
Apricots
Beets
Kale
Collards
Salad mix
Cabbage
Spring onions
Chard
Zucchini

The stand is right next to the sidewalk at 5435 Delridge Way SW.

BAND JAM: As previewed here earlier this week, more than half a dozen marching bands participating in tomorrow night’s Seafair Torchlight Parade will be tuning up with the free-and-open-to-the-public Band Jam tonight at Southwest Athletic Complex, 6:30 pm. (2801 SW Thistle)

SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARK: Tonight, Greenstage presents “Othello” at Lincoln Park – free! 7 pm. (8011 Fauntleroy Way SW)

LIVE MUSIC: Salty’s, C & P Coffee, The Cask, Feedback Lounge (WSB sponsors), Skylark Café and Club, Benbow Room all have listings for tonight – see them by going directly to our calendar.

West Seattle Thursday: Summer Concerts at Hiawatha begin! Plus…

July 24, 2014 at 9:31 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | Comments Off

Thanks to Myrtle for sharing the Wednesday afternoon double-rainbow view! Perfect promise of more summery weather returning – in time for tonight’s Summer Concerts at Hiawatha show, and more:

SAVE LIVES: Be a blood donor – today, with the Bloodmobile at the Clock Tower Plaza on the South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) campus, 10:30 am-4:30 pm, with a 12:30 pm-1:30 pm break. More in our calendar listing. (6000 16th SW)

MISSIONmoto CELEBRATION: Afterschool program celebrating its success with youth rebuilding a classic motorcycle, 3 pm at Southwest Youth and Family Services – details in our calendar listing. (Delridge/Alaska)

‘SUMMER CONCERTS AT HIAWATHA’ KICKOFF: Summery weather is scheduled to return just in time. 6:30 tonight on the east lawn at Hiawatha Community Center, it’s the first of this year’s six Summer Concerts at Hiawatha, presented by the Admiral Neighborhood Association, with sponsors including WSB. Free and fun – bring dinner, family, friends, chair/blanket, and enjoy the music of Eclectic Approach. P.S. Little ones? Note that Caspar Babypants is up next week, on 7/31. (2700 California SW, but on the Walnut side)

INTERESTED IN SOLAR POWER? Solarize Southwest has a workshop in West Seattle at 6:30 tonight, Dakota Place Park. (California/Dakota)

LOVE’S LABOUR’S LOST: 7 pm, Greenstage presents Shakespeare’s comedy at Lincoln Park – details in our calendar listing. (8011 Fauntleroy Way SW)

EVEN MORE … for today/tonight, if you check our calendar!

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