West Seattle Wednesday: Highland Park Action Committee tackles traffic trouble spot; Pathfinder Playground benefit buffet; more…January 28, 2015 at 10:14 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | 7 Comments
(Monday photo by Long Bach Nguyen)
Busy day/night! From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:
DINE OUT FOR PATHFINDER PLAYGROUND: 5-8 pm at Pecado Bueno in The Junction, Mexican buffet benefit for the Pathfinder K-8 Playground Project. Plus, facepainting and a raffle for a recycled-glass playground tile (to feature your name or a short quote).
(Pathfinder Playground supporters Kelly Guenther, Holli Margell, and Susan Melrose, with, 2nd from right, Pecado Bueno proprietor James Schmidt)
Buy a wristband at the door, $15 adult/$10 kid/2-and-under free. (4523 California SW)
URBAN VILLAGES, 20 YEARS LATER: Not happening in West Seattle, but of interest – as previewed here, former City Councilmember Peter Steinbrueck presents a report reviewing how “urban villages” (of which West Seattle has 4) are working (or not), two decades since their creation. 5:30 pm open house, 6 pm presentation, in the Bertha Knight Landes Room on the 5th Avenue street level of City Hall downtown. (5th/Cherry)
HIGHLAND PARK ACTION COMMITTEE: 7 pm at Highland Park Improvement Club, tonight’s HPAC meeting includes a discussion of the Highland Park Way/Holden intersection woes, plus the search for new leadership. (12th/Holden)
YES, THERE’S MORE … browse our calendar for more today/tonight events, and beyond.
(Photo by Matt Olson – red-necked grebe dining on a prawn off Duwamish Head last weekend)
You’ll find today’s full menu on our calendar, but as usual, we’re offering a sampler:
CAPTAIN & CAPTAINS: The West Seattle Block Watch Captains Network is expecting to hear tonight from Southwest Precinct commander Capt. Steve Wilske, with updates including the recent series of robberies (most-recent WSB update here). You don’t have to be a captain or even part of a Block Watch to be there – all welcome. Meeting’s at 6:30 pm at the precinct. (Webster/Delridge)
PARTICIPATORY BUDGETING FORUM: Not in West Seattle, but of interest – how to have more of a say in how your money’s spent: The City Neighborhood Council and Councilmember Nick Licata are co-hosting a forum about “Participatory Budgeting“ and how it works in other cities, with an eye toward whether it could work here. 6-8 pm in the Bertha Knight Landes Room at City Hall downtown. (5th/Cherry)
(Sunday morning fog burnoff, with seagull: Photo by WSB’s Patrick Sand)
Notes for today, mostly from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:
MORE WORK AT LOWMAN BEACH: Separate from all the work across the street on the Murray Combined Sewer Overflow Control project, Seattle Public Utilities is repairing the culvert that conveys Pelly Creek and storm drainage to the outfall west of the Lowman Beach Park tennis court. SPU says it’s damaged and causing soil erosion, so they are “excavating a portion of the damaged pipeline, repairing the broken pipe, and backfilling to surrounding grade.” The work starts this week and is expected to continue for about 10 days. (7017 Beach Drive SW)
JINI DELACCIO EXHIBITION CLOSING: Easy Street Records has a two-part event today to mark the end of its exhibition of photographs by the late Jini Delaccio: 1 pm, the sale begins; 5 pm, the music begins. More info here. (California/Alaska)
WORDS & MUSIC: Tonight’s nightlife listings include trivia and karaoke – see for yourself!
One week until The Big Game! Look closely at Lynn Hall‘s photo of always-scenic Alki Point Lighthouse, taken Saturday, and you’ll see the “12.” Here are some ways to keep yourself busy today, from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:
FOOD DRIVE #1: 9 am-1 pm today at Tibbetts United Methodist Church (WSB sponsor), you can drop off food for the United in Blue coast-to-coast church food drive tied to the Super Bowl. Details in our preview from earlier this week. Help Seattle beat New England even BEFORE the teams take the field; in this contest, everyone wins! (3940 41st SW)
FOOD DRIVE #2: And if you’re closer to the south end, Peace Lutheran Church Pastor Erik Kindem e-mailed to say his church in Gatewood has a Seahawks-spirit food drive going too:
Food donations may be dropped off at Peace Lutheran on Sunday, January 25 from 8:30 am to 3 pm, or Sunday, February 1 from 8:30 am to 3 pm. OR they may also be left at any time under the vestibule by the THISTLE STREET DOORS at any time. GO HAWKS!!
OLG SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE/SCIENCE FAIR: 9 am until 1 pm, you’re invited to visit Our Lady of Guadalupe School, where you’ll be able to meet teachers, parents, and students. (34th/Myrtle)
WEST SEATTLE FARMERS’ MARKET: 10 am-2 pm as always. By the way, the Seattle farmers’ markets have made a bet with their Boston counterparts. (44th/Alaska)
BIOCHAR CLASS: 1 pm, learn how to make it, at West Seattle Nursery ($10 fee). (California/Brandon)
KNITTERS’ MEETUP: 5:30 pm at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor) – bring whatever you’re working on! (5612 California SW)
SUNDAY NIGHTLIFE: Trivia, karaoke, live music … listings here!
Good morning and happy weekend! Some of what’s up today/tonight:
LIONS CLUB PANCAKE BREAKFAST: Until 11 am, the West Seattle Lions invite you to their pancake breakfast at the Senior Center of West Seattle – just $6. (Oregon/California)
‘HEADBANGER’S BALL – MEET THE WOODPECKERS’: Get to Camp Long Environmental Learning Center by 9 am (early events are a good reason to browse our calendar well in advance!) for this free event – details in our calendar listing. (5200 35th SW)
THEN STAY AT CAMP LONG FOR … a 10 am-2 pm forest-restoration work party. Details here. (5200 35th SW)
RAINGARDEN PARTY: 10 am-noon, go to Southwest Branch Library to learn more about raingardens, cisterns, and other ways your garden can help keep Puget Sound clean. Treats too. Details in our calendar listing. (35th/Henderson)
LINCOLN PARK BIRDWATCHING: Another Seattle Parks environmental-learning program. 10:30 am, ages 8 and up. Bring your binoculars; meet the naturalist at the park’s south parking lot. (8011 Fauntleroy Way SW)
DUWAMISH LONGHOUSE ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION: See our calendar listing for the full schedule of events as the Duwamish Tribe Longhouse celebrates its 6th anniversary, starting at 10 am. (4705 W. Marginal Way SW)
HEALTH-CARE ENROLLMENT HELP: As previewed here last night, you can get help enrolling for health insurance, as well as other resources, at a free regional, multilingual event 2-6 pm at the South Park Neighborhood Center. (8201 10th Ave. S.)
LIVE MUSIC: Dave Holo Trio at Salty’s on Alki (WSB sponsor; no cover), 5 pm; Gary Benson at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor; no cover), 7 pm; Groove Surfers at Feedback Lounge (WSB sponsor; no cover), 9 pm; Mott the Hoopla & more at the Benbow Room (cover), 9 pm.
AND OF COURSE, THERE’S MORE … on our calendar.
(added) P.S. If you’ve noticed sailboats off western West Seattle shores, it’s the Three Tree Point Yacht Club‘s Blake Island Race.
FRIDAY NIGHT SKATING: 6:30-8:30 pm, Alki Community Center hosts Friday night skating – details in our calendar listing. (5817 SW Stevens)
HIGH-SCHOOL BASKETBALL HOME GAMES: Big slate of home games tonight – girls’ and boys’ varsity, for both West Seattle High School and Chief Sealth International High School. WSHS hosts Ballard; CSIHS hosts Lakeside. At both gyms, the schedule’s the same – girls’ junior varsity at 3:30, boys’ JV at 5, girls’ varsity at 6:30, boys’ varsity at 8.
’4000 MILES’: Second night for the new production at ArtsWest (WSB sponsor), curtain time 7:30 pm. (4711 California SW)
LIVE MUSIC: Our calendar features listings for Salty’s on Alki (WSB sponsor) starting at 5 pm; The Charlatones at Feedback Lounge (WSB sponsor) starting at 9 pm; Sin Circus, Fallen Kings, and guests at the Benbow Room starting at 9 pm (cover); Bozo Moto and Megasapien at the Skylark, also starting at 9 pm.
EVEN MORE ON THE CALENDAR … check it all out here.
West Seattle Wednesday: Delridge District Council; Morgan Community Association; story times; comedy; literature; moreJanuary 21, 2015 at 9:49 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | No Comments
(Today’s sunrise at Seacrest – photo by Lise Thivierge)
Thanks to our community contributors for views of this morning’s sunrise! Scroll all the way through to see all three views. And, of course, to see the highlights of what’s up today/tonight – maybe your first community meeting of the new year? From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:
STORY TIMES: Four library story times on the calendar today – preschoolers at West Seattle and toddlers at Southwest, both at 10:30 am; babies at High Point, 11:30 am; Somali story time at High Point, 5 pm. Each has its own listing, with more info and even a map, on our calendar.
DUWAMISH RIVER CLEANUP PLAN: 5:30-7:30 pm tonight in South Park, the Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition offers your next chance to find out more about the plan, in three languages:
Tonight at Concord International School is your opportunity to learn about EPA’s “Record of Decision,” its final cleanup plan for the Duwamish River. It is a step in the right direction – but there is still more to do! To keep working for an even healthier cleanup, we need YOU! Join DRCC/TAG and your neighbors tonight as EPA and South Park community members provide some highlights from the plan and talk about what is next. Presentations will be available in English, Spanish, and Vietnamese. Light dinner and child care will be available!
(723 S. Concord)
NEIGHBORHOOD GREEN MEETING: Talk about climate change with the Green Party of Seattle and Sustainable West Seattle. 6:30 pm at Admiral Bird. (2600 California SW)
(Today’s sunrise, Olympics view – photo by James Bratsanos)
DELRIDGE NEIGHBORHOODS DISTRICT COUNCIL: 7 pm at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center. Agenda toplines:
7:10 p.m. Friends of Art on Pier 86, the Silos & Grain Elevator – David Levinson
7:17 p.m. UWKC Free Tax Campaign – Thomas Gardner
7:25 p.m. Multimodal Corridor Program, Delridge Way Project – Sara Zora (SDOT)
7:45 p.m. Update from CM Rasmussen – Tom Rasmussen
8:15 p.m. DNDC Business/Events/Discussions – All
-District 1 Candidates Forum
-2015 Grant Opportunities
-Joint DC Meeting with SWDC
-Annual DNDC Membership Meeting/Elections
-West Seattle Working Waterfront Tour
8:35 p.m. Neighborhood/Community Announcements – All
This time, DNDC meets in the Youngstown theater. (4408 Delridge Way SW)
MORGAN COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION: 7 pm at The Kenney (WSB sponsor), it’s MoCA’s quarterly meeting. Agenda toplines:
* Special Guest – James Bush, Department of Neighborhoods
* Murray CSO
* Morgan SDOT update
* Morgan Park Little Library update
* Donation to Morgan Neighbors
* New Bike Racks for Morgan Junction
* 2015 Neighborhood Streets and Parks Funds – Morgan applications
* 2015 Morgan Festival
* Election of Officers, slate presentation for April meeting and vote
Find MoCA in The Kenney’s lower-level meeting rooms. (7125 Fauntleroy Way SW)
WORDSWEST LITERARY SERIES: As previewed here Monday night, WordsWest takes on New Year’s resolutions in the 7 pm writers’ showcase at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), featuring Jennie Shortridge and Frances McCue. (5612 California SW)
MORE COMEDY: Tonight’s also the night West Seattle native Adam Cozens, visiting from L.A., stars at Comedy Underground in Pioneer Square, 8 pm, as mentioned in our recent followup story on how his showbiz career is going. (109 S. Washington)
(More of the Olympics, from Alki – photo by Don Brubeck)
EVEN MORE … daytime activities AND nightlife, on our calendar!
(Photo by Jim Clark, taken Monday at Lincoln Park)
Some of what’s up today/tonight, from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:
STUDENT AID: West Seattle High School seniors and parents/guardians are invited to an event to help them finish the FAFSA (the standard application for financial aid for college), 6:30-8:30 pm, drop in – open labs with volunteers ready to help. (3000 California SW)
WEST SEATTLE CRIME PREVENTION COUNCIL: 7 pm, Southwest Precinct meeting room right by the entrance from the parking lot. Questions/concerns to bring up to West Seattle police leadership? This is the time and place. Tonight’s meeting has no other guests – you, SPD, WSCPC – and you’ll hear about the latest crime trends as well as plenty of time for Q/A. (Webster/Delridge)
(WSB photo taken this morning: Youngstown Cultural Arts Center mural, painted and dedicated last summer)
Make a difference in your own quiet way, this MLK Day. City park facilities and libraries are closed, but we do have suggestions/possibilities for today/tonight:
GROWING GARDENERS’ WORKSHOP: West Seattle Nursery offers a free activity for students on no-school days – today, planting! 1-2 pm, must be accompanied by an adult, but most importantly, call to see if there’s room. Details on the WSN calendar. (California/Brandon)
DONATE TO WEST SEATTLE FOOD BANK VIA SBG: Less than 2 weeks to go in the Straight Blast Gym (WSB sponsor) donation drive for the West Seattle Food Bank, and dropping off donations today is a simple way to honor the holiday with a bit of community service. We wrote about it last week, here. (5050 Delridge Way SW)
VISIT THE DUWAMISH LONGHOUSE CULTURAL CENTER: Ever been to the Duwamish Longhouse, which opened six years ago this month? Maybe today is the day. Free admission (goodwill donations accepted), free parking. Open Mondays-Saturdays, 10 am-5 pm. (4705 W. Marginal Way SW) (Our apologies: Commenters report it’s closed)
LEARN, VOLUNTEER, JOIN WITH SUSTAINABLE WEST SEATTLE: 6:30 pm at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), as previewed here last night, you can get involved with your community and the planet’s future by checking out Sustainable West Seattle‘s annual meeting. They’ll provide dessert and inspiration. (5612 California SW)
(NOON NOTE: Just “unpinned” the all-night/all-morning storm coverage, which is now below this)
But the 12th Flag at Delridge/Andover waves on! pic.twitter.com/JZlyDgzNDt
— West Seattle Blog (@westseattleblog) January 18, 2015
In addition to our ongoing storm coverage, here’s what’s happening today – before, during, and after The Game:
HARRY’S CHICKEN JOINT OPENS EARLY: Get chicken for The Game at Harry’s Chicken Joint (WSB sponsor), open 9 am-11:30 am. By game time, Harry’s will be closed, with everyone either watching the game at home or at the Clink. (6032 California SW)
FARMERS’ MARKET OPENS EARLY: West Seattle Farmers’ Market management says many vendors will open early, 9:30 am. (44th/Alaska)
WEST SEATTLE ULTIMATE FAMILY FRISBEE STARTS EARLY: 10 am today, instead of the usual 11. And they’re planning on two fields, one for youth players. Walt Hundley Playfield. (34th/Myrtle)
(Added: On a table at HPIC during tailgate party)
TAILGATING AT HIGHLAND PARK IMPROVEMENT CLUB: Doors open at 11:30 am. HPIC says everyone’s welcome, all ages, and no matter who you’re rooting for. More info here. (12th/Holden)
WHERE ELSE TO WATCH THE GAME: In case you lost power and don’t get it back in time so are looking for somewhere to watch, other venues include what one reader once described as “just about anywhere with a TV” but in particular:
*Feedback Lounge (WSB sponsor), 6451 California SW
*The Bridge, California/Graham
*The Westy, 7908 35th SW
*Beveridge Place Pub, 6413 California SW
*West Side Public House, California/Edmunds
*Angelina’s, 2311 California SW (all ages)
*Talarico’s Pizza, 4718 California SW (all ages)
Some of the above are via recommendations we requested on Twitter while writing this. Anywhere else to recommend? Please comment, or e-mail us, so we can add. Thanks!
NAVY AIRCRAFT TO BUZZ THE CLINK: Depending on the weather, pre-game flyovers are planned. We don’t know the route but if you see/hear them over West Seattle, now you know it’s game-related. *NOON NOTE: Just heard it over our HQ!*
Also on the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar for today:
GREYHOUND MEET-AND-GREET: 11 am-1 pm, come meet greyhounds at Mud Bay in The Admiral District. (2611 California SW)
KITTY HARBOR ADOPTION EVENT, DAY 2: Again today, noon-5 pm, Kitty Harbor reopens with more than 30 cats/kittens still in need of forever homes. (3422 Harbor SW)
AFTERNOON MUSIC: 1-3 pm, bluegrass and old-time music at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), with Jamtime. (5612 California SW)
SOME EVENING OFFERINGS TOO … see the calendar!
West Seattle Saturday: March for Lolita the orca; clean up the beach; tour a school; see metal music meet bellydancing; moreJanuary 17, 2015 at 7:47 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | No Comments
(Anna’s Hummingbird at Jack Block Park, photographed by Mark Wangerin)
Happy Saturday! Calendar highlights, right after an advisory:
MURRAY CSO PROJECT WORK TODAY: We start with an FYI from King County – crews will be working at the Murray Combined Sewer Overflow Control Project across from Lowman Beach today, starting at 9 am: “A small crew will be inside the excavation pit to maintain the secant piles. Nearly all work will be completed with hand tools.”
INTERIM FIRE STATION 29 MEETING: 9 am at Fire Station 29, city reps will meet with neighbors who have been voicing safety concerns since last-minute notification that the station’s interim site will be on a relatively small triangle of city land across from Admiral Congregational Church. (2139 Ferry SW)
STUDENT CLEANUP AT LINCOLN PARK: As previewed here earlier this week, a group of Chief Sealth International High School students plans a beach cleanup this afternoon, noon-4 pm, and would welcome community help. (8011 Fauntleroy Way SW)
KITTY HARBOR SPECIAL ADOPTION EVENT: Noon-5 pm, Kitty Harbor reopens with 60 cats/kittens who need forever homes. (3422 Harbor SW)
MARCH AND PADDLE FOR LOLITA’S FREEDOM: From coast to coast, rallies are planned today in support of freedom for the last surviving orca captured from Puget Sound decades ago, who lives in an amusement-park tank in Florida. 1 pm one-mile march leaves from Alki Statue of Liberty Plaza (61st/Alki), with a group of paddlers following along, heading out from Don Armeni Boat Ramp at noon. Details in our preview.
LINCOLN PARK AT DARK WITH STEWART: 6:30 pm, naturalist Stewart Wechsler takes you looking for owls and others in Lincoln Park – details including suggested donation and RSVP info are in the listing on his website. (Fauntleroy/Rose)
‘IRON VALKYRIES: A METAL BELLY DANCING SHOW’: What happens when metal meets bellydancing? 9 pm at Feedback Lounge (WSB sponsor), you’ll find out, courtesy of the Rebel Belly Dancing Troupe. (6451 California SW)
THAT’S NOT ALL … our calendar always has more.
PLAY POKER AT THE FEEDBACK: Starting tonight, Feedback Lounge (WSB sponsor) is the home of private events for Seattle Poker Open members, 6 pm Thursdays – membership and event info here. (6451 California SW)
ALKI COMMUNITY COUNCIL: 7 pm at Alki UCC Church‘s parlor, with the agenda including a briefing on the application process for park events. (62nd/Hinds)
WEST SEATTLE HIGH SCHOOL PTSA: 7 pm in the school library, with scheduled updates including fundraising and athletics. (3000 California SW)
MONEY MANAGEMENT: 7 pm at Hope Lutheran Church, free informational session about Financial Peace University, which starts next week. (42nd/Oregon)
‘BUS STOP’: West Seattle High School Drama Club presents “Bus Stop,” student-directed by Kaya Hubbard, at 7:30 pm tonight and tomorrow in the school theater. Details on the WSHS home page. (3000 California SW)
MORE! on our calendar.
(Tuesday morning photo by Chris Frankovich)
From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar for today/tonight:
PLAY AND LEARN FOR TODDLERS/PRESCHOOLERS: 11 am-12:30 pm every Wednesday, drop in at Neighborhood House’s High Point Center! (6400 Sylvan Way)
BABY STORY TIME: 11:30 am at High Point Branch Library, for babies 4 months to one year. (35th/Raymond)
LAFAYETTE KINDERGARTEN PARENT ORIENTATION: Parent of a future kindergartener at Lafayette Elementary? At 6:30 pm, you’re invited to an orientation meeting tonight. (California/Lander)
34TH DISTRICT DEMOCRATS’ REORGANIZATION MEETING: That means it’s time to elect leadership; here’s who’s running and will be voted on during tonight’s 7 pm meeting of the 34th District Democrats at The Hall at Fauntleroy. (9131 California SW)
CHECK THE CALENDAR TOO … for even more of what’s happening today/tonight (and beyond) in West Seattle.
Our photo below stars an overwintering Black Turnstone, photographed on Alki by Bill Bacon. Now, six notes for tonight:
HIGHLAND PARK PLAYGROUND/PARK PROJECT: Second community meeting about the project, 6:30 pm at Highland Park Elementary. More info on the project, and notes from the first meeting, are here. (1012 SW Trenton)
CHIEF SEALTH PTSA: 7 pm at the Confucius Center on campus, with the agenda including concerns about the blended honors and International Baccalaureate programs, as detailed in the meeting preview on the PTSA’s website. (2600 SW Thistle)
FAUNTLEROY COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION: 7 pm at Fauntleroy Schoolhouse‘s board room. Tonight’s FCA agenda “includes discussion of a Fauntleroy School building handrail, a neighborhood survey, a walk-around with City of Seattle officials, an update on business memberships, discuss with City Light representative about the neighborhood substation, a Cove Park update, a Fauntleroy Center makeover, new neighbor bags, board recruitment, committee reports, and more.” (9131 California SW)
HIGH-SCHOOL BASKETBALL: Chief Sealth IHS and West Seattle HS both have boys-varsity home games tonight, both at 7:30 pm: Sealth vs. Franklin (2600 SW Thistle); WSHS vs. Cleveland (3000 California SW)
AND THERE’S MORE ON OUR CALENDAR … browse it here!
(Shell art on Alki, photographed by Lisa Ruiz)
Quiet Sunday – just what you need to recover from The Game, right? Here’s what we do have on the calendar:
LAST DAY FOR FREE TREECYCLING: If you still haven’t taken down the Christmas tree, maybe this will be incentive: This is the last day Seattle Public Utilities is accepting trees for free. (Until next year, and you really don’t want to keep it around THAT long …) You can take yours to the South Transfer Station, which is open 8 am-8 pm. (130 S. Kenyon)
WEST SEATTLE FARMERS’ MARKET: 10 am-2 pm, with five more vendors expected to be returning today. (44th/Alaska)
WEST SEATTLE ULTIMATE FAMILY FRISBEE: According to the WSUFF Facebook page, they’re experimenting with adding a second field today, for kids and beginners. 11 am, Walt Hundley Playfield. (34th/Myrtle)
LADIES’ MUSICAL CLUB: 3 pm, free concert of music for oboe, mezzo-soprano, and piano at West Seattle (Admiral) Branch Library. (2306 42nd SW)
CARL TOSTEN: 6:30-8:30 pm, the singer/songwriter/guitarist is live at Locöl. (7902 35th SW)
OF COURSE THERE’S MORE … on our calendar!
(Photo by Don Brubeck)
Tonight’s the night … Seahawks vs Panthers, 5:15 pm. 12s are on the skyline, on the flagpoles, in the windows, everywhere. And in our calendar highlights for today/tonight, you’ll find these two:
TAILGATE IN HIGHLAND PARK! Highland Park Improvement Club hosts a neighborhood tailgate party on game days and tonight, the doors open at 5 pm. All welcome. Details in our calendar listing. (12th/Holden)
DELRIDGE COMMUNITY CENTER HAIRCUT FUNDRAISER: Second of five Saturdays, 8:30 am-3:30 pm, when you can donate to Delridge CC while getting a free haircut from Rudy’s Barbershop stylists in the Airstream on the southeast side of the center. (4501 Delridge Way SW)
TILDEN SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE: School-shopping for K-5? Interested parents are invited to come tour Tilden School (WSB sponsor) and meet its teachers and specialists, 10 am-noon. (4105 California SW)
NW MONTESSORI OPEN HOUSE: 10 am-noon open house for parents interested in Northwest Montessori. (7344 35th SW)
BABY IN THE HOUSE? ON THE WAY? ‘EARLY DAYS’ NOW ON SATURDAYS TOO! 10:30 am-12:30 pm at Nurturing Expressions (WSB sponsor), the new second weekly session of the drop-in support group Early Days for parents of babies up to 1 year, and expectant parents too. (4746 44th SW)
THE BURNZ: Live in-store show at Easy Street Records, 7 pm. (California/Alaska)
SUNDODGER, DEAD LANGUAGE, VESTER … live at 9 pm at The Benbow. (4210 SW Admiral Way)
VANOWEN ALBUM-RELEASE SHOW: Stay at The Feedback after the game, and see/hear Vanowen perform their new album “Beautiful” live, 9:30 pm. (6451 California SW)
THAT’S JUST THE START … see more for today/tonight, by going directly to our calendar.
West Seattle Wednesday: Dept. of Neighborhoods director at SW District Council; ‘Green Meeting’; story time; sports; music; moreJanuary 7, 2015 at 10:08 am | In West Seattle news, WS miscellaneous | 1 Comment
(Tuesday sunset photo by Long Bach Nguyen)
Here in the middle of the day, the fog just looks gray – but toward sunset last night, it brought beauty, and we have two more views to share, along with the Wednesday calendar highlights:
IF YOU SEE AN AIRCRAFT CARRIER … it’s the USS Nimitz, whose impending move from Everett to Bremerton – possibly as soon as today – was noted here on Tuesday.
GET OUT OF THE HOME OFFICE! First co-working/home-office meetup of the year at West Seattle Office Junction (WSB sponsor), noon. Bring your lunch, meet others who work in unconventional settings, share ideas and support! (6040 California SW)
SOMALI STORYTIME: 5 pm at High Point Branch Library, all welcome! (35th/Raymond)
(Tuesday sunset photo by David Hutchinson)
NEIGHBORHOOD GREEN MEETING: 6:30 pm at Admiral Bird, first and third Wednesdays of the month, you’re invited to “Neighborhood Green Meetings” co-hosted by Sustainable West Seattle and Green Party of Seattle. Major topic: Climate change and what can be done about it. (2600 California SW)
SOUTHWEST DISTRICT COUNCIL: 6:30 pm at the Senior Center of West Seattle, featuring a visit from Department of Neighborhoods director Bernie Matsuno. All welcome; if you’re interested in background, here’s our report on December’s SWDC meeting. (Oregon/California)
HIGH-SCHOOL BASKETBALL: Tonight’s home games feature the girls-varsity teams: 7:30 pm, the West Seattle High School girls take on Holy Names (3000 California SW); also at 7:30 pm, the Chief Sealth International High School girls get a visit from Garfield. (2600 SW Thistle)
MORE NIGHTLIFE: Open microphone, trivia, karaoke, and yet more live music – see the times, venues, etc., by going directly to our calendar!
(M/V Tillikum on the Fauntleroy-Vashon-Southworth route. Photo by LB Bryce, shared via the WSB Flickr pool)
From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:
BABY STORY TIME, TIMES TWO! 10:30 this morning, it’s Baby Story Time at two local Seattle Public Library branches – Southwest (35th/Raymond) and West Seattle (2306 42nd SW) – you’re welcome to bring one or more 4- to 12-month-olds to either.
WEST SEATTLE BIKE CONNECTIONS: At its first 2015 meeting tonight, you’re invited to come talk about what you would like WSBC to take on in this brand-new year. HomeStreet Bank (WSB sponsor) in The Junction, 6:30 pm. (41st/Alaska)
HIGH-SCHOOL BASKETBALL: Two home varsity games on the peninsula tonight – 7:30 pm, the West Seattle High School boys-varsity team hosts O’Dea (3000 California SW); also at 7:30 pm, the Chief Sealth International High School boys-varsity team hosts Garfield. (2600 SW Thistle)
BLUES TO DO LIVE, 1ST ANNIVERSARY: 8 pm at Feedback Lounge, the Tuesday blues showcase celebrates its first year, featuring Lucy Hammond and Ben Rice, presented by Thunder Road Guitars (which will show off a classic guitar!). FL and TRG are both WSB sponsors, BTW. And if you’d like to look ahead – here’s who’ll be singing (and playing) the blues in the weeks ahead. (6451 California SW)
MORE NIGHTLIFE: Bingo, karaoke, trivia … see the listings/venues here.
OUT WITH THE TREE: Through next Sunday (January 11th), Christmas-tree recycling (composting) is still free – here are the city rules.
STATION 32 ON COUNCIL AGENDA: This afternoon’s 2 pm City Council meeting includes a final vote on approvals/exceptions required before the new Station 32 can be built (at the site of the current one) in The Junction. Here’s the agenda. (City Hall downtown)
MARTY McLAREN’S COMMUNITY CONVERSATION: School’s back in session and it’s also your first chance in 2015 to talk with and hear from the West Seattle/South Park rep on the Seattle Public Schools Board of Directors, Marty McLaren. 6 pm, Delridge Library – more in our calendar listing. (5423 Delridge Way SW)
WEST SEATTLE HI-YU: 7 pm tonight at Admiral Congregational Church, you can help the all-volunteer West Seattle Hi-Yu organization get on the road to summer fun, choosing this year’s theme and more – as noted in our preview. (4320 SW Hill)
MONDAY NIGHTLIFE: Exercise your mind (trivia/quiz) and/or your voice (karaoke!) – see where and when in our regular listings.
WEST SEATTLE FARMERS’ MARKET: First Sunday of the year, last Sunday of the year, and all the Sundays inbetween, you’ll find the market open 10 am-2 pm. WSFM says today’s new items will include another egg vendor, spot prawns, and sauerkraut. (44th/Alaska)
SEATTLE GREEN SPACES COALITION: 3 pm at High Point Branch Library, you’re invited to find out what’s going on – maybe even help, if you are so moved – with the grassroots campaign to preserve greenspaces around the city, particularly surplus substations. Details in our preview. (35th/Raymond)
WEST SEATTLE YULETIDE FINALE: Tonight is the last scheduled night for the synched-to-music West Seattle Yuletide holiday-lights show, ~5-10 pm. (38th SW between Genesee and Dakota)
NIGHTLIFE: Trivia, live music, karaoke – see who and where, here.
HAIRCUT FUNDRAISER: Underway now and continuing until 3:30 pm today, as previewed here Friday night, you can get a free haircut at Delridge Community Center (look for the Airstream trailer) and make a donation to benefit DCC’s programs. *Added above – Alyssa, Alycen, Cat from Rudy’s, photographed this morning* (4501 Delridge Way SW)
DROPOFF CHRISTMAS TREE RECYCLING: 10 am-3 pm, the Rainbow Girls‘ annual fundraiser is under way at the newly renovated Alki Masonic Center parking lot. Drop your tree off (no flocking/tinsel) for recycling; cash donations accepted. (40th/Edmunds)
‘GAINS FOR GOOD’: 10 am-4 pm at CrossFit LOFT in The Junction, it’s a fitness fundraiser and silent auction to benefit the medical expenses of a gym coach/local firefighter’s badly injured dad – details in the preview published here last week. (4142 California SW)
NIGHTTIME HIKE: 6:30 pm at Lincoln Park, rescheduled from a December rainout, owls, old-growth trees, and more with naturalist Stewart Wechsler. Details here including how to RSVP & suggested donation. (8265 Fauntleroy Way SW)
WEST SEATTLE MEANINGFUL MOVIES: The WSMM series launches 2015 at 7 tonight, Neighborhood House’s High Point Center, with “Disruption,” focusing on climate change, including last fall’s megamarch in New York City; the discussion afterward will include a participant. Details in our calendar listing. (6400 Sylvan Way SW)
TIDEPOOL EXPLORING BY FLASHLIGHT: 9-10:30 pm, join Seattle Aquarium beach naturalists at Constellation Park to look (carefully!) at what and who emerges during a nighttime low tide (-1.3 at 9:47 pm). Details in our calendar listing. (Beach Drive/63rd SW)
NIGHTLIFE TONIGHT! Live-music listings, on our calendar.
Just can’t get enough of the frosted Olympics. Thanks to Danny McMillin for the Monday photo of 7,743-foot Mount Constance, which we hadn’t previously known has a West Seattle link beyond the fact we can see it from here: Lt. George Davidson, who gave Fauntleroy its current name (the surname of his fiancée Ellinor Fauntleroy), also named Olympic peaks after members of her family, including sister Constance. But enough about the past – let’s look into the immediate future:
TODDLER STORY TIME: 10:30 am at the West Seattle (Admiral) Branch Library, bring the toddler(s) and listen up! (2306 42nd SW)
GO SKATING! 1-4:30 pm, it’s a special winter-break skating session at Southgate Roller Rink. (9646 17th SW)
LADIES SING THE BLUES: Last Tuesday of the month means that Blues To Do at Feedback Lounge (WSB sponsor) spotlights female artists, and also happens to be a pajama-party event – 8:30 pm, be there! (6451 California SW)
(Photo by Lynn Hall)
Clear weather is forecast all the way to New Year’s Day, and the Olympic Mountains are making an all-out appearance for the first time in a while. Along with gawking at our gorgeous surroundings, here are a few other options for the day/night ahead:
DROP-IN FAMILY GAMES: Week 2 of winter break. Home with the kid(s)? Looking for something new to do? 2:30-4 pm, you’re welcome to play games at the Southwest Branch Library, as explained here. (35th/Henderson)
COASTLINE ‘SOFT OPENING’: As noted in our most-recent update, the new burger joint in The Junction was hoping to be open by month’s end. Looks like it will achieve that goal – tonight’s the night, according to this announcement we received:
We are very excited to announce the official opening of Coastline! Coastline will serve organic, grass-fed burgers on buns that are freshly baked in our house oven. Come enjoy real food made entirely from scratch with the freshest ingredients, and pair it with a delicious locally brewed draft beer. We would like to extend an invite to our community to join family and friends for our “soft opening” practice run on Monday, December 29 at 5 pm. (Some menu items may be limited.) We will open again at 5 pm on the 30th and 31st, and celebrate our Grand Opening at 11 am on January 1st with full menu availability.
Coastline is in the ex-Shoofly space (4444 California SW).
‘GET FIT, WEST SEATTLE’ INFO NIGHT: As previewed here on Sunday, West Seattle Runner (WSB sponsor) is presenting another edition of its free “couch-to-half-marathon” training program, and tonight’s the night for anyone and everyone potentially interested to come find out more. 6:30 pm. (3727 California SW)
WORKOUT FOR YOUR MIND: Trivia/pub quiz night at three local venues – all listed on the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar.
(Passing under the bridge on Friday; photo by Don Brubeck, via the WSB Flickr group)
Good morning! From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:
WEST SEATTLE FARMERS’ MARKET: Fresh and local/regional, every Sunday of the year. 10 am-2 pm. (44th/Alaska)
GO SWIM! Been to city-run Southwest Pool lately? Here’s the schedule. (2801 SW Thistle)
TAILGATE IN HIGHLAND PARK: 12:30 pm, doors open at Highland Park Improvement Club for the last regular-season tailgate party. Details in our calendar listing. (12th/Holden)
HOLIDAY SINGALONG: 8:30 pm, The Benbow presents “Jay Cates’ Holiday Extravaganza Sing-A-Long Time.” (4210 SW Admiral Way)
LOOK AHEAD TO NEW YEAR’S EVE/DAY … via the WSB West Seattle Holiday Guide.
Last weekend of the year, and a quiet one, as is customary. But you do have some options if you want to get out for a while:
FINAL DAY OF DECEMBER KING TIDES: Nothing extreme is expected but as shown in our Friday photos, the “king tide” is still a sight to see, and today the final 13-foot high tide of December is at 9:06 am. Sightseeing spots include Seacrest, where the floating Water Taxi dock will be almost at the level of the non-floating fishing pier, and Alki, where the water will be close to the top of the seawall.
BEEN TO THE MUSEUM LATELY? On this quiet between-holidays, low-on-events Saturday, the Log House Museum is open noon-4 pm and awaiting your visit to explore West Seattle-and-vicinity history. (61st/Stevens)
‘BREAKIN’ UP CHRISTMAS’ CONCERT AND SQUARE DANCE: 7:30 pm at Kenyon Hall, enjoy an Appalachian tradition – music, dancing, revelry during the time between Christmas and New Year’s. Two visiting old-style musicians are performing before the dance, then helping accompany the dance, with local support, as explained in our calendar listing. (7904 35th SW)
DARCI CARLSON AT THE FEEDBACK: 9:30 pm, it’s “probably the most-requested artist here,” as the Feedback Lounge (WSB sponsor) describes Darci Carlson. See/hear for yourself. (6451 California SW)
LIGHT SHOWS CONTINUE: Catching up on, or revisiting, local Christmas lights? See the WSB West Seattle Holiday Guide for the highlights. (P.S. The guide is also where we’re looking ahead to New Year’s Eve/Day happenings.)
(Photo by Matt Olson: Sanderling at Constellation Park in the Christmas Day sunshine)
A few notes from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:
GIFT OF LIFE: Another mobile blood drive – this time, on the south side of Westwood Village until 3:30 pm (closed for break 11:30 am-12:30 pm); details in our calendar listing. (2800 SW Barton)
SEATTLE LUTHERAN ALUMNI BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT: Enjoy some post-holiday hoops at Seattle Lutheran High School – the Saints’ Alumni Basketball Tournament starts at 4 pm in the Menashe Gym on campus; details on the school website. (41st/Genesee)
LIVE MUSIC: The True Romans at Salty’s on Alki (WSB sponsor), 5:30 pm … Dylan Jakobsen and special guests with a country-rock show at Skylark Café, 7 pm (all ages, $12) … Red House at Feedback Lounge (WSB sponsor), 9 pm …
‘JUDY’S SCARY LITTLE CHRISTMAS’ FYI: The remaining three performances of ArtsWest‘s holiday musical (7:30 pm tonight and tomorrow, 3 pm Sunday) are almost entirely sold out, according to the AW website, so call the box office to see if anything’s left. (4711 California SW)
GIVE THE GIFT OF LIFE: If you can donate blood, consider visiting the Bloodmobile in The Junction until 3 pm today (except for the 11:30-12:30 break). Details in our calendar listing. (42nd/Alaska)
HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE AT ILLUSIONS: 11 am-8 pm, you’re invited to stop by Illusions Hair Design (WSB sponsor), no appointment needed, just drop in for treats and good cheer! (5619 California SW)
LUNCH WITH SANTA: We spotted him at Endolyne Joe’s (WSB sponsor) right after Thanksgiving, and he’s back today for lunch:
Starting at noon. (9261 45th SW)
NEED TO GO TO THE LIBRARY? Seattle Public Libraries are closed Christmas Eve as well as Christmas Day, so get there today!
HAPPY HANUKKAH! At sundown, 8th and final night of the Festival of Lights.
LOOKING AHEAD TO CHRISTMAS EVE/DAY? Find the info we’ve compiled about restaurants, grocery stores, and church services in the WSB West Seattle Holiday Guide!
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