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 | No Comments

(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 | No Comments

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!

West Seattle Wednesday: Entrepreneurs’ meetup; High Point farm stand; Fauntleroy Schoolhouse community investment; more…

July 23, 2014 at 10:42 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | No Comments

(Busy marine traffic off Alki Point; photo by Danny McMillin, shared via WSB Flickr group pool)
From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar for today/tonight:

FREE ENTERPRENEURS’ MEETUP: Noon-1 pm today at West Seattle Office Junction (WSB sponsor) in Morgan Junction – drop by with your lunch plus “new ideas, old ideas, and business cards” and meet other entrepreneurs. (6040 California SW)

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

GROUP RUN & BROOKS HAPPY ISLAND: 4 pm, “Brooks Run Happy Island” is at West Seattle Runner (WSB sponsor), and there’s a group run planned at 6 pm – details here. (California/Charlestown)

FAUNTLEROY SCHOOLHOUSE (HEARTS) COMMUNITY INVESTORS: 7 pm tonight, come to the historic Fauntleroy Schoolhouse to find out more about a new community-investment plan to help with the next round of upgrades and repairs as the schoolhouse moves toward its future as a fully functional community facility – here’s our preview. (9131 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)

MORE NIGHTLIFE … live music, trivia, karaoke, more, all in separate listings on our calendar.

West Seattle Tuesday: Four calendar highlights for tonight

July 22, 2014 at 9:49 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | 1 Comment

Thanks to Mark Wangerin for sharing that photo of a brightly colored bird on this gray (so far) day – he explains, “House Finches are common yard birds in WS, often seen at seed feeders.” Today’s calendar highlights include four options for tonight:

KURT LINDSAY, LIVE: 5:30 pm, Kurt Lindsay is tonight’s featured musician at Salty’s on Alki (WSB sponsor) – no cover, no minimum, yes view. (1936 Harbor Ave. SW)

FAMILY STORYTIME: Delridge Branch Library has a tale to tell you at 7 tonight; details in our calendar listing. (5423 Delridge Way SW)

BLUES TO DO, LIVE: Tuesday = Blues-day at the Feedback Lounge (WSB sponsor), as Blues To Do continues, tonight featuring Jr. Cadillac Mini, 8 pm. (6451 California SW)

STARLIGHT SONGWRITER SHOWCASE: 9-11 pm at Shadowland in The Junction; details in our calendar listing.

MORE … on our calendar!

West Seattle Sunday: Stuff the Bus, WS Garden Tour, Alki Art Fair, MedFest, Shakespeare in a park, music, more

July 20, 2014 at 7:38 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | 1 Comment

West Seattle photographer/pilot Long B. Nguyen flew over the Alki Art Fair on Saturday. The fair’s second day is one of today’s highlights from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar. But first:

WEST SEATTLE GARDEN TOUR: Buy a ticket book and you can tour nine fab local residential gardens 9 am-5 pm today, including – as noted here Saturday – that of world-famous photographer Art Wolfe, who will be there to meet visitors and sign books. Noon lecture with Susie Egan at The Kenney (WSB sponsor). Ticket-book locations on the right side of the WSGT home page – the tour sites are listed and mapped in the ticket book. Proceeds benefit local nonprofits (including the raffle held during the tour!).

Speaking of local nonprofits – today is a HUGE donation drive for one:

WESTSIDE BABY ‘STUFF THE BUS’ DAY: Every year, the day after WestSide Baby‘s bus rolls down the West Seattle Grand Parade route, the family-assisting agency collects tens of thousands of diapers for babies/toddlers in need. The main dropoff spot is HomeStreet Bank (WSB sponsor) at 41st/Alaska, but there are lots of other spots you can drop off diapers too – see them here. Safeway stores also are offering deals on diapers, with on-site dropoffs. The HomeStreet site is open 10-2 – bring the kids and they can honk the bus horn.

ALKI ART FAIR, DAY 2: Second day for local artists to set up along the boardwalk at the west end of Alki Beach Park and show/sell their wares. Music and food, too. Today’s hours 10 am-6 pm, with music and food running later (check the schedule on site); free shuttle from West Seattle High School. And look for Seal Sitters at the art fair – read about their activities here, including a chance to raise money for them by dining nearby while you’re on Alki.

WEST SEATTLE FARMERS’ MARKET: 10 am-2 pm as always, in The Junction, with summer produce reaching its peak. (44th/Alaska)

MEDITERRANEAN FANTASY FESTIVAL, DAY 2: 11 am-5 pm, “MedFest” features belly dancers on two stages (no admission charge) at Hiawatha Community Center. Performance schedule here; vendor map/list here. (2700 California SW)

AUTHOR SIGNING: 1-3 pm at Barnes & Noble Westwood Village, Barbara Jean Hicks, author of “Frozen: A Sister More Like Me,” will be signing. (2600 SW Barton)

WHITE CENTER JUBILEE DAYS: Live music 11 am-6 pm as part of the WCJD street fair on 17th between Roxbury and 100th – info here.

JAMTIME: Live at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor) 1-3 pm. (5612 California SW)

SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARK: Greenstage‘s “Backyard Bard” version of “Comedy of Errors,” 3 pm at High Point Commons Park, free. (6400 Sylvan Way SW)

JOSH HARTY & ANDREA PETERMAN: 7:30 pm, they’re onstage at Kenyon Hall – details in our listing. (7904 25th SW)

AND THAT’S NOT ALL … see everything by going to our calendar.

West Seattle Saturday: Float Dodger 5K, Grand Parade, Alki Art Fair, Mediterranean Fantasy Festival, WS Outdoor Movies, more…

July 19, 2014 at 8:10 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | 1 Comment

(Added 9:31 am – Holy Rosary parade entry waiting at the start of the route)
A cloudy start to the day, and a bit of drizzle as of just before 8, but don’t let that keep you home – the overall rain chance is low, and the big events today/tonight are rain or shine! First, remember that California will be closed by 9 am from Admiral Way south to SW Edmunds for the first two big events (earlier on the north side of the route – and before catching a bus, check the reroutes here), continuing until 1 pm or so:

FLOAT DODGER 5K: Last-minute signups start at 8, race starts just after 9:30 from just outside race-presenting West Seattle Runner (WSB sponsor). Fundraiser for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. (California/Charlestown; course map here)

WEST SEATTLE GRAND PARADE (AND KIDDIE PARADE): The parade begins with the motorcycle drill teams – Seattle Police and Vancouver (BC) Police – leaving California/Lander and heading south at about 10:30 am. Then at 11 am, the rest of the parade follows; also at 11 am, the Kiddie Parade leaves from California/Genesee – all welcome to participate, just start staging there around 10:30 am. End of the parade route is California/Edmunds in The Junction. Starting this year, the Rotary Club of West Seattle is presenting the parade; Grand Marshal is Medal of Honor-winning ret. Col. Bruce Crandall; Orville Rummel Community Service Trophy winner is longtime community advocate/volunteer Earl Cruzen, who will be represented by wife Adah Cruzen; West Seattle personality Marty Riemer announces the parade for the first time, from California/Alaska in The Junction. Free and fun. (Route map)

Also:

DUWAMISH HERITAGE DAY: 10 am-5 pm, events at the Duwamish Longhouse – details in our calendar listing. (4205 W. Marginal Way SW)

ALKI ART FAIR: On the promenade, both sides of the Bathhouse, art, music, and food, both days this weekend, starting today at 10 am; booths until 6, music until 9 (no schedule online as of last website check, but you should find one onsite). Shuttle from West Seattle High School parking lot. (61st/Alki)

‘COFFEE WITH A COMMISSIONER’: 10 am-11 am, meet a member of the city’s LGBT Commission at Caffé Ladro in south Morgan Junction for “Coffee with a Commissioner,” to discuss issues, concerns, ideas, questions relating to city resources or policies regarding LGBTQ and ally Seattleites. (California/Myrtle)

MEDITERRANEAN FANTASY FESTIVAL: In and around Hiawatha Community Center, belly-dancing performances, vendors, food, both days this weekend, starting today at 11 am – today’s dance performances (until 7 pm) listed here; vendors listed/mapped here. (2700 California SW)

WHITE CENTER JUBILEE DAYS: While West Seattle is celebrating a big day, so is our southern neighbor, including a street fair on 17th (closed between 100th and Roxbury) and a 2:30 pm parade (16th SW from 112th north to 100th). Details at jubileedays.org.

WEST SEATTLE OUTDOOR MOVIES: First of six Saturday nights this summer with free outdoor movies in the Hotwire Online Coffeehouse (WSB sponsor) courtyard – bring your own chair/blanket, and $ for raffle prizes/concessions that raise money for nonprofits. Tonight’s movie: “Gravity.” Gates open 6:30 pm, movie at dusk (9-ish) – don’t be late, as the courtyard usually fills up. (4410 California SW)

WEST SEATTLE HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF 1974 REUNION: 6:30 pm. Signup deadline is past but if for some reason you missed all the announcements – here’s our calendar listing.

NIGHTLIFE … live music and more; see the listings on the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar.

From Fun Fest to Farmstand: Highlights for your West Seattle Friday

July 18, 2014 at 9:22 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | 2 Comments

From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

HIAWATHA FUN FEST: Noon-3 pm, carnival games, bouncy toys, West Seattle Hi-Yu Junior Court royalty (added: they plan to dance between noon and 12:30 pm, and also will have tiara/sash for other kids to try on), and more at Hiawatha Community Center. (2700 California SW, but the events are usually on the east lawn, alongside Walnut)

DELRIDGE GROCERY’S FIRST FRIDAY FARMSTAND: The group working toward a co-op grocery store in North Delridge debuts its weekly farmstand today. From an e-mail preview, here’s some of what they expect to offer:

From Okanogan Producers Marketing Association – awesome organic producer coop in Okanogan:
- peaches
- apricots
- cherries
- blueberries
- raspberries

From Seattle Tilth Farm Works – amazing incubator farm in Auburn:
- Romaine lettuce
- cabbage
- collard greens
- kale

From City Grown Seattle <> – hyper-local urban farm in South Park and Ballard:
- green onions
- Swiss chard

Live music, too. 4:30-7:30 pm. (5400 block of Delridge Way, south of library)

HPIC FREE MOVIE: Doors open at Highland Park Improvement Club, 6:30 pm – details in our calendar listing. (12th/Kenyon)

NIGHTLIFE! From live music at Salty’s on Alki (WSB sponsor) starting at 5:30 pm, through comedy, music, and deejaying at other venues, see all the listings on our calendar.

West Seattle Thursday: 2626 Alki design review; science and music at libraries; baseball; bus funding; more…

July 17, 2014 at 10:30 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | No Comments

(Seals on driftwood off West Seattle’s shore earlier this week – photo by J&R)
Just floating along toward the weekend – and, as previewed here Wednesday, what a weekend it will be. Not to look past today/tonight, though, since you might want to know about the following:

TAXES TO AVOID METRO CUTS IN SEATTLE? Next discussion by the City Council, sitting as the Transportation Benefit District board, is 2 pm today at City Hall – agenda here. (4th/5th/James/Cherry)

FUN WITH SCIENCE! For ages 4-12, 2-3 pm at Southwest Branch Library, explained in our calendar listing. (35th/Henderson)

TAI SHAN, LIVE AT THE LIBRARY: 6 pm outdoor concert by Tai Shan at the West Seattle Branch Library – details in our calendar listing. (2306 42nd SW)

WEST SEATTLE LITTLE LEAGUE 11-12 ALL-STARS: 6 pm at Bar-S, their next must-win state-tournament game is against Pacific. (64th/Admiral)

DESIGN REVIEW FOR 2626 ALKI SW: As first announced a month ago, tonight is the second “early design guidance” meeting for a three-story commercial/residential project (two retail/restaurant spaces, 13 apartments, 23 off-street parking spots) proposed at 2626 Alki Ave. SW. Preview the design packet here. Meeting’s at 6:30 pm at the Senior Center of West Seattle. (Oregon/California)

CLASSICAL-GUITAR OPEN MIKE: 7 pm at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor) – details in our calendar listing. (5612 California SW)

FLAMENCO! Flamenco music and dancing and an authentic Spanish buffet, tonight at Luso Food and Wine in downtown White Center, 7 pm – details in our calendar listing. (9614 16th SW)

West Seattle Wednesday: Calendar highlights for today/tonight

July 16, 2014 at 10:03 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | 2 Comments

(Wednesday morning fog, looking toward Harbor Island; photo by Eileen McHugh)
Busy calendar for today/tonight – just some of the highlights:

FIREFIGHTER STORY TIME: Bring the kids to the West Seattle (Admiral) Branch of the Seattle Public Library and firefighters will read to them this morning! 10:30 am. (2306 42nd SW)

CHEER THE 11-12 WSLL ALL-STARS: The West Seattle Little League 11-12 All-Stars continue on in the state tournament they’re hosting at Bar-S, after a dramatic win last night. They’re playing again today at 3 pm. (64th/Admiral)

HIGH POINT MARKET GARDEN: Second of 12 Wednesdays this summer/fall when you can visit the High Point Market Garden Farm Stand 4-7 pm and buy organic produce grown next to it. (32nd/Juneau)

FUNDRAISER FOR MT. RAINIER SEARCH AND RESCUE: Mountain-climbing legend Jim Whittaker is now part of this event at West 5 – details here – with raffle items including this bike:

Stop by 6-9 pm, have a beer, help the climbing rangers’ program. (4539 California SW)

CAREER IN REAL ESTATE? Find out if it’s for you by visiting the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Real Estate (WSB sponsor) event at 6 pm – details here. (4700 42nd SW)

(Tuesday morning fog; photo by Laura Goodrich)
MORGAN COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION’S QUARTERLY MEETING: 7 pm at The Kenney (WSB sponsor). Agenda includes a recap of the Morgan Junction Community Festival, updates on nearby development projects, the California/Fauntleroy intersection, Metro Route 128, Coalition for an Affordable Livable Seattle, Morgan Junction Business District, and more. (7125 Fauntleroy Way SW)

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

COMEDY AT THE FEEDBACK: West Seattle’s Mona Concepcion hosts tonight’s bill at Feedback Lounge (WSB sponsor), 8 pm – featured comics listed here.

MORE NIGHTLIFE! (etc.) … on our calendar.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Wednesday watch/updates

July 16, 2014 at 6:49 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | No Comments

(WS bridge and Highway 99 views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
Good morning! Another warm day ahead. No traffic trouble in the area so far. Two weekend reminders to repeat again today and each day until the weekend:

WEST SEATTLE GRAND PARADE CLOSURES: Saturday morning, California will be closed south of Admiral, south to Edmunds, for the parade. Staging zones will be on side streets along both ends of the route, so watch for, and heed, no-parking signs that day. Bus reroutes, too (check your route here).

ONE WEEK OF I-90 LANE CLOSURES … westbound 90, starting this Friday – details here.

DOWNTOWN BUS REROUTES THIS WEEKEND … because of road work; check your route here.

ADDED 9 AM: Checked on The Junction and California midblock between Alaska and Edmunds is down to one lane each way again because of construction work, with no parking on the west side of the street (which does have a “free parking” lot behind it).

West Seattle Tuesday: Concert in the Park with WS Big Band; Little League tournament; more…

July 15, 2014 at 9:31 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | 2 Comments

(Photo by Don Brubeck, Seacrest Pier as seen from Alki Trail)
It might be a sweater morning, but the forecast promises a sunny afternoon. Three highlights for today/tonight, mostly from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

POLLINATOR WORKSHOP: Learn about bees – and more – today:

The Urban Pollination Project (UPP) will be offering free pollinator identification workshop for kids or adults, at Delridge P-Patch garden, 3-4 pm. UPP is a non-profit citizen science initiative from the University of Washington, and their goal is to help get people excited about pollination, bees, and how local food depends on this amazing process. UPP will do a free 60-minute workshop. They will bring photos and specimens to help us learn to recognize our local pollinator biodiversity, talk about some of the fascinating life histories and adaptations of our local pollinators, and walk through the garden to identify them at work on our plants!

(24th SW/Puget)

LITTLE LEAGUE TOURNAMENT: The West Seattle Little League 11-12 All-Stars won yesterday at the state tournament WSLL is hosting at Bar-S, so they’re playing again tonight, 6 pm. (64th/Admiral)

CONCERT IN THE PARK – WEST SEATTLE BIG BAND, FREE! Bring friends, family, picnic dinner, etc. to the east lawn at Hiawatha Community Center at 7 pm for the FREE annual Hi-Yu Concert in the Park with the West Seattle Big Band. Always an awesome night of music. BYO chair/blanket. (2700 California SW is Hiawatha’s official address, but the concert zone fronts Walnut)

BELLY DANCING: Get in gear for this weekend’s Mediterranean Fantasy Festival at Hiawatha by checking out bellydancing in West Seattle tonight. It’s the monthly Alauda showcase at Skylark tonight, 7:30 pm, free. (3803 Delridge Way SW)

LOTS MORE for today/tonight on the calendar – see it all here!

Four highlights for your West Seattle Monday afternoon/evening

July 14, 2014 at 11:56 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | 5 Comments

(Anchor/Luna Park photo by Daniel Casey)
Busy Monday … on the way to another summer-event-filled weekend … but there are a few calendar highlights we wanted to mention before we get too much further into this day:

LOW-LOW TIDE: Until 2:30 pm, volunteer beach naturalists are out again at Constellation and Lincoln Parks, with the tide out to -2.6 at 12:54 pm.

TEEN RUNNING GROUP: High-school or college-age runner? 5 pm Mondays at West Seattle Runner (WSB sponsor), meet up with others and get going! Free. Details here; there’s a Facebook group too. (California/Charlestown)

WEST SEATTLE BRIDGE’S 30TH ANNIVERSARY: On this date in 1984, the high-level bridge was dedicated. At 6:30 tonight, an all-star panel will share memories and thoughts in a special (free!) event in the courtyard of Hotwire Online Coffeehouse (WSB sponsor) – details on the Southwest Seattle Historical Society website; panelists include former mayor Charles Royer, former port commissioner Jack Block, city councilmember Tom Rasmussen (who worked as an assistant to the bridge’s honorary namesake Councilmember Jeanette Williams), engineers who worked on the bridge project, and more. Here’s the program, topic-wise, per SWSHS’s Clay Eals, who will emcee/moderate:

OVERVIEW

ATTEMPTS BY CITY TO FUND A NEW BRIDGE PRE-1978

ATTITUDE OF WEST SEATTLE TOWARD BRIDGE PRE-1978

LAUNCH OF SECESSION CAMPAIGN: MARCH 29, 1978

THE SHIP HITS THE SPAN: JUNE 11, 1978

QUICK REACTION TO OBTAIN FUNDS FOR NEW BRIDGE

DESIGN, CONSTRUCTION, DETOURS 1980-1984

THE FATE OF ROLF NESLUND

OPENING OF NEW BRIDGE 1983-1984

IMPACT OF THE BRIDGE 30 YEARS LATER

(4410 California SW)

NORTH DELRIDGE NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCIL – IN THE PARK: Summertime and the NDNC takes its meetings on the road. Tonight – find them at Dragonfly Pavilion, 6:30 pm. (26th/Dakota)

West Seattle Sunday: Summer Fest, ‘STP’ ride, Little League, low-low tide, World Cup, car wash, more

July 13, 2014 at 8:48 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | No Comments

(Another aerial view of the festival zone – see one here – by Long B. Nguyen)
The third and final day of West Seattle Summer Fest starts our Sunday highlights:

FESTIVAL OPENS: 11 am today (that’s when our live coverage starts)
SUMMER FEST MUSIC:here (starts at 2 pm with Carrie Akre, ends with last band Billy Dwayne & The Creepers at 6 pm)
SUMMER FEST VENDOR LISThere
SUMMER FEST VENDOR MAPhere (by number, per the list)
SUMMER FEST GREENLIFE SCHEDULEhere (first presentation, at 11 am, is about home preservation/canning)
SUMMER FEST COMMUNITY TENT SCHEDULEhere (scroll down)
SUMMER FEST BUS REROUTEShere (same as Saturday)
SUMMER FEST COVERAGE: Our four “as it happened” reports from Friday/Saturday are linked in the right sidebar

Also today:

MINI-’STP’ RIDE: Again this year, West Seattle Bike Connections is leading a ride from Seattle (Street) to Portland (Street) and on to Summer Fest. Meet at 9:45 am. Details in our calendar listing.

WEST SEATTLE FARMERS’ MARKET: Yes, it’s on, along with Summer Fest, as usual! 10 am-2 pm. (44th/Alaska)

BENEFIT CAR WASH: 10 am-2 pm, the West Seattle High School softball team is washing cars at West Seattle Autoworks (WSB sponsor) 10 am-3 pm, by donation, to raise money for travel. (35th/Webster)

LOW-LOW TIDE WITH BEACH NATURALISTS: 10 am-2 pm, you’ll again find Seattle Aquarium volunteer beach naturalists back on Constellation Park and Lincoln Park (near Colman Pool) beaches, for another low-low tide – 12:07 pm, -3.1.

LITTLE LEAGUE TOURNAMENT: Second day of the West Seattle Little League-hosted state tournament for 11-12 teams, at Bar-S Playfields on Alki Point. The WSLL team won on Saturday and plays Federal Way at noon today. General tournament info is in this WSB story from earlier this week. (6425 SW Admiral Way)

WATCH THE WORLD CUP, WITH AIR CONDITIONING: That’s the invitation from the High Point Branch Library. Doors open at 11:30, game starts noon. (35th/Raymond)

GREYHOUND MEET-AND-GREET: Share your life with a greyhound? You’re invited to a meet-and-greet 2-4 pm today at West Seattle Petco. (41st/Alaska)

AUTHOR READING: Not in West Seattle, but WS author Arleen Williams invites friends, fans, all readers to her 3 pm event at Elliott Bay Books on Capitol Hill, reading from “Running Uphill,” second book in her Alki trilogy. Details here. (1521 10th Ave.)

EXTENDED WATER TAXI SERVICE TONIGHT: Sounders play tonight and the West Seattle Water Taxi is on an extended schedule. See the schedule here.

West Seattle Saturday: Summer Fest, work parties, low tide, baseball, football, remodeling workshop, wading pools, more…

July 12, 2014 at 8:45 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | 12 Comments

(Summer Fest Day 1 photo by WSB’s Katie Meyer)
Our live coverage gets going again at 10 am, the start of West Seattle Summer Fest in The Junction! We’re reporting live again this year from the midst of it all – the information booth at California/Alaska. Today’s full list of West Seattle events – the festival AND other highlights – is ahead, but first, the Summer Fest quick links:

SUMMER FEST MUSIC SCHEDULEhere (first band, Two-Story Zori at noon)
SUMMER FEST VENDOR LISThere
SUMMER FEST VENDOR MAPhere (by number, per the list)
SUMMER FEST GREENLIFE SCHEDULEhere (first presentation, “Smart Home Maintenance” at 11 am
SUMMER FEST COMMUNITY TENT SCHEDULEhere (scroll down)
SUMMER FEST BUS REROUTEShere

POOL/WADING POOL/SPRAYPARK NOTES FOR TODAY: Colman Pool is closed to the public again today because of a swim meet (back open tomorrow). Southwest Pool (indoors) is open. On the wading-pool schedule, Delridge and Hiawatha are both open noon-6:45 pm; Lincoln Park is open 11 am-8 pm; and Highland Park Spraypark is open 11 am-8 pm. Addresses are on the citywide wading pool/spraypark schedule.

WORK PARTIES: Want to get out, roll up your sleeves, and help with restoration of West Seattle’s beautiful natural areas … BEFORE the heat of the afternoon? Our calendar has several options today – click any one for details: Terminal 105 (starts 9 am), Delridge Natural Area (starts 10 am), West Duwamish Greenbelt (starts 10 am), Westcrest Park (starts 10 am).

RIP-IT TOURNAMENT: As previewed here last night, Chief Sealth International High School Football is hosting the RIP-IT passing tournament, and you’re invited to watch – play continues until 4 pm at Southwest Athletic Complex. (2801 SW Thistle)

BENEFIT CAR WASH: West Seattle High School‘s 2014-2015 Cheer Squad is washing cars at West Seattle Autoworks (WSB sponsor) 10 am-3 pm to help pay for uniforms and camp – funding for which is not provided through the school. (35th/Webster)

LOW-LOW TIDE AND BEACH NATURALISTS: 10 am-2 pm, Seattle Aquarium volunteer beach naturalists are out on Constellation Park and Lincoln Park (near Colman Pool) beaches, since the full moon is bringing a low-low tide – 11:21 am, -3.1.

CHICKEN COOP AND URBAN FARM TOUR: West Seattle locations are part of the Seattle Tilth Chicken Coop and Urban Farm Tour today, 10 am-4 pm, self-guided tour – ticket info is on the official website.

FIRE STATION 36 OPEN HOUSE: 11 am-1 pm, go see the renovated/upgraded Station 36 by the bridge! Here’s our preview. (3600 23rd SW)

SSC GARDEN CENTER OPEN: 11 am-3 pm, with discount pricing on plants; sales benefit the South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) horticulture/gardening programs – details in our calendar listing. North end of campus. (6000 16th SW)

LITTLE LEAGUE TOURNAMENT: Starting today, West Seattle Little League hosts the state Majors’ tournament at Bar-S Playfields on Alki Point. Info – including handy tips if you’re going – is in this WSB story from earlier this week. (6425 SW Admiral Way)

REMODELING/CUSTOM HOMEBUILDING WORKSHOP: Thinking about either (or both! of those? Today at 2 pm, free workshop at Ventana Construction (WSB sponsor) – where you’ll find air conditioning!!! – and there’s space left. Just show up. (California/Findlay)

SALSA ON ALKI! 5:30-10 pm by the Statue of Liberty on Alki Beach – details in our calendar listing. (61st/Alki)

STRAIGHT BLAST BENEFIT: At C & P Coffee Company, there’s a beer/wine benefit tonight, 6:30-9:30 pm, for the Booster Club – youth programs and more – of North Delridge’s Straight Blast Gym of Seattle (like C & P, a WSB sponsor). More info in the calendar listing. (5612 California SW)

NIGHTLIFE! In addition to live music at Summer Fest, several local venues have bands tonight too – see the individual listings on the calendar.

West Seattle Art Walk, Summer Fest Eve, Luna Park Block Party, Design Review x 2, and more for your Thursday…

July 10, 2014 at 11:34 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | 10 Comments

Today’s calendar-highlights look into the (immediate) future starts with a look at the past:

Courtesy of the Seattle Municipal Archives via the Southwest Seattle Historical Society, that’s video of the West Seattle Bridge from the 1970s – in honor of the ongoing celebration of the 1984-completed high-level bridge’s 30th anniversary, which continues tonight. But first, another historic clip, this time showing what maritime traffic used to have to fit through!

The bridge-history photo display at Hotwire Online Coffeehouse (WSB sponsor) is part of tonight’s West Seattle Art Walk – here’s the summer-quarter map/venue list for the WSAW:

As always, the Art Walk runs 6-9 pm. Spotlighted venues/artists are on the official WSAW website. And while the Art Walk is *not* limited to The Junction, your enjoyment there will be enhanced by the closed streets – as noted again in our daily traffic watch, California closes between Genesee and Edmunds, Alaska between 44th and 42nd, starting at 6 pm tonight for West Seattle Summer Fest prep, and those blocks stay closed to vehicle traffic until WSSF breakdown is over late Sunday night. One more Junction venue to mention:

JINI DELLACCIO’S PHOTOGRAPHY AT EASY STREET: An extra-special photography exhibition at Easy Street Records for Art Walk – the work of Jini Dellaccio, rock-portrait photographer who died just last week at the age of 97.

(The Sonics, by Jini Dellaccio, republished with permission)
As Rod from ESR points out, “Her amazing photos live on!” He shares this info from her biography:

After years of shooting fashion photography in the LA area, Jini Dellaccio brought a remarkable degree of sophistication to her portraits of blue-collar rock musicians of the early to mid-sixties. Her iconic images of seminal rock & roll bands such as the Sonics, Wailers, Daily Flash and Don & The Goodtimes, among countless others, capture both the aesthetics and attitudes of these influential groups. Many of Dellaccio’s photographs were shot among the lush landscape of her Gig Harbor property and reflect the conventions of the dominant “Northwest School” art movement of the region. Her candid concert photographs – featuring local groups as well as legendary national touring acts such as The Who, The Yardbirds and Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels – mirror the raw, energetic and often menacing music that characterized early Northwest rock & roll. Jini’s journey in becoming America’s first woman rock & roll photographer is chronicled in the recent documentary, Her Aim Is True.”

Easy Street is at California/Alaska.

Also tonight as part of Summer Fest Eve, it’s …

BUBBLEMAN OUTSIDE ELLIOTT BAY: 6 pm, it’s a pre-Summer Fest tradition, as Elliott Bay Brewery brings in Bubbleman to put on a show for kids (of all ages) out in the middle of California SW, midblock between Alaska and Edmunds.

And even more of what’s up today/tonight …

TENT SALE AT JF HENRY: Many Junction merchants still have “sidewalk sales” during Summer Fest time – that’s how the festival originated, long, long ago. And at least one is starting early – JF Henry Kitchen and Tableware, returning as a WSB sponsor for the occasion, starts its sale today. (4445 California SW)

SUPPORT THE WEST SEATTLE LITTLE LEAGUE 9-10 ALL-STARS: As mentioned here last night, they’re raising money for their travel to the state tournament in Richland; you can buy raffle tickets 4-6 pm today at Metropolitan Market (WSB sponsor) and Admiral Safeway.

LUNA PARK BLOCK PARTY: 6-9 pm outside Ola Salon in the Luna Park business district, you’ll find vendors, food, music, and fun – here’s our calendar listing. (2942 SW Avalon)

DESIGN REVIEW X 2: Two projects go before the Southwest Design Review Board tonight in its first meeting in more than two months – the eye clinic proposed at 7520 35th SW is up at 6:30 pm for its first Early Design Guidance meeting, while the townhome/live-work proposal for the former Charlestown Café site at 3824 California SW is up for its third EDG meeting at 8 pm. Both reviews are upstairs at the Senior Center of West Seattle; the design packets for both are linked in this WSB preview. (Oregon/California)

EVEN MORE … on the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar.

West Seattle Wednesday: Give blood; buy produce; enjoy music; meet candidates; more…

July 9, 2014 at 10:22 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | 3 Comments

Thanks to Mark Wangerin for today’s featured photo, a rhinoceros auklet photographed off Duwamish Head. Mark explains:

This bird shows the breeding plumage well. The Auklets are Puffin relatives and feed by diving for fish and “fly” underwater. They are fairly difficult to photograph in that they prefer deeper water and tend not to get too close to shore. They do come close occasionally and can be seen from our shoreline. When approached by boat they escape by diving under the water. Photography is quite difficult from a moving boat on choppy seas.

Back on land, today’s highlights from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

BLOOD DRIVE: Summer is a challenging time for keeping supplies up at Puget Sound Blood Center – so if you can give, please do, at today’s Our Lady of Guadalupe blood drive, 1-7 pm (closed 3-3:45 pm) – details in our calendar listing. (35th/Myrtle)

HIGH POINT MARKET GARDEN: Today’s the first of 12 Wednesdays this summer/fall when you can visit the High Point Market Garden Farm Stand 4-7 pm and buy organic produce that was grown just steps away. Here’s our preview from earlier this week. (32nd/Juneau)

CANCELLIERI AT SALTY’S: Live acoustic folk on what promises to be another beautiful evening on the water, starting at 5:30 pm at Salty’s on Alki (WSB sponsor), no cover, no minimum. (1936 Harbor SW)

CANDIDATE RECEPTION: As previewed here Tuesday, you can meet and talk one-on-one with more than 20 candidates/elected officials from around the area at tonight’s reception at The Sanctuary at Admiral, co-sponsored by the West Seattle Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Seattle Business Association. (California/Lander)

TALK WITH COUNCILMEMBER RASMUSSEN: West Seattle-residing City Councilmember Tom Rasmussen‘s next “Little City Hall” conversation opportunity is tonight at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center at 6 pm. Question? Comment? Idea? Drop by. (4408 Delridge Way SW)

34TH DISTRICT DEMOCRATS: Rasmussen is one of two City Councilmembers on the agenda tonight for our area’s largest political group. As previewed here last night, Councilmember Nick Licata is scheduled to speak about the alternative tax proposal he and Councilmember Kshama Sawant have proposed to raise money to avoid Metro Transit cuts in Seattle city limits; the 34th DDs will be considering endorsing it. Rasmussen is scheduled to speak about the August 5th ballot measure to create a permanent Park District for extra Seattle Parks money (he spoke about it at last night’s Admiral Neighborhood Association meeting, and we’ll have that story here later today). See the rest of the agenda here. (9131 California SW)

MUSIC BINGO AT THE CASK: Described as “a cross between bingo, trivia, and karaoke” at The Cask (WSB sponsor) – starts at 7 pm. (2350 California SW)

AND MORE NIGHTLIFE … on our calendar!

West Seattle Tuesday: 5 ways to get involved with your community

July 8, 2014 at 9:18 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | No Comments

As is usually the case for the second Tuesday of the month, it’s a busy night for community meetings. Highlights from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

BRIDGE WORK RE-DO @ CITY COUNCIL TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE: As first reported here last Friday, the 600-plus “bearing pad” cushions installed to strengthen the Fauntleroy Expressway end of the West Seattle Bridge three years ago all need to be replaced. This morning at 9:30 am, the City Council Transportation Committee’s meeting includes the official briefing on what happened and what’s happening next. If you can’t get to City Hall, watch live via Seattle Channel – on cable or online. (seattlechannel.org)

SUMMER LUAU: The Senior Center of West Seattle is celebrating summer with an island-style lunch party, 11:45 am. Check to see if there’s any room left. (Oregon/California)

*editor’s note – this happens WEDNESDAY* WATCH THE WORLD CUP SEMI-FINALS: 1 pm in the air-conditioned meeting room at High Point Branch Library, you’re invited to watch the World Cup semifinals with fellow fans. Doors open at 12:30 pm. (35th/Raymond)

HIGH POINT NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION: 6 pm meeting at Neighborhood House’s High Point Center. (6400 Sylvan Way)

SOUND TRANSIT @ WEST SEATTLE TRANSPORTATION COALITION: Though right now Sound Transit service to West Seattle is just a bus route, ST is of intense interest because it’s updating its Long-Range Plan and might include a light-rail route for this area. As previewed here Sunday night, two ST reps are scheduled to talk with WSTC tonight. 6:30 pm, Neighborhood House’s High Point Center. (6400 Sylvan Way)

HELP A GUIDE DOG GROW UP: Find out about becoming a guide-puppy-raiser by attending a West Seattle See Dogs meeting – just happens to be one tonight at The Kenney (WSB sponsor), 6:30 pm. (7125 Fauntleroy Way SW)

PARK DISTRICT FORUM @ ADMIRAL NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION: As part of tonight’s ANA meeting at The Sanctuary at Admiral, the August 5th ballot measure to create a permanent Park District will be discussed by supporters – including City Councilmember Tom Rasmussen – and opponents. The agenda also includes a look ahead to the ANA-presented Summer Concerts at Hiawatha series, which starts on July 24th. No ANA meeting in August, so this is the last one until September 9th. (California/Lander)

FAUNTLEROY COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION: 7 pm in the Fauntleroy Schoolhouse meeting room, with the agenda announced as including:

discussion of play streets, the possibility of conducting another community survey, traffic issues, boat storage at Cove Park, new neighbor bags, an update on the Fauntleroy Swing into Summer Dance, reports on the Southwest District Council and Ferry Advisory Council, and issues related to our partners, the Fauntleroy Community Service Association (owners of the Fauntleroy Schoolhouse).

No FCA meeting in August, so this is the last one until September 9th. (9131 California SW)

NIGHTLIFE: Music, bingo, trivia, karaoke … see tonight’s listings on our calendar.

West Seattle Monday: First day of the rest of summer!

July 7, 2014 at 8:50 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | Comments Off

(Killdeer, photographed by Danny McMillin, shared via the WSB Flickr group)
As we rev from post-4th of July mode into pre-Summer Fest mode, here are a few notes for today/tonight:

REGISTER TO VOTE! Today’s the deadline, so that you can be eligible for the August 5th election. Info in our story from last week.

COLMAN POOL STILL CLOSED: Third day of closure at West Seattle’s outdoor pool after a pump breakdown, discovered early Saturday. As reported here last night, the needed part is expected to arrive today, which would mean the pool reopens tomorrow – check back here for an update by end of the day.

BASKETBALL CAMP @ WEST SEATTLE HS: Walk-in signups accepted as camp for students in grades 3-9 starts today and runs through Thursday, 9 am @ WSHS. (3000 California SW)

WEST SEATTLE HI-YU MEETING: 7 pm at St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church Hall, including logistics for the big events still ahead – volunteers needed! (42nd/Hanford)

NIGHTLIFE … see the calendar for tonight’s options.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Post-holiday Monday, plus previews

July 7, 2014 at 8:01 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | 1 Comment

(WS high/low bridges and Highway 99 views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
No traffic trouble reported in our expanded area so far – some are still out on a 4-day holiday weekend.

Looking ahead: Paving on California SW south of Fauntleroy Way tomorrow and Wednesday; Thursday night through Sunday night, the heart of The Junction closes to traffic for West Seattle Summer Fest (including setup and breakdown) – which means bus reroutes, too (not yet posted – we’ll link when they are).

West Seattle Sunday: What’s up on Holiday Weekend Day #3

July 6, 2014 at 9:12 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | 2 Comments

(Photo by Mark Wangerin)
From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar – first a reminder:

COLMAN POOL CLOSED AGAIN TODAY: In case you missed our report on Saturday – Colman Pool in Lincoln Park is closed again today while they work to fix a broken circulation pump. We’ll update by day’s end on the outlook for Monday.

Here’s what IS happening:

WEST SEATTLE FARMERS’ MARKET: Every Sunday, even on holiday weekends, 10 am-2 pm. The WSFM Facebook page notes one feature for today – it’s the last day this year that Langley Fine Gardens from Vashon Island will be at the market with their wonderful plants. Other booths will overflow as usual with vegetables, fruit, meat, baked goods, and more. (44th/Alaska)

WEST SEATTLE ULTIMATE FAMILY FRISBEE: The weekly 11 am game at Fairmount Playfield is also ON as usual, despite the holiday weekend. All ages welcome. (5400 Fauntleroy Way SW)

LOG HOUSE MUSEUM: The home of West Seattle’s history is open to the public noon-4 pm – exhibits inside, newly renovated/installed totem pole outside. (61st/Stevens)

ALKI POINT LIGHTHOUSE TOURS: Summer weekends are your only chance – don’t miss it! – free tours with the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary at Alki Point Lighthouse, 1-4 pm. (3200 Point Place)

ART UNVEILING: At Meeples Games, artist Paul Gasoi will be on hand for the unveiling of his “Cosmic Interstice Chess” work, 4:30-6 pm. (California/Charlestown)

West Seattle Saturday: First day of the post-holiday weekend

July 5, 2014 at 6:30 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | 6 Comments

Alki Beach really did look like that, for a while, on the 4th of July – just a few hours before the rain moved in for a while. Whatever the sun decides to do today, we do have options for your post-holiday Saturday, from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar, starting, in fact, at Alki:

BEACH VOLLEYBALL TOURNAMENT: The Alki Volleyball Association has a full slate all day long.

CLEAN UP LINCOLN PARK: Three hours can make a big difference for a big park – the announcement explains why. 9-noon. (Meet at kiosk in Fauntleroy/Rose parking lot)

DONATE BLOOD: A holiday weekend is a time when blood supplies can get dangerously low. Help keep that from happening by donating between 10 am and 4 pm today at Holy Family – details in the calendar listing. (20th/Roxbury)

SAVE MONEY ON SIGNING UP FOR THE FLOAT DODGER 5K: 2 weeks until the 5K that precedes the West Seattle Grand Parade; if you’re not signed up yet, you can get a discount (and be eligible for raffle prizes) by doing it today at a special event at Float Dodger-presenting West Seattle Runner (WSB sponsor), 11 am-3 pm. (California/Charlestown)

TOUR ALKI POINT LIGHTHOUSE: Another chance for free tours with the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary at Alki Point Lighthouse, 1-4 pm. (3200 Point Place)

MAD HATTRZ: Playing 9 pm-1 am tonight at Poggie Tavern. And it’s not just your regular band sets:

Pick a Song From The Hat! One of the best dumb ideas for a band anywhere – Each Show begins with a Hat containing about a hundred Songs – all sorts of Songs. Audience members randomly select Songs from the Hat; these Songs and their Stories materialize and become The Show. Stoopydkewl.

(4717 California SW)

DISCO COWBOYS: Live tonight at Feedback Lounge (WSB sponsor), 9:30 pm. (6451 California SW)

MORE! Just check the calendar.

West Seattle Thursday: Five notes for today/tonight

July 3, 2014 at 9:22 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | 1 Comment

(Downy woodpecker, photographed by Mark Wangerin)
From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

WADING POOLS *WILL* BE OPEN: Since it’s cloudy this morning, we called the city hotline to check. Hiawatha will be open noon-6:45 pm, EC Hughes noon-7 pm, and Lincoln Park (as well as Highland Park Spraypark) 11 am-8 pm. Addresses and full schedules are here.

HEALTH AND HARVEST AT THE COMMUNITY ORCHARD: Have the day off? This is your chance to check out the Community Orchard of West Seattle‘s weekly Health and Harvest tour/work party/Q-A session, 5-7 pm Thursdays on the northeast side of the South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) campus. Read about it on the COWS website. (6000 16th SW)

NATURE EXPLORATION: 3:30 pm Thursdays, explore nature at Camp Long with naturalist Stewart Wechsler – details on his Stewardship Adventures in Nature website. (5200 35th SW)

LIGHTS ON AT SYNTHETIC-TURF FIELDS: Just so you’re not wondering why the lights are on tonight at Delridge, Walt Hundley, and Hiawatha Playfields – it’s part of Seattle Parks‘ plan to discourage fireworks use, which is illegal, dangerous, and costly. Here’s our previous note about it.

JACKIE POCK @ SALTY’S: 5:30-8:30 pm, live music at Salty’s on Alki (WSB sponsor), tonight featuring the acoustic music of Jackie Pock. No cover/minimum. (1936 Harbor SW)

West Seattle Tuesday: Three highlights for today/tonight

July 1, 2014 at 11:09 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | 2 Comments

(Photo by Danny McMillin, at South Alki on Sunday – click image for larger view)
As the holiday nears, the calendar thins out a bit – but we have a few things of note for the hours ahead:

WADING POOLS & SPRAYPARK HOURS TODAY: Warm day in progress – so here are ways to stay cool! City wading pools open today are Lincoln Park (11 am-8 pm), Delridge (12-6:45 pm), South Park (12-7 pm). Highland Park Spraypark is open 11 am-8 pm.

WEST SEATTLE BIKE CONNECTIONS: Lots on the agenda for tonight’s monthly meeting, 6:30-8 pm, at HomeStreet Bank (WSB sponsor) in The Junction – details on the WSBC website. (41st/Alaska)

CHORAL CONCERT: 7:30 pm at Fauntleroy UCC Church, “Vashon Suite: No Bridges,” composed by Bronwyn Edwards, performed by the Vashon Island Chorale. Details on the church website. (9130 California SW)

LOTS OF NIGHTLIFE! Live music, trivia, bingo, more – see the individual listings on the calendar page.

West Seattle Monday: Southside Revolution Junior Derby; Hi-Yu reception; ‘Tidepool Tunes & Fishy Tales’; more

June 30, 2014 at 9:00 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | 1 Comment

That view of Mount Rainier is from the new South Park Bridge, where we photographed the first vehicles to cross on this morning after its dedication celebration (WSB coverage here). Here are highlights for the rest of today/tonight, from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

TIDE POOL TUNES AND FISHY TALES: 11 am event with children’s author/songwriter Eric Ode at Southwest Branch Library. (35th/Henderson)

TODAY’S WADING-POOL SCHEDULE … since forecasters say we’re going into a few days of truly summery temps (near or beyond 80), we’ll list the wading pools and sprayparks open each day. Today – Lincoln Park (which is 7 days a week unless the weather’s bad), 11 am-8 pm; Delridge, noon-6:45 pm. And Highland Park Spraypark is open daily too, 11 am-8 pm. Addresses are on the citywide schedule.

HI-YU WHITE ROSE RECEPTION: From West Seattle Hi-Yu:

West Seattle Hi-Yu cordially invites you to the 2014 White Rose reception. This event is a celebration of past and present Hi Yu royalty and candidates. All are invited; festivities will begin at 7 pm at St John’s Church in West Seattle. Come and share your Hi-Yu memories and/or to learn about our community festival. Past royalty are encouraged to wear or bring their crowns and memory books.

(3050 California SW)

READY TO ROLL? NEW JUNIOR ROLLER DERBY: As previewed here last week, the new Southside Revolution Junior Roller Derby league for skaters 8-17 is having an info night tonight, 7 pm, at Southgate Roller Rink. (9646 17th SW)

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